All Blog Entries by Jace Stolfo

Boise Realtor specializing in Boise Real EstateMeridian homes for sale, and Eagle Idaho real estate. Jace Stolfo has been in the real estate industry since 2006 and has consistently been one of the Top Producing agents in the Boise area.

There are currently 253 blog entries published by Jace Stolfo.

 

More than once, Boise has been named one of the best places to live in America for various reasons, including being one of the best places to raise a family and best places to retire. Well, Yahoo Shine just added Idaho's capital city to another "Best Places…" list. According to the article, it, along with cities like San Diego, Long Beach and Boulder, ranks as one of the 9 fittest cities in the West. It's no wonder that so many people look at Boise, Idaho real estate when they're thinking of relocating from neighboring states. Just living here has the potential to make you healthy!

With spring and summer on their way, this seemed a good time to check out some of the events and Boise amenities that allow residents here to enjoy living in one of

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More First-Time Home Buyer Tips

Many people wonder if they can buy a home in Boise if they have student loan debt, and a couple of days ago, I wrote an article giving first-time home buyers some information about some possible steps to being a home if they have student loans.

The blog post dealt primarily with some alternative means to getting into your first new home. To get you up to speed, you could, like many families looking to buy one of the Boise homes for sale in the area, get a loan from your family. Formalized programs exist that protect the person loaning you the money for the home and allow you to avoid some of the debt-to-income issues that may arise from having too much student debt.

Will Debt Prevent You From Owning Boise Real Estate?

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Usually, the tips for first time home buyers can include ideas like visit with your lender or have your home appraised. While these home loan ideas are certainly the traditional way of doing things, it doesn't mean they're the only way that you'll be able to buy one of those Boise homes for sale that you've got your eye on.

Not convinced? Recently, the LA Times ran an article highlighting a non-traditional loan program that's actually quite traditional when you think about it. Parents and other relative have started their own first time home buyer assistance programs, if you could call them that.


Problems Associated With Getting a Home Loan ~ Student Loans

If you want to buy one of the homes for sale in Boise and are fairly certain that you're

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The "Forbes Best Places to Retire" list is a must-read every year for those who are about to make the transition from full-time working life to retirement. And Boise, Idaho was named one of the 25 best places to retire on the 2014 list. In fact, Boise is in the top 8 of the list.

Why Boise's on the List of Best Places to Retire

The Forbes list cites several factors that put Boise, Idaho in the top 25 places to retire. The climate here is a dry and the cost of living is comparable to most places in the U.S. The City of Trees also rated high as a walking and biking city, thanks no doubt in large part to the 25 miles of bike path that dissect the city.

Boise also counts as a great place to volunteer. Organizations like the Boise Art Museum, Art Faire, the Humane…
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In December of 2013, the top selling new construction neighborhoods in Meridian included Paramount, Tuscany Messina Meadows, Alpine Pointe, Bridgetower, and La Mirada. The Paramount subdivision led with 15 of the 51 new construction homes that were sold, and right behind, Tuscany Messina Meadows included 7; Alpine Pointe, Bridgetower and La Mirada each included 3.

Within all of the new construction neighborhoods in Meridian, the highest selling home price was $449,147, selling in the Alpine subdivision and the lowest selling home price was $139,990 in Ambercreek. 

New home sales in December of '13 increased by 9% compared to December of the previous year. Also the median home sales price for newly constructed homes has risen by 13%. In December

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Boise Idaho real estate prices have steadily have been steadily rising in the last three years. In October of 2013 the median home sales price rose by 13% compared to October 2012. October of 2012 also rose by 20% from the year before in 2011. In total it has risen 33% in Boise in the last 2 years. At the height of the market in June 2013 the median real estate price was $199,900 and shifted slightly down in the early fall but has since then picked back up.

Boise Real Estate Prices

As you can see below the Boise foreclosure rate has decreased significantly and steadily in 2012 and in 2013. The Average foreclosure rate for 2012 was about 32% of home sales and the average foreclosure rate for 2013 was 15%, that's a 17% drop in one year. As you can see in 2012 it dropped from

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There were 615 homes sold in Ada County in October of 2013. This is down slightly from September, which is normal, heading into the winter months. Historically, December & January post the fewest sales. This is partly due to people beginning to focus more on the holiday season rather than making a location change. That trend normally reveres in about February. In 2013, February sales had a 22% increase over January as you can see in the graph below.

Ada County Home Sales Oct. 2013

Of the 615 Homes sold in October, 137 of them were new construction, and 478 of them were existing homes. In other words, 29% of sold homes were new, and 71% were existing homes. During 2013, on average, 26% of the monthly sales were new and 74% were existing. This proportion stays pretty consistent

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River Heights - Boise River NearbyBuying one of the homes for sale in River Heights subdivision puts you around the corner from world class entertainment, outdoor activities and serenity. This subdivision lies in East Boise, a place that has seen a recent boon of stunning real estate offerings. The homes out here are both modern in their design and traditional in the feelings they evoke.

The Idaho Shakespeare Festival counts as one of the biggest reasons that people enjoy living in a piece of River Heights real estate. Even the streets of the neighborhood are named after or have something to do with the famous playwright. Homes for sale in River Heights sit on streets bearing names such as Shakespeare Way and Playwright. The proximity of the neighborhood to this Boise amenity counts as

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If you're considering putting up your Boise home for sale, you've undoubtably considered or at least have heard about home staging. However, there are many misconceptions about home staging. It's more than just cleaning up your home so that it looks nice, although that's certainly part of it. It really can be likened to your home's coming out party. It shows your home in its best light and at its best angles, allowing your home's next owners to envision how they could make your home theirs.

Kitchen | Boise, Idaho

Here's some tips for staging your Boise home for sale so that it doesn't stay on the real estate market for very long:

Neutralize It!

You might love every personalized nook and cranny of your Boise home for sale, but if your home looks too much like you,

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6166 N Glencrest Ave Boise, ID | MLS #6166 N Glencrest Ave Boise, ID

Status: SOLD 3Bd/1Ba | 1000+/- Sq/Ft

$124,990

Listed by Keller Williams Realty Boise

Real Estate listing close to the Boise Foothills! Many recent updates including a new 30yr roof, kitchen cabinets, windows, tile flooring, high-efficiency furnace, and more. All this located on a quiet culdasac with no direct backyard neighbors. Located in Four Seasons Subdivision, this Boise home sits on .16+/- acres of real estate and was built in 1984.  The home features 3bd/1ba all on a single-level.  This part of NW Boise offers good access to the Boise Foothills, Hill Road, and about a 10-15 minute drive to Downtown Boise.  The Boise Greenbelt can also be accessed about 1.5miles away,

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