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Celebrating the retirement of mentor Diane Carpenter, promotion of her protégé, Kristina Gooding

June 17th, 2021 Posted by Blog, commercial 0 comments on “Celebrating the retirement of mentor Diane Carpenter, promotion of her protégé, Kristina Gooding”

The Fidelity National Title Agency Northgate Commercial, commercial and builders services sales team and leadership (left to right): Patti Graham, Vice President/Builder Development Manager; Kristina Gooding, Vice President/Branch Manager; Diane Day, Senior Vice President/Operations Manager; Nydia Ahlmann, Commercial Escrow Officer; and Linda Bruce, Vice President/Commercial Business.

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. (JUNE 17, 2021) – Fidelity National Title Agency is pleased to announce a passing of the torch celebration with the retirement of industry mentor Vice President Diane Carpenter and the promotion of her protégé Kristina Gooding to Vice President/Branch Manager of the firm’s Northgate Commercial office.

Carpenter, an industry veteran of 26 years, has been with Fidelity National Title since 2016. She retires as Branch Manager of the Northgate Commercial office, 14000 N. Pima Road in Scottsdale. During her career as a commercial escrow officer, Carpenter personally closed more than 8,000 transactions valued at more than $30 billion.

Carpenter’s experience includes executing sophisticated multiparty transactions for a wide range of projects. It includes master-planned communities as well as commercial, office, industrial, medical, hospitality, multi-family and large vacant land deals for owners, lenders, investors, developers and builders. She has also managed and coordinated major non-real estate escrows, including corporate mergers and acquisitions in addition to complex joint development agreements among various developers and homebuilders.

Gooding, who previously served as Assistant Vice President/Commercial Escrow Officer, is a 15-year industry veteran. She has been with Fidelity National Title for 5 years. Her new responsibilities will be to manage the Northgate Commercial branch, which includes managing personnel, profit and loss responsibility as well as other managerial responsibilities.

“Diane’s commitment to her craft has been exceptional, resulting in an expertise and accumulation of knowledge that ensures a legacy that will always be valued and remembered,” said Mary Lou Paulk, Fidelity National Title President/County Manager. “I want to thank Diane for her dedication to our company and wish her well as she moves forward and welcome Kristina to her new position.”

“Kristina has demonstrated during her tenure with Fidelity innate leadership skills together with her superior technical knowledge in escrow and title making her the perfect person to lead this dynamic commercial team,” said Senior Vice President/Operations Manager Diane Day. “We are so excited that Kristina is ready for the new challenge as Diane heads into retirement. She has been mentored to take the lead and is eager to embrace it.”

Born and raised in the Chicago area, Gooding is a graduate of the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business economics and served as a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity.

Gooding honed her professional expertise through successfully executing transactions for multifamily, retail shopping centers, industrial, office, residential and vacant land.  Prior to working in title and escrow, Gooding previously managed a variety of new-build and reconstruction projects.

Gooding and her husband Jason have two daughters, Harper (7) and Evelyn (4). Away from the office she enjoys playing softball, reading, relaxing with her family and cheering on the Chicago Bears.

Carpenter is a member of the Arizona State Escrow Association. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maine. She also holds a paralegal certificate from the Philadelphia Institute. In retirement she plans to spend more time with her family in Maine.

“I love the quote, ‘The only constant in life Is change,’ because it’s so true,” Paulk said. “With change also comes opportunity. Kristina has been an exemplary employee with Fidelity since 2016.  She has acquired extensive commercial escrow and title experience while working as Diane’s protégé for the past 15 years.”

Proud to Announce Fortune 500 Ranking for 2021

June 17th, 2021 Posted by Blog 0 comments on “Proud to Announce Fortune 500 Ranking for 2021”

𝑷𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝑨𝒏𝒏𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒄𝒆 & 𝒉𝒐𝒏𝒐𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒘𝒆 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒌𝒆𝒅 288 𝒐𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑭𝒐𝒓𝒕𝒖𝒏𝒆 500 𝒇𝒐𝒓 2021.

⭐️ Fidelity is the Highest Ranked Company in the Title Insurance Industry.
⭐️ Selected by FORTUNE® as one of America’s Most Admired Companies.
⭐️ Named to the FORTUNE 500® on an annual basis.
⭐️ Up from 375 in 2020 & 402 in 2019.
⭐️ Claims Reserves at $1.6 Billion +.
Our standings with third-party rating agencies are a testament to our longevity, financial strength, and claims paying ability.

 

Thank you so our wonderful clients and business partners who support us every step of the way. We love being part of the process to make the dreams of home ownership dreams come to life.

