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Dave Contarino on Las Cruces Business Bueno Title and Escrow

In General on October 22, 2013 at 8:23 am

BTDLas Cruces, New Mexico, home of Bueno Title and Escrow, is one of the underrated treasures of the United States, observes Dave Contarino. Dave Contarino and his wife, Linda Marquette-Contarino, are co-owners of Bueno Title and Escrow. In its six-year history under Linda’s guidance, Bueno has grown to become a leading title company in town.   Dave Contarino and Linda Marquette-Contarino have enjoyed serving the community while embracing the unique culture the city offers.

Dave Contarino says that Las Cruces is now one of the most popular travel destinations in the Southwest. Right at the crossroads of Interstate 10 and 25, Las Cruces attracts visitors with its beautiful vistas and local charms.  One of its highlights is historic Old Mesilla and its beautiful plaza replete with restaurants, shops and art galleries. For Dave Contarino, the first-class Mexican food is a particular highlight. The warm and welcoming environment of Las Cruces provides Dave Contarino and other regular visitors with a treasure trove of possible activities.

The weather in Las Cruces is a major drawing card, affirms Dave Contarino, with the town experiencing up to 350 days of sunshine each year. Temperatures during the summer often reach the high 90s, while nighttime lows fall into the 60s. Dave Contarino notes that the fall air is cooler, as daytime highs generally hit the mid-70s or low 80s.

Located in the Mesilla Valley, Las Cruces is a true oasis in the western United States around the holidays, says Dave Contarino. While northern states contend with mounds of snow during the winter months, Las Cruces enjoys temperatures in the upper 50s to low 60s. Dave Contarino also says that the city receives a minimal amount of rainfall each year—8.5 inches—and no more than a couple of inches of snow each winter.

According to Dave Contarino, Las Cruces has earned numerous awards and accolades. Money magazine named Las Cruces, home of New Mexico State University, among its “best college towns to retire.” Meanwhile, Dave Contarino reports that AARP considers Las Cruces a “dream town” for retirees. Dave Contarino notes that Las Cruces was ranked by Forbes as one of the best small metro areas for careers and general business.

Bueno Title and Escrow is independently operated and owned, notes Dave Contarino. The firm offers the consumer closing and escrow services along with title insurance protection to developers, lenders, attorneys and real estate professionals. Dave Contarino explains that title insurance provides the consumer with financial protection in case title problems are determined due to human error or hidden hazards.

The title department of Bueno Title and Escrow consists of highly skilled examiners and title searchers who perform a thorough and reliable title search, relates Dave Contarino. Their job is to assist the customer by verifying all title information for transference of ownership. Dave Contarino shares that his wife, Linda Marquette, has formed a series of friendships throughout her stint leading the firm.

Dave Contarino, Linda Marquette and the Bueno Title and Escrow staff encourage all travelers to make a trip to Las Cruces and discover for themselves the vast arts, entertainment, sporting and culinary events presented on a daily basis.

David Contarino Explains Key Staff and Services at Southwestern Title & Escrow Inc.

In Personal, Professionals on June 10, 2013 at 5:56 am

David ContarinoThough he sold the company in 2009, David Contarino is still proud that Southwestern Title & Escrow redefined what service means in the real estate industry.

Southwestern Title & Escrow (ST&E) was founded in 1994 and opened in 1995 recalls David Contarino. Along with wife Linda Marquette Contarino, the couple opened the doors with just eight employees and the intent to help people insure their dreams through a local and reliable source.

David Contarino explains that ST&E offers real estate customers title insurance and escrow resources. As a locally owned company, David Contarino says there are numerous benefits to working with ST&E, including the company’s strong link to local commerce. Included in the company’s lineup of local partnerships are the Santa Fe Association of Realtors, the New Mexico Land Title Association, and the Santa Fe Area Home Builder Association. David Contarino notes that ST&E is also active in the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce.

Company leadership

David Contarino and Linda Marquette Contarino sold the company in 2009 to Santa Fe native John Fox, a veteran real estate attorney. Fox has been a figure in the Santa Fe legal community since 1978. He is a second-generation law professional, explains David Contarino, and worked alongside his father, Robert Fox, until the mid-1990s.

