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2012 Wilderness Ranch Idaho Annual Real Estate Sales Report

February 4, 2013

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Our Annual Review of Real Estate sales in Wilderness Ranch for 2012 and your 2013 forecast.

By: Paul Heim & The New View Team

Wow what a year!  While I had forecasted in last year’s report that we had passed the bell curve and would see an increase in market values for 2012, the market surpassed what anyone had expected or predicted.  We saw an unprecedented turn around in the Treasure Valley real estate market.  Overall values increased anywhere from 10% to 15%. These gains were primarily in homes under $350,000 but higher priced homes benefited also.

What were the causes and effects?  What we witnessed was a market correction.  It showed that homes had become undervalued.  I like to use the Circuit City analogy.  ‘Best Buy won the war’, … however I would bet Circuit City had way more customers the last four months they were open during  their  ‘Going Out of Business Sale’.  Best Buy had no way to compete with their prices those last months, but after their biggest competitor was finally gone, they knew they would see a spike in their growth and profit.

Likewise, as the banks ‘Going Out of Business Sales’ (foreclosed homes) were nearing a completion, the average seller was not able to compete with these prices.  We then entered a period of contraction.  This simply means we had more buyers than available listed properties.  Supply and demand rules ensued.

With the low inventory of listings on the market, we often dealt with multiple bids in the Valley when homes were priced competitively.  But how did Boise County and Wilderness Ranch fair in comparison? 

In 2012 East Boise County finally crossed an important barrier.  For 18 months we had no sales over $230,000 and that was causing difficulty in appraisals.  Not that the value wasn’t there in higher priced homes, just that appraisers couldn’t validate them for the lenders and the lenders need the appraisals to issue the loans.   The New View Team was able to complete two high-end sales (Boise County, but not in WR) very early spring, (cash deals) that helped remove that barrier and set precedence for every other sale and refinance that occurred moving forward in 2012.

Boise County tends to lag behind the Boise Valley (Ada County) by six to twelve months typically.   The Boise Valley saw a noticeable turn in the market starting the fourth quarter of 2011 so we anticipated it to carry over to Boise County by spring, but as summer set in it happened better than anyone had expected.  No complaints here!

Here are some graphs to illustrate key trends in the Boise Valley and East Boise County Real Estate Markets

Idaho Mountain Real Estate Stats

Homes in Idaho

How home sales compared in Boise County Idaho and Wilderness Ranch 2003 through 2012

2013 Forecast:

Boise is still seeing a contraction as developers try to re-group and get approval on new parcels through the hoops of planning and zoning for building.

I expect to see more homeowners (who were previously tight on the current value vs. what they owe) attempt to list in 2013, now that values have increased.  Nationally, home prices are predicted to increase 1% to 3%, but I predict Treasure Valley real estate increases to be somewhere between 3% to 5% conservatively.

In part, this projected increase will be due to a rebound in land values, which affects ‘over all’ home values.

Boise County, I believe, will see the START of a land recovery in Spring of 2013.  Whether it will do as good as housing did in 2012 is yet to be seen.  If you are looking to invest, then NOW may be a good opportunity to consider land, prior to a potential rebound.

I would suspect we will see more building and new construction homes taking place in Boise County in 2013.

There are some other exciting things happening in Boise County potentially for 2013 and we will keep you updated with them as the year progresses.  Some highlights are:

–          The opening of the Hot Springs in Idaho City which will help this end of the county economically.

–          Dr Matt Nelson’s new Family Practice office, which will be located directly across from the old Rock’s Lodge.

If you have any real estate related questions, please feel free to call or email us anytime, or visit our website!  We would love to hear from you.

Paul Heim & the New View Team

(208) 344-5700 – office

(208) 794-8175 – Paul Mobile

http://www.NewViewRE.com

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Wilderness Ranch 2011 Annual Real Estate Report

February 1, 2012

Annual review of real estate sales in Wilderness Ranch for 2011 and forecast for 2012.

The city of Boise and the Treasure Valley area was a mixed bag.  We actually saw a price increase of about 3% in homes under $150,000 mostly due to low interest rates, affordability and bank owned opportunities.  Many were multiple bid situations.  East Boise County always seems to lag the Valley in the curve.

So how did Wilderness Ranch fair for 2011 in the real estate market.  Sales and values were below average but considering the market and economic climate there were some pros and cons.

For starters in 2011 there were no sales in all of East Boise County over $230,000 which was extremely uncommon. I expect that trend to break this spring.

We had a total of 14 sales in Wilderness Ranch and two in Hidden Bowl, our close neighbors.  Of which I was party to 11 of the transactions in Wilderness Ranch, four of which were land sales.   I also moved two homes in Hidden Bowl off Daggett Creek.  Land sales were dismal as most people were taking advantage of  the competitive pre-owned homes market.

