With over 20 years of experience, I have had the pleasure of helping hundreds of people find their ideal homes! From looking for their dream home to relocating and even to downsizing, I have been able to walk through and help many people with their home-buying needs. And now I get to help the next generation embark on the same journey! This blog is a compilation of helpful information that I have learned over the years that pertains to buying a home in every stage of life, and I hope that you can get some amazing value from it!
Click below for an in-depth look at the Treasure Valley Home Market Statistics for November 2018! You can always find the most up-to-date information that you need to know on the #KelleySimonSays blog!
October 31, 2018
You are probably going to be getting the kids--and maybe even yourself--dressed up in costumes tonight and will be heading out with for some Halloween fun! But you are probably wondering...where is the best place in the Treasure Valley for trick-or-treating?
Well, you're in luck! You don't have to go too far to find the perfect trick-or-treating spot!
The Best Treasure Valley Trick-or-Treating Spot
One of the best Treasure Valley trick-or-treating spots is the North End of Boise.
To say that North Enders go all out for Halloween is an understatement.
From Giraffe Laugh’s annual trick-or-treat trip to Hyde Park to the center of the Halloween fun and trick-or-treating in Idaho’s Treasure Valley, Harrison Boulevard, there are few places anywhere that match the North End.
The unofficial record for most trick-or-treaters was set at the May house at over 3,000 people. At least 6,000 people visit Harrison Boulevard for Halloween each year!
Adults get in on the fun, too! Most of them are there to make sure the experience is a safe and enjoyable one for the little people. They have the support of the Boise Police and Boise High School students that help with crossings, decorations, and pitch in wherever they can.
If you want to stay close to your own neighborhood, you can join NextDoor for free and check out their "Treat Map" of which homes are passing out candy this year!
Everyone have fun tonight and stay safe!
October 24, 2018
Looking for some fun things to do in Boise this weekend to wrap up the month of October?
There are a lot of things to do in Boise and the surrounding areas, including a lot of fun fall activities as well as some beloved Boise institutions that will be wrapping up for the year this weekend.
So take a look at what's going on and take advantage of the fun!
Things To Do in Boise This Weekend
--The Boise Farmer's Market
One of the wonderful, unique things to do in Boise is the Boise Farmer's Market, which is getting ready to wrap up its 5th year this coming weekend.
Come and enjoy for one final time this year all of the amazing vendors, fresh produce, handcrafted goods, and delicious food!
The Market is open from 9am until 1pm and is located in Downtown Boise. Don't miss out on the last chance to enjoy this beloved Boise institution for the year!
--The Farmstead Corn Maze and Pumpkin Festival
Looking for something fun for everyone in the family this weekend?
The Farmstead Corn Maze and Pumpkin Festival, located at 1020 Rackham Way in Meridian, is the perfect place for a day of family fun this weekend!
There are so many fun things to enjoy here, from a corn maze, pumpkin patch, and hayrides, to good food, games, pig races, farm pond fishing, and even more!
There are only two more weekends left to enjoy this wonderful fall festival, and only one more weekend to go through their Field of Screams Haunted Experience!
This is one of the things to do in Boise this weekend that has a little something for everyone in the family, so be sure to go check it out! Give them a call at 208-922-5678 for ticket prices.
Scarecrow Stroll, a unique event put on by the Idaho Botanical Gardens for 11 years now, features over 30 different scarecrow designs entered by community members and organizations from around the Boise area.
“Scarecrow Stroll welcomes guests during the beautiful change of seasons...The creativity and dedication the community commits to these scarecrows is delightful,” says Erin Anderson, Executive Director.
Scarecrow Stroll is an important fall event that brings many preschoolers and children of all ages to the Botanical Garden during the changing of seasons to connect with nature.
And to add to the fun, all guests who visit get to vote for their favorite scarecrow! Prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners on November 1.
Visit the Garden to view and vote for Scarecrows during their regular operating hours before they wrap up this wonderful fall event next week!
"Oliver" at the Nampa Civic Center
Music Theatre of Idaho is presenting the renowned musical “Oliver”--based on the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist--at the Nampa Civic Center, with evening and matinee performances October 25-27.
This family-friendly production is about an English orphan’s adventures: Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker.
Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance within a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft that he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow takes him in.
Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Nikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family.
Tickets are available online at mtionline.org or by calling 208-468-2385.
Thinking of moving to Boise?
Maybe you want to move your life out west, or maybe you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of another area and come to a more peaceful place.
Boise, Idaho is an amazing, fast-growing city that's teeming with culture, natural beauty, and job opportunities! If you are thinking about moving to Boise, here are 10 reasons why you will love it here!
10 Reasons You Will Love It In Boise!
1. Boise is a very, very safe place
Idaho is one of the safest states in the country.
