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Jan. 15, 2020

Buying a Home in Middleton With Stewart Realty

Buying a Home in Middleton With Stewart RealtyFor people who want quiet small-town living, buying a home in Middleton, Idaho is the ideal move. Less than 15 miles northwest of Meridian and closer still to the Nampa/Caldwell area, Middleton is near larger cities and their amenities, yet it features its own services and conveniences for great low stress living. If you’re not familiar with the area, buying a house in the quaint community is easier with a real estate agent that knows Middleton well. When you’re looking for a Realtor in Middleton, few can match the service Stewart Realty provides. With more than a decade’s worth of experience in Southwestern Idaho building and real estate, you’ll find the experience of buying a home in Middleton downright pleasant. Broker Jeff Stewart owns two rental properties in Middleton.  He loves the quality community, excellent schools and consequently the quality families that are drawn to live there.

About Middleton

If you’re already set on making the move to Middleton, you probably know a little bit about the place. It’s the oldest settlement in Canyon County, according to Wikipedia. It was named for its midpoint location between Keeney’s Ferry and Fort Boise back in the 1860s. Today, it’s a true small town, with a population of around 8,000 residents spread out over the 5.375 square miles that make up the city, but many thousand more live outside the city limits amongst the rolling hills and beautiful acreage properties and farms just outside of town. Yes, it’s small, but it offers plenty of advanced services necessary for convenient living. Restaurants, shops, parks, schools, and even fitness centers are among the amenities Area Vibes lists as available right in Middleton.

What a Good Real Estate Agent in Middleton Offers

As a top Realtor in Middleton, and one of the few so familiar with the area, Stewart Realty typically has access to numerous listings in and outside of town. Whether you’re drawn to the little city for its small-town vibe or prefer living on acreage on the outskirts of town, the experienced professionals at Stewart Realty can help you find what you’re looking for.

For example, families look for a Realtor in Middleton because they want to be near schools yet have a home on a large lot with plenty of room for kids to play, have horses, etc. Retirees may tell their real estate agent in Middleton that they’d like to move into a quiet subdivision, maybe one with pleasant walking paths dotted with trees or an small lakes. Singles and married professionals might be looking for homes in Middleton with minimal upkeep. Alternatively, those with agriculture in their veins might want some acreage to farm or ranch on. A Real Estate Brokerage in Middleton like Stewart Realty can tell you that is one of the best things about the place—there are houses for sale in a variety of categories that fit all the criteria you can think up.

If this sounds like just the place you would like to settle down, get with a top Realtor in Middleton, one who is familiar with the area and has extensive experience in the real estate business. Give Stewart Realty a call to find out more about Middleton or the rest of Southwestern Idaho. Broker Jeff Stewart would be happy to give you a personal tour of the area and some great homes that fit your style and budget.
 
Jeff Stewart, BrokerJeff Stewart, Broker/Owner, Stewart Realty, LLC,
Direct: 208-602-1993, Office: 208-887-5445

Posted in Buyers
Dec. 6, 2019

Star, Idaho Real Estate—How is Technology Affecting You?

Real estate technologyReal estate technology has made all the difference for buyers and sellers alike. Cutting-edge programs and apps provide instant access to information on homes for sale, and not just in the big cities. For example, listings for real estate in Star, Idaho can be found easily on the Internet. In fact, even though Star is a small town with just over 8,000 residents, the community is growing rapidly. There are nearly 100 homes listed for sale in or near Star. There was a time when sellers would have had to take out ads in numerous newspapers and other publications and hope they were hitting the right markets. Plus, buyers from other cities or states would have had to get ahold of local real estate want-ads to scan or try to track down the right Realtors if they hoped to buy real estate in Star, Idaho. These days, almost all homes for sale get listed on the IMLS for real estate, and anyone can access the information for free and Local Realtors are bearing most of the cost.

MLS for Real Estate

The Multiple Listing Service (MLS) isn’t a new concept. As early as the late 19th century, real estate brokers would share lists of houses in their inventories to get the word out about homes that were for sale. It’s a practice that has improved over the years but, even though the MLS for real estate was designed to make real estate information public knowledge, the public wasn’t always able to access it easily.

However, real estate technology has changed all that. According to Realtor.com, real estate agents create and maintain MLS for real estate databases that list all the homes they have for sale. These records can typically be viewed on the Realtors’ business websites as well as numerous other real estate sites such as Zillow or Trulia. Being able to access that type of information on the Internet makes it possible to shop for real estate in Star, Idaho from the comfort of your own home—no matter where that happens to be.

