Green Living in Idaho: 3 Easy Tips

recycledGreen energy is a hot topic in Idaho these days, and as we move into the long days of Summer conserving energy in your home will become even more important.

Energy saved is money saved! Not only that but by saving energy from being needed to are helping protect infrastructure, limit the possibilities of brown-outs, and are also helping reduce pollution.

Here are three great tips to go a little greener in your home!

Change Those Filters!
Changing your air filters can make a huge difference in the quality of air in your home, especially as we go into these warmer, more dusty months ahead. In most cases changing the filters in your home is something most homeowners can do easily themselves, and filters are generally also very affordable.

Use Greener Bags
It’s a small thing but it really adds up big for the environment – switch to using cloth or fabric grocery bags when you shop. If you must use plastic, or forget to bring your cloth bags from home be sure and recycle those plastic ones next time you go back. Every year millions of plastic bags are produced and thrown away, cluttering our landfills and landscapes; by just making this simple switch we can make a huge cumulative difference.

Conserve Water
This can be done by taking a shorter shower, upgrading your old water heater, or swapping out your fixtures. Modern aerators for instance can be equipped on most faucets and showerheads to decrease the amount of water being used. Toilets as well can be upgraded from old style ones which can require up to 4 gallons of water per flush to more modern versions – saving potentially over 1,000 gallons of water every year.

These are all just minor suggestions that you can implement to save money and energy. It’s amazing how changing just a few small things can make a big difference! As your REALTOR®, it’s more than just selling you a home – we want you to be happy in your home for years to come. If you need the help of an experienced real estate professional we invite you to visit our website to connect with some of today’s top Idaho agents!


Looking for Your First Home? It doesn’t have to be a bumpy road!

reo-homesYou’ve talked about it, maybe even looked around, and it’s final: it’s time to buy your first home and invest in what will likely be one of your most valued assets in years to come. While this is no doubt a thrilling time, it can also be frought with uncertainty and stress – but it doesn’t it have to be. We’ve put together a few things to keep in mind and plan ahead for to help make the buying process a little more hassle-free!

Buy New ? Buy Used?
This is one of the first questions to ask when initially looking for your new home. With real estate in Idaho, especially new construction, beginning to bounce back it some times can be favorable to have a home built new than to buy an existing one. Building new also allows you to pick out more of the details of what you want and to customize the home to you. Buying an existing home may allow you a better location, or a better price, so take both sides of this tip into consideration when browsing properties.

Finding the Right Home
It’s more than price – although an affordable home is always advisable. It’s about the perfect combination of what you want in the home itself, it’s location, it’s cost, and it’s various features. There are millions of ways to find real estate these days; if you’re casually browsing just about any one will do. We definitely recommend searching for a home online before spending time and gas driving all over town. You can find the best homes in Idaho on our website very easily; our agents are always glad to setup a time to show you homes you’re interested in.

Begun the Bidding Wars Have
As the real estate market recovers the return of multiple offers have come back to the market; one of the most frustrating times in the whole home buying process can be just doing the dance that is price negotiation. It is not even uncommon for buyers to be outbid on multiple homes, that they even may have qualified for a mortgage on, which isn’t to say it happens on every home, but be prepared for a little wild west real estate cross fire when it does.

Opening Closing and In Between
Once everything is in place, the home inspection done, and closing begins you can generally breathe a little sigh of relief. Rely on your REALTOR® they are there to answer questions, help your understand the process, and do more than just shuffle the paperwork (although there will be plenty of that to thank them for too!).

We hope these simple things will help you prepare and give you a place to start looking for your new home. If you have any questions we are always glad to help! Feel free to look us up on Facebook as well to see featured homes and stay up on local Boise area information!

Boise: Not to Toot Our Own Horn, but uh, BEEP BEEP!!

riverpeopleIf you’ve ever driven up the road past Lucky Peak and seen people riding their bikes up that hill like it was nothing you know that Boise is bound to be full of a few over-achievers. What with all the top ten lists our little City of Trees was featured in last year it should also be no shocker that we’re already starting 2013 with a BANG!

Real estate is no different! Real estate markets across the nation where median home prices are affordable continue to rise much faster than the nation as a whole, and the capital city of Idaho is one of those rising stars!

Boise – Ranked #3 In Top Performing U.S. Real Estate Markets
Being one of the next up and coming hubs in the Northwest, Boise is poised to lead the pack for 2013. The media home prices here are up 9.1% for the year with houses selling in an average of 70 days; despite a recent climb in prices homes here are still among the most affordable in the country at a $169,000 median price. Much like other cities in this prestigious list unemployment here is well below national norms – 6.2% – and the crowning jewel of the hem state is also home to major employers like Boise-Cascade, Morrison Knudsen engineering, and Micron Technology.

Looking for even more reasons to love living here?
facebookThere are more than just a few! Contact us to find out what a few of our favorite reasons are, or visit our Facebook Fan Page to stay up on the latest events and interact with us online!


