$343,900  Boise, Idaho
Check out this wonderful quaint home by Jayo Construction. This single level home has plenty of curb appeal. Located in a half cul-de-sac and you will never have back yard neighbors. This home has some amazing finishes: custom cabinets, granite countertops, hardwood and tile flooring, insulated and painted garage, fully fenced and landscaped...this ones ready to go! With a functioning living area and split bedroom design, this home feels bigger then it appears. Don't miss out on this gem!
Call Matthew Schweiger 208-440-9191

$349,900  Meridian, Idaho
Amazing spacious home for you to spread out in. This open floor plan features 5 large bedrooms, an open concept kitchen and dining area, and a spacious living room. Nestled in a quiet neighborhood, with no rear neighbors, this is the perfect place to call home. Master Suite includes dual vanities, huge walk-in closet, and separate tub and shower. 3 car garage!
Call Robert Smith 208-490-1645

$39,990  Fairfield, Idaho
Oversized home site with all the extras! Big views, wildlife, seasonal creek, ready made snow/wind break along West boundary (Elk Creek) and much, much more. Initiate all your recreational adventures right from your doorstep. Short drive to Public lands via Willow or Soldier Creek drainage's. Don’t miss aerial video at: vimeo.com/226668123 or see unbranded video tab below. Plat avail at green "D" Tab above.
Call Steve Claridge 208-539-2833

$233,777  Kuna, Idaho
Golden opportunity in desirable Sable Ridge Sub! Comfortable 4-bdrm home w/vaulted ceilings, generous-sized living rm, split bedrm design! Enjoy the large kitchen w/ample counter space & storage. You'll love the pride of ownership in neighborhood and easy access to freeway & Kuna amenities. Add'l benefits of this home include RV parking and the feeling of wide open space, as home is located at end of street. With some cosmetic fix-up and polishing, this home could truly be a diamond you found in the rough.
Call Jo Stearns 208-954-1230

$264,900  Nampa, Idaho
Live large in this spacious (4+) bedroom, (2) bath home on 4/10’s of an acre. Amazing 24X21 living area with elbow room for all. Fully insulated, 25X35 ft (3) car garage w/auto openers. Large yard ideal for pets and garden area. In the summer months you can relax in your 16 X 32 foot above ground pool! Refrigerator included. RV parking space. NO HOA or CCR’s! Adjacent property to West, .98 Acres w/48X80 shop available separately (1314 E Karcher). Combine the properties and work close to home.
Call Steve Claridge 208-539-2833

$43,000  Boise, Idaho
Space #198, $475 pad rent which includes sewer and trash.
Call Douglas Oates 208-724-2822

$34,900  Fairfield, Idaho
Welcome to your gateway to all things Sawtooth Forest. Immediate access to endless recreational possibilities. Great views of the Camas Prairie and towering Soldier Peaks. Short drive to Ski Area. One hour drive to Sun Valley. Plat map available at green "D" tab above.
Call Steve Claridge 208-539-2833

$249,900  Boise, Idaho
Nestled on a gentle, sloping hillside below Table Rock, this delightful, estate lot offers breathtaking, sweeping, unobstructed views! Located at the end of the road on a premier, upscale cul de sac, you are assured the peace & privacy you desire. Serene area offers Foothill +Trail access, minutes from Lake, River & downtown Boise's amenities. Enjoy sparkling city lights, recreation, wildlife, spectacular cloud formations & weather patterns moving across the skyline. Perfect *Lifestyle, Luxury and Location!
Call Sue Kropf 208-405-5785

$299,900  Boise, Idaho
Enjoy single level living in this well maintained, split bedroom plan in Southeast Boise. Living area boasts an airy feel with 9 foot ceilings and ample natural light. Granite tops and plank flooring in kitchen. Includes refer. & SS appliances. Top it off with a central vacuum plumbed system and a amazing master bath. Functional floor plan makes the most of useable space and flow. Great “jumping off” location only ¼ mile to Barber Park / Greenbelt with trail access through subd. Two child parks nearby.
Call Steve Claridge 208-539-2833

$430,000  Boise, Idaho
Gorgeous sunset views with no backyard neighbors! Near 2 golf courses, this beautiful, high quality home boasts entertainment with a home theater, a zoned-stereo system, a food-bar/wet-bar and a huge family room. The beautiful master bedroom has a spa-like master bath with a giant walk-in closet. 3 more bedrooms and a non-egress 5th bedroom with a private full bath (mother-in-law). There is a classy large office, vaulted ceilings, a large 2nd office/craft space and a gas fireplace.
Call Stephanie Smith 208-841-8346
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Preparing your home for the season

2/11/2019

Preparing to sell your home or just cleaning up after winter can seem daunting but with these quick tips, focusing on one task at a time, you will be less overwhelmed, and your home will be ready in no time at all.

