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Selling Your House – How to Add Curb Appeal

Home Selling Tips From Boise Realtor, Cristina Pescaru

It’s the end of another year, and we are still enjoying a seller’s market in our area (Boise, Idaho and the Treasure Valley).  If you are on the fence regarding selling, maybe you should give it serious consideration. There are advantages to listing this time of year, the major one being that competition is very limited.

Some tips for preparing your house for sale:

  • Trim bushes and branches so they don’t block windows or architectural details.
  • Set a pot of bright flowers (or a small evergreen in winter) on your porch or front walkway.
  • Install new, matching locks and knobs on your front door.
  • Repair any cracks or holes in the driveway, and clean oil spots with degreaser and a steel brush.
  • Edge the grass around walkways and trees.
  • Stow your garden tools and hoses out of sight, and clear kids’ toys from the lawn.
  • Buy a new mailbox.
  • Upgrade your outdoor lighting.
  • Purchase a new doormat for outside your front door.
  • Clean your windows, inside and out.
  • Polish or replace your house numbers.
  • Mow your lawn. Also, turning on the sprinklers for 30 minutes before the showing will make
    the whole yard sparkle.
  • In Winter, clear the snow and ice from the walks.

Now that your house is showroom ready, give me a call to start the process.

Cristina Pescaru Boise RealtorContact Boise Realtor, Cristina Pescaru, to find your Boise, Idaho home.

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Why is Meridian Idaho such a great place to live?

One of the fastest growing cities – why is Meridian such a great place to live?

From one who has lived in the Treasure Valley all her life, there are several reasons. The first perspective that has never changed.

  1. Right between two of Idaho’s largest cities; Nampa & Boise
  2. Friendly people
  3. Some of the best schools

From a real estate and Investment perspective;

  1. Nice neighborhoods
  2. Great family activities year round
  3. New parks and great older parks
  4. Shopping galore including the country’s most  beautiful upscale family oriented “Village Shopping Center
  5. Tasty restaurant choices.

Truly a wonderful place to call home.

So contact Ava, your Treasure Valley go to real estate agent. For her first-hand expertise on area growth & demand, selling or buying or other questions and advice when you are facing your real estate dilemma. Don’t hesitate. Now is one of the best times to sell or buy.

More Proof – From Market Watch:

These are the fastest-growing cities in America

Here are WalletHub’s 10 fastest-growing cities in America:

Rank City
1 Frisco, TX
2 Kent, WA
3 Lehigh Acres, FL
4 Meridian, ID
5 Midland, TX
6 McKinney, TX
7 Fort Myers, FL
8 Bend, OR
9 Austin, TX
10 Pleasanton, CA

High Demand For Homes in Boise

Boise Idaho View From Park

Boise, Idaho By Patrick R.

One thing in Boise & Treasure Valley that will never change is:

The consistent popularity of the area year round which has been leading to a high demand for not only rentals but homes for sale as well. Boise has become the THE GETAWAY place for the Pacific Northwest. Whether you are a seller or a buyer. Contact us for the latest on market conditions to help you make the right decision when you are thinking about making a change.

Contact Boise Realtor, Ava Tong, to find or sell your Boise, Idaho home.

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News from the Boise Real Estate Market

Attention Buyers and Sellers! The market is still going strong, and steadily climbing upwards. The very good news is that the reasons the prices are going up are legitimate ones, like consumer demand, lack of inventory and the higher prices of new construction. That shelters us from a strong downward spiral correction in the future, since the higher prices aren’t driven by speculation as it was the case 10 years ago.

Some June stats: the median sales price in Ada County grew by 8.7% over last year, and by 12.4% in Canyon County. The average time the properties spend on the market is lower as well, by 13.2% in Ada County and by 9.4% in Canyon County. Homes are selling quickly, and that means less time for the sellers to have the inconvenience of buyers coming through and keep the property in showing-room condition all the time. It’s exhausting

All this is good news for sellers, as we are in a strong seller’s market, that doesn’t show any signs of changing soon, and good information for the buyers to keep in mind: if you are serious about a property, don’t wait, don’t think you will have a few days to think about it, because you won’t, it will go before you know it! Also, make your stronger offer from the beginning, even if it’s not at the asking price, and document that offer to the best of your and your agent’s ability. Make sure that your have the funds available, and present that proof to the seller with your offer, if you are making a cash offer, or that you are pre-qualified if you are getting a mortgage. The more proof of your solidity as a buyer you can offer, and the better you make the offer look, the better your chance to getting the house of your dreams. Good luck to all the buyers out there, and if Ava or I can help in any way, don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Cristina Pescaru Boise RealtorContact Boise Realtor, Cristina Pescaru, to find your Boise, Idaho home.

