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Most people buy or sell only a few homes during their lifetime, so they’re not likely to have a title company to handle their closing on speed dial.

While finding a trustworthy and knowledgeable lender and real estate agent are usually at the top of the list that professionals buyers and sellers seek, the closing company for the settlement is important, too.

We asked two experts for advice: Todd Ewing, CEO of Federal Title & Escrow in Washington, D.C.; and Dan Wold, president of the American Land Title Association, a trade association for the land title insurance industry, and executive vice president of Old Republic National Title Insurance in Minneapolis. Both responded via email, and their answers were edited.