Member Highlight – Abstractor: Sandra Warren
After a 16-year stint as office manager for a construction company, Sandra Warren got her start in title abstracting by working as a Deputy Chancery Clerk and running searches on delinquent tax parcels. “I worked there 5 years,” she says, “then after much prayer and soul searching, I took a leap of faith to leave my county job and to start abstracting full time. I have been very blessed to have a successful business.” Sandra graduated from Prentiss High School in 1971, lives in New Hebron, Mississippi, and has now been abstracting for 30 years.
In handling both residential and commercial title searches, Sandra says that she loves “the hunt. It is like putting a puzzle together to an extent.” Given her many years in the abstracting field, she has the following excellent advice for beginning abstractors:
Lesson number one: Learn to plat!! Be a careful abstractor. Don’t take on more counties than you can handle. Be careful with the books and take care of them. Be respectful to the county employees as well as others who work in the records room.
One new lesson Sandra says she is learning over the last busy year is to say “no” when necessary to be sure that she can take care of her client’s needs in a timely manner.
For Sandra, the colorful characters who come into the courthouse keep things interesting. She has met television actors who visited the clerk’s office to take care of family business as well as a gentleman who played guitar in Elvis’s band for many years. She also appreciates the history to be found in the records, including old-fashioned names and other reflections of the past.
Sandra is married to her husband of 42 years, Keith; and they have two children, Angie and Cole. Cole and his wife, Lori, have their two beautiful grandchildren – Chloe (10) and Hayden (7). Sandra and Keith are both avid readers and love spending time in the Smoky Mountains hiking and riding back roads. They enjoy camping around Mississippi in their RV, and spending time with family, especially the grandchildren. Although Keith has recently retired, Sandra has no such plans just yet.
To learn more about Sandra Warren, check out her member profile!