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This week on the Idaho Real Estate Buzz Dave and Thom talk about the difference between using a local company with real local agents and a national internet service for purchasing a home. They also discuss the change in building guidelines and regulations in Boise and the prominence of multi-family buildings. Lastly Dave and Thom discuss home renovation trends, including countertops, appliances and cabinets.

Segment #2

Dave Burnette:                 This is the Idaho Real Estate Buzz. I'm Dave Burnette. He is Thom Dallman, the co-owner, designated broker of Core Group Realty, coregrouprealty.com is a website, 208-933-7777. That is a phone number that you can call to find out about all things Core. Thom, let's talk about something that seems real prevalent. I was talking to somebody earlier this week that said that they actually bought their home on the internet, on Zillow. This was about a year ago that they moved out of San Jose, California City. He did use them, but he had a couple of regrets out of the deal.

Thom Dallman:                  Whoa. I imagine so.

Dave Burnette:                 He had a couple of regrets and I don't want to go into all of those regrets he had because I don't really have permission to do that, but let's talk a little bit about those internet companies versus going with a local company and how that works.

Thom Dallman:                  Sure. Zillow, realtor.com, homes.com, we're seeing a lot of advertising for them. Homelight.com is a new one that's popping up a lot lately. These companies, they're sole purpose and reason for making money is to get people to register on their sites and use them and then sell that information to agents.

Dave Burnette:                 It's a gathering house?

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah. If you think about it, it's really just a gathering house of our information and nationwide, there are agencies and brokerages that are not necessarily wanting to share their information with Zillow, these companies, just because they do understand that that's what they're doing. They're just basically getting people to register on their site so that they can give their information to agents and sell that. [crosstalk 00:01:53]

Dave Burnette:                 It's not uncommon if you register that suddenly, you're going to get emails-

Thom Dallman:                  Correct.

Dave Burnette:                 Perhaps phone calls.

Thom Dallman:                  Correct.

Dave Burnette:                 You'll get a deluge from everywhere.

Thom Dallman:                  Correct. I myself am one of the Zillow Premier Agents, me and the team.

Dave Burnette:                 What does that mean?

Thom Dallman:                  We are one of those agents that ... Zillow Premier means that we do a lot of business with them and we sell a lot of homes and we have a lot of reviews, a lot of positive, five-star reviews with them. We just exceeded our 100-review mark, so we have 100 reviews, five-star rating with them. That means that we're one of the top people that pop up when you're looking in Boise for real estate, our name pops up.

Dave Burnette:                 If I'm in Tallahassee, Florida and I put in "Boise real estate" at one of those websites, there's a good chance Core Group's the one that's going to come up?

Thom Dallman:                  Correct. Correct. I mean, when people register, we get notified that they've registered. We're one of two or three different agents that will be calling and saying, "Hey. We know that you were requesting information on this house. I just wanted to talk to you about that," and stuff like that. That's one of the unique things about them is that they do kind of give that out to a couple different agents so you do get multiple phone calls for a lot of these companies. Their information is not as updated and as regular as our MLS. Our MLS doesn't feed to it as often.

Dave Burnette:                 Because you've mentioned the fact ... MLS on coregrouprealty.com's updated continually.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, our site's updated every 15 minutes, so when you go to coregrouprealty.com and corehomesearch.com, our system is updated regularly so you're always getting accurate information. You're not looking at homes that have sold already. That's one of the common problems with especially Zillow. We get phone calls from people saying, "Hey. I wanted to see this house that's showing on Zillow." It's like, "Oh, sorry. That house has sold."

Dave Burnette:                 You can drive by and look at the outside of it. That's it.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. They haven't updated their system. That house sold last week and that happens quite a bit.

Dave Burnette:                 And the marketplace turns rapidly. During the commercial break, there was a conversation you had with one of your agents that they were ready to put an offer on, but-

Thom Dallman:                  Her clients were coming to meet her this morning and write up a contract. She went and looked and, "Oh." It sold last night.

Dave Burnette:                 It sold that quickly.

Thom Dallman:                  It sold this morning.

