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July 8, 2014

Ada and Canyon County Homeowner's Exemption Application

Most people don't think to much about this form until they buy a new house and even then it's easy to forget about it until it's to late.

Did you know that Idaho gives you a homeowner's tax exemption (tax break) as long as you, the owner, occupy your home? The exemption includes the value of your home and up to one acre of land.

The Tax Commission is required by law to recompute the homeowner's exemption limit each year, based on the federal Housing Price Index for Idaho. The agency simply administers what the law says; it's not involved in decision-making. The Index is the same throughout the state and isn't adjusted to reflect housing price changes that vary in different parts of Idaho. That means a taxpayer's home value may increase, but the home is still subject to a lower homeowner's exemption.

If you don't agree that your assessed value reflects the market value of your property on January 1st (calculated before subtracting the homeowner's exemption) or have questions, you can contact them at:

Ada County Assessor's Office
190 E. Front St., Ste. 107, Boise, ID 83702

(208) 287-7200 Fax (208) 287-7209


Canyon County Assessor's Office
1115 Albany St., #343, Caldwell, ID 83605

(208) 454-7431 Fax (208) 454-7349


If you just have questions about how your value was developed, please call your county assessor before that date.

Value changes don't equal tax changes. Since taxes are based on the budgets of taxing districts, those districts can budget the same amount from property tax from one year to the next, but when property values go down, the levy rate goes up automatically to compensate. If one property's value increases more than others, its taxes go up faster than others. For most taxing districts, budgets are set in August or early September, so final property tax amounts aren't certain until then.

Click here for the Ada County Homeowner's Exemption Application

Click here for the Canyon County Homeowner's Exemption Application

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June 25, 2014

Just Listed! 1327 W Balboa Street, Kuna, ID 83634 (MLS#98559718)

1327 W Balboa Street, Kuna, ID 83634

By: John West

Beautiful Move-in Ready Home for Sale in Kuna!

Pride in ownership is easily seen in this beautiful home! Move in ready and priced to sell, this home is sure to please and will move quickly. Features 3 beds, 2.5 baths, living room, plus spacious family room. Large kitchen includes island and a big pantry. You will love the large .21 acre corner lot with RV parking potential, hot tub, 3 car garage, fully fenced yard, large covered patio, and gorgeous landscaping. Located in the popular Palomar Heights Subdivision. A brand new roof is being installed.

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June 13, 2014

Just Listed! 2317 W Kootenai St., Boise, ID 83705 (MLS#98558456)

 2317 W Kootenai, Boise, ID 83705

By: John West

Charming Home for Sale in the Boise Bench!

Cute and charming Boise bench home, just minuets away from BSU and downtown. This house has the old feel charm with some great updated features. There's plenty of off street parking with a detached garage and a carport. There are beautiful original bay windows with great natural light. Mature trees and flower beds surround the home.

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June 6, 2014

Just Listed! 1189 E Stormy Dr., Meridian, ID 83646 (MLS#98557104)

1189 E Stormy Dr., Meridian, ID 83646

By: John West

Great Home in Desirable Location Priced to Sell!

This single level home is move-in ready & priced to sell. Includes many extras such as central vac, full sprinklers, fireplace, & ceiling fans in all bedrooms. Located on a large corner lot with RV parking. This home has 3 bedrooms, a separate living room, & a large family room. Master bedroom is spacious with a walk in closet and a slider to a hot tub pad. Great size backyard with a large custom storage shed. Garage is oversized & can fit 2.5 cars. Great neighborhood with easy access to shopping & schools.

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June 5, 2014

Just Listed! 8965 W Cornwall Drive, Boise, ID 83704 (MLS#98557250)

8965 W Cornwall Drive, Boise, ID 83704

By: John West

Great Property in Boise with Investment Potential!

This property is move-in ready and has a ton of investment opportunity as well. It has been completely upgraded with tile and wood laminate flooring through out, tile backsplash, corian countertops , new kitchen cabinets, stunning new gas fireplace with beautiful rock surround, new roof, new paint, new tankless water heater, and many other upgrades. Property sits on .25 acre lot with no backyard neighbors and has raised garden beds, 8x10 Shed, and a chicken coop/run. Come see tour this property today!

