The American Land Title Association (ALTA) is the national trade association for title professionals. Founded in 1907, the organization is based in Washington, D.C., and represents title insurance companies, title and settlement agents, independent abstractors, title searchers, and real estate attorneys.
According to ALTA, it has 4,600 active members, and nearly all title insurance companies are members. ALTA stays in touch with Congress, Fannie May, Freddie Mac, and others to monitor legislative and regulatory issues related to titling. It also provides title industry education, conducts research, and liaisons with other national organizations. ALTA works to improve land records and monitors judgements and legislative developments.
For consumers, ALTA ensures that its members adhere to high standards and work to advocate safe and efficient real estate transfers. The organization’s website includes information about home buying and the closure process.