buying a home: 2705 NE Haskett Mountain Home, ID $187,500 - 06/18/08 08:04 AM
Don't Like Tiny Rooms?Location: Stormy MountainThen you'll love this spiffy clean, 3 year old home near beautiful Legacy Park. Split bedroom design, spacious living room with fireplace and closets everywhere. The "smaller" bedrooms are anything but and the kitchen includes a pantry and extra cabinets. Even the laundry room has been upsized and includes a laundry sink. BIG 1/4 acre lot with covered patio, full fencing and sprinklers (all you need to bring is a lawn mower). Freshly painted, dressed up and ready to go.InformationContact InformationJan DeGiorgio(208) 890-6416Contact Reply FormForward to a FriendView Other FlyersPricingAsking Price: $187,500Property Location2705 NE Haskett PlaceMountain … (0 comments)

buying a home: Turning Back the Clock on the Older Home - Part II - 05/08/08 07:24 AM
It's Crunch Time - You just got orders, are buying a bigger house or just need to sell and move on.  You've dealt, as much as possible, with the major items (see Part I of this post) but what final adjustments should you make to your older home just before putting it on the market?  Some cost effective suggestions:
Grab Your Agent - What the heck, you're paying him anyhow so why not put her years of experience to work for you.  One thing though - please don't ask for an unvarnished opinion of what needs to be done and then get … (0 comments)

buying a home: 855 Quail Place Mountain Home, ID $158,500 - 05/08/08 07:18 AM
Coddled Cutie in Quiet Cul d'sacLocation: Sunrise ParkThis could be love at first sight. Call me quick to see this spotless 3 bedroom with family room. Dream home upgrades at a first home price - bowed windows, wood laminate floors, vaulted ceilings, plant shelves and more. Very nicely landscaped with a big back yard for family activities and there's even room for a boat.InformationContact InformationJan DeGiorgiojan@mtnhomejan.com(208) 890-6416Contact Reply FormForward to a FriendView Other FlyersPricingAsking Price: $158,500.00Property Location855 Quail PlaceMountain Home, ID 83647View MapLinksMy BlogMy SiteFeaturesBedrooms: 3Bathrooms: 2Parking: 2Year Built: 1996Subdivision: Sunrise ParkSchool District: Mountain HomeSquare Footage: 1352Agent Name: Jan DeGiorgioBroker: CENTURY … (0 comments)

buying a home: 6887 South 18th East Mountain Home, ID $220,000 - 04/21/08 10:20 AM
Private, Secluded and Just Plain GorgeousLocation: Mountain Home, IDOne of the most desirable suburban properties in the Mountain Home area. Super nice 3 bedroom on tree covered 5 acres and an open view of the Trinity Mountains. This home is ideal for active retirees or dedicated hobbyists who will probably spend too much time puttering in the 2500 square foot garage and finished workshop. The home looks barely lived in and offers lots of light, large rooms and storage everywhere. Very low property taxes and the adjoining 5 acres is also available.InformationContact InformationJan DeGiorgio(208) 890-6416Contact Reply FormForward to a FriendView Other … (0 comments)

buying a home: Turning Back the Clock on The Older Home - Part I - 04/15/08 09:05 AM
The clock starts running on a new home when the Mountain Home, Idaho Building Department signs the building permit. Advances in building science and changing economic conditions work together to cause our homes to rapidly become something less than "state of the art" and worth less than the "next new thing". This is true of every home in the community, but 30+ year old homes need special attention to ensure that value lost by obsolescence doesn't negate value gained through other factors.
It's important to recognize that older homes, in particular, are competing not only with other homes for sale but … (0 comments)

buying a home: 325 East 17th North - Mountain Home, ID - $252,000 - 04/15/08 09:00 AM
Half Acre Park for Sale (Gorgeous Home Included at No Cost)Location: Mountain Home, IDLocated near beautiful Legacy Park this pristine property offers everything the active family could ask for with room to run and plenty of concealed parking for the RV, ATVs and even a boat or two. The home has been meticulously maintained with extensive updates throughout. The vaulted family room includes a fireplace for Winter gatherings and the large loft would make the perfect office or play room. Contact me to see this Bel Air home that's too good to be true (but is anyhow!).InformationContact InformationJan DeGiorgio(208) 890-6416Contact Reply … (1 comments)

