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Michael Townsend

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Originally from Southern California, I moved to San Francisco over twenty five years ago. Having finished undergraduate studies at UC Santa Barbara in history, I came to San Francisco to attend Golden Gate University for graduate school, whereupon I received my MA in International Affairs.  My professional experience began in real estate investment banking at Wells Fargo Bank. It was in this position as a Loan Administrator that I came in close contact with my escrow counterparts. Later, I changed course in my professional development into the title insurance industry.

I became an Escrow Assistant where I learned the rapid pace of real estate transactions. Through my daily interactions with real estate agents and lenders I became familiar with the escrow process. I then moved into the title side of the industry. I began as an Examiner by locating and researching properties in San Francisco later to become a Title Officer.

After a brief stint in public relations, I returned to the title insurance industry as a Sales Representative for First American Title Insurance.  The decision to choose First American Title for my career is that it is a company based on strength and integrity. It is a global leader in the title insurance industry that draws on more than 125 years of experience and innovation, First American Title in my opinion, is the single source for accurate, efficient and cost-effective title and settlement solutions.  My varied experiences in the industry has come full circle that stretches from underwriting policies, escrow coordination to sales in business development.

I balance my daily business life with nightly reading of historical biographies and current events. When I have the luxury of time on my side, I like to feed my creative appetite by spending time painting abstract art with acrylic paint on canvas.

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Market Segment: Real Estate Agents and Brokers, Homebuyers and Sellers, Commercial Property Professionals, Title Agents and Attorneys, Lenders, Homebuilders and Developers
Areas of Service: San Francisco County
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