Dave Burnette:                 Being on top of that, I mean, that's right here in the marketplace. That's being updated all the time. You have got to be right on it.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. In this current marketplace where everything that's priced accurately is going so quickly that you have to be on top of it. You have to have a system that's updating you almost immediately, which we can do with our system. We can notify you immediately when a house comes on that meets your criteria, especially if you're looking for a house under that $200,000 price point because those are the ones that are getting snatched up right and left really quickly. Our system will alert you as soon as that hits the market and we can schedule you to get in there and see that house.

Dave Burnette:                 Let me take a little left turn on you here. I forewarned you on this. We're talking about people that may be out of the area, and they're using Zillow, and some of these different ones to find homes here. If somebody is here in the Treasure Valley and they've suddenly been transferred to San Jose, California, is it advisable to use one of those services or could they come to Core Group and you would get them in contact with people?

Thom Dallman:                  Oh, yeah. Come to us. We can do the research for you and find a agent almost in every single area. I'm connected with agents around the world through various organizations that I belong to. I can usually find a real estate agent that has a similar philosophy, similar mind frame as ours that will get you set up with that information directly and stuff like that.

Dave Burnette:                 Now, and this comes back to comments I got from the gentleman I mentioned earlier. With that, you have somebody here, a real person, the same person, that you are in communication with?

Thom Dallman:                  Yep.

Dave Burnette:                 Because he just felt he was handed around to a number of different things and really didn't have a-

Thom Dallman:                  One particular agent?

Dave Burnette:                 One particular agent or through the company, so that way here, I'd be talking to one of your agents about if I'm moving and about "How about this? How about that?" before I even get there. That way, when I land and get boots on the ground in whatever town it's in, we're ready to go.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. We can definitely get you connected with someone who can help you with that.

Dave Burnette:                 Very good. Again, we're talking a little bit. All of these companies have their place, but you just have to be aware of the fact that your name is being sold.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. It's being sold to other agents, so if you're registered, don't be surprised when you do get a call from a couple different agents wanting to answer your questions and work to get your business.

Dave Burnette:                 I guess it all goes back to the age we live in now where real estate isn't a guy in a car and a sign and a once a week MLS book. It's high tech.

Thom Dallman:                  It's high tech. There's so many different ways that you can view property out there right now and get access to properties and stuff like that. It's a crazy market.

Dave Burnette:                 Which is one of the nice things with Core Group's website, coregrouprealty.com. If you're looking for a home, you can go to the website and have access to view these homes and really, most homes, would you say almost 100% now, it starts online?

Thom Dallman:                  Oh yeah. I would probably say we were close to that 100% mark for starting that search online. Very few-

Dave Burnette:                 There's very few people that come into your office here on Emerald and say, "Thom, I want to buy a home. Let's go look."

Thom Dallman:                  Nope. You're welcome to. We love walk-ins and we usually have an agent standing by for walk-ins, but we haven't had that happen in a while. Usually, if we do have a walk-in, it's, "Hey, I've kind of started to search."

Dave Burnette:                 "I found eight homes."

Thom Dallman:                  "I've got an idea of a couple homes where I want to go, but I just need someone to help me get into them."

Dave Burnette:                 It's a different world when you can carry a real estate company in your pocket on the phone.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnette:                 It is a whole different world. If you have any questions and you've thought about using online services and want and honest answer and you'll share honestly what the pros and cons are-

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnette:                 You can give Thom and the folks here at Core Group a phone call. Easy to get a hold of 'em. 208-933-7777. That is a phone number to call or you can go to coregrouprealty.com. That is the website to go to.

Thom Dallman:                  That's our site.

Dave Burnette:                 Find out why they say, "You get more with Core."

 

Segment #3

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 a website, call today, 208-933-7777. In fact, you can call right now. Somebody is standing by to take your call and to answer your questions about real estate, about Core Group, about CoreGroupRealty.com. You know, Thom as the designated broker one of the things you get to do is go to meetings.

Thom Dallman:                  Oh yeah. Oh yeah, I have all kinds of meetings.

