Buying a Home in Idaho? It Should Be About More Than The Price

Posted by Boise Home Helper on February 3, 2016

boise home loansWhen it comes to buying a home the old adage is location, location, location and then of course: price! Truth be told, much like with any purchase, there is a lot to consider well beyond just the price of the home when you’re looking into buying. Another old adage: you get what you pay for – and that’s not to say there aren’t plenty of bargains to be had, but do you really want to pick the place you’ll be spending at least the next several years just because it cost less? Let’s hope not.

Here are some other important factors to think about when buying a home courtesy of our real estate pro Paul Heim of New View Real Estate!

The Neighborhood
This goes back to that location location bit. The community your home is in can be a big part of your satisfaction with your new place, after all the people around you will be a part of your every day life for a while. It’s best then if the neighbors are friendly, the neighborhood powers that be are mindful without being overbearing and that generally the neighborhood itself is neighbor-GOOD. Consider too the amenities in and around the community, is there a park or other things that make the location appealing? Make sure your new neighborhood suits your tastes and lifestyle.

Closet space, kitchen space, storage space, a place for everything and everything in it’s place and where in the world will we put the dog bed?! The available space of the home you’re looking at buying is a very important thing. Just imagine buying a car after a casual test drive and then finding out that it actually doesn’t have a trunk…or a backseat…this is a similar experience to not thinking about how much space you’ll need before you buy. Don’t leave yourself open to having to rent additional off-site storage just so you have a spot to put everything.

The Commute
Once you’ve narrowed down the area you want to live in it’s a really good idea to think about the daily commute. Whether it’s just to and from work or the route to groceries and other needed shopping spots you should likely drive the distance between these places and your prospective home to really get a feel for how the drive will impact you. Not just the distance and time itself but also the traffic volumes and how weather may change the overall time needed to get where you want to go.

Bonus Thought: Those High Ceilings
Every home buyer loves high vaulted ceilings. They love the open quality it lends to the room, the airiness and way it makes the space feel larger…until they actually live in the space for a while and are confronted with the realities of this style design. Don’t let this keep you from buying if it’s a feature you just love, just understand it requires a lot more energy to warm and cool all that open air, and of course any time you have to change bulbs or smoke detector batteries you’ll need a extension ladder.

Not sure if it’s time to buy a home in Idaho?
Not sure where to even begin? You don’t have to search all over the web to find a home, just talk to Paul Heim and his team of experienced Idaho real estate professionals. They have the knowledge and skills you’ll need to make an informed decision every step of the way towards your new dream home.

New View REThe New View Real Estate Team Of Silvercreek Realty Group
Paul Heim & Darcelle Sander
Phone: (208) 344-5700 / Mobile: (208) 794-8175

Boise – Most Improved Real Estate Market

Posted by Boise Home Helper on September 18, 2012

A new index to rate housing’s strength in regions across the country has been developed by market analyst Corelogic. This new scale incorporates real estate, economic, and mortgage factors to determine the strengths and weaknesses of each market.

Even with advanced calculating the real estate data giant admits that factors like continued high unemployement rates, negative equity, and turbulent governmental conditions have made it difficult to get completely accurate figures. Despite those things however the data clearly shows that overall home prices are stablizing and even rising in some areas.

It is not surprising to see major cities like San Jose and Las Vegas listed in the ranks of the quickest recovering cities, which are ranked according to their year-to-year performances, but our very own shining jewel Boise, Idaho has been the industry secret to surprise everyone but the locals. Ranked #1 the City of Tree’s can thank it’s stellar score to a decline in unemployment and a rise in home prices.

Experts will argue whether this seeming recovery in the real estate sector will have any real staying power, as previous attempts to rally fell flat, but Chief Economist Mark Fleming pointed out that a thinning of the available inventory and fewer foreclosures burdening the market shows real promise.

“Today’s new housing market really might be different this time around,” he said, recently. With any hope he will be right and Idaho can help lead the way!

Are you uncertain if now is a the time to buy a home? Maybe you wonder if renting might be more affordable, or just don’t know where to start looking? Whatever your situation, Paul Heim and his team of experience Idaho REALTORS® at the New View Real Estate Team would love the opportunity to talk with you about your particular ideas. Contact Paul today to start finding the home you want!

