Managing Real Estate Broker
Kasey & John Boles
Boise, Meridian, Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com
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Get to know Kasey & John Boles
John Boles, Associate Broker
- Associate Broker, REALTOR®, GRI
- Graduate of Emporia State University
- Circle of Excellence Award 2005-current
- Experienced Short Sale Listing Agent
- Experienced in Selling Foreclosure & Pre-Foreclosure Homes
- Former Adventure Leader and Counselor for Camp Perkins in the Sawtooth National Recreational Area with his lovely wife, Kasey
Kasey Boles, Managing Broker
- Idaho native
- Designated Broker, REALTOR®, GRI
- Graduate of The Master's College, with honors
- CRS, ABR, SFR, SRS, e-Pro
- Circle of Excellence Award 2005-current
- Volunteer with Love, Inc. Treasure Valley
- Loves the outdoors, her husband (and partner in Real Estate), John, her Brittany dog, Roy and her daughters, Annie & Claire.
James Gannon, Sales Associate Realtor
I am an Idaho native and know Idaho very well. I grew up in Boise and attended the University of Idaho where I studied Geography. I have worked in Boise, Nampa, and Caldwell. I have great knowledge of the Treasure Valley and its neighborhoods.
Meet Our Managing Broker
1) Is this your full time job?
Yes, this is my full time job and I do everything I can to keep myself up to date on local news & issues, community discussions and the market here. I also spend time reading and researching the national market in real estate and finance and I take continuing education classes and designation courses whenever I can to keep up to speed on my industry.
2) Why should I work with you?
This question is going to overlap with my response to the next question, but besides what I mention in the next question there are a couple of things that are key in my business. Though real estate agents are considered "sales people," I don't consider myself to be in sales. As a Buyers' agent my job is not to "make the sale" it is to work in the best interest of the party that I am representing (you!), find you the home that best fits your needs, is the best deal for your all around situation and to help as a consultant through the entire process from start to finish. My goal as a real estate agent isn't to sell a buyer a house, it is to help you find and buy whatever is the best home for your needs as well as to be there with the knowledge and expertise of the area, anything to look out for in a transaction and to problem solve and be available in the event issues arise throughout the closing process. Real estate is my full time career and I continually read, research and take classes to better my knowledge of the industry and to keep myself up to date on all the new and changing things within the industry as a whole; the real estate and financing industries are in constant change. I also do my best to carefully listen to the needs of my clients, am very detail oriented, as well as make communication a key priority, which brings me to the next question..
3) What do you do better than other real estate agents (ie, why should I pick you over everyone else)?
Real Estate is a "people person" career. But, what some people don't realize is that besides the people person part of it, behind the scenes there are A LOT of details that need to be attended to - from paperwork and making sure that everything is properly filled out and in the file (we are not lawyers, but there are many items within a real estate contract that could make or break a transaction when issues arise), to keeping track of time deadlines (of which there are many between the loan process, the inspection period and closing date), to keeping in regular contact with all parties involved in the transaction (buyers, sellers, listing agent, agents' assistant/transaction coordinator, loan officer, loan processor, escrow officer, escrow assistant, title officer, home inspector, appraiser, etc.) and more.
These are sometimes things that driven "people people" aren't as good at. Some of the most successful real estate agents are terrible at the 'detail' part of it but are hugely successful because of their people skills. Some of them know it and some of them don't. Those who know it generally hire an assistant who can keep them and all the details in line, and I think this is great that they know their strengths and weaknesses and can work their business based that way. However, others don't and don't realize the detriment it could cause within a transaction.
I was in a real estate education class and we did a little study - we took a personality test and then assembled into the groups of people that matched our personality. What we found was that the majority of people who are real estate agents are a highly driven and influential "people person" type personality, but had very little in terms of organization and detail, which were components of the other personality types. This was reflective of what more extensive studies had done over larger groups of people in the same business. It makes sense because there is a high need for both being driven and enjoying working with people to be in this business. But, there is also a huge part of the business that also needs to tend to the details as well.
