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Zoning Laws and Regulations Explained

Zoning laws are a common topic of discussion. They are notoriously frustrating for landowners, but what are they? And what is important to understand about them? In short, zoning laws categorize property. The three major zoning categories are commercial, residential,...

Here Comes Spring!

Here in Idaho Falls we keep getting glimpses of spring- followed by snow. A recent assessment of my yard even revealed that a few of my trees were starting to bud... and I hadn't gotten around to trimming them yet! Bad news I know, but life gets busy. Last weekend I...

50 Ways to Start Saving Energy Today

Whether its for the energy bill, the environment, or just to have a more comfortable home, this list will get you started on saving energy in your home today. Most of these tasks only take a few minutes so you could slowly implement them over a period of time...or you...

How to Rezone Your Property in Idaho Falls

WHY REZONE? Obtaining a rezone for a property is a useful tool in land development and neighborhood planning. Rezoning allows property owners to conduct different – more or less intensiveland uses than permitted by the current zone. The basic reason to rezoning is...

The Building Process

The Steps This is when the ground is first broken. The contractor will survey the site, and begin digging. The footing and foundation walls are then poured and the concrete cures, or hardens for a few days. At this point an inspection is made on all the concrete work...

April 2017 Market Stats

April 2017 Market Stats Have you been interested in what has been going on in the housing market lately. In most professions consumers don't really care what is happening in your business. In architecture this is the case. When people ask how business is going its...

February 2017 Market Stats

In most professions consumers don't really care what is happening in your business. In architecture this is the case. When people ask how business is going its because they care about you not the business itself. However, in real estate its quite different because...

Sell Your House Fast!

When listing your home the goal is to get as many eyeballs in and on your house as possible. The problem that some homes face is getting the traction with so many homes on the market. Here's what we've seen gets results. Take note- to sell it at the price that its...

House or Home

When I think about the topic of “house or home,” it touches a different note for me. I was born and raised just outside of a small town in southeast Idaho. I loved my childhood- after leaving Southast Idaho for school and work, I was surprised to find I really started...

A call for Starter Homes

Its interesting to see how few homes there are in the market that are truly entry level homes. After WWII the these starter homes were 2.5 times the median income. Here in Idaho Falls that would equate to $125,000. Heres where the problems lie: Lot Prices- An average...

Land is Different

As a REALTOR®, I am occasionally asked about buying or selling lots. With these individuals that are looking at land, location matters more than anything else! With land they will also be looking more closely at schools, public services, land features, views. Those...

Cap Rates and Idaho Falls

Most of you know that my background in real estate started on the architecture side. Recently I have come across some clients that asked me to value their commercial property in downtown Idaho Falls and I have to say its a whole different ball game. Because, its an...

Architecture and Real Estate

How many self-employed architects does the average person know? How many self-employed REALTOR’s does the average person know? If you know about 3320 people statistically one of them is an architect (not necessarily self-employed though). Out of that same 3320 people...

Idaho Falls May Homeowners Checklist

With summer approaching theres alot of work to do to get our homes looking good. Generally when we read lists like this it isn't applicable because our weather is so much different than other areas but this one actually does work for the Idaho Falls area. To-Dos: Your...

Zillows Video Listing Feature

Last week (February 16, 2016) Zillow went ahead and added a little feature for us REALTOR’s® to add a video feature to our listings with Zillow. It’s a maximum of 2 minutes long and we have to use Zillows app on our phones to create the videos but despite its flaws...

Architectural Style

Architectural Style There are so many styles to every design profession. Architectural Style is no exception and there are so many little things that make a difference. Medium Writing tool, computers, models, papers....etc. Each of those can also be broken down into a...

Making Offers on Investment Property

For those of you who are looking at investment property this article from Bigger Pockets has some good information on how to approach the offer table. The summary version is as follows: Get to know them on the phone Get to know them in person and thoroughly inspect...