Why You Need a Realtor in 2013

dollasThe new year brings bright tidings for real estate and the housing industry for many reasons. Not only is the market seeing a clearing of foreclosure inventory,continued low interest rates, but the upward movement of home prices themselves shows clear improvement on the horizon.

A recent survey by Builder Homesite Inc showed that consumers are reluctant to navigate the home buying process on their own. Over 84% wisely intend to use a Realtor whether shopping for new homes or resales; when asked why they would be getting the help of a qualified agent they listed these great reasons:

  • Get help negotiating terms/prices
  • Find homes that meet their specific criteria
  • Draft offers and contracts
  • Assistance getting through the purchase process
  • Knowledge on marketing conditions
  • References for inspectors and other service providers
  • Knowledge about the neighborhood/area
  • Knowing what comparable homes sell for

It’s no surprise that help negotiating and shuffling the purchase paperwork ranked high in the top reasons to use a Realtor. These tasks tend to be the one’s that can really stymie a transaction; are without a doubt where your agent will really earn their dues.

Are you currently looking to buy a home in Idaho?
Not only can we help you find the right home but we can help make the process as hassle free as possible, whether you are looking to get a new home direct from a builder or are looking for homes already built and ready to go. Search for homes in Idaho on our website and get to know our team of great Boise area Realtors today – your new home for the new year is waiting!


De-stress for the Holidays

giftEveryone knows the holidays can be one of the most stressful times of the year. According to a survey by the American Psychological Association 75% of Americans are stressed out as the holidays grow closer. Don’t let the worries of this time of year overwhelm you and ruin the spirit of the season!

Here are some tips to help you de-stress :

When you know what’s important it makes it easier to accomplish those goals first or devote more focus towards their completion. It is when we forget what we need to put the most attention on that stress can creep in. Without clear priorities you can begin to feel very overrun very quickly. Create just a few moments each day to examine and outline what things are most crucial for that day, or the coming day.

Let go of perfection.
When we aim for perfection more often than not we will find that it is a moving target! We can strive for it, but truly it is not a thing to be obtained; this is sort of related to creating priorities. Is it better to obsess over one goal at the detriment to another? Better to focus on what can be accomplished in one task and then move to the next. Let go of idealized outcomes around the holidays and find value in the simplicity of some things simply being. Start loving your life completely, just as it is, right where you are and you may soon realize that joy flows from within; is not something created outside of our hearts.

Don’t let the insanity of preparation, finding gifts, trying to make everything JUST right ruin the holiday itself. This should be a time of enjoyment, sharing, and appreciating the things you’ve already worked all year to create. Make sure you make time for yourself, just to relax, just to enjoy. This more than anything can help take a lot of the anxiety out of the season.

We want to take this moment to thank you for allowing us to share our services with you over this past year; we feel very blessed to be able to be part of one of the biggest parts of your life – your home. More than a home finding or home selling service, we want to be a resource you can draw upon long after the transaction is done so that we can truly help make your home happier. Be sure to visit our Idaho real estate website for the best homes on the market, and LIKE us on Facebook to stay up on great local events and information!


Featured Star Idaho Home

4 Bedrooms
2.50 Bathrooms
2341 sq. ft.
MLS #: 98505696
Offered at: $201,000.00
Type: Single Family

Live in Star Idaho’s premier community!
Great floor plan with upgrades throughout. Tile in entry, kitchen, utility and baths. Beautiful granite counter top with full tile back splash in kitchen. Large utility with sink on main level. Purchase as little as 3% down, ask your Agent. Property is offered as is only and the seller will not recognize buyer’s personal home inspection reports and requests for repairs. Only items that come from the appraisal as an underwriting condition may be considered. BTVA

Looking for homes in other areas?
You can find the best homes in Idaho on our real estate website! Visit our site today to not only find homes, but also to search automatically, find great info about the area and more.


Stop Storage Stress!

Housing trends are pointing to smaller spaces soon becoming the norm for the homes of the future. Soon gone by are the days of sprawling opulent great rooms and extra formal dining rooms, but that doesn’t mean you have to enjoy less home.

In fact,you may already be in a smaller home and loving that great things come in small packages. Either way we’ve put together some great tips to help you make the most of your storage situation in order to get more space! These tips on storage are simple to incorporate and won’t break the bank!

Organize and De-clutter.
Your home likely already has more room than you would think, but you may not be making the most of that space. Start simple: go through your things and decide what you really need. It may be time to file away those old documents or use organizers to get your closets in line. Look at your items and ask yourself:

“Have I used (or even seen) this object in the last 5 years?” If not, it may be time for it to go.

Bunk up!
By adding a platform to your bed rather than the normal frame you can add a ton of extra room under the space where you sleep. If you don’t want to get rid of your frame you can even just make use of the storage there by getting short storage boxes for easy slide-in storing. Kids rooms? Save floor space by getting bunk beds for the kids! They’ll love having all the extra room to play.

