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The Smart Home
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Do you remember visiting Disneyland and exploring Tomorrowland, seeing the new technological fads that would be in the homes of tomorrow? Even back then, it was evident technology was going to play an active role in our lives now and in the future.

Today, we know technology has dramatically impacted our lives. As technology advances, we’re starting to see it be more prevalent in today’s homes, much like we did in the “Homes of Tomorrow” at Disneyland. Smart devices allow us to automate home processes and make our abodes more livable. The devices will enable us to connect to a central hub, which in turn will allow us to control a variety of things within the home. So, what smart technologies can be used in the house

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 Movement Mortgage Frontline Heroes Program

Movement Mortgage, a preferred lender partner of The Mike Brown Group, has launched its "Frontline Heroes" program, which helps move our heroes. If you're a healthcare professional, a firefighter, paramedic, or a member of law enforcement, you can save up to $2,500 off your loan costs with Movement Mortgage. 

With rates at near-record lows, now's a great time to find the home of your dreams. Even if you're not working in one of the professions listed above, Movement has a variety of loan options to fit just about any budget. And active and former military can take advantage of special loan programs as well.

Movement provides all applicants their exclusive 6-7-1 loan process, which is unique in the industry. First, your application is sent to an

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Home prices continue to rise in Idaho
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The Coronavirus pandemic has disrupted certain parts of the American economy. Real estate transactions nationally have slowed due to the outbreak, and as a result, housing prices have decreased. According to a recent article by Moneywise, that’s not the case in Idaho. The converse is true.

“How’s the market doing in Idaho? It’s hot, according to Zillow,” says Doug Whiteman, the Editor-In-Chief at Moneywise and the article’s author. Home values have been steadily rising in Idaho and have seen double-digit price increases from a year ago at this time. Values are expected to slow, given the pandemic. However, Idaho is still likely to be a top real estate market, considering how limited housing supplies are and how

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Idaho Number One for Inbound Moves

North American Moving Services released its migration study for 2019, and it confirms what we saw earlier this year from two other top moving companies: Idaho is the top state in the nation for inbound moves.

According to the study, “Idaho tops the charts most years for the highest percentage of inbound moves. It had ranked first every year since 2015 except for 2017 when it was ousted by Arizona.” The study shows that 69% of all of its inbound moves were to Idaho, a large percentage. However, Arizona has been a consistent second-place finisher to Idaho with its number of inbound moves, only unseating the Gem state from its first-place perch in 2017.

The study also showed that the majority of outbound moves from western states were from

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10 Trends Seen in the Boise Parade of Homes


The Boise Parade of Homes for Spring 2020 is happening now, and every home offers some unique design perspectives and floorplans. However, there are some design ideas that are seen in more than just a couple of the houses, perhaps hinting at something positioned to be more mainstream.

Let’s explore some of the design ideas seen in this year’s Parade of Homes and see if there are opportunities for you to incorporate them into your abode.

Smart Homes

Many of this year’s Parade of Homes participants feature varying degrees of smart home functionality. Some of the smart home technology included smart thermostats, lighting, appliances, and even a smart kitchen faucet. Biltmore’s Coronado featured such a faucet, shown above: “Alexa, tell

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Boise Parade of Homes

Over the weekend, one of the most anticipated events of the spring kicked off: The Spring Boise Parade of Homes. Unlike years past, where homes could be toured personally, this year’s event is entirely virtual. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all of the participating houses will feature virtual tours, video, and lots of photography, allowing people to “visit” the properties from the comfort of their own home and at their convenience.

The Mike Brown Group is pleased to represent four builders who have entered homes into this year’s Spring Parade of Homes. The builders include Asbury Homes, Biltmore Co., Ninety Degree Construction, and Todd Campbell Custom Homes.

Let’s introduce you to the four homes beginning in the Bridgetower West community.

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In commemoration of Earth Day this week, we’ve dedicated our blog to provide tips and advice for going green. Earlier this week we examined six simple things you can do to go green and we looked at larger home improvement projects you can do to help go green.

Today, we’re featuring a list of 53 things you can do to go green. While not an exhaustive list, it does provide a lot of great information and ideas to help you be more aware of your carbon footprint. 

  1. Adjust your Thermostat – set it warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter to reduce resource consumption and reduce your utility bills.
  2. Set schedules for your thermostat – if you’re using a thermostat that allows it, you can create schedules for when your system runs. For
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Celebrating Earth Day, we’ve decided to go “green” this week with our blog posts discussing things you can do to your house to be more energy-efficient and environmentally responsible.

This post is the second installment of this week’s “green-themed” posts. Our first post provided six simple things you could do to be more energy efficient around your home. Today, we’re going to look at some larger projects that you can do to do your part for the environment.

Solar Panels

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Solar panels are probably going to be the most expensive upgrade to your home, but they will provide value for years to come. Today’s solar panels have gotten a lot more aesthetically pleasing and can conform to the design of most

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Green Week and Real Estate

Celebrating Earth Day, we’ve decided to go “green” this week with our blog posts discussing things you can do to your house to be more energy-efficient and environmentally responsible.

Today, we’re going to discuss six simple and relatively inexpensive things you can do that can have a pretty dramatic effect on your home’s resource consumption. Consequently, you will wind up seeing savings on your monthly utility bills and doing your part for the environment.

Clean Your Refrigerator

We’re not talking about the inside of your refrigerator; we’re talking about the coils underneath that are accessible generally through a vent or a piece of cardboard. Just about any home improvement store carries a unique and inexpensive brush (it’s long and

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Ask a Realtor

When buying a home, it’s frequently a good idea to request a home warranty to be part of the sale, especially if the house is older. A home warranty is a service contract that guarantees specific components and systems of the home. These can include the HVAC system, appliances, plumbing, and more. Home warranties can cover the cost of repair or replacement of items included as part of the warranty coverage. Please note that these types of warranties are different than the warranties that are provided by builders of newly constructed homes.

Now imagine having an oven that doesn’t heat, or the air conditioner breaks down in the middle of the summer. A home warranty can generally protect against those types of events.

A home warranty provides peace

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