Today on the buzz we have a wide range of topics for you. Starting off with our current featured listings and then jumping into the current supply and demand and home statistics in the Treasure Valley. Dave and Thom will also be touching on Boise's national ranking in numerous areas and holiday safety tips. Don't miss a great show!

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Dave Burnett:                    This is the Idaho Real Estate Buzz. I'm Dave Burnett. He is Thom Dallman, the co-owner designated broker of Core Group Realty. Coregrouprealty.com, the website. 208-933-7777, that is the phone number you can call anytime to get in touch with the folks at Core. Thom, welcome back. Thanksgiving weekend underway.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah.

Dave Burnett:                    A lot of people celebrating with family friends, some working, some not working.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    Christmas decoration are starting go up as we have hit that time of year where it is the holidays.

Thom Dallman:                  Yep, it is the holidays and all kinds of crazy stuff are happening out there. Maybe not so crazy if you have the type of family that just likes to sit around and relax all weekend. Most people, like you said are going to be putting up Christmas decorations so in the kind of following segments were going to talk a little bit about some safety things to think about when you're decorating your house and stuff like that. But yeah, it's that time of year. Hopefully everyone had a wonderful, safe Thanksgiving and got to enjoy their family time and stuff like that. And for those who indulge, I hope you had a great Black Friday shopping experience.

Dave Burnett:                    Yes, you're broke now. All the money is spent. Hopefully you got all your shopping done.

Thom Dallman:                  Hopefully you got all your holiday shopping done if that's what you do.

Dave Burnett:                    Well, I know this. If you have some downtime this weekend, you might want to go to coregrouprealty.com, the website. Check it out. You have a listing that's going to go live this weekend?

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, one of our spots on the site is the featured listing page. So that's where we show all of our active listings that are available out there. And we have one new one that came on this week at 709 East Willow Street in Caldwell.

Dave Burnett:                    Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Thom Dallman:                  This is a great price point. Not a lot of people can find homes in this price point, but it is $130,000.00.

Dave Burnett:                    Nice.

Thom Dallman:                  So, yeah. It's great starter home. We talked about the fact that these you know, lower price points you know, the investors are you know, investing in these for rentals as well. So, this is one is a two bed, one and half bath with a two-car garage on a quarter acre. 2,280 square feet so ...

Dave Burnett:                    And that's a pretty good-sized lot.

Thom Dallman:                  That's a pretty good-sized lot and a pretty good sized house too for $130,000.00 price point. So and because it's a big lot, it has that infamous RV parking that everybody's looking for.

Dave Burnett:                    Well again, it beats paying $60, $70, $75.00 bucks a month to store it in a storage lot.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. Exactly. And this is in an area that has no homeowner’s association so ...

Dave Burnett:                    Nice.

Thom Dallman:                  For those people who don't like to deal with homeowner’s associations ...

Dave Burnett:                    We can do a whole show on that.

Thom Dallman:                  I feel like we may have done a show on this. But yeah, for those that don't want to deal with it, it has no HOA's on it. So, it's got a fireplace. All the kitchen appliances included so it's a great buy. It's a great opportunity at 709 East Willow Street for $130,000.00. So ...

Dave Burnett:                    Perfect. So check that out at coregrouprealty.com. Even though it's Thanksgiving weekend, if you'd like to see the property ...

Thom Dallman:                  We've got people standing by.

Dave Burnett:                    208-933-7777, that property or any of the others, they can get an agent to go take a look at these. So, if you've got family in town ...

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah.

Dave Burnett:                    You know, maybe uncle Bill and Dad are laying around watching college football all weekend long and you would like to go out and look at a property. You can go do it this weekend.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, exactly. Yeah, we show a lot of property during the holidays because the families are in town. There's a lot of families who do you know, decided that hey we truly are one of those most livable cities and we want to move here so ...

Dave Burnett:                    Yeah, we continue to hit those lists. People want to move here so ...

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, that is a segment for later today too as well. Station for talking about some of the newest list that we just hit so ...

