We intend to have an informative, lively discussion, where you could not only learn what the turbulent real estate market is doing, but also send questions, and comment on what is being presented.

We are open to suggestions, and aim to be of service, so please, let us have it! Your input, that is.

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Find Your Home in Boise.

Boise, Idaho

Tips for LandlordsEvery landlord wants to save money. The best way is to think ahead and be pro-active.  These true & tested tips will help you keep $ in your pocket.

  1. Keep your “Good as Gold” tenants as long as possible ~this saves you move out costs.
  2. Look to purchase reasonably sized properties~ this means less maintenance costs.
  3. Stick with one contractor for repairs~they may offer big discounts on their services.
  4. Try your best NOT to use property managers~a waste of money.
  5. Personally inspect your property at least 2x a year.

Resources, solutions & wisdom.

Call, text or email;

Ava 208-440-5810
Avatong@msn.com

Cristina
208-284-1545
Cprealtor4u@aol.com

Boise’s Treefort Music Festival Review

UPROXX reviewed our hometown’s music festival, Treefort.

Read their review:

Boise’s Treefort Shows The Possibilities Of Diversity And Representation At Music Festivals

When referring to major American Music Festivals of 2018, the article notes that

” It often times tends to be smaller, more thoughtfully curated events that don’t get a ton of national press that rise above the norm and set the standards for how music fests should look.  Just this week in Boise, Idaho, one of these festivals kicked off its seventh year.”

“The real star of Treefort Music Festival is Boise itself. For anyone unfamiliar with the Idaho state capitol, the likely perception is that it is merely a blip on a map, the place with the blue football field, a likely quiet town without much in the way of culture or attractions. But Boise is so much more than that. Along with the blue field of Boise State comes the young vibrancy typical of college towns. But even the word “town” feels insufficient for a city of more than 200,000 people. Boise falls in the sweet spot of being big enough to house ample satisfying options for cuisine, hotels, and activities while also giving its residents and visitors the feeling of calm and space. For someone from LA or similar urban sprawls, it is very easy to fall in love.”

The History of Treefort Music Festival

According to Treefort Music Festival Website,

“Idaho – With our vast wilderness areas and mountain ranges, clean rivers and lakes, open prairies and big skies, this big little state in the NW can often feel like living on the frontier of a young developing nation — and it’s exciting times on the frontier.”

“Music is the trunk of Treefort. We get our biggest thrills from welcoming spellbinding well-known and independent emerging artists from all over the globe. Since the festival’s inception, Boise has played host to thousands of bands traveling from within the Treasure Valley or as far as Western Europe, the Middle East and Australia. Just like the uniqueness of every tree, each Treefort Music Fest features a wide variety of musicians and bands – every Treefort moment has its own soundtrack.”

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2018 Treefort Music Fest – Boise, Idaho treefortmusicfest.com

Boise, Idaho in the News

According to a March 2, 2018 Idaho Statesman article Boise is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country.  Quoting Forbes, the capital city exceeded 2017 expansion projections “by nearly every metric that matters.”  Moody’s Analytics indicates that Boise’s growth spurt is likely to continue.

Boise has “the pieces in place.  It’s got the location, it’s got low cost, a healthy tech presence,” Moody’s senior economist Adam Kamins told Forbes.

The Idaho Statesman goes on to say “Locals who dig their heels in against the explosive growth may take some comfort in Forbes 2018 projections”. The rate of growth should taper off, experts say. Most notably, Boise’s climbing home prices are projected to slow considerably (from fourth-highest in the country to a projected spot of 23rd).

In 2018, the city’s population will grow an estimated 2.34 percent, Forbes predicts, and jobs will grow about 2.61 percent. Local economic growth is expected to hold steady at eighth in the nation, or 5.12 percent. Wages should climb 5.7 percent, the fifth-fastest projected increase in the nation.

Read more from Forbes . . .

 

 

Boise Idaho Realtors Ava Tong, and Cristina Pescaru have noticed our beautiful state of Idaho is growing.  Now we have positive proof reported by NPR and the Census Bureau. Get in touch with Ava or Cristina if you would like help finding your home in Boise.

