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Oct. 20, 2019

Raking Leaves

Oct. 20, 2019

Do Something Wonderful

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Oct. 15, 2019

Witches Night Out 2019

WITCHES NIGHT OUT 2019

Wed October 16th 6-8:30pm

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TABLES ARE SOLD OUT HOWEVER THE EVENT IS FREE TO ATTEND AND JOIN IN THE FUN!

Witches Night Out Fundraiser - Supporting the Women’s & Children’s Alliance & National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic abuse thrives when we are silent; but if we take a stand and work together, we can end domestic abuse!  This is a FREE event to attend and join in the festivities.  Table sponsors ensure you have a place to gather with your fellow witches.  Tickets https://www.eventbrite.com/e/witches-night-out-2019-tickets-60952992040

Join The Village at Meridian by partnering with the Women’s & Children’s Alliance (WCA) at our annual Witches Night Out Fundraiser on October 16, 2019. Join hundreds of witch clad men & women in a night of music, fun and prizes to support a great cause. Our goal is to raise $20,000 for the WCA whose mission is to provide safety, healing and freedom from domestic abuse and sexual assault!

 At the event, raffle tickets will be sold to win the contents of the Witch’s Wardrobe (valued over $2,000) and a variety of other raffle prizes. 100% of the proceeds benefit the WCA. Enjoy fun activities such as Harry Potter Sorting Hat station, green screen photos, Psychic Lip Reading, Wall of Whine, Witches Brew station, Live Music with the Retreads and more!

 It’s time to take a stand! We hope you will join us in supporting the WCA.

  • TABLE ON THE GREEN SEATING – $154.00 - INCLUDES COCKTAIL TABLE, 4 CHAIRS, NAME AS TABLE SPONSOR ON HANDOUTS, 4 FREE RAFFLE TICKETS – LOCATED ON THE GREEN TURF

  •  HI BOY STANDING  - $104.00 – INCLUDES HIGHBOY TO STAND AT, AND 3 FREE RAFFLE TICKETS LOCATED AROUND THE FOUNTAIN AREA

  • PAVILION SEATING - $82 – INCLUDES TABLE FOR FOUR, 3 RAFFLE TICKETS LOCATED ON THE PATIO OF THE FOOD PAVILION

Posted in Community News
Oct. 15, 2019

Villains In The Village

VILLAINS IN THE VILLAGE

Wednesday October 23, 2019 6-8pm

Villains in the Village

Join us for Villains in the Village, a fun-spooky Children’s event!  Featuring Corbin Maxey, a nationally recognized animal expert and tv personality followed by the theatrical performance of Villains in the Village with The Treasure Valley Children’s Theater!  Be sure to venture both sides of the streets surrounding Fountain Square where there is an assortment of face painters, balloon twisters, kids craft and…. Be on the alert as you enter those streets as you never know what lurks in the dark!   

Proudly sponsored by Farmstead Corn Maze and Pumpkin Festival and Aardvark Entertainment

Oct. 15, 2019

Monthly Treasure Valley Real Estate Statistics

It Keeps Going

By Group One Sotheby's International Realty. Each office independently owned and operated.

Third-quarter results showed that we are on pace to duplicate the unit sales of last year. Throughout nine months, 2019 unit sales are within 1.5% of last year’s unit sales at the same point in time.  

Inventory is also near the same, down a mere 1% from this time last year.  Taking out unfinished new home inventory, there are only 41 days of resale and finished new home inventory for buyers to choose from.  The lack of inventory is likely to continue to push prices up, which have already increased by 10.6% over the most recent 12 months.

The chart below shows trends in average price and units sold over the last 16 years. 2019 figures have been projected from our third-quarter results.

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Market Statistics
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Market - These include homes of all ages and new construction.
Existing - This includes all homes older than 1 year and excludes new construction data.
New Construction - This includes new, to be built, and under construction homes.

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North Boise, 100

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Northeast Boise, 200

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Southeast Boise, 300

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Boise Bench, 400

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Southwest Boise, 500

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SW Boise/Meridian, 550

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West Boise, 600

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West Boise/Meridian, 650

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Garden City, 700

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NW Boise/Garden City, 800

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Eagle, 900

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Star/Meridian, 950

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Southeast Meridian, 1000

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Southwest Meridian, 1010

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Northeast Meridian, 1020

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Northwest Meridian, 1030

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Kuna, 1100

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Nampa (83687), 1250

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Nampa (83686), 1260

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Melba, 1265

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Nampa (83651), 1270

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NW Freeway, 1275

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SW Freeway, 1280

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Middleton, 1285

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Canyon Other, 1290

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Parma, 1292

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Wilder, 1293

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Posted in Real Estate News
Oct. 14, 2019

Idaho Taxes

Idaho Property Taxes

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The property tax system in Idaho is a principal source of funding for many things. For example, local-level public services, school districts, and local governments. 

