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Wednesday, January 29, 2020   /   by Bill Redeker

Buying or Selling Boise? This is why you need an Expert!

Boise and the surrounding suburbs continue to grow at one of the fastest rates in US and it’s projected to continue through 2020. During boom times likes these, it is so important to confide and confer with a professional you know and trust. Here, at Agents With A Smile, we came up with some good guideposts for you as you think about buying or selling in this market and why hiring an expert is imperative:


Listing with an Agent vs. For Sale By Owner: In a 2018 study NAR completed, it showed that on average, homes that were listed and sold with a real estate professional sold for 13% more than without.

Honesty: You need an agent that is going to real with you and let you know how to prep your home to get the most out of this market, a market Boise has never seen before.

Exposure: When selling your home, it is important to get the most exposure possible, even in these hot markets. By having your listing ...

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Monday, December 16, 2019   /   by Natasha McNealy

Why You Should Buy a Home This Winter

1. Fewer buyers = less competition. Spring and summer are the most popular times in real estate - which is exactly why wintertime is the best time to buy a home. During the holidays and cold winter months, there tend to be less interested buyers out on the hunt and this is something that potential buyers should take advantage of. Since there are more homes on the market than buyers, sellers become more serious in wanting to sell their home which winter buyers can use to their advantage. There will be no or less competition that you will have to outbid, you will have more negotiating power and all-in-all, will have ...

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Monday, November 25, 2019   /   by Natasha McNealy

Selling During the Holidays

It is commonly known that springtime is the busiest time in real estate. It’s an ideal time to move and there are plenty of options on the market for buyers to choose from. However, as a seller, there are very good reasons why selling your home during the holiday season may be better for you.
Buyers are more serious. If a buyer is on the hunt for a house during the holidays, they are no doubt going to be serious about buying your home. Spending their time going to open houses around Thanksgiving and Christmas is them using their precious time to find a home and a clear plan to buy. Fortunately for the seller, this can mean a quicker sales time and fewer days on the market.
Less inventory. If your home is listed around the holidays, chances are there is not a lot of competition around it. Since there is less competition, you can have a higher asking price and potentially sell quicker than if you were to list in the springtime. Sellers often have more say and command during the h ...

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Monday, October 21, 2019   /   by Natasha McNealy

Fixer-Uppers vs. Buying & Renting

Investing in real estate can really be a great thing for your financial portfolio and a great way to see continuous cash flow. However, the downfalls in real estate investing are that it can be very risky and often times there are long term commitments and up-front expenses that you should be ready for before you decide to invest. Here are the two main ways to invest your money into real estate that you will need to evaluate in order to decide which route is best for you.

One of the most sought-after opportunities in real estate is to find a home that needs some loving and turning it into the modern-day dream home. However, a lot of this that is seen on TV does leave out a lot of the un-glamorous parts -  for starters, expenses aren’t necessarily coming out of your pocket while you're watching it all unfold from the comfort of your own couch. However, if done right, you can find yourself making a great profit. A RealtyTrac report found that in 2016, homes fl ...

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Monday, October 7, 2019   /   by Natasha McNealy

Why Fall is a Great Time to Buy

Did you know that the 4 seasons we see in a year also affect the real estate world? Depending on when you are in the market to buy or sell, the season can affect whether it’s a buyers market or sellers market. In the autumn, it typically tends to lean toward being a buyers market and for sellers, this can make a huge difference.
Typically in the autumn, the housing market tends to slow down due to a handful of reasons. This creates a great opportunity for buyers because they can find themselves finding homes for many times, at a lower price and will have less competition negotiating against them.
For potential buyers, the fall season comes with many distractions. It’s the start of the new school year, sports have started up again, events all around the city are booming and in general, many people want to stay inside and take in family time while they can. This reduction in competition means that for serious buyers, now is a great time to join the hunt for a house. Having ...

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