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By Jan DeGiorgio, Mountain Home Idaho Real Estate
(CENTURY 21 Southern Idaho Realty)
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It's Crunch Time - You just got orders, are buying a bigger house or just need to sell and move on.  You've dealt, as much as possible, with the major items (see Part I of this post) but what final adjustments should you make to your older home just before putting it on the market?  Some cost eff...

By Jan DeGiorgio, Mountain Home Idaho Real Estate
(CENTURY 21 Southern Idaho Realty)
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The clock starts running on a new home when the Mountain Home, Idaho Building Department signs the building permit. Advances in building science and changing economic conditions work together to cause our homes to rapidly become something less than "state of the art" and worth less than the "next...

By Jan DeGiorgio, Mountain Home Idaho Real Estate
(CENTURY 21 Southern Idaho Realty)
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Don't get me wrong - homes sales are clearly off from a year ago and I currently have more time to catch up on old paper work than I care to. Still, despite the media's constant wailing and gnashing of teeth, the Mountain Home, Idaho real estate market remains in pretty good shape. There are a co...

By Jan DeGiorgio, Mountain Home Idaho Real Estate
(CENTURY 21 Southern Idaho Realty)
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After running my weekly analysis of what's going on in the Mountain Home, Idaho real estate market, I'm now of the suspicion (and working towards the conclusion)  that new home prices may have finally reached the point where local builders are drafting new game plans.  In 2007, for the first time...

By Jan DeGiorgio, Mountain Home Idaho Real Estate
(CENTURY 21 Southern Idaho Realty)
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An Interesting Fact that's probably as true in Mountain Home Idaho as anywhere else.  Did you know that nearly 1/4 of all fatal home fires begin in the garage? These fires are especially deadly because they spread quickly and are well underway before  occupants are alerted to the blaze. Gas Cans,...

By Jan DeGiorgio, Mountain Home Idaho Real Estate
(CENTURY 21 Southern Idaho Realty)
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Activity and Prices By historical standards, 2007 was a good but not record setting year for Mountain Home. Sales of both new and existing homes were off about 19% from 2006. During the same period, the median price of existing homes increased by 12% to $152,000 while new homes saw a price drop o...

By Jan DeGiorgio, Mountain Home Idaho Real Estate
(CENTURY 21 Southern Idaho Realty)
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According to Canadian scientists, increasing energy efficiency also increases overall energy consumption.  You heard it here first - consumers are taking their newly acquired energy savings and plowing it back into more and bigger energy guzzling products.The conclusions by CIBC World Markets wer...

By Jan DeGiorgio, Mountain Home Idaho Real Estate
(CENTURY 21 Southern Idaho Realty)
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Residential energy efficiency is a lot like the weather - everybody talks about it but nobody does anything.But the good news is energy conservation and lower utility bills don't have to start with expensive projects - it only takes $8.  Stop by any one of a number of Mountain Home, Idaho retaile...

By Jan DeGiorgio, Mountain Home Idaho Real Estate
(CENTURY 21 Southern Idaho Realty)
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Time to put aside all the media hysteria, gloom and doom and look at a couple of fun things that have absolutely no relevance to Mountain Home Idaho real estate. Naked Carpenter Acquitted! A Bay area (why does this not surprise me?) carpenter has been found not guilty of indecent exposure for bui...

By Jan DeGiorgio, Mountain Home Idaho Real Estate
(CENTURY 21 Southern Idaho Realty)
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Prompted by the meltdown of the subprime mortgage market and the resulting flood of foreclosures, House Democrats have reacted (over-reacted?) with HR3915 the "Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act of 2007". Among other provisions, the Act would prohibit prepayment penalties on "High Cos...

By Jan DeGiorgio, Mountain Home Idaho Real Estate
(CENTURY 21 Southern Idaho Realty)
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I just completed a year long (well, it took ME a year) program leading to certification under the ECOBroker program.  The primary goal of ECOBroker is to train real estate professionals about residential energy efficiency and home environmental issues (e.g. indoor air quality) so that we can can ...

By Jan DeGiorgio, Mountain Home Idaho Real Estate
(CENTURY 21 Southern Idaho Realty)
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I'm not quite sure how to handle this (true) story. I'll try to do so with sensitivity and dignity but..... Several Boise investors were among those victimized in a $95 million dollar scam where a "1031 Exchange Accommodator" (more about this later) took the investors' money to purchase businesse...

By Jan DeGiorgio, Mountain Home Idaho Real Estate
(CENTURY 21 Southern Idaho Realty)
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If you've been keeping an eye on the "Market Conditions" page of my web site you probably know that it's my read that the Mountain Home real estate market is in "pretty good" shape at the moment.  However, much as I hate to, I recognize that there are a few hard cases out there that like more tha...

By Jan DeGiorgio, Mountain Home Idaho Real Estate
(CENTURY 21 Southern Idaho Realty)
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Hot on the heels of another successful Air Force Appreciation Day, Mountain Home Air Force Base will host a birthday bash honoring (oddly enough) the United States Air Force.MHAFB will be open its gates to the public at noon on Saturday, September 14th and a F15 flyby at 1:30 will officially open...

By Jan DeGiorgio, Mountain Home Idaho Real Estate
(CENTURY 21 Southern Idaho Realty)
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Mountain Home's 47th annual Air Force Appreciation Day may go into the books as the biggest of all.  Festivities included a 2 hour parade, an A10 flyby provided by the Idaho Air National Guard and a free barbecue which fed over 5,000.  Downtown streets were lined by an estimated 10,000 spectators...

By Jan DeGiorgio, Mountain Home Idaho Real Estate
(CENTURY 21 Southern Idaho Realty)
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Many of my clients initially express an interest in moving into a home that "with a little work" will result in a fat profit on resale.  Although a few ultimately take the plunge (some successfully), most quickly realize that these projects aren't for the faint of heart.  In hopes of helping the ...

By Jan DeGiorgio, Mountain Home Idaho Real Estate
(CENTURY 21 Southern Idaho Realty)
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A bit of interesting news entirely unrelated to real estate.  Veterans interested in starting their own businesses may  want to jump all over the Small Business Administration's new "Patriot Express" (where dooo they get these names) Loan Program.  The program, also available to active duty perso...

By Jan DeGiorgio, Mountain Home Idaho Real Estate
(CENTURY 21 Southern Idaho Realty)
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Myth #1 - A Listing Agent Who Doesn't Show Your Home to a Boatload of People is a Bum! I recently acquired a listing from homeowners unhappy with their listing agent because "he never showed our home".  Treading gently, I tried to communicate that the primary job of the listing agent is not to se...

By Jan DeGiorgio, Mountain Home Idaho Real Estate
(CENTURY 21 Southern Idaho Realty)
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Mountain Home Idaho real estate is, in large part, a numbers game. We need them to talk about prices, appraisals, sizes, interest rates, dimensions and the list goes on. But, like in any other industry, some of the numbers used are misleading, irrelevant or just plain wrong. Some examples.  Local...

By Jan DeGiorgio, Mountain Home Idaho Real Estate
(CENTURY 21 Southern Idaho Realty)
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Mountain Home's 41st Annual "Crazee Daze" celebration will be on Saturday, May 19th.Crazee Daze is the is the high plains version of a street fair with food, crafts, carnivals rides and prize giveaways.Local merchants will have booths set up all over the downtown area "displaying their wares" but...

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