$199,000  Boise, Idaho
Wonderful opportunity on Boise Bench. This Mid Century, single level brick home has been lovingly maintained by the same family since 1966! The condition is so nice you can move in tomorrow and instantly begin enjoying the vintage 70’s styling or, start to explore the enormous potential that lies just beneath the surface. Oak Hardwood flooring under carpets, recently replaced Gas furnace, A/C unit and Water heater, manicured landscape and fantastic location round out this delightful and property.
Call Bob Poole 208-870-6931

$448,000  Caldwell, Idaho
This incredible home has it all, starting with entryway opening up into a spacious great room featuring 9' ceilings and a fireplace. The dream kitchen has granite, large breakfast bar, island with stainless steel appliances. Master suite has a coffered ceiling, walk-in shower and soaker tub. Enjoy gatherings on your spacious covered patio. This 4 bedroom, 3 bath with bonus room on 1 acre has it all! Bring your small or big acreage animals and plenty of room for toys.
Call Danny VanZandt 208-697-0229

$219,900  Kuna, Idaho
Beautiful 3 bedroom,2 ½ bath home with oversized 3-car garage, RV parking, and huge backyard tucked away on quiet cul-de-sac!! You will love summer evenings on the oversized (10’x30’) patio or winter evenings around the firepit with no rear neighbors! Maple floors, gas fireplace, 3 1/2-year-old high-efficiency furnace and condenser, huge pantry, under stairs storage, fans in every bedroom, instant hot water, fresh exterior paint 1 1/2 years ago, and more!
Call Randall Dusenbury 208-559-2726

$869,900  Eagle, Idaho
GUEST house-1523 sqft-detached with Main house, 3845 sqft on 1.06 acre. Park like setting-Beautiful Victorian with circular drive and all the beauty you'd ever want in a home or yard. Seriously updated on every level. All bathrooms have granite and travertine as well as both kitchens. JAMES CLYDE built the guest house in 2010-the rest of the house has been updated. The backyard is a paradise with a huge pond, waterfalls, stream and fountain. Huge covered Patio, so many trees and shrubs bring such beauty.
Call Valerie Gray 208-272-0227

$538,900  Boise, Idaho
People have asked for more, and Roth homes has delivered. More bedrooms, more bathrooms, and more entertaining. This custom 4 bedroom 3.5 bath home sticks out from the competition. Nestled on a generous sized lot with no back yard neighbors, with a south facing driveway. Class "A" Rv Garage with 12x14 door, huge patio with access to a powder facility, and a large game room upstairs for an added bonus. Put this one on your watch list!
Call Matthew Schweiger 208-440-9191

$214,900  Boise, Idaho
It’s time to fall in love! Adorable home in a perfect, central location! This house has an open concept living/dining/kitchen floorplan with vaulted ceilings and incredible amounts of natural light! The living room has a gas fireplace and an extra large bay window with storage. The master bedroom has vaulted ceiling as well, creating openness and space. The kitchen has beautiful cherry cabinets with ample storage. Great yard and patio for summer fun!
Call Monique Zehner 208-440-4489

$509,000  Boise, Idaho
Don't miss this beautifully updated and remodeled home close to everything! Great area tucked away in the center of the city, minutes from downtown and the mall with no HOA'S. A cooks dream kitchen with SS JennAira appliances, granite counters, hardwood floors, beautiful cabinetry with an eat in area. Home is light and bright, vaulted ceilings, 3 fireplaces, and a lovely family room with space for a game table and TV watching. Master bedroom with beautiful bath and closet. Spacious and private backyard!
Call Carol Relf 2014

$197,000  Boise, Idaho
Surprise Valley Condo! This low maintenance, sunny SE facing, second floor unit offers easy living, with neutral, and bright palette. Two bedrooms, two full baths, large windows, tall ceilings and a warm cozy fireplace! Sidewalks, endless trails and common areas offer gorgeous views, wildlife and tranquility. Community amenities include pool, hot tub, tennis courts, workout facility, and club house. Come home to privacy & peacefulness!
Call Sherry Tarrant 208-369-0815

