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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!
"What's Going On In Boise?" May 2020 Edition

 

These are confusing and unprecedented times that we are living in. There is a need for staying safe and healthy, and there is also a need to continue on with our lives and not live at a complete standstill.

 

Maybe this is where you've been in regards to selling your current home or looking to purchase a new one. We here at Kel & Company have been doing everything that we can to help people continue this area of their lives in a safe, healthy way. So we wanted to give you some tips and tricks on staying safe and healthy while selling or buying your next home.

 

Ways To Stay Safe While Selling Your Home

 

  • Staying socially distant is one of your best friends when it comes to selling your home. And this is a pretty easy one to accomplish because it's pretty standard for the industry regardless of whether we are dealing with a worldwide pandemic or not. If someone is going to be looking at your house, let their realtor handle letting them in and showing them around while you go for a walk or a drive. Minimal contact with people will help both you and them stay safe and healthy.

 

  • When you come back to your home after a showing, make sure you sanitize all handles in your home and anything else that could have been touched. This ensures that any potential germs left behind are eradicated from your home. You could also leave gloves and/or disinfecting wipes for people to use as they view your home with their realtor.

 

  • Work with your realtor and have them communicate with other realtors about safety precautions that can be taken for both you, the potential buyers, and the realtors themselves. You could ask your realtor to make sure--if you don't provide them--that anyone entering the house wears gloves, masks, or uses disinfecting wipes when they need to touch something. 

 

  • You can also do much of the transactional process virtually. Have a tele-meeting or phone call instead of in-person meetings; talk to your realtor about offering virtual home tour options for your house that people can view online; some paperwork may even be able to be done by fax or email with a virtual notary present. Talk to your realtor about the different virtual options that you have that will help your home-selling process flow smoothly and keep you safe and healthy.

 

Ways To Stay Safe While Buying a Home

 

  • Look for ways that you can still view homes and maintain your social distance from people. Ask your realtor about virtual home tour options online. And if these aren't available for the houses you are interested in, make sure you maintain at least 6 feet distance between you and your realtor as you tour homes in person. Here at Kel & Company, we have even set up an option for if you fall in love with a house virtually: we can help you write an offer on the house that is "subject to an in-person viewing of the house". This ensures that you can move as quickly as you want on a home you are interested in by getting a contract in place but also protects your earnest money until you have been able to verify in person that the house is everything you want it to be.

 

  • If you are touring houses in-person, make sure you wear face masks and gloves. And bringing disinfecting wipes with you to open door handles and such is another great safety precaution you can take. Not only do these measures protect you in the event of pre-existing germs in the houses you are looking at, but it is a kind and considerate measure to take in leaving that family's home clean and germ-free of anything you or your realtor could potentially leave behind as well.

 

  • Like we said before, work with your realtor to do as much virtually as possible. Tele-meetings, phone calls, financing--all of these things can be--and commonly are--done virtually anyway. So it doesn't change too much of the normal house-buying process. 

 

There are ways that house-hunting and house-selling can go on cleanly and safely--you just have to know the right professionals to help you get that done! So if you are looking to list your home or purchase a new one, give us a call at Kel & Company and we will take care of you!

 

 

 

 

Click below for an in-depth look at the Treasure Valley Home Market Statistics for May 2020! You can always find the most up-to-date information that you need to know on the #KelleySimonSays blog!

 

Ada County Existing Home Statistics

Ada County New Construction Statistics

Canyon County Existing Homes Statistics

Canyon County New Construction Statistics

"What's Going On In Boise?" April 2020 Edition

 

These are trying times that we are living in right now--something that is unprecedented in any of our lifetimes.

 

And although we are living in a temporarily new world of social distancing and staying at home, it doesn't mean that our lives have to be isolated or unenjoyable while we are riding this out together.

 

But social distancing doesn't have to mean boring living or social isolation. So this month, we are going to be focusing on ways to stay entertained and occupied in the safety of our homes during this pandemic.

 

New Social Distancing Practices at Kel & Company

 

Our top priority here at Kel & Company is the health and wellness of our clients that are still in the market for a new home! So here are the measures that we have put into place to help keep everyone healthy and respecting social distancing protocols while still searching for and buying your dream home!

