New Year Could Mean New Market for Old Homes

Posted by Boise Home Helper on January 4, 2014

Many home buyers are surprised when they hit the market looking for a new home and find that many of them aren’t so new themselves. Perplexing to some but if you have the inside scoop this is not so surprising. In a recent survey by RealtyTrac it was shown that around 70% of single family homes newly listed for sale were built before 1990. This percentage may be slightly off here in Idaho’s Treasure Valley as the past year has shown steady population growth and a number of great home builders still building in the valley.

Even so, it is very likely that the homes you may be looking at will not necessarily be built-to-suit or new construction in many cases. Experts are saying this is due to the “real estate hangover” from the market turn down several years back when home building practically came to a halt. Even with the promising comeback new construction is still down an average of 40% below long term norms.

Is this all bad though?

The average pre-1990 home sold for 9% less than a newer one in the same market – so good news for those looking to buy, but no so much for sellers.

But once again it all comes down to location, location, location, as even older homes can see a boost in value depending on their locale. Custom features not seen in newer homes, like sweeping staircases, crown molding, and others can also help to balance out the loss in market trends as well.

If you are in the market for an older home, here are a few guidelines to follow:

Do the walk through with your home inspector.
This is the best opportunity to find any potential problem areas and to get the insight of a professional on their severity.

Budget for repairs and upgrades.
Consider the difference between installing new more energy efficient systems versus the cost of maintaining an older one. Many such upgrades like solar water heating can pay for themselves over time easily.

Know when to call it quits.
Everyone likes a challenge, but knowing when a home is just too far beyond your time,energy, or budget it a must for saving heart ache down the road. Think long term before making a decision in the now.

Not sure where to even start?
Have dreams of moving up or getting into classic home rehab? Working with a qualified REALTOR is always the first best step, whether you are buying or selling. Paul Heim of the New View Real Estate Team has the experience and know-how you’ll need no matter what kind of real estate opportunities present themselves.

Boise Catering by Carpe Diem Catering

Posted by Boise Home Helper on November 4, 2013

We were fortunate to have Barry Carlton from Carpe Diem Catering cater our last monthly meeting of the Boise Builders Group – what a treat! While we normally have a pretty consistent crowd, this last meeting was in high attendance.

One great reason to consider food for your next business or networking event: while everyone knows you can get a sandwich tray at any grocery store, when you put forth the extra effort to bring something special to the table your attendee’s will definitely notice the difference!

The quality of food for our evening was outstanding! Delicious shrimp, bacon with avocado lettuce wraps as appetizers, mussels in compound butter were decadent, the mushroom and thyme pasta was exceptional, a very fancy roasted potato tian, and the sausage stuffed mini-peppers were out of this world! I was amazed at the presentation of all the dishes, served hot and fresh right at our meeting place – the stuffed peppers, while seemingly a simple thing, were my favorite.

Most impressive was the way each dish had it’s own unique, yet complimentary flavors; with all the dishes being strong enough to stand alone as well.I quizzed Barry afterwards to find out the secret:

“There’s no real deep secret” , he told me. “It’s basic, good, fresh, ingredients, combined with care in the right way.”

I simply can not recommend Carpe Diem Catering enough!

With over 20 years experience serving everything from full course meals to making dinner in your kitchen and styles of cuisine ranges from authentic French, Hispanic, American, Gourmet, Casserole, and more! Whether you have a crowd of 2 or 2,000 they can make your next event or gathering a delicious delight to remember!!

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CALL to Get More Info and schedule your event! (208) 703-0145.

Dishwasher Blues in Boise?

Posted by Boise Home Helper on September 9, 2013

Boise Appliance RepairYou know the old joke about if your refrigerator is running? Yeah, we hear it a lot too! But seriously: having any one of the appliances in your home working at less than it’s best and your whole household can come screeching to a stand still!

Dishwasher broke, have to do them by hand.

Microwave busted, gotta grandma it and cook everything on the stove.

Fridge broken…EE!! Real problems then, and costly loss of food too!

Unfortunately a lot of homeowners put off repairs longer than they should for fear of the price of having things looked into…but fact of the matter is the COST of waiting to take care of a problem is really what can hurt your pocket book.

Keeping things running great before there is an issue is the best way to go;  we’ve put together some quick tips for your dishwasher to help out!

