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Community Happenings in Garden Valley

We love our mountain community in Garden Valley! One of the things that makes our little valley great is the way that all the people come together throughout the year for special events to celebrate and help support one another. If there's one thing folks in the mountains know it's that we're better when we stick together and good neighbors make great communities!

Take a look at all the fun events left this year and come visit us in the beautiful mountains of Idaho!


Is It Time to Downsize?

For years your home has been your castle, your place of peace, your refuge against the world. But, after some time life happens and things can change so much faster than you thought. As the years go by it's natural for the needs of your home to change; what may have been a must have features can be more than you need. It may be time to downsize! While that can seem intimidating it doesn't need to be and you may be unsure if it's even the right time - after all, you've loved your home for years - so why change?

It's Just Too Big
Whether that means the home itself or the property it's attached to, after a while it can seem like a bit much. It might just be the size alone, empty rooms once the kids have moved out can make the house feel more empty too. Moving to a smaller home gives you the opportunity to relive all the good memories you had and make them a focus for your next home where you will make new ones.

The Price Is Right!
There's nothing wrong with a little monetary motivation - and the real estate market is still moving in Idaho! Even if finances aren't a problem, prices right now have been good enough that you may want to consider padding your nest egg by selling and downsizing.

Finances Are Tight
Money needs change as we age too, and no matter how well you plan there are always unexpected costs. A larger home usually means larger costs in utilities and taxes. If your home is taking up 30% of your take home income or more it may want to make the move sooner than later. Selling your home while the market is good is a great way to not only take care of current debts but to also have the means to plan for the future as well.

You're a Traveler
For some, our later years are the time when we are more active than ever, and for those folks travel often takes a more center role in life. If you're a snowbird, or find yourself constantly jumping from one bucket list adventure to the next you might be realizing how much time you spend NOT at home. Because of that the overhead, maintenance, and other costs of having a large home you're never at might not make sense.

Downsizing can be a smart financial move and give you a new lease on life, but we understand how much of an emotional decision it can be to leave your home behind. Isn't it good then to know you have trusted real estate professionals here at Garden Valley Properties? If you are considering selling your home in Idaho, put our decades of Idaho real estate experience to work for you - we will be sure to work closely with you to help find a plan that works for your next move!

Dress Up Your Home!

Whether you're considering selling your home in Idaho, or are just moving in there's nothing wrong with dressing up your home a little bit! While you want to err on the side of caution with too much personal style if you're selling (maybe not two dozen pink flamingos...in the living room!) it's fine to show a little pizzazz and doing a little light staging can even help your home sell. And of course, if you're just moving in just moving your stuff in is the first challenge - after which it's time to REALLY figure out how to make your new home your own. In order to help get you started we've put together just a few quick tips!

Shop Your Own Home
This is especially true if you've lived in your house for a while, but one of the best ways to discover something to your own tastes just might be to look at the stuff you already have! Long time homeowners can brave the attic to see what treasures they may have forgotten they had and if you're just moving in doing this while you're sorting is a great idea.

It's easy to get lost once you start looking on this great little site. Search for Pinterest and sign up if you haven't already - you can find literally thousands and thousands of great decorating ideas, recipes, and other fun tips for making your home life amazing.

Paint It
No need to go crazy, but a fresh coat of paint can make old rooms seem completely new. If you're just moving in it's also a perfect time to do it before you get everything in place. Check around, even ask the person at the store, about current paint trends and ideas (check that pinterest site too!). Even just updating the accent colors in a room without going all in on full wall color changes can make a big impact!

Art Swap
If you've been in your home for a while it might be time to change out the pictures on the wall! There are any number of places online to find art prints, and even places where you can have your own photos turned into canvas prints. Changing the images in a space is a great, easy way to change the focus of a room and if you're just moving in it can help make it feel more your own too.

If you're tired of looking at those same old four walls - maybe you need to downsize...or maybe you want to UPsize! - our team of experienced Idaho real estate agents is here to help you! We know the Garden Valley and Treasure Valley markets like few others because it's the place we ourselves call HOME!

Building Your Idaho Dream Home? Plan ahead!

The famous saying is buy land they're not making any more of it! And while that is certainly true there's a lot more than just buying a lot when it comes to building your mountain dream home. It can be a long road, but the satisfaction that comes from a bustom built home that is exactly what you want it to be is something that lasts for generations. To help you prepare for your journey into home building we've put together some tips!

Take Your Time
A dream is nothing to rush into! Don't get pressured into a property if it's not what you want, or at least a good compromise on what is available. You want to be able to spend years here, enjoying your time well into the future so spend a little time in picking just the right spot.

Choose the Right Builder
Here in Idaho we're fortunate to have a number of excellent home builders to choose from who offer a number of styles and price ranges. You'll want to pick the right one for what YOU want. That might be a luxurious mountain mansion complete with netzero smart appliances, or it could be just a modest cabin with the creature comforts. Your realtor will likely be able to help you with recommendations for a quality builder.

Be Patient
Building a custom home can take time, but the good news is your're getting something tailored to your tastes so it will be unlike anything else. Your builder will keep you abreast of timelines; it may be helpful to start a build calendar to share with the family so you all have dates to look forward to along the way.

The good news is, here in Idaho we have a wonderful selection of builders so finding one that will be able to build your dream home for you is a bit easier than other parts of the country. If you're still looking for the perfect piece of land, start here!

Reasons to Consider Selling Your Home Before Fall!

The triple digit temperatures here in Idaho seem to have finally come to an end; while we hesitate to say Summer is over, it definitely seems to be winding down. One thing that hasn't cooled down much is the Idaho real estate market! While the seasons haven't yet begun to turn it's never too early to start getting ready if you've been thinking about selling your home over the last few months. If you're not sure if the time is right, or are thinking of waiting until later in the year, we've put together a few quick things to consider first...

Your Home Will Likely Sell Faster
Like we said, the market is moving and buyers are motivated! According to the Realtors Confidence Index from NAR most homes are selling in an average of 17 days. Short days on the market is a good indicator that buyers are looking and ready to buy.

The Year is Only Getting Busier
It's a fact. As soon as Halloween rolls through you blink and BAM! It's Christmas. Chances are life is only going to get busier in the coming months and moving in the middle of the holidays can be a real hassle. These few months towards the end of Summer and before Winter and the golden time to list your home for sale.

Inventory is Low
This is great for sellers! This means that your property will stand out and be even more attractive to potential buyers. With fewer homes on the market it's more likely that you will be able to set a higher price or even have competing offers from buyers for your home.

You don't have to go it alone!
Garden Valley Properties is here to help you with all of your real estate needs! Whether you're wanting to sell or looking to buy we have the knowledge of the local Idaho real estate market that you will need.

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