Today on the Buzz, Dave and Thom talk about energy efficiency in the home and give you some small tips that you can utilize to prep your home for winter. As we enter winter we also welcome the season of giving, Thom is here to tell you about our partnership with the Boise Rescue Mission and what you can do to make an impact right here in our local community this holiday season. 

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Dave Burnett:                    This is the Idaho Real Estate Buzz, I'm Dave Burnett, along with Thom Dallman, who's the co-owner, designated broker, of Core Group Realty. Coregrouprealty.com, that is the website that you can go to anytime, 24/7, to find out what's happening with Core Group and real estate in the Treasure Valley. Thom, another great week as we head into the fall and soon, the winter season.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. Yeah, it's getting ... it's been chilly. It's been chilly, so hope people are battening down the hatches, going to talk a little bit about some home safety ideas a little bit later in this segment. Not this segment, sorry, this episode in the show. Just some energy saving ideas for your home, and stuff like that. Tis the season for that.

Dave Burnett:                    It is, if anyone is traveling during the Thanksgiving break coming up next week, we just ask you to travel carefully, just keep that in mind and give lots of time to get wherever you're heading.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly, exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    New properties, what do you got listed?

Thom Dallman:                  We like starting this first episode with just a little bit of new things that we have on the market, we've got a couple of new things to chat about. The first one being a property out in Kuna. This three-bedroom, two bath house is on 1611 North Haran Way, this house does have a newer roof, it has carpet in the main living areas, newer carpet, spacious, open concept with a great room, vaulted ceilings. It is 1,614 square feet. Lots of storage, and all the little extras that come along with it. The master suite has spacious room with private dual vanities in it. Definitely something that you should check out, great little property. It does have a bonus room above the garage, a 20 by 11 bonus room, you can have your man cave, or the women can have their craft room, or men could have craft room too, I guess. Whoever wants to use that for whatever space they need, there's a great bonus room above.

Dave Burnett:                    Or if you want to put the kids up there to watch TV and have them keep all their stuff up there.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, exactly. Listed at 189,900, and this property does qualify for the Rural Development Program.

Dave Burnett:                    Oh, because it is out in Kuna.

Thom Dallman:                  Because it's out in Kuna, yeah. For those that are not in know, the Rural Development Program is a program that is designed to encourage people to come and see some of these rural ... or move into some of these rural districts, and help their population to grow. Gives a great option for a hundred percent financing.

Dave Burnett:                    Some great rates and great options on that.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, if you qualify for it, it's a great option to be able to get into a house with almost no down payment, and stuff like that. Very few areas qualify for that.

Dave Burnett:                    I was going to say, if I remember it right, Michelle had said, "Hurry to Kuna, get that done quickly, because that's something that may, with the population growth out there, may go away."

Thom Dallman:                  They're reaching their limits of population to where that might be revoked eventually. I'm from Kuna, so it is definitely something that if you're looking for those programs that are a hundred percent down, to get into a house, it's worth looking into rural development, having your lender look into rural development and seeing what areas qualify for it.

Dave Burnett:                    And you talk about an open floor plan, and that is something that's really desirable right now. People love those open floor plans.

Thom Dallman:                  People just love having that open space where they can just congregate in one area, and you can chat with your family as you're cooking, and they can just be involved in the whole conversation and stuff like that.

Dave Burnett:                    Plus, the open floor plan, I can't remember what the square footage on this was, but when you get that open floor plan, it makes a 2,400-square foot home seem so much bigger, just because of the openness.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, I was just chatting with some clients earlier this week about just the difference that open floor plans can have versus where everything is kind of closed off with walls, lots of hallways, that eats up a lot of that space and makes homes feel a lot smaller, even though it may be the same square footage, when they don't have those open floor plans.

Dave Burnett:                    You watch flip shows, the first thing they look at is how can we open up the floor plan? That's the first thing they look at.

Thom Dallman:                  That's been the trend, I would say for the last ten years. Everyone wants to open up walls and open up spaces and stuff. Even when I started flipping 13 years ago, that we were looking at things like that. How do you open it up?

