First Bergen Title Agency
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Release Date:Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Media Contact: Christine Ziomek (201) 796-7788
Westwood, N.J. Resident Brings 37 Years Title Insurance Experience to New Role
HACKENSACK, N.J., March 19, 2014 – Janice Grutta has been named title officer at First Bergen Title Agency(First Bergen), announced Allen Meccia, Jr., managing member. Grutta, a Westwood, N.J. resident, will examine title searches and provide clearance on title issues as well as issuing insurance policies to facilitate the efficient transfer of real estate.
First Bergen is a family-owned and operated full-service title insurance agency that protects the interests of lenders and purchasers of residential, commercial, re-use and industrial real estate properties. A one-source solution for real estate purchases, refinances and leasehold transactions, the agency also is a designated qualified intermediary for 1031 exchange transactions through its subsidiary, First Bergen Deferred Exchange LLC.
Prior to joining First Bergen, Grutta served as a title officer at two Bergen County, N.J.-based title insurance firms where she reviewed all property titles and oversaw title insurance policy production. She also previously worked for First Bergen’s predecessor firm, Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company, formerly based in Ridgewood, N.J.
“Janice brings tremendous depth of experience investigating titles, determining irregularities that may affect transactions and serving as a liaison with our entire customer base, including attorneys, lenders, homebuilders and real estate developers,” said Meccia. “We welcome her to First Bergen, where she will contribute toward our company’s commitment to raising the bar for title insurance protection and settlement services.”
A magna cum laude graduate of Montclair State University, Grutta also completed graduate-level classes at Rutgers University. She earned her paralegal certificate from Upsala College and a title license from the State of New Jersey, where she also is a notary public.
“I am pleased to be working at First Bergen, which is widely known and respected for its integrity and efficiency,” said Grutta. “This is a company that is very proud of its history of service, many long-term relationships and caliber of its transactions. I look forward to contributing to First Bergen’s continued success.”
First Bergen is an outgrowth of one of the oldest and most established title insurance companies in New Jersey. Founded in 1957 by Allen Meccia, Sr., as Commonwealth Lawyers Abstract Company, the firm was acquired by Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company in 1963 and operated as a branch office. In 2002, the company began operating independently as Commonwealth Bergen Title Agency, LLC, and changed its name in 2009 to First Bergen Title Agency, LLC.
Today, First Bergen writes title insurance through three well-respected underwriters. These are Chicago Title Insurance Company and Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company, members of the Fidelity National Financial family of title companies, as well as Old Republic National Title Insurance Company, one of the largest independent title insurance providers in the United States.