August 01, 2019 at 3:50pm | Jonna Weber
There is so much buzz circulating about Boise and the Treasure Valley area - it can be hard to keep track of it all. But don't worry, we've got you covered! This is our monthly recap designed to highlight "all the buzz about Boise". Perfect for life-long Boiseans, newcomers, potential re-locators, and out-of-state investors alike - there is something for everyone. Enjoy!

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Forecast: Idaho Housing Prices to Rise Further
Source: Idaho Business Review

A newly released national real estate report compiled by Veros predicts that four Idaho cities will continue to experience some of the biggest increases in values across the next year.  According to the report, property values in Coeur d’Alene (No.2), Idaho Falls (No.3), Boise City-Nampa (No. 4) and Pocatello (No. 9) markets will rise 9.5%, 9.4%, 9.1% and 7.2%, respectively. The increased demand for housing coupled by the relatively low supply of listed homes has been a leading contributor to the overall uptick in home values and prices. To learn more check out the full article here.

2019's Best & Worst Cities for First-Time Home Buyers
Source: WalletHub

In this article, WalletHub compared 300 cities of varying sizes across 27 key indicators to gauge market attractiveness, affordability, and quality of life (from the theoretical perspective of a first-time home buyer). Their data set ranged from cost of living to real-estate taxes to property-crime rate. And while Boise came in #5 for Overall Rank, it's interesting to play with the interactive chart included in the article and see the shifts across the 'Affordability', 'Real Estate Market' and 'Quality of Life' ranks (and compare them to other cities). Check out the full article here.

These Cities are Adding the Most Jobs:  Boise Made the List (No. 7)
Source: AZ Central

The US economy added an impressive 224,000 jobs in June 2019, which far exceeded economists predictions of 140,000. This also marked 105 consecutive months of job growth (the longest in U.S. history). And Boise made the list! Over the past 5 years, Boise has seen jobs increase by an impressive 19.9% (an increase of 60,126 jobs). With our booming population, education and health services have contributed to a large influx on new jobs (as has the large grocery store chain headquartered here, Albertsons). Read all the details here.

The Economic Power of Walkability in Metro Areas
Source: Brookings

A new report released by the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis indicates that the more walkability in an urban center, the more economic prosperity. Boise is included as an example of high economically performing metro areas outside of the 30 largest metros. Check out the full report here.

The Best Wine Country Regions in the United States
Source: The Manual

Fun to see the Snake River Valley on this list of our nations top wine regions. "A bona-fide up-and-coming wine region, the Snake River Valley is vast and enticing. Nampa, Idaho is the appellation’s hub, with scores of producers operating in the surrounding landscape 20 miles outside of Boise." Check out the full article here.

10 Best Things To Do With Your Dog In Boise, Idaho
Source: Forbes

You've likely heard it before (or have simply noted it by living or visiting the area) - Boise dwellers love their friendly four-legged counterparts. As noted by the author of this article "Tucked into the foothills of the Boise Mountains and bisected by the Boise River not from Boise High School and the Boise Art Museum, all within twenty minutes (max) of Boise Airport, it only takes an hour or two to realize just how fond Boiseans are of their charming home, but the one thing they may cherish more than the city itself (pronounced BOY-see, not Boy-zee, by the way) is its dog population." If you're looking for a quick list of some fun local activities to take your pooch on, be sure to peruse this article.

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