Employee Spotlight – Vicki Slekar

Let’s give a hip, hip, hooray for our newest Employee Spotlight, Vicki Slekar!

Vicki Slekar is Alliance’s Escrow Assistant for our Meridian, Idaho branch. Vicki handles refinances, resale transactions, returns packages to lenders, and organizes files for funding and recording. Vicki has always enjoyed helping make homeowners’ dreams come true and handing them their keys. Vicki illustrates, “The look of joy in their eyes makes it all worth it.”

Vicki has been with us for the past year and a half – and we’re so lucky to have her over 20 years of escrow experience while she lived in Arizona!

Of Alliance’s Core Values, “Teamwork” is Vicki’s favorite. She explains, “I love working with people who are passionate about what they do. When your team is committed to working towards a common goal and helping each other meet it – that’s amazing!”

When asked whom she admires, Vicki thinks of her sister. She continues, “My sister, Catalina, is someone I completely admire. When my brother needed a kidney transplant, she stepped up to save his life. I praise her each and every day for that. Even now, she gives to everyone and anyone that is in need. She has the biggest heart of anyone I know.”

Outside of the office, Vicki enjoys exploring Idaho with her husband. They love hiking, biking, and enjoying the beautiful state that they moved to five years ago.

Vicki doesn’t have a favorite quote – but rather, a favorite reminder she believes in telling the special people in her life whenever possible: “I love you!” she continues, “we never know what tomorrow will bring.”

Now that you’ve gotten to know Vicki a little more, give a shout out to Alliance Title’s Meridian office on Facebook and write them in on your next transaction! Vicki looks forward to helping make your home closing a simple and smooth experience.

Vicki Slekar
Escrow Assistant – Alliance Title’s Meridian ID Branch
vicki.slekar@alliancetitle.com

Community Spotlight – Eagle, Idaho

Eagle – known as the quaint suburb, nestled in the Boise, Idaho foothills – is a wonderful community where you can find plenty of golf courses, parks, hiking trails, spas, and a cute little Saturday Farmer’s Market.

Only a 5-minute drive from Heritage Park, you’ll find our welcoming Alliance Eagle branch! Our Eagle team shares approximately 72 years of combined title and escrow knowledge – which affords clients an accurate and efficient customer experience!

Our Eagle office prides themselves on working together to make every real estate transaction a pleasant experience. Communication, accuracy, and efficiency are their core beliefs in delivering superior service. Responding quickly with accurate information is one of the many ways the team assists customers close their home purchase or sale.

With Eagle being the smaller city that it is, our Eagle team loves to volunteer in the local community. Every year, they continue to grow their contribution to the companywide food drive, ‘Closing the Hunger Gap.’ They collect non-perishable food items and funds to help end hunger!

The Alliance Eagle branch is very adventurous – if they’re not in the office, they’re mountain biking, skiing, camping, four wheeling, or hunting!

Whether you’re buying or selling commercial or residential property in Ada County, the professionals at Alliance Title’s Eagle location would be delighted to help make your next transaction a success! Give a shout out on their Alliance Eagle Facebook page!

Alliance Title Eagle, Idaho
462 E Shore Dr STE 160, Eagle, ID 83616
(208) 287-5154
eagle.idaho@alliancetitle.com

Employee Spotlight – Rachel Franklin

Let’s give a round of applause for our newest Employee Spotlight, Rachel Franklin!

Rachel Franklin is Alliance’s Title Assistant for our Nampa, Idaho branch. Rachel handles recordings and title searches, updates commitments, issues final policies, and assists her Escrow Officer. Rachel has been with Alliance for the past two years – and we are so lucky to have her on our team!

Of the Alliance Core Values, “Integrity” is Rachel’s favorite. She explains, “I think Integrity is the core behind the other values. Having personal integrity makes you hold yourself Accountable, makes you a better Team Player, improves your Service and quality of work, and instills an amount of Trust and Respect from your coworkers and customers.”

When asked whom she admires, Rachel immediately thinks of her grandmother. She continues, “I have never met such a happy and positive person who has faced so many trials and adversity in their life. She just loves everyone, even those that have done wrong by her – she forgives and forgets and loves them just the same. I think she is an incredible example of what we need more in this world.”

Outside of work, Rachel loves to play sports, paint, knit, hike, bike, and spend quality time with friends and family. However, most of her free time has now transferred to being a mom to a fun and energetic 3-month old little boy.

Rachel’s favorite quote, “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you will ever know,” from Winnie the Pooh, is a quote that has always resonated with her. She explains, “I think that it is vitally important to remind others, but especially yourself, of your worth and that you are important and loved.”

Now that you’ve gotten to know Rachel a little more, give a shout out to Alliance Title’s Nampa office on Facebook and write them in on your next transaction! Rachel looks forward to helping make your home closing a simple and smooth experience.

