Category: Hillsborough Title


Hillsborough Title, Florida Agency Network strike deal for Bella Title

Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 2:13pm EST

Margie Manning | Tampa Bay Business Journal

 

Florida Agency Network has acquired Bella Title, a Land O’ Lakes-based real estate title company.

 

Financial terms were not disclosed. Mica Butterwood, owner and operator of Bella Title, will serve as Florida Agency Network’s relationship manager for northern Hillsborough County, a statement said.

Florida Agency Network is an umbrella organization of title companies that have been consolidated amid industry changes. Launched by Aaron Davis, president and CEO, and with its roots in Hillsborough Title in Plant City, Florida Agency Network has grown to be the largest title organization in Florida, Davis said.

“Just five years ago, we had one office and five employees,” Davis said. “Today we have 27 offices and more than 200 staffers.”

The Dodd-Frank financial reform measure is driving consolidation, Davis said. Title companies are now considered part of the financial services sector, and face increasing costs of regulatory compliance, including higher E&O [errors and omissions] insurance, banking-type audits and cybersecurity mandates.

“A lot of agencies are going out of business, selling or being rolled into a larger agency like mine,” Davis said.

In addition to Hillsborough Title and Bella Title, other agencies in the network are: Tampa Bay Title, Paramount Title, Homeplus Title, Cornerstone Title, Uptown Title, Trident Title, Progressive Title Solutions, Performance Title & Escrow and CU Title.

 

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Can You Have Too Much Curb Appeal?

We read an interesting article from NPR recently about one of the famous “Painted Ladies” selling at an astonishing 900K less than the asking price. They’re iconic of not only the city, but of the environment that we all feel San Fransisco has. There’s curb appeal built in—they’re the houses from Full House for goodness sake!

Painted Ladies San Francisco January 2013 panorama 2.jpg
Painted Ladies” by King of HeartsOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

But in reading the article, we suddenly got another picture: that of any homeowner living in homes that are iconic enough to be recognized nationwide—dealing with the tourism and the hassles that come with a home that’s also an attraction. Some people like the attention but even celebrities don’t like the papparazi and other privacy invaders. Imagine buying one of these gorgeous homes and having pictures taken of you when you’re unsuspecting! That’s enough to turn off most homebuyers—and seemingly enough, it affected the sale of the Painted Lady in San Fransisco.

The Curb Appeal of San Fransisco

But, does this translate over to a home that’s not famous? Probably not. If the home’s not an icon of your neighborhood or city, then as much curb appeal as you can muster is usually a good thing. Let’s use the Painted Ladies of San Fransisco as an example of what curb appeal is. Overly famous or not, they are very pretty homes.

Firstly, the home is painted well. The name “Painted Lady” itself comes from the paint job, three colors used to bring out the architectural nuances of the home and to make the home stand out and have character. Curb appeal is all about the visuals and the Painted Ladies definitely have the visual elements going on for it.

There’s no yard to speak of at these homes, either, but the front of them are kept well and offer simplicity as their main attraction. Simple stoops, well-groomed trees, a clean exterior. Simplicity is the key here. Nothing is overwrought, but it’s all well thought out.

That’s key: every homeowner wants a nice looking home, but most of us work and complex looks or elaborate landscapes to keep up might not be to our taste. A simple cleaning and a new coat of paint every so often? Most can manage. Keep your homes simple.

map of San Fransisco

Finally, the homes are generally accessible. They’re by a park on a main street. The location is very good. They’re right off the 101 and I-80 in San Fran, meaning that to get anywhere, it’s a simple commute. The university is just down the street. Between location and looks, the houses (if they weren’t famous) would net almost any asking price the owner wanted. (After all, while this Painted Lady sold for far below asking price, the owner still got $3.1 million for it. That’s nothing to sneeze at!)

Should You Worry About Too Much Curb Appeal?

The simple answer: no. Too much curb appeal generally isn’t possible. Keep up on the modern trends of exterior design, keep the place clean, well painted, and if you can, play up the conveniences of living there. That will help your home sell.

It’ll also help if you don’t let a show film at your home. That’ll keep the papparazi down. Otherwise, make your house look as good as you know that it is!


Hillsborough Title and CornerStone Title Join Forces

Hillsborough Title and CornerStone Title Join Forces- April2014

 

CornerStone Title Joins Hillsborough Title Family of Companies

“Familiar Faces, Increased Resources, Shared Passion for Excellence”

 

LAKEWOOD RANCH, FLORIDA – Aaron M. Davis, President and CEO of Hillsborough Title, is proud to announce the acquisition of CornerStone Title in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. This is the fourth acquisition in four months for the Tampa Bay-based title agency, marking its strategic expansion into the Sarasota-Bradenton area. 

