Jul 06 2017


Before you put your home on the market this summer, spend the time and money upfront to make it the best it can be.

Rather than waiting to see if a buyer or their home inspector finds something wrong, fix it up-front, and you're likely to have it done right without rushing, and it will often cost you less. Plus, you won't be negotiating with an emotional buyer in the 'heat of the moment'! 

When we work with sellers, we spend a lot of time up-front providing staging advice, finding solutions to deferred maintenance, and helping prioritize repairs so you can sell your home for the most money in the least amount of time.

This also includes the exterior of your house. Trimming and pruning bushes and trees, cleaning out gutters, weeding, sweeping patios, etc. Buyers can decide within seconds of seeing your home from the outside if they want to consider buying it. Don't set a bad tone from the beginning!

If you wish to get top dollar for your home, it's best to have it in the best condition possible. It's difficult to expect someone to pay asking price for your home if there are obvious signs that the home was not cared for. It may be natural for a buyer to assume there are other items behind the scenes that haven't been done.

Get the most money for your home by taking care of deferred maintenance items before selling. If you aren't sure what to do, give us a call and we can help advise you!

Jun 29 2017

Many people who know me know that I love toast (#yaytoast!), my dog Poppy, and picking up dog poop on the trails (slightly kidding). I've lived in the North End for most of the last 30 years and I love our community! Before becoming a Realtor, I worked in marketing communications, and as a remodeling contractor, which is where my career started in real estate. I began flipping houses and decided to get my license so I could do my own deals. Well, that part-time agent thing didn't last too long before I decided to take the plunge and be a full-time Realtor. Now I get the most joy from teaching others and creating opportunity for our team and clients!

  • What is your favorite life motto or quote? "Fortune and love favor the brave." Ovid
  • What is your favorite thing to do in Boise and why?
    Mountain bike or sit on a restaurant patio - because they're both awesome!
  • What is your favorite place in the world and why? Oh wow, too many to name just one! I love Chiang Mai in Thailand for the beauty, the Mekong Delta in Vietnam for the peaceful setting and the people, Granada in Spain because the Alhambra is there and the Moorish architecture is fabulous, Paris ... because it's Paris! St John in the Caribbean because the water is amazing and the beaches are fantastic, the Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho, NYC because it's vibrant and I lived there and it's cool. :)
  • You've been given an elephant. You can't give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant? Walk it around Camel's Back park and introduce her to the North End. And teach Poppy to ride her. 
  • If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it? "She persisted and so she won."
Jun 28 2017
Our team goes on a gratitude walk in the sunshine each day to get outside and be refreshed, as well as to talk about things we're grateful for. Last week, we walked to Ada Vision Center's annual sunglasses sale. If you haven't been, we'd definitely recommend it! While there we had a good time trying on silly sunglasses and keeping ourselves amused!


Jun 22 2017
Many of you have started to receive your new compost bins from the Curb It program and for those who haven't and live in Boise, you will see it before the end of August! Because of this, we thought we'd give you a quick run down of what is compostable and other pertinent information about the program. 
Did you know, only compost participants have unlimited year-round leaf collection and finished compost is available free for residents of Boise? Awesome! Also, if you run out of room one week keep in mind that recycling and compost collections are unlimited. If you have extra material some weeks, simply fill your carts and then fill a sturdy container like a cardboard box with recyclables and lable it "Recycling" and place near your blue cart. If you have too much compost, set out additional material in paper leaf bags near your compost cart.

So what is compostable?
  • Leaves, branches, grass, and other yard debris
  • Fruits, veggies, coffee grounds, and filters
  • Eggshells
  • Shredded paper bags or newspaper

What is NOT compostable?

  • Pet waste
  • Dairy, fats, and grease
  • Grains like bread and pasta
  • Meat, fish, and bones
  • Anything plastic
Want more information regarding what you can and can't put in your compost bin? Check out this awesome blog article, "Composting 101"!
Jun 21 2017

This Friday is what we consider the best holiday of the year ... "Take Your Dog To Work Day!" While Poppy comes to work with us every day we thought we'd remind you about it! 

TYDTW Day was first celebrated in 1999 so this year will be the 19th annual event. It encourages employers to experience the joys of pets in the workplace for one day and to support their local pet community. 

At our office, it also supports our sanity! Nothing is better than petting a dog when you're having a stressful day and additionally it gets the team outside each day for a quick Poppy walk where we discuss what we're grateful for... like dog walks!

Pooches Gracias!


Jun 15 2017
Hi! I am 17 and a Junior at Compass Honors High School and I am an unlicensed intern at Jill Giese & Associates. I shoot competitive air rifle and smallbore, as well as play the libero position on Compass' Varsity volleyball team.  In addition to my internship at Jill Giese and Associates, I am a hostess at Texas Roadhouse in Meridian. I have been working at both places for about a year. In college, I plan to study Agribusiness and shoot rifle on one of the teams in Nevada, North Carolina, Texas, Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee, or Mississippi.

  • What is your favorite thing to do in Boise and why?
    Climb Table Rock with my boyfriend! Hiking is one of my favorite things to do and with one of my favorite people!
  • If you were a Crayola Crayon, what color would you be and why? Pink! It brightens up any picture.
  • You've been given an elephant. You can't give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant? Ride it! Yee-Haw!
  • Before working at Jill Giese & Associates, what was the most interesting job you've ever had? I was the CEO of my own lemonade and chocolate stand. I created a handbook and hired neighborhood kids. 
  • If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it? "Eh, Makes for a Good Story"
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.