Easy Market Ready Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is everything when selling your home. No amount of upgrades or remodeling on the inside of your home will make up for a neglected exterior. Follow these simple, inexpensive tips to welcome buyers to your market-ready home.

1. Paint the front door. The front door is your home’s focal point and may be the first thing buyers notice as they pull up. Repaint the door using a rich contrasting or complementing color. In addition, replace the hardware and consider adding a knocker or seasonal item, such as a wreath. If your front door is wood, consider sanding and redoing the finish.

2. Take a look at the garage door and trim. Freshen up both with a new coat of paint if needed.

3. Pressure wash the exterior. McCall is a dusty place and while you may not notice the dust on your house, you’ll be amazed at the difference a nice wash down will make. Be sure to include the windows, driveway if paved and sidewalks if you have them.

4. Make minor updates to the landscaping. For a fresh, revived look add a pop of color to your yard with a variety of seasonal flowers and think about adding a stone border to spruce it up a notch. Container plants work well on the porch, on the sides of the garage or lining the driveway. Get rid of the weeds and consider adding fresh mulch to garden beds. Check out the difference a little landscaping made on this project: http://www.today.com/home/4-diy-projects-boost-your-homes-curb-appeal-t28431

5. Take a good, hard look. After taking the above steps spend a bit of time looking around the front of your home.  Are your house numbers visible?  How is your lighting?  Do your gutters need a good cleaning?  Are your front steps, walkway, or porch in disrepair? If so, time to update or fix them. A little effort goes a long way in attracting buys to look at your house.

Haden Tanner at the McCall Real Estate Company is plugged in to the local market and can help you make a list of easy steps to take to enhance your home’s curb appeal before it hits the market. If you are thinking of listing your home, call Haden today at (208) 315-2242.

Is A New Price Bubble On The Way?

According to Wikipedia, a price bubble (or housing bubble for residential markets) is a type of economic bubble that occurs periodically in local or global real estate markets. It can be identified through rapid increases in valuations of real property such as housing until they reach unsustainable levels and then decline.

Perhaps the best example of this is the housing bubble that occurred from 2000-2006, with the bubble bursting between 2008-2010. While certain markets were hit harder than others, no community escaped unscathed.

With current housing prices inching closer to 2005 levels, and several states reaching new historic highs, the question arises: Is a new price bubble on the way?

Regional economies will drive price increases, based largely on job growth. Trulia’s Bubble Watch reported in January of this year that even in economies with stronger job creation, housing markets are still undervalued between 2-5%.

In April, National Association of Realtors Chief Economist Lawrence Yun compared 2015 to the situation in 2005. He stated that while income is up only 2% and is not matching that of rising home prices, there are a few differences in the current market.

First, demand is lower in both new and existing home sales. But supply is also lower with no over supply at the moment. Second, there are more stringent lending guidelines and many more all cash transactions.

Yun states that pressure is starting to build and the key to relieving this pressure is to bring more supply to the market, including more active home building. But, this certainly does not indicate a case like 2005.

In addition, according to CNN Money, today’s rising prices are fueled by actual market forces, backed up by real money. It’s a better qualified marketplace and we aren’t seeing all those things that would create unsustainable demand.

So for now it seems we are avoiding a replay of the beginning of this century.

Enjoy Your Patio More Than Ever

It’s summertime and you are most likely spending a lot more time outside. When that time is spent on your patio, try these unconventional upgrades to make your summer BBQs that much more enjoyable! (It’s not going to hurt your curb appeal either.)
1. Lighting: Set the mood while upgrading from those old tiki torches and try out sconces and/or chandeliers.

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2. Cushions, cushions, cushions: Make a cozy nook where you can’t resist hanging out. Put cushions on your chairs, porch swing, the ground, everywhere. Extend your living space by adding a sofa to the patio.

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3. Cooking space: While you may not need an entire outdoor kitchen, think about adding an outdoor pizza oven or smores pit. It’ll get you outside and keep you there.

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4. Bar: No BBQ space is complete without a bar for entertaining. Consider a bar on wheels or a folding table to make it portable, or install a permanent one. No regrets there.

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5. Outdoor Movies: Have the neighborhood over for a movie. An outdoor movie at home is a fun way to spend warm summer nights without breaking the bank. String clothesline between deck posts or trees and use a white sheet and a projector to create your very own theater.

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6. Dancing anyone?: If you have the space, why not have an impromptu dance party. String some lights, clear the furniture and crank the tunes.