Dave Burnett:                    Wow. Serious though, on this thanksgiving weekend, I think this is a weekend more families and people travel than any other during week in the year. If you've got somebody and maybe they're thinking, "You know, maybe we'd like to move to the Treasure Valley". It's a chance I will endorse and suggest. Go to Core Group Realty, find out, come by, talk to them, interview with them, find out if they're the right agency for you. Of course, you can call 208-933-7777 and set up a date and time to be able to get together and do that.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, like I keep saying, we have people standing by so we're ready to show you what you need to see and even if you're thinking about listing we have agents standing by that can walk you through the process of listing your homes. Doing comparative market analysis on you and this is really a valid discussion because of our low inventory. We continue to have historic low inventory right now with still the same amount of people trying to move into town and stuff like that so ...

Dave Burnett:                    For those who have never listened to the show before and perhaps don't know about low inventory, explain a little bit, kind of the history over the past 5 years or so what has happened ...

Thom Dallman:                  Sure, sure.

Dave Burnett:                    To inventory. What that means to the buyer.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah. So roughly about 2014, we hit this weird phenomenon where less and less listings are coming on but our demand is still been consistent with people wanting to move into town. As we kind of mentioned, we're getting all these livability, all these tops of the list and stuff like that and so our inventory has slowly declined over the last couple years so right now, per the Boise Regional Realtors numbers that they've just recently released, we are 40% less inventory than we were in 2014 at the start of the decline.

Dave Burnett:                    Wow.

Thom Dallman:                  This means that 40% less homes are available out there for sale for people. And they kind of monitor this based off the last three months’ worth of history and you kind of factor in you know how many new listings we have versus how many homes we sell each month and stuff like that so you know the amount of sales are going up still while the amount of homes that are for sale are going down.

Dave Burnett:                    So, let me paint a picture a different way. If I had a hundred marbles ...

Thom Dallman:                  Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Dave Burnett:                    Two years ago, that I could sell.

Thom Dallman:                  Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Dave Burnett:                    I've only got 60 marbles ...

Thom Dallman:                  You've only got 60 marbles.

Dave Burnett:                    To sell this year. You know, that's a significant drop. Almost half.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. Exactly. So yeah just where there may have been a thousand-last year or in 2014, homes to sell, there's only 600 so it's a dramatic decrease in availability, which has caused kind of that prices to go up. It's caused you know, house prices are at the top, at great points right now where people can sell their homes with equity and find other homes to move into. So, but yeah, there seems to be some debates on what's causing this, and you know, everything from availability. There's still such great loans out there. Interest rates are still low so that's why there's still that demand for those buyers. But on the opposite side the builders are having a hard time because of you know just land. They can't buy enough land right now. And planning and zoning committees are overwhelmed with the amount of builders wanting to do things and stuff, so they're not processing permits and stuff as quickly as possible.

Dave Burnett:                    So, there's not one thing you can put your finger on.

Thom Dallman:                  Nope. Nope, it's a little scatter of things.

Dave Burnett:                    All those darn Californians moving in. You can't just put your finger on one thing.

Thom Dallman:                  Nope, because it's not just Californian's moving into town. There are people from all over the world [inaudible 00:07:33] town.

Dave Burnett:                    Nope, everywhere.

Thom Dallman:                  So ...

Dave Burnett:                    What you have to think too is with the hurricanes that have taken place a lot of contractors, framers, a lot of you know carpenters, they have gone to Houston. They've gone to Florida, they've gone elsewhere so even building new homes, it's taking time to get that done.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. For sure, Yeah. For sure, so builders, yeah. I've seen an increase in building times where certain builders traditionally are a four-month time frame to build a house they're now quoting six to seven months.

Dave Burnett:                    Wow.

Thom Dallman:                  Just because of you know, it’s just getting a little bit more difficult for them and stuff like that so ...  One of the other interesting facts that they talk about are in 2012, they did statistics and it showed that people were living in their homes roughly about six years. Six years was the average amount of length of time that people lived in a home before they either decided they need to upgrade or you know kind of downsize and what not. But the most recent statistic shows that everybody's living in their home on average about 10 years now.

