Do You Love To Garden?

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I completely enjoy my garden every year.  I have a large garden that provides us with food for the winter.  I love it. It’s relaxing and keeps me outside where I love to be.  If you are looking for a home and enjoy gardening, please gtomatoes-1613881_960_720ive me a call!  I will definitely find you something where you can pursue this wonderful outdoor hobby.

Below is a link to a great article about preparing your garden to grow all those wonderful vegetables we love so much – tomatoes, spinach, radishes, cucumbers, melons, herbs, and so much more.

http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/how-to-prepare-your-garden-for-spring-planting-zm0z15fmzsor

GIve me a call and let me help you find your dream garden – Vicky 208.830.8560

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Inspiration To Keep Reaching Forward

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Mark Twain

I love this quote. Explore. Dream. Discover and don’t live with regret.  No matter what my situation may be, there is nothing that stops me from doing something, anything, or everything.  Sometimes I think we feel that our dreams are insignificant and no one will care.  I’m not famous or rich but I have people in my life who care about me and want to see me be happy.  My goal is NOT to be famous – it is to love my friends and family.  So – sail away and find happiness in your own dreams.

February Home Sales & Current Listings

Why do I publish data?  Well, because lots of people like to see what’s happening in the market and compare statistics in order to make decisions about where to live, when to sell and when to buy.

Right now the market is strong and is a Seller’s market due to low inventory around the valley.  So that’s good for Sellers but Buyers have good new too – mortgage interest rates are still low!  The Feds are waiting to see how things shake out in Washington DC.  The economy is strong and growing and new home construction is racing ahead. So, no matter what your situation is, now is the time to act.

Please note, on the statistics below you will see “To Be Built” and “Under Construction.”  These listings are either for homes that don’t exist yet or ones that are in various stages of construction.  You will also see the that the ratio of these homes vs. the ones that are ready to move in to, are relatively high so keep that in consideration because it effects that amount of time from purchase to move-in.

Eagle, Idaho Statistics for Solds in February 2017 and Currently Listed Single Family Homes

SOLD
Number of Homes Sold:       64
Average Days on Market:     76
Average Listing Price:           $355,976
Average Sold Price:               $354,692
Average home 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths

ACTIVE LISTINGS.
Current Listings:                   283 (101 homes are To Be Built or Under Construction)         Average Price:                       $440,021
Average Days on Market:     72
Average home 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths

Star, Idaho statistics for Solds February, 2017 and Currently Listed Single Family Homes

SOLD
Number of Homes Sold:       63
Average Days on Market:     76
Average Listing Price:           $359,881
Average Sold Price:               $359,814
Average home 3-4 Bedrooms, 2-2.5 Baths

ACTIVE LISTINGS.
Current Listings:                   280 (101 homes are To Be Built or Under Construction)          Average Price:                       $442,348
Average Days on Market:     72
Average home 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths

Data pertains to the city or County as stated for single-family homes or single family homes on an acreage as stated.
No Condos or townhome properties are included in this data.
All Data obtained from Intermountain MLS on 3/24/17.

Can You Hear Me?

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Can You Hear Me

Have you ever tried to have a conversation with someone and felt like they never really understood what you were trying to say?

Have you every tried to talk with someone and realized that they didn’t really care about what you were saying, they just wanted to give you their opinion?

That should not be your experience when talking with a real estate agent! Why? Because you are about to make some very important decisions and you need to be heard!

Communication means – Two way process of reaching mutual understanding, in which participants not only exchange (encode-decode) information, news, ideas and feelings but also create and share meaning. In general, communication is a way of connecting people or places.
http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/communication.html

When you’re searching for an agent, lots of people say – “find the busiest agent in town and go with them – they know what they are doing.” It’s probably true that they know how to do their job. It may not be true that you will be able to create a shared meaning with them regarding what you need!

Look for an agent who has your best interests in mind, who understands what you want or need and who is willing to work for you, not just their commission.

Find someone you connect with. Most agents know how to do their job and, if there’s something about your transaction that’s new to them, they know who to ask. Knowing your job and connecting with you are two different things. A good real estate agent should be able to do both.

Want to Buy A House? Help is Here!

Yes – buying a house can be overwhelming but – help really is here!!!

buyer-collage  It can be especially hard if you are a first-time Homebuyer!  But, again, the good news is that, as a Realtor®, my job is to help educate you and assist you all the way through the process.  I can provide you with all the information you need get started and then walk beside you all the way to handing you the keys to your first home!

If you have purchased a home before, you may or may not remember all the steps you had to take.  If you do, that’s wonderful!  If you don’t, it’s my job to give you all the information you need and walk with you to the same goal as the First Time Homebuyer – KEYS!

