Senior processor Linda Stearns has spent 13 years with Advantage Title. So we know that she’s at her best when she’s facing a challenge. She loves to dive deep, investigate and solve problems.
If you’ve worked with Linda, you know how dedicated she is to her job. But in our Team Member Spotlight Q&A, you’ll learn a lot more about her — we did. That’s why we’ll be cranking up “Feels So Good” by Sonique whenever we want to put a smile on her face.
Are you an early bird or a night owl?
Definitely an early bird. I’m usually awake at 4. First thing I do is get up and do chores. Then I’ll make coffee and sit down at my desk.
Sometimes I’ll wake up out of my sleep in the night and happen to remember something I forgot to do that day, so I’ll get up and do it.
What was the first thing you saved for and bought with your own money?
My first car. It was a Hyundai. I was 20 or 21. It was the bottom of the line, but I’d been driving an ’83 Mustang with a hole in the floor. So when I bought that car, it made me feel like I was doing something.
I bought my house when I was 25, and that was the next big thing.
What’s the first thing you’re going to do when the pandemic is over?
Hug my mother. My mom is older and diabetic. I go and visit her through the front door, but that’s it.
If you could snap your finger and be an expert at anything, what would it be?
My ultimate job that I would love to do would be a child advocate. They are the voice of the children in the court system.
My daughter is living my dream. She works for a nonprofit that works with the foster care system.
What’s the best advice you were ever given?
Say what you mean and mean what you say. Don’t say it unless you mean it.
What energizes you at work?
I usually love when there is some sort of title flaw that I have to investigate — those rare things you have to really look into. Maybe you have to go back and fix a deed, find people who should have signed off a certain way or there’s an unreleased mortgage or lien.
I’ve always loved that part when you have to dig and do the research. It’s the challenge of it.
What do you do to fix a bad day?
Music can honestly change my mood quickly. Lately, I’ve really been liking LANY. I still like a lot of ’90s stuff.
I have a song that really always picks me up. It’s by Sonique and it’s called “Feels So Good.”