VCTSA Success Story

In 2021, I took the Virginia Certified Title Settlement Agent (VCTSA) course through VLTA. By its own definition, the VCTSA Course is “the only advanced instructional program available for title settlement agents in Virginia to promote higher standards and skills for title settlement agents to benefit the land title industry and real property consumers.”    My reasons … Continue reading VCTSA Success Story

Pass The State Exam With VLTA’S Pre-Licensing Course

Virginia Code § 38.2-1800 defines “title insurance agent” as “an agent licensed in the Commonwealth to sell, solicit, or negotiate title insurance, and performing all of the services set forth in § 38.2-4601.1.” Those services include: “(i) the evaluation of the title search to determine the insurability of the title; (ii) a determination of whether or … Continue reading Pass The State Exam With VLTA’S Pre-Licensing Course

VLTA’s Virginia Certified Title Settlement Agent Course

To become licensed as a barber in Virginia, you must complete a 1,500-hour training program and pass an exam. Remarkably, there is no training or exam required to conduct a closing, send documents to record, or manage millions of dollars of other people’s money. A bad haircut will eventually grow out. But no one forgets … Continue reading VLTA’s Virginia Certified Title Settlement Agent Course

What About Those 2021 ALTA Policy Forms?

(Part One) After several years of review and editing, the American Land Title Association will roll out a new portfolio of owner’s and loan policies, a new title commitment, a new endorsement series (47 – Operative Law), and numerous technical amendments to existing endorsement forms to align them with the policies’ changes. This article will … Continue reading What About Those 2021 ALTA Policy Forms?

VLTA Ronald Donn Scholarship 2021

The Ronald Donn Scholarship Award honors VLTA Past President Ronald Donn and recognizes newly licensed title insurance agents and newly certified VCTE and/or VCTSA's. Ronald Donn was passionate about industry education. The winner of the scholarship will receive a complimentary registration to the VLTA Annual Convention, October 18-22, 2021.To qualify, you must be a VLTA … Continue reading VLTA Ronald Donn Scholarship 2021

Title Insurance and Transfer on Death Deeds

People want to avoid probate, to make it as easy and inexpensive as possible to transfer assets to designated beneficiaries after they pass away. For years people have been able to do this with their intangible personal property assets, i.e., bank accounts, retirement accounts, annuities, etc. They designate in writing who inherits the money upon … Continue reading Title Insurance and Transfer on Death Deeds