$925,000  Boise, Idaho
Beautiful well maintained updated home with north end charm close to down town & water park. Main level with 9 ft ceilings, open & filled with natural light. Kitchen with granite tile counters & tile back splash. Master has dual vanities & walk-in closet. Upper level great room creates extra gathering space plus another full bath, bdrm & kitchen. Lower level has full bath/bed & a kitchen. Covered back porch & the yard allow for enjoying gatherings & entertainment. RV parking & 2 car garage.
Call Farzin Safavi 208-863-9571

$364,900  Garden City, Idaho
Great rental property on nearly 1/2 acre in trendy Garden City! Ideal central location close to the Greenbelt, Parks, HP Campus, Library, Fairgrounds, & outdoor recreation. Each 2 bed/1 bath unit has a spacious living room, kitchen with dining area, a utility room, and a private covered patio in a large fenced-in backyard. Attached to each unit is a 1-car garage. This duplex has been consistently rented in a neighborhood with a nice mix of single family homes and duplexes. Please do not disturb the tenants.
Call Cindy Ritchie 208-284-7090

$1,870,000  Weippe, Idaho
Secluded ranch featuring 360 acres of pasture and haying ground plus timbered acres with some marketable timber. Situated within thousands of acres of public lands. Home and garage, four large barns, and two water wells that produce excellent water. Guest cabin started but not finished. Excellent hunting of elk, deer, turkeys and more. New solar system installed in 2016 to complement generator. Eight ponds on the property. Clearwater River nearby with excellent fishing. Taxes for 2017 were $2,400.
Call Matthew Schweiger 208-440-9191

$449,000  Boise, Idaho
Hard to find Boise Bench Triplex. Perfect rental location, close to BSU, downtown, parks, river, freeway. Front duplex has two large units. Upper 2/1 unit has been updated and is currently rented month to month, bottom 2/1 unit is recently vacant, separate updated 700 sf (non conforming) cottage with alley access has so many possibilities. Property is to be sold "as is".
Call Sherry Tarrant 208-369-0815

$124,900  Wilder, Idaho
Build your dream home on 1.28 acres!
Call Rufina Mendez 208-954-0881

$350,000  Nampa, Idaho
Renovated HOME! New doors, windows, floors, electrical and plumbing fixtures, all new appliances and efficient citrus water filter. Very low taxes currently in Canyon County, though can be annexed and/or split for sale and/or development (see docs). Room aplenty for all your TOYS and ROOM to ROAM, Garden, !!. Mower and home warranty included with full price offer. Present all offers to be reviewed for response on Mondays. Family Trust, so preferred title is Tracy Schwartz at Title One.
Call Debowden Bauer 208-573-4487

$975,000  Star, Idaho
Enjoy a wonderful life style in Star. Natural beauty abounds snuggled near the foothills & a short drive to the Boise River. Canopi Estates feature large lots, a beautiful park w/veggie gardens, rock sculptures, pathway and butterfly garden. Wide 8' tree-lined parkways will bring a leafy canopy cover to this idyllic setting. Only 15 lots! Get to know your neighbors; harvest veggies, rest on park benches, watch the snow settle onto rock sculptures, see butterflies enjoying the flowering garden. How peaceful!
Call Mary Jane Marlow 805-720-7337

$240,000  Horseshoe Bend, Idaho
Privacy, fantastic views, and tons of space! This beautiful 40-acre lot in Webster Ranch has a nice building site on the knoll, overlooking rolling hills and views for miles around! Additional areas on the property could accommodate a barn or shop, with some flat areas to farm. Country living but only 20 minutes or so to Boise or Eagle, and minutes from Horseshoe Bend. The possibilities are endless, welcome to your own slice of paradise!
Call Terry Ivins 208-870-5086

$489,000  Kuna, Idaho
Welcome to country living with this great opportunity to own 18.94 acres! This amazing property has a private setting with scenic views and endless possibilities for an Equestrian Estate or Gentleman Farm. Acreage has water rights and power to lot line. Bring your own Builder/Architectural Team to Build Your Dream Home!
Call Peggy Cedillo 208-859-4383

$124,900  Cambridge, Idaho
Fantastic dry cabin, ideal getaway located close to Payette National Forest and Brownlee Reservoir. Enjoy weekend retreats hunting, fishing, snowmobiling or just enjoying the great outdoors. Cabin is furnished and ready to go. Pack up and go with McCall one hour away.
Call Danny VanZandt 208-697-0229
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Boise, Idaho Is A Great Place to Live the American Dream

8/20/2020

Boise, Idaho offers a spectacular mix of rivers, jagged peaks and farmland with the lowest cost of living of the 11 western states.

