Deanna Cornelison
LPO/Escrow Officer


Kristy Norman
Escrow Officer

Megan Wheatley
Escrow Officer


Jason Hanson
Title Officer

Darren Plank
Title Officer

Leah Stanley
Title Officer

Steve Quaife
Marketing Director



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Article8Employee Spotlight: Megan Wheatley 

Megan Wheatley,
Escrow Officer
Megan Wheatley, Escrow Officer at Cowlitz County Title works with Realtors, lenders, buyers and sellers to close transactions accurately and on-time. She enjoys working in a professional team environment; from qualified assistants, proficient escrow officers to the most in-depth title plant in the county where she can communicate with the title officers with extensive local knowledge. This all adds up to not having to leave the building to get answers to even the most complex situation and creates turn times that are quick and very accurate. Megan has over 20 years of experience in home ownership transactions and believes every transaction is unique & special in its own way. She and the team at CCT provide personalized service that is tailored to the transaction.
 
Megan has local roots and is a Mark Morris high school graduate. She enjoys camping, hiking, gardening, baseball (Los Angeles Angels are her favorite team), spending time with husband Bobby and son Greyson and is a Portland Winterhawks ice hockey fan. For your next escrow needs contact Megan at megan@cowlitztitle.com.

Article4Welcome, Michelle Mortenson and Cooper Hart! 

Michelle Mortenson, 
Escrow Assistant 
We are pleased to introduce Michelle Mortenson, our newest Escrow Assistant, to the Escrow Team at Cowlitz County Title!
Michelle assists the Escrow Officers in working with REALTORS, lenders, buyers and sellers to close transactions accurately and on-time. Michelle has five years of experience in the title and real estate financial industry. She believes work comes first and is committed to providing excellent customer service.
 
Michelle enjoys spending time with her grandkids, camping and riding quads. Michelle and her husband, David, live in Longview. She enjoys day trips to Long Beach and the excitement of a Hellgate jetboat excursion on the Rogue River in Grants Pass, Oregon when on vacation. For your next escrow needs, contact Michelle at michelle@cowlitztitle.com.
 
Cooper Hart,
Title Examiner
Also, please join us in welcoming Cooper Hart to the Title Department at Cowlitz County Title. Cooper believes in a strong work ethic and has a great sense of humor. Cooper has several FEMA certificates and a multitude of technical certifications centered mostly in the power sports, heavy equipment, and power generation industries. Cooper enjoys anything to do with motorcycles and spending time with his family. For your next title needs, contact Cooper at cooper@cowlitztitle.com.  

Article1
Blackberry Cobbler 
 
Filling
3 cups wild blackberries
1 cup granulated sugar
Lemon juice from 1 lemon, or equivalent from lemon juice bottle
1 tsp vanilla
 
Crust
1-1/2 cups flour
3 T. granulated sugar
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
8 T. cold butter
1/2 cup sour cream
 
In a large bowl stir filling ingredients together, and then pour into a lightly greased 10-inch cast iron skillet. Top with cobbler crust by placing pieces all over the top until covered. Bake in a pellet BBQ at 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbling out around the edges. Enjoy blackberry cobbler alone, with 1/4 cup of real cream, whipped cream, or ice cream.

- Recipe by Ruby
 
Article5Homeownership Rate Soars
  
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Defying expectations, particularly after a significant pause early in March when businesses shut down to slow the spread of COVID-19, home ownership has enjoyed a strong rebound.  In fact, led by young buyers, homeownership rates have soared to the highest level since 2008, signaling that the housing boom underway before the pandemic has only accelerated.
Article6Budget-Friendly Ways to Add Style to Your Home
  
Renovating or redesigning a home can be an expensive and time-consuming endeavor.  When resources are limited, it can be easy to get discouraged. But there are many ways that you can bring a fresh, new look to your home without breaking the bank.  In fact, you can often use items that you already own to enhance the look of your home and cut down on costs. Bringing in just a few essential items can change the tone of a space and have a big impact.  Click here for some ideas for creating a more inviting space.
Article3
The Most Successful Female Entrepreneurs

business_woman_pretty.jpg Being a female entrepreneur in today's world can be a tough enterprise.  In spite of progress, a bias towards the male-leadership model still exists and investors tend to be more cautious in their response to pitches from women, leaving many women feeling like the odds are stacked against them.  But if you've got a great business idea, go after it!  Women entrepreneurs out-perform their male counterparts in terms of revenue, and despite the fact that only 15% of venture capital is invested in them, women-led businesses consistently offer a better return on that investment.  Click here for a look at the most successful female founders in every country.   
Article2Becoming the Source for Local and Community Content
  
As a real estate professional, you're more than just a source of data on what's selling, what's coming on the market and which neighborhoods are most sought after.  You are a source of local market expertise who can provide your followers and potential clients with a well-rounded narrative of what it's like to live in a particular area.  The content you share can be everything from community events, to local businesses, to school districts and other resources.  Taking the time to create and share local content gives you an edge over the competition and makes you the go-to source for future homebuyers looking to connect with a reputable and experienced agent with educational and authentic local expertiseClick here to learn more.
 
 


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