1. PICK AN AGENT WHO KNOWS THE AREA WELL. This is where it all starts, because when you have a major move underway, you don’t want to find out that things are falling through the cracks in your home purchase. 

2. ASK US ABOUT NEIGHBORHOODS. Take the time to get to know neighborhoods, and you cans start by asking us all about them. This will help us get a sense of your likes and dislikes, and allow us to make suggestions based on that feedback. If your home search only focuses on home prices, realize that there is so much more to this big decision. Commute times, neighborhood amenities, property values, schools, etc., all play a big part in your happiness with the move when all is said and done.

3. PRIORITIZE YOUR NEEDS VS. WANTS. One way to get the most out of your REALTOR® is to give them your priorities in the form of needs vs. wants. You can even make a list and rate it from 1 to 10, ten being “I absolutely must have this” with one being “this would be nice, but it’s not essential. You’ll also find that your opinions of those needs vs. wants will change the more you look at homes.

4. KNOW THE MARKET:  Because of the influx of new residents, there is low inventory situation here in the Treasure Valley. For particularly desirable neighborhoods, there may be even lower inventory available. The Boise market saw historic increases in home prices over the last decade. That trend is expected to continue as long as the word keeps getting out about how great it is to live here in Idaho. We will help you make informed market decisions when it’s time to make an offer on a house, based on current market stats.

5. ASK ABOUT CUSTOM HOMES: In a lot of subdivisions, there are still lots available to build a custom home or semi-custom homes. Some you can pick your own homebuilder, others you cannot. If you are interested in looking at new construction, we will help you identify potential neighborhoods and reputable builders to start with, based on your own unique preferences3