What are Casting For Recovery, Expedition Inspiration and Angel Wings Network? – September Newsletter

September Newsletter 2014 

Happy Fall to you!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

For the past couple of years, my daughter’s soccer team CHiCAS FúTBOL Club and it’s associated families has raised money to contribute to three very important local Breast Cancer support groups in conjunction with Franz Witte Nursery’s Oktoberbreast Celebration on the evening of September 25th.

The three groups that we support are Casting For Recovery, Expedition Inspiration and Angel Wings Network. All of these groups play a very important part in our community and beyond. Please take some time to visit their websites to gain a better understanding of our project:www.castingforrecovery.org or www.expeditioninspiration.org andwww.angelwingsnetwork.net 

Over the past few years our CHiCAS (purchased and) contributed enough gas cards to help over 60 patients travel from rural Idaho towns into Boise for treatments. Last year we were able to sponsor 4 women for the Casting for Recovery Project.

Chicas presenting a check during Oktoberbreast in 2012

Chicas presenting a check during Oktoberbreast in 2012

We are happy to be a part of the Franz Witte Celebration and the help these organizations provide help to many women fighting breast cancer. 

If you would like to contribute to our efforts, we are selling bracelets for a suggested donation of $5.00.  Please contact me to contribute by Wednesday noon.

This year's bracelet design

This year’s bracelet design

 

August Market Report

Single family home sales in August 2014 were 737 in Ada County, a decrease of 12% compared to July 2013.   YTD total sales are down 4% compared to this time last year; 5,265 homes sold compared to 5,508.

Average Days on Market in August were 53; six more days than last month. In August 2013, Days on Market was 52. 

Historically August sales increase from July levels.   Last year the increase was 8%. This year there was a decrease of 11%.  The National Association of Realtors attributes this change to a decrease in investor sales.  The positive side of this situation is that it leaves more room for first-time homebuyers to have a better chance of purchasing a home with the higher inventory and reduced cash-only sales.

October is a great time to buy and get in your new home before the holidays!  If you or someone you know is ready to buy, I’d appreciate your referral!

Tool of the Month – Nextdoor.com

If you are not using Nextdoor, I highly recommend you check it out. Simply put, Nextdoor.com is a social network for neighbors and neighborhoods to communicate quickly and easily.  Some reasons you should join:

  • Quickly get the word out about a break-in
  • Organize a Neighborhood Watch Group
  • Track down a trustworthy babysitter
  • Find out who does the best paint job in town
  • Ask for help keeping an eye out for a lost dog
  • Find a new home for an outgrown bike
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Fun Things to Do This Weekend

Happy Summer to You!

The Fourth of July is now a memory for 2014 and we are halfway through the year already!  I hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday!

The real estate market in the Treasure Valley is very active right now with the May median home price of $209,000; up 7% from May 2013. Our YTD median price is $205,000; up 9% over last year!  If you are thinking of selling your home, now is the time to get it on the market.  Most buyers want to get settled before school starts so they are shopping now.

Contact me to determine your home value.  When you market your home with me, I will provide a FREE home warranty through Landmark Home Warranty.

Fun things to do THIS WEEKEND:

Friday – Food Truck Rally benefitting Idaho Special Olympics

Saturday –  Eagle Fun Days – Wet & Wild parade this Saturday at 2pm!

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Hope to see you there!

 

What It’s Like to Live and Work In Boise, Idaho

So you woke up at 5am to fit in a workout before getting ready for work.  Then you slid into your car where your butt will be planted for the hour and a half commute into work. Your coffee spilled down your front because you had to break suddenly for the traffic jam in front of you.  You worked all day, just to turn around and make the trek back home. You barely saw day light.

Or….

You live in Boise!  You woke up at 6am because your gym is right around the corner. Or perhaps it’s a nice day and you decided to ride your bike to work – commute and workout at the same time! You had lunch on the greenbelt overlooking the Boise river, then biked back home before sunset.

Boise, Idaho

Which sounds better? You know the answer!  Boise is a great place to live, work, raise a family, and retire.  Forbes just named us in Top 25 Best Places to Retire! But don’t just take my word for it!  Check out this Great Site produced by The Boise Valley Economic Partnership and the Idaho Department of Commerce.  It features real testimonials from real people who now call Boise home.  Additionally, you can find stats and resources to help you research your new city.

Check it out: Big Ideas Grow Here

Congratulations to Rizen Creative on a fantastic site!

Finding the beauty in winter

It’s been a hard couple of weeks for those of us living in the Treasure Valley. A deep and depressing inversion has kept the sun away for longer than tolerable! Are you new to Boise and don’t know what an inversion is? Here’s a great explanation and visual description:

The making of a weather inversion

The making of a weather inversion

For more info on what makes an inversion:
What Is An Inversion

People are so thirsty for sunshine they are driving up to Idaho City  or Bogus Basin just to see the sun. As dwellers of this usually beautiful and mild valley, we are not accustomed to extended periods of time without the sun so we head to the hills to bask in it’s glory.

January inversion as viewed from the road to Bogus Basin

January inversion as viewed from the road to Bogus Basin

To get us through, and help us remember that there can be beauty in winter, I’m sharing these photos that I took before the inversion took it’s hold.

Boise River

Boise River in Winter

frosty pine

Frosty pine on a sunny winter day

Hopefully this inversion will pass in the next few days, as the forecast suggests, and we can all avoid a serious case of Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Boise River, near Eagle Road

Boise River, near Eagle Road