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Buying A Home

Found 34 blog entries about Buying A Home.

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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How to Make an offer on a House

Now more than ever a homebuyer needs to know how to make an offer on a home.

In the Boise, Idaho area we are experiencing a shortage of homes for sale and in most parts of the country, this holds true. There just isn’t enough supply to meet demand in most markets. We are at a time when interest rates are still at historic lows and people are more confident in the economy, so we are seeing new buyers hit the market every week.

For those who have already been out searching for their new home, the reality of an inventory shortage means that not only are fewer homes available on the market, but they tend to receive offers quickly and in some cases receive multiple offers.

How Making an Offer on a House Works

So what’s a buyer to do when faced

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Saving for a House Down Payment 5 Savvy Tips

It’s no secret that the cost of rent is on this rise- everywhere.

If you find yourself cringing every time you send out that monthly rent check, chances are the thought of buying a home has crossed your mind at least once. So what’s stopping you? The biggest hurdle people face is the notion that it takes a lot of money to buy a home. Yes, you need some money to buy, but it may not be as much as you think and saving for your down payment may not be as hard as you think.

Here are five easy tips for future home buyers on how to save for a house down payment.

Trim Your Expenses

Take a hard look at everything that comes out of your bank account. It may be scaling back on the satellite package or doing without a couple of lattes every week. It

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