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Home loan and refi applications setting records (access required)

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Idaho mortgage brokers and loan officers aren’t getting much sleep as a flood of home loan and refinance applications is drowning them with work. The number of applications is setting records. Both the Mortgage Bankers Association and Freddie Mac report ...

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The millennials are coming to Boise (access required)

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Boise is one of the cities that’s attracting millennials, landing at No. 25 on a list of top places for that demographic. The study by e-commerce financial services company SmartAsset used the most recently available Census Bureau 1-year American Community Survey ...

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Seattle, Denver, other tech hubs may have edge in housing recovery (access required)

Tech hubs have shown more resilience in housing sales as the nation reopens after COVID-19 thanks to their strong economies. For the week of June 13, the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood area topped a realtor.com list of Top 10 most recovered markets. Boston-Cambridge-Newton ...

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Hammering it home: COVID-19 fails to derail Americans’ plans for home renovations (access required)

A new national survey found that COVID-19 has not slowed home renovation plans. Seventy-three percent of homeowners are planning to renovate this year, according to a May 2020 LightStream home improvement pulse survey conducted by Wakefield Research. This is down slightly ...

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Commercial real estate still assessing effect of COVID-19 (access required)

Commercial real estate reports vary depending on the firm issuing the data. The latest numbers available include a little of everything: a near-real time snapshot of Idaho CRE trends, a look back at the previous two quarters for the Boise ...

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Retail soap opera: Sephora, JCPenney gloss over differences (access required)

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At first blush, it’s modern television melodrama: the well-heeled French fashionista threatens a separation from the ailing and aging significant other who is down on his luck; meanwhile, the scrappy hometown girl moves to salvage the family business in a ...

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COVID-19 offers businesses opportunities for renovation (access required)

Renovations at the Centre Theater in downtown Idaho Falls.

While many construction projects were delayed or cut back during the COVID-19 emergency, some Idahoans used the pandemic-related shutdown of essential business to renovate. Though most renovations appear to be concentrated in the restaurant or entertainment sectors, the Chubbuck-Pocatello School ...

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