Surprising Boise Real Estate Myths

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Surprising Boise Real Estate Myths

✓ for a fast sale you need popular features
✓ updating is a must before listing my house for sale
✓ for sale by owners in Boise are making more money
✓ a dated home will not sell
✓ every house must be staged to sell

Are you thinking these thoughts above?  Contact Ava or Cristina for an informative discussion on these and more Boise Real Estate Myths.

Stop wasting your valuable time and money.

Stop wasting your valuable time and money. Contact Ava Tong, Boise Real Estate Agent.

Mistake;

Thinking that any agent is ok to work with/ hire.
Wrong!

Surveys and feedback show that
#1 in importance are Life Long resident agents with decades of experience. They are trusted more fully and know areas/locations, construction/contractors better than most anyone.
Don’t you agree? Location & quality makes the sale!

So stop wasting
your valuable time
& $money$
& contact your life long resident agent of the Treasure Valley
with 38+ years experience and the largest network of service providers especially for you.

Ava Tong, BA, CSP, HRC
Life long Boise/Treasure Valley resident with over 38 years experience
Gold Key Real Estate
Boise, ID. 208-440-5810
avatong@msn.com
For all your real estate
www.findyourhomeinboise.com

Boise Realtor, Ava Tong, has 38 years as a licensed real estate professional selling residential homes, land, investments, development and new construction.

It's a big deal to hire the right agent.

Are you hiring the right real estate agent?

A Little Mistake in the Treasure Valley, Idaho (Boise and greater metro areas) That Can Cost You Thousands

That Little Mistake;

Not so little…

It is a big deal to hire just the right agent to represent you in the sale or purchase of your house.

Don’t be fooled by;

* The out of reach, confused poorly communicating Real Estate Teams
* Newly licensed inexperienced agents
* New to the area agents

Teams are the latest fad,
BUT you should be able to talk to your full fledged personal professional agent, not an assistant or inexperienced team agent.

Anyone can take the real estate courses, take the test,
BUT where is the experience so necessary in such a volatile market?

Boise is growing and with it come folks looking for jobs,
BUT new to the area folks that get a real estate license know very little about neighborhoods, growth, trends and inside information pertinent to selling and buying.

When that time comes and you have that little thought of selling or buying pop into your head, contact Ava, life long resident of Treasure Valley or Cristina, your 58 years experienced professional agents.

✓Talk to us, we know the business and want to get to know you. Let’s build a relationship of trust, confidence and success in selling and/or buying your next house.

✓Rely on us for professionalism, the best results possible in your sale and/or purchase and some of the best networking in the business!

 

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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7 Reasons to Own A Home

Reasons to buy a houseThe Benefits of Home Ownership

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

 

  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.

Website:   FindYourHomeinBoise.com
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Forbes Contributor William P. Barrett lists Boise, Idaho among the top 25 best places to retire in 2014.  Barrett states “Retirement is one of those chances in life to do something really different. With kids usually out of the house, many people look at it as an opportunity to move to a place that better fits their likings and budget—somewhere affordable that’s warmer (or colder), more rural (or urban), with good medical care and options for an active life, including perhaps a part-time job.”

2014 Best Places to Retire - Boise IdahoThe Best Places To Retire In 2014

We agree, Boise is a great place to retire.  Contact Idaho Realtors Ava Tong or Cristina Pescaru to find your home in Boise.  FindYourHomeinBoise.com

 

 

 

Boise Leading The Housing Market

Forbes Article - Metro Markets Leading Housing Recovery

Forbes Article

Boise In the News

From: Forbes Places & Spaces

Unheralded Outperformers: 10 Metro Markets That Are Leading the Housing Recovery

“Call them the unheralded outperformers that get almost no attention in the national media: Real estate markets where median home prices are affordable and rising much faster than the nation as a whole and where inventories of available homes listed for sale continue to plunge.

Iowa City, Iowa; Nashville, Tenn.; Boise, Idaho; Tulsa, Okla.; and Shreveport, La., aren’t exactly names that come to mind as leaders in the housing recovery, but they are.”

FOLLOW THIS LINK TO READ THE FORBES ARTICLE written by Ken Harney  Ken Harvey writes a nationally syndicated column on housing and mortgage issues, the Nation’s Housing, and has won numerous “Best Column – All Media” awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors, along with the Consumer Federation of America’s prestigious “Media Service Award,” for lifetime contributions to consumer interests in housing.

Top 10 Turnaround Town – Booming in Boise

Boise, Idaho article - Booming in Boise

Realtor.com announced the Top 10 Turnaround Town Report. Boise, Idaho is listed as #6.

Our own Boise Real Estate Consultant, Cristina Pescaru, is quoted in their article REALTOR.com’s Top Ten Turnaround Towns: Booming In Boise.

“Boise is still, as with other markets, struggling with short sales and foreclosed properties. The short sale process is not shorter, or more streamlined, unfortunately. Affordable properties under $150,000 are still hard to come by in Boise proper, and when we do get those, they go fast and sometimes at over the asking price,” said Cristina Pescaru, Realtor.

“The inventory is low because sellers don’t like to put their properties on the market during winter and the holidays. Hopefully, once Spring comes we will see a more lively market, and a lot more activity, especially now, that Boise has been a couple of times in the news, most recently placed 4th on the list of best cities for women’s health. As of now, and due to the overall economic picture, Boise still seems to be the best kept secret.”

REALTOR.com’s Top Ten Turnaround Towns: Booming In Boise (DATA) | REALTOR.com® Blogs

Contact Boise Realtors, Cristina Pescaru or Ava Tong for information about purchasing a real estate investment in the Idaho real estate market.

Boise Real Estate in the News

By Cristina Pescaru, CSP
Real Estate Consultant
Boise, IdahoForbes Article - Bosie Real Estate News

A few weeks ago I had a chat over the phone with a reporter from Forbes.com. Seems that people are interested in places around the country where the market hasn’t bottomed out. I do believe that we may see lower prices in the Valley, but if anybody expects to purchase a mansion for a song, they will have to wait a long time…

The part of the interview that was referring to adjacent towns around Boise, like Meridian, Nampa, Caldwell, Emmett, Middleton, didn’t make it in the article, since their main interest was in Boise. I referred to Canyon County in particular when I said that some areas have seen almost 50% reduction in values compared with the boom years.

For more on this, you can go to the article Cities Where Home Prices Are Falling Dangerously by  Morgan Brennan, Forbes Staff, Forbes.com. Let us know what you think…

 

 

Visit our website FindYourHomeinBoise.com to view Boise Idaho real estate resources.

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: Realtor.com 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.

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