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Take the Emotion Out of Home Buying

Trying to find a new home can be one of the most emotionally taxing things you might do. There are highs, there are lows, there are moments of just not knowing, and that can lead to even more stress. But the fact that you have emotions tied to where you will be making your life is good because it shows you care and are invested in your home. Any number of emotions are normal during the home buying process, but high emotions can lead to hasty mistakes, so it’s important to meter your passion with good common sense. We’ve put together some tips to help you take some of the emotion out of buying a home in Idaho…

Be Strategic
Before you even begin looking for your new place, start making notes and mapping things out. Literally! A big part of where you live is WHERE you live and getting familiar with the lay of the land, local amenities, and traveling distances is one way to keep some very important factors in mind.

Set Boundaries
It can be hard to limit yourself but setting realistic boundaries can help you avoid disappointment down the road. Realize that you may not get every single thing you want in your perfect dream home but also know what things you can’t compromise on. Setting limits on budget, area, and other factors can also help you streamline your searching as you won’t spend time looking at homes that might not be available for your needs.

Approach Like An Investor
Remove your personal need from the real estate transaction. Step out of looking at the home based on the needs it will fulfill for your family and consider how the property may appreciate - or depreciate - over time as well as how desirable features in the home may be with changing trends. This will help you not only remain less emotional but it can also help you increase your return when the time to sell comes.

Work with an Idaho Real Estate Professional
How can you not?! Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you will make in your life, so it’s certainly not something you want to undertake alone! Having an experienced real estate agent who is familiar with the Idaho real estate market will prove invaluable whether you are buying or selling. We listed it last here, but in many cases finding a great agent is the best place to START!

Could Making a Move Make You Happier?

We’re living in some interesting times, there’s no doubt about that! Due to the health crisis and the challenges it’s brought many more of us are working from home or spending more time in the home place. While that is generally good, it also allows room for a lot of introspection and looking at our lives - what may be working for us, as well as what is not.

Home should always be our safest place, or refuge, and a comfort during times just like these. None of that should ever have to be different, but over the last two years you may have been confronted with some things that given the chance you might change - and that’s okay.

Studies have shown time and again that happiness is often and easily increased by a change of pace or in routine, so it makes sense that something entirely new in a place to live could help bring that about.

So, start where you are, look around at your home and think about what you would do differently starting over. Are these things you could accomplish where you are at by just making minor adjustments? Or, once looking, have you found things that simply can’t be done in your current location?

In many instances, it’s not our home itself that has to change. Life happens, plans go in a different direction, and you may love, love, love, your home but simply not be able to stay due to changing circumstances. Make the most of this situation and use it as an opportunity to pivot towards something you’ve been wanting instead of it just being a new obstacle.

Regardless of what stage you are at in your real estate journey we are here to help you make your next move as easy as possible! Don’t hesitate to call on us if you’re interested in buying a new home or selling your current home.

Don't Wait Until Spring to Sell!

It’s often thought that the warmer months are the best times to buy or sell your home and that you may want to hold off until Spring. However, considering the real estate market in Idaho and the predicted outlook for the coming year those old rules may not apply. We’re big believers in the idea that you should dig a well before you’re thirsty and so we’ve put together some things you may want to consider if you’ve been putting off listing your home for sale until Spring.

Foremost, with fewer homes on the market in the colder months it means far less competition for your home, which in turn can mean not only a faster selling time but also a better price. Waiting until Summer might mean there are more homes on the market and your house is more likely to get lost in the shuffle.

Second, interest rates. It’s pretty much the nature of the beast that rates will change, and generally they tend to go up the later in the year you wait. When mortgage rates go up, purchasing power goes down, discouraging many potential buyers.

The third thing is that there are plenty of motivated buyers in Winter time! No one wants to be left out in the cold so-to-speak and many folks don’t get to choose when they need to move. Having your home on the market during a time when those people are especially interested due to their own time constraints could be very advantageous when it comes time to close.

Lastly of course is the simple fact that by starting now it gives you more time. More time to prepare, more time to find an agent you like and trust, as well as more time to start finding your own next home if you haven’t already! So don’t think the cold months have put real estate on ice - talk to your team of Idaho mountain property experts at Garden Valley Properties today!


Get Ready to Buy!

If you're looking into buying a new home this year there's no need to wait until spring to start getting ready. That doesn't just mean selling your current home, or researching where the nearest coffee shop will be - although that IS important! There are always plenty of things you can do to prepare for buying a new home, and we've put together just a few of them here to help you get started.

Start Saving
It's never too early to start saving! There are some larger costs of buying a new home like closing costs, by saving early you'll be well prepared for smaller expenditures like movers, and reconnecting services.

Find a Realtor
It never hurts to look at homes on your own and to get familiar with where you want to live but you don't want to have to rush when the time comes to make that move. Your chosen Realtor will be your best ally throughout the real estate process, so it's important to not only find one who is qualified but who also matches your specific needs. Take a look at our team of Garden Valley real estate agents for a great selection!

Work on Your Credit
Your credit score impacts your future home loan. Consider looking into credit monitoring in order to track your credit and work on items to improve your score. Keep track of your spending and consider foregoing large expenditures as the time leading up to your move gets closer.

Get Pre-Qualified
It's never too early to start working with your chosen lender. Haven't chosen one? It's a great time to find one! By getting pre-approved you'll have good insight into your potential buying strength.

No matter what stage you find yourself in when it comes of buying a home in Idaho, we can help! Contact your team at Garden Valley Properties to talk with us more about your dreams and how we can make them come true.





Make Your Home Hygge!

It sounds sort of like the noise you make when you hiccup: hygge. While it may make a silly sound it's actually serious stuff for self care! Hygge is a Danish word that essentially translates as "a quality of coziness and comfort that engenders a feeling of contentment" - all very important concepts in Dane society. One might most simply think of it as anything that makes you feel warm and at home.

And who doesn't love the feeling of a content home? It's no wonder this Winter that the idea of hygge is really making a big showing! And it's not just about how you might decorate, it's also some of the things you do in your home as well. So how can you bring a little bit of that feeling into your home? Put on your biggest soft sweater and take a look at these ideas...

First, make your home as cozy as possible. Maybe start with one corner of your room by creating a nestling nook. Make things as soft and comfortable as possible with a place to sit, think throw pillows and plush blankets, and maybe include a place to set your beverage or book. Wrap yourself in the softest fabrics head to toe!

Unplug from electronics. It's easier said than done, especially as more and more of us are working online, but technology can really interrupt your ability to relax. Possible exceptions may be a way to play music to help create the mood.

Play a board game or have an indoor picnic. Sometimes getting back to the simple things is all it takes. And often just changing the scene of things can change a mundane meal into something to remember.

Good food is almost an essential. Many Danish folk will tell you that their level of cultural satisfaction is directly related to the availability of delicious meats, cakes, and coffee - but it's more than just having those things, it's taking the time to thoroughly savor them. Take the time to bake some muffins, or share a old family recipe.

There are any number of ways to make your home more hygge! During these colder months when we're all inside and together more it's a great time to do what we can to be as comfortable as possible.

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