 

  • We are only allowing one family into a home at a time to continue practicing social distancing. We are working with our clients to look at houses as quickly as possible for safety's sake.
  • For their own safety, we don't allow our clients to touch anything in the houses except for doorknobs, and we provide disinfectant wipes for them to use even when they do this. We also disinfect the key, doorknob, and lockbox before you arrive at that home. This way we are making sure that we aren't letting our clients come into contact with any potential germs and are also leaving the home disinfected from when they looked at it as well.
  • We can meet you at the home you want to look at, but will not drive in the same vehicle with you there. This ensures that we are all remaining safe within our own vehicles.
  • We have utilized every technological capability we have from phone calls to video chatting to continue to safely conduct business with you. This even applies to virtual tours and putting in offers on homes. We are working to be able to complete nearly every step of the home buying process virtually so that everyone involved can stay safe and healthy.
  • If you find a home that you fall in love with virtually, we can help you write an offer on the house that is "subject to an in-person viewing of the house". This ensures that you can move as quickly as you want on a home you are interested in by getting a contract in place but also protects your earnest money until you have been able to verify in person that the house is everything you want it to be.

 

Social Distancing Fun You Can Have At Home!

 

 

Family Time

 

There are a lot of things that you can do as a family during this stay-at-home period that can make life feel more normal and enjoyable.

 

 

A family game night or movie night are great ways to come together as a family and re-focus on normal, everyday life. You could even incorporate friends and family through Zoom, Skype, or some other medium of video chat! People across the country are continuing to enjoy the company of their loved ones through our amazing technological advances!

 

Also, keep in mind that people, especially children, thrive on a schedule and routine. So try to maintain your normal family routine. 

 

Instead of sleeping in late every day, have the kids get up and go to bed at their regular times. Develop a new homeschooling schedule to go along with the online learning resources that the Boise School District has released to help continue education for kids while they are at home.

 

The more normal the routine remains, the easier it will be for everyone to adjust to this new temporary normal.

 

 

Connect with Neighbors From a Distance

 

You can find unique ways to pull together as a neighborhood during this time while still maintaining social distancing. 

 

For instance, you could have a dance party on your block with everyone staying in their own driveways. Someone could play music from a loudspeaker or everyone could play music from the same radio station loudly from their car so everyone can enjoy each other's company in a fun way from a distance!

 

You could also join together in a mutual activity that reminds everyone in the neighborhood that we are all going to get through this together!

 

Some neighborhoods across the country are ringing bells every day at a certain time to remind everyone that we are all in this together. Some folks are lighting up their houses green at night to show their support and compassion for those who have lost loved ones to the coronavirus. 

 

Anything that you can do as a community and neighborhood that helps bring you together mentally and emotionally while maintaining a safe distance from each other will help bolster neighborhood morale and help everyone know that we are going to get through this.

 

 

Take Time to Enjoy Secluded Nature

 

You don't necessarily have to stay cooped up in your house at all times, either.

 

You and your family can get outside and get some sunshine and fresh air, so long as you are keeping that 6-foot minimum distance between you and others.

 

Go for a secluded hike or go for a boat ride as a family if you have a boat or canoe. Fresh air and sunshine will be a benefit to your immune system and help break up the scenery for you so you don't feel like you are just stuck at home with no other options.

 

 

 

 

Click below for an in-depth look at the Treasure Valley Home Market Statistics for April 2020! You can always find the most up-to-date information that you need to know on the #KelleySimonSays blog!

 

Ada County Existing Home Statistics

Ada County New Construction Statistics

Canyon County Existing Homes Statistics

Canyon County New Construction Statistics

What's Going On In Boise? March 2020 Edition

 

Spring is finally here! So make sure to get your family out to any of our wonderful, local parks to enjoy these new, beautiful days and check out these other awesome events going on in Boise this month, too!!!

