Tune in and learn about today's flooring trends! Heather Echevarria from Innovative Custom Homes joins Thom and Dave this week to talk about COREtec. This "life-proof" luxury vinyl flooring was featured in her 2017 Spring Parade home.


Dave Burnett:                    This is the Idaho Real Estate Buzz, I'm Dave Burnett along with Thom Dallman of Core Group Realty. CoreGroupRealty.com is the website and 933-7777 that is the phone number you can call, in fact if you want to try it right now you can dial it, somebody will be picking up the phone.

Thom Dallman:                  Somebody standing by. (laughter)

Dave Burnett:                    They better be or they'll be answering to Thom.

Thom Dallman:                  (laughter) Yep, exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    Now that is a nice thing on the weekend there is a customer service representative standing by to help answer questions. They’re not an agent but they are somebody who understands the company and can direct your call to where it needs to go.

Thom Dallman:                  Correct, correct yep.

Dave Burnett:                    Boy, you know I heard news recently that on a national basis real estate off 11% last month.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, it's crazy I don't know the exact statistics for the Treasure Valley but it is down from where sales were last year. That is what the Boise Regional Realtors has reported. Where our sales are down, inventory is down once again.

Dave Burnett:                    And that's a big part of it. It's not because the economy is horrible, it's because there's nothing to sell.

Thom Dallman:                  There's nothing to sell, it is a very strange marketplace and the fact that there's just nobody listing their homes (laughter) and so inventory is getting really low where at for the Treasure Valley we’re on average between 1.9 to 2 months supply which is as we've mentioned just an all-time low for us, especially for April going into the spring, is usually when people start listing and inventory comes up a little bit and it's just not (laughter) for whatever reason. And we continue to have lots of buyers out there. There's so many buyers out there that are trying to get into properties and stuff.

Dave Burnett:                    Is it a vicious circle?

Thom Dallman:                  It is a little bit, yeah.

Dave Burnett:                    That there's no inventory so there's nobody selling so nobody can buy so if they can't buy they can't sell and it just takes a while to work itself out.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly, so I imagine that we'll see kind of that work itself out hopefully this summer as hopefully people will loosen up and start listing their homes again and get some inventory going. I kind of mentioned that new construction is happening right now because of the fact there is so little inventory and stuff so I ran the numbers for year to date through April versus last year 2015 going back 2 years. 2015 we were at roughly about 18% of our sales in the Treasure Valley was new construction. In 2016, it jumped up to 21% and for year to date through April when I ran the numbers Treasure Valley was at 27%, over a quarter of our sales are new construction.

Dave Burnett:                    There's a lot of people moving to town though, there are for work, a lot of people who are retiring, I've run into several people who've retired young in their fifties and wound up moving to Treasure Valley to do their retirement.

Thom Dallman:                  We've had an interesting mix of different people moving in, kids moving into do jobs and then their parents moved to be close to the grandkids and so forth. It's across the board we've got some great opportunities out there as far as buyers go.

Dave Burnett:                    If you are even thinking about selling your home, give Thom a call here at Core Group Realty and give them a shot to get the most money out of your house you can to get it sold and get taken care of well.

Thom Dallman:                  Yep, we have some unique marketing tools and opportunities for getting homes out there for example this radio show, we like to talk about our coming soon page on our website and featured properties and so forth. It's definitely worth giving us a call and interviewing us if you are in that market to get your home sold.

Dave Burnett:                    Speaking of that the website coregrouprealty.com and you can go there and the secret listings or the coming soon you can find those homes that are not on the MLS yet but, they are available to look at on the website and as soon as they become available you can have first shot at.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly some of them may be available just give us a call to maybe do a little preview for it. We've got the coming soon and the just listed featured listings pages for people to check out to see what's available and what's out there that's internal to our company. Definitely worth checking it out. On the coming soon we have a couple properties, the first one’s at 16113 Settlement Ave. over in Caldwell. This is a 3 bed 2 bath, single level house with a 2 car garage, partially fenced with carpet, hardwood, and vinyl throughout the house, split bedroom floor plan so you have the master on one side and the other bedrooms on the other side a lot of people like that. This is in the Fieldcrest Village subdivision and should be live around mid-June but that's going to be coming on currently their talking about listing it at about $140,000. It's a great starter home, great price point, great rental property if that's what you're looking for especially with it being a 3 bed 2 bath 1,200 square feet.

