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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. 26, 2021

Thank You for Attending Our 6th Annual Client and Friends Event!

Thank you for Attending!

Thank you to those that were able to attend our 6th Annual Client and Friends Appreciation Party at Zoo Boise! This year we had over 500 RSVP's for this event. Thank you so much for those that came out to make the evening a special one. For all of those that weren't able to come this year, be on the lookout for the invite next year to make sure you don't miss out on this special evening event. We love to put on this event each year as a small way to say thank you for your continued trust in us and for the referrals you continue to send our way. 

Now a huge congratulations to Kezia McNab, for winning the photo contest!

Photo Contest Winner


Photos of the Event!


July 28, 2021

6th Annual Client and Friends Appreciation Party at Zoo Boise (August 2021)

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

Event Details:
When: Friday, August 20th, 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Where: Zoo Boise, located at 355 Julia Davis Dr. Boise, ID 83702

Conservation Cruise • Zoo Farm Feeding • Butterflies in Bloom
Temporary Tattoos 
• Carousel • Food and Drinks Provided • Photo Contest

Event Description:

You are invited to join us as our guest, at our 6th Annual Client and Friends Appreciation Party at Zoo Boise! We are so excited to host this event this year to connect with our clients and friends and say thank you for allowing us to serve your Real Estate needs. 

Please join us for an evening of fun. We look forward to seeing you there!

P.S. If you have been thinking of buying or selling a home, our current market conditions have just shifted and created a window of opportunity that won't last long. Call us to learn more (208) 501-8200.

Registration for this event is now closed. Please contact our team with any questions at 208-501-8200


We believe that buying and selling real estate should be less complicated and more enjoyable. We are a group of people who are obsessed with educating, empowering, and helping people obtain the American dream of homeownership.

West Real Estate Group

Photos of the Previous Event!

Aug. 4, 2020

Q: What is the Status with Our 2020 Zoo Boise Event?

Here’s an update on one of our favorite functions of the year. 


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As many of you know, our Client and Friends Appreciation Party at Zoo Boise has become an annual tradition. Unfortunately, due to COVID, the zoo is only allowing 50 people in after hours, including their employees. We could try to downsize the event significantly, but since nearly 400 people joined us last year, that option is neither feasible nor fun. Please know that we cherish hosting this event, as it gives us a chance to celebrate those around us who make the West Real Estate Group’s success possible.

July 8, 2020

Q: Want to Know What Your Home’s Value is Doing Each Month?

We’re excited to announce the launch of our market reports. 


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A lot of our clients have been asking us about property values and if they’re dropping as a result of the pandemic. In reality, they’re actually going up. The lack of supply and strong demand for housing is playing a huge factor in keeping our Idaho home values strong. With such a limited supply of homes available for buyers, home values here in Ada and Canyon counties are on the rise.


Many of our clients have been asking us how their home value is changing and you might have similar questions. We hear questions like; 


“What did my neighbor's home sell for down the street?”


“How fast are homes like my house selling for? 


“Are you seeing home values dropping or are they still up?”


We’ve built technology that lets you know exactly what’s going on in your neighborhood. Market reports are a free service that we provide which gives you instant access to your neighborhood’s unique real estate market. 


Whenever a home comes up for sale, goes pending, or closes, you’ll be able to view its amenities, features, photographs, and how long it actually takes the home to sell. All of this information is right at your fingertips 24/7/365.


This is another valuable service we want to provide to you so you can keep track of one of your biggest investments. We know that having access to this type of information will create real estate-related questions, so know that we’re at your service to answer any and all questions you may have.



Get set up on your own neighborhood market report now! Complete the quick form below and we will get you set up right away.



If you have any other questions for us, don't hesitate to reach out via phone or email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

June 10, 2020

Q: How Much Is My Home Worth Now?

I’m explaining how to find out what your home is worth at any time. 


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This is a question we are hearing a lot right now. If you live here in Idaho or have stayed abreast to our local housing market, you may not be surprised to find that home values have been on the rise for a while now. 