Dave Burnett:                    Wow, that's quite a bit more.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah there's an increase in longevity in homes and stuff.  I know personally we, me and my partner Gabe Cordova has always kind of lived in homes you know, every two years we kind of went to a new home but we've been in our home for eight years now so ...

Dave Burnett:                    Wow. So you're right in that statistic.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah exactly. We're in that statistic that's moving or that's not moving and you know we're kind of sticking around and [inaudible 00:08:58].

Dave Burnett:                    Yeah, my wife and I made that decision that we thought about selling and moving but we decided you know we're just going to stick and pay our loan off.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    They can drag me out of the house.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah.

Dave Burnett:                    You know, and I guess that comes into making improvements in your homes and ...

Thom Dallman:                  Mm-hmm (affirmative). Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    That kind of thing as opposed to selling and buying a new one.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    You know one thing I want to take just a second to do and to talk about for those who might be new to the area, maybe you're visiting the area and you're going to go back home to wherever it may be, coregrouprealty.com, the website, is something you can look at no matter where you are in the world because it’s on the world wide web. So, if you're toying with moving to the area, remember coregrouprealty.com and you can sit in the convenience of your own home and keep an eye on the Boise Treasure Valley market and see what's happening because it's very interactive website.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, it's very interactive. It’s got a lot of really useful information in there. We have our blog site on there. Our blog site consists of everything that you can want about real estate. We've been blogging for you know, since 2010 pretty much so there's great information, marketplace information, stuff like that. Plus, all of our Real Estate Buzz radio shows that we've done, we transcribe and we put in there as well. So people can go back and see previous shows that we've done. You know, look at the different topics and see if there's something that they want to listen or read about and get useful information on. We've had lots of guests, guest speakers here talk about different things and we'll continue to being those speakers in when we can and stuff. So the blog site's great. The home search site itself as we've mentioned in the past is updated every 15 minutes, so you have the most current information on listings and availability of properties in the area. We have all the information about us, about how long we've been in business. Our agents, all the agents are listed in there with descriptions and pictures of them and what they do outside of real estate and stuff like that. So ...

Dave Burnett:                    [crosstalk 00:11:05] home listings, whether it's as simple as just photographs of the home. Some of them are 3D interactive tours of homes that take place as well. Some are drones

Thom Dallman:                  [inaudible 00:11:16].

Dave Burnett:                    It runs the gamut, but it truly is, if you're out of the marketplace, a way for you to spy in to the marketplace and see what's happening.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    If you're thinking about moving to the area.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    And you could always get hold of the folks at Core Group Realty by calling 208-933-7777. This is being brought to you by Diversified Mortgage, The Idaho Real Estate Buzz and the folks at Core Group Realty. Find out why they say, "You get more with Core."



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Dave Burnett:                    This is the Idaho Real Estate Buzz, I'm Dave Burnett. He is Thom Dallman, the co-owner designated broker of Core Group Realty. Coregrouprealty.com, that is the website for you to go to check out all things Core, whether it's the selling and buying of homes, whether it's listening to old podcasts of the radio show. Whatever info you want, it's found at coregrouprealty.com. Thom, one of the things that makes some people cringe and other people to celebrate, and that is when national attention is brought on the Treasure Valley.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    I say Boise, but when I say Boise I'm talking Meridian, Nampa, Caldwell, Star, Kuna, all the areas around.

Thom Dallman:                  Pretty much the whole area around us, yeah.

Dave Burnett:                    Treasure Valley, because it is all kind of inclusive. I know when ESPN is here doing Boise State games and they start talking about what a beautiful city, what a wonderful city, people sit at home and go stop it, quit it. I do know people who actually have seen Boise on ESPN and moved here, came and investigated and moved because of that. I know two different people that came here because of that.

Thom Dallman:                  Wow.

