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Top 500 Brokerages of 2020 RealTrends

RealTrends, the leading and undisputed firm for ranking the performance of the top residential real estate brokerage companies, has released its 33rd annual Top 500 list of brokerages in the U.S. 

The Mike Brown Group of Silvercreek Realty Group is excited to announce that our brokerage, Silvercreek Realty Group, ranked 45th in the nation for total deals, having 10,800 transactions. The brokerage also ranked 52nd in the country for total dollar volume, with $3.4 Billion in closed business.

"We're excited to be a part of the brokerage's accomplishment and look forward to many more years of success. Our sincerest congratulations to Aaron Doughty, Krista Deacon, and the rest of the Silvercreek team,” says Mike Brown, Owner of the Mike Brown

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Rainbow over the city of Boise, Id
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Many pundits are pointing to a recession from the shock of the coronavirus pandemic. However, a recent study by SmartAsset shows that Idahoans can take solace, knowing that we may not be as affected as some other areas in the country.

The recent study looked at the most recession-resistant cities for 2020. The company examined nine metrics across three overarching categories: employment, housing, and social assistance, as they pertained to the largest 264 metropolitan areas in the U.S.

The employment category takes into account the current unemployment rate, change in the unemployment rate during the Great Recession from 2007 through 2010, and the current labor force participation rate. The housing

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Baker's Hands Clapping Together
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"I have struggled in my past with law issues and social anxiety," says Kellen Warner, one of the students at Life's Kitchen in Boise. "I'm in this program to prepare myself for better life opportunities," he says.

Life's Kitchen is a 16-week program where trainees learn a range of employable skills, helping them be more productive contributors to society. "Life's Kitchen strengthens our community by providing youth a career," says Tammy Johnson, Executive Director of Life's Kitchen. The organization provides food service-related training to young adults between the ages of 16 and 20 who face life challenges, which could inhibit their success. Also, Life's Kitchen teaches life skills and has classes on

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Gorgeous exterior of a home.
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Here in Idaho, the home-selling season is quickly approaching, and if you're thinking about selling your home, there are some things you can do to improve its exterior appeal to potential buyers. Below are some suggestions to help your home go from drab to fab to maximize buyer interest in your property.

Green With Envy

Exterior of a house with a gorgeous yard.
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As we mentioned in an earlier post, having a country club caliber lawn is the goal of a lot of homeowners. If you're looking to sell your home, you'll want to make sure your yard is in fantastic shape. Clean up leaves, pull weeds in the lawn and planter boxes, keep the lawn mowed, and well-watered. Brown spots in the yard can be a turn off to some

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ST. PATRICK'S DAY

YMCA St. Patricks Day Fun Run - Mom holding baby during race

YMCA St. Patrick's Day Run

March 14, 10 AM

Join the fun and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the healthy way; the Y way. All runs start at Julia Davis Park band shell. Sign up your family and friends today and bring your green, we will be looking for the top 5 best dressed Leprechauns or Green Runners so be creative.

Courses:
Leprechaun Loop & 5K Course
5 Mile Course
5K & 5 Mile will begin at 10am
Leprechaun Loop Mile Run will begin at 9:30am

More St. Patrick's Day Events

  • St. Patty's Day Run: March 12, 4: 30 PM - 6 PM
  • Butte in Boise - A St. Patrick's Day Celebration: March 13, 5 PM - 10 PM
  • Boise GOLD St. Patty's Day Party 2020: March 13, 7 PM
  • Lucky's St. Patrick's Day Crawl: March 14, 4 PM
  • Uptown Chiefs
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Treasure Valley Real Estate Market Update
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The first month of the new decade is in our rearview mirror, and the Intermountain MLS has released the home sales data for January. Not surprisingly, home prices continue to rise in both counties, and inventory continues to be tight as we march toward the spring buying season. Opportunities are there for sellers looking to capitalize on the continued growth of home prices.

Ada County

Ada County saw the median home price settle in at $363,000, a nearly 15% increase year-over-year, and up $13,000 from the previous month. The county saw 719 homes sold, a 21.5% increase year-over-year. Ada County has about 1,115 homes for sale, which is down nearly 20% year over year, equating to about 1.5 months of supply. This

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Fall In Love With a New Home Design

Ready to fall in love with a new home or new design trend? The Annual Boise Spring Parade of Homes is coming April 25th through May 10th, 2020. Put on by the Building Contractors Association of Southwestern Idaho, the three-week-long event allows people to tour some of the area's best new homes while exploring their communities. Many of the builders spare no expense and pay attention to the most minute details in their contributions. Their goal is to not only showcase their amazing homes to potential homebuyers but to win awards from a variety of categories. Recognition from their peers is as important as presenting a quality home.

The Boise Spring Parade of Homes allows people to visit up to 40 different custom homes. Additionally, visitors will

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Idaho Foodbank Montage Image

The Treasure Valley is home to many fantastic causes. The Mike Brown Group enjoys serving organizations that help foster the community in which we reside. Recently, members of the Mike Brown Group volunteered at the Idaho Foodbank, which provides food assistance to residents of the community who need it. The Foodbank doesn’t have any requirements or income qualifications to use the free food assistance services it provides. No questions asked to take advantage of their services.

Mike Brown Group at The Idaho Food Bank

At the Idaho Foodbank, the team put together backpacks and other boxes of donated food items to be distributed via the Foodbank’s many distribution partners. Their partners include churches, pantries, and other community organizations. Some of the organizations, like

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Members of the Mike Brown Group standing outside of the Ronald McDonald House

The Ronald McDonald House provides housing for families who have traveled far from their homes to seek treatment for their injured or seriously ill children. Built on the premise that

nothing else should matter when a family is focused on the health of their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head at night to rest. The love and support of family is as powerful a medicine as the strongest medicine prescribed.

Chef Mark Maseli holding a knife in the kitchen of the Ronald McDonald House

The house relies on volunteers to prepare home-cooked meals for the residents and the Mike Brown Group is proud to regularly prepare meals at the house.

On a recent Wednesday afternoon, members of the Mike Brown Group cooked a delicious meal at the Boise

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Ask the Realtor Heading

Chances are if you’ve bought or sold a home, you’ve seen a “Seller’s Disclosure.” Legally, the entity selling the home has to detail information about the property that could affect the buyer’s decision to buy the property. This can take the form of the physical aspects or issues of the property as well as items that could pertain to the enjoyment of the property by the buyer.

Physical Property Disclosures

Let’s take a look at the physical aspects first. These are any known issues or problems that affects the piece of property, the house, outbuildings, etc. Things that need to be disclosed include:

  • Major Structural Repairs
  • Flood Issues
  • Fire/Smoke
  • Roof Repairs
  • Mold or other Water Damage

Non-Property Specific Disclosures

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