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Nov. 10, 2017

Tips to Juggle Busy Schedules

Here we are — full swing into the holiday season! And, Boise Idaho is an amazing place to enjoy the holidays. However, if you’re like me, from here until January, life becomes very hectic! Planning, shopping, cooking, baking, carpooling, sports practices, recitals, work, holiday events, parties, dinners, house decorating, gift wrapping, standing in long lines to mail gifts at the post office — whew, breathe!

So, amidst all of this, how happy was I to read a recent article which says all of this busy stuff is good for us! The article quotes research published in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience that found the busier you are, the better it is for your cognitive function. I was particularly interested to read this as my father passed away in February from Alzheimer’s. And, probably like you, I’ve heard other information that keeping your mind active and engaged, along with regular exercise and eating well, may be the key to staving off cognitive decline.

Yet, even though we can agree that a busy schedule may be good for us, the stress it causes may not be. So, here are some tips from the article I read in Your Home and Lifestyle Magazine to manage this busy time of year and help relieve you of some of the hectic holiday stress:

Tip #1: DO TWO THINGS A DAY

Instead of getting overwhelmed by a massive ‘to-do list,’ every morning when you wake up decide on just two things that you are going to get done today.  They can be small errands you have been putting off, or big projects you need to spend an hour getting started on. But, pick just two and write them down. Then, check in at night and make sure you got them done. Of course, you will do other things, as well, but having some focus on two tasks helps you keep moving forward, and gives you a sense of accomplishment no matter how your day went.

Tip #2: CREATE A MASTER TO-DO LIST

Unlike you daily to-do list, the master one serves as a record of the ongoing things that you’d like to get done such as removing the wallpaper from the bathroom or updating your holiday address list.  This helps you do a brain dump on paper and helps you feel more organized. This list you should only refer to once or twice a month.

Tip #3: ESTIMATE THE TIME YOU THINK EACH ITEM WILL TAKE YOU ON YOUR MASTER PROJECT LIST

This one is huge considering many of us have a hard time gauging just how long a certain task will actually take us.  After you complete your two things a day, you can use free time to tackle something off of the master list based on the time it will take.

Tip #4: BREAK PROJECTS INTO ACTION STEPS

Too often people try to tackle big projects, like painting a room or completing a report, without stopping to think about all of the small tasks and time involved to prepare and complete the project. At the start of each week, take some time to plan out three to seven action steps related to a few of your big projects. Then, focus on each action step one at a time. You will progress instead of being stuck with a big project staring you down.

Tip #5: DO A CALENDAR REVIEW EACH MORNING

Taking those ten minutes in the morning – or night before – to go over the things you need to accomplish for the day can really help you better focus on the tasks at hand. It gives you a minute to consider what your day looks like, when you need to be somewhere, when will you have time to be focused and productive. Getting a quick sense of your day can help you be more prepared to juggle your busy schedule.

And, use these additional tips to manage your holiday stress!

Here at Templeton Real Estate Group, we see people all the time who are crazy busy trying to managing their lives AND trying to buy or sell their homes. That can add to the stress level. And, is the reason why you want to call us so we can manage all of the tasks for you and help you organize what needs to be done. Our team of professionals will guide you, stress-free, through the process and relieve you of those worries.

 

If you are thinking about buying or selling, give us a call. We offer complimentary consultations and would be happy to tell you about our success record and all that we do to help you get the result you want! Call 208.473.2203 today!

By Bonnie Way Snider

Source:

Your Home and Lifestyle Magazine. Blake Miller. October 2016

 

Nov. 3, 2017

My Home is Staged and Ready to Sell - Now What?

Staging has become an essential tool to sell East Boise homes

 

We talk a lot about staging. When selling your home, we recommend some level of staging be done, a service Templeton Real Estate Group provides to our clients in the Boise area. Staging, prior to selling, has almost become a necessity. It allows discerning buyers to see past your personal items and décor, and envision their own furnishings in “your home.”

 

However, we also realize that living in your pristine and expertly staged house can be difficult. You never know when you might get a call for a showing, and you can’t just shove toys in closets or pile the dishes in the sink! So, how do you keep “your home” in perfect condition all the time?

 

Laura McHolm, writing contributor for HuffingtonPost.com, has this sound advice for you to follow:

 

IT’S NOT YOUR HOME ANYMORE

 

First and foremost, you have to change your mindset; it is not “your home” anymore. Treat the house as if it were a five-star hotel; you need to maintain the staged look and keep everything spotless. You do not want it to appear that anyone is living in the home; there should be no dishes, family pictures, or piles of personal stuff visible. The good news is that keeping your house like a five-star hotel will also enable you to treat yourself and your family to a mini-vacation - no cooking and lots of fun outings!

