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States Title's Max Simkoff and The Real Deal's Hiten Samtani

Title insurance is broken. Here’s how this $623M startup hopes to rebuild it

As a child, Max Simkoff would venture out for fishing trips, mostly along Oregon’s Deschutes River. On a couple...

Title insurance is broken. Here’s how this $623M startup hopes to rebuild it
States Title's Max Simkoff and The Real Deal's Hiten Samtani

The REInterview: States Title’s Max Simkoff on reforming the murkiest corner of real estate

If real estate is seen as a dinosaur when it comes to adopting technology, title insurance may be the industry’s Argentinosaurus. The residential closing...

The REInterview: States Title’s Max Simkoff on reforming the murkiest corner of real estate
Spruce co-founder and CEO Patrick Burns (iStock; Spruce)

Title insurance startup Spruce raises $29M in Series B

As the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the inefficiencies of traditional pen-and-paper closings, another startup has secured funding in its...

Title insurance startup Spruce raises $29M in Series B
States Title CEO Max Simkoff (iStock, States Title)

States Title raises $123M to digitize title, mortgage and escrow

A San Francisco startup that’s digitizing mortgage, title and escrow said it raised $123 million — sinking another nail...

States Title raises $123M to digitize title, mortgage and escrow
Government office closures stop commercial deals in their tracks

Government office closures stop commercial deals in their tracks

Broad economic anxiety isn’t all that’s tamping down on commercial real estate deals these days. States and municipalities across...

Government office closures stop commercial deals in their tracks
First American to buy Docutech for $350M

First American to buy Docutech for $350M

Title insurance giant First American has reached a deal to buy housing tech company Docutech for $350 million. The deal should close by the end of March, and Docutech’s current management team, including president...

First American to buy Docutech for $350M
From left: Stewart's Frederick Eppinger, FTC's Joseph Simons and Fidelity's Raymond Quirk (Credit: Getty Images and iStock)

Title insurance’s Big Three are not to be: Fidelity, Stewart call off $1.2B merger

The massive merger between Fidelity National Financial and Stewart Information Services that would have turned the country’s “Big Four”...

Title insurance’s Big Three are not to be: Fidelity, Stewart call off $1.2B merger
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