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08 Mar

Message from the CEO | Merger Mania Consequences

What are the consequences of another consolidation of national underwriters?  When will the mergers be done?  Who is next?  Independent agents and independent underwriters are the lifeblood of a diversified title industry.  Currently, the “big four” national underwriters control almost 85 percent of the overall market, while the rest of the industry completes for the

27 Feb

Underwriting Q&A: Do Texas title companies offer “survey coverage”?

Q: Do Texas title companies offer “survey coverage”? A: No. Unfortunately, over the years our industry has used the slang term “survey coverage” to describe various policy endorsements that may be available on a proposed transaction. However, the over use of the term has resulted in a misunderstanding of the actual coverage provided by the

19 Feb

Out & About | Texas Land Title Association’s Day at the Capitol

Chris Phillips, Suzanne Tinsley and Jamie Barker joined almost 300 members of the Texas Land Title Association at the Texas State Capitol in Austin this week. The day was spent meeting with state legislators sharing our industry’s powerful story of protecting Texans’ property rights. Texas has built one of the strongest title insurance systems in

15 Feb

AGENT SPOTLIGHT: Texas Title

Texas Title’s number one objective is to provide customers with superior service, knowledge and expertise.  Chris Drumm, DFW President stated, “Our focus on the customer experience is shaping how the closing process is evolving to meet these needs; from the office décor, type of coffee served, cordial attitude of our staff, down to the minute

12 Feb

Out & About | FNTI Brings Education and Training to You

April Roberts, Director of Education and Training, sits down with some of the staff of Strategic National Title Group to discuss how to minimize mistakes using organization and communication in the closing process. FNTI is available for the training and development of your staff. Contact your Agency Representative to find out more!

11 Feb

DJ’s Motivational Mondays | Words at Valentines

Valentine’s Day is in a couple of days which means lots of loving words within cards and candy boxes will be given.  But do we know anything about the man, St. Valentine?  Around the year 265 AD there was an emperor named Claudias who had an edict that soldiers should not marry because they fought

08 Feb

Message from the CEO | FNTI Gross Revenue Exceeds $115M Due to Independent Agent Growth in 2018

The results are in for 2018, and it was another year of steady growth and strong financial results for First National Title Insurance Company (FNTI).  With a year over year growth rate of 18%, we surpassed $100M in gross revenues and established a record setting $115M in revenues for 2018.  In three short years, we

24 Jan

George’s Update | The Ultimate Reality Show

“A strong team can take any crazy vision and turn it into a reality” – John Carmack “I look for a good story. Usually the best stories are the ones that are unbelievably true.” – Dennis Quaid “My creative juices are always flowing from a river of reality.” – George H. Stablein Jr. I have

21 Jan

Underwriting Q&A: What is the correct exception in Schedule B when finding a memorandum [of lease, of agreement, etc.] recorded in the Public or Official Records which affects the property? When can this exception be removed?

A:  The exception would properly read as follows:  “Terms, conditions and stipulations of the [lease or agreement] as evidenced by Memorandum of [Lease/Agreement/etc.] recorded as [document/instrument] in the [Public/Official] Records of ______ County,  [State]  .’   [Additional information such as the parties to the memorandum and the dates of execution and recording are always helpful as

19 Jan

Select Title Opens a New Office in Fredericksburg, Texas

Sean Everest, Suzanne Tinsley and George Stablein enjoyed an afternoon celebrating the grand opening of Select Title’s new Fredericksburg location. Local real estate agents, lenders, attorneys and other community members stopped by the open house to tour the office and give their best wishes. FNTI welcomes the Fredericksburg Team to its growing family of agents.