Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 10:26am. 2885 Views, 0 Comments.
So, what is an HOA and what are they all about? What do you need to know?
Boise, Idaho's shrinking home inventory has prompted many to turn to new construction, and with budding neighborhoods come budding Homeowners Associations, organizations in a planned community or subdivision that create and enforce rules for all the homes and properties within their jurisdiction. What can you expect from these HOAs?
A Homeowners Association is a board that manages what is typically (but not always) a group of condominiums, townhouses or newly constructed neighborhoods. These associations are meant to both improve the quality of life for residents as well as maintain high property values. This is managed through a series of fees that the association uses…
Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 10:10am. 949 Views, 0 Comments.
The dry, fall air whips across the flat landscape. An abrupt, wide fault cuts across the otherwise uninterrupted terrain, dividing the city of Twin Falls from the highway. On one side, a man prepares to cross the canyon. His white outfit, complete with a thick, star-studded V across the front, alerts a watching nation that he does not intend to cross conventionally. Instead of taking the bridge, Evel Knievel was going to fly across.
The canyon daredevil Evel Knievel attempted to jump, the Snake River Canyon, is as deep as 500 feet and as wide as a quarter of a mile in some places. It was formed by the joint efforts of the Snake River and the ancient Bonneville flood. The black basalt stands out sharp against the sage plains and the river…
Thursday, August 14th, 2014 at 9:24am. 6815 Views, 2 Comments.
We all have at one point in our life been judged by something we had little control over. Anne Frank was more than judged, but died because she was Jewish. The importance of human rights cannot be understated, and the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial is a must-see for anyone concerned with the issue of human rights in society. Anne’s belief in humanity inspired the nearly full-acre park in downtown Boise for residents of Idaho to remember her story.
Anne Frank: A Story that Should Never be Forgotten
Born Annelies Marie Frank on June 12, 1929, Anne was 13 years old when German authorities began rounding up Jews throughout the Netherlands and sending them to Westerbork. Westerbork was a transit concentration camp on the way to Auschwitz. This is…
Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 at 9:47am. 4607 Views, 0 Comments.
There are always fresh and interesting ideas that come to mind when you're planning for a room in a current or new home. But when you have ideas about how to use the space, deciding which one to use can be difficult. Why not consider adding a library? Libraries can serve a variety of purposes and add a feeling of warmth to a house. Whether you are looking to create a friendlier location to get work done at home, or a space where you can kick back and relax, a library may be just the right thing for you.
Uses For a Home Library
Something to keep in mind is that libraries are not just for reading. Think of the possibilities for the space. With the addition of a desk and comfortable seating, a library can also serve as a home office. If it can be…
Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 at 9:50am. 1234 Views, 0 Comments.
The air itself seems to shine, as the nearly cloudless sky offers no resistance to the Sun’s steady stream. People in a wide selection of swimsuits, t-shirts, and shorts stand in line to purchase a bus fare for later, all while checking the weather reports on their smart phones to have the facts repeated to them -- it’s hot. Just a short distance away in the nearly-burning sand, the heat beats down on the necks, backs, and hands of the people bustling around the air stations. They’re racing to get a flock of colorful, inflatable boats, tubes, and pool toys as seafaring as possible.
Or, in this case, riverfaring.
When it’s hot here in Boise, you have about two choices. Take off all of your clothes and stand in front of the freezer…
Monday, August 11th, 2014 at 5:19pm. 2651 Views, 0 Comments.
For those fortunate enough to live in the Boise, Idaho area, there are many cultural and artistic events in the community for entertainment. A long-standing fixture in Boise is the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Not only does this acting company feature several Shakespearean plays throughout the season, they also perform contemporary plays, musicals, and participate in community outreach programs.
As its name implies, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival is known for its productions of the works of William Shakespeare. However, the company diligently aims to make their performances fresh, lively, and relevant to their audiences.
The 2014 season features two comedic classics by the Bard of Avon; “As You Like It" and "The Merry Wives of Windsor." In…
Friday, August 8th, 2014 at 10:46am. 3944 Views, 0 Comments.
House hunting can be hard, but in the great state of Idaho it is hard to go wrong. This is because houses for sale in Idaho are centered in beautiful landscapes, great communities, numerous opportunities for adventure. As you search for your next home, take a look at the houses for sale in Idaho.
SceneryResidents of Idaho enjoy a varied landscape. The Rocky Mountains march through the northern and eastern portions of the state, shooting glacial mountains dotted with towering pine trees up into the sky. As you explore realty in this region, you will be amazed by its rugged, wild beauty. Glacial lakes, roiling rivers, abundant wildlife, and historic cities will take your breathe away. The Snake River draws a wide smile across southern Idaho and is the…
Thursday, August 7th, 2014 at 12:40pm. 9407 Views, 1 Comments.
It seems that many California residents are making the move to Idaho lately. Whether it's finding homes in Boise, Meridian, Eagle, or Nampa, there are several great reasons to make the move to Idaho. Below are the top five reasons to relocate.
5. Jobs & Employment
Idaho boasts a diversified economy with strong growth areas such as retail, tourism, business and information services, healthcare, and high-tech industries. The top industries throughout this state are manufacturing and agriculture. There is something for every talent, and potential for even more. Boise, the state capital, and Nampa, the second largest community, have under 300,000 residents put together. A small-town atmosphere, combined with growth potential, make finding homes in Boise…
Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 at 11:17am. 2744 Views, 0 Comments.
If you purchased a home with less than the conventional 20% down, chances are that your lender required you to buy private mortgage insurance (PMI). For you, having PMI is another expense you can tack onto homeownership, but for the lender it's extra protection. PMI is designed to protect the lender in case the borrower defaults by using the money you paid into your PMI premiums each month to recoup some of their losses.
For example, on a loan of $250,000, PMI can cost you anywhere from $50 to $220 each month. It all depends on the size of the down payment you made and the length of the loan.
Why is PMI Necessary
For FHA insured home loans, PMI is required regardless of how much you put down as a down-payment. It can be 20% or even 90%, and FHA will…
Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 at 3:52pm. 9133 Views, 0 Comments.
Ah, the good old home inspection. It's a stressful thing. Even for the home inspector himself/herself. It's not an easy job, and requires a lot of well-versed knowledge & often times more than a little bit of psychology. The home inspector is often entering homes of strangers who may not always be happy... Hostile even. Inspectors should be experts concerning hundreds if not thousands of home characteristics including local codes such as electrical, plumbing, building/structural, and much more. We all know that the home inspection is a critical element of every home purchase and that buyers are well advised to get a professional on the task. The home inspection timing comes in many times just after difficult negotiations and often after months of efforts…