Dave Burnett:                    But again too, the other thing is all the lists that have been put out when it comes to top whatever's, and those lists keep growing.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, we just oh gosh, I have a whole plethora of different lists that we've been on from livability, to best places to retire and stuff like that. We just continue to kind of top those lists and make ranks, which yeah it does encourage people to come in. We've talked in the past about how our area here has doubled in size in the last 10 years and they're predicting will double in another 10 years, and double in size. People more here because we are, we're one of the most affordable, one of the most livable, one of the best places to raise families and all that stuff. There's different areas that we've been rated and stuff like that. Kind of starting off number one as healthiest city by Men's Health. Men's Health went and rated all of these cities to see which one was the healthiest as far as availability to organic foods, as far as availability to exercises, availability to just be outdoors and stuff like that. And Boise ranks number one on their list as healthiest cities to live in.

Dave Burnett:                    You think about the green belt, you think about the access of Bogus Basin.

Thom Dallman:                  Foothills.

Dave Burnett:                    The foothills, all of the hiking trails. That's something that my wife and I discovered about four years ago, we started hiking. All of the foothill trails, which to me before that I knew about Hulls Gulch, I knew about a few of them. I had no idea how many hiking and biking trails there are in Treasure Valley, there's a ton.

Thom Dallman:                  Oh yeah, there are and they're all over. I live over by Helm 36 Quail Hollow kind of area and stuff like that.

Dave Burnett:                    You can take off from right there.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, there's foothills. Their trails up in those foothills that I go and I'm an avid runner I love jogging and running and stuff like that and just going up into the trails into the foothills and stuff like that is one of my favorite things. And explore new little areas and stuff like that, and twist my ankle every once in a while.

Dave Burnett:                    That'll keep us down on that healthy living list with your ankle twisting going on.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly, but yeah really definitely one of the healthiest cities and stuff like that.

Dave Burnett:                    And we didn't even touch on kayaking or camping or just getting outdoors, there's a ton to do here.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    That's a great list to be on.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, yeah. News and World Report rated us number six best places to live in the US. That one I believe was based on just affordability, the access to different things and stuff like that, but number six best places to live in the US.

Dave Burnett:                    And on that note when you look at, and I know some people go "My electric bill is so high." Why don't you go to Michigan, check out the electricity in Michigan, or car registration where it costs you $600 a year to register your car.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah.

Dave Burnett:                    Some states are that way, so it is still very ... While it seems expensive, it is still very affordable.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly, it is, it is. US News, once again they've rated us number 12 as best place to live, and number 60 as best place to retire 60 out of 100. Not the best ranking, but still a really good ranking for cities to retire to and have access to. I still think that they tend to lean towards the cities in the south for those retirements places.

Dave Burnett:                    I think so. I think it is the winter and the warmth. If you're 70-years-old, you don't want to go shovel your walk.

Thom Dallman:                  Right.

Dave Burnett:                    I think winter does have a lot with that, but a lot of people they'll snowbird, they'll travel south for the winter.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. Farmers Insurance in Sperlings best places reports just rated us recently as number 11 most secure largest city. I'm drawing a blank on the details on that, but I believe that was just in relation to less crime, less-

Dave Burnett:                    Car accidents.

Thom Dallman:                  Car accidents, and less incidences that Farmers Insurance has to kind of step in and take care of and things like that.

Dave Burnett:                    When it comes to natural disasters, knock on wood, you have fires, that is a real and present danger. We don't really have tornadoes, we don't have hurricanes, there's a lot of natural disasters that we have been fortunate enough to avoid, again knock on wood.

Thom Dallman:                  Knock on wood for sure.

Dave Burnett:                    But fires I think is probably the biggest danger, and again there's ways to try to prepare to secure your home from that if you live up in that area.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. I think this summer was the first time we'd seen a fire that really kind of threatened the foothills that closely.

Dave Burnett:                    Yeah.

Thom Dallman:                  Into town was that Pierce Park fire that happens. Otherwise, most of those fires happen kind of up further into the foothills and stuff.

Dave Burnett:                    Into the wilderness.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah. We've been very fortunate in that aspect of things.

Dave Burnett:                    There's a new listing out-

Thom Dallman:                  One more before I get to that. Forbes actually rated us number two in places to raise families, number two in all the US city for raising families. There's a lot of people who are moving here with their kids because they don't want to raise their kids in the bigger metropolitan cities. I have some clients that I've been working with that are moving here from the east coast, the cost of living and the life style is so different on the east coast compared to here that they just really want to get their kids here and bring them up in a more-

Dave Burnett:                    Unwound.

