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Nov. 19, 2021

Talking Real Estate: What We Saw in October

 

Hey, here we are with Boise's Best.

Rob, how are you doing? 

I'm great. How are you?

Well, it's raining. 

It is raining.

Again. 

Again. Still raining.

That's ok. It's going to be nice this weekend. 

I know. I went to Seattle, and it was beautiful when I left. Then it rained in Seattle all weekend. Then I came back here and I brought with me apparently. 

Oh I went to Seattle and Eugene and it like dumped. Like yeah like DUMPED. 

For days.

Yeah, I was really glad to come home. But anyways it is supposed to be nice this weekend.

Yeah? 

Yeah, golf clubs may come out one more time.

One more time, you are hopeful. You're an optimist.

Yeah I know, I am I am. 

Alright, crazy market, but things are kind of settling down a little bit. 

Yeah definitely.

It's kind of feeling a little more normal; It's feeling holiday-ish for sure.

Yeah for sure. 

It's feeling a little more end of year, a little faster this year than it did last year or in previous years I feel like.

Yeah and I think that is a combination of things. I mean we always have seasonality. That always happens. Kids go back to school , we start to get into the holidays. You know after about Halloween it kind of just dips off a little bit. 

Yeah but I usually don't feel it until like a week before Thanksgiving. 

Well, that's the second part of it, we got to a price point where a lot of buyers, even out of state buyers, I know it's crazy to say, but even our California friends and our friends from Washington kind of looked at us and went, "You're kind of crazy!" And so until you did your research, there is a couple of articles I'm sure some of you have read, Boise is the least affordable place to buy a house in the nation.

Sssshhhhh!!! Don't tell! 

But that's good. We got to that point because obviously great appreciation, that's great for home sellers, but now we are starting to see the correction for that. 

Yeah, in fact, let me jump into Ada County. Because we know that median sales price topped out at about $540k.

Yep. 

Then it kind of waffled you know at $535k or $534k. Last month we were at $534k now we are at $533k this month. So things are you know, I mean a $1,000 give or take, that's not a change. 

No that's pretty, that's like a plateau.

So we are really leveling out which is cool. However, that's up 30% over last year.

Yeah. 

So I mean, that's that's stupid crazy appreciation that obviously is not sustainable. 

Yeah and I think is why we are feeling the correction a little harder. It wasn't such like a slow roll kind of on like we are used to in previous markets. It's been more of a woah woah woah, STOP!

Yeah. 

And that is kind of where we are at. So if you are a home seller out there, don't panic. You are sitting in great shoes. Even Zillow just came out with a report and Realtor.com just came out with a report, they still expect an appreciation. So, even if you just bought a home, you are still sitting pretty, you are just probably going to see normal appreciation. 

Well and Ada County days on market is still down 21% over last year. We are 23 days average days on market in Ada County.

Yeah. 

And we still sold 986 homes last month.

Yeah. 

So, yes that's down 17%. That's because of numbers. That's because of cost, absolutely. 

Now, the cool news for buyers is we've got 1,145 actives listings on MLS. 

Right.

So, that is up 158%, but that's still not a huge number.

No, that's not a ton. 

So, it's really kind of good news for both buyers and sellers. Is that inventory is still low, but it's up enough now that buyers have choices. So, I love that because it's not a frenzy for both sides.

Right. 

Neither side gets to get greedy. We get to play in the sandbox nicely like we are supposed to. 

Right and the only multiple offers you are really seeing out there are the top notch homes, priced really well. So the homes that are priced the best, that show the best. Which that is normal. When we see a house like that, we go "hey", in any market, we are going to go "this is going to be a popular house, we probably might have 2 or 3 offers." 

And on the flip side of that, the bottom end of the market. 

Right.

You know in any market those are going to be your hot homes. But I love it because the word negotiation actually comes back into play again. We get to do what we are trained to do to help whichever side we are representing. 

Yeah.

It's so cool, I don't feel like somebody is losing now.

Right, yeah exactly. And now buyers are not being put in that position where they are waiving things like you know trying to get an appraisal waiver, trying to get an inspection waiver...

Yeah waiving inspections, I mean gosh. 

You are really rolling the dice, even on new construction houses you are still rolling the dice. So it's really nice to see the calm down.

So what are our people down the road doing? 

Yeah so Canyon County, so again we are seeing the same thing we kind of saw I think at top peak I think we were like $434k was our peak in Canyon County. And now we are down to $422k. It got down to like $419k and back up to $420k and now we are at $422k. So again we are seeing that same thing where things are leveling out. The difference is that because the market is slowed down and Canyon County always slows down a little bit more if Boise slows down. Their days on market, still great. It's at 26. But that's up 44% from last year. 

Wow.

So we are definitely seeing the slow down, and obviously Canyon County, a great place to live but it's not quite as popular as Boise. 

Also, I think something else that you are seeing is a lot of those new construction projects are getting done.

Right. 

And so that in itself.

