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BIAW partners to offer economic forecasts to help plan for the future

March 16, 2023

black and white image of man in suit and tie sitting at table with hands crossed The Building Industry Association of Washington has teamed up with WFG National Title Insurance Company’s Noah Blanton to offer quarterly economic forecasts to assist members in making decisions for their businesses.

President of WFG National Title Insurance Company’s Oregon Direct Operations, Blanton has been a respected leader in the Portland Metro real estate market since 1998.  In this role, he oversees the growth and administration of an operation that closes one of every four residential transactions in the market.

Actionable, data-driven analysis

While guiding WFG National Title’s direct operations through market cycles, he focuses on providing actionable, data-driven real estate market analysis that clients and consumers can use to make decisions.

“I like to present the same information I consume for my business planning and strategy,” Blanton said. “The question is always, what is the basis for increasing or decreasing supply and demand in the homeownership space? You can pay attention to a lot of material, so cutting through to actionable data specific to this question is always the goal.”

BIAW Executive Vice President Greg Lane first met Blanton at the Building Industry Association of Clark County January membership meeting where he provided a localized economic forecast.

Timely economic forecasts

“Noah presented state and local economic information in an engaging and educational way that kept our members interested throughout,” Lane said. “I knew this type of information would be highly valuable to our membership statewide. Members have expressed a need for this information, and Noah is a great fit.”

BIAW’s partnership with Blanton includes:

  • A quarterly economic outlook report for Washington and specific regions in the state published in BIAW’s Building Insight
  • Reports to the BIAW Board of Directors at each of its three board meetings throughout the year; and
  • Opportunities for local associations to invite him to provide economic updates to their members.

Prepared for the future

The National Association of Home Builders provides regular updates on housing economics. This new offering from BIAW will delve deeper into local economic trends.

“Coupled with the excellent national economic insights we receive from NAHB, this information should help our members feel more prepared for the future,” Lane said. “It’s just one reason belonging to a local home builders association, and being part of BIAW, is such a valuable investment. We’re excited to partner with Noah to share his wisdom and economic expertise.”

Blanton has served on the board of CCAR, PMAR, OREF, and OAR. He is a graduate of Leadership Clark County and was recognized by the Vancouver Business Journal’s Accomplished & Under 40 in 2010. He has a BS in Finance and an MBA in Real Estate Finance.

Blanton’s brother, Caleb Blanton of New Tradition Homes, is BIACC’s 2023 President.


The Building Industry Association of Washington is the voice of the housing industry. The state’s largest trade association with 8,000 member companies, BIAW promotes and protects the building industry so more Washington families can enjoy the American Dream of homeownership.  Learn more at:

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