$13,250,000  Eagle, Idaho
Sale or Joint Venture. Palermo Estates is a fully approved shovel ready subdivision consisting of 21x five-acre lots spanning 120 acres in the Eagle foothills just North of Beacon Light Road between Eagle Road and Highway 55. Very nicely situated at the end of Triple Ridge Estates with very high-end estate properties lining the meandering tree-lined drive back to this location. Exceptional view properties. Feels a million miles away, yet very close to upscale shopping, high-end restaurants, and more. Actual view shown. Video tour: https://youtu.be/juHgiK5Rj20 ** Access is North on Triple Ridge from Beacon Light Road, East on Trinity, to end of road. Please do not access property without a showing appointment. Thank you.
Call Steve Barbey 208-724-8169

$1,424,900  Eagle, Idaho
Heartland Ranch is a very rare find in Eagle, offering a limited number of five-acre parcels within an exclusive premium community nestled against the foothills, with breathtaking views of the mountain range and beautiful sunsets across the cornfields. Each five acre parcel is flat, offering the best of Idaho to build your dream home with plenty of space for a shop and barn. Horses welcome! Each lot is ready to build and comes with water rights and pressurized irrigation, electrical, fiber and natural gas. Easy access to upscale dining and boutique shopping in Eagle, and a short drive to downtown Boise. We invite you to come build your best life at Heartland Ranch! *** Lot six, second to last lot at the end of the cul-de-sac on the right. Premium lot with East-facing backyard.
Call Steve Barbey 208-724-8169

$1,325,000  Eagle, Idaho
Nestled in the Eagle foothills at the end of Triple Ridge Estates. Beautiful estate properties line the meandering drive back to this location. Exceptional view property. Feels a million miles away, yet very close to upscale shopping, high-end restaurants and more. Actual view shown. Photo taken standing on one possible build site on this 5-acre parcel. Must see to fully appreciate. Absolutely breathtaking. Video tour: https://youtu.be/juHgiK5Rj20 ** Access is North on Triple Ridge from Beacon Light Road, East on Trinity, to end of road. Please do not access property without a showing appointment. Thank you.
Call Steve Barbey 208-724-8169

$112,000  Boise, Idaho
This remodeled 2-bedroom, 1-bath mobile home offers the perfect blend of modern comfort and natural beauty, situated right by the tranquil Boise River and backs up directly to the Esther Simplot Park. This home offers more than just a residence; it presents a lifestyle of tranquility, leisure, and scenic beauty. You will love the amazing kitchen with Butcher Block countertops, & stainless steal appliances. Close to shopping, medical facilities, & quick fwy access. Lot rent is going up to $460 in October, & includes water. Must be approved by Park Management. Don’t miss out on this water front property!
Call Oscar Cortez 208-739-7111

$620,000  Parma, Idaho
This is 9 acres of fun. This home is move in ready. Features an all new kitchen, bathrooms, floors, roof, siding, and windows. Fresh paint! The outside is ready for you to make it just how you want it. Cut dirt bike trails! Raise a garden. Raise those farm animals. Motivated seller bring your offers. The views are amazing!! No HOA.
Call Monday Platter 208-401-5269

$295,000  Cascade, Idaho
A refurbished tree top tiny house on a wooded 1.23 acres with views of Cascade Lake and West Mountain awaits your arrival. Tranquility is yours on this gorgeous piece of Idaho flanked by a private road as well as the year round county road at bottom. The home boasts 360 sf & picture windows with vast & breathtaking views. Huge granite boulders are part of your property. Butane stove, vintage style refrigerator, radiant heat, compostable toilet, and step up bedroom with LVP flooring are move in ready. Enjoy a fully finished "drive up" garage on lower level with interior access to above. Has power & water, previously approved for septic. Close proximity to skiing, snowmobiling, boating, fishing, hiking & bike riding. The golf course & boat ramps are just 2 miles away. Has water & power, and no CC&R's or HOAs. Bring all of your toys, and don't forget to greet your deer and fox neighbors. Just 80 miles from Boise! The mountains are calling you.
Call Marty Siebertz 208-336-9600

