April 07, 2020

Pilgrim Title Performs Remote Online Closings

View our Press Release

March 23, 2020

Pilgrim Attorney Christopher Montalbano speaks on Opportunity Zones

Recent conference hosted by the Rhode Island Commercial and Appraisal Board of Realtors.


Watch video here

March 16, 2020

Pilgrim Title’s Response to COVID-19

Pilgrim Title Insurance Company (together with Montalbano, Belliveau & St. Sauveur, LLP and Pilgrim Title & Closing Services) recognizes the increasing disruptions and anxiety caused by the COVID-19 virus. We are committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our staff, customers, clients, their families, and the community in which we live and work.  In response to the COVID-19 situation, we are following best practices recommended by local and federal authorities to minimize the risk of exposure.


We will serve you with the same responsiveness, expertise, and experience you expect and deserve for each and every real estate transaction. Our offices in East Providence, Barrington, Wakefield and in Celebration, Florida remain open.  However, should the need arise to physically close or limit access to one or more of our offices, our attorneys and staff are fully equipped to work remotely and securely to provide seamless service to our clients. 


Nevertheless, we recognize that the situation is highly fluid.  We will continue to update you regularly regarding the practical challenges facing our industry.


Understandably, certain clients and customers, may not want to meet for closings in a conference room with a group of sellers, buyers, realtors, loan officers and attorneys.  At all our offices, conference rooms are fully sanitized after each signing; sellers, buyers and borrowers are invited to sign documents separately and in isolation.  All notarial acknowledgments will be taken after documents are signed.  Florida, for example, requires a visual witness for execution of documents, and we have protocols in place for witnessed signings while maintaining physical separation.  We are asking that realtors, loan officers and other parties to the transaction drop off any documents necessary for the transaction but not attend the closing.


Several of the government offices key to the closing process- Land Evidence Records Offices and Registries of Deeds- have closed or are prohibiting in-person visits from non-employee third parties. In Massachusetts, however, we can continue to search land records on-line and e-file for recordation.  In Rhode Island, we know that Providence City Hall, for instance, will not accept recordings at the Land Evidence Desk.  We have, however, worked with our title insurance underwriters to provide GAP title coverage, allowing us to conduct closings and disburse funds, insuring all parties against any intervening liens or encumbrances that may arise during the period from closing to recording.



October 24, 2019

Digital TOD: The Pilgrim Title Advantage

Have you been learning a little bit about our Digital Post Closing Package and the advantage of closing with Pilgrim Title?  

Here are some of TOD’s Key Takeaways: 


  • Convenience - with all of your closing papers stored on a secure site, you will never have to fumble around looking for important documents when you want to sell your home or refinance.  
  • Security – The digital closing packages offers greater security for your valuable information. 
  • Brand Awareness More repeat business and referrals for all parties involved in the transaction with automated post-close marketing. 
  • We Do it All - TOD and the Pilgrim Title team do all the work. Customers are satisfied.  Associates reap rewards. Everyone is happy.  

October 22, 2019

Digital TOD: The Pilgrim Title Advantage

Advantage #7:  Post Close Marketing – we do it for you! 


Automated, targeted emails go out to our clients after closing, and will keep all parties involved in the transaction top of mind for your clients. There is no work on your part. Don’t worry - NO SPAM- Emails include: Welcome to the Digital Closing Package; Anniversary of purchase of home, plus important content-based emails are sent out each year (example: mortgage rates, homes sold in the area, homestead exemption reminders) 


TOD will keep YOU top of mind! 

October 17, 2019

Digital TOD: The Pilgrim Title Advantage

Advantage #6  Surveys for Feedback


How do we know if we are doing a good job? The Digital Closing Package offers satisfaction surveys.

After closing, the buyer, seller, real estate agents, and lenders are prompted to take a short survey about their closing experience.

At Pilgrim Title we take your feedback seriously! In fact, often we put your ideas into action – don't be shy – we are all in this together and dedicated to providing and exceptional experience for our shared customers...  


October 15, 2019

Digital TOD: The Pilgrim Title Advantage

Advantage #5:  Keeping all parties front of mind!


Return business is crucial, and much is lost due to customers forgetting who helped them. With DCP, any time a customer needs to access their document, they will be reminded who helped them through their purchase, as all parties information and pictures will be displayed.

