Tag Archives: Title Insurance

Title Insurance Can Be ‘A Little Tricky’ in Certain 1031 Exchanges

Although this blog is avowedly apolitical, with the results of the recent election, it seems likely that one of the most significant tax benefits for real estate investors will remain intact – the 1031 exchange. A properly structured 1031 exchange allows a seller of real estate to defer taxes on capital gains on the sale …Read more

What Does Title Insurance Underwriting Have to do with Starbucks?

Underwriting is a word commonly used in the title insurance business. But how many of us really understand the role of a title insurance underwriter? The word means to “write at the foot of or subscribe,” with subscribe coming from the Latin word to write-under. The term is believed to have been coined in the …Read more

Title Insurance Protects People from the Past

Recently, I had the fortunate experience of being interviewed by the Albuquerque Journal for a story on the value of title insurance. Along with Division President Jennifer Greenwood, we had the opportunity to make a complex process easier to understand and explain the importance of title insurance. As I noted in the story, most insurance …Read more

Make Your Personal Brand Work for You

Most everyone knows me as the “Bow Tie Guy.”  Having it on my business cards and my email signature (and even on my license plate!) helps, but that’s not why people have come to recognize me as the Bow Tie Guy and what it really stands for. I’ve worn bow ties for most of my …Read more

Sharing My Real Estate Views in a Serious Way – with a Lighter Touch

I am the New Mexico and Oklahoma Underwriting Counsel for Stewart Title Guaranty Company. Like most of you, I’ve had many experiences that have taught me much and shaped my views and perspectives on real estate – from both legal and transactional points of view.  I’d like to start sharing those with you. I’ve been …Read more

Value of an Underwriter

Things are busy in the title insurance underwriting world right now, and together with our Chief Underwriting Counsel Jim Gosdin, I am pleased to lead the outstanding underwriting team here at Stewart. Our structure and expertise, coupled with the leadership of a deep bench of talented senior underwriters, really sets us apart. Our team is …Read more

The Value of Escrow Security Bonds for Your Lender Customers

More than ever, lenders are requiring title and attorney agents to maintain insurance coverage to protect against settlement funds theft. While agents may have crime coverage through other forms of business or liability insurance policies, many times it will not protect settlement funds from theft. In addition, in the new regulatory environment, crime coverage may …Read more

How is Title Insurance Different Than Other Insurance?

The word insurance is identified with images of protection and security. It is often associated with undesirable events and transfer of risk. While title insurance does include these elements, there are some distinct characteristics that differ from much of the insurance industry. We insure the past, not the future According to the American Land Title …Read more

Fireside Chat in Colorado Springs

At the American Land Title Association Annual Conference in Colorado Springs, CO, George Houghton and I had a chance to sit down with October Research’s The Title Report editor, Chris Crowell. We talked about our business, where we have been, and where we are going as an organization, especially as it relates to our independent …Read more