$3,200,000  Eagle, Idaho
This is THE premium building lot in Eagle, Idaho. If you've been looking for a truly exceptional property to build your dream home, this is it! Dignified and prestigious, this 40-acre rolling foothills parcel offers a very secluded feel, yet is just minutes from the upscale dining and boutique shops of downtown Eagle. Breathtaking views and an incredible setting. Nestled in the foothills, and easily accessible via a meandering-road lined with acreage estate properties. Adjacent directly North of the lots shown in this video: https://bit.ly/3WEJwhL Recent 5-acre residential lots in Eagle have been selling for $1.2m to $1.4m. This is 8x the lot size for less than 3x the money, with 100x the views. Must see to believe. Straight sale, development opportunity, or possible joint venture with possible split into four ten-acre lots. Call today for more details or to arrange a showing. Drive-by via Triple Ridge Estates. Please do not access property without an appointment. Thank you.
Call Steve Barbey 208-724-8169

$385,000  Nampa, Idaho
A perfect opportunity to own a single-level, wonderfully kept home centrally located close to shopping, schools, parks and Lake Lowell Recreational area. Warm design choices and natural light welcome you. The split bedroom layout offers privacy for all and the open-concept floorplan with vaulted ceilings makes this home feel larger than its numbers. Plenty of cabinetry, a step in pantry, walk in closet, and overhead garage storage assure a place for everything. The seamless flow between the kitchen, living room, dining area and patio is ideal for entertaining inside and out. The yard is fully landscaped, fenced and there are no neighbors directly to the South. A custom 24x8 shed can be used for seasonal items, a craft or play room or whatever works best for you. This home is move-in ready and includes full interior blinds and all major appliances. This is it!
Call Crista Martin 208-577-7157

$2,995  Meridian, Idaho
LIKE NEW! MOVE-IN READY! 4 bedroom 2 and half bath home in Memory Ranch subdivision. All bedrooms and laundry are upstairs. Large master suite offers an oversized walk-in closet, dual vanities, and a large shower. Front room could be used as formal dining or office/den. Kitchen is open to dining and family room for spacious living. Close to community pool. Easy freeway access from Ten Mile, south of freeway.
Call Taylor Jackson 661-755-0663

$428,000  Mountain Home, Idaho
Welcome to your dream property nestled near the picturesque Anderson Ranch Reservoir and the world class trout fishery on the South Fork Boise River! This stunning parcel offers an unparalleled opportunity to own a slice of paradise, adjacent to public land, in the heart of Idaho’s natural bounty. Immerse yourself in the tranquil waters, surrounded by breathtaking scenery, and experience the thrill of landing trophy-worthy trout. Hunters will find themselves in a paradise for upland game bird hunting and (OTC) elk and deer hunting opportunities. Off road enthusiasts can explore nearby public lands with miles of motorcycle, UTV and snowmobile trails. Don't miss out on the chance to own this extraordinary 48-acre property. With its unmatched natural beauty, diverse recreational offerings, and proximity to urban amenities, this property is an absolute gem. Only 10 minutes to South Fork Boise River & Reservoir Boat Ramp , 1 hour to Boise. 1.5 hours to Sun Valley and only 20 minutes to Mountain Home.
Call Steve Claridge 208-539-2833
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Rent vs. Buy: What Option is Right for You?


There’s a lot to consider when deciding if you should rent or buy a home, and in the current environment, it’s getting trickier to decide. Given economic uncertainty, recession fears, high interest rates, and conflicts/instability throughout the world, you may think now is not the time to invest in a home, but conside this:
• Idaho is the fourth most expensive state for renters, where renters have experienced an average 41% increase in prices over the past three years.?(MovingFeedback analyzed data from Zillow.com)
• Rents are expected to grow more than home prices in 2023, according to Realtor.com
• Mortgage rates are likely to decline through 2023, although they will remain volatile as the markets react to economic data on inflation and employment
• Investor activity is cooling off since the hot market of 2021
• Sellers are more flexible on price and other terms and conditions

Drilling Down
A 41% increase in rental prices equates to paying on average almost $475 per month over what you paid just 3 years ago. That’s a huge bite out of your income! Of course, asking prices for properties for sale have also dramatically increased during that same time period. The good news for Buyers is many Sellers are accepting offers below asking price with closing credits and cash incentives to buy down mortgage rates.