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Real Estate Offer – Mistakes to Avoid

Real Estate Offer - Mistakes ArticleBoise Real Estate Advice in a Sellers Market

Boise Real Estate Agent, Cristina Pescaru, shares information from Realtor Mag – Making an Offer – 5 Mistakes to Avoid

We are facing a seller’s market, by now, everybody knows it. It is great if you have property to sell, but if you turn around and become a buyer, here are some things to keep in mind and mistakes to avoid in dealing with the reality of a market favoring sellers:

Delaying.

If you wait too long the result may be you end up paying more because you have to deal with a bidding war or you may miss out on the purchase. When you do find the home you love, act quickly and be ready with your paperwork:

  • Bank Statements
  • Preapproval Letter
  • Proof of Funds Documents

Make an offer for your preapproved amount.

Be a smart buyer – get preapproved.  This shows the seller you are financially able to purchase a home.

But using that preapproval document to come up with an offer amount can cause problems. “Many buyers come in with a preapproval for the exact offer price, but when you’re competing against other offers, including cash offers, you want to show financial strength,” Chuck Silverston, principal at Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty in Brookline, Mass. “An exact preapproval could make a listing agent nervous because not only does the buyer not have any wiggle room to negotiate, but they might no longer qualify if interest rates rise.”

Should you submit a lowball offer?

Real Estate Magazine indicates that lowballing a seller often backfires, particularly in a seller’s market.  “A lowball offer that isn’t backed up with math or comparable sales data is disrespectful and could turn off the seller and possibly mean you will miss out on the property completely.”

Should you waive inspection contingencies?

The simple answer is NO. “I don’t care whether it’s new construction or even your mom’s house you’re buying from her – get it inspected,” urges Joshua Jarvis of Jarvis Team Realty in Duluth, Ga. Further, if you waive the inspection contingency in your offer, you may lose the earnest money if you later back out of the deal.

 

Make a good presentation of yourself.

As we said before, this is a seller’s market, so buyers need to look good in the eyes of the seller.

“In today’s highly competitive environment, the listing agent is trying to determine which buyer will be the easiest to deal with,” Silverston says. Buyers may want to avoid pointing out every defect, making nitpicky queries, or questioning the seller’s tastes.

“Basically buyers who act less than enthusiastic will see themselves at a competitive disadvantage when sellers are comparing multiple offers,” he says.

 

In the News - LinkedIn Maps Seattle WorkforceGeekWire reports interesting news about one of our favorite Northwest cities, Seattle, Washington. LinkedIn created a study of hiring and employment trends in 20 major U.S. cities. The LinkedIn study found that “for every 10,000 people with a LinkedIn account in the Seattle area, approximately nine people came from the San Francisco Bay Area some time in the last year. The other most frequent sources of migration are the nation’s largest cities, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.”

Maps show cities that Seattle has gained the most workers from and cities with the most migration with Seattle.

The article goes on to say: “Believe it or not, some people actually leave Seattle as well. The most popular destination for people skipping town: Boise.” Possibly people are moving to Boise for the quality of life as well as the comparatively affordable housing market.

When you are planning your move to the City of Trees, find your home in Boise by contacting Ava or Cristina. FindYourHomeinBoise.com

cracked sidewalk

Do you have cracked or damaged curbs or sidewalks?

You may qualify for funds if your sidewalk has the following issues:

  • Cracks from tree roots that are planted between street and  sidewalk
  • Heaving concrete
  • Sunken sidewalk behind a curb
  • Sunken sidewalk over utility ditch
  • Tree that was removed due to expansive roots has left a hole where sidewalk was

You may have another unique circumstance; each case is looked into & carefully reviewed.

You could save thousands and improve your property surroundings. Contact Boise Realtors Ava Tong or Cristina Pescaru  about how you can get on the list for possible concrete repair at no cost to you.

