This week Dave and Thom talk about new listings that have come on the market and what the winter market looks like. Then they chat with Mike Freeman from Super Green Solutions about the benefits of tank less water heaters. Thom and Dave next give some advice on picking the right Real Estate agent for you. Lastly they give some tips and tricks for giving your home some curb appeal in these cold winter months.
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 to go to. Of course, you can always call 208-933-7777.
Thom Dallman: Give us a call.
Dave Burnett: We're well into the New Year now. There's no better time to buy a home than right now.
Thom Dallman: Yeah, yeah, it's a great time. The people who have their homes listed are serious sellers. They're listing in one of the times of the season where it's a little trickier, I guess. People don't want to get out and traipse through snow and stuff, or rain, like we had this week, and get into homes. But these are serious home sellers that are wanting their homes to-
Dave Burnett: To move.
Thom Dallman: ... to sell.
Dave Burnett: Yeah. You know, I had a conversation with somebody earlier this week. They said, "Yeah, but you know, the interest rates went up this past year." There were three hikes in the interest rate, but interestingly enough, if you talk to anyone in the mortgage business, the interest rates for homes really didn't go up very much at all.
Thom Dallman: It really wasn't affected that much. It's been pretty steady. It's gone up a little bit, but nothing-
Dave Burnett: Nothing significant.
Thom Dallman: I mean, it's still historically low rates and stuff, so still a great time to buy.
Dave Burnett: As always, we always mention, get pre-qualified, pre-qualified.
Thom Dallman: Pre-qualified, pre-qualified, pre-qualified. Talk to a lender and make sure that you know how much you can spend, and what's your comfort level. That's the nice thing about our preferred lenders that we work with is that they're really good about not pushing people for the highest dollar that they can spend on a house but actually what they're comfortable affording, all that stuff.
Dave Burnett: What they really can afford month-to-month.
Thom Dallman: Yeah, within their budget.
Dave Burnett: By the way, you can find that list of vendors at coregrouprealty.com. You can find the mortgage companies that Core Group works with and move forward there, or talk to any one of the agents here at Core Group.
Thom Dallman: Exactly.
Dave Burnett: They'll heartily give a recommendation to companies that they're comfortable working with.
Thom Dallman: Exactly. We'll get you started on the right direction.
Dave Burnett: Speaking of the right direction, you have three newer listings posted at Core Group Realty.
Thom Dallman: Yeah, we've got, in the last week or two, a few listings that I wanted to talk about. The first one over in Nampa, this house is at 122 Lone Star Road in the Pleasant Acres subdivision. It's just a few blocks from downtown, the downtown Nampa area, so convenient for taking a little stroll and walking around the downtown area there. This is a cute cottage style home, as we like to call them, the cute 1928 style bungalow, 806 square feet, two-bedroom, one bath. A great starter home, great rental property, if there's some investors listening in that are looking for an investment property. This one's listed at $120,000, so it's a great price point.
Dave Burnett: Wow. You could almost put that on a VISA card.
Thom Dallman: Right, almost. But yeah, it's got hardwood laminated flooring throughout the house. It's got carpet and vinyl in the appropriate areas and just a great little, like I said, cottage style home that's super manageable on 1.4 acres, fully fenced, fully irrigated, pressurized irrigation sprinklers on the lot too. It's a great little starter home, or investment property, is what I like to say.
Dave Burnett: If somebody's ever thought, if they've thought about dabbling into rental properties, this would be a great start to do that.
Thom Dallman: Great one. Great one to start out with.
Dave Burnett: I'm no expert. I'm just a sideline observer, but at what, $128,000?
Thom Dallman: $120,000, yeah.
Dave Burnett: $120,000, don't expect that to be sitting around for very long.
Thom Dallman: No, not at all. It's going to go pretty quickly. Once again, just a great little property to check out.
Dave Burnett: All right, very good. Again, you can find that at coregrouprealty.com.
Thom Dallman: Yep, yep. Those are listed under the Featured Listings, so you'll see that there. The next one's on the other side of Nampa, actually, almost equal distance to the downtown area. This one's at 203 22nd Avenue South in Nampa. This is a four bedroom, two bath, 2,060 square foot home. This is a single level with below grade, so it does have 972 square feet in the basement that's finished. Two of the bedrooms are down in the basement with a bathroom down there as well. This is a 1947 house, but they've put in new paint. They've reworked the hardwood flooring in there, put in some new carpeting, as well. Like I said, the fully finished basement, that has a two-car garage and also a tall carport for RV-
Dave Burnett: How nice.
Thom Dallman: ... or trailers, or toys, or whichever, on a nice 0.13 acre property as well. This one's listed at $145,000.
Dave Burnett: Wow, and that's with some acreage.
Thom Dallman: No, it's just 0.13. No acreage on that one, but yeah, still a great price. A lot of square footage for that price too. Hardwood floors, reworked hardwood floors, with it. What's more appealing than that?
Dave Burnett: That is very nice. With that RV parking available right there that's under cover, that's a nice addition instead of having your RV parked out in the elements all winter long.
