$785,000  Boise, Idaho
Stunning home in desirable Arrowhead Ridge offers foothills living close to downtown Boise & Quail Hollow golf course. Abundant windows allow for ample natural light through out. Large East facing backyard, huge patio & deck, allow for enjoying & entertaining with unobstructed view of the foothills. Inside features include slab granite, travertine, cherry, knotty alder, slate, & generous storage. Daylight basement has living area, wet bar, media room , 2 bedrooms & full bath.
Call Farzin Safavi 208-863-9571

$259,000  Boise, Idaho
Modern design and quality construction just minutes from BSU and downtown Boise. 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms. 4th bed doubles as office/den or 2nd living space. Open floor plan with generous living area. Kitchen includes granite counters, custom European style cabinets and stainless steel appliances. Master features walk-in closet and dual vanities. 2 car detached garage, Landscaped, fully fenced yard with full auto sprinklers round out this great home Boise bench home.
Call Bob Poole 208-870-6931

$429,100  Boise, Idaho
A rare opportunity to find a combination of quality building by Harding Homes and the ultra location you've been looking for! Camelsback, Hyde Park, Ridge to Rivers trails, shops and restaurants are all a short walk away. You'll love the custom finishes in this elegant 3 bed/ 2.5 bath floor plan. Great natural light and generous room sizes. Room spaces flow well and the smart design creates privacy too. Attached 2 car garage, full landscape and fence. Hurry and we can customize it for you! No HOA/dues.
Call Patrick Duynslager 2014

$311,200  Boise, Idaho
Beautiful home in desirable Hidden Springs Community. This spacious 3 Bed, 2.5 Bath home boast hardwood flooring throughout main level. Spacious room sizes. Large patio and yard perfect for entertaining. Great garage with ample storage on built in shelves. Exterior was repainted October 2016. Close to one of two community pools. Hidden Springs offers Club House, Pools, Parks, Community Farm, and direct access to the Ridge to Rivers Trail system.
Call Christie Roth 208-866-4489

$595,000  Star, Idaho
Huge deck of this fantastic property provides stunning rolling hills views. Entertainer's delight with formal living, dining, and lovely chef's kitchen! Beautiful new acacia hardwood and granite. Bring your horses and enjoy the many riding trails in the area. New pasture fencing. Huge shop and barn & tack room w/ power & water. Room for your RV and toys! Great garden area with over 20 fruit trees and wildlife galore! New furnace, A/C & gas water heater. Downstairs bedroom makes a fantastic office.
Call Lorilee Venable 208-761-1603

$259,900  Caldwell, Idaho
Three acres of a charming home in an excellent location. This home is a stick built single level gem-Wait to you see the inside. Quaint and functional. The grounds are well organized into pasture, garden space, corral, pens and barn/garage and parking. The updated kitchen has new cabinets, counters, flooring and appliances and island. A new efficient Quadra Fire wood burning stove creates ambiance and coziness. The home is heated and cooled with a Ductless Split-very efficient. The roof is steel.
Call Valerie Gray 208-272-0227

$299,900  Eagle, Idaho
Incredible well kept home tucked in a cul-de-sac. Lovely hardwood flooring, open feel and extra natural light invite you to entertain. Spacious kitchen-dining area with slab granite, ss appliances and beautiful cabinets. Master suite has cove ceiling, dual vanities, soaker tub, walk-in shower, large walk-in closet & door to 300sf patio-wired for hot tub & outdoor speakers! Exceptional landscaping on over a quarter acre includes room for a garden, a fabulous built-in play set & nearby pool for days of fun!
Call Sue Kropf 208-405-5785

$469,900  Meridian, Idaho
This beautiful former model home is the perfect choice for the most discerning tastes. The tall ceilings and beautiful hardwood welcome you to a cozy open-concept living space that is perfect for entertaining. The granite countertop adorns an amazing kitchen that features a double oven, gas range, and large pantry. The master suite features an amazing fireplace, large walk-in closet, and dual vanities. A covered patio compliments the backyard, and the corner lot means less back-yard neighbors. Won't last!
Call Robert Smith 208-490-1645

