All About Idaho Real Estate

By Jim Paulson, Owner,Broker
(Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info)
If you live in a fairly small community and have been in the business for more than ten years, odds are you might have sold the same house more than once.I live in Boise, Idaho so the county has a population of about 500,000 people so that is a bit harder.  However, I am about to list one house that I have sold twice previously.  The first time was in 2009.  Ten years later, that buyer contacted me about selling it but she sold it to a house flipper "as is" after convincing her she would be saving a bunch of money selling without a Realtor.  (She actually way under sold it in her haste to just be done). That should have been sale #2 but it wasn't.After that investor fixed it up, I sold it again to a different buyer for sale #2.   Today, that buyer just got an offer accepted on their nex...
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By Eva Hoopes, Realtor Boise Real Estate
(Group One Sotheby’s International Realty)
Like New in Waterview Estates! OverviewMapsPhotosFeatures $548,500 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 Half Bathrooms1 UnitInterior: 1,753 sqftLot: 0.22 acre(s)Year Built: 2017MLS #: 98841107 Location 10691 W Kyoga StStar, ID 83669USA Eva Hoopes Group One Sotheby’s International Realty(208) 284-7732ehoopes@groupone.comhttp://www.realestateboiseid.com/   Listed by: Eva Hoopes Real Estate Our recent listings Like New in Waterview Estates! | $548,500 | Star, IDViews for Miles on .60 Acre Lot in Cartwright Ranch! | $1,395,000 | Boise, IDSingle Level on .50 Acre View Lot in Cartwright Ranch! | $1,275,000 | Boise, ID Subscribe to our listing feed Nearby properties for sale
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By Eva Hoopes, Realtor Boise Real Estate
(Group One Sotheby’s International Realty)
View Property in North Boise! OverviewMapsPhotosFeatures 3D tour $1,485,000 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms3 Full Bathrooms1 UnitInterior: 3,500 sqftLot: 0.49 acre(s)Year Built: 2016MLS #: 98838732 Location 2157 W Bent Bow CtBoise, ID 83703USA Eva Hoopes Group One Sotheby’s International Realty(208) 284-7732ehoopes@groupone.comhttp://www.realestateboiseid.com/   Listed by: Eva Hoopes Real Estate Our recent listings Low Maintenance Townhome, Close to Boise Greenbelt! | $365,000 | Boise, IDView Property in North Boise! | $1,485,000 | Boise, IDViews for Miles on .60 Acre Lot in Cartwright Ranch! | $1,395,000 | Boise, IDSingle Level on .50 Acre View Lot in Cartwright Ranch! | $1,275,000 | Boise, ID Subscribe to our listing feed Nearby properties for sale
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By Eva Hoopes, Realtor Boise Real Estate
(Group One Sotheby’s International Realty)
Low Maintenance Townhome, Close to Boise Greenbelt! OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesOpen House $365,000 Townhouse Main Features 2 Bedrooms2 Full Bathrooms1 UnitInterior: 1,088 sqftLot: 0.09 acre(s)Year Built: 2001MLS #: 98839411 Location 6022 N Bogart LnBoise, ID 83714USA Eva Hoopes Group One Sotheby’s International Realty(208) 284-7732ehoopes@groupone.comhttp://www.realestateboiseid.com/   Listed by: Eva Hoopes Real Estate Our recent listings Low Maintenance Townhome, Close to Boise Greenbelt! | $365,000 | Boise, IDView Property in North Boise! | $1,485,000 | Boise, IDViews for Miles on .60 Acre Lot in Cartwright Ranch! | $1,395,000 | Boise, IDSingle Level on .50 Acre View Lot in Cartwright Ranch! | $1,275,000 | Boise, ID Subscribe to our listing feed Nearby properties for sale
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By Jim Paulson, Owner,Broker
(Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info)
Did you know that the 30-year mortgage was authorized by Congress in 1948 for new construction homes.  Six years later, they allowed existing homes.  They haven't changed the term for 68 years!Now think about car loans.  Due to rising prices of cars, lenders have continuously extended the term on car loans to try to make the monthly payments affordable. They went from 2 year terms, to 3.  In the 1980's, they stretched to 4, then five and then six year terms.  I was shocked to learn some automobile loans are now based on 8 year terms!  Automobiles are a depreciating asset and yet banks and financial institutions have extended the term on them to help keep them "affordable".Now, let's get back to real estate.  In Boise, Idaho (one of the hottest real estate markets in the nation), the cur...