Dave Burnett:                    But you're members of several different groups that keep you in touch with what is happening around the area.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, yeah. Naturally, we're part of the Boise Regional Realtors Association, which connects us then to the Idaho Realtors Association, which then is connected to the National Association of Realtors. I personally am also ... our company, sorry, is part of the Builders' Contractors' Association of Southwestern Idaho, which gets up in with the builders and stuff like that. I, myself, am on the education committee with Boise Regional Realtors where I'm helping to guide education and stuff for agents. Then, I'm on the Builders' Contractors' Association of Southwestern Idaho, I'm in their developments meetings each month that go over the new stuff that's happening out there for builders and new construction. They have a mission to really be a deciding factor in political and legislative changes and stuff like that. I'm actively involved in that trying to help builders, if you will.

Dave Burnett:                    We have talked about the fact that there has been more new construction sold than existing homes.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    So that time for builders is probably more important today than ever.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    What are you learning? What are they talking about these meetings?

Thom Dallman:                  Oh my gosh. They talk about all kinds of different things, including the permits that have been issued for each county and stuff like that. Fascinating little topic popped up on this last one; that Boise, I'm going to probably botch this a little bit, but Boise city proper, itself, has adopted some new codes that really effect builders in a big way. These codes were put into place to help with efficiency, efficiency of homes-

Dave Burnett:                    Being green?

Thom Dallman:                  That whole green, yeah, being green, direction. But what the codes have done-

Dave Burnett:                    Which is not necessarily bad.

Thom Dallman:                  It's not a bad thing, but by forcing these codes onto the builders, I believe that they said a study was done on average it's going to cost builders an additional $6000, roughly around $6000 to build a home in Boise city proper. Obviously builders are going to have to put that on to the home buyers, because they can't take that big of a loss.

Dave Burnett:                    Because $6000, when you know 'cause you think builders, ah, they're raking in the dough, they walk that profit margin line very carefully, so that their companies can stay profitable and to suddenly take $6000 out without passing that on to the buyer-

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    That's a chunk of change.

Thom Dallman:                  That's a chunk of change. Then there was some references to since Boise city proper is the only one that's taking on these codes and none of the other surrounding, now they've gotta kind of deal with that. Two different codes for if you're building a house in Meridian versus in Boise, you have different codes now that you have to think about.

Dave Burnett:                    The truth is builders have a choice. If they don't want to deal with that, they don't have to deal with that.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. That's kind of one of the fears that Boise city might have to face is that many builders may not want to- [crosstalk 00:04:02]

Dave Burnett:                    Build in Boise.

Thom Dallman:                  Building in Boise if they can go this route, so-

Dave Burnett:                    We've talked about too, there's not as much available land is there is in Star or in Middleton or in Meridian, so it kind of makes it easy to just go a little further out. Say, if you want to build here, we can do it, but it's going to cost you more to do it.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    Interesting. [crosstalk 00:04:24] But it's not uncommon. It's like Seattle making $15 an hour the minimum wage, well, guess what, a lot of businesses left.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    They moved just right across the county line and opened their business up, so-

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    I guess that's always a possibility and a gamble that the city of Boise takes.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    Interesting.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah. One of the other interesting things is they talked about 2017 in general. The building permits for multi-family units increased quite a bit in various areas over 2017, which means more rentals basically, and more apartment complexes and stuff like that. They were talking about just the growth of especially Meridian had a whole lot of apartment complexes put in and stuff. Just the fact that there's all these new apartment complexes coming in and there's people filling them. People are renting-

Dave Burnett:                    They're getting busy.

Thom Dallman:                  Right now, so-

Dave Burnett:                    I live not too far from State and Glenwood and there's that big complex there that has gone in at State and Glenwood. It's filling fast.

Thom Dallman:                  Oh yeah.

Dave Burnett:                    It was just like wow. And it does impact traffic in that area.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Dave Burnett:                    It gets very busy as people come and go.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, I drive up and down Veteran's Parkway all the time and there is an apartment complex that just went in there last year and that I was shocked at how fast that filled up.

Dave Burnett:                    Wow, so when we're talking rentals, are we talking not only just apartments but are we talking rental home properties as well?

