Benchmark Title Company, LLC


Welcome to the first issue of Benchmark Title Company's new Title Tip of the Week Newsletter. We hope you find these tips informative and useful to you and your clients.

Dealing With The Title Company
by Sarah Holdener, Esq.
To ensure a smooth transaction, we provide the following suggestions when dealing with the title company:

  • If your seller is able to provide a copy of a prior title policy, please provide this to the title company when placing your order. This may expedite the process and could result in savings to your client.
  • Most title companies will send out a seller information letter to help them expedite the processing of the transaction. This form may request loan numbers and is used to provide authorization to the title company to contact the lender on the sellerís behalf and request payoffs on the sellerís mortgages. Please have your sellers complete and return this document as soon as possible.
  • The title company will normally require two forms of identification at the closing, and one must be a photo ID.
  • Any funds required to be brought into closing will need to be in the form of a wire transfer or cashierís check. Personal checks and cash are generally not accepted.
  • If your client is closing on the sale of their home and the purchase of their new home on the same day, be sure to notify your title company so they may coordinate funding appropriately.
  • Make sure your seller brings a forwarding address and contact information to the closing.
  • The purchaser must sign all necessary documents and their funds must be received by the title company before the title company can pay out to the seller.

Any questions can be directed to Benchmark Title at 618-239-3750. Please feel free to call or email:

John Howe

Doreen Miller, Esq.
Commercial Division Manager

Sarah Holdener, Esq.
General Counsel,
VP Production

Michelle Null
VP Escrow Operations

Serving you from three convenient locations:

Main Office:
1124 Hartman Lane
Shiloh, IL 62221
Ph: 618-239-3750
Escrow Fax: 618-239-3707
Title Fax: 618-239-3757
Fax Orders: 618-310-1589
John Howe

318 North Main St.
Columbia, IL 62236
Ph: 618-281-9700
Fax: 618-281-9705

Manager: Randi Schur

4215 S. State Rte 159
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
Ph: 618-288-1695
Fax: 618-288-1852
Manager: Sara Sowell

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