Boise Real Estate Information and News

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics, new home listings,  home values, real estate market happenings  home design, and community happenings. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. We’d love to talk with you!

June 30, 2020

Meet Licensed Realtor® Erika Galindo

Our award-winning Buyer Specialist, Erika Galindo, shares her experience moving to Idaho with her family and serving her community as a local Realtor® in Boise.

 
Learn what sets her apart from other realtors and how her unique approach to connecting with clients can help you find your perfect home.


If you or someone you know is looking for an experienced agent, text or call 208.473.2203.

June 26, 2020

Fabulous Pool Home & 2 Fantastic New Listings in East Boise!!

Take a guided virtual tour of these brand-new listings today! If you're looking for a top Boise realtor, our team is here for you! 

 

1505 E Jefferson St. | East Boise (bottom right)
Premier East End location is just a short bike ride to Downtown. This Mid-century stunner shines w/ original clinker brick architecture & is tastefully remodeled w/ one-of-a-kind upgrades & additions. Poised on oversized lot w/ in-ground pool, the shop offers electricity-water-gas & can be easily converted to pool house for entertainer’s dream! Natural light, hardwood floors, amazing kitchen w/ Bertazonni range & custom pantry are just a few highlights! 5 bdrms + bonus rm offer flex spaces to make your own.

5 bedroom  |  3.5 bath  |  2633 sq.ft.  

>> Click HERE for more property info

4923 E Sagewood Dr. | Northeast Boise – Spring Creek (top left, top right)
Gorgeous home in desirable Spring Creek backs to green space & walking path! Expansive floorplan offers soaring entry, abundant light, open kitchen-to-family rm & fresh updates - refinished hardwood floors, interior paint & light fixtures. Indulgent master suite incl private balcony & spacious bthrm w/ separate walk-in shower & soaking tub. Large laundry/multi-purpose rm on 2nd floor & main-level 5th bdrm makes great office or bonus rm. Comm pools & fitness ctr, close to Boise River & Greenbelt. New HVAC!

5 bedroom  |  3 bath  |  3333 sq.ft.

>> Click HERE for more property info

 

7080 E Sky Bar St.  | Northeast Boise – East Valley Sub (middle left, bottom left)

Steps from the foothills, river & greenbelt, this 3-yr new home in Boise's East Valley sub features designer details & farmhouse flair. Shiplap accents, tall ceilings, engineered hrdwds, rustic-yet-chic lighting & fixtures add a casual elegance. Open kit. gleams w/floor-to-ceiling cabs, granite cntrs, stnless apps & water filtration sys. Many versatile spaces- main lvl bdrm makes a great office & lrg 6th bdrm can dbl as media rm. Extra nook under stairs! Huge 3-car tandem garage has room for all your toys!  

6 bedroom  |  2.5 bath  |  2768 sq.ft. 

>> Click HERE for more property info

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June 22, 2020

Are You Ready for the Summer Housing Market?

Are You Ready for the Summer Housing Market?

Are You Ready for the Summer Housing Market? | MyKCM

As the health crisis started making its way throughout our country earlier this spring, sellers have been cautious about putting their homes on the market. This hesitation stemmed primarily from fear of the spread of the coronavirus, and understandably so. This abundant caution has greatly impacted the number of homes for sale and slowed the pace of a typically busy spring real estate season. Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American notes:

“As more homeowners are reluctant to list their homes for sale amid the pandemic, the supply of homes available to potential home buyers continues to dwindle.”

With many states beginning a phased approach to reopening, virtual best practices and health and safety guidelines for the industry are in place to increase the comfort level of buyers and sellers. What we see today, though, is that sellers are still making a very calculated return to the market. In their latest Weekly Housing Trends Report, realtor.com indicates:

“New listings: On the slow path to recovery. Nationwide the size of declines held mostly steady this week, dropping 23 percent over last year, a slight increase over last week but still an improvement over the 30 percent declines in the first half of May.”

