We Love Calling Emmett Home!

From quiet tree shaded parks, to the cozy atmosphere of a small town cafe Emmett Idaho is a wonderful place to call home for a number of reasons! Life seems to slow down just a little here and give you room to breathe and think on the truly important things – home, family, and matters of the heart.

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Located just a stones throw from the heart of Boise our town is close enough to jump into the city to do some stepping out when you like to, but far enough out that you don’t have to fight traffic to go get groceries on the weekend.

 

Our experienced real estate professionals know the area because they call it home and we would love the opportunity to show you why Emmett is a great place to live! Visit our website today to view all of the best homes in Idaho in one place!

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Style Up That Entryway!

house_entranceIs your entryway forgettable? Is it just the door that you walk in to get to the couch and nothing more?

It doesn’t have to be! As a matter of fact the entrance to your home is one of the places where you should take a little extra time to make a statement and welcome the world into the physical manifestation of yourself: your home.

Shut the Front Door!
Well…shut it, or actually take it off the hinges…and then paint it! Changing up the color of your front door can make a big impact on the entryway. Whether it be a bold red or clean white – or even if you decide to swap out the whole door for a new one – changing up the entrance to your home itself is a great place to get the most bang for your buck.

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That little space inside your door might not be much more than a place to kick off your shoes but it’s got a lot of potential depending on the space. If you’ve got the room a nice half bench or small table for decorations is a wonderful use of space; a handy place to put a keycatch to make finding the car keys a breeze!

Stow It!
If you’ve got the room consider adding some small storage cubbys to the entrance area – either under a bench or as a stand alone – to increase storage space and make a handy place to stash away shoes and coats when the Winter months come. Extra bonus: this will keep your floors a little nicer too without so many clumpy shoes running all about.

ART! It’s a thing.
Big blank wall? Ugly plain space that people just pass by? ART IT! Art will add visual interest and color to any area. You can find affordable art these days fairly easily – even large pieces that are great for taking up big wall space. An even better idea is to pay a little more and get something from a local artist to showcase in your home, or if you’re beyond daring paint something yourself!

Show Off the Fam
Hey, your wall doesn’t have to just be on Facebook, and your home should showcase the most important things in your life. It doesn’t have to be just stiff posed family photos – make your entry way into your own personal show space of recent photos, vision boards, and happenings. It can be eclectic, that’s fine! If you’re super creative and have the budget you could even get digital frames to make the images easy to change out.

Beyond just helping you buy or sell a home we want to offer advice and help long after the transaction to be a source for assistance for years to come! We want your home to be a happy home wherever it is – contact us today to see how we can help!

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A Wonderful Day In The Neighborhood…Or Is It?

hidyhoSooner or later, no matter how well you know the people living around you a dispute can and will arise.

Though it may be difficult to reach amicable decisions when it comes to neighborly disputes, finding a solution to these issues is well worth it, as no one wants to make an enemy of the people they live next to.

When you share a property line with another person there will come a time when you will have to be involved in joint decisions. Should your fence be replaced? Who is responsible for sidewalk maintenance?

Here are three of the most common causes of neighbor disputes, and how to handle them in a “neighborly” way.

1. Trees:
For the most part you are allowed to trim branches that overhang into your property, but no more. The actual owner of the tree is whoever’s property contains the trunk of said tree. Should you damage or destroy a tree that is no your own you become liable for thoe damages which may well exceed the value of the tree itself (replacement of the tree, uprooting sod etc). If there is some danger of the tree falling onto a structure on your property or your home, then you may have some recourse through local or city ordinances, and of course any HOA bylaws.

2. Good Neighbors, Good Fences:
An ugly fence might not be to your liking but unless your HOA has specific rules regarding what kind of fence is allowed (and they likely do) you may have some trouble trying to argue design tastes with your next door neighbor. Should the fence be in disrepair however it becomes the responsibility of the land owners on both sides to act accordingly – unless both owners have a prior agreement or have paid for their fencing separately. The best course of action is to talk with your neighbor first, as any changes to the fence may effect their property and many states have harsh penalties for crossing these boundaries.

