By |2018-03-01T13:57:36+00:00March 1st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

  All this rain has got everyone down so we wanted to do a little something to lift the spirits of our loyal clients.  That's why we're offering 50% OFF of our regularly priced closing fee between now and Sunday, March 4.  Simply email a contract or title request to orders@smart-titletn.com and mention this ad to take [...]

3 Strategies to Recover from the Holiday Slump

By |2018-01-09T16:34:44+00:00January 9th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Let’s all get real. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, if you are like me, you are bouncing from party to party, trying to connect with the who’s who in your sphere of influence.  Hey, there is nothing wrong with that!  It is our job to make connections with influential people.  That means no party goes unattended.  Besides [...]

Favorite Books of 2017 to Kickstart Your 2018

By |2018-01-08T12:50:09+00:00January 8th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Pretty much anyone who has ever met our CEO, Kim Hollingshead, knows she is an avid reader.  She owns an impressive personal library and reads books across a wide spectrum of subjects.  "I believe in being a student of the world, learning constantly.  Every year, I devote myself to mastering new subjects and genres.  Reading makes [...]

Perseverance During Diversity

By |2016-12-27T18:10:12+00:00August 4th, 2016|Categories: President's Corner|Tags: , |

We turn on the news and witness what seems like never ending violence and turmoil in this world and an election cycle seemingly centered on belittling the opponent and tearing them apart.  Divisiveness permeates our daily discourse. When we distinguish ourselves as different (and better) than others, it does not take much to pit ourselves against [...]

Existing Home Sales on the Rise Since New TRID Rules Started

By |2016-12-27T18:10:12+00:00July 21st, 2016|Categories: ALTA|Tags: , , |

Existing home sales are bouncing back after dropping last November, according to HousingWire, and that means great things for buyers, Realtors® and everyone else associated with the housing industry. What Happened With Existing Home Sales? The National Association of Realtors® released data earlier this year that shows more buyers reached the market before the end of [...]

Title Insurance and Commercial Real Estate Transactions

By |2016-12-27T18:10:12+00:00July 15th, 2016|Categories: Title & Escrow FAQ|Tags: , |

Title defects aren’t limited to residential real estate. With most types of insurance, you’re protecting yourself from something that may happen in the future. With title insurance, you’re protecting yourself from something that happened in the past, but which you’re unaware of. If a defect in title surfaces after you take ownership of a property, it [...]

What is Escrow in a Home Purchase?

By |2016-12-27T18:10:12+00:00July 7th, 2016|Categories: Title & Escrow FAQ|Tags: , , |

If you’re purchasing a home, the terminology, paperwork and sheer number of steps involved in the home buying process can definitely be overwhelming. One term many people are unfamiliar with is “escrow.” What Does Escrow Mean? An escrow account holds money to be used to pay for expenses other than the mortgage payment. This can include [...]