Real Estate

Another ‘Best Places to Live’ list, another top 25 ranking for Boise

BOISE, Idaho — The City of Trees has been ranked one of the ‘Best Places to Live in the USA’ by U.S News and World Report, coming at number 17 out of 125 metro markets that were surveyed. Boise’s access to outdoor activities was one of the biggest factors that went into its ranking. The U.S News’ profile on Boise says, "Boise is a recreationalist’s paradise. If you value the outdoors and time spent among rivers, mountains, canyons, deserts and lakes – and all the activities encapsulated therein – it’s worth a serious look." The ranking gave Boise a 7.1 rating out of 10, with the desirability rating of 6.2 being the lowest score of five factors. Net migration was the highest with an 8.2 score. MORE: What could ease the Treasure Valley’s traffic congestion? Boise scored a 7.1 for value, a 6.9 for the city’s job market, and 7.2…

Real Estate

Boise: See 5 Local Homes For Sale

(Realtor) BOISE, ID — When you’re in the market for some new digs, keeping tabs on all the latest listings can be a laborious endeavor. That’s why we here at Patch have stepped in and done the initial work for you. Below, you’ll find the five newest homes to hit the housing market in the Boise area — including one with 3 beds and 2 baths for $286,900, and another with 4 beds and 3 baths for $549,900. Click on any address for more photos and details. Enjoy! Price: $295,000 Size: 1,880 sq. ft., 4 beds, and 3 baths Price: $549,900 Size: 3,134 sq. ft, 4 beds, and 3 baths Price: $399,900 Size: 2,164 sq. ft., 3 beds, and 2 baths Price: $494,000 Size: 2,063 sq. ft., 2 beds, and 2 baths Price: $286,900 Size: 1,452 sq. ft., 3 beds, and 2 baths Hungry for more? Keep scrolling for more…

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Boise teen moms beat the odds and get diploma

Boise, ID – Wednesday 18-year-old Hailey Gantz graduated from high school. Gantz’s story isn’t like most. She got pregnant at the age of 15. As she started thinking about her future, Gantz’s did not think the school would be an option. "I didn’t want to go to school because I had missed so much school. I was almost living by myself," said Gantz. Experts say without support about 70 percent of pregnant teens drop out of high school. Gantz’s counselor encouraged her to stay on track and helped connect her with the Booth Marian Prichett School. The school is a collaboration between The Salvation Army and the Boise School District. The District provides accredited high school education, and The Salvation Army provides social services and parenting and life skills classes to the pregnant or parenting teens who are enrolled.Deborah Nicely teaches at the school, and she credits the school’s success…

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Boise can grow new products, ideas and ag-tech leaders by cultivating our front lawns | Idaho Statesman

Last fall, I decided to till the front lawn of my East Foothills home in Boise. Replacing the sun-haggard grass, our kids and I replanted winter wheat and rye. We’re excited for the prospect of 110 loaves of bread that may ultimately precipitate, but the bread is only a fraction of what I desire. I see benefits in resource efficiency, education and community. Winter wheat is a dry land crop in Southern Idaho. It is well suited to our environment and can be grown without supplemental watering. It has never made sense to me to dump hundreds of gallons of treated drinking water, fertilizers and pesticides on a traditional lawn and spend time mowing, only to have something to look at. How much recreating do you truly do on your front lawn? Real estate agents talk about the property value of putting in a green lawn, but I would ask…

Apartment

The Lack of Safety Measures in Apartments Are Source of Danger for the Tenants

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Safety measures should also be kept in mind while constructing any building like homes, offices, shopping plazas or others. They are necessary to facilitate people during the time of danger. Like an emergency exit is badly required when there is a fire in the building or during some emergency situation. Therefore, during the absence of safety measure or safety ways there is much difficulty for the people. Mostly in apartments that are built for the purpose of the rental apartment that has been much negligence in the matter of safety and security. Very often we listen about the news when the fire burns tenants or other people or sometimes electric short-circuit burns whole of the building. These kinds of situations bring forward the matter of providing safety measures to the people, and more important is to keep them updated and aware about them. The awareness about these safety measures is…