Yeah I know some of our big bulk builders actually have inventory right now. I got an email, I can't remember who the builder was, it might have been Cory Barton or somebody but they have like five or six things just sitting there waiting for somebody.

Like you can ago buy a house and move in! 

Yeah, brand new house. you just walk in and say "I want this one." and move in in 30 days when you close. So, that's pretty cool. That's a little bit more normal. 

I like that.

So homes sold was 556, that's down 1.6% year over year. So the same amount of homes are moving.

Yeah. 

But we have just got more out there. I think we got a lot of sellers that were finally like yep we are going to make the jump and did it. It kind of happened all at the same time as seasonality kicked it and those price points reached their top, top peak. The articles that I referred to earlier they basically take in you know, what do people make in Boise, ID versus what a home costs. And so the correction came at a very natural time.

Well and you were just interviewed again by Realtor.com.

Yeah and the rest of the world, it's funny, they are lagging us because they called me thinking, "oh, Boise is crazy, things are flying off the shelf." And I was like, "Actually, that's old news." 

I mean things are still moving fairly quickly. I mean we are still in a sellers market. But we are transitioning fairly quickly. Now, what will be interesting to see is how much of this plays into seasonality and price point versus an actually shift. We won't know that really until probably the end of January or early February once we see some new buyers come out and start hitting the market again. We will be able to see how much of this was actually just the seasonality part of it versus the price point. Now that price point has come down and people have options, you know, we may see it tick back up again with buyers because they may come out of the wood works. 

I know, that's kind of what I am hoping. I'm hoping that a lot of those buyers that I was talking to that they were priced out or they just couldn't deal with that appreciation just going up so quickly month over month that by the time they could get here, you know, they lost another 15%. 

Even for our local buyers, I mean we look for you know because it was so tight it would take some time to find that house we get an offer in and literally appreciation would increase in a month and basically out price, price them out of the market in a MONTH! 

Well, look at our new construction people that were 12 to 18 months out to build. They've closed on their homes and they have over $100k worth of equity. 

Oh I know.

You know the builders, the builders are wanting those houses back. They don't even want them to close. 

Oh I know. It's crazy.

You know, if we are just kind of the normal kids on the block now, Realtor.com may not even want your comments. 

I know, I know, I told them that we are cooling off. I get a lot of comments right now, everybody is like, "Oh, we are in another bubble." We are not. Our lending is very secure right now. Obviously the economy is doing pretty well; we have got some questions out there which may be leading to some buyer confidence that we are seeing. Again we will see as the year progresses, as supply chains come back and the people that were struggling to work are back to work, we will see how that works out, but things look good. There is no big, scary monster out there except for how expensive we got, how fast.

Right, but we are not alone in that. 

No we are not, we just saw the most appreciation in the nation. Nobody is really even close to us, there are a couple of places in Utah that were up there, a couple of places in Texas that did it. We saw a massive increase.

You know, Boise kind of does this because it's like you go from being a nobody and all of a sudden you are on the map and then, oh now you are normal. It kind of reminds me of our football team. 

Yeah yeah. We still haven't let it go. Our fans are still like "oh we lost a game, the season is over" and we haven't been that good for a little while. 

See they went from a "nobody" to "oh my gosh they are the best in the whole world" to now we are "normal and we have no use for you".

It's great though because you can actually go to the game and it's actually competitive.

I know right. 

You don't know if you are going to win.

Oh, like the housing market? 

Yeah.

Nice. 

So things are looking good. If you've been looking to buy and you are in a position to be able to afford where our prices are at, you've got a lot more options out there, prices have actually down ticked a little bit, 

Sellers actually have to do repairs..

Right. You are not looking at for example in Canyon County a house is $420k, you are not looking at putting $440k or $450k just to get it. 

Yeah.

We are putting in offers kind of at asking and sometimes below and just a little bit over depending on how popular that property is, but that is normal, that is how real estate should be. we should be able to gage it based on the type of house, where it's at and put our offer in based off of that. 

Well we have sellers right now that are doing repairs. 

Yeah actually doing repairs. We have had a few price drops, you know we've had things like that. Yes, sellers don't like to hear that because we have gotten so used to this upswing, but that's normal and healthy and honestly we are still getting great prices for homes. 

And let's look at it 30% year over year, if you have to bump the price down just a little bit. Come on.

We are going to be alright. 

So you are only going to get 28%, you'll be ok.

Yeah, exactly. So, if you guys have nay questions, as always, you can comment on this video, reach out to us, call us, email us, whatever you need to do.

And if you are thinking about selling, now is a fantastic time because you do end up with a little bit less competition on the market over the holidays. People buy homes every single day. I've had closings the day before and the day after Christmas, and I have shown houses on Christmas Day. In fact, I'm no up to I have written contracts on every holiday during a year.

That's right, I did know that. 

I had to get Easter done.

And by the way, to our veterans, Happy Veterans Day.