Dave Burnett:                    So that's in Kuna, what else do you have?

Thom Dallman:                  This one's in Kuna. Also in the rural development area, we have, out in Emmet, a 1,619-square foot, so similar size, similar price point, 185,000, this is a three bedroom, two and a half bath two story, and this one is on 811 Comanche Trail. Great corner lot, once again, ample room with ... for toys and stuff like that. There's a swing gate added for RV parking ... RV parking is possible on it. The kitchen appliances are included for convenience on this one, too. And it's got a west facing bonus room upstairs as well. Very similar to the first one that we talked about in Kuna, the only thing is that some of the bedrooms are on the upper level. It's three bedroom two and a half bath, and it's in Emmett.

Dave Burnett:                    Nice. So with Kuna we've got Emmett, where else are you gonna take me?

Thom Dallman:                  Well, let's just go on all the way out there to Garden Valley.

Dave Burnett:                    Oh, nice, okay, a mountain property.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, let's talk about living in Garden Valley. The beauty of living up there in the mountains and having that spacious feel all around you, and stuff like this. This one's actually just a lot. It's just a builder's lot available for 50,000, and it's a two-acre lot.

Dave Burnett:                    So, it's a good size.

Thom Dallman:                  So, it's a good size, yeah, two acres to ...

Dave Burnett:                    Say good bye to the neighbors!

Thom Dallman:                  Get rid of the neighbors, you have amazing views, you can kind of do your own thing on it, build your own house, put whatever you need in it. Just kind of gives you that little bit of mountain escape, up there. There's a private lane that goes up to it, so it is ... it's got that little private lane for security and seclusion. Totally worth checking out if you're in that frame of mind of kind of getting something that you can eventually build a house, build a little family getaway, and stuff like that, up in the mountains. This is a great opportunity and great location.

Dave Burnett:                    So you got ... whether you're looking to take the family for a weekend retreat sort of place, if you're looking to retire and get out of the city, or if you have that luxury, man, I wish I had it, to be able to work from home.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    Think about that. If you could work from home and live in Garden Valley, you couldn't ask for much more. That'd be awesome.

Thom Dallman:                  This one is listed under lot one, block one, The Meadows. Because this one does not have a physical address on it yet. They usually don't attach physical addresses until you actually get someone that's living on the property.

Dave Burnett:                    So this really, if you're interested in this lot, this is one where you really need to call 208-933-7777. Call Core Group and an agent will get you hooked up to where you can see it and go up there and just experience it.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. And talk a little bit about what is involved in having a building lot, what kind of things you need to think about, as far as, how do you hook up utilities if they are available, or is it just going to be septic and well, if you have to drill a well, what does that involve, and stuff like this. This one particularly is a septic and well option, so you need to kind of look into that, what's it going to cost to build those into ...

Dave Burnett:                    And your agents have a good handle on that, to know more or less what the cost is going to be.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, we usually share that, and we've had lots of experience in dealing with those issues and stuff like that.

Dave Burnett:                    Perfect.

Thom Dallman:                  We usually have someone who knows something about it.

Dave Burnett:                    There you go. So, a perfect opportunity to escape to the mountains. Anything else on the list?

Thom Dallman:                  That is it on my list today. That's the new ones that came in, we do have several featured listings on our website, of course, listings that we've had out there and looking for that right home owner to move into them. We've talked about them in the past couple episodes, and stuff like that. Some of them sold, some of them haven't, it's an ever-changing market.

Dave Burnett:                    The best thing to do, then is to go to coregrouprealty.com where even the MLS, all the listings are updated, you said every 15 minutes?

Thom Dallman:                  Every 15 minutes, our site is updated, unlike Zillow, which is updated every 24 hours, and other systems, that are every couple hours, or what not, ours is updated every 15 minutes from the MLS, so you're getting current information, accurate information, of what's available now, in this present time.

Dave Burnett:                    Be a great thing to do as you take the weekend, as you prepare for family to come to town. This really is a time where some people have family coming to town, and it never fails, I always hear stories of, oh, yeah, I had my cousin Bill in town and they decided after being here, they're going to move to Boise.

