Highlights of the Texas Legislative Session IV

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Our Attorney David Dulock is recapping highlights of the Texas Legislative Session in a four-part series we’re posting throughout the month. Here’s the final update summarizing 13 bills that were effective on or before September 1, 2019. Click here for more detail https://bit.ly/2zpaUaG By the way, if you’d like regular updates on laws, regulations, and policies that affect the industry, …

Highlights of the Texas Legislative Session III

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Our Attorney David Dulock is recapping highlights of the Texas Legislature in a four-part series we’re posting throughout the month.   Here’s the third update, which summarizes three bills effective immediately.  They include new laws regarding reporting information to consumer reporting agencies; homestead exemptions for properties rendered uninhabitable or unusable by a disaster; and application of the limit on appraised values …

Look for Our Team at These Upcoming Industry Gatherings

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Networking with clients and prospective clients is important to us, as is staying current on industry trends and news. Our team will be attending these upcoming events. We hope to see you there! Sep. 14-16 – 2019 NAMB National Conference and Trade Show.  Las Vegas, NV Sep. 23-25 – MBA Regulatory Compliance Conference.  Washington, DC Sep. 26-29 – NAHREP at …

Highlights of the Texas Legislative Session II

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Our Attorney David Dulock is recapping highlights of the Texas Legislature in a four-part series we’re posting throughout the month.  Here’s his second update which summarizes Senate Bill 614 and House Bill 1442.  Senate Bill 614 continues in existence the Finance Commission of Texas, the Department of Banking, and the Savings and Mortgage Lending Department to September 1, 2031.  House …

Highlights of the Texas Legislative Session I

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Our Attorney David Dulock is recapping highlights of the Texas Legislature in a four-part series we’re posting throughout the month.  First up is his update on Senate Bill 2330, which grants temporary authority for certain individuals to act as a residential mortgage loan originator in Texas under certain condition.  Click here for more.  https://bit.ly/34baSSb By the way, if you’d like …

Helping the North Texas Food Bank Knock Out Hunger

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Hunger can often be a hidden issue in any community, even in our own. Across the North Texas Food Bank 13-county service area, more than 800,000 people are food insecure – 1 in 6 people and 1 in 4 children.  With this in mind, Black, Mann & Graham LLP is joining other local law firms across North Texas for a friendly …

Need a Refresher on Texas Survey Requirements?

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Last month, we told you we were producing eight new instructional videos to help you stay current with industry topics, rules, and regulations.  We’re pleased to feature the first of the videos: Texas Survey Requirements as presented by Attorney and Partner Shawn Black. Watch for updates about other videos in coming weeks or click on our BM&G website Resource tab for …

BM&G Team Helping Kids Start School Year on the Right Foot

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Many BM&G team members are proud parents, grandparents, aunt and uncles, too.  That may explain why we have such a soft spot for kids who need a hand up.  Our teams in Dallas and Flower Mound supported two back-to-school efforts this year to help children in our community start the school year ready to learn. In Flower Mound, our staff …

Catching up with Shawn Black

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We recently caught up with BM&G partner Shawn Black, who manages the Flower Mound office and the firm’s title operations. Shawn has been with the firm since 2003 when he left his native Buffalo, New York and headed to North Texas with his wife Kathy and twin sons, Patrick and Liam. When Shawn isn’t working, he and Kathy are busy …

Best Practices:  VA Texas Cash Out Transactions

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 We’re checking in again with our Dallas Closing Supervisor/Assistant Fulfillment Manager Judy Phothisen, for advice and clarification regarding recent queries on VA Cash Outs and TX CO products. Judy, we’re hearing from VA borrowers that the Veterans Administration tells them they may do VA Cash Out transactions, citing new legislation that was passed.  Some VA borrowers are also telling us …