Boise, ID Real Estate News

By Trey Langford, BuildIdaho.com
(BuildIdaho.com)
Client Experience:We found Christian through friends and references. We selected him because of the quality of the homes we saw that he built as well as his attention to detail and hands on approach. Christian was very responsive, kept great records and was very proactive about communicating about decisions and tradeoffs about our house. Everything was top quality and Christian helped us by giving us the information we needed to make good decisions. Why should your builder be recognized for Construction Excellence?Burgundy Homes builds top quality homes that are also beautiful. Christian ensures that he is meeting his customers expectations by meeting with them regularly to go over all the details so there are no surprises. What is your favorite element or feature of your home? Please ...
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By Roger Howell, We do business the Fair way!
(Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation NMLS #2289)
I've been waiting on the sidelines to comment on the recent Federal receivership of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  I'm always leery of our government getting involved in the market and causing more harm than good.  I am also suspect of the real motive of our politicians, many times they aren't taking action to fix the problems, but to score political points. That being said, the effects of this action has been that rates have dropped dramatically in the last two weeks and now you can get that 30 yr fixed rate in the 5's.  The market has reacted positively and the public is benefiting for now. What I worry about is the next administration screwing up a system that has worked most of the time and has allowed home ownership to grow to its highest level in our history.  I can easily see a con...
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By Brian Brumpton, Boise Idaho Real Estate
(Keller Williams Boise)
I could use your help AR, I'm redoing my website and here's your chance to have a say in it.  On my properties page I am setting up what information about the property is displayed.  My question as stated above is this: What information are buyers and sellers wanting when they land on a property they are searching for?  Since the internet is where the overwhelming majority of buyers and sellers begin their search I want to be sure to give them what they're looking for. Help me out here and let me know!
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By Brian Brumpton, Boise Idaho Real Estate
(Keller Williams Boise)
  Apparently the cost of owning and maintaining Simplot's mansion is draining the Governor's housing fund: http://www.2news.tv/news/local/28300934.htm. My question is why are paying for both.  Governor Otter (a millionaire) is collecting and $4500 a month for housing cost to live in his estate and we're still on the hook for the costs for a mansion he refuses to live in because his ex-wife's father used to own it.  Does that seem wrong to anyone? I don't normally dive into politics unless they concern real estate and this issue concerns a very large piece.  There's just got to be better places for this money to be spent and if Butch doesn't like the accommodations provided to him shouldn't he pay for his own?
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By Brian Brumpton, Boise Idaho Real Estate
(Keller Williams Boise)
Up for hearing is the a new subdivision planned to go in north of State Street.  Northwest Boise owners are looking at another 214 homes to be put in between Bogart and Roe.  Get further details here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/localnews/story/497422.html.  Here's a satellite image and my best guess on where they are referring to:   The hearing is set for 6 P.M. Thursday night September 11th. 
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By Roger Howell, We do business the Fair way!
(Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation NMLS #2289)
I'm proud to announce that we now have the reverse mortgage program, the HECM, available for my clients. This is a program for homeowners 62 or over that want to convert their home equity into a monthly check, a line of credit , or simply withdraw a lump sum of cash.  there is no credit, income, or asset verification and best of all, there is no monthly payment check to write.  The house pays for itself!  When the borrower passes away or moves out, the loan becomes due.  If the home is worth less than the outstanding balance, the lender takes the home back at a loss.  If there is equity, the heirs can sell and keep the difference, or refinance out of the reverse mortgage.  The heirs are not responsible for the loan. This program requires the borrower to get counseling from a third party...
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By Trey Langford, BuildIdaho.com
(BuildIdaho.com)
ed Mason Signature Homes, Idahos leading developer and builder of high-quality homes under 2,000 square feet, has become a certified Energy Star builder. “We have long been doing many of the things required under Energy Star, but certification shows our commitment to comprehensively address energy efficiency in our homes,” said owner Ted Mason.    To date, more than 5,000 home builders nationwide have partnered with EPA to construct more than 840,000 Energy Star homes. By the end of the decade, more than 2 million homes are expected to earn Energy Star (www.energystar.gov).  Compared with standard homes, Energy Star homes use substantially less energy for heating, cooling, and water heating-delivering $200 to $400 in annual savings. Over the average 7 to 8 years you may live in your ho...
