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​Breakeven Point- Idaho Falls Real Estate

This is an important number. When you buy a house there are a lot of upfront costs with the closing. However, if you were looking at renting the same home it would be more expensive on a monthly basis but without the upfront cost- although there is usually a security...

New Year, New Goals

Happy New Year! We know! Goals always come at the beginning of the year and we don't want to hear about them anymore. We are already trying to forget them and its only the tenth of January. At Sage Leaf Group we actually really love setting goals. We are not sure if...

Should you Rent or Buy?

As we start a new year some of us may be asking whether we should continue to rent or buy a home. If you find yourself in this boat I can't emphasize enough how amazing this tool from the New York Times works. You go through an enter how much of a home you are...

Closing Costs… Put Your Wallets Away.

Actually, keep them out but maybe don't be so quick to open them up. Smart consumers know the rule, if you are looking for a service you should get three bids. So why does it feel different when shopping for a home loan? For starters the process is a bit arduous, a...

Staying Sane and DIY Home Improvement

Nearly everyone takes on a home improvement project at one point or another. Some from the moment they buy a house, which is a great option if you have the vision, time, and money to fix up a place. Others take on the slow approach doing one project at a time. We...

How to: Do your own yearly home inspection

Ah Homeowner-ship, the dream of many... this dream has become a reality for my wife and I this year, and though I am in the business of homes (I am a REALTOR and an Architect ) there has been some bumps along the way. What can I say? We're newbies, and there's a lot...

7 Tips for Home Staging That Every Seller Should Do

Tips for Home Staging Moving is stressful! Sure there are excitements, you know it’s the right move to make and you know it will all be worth it, but there’s no getting around it. It’s a TON of work. Any of you homeowners who have experienced placing your home on the...

Real Estate and Photography

The power of Photography. Every day thousands of hotels, airbnb, homes, etc. are rented site unseen, additionally homes are viewed for purchase and sometimes also purchased site unseen. Why is this so? Pictures! This is true in my personal life as well. I am planning...

The Zestimate and Idaho Falls Area

Zillows website actually has a chart to tell us about the accuracy regarding its Zestimate. It doesn’t have Idaho Falls listed specifically but it does have Idaho. Idaho doesn’t actually have enough information to even be ranked. I though this was rather interesting....

Whats a Homeowners Exemption?

Raise your hand if you like saving money! You can’t miss this little chunk of cash callled “The Homeowners Exemption”. You may be eligible to save money on your property taxes if you do the following: purchase a house, live in it (sorry landlords)… and fill out a...

Lawn Care Guide (Infographic)

With the change of weather here in Idaho Falls, savvy homeowners start thinking about how to care for their lawns before the winter comes. As a newer homeowner, I can honestly say I have no idea what I should do... but that's okay because Brett Janes at "Good to be...

Questions You Should Have Asked Your REALTOR

Before signing on your Realtor you should probably ask them a few questions. Here's a list to get you started. Are you a full-time professional real estate agent? How long have you worked full time in real estate? Knowing whether or not your agent practices full time...

Good Fences – Good Neighbors

Good neighbors and fences I grew up here in Idaho Falls working for my dad cleaning chimneys, installing fireplaces, and building fences. We recently moved into a home that doesn’t have a fence. As a REALTOR® I know that adding a fence isn’t really going to set me...

Febraury 2016 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...

July Market Report

Check out the market report for July 2015 to date here in Idaho Falls. (If you would like more information, or specific information to where you are looking to buy or sell give us a call.) There have been 1356 homes listed this year. 985 homes have sold. In July 196...