Good to Have

I was so proud of myself this morning.  I packed a lunch, gathered my planner and supplies, and had my phone in my hand, sure not to leave it on the counter.  I get to the office only to realize I didn’t have my purse with my wallet containing my driver’s license, debit card, and…

Your Housing Cost How Much?

While visiting with friends at a picnic, the topic of conversation turned to housing costs.  Even in parts of Idaho I would consider affordable, rents remain high in relation in the average income.  Someone even said that housing can cost upwards of 80% of their take home pay.  Something is terribly wrong. If your housing…

Selling Stress

Going through the process of selling my home, I can sympathize with the stress sellers feel the first couple weeks after accepting a offer.  Most purchase and sale agreements come with what is called an inspection contingency.  This allows the buyer a set window of time that they can make an appointment to inspect the…

While You Wait

“I’m waiting for the girl who will water my camels,” said a boy from my college dorm.  He and his group of friends decided that rather than take girls out on dates and get to know them, they would ask God to just send one to their door that would say something pre-ordained so they…

Marks of Quality

All home builders advertise that they offer quality construction, but what does that mean?  How can buyers evaluate the quality of new construction without seeing the work in progress? Here are three elements of quality to consider and ways you can determine a home’s quality. Workmanship.  Even a novice can tell when finish work has…

Look Before You Leap

It’s Open House season and many of us have caught home shopping fever.  It’s easy to see why.  It’s so much fun to dream about what you will do to make a new and different house your own: plant a garden, host parties on the deck, or enjoy a relaxing night by the fire, but…