Dave Burnett:                    I'm no expert at this, you're the expert but I would think at $140,000 dollars I wouldn't look for that one to stay on the market very long.

Thom Dallman:                  Nope that one's probably not gonna stay, anything below that 200 is being snatched up pretty quickly. (laughter)

Dave Burnett:                    Get a look at it on the coming soon site and then come talk to the folks at Core Group about getting a chance to see it.

Thom Dallman:                  For sure, yeah it's a great opportunity like I said for that especially for that first time home buyer or if you're looking for investment property to rent out. Same with 1807 Silver Dr. in Nampa this will be hopefully coming on in the next month or so. This is in the Diamond Park subdivision out there in Nampa. 3 bed 2 bath, single level, 1051 square feet with a 3 car garage this one's coming on $125,000 is what they're talking about.

Dave Burnett:                    That's a great investment property there or first time home for somebody.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, for sure $125,000 and $140,000 for the other one great price points (laughter) and can't imagine that they're going to last very long once they do hit the market. Definitely worth checking out as well as 603 North Carswell Way and Star we've talked a little bit about that one in the past, it's in the Saddlebook subdivision a 3 bed 2 bath, single level with a fireplace, dual vanities in the master, walk in closet, also a split bedroom floor plan, has hardwood floors in it and in the family room, this one is 1899 square foot and is coming on at $230,000.

Dave Burnett:                    That's in Star?

Thom Dallman:                  Yep, that's in Star at 603 North Carswell so that one should be live by the end of this month, so peek at it and check it out. (laughter) Our secret listing before it actually hits the market.

Dave Burnett:                    And again that's at coregrouprealty.com and just look for the tab that says coming soon or secret tab there, top secret. Another home you have listed is what?

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, I wanted to talk a little bit about a really great opportunity in South Boise that we have. This should be live this weekend just in time for Memorial weekend this house has amazing views it sits up on a ridge out there past Lake Hazel and Five Mile area so it's up on that ridge it's going to be one of those awesome opportunities especially around like July 4th to be able to see the fireworks throughout the whole valley. It's mid-century modern look to it so it's got a really beautiful clean interior, it does feature a wood stove, it has this really great enclosed patio/sunroom with hardwood floors in it, great place to just relax and hang out. It's a 3 bedroom 1 1/2 bath on .54 of an acre so nice half acre property. This is a 1300 square foot property single level home and it is coming on at $200,000. Once again $200,000 in the South Boise area is a great price point.

Dave Burnett:                    If you've never traveled out in that area around Lake Hazel or south Five Mile because, you may be saying to yourself "there's a view from out there?" It does rise up and you have a nice look down into the valley. First time I ever saw it was years ago driving out there was kind of like, wow be great to live out here you have a great view from out here.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, there's some great view properties up that direction with the ridge along there and the way that it sits you can see the mountains and the background from the backyard and everything so definitely worth taking a look at it and seeing it. It's on the featured listings page along with some of our other ones.

Dave Burnett:                    And that was on Chapin St?

Thom Dallman:                  Chapin, 11206 West Chapin Ave.

Dave Burnett:                    Chapin, okay excellent

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, some great opportunities out there, some great price points especially in today's marketplace for people to take a look at and to check out.