$369,900  Boise, Idaho
Commercial zoned: Three Adorable Cottages that will make the most discerning investor or homeowner smile! Bella Cottages each have their own picket fenced private yard, storage, parking and unique vintage vibe. Options abound: Live, rent, or Airbnb. Amazing Northend/Whitewater location. There's even an extra "lot" for a common garden or another cottage! Truly a rare and solid income producing opportunity for an investor or end user!
Call Sherry Tarrant 208-369-0815

$655,000  Nampa, Idaho
Fabulous quality in desirable area. Expansive Hardwood floors, intricate Wood trim, Crown molding, Coffered ceiling & Beautiful Rock Fireplace! Kitchen boasts custom Cabinets, 2 Ovens+ Speed microwave, Granite, SS, huge Island,Pullouts & 2 Pantries! 4 Beds +Den & up Bonus w/1/2 bath! Private Master*Dual vanity, tub, WI closet & shower w/2 heads! Granite & Tiled laundry & baths. Epoxied gar floor. Landscaped, growbox & large .81 lot just waiting for your shop, patio or pool! Close to Costco, St Luke's & I84.
Call Sue Kropf 208-405-5785
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The Time is NOW

1/30/2018

If you’ve been considering buying a home in the Treasure Valley, then you will have noticed that inventory is low and homes are in high demand. Boise has been showing up on all sorts of top ten lists – it was named top 10 cities for Veterans (2017) according to Wallet Hub, Forbes placed Boise on America’s top 25 fastest growing cities (2017), Boise was #8 on the top 50 safest cities in the world according to the Daily Meal (2017), and Nerd Wallet listed Boise as the #5 best cities for quality of life (2017). The growing local population coupled with out-of-state buyers who are moving in has led to a 68% decrease in existing home inventory over the past 3 years according to the National Association of Realtors.

The Spring season is almost upon us, and with the warmer weather will come the rush of people looking to buy homes in our area. Given the popularity of this area coupled with historically low inventory levels, this can seem like a daunting time to try to purchase a home. However, with the right preparation you can stay competitive in this Sellers’ market. Here is how you can do just that!

1. Be Prepared - Being prepared to move quickly is important. If you are considering buying a home, begin the process now by finding a lender that makes you feel comfortable. If you will be financing a home, make sure you are not only pre-qualified, but pre-approved. Having a pre-approval letter available to submit with your offer will strengthen your position. If you are a cash buyer, make sure to have a proof of funds letter available from your bank manager.

2. Be Flexible - When you are ready to start your home search, make sure that you can spend time – not only to view properties, but also to sign documents and set-up follow up appointments within reasonable amounts of time.

3. Know what you want - knowing what neighborhoods you’d like to consider, and knowing what you and your family want vs. what you need will allow you to narrow your search more quickly and zero in on the right properties without wasting time.

4. Stick to your Budget - Chances of negotiating a sales price down in this market are not great. In some cases, homes are selling for above list price, so sticking to your budget is important to prevent spending time on a deal that may fall through in the end. In situations with multiple offers, it is not always the highest price that wins the deal. Offers with fewer contingencies can sometimes win-out over a higher priced offer. So, knowing your budget and your best offer is important.

5. Have a great agent! - We are here to help you and it is never too soon to consult with a real estate agent. At Atova, our agents can support you through the entire process and it won’t cost you a thing. We can help you find a lender that you are comfortable with, we can show you homes that fit your needs and your budget, and we can be your partner through the entire transaction to make sure that you get a fair deal and find the home of your dreams.

Stephanie Parrish
208-995-6121
sparrish@atova.com



Winter: It can be a hot time if you’re a buyer

1/8/2018

The dog days of winter are upon us. The festivities of the holidays are behind us. From coping with cold and dealing with snow and ice… for many people, Spring can’t get here soon enough.

But if you’re looking to buy a home, there’s no need to let the winter blues set in. January and February are great months to be on the lookout for your dream home.

Sure… budding flowers, blooming trees and the return to green grass signals Spring is here. And for some folks, warmer weather also signals the start of the house hunting season. But, greener grass means you may be forking over more green for your new home.

What are the benefits to buying now?

1.) Sellers are more motivated to sell. Hey, they’re ready and willing to pack up, bundle up and move out during our cold weather. That means they may be more willing to negotiate, whether it’s on sales price, closing costs, including appliances and more.

