The Road Ahead for NAILTA: a President’s Message

Hello and happy holidays to all of our NAILTA members and friends! My name is Rob Holman and I have the pleasure of serving as your NAILTA President for the next two years. This is a busy and special time of the year.  The holidays and our year-end business responsibilities keep us occupied at nearly every available moment. I hope this message finds each of you in good times and spirits. It is my sincere hope that you make time to spend as much time as you can with friends and family over the holidays.  There is nothing we do that is more important. Throughout the coming year, it is my goal to reach out to members through this medium to give you a periodic picture into what NAILTA is doing and where we are going.  We intend on also providing a more formal newsletter for topical and timely industry news, as well.  The goal is to keep everyone informed on NAILTA’s work and to encourage your participation and inquiry. In a few weeks, I will begin our collaborative efforts on NAILTA’s 2017-2018 agenda with a dedicated and hard-working group of Board Members who share our collective vision for a healthy and robust independent real estate settlement service provider community.  We will need your help.  In order to accomplish our goals, we will depend upon each of you to become more involved.  Volunteer opportunities include committee participation, attendance at events and continued support of our political action committee, NAILTAPAC, and renewal of membership commitments. Our goal is to provide value. Our success in that endeavor will be measured by...

NAILTA Names Rob Holman as President and Seats a New Board; Changes for Organization are on the Horizon for 2017-2018

The National Association of Independent Land Title Agents (NAILTA) is pleased to announce that Rob Holman will become its fifth organizational President on January 1, 2017. Holman, a 17-year title insurance industry veteran, is currently the President and General Counsel for General Title Insurance Company in Cleveland, Ohio, a regional title insurance underwriter with independent land title agents located in six states. Rob is a founding and charter member of NAILTA and previously served on the NAILTA Board of Trustees from 2008 to 2014. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead NAILTA over the next two years as its President and to work with each of [its members] and soon, I realize, the heavy-lifting will begin,” Holman wrote in October.  “I have no illusion that [this] endeavor will be easy or accomplished through the solitary actions of just one person. The success of NAILTA is tied to the collective action of each member,” he continued. NAILTA members also selected a new slate of Board Members that includes: Margaret Sklenar of Fort Wayne, Indiana, who will serve as Vice President, Pat Miller of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who will serve as Treasurer; Nancy Silberberg of Upland, California; Jimmy Dill of Pine Bluff, Arkansas; Van Winton of Paragould, Arkansas; and John Novarina of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The new Board represents a wide-swath of the United States and brings experiences from escrow, title and abstracting together. It is a diverse and talented group. “It is more ideal to have an independent land title association run by independent land title agents, not by underwriters.  I will be responsible for confronting that criticism throughout my tenure...

CFPB and State of Maryland Take Action Against “Pay-to-Play” Mortgage Kickback Scheme

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 29, 2015 CONTACT: Office of Communications Tel: (202) 435-7170 CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU AND STATE OF MARYLAND TAKE ACTION AGAINST “PAY-TO-PLAY” MORTGAGE KICKBACK SCHEME Loan Officers and Former Title Company Executives Who Traded Cash and Marketing Services for Illegal Referrals Will Be Banned, Pay Redress and Penalties   WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Maryland Attorney General took action against the participants in a mortgage-kickback scheme. In a complaint filed in federal court, the CFPB and Maryland allege that the Maryland-based title company’s executives and the named loan officers traded cash and marketing services in exchange for mortgage referrals. Under proposed consent orders filed today, if entered by the court, five of the six individual defendants would be banned from the mortgage industry and required to pay a total of $662,500 in redress and penalties. The action will proceed against the remaining defendant. The announcement follows enforcement actions in January against Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase for their role in the scheme. “Paying kickbacks for mortgage referrals is illegal, and it has been illegal for decades,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “Secret and unlawful payments keep consumers in the dark and put honest businesses at a disadvantage, and the Consumer Bureau will continue to take action against them.” Genuine Title was a Maryland-based title company that offered real estate closing services from 2005 until it went out of business in April 2014. The CFPB and Maryland Attorney General’s complaint names Genuine Title, LLC; Jay Zukerberg; Brandon Glickstein; Gary Klopp; Adam Mandelberg; William Peterson; Angela Pobletts; and a number of limited-liability...

Public Service Announcement – Cell Phone Numbers go public this month

REMEMBER – Cell Phone Numbers go public this month.   All cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls. YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone: 888-382-1222.   It is the National DO NOT CALL list It will only take a minute of your time.   It blocks your number for five (5)...