Erik is a Glendale native and the younger of 2 sons of immigrant parents who moved from Norway to Southern California just weeks after getting married. He attended Hoover High School, and only left Southern California to obtain a degree in Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Erik has been an integral part of Inter Valley Escrow for over 2 decades. He began his career with a summer job as the company’s part-time messenger, then returned after University to learn the ropes as an Assistant, then promoted to Escrow Officer in 2001. He was the Manager of the La Canada Flintridge branch for a number of years, and now maintains his desk out of the Glendale and Pasadena offices. Erik has been awarded the Ascent Award at Inter Valley Escrow for 3 out of the last 5 years. The award is given to the Escrow Officer who has the greatest increase in business year over year. Erik’s hard work and determination come through to every client on every transaction.
Erik is committed to a life-long process of learning and self-improvement. He attends constant training at the Escrow Training Institute and by attending various Escrow Association meetings to stay current on escrow trends, new laws and challenges affecting the industry. Together with his business coach, he continually reexamines communication and work-flow processes as an embodiment of the phrase “work smarter, not harder”.
Erik devotes a significant amount of time and energy to charitable work. He is currently a board member of the Pasadena Foothills Association of Realtors Charitable Foundation helping raise funds for local charities in the Pasadena area. Where time can’t be spent, Erik contributes financially to a number of causes that he strongly believes in such as the Wounded Warrior Project, Los Angeles ASPCA, City of Hope, and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, to name a few.
Helping people attain homeownership is very rewarding for Erik. With his attention to detail and outgoing personality, Erik’s clients feel supported throughout the escrow. He strives to make himself personally available to his clients throughout the day. What can be a potentially stressful process of paperwork, forms, and time sensitive tasks becomes easier as Erik brings his attention to detail, efficiency and outgoing personality to each person involved in the transaction.
Recognitions and Awards
2019 Pasadena Foothills Association of Realtors Board of Directors - Affiliate Chair
2019 Pasadena Foothills Association of Realtors Charitable Foundation Board Member
2014, 2015 & 2018 Inter Valley Escrow Ascent Award for the greatest annual increase in business
2018 Pasadena Foothills Association of Realtors President’s Award
2018 Pasadena Foothills Association of Realtors Affiliate Chair
We had a great experience with Erik and Lina. They always answered our endless questions, provided prompt responses and helped us go through a smooth escrow process. Erik and Lina are the best!
- Patricia R.
This is my "go to" escrow company, they are fantastic! I am a Realtor in Burbank and use Inter Valley Escrow whenever possible. A big shout out to Erik Okland and his team! On my most recent transaction, my clients were in Asia for much of the escrow, and Erik's team went above and beyond communicating with my clients. Erik and his team are knowledgeable, professional, efficient, and laser focused keeping escrows on time and hiccup free! Thank you for your stellar service! - Vanessa Mongeon, Dilbeck Real Estate