buying a home: 1264 Mandarin - Mountain Home, ID - $182,500 - 04/02/08 12:24 PM
No Need for NewLocation: Mountain Home, IDHome office or 4th bedroom in roomy and nearly new Mandarin home. Split bedroom plan with Berber carpets and tile flooring throughout. The shiny bright kitchen offers lots of work space for the family cook(s) and a gas fireplace warms the spacious living room. No need to worry about family safety -sophisticated ADT alarm system monitors for smoke, carbon monoxide and entry. No need to pay new construction prices while this home is available. Call me now to make it yours.InformationContact InformationJan DeGiorgiojan@mtnhomejan.com(208) 890-6416Contact Reply FormForward to a FriendView Other FlyersPricingAsking Price: $182,500.00Property Location1264 NE … (0 comments)

buying a home: The End of the Ever Larger Home? - 02/13/08 05:39 PM
After running my weekly analysis of what's going on in the Mountain Home, Idaho real estate market, I'm now of the suspicion (and working towards the conclusion)  that new home prices may have finally reached the point where local builders are drafting new game plans.  In 2007, for the first time in practically forever, the median size of a new home was smaller than in the year before.  The difference was small, only about 6%, and one year does not a trend make but it is something I'm watching closely.
Apparently at least one Mountain Home builder has taken notice and is … (1 comments)

buying a home: Keeping Secrets from Our Clients - 01/09/08 10:52 AM
Every Day we hear about how today's home buyers are fixated on value.  They're smarter, more sophisticated and have access to tools and information that makes them more informed and astute buyers.  That may all be true but, after reading the engagement agreements of more than a few relocation/referral companies, I've got a few questions about the decisions some of them (and we) are making.
How Come buyers let themselves get mauled by various relocation/referral companies that promise endless "Buyer Benefits" but who deliver only a fraction of the referral fees paid to them by agents who agree to work for huge … (0 comments)

buying a home: Mountain Home, ID Real Estate Wrap Up and Forecast - 01/08/08 07:14 PM
Activity and Prices By historical standards, 2007 was a good but not record setting year for Mountain Home. Sales of both new and existing homes were off about 19% from 2006. During the same period, the median price of existing homes increased by 12% to $152,000 while new homes saw a price drop of about 5% to $192,000.  Much of the decrease in new home prices is because fewer, more expensive homes on acreages were built in 2007.
Marketing Time The average marketing time (from date of listing to date of closing) is currently 59 days, an increase of 7 days for the year.  However, a recent … (0 comments)

buying a home: 253 NE Cicso Court Mountain Home, ID $234,900 - 01/02/08 06:43 PM
More Than Just a Pretty FaceLocation: Mountain Home, IDLocated just one block from beautiful Legacy Park this nearly new 2-story was designed simply to be enjoyed. Watch the world go by from the wraparound porch or take turns chasing the dog around the huge back yard. The custom kitchen will excite even the fussiest cook with easy to clean solid surface countertops, large pantry and honey colored cabinets. Escape to the spacious master suite for a few minutes of "me time". While one of you is soaking in the deep tub, the other can tinker in the 900 square foot, finished … (2 comments)

buying a home: 1435 Rosewood Mountain Home, ID 83647 $155,000 - 11/06/07 08:44 PM
A Touch of ClassLocation: Mountain Home, IDPerfection Plus. Sparkling new 3 bedroom with upgrades throughout and just a short distance to a City park and elementary school. Pretty and Pristine. Siding, windows, roofing, flooring and nearly everything else is less than 18 months old. Warm cherry cabinets and Pergo flooring invite you to spend maybe too much time in the huge kitchen Fit for a Feast. The expanded dining area provides plenty of room for those family and social gatherings. Enjoy the outdoors from inside the screened patio. The yard also includes full sprinklers, fencing and shed.InformationContact InformationJan DeGiorgio(208) 890-6416jan@mtnhomejan.comContact Reply … (1 comments)

