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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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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 16, 2020

Market Musings (Greater Austin Area)

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 a crisis […]

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April 15, 2020

Social Distancing UPDATE

By: Kara McGregor, Senior Vice President – Business Development (Updated July 1st, 2020) At Independence Title, we have retooled our processes at every stage, retrained our teams, and rebuilt our resources for these challenging times. We are closing most transactions remotely and to help keep everyone healthy. We have developed new best practices to keep […]

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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 3, 2020

Option Fee Delivery Just Got Easier!

By: Kaema Roberson, Curriculum Lead/Education & Training Specialist Managing the logistics of option fee delivery and receipt can be a nuisance, to say the least! In today’s market, you’re dealing with electronic signatures, clients who don’t have checkbooks, and terrible traffic.  If you’re tired of the option fee dance, let me introduce you to  […]

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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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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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July 18, 2019

The Safest Way to Travel? Maybe Not for Your Cybersecurity

Summertime: the kids are out of school, the weather is just right, time to go on vacation! It’s always something to look forward to, except the part where you have to use the dreaded airport to get there. Between keeping up with tickets, luggage, family members, and wandering kids, it’s no wonder thinking about cyber […]

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July 11, 2019

Have You Used the Matrix Tax Record Search for Target Marketing? [Austin & DFW Area]

Have you heard about the new Matrix tax record search? Instead of having to go to Realist to search the public record, you can now search directly within Matrix. It’s a fast, simple, and convenient way to help you farm prospective areas and neighborhoods. Some of the features include: Search by any geography—subdivision, city, zip […]

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June 20, 2019

How to Recognize and Avoid Phishing Attempts

By now you’ve probably heard of phishing, which describes attempts by cybercriminals to extract private, personal information from people and companies. Criminals use phishing emails to trick you into giving away information you’d otherwise keep confidential. When it comes to real estate transactions, the bad guys want details like the buyers’ and sellers’ social security […]

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June 12, 2019

Home Buyers Face Ever-Increasing Attacks Through Social Engineering

One of our clients moved with her family from Dallas to a small town outside of Austin and started looking for a house immediately. As many of you know, it’s not easy finding a home in this area, but luckily after a few months, she found a great neighborhood and an under-construction home they loved. […]

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