Gritty residue in your glass can be a real turn off; this is especially true if you have company at your house, it’s the holidays, and you hear “Eeew! Whats this muck in my cup?!”. So try these tips to keep things running smooth!

• Use a granular dishwasher soap instead of gel

• Clean sprayer arms with picture hanging wire and a white vinegar bath

• Remove grit and reside from fine and coarse filters

• Check underneath the coarse filter for grime

• Eliminate hard water scale buildup with Lemi Shine

• Take a vinegar soaked cloth or sponge and wipe the door gaskets and under the door gasket.

These things won’t stop your dish washer from breaking, everything wears down given enough time, but it can help keep it running great for a longer time. We hope you’ve found these tips helpful and will contact us for any of your home appliance repair or service needs. You’d be surprised to know that very often it is much cheaper to repair a broken appliance than it is to replace it!!

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Boise Window Cleaning and Social Media Management

Posted by Boise Home Helper on July 1, 2013

As part of our regular monthly Boise Builders Group meetings we’ve been learning more about our own members as well as inviting guest speakers to come and share their talents with our group. This past month our group speaker was Kevin Kelso of All Valley Window Cleaning and Debbie Morris of Strategic Mobili!

Kevin Kelso has been cleaning windows for over 20 years and has a wealth of knowledge about keeping windows looking their best. He shared with us myths and truths about the 3 common ways homeowners clean their windows:

Vinegar and newspaper.
Sprayaway.
Strip washer and squeegee.

Believe it or not vinegar and newspaper can do a decent job in some cases, and is very affordable. Sprayaway is a great in the can method for small jobs, and the good ole washer and squeegee is still the go to way to get off the gunk.

One of the most common questions he gets from people is “what do you use in your water” ? While we don’t want to reveal any industry secrets we will suffice to say that because of the special mix they us All Valley helps keep windows cleaner, longer! Call All Valley today at 208-323-6187 to get your windows shining, or visit their website for a free estimate!

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We were also honored to get to learn more about social media marketing from Debbie Morris. Debbie is the owner of Strategic Mobili – a great local resource for business owners looking to put social media to work for them!

Strategic Mobili specializes in facebook performance marketing for business, and had these interesting stats to share with us:

Of the 1 billion users Facebook has every month 60% login every day and spend an average of 6 hours a day using their accounts.

Over 700,000 of them are in Idaho.

272,000 ages 25 and up in the treasure valley.

Over one million businesses market on Facebook.

Facebook is a social environment, people do not like hard marketing.

A lot of people want to know how to get better exposure for their website or business online. It’s done using effective social media marketing. With billions of websites online you can no longer simply build your site and expect people to flock to it – you’ve got to advertise! That is where Strategic Mobili excels!

Their Services Include:

Building custom professional business pages for Facebook
Social management services.
Paid Social Advertisement Management.
Ghost posting, and more!

Get connected to this powerhouse of social media knowledge! Call Debbie Morris today at (208) 640-1331 or visit her online!

Create A Photo Button – BBG Spotlight

Posted by Boise Home Helper on May 6, 2013

We love supporting local small business here in the Treasure Valley. Part of how we do that is by helping home owners connect with top shelf service providers for all their home needs. But did you know we also have a number of great business-to-business providers as well? It’s true! Several of our members are ready, willing, and able to provide your business or organization with great services also.

Make Your Own Buttons Boise!We’d like to take this post to highlight one of our BBG members who not only is a great resource for companies who need promotional items but who also can help you share a memory, help get the word out about a fundraiser, or even just create a smile! Create A Photo Button is the brainchild of Jerry Musick – a great guy with a passion for humor and wit who has put his talents to good use by providing the best buttons and magnets available in Idaho — maybe even the world!!

He started his vision back in 1981 and has years of experience in creating wonderful graphics perfect for your button brigade! Whether you need one button or a thousand buttons he can get your order filled with quality as priority number one! You like magnets? He’s got magnets! Some of the most solid, strongest magnets we’ve ever seen!! Perfect to give to friends or customers as a way to make it easy to get in touch or keep them smiling!

We encourage you to connect with Jerry to see what he’s all about and check out the great buttons and magnets he has to offer! You can visit his website here to get started, or check him out on facebook as well!

