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Closing attorney readies for a new chapter with a familiar beginning

August 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Closing attorney Jackie Kurz finds her greatest satisfaction at the settlement table as the ink dries and she sees the smiling faces of homebuyers and sellers, all eager to begin a new chapter of their lives, knowing she played a part in making it all happen.

“Having a hand in creating that happiness is very rewarding,” the Pennsylvania native said.

Kurz starts a new chapter of her own this week as she returns to Federal Title & Escrow Company. After more than two years, and two states, she is ready to pick up right where she left off, creating a settlement experience for each client that is seamless and painless.

A practicing attorney for the past eight years, Kurz focuses primarily on real estate matters. She received her Juris Doctorate from the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University and is a member of the Pennsylvania and D.C. bar associations.

Her experience and expertise make Kurz an invaluable resource for consumers, who may have questions about the closing process. Additionally Kurz blends nicely with Federal Title’s business culture, said Todd Ewing, Federal Title founder & president.

“We are all very excited for Jackie’s return ‘home,'” Ewing said. “She has a firm grasp of the underwriting legal requirements and her demeanor at the closing table is non-intrusive yet deliberate in those rare instances of conflict between parties.”

The self-professed “foodie” and Army wife looks forward to revisiting favorite local restaurants and getting acquainted with new ones that have opened since she last lived here.

Kurz worked for Federal Title from July 2005 until April 2008 when she relocated with her husband to military bases in Georgia and later Kentucky. After 20 years of active duty service, her husband is slated to retire, allowing the pair to settle down in one place for a while.

Kurz is the second attorney to return to Federal Title in the last 12 months, following Catherine Schmitt who returned in November 2009 after military service and a stint at Monarch Title, Inc.

“Federal Title has honestly been one of the best places I have ever worked, and I look forward to picking up where I left off – doing everything I can to assist homebuyers, sellers and borrowers who are refinancing,” Kurz said.


Seasoned Settlement Attorney Returns to FTE

November 17, 2009 Leave a comment

CONTACT: Nikki Smith
Main line: 202-362-1500
Direct line: 202-274-1517

Retired Marine brings steadfast work ethic and 20 years of title experience to Federal Title’s closing table

Washington, D.C. – 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 $2,000 on closing costs.

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