Glendale Federal Savings & Loan Assn. said Thursday that it has expanded its title insurance operations to Northern California by acquiring Pioneer Title Co. of California for an undisclosed amount.
Pioneer Title had been 40% owned by the title insurance subsidiary of Ticor Inc., a large financial-services firm whose mortgage insurance operations face possible insolvency because of troubles at an East Coast real estate investment company. The other 60% of Pioneer Title was owned by three of the firm's top executives.
Pioneer Title, based in Walnut Creek, operates 36 offices and has 400 employees in eight Northern California counties. The sale price was kept secret, but Ticor attorney Erich Everbach said the amount was "not significant in terms of our overall operations or in terms of Glendale's."
The sale reflects Glendale Federal's continued expansion in financial services, which now include escrow and title insurance operations throughout California. Glendale Federal bought American Title Co. in Southern California early last year.