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This biweekly feature is sponsored by Allied Title & Escrow.

Allied Title and Congressional Capital recently partnered to deliver a training on what every real estate agent should know when working with developer clients. Congressional Capital’s Brian Athey offered his expertise on the subject.

He covered a wide range of topics surrounding this type of deal, including the financing options available to developers and exactly what they look for in a real estate agent. Brian discussed the benefits of agents having the marketing and staging skills to demonstrate to developers that they can sell their product.

We had a great discussion with the Keri Shull agents following this training! They are ready to work with any developer client that comes their way.

At Allied Title, our work doesn’t end with the closing table. Thank you Congressional Capital and Brian Athey for hosting and sharing your expertise on what every real estate agent should know when working with developers.

Watch the video highlight below:

If you’re a realtor and you want to take your title experience to the next level, reach out to us to learn how you can be a part of the fun.

Have questions related to title insurance? Email [email protected]. Want to use Allied Title & Escrow when you buy a home? Tell your agent when you buy a house to write in Allied Title & Escrow as your settlement company! 

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This biweekly feature is sponsored by Allied Title & Escrow.

Flipping an archaic industry on its back means doing things that have never been done before.

The title industry is mundane, but Allied Title’s Co-Founder and CEO, Latane Meade, makes an effort to stand out from the other title companies by making each real estate closing experience a celebration.

With the creation of our Client Experience Division in 2021, our biggest goal was to create a personalized level of service for any agent that closes at Allied. We have achieved this by implementing fun and new ways to celebrate your closing experience. Whether it’s having our attorneys on speed dial, providing continuing education, or implementing fun ways to make the experience uniquely special for our clients, going above and beyond is something that we’re used to. 

This summer we took our clients out for a relaxing yacht day in Annapolis, Maryland to remind them how Allied Title is changing the game when it comes to working with a title company.

Not only will we give you and your clients the best real estate closing, but we will also provide you with experiences that you will remember forever. These events also expand our clients’ network and have allowed them to connect with other top-producing real estate professionals in the area.

If you’re a realtor and you want to take your title experience to the next level, reach out to us to learn how you can be a part of the fun.

Have questions related to title insurance? Email [email protected]. Want to use Allied Title & Escrow when you buy a home? Tell your agent when you buy a house to write in Allied Title & Escrow as your settlement company! 

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This biweekly feature is sponsored by Allied Title & Escrow.

This week we are featuring Brian Athey, a partner at Allied Title, who is also the founder and president of Congressional Capital, one of Washington, D.C.’s premiere private lenders.

Brian has played an important role in Allied’s success, and we sat down with him to discuss his top tips for aspiring entrepreneurs and real estate developers.

 1. Build a Great Team — One of the most important aspects of being successful as a real estate developer is building a great team. It’s critical to engage the right team for each project. Take the time to talk to people experienced in the industry who can help guide you on which architect or engineer to choose, the best builder or designer for the project, and which real estate agent is best suited to sell the project.

 2. Focus on the Client/End-User — There is a simple concept in business that isn’t talked about enough, which is that every business should be a client focused business. In lending, the question is always, “What loan product or service can I provide that my borrowers need and how can I best help them be successful?” Real estate developers should focus on what buyers or renters truly want in their future home. Know who you are serving in your business.

 3. Align Yourself with Good People — No matter what business you are in, it’s critical that you surround yourself with great people who have good intentions. Find a great mentor, someone whose advice can help be a guidepost for you in business and in life. If you can’t find a great mentor and need advice, read a LOT. Learn from business leaders who have done what you want to do. Hire good people who enjoy what they do and whose priorities align with your priorities. Life and business are the same, both are all about people!

Congressional Capital provides loans to real estate developers throughout the greater Washington, D.C. area. With 15+ years in the real estate development industry, Brian takes pride in helping his borrowers become successful developers and entrepreneurs and being a valuable resource when speed and flexibility matter the most.

