Buying a Home

Sept. 2, 2021

Why Buyer Love Letters Are Shunned

Nearly all my clients at some point ask me whether I recommend writing a buyer “love letter” (a letter written by buyers to explain why the sellers should choose their offer; usually these letters highlight what they like about the house, and often include some personal information about the buyers ...

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March 16, 2021

Could Idaho Soon See More Favorable Buying Conditions?

As most of us are well aware, the Idaho housing market became a madhouse of activity and competition over the last nine months. Driven by the powers of supply and demand and record-low interest rates, the local housing economy was able to defy broader economic uncertainty during one of the ...

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May 8, 2019

Have you heard of a CLUE report?

Have you ever heard of a CLUE report? It's a insurance record that is kept on every property for claims that have been filed in the past, and it helps insurance companies know what their rates should be on a specific house. You're probably wondering, "Why does this ...

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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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