Boise Home Improvement: 3 Things for Spring!

Posted by Boise Home Helper on April 7, 2013

Spring Home MaintenanceYES! Spring at last! The snow bunnies are tucking their sticks away for next season, the grass is turning green and the temperature’s are getting us ready to complain about how hot it will be in July! Idaho in Spring time is truly a place of beauty; everyone in the valley is just itching to get outside – even if it’s just to take care of the yard work!

While chances are good that you already have a growing list of things to check off of your honey-do list there are a top things to take care of first that will help your home take better care of itself all season. These high-priority tasks may not seem glamorous – no gold plated chandeliers in this episode – but they will help you save energy, money, and maintain the value of your home.

Stop the Drafts!
Home experts will recommend insulating your home and sealing windows in preparation for Winter, but fact is making sure your home is properly insulated helps keep it cool in the longer Summer months ahead too! Make sure all your windows have a good seal and that your attic is properly insulated as well. While these sorts of things can be easy to do yourself – just a little insulation, weather stripping or caulking in the right places – you may not even know where to start figuring out where to start. If you’re stuck with any kind of heating or cooling problem in Boise, give Airpro a call!

Update Your Appliances
This one may run a little deeper into the pocket book if you go for full replacement, but switching to newer, more energy efficient appliances can not only save you money but it’s also generally better for the environment too! Hot water heaters, refrigerators, dish washers, clothes washers — these are all good items to take a look at. And with today’s economy it might not be time to upgrade, or even be feasible right now. As a consideration think about having your current appliances services or repaired. Repairing your appliances or making sure they are in their best working order can in many times be just as good as an upgrade at a fraction of the cost! Talk to Home Appliance Service for more information and options about how they can help!

Gut the Gutters!
Water damage is often one of the most expensive repairs for your home. While the snow is melted we will likely still see a good bit of rain this Spring; one of the areas of concern for leaks can be your gutters. A few sticks and leaves in the gutter may not seem like a big worry, but your home’s gutters are the first line of defense when it comes to taking the water from the sky and channeling it away from your home. All Valley Window Cleaning not only provides great window cleaning services in Idaho but also can help you get those gutters taken care of as well!

A last good general tip is to just take a walk around your home, look for any early warning signs of future issues like cracks in the concrete, mold or mildew, standing water, or any other indicators that there could be a problem now or in the near future! A little time spent doing regular inspections throughout the year can help you stay on top of things before they become a problem.

 

2013 Economic Real Estate Outlook for the Treasure Valley

Posted by Boise Home Helper on March 4, 2013

Idaho ranked 20th Best Business Tax Environment in the US for 2012.  While not in the ‘top ten’ that is a significant improvement over previous years.  I predicted that over the next several years, States that are more fiscally responsible and more tax friendly will start to see more development and migration.   I believe Boise will start feeling that benefit this year as we have already seen the commercial growth to encompass that trend.

Available housing inventory is very low currently as new development has been lagging, which may drive prices up short term on existing homes in some markets . An average market will have up to six months of inventory, we are less than three.  Eventually new housing developments will start to come available and will ease the current situation. Over the remaining part of 2013 however we will continue to see a lower level of available inventory.  Within 18 months the problem should adjust as more new developments come out of planning to fruition and some home owners, who previously were just a little under water, will now be able to list and sell.  We are experiencing that currently.

I anticipate rural land values to start a recovery in 2013.  Whether it will it be as sharp as the housing value correction of 2012 remains to be seen, more than likely it will be a slower but hopefully steady pace.

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Boise: Are You Set for Success?

Posted by Boise Home Helper on January 6, 2013


2013 rang in bright and cold here in the Treasure Valley and we here at the Boise Builders Group are excited at the prospects of an exciting new year!

You know, nearly half of us make a New Year’s resolution each year, and sadly about 75% of those resolutions are likely to fall flat before Spring thaw. But it doesn’t have to be that way! We’ve put together a few tips to help you increase the odds of great success in the coming year! Do these simple things to power boost all your other resolutions!

 

Sweat a Little
No, not by worrying, by being more active! Studies have shown that more physical activity can help relieve stress and also has countless cardiovascular benefits! An easy way to get in a little extra exercise is to do just a few squats, push-ups, or even a little yoga during commercial breaks while watching tv.