Rent prices may begin to stabilize during the next year, but don’t expect prices to drop quickly. “We are seeing moderation in construction costs and land costs, therefore there should be a corresponding rent stabilization in the near future,” Jeff Hess, development partner at Hawkins Homes and Communities, said. “However, some new multi-family projects are locked into old land and construction contracts, so the leveling off will still take some time. There is a slight uptick in inventory, but still in short supply for the near future.”

Although mortgage rates are expected to decline, they’re still high. The average fixed rate on a 30-year mortgage is expected to fluctuate between 6% and 6.5% this spring, according to housing economists interviewed by U.S. News.

Professional investors might be tapering down their home purchases, which could be a good development for frustrated homebuyers who find it hard to compete with investors’ lofty, quick-close, all-cash offers. “We have seen that investor activity has started to come down, which means that the typical homebuyer would be competing with fewer investors,” says Hannah Jones, an economic data analyst at Realtor.com. “We heard this over and over during the [COVID-19] pandemic. A family is looking to buy a home but they got outbid by investors.”

What Does This All Mean?
Market dynamics are changing so rapidly that most of us are at a loss on how to proceed. Shmuel Shayowitz, president and chief lending officer at Approved Funding, thinks anyone contemplating a home purchase this year needs to access personalized guidance and advice. That’s a fancy way of saying consult with a knowledgeable Realtor and Lender who can lay out your options so you can make an informed decision. If renting is the best option, your Realtor will tell you that. For instance, if you’re planning on staying in the area less than 2 years, you need to repair your credit, or other factors come into play, renting may be the best option. However, don’t be discouraged if you don’t have much money for a down payment, should you decide to buy. A good Realtor will connect you with a mortgage lender, if you don’t know one, who will have several loan options for your consideration. For example, Rocket Mortgage, the largest lender in the U.S. in 2022, announced its ONE+ program this week. United Wholesale Mortgage, the No. 2 lender, launched its Conventional 1% Down loans in April — then made them significantly more generous following Rocket’s announcement. The rival programs piggyback off of Fannie Mae’s HomeReady mortgages and Freddie Mac’s Home Possible loans. Those initiatives allow borrowers who make less than 80 percent of their neighborhoods’ median income to obtain a conventional loan with just 3 percent down.

Negotiating a cash incentive as part of your offer will give you money to buy down the mortgage interest rate, such as a 3-2-1 or a 2-1 buy down where the buyer can buy down the rate but needs a seller credit to do so,” Joshua Massieh, a mortgage broker at Pacwest Funding said. “The buydown would help the buyer get into the 4% rate range and that is a huge difference!” There are even O down programs available to first-time home buyers or military personnel. For the cost of what you pay to secure a rental property, you may be able to use that money to get into your own home.

Bottom Line
If all this information sounds Greek to you, don’t despair! A good Realtor can help you make sense of it all. They can even direct you to a credit repair agency that can help you repair your credit so you can get pre-qualified for a loan. The bottom line: renting vs. buying is a personal choice; only you can decide what’s right for you. Your Realtor can help guide you through the decision-making process so you can make an informed decision. The more you know, the easier your choice will be.

Kelly McCune

So. Here we are, in the midst of a Potential? Absolute? Maybe not? r e c e s s i o n.


Recently, a room of hundreds of realtors, bankers, builders and related trades attended a presentation of economic study, in attempts to scope out our future, presented by one of the most lettered, renowned economists in our country, and sponsored by Stewart Title. This is a way of forecasting the real estate market for us, allowing us to prepare, strap on our seat belts and head into the wind. One of his quotes during this presentation was “it’s going to ugly on down some more”.

I’ve learned through my tenured years in the design/build industry that there will always be a ‘sky falling’ chicken in our futures. Running around, freaking out that the sky is getting dark. And to be sure, we should always be prepared for calamity of one sort or another. We should never get too far extended ahead of ourselves; we should understand the tipping point between risk and reserve.

However, when we let others forecast our futures, there tends to be the domino effect. We let others steer our ships, take our masts down, and tuck in. When the storm comes, we need to be ready, head into it, and work a bit harder, not less. I say this from experience, and true to form, there will always be the very small percentage of winners in a recession that take the market by storm, because their competition has tucked in. In other words, if you buy into it, for sure, it will be there, and it will take you down like just one more domino. . .

