Boise Idaho Real Estate Blog

The average buyer views 10 homes before they find the one they want. When you view that many homes, it can be difficult to remember the details of each one. Below is a checklist to help you remember the features of each home you visit and your impression of the home and surrounding neighborhood.

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Whether you’re ready or not, the fall season is officially here. And who doesn’t love this time of year? Chunky sweaters, changing leaves, football games, and apple cider are just a few of our favorite fall things.

But what about your home? Does it need a little TLC before we really get into this fall season?

1. Test your heating before that first cold day.Regardless of the type of heating system you have in your home, fall is the time to make sure it’s working properly. Don’t wait until that first bitterly cold evening to discover the heating system or hot water heater needs repairs – take care of the maintenance now.

2. Repair any leaks or drafts in window and door seals. If the summer included extreme conditions like drought or storms, the

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Halloween is a wonderful time of year where you can spend some time with your family, and Boise has a ton to offer!! We have complied a list of the Top 5 Boise Halloween Events You Won't Want to Miss!

Boise Depot Masquerade Open House

The first ever Boise Depot Masquerade will be held on October 30th 1:30PM to 8:30PM. Bring the whole family, and make sure to wear a costume because trick or treating starts at 6:30 PM, put on by Boise Parks and the Boise Little Theater. If trick or treating isn't your style, at 7:00PM all the lights will dim and the spooky tour will start led by your vampire conductor. See the Boise depot come to life!

Boo at the Zoo

Love animals? Why not go to the Zoo for some Halloween fun! This event takes place on

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Whether you’re buying or selling in Ada County, it is critical to have a good understanding of what’s going on in our real estate market.

Knowing the most important data such as the number of homes soldaverage sales price and days on market will better prepare you to buy or sell a home. Our September market update is easy to understand and showcases everything that you need to know about local real estate trends. 

As always, contact us for any real estate related questions or needs, we are always happy to help! 

 

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As the weather turns cooler, you might be looking for ways to keep outdoor living part of your routine. These 10 ideas can help make the most of enjoying the fresh air on your porch and patio or in your yard this season, whether you’re bookmarking dates for fall outings or looking for ways to keep your garden inviting.

1. Host a backyard party. Invite guests to bundle up and come outside to enjoy the crisp air for all or part of the evening. Make an outdoor lounge spot feel cozy with extra throw blankets and pillows brought out from inside the house. Light candles for an inviting glow or move chairs around an outdoor fire pit to take advantage of the warmth.

2. Move a porch swing outside. Admire the changing leaves from a front-row seat by

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So, you’ve decided to sell your home. For most homeowners, this is about the time they begin the process of listing with a licensed real estate agent. For a select few, they prefer the road less traveled and will decide to list their home “for sale by owner.”

Why would anyone want to handle selling a home themselves? Well, it usually has a lot to do with saving money on the typical real estate agent commission. Listing your home for sale by owner isn’t a task to take on lightly, so we’re sharing a handful of things you should carefully consider before going it alone.

 

It may not be so easy.
Traditional real estate agents do take a small percentage of the total sale price of your home at closing. But you get what you pay for.

This expense

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You’re probably all too familiar with the scenario: You go shopping and come home with bags full of gorgeous produce and other fresh ingredients. You have hopes of eating healthy, homemade meals throughout the week. But by the time the next weekend rolls around, you have to toss out fresh food that has spoiled and start the process all over again. Throwing away food is disheartening (even if you compost it), because it represents a waste of the money you spent on it — as well as the work of the farmer who grew it and brought it to market. To stop this cycle, here are nine ways to organize your kitchen and rethink your routines to minimize food waste and start using up all of the beautiful, healthy foods you bring home.

 

1. Keep a menu plan and

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Purchasing a new home can be an overwhelming process but there is always an element of added stress if you know your credit score isn’t quite up to par. Just a few points can mean the difference between getting the financing you need for your dream home… or not.

We’ll explain exactly what you need to do to understand and improve your score so you aren’t going into a house hunt with the big credit score question mark. How are scores calculated? And what can you do to improve yours so you’ll always be an easy client for lenders?

 

Review Your Report

The first step is to take a deep breath and pull your credit report. It might be scary, but go through the entire report to be sure there are no errors or inconsistencies. Any payments made on time

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Despite the sharp increases in home prices recently in the Treasure Valley, interest rates have remained grounded, keeping homes affordable and perhaps stabilizing the market. However, these low rates are not here to stay and for those wondering “When is the right time to buy?” I would argue that the time is now.

Many buyers underestimate the benefits a good home loan interest rate can provide them. For example, on a $200,000 loan, an increase in just one percentage point from 3.75 to 4.75 means paying over $100 more per month and over $40,000 more in interest over the life of the loan. Compared to 1 year ago, mortgage rates are already .375%-.625% higher nationally. 

Also, when the economy is slow and the stock market down, investors tend to

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While we all love the shiny newness that comes with neighborhoods popping up around Boise, we can appreciate the charm that comes from our community’s past. Do you know the history behind your favorite Boise landmarks?

We’re here to fill you in on the history behind the buildings you pass by every day, and will probably slow down to appreciate next time you’re driving past one of these historic hot spots.

 

Boise Union Pacific Railroad Depot
Year Built: 1925
Location: 2603 Eastover Terrace

After years of Boise struggling to gain a direct rail service of their own, the town celebrated with the introduction of the stub line connecting Boise and Nampa built by the Idaho Central Railway in 1887. In 1925, a main line was finally built by the Union

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