News and Events

February 15 – GEORGE MASON MORTGAGE NAMED FINALIST IN ELLIE MAE HALL OF FAME FOR SIGNIFICANT DECREASE IN TOLERANCE CURES

IntegratedEncompassFebruary 2016 – As A Result Of Technological Development In Connection With First Title’s Encompass Integration, George Mason Mortgage Has Made A Significant Decrease In Tolerance Cures

Announcing a major technological development inside the Ellie Mae Encompass platform George Mason has been named a finalist for the Ellie Mae Hall of Fame.  Accuracy and efficiency in the real estate industry have been a major focus for mortgage lenders.  George Mason Mortgage and First Title & Escrow, a national title and closing services company, worked together to customize a direct integration First Title developed using their proprietary FirstVision TM platform.  George Mason has seen a tremendous cost reduction as high as seventy-two percent (72%). Read More by clicking here.

 

August 26 – SOC 2 Type II Certification Gives Greater Assurance To First Title Customers

IntegratedEncompassAugust 2016 – The compliance landscape of the mortgage banking and title insurance industries have dramatically increased lender awareness and consideration of the policies, procedures, and security of their third party vendors. A key concern has been the integrity of non-public information (NPI) stored by vendors. First Title & Escrow initially responded to the requirements set by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) by completing its SOC 1 Type I, SOC 1 Type II certification in 2012. Today, First Title is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed its SOC 2 Type II certification as well certifying the proper management of our security of our IT systems, their ongoing availability, and the privacy measures taken to protect our clients NPI stored digitally. Read More by clicking here.
 

September 2015 – First Title Expands its Encompass Integration to Exponentially Enhance its Customers Efficiencies.

IntegratedEncompassSeptember 2015 – First Title expands their integration inside Encompass platform to INSTANTLY populate EXACT Title, Closing, Recordation and Transfer Taxes into the new 2015 Itemization, Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure with 100% accuracy. With this integration, users will also get instant delivery of documents inside the Encompass eFolder as well: items such as the Closing Quote, Title Commitment, and even completed loan documents will be delivered into the eFolder for complete management of the file lifecycle.
 

August 6, 2015 - FIRST TITLE ANNOUNCES THEIR 3RD YEAR OF COMPLETION OF AN SSAE16 SOC1 TYPE 2 CERTIFICATION, AND ALTA BEST PRACTICES THIRD-PARTY ASSESSMENT

First Title LogoFirst Title & Escrow, a Maryland-based nationwide full service real estate title and closing services agency, today announced it has obtained a service auditor's review for the Service Organization Controls (SOC) 1 Type 2 and the American Land Title Association (ALTA) Best Practices under section 9540 under the American Institute of CPA’s (AICPA) Statutory Codification... Read the full article posted on LinkedIn.

July 2015 - First Title Begins Monthly TRID Educational Webinars

First Title LogoJuly 2015 – First Title begins monthly TRID educational webinars for lenders and the real estate community in various states nationwide - We were happy to welcome Mike Holden as a Presenter for the webinar. Mike is the Vice President Field Operations and Agency Manager for North American Title, and the author of “Ramblings of a Title Man”. Many aspects of TRID were addressed including the Loan Estimate , Closing Disclosure, Disclosure Timeline, exceptions that will delay the settlement, and what it means for the consumer

June 2015 - First Titles Increase Officespace of its Northern Virginia Operation with Recent Move to New Location

First Title LogoJune 2015 - First Title’s Northern Virginia operation moves to larger space to serve our clients in that marketplace. You can find us at now 11230 Waples Mill Road, Suite 105 in Fairfax, Virginia.

March 2015 – First Title Opens Second Location in Michigan

First Title LogoMarch 2015 – First Title opens its second location in the state of Michigan, continuing their expansion into the eastern Michigan marketplace. First Title’s new location is at 6122 W. Pierson Road, Suite 5 in Flushing, Michigan.

February 2015 – First Title Expands Physical Presence Nationwide with Saint Louis, Missouri Location

First Title LogoFebruary 2015 – First Title continues to expand their physical presence nationwide with a new location in Saint Louis, Missouri area to better serve our clients in that marketplace. The office is located at 100 Chesterfield Business Pkwy., Suite 200 in Chesterfield, Missouri.

October 2014 - First Title Joins the Hall of Honor Program as Co-Founder, Supporting Service Members and Veterans

First Title LogoFirst Title joins the Hall of Honor Program as co-founder, supporting service members and veterans The "Hall of Honor" Program (www.wingspangivesback.com) will showcase at the Annual MBA conference. The newest honorees will be inducted at the MBA’s Annual Convention & Expo on Tuesday morning, October 21, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.First Title & Escrow will be recognized at this event, in their commitment to military families and veterans.

February 2014 - First Title Opens Dallas, TX Operation "Title & Escrow of Texas"

TITLE-AND-ESCROW-OF-TEXAS-Trans-700-pix-LOGOFebruary, 2014 - First Title opens Dallas, TX Operation. First Title's new Texas operation expands their physical presence nationwide to better serve the state of Texas.  Title & Escrow of Texas, Inc. is located at 1400 Preston Rd., Ste. 400 in Plano, Texas.

October 2013 - First Title at 100th Annual MBA Conference

Mortgage Bankers Association LogoFirst Title to be exhibiting at 100th Annual MBA Conference October 27-30th, 2013!

August 2013 - QM Rules Could Increase Business for Nonaffiliated Title Firms

nmn-logo-newAugust, 2013 - QM Rules Could Increase Business for Nonaffiliated Title Firms. See Article

August, 2013 - First Title completes SSAE 16, SOC1 Type II compliance certification

First Title LogoAugust, 2013 - First Title completes SSAE 16, SOC1 Type II compliance certification. See Title Report Article.