There are many reasons a customer may need to access their secure documents: homestead exemption, refinancing, home improvements, future tax returns, disputes, proof of insurance and/or sale of property.  

You don't have to think about it - TOD does the work for you! 

October 10, 2019

Digital TOD: The Pilgrim Title Advantage

Advantage #4:   Everybody Wins! 


DCP is a valuable marketing piece providing Mortgage & Real Estate partners marketing on the site which will in turn provide you with more repeat business. DCP also provides the client instant and secure access to their closing documents 

October 03, 2019

Digital TOD: The Pilgrim Title Advantage

Advantage #2:   Benefits of the Digital Key


In a competitive market, the Digital Closing Package is uniquely designed to simplify paperwork, assist with organization and provide security so that your clients keep coming back for more. 

Realtors and lenders get more repeat business (though classy, helpful ongoing branded reminders to clients), and the client is provided a secure and convenient method of storing, viewing and printing their important closing documents. 

October 01, 2019

Digital TOD: The Pilgrim Title Advantage

Advantage #1:   What is this Digital Key I've been hearing about? 


The Digital Closing Package exists to enhance the closing experience for buyers, sellers, real estate agents, and lenders for post-close; ultimately providing our clients a competitive advantage in the marketplace.


Watch this space for a deep-dive into the benefits of the Digital Closing Package. 




September 24, 2019

Safety TOD: Benefits of Security Software

Cybersecurity is needed in every business industry. 


Companies with complex operations cannot afford to have a cybersecurity breach. 


Here are some of TOD’s Must-Do Tips!  


  • Enable 2-factor authentication to domain register, DNS and other hosting environments.  
  • Use industry leading spam and virus filters, like Mimecast, or Proofpoint, to filter and protect against spam, viruses, phishing and malicious attachments.  
  • If systems support it, enable email transport encryption. 



September 19, 2019

Safety TOD: Email Security Systems

Phishing is a cyber crime in which a target or targets are contacted by email, telephone or text message by someone posing as a legitimate institution to lure individuals into providing sensitive data such as personally identifiable information, banking and credit card details, and passwords. 


How can you enable staff to recognize a phishing scam? Conduct unannounced PHISHING TESTS on a periodic basis using a trusted, third party firm, like PhishMe. This will train all staff to look for small things like inverted letters, lowercase “i”, etc.  


TOD does not like phish.

September 17, 2019

Safety TOD: Trusting Your Team

Get upstream of fraudsters! 


REALTORS, LENDERS and CLOSING AGENTS can all warn clients UPFRONT what to look out for. 

Let them know that we will never send an email changing or asking for wire instructions. 


Instill trust between employees, IT and security. Employees must understand that their IT departments are there to help. (Feeling embarrassed or scared that you may have opened a suspicious link, and not reporting it could cause huge problems.) 


TOD says: Communicate and think ahead.

September 12, 2019

Safety TOD: Email Security - Trusting People


Beware of the following:


  • Emails beginning with the word “Kindly”, poor grammar, inverted letters. Lowercase “i”, “wir” (you can flag these items for easier detection in your email preferences)  
  • Train all employees to be aware of anything that might look different outside of their normal world. This can include email, phone, people without identification. Train with real examples to make a strong impact.  
  • Never enter login information outside of the normal outlets, especially email.  
  • Do not open unexpected, unsolicited or suspicious attachments. Always verify with IT. If in doubt, ASK. 

September 10, 2019

Safety TOD: Network Security

Secure Networks (ie: internet security) Ensure data is saved to trusted network/server locations and do not allow USB storage devices. 

Why is network security important?

TOD says Network Security is one of the most important aspects to consider when working over the internet, LAN or other method, no matter how small or big your business is. While there is no network that is immune to attacks, a stable and efficient network security system is essential to protecting client data. A good network security system helps business reduce the risk of falling victim of data theft and sabotage.

breaking down information into numerous parts, encrypting these parts and transmitting them through independent paths thus preventing cases like eavesdropping.

September 05, 2019

Safety TOD: EMAIL Security - accounts (personal vs. work)

Do NOT use personal email accounts for work!


Did you know, Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc. are the easiest for fraudsters to infiltrate. Use your company email! 

IF you are using Google, turn on your two-factor authentication! Brokers, set it up! 

September 03, 2019

Safety TOD: New Series

TOD recently attended the American Land Title Association National Bootcamp on Wire fraud and Data Security. In our industry, it is crucial that we stay ahead of fraudsters and provide our customers with absolute security and peace of mind.  