Thom Dallman: [crosstalk 00:05:27], yeah, parked out there getting blasted by the winter winds and all that stuff.
Dave Burnett: So a couple of them in Canyon County. What else you got?
Thom Dallman: Yeah, the next one I'm going to go over here to Boise. Heather Echevarria from Innovative Custom Homes just put on the market a beautiful home. This is a five bedroom, three bath, 3,793 square foot home, so bigger. This is on the other end of the spectrum, if you will. This one's at 3101 East Bonview Drive over here in Boise. Oh my gosh, what can we say about this house? It has a gourmet kitchen with a Frigidaire professional appliance package in it. It's got custom cabinets. It's got quartz countertops. It's got luxury waterproof laminate throughout the whole house. She loves that luxury waterproof laminate. It's got a family room and an entertainment room. It's got two decks off the back-
Dave Burnett: Wow.
Thom Dallman: ... with amazing views. It's got upgraded, permitted electrical and plumbing, and new fixtures throughout, as well as a new HVAC system that's just about a year old. It's on the Warm Springs Mesa.
Dave Burnett: Gotta like that.
Thom Dallman: Yeah, that beautiful mesa up there. This is one is listed at $639,700. It is at 3101 East Bonview Drive, Boise, Idaho, brought to you by Heather Echevarria. She does an amazing job with her remodels.
Dave Burnett: Yeah, it is quality work.
Thom Dallman: It is.
Dave Burnett: You can get a remodel that's thrown together. Heather does quality work.
Thom Dallman: Yeah, she does quality work, and she just really concentrates on the details, all the little details that go into these remodels, and these home builds, and stuff that she does. It's amazing her eye for detail and how she catches every little thing, every-
Dave Burnett: We've had Heather on the show talking before. The thing I've noticed about her, you can hear within her voice the pride she takes in her work. She takes it very personally.
Thom Dallman: She does, yes, very much so.
Dave Burnett: This is a quality home. I love the fact of two decks. Think about going out in the springtime or the summer in the morning, and sitting on the deck, having a cup of coffee with a great view. [crosstalk 00:07:46].
Thom Dallman: Oh my gosh, yeah, and especially on that side of the mesa. Yeah, it's so relaxing.
Dave Burnett: Again, you can find that one at coregrouprealty.com, and these are under-
Thom Dallman: Featured Listings.
Dave Burnett: Featured Listings.
Thom Dallman: Under Featured Listings, yep.
Dave Burnett: All right, that sounds like a great home.
Thom Dallman: Yeah, it is. Once again, she just does an amazing, beautiful job with her homes. It's super warm and inviting. It's just worth checking out if you're in the market for that price point and stuff.
Dave Burnett: Let me point out to you with the website, because the show has changed times. We're on now at noon. There's some people tuning in that's going, "OK, what's this all about?" Coregrouprealty.com, that is the website you can go to. We've mentioned before, this is not a show about just selling and buying homes.
Thom Dallman: No.
Dave Burnett: Thom can do that, doesn't have to have this show. It's about educating you and giving you something to look at. Core Group Realty prides itself on a website that's very interactive, easy to use. You can sit in your flannel pajamas in your bedroom and surf the web and look at these homes. Some of them have the virtual tours in them, a lot of photographs, and the information you need. I recommend to you, take the time to go to coregrouprealty.com to check these out.
Thom Dallman: Yeah, please do. It's a great site. Like you said, it's super convenient. We're connected with our local MLS, so we have all the listings that are available on the MLS downloaded to it every 15 minutes. You're getting current, accurate information on the spot.
Dave Burnett: So you're not limited to just the ... it's a large listing that Core Group has, your own holdings, but it's every-
Thom Dallman: It's everybody.
Dave Burnett: ... property that's for sale that's listed with MLS.
Thom Dallman: Everybody out there that has a listing in the MLS is on our site.
Dave Burnett: That's the nice thing I always go back to. I remember the day when Thursday was the day that the Multiple Listing book came out. It was like a phone book, and you'd only find out ... so if you're on Wednesday, you don't know-
Thom Dallman: You don't have to do that anymore.
Dave Burnett: Yeah, the way it is, it's updated within every half hour. You're updated and ready to go again.
Thom Dallman: Exactly, exactly.
Dave Burnett: Coregrouprealty.com, that is the website to go to, or you can call at any time, 208-933-7777. You'll get in touch with one of the agents or customer care service representatives at Core Group that can answer your questions that you have. Really, it's nonthreatening. There's no high pressure.
Thom Dallman: No, just here to help out.
Dave Burnett: Core Group is here to help you to make the biggest transaction you'll probably ever make in your life. We'll continue on the other side. It is the Idaho Real Estate Buzz, brought to you by Core Group Realty. Coregrouprealty.com is the website. Find out why they say you get more with Core.
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 that you can go to find out everything that's going on with his show, things that are going on in real estate, CORE Group Realty. Thom, of course, one of the things ... You have your service providers section on the web.
