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Home Owners Association -HOA

Home Owners Association – HOA

2-25-2020 by Pamela Slendorn

Most homes if they are in a subdivision come with an HOA (Home Owners Association). The HOA typically covers; Common area maintenance, parks, pools, and irrigation. The cost for the HOA is paid by the homeowner either monthly, quarterly or yearly to an HOA management company. Typically if there is an HOA, there will also be CC&R’s (Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions) rules that define what you can do within the subdivision. When you are ready to buy a home make sure you find out what the HOA covers and the cost,… Continue reading


Proximity to work

1-6-2020 by Larry Coelho

What is your time worth? 

Do you want to spend your life behind the wheel of your car?

You can generally get more home for your dollar as you move out of the metro area, but it comes at a cost- both in time and money spent on fuel and wear and tear on your vehicle.


Bare ground/building from scratch

12-26-19  by Larry Coelho

One of the great things about Southern Idaho is that despite the run up in values over the past few years, it is still possible to find good acreage property in sizes like 1, 2, and 5-acre parcels.

Buyers have a couple of options when searching for acreage-developed or undeveloped. However, unless you know exactly what you want and have a strong balance sheet, I do not recommend buying an undeveloped parcel.

Undeveloped acreage is not as common as it once was in Idaho. In the age area, for example, raw land… Continue reading

SHOPS: What to look for?

12-9-19  By Larry Coelho

Acreage properties will frequently feature a shop. The challenge for the buyer is to determine the shop’s value.

Generally, shops come in two types: stick build-which is constructed like a house and frequently roofed, sided and painted to match the existing buildings on the property. Or, metal buildings constructed out of metal siding and metal roofing material-often these structures are not insulated, and they may have dirt floors.

Questions to ask when looking for in a shop:

Does the building have a concrete floor?

Does it have electricity?

Does it have 220 power? How about… Continue reading

In the beginning!

11-7-19  By Tammy Shuyler

Just a little history. Smith & Coelho opened its doors Spring 2006! Yep, that was just in time for the historical recession preceded by the beginning of the real estate market meltdown. Talk about timing!  Fast forward Fall 2019, we remain steadfast and strong, having bucked the brokerage closure trend during the meltdown. Our office agents and staff are some of the most experienced, diverse and knowledgeable in the local Treasure Valley market with each individual agent’s years of experience well exceeding the average five-year real estate agent career span. Through thick and thin, our office… Continue reading