My personality showed me to be high in the detail and accuracy department. Because of this I have chosen to not have an assistant and to work with my clients and complete transactions from start to finish. While some agents would say they are able to better service their clients (and also sell more homes) by passing off the "transaction coordinating" to another person once the contract has been accepted, I find that there are so many issues that could potentially come up between contract acceptance to close that I want to be the one in the middle of it, foreseeing any issues before they occur and nipping them in the bud before they become a problem. I also believe that my clients who have hired me to be their real estate agent don't deserve the disservice of having to be in touch with an assistant instead of me once we've gotten past the choosing homes portion of the process. And honestly, I like this part. My involvement in the transaction in it's entirety and my meticulousness (which also leads me to want/need constant communication between all parties) allows me to have a very high success in closing difficult transactions and problem solving in the event any issues do arise between contract acceptance and closing, where it is possible in other cases the deal may have just fallen through. While that is my decision, if another agent has an assistant to do this work this really may be the best situation for them and how they work. So, as a buyer you will need to assess the situation and decide what is most important to you and what your expections for your agent are.
4) What process will you use to help me find the right home for my particular wants and needs?
I set all of my clients up on an automatic property search. As I get to know my clients wants/needs better I will adjust that search or add additional searches. I may send additional lists of homes that I want you to look at that I have sifted through myself and think that you may like or may have missed, but I want you to be the one choosing your home. I set these searches up so that you are able to see everything that is available within your criteria and allows you the option to choose which ones you would like to view. I have no limit on the amount of homes I will show you and believe that even seeing homes that you don't like is important in the process of really solidifying what you do like. We also have a fantastic company website, BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com which I think it is a very useful tool for buyers, sellers and agents to work together in the buying and selling process. I'm really excited about it and all that it has to offer.
5) What are the most common things that go wrong in a transaction and how would you handle them?
There are an infinite number of things that potentially could go wrong in a transaction. However, the most common include results of an inspection report and the subsequent negotiations between buyer and seller for repairs, appraisals coming in low orfinancing not coming through. After contract acceptance the inspection is the next major step. It might come back with no major issues, or there may be more issues than we had anticipated. This is the time where negotiations might be renewed between buyer and seller. It is my job to go through this with you. I am not a home inspector, and the inspectors are available to answer any questions, but I am here to help you talk about the inspection items and help you navigate the process of what, if anything to ask the seller for, or if it is time to throw in the towel on this property and move to the next house. Appraisals are the next biggie. In today's market the appraisers are ultra conservative with their appraisal reports and often only come in at or barely above contract value even if a house may be worth more than that. However, they are also commonly coming in lower too. Now, I would never want my buyer clients to pay too much for a home, but if there is legitimate reason to question the results of the appraisal I will complete a independent comparative market analysis with additional comps to submit to the lender and appraiser for review and also work to see if we could get a second appraisal opinion. This is getting tougher to do because of new laws and regulations in both the lending and appraisal sectors. However, if an appraisal does come in low, this is an additional time to work out the situation with buyer and seller and negotiate terms of the contract once again. As far as financing not coming through (at the last minute and for whatever reason) there are a number of ways to avoid this in the first place and that leads me to the next question.
6) What are some mistakes that you think people make when buying their first home?
I think that three of the biggest mistakes people make when buying their first home include choosing the wrong lender, biting off more than they can chew, (sometimes those two go hand in hand) and spending money or buying on credit prior to closing on the home.
Getting financing for a new home is a big deal. And, it's not something people do every day so there is a lot to it that may not be easy to understand or that people don't even think about. First, it is in my opinion, VERY important to work with a local lender. Not only are there certain out of state lenders that aren't even licensed to loan in Idaho, but they don't know what is customary in our area (ie. taxes, what closing costs are paid by whom, common time frames, required (or not required) inspections etc. etc.), they won't be familiar with local loan programs that are available to home buyers here, and you can't walk into their office face to face to talk to them in the event things are going awry. I can tell stories about problematic closings with out of state lenders and give more examples of the cons of using them and pros of using local lenders.
