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Expert Tips for Navigating the Idaho Real Estate Market

Our mission at West Real Estate Group is to be your resource for your Real Estate needs in Idaho. Whether you are a buyer, seller, or investor, our team of professionals can answer any questions you might have about Real Estate. Watch the videos and articles below to get the latest news on local market trends and receive expert tips for buying or selling a home. Call us with any questions you may have at 208-501-8200

Aug. 15, 2017

Looking For Homes with Acreage in the Boise, Idaho Area?

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Is your dream to own some land? 

Maybe you want more space, so your neighbors aren't on top of you. Or maybe your dream is to own horses, chickens, or other livestock. You might want to build a shop or have room to park the RV and other toys. Maybe you just like the idea of having more peace and quiet. 

At West Real Estate Group we hear lots of reasons why people are looking for properties with more land and acreage for sale, and maybe that's your dream too.

Every day we have more and more clients on our website that tell us they're searching for properties with land or homes with acreage. Those types of properties seem to be harder and harder to find.

So why is that? 

Well as the Boise, Idaho and surrounding cities here the Treasure Valley continue to see more and more people moving into our area, land is becoming more, and more in demand.

 

Click here to view Boise, Idaho homes for sale with acreage→

 

Vacant land and building lots are also becoming harder to find and these types of properties, with homes already completed, sell quickly.

If your dream is to own some land or a home with acreage in Boise, Idaho or one of the surrounding areas, there is still some time to find what you are looking for, but they are going fast and prices are continuing to rise as the demand continues to grow. 

Here at West Real Estate Group, we have a great resource to help you find all land for sale along with all homes for sale with acreage. We update our property listings on our website within minutes so you know you are seeing all homes for sale and all properties with land for sale.

If you are considering making a move to a property with more land and or a home for sale with acreage, and have questions, we would love to help you!

Give our team a call at 208-501-8200 or start browsing for homes for sale with acreage right now by clicking the links below.

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Aug. 1, 2017

Why People Are Moving to Boise, Idaho

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Are you thinking about making a move to Boise, Idaho or one of the surrounding cities here in the Treasure Valley? If you are, or know someone who is thinking about making a move, we have a great resource for you!

The Boise, Idaho and Treasure Valley area is no longer a secret. Our area has constantly found itself at the top of many top ten lists. As people have come to see what Idaho has to offer, they often end up moving here and calling the Boise, Idaho area home. 

The city of Boise is the capital of Idaho and is located in the Treasure Valley. Located in the valley and surrounding the Boise area are the cities of Meridian, Eagle, Kuna, Star, Middleton, Nampa, and Caldwell, Idaho. 

If you already call our area home, then you know why people want to move here.

However, if you're not from our area and are considering a move to Boise, Idaho or the Treasure Valley, there's a good chance you found out about our city by doing research online.

You may have searched for;

  • Top places to retire 
  • Cities with a low cost of living
  • Best places to raise a family
  • Best places to start a business, 

or a multitude of other reasons people search for to find our area.

Just take a short drive around the city and you can see the growth happening everywhere. New buildings are popping up on every corner as our area adjusts to the new growth.

If you, or someone you know, are thinking of making a move to our area, we have a complementary resource for you.

Each year our company updates our relocation guide and offers it free of charge. This guide is packed full of information about Boise, Idaho and the surrounding cities. We have information on city demographics, incomes, schools, things to do, and so much more!

To get your free relocation guide, just click the link below or you can email this link to a friend or family member who might be considering a move to our area. 

Click here to view our Relocation Guide for 2017→

 Also, our real estate website is a great resource to view all homes in the Boise, Idaho area along with the surrounding cities here in Idaho. We update our website every minute with all listings so that you can be sure you're not missing any great homes for sale.

Our real estate team loves helping people learn more about our area and what makes it so great! If you are thinking about making a move to our area and or have any questions about buying or selling a home here, please give us a call or send us an email. Would love to help!

