$124,900  Wilder, Idaho
1.28 acres, has irrigation water close to the snake river and golf course with panoramic views.
Call Rufina Mendez 208-954-0881

$300,000  New Plymouth, Idaho
CLOSE TO TOWN! Excellent well maintained 38.31 acre farm land with rotated crops and water right. Property is set back from main road with easy access from Plymouth Ave. Buyer to verify all including land size.
Call Robert Smith 208-490-1645

$274,900  Meridian, Idaho
*** Meridian Road frontage *** High visibility location, significant traffic count, great exposure. Zoned "C-C Community Business" perfect for office, retail, etc. Central Meridian location less than a half mile North from the new Meridian City Hall. This is the lowest priced office opportunity on the market in Meridian. Do not disturb current residential tenant. Owner agent.
Call Tom Barbey 208-794-6323

$600,000  New Plymouth, Idaho
CLOSE TO TOWN! Excellent well maintained 62.646 acre farm land with rotated crops and water right. Could be future development or maintained for crops. Buyer to verify all including land size.
Call Robert Smith 208-490-1645

$240,000  Horseshoe Bend, Idaho
Privacy, fantastic views, and tons of space! This beautiful 40-acre lot in Webster Ranch has a nice building site on the knoll, overlooking rolling hills and views for miles around! Additional areas on the property could accommodate a barn or shop, with some flat areas to farm. Country living but only 20 minutes or so to Boise or Eagle, and minutes from Horseshoe Bend. The possibilities are endless, welcome to your own slice of paradise!
Call Terry Ivins 208-870-5086

$275,000  Fairfield, Idaho
Don’t miss out on this one of a kind opportunity! Have you been considering building a cabin / residence in a country setting? Owner has already completed a bulk of that process and is now offering, at a deep discount, both the unfinished residence and 30 X 58 shop / garage. New well has been drilled and each structure has its own 1000 gallon septic system. 10 acre parcel features year around county maintained road, underground power and dramatic views. Architectural plans available upon request.
Call Steve Claridge 208-539-2833

$109,000  Lowman, Idaho
Truly at the end of the road, this Exceptional Scenic Acreage Borders 1121 Ft of National Forest! Lot 12 w/driveway accesses 49. Build site on 49 has dry cabin w/power, stairs, deck, & leveled buildsite. Both lots buildable, elect avail. View S Fork of the Payette & Wildlife! Winter Elk Refuge & Fire Station nearby. 4 Miles E to Sourdough Lodge*Food-Gas & W Kirkham HotSprings. Endless Recreation*Ride,fish & hike.Perfect roomy Horse Hunt Camp. No HOA. Vertical RR Ties mark property boundary's. Private Idaho!
Call Sue Kropf 208-405-5785

$99,900  Fairfield, Idaho
A unique and historic opportunity to own an anchor business in downtown Fairfield. For approximately 25 years the widely recognized “Jim Dandy’s Pizza” name has been associated with good food, great people and fun times. All existing equipment, inventory and decorative items to be included in sale. Beer / wine license is easily transferable. Most recent financial details and utilities breakdown available upon request. Business is currently not open to the public. See Docs tab for more info.
Call Steve Claridge 208-539-2833

$1,870,000  Weippe, Idaho
Secluded ranch featuring 360 acres of pasture and haying ground plus timbered acres with some marketable timber. Situated within thousands of acres of public lands. Home and garage, four large barns, and two water wells that produce excellent water. Guest cabin started but not finished. Excellent hunting of elk, deer, turkeys and more. New solar system installed in 2016 to complement generator. Eight ponds on the property. Clearwater River nearby with excellent fishing. Taxes for 2017 were $2,400.
Call Matthew Schweiger 208-440-9191

$334,900  Caldwell, Idaho
Fantastic floor plan with plenty of space in this 2710 sq ft home for you and your family. Beautiful kitchen with large Island breakfast bar and dining area. Spacious master bedroom with large walk in closet. Large loft/bonus room upstairs.
Call Tonja Follett 208-861-0457
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Time to sell?

