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April 6, 2021

Are We in a Bubble? At What Point Does Aggressive Values Appreciation Indicate a Bubble

By Mark Sprague, State Director of Information Capital We are getting lots of questions about the lack of inventory, which leads to the question of whether we are in a real estate “bubble” here in Texas. First, values rising over historical norms are not the definition of a bubble. Austin and most of our Texas metros […]

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March 9, 2021

Using Instagram Reels for Real Estate

By Emily Rice, Social Media Manager Have you noticed the semi-new feature on Instagram called Reels? Reels a blend of Instagram Stories and IGTV, short videos up to 30 seconds long –  basically, Instagram’s version of TikTok. In this post, I’ll show you how to create Reels and how to incorporate them into your real […]

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February 22, 2021

A note to our customers

From: Brian Pitman, CEO/Co-Founder To our Clients and Friends, Like many Texans, both individuals and businesses, our company was hit this past week with power outages and limited staffing due to travel restrictions and weather hardships. Now that our functionality is being restored, our leadership and team members are working tirelessly through all hours to […]

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January 14, 2021

Business Planning 2021

By Emily Rice, Social Media Manager 2020 is FINALLY over!  The best word to describe this year for real estate is busy, which might be a bit of an understatement for some of us.  Starting 2021, most of us are thinking about resolutions and goals for this year, but the question is, how are we […]

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December 30, 2020

Ten Economic Questions for 2021 (focus on Texas)

By Mark Sprague, State Director of Information Capital Every presentation, every forecast the disclaimer ‘that a recession could be caused by “a catastrophic event” such as significant global military conflict, disruption of energy supplies for any reason, a major natural disaster (meteor strike, supervolcano, etc.), terrorist attack on a port, a demagnetizing bomb, (think about […]

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November 12, 2020

It’s Not an “Option” Yet!

By: Kaema Roberson, Associate Director of Education for Independence Title Wondering if the rumors are true? Will the title company accept and receipt the option fee? On November 10th, 2020 the Texas Real Estate Commission voted to adopt the Broker Lawyer Committee’s proposed contract changes. The buzz in the real estate community is around the […]

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November 9, 2020

Becky Kilfoy — Escrow Officer Round Rock

Becky Kilfoy started in the title business while earning her Speech Communications degree at Texas A&M University. “I worked part-time as an assistant and did a lot of research at the courthouse. Everything was on microfiche,” she laughs. “What I remember loving about that job was that it was like reading a history book. There’s […]

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October 1, 2020

Jennifer Hunter – Escrow Officer

Jennifer Hunter has been promoted to Escrow Officer at our Bee Caves office, and we could not be more excited to share the news and introduce her! She has been working with Independence Title and the Phyllis Anderson Team for about 7 years and has been performing back-up and courtesy closings for more than a […]

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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 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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