Thom Dallman: Yep, service providers that we have relationships with, that we've built rapport with and had good relationships with over the years, people that we've come to trust and find that do good work in the industries that they're in, and so forth. Yes, they're all listed there. Their names and contacts and website links and all that fun stuff on the service provider section of our website, so you can connect with them if you're looking for any kind of work to be done.
Dave Burnett: Well, one of the big things to do with a home and that is getting bad things out of the house.
Thom Dallman: Yes.
Dave Burnett: How do you do it? Through the front door, through the garage door, or underground through the sewer? Mike Freeman is with us with SuperGreen Solutions, and Mike welcome to the show.
Mike Freeman: Thank you.
Dave Burnett: Welcome to being a service provider as well with the CORE Group.
Mike Freeman: Thank you, I look forward to the relationship.
Dave Burnett: Tell me a little bit, I mean green is a buzzword, it's kind of a buzzword now that people want to be green. They do want to be environmentally friendly and good to the earth and that's something that SuperGreen Solutions works with when it comes to sewers for homes.
Mike Freeman: Yes, I mean we do a full range of green aspects, and as you mentioned green is a widely used word and sometimes abused. In particular having to do with the waste aspect or the hot water in particular, a lot of people don't consider that under the green umbrella, but as technology moves forward, especially with the tankless water heaters, etc., you can see up to 30%, 50% efficiency in just the way you heat your hot water.
Dave Burnett: Let's talk a little bit about that because I've often thought to me it just seems odd to have a hot water heater sitting there working away while I'm somewhere else a long ways away. What does SuperGreen Solutions, what kind of answers have you come up with?
Mike Freeman: Well first off your comment about walking away while you're still heating the water, you know the United States is one of the few countries in the world that actually utilize tanked hot water. Everybody else has realized that's pretty inefficient. What SuperGreen has done, we're also a Rinnai dealer, which Rinnai is probably the number one seller of tankless water heaters in the US. They focus on efficient tankless water heating.
Dave Burnett: Explain that a little bit, that heats the water as you're using it? Is that what makes it tankless?
Mike Freeman: Absolutely, so if you can envision let's say a graphic where you have a water coil and almost a flame sort of heating element underneath that, and of course it comes in two varieties. You have gas and then you have electric where electric is probably the antithesis to green, so you stay with the gas, and gas can be either natural gas or propane. On the vision aspect, so yes, it's sometimes called on demand or tankless. In other words, as the water moves through the coils it is heated to an operating temperature normally about 120 degrees on a residential side and about 140 degrees on a commercial side.
Thom Dallman: Oh, nice.
Dave Burnett: Does this also really work well for a two-story home? Because typically your hot water tank's sitting in your garage or in the basement or somewhere and sometimes you're moving a lot of water up a big distance and I mean it takes a lot of water just to get it up to the shower upstairs.
Mike Freeman: Right, and a few years back tankless or on demand heaters got a bad rap for how long it would take to start the heating process and then transfer the water up to the faucets. Nowadays with an internal recirculating there's no difference in time from a tanked hot water heater to a tankless hot water heating in what we call travel time. They also have some new technology where you can actually put a recirculating pump at the end of the system where you can have instant hot water heater right at the faucet, so there's a number of ways to do that. In essence there is no difference any longer from travel time.
Thom Dallman: Interesting, I live in a three-story house and ours is in the garage, kind of in the basement more or less, but that's kind of curious on me on getting up to the third floor where the master is and having that recirculate. We do, we turn on the water and let it run for two or three minutes before we-
Dave Burnett: Go for dinner and come on back.
Thom Dallman: Exactly, before you can jump in.
Mike Freeman: Without the recirculating pump you're seeing no difference between the tanked versus the on demand.
Dave Burnett: I guess the thing is, when you think of that, is that you turn the shower off and there in those pipes, all the way from the third floor down to the basement is just hot water that's just cooling off.
Mike Freeman: Correct, and then you have the water in the tank rewarming.
Dave Burnett: Yes, rewarming over and over again, which it just seems very inefficient. This is a way being a little more efficient with our heating of the hot water.
Mike Freeman: Yes, it can be upwards of 30% to 70% more efficient depending on how much water you use. Obviously, a residence with two people will have a certain amount of efficiency versus a family with four or six children all having to take a shower before they run off to school.
Dave Burnett: But again, if you've been dealing with multiple people in the house, you've been dealing with a huge either gas or electric bill to keep that water hot anyway and keep it going.
Mike Freeman: It's true, and what you'll see because of the on demand and instant on, as you mentioned earlier, it's not on when you're not using it. That, combined with the efficiency, and it's about a 96% efficient system, you're talking savings of 30% to 70% on just your hot water costs.
Dave Burnett: Mike is with SuperGreen Solutions today and we're talking about heating the water in your house. Are you finding with people, we have so much new construction going on that people really are looking for, not only a green solution but a way to just save money?
Mike Freeman: I would say generally yes. What you find is more of that focus on the more customized homes, rather than what is probably more called the track homes. The track homes are still focused on every dollar counts, and so they won't necessarily reach out to a tankless system unless it's more of an option for the purchaser. The custom homes are looking at being more green, because there is a cost of becoming green, especially initially startup.
