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Are You Doing Some Spring Updates?

by Randy Gridley

Are You Doing Some Spring Updates?

Sping is a great time to do some updating around your house? If you are making a list of those much-needed updates, consider this list of 10 Home Maintenance Tips for Spring on Yahoo! Real Estate by Paul Bianchina.

Whether you plan to start with cleaning up the yard or getting up on that roof and taking care of those neglected gutters, these tips are a great start to getting your house ready for the beautiful spring and summer months.

The Importance of the Home Inspection

by Randy Gridley

The Importance of the Home Inspection

Due diligence: it’s a phrase you hear a lot in real estate. Most agents toss it around, assuming their clients understand the concept. Many don’t.

In a nutshell, due diligence describes the expectation that homebuyers will take the steps necessary to inspect and investigate the property before binding themselves to its purchase.

While there are a number of ways to perform due diligence – reviewing the survey, checking that building permits were issued for any improvements – the most important step of all is that of obtaining a professional home inspection. 

The Idaho Code requires sellers to complete a property condition disclosure form. This form outlines all defects known to the seller. It is up to the buyer, however, to discover if the property has latent defects and that process requires the assistance of a home inspector.

Many homebuyers confuse the appraisal with the home inspection. The appraisal is performed, at the behest of the lender, to determine the home’s current market value. While the appraiser may take measurements and check certain aspects of the home, the process does not replace the home inspection and none of the information gathered is shared with the buyer.

Another common misconception is that the home inspector will find every possible defect in the home. Home inspectors, first of all, aren’t there to look for problems. The inspection is to let you know the condition of the home at the time of the inspection.

Furthermore, inspectors perform a limited examination of only the visible and accessible areas of the home. While the inspector will remove access panels to major systems and perform a visual inspection, he or she will not dismantle anything to find out if there are problems. There is no way he or she can tell you what lies within the walls or under the foundation of the home.

That said, the home inspection will provide you with a great deal of the information you need to make an informed decision about purchasing the home.

There are no state-mandated licensing requirements for home inspectors in Idaho. This makes finding a qualified, experienced inspector quite challenging. Ask those that you interview about their membership in the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and check with ASHI to ensure the inspector is certified with them. To become certified, an inspector must pass rigorous exams, have a certain number of inspections under their belts and then maintain their certification by attending continuing education classes.

ASHI maintains a database with contact information for their certified Boise area home inspectors.

Feel free to email or call me with any questions about the home inspection process or how to find a local inspector.

Secrets to Selling Your House Fast

by Randy Gridley

Secrets to Selling Your House Fast

When you are ready to sell your house, you typically hope to sell it easily and quickly. No one wants to see their house on the market for months on end without any prospects or offers. So how do you get your house to sell fast? Here are some secrets to getting it on the market and sold as quickly as possible.

Price it right – Really, this is the most important aspect of ensuring your house sells quickly – pricing it right. Many of us believe that we have a great house that is special, especially with all those amenities we have added over the years. However, unless you find the right buyer, which can take time, not everyone puts emphasis on the same amenities that you do. Therefore, pricing your house to sell is the most important aspect of selling your house fast. “Pricing it to sell” means that you need to consider what the average price of homes in your neighborhood is, for homes that are similar in size and room count to yours, that have sold.  Then put an asking price on your house that is comparable or below what these homes sold for. When pricing your house you need to decide your priorities – is it to get the most money out of your house or sell it fast? This can help you determine the best asking price for your home.

Maximize your space – No one is attracted to a cluttered home. Make sure that you unclutter and maximize space. This means that you may want to consider getting rid of unwanted and “decorative” furniture. You may even consider renting a storage unit and start removing furniture and extras.  Another consideration is to hire a professional stager or affiliate with a realtor trained in staging your home for sale. This can be a great way to make you rooms look bigger than they are and give your house a clean and organized appeal to potential buyers.