Boise encompasses a whole lot of open spaces and a little bit of big city. The population of Boise city is 228,000 with almost no crime, great schools, friendly people and easy access to any outdoor activity you could think of.

Locals enjoy all four beautiful seasons, with summers that aren’t too hot and winters that aren’t too chilly. Rain is minimal here, with an average of just 12 inches per year, and more than 200 sunny days a year. Snow in Boise is usually pretty minimal, but if you’re a snow lover, you can head up to the ski resort, Bogus Basin that’s just 25 minutes away.

Boise is a Very Safe City

Boise as a whole is one of the safest cities which means kids can walk to and from school without worry, and many people still leave their doors unlocked.

Outdoor Recreation

Boise has one of the highest percentages of residents participating in outdoor recreation each year. The state is a whitewater rafters and kayaker’s paradise, with the middle fork of the Salmon River, North and South Fork of the Payette River known as premier wilderness rivers.

Skiers and snow boarders flock to Idaho’s ski resorts, Bogus Basin, Sun Valley, Brundage, and Tamarack to name just a few. These resorts are within a few hours’ drive from downtown Boise.

Spring is great in Boise; you can snow ski in the morning and golf, bike ride or hike the foothills in the afternoon.

Boise residents love being close to the great outdoors; snow skiing, snowboarding, cross county, camping, fishing, rafting, boating, hiking, ATV trails or hunting.
Boise State University

Boise State is the largest public university and grants more undergraduate degrees than any other university in the state of Idaho.

The Boise State Broncos football team has a lot of true fans in Boise and all of Idaho. You will see plenty of school spirit, Boise State colors and jerseys on Idahoans, while game day brings in big crowds.
Music Festival

Those who like their musical served in a festival setting, Boise has several gatherings to appeal to a wide range of music fans.

Just one example is; Treefort Music Festival which brings about 400 musical acts of all genres to Boise a five-day span once a year. The festival has grown to include art, technology, storytelling beer brewing and wine tasting.

There's More Culture Here Than Most People Realize

Boise has made a name for itself in the region as a cultural hub for jazz music and theater. Gene Harris Jazz Festival, the Boise Contemporary Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival on the Boise River, and the 208 Comedy Fest draws people from all over the Northwest every year. Ballet Idaho located close to downtown Boise offers 23 performances a year along with professional Academy of Dance.

A square block in Boise is dedicated to preserving the culture and history of Europe’s mysterious Basque people. Boise’s Basque Block is a small hub that includes two restaurants, a couple of cultural centers and some local businesses.OOD SCENES

Breweries and Wineries

There are literally dozens of breweries that have popped up in the area, and it’s hard to keep up with all the great beer at their fingertips. Check out the Boise Ale Trail, a free app that encourages residents to try new breweries via checking in on the app. Also, there are several wineries within a short walk or drive from downtown Boise.

A Thriving Job Market

Several analyst recently praised Boise as having one of the nation’s fastest-growing job markets. Part of this success can be attributed to the state’s growing technology presence that includes employers like Micron Technology, Inc. and HP Inc. Boise’s biggest industries still remain in health care and hospitality.

DEBI SHAKLEE
208/860-3711
debishomes4U@yahoo.com



Manufactured Home Financing?

6/17/2020

A lot of people ask if you can finance a manufactured home. While there have been few financing options in the past, restrictions varied on if it was on a foundation? Or not! In 2018 Fannie Mae launched it’s MH Advantage program. This program was put in place to help ease the Nation’s affordable housing shortage. This loan program offers a low down payment for as low as 3% on a qualified manufactured home. You are still required to have an Appraisal completed, which must include the exterior and interior of the home. The Appraisal will take into consideration comparable sales, which may include a regular home. It is always the best practice to reach out to a qualified lender who specializes in lending for Manufactured Homes. Happy House Hunting!

