Meet our Clarkston, WA Branch

What does Hells Canyon, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and the Snake River all have in common?

They all share history with Clarkston, Washington.

Clarkston, Washington sits in Asotin County, and is part of the Lewiston, ID-WA metropolitan area. Home to North America’s deepest gorge, Hells Canyon, Clarkston invites you to the many year-round recreational activities it hosts.

Named after William Clark of the historic Lewis and Clark Expedition, Clarkston has both a small-town feel and rich opportunities. With year-round activities like golf, fishing, and hiking the trails along the Snake River readily available, you’re bound to explore more of the great outdoors.

Only a 2-minute drive from the greenbelt walkway along the Snake River, you’ll find our Alliance Title Clarkston office. With over 62 years of combined experience in the industry, our Clarkston branch is the best team to serve you in Asotin county.

Clarkston Team!
Back row left to right: Mike Benke, Bonnie Orr, Ketura Brown, Debbie Heagy, and Gary Cahill
Front row left to right: Alicia Scharnhorst, Tami Randall, and Celina Reynold

Vice President and Branch Manager, Tami Randall, explains why Alliance Title is the best choice in Asotin County, “We are always doing what we can to do the best job possible for our clients. Each transaction is unique in its own way, and we’re always ready for the challenge!”

Our Clarkston team is always ready to support the local community. They help support the Special Olympics in Washington, the Soup-Shelter for the local YMCA, the Tri-State Hospital Foundation’s Festival of Trees, the Quesenberry Foundation, and supports the local Teacher of the Month.

Outside the office, the Clarkston office staff loves to enjoy the outdoors, or take up new hobbies – like knitting!

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

Alliance Title Clarkson Branch
735 5th St., 99403
509.758.2549

Employee Spotlight – Joy Denning

We have a new Employee Spotlight – Joy Denning!

Joy Denning is a Servicing Title Officer for our Blackfoot, Idaho branch. Joy helps customers understand their commitments and answers their questions. She also records, supervises recordings, and completes inspections. Before becoming a Servicing Title Officer, Joy started out posting and recording for 6 months before jumping into searching and examining.

Joy truly loves what she’s able to do – Joy explains, “I enjoy the research of history and old documents as well as helping customers resolve their issues.”

Of the Alliance Core Values, “Teamwork,” is Joy’s favorite. She explains, “I could not do my job without everyone on my team. We have a great office, and we all work well together. There is always someone ready to help out. My team in Boise also jumps in, helps us satisfy customers, and answers my endless questions. I have others on my title team in various Alliance offices that let me discuss situations with them too. It sometimes takes all of us to get the deal closed.”

When asked whom she admires, Joy immediately thinks of her parents. Joy continues, “I admire my parents for their values and integrity that they have instilled within me. Hopefully I have passed their lessons on to my son for our future generations. They lived through the depression, at a time when the most valuable thing they had was their family and integrity. They have sacrificed so much for us, and helped so many in need. What a great example they were to me.”

Outside the office, Joy loves to spend time in the great outdoors – especially exploring both Idaho and Utah. She loves to go camping, biking, hiking, fishing, and traveling to new places. Joy also loves woodworking, handmade items, and trying new dishes at restaurants. Joy says, “Although I like to cook, I enjoy other people’s cooking the best!”

But most of all, Joy loves being a grandmother – “What a joy they bring to my life!”

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

Joy Denning – Servicing Title Officer at Alliance’s Blackfoot Branch
246 W Pacific St., STE. A, 83221
208.785.4573
joy.denning@alliancetitle.com

Real Estate Tip of the Week: Holiday Gift Guide for Clients

Struggling with holiday gifts to send your clients? We’ve got you covered!

To inspire repeat clients and encourage referrals, it’s important that you continue building relationships with your past leads. What better way to inspire and encourage a continuing relationship, than to send out a little holiday gift?

*It’s important to note, however, that each state has its own regulations with what can be purchased as gifts for clients. Be sure to check with your state regulations.

You’ll want to make sure your gifts are thoughtful and personal – your previous (or current) clients will be able to tell the difference!

Holiday Card

Pick out a set of holiday cards and personally write your warm wishes inside for each of them. A handwritten note is a special touch, and really does go a long way!

Food / Drinks

Homemade cookies, a bottle of wine, or a sweet candy treat are all great options to send! Keep your client in mind, though – not everyone has the same tastes!

If you need more of a direction, local hits are always a great gift. If your state specializes in jam, wrap up the jar in a cute bow!

Plants / Décor Items

A lovely poinsettia (what better holiday plant?) or a unique vase / planters are great ways to spruce up your holiday gift giving. Another option – a holiday wreath to hang on their front door!

“Home for the Holidays” doormat or sign, or a cozy holiday candle are perfect staples as well.

The holidays are a perfect excuse to show your clients you care! A small gift can be a great reminder to use you again in the future, or to refer someone to you.

