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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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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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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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Choosing the Ideal Boise School

If you’re shopping for a home in the Boise area, you already know your decision hinges on a lot more than updated appliances or square footage; you’re vetting more than just four walls to sleep in.

You’re also examining how the particular neighborhood, community, and school district fits your family’s needs, and that’s a bigger task than taking a quick home tour. When you choose a new home, you’re also selecting a wider community to be a part of, including your child’s future school. If you plan to stay in an area for several years, you could be determining their access to every school they’ll attend throughout their K-12 education.

This means home shopping is also school shopping, and it’s time to do some homework. As with looking for a new

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Boise Historic Neighborhoods & Districts

Did you know Boise boasts six beautiful residential neighborhoods on the historical register?

Some of the most sought-after locations for homebuyers, many of the historic districts in Boise are near downtown, offering short commutes, high walkability, desirable amenities and local flair. Whether you are looking for Queen Anne cottage, a Craftsman bungalow, or the perfect Colonial Revival style home, you’ll see a wide array of gorgeous examples in Boise's historic neighborhoods.

Many, such as Harrison Boulevard, are also a vibrant part of the Boise community. On Halloween, you’ll notice Harrison blocked off to allow lines of trick-or-treaters to visit the historic houses. The Christmas lights every year on Warm Springs Avenue are a delight to

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Real Cost of Owning a Home in Boise, ID

If you’re considering a move to Boise, you’ve probably already seen articles hailing the City of Trees as a highly livable, low-cost area. Boise consistently receives accolades and mentions from publications like Forbes and Outside Magazine for its family-friendliness, outdoor appeal, and affordability. But what’s the true cost of owning a home in Boise?

Boise’s vibrant community and low cost of living make it an appealing prospect for many homebuyers. The cost of owning a home, however, isn’t only about a local area’s cost of living.

With homeownership, there are many types of expenses to take into account. Some of these costs vary wildly based on where you purchase your home—such as property taxes and homeowners association fees—while others

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Idaho VA Home Loans: 4 Common Myths That Can Cost You

What you don’t know about Idaho VA Home Loans can hurt you--and your wallet.

Respect and appreciation for the military is a cornerstone of American life, and the Department of Veterans Affairs exists, in large part, to facilitate ongoing programs and care for veterans following their service. One of the most valuable perks of military service is the VA Home Loan, a mortgage product that helps members of the military and veterans purchase their homes with favorable terms and no down payment.

Originally an outgrowth of G.I. Bill, VA Loans were created to help returning World War Two soldiers readjust to civilian life by offering them the opportunity to buy a home with no money down and easier financing. The housing boom (and Baby Boom) that

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we know boise new construction

If you are looking for an Idaho new construction home, you are in luck. November and December offer the best money-saving deals of the year.

Below we have put together a complete list of the discounts and incentives you won't find at any other time. You will find deals of up to $40,000 from some of the Treasure Valleys top home builders, in some of the best selling new home communities. 2018 may bring new floor plans and designs but it will also bring higher new home prices. With the best prices of the year, it is a perfect time to buy new construction. But hurry, all of the great deals will be gone by New Year's Day.

Biltmore Company

Holiday Promo

Save $3,000 up to $7,000 on select move-in ready Biltmore Company homes.

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new construction or existing home pros cons

With inventory low in many markets, homebuyers are considering new builds more than ever before. But are they right for you?

If you love to watch HGTV, most of the houses you see people hunting are resales--homes that have been built by and owned by other families. Much of the drama in these shows (think House Hunters) derives from the terrible taste in home decor of the previous occupants and whether the new couple can overcome the "hardship" of an ugly paint color or unattractive carpet.

But with many markets across Idaho, and the country, experiencing inventory shortages, it’s becoming harder for buyers to find a home they love in many neighborhoods. That’s why more and more homeowners are turning to new construction. In Boise alone,

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Boise Mid Century Neighborhoods

Between the 1950’s and 1960’s, there was a rebirth of home design that was based on clean lines, functionality, and distinction from eras past. Today home enthusiasts clamor at the chance to be able to own a home with some history and personality with a nod to a bygone era. Boise has distinct pockets and mid-century neighborhoods where these dwellings can be found. Whether you’re looking for a mid-century modern or a classic atomic ranch home we’ve put together the spots where you can find your next gem.

Boise Bench

Country Club Manor (Hillcrest)

The Hillcrest area is a Boise Bench classic and happens to be one of Bench’s most sought after areas. The neighborhood is situated alongside the Hillcrest Country Club which is one of Boise’s premier

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