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Boise Real Estate Market Statistics- April 2014

Below are the Boise Real Estate Market Statistics for April 2014. Numbers reflect single family/single family on acreage that are either Available, Pending or have Sold. All data is taken from the Intermountain Multiple Listing Service.

Ada County April Market Statistics

Available Homes

# Available: 2464

# Vacant: 1293 (53%)

# Short Sale: 113 (5%)

# Bank Owned: 67 (3%)

Median Asking Price: $258,990


Pending Sales

# Pending: 1116

Median Asking Price: $225,000


Closed Sales—April 2013

# Closed: 736

# Short Sale: 87 (12%)

# Bank Owned: 68 (9%)

Median Sales Price: $186,370

Median Days on Market: 20


Closed Sales—April 2014

# Closed: 669

# Short Sale: 29 (4%)

# Bank Owned: 42 (6%)

Median Sales Price: $209,000

Median Days on Market: 20


Asking Price on the Rise!

As I put together the April statistics (remember my newsletter reflects the previous month) I am shocked at the Median Asking Price jump. It is up by $16K over March and March was up by $12K over February! That is a $28K price increase, and in my opinion, that is a pretty steep jump in just a few months time. Not sure that trend can continue into the summer without losing quite a few first time buyers though.

Pending Sales are up but only by 106 homes. Interestingly, even though the Median Asking Price has had such a huge jump for Available homes, that has not been the case for Pending Sales. The Median Asking Price only went up $100 since last month. Another item to note is that year over year Pending Sales are actually down.

For Closed Sales we saw a modest increase in the number of sold homes. The Median Asking Price did see a jump of about $11K, that number has been going back and forth for several months, but it has been awhile since we have been over the $200K mark. And look at the Median Day on Market! 20 Days! Now that is a sure sign of a spring market! I do not expect that to get too much lower and actually after our May numbers come in, it should start trending back up.

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Boise Real Estate Market Statistics-December 2013

Below are the Boise Real Estate Market Stats for December 2013. These numbers reflect Active, Pending, and Sold single family/ single family with acreage homes. All numbers are from the Intermountain Multiple Listing Service.

Ada County December Market Statistics

Available Homes

# Available: 2002

# Vacant: 1286 (64%)

# Short Sale: 161 (8%)

# Bank Owned: 70 (3%)

Median Asking Price: $220,500


Pending Sales

# Pending: 712

Median Asking Price: $229,900


Closed Sales—December 2012

# Closed: 477

# Short Sale: 86 (18%)

# Bank Owned: 30 (6%)

Median Sales Price: $179,000

Median Days on Market: 32


Closed Sales—December 2013

# Closed: 543

# Short Sale: 28 (5%)

# Bank Owned: 35 (6%)

Median Sales Price: $198,000

Median Days on Market: 35


2013 Year End Numbers are in…

2013 proved to be a very strong market for real estate. Sellers finally saw some daylight as home prices moved upward. Buyers had more options with increased inventory and continued low-interest rates. Will 2014 continue the seller’s market? Will buyers be able to stay in the game or will many have to wait it out?

Our current inventory has had some pull back, going down by 15 percent. This is actually a pretty good indicator of a “normal” market as homeowners of existing homes wait until after the holiday season to list their homes. However, my concern is the number of new build jobs out there. Of all the current available inventory (2002 homes), 739 of them are new build jobs. That is 37%percent of the market! If that trend continues it  could make it difficult for existing home sellers (in the under $400K price range) to compete.

Because interest rates seem to be staying in the 3.75 to 4.75 percent range buyers are still getting good deals on their loans. However, prices are rising and I am expecting a very active spring. Sellers are wanting top dollar and are not making too many (if any) concessions on offers they receive. My advice, if you are thinking of buying do so now and make your first offer your best one.

Thinking of Selling?

