Job Details

Commercial Real Estate Paralegal / Transaction Specialist

Company name

First American Financial Corporation

Organization Type


Job Type

Legal Staff

Date Last Verified

Jul 31, 2020

Valid Through

Nov 13, 2020

Posted on

Feb 03, 2020

Years of Experience

Min 1 yrs required


Washington, DC, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Real Estate >> Real Estate
Tax >> Tax - M&A and Transactions
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Commercial Real Estate Paralegal / Transaction Specialist
The candidate will conducts title, survey, and other title-related due diligence on CRE single-site and portfolio transactions in the DC/MD/VA area and nationally. Supervises new order entry and fulfillment, paperless file setup, commitment production tracking; validates property/order/party information; promptly identifies (proactively) and addresses (reactively) new information regarding the title, the transaction, and/or the business parties, to ensure the highest possible quality and efficiency in title production and underwriting services. Where necessary, reviews and resolves questions and issues raised in conveyance documents, security instruments, title-chain documents & plats, assessor parcel maps, assessor/tax data, and other documents. Assists with commitment and policy underwriting, in close coordination with attorney and non-attorney underwriters. Creates and maintains internal title files; identifies, documents, and communicates title research and underwriting, escrow events, and transaction milestones as necessary to ensure timely transaction flow, sound underwriting, and efficient escrow service. Handles various escrow and post-closing functions. Takes full advantage of a robust knowledge base, learning culture, and data infrastructure in order to stay current and develop in relevant substantive areas, helping colleagues to do the same.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have prior experience in CRE title, transaction documentation, due diligence, and/or closing execution – e.g., as a paralegal or transaction specialist in the CRE practice group of a law firm or on the property due diligence and closing team within a CRE investor or developer, is strongly preferred. Residential real estate title and/or escrow experience (commercial-only). Ability to balance substantive depth with lateral thinking strategies to solve complex title and escrow problems in a fast-paced, interdisciplinary environment. Strong time management skills and attention to details. Familiarity with typical productivity software– primarily MS Word and, to a lesser degree (but preferred), Excel. Ability to learn internal/proprietary software platforms, and to assimilate updated technology and/or operational tools, as they continue to evolve rapidly. Excellent verbal/written communication skills. Must be able to maintain professionalism and a positive service attitude, toward clients and also toward colleagues, at all times.

Additional info

Requisition Number: R013349

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
First American Financial Corporation
1 First American Way
Santa Ana, CA 92707

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