Second, biting off more than they can chew; I am mostly referring to buying more house than they can afford or maybe should be buying for their situation. Just because you are "approved" for a certain amount doesn't necessarily mean that it is what you are or should be comfortable with. Also first time buyers sometimes don't take into consideration things such as utility bills, cost of home improvement and general home maintenance, cost for commuting (gas, car wear and tear, etc.) and other things that may be additional costs that you might not have renting versus buying, or just simply may not have thought of within the new budget that comes with owning a home. I'm not a financial planner, but do want to make sure that all things considered, buyers are comfortable with the situation that they are getting themselves into being a homeowner for the first time.
Finally, spending money or buying on credit prior to closing - it is very common when buyer's contract on their first home to get excited, go shopping for furniture, appliances & large household items. The problem with that is that your approval is based upon the snapshot of your credit and finances when you took application for the loan. What people don't realize is that the lender verifies that information prior to closing. If your debt to income ratio has changed because you've put that new washer/dryer & refrigerator on your credit card, you may no longer qualify for the loan that you were approved for. Or, if you were approved in part for the amount of money you have in your savings account (some loans require there to be a certain amount of money to show that you can make your payments for so many months) and that cushion is gone, so might your approval be. It seems innocent enough (though I've heard of people even doing things like buying new cars in the midst of home buying) but any change in your finances between loan application to your loan funding and the home recording into your name could cause last minute problems with financing and a buyer ending up being unable to purchase the home at all.
7) What other professionals do you suggest we work with and what are their credentials?
If you are interested I will provide you a sheet with lender & inspector recommendations.
Each loan officer on the list brings something different, whether it's personality, location, being a mortgage banker vs a mortgage broker, having in-house underwriting, working best with first time buyers, repeat buyers or investors, the ability to do certain loans that others can't, and more.
The inspectors on the list have each done a number of inspections for clients of mine with satisfying results. Not all inspectors are ASHI certified, and not all buyers care about that, so this list includes an inspector that is ASHI certified and one who is not, but who adhere to ASHI standards.
I don't have Title Companies on this list but am happy to discuss different Title Company options with you as well, as there are definitely different companies and escrow officers that may be best for each individual contract and situation.
Any additional professionals that you may want a recommendation of including builders, CPA's, attorneys, general and sub contractors, handymen or anything else, I am happy to discuss with you on an individual basis and based on your particular needs help to point you in the right direction.
8) Can you provide me with references or testimonials from past clients?
At the bottom of this page are a number of testimonials from our happy clients. I am also more than willing to give a list of as many past clients as you'd like that you are able to call and ask questions and talk about their experience with me as their agent.
9) Are you a Realtor®?
I am a Realtor®, a member of the NAR (National Association of Realtors®) as well as IAR (Idaho Association of Realtors®) and BBR (Boise Regional Realtors® - formerly Ada County Association of Realtors®). I participated on the ACAR Bylaws Committee for the past several years, was the Vice Chair of the committee for 2012 & 2013 and Chair for 2014. I participated on the ACAR Grievance Committee for the past several years as well and was the Chair for 2012. I also was on the Rules and Regulations/Bylaws committee for the Intermountain MLS for 6 years. Though the MLS isn't directly affiliated with the National Association of Realtors, in our market all agents that are part of the local MLS are members of NAR, IAR as well as a local Association, and Intermountain MLS works closing with all local Associations and NAR when making decisions for our local area Realtors®.
10) What certifications do you hold?
I am a Realtor®, a Real Estate Broker, a GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute), e-Pro (focusing on internet and technology in the Real Estate industry), ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative) & SRS (Seller Representative Specialist), SFR (Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource) and a CRS (Certified Residential Specialist). I also am always continuing my education with other classes as well.
11) What is your specialty?
I specialize in Residential real estate and work with both Buyers and Sellers. My primary market area is the Treasure Valley as a whole - I work in all areas of Boise, Nampa, Kuna, Meridian, Star, Eagle, Middleton, Caldwell as well as Melba, Emmett, Horseshoe Bend & East Boise County. As far as representing buyers I don't really go much further out of those areas and will refer a buyer to a local Realtor if someone is looking to buy or sell property outside of my market area.