 

There are some simple steps you can take as soon as you decide you want a new home.  FIRST – find a Lender and get prequalified.  I know, you want to drive around and find your dream home.  Here is what I hope we can avoid.  You walk in my office with a picture of a home you saw as you were driving around and you believe it is in the right price range for you or your family.  If you are correct that is the best.  But, what can happen is this – you love this $250,000 home, you go to a Lender, the Lender says you qualify for a $200,000 home.  It’s disappointing and makes it hard to look at the homes that really are in your price range. So – to avoid all that, please, go to the Lender first and then drive by as many homes as you want.  It will make the process easier from the beginning.

SECOND – find your realtor.  Make sure you get alone well and that the Realtor® has your best interests in mind.  If they start showing homes that you can’t afford or just are not what you said you wanted, find another Realtor®.  If you have signed a Buyer’s Representation Agreement with the first agent, you will need to have something from them in writing saying that you have been released from the contract.  If necessary, talk to their Broker.  Now – this doesn’t happen very often but I mention it because it is important that you know that this realtor is your partner working to get you exactly what you want.

THIRD – Follow your Lender’s advice. Once you have made an offer, DO NOT buy anything on credit until after you have the keys to the house.  Lenders will do a final credit check right before closing and, if something has changed, the sale may fall.  So make sure you understand all that they are telling you and ask as many questions as you need to in order to clear about every step.

FOURTH – Do that same thing with your Realtor®.  I want to be asked questions – there is no stupid question.  Buying a home is one of the biggest investments the average person makes and you need to get it right.  I work hard to make sure that my clients fully understand every part of process and welcome your questions and concerns.  I work for you!

FIFTH – Give me a call today – Vicky Churchfield – 208.830.2050

Market Statistics for Eagle Idaho

This includes single family homes on a lot or acreage.

Eagle

  • Active Listings                     213
  • Average Price            $542,764
  • Average Days on Market     91
  • Sold in January                       42
  • Average Sold Price    $412,240

Statistics gathered from Intermountain Multiple Listing Service on Feb. 13, 2017 for Eagle Idaho (Ada County) for single family homes on a lot or acreage only.

Statistics on Eagle, Idaho Home Sales

At the end of 2016, the housing market in Eagle was very strong.

Here are the stats for the 4th Quarter of 2016 in Eagle, Idaho:

Number of Homes Sold:       221

Median Price:                          $400,000

Average Days on Market:     63

Average Listing Price:           $445,649

Average Sold Price:               $438,424

For 2017, there are currently 195 homes currently listed in Eagle. The median price is $444,900 and the average days on market (DOM) is 93.  The average DOM is not alarming considering the time of year and the weather we have had.

All in all, 2017 looks like a great year for selling and buying so be sure to call me to get started listing and/or buying right away!

Vicky – 208.830.2050

 

Shopping For A House in the Winter

Yes – it’s cold and snowy outside and here you are, all bundled up and looking for a house! When you make a decision to move, there is usually something specific you are looking for – maybe more than one thing. Here are some things to remember.

  1. A winter house may look completely different come spring. Try to put on your virtual reality glasses and look past the brown (or white) grass, the dead looking trees and bushes, and the lack of color.
  2. Make a list of what’s important to you in a home. Why? Because, no matter what season it is, these are the things are important year round.
    1. Does your family have an active lifestyle? If so, you will want storage for you gear – skis, ATV’s, motorcycles, hiking gear, etc.
    2. Is tech important to you? If so, you may want to know whether or not the home you are looking at is capable of utilizing the things you need. Do you want a home that already has all of the wiring you need or are you prepared to have it installed afterwards? Perhaps you would want to obtain a bid from a professional who could bring the home up to your standards? Is higher speed internet available?
    3. Do you work at home? If so, do you have special needs in regard to office space?
    4. Kids? Are the bedrooms big enough? Are there enough bedrooms? Do you need a big yard?
    5. Do you love cooking? The gourmet cook in your family is going to go straight to the kitchen and may base their decision on a home on just this one room! Is it adequate?
    6. Do you need a big yard or a small one?
    7. What floorplan makes you happy? An open, family style kitchen/dining/living room combo? Or do you like more private areas in your home?
  3. What’s the “thing” that motivated you to move?
  4. WHERE do you want to live? Is there a particular area that draws you? Is there a specific school district you need to be in? Does that area accommodate your lifestyle?
  5. List 5 things you do NOT want in a home?

 

By doing this, it will help you to get past the winter blahs that set in when every house on the block is white!

Vicky – 208.830.2050