The Magic Valley of South Central Idaho received a significant snow event over the past several days. My home received nearly 16” of snow over three days. While this may not seem like much to some, this is highly unusual for the Magic Valley, and especially the Hagerman Valley. I spent most of my day yesterday helping my neighbors clear snow from around their homes, and will be doing the same later today. It feels good to be able to go out and serve my neighbors, and more importantly to make sure they are doing okay.
I’m lucky since I am relatively healthy; I have access to a four wheel drive vehicle and a tractor to use to help clear the snow. But not everybody is so fortunate. I stopped at the store yesterday and thought I should call a friend who has difficulty getting around to see if he was in need of anything, and he was, he needed a gallon of milk. Fortunately I was able to get that for him and get it to him. When dropping it off I noticed his house was rather snowed in, so I returned to help clear the snow from his sidewalks and driveways. I don’t mention this to toot my own horn, but to show how simple acts of service can go along way in bringing comfort to others.
It’s important for us to be prepared when events like this occur. Are you prepared?
The American Red Cross has some great information on their website to help you to be prepared. It’s certainly worth taking a look at to help you evaluate where you stand.
Driving in the conditions that we had present a whole new challenge. Last night roads were declared impassible, many were closed, and drivers were told if they got into trouble to not expect help for extended periods of time. When traveling in winter conditions it’s important to be prepared. You should travel with a tank full of gas, have water and food, and a blanket to help you stay warm is you become stranded. This article from KTVB new presented some tips from Napa Auto Parts incase your find yourself stuck in the snow.
With all the new ways to search for real estate, along with the wide variety of do-it-yourself, real estate investing, and flipping shows on tv, many may wonder why they should bother with hiring the services of a REALTOR to help them with their real estate transactions. The National Association of REALTORS sums it up well in this article they published to their website.
“7 Reasons to Work With a REALTOR®
REALTORS® aren’t just agents. They’re professional members of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict code of ethics. This is the REALTOR® difference for home buyers:
Ethical treatment. Every REALTOR® must adhere to a strict code of ethics, which is based on professionalism and protection of the public. As a REALTOR®’s client, you can expect honest and ethical treatment in all transaction-related matters. The first obligation is to you, the client.
An expert guide. Buying a home usually requires dozens of forms, reports, disclosures, and other technical documents. A knowledgeable expert will help you prepare the best deal, and avoid delays or costly mistakes. Also, there’s a lot of jargon involved, so you want to work with a professional who can speak the language.
Objective information and opinions. REALTORS® can provide local information on utilities, zoning, schools, and more. They also have objective information about each property. REALTORs® can use that data to help you determine if the property has what you need. By understanding both your needs and search area, they can also point out neighborhoods you don’t know much about but that might suit your needs better than you’d thought.
Expanded search power. Sometimes properties are available but not actively advertised. A REALTOR® can help you find opportunities not listed on home search sites and can help you avoid out-of-date listings that might be showing up as available online but are no longer on the market.
Negotiation knowledge. There are many factors up for discussion in a deal. A REALTOR® will look at every angle from your perspective, including crafting a purchase agreement that allows enough time for you to complete inspections and investigations of the property before you are bound to complete the purchase.
Up-to-date experience. Most people buy only a few homes in their lifetime, usually with quite a few years in between each purchase. Even if you’ve done it before, laws and regulations change. REALTORS® handle hundreds of transactions over the course of their career.
Your rock during emotional moments. A home is so much more than four walls and a roof. And for most people, property represents the biggest purchase they’ll ever make. Having a concerned, but objective, third party helps you stay focused on the issues most important to you.”
So when you’re ready to take that leap into real estate and either buy or sell, it pays to work with a professional REALTOR. I am a professional REALTOR and I will serve you with the honesty, integrity, dedication, and professionalism that has been instilled in me through my professional training.
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The Magic Valley is located in the heart of south central Idaho along the Snake River canyon. It’s made up of Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Blaine, Camas, and Twin Falls counties. There are a number of small rural communities such as Kimberly, Jerome, Gooding, Burley, Rupert, and Hagerman that dot the region with Twin Falls being the largest city. The northern portion of the valley is home to Hailey and Sun Valley. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population of Twin Falls to be approximately 47,500 people in 2015, with a total population of the Magic Valley approaching 192,375 people. Since 2010 the population of Twin Falls itself has grown by nearly 6%.
The Magic Valley’s primary economic driver is agriculture. The region is known for it’s productive farmlands that produce sugar beets, potatoes, corn, beans, hay, wheat, barley and other products. Dairy also plays a major factor with numerous milk and cheese production facilities in the region. Recently Twin Falls was chosen to be home to both Chobani’s and Clif Bar’s newest production facilities.
The area also is well know for the many outdoor activities that are available. I’ll explore these and other topics of interest in future blog posts.