Meet our Emmett, ID Branch

Located in Emmett, ID, the Alliance Title team is a special and enjoyably fun staff! Each and every employee is a valuable member to the branch and brings together 20+ years of experience to the industry.

Not only is the Emmett branch committed to creating an exceptional experience for their clientele in both commercial and residential title and escrow services, but they are also committed to providing services to the community; Emmett’s branch has been involved with both the Emmett Rotary and Gem County Chamber of Commerce for the past 23 years!

Their attention to detail and customer service puts this team above the competition. Alliance’s Emmett branch truly loves how their customers become like friends and family – this welcoming and positive attitude creates the supportive community that Emmett is.

The Emmett branch supports many events and fundraisers; some of them include: the Cherry Festival, Harvest festival, Emmett Friendship Coalition, and any Real Estate Agent and Broker events. Outside the office, you might just find any of the employees attending car shows or partaking in any of the wonderful outdoor activities Emmett has to offer!

Whether you’re buying or selling a commercial or residential property in the Gem County, the professionals at Alliance’s Emmett location are excited to help make your next transaction a success!

 

Alliance Title – Emmett
1312 S Washington Ave., STE. F
Emmett, ID, 83617
208-365-4486

Employee Spotlight – Tina Christy-Dettloff

Tina Christy-Dettloff is an Assistant Branch Manager and Title Officer for Alliance’s Salmon, ID branch. Tina brings plenty of experience to the branch; her 26th anniversary with the company will be celebrated in December!

Of Alliance’s core values, Tina considers “Service” to be at the heart of her work. Tina explains, “I try to reflect ‘service above self’ in my life. It impacts my relationships with my team as well as my clients. When customers are looking for answers about their land or transactions, I give them the time they need to answer their questions and feel comfortable. Service is so important in setting us above the rest.”

Her favorite aspect about work involves the variation in her days and truly making an impact on her client’s lives. Tina loves title searching and helping her customers with the many situations that need to be worked through to achieve the goal of the buyer or seller.

Tina’s choices for who she admires most reflects back to her favorite core value, “service above self.”  Jesus Christ, Pope Francis, and the Dalai Lama as those whom she reveres most.

When she’s not in the office, Tina enjoys taking advantage of all what Salmon has to offer. In the summer you can find her working in her garden, camping, hiking, or floating the Salmon River. Come winter, Tina relaxes by reading, sewing, or cross country skiing.

Tina’s favorite quote is, “work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt, and dance like nobody’s watching.” Not surprisingly, this quote ties in with her favorite Alliance core value.

Now that you know Tina a bit better, write her in on your next transaction!

Tina Christy-Dettloff – Assistant Branch Manager & Title Officer at Alliance’s Salmon Branch
610 Main St.
Salmon, ID 83467
208-756-4231
tina_dettloff@alliancetitle.com

 

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Marketing Tips for Your Open House

Unless most of your customers are as honest as Sydney Fife in the movie, I Love You Man, it can be hard to know exactly how to market to your audience.

You have the perfect house to show – the location and aesthetics are picturesque and deserve an open house. How can you ensure your event will reach a fair amount of people in order to create a successful showing?

Pick the Right Day & Time

Obviously, the weekends see the highest attendance in open houses. Know your audience – do you want to attract younger couples, singles, or recent empty nesters? Then Saturdays are probably your better day.

This doesn’t mean that weekdays are off limits – just select the best time. Shoot for a schedule that attracts an after-work attendance. They might just decide to stop at your open house to avoid the daily commuter traffic going home. Having an open house in the evening also allows the buyer to see the house in a new light – literally.

Social Media

An effortless and creative way to advertise your open house will be through various social media outlets – especially Facebook and Instagram. Upload your post on Realtor Association pages and to your own personal account.

Include the day, time, and contact information. Don’t forget those pretty pictures of the house!

Signs

Place your open house signs as the busiest intersections – think about placing 15-20 directional signs pointing drivers and walkers to the property.

Make sure you place any signs, flyers, or postings about the event early in the week. This way people can plan accordingly and possibly even help spread the word to family or friends!

Be Bold

Remember, sometimes you’re going to need to go that extra mile to help sell. Think about going door-to-door around the neighborhood personally inviting them – or anyone they know looking at buying a home – to your open house.

Think about creating a “Thank You” video after the open house and posting it to your social media accounts. This keeps the momentum of your house going.

Frankly, my dear, Buying a Home is Stressful

The typical anxieties include: finances, relationship issues, not getting your multiple Americanos on time before going to the office…you know, the usual.

Homes.com released a bombshell of a statistic regarding the biggest stressor currently for Americans: buying a home.