However, with a nationwide shutdown, many are asking how that has affected home values in our area. Typically, the reason for this question is one of three things: 


1. You might be considering selling and want to know how much your home is worth.

2. You might be thinking about refinancing to take advantage of incredibly low interest rates. 

3. You might simply be curious about how much values have changed and how much your net worth has increased.


Regardless of your reason, we have created a tool that will provide you with instant and reliable information to help assess how much your house may be worth. Visit IdahoHouseValue.com, click “Sell Your Home,” enter your address, and the site will draw together recent sales in your area. This snapshot will give you a range of your home’s value. Even though it is an estimate, it will give you a starting point.


From there, you’ll see a button in the top right corner that says “Get Expert Valuation,” which allows us to reach out to you after we have fine-tuned those numbers for more accuracy. If you are contemplating selling or refinancing and need a more precise number, we would be glad to find it for you. 


As always, if you have questions about this or any other real estate topic, watch some of our other videos, or reach out to us by phone or email; we’d like to hear more about your real estate needs.

May 19, 2020

Q: Is It a Good Time to Buy a Home Right Now in Idaho?

These 5 factors will help determine whether you should buy a home.  


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Is It a Good Time to Buy a Home Right Now in Idaho?


As real estate agents, we often say that “every day is a good day to buy.” However, here at West Real Estate Group, we try to address the question of “Is now a good time to buy?” by first asking you some questions about what is going on in your personal world. Sometimes, while it might be good for many people to buy a home, it might not be the right time for you. 


To help you decide if this might be a good time for you to buy a new home, let’s first discuss why it might not be the right time for you. 


Here are five reasons why it might not be the right time to buy a house:


1. If you do not have job security. This is a real factor for many people right now and might give you cause to hold off on a purchase until you have more stability.


2. If you have little to no down payment. While there are options for 100% financing or low down payments, we advise our clients to have both a down payment and emergency fund so their dream home purchase doesn’t turn into a nightmare.


3. If you tend to move every year. If you don’t like to live in the same place for very long, buying might not make the most sense for you. 


4. If you are in an unstable relationship. Relationships can be messy and unfortunately, sometimes they end. We’ve been able to help a lot of divorced and separated homeowners but it is always a much more complicated process. If this might be the case for you, we recommend that you make sure you can afford the monthly payments on your own just in case. 


5. If you are in a declining market. Luckily for us here in the Treasure Valley, we have seen some of the highest home appreciation rates in the nation, and with the strong demand we have from people relocating to our area, this trend seems to be something we will continue to see for quite some time.  


Now let’s talk about the five reasons why it might be a great idea for you to buy a new home now:


1. You have job security.


2. You have a down payment saved up and some reserves in place.


3. You like the area you live in and do not plan to move out of state anytime soon.


4. You are in a stable relationship and/or can afford the monthly home payments on your own.


5. You want to take advantage of the incredibly low-interest rates.



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These are just a few of the reasons that buying a home might be a great idea for you at this time, however, the answer to this question really comes down to what is going on in your personal life. We recommend that you discuss your goals and situation with a professional and experienced Realtor. One who has the heart of a teacher and not a salesman. Someone who will ask you the right questions and have the integrity to tell you the truth. 


If you’d like us to take a look at your situation and help determine whether buying a home right now makes sense for you, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. 


We’d love to hear from you!

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May 6, 2020

The 3 Steps to Buying & Selling at the Same Time

There are three steps you need to complete if you need to sell your current home in order to buy your next one.  


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How Do You Buy and Sell a House at the Same Time?


The house you currently own may have fit your needs and wants at the time you first purchased it, but there comes a time when your needs and wants change and when you decide that it’s time to find your next home. 


But, how do you go about purchasing your next home if you have to sell your current home first? 


The answer to this question is not the same for everyone. Your situation is unique to you. Your finances, housing budget, timeline, goals, and desires are uniquely yours and require a strategic plan on how to tackle the process of selling your home, finding a new home and closing on that new home, all without leaving you homeless in the process. 


This can naturally be a very stressful process for people and choosing to hire an experienced Realtor can make all the difference. Our agents have over 50 years of combined experience and have helped hundreds of people navigate the path of selling their home in order to buy their next home. 