Successfully Closing with RON

May 8th, 2020 Posted by Blog 0 comments on “Successfully Closing with RON”

Fidelity National Title is Honored To Announce that we are Successfully Closing with Ron

What is RON? Remote Online Notarization

We remain committed to YOU!

There are several benefits for buyer and sellers to closing with RON including speed, accuracy, convenience, quality and eco-friendly.

Fidelity National Title Agency is Successfully Closing with RON

Remote Online Notarization

We Are Here For You!

March 19th, 2020 Posted by Blog 0 comments on “We Are Here For You!”

The Maricopa County Real Estate Market Snapshot

February 27th, 2020 Posted by Blog 0 comments on “The Maricopa County Real Estate Market Snapshot”

February Market Snapshot

The average sales prices continue to rise. Active listings continue to decline based on demand. Average days on market has been consistent. Monthly supply of inventory is based on the sell through rate of homes and homes active on the market. Monthly supply is 2.54 months which is slightly up from last month and down from this time last year at 4.28 months. This is due to homes selling quickly and year over year the new inventory has decreased. According to Tom Ruff, The Information Market “Our current market can best be described as a full-blown seller’s market. Anyone waiting for prices to fall will be waiting for a while.”

We’re in store for an “interesting” prime buying/selling season. Quoting Mike Orr, from the Cromford Report “Economics 101 teaches us that lower supply and higher demand is a recipe for higher prices. I’m expecting strong price gains through June. It won’t be long before the median price home surpasses $300,000. We will also see strong year-over-year gains in sales volume through the first quarter.  So stop wasting your time reading mundane housing reports and get out there and enjoy a prosperous spring as strong tailwinds work to your advantage.”

We begin February with 6,250 pending contracts; 3,946 UCB listings and 497 CCBS, giving us a total of 10,693 residential listings practically under contract. This compares to 9,247 of the same type of listings one year ago. At the beginning of February, the “pending” contracts are 15.64% higher than last year. There were 19 business days in February of 2019 and 19 this year, even with the additional calendar day there are the same number of business days. ARMLS reported 6,409 sales in February of 2019. STAT projects 7,200 sales this February.

We are now in our home buying/home selling season. This is the time of year when the number of homes under contract rise from their holiday season lows. It’s also the time of year when prices begin their seasonal ascent.

Curious How Hoarding Houses Affect Property Values?

December 13th, 2019 Posted by Blog 0 comments on “Curious How Hoarding Houses Affect Property Values?”

The market in Maricopa County continues to have record lows, especially in highly desirable areas. Hoarding Houses, specifically those in highly desirable areas like Scottsdale are popular with investors who can pay cash and then flip the property.  Our friend Craig Mernitz has been helping families rehabilitate distressed properties known as “hoarding homes”. Craig has been a member of the Arizona Hoarding Task Force since 2010, and since then has assisted in getting more than 50 hoarding homes cleaned up and back on the market. According to the Arizona Hoarding Task Force there are hundreds of hoarding cases in just Scottsdale alone, with most cases involving senior citizens. Craig works with families and elder law attorneys and many others who look out for the well-being of the elderly, even visiting them when they move out and the home sells to be sure them that the property is being well cared for.

Learn more about real stories and specific examples by clicking on the links below:

Scottsdale Independent Newspaper

Phoenix Business Journal

 

 

 

 

Fidelity Names New Vice President, Expands Commercial Sales Team

December 6th, 2019 Posted by Blog, commercial, Homebuilder, Real Estate 0 comments on “Fidelity Names New Vice President, Expands Commercial Sales Team”

Fidelity National Title Agency is pleased to announce the appointment of Patti Graham to Vice President Manager of Homebuilder Development Department.

This experienced team specializes in the processing of the ADRE subdivision filings from start to completion.

“Patti’s ability to focus on communication and demonstrate integrity will serve to enhance Fidelity’s already solid partnerships with homebuilders and residential developers. We are so fortunate to have Graham take on her new role,” said Mary Lou Paulk, President and County Manager of Fidelity National Title Agency.

In addition, Fidelity is pleased to announce the expansion of the Commercial sales team.

“Fidelity’s plan for growth is very exciting. Relationship building with high integrity will continue to contribute to the team’s success in forging both local and national business partnerships,” said Paulk.

Fidelity Announces Promotion of Linda Bruce to Vice President Commercial Account Manager

November 12th, 2019 Posted by Blog, commercial, Real Estate 0 comments on “Fidelity Announces Promotion of Linda Bruce to Vice President Commercial Account Manager”

 

Fidelity National Title promotes industry expert Linda Bruce to Vice President Commercial Account Manager

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA (NOVEMBER 12, 2019) – Fidelity National Title Agency is pleased to announce that Linda Bruce has been promoted to Vice President, Commercial Account Manager.

