Premiums have Risen 10.4 Percent Year-Over-Year

Title insurance premiums have risen to $3.3 billion, which makes for a 10.4 percent year-over-year increase for title insurance premiums in the first quarter according to ALTA’s 2017 First-Quarter Market Share Analysis. This is the highest increase since 2007, and it is the third year in a row that first-quarter premiums have risen year-over-year. At this rate, the industry will top last year’s total of $14.3 billion in insurance premiums, and they will be the highest in the industry since 2006.

Publicly traded underwriters account for 85 percent of the market

The top 5 publicly traded underwriters are First American Title Insurance Co. (24.6 percent); Old Republic National Title Insurance Co. (15 percent); Chicago Title Insurance Co. (14.1 percent); Fidelity National Title Insurance Co. (12.5 percent); and Stewart Title Guaranty Co. (9.4 percent).

Independent underwriters account for 15 percent of the market

The top five independent underwriters were Westcor Land Title Insurance Co. (3.6 percent); WFG National Title; Insurance Co. (2.8 percent); Title Resources Guaranty Co. (2.1 percent); North American Title Insurance Co. (1.7 percent); and Alliant National Title Insurance Co. (0.9 percent).