Thom Dallman:                  Yep, we get that quite frequently. That's funny because I tell my agents all the time, the holidays are one of those tricky situations where a lot of agents take that time off. They want to be with family and friends, which is their right, their prerogative, but for me, the holidays have always been the more active ones, because there's less agents out there competing with you, so it's a great time to be there and be available for buyers, because buyers are. There's families coming into town that do, they make that decision that they want to start looking, they decide they really love it here, and they want to go out and look at property and stuff. I personally have written several contracts on Christmas Day, or Thanksgiving Day, I've chatted with ... We have several agents here who have done the same thing.

Dave Burnett:                    And so, what I'm going to assume, let me assume here, is that, come Thanksgiving Day, if you want to see an agent, you've got somebody available.

Thom Dallman:                  We will have someone available. There'll be someone answering the phone, we'll have someone get on that and get out there to see you.

Dave Burnett:                    Well, I was just thinking, because some people ... If part of the family is going to sit around and watch football all day, some of the rest of the family might go, let's go out and look at some homes, see what's out here, so it'd be a great time to go out and take a look at some homes.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, get an idea of what's available and what fits your family's needs.

Dave Burnett:                    Perfect. That works out well. The website coregrouprealty.com. You can go there, you can got on your smartphone, you can go on your laptop, your iPad, wherever you go, and it's very interactive, it's not just a static display, it's something you can put specifics in, if there's a school zone, or a school district you're looking for, if there's an area of town, it's a very lively website.

Thom Dallman:                  Yep. Just click on the home search site, or home search part of it, and it's there and available, you can look for pretty much anything that's available on the MLS. As far as criteria goes, you can find that in our search functions as well.

Dave Burnett:                    Perfect. Coregrouprealty.com.  This is the Idaho Real Estate Buzz, we do this each and every Saturday, being brought to you by Diversified Mortgage, equal opportunity lender, and Core Group Realty, call 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. You can call them right now. 208-933-7777. Somebody's standing by to answer your call, get you directed to where you need to go to find out more about what Core has to offer, what real estate has to offer, here in the Treasure Valley. One of the big things, I think, I've taken away from the parade of homes and talking to different people, is energy efficiency in homes.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, it's so important.

Dave Burnett:                    That that's a big deal.

Thom Dallman:                  It's so important, especially when you go in to the winter time frame and you have one of those older houses that's settled.

Dave Burnett:                    All the hot air is rushing out.

Thom Dallman:                  And, has developed little issues that result in your electric bill or your gas bill going up, because of the heating issues that are present, and stuff like that.

Dave Burnett:                    Plus, [inaudible 00:00:59], sometimes if you're in an inefficient home, you're cold all the time.

Thom Dallman:                  Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. For sure.

Dave Burnett:                    I realize it's a First World problem, but it's rough being cold all the time. It is, when you think, "If I would invest a little bit in my home, I could get this a little more energy efficient."

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, yeah. There's little things that you can do. You don't have to do complete remodels on your home or go find a new home to make them energy efficient during the winter. There's tips, and tricks, and little things that we talk about every once in a while, to really help you make sure that your heat's not escaping. Let's just say that.

Dave Burnett:                    Well, let's also do it this way, not only for your current home, but if you're looking for a home, it's something to look for in a home.

Thom Dallman:                  Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. We as agents, all the time when we're taking people through homes, we're trying to keep an eye out for those little things that could cause a problem come winter. That's what inspectors do. That's what the inspection process is for, is for going through that house and saying, "Hey, the weather stripping is going bad on the doors. You might want to have them replace the weather stripping." Because, weather stripping does wear down and does compress after time. That's one of the major leaks that lets cold air in and hot air out of our house and causes drafts through your houses that weather stripping. So, one of the biggest tips I always tell people when they're going in to the wintertime is to stand back from your door and just take a look when there is light on the other side of it to see if there are any leaks. To see if there's any issues with light coming through. One particular door in my house that, every year, it seems like something happens. I don't know if it's settling or what, but we always have a light showing through.

