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Hillsborough Title President Aaron Davis featured in Fox News story on National Flood

Zone VP, Aaron Davis on Fox News Tampa Bay

Today, Aaron Davis, FLTA’s Zone 4 Vice President was featured on Fox News Tampa Bay discussing the May 31 expiration of the National Flood Insurance Program and FLTA and ALTA’s efforts to have the program extended. 
 
Here’s a link to the Story
 
As some of you are aware, both FLTA and ALTA have been monitoring this issue closely.   The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has lapsed eleven times since Sept. 30, 2008.  (12 counting this week)   Each lapse has delayed thousands of closings and caused considerable uncertainty for buyers, sellers and lenders. These disruptions cost title and escrow businesses’, lenders’, and consumers’ time, money and unnecessary worry.
 
What is less widely known, is that earlier this month, FLTA sent a delegation of 10 of our members to Washington DC to join the ALTA team in visiting legislators to express our concern that the NFIP might lapse again.  
 
We expect another short-term extension of the program.  Months ago, the House of Representatives passed a five year extension of the NFIP by a bi-partisan majority; the Senate declined to vote on the long term extension.  Two weeks ago, seeing no action on the Senate side and knowing the deadline was fast approaching, the House approved a 30 day extension of the program.   Last week, the Senate approved a 60 day extension.   
 
We are in a position where the bills from both sides must be reconciled, voted on and sent to the President for signature.   We are cautiously optimistic that this will be completed before May 31 so that there is not another lapse in the program.
 
Our thanks to Aaron for carrying this important message (albeit in a highly edited form) to the public.  
FLTA blog post by Alan Fields

Alday-Donalson Title

Imagine if you will, a 16 year-old boy working in a title company. First off, lets date it- its 1992. The operation side of a title agency is, and has always been, predominantly female. So here I am, and “runner” for the company. My mom Gail is the owner of Hillsborough Title at that time, we only had one office located in Plant City. We have staff of about 12-14 back then. Technology isn’t on the cutting edge in title in those days, so it took more people power to get he job done. Al Gore hasn’t invented the internet just yet, so to get loan packages, checks, recordings to the lenders, to the banks, and to the courthouses, it required use of a courier. That’s me. Runner boy Aaron. The only male in title. Cruising the highways and streets of Tampa Bay….in a 1992 FORD FESTIVA. Man, that may have been the hottest thing on 4 wheels. A semi would almost blow me off the road.

Here is a pic for those who don’t know what a Ford Festiva is….a CHIC MAGNET.

So driving to the banks, real estate offices, lenders, Hillsborough County Courthouse and the Polk County Courthouse, I would see the signs….ALDAY DONALSON TITLE…these guys were everywhere! So looking out for inspiration in the female dominated title world- I found who I wanted to become…Tommy Alday and Ron Donalson, Alday Donalson Title… the “guys” in title, the names on the sign- they were my mentors from afar, and had never once met. Georgia boys, family run business, with shops on every corner. But more so than that, it was “US”, a big mom and pop, local people, local owners, a business that supported its staff, its clients, and its employees. In a world full of “corporates”, Alday Donalson Title is who I modeled much of my company after.

Today, Hillsborough Title carries forward that rich tradition of a family run title agency, bringing together the beliefs and values, personal touch, and access to ownership of an Alday-Donalson Title. We’ve combined the rich tradition of top notch service with the technology, spirit and vision that has made Hillsborough Title the leader in the title insurance industry today.

Faith, Family, Friends…and Hillsborough Title a pretty close 4th… that’s the order in which we live our lives here at Hillsborough Title.

We appreciate each and every one of you who have helped us along the way, and who have made us who we are today. That’s reminded to us in the mission statement of Hillsborough Title:

Our goal is to provide the highest level of service and professionalism to our customers and clients. We wish to achieve long lasting relationships through our customers and EARN your business everyday.