Knight Barry Title Expands Florida Footprint

November 1, 2022

Knight Barry Title continued to grow its presence in Central Florida with the purchase of LP Title Services in Clermont.

Two members of the former LP Title team have agreed to stay on as part of the Knight Barry Title family. They are Jennifer King, a licensed title agent, and Lee Lackey, a title processor. Knight Barry Title has operated in the suburban Orlando community since 2021 after an earlier two-office acquisition from Sandy Lawson called The Closing Boutique.  

Craig Haskins, Knight Barry’s chief operating officer, said Lawson immediately became a “fantastic” member of the company.

Lawson added, “Knight Barry Title is known for changing the industry standard for the buyer and seller closing experience, and that’s exactly what we’ve done here in Central Florida. We are excited to welcome the LP Title Team into our Knight Barry Title family. All of us are ready to earn the trust and business of their clients.”

In addition to Florida, Wisconsin-based Knight Barry has offices in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Texas.

Knight Barry Title entered the Florida market in 2019 after acquiring a Pensacola title company. Since then, it has expanded throughout the state, using both additional acquisitions and organic growth. The company now has 12 offices in the Sunshine State.

While market changes over the last year have affected how the leadership team evaluates potential acquisition partners, Haskins said he’s always open to discussions with future sellers in Florida and across the KBT footprint. 

“I’m still taking plenty of phone calls, but the market and the risks have changed over the last year,” Haskins said about the current M&A environment. “We know real estate professionals all over want to work with a name and a team they can trust, especially in times like these. Knight Barry Title is still looking to grow, but we're picking and choosing our opportunities carefully.”

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