Dave Burnett:                    And if you're really trying to get the jump on things there are times where at coregrouprealty.com on that coming soon there'll be things posted on a Monday or Tuesday long before we get to doing this show here on the weekends so check it every day. If you're in the marketplace I'd recommend marking Core Group as a favorite and return there and just kind of check it out, go nothing new oh there's something new. It's back and forth so drop it into your favorites list Core Group Realty. We'll come back and continue, we'll be talking to Michelle Guth with Diversified Mortgage find out what's happening in the world of finances as we continue it's the Idaho Real Estate Buzz he's Thom Dallman, I'm Dave Burnett on 580 KIDO and FM 107.5



Dave Burnett:                    This is the Idaho Real Estate Buzz. I'm Dave Burnett, and as we get a chance to do each and every Saturday, we talk to Michelle Guth with Diversified Mortgage, equal opportunity lender. Michelle, welcome back, and we appreciate you spending time with us.

Michelle Guth:                  My pleasure. Good afternoon, gentlemen.

Dave Burnett:                    There's a term I'd like a definition for and explained, because it's thrown out there very casually. "We're going to get a second on our home." A second, that's pretty broad brush, isn't it, to say to get a second on your home?

Michelle Guth:                  You are absolutely correct. It can encompass a lot of different things. Just for background, a second literally means it's a second, because it's in second lien position behind a primary mortgage. If you don't have a first mortgage, then obviously it's not a second mortgage. It's just a home equity loan or a home equity line of credit. But yes, that's a valid point.

Dave Burnett:                    Okay. If I'm wanting to borrow money, I guess, let's go to the foundation of this. If I own a home, if I have some equity in my home that I could borrow against that equity, is that the way that works?

Michelle Guth:                  Correct. Dependent upon the program and the bank, there are varying maximums that they'll allow on your loan to value. Some banks go up to 90% of your appraised value. A lot of them limit it to 80% loan to value, which is based off an appraisal, which they would do at the time of the request for the loan. But it's also going to be contingent on what the purpose of it is, whether it be for home improvements, and so forth.

Dave Burnett:                    That was going to be my next question. Does it matter what I do with the money? Is the bank interested in what I'm going to do with that money?

Michelle Guth:                  No. The only reason I bring that up is we have a purpose of a home equity loan for two different reasons. One would be for a, basically to pull equity after you already have a mortgage. Or it could be used for the purposes of a purchase of a transaction, where we will have a first mortgage and second mortgage, where that second mortgage is used to cover a portion of the down payment. That's when you'll do, for second combos, as they call them, in order to help offset maybe mortgage insurance costs and/or part of your down payment.

Dave Burnett:                    The purpose of doing that then would be to ... I guess I'm a little confused that you're borrowing on the same home for the same loan, or is the loan for another home?

Michelle Guth:                  Nope, same home. The reason we would do it are numerous reasons, so let me give you an example. If I had a client, for example, that said, "I don't want to sell my home until after I move into the new property, although I have a good chunk of equity in it. What I'd like to do is just borrow a small first mortgage, get a larger second mortgage so that when I sell my current property and pull all that equity, I can just pay off my second mortgage. My first mortgage is good to go, and I don't have to mess with principal reduction or anything else."

Dave Burnett:                    Okay.

Michelle Guth:                  That could be a good reason. We can do that in the form of a home equity loan, or we could even do it with bridge financing, which we can touch on another day, as far as that being another program option. Again, a lot of reasons people do it is just to also avoid mortgage insurance. They may have 5%, 10% down, and they feel that there maybe is going to be a windfall of money again, in maybe the next couple years, where they think they can do a quick principal reduction to knock out that second. Then that allows them to avoid mortgage insurance without having to go through some of the processes to request the removal of MI.

Dave Burnett:                    There's some people that'll go and get a second loan for home improvement. Is that difficult to do?

Michelle Guth:                  No, and that is not actually a mortgage. It is a consumer loan, but it is a mortgage in the fact that it is secured with a deed of trust. But as far as a mortgage company, we're not going to typically offer a standalone home equity loan or line of credit. That's something that they would typically get through their banking institution, an FDIC type institution. But we will do them for the purposes of purchases, but again, not just to get a standalone home equity product. But it can be great for that purpose.

Dave Burnett:                    But an advantage of that is that it is a tax deduction. See your tax accountant.

Michelle Guth:                  Potentially tax deductible.