Dave Burnett: You're looking at the long picture, long-term picture, not short-term.
Mike Freeman: Absolutely.
Dave Burnett: If you're looking for short-term you're going to go, "Oh, that's a bit more." In the long-term you're really going to save money.
Mike Freeman: Absolutely, and you get other factors. For example, especially in Idaho where we have such a hard water, you're looking at regular tank system working anywhere between seven and 12 years on average, and you're talking a tankless system on average is 20 years.
Thom Dallman: Wow, [crosstalk 00:07:11].
Mike Freeman: There's a big difference. The cleaning aspect, you know when you buy a tanked water heater, every time they tell you be sure and clean it once a year. I haven't met one person yet in my history of ever cleaning it because it's pretty hard. I mean right now you just open a hose bib at the bottom and you let it pour our, but that's not really cleaning it.
Dave Burnett: I do that every year, I'm very faithful on that.
Mike Freeman: It's good.
Dave Burnett: I am very faithful, but how do you really clean a regular tank system?
Mike Freeman: You really don't because what you do is by opening the hose bib all you're doing is pulling water from the top entrance out through the bottom. You're only flushing it rather than cleaning it.
Dave Burnett: Because don't the elements have to be pulled and cleaned too because they have calcium building up on them?
Mike Freeman: Yes and no because really the flushing is theoretically just running water by them, but you're not using any solution. For example, when you clean the on demand system, one of the techniques we use and they have the valves for it, which makes it a lot easier is you actually run maybe two or three minutes of white vinegar through the coils. That truly takes all that calcium and iron out of the system, which will help extend the life as well as increase the efficiency.
Thom Dallman: [crosstalk 00:08:28].
Dave Burnett: But really with a sealed up system you're not going to be able to get that solution in there?
Mike Freeman: Correct.
Dave Burnett: That makes a little more sense. Give me the pitch here. If I'm a homeowner and suddenly, uh oh, hot water tank's gone out. Why should I be switching to a tankless system?
Mike Freeman: Well there's a number of reasons. One obviously is the green aspect, you're going to use less fuel for the same amount of hot water. You're going to have a better green footprint because reducing the carbons, etc., that we all talk about. From a practical example you're going to say no longer to I have to schedule my showers with my family. There's no longer well you can only take a five minute shower or a 10 minute shower or let's don't turn on the dishwasher while we're running the shower.
Dave Burnett: God forbid you're washing clothes at the same time.
Mike Freeman: Absolutely, all at the same time. A family of four can run continuous hot water with no interruptions because it runs anywhere from five to seven gallons per minute, which would easily suffice a family of four. Even if you could take four showers at the same time you would be able to, which is a big difference. Primarily in this day and environment it's the savings, it's the yearly savings on the cost. Now the disadvantage obviously is the cost factor of the startup so to speak. You're talking almost twice the cost to put one or purchase one as well as install one. Again, they're twice as long and they're twice as efficient.
Dave Burnett: Again, as we mentioned before, if you're looking at the long-term goal the money saving is there and will eventually recoup.
Mike Freeman: Right, and I have a lot of customers come in to me where their hot water heater is not broken, and what I tell them quite frankly is I said, "Wait until it breaks."
Dave Burnett: And then fix it.
Mike Freeman: And then fix it. I mean if you want to just go ahead and upgrade because you're tired of the inconvenience of one person taking a shower every hour or something like that sure, purchase it. The idea that I tell people is when it's broke upgrade to a tankless.
Thom Dallman: Yes, go coregrouprealty.com, click on the service providers list and it's on that list. All the contact information there as well as a link to the website.
Dave Burnett: Perfect Mike, thank you so much. We appreciate it.
Mike Freeman: Thank you Dave, appreciate it.
Dave Burnett: I should put the area code in there, 208-933-7777, that's the phone number you call if you didn't catch the website or if you want to talk to somebody and get Mike's information there at SuperGreen. We'll continue on the other side, this is the Idaho Real Estate Buzz, which is being brought to you by CORE Group Realty, coregrouprealty.com. Find out why they say you get more with CORE.
Dave Burnett: This is the Idaho Real Estate Buzz, I'm Dave Burnett, he is Thom Dallman the co-owner, designated broker at Core Group Realty, coregrouprealty.com is the website. Thom, you are the face, you are the boss, you have a great staff and a crew that works together as a team for buyers and sellers.
Thom Dallman: Yeah. We have roughly around 25 agents, and four admin professionals that support us in our day to day endeavors. Very professional, we work together closely to make sure everybody's fluent, well educated on processes and what's happening out there in the marketplace, and so forth.
Dave Burnett: The thing I like, that I see here ... and I get to come in here every week and see your people, and talk with your people, be with your people ... is that there really is a team concept here. It doesn't appear that, I'm a real estate agent and I gotta desk here, but I'll see you later, bye bye. I'm gonna do my thing. Everyone really communicates well.
Thom Dallman: Yeah, yeah. They really do. I've created that culture where they are happy to be here, they enjoy being here, and enjoy chatting with each other. I don't just bring any agents on. We go through a rigorous interview process to bring them on board before we agree to bring someone into the, as I like to call it, the Core Group family. That's important to us.
