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Friday, December 6, 2013

Selling your home in todays marketplace requires thoughtful planning and expertise. This is even more so in winter. Winter is a beautiful season the the Boise Idaho area and even though our winters are pretty mild, year after year I run into people who think that homes do not sell in the winter. The fact is nothing could be further from the truth. I have found that buyers in todays marketplace buy a home because they have to. Said another way there are other factors in their lives that create the need for them to purchase now such as a job relocation, marriage, birth of a child etc. This video does a great job of highlighting what specific items need to be attended to to in the winter months when selling a home.

Posted by DarrinJ at 12/6/2013 3:01:00 PM
Thursday, November 28, 2013

Population: 213,000 (32% over age 50)

Housing costs: $137,020 to buy a home/ $900 a month to rent

Cost of living index: 94 (100 is average)

Moving to a mountain town means easy access to skiing, hiking, golf, fly-fishing, and more. Unfortunately, it also usually means jaw-dropping home prices, a dinky airport, limited health care, and tourists galore. Not in Boise.

Yes, locals here can ski at Bogus Basin 16 miles from downtown, stroll or bike 85 miles of trails, and paddle or fish on the Boise River, which runs through town. But they'll also find low taxes and affordable homes. Plus, Boise has become a nucleus of culture and health care. Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center is ranked in the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for clinical performance.

Read the rest of the article here.

Posted by DarrinJ at 11/28/2013 3:55:00 PM
Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Treasure Valley leads the state in appreciation according to a report released yesterday by the Idaho Housing and Finance Association. 

  • The Boise/Nampa area is up 12.4% 
  • Coeur d'Alene is up 6.8%
  • Lewiston is up 2.5%
  • Idaho Falls & Pocatello are up .73% & .38% respectively.
  • Nationally home prices rose 8.4% 

This report compared the 3rd QTR of 2013 v. the 3rd QTR of 2012.

The full press release can be read here.


Photo courtesy of the Knowles Gallery

Posted by DarrinJ at 11/27/2013 4:09:00 PM
Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Boise Idaho area was often ranked in the top 10 cites hardest hit by the housing bust, or as I like to refer to it the "over supply of money bubble".  Now we are on the flip side of that and many other areas including the Boise area is experiencing a pretty strong rebound.

Prices rose 2.5 percent during the third quarter, according toFNC., which observed prices in the 100 largest metro areas in the country. The company found that national home prices have risen 11 percent since the beginning of the recovery, a timestamp that FNC considers to be the start of 2012.

Even though Idaho isn't cited in this article mostly due to the size of our market compared to the MSA surveyed our numbers are similar in growth to many of the others listed.


Posted by DarrinJ at 11/22/2013 12:25:00 AM
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A great 40 second overview of the national housing market. In the Boise area we have seen housing sales slow just a bit in October and pick up again in November. If you would like an update on your specific neighborhood just drop us a line.

Posted by DarrinJ at 11/20/2013 8:32:00 PM
Thursday, October 24, 2013

Boise Airport was ranked seventh inTravel + Leisure Magazine'sAmerica's Best Airports listing in their October 2013 issue. In their annual survey of the 'World's Best Awards 2013,'Travel + Leisurereaders ranked 67 domestic airports in six categories: flight delays, design, food and drink, shopping, check-in, and location.

The magazine's readers identified a growing trend with busy travellers, a focus on smaller airports specifically for their smooth check-in process and efficient layouts, as well as the friendly atmosphere that makes the travel experience a lot less stressful. Boise Airport was noted as #1 for fewest flight delays and as "the very model of an efficient airport."

As with the airports ranked above it, Boise Airport scored high with our free Wi-Fi access and recharge stations for all those electronic devices air travelers love. You can read more about the airports listed and how they ranked by visiting the Travel+Leisure website or picking up a copy of the October 2013 issue at one of the Boise Airport newsstands.

Posted by DarrinJ at 10/24/2013 4:09:00 PM
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Friday, April 13, 2012
A quick historical overview of the Boise real estate market over the last 4 years done in 2 min. See where we have been and more important where we are going. Its looking better.
Posted by DarrinJ at 4/13/2012 9:24:00 PM
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

In more than two-thirds of the country, housing affordability has dipped to pre-housing bubble levels, creating opportunities for those looking for a bargain. Home prices are expected to rise in 2013 due to fewer distressed sales and the impending housing shortage.

Posted by DarrinJ at 9/28/2011 5:54:00 PM
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Today we heard a number of news articles that talk about the home price going up $20,000 in the Treasure Valley and I wanted to go over some of the specifics on that and quickly touch on just a few elements that are accurate about that one soundbite and what the reality is today's marketplace.
Posted by DarrinJ at 7/27/2011 3:18:00 AM
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
A quick historical overview of the Boise real estate market. Good news is that prices are now starting to climb slowly.
Posted by DarrinJ at 4/13/2011 9:15:00 PM
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