Patsi Williams
208-412-3766
pwilliams@atova.com



Time to sell?

5/17/2020

CONSIDERING SELLING YOUR HOME? NOW MIGHT BE THE TIME…

Have you been thinking of listing your home, but hesitate because of the current environment? Consider the following:

• Homes prices in Ada County increased 18.1% for Q1 2020… the highest in the nation. Other nearby counties have experienced strong price increases, as well.
• According to a recent CNBC news article, as states reopen, homebuyers are rushing back out, but sellers are staying on the sidelines. The article states that buyer interest is fueled in part by more apartment renters hunting for single-family homes.
• A current Forbes-Moody’s Analytics article ranks Boise as one of the 10 US cities best positioned to recover from Coronavirus. Buyers are fleeing crowded cities for the suburbs and smaller cities like Boise.

So, we presently have low inventory and high demand. Why wait to sell your home? The obvious answer is COVID-19. Sellers are reluctant to list their owner-occupied homes due to health and safety concerns.

Talk to a qualified Real Estate professional to lean how you can minimize your risk and still get top dollar for your home. For example, you can:

Leverage technology when listing your home.
More than 70% of today’s home buyers search for homes online. Find a forward-thinking agent who uses not only high-quality photos to showcase your home, but provides, among other things, 360° virtual tours, aerial drone footage, and live tours via Facetime, Google Duo or other live event applications.

Limit showings.
Insist that your agent screen potential buyers who want to view your home to weed out “looky-loos” while focusing on serious, pre-qualified buyers. Provide potential buyers with information on schools, demographics, and crime statistics so it’s easier for them to make informed decisions about whether your home and neighborhoodare a good fit for them.

Employ safety measures.
Offer hand sanitizer, gloves, and booties at the door. Provide selling agents with specific guidance on limiting the number of people touring your home at one time, and ask them to practice social distancing while refraining from unnecessarily touching surfaces. After showings, wipe down high-touch areas.

Use technology for “touchless” transaction management.
Leverage electronic document signing apps, as well as digital appraisals and closings to create an entirely digital experience that is 100% free from physical human contact even through closing.

Now that you’re equipped with this information, what are you waiting for? Contact me today to get your home SOLD!

Kelly McCune
208-914-5724



First Time Home Buyers

5/17/2020

Low interest rates make it possible for first time home buyers to purchase their first home.

Home prices are about the same, but a low interest rate gives the buyer the ability to qualify for a higher purchase price with a lower house payment.

Often Buyers will wait for home prices to drop, however, an even better strategy is a lower interest rate and right now we have historical lows.

Your local lender is where you need to start. Not a bank, but an experienced lender who understands how-not just the rate but the product that the lender uses-can affect the first time homebuyers payment.

Private lenders often have more product available to them then your local bank.

First Time Home Buyers- look for classes that can educate you and give you the start you need. There are classes going on where an experienced lender teams up with an experienced real estate agent. They will assist you in buying your first home. These teams are offering zoom meetings for your convenience.


Val Gray
208-272-0227
vgray@atova.com



Happy homes!

4/5/2020

It is Springtime, time to prepare our flower containers for the front porch or deck areas. Remember to have the color blue included as in a pot, chair cushions, or textured table place mats, top designers include blue to draw the eye.

Creating an enchanting deck or backyard area always draws families outside, to enjoy the beautiful Idaho weather. Hang solar lanterns, solar flower stakes, wind chimes or wind spinners to add elements of surprise. Enjoy your patio, deck, backyard this spring by changing it up a bit! Support local Idaho artisans who design tasteful yard art.

Boldly enjoy the spring and summer months! Atova's agents can help you find your next home.


Karen Dick
208-807-4154
karen@atova.com



Retirement

7/29/2019

They say the average person doesn't have $1000 in the bank for emergencies. Many don't have $400 in the bank for emergencies. What are you going to do when you don't have the higher income, from your job, when you retire?