Real Estate

Schroders invests in commercial real estate lending firm A10 Capital

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Global investment manager Schroders has taken a 20% equity investment in, and provided financing in connection with the recapitalisation of, A10 Capital, a full-service commercial real estate (CRE) lending organisation specialising in mid-market CRE loans, including bridge and permanent loans. Schroders’ investment is being made alongside an investment by Gemspring Capital, a middle market private equity firm based in Westport, Connecticut. Concurrent with the investment, Schroders and A10 have entered into an agreement through which Schroders will benefit from A10’s extensive origination network and servicing platform to access mid-market CRE loan opportunities for its clients. The agreement also provides A10 with the opportunity to significantly diversify its balance sheet funding model. Karl Dasher, CEO – North America and co-head of Fixed Income, at Schroders says, “A10 has established a technology driven platform with a strong credit culture that fits well with our investment and corporate culture. Their sourcing and servicing…

Article

RESO Innovation Winners, Top Volunteers Honored at Spring Tech Summit

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The Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) honored two winners of its Innovation Competition, as well as more than two dozen of its leaders and members, at its 2018 Spring Technology Summit. The Innovation Competition winners were Shawn Whitaker, of MLS Data Tools in Boise, Idaho, and Robert Humphreys, of Predicted Property in British Columbia. Whitaker and Humphreys were flown in to present their breakthrough ideas that leverage artificial intelligence and automation at the Summit, built on top of a standardized RESO dataset provided to them by the Austin Board of REALTORS®, CoreLogic and RESO. Whitaker’s MLS Data Tools developed software that solves for the tremendous amount of technical labor that is required to aggregate MLS data nationwide using automation. Its white label software and tools can significantly decrease the amount of time startups, brokers, and agents spend aggregating RESO standardized data that powers industry solutions. Humphreys’ Predicted Property collects micro…

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The Teal Chair: An Idaho Student Documentary

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Boise, ID – Death is about the last thing on the mind of high school seniors. Yet a small group of Eagle High School broadcasting students has been focused on the subject for months. They produced a thirty-minute documentary based on one question. If you had a limited time to live, what would you do? Treasure Valley Hospice brought the idea to broadcasting teacher Andy Favor. The goal, to get people talking about living instead of dying. “I think people fight death so hard that they lose their vision of what’s important,” says Kim Ouwehand the Community Relations Director for Treasure Valley Hospice. She continues, “I didn’t want it to be sad. I wanted it to be fresh and new.” The seventeen and eighteen-year-old students admit they had never really understood how hospice works or talked about dying before this project. “None of us have really thought about death. Just…

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Mountain Home Air Force Base proposes urban training

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BOISE – F-15’s roaring over Boise, Twin Falls and seven other southern Idaho cities. It could soon be a reality if the Mountain Home Air Force Base proposal for urban training is approved. “The training we are able to accomplish stateside is extremely valuable to the aircrew,” says Major Adam Mattheis, U.S. Air Force. The proposed training is part of the “CAS Initiative,” where aircrews drill in the dynamic nature of a city versus an open desert. “Large buildings that present an urban canyon where it’s hard to locate targets within the street, surrounded by tall buildings, presents unique challenges that we need to be proficient at before we deal with it in combat,” says Mattheis. The plan entails having military personnel dressed in civilian clothing blend in with the rest of the population, all while driving plain cars and communicating with F-15’s flying between 1.5 and 2.5 miles above…

Real Estate

These Seattle apartments are being built in Boise, Idaho. Here’s why

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A worker in Boise puts together an apartment bound for Seattle. The apartment complex at Aurora and North 109th Street in Seattle was built on the cheap. That’s because Daniel Stoner, the developer, outsourced the building to Boise, Idaho, where labor and material costs are cheaper. “This entire building was built in Boise,” he said, gesturing to the large block building on one of Seattle’s most infamous highways. Seattle has boomed in recent years, but Aurora Avenue North has remained stagnant. That’s why city planners hope to build many new apartments buildings here. The problem: It’s expensive to build in Seattle, and developers can’t charge high rents on Aurora. So they have to find clever ways to keep their costs down. Stoner said this unorthodox method of building allowed him to lower rents by 15 to 20 percent. Some of these tiny apartments will go for $850 a month. The…