Although we’re starting to inch our way toward more homes for sale throughout the country, the number of homes on the market is still well below the demand from buyers. In the same report, Javier Vivas, Director of Economic Research for realtor.com shares:

“Sellers have yet to come back in full force, limiting the availability of homes for sale. Total active listings are declining from a year ago at a faster rate than observed in previous weeks, and this trend could worsen as buyers regain confidence and come back to the market before sellers.”

Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at the National Association of Realtors (NAR) seems to agree:

“In the coming months, buying activity will rise as states reopen and more consumers feel comfortable about homebuying in the midst of the social distancing measures.”

What we can see today is that homebuyers are more confident than the sellers, and they’re ready to make up for lost time from the traditional spring market. Summer is gearing up to be the 2020 buying season, so including your house in the mix may be your best opportunity to sell yet. Interest in your house may be higher than you think with so few sellers on the market today. As Vivas says:

“More properties will have to enter the market in June to bring the number of options for buyers back to normal levels for this time of the year, nationwide and in all large markets.”

Bottom Line

If you’re ready to sell your house this summer, let’s connect today. Buyers are interested and they may be looking for a house just like yours.

June 20, 2020

2 Incredible New Listings in East Boise!!

 

Take a guided virtual or in-person tour of these brand-new listings today! If you're looking for a top Boise realtor, our team is here for you!

 

3248 S Quarterswing Way | Northeast Boise (bottom right, bottom left, middle left)
With striking curb appeal & backyard oasis, this custom home on an Estate Lot in Spring Creek, Harris Ranch is sure to impress! Trail access out the back door, no rear nghbors, hot tub & waterfall set the scene for activity & private relaxation. Interior shines w/soaring ceilings, dramatic dual-entry staircase, walls of wndws & huge main-lvl mstr. Crown, wainscoting & chair rails at every turn! $$$ in extras inc. plantation shutters, newer 3-zoned ac w/air cleaner, tankless wtr htr, epoxy gar. flrs & more!

4 bedroom  |  3 bath  |  2923 sq.ft. 

>> Click HERE for more property info 

 

3875 S Stonegate Ave | Southeast Boise (top left, top right)
Ready to enjoy single-level living in the heart of SE Boise? Now's your chance! Minimalist, lower-maint. landscape design allows more time for fun on the Boise River, Greenbelt & Bown Crossing's local shops & restaurants- all just mins away! Newer carpet/flooring, updated lighting & fresh paint add style & function while floor-to-ceiling wndws & wood-burning fireplace preserve charm & character. So many updates in last 3 years, to inc. New Roof, Furnace, Garage Doors, Windows in Master, Sliding Door & more!.

3 bedroom  |  2 bath  |  1370 sq.ft. 

>> Click HERE for more property info

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June 15, 2020

Real Estate Will Lead the Economic Recovery

Real Estate Will Lead the Economic Recovery | MyKCM

With more U.S. states reopening for business this summer, and as people start to return to work, we can expect the economy to begin improving. Most expert forecasts indicate this economic recovery will start to happen in the second half of this year. As we get back to work and the financial landscape of the country begins to turn around, many experts also agree that real estate has the potential to lead the way in the recovery process.

According to Ivy Zelman of Zelman & Associates:

 “Housing will fare better than expected during this severe downturn.”

In addition, CNBC notes:

“Mortgage demand from home buyers shows unexpectedly strong and quick recovery…The quick recovery has surprised most forecasters.” 

Robert Dietz, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Economics and Housing Policy of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) says:

“Overall, the data lend evidence to the NAHB forecast that housing will be a leading sector in an eventual economic recovery.”

One of the big reasons why housing has the potential to be such a driving force is the significant impact it has on the local economy. This impact is particularly strong when a newly constructed home is built and sold. According to a recent study by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the average new home sale has a total economic impact of $88,416. As outlined in the graphic below, this is a combination of income generated from real estate industries, expenditures, and new home construction.Real Estate Will Lead the Economic Recovery | MyKCMWith so many unknowns today, especially in the wake of a worldwide pandemic, one known factor is the bright spark the housing market can play in local and national recovery. Buying and selling a home goes well beyond personal growth and satisfaction – it supports our economy as a whole.

