I grew up in Sun Valley, Idaho (Hailey actually) and have been privileged to live in many different places around the world since then. I spent ten years in France, three years in Scotland, and fifteen years in Israel. Now, after travelling the world for twenty-five years, I’m thrilled to finally be back in the beautiful state of Idaho.
Prior to my career in real estate, I worked as an Old Testament professor/scholar and published articles and books on a variety of topics related to the Hebrew language, ancient Near Eastern history, and historical geography. My background in education taught me how to communicate clearly, conduct thorough independent research, find creative solutions, and pay close attention to detail. All these skills, I believe, are extremely helpful in the real estate industry.
I love working with people, and as a real estate agent I am committed to clear and thorough communication with my clients, listening to their needs, working with precision and professional integrity, and ultimately make the buying and selling process an enjoyable experience.
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Received the GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute) Designation in 2022
A member in good standing with the National Association of Realtors, Idaho Association of Realtors, and Boise Regional Realtors.
Recipient of the Boise Regional Realtors' Circle of Excellence Award in 2021
Recognized by the Boise Regional Realtors as a Top Producer in 2021
Personally trained in real estate services under Katie Miller, broker of TripleCord Real Estate
B.A. in Biblical Studies from The Master’s University (2001)
MA in Hebrew and Ancient Near Eastern Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2006)
Ph.D. in Old Testament from the University of Aberdeen (2009)
EMT Certification (Israel) in 2015
Born and raised in France Lived in Hailey, Idaho throughout Jr. High and High School
Moved to Israel in 2001, married my wife Yael in 2003
Three-year sojourn in Scotland (2006-2009)
Yael and I have been blessed with four precious children: Yair (b. 2009), Jonathan (b. 2012), Odeliah (b. 2013), and Tehila (b. 2014)
While in Israel I taught Hebrew, biblical history, and archaeology for ten years
I love writing, hunting, fishing, and real estate investing.
I work full-time in real estate because I love helping people accomplish their dreams and goals!
Great opportunity to build your home near Lake Cascade! Building lot is located in the new Basque Addition subdivision and is within walking distance to the lake and city...
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Benj was the best agent we could’ve asked for! He was so personable and nice! In search of our perfect home, Benj would drive to multiple houses in a day and sometimes go multiple times during the week! He paid attention to what we liked and what we wanted in a home. He kept an eye on new houses available on the market, and sent links on ones he thought we might be interested in. He was a pleasure to work with! ~ C. & K. Cabrera (May 2023)
Benj was awesome to work with throughout the whole home-buying process, especially as a first-time home buyer! At the start, Benj met with me and thoroughly explained the details of the home-buying process and what to expect. He put me in contact with great lenders and anything else I needed. Although the search process was relatively short, Benj did a great job of showing me houses I might be interested in to get an idea of my preferences. During home walk-throughs, he was helpful in pointing out potential issues to be aware of even before an inspection. When the right home came on the market that I wanted to make an offer on, he helped guide me on making a competitive offer. Benj’s consistent communication, with both the other realtors and me, combined with his clear strategy surely helped put a leg up on my offer and secure the deal! He helped arrange the inspection and made sure the deal went through smoothly. I'm fortunate the right deal came on the market for me quick though bummed I didn't get to work with him for longer. Will highly recommend Benj to anyone looking to purchase a home! ~ J. Schonauer (Jan. 2023)