NEW LISTING ALERT! 804 Lanham St Boise $249,999

This house just hit the market! 1200 square feet of wide open layout, copious natural light, hardwood flooring throughout (tile in the bathrooms and kitchen), 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms & a master suite to envy. Cozy up to the wood burning fireplace, and entertain in your private and fully fenced yard.

This home is located on the Boise Bench and is a short bike ride to the greenbelt, river and downtown. Easy access to the freeway and shopping make this location ideal.

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SE Boise under $275,000 - 4081 E Homestead Rim Drive

If you are looking for the best location in the valley and need to keep the budget under $300k, I have the place for you! 

This home sits in Homestead Rim, a beautiful community of homes that sit nestled against the Oregon Trail Mesa and often have a view of the beautiful foothills. This listing sits at 1512 square feet, is a two story home with all bedrooms upstairs and a minimal yet private yard so that you can spend your time enjoying the great outdoors and not mowing your lawn every weekend! 

To schedule a private showing, please call or text (208) 850-1822.

February Market Report for Ada County

The numbers are in, and they are looking Great!

According to the Intermountain Multiple Listing Service, for February 2016, in Ada County there are 1931 Active properties, 1471 Pending properties and the average sales price is $265,222.

In Boise alone there are 809 Active properties, 757 Pending properties, and the average sales price is $246,502.

In Eagle there are 289 Active properties, 135 Pending properties and an average sales price of $442,426.

In Meridian there are 588 Active properties for sale, 404 Pending sales and an average sales price of $264,533.

This resulted in an 11% INCREASE in sales from February 2015. 

The inventory levels have gone down by 4% compared to February 2015. 

This is bringing about higher sales prices. The average sales price has gone up 9% from February 2015. 

The question is, How Can I Help You In This Market? Looking to buy or sell? Its a great time for both! Inventory levels are low, but what is hitting the market is going quick. (208) 850-1822. 

The value of pressurized irrigation

If you are not from Idaho, this term may be a foreign one to you. Simply put, pressurized irrigation is ditch water that has been pressurized and processed and is made accessible for you to use on your landscaping. Pressurized irrigation is available in many newer communities, and is an often overlooked benefit. When you drive around the Treasure Valley you will often see canals full of water (April-October). This is where the water comes from that often waters community common areas and your yard if you have the benefit of pressurized irrigation. The huge benefit of it, and why it is considered an amenity is that the water costs much, much less than regular city water. City water through United Water, is where we get the water to use inside our homes. When I lived in southwest Boise, I paid an additional $40 a year approximately for my irrigation water bill. 

I personally have lived in both a home with pressurized irrigation and a home (currently) that does not have the benefit. And when summer rolls around, its something I wish we had to take advantage of. 

While the water is not clean enough to drink, it is great for your lawn, plants, flowers and trees. It also does wonders for the washing your car in your own driveway on a hot day in July. 

 

Country Club living

4118 W Highland Fall Court  Meridian, ID

This beauty is single, and ready to mingle. She's got great references too. In 2013 this gorgeous home swept the awards for the Spring Parade of homes in its price category, including 'Best Kitchen'. Once you see the pictures, you'll know why. 

At 2501 square feet, this single level home boasts vaulted ceilings with massive beams that create interest and a conversation piece which some may say is a piece of art. The craftsmanship and attention to detail in this home are outstanding. From the herringbone pattern laid tile in the foyer to the rich stain grade knotty alder cabinets throughout, this home is a show stopper. The open layout is ideal for entertaining, yet still offers the comfort of a cozy evening at home. The floor to ceiling tile surround creates more visual interest and anchors the built-ins and modern fireplace. 

Three spacious bedrooms, and a floor plan that offers privacy for the master suite, this layout is not only well thought out, but very functional. 

This home is now available at the steal of a deal asking price of $379,900.  That is the same price to build a new home in the same floor plan. Only difference is the new one will not have all the upgrades this one has. Those upgrades are not limited to the full fencing, north facing backyard premium lot, epoxied 4 car garage, central vac system, heated floor in master bathroom, additional cabinetry in the kitchen, gorgeous window treatments throughout... This home is a must see! 