Bottom Line

According to experts, the economy will begin to recover in the second half of this year. With real estate as a driver, that recovery may start sooner than we think.

June 12, 2020

Open House Weekend - 3 Amazing Properties in East Boise!!

Tour 3 AMAZING properties this Sunday, June 14th from 1 to 3 pm.

3936 E Timbersaw Dr. | Northeast Boise (bottom left & bottom right)

Stunning Harris Ranch Energy Star home features open floorplan w/ entertainer's kitchen that flows to great rm & dining. Main level master offers privacy & luxurious bthrm ensuite. 4th bdrm or office w/ built-in desk/cabs. High end finishes incl custom cabinetry, plantation shutters, 8 ft doors, hand troweled walls, dual HVAC & epoxy garage floor. Beautiful covered patio w/ privacy wall & the community pool is just steps away. Close to Boise River, Greenbelt, foothills, trails, restaurants & great schools!

4 bedroom |  2.5 bath |  2628 sq.ft. >> Click HERE for more property info

 

2540 S Trailwood Pl. | Northeast Boise - Harris Ranch (top left, middle left)
Steps from the foothills, this cstm home on a corner lot in Harris Ranch exemplifies modern design w/ artistic flair. Sleek floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, new contemp. lighting, 10' ceilings & lrg bdrms add style & function. Tech upgrades like CAT 5 wiring thruout, media closet & infrared remote transmitter in great room allow TV views w/o wires! Dual rain shower heads grace the master bth. Huge cvred patio w/surround sound & one-of-a-kind privacy screens is a perfect place for gatherings & enjoying the views.

4 bedroom |  2.5 bath |  2533 sq.ft. >> Click HERE for more property info

 

6083 E Gateway Ct. | Southeast Boise - Surprise Valley (top right)
Timeless design in desirable Surprise Valley! Beautifully updated home features gleaming hardwood floors, granite counters, gas range, butler’s pantry & cozy fireplace. Luxurious master w/ dbl walk-in closets, heated bthrm floors, granite tops & tiled shower. All bdrms incl custom built-in closet organizers. Large windows frame stunning views of Basalt Cliffs & Oregon Trail. Gorgeous, private backyard w/ stamped patio, mature landscaping. Community pools, tennis, clubhouse. Zoned for top East Boise schools!

4 bedroom |  2.5 bath |  2252 sq.ft. >> Click HERE for more property info

 

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June 8, 2020

Why This Summer Is the 2020 Real Estate Season

 

With stay-at-home orders starting to gradually lift throughout parts of the country, data indicates homebuyers are jumping back into the market. After many families put their plans on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, what we once called the busy spring real estate season is shifting into the summer. In 2020, summer is the new spring for real estate.

Joel KanEconomist at The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) notes:

“Applications for home purchases continue to recover from April’s sizable drop and have now increased for five consecutive weeks…Government purchase applications, which include FHA, VA, and USDA loans, are now 5 percent higher than a year ago, which is an encouraging turnaround after the weakness seen over the past two months.”

Additionally, according to Google Trends, which scores search terms online, searches for real estate increased from 68 points the week of March 15th to 92 points last week. As we can see, more potential homebuyers are looking for homes virtually.

What’s the Opportunity for Buyers?

Another reason buyers are coming back to the market, even with forced unemployment and stay-at-home orders, is historically low mortgage rates. Sam Khater, Chief Economist at Freddie Mac indicates:

“For the fourth consecutive week, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has been below 3.30 percent, giving potential buyers a good reason to continue shopping even amid the pandemic…As states reopen, we’re seeing purchase demand improve remarkably fast, now essentially flat relative to a year ago.”

With mortgage rates at such low levels and states gradually beginning to reopen, there’s more incentive than ever to buy a home this summer.

