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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

Feb. 14, 2019

Falling in Love with a House, Only for it Not to Work Out

Falling in Love with a House, Only for it Not to Work Out

Like many people, our home buying experience started out while we were in a major life transition... having a baby. I (Victoria) had often considered Dave Ramsey’s advice on the matter, that an infant doesn’t take up much space and is not justification for needing a “bigger” house, but what I couldn’t shake was the idea that we needed more space. We had simply outgrown our starter home.

What initially started out as a tiny thought soon escalated into me obsessively searching my husband’s real estate website for the house of my dreams. Over the course of my pregnancy, my husband John slowly came onboard with the idea and was on the lookout for a house that might be a good fit for us as well.

One evening, I received a call from John who was insistent that I check out a new home which had just come to the market. John has been in the real estate industry for over a decade and sees houses day in and day out. He rarely gets too excited like that, so I thought this house must be pretty special. With little daylight left, I met him at the home and agreed, the house had everything on our wants list and met our desired budget. That night while in the living room of that property we decided to move forward and put in an offer. Our offer was accepted and the next few days were both exciting and daunting as reality set in, and we thought of all the details that would be involved with us moving houses.

What I didn’t know was, that as I was growing more excited, my husband was regretting the decision we made. I’ll never forget when he told me that he wanted to back out of our offer because he didn't feel the home was truly a good fit for our needs long term. I was so upset and frustrated. I couldn’t believe that my Realtor/husband could put his pregnant wife through this roller coaster of emotion and I stopped looking at homes. I couldn’t bear the thought of going through that again, so for several months, we didn’t even discuss the possibility of moving.

Then one day, after our daughter was born, we passed by a home for sale in a neighborhood that we both loved and had just come to the market. It was love at first sight and unlike the first home I liked, this one passed the needs and wants questions that John asks of his own clients who are looking to buy a new home. We put in an offer on this home and our offer was accepted. Unlike the first home, this time was different. It just felt right for so many reasons and we knew this was the right one. After being in our new home for over two years now, I cannot tell you how thankful I am that we didn’t move into that first house. Looking back, it was a painful journey but one that ended up being 100% worth it in the end.

What we failed to consider when we first found a house that “fit” our wants was that we needed someone who was not emotionally engaged to guide us through the process and to ask us the right questions. There were so many things that we would have settled on had we moved forward with the first house we fell in love with. Our new house is such a blessing to our family in so many ways and I am so thankful that my husband spoke up and voiced his opinions despite how it made me feel. That is what a good agent will do for their clients. 

I think there are many people out there who might be experiencing those same feelings of falling in love with a house. Falling in love is a natural part of being a human and is a normal part of the home buying process. But as the saying goes, love is blind, you need to make sure you have a great Realtor who will ask you the right questions and to have the courage to tell you if a home you love, might not fit your needs or budget. 

Buying a home is an emotional and exciting process and having the right agent can make sure your story ends with a happy ending. Your home is a big deal. It's a foundational part of your life. It's where you find security and comfort. It's where you get your rest, where you eat meals and connect with others. 

Our personal story helped to shape and remind us of what we do here at West Real Estate Group. We understand that our clients are making big life decisions and are trusting us to help them make sure those decisions are wise ones. For us, it is not about transactions, it's about relationships. Our clients put their trust in us to help them find their way home and this is the work we love to do. 

If you are thinking about making a move, please do call our team today to get connected to one of our amazing agents who have the heart of a teacher and a deep passion for the people they serve. You won't regret it. 

By: Victoria West, Director of Operations 

Jan. 15, 2019

Is the Recent Dip in Interest Rates Here to Stay?

Is the Recent Dip in Interest Rates Here to Stay? | MyKCM

Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage climbed consistently throughout 2018 until the middle of November. After that point, rates returned to levels that we saw in August to close out the year at 4.55%, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey.

After the first week of 2019, rates have continued their downward trend. As Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist Sam Khater notes, this is great news for homebuyers. He states,

“Mortgage rates declined to start the new year with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dipping to 4.51 percent. Low mortgage rates combined with decelerating home price growth should get prospective homebuyers excited to buy.”