You can reach our team at 208-501-8200 or visit our website at WestRealEstateGroup.com.

Enjoy our relocation guide! We look forward to hearing from you!

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July 18, 2017

How Can You Strengthen Your Offer as a Buyer?

If you want to stand out in our market and strengthen your offer as a buyer, get pre-approved. 

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If you’re searching for a new home in the Treasure Valley area, you’re entering a highly competitive market. Currently, the number of buyers searching for a new home in our market greatly outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This housing shortage has created this highly competitive environment, and you as a buyer need to find ways to stand out from other buyers. 

A great way to stand out as a buyer and strengthen your offer is to get a pre-approval for your home before you start your home search. This step is often overlooked by eager buyers, but it can make all the difference in your offer standing out while other buyers are running to the bank to get their loan approval completed before they can make their offer. 

There are many other advantages to having your mortgage pre-approval in hand, as well. Knowing your budget will give you the confidence of knowing what you can spend and if certain properties are within your reach. We highly recommend all our clients work with a lender to get pre-approved before they start house hunting.

 


Don’t chance it—get your pre-approval letter in hand. 

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Once you interview and hire a Realtor to assist you in the home buying process, they’ll act as a great resource to connect you with local lenders who’ve proven themselves to be able to offer great loan options, competitive rates and fees, and who have the ability to close on time. Getting pre-approved not only proves to the buyer that you’re serious about buying their property, but it also speeds up the transaction process and the closing time frame. 

The bottom line is, don’t chance it. Get your loan approval letter in hand so you’re in the driver’s seat as soon as that perfect home pops up on the market. This process is easy and can often be completed online or over the phone. 

If you’re ready to buy a home, you might find out that it’s easier to qualify for than you think. With interest rates still low, your prospective monthly payments are still very attractive, especially compared to rents in our area. 

If you have any questions about buying or selling a home, feel free to reach out to us by phone or email. We’d be happy to assist you. 

July 5, 2017

How to Find a Great Realtor

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If you are thinking of selling your home, building a home, or buying a new home here in Meridian, Idaho, Boise, Idaho or the surrounding areas, then chances are you are going to be searching for a real estate agent to help you through the buying or selling process. 

A great Realtor can make all the difference in the process being an enjoyable one or one you won’t want to repeat. 

But how do you find a great Realtor? 

In today's video team leader, John West with Real Estate Group shares how to find and select a great realtor to help you with this exciting but often times stressful process. 

After 14 years in the industry and being a Broker and Owner of a real estate company, John knows firsthand that not all agents are same and often times, finding a great Realtor is not always easily done.  

One of the largest mistakes people often make is picking any agent to help them through the buying or selling process without first interviewing them first. They may get lucky but often times that is not the case. According to many studies done, most people say they only met with one agent before hiring them. 

Because the real agent you hire is a critical part of your home buying or selling experience, we recommend that you interview any agent (or agents) you are thinking of hiring to help you before you choose one. 

To help you, we have a list of 10 interview questions. These 10 questions will help guide you on what to ask. 

Click here to view: 10 Questions To Ask a Realtor Before Hiring Them

We also recommend you do your own research. Google the agent's name. Do they have online reviews? If not, why? 

Ask for past client references. After all, past clients can share with you how the process went and whether or not they would hire that agent again for the job. 

Most clients tell us that they are searching for an agent who will offer great communication, do what they say they will do, and who have the experience to get the job done right. 

If you are searching for a Realtor here in Meridian, Idaho or the surrounding areas, our agents would love to be interviewed for the job.

We offer excellent communication, integrity in doing what we said we will do and have years of experience here in the Treasure Valley selling real estate.

We even have lots of online reviews from past clients. 

Click here to read our online reviews

If you have any questions about buying or selling a home, please feel free to give us a call at 208-501-8200 or visit us online to learn more.