Thom Dallman:                 Yes.

Michelle Guth:                  Yes, we're not tax advisors, but that could be a potential benefit of it. Also, it's pretty inexpensive money to access. Closing costs associated with a second mortgage are very minimal in nature. Typically, the prepayment penalties on them, if any, are also very inexpensive. It is a good way to access that equity for the benefit of, as you mentioned, home improvements, potentially debt consolidation. But that's something I would definitely suggest sitting down with a financial advisor, mortgage advisor, to see does it make financial sense.

                                                It also depends on how long you think you're going to have that home equity product. I'm hesitant to tell somebody to pay off a couple of car loans with a home equity line of credit that's based off of typically prime rate, which we know is going to continue to go up. Yes, you may have the benefit of tax deductibility, but you'll also have a much lower payment than you would with that car payment. If you're not regulating yourself to make the higher payment to get that principal reduced, you're carrying that over a much longer length of time than you would with a car payment. You just want to be very vigilant in paying high payments to get that knocked out.

Dave Burnett:                    Talking to Michelle Guth with Diversified Mortgage. Do you find, or do you hear, that sometimes people actually can get in trouble with a second to consolidate bills and get everything off? Suddenly you feel wealthy, because you have a little influx of cash, and then you go and make a-

Thom Dallman:                  Go overspend.

Dave Burnett:                    Yeah. Does that happen?

Michelle Guth:                  It does happen. There's a potential to do that, not only with a home equity product, but even credit cards, or a debt consolidation, absolutely. Again, I think it's imperative to look at your long term goal. When do you want to have that item paid off? If it's in a home equity loan or line, figure out, you know what, I don't want to have this payment after five years. Have somebody assist you in running an amortization schedule, so you know how much do I need to make every single month to make sure I have that thing knocked by my designated goal of X date.

Thom Dallman:                  As Michelle pointed out there, and what we always tell people, always talk to your financial advisor, talk to a mortgage advisor. Talk to someone who is in the field, and is professional, and knows the ins and outs of what you're doing, so that you are making sure that you get the right program and everything. I think that's what Diversified's so great about is really helping everybody out to make sure that they're in that right program, and doing the right thing for themselves, and for their credit. Just wanted to say that.

Michelle Guth:                  Thom?

Dave Burnett:                    We live in an age where suddenly you got a little extra cash, you're thinking, "Yeah, I could use that big screen TV, or a new car."

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    We're living in times where maybe that's not a smart way to do it. There's a better way to go about managing your money.

Michelle Guth:                  Absolutely, valid point. I think you always need to be cognizant of looking at what is the long term financial goal. It's not how does it impact me right now. How's this going to impact me over the next five to 10 years. We'll even take that approach when we're meeting with our clients that are purchasing homes, that maybe they are selling a property, and they're going to have that extra equity. We'll say, "Maybe instead of doing the 25% down payment, let's do the 20% down payment, avoid the mortgage insurance, but wipe out all this consumer debt that you're not getting on top of, so that we can reduce your monthly outflow and any extra residual income. Then do principal reduction." There's all different ways we can help people try to structure their finances.

Dave Burnett:                    Michelle Guth with Diversified Mortgage in studio with us. Michelle, if somebody has questions about a second or about, perhaps, a first, or a first and second, anything we've talked about, or anything to do with mortgages, how do they get hold of you?

Michelle Guth:                  If you just want to call and visit, you just give us a buzz. Our office number is 853-7878, or you can visit our website, which is dmgloans.com.

Dave Burnett:                    And I will give personal testimony. I've done this in the past weeks, as well, that we went through and refinanced our house, and put it back together again, and just got on a great program that we are very excited, very happy about. Diversified, you just did a great job for us.

Michelle Guth:                  Thank you, Dave. We appreciate that.

Dave Burnett:                    Molly and her staff, they're just good people over at Diversified. We'll continue on the other side. This is the Idaho Real Estate Buzz. We will continue to talk about some of the things happening in real estate, some of the things happening in construction, as well, as we continue here on the Idaho Real Estate Buzz on 580 KIDO, and on FM 107.5.