buying a home: Warm Winds From Washington Waft - Real Estate News - Mountain Home, ID - 10/31/07 09:10 PM
Prompted by the meltdown of the subprime mortgage market and the resulting flood of foreclosures, House Democrats have reacted (over-reacted?) with HR3915 the "Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act of 2007". Among other provisions, the Act would prohibit prepayment penalties on "High Cost" mortgages (including loans already in existence) and require that consumers receive "counseling" before entering into loans of this type.
Borrowers won't be the only group that will need counseling if the Act passes as drafted. Lenders will be prohibited from steering any applicant into a loan that "isn't in the consumer's best interests" (could that possibly be any … (0 comments)

buying a home: Putting the Welcome Mat Back Out for VA Buyers - Real Estate - Mountain Home, ID - 07/25/07 11:24 AM
The primary goal of my blog is to promote real estate peace, love and understanding but there will be times when I will stray from my lofty purpose and grumble a bit.  This is one of those times.
I note that, as the Boise real estate market cools, a surge of what must be patriotic fervor is sweeping the valley.  When the market was red hot most listings didn't indicate VA financing as being "acceptable" to the seller and the few that did included verbiage such as " VA buyers add $600".   But that was then.  Today, those same buyers are being … (0 comments)

buying a home: Lies, Darned Lies and Real Estate Statistics - Market Conditions - Mountain Home, ID - 07/18/07 12:18 PM
Mountain Home Idaho real estate is, in large part, a numbers game. We need them to talk about prices, appraisals, sizes, interest rates, dimensions and the list goes on. But, like in any other industry, some of the numbers used are misleading, irrelevant or just plain wrong. Some examples.  Local home prices, according to the Intermountain Multiple Listing Service (and reported by the media), have increased by 15% over the past 12 months but the actual rate is much closer to 9%. So why the big difference? Are those dang real estate agents just trying to get more people to sign … (0 comments)

buying a home: A Penny Saved Might be A Dollar Lost - Real Estate - Mountain Home, ID - 05/02/07 08:05 AM
There's no two ways about it - new homes are breathtakingly expensive and it's only natural to cut costs where you can.  Even so, there are several paths leading to false economy and pressuring your builder to buy materials and components from "cheaper" sources is among the worst.  You may be convinced that you'll save a bundle by buying your cabinets from Home Depot ("they're just as good") but you'd usually be wrong.
It's important to step back from the price tag for a bit and consider what you may lose by insisting the builder abandon his normal suppliers.  (I use cabinets as … (0 comments)

buying a home: If it Ain't Broke Fix It! - Real Estate - Mountain Home, ID - 04/04/07 08:43 PM
With all of the obligations and commitments in most of our lives, it's not surprising that home owners often forget that our homes need regular preventative maintenance to keep them safe and in the peak of condition.  
Truth be told, we're often so absorbed in staying of the current day's activities that we're lucky if we remember to pull the dog hair out of furnace filters more than once a year.  Still, the maintenance needs to be done and help is available in the form of online sources that not only remind you when inspections and maintenance are due, but also provide details on how to do them.
I've taken a look at several of these plans and found that http://www.homefree.com/ provides the best … (0 comments)

buying a home: It Ain't the Sweet Smell of Success! - Real Estate- Mountain Home, ID - 03/26/07 05:55 PM
Almost all home buyers in the Mountain Home area now require a home inspection as a condition of sale.  Although the diligent home inspectors crawl over, under and through the house, it's important to realize that there are important components that they SPECIFICALLY EXCLUDE from the inspection.
One of the most important of these is the drainage line connecting the house to the city sewer system.  Damage to these lines is generally age-dependent as pipes become brittle, crushed by passing traffic or blocked by tree roots.  Even newer homes may be vulnerable as the installation or repair of other services in the street … (1 comments)

 

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