Wednesday, April 3, 2013

2013 Land Title Conferences Update

The spring, summer and fall months offer multiple opportunities to catch up with valued clients and network with potential clients at industry trade shows.   Unfortunately, conferences often overlap which limits the number we can attend, but here are a few recent or upcoming shows in the land title industry that are included in my plans:

Dave and I exhibited at the ALTA Business Strategies conference in Oklahoma City March 13-15.  The format gave attendees several opportunities to interact with the exhibitors in addition to learning more about ALTA’s Best Practices and the National Title Professional designation program. It gave us the opportunity to showcase halFILE version 4. Congratulations to Marianne with FNF who won our raffle prize (a Kindle Fire).  To learn more about ALTA, visit

Iowa Land Title Association:
ILTA’s annual conference will be held May 3-4 at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino Hotel in Altoona.   Visit for details.

South Dakota Land Title:
The annual conference will be held June 5-7 at the Highland Center in Mitchell.  Visit for details.

Are you familiar with the Association for Title Information Management (ATIM)?

Since 1985 ATIM (a non-profit association run entirely by volunteers) has organized an annual meeting that enables land title professionals to learn from each other, share best practices, and brainstorm solutions to industry issues and challenges. 

A typical conference agenda includes six to eight topics affecting the land records / title insurance and abstract industries. Discussions are facilitated by industry experts.  Past topics have included discussions on title plant best practices, open records issues, privacy/redaction concerns, outsourcing (both off shore and domestic) and industry trends.

Attendees typically include title/abstract company owners, managers and examiners; software application developers, title plant and other land records data providers, outsourcing vendors, vendor managers, underwriters, consultants, lenders, county clerks and recorders, plus others parties with an interest in land records.

The format is one general session. The casual atmosphere supports active participation from everyone.  The host city varies from year to year based on input from participants.  The registration fee is designed to cover costs and is minimal.

I think you would benefit from attending and I know the group would benefit from your participation.  The 2013 conference is in Boston on August 5 and 6. Please visit the web site after May 1st for registration forms, hotel information and the agenda:  Feel free to contact me with any questions.

 Kathy Taylor

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

PRIA Winter Symposium

Over 120 people attended the PRIA Winter Symposium last week in Washington D.C.  Here are some highlights:

ü  The Washington D.C. Recorder of Deeds Office hosted a visit that included an office tour along with a fascinating presentation on the history of the office and office holders/Recorders.

ü  Updates on everything “e”:  sessions on eRecording from a submitter’s perspective, eMortgages, eSigning, and a discussion on the ultimate e-Recording wish list.

ü  A panel discussion on a National Mortgage database.

ü  A panel presentation on title plants – what they are & how they operate (my favorite session!)

ü  PRIA Committee working sessions.

ü  Breakfast roundtable discussions along with several other networking opportunities.

To obtain membership information, visit the PRIA web site:

The Colorado PREP Chapter is meeting on March 21st from 9:00 – 11:00 and will include a presentation on GIS and Land Records.  Contact me for details if you are interested in attending.

Next week (March 13-15) Dave and I will be exhibiting at the ALTA Business Strategies conference in Oklahoma City.  Stop by our booth and take a peek at halFILE version 4.0!

Kathy Taylor