Thursday, March 19, 2020 / by Greg Langhaim
Are We About to See a New Wave of Foreclosures?
With all of the havoc being caused by COVID-19, many are concerned we may see a new wave of foreclosures. Restaurants, airlines, hotels, and many other industries are furloughing workers or dramatically cutting their hours. Without a job, many homeowners are wondering how they’ll be able to afford their mortgage payments.
In spite of this, there are actually many reasons we won’t see a surge in the number of foreclosures like we did during the housing crash over ten years ago. Here are just a few of those reasons:
The Government Learned its Lesson the Last Time
During the previous housing crash, the government was slow to recognize the challenges homeowners were having and waited too long to grant relief. Today, action is being taken swiftly. Just this week:
The Federal Housing Administration indicated it is enacting an “immediate foreclosure and eviction moratorium for single family h ...
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 / by Greg Langhaim
North End Boise! What people love about it!
The North End, which contains many of Boise Idaho's older homes and the tallest building, is known for its tree-lined drives such as Harrison Boulevard, and for its quiet neighborhoods near the downtown area. Downtown Boise is visible from Camel's Back Park, On 13th Street. The North End also hosts events such as the annual Hyde Park Street Fair. It's known for the best street to visit on Halloween, has many small restaurants and cool eateries. If you are into this scene, then you are into the North End.
TOP TEN REASONS People Love Loving in the North End
First Thursdays & Alive After Five Events
Diversity of architecture & Mature Trees
Access to Fantastic Restaurants
Quiet Streets & Friendly Neighbors
Art in the Park (Annual Local Artist and Craftsman Fair)
Community Events and Involvement year round
Hike the Foothills
So if ; ...
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 / by Greg Langhaim
Should You Fix Your Boise House Up or Sell Now?
With the fall season upon us, change is in the air. For many families, children are growing up and moving out of the house, maybe leaving for college or taking a jump into the working world. Parents are finding themselves as empty nesters for the first time. The question inevitably arises: is it finally time to downsize?
If you’re pondering that thought, you may also be wondering if you should fix-up your house before you sell it, or go straight to the market as-is, allowing a potential buyer to do the updates and remodeling. If you’re one of the many homeowners this camp, here are a few tips to help you decide which way to go.
1. Analyze Your Market
A real estate professional can help you to understand your market and the potential level of buyer interest and demand for your home. Are you in a seller’s market or a buyer’s market? This can change based on the price range of your home, too. A p ...
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 / by Greg Langhaim
Top Priorities When Moving with Kids
According to the Pew Research Center, around 37% of U.S students will be going back to school soon and the rest have already started the new academic year. With school-aged children in your home, buying or selling a house can take on a whole different approach when it comes to finding the right size, location, school district, and more.
Recently, the 2019 Moving with Kids Report from the National Association of Realtors®(NAR) studied “the different purchasing habits as well as seller preferences during the home buying and selling process.” This is what they found:
When Purchasing a Home
The major difference between the homebuyers who have children and those who do not is the importance of the neighborhood. In fact, 53% said the quality of the school district is an important factor when purchasing a home, and 50% select neighborhoods by the convenience to the schools.
Buyers with chi ...
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 / by Greg Langhaim
The Role Access Plays in Getting Your Boise Idaho House Sold
So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you with the entire process and you’ve been asked what level of access you want to provide to potential buyers.
There are four elements to a quality listing. At the top of the list is Access, followed by Condition, Financing, and Price. There are many levels of access you can provide to your agent to be able to show your home.
Here are five levels of access you can provide to a buyer, each with a brief description:
Lockbox on the Door – This allows buyers the ability to see the home as soon as they are aware of the listing, or at their convenience.
Providing a Key to the Home – Although the buyer’s agent may need to stop by an office to pick up the key, there is little delay in being able to show the home.
Open Access with a Phone Call – The seller allows showing wit ...