Rachel Franklin – Title Assistant Alliance Title Nampa Idaho
1005 W Sanetta St.
Nampa, ID 83651
rachel.franklin@alliancetitle.com

2020 Real Estate Wrap Up

The real estate market continues on, even as 2020 remains unpredictable. Check out the year’s summary of statistics and future insights for 2021 to prepare for successful closings!

  • Mortgage applications are up 22% compared to 2019*
  • 71% of homes have been on the market for less than a month**
  • The MBA predicts 2021 mortgage prices will rise to around 3.1%***

Contact your local Alliance Title branch for your next transaction!

*https://www.businessinsider.com/how-2020-broke-the-housing-market-inventory-could-run-out-2020-9
**https://www.nar.realtor/newsroom/existing-home-sales-soar-9-4-to-6-5-million-in-september
***https://www.housingwire.com/articles/mba-forecast-for-2021-prepare-for-rising-mortgage-interest-rates/

Employee Spotlight – Sarah Cortez

Let’s give a cheer for our newest Employee Spotlight, Sarah Cortez!

Sarah Cortez is Alliance’s Business Development Representative for our downtown CW Moore location in Boise, Idaho. Sarah handles outbound marketing and sales to real estate agents and lenders.

Alliance Title has been lucky to have Sarah join the team! Sarah “loves meeting new people and bringing new clients to our company. I am passionate and confident that our team will take great care of them. I love when new clients experience the reasons of why ‘it matters where you close’.”

Of the Alliance Core Values, Sarah’s favorite is “Trust and Respect.” She explains, “People do business with people they know, like, and trust. It is my goal to treat our clients, prospects, and fellow employees with respect and earn their trust and ultimately their business.”

When asked whom she admires, Sarah immediately thinks of her mother. Sarah continues, “I admire so many people, but the person who’s had the most impact on my life is my late mother. She was selfless, amazing, and a great example for me in raising my kids.”

Outside of work, Sarah enjoys snowboarding and mountain biking. She is currently a student pilot – just a few flights away from receiving her license! Sarah believes family is everything; her and her husband, Oscar, have three children, Isabel, Grace, and Oscar Jr.

Sarah’s favorite quote, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts,” from Winston Churchill, is something she uses as her daily mantra.

Now that you’ve gotten to know Sarah a little more, give a shout out to Alliance Title’s CW Moore office on Facebook and write them in on your next transaction! Sarah looks forward to helping make your home closing a simple and smooth experience.

Sarah Cortez – Business Development Representative
Alliance Title CW Moore Branch
250th S 5th Street Ste. 100
208.947.9100

Community Spotlight – Kalispell, MT

Tucked between Glacier National Park and Flathead Lake, sits Montana’s charming city of Kalispell. This lovely town in Northwest Montana has plenty to offer – with bending rivers, sweeping mountains, and an eclectic downtown life filled with craft breweries and local restaurants, you’re sure to fall in love.

A simple 13-minute drive from Flathead Lake will lead you to our Alliance Title Kalispell branch! Our Kalispell team has a combined work experience of roughly 91 years! The crew explains, “We go above and beyond for service and to make guests feel comfortable while here. We put our customers first, we always make them feel comfortable, and we answer any and all questions and make them our top priority.”

Our Kalispell team truly cares about their local community and strives to volunteer and donate as much as they can! Our Kalispell branch supports The Flathead Exchange Club, CASA-Hike for Change, The Flathead Snack Program and Food Bank, The Heart Locker, The Veterans Pantry, The North Valley Food Bank, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Veterans Community Response, and fundraising for families with Type 1 Diabetes.

The Kalispell office also supports our veterans! Nicole Henhoeffer’s grandfather served in the army during the Vietnam War; Amber Cooper’s father was in the military for 30 years; Tiffany Simpach’s husband was a military officer in the Airforce; and DeAnne Austin’s son-in-law is currently deployed in Kuwait.

Outside of the office, the Kalispell branch enjoys being outdoors, spending time with family and friends, boating, camping, gardening, kayaking, playing baseball, lifting weights, and playing with their doggies!

Alliance’s Kalispell team goes above and beyond to help their customers and be a part of the local community. They explain, “We genuinely care about our clients and customers. We put everything into our work – we all personally take interest in helping to get to know and bridge the gap into an amazing partnership with our clients. Our clients put a lot of trust in us when it comes to leaving their transactions in our hands. Their trust truly means the world to us.”

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

Alliance Title Kalispell MT
501 S Main St 59901
406-752-7606

Employee Spotlight – Janel Young

Please give a round of applause for our newest Employee Spotlight, Janel Young!

Janel is a Title Assistant for Alliance’s Rexburg, Idaho office. Janel has been with Alliance for 25 years(unfortunately COVID has paused her exciting sabbatical vacation plans) – and the Rexburg office has been so lucky to have her!

The Alliance Title Team is Janel’s favorite thing about her work. She explains, “My co-workers are what I like most about what I do. I have made lifelong friendships at Alliance Title, and we make such an amazing team. It makes coming to work seem more like a community and not just a job.”