If you are considering selling your home, don’t wait until the end of April or May! The time to get your home on the market is in March. This gives you a jump-start on the spring sellers who wait. With less competition your home will sell for more and will sell quicker! If you (or someone you know) is thinking about selling, please contact me and I will do a free Current Market Analysis to show you what your home is worth. My contact info: or got to my website:

My brokerage is :Silvercreek Realty Group, 1099 S Wells St., Ste #200, Meridian, ID 83642






Boise Real Estate Market – September 2013

Below are the numbers for Active, Pending and Sold properties in the Boise Real Estate Market area for September 2013. These numbers are based on info from the Intermountain Multiple Listing Service for single family/single family with acreage homes.

Ada County (Boise) September Market Statistics

Available Homes
# Available: 2525
# Vacant: 1350 (53%)
# Short Sale: 180 (7%)
# Bank Owned: 74 (3%)
Median Asking Price: $230,000


Pending Sales
# Pending: 916
Median Asking Price: $221,839


Closed Sales—September 2012
# Closed: 580
# Short Sale:92 (16%)
# Bank Owned: 36 (6%)
Median Sales Price: $174,850
Median Days on Market: 23

Closed Sales—September 2013
# Closed: 701
# Short Sale: 37 (5%)
# Bank Owned: 24 (3%)
Median Sales Price: $194,000
Median Days on Market: 21


Fall is Upon Us!

More than leaves are falling in the Ada County real estate market! The seasonal pullback continues and I expect it to remain flat into early 2014. Although we may see a slight increase in activity towards the end of this year which is historically typical. Even with that I don’t anticipate any major jumps in pricing before next spring.

As you can see inventory is continuing to go up as builders try to take advantage of what was a low inventory market. However, the new inventory is starting to out pace demand and could result in shifting us back into a buyers market as existing homes try to compete with the new homes.

With the cooling off of sales, Pending Sales are now under 1000 for the first time in several months. Expect to see that trend into spring time.

The number of Closed Sales are down again month over month but are still above last year.    For the first time since May of this year we are under a $200K sales price. Meanwhile the distressed sales made up less than 8 percent of sold properties. We may see the number of bank owned homes for sale go up a little as the lenders try to unload inventory before the end of the year.

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Boise Real Estate Statistics- April 2013

Below are the Boise Real Estate statistics for the month of April 2013. These numbers are pulled from the Intermountain Multiple Listing Service for Active, Pending, and Sold single family homes/single family homes on acreage. The Boise area consists of Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Kuna, and Star, Idaho.

Boise Area- April 2013 Market Statistics

Available Homes
# Available: 1804
# Vacant: 920 (51%)
# Short Sale: 267 (15%)
# Bank Owned: 50 (3%)
Median Asking Price: $237,869


Pending Sales
# Pending: 1388
Median Asking Price: $209,000


Closed Sales – April 2012
# Closed: 668
# Short Sale: 141 (21%)
# Bank Owned: 95 (14%)
Median Sales Price: $158,245
Median Days on Market: 39

Closed Sales– April 2013
# Closed: 704
# Short Sale: 86 (12%)
# Bank Owned: 68 (10%)
Median Sales Price: $185,250
Median Days on Market: 20


Spring Market Staying Strong!

The frantic pace that we saw in April has finally settled down a bit! Normally this time of year we see an increase in homes coming on the market. However, the inventory has only risen by 12 homes! Due to the lack of inventory, the median asking price is up by another $12K.

With the continued strong spring market, Pending Sales continue to rise as well. April was up (1388) from March’s 1239. And yes, another $10k increase in the Median Asking Price. Year over year the Median Asking Price is up by $29K!

Not surprisingly, the number of homes that Closed for April was up for both month over month, and year over year. What was a bit surprising was that the Median Sales Price remained relatively flat. The number of bank owned and short sales homes that closed was up and may be part of the reason that sold prices didn’t rise. If you look at the Median Days on Market, you can see how frantic the market was for April, it was down to 20 days. This means that homes were getting offers on them within 20 days of being on the market. Not sure the last time I have seen the Median DOM so low!

