February 2020

Found 14 blog entries for February 2020.

Gorgeous exterior of a home.
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Here in Idaho, the home-selling season is quickly approaching, and if you're thinking about selling your home, there are some things you can do to improve its exterior appeal to potential buyers. Below are some suggestions to help your home go from drab to fab to maximize buyer interest in your property.

Green With Envy

Exterior of a house with a gorgeous yard.
Photo Credit: iStock.com/hikestersonI

As we mentioned in an earlier post, having a country club caliber lawn is the goal of a lot of homeowners. If you're looking to sell your home, you'll want to make sure your yard is in fantastic shape. Clean up leaves, pull weeds in the lawn and planter boxes, keep the lawn mowed, and well-watered. Brown spots in the yard can be a turn off to some

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YMCA St. Patricks Day Fun Run - Mom holding baby during race

YMCA St. Patrick's Day Run

March 14, 10 AM

Join the fun and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the healthy way; the Y way. All runs start at Julia Davis Park band shell. Sign up your family and friends today and bring your green, we will be looking for the top 5 best dressed Leprechauns or Green Runners so be creative.

Leprechaun Loop & 5K Course
5 Mile Course
5K & 5 Mile will begin at 10am
Leprechaun Loop Mile Run will begin at 9:30am

More St. Patrick's Day Events

  • St. Patty's Day Run: March 12, 4: 30 PM - 6 PM
  • Butte in Boise - A St. Patrick's Day Celebration: March 13, 5 PM - 10 PM
  • Boise GOLD St. Patty's Day Party 2020: March 13, 7 PM
  • Lucky's St. Patrick's Day Crawl: March 14, 4 PM
  • Uptown Chiefs
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 Nighttime view of downtown Boise from the Train DepotPhoto Credit: iStock.com/Joecho-16

A recent study, discovered on Realtor.com, shows wealthy home buyers are looking for homes away from more widely-known affluent and glamorous areas. Forget about Los Angeles, New York, or even Miami. Boise finds itself on a list that shows it as the top location for housing interest from the nation's richest 1%. The City of Trees is “a budding metropolis for affordable luxury,” according to the report. 

Remarks included with the report stated, “The surprise has been the expansion of the affluent sector into mid-sized markets.” It continued, “Part of this is due to wealth migration from higher-tax states to lower-tax states.”

The Boise area has seen a busy real estate market the past several years with droves of

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Neatly manicured lawn
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The spring thaw brings excitement and joy to many people. The cold winter months are leaving, and now we can look forward to using our yards for recreation. I don't know about you, but as a homeowner, one of the simple pleasures I have is mowing my lawn. And like many homeowners, I strive to have the best yard in my neighborhood. Having lush, green grass along with healthy trees, plants, and flowers is my goal every year. 

 Fertilizing a lawn
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Fertilizing Your Lawn

Lawns need to be fed to thrive. In colder, dry climates, as we have here in Idaho, it's good to fertilize lawns three to five times each season. In the early spring, a good fertilizer with crabgrass/weed prevention is a good start. Then

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Ask a Realtor Graphic

When buying (or selling) a home, it's a good idea to have a home inspection done to make sure there aren't any costly surprises lurking in the house. Most buyers require a home inspection and can make the sale contingent upon the findings. At its core, a home inspection is a protection that prevents new homeowners from uncovering a problem with the house that will need fixing or replaced. 

Every state has different requirements for home inspectors, and Idaho doesn't require home inspectors to have any formal training or certifications. As a result, using an inspection company that is a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors can provide peace of mind about the professionalism of the home inspector. You can also rely on referrals from

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Treasure Valley Real Estate Market Update
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The first month of the new decade is in our rearview mirror, and the Intermountain MLS has released the home sales data for January. Not surprisingly, home prices continue to rise in both counties, and inventory continues to be tight as we march toward the spring buying season. Opportunities are there for sellers looking to capitalize on the continued growth of home prices.

Ada County

Ada County saw the median home price settle in at $363,000, a nearly 15% increase year-over-year, and up $13,000 from the previous month. The county saw 719 homes sold, a 21.5% increase year-over-year. Ada County has about 1,115 homes for sale, which is down nearly 20% year over year, equating to about 1.5 months of supply. This

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Uncle Sam wants his share

If you're a homeowner here in the Treasure Valley, you've probably noticed that your property taxes are on the rise. The fees are going up due to home values rising and assessed levies for new schools. One of the easiest ways to save money on your property taxes is to file a Homeowner's Exemption with the county assessor's office. 

A Homeowner's Exemption reduces the property's taxable value 50% or up to $100,000, whichever is less. The exemption can only be applied to a single residence and up to one acre of land. Commercial property doesn’t qualify. 

To get the exemption, you'll have to apply, and it will remain in effect for as long as you own the home and use it as your primary dwelling.

You do have to apply by April 14th; otherwise, it

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Fall In Love With a New Home Design

Ready to fall in love with a new home or new design trend? The Annual Boise Spring Parade of Homes is coming April 25th through May 10th, 2020. Put on by the Building Contractors Association of Southwestern Idaho, the three-week-long event allows people to tour some of the area's best new homes while exploring their communities. Many of the builders spare no expense and pay attention to the most minute details in their contributions. Their goal is to not only showcase their amazing homes to potential homebuyers but to win awards from a variety of categories. Recognition from their peers is as important as presenting a quality home.

The Boise Spring Parade of Homes allows people to visit up to 40 different custom homes. Additionally, visitors will

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Idaho Foodbank Montage Image

The Treasure Valley is home to many fantastic causes. The Mike Brown Group enjoys serving organizations that help foster the community in which we reside. Recently, members of the Mike Brown Group volunteered at the Idaho Foodbank, which provides food assistance to residents of the community who need it. The Foodbank doesn’t have any requirements or income qualifications to use the free food assistance services it provides. No questions asked to take advantage of their services.

Mike Brown Group at The Idaho Food Bank

At the Idaho Foodbank, the team put together backpacks and other boxes of donated food items to be distributed via the Foodbank’s many distribution partners. Their partners include churches, pantries, and other community organizations. Some of the organizations, like

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