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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...

Delicious Eats South East Idaho: The Cellar

For my birthday this year, there was only one restaurant I was interested in going to in Idaho Falls. And that place was none other than The Cellar. What’s to love? The Cellar has atmosphere, which I am noticing is pretty darn important to me. I like the cozy feeling,...

Good Eats South East Idaho: Tandoori Oven

“I want an authentic local restaurant to eat at tonight!” I heard myself tell my Sister-in-law. I was staying in Logan for some pre-holiday fun two years ago. She took me to a gas station, “This is the restaurant?” I questioned. Walking inside, I found half the...

Idaho Falls Passiv House

Have you ever heard about passiv house? By the way that is the correct spelling. Passive is referring to how the house takes care of itself. Passive rather than Active in terms of its heating, cooling, lighting, comfort levels. The house is much, much more self...

Delicious Eats South East Idaho: The Cocoa Bean

At Sage Leaf Group Architecture and Realty in Idaho Falls I declare a new tradition, and that is… 1. Finish a big project…. 2.Reward the crew with some Cocoa Bean cupcakes. I have every right to set traditions as co-owner  in Sage Leaf Group; I do important stuff,...

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...

Citizen Architect

This months #architalks series asks the question, "What is a citizen architect?" I recently read an article published a few years ago about what it means to be an American. Taking the words and changing them to relate directly to architecture is informative and...

Freaky Floorplan Friday

Winchester House I have to admit, I don't actually have the floorplans for this building, nevertheless, in the spirit of Halloween, today's Friday Floorplan will feature the Winchester House. William Winchester was the treasurer of the Winchester Repeating Arms...

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...

Friday Floorplan – Trentham

Trentham Floorplan Friday! This is a modern farmhouse. It's a beautiful form of eye candy and its fun to imagine what life would be like living here. The house was designed to mix into the elements that it is surrounded by, corrugated sheds, and a barn wood finish....

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....

Floorplan Friday- Micro-Yuan’er

Its Micro Friday Floorplan! Every week as I'm reading articles looking at my clients inspiration boards, their pinterest pins, and houzz portfolios I am constantly looking for that one floorplan that just pops out at me. This week it is a more different floorplan than...

Whats a Butterfly Roof?

A focus on butterfly roof's. A bit different than our normal Friday Floorplan. However, its not because of a lack of effort on our part. We searched for a long time to find a floorplan that we liked that had a butterfly roof. We just didn’t have any luck. You may be...

Friday Floorplan- Cold Springs Crossing

Cold Springs Crossing- what a beautiful facade! ... Architects! We know that its floorplan Friday and that we should be providing a floorplan. Instead, there's this beauty. In our defense we were looking for a floorplan, its just that when you come across a beautiful...

Wagon Days: Ketchum/Sun Valley Idaho

Beautiful Sun Valley- I love vacations, and by extension I love resort towns. Any time and money spent making memories with the sheer objective of having fun is going to have my full support. I know not everyone values the expense of a vacation, let alone a resort...