2.) A seller may be forced to sell and move during the winter due to job change, personal or financial issues, divorce, etc. It plays into a buyer’s favor. That seller may be more motivated to make a deal.

3.) Fewer buyers to compete with. I can’t tell you how many times I experienced competing offers for homes over the summer. That changes in January and February. It is true that there is less inventory (number of homes on the market) over the winter. But, there’s also less competition.

4.) Prices are lower. You may not see extreme drop in prices. But, prices drop. According the Boise Regional Realtors, the median sales price last August (2017) in Ada Coounty was $274,900. In November, that number dipped to $269,900.

5.) Interest rates are still low. While there is no way to predict for sure what will happen to rates as we move through 2018, according to a recent Forbes article, the Federal Reserve’s FOMC says two to three rate hikes are possible this year.

So brave the cold, pull on a winter coat, and get out there and house hunt. Remember that in the U.S., it is still a great time to invest in real estate. The market is strong and interest rates are still low.

Paul Fredericks
208-515-6440
paul@atova.com



Winter is here

11/30/2017

The cold months are upon us, the winter season is here, and you find yourselves needing to sell your home. Sometimes the best laid plans escape us as life gets in the way. While, traditionally in real estate, this season can see a slowing of the market, there are still many things that home owners can do to keep their property interesting and notable for buyers.

As we enter the holiday season, many home sellers ask if holiday decorations are appropriate given that the home will be seen by potential buyers. Tasteful and subtle decorations are always welcome and can,in fact, add charm and warmth to the home. Decorations such as a front door wreath with color and a little sparkle can add a lot to the look of the front entrance. Outside a simple strand of small white lights can add some definition and light to the landscaping during this dark season. Consider additional outdoor lighting that illuminates your front walk. Decorative lanterns and sconces can help the outside of your home feel very inviting. Some sellers take this opportunity to paint their front door with a bright color to help the home stand out during this darker time of year.

Make sure that outdoor home safety is always a priority. Ensure that buyers have easy access to the home, not encountering ice or snow when getting to the front door. Always keep sidewalks, walkways and driveways clean and clear.

Inside the home, decor such as a simple pine centerpiece with candles will feel welcoming and inviting. As one can expect, it is important to stay away from themed decor that can keep a buyer from seeing themselves living in your home. Make your interior space winter welcoming - light fireplaces, use cozy quilts on the beds, and remember to turn lights on to overcome the dark days!

There is no getting around the fact that there are fewer buyers during this time of year. While we can’t change that dynamic, we can be comforted by the positives of a winter home sale! Remember, while there are fewer buyers there are fewer homes on the market as well, which translates to less competition for the seller. Typically, winter buyers are serious buyers not out looking to “just familiarize themselves” with the area. Here in Ada county, the market remains about 60% as active in winter as it is during the busiest time of the year.

2,115 homes were sold in Ada County during the three slowest winter months last year. That’s a bit more that 35 homes closing escrow every single business day throughout the winter season and there’s no reason your home can’t be one of them!

Carol Relf
208-761-2652
crelf@atova.com



ARE HOME SECURITY SYSTEMS SABOTAGING YOUR PURCHASE?

8/24/2017

Scene 1. You’ve found the perfect home! You stand in the living room with your agent and chat about your love of the home and how you cannot live without it. You begin discussing offer strategy before heading immediately to the closest restaurant or Brokerage to write an offer.

Scene 2. You’ve found the perfect home! Except for the kitchen, which you have deemed a deal breaker. You talk with your agent about how much it is going to cost to renovate while expressing your opinion about how the previous update was done. Still, you want to prepare a LOW offer, as everything else is exactly what you need.

Scene 3. You’re viewing a “terrible” home. You question your agent’s reasoning for bringing you here. Your agent expresses your primary needs, budget, location and how much potential the home has. You are not interested and you leave. After several days of looking at other options, you decide the “terrible” home, actually might be the one.

Scene 4. You’ve found the perfect home! The location, features and price are exactly what you need. As you make one final walk through the home, one of you makes a simple comment about lifestyle, décor etc. You leave with your agent excited about writing an offer and potentially buying your dream home.