Dave Burnett:                    This is the Idaho Real Estate Buzz. I'm Dave Burnett along with Thom Dallman of Core Group Realty. Coregrouprealty.com is the website to go to. 933-7777. That is the phone number you can call if you're looking for information. And speaking of information, Thom, something we like to provide here is just a little insight in trends, things that are happening. And, of course, we just got done with the Parade of Homes here not too long ago. A little bit of trend in flooring.

Thom Dallman:                  Lots of interesting trends in flooring, and different routes to go. So, we thought it would be a fun little segment to chat. And we brought in Heather Echevarria from Innovative Custom Homes to chat a little bit about some of those trends, because she actually had a really unique flooring that she had done in her Parade home. That is something that I thought would be really interesting for people to hear about. Heather tell us a little bit about COREtec.

Heather Echevarria:        So, the flooring that we had in our Parade home, and that, I think was in actually quite a few homes, and it's going in a lot of my custom homes right now for clients. It's called COREtec, I think XL or Plus, or something like that. But it's a recycled PVC flooring that is pretty much life-proof. It's 100% water-proof, pet-proof, child-proof, husband-proof, high-heel shoe proof. All of those things. And, it comes in like 30 different colors and different sizes and it's just a really great floor that is very durable, allows for a wide array of looks, but a great price.

Dave Burnett:                    Well, you know, Heather, the traditional hardwood floor. You know, let's go for the traditional. It's not really very practical.

Heather Echevarria:        Not. Yeah No.

Dave Burnett:                    It can be damaged easily.

Heather Echevarria:        Easily damaged. Really there's, really no warranty in our climate for it because it expands and contracts. If you have pets, they scratch it. You drip water on it. You know, it's just not the best option. And, what I'm finding more in our custom builds and in our remodels is people are wanting low maintenance. They want to live their life and live in their home, and not spend all their time cleaning and maintaining it, which makes some of these new flooring products a great option.

Dave Burnett:                    So, when we're talking about COREtec, this kind of flooring then, it is, if it's recycle PVC, that would be water-proof. If you're gone for the weekend and the hose on the washing machine breaks.

Heather Echevarria:        Yep.

Dave Burnett:                    You're just wiping up water.

Heather Echevarria:        You're wiping up water, and, you know, I have a Scottish Terrier, who I say likes to mop the floors with his beard after he gets a drink. It doesn't soak up that water. So the water just kind of sits on that floor. And COREtec has a patented way in which it clicks and locks together. So it is a floating floor, and it's got a cork backing on it. So, it actually is a much softer floor compared to tile. You know, tile is another one of those things that we are seeing. But, it's a softer floor compared to tile. And, it just, I don't know. It's so nice to walk on. It's warm. And, like I said, it comes in so many different colors and sizes.

Dave Burnett:                    You talk about a floating floor. Explain a little bit, for somebody who doesn't understand. What do you mean by floating?

Heather Echevarria:        So it means it's not glued or nailed down. So, a floating floor, the way this locks together. You know, if you got water on it and somehow water got down in your crawl and it affected your sheeting of your floor, this flooring, although not the easiest thing, it could be picked up, dried out and reinstalled.

Dave Burnett:                    Okay. Not an easy thing to do.

Thom Dallman:                  (laughing)

Heather Echevarria:        It's not the easiest thing to do, but you know, with tile, you're breaking it up to bring it up. With hardwood floors, it's pretty much gonna be ruined. So, it's one of those things that cost savings of being able to have it is a lot better.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. And carpet soaks up all that water.

Heather Echevarria:        Yep.

Thom Dallman:                  And stuff, so. Yeah, and just kind of mentioning a little bit on that decorative tiles too. That was something that we saw a lot of in the parades. These really, kind of, beautifully ornate tile prints, or tiles with paints on them that really give some really interesting texture to the-

Heather Echevarria:        Yeah

Thom Dallman:                  to rooms and stuff.

