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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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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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When someone has been searching for the best property to buy and he or she has finally discovered what they feel is the perfect home, it is time to make an offer.  When the time comes to make the offer though, the potential buyers need to know what components actually make up a good offer. They need to have one that the sellers and their agent are most likely to accept. Those who are buying a home need to know what they should offer, and those who are selling the home need to know what actually constitutes a good offer.

Let’s look at the different factors that come into play.

The Price

With the price, there is quite a conundrum. The buyers want the lowest possible price, and the sellers want the highest possible price. To make the deal good, the

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If you are getting ready to sell or buy a new home, then you might be wondering just how and where real estate agents figure out how much a property is worth. They don’t come up with the number from out of thin air, naturally. In fact, quite a few different factors will ultimately determine just how much a home is worth. Depending on the type of property and the location of the home, a number of things can cause the value of the property to be higher or lower than you might expect. Let’s look at some of the things that the agent will use when trying to come up with an accurate value for pricing a home.

Look to the Past

One of the first things the agents will do is look at the prices of homes in the area, as well as the price of homes that recently

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Advice for Buying a Historic Home

Have you always gravitated toward the classic and the historic more than the modern? If you have, then there’s a chance that you might prefer buying and living in a historic home rather than buying a brand new property. If you are thinking about buying one of these properties that have some type of historic value, then you need to realize that there is quite a bit of a difference. Here are some tips that will ensure you make the best decisions when you are buying the property.

Do Your Research

First, you always need to research the home before you buy. This is a smart move with all properties, and it really is essential with historic homes. You can often find quite a bit of information on these homes in places such

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Homeowners associations are organizations (usually non-profit) that are created (usually by a real estate developer) for the purpose of operating a residential community. The developer has legal and financial responsibility within the HOA. When he’s sold a pre-determined quota of lots, he may transfer ownership of the HOA to the development’s homeowners. Most HOAs are incorporated and subject to state law.

HOAs can be a blessing or a curse, depending on your perspective as a homeowner. It’s not unheard of for HOA boards to overstep their authority, and if this happens, you need to be aware of your rights.

What Do HOAs Do?

When you buy into a development, you automatically become a member of the HOA. The HOA board’s main function is to

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