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Join the Discussion at ALTA's Small Agents Meeting

http://www.alta.org/meetings/smallagents/btn_register.pngThe American Land Title Association's Small Agents and Abstracters Forum will meet from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST, March 21 at the Marriott Cincinnati Airport to discuss topics impacting operations of similar size.

HERE'S A GLANCE AT 10 HOT-BUTTON ISSUES THAT WILL BE ADDRESSED:

Cincinnati is easily accessible from many destinations and is within 500 miles of 60 percent of the nation’s population. PRIMING THE ORDER PUMP:
Where to find business is on every agent's mind. This part of the agenda will discuss where agents should focus their attention in order to grow market share and why agents must diversify their operations to offer more services to customers.

KEY PROJECTIONS FOR 2010:
What will the mix of purchase and refinance originations be in 2010? Come and find out what the mortgage and housing market will look like for the remainder of the year. Come to listen and offer your thoughts on whether FHA remain the main lending horse and who will be the evolving lender and real estate customers.

IMPACT OF CANCELLED ORDERS ON PROFITS:
Tens of millions in revenue is lost per year by agents who endure a significant amount of expense toward title orders that never close. See how other agents are impacted by this profit drain.

PRIVATE TRANSFER FEE COVENANTS:
Learn why title agents must familiarize themselves with these fees and why they will cause the search and exam process to take longer.

RESPA REFORM:
As the industry wades through the initial phase of using the new settlement forms, come and hear other agents' concerns regarding the new GFE/HUD-1.

TILA PROPOSAL TO INCLUDE TITLE FEES IN FINANCE CHARGE:
Title industry would be greatly impacted if this is approved, putting increased pressure to reduce fees and the possibility of lenders wading deeper into the title insurance business.

HIRING/FIRING ISSUES:
Learn how other agents deal with reducing staff in order to meet today's order counts. Also, find out how others address hiring potential employees who may have a non-compete.

PRESERVING AGENCY'S VALUE IN A CRISIS:
Are you prepared for a sale, lawsuit, owner divorce, partner dispute? Find out what other agents have done to safeguard their operations in the event of a crisis.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Join the discussion to see how title agents are using social media sites to maintain relationships and cultivate new business.

NAIC DATA CALL FOR TITLE AGENTS:
The collection of data will go a long way in telling regulators, and ultimately our customers, the value our industry provides to the transfer of property. Share your thoughts and hear from others on how such a data call will impact title agents.

Since the meeting agenda is driven by attendees, other topics will be addressed as well. The meeting, which will be moderated by Mike Nichols, Jones Abstract & Title Company, and Josh Reisetter, Brookings County Abstract Co., provides an unparalleled opportunity for small agents and abstracters to meet with peers and freely exchange ideas, experience and opinions on subjects that impact your business today.

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