Over the course of about the last market downturn we worked extensively with pre-foreclosure, short sale properties, listed, negotiated with banks and sold these as a primary part of our business now as well so we have extensive experience in that market as well. Knowing the ins and outs of the selling/listing side of short sales also helps me to be more knowledgeable with buyers to help them navigate and have proper expectations on the purchasing side of it too. Though I refer buyer clients out to local Realtors in Valley County if my buyers are looking in areas around McCall/Donnelly/Cascade, we do work together with local Realtors in that area to listing and negotiate short sales.
12) Who is your Broker? Can I call him/her?
I am the Managing Broker of our family owned real estate brokerage. Jon Gosche, is the owner of Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC and is also my father. You are welcome to call him at 208-870-2115 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. One of the greatest things about small family brokerages is that we are able to talk issues through and always have access to one another.
13) How many sales did you complete last year?
John and I have both received the Circle of Excellence award for the Boise Regional Realtors® every year we have been in the industry. We average about 70-80 closed homes each year. John and I work well together to help each other when need be. We do not have transaction coordinators and so our numbers may not reflect that of the busiest agents in our market area, but we do that by choice as we feel that it is important to have the same person (us, your agent) involved throughout the entire transaction, have all knowledge of what is going on, remain the contact person for all parties during the transaction and not pass it off to an assistant to finish once the offer is written. There is so much that happens between offer acceptance and closing that needs to be attended to in order to assure a smooth close and we don't want to do what we feel is a disservice to our clients of passing that off to a transaction coordinator.
14)Why did you become a real estate agent and how long have you been in the business?
I was born and raised in Idaho, but over the course of college and marriage had lived in other areas for about 7 years. My husband, John and I were living in Tacoma - he was teaching and I was a waitress. The whole situation for a number of reasons wasn't working for us and so we looked into other options. My father had previously been a Chiropractor but had sold his business a few years prior and gotten his Real Estate license. He first got his license to do his own investing and then (somewhat unintentionally) his business took off. After two years (the minimum time required in the business) he got his Real Estate Broker's license and started his own company, Jon Gosche Real Estate. A few years later he was still working, his business was strong and he even had a couple of other agents in his company. The opportunity to come to Boise, get our real estate licenses and work with him came up and we decided to take it. Once we got our license and began working in the family business we realized that it was a good fit for us and that we were good at it! We have now been selling real estate since 2004 and have both been "top producers" and awarded the "circle of excellence" for production volume in every year that we've been in the industry.
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Testimonials for Kasey & John Boles
John - you are a real estate rockstar! You made this entire process so easy for us! Over the past few months I've probably told my husband a hundred times "We never could have done this without John!" We have been extremely thankful for your expertise throughout the entire process. We would recommend you a hundred times over to anyone who was looking for a realtor in the the Boise/Nampa area. Thank you!
Jon Gosche Real Estate did an incredible job selling our home. They were clear, professional, responsive and without question had our best interest in mind. I would fully recommend them to anyone buying or selling a home.
My realtor, John Boles, did a fantastic job on everything. He listened to my needs, gave great advice, guidance, and support through every step. As an out-of-state seller, I needed help arranging repairs and maintenance to ready the house for sale; John's referrals and assistance were essential and much appreciated. Once the house was listed, John sold it quickly to a qualified buyer and helped me with all the sales details. He has a great deal of real estate knowledge and is skilled in all aspects of his business. And if that isn't enough, he's a really nice guy, too!
Ron & Dawn, Boise08/31/2016
Building a home while living in another state is a daunting task. John Boles helped us smoothly navigate each step of the process. He got us answers to all our questions in a timely fashion and served as our "eyes on the ground". We can't thank him enough.
Noreen & Rodney, Eagle08/28/2016
We purchased our home in Eagle, Idaho through Casey and sold our home through her husband Jon, of the Jon Gosche Real Estate agency. Each experience was beyond question, pleasant and Professional. We have bought and sold many pieces of real estate in several states. Our experiences with Casey and Jon of the Jon Gosche Real Estate agency were by far the easiest for us. During the sale of our home we were out of town. The sale was not without a few issues and a little drama, however Jon handled everything and worked to insure closing occurred as scheduled. We will definitely make our next real estate purchase through Casey and or Jon of the Jon Gosche Real Estate agency.
