Ticor Tech Tip – Fraudsters taking advantage of Contact Tracing process KOMO / Ticor Consumer Tip

We are proud to say we have partnered with long time local area consumer protection advocate Herb Weisbaum of KOMO to bring you Technology and Title Tips.

Contact tracing is one of the critical tools health departments have to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Unfortunately, it’s also given criminals a new way to scam people. Impostors are texting people, pretending to be with a health department, in order to steal their personal information, money – or both.

Before calling, some health departments send a text message telling you to expect a call – from a specific number – about an urgent
public health matter. Real contact tracers will ask for your name and address, date of birth, work information, and contact preferences. They will never ask for your Social Security number, immigration status, your bank account or credit card information, or ask you to pay
for anything.


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Ticor Tech Tip – Public Phone Charging Station Risks KOMO / Ticor Consumer Tip

Charging Station

We are proud to say we have partnered with long time local area consumer protection advocate Herb Weisbaum of KOMO to bring you Technology and Title Tips.

Smartphones and tablets use the same USB port and a single USB cable for charging and sharing data. Plug that smartphone or tablet into a free charging station and unlock it – to check your email or go online – and all your data is vulnerable. It’s called “juice-jacking” and while this is certainly not the one of the major threats we face with our mobile devices, the potential for serious damage is real.

These are just a few of the items potentially at risk if a hacker gains access to your device…

  • E-Mails
  • Usernames and Passwords
  • Websites You Visit
  • Contacts


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Ticor Tech Tip – What Every Realtor Should Know About Owner’s Title Insurance

You’re a real estate agent, so you know that buying a home can be overwhelming for many of your clients. Homebuyers can easily feel confused and frustrated by the mounds of paperwork they have to sign. Plus, all the fees associated with closing can sometimes be a surprise even to an experienced buyer.

Owner’s title insurance is one of those items often misunderstood by homebuyers at closing, yet its value is tremendous. As an important advisor to your clients, you are in the position to help them understand the value of owner’s title insurance and the dangers that can be incurred without it.

  • What is title insurance?
  • How does title insurance protect your clients?
  • Does title insurance ever expire?

Ticor Tech Tip – Understanding Probate

If a home is to be sold but the record owner is deceased it is imperative to identify who now owns the property. The transaction can then close if the proper parties execute a deed to the buyer.

A formal probate allows for the protection and orderly distribution, after payment of debts, of the assets of the deceased to heirs and/or devisees or a sale to a third party by the personal representative. Nonetheless, even though Washington probates are not expensive or time consuming, they often are not done. But how else will the buyer know that all of the title interest is properly conveyed? What if there are valid liens (including estate taxes or state Medicaid reimbursements) against the estate that would otherwise be paid in probate? That is where the “lack of probate” concept comes into play.

Three Basic Probate Situations

  • The owner was single – not married or a domestic partner
  • The owner was married or a domestic partner and it was community property
  • The owner was married or a domestic partner, but it was separate property (not community property)

There are variations: did the deceased have a will? Is the estate being probated (with or without a will)?

Ticor Welcomes Brandy Shell to our Covington Escrow Team!

We are excited to announce that Brandy Shell has joined our Covington Escrow Team! She brings over 18 years of industry experience with her and will be an invaluable resource for you and your clients.

Please join us in welcoming Brandy to the Ticor Title family!

About Brandy

Brandy began her escrow career in 2002 and quickly developed a passion for title and escrow. She worked her way from Escrow Assistant to Escrow Closer and then earned her LPO. Brandy specializes in resale transactions focusing on the Eastside and South King County marketplaces. She brings customer-focused communication and a skill for being solution oriented.

Brandy was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She also had the opportunity to live abroad and spent a few months in Brusque, Brazil. She currently resides with her husband and three kids in Lea Hill, Auburn. Brandy enjoys cooking up new recipes for her family, working in her yard, and watching her flowers grow.

