Save thousands on home maintenance

Strapped for time and energy?

Let someone else do the work on your home’s working systems.

One fee per year will free up your valuable time, save you & possibly hundreds if not thousands of dollars on keeping your home running efficiently.

We can tell you how.  Simply call Ava or Cristina.

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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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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

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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House Hunting – How To Prepare

house for saleBoise Idaho Realtor, Ava Tong, tells us how to prepare for house hunting.

We all know Boise and the surrounding Treasure Valley is one of the best places to live.  So, let’s find you a home in Boise.  “Searching for a house to buy can be daunting, and most of the homes you see won’t be what you’re looking for ” according to HGTV.  They suggest being aware of some house hunting mistakes to avoid.

Ava Tong is a lifelong resident of the Treasure Valley, with over 37 years of real estate investing and assisting folks in the decision making processes of selling and buying. Ava offers a few suggestions to prepare you for house hunting in Boise, or wherever you heart leads you to find the best home for your family.

If you find the perfect home now, don’t risk losing it because you’re trying to guess where the housing market and interest rates are going. Those factors usually don’t change fast enough to make a difference in an individual home’s price.

Don’t ask for too many opinions.

It’s natural to want reassurance for such a big decision, but too many ideas from too many people will make it much harder to make a decision. Focus on the wants and needs of the people who will actually be living in the home.

Accept that no house is ever perfect.

If it’s in the right location, the yard may be a bit smaller than you had hoped. The kitchen may be perfect, but the roof needs repair. Make a list of your top priorities and focus in on things that are most important to you. Let the minor ones go. Also, accept that a little buyer’s remorse is inevitable and will most likely pass.

Don’t try to be a killer negotiator.

Negotiation is definitely a part of the real estate process, but trying to “win” by getting an extra-low price or refusing to budge may cost you the home you love.

Remember your home doesn’t exist in a vacuum.

Don’t get so caught up in the physical aspects of the house itself that you forget about important issues such as noise level, access to amenities, and other aspects that also have a big impact on your quality of life.

Plan ahead.

Don’t wait until you’ve found a home to get approved for a mortgage, investigate insurance, or consider a moving schedule. Being prepared will make your bid more attractive to sellers.

Choose a home first because you love it; then think about appreciation.

A home is still considered a great investment, but its most important role is as a comfortable, safe place to live.

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

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7 Reasons to Work With a Realtor

Boise Realtor answers the question - Why Work with a RealtorWhy Work With a Professional Realtor?

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Realtors are professional members of the National Association of REALTORS®, they are not just agents. Realtors subscribe to a strict code of ethics. Home buyers appreciate the expertise provided by a knowledgeable Realtor, and clearly see the following benefits when working with a qualified Realtor:

  1. An expert guide.
    Selling a home usually requires dozens of forms, reports, disclosures, and other technical documents. A knowledgeable expert will help you prepare the best deal, and avoid delays or costly mistakes. Also, there’s a lot of jargon involved, so you want to work with a professional who can speak the language.
  2. Objective information and opinions.
    REALTORS® can provide local information on utilities, zoning, schools, and more. They also have objective information about each property. REALTORs® can use that data to help you determine if the property has what you need.
  3. Property marketing power.
    Property doesn’t sell due to advertising alone. A large share of real estate sales comes as the result of a practitioner’s contacts with previous clients, friends, and family. When a property is marketed by a REALTOR®, you do not have to allow strangers into your home. Your REALTOR® will generally prescreen and accompany qualified prospects through your property.
  4. Negotiation knowledge.
    There are many factors up for discussion in a deal. A REALTOR® will look at every angle from your perspective, including crafting a purchase agreement that allows you the flexibility you need to take that next step.
  5. Up-to-date experience.
    Most people sell only a few homes in a lifetime, usually with quite a few years in between each sale. Even if you’ve done it before, laws and regulations change. REALTORS® handle hundreds of transactions over the course of their career.
  6. Your rock during emotional moments.
    A home is so much more than four walls and a roof. And for most people, property represents the biggest purchase they’ll ever make. Having a concerned, but objective, third party helps you stay focused on the issues most important to you.
  7. Ethical treatment.
    Every REALTOR® must adhere to a strict code of ethics, which is based on professionalism and protection of the public. As a REALTOR®’s client, you can expect honest and ethical treatment in all transaction-related matters.

Large Network of Tried, Tested and True Real Estate Service in Boise Idaho Real Estate Market

Boise, Idaho Professional Realtor Ava Tong is ready to put her expertise and knowledge to work for you. When you are ready to buy a home in the Treasure Valley, get in touch with Ava.

Why are we the best agents in the Boise area? Get the answer.


