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Meridian Real Estate | Meridian Idaho Real Estate

by Randy Gridley

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Make The Right Real Estate Decisions With This Information

by Randy Gridley
Make The Right Real Estate Decisions With This Information

Come learn about all the tricks and tips that the real estate moguls do not want you to know. This advice will help you to get the most from your real estate sale. Do not get lost in the flurry of your real estate sale. Stay on top of things with these quality tips.

When selling your home, hire your own agent. The agent is representing the buyer, not you, and so they have a conflict of interest when it comes to helping you sell your home. The additional cost to you of hiring your own agent will be offset by the gain you will see in the final negotiations on selling price.

When showing your home to potential buyers, be sure to de-clutter prior to inviting them into what could be their new home. Pack away the little things that you do not feel reflect a welcoming space for them. You want to make your home look open with a lot of space for them to move their things in.

Offering a warranty when selling a house will give you an edge and make your home more attractive to buyers. People want to buy with confidence and are always less hesitant to commit to a purchase when a warranty is offered. This also means the next owner will be calling the warranty company and not you, should any problem arise.

Real estate agents across the country are reporting the rise in requests for homes with garden ponds. Consider adding this to the front lawn area. Alternatively, tucked away in the back garden. They are a peaceful retreat as well as a draw for local wildlife. The avid outdoor person will love the idea of deer in their front or back yard.

When staging a home to show to a potential buyer, don't neglect the bathroom. A clean, white shower curtain will make a bathroom feel less grungy and more like the sanitary space it should be. Under no circumstances should you show a home with the old owner's shower curtain still in place.

Either switch out your smoke detectors for a combination of carbon and smoke monoxide. Alternatively, add additional detectors that are for carbon monoxide only. These are becoming an increasingly important safety feature in your home, and as simple and easy as they are to install, future buyers will still be impressed that you have them in place, and feel better about living there.

You should make yourself scarce when potential buyers are viewing your home. Any opinions you try to give them will seem make and biased you seem like you are being pushy. Allow them to look at it on their own or with a realtor, so that they can make a decision on their own about whether they like it or not.

When staging a home to show to a potential buyer, don't neglect the bathroom. A clean, white shower curtain will make a bathroom feel less grungy and more like the sanitary space it should be. Under no circumstances should you show a home with the old owner's shower curtain still in place.

Blending in with the crowd means that your property will just be a dust-collector like the rest of them. In order to jump to the front of the line in the real estate market, use the tips that you just read here. Being a seller in real estate means you need to be informed, so be sure to use this information to give you an edge.

What Determines the Present Value of My Home?

Determining the possible value of your home can be tricky. Whether you need to know your home’s value for a refinance of your mortgage or you are planning to sell your house, knowing the current value of your home can be helpful. So, how is the current value of your home determined?

Current Home Condition – Your current home condition is used to determine your home’s current value. The size and room court of your home is used as well as home improvements you have done.  All this is factored in when developing a current home value. The size of the lot, age of the home, and extras are also considered.

Your Area – The location of your property does have bearing on your home value. Your school district, proximity to shopping, hospitals, and highways is also considered. It is important to know is important to buyers in your area. For instance, if you are close in proximity to a major employer, this might also be a selling point and one that will positively affect your home’s value.

Comparable Properties – The most important consideration when determining home value is the recent sale of comparable properties. Comparable properties are homes that are of similar in size, age, style, and location. The recent sale in your area of similar properties is the biggest determination of home value. You realtor can provide you with comparable property sales in your area which can help you see what the market is doing and how that may affect your current home value.

Knowing the value of your home can be very helpful in acquiring insurance, refinancing your home, or selling your house. If you truly need your home value, getting an experienced appraiser to appraise your home is the best way to determine your market value.

View some current homes below provided by IDX/IMLS from Meridian, Idaho under $150,000.


The 1862 Homestead Act – 150 Years of Settlement

This year commemorates the 150th year since President Abraham Lincoln signed the 1862 Homestead Act.  The 1862 Homestead Act enabled heads of the household, regardless of gender, race, or citizenship status, to claim up to 160 acres of land for the price of the filing fee.  During the years of the Homestead Act, almost 10 million acres of land was homesteaded totaling 18% of Idaho being homesteaded as a direct result of the 1862 Homestead Act.

As the state of Idaho celebrates the 1862 Homestead Act, and its grand effects on the great State of Idaho 150 years ago, there will be many activities going on throughout the state during the month of May. If you are looking for some fun, historic activities for the whole family, you are in for treat this month.

Beginning May 2, 2012, there are many presentations, workshops, and events taking place in Boise.  Whether you are interested in a tour of the Historic Bown House on May 5, 2012 or want to listen along with your children to an oral presentation of the history of Idaho taking place at the Idaho State Historical Museum on May 5, 2012, you are sure to find something new to learn about the wonderful state of Idaho.

Archeology Days takes place May 17-20, 2012 at the Cyrus Jacobs-Uberuage House, which is sure to be a treat. There are many events and presentations taking place throughout the state, including a presentation on the history of Meridian, Idaho on May 10, 2012 at the Meridian City Hall, and a brown bag luncheon presentation regarding Notable Discoveries in Idaho Archeology sponsored by Boise State University, which will take place at Lake Lowell Park in Nampa, Idaho.