In this next series, TOD will share important tips learned at the conference with our Realtor and Lender Partners. TOGETHER we can create a more secure environment, and in the process, we will improve our overall communication and relationships with mutual clients!  


June 20, 2019

Your Values are Our Values

Pilgrim Title Values YOUR INVESTMENT 


Our Staff of experienced professionals bring a wealth of knowledge and dedication to ensure your transaction closes correctly and your investment is free from Title Defects. 


Want to learn more about Title Insurance? Explore our Newsroom. TOD offers resources for Buyers, Sellers, Agents and Lenders! 



June 18, 2019

Your Values are Our Values



Pilgrim Title Values YOUR SECURITY 


Pilgrim Title employs the latest technology and innovative techniques, combined with a personal touch, to ensure your funds are safe throughout the closing process, and your information remains secure.  



June 05, 2019

TOD's Home Maintenance Tips!

TOD’s Home Maintenance Tip #7 Move Firewood 


Remove firewood stored near the home. Did you know, Firewood should be stored at least 18 inches off the ground at least 2 feet from the structure?


Click below to see TOD's Top 3 Tips on how to store your firewood and keep the bugs at bay! 



May 22, 2019

TOD's Home Maintenance Tips!

Home Maintenance Tip #3: Check Your Gutters!


Why is this simple task so important? Gutters serve to control the flow of rainwater to protect your roof, walls, foundation and landscape. But when neglected, experts say gutters can turn from a necessity to a nightmare. Selling your house? This is one simple job you will want to take care of. 


Click Below for TOD's Tips on Taking Care of Your Gutters! 

May 17, 2019

TOD's Home Maintenance Tips!


Home Maintenance Tip #2: Probe Your Wood Trim! 


TOD advice - Use a screwdriver to probe the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks. Make repairs now to rotting shingles and trim before the spring rains do more damage to the exposed wood. Reach out to you local Handyman or Builder to get the job done right! 


May 08, 2019

TOD's Tips to Taking Advantage of Low Interest Rates!

Pay off high interest credit card balances or move those balances. 


If you have credit card debt, you're not alone. 

Check out TOD’s TIPS how to crush credit card debt and enjoy financial freedom sooner!  Click Below. 

May 03, 2019

Happy Cinco de Mayo from Pilgrim Title Insurance Company

TOD’s getting ready to celebrate #CincoDeMayo and he has a great spot for you to try in Providence – Shake your maracas at the trendy and delicious Xaco Tacos 


Tell us what you think! Enjoy the weekend. 

May 01, 2019

TOD's Tips to Taking Advantage of Low Interest Rates!

Consolidate Your Debt! 


There are three main advantages of consolidating your debt while the Interest Rate are Low!  

Click below to learn more, AND to see TOD's Top 4 signs that it's a good time to consolidate! 

April 24, 2019

TOD's Tips to Taking Advantage of Low Interest Rates!



TOD isn’t just a pretty face. He has his eye on interest rates and is here to help you! Do you have student debt? Hear what TOD has to say about consolidating and refinancing your student loans while the interest rates are low! Then you are one step closer to being a #homeowner.  


Click Below for TOD's TIPS

April 19, 2019

TOD's Tips to Taking Advantage of Low Interest Rates!

Buy a 2nd Home! 


With interest rates, low, it may be a good time to invest in a 2nd home (assuming you meet the criteria) which can act as an investment property! 

Click below to here TOD's Tips on doing it right! 

April 17, 2019

TOD's Tips On Taking Advantage of Low Interest Rates!

Homebuyers may be wondering: Should I Get a fixed rate or ARM Loan in 2019? TOD has good advice!


Click below for TOD's Tips! 

April 03, 2019

TOD Love Spring in Newport!

Spring has sprung – TOD is ready to go Daffy!


Check out the 6th Annual Newport Daffodil Days Festival – April 13-21, 2019 in #Newport #RhodeIsland  


Take a look at all the daffy festival fun that’s about to bloom – most events are FREE 

March 29, 2019

TOD Tips for the Efficient Homebuyer!

?If your offer is not accepted – then what?  


Not sure what to do? TOD can help. Click below! 

March 27, 2019

TOD Tips for the Efficient Homebuyer!

When you find a house you love, follow your agent’s advice on the offer!  