And one of the best parts is not the home itself but the community it proudly was built in. SpurWing Greens. When you purchase a home in this coveted community your HOA dues pay for a Lifestyle membership which includes: Pressurized irrigation to water your property, access to the 2 community pools, access to the community tennis courts, maintenance of the lush community common areas, community ponds & water features, access to the 6.5 miles of walking paths within the community, access to the private country club restaurant & bar without any food minimums, and a new workout facility has also been added to the club. Golf memberships are sold separately. 

Call me or reach out to set up a time to tour this one before its gone. (208) 850-1822   emily.smith.idaho@gmail.com

Click on the picture above to see other great shots of this home!

Things are heating up

The weather is warming up in beautiful southwestern Idaho. Boise is popping with activity, and things in real estate are just as exciting!  Houses are selling quicker than in recent years, and for closer to the asking price. If you are even considering jumping in to this exciting time- either to buy or sell- please feel free to call me with any questions, or just to have a sounding board to bounce ideas off of. 

I have been touring homes in the bench as well as in the greater Kuna area as of most recent. Numerous times I have opened up my laptop to write an offer, and then get word back from the listing agent before I can begin only to learn that the property I was about to write an offer on currently has 2 or more offers fighting over it. While this may seem intimidating, I find it exhilarating. It is SO exciting that our local economy is strong and buyers and sellers alike are finding comfort and stability in our market. 

Speaking of, if you are considering joining the ranks of rental property ownership, I would encourage you to take a look at my listing in Kuna. It would be an ideal rental as it has just under 2200 square feet in the home, a smaller lot to maintain, and the price is reasonable so you most likely would be able to cash flow from it each month. 

http://imls.paragonrels.com/publink/default.aspx?GUID=69313fba-8bae-462a-949e-3bab576be5e9&Report=Yes

If you want to set up a time to see it, Call me at 850-1822! 

Kuna charmer coming on the market at $169,500

I am proud to be representing the listing at 895 E Folgado Court in Kuna, ID. This home has been upgraded and maintained well over its short life. Beautiful hardwood floors, dynamic paint colors, open kitchen, copious storage and two garden spaces make this home one to put on your short list if you are looking for a home in Kuna under the $175k mark. It will be going live in the Intermountain MLS on Tuesday the 24th! 

A 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath two story home, featuring a spacious loft and sitting comfortably at just over 2100 square feet. Near the heart of small town Kuna, this home offers both the standards and discipline of a home in a community, but the small town feel with room to get your hands dirty and plant in your own garden. 

This home is a steal at $169,500. Call me to set up a time to see this one of a kind home. 

(208) 850-1822


2015! Its a great year to make a move.

Things are picking up in the Treasure Valley. Micron's stock is up, the sunshine is out and I've even seen a few brave souls break out their flip flops. While it may not be ideal weather for skiing up at Bogus, it is a great time to start considering and taking steps towards getting your home ready to sell. 

I had the pleasure of meeting a client {& friend} for brunch today. We talked about how excited she is to get her home on the market, and to build a new home on a larger lot.  She mentioned how fitting it is that I will help her and her husband in this process as when I started my real estate career in Boise, it was centrally focused around new construction sales. During those first few years I established relationships with various builders around the valley, learned valuable skills for negotiating, the ins and outs of the building process and how to connect home buyers to builders. 

If you have any questions or just want to learn about what is available in the current market, feel free to reach out and connect with me. 

Spring Parade of Homes Committee

 

For 2014, I was invited to be a part of the Spring Parade of Homes Realtor committee. The Parade is hosted by the BCA, and will begin this year on April 26th. We had our first meeting today, and it was very exciting learning all of the ins and outs of the process that goes into making the event successful year after year. I have worked in many of the Parade of Homes events over the years since we moved to Boise, both in the Spring and the Fall showcases. It is a great opportunity to see what builders are doing and to pick up ideas if you are looking to remodel or redecorate. This year there will be the maximum of 40 homes on display! I myself, cannot wait! 

2013 Parade of Homes magazine cover. Photo courtesy of the Builders Contractors Association of Southwestern Idaho. 

2013 Parade of Homes magazine cover. Photo courtesy of the Builders Contractors Association of Southwestern Idaho.