3. If it’s too loud you’re too old:
Well, not quite. Almost every town has a noise ordinance which generally outline reasonable times and decibel levels at which residents can make noise. If you end up having recurring issues with a neighbor about the amount of noise they are making, or regarding the time it is being made, it may be best to allow local authorities to enforce their own ordinances and make a “courtesy” call to resolve the issue.

Whenever any issue arises, take it upon yourself to talk to your neighbor one on one, don’t be the neighborhood tattle-tale and call the HOA or police to come pounding down their door. Approach the situation gingerly. Be conscious that for every viewpoint of your own, there are 10 other, and equally valid, points. By working with some tolerance for the rights and privileges of others (even if they are not respecting your own) you can often come to a much more peaceful, and even mutually beneficial resolution to any situation.

Don’t go over if when you are angry or emotional. This will only hurt your chances of finding a good solution and likely lead to more strife with your neighbors.

Don’t be afraid to be truthful. You are worried that a tree will fall, yes, but you also hate the way it blocks the sun from your porch. State your issues calmly, and honestly, without stepping on toes if possible.

Unless it’s a city law or HOA ordinance, be willing to make a compromise, as well as to offer concessions to a neighbor. Everything in life is a bit of give and take, problems with the neighbors are no different.

Should your calm and direct approach backfire, or your neighbor becomes irate by no means should you tolerate abuse.Hand off this issue to the appropriate authorities like your HOA, or local city police.

As a last resort you may have to seek legal action and while this may break an already stressed relationship with the people around you sometimes it is the only way to come to a resolution. If you must go to court, be prepared, gather evidence by taking photos of the issue and document any interaction you have with your neighbor about the problem in question.

If a legal decision is rendered that is not in your favor, be sure to accept it and to move on. There is no need for harassment or childish behavior — it will surely only make the problem worse. Generally if people can keep cool heads and deal with things in a considerate manner issues rarely get to the point that the law needs to be involved, but nonetheless the importance of considering who your neighbors might be is a big part of finding the perfect home.

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Beat Home Seller Stress

is-it-friday-yet-1239465With the return of a motivated market more and more people in Idaho are looking to sell their homes.

One thing many home sellers, especially those new to the process, are surprised by is the stress that can come with selling a home – the showings, the appointments, and of course the paperwork – but fortunately selling your home doesn’t have to be the cause of your next mental break. We’ve put together these great tips to help you stop the stress!

Stay Excited
Once the ball gets rolling and you’re caught up in the planning and packing it can be easy to get overwhelmed and forget the excitement you felt when you first began. So hold tight to the reasons for this move that are positive and focus on the new space. Take things one at a time and don’t let yourself get buried – just breathe.

Make Time
For you. For the family. For taking two seconds to take two seconds. It’s important to make the time in your busy schedule for just connecting to the things in your life that make you happy and are also very likely one of the larger reasons for your move. Take time to make time.

Jitters Are Okay
It’s completely normal to feel nervous over excited when you stop and think of how big a change you’re making. New place, new stuff, new everything – Ack! It can all be a little bit much to handle and it’s perfectly okay to question yourself and even feel a little unsure. Talk to your loved ones about your emotional concerns, voice them to your agent and talk about any other concerns as well.

Procrastinating Preparation
Don’t put things off that need done, but if your move isn’t coming up fast don’t make yourself crazy trying to rush into things – you’re more likely to make mistakes that way. Organize a list of tasks, create a timeline of when those tasks need to start and be completed, and then go from there. This will help you get a broad overlook of the journey ahead and know exactly how much rush you need to put on things.

These are some simple personal things you can do to de-stress during your home selling process. There are of course any number of tasks in themselves that need to be done – stopping utilities, moving mail, etc – so be sure to keep them in mind as you prepare for you move. Talk to your chosen real estate agent as well, they are sure to have information to help you along the way!

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Buying A Home: It’s More Than Price!

LivingRoomWhen it comes to buying a home the old adage is location, location, location and then of course: price!

Truth be told, much like with any purchase, there is a lot to consider well beyond just the price of the home when you’re looking into buying. Another old adage: you get what you pay for – and that’s not to say there aren’t plenty of bargains to be had, but do you really want to pick the place you’ll be spending at least the next several years just because it cost less? Let’s hope not.

Here are some other important factors to think about when buying a home!