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah. Well, they didn't have stats on that. This is all new construction, so this is all new construction for multi-family. But, yeah, there's a lot of investors that are hearing how Boise's booming, the Charger Valley is booming. All these people moving into the area so they're buying up these investment properties and turning them into rentals. Yes, there is a trend for houses being rented as well.

Dave Burnett:                    Is it still and it's something that kind of fluctuates and goes back and forth, should you own or should you rent? [crosstalk 00:06:31]

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, rents-

Dave Burnett:                    Is that argument still out there?

Thom Dallman:                  Are so expensive right now so, yeah, it's still-

Dave Burnett:                    'Cause interest rates are still really low.

Thom Dallman:                  Interest rates are still low. It's still a great time to buy because with the interest rates so low and everything, depending on what style apartment or rental you get, you might be better off getting a mortgage and investing in yourself. Obviously, you have some conveniences when you buy versus rent. You can make changes to the house. You can paint whatever you want. There's actually studies that show homeowners actually buy less furniture because you kind of set your furniture up in your house. With rentals when you move and move and move, you're trying to buy furniture that fits [crosstalk 00:07:16] in that space and stuff like that. There's a lot of conveniences for owning your home. You can make it more energy efficient if you want and things like that and save you some money over time. But most importantly, you're just investing in yourself. You're investing in your future and the equity that will build in that home.

Dave Burnett:                    We don't have a crystal ball, but the value of homes in Treasure Valley continue to go up at this point.

Thom Dallman:                  Yep.

Dave Burnett:                    You're probably ... you could turn a better profit than perhaps in other ways, putting it in savings account so something to consider. I guess that's something that they could talk to- [crosstalk 00:07:55]

Thom Dallman:                  Tax write off, don't forget that.

Dave Burnett:                    Exactly. That's left intact, that's still there for the most part. That's something that somebody could come talk with one of your agents about. If I were to come in and say okay, here's my plans for the next five years, here's my situation, your folks could kind of take it and say you know what-

Thom Dallman:                  We'll sit with them and yeah, figure it out. We'll connect them with the lender to see where they're at as far as purchase power and stuff like that, and talk about what it looks like. How has equity grown over the last ten years? How could it grow over the next ten? And what that would look like into your bank account and stuff like that. We could definitely walk you through that process and have those discussions.

Dave Burnett:                    That way and take a look to at the communities, because obviously it's going to be a little more expensive in some towns than others to build the exact same home.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    That's something to think about. Very good. CoreGroupRealty.com, that is the website to go to and the phone number of course, 208-933-7777. Somebody's standing by the answer your questions that you may have. If you have questions about this program, of course, these are always transcribed and put on the website at CoreGroupRealty.com

Thom Dallman:                  Just go to the blog spot. [crosstalk 00:09:14]

Dave Burnett:                    In the next week or so. So check that out. Speaking about blogs, you always have some interesting blogs on there as well.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, yeah, we like to share information, everything from home ownership to maintenance to all that fun stuff.

Dave Burnett:                    It's all right there for you at CoreGroupRealty.com, that is a website. Core Group Realty sponsors of the Idaho Real Estate Buzz. Find out why they say, you get more with Core.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment #4

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 a website. 208-933-7777, that is a phone number to call. Thom, one of the things we've talked about on this show, the program is not just designed to buy and sell homes.

Thom Dallman:                  Nope.

Dave Burnett:                    You can do that.

Thom Dallman:                  We can do that. We can help you with that.

Dave Burnett:                    Core Group, they can sell you a home. They can buy you a home. They can do all of that, but the purpose of this show is to educate people and to keep you in touch with what's happening.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    And one of the things I love talking about and that is home renovation.

Thom Dallman:                  Oh, yes.

Dave Burnett:                    If you want to remodel and do your home, it has nothing to do with selling it.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    It does have to do with the value of your home, which is important, but what are some of the top trends going on right now when it comes to renovations?

Thom Dallman:                  It's interesting you should ask because I just read a report from houzz.com, that's H-O-U-Z-Z.com. Great informational website if you guys just are looking for fun interesting facts about trends and home designs and stuff like that, but they just did a study with a whole bunch of homeowners that have done renovations in the last year to see kind of what the trends are. It came up with some really interesting stuff. The most focused efforts on renovations in the last year have been on countertops.

