Reasons Why 2017 Is The Year To Buy!

There’s a lot of talk in the Idaho real estate market about how we’ve returned to a sellers market; why it’s very much true that it is a great time to sell there are a few good reasons why this year is also a great time to buy!

So much so that we’ve got to encourage you not to wait; here are three big reasons why you may want to consider buying a home before the year is out.

Rates Are Only Rising
Years ago a single digit mortgage rate seemed like an impossible dream. Last year mortgage rates bottomed out at 3.55% and the Federal Reserve decided to bolster this key rate; the rate went up to right at 4%. Over the next few years this trend is expected to continue and rates could be into the 6% zone by 2019.

Inventory Is Shrinking
It’s even made the national news! Available real estate inventory is low, especially here in Idaho! That means listings are moving fast and there’s no guarantee that the home you’re in love with will be available next week or next month. Experts agree this trend is likely to continue and chances are interested buyers will have even fewer homes to choose from next year than they do today.

Home Prices Are Still Going Up
This is one key reason why sellers who have been sitting on their investments are so happy – things are finally leveling out from the real estate bubble years ago. As we have yet to see a real ceiling for increase here in the valley this will most likely continue meaning that they best time to get the best price is very likely right now.

Whether you’ve been thinking about making a move for some time and just weren’t sure, or are looking to make a fast turn around in this liquid market it’s a great time to be in real estate! Our agents have the insight you’ll need to find the properties you want and make an informed decision – we hope that you will consider us when looking for the right agent to make things happen!

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Get Ready For The Big Move!

Moving! It can be one of the most stressful parts of the whole real estate transitioning process.

There are so many things to remember and organize that if any one of them goes wrong there can be a whole avalanche of problems – but your dedicated real estate team here at Evans Realty LLC has some tips to help make your next move a success!

Change The Locks
Seems sort of like a strange idea to some, after all you just got the keys didn’t you?
While true, you can’t ever tell who else – from the contractor to the agent to the photographer for the builder – might have also had them before hand. In some cases there may even be a master key to multiple homes in the development. So it never hurts to swap out locks to keep things safe.

Inventory Your Belongings
Before you move, before you even start putting things in boxes, go around and make an inventory of everything. Maybe not every individual thing down to the knick knack level, but certainly the larger or more important items. This will help you make sure nothing has been forgotten and also make it easier to find when unpacking.

Clean and Paint FIRST
Make use of the empty space before you move your stuff in. You may need to do some post-construction cleaning beforehand; if you plan to paint in the near future it’s much much easier to do so before you move all the furniture in – otherwise you’ll be playing couch tetris after the fact.

Have A Plan
As the day approaches it’s good to have a plan in place. Have the movers hired, or all the logistics figured out if you plan to do it yourself. Consider having the kids or pets stay with a friend or relative on move day to keep the chaos down to a dull roar. Plan ahead for the day by having an ice chest of beverages and ready to go food on hand, as chances are there may not be a lot of time for meal prep and you don’t want a hungry/angry bunch.

Moving day doesn’t have to be  hassle – neither does the process up to it; that includes buying or selling your home. Real estate in Idaho is performing extremely well and it’s a great time to consider a move if you’ve been waiting on the fence for the market to improve. Contact us today to see how we can help!

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Tips for Early Bird Home Sellers!

The warmer weather brings out the home buyers in droves, especially with the market moving as quickly as it is this year, but despite that fact many would-be home sellers are still sleeping away what could be the peak home selling period of the year.

Agents with their finger on the pulse know you’ve got to be ready early or risk having to scramble later when the market may have moved on. In order to catch those early buyers it’s important to have your home ready to list before Summer time arrives. We’ve put together some tips to get you started on the right track:

Find An Experienced Agent
Of course we recommend this! But it’s not a biased opinion just because it’s our industry, it’s a known fact that working with a REALTOR® will save you time and frustration all throughout the buying and selling process. A qualified real estate agent will not only know the market, but they will also be able to help you avoid potential pitfalls along the way that you alone may not have been able to foresee.