Shoe organizers.
Not just for shoes anymore! Hang them on the back of the pantry door to store tube shaped, or smaller pantry goods. They also work well in any closet for catch-all items; will definitely help you free up a little drawer space.

Ceiling to floor.
Your average store bought book shelf only goes so far – that is to say about 6 feet tall. Consider building or hiring someone to build full length wall shelving for you. Perfect for offices or living rooms, having that extra top shelf storage will give you a place to showcase items that aren’t necessarily used often.

We hope these ideas help you avoid the storage stress. If you take a little time to look over things and get a plan in mind we think you’ll find you have more room than you first thought!

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Star Idaho Home for Sale

Check out this wonderful listing in Star Idaho!

Gorgeous single level with large upstairs bonus room. Hickory hardwood floors, granite counter tops, tile showers, covered patio, gas fireplace and more!

Purchase as little as 3% down, ask your Agent. Property is offered as is only and the seller will not recognize buyer’s personal home inspection reports and requests for repairs. Only items that come from the appraisal as an underwriting condition may be considered. BTVA

View More Details Here!

Star Idaho, Some History
The first location of the village of Star was one mile to the east of present Star, about halfway between the present town of Star and Star-Emmett junction, and is one of the earliest communities in the Boise Valley. The Pioneer ditch (started in 1863 by M.B. Palmer) and its supply of water allowed the country between Star and Middleton to be settled early. Today Star Idaho boasts a quickly blossoming community of wonderful amenities and a population of right around 6,000! A great town just outside the busy Boise streets; perfect to call home!

Whether you are looking for a home in Star Idaho or anywhere in the Treasure Valley Le Bois Realty can help you find exactly what you are looking for! Visit our website or Facebook Fan Page to search for real estate in your area!


New Homeowners: Pack It Up!

Moving can be one of the most stressful times in your life. SO many things to organize and pack, utilities to shut off, mail to be forwarded, where’s the dog?, did we let everyone know our new address and on and on. Anyone who’s gone through a move before knows there is a lot more that goes into it than there used to be when it was just a matter of finding a buddy with a truck who could be suckered into toiling their weekend away.

To help make your next move easier we’ve put together a few good ideas to keep things going smoothly:

Give Yourself TIME
Moving day will be here sooner than you expect! It seems like there is never enough time to get it all done – so be sure to start early! If you start off from a rush you will only end up making things more difficult on yourself along the way. Start early, do little things each day even if the exact move date isn’t yet set in stone.

Look for Ways to Save
This can be anything from packing your boxes yourself rather than paying the movers to do it, or cleaning up your old house rather than hiring a service before you leave. Packing your own stuff can help insure your things will be safe, and doing your own cleaning will help make sure you get any deposits returned and also save you cost. In many cases there is no need to pay for packing supplies if you are doing it yourself – try hitting up your local appliance, grocery, or department stores to find free boxes!

Keep Your Receipts
Save receipts for moving boxes, packing services, anything that goes into your move, because these things may be tax deductible. To determine who’s eligible, the IRS has set up two tests. Pass them and you can cash in; fail and you have to eat all the costs of your move. Keep in mind, the IRS lets you take this deduction only if you are moving because of a job. And it doesn’t matter if it’s a new job, the same job or your first job.

Make a Checklist
For the super-organized: make a checklist inventory of your packed items. This will help you know exactly what you’ve got to move, and where it needs to go. If you’ve got a lot of stuff a itemized list of your things will make it much easier to move; if you are using a moving service this may be essential if items do get lost.

Color Coordinate
Give each room in the new house a color. Mark the boxes that have the items for those particular rooms with a matching color sticker or tag them with a matching color marker. This is a great way to save time when it’s time to move everything in – you can even assign each family member their own color responsibilities so they can help with the unpacking!

No move is ever 100% for sure hassle free, but putting these tips to work can at least help soothe some of the insanity that usually comes along with the relocation process. If you are moving to Idaho and want to find out more about the area we have a great deal of FREE Idaho Relocation Info on our website; we hope you’ll feel free to contact us if we can be of any help in getting you into the home you’ve been dreaming of.


Homes of the Future!

Innovations in design and new technologies are reshaping the way we live every day and in the future our homes will be changing as well. Automation and information will with hope provide new levels of comfort and ease for the homeowner of the future. Some of these idea’s may seem far fetched, but it’s important to remember –  even though we still don’t have our hover-boards yet! – that the science fiction of today often becomes the science fact of tomorrow!

Recently the 2012 Pacific Coast Builders Conference put on display some of the leading new developments in future home tech. Advanced home security systems will include things like windows that can alert you if they are not locked or get broken. Super Solar Shingles that will actually do more than just keep the rain out by harnessing the sun’s power to run your home. Smart Sprinklers that will monitor soil liquidity and only water the grass when it’s needed – not when it’s raining!

Check out these advances and more over at Houselogic.

If you’re looking for TODAY’S NEW HOMES head on over to our main website to start your search or to find an agent to help you get into just the right place.