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Why Buy Land in Idaho?

There's a famous saying: "Buy Land! They aren't making any more of it!", and it's a very true fact! Whether it be as an investment for the future, a business need, or to build that family spread you've been dreaming about - LAND is what's needed to make those dreams come true. Fortunately, here in Idaho we're blessed with abundant and beautiful wide open spaces to call home, but if you're still on the fence about it here are a few more reasons to think about buying land in Idaho:

  • The cost of living in Idaho is relatively low. This means that you can get more for your money when you buy land in Idaho.
  • Idaho is a growing state with a strong economy. The state's unemployment rate is 2.9%, which is lower than the national average of 3.6%
  • Idaho is also home to a number of Fortune 500 companies, such as Albertsons, Simplot, and Micron Technology.
  • Idaho is a tax-friendly state. Property taxes are relatively low; this can save you a significant amount of money on your taxes each year.
  • Idaho is a safe state. The crime rate in Idaho is lower than the national average.


Here are some additional tips for buying land in Idaho:

    Do your research. Before you buy any land, it is important to do your research and learn as much as you can about the area. This includes things like the local zoning laws, the property taxes, and the climate.

    Get a good real estate agent. A good real estate agent can help you find the right piece of land for your needs and budget. They can also negotiate on your behalf and help you through the closing process.

    Be prepared to wait. It can take some time to find the right piece of land in Idaho. The state is popular with buyers, so there is often competition for good properties.

    Be patient. Buying land is a big investment. It is important to be patient and make sure that you are making the right decision.

If you've been looking for land, we're here at Garden Valley Properties to help you find just the right piece!
Take a look at our listings or get in touch today to start finding home in the mountains!


Tips for Selling Your Idaho Home this Summer!

Summer time arrives and many folks don't think about selling their home, or they put previous plans on hold. It's easy to understand, the weather is warm, the kids are out of school, and everyone wants to go play rather than think about real estate - but fact of the matter is, Summer in Idaho is a great time to think about selling! If you're considering selling your home, these quick tips will help you get ready.

De-clutter and depersonalize your home.
The first step to getting your home ready to sell is to de-clutter and depersonalize it. This means getting rid of any unnecessary furniture, belongings, and personal items. Buyers want to be able to imagine themselves living in your home, so it's important to create a blank slate for them.

Start by going through each room in your home and getting rid of anything you don't use or need. If you're not sure whether to keep something, ask yourself if it's something you would buy if you were looking at a home to purchase. If the answer is no, then it's time to get rid of it.

Once you've de-cluttered, it's time to depersonalize your home. This means taking down any personal photos, artwork, or other items that make your home feel like your home. Buyers want to be able to see themselves in your home, so it's important to create a neutral space.

If you're having trouble de-cluttering and depersonalizing your home, you may want to hire a professional organizer. A professional organizer can help you get rid of the clutter and create a space that's both stylish and inviting.

Make repairs and improvements.
Once your home is de-cluttered and depersonalized, it's time to make any necessary repairs and improvements. This includes things like fixing any broken appliances, painting any walls that are in need of a fresh coat, and repairing any damage to the flooring or countertops.

It's also a good idea to update any outdated fixtures or appliances. For example, if your kitchen has old appliances, you may want to consider replacing them with newer, more energy-efficient models.

Making repairs and improvements will help your home look its best and make it more appealing to buyers.

Stage your home.
Once your home is clean, de-cluttered, and repaired, it's time to stage it. Staging is the process of making your home look its best for potential buyers. This includes things like arranging furniture in a way that makes the space feel open and inviting, adding fresh flowers and plants, and deodorizing the home.

If you're not sure how to stage your home, you may want to hire a professional stager. A professional stager can help you create a space that's both stylish and inviting, and will help you sell your home faster.

Be patient.
Selling a home can take time, trust the process, and communicate with your chosen REALTOR. Don't expect to sell your home overnight! Be patient and keep your home on the market until you find the right buyer.

Here are some additional tips for getting your home ready to sell:

Get your home professionally cleaned.
Make sure your home is always clean and tidy when potential buyers come to see it.
Be available to show your home to potential buyers.
Be prepared to negotiate on the price.
By following these tips, you can increase your chances of selling your home quickly and for top dollar.

