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Boise Idaho Real Estate Blog

Boise Housing Market Forecast 2019: 5 Trends to Watch

Where is the Boise real estate market headed in 2019? In a nutshell - a move to a more balanced market.

First a quick recap of what’s happened over the last twelve months:

  • Boise area home prices jumped nearly 20%, with most neighborhoods showing flat or declining inventory.
  • Construction of new homes increased a bit but not enough to offset the high demand we saw from buyers.
  • Mortgage rates have risen from 3.92% to 4.87%, an eight-year high.

Price Appreciation Slows

Home values in the Boise area have been outpacing the national average since 2011. The double-digit appreciation we have seen over the last year will be a thing of the past in 2019.

The combined effect of higher home prices and higher mortgage rates pushed Boise

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Things to Do in Boise ID in December | Boise December Events

There’s no place like home (in Boise) for the holidays! This month as the temperatures near their low point for the year in the Treasure Valley, the holiday spirit will reach its height with events, concerts, markets, and more. Whether you have family in town and want to show them why you love where you live, or you’re looking for a quiet date night event, you’ll find enough options here to fill your calendar and then some. Here’s your list of what to do in Boise this December.

Winter Wonderland Festival | Indian Creek Plaza, Caldwell

All month

Every year, Indian Creek Plaza in Caldwell becomes a winter wonderland with thousands upon thousands of beautiful lights and holiday decorations to enjoy. This year, the addition of The Ice Ribbon—a

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We Know Boise's Holiday Gift Guide 2018

The holiday season is descending quickly in the Treasure Valley, and it’s time to start shopping for the family and friends on your list.

You don’t have to leave the Boise area to be Santa’s little helper this year; no matter who’s on your list, there are local makers and artists with items for everyone.

Here at We Know Boise, we’re all about shopping small and supporting local companies. When you buy from a local business, you’re not only putting something incredible under the tree—you’re also helping another Idaho family during the holidays.

Many Boise-based companies sell online, so you can even shop small from the comfort of your own home.

We’ve put together a guide with some of our favorite small shops, artists and makers to help you

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Downtown Boise Developments to Watch in 2019

Downtown Boise has been home to cranes and construction crews for the last several years as the area’s population booms. As the City of Boise, developers, and the community grapple with what smart growth looks like, a plethora of new buildings have been added to the downtown skyline. Many of these buildings projects are mixed-use, featuring multi-family housing with retail spaces and parking included.

Buildings such as The Fowler popped up in 2018 with coffee shops and restaurants intermixed with a parking garage and high-end apartments. Mixed-use buildings make living spaces more affordable while cutting commute times and providing added community value with every build. This trend is likely to continue into the future. Here are the new

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Ada County Home Prices Surge Nearly 19 Percent, Most in Five Years

In each of the past three years, local home prices have remained flat in October. Not this time.

Following a year of new records, the local real estate market had the priciest October since 2013.

The median Ada County home price rose 18.71 percent to $320,403 from a year prior. Down from the record high we saw in August of this year but up nearly $4,000 from September.

The median time a home is listed before selling dropped to 16 days, 2 days quicker than last year.

House prices in Boise helped lead the way, jumping 19.46 percent.

Nearby Canyon County was even brisker with prices jumping 22.17 percent. While down from the twin record highs set in July and September, countywide the cost of the typical home is $39,000 more than it was

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The Depot Bench Neighborhood: A Boise Bench Original

Meandering tree-lined streets, stunning sunset views of the Treasure Valley, contemporary and historic homes, and a short commute to downtown Boise—these are just some of the reasons residents love living in the Depot Bench neighborhood.

In 1925, the Union Pacific Railroad blazed its way through Boise, bringing more industry to a rapidly-growing city. Over the previous 25 years, the city had boomed from a population of around 5,000 to over 20,000.

The railroad built a depot on a hill above the bustling post-gold rush city of Boise, and with it brought the adjoining neighborhoods into city limits. This was the beginning of Boise’s Depot Bench neighborhood, so named for the iconic and historic site of the Boise Depot which still towers over

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Things to Do in Boise ID in November | Boise November Events

Brrr, is that a chill we feel on the air? As November hits in the Treasure Valley, the temperatures take a dive with average highs in the 40s. It’s the perfect opportunity to break out your favorite cozy sweater, drink your hot beverage of choice, and enjoy the wonder of the season. November kicks off the holiday season in Boise with plenty to do, especially around Thanksgiving. If you have family in town, be sure to show them why you love living in Boise by bringing them to a few of these events.

First Thursday | Downtown Boise

November 1

Every first Thursday of the month, you can experience downtown Boise businesses in an exciting way. Merchants downtown from restaurants to shops offer discounts, live music, demonstrations, events, and more

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What Boise Buyers Are Looking for in New Construction Homes

A new construction home is an ideal opportunity to have the house you’ve been dreaming of. While every client we assist is unique, there are some “wants” and “must-haves” we see on house wishlists across the board. Here’s a quick look at what we are seeing buyers ask for in a new home.

People-Centric Floor Plans Designed for Modern Living

There was a time when it was highly fashionable to segment a home, usually to add a sense of formality and to sequester the kitchen and bedrooms away from the entertaining areas.

Today, buyers want open floor plans with lots of natural light and are ready to sacrifice formal dining rooms, parlors, and living rooms to get it.

While open concept is nothing new, the focus has moved from the living room to

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Why Boise Is Bucking the National Trend of Slowing Home Prices

If you follow the news, you have no doubt read the headlines about the national housing market slowing in recent months.

Once blistering hot real estate markets from Seattle “Inventory up as Seattle-area market cool down continues”, to Denver “Major cold front slams Denver housing market”, to California’s Bay Area “Inventory, price reductions on the rise” seem to have lost a bit of their luster.

Homes that would have once been snapped up within a few hours of listing are sitting on the market for days or gasp even weeks.

A new report from property data analytics company CoreLogic says U.S. home prices “increased year over year by 5.5 percent in August 2018” the slowest growth in two years.

In Ada County, the median price for a

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Fall Festivals + Events in Boise and the Treasure Valley

Autumn in Boise is a beautiful time of year and puts the local community into a festive spirit. Harvest festivals, Oktoberfests, Halloween Trick-or-Treating, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and more are on the calendar throughout the Treasure Valley. We've rounded up the best of the fall events and listed them here for you.

The Haunted World

Caldwell, Sep 14-Oct 31

Make no bones about it, the Haunted World in Caldwell is Idaho’s scariest haunted house and Halloween attraction. This attraction is both indoor and outdoor and will treat you to nearly two hours or nightmarish fear. Learn more.

Linder Farms Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Meridian, Sep 21-Oct 31

Get those classic fall moments checked off your autumn bucket list at the Linder Farms

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