Essex Title is a national commercial and residential title insurance agency providing unparalleled service to clients across the real estate spectrum.

With multiple offices strategically located throughout the country, and over one hundred years of cumulative experience across our best-in-class team, we provide clients from coast to coast with unprecedented transactional knowledge and innovative technology driven solutions.

What We Do

The companies we service are as much our partners as they are our clients. We place an emphasis on customer service, treating them as we ourselves would want to be treated.

Leveraging our advanced technology, as well as our in-depth industry knowledge, we aim to simplify the title process to ensure our partners feel connected through the entire journey.

The strength of our relationships is based upon our attention to detail and level of service. It is this level of dedication to our clients, combined with our pioneering use of technology and innovative approach, that truly positions Essex Title as a leader in the industry.

- Jim Ketai, Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Our Mission

We leverage an innovative mindset and advanced technology to offer clients a dedicated, efficient, and professional service across the real estate spectrum.

Our Vision

To be the premier provider of title insurance and related services in the country with a deserved reputation for trust, reliability and professionalism.

Services

  • Title Insurance
  • Closing & Escrow
  • Recording
  • Title Searches
  • Survey Inspections
  • Property Surveys

Clients

  • Lenders
  • Brokers
  • Developers
  • Property Owners
  • Attorneys
  • Home Buyers

Clients

Technology & Innovation

Leveraging the latest technology and a desire to innovate continuously, we offer our clients simple and efficient solutions, making the process of obtaining title seamless and allowing them to track progress remotely through our secure website.

Our back of house platform is powered by Qualia with its suite of digital, secure, real estate and mortgage products allowing us to power client transactions wherever they may be.

We connect with our clients through a common desire to succeed; we service our clients as partners and they always leave as friends.

- Mark Lapidus, Co-Founder

10,000+

Properties Closed

$48+

Billion in
Insured Value

50

States

Transaction Highlights

Team

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

E: jim@essextitle.com

T: 248.776.5050

Jim is a Co-Founder and the Managing Partner of Essex Title overseeing all aspects of the business.

He is also the Co-Founder of Vokal Ventures, a Detroit based full service real estate development firm, having previously co-founded and served as the CEO and Managing Partner of Bedrock Real Estate. Jim led Bedrock from its inception in 2010 for almost a decade, driving its investments and commitments of more than $5.6 billion, over the course of which the firm acquired and developed more than 120 properties totaling in excess of 18 million square feet in downtown Detroit and Cleveland. Prior to this, Jim was the Managing Partner of Etkin Equities, a Southfield based full-service development company, for over 21 years where he oversaw the management of more than 8 million square feet of commercial real estate holdings.

Jim earned his BA degree from Michigan State University in 1983 and is a 1986 graduate of the Detroit College of Law (now Michigan State University). He is a member of the State Bars of Michigan and Colorado and is the holder of a Michigan Real Estate Broker’s license and Title Insurance Agent’s license.

Mark is a Co-Founder of Essex Title and helps manage various aspects of the business.

A serial entrepreneur, Mark utilizes close to two decades of experience in real estate to identify unique opportunities, across multiple asset classes and industries. In 2019, Mark established a private investment firm which has participated in the acquisition of residential apartment complexes on the East Coast. Prior to this, he was a Senior Executive at WeWork, serving as the company’s first Global Head of Real Estate from its inception through to 2019. In this role, Mark led a team of over 200 employees with responsibility for building what became one of the largest occupiers of commercial office space in the world.

Mark possesses a BA degree with a concentration in Real Estate from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and a Juris Doctorate Cum Laude from New York Law School.

Co-Founder & General Counsel

E: howard@essextitle.com

T: 248.776.5000

Howard is a Co-Founder and the General Counsel of Essex Title.

In addition to this role at Essex, Howard is also a Co-Founder of Vokal Ventures, a full-service real estate development firm based in Detroit, Michigan. He has over 30 years of legal experience across the real estate industry, having previously joined his long-term client Dan Gilbert at Bedrock Real Estate Services LLC and Rock Ventures LLC, serving as General Counsel of both companies. Prior to this, Howard was a Senior Partner at the leading Detroit-based law firms Dykema and Honigman where he focused on commercial real estate and was involved in all aspects of real estate law including development, acquisitions, land use, entitlements, development incentives, partnership and joint ventures, financing, leasing, tax, workouts and restructuring.

Howard is a 1987 summa cum laude graduate of Detroit College Law (now Michigan State University).

