In continued pursuit of excellence, Cross Timbers Title Company is offering a convenient venue and fast service.

Cross Timbers Title Company won first place in the Title Company category of the Best of Erath County Awards in June.

In May, the company moved into the former Bank of America building at 115 No. Graham Street in downtown Stephenville.

Bank of America had announced in June 2017 that it was closing its Stephenville branch.

Cross Timbers previously was located on the opposite side of the square, on Belknap Street, since it opened for business in 2007.

Dell Burdick bought the company in 2011. At that time there were only two employees, but that has expanded to eight.

Cross Timbers is only using the bottom floor of the building, which totals about 6,800 square feet. The old location had only about 2,500 square feet.

“Two of the major benefits of this location is we have at least three conference rooms where we can conduct closings simultaneously,” escrow officer Stephanie McKethan said. “Plus, a lot of customers do closings during the lunch hour.

“Buying and selling property can be a very stressful event in people’s lives. So we try to make it a smooth, efficient process for them. Customer service is our No. 1 priority. We are very accessible. It’s not uncommon that I’m helping customers after hours or on weekends. And that’s part of the service we want to provide.

“We can handle any type of real estate transaction in the state of Texas — residential, farm and ranch and commercial. We are able to close any kind of transactions across the state, not limited to Erath County.

“The other major benefit of this move is we have three different parking options. You can park on Washington, Graham, and in our own lot.”

The Cross Timbers staff features four employees in the escrow department, two examiners who do title research, and two people in human resources.

“Being fully staffed and having a digital title plant allows a quick turnaround time in closings,” McKethan said.

The construction of the former bank building was completed in 1906. It housed several banks over the years, starting with the Farmers-First National Bank in 1935. Bank of America did business there for well over two decades.

The top floor had formerly been home to an attorney, along with an Erath County office for the Texas Department of Agriculture, among several other offices. Burdick said there are plans to eventually renovate the upstairs offices.

“We’re doing our best to preserve the historical aspects of the building,” McKethan said.

The Cross Timbers Title office is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and remains open during lunch time.

For more information, go online to their website (crosstimberstitle.net) or call 254-968-3555.