VP, Treasure Valley Manager Phil Archer has always been a big believer that home ownership creates healthier communities. He’s put this belief to work for more than 20 years in Idaho’s title industry, and now he’s using his skills to help the Treasure Valley at large.
About this time last year, I was planning and forecasting for a banner year — and, in fact, most of the first quarter of 2020 lived up to my expectations.
We all know what happened next.
When I look at national home building and selling trends, there’s always a caveat listed: These numbers apply everywhere except Idaho.
If you feel like you’re just barely staying afloat in this dynamic market, it’s time to build your own life raft with market stats.
A flurry of surveys about how the pandemic has changed buying habits dropped last month, contributing to a growing body of evidence that the housing market is nothing like it was even a year ago.
The Treasure Valley housing market has smashed every expectation for yet another month, and I am in the very weird place of sounding like a broken record of optimism.
Talk to people in the Treasure Valley commercial space and you’ll sense a giant elephant in the room. The fact is, we just don’t have a concrete idea of where the market is going to head next.
We don’t say this lightly: The newest addition to our already successful tool, startSafe, is a game changer. Starting soon, you’ll be able to deposit earnest money in seconds using a mobile app — just like you do for your own checking account. It’s simple. It’s intuitive. And it’s about to save home buyers and sellers a whole lot of hassle.
After months of uncertainty, it is time to get excited! We are busier at Fidelity National Title than we have ever been, and that’s great news — it means our market has made an almost immediate bounceback from the slowdown this spring.
It’s almost surreal to look back at the way I was living my life in February and early March. My family and I were constantly on the move — not only was I busy with work, but my wife was busy handling the packed schedules of five kids. Our lives were a nonstop race to the next event, the next deadline, the next goal.