My husband and I loved working with John for two main reasons: his high-level professionalism and his low-key personality. We deeply appreciated his professionalism. He has lots of experience, he was prompt to act at each step during the process, he was very careful with his paperwork, he was great about following through and keeping us informed about any developments whether it was a change in our buyer's situation or if he was stuck in traffic on the way to a showing. He has gathered a list of competent people around him for repairs, inspections, etc. that was very useful to us. We also were grateful for his low-key casual personality because we never felt pressured, we only felt supported. He would answer our many questions with honest answers based in his years of experience which allowed us to make good decisions when we were truly ready. He helped us sell our home quickly and helped us find a new home that was just what we were looking for at the price we wanted to spend! We cannot express how much the combination of professionalism and low-pressure meant to us during such a major life change. We would highly recommend their services.
Have worked with John a couple of times now and enjoyed working with him. His experience in the industry shows and offers great advice! thanks, Anthony
As a senior, first time buyer and new to Idaho, James responded to every inquiry and spent time researching questions I had regarding the association I was buying into and presented me with a copy of all the documents. He brings a personal touch to his work that makes you feel special.
Our Fabulous Clients04/08/2016
John Boles provided excellent service in every way. I've worked with good realtors before, but never anyone as on top of things as John. He was fast, but thorough and efficient. Even for us, though we don't live locally (we're in Texas), the process could not possibly have gone more smoothly, or netted a better result. We're so grateful and thankful to John, and his wife, Kasey. -Deb, Boise 2016
John is so easy to work with because he's authentic, full of knowledge and energetic. He always stayed very positive and optimistic even when we started to doubt that we'd find our dream home. At times, realtors can forget that their buyers and sellers don't do this everyday and we need guidance along the way to ensure things go smoothly. John gave great guidance without being pushy or aggressive. This is our third time working with John and his consistency and commitment to customer care isn't something you find everyday! Thanks John. We love our home. -Kim, Meridian 2016
John was very personable, even our renters said so. He kept us up to date all the time either by text, email, or a phone call. We recommend him highly. -Ann, Boise 2016
The Jon Gosche Realty is awesome, especially James and Kasey. It was a very smooth transaction and James was very knowledgeable about the entire Boise city and suburbs (Meridian, Nampa, Caldwell, etc.) He gave us a wide choice of properties to choose from as well as several communities and different models. The whole buying experience was very good and we feel so excited about his attention that we started to recommend him to our friends and neighbors in California even before we moved to Idaho. - Sergio, Nampa 2015
John was very friendly, helpful and there when I had questions or concerns. This is the second time I have used his services. I highly recommend him!! - Ronda, Meridian 2015
John is a great realtor! He has far exceeded our expectations! We will definitely be referring him and his company to friends/family! He made our first home buying experience a great one! - John, Boise 2015
James Gannon and Jon Goshe Real Estate is a very professional real estate brokerage company. They show a great deal of integrity, patience, and stamina. I would not hesitate to use them again or refer all my friends to them. I have even told complete strangers about them. Marvelous company. - Faye, Caldwell 2015
Working with James was awesome! He was low key, relaxed, confident, knowledgeable and fun! We always looked forward to house hunting with him! When we did find our house, he was right there for every step and solved a few minor issues effortlessly. Thank you James and Kasey, too! - Penny, Mountain Home 2015
I'm happy to call members of the Jon Gosche Real Estate team my Realtors, Community Members, and Friends. They are top notch people to work with.
