May 25 2017
 
It seems every May I get in the spring cleaning "zone". I'm sure you know what I mean, the windows are open, the music is blaring, and you're attacking every speck of dust like it insulted your beloved grandma. Here are some great spring cleaning tips to shorten the job and get back outside!
  • Instead of using window cleaner, try hydrogen peroxide and a microfiber cloth for a streak-free clean. For a heavier-duty clean, mix 4 tbsp castile or dish soap, 4 tbsp rubbing alcohol, and a half gallon of warm water.
  • Drop a few denture-cleaning tabs into the toilet bowl and leave them for a few hours. All you'll need is a quick scrub with a toilet brush! If you need something stronger, scrub with a mixture of equal parts salt, baking soda, and borax. Then use pumice stone to remove mineral rings without damaging the toilet.
  • Spritz the exterior of your stainless steel refrigerator with vinegar and wipe it. Then repeat with coconut oil. It keeps the refrigerator fingerprint-free for 2 weeks.
  • To make your sink shine, sprinkle baking soda then rub lemon pulp over it and around the drain. Wipe it up with a microfiber cloth. When finished, throw the lemon in the disposal and rinse with warm water for a great smelling drain and a sparkly shine.
  • To clean the grout and grime that builds up at the faucet handle, add some hydrogen peroxide to baking soda. Scrub the area using a clean toothbrush then wipe with a damp cloth.
When you're done, don't forget to treat yourself! After all you avenged your grandma's honor!

 

May 24 2017
 
On Thursday last week we participated in RED Day, which stands for Renew, Energize and Donate. It's Keller Williams Realty's annual day of service. Each year on the second Thursday of May, associates across the world spend the day away from their businesses to help some awesome organizations and causes in their communities. 

The organization we supported is called "Sleep in Heavenly Peace" or SHP. We built 10 bunk beds for children in our community that don't have a bed. That's 20 kids off the floors and in their very own bed! Each bed comes complete with a brand new mattress, bedding, and a homemade quilt. 

It's a great organization that is making a difference here in our community. To find out more about SHP, to donate, or if you know a family this program could benefit, click here to visit their website!

Additionally, Jill recently discovered Snap Chat filters ... check out our RED Day video here!
May 23 2017
 
There's no doubt that Boise has its fair share of dog owners. With a plethora of hiking trails and dog parks around, you don't want to miss out on the numerous options to have a great day bonding with your best friend. This blog is a few ideas to have a fun day with your four-legged friend.
 
Take a stroll through Hyde Park and the North End
There's almost always an opportunity to meet new people and maybe a new friend for the dog, as there are an abundance of dog lovers in the North End. You never know, your dog may have the opportunity to meet a new dog buddy.
 
Dry Creek Trail
Roughly 4 miles up Bogus Basin Road on the right side is a pullover that is more often than not full of cars. This parking lot leads to a trail that is not on the map, but worth checking out. This fun and winding trail crosses Dry Creek no less than 10 times, as you make your way up and up into the tree-line. With stream access for your dog to drink from, and located in a little valley, this makes a wonderful hike with great views. You will definitely run into other dogs and owners as you hike this trail, so best to only bring dogs that are well socialized.
 
Morris Hill Dog Park
Located at 10 N Roosevelt St just off Americana, this 1-acre dog park is a wonderful place to socialize your dog. The dog park is fenced in with mulch on the ground and a picnic shelter for the humans. No matter what your schedule is, you will most likely end up going at the same time as other dog owners and your dog is sure to make a great friend.
 
These are just a few ideas for you to make it a great day with man's best friend. There is no doubt countless other spots to enjoy including the main Ridge 2 Rivers trail system, the Greenbelt, and of course, numerous off leash areas in parks throughout Boise.
 
May 18 2017
Many people don't realize that it is possible to purchase real estate through a self-directed IRA!
 
What is a self-directed IRA or real estate IRA?
The term 'self-directed' simply means that you, as an individual, have complete control over selecting and directing your own individual retirement account or 401k investments.
 
Once established, your account can buy real estate, notes, limited partnerships, commercial paper and many other types of assets. With a self-directed individual retirement account or real estate IRA, you make all of the decisions regarding your investments.
 
The self-directed IRA custodian or administrator completes the documents required to establish your account and purchase your investment. A real estate IRA is simply a self-directed IRA that holds real estate.

What are the benefits of a self-directed IRA or real estate IRA?
The largest benefit of a self-directed IRA or real estate IRA is that you can invest in what you know. 

With the great tax advantages provided by all individual retirement accounts and 401ks, as well as the wider range of possible investments of a self-directed IRA or real estate IRA, you can potentially build wealth and secure your future much more effectively than through traditional retirement plans.
 
With a self-directed IRA or real estate IRA, you are not limited to the investment offerings of an IRA custodian or trustee - you have much greater flexibility in the number of investment choices you have. You are not limited to investing in stocks, bonds, or mutual fund investments that are set up by the custodian.

Self-directed IRAs and real estate IRAs require a specific type of custodian or trustee and specific documents to be executed. For a self-directed IRA to exist, the account needs to be held with an IRA custodian or administrator that allows investments into nontraditional investments.

