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Rainmaker
687,086
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

I just wrote a blog about that. Escrow officers are not all alike! Use the one that is right for your client.

Jan 23, 2017 03:08 PM
Rainmaker
2,809,749
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi John - Our title rep - Dan Medeiros of Land Title - invested a couple of years dropping by on occasion while we worked through a loyalty to our existing title company that tanked when they decided that refi's were much more important to them. Persistence pays, and we've been with Dan for over 15 years.

Jan 23, 2017 01:32 PM
Rainmaker
1,839,786
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Do not know because we are an attorney state. 

Jan 23, 2017 01:25 PM
Rainmaker
4,973,088
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

No compensation..illegal. Our title reps go out and find business..I want service..exceptional service..and that's what I receive.

Jan 23, 2017 07:09 PM
Rainmaker
1,529,579
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

They were in our same building and attended all our meetings and went out of their way for me. They earned my business and won me over.

Jan 23, 2017 06:57 PM
Rainmaker
3,986,196
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I needed a closer and she came very highly recomended

Jan 23, 2017 06:32 PM
Rainmaker
3,988,007
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I get no kickback but love the people and the service. They are also conveniently located across my parking lot. I started using them the moment they opened shop because I knew some of the people from other places.

Jan 23, 2017 06:23 PM
Rainmaker
706,832
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

I was fired as the managing principal broker of my old brokerage 6 years ago. I put together a temporary company while I was working to put together my own brokerage which now has 50 agents. The only title company to reach out to me during this interim period was the company which has earned my business for the rest of my real estate career.

Jan 23, 2017 04:02 PM
Rainmaker
2,775,511
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I have dealt with many and they are all good. The one I am using now a friend recommended. The lady answers texts, emails and takes calls even in the evening and on weekends. Doesn't get any better than this. Worth every penny and we once threw them a pizza party...well done Emerald Escrow

Jan 23, 2017 03:43 PM
Rainmaker
577,750
Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE - Mississauga, ON
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

We don't use title/escrow vendors in my area.. the buyer and seller each have their own lawyer and the lawyers take care of everything..

Jan 23, 2017 03:32 PM
Rainmaker
1,046,334
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

My one favorite was actually the aunt of a client and he wanted her. And she was so good I've enjoyed working with her since.
My other favorite was requested by one of the worst agents I've ever met. That escrow died, but the escrow officer was super good and I have enjoyed working with her ever since too.
I had the misfortune of working with a truly awful escrow officer many years back who was insisted upon by an investor client. I was so POd at her I went to regional and demanded that they step in. TURNED OUT that the awful escrow officer had been embezzling and committing fraud! She went to jail and is out of the business. The swamp drains itself sometimes . . . LOL

Jan 23, 2017 03:18 PM
Ambassador
2,160,824
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

It was the preferred company of the first agency I worked at.   I dropped that company when they released my escrow officer because she didn't speak Spanish.  

Jan 23, 2017 02:43 PM
Rainmaker
1,712,551
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I get introduced to many becasue of different builders and I stay with the ones with good service and a good staff.

Jan 23, 2017 01:27 PM
Ambassador
3,339,049
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I do not remember how I met Dayna. My sense is that it may have been via a buyer transaction.  I've been working with her for many years. As you know, she is the BOMB. I am truly fortunate to have her on my team.

How the other less skilled do it ... I have not a clue. It may be likes attracting likes. 

Jan 23, 2017 01:10 PM
Rainmaker
5,772,353
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

John,

One of our clients wanted us to work with a particular escrow officer.  He was very detail oriented, and thought highly of this lady.  She was the best, and we stuck with her.  A

Jan 23, 2017 12:52 PM
Rainmaker
5,583,167
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

we use attorneys here.... and we establish relationships with real estate attorneys just as others do with title companies.... they do a good job and we keep feeding them...and they remember what WE DO FOR A LIVING, TOO!!!

Jan 23, 2017 12:41 PM
Rainmaker
1,722,626
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I recommend several attorneys in Florida with negotiated rates. It is up to my buyers to decide who they use, not me.

Jan 25, 2017 01:35 PM
Rainmaker
2,224,473
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

We only have good title companies in my area. There are four of them. I have used all of them. After I was in the business for a while, I did find a favorite. The main title rep in that office treats me like I'm her only client, and I know she's busy. I like that kind of service. 

