Employee Spotlight – Karen Knapp

Karen Knapp is our newest employee spotlight!

Karen is a Title Officer at our Twin Falls, Idaho office after originally starting with Alliance as a Policy Typist. When she began training to become a Title Officer, Karen fell in love with the searching portion of the job – which continues to be her favorite part of her day!

Of the Alliance Core Values, “Integrity” is Karen’s top pick. She explains, “I feel that without this within the company, a company would fail and the other core values of Alliance would not be possible.”

When outside the office, Karen loves to plan upcoming travels and spend time with her family and friends. Karen shares, “I love seeing new things. My favorite place to visit is the ocean.”

When asked whom she admires most, Karen can’t help but think of her father. She believed that “he was the most encouraging and kind mind that you could ever imagine.”

Karen’s favorite quote comes from Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” She explains, “Life is a journey with lots of challenges along the way. This always reminds me that I am not alone through these challenges and that with God you can get through anything.”

Now that you’ve gotten to know Karen a little more, stop by Alliance Title’s Twin Falls branch and write them in on your next transaction! Karen looks forward to helping make your home closing a simple and smooth experience.

Karen Knapp – Title Officer at Alliance’s Twin Falls Branch
1411 Falls Ave. E, Ste. 1315, 83301
208.733.8014
karen.knapp@alliancetitle.com

Employee spotlight – Liliana Soto

We’ve got a new super star – Liliana Soto! Liliana is our Escrow Assistant located in Nampa, Idaho. Having been with Alliance for a year and six months, Liliana is a confident and wonderful employee to have on the team.

Liliana truly loves how rewarding her job is. She explains, “We are a part of someone else’s journey – whether it is buying a new home, buying their second home, selling, or even refinancing, we get to be a part of it and it is amazing when you get to call your customers and let them know ‘we’re recorded’ – and then hear the excitement and happiness in their voice.”

Of the Alliance Core Values, “Teamwork” is Liliana’s top choice. “I have an amazing team, and I am so thankful I get to work with such amazing people who are so knowledgeable and helpful.”

Outside of the office, Liliana enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her cute pups. She also likes to go on walks, go shopping, or take fun trips.

When asked whom she admires, Liliana thinks of her parents. She explains, “I admire my parents for pushing me to do better, to work hard, and to be independent.”

Liliana’s favorite quote, “the comeback is always stronger than the setback,” is something she tries to remind herself of. Liliana further explains, “This is my favorite quote because it’s a reminder that no matter what you go through, you will get through it as a better and stronger person.”

Now that you’ve gotten to know Liliana a little more, stop by Alliance Title’s Nampa branch and write them in on your next transaction! Liliana looks forward to helping make your home closing a simple and smooth experience.

Liliana Soto – Escrow Officer at Alliance’s Nampa Branch
1005 W Sanetta St., 83651
208.465.6600
Liliana.soto@alliancetitle.com

Meet our Rexburg, ID Branch

Looking for a place that offers beautiful scenery, trails, hot springs, and a great community? Rexburg, Idaho is the place for you.

Settled in Madison County, Rexburg offers a quaint place to live and grow. Just a short 20 minute drive north of town, the St. Anthony Sand Dunes can provide fun and adventure – almost like stepping onto a new continent! The St. Anthony Sand Dunes can also be a great way to enter Yellowstone National Park and the Teton Range.

Rexburg made national news on June 5, 1976, when the Teton Dam collapsed. This flood left most of the city underwater for several days; a museum is dedicated to the history of the catastrophic flood, and has been a major city landmark for decades.

In the middle of downtown Rexburg, you’ll find our Rexburg team! Our 12-person team has a combined work experience of 167 years – so they know a thing or two about title and escrow.

The Rexburg branch strives to provide the best customer experience for each and every client that walks through their door. The team explains, “We feel we stand out from the competition by our attention to detail. It is often said in our market that if you want it done right, you have it done at Alliance. We believe our teamwork makes for a better customer experience. We are always trying to be forward-thinking when working with our customers.”

