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Rise in Home Sales Signifies Strengthening Market

by Randy Gridley

Rise in Home Sales Signifies Strengthening Market: Economists is the headline in dsnews.com. What does this mean for you?

According to economists, this means that we may start to see the house market slump improve. For the first time in several years, “home sales have been on the rise…posting a 5 percent increase in December.”  Though this in no way signifies a drastic change in the housing market, the steady rise is indicative of better times to come for homes sales.

Distressed and Foreclosure Homes

Distressed homes and foreclosures still make up a large percentage of the homes sales. However, housing inventory is on the decline for the first time in almost 5 years. This could mean that housing prices will stabilize or even grow, which is exactly what the housing market needs. Homes sales will likely go up and home sales prices will hopefully be close to bottoming out and may eventually lead to increases in sale price, which is good news for the seller. 

Good News for Economic Confidence of Consumers

Good news in the housing market will also be great news in regards to the economic confidence of consumers.  Many  economist are saying with the housing market possibly bottoming out in some areas like ours that the jobs created should  also increase in this sector.  New home construction will increase, more realtors will enter the market again, more supplies will be purchased leading to more jobs in the supply field, and on and on!

Boise Idaho Home Listings 

Check out these active homes listings in Boise Idaho area under $250,000 supplied by IDX/MLS that are updated daily:

3 Things to Look at When Viewing a Home

by Randy Gridley

3 Things to Look at When Viewing a Home

With a few clicks of your mouse, if you are in the market for a new home, you will likely be viewing many homes available on the market. It is good practice to make yourself a list of things to look at when viewing properties so you don’t miss anything. Consider adding these three things to your list.

  1. Location. Do you like the location? How near is it to amenities you like to utilize? Is the school close?  How close are the highways?
  2. Neighbors. Who lives next door? Are the surrounding homes comparable? Are there any run down homes nearby?
  3. Homeowners Association. Does the neighborhood have a homeowners association? What are the HOA limitations, requirements, and costs?

When you go to view homes, make sure you take notes of things you notice about the property as well as the surrounding area. Drive by the home during the evening and look at the house in the dark. Also consider visiting the neighborhood on the weekend. This will give you a better idea of what goes on in the neighborhood when everyone is home. Don’t be afraid to drive around the neighborhood and stop and talk to neighbors. Speaking to the neighbors can be a great way to find out if the area is one that you and your family will love.

Here are a few home listings in Boise, Eagle, Meridian Idaho market within the last 7 days from IDX/MLS that are active, current, and updated daily under $200,000:

Fannie Mae Predicts 2012 Growth

by Randy Gridley

Fannie Mae Predicts 2012 Growth

According to Fannie Mae’s Economics and Mortgage Market Analysis Group, 2012 should bring “moderate growth” to the US economy. With an improved job market and a good start to the 2012 housing market, it seems that the economy is on the upswing.

What does this mean to the homebuyers and sellers? It means that 2012 may bring a better housing market to both sides.  The seller may find he can finally command a little higher price and may have more buyers vying for the sale.  While the buyer may find a little less of a buyer’s market but the availability of more conventional homes as people begin to sell again.

Boise Real Estate - Meridian Real Estate

View some home listings under $200,000 that have been listed in the last 7 days from Boise real estate and meridian real estate market furnished by IDX/MLS that are active, current, and updated daily:

Settler's Park - Meridian Idaho - Something for Everyone!

by Randy Gridley

Settler’s Park, Meridian Idaho – Something for Everyone!

One of the highlights of Meridian, Idaho is Settlers Park.  This 56-acre park has something for everyone.  Whether you love a family day at the splash pad or a quiet walk on the paths, locating near Settler's Park may be for you. 

Adventure Island Playground Area

Housing Idaho’s first entirely accessible playground, Settler’s Park, Meridian Idaho provides you with many enticing options for enjoying the outdoors.  You can enjoy a splash pad, rock monuments, Sound Garden, picnic areas, and other family-friendly areas for just about anything you are looking forward to doing while you unwind a little at the park.

Games and Tournaments

The Settler’s Village Square area provides a great place for horseshoes and tennis tournaments while the Leighton Family Baseball/Softball area has plenty of room for your league play. 

Fishing Pond

Another popular area of this park is the fishing pond to take the family, kids or grandkids that Idaho Fish and Game stock with fish. 

Winter Fun

Settler’s Park provides year-round fun with the availability of its 9-hole winter disc golf course open November through February.

What a fun area to live in. If you are considering the Settler’s Park, Meridian Idaho area, you can find many great listings to choose from near this wonderful family-friendly, something-for-everyone park.

