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REALIZE YOUR REAL ESTATE DREAMS

Our History

We would like to welcome you to the Schaeffer Douglas Title website. We invite you to contact us at any time with your service requests or questions.

Schaeffer Douglas Title is an industry leader in Maine, providing residential and commercial title insurance and related services to buyers, lenders, real estate agents, developers, and investors.

Schaeffer Douglas Title was founded in 2005 and has offices in South Portland, Yarmouth, and Topsham, Maine. Originally known as H&D Title & Closing Services, the company grew under the leadership of Eric Schaeffer. Eric’s years of experience in private practice, encompassing time at both medium and large law firms in commercial and residential real estate, as well as litigation and corporate representation, laid the foundation for Eric to grow the company so that it encompassed additional offices and strengthened its client relationships. Eric and his wife, Laura, who met during law school before graduating in 1996, became the sole owners of H&D Title & Closing Services in 2014.

Douglas Title Company, a long-standing and respected title company founded in 1987 by Abby and Don Douglas, was acquired by H&D Title & Closing Services in 2015. Abby and Don trusted Eric and Laura to carry their legacy of quality title services into the future as Schaeffer Douglas Title. We are thankful to continue building on the additional foundation they contributed to our company. We were fortunate to strengthen our legal team in 2017 by welcoming John Kirk, Esq. as Managing Attorney after he spent more than 15 years running a prominent Maine title company. John brings his encyclopedic knowledge of real estate law to each transaction.

The success of Schaeffer Douglas Title has been supported by the incredible talents of its many team members who possess in excess of 400 years of experience in the industry. As Schaeffer Douglas Title has expanded its reach in Maine, the culture of family and service has endured. Not only do we take pride in serving our lenders, buyers, sellers, and Realtors in realizing their real estate dreams, we also place great emphasis on family within our company.

Regardless of the size or complexity of your residential or commercial real estate transaction, we have the experience, knowledge, and attention to detail necessary to provide excellent service in a high velocity environment while also ensuring the steady legal guidance necessary to properly protect our clients’ interests.

Thank you for letting us help you realize your real estate dreams.

~ Eric and Laura Schaeffer

WHY CHOOSE US?

Our Leadership

Eric SchaefferEric Schaeffer is the Chief Executive Officer and owner of Schaeffer Douglas Title.

Eric takes special pride in helping people buy and sell homes, real estate agents make a living, and lenders of all sizes ensure their loans are protected. Eric is responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day operations for Schaeffer Douglas Title and his extensive and varied legal experience is a particular benefit to his clients.

Before founding Schaeffer Douglas Title, Eric was an associate attorney at a law firm in Portland, Maine. In this role, he focused on residential and commercial real estate matters and was the primary advisor to a subsidiary title agency concerning the evaluation and resolution of title underwriting issues.

Prior to working and living in Maine, Eric practiced law in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was admitted to practice law in both Ohio and Kentucky. Eric spent several years at a well-respected, medium-sized law firm, where he focused on commercial and residential real estate transactions and title underwriting with additional emphasis on general business law and commercial litigation. Eric then spent two years at a large law firm in Cincinnati, where his practice focused on complex commercial transactions. This included the management of the real estate component of corporate mergers and acquisitions, with a significant emphasis on national telecommunications mergers and acquisitions, including representation of the world’s largest radio holding corporation. Eric was also responsible for contract and commercial lease negotiations and the drafting of related documents.

Eric obtained his Juris Doctorate in 1996 from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated cum laude in 1993 from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, with a Bachelor of Arts double concentration in history and political science. Eric was admitted to practice law in the State of Maine in 2002.

Eric currently lives in Freeport with his wife and co-owner, Laura, and they have two sons, Andrew and Jack. Eric and his family are avid skiers, and you can find them at Sugarloaf, Maine, on most winter weekends. They all enjoy exploring our world through travel and hiking. Eric is also on the Board of Trustees for North Yarmouth Academy in Yarmouth, Maine.

OUR EXPERTS

Meet Our Title Team

Devon Bannister

Closing Coordinator.
Joined Schaeffer Douglas Title in 2013.