There were a total of 22 Home listings in WR for 2011 with 10 home sales; that makes a 45% absorption rate from list to sale which is phenomenal when compared to the rest of E. Boise County.  Our number of home listings were pretty average and much lower than the last three years as we have sold a lot of the excess inventory that was held over from the 2008 and 2009 market.

East Boise County in all had 134 Home listings (not including WR) and 43 Home sales; which was basically a 32% absorption rate.  So WR has consecutively outsold the County in general year over year. Proving that WR is a good place to buy with.

I currently have four homes pending sale in WR, two are short sale and two are non distressed.

Now for the nitty-gritty of it;  Of those WR sales there were seven that were distressed property; i.e. bank owned and/or short sale.  However I expect to see less distressed property in 2012 which I will cover in our forecast.

To summarize;

  • 22 Homes listed in all
  • 10 home sales
  • 4 land sales
  • 45% Absorption rate on homes sales (odds of your home selling) which was above the 2010 average.
  • Average Days on market was 85,
  • Average list price was $152,
  • Average sold price was $137,74
  • Average price per sq foot was $71.71
  • Highest price per square foot was $100 per sq foot
  • Lowest sales price per square foot was $41 per sq ft.
  • There are 2 non distressed pending sales
  • There are 2 short sale pending sales

The overall average was skewed by a few smaller lower quality and bank owned properties, but I would determine the average value of a well cared for home in WR at around $85 to $103 per sq foot depending on quality of finish, views, acreage and other amenities.

So how did we compare to the rest of  East Boise County?  There were 59 home and land Sales in total (not including WR), of which we had;

  • 134 Homes listed in all (not including WR)
  • 43  Home Sales
  • 16 land sales
  • 32% absorption rate for home sales
  • 98 Average days on market
  • $111,457 Average list price
  • $103,802 Average sold price
  • $57.64 Average price per sq ft

2012 REAL ESTATE FORECAST;

The Federal Reserve has alluded that it will maintain its current interest rates through 2012.  Which I had anticipated since they want everyone focused on the elections.

As we all know we’re not out of the woods yet; but barring any unforeseen economic crises (holds breath) I do believe we are past the bell curve on the foreclosure market. We will yet see many more homes complete the foreclosure process and banks still have a back flow to list.  However as the year progresses we should start to see a gradual decline.  I suspect another 18 months before this market really becomes a part of our past.

I don’t foresee too much activity in land sales for 2012, though it more than likely will be an improvement over the last two years.

My anticipation is we will see a few more home listings this year than last year and as long as pricing is right and interest rates stay low, my goal is to increase our absorption rates by at least 10%.  If you have not had a chance please visit http://www.wildernessranchhomes.com and if your on Facebook send us a like and feel free to post a comment or a picture.

I look forward to assisting each one of you.  please feel free to call or write if you have a question.  Always glad to help.  You may email me at buyboise@gmail.com or phone me at 208 794-8175 Mobile or 208 344-5700 Office

Sincerely,

Paul Heim

New View team

http://www.paulsidahohomes.com

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Boise Idaho – What’s The Hype About?

March 29, 2011

Boise Idaho Relocation Guide

Idaho is a beautiful state filled with mountains and lakes. The capital city of Idaho is Boise and the state is landlocked; it is surrounded by Monatana, Wyoming, Nevada, Oregon, British Colombia and Utah. The state has a population of approximately 1.5 million people. For families considering moving to Idaho, here are some practical facts that you`ll need to know.

The cost of living in Idaho is one of the lowest in all of the western states. This is based on groceries, transport, health care, average cost of housing, utilities as well as other services. Idaho has an extremely low crime rate, which is great news for families who are thinking about moving there; according to statistics from the FBI, this state has the lowest crime rate in the west of the country. The rate of crime which is serious is more than a fifth less than the national rate.

In terms of education, Idaho is one of the top states in the country for adults who are aged 25 and over that have received their high school diploma. Almost three fifths of the general fund of the state is used for educational purposes and the majority of children who are of school age go to public schools. Nearly every city in Idaho which has a population of more than 20,000 people has a university or a college as well as technical training centers which teach vocational work.

Idaho is an environmentally friendly state; due to its mountainous location, the water which flows from these higher regions is of good quality. Air quality is also of a high standard, bar during certain months when the pollen count is higher.

Housing in Idaho is very affordable and moderate; there is a wide range of choice available, from luxury estates to simple cottages, depending on your family`s budget.

The economy in Idaho is diversified and strong.  Some of the main industries include agriculture and manufacturing but retail, tourism, tech work, information services, business and health care are also sectors which are growing quite rapidly. There are plenty of employment agencies to help people with finding work all across the state.

In terms of energy supply, the state of Idaho has a distinct advantage over the rest of the country. Rates for residential electricity and natural gas are highly competitive and are some of the cheapest to be found.

