9 Inspection Myths

Home inspections are one of the most nerve wracking parts of a transaction because it could make or break the deal. There’s a lot that goes into a home inspection and what you may think is true might not be so. Take a look at this article from Realtor.com on 9 of the most common home inspection myths:

https://www.realtor.com/advice/buy/home-inspection-myths/

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ALTA Core Values

Similar to the Alliance Core Values, the American Land Title Association (ALTA) has Core Values that describe how they operate in order to set an example for the industry. ALTA’s Core Values outline the duties they have to customers and partner organizations to conduct business in a consistent and ethical manner. Here at Alliance, we share many of the same ideals and build on them so we can deliver an equally stellar experience to our customers and communities.

Check out ALTA’s Core Values and how they were developed:

https://www.alta.org/business-tools/our-values.cfm

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Millennials Choose Family Over Location

As the largest portion of homebuyers, millennials are considering buying homes close to their families and friends instead of schools or trendier locations. This piece of data was uncovered by the 2018 Home Buyer and Seller Generation Trends report from the National Association of Realtors. Take a look at this article from MReport for more of the report’s findings:

http://themreport.com/daily-dose/03-14-2018/family-location-millennials

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Employee Spotlight – Jill Nash

Jill Nash, Escrow Officer – Emmett, ID

Jill Nash is an Escrow Officer at the Emmett, Idaho Alliance Title branch and has been with the company for eleven years. One of her main responsibilities as an Escrow Officer is to work closely with her teammates to close real estate transactions. Jill says that meeting new people and the relationships she has built are what makes her job so fun.

Her favorite Alliance Core Value is “Teamwork.” Jill says, “Trust in our teammates is crucial in providing excellent service.”

Jill’s Grandma and Mom are the most admired people in her life. She says they taught her the importance of a positive attitude.

“Treat others as you would have them treat you,” is Jill’s favorite quote because “everyone likes to feel important and worthwhile.”

Jill looks forward to helping you close your next transaction in Gem and Payette counties!

Jill Nash
Alliance Title – Emmett
1312 S Washington Ave., Ste. F
Emmett, ID 83617
208-365-4486
emmett@alliancetitle.com

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Avoiding Wire Fraud

If there’s money involved, criminals usually want to steal it. Since real estate transactions have high dollar amounts going around they become huge targets. Check out this video from the American Land Title Association on how to protect your money and advice on if you’ve been targeted:

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Employee Spotlight – Shannon Loux

Shannon Loux, Escrow Officer – Nampa, ID

Shannon Loux is an Escrow Officer at Alliance’s Nampa, Idaho office and has been in the escrow industry for 25 years. Her favorite part of being an Escrow Officer is helping people achieve homeownership.

She has been with the company for 13 years and of the six Alliance Core Values, ‘Trust & Respect’ is her favorite. Shannon says, “I believe if I treat people with trust and respect, in turn I will be treated with trust and respect.”

When asked who she admires the most, she mentions her husband. “He has served his country, raised a great son, works hard and has supported me all these years in escrow.”

Shannon’s favorite quote is: “Whether it’s friendship or relationship, all bonds are built on trust. Without it, you have nothing.”

Away from the office, Shannon likes gardening and spending time with her husband, son and furry friends. She has four dogs, two goats, eight chickens and one cat.

Shannon is excited to help you close your next transaction in Canyon, Owyhee and Payette counties!

Shannon Loux
Alliance Title & Escrow – Nampa
1005 W Sanetta St
Nampa, ID 83651
208-465-6600

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Cybercrime: Don’t be the next victim

Hackers try stealing money through wire fraud and phishing schemes every day and real estate transactions are no exception.

Title and escrow companies rarely change wiring instructions, but if you do receive such a message, you can protect yourself and your customers with these tips:

Be Cautious

  • Call to confirm wiring instructions by phone using a known number
  • Look for spelling and grammar errors in the message
  • Don’t open any attachments or click any links you’re unsure of

Follow Up

  • Confirm names on the account with your bank before sending a wire
  • Call the receiving party at the verified phone number to confirm the money was received

For more tips and info on what to do if you’ve been targeted, team up with your local Alliance Title Representative!

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Continuing Education (CE)

Alliance Title & Escrow Corp. is proud to be a certified real estate course provider for the Idaho Real Estate Commission (IREC).

We strive to provide local real estate professionals with high quality CE elective courses available in locations throughout Idaho.

To view a complete list of approved courses for Idaho or to review the IREC attendance policy, visit the Idaho Real Estate Commission’s website.

View Available Courses

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Bidding War: Increase Your Chances

You already know the market is growing more competitive by the day, so are you and your clients prepared for a bidding war? In addition to setting expectations with your customers up front, there are a few pointers that could help get your offer selected. Check out this article from CNBC on tips and some statistical odds on how you can help your client win:

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/10/house-hunting-heres-how-to-win-a-bidding-war.html

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Not Enough Homes At All Prices

You may have known the housing market has very low inventory, but according to the latest findings from Realtor.com, it’s the case for all price ranges. Existing home sales hit 5.6 million and the national median home price went up 3.9% to $250,400 in March. For more numbers and some commentary, check out the article:

https://www.realtor.com/news/real-estate-news/fewer-existing-affordable-existing-homes/?iid=rdc_news_hp_carousel_theLatest

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