WORTHINGTON — Nobles Abstract & Title Co. recently opened in Worthington at 1036 Oxford St. as the newest member of Winter Title and Abstract Companies.

Gavin Winter of Pipestone, owner and general manager of the company, has been in the real estate business his whole life. He got his real estate license at age 18 and worked as a realtor for a number of years.

"As my family grew, the timing was not ideal," he said. Evening showings and unpredictable hours, he explained, made it difficult for him to spend as much time with his wife and children as he would have liked. So, Winter changed his focus to closing loans and insuring title transfers.

The flagship Winter location was established in Pipestone and has since grown to include branches in Slayton, Marshall and Granite Falls. Nobles Abstract & Title Co. is the fifth office Winter has opened.

Winter explained that his company has been serving the Worthington community for a couple years already, so the new office was a logical next step.

It's an ideal location, he added, because there is no other firm in Worthington with a focus on titles and abstracts. Real estate lawyers are able to perform the services Winter offered, but they also have a lot of other responsibilities. Winter's company is competitive because it specializes.

Winter also works with commercial real estate, such as the Nobles 2 wind project — another good reason for a Worthington office.

Nobles Abstract & Title Co. works with clients from Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota.

Winter said "we open at 8 and close all day" is the tongue-in-cheek company slogan. The office does, in fact open at 8 a.m., he said, and closes around 4:30 p.m. each weekday.

"The best part is the people," Winter said of his business. "There's just as much gratification with someone in their first home as with someone buying their third lake house."

He loves helping people finalize their contracts. He added that real estate requires sensitivity, as the process can be somewhat emotional depending on the circumstances of a relocation. Whether a move is sad or happy, Winter likes that he can support people as they make the transition.