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Learn about real estate news and events in your Treasure Valley community with the Mike Brown Group's blog. We fill you in on exactly what's happening in the Bouse real estate community, always keeping you in the know!

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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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Summer is quickly approaching. The month of May is the perfect time to deep clean your home in preparation for the busyness that summer brings. Here are a few easy tips to get you started:

Blinds

Cleaning blinds can be one of the most time-consuming tasks of deep cleaning. Not everyone has a feather duster on hand. Make your own by simply wrapping two microfiber cloths over a pair of tongs and securing each end with a rubber band. Your blinds will be dust-free in no time with this homemade tool. If you don’t want to clean your blinds yourself, consider a local cleaning company that specializes in blinds like Window Wizard Window & Blind Cleaning. They’ll come to your house, remove your blinds, and take them to be cleaned within their mobile

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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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Idaho has been making headlines a lot lately – in a good way. Whenever a new list is released for the best places to live, work, or play in the U.S., an Idaho city makes the list. Last week, USAToday.com released its list of America’s 50 best cities to live in, and not surprisingly, Meridian, Idaho made the #1 spot.

USAToday.com weighed many aspects when determining the best places to live, including the quality of schools, how healthy the local job market is, the safety of the community, the culture of the city, housing affordability and even the climate. Each city had to have populations over 65,000 or more to qualify and data was retrieved from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Interestingly, the most desirable cities on the list had an

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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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idaho attractions

There are so many amazing places in Idaho you must visit it is nearly impossible to pick just a few. From a waterfall higher than Niagara Falls to the deepest canyon in the world, those that enjoy natural beauty can never get enough of Idaho. Here are some amazing places in Idaho that you must visit.

Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area

Set aside by Congress, this 48,000 square acre area is dedicated to protecting birds of prey. From January to late June over 16 different nesting species visit the area to hatch their young. Additionally, over 700 pairs of raptors raise their young in the incredible beauty of this park.

Hell’s Canyon

While Idaho has more whitewater rafting locations than any state in the

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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 dog parks

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.

Parks

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

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