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Darren Tackett, Founder of The Tackett Team with RE/MAX Fine Properties, sells Altitude at Silverleaf for $28.1M, setting record for most expensive home sold in Arizona

June 2nd, 2022 Posted by Blog, Homebuilder, Real Estate 0 comments on “Darren Tackett, Founder of The Tackett Team with RE/MAX Fine Properties, sells Altitude at Silverleaf for $28.1M, setting record for most expensive home sold in Arizona”

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA (June 2, 2022) – The record for the most expensive home sold in Arizona didn’t stand for long. Fidelity National Title Agency is pleased to announce it helped close on a $28.1 million mansion at 21264 N. 113th Place in Scottsdale.

Built by Scottsdale-based Mast Luxury Homes on 4.6 acres, the 21,150 SF residence boasts eight bedrooms, two elevators, 12 full baths and six half baths. Scottsdale luxury realtor Darren Tackett, founder of The Tackett Team with RE/MAX Fine Properties, represented the seller in the transaction.

“There was no shortage of attention for this gorgeous property,” Tackett said. “The property was only on the market for 28 days, which is common for non-luxury listings but unheard of for a property in this price range. The demand for luxury living continues to be much higher than what is currently available so one-of-a-kind properties like these are selling quicker than ever.”

The sale surpasses the $24.1 million price tag of Wingspan within Silverleaf at DC Ranch that sold in 2020. The sale also surpasses the $21 million price tag of a mansion in the Cameldale neighborhood in Paradise Valley earlier this year.

“We are humbled to be part of this notable sale. It is such an honor to have experienced professional partners like Darren who have the confidence in our highly skilled escrow team to handle transactions of this magnitude because the coordination of all the players and attention to detail is critical. When closing escrow with Fidelity all parties have the assurance knowing our financial strength keeps their money protected,”

said Diane Day, President/ County Manager Fidelity National Title Agency.

The Scottsdale estate, Altitude at Silverleaf, was constructed in 2021 by Mast Luxury Homes. Located on the most prominent peak in the prestigious Summit at Silverleaf community and sitting on nearly 5 acres, city and desert views abound from every interior room and generous outdoor space.

The privately gated, circular driveway provides a resort-style welcome that leads to a stunning mountain backdrop, complete with an elevated, covered viewing tower to fully take in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

Once inside, high ceilings give way to three levels of remarkable finishes, including extensive use of imported natural stone with a special focus on marble and natural quartzite and a five-natural stone fireplace.

The Dale Gardon-designed home is a space fit for hosting the grandest of gatherings, with an open floor plan meant for mingling. The spacious, custom entryway wine bar shines as a bright and unique welcoming point into the eight ensuite bedrooms, The 12 full and six half baths have easy elevator access between each floor. Natural light pours beautifully into the kitchen, with Subzero/Wolf appliances, including a Wolf Convection Steam Oven and 60-inch Wolf Range with two ovens, ideal for entertaining large parties year-round.

The double islands are topped with the finest Quarzo Iceberg Natural Quartzite imported from Italy and equipped with warm under-lighting to enhance the inviting environment. Remarkable modern lighting fixtures float above the breakfast and coffee bar and serve as stylish art pieces of their own throughout this Control4 smart home.

Opulent comfort is the theme in every room and is especially found in the exercise room with its steam shower and the yoga/art room with panoramic views. The card and game room offers endless opportunities for enjoyment, with two Subzero wine columns waiting for a collection fit to age and share throughout the years.

For those seeking a retreat into their favorite films, the theater with a 4K projector and professional sound system makes going to the movies as simple as dimming the lights at home and sitting back with the family.

The primary suite is yet another stunning escape, with his and hers walk-in closets and an ensuite bathroom befitting the finest hotels in Europe. Italian-imported Calcutta gold marble adorns the primary bath, which also includes double-sinks, a bidet, and his and hers water closets.

The office is the perfect quiet space to engage the mind, with spectacular inlaid walnut ceilings and a powder room for easy access throughout the day. In addition to providing a resplendent place for anyone to call home, this estate is also outfitted with multiple spacious and luxurious guest quarters.

The guest casita ensures true privacy, with its own full kitchen and two ensuite bedrooms. There are also separate “in-law” quarters with a full kitchen and ensuite bedroom, so the entire extended family can gather on a vacation of their own.

When it comes time to bring everyone together, there is no better space than the family room, which boasts accordion folding windows overlooking the palatial pool deck. With Scottsdale known for year-round outdoor living, this home was built with that splendid lifestyle always in mind.

Three outdoor fire pits overlook the City of Scottsdale, and even as far as the iconic Camelback Mountain in Phoenix. The two built-in grills make for the perfect opportunity to show off new and classic recipes to gatherings large and small, and everyone will surely feel pampered at the infinity-edge pool with its cool, clear waters and delicate fountain features.

This is also a collector car lover’s paradise, with the temperature-controlled 12-car garage and its own separate full bathroom offering a grand space in which to house the most precious of vehicles.

This is truly the finest of neighborhoods in the Valley. Beyond the private gates of this estate are some of the best opportunities for dining, shopping, and taking in scenic views within only a few miles. It is approximately 20 minutes from Scottsdale Airpark and just a quick drive down the Loop 101 to the art galleries and shops in Old Town Scottsdale.

The Silverleaf community includes its own astonishing amenities and is particularly well-known for its extensive biking and walking paths, and a Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course.

Fidelity National Title promotes title, escrow operations expert Diane Day to President/County Manager

March 11th, 2022 Posted by Blog 0 comments on “Fidelity National Title promotes title, escrow operations expert Diane Day to President/County Manager”

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA – Fidelity National Title Agency is pleased to announce that Diane Day, who possesses 36 years of title and escrow expertise, has been promoted to President/County Manager.

Day has been a vital member of Fidelity National Title’s leadership team for 14 years. She was promoted from Senior Vice President of Operations. Fidelity National Title operates a number of branches in the Valley.

Day’s primary responsibility was to manage and mentor each of the branch managers and their teams. Day’s 36 years in various facets of the title industry have given her insight and expertise in the commercial, residential, and builder arenas.

In her new role, Day will oversee the management of personnel, production, financial results, and market penetration for escrow and title related services. She will continue to manage and mentor branch teams as well as the ancillary departments at Fidelity National Title.

“Diane’s breadth of experience comes not only from holding positions such as Escrow Officer, Escrow Manager, and Operations Manager, but also from her philosophy of collaborative leadership,” said Jim John, EVP and Division Manager with Fidelity National Financial. “Her passion for title and escrow will continue Fidelity National Title Agency’s long track record of providing an unmatched customer experience.”

Day is involved with local industry groups including NAIOP Arizona, ULI Arizona, and Valley Partnership. She gives back to the community through her philanthropic endeavors with Phoenix Children’s Hospital and as a certified Rescue Diver. Day is also actively involved with organizations for the preservation and conservation of the ocean.

“I believe to live your best career life, you must remain humble, curious and coachable,” Day said. “Creating a culture of empowering leaders to live their full career potential and to be part of the journey where individuals accomplish more than they ever thought possible is what I strive for.

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Day moved to Arizona when she was 4 and was raised here. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Arizona.

Away from the office, Day enjoys playing the flute, the outdoors, golfing, hiking, and spending time with her family, which includes three children and three grandsons.

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.

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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