$675,000  Boise, Idaho
Unique, fabulous property nestled back off Boise Ave in SE! 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, Bonus 4 room Mother-in-law suite, Salt water Pool w/waterfall, Hot tub, 4 car garage, RV parking, NO HOA OR CCR'S! Split bedroom plan & open layout, lots of storage & flex space. Yard faces south & borders NY Canal w/it's water to garden with! Gorgeous master suite with dual vanities, soaker tub, glass door tiled shower and huge closet! French doors to hot tub & patio! Boise Ave gets plowed in winter so you CAN get out!
Call Janis Allen 208-841-4711

$189,900  Nampa, Idaho
Great home with plenty of room-Home has a living room upstairs and a family room down. Also, off the kitchen is a wonderful dining area with a gas fireplace. Dining area large enough for couch and chair. The home is filled with lovely built-ins for that this era did so well. The detached garage also has shop space. New Roof!
Call Valerie Gray 208-272-0227
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HIGH DEMAND FOR BOISE VALLEY HOMES CONTINUE

5/31/2017

Boise is such a fantastic place to live and work! Boasting an abundance of year-round activities, including hiking, biking, rafting, skiing and snowmobiling, the treasure valley has a lot to offer any outdoor enthusiast. Boise downtown (Bodo) is alive with art, culture and various activities. Boise State is becoming a sought-after university. There is also has a growing wine and craft beer industry here. The area is bustling, and everyone is ready to enjoy the summer sunshine!

With Boise's attractive livability factors, and strong economic growth forecast, including a very positive jobs outlook, there is no wonder why this beautiful area is getting so much attention! However, there has been another phenomenon brewing -- the hot Boise housing market! And, indicators show it is getting hotter! There's no question as to why so many people want to own a home here! Yet, you may wonder how has this affected the local real estate market recently?

This spring there was considerable pent-up demand for homes after emerging from a winter of record-level snowfall. Tight inventories were already present throughout 2016, and the "snow effect" only added to the scenario as we began 2017. Finally, more listings are emerging. However, demand for homes has still been greater, outpacing available homes to purchase. At the same time, home sales have decreased! What does this mean? At this time, it is merely a statistic resulting from the fact that not enough homes have been available to buy. There are currently more homes pending (under contract) than there are for sale. Many, who have previously been on the sidelines, including Millenials and other first-time home buyers, are now deciding to take advantage of low interest rates and special programs currently offered to purchase a home. Competitive bidding has been common in many areas. Homes listed in the lower price ranges typically aren't staying on the market long. Some, not even for a day. All these factors are indicators that the prices of homes in the Boise Valley are continuing their trend upward.

If you're thinking about selling a home, this is all great news! If you're looking to buy, you can still take advantage of today's low interest rates and achieve your dream of home ownership! With rising rent prices, why rent when you could buy? Home prices in the area are still considerably lower than most metropolitan cities. Whether buying or selling, using a real estate professional can be your smartest decision. We use our training and experience to negotiate through the uncertainties and stressful complications that can occur in any transaction. We are in an extremely active real estate market. Use our expertise. Let us be your guide to navigate your next successful offer!

Jo Stearns
208-954-1230
jstearns@atova.com



Home ownership is a huge responsibility

5/1/2017

For most people their home will be the largest debt they will ever have. It may also result in the best financial decision they will ever make.

Home ownership is not for everyone. However, it is one good way to keep up with inflation and the increasing cost of living. Most often property values will increase with time and growth in the community.

Purchasing a home can be stressful and time consuming. Things like Down payment, Location, Monthly payments, taxes, utilities, schools, commute to work, and the neighborhood can all contribute to excitement and stress.

I understand there can be a lot of fun and enjoyment in doing everything yourself, however, there are many important issues in the home purchasing process.

Here is where the help of a professional Real Estate agent can be a great benefit. The Agent will be able to help with:

Locating the right home.
Selecting a Mortgage Company.
Selecting a Title Company.
Find a Qualified Home Inspection Company.
Identify the schools your children may be attending.
Identifying the services available in your new neighborhood.
Negotiating the purchase price and submitting a strong offer.
Navigating the time constraints.
Closing the deal.

The Agents primary goal is to assist the buyer in finding and purchasing the home that fits the buyer’s dreams and needs the best.

