Ticor Title Welcomes Doyle Beekley and Sean Ainsworth to Sales Team

doyle-sean-announcement

We are pleased to announce that Doyle Beekley and Sean Ainsworth have joined the sales team in the Greater Puget Sound area. Doyle will be serving our new construction and builder clients and Sean working with our residential real estate clients and partners. Both bring a wealth of local industry experience and we are excited that they chose Ticor Title.

About Doyle Beekley

Doyle Beekley

Sales Executive / Builder Services
doyle.beekley@ticortitle.com
206-330-8703

Doyle Beekley has a strong background in customer service and sales within the new construction real estate industry. With over 15 years experience in the residential data resource and consulting industry, he has helped his clients understand such information tools as: New Home Trends, Land Vision, Development Life Cycle, Metro Study and most recently with Meyers Research and their data app Zonda.

Over the past 15 years Doyle has been involved with the Master Builders Association and most notably is the current Vice President of the New Home Council in the Puget Sound Region.

Doyle likes to spend his free time with family and friends, snowmobiling, golfing and traveling to warm destinations.

Look to Doyle Beekley to provide exceptional customer service here at Ticor Title.

About Sean Ainsworth

Sean Ainsworth

Sales Executive
sean.ainsworth@ticortitle.com
425-770-8070

Sean Ainsworth comes to Ticor with over seven years of experience in lending with Wells Fargo. His service-oriented ethic and focus on follow-through will prove to be a tremendous value to our Bellevue/East-side clients and partners.

Sean spends the majority of his time outside of work with his beautiful 4 year old daughter. he also plays competitive softball, travelling to places like Florida, Oklahoma, Vegas, etc. for World Tournaments each year.

Sean is very excited to join the Ticor team, and looks forward to working to providing solutions and exceptional value to the real estate community.

New! Local Utilities Added to Buyer & Seller Guide

Real Estate Buyer Seller Guide with Local Utilities

We are pleased to announce that our online Buyer & Seller Guide to Title and Escrow now includes local utility information for King County, Pierce County, and Snohomish County for our Western Washington clients. The added local utilities section provides a convenient and time-saving reference for contacting the following services in the towns and cities in the tri-counties area:

  • Cable / Telephone / Internet
  • Heating / Electricity / Natural Gas
  • Garbage / Recycling
  • Water & Sewer

 

What is the Buyer and Seller Guide to Title and Escrow?

Our Buyer and Seller Guide is a 60-page eBook that provides a wealth of answers to questions that consumers commonly ask before, during, and after a real estate transaction. Each section is written in concise plain English, making it easy to use for experienced real estate professionals and consumers alike.

How To Share the Guide

Sharing the whole booklet or a single page with a client, consumer, or colleague is simple. Simply click the share link below the booklet to share the entire publication or the current page.
share buyer seller guide

Happy New Year From Your Ticor Title Team!

new-year

We would like to wish you a happy and healthy New Year!

As 2017 comes to a close, we reflect on a year of growth, challenge, and success. We are very grateful for our clients and partners and we look forward to continued success together in the coming year. We enter 2018 with the vision, focus, team, and resources to be the leaders in our industry.

Cheers to a new year, new heights, good health, and strong relationships!

True Story: Escrow Closer Thwarts Last-Minute Wire Fraud Scheme

Last-Minute-Wire-Fraud-Thwarted

Leanne S., AVP Branch Manager of one of our sister offices, had a closing at 10:00 a.m. The buyer was obtaining a new loan to purchase the home. The buyer had not yet wired in the closing funds so she could not disburse the proceeds to the sellers.

Leanne made arrangements with the sellers at the closing to pick up the proceeds check later that day. The sellers indicated they were going to use the funds to pay off the home equity loan on their primary residence with Navy Federal Credit Union®.

A Last-Minute Change Requested via Email

Within 10 minutes after the buyer and sellers left her office she received the following email:

“Hi Leanne,

Thank you so much for assisting with the closing. But regarding our disbursement can you assist with changing disbursing to our Sun Trust bank account. Please note that this is very important. Kindly get back to me so I can send you wire instructions.