There are three main steps you will want to take to set yourself up for success. 


3 Steps to Successfully Selling Your House to Buy a New One:


Step # 1: Learn what your current home is worth in today’s market
Getting a good idea of what your home is worth in today’s market and how fast homes like yours are currently selling for will be the basis for moving forward on the process of selling your current home in order to buy a new one. Once you know how much your home might sell for, and how quickly homes in your price range are selling for, you will have a good idea of the amount of equity you have accrued as well as a timeline in which your move might happen. One of our experienced agents can help you to get an accurate estimate by completing a thorough CMA (Comparative Market Analysis), looking at recently sold properties that are similar to your own home. Also, talking with a professional listing agent will help you know what you can do around the house to boost its value before putting it on the market.


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Step # 2: Meet with a Mortgage Loan Officer to Get Pre-Approved  

Homebuyers can get so excited about shopping for homes that they sometimes delay this second step however, having a conversation with a mortgage loan officer in the beginning can really set you up for success. A loan officer can help you with the tasks outlined in the first step, set up a pre-approval, and establish a budget so you know your potential interest rate and monthly mortgage payment. They’ll also address any other lending concerns you may have. With this step complete, you’ll be in the driver’s seat in terms of putting your home on the market and being ready to purchase your next one. 


Step # 3: It’s time to look for new homes

Looking at new homes is definitely one of the most enjoyable parts of the home buying process! It’s also the third step—not the first. Oftentimes, people tend to do these three steps in reverse, which can lead to frustrations and heartbreak. Ideally, you should only start looking for homes after you’ve completed the first two steps; learning what your home is worth and speaking to a mortgage loan officer. With the professional support of your lender and your Realtor, you will have a good idea of what your potential equity amount might be from your current home’s sale - giving you a solid budget for the new home. 


Our website is a great resource to search for homes as it updates constantly with up-to-date and accurate data coming straight from the MLS (Multiple Listing Service). Some people like to also physically drive through neighborhoods and areas to look at homes for sale and get a feel for communities and neighborhoods. We now have a helpful property search app you can download to your phone that allows you access to all the listing details you will want to know as you are driving around. 


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These three steps are the foundation of selling your home to buy a new one. How you transition between homes can be done in many different ways. Everyone’s situation is different which is why we here at West Real Estate Group custom tailor a free buying and selling plan that is aligned with your goals, timeline, and needs. Don’t find yourself frustrated and heartbroken. We love answering questions and can easily outline your options. It’s an amazing market out there, and it’s time for you to take advantage of it. 

If you have any other real estate questions, feel free to reach out to us as well. We’d love to hear from you!

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April 8, 2020

What Real Estate Costs Are Tax-Deductible?

With the Federal tax filing deadline being extended this year from April 15th to July 15th and the State filing deadline for Idaho being extended to June 15th, many of our clients have a lot of real-estate related tax questions. To get answers to your questions, we met with Jack Trent of Jack Trent & Co. 


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Here are some of the most commonly asked real estate related tax questions we receive and Jack’s answers: 

Q: When someone is thinking of selling their home, can they write-off the expenses such as advertising, Realtor fees, title fees, and legal fees? (0:51)

A: Yes, you can write off every dollar associated with selling your home; such as real estate commissions, advertising (staging), escrow fees, and legal fees. However, it is important to note that in order to write off the fees related to selling your home, it must be your principal residence and you will have to have lived in the home for two of the last five years. It is also important to keep in mind that these tax write-offs do not get deducted from your taxes like mortgage interest would, instead they are viewed as exclusions. All the money you spend, that is directly associated with the sale of your home gets added to your capital gains, which is essentially profit that you make on the sale of your home that you don’t have to pay taxes on. In other words, capital gains are like income that is free of taxation. 

TIP: Be sure you are keeping receipts of everything you are doing to sell or stage your home because, in certain hot markets, where homes have appreciated a lot, you have the potential for some pretty large capital gains and every dollar counts. 

Q: What about home improvements and repairs? Do they follow that same line of thinking? (3:12)

A: Yes, when you are getting ready to sell your home and want to make some significant repairs, you will want to keep track of all receipts so you can write off those expenses. Out-of-pocket expenses like painting, installing a new roof, and sprucing up your landscaping will not be included in your closing statement but are deducted just like your selling costs. 