If you and/or your family are thinking about moving to Idaho, consider the advantages and ensure that you plan your move well in advance. Hiring a moving company can take alot of the stress out of relocating, as alot of the hard work is done for you.

Latest Housing trends for Real Estate in Idaho

March 17, 2011

Rents in the Treasure Valley area are steadily increasing upwards this year and are predicted to continue their climb as the shortage of available units becomes apparent.   What does that mean for you?  Now is a great time to buy.

Interest rates are still low and there are a lot of Boise area homes available to choose from in varied price ranges. Read the latest real estate news trends and forecasts for the Boise Idaho area and national news.   As always, please call or write if you have any questions.

Good News for Idaho home buyers- Rules for FHA Lending have loosened.

February 13, 2011

Wanted to share an important article about FHA lending.  Many first time home buyers in the Boise Idaho area have had some difficulties acquiring mortgage loans as FICOs and FHA requirements were not compatable.  Previously credit scores were needing to be 620 or higher.  Seems some rules have changed without much fanfare or notice to the general public.

The article : FICOs and FHA: 2 big lenders loosen up explains how the new changes will affect you if you are a home buyer in Idaho needing and FHA loan and/or if you previously could not qualify you may want to check with your lender to see if your situation now qualifies you to purchase a home.

Call or write if you ever have questions about real estate in the Boise Idaho Treasure Valley area.

Idaho Real Estate Housing Trends

December 16, 2010


DECEMBER-2010 Newsletter Housing Trends eNewsletter


Welcome to the most current Housing Trends eNewsletter. This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home, or just interested in homeowner issues in general.

The Housing Trends eNewsletter contains the latest information from the National Association of REALTORS®, the U.S. Census Bureau and Realtor.org reports, videos, key market indicators and real estate sales statistics, a video message by a nationally recognized economist, maps, mortgage rates and calculators, consumer articles, plus local neighborhood information and more.

Please click here to view the DECEMBER-2010 Newsletter Housing Trends eNewsletter.

If you are interested in determining the value of your home, click the Home Evaluator link for a free evaluation report.

Idaho Real Estate Updates

October 7, 2010


SEPTEMBER – 2010 Newsletter Housing Trends eNewsletter


Welcome to the most current Housing Trends eNewsletter. This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home, or just interested in homeowner issues in general.

The Housing Trends eNewsletter contains the latest information from the National Association of REALTORS®, the U.S. Census Bureau and Realtor.org reports, videos, key market indicators and real estate sales statistics, a video message by a nationally recognized economist, maps, mortgage rates and calculators, consumer articles, plus local neighborhood information and more.

Please click here to view the SEPTEMBER – 2010 Newsletter Housing Trends eNewsletter.

If you are interested in determining the value of your home, click the Home Evaluator link for a free evaluation report.

Ten easy ways to improve the ALLURE of your home for sale.

February 9, 2010
They say people buy on emotion.  Indeed, buying the right home is a very personal endeavor. It has to have the right feel for the right buyer; it needs to feel like home.  Popeye used to say ‘I am what I am.’  Likewise our dilemma when selling our home is often; ‘it is what it is’ and that may not be as pretty as we would like.  So if we have a limited budget and want to make our home more alluring without breaking the bank, what options do we have?

Let’s discuss ten ways that you can improve the allure of your home without breaking the bank.  The first way to save money is by doing the work yourself.  As you often hear  ‘kids don’t try this at home’,  but hey we’re all adults here, so with a little homework and a little sweat we can be on our way to a successful sale.  Here are my top TEN SUGGESTIONS!

1) Staging can be costly but one great suggestion is to hire a staging consultant to come review your home for improvement suggestions.  I have found this to be very beneficial.  For about a hundred bucks, you can have a home stage professional/decorator walk through your residence and give you many practical suggestions about furniture and picture placement and color schemes.  They will write out their plan, then all you need to do is go to work on it.  You may not opt to do everything they recommend, but they will indeed help you get an outside perspective that will appeal to the general buyer.  Sadly, staging your home appropriately is often under rated by sellers but does offer a lot of value.

2) If your willing to put in that little sweat equity, then the first and most common cost effective upgrade I would recommend would be painting.  Don’t go with what suits your fancy, your not selling it to yourself. Stay with a neutral base color scheme.  What is acceptable or considered the norm may vary from area to area and your home type. If your not sure how to color coördinate then ask a friend who does, don’t guess.

3) New carpet is nice but not always cost effective, but what about what is under that carpet?  When it comes to what’s chic, wood is always in and always looks classy.  Refinishing your hardwood can add a ton of appeal to your home.  Even if all you are doing is adding a new coat of shine to it.  A good site to review hardwoods and finishes is A-Max Hardwood.

