Where It All Started
The Knight Barry Title Group is a trade name for several title insurance agencies operating in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Florida under the names: Knight Barry Title, Inc., Knight Barry Title Services LLC, Knight Barry Title Advantage LLC, Knight Barry Title United LLC, Knight Barry Title Solutions, Inc..
The history of Knight Barry Title began in April 1836 when the pioneering Albert G. Knight arrived in Racine, Wisconsin. On December 29th of that year the area became known as Racine County. Soon after that Albert became the County Clerk, the County Treasurer and in 1854 formed a company dealing with title abstracts. Knight’s company was responsible for storing the original plat maps of Racine County in a brick vault in his office next to the County Courthouse. When the Courthouse burned down January 24, 1861, Knight's records were used to restore the courts records. Now over 160 years later, Knight Barry Title still provides random missing documents to the County when needed. Since that auspicious beginning, the company remained in the hands of leaders including a Register of Deeds, County Clerk, Treasurer, Assessor and Under Sheriff.
In 1979, Jeffrey B. Green purchased the company (then known as Knight-Barry Abstract Company) from the Patrick and Foldy families and renamed it Knight Barry Title. In 1994 Jeff expanded the company beyond Racine County and opened an office in the City of Kenosha, Wisconsin. The company focussed on the Racine and Kenosha markets for many years until Jeff hired his step-son Craig Haskins after his graduation from the University of Florida.
Together Jeff and Craig began an aggressive expansion plan for the company to capitalize on the technological advances Knight Barry Title created in the early 2000’s when the internet became the main distribution method for data and information to lenders. Craig created a proprietary software system called The Q, which today contains millions of lines of code and is maintained by an in-house software development department. It would be a decade more until the company’s competitors offered such services. During that time, Knight Barry Title looked to grow quickly. Its first acquisition was of Port Abstract & Title in Port Washington, Wisconsin in 2001. Seventeen years later and over a dozen Wisconsin acquisitions under their belts, Craig and Jeff focussed on other states - namely Minnesota - and acquired four companies there. Less than a year later the focus turned to Florida and in early 2019 Knight Barry Title acquired two agents in the Florida panhandle. To this day the company analyzes 10-15 agency acquisitions per year and is always looking for that next great opportunity.
Today, the Knight Barry Title Group has over 60 offices in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Florida with over 380 experienced title professionals. It’s perhaps the largest title agency in the Midwest and one of the largest in the US.
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