About Bob Calongne, Broker/Attorney*Bob Calongne has been engaged in the full time practice of law since 1974 and has been admitted to practice in The District of Columbia, Louisiana and Florida. Having graduated from St. Thomas High School in Houston, he earned the Juris Doctorate degree from the L.S.U. Law Center and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from L.S.U. in Baton Rouge. His legal practice has principally centered about finance – dealing with real estate finance, trusts, estate planning, lender liability, bankruptcy and commercial matters. He started in private practice in Baton Rouge from 1974 until taking the position as Vice President, Southern Regional Manager and Underwriting Counsel of United General Title Insurance Company in 1997, heading the Baton Rouge office until being promoted to the Company”s executive offices in Denver in 2001.
His real estate title industry “savvy” is exceptional – not only is he experienced as a long-time title policy issuing agent and practicing commercial real estate attorney, he has also served in the national title underwriter business as manager of multi-state marketing, as regional and national underwriting counsel, as claims counsel and as the coordinator of special projects such as spearheading title insurance company licensing in new states and developing cutting-edge technological techniques and procedures. He developed software that calculates title insurance premiums and software for lenders to calculate premiums and filing fees for their “good faith estimates”. He has been involved as counsel and as principal in commercial real estate for more than 35 years.
He organized and manages 1031 Exchange Counsel, LLC, an IRS 1031 Qualified Intermediary. He has closed many real estate transactions for various title companies. He has done title underwriting on a regular basis (i.e., advised title insurance agents and attorneys) in several states for a division of First American Title Insurance Company. He has organized several real estate marketing agencies’ RESPA-compliant affiliated business alliances in a number of States. He has advised a number of such agencies with respect to operational matters for a number of years.
He has written articles on real estate title subjects and has regularly conducted seminars on real estate, RESPA, estate planning and trusts not only for the public but also for real estate agents and attorneys to meet their legal educational requirements. He developed and presented a mandatory course on real estate contracts to hundreds of licensees Statewide as the special paid trainer for the Louisiana Real Estate Commission.
Mr. Calongne was a commissioned officer in the United States Navy and served aboard the USS SARATOGA during the Vietnam years and had previously worked for the Boeing Company at the Florida Kennedy Space Center in connection with the Saturn V project. He has been a director and officer of the public corporation, Gulf Union Industries, and its subsidiaries. He has served in executive leadership positions with numerous organizations including the Capital City Kiwanis Club, the Inter-Civic Council, the River City Festivals Association, First Presbyterian Church and the Baton Rouge Christian Counseling Center. He and his wife, Mary Garner DeVoe, have extensive experience in organizing, financing, launching and growing Keller Williams Realty® market centers in several states. They moved from Louisianan in 2011 and now live in the District of Columbia. Bob is a licensed real estate broker in several jurisdictions and is Director of the KW Commercial division of Keller Williams Capital Properties-DC.
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