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June 5, 2014

Just Listed! 11341 W Azure Lane, Boise, ID 83713 (MLS#98557465)

11341 W Azure Lane, Boise, ID 83713

By: Derek Cassel

Beautiful and Move-in Ready Home!

Clean, well maintained home in a welcoming community! The green yard is in great shape, and there's even a little fenced area. This neighborhood sits down a quiet road, and it's not far from Fairview with quick access to shopping and The Village at Meridian as well as the amazing Kleiner Park. Monthly park dues cover sewer and street sweeping.

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May 20, 2014

CC&Rs - Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions

What are CC&Rs?

What's That Smell?

Imagine that you're out touring houses with your West Real Estate agent. (Given where you're reading this blog, that might not be too hard to imagine.) You walk through a beautiful front door and into a foyer that is spacious and light. Room after room impresses you with its charm and style. The layout of the home is smart and efficient. Then the dream turns into a nightmare. You walk into the final bedroom expecting to be greeted once again by delight in every corner. Instead, you find the lair of a teenager. Dirty laundry obscures what is probably a beautiful carpet. Brooding faces stare down at you from movie posters which are unfamiliar to you. From the light that filters through the poorly hung curtains, you can see that there is a layer of dust and grime on every surface. The closet doors hang askew, and the uniformity of the holes in the wall is only interrupted by marks and stains that you can't and don't want to identify. And through it all is a smell that can only be described as "athletic".

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May 20, 2014

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May 13, 2014

Real Estate Market Update May 2014

Meridian, Idaho Real Estate Market Update May 2014

By: Derek Cassel

Lean, Green Machine

No one has ever mistaken me for a car buff. Like any small boy though, I was still able to recognize cars that weren't necessarily made to be "practical". One summer while our family was visiting my grandmother in Tennessee, an older cousin of mine stopped by with his new car. It was some kind of classic green thing with leather bucket seats and a loud engine. I'm sorry, but the only way I could get more descriptive is to say "VROOM!" Trust me when I say that this thing looked like it could be pulled over for a ticket when it was sitting at a red light. My cousin offered to give us a ride to see what it was like. My dad, who always pictured himself either at the Indy 500 or in a small sprint car on a dirt track, sat in the passenger seat. That left two seats in the back. Did I mention that I have two brothers? Being the nice guy, I told them that they should go, and I'd just stay home. Being not nearly as nice as I am, they accepted. As the car sped down the gravel driveway away from me, I felt regret well up in my chest. I ran a few steps down the drive after them, but it really wasn't much of a race, and soon they were gone. I stood there in the dust (literally and figuratively) looking after what could have been mine.

You're probably wondering "where's he going with this? Am I the car? Am I him (please no)? Is the Real Estate market his cousin? What's the point?!" We'll get to that in due time, but before that, let's do a quick drive by of the market numbers from last month.

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May 3, 2014

Open House Tour for Saturday, May 3rd.

The following homes will be open from 1-4pm on Saturday, May 3rd.

Cherry Bello

 Address: 1131 Cherry Bello, Eagle, ID 83616

 Price: $495,000

 4 Beds | 3 Baths | Office/den | 3,291sqft

 3 Car Garage | Community Pool & Clubhouse

 Subdivision: Corrente Bello

 Open House: 1-4pm on Saturday


 Address: 2703 S Denali Pl, Meridian, ID 83642

 Price: $465,000

 4 Beds | 3.5 Baths | 3,220sqft | .52 Acres

 3 Car Garage | RV Parking

 Subdivision: Bear Creek

 Open House: 1-4pm on Saturday

Santo Stefano

 Address: 2597 E Santo Stefano, Meridian, ID 83642

 Price: $374,900

 4 Beds | 3 Baths | 3,185sqft

 3 Car Garage | Community Pool

 Subdivision: Tuscany Messina Meadows

 Open House: 1-4pm on Saturday

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