There are few things in life more satisfying than owning the place you call HOME.

In my next Blog I will talk about the Agents role in helping a home owner with the sale of their home.

Hector Juillerat
775-842-2285
hjuillerat@atova.com



In Like A Lion, Out Like A Lamb…we hope!

4/3/2017

We’ve seen some pretty challenging weather this winter and we’re all ready for some spring sunshine! In weather folklore there is a saying, “If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb,” these sayings were often based upon careful observations that sometimes turned out to be accurate. With March being such a changeable month, in which we can see warm spring like temperatures or late season snowstorms you can understand how this saying might hold true in some instances. As March comes to a close we’ve already been reminded that spring is upon us and soon April will bring spring flowers…and spring cleaning and “honey do” lists. To help you get a head start on some of those projects I’ve compiled a short list of some important Spring Property Maintenance Tips for your home. Be sure you don’t neglect these important steps, especially after the winter we’ve had!

Happy Spring to you all!

Spring Property Maintenance Tips:

Inspect Roof, Gutters, and exterior: After our snowy Idaho winter, be sure to get out and take some time to inspect the exterior of your home for the condition of your siding, paint, roof, gutters, windows, etc…

Spring is a great time to get your landscaping in check: Some good places to start is removing any dead plants, dethatching the lawn, weeding, sprucing things up with some new bark…

Take a look at that irrigation system, make sure everything is in tip top shape and working properly before our hot Idaho summer kicks into full swing to find out you have problems...

Look into any drainage issues you may have notice this last winter, any place where there may have been standing water or flooding. Also be sure to check those gutters going into spring, and make sure they are good and clear…

Take a look at your mechanical systems that have been working hard all winter long. Call your favorite HVAC servicer, have a tune up done, and get those filters replaced, and don’t forget to re open your crawl space vents so your house can breath a little easier this summer…

Garrett Wenetta
208-402-6974
gwenetta@atova.com



WHY do I use a real estate professional, and HOW do I choose?

2/20/2017

Why?

There are two sides to every sale; the Seller, typically represented by an agent who’s sign is in the yard, and the Buyer, who drives around looking for said signs, or cruises the internet, right? And your favorite home improvement TV and the internet “z” and “t” sites make it look sooooo easy!

Sellers, keep in mind that when you price your homes, you are comparing your costs to home sales and relative appraisals that typically include agent commissions. When you sell your home by yourself, you are likely going to have to dress it up for showings, attend all showings, defend and negotiate your sales price, figure out the NET in offers you may receive, proof your buyer’s financial ability to actually buy your home, navigate home inspections and achieve relative repairs, address title and contract issues, and coordinate title/escrow needs through signing, closing and funding your sale. And all this when you’re trying to move out, and find another home, right? WHEW!

So, it’s like you stitching up the detail of your favorite pair of boots with dental floss or something?, and hoping they don’t rip apart, OR, letting the cobbler restitch them, because they’ve worked on dozens, if not hundreds of other boots and shoes, and know that they all vary one to another, though because of that, they can maneuver the repair for most any.

And Buyers, you may need an agent other than the one selling the house, because they’re busy SELLING the house! They have the Seller’s interest in mind, so you’re going to benefit with an agent that has YOUR interest in mind. Level the playing field!

We, as realtors, are your allies, and bring a wealth of experience and perspective to benefit you in the sale and/or search of your home.

How, then, does one choose a real estate professional?

True, everyone knows a realtor, right? So many of us are either related to one, or have a friend who’s a realtor. Alternatively, if you really don’t actually know one, you tend to recognize the names from signs about town, and just like the major fast food chains that sell the most burgers, they must be the best ones, right?

This ‘familiarity’ is the very reason you should look further.

You will benefit to align yourself first and foremost with someone who actually knows the neighborhood you’re selling or looking in. Unfortunately, this isn’t always your daughter’s friend, or your uncle. Even better is to find a realtor who lives it—the schools, the area shopping and services, the character of the homes and of course their true market values. That realtor is your current and/or future neighbor, and they can help you smith out the challenges of selling and/or the benefits of buying there.

