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Mike Brown Group's Real Estate Blog recently reported that several cities in the United States are showing a decline in real estate market values and sales; however, Boise ranks the fifth fastest rising housing market in the United States. In Boise, an analysis by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development showed there is a demand for more than 10 times the number of homes being built right now.

In addition, Idaho Press reporter Margaret Carmel reports that the average rent for a one bedroom apartment in Boise is $899, with even higher prices for two and three bedroom apartments. While rents have risen 20 percent over the last year, wages for the service industry, paramedics, restaurant servers and childcare workers remain stagnant, putting housing out of reach

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Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic 2018, Aug. 29th – Sept. 2nd, everyday 6:30am-8:45am (Friday Night Glow 6pm-10pm)

The Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic was first hosted in 1991 as a way to provide an exciting, family oriented production for the community at no charge. Created by Scott and Laura Spencer now in partnership with Townsquare Media radio stations and presented by CapEd, this event is enjoying almost 30 years of entertainment here within the Treasure Valley. Hosted annually at Ann Morrison Park, the event brings together locals and tourists alike who enjoy being surrounded by endless colorful balloons, inspiring music, and their favorite local radio stations. All launches are weather-permitting, however they typically take place starting at

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Although city code requires all dogs be on a leash at all city parks and facilities, the City of Boise offers a plethora of outdoor activities for dogs and their owners and there are some exceptions to the code. Within the city are 4 off-leash dog parks that are open everyday from sunrise to sunset. These special parks feature sand or mulch materials instead of grass so that the animals can have fun in a unique environment. Additionally, there are 7 off-leash pet areas in developed multi-use parks with grass. Click here for a detailed list and maps.


A fun place you might want to consider bringing Fido to is Redwood Park, located at 2675 N. Shamrock Avenue, Boise, 83713. This park allows dogs to be off-leash from sunrise to 10 a.m. and from

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 Are you looking for ways to beat the summer heat? Check out some of these fun local activities:

Boise Whitewater Park and Quinn's Pond 
This fun park has been in the works since 2012. Nestled along the Boise River near the Riverside hotel and 34th street at 3400 W. Pleasanton Avenue, 83702, park goers can enjoy river surfing through technology that is adjusted to fit the river's flow rate, and other water-based activities within the 22-acre park. River surfing is a new style and culture being embraced by surfers from around the world - these continuous waves are adjusted to fit the Boise River's flow rate. Other activities include:

  • Kayaking
  • Stand Up Paddle boards (SUPS)
  • Fitness classes on the water (including yoga)

Kayaks, surf

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The Mike Brown Group at Silvercreek Realty Group



(Meridian, Idaho, June 29th, 2018) - The Mike Brown Group at Silvercreek Realty Group was named one of America’s top real estate professional teams by REAL Trends, as advertised in The Wall Street Journal. The Mike Brown Group is now a member of the “The Thousand Top Real Estate Professionals,” a prestigious, national award ranking sponsored annually by REAL Trends and advertised in The Wall Street Journal. The Mike Brown Group is now ranked in the top one-half of 1 percent of the more than 1.3 million Realtors®

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It's officially summer and with it comes the excitement of exploring Idaho and enjoying all of the outdoor activities that our great state has to offer - including a multitude of camping options. Consider visiting one of these destinations during the upcoming camping season:

Craters of the Moon

This U.S. National Monument and national preserve is located in the Snake River Plain in central Idaho. It is along US 20 (concurrent with US 93 and US 26), between the small towns of Arco and Carey, at an average elevation of 5,900 feet (1,800 m) above sea level. The protected area's features are volcanic and represent one of the best preserved flood basalt areas in the continental United States.

A reviewer says, “We loved our visit to Craters, the

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World Village Fest

Friday, June 8th - Sunday, June 10th at Cecil D. Andrus Park (formerly Capitol Park), 601 West Jefferson Street, Boise

This amazing, 3-day festival in beautiful Downtown Boise celebrates Idaho’s culture and includes participants representing our Mexican, Basque, Native Americans, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Bosnian, African, Lao, North and South America, Middle Eastern, Indian and Greek communities. . It includes storytelling, music, dance, poetry, film and food. Don’t miss this fun event!

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Sunday, June 10th, 1 - 7 p.m.

Settlers Park, Meridian

Parktacular is an uplifting, free outdoor concert and trade show taking place in

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