NPR: Idaho Leads U.S. As Fastest Growing State, Census Bureau Reports

NPR article - Idaho Fastest Growing State

Following in the footsteps of the Oregon Trail fur traders, Americans are again flocking to the West in great numbers, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. But of course, this time they aren’t making the journey in covered wagons.

Idaho saw its population jump by 2.2 percent from July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2017, leading the nation as the fastest growing state. Three other western states saw similar growth during that same period: Nevada, Utah and Washington. The overall U.S. population also grew by 2.3 million.

Follow this link to read the rest of the NPR article Idaho Leads U.S. As Fastest Growing State, Census Bureau Reports.

United States Census Bureau:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2017

Idaho is Nation’s Fastest-Growing State, Census Bureau Reports

DEC. 20, 2017 — Idaho was the nation’s fastest-growing state over the last year. Its population increased 2.2 percent to 1.7 million from July 1, 2016, to July 1, 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s national and state population estimates released today.

Following Idaho for the largest percentage increases in population were: Nevada (2.0 percent), Utah (1.9 percent), Washington (1.7 percent), and Florida along with Arizona (1.6 percent).

“Domestic migration drove change in the two fastest-growing states, Idaho and Nevada, while an excess of births over deaths played a major part in the growth of the third fastest-growing state, Utah,” said Luke Rogers, Chief of the Population Estimates Branch.

Read more from the U.S. Census Bureau news release.

Moving With Pets

Moving with pets

Photo by Anusha Barwa on Unsplash

By Boise Realtor, Cristina Pescaru

A new year, a new beginning. If moving is in the cards for you this year, and you have pets, you may feel that you are facing a huge hurdle, bigger than moving usually is. Moving in itself is no easy matter, and if moving across state lines, or countries, it may feel a little daunting. If your beloved pets are also part of this equation, then it becomes very serious indeed. But take heart, it just seems worse than it is. We all know people that moved successfully with pets, and pets have been known to travel long distances by plane or car. I know somebody who recently, in December, moved from one country to another with two cats and two dogs, and they all lived to tell the tale.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Visit your vet and make sure that your pet is in good health, has all the necessary and required documentation, and ask if mild sedation is a good idea for your specific pet.
  • Make sure you know the required health certificates at your destination, if you are moving across state or country lines.
  • Secure your pets at all times when in unfamiliar surroundings.
  • Make sure your pets are chipped or have identification in case they are separated from you.

These are only a few suggestions, for a lot more information follow this blog post Advice for Dog Owners in the Moving Market.

For those of you moving to the Treasure Valley, listed below are some useful pet related resources.

Landlords and Homeowners - house fire dangersLANDLORDS; don’t expect your property management company to babysit your property and tenants. They don’t & won’t. Be pro active. By the way~ have you personally seen & inspected your investment? You may be surprised at what your property really looks like inside & out. Be responsible.

HOMEOWNERS; you live in your home so be aware of how to protect your family, pets & property.
Baby It’s Cold Outside! But before you get cozy by that warm toasty fire or get comfortable with that heater or pile of quilts read this checklist for possible dangers in your own home.

DANGER!

Fires can be caused by the following;

☆ creosote build up in chimney flue
☆ overhanging branches over outside chimney stack/flue
☆ not having fireproof woodstove floor extension or fireproof fireplace hearth
☆ no fireplace screen
☆ leaving open fires burning in fireplace unattended, overnight or for long periods of time w/o supervision
☆ space heaters that are not safety tested/approved
☆ smoking cigarettes in bed
☆ burning candles too near objects and leaving unattended

there are also many other causes for fire not listed.

The best course of action to prevent loss of life, money consuming disasters/fires is always being pro active.

Show you care~
Be aware!
Enjoy the warmth & comfort of your home & the cozy ambiance of that toasty fire with your loved ones.

If you want to save money on your next real estate sale or purchase, be sure to call Ava or Cristina your practical real estate consultants always looking out for your interests of you and your family.

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

Website: FindYourHomeinBoise.com
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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

Website: FindYourHomeinBoise.com
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We know why people are moving to Idaho, do you?

