March 24, 2020

We are in unprecedented times.  Origin Title and Escrow, Inc is very concerned of the health risks to staff and clients posed by the novel Corona virus pandemic.  We are not cancelling closings, but we are taking several precautions to protect staff and anyone that comes to our office.  

FINANCIAL SECTOR DEEMED CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTOR BY DHS

According to the Department of the Treasury, "The Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce for the financial services sector includes workers who are needed to process and maintain systems for processing financial transactions and services, such as clearing and settlement services, wholesale funding, insurance services, and capital markets activities..." See the memorandum here.

FOR REAL ESTATE AGENTS AND LOAN OFFICERS

  • Please do not plan to attend the closing

FOR BUYERS AND SELLERS

  • To limit contact as much as possible, we will schedule separate appointments
  • Expect a visitor questionnaire from our office when your closing is scheduled

The CDC has provided guidelines for businesses regarding the Coronavirus.

We have implemented the CDC’s recommendations and here is a brief summary of our actions:

  • The waiting room has a supply of hand sanitizer (and the building has a supply in the lobby also). 
  • We are scheduling more time between closings in order to clean the room and limit the number of people in the office. 
  • The conference room is wiped down with disinfectant after each signing.
  • Any staff member with a connection to a person diagnosed or in quarantine with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is directed to stay home.
  • Any staff member exhibiting any signs of illness are not allowed to come to work.
  • Any client exhibiting symptoms or who has had contact with a person exhibiting symptoms will be re-scheduled or required to make other arrangements.
  • We are limited physical contact with clients and the public. (No handshakes). 
  • Following the recommendations from OSHA, staff washes their hands frequently and uses hand sanitizer in the office.
  • Clients/borrowers/sellers who are high-risk will be re-scheduled or make other arrangements to have documents signed remotely.  (Risks include older age; presence of chronic medical conditions, including immunocompromising conditions; pregnancy).
  • Waiving any fees for accommodating buyers’ and sellers’ needs. 

We are committed to providing the safest environment possibleAs of March 20, the Council of Superior Court Clerks for the State of Georgia has pledged to make real estate records accessible in all 159 counties - whether through courthouse access or digital access. Timing may be extended slightly, but we should be able to get what is needed.  

Please call or e-mail us with any questions or concerns.  We share your concerns about the new virus and are doing everything we can to mitigate the risk. 

Contact Origin Title

Real estate and property law since 2003

Origin Title & Escrow, Inc.

John C. Bennett, Attorney
160 Clairemont Ave
Suite 490
Decatur, GA  30030

PHONE: 404-377-6783
FAX:        404-377-6841

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Directions

Parking

January, 2018

Park in the parking deck at the Fidelity Bank building.

Enter the deck and drive up to the parking gates. Get a ticket and park. Bring your ticket to Origin Title for validation. Do not park in the “open” spaces before you get to the parking gates. Origin Title cannot validate parking for those spaces.

Handicapped parking is available in the Fidelity Bank Building lot, but is first-come, first serve and there are very few spaces.

Download Origin Title Parking Details flyer (PDF).

Holidays

2019 Holidays

Wednesday, December 25 ~ Christmas Day

2020 Holidays

Wednesday, January 1 ~ New Year's Day
Monday, January 20 ~ Martin Luther King Day
Monday, February 17 ~ Presidents' Day
Monday, May 25 ~ Memorial Day
Friday, July 3 ~ Independence Day
Monday, September 7 ~ Labor Day
Monday, October 12 ~ Columbus Day
Wednesday, November 11 ~ Veterans Day
Thurs.-Fri., November 26-27 ~ Thanksgiving
Friday, December 25 ~ Christmas Day

Friday, January 1, 2021 ~ New Year's Day

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