Happy Veterans Day. Thank you for your service. We will talk to you guys next month. Have a good one.

Yep, and stay tuned. Kelly is going to be sending out a email, if you don't already get it. This going to be talking about all the activities to do in Boise. It's really cool. It's very little to do with real estate, it has all to do with all the cool stuff that's going on Boise. We have so many cool activities now that we never used to. 

Well and to let you know things like Boise isn't having a Holiday Parade but Meridian is. And if you wan tot be in the parade they are only taking 50 people, floats or whatever they do....50 Santas?

50 Santas, I think that is confusing for the kids. Watch out for that. It's an awesome resource to get your family out and go do really cool stuff especially if you are new to the area or you just haven't been out in a while, obviously we've been locked in because of COVID. So, please look out for that and there is also a small business highlight on there. We always share great businesses. So if you have a great business you want to share with us that you think is just awesome, we would love to highlight them. So until next time guys, we will talk to you soon.

Have a good one.

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Aug. 16, 2021

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July 22, 2021

Monthly Market Update with Leigh and Rob

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July 15, 2021

Get FIT Boise

With our hiking and paddle boarding plans squandered by the current air quality, team BBRE set out to find an indoor alternative for staying active.

And what luck!

Boise Fitness Week(end) is JUST around the corner! This is such a cool event that "aims to highlight Boise's top boutique fitness studios by offering our community access to discounted classes across the Treasure Valley."

Um, yes please!

By purchasing a "Sweat Card" you have access to 11 Boutique Studios throughout the month of August. 

 "Sweat Card" Options:

We love this idea as it offers the chance to not only visit and get a feel for these studios, but it also provides the chance to compare the studios to one another allowing you to decide which one will best meet your fitness needs and goals.

All that while supporting local businesses and local nonprofits!

The Local Nonprofits are listed below, click the links to learn more about each:

Now let's talk about these "Top Fitness Boutique's" and how they can keep us all on track with our goals during fire season (and during this sweltering heat). This awesome event does a fantastic job at providing a variety of exercise types as well as locations throughout the Treasure Valley to make it convenient for all.

As a team who really succeeds in a group environment, we must say that one of our FAVORITE things about each of these boutiques is that they all focus on group activity. So, these are not the headphones on, working out solo type of gyms. These are top studios providing organized workouts allowing you to show up, socialize and bust a sweat as a unit. 

Boise Fitness Week(end) also allows you to see how you may work a variety of exercises into your workout regimen. Several of these boutiques offer packages for a 3 months at a time or perhaps 10 classes a month, which is great as you can do 3 months at one studio and 3 months at another throughout the year and boom, you have attended 4 studios throughout the year and seriously added some diversity to your workouts. Each studio is so unique and offers its own benefits. 

So, what are these 11 studios you get to sample with this fantastic event?

We will list them below with links to each website so you can learn about each studio and even sign yourself up for a class if you cannot wait until Boise Fit Week(end)!

  • Cyclebar - an indoor cycling experience located in The Village at Meridian 
  • Pure Barre Boise - improve strength, agility and flexibility with four different class formats to choose from
  • Yogasix - with classes from hot and powerful to slow and mindful, you are sure to get your yoga fix at Yogasix
  • F45 South Eagle - in just 45 minutes you get a full-body workout focused on functional, everyday movements
  • Orangetheory Fitness - this unique workout focuses on time spent in each heart rate zone, the goal is 12 minutes or more in "The Orange Zone"
  • D1 Sports Training - with programs derived from Division 1 Strength & Conditioning, these athletic-based programs are sure to get results
  • Barre3 - a 60 minute class complete with cardio, conditioning and mindfulness leaving you feeling balanced
  • Ascent Life Fitness - High Intensity Resistance Training that leaves no muscle group unworked
  • Corestrong - the only studio in the Treasure Valley to offer the Lagree Method, a low impact alternative to high intensity training
  • KaiaFIT - a year-round fitness program designed by women for women with a variety of training focuses
  • Ilovekickboxing.com - talk about letting off some steam! 60 minutes of HIIT mixed with punching and kicking your own bag has got to be the best way to get fit. At ILKB you can perfect your roundhouse, learn the spinning back-fist and make new friends.

We hope this has encouraged you to go out and find your fit fix during fire season. Let us know which studio is your favorite! And share photos on your social using #getfitboise and tag us @boisesbestre! Let's keep the comradery going during Boise FIT Week(end) and beyond. 

Posted in Boise's Best Blog
June 25, 2021

Market Update with Leigh and Rob

I want to talk a little bit about our market, obviously still going in the same trajectory that it was going, that really has not changed much. But what are you hearing from buyers and sellers out there?

