Magnolia Title Company, LLC is dedicated to assisting closing attorneys and their realtors, lenders and builders in the great state of North Carolina. Owned and operated by Laura Martin, Magnolia Title Company brings a wealth of knowledge, information and experience to the real estate practitioner. Please reach out anytime with questions or issues. Laura is always available by phone, text or email. With offices from Raleigh to the Coast, we are easily accessible.

With Magnolia Title Company, you can always expect:

  • An attorney to help you address any closing-related issues
  • A large friendly staff to help with all of your title insurance needs
  • Free FedEx Envelopes or postage paid envelopes for final title policy returns
  • Unprecedented turnaround time for binders and revisions

We are a member of ALTA and NCLTA.

Laura Martin, Owner

After living abroad in Rome, Italy, Laura went to paralegal school and began her career in the real estate industry as a real estate paralegal in Wilmington, NC in 1991.  Her first son, Giorgio was born in 1993.  Later, Laura went back to college at night and obtained an Associates Degree in the Arts from Wake Technical Community College.  She then went full time to NC State and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor Degree of Arts in Spanish in 2001.  Her second son, Alex was born in 2002.  Encouraged by the attorneys she worked with she decided to fulfill a lifelong dream of attending law school.  She accomplished this goal by attending the evening program at NC Central University School of Law so that she could continue working full time. In 2008 she obtained her Juris Doctor and was admitted to the bar in 2008.  Her daughter Emma was born in December of that year.  Laura’s motto has always been “never stop learning.”

She has enjoyed providing excellent customer service as a licensed Title Insurance Underwriter since 2003 and serving as Counsel since 2008. She has worked with attorneys and real estate firms in all of the major markets of Eastern North Carolina including Wake, Durham, Johnston, New Hanover and Cumberland counties.

Laura is married to Ken Martin and together they have three daughters, two fine young men, and four very spoiled cats.  Laura enjoys entertaining her friends and family and when she isn’t working you can find her in the kitchen, reading a good book or on the golf course with her husband.

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Call or Text: (919) 696-3067

Denise Lee, Marketing Manager

Denise Lee is originally from Eastern North Carolina, and she came to Raleigh for college where she attended Peace College (’84) and Meredith College (’86).  She also received her paralegal degree from Meredith.

Denise worked as a real estate paralegal until 1998 when she moved to the title insurance business.  She worked in a variety of positions beginning in marketing and transitioning to underwriting and management.

Denise is married to Raleigh native Lee Ott.  When they are not being bossed around by their basset hound Bailey, they enjoy golf, the beach and grilling out.

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Call or Text: (919) 606-2055

Janna Whitt, Senior Underwriter and Director of Operations

Janna is a North Carolina native.  After attending Appalachian State to study music, she bounced around the southeast for a while, living as far south as Louisiana then moving her way back up through South Carolina & different parts of NC before ultimately settling back in her hometown of Clayton. 

Janna began her adventure in Title Insurance in 2006 and feels incredibly lucky to have grown & learned so much and developed such wonderful relationships with the amazing people in this industry over the last 15 years! 

Janna & her husband Michael share a large family of 5 daughters and 2 sons and just welcomed their first grandson on New Year’s Eve of 2020!  Their mutual obsession with Siberian Huskies has also led to 3 oh-so-very-spoiled furry babies in their home.  When she isn’t playing Ring Master at home, she loves exploring all that western NC has to offer from Charlotte to the Appalachians.

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Call or Text:  (919) 437-1289

Jackie Nevins, Senior Underwriter
and Social Media Manager

Jackie Nevins is a Licensed Title Insurance Underwriter for Magnolia Title Company, LLC. She assists with issuing commitments, final policies, policy revisions, and oversees the company’s interactions on all social media platforms. She manages and regularly posts/responds to followers to build a community online. Prior to joining the Title Insurance industry in 2018, she was a Real Estate Paralegal for a North Carolina Law Firm. Her passion for Real Estate has allowed her to grow and expand her knowledge and skills.

Outside of all things title, she enjoys the simple things in life. She loves reading, music, the beach, theatre, travel, and spending time with her son, her 2 rescue cats, close friends, and family.

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Elizabeth Hons, Underwriter

Originally from Pennsylvania, Elizabeth found her way to North Carolina when she was 15 to be with family. She ran track at Rolesville High School and even went to a National Speech Competition. Elizabeth started at Magnolia when she was 18 years old – and did all the printing for the company. Now, she is 21 years old and has worked her way up to being an Underwriter. In her spare time, she does volunteer firefighting and hangs out at the beach. She recently bought a house in Morehead City that she shares with her dog, Pebbles, and cats, Tommy & Boris. 

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Shannon Griffith, Senior Underwriter

Shannon began her career as a Title Search Paralegal in 1991 and became a NC Certified Paralegal and in 2009 she furthered her career by becoming a licensed Title Insurance Underwriter.  She worked for Guaranty Title from 2009 until 2021 when she made the move to Magnolia Title.  Shannon has worked with many law firms in the area and is happiest when she can provide the best customer service possible.

Shannon has one daughter and a very spoiled Beagle.  She was born and raised in Raleigh and has made Johnston County her home since 1997.  She enjoys beach trips with her girlfriends and trips to see her family in the mountains.

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Call or Text: 919-720-5549

Anne Edmundson, Underwriter

Anne worked as a Transaction and Social Media and Real Estate Marketing Coordinator in the Real Estate Industry for 15 years across North Carolina and Virginia. No stranger to learning new things, she decided to embark on a career in the Title Industry in 2020 and became a Licensed Title Insurance Underwriter. She enjoys boating, traveling to the beach or mountains, spending time with her family and reading. Originally from Emerald Isle, Anne has lived in Raleigh since 1997. She enjoys all the benefits our great state has to offer!

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Call or Text:  919-345-3633

Stephanie Padgett, Administrative Assistant

Stephanie has been with Magnolia since January of 2020. Our work from home model works well for her so that she can work and stay home with her 4 adorable cats, Paolo, Juno, Tuxey and Smudge. Before coming into the title insurance realm she helped her mother who is a top Real Estate Producer in Wilmington, NC. She is a trained caregiver with a CNA designation. She is the most compassionate, caring person and we are so happy to have her. Stephanie comes from a large Greek family and even got her sister Zoie to join Magnolia when we needed her most back in the summer of 2020.

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Zoie Padgett, Administrative Assistant

Zoie came on to help with policy lookups and other administrative tasks and caught on super fast. Real Estate must be in their blood as even though she only works part-time, Zoie is a great asset for us and gets all of her tasks done quickly and accurately. Zoie and Stephanie just returned from 18 days in Greece spent with their family on the Island of Ikaria and Athens.

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Samantha Sloan, Administrative Assistant

Our newest employee, Samantha Sloan, is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in Political Science. She furthered her education at Johnston Community college and obtained her General Law Office Certificate. She then became a North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal and was employed at a local law firm for 4 years. Samantha is new to Magnolia Title and enjoying the career switch to the title insurance industry. She presently resides in Clayton with her husband and daughter. When she’s away from the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to the beach, reading and watching movies.

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