Meridian Idaho Real Estate

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When living in a place with many people, such as a neighborhood or apartment complex, the question always sounds- who is going to take care of the lawn care, sidewalk maintenance, pool, gym, and other such amenities? The answer is often an easy one- the homeowner’s association. Though occasionally they get a bad reputation, HOAs are actually quite helpful for many reasons. Plus, there are often ways to make sure that your homeowner’s association is doing the best it can for your neighborhood.

The homeowner’s association’s job it to keep property and neighborhood values high by enforcing the neighborhood bylaws. A bylaw is a rule or ordinance created and agreed about by a board or committee that must be followed by everyone in the group. In

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Credit is a very important part of the real estate world, and with so many people still trying to rebuild their credit it is no wonder why many people are asking the question: “Can I buy a home with poor credit?” It is a bit of a polarized issue thanks to the many different rules, regulations, and players that are involved in the mortgage game. So, unfortunately, we can’t give you a solid yes or no on the subject. We can, however, tell you what we know and feel about the general atmosphere of home loans in the Boise area. Nothing we say here should be taken as a guarantee as the real choice comes down to your lender. So, today, we are going to go through the basics of the credit score, why it is such a vital part of the home buying process, and

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Should I buy a home with a swimming pool? It is a question that many potential homebuyers pose as they start their home search; and the answer is: it depends. Sorry, if you were hoping for a quick answer, but really, there are a lot of things to consider, not least of all your own financial position. Many people want to buy a home with a swimming pool— it is a home feature that has enamored thousands over the last few decades— and builders in the Treasure Valley are definitely taking notice. More and more homes are being built in the Treasure Valley with pools and they seem to sell much faster than a lot of the other houses on the market.

However, have you ever stopped to consider what it really means to buy a home with a swimming pool? What it

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Working on a project or two around your house can be a really fun experience, especially if you have been saving up for it. However, before starting on a new project, you should first find out exactly how much it will cost and weigh its benefits and costs. A lot of people tend to want to fix up something new in their home, like an extra room or a fixture that adds a little extra personality to their house, but many people fail to think of the practicality and cost of such renovations. While there are many renovations worth doing, there are many other that just aren’t worth the money you have to spend to create them.

Creating Something out of Your Attic

Fixing up a rickety old attic seems like an exciting idea. There are so many

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With housing topics comes tons of lingo that may be confusing to people not familiar with the industry. Phrases such as “adjusted sales rate,” “annual percentage rate,” “closing costs,” “single-family units,” and “multi-family units” can be overwhelming to know. So, let’s focus on the last two (and most specifically on that last one). Many people have heard of single-family units but get thrown off when hearing of multi-family units; hearing these two phrases can cause people to wonder what the differences are. The following is a list of the differences and definitions of both:

Single-Family Unit

These housing units are also called single-detached dwellings, single-family residences, or single-family detached homes. They are defined as being a

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If you are planning on buying a home, or have recently bought a home, then you need to make sure you know all about homeowner associations. Homeowner associations, or HOAs, are in just about every city and neighborhood in the county effecting almost every homeowner. However, even though they are very common, how active and involved they are will depend on the neighborhood. So, once you have learned what they are and what they can do, it is best to do research into the HOA where you plan to build and or live so you know what you will be getting into. Today we want to explain a little about what an HOA is, what they do, and how they can be a benefit to a homeowner. We won’t get into HOA horror stories, but rather how they can do good. That being

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When looking for a home, it’s a high possibility that a few foreclosures may creep into the pile of “maybes”. Though there are a few ways to acquire a foreclosed home, the most commonly seen way is through auction. While auctions may sound fun and may seem to be the best way to get a bargain, there are several things to consider. The property is likely not going to be open for viewing, so the exact status of the inside of the home can be a bit iffy, plus there can be fees and other things begging for money that may come as a shock.

Prior to deciding whether an auction is the best way to buy a home, and to better understand how auctions work, attend a few auctions. This will help- not only because it is a preview of the types of homes available

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While searching the market for the ideal home, it’s likely that a home listed as “for sale by owner” may creep into view. Though purchasing a home from the owner rather than through a real estate agent can be a bit daunting, many of the steps are the same. It can be a bit more time consuming and take a bit more work, but if the home is the right one, then it can definitely be worth it.

Many people have experienced the wait that can happen when one agent is waiting to hear back from another agent. This can make the house hunting process a bit more lengthy. Often, buyers enjoy the ability to communicate directly with the owner rather than wait to hear from them through a chain of people. Although this can speed up the communication process, it

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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.

HUD

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

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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

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