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7. Flowers, herbs, lettuce & more: No outdoor space is complete without a splash of color from nature. Invest in some beautiful containers and get planting. Don’t stop at flowers. Impress your guests by planting herbs and other edibles to be picked and casually eaten on site.

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Live Auction Downtown Condos

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to name your price! Open outcry live public auction 2 Condos to be sold absolute regardless of price. These amazing homes are in the heart of downtown McCall, walk to the marina, restaurants, coffee shops, and shopping. One covered and one uncovered parking spaces for each condo. For more information or to schedule your own private tour call now.

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Property Information Package

Listing Price: Auction
Address: 1000 2nd Street
City: McCall
State: Idaho
ZIP: 83638
MLS # (if any): RP521893A
Square Feet: 1636
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Acreage:

Townhomes at Greystone Village

With your home at Greystone Village you are within walking distance to all that McCall and the winter carnival have to offer all while your car is tucked nicely and safe in your garage.

Listing Price: 409,900
Address: 1506 Roosevelt Avenue
City: McCall
State: Idaho
ZIP: 83638
MLS # (if any): RT520522A
Square Feet: 2100
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
Acreage: .14

McCall townhomes at Greystone Village…Luxury Location, Luxury Living, Luxury Homes, Everyday Pricing. Enjoy McCall and Payette Lake and all it has to offer simply by walking out your front door. Access 5 star dining, shopping, spas, play house, Payette Lake, parks, Ponderosa State Park, and the McCall Golf Course within blocks from your front door.

For more information visit greystonevillagemccall.com.

548 Discovery Drive Tamarack

Amazing opportunity to have stunning views of mountains, lake and golf course in Tamarack Resort! This homesite is close to the club house, swimming pool,ski lifts, restaurants and so much more. Call now for more information or to schedule a tour.

Listing Price: 147,900
Address: 548 Discovery Drive
City: Tamarack
State: Idaho
ZIP: 83615
MLS # (if any):
Square Feet:
Bedrooms:
Bathrooms:
Acreage: 0.976

35 Moonflower Lane Blackhawk

Don’t miss this great opportunity to own a rare riverfront lot in McCall Idaho’s premier gated riverfront community. Enjoy 5.5 miles of private river trails, world class River Lodge including swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room, workout facility, theatre, great room, massage rooms, and so much more. Call now to schedule your private showing.

Listing Price: 160,000
Address: 35 Moonflower Lane
City: McCall
State: Idaho
ZIP: 83638
MLS # (if any):
Square Feet:
Bedrooms:
Bathrooms:
Acreage: 0.543

437 W Timbercrest Loop McCall

Looking for an amazing getaway without the price tag and hassle of whole ownership in a home located close to Shore Lodge, Rotary Park at Payette Lake, and Payette River. This well appointed home features Wolf appliances and SubZero Fridge, not to mention fully furnished with the 4th bedroom as a bunk room with 4 beds, a pool table, and beverage area. Located close to town, yet tucked in the trees with a sense of space while your sitting around the fire pit OR in front of the outdoor fire place. This home has everything your looking for, please contact now for more information and to schedule your private showing.

Listing Price: 25,000
Address: 437 W Timbercrest Loop
City: McCall
State: Idaho
ZIP: 83638
MLS # (if any): RF521927A
Square Feet: 3173
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3.5
Acreage: 0.24

To Sell Or Not To Sell

Do you find yourself thinking about whether or not to sell your house? Do you browse the MLS in your free time just to see what’s on the market? Does every house with a For Sale sign grab your attention? If so, it might just be time to sell. As you contemplate your decision, there are many factors to consider, including the current state of the real estate market as well as your lifestyle and financial situation.

After years of housing recovery, today’s real estate market is continuing to experience a shortage of inventory among homes. That makes it total seller’s market at the moment, which should affect your decision. But, aside from being a seller’s market, let the following five items help you determine whether or not you are ready to move on.

1. Feeling claustrophobic?

If you’re getting frustrated because you are feeling overcrowded in your home, or if you don’t have enough space for guests to sleep, then you may be ready to sell. Maybe your kids are outgrowing their rooms (literally) or you’re thinking about adding to your family. These are also signs that it’s about that time.

2. You’re not in love with your home anymore.

As you start going through the selling process, things will be a lot more difficult for you if you still have some sort of emotional attachment to your home. Being this connected decreases the likelihood that you’ll even want to listen to the real estate agent’s advice. In order to sell, you need to be able to view your house as a product.

3. It makes financial sense.

This is one of most significant factors when it comes to selling your home and moving somewhere else. Are you financially ready to make the leap? Review all costs and expenses related to selling, including moving costs, as well as the down payment and closing costs on your new home. Most importantly, have a game plan.