June 16, 2017

Selling Your Home in Boise, Idaho? These Three Steps Can Help

 If you're thinking about selling your home in Boise, Idaho or the Treasure Valley this summer to take advantage of our seller's market? If so, you are not alone. These three steps first will help you to make sure you are best prepared to sell your home here in Idaho. 

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We recently received a great question from a couple who are thinking about selling their home and taking advantage of this great market here in the Treasure Valley. They wanted to know what steps they should expect in the home selling process and how to get started. This is an especially great question for a market like ours which favors sellers. Below are some steps that can help you get started in the selling process:

1. Get an idea of what your home is worth:
Even better, narrow it down to a more solid value range. Don't just guess based on a few local sales; we recommend checking your home's value on our website with our instant value checking tool. It's not an exact science, but it will give you a much tighter window of your home's value in this market. One of our local listing specialists will then double check the value our system gave you and make sure you have a great idea of what homes like yours are selling for in today's market.

Go ahead and get your value now: Click here to get an instant value check

2. Meet with a lender: 
By speaking with a lender, you will better understand your budget, how much you should put down on your new home, and any financial roadblocks you have. You'll feel so much more confident going forward when you sell your house.
 


By taking the right steps, you will be much better prepared to sell your home. 

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3. Get clarity on what you want and why: 
What's important to you in your next home? It could be location, size, amenities, land, or something like an RV bay or workshop, or maybe you want to downsize into a smaller space. 

We recommend spending some time browsing our website and looking at homes to see what is on the market and what prices are doing. By doing this, you will get a much better feel for areas you are interested in, a better understanding of what you want, what you need, and how much it might be selling for. 

Going through this process will give you a much better idea about whether it's a good idea to sell your home and how much you can afford to spend on the next one. By taking the right steps, you will be much better prepared to sell your home and find your next one. 

If you have any further questions or you think you're ready to start the process of selling your house, give our team a call at 208-501-8200 or send us an email soon. We would love to help you!

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May 15, 2017

3 Tips for Buyers in Our Seller’s Market

 

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In the Boise, Idaho, and Treasure Valley area, we are currently in a seller’s market, which means if you’re looking to buy you’ll need to know how to get your offer to stand out and get accepted. In this post, we will explain three tips we have learned and use every day to help our buyer's get their offers accepted. If you are thinking of buying a home in the Boise, Idaho area, you will want to make sure you do everything you can to ensure your offer stands out to have a chance at securing that new home. 

What is a seller's market? 

In a buyer’s market, the demand for houses is low, inventory (homes for sale) is high, list times are longer, fewer and lower offers are put on homes, and price reductions are common. 

In a seller’s market, demand for housing is high, the supply of homes is low, list times are shorter, multiple offers are common, and homes may sell at or above their list price. 

The first step in snagging your perfect home in a seller’s market is to realize that we are indeed in a seller’s market, which means sellers have the upper hand. Your approach to making an offer and getting it accepted must be unique if you want to stand out to win a multiple offer situation. 

 


Your approach to making an offer and getting it accepted must be unique if you want to stand out and win a multiple offer situation.  

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You also need to make sure you hire the right agent. In this market, the right agent can make all the difference in your offer getting accepted or losing out on your dream home. The right agent should have the right systems and technology in place to ensure you get listings the moment they pop up on the market as well as direct you to homes that may not be on the market using their networking connections. They should also be able to respond quickly when that perfect home does pop up and help you write up the most attractive offer. 

Finally, you need to have patience. It’s easy to lose heart and get frustrated when you miss out on a good home. Some buyers even give up and continue to rent instead. However, although we are in a seller’s market there are still plenty of advantages for homebuyers. For example, low interest rates are keeping monthly payments more affordable than rent in many cases. Interest rates are on the rise, though, so waiting to buy could end up costing you your dream home. Also, as home values increase, those who purchase a home can benefit from the equity the market is creating for them. 

If you’re looking to purchase a home our team would love to assist you. Our agents are experienced, full time, and hardworking. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to working with you. 


