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March 14, 2017

The Kitchen - the Room that Sells the House

The heart of any home is the kitchen, so it's no surprise that it is the room that sells the house, according to Forbes. It is where families spend most of their time, cooking, eating, and entertaining. Generations upon generations of kids have done their homework at kitchen tables, and many people appreciate a kitchen with a built-in because it is the place they prefer working on everything from the household finances to correspondence.

Experienced Realtors will tell you that your kitchen can make or break a sale, so it is vital to pay a little extra attention to this very important room when going over your home selling checklist. Even before putting your house on the market, it is a good idea to research kitchen ideas in Idaho and consider some upgrades or possibly a modest remodel. How far you go with a kitchen makeover depends on how old your kitchen is, but a lot of the time a coat of paint and some new hardware is sufficient to spruce up the room.  Of course, you don’t want to over-remodel the kitchen to the point that it is out of phase with the rest of the home either.  Naturally, you will want to make sure the entire house is clean, uncluttered, and in good condition when you are selling a home, but put a good effort into the room that sells the house.

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Posted in Selling
Feb. 28, 2017

7 Reasons Why Meridian is the Absolute Best Family City in Idaho

Best family city in IdahoIt's said that people come to Idaho for the wilderness and stay for the lifestyle, but there are so many terrific cities in the Gem State, you might find it difficult to decide which one will become your new hometown. If you are looking for a place to raise a family, the decision is simple. Meridian is the best family city in Idaho, and there are plenty of reasons why that is a fact. Though each family has a list of priorities that are important to them, there are six main concerns that all parents share when raising a family: access to good educational, prospects for income and employment, an affordable cost of living, low crime rates, and short commutes. When comparing places to move, USA Today gave Meridian Idaho best city status, putting it at number one because it meets all those criteria and more. 

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Posted in Buying
Feb. 5, 2017

Why Are Homebuyers Choosing Meridian Idaho Schools?

When it comes to home buying and schools, for a long time the typical practice was to find a house you love close to at least one parent's place of employment and just send the kids to the nearest school. Over the last few years, however, there has been a shift toward families setting a priority on finding the best schools for their kids and working back from there. That change has caused many homebuyers to start shopping for homes in the best Meridian, ID neighborhoods. With Meridian Schools getting high marks from many sources, finding a Meridian, ID home with good schools is pretty easy, no matter what age your children are.  

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Posted in Buying
Jan. 23, 2017

Your Neighbors' Effect on Your Home Value

Real Estate in Meridian Idaho is like real estate anywhere else, is always an investment, whether you purchase a house knowing that you're going to resell it within a few years or you intend on own it for the rest of your life. Either way, ownership almost always adds to your personal net worth as there's a much better chance than not that you will make a profit on it. 

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Posted in Buying, Selling
Jan. 16, 2017

What You Have to Disclose as a Seller

Part of selling a home includes ensuring the buyer knows what he is getting. That's why all states have laws stipulating that sellers are upfront with buyers about current or past problems with the home and/or property. State to state, most of the requirements are similar, but seller disclosures in Idaho have some specific informational requirements. The form used for disclosure is unique, to Idaho and it becomes an official part of the contract package and is required by law when a Real Estate Professional is involved.

Most people think the disclosure statement exclusively protects the rights of a homebuyer, so they don't unknowingly purchase a property that has unknown defects. However, the disclosure statement also protects the seller because there is a written record of what was disclosed to the buyer.  Obviously, if you sell a property without being honest about the condition, you could be become a party to a lawsuit against you and liable for damages when something you did know or should have known becomes evident after the sale.

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Posted in Selling
Dec. 19, 2016

How Increasing Interest Rates Reduce Your Purchasing Power

If you've been looking at Homes for Sale in Meridian, Idaho, or anywhere in the state, it's getting to be time to make a decision. That's because mortgage interest rates are on the rise and are expected to keep heading up over the next year, and with each percentage point increase, your purchasing power on Meridian Real Estate goes down exponentially. If you haven't yet taken advantage of historically low home interest rates, now is the time.

Although mortgage rates have gone up a bit over the last few weeks, the upward trend is likely to continue; meaning you probably won't get a better rate than what is available now.  In fact Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen just yesterday, (December 14, 2016) raised rates .5% saying that the economy was continuing to strengthen and that inflation was beginning to rise.

