February 04, 2020 at 9:43am | Jonna Weber
With spring just around the corner and Boise's continued rapid growth - it can be hard to keep track of everything going on across the valley. Here's 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.  

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Where the Housing Market has Recovered the Most and the Least (2020 Edition)
Source: Yahoo! Finance

This article touches upon our nation’s housing market and how certain cities have (or haven’t) recovered since the great downturn in 2008. Based on data from the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Boise’s housing market is identified as having recovered stronger than any other city. Also noted for strong recovery are San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, and Denver. Cities that continue to struggle to recover include: Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport, Camden and Albany. For more insights, read the full article here.

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New Survey: What Idahoans Think About Growth, Transplants, and Schools
Source: Idaho Statesman

According to a recent Idaho Public Policy Survey, most Idahoans think the state is headed in the right direction but have concerns about taxes, growth and education. The largest concern shared was in reference to the valley's rapid growth, with a whopping 56.6% responding that "the state is growing too fast". To learn more, check out the full article here.  

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Economist: Treasure Valley Housing Boom to Continue, But No Threat of Housing Bubble
Source: KTVB

A top real estate economist just gave the Treasure Valley’s economic forecast a big thumbs up (along with a warning about long-term housing affordability). According to this KTVB news report,  Matthew Gardner, Windermere Real Estate’s chief economist recently predicted that “housing prices would grow roughly 9% in both Ada and Canyon counties by the end of 2020, continuing the trend of booming housing costs.” Read the full article here to learn more about his predictions for our local market.

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Ada County 2019 Residential Real Estate Wrap-Up: Inventory Down, Prices Up
Source: Idaho Business Review

This article provides a great summary of what occurred in our local real estate market throughout 2019. Above all else - with inventory so low and demand high - prices have continued to increase. In other words, in relation to the strong demand for homes in the area, there just aren’t enough pre-existing homes listed "For Sale" to stabilize the market. Check out the full article for a high-level overview of what we experienced last year - and for insights into what we might be able to anticipate for the year ahead.

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Treasure Valley’s Rising Prices: Will They Level Out Soon?
Source: Idaho Press Tribune

According to this Idaho Press Tribune article, many local real estate experts (who met recently at The Ada County Assessor’s Residential Real Estate Symposium along with Ada County government officials) gathered to discuss challenges and trends in Ada County's housing market. Most are reported as believing that rising prices will not level out any time soon. Check out the full article here to learn more and to hear various perspectives and predictions (and then email or call me for my take on the current market).

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The Best 5 Cities for Freelancers in 2020
Source: Livability
If you’ve ever worked as a freelancer you know that location can be key to your bottom line. Boise was just recognized as being among the to 5 best cities that enable freelancers to flourish. According to this recent American Community Survey 6.7% of residents identify as being self-employed and 15% report generating some form of self-employment income. Check out the full article here for all the details.

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26th Street Studio - Romantic Downtown Destination

Whether you're looking to plan a staycation, or to book a room for a trip to visit our booming area, or looking for accommodations for a visiting friend - be sure to check out this charming AirBnB! Located close to downtown Boise this fresh and welcoming guest house is a "must see"... and is hosted by our wonderful Superhost clients! Beautiful job on the space, Sara and Paul!

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Boise’s Top Rated Restaurants for 2020
Source: 107.9 LiteOnline

Because who doesn't love checking out new restaurants?! While some of the noted restaurants have been well-known staples for years (Chandlers, Barbacoa, Bardenay, etc), there are a few you might not have had a chance to try yet (like Bacquet’s and Brick 29). Check out the full list here.

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12 Reasons to Move to the Pacific Northwest
Source: MarketWatch

Here’s a fun article highlighting 12 of the best things about living in the Pacific Northwest. And while it could be debated whether Boise is "technically" in the Pacific Northwest, this article included Boise and recognized it for its diversity of culture (with special kudos given to the Boise Art Museum) and quality state colleges. Read the full article here.

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What's Happening In and Around Boise: Calendar of Events
Source: Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau

With winter behind us and warmer weather just ahead, Treasure Valley residents (both new and old) are gearing up for spring! Be sure to check out this great calendar to ensure you don't miss any of the fantastic markets, concerts, events, expos, etc. that are happening.  

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