Not All Title Companies Are Created Equal

Not All Title Companies Are Created Equal

We’ve been in the title insurance industry for a while now (162 years and counting) and seen title companies come and go. Just because someone has an office and says they are a title company doesn’t mean you should trust them to take your client’s...
Thinking About Using Zillow to Sell Your Home? Read This First.

Thinking About Using Zillow to Sell Your Home? Read This First.

Selling your home and thinking about trying to save some money by not hiring a Realtor? You might want to think again. Most of us have tried to tackle that pesky plumbing problem, car repair, or remodel only to discover we should have hired a professional. Unforeseen...
Three Reasons to Not Panic in 2019

Three Reasons to Not Panic in 2019

There are a lot of real estate pundits cultivating feelings of fear and alarm right now. Let’s face it, headlines of horror can sell newspapers (or at least get you to click on and read the article). It’s true the U.S. housing market is slowing down — January...
Who Pays for Title Insurance?

Who Pays for Title Insurance?

If you are purchasing a home, you should have a title insurance policy to safeguard it. Title insurance will protect you from claims against your ownership and the risk of losing the investment you’ve made in your home. Even if you completely trust the person selling...
Not Closing With a Title Company: Is It Worth the risk?

Not Closing With a Title Company: Is It Worth the risk?

Daredevils, those who like to live dangerously, need not apply for title insurance. Just kidding! In our professional opinion (and rational mind), every property buyer should work with a title company so they can reap the many benefits of an insured closing. Benefit...
How NOT to Choose a Title Company

How NOT to Choose a Title Company

A title company does all the heavy lifting when it comes to your property’s title. In short, a title company investigates the history of your property and reveals any hidden problems. Then, they issue insurance to protect you against the loss of your property should...
Don’t Let This Happen to You

Don’t Let This Happen to You

We are often asked why home buyers should pay for owner’s title insurance when the lender already requires its own policy. In the answer that follows, a story is related that should convince anyone of the value of having owner’s title insurance. A young man was...
What’s in an Insurance Rating?

What’s in an Insurance Rating?

There are many different companies that rate title insurance providers. Some of them have been around for a long time. One of the oldest is A.M. Best, which was founded in 1899. Others like Demotech, which was formed in 1985, are not as old but are still very...