Dave Burnett:                    I took your advice here a while back, and I did that. And, found at the bottom right ... the door opens up, and the bottom right corner where it opens, there's a big gap. There was a big gap there. I went and they sold just a little square, just a little L-shape, that I put in there. Plugged it right up.

Thom Dallman:                  Plugged it right up, yeah. Yeah. We have one of those spots, too, that we ... I don't know why, it seems to always have showing up [crosstalk 00:03:08].

Dave Burnett:                    I think it cost me $1.20, and it too me all of about 60 seconds to do.

Thom Dallman:                  Yep, exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    The amount of heat that would escape out of there, really, is pretty significant.

Thom Dallman:                  Oh, yeah. For sure, for sure. That goes the same with windows. Windows do settle. Window frames start creating little gaps and stuff like that. The caulking around the windows starts to wear out after time and stuff like that. It's always good to check your windows for drafts and see if there's any areas that are not sealed as tight. And, figuring out re-caulking. Either going in and re-caulking the windows to seal up those gaps, or if your frame itself in the windows themselves are just drafty and old, you might want to think about putting that window plastic over that you can adhere to it for the wintertime, and seal that up for the winter.

Dave Burnett:                    Or, if you have it in the budget to actually go and invest in new energy efficient windows, not a bad idea to do. I know there's also some low-interest loans that are available to be able to re-do your windows.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    Not only to improve the look of your home, but just the efficiency for heating and cooling.

Thom Dallman:                  Oh, yeah, yeah. If it's an older house, it's just that time to just maybe invest the money in to those energy efficient. It's a great investment in your house, and one that does return on that investment very well after time. Definitely something to think about if you're in the position to be able to do something like that. For sure.

Dave Burnett:                    Doors, windows, check those for cold air coming in or escaping.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah. What a lot of people don't think about is going around and checking any other access points. For example, where the electricity lines run in to your house. Where air conditioning runs in to the house.

Dave Burnett:                    Cable.

Thom Dallman:                  Cable. Where your cable cord runs in to the house.

Dave Burnett:                    That's a big one.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah. Because, after time, those wires can shrink. The gaps can open as winds and stuff like that move those wires around, and stuff like that, creating a space for air to get in. Taking some of that silicone spray stuff, that foam that builds up in there and sealing those leaks is another really good idea.

Dave Burnett:                    That stuff is like magic.

Thom Dallman:                  Right? Yeah.

Dave Burnett:                    It can take the average non-mechanical homeowner and makes you geniuses. I did that with my cable ... Actually, they changed the cable where it came in to the house. I noticed a funny draft in the corner. It was like, "What?" I'm looking, and it really wasn't sealed very good. Took a can of that and just went [inaudible 00:05:49] in to it. Done. I was thinking, "Man, I'm good."

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    "I am a homeowner."

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    You really can do that, and [crosstalk 00:06:00] something to check.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, the idea is basically checking anything on the exterior of your house, or even interior walls, that could create that cold air coming through and perpetrating through. Speaking of, one of the things that I've come across, too, is just the plate covers on your electric boxes on the exterior of your homes. Your outlets and stuff like that. Those can start creating gaps and become a little space where cold air, if you have cold air coming in to your framing somehow, can come through in to your house, too. They actually say you should check your electrical outlets and stuff that are on the exterior walls, just to ...

Dave Burnett:                    Well, if you think about the electrical box itself is three inches deep. If you have two by four walls, that means there's an inch behind there that maybe there's insulation, maybe there's not. It may be exposed. I think the thing that you'd want to do is to get those foam insulations that go behind the plate.

Thom Dallman:                  They do have those available, so yeah. That's what I was going to suggest, is getting those covers and stuff like that, so that it seals it. They also recommend doing a little bit of epoxy or something around the actual edges and seal that up a little bit more, too. Make sure that they're tight against the wall and preventing the leakage around the edges of that, too.

Dave Burnett:                    If you had an infrared camera, and I've seen it done on TV before, it's amazing how much heat and/or cold is radiating through on different spots like that in your house.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly, yeah. If you have access to something like that, that's a great opportunity to really see where the issues are in your house, and stuff like that. Just some other quick idea, too. Remember to always open up your windows, and your coverings, and stuff like that during the day. Let that sunshine through and get some natural heat. That'll cut your heating bill down having the windows open, especially if you have those south facing windows available to let the sun in. Let the sunshine in.