Here are just a few of those listings in NE Meridian furnished by IDX/MLS that are active, current, and these listings are updated daily each morning:

 

16684 Snowgoose Street - Nampa Idaho - 83687 - HUD Homes

by Randy Gridley

16684 Snowgoose Street  - Nampa Idaho  - 83687  - HUD Homes

New listing effective 1/19/2012 owner occupied only, bids due by 1-29-2012 11:59 PM CST then daily at which time non owner occupied owners can bid.  This HUD home is located in Nampa Idaho at 16684 Snowgoose Street.  Zip code for this area is 83687. Home has 1100 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 car garage with other features including vaulted ceilings, plant shelves, recessed lighting, split bedroom design. Roomy lot that has potential for RV parking.  Brandts Landing subdivision is another neighborhood that is sought after with its own community pool within walking distance and common areas inside subdivision that are landscaped, all being taken care of by HOA for Brandts Landing.   

Few items need fixed that HUD is allowing the fixed cost of $2035 to be included in electronic bid and another plus, home is eligible for FHA 203K loan.  Talk to your lending officer today and if you do not have a loan officer fill out loan application with Tobby Goicoechea with Wells Fargo.

All HUD and boise-meridian-bankowned listings in Nampa Idaho furnished by IDX/MLS that are current and updated daily each morning:  If you do not see 16684 Snowgoose listing above in below listings then that means this listing is pending:

All short sale listings in Nampa Idaho provided by IDX/MLS that are also updated daily.

Any distressed or not distressed home listings in Nampa Idaho within the last 30 days made available through IDX/MLS.

Should I Get My Own Home Inspection When Selling My House?

by Randy Gridley


Should I Get My Own Home Inspection When Selling My House?

When most people sell their house they sit with dread waiting to hear the results of the home inspection. No closing will finalize without the prospective buyer’s home inspector giving your home the thorough once-over and making sure it meets the approval of the home inspector and most of the time before the buyer’s lender will allow the loan to be secured.

So you know that there will be a home inspection. Should you just sit back and bite your nails waiting for the home inspector’s report or should you get your home inspector to take a look at the house before you even put your house on the market?

Though you can wait around for that inspection and not pay for the inspector yourself, it is important to keep in mind that investing in a home inspection prior to putting your house on the market can be a great way to save time and worry.  It may even save you a little money by being proactive.

Most issues that are identified by the home inspector will cost less for the seller to fix than after the potential buyer has identified the issue. Getting any issues taken care of ensures that you are ready for any question and does not allow any gray area of concern from a potential buyer.

If you are interested to seeing what is on the market through IDX/MLS that you could use as comparison to selling your home then click on the link and input the search criteria that best describes your home.

All listing in Boise and Meridian Idaho under $300,000 within the last 30 days.

Homes for Sale in Boise Idaho

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The market in Boise and its surrounding areas continues to grow. Though the economy has shown the area some rocky times over the past few years, the market is picking up and this can be very beneficial to a home buyer.  With a buyer’s market, this means that a potential home buyer looking for homes for sale in Boise Idaho are likely to find something they are looking for at a great price.

Though the Boise Idaho market has varied, there is a surplus of vacant homes ready for you to move in to as soon as you close.  If you have considered buying a home, now may be the time. With mortgage rates at an unprecedented low and a buyer’s market to shop, there may not be a better time to look for a home.

If you are looking for homes for sale in Boise Idaho or any of its surrounding cities, you can find a wide variety of listings within your price range. With just a few clicks of your mouse you can see some listings within your search criteria and in the area you are looking for furnished by IDX/MLS.  You are sure to be able to find some that meet your needs and, with the market flooded with foreclosures and vacant properties, you will likely be able to get more home for your money now more than ever before.

Whether you are a first time home buyer or just looking for a new home, second home, or moving to the area, you will love the selection available to you. There’s no better time to look at homes for sale in Boise Idaho. Check out some of the links below that may be of interest to you. Remember these links and listings are current each morning provided by IDX/MLS. Take advantage of the market and the mortgage rates and be on your way to buying that new home.

 

View a few current listings on the market for less than 30 days of homes for sale in Boise Idaho under $250K furnished by IDX/MLS that are updated daily each morning:

All listings in Boise Idaho under $250K within 30 days.

All Short sale listing in Boise and Meridian Idaho.

All bank owned listings in Boise and Meridian Idaho.

Use your own search criteria through MLS to access the homes of your dreams in Boise Idaho or the surrounding cities or maybe you are looking for rental income whether a single family or home or multiple units.

3 Tips for Choosing a Home Inspector

by Randy Gridley

3 Tips for Choosing a Home Inspector

If you are looking to find a good home inspector to use for your upcoming sale or take a look at a home you are interested in purchasing, you will want to consider a few tips before choosing a home inspector to use.  Keeping a few things in mind can keep you from having a bad experience with your home inspector.

1- Education and Experienced – When choosing a home inspector it is important to find one that is experienced and educated in the field of home inspections.  Though there are many short courses available to learn about home inspection, a true professional home inspector will have a solid education, continuing education, experience, references, and should be a member of a reputable professional organization such as the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI).

2 - Tools – Something you might want to ask a professional when choosing a home inspector is what tools they will be using when they come to inspect your home. Though a professional with extensive experience could probably do a thorough, top-quality inspection armed only with his flashlight, camera, and years of experience, today there is a variety of technology that allows a home inspector to provide quality results quickly and efficiently.  Look for an inspector who brings along with his flashlight and ladder a carbon monoxide analyzer, a moisture detector, an electrical circuit reader, and a digital camera, to name a few.