 

You know it's kind of weird.  We know that inventory is up, In fact, it's up pretty drastically month over month, year over year it's still down. And that is, of course, typically in the higher end stuff. What I am seeing as I pull stuff up, and it's, it's been on the market for four days. It's been on the market for seven days. Which is super cool.  Things are still going at listing price or slightly above, but they're not, we're not seeing the $30, $40, $50 thousand above asking price on a $400,000. So that's really nice. I'm trying to reiterate to buyers that there is hope.  You know, I've actually got a little buyer looking for a $250,000 house. You guys went and looked at one. Yeah, we did, and it's not the fit. But I just sent her five more this morning out in nampa. In Caldwell, better cute little houses. That's awesome, there's hope. So, buyers, don't give up. Interest rates are still amazing., and there's stuff out there.

 

Like I said, in our last video last week or the week before, you know, there's this kind of stigma, that’s going around that market is impossible and nobody can buy a house. We had over 700 transactions last month.  Properties are still moving. Like I said that’s, over 700 people, you know, bought homes sold homes and transition. So, it's not impossible. And our market is looking really strong. So, if you can swing it, and you think you can make it happen sooner is better than later because our prices looks like they're going to continue on this same trajectory. 20 plus percent appreciation over the next year.

 

Honestly, I'll tell you what it comes down to, and that's working hard on our end. You've got to have somebody that is literally looking at every single thing that is coming soon scraping the barrel. it's looking for things that are off market, looking for, for sale by owners, because let's face it, this has been a really great for sale by owner market.  So you got to look at those. And you have got to be looking every single hour of every single day, because once they do come up, you do still have to jump. Sellers are still excited about what's going on with the market. You're seeing a little bit of glossy eyed confusion because their house it's on the market for maybe a week and they're like, oh my gosh, what's happening are things crashing.

 

It was funny, I pulled up a bunch of listings, I do price, you know, looking at prices in different areas, whether it's Kuna or Meridian or whatever. Trying to figure out where they are at and what they are doing. And I have to say for the first time I pulled up, I think it was Kuna that I was looking at. And I saw like five or six price drops. You know, the people who kind of overshot the market, which is totally normal, nobody's fault. It happens in this crazy market. Nobody is really sure exactly where to price. But I did see like four or five price drops, and they weren't big. They are like $5,000, $10,000. But yeah, I just looked down and I did not see any price increases, which I was seeing for a little while. 

 

It's really cool, I just pulled up things that were less than 20 years old in Meridian and Kuna for 450K and under, and there were 17 of them, that's awesome. So that was exciting. sellers, I think they are a little unsure now what's going on, if we're going to sell it, maybe we better do it now, which, you know, none of us have a crystal ball. So, I look at what is your situation? Your situation is such that this is a good time for you to sell. Chances are you have made good money on your real estate. So yeah, absolutely. I will say go for it.

 

And I mean, it is all situational based. I was just talking with one of our investors the other day, and we are talking about moving some properties around or maybe just selling them outright. But I'm telling her to hold on for a little while, because we're looking like we're having a great year of appreciation and There's no roadblocks that we can see. So that is great. So if you don't need to sell, you've got another year of  great appreciation. If you need to sell you have probably done fantastic. So do not feel like you've left money on the table, because nobody has right now.

 

The only thing that you might see is a little more competition. If you are a seller, then maybe you will see right now or what you have seen in the last two years.  So that might be the only thing to think about. If you want to be the only show in town sell now.  The place that we are seeing really crazy stuff is McCall and Donnelly. Donnelly for sure. I have got some clients up there just sold a house up there. I have got some others that are looking at stuff and things are just going crazy up there.

 

Their days on market are nothing, their prices especially around the Donnelly area, I mean, they're rivaling ours, if not higher than ours in a lot of cases, so it's pretty crazy out there right now.

 

Welcome to Tamarack being back on the radar. Yeah, If you haven't been up to Tamarack to check out what they're doing. You have to go because it is amazing. Talk to us about market stats. What's going on? All right.

 

Now remember, before I get into this, this is for May, I had a couple questions about that. We will not have June's until July, if that makes sense. So, we're looking at May stats. So, we do not have June off yet. We will have those July 12. So, this is for May, which is pretty crazy. Because Ada County We're at 523,250 median sales price. Yes. that's high. Half a million bucks for a house in Ada county now. I mean, that's what it is. I never thought we'd be in a half million dollar market. But we are we're there and inventory year over year still down. 54%.

 

570, homes on the market. We had 790 homes sold total, which is great. that's what we're talking about earlier, we've had over 700 again. If you have that mindset that it's impossible it's not, there are people moving, there are people buying, shockingly, 12 days on market, which is down 57% over last year. It's actually kind of an uptick over the last couple months. We were seeing like 7-8-9 days. So we're up to 12. That's what you're talking about earlier, seeing a couple of those houses stay out there for three or four days, which is nice. it's usually the higher price stuff. That’s always where we see the change first. that is your trendsetter? Well, we've got a lot. I mean, not everybody studies the real estate market every three seconds. You know, some people probably woke up yesterday and went, holy cow, did you hear how much our house is worth? So we're starting to see some of those people making that move and making that jump. We've actually talked to some sellers that are making that jump because of how much appreciation they have in their house. They didn't even know, they're like, I guess we're going to move. Yeah, because maybe our house doesn't work for them for whatever reason perfectly and they can move into something that will work. So what is canyon county doing? Canyon county is crazy to, it's over 400,000. Now 410,000, our median sales price. We had just over 460 transactions. It's more year over year then Ada county. It is Yeah. 48%. Well, that's money moving. It's going that way. Um, our inventory is 357. That's down 35% year over year, and again at the same days on market. So that just tells you right there that the competition in Canyon county just like it is in Ada county the appeal in Canyon county is just as strong. Absolutely and now that it's grown, people can live and stay there and not have to come to Boise if they don't necessarily want to.

