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Seasonality puts Treasure Valley housing market on edge

Treasure Valley home price growth continues to slow as volatile mortgage rates keep buyers on their toes, suppressing demand.

Ada County home prices rose 6.5% from a year earlier, while Canyon County prices gained 7.4%. While below the double-digit price increases we have become accustomed to in the last few years, 6-7% appreciation rates are above the Treasure Valley's long-term average.

Continuing the volatility we saw this summer, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate increased to 5.89%—the third increase in as many weeks. Rates reached 5.81% in June before declining to 4.99% at the beginning of August.

Record low mortgage rates have been a significant driver of the demand we have seen since the beginning of the pandemic. Population

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Top Dog Parks in Boise ID

Ask any dog owner and they’ll tell you that some of their best happy hours don’t come in a pint glass. Their happiest hours are the ones spent with their best four-legged friends, letting off steam and socializing at a Boise dog park.

But dogs, like people, have their own preferences when it comes to recreating. Some like nothing more than a leisurely sniff, others like to romp with new friends, while still others like to sprint full bore in circles until they drop.

So we’ve compiled a list of our top 10 favorite off-leash dog parks in the Treasure Valley, along with what makes them so great. Here they are, in no particular order:

1. Ann Morrison Park

Downtown Boise – 1000 S Americana Blvd
Off-Leash Hours: sunrise to sunset, Nov. 1 - Feb.

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Volatile mortgage rates slow demand in Boise's housing market

The supply of homes for sale in the Treasure Valley continues to rise as buyers are forced to contend with volatile interest rates.

Over the past year, Ada County home prices have risen 9.26%, while Canyon County’s are up 6.57%.

Even as prices remain well above last year’s levels, June’s sudden increase in mortgage rates sent July sales tumbling by one-third from the same period a year ago. While that is a notable decline, it appears to be more a result of recent interest rate fluctuations than a long-term trend.

Since the end of May, mortgage rates have bounced from 5% to over 6% and back again. At one point in June, rates rose 0.55% in one week, the biggest seven-day surge since 1987.

As you would expect, that's taken affordability and

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Harrison Boulevard Boise ID neighborhood

The story of Boise's Harrison Boulevard has been in the making for more than 100 years.

Imagine being part of a city’s living history – taking tea in the same sunroom once used by one of Idaho’s first governors, or cooking in the same kitchen where J.R. Simplot may have had a billion-dollar epiphany about flash freezing Idaho potatoes, or walking your kids to school down a road that was once lined with the tracks of Boise’s electric trolley car.

Living on the stately, tree-lined street of Harrison Boulevard in the North End is as close as you can get to stepping back in time to Boise’s early days as a fledgling city. When viewing its eclectic homes, most of which were built between 1901 and 1942, you might not guess that the street was Boise’s

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Rising interest rates slow price gains in Boise’s housing market

Across the Treasure Valley are signs that the housing shortage is starting to ease as the supply of homes for sale rises to pre-pandemic levels.

Even as prices continue to move higher, appreciation rates (the annual change in home prices) are beginning to normalize, bringing much-needed balance to the Boise market.

Ada County’s median sale price rose 12.81% from a year earlier, and Canyon County’s rose by 4.95%.

Year-over-year price gains are down significantly from the 30%+ appreciation we saw in 2021, offering buyers some relief. Overall, it's a move to a much healthier market, putting us closer to the Treasure Valley's 5-6% long-term price appreciation average.

At the beginning of July, the total number of homes for sale rose to 2,081

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View from above a top golf course in Boise, Idaho

With our abundantly sunny skies, temperate spring and autumn seasons, and impossibly long summer days, it’s no surprise that the Treasure Valley has become a golfing oasis. But with more than 20 emerald-toned golf courses across the valley, choosing where to play can set your whole game up for success – or failure.

Which is why we’ve profiled the best public and private courses in the Treasure Valley. Whether you’re a newbie, a scratch golfer or a twice-a-year duffer, here’s what you need to know about the Boise area’s most popular golf courses – and what makes each of them unique.

The Club at SpurWing

6800 N Spurwing Way, Meridian, ID 83646
(208) 887-1800 | Website
Course: Private and includes the Championship Course (par 72) and Challenge

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Home price in Ada County sets new record

Ada County home prices rose to a new record in May, with the cost of the typical home climbing above $600,000 for the first time.

With the supply still well below normal, homes across the valley are selling at breakneck speed. Half of all listings are on the market for less than a week, the second fastest pace for May in history.

The median single-family home sale price in Ada County finished the month at $602,250, increasing by $84,035 (16.22%) over the last 12 months. In Canyon County, the cost of the typical home rose by $52,735 (12.95%) to $459,990, the second-highest price ever recorded.

While spring is traditionally the busiest time of the year, rising home prices and mortgage rates have created a strong sense of urgency among would-be

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Where to Watch Outdoor Movies in Boise This Summer

Summer nights are almost here, promising those golden evenings with family and friends, relaxing as the temperatures cool down and the stars come out. There’s something magical about summer nights, isn’t there? This year, you can add “watch a movie under the stars” to your summer bucket list and check it off at any one of these free outdoor movie events.

Sparklight Movie Night | Meridian

With an impressive lineup of weekly classics and new family-friendly hits, the popular Meridian Sparklight Movie Night events are returning this summer. Every Friday from June through August, you can catch a movie at Settlers Park for free. Community partners and vendors join every week so you can enjoy a refreshing beverage and stroll through booths and

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Ada County median home price nears $600,000

Treasure Valley home prices leaped to new records last month as buyers continue to outnumber sellers and listings remain elusive.

In another month for the record books, both Ada and Canyon Counties saw home prices rise over $20,000 from March to April.

Less than a year after crossing the half-million-dollar mark for the first time, the median home price in Ada County closed the month just $5,000 shy of the once unfathomable figure of $600,000.

The Boise metro area continues to see a fast-moving market, with half of all homes selling in less than 7 days, the second-fastest for any April on record. Open house activity remains strong, and multiple offers are typical on the most sought-after new listings.

We are in the heart of Spring Selling

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The best restaurants in Boise, Idaho

Boise’s restaurant scene has flourished in the last few years, bringing the Treasure Valley a variety of incredible eateries to match its community-favorite stalwarts. The City of Trees has something delectable primed to appease even the most stubborn palates with a myriad of meat-free options, creative twists on the classics, and menu selections you’d expect to only see in Paris or Italy. From traditional Italian and tomahawk steaks to vegan barbeque and craft tacos, take off on a flavor-profile adventure with the best restaurants in Boise—your tastebuds will thank you.

Boise's Best Restaurants

1. Álavita

$$ - $$$ | Italian, Craft Cocktails, Idaho Wines | Website
807 W Idaho St, Boise, ID 83702 | (208) 780-1100

With

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