5/17/2020

CONSIDERING SELLING YOUR HOME? NOW MIGHT BE THE TIME…

Have you been thinking of listing your home, but hesitate because of the current environment? Consider the following:

• Homes prices in Ada County increased 18.1% for Q1 2020… the highest in the nation. Other nearby counties have experienced strong price increases, as well.
• According to a recent CNBC news article, as states reopen, homebuyers are rushing back out, but sellers are staying on the sidelines. The article states that buyer interest is fueled in part by more apartment renters hunting for single-family homes.
• A current Forbes-Moody’s Analytics article ranks Boise as one of the 10 US cities best positioned to recover from Coronavirus. Buyers are fleeing crowded cities for the suburbs and smaller cities like Boise.

So, we presently have low inventory and high demand. Why wait to sell your home? The obvious answer is COVID-19. Sellers are reluctant to list their owner-occupied homes due to health and safety concerns.

Talk to a qualified Real Estate professional to lean how you can minimize your risk and still get top dollar for your home. For example, you can:

Leverage technology when listing your home.
More than 70% of today’s home buyers search for homes online. Find a forward-thinking agent who uses not only high-quality photos to showcase your home, but provides, among other things, 360° virtual tours, aerial drone footage, and live tours via Facetime, Google Duo or other live event applications.

Limit showings.
Insist that your agent screen potential buyers who want to view your home to weed out “looky-loos” while focusing on serious, pre-qualified buyers. Provide potential buyers with information on schools, demographics, and crime statistics so it’s easier for them to make informed decisions about whether your home and neighborhoodare a good fit for them.

Employ safety measures.
Offer hand sanitizer, gloves, and booties at the door. Provide selling agents with specific guidance on limiting the number of people touring your home at one time, and ask them to practice social distancing while refraining from unnecessarily touching surfaces. After showings, wipe down high-touch areas.

Use technology for “touchless” transaction management.
Leverage electronic document signing apps, as well as digital appraisals and closings to create an entirely digital experience that is 100% free from physical human contact even through closing.

Now that you’re equipped with this information, what are you waiting for? Contact me today to get your home SOLD!

Kelly McCune
208-914-5724



First Time Home Buyers

5/17/2020

Low interest rates make it possible for first time home buyers to purchase their first home.

Home prices are about the same, but a low interest rate gives the buyer the ability to qualify for a higher purchase price with a lower house payment.

Often Buyers will wait for home prices to drop, however, an even better strategy is a lower interest rate and right now we have historical lows.

Your local lender is where you need to start. Not a bank, but an experienced lender who understands how-not just the rate but the product that the lender uses-can affect the first time homebuyers payment.

Private lenders often have more product available to them then your local bank.

First Time Home Buyers- look for classes that can educate you and give you the start you need. There are classes going on where an experienced lender teams up with an experienced real estate agent. They will assist you in buying your first home. These teams are offering zoom meetings for your convenience.


Val Gray
208-272-0227
vgray@atova.com



Happy homes!

4/5/2020

It is Springtime, time to prepare our flower containers for the front porch or deck areas. Remember to have the color blue included as in a pot, chair cushions, or textured table place mats, top designers include blue to draw the eye.

Creating an enchanting deck or backyard area always draws families outside, to enjoy the beautiful Idaho weather. Hang solar lanterns, solar flower stakes, wind chimes or wind spinners to add elements of surprise. Enjoy your patio, deck, backyard this spring by changing it up a bit! Support local Idaho artisans who design tasteful yard art.

Boldly enjoy the spring and summer months! Atova's agents can help you find your next home.


Karen Dick
208-807-4154
karen@atova.com



Retirement

7/29/2019

They say the average person doesn't have $1000 in the bank for emergencies. Many don't have $400 in the bank for emergencies. What are you going to do when you don't have the higher income, from your job, when you retire?

You can't wait until the last minute to decide. It's time to have a plan. Years ago I went to a conference in Canada, where Bob Proctor was the main speaker. He had some great comments but the one that was the most exciting to me was to create multiple streams of income, to prepare yourself for retirement.