Click here to learn more about Brian Athey and Congressional Capital.

Have questions related to title insurance? Email [email protected]. Want to use Allied Title & Escrow when you buy a home? Tell your agent when you buy a house to write in Allied Title & Escrow as your settlement company! 

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This biweekly feature is sponsored by Allied Title & Escrow.

Visionary leaders are at the core of a company’s success. This week we’d love to introduce you to our visionary Co-founder and CEO of Allied Title, Latane Meade!

Latane (pronounced LAT-Nee), started the Allied Vision of being the BEST (not the biggest) in August of 2016 after noticing how so many title companies often made the entire process feel even more CONFUSING and daunting for their clients and customers… he wanted to change that!

Latane lives by the motto: ‘bring fun to life’ and is passionate about turning a once-archaic industry into something that people can better understand and enjoy.

Some fun facts about Latane:

  • He is a JMU Alumni with a double major in Finance and Marketing Information Systems.⁣ Any other dukes in the house?!?
  • Outside of work, he is an avid golfer and some of his friends refer to him as ’79-Watch’.
  • In addition to leading the Allied Family, he also takes pride in spending time with his wife and their 3 kids!

Shoutout to Latane for everything he does for the Allied Team and for bringing our vision to life with over 60 people who are now part of the Allied Family!

Have questions related to title insurance? Email [email protected]. Want to use Allied Title & Escrow when you buy a home? Tell your agent when you buy a house to write in Allied Title & Escrow as your settlement company! 

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This biweekly feature is sponsored by Allied Title & Escrow.

So you just got under contract on your first home and it’s time to choose a title company. One question we often get is ‘Do all title companies charge the same for the title policies?’

Title policies are regulated by the state, so no matter which title company you choose for your closing, the prices of the title policies will be very similar.

How much should you expect to pay for title insurance? 

Title insurance is a single fee, paid up front, rather than an ongoing expense with monthly payments. A lender’s policy is based on the amount of the loan. The lender’s title insurance is required. Owner’s title insurance, however, is considered optional.

The total amount of a title insurance policy is approximately 0.5% to 1% of the purchase price when both a lender’s and owner’s policy are purchased together.

Why is lender’s title insurance required?

In short, lender’s title insurance is designed to protect a lender’s investment in the property, in case there are any title defects that remain uncovered during the rigorous process of a title search. When conveying title to a new owner, the property has to be free and clear with no judgements, liens, unknown owners or heirs attached to it, so nothing goes wrong. Because of that necessity, a title insurance policy is purchased.

Title Insurance at Allied Title and Escrow

At Allied Title & Escrow, we can help smooth the way toward your purchase of commercial and residential properties. Our mission is to make buying or refinancing a property as easy and simple a process as possible.

So, whenever you need title assistance, we’re here as a team of skilled and experienced professionals, to handle everything you need to make your property purchase a success. To learn more, contact Allied Title & Escrow or give us a call at 703-567-7933.

Have questions related to title insurance? Email [email protected]. Want to use Allied Title & Escrow when you buy a home? Tell your agent when you buy a house to write in Allied Title & Escrow as your settlement company! 

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This biweekly feature is sponsored by Allied Title & Escrow.

This week, we would like to introduce you to our Client Experience Team at Allied Title.

Why Client Experience?

The Client Experience Team (also known as “CX”) at Allied Title and Escrow was established in January, 2021. The title industry is mundane and boring. Allied Title’s Co-Founder and CEO, Latane Meade, wanted Allied to stand out from other title companies by humanizing the real estate closing experience and making it a celebration.  

We never want customers to feel they’re talking to a robot, shuffling them through the process, when for most people, this is the biggest purchase of their lives. When you walk through our doors, we want you to know you are special, you are valued, and you deserve to be celebrated! 

How does the closing experience feel different at Allied Title?

