Boise, ID Real Estate News

By Bill Williams
(Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group)
Do you like to drive through the North End and watch the seasonal changes in some of the classic old home neighborhoods?  Don't you just love driving Harrison Boulevard in the fall when the leaves are changing?  Have you ever wondered what is inside those big old homes over on Harrison Boulevard?  Are they as wonderful inside as they are from the street?  You really don't want to call your Realtor to set up an appointment for a home you know you aren't buying, but you're curious just the same.  Well, according to the Idaho Statesman today, one of those marvelous old homes has just been through a two year restoration and will be featured in one of the segments on HGTV's program "If Walls Could Talk"  .  The program airs this Sunday at 9pm.  The home is a wonderful, large two story home ...
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By Bill Williams
(Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group)
 There are a lot of great things to do around Boise next month!  Expo Idaho and the Idaho Center have plenty of variety, and the pro sports teams will be in town.  Here are just a few that I wanted to remind you of.  Put them on your calendar.Idaho Steelheads home hockey games will be on March 8, 9, 10 vs Fresno; March 21, 23, 24 vs Alaska and March 28, 30, 31 vs Long Beach. Games start at  7:10pm in Qwest Arena.Idaho Stampede basketball home games March 14, 16, and 17th.  Games start  7pm at Qwest Arena.Monster Trucks will be at the Idaho Center  on March 9 and 10.Do not forget the BIG ONE!     The 34th Annual BOISE ROADSTER SHOW will take up all three exhibition halls at Expo Idaho on March 8, 9, 10, and 11.  Give yourself plenty of time because this is a huge show with up to 250 cars...
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By Bill Williams
(Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group)
One of the first things you notice about Boise and the Treasure Valley when you come here in the winter months is how brown everything is.  Many of our newcomers are relocating from the coastal states, and invariably they ask "is it always this brown here?"  And, it being winter still, the answer is "yes, for awhile longer".Boise sits on the Boise River, and the name really does derive from the first explorers seeing the trees along the river course as they came over the hill at what is now called Bonneville Point.  The Boise River, and the Snake River a bit to the south, flow through what is called "high desert".  Our annual recipitation (including snowfall of about 21 inches) is 11.7 inches.  Compare that to Seattle and Portland's 36.2 inches, San Francisco's 20.4 inches, San Diego's...
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By Marianne Robinson
(Coleman Company)
Besides AVIMOR, which is a new planned community located north of Boise, the expanded potential growth is now taking a turn, looking strongly at the Southeast area.  Vista- 2,250 homes on 1,048 acres near Kuna-Mora Road and S. Cole Road.Vision First- 1,440 acre planned community off Interstate 84 and Blacks Creek Interchange.  Five developers currently own 15,000 acres adjacent or near Boise's area of impact.Orchard Ranch- Covers 2,554 acres and includes 8758 residential units in a variety of styles and pricing. This community build-out date is proposed in stages over a 20-year period.These future potential developments are only scratching the surface of the Treasure Valley.  Is it any wonder why we look so ripe for growth.  Our quality of life and being a hub to the Coast of Washington...
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By Tim Burroughs, Your key to a smooth move!
(RE/MAX Executives)
As we enter the second month in this year, 2007, we find that we have more buyer activity in the Boise Metro area of Idaho.  Last year we had buyers coming to view homes but they had homes to sell somewhere else before they could purchase here.  They were coming from Florida, Massachusetts, West Virginia and Virginia, California and Arizona.Now we have buyers coming that have accepted offers on their present homes and are ready to buy.  We wrote six offers in January and expect several to be written in the next week as well as more opportunities to list properties for sale.Sellers are still resistant to reductions in price, even though the accepted offers are only after reductions in price over a several month period of being on the market.  Until we are able to stabilize, we expect to ...
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By Bill Williams
(Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group)
On the way to the office this morning I heard on the radio that two of my favorite TV personalities will be appearing in Boise on the 25th of February as part of BSU's College of Engineering's 10th Anniverary!  Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, Discovery Channel's Mythbusters, will be presenting a free show.  I'll let the Idaho Statesman give you the details here.It seems that at our house if we turn the channel off of HGTV, this is the only other show besides "24" that our television can receive... but that's OK because these guys are a hoot.  Mythbusters is one of those shows that you think everyone knows about, and are surprised to learn that isn't the case... the folks at the radio station this morning were less than "with it" when discussing it.I would love to see these guys tackle so...
