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It’s the INFORMATION AGE – We Don’t NEED Realtors!

successstory…Oh REALLY!?

Before the information age the real estate game was a totally different beast. Massive books of listings were distributed to local agencies each week, after which agents would have to sort and sift through these giant tomes to find listings for their buyers, and then contact them by phone to arrange showings of those listings. The information at large wasn’t provided to the public at all and every step of the foot work was up to the agent.

Today all these processes are done electronically; everything you might want to know about a home in Idaho can be found online. Consumers can even see comparable properties and set up automatic home finding programs to keep from even having to search.

Given the accessibility of real estate info you may be wondering if you even need a REALTOR® to get you in to your next home, but fact is a qualified agent is still just important as they used to be — perhaps even moreso! Consider this:

It’s the agent’s job to know the market.
Trying to buy or sell a home is practically a job in itself; anyone who has tried to do it alone will tell you just that. A real estate agents very livlihood relies on not only knowing the current market trends but also in knowing the market history. It’s a job that takes real expertise, much like any other career. For instance, you likely have the know-how and ability to change out a broken toilet in your home – it’s not rocket science – but without a doubt it is easier to hire a plumber to do it, if for no other reason than you know they have more experience in getting it done right the first time.

The information is out there, now what?
YES! There is more and more real estate data out there on the web every single day, and new ways to find it almost as frequently – from tweets, to fan pages, there is a information avalanche going on! But just having the data is only half the battle. Understanding what that data means, and how it can change your transaction can save or cost you thousands of dollars.

Getting it wrong costs more than it used to!
Back in the day home buyers could usually expect a slow, steady increase in their homes value over a number of years. Which was great, because in those times most homeowners were in it for the long haul; people tended to stay in one place, work on job, and put down roots. Nowadays however culture has changed, we are a mobile society, the economy has changed and so has the job market – even the real estate market itself is more turbulent. Life can feel more unpredictable than ever with less and less people under 40 planning to retire with the same company they work for now. Buying at the wrong time, having to sell sooner than expected – all these things will end up costing you more.

We want your next home buying process to be a success! Real estate in Idaho is our PASSION and we love helping people just like you find the perfect place! Ready to get started? The best place to begin is our GoIdaHome website! Therein you will find searches that allow you to find any home or property listed in Southwest Idaho, information about Boise and the surrounding areas, and tons of other great tools and features!

facebookJust want to lookie-loo a bit? Why not click over to our real estate Facebook page? You can find some of our featured homes, see what’s happening in the Treasure Valley and get great inspiration to help keep you smiling! We’d love to connect with you!!

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Tips for Young Home Buyers

young-boise-home-buyersWe’re glad to see so many young people not being deterred from buying a home due to the changes in the market over the last few years. There is still a lot of value to be found in buying a home, putting down roots, and investing in your future stability through real estate. Considering how quick to pick up on things  members of generation x and y are it’s no surprise that the younger people are among some of the fastest growing groups of buyers.

That said there are still a few things to keep in mind for the best results when it comes time to find a home.

Use Technology
This should come easy for many of you – between social media and smart phones, this tip almost doesn’t even need to be mentioned. You can find homes in Boise online easily on our website, you can even use other tools like Google Streetview to get a pre-showing view of the home and the area. Use them! It will save you a lot of shoe leather if you can search the market for possible homes before hitting the street.

Plan Ahead
Unlike the real estate boom years, don’t assume a home purchased today will appreciate in value within five years. You’ve got to be around to benefit from the appreciation, so if you’re unsure about your five-year plans, it may be better to rent. Don’t look at buying a home as the end of all ends however, plans change, LIFE changes; you can always sell, or rent out your home down the road should things drastically change.