 

Silver Sage Staging

 

KEEP IT CLEAN

 

Kitchen-

·         Remove all of your kitchen appliances from the counters. Do not use them; keep clean and hidden.

·         Have one set of cups, plates and utensils for each family member neatly stored in a cabinet. Use only these dishes and hand wash after every use. Do not leave dirty dishes in the sink or out in a dish rack. Eat, drink, wash, dry and put away.

·         Use recycled paper plates and cups to limit dishwashing.

·         Keep only the essentials in the refrigerator and pantry (potential buyers are known to look inside). Unused pantry items can be donated to your local food bank.

 

Bathrooms-

·         No personal care products (soap, shampoo, lotion, toothbrush, etc.) should be left out. Give each family member a bathroom tote to hold their daily-used products, to be put away into a closed cabinet after each use. 

·         Keep antibacterial wipes under the sink for quick and easy cleanup after each sink and shower use. 

·         Use stick-on toilet cleaners inside the bowls to keep toilets clean and smelling fresh. 

·         Only guest towels should be displayed in the bathrooms. Each family member should have his or her own set of towels, to be washed regularly and kept out of sight.

 

Bedrooms-

·         Keep all nightstands and dresser tops clear of personal items. Purchase plastic containers with lids that can easily slide under beds to store reading glasses, books, journals, medications, tissue boxes, etc. 

·         Be sure to make the beds each morning; that way there is one less thing to do when a showing is scheduled.

·         Keep all clothing items neatly put away and laundry baskets hidden in closets.

·         Wash, dry, fold and put away laundry on a daily basis if necessary.

 

Living Room-

·         To maintain a tidy living room, keep daily-used items (remote controls, DVDs, video games, children’s toys, etc.) hidden away in closed drawers, cabinets or storage ottomans.

·         Do not let newspapers, magazines or mail stack up; file away or recycle immediately.

·         Perhaps keep the latest newspaper in your car; it may come in handy when showings are scheduled and you need to head out to a coffee shop or other fun destination.

 

Eating & Entertainment-

·         By now you may be thinking, “How does my family eat?” It is best to go out to eat during this time. Even take-out is a no-no; the goal is to keep your home smelling like fresh flowers, not fried chicken.

·         To stay on a budget, visit websites like Groupon or Restaurants.com for deals and coupons. Also, look into daily/weekly meal deals at your local restaurants, like $2 Taco Tuesdays or where kids can “eat free.”

·         Get your whole family involved and make a list of activities to do on the days your house is scheduled to be shown. Ideas include bowling, going to the beach, zoo, museums, amusement parks, or even visiting relatives.

 

Pets-

·         Unfortunately, Fido and your feline are not staged-home friendly; it may be best to find another place for them to stay while your home is staged. Perhaps a family member, friend or neighbor can take care of your beloved four-legged family members. Another option would be to send them to a kennel-free boarding “resort” for their own vacation.

·         If they must stay in your staged home, designate 1-2 rooms for your pets to live in. This will keep the fur cleanup to a minimum.

 

Living in a staged home may not come naturally, but if you and your family can adjust your daily routine, it can be a lot of fun. Take the opportunity to go out, explore and do things you all had always hoped to do. Motivate every family member to get in on the challenge and it can turn out to be a memorable time spent together!

 

And, if you are thinking about selling your Boise area home, we are your East Boise Real Estate Experts. Call us today @ 208.473.2203!  All Templeton Real Estate Group clients receive a home preparation consultation, a home preparation report, photo styling assistance and whole home staging by Silver Sage Staging.  We deliver results with decades of area expertise, service, property pricing, and negotiating.

 

By Bonnie Way Snider

 

Source link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laura-mcholm/how-to-live-in-a-staged-h_b_12430228.html?utm_hp_ref=real-estate

 

 

Nov. 2, 2017

OPEN HOUSE | WELKER | NOVEMBER 5

 

Charming single level residence in a great location! Quiet mature neighborhood with NO HOA! This beautifully maintained home features a wonderful combination of original charm and modern updates including stainless steel appliances, new carpet, windows, new light fixtures, and kitchen hardware.

Cozy brick fireplace adds warmth and vintage flare to the spacious living room. Expansive wood deck, large mature trees, and in-ground fire pit complete the huge backyard, ideal for outdoor seating and entertaining. Tons of multi-use storage available in the attached garage with abundant shelving. Fourth bedroom doubles as great home office.

