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40 | Th e M Rep o RT Special Advertorial Section TITLE & ESCROW GUIDE COMPANY PROFILE Independence Title, the largest independent title agent in Texas,* offers the very best in title examination, underwriting resources, statewide connectivity, business tools, and brainpower, with all positions staffed locally for the best service and responsiveness. The company's focus are its customers—their transactions, their goals, and the ground they all stand on together. *Based on the most current statistical reports from the Texas Department of Insurance. COMPANY HISTORY Independence Title is locally owned and headquartered in the heart of central Texas, founded in early 2005 by industry veterans Brian Pitman and Jay Southworth. With branch locations and resources in all four Texas Metro areas (Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth), Independence can handle transactions anywhere in the state. Since the company opened its doors in 2005, it has issued more than 200,000 title policies protecting Texas homeowners, investors and businesses, and moved more than $30 billion through the company's escrow accounts and into the local economy. buSINESS SCOPE Independence Title offers a full menu of title research, examination, escrow, and settlement services. Independence can issue title policies on any of the major national underwriters, including Chicago, Commonwealth, Fidelity, First American, National Investors, Stewart, and Title Resources. GEOGRAPHICAL SCOPE/COVERAGE AREA Independence is a Texas company, with more than 50 branch offices across the state, and licensed directly in Atascosa, Bexar, Blanco, Brazoria, Burnet, Caldwell, Collin, Comal, Dallas, Denton, Fort Bend, Galveston, Guadalupe, Harris, Hays, Jefferson, Kendall, Llano, Medina, Montgomery, Tarrant, Travis, and Williamson counties. THE INdEPENdENCE dIFFERENCE Independence stands above the rest in service, convenience, and commitment to successful closings. In addition to stellar settlement and title examination services, Independence Title prides itself on developing the best in cutting-edge business tools and resources, including all of these and more: • Stellar title information guides to educate customers on all its processes, from title searches to closing • Robust guides on schools, taxing authorities, transportation, local attractions, entertainment, etc. • Desktop and mobile-friendly business tools, such as calculators and property information requests • In-house market analysts with access to the very best information on local trends, property data, and market projections • Live classroom education opportunities and online resources on the latest business practices and technology tools • Experts in federal and state regulations, advertising, branding, web development, business technologies, and more. INduSTRY AWARdS/ACCOLAdES Independence Title has consistently been a top title agent for several national underwriters and recognized for excellence by many industry organizations. Independence is the Austin Business Journal's No. 1 title company and the San Antonio Business Journal's top-ranked independent company. "There is real value to the client in our ability to make decisions right here on the ground. We can respond much more quickly to the needs of our customers and the opportunities in the marketplace. Each metro market in Texas is a unique business and cultural environment. We understand that and we're better able to customize our services as a local company." —brian Pitman President/COO key personnel Brian Pitman President/COO Jay Southworth Chairman/CEO Judith Sullings SVP, Operations/Human Resources Terri Morrison SVP, Escrow Manager Kara McGregor SVP, Business Development staffing 360 employees contact information 5900 Shepherd Mountain Cove, Bldg II, Suite 200 Austin, Texas 78730 Phone: 512.454.4500 Email: Web: Independence Title

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