Not only is our Rexburg office committed to their clients, but they’re also strongly committed to the community they serve. Our Alliance location supports local 4-H participants, various high school athletic, academic, music, and drama programs, and contributes to the Chamber of Commerce. Closing the Hunger Gap, Alliance Title’s companywide yearly food drive, is also at the top of their contributions list!

Title Assistant, Janel Young, is an affiliate to the Upper Valley Realtor Association. Escrow Officer, Tahni Cottrell, is part of a non-profit organization that helps troubled youth find healing through music, and Business Development Representative, Dan Hanna, has become a very popular farrier in the community.  

An office of gardeners, grandmas, event planners, and crafters, this Rexburg team has become family. Escrow Officer, Heather Erickson, has even preformed a marriage ceremony for one of our employees after becoming an ordained minister!

When asked what they love about their customers, Vice President and Branch Manager, Alison Banta, states, “We love the loyalty of our customers. It says a lot about us, that customers have a strong sense of trust in us. We enjoy the friendships and relationships we build with them, and we like getting to know their interests and their families. We are a small community – and customers just feel like friends.”

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

Alliance Title Rexburg Branch
130 E Main St., 83440
208.356.9323

Employee Spotlight – Nicole Schwarz

A round of applause for our newest employee spotlight – Title Assistant in our Idaho Falls branch, Nicole Schwarz!

Having been with Alliance for a year, Nicole has recently made the transition from the Escrow Department to Title; she assists with policy production, recordings, and new order set-ups, as well as covering the Escrow Department when needed.

Nicole loves building relationships with customers and her teammates. Of the Alliance Core Values, “Trust & Respect” is her go-to. Nicole explains, “Everything begins here. Without these values, we wouldn’t have any of the other core values to offer our customers.”

After working hard in the office, Nicole enjoys spending some quality time with her family.

When asked whom she admires, Nicole can think of no one else but her grandmother. Nicole illustrates, “Not only is she the heart of our entire family, but she has worked tirelessly all of her life – doing her part to make the world a better place. Starting from her career in Social Work, to raising her children and then spending countless hours watching her grandchildren and great grandchildren, my grandmother is selfless. She has also spent her life volunteering in many areas, including the Idaho Falls Food Bank and the Girl Scout program. I not only admire her, but I think of her as my hero!”

Nicole’s favorite quote, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better,” by Maya Angelou, is something she tries to live by. Nicole further explains, “This is my favorite quote because I think it should apply to everything in life. As you learn new things and mature, you should not only do better, but act better and treat people better.”

Now that you’ve gotten to know Nicole a little more, stop by Alliance Title’s Idaho Falls branch and write them in on your next transaction! Nicole looks forward to helping make your home closing a simple and smooth experience.

Nicole Schwarz – Title Assistant at Alliance’s Idaho Falls Branch
3420 S Woodruff Ave., 83404
208.524.5660
nicole.schwarz@alliancetitle.com

Employee Spotlight – Tahni Cottrell

Our newest employee spotlight goes to our very outstanding Escrow Officer, Tahni Cottrell! Tahni has been working in our Rexburg, Idaho office for the past 6 months and has already done wonders for the branch.

Tahni enjoys getting to know not only her Alliance teammates but also Alliance’s customers and the real estate community! Of the Alliance Core Values, “Teamwork” is Tahni’s favorite pick. She explains, “Without your team you are limited. Look at all the knowledge your team has and how that benefits your customers!”

When she’s not working hard in the office, Tahni loves to spend time with her boys – whether that’s through playing sports, going camping, or going four wheeling! In her spare time, she also loves to teach the violin.

When asked whom she admires, Tahni thinks of her grandmother. Tahni illustrates, “My grandmother has always been the one who makes sure everyone is greeted. Sometimes it takes you out of your comfort zone, but at the end of the day, you just met some amazing people you wouldn’t have known.”

“You don’t have to practice every day, just only on the days that you eat,” by Dr. Suzuki, is her go-to mantra. She loves the quote because the reaction she gets from her violin students is priceless! “Honestly, you can apply this simple concept to anything in life – if you want to get something done, just do it!”