All of the above situations seem normal and harmless. Yet, each of them are a potential concern. A lot of homes have security systems. You notice the sign in the yard or sticker in the window and don’t give it much thought. The majority of homes have the less obvious and far more effective systems or devices (computers, laptops, Smart TV’s/refrigerators and nanny cams), all of which can be accessed via the internet. If it is video only, you may be ok, as the viewer can only observe body language. However, the bulk of these devices have mics… The viewer can not only see you, they can hear you.

Have you given away your perfect home by inadvertently damaging the deal? Did you give the Seller the upper hand in revealing too much about your finances, timeline or situation? Did you offend or insult the Seller with comments that may cause an emotional reaction? Are they now going to be less likely to negotiate or be overly aggressive in their negotiations? It’s possible. Can you risk it?

Buying and selling real estate is a business transaction, but there are real people with real feelings involved. Agents and Buyers should err on the side of caution. View the homes as if the Seller is standing right next to you. Be respectful of their home and belongings, while keeping reactions to a minimum. Then, you can discuss the good, the bad and the ugly in the privacy of the car, the Brokerage etc. Doing so, might make the difference between it being your dream home or someone else’s.

Sean Martin
208-283-8691
smartin@atova.com



6/26/2017

In case you haven’t noticed, Boise’s downtown area is experiencing an unprecedented construction boom with at least 7 major projects under construction or in the planning stage in the downtown core alone. Boise Planning Director Hal Simmons attributes this surge in part to the Great Recession. He believes it refocused attention back to the downtown. And this trend is playing out in larger cities across the Pacific NW and West.

If you’re thinking of downsizing and getting rid of the lawnmower and paint brush, there’s never been a better time to consider buying a downtown condo. Yes, it’s a lifestyle change and one you have to carefully plan for, but the payoff can be huge. Everything is within a few blocks of you…restaurants, espresso bars, theaters, shopping, sports venues, and upscale markets, to name a few. However, you need to do your homework and be prepared for some challenges along the way.

The biggest challenge is that condo mortgages are tougher to get than traditional homes. The “Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016” was touted as a law that would dramatically improve long-fought restrictions on FHA financing for condominiums. Its intent was to change FHA condominium rules and make it much easier to get condo projects certified by FHA, giving Realtors more options for clients looking to purchase a condo with an FHA mortgage. However, to date that simply hasn’t happened.

Lenders impose a different set of rules on you when you buy a condo. They may sometimes require a larger down payment and charge you a higher interest rate. The majority of homeowners typically get “conforming” mortgage financing when they purchase a home. This means that their loan meets Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - government-sponsored agencies who purchase a lot of loans - minimum standards. These agencies use the term “warrantable” to identify condo project against which they’ll allow a mortgage. Those projects that don’t meet their standards are labeled as “non-warrantable,” and non-warrantable condos are harder to finance.

Is your heading spinning yet? If so, don’t worry. You just need to find an experienced Realtor and mortgage lender who have “been there, done that” to help guide you through the maze. You can purchase the condo you desire AND get reasonable financing if you choose your team - your Realtor and lender - wisely. Don’t be afraid to interview them and ask them about their experience in successfully closing condo transactions. Remember, you may suffer some short-term inconvenience to condo ownership, but in the long run it’s worth it!

Kelly McCune
208-914-5724
kmccune@atova.com



HIGH DEMAND FOR BOISE VALLEY HOMES CONTINUE

5/31/2017

Boise is such a fantastic place to live and work! Boasting an abundance of year-round activities, including hiking, biking, rafting, skiing and snowmobiling, the treasure valley has a lot to offer any outdoor enthusiast. Boise downtown (Bodo) is alive with art, culture and various activities. Boise State is becoming a sought-after university. There is also has a growing wine and craft beer industry here. The area is bustling, and everyone is ready to enjoy the summer sunshine!

With Boise's attractive livability factors, and strong economic growth forecast, including a very positive jobs outlook, there is no wonder why this beautiful area is getting so much attention! However, there has been another phenomenon brewing -- the hot Boise housing market! And, indicators show it is getting hotter! There's no question as to why so many people want to own a home here! Yet, you may wonder how has this affected the local real estate market recently?