Dave Burnett: Speaking of interviewing, you are always very open that if you were in the process of looking to buy a home, or sell a home, if you wanna come in and interview the agents, Thom or anyone here, find out about the team, you encourage people to do that. You don't just go to the eeny, meeny, miny, moe, just pick a real estate agent.
Thom Dallman: Like I always say, this is an important investment in your lifetime, so you gotta make sure that you have that trusted advisor, someone that you really believe in that's looking out for your best interest. Not all agents are created equal and it's important to make sure that you're interviewing someone that you know is gonna be there for you, help you, negotiate for you, and-
Dave Burnett: And is the right fit.
Thom Dallman: Be the right fit.
Dave Burnett: That really is important.
Thom Dallman: Exactly.
Dave Burnett: You know, we might be talking to some people driving around here on this Saturday afternoon that they've reached that point in their life, because you might reach it, where your house is kind of like the Three Bears, it's too big, or it might be too small.
Thom Dallman: Exactly. Yeah, it's so interesting because people go through their day to day business, and get these little frustrations that start building up, and they don't realize it, and that realization of, "Oh, maybe it is time for a new home." Whether it's, like you said, you come home and your house just feels cavernous, and empty, and there's all these rooms that you've closed off and not opened the door for a couple weeks.
Dave Burnett: You have more storage rooms than you have rooms you live in-
Thom Dallman: Exactly.
Dave Burnett: ... it might be time for a new home.
Thom Dallman: It might be time to maybe downsize, think about getting into a smaller home, saving yourself the money on a mortgage for a smaller home, and so forth. On the reverse side, if you come home, and the kids are stumbling all over each other, and everybody's tripping on each other, it might be time to look for a new home, a bigger home.
Dave Burnett: If you find yourself shopping for bunk beds, only to fit more kids in the room, it might be time for a bigger home.
Thom Dallman: Exactly. We've talked a little bit about this new generational advancement of multi-generational families living together, parents moving in, college kids staying at home with their parents, and stuff like that. Those are also things to keep in mind. If you have aging parents that you think might eventually be moving in with you, you might wanna start looking now and seeing what's available and what's out there for those type of homes, and stuff like that.
Dave Burnett: If I were to go to coregrouprealty.com, let's say I've got a father, father-in-law that's going to move ... not that it might happen, but it might ... who might be moving in with us, can I go on to the website, and if I'm looking for something with, I think they call it mother-in-law rooms, can I isolate and find homes like that? How do I do that? How do I navigate that?
Thom Dallman: That's really super tricky, because it's not necessarily a category in our MLS, it's not always reported correctly.
Dave Burnett: So that's where I might wanna talk to an agent?
Thom Dallman: That's where it's really good to have an agent that's looking out for those things. We can do certain word searches within the MLS for a second master, and stuff like that. We can definitely help you find those things, find those properties.
Dave Burnett: So again, and I come back to this, and that is finding that real estate agent that really works for you, because I might have a real estate agent that's kind of like, "Oh yeah sure, I'll look for that." And then go look for five-bedroom homes. That's not what I'm looking for. I need somebody who's really going to search out and find out what's available for me, with a-
Thom Dallman: Dedicated second master, yeah.
Dave Burnett: ... an attached living area, yeah.
Thom Dallman: Exactly. Yeah, there's a plethora of agents out there that just kind of, "Oh yeah, that's what you're looking for? Oh, let me just put it in the system." And then the system will just-
Dave Burnett: I got a nice six bedroom home here.
Thom Dallman: ... send you these ones.
Dave Burnett: That's not what I asked for.
Thom Dallman: Exactly, exactly. You really wanna look for someone who's going to really not waste your time with things that don't fit what you're looking for.
Dave Burnett: So, what are some of the other signs that it might be time for me to look?
Thom Dallman: I hear from people sometimes like, "Gosh, it just dawned on me that I'm tired of this 30 minute drive back and forth from home to work." So commute time, if you're starting to really get aggravated at the amount of time that it takes you to get back and forth, and time wasted during the day for your commute, that's another tell-tale sign that maybe it's time to think about moving closer to your work area.
Dave Burnett: Or at least find a home that's in the reverse commute.
Thom Dallman: Yeah, oh yeah.
Dave Burnett: In the morning, if you're traveling from Ada County to Canyon County, it's gonna be easier than the other direction.
Thom Dallman: Exactly.
Dave Burnett: I hadn't even thought about that.
Thom Dallman: Yeah, commute time is one of the major aggravations in people's lives that drives them to realizing that, "Oh, maybe we should find a new home that's a little bit more convenient."
Dave Burnett: How about, here's one.
Thom Dallman: All right.
Dave Burnett: I am sick and tired of my neighbors.
Thom Dallman: Yep, that's a huge one.
Dave Burnett: You wouldn't think-
Thom Dallman: Neighbors, neighborhood.
Dave Burnett: But until you get a neighbor that you're just crosswise with, and you know that neighbor's not leaving, it's something to think about.