Here’s their breakdown:

  • 33% of homebuyers had at least one moment of shedding tears during the home-buying process.
  • 38% of homebuyers were surprised at the length of the process
  • 13% of homebuyers believed they overpaid for their new home
  • 28% felt devastated after losing property that they put a contract in for
  • Only 1 in 5 homebuyers felt confident with their decision making

Apparently buyer’s remorse is a legitimate thing.

Avoid the Anxiety

Do your research.

Don’t be afraid to speak up and be as honest as you can with your real estate agent.

Understand that buying a home takes time and requires patience and obviously, money. Acquire a nice little nest egg before making the big leap.

By being prepared, you will be able to jump aboard with confidence when making an offer on a home that feels right for you. Because when you purchase a home, frankly, you should be thrilled – not distressed.

To Avoid or Not Avoid Escrow Impound Accounts?

Let’s get one thing straight: those extra shipping fees that are accumulated after adding up your shopping cart can make any grown adult question their decision to purchase.

But should homebuyers debate avoiding escrow impound accounts to potentially save money on monthly and upfront fees?

United Wholesale Mortgage is releasing a new program that will allow loan applicants to decline escrow accounts when finalizing their home mortgages. This move seems to be raising a lot of eyebrows and prompting many questions.

While it does seem attractive to not add on further costs upfront or on a monthly basis, it does open the door for possible financial issues – specifically for borrowers who are just looking for cost savings on their mortgage and not the actual big picture. Escrow impounds allow you to feel secure and confident with your financial responsibilities in paying your taxes and insurance – yes, those extra shipping fees aren’t the most fun, but it might just allow you to have peace of mind in enjoying your new home.

Best Cities for Housing Markets

Being a first-time homebuyer can be a scary feat; especially if you’re petrified of becoming a carbon-copy of Walter Fielding Jr. in The Money Pit. But don’t fret – luckily, WalletHub recently released their findings on the best and worst cities for first-time home buyers in 2018.

An unsuspecting city landed in the top five best cities: Boise, Idaho! In actuality, it shouldn’t be too startling of news after Forbes announced Boise as the fastest-growing area in the U.S. back in February.  Boiseans, rejoice!

WalletHub compared 300 cities of various sizes and used 27 assorted metrics to rank the cities by groups of affordability, real estate market, and quality of life.

According to the study, the top five cities with the best housing markets for first-time home buyers are:

  1. Broken Arrow, OK
  2. Tampa, FL
  3. Centennial, CO
  4. Boise, ID
  5. Grand Rapids, MI

Of course, who wouldn’t want to live in the Treasure Valley? If you’re a first-time homebuyer in the market, why not venture to Boise and see all that it has to offer?

 

Take your business to the next level

The housing market has been moving rapidly and is becoming more competitive by the day! Alliance’s tools and information services can help you keep that momentum and capture business.

We offer several resources and tools to help grow your business.

 

…and much more!

Team up with your local Alliance Title Business Development Representative for a complete list of available tools for your area and to learn how we can help take your business to the next level!

Smart Home Harassment

Smart home harassment or abuse is something you might not hear of often. Alarmingly, those devices you install in your home to make your life easier can be turned against you. Have a look at this article from Engadget for the pros and cons of having a smart home and what to do to prevent smart home harassment:

https://www.engadget.com/2018/07/02/smart-home-abuse-no-easy-out/

 

 

Connecting With Diverse Buyers

Millennials make up the majority of the buyers in today’s market and within that group comes diversity of all types. It’s important to know how to connect with those buyers because chances are they’re purchasing their first home and it won’t be their last. Have a look at this article from MReport for 3 tips on connecting with diverse buyers:

http://themreport.com/daily-dose/06-04-2018/3-ways-to-connect-with-diverse-buyers

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Employee Spotlight – Jennifer Kunz

Jennifer Kunz has recently joined the Driggs, ID branch as an Escrow Assistant. She believes the best part of her job includes assisting clients in reaching their dreams and aspirations of homeownership. Jennifer strives in leaving a positive impression for her clients to feel confident in their financial decisions.

Of the Alliance Core Values, “Integrity” is Jennifer’s favorite. She explains, “being honest and having a strong moral compass is very important – not only in work, but in life.”

When looking for inspiration of positivity, Jennifer looks to her grandmother. As someone she admires, Jennifer’s grandmother “is always positive and never has had a negative thing to say about anyone.”

Outside of the office, Jennifer loves to garden, canoe, fish, and read – all while being accompanied by her husband and children. It should be of no surprise then that Jennifer’s favorite quote comes from Cicero: “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”

Jennifer looks forward to helping make your next transaction a wonderful and positive success!

Jennifer Kunz – Escrow Assistant
78 N Main St.
Driggs, ID 83422
208-354-2285
jennifer.kunz@alliancetitle.com

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