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Buy in July

by Sid Lezamiz

Buy in July

The back to school ads are starting to appear signaling the end of the traditional school summer vacation. Although there is still at least a month for most kids before getting their backpacks out of storage, the middle of July is actually a very good time to go house hunting according to Realtor.com and Zillow.com.

While early spring often brings the greatest number of choices of homes to buy because of the number of new-listings and fall and winter bring the best deals because of unsold homes and less new-listings, statistics reveal July brings both choice and deals.

July affords the best of both worlds. A good selection of homes still on the market without the sting of aggressive new-listing prices. It is a great time to buy.

Start your July buy by finding a Buyer’s Agent. An agent will provide:

• Instant market knowledge.
• Expert negotiating skills.
• Access and recommendations for other professionals including mortgage brokers.


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Porchfest

by Sid Lezamiz

Porchfest

In the ever-changing culture of community and how people live and interact, enters a recent phenomenon, Porchfest.

This simple idea started in Ithaca, New York in 2007. Local musicians were invited to perform on several volunteered residential porches, which were used as stages. Anyone could come and listen. Neighborhood people could walk around until they heard sounds they liked, bring a lawn chair and sit in their neighbor’s yard and listen to the musicians. Several porches were active in various areas of the city, creating not only a palette of diverse music, but a traffic pattern of families and children walking, riding their bikes or scooters, or driving golf carts to enjoy the different sounds.

The idea has grown over the last decade and now includes numerous cities that plan and schedule annual porchfests. Some include art festivals along with the music. Many include lemonade stands tendered by local neighborhood kids, food trucks and other food vendors.

 

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Oakleaf Hydrangea

by Sid Lezamiz

Oakleaf Hydrangea

If contemplating curb appeal and the enjoyment of your yard and landscaping, it is hard to find a plant that will provide more beauty and interest in each season than an oakleaf hydrangea.

Native to the United States this shrub can grow to 15 feet and spread accordingly. Not only will it fill large spaces but provides huge white flowers in the summer that age to light pink and brilliant colored red, orange and burgundy leaves in the fall. An oakleaf hydrangea is:

• cold hardy
• drought tolerant
• sun indulgent
• vibrant, large fall leaf colors
• long blooming in spring and summer
• great for cut flowers that dry naturally
• insect and disease resistant
• peeling bark creates interest in the winter

Plant in partial to full shade is best to enjoy this all-year performing shrub.

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Walk Throughs

by Sid Lezamiz

Walk Throughs

A walk through is a final look at a property you are going to purchase, before closing. Generally, it is arranged between a week and the day before you are scheduled to close the sale. The time may vary but it is beneficial to do a final walk through close enough to closing to view the final condition, but out far enough to complete changes if required.

It is the final opportunity to view the property to make sure it is in the condition and repair you expected and agreed upon in the purchase agreement.

Appliances or personal items. Make sure appliances, window coverings or other items agreed upon with the sellers to include in the sale are still at the property and in working order.

Condition of the property. Confirm that the condition of the property is as last seen. Water heater and HVAC working properly along with plumbing and electrical. Floor coverings and walls are as expected. No damage to the interior since you last viewed it.

Confirm any required repairs have been completed. If the inspection presented repairs or replacements that the sellers agreed to make, verify that they have all been made and are acceptable.

Unwanted items or trash. Check the property to be sure the sellers have removed all their personal belongings and trash, especially in garages, attics and out buildings.


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Summer Vacation in Idaho

by Sid Lezamiz

Summer Vacation in Idaho

There is no better place to plan a family vacation than Idaho. You can travel many miles to other states and countries, but in fact some of the finest natural beauty and recreational opportunities are right here in Idaho.

Check the Visit Idaho website to see all that Idaho has to offer. Meanwhile consider these four ideas to jump-start your summer.

Shoshone Falls. Twin Falls, Idaho. Scenic overlook, playgrounds, picnic areas, swimming area, trails.

Lava Hot Springs. Lava Hot Springs, Idaho. World famous hot springs laden with minerals and lacking in sulfur (that is a good thing).

Craters of the Moon National Monument. Arco, Idaho. Lava flows, caves and craters. Hiking and backpacking.

Bruneau Dunes State Park. Bruneau, Idaho. The tallest free-standing sand dunes in North America. Hiking, climbing and sand surfing.

Snake River Canyon Rim Trails. Twin Falls, Idaho. Ten miles of Rails to Trail developed trail along the Snake River Canyon. Walking, hiking, biking.

Fantastic vacation ideas right here in your own backyard. CLICK for a full listing of fabulous things to do in Idaho.


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Shou Sugi Ban

by Sid Lezamiz

Shou Sugi Ban

Shou sugi ban (pronounced show-sue-gee-ban) is the ancient Japanese art of burning wood to preserve it. Used for thousands of years, this technique has exploded in the United States and worldwide as not only a wood-preserving method but also a popular aesthetic used in building and artwork.