I'm a consistent listener to the Dave Ramsey show. He talks a lot about the stock market. I'm not tied to the stock market so I'll leave that to someone else. But I am tied to Real Estate. He also mentions casually from time to time that he loves real estate. I love it too. I think it's one of the best streams of income there is if handled properly.

First is, you don't make money in real estate when you sell, you make money in real estate when you BUY. I'm sure many of you have seen signs on corners and sign markers for people who buy houses. That could be you. Having owned several properties over a period of time I've learned another lesson. That is buy your real estate with cash, or at least the majority of the price with cash. It gives you a strong position. If you can meet the sellers expectations, and sometimes that's simply a matter of how quickly you can close, the more likely they are to work with you. Most of the houses you will find may have issues, and people who are selling know the issues of their own houses. Usually they know it's going to cost them money to sell it too. When buying a fixer-upper, have a goal in the back of your mind to offer between 70 and 80% of the value of the house if it were in good shape. Sure you may have to paint, you may have to replace carpet but that's all just window dressing.

The truth is there are many people who are making good a good living buying those properties and flipping them or renting them. If you decide to rent them, you are creating streams of income. That concept can better position you for retirement. For those who aren't familiar with the concept, it involves getting your financial house in order. In other words, get out of debt. Period. Everything.

I know many of you are thinking that's easy for you to say. Well really it isn't. But the truth is, it can be done. The Dave Ramsey program is probably the most successful plan in the country. Millions have gotten out of debt using his plan. Take a minute and write down how much money you have coming in. Write down how much is going to go out if you are out of debt. House is paid off that's no payment. Car is paid off, that's no payment. Using cash to operate day to day, no credit card payments. So, it's mostly food, utilities, insurance, and the usual stuff. How much more money would you have at the end of the month to save and invest?? Shocking isn't it. If you plan on being ready for retirement it's important to be in that position. Just to make it simple I'm going to share the six Dave Ramsey Retirement Myth's.

https://www.daveramsey.com/blog/want-a-secure-retirement

Now tell me why you can't do what you need to do to start getting ready for retirement now, and figure out what your multiple streams of income are going to be. You can have fun now and be miserable later or you can plan ahead.

If I can help you look for one of those streams of income, be sure and contact me.

Marlin Scoby
208-546-2727
mscoby@atova.com



NEW CONSTRUCTION VS. EXISTING HOME PURCHASE

6/10/2019

It’s a crazy market out there. Available homes are on low inventory depending on your price range. So the question becomes do you play the waiting game to try and get an existing home? Or do you build?

I would say it really depends on your budget. New Construction homes take longer to get into but you get so many choices. From interior flooring, cabinetry, counters and paint colors. You can fine tune it into what you really want, which sometimes makes you want to stay there longer. Depending on the builder you also get landscaping and fencing. The best part of all is you get a warranty right from the start. From start to finish the timeframe is anywhere from 8-9 months. Your Agent can help you with New Construction, so don’t be afraid of needing to know everything. Your Agent will help you through the entire process. So do you want to wait for the perfect home? Or…………………………….

Existing Homes can sometimes fit the bill just as well. Make sure you and your Agent take your time and find you what you are looking for. Sometimes you might want to jump at the first home you see, but then find you are missing so many things you really wanted. Take into account the area you want to be in, the school district if you have kids, HOA’s if you have RV’s and really the Home itself. Make sure you get a Home Inspection to check for any issues and think about getting a Home Warranty to cover any unexpected expenses. Sometimes you can get the Seller to include the Home Warranty if you have a strong offer.

Your Home should be a place you want to spend time in, so take your time, make sure your Agent knows what you want and find the right place to call Home.

Happy House Hunting!!!

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



Why Idaho?

5/9/2019

Idaho has four beautiful seasons that are full of activities…

Winter brings skiing as close as Bogus Basin, Treasure Valleys hidden ski resort just a few short miles away or you may find yourself in the Sawtooth mountains in the stunning resorts of Sun Valley in less than 3 hours from Boise. Of course, these ski resorts also make fantastic getaways during spring, summer, and fall with hiking, biking, horseback riding, mining, and many more activities.