This spring there was considerable pent-up demand for homes after emerging from a winter of record-level snowfall. Tight inventories were already present throughout 2016, and the "snow effect" only added to the scenario as we began 2017. Finally, more listings are emerging. However, demand for homes has still been greater, outpacing available homes to purchase. At the same time, home sales have decreased! What does this mean? At this time, it is merely a statistic resulting from the fact that not enough homes have been available to buy. There are currently more homes pending (under contract) than there are for sale. Many, who have previously been on the sidelines, including Millenials and other first-time home buyers, are now deciding to take advantage of low interest rates and special programs currently offered to purchase a home. Competitive bidding has been common in many areas. Homes listed in the lower price ranges typically aren't staying on the market long. Some, not even for a day. All these factors are indicators that the prices of homes in the Boise Valley are continuing their trend upward.

If you're thinking about selling a home, this is all great news! If you're looking to buy, you can still take advantage of today's low interest rates and achieve your dream of home ownership! With rising rent prices, why rent when you could buy? Home prices in the area are still considerably lower than most metropolitan cities. Whether buying or selling, using a real estate professional can be your smartest decision. We use our training and experience to negotiate through the uncertainties and stressful complications that can occur in any transaction. We are in an extremely active real estate market. Use our expertise. Let us be your guide to navigate your next successful offer!

Jo Stearns
208-954-1230
jstearns@atova.com



Home ownership is a huge responsibility

5/1/2017

For most people their home will be the largest debt they will ever have. It may also result in the best financial decision they will ever make.

Home ownership is not for everyone. However, it is one good way to keep up with inflation and the increasing cost of living. Most often property values will increase with time and growth in the community.

Purchasing a home can be stressful and time consuming. Things like Down payment, Location, Monthly payments, taxes, utilities, schools, commute to work, and the neighborhood can all contribute to excitement and stress.

I understand there can be a lot of fun and enjoyment in doing everything yourself, however, there are many important issues in the home purchasing process.

Here is where the help of a professional Real Estate agent can be a great benefit. The Agent will be able to help with:

Locating the right home.
Selecting a Mortgage Company.
Selecting a Title Company.
Find a Qualified Home Inspection Company.
Identify the schools your children may be attending.
Identifying the services available in your new neighborhood.
Negotiating the purchase price and submitting a strong offer.
Navigating the time constraints.
Closing the deal.

The Agents primary goal is to assist the buyer in finding and purchasing the home that fits the buyer’s dreams and needs the best.

There are few things in life more satisfying than owning the place you call HOME.

In my next Blog I will talk about the Agents role in helping a home owner with the sale of their home.

Hector Juillerat
775-842-2285
hjuillerat@atova.com



In Like A Lion, Out Like A Lamb…we hope!

4/3/2017

We’ve seen some pretty challenging weather this winter and we’re all ready for some spring sunshine! In weather folklore there is a saying, “If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb,” these sayings were often based upon careful observations that sometimes turned out to be accurate. With March being such a changeable month, in which we can see warm spring like temperatures or late season snowstorms you can understand how this saying might hold true in some instances. As March comes to a close we’ve already been reminded that spring is upon us and soon April will bring spring flowers…and spring cleaning and “honey do” lists. To help you get a head start on some of those projects I’ve compiled a short list of some important Spring Property Maintenance Tips for your home. Be sure you don’t neglect these important steps, especially after the winter we’ve had!

Happy Spring to you all!

Spring Property Maintenance Tips:

Inspect Roof, Gutters, and exterior: After our snowy Idaho winter, be sure to get out and take some time to inspect the exterior of your home for the condition of your siding, paint, roof, gutters, windows, etc…

Spring is a great time to get your landscaping in check: Some good places to start is removing any dead plants, dethatching the lawn, weeding, sprucing things up with some new bark…

Take a look at that irrigation system, make sure everything is in tip top shape and working properly before our hot Idaho summer kicks into full swing to find out you have problems...

Look into any drainage issues you may have notice this last winter, any place where there may have been standing water or flooding. Also be sure to check those gutters going into spring, and make sure they are good and clear…

Take a look at your mechanical systems that have been working hard all winter long. Call your favorite HVAC servicer, have a tune up done, and get those filters replaced, and don’t forget to re open your crawl space vents so your house can breath a little easier this summer…

Garrett Wenetta
208-402-6974
gwenetta@atova.com



WHY do I use a real estate professional, and HOW do I choose?