Put Out Some Feelers
Your agent will handle the marketing when the time comes, but in the meantime it doesn’t hurt to reach out to those around you and let them know a little early on that you may be looking to make a move. Mention it to friends or family off hand at coffee or dinner not only just to get it in your own mind as a real event but also to have the help of your personal sphere working towards your success.

De-Clutter and Clean
It’s never too early to have less stuff. Even if you’re not selling de-cluttering will make your life 100% better where you’re at right now. You want your home to look it’s best for potential buyers too of course and the best way to do that is to have things clean and free of clutter. Throw out old broken things that you don’t need anymore, and have a yard sale or donate items that are still useful but for which you have no need. Give the runners and cabinet tops a wipe down, clean carpets, and take care of all the deep cleaning tasks that may have been getting away from you.

Repairs
More than curb appeal or trying to do any upgrades to the home spend some time and take care of repairs first. Whether it’s a leaky faucet or a leaky roof any kind of repairs can delay or even completely jeopardize your home sale, so it’s important to tackle those items as soon as possible. It’s a great time to have the HVAC systems in your home serviced by a professional as well; it can even be any extra point in your favor to be able to tell potential buyers it’s all been taken care of in advance.

Don’t worry if you’re off to a late start, the groundhog says we have a few more weeks til Spring and you can catch up with many of these suggestions fairly quickly. Be sure to talk to your real estate agent if you get bogged down, or don’t even know where to start, many times they will be able to recommend solutions and services that can help.

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Spring remodeling on a budget!

kitchen3Spring is quickly on the way and for many that means it’s time to think about sprucing up – and maybe even remodeling!

Whether you’re thinking about it as a way to increase property values or simply to increase your own comfort remodeling may be something to consider, especially if you’ve been in your home for a while and are suffering from the blahs. A recent cost vs. value report, shows that homeowners will recoup 82.7% of the cost on a minor kitchen remodel, an increase of more than five percent over previous years. But! Not all improvements are created equal; some are just out of range because of cost, so we’ve put together a list of great ways to up your remodeling ROI without breaking the piggy bank.

Kitchen
It’s the heart of the home; one of the best places to maximize your return on your dollar when it comes to remodeling. It’s also one of the first things people look at when considering whether to buy the house, so if you’re remodeling in hopes to sell keep that in mind. Remodeling can be things as simple as changing out fixtures, or replacing an old sink all the way up to full fledged tearing down walls and putting in islands of counter tops. If you’ve got appliances that are outdated or just don’t match it never hurts to switch those out during the process.

Flooring
It can get forgotten pretty easily, tread under our feet every day, but truth is flooring can make or break a home – especially to potential buyers. If you can afford the cost consider switching from carpet to laminate or wood flooring as it often has a broader appeal and in the end generally has lower upkeep costs in the long run. Can’t spring for the new floors? Consider at least having your carpets or floors professionally cleaned if nothing else as that can breathe new life into old flooring.

Bathrooms
This goes right along with kitchens. Bathrooms can be easily updated just by changing fixtures out, or changing cabinet doors. Go for a new color of paint and really up the wow-factor, or if it’s affordable put in a new sink or toilet.Tile looking tired? Replace it if possible or if not just give that grout some deep cleaning.

Exterior
We all know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover…but everyone does. It’s no different with houses; that’s one reason why it’s good to spend some time and budget on the outside of your home. Curb appeal is the word for what real estate agents call your home’s “first impression” to a potential buyer and it really does matter. So spend some time cleaning gutters, washing the exterior of the home, cleaning windows, and keeping the yard trimmed as basic ways to keep your house looking great. If you’ve got it in the budget consider possibly updating your exterior doors and windows, adding fresh plants to the flowerbeds, or changing out the outside lighting.