July 2013 - First Title Radio Show Records its 10th Episode

DSNewsJuly, 2013- First Title Radio Show Nears 10 Episodes After Taking Off in May.  See Article

May 2013 - First Title Hires Government Auction Expert

First Title LogoMay, 2013- First Title & Escrow, Inc. CEO Stephen Papermaster Hires Government Auction Expert. See Article

December 2012 First Title Achieves SSA16 Audit Certification

First Title LogoDecember, 2012- First Title & Escrow achieves SSA16 Audit Certification, as reported by The Title Report. See Article

November, 2012 - First Title Completes SSAE 16 SOC 1 Audit

 

soc1November, 2012 - First Title successfully completes SSAE 16 SOC 1 audit (Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 16, Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization). The audit was conducted by an independent SSAE 16 auditing firm, and consisted of an in depth analysis of its accounting policies and procedures, technology infrastructure, business processes centered on technology, and operational policies and procedures. See article

September 2012 - First Title Interview by Washington Examiner Newspaper on Metro Area Closing Cost

bg-home-eagle-logoSeptember, 2012 - First Title & Escrow President, Stephen Papermaster, talks about Metro Area Closing Costs in the Washington Examiner Newspaper. See Article

September 2012 - Ken Bloss of First Title is Featured Guest on Real Estate Auction Radio

September, 2012 - Ken Bloss is featured guest on Real Estate Auction Radio, hosted by Doug Dennison.

September 2012 - First Title Challenges the Mortgage Industry to Focus on How it Chooses Title Companies

First Title LogoSeptember, 2012 - First Title & Escrow, Maryland-Based National Title Company and Settlement Services Provider, Challenges the Mortgage Industry to Focus on How it Chooses Title Companies. Read Article

December 2011 - First Title REO Subsidiary Awarded Contract by GSE

December, 2011- First Title's REO subsidiary, Streamline Title & Escrow, awarded contract by GSE for National Title and Closing Oversight Services.

April 2011 - First Title's Stephen Papermaster is featured guest on Real Estate Auction Radio

April, 2011 - Stephen Papermaster is featured guest on Real Estate Auction Radio, hosted by Doug Dennison. See Video

September 2009 - First Title Awarded Contract with Department of the Navy

September, 2009- First Title awarded residential and commercial title and escrow services contract with the Department of the Navy.

June 2008 - TeraVendo Collaborates with First Title to Provide Instant, Exact Closing Fees

Read Article June, 2008 - TeraVendo Collaborates with First Title to Provide Instant, Exact Closing FeesUsers of TeraVendo’s Loan Ace Platform to receive instant and exact closing fees through an Instant HUD-1, directly from First Title's proprietary software.

April 2008 - Automated Closing Fee Calculator Provides Better Estimates

Read Article April, 2008 - Automated Closing Fee Calculator Provides Better Estimates - First Title leads the way in the trend to provide instant and exact closing fees.

April 2008- WIPRO collaborates with First Title to provide Instant and Exact Closing Fees

First Title Logo April, 2008- WIPRO collaborates with First Title to provide Instant and Exact Closing Fees throughout the Gallagher NetOxygen platform.

September, 2007 - Title Agency Integration with Ellie Mae Aims for Cost Clarity

Read Article September, 2007 - Title Agency Integration with Ellie Mae Aims for Cost Clarity Ellie Mae and First Title & Escrow collaborate to let Encompass users receive instant closing fees directly from First Title prior to printing the GFE through First Title's FirstVision® software

August, 2007 - Title, LOS Providers Connect to Ensure Exact Settlement Fees

Read Article August, 2007 - Title, LOS Providers Connect to Ensure Exact Settlement Fees -First Title & Escrow and Calyx Software have integrated in order to ensure accurate closing, title and recording fees, which they say should help originators meet HUD’s call for precisely accurate cost disclosures in connection with its proposed “GFE Model.”

August, 2007 - Fisher Auction chooses First Title & Escrow as their National Title and Closing services partner

Read Article August, 2007 - Fisher Auction chooses First Title & Escrow as their National Title and Closing services partner - Fisher Auction chooses First Title & Escrow as their National Title and Closing services partner in providing accelerated marketing services to lenders, servicers, and municipalities nationwide. On September 23, 2007, 120 +/- Bank owned properties will be sold at auction throughout the state of Florida. Click here for more details.

June, 2007 - Integra collaborates with First Title to provide Instant and Exact Closing Fees

June, 2007- Integra collaborates with First Title to provide Instant and Exact Closing Fees through the Destiny platform.

May, 2007 - Ellie Mae Spotlights First Title's Instant GFE in Article by Gary Weltmann

IntegratedEncompassRead Article May, 2007 - Ellie Mae Spotlights First Title's Instant GFE in Article by Gary Weltmann "Got Exact Title, Closing and Recording Fees into your Good Faith Estimate ? You're going to need them."

April 2007 - Ellie Mae collaborates with First Title & Escrow & Provides First Ever instant GFE

IntegratedEncompassRead Article April, 2007 - Ellie Mae collaborates with First Title & Escrow to provide first ever instant GFE - Ellie Mae collaborates with First Title & Escrow to provide first ever instant GFE with exact title, closing and recordation fees into the Encompass platform.

October, 2006 - Calyx chooses First Title & Escrow to roll out Direct Connect Platform

CalyxSee Article October, 2006 - Calyx chooses First Title & Escrow to roll out Direct Connect Platform - Point Users now place orders and receive First Title's exclusive Instant HUD-1 through the Direct Connect Interface.

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