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7 Reasons to Own A Home

Reasons to buy a houseThe Benefits of Home Ownership

Boise Idaho Realtor – Ava Tong, Gold Key Real Estate
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  1. Tax benefits.
    The U.S. Tax Code lets you deduct the interest you pay on your mortgage, your property taxes, and some of the costs involved in buying a home.
  2. Appreciation.
    Historically, real estate has had a long-term, stable growth in value. In fact, median single-family existing-home sale prices have increased on average 5.2 percent each year from 1972 through 2014, according to the National Association of REALTORS®.  The recent housing crisis has caused some to question the long-term value of real estate, but even in the most recent 10 years, which included quite a few very bad years for housing, values are still up 7.0 percent on a cumulative basis. In addition, the number of U.S. households is expected to rise 10 to15 percent over the next decade, creating continued high demand for housing.
  3. Equity.
    Money paid for rent is money that you’ll never see again, but mortgage payments let you build equity ownership interest in your home.
  4. Savings.
    Building equity in your home is a ready-made savings plan. And when you sell, you can generally take up to $250,000 ($500,000 for a married couple) as gain without owing any federal income tax.
  5. Predictability.
    Unlike rent, your fixed-rate mortgage payments don’t rise over the years so your housing costs may actually decline as you own the home longer. However, keep in mind that property taxes and insurance costs will likely increase.
  6. Freedom.
    The home is yours. You can decorate any way you want and choose the types of upgrades and new amenities that appeal to your lifestyle.
  7. Stability.
    Remaining in one neighborhood for several years allows you and your family time to build long-lasting relationships within the community. It also offers children the benefit of educational and social continuity.

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

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Boise Among Top Metro For  Baby BoomersAccording to the new research by the  National Association of Realtors®, metro areas with a lower cost of living and sunnier weather are poised to see an increased number of baby boomers moving in and buying a home as some delay retirement and remain participants in the labor market.

Boise, Idaho and Raleigh, North Carolina were identified as top standouts for baby boomers for their solid job growth, share of self-employed workers and affordable home prices.

The top markets positioned to see an influx of baby boomer homebuyers are (listed alphabetically):

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Boise, Idaho
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Fort Myers, Florida
  • Greenville, South Carolina
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Sarasota, Florida
  • Tucson, Arizona

Visit the NAR website to read more about the Top Metro Areas Poised for Uptick in Baby Boomer Home Sales.
Resource: NAR Identified Top Metro Areas Poised for Uptick in Baby Boomer Home Sales
Media Contact: Adam DeSanctis

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Homes Millennials Buy

Special Studies, December 1, 2014
By Natalia Siniavskaia, Ph.D.
Economics and Housing Policy
National Association of Home Builders
Report available to the public as a courtesy of HousingEconomics.com 

According to the 2013 American Housing Survey (AHS), one out of three households who moved and bought a home in the previous two years were millennials. Being the youngest home buyers with little or no accumulated wealth affects how millennials shop and buy their homes, often for the first time. This article examines the 2013 AHS data and looks at what homes millennials bought overHome Size Distribution by Home Buyers the previous two years, how they financed their purchases, what motivated them to move and how they chose homes and neighborhoods.

Among other findings, the article reports that:

  • Three out of four millennial home buyers are first-time buyers.
  • Compared to older generations of buyers, they are less likely to buy a new home but more likely to buy a condominium.
  • Homes purchased by millennials tend to be older, smaller and less expensive. Half of all homes purchased by millennials averaged less than 1,650 square feet of living space and cost less than $148,500.
  • The most common reason for moving reported by millennial home buyers is to establish their own household, followed by the desire to have a larger unit and own it.
  • When choosing a particular home, millennials are more likely to let financial reasons influence their choice, while older generations consider the right size most often.
  • When selecting a new neighborhood, the right house most often influences the decision for both millennial and older home buyers. However, millennials are more likely to also pay attention to proximity to work and having good schools.
  • Compared to older generations of home buyers, millennials are more likely to finance home purchases out of current income rather than out of accumulated wealth, and when taking out mortgages they are more likely to use unconventional zero-down mortgages.

 

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Boise, Idaho – Top 10 Turnaround Towns

View of Idaho's capitol city Boise, IdahoCNN Money reports “Boise’s economy is an offbeat combination of old and new. The logging industry still pays a lot of the bills in town, but tech jobs have also become increasingly prevalent. ”

“According to Realtor.com, the number of homes for sale during the fourth quarter fell by 40% compared with a year earlier. That shrinking inventory should help drive home prices higher. Fiserv is forecasting annual home-price appreciation averaging 6.3% over the next five years. ”

Read the CNN Money article by Les Christie

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