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Buy Boise real estate with a pro with the tips and guidance provided on Mike Brown Group's blog. We help buyers connect with the best properties, navigate the home buying process with ease and make purchasing savvy choices. The experts at the Mike Brown Group are dedicated to making your next Boise home purchase a complete success!

You can also learn more about purchasing Treasure Valley homes in the Buying section of our website!

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The U.S. has weathered The Great Recession and emerged victoriously. Americans are resilient and now it's paying off in a big way. Although the 2007-2010 housing market is characterized by deflated home values, an era of short sales and bank foreclosures, and negative equity, those who remained in their homes are now reaping the benefits of staying the course.

This month Realtor.com reported that total home sales next year are anticipated to reach the highest numbers since 2006. Sales of existing and new homes are also expected to reach 6 million for the first time since 2006. The pace of growth of existing home sales and prices is presumed to hold steady but remain strong overall. New home sales are foreseen to increase by 16

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Do you know the difference between a Craftsman home and a Contemporary? Does the term, Midcentury Modern baffle you? If you’re unsure of the exact style of your home or are interested in the history of US urban development, you’ll probably want to familiarize yourself with the top 8 home exterior styles and what defines them.

Midcentury Modern

Midcentury Modern architecture was most popular from 1945 to 1965. Midcentury Modern is a term used toward architectural, interior, and graphic design that loosely describes mid-20th-century developments. The architecture is defined by open space, flat planes and an abundance of large glass windows and was brought on by new materials from WWII. Steel and plywood created forward thinking about living

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New research shows Millennials (those born between 1980-2000) are starting businesses in unprecedented numbers, with over a quarter of the demographic reporting as self-employed. Boise is highly desirable for Millennials and is quickly becoming a hotspot for science and technology startups because of its big city resources yet small-town feel. FastCompany.com recently released a report of the top 10 cities for millennial entrepreneurs, ranking Boise as the second best place to live for Millennial Entrepreneurs.

 Local Startup Services and Assistance

Idaho recognizes creating the right environment for startups is integral to the state’s economic viability. In 2012, the Idaho Global Entrepreneurship Mission (IGEM) Initiative was

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Anderson Reservoir - Mountain Home, Idaho

1. Outstanding Fishing

When you are coming to Mountain Home Air Force Base bring the fishing poles. There are many wonderful reservoirs to fish including Anderson Ranch, CJ Strike, South Fork and Little Camas. If you want to try fly fishing head to the South Fork of the Boise River just below Anderson Dam.

2. Whitewater Rafting and Paddle boating

Enjoy a whitewater rafting and paddleboating on many parts of the Snake River. One of the best spots is from Danskin Bridge to Anderson Ranch Dam. In fact, this stretch is just perfect for an overnight camping trip. Idaho offers the most miles of whitewater rafting of any state in the lower 48.

3. Hunting

This area is known as one of the meccas of Idaho for hunting. Many take large elk, deer,

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boise luxury real estate

If you are in a position to buy a luxury home in Boise, Idaho, then there are several tips that you will want to keep in mind:

Tip #1 Don't Rely on the Internet

While most house hunters start by searching the Internet, that's not the best place to find luxurious homes. The reason behind this is that many of the homes are not listed there for security reasons. 

Tip #2 Get Your Finances in Order

If you don't plan on paying cash for your home, then make sure to get pre-approved for a loan early. Since most people at this level have multiple sources of income, it can take longer to get a loan approved. 

Tip #3 Get a Home Inspection 

Nowhere is it more important to get a home inspection than when buying a luxury home. Taking this simple

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boise home owners fees

 

The web is full of horror stories about Homeowner’s Associations (HOA). The truth is, as in many cases, the HOAs that make the news are the ones that have been sensationalized. Investopedia says that an HOA is a subdivision or condominium within a community. This includes commercial property within a given area. The group elects leaders that pass and enforce rules that everyone is legally obliged to follow. Keep reading to learn what is a homeowner’s association and why should you care.

The Fees

Homeowners agree to pay fees to live within the area. Generally, these fees are used for upkeep of common areas such as swimming pools or elevators. When unexpected repairs are needed in places that everyone may use, then the HOA assesses special

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If you live in California, chances are you’ve grown accustomed to brown, crunchy lawns, taking two minute showers and missing out on all the joys of having water available whenever and wherever you want to use it during the four-year drought. If you’re ready to rediscover the joy that comes with plenty of water, leaving California’s drought behind is an option. When you choose Boise, Idaho for that option, you’ll be able to enjoy all the water you want, without worrying about restrictions, bans and shortages.

Embrace the Lakes

If you love swimming, fishing and boating, the drastically lowered water levels of California lakes have likely forced you to give up those hobbies you love. Boise is home to numerous parks and recreation areas where the

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You’ve finally discovered that one home that has everything you want: a great location in Boise, plenty of space, the perfect backyard and everything else you want in a house for you and your family. While you may want to jump right in with your offer and get the process completed as quickly as possible, you need to understand just how important those timelines included in the real estate contract really are.

Submitting Your Offer

When you decide to submit your offer, you will actually be including much more than just how much you want to pay for the home. You will also have to include contingencies, which can include a variety of conditions that may have an effect on your buying the home. You should also be prepared for the seller to add his or

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Have you thought about investing in real estate? The real estate market across the country, including Boise, is growing stronger each quarter. Boise also happens to be a popular city with plenty to offer those who want to call it home, including employment opportunities, a strong environment for startup businesses, and a safe place to raise a family. Because of the area’s popularity, it should not be difficult to rent out the investment property. However, you do need to consider a few things before you make your investment.

Can You Handle the Expense and the Time Commitment?

Do you have the money to invest in a property and make sure it is rentable in a short time? The cost of buying a property is only part of the expense. You also

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The process of buying a new home can be both exciting and intimidating for most people. Many who are buying their first home do not really know or understand the etiquette of buying, and this can actually cost them when it comes to negotiations and buying a property. Yet, there certainly are some unwritten etiquette rules when it comes to buying homes, and we’ll be covering those in this article, so you know a bit more about what’s expected of you during the process.

Be Honest

When you are shopping for a home, you need to be honest with your real estate agent about what type of home you want, the features you need, and the amount you can actually afford. If you don’t yet know how much you are qualified to borrow, it is in your best interest to find

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