Thomas Title & Escrow was founded in 2006 by Frank W. Busch III and his family. The commercial title and escrow industry was dominated by a handful of large companies and Busch, who was a banking and real estate attorney, had experienced first-hand the deficiencies and poor quality of service from other companies. After years of working with these companies, Busch realized that the product was always the same. It was the level of service that would ultimately be the solution to shake up the established commercial title industry. So Busch formed Thomas Title & Escrow—a title and escrow agency that is underwritten by the largest industry insurers, but that runs like a specialized boutique with a priority of providing the highest levels of service. Starting out with a singular focus on the commercial sector, the firm was better able to efficiently handle the complexities that often arise with larger, more sophisticated transactions.
If timing is everything, ours appeared to not be so good. While many real estate firms were closing during the real estate crash of 2008, we proved our creativity and agility, and the company not only survived, but thrived. Thomas Title & Escrow became the go-to firm for attorneys, bankers and investors in commercial foreclosure and distress situations across the Southwest U.S. By 2011, Thomas Title & Escrow was named one of the fastest growing companies in the Inc. 500/5000 list and in 2012, the firm opened an office in Dallas, Texas.
In 2015, Thomas Title & Escrow acquired certain assets and employees from another Phoenix-based title agency, and the firm launched its residential division to become a full-service provider for both commercial and residential transactions.
In May of 2017, we secured a significant strategic investment from industry leader ET Investments out of Aurora, Colorado. ET is an investment firm that specializes in title insurance, settlement and real estate technology. ET and its subsidiaries collectively comprise one of the largest title agents in the US with over 800 affiliated employees. The investment allows us to grow our brick-and-mortar footprint into a variety of other markets. And importantly, ET provides us with a scalable shared-services platform encompassing finance, accounting, IT, HR and compliance/legal.
Today, Thomas Title & Escrow is a national provider of title insurance, real estate settlement and escrow services for both foreign and domestic transactions. The firm is an award-winning agent for multiple national underwriters and boasts a state-of-the-art online transaction management system that provides its clients with 24/7 file and document access. With exceptional in-house underwriting capability, as well as the support from the largest national underwriters, we’ll assist you in finding the right solutions for your complex transactions.