Employee Spotlight – Kevin Brocke

Kevin Brocke, Business Development Representative – Eagle, ID

Kevin Brocke is a Business Development Representative at Alliance’s Eagle, Idaho office and has been on the Alliance Title team since 2009. As a BDR, he’s visible throughout the community helping new and current clients grow their businesses in addition to assisting the escrow team with their business efforts.

“I really enjoy the variety of what I do from day to day. No two days are alike. With the BDR position, we are required to wear many different hats in my different situations with a wide range of personalities both in and out of the office.”

Of Alliance’s Core Values, “Service” is Kevin’s favorite. He says, “I believe it is the most important thing when it comes to separating us from the competition.”

Wayne Gretzky’s quote, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take” is one Kevin identifies with professionally. He explains that, “In business development, I believe it is important to take a shot at as many opportunities you can. You can’t succeed 100 percent of the time, but you won’t succeed if you stop taking shots.”

When Kevin has free time, he enjoys spending it with his family and his wife of 22 years, Susie. You can find them traveling and taking advantage of the great outdoors with fly fishing, mountain biking, backpacking and even hot yoga.

Connect with Kevin to see how he can help make your next transaction a success and grow your business!

Kevin Brocke
Alliance Title Eagle
462 E Shore Dr., Ste. 160
Eagle, ID 83616
208-287-5154

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Meet Our Salmon, Idaho Branch

Alliance Title’s Salmon, Idaho team knows how important it is to put their industry knowledge to work for their clients and the community. More often than not, their customers are friends, family and neighbors, so they know a thing or two about building lasting relationships.

The 47 years of combined experience really sets them apart from the competition because it not only brings a wealth of knowledge, but allows them to make sure everything is buttoned up and there are no surprises before, during and after closings. The team loves their customers’ loyalty, honesty, feedback and the reciprocal relationship they maintain.

Being an active part of the community to nurture and grow it is something every team member takes great pride in. “Each year there are new opportunities for us as a group or individuals to participate in. In the past, we’ve supported many community events and causes such as the Rotary Club, Salmon Valley Chamber of Commerce, Salmon Fire Department, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, The Girl Scouts, Salmon School District 291, Closing The Hunger Gap, Salmon Valley Hospice and the Mahoney House for Battered Women,” says SVP & Area Manager Daryl Olsen.

In their free time, team members enjoy the beautiful surroundings that they’re so lucky to be nestled in. They have fun gardening and landscaping, Dutch oven cooking, camping, bow hunting, floating the Salmon River, sturgeon fishing and ATV riding.

The Salmon team looks forward to assisting you with your next transaction in Lemhi and Custer counties!

Alliance Title Salmon
610 Main St.
Salmon, ID 83467
208-756-4231

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Affiliates of the Year 2018

Congratulations, Ashley Houweling & Kelsey Wartman!

We’re thrilled to announce that two of Alliance Title’s own have been named Affiliate of the Year — Ashley Howeling (Nampa, Idaho office) for the Nampa Association of Realtors and Kelsey Wartman (Boise, Idaho office) for the Boise Regional Realtors!

“I am truly honored to receive Affiliate of the Year from Nampa Association of Realtors. So many great people volunteer their time and effort all year long towards events and functions within the association and community and just being considered one among those individuals is a great honor in itself. I consider myself privileged to be part of this community and association.” — Ashley Houweling

Ashley Howeling

Shannon Loux, Ashley Howeling and Star Nieves

Alliance Title Nampa Team – Stacy Woods, Tara Lehman, Ashley Houweling, Shannon Loux, Star Nieves and Isabel Villalobos

“I am truly honored to have been recognized as the Boise Regional Realtors Affiliate of the Year. To receive this award from a group of individuals that I admire so much is truly humbling. I am grateful for all of the amazing members and staff of the association who make it so easy to be involved and give back in our industry.” — Kelsey Wartman

Kelsey Wartman accepting her award from Phil Mount

Award Winners – Jill Giese, Elizabeth Cushman Hume, Kelsey Wartman, Bob Van Allen, Becky Enrico-Crum and Mike Turner

Gary Salisbury, Kelsey Wartman and Phil Mount

Congratulations!

Ashley and Kelsey are ready to help you grow your business in the Treasure Valley!

Ashley Houweling – Alliance Title Nampa
1005 W Sanetta St.
Nampa, ID 83651
208-465-6600
ashley.houweling@alliancetitle.com

Kelsey Wartman – Alliance Title Boise
250 S 5th St., Ste. 100
Boise, ID 83702
208-947-9100
kelsey.wartman@alliancetitle.com

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(Kelsey’s photos courtesy of Boise Regional REALTORS®)

Why You Should Work With A Buyer Agent

Since buying a home is one of the largest purchases you’ll make in your lifetime, there’s a lot on the line. You need the professional expertise of a buyer agent to help you navigate the complex world of real estate.

