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As frigid February and hopefully the last of winter precipitation are behind us, we look forward to March being a marvelous month!  Temperatures should start to gradually warm, daylight savings time begins, and, at last, the first day of spring!  Spring is a time of change and new beginnings.  
Kris Burns

PLTA greatly appreciates the efforts of our 2015 PLTA Convention Sponsors.

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94th Annual Convention




PLTA President’s Update – April 2015

Dear Members,

While winter refused to go out quietly, March was also filled with more learning and preparation for the industry changes which are now under four months away.

Several PLTA members were in attendance at the ALTA Social Media Summit held in Philadelphia on March 18 and received valuable information on connecting with the consumer via social media.  Given the statistic that over 85% of consumers are using the internet for research in purchasing a home, guidance in delivering the right message to the right people at the right time was provided from various aspects and platforms.

The ALTA Business Strategies Conference continued the following two days with a clear message of the need for collaboration.  Agents should be engaging in conversations with their lender customers on how the exchange of information will be handled with the new Closing Disclosures.  Likewise, our realtor community needs to be apprised of the impacts.  We need to be a leader through these changes and set expectations for the consumers.  To combat the rule’s designation of ‘optional’ for owner’s title insurance, we must be fully conversant in our product and communicate directly with consumers to ensure they have confidence that their investment is protected.

The PLTA was very proud to have two of its members recognized as National Title Professionals during the conference.  Shonna Cardello, CLTP, of White Rose Settlement Services in York, and Francine D’Elia Wirsching, CLTP, of Community First Abstract in Blue Bell, were recognized and awarded their NTP designation affirming them as land title professionals who demonstrate the knowledge, experience and dedication essential to the safe and efficient transfer of real property.  With five NTPs, Pennsylvania now has the most representation in the NTP arena of 47.  Congratulations, Shonna and Francine, on such an achievement.  Check out our Professional Designation page and consider this as another means to distinguish yourself as a title professional.

The PLTA convention is shaping up to another spectacular event.  Join us and get your Game On! at the 94th Annual PLTA Convention from May 31 - June 2, 2015 at the beautiful Omni Bedford Springs Resort. Some of the players in our lineup will include: John Hollenbeck from First American and President-Elect of the American Land Title Association, Leslie Wyatt from SoftPro and Joan T. Decker the Commissioner of Records Philadelphia County.   The resort offers a challenging golf course, a recently renovated spa with a full menu of offerings as well as your choice of indoor or outdoor pools.

Download the Registration Packet or register online.  Rooms at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort are beginning to fill so don’t delay.   The deadline for the room block is April 30, 2015.  Make your hotel reservations online or call (814) 623-8100 and mention the "PA Land Title Association" for the discounted rate.  Visit the Convention page on our website for full information!

Special thanks to our Boardwalk sponsor, Signature Information Solutions LLC, and hats off to all of our convention sponsors!

Best regards,

Kris Burns

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The 94th PLTA Convention will be held at the beautiful Omni Bedford Springs Resort and Spa in Bedford, PA, beginning Sunday, May 31, 2015, and running through Tuesday, June 2, 2015.  Game On!

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