Coming to Boise in the next 2 weeks looking at rentals...

Asked by Julie Hatcher, Boise, ID Sun May 27, 2012

and I have a bunch of great houses that I've found online, but now I just need someone to help show me around/these homes. How can I find a realtor who will do that for about 2 days???? I know when we were looking in GA last year, I had an awesome lady help us for a few days, even though she wasn't making any money off of us. I was hoping it would be the same in Boise. We're a family of 4, looking at either Boise or Meridian area. My husband will be working out of the Mountain Home base for about 4 years, so we will definitely be renters. I don't want to live in MH, because I've researched the schools and see that Boise & Meridian are great districts. Anyone know of a good rental realtor???? I will be coming out June 3-7. We'd like to move in at the beginning of July. Thanks in advance---Julie

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Laurynda Ann…, , Boise, ID
Thu Nov 5, 2015
BTW - the schools in Mountain Home are great!
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Laurynda Ann…, , Boise, ID
Thu Nov 5, 2015
Call Pam Durfe with Keller Williams - she is great & I have known her since 1963.
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Sheila Wicks…, Other Pro, Meridian, ID
Wed Jun 20, 2012
Hi Julie!

I think I might have a property for you! It's a 3 bedroom w/office at Cloverdale & McMillan in Boise. It's directly across from Centennial High School and a short distance to both the middle school & elementary. It's on a cul-de-sac in a great neighborhood. There's a great park close by as well. If you haven't found anything yet, give me a call and we can set up a tour for you! 208-639-1717 or email me at You can also check out some photos on our website Good luck on your move, you're going to love it here! :)
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Sharon Walker, Agent, Boise, ID
Tue May 29, 2012

Welcome to the Boise area. I want to second Jim Paulsons' response to you concerning looking at a property to own as compared to renting. Second, if you have a list of properties that you want to look at when you get to Boise the week of June 3-7, let me know which properties they are and I will see which ones are available. I would be willing to help you out in doing some research and showing you around the area. Let me know if you still need some help.

Thanks for your time.

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Jim Paulson, Agent, Boise, ID
Mon May 28, 2012

I am glad to see that there are a few people that have agreed to work for free for you for a few days. Sometimes, there are people that are willing to help without getting payed - especially for vets on Memorial Weekend. ;)

Keep in mind though if you have your DD214 you can use your VA eligibility to buy a home with no down payment and we can typically negotiate with the seller to pay your closing costs so you can effectively move in for $0.

Typically, if you are going to live in an area for four years, you will be better off buying than renting. Historically, properties in the US appreciate at 3.8% a year. So, if you bought a $150,000 home at 4% interest with no investment (due to VA options) your payments would be $716.12 for principle and interest plus say another $175 for taxes, insurance, etc you would still be under $900 a month.

If it goes up the 3.8% average for four years, it would be worth roughly $174,132. Even after you pay all the fees to sell the property (estimated at 8.5%) you would still have a net profit of roughly $9,331 (and that is before you figure being able to write off your mortgage interest interest and your property taxes)!

I strongly encourage you to consider buying a home instead of renting one so you can pay yourself and not your landlord.

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Thank Jim. My husband is a Gov't contract worker, not actually in the AF. He only stays on bases for a year or 2 at a time. Mtn Home just happens to be a longer contract, so that's why we are moving with him. It took us 3 years to get our house sold in this horrible Atlanta market. I really don't want to go thru that again at this time. We think after these few years in Idaho, he'll have a permanent position in San we will definitely buy at that point. Yes, I am grateful to the 2 who answered me below...about to write them!
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Kayla Schill, Agent, Meridian, ID
Sun May 27, 2012
Hi Julie,

Is your family PCSing to Mtn Home AFB? As a vet myself, I understand a lot of the process involved and can help you out. Give me a call at 208-297-9595 or email me at

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just sent you an email....thanks.
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Shelly Dyer, Home Buyer, Fruitland, ID
Sun May 27, 2012
Hi Julie, We will have some ready to work with you.

What is your email address and phone number so I can have one of the girls give you a call.

Shelly Dyer ~ Realtor 208-462-4762 ( now till Tuesday ) then 208-459-6501
J & J Real Estate, LLC
Judy Bistline - Co Owner - 208-459-6501 Home/ 208-371-6501 Cell
Jody Benson - Co Owner and Broker ~ 208-250-5289
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