selling house in winter

Reasons to Sell a House in the Winter Months

There’s a widely held belief that it’s not a good idea to sell your home in the winter months, because many believe that spring and summer are when most potential homebuyers are shopping. While it’s true that many house hunters are out searching in warmer weather, this doesn’t mean that the winter is off limits. Here are some reasons you should consider sell a house in the winter months! Serious Buyers. While plenty of serious buyers want to begin and end their hunt when it’s warm, the few brave souls …

Cute & Creative Christmas Decoration Ideas For Your Porch

Whether you simply want your front yard to look festive for your own family’s enjoyment, or if you’re braving the winter seller’s market and want your home to stand out from the rest, this is the perfect time of year to up the ante and deck the halls…or front porch. Here are six cute & creative Christmas decorations to liven up you home’s porch this holiday season. Christmas is in the Air! Use your clay pots from the spring and summer all year by filling them with those sensationally scented …

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November Happenings & Events in the Magic Valley

November is here – can you believe it?! Thanksgiving and Christmas preparations will soon be in full swing, but don’t panic! We’ve got you covered with all the holiday happenings in the Twin Falls area. Whether you need to buy early Christmas gifts, are on the search for a holiday meal, or if you’re just looking for some family fun this season, see the following list of local events so you can mark your calendars! Here are some of the November happenings and events in Twin Falls and the Magic …

A man and a woman stand with a paint roller and a paint brush, respectively. They are ready to repaint and remodel their fixer-upper home.

What Should You Look for in a Fixer-Upper?

What Should You Look for in a Fixer-Upper? Thanks to home renovation shows, buying a home that’s a fixer-upper isn’t only something that can be a wise investment – it’s also trendy! While buying a fixer-upper can be both a money-maker and a money-saver in the long run, it also has a downside: it can cost a lot if you’re not careful.  If you’re on the hunt for a house in need of fixing up there are several important things to be aware of ahead of time, so you don’t …

Yes, You Can Plant Flowers in the Fall! Here’s How…

Most people think of spring and summer when it comes to planting flowers, but many people wish their front yards looked colorful in the cooler months of the year as well. It may come as a surprise to some, but you actually can plant in the fall, whether you want to enjoy the colors come springtime or you want to beautify your front yard all of those fall festivities you have planned. Just because the weather turns cold doesn’t mean your yard has to! In fact, according to Better Homes …

Rejected Offer

Why Your Offers Keep Being Rejected

You’ve found your dream home and put in an offer. You figure there’s no way the seller won’t accept – it was such a great offer, after all! But the next day, your world is shattered: they rejected it. To make matters worse, they didn’t even counter. You rack your brain wondering what you may have done wrong and how you’ll ever find another house as perfect as that one. If your offer was rejected without a counter, you may be out of luck on that particular dream house. But …

Cleaning cigarette smoke

How to Get Rid of Cigarette Smoke in a Home

What if you’ve just found your dream home…but the previous owners were smokers? Or what if you’re getting ready to sell your home…but you’re a smoker and you know that lingering tobacco smell will turn off potential buyers? Or what if you just quit smoking (or are trying to) and you don’t want to live somewhere that triggers your former addiction…but you don’t have the money to move? There’s no way around it: cigarette smoke is a major turn-off for realtors, homebuyers, and homeowners alike. Changing the carpets and repainting …

How to NOT be house poor

How to NOT Be House Poor

What does it mean to be “house poor?” It’s the state someone is in when they purchase a home that they can’t truly or comfortably afford and are now in trouble financially because of that purchase. (This can also happen with renters!) This article will address three major aspects of house poverty: how to know if you are house poor, how to get out of house poverty, and how to avoid being house poor in the future. Part I: Are You House Poor? This will be the easiest of the …

15 year mortgage versus a 30 year mortgage

Which is Better: The 15- or the 30-Year Mortgage?

For a long time, it seemed that 30-year mortgages were all anybody ever got or was encouraged to get. However, more and more people are now opting for the 15-year mortgage. Neither one is right or wrong, so how do you know which one is right for you? Check out our simple overview of the pros and cons of each to make the best decision for your family, finances, and future! 15-Year Mortgage Pros: Pay off your house in half the time! This is the major pro of a 15-year …

4 Things to Consider Before Buying a Home

There are a lot of basic, expected, and tried-and-true considerations to keep in mind when buying a home. These include things like “location, location, location” and “don’t start shopping until you’ve been pre-approved.” But there are a few tips that, while known, sometimes get forgotten in the excitement of buying a new home. Whether you’re about to start your home search or you’re right in the middle of it, keep these four things in mind. Your life might not always be the way it is now. This may seem like …