Thanks
Mr. and Mrs. Marty G.”

Wire Instructions via Email are a Red Flag

Leanne was confused. She just spoke to the sellers about the fact they bank at Navy Federal Credit Union. They never mentioned anything about SunTrust℠ being their bank. Plus, Marty was very specific about picking up his check.

Leanne replied to the email explaining she would not be able to accommodate his request unless he came back to her office to complete and sign her wire out instructions, and provide a copy of a voided check from his SunTrust account. She never received a reply to her email and Marty confirmed he never sent that email.

Careful Communication is Key

Be Aware!

Online banking fraud is on the rise. If you receive an email containing WIRE TRANSFER INSTRUCTIONS call your escrow officer immediately to verify the information prior to sending funds.

Leanne was confident she knew the email was a scam. She spoke in detail to the sellers about when their proceeds would be available, she knew their plans for the money and where they banked.

Leanne was particularly unnerved about the fact the hacker seemed to know exactly when the closing was scheduled for and when the sellers had left her office. It is scary how savvy the hackers were.

The proceeds were in excess of $355,000. Had Leanne not paid attention to the details, she could have fallen for the scheme. Instead, she is being rewarded and recognized for thwarting a loss the Company could have suffered.

Download This Article

Wirefraud-prevented.indd
Wire Fraud Thwarted

2018 Recorder’s Holiday Closure Calendars

courthouse-2018

We are pleased to announce the availability of the 2018 Recorder’s Office Holiday Closure schedules for the Puget Sound and Spokane areas. These calendars assist in planning the timing of escrow closings at a glance, and each conveniently shows the following:

  • Days that the recorders offices will be closed
  • The last refinance-signing day for each month (in order to fund & record that month).
  • When Taxes become due

Download Recorder’s Office Calendars Below

Thank You, Spokane!

Thank-you-spk

Ticor Title would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks to the Spokane Community

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to our clients and partners in the Spokane area. 2017 has been a year of growth and success for Ticor Title in this marketplace, and our team of Title & Escrow specialists are thankful for every opportunity to partner with the people and real estate community of Spokane. We believe that every successful closing begins with a great team. Our team is committed to building strong relationships through listening, clear communication, consistency, and personalized service.

Thanksgiving Holiday Closures

In observance of Thanksgiving, our offices will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24. If you have questions regarding an escrow closing near that time, please contact your Ticor Escrow Officer or Sales Executive.

Escrow & Title Insurance 101 [videos]

The Title & Escrow Experts

At Ticor Title, we’ve been insuring the home ownership dream for over a century. With a rich Pacific Northwest history and industry-leading financial strength, we provide the peace of mind and the personalized service that make the closing experience excellent for our clients and partners. If you have questions about the role of escrow or title insurance in your real estate transaction, our team of experts are here to help.

A Rare and Exciting Event

For most of us, purchasing a home is an event that happens only a few times in our lifetime. Today’s homeowner stays in their home an average of 11-15 years. So it’s understandable that the typical home buyer may be unfamiliar with how escrow operates, what protection title insurance provides, and how to be ready for the escrow process when the time comes to make a real estate purchase.

Title & Escrow in Plain English

We’ve assembled a series of brief videos here that provide an overview of escrow & title insurance as well as insights into what to look for in a title insurance company and how to be prepared for escrow closing.

What is Escrow

What is Title Insurance

What to Look for in a Title Insurance Company

What to Expect at Closing

Ticor Title Welcomes Jen Evans, Escrow Closer

Jen Evans Escrow Closer

We are pleased to welcome Jen Evans to our University Place Escrow team. Jen brings over 13 years of escrow closing experience and is excited to advance her career with Ticor Title. Her expertise, insights, and personal care will bring great value to our clients and partners.

Please join us in welcoming Jen Evans to the team!

About Jen

Jen Evans

253-620-1396
jen.evans@ticortitle.com

3929 Bridgeport Way W #202
University Place, WA 98466

Born and raised in Tacoma, Jen began her career as an Escrow Assistant in 2004 and progressed on to beccome an Escrow Closer in 2012. She is excited for her new venture as an Escrow Closer in the University Place office and her goal is to earn the LPO certification in 2018. She strives to provide clear communication, personalized service and consistency to her clients and goes above and beyond to make every transaction as smooth as possible. Jen looks forward to reconnecting with past clients and the challenge of expanding her book of business in the Puget Sound area.

