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

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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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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.

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.

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.

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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Home Buyer Tips: Save Yourself

Buying a home is unlike any other transaction you will take part in during your lifetime; as it’s not necessarily one that most people make often it can be easy to stumble over your own feet during the process. To help aid in those situations we’ve prepared these quick tips to help you – whether it’s your first time, or you are a seasoned flipper.

Often the biggest part of the home buying process that is tough to handle is time – how long will it take to get the house from found to closed. While this time frame can vary from situation to situation there are a few things in particular you the buyer can be aware of in order to help keep the timeline running on track – avoid these mistakes to do just that!

Not working with an experienced agent.
Of course we’re going to harp on this one first! Fact is though, even if it’ just to help shuffled the paperwork, using the services of a qualified REALTOR® can really help turn the entire home buying process from nightmare into a dream. Not only can an agent help you find the home you are searching for, they will prove invaluable in the closing process as well as in handling any issues that may arise along the way.

Living too much in the now.
While looking for homes, be willing to expand beyond the homes current condition or appearance and realize that once it’s yours you will be able to take the environment in hand and shape it to your liking. It could be something as little as putting in new carpet, or painting the interior. You may be surprised but many potential home buyers will see a house only “as-is” and let minor things be a deal breaker for an otherwise perfect home.

Not caring about the little details.
Whether this means compromising on what you really want over the cost, or just trying to ignore an elephant in the room just to get the deal done, there are some instances where you really don’t want to compromise – and that’s OK. This is another area that working with an agent can be a real life saver as they can put their experience to work in letting you be aware of which things might not be negotiable before you go to sale.

Not making a list.
You don’t have to check it twice – but we recommend it! Having a clearly outlined idea of what you are looking for in a home before you begin the search is a good idea. By knowing what items are most important to you, you will be able to easily tell which things might be able to be compromised on and what items are set in stone.

Skipping the inspection.
Getting a home inspection is critical. Let me say that again: getting a home inspection is CRITICAL. Buying a home is unlike any other purchase you will make, and unlike a car there really is no way to take it for a spin around the block. The next best thing is getting a home inspection. This will generally be your only chance to “kick the tires” before you get down to the paperwork and it can be vitally important in not only saving you cost, but also saving you heartache down the road.

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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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