Check out more real estate tips and tricks – stop by Alliance Title’s Blog here.

Employee Spotlight – Cheree Bartram

Happy holidays and a cheery applause for our newest Employee Spotlight, Cheree Bartram!

Cheree Bartram is an Escrow Officer for our Nampa, Idaho branch. Cheree helps people’s dreams come true by preparing closing documents, signings, and supporting the awesome Nampa team. She truly loves helping clients achieve the ultimate goal of homeownership – Cheree explains, “I love what I do. Each day is a new challenge; I have developed some great friendships over the years with my clients, agents, and lenders. That is just icing on the cake!”

Of the Alliance Core Values, “Teamwork,” is Cheree’s favorite. She explains, “All of our core values are what I stand by, but teamwork is what I value the most. I feel when you work together, you can accomplish much greater things as a team with your lenders, agent, and co-workers.”

Outside the office, Cheree loves to spend time with her husband, family, and two grandsons. Cheree is also a dog mom, and loves to be with Lily and Bogey when she can, along with her new puppy, Cocoa! She also loves to find time to spend outdoors; whether that’s working in her yard or her new garden area.

Cheree’s favorite quote, “Be kind to one another,” comes from Ellen DeGeneres – who also happens to be someone she greatly admires! Cheree further explains, “I love that quote, because I always think what goes around comes around. So…just always be kind.”

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

Cheree Bartram – Escrow Officer at Alliance’s Nampa Branch
1005 W Sanetta St., 83651
208.465.6600
cheree.bartram@alliancetitle.com

Meet our Blackfoot, ID Branch

In Bingham County, and exactly a half an hour between Pocatello and Idaho Falls, you’ll find the cute little town of Blackfoot, Idaho.

Located on the south side of the Snake River, Blackfoot boasts the largest potato industry – which explains its nickname, “Potato Capital of the World.” You can find the Idaho Potato Museum here, where you can take a picture with the giant potato statue that welcomes you to the museum.

Only a two-minute drive from the famous Rupe’s Burgers, our wonderful Alliance Title Blackfoot team awaits. With over 130 total combined years in the industry and 118 years of experience in title & escrow, our Blackfoot branch is the best team to serve you in Bingham County.

Vice President and Branch Manager, Brittany Carlson, explains, “On top of having A LOT of experience, our team is committed to helping each and every customer. We take pride in every transaction and the level of communication that we provide to our customers. Many of us were born and raised in Blackfoot, Idaho and have called this home for most of our lives.”

Our Alliance Blackfoot, ID team!

Our Blackfoot team does more than just serve your real estate transactions, they are also a great help to the local community! In addition to participating in the companywide annual food drive, Closing the Hunger Gap, the branch is involved in the Community Dinner Table and the Greater Blackfoot Area Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, team members are involved with the  Relay for Life and Toys for Tots.

When our Blackfoot office isn’t hard at work in the office, they enjoy traveling, camping, going on photography shoots, spending time with family, playing the piano, farming, and reading. A few team members also love craft shows and antiques.

Recently, Brittany just finished her four-year service commitment to the Greater Blackfoot Area Chamber of Commerce, where she served as Vice President, President, and Past President.

Our Blackfoot branch understands how important their community is. Brittany explains further, “we have the BEST customers in our market. This includes our Relators®, lenders, buyers, sellers, attorneys – ALL OF THEM! They are the best!”

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

Alliance Title Blackfoot Branch
246 W Pacific St. Ste, A., 83221
208.785.4573

Employee Spotlight – Debbie Chavez

Drumroll please…our newest Alliance Title Employee Spotlight goes to Debbie Chavez!

Debbie Chavez is an Escrow Officer for our Twin Falls, Idaho branch. Debbie enjoys having the opportunity to meet amazing and unique people. She believes “buying or selling a home is a big step for most people, so I enjoy playing even a small part of the process.”

Of the Alliance Core Values, “Integrity” is Debbie’s top choice. She explains, “Integrity is what directs our actions and thoughts both in the workplace and in our personal lives. Without integrity, the other core values could not be achieved to their full potential.”

Having been with Alliance Title for 16 and a half years, Debbie is an outstanding employee to have on our team!  

When she’s not working hard in the office, Debbie enjoys anything that involves her children and grandchildren. This may include going to dance performances, camping, attending football games, learning a new karate move, or just hanging out!

Debbie’s favorite quote, “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies,” is something she tries to stick by. Debbie further illustrates, “this quote reminds me that we don’t always accomplish ‘big’ things each day, but at the end of the day, our smallest action or word may have made an impact in ways we do not yet know or understand.”

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

Debbie Chavez – Escrow Officer at Alliance’s Twin Falls Branch
1411 Falls Ave. E, Ste. 1315, 83301
208.547.3660
debbie.chavez@alliancetitle.com

Employee Spotlight – Heather Erickson

We have a new employee spotlight! Please give a round of applause for Heather Erickson!

