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About NYSLTA

  

New York State Land Title Association, Inc. is the statewide voice of the Title Insurance Industry.

Formed in 1921, NYSLTA offers membership to title insurance companies licensed in New York State, abstract companies, title insurance agents, law firms, individual attorneys, surveyors, and others actively engaged in real estate.

 

Membership

All title professionals in New York State benefit from the work of the NYSLTA. The work we do and the things we can accomplish are only limited by the will, resources and support of our members. By joining the NYSLTA and supporting your professional association, you help us accomplish more and accelerate progress toward a business environment optimized for the secure conveyance of title to real property. There are also competitive advantages and direct benefits to you and your company.

 

NYSLTA Membership gives your business advantages over non-members: you will have an inside line on developing regulations and legislation; peer relationships with the leading people and companies in title insurance; your voice and your opinion will carry more weight in local and state government decisions;
when your work requires expertise outside your home counties, you can call on the professional support of fellow members in all 62 counties.

 

Additional Benefits of Membership

  • Discounted rates at the Annual meeting and Convention
  • Discounted fees for State license required CE courses
  • CLE courses for NY attorneys specific to title issues and Title Workshops
  • A member directory of agents, underwriters and associate members organized by county and municipality
  • Discounts on UPS shipping - up to 30%
  • Instant Email alerts on regulatory announcements, court decisions, and Association events
  • Quarterly Membership Newsletter with company news and industry developments

Regular Membership

Who is eligible? – “Members shall be limited to abstracters, abstract companies and title insurance agents actively engaged in the business of abstracting and/or examining titles in the State of New York and having their principal place of business in the State of New York. “(Constitution and By-Laws, Article V, Section 2)

Note:
- NYSLTA Members are companies
doing title insurance business in New York State.
- "Individual Members" are employees of Member companies.

What does it cost?- Annual dues for regular membership are based upon the total number of employees. Different rates apply for Zone 1 and Zone 2. 

Employees Zone 1  Zone 2 
 1-3  $450  $550
 4-7  $610  $725
 8-10  $820  $990
 11-15  $1,050  $1,260
 16-20  $1,190 $1,460
 21+  $1,730  $2,130


Apply for Agent Membership

 

 

Associate Membership

Who is eligible? – “Attorneys-at-law, public recording officers, licensed surveyors, officers of mortgage lending institutions, and other individuals, corporations, or other entities interested in, or using the services of, the Association shall be eligible to become Associate Members.” (Constitution and By-Laws, Article V, Section 3)

If your company is NOT actively engaged in the business of abstracting and/or examining titles in the State of New York, you must join as an Associate Member.  You will enjoy all benefits of Membership except voting rights.

What does it cost?- Annual dues for Associate Membership are $460.

Apply for Assoc Membership

 


Associate Membership - Sole Practitioner

Who is eligible? – A person providing professional services to the title insurance industry such as an independent Closer or a Notary Public, who works independently for a fee may apply for Associate Membership as a sole practitioner.  To qualify for the Sole Practitioner Associate Membership, the individual does not employ a staff or sub-contract core services.  Licensed title agents are not eligible for Sole Practitioner membership.

 What does it cost?- Annual dues for a Sole Practitioner are $275.

                                                                                 Apply for Sole Membership

 

 

The membership year runs November 1 through October 31.

 

NYSLTA Members are obliged to observe the Code of Ethics and Conduct

Preamble

 

The title insurance profession is a vital and integral part of our country’s economy. It facilitates real estate transactions; enhances the reliability and accuracy of the data in our land title record systems; acts as the conduit through which many governmental and other liens are paid; and affords consumers peace of mind that their interest in real property is protected.


The New York State Land Title Association (NYSLTA) is dedicated to promoting principles, values and standards of behavior that guide the title insurance professional’s decisions, activities, procedures and systems in a way that serves the needs and interests of the consumer, the title industry and its constituents.


In furtherance of its commitment to maintaining and exhibiting the highest standards of business and professional ethics, NYSLTA has implemented the following Code of Ethics and Conduct intended to protect the consumer and the title industry while informing its members of the association’s expectations. This Code supersedes all prior codes and will be reviewed annually to ensure that it reflects the evolving needs and interests of the consumer as well as the title industry.

 

Code of Ethics and Conduct

 

First

 

Maintain and enhance the integrity of the title insurance profession. Integrity entails two components: The first is honesty and candor, which may not be subordinated to personal gain or advantage. The second is a prohibition against fraud.

 

Second

 

Engage in practices which will further the interests of the public and the title industry.


Third

 

Treat fellow title insurance professionals and consumers with dignity, courtesy and respect; and maintain a spirit of professionalism.


Fourth

 

Comply with all governmental laws, rules and regulations applicable to title insurance, as well as this Code of Ethics and Conduct.  If a title insurance professional is unsure of whether a contemplated action is permitted, the title insurance professional should consult with the appropriate resource expert.


Fifth

 

Refrain from any form of retaliation against a title insurance professional who, in good faith, reports any conduct or activity that the title insurance professional reasonably believes violates any law, rule or regulation applicable to title insurance, or this Code of Ethics and Conduct, even if the subject conduct does not actually violate the law.

 

Sixth

 

Refuse to participate or engage in any real estate transaction or business arrangement where a conflict of interest exists, including when a title insurance professional and/or a title insurance professional’s family member or firm has a present or contemplated interest unless such interest is specifically and timely disclosed and consented to by all affected parties.


Seventh

 

Refuse to participate in any agreement or arrangement, whether oral or written, that results in the payment to a person of any commission, rebate or other thing of value received or provided in exchange for a referral or reward of title insurance business which violates any state, federal and/or local laws.


Eighth

 

Act with the care, competence and diligence that a prudent professional would exercise when examining titles to real property; issuing title commitments and title policies; and providing requested ancillary services (duty of care).


Competence incorporates knowledge and skill. In the event a title insurance professional is confronted with a matter which the title insurance professional is not sufficiently competent to address, such title insurance professional must gain the competence, obtain assistance or refer the consumer to a competent professional with the required expertise. A title insurance professional should always strive to keep abreast of the latest developments in the title industry and promote the continuing education of title insurance professionals and consumers.


Diligence requires providing professional services, including responding to consumer inquiries, in a prompt and thorough manner.


Ninth

 

Engage in marketing activities which are informative and facilitate the educated selection of the title services provider that best fits the consumer’s needs.


Tenth

 

When providing title insurance, the title insurance professional must disclose the nature of the services and products provided, including ancillary services; the costs of these services and products; and the types of additional costs that the consumer may incur in the consummation of the real estate transaction.

 

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If you have any questions or need more information regarding membership, please feel free to contact us at 212-964-3701.


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