American Secure Title Insurance Agency, has been doing business in Utah for 15 years, providing outstanding title and escrow services to Utahns throughout the state. The quality of our services has made us a #1 choice of real estate professionals and land owners alike.

Recent News

AST Welcomes New Title Officer, Shawn Pickett, To Tremonton

We are excited to formally announce the addition of Shawn Pickett to our staff as our Title Officer in our Tremonton office. Shawn is licensed in both Title and Escrow and is also a licensed Notary Public for the State of Utah. He has been in the title insurance business since 1998 and has gathered a wealth of industry experience and knowledge. Shawn will be a great asset to the people of Box Elder County and we’re very lucky to have him join our team. He will be working in our Logan office until February and will then move over to our Tremonton location. Please join us in welcoming Shawn.

The Brigham Office does the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

American Secure Title Does an Epic ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! We have chosen to do the challenge and donate to the ALS Foundation. We nominate Bank of Utah Brigham City Branch, The Box Elder County Recorders Staff, Martell Dansie, USU/Goldenwest CU Brigham City, and All-American Real Estate.

View the video here:  Ice Bucket Challenge

UTAH’S GOOD FUNDS REQUIREMENT

Title Companies in Utah must have “Good Funds” before they can record and disburse on a real estate transaction.  So, what are good funds?  It is money that has been received into the title company’s account that has been collected and cleared.

The issue at hand with good funds is the time it takes for the funds to be considered, “collected and cleared”.  Most buyers and sellers are anxious to close the transaction and either move in (buyer) or receive their seller proceeds $money$ (seller).  A title company cannot record the deeds before they’ve received and cleared funds because they must verify that those funds and in their account so that they can “disburse funds”, meaning they can pay all the parties in the transaction who are due to be paid.

So, what is the best way to smoothly and quickly close and fund?  WIRES!  When a title company receives funds via wire those funds are “good funds” immediately.  The next best option is a cashier’s check, but this must be deposited into the account and sit overnight.  Also, any amount over $10,000 MUST be wired.

So…wiring funds is best.  It’s the quickest and safest way to handle the real estate closing & funding process.  Be sure to ask your title company for their wiring instructions prior to closing and verify that information to avoid any delays at the closing or at time of funding.

We hope you find this Title Tip helpful and we look forward to helping you on your next transaction!

THX,

AST

American Secure Title and Box Elder Title Announce Merger

American Secure Title Insurance Agency is excited to announce that it has merged with Box Elder Land Title Insurance Agency, effective as of July 21, 2014. As Susie Pugsley and Brent Kirkland, of Box Elder Land Title, retire from the business, Glenda Probst will be joining Jenny Goring and her team, of American Secure Title, who will handle all of the escrow and title business for the two companies. Jenny has been an extremely successful licensed Escrow Officer and Manager for American Secure Title in Tremonton for 11 years. Susie, Glenda and their team at Box Elder Land Title have appreciated wonderful community support for their business over the past 15 years and are excited to know their clients needs will continue to be taken care of in the future.

Susie & Jenny have had tremendous success because of their commitment to take every client’s need personally. This merger brings the advantages of combined impeccable service, multiple offices across the State of Utah and increased underwriting choices to the clients of Box Elder Land Title. Having additional underwriting options ensures the most competitive rates through one of four national underwriters, Stewart Title, First American, Fidelity, and Westcor.

Any client who has closed in the past with Box Elder Land Title, may qualify for discounts in their rates on future policies. These discounts will be honored by American Secure Title, and all past clients are encouraged to take advantage, by requesting their next policy be issued through American Secure Title when they sell or refinance their home.

We are proud of these home-town title professionals & their accomplishments in the business community.  We will continue to offer excellent customer service and look forward to serving the community for many years to come. Please feel free to drop by the American Secure Title office located at 805 West Main St., Suite A, in Tremonton or call either of the listed numbers for Box Elder Land Title at (435) 257-5149 or American Secure Title at (435) 257-5176, or visit www.americansecure.com with questions regarding your real estate title & escrow needs.

Title Tip: How to Extend Coverage Under an Owners Policy

Your title policy never expires! How great is that? However, as with all Insurance product’s, there are situations in which coverage can be invalidated. This generally occurs with an Owner’s Policy when the insured changes title. Homeowners often transfer their property to a Family Trust, or an LLC. When this happens, coverage under the title policy is invalidated, because the policy is limited to cover a natural person, or the names shown on schedule A only.

To extend coverage, a home owner simply needs to ask for an endorsement to their policy. If they had a “Homeowner’s Policy” issued by First American Title Insurance, they can purchase a “Deletion of Natural Person” endorsement (DNP), that allows them to transfer the coverage under the policy to their Trust or LLC, as long as they are the only principles. If they had an “Owner’s Policy” or “Homeowner’s policy” issued by any other underwriter, they can purchase a CLTA 107.9 endorsement (additional insured). This allows them to add another name to their title policy coverage, such as a son, or a spouse being added to title after the purchase. If they use this endorsement to add an entity, they must be the only principles.

For example, John Doe and Jane Doe are the original insured under a “Homeowner’s Policy” issued by First American Title, and they deed their property to J&J Doe LLC. If they purchase the DNP endorsement, and they are the principles of J&J Doe LLC, then J&J Doe LLC is now covered under that same policy.

The important thing to remember in these situations, is that these endorsements are not intended to facilitate the extension of coverage for any type of purchase transaction. That’s why the original owners must be the sole principles of any entity. This endorsement will not extend coverage to an entity in which John and Jane Doe are principles with any other individual. Its meant to help ensure coverage is not invalidated for the original insured should they choose to create a Trust, or a business entity. If the property is sold, a new policy must be purchased.