Author: Sarah Rooney

August 4, 2020

Dawn Stich — Escrow Officer

Dawn Stich is a native Central Texan who spent her first 10 years in Lockhart before her family moved to Austin. Her very first job out of school was with a title company as a copy clerk. “Everything was on microfiche,” she laughs. “That’s how long ago that was.” She worked in the title plant, […]

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July 9, 2020

Lisa Reiter — Round Rock Escrow Officer

Lisa Reiter grew up on the Texas Coast, in Gregory Portland. After high school graduation, she worked for the Chamber of Commerce, and during a Chamber event, she was introduced to an attorney who ran a title company. Shortly thereafter, she accepted a position to work as an assistant in his office, and her title […]

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June 12, 2020

Adrienne DuBos – Escrow Officer

Adrienne DuBos, escrow officer in our Plano office, is a native of the DFW area. She and her identical twin sister, Crystal, grew up in Garland. She recalls that as twins sometimes do, they had some fun by switching classes in middle school. One day, they had planned to trade classes, the rumor was out, […]

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June 8, 2020

Mesquite Office Opens and Welcomes a Seasoned Team

Please help us celebrate the opening of our new Mesquite office, and welcome Mike Vullo, Mary Chadbourne, Mechelle Hughes and Gloria Creech to the Independence Title family. With roots in the Metro East area of DFW and a legacy in the title industry spanning 45 years, we are pleased to welcome Mike Vullo and his […]

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May 29, 2020

Lori Allmer – Escrow Officer

Lori Allmer grew up in the Houston area. When she graduated from Cy-Fair High School, she chose to head to UT Austin for college. She, “like everyone else who comes to school here,” fell in love with Austin while earning her Sociology Degree with a minor in Business. Because she had worked as a bank […]

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May 4, 2020

Meet Marcie Whited – Escrow Officer

Marcie Whited has spent most of her life right here in Central Texas. She grew up in Round Rock, back when it was still a small town. “Most people would never guess that I was in the FFA and raised English Spot rabbits to show at the Houston Livestock Show,” she laughs. Despite her success […]

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April 25, 2020

Food Bank Donation Drive

Our Texas food banks are stretched to their limits. Please join our food bank donation drive! Independence Title is dedicated to giving back to our local communities who have given so much to us. These unprecedented times call for extraordinary measures. Please help us take care of our fellow Texans in need with your donation […]

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April 23, 2020

Market Matters (DFW Metro Area)

  By Mark Sprague, State Director of Information Capital Here’s an update on some recent questions I’ve been considering, with input and feedback from much wiser analysts/economists whose seminars I have been able to sit in on the last few weeks. What impact has COVID 19 had on the nation’s economy?  We have never had […]

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April 13, 2020

Meet Brooke Heinsohn, Escrow Officer – Rollingwood

Brooke Heinsohn fell in love with Austin while earning her business degree in marketing from the University of Texas. After graduation, however, she ended back up in her hometown of Houston searching for a job. Marketing positions seemed to be few and far between that year, so she decided to expand her options and started […]

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March 23, 2020

Electronic Earnest Money Delivery with Zoccam

This is the perfect time to start using Zoccam to deliver earnest money to Independence Title. VERY IMPORTANT: The earnest money check MUST be made out to Independence Title. We’ve created a very short video giving the basics on how quick and easy it is to use. If you need any help, our business development […]

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March 1, 2020

Michele Turner – Dripping Springs

Escrow Officer Michele Turner has joined our team at the Dripping Springs office! Michele spent her early years in South Austin before her family moved to Lockhart, where she truly developed her love of small-town life. She and her husband had a brief stint in Vermont, then moved back to Texas and straight back to […]

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February 21, 2020

Susie Nichols – Lakewood Escrow Officer

When Susie Nichols moved to Dallas from Tulsa in her 20s, she was ready for life in the “big city,” but had no idea that a temp job with a real estate attorney would set her on a path to a career as an Escrow Officer. That temp job became permanent and gave her a […]

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February 1, 2020

Bonnie Barrera – Bilingual Closer

Bonnie Barrera is an accomplished, veteran escrow officer with a secret weapon – she can conduct informative, professional, and friendly closings in both English and Spanish! Bonnie works from Independence Title’s Rollingwood Office, and has been managing transactions in both Spanish and English in Austin for more than 20 years. “There are very few Spanish-speaking […]

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January 1, 2020

Meet Lucy Gallagher, Escrow Officer

For Lucy Gallagher, Texas really was a “whole other country.” She and her family moved to Houston from England when she was five for her father’s job in the oil and gas business. “My dad always loved Texas and wanted to be a Texan,” she says. And though she wasn’t sworn in as a citizen […]

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December 2, 2019

Zana King – Escrow Officer

Zana King had no plans to be an escrow officer, and says she got into the business by accident. She had gone to work for a law firm in Dallas thinking that she wanted to pursue a law degree, and the law firm specialized in foreclosures and title. She was trained in every part of […]

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November 1, 2019

Meet Ruby Cortez, Escrow Officer

For Ruby Cortez and her team, every transaction is the “most important” transaction. “Whether it’s a small lot purchase, or a million-dollar sale, that deal is very important to somebody. Each set of circumstances is different,” she says. “Making sure that every single transaction is done well and goes smoothly is my way of helping […]

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October 1, 2019

Donna Sherrill

First-time home buyers bring extra joy to Donna Sherrill as an escrow officer and branch manager at our Cedar Park office.  “Working with people on the purchase of their first home is exciting and rewarding,” Donna says. “I never get tired of helping them navigate the process. They have no idea what to expect, and I […]

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September 1, 2019

Kelli Burns – Escrow Officer

Kelli Burns has been with Independence Title from the very beginning. In fact, she was one of the “original 12.” She started in the title industry as a paralegal intern. “I worked in the plant as a title examiner and was recruited into the branch as an escrow assistant,” she says. “A couple of short […]

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August 1, 2019

Meet Misha Davis

By Sarah Rooney, Social Media Manager Misha Davis started her career in the real estate industry in 2004, working with a lender. “I was very young, and it was a great introduction because I got to do a little of everything from payroll to janitorial. You name it, I did it,” she laughs. Before long, […]

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July 8, 2019

Title Insurance Rates to Decrease in September

Yes, you read that correctly. Every few years, the Texas Department of Insurance (the state agency that regulates title insurance) looks at title industry data to see how we are doing, and to see if a rate increase or decrease is warranted. The statistical data is provided to TDI by title insurance agents and underwriters. Currently, […]

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