Boise Ranked 2nd Best Capital City

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Author John Masters reports on the latest news about Boise, Idaho.

Report: Boise ranked as 2nd best capital city to live in

WalletHub looked at 54 key metrics to identify the most livable seats of state government.

Boise ranked as the second best state capital to live in the U.S., according to a new report from the personal finance website WalletHub.

WalletHub compared all 50 state capitals across 54 key metrics to identify the most livable seats of state government. They ranged from cost of living to affordability to unemployment to economic well being to the number of attractions.

Check out the full report and rankings at 2019’s Best State Capitals to Live in.

Boise in the News

Most Active Cities in America

Julie Peirano | February 20, 2018

Cultural Cheatsheet lists the most active cities in America that will keep you fit in 2019 They listed Boise, Idaho with the following stats.

What makes a city healthy? According to WalletHub, it’s a combination of 38 factors, including affordable fitness memberships, many physically active citizens, and a lot of swimming pools, tennis courts, and basketball hoops. These are the 15 healthiest cities in America. Where does your town rank?

Boise Public Market
  • Score: 49.56/100
  • Best category: 2nd best city for “budget and participation”
  • Also known as: 3rd best-run city in America, 10th safest city

These U.S. Cities Are the Safest Places to Live, Work, and Play

Ali Harrison | January 23, 2019

Money and Career Cheatsheet listed Boise Idaho as one of the safest places to live, work, and play.


Life involves hazards. Traffic accidents, natural disasters, and other setbacks occur everywhere, but some regions are much safer than others. If you hope to have a safe, healthy life, you’ll want to pack up and head to one of these U.S. cities, the safest places to live, work, and play.

Safe city -  Boise, Idaho

Boise, Idaho loves to be first. It’s the No. 1 most financially safe city in the U.S., and it ties for first with a few others for the lowest unemployment rate. Things seem pretty idyllic in Boise; the town has a “greenbelt” of beautiful trails and parks along its river, and residents enjoy vibrant arts and outdoor scenes.


2018’s Best-Run & Worst-Run Cities in America

Jul 9, 2018  |  Adam McCann, Financial Writer

Wallethub includes two cities in the Treasure Valley area as the best run cities for 2018. Nampa, Idaho was ranked first and Boise, Idaho was ranked 3rd best.


How do we measure the effectiveness of local leadership? One way is by determining a city’s operating efficiency. In other words, we can learn how well city officials manage and spend public funds by comparing the quality of services residents receive against the city’s total budget.
Using that approach, WalletHub compared the operating efficiency of 150 of the largest U.S. cities to reveal which among them are managed best. We constructed a “Quality of Services” score made up of 35 metrics grouped into six service categories, which we then measured against the city’s per-capita budget. Read on for our findings, expert insight and a full description of our methodology.

Nampa, Idaho - Boise, Idaho Best Run Cities

Source: WalletHub

Boise News – Curbed Article Boise is Booming

In the fast-growing Idaho city, Boise residents grapple with challenges of growth and new arrivals. Read the Curbed article by Patrick Sisson.

“The Boise metro area (population 700,000) has also experienced the downsides of rapid growth. Idaho, now the fastest-growing state in the nation, and Boise, a boomtown by many measures, have felt the strain from the city’s recent success. Downtown is straining under traffic problems, and housing costs have skyrocketed. The state projects the region will add another 100,000 residents by 2025.”

Business Insider Writes About Boise

Boise Real Estate News – Why I left New York City metro for Idaho, the fastest growing US state – Business Insider

Here at Find Your Home in Boise we often read news articles about our great state and our beautiful city.  Boise has become the place to visit and the place to buy a home.  Many are surprised to read that Idaho’s population grew faster than any other state in the country last year.  This article, by author Benjamin Rippey, details why he and his wife decided to move from an apartment in Hoboken, New Jersey to a home in Boise, Idaho.

Read the article HERE.

From 'Joisey' to Boise

From ‘Joisey’ to Boise: Why I left the New York City metro area for Idaho, the fastest-growing state in the US.  Business Insider Article.

You can surf in the middle of Boise, Idaho

CNN is highlighting the City of Boise with a video that shows the true quality of life we have here in the City of Trees and one of the hidden gems in the state of Idaho.

You can surf in the middle of Boise, Idaho  – Boise, Idaho has over 90 parks including that offer activities like surfing, paddle boarding, biking and canoeing. Many parks are named for women, thanks to donations from potato farming families.

Source: CNN

 

The Boise River Greenbelt, used for hiking and biking along the Boise River, serves as the uniting ribbon that link Boise’s precious recreational parks—the properties given to the city in honor of some of Boise’s finest civic leaders. The parks are legacies of these remarkable women and their commitment to their community.

These parks are known as the Ribbon of Jewels.

The Boise foothills have become a favorite playground for hikers, mountain bikers, and dog walkers. The Ridge to Rivers trail system is one of the best trail networks anywhere in the west with 135 miles of trails.

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.

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

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

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?

Boise Idaho Realtor – Ava Tong, Gold Key Real Estate
FindYourHomeInBoise.com

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.


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

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