 

Well, you know, I've got clients that are looking at moving a mother in law this direction.  They live in Boise, they'd love to have her close, but because of prices, they're actually looking at putting her in Nampa or Caldwell, you know, somewhere like that, because it is a little bit more affordable. And they can make it work

 

and you've got all the amenities. Now, there's no reason you can't live out in that region and feel like you have to come to Boise for stuff because you really don't you can stay in Nampa.

 

You know what, it's kind of goes full circle, because you know, back when my husband lived in Napa like 100 years ago, okay, well, he's not quite that old. Yeah. Literally, it was the you know, come to Boise to do your Christmas shopping.

 

now people go from Boise to Napa to go Christmas shopping.  its' Not quite as busy as maybe like the mall. I got a couple comments last time about Elmore county and Gem county.

 

I have stats on that. Typically, we stick to Ada and canyon counties, But we do serve both of those other counties. So, we're going to go over the numbers over there. So, we don't leave those people out this time. doing.  Well, they're going crazy, too. Obviously, their prices aren't quite as high because their a little further out. But we'll start out in Emmett So Gem county has an average price point or medium price point of 334,500. Which that's great for some homeowners out there.  We used to go to Emmett and find homes for 100 grand all day long. So that's  great for homeowners. They only had 25 units sold, Their inventory was 48. Their inventory is actually up right now. So that's really quite a lot.  There's actually some things to look out over there. Then your days on market, and this is just because you're out in Emmett little bit far, that's not appealing to everybody. You've got 27 days on market, which honestly, in a normal seller's market, that would still be great. We're selling houses in under 30 days.  60 days is considered a balanced market. So to give you some perspective, when we see like 27 days, it's not a scary number by any means. Ada county would be flipping out. We have sellers all the time. my house has been on the market for eight days, and we're like, Okay, calm down. It's okay.

 

We're used to things just flying and so when they don't go and four and a half minutes, we're like, oh, no. Elmore County, again, even a little bit cheaper than Emmet. We were worth 258,725. They had 39 homes sold last month, their inventories 21. That's down 43% homes a little bit different than what we're seeing in gem County. And then days on market is only eight So  I'll be excited to go look at that and see if see if there is  transplants moving out there from Boise. Is it more of a military thing I'll have to look and see what the base is doing because that eight days on market and not saying that Elmore county is not a great place. So it kind of tells me it maybe they've got some new Airmen coming in. Yeah, something's going on. Because eight days on market is lower than both Ada or canyon county and I know the demand is not as high in Elmore County, not to say that it's not worth living there. It's just not as populated and not on the map as much. So eight days on market is pretty tight for that area. But I'll have to look and see. See what's going on out there. Because it seems like something's moving around. You know, it's kind of fun to see some changes going on.  I've been so tired and it's just steady. Like there's just no homes for sale. That's how we operate. 

 

Now it's actually kind of exciting except for that one that I've got in the north end and it's been out for like nine days.

 

It's okay, just calm down. Remember we've been through this before days, remember our 10 days. 10 showings.

 

Oh my gosh. Yeah, And it's like I've had like three showings. All right. All right. So if you know anybody that needs development land in North Boise, I have got an awesome property in the north end.

 

It's pretty cool. So as always, if you guys have any questions at all, if you want to learn about stats, I have stats on other areas, not just these so if you have questions about those feel free I don't leave them out on purpose. We just try to keep the time in a certain time frame. Maybe next time we'll do Valley county Yeah, that'd be a great one to go over. I know that some of these second home areas or people trying to get out of the craziness of Boise now we know a lot of Idaho that are like we're out of here. Yeah. i had some friends that moved to Twin Falls last year. So you know, they were just like, its getting a little too big for me. So we can pull up the stats on those but if guys have any questions remember advice is always free here at Boise’s Best. So feel free to reach out to us, comment on this video. you can email or call us. Have fun on vacation. Yeah, I will go through the rest of the country because I hear there but just as crazy as we are.  have a fantastic week and we will catch you next month. Alright, Bye, guys.

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May 13, 2021

Boise's Best Patios for Drinks and Dining

Oh My! We do no know about you, but for the Boise's Best Real Estate Team, scrumptious food and cool, crisp drinks are always elevated when enjoyed on a good patio. We wanted to share with you some of our personal favorites that we have tested and approved! We promise not to steer you wrong here.