Thom Dallman:                  Unwound town.

Dave Burnett:                    Unwind and relax a little bit.

Thom Dallman:                  And the housing affordability that one rated us number two because of housing affordability cost of living as well as median income and so forth. Yeah, I mean it's a great place to raise your kids, to raise your families and to have a family.

Dave Burnett:                    You look at everything from Pal Soccer, to Optimus Football, to YMCA basketball programs, hunting and fishing activities for kids, biking, there's so much to do with families.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. Yeah, there's so much to do, so much outdoorsy stuff. Even in the winter time we kind of mentioned going skiing up at Bogus, there's little hills.

Dave Burnett:                    Always amazing when you see these three years old’s up there skiing.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, right. As they go bombing past and I'm falling down every 10 feet.

Dave Burnett:                    I'm trying to get up and they just zip by you, "Sorry sir," and off they go around you.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. And just finishing off our most recent ranking, which is to me a pretty amazing ranking. We've recently been ranked using data from NBO.com as number eight in a list of 100 safest cities in the world.

Dave Burnett:                    Not in America, in the world?

Thom Dallman:                  Sorry, a list of 50 safest places to live in the world.

Dave Burnett:                    That is amazing.

Thom Dallman:                  Yep. They scored these based off of culture, history, food, and various things like that.

Dave Burnett:                    Crime rates.

Thom Dallman:                  Crime rates, things like that. But we are number eight in the world of safest cities to live in. And another interesting fact is there's only one other city on that list, and they're number 49, and that's Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dave Burnett:                    Wow.

Thom Dallman:                  Only two cities Boise and Salt Lake, and we've ranked in that top 50. And Boise's almost at the top of that list of safest places to come and visit, to come and live, to just hang out in, and stuff like that.

Dave Burnett:                    I have had two very well-known people, if I said their names you'd know who they are, I'm not going to reveal it through here just through the radio contacts. I'm not a big deal, but to the radio contacts that I have personally shuttled back and forth to hotels, and they stayed at the Grove both of them, two different interests stayed at the Grove Hotel Downtown Boise. And when I picked them up they came out, both of them said this independently, they said "This is your downtown?" It's like yeah, because I was expecting them to say wow, it's kind of a pipsqueak downtown. Both of them said "Where is your garbage and graffiti?"

Thom Dallman:                  We don't really have that downtown.

Dave Burnett:                    There is no garbage and graffiti, that's taken care if, it's picked up and it's wiped out. If someone does it they wipe it out.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah.

Dave Burnett:                    They both said the same thing, "Where is your garbage and graffiti?"

Thom Dallman:                  Wow.

Dave Burnett:                    We don't have any.

Thom Dallman:                  That's interesting, we really don't. I've never really thought about that, but yeah when you go to some of these larger cities, I've been traveling quite a bit this year and Seattle, New York, stuff like that. Yeah, you do see a lot of garbage and graffiti everywhere.

Dave Burnett:                    Everywhere.

Thom Dallman:                  I never really thought about it, but that's true.

Dave Burnett:                    We do have the homeless among us but it's kind of confined, it's no ramped. You go to Portland, there's part of Portland where I grew up where I used to go, that I don't feel safe there.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    And I think the people living on the street don't feel safe there either.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    It's a big deal to be on that list, one of the people that I had that I toured around wanted to buy some property and wound up, was going to buy up and around in valley, that's why they were here. They wound up buying in Eastern Idaho, but a great big ranch.

Thom Dallman:                  Nice.

Dave Burnett:                    That's their retreat, that's their hideaway.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    In part, it was the cleanliness, it's the security of the state.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly, exactly. I wouldn't be surprised if we see a lot more just people from all over the world now moving in here looking at us to relocate to and just as the ... As everything kind of evolves and we evolve and everything, hopefully the city will be able to keep up with it and-

Dave Burnett:                    Keep a handle on it.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    If you're a criminal stay home, don't come here, it's a simple as that.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    This is the Idaho Real Estate Buzz, he is Thom Dallman. I am Dave Burnett, and of course being brought to you by the folks at Diversified Mortgage and Core Group Realty. Call them today (208)933-7777, find out why they say you get more with core.



