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The Mike Brown Group at Silvercreek Realty Group Named One of America’s Top 1,000 Real Estate professional teams By REAL Trends, as advertised in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

(Meridian, Idaho, June 23th, 2017)—The Mike Brown Group at Silvercreek Realty Group has been named one of America’s top real estate professional teams by REAL Trends, as advertised in The Wall Street Journal. The Mike Brown Group, for the second year in a row, is a member of  The Thousand Top Real Estate Professionals, a prestigious national awards ranking sponsored annually by REAL Trends and advertised in The Wall Street Journal. The Mike Brown Group is ranked in the top one-half of 1 percent of the more than 1.25 million Realtors® nationwide.

The Thousand real estate

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With rising home prices and a severe lack of inventory, many consumers are asking if we’re in a housing bubble. To answer this question, it’s important to re-visit why the U.S. housing crisis happened in 2007 and where the U.S. housing economy stands today.

Beginning in 2005, rising house prices caused average-credit borrowers to borrow against the strong housing equity increase. This began a vicious continuation of rising household debt and this demographic were primarily responsible for the home loan defaults from 2007 to 2010. In addition to this, middle and high-income borrowers also contributed by excessively leveraging their real estate holdings by overstating their incomes on stated-income loans. Lenders were both loosening their borrowing

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Oldies Drags
The 37th Annual Project Filter - Idaho Fights Tobacco Oldies Drags is set for Sat-Sun, June 3-4, 2017, at Firebird Raceway. The event is open to drag racing, show `n shine and lots of fun over the two-day weekend. Gates open daily at 9 am and time trials to follow. Final eliminations will be contested at noon on Sunday. Special show parking is available in Firebird's paved upper pit area. Daily admission: $12-adults, $3-6 to 12 years of age, and under 5 - free. Click here for more information.

Saturday Food Truck Market
June 3rd - Come out and enjoy some great food trucks with great weather! 320 N. 6th, Boise, 83702. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Beer and Yoga and Cycle Bash at Payette Brewing
June 4th - Join us at Payette Brewing (733 S. Pioneer, Boise,…
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In 2006, the NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) conducted a comprehensive study to evaluate the longevity of the components that make up a home. The life expectancies of the components of a home depend on the quality of installation, the level of maintenance, weather and climate conditions, and the intensity of use. Some components may remain functional but become obsolete due to changing styles and preferences or improvements in newer products while others may have a short life expectancy due to intensive use. The average life expectancy for some components has increased during the past 35 years because of new products and the introduction of new technologies, while the average life of others has declined. Here is what NAHB found in their

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Improvements under $100

Hire an experienced decorator/designer 
Bring an interior designer in to check out your home. They can give you lots of ideas for needed improvements. Even small suggested improvements, such as paint colors or furniture placement, can go a long way toward improving the look and feel of your home and will be worth every penny spent for their time.

Hire a home inspector
Not every home improvement is cosmetic. Deteriorating roofs, water damage, electrical systems — you can't fix it if you don't know about it. Hire an inspector to check out the areas of your home that you don't normally see. They may discover hidden problems that could negatively impact your home's value. Small problems can become big, expensive problems

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What do Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Aarhus, and Idaho all have in common? They were all named as one of the 10 Hottest Travel Destinations of 2017 by Vogue Magazine. According to Vogue, "Idaho is having a moment. The capital, Boise, may not have an Ace Hotel yet, but it’s quietly setting itself up to be one of America’s most desirable second-tier cities with hip lodging like the Modern Hotel, indie coffee shops, creative hubs (like the JUMP campus), distilleries, and a serious craft beer scene. And then, of course, there’s the incredible access to the outdoors, including more than 190 miles of trails to hike, run, and bike in the Boise Foothills."

Of course, we agree with Vogue Magazine and understand that Idaho is definitely having more than "a

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Looking for a few great recipes this weekend? Try one (or all) of these delectable dishes:

10 ridiculously easy 4-ingredient ham glaze recipes from Betty Crocker

Loaded twice-baked potatoes casserole from (Boise food blogger) Mirlandra's Kitchen

Brussel sprouts with bacon, garlic, and shallots from My Recipes

Gruyere mac and cheese with leeks from Southern Living

Copycat Red Lobster cheddar bay biscuits from

Deceptively simple chocolate cake from House and Home 

Crazy-good carrot cake from Happy Hooligans

If cooking isn't on the agenda, click the links below for a few excellent suggestions for eating out or for meal pickup/delivery services:



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