Apps Make Real Estate Technology Mobile

As smartphones and related tech develop, real estate technology becomes more and more user-friendly and useful in general. For instance, smartphone apps make it possible to find real estate in Star, Idaho on the go. DigitalTrends lists a healthy handful of apps that make house-hunting extremely easy and convenient. The Realtor.com app, for one, lets you view up-to-the-minute listings (every 15 minutes it gets updated) anytime, anywhere. You can filter results based on the size of home you’re looking for or the price range you’re in.

Finding Real Estate in Star, Idaho

Current real estate technology makes finding real estate in Star, Idaho easier than ever. A real estate agent can email you listings in Star, but all you really need is the Realtor’s web address. You can visit the agent’s website and enter “Star” in the city box, then click “search.” Easier still, and more convenient, you can simply enter the Star, Idaho zip code—83669—into the Realtor.com app and voilà! The MLS for real estate in Star, Idaho pops up on your smartphone, putting numerous listings in the palm of your hand.

To find out more about the available real estate in Star, Idaho or the rest of Southwestern Idaho give Jeff Stewart at Stewart Realty a call for a personal tour of the area and some great homes that fit your style and budget.

Compose Your MLS Search at:http://StewartRealtyllc.com Or http://HomesInMeridian.com

We are ready to serve you!

Jeff Stewart - BrokerJeff Stewart, Broker/Owner, Stewart Realty, LLC
Direct: 208-602-1993, Office: 208-887-5445

Posted in Buyers, Sellers
Aug. 16, 2019

Garden City Walk of the Boise Greenbelt

Garden City Walk of the Boise GreenbeltGreenbelts are increasing in popularity as urban areas grow and suburbs expand to become cities in their own right. In large metropolitan areas, where a handful of cities border each other and seem to sprawl together, it’s nice when greenbelts connect. For instance, the Garden City Greenbelt seamlessly picks up where the Boise greenbelt would otherwise leave off. It provides continuity and extends the nature walk along the Garden City walking path, offering an enchanting tour of this Idaho treasure.

What is a Greenbelt Anyway?

The idea of setting aside land near an urban area is far from a contemporary notion. According to Wikipedia, greenbelts date back as far as the Old Testament. The intention is to set aside sections of land in an urban area and leave them mostly undeveloped. The reasons for creating a greenbelt may differ from city to city, but in general, they tend to be similar. Some common motives include providing recreational opportunities, retaining rural qualities of an area, protecting natural ecosystems, and improving water and air quality.

As part of a larger greenbelt system, the Garden City Greenbelt meets all of those goals and more. Building the greenbelt resulted in the restoration and improvement of the area along the Boise River, including cleaning it up and providing a place for residents to walk, hike, cycle, fish, and enjoy a number of watersports without leaving the city limits.

The Garden City Greenbelt

The Garden City walking path along the greenbelt is actually one of the newer sections of the larger Boise greenbelt, which got its start in the 1960s. Back then, the area around the Boise River wasn’t the beautiful oasis it is today. The Garden City website reports that the river was polluted and the land around it was wild and neglected. Through decades of planning and hard work, the greenbelt has gradually grown to become a valuable feature for the communities through which it runs.

In fact, the Garden City Greenbelt is a destination that attracts visitors from near and far. Completed in 2007—and with a bike path added a year later—the Garden City section of the larger greenbelt winding through the central northern part of Ada County is dotted with trees and boasts a growing artisan community nearby. Folks walking or biking along the river’s edge on the Garden City Greenbelt can take slight detours to appreciate local art, play or relax in parks close by, or quench their thirst or appetite at one of several restaurants, cideries, or craft breweries.

Garden City Homes for Sale With Access

The arguments for how greenbelts affect housing are varied. Some see them as a way to control the market by limiting available land for building. Others argue that greenbelts actually encourage cities to grow bigger while directing the growth away from designated greenbelt areas. What can’t be argued is that when looking for Garden City homes for sale, finding a house with greenbelt access is a plus. Being close to the Garden City walking path and all the amenities it offers is attractive to buyers of all types, whether they’re married or single, have large families, or are pet parents with dogs who need walking.

If you’ve been shopping for Garden City homes for sale and would like to find out more about Garden City, Meridian, or the rest of Southwestern Idaho give Jeff Stewart at Stewart Realty a call for a personal tour of the area and some great homes that fit your style and budget.