Now that you’ve gotten to know Tahni a little more, stop by Alliance Title’s Rexburg branch and write them in on your next transaction! Tahni looks forward to helping make your home closing a simple and smooth experience.

Tahni Cottrell – Escrow Officer at Alliance’s Rexburg Branch
130 E Main St., 83440
208.356.9323
tahni.cottrell@alliancetitle.com

Meet Our Twin Falls, ID Branch

Where does magic and adventure collide, you ask?

Look no further than Twin Falls, Idaho.

Located in the Magic Valley region, Twin Falls is the largest city in a 100 mile radius. The Snake River Canyon forms part of the boundary between Twin Falls County and Jerome County – it is here where Daredevil, Evel Knievel, attempted to jump the canyon in 1974 on a steam-powered rocket.

Also named “Niagara of the West”, Twin Falls has over 1,650 acres of parks and open spaces that include parks, urban wilderness space, trails, playgrounds, ball-fields, swimming pools, and splash pads. At 212 feet tall, Shoshone Falls is higher than Niagara Falls and a wonderful place to enjoy paddle boarding or picnicking.

Only a mere 13 minute drive from Shoshone Falls Park, you’ll find our quaint Twin Falls Branch. Our 9-person team has a combined work experience of 146 years! Our Twin Falls office has expert knowledge of the Magic Valley Region and creates long-lasting relationships built within the community of Twin Falls.

The Twin Falls team volunteers for Relay for Life, Make-A-Wish, and Alliance Title’s annual ‘Closing the Hunger Gap’ food drive campaign.

Having recently received the Silver 2019 Readers’ Choice Award presented by the Times-News for Best Title Company, the Twin Falls office is ecstatic to work on your transactions.

When asked what they love about their customers, Vice President and General Manager, Carlos Perez, states, “The Twin Falls branch has a true passion for delivering the best customer service to our clients. My team takes pride in always creating positive dialogue with customers – to help establish loyalty and great reputation. Our staff loves putting our clients first.”

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

Alliance Title Twin Falls Branch
1411 Falls Ave. E, Ste.1315, 83301
208.733.8014

Employee Spotlight – Stacy Woods

We’re excited to announce that our newest Alliance employee spotlight goes to none other than Stacy Woods! Stacy is a Business Development Representative in our Nampa, Idaho branch. Stacy is a 10 year veteran with us and she thrives on meeting new people and watching our company grow!

Stacy is responsible for growing market share and developing client relationships.

Of the Alliance Core Values, “Teamwork” is Stacy’s go to. She explains, “I would choose teamwork as my favorite, because without my team there would be no success.”

Outside the office, Stacy enjoys spending time with her family, as well as spending time riding and showing her horse. She’s always down for anything outside!

When it comes to admiration, she looks to her mother. Stacy illustrates, “My mom taught me that hard work and honesty pays off.”

Stacy’s favorite quote, “Opportunities don’t happen. You have to create them,” is something she tries to live by. Stacy chooses this as her mantra, because it shows that hard work can create opportunities – something her mom has also shown her.

Now that you’ve gotten to know Stacy a little more, stop by Alliance Title’s Nampa branch and write them in on your next transaction! Stacy looks forward to helping make your home closing a simple and smooth experience.

Stacy Woods – Business Development Representative at Alliance’s Nampa Branch
1005 W Sanetta St., 83651
208.465.6600
stacy_woods@alliancetitle.com

Meet our Lewiston, ID Branch

The second-largest city in the northern Idaho region goes to Lewiston, Idaho.

Also referred to as L-Town, River City, and Lewyton, the city of Lewiston was founded in 1862 in the wake of the gold rush. Before Boise became the capital of Idaho, Lewiston held the title from 1863 to 1864.

Seated in Nez Perce County at the confluence of the Snake River and Clearwater River, Lewiston serves as a recreation destination for the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area – visitors can take jet boat tours, can experience picturesque wine tasting through the many Lewis-Clark Valley wineries, or can catch a summer concert along the river.

Located just a skip away from the Clearwater River, you’ll find our Lewiston, Idaho branch. Bringing in a total of 65 years of title and escrow experience between our seven team members, Alliance’s Lewiston office is excited to assist you during your home buying process.

