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February 2019
Title Notes E-News

  • Virginia Title Center and Circuit Courts will be closed on Monday, February 18th in observance of President's Day.
  • In mid-February, Virginia Title Center is excited to announce we will be moving to a new operating system for both title underwriting and settlement services. This upgraded technology will enable us to better meet your growing needs. Your patience is appreciated during this transition.
Why You Want Your Boss to Hold a Warm Cup of Coffee When You Ask for a Raise
From comfy chairs to the smell of baking, here are a few strange-sounding (but science-backed) tricks to get your boss to agree to your pitch.
by Lydia Dishman

If one of your goals for 2019 was to advance your business or career (and maybe bump up your income) you're likely angling for the best strategy to get it done. B efore you sit down with your supervisor, or a potential investor or client, it might be better to ask them out for a cup of coffee or tea instead of meeting in your office. Click HERE to learn more about how to use the results from studies on "embodied cognition" to your benefit.

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Please Welcome Angie Smith to the VTC Team

Virginia Title Center is pleased to announce that Angie Smith joined Virginia Title Center on January 1st as a Settlement Processor.

She brings 15 years of real estate experience including settlements, processing, and underwriting. She came to us from Legacy Settlement, which she co-owned with her sister.  Angie takes pride in giving the best service possible to her clients and establishing relationships with realtors and lenders.

VTC is also excited to announce that we have opened a satellite office in Rocky Mount where Angie will spend much of her time. The office is in the Commonwealth Building at 270 S. Main Street, Suite 201. 

Angie is a native of Franklin County, and currently resides in the Snow Creek area with her husband, Ben and their 3 kids. In her spare time she enjoys traveling and making memories with her family.

Please join us in welcoming Angie to the team. She can be reached via our main phone number, as well as by e-mail at

Mark your calendars for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House Luncheon to celebrate our new location on Wednesday, March 6th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Ribbon cutting at 12:15 pm.

Winning the Talent War in 2019
by Debbie Bianucci

I can't help thinking there's a lesson of sorts there for our industry. When I think back on all the conversations I've had with financial services executives about their top challenges in 2018, just about everyone identified talent. You could say it's been that way since the beginning of time. But as 2019 gets underway, the pressures to attract, retain and develop talent will test the financial services industry like never before. Click HERE to learn about the three external forces make this a battle like no other.

Mortgage Lenders: 3 Keys To Thriving in 2019
A proven tech strategy for more revenue, loan officer retention and referral relationships in the new year
by Sarah Wheeler
The challenges lenders faced in 2018 - rising interest rates, strong home-price appreciation, and tight housing supply - will persist into 2019, requiring lenders to respond strategically to thrive and stay profitable.  Within this environment, three factors are critical.
Click HERE to learn more how to create a  profitable lending strategy for this year.

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Investors Title Fraud Alert: Identity Theft - Hijacking a Corporation or LLC
from Investors Title

While we know that we all are actively combating this ever-growing problem, the fraudsters' techniques have continued to evolve in response to the industry's diligent efforts to frustrate their schemes. Click HERE to read about the potential threats to you and your clients' business, the red flags, and how to take the necessary steps to guard against them.
What Question Is Critical For Financial Services 
Leaders To Answer in 2019?

Click HERE to view the video interview f eaturing discussions with:
  • JP Nicols, managing director, FinTech Forge
  • Titi Cole, executive vice president, head of operations, Wells Fargo
  • Ben Schack, head of U.S. digital partnerships, BMO Financial Group
  • Rilla Delorier, executive vice president, chief strategy officer, Umpqua Bank, and more.


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**Remember to offer your borrowers Owner's Coverage on their most valuable investment. It's a one time premium with a lifetime of security. In addition, they will receive a reduced premium rate when they obtain it simultaneously with your Lender's Coverage.**

What Topics Are On Your Mind?

Virginia Title Center wants to provide you with pertinent information in future E-Blasts and Webinars. What questions are on your mind regarding the real estate and mortgage lending industry? What topics would you like addressed in future E-blasts?  Send Patti your thoughts.
Past issues of the Virginia Title Center E-News are archived on our website HERE
Patti L. Dickerson                                      

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