3 – Professional Report – Gone are the days of the hand-written paper check list indicating that your home is “OK.” When choosing a home inspector for your home you will want to find one that will provide you with a thorough, professional report that includes photos of any issues, explanations of any issues that are reported, and a indication of the severity of the items that are noted including whether they are generally maintenance issues or major issues that require immediate repair.

Choosing a home inspector for your sale or purchase of a home is important. Following these tips can ensure that you are choosing a home inspector that will give you a quality inspection which will help you sell your home or make a purchase you will be happy with.
 

With a few clicks of your mouse you can see comparable home listings provided by IDX/MLS in the cities surrounding Boise Idaho, these listings are updated each morning.

View the listings below that are updated each morning from Boise and Meridian Idaho furnished by IDX/MLS under $300,000 within the last 15 days:

 

5 No-No's When Selling Your House

by Randy Gridley

5 No-No’s When Selling Your House

Today’s buyer’s market makes it even more important for a home seller to make their home appealing to potential buyers.  Though there are many things that a seller can do to help with selling your house, there are also things you should NOT do in order to help sell your house. Consider these no-no’s as you get your house ready to sell.

#1 – Pets – Make sure that your 80 pound Doberman Pincher does not meet potential buyers at the door. This can be extremely disconcerting to many buyers and can drive away someone that might truly be interested in purchasing your home. In the same light, a big pet iguana slithering around a cage in a bedroom might also be a turn off. If possible, removing all pets is your best bet. You never know what a buyer might be afraid of or allergic to.

#2 – Dim Rooms – A dark and dingy room can be a big turn off to most buyers.  If you have a room in your home that is typically dark or dim, you might want to consider putting in brighter bulbs or extra lamps.  Repainting a room a light color or removing curtains can also be helpful.

#3 – Wallpaper – The wallpaper has to go.  Wallpaper is a huge turn off to many buyers.  It usually is busy and is outdated.  If you have wallpaper, consider getting rid of it and painting the wall a light, neutral color to brighten up the room and make it more appealing to all potential buyers.

#4 – Basements – If you have a cellar or basement that is damp, you will want to address the issue before you start showing your home.  Dark, damp basements are a huge turn off to many buyers. Unless you know that you have a foundation issue, which means disclosure is necessary, you likely have a drainage issue. Address this by cleaning drains, rerouting gutters and downspouts, and ensuring that there is no standing water around the foundation and basement windows.  Then thoroughly clean your basement and brighten it up with a coat of paint and a clean smell.

#5 – Get Out! – When showing the house it is vital that you are not there.  A potential buyer needs to feel comfortable looking around the house, opening closets, and standing in a room imagining their furniture in it. If you are there hovering over them, they won’t feel comfortable and likely won’t stay long enough to know it is a good house for them. Therefore, go visit a neighbor or do some shopping and give a potential buyer time to look around.

Here are some homes to view in the Boise and Meridian Idaho area under $250K that are active and current plus these homes are updated each morning through IDX/MLS:

All short sale homes in Boise and Meridian with this link updated daily each morning and furnished by IDX/MLS.

All bank owned homes in Meridian and Boise thanks to IDX/MLS.
 

Short Sale Homes - Meridian Idaho

by Randy Gridley

Short Sale Homes - Meridian Idaho

These short sale homes in Meridian Idaho are provided by IDX/IMLS these listings are current and updated daily each morning:

This short sale home in Meridian Idaho address is 1061 East Hunter Drive which vicinity is West of Locust Grove between Fairview and Ustick Road. It is in a  quiet neighborhood of Tract Subdivision, this 1448 square foot 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage single level has a lot to offer!  Open inviting floor plan that includes tile entryway, spacious kitchen, dining room with lots of light from all the windows , living room with fireplace, sizeable master bedroom with jetted soaker tub in master bathroom.  With all the windows natural light is flowing throughout. Backyard is fully fenced with roses for your enjoyment from their warmth and beauty.  Other benefits at this location are the close proximity to schools, parks and shopping center. All I can describe is WOW where do I sign to purchase this lovely home.

The other home located East of Linder Road and South of Franklin Road in desirable Fenway Park Subdivision is also close to two interchanges on Interstate 84. This listing is similar to above with slightly more square footage. Home address is 895 Pennwood Street. Google the address or just click on the photo above and then click on Map tab.

Other short sale homes in Meridian Idaho from IDX/MLS updated daily each morning.

boise-meridian-bankowned Homes in Meridian Idaho

If you are looking for already approved listing prices and fairly quick closes usually within 45 days or sooner depending on which lender then bank owned homes in Meridian Idaho is another way to purchase.

Traditional Homes in Meridian Idaho

If you would rather look at all traditional homes in Meridian Idaho made available through IDX/MLS that will be current and updated daily each morning then click on the link in this sentence.   

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