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By Brian Brumpton, Boise Idaho Real Estate
(Keller Williams Boise)
It's coming! Boise Art In The Park is just around the corner.  Next week the 5th through the 7th hundreds of artists from all over the Northwest will descend upon our great city to display their works.  I love it, we try to make it a point each to purchase art from this event.  There's paintings, jewelery, photography, and many other things. It's a great time with music, food, and fun.  I hope to see you there. Here's a link to the website to make all your arrangements: http://boiseartmuseum.org/events/2008artinthepark.php.   
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By Brian Brumpton, Boise Idaho Real Estate
(Keller Williams Boise)
What has been a little piece of Boise's culture is going away.  The YMCA has annouced the cancellation of the Barber to Boise fun run after 31 years: http://www.boiseweekly.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=316974. It's hard losing events, ritualls, and traditions that we hold dear in the Treasure Valley.  Those things that make Boise what many of us grew up knowing and the reason so many of us want to come back.  While it may be sad we can also rejoice as it's a time for us to turn a page and help advance many others events the YMCA holds. For some of us it will be a new begining a chance to have a part of Boise become yours from the very start and a piece you can hold onto that will make Boise uniquely yours.  
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By Brian Brumpton, Boise Idaho Real Estate
(Keller Williams Boise)
It seems everyone wants to have a look at the devastation caused by the Oregon Trail fire and it has some residents concerned.  Although signs clearly state that it is closed the steady stream of traffic is causing problems: http://www.2news.tv/news/local/27684179.html. I know that nothing compares to seeing it in person but please do the right thing and resist the temptation as there are plenty of pictures and coverage of the fire all over the web.  Help your fellow neighbor out and allow them to do what needs to be done and reclaim their lives and what's left of them by staying out of the way.  They'll appreciate it and believe me so would you.
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By Brian Brumpton, Boise Idaho Real Estate
(Keller Williams Boise)
I just have to congratulate the Boise State Broncos on a job well done.  Their first outing of the season was a huge success.  The first couple possessions were a little shaky.  After the nerves seemed to have settled they showed their true color in a dominating fashion.  Did anyone catch the hit they put on Idaho States QB?  He'll be feeling that one for weeks to come.  Great job Boise State, here's to another great season!
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By Brian Brumpton, Boise Idaho Real Estate
(Keller Williams Boise)
Southeast Boise residents are not happy about Idaho Power's effort to assist them.  Residents who lost there home were looking for more after it was deemed that a power line sparked the fire that destroyed homes in rapid succession. An article in the Idaho Statesman details the meeting between three Idaho Power Officials and the residents: http://www.ktvb.com/news/localnews/stories/ktvbn-aug2908-idaho_power_meeting.2577e1bc.html. Should they be doing more?  It's hard to say.  Yes as a company you should support the community that supports you.  Are they really to blame?  Well the power line was theirs but nobody could have foreseen such a tragedy.  We all take for granted the risk that come with modern amenities like electrical power and the risks involved.  Such accidents are an unwel...
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By Brian Brumpton, Boise Idaho Real Estate
(Keller Williams Boise)
  I think it is important for as many people to see this as possible.  This is an aerial shot of the aftermath of the Oregon Trail fire that happened a few days a go.  There are many families in need right now.  Here is a link to a Idaho Statesman Article on some of the items in need if you want to help:http://www.idahostatesman.com/newsupdates/story/484431.html.  This also has a great index at the bottom of the different orginzations you can contact to help.  Our Southeast Boise residents need your help.
