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About Origin Title & Escrow

Real estate and property law since 2003

Our Principles

We handle real estate transactions – purchases, refinances, reverse mortgages – quickly and professionally. There will be no surprises, nothing misunderstood. Title searches are thorough and well-reasoned, to avoid unpleasant surprises later on.

The Origin Title & Escrow Team

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John C. Bennett

Attorney, Owner
John C. Bennett graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law and moved to Atlanta the same year. After serving as staff attorney for a medium-sized company for several years, he shifted his focus to real estate title and closings. Origin Title opened its doors in 2003.

Outside of the office, he spends a lot of time figuring out new ways to injure himself on his mountain bike. John is currently on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity DeKalb, a member of the Georgia Bar, American Bar Association, ALTA and Rotary International. He and his wife Holly have one daughter, and in 2015 added a Boston Terrier to the family.
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Melissa Hills

Attorney
Melissa Hills graduated from Mercer Law School in Macon, Georgia, and began her career working for the Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney. After moving back to Atlanta, she worked for the DeKalb County Juvenile Court as an Assistant Solicitor. She joined Origin Title and Escrow in the beginning of 2017. Melissa grew up in Atlanta and has an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech. She has two sons and lives in the City of Decatur.

On her time off she loves playing tennis. She serves on the Board for Community Advance Practice Nurses (CAPN), a non-profit organization that provides access to health care for Atlanta’s medically underserved.
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Ann Dugan

Paralegal
Ann Dugan is a real estate paralegal with 13 years experience. She has managed funding and post-closing for Origin since 2004. She also prepares settlement statements and other pre-closing documents. Ann graduated from Briarcliffe College with a degree in Paralegal Studies.

Ann is originally from Long Island, NY. She relocated to Georgia in 2000 with her husband and their three children. She is on the board of directors of the Band Boosters and very involved with fundraising. In her spare time, Ann is a consultant for Scentsy Wickless Candles.
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Pat Logan

Office Administrator
Pat Logan has been a part of the Origin Title & Escrow, Inc. team since 2012. She brings with her ten years experience in the insurance field and several years experience in real estate research. She is in charge of the schedule, data entry, and post-closing document storage.

Pat Logan is an avid gardener and enjoys sewing and needlework.

CLOSING ATTORNEY JOHN BENNETT AND HIS TEAM UNDERSTAND THE CONCERNS AND THE INTERESTS OF EVERY PARTY AT THE CLOSING TABLE.

MORTGAGE LENDERS

Solid title search work & accurate documents.

REALTORS & AGENTS

Closings in your office or Origin Title’s.

FOR SALE BY OWNER

Step-by-step procedures for sellers.

REAL ESTATE INVESTORS

Accelerated closing for experienced buyers.

COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES

Quick turnaround on commercial binders.

REVERSE MORTGAGES

Vast experience with requirements and closing documents.

Origin Title: Approved Attorney

These are a few of the more than 30 lenders who have approved Origin Title for residential loan closings on their behalf.

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Origin Title ~ Body of Work

Since 2003, John C. Bennett has performed thousands of closings.

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