Monthly Archives: June 2013

Should I use the LISTING AGENT to show me the house?

Here’s a question that I see consistently popping up on real estate forums, my email inbox and in conversations on the telephone: I really like this house, do I have to use the agent that listed it to show me the home, represent me as my agent, or write the offer. The short answer is […]

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Homeowners — Are You Making These Mistakes Planning Next Year’s Taxes?

Filing your taxes can be a complicated and confusing process. If you are a home owner you may have many different home tax deductions and credits to consider. Since we recently passed the filing date for 2012 taxes, it may be a good time to plan for next year and get your tax tracking systems […]

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Why It’s Critically Important To Have A Home Inspection

Many home buyers have found the perfect house, signed on the dotted line and may think they’ve watched enough home improvement shows to know if the home they’re getting is in good shape. Unfortunately, some buyers make the mistake of skipping a home inspection in order to save a little cash. Even if a home […]

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RealtyTrac Foreclosure Report Shows 28% Decrease From May 2012

Foreclosure actions increased by 2.0 percent in May from April’s 75 month low point for foreclosure activity according to RealtyTrac’s U.S. Foreclosure Market Report released June 11. However, the good news is that May 2013 foreclosure filings were still 28 percent below May 2012 filings. RealtyTrac reports that approximately one in 885 homes were in […]

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Four Important Home Maintenance Tips Everyone Should Know

One of the important aspects of owning a home is having the knowledge of how to keep it maintained to avoid costly repairs and serious damage. Over the years weather and use will wear down both the interior and exterior of your property. Especially with the varying temperatures we enjoy here in Idaho. If you […]

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3 Critical Tips To Improve Your Credit Score And Mortgage Terms

When you are looking for a mortgage to buy a home in Boise, Eagle, Meridian, or anywhere else in Idaho, your credit score is very important. Any potential lender will check your score and will use the number to assess your creditworthiness and the interest rate that they offer you. The better your credit score […]

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Annual Home Price Gains Nationally

The most recent S&P/Case-Shiller Index showed all three composites posting double-digit increases over the last four quarters. The national composite, which is the broadest based index, showed an increase of 10.2% annually. The 20-City composite posted even stronger annual growth at 10.9%. The Case-Shiller Index measures changes in home prices by tracking same-home sales using […]

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