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US new-home sales jump to highest level in 4½ years

U.S. new-home sales jumped in January from the previous month to the highest level since July 2008, a sign that the housing recovery is accelerating. The Commerce Department said Feb. 26 that new-home sales rose nearly 16 percent in January ...

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The Price Was Right (access required)

The Price Was Right is a weekly feature that compares homes sold during the previous month within a particular price range. We’ll look at Ada County homes that sold at the median price during the past month, homes that sold ...

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Victory for developers in Hailey annexation ruling (access required)

A federal judge has ruled that local governments cannot overcharge developers when negotiating annexation fees, the first decision of its kind in Idaho. In a 71-page decision from U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Jim J. Pappas, entered Dec. 31, Pappas determined ...

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Idaho developers hone in on specific demographics (access required)

Real estate agents say location is key when it comes to selling a home, but with few things in the Treasure Valley more than a 20-minute drive away, developers have to find a way to make their subdivisions stand out ...

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Tips on buying, renting a home for extra income

Low mortgage rates have made buying a home more affordable and turned rentals into an attractive option for investors. Throughout the downturn in the housing market, average investors, sometimes pooling their money, have bought foreclosures at a sharp discount and ...

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A word with Peter Oliver: ‘We need to start pooling our resources’ (access required)

By the time he graduated from college in San Diego in 1988, Peter Oliver, a broker at Thornton Oliver Keller, was sure he wanted to work in real estate development. He and his business partner, Tim Thornton, started the namesake ...

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US home prices rose last year by most in 6.5 years

U.S. home prices jumped by the most in 6 ½ years in December, spurred by a low supply of available homes and rising demand. Home prices rose 8.3 percent in December compared with a year earlier, according to a report ...

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Boise among worst places to buy a foreclosed home (access required)

The Boise metro area is one of the worst places to buy a foreclosed home, according to national real estate data company RealtyTrac. The data company based its finding on measures including the supply of foreclosed homes and the average ...

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Bright picture for Boise commercial real estate (access required)

Vacancy is down and lease rates are up for Boise-area commercial real estate, according to Thornton Oliver Keller’s Market Watch 2012 Year-End Report, released Jan. 29. Though vacancy was low, non-premium properties remained more difficult to lease in 2012, according ...

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Avimor development slowly gains momentum (access required)

Activity is starting to pick up at the Avimor housing development, which has been under construction since 2006. The development five miles north of Eagle has 60 homes sold and expectations of selling 50 more in 2013. But even with ...

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