 

What's Going On In Boise? March 2020 Edition

 

 

 

March 7--Boise Philharmonic, Disney in Concert, 7:30 pm

 

Join the Boise Phil, conducted by William Waldrop, for a magical journey into storytelling and music as only the timeless tales of Disney can evoke. Brought to life by the talents of four Broadway-caliber singers and featuring high-resolution Animated Feature Film sequences, Disney In Concert Tale as Old as Time explores iconic moments, plot twists and feats of daring heroics from FrozenBeauty and the BeastCinderellaThe Little MermaidTangledThe Lion King and many more. This musical celebration is certain to remind the young and young at heart that through the magical storytelling of Disney, wishes can be made on stars, hope is eternal and love conquers all.

 

Presentation authorized by Disney Concerts. All rights reserved

 

Get your tickets here!

 

The Morrison Center

2201 W Cesar Chavez Ln

Boise, ID 83725

 

March 15--Iliza Shlesinger, The Forever Tour, The Morrison Center, 4 pm and 7 pm

 

Iliza is one of today’s leading comedians with a fan base who show their loyalty by creating their own Iliza inspired swag to wear to her shows.  On November 19, 2019, she premiered her 5th Netflix stand up special Unveiled, which delves into her journey of getting married. Her past specials include War Paint, Freezing Hot, and Confirmed Kills. Iliza’s 2018 Netflix special, Elder Millennial, is the subject of Iliza Shlesinger: Over & Over, her “fan-u-mentary” which is currently streaming and gives fans an inside look into what goes into the making of one of her specials. She recently wrapped production on The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show for Netflix which will premiere in April 2020.

 

Get your tickets here!!!

 

The Morrison Center

2201 W Cesar Chavez Ln

Boise, ID 83725

 

 

March 26, Andrew Orolfo, Comedyfort, 8 pm

 

Filipino American, Andrew Orolfo has been named one of the country’s “top knot” comedians by… don’t even ask, just go with it. An established staple in San Francisco comedy, he has been featured in SF Sketchfest, Limestone Comedy Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and Comedy Central Clusterfest. He can be heard on Sirius XM Radio and seen on Comedy Dynamics “Coming to the Stage” and The Late Late Show with James Corden. He currently headlines colleges across the country.

 

Some other great resources to see what's going on in Boise and the surrounding Treasure Valley are the Boise Live Music Calendar, the Go Out Local Calendar, and the Boise Events Calendar!

 

 

Click below for an in-depth look at the Treasure Valley Home Market Statistics for March 2020! You can always find the most up-to-date information that you need to know on the #KelleySimonSays blog!

 

Ada County Existing Home Statistics

Ada County New Construction Statistics

Canyon County Existing Homes Statistics

Canyon County New Construction Statistics

"What's Going On In Boise?" January 2020 Edition

 

While we are coming off of the high of the holidays, we are looking forward to getting back into our everyday routines and relaxing a little bit. And while things are calming down a little bit around Boise, there are still some fun, relaxing things that you can take part in around town this month!

 

What's Going On In Boise? January 2020 Edition

 

 

Fiddler on the Roof at The Morrison Center for Performing Arts, January 3-5

 

In Broadway terms, Fiddler on the Roof is a tradition unto itself. The much-loved story of Tevye the milkman's struggle to reconcile old Jewish ways with the modern world opened on Broadway in 1964 and held the record for longest-running musical — with 3,242 performances until it closed in 1970 — for nearly 10 years. The blockbuster won nine Tony Awards — including best musical, direction, and choreography — and has been revived on Broadway five times.

 

Check out showtimes and get tickets for this classic! It's a must-see this month!

 

2201 West Cesar Chavez Lane 

Boise, ID 83725 

 

 

George Lopez Live in Concert at The Morrison Center of the Performing Arts, January 19, 8 pm

 

If you want to enjoy a night of hilarity and fun of the famous George Lopez, then you can't miss his upcoming show in Boise!

 

Make sure you grab your tickets before they sell out!

 

2201 West Cesar Chavez Lane 

Boise, ID 83725 

 

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert at The Morrison Center for Performing Arts, January 25, 8 pm

 

The best movie music amplifies the action unfolding onscreen, and provokes deep emotional responses in audiences watching the film. This is certainly the case with John Williams' Oscar- and Grammy-nominated score for the hit 2004 film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Williams' music overflows with lively whimsy, sophisticated intrigue, and soulful melancholy. 

