Mike Brown Group's Real Estate Blog

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At The Mike Brown Group, we like to think we’re more than just REALTORS®. While we have over 200 years of collective real estate knowledge, we also live in the communities we serve. From Meridian, to Boise, to Eagle, and all other cities in the area, we know Idaho. As residents of this amazing state, and the Treasure Valley, we believe in contributing to the growth and continued prosperity of the region by donating our time and resources to causes that help foster our community. 

Each month, The Mike Brown Group will be highlighting local organizations who embody the Idaho spirit, making our community a fantastic place to live. We want to help connect those in need while providing information for those who are wanting to get involved with

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The OAG, formerly known as The Official Aviation Guide, has released its Punctuality League 2020 report where it ranks airlines and airports globally for on-time performance. Airports are classified in the report based on the number of seats on outbound flights (departing scheduled seats). The full report (pdf) goes into greater detail as to how the rankings were determined and the data that was used for measurement.  

Boise, for now, is considered a small airport servicing between 2.5 Million and 5 Million outbound seats annually. Out of around 503 commercial airports in the U.S., Boise Airport ranked number one in the United States among small airports and was number six in the world. Globally, there are only 17,678 or so commercial airports, so

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Moving Boxes indicating a move to Idaho

United Van Lines and Atlas Van Lines, two of the country’s largest moving companies, recently released state-to-state migration pattern studies showing which states had the most inbound and outbound moves involving their customers. Both studies showed a common theme and one that shouldn’t be surprising to current Idaho residents: Idaho was the #1 state with the highest percentage of inbound moves.

The United Van Lines study showed “Idaho saw the highest percentage of Inbound migration among states experiencing more than 250 moves with United Van Lines: 67.4%.” Two-thirds of the moves involving Idaho, were people relocating to the state. Additionally, the study looked at the ages and reasons for people moving to the Gem State. 72% of the people

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Couple holding hands outside a home with Idaho outline

Realtor.com recently released its 2019 Housing Market Report and it affirmed a lot of things Boise area residents already know: The Treasure Valley housing market is hot. In fact, Boise City (which includes the Treasure Valley) made the list as one of the top 10 fastest appreciating housing markets in 2019, seeing a 10.1% increase in sale prices year over year. The median price for a home in the area was $301,000.

“Driven by affordability, buyers flocked to lower-priced secondary markets and kept upward pressure on sales prices,” says the report. Additionally, only four of the top 100 markets saw double digit price increases, with the Treasure Valley area being part of that list.

In an earlier report, Realtor.com also indicated that the Treasure

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Crime Scene Tape

 In the last week, U.S. News & World Report released its Top 10 list of safest states and not surprisingly, Idaho ranked number five on the list. In fact, only two of the top ten states were in the west, with Wyoming coming in ninth. The balance of the top 10 safest states were on the east coast, with Maine being ranked number one in the country.

The public safety rankings were determined by looking at both violent crimes and property crimes in each state as measured by the FBI in 2017. Idaho has a low violent crime rank as well as a low property crime rank, which propels it to its number five position.

Taking a look at some of our neighbors and how they fared, Oregon is ranked 31st overall. The Golden State of California finds itself in the

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In what’s becoming a habit, the state of Idaho has once again found its way onto a Top 10 list trumpeting what residents already know: that Idaho is an amazing place to work and live. Idaho was recently revealed as being the number two ranked state for Best Economic Outlook.

Governor Brad Little tweeted, “we consistently rank as one of the top states for job growth, economic momentum, low unemployment, and personal income growth – and we’re now the least regulated state in the country!”

Idaho is no. 2 in the nation for best economic outlook! We consistently rank as one of the top states for job growth, economic momentum, low unemployment, and personal income growth – and we’re now the least regulated state in the country! #IDGov

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On Thursday, December 19th, The Mike Brown Group at Silvercreek Realty Group rolled out the red carpet and hosted a client appreciation event at the Regal Edwards Boise. Clients and guests of the Mike Brown Group were invited to attend one of five exclusive screenings of the new film, allowing attendees to see it before its public release on Friday, December 20th.

Additionally, guests were able to walk the red carpet and pose for photos with members of the 501st Legion as they entered the theater. Those photos can be viewed and downloaded from the Mike Brown Group Smug Mug Gallery.

Mike Brown, owner of the Mike Brown Group, says, “it’s been a fantastic year for us and we owe our success to our clients. This is a small token of our appreciation

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Chart showing year over year increase of home prices

The Intermountain Multiple Listing Service (IMLS) has released its monthly update for home sales in November 2019, which looks at both residential resales and new construction sales.

Home Sales Statistics

History has shown that the Treasure Valley of Idaho is one of the hottest real estate markets in the country. Even though there was a slight dip in sales last month, demand continues to be strong for housing in the area.

Let’s take a look at the numbers starting with Ada County.

Ada County saw a 13.5% decrease in total sales between November and October. While the numbers are down between months, looking at November last year, there were six additional sales this November than last. Additionally, the total active listings were 16 fewer

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Another week and another list that Boise, Idaho, has made its way onto as we head toward a new decade. This time, it’s made the Inc.com list of “Surge Cities”, which chronicles the Top 50 best U.S. cities for starting a business in 2020.

Boise landed at number five on the list bested only by Austin, Salt Lake City, Durham, and Denver. Great company to be among for sure.

Boise’s ranking was based on its population growth (#2), it’s job creation capabilities (#3), and its net business creation (#3). With hordes of people relocating to the area from other states, including California’s Silicon Valley, it’s not surprising to see it becoming a hub for tech and other startups.

As entrepreneurs are looking for locations that offer lower-priced

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