Q: Is there a tax rule about making those repairs or improvements and selling within a 90-day window? (4:10)

A: Yes, home improvements and repairs that you make to your home in order to get it ready to sell should be made within 90 days. However, if you have listed your home within the past 90 days and it’s taking you a bit longer to sell, you would still be able to capture those expenses. 

Q: For those thinking about selling their home, would it be best to speak with a real estate agent as well as a CPA for a strategy on how to best attack the sale from a tax write-off standpoint? (4:40)

A: Yes absolutely, it is extremely important to consult with your CPA before you sell your home so that you can come up with the best strategy for tax savings. 

Q: What are the write-off rules for capital gains and what does that mean for someone who is thinking of selling this year? (5:12)

A: The capital gains rules are relatively simple. You are required to live in the home for two of the last five years as your primary residence. You can then make up to $250,000 worth of capital gains free of taxation if you are single, and $500,000 if you are married. You will not be liable to pay taxes on your capital gains up to that amount. 

For example, if the sales price on your home was $510,000 and you bought your home for $200,000 then your potential capital gains would be $310,000 if you are married. 

Oftentimes, most people do not realize that owning real estate enables you to have a tax shelter where you can make a profit as the market improves over time and make income off of it. What other kinds of investment works like that? I have seen many people sell their homes in areas such as Seattle or California, make a huge profit on the sale, and then take that tax-free money and move it into their retirement. With the current capital gains laws, you can move every few years and take advantage of these amazing tax benefits. 

If you have any additional tax-related questions, please feel free to reach out to Jack Trent and Co. at 208-947-2400. 

If you have any other Real Estate questions for us, we’re always here to answer them via phone or email. We look forward to hearing from you soon. 


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April 2, 2020

How Is COVID-19 Affecting Our Real Estate Market?

 We are answering questions related to real estate and the coronavirus. Here’s what you need to know.

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We want to address some of the many questions we’re receiving about real estate in relation to the current health crisis. In this video, John West addresses how the coronavirus has affected our local market here in the Boise, Idaho area and in Treasure Valley, and how it may impact you and your real estate plans this year.

While no one knows exactly how this pandemic will all play out or how long it may last, we are tracking the market, reading, researching, and gathering the needed information so that we can offer the best advice and guidance to our clients who still have housing needs and goals. We have also adapted and updated our processes to help you buy and sell a home safely.

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Jan. 17, 2020

Learn how to use our powerful Real Estate website to find your next home in Idaho

Start Your Home Search

Search for homes wherever you are

Welcome to our local Idaho Real Estate website! The fastest and easiest way to find your next home here in Idaho.

Our incredible home search tool pulls the local listings directly from the MLS (Multiple Listing Service). It's the same search that is used by licensed Real Estate agents and gives you up to the minute data unlike some of the other third-party real estate websites on the web which tend to have outdated information. 

Once you have signed up for an account on our website, you will receive:

  • New property email alerts
  • Price change alerts
  • Access to all detailed property information 
  • Virtual photos
  • Be able to track your favorite properties 
  • Save searches to view later

We have built our website to give you the largest, fastest, and most accurate database of homes available. 

Get Listing Alerts

BE The first to know when a property hits the market

When you save a search on our site, any new homes matching your wish list criteria will be delivered straight to your inbox the moment they go up for sale.

Save and See Listings


Click the heart icon when you find a house you love to save it in your favorites section and let us know you like it. Hit "See This Listing" or reach out to us directly to schedule an in-person showing. We're happy to walk you through the home and answer any questions, so you can make an informed decision.

We understand buying or selling a home is a big step. Whether you're buying your first home, your dream home, or your tenth investment property, we know how important this is to you.

Finding that perfect property is just one of the ways we can help you through this process. Enjoy your home search on our website. We look forward to being of service to you!

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If you are thinking of buying a new home but have to sell your home first, we can help. Use our Home Evaluation Tool to get an instant value check on your house and know what it may be worth in today's market.