Of the Alliance Core Values, “Trust,” is Janel’s favorite. She continues, “Trust is my favorite core value, because it is my belief that with trust at the top of the list, the others just nicely fall into place.”

Outside of work, Janel enjoys spending time with her family – her two daughters are her best friends! Janel also loves outings with her girlfriends, reading, shopping, and traveling whenever and wherever she can.

When she thinks of whom she admires, she immediately thinks of her parents – “You will never meet two more selfless people. They are constantly giving to everyone and anyone in need and are super supportive.”

Janel’s favorite quote, “Life is good when you are happy, but it is much better when others are happy because of you,” is something she tries to live by. She explains, “When our focus is on serving and helping others, everything just seems to fall into place.”

Now that you’ve gotten to know Janel a little more, give a shout out to Alliance Title’s Rexburg office on Facebook and write them in on your next transaction! Janel looks forward to helping make your home closing a simple and smooth experience.

Community Spotlight – Coeur d’Alene

What city is surrounded by dozens of lakes, has five-star amenities in a small-town setting, and has dozens of attractions for the local and tourist?

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho!

With more than 55 lakes within a car distance of Coeur d’Alene, and the backdrop of the Coeur d’Alene Mountains, Coeur d’Alene is a magical place to relax or find adventure.

Only a 15-minute drive from the Coeur d’Alene Airport, you’ll find our Alliance Title Coeur d’Alene crew! Our CDA team has a combined work experience of roughly 245 years of experience! The team loves the loyalty of the CDA local community. Our CDA branch explains, “We love our loyal customers and the fact that they are able to have understanding in such a unique time in our industry. The community fully supports our team and efforts being made in high customer expectations.”

Our CDA branch cares deeply for the local community. Every fall, the team donates thousands of pounds of food and thousands of dollars to the local food bank.

Outside of the office, the CDA branch loves to have fun! Between catfish noodling, soap carving, crafting snow globes, hosting beetle fighting groups, duck herding, and traveling to ghost hunt – the CDA team is unique, adventurous, and always wanting to learn something new!

The CDA branch strives to ensure that each customer feels that every transaction is equally as important as the last transaction. The team takes ownership in what they do each and every day – and they work together as a team for a common goal.

Whether you’re buying or selling commercial or residential property in Kootenai County, the professionals at Alliance Title’s Coeur d’Alene location would be delighted to help make your next transaction a success!

Employee Spotlight – Matt Yarbrough

We have a new Alliance Title Employee Spotlight! Let’s give a round of applause for Matt Yarbrough!

Matt is Nampa’s Lead Delivery Driver/Courier! Matt delivers, deposits, and exchanges checks, and completes other miscellaneous office work.

Matt enjoys being part of the Alliance Title team and doing his part to create a successful transaction – which would explain why “Teamwork” is Matt’s favorite Alliance Title Core Value!

Outside of work, Matt loves to serve in his local youth group at his church, ride his four-wheeler, golf, play hockey, and work out!

Matt’s go-to quote, “it is more blessed to give than receive and treat people the way you want to be treated yourself” is the way he’d like to continuously live his life.

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

Matt Yarbrough – Lead Delivery Driver/Courier Nampa
mathew.yarbrough@alliancetitle.com
208.465.6600

Meet our Mountain Home, ID Branch

47-minutes away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Boise, Idaho, you’ll find yourself within the lively rural town of Mountain Home.

Home to the Mountain Home Air Force Base, the city of Mountain Home holds air shows, Air Force Appreciation Day, and the Mountain Home Country Music Festival, among many other events. With both summer and winter outdoor recreation, Mountain Home, Idaho is sure to appease the adventurer.

Only a 10-minute drive from Rattlesnake Creek, you’ll find our Alliance Title Mountain Home branch! With a combined experience of 64 and a half years in the title and escrow industry, Our Mountain Home team is ready to close your transaction!

The Mountain Home branch has a strong bond with the community and the military – both are supported through various committees and events. The team supports the Chamber of Commerce, Military Affairs Committee (where our Escrow Officer, Jamie Springer, is a member), and the El Ada Foodbank.

Outside of the office, our team members enjoy a variety of activities! Title Assistant, Tiffany Lerch, and Escrow Assistant, Lori Brauer, both enjoy kayaking; title officer, Sally Loosli, and Escrow Officer, Becky Hughes, are both gardeners; and Jamie loves to adventure into the great outdoors with her daughters.

Our Mountain Home Team!

The Mountain Home team loves their community and loves helping current and future homeowners reach their real estate dreams! The team explains, “It is an honor to serve our Military families. The agents in the area are down to earth & hard working. We really enjoy working with them, and they all feel like our family.”

Whether you’re buying or selling commercial or residential property in Elmore County, the professionals at Alliance Title’s Mountain Home location would be delighted to help make your next transaction a success!

Alliance Title Mountain Home Branch
1715 American Legion Blvd., 83647
208.587.8428