September Employee Spotlight: Amy Untiedt

Amy Untiedt

Licensed Abstractor

Amy Untiedt has been with Capitol Lien for 20 years! She works as a licensed abstractor doing property research for our clients. We’re excited to feature Amy in our September Employee Spotlight!

What do you do at Capitol Lien?

I’ve been an abstractor for all 20 years and was one of the first to pass the test to be a licensed abstractor.

What is the best part about your Capitol Lien career?

The best part of my Capitol Lien career has been the flexibility of working from home. My youngest son had some mental health issues when he was in elementary school so I’d be called to the school a few times a week to help calm him. Since I lived a block from the school, I could use my break time to walk over for a few minutes to help get him back on track so he’d be able to finish his school day.

How did you get into this industry?

There was an opening in our Fairmont office. When Lisa read my resume, she saw that I had a home office set up and had worked from home for another company. So she and Tony decided to hire someone for the Fairmont office as well as hire me to work from home to cover the southwestern part of the state where we had been utilizing vendors.

What have you gained since working at Capitol Lien?

Gray hair and 20 pounds 😉  I’ve gained an immense amount of knowledge of an industry that most people are not even aware exists. When I applied for this job 20 years ago, I had no idea what an abstractor was. And now I still find myself describing my job when someone asks what I do for a living since most people have never heard of abstracting.

What is your favorite service/product we offer to our clients and why?

My favorite service/product is any research order that can be done quickly and efficiently so we maximize our profit. My dream order is a forty year search on a full lot/block that involves one owner who took title 40 year ago and only had a single mortgage. (I have never had this dream search in the 20 years that I’ve been researching.)

What do you love to do in your free time?

In the spring-fall, you’ll find me on the golf course, the softball field, or on the lake. In the winter, I’m usually on a ski hill. I’m also a season ticket holder for Gopher volleyball and softball.

What was your first job?

I think I was 10 years old when I was first hired by someone other than my dad to “ride beans”. (I had 3 years of experience by then, so I was a hot commodity.) I got to sit in a seat attached to a metal bar on the front of a tractor and spray weeds (and attempt to stay awake) as we drove up and down the field. Roundup ready soybeans became a thing while I was in college and I thought it was the greatest invention ever!

Where would your dream vacation be?

My boyfriend and I love hiking, so we have some of the National parks on our bucket list. I’d love to get to Glacier, Arches and Zion. He is also full-blooded Finn, so we hope to get to Finland to see the original family farm.

What is your favorite quote?

“Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.” Philippians 4:6

What is your favorite band or genre of music?

I love all kinds of music. On any given day I may listen to 80’s rock, 50’s/60’s, country from nearly any decade, dance tunes, Christian, or pop. My favorite concert was Journey and Def Leppard in 2018.