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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Diamond Homes was one of the original members of Check out some of the first ratings and reviews they received.

Posted by tlangford at 9/4/2008 12:30:00 AM
Friday, August 29, 2008

An 18-hole golf course resort in central Idaho will be sold to the highest bidder in October.

Posted by tlangford at 8/30/2008 4:09:00 AM

Canyon County to Begin Enforcing 2006 IRC Residential Heating and Cooling System Manual J & D Requirements Training September 22 & 23

Posted by John Coldiron at 8/29/2008 4:12:00 PM
Monday, August 25, 2008

This legislation creates a financial tool to allow new growth to more expediently pay for itself through the creation of Comunity Infrastructure Districts (CIDs). A CID allows the formation of a taxing district comprised of the boundries of a new development.

Posted by Gail Heist at 8/25/2008 5:06:00 PM
Monday, August 18, 2008

This piece of legislation changes the size of real property that is eligible to be financed with a deed of trust in Idaho from forty acres to eighty acres, and clarifies the 80 acre limit. House Bill 491 should increase lending options for certain properties between 40 and 80 acres in Idaho.

Posted by Gail Heist at 8/18/2008 4:06:00 PM
Tuesday, August 12, 2008

There was a second piece of legislation (House Bill 465) that was passed by the Idaho Legislature that went into law on July 1, 2008.  This legislation amends provisions of the Local Land Use Planning Act which includes certain group homes for the handicapped within the definition of “single family dwelling.”  Under the Act such homes may be established without any permits, variances or other restrictions that would not otherwise be imposed on a single family dwelling.  The state provisions are an offshoot of the federal Fair Housing Act.  In 1988, the Fair Housing Act was amended to include those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction within the definition of handicapped.  In reliance on the Fair Housing Act group homes for drug and alcohol addicts have appeared in increasing numbers in family neighborhoods.  Residents in these homes are often convicted felons still under the supervision of the Department of Corrections, or registered sex offenders.

The Fair Housing Act does contain some exclusions.  One exclusion specifically exempts from protection those “whose tenancy would otherwise constitute a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals or whose tenancy would result in substantial physical damage to the property of others.”  According to the United States Department of Justice that includes “persons convicted for illegal manufacture or distribution of a controlled substance, sex offenders, and juvenile offenders,” by virtue of their status.  It would also include those who are still under the supervision of the department of corrections on probation or parole.

The current state law, however, does not contain the federal exemption, and therefore imposes a greater restriction on local government zoning authority than does the Fair Housing Act.  The present legislation adds the federal exemption to state law to permit local government greater latitude in applying zoning procedures and conditions to group homes housing those falling within the exemption.  The legislation also clarifies terms of reference for group residence homes so that they are consistent in the applicable sections.  The term “supervision” is also clarified to specify the nature of the qualifying supervision connected with the handicapped residents as distinguished from unrelated types of supervision, such as parole or probation supervision.



Gail Heist is the Managing Broker at NAI Kowallis & Mackey, a full service Idaho commercial real estate brokerage and part of the world's largest network of commercial real estate offices consisting of 5,000 professionals in 350 offices in 55 countries around the world.  Gail can be reached by phone at 208.385.9876 or by clicking the contact Gail link to the left of this post.



Posted by Gail Heist at 8/12/2008 2:56:00 PM
Friday, August 8, 2008

There is another piece of legislation that was passed by the Idaho Legislature that went into law on July 1, 2008.  Transitional housing is a relatively new and expanding market in Idaho.  Transitional housing is primarily a commercial for profit venture.  Transitional houses have been moving into residential neighborhoods across the state because of any regulations. 

Posted by Gail Heist at 8/8/2008 3:24:00 PM
Thursday, August 7, 2008

There are two Boise networking events coming up! And if you are interested in green building practices in Idaho, you will want to be there!

Posted by tlangford at 8/7/2008 5:51:00 PM
Saturday, August 2, 2008

The Idaho Legislature passed some interesting piece of legislation this last session that went into law on July 1, 2008. The legislation I am going to discuss should help the consumers that are having a problem with foreclosure. There is a group of persons and businesses that are engaging in business practices that defraud innocent homeowners.

Posted by Gail Heist at 8/2/2008 3:50:00 PM
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
What might you say about Steve Martinez?
Posted by tlangford at 7/8/2008 6:14:00 PM
Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Have you checked out Green Fndations. They got it goin' on!

Posted by tlangford at 6/24/2008 8:25:00 PM

The local market remains somewhat volatile and different market areas & different property types have different responses. Overall, the commercail market remains steady and transactions - at least for us - remain good.

Posted by Scott Nicholson at 6/24/2008 3:58:00 PM
Thursday, June 19, 2008

Is your home builder going to be here tomorrow?

Posted by tlangford at 6/19/2008 12:54:00 PM
Friday, June 13, 2008

Skyline and its family of companies have been in the land development business in Boise, Idaho for forty years. Founded by Edward A. Johnson, the company has raised the bar in the Treasure Valley for innovative and successful residential projects.

Posted by tlangford at 6/13/2008 11:07:00 PM
Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Considering homesteading in the Lake Lowell area. Check out this Kevin

Posted by tlangford at 6/3/2008 7:17:00 PM

Meet the local voice for green building and healthier living. Does you home builder understand LEED? Are they reay to step up from Code built and deliver a healthier more energy efficient home? What is LEED Certification?

Posted by tlangford at 6/3/2008 12:04:00 PM
Monday, May 26, 2008

Homebuilders are continually looking for high-tech appeal when trying to attract tech-savvy buyers. Installing fiber-to-the-home systems that include high-speed communication lines and outlets throughout their homes is one way to make that connection.

Posted by tlangford at 5/26/2008 10:49:00 PM
Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Consider Boise home builder Kastera and the South Hill Neighborhoodl!

Posted by tlangford at 5/20/2008 11:19:00 PM
Saturday, May 17, 2008

Important Idaho loan updates. Here is what you need to know about FHA Loans in Idaho.

Posted by tlangford at 5/17/2008 1:40:00 PM
Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Builder for Engineers and Sub-Contractors

Posted by tlangford at 5/14/2008 2:38:00 PM
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