Building our business begins with us helping you to build yours. Through our experienced agents in a national network of full service offices, we provide a broad array of traditional and ancillary title insurance services. We produce our products -quickly, effectively and accurately. Financially, we are strong. The highest rated title insurance group in the industry backs our policies. As a result, our customers have peace of mind. Let Old Republic Title develop a relationship of trust with you. And together, we’ll share success.
Experienced underwriting teams, in service centers everywhere, have unlimited national underwriting authority. The guarantees a creative, competent and client-focused approach to the transaction translating in to timely closings and reduced transaction cost.
In 1876, a group of conveyancers met in a small office in Pennsylvania to incorporate one of the world’s first title insurance companies, The Real Estate Title Insurance Company of Philadelphia. Later that same year, they issued the first modern title insurance policy and with it an industry was born. We know the company today as Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company.
Commonwealth is now a proud member of the Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE: FNF) family of title companies, which collectively represent the largest title insurance and escrow services company in the world.
Fidelity National Title Group is a member of the Fidelity National Financial (NYSE: FNF) family of companies and the nation’s largest group of title companies and title insurance underwriters – Chicago Title Insurance Company, Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company, Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, National Title of New York, Alamo Title Insurance Company, Lawyers Title, and Ticor Title – that collectively issue more title insurance policies than any other title company in the United States.
The year was 1847; Chicago was booming. Almost 17,000 persons called it home… and new pioneers were streaming in steadily to grasp the opportunities for independence, which the rich prairie soil promised.
An obscure young law clerk, Edward A. Rucker, devised a system of keeping track of every recorded instrument and legal proceeding affecting real estate titles. This saved attorneys the laborious task of searching official records in connection with transfers of real property. It was a valuable service that was welcomed.
Rucker hung out his shingle in the Saloon Building… then, later that year, joined with James H. Rees in the Merchants’ Exchange.
As the city grew, abstract indices similar to Rees’ and Rucker’s were established by J. Mason Parker in 1852, and Fernando Jones in 1863. This was the foundation of what was to become Chicago Title and Trust Co. (CT&T).