The Neighborhood
This goes back to that location location bit. The community your home is in can be a big part of your satisfaction with your new place, after all the people around you will be a part of your every day life for a while. It’s best then if the neighbors are friendly, the neighborhood powers that be are mindful without being overbearing and that generally the neighborhood itself is neighbor-GOOD. Consider too the amenities in and around the community, is there a park or other things that make the location appealing? Make sure your new neighborhood suits your tastes and lifestyle.

Space
Closet space, kitchen space, storage space, a place for everything and everything in it’s place and where in the world will we put the dog bed?! The available space of the home you’re looking at buying is a very important thing. Just imagine buying a car after a casual test drive and then finding out that it actually doesn’t have a trunk…or a backseat…this is a similar experience to not thinking about how much space you’ll need before you buy. Don’t leave yourself open to having to rent additional off-site storage just so you have a spot to put everything.

The Commute
Once you’ve narrowed down the area you want to live in it’s a really good idea to think about the daily commute. Whether it’s just to and from work or the route to groceries and other needed shopping spots you should likely drive the distance between these places and your prospective home to really get a feel for how the drive will impact you. Not just the distance and time itself but also the traffic volumes and how weather may change the overall time needed to get where you want to go.

These are just three things you may have not considered; there are plenty of reasons other than price and location to think about when buying your next home. Let us help you make your next move the right one – get in touch today!

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Can’t Find Homes In Boise? GO WEST!

Wild_Rose_parkReal estate inventory has made things very interesting here in our little valley!

Over the last few years we’ve seen things move from a place that we weren’t so happy about, into a bustling industry again, and now even a return to a sellers market – but this creates it’s own challenge: growing pains.

There are only so many available homes and new construction is having a tough time catching up with the boom of growth, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still great homes available if you’re looking to buy.

Go WEST! ( or East if you’re coming from the other direction) To Emmett!
Emmett Idaho is a wonderful growing community located just a stones throw from the big city life in BoDo; it offers a slower pace of life and a great opportunity to connect with the small town wonders that make living worth while.

We here at Evans Realty have been a part of this great town for years and we love calling it home! As agents who are familiar with the area we can provide great insight into the details of daily life, questions about local things to do, and all the things that make Emmett a place to consider when looking for homes. Whether you’re looking to retire and while away those golden years or are a young family seeking that quiet town to raise the kids, Emmett has something to offer.

Take a look at our featured Emmett Idaho homes here or start a search to find the homes you want anywhere in Southwest Idaho!

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4 Great Reasons to Move to Idaho

idaheartsIt’s a secret so good that many almost hesitate to tell others about – Idaho is an untapped wonderland of opportunity.

So far, the plan is working pretty well, but some times people just can’t help themselves while and while talking to family or friends, or on vacation they let it slip: Idaho is pretty amazing!

Don’t believe us? Well, here’s just 4 great reasons to call it home:

Wide Open Spaces
There’s plenty of elbow room here! While larger cities like Boise and Meridian have seen explosive growth, nonetheless they remain less densely packed with people as does the state itself. Even in towns that have a big population communities tend to be laid out in a more spread out fashion.

Cost of Living
In this economy there’s not much of anything you can say it cheap anymore, but Idaho overall comes in just slightly lower than the rest of the country when it comes to cost of living. While some amenities like gas do run a little higher than coastal cities food and other necessities tend to be more affordable.

Location
Everything is fairly close by – even if you’re out in the rural areas. Particularly in Southwest Idaho, you can drive about an hour in any direction and find what you need — even if it’s just a total change of scenery. Nothing is very far away; you can enjoy the unique experiences of hiking a remote trail or rafting a raging river in the morning and taking in world class dining and entertainment in the evening.

Recreation
If you love the outdoors this will be the point that drives home. Idaho is a nature lovers dream come true! Canyons and deserts in the south ,mountain forests in the central and northern parts of the state, along with rivers everywhere in between you will never run out of things to do. Hiking, fishing, rafting, camping, skiing – the Gem State has something for every season and every level of skill, even if you’re idea of “getting out” is just sitting with your feet in the river and taking in the day.

This isn’t even scratching the surface when it comes to why we love our great state! Among one of the greater things is just the people themselves. Folks in Idaho are down to earth, friendly, and glad to be of help to their neighbors and visitors. We’d love for you to become both – contact us today to find out how we can help you come to call Idaho home!

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