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Dave Burnett:                    This is the Idaho Real Estate Buzz, I'm Dave Burnett. He is Thom Dallman, the co-owner designated broker of Core Group Realty. Coregrouprealty.com is the website, (208)933-7777, that's the phone number you can call any time. Yes, even on Thanksgiving weekend, you can call any time to find out more about what's on the website, what's going on with Core Group and to make appointments with their agents. We have reached that time, it's the Holidays.

Thom Dallman:                  It's the holidays.

Dave Burnett:                    Yep, by now let's see the turkey is half consumed.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, hopefully everybody's enjoyed their turkey sandwich leftovers.

Dave Burnett:                    I could eat those for days, I'm good with that.

Thom Dallman:                  Me too, I've specifically at family dinners we've run out of turkey, so purposely on the next day after Thanksgiving cooked another turkey just so I could have those turkey sandwich leftovers. That's how much I love my turkey sandwiches.

Dave Burnett:                    Wow, I'm thinking that's great. It is that time of year, now is the time also that people start decorating for Christmas season. Some people have already got a head start on it.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, some people started before but typically-

Dave Burnett:                    The bulk of it will start from this weekend here in the next couple of weeks, and when you're doing holiday decorations when the weather's been kind of iffy off and on, it is something to just be aware of. Just taking precaution and safety in doing it and what you do.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, be safe. It's just not worth hurting yourself when you're hanging those decorations and stuff like that. It's important to be safe for yourself and for your family and think about a few things as far as home safety when your kind of starting to decorate and things like that. I can't think of what the statistics is, but a good number of homes that catch on fire each year due to faulty wiring and Christmas lights, and dry Christmas trees and stuff like that. It's really important to make sure that you've got yourself in a safe place.

Dave Burnett:                    Yes, before we start on decorating homes, we mentioned this here the past couple of weeks ago, but when it comes to selling your home, do you want to decorate it?

Thom Dallman:                  I say yes, I say put a little bit of your own personality into it with Christmas decorations.

Dave Burnett:                    Don't go crazy.

Thom Dallman:                  They key to that is not to go crazy, not to make it this winter wonderland that people are like wow, Christmas just threw up all over this house.

Dave Burnett:                    And they are out there.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. I don't think it hurts at all to do a little Christmas decoration, but do it in moderation, keep it as low-key as possible and still enjoy the season. You should as a family, if your families still living in the house, still be able to enjoy your holiday spirit and stuff like that. Don't be afraid to decorate.

Dave Burnett:                    All right, now if I've decided to decorate, some tips you have?

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah. Like I mentioned kind of the electrical safety issues, make sure that you are inspecting your light strings as we package them up and throw them in closets and stuff like that over the summer and stuff like that. Some of the cords can get frayed, light bulbs can break, so make sure you're checking all the light bulbs to make sure that they're all intact and that there's not any broken one. And that takes some time to go through each light bulb to make sure that it's not broken and stuff like that because plugging in a broken light and having that low wire touching a carpet maybe or a dry branch, that's an easy fire starter there. Making sure that you're checking those things, check the certification marks for new lights that you buy. Make sure that they're certified and that they're safe lights and using them for appropriate things.

Dave Burnett:                    Yeah. If you're going to put them outdoors, make sure that you get outdoor lights.

Thom Dallman:                  Outdoor lights, yes.

Dave Burnett:                    You don't want them shorting out.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. And the same for indoor, if you're going to do indoor on your Christmas tree, you don't want outdoor lights on there because they burn a little bit hotter and so forth.

Dave Burnett:                    I think one the greatest things with the innovations with Christmas lights now is LED lights. They take very little energy, they are cool they're not hot lights, and they just seem to be a little ... For outside lights I put some up last year, first time, they're brighter and they really shine.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. One of my newest favorite things is those projector lights. For 20 bucks I think they cost, you go and it projects the Christmas lights up onto your house and you don't have to go hang strings up and stuff like that.