So, whichever industry you are in, sure you will be affected. It’s your choice as to whether or not you buy into it, or move forward. I know from my past experiences that some of these low economic periods have been some of the most fruitful. I hope this can be true for you as well.

I remain eager, persistent and resourceful to fulfill your real estate needs, and I wish you all the best through this next economic chapter.

Debowden Bauer

Welcome to the middle of February!


To many, it seems as though we just celebrated the New Year, but let’s not let this early springtime slip away. This is a great time to be thinking about your garden and getting a jump on spring planting.
Starting flower seeds indoors offers a wonderful opportunity to get a head start on the gardening season. It also allows those of us in cooler climates to grow some amazing plants and flowers even if our growing season wouldn’t normally let us grow them to maturity. However, growing seeds indoors does take a little planning. Here are a few easy tips!

How to Start Flower Seeds Indoors

The wonderful thing about growing from seed is having access to a greatly increased selection of flowers. It’s easy to purchase seeds online these days, and we can grow many different types of seed not normally grown at our local nursery; just be sure to grab a packet that will do well in your area.

There are many different types of containers that can be used for starting flower seeds indoors. Some examples include:
• plastic cell trays of varying cell sizes
• soil blocking (container free- the soil is essentially the container)
• growing in homemade paper pots
• recycled containers, such as egg cartons, toilet paper rolls, take-out containers with lids
• compostable pots, such as peat pots nurseries.

Seed starting mix is important to grow strong healthy seedlings. It should contain a mixture of ingredients, all essential to keep the soil aerated and well balanced for the growing seedling. You can generally pick up any good seed starting mix at your local hardware store. The mix should contain peat, vermiculite, and perlite. Sometimes it will contain a fertilizer as well.

• If you are growing a small number of seeds in a sunny south facing window, you may not need any additional lighting. However, if the seedlings get tall and leggy, they probably aren’t getting enough light.
• You may need some sort of lighting source to provide supplemental lighting to seedlings grown indoors.

These are just a few tips to get a jump on making your home the most beautiful it can be – while having a little fun in the meantime! Sit back and let them grow. Enjoy thinking about how beautiful your garden will be when your seedlings are ready to be replanted outside!

Ideas from: https://farmhouseandblooms.com/

Carol Relf

Are you ready?


Hey, first time homebuyers, get ready for a great buying season this spring. With interest rates possibly down into the fives and property values down at least 10+ percent now is the time to put your best foot forward and go and make that offer.

You’re going to want to use an experienced agent who knows how to use this new environment for your benefit. We can get closing costs, money to buy interest rates down and repairs. These types of benefits have been rare these last few years.

Val Gray

Boise loves it parks!


The city of trees, also known as Boise, Idaho enjoys a beautiful river running through it alongside the ever-popular Greenbelt. This stretch of river is home to cycling, walking, running, fishing and more and it connects to a number of community parks that are all named for women who have a leadership history in this community. A few of our favorite places to enjoy are these four parks located within the city. We encourage you to explore the many others such as Kristen Armstrong Park, Cherie Buckner Webb Park, Ester Simplot Water Park, Bernadine Quinn and Marianne Williams park. We are a city proud of the women who have called this city their home.

Kathryn Albertson Park The public park system running through the middle of Boise has been dubbed “String of Pearls”, and its nine riverside parks are known collectively as the “Ribbon of Jewels.” The acreage comprising all nine existing parks and future park sites found in the Ribbon of Jewels were deeded to the city by families and named for the families’ esteemed matriarchs. Doug Holloway says, “It’s an honor because it shows the proud ownership each of those families have in the city to be able to do that.” Just as the Boise River unites these parks, the women themselves are linked by their love and appreciation of Boise. Each of these women saw their future in this city, and they worked hard for the majority of their lives to be able to give back to the community they grew to hold so dear. In return, their families chose to honor them with a park- a commemoration as great as the women themselves.
Julia Davis Park The history of Boise’s park system really begins with Tom and Julia Davis. Tom was one of Boise’s founding citizens, meeting Julia when she visited from Ontario with a friend’s family. They married in 1871. As Boise grew, so did its need for a park, but the expense to taxpayers was a major obstacle in developing it. Citizens tried to convince city council to establish a park by identifying possible locales for development, one of which was a 40-acre parcel of land on the north side of the Boise River owned by the Davises. In 1899, Tom offered the land to the city free of charge, but the gesture was hardly welcomed with open arms. Critics feared it would be too costly for the young city to convert a swampy patch of land prone to flooding into a stately park. His offer was turned down. Julia did not live to see the Boise City Council finally accept Tom’s land offer. She is rumored to have contracted typhoid fever from a sick traveler, and passed away in September of 1907. Shortly after her death, the city purchased the land from Tom for one dollar under the condition that it would “always and forever be used for public purpose” and henceforth be known as Julia Davis Park.