Jeff Stewart - Broker / OwnerJeff Stewart, Broker/Owner, Stewart Realty, LLC,

Direct: 208-602-1993, Office: 208-887-5445

Compose Your MLS Search at: https://StewartRealtyllc.com
Or https://HomesInMeridian.com

Posted in Buyers
June 3, 2019

Crime Statistics in Star Idaho

There is no place in the country that is completely crime-free, but the low crime statistics in Star Idaho prove that some cities are safer by far than others. In fact, AreaVibes says that safety in Star Idaho is higher than 56 percent of other U.S. cities. Most people are drawn to small towns such as Star because of perceived safety, but a small community isn't always a guarantee of low crime. In 2013, Parade reported on a study that found that deaths resulting from injury were 22 percent more probable in rural areas than in larger cities. That is why it's reassuring to know that's not the case if you are considering a move to Star because it truly is one of the safer towns in Idaho as well as in the nation.

Star Idaho Crime Statistics

The overall Star Idaho crime rate is 33 percent lower than the median rate across the nation. Typically crime data is computed per 100,000 people, but Star truly is a small Idaho town with a population of just 7,295 to 2014 numbers. That means drilling down the reported per 100,000 data shows that a Star Idaho crime is committed at a rate of about one every third day. Of course, that is an average, but compared to other cities that see several to several hundred crimes committed daily, safety in Star Idaho is much higher than other small towns.

Crime in Star Idaho

Naturally, citizens of any town would prefer that no crimes be committed in their community, but at least the crime in Star Idaho doesn't tend to be excessively violent. You won't find murders, rapes, or shootings on the local police log. Star Idaho crime is made up mostly of theft, burglary, assault, and vandalism, according to SpotCrime.com. Those types of crimes are manageable and even avoidable. It is always good advice is to get to know your neighbors and join the Neighborhood Watch. Safety in Star Idaho is a priority for the Ada County Sheriff's Office, and the department is a great resource for new and existing Watch groups. Also, many new construction homes include home security systems, but wireless technology makes installing them in existing homes easy. Plus, adding home security to your house wherever you live can save money by reducing your home insurance rates.

Safety in Star Idaho Makes it a Terrific Place to Live

People come to Star for the safety factor in addition to the small-town atmosphere that is just minutes away from the businesses, shopping, and entertainment of bigger cities. They stay when they find that the safety in Star Idaho along with everything appealing about a small town actually exists there. It is one of the few places that lives up to its reputation. If you are impressed with the crime statistics in Star Idaho and are interested in making the move there, you'll want help from an experienced real estate agent to find homes for sale in Star, Idaho in the very best neighborhoods. The team at Stewart Realty knows homes and they know the Star area. To find out more about Star or other nice cities of Southwestern Idaho, give Jeff Stewart at Stewart Realty a call for a personal tour of the area and some great homes that fit your style and budget.

Jeff Stewart, Broker/Owner, Stewart Realty, LLC,
Direct: 208-602-1993, Office: 208-887-5445

Compose Your MLS Search at: https://StewartRealtyllc.com Or https://HomesInMeridian.com

Posted in Buyers
Feb. 15, 2019

2018 Idaho Real Estate Report for Ada, Canyon and Gem Counties

2018 was the 4th year of record low inventory in Ada County. Last year began to give us the first signs that the market may be shifting back towards balance.  We begin 2019 with a change in the Ada County existing homes supply.  Note: January 2019 was the first time since October 2014 that the number of existing homes for sale in Ada County was higher than the same month the previous year. Despite this uptick in existing inventory, closed sales were down 6.3% year-over-year. The number of closed sales that are even possible was limited due to the fact we’ve had fewer and fewer existing homes to sell each month compared to buyer demand.

For the 2018 year overall median sales prices were often reported as the area norm.  It is important to identify the factors that are driving prices in both segments to better understand our local market dynamics.

For example, based on past data, when new construction sales made up more than 24% or 25% of the total sales in a given month, the overall median sales price was 12-14% higher than the previous year, on average.

Since March 2018, every month of the year saw the share of new construction sales at or above that level, which had a major impact on the area’s overall median sales price. In the chart below you can see that the volume built went up, the median sales price went up and the year over year percentages also went up.

The median sales price for new homes has been rising, due to increasing costs of land, labor, and construction materials. The 2018 median sales price for new construction in Ada County was $373,898, an increase of 10.2% compared to 2017.  This combination of more new homes selling at higher prices pushed Ada County’s overall median sales price up.