Dave Burnett:                    That's a good idea.

Thom Dallman:                  It's a really good way to decrease your energy bill during the wintertime, too, if you can get that natural heat coming in.

Dave Burnett:                    Of course, the opposite would be true to close the drapes after dark.

Thom Dallman:                  Yep. Close the drapes after dark, especially if you have drapes that are heavier. That will help to keep the cold from coming through in to the house and stuff like that. Very important, yeah. Close those at night time to hold the heat in and keep the cold out and stuff. And, making sure you have drapes, or shades, or window coverings that actually are energy efficient and help prevent that drafting and stuff like that, too, is another way to help to do that.  I always tell people ever year, and I've probably said it four or times over the last couple months, make sure you're checking your filters in your heater. Replacing heater filters, allowing for the flow of air through your filters to be unhindered allows for less energy to run the furnace and stuff like that.

Dave Burnett:                    It does make a difference.

Thom Dallman:                  It does, it does.

Dave Burnett:                    Something I've tried to do, and that's coming up here in the next week, isn't it? No, it's next month. On the seasons, when fall hits, when winter hits, when spring, I always try to change my filters on the day of the change of seasons.

Thom Dallman:                  Oh, yeah. That's a good idea.

Dave Burnett:                    That way four times a year, I'm changing them.

Thom Dallman:                  That's a very idea.

Dave Burnett:                    I try to do that. What is it? Around December 20th, I'll change them again.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. That's a great idea. I think that's the preferred amount of time is once a quarter that you're supposed to go through and change them four times a year. At the minimum you should at least be changing them once a year and getting in there and getting the new filters. Definitely all things to think about. One other energy saving idea is, I don't know if anybody has hot water like I do, but sometimes if I let the hot water go too long on the ... All the way open hot water, I scald my hand. I burn my hand. I keep meaning to get down to my hot water heater and turn it down.

Dave Burnett:                    Turn it down a little bit.

Thom Dallman:                  Turn down your water heater. There's no need to have hot water that is scalding. The recommended temperature is usually around that 120 degrees for your water heater, so try to get it maintained right about there. That should save you some gas and energy in heating your water.

Dave Burnett:                    Another thing you can do with your water heater, and you can do this yourself or you could hire somebody to do it ... but, mine's in the garage. That is, go get the garden hose, hook it up to the valve at the bottom of the water heater, make sure the water stays on. Don't shut the water off, because you want to keep running. Then, open that valve up and allow it to drain itself, because then all the sediment that settles at the bottom will come out that hose. You'll find a light sandish, I guess it's calcium and stuff built up.

Thom Dallman:                  Calcium that builds up in the bottoms.

Dave Burnett:                    It does help the efficiency of your hot water heater.

Thom Dallman:                  Yep, yep. Always a great recommendation to do that.

Dave Burnett:                    Not hard to do. That's something you can do yourself.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, yeah. That's a great recommendation. One that we condone, as well. Try to get in there and do that.

Dave Burnett:                    You'll be stunned how much junk comes out of your hot water heater and go, "Wow."

Thom Dallman:                  Ew, yuck.

Dave Burnett:                    Yeah.

Thom Dallman:                  For sure.

Dave Burnett:                    Do that, and then be sure to drain the hose and hang it back up.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly, exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    One other thing, if I might mention, I went and I told my neighbor. I collared my neighbor on it this week. Take your hoses off your outside faucets. Don't leave them on right now, because as we get in to colder weather, you can freeze and break pipes.

Thom Dallman:                  Oh, yeah, yeah. I always recommend making sure that you're removing your hoses, putting the covers on, on the hose bibs themselves, and stuff like that, to prevent those bursting pipes, and stuff like that. I believe all my hoses have been removed, so I'm in a good spot right now.

Dave Burnett:                    Yeah, I got mine done, but I saw my neighbor's. I went over and said, "I don't want to be a naggy neighbor, but you might want to unhook that."

