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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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If you’ve lived in your home for several years, chances are you’ve accumulated a ton of stuff. From photos to drawings, favorite toys and a wealth of other things related to you and your family, your house is filled with personal items. While you love all those things, if you are trying to sell your home, they become unnecessary clutter that could play a role in how long the house stays on the market.

Clutter Detracts from Your Home

The things you accumulate while living in a home may have value to you, but when trying to sell, they can actually detract from your home and the final sale price. When the home is filled with items, it gives the appearance that it is smaller, which is the exact opposite of what you want when selling. Your goal is to

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The holidays don’t have to be stressful. If you implement a few organizational strategies for the upcoming holiday season, you won’t feel overwhelmed or rushed. Try a few of these suggestions to make the holidays a little more manageable:

Time saving tips

Create a Christmas gift list for your family, friends, and co-workers. Make sure the list includes the gift recipient, their age, your projected budget for the gift, and the actual cost. Keep the list in a binder and you’ll simply update some of the information for the following year. Turn the list into a digital file to make things even easier for next year.

Do you always scramble to locate addresses for your friends and family or do you spend hours cutting and pasting from your contact

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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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boise home staging

According to the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) 2015 Profile of Home Staging, there are many great reasons that sellers need to stage a home to sell. In fact, 49 percent of realtors said they believe that taking this action always has a positive effect on selling while 47 percent believe it sometimes has a positive effect.

Easier to View It as Their Home

The National Association of Realtors surveyed 49,104 Realtors asking them the importance of staging a home. Of the 2,373 people who responded 31 percent of agents representing buyers said that when sellers took this step, it was easier for other people to visualize it as their own. According to About Home, many buyers buy on emotions, and not on logic. When people start seeing the

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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 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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