Now, we are not ranking these, as we know it always depends on the vibe you are going for and the occasion for the outing.  So, we will simply share our opinions developed from our experiences. We hope you might find new place to enjoy with your friends and family too!

Sand Bar and Grill - Pictured Above

2900 W Chinden Blvd, Garden City, ID 83714

Click here to view the Sandbar menu.

This outdoor oasis is open Spring through Fall and features live music daily and all day on weekends. Located just off the Greenbelt in Garden City, this spot is prime to take a break from biking, grab a bite and relax! Enjoy the beautiful view of the Boise River and the endless opportunities for people and pup watching.

 

The Lift

4091 W State St, Boise, Id 83703

Check out their lunch and dinner menu here.

And they serve Brunch too!

This flower covered patio makes for a fantastic weekend brunch spot. With a winning menu ranging from stuffed breakfast peppers to chicken fried steak to eggs benedict, you are sure to find something to delight your taste buds on this menu.

 

Reef

105 S 6th St, Boise, ID 83702

Website coming soon!

A rooftop hangout, tropical vibes and a vast menu bring The Reef Boise to our list. We love that you can get a sandwich, steak or sushi all in one spot. The live music makes for a great time, but we do want to warn it has been a touch louder than our preference a time or two. So, this may not be the spot for a conversational dinner, but definitely great for some roof top drinks and photo ops. We hope you tag us on Facebook so we can see your rooftop photos! @boisesbestre

 

Tupelo Honey 

150 N 8th St #200 Boise, ID 83702

Check out the new Spring Menu

Tupelo Honey takes a fresh spin on southern cuisine and we are loving it. First off - Fried Green Tomatoes! Secondly, Fried Green Tomato Blt! Ok and they have a pretty sweet patio as well. In the heart of downtown Boise, Tupelo Honey is a great spot to hang out on their second level patio where you can enjoy the the city from the view above while indulging in the southern fix you didn't realize you were missing out on.

 

Coyne's Restaurant

676 E Riverside Dr, Eagle, ID 83616

Coyne's Lunch and Dinner Menu

With their patio open year round, Coyne definitely belongs on this list. Plus their happy hour is always happier on the beautiful patio! Their enticing menu boasts quality entrees with chicken, steak or seafood, as well as, upscale salads and sandwiches. The Coyne's experience provides the space to put down the phone and make real connections. We hope you and yours take time enjoy this space and one another's company.

Posted in Boise's Best Blog
April 29, 2021

April Real Estate Market Statistics

 

Great News Treasure Valley! Inventory is finally going up! 

 

Ada County

  • Ada County had 437 active listings in the month of March which is up from 72 the previous month. 
  • $467,325 is the median sales price in Ada County.
    • Highest increase year over year in the entire nation.
    • This is up 27.2% in sales price year over year.
  • 739 homes sold in Ada county in March.
  • Average days on market, 22. 

Canyon County

  • Canyon County's average price point is at $386,000
  • 399 homes were sold in March in Canyon County
  • Average days on market, 14.
    • This tells us that people that could not afford Boise have gone to Canyon County for affordability.
  • Canyon County had 262 active listings in March

Don't forget to look for your client party invitation in the mail. We are excited to be hosting a "Night in White" June 3rd. Of course will be prepared with stain remover on hand!

Last but certainly not least, we are welcoming Kerry Cron to the Boise's Best Real Estate Team and we are so excited to grow together. She is our newest real estate consultant fresh from real estate school. She is eager to get started to so feel free to test her knowledge when you see her at the client party.

Posted in Boise's Best Blog
April 13, 2021

Boise's Best Trails to Trek

When the comedian and host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, came to perform in Boise he asked the audience what was with everyone asking if he liked the outdoors! He was shocked by just how proud Idahoans are of the abundance of outdoor recreation options in our lovely state. Perhaps rightfully so. No shame here though! The Boise's Best Real Estate Team loves to get out and soak up the sun while floating the river, cruising the Greenbelt or hitting the foothills for a hike. Hikes have been our go-to outdoor fix lately so, we wanted to share some of our favorite trails to trek in the Boise area.

First up on our list is Adelmann Mine off HWY 21. At 4.7 miles down and back with a rather steep trek up, this trail offers quite the workout with an easier decent and great views all along the way. Upon reaching the top, hikers are welcomed by the the historic gold mine itself which happens to be quite photogenic. The opportunity to explore nature and history as well as the views is what puts this hike on our list. As with any trail there are a few pros and cons. 