Spring is stunning in Idaho with the large variety of foliage and plant life coming into bloom. A great place to enjoy the variety all in one place is at our Idaho Botanical Gardens. These gardens are full of life, nestled in north east Boise at the base of the foothills. The Idaho Botanical Gardens offers adult activities and activities for the entire family year-round. My family enjoys the gardens throughout the seasons.

Summer offers many relaxing activities for all ages such as boating, camping, biking, hiking, rock climbing, zip lining, or strolling around Historic Hyde Park (Old Boise). We are so fortunate to be nestled in this valley where we can bike the mountain trails in just minutes or take a relaxing stroll on the approximately 25 miles of greenbelt along the Boise River.

Fall can be wrapped up in just a few words… there’s so much to do! Most of the activities of winter, spring, and summer in Idaho can also be enjoyed in the fall as well. We have many natural hot springs and monuments spread across the state. One of our favorites to visit is the Craters of the Moon National Monument. Fall is the perfect time to drive through, walk the trails, or camp for a few days. Craters of the Moon formed between 15,000 and 2000 years ago during eight major volcanic eruptive periods.

If the thought of moving to the Treasure Valley has crossed your mind let us help.

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



4/1/2019

The Treasure Valley housing market continues to grow at a rapid pace. Because of this, sales of new construction homes are steadily increasing, while sales of existing homes are on the decline simply from a lack of inventory. There are pros and cons to buying both new construction and existing homes but here are some tips to consider when buying new construction:

1. Get an inspection – although everything should be built to code and brand new, an inspection will provide you with piece of mind. Many builders will also offer a limited warranty on new homes, but the inspection will give you the opportunity to address any issues prior to taking ownership and prevent having to address issues after you’ve moved in.

2. Establish good communication - be clear with your agent, the builders, and your lender from the beginning. Ask for regular updates on a cadence that makes you comfortable. Make sure you understand what the next step is along the way, and don’t be shy about following up.

3.Understand pricing - generally speaking, builders are reluctant to negotiate pricing on new construction. Prices are established based on comparable sales of other new homes in the area and reducing the sales price could have a negative impact on future sales. However, there are more opportunities for other kinds of incentives such as closing costs or adding/upgrading items like fencing, landscaping, or finishes.

4.Be Flexible - Timing can be fluid as projects are impacted by weather, permitting, etc. Be prepared to be flexible as there may be opportunities to close earlier that planned, or to have to push a closing back to accommodate issues that come up. This is where that good communication really comes into play!

5.Hire a great agent - Working directly with a builder may seem easier, like you are cutting out the middle man or reducing complexity in a transaction. However, you want to have someone in your corner whose responsibility it is to keep YOUR best interests in mind. Having an agent provides you with a direct line to someone whose job it is to keep the transaction going and provide counsel during what can be a stressful – albeit exciting time.

Stephanie Parrish
208-995-6121
sparrish@atova.com



Treasure Valley Real Estate Trends for 2019

3/18/2019

With a new year comes new development in the real estate industry. Be sure to watch for the following trends in the year to come.

1.) Developers will ride the wave of the live-work-play lifestyle. The demand for multi-family housing with live-work-play amenities will continue to grow in and around urban areas. This lifestyle trend allows people to live and play near their workspace to avoid long commutes and to act on their desire to live more sustainably. Companies that offer these attributes, in central locations, will continue to be very attractive.

2.) Opportunity zones will be a key target for investors. The added tax incentive created by the 2017 tax reform will continue to encourage investments in low-income census tracts designated as “opportunity zones”. With the ability to defer capital gains, investors will continue to invest capital and revitalize distress neighborhoods in primary and secondary communities valley wide. Under the current tax code, the investments must be made by Dec. 31, 2019, so this investment tool is expected to be widely used in the year to come.

Portions of this article can be credited to Anna Eberlin @ Holland & Hart.

Steve Claridge
208-539-2833
sclaridge@atova.com



Supply & Demand in the Real Estate Market

3/11/2019

Sellers Consider This!

