ALTA Board of Governors & Leadership
The ALTA Board of Governors are responsible for creating association policy, managing the financial health of the association, overseeing the work of engagement groups, and ensuring the overall welfare of the association.Learn More About Our Board of Governors
ALTA Past Presidents & History of ALTA
Did you know ALTA was originally headquartered in Detroit, Michigan and Individual dues were set at $2.00 per annum? ALTA has a rich and storied history you can learn more about.Learn About the History of ALTA
The ALTA Bylaws set out the structure and governance of the American Land Title Association. Article II of the Bylaws sets out the Objects and Purposes of the Association and this remains our mission today.Read the Bylaws of Our Association
The mission of ALTA is to improve the skills and knowledge of providers in the real property transaction, effectively advocate member concerns, and standardize products for industry use.
ALTA will serve all providers supporting the real property transaction, focus on their common issues, and prepare them to be successful in a changing marketplace.
The Objects and Purposes of the Association
- To promote the safe and efficient transfer of ownership of, and interest in, real property within the free enterprise system.
- To provide information and education to its members; to those who regulate, supervise, or enact legislation affecting the land title industry; and to consumers.
- To maintain liaison with users of the products and services provided by its members and with government.
- To maintain professional standards and ethics.
- To provide information and education and maintain liaison with related industry associations.
- To perform any other functions that may be incidental to fulfilling the objects and purposes set forth above.
The title insurance industry has protected the property rights of homeownership for more than 125 years. There are two different types of title insurance policies:
- An owner's policy is purchased by you, the homebuyer. While it is your choice, purchasing an owner's title insurance policy is the best way to protect your property rights, as well as your trustees, inheritors, and beneficiaries.
- A lender's policy is usually paid for by the homebuyer or the seller. It is almost always required by the lender and protects only the lender's interest.
ALTA members advocate for the safe and efficient transfer of real estate land title records. Through the highest standards and core values, the industry seeks to eliminate risk before insuring, which provides the best possible chance of avoiding land title problems.
Consumers can learn more about how title insurance protects property rights and find an ALTA member to help with the closing process and title insurance needs at homeclosing101.org.