With spring around the corner your list of things to do is probably getting longer and we all know this can be overwhelming. After playing, or hibernating, through the winter it’s time to get moving and get things spruced up. While waiting for things to dry up outside focus on tidying up inside, such as; donating unused items, organize the kitchen and bathroom cupboards, touch up paint, replace old caulk with a fresh new bead of caulk, be sure all lighting is in good working order (Clear lighting elevates our mood and is welcoming to buyers), and clean the inside windows.

Once the weather has cleared enough to get going on the outside, focus on curb appeal, the front door or porch is a great place to start. Did you know that the front door gives a vital first impression to the home? Fresh paint or touch up to the porch/front door along with a new doormat goes a long way, clean the outside of the windows, rake the yard, fill holes in the siding with caulk and touch up paint where needed, and if you have a patio, create a welcoming feel by scrubbing it and freeing it from clutter. If you have outdoor furniture, arrange it on the patio to give it the warm feel of a comfortable place to entertain. This will give your home a fresh new look for the season whether you plan to stay or sell.

Want more tips, feel free to contact us here at Atova. We’re always happy to help.

Tia Dowdle
208-631-1396
tdowdle@atova.com



IS IT TIME TO BUY? IS IT TIME TO SELL? IS IT TIME TO REMODEL?

1/29/2019

Real estate is maybe the center of the picture if we were to start a puzzle and fit together all the pieces of our lives. In the course of a lifetime, we remember our benchmarks by statements that could start something like the following: We bought our house the year....We sold our house when we moved to...We held the lot and decided to build our new home on the golf course because...it was simply time to remodel our home and upgrade that kitchen...When we got a divorce, I needed to find a place suitable to raise the children close to my spouse and we found this house....When it came time to retire, Mom and Dad decided to downsize so we helped them find this great condo...Or, we moved here because we found a fantastic acreage that houses all our animals, my business equipment, and we can expand when we need to.

All of these scenarios are real and a seasoned Realtor will have heard most of them in their career. There is nothing more satisfying than being of service to our communities by using our RE License to assist clients, friends and families to realize their dream. These are great questions, and the answers may not be easy to hear. Trusting that there is more than one answer, and trusting that you will have the help of a professional to assist, there is never a perfect time to buy, sell, move, or remodel, unless it is "now." When you ask the question, it is the right time to start the communication. It can take time, patience, and every swing at the bat isn't always a home-run, but you are "up-to-bat!" Gather your team of experts, including Realtor, Lender, Architect, Builder, Remodel expert and introduce them to your dream. Ask questions, listen to all the answers, and use your own discernment because "this is your life" and it is up to you to "live it like you love it!!" We are here to Help! Help! Help!

Sandy Post
208-867-9736
spost@atova.com



Market Growth

1/16/2019

In 2018, we saw an approximate 15% growth in market value. This year we project between 3-5% growth. This could be an indicator that our market is leveling. We just might see the top of the market this year. Only time will tell, but I believe now is the time to sell your investment property, if that is something you’ve been considering. We’d love to help!! Ask us for a free market analysis.

Val Gray
208-272-0227
grayidahorealestate.com



Selling Your Home Fast for the Most Money

1/8/2019

Whether you are selling your home to upgrade, relocate, downsize, or you simply have the desire to move, these tried-and-true tips can help you get quick offers that are close to, or even above, your asking price.

Curb Appeal - Your home’s exterior is typically the first thing a buyer sees. If it doesn’t look good, most often a buyer won’t even consider looking at the interior. Tidy up your yard by trimming trees and hedges, refreshing mulch, and edging the lawn. Consider pressure-washing your house, walkways, and driveway, and even adding a fresh coat of paint to the trim. Polish the kick-plate and doorknob, clean front windows, and clean away cobwebs off your front porch. Staging your front porch for the season and turning on exterior lights will make your home more inviting.

Quick Fixes and Small Upgrades - You don’t need a major remodel because most likely you won’t get your money back. Quick fixes and small upgrades that are made before selling always pay off. A new sink, cabinet hardware in the kitchen, light fixtures, and a fresh coat of paint on the walls, are inexpensive projects and can instantly transform your space. Small upgrades will have a big impact.