You can't wait until the last minute to decide. It's time to have a plan. Years ago I went to a conference in Canada, where Bob Proctor was the main speaker. He had some great comments but the one that was the most exciting to me was to create multiple streams of income, to prepare yourself for retirement.

I'm a consistent listener to the Dave Ramsey show. He talks a lot about the stock market. I'm not tied to the stock market so I'll leave that to someone else. But I am tied to Real Estate. He also mentions casually from time to time that he loves real estate. I love it too. I think it's one of the best streams of income there is if handled properly.

First is, you don't make money in real estate when you sell, you make money in real estate when you BUY. I'm sure many of you have seen signs on corners and sign markers for people who buy houses. That could be you. Having owned several properties over a period of time I've learned another lesson. That is buy your real estate with cash, or at least the majority of the price with cash. It gives you a strong position. If you can meet the sellers expectations, and sometimes that's simply a matter of how quickly you can close, the more likely they are to work with you. Most of the houses you will find may have issues, and people who are selling know the issues of their own houses. Usually they know it's going to cost them money to sell it too. When buying a fixer-upper, have a goal in the back of your mind to offer between 70 and 80% of the value of the house if it were in good shape. Sure you may have to paint, you may have to replace carpet but that's all just window dressing.

The truth is there are many people who are making good a good living buying those properties and flipping them or renting them. If you decide to rent them, you are creating streams of income. That concept can better position you for retirement. For those who aren't familiar with the concept, it involves getting your financial house in order. In other words, get out of debt. Period. Everything.

I know many of you are thinking that's easy for you to say. Well really it isn't. But the truth is, it can be done. The Dave Ramsey program is probably the most successful plan in the country. Millions have gotten out of debt using his plan. Take a minute and write down how much money you have coming in. Write down how much is going to go out if you are out of debt. House is paid off that's no payment. Car is paid off, that's no payment. Using cash to operate day to day, no credit card payments. So, it's mostly food, utilities, insurance, and the usual stuff. How much more money would you have at the end of the month to save and invest?? Shocking isn't it. If you plan on being ready for retirement it's important to be in that position. Just to make it simple I'm going to share the six Dave Ramsey Retirement Myth's.

https://www.daveramsey.com/blog/want-a-secure-retirement

Now tell me why you can't do what you need to do to start getting ready for retirement now, and figure out what your multiple streams of income are going to be. You can have fun now and be miserable later or you can plan ahead.

If I can help you look for one of those streams of income, be sure and contact me.

Marlin Scoby
208-546-2727
mscoby@atova.com



NEW CONSTRUCTION VS. EXISTING HOME PURCHASE

6/10/2019

It’s a crazy market out there. Available homes are on low inventory depending on your price range. So the question becomes do you play the waiting game to try and get an existing home? Or do you build?

I would say it really depends on your budget. New Construction homes take longer to get into but you get so many choices. From interior flooring, cabinetry, counters and paint colors. You can fine tune it into what you really want, which sometimes makes you want to stay there longer. Depending on the builder you also get landscaping and fencing. The best part of all is you get a warranty right from the start. From start to finish the timeframe is anywhere from 8-9 months. Your Agent can help you with New Construction, so don’t be afraid of needing to know everything. Your Agent will help you through the entire process. So do you want to wait for the perfect home? Or…………………………….

Existing Homes can sometimes fit the bill just as well. Make sure you and your Agent take your time and find you what you are looking for. Sometimes you might want to jump at the first home you see, but then find you are missing so many things you really wanted. Take into account the area you want to be in, the school district if you have kids, HOA’s if you have RV’s and really the Home itself. Make sure you get a Home Inspection to check for any issues and think about getting a Home Warranty to cover any unexpected expenses. Sometimes you can get the Seller to include the Home Warranty if you have a strong offer.

Your Home should be a place you want to spend time in, so take your time, make sure your Agent knows what you want and find the right place to call Home.

Happy House Hunting!!!

Patsi Williams
208-412-3766
pwilliams@atova.com



Why Idaho?

