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Labor Day

September 6, 2016

While you are enjoying the last official BBQ of summer please don’t forget the American worker.

The first Monday in September is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the workers. Workers have made the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. They are the backbone of this great country.

The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take were outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement. (adapted from US DOL)

Soon it will be time to winter fertilize and re seed the lawn. Trim the hedges and possibly the trees. What else could you, my dear reader be looking at? You could clean and touch up. Make certain the gutters are free of debris, if the caulking around the windows, is cracked or missing fill it in or replace as needed. When is the last time you cleaned your dryer vents? Is the dryer taking longer and longer to dry the clothes. Perhaps the vent is clogged.

With the weather being what it is time to think about painting. If you are wanting to sell in spring you may not want to wait for spring. It is amazing to me how many people will spend hours washing their car, every week in some cases, and not spend any time taking care of their home. So be a Dagwood, work in the yard, have a dagwood for lunch that day as you enjoy the fruit of your labor as fall approaches. And enjoy a good game of football, whichever you like.

Parts of this article came from original columns from 2009 and 2010. My goodness, have I been writing that long. Certainly doesn’t feel like it. All the Best Richie Rich

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What to Ask A Home Inspector

August 18, 2016

Home inspections are a critical part of the home buying process. Don’t skimp out here. Inspectors are now marketing directly to buyers trying to get more business. Here are some questions to ask a home inspector prior to hiring them. HUD (Housing Urban Development) finds it so important they have a list of questions you can use. The Feds believe it is so important that when you get a loan from them there is a whole page as to why you should get an inspection. Here are my thoughts.
Prior to hiring:
1- How much does it cost? Let’s just get this out of the way. Simple enough most are around $300 bucks however depending on the extras the price goes up. Extras Rich? Yes, well, water and so on. If your home is larger than there can be additional fees as well.
2- Can I attend the inspection? Most inspectors cringe here and ask that you join them at the end of it. I say if you want to be there with the inspector and crawl the attic and crawl spaces have at it. If not then meet them there and go over the findings.
3- Are you insured and what does it cover? Follow up with if something pops up that should have been caught what remedies do you offer? Some have insurance for this; some offer a warranty, others you get the fee back you paid.
4- How have you been trained, what kind of experience do you have? How many inspections have you performed in the last year? Ask to see their last report, look for buzz words, see below. These are great qualifying questions.
5- Look at the report, what are major areas of concern? How easily can these be indentified? Some inspectors say all the window seals have failed (Buzz Word), rather than a particular window has moisture, sweating or fogging. Seals fail, is there water? Apparent break in attempt (buzz buzz) rather than door is damaged where lock is. Is there a police report or did the previous person forget their keys. My all time favorite? MOLD ooh, mold can be everywhere in all homes. Some mold is the bad kind; some is not and has been there for years.
6- How bad is it… really? A good home inspector should be able to discuss the report with you and offer insight on to how bad the damage could be. If they say you need to hire a specialist for everything they noted why hire them to begin with.
Of course you could ask your Realtor for a recommendation. Chances are they know a couple of good ones. All the Best Richie Rich

STEPS TO BUYING YOUR NEW HOME

August 11, 2016
  1. MEET WITH A TRUSTWORTHY REALTOR. The truth is no matter which Realtor you choose you must make a connection with that person. Ask them if they are a full time Realtor or if they earn their living another way. How much time do they have to work with you? When are they available to go look at homes?
  2. LENDERS: After selecting the right Realtor for you, have the Realtor help you choose a lender. The Realtor should be able to suggest several types of loans to you that may meet your needs. The lender will help decide which works best for you. The loan officer will ask you to fill out an application:
  • If applying for a VA loan, please bring a copy of your DD-214,
  • Be prepared to account for the source of funds of your down payment and closing costs.
  • Bring federal tax return (2 years), if self employed also bring profit and loss statements, and balance sheet for the last

two years.

  • Alimony and child support information (divorce decree for verification) may be required.
  • Last 4 pay stubs
  • Current statement(s) from banks, stock funds etc

 

  1. Find a home, write an offer, and write an earnest money check. EARNEST MONEY: This      represents your sincerity in the attempt to purchase and is refundable if the offer is not accepted. This money is kept in a trust fund account and is not turned over to the seller until called for by the contract. You will receive credit at closing for it.

 

  1. Once the purchase agreement has been accepted by the seller, the lending institution you have chosen will be contacted to process a new loan. An appraisal will be ordered.

 

  1. Escrow will be opened at a title company. An escrow is an arrangement in which a disinterested third party (Title Company) holds legal documents and funds on behalf of buyer and seller, and distributes them according to the buyers and sellers instructions.

