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About Us

Our Mission Statement

Master Title is committed to building solid relationships with legal professionals by responding consistently with reliable and timely service that exceeds our clients’ expectations.

The Staff of Master Title Agency, LLC takes pride in our reliable and timely services. We continually exceed our clients’ expectations with our efficient and quick response time. We service legal professionals in North Carolina and South Carolina.

 

Patrick Jackson, President and Founder
Pat is 20+ year veteran of the title industry with experience working in multiple states. Known for his sometimes obsessive approach to customer service and client relations, Pat is very proud of the team he has built at Master Title and the hundreds of relationships and friendships he is fortunate to have in the Carolinas real estate and legal industry.

A native of Baldwin, New York, Pat is married to Siobhan and they have a teenage daughter, Megan. He is active in the Lake Norman community as member of the Lake Norman Kiwanis and St. Mark Catholic Church. Pat unwinds with tennis, music, and enjoying the beach and mountains.

 

D. Kevin Joyce, Vice President and State Legal Counsel
Kevin joined Master Title Agency, LLC in December 2005 and serves as vice president and state legal counsel. A native of Walkertown, North Carolina, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a juris doctor degree, summa cum laude, from the North Carolina Central University School of Law.

Prior to joining Master Title, Kevin was engaged in private practice, primarily in the areas of real estate law, foreclosure, zoning, municipal, collections, landlord/tenant issues, and general practice law. He is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, Gaston County Bar, North Carolina Bar Association (Real Property Section), Mecklenburg Real Property Council, and North Carolina Land Title Association.

Kevin and his wife live in Gaston County with their two children. He has served for six years on the Lowell Planning Board and Board of Adjustment, and is an active member of South Point Baptist Church.


CHARLOTTE STAFF

 

Leigh Blanton, Title Insurance Underwriter and Paralegal
Leigh is a licensed title insurance underwriter and certified paralegal with more than 16 years of experience in the real estate industry. In addition to both commercial and residential title insurance underwriting, she has held positions in mortgage loan processing, loan underwriting and real estate closings.

Leigh is a North Carolina native, and makes her home in Charlotte with her husband Brad and daughter Sarah. She volunteers with a local mother’s group and enjoys hosting and attending home parties.

 

Adam Eberhart, Marketing Representative
Adam is a results-driven relationship builder who works directly with Master Title leadership and support personnel to develop the company’s business opportunities with real estate attorneys and law offices throughout the greater Charlotte region.

Prior to joining Master Title Agency, Adam worked for five years in marketing and sponsorship development for the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication in Public Advocacy from UNC Charlotte, where he served as chief justice of the student judiciary board. He is an active member of the Concord (Afton) Rotary Club.

Adam is a Charlotte native with deep roots; his grandfather served as chairman of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners who dedicated the Charlotte Douglas Municipal Airport. He’s most comfortable on the water, and enjoys spending time the beach, lake, pool and U.S. National Whitewater Center. He also enjoys cooking and exploring new restaurants with his girlfriend Lauren.

 

TRIAD/TRIANGLE STAFF

Jodi Harelson , Business Development Manager
A real estate and title professional with more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience, Jodi recently returned to her native North Carolina and is excited to be part of the Master Title Agency team in the Triad and Triangle regions.

She will work with Master Title leadership and support personnel to develop and grow the company’s business relationships with real estate attorneys and law offices throughout the Triad and Triangle.

Jodi has also worked as a retail manager and district manager in the apparel industry. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in textiles from The Ohio State University.

She is member of the Raleigh Chapter of The Ohio State Alumni Association and looks forward to volunteering with the V Foundation for Cancer Research. She has two sons and enjoys playing tennis, participating in outdoor activities and watching ACC sports.

