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» VISIT US ONLINE @ DSNEWS.COM 73 SPECIAL ADVERTORIAL SECTION DEFAULT TITLE DIRECTORY Continental REO Services KEY PERSONNEL Mary-Kathleen Kearns VP/National Director of Operations Katie Van Hook Business Development Manager Staffing » Number of company employees: 50 CORPORATE DETAILS: 9362 Dielman Industrial Drive | St. Louis, Missouri 63132 | 314.862.2447 | creoco.com BUSINESS SCOPE: Continental REO Services' (CREO) expanding network allows the firm to provide clients with a single point of contact for title and closing throughout its service area. Additionally, they have a nationwide affiliate network, allowing them to provide clients with service throughout the country. BUSINESS LINES/SERVICES: CREO provides nationwide title clearance, document preparation, recording, tax and lien search services, closing coordination, auction closing management, and bulk sale closing services. The company also provides loss mitigation services such as policy endorsements for loan modifications and short-sale coordination. All services are available for both residential and commercial real estate. COMPANY DESCRIPTION: CREO is a closing and title services company specializing in the servicing of unique real estate transactions such as bulk sales, auctions, and REO property. The company is a one-stop source whose sole responsibility is to dispose of default assets quickly and efficiently, offering fast turnaround and a high degree of customer service. Since opening in 2004, CREO has continuously been recognized as a provider of the best service in the industry. Continental REO is committed to service and in 2013, their employees donated over $6,000 for various local and national charities. Continental REO saw over 85% staff contribution throughout the year and donations went to charities such as Stray Rescue of St. Louis, Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Half Fund – Million Pair Initiative providing shoes to Haiti and the Philippines, Annie's Hope, ASPCA, #26Acts of Kindness, Canines in Crisis, The Mission Continues, Tenth Life Cat Rescue, St. Baldrick's, Oklahoma Red Cross, C.H.A.M.P Assistance Dogs, Operation Food Search, Pregnancy Help Center, Bridgeway Behavioral Health, Missouri USO, Alzheimer's Foundation and the Kidney Foundation. Additionally, Continental REO has organized a walking team for the Susan G. Komen Foundation three years in a row and offered assistance to the Oklahoma Humane Society after the devastating tornado in 2013. COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE: CREO focuses exclusively on disposing of default assets. Since this is the company's sole focus, it is able to provide exceptional accuracy, quick response, and superior customer service. The company has a proven track record of settling cash deals in 15 days or less, which puts the firm in the forefront of the industry for speed and reliability. CREO aims to take the hassle out of title clearance and closing coordination. NEW LINES OF BUSINESS IN RESPONSE TO CHANGING MARKETPLACE: In response to the changing marketplace, Continental REO has expanded their business lines and services to better serve the market. The company now has the ability to work with any underwriter within the continental United States with a 3-5 day turnaround for title searches and a 7-10 day turnaround for policy endorsement (abstract states require a longer turnaround time.) In addition, Continental REO also provides recording services, document preparation, recordation and policy services. Through their attorney network, Continental REO also offers Deed-in-Lieu of Foreclosure services. The company has also expanded its services to offer national coverage for Loan Modifications/Policy Endorsements. AWARDS/ACCOLADES: CREO Services is the recipient of the 2011 Award of Excellence from First American Mortgage Services Division. In 2014, the company celebrates its 10-year anniversary. ADDITIONAL INFO: Among the firm's specialties, it considers itself experts in reverse mortgage REO closings and titles. CONTACT INFO: Katie Van Hook Business Development Manager 314.678.4339 (direct) kvanhook@creoco.com States serviced St. Louis, Missouri Headquarters

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