Heather Erickson is an Escrow Officer for our Rexburg, Idaho branch. Heather enjoys helping clients achieve their real estate goals and looks forward to helping you with your future transactions. Heather illustrates, “I love helping people buy their first home!”

Of the Alliance Core Values, “Teamwork” is Heather’s favorite. Heather explains, “I love the team that I work with, and I feel like I could not do this job without them.”

When Heather isn’t hard at work with her team, you can find her golfing with her sons over the summer! This year, her sons are purchasing a snowboard for her – a quote from Heather herself, “Pray for me.” We believe in you, Heather!

Heather makes no hesitation when choosing her mother as someone she admires. Heather believes that her mom sees the best in everyone.

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

Heather Erickson – Escrow Officer at Alliance’s Rexburg Branch
130 E Main. St., 83440
208.356.9323
heather.erickson@alliancetitle.com

Meet Our Driggs, ID Branch

Nestled in Teton Valley, a recreational paradise awaits you – Driggs, Idaho!

Driggs is the hub of Teton Valley – with great access to the Grand Targhee Ski Resort and 32 miles from Jackson, Wyoming. Although a smaller town, Driggs offers year-round recreational activities that bring in people from various states. 

With top-ranked golfing at Huntsman Springs Resort, world-class fly fishing, glider flying, trail riding, road biking, and easy access to world-renowned ski resorts – it’s no wonder Driggs is at the top of every adrenaline junkie’s list.

Driggs also hosts the Teton Valley Balloon Rally – now in its 39th year. Hot air balloons launch from the Teton County Fairgrounds in Driggs just after sunrise.

Only a five-minute drive from the famous Spud Drive-in Theatre (an old-fashioned drive-in that operates in the summer), you’ll find our Alliance Title Driggs office. With 45+ combined total years of experience in the title and escrow industry, our knowledgeable team is ready to meet your real estate needs!

The Driggs team provides promptness, loyalty, and sincere appreciation to their clients and customers.

Serving the community is at the heart of our Driggs branch. The team volunteers for the Teton Valley Food Bank, the Seniors West of the Tetons, and the Hospital Foundation. They also find time to help fundraise for the Tin Cup event every June.

When our Driggs team isn’t hard at work in the office, you can find them spending time crafting, tending to yard work, or enjoying a nice glass of wine.

Vice President and General Manager, Brian Gibson, truly appreciates their customers. He explains, “We appreciate the relationships and friendships we have with our clients – we are grateful for the support we receive from them!”

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

Alliance Title Driggs Branch
78 N Main St, 83422
208.354.2285
driggs@alliancetitle.com

Employee Spotlight – Ashley Houweling

Our newest employee spotlight goes to Ashley Houweling!

Ashley is a Business Development Representative for our Nampa, Idaho branch. She is responsible for building relationships and educating agents, lenders, and the community on what Alliance Title does – which is “closing real estate transactions.” Ashley also provides tools and education on strategies to help build and maintain the branch business.

Ashley has been with us since June of 2016 – and we are so lucky to have her! Ashley enjoys being a resource for individuals involved in real estate transactions. She explains, “I enjoy having the ability to help them problem solve issues that may arise in a transaction, as well as providing education on marketing strategies.”

Of the Alliance Core Values, “Service” is Ashley’s favorite. She illustrates, “We provide a product and a service to those involved in real estate transactions. Our goal is to provide the best service experience possible for all parties, in addition to peace of mind that their transaction and investment is solid. It is from providing excellent service that I feel all the other core values naturally flow.”

Outside of work, you might just spot Ashley working more! Ashley explains, “My husband and I are also farmers, so we are constantly working in that ‘field’ as well – no pun intended.” Ashley and her husband’s main focus, is of course, their little 15-month old daughter, Cassidy. Ashley exclaims, “It is so exciting to watch her grow and her personality blossom. She is the light in my life!”

Ashley’s favorite quote, “opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work,” from Thomas Edison, resonates with her and fits within her lifestyle and way of thinking.

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

Ashley Houweling – Business Development Representative at Alliance’s Nampa Branch
1005 W Sanetta St., 83651
208.465.6600
ashley.houweling@alliancetitle.com

Thanks a Bunch!

Fall is cozy, warm, and the season of thanks. We’d like to extend our appreciation to the wonderful communities our branches and employees call home. We truly are grateful for the confidence you place in us by sending us your business throughout the year.

This past October, many of you helped Alliance Title by donating to our food drive, ‘Closing the Hunger Gap.’ We were fortunate enough to add on to our collection of 156,227 pounds of food and $134,450 since 2012! Thank you to all who participated and helped us move closer to a world without hunger!

Stop by an Alliance Title location for your next transaction to feel confident and appreciated!