Mike Brown Group's Real Estate Blog

  You got to let me know, should I stay or should I go? – The Clash  
Should you upsize, downsize, or rightsize (by staying put)? Many consumers are currently struggling with this very big decision. Right now, the Treasure Valley housing market is a constant topic of media analysis and speculation. Everyone has an opinion on it, and many are contemplating what this means for them. In October of 2017, the median house price of a home in our area topped $266,000. This shows a 13% gain from statistics from early 2017 when the median home price in January was $235,000! It’s no wonder the housing market is triggering conversations and contemplation.
 
Most loans that were underwater because of the Great Recession now show strong positive equity. Selling…
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St. Alphonsus Festival of Trees (November 22nd through November 26th)
Boise Centre, 850 W. Front Street, Boise, Idaho 83702. Share in the magic as the Boise Centre becomes home to a wonderland of holiday splendor, featuring hundreds of lavishly decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and inspirational decor. Tickets can be purchased at the door: Adults - $7.00, Military - $5.00, Children (ages 3-12) - $4.00, Seniors (62 and better) - $4.00, Family Pass (up to six individuals) $30.00, Children (2 and under) - free. Click here for the schedule of events

Winter Garden aGlow (November 23rd through January 1st)
Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Raod, Boise. Come and see the garden's display of over 300,000 sparkling lights and see Santa, local choirs,

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Fallapalooza 2017 (September 30th - October 1st)
Free admission. Come enjoy a beautiful weekend packed with music, art, shopping, activities, kids carnival games, food, beer, and more while spreading the message "no more", raising advocacy about domestic violence, and supporting local shelters. Saturday, September 30th 10am-6pm, Sunday, October 1st 10 am- 4 pm in Storey Park, 215 E. Franklin Road, Meridian Idaho.

Idaho Botanical Garden Fall Festival
Celebrate autumn at the Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 7th and Sunday, October 8th from noon – 6:00 p.m. at the Idaho Botanical Garden. The family-friendly event celebrates the changing season with live music, wagon rides, beer and wine garden, food vendors, the Scarecrow Stroll, and kids’

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Summer is on its sun-soaked path to autumn, and it’s time to start thinking about all of the things that the new season brings; back to school for the kids, Labor Day cookouts, enjoying coffee on your porch swing in the crisp morning air, watching the leaves turn colors, and changing your summery décor to something cozier. There's nothing more inviting than a sofa or a bed layered with textured accents, like soft pillows and big, chunky, woven blankets. Muted colors soothe the soul and are highly popular this year. 



Consider a fall tablescape, integrating different mediums with a light and bright color palette:


Create a quick fall sign like this one and set it near your entryway or on a fireplace for an instant seasonal update:


Or, for a more dramatic

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Solar Eclipse (Monday, August 21st)

A total solar eclipse is a rare event that you don’t want to miss. The Gem State will have some of the best, most breathtaking views from anywhere in the country. The total eclipse only lasts about two minutes. Be sure to know about travel times and safety conditions in advance. Click here to find a prime viewing location and you'll also see a table listing approximate start times. 


Western Idaho Fair (August 18th to August 27th, noon to 11 p.m.)

Western Idaho Fair’s history dates back to 1897 and now more than 250,000 people attend the Western Idaho Fair to enjoy the entertainment, contests, food, concerts, livestock, and much more. Don't miss out on this annual event for the whole family! Click here for more

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