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April 15, 2014

Real Estate Market Update April 2014

Meridian, Idaho Real Estate Market Update

By: Derek Cassel

Clack, Clack . . . click!

My older brother likes heights. He also likes roller coasters. Did you notice how I didn’t say that he likes me? One summer, our parents took us to the local amusement park, Dorney Park. We arrived early enough that there weren’t any long lines at the rides. My brother took my hand and marched me straight to Hercules. At the time, Hercules was the tallest wooden roller coaster in the world. My brother had spent the entire drive to the park convincing me that I would enjoy being terrified. (Did I mention that he’s an attorney now? He makes a living taking advantage of the defenseless, so this was like job training for him.) We got into a roller coaster car toward the back. This was in the olden days when there was just one seat belt slung across both passengers. I understand that now they use some type of genetically altered glue to weld your skin directly to your seat. He grabbed one end and I the other, and we clicked them together. In my mind, that click was more important to my life and safety than the thudding of my heart in my ears.

The ride started off slowly and innocently enough, kind of like how the taste of poison can be masked until it’s too late. As the first car approached the top of the first and tallest peak, we heard a click. It was a small click, but to me it was the click heard round the world. We looked down and saw that our seat belt had come undone. We each grabbed our end and jammed them together. The first car or two had reached the top and was headed over. The clacking sound of the gears was louder and louder as we ascended. We had almost reach the very top ourselves when there was another click. Having but a moment before the cars would begin hurtling down the far side, our hands dove for the seat belt. I was understandably “flustered”, so we had a harder time connecting them. Eventually, he just grabbed the end out of my hand and forced them together himself. In that instant, we plunged forward down the side of that mountain. The next time you laugh at a picture of some poor kid screaming his lungs out on an amusement park ride, you just remember that he might have a pretty good reason that you’re not aware of.

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April 11, 2014

Featured Seller Story with Scott and Susan

Seller Story 

By: John West

Life has a way of sneaking up on us and turning our world upside down. When it does, we are the most dependent on the strength of those around us and through some of our toughest times, we find our greatest friends.

When Scott and Susan found out that Susan was diagnosed with a major health issues, everything changed. They decided that they would need to sell their dream home to help with the looming medical bills and turned to a Realtor they met to help them with this tough decision.

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April 4, 2014

Just Listed! 2560 N Anacortes Lane, Eagle, ID 83616 (MLS#98550225)

2560 N Anacortes Lane, Eagle, ID 83616

By: Nicole Brushey

Country Living at Its Finest!

This beautiful country home has it all. Enjoy quiet peaceful living on this private lane. Over 5 acres of land set up for horses with a 4 stall barn, & detached 4 car shop with covered RV parking. Located at the end of a private cul-de-sac with pressurized irrigation and an individual well. Enjoy the views of Bogus Basin and the foothills from your east facing covered porch. Close to schools and downtown Eagle. Well maintained and cared for. Come tour this beautiful property today.

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March 25, 2014

Real Estate Market Update March 2014

Real Estate Market Update 2014

By: Derek Cassel

Gardening

The extent of my gardening knowledge comes from an experiment I conducted for a science fair in high school. In order to study the effect of light on plants, I grew beans in varying levels of light. The results were actually not what I expected. What did I learn? I don’t know beans about beans.

So years later, when my wife said that we were going to plant a garden, I was “concerned.” I don’t approve of torturing living things; even plants. We started reading books and gathering advice from everyone we could. The biggest question I had was: when is the best time to plant? When I asked around, I got the same answer almost every time: wait until the snow has melted off of Shafer Butte.

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March 19, 2014

What is Title Insurance?

What is Title Insurance?

By: Derek Cassel

What is Title Insurance?

Imagine This

It's the first morning after you've purchased your new home. There are boxes strewn around the house and filling up the garage. You know that there are a million things to be done, but you lay in bed for one more minute as you enjoy the feeling of having this home for your own. Then there's a knock on the door. "It must be a kind neighbor that has come to welcome me to the neighborhood with cookies" you think. Instead, when you open the front door, you are confronted by someone with a rather unwelcoming expression and an official looking document that they hand you after you've identify yourself. 

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March 10, 2014

Using a Friend or Family Member as Your Real Estate Agent

Realtor Meeting with Clients

By: Derek Cassel

"I have a good friend/family member who's a Realtor."

We hear that a lot. The fact is that most people know or are related to a real estate agent. What we rarely hear is "I have a friend/family member who's a good Realtor." Wouldn't you agree that the placement of the word "good" is pretty important in that sentence? Unfortunately, few people stop to ask themselves the two most important questions in this situation.

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Feb. 7, 2014

Real Estate Market Update February 2014

February 2014 Real Estate Market Update

By: Derek Cassel

The real estate market was really bad in January!

That might be a little bit of an exaggeration, but before we talk about what was so bad about it, let’s take a detour into an operating room.

Blood

The patient is wheeled into the room and various masked individuals go to work preparing for the surgery. There is washing, marking, shaving, and then the scalpel comes out. Now is the moment when they really get started. The scalpel comes down on flesh with immediate results. There is suction and sponging. None of the doctors seem at all concerned. But an intern has been standing in the corner watching the proceedings with growing horror. “Stop!” he screams. The doctors look up at the monitors and each other in alarm. Seeing nothing of concern, they turn to the intern.

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Jan. 28, 2014

Just Listed! 2597 E Santo Stefano, Meridian, ID 83642 (MLS#98544358)

2597 E Santo Stefano, Meridian, ID 83642

By: John West

Custom Home By James Clyde Homes

Welcome home to the Heather Lynn by James Clyde Custom Homes. This refined home offers exceptional design and features second to none. Brilliant kitchen features a modern twist on a timeless design: illuminated display boxes, extraordinary glass tile and slab granite countertops, stainless steel appliances. The abundance of natural light & wide open spaces will inspire & delight. Classic wood-work camouflages entrance to HIDDEN BONUS ROOM! 10' ceilings, 8' doors, fully insulated finished 4 car garage.

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Jan. 23, 2014

New Listing! 15 Woods Lane, Idaho City, ID 83631 (MLS#98540811)

15 Woods Lane, Idaho City, ID 83631

By: John West

Your Own Private Retreat in Idaho City!

Your private retreat in the mountains! Surrounded by trees. Large windows let you enjoy the views from many sides. Watch deer and elk from your bedroom! Fresh paint inside and out and new carpet in many rooms. The house is only about 3 minutes from Hwy 21, so you won't find yourself "stuck on the mountain". Enjoy the rustic feel of an inexpensive wood-burning stove, but rely on the propane furnace for cozy nights. See pictures for the oversized one car garage as well as the massive shop!

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Jan. 22, 2014

Just Listed! 3019 S Hudspeth Ave, Meridian, ID 83642 (MLS#98543933)

3019 S Hudspeth Ave, Meridian, ID 83642

By: John West

Immaculate Home for Sale in Southeast Meridian!

Fully loaded with all the bells and whistles, this immaculate home is sure to please. Custom cabinets, built-in shelving, three sided fireplace, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and oversized title flooring through out are just a few of this home's features. The charming curb appeal includes a rear entry two car garage. Located on a corner lot with a park across the street. Call us today to set up your personal tour of this great home.

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