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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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As a homeowner, you may have recently received your property tax assessment in the mail. This past week, Ada County Public Information Officer Kate McGwire released a statement regarding assessment notices saying, “It is no surprise Ada County is one of the fastest growing areas in the nation. Those of us lucky enough to call Ada County home are experiencing the greatest market appreciation since the end of the Great Recession. Median value increases for many neighborhoods are in the double-digits this year. With this upward trend in values comes understandable concern about its effect on property taxes. It is a common misconception that property tax burdens change directly in proportion to property values. Idaho’s property tax system is

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Nothing says bright, fresh, and clean in a home like the color white. White is arguably the most versatile of paint colors. No matter the design style, from classic and cozy to clean and contemporary, this versatile neutral works well in a variety of color schemes. Decorating your home in an all-white interior gives you the ability to change your decor at a whim – by simply adding texture and pops of color.

White is timeless and can be used as an anchor within your home and it's the most reflective of all colors - containing all of the wavelengths of the visible spectrum. When light is filtered throughout your white walls (such as bouncing light coming from windows), wavelengths are being reflected and none of them are absorbed, creating

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This year, the workmanship of 39 builders on 40 unique homes will be showcased during the Spring Parade of Homes; an annual event held by the Building Contractors Association of Southwestern Idaho that begins April 28th through May 13th. Some of the best homes and home designs in the Treasure Valley will be on display at this free event that is open to the general public.

The Mike Brown Group is proud to represent three premier Treasure Valley builders, Biltmore Co., Belveal Construction, and Ninety Degree Construction. These award-winning builders are raising the bar on what current and future homeowners can expect in new construction year-after-year.

Heather Echevarria, the 2018 Parade of Homes Committee Chair says, “The Parade of Homes has

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An exciting new development will soon be underway in Eagle, Idaho! Dry Creek Ranch will break ground in the summer of 2018. There are many wonderful features planned for the community, but the beautiful area and its closeness to nature are definitely the highlights. Set among acres of preserved foothills and meadows, nestled just north of the city of Eagle, Dry Creek Ranch is a very strategically planned community that will recognize the importance and beauty of the nature that surrounds it. It’s a neighborhood that will have strong ties to the land, including community gardens, large lots ready for your horses, access to miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking, and an overall escape from the day-to-day busy life.

Dry Creek Ranch is a

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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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