Dave Burnett:                    Some look like wood.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah. Some of them look like wood.

Heather Echevarria:        Some of them really, I thought they looked like, almost like wallpaper on your floor. You know, we used ones in our house that were 3 foot by 3 foot tiles that looked like 9 tiles in one. So neat, so much, fewer grout lines with those, but a really cool pattern and I think that's a big thing right now, is patterns on your tiles. Not just that clean, kind of tile look. It's the patterns in the tiles that people are really going for.

Dave Burnett:                    So, the flooring that you use, COREtec, again. Is that considered a laminate or a manufactured floor? What is that considered?

Heather Echevarria:        They, on the box it says it's an engineered luxury laminate.

Dave Burnett:                    Okay.

Thom Dallman:                  (laughing)

Heather Echevarria:        So I think it covers like all the bases there with that description. So, it comes in, we've used in some of our homes. It's a 5 inch width and 3 and 4 foot long pieces. And then, the one in the Parade house were actually 7 inch width and 7 feet long.

Dave Burnett:                    Now, I know that with probably one of the best name brands, Pergo, which is a laminate. They are working hard now of creating water-proof laminates as well for their line. Is that the direction that companies are moving. They're moving away from the kind of floor damaged by water?

Heather Echevarria:        I think they are. You know, COREtec came out years ago. I've had it in my personal home for 2 plus years, and it was one of the first homes in the Treasure Valley. I was just looking for something because we have dogs. And we've put it in more and more homes. And, more and more companies now are coming out with a very similar brand. So, check the warranties on them. COREtec has one of the best warranties that I have found. But, that's something you definitely want to check, is check the warranties for any of your water-proof flooring.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. Exactly. I love, just since we're speaking of things outside the box. Have you guys seen that Facebook video of people who had done a flooring of pennies in their kitchen? They literally laid down thousands of pennies on their floor and did epoxy over it to create this really beautiful flooring. But, it was all made of pennies.

Heather Echevarria:        Yep.

Thom Dallman:                  [crosstalk 00:06:21] Such an interesting technique. A lot of work probably went into collecting those pennies and putting them down and everything. But, what an interesting-

Dave Burnett:                    Would you get tired of that though. I mean, really?

Thom Dallman:                  Possibly.

Heather Echevarria:        I think so. And, I don't know. I'd be worried about the epoxy and scratching. It's a clear, I don't know.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Heather Echevarria:        It looks neat in the pictures. But, I've had a few clients that save that to like a Houzz thing idea book that they share with me. But then when it, you know, when the rubber meets the road, they don't go with it.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah. (laughing)

Dave Burnett:                    Well, Heather, maybe you can explain this to me. Why is that on some of the, what we would call, High-end homes though, they still go with hardwood floors? Because hardwood floors, they scratch. You drop a pan on one of the kitchen and you're going to dent it.

Dave Burnett:                    You're going to ruin the finish of it, because it'll kind of shatter that finish. Water is just a disaster on hardwood floors. So these high-end homes still go with hardwood floors.

Heather Echevarria:        I would say you're probably 50/50, and it really depends on the buyer for it. So the high-end homes, maybe for your building custom. It's always what the client wants. So, you have some clients that they want hardwood floors. They don't care. They want hardwood floors. So, that's what we do.

                                                I think in a lot of the parades this year, you saw a lot of that luxury laminate like I'm talking about with COREtec. Because we're seeing multi-generational homes that we've talked about before, low maintenance homes and really, the lowest maintenance you can get is something that's life-proof.

Thom Dallman:                  And, I think that a little bit of the Eco-friendly aspect of the fact that it's made from recycled PVC piping, people really love that eco-friendly aspect to it as well.

Dave Burnett:                    And, some of those laminates now when they lay down, you have to get down onto the floor to tell that it's not actual wood.

Heather Echevarria:        Oh, yeah. I had several people that argued with me in the Parade house, that stuff was, it was actually hardwood floors. And, no it's not.

Dave Burnett:                    So, what are we talking about when, in general for pricing. The difference between a luxury laminate, your basic laminate, and hardwood. What is the general pricing on those?