Dave Burnett:                    Really? Kitchens?

Thom Dallman:                  Most homeowners have been talking about their kitchens. Most of the renovations are in kitchens, period.

Dave Burnett:                    We did it.

Thom Dallman:                  They're obsessed with kitchens.

Dave Burnett:                    We renovated ours.

Thom Dallman:                  Countertops have become one of the biggest focuses on those kitchen renovations and coming up with countertops that are useful and-

Dave Burnett:                    Attractive.

Thom Dallman:                  Attractive and for resale will eventually hold their value. Yeah, countertops, number one focus.

Dave Burnett:                    What would you say? I mean, when it comes to countertops, you have formica. You have Corian. You have granite. You have quartz.

Thom Dallman:                  Granites. You have your quartzes.

Dave Burnett:                    You have composites. What would you say that you've seen in homes as the most popular?

Thom Dallman:                  Obviously granite. Granite has always been a really super popular material to put into homes and very desirable. It just depends on the area, but I've seen, in the last year or two, a lot of trends towards the composites out there.

Dave Burnett:                    Some of the composite's hard to tell apart from quartz or granite.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. They're doing really good work with that stuff and the durability of it is just amazing. There's a trend for those composite countertops.

Dave Burnett:                    When it comes to granite, I mean, you do have to seal them.

Thom Dallman:                  You have to seal them.

Dave Burnett:                    You have to polish them. You have to keep on top. They are work.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    We found that out.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    There is some work involved in them.

Thom Dallman:                  Oh yes.

Dave Burnett:                    To keep 'em looking good, but it is nice to have a nice, clean surface. My wife goes, "If I want to roll out my dough, I can just do it right on the countertop now."

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    I don't have to get a cutting board.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    But they are nice to have.

Thom Dallman:                  That is one of the conveniences with especially the slab granite countertops is that you can just-

Dave Burnett:                    You can do your work on there.

Thom Dallman:                  Do your work on there and not worry about scratching it up.

Dave Burnett:                    People putting in new countertops is one of the biggest renovations they make?

Thom Dallman:                  Yep. Second in line to getting new appliances, obviously, put into the house, a lot of focus on those appliances. Stainless steel remains the popular-

Dave Burnett:                    Popular choice.

Thom Dallman:                  Popular choice is the stainless steels.

Dave Burnett:                    You got stainless steel. You got black stainless steel. There's a number of different kinds of stainless steel now.

Thom Dallman:                  That's true.

Dave Burnett:                    It's not just the regular-

Thom Dallman:                  Bright silver.

Dave Burnett:                    Bright silver stainless steel.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. The technology right now in a lot of those appliances is super popular as well. There's now appliances that you can connect to your phones. You can check your refrigerator and stuff on your phone.

Dave Burnett:                    There is. There's one I've seen where you can see a camera inside your fridge so if you're at work and go, "Oh, I wonder how much milk we got?"

Thom Dallman:                  If you think about the convenience of that, not having to call home and see if anybody's home and can check the fridge real quick and stuff, it's amazing being able to do that.

Dave Burnett:                    It truly is, whether it's turning your dishwasher on with Alexa or if I said that and it's next to an Alexa, she just said, "Yes?" All the different things you can do, just amazing.

Thom Dallman:                  Technology is sprouting up and it is one of the things that people are focusing on. It actually said that 64% of the people that they studied in this study were focused on some of that technology in their appliances when they were looking at appliances and stuff. Alexa and Google Home were 22% of the people were focused on getting those things into their homes and stuff. Interesting study, like I said.

Dave Burnett:                    We actually have an Alexa in our home. It was given to us as a gift. Haven't utilized it as much as I can, other than checking the weather. Go ahead and ask Alexa to beam me up and see what happens, those kind of silly things.

Thom Dallman:                  That's just crazy.

Dave Burnett:                    But they can be very helpful, especially when it comes to dealing with your thermostats, setting the temperature, setting the heat.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    That is very handy to have that.

Thom Dallman:                  Interesting along the lines of appliances, too, there was a little blurb about TVs in kitchens. TVs are becoming popular in kitchens as well just to have that convenience of watching your show while you're cooking or pulling up videos on how to cook things on your TV while you're cooking and stuff.