Thom Dallman: Exactly, yeah. There's the neighbor feuds that happen every so often. Even neighborhoods, whole neighborhoods that just start to, I hate to say this, degrade maybe, a little bit.
Dave Burnett: Go downhill a bit.
Thom Dallman: Go downhill a little bit.
Dave Burnett: As they age, subdivisions ... suddenly your home owners association ... as big a pain as they are ... but they go away, and then all of a sudden, uh oh, that guy's had that car up on blocks in front of the house for weeks.
Thom Dallman: Exactly. As we continue to be one of the top growing cities, and investors are looking towards us to purchase rentals here, and capitalize on this influx of people coming into the area, you may have a neighborhood that starts getting a lot of rentals in there. We all know that there are some renters out there that don't necessarily care about-
Dave Burnett: Mow the lawn, fertilize the lawn, weed the lawn.
Thom Dallman: ... keeping up the house, unfortunately.
Dave Burnett: It's a reality.
Thom Dallman: It's a reality, and so that might be an indication that it's time to sell and move as well, for some people.
Dave Burnett: Let me ask you this question-
Thom Dallman: Or even buy a house and rent yours out, if you can.
Dave Burnett: Which is a possibility. Let me run this by you then, if somebody's interested in exploring, "I just want to explore, I don't want the for sale sign in my yard this afternoon." If somebody wants to just explore the idea, and what options are out there, you're open to have them come and talk to your agents?
Thom Dallman: Oh for sure. For sure, yes. Just this week we had someone that was visiting us from Alaska that just ... they don't necessarily know that they wanna move here, or look at moving here, but they just wanted to sit down with one of our agents and just talk about what Boise has to offer. What is it that Boise has to offer, and what the area's like, and stuff like that. We're more than happy to sit down and have that conversation with people, and just fill them in, and answer their questions, tell them about Boise the beautiful parts, and stuff like that. The conveniences of our Greenbelt, and the closeness to skiing, and all that stuff. We do that all the time, just sit down with people and just explore.
Dave Burnett: With no pressure, no obligation?
Thom Dallman: No pressure, no obligation at all.
Dave Burnett: Because I think that's a big fear for people when you talk about ... whether you're buying a car, whether you're trying to buy a home, whatever it is, a major appliance ... of feeling trapped by that sales person that, "Oh, they're gonna try to force me into doing something I don't want to."
Thom Dallman: Exactly.
Dave Burnett: At Core Group that's not gonna happen?
Thom Dallman: No, not at all. We like people to make decisions on their-
Dave Burnett: And if it does you wanna know about it.
Thom Dallman: Oh yes, please. Please tell me about it. We just are here to help out and encourage people, if it's the right time for them. We've told people, "Hey, maybe this isn't the right time for you. Let's look at it in another year." And stuff. We'll still touch base with you every so often and check in and see how things are going in case the things change. We're here to help people and the way that they wanna go.
Dave Burnett: So if you're finding your commute is a pain, maybe you want a reverse commute, you're trying to buy bunk beds and squeeze the kids into that three bedroom home.
Thom Dallman: Room for your family members.
Dave Burnett: Or again, and it really happens, as you age and the kids leave, and you find yourself rattling around your 3,500 square foot home, and go, "You know what? We don't need this much home." You know what? There's a buyer out there who wants that.
Thom Dallman: Yep, there sure is. The low inventories that we've had this last year, and continuing to go into the new year and stuff. It's a great time to list. Our home process are still at the top of the market right now.
Dave Burnett: Coregrouprealty.com. That is the website, or you can call 208-933-7777. Give them a call today, set up an appointment and just sit down and just casually talk about, "Here's what I got, here's what we're looking for. Is there a fit? Does it work? Does it not work?" No pressure, no obligation. They just like to be able to help you find what you're looking for. Coregrouprealty.com that is the website, and of course the sponsor of the Idaho Real Estate Buzz. Find out why they say, "You get more with Core."
Dave Burnett: This is the Idaho Real Estate Buzz. I'm Dave Burnett. He is Thom Dallman, the co-owner, designated broker at CORE Group Realty. Coregrouprealty.com is the website, and, of course, a phone number you can call any time is 208-933-7777. You can call right now if you want to and talk to folks. They'll get you all hooked up with the folks at CORE to make sure you get answers to the questions you have.
Thom Dallman: Give us a call no matter what kind of question you have. Big or small, we're here to answer them.
Dave Burnett: We were sitting back in September and we were hearing all these predictions of, "We're going to have another snowpocalypse.
Thom Dallman: Second snowpocalypse.
Dave Burnett: Yup. Knock on wood.
Thom Dallman: Knock on wood. Yeah, right.
Dave Burnett: It really has not happened to this point, but I do know it's tougher to sell a home this time of year. Just an appearance-wise.
Thom Dallman: It can be, yeah. Appearances-
Dave Burnett: The trees are bare.
Thom Dallman: We talk about it all the time that the curb appeal, the first impression that people get when they pull up to the house is super important, and it's a little bit tougher in winter.
Dave Burnett: Because if you take pride in your home, if you pull up in the spring or summer and the lawn is green, it's edged, you got crisp edges, roses are there, plants look great, the paint's good, that makes it easy to make your home look good.