Heather Echevarria:        So, your luxury laminate is gonna run about the same price as an engineered hardwood floor. Your install is gonna be a little bit less. It's way faster for them to install.

Dave Burnett:                    Because it doesn't have to be nailed and glued.

Heather Echevarria:        It doesn't have to be nailed in. Yep. It's just a click and lock system.

                                                Your cheaper vinyls or other laminates that are not made from the recycled materials, are not water-proof. Obviously, they're gonna be significantly less. But, look at what you're, get a big sample is what I always recommend. Get the biggest sample that you can. If we need to order a box or something in, so we can open it and look, you're gonna get that variation in some of that stuff too. So, you want to definitely double check all of that before you order.

Dave Burnett:                    By the way, they do still sell linoleum.

Heather Echevarria:        [crosstalk 00:09:10] They do. They do.

Thom Dallman:                  They do have other really interesting stuff out there such as the cork flooring, the bamboo flooring. Just different varieties out there.

Heather Echevarria:        Oh, yeah.

Thom Dallman:                  Concrete flooring ... Have you been seeing much of that, Heather?

Heather Echevarria:        I've seen a little.

Thom Dallman:                  I know there was a trend for it for a little while, but is that still a trend?

Heather Echevarria:        I think it just kind of depends. We don't do a lot of slab, homes, slab on grade here. So, it's not something that's as popular here as in other areas. I think it really could be with that [crosstalk 00:09:40] acid, an acid finish on it, which really gives it that cool look. It's just a very contemporary, I would say more of a cold contemporary versus a warm contemporary look.

Dave Burnett:                    Yeah, I've seen it on patios more than in homes itself.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    But, I don't see that much concrete cabinetry either.

Heather Echevarria:        The countertops and stuff.

Dave Burnett:                    [crosstalk 00:10:00] the concrete either, but people still do that. So, Heather, if somebody has questions about flooring or about building or about construction, can they get ahold of you here at Core Group?

Heather Echevarria:        They can. They can call me here at Core Group. I have an office in here and everything. (lauging)

Dave Burnett:                    Yep. She's good for setting up those consultations and coming, having people meet here at the office in one of our conference rooms. And, being able to go through ideas and designs and stuff like that with clients.

Dave Burnett:                    Which is one of the real benefits for Core Group that you have a custom home designer right here. Not only that, somebody, and I'm always fascinated by the restoration work that you do on some of those North End homes you do. It's just fascinating to me because trying to keep the exterior to its trueness.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    And redo the inside. That's sometimes gotta be a challenge.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Heather Echevarria:        It definitely is.

Thom Dallman:                  We should talk about your remodel down on 21st real quick, if we have a second. (laughing)

Dave Burnett:                    We do.

Heather Echevarria:        Yeah, so that, the one on 21st Street we did not preserve. We're not in the historic district down there on 21st Street. That actually stops, I think they said at 19th. But, this house was a 1920s single-level home with a small basement, and we completely gutted it. All the siding off of it. Everything out of the inside. Added a second story. Redid the whole thing, and it's actually being staged today. So, we're excited.

Dave Burnett:                    Nice. Very good.

Thom Dallman:                  Beautiful. Beautiful remodel. Beautifully done.

Dave Burnett:                    Is that something that can be seen on the website as well?

Thom Dallman:                  Yep. Yep, it'll be on the website and, there and available for everyone to check out.

Heather Echevarria:        Yep.

Dave Burnett:                    All right, very good, Heather. We appreciate you. Thank you for coming in. Talking a little bit about flooring. Some of the trends, some of the things you may have seen at The Parade of Homes. Or, if you're looking at doing some remodeling in your home, you may want to find out more about what are your options for flooring. It's more than just hardwood. It's more than just tile. There's a lot of options out there.

Thom Dallman:                  Lots.

Dave Burnett:    All right. We'll continue on the other side. Here, it is the Idaho Real Estate Buzz on 580 KIDO and FM 107.5.

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