Of course, the very best tip is to work with a qualified real estate professional that knows the market and the area!
Fortunately, our team here at GVP is on call and ready to help YOU! Don't delay your plans, get your home in Idaho sold - call GVP!

3 Reasons to Consider Buying a Home in Garden Valley

Summer is well on it's way and while folks have their minds on getting out and enjoying the long sunny days, the real estate market isn't cooling off so fast! If you've been putting off starting your Idaho home search, here are 3 good reasons to buy a home before the end of Summer!


Mortgage rates are still relatively low.
Mortgage rates have been on the rise in recent months, but they are still relatively low by historical standards. This means that you can get a good deal on a mortgage if you buy a home now. The only thing for certain about rates is that they won't stay the same, so it's best to take a look at the current trend and get in before it turns.

The housing market is starting to cool off.
And this is a good thing for buyers! A cooler market often motivates sellers to be more open to negotiation. The housing market was very hot in 2021 and early 2022, but it is starting to cool off. This means that there are more homes on the market and buyers are having to compete less. This can make it easier to find a home that you love and get a good deal on it.

Homeownership has long-term financial benefits.
This is one tried and true reason that always applies! Homeownership has many long-term financial benefits. For example, homeowners can build equity in their home over time, which can be used as a source of funds for retirement or other financial goals. Homeowners also receive tax breaks on their mortgage interest and property taxes.

Here are some additional things to consider when deciding whether or not to buy a home:

Your financial situation: Can you afford the monthly mortgage payments, property taxes, and other homeownership costs?

Your lifestyle: Do you want to live in a specific neighborhood or community? Do you have a family or pets that need to be considered?

Your long-term goals: Do you plan to stay in the home for a long time? Do you want to use the home as an investment?

If you are still unsure about whether or not to buy a home, it's likely time to talk to one of our qualified Idaho real estate professionals! They can help you assess your financial situation and make a decision that is right for you.

What is a Home Inspection? Info for Idaho Home Buyers

One of the early important steps when looking to buy a home in Idaho is to get a home inspection! A home inspection assess the condition of the home before closing and finalizing your home purchase. So, WHY is it important?

As the buyer having the home inspected helps you be aware of any existing, or potential future problems that the home might have. These can range from minor things like window drafts to larger things like foundation cracks - all of which will help you as the home buyer make an informed decision about your purchase. What's more a home inspection, and what it might discover, can even impact the cost of the home when you get to signing paperwork!

Speaking of home costs! You might be wondering how this compares to a HOME APPRAISAL. A home appraisal relates more directly to the market value of the home and is sometimes a recommended step from your lender as the value of the home is the amount which generally you will be borrowing against.

In short, an appraisal helps you understand a home’s value, whereas a home inspection helps you understand a home’s condition. BOTH are good ideas for buyers looking for their next perfect place - but! Take heart, you don't have to go it alone - your team of dedicated Idaho mountain real estate professionals here at GVP is ready to help! Give us a call or send a message today so we can help guide you home!

Why Is Homesteading In Idaho Becoming Popular?

It seems like in the last few years more and more people are getting interested in living 'the good life' in one way or another. This ranges from just seeking to get out of the city to plans for full self-sufficiency, and there are a number of reasons why so many people have started flocking towards a more independent lifestyle. 

Yellowstone.
End of article. You don't have to read anymore if you don't want to, feel free to just take a look at our listings! Believe it or not the popularity of the television show Yellowstone has a lot of people wanting to get out into big sky country and cowboy up. Nothing wrong with that! And we're happy to help you find the perfect spread, partner!

 

Uncertain Times
Let's be honest, the times we life in are pretty interesting lately! That has plenty of people looking into creating more stability for themselves and their families by moving a little further way from the hustle and bustle. Thankfully Idaho has plenty of room to roam!

 

Freedom
It's just that simple. Every day it seems like there are more and more rules and restrictions to how you can live your life; having your own plot of land away from things provides a very real safe haven. Working on the land, living in the place you love, provides a unique way of life that can't truly be explained to anyone who hasn't lived it - and our beautiful Garden Valley is the perfect place to live that dream.

 

No matter what your reason for wanting to live the Idaho mountain life we're here to help!
Our team of experienced agents know the valley like few others and can even help you sell your home or property if you aren't ready to buy quite yet. Get in touch and search our site for the latest great homes and property in Garden Valley!

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