Here are just a few advantages of working with a buyer agent:

  • It’s free to the buyer!
    • A buyer agent’s commission is paid by the seller in a residential real estate sale.
  • You’ll have a trusted advisor and advocate through the buying process
    • Buyer agents represent you and your best interests in a transaction, making them loyal to you. A buyer agent can be counted on being accountable for the money they handle in the transaction and to keep your info confidential.
  • Save time and minimize stress
    • Your agent will work hard to research and show you all of the properties that fit your needs. They’ll also negotiate the best price, handle the paperwork and attend your closing to ensure your interests are protected.

When you’re ready to buy a home, choose Alliance for your title and escrow services!

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What Every Agent Should Know About Title Insurance

MAKE SURE ALL YOUR CLIENTS ARE PROTECTED

As an agent, you know that buying a home can be overwhelming for your clients. Homebuyers can feel confused and frustrated by the mounds of paperwork they have to sign and closing costs can be a surprise.

Owner’s title insurance is one of those items often misunderstood by homebuyers at closing, yet its value is immense. As a trusted advisor to your clients, you’re in a position to help homebuyers understand the benefit of owner’s title insurance and the dangers that can happen without it.

WHAT IS TITLE INSURANCE?

Owner’s title insurance is a policy that protects homebuyer’s property rights. For the same reasons the bank requires a lender’s insurance policy, the homebuyer obtains owner’s title insurance to protect against possible claims against the title.

HOW IT PROTECTS

Say, for example, your client just bought a home and there was an HOA lien previously filed against the property that wasn’t paid through closing. Wanting to be paid, the HOA contacts your client for payment. Without a title insurance policy, your client could be responsible for paying this existing debt.

This is just one example of how owner’s title insurance protects homebuyers from various financial risks.

There are extended and expanded policies as well as endorsements available to homebuyers at minimal incremental costs that provide additional coverage. These are often purchased for protection and peace of mind in situations that involve new construction, encroachments or other potential non-record matters.

ENDURING VALUE

The good news is that owner’s title insurance protects homebuyers financially, as long as they own their home. For a low, one-time fee, homebuyers can rest assured, knowing they’re protected against possible debts or claims to their property.

Get in touch with your local Alliance Title rep to learn how we can help protect your clients with owner’s title insurance.

For informational purposes only. Source: American Land Title Association

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3-Year Low: Pending Home Sales

The housing market is in ‘crisis’ due to inventory issues according to this article from Realtor.com referencing the latest National Association of Realtors (NAR) findings. Pending home sales fell 4.7% to 104.6, which is the lowest  reading since October 2014. For more information regarding the most recent NAR report, have a look here:

https://www.realtor.com/news/real-estate-news/pending-home-sales-tumble-3-year-low-housing-crisis-worsens/

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Employee Spotlight – Cheree Bartram

Cheree Bartram, Escrow Officer – Nampa, ID

Cheree Bartram is an Escrow Officer at Alliance’s Nampa, Idaho office and has been with the company since 2009. In addition to preparing closing documents, signings and providing backup support to her team, her favorite aspect of the role is helping people’s dreams come true!

“I love what I do. Each day is a new challenge and helping people achieve the ultimate goal of homeownership is just the best feeling. I have developed some great friendships over the years with my clients, agents and lenders. That is just icing on the cake!”

“Teamwork” is Cheree’s favorite Alliance Core Value, although she stands by them all. She says she identifies with it the most because “when you work together, you can accomplish much greater things as a team with your lenders, agents and coworkers.”

Ellen DeGeneres is someone Cheree admires a great deal. Ellen’s quote, “Be kind to one another,” is also her favorite. Cheree says she appreciates Ellen’s kindness and generosity towards other people.

When not in the office, Cheree loves spending time with her husband, family, fur babies and especially her two grandsons. Their favorite activities together include baking, playing ladder golf, camping, fishing and enjoying the outdoors during the summer.

If you’re closing a real estate transaction in Nampa, get in touch with Cheree!

Alliance Title Nampa
1005 W Sanetta St.
Nampa, ID 83651
208.465.6603

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Seven Tips for Real Estate Social Media Marketing

Social media is a free tool in your marketing mix that can be hugely beneficial to your business with each platform having its advantages and specific fit. Enhancing the way you use each one isn’t as complicated as you think either. Take a look at this article from Forbes.com for seven tips on each platform’s best use for real estate marketing and more:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesrealestatecouncil/2017/10/03/seven-social-media-marketing-musts-for-real-estate-agents

Connect with your local Alliance rep for more tools and ideas to help grow your business!

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Convert Your Leads

Turning leads into clients is an integral step in the sales process. Whether it’s reaching out for the first time or following up with a recently contacted lead, our marketing resources and ideas can help make the process easier.

MARKETING RESOURCE CENTER

Also known as the Bear Printing Portal, our resource center lets you customize invitations, cards, signs and more.

EMAIL BLASTS

By using email campaign services, you can get important information to your list, track interactions and nurture the relationship.

CRM SERVICES & APPS

Client relationship management services and apps help you stay organized by helping you track, follow up, set reminders and more.

To get started with our Marketing Resource Center and for more ideas, team up with your local Alliance Title representative!