While new home sales were up 22.4% in 2018 compared to 2017, the number of existing/resale home sales over the same period was down 4.1%. This segment’s prices are being driven by the historic low levels of homes for sale compared to buyer demand.

December 2018 marked over 4 years of falling inventory in the number of existing homes for sale in Ada County. The number of closed sales that are even possible is limited due to the fact we’ve had fewer and fewer existing homes to sell each month compared to buyer demand. This is the primary reason we’re seeing closed sales down year-over-year.

We can measure the relationship between inventory and buyer demand with “Months Supply of Inventory.” This metric takes the number of homes for sale (inventory) divided by the average number of closed sales by month for the preceding twelve months. This means that assuming no other homes came on the market, this would be the number of months it would take to sell through all the homes currently on the market.

A balanced market—not favoring buyers or sellers—is typically between 4-6 months of supply. Below four months typically favors sellers and more than six months typically favors buyers.

When the supply of inventory for existing homes stays right around 1-2 months, existing home prices remain higher. This shows us that buyer demand persists, even when there are fewer homes to choose from.

In summary, local home prices are being driven by the persistent and historically low inventory of existing homes compared to demand, and more new homes selling at overall higher prices, primarily due to rising construction costs.

GEM COUNTY

For 2018, Gem County’s overall median sales price ended at $199,782 year-to-date (January 1 – December 31, 2018), an increase of 7.9% over the same period in 2017. There were 342 home sales in 2018, up 8.2% compared to 2017. 317 of those were existing/resale closed sales, while 25 were new construction sales — a 25% increase in new construction sales from the year before.  

New construction homes generally sell at higher prices, due to increases in costs of land, labor and construction materials, so this larger share of new construction sales has brought up the overall median sales price of homes in Gem County last year. Persistently low inventory compared to buyer demand is the other factor driving up the median sales price.

As of December 2018, the months supply of inventory in Gem County was at 2.5 months, for all price points combined. This is an uptick from the 1.5 months we saw in November, but still not considered a balanced market. As you can see in the chart below, the months supply inventory is at less than a month below $200,000 price point.

Gem County experienced the same market conditions in 2018 that we’ve seen elsewhere in the Treasure Valley — higher home prices due to low inventory and more new construction sales.  We’ll continue to keep an eye on prices, inventory, and months supply of inventory to see if the market is shifting more into balance in 2019.

RESOURCES: 

Additional information about trends within the Boise Region, by price point, by existing and new construction, and by neighborhood, are now available here: Ada CountyCanyon County, Gem County, and City Data Market Reports. Each includes an explanation of the metrics and notes on data sources and methodology.

Some data from Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) and the Intermountain MLS (IMLS) as of 2/15/19.

The team at Stewart Realty knows homes and they know Southwest Idaho real estate. To find out more about real estate in the Boise Region give Jeff Stewart at Stewart Realty a call to set up your personal real estate search, a personal tour of the area and find some great homes that fit your needs and budget.

Compose Your Personal MLS Search With Us:
http://StewartRealtyllc.com or http://HomesInMeridian.com

Jeff Stewart, Broker/Owner 208-602-1993 or jeff@stewartrealtyllc.com

Posted in Buyers, Sellers
April 1, 2018

Where are the Best Waterfront Homes in Eagle, Idaho?

Waterfront homes in Eagle, IdahoIf you've always dreamed of waterfront living, Eagle Idaho waterfront communities are among some of the best options in the Gem State, especially if you want to live near the big city, Boise. Eagle Idaho waterfront listings include homes both on the Boise River as well as on numerous manmade lakes scattered throughout the area in many high end developments. That means not only can you take your pick from among many homes that offer gorgeous waterfront views and the privacy it offers, but in some cases you'll also have access to the water to do a little fishing or canoeing.  Either way, all of Eagle is close to the Boise River so all watersport activities are just a few minutes away. With so many Eagle Idaho waterfront listings to choose from, you are likely to find just the right combination for your specific needs.

Consider the Property First

The ideal scenario when shopping Eagle Idaho waterfront properties would be to find your dream house sitting on the perfect section of waterfront. However, in any home-buying situation, it is rare to find a property that has every last feature on your wish list. HGTV recommends looking more closely at the property than the house. Does it have the views you hoped for? Does it offer the access to the water that you want? Is the level of privacy one you're comfortable with? Are the allowed activities on the water going to be an invasion to your privacy or enhance the livability of the property? Remember, if the water is public anyone can invade your space at least temporarily. So, as with all real estate the most valuable element is “Location!”. Once you move in, if the house lacks a few of the elements you'd like, those can be changed or added, but the location can't easily be transformed if it falls short of your expectations.

