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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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Here’s an update on one of our favorite functions of the year.
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.
We’re excited to announce the launch of our market reports.
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.
I’m explaining how to find out what your home is worth at any time.
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.
These 5 factors will help determine whether you should buy a home.
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.
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!