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Alliance Title Closes Operations in California - Due To Slow Housing Market

Real Estate Broker/Owner with REAL ESTATE AMERICA - Ernie Cabrera



The slow down in the real estate industry is evident with title companies consolidating offices and now Alliance Title Company in California has shut down operations.  The Elk Grove building that one of my office is in had an Alliance Title Company's office, but it closed down a couple of months ago.  It was no surprise because the closings in the area were very small compared to what the market used to be a few years ago.  It is a sign of the times we live in.  The real estate market is at a all time low, but it is a great opportunity for investors and buyers.  The Alliance Title reps and escrow officers who worked in the Elk Grove office were great people who provided great service.  I wish them all well!

Here are some article:

News10 Article - Alliance Title Another Casualty of the Housing Market

Redding.com - Alliance Title Co. Closes Office

Modesto Bee - Alliance Title closing stuns employees, real estate firms



Comments (13)

Chris Griffith
Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita Springs, FL
Bonita Springs Listing Specialist - Agent

LOL at Ernies Elf picture.  Cute.

Our title companys no longer have receptionists and office support.  The title closers are  answering their own and running the whole office because it's so slow.

Dec 16, 2007 09:18 PM
Charlottesville Solutions
Charlottesville Solutions - Charlottesville, VA

ERNIE - You are one smart elf!!! I just wanted you to know that I copied your signature idea and added a Merry Christmas in my name.... Do you know how many times I have already typed that this month? I should have created a hot key!

Thanks for the idea and MERRY CHRISTMAS!


Dec 16, 2007 10:17 PM
Ernie Cabrera
REAL ESTATE AMERICA - Ernie Cabrera - Elk Grove, CA
Real Estate America

Chris, I think it is happening all around.  Times are tough in many of the local real estate markets, but some areas are still going through the roof.  Everyone has to adjust to the current market to get through it.  If it does not kill us, it will make us stronger.

Charles, thanks for letting me you got something from me here in AR...LOL  I thought you invented all of this.  jk, but I do appreciate the encouragement!  Merry Christmas to you too!  :)

Dec 17, 2007 04:53 PM
Beth Young
Holler Law Firm - Milford, CT
Been there, Done that...
These are tough times.  It is good of you to recognize and support these people.  Alliance Title closing its doors in our area was a big blow.
Dec 18, 2007 05:25 AM
Ernie Cabrera
REAL ESTATE AMERICA - Ernie Cabrera - Elk Grove, CA
Real Estate America
Beth, you are right it is tough times in many parts of California.  There are a lot of good people affected by the real estate down turn.  I believe Financial Title will be absorbing some of these offices and people.  We are near the bottom of the market now and things will be changing this new year.  Take care!
Dec 18, 2007 05:05 PM
David Dee
RMX REALTY - Alhambra, CA
Real Estate - San Gabriel Valley (L.A.) & N. Orang


It looks like some in southern CA are just reducing their staff but not closing shop. It is sad to see that happen but sometimes they have to do what is needed. Moving on and let's hope for the best.


Dec 20, 2007 03:33 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Alliance Title used to be across the hall from me on J Street. They moved to the Pocket temporarily, and its rep was in my office a few days before the announcement hit, so I don't believe many of its employees knew of its impending doom. Now my escrow officer is at Fidelity, and I have to drive all the way to the Pocket --  15 minutes out of my way -- to close escrows. But hey, she's worth it.

Dec 20, 2007 06:02 AM
Ernie Cabrera
REAL ESTATE AMERICA - Ernie Cabrera - Elk Grove, CA
Real Estate America

Dave, it is good that they are doing better there in Southern Cali!  I do hope them the best, I am sure they will find good places to work!  The market here in the Sacramento Region is starting to heat up.  I really think this January, people will jump back into the market.  This is one of my busiest December in a long time.  Take care!

Elizabeth, I don't think they did know until it happened.  My Elk Grove office in the Liberty II building on East Stockton had Alliance Title on the second floor.  They were great, but they had told us that they did not know they could keep going with the level of closing they were having.  That office closed their doors a month before the main announcement of all of Alliance Title closing.  I don't think they landed anywhere yet.  I am glad for your escrow rep who found a new office.  In Elk Grove 4 title companies closed their doors the last few months.  Thanks for coming by and commenting! 

Merry Christmas everyone!

Dec 20, 2007 02:08 PM

I am in the process of short selling my home and just found out that Alliance did not submit the paper work back in 2005 to have a lien removed from our property after the loan had been paid off and the lender submitted the request.  Now I have to come out of pocket to pay to have the stupid lien removed when it should have been removed 6 years ago.  I can see why Allianced closed down if they operate like this.  WAY TO GO ALLIANCE! 

Oct 19, 2011 11:02 AM
Jose Cotrina

Alliance title was the escrow company i work with and Cesar Cortez or Edgar Rivas were my reps i nned to know if there a company i can work with in southern california

Dec 19, 2011 07:59 AM
Alliance Title company, was supposed to have a title policy insurance and have a recorded release done for my property back in 2006, they got paid $1800 for this and they did not do anything... Now I'm having trouble getting my new Title recorded, because the new title company wants a a copy of recorded release, which. Don't have and was supposed to be done by Alliance Title company.... Bad company like this deserves to go down and sink...
May 23, 2012 08:30 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

We have a lot of other title companies. So one more or one less will not make a difference. I hope, they still serve the clients who chose them before they moved out.

Market are continuously change from slow to fast and back to slow.

Jul 18, 2014 04:20 AM
Joanne Phillips

Does anyone know who the custodian of records or successor in interest for Alliance Title Company is. I have an issue on a deed prepared incorrectly that the title insurance underwriter, First American cant help with because they didn't handle the escrow. At a loss as to what to do.

Oct 01, 2015 05:06 AM