4) Still have linoleum in your kitchen and bathrooms?  My experience has been that most people associate linoleum with cheap.  Surprisingly tile isn’t all that expensive and not that hard to install.  You can even rent a tile saw pretty cheap for a couple days.  If your really trying to keep the budget down then look for discontinued product.

5) Are your counter tops in good shape?  Do they match with your kitchen and cabinets?  Replacing your counter tops isn’t very expensive if you stay away from granite or corian.  Home Depot or Lowes are both good if you want a quick quote.

6) Nothing dates your home quicker than your lighting.  Buyers will often stereo type a homes quality by the modernes of your lighting fixtures.  Don’t get me wrong, you can spend the farm on lighting, but you can find decent updated fixtures (often on clearance), at a nominal cost.  I replaced nine fixtures in my home for less than $200 bucks.

7) Are your faucets crusty?  Have lime coated toilets and tub? Rickety old toilet seat?  Nothing turns a buyer off more than someone else’s crud. Their crud is OK to them, but not a strangers.  Make sure all your sink fixtures SPARKLE, if that’s impossible with yours then you may want to consider replacing them.  Don’t forget to clean those toilets and tubs good enough to grab a glass of water from them.

8) An easy one we all know is to clean your carpets.  Whether you do it your self or hire someone, it is a low cost item with good return. The clean fresh smell it adds and the new shine is definitely worth the price.

9) Nobody says it better than Shakespeare so I quote “O! my offence is rank, it smells to heaven.”  If you smoke inside your house, STOP!  Take it outside while you are trying to sell. In my experience, the two BIGGEST turn offs to a buyer is a home that smells of cigarette smoke and one that smells of animals, but any bad smell is a no no. While a person may not remember the details of every house they viewed, they will NEVER forget the ones that smelled bad.  That isn’t the impression you want to leave. Many times I have had buyers walk back out the door without even viewing the home.  Buy a fragrance for your home but beware, many people have allergies or are sensitive to smells, so don’t buy the cheapest on the shelf or splatter Old Spice around the house.  I have found that if you stick with a botanical or a better quality fragrance, it is more smoothing and seldom a problem.

10)  Have you ever seen what window treatments can cost?  Oh my gosh, you could buy a second car. But that doesn’t have to be true. I have staged a number of homes and have found quality awesome matching sets of window treatments in stores such as TJ Maxx, Ross, Marshalls, etc… to name a few.  You may need to do some driving.  I once had to visit three Ross stores to find six of the same matching curtains but hey, at $8 to $15 a curtain panel, it was worth the drive.

I hope these tips assist you on your way to a successful home sale, please feel free to comment on any cost affordable tips you have come across so I and others can benefit.

Paul Heim Boise Idaho Real Estate Sales

Your Boise Realtor

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Moving to Boise Tip #2 Relocation Experts

October 1, 2009

Published by Craig on 30 Sep 2009 at 11:57 am

Moving to Boise Tip #2 Relocation Experts

boise homesAfter looking all over the internet for a great place to move, you chose Boise.   The next locgical step would contacting a Boise resident who happens to be a relcation specialist.   In my opinion, I would much rather prefer talking with a local resident who really knows the “lay-of-the land”.   Someone knows the Treasure Valley and has their “boots on the ground”.  There is no way an out of town relo company will have the same ability as a “Local Embassabor” would.

When it comes time to pack and move to Boise, it will be a great feeling to know you will have a team of professionals waiting upon your arrival.  Please take a look at the list of relocation specialist and give them a call.

Craig Ballhagen-Guild Mortgage-Boise-208-713-3309

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Discover Boise Idaho Real Estate

January 23, 2009
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Assisting individuals discover the benefits of Idaho Living.  If you would like to discover what Boise Homes have to offer,  visit http://www.paulsidahohomes.com for Boise MLS Home searches and area information.  Covering the entire Treasure Valley AreaContact Paul Heim today for more information 208 344-5700 buyboise@gmail.com

Idaho is an amazing State. If all the lower 48 states were ironed out flat, Idaho would be the largest; its rugged terrain with towering cliff sides, pine-forested peaks and deep canyons make Idaho’s natural scenery one of the wildest and striking in the U.S. The southern half of the state is much lower in elevation compared to the north. The Snake River forms the western border with part of Washington and Oregon before turning into the state and bisecting the southern half, meandering through the fertile Snake River Plain in the eastern part of the state. The Bitterroot Range serves as a natural border with Montana, and further east, the Clearwater and Salmon River mountains extend for miles into the some of the most isolated regions in America.  If you would like more information regarding Idaho please visit http://www.statemaster.com/state/ID-idaho

For images of Idaho’s majestic features please visit the Photo Book of Idaho Images

Idaho is a life time worth of living,  Experience the difference. We’re committed to helping you find a home to place your heart. In Idaho HEIM = HOME

Paul Heim, Silvercreek Realty Group Call today 208 344-5700 or email me at buyboise@gmail.com


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