Reverse Mortgages

I took a class this morning on Reverse Mortgages. It was fascinating and could be so helpful to many people! If you or someone you know is over age 62, you should check this out!

Home Tour

This week’s home tour featuring 4444 Linda Vista in Boise. Only $169,500 for 4 beds, 2 baths. All new flooring and ready to move in!

Did you hear the news?

So you’ve probably heard the news from last week that two big players in the real estate industry, Zillow and Trulia, have merged.  In their announcement, they stated that they will continue to operate as separate entities, for now.

But what does this mean to you?

For consumers, you most likely will not notice anything different when you search for homes on Zillow or Trulia.  I would speculate that in the very near future, the two will streamline their processes and present an even better user experience. They will continue to develop tools to aid in your home search and also advance their mobile apps.

What does this mean for the industry?

It used to be that you needed an agent just to find out what was on the market.  Real estate agents before the time of the Internet were basically gatekeepers to the MLS data.  Now that data is easily accessible through sites like Zillow and Trulia.

So as agents, we now need to bring more to the table.  What we can offer is what I refer to as REAL data.  It is the local expertise that you can’t find anywhere else.  It is the deep knowledge of an area where we know exactly how far the school bus stop is and where to find the best eatery close by. Growing up in Boise has definitely given me leg up over other agents!

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The bottom line is that you, as consumers, are better informed with the existence of Zulia, but you’ll still know to call the experts in when it’s time to make a move!

Hope you are all enjoying the last few weeks of summer!  The dog days are definitely upon us!  My family is busy trying to fit in the last few summer outings to the zoo and one last camp trip before school starts. Oh, and yes, soccer practice has begun!

Feel free to contact me with any questions!

As always, I’m never too busy for your referrals.

Here are a few blog posts I found interesting:

Great Ideas for Summer Hostess Gifts

Bathroom Design-off

Tool of the month – Picmonkey.com
This site is so fun and easy to use!  Just upload a favorite photo and apply text, borders, themes, and loads of other fun effects.

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!