 

As a closing coordinator, Devon communicates with lenders, buyers, sellers and realtors to coordinate and acquire all necessary materials ahead of closing day. She also assists in title insurance policy production. Devon feels fortunate that she gets to work with her mom, Linda Daigle, and bring an element of family and teamwork to the office.

Devon was born and raised in Lewiston, Maine. She studied at the University of Maine, graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Management. She has a home in Hallowell and a one-year-old German Shepherd who is too smart for her own good. In addition to spending time with her family, Devon enjoys trying new restaurants and breweries.

Hillary Bickford

Closing Officer and Director of Marketing.
Joined Schaeffer Douglas Title in 2019.

Hillary started in the real estate industry in 2010 and has enjoyed all aspects of the industry, including working with buyers, sellers, lenders and title companies. She also has an extensive background in customer relations, most recently for a customer relationship management program for loan officers. This has all assisted in her transition to working with titles and cultivated the necessary skills for her role as closing officer and marketing director.

Born and raised in Midcoast Maine, Hillary has a Bachelor of Science in Leadership and Organizational Studies from the University of Southern Maine. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, gardening, golfing, skiing and being on or near the ocean.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Broomhall

Closing Coordinator.
Joined Schaeffer Douglas Title in 2018.


Betsy has 25 years of experience in the title industry and previously worked in mortgage banking. She currently works with buyers, sellers, brokers and lenders to gather information for settlement statements and other closing documents. She understands how stressful buying and selling a home can be, so she makes the process smooth and pleasant for all parties.

Born and raised in Yarmouth, Betsy feels she’s finally home after working in the Portland and South Portland areas for years. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and traveling as often as possible.

Cheryl Cadorette Howard

INTAKE Coordinator.
Joined Schaeffer Douglas Title in 2009.


Cheryl’s primary responsibilities as intake coordinator include the intake and setup of all new files related to closing. She also provides support to the firm’s closing team as needed.

Cheryl is a lifelong resident of Biddeford, and when she’s not at the office, her favorite pastimes include reading, drawing, attending concerts, beachcombing, trail walking, bonfires at home, spending time with her family and working on home improvement and DIY projects.

Jan-Marie Carroll

Post Closing Coordinator.
Joined Schaeffer Douglas Title in 2020.

 

Jan-Marie started in real estate in 2006 and enjoys all aspects of the industry, including working with brokers, buyers, sellers and title companies. She also joined a local mortgage company in 2019 to assist in their customer service department and worked closely with first-time home buyers. She is very detailed-orientated, has a knack for organization and brings a positive attitude and outlook to the office.

Born in Presque Isle but raised in Southern Maine, Jan-Marie was stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, Louisiana in the 1980s, where she did a lot of “base beautification” including mowing lawns and painting buildings. She loves to laugh and hang out with her husband of 14 years and their 8-year-old Lynx Point Siamese cat, Jadin.

Michelle Cilea

Closing Officer and Director of Business Development.
Joined Schaeffer Douglas Title in 2017.

Michelle has spent the last 17 years in the real estate industry as a mortgage lender, real estate agent and title agent. She is responsible for business development, client relations and handling residential and commercial closings. Michelle has conducted thousands of real estate closings and knows the importance of attention to detail; bringing a strong commitment to exceptional customer service with warmth and open communication. She understands the uniqueness of each real estate transaction and appreciates being at an attorney-owned company.

Michelle has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts. She lived and worked in Boston after graduation but returned to her native Maine in 1994.

Michelle is an affiliate member of the Maine Association of Realtors® and the Maine Association of Mortgage Professionals. She is also is a State of Maine Notary Public, serves on the Board of Directors for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program and has been a volunteer fundraiser since 2006.

Michelle resides in Brunswick with her two sons, Andrew and Tony, who are attending college in Maine and New Hampshire. She enjoys time with family, attending Maine State Music Theater productions every summer, being on or near the ocean and enjoying every season this beautiful state offers.

Kathryn Cortes

Operations Manager.
Joined Schaeffer Douglas Title in 2008.

