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Jun 02

June is National Homeownership Month, which focuses on the benefits of owning a home. Let's kick off this month and the beginning of summer by looking at the benefits to you and your family when you own a home instead of renting. 


May 19

Owning a home is one of the best tax breaks you can get and is seen as one of the reasons to buy a home instead of renting. Here, we are going to look at some of the most common tax breaks homeowners can get, including separate benefits for first-time homebuyers.


May 18

It’s not new news that the real estate market in the United States has been insane in the last 12 months with unparalleled buyer interest causing price increases and making the housing shortage more dire. Idaho is no exception and has been a national leader in all of these criteria. So how do buyers succeed in such a tight seller’s market? Patience.


May 14

Spring and summer are the prime time for home renovations thanks to warm weather and longer daylight hours. Home renovation covers a wide variety of projects from getting a new light fixture in the kitchen to adding a deck to the backyard. Some projects are large enough that they require a building permit. But where is the cutoff for needing/not needing a permit? We will provide examples of when you will need a permit for fixing up your home.


May 12

There is one over-arching question when it comes to deciding where to live: rent or buy? For many people, it makes sense to rent due to financial, employment, or lifestyle reasons. Buying a home is seen as more of a long-term solution for people who want to put down roots in a beloved city, and maybe start or grow a family. Being a homeowner also comes with benefits that are inaccessible to renters. Here are the top 4 reasons why owning a home is so financially powerful.


May 11

Artificial turf is gaining traction as an attractive alternative to grasses and traditional landscaping. Boise has gained a reputation for using artificial turf thanks to Boise State’s famous blue football field. But, for residential use, is artificial turf right for you? Here are 5 ways that turf can actually improve your home maintenance schedule.


May 11

As a homebuyer, there are many choices for what kind of home to buy: existing homes, new construction, semi-custom, or fully custom. With each of these, there are plenty of pros and cons that may extend the home buying process, adding stress to the experience: costs, construction time, necessary repairs. Luckily, spec homes provide a newly-built house without the headaches mentioned above. Are the two biggest benefits of buying a spec home.


May 07

So you ordered a home appraisal on the home you are buying and the appraisal came in low. While this is a rare occurrence, it does happen. The good news is, there are steps you can take to attempt to raise the value of the appraisal and keep the transaction moving forward.


Apr 30

As you browse the MLS, you may see homes that seem like a screaming deal thanks to a lower price than you expected. You click on the listing and you see two notes: “sold as-is” and “BTVAI”. What do these two notes mean for you, the buyer, and what is there to watch out for? This article aims to break it all down.


Apr 27

With the Kentucky Derby happening on May 1st, 2020, we at Build Idaho thought we should showcase all of the horse properties in and around the Boise area.


Apr 23

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to view these homes in person this Saturday, 4/24. These listings go live on Saturday, so get your first viewing opportunities for these two new listings!


Apr 21

Buying real estate comes down to two things: buying an existing building or buying land to build buildings on. When it comes to buying land, there are different considerations to take into account than buying an existing house. If you are shopping on the MLS for land to build a home, ask these questions about the property to make sure it fits your residential and financial needs.


Apr 08

As a follow-up to our article about the steps in the underwriting process we posted earlier this week, we decided to write about some mistakes to avoid during the underwriting process so you don’t mess up the financing just weeks before closing on the house. You’ve come so close to buying a new home, so avoid these roadblocks.


Apr 06

Now that the weather is warming up and the sun is out for more hours of the day, it is time to get out and enjoy that sunshine. Build Idaho's founder, Trey Langford, made a short video talking about 5 places to visit around Boise that are fun, affordable, and (most importantly) fun for everybody. Take a look.


Apr 03

Loan underwriting is one of the final steps before closing a real estate transaction. If you were pre-approved for a loan beforehand (hopefully you were), you have already seen a simplified version of loan underwriting. Here is how loan underwriting works.


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