Learn the Insurance Requirements

Some homes in Eagle Idaho waterfront communities require flood insurance in addition to the general homeowner's policy. Most Eagle Idaho waterfront listings are in not in a flood zone, and the homes on the lakes rarely have flooding issues. However, like the Payette River, the Boise River is used for flood control and irrigation. That means river levels can and do fluctuate, causing occasional flooding depending on where the home is located. Owning Eagle Idaho waterfront properties doesn't automatically require carrying extra insurance. The flood insurance issue for Eagle Idaho waterfront listings along the river is determined on a case by case basis depending on its elevation in regards to the river level and the topography around it.  Stewart Realty provides clients with a Flood Zone Map so that you can be educated regarding the risk of flooding for any particular property.

Eagle ID Waterfront: River Vs. Lakes

When it comes to living on waterfront in Eagle Idaho the river vs. lakes is question is one of the choices you'll have to make. According to HGTV, taking a look at the activities you enjoy most and comparing them to what each type of waterfront location has to offer can help you choose the best property for your lifestyle from among the different Eagle Idaho waterfront listings. For example, both the river and many of the lakes attract wildlife and are terrific places to fish and watch waterfowl, beavers, etc. You'll probably want a riverfront home, though, if you enjoy stream fishing, rafting and kayaking. Alternatively, a lake is a better choice for canoeing or paddle boating.  Also, the lakes often have better man made  beach areas than the river, for picnics, bonfire parties, and sandcastle building if the development allows it.

The Right Realtor for Eagle Idaho Waterfront Listings

If you want to live on an Eagle Idaho waterfront property river vs. lakes might not be the biggest concern you have. In order to find the Eagle Idaho river and lake listings that fit what you're looking for, you'll need the right realtor. The experts at Stewart Realty are exceptionally familiar with Eagle Idaho waterfront communities. Jeff can help you navigate the many options and situations and show you the properties that most closely match your particular needs. 

The team at Stewart Realty knows homes and they know Southwest Idaho real estate. To find out more about real estate in the Boise Region give Jeff Stewart at Stewart Realty a call to set up your personal real estate search, a personal tour of the area and find some great homes that fit your needs and budget.

Compose Your Personal MLS Search With Us:
http://StewartRealtyllc.com or http://HomesInMeridian.com

Jeff Stewart, Broker/Owner 208-602-1993 or jeff@stewartrealtyllc.com

Posted in Buyers
March 1, 2018

The Interesting History of Wilder, Idaho

Wilder, IdahoWilder, Idaho is one of the classic small rural towns the Gem State is known for. The area is agricultural, though the farmers in Wilder grow more than Famous Potatoes. Alfalfa seed, beans, hops, onions, sugar beets and seed corn all contribute to helping keep it a thriving farming community. In the history of Wilder, Idaho, homes began popping up over 100 years ago as people migrated west in search of hope and a fresh start. The City of Wilder website reveals that, initially, the area was all sagebrush and bleak landscape, but the Boise Project was under development and, as soon as irrigation water was provided to the area, it blossomed into one of the most productive and abundant farming regions in the entire country.

Because no existing Wilder, Idaho homes for sale existed, building boomed as homesteaders settled in Wilder in the early 1900s. There was talk of the railroad coming through the town, which fueled more interest in the city, and stores, schools, and churches began springing up. The growth continued over the decades, though it hasn't yet skyrocketed like in other nearby cities toward the east like Boise and Caldwell. Yet, Wilder is located close enough to the state capitol that it has drawn interest as a nice little city for families to settle in while commuting to Boise for work or to the university. Keeping in mind the history of Wilder, Idaho, homes and housing developments have been popping up to accommodate current growth as well as expected expansion in the near future.

With a population of just over 1700, Wilder is still a small town, but there are plenty of Wilder, Idaho homes for sale in price ranges to fit every budget. Additionally, with its proximity to agricultural and technology resources, Wilder is an ideal location for industrial or commercial businesses. Even manufacturers and transportation businesses would benefit from everything Wilder has to offer, including Highway 95, which happens to be the major highway that runs from California to Canada, taking in Western and Northern Idaho along the way. There is even an 18 Hole Golf Course along the Snake River called Riverbend Golf Course and another close by called Timberstone Golf Course.  