Brandy Shell
LPO / Escrow Closer
253-631-3596
Brandy.Shell@ticortitle.com

Ticor Tech Tip – Loyalty Reward Accounts at Risk KOMO / Ticor Consumer Tip

We are proud to say we have partnered with long time local area consumer protection advocate Herb Weisbaum of KOMO to bring you Technology and Title Tips.

Hackers are breaking into loyalty rewards accounts and stealing those hard-earned points and miles. This featured consumer tip covers how to protect yourself against this new online threat

  • Be sure to safeguard your frequent flier or loyalty account numbers
  • Use your accumulated rewards
  • Use strong passwords and enable 2-factor authentication if available


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Now you can Text with Ticor!

You can now text your customer service requests into Ticor’s property information specialists.

More and more of our customers are preferring text communication over other traditional methods and we have the solution. In addition to our property information specialists, our closing teams are available to communicate via Text!  

Benefits of Texting

Improved communication
Quick response
Convenient 


Need a trio, a farm or want to place a title order on your next listing … text your request to your Ticor team today!
844-MY-TICOR or 844-698-4267 (Call or Text!)

Introducing the Ticor Title Virtual Homebook!

Transform your digital marketing with Ticor’s Virtual Homebook!

We are proud to announce our latest innovative solution, the Ticor Virtual Homebook! This Virtual Homebook not only looks great but is a breeze to use and send on to your clients. This environmentally friendly solution still has all of the great information and resources you have come to expect from our traditional Homebooks! 

Ticor Virtual Homebook Pricing

  • Virtual Homebook – $8.00 Each

Click HERE to Download a Sample

Ticor Title’s team of property information specialists provide unmatched service, support, and information to our clients in Washington State. From basic property information to special projects large and small, our team is dedicated to listening carefully to our client needs and providing insights and solutions.

844-MY-TICOR (Call or Text) – cs.wa@ticortitle.com

Introducing startSafe Mobile Earnest Money Deposit!

Earnest Money Delivery… Now Hassle-Free & Contact-Free!

startSafe Mobile Deposit allows buyers to enjoy the safety and simplicity of depositing their earnest money from the convenience of their smartphone. With just a few clicks, startSafe Mobile Deposit makes delivering earnest money as easy as taking a picture of the front and back of a check. It’s that simple. Deposits can be made as part of a buyer’s initial startSafe intuitive question-based flow or as a separate initial step. Either way, startSafe Mobile Deposit is safe and contact-free.

How does it work?

startSafe™ uses advanced security protocols and multi-factor identification to initiate a secure digital opening experience with buyers and sellers. An intuitive, question-based information collection process guides consumers through providing and confirming necessary information. Information on wire safety and specific wiring instructions are also delivered securely for consumers to review and then Visit MyTicor.com to watch a video about how startSafe™ can protect against Wire Fraud.

Please join us in Welcoming Debbie Stevens to Ticor Title!

Join us in welcoming Debbie to Ticor!

Since founding her own escrow company in 1996, Debbie has been a successful Title and Escrow professional and thought-leader in the Puget Sound real estate and lending industries.

She is most passionate about being in the field, connecting and deepening her relationships. She works tirelessly to make her clients look good and their transactions close smoothly. Debbie is a fountain of lead-gen and marketing ideas and is widely considered one of the industry’s best problem-solvers; a powerful advocate for Agents, Loan Officers, Buyers, and Sellers.

With over 35 years of experience in Title and Escrow, Debbie Stevens is a known and trusted resource for connections and solutions that move clients forward in the business of real estate. She is excited to now be a part of Ticor Title!

Those who know her best describe Debbie as kind, loyal, thoughtful, driven, always having a smile to share and really fun. She loves to travel and her family and close friends mean everything to her. An avid lover of champagne, Debbie looks for any reason to toast life’s meaningful moments – like the successful closing of your next transaction!  

You can reach Debbie at 425-577-9931 or Debbie.Stevens@TicorTitle.com