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By Rain Silverhawk, 208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor
(Sandpoint Realty rain@lakeandhomes.com)
Discover some of the most breathtaking views, and take in all of North Idaho’s natural beauty. Scenic hiking paths and nature trails suitable for all skill levels. 4 season climate and fresh air are perfect for enjoying a variety of outdoor activities all year round. Horseback riding, boating, fishing, waterskiing, tubing, hiking, hunting, ice fishing, skiing, snow boarding, snow mobiling, music festivals, car and boat shows, art walks, beer and wine tasting.  There is fun for everyone.  
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By Eva Hoopes, Realtor Boise Real Estate
(Group One Sotheby’s International Realty)
New home on premier corner lot in Cartwright Ranch! OverviewMapsPhotosFeatures $1,050,000 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms2 Full Bathrooms1 Half Bathroom1 UnitInterior: 2,578 sqftLot: 0.28 acre(s)Year Built: 2021MLS #: 98831774 Location 3332 W Miners Farm DrBoise, ID 83714USA Eva Hoopes Group One Sotheby’s International Realty(208) 284-7732ehoopes@groupone.comhttp://www.realestateboiseid.com/   Listed by: Eva Hoopes Real Estate Our recent listings New home on premier corner lot in Cartwright Ranch! | $1,050,000 | Boise, IDViews for Miles on .60 Acre Lot in Cartwright Ranch! | $1,395,000 | Boise, IDSingle Level on .50 Acre View Lot in Cartwright Ranch! | $1,275,000 | Boise, ID Subscribe to our listing feed Nearby properties for sale
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By Eva Hoopes, Realtor Boise Real Estate
(Group One Sotheby’s International Realty)
Single Level on .50 Acre View Lot in Cartwright Ranch! OverviewMapsPhotosFeatures $1,275,000 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 Full Bathrooms1 Half Bathroom1 UnitInterior: 2,500 sqftLot: 0.56 acre(s)Year Built: 2022MLS #: 98830720 Location 11390 N Elk Ridge WayBoise, ID 83714USA Eva Hoopes Group One Sotheby’s International Realty(208) 284-7732ehoopes@groupone.comhttp://www.realestateboiseid.com/   Listed by: Eva Hoopes Real Estate Our recent listings Single Level on .50 Acre View Lot in Cartwright Ranch! | $1,275,000 | Boise, IDViews for Miles on .60 Acre Lot in Cartwright Ranch! | $1,395,000 | Boise, ID Subscribe to our listing feed Nearby properties for sale
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By Eva Hoopes, Realtor Boise Real Estate
(Group One Sotheby’s International Realty)
Views for Miles on .60 Acre Lot in Cartwright Ranch! OverviewMapsPhotosFeatures $1,395,000 Single Family Home Main Features 5 Bedrooms4 Full Bathrooms1 UnitInterior: 3,466 sqftLot: 0.60 acre(s)Year Built: 2022MLS #: 98830716 Location 11710 N Elk Ridge WayBoise, ID 83714USA Eva Hoopes Group One Sotheby’s International Realty(208) 284-7732ehoopes@groupone.comhttp://www.realestateboiseid.com/   Listed by: Eva Hoopes Real Estate Our recent listingsViews for Miles on .60 Acre Lot in Cartwright Ranch! | $1,395,000 | Boise, ID Subscribe to our listing feed Nearby properties for sale
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By Jim Paulson, Owner,Broker
(Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info)
I have been a licensed Realtor in Idaho for over 30 years.  You would think I would love the market being this strong, but I despise it but to all the multiple offers and bidding wars making it frustrating for the buyers I represent.Therefore, I have adapted my marketing philosophy yet again and getting my clients exactly what they want where they want without the hassle of bidding wars and competing and loosing out to buyers with all cash offers.I have access to over 1,200 homes that are not even listed yet that are available to buy priced from about $300k on up.  Since these are not listed but available, there is no one to bid against.  You get to negotiate what you want without much of the stress!  These homes are available in Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Star, Middle, Nampa, Caldwell and...
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By Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer
If you have a house for sale in Pokie and are having trouble getting it sold, please message me on this site. I am a 25+ year plus real estate investor and may be able to buy at your price.  My background:  Former licensed real estate agent, former licensed general contractor, B.S. Finance, MBA Finance.  