Springtime brings us an increase in demand and values increase. If your timing is right, before the number of homes on the market increases, you may sell your home for TOP dollar. As supply increases, this can affect your pricing and the overall market inventory. Now is the time to list your home!

Like all sellers, you want your home appealing to a wide range of buyers searching in your asking price. However, to stand out in the market and get TOP dollar you need to make your home look as desirable as possible.

Tried-and-true tactics such as painting, cleaning or replacing carpet and decluttering can go a long way toward achieving this goal. Simple home staging tips can maximize your home's WOW factor, leading to a quick sale. Clean & Shiny Sells!

Your Realtor will help you with this as they are not emotionally connected to the decorations and photos you have lovingly placed around your home. Please pack up your personal belongings and minimize your decorations. You will be moving soon and so nice to have most of your things nicely packed up now. Think of this process as a head-start on the packing you will eventually need to do anyway.

We need your Potential Buyer to look at your house. Not your personal belongings, pictures and trophy’s. Empty and lightly decorate your shelves. Declutter and organize closets and cupboards so Buyers can imagine placing their treasures & artwork in your home. We want them to visualize moving themselves in.

Plants are soothing. Consider placing a pot of colorful flowers at the front door, at other areas like back patios, or dining room tables. This is exciting to the eye and a WOW*! Yellow evokes a buying emotion. Marigolds are inexpensive.

Check & Clean Curb Appeal. If a buyer won't get out of their agent's car because she doesn't like the exterior of your home, you'll never get her inside.

Enjoy this process. You will be living differently when you keep your house “Show Ready!”

You may be surprised how much you like your home with fewer things in closets & cupboards!

Buyers Remember This!

Demand increases and therefore so does the price. Springtime brings many buyers and sellers with a high demand. Creating multiple offer situations, short days on market and sold prices going over the asking price.

If you find a house you love and it fits your needs please don't wait! Our market is a Seller's market. Fast paced, short days on the market, with low inventory and values are going up. The days of Short Sales and many Foreclosures are long past. If you think it is a good deal, so do many others.

Also consider the interest rates are still very low with predictions of another jump in 2019. If you are thinking of Buying or Selling now is the time!

Be sure your Realtor clearly understands your desires and budget. Discuss preferred ways of communication and convenient times. Everyone has different expectations, please be open and honest about yours. The more you tell me about your wants and needs the better I am able serve you!

Buying and selling a home is an emotional purchase with many details. You make the decisions; I control the process so all falls into place on the timeline you have selected. My commitment to service and integrity along with my drive to “get it right” ensures you a smooth, successful path to the closing table.

I offer you over 35 years of customer service, business management, sales and negotiating experience. I am honest and enjoy problem solving while delivering to you ethical representation! Investors and home owners alike appreciate my compassion for their needs as well as my diligence in research and finding answers. Strategy is as important as attending to the details and I delight in helping you with both.

My passion is to work hard for my buyers and sellers. It's so satisfying to help them achieve their goals! Please contact me when you are ready for a great experience for your next Real Estate Transaction. I am excited to help you when you are ready!

Thank you,

Sue Kropf
208-405-5785
Sue@IdahoRealEstate.com



What does a Full-Service Rental Property Management Company do?

3/4/2019

Here is an example of what to expect from a full-service property management company. Each company and contract will be different.

*Advertising your property. (This may take the form of newspaper ads, online presence, social media marketing, etc.)

*Interview prospective tenants, screening and leasing

*Bookkeeping, including collecting rent and or additional fees.

*Addressing any issues with the tenant and or repairs.

*Cleaning the unit.

Other considerations:

* A vacation rental management company will let you know what kind of items you need to have inside the unit before it’s ready to rent. Each management company will have a slightly different list of required items.

* Before you sign the agreement, be clear on exactly what duties or services (pay property bills or taxes) will be provided and the monthly or annual fees.

* Some property management companies have a la carte programs allowing, you to do some of the tasks yourself, and allow the company to take on the others.

Hiring a property management company can be a great assistant to owning an investment property. Know what your situation requires and research several companies before signing up.

Susan Lusk
208-971-5677
slusk@atova.com