As the third largest city in the Pacific Northwest, Boise hosts a significantly lower crime rate than its metropolitan neighbors, Seattle and Portland.
In 2017, MSN voted Boise #8 on the list of the safest cities in the world, and its safety index of 82.29, making it a great, safe place to live and raise a family!
2. Boise has a very thriving job market
Boise boasts an incredibly low unemployment rate at 2.9%. That's 1.5% lower than the national average! The Wall Street Journal recently praised Boise as having one of the country’s fastest-growing job markets, which is great for people considering moving to Boise.
Part of this success can be attributed to the state’s growing technology presence that includes employers like Micron Technology, Inc. and Hewlett Packard, Inc.
Despite this growing technology trend, Boise’s biggest industries continue to be in healthcare and hospitality. Both St. Luke’s Health System and St. Alphonsus Health Systems employ many Boise residents.
3. Boise has a low cost of living
Another benefit of moving to Boise is the low cost of living.
Boise was recently rated as the No. 2 Best City to Move to in 2015 and it landed at No. 9 on the Top 100 Best Places to Live list. And although affordability wasn't the only reason Boise made is on those lists, it was still a huge factor!
The cost of living index for Boise comes in at about 96. This means it's approximately four percent less than the national average of 100. Compared this to, say, San Francisco, which has a cost of living index of 184 (84 percent above the national average), Boise is over 90 percent more affordable and is overall a more affordable place to live than most other cities.
4. Boise is full of very friendly people
Boise is home to roughly 220,000 people, and if you visit this city you will definitely feel the friendly atmosphere!
Just take a walk downtown to the Farmer's Market or even visit local shops and you will be greeted with a warm and friendly demeanor that is disappearing from a lot of bigger cities across America.
5. Quality of life
Another thing to know if you are considering moving to Boise is the quality of life here.
Forbes placed Boise at #2 on the list of Best Cities for Raising a Family. Between the low crime rates, good schools and the wide variety of recreational activities that Boise has to offer, Boise has become the perfect family-friendly community that parents can't resist.
The Boise foothills provide the perfect setting for all-season hiking and biking. And with more than 180 miles of interconnected trails to choose from and scenic backdrops fit for a postcard, Boiseans can explore the landscape at their own pace.
Alternately, Boise City is home to more than 30 miles of lush Greenbelt—a walking path that follows the Boise River from Boise's East End to Garden City. Pair that with world-famous whitewater rafting, seasonal alpine activities, and amazing campsites, and you've got a little something for everyone.
6. Boise has great education opportunities
For many years, Idaho had a less than stellar reputation when it came to education, but now the statistics are changing.
Boise is now being praised for its great schools and educational opportunities. In 2016, several Boise, Idaho high schools were mentioned on the Washington Post’s list of most challenging schools.
Boise State University is also located here and grants more undergraduate degrees than any other university in the state of Idaho.
7. Boise has an expanding culture hub
Boise has made quite a name for itself in the region as a cultural hub for jazz music and theater.
Each spring, the city hosts the Gene Harris Jazz Festival, a popular festival in honor of the city’s most legendary jazz musician Gene Harris.
Even the 208 Comedy Fest draws nationally known comedians every year.
For a small city, there is so much going on, and new residents love the supportiveness and inclusivity of the creative scene here.
8. Boise enjoys 4 distinct and gorgeous seasons
Another amazing perk to those thinking of moving to Boise is that Boise’s climate is very varied.
Residents get to enjoy all four distinct seasons here, with summers that aren’t too hot and winters that aren’t too chilly.
Summer temperatures clock in at an average of 71 degrees, while winter temperatures hover around 32 degrees.
Rain is minimal here in Boise--with an average of just 12 inches per year--and more than 200 sunny days a year. The snow situation in Boise is usually pretty minimal as well; but if you’re a snow lover, you can head up to the ski resort that’s only 25 minutes away.
9. Boise is surrounded by beautiful nature
Boise is located west of the Rocky Mountains and just north of the Great Basin deserts.
The Boise River snakes through the city, and in the summer, offers up the perfect conditions for river floating.
Residents and visitors alike enjoy year-round outdoor adventures including hiking, skiing, cycling, and whitewater rafting. And if this isn't enough, the quietness of the surrounding foothills lends to a sense of peacefulness and calm that transcends the city.
10. Find Your Fit
Boise is a wonderful city and has a number of different and unique suburbs for those considering moving to Boise to choose from to find their perfect fit.
From high-end, park-like parts of the city to areas that even have a Portland-esque feel to them, there is something for everyone in Boise, which also makes it a wonderful place to live!
So what are you waiting for??? Come and see what this amazing and booming town has to offer!
Click below for an in-depth look at the Treasure Valley Home Market Statistics for September 2018! You can always find the most up-to-date information that you need to know on the #KelleySimonSays blog!
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