These are just ideas for some of the most beneficial remodeling options when balancing cost and return! There are any number of other great ways to increase your homes value, and your enjoyment of your home as well. We would love the chance to talk to you more if you are currently thinking about selling your home or buying a new one – it’s a great time to be in the market!

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Get Your House Fresh With These Tips!

welcome homeThe Winter has really settled in and with the closed doors and wet boots coming and going it’s easy for things to get a bit stuffy over the cold months.

Beyond that, it’s probable that you’ve been spending considerably more time locked in the vacancy during the snowpocalypse than you might like as well; that can lead to things feeling drab even when they’re not. Not all hope is lost! Here are some tips to beat the house funk!

Paint It Up!
A new coat of paint can change the whole room, everybody knows that. The impact of some fresh colors can’t be underestimated though; it’s also one of the most cost effective ways to make a big change too. Don’t fret if you have no painting skills, there are plenty of qualified home painters available, just ask your REALTOR® who they recommend.

Move It Around
You can make a big difference just by changing things up! Put the couch in the other corner, move the table around, re-arrange everything – you might be surprised how big of a change you can make just by re-positioning the things you already have. Think zen, read up on Feng Shui for some ideas; get creative. Worst case scenario….you might just have to go shopping!

ART!
Earth without ART is just “eh”…more like “meh”. If you don’t already have art adorning your walls it’s a great time to start. If you already have art – get some new stuff! Good art has never been more accessible; whether it be via a bigger box store like Pier One or Michaels, or even from a local artist, there are plenty of places to get some pictures that suit your taste. For the bold: you can even be so brave as to buy canvases and make your own!

Really Tie The Room Together
As Mr. Lebowski was fond of saying, a rug can really tie things together…It’s a great way to layer in new colors and textures into a room as well. You can often find large rugs for decent prices at local thrift stores, so be sure to shop around. Maybe a rug isn’t for you? Consider a tapestry instead – these are excellent for bringing those colors and textures onto the wall for even more impact.

You don’t have to suffer with drab! And while, as real estate agents, it would be easy to say:” Just move – we can help!” the reality is you don’t have to throw out the whole house just because it feels a little mundane.

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Sell Your Home This Holiday

beanieThe holidays aren’t always thought of as the best time to list a house for sale, but it’s not always the case. Yes, while selling a house in Winter when the weather has you feeling a bit down may be a little more challenging in some instances, it may also come with upsides as well.

For one, most people looking to buy a home during this time are motivated and serious about buying – usually wanting to try and be in their new home by the new year. Additionally there will be fewer homes available on the market during this time, lowering the competition.

Before you get started find a qualified professional to work with, and in the meant time consider these tips to help you along the way:

Did We Mention: Hire A Pro
What we mean by this is not only someone licensed in real estate but also someone who is experienced and handles themselves professionally. You want an agent that goes the extra mile, not one that leaves you stranded in the snow two weeks before Christmas with no updates on progress. This is the first, best tip as working with a professional agent will help make the process and your holidays less stressful.

Deck The Halls – But Don’t Go Nuts
It’s okay to enjoy your holiday decorations, but maybe don’t go full Griwswald family if you’re in the middle of trying to sell. Decorations are fine, just keep it to tactful and tasteful without causing a power brown out from all the lights and you’ll be fine – anything too over the top may be a turn off to potential buyers.

Motivated Buyers
If you took the first bit of advice about working with a professional the buyers shouldn’t be too far behind. Be patient though, it is the holidays, so it might be a bit slow on the numbers of buyers who come in, but the good news is that chances are many more of them will be more motivated.

Keep A Warm Hearth
Make your home feel warm and cozy, especially on those colder days. Maybe have some quiet seasonal music on and some holiday snacks out in the kitchen. Turn on a winter spice candle warmer. Entice buyers to spent a little more time inside the house enjoying it’s warmth and comfort to let them imagine what it might be like to call it home themselves.

Selling your home during the holidays can be a challenge – but it can be done! If you’re interested in help selling your home before the new year contact us to see how we can help!

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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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