Today, ST&E continues the mission that inspired David Contarino and Linda Marquette Contarino to open this now very successful title company. According to David Contarino, the title and exam department is managed by Mike Thompson. Thompson is an industry pioneer with more than 20 years of experience, reports David Contarino. With nearly 40 years performing title searches, Senior Examiner Fred Barela is a stickler for quality. Senior Policy Preparer Joyce Arellano has diligently served the industry for more than two decades, says David Contarino.

Lead Escrow Officer Kay Jones has stayed one step ahead of the ever changing title and escrow environment since the 1980s. David Contarino emphasizes that Jones provides each and every client with the greatest protection available, while always keeping budget concerns in the forefront of her mind. David Contarino says that Jones is a great member of ST&E’s team of escrow officers, which includes Cassandra Vigil-Mondragon, Maria Salazar and Carla Pogemiller. David Contarino reveals that Pogemiller is something of an industry leader, with more than 30 years of experience. She has received several awards including affiliate of the year from the Santa Fe Association of REALTORS®.

The closing process

David Contarino explains that, as a title and escrow company, ST&E is given the important task of making sure the real estate transaction is protected. According to David Contarino, the company discovers, identifies and remedies potential conflicts to eliminate title hazards that may interfere with the intended purchasers’ home-ownership rights. David Contarino emphasizes that a successful closing always begins with a complete and accurate title search. Essentially, the title company is ensuring the homeowner that they have performed a diligent search and there are no issues at signing. David Contarino explains that the search may include divorce records, sales history, deeds and mortgages, and previous court judgments, liens and delinquent taxes.

David Contarino remains an avid supporter of Southwestern Title and Escrow. He is active in the real estate community and owns several commercial and residential properties throughout the Santa Fe area. David Contarino is also a political consultant with nearly 30 years of experience in both politics and real estate.

David Slone Says Buick Verano Bucks the Trend

In Automotive on March 28, 2013 at 11:43 am

David Slone

David Slone

David Slone, General Sales Manager and Used Car Manager at Weld County Garage, has seen the sales of the Buick Verano take off since its introduction. David Slone has driven a Verano or two. As a longtime aficionado of the Buick brand, David Slone is surprised at the Verano’s performance and manners. For starters, the Verano’s cabin is amazingly quiet, a quality prized by David Slone and other buyers. The four-cylinder turbo engine in the Verano puts out 250 horsepower, hurrying it from 0-60 in 6.2 seconds.

David Slone notes that performance puts it in the same league as the Acura ILX and sedans like the VW GTI and Audi A3. The Buick owes its hushed interior to features like acoustical laminated glass, triple seals at the doors, a five-layer interior roof liner, floor mats that are designed for sound absorption, extra insulation and specially-manufactured 18-inch alloy wheels to hold down road noise.

With a demonstrator Verano, David Slone logged 20 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. In addition, David Slone is struck by some of the other features of the Verano, such as the rearview video camera, touch-screen Infotainment system and USB port. David Slone notes that the Verano’s spacious rear seat and sizable trunk make it a great family sedan.

Here’s what was surprising to David Slone and other analysts, though. For years, David Slone has seen Buicks skew more toward older buyers. The Verano, however, bucks the trend. David Slone and his sales staff have put many younger buyers into Verano sedans. In addition, David Slone notes, Buick is planning powertrain changes and new features for the Verano, slated to bring more of the younger buyers into the fold.

Why are younger drivers now gravitating toward Buick? David Slone says that the brand’s quality is the biggest reason. David Slone has taken Nissans and Toyotas as trade-ins on new Buicks. Also, according to David Slone, Buicks have undergone styling changes and shuffles in model lineups in recent years. A car like the compact Verano, states David Slone, offers comfort, performance and great fuel economy—all things that younger buyers love. David Slone and his team at Weld County Garage are eager to see what’s coming down the road next for Buick.

Prior to coming on board with Weld County Garage, David Slone held down the position of Vice President and President at Macrosystem US, a major manufacturer of video editing systems. At Macrosystem US, David Slone also worked as National Sales Manager, coordinating over 200 dealers and three regional managers. David Slone and his wife Stacey got their start in business and management with their video production company, Amber’s Video Production, specializing in wedding and special events videos. They sold the company after several years and moved on to other ventures. In his post at Weld County Garage, David Slone has helped the company become the one of the top Buick and GMC dealers in the western region, and one of the top ten used car dealerships in the state of Colorado.