True Story: A Vacant Lot and Fake Sellers Caught

Vacant Lot & Fake Sellers CaughtTeri D., Closing Officer at one of our agencies, was processing a sale of a vacant, waterfront lot. The sales price was $205,000; a cash purchase. The purchaser paid $5,000 as earnest money and was working with a builder on plans to build a home on the lot.

Since the property was a vacant lot Teri realized the seller’s mailing address would be different than the property address; her office has an added precaution in place where the address provided is compared with the address for the tax bill on the tax assessor’s website.

Confirmation & Connecting with the Sellers

Teri discovered the vacant property address was different than the tax bill address. She sent a letter to the seller at the address listed on the tax bill introducing herself, her company and asking the seller to contact her to confirm the sale of the lot. The buyer was not obtaining a new loan so about a week later they were ready to close. Teri prepared the closing documents on Friday, March 31, 2017. She contacted the listing agent to find out where and how she should send the closing documents. The listing agent advised her to email the closing documents to the seller. Once again, in an effort to ensure there was no funny business going on, Teri also sent the documents via overnight delivery to the address on the tax bill. Everything was sent on Monday, April 3, 2017.

We’re Not Selling

“They told him they were not selling their lot…”

On April 5, 2017, the real owners of the vacant lot called the Agency and asked to speak with the President. Brice C. took their call. The owners explained to Brice they received a letter and overnight package from his company. They told him they were not selling their lot and did not have it listed for sale. Further, they stated they already explained this to the listing agent on March 24, 2017. That was twelve days ago. Teri wondered why the listing agent did not tell her that when she called on March 31, 2017?

Questions for the Listing Agent

Brice called Teri into his office to share what he learned. She immediately called the listing agent to notify him the real owners just called her company’s president. She asked him why he did not tell her he spoke to them on March 24, 2017. The listing agent explained after receiving the email about the property, unbeknownst to him, he asked the fake sellers for identification. They showed him their passports. He asked for copies and they gave him copies. It never occurred to him they were false.

The real owners had forwarded their email exchange with the listing agent to Brice, where they confirmed they were the owners of the lot and were not interested in selling. Teri also asked the listing agent why he provided her with a different email address for the seller than the one he received from the real owners who communicated with him. He simply huffed at her. Was he really going to let this deal close knowing all of this? She will never know.

No, Thank You!

Fortunately for Teri this agent does not usually do business with her. It was the selling agent who encouraged the buyers to select her as their closing agent. The company resigned from the transaction.

Teri recognized the risks associated with sales where the property owner is absentee. Simply checking the tax bill and sending a notice to the address listed on the bill saved the agency and the underwriter from a potential claim.

All New! Interactive Property Information Search

Interactive Property Information Search

We are excited to announce a completely redesigned ticorexpress.com providing a more interactive, visual, and streamlined property search experience!
Look for the new features today!

Log in:
TicorExpress.com

Property Profile Information

TicorExpress.com provides property profile data, owner information, transfer history, recorded documents, plat maps, demographics, and school information.

How to Get an Account

If you already have a TicorExpress.com account, you’re ready to go. If you are a new user, please contact your Ticor Title Sales Executive for exclusive access to this powerful time-saving research tool!

New Search Interface

Searching for property information is now quicker and easier because of predictive search and interactive aerial map features. Finding property information is now a more intuitive and visual experience.

Click Map to Search

The interactive map search makes researching adjacent or nearby properties easy! Click any property within view to access basic information or a complete property profile. Move or zoom the map to to explore and search.

Mobile Optimized

The new TicorExpress.com provides a better property search experience in the office or on the go because is optimized for mobile, tablet, and desktop!

Easy Access to Recent Searches

Save time accessing previous searches with the “Recent Searches” feature. Properties that you last searched are available in one click.

Advanced Search

Use the advanced search feature to search by address, owner name, parcel number, or street look-up.