 

Kathie began in the title industry in 2003, previously working in the financial industry.  She has held many roles at Schaeffer Douglas Title, including closing coordinator and branch manager, before taking on the role of operations manager in 2019. She oversees the firm’s general operations, providing support to all departments and processing files through post-closing.

Kathie is a lifelong resident of Lewiston. She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening, and gathering with family and friends. Other favorite activities are cooking, and exploring Maine’s trails and beaches.

Heather Currier

Title Coordinator and Closing Coordinator.
Joined Schaeffer Douglas Title in 2019.


As a closing coordinator, Heather communicates with lenders, buyers, sellers, and real estate brokers to facilitate smooth closings. She also assists in the production of title insurance policies.

Born and raised in central Maine, Heather has degrees in journalism and marketing and most recently earned an MBA in internet marketing. Outside of work, she enjoys attending punk rock shows and spending time with her cat.

Linda Daigle

Post Closing Coordinator and Office Coordinator.
Joined Schaeffer Douglas Title in 2008.


Linda has over a decade of title experience. Most days you will find her sitting at the front desk on Bowdoin Mill Island greeting clients and brokers, answering phones and scanning and sending materials to lenders.

Linda has been married to her husband Michael since 1986, and together they have three grown children: Joshua, Benjamin and Devon. They also have two granddaughters, Harper and Nora June. She is a huge animal lover and has a Shih Tzu named Cooper. Linda also loves to cook, enjoys listening to 70s music and is an avid reader.

Rosemary Faridani

Title Coordinator.
Joined Schaeffer Douglas Title in 2020.


Rosemary began her career in 1981 and has worked for law firms and title companies for the past 39 years. She also managed the Fort Lauderdale branch of a statewide title company in Florida. As a title coordinator at Schaeffer Douglas, Rosemary drafts title commitments and performs other administrative tasks around the office as well as assisting others in the office wherever needed. She also is greeting and welcoming clients.

Rosemary grew up in New Jersey and moved to Florida during her senior year of high school and resided in the Fort Lauderdale area until 2015 when she and her husband decided to move to Maine. They currently reside in Old Orchard Beach. She holds an Associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. Rosemary has one son who graduated from Yale Law School and resides in New York. During her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, beaches and frequent trips to Italy where her husband is from.

Alicia Flaherty

Title Abstractor.
Joined Schaeffer Douglas Title in 2009.


Alicia is a title abstractor at Schaeffer Douglas Title, where she researches records at various registries of deeds, primarily focusing on Cumberland County. She has been researching titles since 1984.

Alicia grew up in South Portland and Brunswick, spending every summer on Peaks Island at her family’s cottage. She currently resides in South Portland.

Barbara Janco

Office Coordinator.
Joined Schaeffer Douglas Title in 2015.

 

As Schaeffer Douglas Title’s office coordinator, Barbara helps with day-to-day tasks and provides top-notch customer service to everyone she meets.

Although she grew up in Massachusetts, Barbara has long considered Maine her home. She has lived in Yarmouth for many years, giving her a unique perspective of the town and an understanding of the firm’s clientele. Her children attended Yarmouth schools, and her husband has served on the town Planning Board. They have coached various youth teams and are active members of First Parish Church.

Dorothy Jost

Post-Closing Coordinator.
Joined Schaeffer Douglas Title in 2019.

 

Dorothy has been in the industry for six years, working on a variety of projects and gaining an understanding of many aspects of the job. Previously, she had a successful 20-year career in banking operations and auditing.

Dorothy’s greatest joy is spending time with her three kids and five grandkids.

John M. Kirk, III, Esq.

Managing Attorney
Joined Schaeffer Douglas Title in 2017.

 

John comes to Schaeffer Douglas Title with over 20 years of experience in residential real estate, commercial real estate, and title matters. John is best known by his peers, colleagues, and clients for his uncanny ability to define and implement creative approaches to solving title issues, turning a problem on its head and delivering the solution to what is needed by all parties.

A graduate of Middlebury College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, a Masters in Studies of Law (Magna Cum Laude) and Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School, John began his own practice in Vermont in 1995.  After several years of practice, John was recruited by a company located in Maine as Title Counsel, handling all engagements, statewide.