Brighten Up Your Home - Do what you need to do to make your home welcoming, bright, and cheery. A dark and poorly lit home tends to feel depressing, small, and damp. Good lighting is one of the things that every buyer wants in a home. Use the highest wattage light bulbs for light fixtures and open curtains and blinds when preparing your home for a showing. A deep cleaning will help brighten windows, light fixtures, and baseboards.

Hire a Real Estate Agent - Make sure to hire a real estate agent who is informed and educated. An excellent agent will help you understand the process, market your home, review offers and negotiate with the buyer or buyer’s agent, have access to market conditions, will handle volumes of paperwork, provide you with a team of professionals such as inspectors, appraisers, and home stagers, and will develop a relationship of trust with you. (When hiring an Atova agent you are guaranteed these services and more!)

Get a Storage Unit - Use a storage unit to house the things you won’t need while your home is on the market. The general rule is to get rid of a third of your stuff. If you don’t use it every day, then put it in storage. A helpful tip: Choose a portable storage unit because it can be delivered to your new home which will make moving day much easier.

Remove Personalized Items and Declutter - Removing personal photographs or memorabilia from your home allows buyers to imagine themselves living in your home and makes it easier to focus on your home’s important features. The goal is to create a neutral and spacious environment where buyers can imagine themselves living. Decluttering, depersonalizing, and cleaning your home will make it more desirable to potential buyers.

Sell at the Right Time - Typically spring and summer is the best time to sell your home. Spring and summer bring the most buyers because more people want to move when the weather is warmer, the days are longer, and kids are out of school. Fall and winter sales are typically slower.

Pets - Some people don’t care for pets or don’t want a home that has had a pet in it. While your home is on the market take steps to minimize the presence of pets. Keep pet supplies out of sight and make sure there are no pet odors or pet damage that would be noticeable to a buyer. Have a friend or family member watch or walk your pet during a showing or open house or consider boarding your pet for the day.

Hire a Professional to Stage Your Home - A professional home stager sees your home from a buyer’s perspective and hiring one can be a great way to make a positive first impression. A good stager helps to highlight your home’s strengths and soften its flaws. Staging, done right, is often worth the cost.

Always Be Ready to Show Your Home - Once you list you home it needs to be “show-ready” at all times. This means every room should be clean and uncluttered at all times. Remember to keep sensitive documents, valuables, and prescription medications in a safe place such as in storage or with a trusted friend or family member.

Buyers will be most interested in your home the first few weeks that it is on the market. You never have a second chance to make a first impression and by using these tips you can expect an offer on your home in no time!

Yvonne Griffin
208-484-6428
ygriffin@atova.com



Autumn Home Maintenance and Idaho Recreation

10/29/2018

With so many wonderful things to do in the Treasure Valley, it’s sometimes a chore in and of itself to stay home and actually do chores! When you are not out exploring, here are some tips to protect your home and property this time of year.

MOW THE LEAVES

If you prefer, you can mow the leaves instead of raking them. Mowing the leaves and turning them into mulch can feed the soil for a healthier yard. But please, whatever you choose, take a break from the rake or lawn mower and instead hop on your bike or enjoy a chilly autumn hike on a nearby trail! https://www.ridgetorivers.org/

CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS

I know. You’d rather be out walking on the greenbelt and perhaps fishing or golfing, so why stay home and clean your gutters? When your gutters are filled with leaves, you risk water damage not only to your roof, but also to the foundation. When you’re done, reward yourself by getting out and doing something fun! https://parks.cityofboise.org/media/228316/16%E2%80%930726-greenbelt-map-b.pdf

SERVICE YOUR HEATING SYSTEM

You want your heating system to be in good working condition when the colder weather arrives. Don’t get caught without heat this winter…have it serviced now so that when you come home from skiing or snowshoeing in the area mountains, you and your loved ones will be toasty warm while you share with each other how amazing your day was in the great outdoors! https://bogusbasin.org/

TRIM TREES

Winter storms can bring snow and ice that can weigh down tree limbs. If these limbs are precariously dangling over your roof, they can potentially cause damage. Now is a great time to take care of this chore. Speaking of trees, look up to the sky and watch for one of Idaho’s many raptors or zip through the trees yourself! https://visitidaho.org/things-to-do/wildlife-viewing-birding/world-center-for-birds-of-prey/

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FIX CRACKS IN DRIVEWAY

If given the chance, snow and ice can pack into the cracks in your driveway causing further damage. It’s not too late to seal your driveway. However, if cracks in a rock wall are more your style, brush up on your hand and foot-holds while rock climbing nearby. You can always seal that driveway next season! https://totallyboise.com/Blog/ArticleID/33/Your-Guide-to-Rock-Climbing-in-Boise