Dave Burnett:                    Oddly enough, you can do that on your refrigerator. They've got a video screen in 'em for you to do that.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    But yeah, I could see that.

Thom Dallman:                  There's a focus on cabinets, 31% of the people reviewed, that was the next in line was cabinets and surprisingly enough, shaker style cabinets represented the largest percentage of what people-

Dave Burnett:                    Putting in shakers.

Thom Dallman:                  57% were looking at putting in shakers.

Dave Burnett:                    If you're going, "What's a shaker cabinet?" it's a very plain, very simple clean-cut cabinet.

Thom Dallman:                  It sure is. Then followed by flat panel cabinets.

Dave Burnett:                    Space saving and clearing the decks, is that a big part of it?

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, getting cabinets and space that's usable and functionable to get things off of countertops like we mentioned at the beginning of this, decluttering the countertops and putting things away are the top of the list of priorities for people, getting those cabinets that fit their styles and stuff like that. For instance, one of the biggest trends in the last couple years has been the trashcan cabinet, being able to put a cabinet in that is specifically designated for a trashcan.

Dave Burnett:                    Got one.

Thom Dallman:                  Instead of going under your kitchen sink-

Dave Burnett:                    Got one of them.

Thom Dallman:                  Taking up that space.

Dave Burnett:                    Which I will say there's advantages and disadvantages of that. It's tougher to keep clean. It's not as much space as that big can under the sink, so you're dumping the garbage more, but for us, it's very handy to be able to take if you're making something on the counter, if you're making a sandwich and you've got crumbs and stuff just to-

Thom Dallman:                  Just swoop it right into that-

Dave Burnett:                    Scrape it all right up in the garbage can.

Thom Dallman:                  Open that garbage can drawer and swoop it in. I have one as well. It's super convenient.

Dave Burnett:                    It is very handy, but it's just interesting the focus is on the kitchen, but when you get right down to it, again, you have mentioned before, a kitchen can make the biggest difference in the value of your home.

Thom Dallman:                  Oh yeah. It's a huge-

Dave Burnett:                    The improvements you put in your kitchen, you're going to do much better than putting a swimming pool in the backyard.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly. If you're looking at a home improvement that will retain its value, that's one of the biggest things to renovate your kitchen and bring it up to date, if you will.

Dave Burnett:                    Bring it up to speed, there. I find it fascinating when I watch some of the flip shows, "Property Brothers" or whoever, when somebody's looking for a home, how many guys there are looking at that kitchen.

Thom Dallman:                  Oh yeah. Oh yeah.

Dave Burnett:                    You can have a husband and wife going in there and, "Well, Bill does most of the cooking anyway." It's like, "Wow. That is not the traditional nuclear family anymore."

Thom Dallman:                  No, no. I mean, for me, for instance, it's a relaxation thing. I love cooking because it kind of just puts your mind onto a task that kind of distracts you and it's just super relaxing to me. More and more guys are into the cooking and making meals.

Dave Burnett:                    Well, it's kind of a creative thing to do.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    To go out on a limb and make something a little different.

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    That kitchen is just a focal point, so again, we've been talking about this that if you're looking to increase the value of your home, no better place to put your money than into the kitchen.

Thom Dallman:                  Yeah, that's the best investment you can make in your home is remodeling that and making sure that you're remodeling it to the standards of your community, not overdoing it and making it too ornate is important, too.

Dave Burnett:                    And the other thing, and maybe sometime we'll have a show about this, but we need to find a good counselor because if you're going to remodel your kitchen, boy can that cause stress when your kitchen is down for over a month. That can be, "Here we go out to Wendy's again."

Thom Dallman:                  Exactly.

Dave Burnett:                    It could get a little bit stressful. If you are interested in remodeling or advice or tips on that, there's a number of blogs at coregrouprealty.com you can take a look at to find out about remodeling and how you go about that and what you can expect. Coregrouprealty.com is a website and of course, you can always call 208-933-7777. That's a phone number you can call and find out why they say, "You get more with Core."

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