Anne Morrison Park Following the successful development of Julia Davis, Boise’s flagship park, in the early 1900s, Harry Morrison wanted to create a similar tribute to his wife Ann after she passed away in 1957. R.J. Brown, Jr. said, “He envisioned a living memorial to the woman who shared with him the trials of Morrison-Knudsen’s struggling infancy and the tribulations of its ultimate success.” In only ten months, Harry converted a large stretch of swampy, river-bottom land into a 153-acre tribute to his late wife. When describing the exquisitely landscaped grounds, which include 2,000 trees and shrubs, 30,000 smaller shrubs and perennials, 20,000 flowering annuals, and a magnificent reflecting pool and fountain, local publications said it called to mind the Tuileries Gardens and Taj Mahal. But it was never intended to be a “keep-off-the-grass” park. Strategically placed amidst the impressive landscaping are sports fields, picnic areas, a playground, and a boating and watersports area. The Harry W. Morrison Foundation spent well over a million dollars developing the park before deeding it to the city in June of 1959. The day of the dedication ceremony, 46 flags were flown for every country Ann had visited. Thousands of Boise residents were in attendance, remembering the woman known for her friendliness and generosity. A gilded bronze medallion engraved with Ann Morrison’s likeness was unveiled at the end of the ceremony that read: “She knew the shrines, the people, the cities of far away lands…yet dearest of all was this her home, the place she knew as Boise the Beautiful.”

Kathryn Albertson Park The city has done such an outstanding job maintaining its parks system that it does the Ribbon of Jewels’ namesakes proud. Boise Parks and Recreation director Doug Holloway says, “We have a vision to make Boise the most livable city, and maintaining our parks system keeps us marching toward that goal. Our mayor and city council look to us in the parks department to maintain quality of life for the city and it’s a responsibility we take very seriously.” As federal funding is generally not available to help cities develop and maintain parks, it is interesting to note that Boise continued to develop and improve the parks system during the economic downturn of 2008. “Our mayor said he did not want to go backwards. We had to cut a lot of things, but we knew it was important to maintain and increase the service level with our parks, even during the downturn.” State of the art playground equipment, finely manicured lawns and horticulture, walking paths, benches, game courts, and a generally spotless appearance are typical of all of Boise’s parks. The parks have become a community asset. They bring people and businesses together, and they attract others to the Boise area, not unlike the women behind the Ribbon of Jewels.

Contributions for the article were made by the Boise Parks and Recreation.
Marty Siebertz & Joe Devlin

What do I do for a living...?


Anyone that has been in the real estate business for more than a minute, can attest to the fact that you meet some unusual people, and you see some unusual things on any given day. This is especially true for any of us that have been in the business long enough to have survived the era of short sales and bank-owned properties. I doubt that my experiences are substantially different from those of my colleagues, in that regard.

We've all seen (and still see) homes in states of disrepair or neglect, as well as properties suffering from blatant abuse and vandalism. Of course there are also the homes that we are utterly in awe of, those out-weighing the former, thankfully. Yes, we get to show and list beautiful homes. Where I believe we differ, is in the deeply personal connections that we make with the clients we serve. We all have those clients we were able to help in a profound way, and we all have our stories, each as unique as the people in them. Here are a couple of mine.