Please contact us about how we can help you purchase real estate through your IRA! Call today at (208) 327-2127!
May 17 2017
Recently we got to tour the old Emmanuel Church off Eastman in the North End. It is such a cool building and definitely in need of a little love! It is currently being renovated by an awesome organization called TRICA -- Treasure Valley Institute for Children's Arts. Once renovated and open, this historic building will be a vibrant center in the heart of the North End!

TRICA is hoping to have the facility fully renovated and their doors open by the end of 2018! Find out more about TRICA and what they're doing for our community here.

The spring market is gaining some traction, however there are currently more pending homes than active homes. Last Monday there were 1584 active listings and 1781 pending listings on the market. Yesterday there were 1630 active listings and 1850 pending!

If you've been considering selling your home of rental property, now is the time!

 
May 16 2017

 

 
With the days lengthening and weather getting warmer, one thing in Boise will become ever more prevalent -- bicycles. Both on the road and on the trails, be prepared for a quick change in weather and make sure to check trail conditions before heading out on a ride.
 
This winter was ... well ... more like winter than recent years. Everyone had some cabin fever and it was the first time in a while that people were unable to get out on the trails for periods of time. Now that nice weather is emerging and daylight savings time has given us extra light in the evenings, cyclists are back on the streets in abundance, and eager to head to the trails.
 
Before heading out the door with excitement, make sure to check the weather and grab an extra layer to be prepared for a sudden shift in temperature. The statement, "If you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes" is definitely something to keep on your mind as you head out the door to make that commute to work, school, or social functions. It is a good time of year to add a fender to your bicycle, pack a rain jacket, and think about bringing different layers. Below is a link to a Ride Boldly blog about Spring bicycle commuting tips.
 

Another respectful thing to do when Spring and cycling comes to mind, is to always check trail conditions before heading out for a ride in our fantastic trail system. The Military Reserve trails are often the last to dry, while trails off Camels Back tend to be ready-to-go sooner. If there is any doubt in your mind, visit the Ridge to Rivers web site or Facebook page and see how things are looking. Below are links to both websites.
 

And finally, with more cyclists on the road and the pace of life speeding up with the beautiful weather, always remember to look twice when driving! We are looking forward to the roads filling with cyclists and the parks with those enjoying the great weather!
 
May 12 2017
 
 
May 12 2017
The earliest use of the word mortgage (spelled morgage) was in the poem 'Confessio Amantis', which was written in the 1300s. In that poem, the word was used to describe marriage, not a home loan.
May 12 2017
 
 

 
"A tremendous team of skilled and personable people right here, couldn't have been happier with the entire process!! Y'all rock!
 
~Carson Russell
May 11 2017

If you've always pronounced Boise like "Boy-zee," you've been saying it wrong all along. Locals here say "Boy-see." And yes, they hear the difference.

If you're looking for one of the best places to live in Boise, head to the North End. This lovely neighborhood in Boise is defined by its older, historic homes, tree-lined streets, and charming character. There is also a tight, community feel here!

The Broncos are the pride of Boise State University. They play their home games at Albertsons Stadium, which is best known for its bright blue turf. Commonly referred to as the "Smurf Turf," it was the first non-green field in American football.

 As well as part of the "Treasure Valley", Boise is also "The City Of Trees". From downtown to the parks, Boise is full of beautiful trees that provide residents with shade and a generally gorgeous landscape.

The rivers are great for stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, rafting for all levels, and fly-fishing. The parks have great trails for hiking and biking. Or one can opt to go more advanced with the Race to Robie Creek, billed as the toughest half marathon in the Northwest.


Boise is on lots of top 10 rankings. Here are a few:

Boise was crowned as the "Number one Adventure City" in all of the United States by National Geographic.

Looking to make the big bucks? You might want to head to Boise, which was named on Forbes top 10 list of cities where salaries are actually increasing.

 Bike Magazine has named Boise as the top mountain biking town in the entire country.

Outside Magazine gave Boise the title of the "#1 Overall Town In The Western U.S.", which came as a surprise to exactly no one in Boise.

 

Due to the safe streets, growing economy, and vibrant community, Time Magazine named Boise as "The Number One City" in their article entitled "Solutions for America" claiming that Boise is one of the top cities "getting it right" this year.

 If we ever do get those hover boards, Boise will probably get them before most other places. The city was listed in the "Top 20 Most Innovative Cities" by Sunset Magazine.

 And some interesting tidbits:

The Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial in Boise is one of only 11 sites in the country -- like the White House and the 9/11 memorial in New York City -- that was given a chestnut tree sapling from the tree that stood outside the secret annex in Amsterdam where Frank hid with her family.


Boise has a statue of Abraham Lincoln sitting in Julia Davis park. At nine feet tall, sitting on an eleven-foot long bench, and weighing about 6,500 pounds, Boise's big Abe is the third-largest seated statue of the former president in the world.

With a population of about 15,000 Basque residents and a historic Basque Block section of the city, Boise has the second largest Basque population in the United States.

If we didn't mention potatoes you'd think we weren't from Boise:

 Boise takes full advantage of their state's fame for potatoes. While other cities usually drop giant glass balls on New Year's Eve, Boise drops a giant Idaho Potato to ring in the New Year.