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MAY 2018
Out & About...

Chris Phillips, George Stablein, and Suzanne Tinsley of FNTI attended the Chihuaua baseball game in El Paso with agent, Texas Title Company! 


FNTI’s George Stablein helped to educate 50 real estate agents with over 10 hours of Realtor CE! Thank you Legend Title of Laredo and the Laredo Board of Realtors!


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Message from the CEO | First National Title Addresses the Future and Issues Facing our Industry

I was recently asked to address a group about the future of our industry and the issues that will impact the independent title agent. Our industry is coming off record revenues in 2017 and a robust economy. While that is encouraging and optimistic, there are underlying problems to face. I believe the primary concern of the independent agent and independent underwriter is the consolidation of the industry. The announcement that Fidelity National Title intends to acquire Stewart Title Guaranty should have set off warning sirens in your offices. Your options of who you choose to underwrite your next file are now limited. “Families” of companies often have similar underwriting guidelines and standards, so your ability to find the solution to your underwriting problem is diminished. National underwriter market shares continue to grow, leaving fewer premiums for the independent entrepreneurs in our industry. I have said this in the past, but it bears repeating – “the independent agents and underwriters are being marginalized by the Big Four/Three.”

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DJ's Motivational Monday | Focus

I was having a hard time with my iPhone recently with the pictures I was taking. They were not in focus and so blurry I could barely make out who was in the picture. Seems all I needed was a hard start of my phone to fix the problem. The problem in our title business is there is never a good time for a “hard start”, or restart our focus, because transactions keep coming in one after the other. Our kids in school are lucky to get the opportunity every year as the year ends to play during the summer time, and then start fresh in August as a new school year begins.

Focus keeps us on point and going in the right direction.

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FIRST NEWS Archives | April 2018

Message from the CEO | First National Title Announces Expanded Plant Services
DJ’s Motivational Mondays | Productive Spring Cleaning
Underwriting Q & A | Are there any tricks when a title agent needs information from the IRS regarding a party to a real estate transaction?
LATEST NEWS! FNTI Assigned FSR of A' (A Prime), Unsurpassed, by Demotech, Inc.

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