Click here to learn more about how mortgage guidelines have changed allowing more buyers to qualify for homes loans!

If you are not thinking of selling or buying a home but own a house in our area, the value of your home has likely improved since you purchased it and is predicted to continue to see improvement which is great news. You can always use our INSTANT value check tool to see what your home is worth in today's market by clicking here: 

What is my home worth in today's market? 

Call our team today at 208-501-8200 to get answers to your questions.

Click this link for a complete breakdown of the market statistics

You can also start browsing for all brand new homes in Boise, Idaho and the surrounding areas by clicking here: Yes, show me new homes for sale!

April 17, 2017

How Can Idaho Buyers and Sellers Benefit From Current Market?

 

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John West of West Real Estate Group discusses what’s going on in the Boise, Idaho, and Treasure Valley housing market and how it’s affecting buyers, sellers, and current homeowners. 

The Boise, Idaho, and Treasure Valley real estate market is sizzling hot and moving fast. Homes are selling quickly and for top dollar. Low-interest rates are still keeping house payments low. In short, both buyers and sellers can benefit from the current market.

Many people ask us; "Why is our market so hot and should I buy a home or sell a home now?"

In today's market, both those selling a home and buying a home, both have benefits to making a move.

A major factor driving our market is supply vs demand. The continued shortage of inventory (homes for sale) vs the strong amount of buyer demand has pushed the average sale price of existing homes up near record highs in Ada County, even setting a brand new record in Canyon County.

As of March 2017, the average sale price in Ada County is up 8.4% from last year. Currently, the median sale price of a home in Ada County is $233,000. In Canyon County, the median sale price is up 10.2% over last year and sits at an all-time high of $164,700.

 


Both Home Sellers And Buyer Are Benefiting From Our Current Market. 

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While more homes for sale are being listed each month, it’s really still not enough to keep up with the current demand from buyers in our area searching for a home for sale.

The key to fixing our inventory crunch lies with home builders. They must continue to increase the inventory at all price points to not only help our current buyers but existing homeowners who don’t know where they’ll move when they sell.

Builders know there is demand for new homes at all price points and they are eager to meet it. However, in order to be profitable, they are often building homes in higher price points because of the material costs, land prices, and a shortage of labor.

Curious what brand new homes are for sale today? Click here to view all new homes for sale!

As more homes become available for purchase, existing homeowners could move up and free up those properties in the low to middle price points which would greatly help stabilize our current market. 

What does all this information mean for you? 

Well, if you’re thinking about selling your home in 2017, it’s an ideal time to sell as there is low competition and high demand for houses causing many sellers to net top dollar in most cases.

If you’re thinking about buying a house, the low-interest rates can keep your monthly payment low, especially when compared with high monthly rental costs in our area. However, the interest rates have begun to rise and are projected to go up even more throughout the year. 

Click here to learn more about how mortgage guidelines have changed allowing more buyers to qualify for homes loans!

If you are not thinking of selling or buying a home but own a house in our area, the value of your home has likely improved since you purchased it and is predicted to continue to see improvement which is great news. You can always use our INSTANT value check tool to see what your home is worth in today's market by clicking here: 

What is my home worth in today's market? 

Call our team today at 208-501-8200 to get answers to your questions.

Click this link for a complete breakdown of the market statistics

You can also start browsing for all brand new homes in Boise, Idaho and the surrounding areas by clicking here: Yes, show me new homes for sale!

April 5, 2017

Don't Like Where You Live? Why Not Move?

 

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"If you don't like where you are, move—you're not a tree!"

Have you heard that quote before? It can mean a lot of things, but I think it certainly applies to real estate. Do you like where you live and your current situation? Do you rent now but eventually want to be a homeowner? Do you own a home but you'd rather be in a different area or different school district? 

People move for many different reasons, and when people call us to ask questions about Idaho real estate, they sometimes tiptoe into it. It's almost like they feel guilty about talking about moving from their current home. However, when people move, we find that they get excited about the new location and their new situation and are so glad they made the move.


