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Boise Birds

Boise is known as the City of Trees, which means it's naturally a wonderful place for birdwatching. The area's mountains, rivers, and forests are home to thousands of species of birds, some only found in the Pacific Northwest. Birdwatching is a fun and relaxing way to experience nature, and every year, when warmer weather sets in, many locals head out to their favorite birdwatching destinations around the city.

If you're interested in birdwatching this year, our real estate agents made a quick list of some of the top Boise spots:

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From Our Friends At Boise Regional REALTORS®

In February, the median sales price of homes that sold in Ada County was $492,115 — down 10.5% compared to February 2022, and the fourth consecutive month of annual decline in price. However, this was a slight increase of approximately $5,000 from last month's median sales price.

More than 40% of all home sales that closed in February were new homes, which typically sell for more than existing/resale homes. This higher-than-average share of new construction sales likely kept the overall sales price a touch higher than the month prior.

Prices are still adjusting to mortgage rates and buyer demand, but this month-over-month uptick in prices may indicate that we're reaching a new normal with prices. Mortgage rates and supply versus demand will be the ultimate determining factors on where prices go, but we'll keep watching to see if prices continue to level out.

With 613 total sales for the county, closings were 7.3% lower than the same month last year. However, this is the first time since June of 2022 that we didn't see double digit annual declines in the number of sales.

Market times continued to slow last month, with homes that closed in February spending an average of 78 days on the market before going under contract. The last time we saw DOM — the average number of days between the time a home is listed and the time it is under contract — higher than 78 days was in February 2012. Despite last months' market times being similar to February 2012, other metrics indicate that market conditions were quite different.

Inventory counts at the end of February 2023 were roughly half of what we saw in February 2012, when our market was in the midst of recovering from the burst of the housing bubble. In today's market, home prices are being driven by supply versus demand, not speculation like we saw leading up to the Great Recession.

Another indicator that today's market is different, is the percentage of distressed sales, or properties are listed in IMLS as "HUD Owned," "In Foreclosure," "REO/Bank Owned," or "Potential Short Sale." In February 2023, 0.3% of sales in the county were considered distressed, compared to 45.4% in February 2012.

Today's sellers are in a much better credit position than they were over a decade ago, and that's a big reason we're seeing so few distressed sales. With that said, you'll need to work closely with your real estate agent to price per the current market and determine the most effective marketing strategy as the market adjusts.

Buyers, on the other hand, have more negotiation power, more time to decide, and more options to choose from than we've seen in recent history. There were 1,039 homes available on the market at the end of February, compared to 493 for the same month last year. Potential first-time buyers can also look into down payment assistance programs specific to their circumstances, as well as Idaho First-Time Home Buyer savings accounts to maximize their down payment savings.

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Putting on a garage sale may seem like a pretty straightforward task. However, spending a little extra time and attention to a few details may make the difference between turning your unwanted clutter into fast cash or a fast flop.

Get the Word Out

Advertise early and everywhere! Place ads in Craigslist, local newspapers and all social networking sites you can think of. Most communities have Facebook Groups specifically catered for local garage sales. Create flyers and place these on bulletin boards in schools, offices and grocery stores. Make sure to start advertising at least one week ahead of time.

Start Early

Instead of starting on Saturday, start your sale on Friday. A lot of people have Fridays off or will stop by at lunch or on their way home from work. Serious garage salers will be eager to be the first to go through your things. You'll also have less competition among other sales and you'll have an extra day to sell.

Presentation is Key

Organize and display like items together. If possible, hang clothing from racks and clearly display prices. If you don't have access to a rack, fold clothing neatly and display on a table. Put books into bookcases, toys and other miscellaneous items into bins with clear labeling. Wash everything so it is looks the best it can.

Properly Price Items

If you don't properly price your items, you run the risk of making barely any money for your hard work or worse yet, ending up with a bunch of leftover stuff you'll probably end up giving away for free.  Experts agree that a good rule of thumb is to price items 10 to 20 percent of what it would cost new. Make sure you add some wiggle room into your pricing so you can account for negotiations.

Create a Fun Atmosphere

Turn on the tunes, offer drinks and cookies. Get people comfortable and enjoying themselves. Creating a fun atmosphere will make your customer stick around longer, will get people talking about your sale and in turn, the more likely you'll be to make a sale.

Interested in purchasing a home? Contact one of our home loan specialists to discuss your options.



Boise Events

The start of spring is already almost here, and there are a ton of great events to look forward to near Boise this March. Whether you're in the mood for some vibrant live entertainment, a chance to sample the best locally-produced wines, or a family-friendly entertainment extravaganza, you'll find something for everyone coming up on the calendar. Our real estate agents have all of the exciting details on 5 events coming to the Boise area this March.

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Savvy Ways to Increase Your Home's Value

GUSTAVO GONZALEZ, Coldwell Banker Real Estate, LLC

Whether you plan to be in your home for just a few more months or many more years, there are plenty of efficient ways to maximize your space and increase its value. This type of investment needn't require a loan, nor does it have to span any great length of time. From green living to greenery in your yard, here are a few impactful and straightforward means of boosting your home's value and appeal over the short or long term.

