Check out our video of The Title Tenors singing the National Anthem at the opening session of the Texas Land Title Association Conference on June 16, 2016 one by one. From right to left is Doug Hollowell from Courthouse Direct, D.J. Horn from First National Title Insurance Company, and Jack Hosterman, Geri Hosterman’s husband who works for the Lucas Group. After years of spontaneous singing at TLTA conferences this is their second time to open the conference with The Star-Spangled Banner.
FNTI was well represented at last week’s annual TLTA Conference in Galveston, Texas. The team enjoyed learning the latest factors affecting our industry and networking with other title professionals. Pictured are Suzanne Tinsley, Jamie Barker, Geri Hosterman, Chris Phillips and NolaAnn Waggoner.
We still have a half year to go, a presidential election to ponder, an Olympics to watch, a unsubstantiated attack on the title industry to defend all while trying to keep our families happy.
As I write my half-year review (by the way THANK YOU!) and go over numbers, trends, etc., I want to thank you all for something very dear to me. Although it doesn’t seem to be title or escrow related, its core demonstrates the true nature of our industry, especially our FNTI agents and your servant’s heart and generous nature.
I am talking about a young lady, Ansley Jones, who for the past six plus months has benefited from the fees we are required to collect (but in this case are given willing) for our Realtor MCE classes, as she battles her second fight against leukemia.
Since we started this effort, your customers’ payments for attending these classes have generated over $11,000 for Ansley’s battle, which I am happy to say she looks to be winning. She can focus on high school, college, which sorority to join, fun for the sake of fun, boys (I’m not sure about this one knowing how teenage boys can be having already raised one and soon to enter the teen years on the next one.) as well as a future that will no doubt be as radiant as she is.
There are few more things we would like to be able to do for Ansley, and your MCE classes in the future will continue to aid her in this fight. We at FNTI want to thank you, our FNTI agent family, for your generosity.
While these classes provide a useful tool in our attempt to receive more of your business and help you get more customers, they will most importantly impact a tremendous young lady for years and generations to come.
Q: What is an Apostille?
A: An Apostille is a certificate issued by a designated authority in a country which is a member of the Hague Convention of 1961 to authenticate the seals and signatures of notary acknowledgments (and other purposes but title insurance is interested primarily in only those documents pertinent to real estate located in the USA) so that such notarized documents can be recognized in foreign countries (that are also members of the Convention).
If a document for use in the state where the property is located is not notarized at the United States Embassy or Consulate but the service of a notary public in that foreign country is engaged and utilized, an apostille is needed; remember that the country must first be a member of the Hague Convention and the certificate (apostille) must be issued by a designated “competent authority”.
For more information on countries that are members of the Hague Convention of 1961, the competent authorities in the respective countries that can issue an apostille, an example of an apostille, and significant other information, this link may be helpful: https://www.hcch.net/en/instruments/conventions/specialised-sections/apostille.
Attending and supporting Santa Fe Title’s first anniversary celebration on June 3rd. From left to right: Steve Riemann, President, Cathy, Chris, Angie Riemann, Chuck Atwell, local long time realtor and John Salinas, Vice President.
On Saturday, May 21, 2016, Kyle Deaver, co-owner of American Guaranty Title in Waco and agent for First National Title was sworn in as Mayor of Waco, Texas. He has served on numerous boards in Waco and as a member of the city council. Kyle is well known by the people at American Guaranty Title as a man that is fair and honest no matter the outcome. He is not one for the lime-light, but prefers to lead by example. When words come to mind to describe him, they include “humble, servant, leader.” Last July, I wrote about the “Good Guy Club” and specifically my father Buck Horn. Kyle Deaver definitely belongs in this club. Leading by example is not something we often see these days, and First National Title Insurance Company is proud to work with Kyle and American Guaranty because of his example.
Kyle is a private family man who is in partnership with his brother John Deaver in the title company and their law firm Deaver and Deaver in Waco. They are directors of American Bank in Waco as well. Waco is in good hands with a mayor like Kyle Deaver. I get inspired by leaders, and it excites me to try live up to the example others set. I hope this inspires you also. Welcome Kyle, to the “Good Guy Club” and we wish you much success as mayor of Waco, Texas.
When we formed First National Title Insurance (FNTI), one of our primary goals was to create new and innovative ways to educate our agent customers. I believe it is our obligation to make sure you have the tools and resources necessary to compete in this market. And education is at the top of our list of resources available to you. Education raises the bar and improves our industry on all levels. We have always believed in the personal touch of “one-on-one” presentations. Every month, our underwriting staff spends at least five or six days out of the office giving presentations to our title agents and their customers. We also recognized the benefits and efficiencies of webinars. Our monthly webinar, held on the third Tuesday of every month and hosted by George Stablein, has become an anticipated event with over 100 escrow officers registered every month.
However, we wanted to find a new approach to educate a larger audience. And when we had the opportunity to partner with the Texas Land Title Association (TLTA), we signed up. FNTI agents have a list of over 40 quality TLTA educational programs available from which to select the program of their choice – at no cost to the agent. I am proud to announce that during the past year, our partnership with the TLTA has resulted in 1,306 escrow officers receiving credit through this cooperative arrangement. First National Title is the largest individual user of the TLTA educational series and as our agent network expands and the success of this program continues, I anticipate being in this position for years to come.
The process to register for one of these on-demand classes is easy.
- Go to First National’s FirstNET Portal at http://firstnet.fnti.com and login using your username and password.
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need FNTI login information. (Please provide your first and last name, company name, address, phone number, email, and your title).
- Select “Education.” The list of TLTA courses will appear.
- Click on a topic you want to watch. This takes you to the TLTA website.
- Continue your registration on the TLTA website with your TLTA username and password.
- You can call TLTA (512-472-6593) to get this information. (Please note: TLTA has changed usernames to the individual’s email address. Your previous username will not work.)
- You will receive an email from TLTA with instructions on how to access and watch the course you selected.
- The course is also available in your TLTA “My Profile” under the “My Education On Demand.”
Thank you for allowing us to educate you and your team of professionals.