Proper Title, LLC, celebrates 10th anniversary

Proper Title, LLC, a full-service title insurance agency serving the residential and commercial real estate industries, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

Proper Title launched in 2013 with offices in Northbrook and Libertyville. Since then, the title insurance agency has expanded to 14 closing offices throughout metropolitan Chicago and Northwest Indiana.

In 2015, Proper Title founded Proper Giving, a nonprofit funded with a percentage collected from every residential and commercial transaction. To date, Proper Giving has donated $420,000 to local charities, with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago being the largest beneficiary. Proper Title employees also volunteer at Lurie's throughout the year and support the hospital's annual Move for Kids walk. Proper Title also emails its attorney clients requesting they nominate their favorite not-for-profit charity for a quarterly charity nomination. Proper Title's board of directors reviews the nominees and sends a $2,500 donation to the selected charity.

The decade-old title agency has been recognized by Forbes as one of America's Best Startup Employers, has won the Fidelity Excellence in Action award for nine consecutive years and twice has been named to Crain's Chicago Business' "Best Places to Work" list. Other accolades include being named a top workplace by the Chicago Tribune in 2022, winning the REjournals' Title Company of the Year award in 2022, and earning the WFG National Title Insurance Company Wow Award in 2021 and 2022.

"Proper Title's evolution is unmistakably a result of our experienced, knowledgeable team-building strong relationships and making customer service the top priority," said Kathy Kwak, chief operating officer. "I'm looking forward to seeing where our continued standard of excellence will take us over the next 10 years and beyond."

Established when the housing market was beginning to rebound from the Great Recession, Proper Title identified a growing demand among attorneys, brokers and lenders for concierge-level delivery of title insurance and escrow services.

By its fifth year, Proper Title emerged as the fastest-growing title agency in the Midwest. In 2018, the agency added offices in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood and Oak Brook. Offices in Orland Park and Park Ridge were added in 2020, and closing locations in Naperville, and Schererville and Valparaiso, both in Indiana, opened in 2021.

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