 


WHAT'S NEW

Enhanced Policies - Additional Comprehensive Coverage for the Borrower and Lender
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TITLE TALK

10 Ways to Lose Your Property
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Benefits of Attorney Closings
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LINKS

Meet Our Attorney

D. Kevin Joyce
kevin@mastertitleagency.com

Mr. Joyce joined Master Title Agency, LLC in December, 2005, as Legal Counsel.

He was born in Walkertown, North Carolina, and graduated from Carver High School in nearby Winston-Salem. He received his B.S. in Business Administration in 1995 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his J.D., summa cum laude, in 1998 from the North Carolina Central University School of Law.

Prior to joining Master Title, Mr. Joyce was engaged in the private practice of law, primarily in the areas of real estate, foreclosures, zoning, and landlord / tenant law.

He currently resides with his wife and two children in Gaston County, North Carolina where he served for 6 years on the Lowell Planning Board and Board of Adjustment, and where he remains active in his church and community.

 

Some Highlights of the Enhanced Eagle Title Insurance Policy

  • Inflation Coverage - Owners' coverage amount increases up to 10% per year for the first 5 years

  • Post Policy Forgery coverage

  • Post Policy Encroachment - covers homeowner if neighbor builds a structure (other than fence or wall) which encroaches on homeowners' land

  • Post Policy Adverse Possession and Prescriptive Easement coverage

  • Enhanced Vehicular and Pedestrian Access

  • Restrictive Covenant Violations - covers violations of restrictive covenants occurring prior to the homeowner taking title

  • *Certain Building Permit and Zoning Violation coverage * - covers forced removal or remediation of an existing structure built without a building permit or in violation of zoning regulation

  • *Encroachment by owners' boundary wall or fence onto neighbors' land, easement, or set-back - homeowner covered for forced removal*

    *limited coverage amounts and deductible may apply

10 WAYS TO LOSE YOUR PROPERTY

Title insurance protects you against such potential defects as:

  • Forged Deeds, mortgage, satisfactions or releases.

  • Deed by person who is insane or mentally incompetent.

  • Deed by minor (may be disavowed)

  • Deed challenged as being given under fraud, undue influence or duress.

  • Deed to or from a “corporation” before incorporation, or after loss of corporate character.

  • Misinterpretation of wills, deeds and other instruments.

  • Undisclosed by recorded prior mortgage.

  • Deed executed under falsified power of attorney.

  • Deed to land without a right of access to a public street or road.

  • Patent defects in recorded instruments (for example, failure to attach notarial acknowledgment or a legal description)

 

Benefits of Attorney Closings

  • Attorneys provide legal representation to Buyers during the closing, whereas Settlement Services Companies provide no legal representation to Buyers

  • Attorneys will work with the parties to address and correct known title issues, whereas Settlement Service Companies will not

  • Attorneys are closely regulated by the North Carolina State Bar and the North Carolina General Statutes, whereas Settlement Services Companies are unregulated

  • Most Attorneys carry malpractice insurance, many Settlement Services Companies do not carry such insurance

  • The North Carolina State Bar has a client reimbursement fund that reimburses clients in cases where an attorney commits some type of misconduct, whereas no such fund exists to reimburse clients of Settlement Services Companies that commit misconduct

  • Attorneys can explain documents and give professional advice regarding the legal ramifications and effect of documents and title issues during the closing process, whereas Settlement Services Companies are prohibited from explaining or giving advice regarding documents or title issues during the closing process

  • Attorneys' liability to and duty to the client extends beyond the closing, so that typically the Attorney is bound to make any necessary corrections after closing, whereas a Settlement Services Companies' responsibility ends at completion of the closing

  • Attorneys' trust accounts are strictly regulated by both the State Bar and the North Carolina Good Funds Settlement Act, and therefore Attorney Trust Account Checks are treated as certified funds, whereas Settlement Services Companies' accounts are unregulated and checks which they issue are not treated as certified funds

  • In the vast majority of cases, the total fees for the Attorney closing are the same as or less than those for the Settlement Services Company closing, and the Attorney closing includes legal representation