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ALTA: $11 Billion in Title Insurance Premiums Written in 2014

Mar 26, 2015

The American Land Title Association (ALTA) has released its preliminary "2014 Year-end and Fourth-Quarter Market Share Analysis," which found that the title insurance industry generated $11.3 billion in title insurance premiums in 2014, down 10.9 percent from 2013. During the fourth quarter of 2014, the industry reported $3.1 billion in title insurance premiums, up slightly when compared to the same quarter the previous year.

“A prolonged winter, continued decline in refinance activity, combined with less housing market demand due to a lack of consumer confidence resulted in a lower number of title insurance premiums written in 2014,”said Michelle Korsmo, ALTA’s CEO. “Purchasing a home is one of the largest investments a person makes in their lifetime. ALTA members are proud to continue to offer homebuyers peace of mind by providing owner’s title insurance policies that offer financial protection of the home for as long as they own the property. No homeowner wants to inherit any existing debts or legal problems as they receive the keys to their new home.”

By the numbers:

States Generating Most Title Insurance Premium in 2014:
Texas ($1.7 billion, up 0.5 percent from 2013)
​►California ($1.3 billion, down 13.9 percent)
​►Florida ($1 billion, down 3.7 percent)
​►New York ($975 million, down 1.6 percent)
​►Pennsylvania ($422 million, down 25.7 percent)

2014 Year End Market Share:
​►Fidelity Family (32 percent)
​►First American Family (28 percent)
​►Old Republic Family (15 percent)
​►Stewart Family (13 percent)
​►Independent Underwriters (12 percent)

During Q4 of 2014, 19 states saw increases in title insurance premium compared to Q4 2013.

Top five states with highest percentage increase in Q4 2014 compared to Q4 2013:
​►Oregon (15 percent)
​►Missouri (12 percent)
​►Arkansas (10 percent)
​►Louisiana (10 percent)
​►Texas (seven percent)

2014 Q4 Market Share:
​►Fidelity Family (32 percent)
​►First American Family (28 percent)
​►Old Republic Family (15 percent)
​►Stewart Family (13 percent)
​►Independent Underwriters (12 percent)

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