The best way to get these answers is by asking a professional real estate team like ours.

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So what's the next step if you're not crazy about where you live or your home no longer fits your needs? Talking with our team is a great start. We call this the education phase where you are simply thinking about your options and gathering information. What might it look like if you moved into a new home and area? How much would more square footage would benefit your family's needs? What's the cost associated with a move? Could you build your dream home?

The only way to get these answers to these types of questions is by asking, and it's something our team loves to talk about. It's even part of our mission statement

If you'd like to talk through any of these questions, don't hesitate to reach out us. We'd love to start a conversation about your goals with you.

Call our team today at 208-501-8200 to get answers to your questions.

You can also start browsing for all brand new homes in Boise, Idaho and the surrounding areas by clicking here: Yes, show me new homes for sale!

March 20, 2017

What Is Your Home in Idaho Worth in Today’s Market?

 

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The real estate market in Boise, Idaho and the Treasure Valley is incredibly strong right now for home sellers. There is a lot of buyer demand without much supply of homes for sale. This demand for housing affects your home's value positively which is always great news to hear. If you’re curious about what your home in Idaho is worth in today’s market, we have a resource that can help you get an instant value check on your home. 

In this video, West Real Estate Group's John West explains how the home value tool on the website allows you to check your home’s value whether you are thinking of selling, getting a refinance, or just curious. 

One question we are often asked is, “We love this tool, but how accurate it the value check it provides me? Is the information your system gave me reliable?”  

Our system uses three factors to determine your home’s value: 

1. Recent and pending sales in your home's area.

2. Comparable homes to your house in size, bedroom/bathroom count, level, etc.  

3. Public records and taxes information. 

 


We always follow up with you to double check the value of your home.

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We find that our system is very accurate in determining a value for your home if there have been a lot of recent sales in your area, and if your home is similar to those properties that have recently sold. If the system has enough information to pull together, then you will often get a pretty accurate estimate. 

However, if there aren’t many recent sales in your area or if your home has some unique factors, then the system might not be so accurate. Our home value tool doesn’t know that your property might sit on a larger lot or that you might have RV parking or other amenities and updates that your neighbors do not. 

Either way, when you use our home value tool, we will personally double check the value you receive to make sure that you have the correct information.

Check Your Homes Value Here

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We would be happy to help you!

Call our team today at 208-501-8200 to get answers to your questions.

You can also start browsing for all brand new homes in Boise, Idaho and the surrounding areas by clicking here: Yes, show me new homes for sale!

March 3, 2017

Thinking of Buying a Home In Idaho? Three Reasons to Consider Building Instead:

 

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Have you ever considered or wanted to build your own home here in Idaho? Over the last two years, we’ve seen more and more people build their very own dream homes, and there are three reasons why you might want to consider building a brand new home instead of buying an existing home.  

1. Price

Many people think building a home is too expensive, but we’ve found that when compared to existing home prices in our current market, building a home is often more affordable for many people's budgets. 


Building has actually become very affordable for many people.

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2. Existing Homes Are In high demand
There is a lot of competition for existing homes in our current market because there’s not a lot of inventory available in the market. Buyers are paying top dollar for existing homes, which means you’ll get the most money for your current home to build your new dream home. You can click here to learn what your home might be worth in today's market. 

3. Ease of the Selling/Moving Process 
When you’re building a house, you get about four or five months of preparation time to get everything in order to move which allows many people to only have to move once. This allows for a much smoother selling and moving process, which takes a lot of stress out of the equation. 

If you have any questions about buying or building a new home, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. We would be happy to walk you through what’s going on with our current real estate market here in Idaho and explain more about the new construction process and show you what your options are. 

Call our team today at 208-501-8200 to get answers to your questions.

You can also start browsing for all brand new homes in Boise, Idaho and the surrounding areas by clicking here: Yes, show me new homes for sale!