Nearby historic downtown Meridian filled with shopping, popular restaurants, city parks and more! Original hardwood flooring in living room, hallway and bedrooms beneath the carpet.

 

 

Visit Bonnie this Sunday, November 5th from 1-3pm for an exclusive tour!

515 W Carlton Avenue, Meridian, Idaho 83642 

4 BED | 2 BATH | 1863 SQ FT | .276 ACRE

 

 

For directions and more information about this home, click here! 

To learn more about your top Boise Realtors, click here!

 

Oct. 25, 2017

Gardens Grow Green By Boise Homes

Inhale the fragrance near Boise homes. The Idaho Botanical Garden overflows with colorful blooms. A place of serenity and peace, the grounds are open year round. A variety of themed smaller gardens fit neatly together creating a picture perfect whole.

Explore the garden leisurely and haphazardly or more directly with a guide. Expert led tours are filled with tidbits of information on the history of the grounds, flora and fauna, and advice for success in Boise property gardens. Those wishing to go off on their own receive a map with admission. Families make the most of their excursions with a family backpack. Loaned to little ones, the packs contain supplemental information making learning fun. Inside are binoculars, field guides, worksheets and other surprises. 

Find Out What’s Cooking on Boise Property

The Idaho Native Plant Garden devotes itself to plants that thrive in the state. Locals spend time here deciding what to plant in the gardens of their Boise homes. The Herb Garden appeals to amateur chefs with a variety of edibles including rosemary, chives, oregano and thyme. In the Vegetable Garden side dishes are being prepared by Mother Nature. The Water Conservation Landscape showcases drought tolerant choices as well as plants that draw in hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. Thoughts are enlightening in the Meditation Garden, and scents sweetly subtle in the Jane Falk Oppenheimer Heirloom Rose Garden. Children frolic freely in the Children’s Adventure Garden. Here carnivorous plants inspire curiosity, climbing trees and rolling hills beckon, and a musical trail is made for walking.

Special events are frequently found on the calendar. Audiences watch summer concerts from the grasses of the Outlaw Field which was once the location of an old penitentiary. The Great Garden Escape is a favorite for locals. Live music sets the scene for a lively day of good food and fun. Plump pumpkins are made for picking during the Scarecrow Stroll and Fall Harvest Festival. Winter Garden aGlow begins following the Thanksgiving holiday. Illuminating the Idaho Botanical Garden sparkling lights create a festive atmosphere. Santa will also be onsite to visit with the kids.

The gardens are ever changing. Open seven days a week inspiration caused by the beauty of nature awaits one and all. Indulge in a change of scenery and a breath of fresh air.

 

Posted in News
Oct. 25, 2017

Savor the Magic of the Sea on Boise Real Estate

Dive into an aquatic wonderland on Boise real estate. At the Aquarium of Boise the magic of the ocean comes to life. Key exhibits are eye pleasing and educational with the institute focusing on a message of conservation and awareness. Guests meander through a whirlwind of sights and colors, meeting creatures of the sea and learning about their quirky behaviors and their habitats.

Sharks are undoubtedly one of the most mesmerizing beasts of the deep. In the Shark and Puffer Exhibit these majestic beings glide around their enclosure. Black Tip Reef Sharks coexist with the Mappa Puffer Fish. Nearby in the Shark and Ray Pool explorers get hands on by feeding bat rays and tolerant shark species. In the Shark Nursery displayed eggs may be hatching for lucky observers. Although the Amazon is far away from Boise real estate their creatures are easily spotted here. South American freshwater fish such as the Peacock Bass and Red-tailed Catfish intermix with Motoro Stingrays and Cichlids in the Amazon Exhibit. Tide Pools brim with activity. Gentle hands explore the textures of Sea Stars, Sea Urchins and even a Spanish Lobster.

Birds of a Color Delight Families Living in Boise

Other areas of the building focus on critters thriving on land and in the air. Fans of the creeping and crawling spend loads of time in the Reptile House. Pay attention to detail and see how many camouflaging lizards, snakes, chameleons and geckos can be found. Feathered friends provide a burst of color as they stretch their wings in the Aviary.

Sea loving landlubbers living in Boise should consider purchasing an annual membership. Membership packages vary and feature unlimited admission. Season pass discounts apply for students, military members and seniors. The Aquarium of Boise is open seven days a week so spur of the moment trips are a must. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m.

 

Posted in News
Oct. 13, 2017

Cozy Up For Autumn Adventure Near Your Boise Home

Idaho is one of the best states to see summer turn to autumn! The leaves change, pumpkin patches and corn mazes galore, and there’s a chill in the air that just feels like the holidays are approaching. Whether you’re going on a romantic date, a night of family fun, or just staying in for a night in your Boise home is the place to be in October.

