Buying a Home

Feb. 7, 2019

To Zillow or Not to Zillow

Almost every day I hear this from a client: "I saw this on Zillow...". And even though this is an ongoing discussion and everyone has their own opinion about Zillow, I wanted to point out a few of the pros and cons of using Zillow when researching real estate. These ...

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Dec. 24, 2018

Don’t Get Caught in the Rental Trap in 2019

 

Every year around this time, we take time to reflect and plan for next year. If you are renting your current home but have dreams of homeownership, your plan for the new year may include buying, and you wouldn’t be alone!

 

According to the 2018 Bank of ...

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Aug. 30, 2018

Why You Should Clean Your New Home Before You Move In

It’s exciting moving into a new home. Chances are you want to get in there and unpack to start settling in as soon as possible. But before you get ahead of yourself, give your new a home a deep clean. Doing so will not only make it feel brand new ...

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Aug. 16, 2017

What Seniors Should Consider When Hunting for a New Home

The perfect house for anyone is the house that best suits their needs, lifestyle, and price range. As a senior, it may have been a long time since you’ve gone through the homebuying process. Though some things have changed, some have stayed the same. You still want to focus on ...

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Feb. 21, 2017

First Comes Love...Then Comes a Mortgage?

According to the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, married couples once again dominated the first-time home buyer statistics in 2016 at 58% of all buyers. It is no surprise that having two incomes to save for down payments and contribute to monthly housing ...

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Jan. 20, 2017

What Is a Mortgage Rate Lock?

When you lock your doors at night, you think, “Phew, I’m safe!” Locks mean safety. Locks mean security. And it turns out the same is true in the world of home loans, where you may encounter the term “mortgage rate lock.” So what exactly does this refer to?

Mortgage ...

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Oct. 21, 2016

Considering Buying a Home? So What’s the Process?

Considering Buying a Home?  So What’s the Process?

October 2016

For those considering purchasing a home, we wanted to share some important first steps as well as other helpful information about the home buying process.  If you don’t plan to purchase with cash, your first call should be ...

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Oct. 21, 2016

The Gap Is Widening Between Home Prices and Appraisal Values

The Gap Is Widening Between Home Prices and Appraisal Values

March 2016

In today’s housing market, where supply is very low and demand is very high, home values are increasing rapidly. One major challenge in such a market is the bank appraisal.  If prices are surging, it is difficult ...

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Oct. 21, 2016

How Can You Reduce Your Property Taxes?

How Can You Reduce Your Property Taxes?

February 2016

 

For those of you that may not know, Idaho offers a property tax exemption on owner-occupied homes that serve as the owner's primary residence.  The county assessor develops an estimate for your property based on what a buyer might reasonably pay if it were to sell on January 1st ...

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Oct. 21, 2016

Are You a Buyer? Then Consider Cost, Not Just Price

Are You a Buyer? Then Consider Cost, Not Just Price

December 2015

 

 

Sellers in our current market are concerned about where home values are going in the next 6 months.  But as a buyer, your focus should be on the long term cost of the house.  All ...

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