Be willing to negotiate – In the end, you need to be willing to negotiate with a potential buyer. They may want a different move-in date, part of their closing costs paid, or certain repair taken care of before they purchase the home. If you are willing to be flexible and negotiate with a buyer, you will find that your house will sell much more quickly.

Selling your home is an exciting time.  To ensure that it sells fast, you will want to make sure you follow some of these tips to give your house the best chance of a quick sale.

HUD Home Nampa ID - 3413 E Friar Tuck Court, Nampa Idaho 83687

by Randy Gridley

HUD Home Nampa ID - 3413 E Friar Tuck Court, Nampa Idaho 83687

If this home is still available click on the listing at bottom of this page to view photos and information on this listing.  This Nampa HUD Home is a tremendous value! This ranch style home features vaulted ceiling with plant shelves, vinyl siding, breakfast bar, and quick access to Interstate I-84. Disclosures: HOA Association fee of $100 Annually.

This Nampa ID HUD Home will be Sold “AS IS WHERE IS” by electronic bid only. Property is available for viewing on 4-14-12. Bids are due by 4-23-12 11:59 PM CST then daily until sold. FHA Case #121-228307. Insured. Eligible for FHA 203K. For Property conditions, Forms, Disclosures and availability please visit www.HUDHomestore.com. For additional forms, updates, step-by-step videos & free photo list, please visit www.BLBResources.com. BLB Resources makes no warranty as to condition of property. Buyer to verify all information

Conditions of HUD Home Buyer Bidding Process

Certain conditions must be met to determine the eligibility of a buyer to bid on a particular home. Only registered bidders can make offers on properties. Homebuyers must use a registered selling broker or selling agent to make an offer on their behalf.
 
Owner Occupant - Eligible owner occupants are individuals with a valid Social Security Number (SSN) who have not purchased a HUD property within the past two (2) years. They can bid on homes in the Exclusive or Extended periods. Owner occupants rank above nonprofits and government agencies in the bid-selection process for Exclusive and Extended listings.
 
Investor - Eligible investors are individuals with a valid Social Security Number (SSN) or Employer Identification Number (EIN). They can only bid on homes in the Extended phase and are ranked below other types of bidders in the bid-selection process.

All HUD Home listings that are up dated early each morning Monday - Friday.  If the listing above is not showing below then the listing is either SOLD or Pending or has been withdrawn:


17368 N Chouteau Avenue Nampa ID 83687 HUD Home

by Randy Gridley

17368 N Chouteau Avenue Nampa ID 83687 HUD Home

WOW can you believe what your eyes are seeing $135,000 for this 2700 square foot home built in 2004 - What a tremendous value! This beautiful home features a family room and office or den, fully fenced yard, 5 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 3 car garage, breakfast bar, quick access to I-84, and a 2-story wall of windows in the living room to let the light pour in. Disclosures: HOA association fees are $150 annually.  This HUD Home is in the coveted Colter Bay subdivision.  Homes in Colter Bay Subdivision are sought after and do not last long and have been bringing top dollar for the area.  Colter Bay is such a short drive to Meridian, plus very close to all the shopping centers like Costco, Kohl's, Bed Bath and Beyond, 16 theater movie house, lots of eateries, sit down and take out.

All HUD Homes are sold “AS IS WHERE IS” and by electronic bid only. Almost anyone can bid if you have the cash or can qualify for a loan (subject to certain restrictions) you may buy a HUD Home. HUD Homes are initially offered to owner-occupant purchasers (people who are buying the home as their primary residence).  Owner occupant buyers will have the first 30 days to purchase.  On day 31 all buyers can bid including but not limited to investors.  Following the priority period of 30 days for owner occupants, unsold properties are available to all buyers, including investors.
Property is available 04-07-2012  with bids due by 4-16-12 11:59 PM CST then daily until sold. FHA Case #121-245345 insured. Eligible for FHA 203K. For Property conditions, Forms, Disclosures and availability please visit www.HUDHomestore.com. For additional forms, updates, step-by-step videos and free photo list, please visit www.BLBResources.com. BLB Resources makes no warranty as to condition of property. Buyer to verify all information.