I have additional home maintenance tips to share with you once I return from dipping my toes into one of Idaho’s incredible natural hot springs. https://visitidaho.org/travel-tips/7-must-visit-idaho-hot-springs/

Cindy Ritchie
208-284-7090
critchie@atova.com



Fall Activities

9/11/2018

Boise has no shortage of amazing Fall activities. It’s a magical season in Idaho. Though winter is on the way, the days stay warm while the nights are crisp and cool. Here in Idaho we love fall festivals and take every opportunity to celebrate during this season of change. Jump into the harvest season with these 3 recommendations for fall festival fun in the Boise and surrounding areas of Idaho.

Orofino Lumberjack Days September 13 -16, 2018 Orofino, Idaho

Enjoy some family fun at Orofino’s Lumberjack Festival. Photo Credit: KCXD. Looking for something a little different this fall? Check out Orofino Lumberjack Days, a three-day tribute to logging with a family-friendly parade and carnival. Orofino Lumberjack Days began in 1947 and is celebrating its 70th year. Events include logging challenges such as ax throwing, tree topping, and single and double bucking. Enter an event or two if you’re feeling strong, or enjoy watching from the grandstand with a plate of food. http://orofinolumberjackdays.org/

Old Boise Oktoberfest September 22, 2018 Boise, Idaho

Raise a glass to Oktoberfest in Idaho. The first Oktoberfest took place in 1810 to celebrate the wedding of two German royals in Bavaria. The married couple invited the entire town to join them for a few days of drinking, eating, and dancing. Oktoberfest, now a popular fall festival around the world, is celebrated in high style throughout Idaho.In Boise, check out the Old Boise Oktoberfest. This Oktoberfest is well known for its mix of music, Bavarian foods, and plenty of fall seasonal brews. If you want to get extra festive, pull on a pair of lederhosen (you won’t be the only one!). Don’t miss the Sam Adams Beer Stein Hoisting competition while you’re there. https://www.facebook.com/OktoberfestOldBoise/

Trailing of the Sheep October 10-14, 2018 Ketchum, Idaho

Named as one of the “Top Ten Fall Festivals in the World” by MSN.com, the Trailing of the Sheep Festival is a celebration of lamb, wool, and traditional sheep herding culture. Ketchum was once an epicenter of sheep ranching, second only to Australia as a producer of lamb. A few sheep ranches remain, keeping the tradition and spirit alive.Trailing of the Sheep’s flagship event is the parade in Ketchum, where a herd of sheep “trail” from the nearby mountains down Main Street to the cheers of thousands of spectators. It also includes a weekend full of activities such as the Folklife Fair in Hailey, lamb tastings in local restaurants, food and craft classes, and the Championship Sheep Dog Trials. http://www.trailingofthesheep.org/

Festival information provided by Sara Sheehy. She is the founder of Camp Academy, an online beginners guide to camping and hiking.

Enjoy this beautiful season and Idaho and I’ll see you out there on the Ridge to Rivers trails and all that Boise and beyond have to offer.

Marty Siebertz
208-336-9600
TeamDevlinSiebertz@atova.com



TO BE, OR NOT TO BE, THAT IS THE QUESTION! (Choosing buyer representation)

5/29/2018

With today’s information highway, every bit of information imaginable is “at your fingertips”! What you do with that information is critical, especially when it involves making business decisions, including buying and selling real estate!

Here in the Treasure Valley, the current demand for homes far exceeds the supply, making this a challenging market for buyers. While it may be a simple task for buyers to identify homes to consider, this is a swift-moving market and many homes are receiving multiple offers, meaning the competition is fierce and there is only ONE WINNER! In a multiple offer situation, sellers have the opportunity to pick and choose from a host of offers, all with different terms. Going it alone may mean the difference between losing out in multiple offer situations, and having an offer accepted.

Remember, commissions are negotiated between the seller and the seller’s agent, and typically paid for by the seller. It costs you, the buyer, NOTHING to be represented by a real estate agent! So why wouldn’t you want to benefit from the expertise and experience of a real estate agent?

BE THE WINNER! Choose a savvy, seasoned real estate agent to represent you in the search and ultimate purchase of your home!

Amy McMahon
951-295-7017
Amy@Atova.com



Quality of Life Abounds in Boise!

5/15/2018

For those of you fortunate enough to be a “fifth generation” Boisian/Idahoan, congratulations! For those of you who have discovered the Boise area and migrated from elsewhere, again, congratulations! And for those of you who have yet to visit and immerse yourself in all aspects of Idaho life, well, what are you waiting for?

