Education Committee

The Education Committee is responsible for one of the four key components of MLTA's mission which is to educate our members and other title industry professionals through a menu of industry related courses, seminars and informational programs.

Education Committee Co-Chairs:

Chad Novak
Old Republic National Title Insurance Company
400 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55401-2499
(612) 336-7190
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and

Mark Goodman
Commercial Partners Title, LLC
200 South Sixth Street, Suite 1300
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(952) 337-2470 * FAX: (612) 337-2471
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Current programs include:

Spring Seminar

MLTA’s Spring Seminar is an annual event designed to provide practical education in critical areas facing the profession today. The Spring Seminar features a full-day of programming, a buffet lunch and breaks. Attendees are comprised of title closers, examiners, real estate agents, appraisers, mortgage professionals, business leaders, county officers and others who are actively engaged in the day-to-day operations of their organizations.


 

Introduction to Closing

“Intro to Closing” is a one-day class designed to give attendees an overview of the closing process . . . from Purchase Agreement to Policy. To give students a true closing experience, the class includes a Mock Closing during which a "real" closing is acted out and title and loan documents are explained. "Intro to Closing" is best suited for new closers, aspiring closers, closing assistants or other title professionals who have an interest in learning the basics of the closing process.

Topics include:

  • Title Order Process
  • Preparing for Closing & Title Clearing
  • Closing Day
  • Mock Closing | Mock Closing Review & Questions
  • Post Closing
  • Fraud
  • Industry Trends
  • Examination & Evaluations

Who:  Those interested in learning more about the basics of closing in order to become a closer and more experienced closers who need credit to secure a closing license.

Continuing education:  8 hours of pre-licensing credit towards a Closer License and 8 hours of real estate continuing education credit.


 

Course 1: Principles of Real Estate Law and Title Insurance

MLTA's "Principles of Real Estate Law and Title Insurance" provides a comprehensive overview of the title insurance processis. It is designed for individuals who want to learn more about what happens behind the scenes at a title insurance agency.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to Real Estate Law
  • Legal Descriptions and Public Land Records
  • Purchase Agreements, Contract for Deed, Deeds and Conveyances
  • Process of a Title Order and Title Evidence
  • Common Encumbrances and Liens
  • Title Examination
  • Closings (closing process, responsibilities of closer, post closing)
  • Title Commitments, Policies and Endorsements

Who:  Those new to the business and those interested in learning more about Minnesota real estate law and title insurance, e.g. new closers and title professionals; realtors

Continuing education:   8 hours of pre-licensing credit towards a Closer License and 8 hours of real estate continuing education credit.


 

Course 2: Title Examination

This one-day course will be taught by industry professionals and is designed for title examiners who are or will be employed within the industry to examine title in order to aid in the production of title insurance commitments and policies.

Because this course is designed with title insurance industry examiners in mind, a review of the basic title insurance forms, as well as some common forms of endorsements, is included as part of this course. The review is designed only to highlight areas of importance to the examiner. Prior completion of MLTA Course I: Principles of Real Estate Law & Title Insurance is recommended, but not required.

Each student will receive a reference manual that was written by industry attorneys and experts.

Topics include:

  • Course Overview & Title Insurance Review
  • Legal Descriptions
  • Examination of Title to Abstract Property
  • Examination of Title to Torrens Property
  • Estates in Real Property
  • Conveyances
  • Parties to the Chain of Title
  • Liens, Encumbrances, etc.

Who:  Title examiners who are or will be employed within the industry to examine title in order to aid in the production of title insurance commitments and policies. Also beneficial to those with experience who needs to learn more who wants to move into an examiner role, e.g. promotion from data entry or abstractor

Continuing education:  8 hours of pre-licensing credit towards a Closer License and 8 hours of real estate continuing education credit.


 

Basic Abstracting and Legal Descriptions

This full day course will cover topics including the rectangular survey system, metes and bounds legal descriptions, auditor’s subdivisions, registered land, common interest communities, judgments and liens. A good part of the day will be spent drawing out actual legal descriptions.

Instructors/Abstractors are present to answer questions and assist in drawing and following legal descriptions. Attendees are asked to bring a pencil, notepad, eraser, and scaled ruler.

Topics include:

  • The History of Abstracting and Land Records
  • The Rectangular Survey System
  • Metes and Bounds Legal Descriptions
  • Plats, Auditor's Subdivisions and Registered Land Surveys
  • Torrens Titles
  • Names and Tax Searches

Who:  Entry-level professionals interested in learning more about the business and/or becoming an abstractor.

Continuing education:  n/a