In some areas of the country, the combination of rising interest rates and rising home prices had made some first-time buyers push pause on their home searches. But with more inventory coming to market, continued price growth, and interest rates slowing, this is a great time to get back in the market!

Will This Trend Continue?

According to the latest forecasts from Fannie Maethe Mortgage Bankers Associationand the National Association of Realtors,mortgage rates will increase over the course of 2019, but not at the same pace they did in 2018. You can see the forecasts broken down by quarter below.

Is the Recent Dip in Interest Rates Here to Stay? | MyKCM

Bottom Line

Even a small increase (or decrease) in interest rates can impact your monthly housing cost. If buying a home in 2019 is on your short list of goals to achieve, let’s get together to find out if you are able to today.

The Cost of Waiting
$200,000 mortgage example:The Cost of Waiting $200,000 Mortgage

$300,000 mortgage example:

The Cost of Waiting $300,000 Mortgage

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Oct. 31, 2018

2018 Meridian Trunk or Treat Prize Winner Announcement and Event Photos!

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Thank you for attending the 2nd Annual Meridian Trunk or Treat! We also want to thank those who brought non-perishable food items to be donated to the Boise Rescue Mission! In the above video, John West, Realtor & Owner of West Real Estate Group, announces the winner of the $50.00 gift card to The Village at Meridian. If you were unable to attend this event, we hope to see you next year. Have a safe and spooktacular Halloween!

**Did your child forget to pick up their monster rock at the end of the event? We might have it at our office! Please call us at 208-501-8200 or stop by our office at 2490 N Locust Grove Rd, Meridian, ID 83646 to find out.

Photos of the Event

Our trunk display inspired by the movie Up.

Our trunk display inspired by the movie Up.

Waiting in line to create monster rocks!

Waiting in line to create monster rocks!

Making monster rocks!

Making monster rocks!

Finished monster rocks left out to dry :)


Monster rocks left at the event!

Victoria and daughter Ophelia at the Event.

 

Oct. 16, 2018

2nd Annual Meridian Trunk or Treat!

You're Invited

Join Us for an Evening of Fun at the 2nd Annual Meridian Trunk or Treat!

Hosted by: Several local businesses
When: Monday, October 29th, 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Where: 535 N. Locust Grove Rd, Meridian, ID (1.3 miles South of West Real Estate Group)
Parking: On any of the side streets or neighboring businesses
No need to RSVP, just show up in your costumes ready to have some fun!

Please bring a non-perishable food items to donate to the Boise Rescue Mission to be entered into our drawing.

We will provide the CANDY and GAMES and have a COSTUME CONTEST!

Community Wide Family Event

You are invited to join us in a safe and entertaining way to enjoy some Halloween festivities. Each year, we love to host different events in order to connect with our clients and friends and to say thank you for allowing us to serve your real estate needs.

This October, we have joined in with our friends at Rock & Armor to host a trunk or treat. This is a great opportunity to bring the whole family out for a night of costumes, games, and lots and lots of candy!

Please grab your friends and family and join us for an evening of fun! We look forward to seeing you there!

P.S. If you, or anyone you know, have questions about buying or selling a home, please do call us. We would be honored to be of help.

Event Location Map:

Location Event Map

Sept. 7, 2018

Are These Top 3 Myths Holding You Back From Buying Your Dream Home?

Thinking of buying a new home here in Meridian, Idaho or in one of the surrounding cities?

We find that many “potential” buyers let fear hold them back from purchasing a new home, and often times, they are fearful of myths that aren't even true.

In our newest video, we reviewed the Top 3 Myths we hear every day from buyers, and in this blog post we will teach you the facts so that you can move forward with confidence when buying your new home.

When surveyed, these are the Top 3 Myths holding buyers back right now:

  • Limited Inventory of Homes They Like - 35%

  • Overall Affordability - 30%

  • Down Payment - 28%

Myth # 1: I won't find a home I will like due to the limited inventory of homes available

Fact: It is true that there are fewer homes available right now, and that limited inventory is a challenge; however, we are starting to see a shift in the number of homes coming to market. Every day we help people find their dream home and we would love to help you find yours.