The process starts by using a blow torch to char the outer layer of wood. Upon cooling the planks are brushed, cleaned and sealed using a natural oil. The carbonized outer layer of the wood now protects and preserves naturally. In addition, with the brushing that removes the residue of the charring, the creation of an alligator-like texture appears. The result is stunning.

The most common species of wood used is cedar and cypress. The procedure holds the wood:

• weather resistant
• pest resistant
• rot resistant
• UV resistant
• Fire resistant

Shou sugi ban videos are plentiful on You-Tube demonstrating burning and brushing methods to achieve various finishes and can be a great DIY project.


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Curb Appeal

by Sid Lezamiz

Curb Appeal

Memorial Day weekend has become the unofficial signal of the official beginning of summer. Schools are recessing, graduations are being celebrated and moving vans populate the roads. It is a time of change for many people.

Along with this season of change, a very active real estate market kicks into high gear. The activity can be intense, and it is crucial to be prepared if selling your home is in your plan.

With almost all first impressions being created by internet browsing, it is imperative to win at least a showing of your property by prospective buyers. Making sure the curb appeal of your property is fresh and inviting will go a long way to finding a quick sale.

Clean the yard. Grass trimmed, and shrubs manicured. Toys stowed in the garage or storage area. Showing a clean and inviting outdoor space cannot be stressed enough.

House numbers. It is easy and inexpensive to replace house numbers with new ones. Make sure they are noticeable and stay with the style of the house.

Light fixtures. Replacing the light fixtures with by the entrance door will not only freshen the appearance but keeping outside lighting on through the evening extends your drive-by appeal.

Entrance door. Make sure the entrance door is in good repair and freshly painted or finished. A new welcoming accent color that blends with the siding of your home, makes a huge statement. Get help from your local paint store for creative color choices.

Garage doors. The biggest return on investment is still the garage door and front entrance door. If the garage door is accessed and visible at the front of the house, it now becomes a substantial part of your front landscape. Make sure it in perfect repair and consider adding or changing some panels to enhance the look.

 

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Finally Home!

by Sid Lezamiz

Finally Home!

Created under the leadership of former Governor Phillip E. Batt in 1997, Finally Home! is an educational course designed to learn the process of buying a home in Idaho.

The course will give a prospective first-time homebuyer a solid base of understanding of the home buying process and requirements, including mortgage programs, qualification requirements, credit, budgeting and fees connected to purchasing a home. Completion of the course will reveal sources of funding help in the form of down payment and or closing cost assistance, lower rates and gifted funds.

The course is completed in 6 hours and is available in a traditional classroom setting. An online version is also available. There is a $20 fee for classroom instruction and the online version is $50. The online version is offered in either English or Spanish.

Finally Home! is being offered:

May 22 and May 24, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM (each session)

College of Southern Idaho

Taylor Building, Room 276

315 Falls Avenue Twin Falls ID 83301

Both sessions are required attendance for a completion certificate.
• Pre-registration is required by calling 208.732.6442
• Online @ Finally Home! Registration


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Garage Condos

by Sid Lezamiz

Garage Condos

Buy a condo for your vintage car, boat or RV. Really? It appears to be a growing trend to address how and where to store upscale motorized toys. Multiple cars. Vintage and collector cars. RV’s. Boats. A garage condo is a climate-controlled place to warehouse out of the weather, work- on and enjoy your luxury and recreational vehicles, or other storage items.

Rather than rent a storage unit or multiple storage units, garage condos give you the option to buy your own storage area that is plumbed, heated, wired for phone, cable TV and internet. You receive a deed, title insurance along with all the benefits of owning commercial real estate.

Car lifts, lofts, kitchenettes and seating areas with large screen TV’s, are a few of the popular features condo owners install after purchase. The condos cannot be used for living quarters but can be accessed 24 hours a day.

Established now in bigger metropolitan areas, the introduction of garage condos has been a hit. The concept is sure to find its way to less densely populated areas. As with traditional condos, layout, size and amenities vary. Common areas are maintained by traditional HOA monthly fees.

One advertisement proclaims, "a solution for now….an investment for the future".

 

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Fire Pits

by Sid Lezamiz

Fire Pits

Outdoor living has become increasingly popular and continues to be a very good way to improve your property for your own pleasure and to add value if you are selling.

Fire pits can be a cost-effective way to glam up a patio or deck area if you are selling your home and the current outdoor living amenities consist of a only a door to the backyard. Surrounding a firepit with comfortable outdoor chairs, like Adirondacks will easily create a pleasing and inviting area.

Fire pits create a warm area on chilly evenings, can be cooked or grilled on, keep away gnats and mosquitoes and generate a relaxing ambiance. A great evening area for family and friends to unwind and roast marshmallows for S’mores.

Free standing fire pits are readily available in big box stores, nurseries and discount stores. There are many custom fabricators on the internet who ship nationwide. You can spend as little as $100 or into the many thousands for custom and onsite integrated systems.

The enjoyment and enhancement to your property makes a fire pit a great idea for a spring project.


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Twin Falls ID 83301
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