Established in 2014, Beachwood Escrow, Inc. is Venice’s premier independently owned and licensed escrow company specializing in residential and commercial real estate. We are dedicated to the highest standards of professionalism, efficiency and financial reliability to ensure your transaction runs smoothly from start to finish. Our priority is the customer - delivering prompt, friendly and dependable service to make your escrow as easy as possible and to give you peace of mind. We look forward to hearing from you.
Please contact us at: ATeam@beachwoodescrowinc.com
PRESIDENT & CERTIFIED SENIOR ESCROW OFFICER
With 25 years of experience in residential and commercial escrow, Rex knows how important it is to be a calming guide for his clients during one of the biggest transactions of their lives. He prides himself on building great relationships and his willingness to go the extra mile. After spending his childhood in Florida and attending Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN, Rex moved to Los Angeles and landed a job as an assistant in escrow. His character and work ethic have taken him from Assistant to Escrow Officer to Manager and now Owner of Beachwood Escrow, Inc. Rex loves working with people from all walks of life and meeting the challenges that the escrow business brings.
When he isn’t working, Rex enjoys spending time with his teenage kids, serving on the board of the Los Angeles Escrow Association as President-Elect, and watching LA Galaxy Soccer.
To learn more about Rex, visit Linkedin
Michele Rene Wood
SENIOR ESCROW OFFICER
Michele Rene Wood has over 28 years of experience in the escrow field, specializing in high-end residential resale and commercial transactions. Michele has an impressive track record spanning from Beverly Hills to the Hawaiian Islands. In charge of many successful start-ups and expansions over the last 10 years, Michele’s expertise, a drive to maintain the highest of standards in the industry and her diplomatic customer service, sets her apart from the rest. Her priority is a seamless, successful closing for her clients.
Michele has raised four beautiful and successful daughters, and has recently become a grandmother, to Elijah Kai! A 4th generation native of Southern California, living on the Westside for the last 20 years. Michele is a classically trained musician, an avid researcher of the sciences, healthy living, and she enjoys hiking and practicing yoga.
To learn more about Michele, visit Linkedin.
Euan K. Smith
In his 17-year career, Euan has helped close thousands of escrows and has experience in a wide range of residential and commercial escrow transactions. When he was a child, his family moved from his native Belize to Los Angeles. After attending high school and college in LA, Euan began working in the Real Estate business as a Developer’s Assistant. In 2002, Euan moved into escrow as a Junior Officer and in 2012 began assisting Rex Berkebile. The escrow business came natural to him due to his skill of multi-tasking and working with numbers. He loves working in escrow because it allows him to meet people from different backgrounds and create loyal clients.
In his free time, Euan enjoys working on his cars and watching the Lakers, 49ers, Dodgers and Kings.
Nancy met Rex when she was hired as a Project Manager to help him launch Beachwood Escrow. Having been a TV and Live Event producer for many years, she had the organizational and managerial skills necessary to handle all the tasks needed to set up a new business. She is now serving as Office Administrator and Bookkeeper handling everything to keep the business running smoothly so Rex can concentrate on his clients, closing escrows and growing his business.
In her spare time, Nancy enjoys cooking, entertaining, walking on the beach, playing Mah Jongg with friends, and practicing Yoga.
ADVANTAGES OF USING AN INDEPENDENT ESCROW COMPANY
Beachwood Escrow, Inc. is an independent and licensed escrow company. Choosing an independent escrow company comes with many advantages:
They are not tied to any real estate, title or mortgage brokers and can therefore act as an unbiased third party. Independent companies have no stake in the outcome of a transaction other than the successful closing of an escrow.
All independent companies must be licensed by the California Department of Business Oversight thereby holding them to a higher standard with stricter guidelines for operation.
Licensed escrow companies are consumers’ best bet for safeguarding their funds.
In order to obtain licensure, independent companies must adhere to the following regulations:
All employees must pass a Certificate Program including fingerprinting and background checks by the Department of Justice.
An escrow officer with at least 5 years experience must be on-site.
In order to prove financial stability, at least one CPA audit per year is conducted as well as surprise examinations by the Department of Business Oversight.
They must not employ anyone with a felony record or who has been disbarred from the real estate industry.
Must be a member of Escrow Agents’ Fidelity Corporation (EAFC) which provides fidelity coverage for member trust accounts.
The company’s sole business is providing escrow services, which requires a higher level of state regulatory requirements and oversight.