Boise Listings: They’re Not All Mine!

I’m often asked, by visitors to this site, about “my listings” they’ve seen using the MLS search function on this blog.

It would be nice if I could be the listing agent for all of the listings in MLS, but I’m not.

What you’re seeing is the result of something called IDX ~ internet data exchange.

IDX allows agents to display all of the listings in MLS on their respective sites with their own contact information.

If you look at the bottom of each listing, you will see a line that says “Courtesy of XYZ Realty”.

IDX allows consumers to view all listings that meet their criteria, then contact the agent whose site they are viewing for additional information.

While convenient, his practice is also confusing for many consumers.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve had to explain that I’m not the listing agent for every listing that someone has seen on this blog.

But, I can still answer your questions about every listing in MLS because I have full access to MLS data, including information that isn’t displayed to the public.

Do you have questions about listings you’ve seen online?

Give me a call at (208)938-5533 or e-mail me and I will be happy to answer your questions.


Boise Real Estate: 2015 Mid-Term Report

Now that the first half of the Boise real estate market’s 2015 sales numbers are in the books, let’s compare those numbers to the same time period of 2014.

Boise Real Estate Listings

  • 2014: 2,767
  • 2015: 2,463
  • % change: -11.0%

Boise Real Estate Pending Sales

  • 2014: 1,114
  • 2015: 1,402
  • % change: +25.9%

Boise Real Estate Closed Sales

  • 2014: 828
  • 2015: 1,040
  • % change: +25.6%

Data pertains to Ada County single-family homes on lot or acreage.

Date range = first six months of each year.


Selecting Your Listing Agent

If you’re like most homeowners, your home is your most valuable asset.

Thus, selecting a good listing agent is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make.

Selecting the best listing agent can mean extra dollars in your pocket at closing and fewer hassles.

Here are a few questions to ask when you’re considering potential listing agents:

  • How many years have you been in real estate?
  • How many transactions have you closed?
  • Does your company have an international referral network, or is it just a local company?
  • How many transactions per year do you close?
  • Will you provide references and testimonials from past clients?

Look for an experienced, full-time professional.

You don’t want a part-time agent who can’t answer their phone because they’re “at work” (on their real job).

Remember . . .

Your listing agent’s enthusiasm and positive outlook will not increase the value of your home.

Look for an agent who will tell you the truth; not what you want to hear.

Never select your listing agent because they recommend the highest asking price (your listing agent is not going to buy your home!)

Thinking of selling?

I would love to have the opportunity to answer the questions above!

Give me a call at (208)938-5533 or e-mail me and let’s talk!


Meridian Idaho Home Inspections

Nearly all of the homes sold in Meridian Idaho are purchased subject to the buyer’s approval of a home inspection report.

In the Meridian Idaho real estate market, the buyer pays for a home inspection to be performed by an inspector of their own choosing.

A home inspection will cost $300 or more in most instances, depending upon the size of the home and the scope of the inspection.

After the inspection, the inspector will prepare a report with his findings and deliver it to the buyers and/or their agent.

If there are no significant defects noted on the report, the transaction will proceed normally.

If, however, the inspection report notes problems, the buyer will have the option of asking the seller (in writing) to correct those items.

At that point, the seller can agree to complete the requested repairs, in which case the transaction will proceed normally.

The seller, however, can refuse to complete the requested repairs, thereby giving the buyers the option of canceling the purchase and having their earnest money returned.

Some sellers opt to have their home “pre-inspected” by a home inspector of their own choosing prior to listing their home.

This allows them to control the selection of the inspector, and a positive report can be used as an effective marketing tool.