Exciting News! Team Ohana has joined Ticor Title!

We are pleased to announce that Team Ohana has joined our Ticor Title Eastside & South Snohomish locations!

Naomi Armstrong
Sales Executive
Call or Text: c: 206-409-1833

About Naomi:

A little about me. I attended the University of Washington, GO DAWGS, and during my college career I entered the world of real estate (to pay my tuition and have a flexible schedule). After graduating from UW in 2001, I continued on in Real Estate. Fast forward 10 plus years I was presented a great opportunity to join a mortgage team and decided to switch gears. A little over 5 years in the lending world and a mother of 2 beautiful boys, I knew I needed to follow my passion for helping people, yet have a more flexible schedule to be present for my children. In pursuit of following my passion, I started to explore a career that would allow me to use my strong skill set, from the real estate and mortgage world, and took the leap to start a new career in Title and Escrow… and haven’t looked back since! This side of the industry is dynamic, powerful and inspiring. My role is fulfilling, giving me the opportunity to help my clients achieve their goals for growth, which allows me to also develop long term partnerships that feel like family. Truly the best of both worlds.

What drives me: leaving a legacy behind for my family. Giving meaning and purpose to my life and providing my children a strong foundation is what drives me to accomplish my goals and succeed.

I always say to live with intent, be present in your life: at home, work and in your relationships. Have fun and enjoy every moment. Family is very important to me, and my children are an inspiration and my daily motivation… “My Why”. When you have a “Why”, you have a purpose. There’s nothing more powerful than that.

Brian Cawyer
Sales Executive
Call or Text: c: 206-409-1833

About Brian:

My 13yr old daughter Zuri is what drives me, she is my WHY and my WORLD!

My whole career has been in Customer Service from selling Shoes, Department Manager, Regional Manager and a Store Manager of 18yrs for Nordstrom. After leaving Nordstrom I wanted to stay in the Customer Service world, so I decided for the Real Estate space and have never looked back. 5 years as Area Manager for First American Home Warranty and the last 3yrs in Title & Escrow Sales.

I bring expertise in client acquisition along with excellent interpersonal communication and relationship-building abilities. Dedicated to continuous improvement and achieving market-leading results. Strategically minded in capturing new business and leveraging dynamic market opportunities. Expert in increasing productivity and customer satisfaction while driving revenue and sales. Establishing strong Relationships and Partnerships is what I love about what I do.

I am super excited to be part of the Ticor Title Family!

Seattle’s Investor Friendly Title Company – Pre-Foreclosure List

Seattle’s Investor Friendly Title Company - Pre-Foreclosure Weekly List

Our 2023 pre-foreclosure list is now available!

Did you know that Ticor Title is focused on cultivating new investor friendly opportunities in this current market? 

This Seattle area report includes a detailed list filled with information for you to review and consider when talking to your clients about investing in Seattle Real Estate. Ticor Title is committed to being Seattle’s Investor Friendly Title Company for 2023!

For a monthly fee of 20.00, you will receive a detailed list providing pre-foreclosing lien information along with all of the properties that went into foreclosure recently.

The list will include…

• List covers King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap Counties.
• Contains both trustee sale and judicial foreclosure filings.
• Sent each Friday afternoon.

Detailed Pricing – Cost is $20/month, or $200/year. $200 buys 52 weeks of the 4-county list; a really good value. *Paying annually ensures uninterrupted service.

Contact your Sales Executive today to find out why Ticor Title is Seattle’s Investor Friendly Title Company!

RSVP NOW – January 4th – Ticor Title’s Creative Closing Series

We would like to invite you to attend this specially crafted class series all about Creative Closings in our current market. 

Click here to RSVP, seating is limited! https://tinyurl.com/yck7344r

We’ll Cover

MORTGAGE ASSUMPTIONS – An assumable mortgage is a loan that can be transferred from one party to another with the initial loan terms remaining in place.

CONTRACT ASSIGNMENTS – A contract assignment allows a buyer/investor to assign their interest in a Real Estate Purchase and Sale Agreement to a third party (normally for a fee).

WRAP TRANSACTIONS – A Wrap is a type of seller financing wherein the seller’s existing loan is wrapped by a secondary loan from buyer to seller. The payment from the buyer is then used to pay the sellers existing loan.

SELLER FINANCING – Real estate contracts vs notes / deeds of trust

Double Closings: A Valuable Tool for Real Estate Investors

Most of us are familiar with Contract Assignments wherein the original buyer on the Purchase and Sale Agreement “assigns” his interest to a third party, but what is a Double Closing and why is it considered a valuable tool?

A Double Closing is the simultaneous closing of two separate Purchase and Sale Agreements involving three parties – a seller, a real estate investor, and an end buyer.  The sale of the property to a third-party investor is referred to as the Acquisition Escrow.  The investor then sells the property to the end buyer; this transaction is referred to as the Resale Escrow.  Both contracts will include language stating that closing is contingent on the simultaneous closing of the other.

