Ticor Tech Tip – A Simple Way to Manage a Overload of Passwords KOMO / Ticor Consumer Tip

We are proud to say we have partnered with long time local area consumer protection advocate Herb Weisbaum of KOMO to bring you Technology and Title Tips.

You probably have dozens of online accounts and that makes it a real challenge to create strong passwords – passwords you can remember – for all of them.

That’s why so many people use a few simple passwords over and over again.
But weak passwords – like 12345, password, 123abc, admin, or iloveyou – are
easy to crack. And if that password grants access to multiple accounts, it puts all
of them at risk, if just one of them is compromised. The solution is to use a password manager. It lets you create complex passwords and store them securely for easy access on all your devices.


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Please join us in Welcoming Chris Del Rosso to Ticor Title!

We’re excited to announce that Chris Del Rosso has joined our Ticor Title Team! Chris’s experience in foreclosure searches, recordings, and examining will be an invaluable benefit to our clients.

About Chris

Chris started in the title industry in 1998 after graduating from Central Washington University with a degree in Criminal Justice. Chris has worked in recording, starts, examining, and in the title unit. For the last five years he has focused on being a resource for investor clients. Chris is a proud father of two daughters and a son ranging from 11 to 18 years old. He’s a huge Seahawk fan, loves the outdoors, and is excited to be a valuable resource to our clients here at Ticor.

Ticor Tech Tip – Fraudsters taking advantage of Contact Tracing process KOMO / Ticor Consumer Tip

We are proud to say we have partnered with long time local area consumer protection advocate Herb Weisbaum of KOMO to bring you Technology and Title Tips.

Contact tracing is one of the critical tools health departments have to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Unfortunately, it’s also given criminals a new way to scam people. Impostors are texting people, pretending to be with a health department, in order to steal their personal information, money – or both.

Before calling, some health departments send a text message telling you to expect a call – from a specific number – about an urgent
public health matter. Real contact tracers will ask for your name and address, date of birth, work information, and contact preferences. They will never ask for your Social Security number, immigration status, your bank account or credit card information, or ask you to pay
for anything.


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Ticor Tech Tip – Public Phone Charging Station Risks KOMO / Ticor Consumer Tip

Charging Station

We are proud to say we have partnered with long time local area consumer protection advocate Herb Weisbaum of KOMO to bring you Technology and Title Tips.

Smartphones and tablets use the same USB port and a single USB cable for charging and sharing data. Plug that smartphone or tablet into a free charging station and unlock it – to check your email or go online – and all your data is vulnerable. It’s called “juice-jacking” and while this is certainly not the one of the major threats we face with our mobile devices, the potential for serious damage is real.

These are just a few of the items potentially at risk if a hacker gains access to your device…

  • E-Mails
  • Usernames and Passwords
  • Websites You Visit
  • Contacts


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Ticor Welcomes Brandy Shell to our Covington Escrow Team!

We are excited to announce that Brandy Shell has joined our Covington Escrow Team! She brings over 18 years of industry experience with her and will be an invaluable resource for you and your clients.

Please join us in welcoming Brandy to the Ticor Title family!

About Brandy

Brandy began her escrow career in 2002 and quickly developed a passion for title and escrow. She worked her way from Escrow Assistant to Escrow Closer and then earned her LPO. Brandy specializes in resale transactions focusing on the Eastside and South King County marketplaces. She brings customer-focused communication and a skill for being solution oriented.

Brandy was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She also had the opportunity to live abroad and spent a few months in Brusque, Brazil. She currently resides with her husband and three kids in Lea Hill, Auburn. Brandy enjoys cooking up new recipes for her family, working in her yard, and watching her flowers grow.

Brandy Shell
LPO / Escrow Closer
253-631-3596
Brandy.Shell@ticortitle.com

Now you can Text with Ticor!

You can now text your customer service requests into Ticor’s property information specialists.

More and more of our customers are preferring text communication over other traditional methods and we have the solution. In addition to our property information specialists, our closing teams are available to communicate via Text!  

Benefits of Texting

Improved communication
Quick response
Convenient 


Need a trio, a farm or want to place a title order on your next listing … text your request to your Ticor team today!
844-MY-TICOR or 844-698-4267 (Call or Text!)

Please join us in Welcoming Debbie Stevens to Ticor Title!

Join us in welcoming Debbie to Ticor!

Since founding her own escrow company in 1996, Debbie has been a successful Title and Escrow professional and thought-leader in the Puget Sound real estate and lending industries.