Avoid Information Overload
It’s harder and harder to do. Information is everywhere, especially if you’re really into being online and connected. If you want to find a differing opinion you can find a few thousand online without even looking hard. Knowing too much can be just as dangerous as not knowing enough, so by all means do your research but don’t drive yourself insane with mortgage calculations, real estate blogs, and doom predictions.

dangerous2Don’t Go It Alone
Many people think that because so much information is available online that they don’t need the help of a real estate agent. Nothing could be further from the truth! A REALTOR® does more than just find homes for you, they are truly your advocate throughout the process of negotiating and getting the deal done. Beyond that a good agent can steer you away from possible pitfalls.

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Are You Buying the RIGHT Home for You?

reo-homesThere’s nothing that quite compares to the feeling of first stepping foot into a new home. The time and effort put in to finding the home, getting through the paper work and procedures have finally paid off and that big breath relief hits you. Ahhh!

But before that golden moment there are a lot of things to consider; as a lot of work goes into that warm happy memory, it’s important to make sure we’ve made all the right decisions along the way. It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of it all but here are a few rational questions to ask in order to make sure the home you are considering is right for you.

Condition
Unless you are buying new or having your home built this is one of the big items to really take your time with. Will this home need a new roof or other major repairs soon?  Is the landscape something too lush and extravagant for me to handle on my own? Fixer-upper homes have tons of potential but you have to be ready to own those rough edges until you can smooth them out the way you envision.

Pricing
Even if your lender says the home of your dreams is within your reach you need to make sure you are actually comfortable with the monthly terms. The price of the house itself is not the only factor in the end cost either – don’t forget down payments, closing costs, and other fees (not to mention moving costs!) That new house “ahh moment” might not feel quite as fresh if you are living on ramen for the first year, so it’s always good to plan for more than is listed in the black and white details.

Size
Is the home you’re considering big enough for you or your family? Right combination of bedrooms and baths? Could the living room be a little bigger, or do you need a separate office? You’ll want to make sure the home you select is going to have enough growing room for your needs – in most cases you can expand later but that is often costly.

Creature Comforts
Does your potential dream home have central air conditioning or heat? Maybe you have fantasies about a heated garage floor. Will having a two level house make it difficult for visiting guests? Are there adequate bathrooms to accomodate your traditional summer time patio bbq fiesta? Make sure you give these things some thought even though in most cases adjustments can be made, there should never be a reason to compromise.

Resale Potential
Statistics show that people move into a new home nearly every seven years on average. Life can throw some wild curveballs at us without warning; if you were forced to sell your home how easy would that task be? Having a home with high resale potential can help this item not be of concern. Whether it be the newness of the home, it’s location, or special features, generally most homes will have some element that lends them a little extra resale potential. Thinking about the future through home improvements is also a great way to not only protect but to also grow your home investment.

Thinking about all of these things while you are in the home finding mode is a great place to start. Some home buyers will fall in love with over the top amenities that often seem attractive in the showing stage but later turn into real headaches. There’s nothing wrong with shooting for the moon, your house should be as fabulous as you can imagine it, but it also never hurts too keep your feet on the ground while your head is in the clouds.

Still looking for homes in Idaho? We can help! Visit our website to find the homes you’ve been searching for!

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Boise Mountain Living

23 Lodgepole Lane
Idaho City, Idaho

4 Bedrooms
2.5 Bathrooms
3,471 Sq Ft

Not to be missed! You can own your very own piece of fine Idaho mountain living in this great home just outside Idaho City! Far from just creature comforts this cabin offers all the modern amenities and details you want, nestled in the beautiful natural environment of the Gem State.

This magnificent mountain getaway is roughly 45 min. from downtown Boise. Located on 2.33 acres of beautiful scenery, with a rustic modern log home. Includes a stone water feature, 2 fireplaces, huge view windows, high ceiling, numerous balconies, fabulous custom kitchen, guest rooms, with a master suite. Master bath features gorgeous custom cabinetry, dual sinks, separate tub and shower. Open tiled kitchen with double oven, flat-top range, pantry, unique lighting. This outdoor retreat is ready for its new owner!

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