Mary Howard, founder of CornerStone Title, will continue to serve as Relationship Manager for the local operation, which will retain the CornerStone Title name. 

“We are excited to join forces with Hillsborough Title,” Howard said. “The firm’s focus on customer service, best practices, and the highest professional standards is a perfect fit for us. We will continue to provide the personalized service of a ‘Main Street’ company, with the additional support, resources and stability of a larger network. ” 

“Cornerstone Title has a great reputation,” said Davis. “In my investigation of the Sarasota/Manatee County area, CornerStone Title’s name kept coming up as one of the premier agencies. Its quality of service, agency marketing, and moral and ethical values are in perfect alignment with our agency’s core values. Cornerstone Title has a strong foothold in the Lakewood Ranch area, and is a strategically placed office for the convenience of our Realtor and builder clients.” 

Founded in 1984, Hillsborough Title is a locally owned and operated full service title agency in the Tampa Bay area. Resources include in-house legal counsel with three real estate attorneys on staff, a dedicated short sales department, ongoing training, a choice of seven of the top title insurance underwriters in the nation, and advanced title software and systems facilitating Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) compliance, data security and best practices.

With the CornerStone Title acquisition, the growing company currently has 14 locations in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk, Pasco and Manatee counties, virtual offices throughout Florida, and a staff of more than 110. Hillsborough Title is ranked the No. 1 title company by number of closings by the Tampa Bay Business Journal and is among the top 1 percent of all the title agencies in the state, according to CoreLogic. 

The merger will be a seamless transition for CornerStone Title. “Very little will change in our day-to-day operation,” said Howard. “All of the familiar faces and treasured aspects of Cornerstone will remain the same. However, our clients will immediately recognize and be able to take advantage of all of the additional resources, begin to utilize the attorneys on staff and very soon see their business positively affected due to this partnership.”

CornerStone Title will continue to operate from its Lakewood Ranch location at 11061 Gatewood Dr, Suite 101, Bradenton, Florida 34211. Telephone: (941) 708-0300. Website: www.CornerStoneTitle.biz.


Hillsborough Title Acquires Paramount Title Corporation

HTPT Join Forces 2

 

For more, please visit:

https://plantcityobserver.com/2014/02/13/hillsborough-title-acquires-paramount-title-corp/

https://www.tampabaynewswire.com/2014/01/08/hillsborough-title-and-paramount-title-corporation-join-forces-18709

https://www.alta.org/news/news.cfm?newsID=23604

https://www.thetitlereport.com/TTR/Articles/Two-familyowned-companies-join-forces-in-Florida-59912.aspx


Hillsborough Title is Proud to Announce its YourDox Platform

YD Video Pic

Want to see how YOU benefit?

YourDox is technology that works automatically within our systems to offer safe and secure document storage for buyers and sellers, and post closing marketing for realtors and lenders.

Here’s how it works – with every closing, buyers and sellers get paperless delivery of their documents to their personal, secure website. Using their YourDox account, they can safely store, print, download, and email their documents at any time. They can also add any other important documents to their account for safekeeping. Every time a customer accesses their account, they are greeted with your logo, contact information, and links.

Here’s a quick overview of just some of the benefits of Hillsborough Title’s YourDox system:

How it benefits your customer:

  • Secure delivery and storage of their important documents
  • Secure site to store any additional documents
  • Environmentally-friendly paperless delivery
  • No more searching for important papers
  • Instant disaster recovery for insurance claims in case of fire, flooding, hurricanes, tropical storms, and natural disasters
  • Protection from theft, forgery, or access by others
  • Protection from deterioration such as moisture, mold & mildew
  • Notification of delivery of post-closing policies and documents
  • Notification of important dates, events, and real estate information on behalf of their real estate team

How it benefits YOU:

  • Complete, automatic post-closing marketing campaign
  • Lifetime branding and links on customer document sites – permanent marketing and brand reinforcement at document access and other key moments with all past customers, increasing repeat and referral opportunities
  • Lifetime, automatic email marketing campaign – real estate info to all past customers with their logo, links and contact info
  • Lifetime Leadsautomatic lead generation on all past customers, delivered with perfect timing.

Thank You for Helping us Make 2012 a RECORD Year!

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We thank you for allowing us the opportunity to serve and be Tampa Bay’s #1 choice for Title Insurance and Settlement Services.

We look forward to 2013 and to continue serving our present clients, and the opportunity to work with new clients and friends as well!

 

From all of us at Hillsborough Title/Tampa Bay Title,

Thank You for Helping us Make 2012 a RECORD Year!