Reject the Negative
This goes for yourself and your business: don’t hold on to things that aren’t doing you any good – or that are even actually doing you harm. When negativity comes your way acknowledge it, look at the opposite and positive alternative, and move past the problem with a solution.

Make Time
Look at your schedule. Don’t have one? Maybe that should be a start. By better arranging your day to flow more efficiently to the way you work, or to the particular needs of your industry you may be surprised to find more time available for the things that make the day really worth while. When you find that time enjoy it to it’s fullest – don’t have that time? Make it!

Don’t Open Your Emails
Well, not first thing anyhow. Studies have shown that the top successful people in the world do not answer emails first thing when they get in. Instead, start your day by making a list of everything you need to do first. Next, take the smallest fastest task to accomplish and make it and at least one other larger task your focus for the day. By having your day laid out you can not only better see what needs to be done but can also in most cases tick a lot more tasks off the list.

One of the biggest services we provide our members and community is by sharing these types of encouraging tips and ideas – we hope you find them useful and enjoy visiting our website! Want even more great Boise area event news and homeowner help? Visit us on Facebook!

Boise Plumbers: Keeping You Safe!!

Posted by Boise Home Helper on December 2, 2012

After a number of health concerns some areas of the nation are starting to force the use of backflow devices on homes. Cases of local people getting extremely sick from the water in their homes and high pathogen counts in water systems is never good for anyone.

State Program Status: A list of the areas that are on board with protecting our Drinking water.

 

Protecting the Health and Safety of the Boise Community is what our Boise Plumbers do every day. Also Public awareness for our valued Boise citizens is the priority that all Plumbers in Boise take serious. No matter what your plumbing needs may be call 2 Thumbs Up Plumbing & Remodeling today for the best plumbing services in the Treasure Valley!

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Boise Home Inspection Q & A

Posted by Boise Home Helper on November 12, 2012

$25 off your home inspection with randy funk!You can have the utmost assurance in Randy Funk Home Inspections. We are backed with full-coverage insurance including E&O, general liability and we are also bonded.

Why have a home inspection?
Investments in Knowledge Pay Dividends!
A professional home inspection is such a valuable investment. An analysis of the property, conducted by a specially trained and completely objective home inspector, can identify non-functioning systems, damaged building components, safety issues and quality installations. Having this information before you purchase, sell, repair or remodel can return many dividends, both financially and emotionally.

How to Choose a Home Inspector?
Qualified inspectors are confident in the quality and value of an inspection. They’re eager to answer any questions to demonstrate the depth and importance of an inspection. Since inspectors in Idaho are not required to have a state license, it is critical to ascertain & verify their background.

How many inspections have you completed?
What types of insurance do you carry? Are you bonded? Home inspectors must carry liability insurance. It is one of the major costs for a home inspector, request proof of coverage.

Frequently Asked Questions about Inspections and Home Inspectors

Q: What is covered in an inspection?
A: Generally, home inspections include the evaluation of the outside area, roof, structural, electrical, plumbing, fireplace, & HVAC. This usually includes inspecting the crawlspace, attic, walking the roof and removal of any electrical panels. For more information, please visit Inspections.

Q: When buying real estate, am I required to have a home inspection?
A: No, a buyer can decide not to have a home inspection, but a quality home inspection provides assurance from a independent 3rd party. Everyone involved benefits from a home inspection. Even new homes, condos and condo-conversions benefit.

Q: When to order or who orders a home inspection?
A: Most home inspections are requested and paid for by the buyer during escrow and time is usually of the essence. It is important to have an inspection completed and reviewed by the buyer and buyer’s agent in a timely manner to determine if any requests for repairs need to be submitted to the seller. The report may recommend a further evaluation by a specialist in determining a remedy.

Many times new sellers will request a home inspection to be done prior to listing their dwelling. This has numerous benefits: it allows ample time to remedy the affordable repairs and decreases any liability exposure by supplementing the Transfer Disclosure Statement. It also minimizes the chances of “discoveries” as a result of any buyers inspection during escrow.

If you are looking for an exceptional home inspector here in the Treasure Valley call Randy Funk Home Inspections today! We have the technology, the quality, and skill you need to be assured that your home is inspected properly.

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