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Posted in Buying
May 7, 2016

Finding a Great Meridian Idaho Realtor to Represent You

finding a great real estate agentThe best Meridian Idaho Realtors to help people buy and sell homes in southwest Idaho are not easy to find. Just because an agent has a license, doesn't mean that you will get the best service from them, regardless of how much experience they have or how many designations they have achieved. The number of Realtor horror stories is proof that, if you want to know how to find one of the better Meridian, Idaho Realtors, you are going to have to do some work investigating.

One seller tells the story of a real estate agent who pressured him to take the first offer that came along--a low-ball amount that was $9,000 less than the asking price and included a stipulation that the sellers cover $6,000 of the buyer’s closing costs. Not only did the seller’s agent insist that the seller take the offer, but he did it in front of the buyer's agent. The best Meridian ID Realtors keep the best interests of the clients in mind. They would be not be the kind to insist that the first offer be accepted or that such a low offer that included a demand for a significant amount of the closing costs was acceptable.  The client’s best interest should always be in the forefront of the agents mind, not their commission! Though, there are always exceptions with overpriced or hard-to-sell homes or in tough markets, but with a good, experienced Meridian Idaho Realtor they will guide you properly and will be upfront with you about what you should do and explain why and would absolutely never discuss any terms in front of the opposing party.

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Posted in Buying, Selling
April 20, 2016

Which Home Repairs Are Most Important?

home repairsAll homeowners have to deal with home repairs before listing their home and selling a home in Meridian, Idaho is no different.  In many cases the reality is that cost, busy schedules, and outright procrastination often cause home renovation projects and even regular maintenance to be perpetually put on the back burner. However, when it comes time to sell your house you have to face the reality that most, if not all of those repairs will need to be completed before closing and, in most cases, should be completed before you put your home on the market.

Potential buyers should be able to assume that the structure is sound and the basic systems are in working order and if they find too much during the inspection, most will walk! As a seller, prioritizing which home repairs are needed most and completing them prior to listing will reduce both the chances that you will lose your buyer after the property inspection and/or have to make price concessions for repairs that the buyer will need to complete after closing of escrow.

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Posted in Buying, Selling
April 11, 2016

Why Move to Meridian, Idaho?

Why Move to Meridian, Idaho?Meridian may have started out as a suburb and farming community of the Idaho state capital, but its years of quiet and gradual growth are behind it. Around 2004, the suburb graduated from suburb to "big city" status when its population reached 50,000. Plus, though the U.S. Census Bureau recently listed it among the nation's fastest growing large cities, Meridian remains one of the most family friendly cities in America. Yes, there are many substantial reasons for the tremendous desirability and growth!

For all the focus on Meridian becoming a metropolitan area, however, the city has managed to retain a small-town feel during its growth spurt, contributing to its family-friendly appeal. The residents are sociable, pleasant and full of civic pride, and the cost of living reveals that there aren't any big-city price tags attached to goods and services in Meridian. For families and anyone else looking to enjoy the simpler lifestyle of a smaller town, Meridian has it all. The icing on the cake is that, at roughly 10 miles west of Boise, it's close enough to the City of Trees if you get a yen for the sporting events, concerts, or other entertainment the larger urban area frequently hosts.

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March 30, 2016

5 Best Places to Retire in Idaho

5 Best Places in Idaho to RetireThough Florida and Arizona are popular states that draw retirees, the Gem State outranks the rest as one of the best places to retire in the US. More and more native Idahoans are choosing to stay after retiring and, in an interview with the Post Register, an Idaho Department of Labor spokesman revealed that the last few years have seen a large migration of retirees coming into the state, as well. No taxes on Social Security and Idaho's low cost of home ownership and low cost of living compared to other states is what attracts seniors from all corners of the U.S. Plus, Idaho's retirement environment is enhanced by the fact that every city in the state offers access to the Gem State's natural beauty and adventurous outdoor lifestyle that includes camping, fishing, hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, and more.

We're a big state, too--there are over 83,000 square miles and more than 200 cities to choose from when considering where to spend your golden years when you retire here. If you need some help deciding, here is a list if the best cities to retire in Idaho.

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