4. You have equity in your home.

Ever since the housing market crashed, homeowners now have a tendency to be skeptical about putting their home on the market to sell. Thankfully, real estate has come back in full force. Increasing numbers of homeowners are getting their positive equity back and negative equity rates are at their lowest since 2012. Now is the perfect time to see where your equity stands. Do some research and have your home reappraised.

5. You are ready to make your decision.

Making the decision to sell your home can be difficult, but you don’t have to do it alone. Call Haden Tanner for expert advice that will make the selling process as smooth as possible. By considering all factors and working closely with a local realtor that knows the area well, you’ll be able to decide what is best for you and your family.

So, are you ready to list your home? Call Haden at (208) 315-2242.

Source: The Real Estate Book

Advice for First-Time Home Buyers

Buying a house is possibly the largest purchase you will ever make. For first-time home buyers the process is both exciting and scary at the same time. While there is a lot to think about, the process need not be too difficult. Read on for advice from others who have been there before you.

Be Financially Prepared By Saving Early

DOWN PAYMENT: The earlier you start saving for a down payment the easier it gets. By having a down payment of 20% or more you will save thousands over the course of the loan on private mortgage insurance (PMI). Plus, by getting in the habit of saving early on, you can transfer that skill to account for the costs below.

OTHER COSTS: When you buy a home you’ll need to come up with closing costs such as an appraisal and loan origination fees. Down the road you may have an annual payment for Home Owner’s Association dues, property taxes and/or homeowner’s insurance. By having a savings account to pay for such items, you can comfortably make these payments as they arise.

EMERGENCY COSTS: As a homeowner you don’t get to call the landlord whenever something needs to be fixed. You need to be prepared to replace that broken water heater, fix the AC or deal with other problems that may arise without going in to debt.

Do Your Research

GET PRE APPROVED: It does you no favors to start looking at homes until you know what you can spend. Plus, sellers prefer bids from prospective buyers who already are pre-approved for a loan. While a lender is not legally bound to honor the terms of a pre approval, by going through the process early on there are fewer surprises when it comes to the real deal.

BUDGET: Know what you can spend. It is too easy to overestimate what you can afford, so make sure to come up with a realistic budget. Typically utility costs increase when you go from renting to owning. And then there is property insurance which costs more than renters insurance. Expenses you wouldn’t have had as a renter include property taxes and property maintenance, both inside and outside. And don’t forget about living costs such as vacations, hair cuts, entertainment etc. Having a realistic budget will help you keep the cardinal rule of home-buying: Do not overspend.

UNDERSTAND THE MARKET: The housing market constantly fluctuates based on supply and demand, the condition of the economy, and interest rates to name a few. Fortunately for first-time home buyers, you can watch the market and make the move to purchase a home when it is a buyers market. Beware of waiting too long for prices to drop however, as prices can jump quickly as inventory fluctuates. Use resources such as website, newspapers, magazines, and your realtor to help you understand the market.

KNOW THE HOOD: You can change a lot about a house, but the number one thing you can’t change is its location. When you buy a home, you’re not just buying a house, you’re buying the neighborhood. Get to know the surrounding area before you submit an offer and fully commit to the purchase. Perhaps consider renting before buying in a specific area.

When You’ve Found “The One”

HOME INSPECTION: Home inspections provide you with some protection. The inspector will be able to find problems that you can’t and you’ll want to know these problems before you sign on. Plus, if the home inspection reveals serious defects that the seller did not disclose, you’ll generally be able to rescind your offer and get your deposit back. Make sure to walk through the home with the inspector and ask lots of questions. Do another walk through without the inspector and look at things more slowly. If the house needs some TLC make sure to put these in the contract as contingency clauses.

BEWARE OF BLINDERS…BUT DON’T LACK VISION: When you’ve fallen in love with a house, it’s easy to overlook things that may not be quite right. That’s why it’s important to bring a family friend or relative along. Since they aren’t buying the property themselves, they’re more likely to see it for what it is. But, on the flip side, don’t let little things scare you away. Some problems can be fixed, or at least endured until you are able to fix them. By being too nitpicky you may miss out on the chance to live in a great neighborhood well situated for you.

SHOP AROUND: Look at more than one mortgage broker and more than one insurance agency. It’s surprising how much rates and costs can fluctuate so do your due diligence and check out more than one agency.

Good luck to those first-time home buyers out there. This is a very exciting time but make sure to be prepared going into the process.