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By Brian Brumpton, Boise Idaho Real Estate
(Keller Williams Boise)
So you want to be a millionaire?  Smartmoney.com posted an enlightening article called "10 Things Millionaires Won't Tell You": http://finance.yahoo.com/banking-budgeting/article/105626/10-Things-Millionaires-Won't-Tell-You. There are some surprising statistics, like the narrowing gap of how long people have had there wealth and a lower percentage of inherited wealth.  Which means the generations after are squandering the fortunes made by their heirs.  No doubt Paris Hilton comes to mind while reading that.  I also like the part about money being able to buy happiness.  I don't know about that but as my good friend Tony Robbins likes to say "money won't solve all your problems but it allows you to arrive at them in style."  By the way this excludes home equity so the statistics don't i...
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By Bradley Oliver
(1st Place Realty LLC)
The Vineyard Boise provided a way for dads and their kids to go on a campout to Warm Lake near Cascade Idaho. Myself and another person from our church was blessed to facilitate this event. We had 4 weeks to put it together and had over 70 people show up! What a blessing it was. It also gave mom's a break. It was a success because God was definately involved. Thank you God for blessing me and everyone that went on this trip. It will now be and annual event, God willing of course. I ask for your prayers that this time that the dads got to spend with their kids will continue on. Thank you.
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By Brian Brumpton, Boise Idaho Real Estate
(Keller Williams Boise)
So you've bought your new home and it's time to make it yours.  For some this process starts at or before they move in and others take awhile to get up to speed.  There is not shortage of accents and styles to choose from to make your home reflect your personality.  The NAR has complied a some websites to give you and education and some tips in the art of interior decorating: http://www.realtor.org/RMODaily.nsf/pages/News2008082505?OpenDocument. If you're anything like me you'll probably want to consult a professional.  I admire those of you who have any eye for this sort of thing and for the rest of us, I hope this helps.  Just keep in mind that if you're one of those who like to take it to the extreme, plan to spend the rest of your life in the home or to redo it before selling.
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By Trey Langford, BuildIdaho.com
(BuildIdaho.com)
Legend Community Profile Link Community Building Community Golf Course Community Park Community Pool Community Walking Path Fiber Optics Lots by Water Pressurized Irrigation   Gated Community Attention Realtors, Developers and Builders. Add your Community's Profile W Boise Meridian District Subdivisons Available for New Construction ( 12 )   New Boise Subdivisions Lot Sizes (in acres) Starting Home Values  Boise Home Builders  Anthem Subdivision W of Cloverdale & N of Ustick   $169k CBH Homes Brookdale Meadows  W of Cloverdale off McMillan 0.21 to 0.23 $416k CSC Homes Matrix Homes RF Custom Homes Steve Caven Construction DKF Investments Dover Heights 1/8 mile South of Chinden, 1/8 mile East of Five Mile         Lillian's Townhouse West on Ustick, pass Mapl...
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By Trey Langford, BuildIdaho.com
(BuildIdaho.com)
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By Pam Pugmire, Meridian Idaho Real Estate
(Silvercreek Realty Group)
I recently wrote an article about Buying a Bank Owned, Short Sale, or Forclosure in Idaho.  Since then I have been asked several times if I though buying one of these properties was a good idea.  So here's my blanket answer that will fit everyone.  It Depends. It depends on many factors.  Do you have a stict time frame in which you must move?  If you do, then a foreclosure, short sale, or bank owned property is probably not for you.  These types of transactions (especially Short Sales) can take much longer than dealing with an individual homeowner.  If you have a limited amount of time, you are probably better off to buy a home from a private party.  There are still well priced homes for sale by an individual out there!  If you want to buy, and have the luxury of time on your side, then...
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By Brian Brumpton, Boise Idaho Real Estate
(Keller Williams Boise)
According the the NAR a company has launched a campaign to lift the coming ban on down payment assistance.  The full article and details can be found here: http://www.realtor.org/RMODaily.nsf/pages/News2008081904?OpenDocument. Is lifting the ban a good idea?  Well I have mixed emotions about the idea.  Statistically buyers using these types of programs are more likely to default.  As this program has been used widely to replace 100% programs of sub-prime boom you to wonder if keeping it alive will only prolong the epidemic. 
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