About Us

Heidi Smith – Escrow Agent

Heidi Smith has over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry and has spent the past 14 years as an Escrow Officer.  Heidi’s father introduced her to the world of real estate at the ripe age of 5 when he had her stuffing mailers for his real estate agent.  Little did she know it would turn out to be a full time job later in life (not stuffing envelopes, but Real Estate.) Having been raised around the industry, Heidi tried on a few different hats before settling into the world of escrow.  She had worked as a Buyer’s agent for one of Huntington Beach’s most prominent agents, and then as a commercial real estate agent selling undeveloped land to builders and developers.  After working closely with the escrow companies on the land transactions, Heidi was recruited over to escrow and started her escrow career in Orange County at Tiempo Escrow, Huntington Beach’s premier independent escrow company.  At the age of 30 she decided to move to Los Angeles and worked for American Trust Escrow, Prime West Escrow and LA Citiwide Escrow before opening Resolution Escrow.  Heidi spends her free time with friends and family and adores her kitty cat Buttercup, but saves most of her adoration for her niece and nephew Hailey and Dakota.  She loves the weekends to spend time on her paddleboard in the marina or a quick surf break in Topanga.   She loves all things food and loves trying out new local restaurants and appreciates being part of the growth and development of one of the best communities in Southern California.  She looks forward to supporting the Real Estate agents, investors and new residents of this wonderful community!

 

Katie McGuire- Escrow Agent

Katie started as an escrow assistant in 1978 and now has over 35 years of seeing it all!  From interest rates of 18%, and “creative financing” including Land Sale Contracts, All Inclusive Trust Deed purchases, Bulk Sales, to today’s short sales.   You would be hard pressed to present an escrow scenario to Katie that she hasn’t already experienced – probably a few times!  Katie handles all types of escrows, including commercial, residential, 1031 tax deferred exchanges, and has this to say about what makes the job “new” for her after all of these years: “My favorite part of escrow is being presented with a difficult challenge in a particular transaction, and coming up with the solution that no one else could find.  That’s what still gives me the sense of anticipation every day when I come to work.   I hope that today I make someone’s life a little simpler – and less stressful  – by knowing what needs to be done, and how to do it….well.”  Katie acts as a volunteer at local hospitals, nursing   and senior facilities with her certified Therapy dog, Kirby.  She also trains and fosters abused dogs to help them be placed in new, forever homes.

 

Phoebe Browne- Junior Escrow Agent

Phoebe, a long time resident of Culver City, has been in the escrow business for 10 years, starting under the tutelage of the late, great, Charelle Cunningham.   Phoebe joined Katie McGuire’s team in 2008 as an assistant, and has grown and developed into an accomplished Junior Officer.  Phoebe’s calm manner, and detail oriented personality makes her an invaluable asset to Katie and Resolution Escrow.  Among her many contributions to Resolution Escrow,  Phoebe is responsible for instituting the process of agent weekly status reports for each transaction – a special service that many agents have come to love and rely upon to keep them up to date current in their escrow process.Although she loves her career, Phoebe’s real passion is her two beautiful children:  Ayden, 13 and Paige, 2.  In addition to her human children, Phoebe is a doting mother to “Butch”, a 10 year old Corgi.