Boise Real Estate Becoming Hot Commodity

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People flocking to Boise, Idaho to take advantage of good jobs, recreational opportunities, laid-back lifestyle and affordable real estate.

It used to be when somebody mentioned Boise it would conjure images of cowboys, potatoes, freezing-cold and the feeling that Boise was a boring, uninteresting place to live. That is no longer the case. Over the past fifteen years sleepy Boise has undergone a drastic transformation.

A thriving metropolitan downtown, bustling bedroom communities, a bounty of recreational, shopping and entertainment choices, low crime rate, clean neighborhoods, good schools and most of all, affordable real estate.

An influx of educated tech-savvy workers and empty nesters looking for a quieter life have been flooding the southern Idaho community, selling pricey homes in places like California, Oregon and Washington and buying spreads in Idaho.

“I love it,” says 29 year old Dustin Settle, a Washington transplant and local financial consultant with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. “The house I own in Boise would cost me five times that amount in Seattle. I can make just as good a living here, I have no commute and the weather is amazing. I’ve actually skied and played golf in the same day.”

A growing diverse job market is also attracting new families to the Boise valley. Boise is home to Micron Technology,, MPC Computers, Albertson’s, a division of Hewlett Packard plus a number of other Fortune 500 giants. There are also over twenty-five business transaction centers representing companies like Citi Cards, DirecTV and T-Mobile who employ thousands of information technology workers and customer service representatives.

“You can get an affordable house and a decent job,” says local Top Producing realtor, Doug Gulbrandsen. “It’s getting harder and harder to afford cities like San Francisco. The median professional class home there is over a million dollars, you can get the same thing in Boise for around two-hundred thousand and often make the same salary.”

Gulbrandsen, himself a transplant from Northern California, says the number of relocation inquiries through his website, is mind-boggling. “It used to be I’d get a couple requests a month, but each year the number of people wanting to move to Boise increases and increases. It’s not strange for me to now get a dozen relocation requests a day.”

As far as finding a home goes Gulbrandsen says you have to be on it.

“Homes sell extremely fast. You may be interested in two or three properties and by the next week they’ll all be sold. That’s where I come in, I help people secure the home they want. I have a large, hard-working staff that is dedicated and driven to getting our clients results.”

Owning Boise real estate is also a hot-commodity. Long-time Boisean and local realtor, Deborah Hudson,, has seen her North End Boise home’s value sky-rocket.

“My home’s investment value has gone up 200% in three years. I actually want to downsize and move farther out, but I just don’t want to walk away from my investment. In another three years it could double again. I’d be foolish to sell it.”

Despite rising home values you can still get a nice home for far less than you would in a more populated area. If you’ve thought about trading in the hectic lifestyle of a bigger city and giving a place like Boise a look, there has never been a better time.

“People often have misconceptions of Boise as some back-water town,” Hudson said, “when they get here they can’t believe how nice it is, how sophisticated it is, and often talk their friends and families into relocating. This area has a bright, bright future.”

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