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Are you a first-time homebuyer that is ecstatic, yet unsure where to begin? A google search can bring up various articles mentioning different things to account for in various terms ranging from over simplified to over complicated. All of the information can seem overwhelming and dry, but never fear! We’ve compiled a list of several things to think about and hopefully have made it clear enough to read without insulting your intelligence.

To start, it’s important to know what qualifies someone to be a first-time home buyer. First, of course, applies to people who haven’t ever owned a home. The next few apply to certain situations: someone hasn’t owned a primary for at least three years prior to buying, a displaced homemaker or single parent who



Let’s talk countertops. These beauties can make or break a design. Be it the functionality, the cohesive color scheme, or the types of textures in a kitchen, countertops and their finishes can really be the crowning glory or the cause of devastation in a kitchen remodel. For any homeowner looking to remodel their kitchen space, picking the right style of a workspace can be daunting, but knowing the potential benefits and downfalls of each individual material can be the difference between a useful counter space and one that fails to meet expectations.

In an attempt to maintain organization, we will discuss the countertops in a relative order of least to most expensive, though certain styles and tastes may bump materials up or down on the list.



Furniture is an expression of your inner self, a way to let your personality shine through to others. Well, if you have wanted to do more with your home, then you have come to the right place. We here at the Hughes Group know all about homes, how to sell them, how to buy them, and how to make them your own. So, check out this list of 7 awesome pieces of furniture.

1) Table for 2… or 10?

You may have seen, or maybe even owned an expandable table. You know, those tables that come with extra pieces so you can make it bigger for when company comes calling. However, you probably haven’t come across these new expandable round tables before. Usually, if a round table is going to expand it quick goes from a perfect circle to an oval of sorts.



If your home is not bringing you as much joy anymore, it may be time to make a change. There are a few options regarding fixing this: moving or fixing up the place. Each has its own positive aspects and negative aspects, but there are many reasons why remodeling may be a better bet for you than packing up and relocating to a new home.

A remodel is a good idea if you are planning on staying in your home for a while. If you haven’t been in the place for a while yet, or even if you have, there is generally a thought that the grass looks greener in a new lawn. Along with the stress that is analyzing a budget for buying a home new to you or building a new home and inspecting places that are up for sale, the stress of moving is a real thing. It




Going out to eat is a great way to relax and enjoy yourself, but if you have a food allergy or are on a specific diet, it can be trickier. Luckily, there are many dining options throughout the Treasure Valley that cater to those who need to eat gluten-free, vegan, or even just would prefer to eat more organically. Here are several options that receive high praise for their delicious food and extensive options for those with sensitive tummies.

Starting in downtown Boise, there is a gorgeous restaurant located in the old bank building: Fork. This restaurant has an elegantly warm and inviting atmosphere with food that people rave about. Looking at the menu will set your mouth watering, and the cool part is that the menu mentions whether items




If you have ever been confused by the jargon, regulations, or culture of the real estate market, don’t feel bad— it happens to all of us. There are so many different things to consider when trying to make a real estate transaction that it is understandable to be confused. However, we can’t just shrug this confusion off and continue on our day, at some point most of us will be involved in some sort of real estate transaction so it is best to have those questions answered now. Some questions that we will cover today are things like how home prices are set, whether you should include appliances in the sale of your home, and so on and so forth. If you have ever asked questions like these then you are in luck. However, if we don’t cover your question



So you’ve done it, you’ve finally bought your dream home. It is beautiful and it even has all the bells and whistles. You’re happy. You’re excited. But most of all, you are protective. This is your dream home for crying out loud and you are going to do everything you can to protect it. But how do you do that? Who do you call, what do you buy, and what is it going to cost? If you were to believe all the ads on TV then you may be looking at buying way too much, throwing away a lot more money than necessary. In this article, we are going to go over the basics of securing your home, a few tips on how to secure your home on a budget, and so on— but first let’s dive into the most important part: potential threats to your new domicile.

What can



For a lot of people, real estate is a bit of a foreign world. We have all bought and sold things before, but buying and selling homes and properties is surprisingly different due in large part to the massive ramifications that they can have. Not to mention there are new ways of doing things that can seem so different from what we normally deal with in our day to day lives— I mean, come on, how often do people actually move? These large ramifications that we mentioned and new details can cause a lot of people to have questions and today we are going to endeavor to answer a few of them.

Should I sell the appliances with the house?

A question that a lot of people ask when they are putting a house up for sale is about whether they should sell



Life in the country is often idealized in popular television shows. While it may not always be exactly the same as portrayed on screen, it still can be all that it’s cracked up to be. It’s always important when deciding whether to make a big change in scenery, to leave time to deliberate as well as realize that moving can be stressful and often has a period of settling. With this in mind, let’s jump right into the awesome things that you can look forward to as a rural home dweller.

After making a move to the country from any other type of location, there are several amazing things that set rural towns apart from city and suburban neighborhoods. Often, it’s easier to find a fixer-upper home for cheaper. This is mainly true in areas that are truly



For many people who are building homes, remodeling homes, or are just ready for a change, the question of flooring always is a puzzling one. The two main contestants in this fight: carpet and hardwood. Which is better? Which is more cost effective? And which will I like more? In this article, we will take a look at these two giants of the flooring world and examine their pros and cons. We aren’t meaning this to be financial advice by any means, but rather as education so that you can learn more about these two options.

Let us start with Hardwood. Hardwood is an awesome piece of flooring that has become much more popular over the last few years. There are many pros and cons to hardwood, so let’s take a look.

Pros of Hardwood

#1 Hardwood