As a seller, look at MLS listing photos, remarks and descriptions, ask a realtor how they will market your property. Can they help you prepare your home for sale? How many hooks can they put out in the ocean for you, in order to gain you the very most, and the best exposure you can achieve for your home sale? Are they just going to post a sign in the yard and wait? Or are they going to schedule regular open houses, and advertise the home through various channels? Do they have experience with inspection related repairs and relative timelines involved?

As a buyer, ask how responsive your realtor can be, how and when they will notify you of listings you may be interested in. Inquire as to how they might maneuver challenging negotiations or multiple offer situations—Are they skilled at investigating the home and its surrounds and potential challenges?

So, no matter who you choose to assist you in selling and/or buying homes, even if it’s your Aunt Marvelous, you should know that you can expect a real estate professional to serve you in these ways and more.

Debowden Bauer
208-573-4487
dbauer@atova.com



Snowfall in Boise hits an all time high! Get out and enjoy it!

1/25/2017

According to the National Weather Service Boise has recorded 35.5” of snow this season (Nov 1st – January 23rd). This means more snow has fallen than most Idahoans have seen in a long time and for you personally this could be so exciting if you love the outdoors as much as I do.

Try visiting The Springs, Idaho City’s hot springs or Roystone, the hot springs in Sweet, Idaho. Both of these hot springs are a great way to warm up this winter, you can drive to either one of them and be home the same day.

Try tubing at Idaho X-Sports Adventure Park in Garden Valley, Idaho. In addition to tubing they offer cross country skiing and fat tire snow biking, now I myself have not tried Fat Tire Snow Biking but I bet it’s fun.

Bogus Basin’s Ski Resort has reported that this season’s Epic Snow Storms have created great snow conditions! This is another great place to spend the day and be home warm and cozy by evening unless of course you stay for night skiing.

It might be a long time before we see this type of snow again so put on your mittens, get out and enjoy!

Warmly~

Cortie Noud
208-571-3148
cnoud@atova.com



Tax Benefits of Homeownership, it’s not too late.

11/28/2016

You still have time to get in on a tax benefit before the end of the year. Did you know you can write off your mortgage interest of your house payment? And if you have refinanced or taken out a home equity loan some of that mortgage interest may also be deductible. You will receive a 1098 Form from your lender for the previous year’s mortgage interest paid.

Did you know if you have a vacation or income home, you may be able to write off that interest also. You just need to spend at least 14 days residing in it, but you can also rent it out for a certain time period.

While mortgage interest can be deducted on your taxes, you will need to be able to itemize your deductions, instead of just taking the standard deduction. Your taxes will not be as simple to do, but the benefits of lowering your taxes can be worth the extra effort. Depending on the amount of interest you have paid you may or may not have enough to itemize.

Please be sure to always check with your tax advisor for specifics on what you can and can't do. Happy house hunting!!!

Patsi Williams
208-412-3766
pwilliams@atova.com



Winter is upon us - Winterizing the Home

10/17/2016

Getting ready for the winter months requires preparation and planning. Here are a few tips to add to your “To-Do” list so your home and family will be safe and ready when the cold weather comes our way:

Outdoor Preparations:

Extend the life of your fuel supply by insulating walls and attics, caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows, and installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic. Feel around electrical outlets and switch-plates for cold air, add insulation where necessary. Close any vents in your home that may have been opened for the warm weather.

Outdoor structures, such as the barn, shed or any other structure that may provide shelter for your family, neighbors, livestock or equipment may also need winterizing. Clear rain gutters; repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on a house or other structure during a storm.

Clean and inspect chimneys and other heating equipment every year. Don’t forget to replace the filter in your furnace.

Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing. Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing. Blowing out Irrigation pipes is a necessity when living in a state like Idaho.

All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear.

Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.

Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).

Hire a contractor to check the structural ability of the roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from the accumulation of snow – or water, if drains on flat roofs do not work.

Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways.

Sand to improve traction.

Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.

Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.

Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle and have winter related items included.

Indoor preparations:

Make a family-based emergency plan.

Have a short term emergency supply and ensure that you have an ample supply water and shelf stable foods.

Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm in an off grid environment.

Make a Family Communications Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.

Have a battery powered radio on hand to listen to changing weather conditions.

Know how to stay warm in an off grid situation.

Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.

