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Title Search & Insurance Companies – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 6541 & 6361  |  NAICS 541191 & 524127

The following guide to industry research and analysis provides sources for industry statistics, trends, and forecasts, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

See the following sections listed below to view available resources by category:

For guides to other industries, see our index of over 400 industries.

Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Real Estate Conveyancing Services  (view report)
Title Insurance Companies  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample industry research report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

American Land Title Association
TitleNews Magazine

Monthly trade magazine features news and information for title professionals, with contents including in-depth feature articles on business, regulatory, and technology issues as well as recurring columns covering association news, industry updates, people in the news, and commentary by ALTA officials. Three most recent issues are available to members only, prior digital issues are available free online.

October Research, LLC
Publications available from this organization include:

The Title Report
Biweekly publication features news and information for agents, underwriters, and other professionals, with topics covered including title insurance, settlement services, e-commerce, mortgage technology, real estate market trends, fraud reports, ratings actions, earnings reports, analyst coverage, mergers and acquisitions, and regulatory and legislative updates. Selected articles can be viewed free online.

Voice of the Title Agent
Annual publication provides the results of a nationwide survey of agents employed by small, medium, and national firms, with topics addressed in the report including business opportunities and concerns, certifications, standards, and vetting, regulatory compliance, data/escrow security, digital technology, underwriters, and respondent demographics. Report can be downloaded free online with registration.

A.M. Best Company, Inc.
Title & Mortgage Industry Fundamentals

Industry guide provides an overview of the title assurance business and its role in the U.S. economy, with content sections including history and purpose, rate regulation, rate adequacy and stability, loss characteristics among companies, real estate and U.S. economy, investment income characteristics, profitability, loss experience, and reserving characteristics. All information can be viewed free online.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Title Abstract, Settlement, and Insurance Companies  Search for "541911" and "524127" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Title Abstract, Settlement, and Insurance Companies  Search for "541911" and "524127" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample financial ratio analysis can be viewed free online.

IBISWorld Industry Research Reports
Industry Financial Ratios
(see links for individual reports)

Key statistics section of these reports provides detailed income statements and balance sheets on a common-size basis and an array of industry financial ratios, with the financial ratio data presented on an annual basis for the four most recent years for which data is available and on a historical average basis over three-year, five-year, and ten-year time periods. Sample report can be viewed free online.

American Land Title Association
Industry Financial Data / quarterly-press-releases

Data downloads available in this section include family company, independent companies composite, and all-company composite financial statements on a quarterly and year-end basis for title insurance underwriters, and family company and state market share data on a quarterly and year-to-date basis by company and state. Selected summary data can be viewed free online in quarterly press releases.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

PayScale, Inc.
Escrow and Title Services

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as office manager, escrow officer, escrow assistant, title officer, title examiner, title processer, notary signing agent, and closing coordinator, with firms for which salary or wage data is provided including Fidelity National Financial, Inc., First American Financial Corp., and Old Republic International Corp.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers

Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data on a national, state, and local area basis for persons who search real estate records, examine titles, or summarize pertinent legal or insurance documents or details for a variety of purposes and may compile information on mortgages, contracts, and other instruments pertaining to titles for lawyers, real estate firms, and title insurance companies.

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BV Guides and Databases

Private Company Sales Transaction Databases
Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search the DealStats, BIZCOMPS, and FactSet/BVR databases for public and private company sales transactions by SIC or NAICS Code. These databases provide detailed information for sales transactions including sales price and terms, purchase price allocation, target financial data, and deal-derived valuation multiples. Sample reports can be viewed free online.

October Research, LLC
Resources available from this organization include:

Business Valuation: Prepare Now for a Successful Future
Webinar presentation provides insights on how to optimize a title agency's value, with topics covered
in the webinar including basic fundamentals that significantly impact the value of a business, ways to preserve the agency's value, what owners can do now to have a better outcome later, best practices for selling an agency, corporate paperwork, underwriter agreements, and financial and legal matters.

What is Your Agency Worth?
Webinar by a panel of experts discusses who is buying title agencies and how much they are paying for them, with topics covered in the webinar include valuing what an agency is worth, factors that can determine why an agency is worth more or less than other agencies, who are the buyers of agencies, preparing the agency for sale, and negotiating tips for obtaining the best sales price for the business.

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