Advantages of a Double Closing

Sellers working with investors are often sellers in dire circumstances. They want to close their home quickly but aren’t thrilled about the idea of entering a contract with one buyer who then assigns their interest to someone else who could then come back and start trying to renegotiate the terms. Utilizing a Double Closing allows the investor to remain in control of both transactions until closing occurs and keeps the seller content.

Investors completing a Double Closing do not have to disclose the amount of profit they are making to their end buyer like they do on an assignment. Because they are completing two closings, the sales price on the Acquisition Escrow is not disclosed to the buyer on the Resale Escrow nor is the sales price on the Resale Escrow disclosed to the seller of the Acquisition Escrow.

Funding for Double Closing

  • Transactional Financing

Oftentimes investors will secure a very short-term loan referred to as a Transactional Loan or Flash Cash Loan. This type of financing is normally only secured for a few days and is paid back when both transactions close.

  • Single-Source Funding

Using the proceeds from the Resale Escrow to complete the Acquisition Escrow closing is referred to as Single Source Funding. Although this type of closing was more common before the 2008 housing crisis, this type of funding can still be done today. The investor/seller of the Resale Escrow must disclose to the buyer that sellers’ proceeds are being used to purchase the property subject property.

Disadvantages of a Double Closing

The biggest disadvantage of a Double Closing is timing and the reliance of three parties to perform rather than just two. If the buyer or original seller backs out list minute, it affects both transactions.

Trying to record and fund on both transactions on the same day can be a challenge especially if the end buyer has a conventional lender.

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To learn more about Double Closings reach out to one of our specialists now!


Assumable Mortgage: What it is and How it Works

An assumable mortgage allows a buyer to purchase a home by taking over the payments on the sellers existing loan rather than obtaining a new loan.

One of the biggest benefits to a mortgage assumption is that your rate would be far below today’s current interest rates. To assume a loan, you must apply and be qualified by the seller’s lender but the approval process is similar to applying for any other type of mortgage loan.

Which loans are assumable?

FHA and VA loans are generally assumable if the new borrower qualifies with the sellers existing lender to take over the loan payments.

Conventional Fixed Rate loans contain a due-on-sale clause and are not assumable.

Do I need a down payment?

The current borrower has likely paid down some of the original loan balance and the home has also increased in value.  The difference between the sales price and the loan amount being assumed is your required down payment. 

One option for bridging that gap may be to use a Home Equity Line of Credit which the borrower would apply for at the same time they are qualifying for the assumable loan.  In some instances, the seller may be willing to do a seller carryback Note and Deed of Trust.

What are the Pros and Cons of an Assumable Mortgage


  • Lower interest rates
  • Qualifying for a higher loan amount – with a lower interest rate you can qualify for a larger loan.
  • Fewer closing costs – closing costs on assumed loans are usually lower than on a new loan and usually you will not need an appraisal.


  • Higher down payment
  • Ongoing mortgage insurance – FHA Loans have mortgage insurance payments for the life of the loan.

VA loan eligibility – If a non-veteran assumes a VA loan the original borrowers VA eligibility will not be available to him until the loan has been paid in full.

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To learn more about Assumable Mortgages reach out to one of our specialists now!


Wrapping your head around Wrap transactions

When a buyer cannot qualify for a traditional mortgage loan it can make it rough for buyer and sellers alike! Closing the transaction using a wrap-around loan may be a great financing option for both parties.

What is a wrap-around loan?

A Wrap is a type of seller financing wherein the seller’s existing loan is wrapped by a secondary loan from a buyer to a seller.  The payment from the buyer is then used to pay the sellers existing loan. 

How does a wrap-around loan work?

In a typical real estate transaction, the buyer purchases the home with a loan provided by a conventional lender.  The seller uses the proceeds of the sale to pay off their existing mortgage on the home.

With a wrap loan the seller keeps their existing mortgage on the home, offers seller financing to the buyer and wraps the buyer’s loan into the existing mortgage. In this situation, the seller takes on the role of the lender.

The terms of the loan between buyer and seller should mirror or be higher than the sellers existing loan.  The buyer then makes the payment to the seller and the seller uses those funds to make the monthly payment on their existing loan.

Usually, a contract collection company is retained to ensure that both payments are made timely.

Example of a wrap-around loan

Tia is selling her home for $200,000 and has an existing loan balance of $100,000 at a 3% fixed interest rate. She decides to finance a loan for John to purchase her home.  Tia and John agree to a $40,000.00 down payment and a $160,000 wrap-around loan in favor of Tia at a 5% fixed interest rate.  John pays Tia monthly on his loan and Tia then uses that money to make the payment on her existing loan.  Tia can use the profit from John’s payment to continue to pay down her existing loan or keep the difference herself.

Normally the wrap-around mortgage will include a balloon payment due within 12-36 months.

Benefits of a wrap-around loan

Wrap-around loans can help sellers who are having a difficult time selling their home, it broadens the pool of buyers by making it easier for them to qualify.  For buyers it helps them to purchase a home that otherwise might be unattainable at today’s rates.

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To learn more about wrap-around transactions reach out to one of our specialists now!