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly, exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    He goes, "Oh, I didn't even think about that one."

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    You might want to get that done.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    All of these things, and I know you have service providers who will go and help to check on homes. They can find those providers, I guess it'd be preferred vendors, on the website.

Thom Dallman:                  It's under Service Providers on CoreGroupRealty.com. Just go up to the right-hand corner, and you should see Service Providers as one of the options on our selection line there. Yeah, definitely go check it out and see the service providers that we have. Advanced Heating and Cooling would be great to come in and check your furnaces and stuff like that, and get your air conditioner winterized and whatnot.

Dave Burnett:                    Check your heater, as well.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, yeah. Your heater, and your furnaces, and stuff like that.

Dave Burnett:                    I mention that because sometimes, especially if you're new to town and you open the phone book, and you're looking at heating and cooling and going, "How do I know which ones good or not?"

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, right.

Dave Burnett:                    That's something that you vet.

Thom Dallman:                  These are vendors that we've worked with over the years and have had great relationships with. We know that they do a good job for our clients. [inaudible 00:13:06] gotten compliments, and usually do a great job. Definitely someone that we recommend, and someone that we vet when we put it onto our site.

Dave Burnett:                    Check that out if you're looking for a provider of whatever it may be. Go to CoreGroupRealty.com. Check their list, and see if there's somebody they recommend, because there's ... not a guarantee, but it's an endorsement saying, "This is somebody we work with. This is somebody we know."

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    That is huge.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    Somebody you know. You can check that out. Easy to find on the website. Matter of fact, they're one of the sponsors, Core Group Realty of the Idaho Real Estate Buzz. As Michelle Guth with Diversified Mortgage, and Core Group Realty. Go to the website at CoreGroupRealty.com. 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. You can go there at any time, 24/7. You can call as well, 208-933-7777. Find out why they say you get more with Core. Now one of those things you get more, and part of the reason of this program is not just about selling homes. You do a great job of that. You know. That's not something that's designed for this.

Thom Dallman:                  Mm-hmm (affirmative)

Dave Burnett:                    What makes a difference to me is I look at businesses in the Valley, and that is the spirit of the business.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah.

Dave Burnett:                    And at Core, something I've noticed is that you as the head of the group, and your employees, really do try to reach out. Whether it's raking up leaves, whether it's painting, whatever it is ...

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah.

Dave Burnett:                    To give back to the community.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, yeah. We have several community involvement projects that we participate in. Like you said, the Rake Boise, and the Paint the Town, that are put on by Neighborhood Works. Everybody who listens to the show knows that we are partners with the Idaho Humane Society.

Dave Burnett:                    Correct. As you sit with your dog in your lap.

Thom Dallman:                  (Laughs) As we are recording this with my dog in my lap, yep. So, yeah, we're really big on the community involvement part of business. It's not just about, like you said, sales. And out there selling homes and stuff like that. Anybody can do that. It's what we do in our downtime, I guess you could say. And how we kind of also give back to the community. One of my passions is this radio show, where we give back to the community in education. Talking about different things that, you know, for home ownership ... Things to think about when you are in a home. Stuff like that. Educating people with this radio show.  But also giving back to the community, and those involvement things. For example, right now we are working with the Boise Rescue Mission on their drive for food and for comfort stuff for the winter times for the homeless. So, we currently have two barrels in our office. Located over at 8665 West Emerald Street, in case anybody has any of these items that they can bring by. But one barrel is all for food items.  The six different facilities that the Boise Rescue Mission has right now is serving roughly on average about 1,000 hot meals per day to the hungry. To the homeless.

Dave Burnett:                    That's amazing.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah!

Dave Burnett:                    That's a lot.

Thom Dallman:                  That's a lot of food going out, and a big demand. And as most people know, the Boise Rescue Mission is all volunteers. Is all, you know, donations and stuff like that. So we are helping assist in this drive this year for food drive, for comfort items, and stuff like that.  They also, as an organization, have about 400 people each night that they are able to provide beds for. And that is super important for the homeless in this cold winter that's coming up and stuff like that.

