Near North Title Celebrates Anniversary Milestone in St. Joseph

Lesa Pratt has been in the title industry in Michigan’s Great Southwest for some 20 years now, but she can certainly point to the last year as one of the decidedly most unusual years in that career as an escrow officer. That’s because it was just over a year ago when her team at Near North Title Group expanded its reach into the market with the opening of a new location in downtown St. Joseph at 800 Port Street, directly across the street from the Berrien County Courthouse.

Pratt, who now serves as Market Manager & Escrow Officer for Near North Title in St. Joe tells us that the day they opened the office in St. Joseph last spring was the day that the state mandated offices be closed due the coronavirus pandemic. Now, marking that first anniversary in the market, she says, “I am eager for the opportunity to continue to expand Near North Title Group’s exceptional level of quality nationwide title and escrow services, and encouraged by the company’s ability to develop and flourish despite the recent pandemic.”

With over 20 locations in the Midwest, Near North Title has further secured a place as one of the region’s leading providers of comprehensive title and escrow services.

Near North’s operations have expanded rapidly over the past year from both organic growth as well as strategic alignments. By gaining exposure in a variety of areas, Near North has increased its presence and continues to penetrate both existing and new markets. Pratt says, “With a better understanding of the needs of the marketplace, we can operate in the community with greater efficiency and responsiveness.”

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Near North Title says that to best serve their clients, they remain committed to the goal of combining the scale and infrastructure of a national title company, while still embodying a local culture and personalized customer service. They are excited about the future as they continue to build on long-running success, grow operations, and maintain their involvement in the community.

Lesa started in the industry in 1996 bringing years of experience to the table and says, “I was the only person working in the office for the past year but we have been busy and successful enough during the pandemic to hire on Lisa Barber as an Escrow Tech.” Additionally, Ray Summeier is Near North Title’s Senior Vice President of Residential Services, and company owner Dan Fowler is the Chief Executive Officer.

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