A Smart Move
Green is the new black. Any form of energy efficiencies and conservation in your home will inevitably be a fiscal gain. Whether you install energy-saving window treatments or solar panels, both options can reduce utility expenses for you and any future inhabitants. When it comes time to replace appliances, a prudent decision would be to select a "smart" model of said item, which can significantly lower long-term energy costs.

While on the topic of efficiency, a wise investment would be installing "smart" devices throughout your property. Think digital features such as automated blinds or shades, security cameras, door locks, security lighting and thermostats. When you're ready to sell, the smart tech will appeal to buyers with a penchant for the added value of convenience and connectivity.

Wide Open Spaces
Create visual space in rooms by keeping them clutter-free and organized, which can be solved by simply installing a stylish shelving unit to keep extraneous items out of sight. Seek the help of a professional organizer who will be bursting with innovative ideas to optimize the storage areas in your dwelling.

Another way to increase square footage without a renovation is to let the sunshine in! Avoid heavy drapes and instead, use modern window treatments that add height such as roller, Roman or cellular shades. Similarly, you can position a decorative floor-to-ceiling mirror in any room to visually double your space.

From the Bottom Up
Explore the possibility of replacing the flooring in a few key spaces. A unique, beautiful, and buzzworthy material is cork, which is also known to have antibacterial properties. If you opt for new surfaces under your feet, consider installing radiant heating simultaneously. These systems not only add optimum comfort but are also aesthetically pleasing and energy efficient.

Make an impact through your lighting choices. Utilize contemporary or dramatic fixtures to complement each room. Whether you choose minimal or eye-catching designs – the right piece in the optimal locale can add intrigue and substance to your residence.

Kick It Up a Notch
Significant updates to your kitchen and bathroom are sure to boost value. Modern appliances and updated décor increase appeal to buyers, so consider a new backsplash or that roomy farmhouse-style sink you've been eyeing. Think one step further and install a water filtration system to add practicality and luxury to your dwelling. Additional elements like stylish sconces, a new vanity or a vintage mirror can elevate functionality and increase allure.

It's Only Natural
Consider your front and back yard. If there is an area that would benefit from some striking landscaping or creative plantings, explore your options, or consult with a professional landscape architect or designer. Executed well, a garden or other natural elements in your yard can become lovely extensions of your home's indoor atmosphere.

When you look around, there are many ways to enhance the comfort and appeal of your property that will serve you well as a resident – and add value one day when you're ready to sell.

Gustavo Gonzalez is the Senior Manager, Content & Multimedia at Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. In his role he manages content strategy and execution across several platforms. He's held other roles within the Marketing Department ranging from Previews & Product Development to the day-to-day management of the redesign. Besides being a marketer, Gustavo is a filmmaker, musician, and writer.


Boise Brunch

Any weekend that starts with brunch is bound to be good. So, before you head off to look at listings in Boise this weekend, we recommend inviting a few friends out for a tasty meal. You can order something sweet, something savory, or perhaps a bit of both. Here are some of the top spots our real estate agents recommend visiting for a memorable brunch in Boise.

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A French favorite

The French always have it right when it comes to food and crêpes are no exception. These simple treats are enjoyed at breakfast, as a snack (a popular street food in Paris) or dessert. Consider setting up a crêpe bar for a fun weekend brunch, complete with all the fillings and toppings.

 Crêpes are actually very easy to make and the key to a good is a nonstick pan, unless you are fortunate to have a large, round griddle like they make them on in France.


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • dash salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 TBL. sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • drop almond extract

Combine in blender until well mixed and make immediately or store in fridge overnight. The batter should be a little thinner than pancake batter, you can add a little milk to thin it out if necessary.

Heat 1 tsp butter in non-stick pan over medium heat. Ladle about 1/4 c. batter and swirl in a circular shape. Cook for a couple minutes and flip, cooking another 30 seconds.  The French don't flip their crêpes, but when using a skillet, it cooks it evenly.

Fill with fresh fruit, whipped cream, Nutella spread, or a simple dusting of sugar.

Bon Appetit!


Show Your Love with Sugar Cookies

Be a hero this Valentine's Day by making some incredible sugar cookies from a family recipe shared by Kristina Case, a designer on our marketing team. Whether you want something for your sweetheart, your entire family, or your child's class at school, these will hit the mark.

An important thing to remember before you start: let the butter soften to room temperature. This is key. Don't try to soften it in the microwave or use it fresh out of the fridge.

Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

1 c. butter softened
1 c. sugar
1 egg
2 ½ c flour
2 TBL orange juice
1 TBL vanilla
1 tsp baking powder

Beat sugar and butter until fluffy, add egg and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and orange juice.  Beat well until mixed. Put dough in saran wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours.  On floured surface, roll out dough to between ¼"-½" and cut into shapes. Bake at 400 degrees for 6-10 minutes.  Makes 2 dozen.

Perfect Buttercream Frosting

4 c powdered sugar
½ c butter, softened
3-4 TBL milk
1 tsp vanilla

Combine and beat until fluffy. Works great in a decorator's bag for piping.

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