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!


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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5 Home Buyer Pitfalls

Buying a home can be a very daunting task. It’s not quite like buying a car, which you can test drive and sort of get a feel for before you’re committed. A lot of home buyers find themselves frustrated with searching and searching, only to have to compromise in the end; often on features they had their hearts set on.

While finding right place is only the beginning, and even seasoned real estate buyers can get impatient with how long of a process it can be, what many don’t realize is that they themselves could be one reason for the search turning into a struggle.

Here are five things that buyers do that may cause them to let the right home slip by.

Not working with an agent.
This first one is a biggie. Sure the internet allows anyone to search and view homes online these days, but what many first timers and casual browsers don’t realize is that by working with a qualified REALTOR® you can save a ton of time by weeding out homes that don’t meet your needs. Your agent will know not only what types of homes you find appealing but also know how much home you are able to buy. Need to find an experienced Idaho REALTOR® ? Find them Here!

Seeing the home only as it is.
This comes down to perception really. Some inexperienced buyers might walk into a home and be instantly turned off by some tiny detail, that really, in the end can be changed. Whether this be the color of the paint, or the type of carpet, don’t get stuck on just one negative thing – try to view the whole home as it could be. You may miss a lot of hidden gems if you are too quick to judge.

Overlooking important details.
we’re all only human; letting important details slide can even happen when making a big financial decision like buying a home. It’s easy to compromise on something actually important because it’s less expensive also – even if later we regret it! Because of this it’s a good idea to sit down and make a list of items that are top priority so you will know in advance what things not to compromise on.

Not having an inspection.
Getting a professional home inspection is crucial before buying. Essentially this will be your only chance to “kick the tires” before you’re signing papers and actually owning any problems. Just like with buying a car, you don’t want to be stuck with a lemon; home inspections give you a real in depth health check for your homes current condition – it also gives you a head start on any possible problems that might show up later.

Watching out for these possible problem areas will save you a ton of hassle throughout the home buying process. Whether you are just starting to look for your potential dream home, or have worn holes in your mouse pad searching already Le Bois Realty can help you! Visit our website today to see what we have to offer!

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.

Idaho Real Estate Myths Debunked!

It’s myth busting time! Le Bois Realty has it’s hand on the pulse of real estate here in the Treasure Valley. We’ve heard rumors and rumors of rumors and things you might’ve heard from someone who heard it from someone else and it’s high time some of the misconceptions concerning real estate were dispelled! Is it a good time to buy? It is not? What are mortgage rates doing?

MYTH: No one is buying.

TRUTH: While without a doubt the incentives for buyers outweigh those for sellers in the current market long time investors and first time buyers alike are recognizing good deals when they see them – and they are buying! Sales of investment properties, second homes, and vacation properties went up in 2011 and with their combined market share rose to the highest levels since 2005. Investment homes alone surged up over 64% from 2010.

Despite a sluggish economy 8 out of 10 second home buyers said it is a good time to buy and nearly half of investors said they would be likely to purchase another property in the next few years.

NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun said investors with cash took advantage of market conditions in 2011. “During the past year investors have been swooping into the market to take advantage of bargain home prices,” he said. “Rising rental income easily beat cash sitting in banks as an added inducement. In addition, 41 percent of investment buyers purchased more than one property.”

MYTH: Nothing is selling.

TRUTH: The real estate market – especially here in Idaho – is bursting at the seams with the most active areas being the dwindling supply of homes under $200k.

FACT: In 2011, 71 percent of residential sales fell between the $100,000 and $300,000.

The number of sales (closed transactions) and the volume of inventory show us two clear signs of a healthy real estate market; the strict buyers only market may be soon seeing a turn around.

MYTH: The market is stagnant.

TRUTH: Pending home sales have been on an upward trend since reaching a low last April; they are up well above a year ago. Low interest rates combined with continuing low prices have fueled the markets recovering and will continue to move it forward in the future. Inventory is moving and multiple offers are back on the scene at the buyers table.

Do you have questions about real estate?
We’re always glad to help educate today’s home buyers and sellers and our experienced Idaho real estate agents are among some of the best people in the industry to bring your questions to. Feel free to contact us with your queries or visit our main site to begin searching for homes in Idaho today!

Hello Boise Idaho!

We are Le Bois Realty and we’ve been a part of the Idaho Real Estate Industry for over a decade! Our team of dedicated and experienced REALTORS® have the skills you need whether you are looking to buy or sell your home.

MORE than just someone to help you find the property you want, your Idaho REALTOR® can help you negotiate effectively. There are hundreds of negotiating factors beyond price, financing, terms, date of possession as well as the exclusion or inclusion of repairs and furnishings. Your REALTOR® can also advise you at to which investigations and inspections are recommended or required.

We look forward to being able to serve you by providing the best homes online as well as by sharing great real estate news and information that effects you!