Dave Burnett:                    Look at you.

Thom Dallman:                  It's one little contraption that you put out in front of your house.

Dave Burnett:                    One extension cord, one light, good, back inside on the couch.

Thom Dallman:                  Christmas is done.

Dave Burnett:                    They are very popular.

Thom Dallman:                  But they are really super-efficient, and they still create a nice display, and anyway they're safe, and designed for being outside. Make sure you're checking those certification marks, make sure that you're making sure that they're right and appropriate for their usage and stuff like that, and that they have the safety standards. And that doesn't just go for lights, that goes for anything that you're using during the holidays, gas appliances, there's different things that you can check to make sure that your little Christmas decorations that have mechanical movement-

Dave Burnett:                    Which are getting more and more popular.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. One of my dreams back when I was younger was to have one of those big villages of little houses that have all the little light.

Dave Burnett:                    My wife has one, every year a new building is up.

Thom Dallman:                  A new building gets added, but I never got around to doing that tradition, so I don't have that set going on. But yeah, just being safe when it comes to electricity. Being aware of how you're hanging your Christmas lights on the exterior of the house, don't be driving nails through your wires of course, using hooks and stuff to hang then appropriately on the side of your house and stuff like that. Making sure your ladder is-

Dave Burnett:                    I was going to say, that's a biggy.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah. Making sure that your ladder, as you're trudging through the snow and stuff, isn't going to be slippery when you're climbing up and down doing your lights on the exterior of the house and make sure that you're not going to fall, make sure it's secure.

Dave Burnett:                    More than once in my life I've thought I could reach that, and you stretch that extra little bit, and it's dangerous.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah the ladder starts to wobble and stuff like that, I've been in that predicament too.

Dave Burnett:                    I think everyone has.

Thom Dallman:                  Oh yeah, I should probably not do that. I always tell people, I feel like I kind of have this record of saying this over and over again, a repeating record. But I tell people all the time check your fire alarms, check your furnace, make sure that all of your carbon monoxide detectors if you have them have batteries and are functioning and so forth. Make sure that your family has safety routes planned in case of any kind of emergency or fires. How you're going to get out, what route to take, where to meet afterwards to make sure everyone's safe and stuff like that, making sure that you guys have your safety plan in place is a huge important part as well. The Christmas tree, let's talk about the tree, a lot of people do trees. Make sure that the tree is staying wet, staying moist, doesn't dry out.

Dave Burnett:                    If it's a live tree.

Thom Dallman:                  If it's a live tree, yes. If you have a-

Dave Burnett:                    Artificial don't worry about it.

Thom Dallman:                  If you have an artificial one, make sure that it's fireproof and so forth.

Dave Burnett:                    Especially if you're getting a tree this weekend during the Thanksgiving holidays, it's a long stretch until Christmas.

Thom Dallman:                  It is. You want to make sure that you're watering that thing and not putting it next to your heater vents that will cause it to dry out faster and stuff like that. Just being aware of its location in the house, if it's in front of a big window that gets a lot of sun, that's going to dry it out quickly so you need to make sure you're putting water in that. Keeping your tree moist if it's a real tree and making that right selection of a tree is really, super important.

Dave Burnett:                    One of the things that's hard to do, and that is to keep that pan full of water, but I saw ... Maybe it's not new but it's the first time I saw it last year, and it's a funnel with a real long stem on it that you can stick down in the pan and pour water in.

Thom Dallman:                  It kind of sticks out of the tree a little bit?

Dave Burnett:                    Yeah, getting under that tree and getting water it's a real pain, this way it's a funnel that sticks down in there and you can water it.

Thom Dallman:                  That's convenient.

Dave Burnett:                    It is, and it will help you to remember to do that.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    That's something to really take a look at.

Thom Dallman:                  Nice.

Dave Burnett:                    You talked about fire safety as far as fire places, make sure your gas stove has been inspected, make sure it's working properly.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly, make sure the glass hasn't cracked on the surface of it and stuff like that.

