Foreclosures, Fall, and Home Design Trends

Signs of improvement! Mortgages in foreclosure for the Boise-Nampa metro area have decreased in July from July 2011, according to a national real estate research company. CoreLogic said the Treasure Valley’s foreclosure rate was 2.42 percent in July, 0.2 percentage points lower than July 2011. It also was below the national rate of 3.25 percent but above Idaho’s statewide rate of 2.33 percent.

That’s good news! And a positive turn for the housing industry overall! Bank owned real estate in the meantime still provides some of the best deals for home buyers in Idaho also. You can view all of the available bank owned homes on my website; here are a few of the top picks.

Big Dreams, Small Houses
The trend towards smaller more tech powered living spaces continues, especially in the urban centers of the country. While some may think it gives new meaning to living in a shoebox many find these pint sized palaces perfect for their needs. Some schools of thought say as our national concept of family continues to change that there will be even more need for one, two, and three person home designs. Read More Here…

Featured Deliciousness
Fall is in the air and with the cooler temperatures soup is once again the go-to meal that keeps the frost at bay. Tested this recipe on my friends and family – it was a big success! Delicious and healthy to boot, give this one a try, you won’t be disappointed!
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Hot Tips for a Cool Summer in Boise

hot in boiseSummer time has hit the Treasure Valley in a big way! With temperatures here expected to stay in the triple digits for several days in a row it may seem as though we went right from the winter chills to the summer sweats with little in between!
To help my friends and followers stay cool this summer I’ve put together some links to great articles full of ideas on how you can stay cool and even keep your pocket book happy along the way as well!

Deck Makeover for Under $300
Is your patio or deck a sweltering pool of misery come summer time? Think that adding features to your favorite outdoor spot is outside of your budget? Here are some great tips on how you can improve your deck and add value to your home for less!

Trim Your Summer Electric Bill
Sure as the sun is hot, the power bill goes up every Summer. While it is somewhat unavoidable as we must use more power to better cool our homes during extreme heat there ARE some things you can do to at least help keep the costs down.

Is Your Ceiling Fan Turning the Right Way?
Believe it or not this can make a BIG difference regarding how well your ceiling fan cools you and the room. Should it be clock-wise or counter-clockwise? How can you tell? Follow the link to find out!

courtesy of House Beautiful

Yummy Bonus Tip: Avocado Sandwich Recipe!
Perfect for the poolside palette this delicious vegetarian sandwich is sure to please! Tangy, juicy, crunchy, and tasty, this wonderful summer recipe from House Beautiful can be put together quickly and easily for patio parties!