Myth # 2: Overall Affordability

Fact: Generally speaking, homes are actually more affordable now than in the past, except only for the years when distressed properties dominated the market. In fact, a recent study showed that buying a home is now 26.3% cheaper than renting.

Myth # 3: I don't have a large enough down payment for a home right now

Fact: Many homebuyers have the impression that they must have a down payment of 20% or more to purchase a home, and although this is a great tactic if you don’t want to pay monthly mortgage insurance, it is not necessary. Many loan programs allow you to have a down payment as low as 3%! VA loans (Veteran Administration loans) and RD loans (Rural Development loans) allow as low 0% down.

According to the Realtors Confidence Index from the National Association of Realtors, 61% of first-time homebuyers purchased their homes with down payments below 6%.

If you are thinking of buying a new home, you may have some fears and concerns holding you back. Let's get together to discuss your real estate goals and ambitions. Our Realtors have the heart of a teacher, not of a salesman. We would love to help you understand more about the benefits of homeownership.

Call our team at 208-501-8200 or start your home search now to get started.

June 1, 2018

4th Annual Client and Friends Appreciation Party at Zoo Boise

Join Us for an Evening at Zoo Boise as Our Guest!

Event Details:
When: Friday, June 29th, 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Where: Zoo Boise, located at 355 Julia Davis Dr, Boise, ID 83702

Carousel • Face Painting • Giraffe Encounter • Zoo Farm Feeding • Food
Cash Bar • Inspiring Presentation • Fun

Kindly RSVP by June 14th as we have limited tickets! Click here to register or fill out the event form below:

Event Description:

You are invited to join us as our guest, at our 4th Annual Client and Friends Appreciation Party at Zoo Boise! Each year, we love to host an event to connect with our clients and friends and to say thank you for allowing us to serve your Real Estate needs. 

As this crazy, hot housing market continues on, we thought it would be fitting to hold this year's event at the Zoo! Please grab your friends and family and join us for an evening of fun! We look forward to seeing you there!

(RSVP list will be entered for a chance to win two season passes to Roaring Springs (valued at over $320.00!)

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May 7, 2018

What If I Wait Until Next Year to Buy a Home?

What if I wait until next year to buy a home?

We recently shared that national home prices have increased by 6.7% year-over-year. Over that same time period, interest rates have remained historically low which has allowed many buyers to enter the market.

As a seller, you will likely be most concerned about ‘short-term price’ – where home values are headed over the next six months. As a buyer, however, you must not be concerned about price, but instead about the ‘long-term cost’ of the home. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae all project that mortgage interest rates will increase by this time next year. According to CoreLogic’s most recent Home Price Index Report, home prices will appreciate by 5.2% over the next 12 months.

What Does This Mean as a Buyer?

If home prices appreciate by 5.2% over the next twelve months as predicted by CoreLogic, here is a simple demonstration of the impact that an increase in interest rate would have on the mortgage payment of a home selling for approximately $250,000 today:

Waiting to buy a home

Bottom Line

If buying a home In Idaho is in your plan for this year, doing it sooner rather than later could save you thousands of dollars over the terms of your loan. 

To discuss this further, give our team a call at 208-501-8200 or email us and we can help you learn more about the next steps in the home buying process

Nov. 13, 2017

Get the Best Deal for Your Home Now - Don't Wait Until Spring to List



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Hi, John here from West Real Estate Group where we love to educate you about the ins and outs of buyingselling, and homeownership here in Boise, Idaho and surrounding areas.

Each year, most homeowners wait until the spring to sell their houses because they believe that they can get a better deal during the normal spring buyer’s market. However, recently released data suggests that a seller’s best deal may be available right now and in this short video, I will be sharing why now might be the best time to sell your home. 

So if you are considering selling your home here in Idaho, now might be the best time to bring it to the market. 

