All Blog Entries by Hughes Group Blog Team

There are currently 192 blog entries published by Hughes Group Blog Team.

There is so much to know when it comes to houses—when is the best time to buy, what do home inspectors look at, etc. So, it’s best to take things one step at a time by looking at one or two issues at once, rather than trying to wrap your head around the whole kit and caboodle. So, let’s break down two major parts that play into the renting side of things: What is the HUD and buying a home vs. renting one.


Many people have heard of HUD but don’t know what it means. What is the HUD? HUD stands for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. It is a department in the U.S. federal government’s Executive branch. The HUD aims to provide affordable, high-quality homes for people to rent and buy. They want to rid the housing


Western Idaho Fair- Western Idaho Fair, is held at the end of August in Garden City, Idaho. The fair goes one for about a week, and pricing is based on the special of the day or what you plan on doing for the day. Such as if you just want admission, or if you want to ride some carnival rides. At the fair they hold competitions for farm animals, crafts, vegetables, cooking, youth and small animals, there are also booths with great food and trinkets as well as those great carnival rides we talked about earlier. The Western Idaho Fair is held at the Expo Idaho and has air conditioning inside the convention center as well as restrooms. For your safety, there are also security guards and paramedics in case of an emergency or overheating (summers in Boise



Buying a home is an exciting time in anyone’s life. Whether it’s your first time or seventh time around, it’s always a new adventure filled with fun surprises and fresh starts. With that comes the first question: How do I start? This is where most people turn to a real estate agent, but maybe this time you want to try things a little differently. Buying homes without an agent isn’t impossible, and if you want to know how to go about it, check out these tips to help you learn more about the process and to see if buying a home without an agent is right for you:

*You need to first start by doing your research. Look up how much homes are selling for, and find the homes that follow the parameters of what you want in a house. Compare different





When you buy a home there are a lot of options open to you. For instance, you can buy a home by getting a loan, you can rent to own, or you can buy with cash. Now, as you have probably already guessed by the title, we are going to talk more about buying homes with cash. Now, it may seem like a simple concept, but the idea does have a few nuances to it that make it slightly more complicated than it appears. Today we are going to briefly go over what the difference is between traditional financing methods and buying with cash. We will then talk about the benefits of buying a home with cash, or being a ‘cash buyer’ as the agents say, and then we will talk about the way one would



Many people become determined to work out on a more regular basis. This is a great goal and can help in many aspects of life. However, there is a chance to become overwhelmed by the sheer number of gyms and workout classes available in the Boise and Meridian areas. This article will take the time to highlight different options available to residents of the greater Boise area and will shed light on some of the neat classes available to those who are looking for a more adventurous or specific workout.

Idaho Fitness Factory is a gym based out of the area. They boast a smaller gym that is open 24 hours and they try to keep their membership fees low. These folks are proud to offer many different workout stations and different types of equipment in



The number of homeowners in 2017 who have decided to remodel or renovate their homes is quite high. There are many reasons for this jump, but most of them have to do with a positive uptick in the economy. Compared to 2010, and even last year, homeowners are becoming increasingly more comfortable with the status of their jobs and finances. This leads to higher confidence to branch out and upgrade many areas of life- including home improvements. Plus, most home improvements that are completed properly can be rolled into a higher selling cost when the homeowner is ready to sell.

This year could be one of the best years to get started on refinishing floors and upgrading appliances because the remodeling business is at the beginning of a boom.




One of the first things people should notice when they walk into a space is the time and effort that has been put into designing and decorating it. There are many ways to spruce up a home and make it more welcoming for the homeowner as well as any guests, but one way that can stand out as a shining statement is the flooring. That’s right! Flooring has a great effect on making a home feel more elegant, but it can also have the opposite effect if the floor is a weird color or old and has not had the proper upkeep. If the current flooring falls into the second category, or if a change is what’s desired, then picking out and installing new flooring is a great option to research.

As with most design aspects, there are many different directions



Boise is a cultural hub of art and music. There are so many musical attractions going on in Idaho’s capitol each year.  If you are new to the Boise area or are just now getting into the music scene in the Treasure Valley, here is a list of some of the most popular musical attractions in Boise:

Boise Music Festival

A huge musical attraction in Boise each year is the Boise Music Festival. Big names in popular music gather and sing for three days for the people of Boise. In 2015 and 2016, there were great line-ups with artists including Nick Jonas, Daughtry, Spencer’s Own, Nelly, Andy Grammar, and more. Local radio stations attend and hype of the event, giving away tickets and prizes to pump everyone up for the music festival. Music lovers and




Tiny houses, are they the future of housing as we know it? Today we are going to dive into the subject of one of the world’s newest trends in housing: tiny houses. Tiny houses— no, not a small house, a tiny house, are a spectacular evolution in our culture as far as housing is concerned, by taking the desire for a huge home with rooms upon rooms and trading it out for a small abode that is no bigger than most camper trailers.

What is a tiny house?

A tiny house is, at its core, a small house. We are talking about small houses that look no bigger than a 2 car garage or even smaller. You see, tiny houses are … tiny. They are built much like camper trailers where they are designed to pack as much stuff into a single space as possible while



When it comes to heating and cooking in your home, the current debate that is on everyone’s minds is whether gas or electricity is better. Today we are going to dive into this topic so that you can make a more informed decision when it comes to your own home. There are many factors that come into play when you ask questions like that but we are going to do our best to outline the most pressing pros and cons for each so that you can more easily make a decision.

Where you live is the biggest factor in the Electricity vs. Gas debate

Before you really dive down the rabbit hole on this subject it is important to take into account that whether electricity or gas is better for you is relative to where you live. This is because the distance you