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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!

 

June Tips and Resources

Happy June!

Summer is officially in full swing and in my house that means soccer is winding down and camping is winding up. It has been a long Spring and we’re ready to get out and enjoy the great weather and sights that Idaho has to offer.

Summer is also the easiest time to make a move. With the nice weather and kids out of school, it is the easiest time to transition between homes. Are you thinking of making a move? Here are some tips to prep your home for sale.

Another favorite summer staple of our family is outdoor grilling! We just got a new grill after having the old one for 13 years! How do you make your grill last that long? Watch this great video on how to clean your grill the right way!

If you or someone you know is thinking of buying or selling a home, I appreciate your referrals.

Playing tough!

Playing tough!

I hope your summer is off to a great start!

 

The 6 Most Essential Homebuyer Tips

The 6 Most Essential Homebuyer Tips

Get a Home Inspection

91.4 percent of agents say this is a very important tip.

0.54 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip.

The tip: Get a home inspection to evaluate the safety and overall condition of your new home, even if it appears flawless.

Get Preapproved for a Loan

89.0 percent of agents say this is a very important tip.

0.78 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip.

The tip: Before you start house hunting, get preapproved for a mortgage loan.

Communicate Through Your Agent

89.0 percent of agents say this is a very important tip.

0.27 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip.

The tip: When you want to ask or tell the seller something, always go through your real estate agent.

Put the Deal Into Writing

87.5 percent of agents say this is a very important tip.

0.83 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip.

The tip: Get the seller to put every component of the deal and any verbal agreement into writing.

Include Contingencies With Offer

83.0 percent of agents say this is a very important tip.

0.78 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip.

The tip: Include important contingencies, such as financing and property inspections, with your offer.

Develop a Wish List

82.4 percent of agents say this is a very important tip.

0.27 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip.

The tip: Come up with a realistic wish list. Find out what you can afford in terms of house size, neighborhood and amenities.

Know Your Local Market

75.6 percent of agents say this is a very important tip.

1.7 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip.

The tip: Know as much about the local market as you can. Use your agent’s CMA to learn about the selling price of comparable homes and the strength of the local real estate market.

Prioritize!

68.5 percent of agents say this is a very important tip.

1.11 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip.

The tip: Decide what’s most important to you before the negotiation so you know what parts of your offer you’re most comfortable giving up.

Look Into Government Programs

57.7 of agents say this is a very important tip.

1.36 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip.

The tip: Look into programs for first-time homebuyers. See if you qualify for the lower interest rates, low down payment options and down payment assistance programs some banks and governmental organizations offer first-time homebuyers.

Research Real Estate Agents

54.7 percent of agents say this is a very important tip.

7.61 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip.

The tip: Don’t just work with the first real estate agent you come across! Do your homework and find one you’re comfortable with.

Keep Other Houses in Mind

43.9 percent of agents say this is a very important tip.

5.8 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip.

The tip: When you begin negotiating on a specific property, know of other houses you’d be interested in buying. You don’t want to be so desperate to buy a certain house that you give in to whatever the seller wants.

Be Smart With Your Contingencies

40.6 percent of agents say this is a very important tip.

9 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip.

The tip: Avoid including unnecessary contingencies in your offer. Doing so will make it less attractive.

Keep Negotiations Short

39.8 percent of agents say this is a very important tip.

4.8 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip.

The tip: Avoid long, drawn-out negotiations, which can negatively affect the chances of your offer being accepted.

Shop around for Mortgages

37.9 percent of agents say this is a very important tip.

4.7 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip.

The tip: Shop around for at least several mortgage quotes before choosing one.

Ask for More Than You Want

32.1 percent of agents say this is a very important tip.

10.1 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip.

The tip: Ask for more than you want during negotiations, without asking too much. You can “give in” to the seller without actually giving up the things you want!

Scope out Neighborhoods, Neighbors

31.9 percent of agents say this is a very important tip.

7.1 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip.

The tip: Talk to neighbors to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to live in the neighborhoods of homes you are interested in. While doing so, gauge if you would like to live next to these people for the foreseeable future. Bad neighbors can affect your property’s value.

Connect With the Sellers

24.9 percent of agents say this is a very important tip.

27.5 percent of agents don’t recommend this tip.

The tip: Establish a connection with the sellers. You may be able to get a better deal if the sellers see you as a person, not just an opportunity.

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!

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

Review: Trendy Bleubird Cafe Still Popular

Boiseans tend to flock to new downtown restaurants like moths to a flame. For that reason, for the first few months of a restaurant opening you can’t tell if it’s really good or not.  After the honeymoon phase and the trendy folks have moved on to the next big thing that is when the true colors show and the good restaurants are still packed.

Counter at the Bleubird

Counter at the Bleubird

The Bleubird Cafe has proven true-blue for more than a year after serving it’s first handmade soda.  This cute little cafe has brought new life to the corner of Bannock and 10th streets. The former shoe store location has been transformed into a cheery, open space.  It is a great spot to meet a friend for lunch during the work week!  But you better get there early or you are sure to be standing in line.  The place is always packed by noon so if you are stuck in line and can’t find a table, don’t worry because there is extra seating upstairs.

It’s not just the atmosphere that makes this lunch spot great, it is of course the FOOD!  Everything about the food here screams “fresh”.  From herbs in the sodas to the veggies in the soup, all of it has an air of freshness.  The menu is always changing but there seems to be a few standard offerings. My favorite go-to sandwich is the Italian.  It is loaded with fancy cured meats that I don’t know how to pronounce and it is topped with dijon aioli and mama lil’s peppers. So good!

bleubird italian

Yummy Bleubird Italian sandwich with side salad

My only complaint is I wish they were open on the weekends.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

Bleubird is open Monday – Friday, 11:00am – 4:30pm

www.bleubirdboise.com

Top Seller Mistakes

1000 Real Estate agents were asked to rate the top mistakes that homeowners make when trying to sell their home.  The results may seem obvious to some, but these golden nuggets are something to keep top of mind when selling your home.

Wow!  Big lesson here – Don’t overprice your home when trying to sell!  Your agent will suggest a listing price based on market comparables.  The comparables are a solid basis on which to price your home because it is a true reflection of the current market.

It doesn’t matter what you think your home is worth or what you think it should sell for.  If you want your home to sell, it is imperative to price according to the current market conditions.

See below for the other top home selling mistakes.

Biggest Home Seller Mistakes