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RESPRO® Colorado Chapter

The “Big Bang” occurred sometime in 1995. However, contrary to the other Big Bang, all was not darkness prior. Colorado has always had “AfBAs” because of its geography and population disbursal. Many small communities simply could not support separate title companies, real estate companies, lenders/banks etc. It was natural that some form of joint operations between these complementary activities would evolve. And evolve they did. We have found geologic evidence of their existence as early as the 1970s and some believe they were around for decades prior!

 

The event that triggered our big bang  was when one of two title companies that dominated the state market asked for an opinion from the state Attorney General regarding ownership of a title agency. They wanted to know if it was legal for a person with real estate or banking interests to own a title company. The answer they got was “No, under any circumstances”. This was done as a private letter, but suddenly existing AfBA companies were threatened with some possible sanctions or even extinction relating to this opinion (which they were not allowed to see).

 

A group of individuals and companies decided to clarify the situation by bringing legislation that would mimic RESPA. In preparation for the 1996 legislative session, they formed an ad hoc group called “The Independent Association of Title Insurance Companies”. While researching laws on the national level, they discovered RESPRO®and asked for some help.

 

Eventually, the attempt at legislation failed. However, the failure was blamed on the concept that it was unclear if it was even needed! So, off to the Attorney General they went. They asked to be allowed to review the “Private Opinion” and to have a public statement made by the AG. This public statement was the AG’s letter of February 1998, authored by a junior staff attorney named Erin Toll. (Statement Attached). The statement was exactly on point, that as long as income from the company was shared only in accordance with ownership, then such structures (AfBA’s) were legal.

 

Recognizing the need for greater resources than were locally available, the original association was folded and its members joined RESPRO® as state chapter members in 1998. Since that time, the Chapter has had to face several attempts to regulate them out of business. Percentage caps, marketing requirements and other such anti-affiliation rules has been proposed and defeated. Being a state Chapter of RESPRO has given us recognition and credibility far in excess of our size or economic might.

 

Today, the Chapter maintains viability by holding regular board and membership meetings.  The Chapter members participate in continuing regulatory efforts by their membership in the State Division of Insurance Title Advisory Committee (“TAC”).  They also maintain an active presence within the Land Title Association of Colorado’s (“LTAC”) various policy making committees. 

 

Officers:

President
Leo J. Hebert, Director of Operations
Guardian Title Agency, LLC
1335 S Colorado Blvd., C#306
Denver, CO 80222
P 303-778-5304

 

Vice President
Noelle Lovato, Senior Vice President
Guardian Title Agency, LLC
9088 S Ridgeline Boulevard, Suite 105
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
P 303-809-4388 Phone

Secretary/Treasurer
Mike Crammer, Senior Vice President
Western States Agency Services
Stewart Title Guaranty Company
50 S. Steele Street, Suite 600
Denver, CO 80209
P 303-780-4031

Past President
Tim Killcoyne, President
Town & Country Title Services
4908 Tower Road
Denver, CO 80249
P 303-486-8970

 

 

Director

Patrick A. Rice, President
American Home Title and Escrow Company
4704 Harlan Street, Suite 620
Westminster, CO 80031
P 303-426-0990

 


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