Take "Jim", for instance. Jim was a gentleman on disability, as he had many health issues and was trying to get assistance from the state to pay his medical bills. He was quite ill and had to move out of state to a medical facility, and left his house for me to sell "as is". First, know that this was a bachelor pad, but not in the swanky black leather couch and dogs playing poker on velvet art, kinda way, but in the loads of deferred cleaning (greasy) and maintenance kinda way. Because I have a stager's brain and take a great deal of pride in anything that I put my name on, "as is" just didn't work for me, thus I spent a ton of time cleaning, repairing and de-junking. The home sold the first day with multiple offers, for about $30,000 over our original estimate (back in 2017, no less)!! Even better, it was sold to a woman whose fortysomething husband had just had a stroke and she needed a single level home. Additionally, she had a baby on the way. That may have been one of my happiest and most karmic transactions. Blessings all around!! I shed happy tears for a buyer that wasn't even mine! Super happy seller, super happy buyer.

Another memorable transaction was with a seller that I call "Mary". Mary was an intelligent young woman, graduate of a prestigious university and wise enough to have purchased a home in her twenties, but she tragically found herself in an abusive relationship. She wanted to leave the bad stuff behind and enlisted my help to sell her home. Other than the usual cleaning and staging that I alway recommend, Mary's house was pretty easy to sell.....pending in two days with multiple offers. What I couldn't do is to put a price tag on the financial security that allowed her to distance herself from the abuse. What, exactly, is that worth?

Lastly, there was "Jane". Jane had been trying to sell her deceased mother's home on the Snake River for six months. She had no income and both she and her son had some major health issues. She had an agent friend, who was trying to bring her a buyer without putting the home on the market. With no real action in sight, Jane was getting nervous and desperate. This property was a manufactured home with a well and septic, and also had special financing requirements because of foundation certification. It was on 2 acres with a view of the river and I felt that the other agent had significantly undervalued the potential sales price, perhaps because of the "inside deal" she was trying to broker with a buyer? At any rate, there were lots of moving parts, lots of research to be done, none of which her agent friend had done up to that point. Suffice it to say, once I was able to secure the listing, we closed within 40 days, even though so many inspections/reinspections were required in a transaction like this one. Jane was ecstatic as many bills got paid and she and her special needs son were able to ride away in her new RV, with more cash than she had anticipated.

These are just a few of my "close to my heart" transactions. I have made MANY more new and lasting friendships in my 12 years in real estate, but these are just a few that I know I have helped in some small way. I know my fellow agents have similar stories and I would encourage you all to reflect on those every now and again, especially when someone asks you what you do for a living.

Yes, I sell houses. Sometimes I sell dreams. Occasionally, I believe that I help provide a little financial security for those in need. Every now and then, I get to show a pretty house.

Lori Venable

What is CMA, and why do you need one?


A CMA in real estate is short for a Comparable Market Analysis. It's a way for a real estate professional to find the value of a property by comparing it to other similar properties that have recently sold, are pending, and are currently for sale. This is different than an appraisal as an appraisal is done by a licensed appraiser for a fee. Commonly an appraiser is hired by a mortgage lender to determine if the value of the home meets the contract price. A CMA on the other hand is done by a real estate professional (usually at no cost) for determining the value of a home for a client. When a real estate professional is preparing a CMA they often look at criteria similar to the subject property such as age of home, square footage of home, location, size of lot, number of bathrooms and bedrooms, and number of levels. The more things in common the comparable home has with the subject home in these major areas the more accurate the value will be. Homes that have sold in the past 3 months will generally be the best indication of value because that is what homes actually sold for, however pending and active homes can also give indications of where the market is heading which can be helpful as well.

Why is getting a CMA important? An accurate CMA can help a potential seller determine the right asking price. Every seller wants to get the most out of selling their home as possible. However, pricing the home too high can backfire and lead to an overall decrease in profits in the end. Therefore, knowing what comparable homes have been selling for and what current asking prices are can greatly aid in choosing the best list price. CMA's can also help potential buyers determine if the home they are interested in is priced too high or not. All of this information is valuable and can help both buyers and sellers negotiate the best prices for homes.

Dianna Bentley
(208) 484-1182

Who’s ready for some trivia?


Let’s forget about market trends for a moment and enjoy some weird and wacky real estate tidbits instead…

Pretty Boy Floyd’s criminal exploits gained widespread press coverage in the 1930s. He was seen in a positive light by the public because it was believed that during robberies he burned mortgage documents, freeing many people from their debts. What a considerate gangster.