She is most passionate about being in the field, connecting and deepening her relationships. She works tirelessly to make her clients look good and their transactions close smoothly. Debbie is a fountain of lead-gen and marketing ideas and is widely considered one of the industry’s best problem-solvers; a powerful advocate for Agents, Loan Officers, Buyers, and Sellers.

With over 35 years of experience in Title and Escrow, Debbie Stevens is a known and trusted resource for connections and solutions that move clients forward in the business of real estate. She is excited to now be a part of Ticor Title!

Those who know her best describe Debbie as kind, loyal, thoughtful, driven, always having a smile to share and really fun. She loves to travel and her family and close friends mean everything to her. An avid lover of champagne, Debbie looks for any reason to toast life’s meaningful moments – like the successful closing of your next transaction!  

You can reach Debbie at 425-577-9931 or Debbie.Stevens@TicorTitle.com

Ticor Tech Tip – How to Stay Protected from E-Mail Scams Exploiting COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) E-Mail Scams Can Be Difficult to Spot

Fraudsters hope to exploit your fears with phishing e-mails designed to steal money, snag personal information and infect computers. With this in mind we are proud to say we have partnered with long time local area consumer protection advocate Herb Weisbaum of KOMO to bring you Technology and Title Tips. With this current phishing attack, the fraudsters are designing their e-mails to look like they’re coming from the CDC or the WHO. They typically have an attention-grabbing subject line, such as “Coronavirus outbreak in your city (Emergency)” and often include the agency’s logo — cut and pasted from the real website — to add credibility.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Emails Scams can be difficult to spot – What to look out for?

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Thank you from all of us at Ticor Title! 

Ticor Business Update – COVID-19

To our clients,

At Ticor Title, our people and clients are our top priority and we are committed to doing what we need to do to protect them while helping stop the spread of COVID-19. As a result, we continue to closely follow guidance issued by the CDC, WHO, and other state agencies as it relates to safety protocols and virus protection. With this in mind, we have implemented alternative work arrangements across all of our offices and have approved as many of our people as possible in each office to work remotely.

We have spent time both testing and expanding our remote working capabilities to minimize any disruption of the service levels you have come to expect. However, in this unprecedented time, we ask for your patience as we diligently work to meet these new challenges and the needs of our people, our clients, and our communities.

During these alternative work arrangements, we also wanted to make sure that you are aware of the following practices that are in place in our title operations to help continue closing real estate transactions.

  • Earnest Money Deposits: You can send Earnest Money Deposits via wire transfers. As with all wires, remember that wire fraud is real and home buyers and sellers are the biggest targets. As a best practice, confirm all wiring instructions, including specific banking information, by phone before transferring funds. Use the phone number for your closing agent/escrow officer provided on their website or from a business card. Never rely on phone numbers in email communications.
  • Virtual Signings and eSign Tools (where and when available): To eliminate or significantly reduce reliance on in-person closing and signings, Virtual Signings and eSign tools are available for customers to sign eligible documents from their homes.
  • Video Consultations: Our operations have access to video conference technology to facilitate consultations with customers to review documents and answer questions prior to or as part of the closing process.
  • Efficient Closings: Our goal is to streamline the amount of time you are in our offices or required for closings. We are customizing solutions for each office to accommodate customer needs.
  • eRecording: At this time, the majority of county recorder offices appear to be functioning, or are only closed to the public, so that documents continue to be recorded, and online records remain searchable and up-to-date. However, that is not true in all cases. As a result, we are providing local managers with authority, where appropriate, to issue policies providing coverage during the gap created by recording or posting delays created by government office closures.

We are in a rapidly changing environment as a result of COVID-19, and the impacts on our national and local communities are changing hourly, including the closing of some local government recording offices. At this time, the majority of these offices appear to be functioning, or are only closed to the public, so that documents continue to be recorded, and online records remain searchable and up-to-date. We are closely monitoring this pandemic situation, and you are encouraged to contact our office with any concerns or questions related to your transactions.

Safeguarding the health and safety of our customers and employees is our top priority.

Ticor Title is open for business and staff are here to help our clients/customers but by appointment only. With the current health concerns regarding COVID-19, we ask that you call to set appointment if you are coming into our office.

Thank you,

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John Bloomquist
Senior Vice President | County Manager

Thank you from Ticor Title

 

We want to express our appreciation to our clients both new and old. Every transaction has a dream or story behind it and we are ever grateful to provide title insurance and escrow services for so many in the Puget Sound area.