Please contact me if you would like to have an updated Current Market Analysis done for your home in the Boise area. You can either e-mail me: or go to my website:




Selling Your Home During the Holidays

With the Holidays in full swing now, many of those selling their homes feel that now is the time to take their homes off the market. But is now really the best time to do so? Much depends on the seller’s motivation. If the home has been on the market for a while or they are not in a huge rush to sell, some may feel the need to give the home a “break” for a few weeks.

Think about it though, isn’t this really the best time to be on the market? Inventory usually goes down starting around Thanksgiving (although here in the Boise Real Estate Market, inventory has been down for months). Also, the buyers that are still out looking at this time are the more serious type of buyers. They are out looking because they really want to buy, and in many cases, want to be in their new home before New Year’s. This also means that the buyers may be easier to negotiate with.

With the home looking very nice now because it is decorated warmly for the Holiday’s, will give it an even bigger advantage during showings. With inventory being lower, the number of showings should actually increase.  Keep in mind that this time of year Realtors are motivated too! We want to get another pay check in before year-end to help pay for our Christmas!

Bottom line though is that the home will not sell it is off the market! So if you were considering taking your home off the market, think again. If you are considering putting your home on the market in the Boise area, please contact me: or go to my web site to contact me:


Quick Tips for Homeowners

Some of the easiest solutions to everyday household problems are sitting right in your kitchen. They are convenient and relatively inexpensive and when you see the results you will be wondering why you did not think of that sooner! These are also handy for home sellers who would like inexpensive quick fixes that will not look like you went cheap to fix it.

Carpet Stains: Baby Wipes! Yes, it is that simple!

Microwave: To get rid of cooked-on spatters heat a half cup of water for two minutes on high (or long enough to create a steam. This softens the food and makes it easier to wipe off.

Cooking odors: Heat white vinegar in an uncovered pot on the stove (medium heat, do not boil). The vinegar smell will gradually dissipate and so will the odors.

Coffee Grinder: Want to sharpen the blades? Run a handful of dried rice in the grinder. (okay, this is not exactly an item you need to fix to sell your home but I thought I would throw it in any way!)

Chimney: A handful of salt thrown on the fire will help keep the chimney clean.

Nail Holes: Fill hole with a paste made from starch and water and it will work just as good as putty.

Squeaky Doors: Use petroleum jelly instead of oil for a dripless solution.

Want the whole house to smell like apple pie? (This is a great thing to do right before an open house or a scheduled showing.) Simmer a sliced apple and a couple of cinnamon sticks in water on the stove.  Gives off a wonderful homey smell!

If you would like additional ways to spruce up your home before putting it on Boise Real Estate market please contact me through my website (no sign-up required):

Home Buyer Turn-Offs

There are some things that a seller does that can really repel potential buyers. In today’s market, a traditional seller has to compete against some pretty tough competition: banks and short sales. Both are below market type of listings but a traditional or what I call a “regular” seller does have some advantages.  A normal closing time and a relatively well maintained property are two of those advantages. But there are also ways that a seller can kill a deal. Tara -Nicholle Nelson of Trulia gave several reasons that I will share with you below along with my take on it.

1.-Stalker-ish Sellers. This one made me smile! I have shown houses where the seller insists on giving the tour. After all, they know their property best! Problem is most buyers want to be able to envision themselves in the home. Having the seller there in the same space makes that process very difficult. The buyer will no longer be paying attention to what they could like about the home because the seller is distracting them with little pieces of nostalgia that the buyer does not need or want to know.

Sellers, go for a walk or go to the store but whatever you do, just do not make your presence known while the buyer is looking at your home. If there is a lack of chemistry (kind of like dating) between you and the buyer, you could kill the deal before it even makes it to paper.

