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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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 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.


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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selling boise real estate

Fall officially begins on September 23rd, but that doesn’t mean the selling season is over. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Boise homebuyers these days aren’t always timing a new home purchase around the beginning of the school year, because it’s not a top concern for the majority of buyers.

There are many first-time Boise buyers looking throughout the entire year, not just seasonally. Additionally, baby boomers preparing for retirement are always on the lookout for the perfect property, as are millennial buyers and those experiencing job relocation.   

Here Are a Few Home Staging Tips for the Fall:

Enhance Your Curb Appeal

  • Plant beautiful fall colors for amazing curb appeal. Chrysanthemums (or mums) are available in vibrant reds, oranges
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treasure valley, id 

Photo courtesy of The Idaho Statesman

It’s no secret the Treasure Valley boasts stellar amenities. From pocket boutique retail stores to tantalizing restaurants to parks built just for canines, we have it all. Over 22,000 locals participated in the Idaho Statesman's annual Best of Treasure Valley 2015 survey, with the primary objective to identify the best of the best in our area. You probably aren’t surprised The Village at Meridian ranked #1 for the best place to impress out-of-towners. You might already have guessed Chandlers Steakhouse boasts the best steak and Bodovino offers the best wine list, but the Statesman’s comprehensive list holds a few surprises you might not want to overlook. Are you ready to explore your community?

Check out a few

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The Mike Brown Group is excited to announce the Title One Golf Charity event held on August 28th raised over thirty thousand dollars for the Boys and Girls Club. Thank you to everyone who participated in the event. 

title one golf charity event



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If spending time on the green is your idea of the best day ever, Boise, Idaho is certain to be your new favorite place to call home. With a wealth of options, including 18 different courses that are within 18 miles, Boise is a golfer’s paradise.

Golf Course Living

There is a special way of living that golfers, those who love watching people have a good time and people who appreciate vibrant green grass can all appreciate equally – golf course living. These gorgeous communities are located along or around golf courses, providing spectacular views and outstanding amenities for the entire family.

When it comes to golf course living in Boise, Idaho, there are plenty of options, both within the city and right nearby. This provides a unique way

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If you want to increase the chances of your home selling quickly, you need to take advantage of the psychology of color. While many don’t feel the periwinkle exterior they love will have an effect on a potential buyer, the reality is that it will – in a big way. There has been plenty of study into how specific colors affect people, and the results just might surprise you. Keep reading to find out how your color choices will affect potential buyers, and how you can incorporate color insights in a way that will help your home sell faster.

Exterior Matters

Curb appeal plays a major role in the overall feelings a potential buyer has about the space – after all, this is the first impression you get to make with the home. It might surprise some sellers

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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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When it comes to choosing a place to live, many factors go into making your choice. If you are trying to find the perfect location in Idaho, Eagle is sure to jump right to the top of your list. From its stunning location in the Boise foothills to its close proximity to downtown Boise, Eagle, Idaho has everything you might be looking for in a new place to live.

A Small Town Feel

While Eagle was listed on MSN’s Richest Towns in America list, that just doesn’t do justice to this gorgeous setting that feels more like small town living. The friendly neighborhoods, including Eagle Hills, which is located right along the beautiful Eagle Hills Golf Course only minutes from downtown Eagle, provide residents with the close-knit feel that shows what small

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When it comes to selling your home, you already know that there are certain areas that you have to work on to help boost the sale price. Before you ever list the home, you have to make necessary repairs to ensure buyers aren’t put off by potential problems after they move in, and handle any other minor cosmetic fixes. However, there are a number of small things you can do to your home that will have a major payoff by boosting the final sale price.

Create a Room

If you have a home that has a den or even a formal dining room, but only has two bedrooms, you can up the value of your space by creating a new room. Many homebuyers appreciate additional bedrooms over a den or dining room. Change the décor in these spaces into that of a bedroom and increase

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