The joke here is that Idaho residents are supposed to tell non-Idahoans, “Don’t come! The weather is terrible and the fishing even worse!” Both statements are, of course, misleading and designed to frighten away most people, selfishly keeping the pristine beauty of the area all for ourselves.

Truth is that life in Idaho is unparalleled, especially for people moving here from the “right and left coasts”. The cost of living is comparably low, the residents are truly friendly and helpful, the four seasons are each uniquely stunning, to name just a few highlights. I often say that “living in Boise is like living in a Norman Rockwell painting”.

So seriously, what ARE you waiting for?

Amy McMahon
951-295-7017
amy@atova.com



Best Time to Sell...NOW

4/30/2018

Most people shop for homes when the weather is nice out, so with Southern Idaho's spring climate, influx of people, and interest rates, the time to sell is NOW.

It is a "sellers market" - those words echo right now more intensely than probably any other time in the Boise Metro area. Idaho, and especially the Treasure Valley, is experiencing tremendous growth. Forbes magazine says that Idaho leads the pack, with the Boise area specifically standing out...and it will keep growing.

The Boise area's low available home inventory is sending potential homebuyers into packed open houses and resulting in bidding wars that sometimes include competing all-cash offers. Real estate websites and government data show that homes in Southwest Idaho are selling faster than last year, and many are going for higher than asking prices. What more could a seller ask for?

Buyers are learning to fall in love with a house much faster than ever before, and using social media and YouTube to purchase homes sight unseen.

The traditional best time to sell is between March and June, however, this year, the entire summer looks to be a key optimal selling window.

Interest rates are low right now. For each side of the transaction, low interest rates can help make a transaction possible for those buyers that may have credit challenges. In the first week of May 2018, the average interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averages 4.5 percent.

While mortgage rates aren’t expected to spike significantly this year, they are forecast to increase overall. The Mortgage Bankers Association predicts 30-year fixed-rate mortgages will rise to 4.6 percent this year, and it expects rates to rise to 5 percent in 2019 and 5.3 percent in 2020.

Even though the optimal time to sell your home varies depending on personal and regional factors, one thing is certain: the best time to sell a house in Idaho begins NOW.

Cheryl Jensen
208-861-0854
cjensen@atova.com



Vacation Rentals

3/14/2018

Staying in a vacation rental while visiting a new place can really enhance the trip! Having a kitchen and laundry facilities can help keep costs and packing to a minimum. Particularly if you have a family or group gathering, the cost is usually less than multiple hotel rooms, and you can enjoy a living room for movies, games and socializing. Often a nice outdoor space is provided for BBQ’s, perhaps even a hot tub or pool! Most areas now have a plethora of choices available on-line.

As a rental property manager and Realtor I’m often asked my opinion of furnishing a house for this purpose. A few years ago I would have said yes it’s worth it, but the popularity of vacation rentals promoted by a recent website has caused a glut on the Boise market. I can find 306 properties on that website today! When I began offering my townhouse as a furnished rental in 2007, it was one of two! The result of supply and demand has driven the price down to the point that I plan to return to using it as a traditional rental. Because rents have gone up quite a bit in the last couple years, and nightly rates have gone down, the potential for higher returns just isn’t worth the amount of extra work involved. At least not for me, in my opinion.

Vacation rentals require a tax permit. Since they compete with hotels the law requires the same taxes to be collected. All rentals require state sales tax (currently 6%) plus the Idaho travel and convention tax of 2%. If you are close to downtown and in the Greater Boise Auditorium district another 5% is required. Collecting and remitting these taxes is the responsibility of the owner and stiff fines are levied for non compliance. Trust me they watch the websites! Stays of more than 31 days are exempt.

Furnishing, decorating, equipping the kitchen with dishes, flatware, appliances, staples; linens and paper supplies for bathrooms and bedrooms; propane for BBQ’s, hot tub maintenance, etc. can be quite expensive initially and ongoing. Constantly booking, collecting, inspecting and returning damage deposits; scheduling cleaning between each booking and maintenance when needed; all take a lot of time! There are management options available that usually take about 20%. Probably worth it for all that work, but again cut into the bottom line. Insurance rates are higher for short term rentals, plus the owner has to pay all the utilities.

Traditional rentals in Boise are in high demand and owning one can be a great way to build wealth! I’m happy to answer any questions about rentals, as well as buying or selling any residential properties in the Boise area. Feel free to call me!

Jan Allen
208-841-4711
jallen@atova.com