Janine Bear Blog

The Mortgage Process for First Time Home Buyers

Posted by Rebekah Holten on November 06, 2017 in  Buyers  Mortgage  Real Estate  Real Estate News
So you want to buy a home…but your mom and dad are telling you it’s so much harder than it used to be.  You look up homes on Zillow and you think…. Wow! I could never afford that.  Your friends don’t own homes, or the ones that do have great jobs…. Everything out there is so discouraging.  Then you analyze your rent and think why am I throwing away money?   Well, let me tell you it is NOT as SCARY or HARD as you think.  A good lender will take the time ... read more
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The Beauty of the Sawtooth Valley and Stanley Basin

Posted by Rebekah Holten on January 16, 2018 in  Land  Sawtooth  Sun Valley
The terrain of the Sawtooth Valley can be described as, simply stated, spectacular.  You will frequently find elk, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats grazing and foraging in the hills.  Whether you are driving through the 260 mile route or stopping at one of the mountain peaks to do one of the 5,000 foot climbs, there are many ways to experience the splendor of The Sawtooths. Whether you drive from Boise to make your way to Sun Valley, or start in Ketchum and drive to Stanley, either route is awe inspirin... read more
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Notable Tiny Homes

Posted by Rebekah Holten on January 11, 2018 in  Buyers  Real Estate  Tiny House Movement
Have you heard of the “Tiny House Movement?” Sparked by environmental concerns, financial worries and a popular documentary on Netflix, the Tiny House Movement is driving more and more people to downsize their square footage. While the average American family lives in a 2,500 square foot home (an almost 873 sq.ft increase since the early 80’s) there are a number of people opting for a much tinier way of living. While many of us might cringe at the thought of living in a space smaller than your av... read more
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Make Sun Valley your Ski Destination for 2018

Posted by Rebekah Holten on November 15, 2017 in  Community  Skiing  Sun Valley
Sun Valley has quite the reputation among serious skiers and that reputation is one that is well-earned. Known as “the birthplace of destination skiing,” Sun Valley has set the standard for what destination skiing should be. You may be wondering how a place with a name like Sun Valley could possibly be the ski destination of 2018. We’re glad you asked because it gives us an excellent excuse to list our favorite ski qualities of Sun Valley, Idaho. 1.       Sun Valley ... read more
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Ketchum Town Square and Visitor Center

Posted by Rebekah Holten on December 18, 2017 in  Community  Sun Valley
For those of you that aren’t familiar with the area, Sun Valley is a resort and an incorporated city (meaning there is no commercial center except the resort). This means that Ketchum is the local “city” and where our office as well as much of the action takes place! The Ketchum town square is a must-visit if you are coming to the area along with the visitor center!  At the visitor center, you will be greeted by a friendly face, brief history lesson, and an abundance of information. It is a... read more
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