We believe the closing experience should be just as fun as getting that accepted offer on your dream home! When you come into our offices for settlement, we have cold brew and beer on tap waiting for you. After signing the closing documents, we love to capture the moment with Polaroids, photo booth props, and Closing Keys customized with your real estate agent’s logo. 

Kids enjoy settlement at Allied too! We have specially-designed coloring books and video games for kids to enjoy while parents do the “boring” stuff. 

How does the Client Experience Team help real estate professionals?

The CX Team is composed of like-minded, creative, and caring individuals who thrive on being a strategic partner for real estate agents, lenders, and developers. Whether it’s having our attorneys on speed dial, providing continuing education, or implementing fun ways to make the experience uniquely special for our clients, the CX Team’s sole focus is to keep our clients and their customers at the forefront of all that we do, while maintaining balance between quality and high volume. 

Title is boring. With the help of Allied Title’s CX Team, you will be in the hands of real people who care and will make sure your settlement experience is a celebration!

Have questions related to title insurance? Email [email protected]. Want to use Allied Title & Escrow when you buy a home? Tell your agent when you buy a house to write in Allied Title & Escrow as your settlement company! 

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Title insurance is boring, but Allied Title & Escrow is here to decode the jargon and make it (somewhat) more interesting. This biweekly feature will explore the mundane (but very necessary!) world of title insurance while sharing interesting stories of two friends’ entrepreneurial careers.

Purchasing land is a bit different than purchasing a home or commercial building.

In its vacant form, you may find yourself wondering about a few key things, such as what you can legally use the land for or what its true value is. For instance, will you legally be able to build a house on the land if that’s your intention? And, what is the value of the property when you take into consideration such things as drainage, road access, location and zoning restrictions?

And, of course, how will you protect your rights to the property? When buying a home, most consider title insurance to be a form of loss prevention for your property — so buying it is a must. But what about vacant land?

Check our latest blog post to find out the answer!

Are you considering a land purchase or planning to build on purchased land? Contact us with your questions and we’ll connect you with one of our title experts.

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Title insurance is boring, but Allied Title & Escrow is here to decode the jargon and make it (somewhat) more interesting. This biweekly feature will explore the mundane (but very necessary!) world of title insurance while sharing interesting stories of two friends’ entrepreneurial careers.

Real estate title work isn’t glamorous and it’s extremely technical. From the outside, the process may look quite boring, but underneath the surface, there are many moving parts working together to create a seamless transaction for buyers and sellers.

At Allied Title, we have a dynamic crew working behind the scenes to ensure that your closing experience is not only seamless, but it is just as much fun as getting the accepted offer on your dream home!

Check out the video below to see how Allied is not your typical title company!

What do you think we should feature in the next video? Comment below to let us know!

Videography by Jonathan Thorpe. Check out Jonathan’s work and get in touch at www.jthorpephoto.com.

Have questions related to title insurance? Email [email protected]. Want to use Allied Title & Escrow when you buy a home? Tell your agent when you buy a house to write in Allied Title & Escrow as your settlement company! 

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Title insurance is boring, but Allied Title & Escrow is here to decode the jargon and make it (somewhat) more interesting. This biweekly feature will explore the mundane (but very necessary!) world of title insurance while sharing interesting stories of two friends’ entrepreneurial careers.

This week, Allied Title’s CEO, Latane Meade, catches up with Kristin Francis, top-producing agent and leader of the Kristin Francis Team of Keller Williams.

When you hear Kristin talk about her creative approach to real estate, it will come as no surprise that her team was voted one of Arlington’s favorite real estate agents for sellers in the 2021 Arlies, ARLnow’s community awards.

Kristin’s team is wholly committed to fostering community and building relationships which not only gives her clients a competitive advantage, it also enables her to leverage the team’s success for the greater good. Plus, they like to have fun!

Want to learn even more about the Kristin Francis Team? Visit their website, send them an email, or give them a call at 571-348-4604.