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By Rain Silverhawk, 208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor
(Sandpoint Realty rain@lakeandhomes.com)
Gary Frimmann and Kathleen Daniels posted a challenge to active Rain about the 100 things we lost to the internet and the biggest changes the internet has brought to our real estate business. I got my first real estate license in 1985.  I was one of the only geeks around that owned a commodore 64 and boy was I good, I could program that pup to say HELLO one hundred times.  Yippee   As for anything useful I would have to wait another decade and the typewriter was my go-to professional tool.  Listings were printed in thick mls books resembling old phone books every 2 weeks.  Now nobody even uses phone books, we just google it.  I would probably be hard pressed to find anyone that owns a full set of leather bound encyclopedias.  Contracts were written on triplicate packs with carbon paper ...
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By Rain Silverhawk, 208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor
(Sandpoint Realty rain@lakeandhomes.com)
Sandpoint Idaho offers a full range of activities throughout the year.  Ski Schweitzer Mountain resort, go boating on lake pend Orielle, kayak and fish the river, ice fishing on Cocolalla lake. Enjoy the fresh grown goodies and local art at the farmers market.  Check out the bicycle paths of hike the hundreds of trails perhaps snap a photo of the mountain goat on Scotchman's peak. Enjoy a day of thrilling rides at Silverwood theme park or a casual day of downtown shopping.  Come Play and enjoy the many seasonal activities, there is something for everyone.
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By Rain Silverhawk, 208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor
(Sandpoint Realty rain@lakeandhomes.com)
Early 2020 when the pandemic surged through the country and mortgage forbearance plans were first announced, many homeowners were allowed to pause their mortgage payments. Most people were concerned that once the forbearance program ended, the housing market would experience a wave of foreclosures like what happened after the housing bubble 15 years ago.The good news is this isn't the case and here's  why.1. Less Homeowners are in Trouble This TimeAfter the last housing crash, over nine million households lost their homes to a  short sale, foreclosure, or because they turned it back over to the bank. In the face of uncertainty, it was feared that homeowners would face the same fate again this time.However, today’s data shows that most homeowners exited their forbearance plan either full...
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By Jim Paulson, Owner,Broker
(Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info)
I have been a Realtor in Idaho for over 30 years and have closed brand new homes with 68 different builders and represented seven different developers.  Each one has their own unique approach and niche, so where do you start? I start with your needs/wants. Timing: Different builders take different time frames to build a home so we look at how long you are willing to wait to get the perfect home instead of settling for what is currently offered on the market.  Do we have time to start from scratch or do we look for homes under construction that may not be on the MLS? Budget: What price point do you want to stay at or under?  This way we can determine if it is even an option for you. Keep in mind that with new construction, you have to budget for window treatments, landscaping, fence, etc...
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By Jim Paulson, Owner,Broker
(Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info)
I am taking a totally different approach to selling homes in Idaho this year.  I have represented seven developers and closed brand new homes built by 68 different builders in my 30+ years as a licensed Realtor in Idaho.  I will take that knowledge a new direction in 2022 to help my buyer's avoid the frustration of the bidding wars and losing out to cash buyers.   In 2021, I set a personal record (one I hope to never beat) of submitting 12 offers for a buyer, all at or above list price, before we were able to get one accepted.  My last contract accepted in 2021 was written, presented and accepted by the seller within an hour and a half of the home hitting the market.  The home was available to show at 6:30 pm, so we were there promptly and I told the agent to look for our offer shortly....
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By Rain Silverhawk, 208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor
(Sandpoint Realty rain@lakeandhomes.com)
Kids from 1 to 92 enjoy the holiday magic on Lake Coeur d’Alene! Each year Coeur d’Alene resort hosts an unforgettable holiday lake cruise. Take a journey to the North pole and see more than 1.5 million twinkling holiday lights.  Travel past remarkable displays before crossing the lake to and visit Santa Claus and his elves at his waterfront toy workshop.  Each Childs name on the "nice list" is called out by Santa and then topped off with a brilliant fireworks display.  This was the first year of taking the cruise even though I go every year to see the light displays.  It is no wonder it is a yearly tradition for so many folks.   If you haven't been before, I encourage you to go next December.    
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By Jim Paulson, Owner,Broker
(Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info)
If you are planning on buying a home in Idaho as a first time home buyer in 2022 or beyond, did you know you can potentially save money on your 2021 taxes?Idaho has a unique program that was approved called the "First-Time Home Buyer Savings Account".  If you are planning on buying your first home in Idaho, you would be foolish to not do this! Here is the link to HOUSE BILL NO. 589: https://legislature.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/sessioninfo/2020/legislation/H0589.pdfEven though there are various ways to buy a home in Idaho with no money down (100 percent financing options still exist); you would typically still have various closing costs to pay.  The more you plan to put down or anticipate in closing costs means the more you can save on your Idaho taxes if you plan ahead.For example, ...
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