Seasoned settlement attorney returns to Federal Title
Pens around Catherine E. Schmitt's office have a way of disappearing. That's the running joke around the office anyway, because this retired Marine and newest member of Federal Title & Escrow Company's team of closing attorneys can do a lot more with a pen than push paper.
Catherine Schmitt, formerly the managing attorney for Monarch Title – Georgetown and Bethesda – rejoins the ranks of Federal Title's talented staff after a five-year hiatus. She brings with her 20 years of title experience and a steadfast work ethic sharpened by her service with the U.S. Marine Corps.
She says the most rewarding aspect of her work is the time she spends developing relationships with her clients.
“I am a loyal customer of Catherine”, says Tom Buerger of Re/Max Allegiance. “She is always there for me – whether it is as an expediter for a quick settlement, as a counselor to allay the fears of my first-time homebuyers or as a resource to solve potential issues before they become a problem that will delay settlement. She is my attorney-on-call.”
Schmitt’s clients vary from new homebuyers to seasoned investors, but one thing her clients have in common is they understand the settlement process.
"Buying and refinancing a home are big decisions,” says Schmitt. “The settlement process is an opportunity to educate clients. It's a time for them to ask questions, so they can feel comfortable and informed."
Schmitt earned two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Maryland and has her Juris Doctorate from Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa, the same institution that produced Federal Title's founder and president, Todd Ewing.
"Catherine works hard and is dedicated to her clients.” Ewing says. “She is a model of customer service, and I am very excited to welcome her back to our team.”
Homebuyers seeking advice from Schmitt about title insurance or the settlement process need only venture up Wisconsin Avenue to Federal Title’s Friendship Heights office. Reach Catherine E. Schmitt at 202-362-1500 or e-mail her at .
About Federal Title & Escrow Company
In an industry contaminated by affiliated business arrangements, kickbacks and other referral incentives, the Internet returns the power to the people. Federal Title recognizes consumer-driven market pressures, as exemplified by the new RESPA rule, and seeks to offer home buyers substantial closing cost savings and a streamlined settlement process. Federal Title has a reputation of being technically innovative and always at the forefront of the latest real estate trends.
Years ago the company made a bold move by eschewing all Affiliated Business Arrangements and established its REAL Credit Program, which saves home buyers up to $1,100 on closing costs.
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