Steady growth in Arizona’s real estate market means big things for Landmark Title Assurance Agency. The company recently added seven new members to the team and opened a new office at Kierland Commons. Plans are on tap to add more staff and space in 2018. On top of that, Landmark Title just entered into an agreement to incorporate blockchain technology into its day to day operations. Needless to say, it has been a busy couple of months.
Staying ahead of the curve
Arizona’s housing market ranked number one in the country last year, after big price increases in 2016. 2018 is seeing steady growth as well, with new construction and resale. For Landmark Title, it’s not just a matter of keeping up with Arizona’s growing real estate market, but staying ahead of the curve.
“We see tremendous opportunity for growth and have made a commitment to expanding our footprint in Maricopa County,” states Vicki Etherton, president of Landmark Title.
New Hires, new offices
To that end, the company hired Kristi Smith as Senior Vice President this past July to head up the expansion of the residential team. They have also just brought on Jay Stuckey as vice president of commercial business development.
Senior Escrow Manager, Noreen Konieczny, came on board in February to manage the growing team at Landmark Title’s new Kierland office, located at 7047 E. Greenway Parkway, Suite 100. While construction on the approximately 1,000 square foot space is underway, the Kierland office team will operate out of suite 250.
Landmark Title has also beefed up the business development team in its Camelback Esplanade offices. Brooke Miller, Becky Wilhelm and Beth Clauser recently joined Landmark Title as business development managers. They will focus on creating and strengthening relationships with residential clients. Shawn Tessensohn also joined the team as Landmark Title’s newest commercial escrow officer.
New technology: blockchain is here
But more than new faces have come to Landmark Title. New technology is knocking on the door. Landmark Title is included in a signed agreement between its parent company, Title Security of Arizona and the blockchain enterprise, RealBlock. RealBlock is the first of its kind real estate blockchain enterprise, and it is partnering with top title insurance and escrow companies in Arizona, along with Arizona State University’s Blockchain Lab.
Vicki says, “Blockchain technology allows for a faster, safer and less costly real estate transaction. It addresses the security risk of these transactions, which is vital in our growing Arizona real estate market”
The agreement means RealBlock is now being used in more than 25 escrow and title offices in three Arizona counties: Maricopa, Pima and Pinal.