 

  1. A home inspection will be conducted. If necessary repairs will be negotiated and completed

 

  1. You will be asked to name an insurance agent as a policy will be necessary prior to closing escrow.

 

  1. With the help of your lender and the title company they will provide an approximate dollar amount that you will need prior to the close of escrow.
  2. Moneys required at the close of escrow (down payment, closing costs, etc.) should be in the

form of a cashier’s check.

 

  1. When all the necessary papers have been signed and the moneys received, the documents are

recorded. The escrow officer will make the necessary monetary disbursements. Once documents have been recorded, title to the property (ownership) has changed hands.

all the best, Richie Rich

Voting on the West Ada School District Bond Issue

March 8, 2015

The bond vote is Tuesday March 10th. Please get out and exercise your right to vote. I have heard several opinions on the matter. For the nays, the Board is top heavy (too much management), how come they don’t take pay cuts. The teachers make way too much. We can have bigger class room sizes. For the ayes, we need the rooms, kids don’t even get lunch because they run out, and teachers deserve raises.

All of the above are passionate discussion points. However I believe we should looks at other issues. Since this is my column, I choose to share my thoughts on it. I know I know You can’t wait to hear.

Despite what some elected officials say our schools are doing poorly in national rankings. I have a hard time thinking a major business will move here when the kids will need to attend the worst schools in the nation. Rich, what is your point? It has been proven that smaller class sizes result in higher learning. Vote Yes!

A trusted friend that works with children on the local and national level once told me that prison population estimates are based on what is going on in 3rd grade. Good gravy!!! I think smaller class sizes result in children at risk having a better chance of success and staying out of prison. Vote Yes!

Eagle Middle School is 250 students over capacity. Lake Hazel Middle School is 452 students over capacity. Heritage Middle School is 162 students over capacity. New construction in these areas is going well. New construction pumps lots of money into high paying jobs in economy and is helping the country get out of the recession. More homes mean more students, Vote Yes!

The bond will add 2 middle schools, 1 elementary and finish the remodel at Meridian High School. 1 middle school and the elementary are south of I84, the other middle school will be in Star. All underserved areas of our community that are experiencing growing pains. Vote Yes!

I have walked the halls of Meridian HS. It desperately needed a face lift. How a room, building look have an effect on the student and their ability to learn. Vote Yes!

The levy rate decreased this year. If the bond passes the levy rate remains the same. SAY WHAT RICH, we saved money? The rate does not increase? Damn straight! Vote Yes!

All the Best Richie Rich

What Warm Weather

March 3, 2015

The weather certainly has been a touch warmer than normal. What to do? Well, there’s always yard work. Especially if you are selling your home or thinking of selling. We had an early snow and there were lots of leaves trapped and they should be removed. Weeds are starting to sprout, as well as some springtime flowers. You may want to stop in at your favorite garden shop and see how to get rid of the weeds and protect the flowers. There are also some flowers you can plant that should survive this time of year.

You want to get your lawn ready to go. Seed, fertilize etc. If the house needs paint, you can start scraping it. I personally believe the weather has to be above 50 degrees to paint; however, there are other thoughts as well. If the fence needs repair, you can do that now.

On my own home, I am moving a fence line. I dug, okay okay, my son dug 5 post holes by hand and commented on how easy it was. I told him because of the wet weather digging is easier. By the time I ran to the hardware store for poles and cement, he was ready. I saved the cost of a power posthole digger. Plus, the manual labor was not so hard for a teenager to make him resent it. How lucky am I?!? Now that it is somewhat rainy and cooler, I can hang the new fence and stretch it without waiting for the posts to be installed – 1 month ahead of schedule.

Also, builders are sinking foundations in the ground. That is always good to see. New home construction always adds money to the economy especially with good paying jobs. Plus, new home buyers also need to purchase things such as blinds, carpeting, lawn and garden items, new furniture and the list goes on and that all helps the retail industry.

So enjoy the warm weather while it lasts. Get out in the yard now, so you can relax and enjoy it during the late spring/summer time.  All the Best Richie Rich

January Sales Home Sales in Boise Idaho

February 14, 2012

The sales figures are in for January. As predicted inventory is down. Sales are up as well as prices. New home sales are leading the charge. Their sales are up 35% compared to last year in Ada County. Existing home sales are up 10.43% with  257 less homes on the market compared to the same time last year.

If you would like to take a look at the numbers use this link:

http://publicstats.intermountainmls.com/static/REPORTS/Ada/2012/January-2012-Ada.pdf

Boise area home prices won’t stay this low; with mortgage rates still at historic levels it’s a GREAT time to buy a home in Idaho! I can help you find the homes you are looking for in Boise, Meridian, Star, Eagle and more! Visit my website to start searching on your own or contact me to get the help of a qualified Idaho REALTOR® ! I specialize in homes in Meridian but can help you find the perfect place no matter what city you want to live in!


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