The team at Pioneer Title Company is here to help.

   There are few things in life that are both as exciting and as scary as buying your first home. Those conflicting feelings don’t actually fade much even when you buy your second one, or a vacation home or even an investment property.

            That’s why it’s important to have a trustworthy and knowledgeable team to help you—and that’s where the folks at Pioneer Title Company come in handy.

            Pioneer Title Company was founded 70 years ago in Idaho, centered around a business philosophy to “Go Beyond” and to create a work culture which fosters the principles of family, respect, and openness. Their business model has obviously been very successful as the title and escrow company now has 14 offices in two states, including one on Main Street in Ketchum.

            “We want people who walk in here to feel welcome,” Debra Vadalma said from their local offices.

            Debra is the Business Development Representative and part of Pioneer Title’s local team of five employees. Most of the team has been working together for a decade and besides bringing a combined 150 years of experience, they consider themselves to be more of a family than just co-workers.

            “Family is number one in this company,” Debra said. “This team is a family and as I like to say, we like to work hard and play hard. We like to have fun and we know what we’re doing.”

            Besides their family-first attitude, attention to detail and clear communication are the other big reasons for Pioneer Title’s success.

            “We have a lot of experience and work well together. We’re not just about the big deal. We do well helping first-time home owners, too,” Escrow Officer Paige McAllister said. “Buying a home is usually the largest purchase a person will ever make. It can be a very nervous and emotional time for people and we try to make them feel comfortable. We pay attention to the details and we have good communications with the buyers and sellers to make sure everything goes well.”

            Many home buyers don’t realize they have choice about which company handles the title, escrow and legal paperwork when purchasing property and they will go with whomever the agent suggests. While the team at Pioneer Title has good working relationships with the local real estate community, they really appreciate their returning customers as well as the new ones they can help along the way.

            “My biggest enjoyment in this job is helping people buy their own home,” Debra said, and it’s clear her opinion is shared by everyone who works for Pioneer Title Company.

To find out more about Pioneer Title Company, please call their Ketchum office at 208-726-6954 or visit

By Mike McKenna

This story originally appeared in The Weekly Sun.

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