These are all the HUD homes in Ada and Canyon County.  These homes below are current and updated daily each morning through IDX/IMLS.  If the home above is not showing in the listings below then it is pending or sold.  Only the homes showing are current however you will need to check the bid date.  Remember you must use a realtor that is HUD approved like myself.  So if you see a home you would like to pursue...shoot me an Email or give me a call.

HUD Home Nampa ID - 2023 West Habitat Street 83651

by Randy Gridley

HUD Home located at 2023 West Habitat Street, Nampa, Idaho 83651.  This nice home features both a family room and living room on main level. Located within minutes of Costco, Kohl's, Bed Bath and Beyond and Karcher Interchange retail hub, you won't need to go far for shopping, movies, and dining.  Included Amenities: breakfast bar, vaulted ceiling with plant shelves, and covered patio. Disclosures: Replace vinyl siding with holes.

This HUD Home in Nampa ID is being sold “AS IS WHERE IS” by electronic bid only. Property has been  available since 04-05-12 and bids due by 04-14-12 11:59 PM CST then daily until sold. Almost anyone can purchase a HUD Home.   If you have the cash or can qualify for a loan (subject to certain restrictions) you may buy a HUD Home. HUD Homes are initially offered to owner-occupant purchasers (people who are buying the home as their primary residence). Following the priority period for owner occupants which is 30 days, on day 31 of listing unsold properties are available to all buyers, including investors. FHA Case #121-257641 is FHA insured. Eligible for FHA 203K. For Property conditions, Forms, Disclosure and Availability please visit www.HUDHomestore.com . For additional forms, updates, step-by-step videos & free photo list, please visit www.BLBResources.com. BLB Resources makes no warranty as to condition of property. Buyer to verify all info. Selling Broker up to 3% of purchase price.

Here are all the active listings for HUD Homes in our IDX/IMLS.  If the listing above is not shown in the listings below then it is either pending or sold:

Kitchen Updates – Quick and Easy Kitchen Improvements

by Randy Gridley

Kitchen Updates – Quick and Easy Kitchen Improvements

Selling your house is an exciting time. But the preparation can take time and effort. One of the biggest selling points in a home is the kitchen.  Having a great kitchen is very appealing and can help you sell your house more quickly.

If you are hoping to sell your house, one of the best areas on which to concentrate your updating and staging efforts is the kitchen. Regardless of the size and price-range of your house, concentrating your efforts on the kitchen can pay dividends.

Here is a list of quick and inexpensive things you can do to your kitchen to make it more appealing to buyers and get your house ready to sell.

  • Blinds – Make sure you have nice, composite wood blinds that let in light and compliments the kitchen décor. Having a well-lit kitchen is very important but a nice window covering is equally important.
  • Hardware - Bring your cabinets up to date by replacing the hardware. You can find inexpensive hardware in brushed bronze at your local hardware superstore that gives the cabinets a more modern look.
  • Back Splash – Purchasing some cheap mosaic tiles on clearance at your local home supply store allows you to install a back splash that gives your kitchen practicality as well as an updated look.
  • Counter Space – Do you have a lot of floor but little counter space? Maximize your space by purchasing a portable kitchen island that can give you more counter space as well as give your kitchen a homier feel.

With just a few updates, you will have your kitchen more appealing, up-to-date, and ready for sale with just a small investment of time and money. Kitchens sell the house so get your house ready for sale with these kitchen improvements.

