As Underwriting Counsel for Ohio Real Title, Amy Asseff, serves as an advisor to the escrow teams throughout Ohio. In this role, Amy reviews and responds to title underwriting and escrow questions and assists the escrow teams in due diligence, clearing clouds on title, and preparing for complex closings.
Attending law school later in life, Amy began her career teaching high school for a few years before switching to health care administration and subsequently working as a trainer for a local health care practice management software vendor.
Upon graduating from law school, Amy first worked for a small private real estate and litigation practice before moving on to “big law” with Thompson Hine’s Real Estate Practice Group. In that role, she primarily worked with a telecommunications infrastructure private equity group and assisted with the clients’ commercial real estate acquisitions.
We recently had the opportunity to talk with Amy about her work, as well as how she spends her time away from Ohio Real Title.
Fast Facts About Amy Asseff
What is your favorite thing about working with ORT?
I enjoy working with the escrow teams and with our national underwriters to develop creative solutions to unique title problems.
What personal qualities do you have that help you to be successful in your role at ORT?
Patience and precision. I’ve worked with very demanding clients, which has helped me develop these two vital skills.
What makes Ohio Real Title different from other title companies?
We don’t cut corners. We recognize that sometimes expedient actions today can create future problems, and we are honest with our customers about this.
What excites you about the future of ORT?
I’m excited about ORT’s expansion into new markets.
Tell us about your family…
I have four siblings who live in various parts of the US, and I have in-laws who grew up in various parts of the globe, so I’ve encountered a lot of interesting perspectives. Education is big in my family, so we can have some very wonky discussions about history or politics when we get together.
My immediate and extended family includes military veterans of the Iraq and Afghan conflicts, an eye surgeon, an avid duck hunter, a professional ballet dancer, a budding actress and singer (with her own IMDB page), a children’s book author, and a guy famous for running around Little Italy dressed like Santa Claus every Christmas.
When you are not working, how do you like to spend your free time?
I enjoy gardening and yard work, and I enjoy taking on various projects around my home. I also volunteer as secretary for a local non-profit board and for my parish council, and I volunteer as a PSR teacher for my parish. I prefer reading to television, and I love cooking, especially soup in the colder months of the year.
What are three words that your clients and/or colleagues have used to describe you?
I’ll only use the good ones 😉 – patient, supportive, and courageous.
What are your words to live by?
“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need” – Cicero