Have questions related to title insurance? Email [email protected]. Want to use Allied Title & Escrow when you buy a home? Tell your agent when you buy a house to write in Allied Title & Escrow as your settlement company! 

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Title insurance is boring, but Allied Title & Escrow is here to decode the jargon and make it (somewhat) more interesting. This biweekly feature will explore the mundane (but very necessary!) world of title insurance while sharing interesting stories of two friends’ entrepreneurial careers.

Question: Do I need insurance for my house flip project?

Answer: If you don’t want the hassle of buying a home and renting it out to others, then buying a fixer-upper and selling it for more is the next best thing. While the process sounds rather simple, there is something really important that should never be overlooked — and that is the need for home insurance for flipping houses.

Since no one is living in your investment property, you may feel that you really don’t need insurance. However, that is not true at all. Believe it or not, there are so many things that can go wrong during remodeling projects while the house sits vacant for months at a time — such as falls, fires, vandalism, theft of pipes/fixtures and more. Traditional insurance providers and homeowner’s policies view house flipping as ‘high risk’ and are not designed to protect vacant properties or properties that are needing rehab.

Flipping houses requires a special type of insurance coverage that a typical Home Owner’s Insurance policy does not provide. The insurance policies discussed below will protect your property and personal assets and provide peace of mind.

Dwelling Policy

A Dwelling Policy is designed for vacant buildings and protects against any direct, physical damage to the property. This is a common type of insurance used for flipping houses. It isn’t always easy to see the issues that may arise during even the simplest renovations.

Although a dwelling policy is a way to remain protected, it should be noted that this policy will not cover any materials or equipment used in the renovation.

Builder’s Risk Policy

A Builder’s Risk policy is also designed to protect vacant property and it is necessary if your renovation includes tampering with the structure. This policy, again, covers the direct physical damage to the property while it is in the construction process.

Unlike dwelling policies, a builder’s risk policy does cover the renovation materials. This is often purchased as a rider in addition to the dwelling policy.

General Liability Policy

As you can tell, dwelling policies and builder’s risk policies focus on the damage to the property itself, and potentially the materials. But what about bodily injury? It is not uncommon for injuries to occur during a renovation. Should you get hurt, your general liability policy would be in place to protect you, but it does not protect your contractors or people you have working at the property.

What it does do, though, is protect you in case you are sued due to an injury at the property. Any medical expenses or legal fees that arise due to a slip and fall, for example, will be handled by this insurance company.

Have questions related to title insurance? Email [email protected]. Want to use Allied Title & Escrow when you buy a home? Tell your agent when you buy a house to write in Allied Title & Escrow as your settlement company! 

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Title insurance is boring, but Allied Title & Escrow is here to decode the jargon and make it (somewhat) more interesting. This biweekly feature will explore the mundane (but very necessary!) world of title insurance while sharing interesting stories of two friends’ entrepreneurial careers.

Seriously, can your house be stolen? If it could, is there anything you can do to stop it?

In this week’s edition, Tim RoysterTeam Lead of The Royster Hearth Group, talks with the legal team at Allied Title about protecting your home, title insurance and more!

Tim is the Team Lead of The Royster Hearth Group, a real estate team with Compass. A home is more than a place with a roof over your head. It is a place of comfort, love, warmth, rest and security — “HEARTH”. The Royster Hearth Group is dedicated to helping you reach YOUR HEARTH. Their mission statement is simple: Serve Our Neighbors, Not Ourselves.  

Tim Royster, Team Lead of the Royster Hearth Group, is a U.S. Army Veteran. Contact Tim at [email protected] or 571-275-0871.  Check out their website at www.roysterhearthgroup.com and subscribe to their YouTube channel for weekly updates on all things Northern Virginia!

Have questions related to title insurance? Email [email protected]. Want to use Allied Title & Escrow when you buy a home? Tell your agent when you buy a house to write in Allied Title & Escrow as your settlement company! 

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