Thom Dallman: Exactly. Yup.
Dave Burnett: Now, when it's kind of barren and the plants are kind of brown it can still look good. It needs to look good, but-
Thom Dallman: Yeah, you can still keep it trimmed. Make sure that your ... I tell people all the time this time of the year because it sucks trying to get out there and try to rake up leaves and get leaves out of your flower beds and stuff like that, but do it. It is so important.
Dave Burnett: Now is the time to do it.
Thom Dallman: Yeah. It's so important to do it just because people do pull up, and when they see just piles of dead leaves everywhere, just it's not ...
Dave Burnett: The flyers from the neighborhood that have blown up onto your porch.
Thom Dallman: Exactly. Exactly.
Dave Burnett: Not that I have a flyer sitting on my porch, but I do. Seriously, take the time to go out and get that cleared out. There's other ways to really make your house pop when you're trying to make it sell.
Thom Dallman: Yeah. I always tell people one of the biggest things is make sure that you're opening your curtains. It's so dreary these days with this cloud cover and the rain that we had this last week and stuff like that.
Dave Burnett: Oh, it was gray all day.
Thom Dallman: Oh, I know, I know, and just with your blinds and curtains just still drawn and stuff like that it makes your house so much darker and just almost creepy.
Dave Burnett: So keep it brighter that way?
Thom Dallman: Yeah, keep it brighter. Open up those blinds. Open up those windows. Pull the blinds all the way up. It also creates more of an open feeling to the space too when you do that because people can see outside. People get that feeling of what little sunshine there is coming in and openness of it.
Dave Burnett: If you're showing your house, should you leave lights on, or lights off, or some lights on? What do you do?
Thom Dallman: I recommend leaving a few of the lights on, yes, throughout the house because-
Dave Burnett: Okay, so they don't walk into a dark house.
Thom Dallman: Exactly, because you don't want potential buyers walking into this dark house and the agent's scrambling to turn on the lights. I personally, whenever I show just one house, I usually try to show up a couple minutes early just to do that or just makes sure that the lights are on because it does create a little bit more of a homey feeling to have those lights on. I encourage people if you have a gas fireplace, turn on the fireplace, or if it's really super easy to turn on, maybe leave a little note for the agent and say, "Flip on the fireplace by doing this," and-
Dave Burnett: It makes it look homey.
Thom Dallman: Oh, my gosh, yeah. Just the fireplace will make it so much cozier. As people have this cold weather out there and they're all in their jackets and stuff like that, it's nice to walk into a nice, cozy, warm living room.
Dave Burnett: How warm should you have it? See, I keep my house at 67.
Thom Dallman: Ooo.
Dave Burnett: Which, I know, some people ...
Thom Dallman: That's kind of chilly.
Dave Burnett: ... walk in and they go, "It's cold," but I'll wear a sweater. I know. My wife tells me I'm a tightwad, but I keep it at 67. Should you have your home on the warmer side, colder side, or, again, like the three bears, just right?
Thom Dallman: Yeah, just right. It's so funny because temperature, like you said, it's kind of you like it. Probably not because you are a tightwad. It's probably because you just like it a little colder.
Dave Burnett: I do. I like it cooler.
Thom Dallman: People are different. I like my house at 70. My partner likes it at 68, so that two degrees difference makes it a [crosstalk 00:04:16]
Dave Burnett: Thom, 70 is suffocating. Stop it.
Thom Dallman: I would say maybe not at 67, but between that 68 to 70 degrees is usually that most traditional comfort level for people.
Dave Burnett: Right.
Thom Dallman: Put it at 69 and keep it at 69, and that should be a good, comfortable level for people to still feel warm.
Dave Burnett: Because you don't want them uncomfortable.
Thom Dallman: Yeah. You don't want coming and going, "Wow, it's sweltering in here."
Dave Burnett: Yeah, or, "Man, this place is a cold dungeon."
Thom Dallman: Exactly.
Dave Burnett: That's not a good feel either.
Thom Dallman: Exactly. Usually, that 69 degrees is a really good temperature to keep it at. It's so funny because they used to encourage people to bake cookies.
Dave Burnett: Right. That was a big ... Bake before they come.
Thom Dallman: Bake some cookies before they come, but you don't really have to do that. If you have a nice scented candle, not too scented, burn a little candle when you leave the house. Something that's in a safe spot and so forth, but that's always kind of nice too to have buyers coming through and-
Dave Burnett: You don't want to overwhelm them with a scent.
Thom Dallman: You don't want to overwhelm them. You don't want too much scent because then that triggers that through process of, are they trying to hide a smell?
Dave Burnett: Yeah. Do they have a bad skunk?
Thom Dallman: You just want something that's really super low key, but something's that pleasant and stuff like that.
Dave Burnett: Because in an honest, frank conversations, I think ... I can't remember what it is. It's Febreze maybe, those ads, your nose gets numb to what you live in.
Thom Dallman: Yeah, it does.
Dave Burnett: It's difficult to know, "Gee, I wonder if they're going to walk in there and it smells like a locker room."
