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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...

Restaurant Review #1

My wife and I were all dressed up last night to go out and found out the place we were headed was closed so it turned into a date night instead. I have a new architecture client and we started talking about restaurants and he made a recommendation for one I had never...

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...

Material Takeoffs!

How we get material takeoffs from drafting How would you like to have some material takeoffs like this to be included with all of your house plans? One of the big advantages that we have at Sage Leaf Group is the ability to use BIM technology. What exactly is BIM? BIM...

Floorplan Friday- New Urbanism

This is a bit of a continuation to my last topic which was on reducing cost of housing. The main take away there was that if we reduced our lot sizes, along with the size of the homes on them, we could help reduce the cost of the housing itself. The goal being to...

How much are Drafting Services?

Drafting Rates As an Architecture firm, one of the most common inquiries we receive is "How much will it cost to have custom house plans drawn up?" Many of us want to build new, but want to create something as unique as we are, and many of us also answer to a budget,...

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...

Garden Planning

We've been in our house for just over a year now. Last year we put in a fence. Here in Idaho Falls the ground is going to be thawing soon and This year we will do a garden. Check out some of the ideas that we found on Houzz. How to Plan Your Edible...

Kindergarden- Floorplan Friday

Up until today I believe that I have only featured residential work. Interesting thing about that is that we also do commercial work here at Sage Leaf Group. This week I saw this project and wanted to profile it. This is a daycare in Finland, its approximately 10,800...

What You Should Know When You Are Building

People end up building for several reasons: Can't find a home that meets their requirements on the market. Want specific things that aren't seen in most homes such as radiant floor heat, or something custom for them. Feel like its the best investment for their money....

Friday Floorplan Worchester

Today’s Floorplan Friday features a classic brick colonial home. This colonial features simplicity in its form and material selection. It’s not grand in size but seems both modest and well proportioned. In fact, you have to go through certain rooms to get to other...

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...

Kilbourne – Friday Floorplan

As you can tell by now I love looking at old floorplans. I have been working on a house this week that is Craftsman style and was looking through pictures of craftsman style homes. I love the little intricacies that were placed on older homes that add so much...