Here are five places you should be sure to visit this fall season:

The Farmstead Corn Maze and Pumpkin Festival

Join Boise locals for weekly fun at this fall-filled, fun, festival of pumpkins! This family friendly attraction sports activities like a winding corn maze, a pumpkin patch, delicious food, hayrides, and more from 11am to 10pm Monday through Thursday. The Farmstead turns into a haunted experience from dark until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays lasting throughout October called The Field of Screams, so those with a thirst for the spooky side of Halloween!

Idaho Horror Film Festival

Boise honors this culturally rich holiday by highlighting local, independent filmmakers in a horror filled, yet sophisticated, film, food, and music festival called The Idaho Horror FIlm Festival. This fresh, new tradition (2017 will be it’s third year in town) is sure to be a good source of nightlife from 6pm to 1am the nights of October 12th, 13th, and 14th.

Scarecrow Stroll

The Idaho Botanical Gardens turn into a maze of scarecrows this October in Boise! Families, Businesses, and organizations can pitch into the fun by creating their own scarecrow to display in the Gardens for the Scarecrow Stroll. You may even get some great ideas to use in your own Boise home decorating. See the imaginations of our town Boise as you find your way through the Scarecrow Stroll any day Monday through Thursday 9am to 5pm, and 9am to 7pm Friday through Sunday.

Halloween Classic

Join us for another family friendly Halloween extravaganza! The Halloween Classic is going on from the 12th to the 15th, but come on the 14th of October and you will be greeted with games, hayrides, and a kids costume contest from 4-6pm, followed by trick or treating through the race trailers in the arena. Adults, bring your Halloween spirit for the adult costume contest that begins at 9pm!

The Haunted World

Last but not least, be prepared to have a freaky-fun time at The Haunted World, the spooky event of the season. Join us any evening in October from dusk to midnight Friday through Saturday and dusk to 10pm Monday through Thursday for a 35-acre outdoor haunt, Skullvania, a haunted asylum attraction, and a 15 acre corn maze you’ll be sure to lose your mind over.

Posted in News
Oct. 12, 2017

NEW PRICE | DESIRABLE SINGLE-LEVEL

NEW PRICE on this highly upgraded single level with upper bonus room in Dallas Harris Estates! Enjoy stunning foothill views from the fabulous stamped concrete front patio. Upstairs bonus room has vaulted ceilings, full bath, and walk in closet – easily makes a great junior master/guest retreat. Master suite features spacious bath, dual vanity, and extended walk-in closet with tons of storage. Stunning kitchen with grand island, custom cabinetry, and stylish finishes. Private back patio is perfect for outdoor dining and relaxing in the hot tub!

 

Call us today for a private tour! (208) 473-2203

For more information about this home, click here!

Posted in Market Updates
Oct. 10, 2017

Swoon! See Sherwin Williams 2018 Color of the Year

Every year Sherwin Williams (SW) selects a color of the year and this year’s pick goes to “Oceanside.”

SW describes their choice as:

A collision of rich blue with jewel-toned green, a color that is both accessible and elusive, Oceanside SW 6496, is a complex, deep color that offers a sense of the familiar with a hint of the unknown, Oceanside, bridges together a harmonious balance of blues and greens that can be found in what’s old and new.

The color blue evokes a multitude of moods and associations depending on hue, shade and application. Despite this variety, blues are universally perceived as intelligent, honest and interesting—making blue the most beloved color worldwide.

Oceanside’s multi-dimensional, marine-inspired look can create a welcoming statement as a lively color for a front door. Its green-meets-blue tone can also boost creative thinking and clarity of thought in a home office, or invite meditation and introspection into a bedroom or reading nook.

Oceanside is universal when it comes to design style from mid-century modern to Mediterranean-inspired, traditional to contemporary.

Neutrals were all the rage for several years, but it seems that people are looking for ways to express themselves through more color. According to colorpsychology.org, color stimulates our brain, and from the ancient times has proven to be useful alternative psychotherapy. The Egyptians and Chinese used colors to heal, a process that is known is chromotherapy. Colors were used in order to help the body function better.

People in the design industry are fans of Sherwin-Williams’ foray into more statement-making picks, too. “I love a color that’s also a state of mind — that’s what Oceanside feels like to me,” says Editor in Chief of House Beautiful, Sophie Donelson. “It’s a cocoon color. We often see similar hues chosen for libraries and studies, because its depth makes it comforting, but also bold and adventurous. It’s like watching a Nature channel deep-sea exploration from the comfort of your sofa!”

