Boost the Curb Appeal!

Boise-035Selling starts at the curb. People often forget this very important factor in presenting their home for sale – frequently focusing more on staging the inside of the home. Staging inside IS important, cleaning the carpets and having everything nice and tidy is key to impressing the potential buyer, but all of that is for not if you don’t even get them in the door! The curb appeal of your home is it’s first most important impression when attracting buyers who may remain window shoppers otherwise.

Here are a couple quick things to pump that appeal!

First, walk to the curb and look at your home objectively. Just stand there for a moment, take it in as though you’ve never seen it before, and find the things that your eye is drawn to first.

Keep the Yard Up.
Trim and neat, free of trash, weeds, or leaves. Maybe even go the extra mile and add some potted plants for pops of color. Don’t be afraid to go big, but beware of over cluttering the entrance to your home.

New Paint.
Paint up that old front door – or even replace it. A good sturdy exterior door is considered to be one of the best investments for the front of your home. Keep the same thing in mind for the garage door as well – depending on the layout of your home it could be a larger part of the front elevation of your house.

New Numbers.
People might think that the numbers on the house aren’t so important, but tired, old, or hard to see address numbers can also detract from your home’s appeal. Pick something unique, a nice custom font, use it to show off a little of your style.

Add Some Light.
Small solar powered lights for the walkway or drive are fairly inexpensive and help light up the front of the home for passer-by’s. Don’t be afraid to leave the exterior lights on your home on a little longer into the evening than normal while you are showing your home; let it be the shining star you want it to be!

If you need to sell your current home, or are looking to buy a new home, I have the skills and experience you need to make it happen! Contact me directly or visit my website to get in touch! Want to see what’s going on in the Treasure Valley? Visit my Facebook Fan Page for the latest events and info!

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Boise in the Top Ten AGAIN!

The latest accolade comes in the form of the #1 placement for Small Business Friendly States as reported by CNN. Other states include Texas, Oklahoma, and Utah all of which scored an “A+” rating according to the survey done by Thumbtack.com and the Kauffman Foundation.

Rankings overall were determined by how firms rated their states support of their small businesses, how easy it was to get started, and whether existing small businesses would encourage others to start their own companies.

Idaho also did well in other sub-polls, gaining a A+ rating from small businesses for the friendliness of it’s tax codes and regulations (sadly it did get a big D for new employee hiring costs).

The least friendly state to small business overall was Rhode Island, according to the survey. Vermont, Hawaii and California also scored an “F,” while New York earned a “D.”

One more reason to keep an eye on Idaho! A great place to live, work, AND play!

Boise – Listen to Buffett

The real estate market in 2012 has begun to see a real upturn, or so sayeth the Oracle of Omaha Warren Buffett; with that times are looking good again for investors. Recently in an interview with CNBC Buffett said single family homes are among some of the cheapest and most attractive investments in the new year – even over gold or investing in Treasury Bills.

Buffett said that if he had a way to buy “a couple hundred thousand single-family homes” and easily manage them, he would “load up on them” and “take mortgages out at very, very low rates.”

And truly, for investors with a team of property managers it could be very sound advice. That said, actually managing a couple hundred thousand single-family homes is a task right out of the myths of Atlas logistically, even for someone with the wealth of Buffett. This largest of factors along with others no doubt play a big role in scaring major investors away from single-family homes, even though they are grossly undervalued as assets, as buying and owning stocks is as easy as a few clicks of the mouse.

The absence of many big ticket investors in the U.S. residential real estate market however makes it far less competitive than the stock market as even when investors of great reputation (and pocketbooks) enter the scene they tend to go for residential income, or apartments and fourplexes rather than single-family homes – leaving a HUGE segment of the real estate market wide open for those with a little moxie.

When asked if a young individual investor should buy stocks or his first single-family home, Buffett recommended buying a single-family home with a 30-year mortgage.

“It’s a terrific deal,” he said. “It’s a leveraged way of owning a very cheap asset now and I think that’s probably as an attractive an investment as you can make now.”

He goes on to suggest that if said young investor is of the mind and inclination that buying multiple numbers of  single-family properties, fixing them up, and then renting them out is a great way to establish residual income.

Another good reason to buy a home now? Mortgage rates are at or near the historic low; mortgage rates are a huge driving factor of the ultimate cost of purchasing a home.

In all my years in Idaho real estate I’ve never seen such interesting times as we’ve witnessed over the last few years. I’m excited to see a positive upturn coming around the bend here in the Treasure Valley. If you are looking for a home in Boise, or property anywhere in the Boise area I can help. Visit my website to find some of the best deals in Idaho bank owned real estate as well as any available listing in the IMLS region!