Starting January 2021, John will step away from his role as Chairman of the Title Standards Subcommittee and into a new role as Chairman of the Real Estate & Title Section of the Maine State Bar Association. John can be found frequently as a featured speaker at continuing education seminars for Attorneys and Real Estate Agents.

John currently resides in Portland and is the proud father of three children who are now young adults. In his spare time, John is an avid fly fisherman who is happiest in a river casting at trout or on a beach casting at striped bass. He loves to travel, fly rod in hand, looking for adventure. John is also a lover of classic movies, culinary arts, reading, and The Grateful Dead.

Teresa Morse

Closing Coordinator.
Joined Schaeffer Douglas Title in 2018.

 

Teresa began working in the title industry in 2013 as a closing coordinator. With a few years of experience, she now understands the entire process from start to finish, allowing her to facilitate smooth, successful transactions for clients.

A lifelong Maine resident, Teresa was raised in the coastal town of Harpswell. This led to her interest in a real estate career, where she specialized in waterfront properties and eventually joined the largest real estate agency in Maine before becoming a member of the Schaeffer Douglas Title team.

Teresa resides in Topsham and enjoys boating, cooking, gardening and interior decorating.

Mark Phillips

Title Abstractor.
Joined Schaeffer Douglas Title in 2013.

 

As a title abstractor, Mark’s responsibilities include searching public records and examining titles to verify the legal condition and to certify the history of ownership of a particular parcel of real estate.

Mark was raised in Newport, Maine and in his free time, he likes to relax listening to music while enjoying the beautiful nature this great state has to offer.

Shannon Randall

Title Abstractor.
Joined Schaeffer Douglas Title in 2005.

 

Shannon’s responsibilities as a title abstractor involve gathering information from public documents. She utilizes public records searches to help determine the legal ownership of different properties.

Shannon spends most of her free time dancing and currently co-runs two dance companies in Maine that focus on the hip hop, country and rock genres. She also choreographs, teaches and performs at local businesses in Southern Maine.

Scott Richardson

Closing Coordinator.
Joined Schaeffer Douglas Title in 2002.

 

Eighteen years ago, Scott answered an ad from Douglas Title Company and has been with the company ever since.

As closing coordinator, Scott enjoys the pace and adrenalin rush of the daily deadlines presented by the title business and prides himself on creating a smooth process for all parties to a transaction, prioritizing communication and prompt responses. He credits his dedicated coworkers with providing a wonderful work experience and for their focus on great customer relationships.

Born and raised in Portland, Scott was as an award-winning graphic artist in his first professional life, working with major companies throughout Maine and nationally. When not in the office, he loves spending time with his family (dog included), fishing, camping, and the quiet of the porch up to camp.

Jennifer Sandberg

Closing Coordinator.
Joined Schaeffer Douglas Title in 2018.

Jennifer works with lenders, buyers, sellers and real estate agents to coordinate all necessary information to prepare for closings. She began her career in real estate in 1994 as an agent, actively listing and selling properties throughout Midcoast Maine. She made the transition to the title side of the industry in 2012 and joined Schaeffer Douglas Title in September 2018.

Her versatile real estate background gives her the knowledge and experience to assess and respond to the needs of all parties.

Born and raised in suburban New York, Jennifer moved to Midcoast Maine in 1990 and now resides in Bath. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. Jennifer has one son studying in Boston, and in her free time, she enjoys traveling, gardening, theater, beaches and frequent trips to New York City.

Marjorie (Marge) Schwietering

Title Abstractor..
Joined Schaeffer Douglas Title in 2018.

As a title abstractor, Marge conducts and summarizes title searches of residential and commercial properties through the registry of deeds sites for different counties. She also provides policy updates, supplies copies for document requests and maintains a subdivision and condominium master file.

Outside of work, Marge is an animal lover who has two beautiful boy kitties, two gerbils and a hamster. She’s a comic book geek, a history buff and a Daughters of the American Revolution member. She also loves watching the Patriots and the Mariners and enjoys exploring Maine and its unique people and towns.

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