The Lewiston branch is a true team – they strive to set the bar high when it comes to customer service and satisfaction. Lewiston’s office has a can-do attitude; they will work diligently to accommodate clients and to ensure their needs and expectations are being met.  

Vice President and Branch Manager, Brandy Charlo, explains, “We are not just another title and escrow company, and we make sure our customers know that when they come in. It does ‘matter where you close’ and our customers are our number one priority.”

Our Lewiston branch is thrilled to have been selected by their local Association of Realtors as the Affiliate of the Year for the past two years!

Volunteering and participating in community events and organizations come naturally to the Lewiston team. They volunteer and donate to The Idaho Foodbank, the Gina Quesenberry Foundation, Lewis Clark Animal Shelter, Lewis Clark Association of Realtors, Lewis Clark American Legion Baseball, Beautiful Downtown Lewiston, Valley Boys and Girls Club, 4-H, Lewis Clark State College, Fill the Bus, LC Crew, YWCA, and the Teacher of the Month.

When it comes to their customers, Alliance’s Lewiston location doesn’t shy away from being appreciative. Brandy illustrates, “We love it when we get referrals or return clients who come back because of how easy we make their transactions. We also love it when we can build new clients because of our service and dedication to our community and customers – we truly bond and develop friendships with our clients.”

Whether you’re buying or selling commercial or residential property in Nez Perce County, the professionals at Alliance Title’s Lewiston location are delighted to help make your next transaction a success!

Alliance Title – Lewiston
1455 G St., Ste. 102, 83501
208.743.8541

Homeowners Gain in First Quarter – but How Much?

It pays to be a homeowner – especially now.

According to the Home Equity Report by CoreLogic, homeowners gained $6,400 in home equity between the first quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of this year.

That’s an equity increase of 5.6%!

Frank Martell, President and CEO of CoreLogic, explains, “We expect home equity to continue increasing nationally in 2019, albeit at a slower pace than in recent years.”

The top ten states with the highest average gain:

  • Idaho – $21K
  • Nevada – $21K
  • Wyoming – $20K
  • Utah – $19K
  • New York – $17K
  • Hawaii – $16K
  • Colorado – $14K
  • Arizona – $14K
  • Massachusetts – $14K
  • South Dakota – $12K

And that’s not all.

Those who owe more on their mortgage than their home’s current value also dropped in the first quarter – these households dropped to 4.1% of all mortgaged properties.

Employee Spotlight – Melanie Morrison

Our newest employee spotlight goes to Title Officer, Melanie Morrison! Having been with the Idaho Falls, Idaho branch for the past 16 months, Melanie has enjoyed working with customers and has strived to provide them with great customer service by delivering an accurate, timely product.

Melanie examines, searches, and services orders, as well as assists with Recording and Policy Set-up.

Of the Alliance Core Values, “Integrity” is Melanie’s favorite pick. She explains, “I believe it is important to always do the right thing. It is important to be able to work and make choices independently that will have a positive influence and reflection on the company. This is important to our work ethic as well as in how we treat our customers and co-workers.”

Outside the office, Melanie and her family enjoy camping, boating, and having barbecues together. You might also spot Melanie baking, cake decorating, sewing, or traveling with her youngest daughter for dance competitions. 

Melanie loves to spend time with her five children, her son-in-law, and daughter-in-law. She’s also incredibly excited and looking forward to making memories with her first granddaughter to be born this August!

When asked about her favorite quote, Melanie recites, “It’s not about what happened to you, it’s about how you handle it.” Melanie believes that “we all have difficult things that are thrown at us at different times in our lives. I believe that it is important to try to remain positive and to focus on the blessings we have in our lives.”

Now that you’ve gotten to know Melanie a little more, stop by Alliance Title’s Idaho Falls branch and write them in on your next transaction! Melanie looks forward to helping make your home closing a smooth and positive experience.

Melanie Morrison – Title Officer at Alliance’s Idaho Falls Branch
3240 S Woodruff Ave., 83404
208.524.5600
melanie.morrison@alliancetitle.com