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Putting a Price on Memories

You visit a garage sale on a sunny Saturday morning and find a bicycle that you think would be perfect for your child. You look at the price tag and it’s about twice as much as you would expect to pay. When you question the owner, he says, “That bike has a lot of sentimental […]

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Drive the Neighborhood

Finding the right home involves more than just finding the right property. The location plays an important role as well. The last thing you want is to be dazzled into buying what looks like a dream home, only to discover later on that the location makes it inconvenient to get to work, school and other […]

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August Market Report

Single family home sales in August 2014 were 737 in Ada County, a decrease of 12% compared to July 2013. YTD total sales are down 4% compared to this time last year; 5,265 homes sold compared to 5,508. In August, sales of homes priced above $160,000 showed increases in every price category. The reason our […]

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Boise, Idaho Named One of the Top 10 Cities to Raise a Family

Using data from sources such as the US Census Bureau, the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness, and, Forbes went in search of the top ten best metro areas to raise a family. Forbes took into account seven different categories to make their rankings. These categories included, “median income, overall cost of living, housing affordability […]

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Home Builder Confidence Has Far Outpaced Actual Home Construction

Home builder confidence was unchanged for September according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index HMI released Tuesday. After four months of rising confidence, September’s HMI reading came in at 58, which was not far from expectations of a reading of 59. August’s reading of 58 was revised from 59. Readings […]

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Case-Shiller index Shows Home Values Rising Nationwide, Too

There have been no shortage of “housing market” stories lately. After sinking through much of late-last decade, home values slowly stabilized into mid-2011. By October 2011, values appeared to have bottomed. Today, nearly five-and-one-half years after the April 2007 housing market peak, home prices are finally showing their ability to rebound. Over the past 12 […]

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Mortgage Rates for the week of: July 16, 2012

Mortgage markets improved last week on slowing economic growth worldwide and investor thirst for “safe” investments. China’s economy posted to its weakest growth since 2009 and economic activity in the Eurozone continued to sag. Both events resulted in a broad-based sell-off of equities and non-U.S. bonds. Mortgage bonds benefited from last week’s flight-to-quality as bond […]

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Avoid These Mistakes of Beginning INVESTORS!

Investing in real estate provides many owners with positive cash flow, tax benefits and the satisfaction of making an impact in others’ lives. Like any investment, real estate has market trends that, if ignored, can cause an investor tremendous headaches. Many first-time investors part with their hard-earned money without taking the time to study their […]

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What Happens When You Walk Away From Your Home?

It was just last summer that Charlotte Perkins made the hardest decision of her life as she and her husband Jim were caught in the vise of the housing bust. Wanting to downsize their lives as they headed toward retirement, they bought a new house in Mesa, Arizona, before they sold the old one, also […]

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Merry Christmas

From all of your friends here at to you and your family, we sincerely wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and The Government shall be upon His Shoulder: and His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, […]

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