Selling

With the Mike Brown Group's blog, you'll learn how to sell Boise homes quickly and efficiently. It's our goal to make selling your home as simple as possible, so you'll never have to ask "How do I sell my Boise home?" again!

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Ask a REALTOR®, what is Escrow

When buying a house, you may have heard the term "escrow" and have wondered what it means. When you place an offer on the house, and that offer is accepted, you'll probably have to pay earnest money as a sign of good faith to move toward buying the home. That earnest money is deposited into an escrow account where it will remain until the deal closes. Once everything is finalized, the funds from that account are released and are generally applied to their mortgage and closing costs.

Once escrow closes, the financing company will open a new escrow account where it will hold funds to pay for property taxes and homeowner's insurance as part of the monthly mortgage payment. Generally, you'll pay 1/12th of your annual insurance and property taxes as

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The February 2020 Monthly Housing Market Trends Report by Realtor.com was released recently, and all indications are that the buying season will be extremely competitive. The report did note that "it remains to be seen if new concerns about the spread of the Coronavirus domestically will dampen what is shaping up to be a competitive home-buying season."

The total number of homes available for sale decreased and continues to decline at an accelerating pace. In fact, according to the study, inventory dropped 15.3% year-over-year for February. That's a faster rate of decline than January's year-over-year numbers, which were at 13.6%. The figures translated into roughly 184,000 lost listings year-over-year for February

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With the real estate market being a seller's market in Boise, maybe you've decided to take advantage of the higher price points and sell your house. Before you do, here are 14 things you should do before listing your home. Be sure to talk to your REALTOR® about other suggestions that improve the interior and exterior appeal of your home, and perhaps, add value.

Clean Up the Yard

Make sure to mow your lawn, trim hedges, and pull weeds. For bonus points, plant some colorful flowers.

Clean Your Home's Exterior

Pressure washing the exterior of a home
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You can either do this yourself or hire a pro. If you don't have access to a pressure washer, there are garden hose connected options available at your local home

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If you have ever purchased a home or are in the process of buying a home, you've probably seen "Title Insurance" mentioned a time or two as part of the process. Title insurance at its core protects the lender and you, the buyer, from any risks or losses by faults from an event(s) that occurred before you owned the property.

There are two forms of title insurance: The lender's policy and the homeowner's policy. 

 

The lender's policy protects the mortgage holder from faults in the title that results in a loss. The homeowner's policy protects you, the buyer, against damage that may occur from your ownership of the property. 

Homeowner's Policy Protections

A homeowner's title policy:

  • Protects you from financial loss due to demands
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You may have seen a "HERS Certified" graphic in windows of new homes that are under construction and wondered what it means. HERS is the Home Energy Rating System Index, the industry-standard by which a home's energy efficiency is measured. HERS is also the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home's energy performance. 

Hers LogoThe HERS rating is an index with each point below 100, represents a 1% improvement in overall energy performance. So a lower score is better. A home can be Energy Star-certified with a HERS index of 85.

A HERS report can tell you a lot about the home, including how efficiently it's operating and where changes can be made for more significant energy savings. 

If you're going to sell your home, a low

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In a previous post, we discussed how to enhance the curb appeal of your home for potential buyers. Today, we're going to chat about ways to improve the interior of your home by staging furniture and cleaning thoroughly.

Maximize the Light

Buyers are drawn to good lighting in a home. Make sure your windows are clean and free of smudges, water stains, etc. Up the bulb wattages in light fixtures to make rooms appear brighter. Be sure to open shades and blinds.

Store Stuff

Walk-in closet interior
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Since buyers tend to snoop, make sure your home is tidy and free of clutter. Storage is something every potential buyer and homeowner wants. To give the illusion that your home has

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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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A recent study, discovered on Realtor.com, shows wealthy home buyers are looking for homes away from more widely-known affluent and glamorous areas. Forget about Los Angeles, New York, or even Miami. Boise finds itself on a list that shows it as the top location for housing interest from the nation's richest 1%. The City of Trees is “a budding metropolis for affordable luxury,” according to the report. 

Remarks included with the report stated, “The surprise has been the expansion of the affluent sector into mid-sized markets.” It continued, “Part of this is due to wealth migration from higher-tax states to lower-tax states.”

The Boise area has seen a busy real estate market the past several years with droves of

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When buying (or selling) a home, it's a good idea to have a home inspection done to make sure there aren't any costly surprises lurking in the house. Most buyers require a home inspection and can make the sale contingent upon the findings. At its core, a home inspection is a protection that prevents new homeowners from uncovering a problem with the house that will need fixing or replaced. 

Every state has different requirements for home inspectors, and Idaho doesn't require home inspectors to have any formal training or certifications. As a result, using an inspection company that is a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors can provide peace of mind about the professionalism of the home inspector. You can also rely on referrals from

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Interior Design Trends that are out

With the dawn of a new decade, it’s time to usher in a stream of creative design ideas for your interior spaces. In our previous article, we detailed some of the new interior design trends for 2020. In this post, we’re going to take a walk down memory lane, bidding adieu to trends that are “out” for this year. Between the two articles, hopefully, you’ll find inspiration for your own space, whether it’s an existing home or a brand-new home.

Subway Tile

Kitchen with subway tile
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Subway Tile backsplashes and accents in kitchens and baths were all the rage last decade. And for that reason, people are looking for other tile options as Subway Tile was overseen and overused.

Arches 

Archway in a home
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While the golden arches of

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