Bruce has been a vital member of Fidelity’s commercial services sales team for more than 13 years and has 25 years of experience in sales and marketing with a high-level customer service. In 2007, her role expanded to the Commercial and Banking Partners segment, where she achieved outstanding results by growing an impressive portfolio of diverse clients in the commercial and banking industry.

Bruce has achieved numerous awards at Fidelity and currently holds the prestigious “Hall of Fame” honor. Bruce graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications and marketing from the University of Arizona.

Prior to joining Fidelity, Bruce worked at Showtime Networks with strategic accounts in the fast-paced and demanding entertainment industry. In that position Bruce developed her skills in building and managing multiple high-level national marketing campaigns for more than ten years.

“Linda’s commitment to excellence, building relationships with high integrity, expertise in customer service and impeccable work ethic contribute greatly to the team’s success in forging both local and national business partnerships,” said Mary Lou Paulk, Fidelity National President and County Manager.

Bruce is an active member of Urban Land Institute (ULI), WLI, NAIOP and Valley Partnership along with many other charitable organizations which she will stay involved with in her new role. Bruce is a founding member of HARTT, an animal rescue organization.

In the News: 

Phoenix Business Journal

Madrid Media

 

Fidelity hires Franklin DeLaCruz as Vice President Commercial Account Manager

November 7th, 2019 Posted by commercial, Leadership, Maricopa County Real Estate Snapshot, Marketing, Real Estate, Title Insurance 0 comments on “Fidelity hires Franklin DeLaCruz as Vice President Commercial Account Manager”

 

 

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA (NOVEMBER 6, 2019) – Fidelity National Title Agency, Inc. is pleased to announce that Franklin DeLaCruz, MRED, has joined the company as Vice President, Commercial Account Manager.

DeLaCruz brings over 18 years of experience in the commercial real estate and capital development field. He holds a Master’s degree in real estate development from Arizona State University, a master’s degree in general management and finance from Stevens Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and mathematics from Manhattan College.

Prior to joining Fidelity, DeLaCruz was instrumental in raising private equity and consulting principals on repositioning and reselling distressed commercial assets with favorable returns. He has been a financial analyst, project engineer and project manager for national leaders in construction and provided oversight for acquisition and syndication of distressed asset portfolios.

“Fidelity National Title Agency’s plan for the growth of our commercial sales team, to include Franklin DeLaCruz, is very exciting,” said Mary Lou Paulk, Fidelity National President and County Manager. “We believe that his industry experience and background will be an additional value to our relationships within the commercial real estate community.

Originally from New York, DeLaCruz has been in the Valley for six years and is involved in Urban Land Institute (ULI), NAIOP, Valley Partnership, CCIM and the Arizona Real Estate Council.

In The News

Phoenix Business Journal

Commercial Executive Magazine

 

Fidelity Announces Appointment of Patti Graham

November 4th, 2019 Posted by Blog, Marketing, Real Estate, Title Insurance 0 comments on “Fidelity Announces Appointment of Patti Graham”

 

Fidelity announces appointment of Patti Graham to Vice President Manager of Homebuilder Development Department; expands its Builder Services team

 

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA (NOVEMBER 4, 2019) – Fidelity National Title Agency, Inc. of Maricopa County, Arizona, is pleased to announce the appointment of Patti Graham to Vice President Manager of its Homebuilder Development Department.

A veteran in the industry with Fidelity National Title, Graham has 35 years of experience in the commercial title and escrow field, including expertise with local, regional and national homebuilders. Graham has gained the respect of countless real estate industry professionals because she places such a high value on the customer relationship.

Graham holds the prestigious “Hall of Fame” status at Fidelity National Title Agency and has garnered numerous company awards. She is an active member of HBACA (Home Builders Association of Central Arizona) and holds a real estate license with the Arizona Department of Real Estate (ADRE).

“Because she places such a high value on the customer relationship, Patti has gained the respect of countless local and national real estate industry professionals,” said Mary Lou Paulk, President and County Manager with Fidelity National Title Agency. “Patti’s ability to focus on communication and demonstrate integrity will serve to enhance Fidelity National Title’s already solid partnerships with homebuilders and residential developers. We are so fortunate to have Patti Graham take on her new role.”

Along with Graham’s appointment, Fidelity National Title Agency has expanded its Builder Services team. This team, with many years of experience, specializes in the processing of the ADRE subdivision filings from start to completion.

 

In the News: 

Phoenix Business Journal

Commercial Executive Magazine

AZ Big Media

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