In addition to beautiful scenery, fresh air, open spaces, and friendly people, Idaho has the fourth-cheapest cost of living in the country. So, we have noticed our population growing. Here in Boise, we are seeing a boom. Newcomers are settling in around our capital city.

According to a Washington Post article “Why people really want to move to Idaho but are fleeing our neighbor, Wyoming” by Andrew Van Dam, the Gem State is no longer a home for coal miners, we have moved into agriculture, forestry, manufacturing, technology and services.

He says there are a few differences between Idaho and our neighbor, Wyoming. One of those differences has to do with the fact that Wyoming has a powerful coal industry and has left the state’s economy at the mercy of the boom-and-bust cycles.

Read Mr. Van Dam’s article found in the Idaho Statesman – Why people really want to move to Idaho but are fleeing our neighbor, Wyoming.

Article about Idaho

Why people really want to move to Idaho but are fleeing our neighbor, Wyoming

Things to Do in Boise

A Washington Post article by
John Briley answers the question: You’re going where? Boise

You're Going Where? Boise Article by John Briley.

 

Briley has been writing professionally since 1993. He has published dozens of travel, health and lifestyle pieces in numerous publications. His website is johnbriley.com

John comments on Idaho’s capital city, saying:

there is so much more than potatoes, blooming with artsy and independent delights. Plus, a river runs through it.

Of course those of us who live in the beautiful city of trees are very much aware of the value of the Treasure Valley and how special it is to live in the scenic Gem State. We are happy you enjoyed your visit to Boise, John. Follow this link to John’s Washington Post Article about Boise where John writes a monthly series “You’re going where?” highlighting the best vacation destinations you’ve probably never considered.

The article includes places here in Boise you will definitely want to visit:

  • The Idaho Sate Capitol building – our state’s most-treasured building.
  • JUMP (Jack’s Urban Meeting Place) – J. R. (Jack) Simplot, an Idaho entrepreneur was a model of the pioneering spirit. After passing away in 2008, he left behind his legacy and astounding collection of vintage tractors. Instead of building a typical tractor museum, his family decided to build JUMP to honor Jack by giving our community opportunities to continue to inspire, grow, and innovate.
  • Freak Alley Gallery – Freak Alley Gallery was born on Dec 15th of 2002. What began as a line on a door has grown to be “The largest outdoor gallery in the Northwest”.
  • Boise Contemporary Theater – inspires our community to examine our perspectives and better understand ourselves, each other, and the world around us by creating thought-provoking stories of the human experience.
  • Fork Restaurant – creative, farm-to-table American dishes and craft cocktails served in a vibrant, brick-and-wood space.
  • Bardenay – as the nation’s first restaurant distillery, Bardenay set an industry precedent by combining a full service restaurant and bar with a distillery.
  • Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro – located in the heart of downtown Boise, Idaho. Goldy’s takes pride in its made to order breakfast using as many fresh local ingredients as possible to provide a variety of choices.
  • The STIL (Sweetest Things in Life) – create high quality, locally based, hand-crafted artisanal ice cream.
  • The Record Exchange – a family-owned independent music store.
  • Basque Market – serving Spanish-style pintxos (Basque for tapas) and meat & seafood paella.
  • Crazy Neighbor – retail accessory shop with an eclectic product line.
    Offering a broad mix of fashion accessories for both men and women, as well as a complete line of stage makeup, wigs and specialty products for individuals, performers and stylists.
  • Dunia Marketplace – Idaho’s only nonprofit fair-trade store selling hand-made items from local and global artisan families.
  • Inn at 500 Capitol – Centered in the heart of downtown Boise, Idaho.
  • The Modern Hotel and Bar– a re-animated Travelodge located in downtown Boise’s Linen District.
  • Hyde Park – an older neighborhood with tree-lined streets is on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Boise River Greenbelt – a 25-mile path that runs along the river next to parks and the famous blue turf of Boise State University.

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.

Pledge to Clients: Experience * Loyalty * Commitment * Care

Website: FindYourHomeinBoise.com
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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
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