Buying and selling a property takes time and involves many different people such as real estate agents, buyers, sellers, mortgage brokers but also a title agent.  But what does a title company do?

Title companies play several key roles in common real estate transactions. Title companies generally act as the combined agent of the insurance company, the buyer, the seller, and any other parties related to a real estate transaction, such as mortgage lenders. The title company reviews title issues, insurance policies, facilitates closings, and files and records paperwork.

Recently we sat down with Iliana Cardentey of Title Authority to learn more about her company, how she got started, why she chose Lakeside and what she enjoys doing when not working. 

Tell us about your company and what you do?

Title Authority is a bilingual South Florida Title company that specializes in real estate closings, title insurance, title searches and escrow services. Our goal is to provide quality customer service at a competitive price.

How did you get started in your industry?

I became a Licensed Title Agent 18 years ago. I wanted not just a job, but a trade where I could help individuals reach the American dream. 

What is something about your business that most people do not know?

Our personal touch of going that extra mile to make sure that the transaction closes.  Whether it is at a Starbucks Coffee Shop, a Senior Living facility, or on the hood of a car, we will make it happen.  We take the initiative and get it done. 

Where do you see your business in 5 years?

In the next 5 years, I see myself revealing the grand opening of two additional offices in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach County and to become a very successful female entrepreneur.

Tell me about yourself?

I was born in Havana Cuba in 1967. I am the youngest of 3 siblings. I left the Castro regime in 1969 with my family and was raised in Paterson, New Jersey.  At the age of 13, I moved to Florida with my family and have been here since then.  I graduated from Hialeah Senior High School in 1985 and attended Miami Dade Community College after graduation like most graduates. I attended Florida International University afterward to obtain my Paralegal Certification. I worked at numerous different jobs from Retail Stores, Fitness Centers and a personal injury firm. It was not until I was exposed to the Real Estate Industry that I knew what I enjoyed and what I wanted to do. Especially educating individuals on what I know best. Which is Title. 

When the market crashed in the year 2008, I attended Keiser University and majored in Health Services Administration. I was not sure if the real estate market would ever be the same and wanted to prepare myself for the worst. I negotiated Short Sales for a while until I finally was able to return to what I enjoyed and did best. Using my knowledge and experience as a Title Agent to close transactions and manage many offices. I worked at many different agencies and law firms and took a lot of abuse from bad employers and hoped that someday I would be able to open my own. That dream came true in August of 2019. After all these years I finally accomplish the dream I had for such a long time. My very own agency. 

Other than work, what are you passionate about?

I work as a volunteer for the elderly. Also, spending quality time with my son and elderly parents.

What types of activities or hobbies do you enjoy outside of work?

I enjoy reading romantic novels and espionage and military-science novels. My favorite authors are Nicolas Sparks, Tom Clancy and Danielle Steele.  And by the way one of my favorite places is Disney World in Orlando.

Why did you choose Lakeside and how has working here helped your business?

We choose Lakeside Executive Suites for the location along with the concierge-like services they provide which allow for a happy work environment.