No matter what your interests, you are sure to find some wonderful activities and learning experiences throughout the state this May in celebration of this historic time in Idaho’s history. You can see everything planned in commemoration of the 1862 Homestead Act on the Idaho government website. Be sure to look for yourself and plan some great fun for the whole family.

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.

3.76 Acreage with Charming Home


This is a traditional sale by owner located at 6485 South Ten Mile Road, Meridian, ID 83642.  Click on this link to view all photos of this listing.

Unbelievable opportunity to live in the country yet just minutes from the freeway. An attractive remodeled extremely clean freshly painted home on nearly 4 irrigated acres just waiting for cows or horses. Beautiful sun room to relax in and let your troubles melt away. Huge deck with nice shade trees overlooking a beautiful view of the valley. Unlimited RV parking, garden area as large as you want to make it. The yard is nicely landscaped, immaculately cleaned up from the winter and has full underground sprinkle

Small storage shed plus larger storage shed complete with dog kennels that allows for Fido and storage. Also a huge fenced dog run over 100 feet long. Please call owner before showing. They are very cooperative and it is easy to show. Lock box hanging about 6 feet up on the front porch.

3.76 Acreage with Charming Home - 6485 S Ten Mile Road Meridian ID Real Estate 83642 Listing # 98492129:  Click on listing below for more information.

HUD Home - 2750 S Ten Mile Road, Meridian, ID 83642

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HUD Home - 2750 S Ten Mile Road, Meridian, ID 83642

This HUD Home is in Meridian, Idaho 83642 area. Solid 4 bedroom 2 bath home with 1320 Square feet. Updated vinyl windows, large rooms, stainless steel appliances, nice family room in the basement. Large shop, outbuildings and patio. Disclosures: There is missing appliances in home. Repairs: Replace or repair missing or damaged shingles, repair plumbing system, repair exposed siding on exterior of outbuildings, replace missing outlet cover plates, cap and secure wiring, repair damaged Air Conditioner unit, treat and paint all damaged areas. Lead Base Paint Addendum has to be filled out for all homes that are built prior to 1978.

HUD does not warrant the condition of its properties and will not pay for the correction of defects or repairs. Since the new owner will be responsible for making needed repairs, HUD strongly urges every potential homebuyer to get a professional inspection prior to submitting an offer to purchase.

Meridian, ID HUD Home being Sold “AS IS WHERE” by Electronic Bid Only. Property is available since 4-6-12. Bids are due DAILY by 11:59 PM CST then daily until sold. FHA Case #121-221584. Insured w Escrow Repair. $3575. Eligible for FHA 203K.  For Property conditions, forms, disclosures and availability please visit www.HUDHomestore.com.  For additional forms, updates, step-by-step video and a free photo list, please visit www.BLBResources.com.  BLB Resources makes no warranty as to condition of property.  Buyer to verify all information.

Check out these HUD listings that are updated each morning Monday - Friday through IDX/IMLS.  If the home above is NOT listed below then it is pending or sold.  Be sure to check www.hudhomestore.com for bidding date deadlines.  You need a realtor who is approved by HUD to bid on these properties which I am so shoot me an Email or give me a call and let me help you in purchasing one of these HUD homes.  All the listings below are for HUD owned homes for all of Ada and Canyon Counties:


Why are Townhomes More Difficult to Buy Than Single-Family Homes?

Many buyers ask about purchasing townhomes as opposed to single-family detached homes.  What are the pros and cons of owning one over the other? Why are townhomes so much more difficult to purchase than a single-family home?

Though owning a townhome seems easier to own. Buying them is definitely not.  Listed below are some of the reasons that it is more difficult to buy a townhome.

Association fees – Townhomes typically have association fees. These fees usually pay for common area maintenance, road maintenance, extra amenities, and even snow removal where necessary. However, these additional services bring with them additional restrictions and requirements. Because of this, some lenders require review of HOA fees to note any special assessment and delinquency clauses, which are sometimes a concern to lenders. Therefore, depending upon the lender, loans can be a concern for those trying to purchase townhomes.

FHA – The type of financing can also cause issues with purchasing townhomes. Since many townhouse complexes are not FHA approved, financing can be a concern to many townhouse buyers. When money is tight, FHA is the preferred financing type for many homebuyers therefore making purchasing townhomes more difficult.

Conventional loans – When purchasing townhomes, a lender may require additional down payments when purchasing townhomes. Down payments can vary depending on which loan programs you choose. The simplest way to figure down payment amount is to use a local Boise or Meridian Idaho Real Estate lending officer such as Roni Leuke of American Pacific Mortgage. You can apply on line at www.APMHomeLoan.com She will be able to explain the different programs available and help you choose the right program for you. This way you will hopefully be able to control your down payment to meet your needs. If you are hoping to purchase a townhome, you may want to consider some of the above-mentioned reasons that townhomes can be more difficult to purchase before making your final decision on how to finance the purchase of your new townhome.

Here are a few townhomes to consider in Boise, Meridian Real Estate furnished by IDX/IMLS. These listings are updated daily each morning Monday - Friday.

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Silvercreek Realty Group
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Meridian ID 83642
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