What’s the Opportunity for Sellers?

Finding a home to buy, however, is still a challenge, as this spring sellers removed many listings from the market. Though more people are now putting their houses up for sale this month as compared to last month, current inventory is still well below last year’s level.

According to last week’s Weekly Economic and Housing Market Update from realtor.com:

“Weekly Housing Inventory showed continued tightening. New Listings declined 28% compared with a year ago, as sellers grappled with uncertainty and hesitated bringing homes to market. Total Listings dropped 20% YoY, a faster rate than in prior weeks, leaving very few homes available for sale. As Time on Market was 15 days slower YoY, asking prices moved up 1.5% YoY.”

If you’re thinking of selling your house this summer, now may be your best opportunity. With so few homes on the market for buyers to purchase, this season may be the time for your house to stand out from the crowd. Trusted real estate professionals can help you list safely and effectively, keeping your family’s needs top of mind. Buyers are looking, and your house may be at the top of their list.

Bottom Line

If you’re thinking of selling, many buyers may be eager to find a home just like yours. Let’s connect today to make sure you can get your house in on the action this summer.

June 5, 2020

Open House Weekend - 2 Fantastic Properties in NE Boise!!

We've got two FANTASTIC properties to show off at this weekend's open house! Tour both this Sunday, June 7th from 1 to 3 pm.

3374 E Exacta Ln. | Northeast Boise (bottom left & bottom right)

Enjoy carefree living in your own private sanctuary! Wake to breathtaking, panoramic views of the foothills. Relax on your balcony, watching deer & birds frolic in the creek below. This immaculate, energy-efficient, luxury townhome boasts 2 master retreats, each w/ensuite & walk-in closet. Main level has guest room w/full bath. Front door path leads to Boise's Greenbelt, Marianne Williams Park & the Boise River where you can enjoy biking, fishing, hiking & more. Mins to shopping, local restaurants & downtown Boise

3 bedroom |  3 bath |  1909 sq.ft. >> Click HERE for more property info

 

5056 E Stemwood St. | Northeast Boise (top left, middle left & top right)
Relax to the sounds of Spring Creek from your backyard oasis! While mature trees & lush landscaping are stars of this Harris Ranch gem, the tastefully updated interior doesn't disappoint. So many bright spaces to fit your needs- formal dining, den & 4th bdrm w/built-in murphy bed can dbl as media rm. Spacious mstr w/ensuite has rain shower, 2 addt'l heads, sep. vanity area & dream walk-in cost. 3-car tandem garage has room for all your recreational toys. Upgrades galore! See amenities doc for details!

4 bedroom |  2.5 bath |  2694 sq.ft. >> Click HERE for more property info

 

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June 2, 2020

Open House Safety Protocols

In preparation of returning to traditional open houses, we've established the guidelines above in accordance with Idaho State regulations to ensure everyone's safety.

If you are uncomfortable attending an in-person open house or are unable to adhere to our safety protocols, we're more than happy to provide you with a personalized virtual tour & answer any questions about the property.

We greatly appreciate your cooperation and diligence in helping to keep our community safe while we work to provide you with essential housing services.

May 29, 2020

How to Style a Bookshelf Like a Pro

Ever wondered how some bookshelves look so chic?? If you're like most people, yours might have become a catch-all for miscellaneous items or junk mail with no real rhyme or reason for how it's arranged.

If you're ready to take your bookshelf from drab to fab, watch our latest staging tutorial: How to Style a Bookshelf. Our talented Home Staging Coordinator walks you through the steps of stylizing a bookshelf and offers tips and techniques to help you decorate like a pro! The end result is sure to WOW! 😍⁣

We offer 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐲 home staging to our selling clients to help their homes sell faster and for more money. 💰⁣ Text or call us to learn how we can help you maximize the sale of your home: 𝟐𝟎𝟖.𝟒𝟕𝟑.𝟐𝟐𝟎𝟑. You can also see more of our professional staging in our portfolio.

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