- Sarah, Nampa 2015
John handled everything with the sale in a calm, professional manner. We really appreciate being able to work with John. Everything seemed to go smoothly and efficiently, I'm sure due to John's expertise. Thank you John for your service and friendship. - Karen, Boise 2015
JB is an excellent realtor jolly on the spot with answers heading off problems and finding a buyer quickly -Ben, Boise 2015
We, a "senior couple", needed to relocate 250 miles to Idaho. Building a home for our special needs was a challenge for all of us. Having John Boles as our Team Leader was the best and most important decision of the whole project. John gracefully kept everyone moving and in the loop. His professional and caring approach made the project a great success. Thanks, John. -A.W., Boise 2015
James went way above and beyond to help make sure our purchase went through. -Andrea, Boise 2015
John is a great realtor! He has far exceeded our expectations! We will definitely be referring him and his company to friends/family! He made our first home buying experience a great one! - C.R., Boise 2015
Kasey created a fantastic home buying experience! She offered a good mix of extensive knowledge with client centered service. I never felt pressured, hurried, or like we were a burden when we had questions concerns or just wanted to take time thinking over a decision. She made our home purchase enjoyable and fun! - John, Boise 2015
John Boles was our agent and he did an excellent job working with us. He is knowledgeable, professional, available, and always willing to go the extra mile to help us with our purchase. - Gary, Boise 2015
Jon Gosche Realty and particularly my agent Kasey Boles made my move from Marietta Georgia to Meridian Idaho much easier on my family and me. She was always available and kept us updated continuously during the entire process. Could not have asked for more. Thank You to everyone at Jon Gosche. - Jeff, Meridian 2014
Jon Gosche Real Estate far exceeded my expectations as a first time home buyer. My real estate agent was friendly and quick to respond. He did not try to sell every house as if every house was the one for me; rather, he took the time to understand exactly what we were looking for and I never once felt pressured. I recommend Jon Gosche Real Estate for anyone who is or will be going through the home buying process. - Justin, Boise 2014
John Boles did a wonderful job in helping me, an out-of-town buyer, find and purchase a property. The real estate closing on the house occurred exactly 30 days after the offer was accepted. With his expertise, Mr. Boles saw the process through to the end. I couldn't be happier in my new home and am grateful for his professional help and advice. - Pam, Boise 2014
We're very happy we chose Jon Gosche Real Estate. Our agent's expertise made the process of buying and selling so much easier than we expected! - Kelly, Boise 2014
John was very patient and always helpful. He did not push us into a decision. we feel that he always gave us his honest opinion and we learned to trust him. He has good knowledge of the real estate market. - John & Edie, Boise 2014
Jon Gosche Real Estate far exceeded my expectations as a first time home buyer. My real estate agent was friendly and quick to respond. He did not try to sell every house as if every house was the one for me; rather, he took the time to understand exactly what we were looking for and I never once felt pressured. I recommend Jon Gosche Real Estate for anyone who is or will be going through the home buying process. -Justin, Boise 2014
John was fantastic. He had the experience and knowledge about my situation to make what could have been a difficult experience enjoyable. I don't know what I would have done without him. He took the reins from the first time I spoke with him, and never looked back. Can't thank him enough for all his hard work. - Justin, Boise 2015
John Boles and the entire Jon Gosche Real Estate team were nothing short of exceptional. Our experience with them was lengthy,( 3 years) we were receiving emails and waiting for the right one to jump out at us as. we were looking at short sales pretty heavily initially, so John made sure to make us aware of the short sale process and primarily how it can take a lengthy amount of time. I do believe that it was Johns experience and past success that can be credited for us finding and closing on our short sale.
The sale of our home was just as big of a win as the purchase of our new home. John walked through our home and gave me his opinion of things that I would benefit from doing before listing and told me some of the things that I was planning on doing he didn't find necessary. I did as John recommended and with his stunning photos and quick listing of our property we sold our home quick, for what I felt was a great price.
Top to bottom the experience with John Boles and Jon Gosche Real Estate was a great experience and one that I look forward to having in the near future with some investment properties as well. - Gabe, Boise 2014
We have a new family real estate agent. I would never use or trust anyone else with my realestate needs. John Boles more than met our needs and I have recommended him to all my friends - K&D, Boise 2014
My agent was friendly and accommodating and was willing to answer any and all of my questions -R, Boise 2014
I can tell you that because of the outstanding job that was done on the sale of our house, I will be using them again when I go to purchase my next real estate. -Joyce, Boise 2014
I don't think I ever thanked you for doing such a great job with the Short Sale of my property. The entire process was smooth, painless and most of all transparent. I wish to tell all potential clients that I would most certainly do business again with you if the opportunity presented itself.