The concept of ‘supply & demand’ reveals that the best price for an item will be realized when the supply of that item is low and the demand for that item is high. So how does supply and demand apply to our current residential real estate market?

 


The current demand for homes in Idaho is stronger than ever. 

 

So let's talk about the supply of homes available right now:

It is no secret that the supply of homes for sale has been far below the number needed for over a year. A normal market requires six months of housing inventory to meet the demand. The latest report from the National Association of Realtors(NAR) revealed that there is currently only a 4.2-month supply of homes available and here in Idaho and the Treasure Valley, in many price points, this level is even lower. 

So the supply of homes is low but how is the demand for housing in Idaho? 

It's not hard to see that everyone is moving to our area and home builders can't keep up with this demand. A report that was just released also shows that demand is very strong. The most recent Foot Traffic Report (which sheds light on the number of buyers out looking at homes) disclosed that there are more buyers right now than at any other time in the last twelve months. This includes more buyers looking at homes right now than at any time during last year’s spring market.

So Here's The Bottom Line:

Waiting until the spring to list your house for sale made sense in the past. This year is different. The best deal is probably available right now.

If you are thinking of selling your home and or buying a new home, give us a call today at 208-501-8200. We would love to learn more about your housing goals and can further help you understand how this market may work in your favor. You can also visit our website to check the value of your home right now. Thanks for watching our videos and we look forward to hearing from you!

Oct. 25, 2017

Which Homes Have Increased In Value the Most?


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Home values nationally have risen dramatically over the last twelve months and that is certainly the case for us here in Boise, Idaho, Ada County, and Canyon County. This is, of course, is great news and we wanted to share with you what homes, at what price points, have seen the largest increase in their values and in this short video, I will be sharing with you what we found.

In the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the NAR (National Association of Realtors), the annual increase in home values at the median home price was at 5.6%. Another study from CoreLogic showed, in their most recent Home Price Index Report, that national home prices have increased by 6.7% year-over-year. 

In the chart below we broke this appreciation down ever further into four price ranges which gives a more detailed view than simply looking at the year-over-year increases of the national median home price. This chart shows four pricing tiers and each one’s growth from July 2016 to July 2017. All price points showed growth but Look how much lower price range homes have improved! Lower priced homes have appreciated at greater rates than homes at the upper ends of the price point spectrum, due to demand from first-time home buyers and baby boomers looking to downsize.

The location of your home is not the only factor in determining how much it has appreciated over the course of the last year but certainly, it plays a strong role in your home's value change. One more chart I wanted to share with you shows the top 25 highest appreciating states nationally.

As you can see, Idaho not only made it to that list but ranks number for the highest appreciation behind Washington and Utah. 

We believe it is important to pay attention to how prices are changing in your local market, your city, and even your neighborhood so that you can make informed decisions and that is why we share this information. 

If you are planning on buying a home soon or listing your home for sale in today’s market, let’s get together to go over exactly what’s going on in your area and your price range. 

Give us a call at 208-501-8200 or visit our website to learn more! You can also check the value of your home right now by clicking the link below. 

What's Your Home Worth? Find out Instantly - Click Here

Thanks for watching this video, we look forward to hearing from you!

Oct. 3, 2017

Got a Question About Real Estate? We've Got the Answer


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If you’ve been following our content for a while, you already know that my team and I like to answer questions each week about the real estate process.

So, today I’m going to flip the script a little and ask you a question, instead. I want to know: What questions do you have about buying, selling, or owning real estate in our area? 

Homeownership is a big deal. A home is generally the most expensive purchase we make, constitutes the largest part of your monthly budget, is the place where we raise our families, and acts as a shield from the world.

 


We want to hear from you so that we can bring you relevant content.

 

Homes are a very valuable part of life, and real estate professionals sometimes forget what it’s like to be in your shoes. That’s why my team and I want to hear your questions. 

Maybe you want to know where the market values are headed in 2018 or if interest rates are expected to fluctuate. Or, perhaps you have questions about the process of buying or selling a home. 

In any case, we want to hear from you so that we can bring you relevant content. Feel free to email us your questions or you can submit them here.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.