Whether you're an entrepreneur with a vision of taking advantage of the benefits of living and doing business in Wilder, or you work in one of the larger surrounding cities but would like to live in the peaceful quiet of a small town, Wilder is waiting for you. There are many different factors that affect the best time to sell in Wilder, Idaho, but, with the amount of growth the area has seen, there is usually a good number of Wilder, Idaho homes for sale throughout the year.  There are also some awesome small and large acreage properties as well as riverfront properties with boat docks on the Snake River in Wilder Idaho as well depending on your needs.

If you're in the market for an upgrade and want to know the best time to buy or sell in Wilder, Idaho, or if the history of Wilder, Idaho has you interested in purchasing a home in the area, it's wise to get help from a Realtor who knows Wilder and the local market. Jeff Stewart and the team at Stewart Realty have just the experience you need. Having worked in multiple areas of real estate in the area, including construction and real estate appraisal as well as residential, investment, and commercial real estate, Jeff has the background and expertise to help you buy or sell your house or find exactly what you're looking for.

To learn more about the history of Wilder, Idaho, homes or even if you're interested in Boise, Meridian, or the rest of Southwestern Idaho, give Jeff Stewart at Stewart Realty a call for a personal tour of the area and some great homes that fit your needs and budget. 

The team at Stewart Realty knows homes and they know Southwest Idaho real estate. To find out more about real estate in the Boise Region give Jeff Stewart at Stewart Realty a call to set up your personal real estate search, a personal tour of the area and find some great homes that fit your needs and budget.

Compose Your Personal MLS Search With Us:
http://StewartRealtyllc.com or http://HomesInMeridian.com

Jeff Stewart, Broker/Owner 208-602-1993 or jeff@stewartrealtyllc.com

Posted in Buyers, Sellers
Jan. 15, 2018

The City in the Country: Emmett

It might not be Mayberry, USA, but the City of Emmett is one of those idyllic towns that lives life from a simpler time. Located just under 30 miles northwest of Boise in a picturesque valley below Squaw Butte, Emmett is the little city in the country that is close enough to all of the conveniences of the larger, more urban areas to be able to take advantage of them while still enjoying country living in the pristine Emmett Valley. There is also lake recreation to be found on Black Canyon Reservoir along the Payette River just to the east. In the wake of the recession and subsequent recovery, many other towns located in the southwest corner of Idaho have gotten a lot of press for being up-and-coming places to live. Though you may have heard of Boise, Meridian, and Eagle, don't overlook the Emmett area which is just a hop over the hill when you're looking for a new place to settle down and slow up the pace a bit.

Small-Town Charm

With a population of just over 6,500, the City of Emmett is really a small town, just the type many people look for when they want to slow down the pace a bit. That doesn't mean that country living in the City of Emmett doesn't have loads of benefits to offer. Emmett and the rest of Gem County are home to considerable cultural and economic activity including a vibrant tourist industry--and much of that can be chalked up to Emmett's small-town charm.

It's an appeal that is historic in nature. Walking down Main Street in the City of Emmett inspires the feeling that nothing has changed for decades, and that kind of stable continuity is comforting. The City of Emmett's Main Street even made a top 10 list of best main streets in Idaho on the Only in Your State website. It's quiet and rural, and the surrounding mountains can easily be seen from almost any angle, one of the best aspects of country living in the City of Emmett.

Main Street is just one place in the City of Emmett you'll find quaint local shops that are good for more than touristy-souvenir purchases. Along with delightful gift shops, there are drug stores, grocery stores, hardware and paint supplies, clothing shops, and so much more. You'll have a selection of restaurants to choose from throughout the City of Emmett when you want to dine out, and there is a museum, a theater, and galleries when you're looking for some entertainment.  If all of that is too urban for you, there's a greenbelt, farmers' markets, and the Gem County Fair for more of a taste of country living in the City of Emmett.

Don't Forget the Emmett Cherry Festival

Emmett, Idaho is known for its cherries. Since the 1930s, the area's thriving orchards have been a source of income and commerce for the City of Emmett and its residents. To celebrate the abundance and harvest, the entire county comes together the second full week of June for the Emmett Cherry Festival to enjoy a carnival, concerts, and loads of free events. The Emmett Cherry Festival is essentially a free celebration. There's no charge to enter any of the contests--including the famous cherry pie-eating contest-- plus there's no admission fees, the nightly concerts and daily entertainment are on the house, and the two parades are free of charge.