Top 5 Real Estate Ventures in the Boise Valley

Boise Idaho foothills

  1. Single family residences; including townhouses & condominiums ~ Boise Valley consistently in Top 10
  2. Duplexes ~ live in one half/rent the other side
  3. 1031 exchanges ~ great tax advantages
  4. 2nd Homes ~ who doesn’t want to live here?
  5. Rehabilitation homes ~ 203K loans; for that house that needs remediated, gutted, updated or remodeled.

Contact Ava or Cristina for more details on any or all of the above.

Ava Tong, Boise Idaho RealtorContact Boise Realtor, Ava Tong, to find your Boise, Idaho home.

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Cristina Pescaru Boise RealtorContact Boise Realtor, Cristina Pescaru, to find your Boise, Idaho home.

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2 Idaho Guests Every Homeowner Hates!

Western Subterranean Termite

Western Subterranean Termites2 out of 5 homes in the Treasure Valley; Boise, Nampa, Caldwell, Meridian, Kuna, Star, Eagle are being infested by these destructive creatures.

Spring is active time for the “alates” as they fly over a wide range to search for their mate, then quickly find a warm moist home with plenty of food, (your wood) to feed their fast growing multiplying family.

All it takes for them to enter your home is a tiny crack or opening in your siding or around foundations. They are voracious eaters that can quickly eat through the center of wood leaving only an outer shell that will crumble.

If you have areas of high moisture and warmth or where water enters siding, be aware these critters could have infested your home. They love humidity and temperatures of 75-95 degrees. If you see long mud tubes anywhere on your walls these are their travel tunnels.

IMPORTANT!  If you find signs of these pests DO NOT disturb them.  For they will secretly find another area to invade, thus making it even more difficult to get rid of them.

Call your pest control company right away.   Image credit: Termite.com

Powder Post Beetle

These nasty critters have a very appropriate name; Powder Post Beetle because they leave powdered wood at the base of their destruction; the wood they are feasting on.  Late winter and early spring is when they start their cycle of destruction.

They lay eggs in cracks, pores, holes and crevices of wood.  Especially vulnerable is untreated wood; like hardwood flooring and timber that has been unfinished. Basement support timbers, unfinished walls and wood are widely affected.

Painted, stained polished and finished/treated wood does not attract these destructive pests.  Be sure you have no raw wood laying around or in your crawlspace. If you see evidence of their activity; wood powder, take action right away.

Call your pest control company as soon as possible.   Image credit Wikipedia

Be sure to contact Ava or Cristina regarding all your other real estate concerns.

Free Boise Home Sellers Seminar

Boise Home Sellers Free Seminar

Boise Realtors Invite Home Sellers to Informational Seminar

Not sure about your home value? What do people do at the title company while you are waiting anxiously to close? Inspections? Find answers to these questions, and others, in our free seminar. Columbia Village Recreation Center at 3655 E. Lake Forest, Boise, ID 83716, on March 18, 2017 10:30 am.

Ava Tong and Cristina Pescaru, Boise Realtors with Gold Key Real Estate, invite you to join them for a free seminar. Contact Ava (208) 440-5810 or Cristina (208) 284-1545 with your questions.

  • Free informational community/neighborhood service we are offering to homeowners that can save them $ and headaches.
  • We went to an economic seminar that focused on Idaho/Boise economy and have the latest eye opening statistics and will present some of the most important points that will affect homeowners in 2017.
  • We are having a Title Company employee discuss new concepts in the Title business that are now necessary and will discuss how they affect homeowners.
  • A home inspector with over 20 yrs inspecting hundreds of homes, will be sharing important insights and experiences on what are common and uncommon things to look for and things that have been found in houses in SE Boise and how a homeowner can protect themselves before, during and after the selling process.
  • Question and answer session for audience interaction.
  • Info for free $ saving usable home essential set.
  • Refreshments and giveaways.

“Did you know that it’s a sellers’ market out there? Inventory is low, prices are up, buyers are fighting over properties…what’s not to love?

With the renewed trust in the economy, people are looking again to real estate as a sound investment, or they may feel confident that it’s time to move the family in more spacious surroundings. Don’t sit on the fence and miss the moment. Our free seminar will give you the information and the answers you are looking for.” ~ Cristina Pescaru

 

Ava Tong, Boise Idaho RealtorContact Boise Realtor, Ava Tong, to find your Boise, Idaho home.

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Cristina Pescaru Boise RealtorContact Boise Realtor, Cristina Pescaru, to find your Boise, Idaho home.

Pledge to Clients:  Experience * Loyalty * Commitment * Care

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