Top 5 Best & Most Economical Ways to Prepare Your House for Selling

Prepare your house for sale.

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  1. Green up the lawn, plant flowers, prune, remove dead or invasive plants, power wash exterior
  2. Paint front door, add brass kickplate
  3. New light fixtures inside
  4. De-clutter, clean closets to show space, stage rooms
  5. Clean carpet

These are the main things you can do, but there may be more depending on your lifestyle.

Next step; call Ava or Cristina for professional negotiations resulting in a quick sale and best terms on the sale of your house.

Unexplained Death Traced to Rental Houses

Sign a disclosure document.
Sign a simple disclosure document.

You have a tremendous amount of legal responsibility as a landlord.

This simple disclosure document can be one of the best steps in saving lives.

Contact Ava or Cristina for more details and a free copy of your document.

Boise/Treasure Valley SW Idaho Home Fires Caused by These

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.


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.

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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.



Boise Real Estate – See, I Told You So!

By Cristina Pescaru, CSP
Real Estate Consultant
Boise, Idaho

Boise Real Estate House for Sale - SoldI am referring to the fact that for the last couple of years I have been trying to convince people to purchase when they found something they liked, and not wait for the better deal. Now, nationwide, people are starting to realize that the much vaunted “buyer’s market” is not quite as friendly to buyers as they thought. Don’t take my word for it: reports that inventory is at its lowest point in four years. 

And the reasons are:

  • Sellers who can afford to ride out this slow, unfavorable market are doing so.
  • Foreclosed properties are not hitting the market in the great numbers people anticipated, not only because the process is a slow one, but also because banks may be a little reluctant to unleash a great number of foreclosures on the market at the same time, afraid of what that would do to property values.

Boise Housing Market

From my recent work experience with buyers here in the valley I can tell you that nice, affordable homes are few and far between, and competition is great for them. They last only a few days on the market, especially if they are regular sales, and sometimes they command more than the asking price. The housing market is behaving a little contradictory: on the one hand, you see properties selling as in 2004-2006, and on the other the values are down, foreclosed properties linger on the market, and short sales are not moving much faster than they used to.

Boise Home Buyers

Buyers, if you find a house you like, and the financing is in place, move quickly. Waiting for that fantastic bargain is just going to prove the truth of the saying about the bird in the hand vs. the one on the fence. Of course, that doesn’t mean you and your agent should not research the property, the price and comparative values, so that you make the best and fairest offer.

Good hunting all! And, don’t forget: we are here to help.