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Nampa is the second largest city in the state of Idaho. This is one of Idaho's fastest growing cities and is projected to see rapid population growth for some time. The appreciation exceeded 28% in 2006 alone. It was featured along with Boise as the 2nd fastest appreciating city in the US, 2nd only to Bend Oregon for 2006. Check out the full details at www.mypropertywealth.com and look for my profile on the city page, it has a link to my website. I'd love to have you as a new investor client or just to be able to answer questions for you. Have a good one!Jason ProvencioRE/MAX River Valley208-371-2489 www.namparealtor.comjasonprovencio@hotmail.com
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By Bill Williams
(Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group)
Last night, before a sellout crowd of 5018  in the Qwest  Arena in downtown Boise,  The Idaho Steelheads  hockey club called on  one of the young men from my  office  to fill the net against the Phoenix Roadrunners.  The Idaho Statesman tells it this way "Blair Allison said he's not ready to give up his job selling real estate, even though his part-time gig was pretty fun Friday night.Allison, serving as the Steelheads' emergency goalie, was forced into action at the beginning of the second period and didn't allow a goal as Idaho rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Phoenix RoadRunners at Qwest Arena. "  more...Blair is currently a REALTOR in the Coldwell Banker Aspen Realty Boise office on Emerald Street.  He has been a regular Steelheads goalie in the past, playing three seasons from 2...
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By Bill Williams
(Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group)
I have to say, that was the most roller coaster football game I've seen in many a year!  But with an overtime two point conversion, the Boise State Broncos beat the Oklahoma Sooners last night in the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona by a final score of 43-42.  Downtown Boise quickly filled up with fans celebrating and parading downtown, and ending the night with a rally on the Statehouse steps.Congratulations BRONCOS! An undefeated 12-0 season,  and a convincing "never quit" finish in the Fiesta Bowl... now the rest of the country knows what we have known all along... you guys ARE the real thing, and we are SO proud of you!Thank you for a wonderful ride.  
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By Bill Williams
(Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group)
Avimor site preparation has begun Located northwest of Boise, Avimor is currently the second planned community under construction in Ada County.  The first, and so far the largest at 1,844 acres, was Hidden Springs, started in the late 90's, and continuing to be expanded in the Dry Creek Valley northwest of Boise. Avimor sits on 830 acres, with plans for a community center, and about 684 homes. Site work began earlier this year (2006), and continues on the east side of Highway 55.  This phase of the development is projected to last six years.  The master plan calls for the creation of a series of village type communities in the Foothills, of which Avimor is to be the first.  The greater project is called Spring Valley Ranch, and encompasses 31,000 acres of land from just north of the Sh...
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By Bill Williams
(Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group)
   site of The Cliffs, east of BoiseOn Wednesday night, December 20, 2006 more than two years of work paid off for Skyline Development as the Ada County Commissioners unanimously approved plans for The Cliffs.  To be built in the Foothills east of Boise, The Cliffs comprises 707 acres, with an expected 1,350 homes.  The first phase of the build-out will be for approximately 202 homesites.There has been a lot of concern in the community about the development of the plateau, which is an important wildlife area, and mule deer wintering ground, but it is unmanaged rangeland.  The developer will set aside as much as 356 acres as permanent open space and buffer zone for wildlife.  The design also contains plans for habitat restoration ($9 million), and an environmental education center.  Acco...
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By Bill Williams
(Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group)
When was the last time you went for a tour of the state capitol building in downtown Boise?  If you're like me, you might never have been inside before.  Or maybe you're like my wife, who hasn't been inside since she was in school...We went downtown last night, to see the lights, and to enjoy the Christmas holiday atmosphere.  It was a great night for it, being December's "First Thursday" , which is a monthly downtown-thing that happens in Boise.  The galleries and shops were all open, and everything is lit up and decorated.  And in the course of our walk, we noticed the big decorated tree in the front of the statehouse.  So we walked over to see it.  After trying to take a picture or two, we walked up the stairs and discovered the doors were open!  Goodness, that's an offer we couldn't...
