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October 2015

Found 8 blog entries for October 2015.



Apart from the home inspection, home appraisals are probably one of the most dreaded parts of buying, selling, or refinancing a home. A low appraisal can suddenly mean you can’t sell your house for as much as you needed to, or you can’t refinance and get that better interest rate. The worst part, is that you don’t know until you’ve already paid for the home appraisal. And it’s not like you can avoid paying for the appraisal. Banks require it, because they want to protect their money, and to be able to get that money back in the event of a foreclosure.

The best thing to do to deal with a low appraisal is try to and avoid one in the first place. But sometimes, that’s easier said than done. For whatever reason, you house appraised low, and now

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Sun Valley. Clear blue skies, pure white powder, and endless possibilities. These are just a few of things that come to mind when thinking of this legendary ski resort tucked away in the Wood River Valley along the Sawtooth, Pioneer, and Smoky Mountains. The resort is not only a breathtaking place, it’s also a place of firsts. The first chairlifts in the world were created and used at the Sun Valley Ski Resort. But creating the first chairlifts wasn’t enough for Sun Valley. The resort continued to pioneer the skiing world, and this time, they went big.

When you hear the booming rotors and feel the rush of wind and powder swirl around you, you know that this isn’t going to be just another day skiing. This is going to be the best day, and

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Windows allow light to come into your home, and can make a small room seem bigger. More light can make for a homier feel, and can make all the difference between a dingy space and one that you love being in. But windows aren’t just all about light. They can be a decorative piece, or a feature for a room. Picture windows are great in living and dining spaces because they create an open feeling, and it can be very inviting.

But windows aren’t just for style, decorating, and light. The windows that you choose can make a world of difference in the insulation and heat transfer of your house. But it’s not all about the window. After all, the glass wouldn’t stay without the frame. You might be surprised, but the frame can be just as important,

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When you think of a light bulb, you probably think of the classic one. The good old incandescent light bulb pops into your head, much like cartoons show one popping up when someone has an idea. Incandescent light bulbs have been around for generations, and they’ve been working for just as long. Sure, the filament doesn’t last a super long time, and you probably spend a decent amount of time changing light bulbs. While changing a light bulb doesn’t really cost that much, and in the scheme of your power bill, lighting isn’t the biggest culprit, you might have wondered if there was a better option.

There is. But it depends on how often you use the light. LED, or light-emitting diode, bulbs have started to make a big splash in the world of

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You made up your mind to live in Idaho because of the state’s rugged and natural beauty. Idaho is also full of incredible recreational opportunities, and there’s so much to do here to keep you active and entertained for a lifetime. But you’re looking for something a little different this time. You’ve done plenty of mountain biking, whitewater rafting, and backcountry skiing. You want something that’s a little more exciting. Is that possible? The answer, fortunately, is yes.

To experience nature in a completely different way, you’ll want to check out the different zip lines that run across Idaho. Enjoy nature from above, as you fly through forests, across canyons, and over rivers. If you’re looking for a different kind of adventure, you’ll

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Living in Idaho, you’ve probably noticed just how diverse the landscape and terrain is here. From green mountain forests to sandy deserts and grasslands, Idaho’s natural beauty is incredibly diverse. This diversity allows for some unique opportunities when you head outside. If you live in Boise, you’re literally surrounded by outdoor recreational opportunities. For some of them, like whitewater rafting on the Boise River, you don’t even have to leave the city.

Bruneau Dunes State Park

Of course, sometimes the opportunities are just too good to pass up. For a day trip that’s a little different than others, head towards Mountain Home. Nearby are the Bruneau sand dunes. This state park is unique. It’s all sand, with two lakes, that covers

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Imagine you are sitting on a beautiful patio. Dinner is steaming in front of you, and the river is capturing the burning orange of the setting sun. Fish are feeding, sending faint ripples across the otherwise smooth surface of the nearby river. It has already been an eventful day, and you just got here! As the sun dips below the horizon, the stars start to come out in the crystal clear sky. What a perfect ending to the day. You finish your dinner and head back to your cabin, already anticipating the adventures that await you when the sun peaks back over the horizon in the morning.

Island Park is a place that’s hard to describe. There’s just so much there. It stretches along the highway, meandering along rivers and creeks, and even

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If you love skiing, and want the best that Idaho has to offer, there’s really only one place to live. Nestled in the Sawtooth Mountains of the Rocky Mountain Range, is a small town, with not quite 3,000 permanent residents. But this small town offers some of the best skiing, not just in the United States, but also in the entire world. It’s even made it into the 25 best ski towns of the world on National Geographic. That’s right, the small Idaho town of Ketchum is right up there with locations like Zermatt, Switzerland and Jackson, Wyoming.

Idaho is full of surprises and hidden gems. You could probably spend your entire life in this state and never know about Ketchum. Of course, you’ll probably hear people talk about Sun Valley and the Sun

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