5/9/2019

Idaho has four beautiful seasons that are full of activities…

Winter brings skiing as close as Bogus Basin, Treasure Valleys hidden ski resort just a few short miles away or you may find yourself in the Sawtooth mountains in the stunning resorts of Sun Valley in less than 3 hours from Boise. Of course, these ski resorts also make fantastic getaways during spring, summer, and fall with hiking, biking, horseback riding, mining, and many more activities.



Spring is stunning in Idaho with the large variety of foliage and plant life coming into bloom. A great place to enjoy the variety all in one place is at our Idaho Botanical Gardens. These gardens are full of life, nestled in north east Boise at the base of the foothills. The Idaho Botanical Gardens offers adult activities and activities for the entire family year-round. My family enjoys the gardens throughout the seasons.

Summer offers many relaxing activities for all ages such as boating, camping, biking, hiking, rock climbing, zip lining, or strolling around Historic Hyde Park (Old Boise). We are so fortunate to be nestled in this valley where we can bike the mountain trails in just minutes or take a relaxing stroll on the approximately 25 miles of greenbelt along the Boise River.

Fall can be wrapped up in just a few words… there’s so much to do! Most of the activities of winter, spring, and summer in Idaho can also be enjoyed in the fall as well. We have many natural hot springs and monuments spread across the state. One of our favorites to visit is the Craters of the Moon National Monument. Fall is the perfect time to drive through, walk the trails, or camp for a few days. Craters of the Moon formed between 15,000 and 2000 years ago during eight major volcanic eruptive periods.

If the thought of moving to the Treasure Valley has crossed your mind let us help.

Tia Dowdle
208-631-1396
tdowdle@atova.com



4/1/2019

The Treasure Valley housing market continues to grow at a rapid pace. Because of this, sales of new construction homes are steadily increasing, while sales of existing homes are on the decline simply from a lack of inventory. There are pros and cons to buying both new construction and existing homes but here are some tips to consider when buying new construction:

1. Get an inspection – although everything should be built to code and brand new, an inspection will provide you with piece of mind. Many builders will also offer a limited warranty on new homes, but the inspection will give you the opportunity to address any issues prior to taking ownership and prevent having to address issues after you’ve moved in.

2. Establish good communication - be clear with your agent, the builders, and your lender from the beginning. Ask for regular updates on a cadence that makes you comfortable. Make sure you understand what the next step is along the way, and don’t be shy about following up.

3.Understand pricing - generally speaking, builders are reluctant to negotiate pricing on new construction. Prices are established based on comparable sales of other new homes in the area and reducing the sales price could have a negative impact on future sales. However, there are more opportunities for other kinds of incentives such as closing costs or adding/upgrading items like fencing, landscaping, or finishes.

4.Be Flexible - Timing can be fluid as projects are impacted by weather, permitting, etc. Be prepared to be flexible as there may be opportunities to close earlier that planned, or to have to push a closing back to accommodate issues that come up. This is where that good communication really comes into play!

5.Hire a great agent - Working directly with a builder may seem easier, like you are cutting out the middle man or reducing complexity in a transaction. However, you want to have someone in your corner whose responsibility it is to keep YOUR best interests in mind. Having an agent provides you with a direct line to someone whose job it is to keep the transaction going and provide counsel during what can be a stressful – albeit exciting time.

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



Treasure Valley Real Estate Trends for 2019

3/18/2019

With a new year comes new development in the real estate industry. Be sure to watch for the following trends in the year to come.

1.) Developers will ride the wave of the live-work-play lifestyle. The demand for multi-family housing with live-work-play amenities will continue to grow in and around urban areas. This lifestyle trend allows people to live and play near their workspace to avoid long commutes and to act on their desire to live more sustainably. Companies that offer these attributes, in central locations, will continue to be very attractive.

2.) Opportunity zones will be a key target for investors. The added tax incentive created by the 2017 tax reform will continue to encourage investments in low-income census tracts designated as “opportunity zones”. With the ability to defer capital gains, investors will continue to invest capital and revitalize distress neighborhoods in primary and secondary communities valley wide. Under the current tax code, the investments must be made by Dec. 31, 2019, so this investment tool is expected to be widely used in the year to come.

Portions of this article can be credited to Anna Eberlin @ Holland & Hart.

Steve Claridge
208-539-2833
sclaridge@atova.com