Thom Dallman: Exactly. A good listing agent will help you with that. They will be honest with you and straightforward, and say-
Dave Burnett: "Do your laundry."
Thom Dallman: "I do detect a little bit a of a locker room smell in here." Especially if you have teenage kids.
Dave Burnett: Yeah, but it can make the difference between somebody wanting to buy your home or not.
Thom Dallman: Exactly. Exactly. One of the other things I always tell people too is to think about the nooks and crannies. Check under your kitchen counter or your bathroom counters to see if they're organized and cleaned.
Dave Burnett: Oh, because they will look.
Thom Dallman: They'll look. Oh, yeah. People look in the medicine cabinets.
Dave Burnett: The pantry.
Thom Dallman: The pantries and your linen closets. If you're listed and you're showing your home, make sure those areas are clean. Get in there and really check the nooks and crannies for dust, for clutter, things like that because people, when they look at a house they look at everything.
Dave Burnett: It's probably a good idea to eliminate as much as you can just to make it look bigger.
Thom Dallman: That's what I recommend. Get as much as you can out of the house. I've told people, "Hey, if you don't watch ... If you're not a big TV person, feel free to remove that TV." That will make your living space feel even bigger by removing a TV. Store it in the garage until you move to your next place or whatnot. TVs in master bedrooms. I have a ginormous TV in my master bedroom because I'm just kind of that addicted to TV, so if I was to ever list my house and show it I would take that TV down and not have that hanging in that space there. That's another great idea for people who are-
Dave Burnett: Again, it does open up more room.
Thom Dallman: Exactly. Exactly.
Dave Burnett: Again, trying to make that home look spacious.
Thom Dallman: Exactly. Rearranging furniture can sometimes maybe not be convenient for living but be more convenient for showing and making the house feel open and stuff like that. A really good listing agent will come through and will help you kind of stage that. We sometimes have brought in stagers as well. Professional people who can give good advice on that stuff. Yeah, just, like you said, the lighting, making places feel better or open. Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning. Especially now with the dry leaves and stuff like that, people might be tracking things through your house, so you will probably have to kind of sweep every day and stuff like that. Maybe in between showings if you come home between them and stuff.
Dave Burnett: I guess one of the things too, this time of year, I don't get out in my back or side yard very often. Spring and summer's no problem. I'm out there every day, but this time of year I'll go a week or two weeks without going into the side of the house, and who knows what's gathered out there?
Thom Dallman: Exactly. Yeah, walk the perimeter of your house if you can. Make sure you're kind of cleaning those areas too and getting rid of those leaves and stuff like that. Clean off your decks.
Dave Burnett: Really, you should watch for muddy areas.
Thom Dallman: Yeah.
Dave Burnett: Because I got on the north side of my house, it'll get muddy out there sometimes, so you've kind of got to watch to keep that down.
Thom Dallman: Exactly. One of the other big things is decks. People just don't think about going out and cleaning their decks in the wintertime. There's a lot of leaves and stuff that accumulate in the cracks and crevices, so getting out and cleaning off those decks and making sure that they're presentable. If you can, leave your patio furniture out there just to create that sense of space and how to use it and stuff like that. Taking your cushions and storing them in the garage or wherever.
Dave Burnett: Yeah, better go get covers for them [crosstalk 00:09:44]
Thom Dallman: You want to make sure that your decks are presentable as well because people will go out and check out the decks because that's part of your living.
Dave Burnett: That's a big part of the living. Okay, Thom. Thanks for making me feel guilty.
Thom Dallman: I know.
Dave Burnett: I've got five projects now I've suddenly realized I need to do.
Thom Dallman: As I'm sitting here talking about it, all I'm thinking, "Oh, my gosh. My house needs a lot of stuff done."
Dave Burnett: Well, if you're trying to sell your home, it is a big thing to try to make that thing that pop and make it stand out from the one down the street that might be for sale as well.
Thom Dallman: Exactly.
Dave Burnett: If you want to talk to an agent or find out, "What can we do?", CORE Group Realty is more than willing to help you. If you're thinking about selling that home, really, it's the time to go around and get those things because it's a time investment in doing a lot of these thing.
Thom Dallman: It is.
Dave Burnett: But it could make a big difference in selling your house or not.
Thom Dallman: Yeah, exactly.
Dave Burnett: This is the Idaho Real Estate Buzz. We do this each and every Saturday. We get together and we appreciate you stopping by. If you only caught part of the program, you want to hear more, it's posted on the website at coregrouprealty.com. That way if you want to share it with somebody you can have them check that out as well. A great way to spend a Sunday morning is go to coregrouprealty.com onto the website and check out the homes that are listed. I do sometimes just for fun.
Thom Dallman: Yup. Exactly.
Dave Burnett: Just to go on and see what's out there.
Thom Dallman: There's some great information on our blog site.
Dave Burnett: We'll see you again next Saturday right here at noon. This is the Idaho Real Estate Buzz being brought to you by the folks at CORE Group Realty. Coregrouprealty.com. Find out why they say, "You get more with CORE."