Daniel Gohari has over twenty years of experience in real estate acquisition, leasing, management, financing, marketing, and construction.

Daniel founded Avenue Property Group (APG), previously known as The Xerxes Group, in 2010. APG is a real estate acquisition company with a focus on commercial assets in New York, Miami, Denver, and other major markets throughout the U.S. The company is a partner in over three million square feet of real estate and recently completed construction of a 200,000 square foot mixed use commercial building in Denver, Colorado. Prior to founding Avenue Property Group, he was a Vice President at The Moinian Group, where he helped grow the company’s portfolio from 2 million to 20 million square feet and establish it as one of the largest privately held real estate companies in New York.

Daniel graduated from NYU Stern School of Business with a degree in finance and attended Harvard University for a Strategic Negotiations program where he finished at the top of his class.

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

E: jim@essextitle.com

T: 248.776.5050


Jim is a Co-Founder and the Managing Partner of Essex Title overseeing all aspects of the business.

He is also the Co-Founder of Vokal Ventures, a Detroit based full service real estate development firm, having previously co-founded and served as the CEO and Managing Partner of Bedrock Real Estate. Jim led Bedrock from its inception in 2010 for almost a decade, driving its investments and commitments of more than $5.6 billion, over the course of which the firm acquired and developed more than 120 properties totaling in excess of 18 million square feet in downtown Detroit and Cleveland. Prior to this, Jim was the Managing Partner of Etkin Equities, a Southfield based full-service development company, for over 21 years where he oversaw the management of more than 8 million square feet of commercial real estate holdings.

Jim earned his BA degree from Michigan State University in 1983 and is a 1986 graduate of the Detroit College of Law (now Michigan State University). He is a member of the State Bars of Michigan and Colorado and is the holder of a Michigan Real Estate Broker’s license and Title Insurance Agent’s license.

Co-Founder

E: mark@essextitle.com

T: 212.988.2020


Mark is a Co-Founder of Essex Title and helps manage various aspects of the business.

A serial entrepreneur, Mark utilizes close to two decades of experience in real estate to identify unique opportunities, across multiple asset classes and industries. In 2019, Mark established a private investment firm which has participated in the acquisition of residential apartment complexes on the East Coast. Prior to this, he was a Senior Executive at WeWork, serving as the company’s first Global Head of Real Estate from its inception through to 2019. In this role, Mark led a team of over 200 employees with responsibility for building what became one of the largest occupiers of commercial office space in the world.

Mark possesses a BA degree with a concentration in Real Estate from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and a Juris Doctorate Cum Laude from New York Law School.

Co-Founder & General Counsel

E: howard@essextitle.com

T: 248.776.5000


Howard is a Co-Founder and the General Counsel of Essex Title.

In addition to this role at Essex, Howard is also a Co-Founder of Vokal Ventures, a full-service real estate development firm based in Detroit, Michigan. He has over 30 years of legal experience across the real estate industry, having previously joined his long-term client Dan Gilbert at Bedrock Real Estate Services LLC and Rock Ventures LLC, serving as General Counsel of both companies. Prior to this, Howard was a Senior Partner at the leading Detroit-based law firms Dykema and Honigman where he focused on commercial real estate and was involved in all aspects of real estate law including development, acquisitions, land use, entitlements, development incentives, partnership and joint ventures, financing, leasing, tax, workouts and restructuring.

Howard is a 1987 summa cum laude graduate of Detroit College Law (now Michigan State University).

Co-Founder

E: daniel@essextitle.com

T: 212.988.2020


Daniel Gohari has over twenty years of experience in real estate acquisition, leasing, management, financing, marketing, and construction.

Daniel founded Avenue Property Group (APG), previously known as The Xerxes Group, in 2010. APG is a real estate acquisition company with a focus on commercial assets in New York, Miami, Denver, and other major markets throughout the U.S. The company is a partner in over three million square feet of real estate and recently completed construction of a 200,000 square foot mixed use commercial building in Denver, Colorado. Prior to founding Avenue Property Group, he was a Vice President at The Moinian Group, where he helped grow the company’s portfolio from 2 million to 20 million square feet and establish it as one of the largest privately held real estate companies in New York.

Daniel graduated from NYU Stern School of Business with a degree in finance and attended Harvard University for a Strategic Negotiations program where he finished at the top of his class.

Contact

NEW YORK

750 Lexington Ave

9th Floor

New York, NY 10022

212.988.2020



MICHIGAN

29777 Telegraph Road

Suite 1170

Southfield, MI 48034

248.776.5000



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