2. Keep it Clean – Sellers will be told this a dozen times but it really does make a difference. When buyers have seen the trashed bank owned and short sale properties it is such a relief to see a well cared for home.  So clear the clutter, straighten items up (laundry, dirty dishes, toys, etc.) and try not to have any offensive odors lingering in the home (cigarette smoke, stinky food, dirty cat boxes,  wet dog,etc.).

3. Pricing – It used to be location, location, location that sold a home. Today it is pricing, pricing, pricing! It is hard when your home is in better condition than the distressed property but pricing your home like it is 2006, regardless of the superior condition, will not get you a buyer. Actually, overpricing indicates to the buyers that you are either testing the market or will be unreasonable to negotiate with.  Have your realtor do the comps with and without the distressed properties and then figure on a price that meets in the middle.

4. Bad Home Improvements– If you are going to take the time and money to do an improvement, do it to sell and not for your personal liking. Use neutral or warm toned colors that will appeal to a majority of buyers, not your favorite shade of pink “because you still have to live there until it sells”! I am always amazed at what some sellers consider improvements (which makes me wonder how bad did it look before?).  If you know you are going to sell soon and are going to update or upgrade, get a professional opinion from either a home decorating store, paint store or your favorite realtor (most realtors actually do know what the current trends are!). You want to make sure that you will get a return on your money so choose wisely. Remember, any job worth doing is worth doing well and doing smart!

5. Listing Photos– Listing photos are so important and yet are so over looked! The internet is generally where most buyers view the homes that they would like to see before they ever get in the car. A bad photo will have them clicking the “next” button to see a different home. If your realtor does not have a decent camera, they should be hiring a professional to take the pictures. And make sure that you the seller see and approve the pictures first and have the realtor show you what your listing looks like on the MLS and internet.

One more item that is also overlooked and that is showing availability. Many buyers have a limited time when they are out looking so don’t make it difficult to schedule a showing. Most buyers are understanding but if they have to arrange the entire schedule of properties to see around yours, they may just skip you all together.

If you would like additional tips for selling your home in the Boise Idaho real estate market please see my other posts under home selling tips or go to my website (no sign up required):

Why You Should Google an Address

With instant information available at our fingertips via “google” magic, it is extremely easy to find out pretty much anything we want. But have you ever googled your address? or your neighbors? or maybe one of your children’s friends? While this may seem like spying, it is actually a very handy tool to have available for a few reasons.

  • 1.-To keep you and your loved ones safe – Local sex offenders have to register with their local county Sheriff’s department. By typing in an address you can see if a sex offender lives there. If you want to see if there are in your neighborhood or in a neighborhood that you are considering purchasing a home, you can type in the address, the town, or the zip code followed by “Megan’s law” and the registered offenders should appear.
  • 2. To protect against scams – By doing a search on an address you can see if it is being advertised by scammers as being for rent or sale.  If you are doing the search on a property that you plan on buying you will be able to see if someone other than the owner or realtor are advertising the property.
  • 3.To check on Home Sold Prices – This is especially helpful if you think your taxes are too high. By checking on the local sold prices you will be able to see the sold pricing  trend in your area. If the you see a downward trend (which you most likely will right now) you will be able to petition the local tax assessor to adjust the tax assessment. (If you go to you will be able to get this information also)
  • 4. To see street views – This is really a great idea especially if you are getting ready to list your home. Many potential buyers go to the internet first before they physically view a home. Google Maps lets them see a street view, not just of your property but of those around it too.  There may be a shot of your house maybe when you were cleaning out your garage or having a garage sale (you get the idea). Was your former neighbor a pig? Now they have moved and their yard looks great but usually the google street view is a few months (sometimes years) old. If you think that the view is not a good one make sure that it is mentioned by your realtor in the listing so potential buyers are not scared off before they even get to see the inside!

Whether you are buying, selling or just trying to stay safe, it is an excellent idea to google an address!

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