Jun 15 2017

Today we're celebrating National Gardening Exercise Day! It's a day to remember the physical benefits that are gained by gardening. It's incredible the amount of muscle groups you use while gardening, and more strenuous activities can even build muscle! 

Things like hand dexterity is improved, and is why gardening is sometimes prescribed as therapy for people recovering from strokes. Stress and cortisol levels are greatly reduced and so is dementia. 

If you have a garden, there are so many activities you can do: Planting, weeding, digging, pruning, and more! If you DON'T have a garden, Dana has a half acre and will gladly lend you a piece! :)


Jun 07 2017
Working as a solo realtor can be daunting! There are many tasks to be done with every transaction. At any given time the agent may be putting up a sign, showing homes to buyers, attending a closing, marketing themselves, answering the phone, etc. 
As a matter of fact, it's been documented that nearly every single real estate transaction consists of over 100 components. This makes the agent a "Jack-of-all-trades", a master of none, and forces them to wear many different hats throughout the day. It's very hard for any person to handle all these tasks!
What we've done at Jill Giese & Associates, is put our clients in the center of our universe. We have the time and resources to handle all the details of a transaction from start to finish. 
As a team of specialists, we each focus on a piece of the transaction. If one of us is in an appointment, chances are there is another team member available to assist our clients - we have 5 licensed realtors on our team!
We thought it would be fun to highlight members of our team over the next few weeks so you can get to know the team, both recent additions and veteran! 
Jun 06 2017
You know how in any terrific organization there are the Dreamers (the 'What' people) and there are the Doers (the 'How' people)? I am the second. I'm the person behind-the-scenes gathering information, bringing people together, laying out systems, checking and double checking, and following up to make things happen and make sure they are done well. I'm your point of contact and if I can't answer your questions I'll reach out to those who can and get you taken care of. I love real estate almost as much as I love connecting with people, and look forward to contributing to others' journeys. 
  • What is your favorite life motto or quote? Beware of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with catsup.
  • If you were a Crayola Crayon, what color would you be and why? Royal Purple, #7851A9, because it is deep, rich, and passionate.
  • You've been given an elephant. You can't give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant? Leave it in the middle of the room for everyone to try and avoid talking about.
  • What is your favorite thing to do in Boise and why? Downtime with my children.
  • If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it? "She Wasted No Time"
Jun 01 2017
Purchasing a home is a big decision. Choosing a real estate professional is also a big decision. Here are some of the mistakes buyers are making in today's competitive market.
Working with more than one agent - I understand this seems like a great idea. Two people working really hard for you sounds ideal, right? Nope, not really. All real estate professionals have access to the same listing inventory. Not committing to one agent will leave you with two uncommitted agents. Great realtors only work with and commit precious time to clients who have also committed to them.
Not signing a Buyer Representation Agreement - In the state of Idaho you are not considered a "client" until you have signed a Buyer Representation Agreement. At this point you are a "customer" and not entitled to client-level representation. Key components being confidentiality and an obligation to work in your best interest.
Working with an inexperienced agent - With roughly 3,000 agents to choose from, buyers often settle on an agent with little or no experience. As the real estate market has improved more and more, people are jumping into a career in real estate. Be sure and ask your agent what they do to continually educate themselves on the market and discuss their experience with them. Everyone has to start somewhere and being new does not disqualify them - just make sure they have the resources available to answer questions that may come up. Every real estate transaction is different and lessons are learned with every transaction. 

Making lowball offers - This is not the market for offers substantially below market value. If you're looking to get a "good deal" you're in the wrong market. Homes are selling for 99% of asking price to above-asking price in multiple-offer situations. Putting in a low offer is a sure way to not get the home you want.
Not getting pre-approved - You will need proof of your ability to obtain financing if you want your offer to be accepted. It's critical to meet with a lender before you even start looking at homes to avoid looking at homes you cannot afford and to be able to jump when you find the home that is right for you. You won't want to fall in love with a home before you're pre-approved only to have another buyer who is ready, willing, and able to purchase take the home from you.

Choosing a poor lender - Having a pre-approval letter is important. Having that letter from a great lender is critical. We've worked with clients who experienced unnecessary heartache from losing a property they loved because the lender did not accurately go through their information before issuing a pre-approval letter. We cannot stress enough the importance of working with a great lender! It can be the difference between closing on your dream home or not. We've interviewed and work with lenders who have great systems in place and always deliver on what they say they can do!
If you or your friends and family have any questions about buying a home please give us a call at 208-327-2127 and we are happy to assist any way we can.
May 31 2017
On our team, we focus each week on our successes and what we're grateful for in our personal lives, our business, and clients. It's a wonderful way to discuss what and who has made our week awesome and also celebrate our team members for a job well done! 

Whether it's getting one of our buyers under contract on their new home or completing a project we've been working on, we believe it's important to celebrate these successes and individuals that make our lives great! 

So we have two questions for you, what are you grateful for this week? What successes have you celebrated? We'd love to know so we can celebrate YOU!
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!