Top 5 Reasons You Want to Hire a Realtor When Looking for Your Next Home

  1. Knows the Market – A Realtor knows his or her market and therefore can help you determine your price range, the neighborhoods that may be best for you, where you can find the best deals, and what is going on with the real estate market at the time. This can benefit you when deciding financing, loans, and down payments.
  2. Time –A Realtor can help you find what you are looking for while saving you a significant amount of your valuable time. You can the Realtor what you want and set a time to see the homes and the Realtor will do the rest.
  3. Legal – There is a lot of paperwork when buying a home. Having a Realtor means that you have someone that knows what you are legally responsible for disclosing, finding out, and how to fill out all the paperwork the right way when making an offer and accepting an offer.
  4. Representation – Having someone that is on your side and represents you can be a positive experience. It means that your Realtor can take calls, answer questions, and represent you if there are any issues. Having a representative at the closing table is good as well because they can answer any questions you have, make sure everything is going as agreed, and help you navigate the sea of paperwork that accompanies a home closing.
  5. Negotiation Skills/Expertise – One of the most important reasons to hire a realtor is that a realtor has the negotiation skills and expertise to help you navigate to the home buying process.  Their skills in negotiation help present your offer in the best manner to make it appealing to a seller. In addition, their expertise will be helpful in determining the best offer, concessions, and closing deals that will work best for you.

Existing Homes for Sale in Nampa

by Randy Gridley

Homes for Sale in Nampa, Idaho

Nampa, Idaho is not only the fastest growing city in Canyon County, its convenient location – 20 miles west of Boise – and low cost of living combine to make it an attractive place to live. If you’re considering viewing homes for sale in Nampa, let’s get you caught up on the current real estate market.

New Construction in Nampa

In east Nampa your choices include the Brittania Heights development, offering huge lots that range in price from $59,000 into the high 70s.

Buyers with a tighter budget may want to view the lots in the Lexington Meadows Subdivision, also in east Nampa. Here, prices start at $49,900.

Although it may seem more convenient to use the builder’s on-site real estate agent in the purchase of new construction in Nampa, it’s not a good idea. This agent represents the seller – in this case, the builder – so loyalties will naturally be divided. Choose your own agent to represent you and protect your interests during the purchase of a new home in Nampa.

I can show you any of the residential parcels or new homes in the area and would be happy to represent you during the purchase process. Shoot me an email or give me a call to get started.

Existing Homes for Sale in Nampa

The Nampa real estate market is quickly changing from a buyer’s market to a seller’s. While this is great news for Nampa homeowners who want to sell their homes, buyers will soon find higher list prices, a dwindling inventory and they may wind up in a multiple offer situation.

Current listings of homes for sale in Nampa include those priced from $19,900 for a small 1-bedroom short sale cottage to $699,000 for an amazing home on 4 acres of land with views of the lake, mountains and valley.

In between the two extremes you’ll find a variety of sizes and styles to fit most any taste.

Homes are selling quickly in Nampa, so be prepared to make your highest and best offer when you find the one you want. I can counsel you on the process when we get together to discuss what type of home you are looking for.

What You Need to Sell Your House Fast

by Randy Gridley

What You Need to Sell Your House Fast

Today’s competitive market means that all homeowners hoping to sell their homes quickly need to be savvy marketers. This means understanding the real estate market, at least a little, and doing the right things to get their homes seen by the right people and make it appealing to home buyers.

Finding a good real estate agent is the first step. He or she will help you get your home listed, make sure it is seen by as many potential home buyers as possible, and advise you on how to give you home market appeal.

Here are four things you will want to do to get your house sold fast that you can control.

  • Prepare you home with proper staging, de-cluttering, and a good cleaning.
  • Ensure your home is photographed well and presents a good image of the property.
  • Increase curb appeal with a little landscaping and good exterior cleaning.
  • Price your home comparable or better than surrounding properties.

Here are four things that will help your house sell fast that you cannot control.

  • Neighborhood appeal.
  • Good school system.
  • Short supply of available homes with similar appeal.
  • Right fit for the buyer.

Most of all, you will just want to be a knowledgeable seller. You need to understand the market around you.  Ask questions of your real estate agent and prepare your home for sale. Be prepared to respond to offers quickly by knowing your plans, your budget, and the range of offers and concessions you are willing to accept. Having a clear plan and a good understanding will help you go far in getting your home sold as quickly as possible.

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