 

These emotional nuances are teased out even more during symphonic live performances of the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban score — especially because the concerts are paired with a showing of the film, meaning the musicians are playing along in real-time with the movie. These unique gigs are the backbone of The Harry Potter™ Film Concert Series, which books music-aided showings of the Harry Potter movies all around the world. The end result is that viewers experience these films in an entirely new way.

 

Check out showtimes and get tickets for this amazing performance!

 

2201 West Cesar Chavez Lane 

Boise, ID 83725 

 

 

The Play That Goes Wrong at The Morrison Center for Performing Arts, January 31 - February 2

 

The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society is putting on a 1920s murder mystery. But as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does!  The accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, but not without some hiccups and hilarious consequences along the way!

Given 5 stars from The Daily Mail, called a ‘Gut-busting hit’ by the New York Times and with celebrity endorsements from the likes of Ant and Dec ‘funniest show we’ve seen! If you can get a ticket go.’ 

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG is guaranteed to leave you aching with laughter!

 

Check out showtimes and get tickets for this amazing show!

 

2201 West Cesar Chavez Lane 

Boise, ID 83725 

 

Some other great resources to see what's going on in Boise and the surrounding Treasure Valley are the Boise Live Music Calendar, the Go Out Local Calendar, and the Boise Events Calendar!

 

"What's Going On In Boise?" January Market Statistics

 

 

Click below for an in-depth look at the Treasure Valley Home Market Statistics for January 2020! You can always find the most up-to-date information that you need to know on the #KelleySimonSays blog!

 

Ada County Existing Home Statistics

Ada County New Construction Statistics

Canyon County Existing Homes Statistics

Canyon County New Construction Statistics

"What's Going On In Boise?" December 2019 Edition

 

Tis the season to be jolly! Fa la la la la, la la la la! 

 

The season of merriment and goodwill is upon us! If you are looking for some fun activities to do with your family and friends, Boise has plenty of wonderful holiday things going on this month to celebrate Christmas and the ringing in of the new decade! Make sure you check some of them out for your Christmas and New Year's fun this year! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Kel & Company!!!

 

What's Going On In Boise? December 2019 Edition

 

 

Santa Visits Old Boise for Free Photos!

 

If you swing by downtown Boise, Santa will be in the Pioneer Tent Building!


Bring your camera to get your children’s or family picture with Santa (NO CHARGE). Thanks to the generous support of the Old Boise Merchants Association.

Every Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas from Noon-4pm & December 5th First Thursday.

Old Boise

Pioneer Tent Building

106 N 6th 

 

 

Boise Philharmonic and their Holiday Pops Series

 

The Boise Philharmonic will be playing their Holiday Pops Series at the Morrison Center. If you want to enjoy a night of Christmas refinement and class, then make sure you don't miss out on this amazing concert!

 

December 14, 2019 at 7:30pm

Morrison Center

2201 West Cesar Chavez Lane

Boise, ID 83725

 

 

Ballet Idaho's Presentation of The Nutcracker

 

This Christmas classic is a must-see! This beautiful, timeless story can be enjoyed at the Morrison Center from December 19-23, 2019. 

 

You can order tickets for the ballet here!

 

December 19-23, 2019 

Morrison Center

2201 West Cesar Chavez Lane

Boise, ID 83725

 

 

New Year's Eve with Mickey and the Motorcars

 

If you are looking for some good country fun on New Year's Eve, then make sure not to miss Mickey and the Motorcars at the Knitting Factory on New Year's Eve! They have worked their way to the forefront of Americana Music and won't be a disappointment if you choose to ring in the new decade with them!

 

December 31, 2019, at 8 pm

416 S 9th Street

Boise, ID 83702

 

Some other great resources to see what's going on in Boise and the surrounding Treasure Valley are the Boise Live Music Calendar, the Go Out Local Calendar, and the Boise Events Calendar!

 

 

"What's Going On In Boise?" December Market Statistics

 

Click below for an in-depth look at the Treasure Valley Home Market Statistics for December 2019! You can always find the most up-to-date information that you need to know on the #KelleySimonSays blog!

 

Ada County Existing Home Statistics

Ada County New Construction Statistics

Canyon County Existing Homes Statistics

Canyon County New Construction Statistics


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