Whether buying or selling is in your future, please contact me. The home of your dreams is waiting for you here in the Treasure Valley and I am ready to help you find it.

Randy Dusenbury
208-559-2726
rdusenbury@atova.com



Staging tells the story while the client invisions ownership

10/3/2016

Less Is More

While too many fall decorations will take focus off of your home and its best features, a few tasteful accents can create an inviting setting and make your home feel fresh. Try displaying vases of fall foliage or bowls of seasonal fruit throughout your home.

Boost curb appeal. This is something you always hear, and with very good reason. Many people thinking of touring your home will do a quick drive-by first, often deciding on the spot if it is even worth a look inside. Make a strong first impression by sprucing up your front yard and entryway. Replace the house numbers and exterior light fixtures if necessary. Keep the lawn mowed, the yard free of clutter and toys, and the plants well maintained.

Make sure your home is ready to lure in onlookers with these tips:

*Power wash siding and walkway
*Plant blooming flowers and fresh greenery
*Mow lawn, and reseed or add fresh sod as needed
*Wash front windows
*Repaint or stain the porch floor as needed

Clear away all clutter. If you are serious about staging your home, all clutter must go, end of story. It's not easy, and it may even require utilizing offsite storage (or a nice relative's garage) temporarily, but it is well worth the trouble. Clean and clear surfaces, floors, cupboards and closets equal more space in the eyes of potential buyers, so purge anything unnecessary or unsightly.

Remove Personal Items -- Family pictures, children's artwork and other personal items should be removed or pared down to avoid distraction. Personal belongings can also make it hard for potential buyers to imagine themselves living in the house.

Take a good look at your floors. At the bare minimum, give all floors a thorough cleaning (and steam clean carpets), but consider having wood floors refinished if they are in poor shape. If you don't want to invest in refinishing floors, the strategic placement of area rugs can go a long way.

Annually
*Inspect and insulate pipes to protect them from freezing.
*Trim trees and shrubs away from the home's exterior.
*Touch up exterior paint and check for wood rot or water damage.
*Check grouting in kitchen and bathroom and repair if necessary.

These are just a few important tips that will help maximize the price and minimize the time on market.

Peggy Cedillo
208-859-4383
pegcedillo@aol.com



Rentals in Boise

8/8/2016

Boise is a great place to invest in rental property! Right now vacancy rates are extremely low~less than 3%~ almost unheard of! Rent rates are up as well. The average rent for a 3 bedroom house in Ada county is $1200/month. $400 per bedroom is a good ballpark figure. This varies of course by the amenities the house offers and it's location. Close to downtown in the coveted North-end demands the highest rates. Eagle and Southeast Boise are also considered very desirable and bring above average rents. Rentals in all areas are popular as residents want proximity to their jobs, families or schools. Many people choose to live in Canyon county for it's affordability and often more “country” atmosphere. Rental rates run about $100 less per place in Nampa. Today's savvy renters often expect NICE ~granite counters, SS appliances, hardwood floors, big bathrooms and closets~ places that have it all rent quickly for premium rates.

There are MANY factors to consider when purchasing an investment property so consulting with a knowledgeable Realtor is paramount! Todays' incredibly low interest rates make buying real estate a serious contender for your portfolio.

As an experienced professional property manager AND Real estate agent in Boise I would love to help you explore options! Call or email anytime! Thank you~

Jan Allen
208-841-4711
anchorprop@gmail.com



Today's Market

6/27/2016

It has been an amazing market. Last year the number of active homes on 6/23/2015 where 6282 & pending( homes that are under contract) where 2870. This year for the same time we have 5214 active homes & 3570 homes pending. That is a 1068 less homes on the market & 700 more under contract. (These Numbers are for all of multiple listing area).

We will most likely see higher Number of homes in both categories of active & pending in July which is normally the month with the highest activities.

The in- migration from other states due to the quality of life & lower price homes compared to where they are coming from has helped us with a strong market.

Another area that fuels home sales is the rent rates, as they keep going up the renters will decide to purchase a home & the payment will be less than the rent they are paying.

We have a great market, as long as the interest rates, prices of homes & the global economy stay in check it should stay healthy.

Farzin Safavi
208-863-9571
fsafavi@atova.com