Jan 24, 2017 07:25 PM
Rainmaker
1,280,748
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

We use Fidelity National title primarily and we met our representative through a class that he was teaching. We've stuck with him through a few changes (acquisitions).

Jan 24, 2017 05:03 PM
Rainmaker
1,498,148
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Title: I've known them for decades.

Escrow: I have one that I work with, I was introduced by one of my title reps.  I highly recommend them and even write them into my purchase contracts from time to time.  They do such a good job, other agents start using them.

 

Aside from those, title reps out here get all the new listings and reach out to the agents immediately to offer services.  There is one out here that will send out a vesting report to all the new listings.  Escrow companies usually send out mass emails looking for business.

Jan 24, 2017 12:44 PM
Rainmaker
4,898,962
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I have interview the title rep and also talk to other agents who they use.  

Jan 24, 2017 09:40 AM
Rainmaker
986,952
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

They came to the office, gave a presentation, spoke with me and have been doing well ever since - however I use several and do not limit myself to a favorite

Jan 24, 2017 06:37 AM
Rainmaker
460,449
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, SFR®, e-PRO®, GRI, AHWD, REALTOR®

John,

I was working at another company and the real estate attorney came and spoke at the meeting. I was very impressed, because she genuine cared for people.

Jan 24, 2017 06:21 AM
Rainmaker
4,800,082
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

From the referral of other agents.

Jan 24, 2017 05:34 AM
Rainmaker
3,071,489
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

We have used North American Title for years without a hiccup

Jan 24, 2017 05:11 AM
Rainmaker
7,788,054
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Too long ago to recall.

Jan 24, 2017 04:39 AM
Rainmaker
5,096,166
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

We don't have title companies here... settlement is handled by attorneys. I select attorneys based on their service and pricing. What indirect compensation... that sounds like illegal kickbacks to me.

Jan 24, 2017 03:56 AM
Rainmaker
864,658
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

I try to get referrals from top producers in my area.

Jan 24, 2017 02:21 AM
Rainmaker
1,619,091
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I moved to a current broker who has his preferred vendors. I do not have to use them though. 

Jan 24, 2017 12:03 AM
Rainmaker
4,319,419
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

John Meussner - we work with attorneys - and few of them I met first time through the lenders.

Jan 23, 2017 11:48 PM
Ambassador
5,200,878
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

I recommend the top 3 attorneys that I have used time and time again - who have proven themselves and never (that means never - not once) let my clients down!  I use them based on previous experiences with them.

Jan 23, 2017 09:39 PM
Rainmaker
1,157,785
FN LN
Toronto, ON

We don't have such vendors in my jurisdiction.

Jan 23, 2017 08:47 PM
Rainmaker
809,258
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

We were brand new agents participating in a small brokerage forum and the escrow officer and marketer asked if they could take us out to coffee.  13 years later we still work with him as much as we can - generally buyers choose here, but if they don't have a preference he gets the business.-Kasey

Jan 23, 2017 05:10 PM
Rainmaker
1,617,866
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I have had mine for the past five years

Jan 23, 2017 04:44 PM
Rainmaker
3,415,644
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Most often they are paid. I stick to those who prove week in and out they do a good job. 

Jan 23, 2017 04:38 PM
Rainmaker
1,466,207
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

John Meussner The buyer chooses the attorney or title company. 

Jan 23, 2017 04:02 PM
Rainmaker
4,434,127
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

The buyer chooses. We have an In house one too.

Jan 23, 2017 03:38 PM
Ambassador
6,352,545
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

We have 4 of them that we use in town, only one that we have had problems with, but they got is fixed quickly.

 

Jan 23, 2017 02:23 PM
Rainmaker
1,237,270
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

In this area, the inexperienced escrow officers were all shipping out during the Great Recession. Most I know are experienced and are surviors.  Few new faces since it is a high pressued job.   A few specialize in commercial, business etc.  I never had an issue with any agents. All very skilled and professional.

Jan 23, 2017 01:59 PM
Rainmaker
5,190,916
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

It likely begins with a business friendship and then relies on the level of service to continue!

Jan 23, 2017 12:55 PM