AM Best Revises Title Industry Outlook

February 18, 2021

AM Best revised its market segment outlook on the U.S. title insurance industry to stable from negative due to its exceptional performance in 2020 despite the pandemic.

AM Best’s “Market Segment Outlook: U.S. Title Insurance,” noted that the outlook had been revised to negative in April 2020, prompted by the sudden and substantial U.S. economic slowdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the report, the title insurance industry proved to be far more resilient than anticipated in the wake of the sudden economic slowdown and lockdowns brought about by the pandemic, and that future prospects should continue to benefit from continuing housing market and economic trends.

In 2020, the title insurance industry proved to be the most profitable segment in the property/casualty industry, as low interest rates and record-low mortgage rates led to a refinancing and homebuying surge in the latter half of 2020, and furthered the business activities of title insurers.

AM Best expects the residential real estate market to remain strong and U.S. monetary policy to remain accommodative in 2021. The sudden acceleration toward greater workplace flexibility and work-from-home options nationwide should further fuel home-buying activity in 2021. Given that homeowners have more equity in their homes, default levels should not elevate as in the housing crisis of 2007-2009.

Click here for a video on the U.S. title insurance industry outlook with Kourtnie Beckwith, AM Best financial analyst.

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