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By Bill Williams
(Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group)
Low unemployment, low crime rates, and a lack of severe weather are among the factors that lead to the Boise-Nampa area (our Treasure Valley) being named Number 1 on the list of "Most Secure U.S. Places to Live" for large metropolitan areas.  The list is an annual ranking done by Farmers Insurance Group.  St. George, Utah takes the top spot for small towns, and Las Cruces, NM takes the honors for mid-sized cities.  Last year's list ranked Boise #4 in the mid-sized group.  That confirms what all of us already knew... we're growing fast, but our quality of life is fantastic!Boise, Idaho and the Treasure Valley continue to be highly ranked in a number of different lists and articles for our liveabilty.  MONEY Magazine ranks us #8 on their "Best Places to Live" list.  In 2005 FORBES Magazin...
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By Bill Williams
(Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group)
The Ada county real estate market continued to slow in November, as it usually does (except last year).  A quick check of the numbers shows that at the end of the month there were a total of 4309 active Single Family and Single Family with Acreage listings in Ada county.  More than 100 of those dropped off the first day of December, for a total of 4202, but we'll need to wait a few days before we know how many are going to relist and how many are "going to wait until Spring".  The inventory number is going the right way, and now down two months in a row from the peak of 4672 in September (nearly 10% decline).  Currently, I'm finding 631 Solds, but that will likely rise a bit as the reported numbers settle down in the next week.  That is just under the October number, which is also expe...
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By Bill Williams
(Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group)
While we have been reading about record amounts of rain and snow in Seattle, Colorado, and the midwest, we here in Boise have been enjoying a long, dry, drawn out fall.  Last night we got the first snowfall to cover the ground.  It's only an inch, but hey, it happened on Friday morning, so I have declared a snow day, and decided to work from home today.  This is the first day in weeks that I haven't gone to the office, and in the spirit of overcompensating for staying home I've made more than twice my usual number of calls, written letters, sent emails, and talked to listing agents about properties my customers are interested in.  Hmmm... perhaps I should stay home a little more often?On top of being a productive morning for work, it has also been refreshing for attitude too.  I drove m...
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By Bill Williams
(Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group)
Now that the residential real estate market in the Treasure Valley area has cooled off, we can take a minute to catch our breath and think about what is happening, about where we are as a city and a region, and what the future might hold.  Was it all a dream?  Did we suffer a bubble?  Will my kids ever be able to buy a home?  When will it get back to normal?  Is it over yet?  I hear variations of these questions nearly every week, and it is interesting to hear how differently long time residents phrase the question, compared to the way more recent arrivals ask it.  Long time residents seem to look at the valley, and the recent growth, with a certain amount of unbelief.  They feel caught off guard and a little overwhelmed in many cases, by the increased traffic, the new houses popping up...
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By Bill Williams
(Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group)
I was asked a question about mortgage rates the other day, and the context of the question implied that rates were much worse today than they were last year.  Actually, except for the ARM products, which have moved up just over where they were a year ago (5.76 average last November compared to 6.05 this year on a 5 year ARM), the two common fixed rate mortgage products are right where they were last year.  On an 80% to value 30 year fixed mortgage, Freddie Mac reports an average rate of 6.31 and points averaging 0.4.  This is where these rates were one year ago.  Similarly, the 15 year fixed loan at the end of last week was at 6.02 with 0.04 points, whereas last year it was 5.95 and 0.04.  Interestingly, while checking on the rates, I noticed that refinancing activity is still over 45% ...
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By Lance & Elaine Wells
(Connect Realty Boise Eagle Idaho)
The "State" Of Idaho: The Case For Open DebateIf you would ask any schoolchild how many states there are in the United States, you will get the same answer: 50. Fifty states in the Union. It is simply an accepted "fact." If you would disagree with this supposed "fact," you would be branded insane or worse. However, mounting evidence shows that there are in fact only 49 states in the US, and the "state" of Idaho is a baseless myth. We have been trying to distribute and publish this information for over *two years*, but our scholarship has not been given any respect. We have been censored, vilified, ridiculed and spat upon by the "traditional" geographers and historians, but WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED! All we ask is that the existence of the state of Idaho be debated, as every other historic...
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