This month, we are shining our employee spotlight on Sarah Fri, Settlement Agent for Highland Title + Escrow. Sarah shares her experience and covers all of our locations in Virginia and our Maryland, Frederick and Rockville branches. We are excited to share more about her today and appreciate all she brings to our amazing team.
Sarah Fri is a Virginia Tech graduate with a degree in Management Science, and after graduation, she worked in government contracting for ten years at Lockheed Martin in Purchasing/Subcontracts. After ten years in the industry, she took time off to stay at home and raise her two daughters.
When Sarah returned to work after her daughters were older, she became a licensed real estate agent, in addition to becoming a Virginia and Maryland Notary and a Virginia-licensed Title Producer.
Sarah found her way to the title business and Highland Title + Escrow through her settlement partner, Lisa Goldman. She has enjoyed the opportunities and support from Mike McFarlane and the entire group.
Having worked at various companies throughout her career, Sarah notes that Highland Title + Escrow is the best. She credits her enjoyable experience and Highland Title + Escrow’s great company culture to Mike McFarlane. Sarah feels Mike sets everyone up to succeed and is always available to educate, guide and set the tone and expectations for the company.
In Sarah’s opinion, the Highland Title + Escrow team members are top-notch, and many of them have years of experience in the title business that they are willing to share. She truly enjoys coming in to work every day and looks forward to whatever the day may bring.
Every work day differs for Sarah because she supports many Highland Title branches over an extended area. Typically, she starts her day in the Herndon office preparing files. Then, she is off and running…on the road to each branch where she is scheduled for settlements.
Sarah loves working with clients in the settlement part of the home buying/selling process. Buying or selling a home can be stressful, and being with clients to sign their paperwork can be rewarding, especially if the journey has a few twists and turns along the way. Problem-solving is always part of the job; she feels she can guide her clients through to a successful ending when partnering with the client’s agent.
If you are interested in becoming part of the title or real estate industry, Sarah mentioned you should be prepared for the ups and downs of the real estate market. It can be challenging and unpredictable, but what helps is a supportive team who works together regardless of the state of the market.
Her Highland Title + Escrow co-workers act as one big family. The entire team is willing to go above and beyond to support each other in and out of the office. While they all can be very serious about their daily roles, they also have a lot of fun together.
When Sarah isn’t working, she spends time with her husband and two dogs. She loves to travel, read, walk and visit their two daughters, who have moved out of the area, as often as possible. She is busily planning a wedding for their oldest daughter, who is getting married this summer.
If you are looking for a settlement agent, we highly recommend Sarah Fri. Please contact her at 703.723.3300.