If you'd like to experience country living in the City of Emmett, Jeff Stewart and the team at Stewart Realty would love to show you around and provide you with a list of homes for sale in Emmett, Idaho. Jeff has extensive experience in real estate in the Emmett Idaho area, including working as an appraiser. To find out more about Emmett Area Properties for sale, or for more information Southwestern Idaho Real Estate, give Jeff Stewart at Stewart Realty a call for a personal tour of the area and some great homes that fit your style and budget. 

The team at Stewart Realty knows homes and they know Southwest Idaho real estate. To find out more about real estate in the Boise Region give Jeff Stewart at Stewart Realty a call to set up your personal real estate search, a personal tour of the area and find some great homes that fit your needs and budget.

Compose Your Personal MLS Search With Us:
http://StewartRealtyllc.com or http://HomesInMeridian.com

Jeff Stewart, Broker/Owner 208-602-1993 or jeff@stewartrealtyllc.com

Posted in Buyers
Dec. 1, 2017

Enjoying Life Living in Parma, Idaho

If you've been longing for a true small-town experience, you might want to start looking at Parma, ID property listings. The population hovers around 2,000 and is extremely livable because of its low cost of living and low crime rates, high graduation rates and the loads of local Parma Idaho events to enjoy. As more and more people discover the beauty of the Gem State, more are making the move to enjoy life living in Parma, Idaho.

Beautiful Parma, Idaho

Parma is located in a gorgeous green valley, ideal for the agricultural industry that is prevalent in Idaho. The Great Snake River flows through the area, adding to the elements that make Parma Idaho real estate perfect for farming, raising livestock and living along the river if you want. You don't have to be interested in those endeavors to enjoy living in Parma, however. Though it is a small town, commerce is thriving with ample existing businesses including healthcare, education, construction, and technology, as well as abundant opportunities for new businesses to set up shop. Parma Idaho real estate is very affordable with substantially lower prices than the national average so it's likely that you'll find a beautiful home and even small acreages you can afford when you set up your search for Parma, Idaho property listings here on the Stewart Realty Website.

Parma Idaho Events to Enjoy

Parma may be a small town, but the city enjoys big fun. Summers are filled with outdoor events such as Fruit Field Day, an exhibition for home gardeners and master gardeners as well as commercial growers and alternative fruit farmers. If you love classic cars as much as Parma residents do, then you'll appreciate the opportunities to show off your own restored vehicle or just check out the pride and joy of others at the Classics on the Grass Annual Car Show or the Garage Cafe Annual Show and Shine. Parma also happens to be the home of one of the first drive-in theaters in the valley and the Parma Motor-Vu Drive-In is still open and operating today, showing newly released movies in a nostalgic, outdoor setting. What's more, you'll find delightful eateries, picturesque parks, and a modest number of shops in Parma.

The Outdoor Life

Many out-of-staters who are interested in Parma Idaho real estate come to the Gem State for the outdoor life. One of the best things about living in Parma is that the immediate surroundings are quintessential Idaho wilderness, yet it's still driving distance from larger cities, giving you the best of living in a small town along with the amenities of big city life. As for the outdoors, you'll enjoy immediate access to rock climbing, hiking, canyoneering, swimming, horseback riding, boating, and fishing--and that's just in the summer. The fall and winter months usher in great pheasant and upland bird hunting, snowshoeing, all types of skiing from alpine to back country to downhill, snowmobiling and more.

For expert representation and someone who knows the Parma area call Jeff Stewart.  He and the team at Stewart Realty can help you find a Parma property that fits your style and your budget. 

The team at Stewart Realty knows homes and they know Southwest Idaho real estate. To find out more about real estate in the Boise Region give Jeff Stewart at Stewart Realty a call to set up your personal real estate search, a personal tour of the area and find some great homes that fit your needs and budget.

Compose Your Personal MLS Search With Us:
http://StewartRealtyllc.com or http://HomesInMeridian.com

Jeff Stewart, Broker/Owner 208-602-1993 or jeff@stewartrealtyllc.com

Posted in Boise
July 24, 2017

Homeowners Associations: What You Need to Know

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If you've never lived in a condominium complex or other housing situation that is typically set up as a Common Interest Community, you may not know what an HOA is or how it can affect you. HOAs exist in every state, and the homeowners associations in Idaho are essentially very similar. That's on a basic level, though, as each state's laws vary, and so do the way those laws affect communities and the homeowners associations in them. 

