The Hectic Last Days of an Escrow


A post on Facebook prompted me to compose this post. Yep, Facebook. Although I am now VP - New Media and Education for Chicago Title Agency, in my recent past I managed a branch operation for the company for ten years. During those ten years, I witnessed thousands of different HLDE's (Hectic Last Days of Escrow). A quick disclaimer – I am writing about residential real estate transactions in … [Read more...]

Search vs. Social–Which is the Blueprint for Agent Success?


Let me start with a disclaimer.  This post consists of my opinions and my opinions only.  They have been formed, however,  through hundreds of  conversations and interactions with some bright and talented people in the real estate space. (You can always hear more of Bill's opinions on his Twitter account) So, what do I mean by search and what do I mean by social? Search is SEO, squeeze … [Read more...]

Longbow Golf Course in East Mesa, Arizona

Longbow Golf Club. 16th Hole

One of the first golf courses I played after moving to the Valley of the Sun was Longbow. Besides being one of the nicest courses in the East Valley area of Phoenix, it has an interesting back story. It originally opened in 1997 and was owned by Boeing. The name comes from the Apache Longbow attack helicopter built by Boeing right across the street from the course.  Employees were offered a … [Read more...]

Las Sendas Golf Course in Mesa, Arizona


Located in North East Mesa, Las Sendas Golf Club is desert golf at it’s finest.  If you want sprawling fairways and tall trees, look elsewhere.  If you want a course that demands shot-making, precise putting  and has breath taking valley views, try Las Sendas Golf Club. The battle begins on the very first hole.  A 90 degree dogleg left around a water hazard requires a drive placed between two … [Read more...]

Why Do You Need Title Insurance? In Plain English

Why do you need title insurance?  It's the second most asked question in our office.   The most asked question is - When do we get the keys?   That was discussed in an earlier post here at Let's start with the official definition for title insurance.  From, we have the following: Title Insurance – Assurance of indemnification for loss occasioned by defects in the … [Read more...]