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Renting vs Buying - The Mike Brown Group REALTORS®

People are often perplexed when trying to decide between renting and buying a house. There is no question that the American dream is to buy a great home in a great area for a great price. Several studies have shown that home ownership not only adds value to communities, but it has positive effects on children and even increases voter participation rates.

Over two thirds of American households own their home. These people know the financial benefits of owning property. Not only do you accumulate home equity, but you will have the pride of owning your own home. So what are some of the best reasons to buy a property instead of renting?

You have to remember that when renting a property you are paying off someone else’s mortgage loan. Instead of putting

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The Attraction of Boise Real Estate - The Mike Brown Group

If you are interested in Boise real estate, you need to know more about the area and why so many people are attracted to it. Boise has a perfect combination of small-town living mixed with the access of a big city.

People who live in Boise are accustomed to living in a safe place around lots of friendly people. There are all kinds of different businesses in Boise ranging from small mom-and-pop shops to large industries. From agriculture to high tech, Boise has something for everyone. In fact, the city is home to campuses of companies such as Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard.

With historic sites to see and abundant nightlife, Boise really offers a lot to potential home buyers. You can take in a movie at our local multiplex or grab a meal at the popular

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Are Home Loan Modifications a Temporary Fix? - The Mike Brown Group Blog

With more home sellers having problems making their monthly mortgage obligations, the idea of doing a loan modification has become pretty tempting. However, some new statistics released from Moody’s Investors Service are leading some people to believe that loan modifications are only a temporary fix to a long-term problem.

The new statistics released showed that most sellers are only delaying the eventual foreclosure or short sale of their home. According to the report issued in February, Moody’s found that modified loans were three times as likely to go into default over the next 12 months when compared to a non-modified loan that was current.

The agency looked at 2 million loans backing residential mortgage-backed securities pools securitized after

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Selling Your Boise Home - The Mike Brown Group Blog

Before you set out to try to sell your own house, you need to understand the basics of the home selling process. So many homeowners make the mistake of attempting the “for sale by owner” strategy without understanding how the process works. Even though it can be tempting to save the commission, research has shown that homes sell quicker and for more money with the assistance of a professional real estate agent.

Here are some tips and tricks to remember if you decide to handle the home selling process by yourself:

Pricing: It is critical to price your home effectively at the very beginning. You don’t want to be too high or too low. The best way to do this is to compare your home to comparable properties within your local marketplace. You want to do a

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If you have been searching for the ideal place to make your home, then you are going to love everything that the Brookdale Meadows community has to offer. Located in West Boise, the area has a host of great things going for it, as you will soon see.


A Perfect Location


One of the best things about the community is the location. When you are living at Brookdale Meadows, you are going to be just a few minutes from Meridian, as well as Downtown Boise. The town of Eagle is only 5 miles away, and is a high-end community with great shops. Eagle Road is just a mile away, and connects you with some great places to shop and dine in the area. No matter what you might need, from the basics for the house to groceries and the bank, you are only going to

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Eagle, Idaho is a lovely little community located in the Boise Valley, and it could be a perfect place for you and your family to buy a home. Some of the great things about the town of Eagle are that it has just about everything that you need, and it retains that small town feel even though it is not too far from Boise. The area is home to retail stores, a hospital, banks, and more. Eagle is a high-end community that really offers it all, and is an affable place you would be proud to call home.


Of course, while the town of Eagle is great, you are going to find even more to love in the cozy community of EagleCreek. It really is an ideal place to raise a family and get to know the neighbors. The charming community has plenty to offer every member of

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Located only a couple of miles from the town of Eagle, Idaho, Bella Terra is one of the most beautiful and luxurious places to live in the area. Eagle is popular for being a high-end area, so it makes sense that there are going to be nice homes in the vicinity. The wonderful community of Bella Terra is not going to disappoint those who are looking for a home and a location that has tons of great things to offer. This is going to be an ideal place for the entire family.


What Makes Bella Terra the Place to Be?


Bella Terra is on Linder Road. You will find it between Floating Feather Road and Beacon Light Road, and from the moment you arrive at Bella Terra, you will see that it is a special place. The entrance to the community is akin to entering

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A home is one of the largest purchases that you are ever going to make in your life, and it is important to make sure that you are buying a home that you are truly going to love. One of the great things about the new construction homes cropping up in Boise, Idaho is the fact that buyers are going to have plenty of choices that will fit their budget. Whether you are on the hunt for a large luxury home, or you want to find a home that’s the perfect fit for your growing family, Boise is the place to find it. With new construction homes and communities, you have the added advantage of having something that is going to be brand new.


Finding the Right Community


When you are looking for a quality new construction home, one of the first things that

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Located just a short way off of Eagle Road is Alpine Village, formerly Milford Creek. This subdivision of homes has a great location that helps to make it a great spot for those who are coming to look for the perfect place to call home. It is possible to find some gorgeous, high-end condominiums that are going to be ideal for small families, a couple, or a single person who wants to buy a great starter property. No matter what you need, whether it's a single family home or a condominium, or even lots of land on which to build, there is a good chance that you will be able to find a great property at Alpine Village.


Why is Location Important?


The location of Alpine Village is one of the reasons that it is such a popular place, and why it might

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