In addition, taxes levied on property also fund long-term investments, such as infrastructure development and capital projects. 

In 2015, the Idaho taxing district collected $1.6 billion in property taxes. Municipal governments took a 26.7 percent share, while the county government pocketed 26.4 percent. School districts took the lion’s share of the revenue – accounting for a 30.1 percent share. 

Taxes in the Gem state are relatively low when compared to the rest of the nation. While a typical Idaho homeowner pays $1,276 every year, the average homeowner elsewhere pays $920 more. 

 

Homeowners Exemption in Idaho 

One reason to explain this significant difference in property tax is the homeowner’s exemption. The exemption, capped at a value of $100,000 for the year 2018, exempts all owner-occupied primary residents by fifty percent of the property’s market value. 

Let's take a look at Idaho property taxes in a little more detail. 

 

How do Idaho Property Taxes Work? 

Homeowners can pay Idaho property taxes in two installments. The first installment is due on the 20th of every December while the second installment is due the 20th  of June. 

The taxes levied are based on your property’s full market value. Each county has an assessor who helps determine the full market value of every property. Generally speaking, the county assessor uses comparative data from recently sold homes to come up with your home’s market value. 

Once the value has been assessed, it’s only then that exemptions can be applied. In Idaho state, the biggest tax exemption is the homeowner's exemption. 

As already mentioned, it’s equal to fifty percent of the home’s value and one acre of land and can only be claimed on an owner-occupied primary residence

The homeowner's exemption is for people that live in the property they have purchased. However, for people who are looking to buy real estate as an investment and have tenants living in the property, this homeowner’s exemption isn’t available.

 

 

Let's take a look at an example. If your home is assessed and valued at $200,000 then with the 50% homeowner’s exception your total taxable value would be $100,000. 

Other special exemptions are available to certain groups that meet income requirements, including widows and widowers, blind homeowners, minors without parents, former prisoners of war, and people aged 65 and older. 

In addition to the base city/county tax rate, there is generally additional add-on fees to be aware of, such as Bonds and Supplements. 

Here's an example of an actual rental property's tax bill:

Code Area: 01-44

Total Assessed Value: $182,300

Homeowner's Exemption: -0- (because it is not owner-occupied)

Boise City: 1,297.42

School #1 M & O: 621.53

School #1 Bond: 127.61

School Supplement: 98.22

School #1 Other: 1.95

Ada County: 538.43

Ada Co Highway: 168.41

College of Western Idaho: 27.99

Emergency Medical: 26.62

Dry Creek Cemetery: 6.84

Mosquito Abatement: 5.16

Total District Levy = .016018432

Plus Certifications & Special Assessments:

Drainage District #2: 6.50

Total tax due: $2,926.68

 

Idaho Property Taxes by County

Since Idaho has several taxing districts, tax rates often vary. Cities generally levy higher tax rates than rural areas. The average statewide urban tax rate stands at 1.511 percent while the rural rate is 0.994 percent. 

 

 

Ada County Property Tax

Ada County lies in the state’s southwestern part. According to recent estimates, the county has a population of 420,000 people. This makes it Idaho’s most populous county. The county’s property tax rate is 0.77 percent, ranking it eleventh in the state in terms of highest tax rates. 

The median annual property tax payment in the county is $1,544. 

 

Canyon County Property Tax

Canyon County is tucked on the west end of the beautiful Treasure Valley in the heart of Idaho. At 0.94%, the county has the highest average property tax rate in the state. 

But, because its median home value is low ($131,300), the median property tax payments is still below average ($1,240). 

Latah County Property Tax

Latah County is located in the state’s north central region. The county’s average effective tax rate is 0.83%. The median property tax payment in Latah County is $1,634. 

 

Nez Perce County Property Tax

Nez Perce County is located in the state’s north central region. It ranks as the fourth highest in the state in terms of the average effective property tax rate (0.92%). And at $1,551 annually, it ranks third in the state in terms of the median property tax payment. 

 

Bonner County Property Tax

Bonner County is located in the northern part of Idaho. At just 0.56%, it has the 8th lowest effective tax rate in the state. That is almost half the country’s average. The median home value is $210,000. At that value, the property taxes would be about $1,175. 

 

 

Bingham County Property Tax

Bingham County is the state’s 12th biggest county and is located in the state’s southeastern region. The average total tax rate in the county is 1.6%. 

 

Twin Falls County Property Tax

Twin Falls County is located in the south central part of the state. The county’s effective tax rate is slightly above the state average (0.82%). But with a lower median home value, the median property taxes are also lower ($1,226). 

 

Bannock County Property Tax

Bannock County is a county located in the state’s southeastern region. With a tax rate of 0.92%, it ranks 3rd in terms of the highest property taxes in the state. A homeowner with a home valued at $100,000 would pay $1,840 annually in property taxes. 