Click Below to see TOD’s Top questions to ask you Realtor:  

March 20, 2019

TOD Tips for the Efficient Homebuyer!

Where to Start? 


Work with a Real Estate Agent who understands what you are looking for. Focus on the location!  

Click below to get these valuable tips! 

March 15, 2019

TOD Tips for the Efficient Homebuyer!

Today's Tip:


Get yourself pre-approved with a Lender – Hint: do it now! Rates are going up!  


TOD wants to tell you WHY getting pre-approved put you ahead of the rest!  Click Below: 

March 13, 2019

TOD Tips for the Efficient Homebuyer!

TOD’s Tips on Being an Efficient Homebuyer  


 Today: Save, Save, Save! ?Save for a 20% down payment – TOD shows you where you can drastically (yet easily) cut back in your budget and start saving!  


Click Below

March 06, 2019

TOD is Everywhere!

TOD and the Pilgrim Title Team have been busy!


Have you caught our #TODTalksTitle video series? Hot topics and trends in #realestate you will want to be on top of!

TOD also offered #Marketing tips to Agents & Lenders to attract clients from the different generations! This info is golden.

Next, TOD and the Team are hitting the road as industry leaders with some national speaking gigs. 


Watch this space for more information... Things are about to get exciting...

February 11, 2019

Marketing TOD: The Baby Boomer Edition


TOD wants to know if you have your inventory organized and presentable.   How are you presenting it? 

What amenities are Baby Boomers looking for? TOD knows. 


Click Below: 

January 25, 2019

TOD Gets National Recognition!

Check out this great article published by the American Land Title Association, sharing how Pilgrim Title Insurance Company is using educational materials to offer homebuyers, lenders and agents an exceptional closing experience! 


Read the article here

September 04, 2018

The TOD Chronicles: Errors In Public Records

To err is human, but when it affects your home ownership rights, those mistakes can be devastating. Clerical or filing errors could affect the deed or survey of your property and cause undo financial strain in order to resolve them. 

How can we help? Click below.

August 06, 2018

TOD Treks the Ocean State: Rumford!

Only minutes from Providence, Rumford has the intimacy of a small community with the convenience and sophistication of the nearby East Side. 


Click below to see what TOD learned about this fascinating city and why Rumford is a great place to live! 

August 03, 2018

TOD's Weekend Tips!

Looking for something to do this weekend? Look no further. TOD has the best picks in Rhode Island. 


Click below for TOD's Weekend Picks. 

July 06, 2018

TOD's Weekend Tip!

Providence has one of the largest Cape Verdean-American communities in the country and everyone’s invited to party at the 43rd Cape Verdean Independence Day Festival. This annual celebration will bring traditional Cape Verdean food, art and music to India Point Park from noon until sundown. India Point Park. July 8 


Click Below for more info! 

June 27, 2018

TOD Treks the Ocean State: More in Middletown

There is more to Middletown than beaches! Just as its name suggests, Middletown is in the “middle” of Aquidneck Island in Newport County, bookended by Portsmouth to the north and Newport to the south. From farms, to trails, to food, to history, there is no shortage of things to do in this little gem. A great place to live! 


Click below for TOD's Top Six Picks in Middletown! 

June 11, 2018

TOD Treks the Ocean State: Pawtuxet Village!

Pawtuxet Village is one of the true best kept New England travel secrets. Here, New England definitely arrives in its full glory with its scenic harbor -- where the Pawtuxet River flows into the Providence River and Narragansett Bay. The waterfront scenery is worth the visit alone and the historic feel is significant -- no surprise, as this is one of the oldest American settlements dating back to 1638. Click below for more on this amazingly quaint community! 

May 14, 2018

You Have a Signed P&S - TOD's Tips on What To Be Aware Of

A signed P&S does not mean that your house is SOLD. There are a number of circumstances that you should be aware of. Many of these items can be avoided if you are working with a good realtor. Visit our newsroom to find out why pending home sales sometimes go bad!    

April 25, 2018

Zen ... and the Art of Home Selling!

Creating CALM with your clients can sometimes be a challenge. Check out TOD's Tips on the importance of patience and staying "Zen"! 

July 31, 2017


Pilgrim Title Insurance Company announces that it has launched a new web-based Digital Closing System in Rhode Island. The Digital Closing Package provides buyers and sellers with a more convenient and secure method of storing and accessing closing and title documents.