Dave Burnett:                    Yeah, you know we've talked about drafty homes, about cold windows. That is absolutely nothing compared to really being homeless and living in your car.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    Which, you know, you may want to turn a blind eye to it. Some people may not want to see it. But there are people living in their cars. Living in their vans. People living in the streets or living in a shelter, and they need a hand up.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah. Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    That's what this is about.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah. Every little thing helps. Like, you know, just going through your pantry and picking out those cans of food that you may have bought and then never used, and they've been sitting there for a while. You know, that can go towards helping feed everybody.  So they are looking for canned chicken of any kind. They're looking for milk, they are looking for cereals, they are looking for meats, hamburgers, things like that. Coffees. Fruits and vegetables. Ketchup, the condiments and stuff like that. Just all those things contribute to it and help feed people. They're looking for paper products such as Kleenex, toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, paper plates, all that stuff to help them assist them when they are doing that stuff. Laundry, soaps, detergents ...

Dave Burnett:                    Just personal toiletry items.

Thom Dallman:                  Personal toiletry items, yeah. They are really asking the community to just help with whatever they can. Just swing by one of the different areas, one of the Boise Rescue Missions themselves. You can find them online. Or you can even swing by our office, like I said, to bring by any of these supplies. We'll have the barrels here until December 11th. So we've got a couple weeks to raise as much as possible for the Mission. So ....

Dave Burnett:                    You know, I heard somebody recently say, "There's so many groups that are gathering turkeys together."

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah.

Dave Burnett:                    Okay, let's not think about turkeys. Let's think about all the other stuff that goes around it.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    Because there's so much other stuff that goes around that, whether you go and pick up an extra case of green beans ...

Thom Dallman:                  Oh, yeah.

Dave Burnett:                    What ... 8, 9 bucks to do that?

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    And then just ...

Thom Dallman:                  Throw in a couple extra bags of stuffing, you know. That's a couple bucks there.

Dave Burnett:                    Yep. So, it really does make a difference, and you can make a difference. And then when you talk about the personal toiletry items that are needed, you know, I think about the expense, and some people, "Don't mention that!" But the expense for women and feminine hygiene products. That's expensive!

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    So if you can help out with that, that really can help families that are in need. Whatever it may be.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. And in our electrical, powered age right now, one of the other things that they are looking for is batteries. All kinds of batteries, so, you know. Going to ... Running up to Costco and buying the big thing of ... You know, for $15 you get

Dave Burnett:                    You get a bazillion batteries!

Thom Dallman:                  (Laughs) Of batteries. You get a bazillion batteries, and that can help a lot of families, you know. And it is those small conveniences that we, I feel like, take for granted a little bit. And don't think about the conveniences of our day to day lives. That homeless people just don't have. Or people who are recovering, or going through different hardships in their lives, they just don't have these conveniences that we have. And this is just a great way to give back to them. To support them, and help them through the winter time. To me, you know, the community is that. It is a community of ... Especially in Boise, of giving and sharing, and being together.

Dave Burnett:                    Yeah. It's a topic for me that I could talk about for a long time. Because there are those who'll say, "Well, they got themselves in that position ..."

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah.

Dave Burnett:                    Okay, maybe they did, but help them to get out. And again, it's not a handout, it's a hand up.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    And reaching out, and helping. Will there always be homeless? Yeah. There always will be homeless. But there are those who are looking to better their life, and get a re-start, whether it was drugs, alcohol, family situation, job loss, something that could happen to any of us, really. Health issues.

Thom Dallman:                  Mm-hmm (affirmative)

Dave Burnett:                    That suddenly drained you. That any one of us could be in that position where we really needed that hand. One other thing, and you may not want to talk about it. I'm going to make you talk about it. That is, here at the office, you also have a way of helping your employees to help others as well.

Thom Dallman:                  Oh! You must be referring to our Core Gives Back program?

Dave Burnett:                    Yeah. With Core Group Realty. And I know you don't like to toot your own horn, so I'm going to toot your horn for you. That it is a great program you do here.