Get inspired:

If you need some new walls to paint with this fabulous color, call Templeton Real Estate Group today!  We are your expert East Boise team. Schedule your complimentary and confidential consultation – 208.473.2203.

We’ll sell your home fast and help you find your dream home. And, as our client, you receive the pinnacle of service — FREE home staging services from our accredited team, top notch marketing and professional photography, along with skilled representation that gets results!

Templeton Real Estate Group — the best team in Boise!

 

By Bonnie Way Snider

Sources and Read More:

https://www.colorpsychology.org/

http://www.housebeautiful.com/room-decorating/colors/news/a9761/sherwin-williams-2018-color-of-the-year/

https://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/color/find-and-explore-colors/paint-colors-by-collection/color-forecast/color-of-the-year

Posted in Home design
Sept. 28, 2017

OPEN HOUSE | ALAMOSA | OCTOBER 1

Newly built farmhouse-chic single level home! Fabulous interior boasts attention to detail from the sleek granite counter tops, playful hexagon tile, warm hardwood, linear gas fireplace with LED lighting, and so much more!

Amazing kitchen featuring Bertazzoni 48″ range with griddle and two ovens, sizable granite island with abundant storage and seating, pot filler, and built-in wet bar with wine fridge.

The large master suite includes impressive master bath with separate dual vanities, spa-like soaker tub, motion lighting, a luxurious walk-in shower, and a roomy closet.

Fully fenced backyard with covered patio, natural gas hookup for BBQ, and wired for a hot tub. Wonderful location just steps from the greenbelt, Boise River, Whitewater Park & Willow Lane Athletic Complex. Huge four car garage, hot water re-circulation pump, natural gas hookup option in laundry room, and a 200 sf shed equipped with power.

Visit Bonnie this Sunday, October 1 from 1-3pm for an exclusive tour!

4844 W Willow Lane, Boise, ID 83703

3 BED | 2.5 BATH | 2499 SQ FT | .302 SQ FT

To learn more about your Top East Boise Realtors, click here!

Sept. 27, 2017

Moving to Boise? Check Out the Top Schools!

When a family relocates to a new city, Boise for example, one of the top considerations on selecting a neighborhood are the schools. Every parent wants their child to attend a great school.

Many families move over the course of their children’s lifetimes for a multitude of reasons. According to MyMove.com’s Consumer Insights Study, which surveyed 8,000 consumers, including 6,300 who had either moved homes within the last 12 months or are planning to move within the next 12 months, a new job or transfer is consistently among the top five reasons that people move. About half of them (49%) relocated to another state or out of the country.

Boise is no stranger to population growth. Families are moving to Boise as the city offers a great, affordable lifestyle, with a robust job and housing market. And, a strong and rigorous school system. In particular, East Boise is experiencing growth, maybe in part to its great schools.

US News reports that Timberline High School (located in East Boise) is ranked #1 in Idaho. It also ranked #916 out of more than 22,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.

And, to address the growth in Boise, voters approved by 86% a Boise School District bond election to support an Educational Facilities Master Plan to reinvest in neighborhood schools and community with ?NO ?increase in the current property tax rate. The bond will help meet the needs of today’s students and the students of the future by reinvesting in our schools and in our communities. The bond will provide facility improvements for ALL 48 schools, plus major building projects for 22 schools, including a new school in the East Boise Harris Ranch area and building a new wing on Timberline High School.i

Here’s a message from the Boise School District:

Great things are happening in your Boise schools! At our core, we are about rigor, achievement, citizenship and college and career readiness. Our students outperform Idaho and the nation on standardized tests, college entrance exams and Advanced Placement testing. Our college-going rate continues to increase (topping 60% in 2016), and we have more students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math than in any other area.

For the ninth year in a row—thanks to our broad offering of Advanced Placement courses— Boise, Borah, Capital and Timberline are ranked in the top 11% of the Washington Post’s list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools. We continue to offer more choices for students than any other district, including AVID, AP, Dual Credit, Treasure Valley Math & Science Center, Dennis Career Technical Education Center, Boise Pre-K, Montessori,Dual-Language Immersion, Harbor Method, Classical and International educational programs and schools. 

For more information, please visit boiseschools.org.

Click here to view a message for the 2017-18 Boise School District’s Opening Day

 

By Bonnie Way Snider

Sources and Read More:

http://www.boiseschools.org/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/06/17/20-questions-to-ask-yourself-before-you-relocate-for-a-job/#40d79291b619

https://www.greatschools.org/idaho/boise/

https://www.niche.com/k12/rankings/

Posted in Market Updates