However, this amount would vary greatly depending on the property’s location. In Bannock County, the average urban property tax rate is roughly twice the average rural rate. 

 

Bonneville County Property Tax

Bonneville County, in southeast Idaho, is part of the Upper Snake River Valley. Recent estimates put the county’s population at around 110,089. The average effective property tax rate in the county is 0.77%. 

At that rate, expect to pay $1,202 annually in property taxes if you have a home worth $160,000. 

 

The information contained herein isn’t tax advice, neither is it a substitute for tax advice. If you have specific questions, please contact Idaho’s State Tax Commission to learn more. 

Oct. 8, 2019

See you at Harvest Fest?

 

Join us at Heritage Park in downtown Eagle for the annual City of Eagle Harvest Festival! Enjoy live music, kids' games, free pumpkin decorating, mini horses, a donut on a string competition, food and more! Stroll through the fall market with over 70+ vendors and support local handmade businesses.

Take a fun fall-themed family photo in the free photo booth sponsored by the Eagle Arts Commission. Explore the Eagle Museum of History and Preservation and support the Friends of the Eagle Public Library book sale from 9 am - 2 pm! As always, this is a free and family-friendly event for everyone! Invite a friend and spend the day in downtown Eagle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Community News
Oct. 7, 2019

Home Maintenance Tips

Posted in Life At Home
Oct. 7, 2019

Interesting Facts About Idaho

 

Idaho is the 39th most populous and the 14th most extensive of the 50 states of the United States. It lies in the northwestern region of the United States. The state attained statehood on July 3, 1890, becoming the 43rd state to join the union. Its six (6) bordering states are Utah, Washington, WyomingMontanaNevada, and Oregon.  Idaho (nicknamed: the Gem State) has 44 counties. The state’s capital is Boise. With these facts about Idaho, let us learn more about its history, geography, people, economy and more.

 

Facts about Idaho

1. The state’s name derived from a Native American word that means “the land of many waters.” The pronunciation is similar to the state’s name.

2. Idaho is sometimes referred to as the Gem State. One can find nearly 72 types of precious stones in the state.

Idaho and its border states

3. The state grows nearly one/third of America’s potatoes. It is likely that the people living outside the state eat more of these starchy vegetables than the people in Idaho.

4. A mayor seemed to have a strange adoration for his small town in Idaho. He declared that Wallace, with a population of 800 people, was the Center of the Universe. A manhole cover was made to mark this declaration and the place he said was the center.

5. Idaho produces other crops besides potatoes. The state is actually known as the Lentil Capital of the World. It is also known for having one of the largest hops farms in the United States.

6. This state is known for having a canyon with an interesting name. The canyon is called Hells Canyon, and it’s 7,900 feet deep. Keep in mind that this is deeper than the Grand Canyon.

7. There are only a few places in the world where a bounty of star garnets can be found. One is in India and the other happens to be in Idaho.

8. Many states are working toward being more eco-friendly, but it seems that Idaho is moving quickly. The state’s Capital Building is the only state capital that is kept warm using a renewable source of energy. It is called geothermal water, which means the hot water that sits 3,000 feet underground is used to produce heat.

9. Women should be pretty proud of Idaho as it is the only state seal in the United States that was designed by a woman. The woman was Emma Edwards Green, and her design was chosen in 1891.

10. Idaho may be known for its crops or gems, but one thing that horror lovers like about the state is the ghost towns. Silver City and the Burke are some of the most known ghost towns, but there are many others.

FLAG OF IDAHO

flag of Idaho

11. It might sound a little strange, but it is against the law for a man to give his beloved a box of sweets that weighs more than 50 pounds.

12. People really love to smile in Pocatello, Idaho. This obsession with smiles went so far that it became a law. Yes, it is illegal not to smile in public in this little region of the state.

13. It is illegal for a person to fish while they are riding the back of a camel. Take that camel-riding fisherman.

14. A person cannot sweep dirt from his or her house into the street. This is a law in Eagle, Idaho where cleanliness is definitely valued by the people in the city.

15. Idaho’s State Penitentiary is known as a haunted location. Talk about a double-whammy for those who might commit a crime.

16. Heaven’s Gate Lookout, in Idaho, is a location where you can see Washington, Montana, and even Oregon.

17. This state is home to Atomic City, which was booming when the National Reactor Testing Station was active in the 70s. It is a desolate area with around 29 people now.

18. There is a ski resort in McCall, Idaho that is home to the Brundage Bra Tree. The name is known throughout Idaho because it is where many women throw their bras as they ride a chairlift.

STATE QUARTER

Idaho State Quarter

21. This state offers the longest gondola ride in the world, so strap in and enjoy nature from above. The gondola is in the Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg.