Adelmann Mine pros:

  • Hikers get a workout worthy of a good sweat
  • Meeting other friendly hikers
  • Dog friendly (on leash)
  • Down and back means you can't get lost!
  • Nature and history in one go
  • Little to no shade (pro or con here, depending on the hiker)

Adelmann Mine cons:

  • Limited parking at wildlife management area or alongside hwy 21
  • Roadkill carcass pit - this sounds a bit extreme but it is not so bad. Just better to be aware before you go and happen upon a this roadkill graveyard without knowing what is going on. I am sure you are wondering about the smell, not so bad either. If it is hot and later in the day it will be noticeable but not for much of the trail.

 

Another favorite is Table Rock, a must-hike for any adventurer in the Boise area. This hike offers multiple trails to choose from, but we are choosing to highlight the Table Rock Trail, a moderate 3.7 mile loop with an elevation gain of 895 ft.. We love to go for hike right around this time of year when the wildflowers are blooming...just don't forget the allergy medicine! Given Table Rock is kid friendly, dog friendly and not incredibly challenging, it is quite the popular area. The multiple trails keep the hike pretty light as far as traffic, but the top, which offers great photos ops with the giant cross or the beautiful views, is typically pretty congested. We recommend hitting the trail before 9 am if you are looking for more solitude. 

Table Rock Trail pros:

  • Ample parking
  • Public restrooms in parking lot
  • Cell service throughout hike
  • Dog and horse friendly

Table Rock Trail cons:

  • Little to no shade
  • Busier than other trails in the area
  • Trail signs can be confusing, best to know your route or use an app like AllTrails to help guide you

 

Our last delight to mention is the Military Reserve Park in the lower Boise Foothills. Yes we are talking about trails, but we couldn't forgo the opportunity to delve into this 734 acre facility with fun ranging from archery to trails to a bike park. So much to indulge in here! Now back to trails. Our favorite trail here is the Crestline Sidewinder Loop Trail at 9.6 miles with an elevation gain of 1,443 feet. A bit heftier of hike than our other options, we recommend making a day of this one and packing a lunch to enjoy along the way and plenty of water. This trail is rather exposed, but no trouble, just be prepared for lots of sun and lots of wind so you are still comfortable enough to enjoy the trek. 

Military Reserve pros:

  • Ample parking
  • Multiple trail options as well as other adventurous activities
  • Wide open views, great for wildflower season
  • Great Workout
  • Well marked trails

Military Reserve cons:

  • Exposure can be a lot if not prepared
  • You really have to keep an eye out for bikers here
  • Trails are quite narrow in many places

 

Now time to hit the trails and enjoy an adventure. Please remember to be courteous to other hikers along the way and to our beautiful trails. Click here to brush up on hiking etiquette and stay on mother nature's good side. Trek safely friends!

Posted in Boise's Best Blog
March 22, 2021

Hidden Gems in the Treasure Valley

Can't afford to live in Boise?? You are not alone. Leigh and Rob wanted to take the opportunity to fill you in on some nearby options that you may not have considered. In this video, they dive into the benefits of different areas just outside of Boise and give you an idea of what to expect from each city. We hope that you find this informative and if you have other questions you would like Leigh and Rob to answer, let us know in the comments!

People often want to learn about Boise, Meridian and Eagle, but we are quite a bit bigger than that. We have a lot of areas in the Treasure Valley that tend to get overlooked, and we would like to shine some light on them.

One of our personal favorites is Kuna, Idaho "where growth happens, but simple still exists". This blossoming city has so much to offer with new, high end homes going up daily and all the necessities within just a few miles. Located less than 20 miles from downtown Boise, Kuna boasts big city convenience without the traffic. The outdoor recreation is the icing top for us. Kuna is a short drive to Swan Falls where there is an abundance of hiking, fishing and biking opportunities. For adventure at your back door, you can float the Indian Creek or bike the greenbelt.

Star, Idaho is next on our list for overlooked cities of opportunity. Once known to be rural and somewhat inconvenient, Star is sprouting into a tranquil oasis with a population approaching 12,000. A number of restaurants plus a newly opened Ridley's Family Market allows Star residents to stay close to home. For you nature lovers, do not miss the Riverwalk Park where you can enjoy a nice stroll alongside the Boise River or pick a sub division with it's own private lake like The Lakes at Pristine Meadows or the under construction Heron River.

Nampa, Idaho was known to be a low cost place to live and you had to drive the 20 miles east on I-84 to work in Boise. Now, not so much. Nampa has come into its own offering a great place to live, work and play. You really can do it all here. As the largest city in Canyon County, its population is right at 100,000 and growing. Gone are the days of driving to Boise to do your shopping if you live in Nampa as it now has the Big-Box stores too. Not only are shopping and dining abundant in Nampa, but so is the fun. Lake Lowell is our team's favorite place to visit during the hot summer days. Whether we are cruising the lake in the boat or taking it easy with our paddles boards, we are always enjoying the time spent soaking up the sun at Lake Lowell. Not to mention the lake is surrounded by the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge which offers great hiking and bird watching. The fun does not stop there though; the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa is a complex of sports and entertainment venues that hosts events from car shows to concerts to Professional Bull Riding. (For the boyband fans, Backstreet Boys will be at the Ford Idaho Center Aug. 23rd.)

