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About – Vanguard Title & Escrow, LLC

Vanguard Title & Escrow, LLC is a Jacksonville, Florida attorney operated residential and commercial real estate settlement services provider. Our company is committed to performing accurate and professional title and closing services throughout all of Northeast Florida, including Jacksonville, Orange Park, Fleming Island, St. Johns, St. Augustine, and Ponte Vedra Beach.

Our office is conveniently located in the heart of Mandarin on San Jose Boulevard just north of the Julington Creek bridge. Our location provides ample on-site, free parking. We offer closing services in our comfortable and professional office, or we can close at a mutually agreed upon secure location.

Our knowledgeable and dedicated team members are trained to be prompt and courteous solution providers. We utilize only highly qualified attorneys, title agents and notaries to conduct closings. You choose when and where you want to close. We have the latest technology enabling us to receive documents from your lender fully intact and without flaw. Vanguard Title & Escrow’s goal is to achieve an accurate, stress free and enjoyable closing experience for all participants in a real estate closing.

Contact Managing Attorney, Charles R. Wood, Esq., for your questions at 904-479-3700 or use our Contact Form.

Senior Management Team

Peter O. Dalton

Manager-Company

Peter “Pete” O. Dalton is a Manager of Vanguard Title & Escrow, LLC. Mr. Dalton is also the broker/owner of Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty. He entered the real estate industry as a salesman in 1973.  In his first year as a real estate salesman he closed 106 transactions and subsequently entered management with the company that he represented in sales.  In 1977, along with two partners, he started Vanguard Realty Inc. as a one office real estate brokerage in Orange Park, Florida and in 1980 he became and remains the sole stockholder.  Vanguard Realty Inc. has grown from an independent one office real estate brokerage into the multiple office Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty.

Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty is the largest Coldwell Banker franchisee in Florida and the largest national brand in the northeast Florida market, as measured by RIS Media.  The company is comprised of over two hundred and fifty full time agents and has recently opened its sixth sales offices.  The company prides itself on the production of its agents with average productivity of approximately $4,000,000 per agent in a market where the average sales price is less than $200,000.

In addition to his business interests, Mr. Dalton has been active in many civic activities, has chaired numerous committees and has served as:

  • President Clay County Chamber of Commerce
  • Chairman Clay County Committee of 100
  • President Clay County MLS
  • President Clay County Association of REALTORS
  • Board of Directors Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS
  • Secretary Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS
  • Board of Directors Florida Association of REALTORS

In 2016 Mr. Dalton partnered with Jacksonville Real Estate Attorneys Michael Barker and Charles Wood to create Vanguard Title & Escrow, LLCVanguard Title & Escrow, LLC’s mission is to provide exceptional title and closing services to all of Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty’s agents as well as other real estate professionals in Northeast Florida.

Mr. Dalton is married to the former Sandy Taylor and they reside in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Charles R. Wood, Esq.

Managing Attorney

charles_wood_webCharles R. Wood is the Managing Attorney-Operations of Vanguard Title & Escrow, LLC. Mr. Wood is a licensed attorney in Florida and Michigan and licensed title agent in numerous states.  His practice focuses primarily on residential and commercial real estate matters. Mr. Wood regularly represents real estate brokerages, lending institutions, real estate development companies, builders, mortgage companies, mortgage loan servicers, asset management companies and mortgage loan investment funds. Mr. Wood manages and oversees the day to day operations of Vanguard Title & Escrow, LLC.

Mr. Wood received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida and Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law. Mr. Wood is a member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar; the Real Property Section of the Michigan Bar; the Northeast Florida Builders Association; the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors; the Florida Land Title Association; the American Land Title Association; and the Mortgage Bankers Association.

Mr. Wood is an attorney agent of Westcor Land Title Insurance Company, Old Republic National Title Insurance Company and First American Title Insurance Company.

Michael J. Barker, Esq.

Managing Attorney

michael_barker_webMichael J.  “Mike” Barker is the Managing Attorney-Organization of Vanguard Title & Escrow, LLC. Mr. Barker is a licensed attorney in Florida and licensed title agent in numerous states.  His practice focuses primarily on residential and commercial real estate matters.  Additionally, he provides both insured and non-insured title related services to the financial services and mortgage investment industry, real estate brokerages, home builders, developers, and loan originators.

Mr. Barker received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida and Juris Doctor from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. Mr. Barker is also a Board Certified Specialist in Construction Law as recognized by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education.

Mr. Barker is a member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar; the The Florida Bar Construction Law Committee; the Northeast Florida Builders Association; the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors; the Florida Land Title Association; the American Land Title Association; he Mortgage Bankers Association; NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association; DRI; The Five Star Institute; and the American Mortgage Diversity Council.

Mr. Barker is an agent of Westcor Land Title Insurance, Old Republic National Title Insurance Company, and First American Title Insurance Company.

Mr. Barker has attained an AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating for ethics and legal ability.

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NEFAR                    WLT