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Knowing that you will be investing in Idaho real estate one might consider what it's going to be like during the winter months, especially if you're moving or have moved from a more mild climate.

Winter maintenance in Idaho could be divided into four levels depending on the storm that occurs, the length of time of the winter weather, and the amount of snow that falls. It's always good to check the Idaho Road Conditions before setting out on a winter adventure.

The first level of winter maintenance to consider might include the continuous removal of snow during winter storms in order to keep the roads open and a surface on which vehicles can operate except during severe weather conditions where maintenance vehicles cannot operate safely. The main…

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Buyers on the hunt for a new home are finding fewer choices as the supply of existing homes for sale has hit the lowest level since 1999. This low inventory compared to the demand for homes has begun to drive prices up. Starter homes are being hit the hardest and buyers who are looking for homes in that category are struggling to find inventory in the lower price ranges, forcing buyers to consider much smaller homes in order to get a foot in the door. The supply of homes in all price ranges is only enough to last about three and half months compared to a normal average of a six month supply of homes on the market. Some very busy markets have little over a month’s worth of inventory, and the competition for these homes is great, with the bidding…

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You’ve found it! The ideal home has been located and buying it seems to be a dream come true. However, this home is older and has various aspects that come with homes that have been built decades prior. Lead paint has recently become a concern, as have other such safety hazards. Before purchasing, it’s important to know how to tackle more difficult problems that can accompany older homes in order to ensure safety and in order to keep this beautiful, newly acquired home from becoming a residential nightmare.

To begin with, it’s a good idea to have an inspector check out a home prior to purchase. The urgency behind this advice increases with every year the home has been around, peaking in homes that have been around for several decades or…

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In the last few years, the number of real estate agents in the Treasure Valley has multiplied, becoming not only a popular choice for a career but a very lucrative one as well. Not to mention, being a real estate agent means you get to be your own boss, you get to set your hours, and you aren’t restricted to any particular amount of pay each year. However, with every 10 people that become real estate agents, it seems that 7 of them quit within a few years or even months. Why do you suppose that is? It is different for everyone, but most of the time it comes down to a business management problem. You see, a lot of people who become real estate agents are drawn in by all the great perks like we mentioned before, but they don’t see the reality of what…

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Deciding to move can be a bit stressful, especially if you are deciding to get a home that is radically different from the one you are used to. Most of us know single-family units pretty well, but an option that many people overlook are multifamily units. The most common multi-family units would have to be duplex, the townhouse, the apartment complex, and the condominium. Now, to many, these may seem to be the same thing, but there are some subtle differences between them all that can have radical effects on your way of life if you choose to buy one. So, what makes one different from another?

Multi-family unit #1: Duplexes

One of the more popular multi-family units here in the Treasure Valley would have to be the duplex. Duplexes are houses…

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Welcome back to part two of our series on transitioning from apartments to houses. Here we will show you what to look out for and what things to expect when it comes to buying a home, at least what makes it different from renting that is. Last article we talked about dealing HOAs (Homeowners Associations), buying appliances, finances, and the size of a house versus the size of an apartment. Today we are going to cover a few more things that will help to get you ready for homeownership. When you can, never go into something this big without doing research. There are lots of things you need to know before you can be a homeowner. Many laws and conditions that apply to you that didn’t apply to you as a renter. Again, this is not an all-inclusive…

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It’s fun to fix up a house, but some renovations are just not worth the cost. Before diving into a big change for your home, set a budget and weigh your options. Many people find that fixing up or adding certain features to their home actually causes them to lose money. The following is a list of pricey renovations to seriously consider before beginning a new renovation project:

Revamping an Attic

When you move into a place with an attic, it can be tempting to fix it up and make it something special. You see fun ideas on Pinterest or whilst scrolling through Google Images and a fire sparks within you. However, something to consider before you get out those tools and shed those dollars, is that often attics aren’t sturdy, they don’t have…

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Spread good reviews as word of mouth helps a lot with real estate agents.

Real estate agents are people who help clients to buy and sell homes and properties. There job is to work with clients to ensure that they are getting a good deal on or for their home, to help streamline the potentially stressful process of buying and selling, and to provide knowledge and assistance regarding the housing market, to help the buyer or seller decide what would be a good offer or counteroffer, and to ultimately answer whatever questions may arise. Many people feel that they can find a home without the aid of a real estate agent, but it’s not always that easy. Agents put in a lot of time and energy to learn the tools of their trade, and as such much go…

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Have you ever wanted to trade in your cramped apartment for the freedom of your own home? What about moving out of your rental house or duplex to finally buy your own house? If so, then you, like many other people, are in for an interesting ride. You see, making that transition from apartment to house, or renting to buying in general, can be a bit frustrating if you aren’t readily prepared. However, things can go a whole lot smoother if you have a bit of knowledge into what you could expect. And today, we are going to try and prepare you for that time. Remember, this is not an all-inclusive list of things that you need to know as a homeowner, but it is a good start. Being a homeowner involves a lot of different responsibilities. Keep learning and…

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Airbnb is a new way to find a place to stay when you travel, and it is sweeping the world. That’s right, people around the globe are renting out their spare space in favor of making money. It’s an option that not only helps the traveler, but it also helps the property owner. Many people have realized that buying a property can be an investment for more than just fixing up and reselling- it can also be a more immediate investment to rent out space to people looking for a more hometown option when they travel. There are plenty of ways to make a space more marketable to vacationers. Here are a few out of the box ideas that can push an Airbnb above the rest.

For starters, it is important to make sure that the home is fully stocked. This includes…

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