What Are Homeowners Associations?

 An HOA is a governing body with a board of directors that oversees a specific community, such as an apartment or condo complex or a particular neighborhood. Planned communities and gated neighborhoods usually have homeowners associations, but the houses don't all have to be alike and there doesn't have to be a wall around the neighborhood for the community to adopt HOA management. Just like all HOAs, after a developer has finished building out the development, the  homeowners associations in Idaho are funded and run by the residents, and they're set up to ensure the community maintains a certain level of cleanliness, repair, consistency and decorum. There are pros and cons to homeowners associations, so it's important to find out all you can before buying into a neighborhood or housing complex that has one.

What Will Homeowners Associations in Idaho Do For You?

 All homeowners associations have Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions, hence the acronym CC&R’s.  HOA management--the board of directors--enforces these rules and are in charge of creating new ones as the need arises.  These rules must be adopted and voted on by a certain number of households, enough to form a quorum. These rules vary from one HOA to the next, partially based on the type of community. Regulations would obviously be different for an apartment building in New York City than it would be for homeowners associations in a single family residence in most Idaho neighborhoods. Some of the positive covenants and conditions homeowners associations in Idaho might enforce: 

keeping front yards green, maintained, and neat

require house exteriors to be painted if fading and can restrict your color choices

restrict noise levels 

limit number of vehicles that can be parked on the street  

 Conditions like those can benefit you because everyone in the neighborhood must comply, creating a peaceful, orderly, and attractive environment to live in. Additionally many homeowners associations provide amenities you might not otherwise be able to afford and maintain, such as a community park, swimming pool, tennis courts, rec room, health club, and even accommodations for business meetings.

 However, covenants and conditions might restrict what kind or how many pets you have, and even what size they can be. The rules could limit what kind of exterior improvements you can make on your home or what kind of landscaping you can do. That can include preventing you from installing solar panels and limiting how big your flower and/or vegetable gardens can be.

 It Comes at a Cost

Belonging to homeowners associations depending on the amenities and number of residents, comes at a cost.  HOA dues can be billed frequently as monthly in condominium developments  to yearly in single family developments.  HOA Dues go toward installation and maintenance of common areas which could encompass lawns, sidewalks, outdoor lighting, clubhouses, and swimming pools, depending on what your community includes. You will need to take those fees into consideration before buying a house in an HOA community, because your mortgage lender certainly will. Plus, according to Kiplinger, the HOA management board can vote to levy a special assessment and charge each member extra money if a large, unexpected repair needs to be done.  Costs are typically shared equally between property owners.  In Idaho we hear stories of associations in other states where HOA dues seem to increase uncontrollably, however, that is not typical in Idaho.  For instance, Baldwin Park HOA in Idaho where the Broker of Stewart Realty, LLC resides has only raised their dues once in the 14 years he and his family have resided there.  And that increase was only from $400 to $435/year.  So, when responsible homeowners manage HOA’s and the members stay involved, it can be a very good arrangement.

The covenants and conditions might restrict what kind or how many pets you have, and even what size they can be. The rules could limit what kind of exterior improvements you can make on your home or what kind of landscaping you can do. That can include preventing you from installing solar panels and limiting how big your flower and/or vegetable gardens can be. 

Find Out First

If you fall in love with a house that has an HOA, your agent should provide you a copy of the CC&R’s prior to making an offer to make sure they don't include anything you can't live with. Also, any MLS Listing sheet provided by a good Meridian Realtor should disclose what the HOA fees are and how often they are paid. You can also go the extra mile if you like and get a copy of the minutes from the most recent board meeting, or arrange to sit in on one to see what type of conflicts are typical and how the board responds to them. Plus, remember that any resident can serve on the board so if you want to help make changes or improve conditions, you could make a difference. 

Whether you want to avoid homeowners associations in Idaho or are looking to specifically buy in a community with CC&R’s to protect your investment, give Jeff Stewart at Stewart Realty a call for a personal tour of the Meridian area and some great homes that fit your style and budget. 

The team at Stewart Realty knows homes and they know Southwest Idaho real estate. To find out more about real estate in the Boise Region give Jeff Stewart at Stewart Realty a call to set up your personal real estate search, a personal tour of the area and find some great homes that fit your needs and budget.

Compose Your Personal MLS Search With Us:
http://StewartRealtyllc.com or http://HomesInMeridian.com

Jeff Stewart, Broker/Owner 208-602-1993 or jeff@stewartrealtyllc.com

 

 

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