Thom Dallman:                  So, yeah. Every December, the agents and employees all donate funds and contribute as much as they can, and stuff like that. Some of the agents take them out of commission checks and whatnot. And we raise a certain amount of money, and then as a company Core Group and me, matches that money. In order to then take whatever, we raised, and we go to a local grocery store and we buy $50 gift cards.  And then one day in December, we pick one specific day that we then go to that grocery store and we ... I know this sounds weird, but we stalk people. We just walk the store. We just hang out. Or we linger and just kind of walk around. Really just kind of ... I hate to say this in a profiling kind of way, but we look for people who look like they could use ...

Dave Burnett:                    Some help.

Thom Dallman:                  $50. Some help. For the holiday season. Not necessarily people who look like they are homeless and can't afford it. It's people who look distressed, look sad, things like that. It's just little things.

Dave Burnett:                    You can tell when you are watching people shop, and if they are really watching their nickels and dimes ...

Thom Dallman:                  The one thing that I always do when I'm handing out my gift cards ... Are I look for people who are doing that. They've got their list, and they are trying to price compare and stuff like that. You can tell that they are really, truly on a budget and stuff like that. And so we just hand out these $50 gift cards.   We've done this for five years. This will, I believe, be our 6th year. But last year we as a company were able to give out 40 gift cards. We helped out 40 different families for the holidays, which means a lot to us. To be able to help that many people. And it means a lot to me as a business owner that I had agents and employees that were willing to donate that money, and the time to actually spend at the store handing those out, and stuff like that. And so all we ever ask is that some day in the future, if those people have the ability, that someday they think about paying it forward.

Dave Burnett:                    Nice.

Thom Dallman:                  To someone else. And so forth. So it's just one of those most emotional moments in our lives and giving back, where we just have had such a mix of reactions. I had one guy tell me, "Oh, you know what? I really appreciate it. And while I may look like I'm a homeless guy, I'm not. And I'm really well-to-do, so please go find someone else to give this to." All the way up to, you know, I had this sweet lady who had suffered some real tragedies in her life, this last year. Who just broke down crying, and has said, "Oh, I haven't even decorated for the holidays. My husband and son have been upset, and we've just not been a family." So it meant a lot to her.  And the hugs that come from it, and stuff like that. And just ... It means a lot to us to be able to give back.

Dave Burnett:                    You know, the employees here at Core Group. And you, and the company. You derive your incomes from this community. So to give back to the community is what it really is all about.

Thom Dallman:                  It is. It really is.

Dave Burnett:                    Core Group can't make a lick of difference in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Because you're not there.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    But you are in the Treasure Valley, and to be able to give back to the Treasure Valley is a cool deal, and it's something that I wanted to mention because it is something you wouldn't mention. But it is a way of giving back anonymously to the community as well as the drive to help the Mission.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    It is just a great deal. Bill Roscoe over at the Boise Rescue Mission does a great job, is very frugal with the funds that come in, and so for Core Group to jump on board, that's a cool thing.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah. Yeah. For sure.  So, once again, if you have canned goods, if you have any kind of those blankets, hats, hygiene items, stuff like that, swing by our office. Drop them by during business hours, 8-5 Monday through Friday. And let's get these baskets filled!

Dave Burnett:                    Right here on Emerald Street. Just up from the mall.

Thom Dallman:                  Yep. 8665 West Emerald St.

Dave Burnett:                    Perfect. Well, I appreciate it so much as we head into the holiday season. Thanksgiving, Christmas not far off. Keep that in mind. It's something to make it a bucket list this year, of saying, "you know what? We've never done it before. This year we're going to do it." And come take advantage of Core Group as far as dropping off and using that as a location to do it. This is the Idaho Real Estate Buzz. We do this each and every week. We'd love to hear from you. In fact, you can go to the website: coregrouprealty.com and drop Thom a note, an email. He reads those. And we'd love to hear from you as well.  We'll do it again next Saturday. And each and every Saturday at noon thereafter. Being brought to you by Diversified Mortgage, equal opportunity lender, and Core Group Realty. Find out why they say, "You do get more with Core."


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