Drive 10 miles further west on I-84 to arrive at our next stop on the list, Caldwell, Idaho. Here the population is around 55,000 and growing as things tend to spread out from Boise. Now, to be honest, Caldwell has had a bad rap in the recent past. However, within a few years, the city managed to make a huge turnaround attributed to the revitalization of Indian Creek Plaza where you can find family fun year-round ranging from the ice skating rink to concerts and festivals to the Farm to Fork farmers market. Another exciting opportunity to take advantage of in Caldwell is the affordable older houses. In Boise's North End, you could not get the cool older home for under a half million, but in Caldwell, you can find that charmer you are looking for, fix it up and make yourself a home worth a lot of money.

Head north to find Emmett, Idaho located on the Payette River. With a population of roughly 7,000, Emmett is an agricultural town where people go to get away from people. The nearby Black Canyon Reservoir offers 12 miles of shoreline with plenty of boating and fishing opportunities, as well as, camping, swimming and picnicking. Emmett is home to the longest continually running festival in the region, "The Emmett Cherry Festival", held during the second full week of June. For four days the community gathers to celebrate the abundance of our valley with free, family activities, concerts and a parade. If you are looking to enjoy the simple life, Emmett is the place.

Whatever the feel or vibe you are looking for in your hometown, it can be found here in the Treasure Valley. So, give it some thought and know that whichever Gem you decide to settle down in, we are sure you will not be disappointed!

 

Posted in Boise's Best Blog
March 11, 2021

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the Treasure Valley

After a year of cancellations, disappointments and too much solitary time on our hands, the Boise's Best Real Estate Team is ready to celebrate....well anything! We thought you might be feeling that way as well so we decided to find some fun ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in and around Boise.

 

Let's start with the family friendly fun!

  • Support a good cause, get your fit on and have fun with the family during the YMCA ST. Patrick's Day Virtual Run. You have 3 races to choose from: Leprechaun Mile for Adults & Youth, 5K or the 5 Mile each priced at $35. You have until March 17th to register. 
  • Calling all canine enthusiasts! Check out the St. Puptricks Celebration, a St. Patrick’s Day themed dog event at the Nampa Civic Center Saturday March 20th from 11am to 3pm.  The event does not require tickets and has a FREE ENTRY. Bring your family, friends, and don’t forget your dog (dog not required) and come out for some fun! St Puptricks Schedule of Events: 11:00AM Event Begins - 12:00PM Doggo Costume Contest - 1:30PM St Puptricks Talent Contest
  • Enjoy a St. Patrick's Day Feast at Mountain View Barn. On St. Patty's day from 11am to 7pm they will be serving a corned beef and cabbage meal with roasted carrots and potatoes, homemade dinner rolls, Guinness barley stew, and crinkle cookies. To wash it down, they will be serving green beer, and other fun drinks!
  • Take the family to Treasure Valley Skate for a DJ Party, costume contest and games. The fun starts at 6 pm and the adult (18+) session begins at 8:30 pm.
  • Enjoy green beer, food trucks, treats and a scavenger hunt at Western Collective in Garden City this Saturday the 13th. The fun begins with green coffee and donuts and rolls right into green beer and at 5 pm, the Scavenger Hunt for the Pot O Gold begins! Must be 21+ for the Scavenger Hunt but all ages are welcome to the event.

Now, if you are looking for a night out, we have you covered.

  • Head to Humpin Hannah's from 5 pm to 2 am for green beer, live music, bag pipes and Dj Lenny Len. All with NO COVER charge.
  • Bear Island Brewery is whipping up Irish Fare starting at 4 pm and going until 7:45 pm to cure your festive cravings.  Irish Themed Live music begins at 5 pm by the local McGrath-Costello Pub Band. Kids and pups are welcome on patio only.
  • Join Potter Wines in welcoming back their Paint N' Sip nights beginning Wednesday March 17th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. $40 to enjoy this St. Patrick's Day Birch Inspiration Paint N' Sip.
  • If you are closer to the Nampa/Caldwell area, we recommend getting your corned beef and cabbage on at Roots & Company where one can indulge in Irish Whiskey, green beer, giveaways and of course, a costume contest! The fun begins at 8 pm on St. Patrick's Day.
  • For you introverts still enjoying your time at home, bask in the glory of "Butte in Boise - Curbside", a St. Patrick's Day Celebration, on the go! Each dinner is $40 and serves 2; click here to order and choose your pick up time. Curbside pickup will occur at Boise Centre's Loading Dock, 250 S. 9th Street, Boise, ID 83702.

The Boise's Best Team hopes whatever you choose to do this St. Patrick's Day that you have a great time and stay safe. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter so you can tag us @boisesbestre to show off your festive good time, costumes and we better see those pup costumes if any of you partake in the St. Puptrick's Day event! We will be sharing our festive photos too. 

Posted in Boise's Best Blog