Boise Business Tip: Video Marketing

Posted by Boise Home Helper on June 14, 2012

Our last affiliate meeting was exceptionally educational thanks to Boise REALTOR® Nick Smith! He gave a special presentation about some of the things in regards to video marketing that he’s found highly effective for real estate agents and small business owners. We’ll have the full presentation available for our members here, but wanted to share some of the key points to help others get started.

Youtube FAQ:
Since it began in 2005 Youtube has helped video explode onto the scene online; it wasn’t long before people were using it to find more than  bloopers. More video is uploaded to YouTube in 60 days than the 3 major US networks created in 60 years. The number of advertisers using display ads on YouTube increased by 1,000% in the last year; it shows no signs of stopping.

Three Great Tips for Youtube:

Pay It Forward:
Keep your messages upbeat and positive. Site your sources; share credit where credit is due.  Keep it interesting, informative, humorous or educational.

Content is King:
Make sure you’ve got a message to present. Don’t always be selling, show and SHARE. Give your viewers something they can use. Bring value – don’t make videos just to make them (unless they are REALLY good!).

Don’t Break the Bank:
A video can be well done without a huge production cost. Keep it short and sweet. Most videos shouldn’t run longer than 2 minutes; you’ll be surprised how much you can fit into even 50 seconds.

Are you a Boise area business owner or individual using Youtube? We’d love to hear from you regarding what may be working for you; we are always glad to connect with new people!

A great big thanks again to Nick Smith! You can find Nick helping residents new and old find their dream homes. He is a member of the New View Real Estate Team and works alongside Paul Heim, another of Idaho’s exceptional real estate community.

Activities in the Treasure Valley

Posted by Boise Home Helper on July 7, 2011

Did you know that prior to the 1960s Treasure Valley was called the Boise River Valley or the Snake River Valley? It was only in 1959 that the name was changed to reflect that the area was akin to a treasure chest rich with opportunities and potential. The name neatly summarizes the low-lying areas from Boise, Idaho to Vale, Oregon which encompasses the cities of Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Star, Kuna, Caldwell, Middleton and a number of others.

Hiking, biking and water sports are just some of the many activities available in this beautiful part of the world and a passion for many outdoor enthusiast. The attractions and amenities on offer illustrate why Treasure Valley is always rated high nationally for a great place to live and why many people relocate to the area. If you and your loved ones enjoy the great outdoors then this is the place to be and the State caters to many outdoor activities, most of which are free! The cost of living is reasonable and Boise housing and real estate is very affordable. So, what are you waiting for? Research moving and moving quotes, pack your belongings and head for a new and fantastic life in the Valley!

With a wealth of outdoors opportunities, you will be spoiled for choices as to what to do first. If you enjoy being at one with nature, the numerous parks in Treasure Valley are highly recommended for their open space and interesting sights, which cover many thousands of acres including some of the vast and stunning Boise National Forest, which is a haven for anglers, hikers, white water rafters, mountain bikers, horse back riding and runners. Boise Greenbelt is a perennial favorite with residents and visitors alike, who enjoy running, in-line skating, walking, hiking and biking the miles of trails that run along the beautiful Boise River. Take along a picnic, your binoculars and a camera, as a variety of birds and wildlife have made this their home, including deer, beavers, mink, eagles, red-winged blackbirds and beautiful blue herons. If you have four-legged friends of your own, they can accompany you in many parks but dogs must be kept on a leash.

boise river funIdaho has many rivers which are ideal for water sports and offer many opportunities for the mild enthusiast or the more experienced and daring. The Boise River is popular in the summer season for rafting or just an easy float in an inner-tube and the run between Barber Park and Ann Morrison Park is especially good. The season runs from June to around October and you can use the facilities independently or book with any of the experienced operators who run excursions on the water. Choose from a serene and pleasurable meander down the river or the adrenalin-filled thrills of white water rafting down the Payette River! The rivers also offer many secluded spots for fishing enthusiasts who enjoy relaxing in a quieter way!

Less than 20 miles outside the city is the Bogus Basin Mountain Resort where you can participate in snowboarding and snow tubing, downhill and cross-country skiing. If you prefer green grass to white snow, head to any of the impressive golf courses in Treasure Valley to improve your game or take lessons with a professional. The Shadow Valley course even has marshals who hand out cookies and coffee to players, which shows just how welcoming the locals are in Treasure Valley!

With so much on offer why don`t you make the best move of your life to Boise, Idaho and enjoy a healthier, happier lifestyle in this incredible location.

Paul Heim
Silvercreek Realty
(208) 344-5700 Office (208) 794-8175 Mobile