2/20/2017

Why?

There are two sides to every sale; the Seller, typically represented by an agent who’s sign is in the yard, and the Buyer, who drives around looking for said signs, or cruises the internet, right? And your favorite home improvement TV and the internet “z” and “t” sites make it look sooooo easy!

Sellers, keep in mind that when you price your homes, you are comparing your costs to home sales and relative appraisals that typically include agent commissions. When you sell your home by yourself, you are likely going to have to dress it up for showings, attend all showings, defend and negotiate your sales price, figure out the NET in offers you may receive, proof your buyer’s financial ability to actually buy your home, navigate home inspections and achieve relative repairs, address title and contract issues, and coordinate title/escrow needs through signing, closing and funding your sale. And all this when you’re trying to move out, and find another home, right? WHEW!

So, it’s like you stitching up the detail of your favorite pair of boots with dental floss or something?, and hoping they don’t rip apart, OR, letting the cobbler restitch them, because they’ve worked on dozens, if not hundreds of other boots and shoes, and know that they all vary one to another, though because of that, they can maneuver the repair for most any.

And Buyers, you may need an agent other than the one selling the house, because they’re busy SELLING the house! They have the Seller’s interest in mind, so you’re going to benefit with an agent that has YOUR interest in mind. Level the playing field!

We, as realtors, are your allies, and bring a wealth of experience and perspective to benefit you in the sale and/or search of your home.

How, then, does one choose a real estate professional?

True, everyone knows a realtor, right? So many of us are either related to one, or have a friend who’s a realtor. Alternatively, if you really don’t actually know one, you tend to recognize the names from signs about town, and just like the major fast food chains that sell the most burgers, they must be the best ones, right?

This ‘familiarity’ is the very reason you should look further.

You will benefit to align yourself first and foremost with someone who actually knows the neighborhood you’re selling or looking in. Unfortunately, this isn’t always your daughter’s friend, or your uncle. Even better is to find a realtor who lives it—the schools, the area shopping and services, the character of the homes and of course their true market values. That realtor is your current and/or future neighbor, and they can help you smith out the challenges of selling and/or the benefits of buying there.

As a seller, look at MLS listing photos, remarks and descriptions, ask a realtor how they will market your property. Can they help you prepare your home for sale? How many hooks can they put out in the ocean for you, in order to gain you the very most, and the best exposure you can achieve for your home sale? Are they just going to post a sign in the yard and wait? Or are they going to schedule regular open houses, and advertise the home through various channels? Do they have experience with inspection related repairs and relative timelines involved?

As a buyer, ask how responsive your realtor can be, how and when they will notify you of listings you may be interested in. Inquire as to how they might maneuver challenging negotiations or multiple offer situations—Are they skilled at investigating the home and its surrounds and potential challenges?

So, no matter who you choose to assist you in selling and/or buying homes, even if it’s your Aunt Marvelous, you should know that you can expect a real estate professional to serve you in these ways and more.

Debowden Bauer
208-573-4487
dbauer@atova.com



Snowfall in Boise hits an all time high! Get out and enjoy it!

1/25/2017

According to the National Weather Service Boise has recorded 35.5” of snow this season (Nov 1st – January 23rd). This means more snow has fallen than most Idahoans have seen in a long time and for you personally this could be so exciting if you love the outdoors as much as I do.

Try visiting The Springs, Idaho City’s hot springs or Roystone, the hot springs in Sweet, Idaho. Both of these hot springs are a great way to warm up this winter, you can drive to either one of them and be home the same day.

Try tubing at Idaho X-Sports Adventure Park in Garden Valley, Idaho. In addition to tubing they offer cross country skiing and fat tire snow biking, now I myself have not tried Fat Tire Snow Biking but I bet it’s fun.

Bogus Basin’s Ski Resort has reported that this season’s Epic Snow Storms have created great snow conditions! This is another great place to spend the day and be home warm and cozy by evening unless of course you stay for night skiing.

It might be a long time before we see this type of snow again so put on your mittens, get out and enjoy!

Warmly~

Cortie Noud
208-571-3148
cnoud@atova.com