Back in 1976, a North Carolina couple paid $6,000 for one acre of land. Fast forward 34 years later to when Apple Inc. needed land to build a data server. The elderly couple sold their acre of land to the iconic hardware and software developer for a shocking $1.7 million!

For the most diehard Star Wars fans, head to Tunisia and rent Luke Skywalker’s childhood home for the night. Don’t forget to pack your light-saber!

Supreme Court Justices often find themselves working long hours and, like firefighters, they oftentimes spend complete days and nights at work. Because of this, the building provides many perks for the bleary-eyed justices, including sleeping quarters, study rooms, offices, and a workout facility. They even have a full-sized basketball court nicknamed the Highest Court in the Land.

In 2007, real estate magnate and hotelier Leona Helmsley left $12 million in her will to her dog, Trouble, making it the richest dog in the world, at that time. That’s lots of kibble!

Adolf Hitler once owned a Hollywood mansion in the Pacific Palisades. Even though he owned the home and the land, he never once stepped foot onto the sprawling estate.

Did you know that the Mall of America is owned by a Canadian real estate company?

Looking for a unique getaway and want to get your money’s worth? Consider renting an entire castle in France where, in some places, it costs less than renting a 2-bedroom apartment in Australia!

Think outside the box, I mean, planet. You can buy an acre of land on the moon for around $25 from Dennis Hope, a man who claims he owns it due to a loophole in the 1967 United Nations Outer Space Treaty which says no country can own the moon.

There is a 1,100 year-old Bavarian town called Nördlingen that was built on top of a 15 million year-old meteor. The meteorite, which hit with an approximate speed of 43,500 mph, left the area littered with an estimated 72,000 tons of micro-diamonds.

I hope you enjoyed these!

Cindy Ritchie

Are you a successful buyer or seller in today’s real estate market?


While the majority of homes here in the Treasure Valley have continued to sell quickly and at
higher than list prices, interestingly, we have seen a few price reductions and longer days on
market then we were seeing in the spring of 2021.

What does this mean for someone wanting to buy or sell property here in the Treasure Valley?
For Seller’s our supply is still low, this means if you list your home within the market range and
follow your Agent’s advice for getting your home sold you will be successful in selling your

For Buyer’s this means that you must be diligent in your search for a new home, don’t let any
opportunity pass, watch the daily new listings, price changes and/or back on the market listings,
get out and view them! Try to at least do a drive by that way if you are happy with the location
you can view ASAP! Listen to your Agent’s advice, take advantage of the still historically low
mortgage rates available and you too will be successful in buying a home or investment
property in today’s crazy real estate market.

Cortie Noud

Statistically Speaking…


There’s no doubt the real estate market was in hyper drive for most of the first 3 quarters of the year, as well as much of 2020, but it has started to normalize a little bit here in the Treasure Valley. Quite honestly, I feel that we needed a slight reprieve in the craziness that ensued when our available home inventory dropped to record lows. I’m sure you’ll agree.
The good news is that we have over twice the number of homes available for sale in Ada County compared to this time last year (889 compared to just 409 last year – up 117% YOY), and in Canyon County there are almost 4 times the number of homes! (617 compared to just 160 last year – up almost 286% YOY) We’re certainly still way below what we are used to, but the demand is still pretty high. Additionally, builders are starting to see fewer supply chain shortages and delays, and interest rates continue to be near record lows.
Another good indicator of normalization is the upward trend of a listed homes days on the market. (DOM) The latest data shows that in October, the average DOM in Ada County was 21 days, up from 13 days last October. For a little perspective, the DOM in May 2021 was a mere 9 days, and as we all know, many homes barely lasted a day without getting multiple offers for over asking price. October 2019 saw the average DOM at 30 days, which is more representative of what we usually see in October historically.
Are prices going to come down any time soon? Only time will tell. Logic dictates that with more inventory, there will be downward pressure on the asking price – how much remains to be seen. Supply and demand are always the controlling factor. Remember, a strong real estate market reflects a strong economy, so it’s nice to see – growing pains and all.

Happy Holidays!

Terry Ivins