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Michelle Couch

Senior Escrow Officer

mcouch@wfgtitle.comOffice: 503-624-4900
Direct: 503-603-1701
eFax: 503-210-1387

5885 Meadows Road, Suite 130 Lake Oswego, OR 97035

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About Me

Michelle Couch is a seasoned Senior Escrow Officer collaborating closely with Real Estate Agents, Mortgage Brokers, Lenders, Investors, and Builders to facilitate a seamless closings for Resale, Refi’s, Short Sales, REO, and New Construction transactions.

In her 34 years of dedicated service in the title and escrow industry, Michelle firmly believes in treating every client with equal importance, no matter the size of the transaction. Her commitment to consistency is a testament to her professional ethos.

Leveraging her extensive experience and exceptional communication skills, Michelle adeptly tailors her approach to align with clients’ unique personalities, fostering effective collaboration.

Michelle’s overarching goal is to leave a lasting impression on her clients, ensuring that they remember her for their future real estate needs. She is dedicated to creating a remarkable closing experience in every transaction, striving to build her reputation on referrals earned through consistently outstanding service.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Michelle finds joy in spending time with her family, exploring new destinations through travel, and relishing moments by the water whenever possible.

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What IS Title insurance

Answering all your questions

Title is a bundle of rights in real property. Protecting purchasers and lenders against loss is accomplished by the issuance of a title insurance policy. Usually, during a purchase transaction the lender requests a policy (commonly referred to as the Lender’s Policy) while the buyers receive their own policy (commonly referred to as an Owner’s Policy).

In short, the policy states that if the status of the title to a parcel of real property is other than as represented, and if the insured for that loss and any related legal expenses, up to the face amount of the policy, subject to exceptions and exclusions contained in the policy.

Typically there are two policies issued. The Mortgagee’s Policy insures the lender for the amount of the loan. The Owner’s Policy insures the purchaser for the purchase price.

While the function of most other forms of insurance is risk assumption through the pooling of risks or losses arising out of unforeseen future events (such as sickness or accidents), the primary purpose of title insurance is to eliminate risks and prevent losses caused by defects in title arising out of events that have happened in the past. To achieve this goal, title insurers perform an extensive search and examination of the public records to determine whether there are any adverse claims (title defects) attached to the subject property. Said defects/claims are either eliminated prior to the issuance of a title policy or their existence is excepted from coverage. Your policy is issued after the closing of your new home, for a one-time nominal fee, and is good for as long as you own the property.

Immediately contact your escrow officer and notify them if someone is unable to attend or sign the closing documents for any reason.

An escrow is an arrangement in which a neutral third party (the escrow agent) assembles and processes many of the components of a real estate transaction, records the transaction, and ultimately, disburses and distributes funds according to the buyers’, sellers’ and lenders’ instructions. Your transaction is typically closed by an Escrow Officer. People buying and selling real estate usually open an escrow for their protection and convenience. Both the buyer and seller rely on the escrow agent to carry out their written instructions relating to the transaction and to advise them if any of their instructions are not mutually consistent or cannot be carried out. If the instructions from all parties to an escrow party are clearly drafted, the escrow officer can proceed on behalf of the buyer and seller without further consultation. This saves much time and facilitates the closing of the transaction.

Bring government issued identification card like a driver’s license or passport. Identification, must include a picture and signature for notary purposes. In the event that you are a borrower some lenders require two forms of identification so it is always best to have two forms of identification with you.


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