22. Idaho actually holds a strange little Guinness World Record for a maze. Yes, the state is known for the longest straw bale maze, which is in Rupert.

23. Someone paid $600,000 for a bull from Idaho. This was the most expensive bull ever sold. The cost was high because the Hereford bull weighed 1,410, and its lineage was impeccable.

24. The Lake Coeur d’Alene boardwalk is 3,300 feet long and is known as the longest boardwalk in the world. This is definitely for all those who love to walk by the beach.

25. Dog lovers should be interested in Idaho because it is home to the only dog-shaped B&B in the world. For those who want to visit the dog lover’s paradise, it is in Cottonwood, ID.

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26. There is a small town in Idaho that has the longest main street in the United States. It is located in the City of Island Park.

27. The Coeur d’Alene Resort is home to the only man-made 14th hole island. It definitely gives golfers a new experience.

28. A gargantuan tree can be found at Elk River. It is called the Idaho Champion Western Red Cedar Tree. It has an 18-feet diameter and it’s over 170 feet tall.

29. Idaho City can thank gold for its success. Yes, the city’s economy boomed because of gold mining back in the 1860s.

30. Idaho definitely stepped up to the plate when it came to structured sand dunes. Bruneau Dunes State Park is home to the country’s tallest structure that stands 470 feet high.

31. Idaho is home to the Niagara of the West. Yes, those who want to experience something like Niagara Falls could check out Shoshone Falls with its 212-foot drop.

32. Those interested in birds of prey will be happy to know that Idaho has an awesome wildlife preserve known as The World Center For Birds Of Prey, which is known for its dense population of falcons, eagles, and hawks.

33. If you are interested in old churches, you may want to visit the Rathdrum. This city holds the state’s oldest brick church called the Saint Stanislaus Church.

34. North America has a lot of ski resorts, but it seems that Idaho beat other states to the punch. The first ski destination in the United States is Idaho’s Sun Valley.

35. The state’s fruit is the Huckleberry, which makes sense because Huckleberry tea is good for starch digestion. Potatoes, the most popular vegetable in the state, are full of starch.

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36. The state’s motto is “Esto Perpetua,” which means “this is forever.”

37. 13 is a very special number for this state. It is special because it is the 13th largest state (in terms of land area) in America.

38. Idaho might not like the idea of private land. This is evident because a whopping 63 percent of the state is considered public land.

39. Idaho may be known for potatoes, but it should be known for its trout, too. It is estimated that 85 percent of all the commercial trout sold in America comes from Hagerman Valley.

40. Evil Knievel tried to jump over the Twin Falls in 1974. He failed, but those interested in seeing the failed jump can check out the Twin Falls.

41. The word “potato” was first used in the state’s license plate back in 1928, and the state has not looked back since.

42. One of the most celebrated winter celebrations called the Winter Carnival in McCall began in 1924. It actually started because the locals were bored.

43. There are about 4,522,506 acres of wild land in Idaho. Yes, this means there are no roads here.

44. This region is home to the Treefort Music Fest, which is held in Boise. It is perhaps one of the most successful indie-rock music festivals in America.

45.  Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve contains three major lava fields covering almost half a million acres and a quarter-million acres of sagebrush steppe grasslands. Some of NASA’s best-known astronauts visited Idaho in 1969 to train for their moon missions.

Posted in Fun & Fabulous
Oct. 7, 2019

Tricks For Hard-To-Paint Areas

While some DIY projects seem like they should be left for the pros, painting doesn’t have to be one of them. Basic painting seems easy enough, but sometimes we run into those hard-to-paint areas and regret not hiring a professional. Instead of hanging up the towel, try out these tricks for those spots and see if you can finish your project all on your own (and save some money in the process!)

Painting Window Trim

Painting the wood diving panes and sashes on windows can seem daunting at first. Most people think that lining your windows with painters tape will help, but that is usually just a waste of time. Instead, just paint away! This is the one time it is okay to get a little paint outside of your target area. When paint gets on the glass, just allow it to dry and as soon as it does, scrape it off with a razor blade. Try not to let the paint set for longer than a day.

Painting Behind Toilets

Sometimes, the hardest places to paint are the tight spaces where we can’t really do much to make that space bigger. This is where you will need a “hot dog” roller. They’re smaller than regular rollers and when attached to a longer handle, can make painting in tight spaces a breeze. You can use this roller for other small spaces, like behind radiators or other fixtures.

Painting High Ceilings

If you’ve got a high ceiling or a tall wall where a ladder can’t safely reach, like above a staircase, you’ve usually got a challenge on your hands. This is where a paintbrush extension tool comes in. Rather than attaching a roller to a pole and losing stability, an extension tool is more like an extension of your arm. Make sure to avoid dripping paint by loading less paint on the brush that you typically would for a wall right in front of you.

Posted in Life At Home