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April 1, 2020

Social Distancing UPDATE

By: Kara McGregor, Senior Vice President – Business Development (Updated April 1, 2020) We at Independence are continuing to monitor the latest developments and best practices for your health and the success of your real estate business and transactions. News and recommendations are evolving daily, but here is the latest on our business practices and […]

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March 24, 2020

Social Distancing UPDATE

Please click here to visit the UPDATED post By: Kara McGregor, Senior Vice President – Business Development (Updated March 25, 2020) We at Independence are continuing to monitor the latest developments and best practices for your health and the success of your real estate business and transactions. News and recommendations are evolving daily, but here […]

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March 16, 2020

Social Distancing UPDATE

Please click here to visit the UPDATED post Social Distancing UPDATE 2020 (updated 3/20/2020) By: Kara McGregor, Senior Vice President – Business Development We at Independence are committed both to your good health and the success of your real estate business and transactions. News and recommendations are evolving daily, but here are some measures we […]

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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 GoOptionPay.com.  […]

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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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May 13, 2019

A Guide to Hosting Your Ultimate Summer Soirée

By Jennifer Wilhelm, Event Coordinator Summer is just around the corner, and that means fun, sun and get-togethers with friends. Now is the perfect time to start planning your ultimate summer soirée, and we have a foolproof guide to ensure your event is an unforgettable success that your friends will rave about well into the […]

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May 7, 2019

Which Computer Is Safer From Cybercrime: Mac or PC?

Which computer is safer from cybercrime: Mac or PC? The answer may surprise you. Remember the commercials with the young savvy man (Mac) vs the older stuffy man (PC)? These ads went a long way towards changing the perception of Apple as a cutting-edge, hip and cool technology company. As cool as Macs have become, […]

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April 18, 2019

How Tax Reforms Affect the Housing Market

By: Mark Sprague, State Director of Information Capital The last time the U.S. underwent major tax reform was in 1986, and unintended consequences caused the 1987 “Texas Depression.” Two of the biggest Texas banks closed their doors, the Savings and Loan industry crashed, Texas real estate plummeted to 10 cents on the dollar, and the […]

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April 1, 2019

Spring Cleaning! Safeguarding Your Email

Mary was a hard-working broker at a medium-sized office, she answered her agents’ emails and provided all the tools of the trade. She wanted every agent in her brokerage to succeed and like all brokers, Mary charged her agents an office fee to cover their costs. In April, the start of the busy season, Mary […]

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March 13, 2019

How to Protect Yourself Against a Ransomware Attack

Dan, a Realtor®, was sitting down to his computer for a day at the office. He had two transactions in the works and needed to check on the lender’s progress for one of his buyers. When he logged onto his computer, he was shocked to see a pop-up box flashed on the screen with the […]

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February 13, 2019

Love? Not Actually… Steps to Protect Yourself from Cybercrime

Welcome to the first article in a series from Independence Title on how to keep yourself, your devices, and your transactions safe from cybercrime. Check out the bottom of the article for more info on this series and how you can get involved. Can the most expensive date of your life lead to cybercrime? Jean […]

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