Dave Burnett:                    Yep. And if you have a real fireplace, make sure it's in working order, your chimney's been inspected. My father used to scare us all to death when he'd roar that fire up every year.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    Amazing he didn't even burn the house down.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, make sure it's cleaned out, make sure that the flue is working right so that ... And that's a great energy saver too, making sure you're opening and closing that when you have fires and when you don't have fires so that you're not allowing drafts and breezes into the house and stuff like that. But make sure it's functioning so that the smoke's going out and you don't have little residue smoke coming into the house.

Dave Burnett:                    And don't leave it unattended.

Thom Dallman:                  Don't leave it unattended. Don't leave your house lights unattended, that's one thing a lot of people don't think about. They turn on their lights, they go Christmas shopping, leave the house for a couple hours. They say that you should never leave your lights on and unattended, you should make sure that you're shutting them off when you leave the house or when you go to sleep at night and stuff like that. Using timers is a great way to do that so that they automatically kind of shut on and off.

Dave Burnett:                    And they're not real expensive.

Thom Dallman:                  No, they're really not, they're not. The other thing I like to talk about too is Christmas ornaments and stuff like that. If you have pets, if you have young children, stuff like that, making sure that you're not putting breakable glass, chokeable Christmas ornaments on the bottom of your tree where they're easy assessable or where a cat can get to it and knock it off the tree and shatter everywhere and stuff like that. Really making sure that your tree is safe for pets and for families.

Dave Burnett:                    Yep, and realize the danger of some live plants, poinsettia plants for kids and pets.

Thom Dallman:                  Yep, there's certain plants that are poisonous that unfortunately there are little kids that like to just kind of grab things and chew on them, or pets that like to chew on plants and stuff like that. Make sure that you're not having those anywhere around for people to get into. If you're leaving town for the holidays, a lot of people go travel, visit family, make sure that you're sharing with your neighbors that you're leaving town so that they can keep an eye on your house. If you can hire a house sitter, there's people that for $20 a night they'll come stay at your place and kind of keep an eye on it-

Dave Burnett:                    And if you have cats, or birds, or pets that way somebody's there to take care of them.

Thom Dallman:                  To watch the animals and stuff like that, yeah. They do range in prices from 20 bucks up to 50 bucks and stuff like that depending on what all you want them to do and stuff. But yeah, having someone hanging out at the house or just making sure that you let the neighbors know, putting your lights on automatic timers so that the lights go on and off in the evenings, so it makes it look like someone's home. Just protect yourself from a burglar or giving anybody the idea that the house is vacant. And that goes as far as posting on Facebook, if you're out traveling and you're posting on Facebook all of these pictures of you say in Mexico or something like that

Dave Burnett:                    "Hey look at me I'm out in the country, I'm nowhere near my house."

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly, that is just a signal to those people how might think oh, don't they have some nice jewelry.

Dave Burnett:                    While Boise's one of the safest cities in the world, don't tempt it.

Thom Dallman:                  Don't tempt people.

Dave Burnett:                    Here's the other one, if we have a winter like last year, I hate saying this, you might want to go ahead and pay somebody to shovel your walker, plow your walk if you're gone. Because nothing's a bigger giveaway other than no footprints and no tracks in and out of the garage.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. Yeah, that's another thing you can do with your neighbors, if they have teenage kids offer them some money to swing by and shovel the sidewalks and stuff to make it look like there's someone home. Good idea.

Dave Burnett:                    But just be safe.

Thom Dallman:                  Good idea, be safe and be smart. From the Core Group family and everybody else and to all the families out there we just like people to have a safe and happy holiday living in their homes.

Dave Burnett:                    Yep, and we are on the way. Thanksgiving's down and we're headed toward Christmas, here we go.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    Core Group Realty, that is the company that you need to look to if you're looking to buy or sell a home and talk to. You can find their website at coregrouprealty.com. This show, the Idaho Real Estate Buzz, brought to you by Diversified Mortgage and Core Group Realty. Call them today (208)933-7777, find out why they say you get more with core.


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