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Ten Most Common Home Inspection Items

As life events go a Home Inspection, whether buying or selling a house, can be one of the more stressful ones. No matter where you’re at in the process, as a buyer- once you’ve written your offer or as a seller once you’ve received an offer the next step is for the home to be inspected.

For home sellers- it’s not required, but suggested you have a pre-listing home inspection done prior to listing your home for sale. A prelist inspection of a home can provide peace of mind knowing that any unknown issues could come up makes for a smooth transaction.

No matter how long you’ve lived in your home, you may have items that should be repaired prior to listing your home. Not only may it come up during a buyer’s home inspection but certain repairs may

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Here are the latest updates from your Boise Real Estate Center for May 2015. A look at Ada county stats:

  • 901 single-family homes sold, up 14.5% year-over-year
  • Distressed properties (REOs and short sales) only accounted for 3% of the homes sold, down 50% compared to last year at this time
  • The Median Sales Price was $229,000, up 9.6% year-over-year
  • Available inventory was at 2.8 months, a decrease of 9.7% year-over-year (again, new construction supply was at 5.9 months, while the supply of existing homes was at 2.2 months)
  • Days on market was at 49, which was 2 days longer than last year, due to an increase in new construction market time, at 92 days in May 2015 compared to 76 days in May 2014

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The Annual Spring Boise Parade of Homes was recently held in Ada county. Throughout the two week parade, I had the opportunity to tour over 20 of these homes including several new construction homes that were not formally in the parade. A majority of these homes were located in Meridian and Eagle, Idaho with a few extending out to Southeast Boise. I look forward to this event every year, not because I have a chance to tour some of the newest construction available in the Boise market but I get to see firsthand what’s up and coming in regards to Boise interior design and décor.

One of the more notable items this year were wet bars located in the master bedrooms, yes you read that right. Wet Bars. Complete with small sinks, refrigerators and espresso

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The Changing Face of Downtown Boise

There’s been exciting news recently about new real estate being built in Downtown Boise. Local officials have expressed the need for both lodging options as well as the need to meet the demand for additional residential units. These new projects range from boutique hotels, condos to work live concept units. Here’s what’s going up in Downtown Boise.

Linen District Apartments - Location, Corner of 14th St and Idaho St. Currently two separate developers are submitting plans to build on the current site of the Watercooler. One project calls for a five-story building with 50 units comprised of one and two bedroom apartments. The other plan proposes 39 units including one and two bedroom apartments and includes live-work apartments.

Pennbridge Hotel -

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In Ada County we had a total of 803 units sold vs 695 in March. Of those 803 units only 5% were distressed sales (bank owned or short sale properties). Average days on market for these properties were 47 days. Days on market for inventory in the $160,000-$200,000 range was just 14 days. This price bracket also had the highest number of total units sold at 199 units.

The median sales price for homes in Ada County in April was $216,200. This number is down from March at $222,500. Inventory is still hovering at 3.1 months overall however for properties priced in the $120,000-$160,000 range was just 1.3 months’ supply.

For new construction, popular price points continue to be in the $250,000-$400,000 range. Currently in Ada County we have 6.6 months’

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Day trips from Boise Idaho

Spend the day exploring, mountain biking or enjoying Idaho’s wine region without having to pack a bag. Boise is a place we love to call home. Sometimes, though, we just want to get out of town! Here are some great day trip ideas that allow you to explore and in most cases still be back in time for dinner.

1) Bogus Basin in Summer

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation AreaNo longer just a winter destination. The Bogus Basin ski area also offers biking, hiking, disc golf, live music, hiking and running events. Only 45 minutes from Downtown Boise, the trip up the mountain has long been worth it just for the spectacular views of Boise and the Valley.

Starting in June, there will be a mountain bike shuttle between the Simplot Lodge and Pioneer Lodge every weekend. Mountain bike from the

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words. When a picture is about real estate, it could translate into thousands of dollars.

The reality is that 92% of all Boise home buyers begin their search online & have most likely vetted your house before even looking at it in person. Real estate listing photography is a critical factor in the selling price of your home, how quickly it sells, and whether it sells at all.

A recent study found that homes with listing pictures taken by pros sell for $3,400 to $11,200 more than their listed prices. It was also found that homes with professional photography sold faster. Median priced homes, with quality listing photos, sold three weeks faster than homes listed with amateur photos. With numbers like that- the

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Boise real estate price trends keep trending up. This is the best March we have had in Eight years, the latest from our Boise real estate blog. Ada County summary below:

  • 694 homes were sold last month. That is an incredible 14 percent increase from March 2014. That is 134 new construction homes and 560 existing homes.
  • Days on Market totaled 65. That is slightly lower than what we have been seeing.
  • Overall, the median home price is $222,000. $282,402 for new construction and $210,000 for existing homes. In February the Median existing home price was $196,750.
  • Total Inventory stands at 3.6 months. Pending sales total 1,208.

Outlook and Summary

Overall, it was a very strong month, Nationally it looked very much the same. All real

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Boise real estate market news for February 2015. Ada County results:

  • In February 2015, we saw a total of 507 homes sell in Ada County, up 10.41% from February of last year.
  • Days on Market, or home supply, declined by 3 days to 67 from last months 70 days on market.
  • In the new construction market we saw 109 sell; an increase of 8.12% from last year.
  • Existing homes sold totaled 398; an increase of 11.11% from the previous year.
  • In Ada county the median home price is $224,900 up 9.86% from this time last year.
  • For existing homes the median is $196,750 up 11.25% from 2014. The new construction median price is $305,000 practically unchanged from 2014.
  • Total supply of homes is at 3.8 months.

Market Outlook

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The January market is off to a strong start. Boise housing market conditions continue to improve. Stay up to date with our latest market report for Boise, ID and surrounding areas.

  • Home sales in January 2015 totaled 425 in Ada County, up 1.67% from January 2014.
  • Total dollar volume for sold homes is up 9% from last year.
  • Housing supply – Days on Market finished the month at 70, identical to January of 2014. Last month DOM was 66.
  • Broken down by type – In the new construction market 104 homes were sold; up 3% from last year. Existing home sales totaled 321; up 1% from last year.
  • Currently there are 867 pending sales. Pending sales are a good predictor of future sales.
  • In January the median home price was $223,900, up 8% from this time
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