Jan. 1, 2017

First Visit to Boise Idaho

 First Visit to Boise in 2003

When I first visited the Treasure Valley back in 2003 it was pretty much love a love at first site thing. My story starts out like tens of thousands of other people who have made Idaho their home over the last two decades.  My wife and I drove up from Denver to visit some friends who had lived by us in Colorado and had moved to Boise in 2001. They raved about how much they loved living in the area - the seasons, the nice people, the family-friendly values, the way it felt like being in a “Denver time machine” (going back 25 years in the past). I remember driving north on I-84 for the first time and passing through Twin Falls and Mountain Home, neither of which struck me as someplace that felt much like what I experienced back in Colorado. However, when we were 5 miles out from Boise city limits our car passed a rest area and then descended through some hills until we turned and corner and dropped right into the “City of Trees” (aptly named). Our eyes caught the foothills and the silhouette of the State Capital and the downtown hi-rise buildings. Sure enough with the tall building, state capitol dome and the foothills it did seem a lot like Denver. 

I remember seeing the Micron facilities, the half-empty Factory Stores (even back then), and the industrial yards of Southeast Boise. The view from the interstate was not too attractive in that day and I remember secretly hoping that the scenery would improve in that I wouldn’t be disappointed in Boise. (Which it did by the way). The friends we were coming to visit lived in a new neighborhood called “The Legends” at the intersection of Ustick and Eagle Road.  Their home was only a couple of years old and new construction homes were being built around them and across the street in the subdivision. One thing about Boise I was impressed with was how much home you could get for the money was something I was initially impressed with being in Boise. When the friends told me how much the new homes were priced for on their cul-de-sac it was hard to believe. Trading dollar for dollar from Denver to Boise at that time for me was almost double the square footage for the same mortgage payment. Today, the Boise area is still less expensive than most other metro areas in the U.S. and new construction and resale homes are plentiful. 


Posted in Boise Idaho
Dec. 20, 2016

Wait Until After Holidays to Sell House in Boise

Every year at this time, many homeowners decide to wait until after the holidays to put their homes on the market for the first time, while others who already have their homes on the market decide to take them off until after the holidays. Here are six great reasons not to wait:

Relocation buyers are out there. Companies are not concerned with holiday time and if the buyers have kids, they want them to get into school after the holidays. 

Purchasers that are looking for a home during the holidays are serious buyers and are ready to buy.

You can restrict the showings on your home to the times you want it shown. You will remain in control.

Homes show better when decorated for the holidays. There is less competition for you as a seller right now. Let’s take a look at listing inventory as compared to the same time last year:

Why Waiting Until After the Holidays to Sell Isn’t a Smart Decision | Simplifying The Market

The supply of listings increases substantially after the holidays. Also, in many parts of the country, new construction will continue to surge reaching new heights in 2017, which will lessen the demand for your house. 

-Alei Merrill


Dec. 5, 2016

Southeast Boise Real Estate

southeast boise real estate for sale

“Southeast Boise" is one of the most desired areas in the city due to its proximity to the Boise River, the foothills, and Lucky Peak Reservoir. It is located with easy access to Interstate 84, Idaho 21, and Federal Way (former U.S. Highway), which are all major arteries to get anywhere in Boise. One of the area’s largest employers, Micron Technology is in southeast Boise and was responsible for much of the area’s growth. Harris Ranch is located in Southeast Boise.

Every year Boise ranks on a number of "top 10 lists" or "best" lists. The Treasure Valley has been ranked among the best U.S. downtowns, the best city to raise a family, the best place to do business, the healthiest place to live, best place to retire, best place to be a doctor and go to a great hospital, best place to live for low utility costs, a good spot for asthmatics, the cleanest air, and yes we will go there....Boise was even ranked among the  best "top sexually active" cities.

With all of these superlatives and other accolades we wanted to know what is really driving people to migrate to Boise and the surrounding cities. A number of answers exist - many people talk about the distinct four seasons and the climate, winters are pretty mild, spring and fall exist, and summers aren't too hot (as long as triple digits don't bother you). The area is relatively affordable. There is plenty to see and do in and near Boise - Camels Back, Hyde Park, Basque Block, Ballet Idaho, Morrison Center, the symphony, the opera, museums, and the Boise River. 

Recreation is plentiful.  Boise is only minutes away from hiking and biking trails, rivers, streams, and mountains with all their endless possibilities. Overall, Idaho is one of the safest places to live in the US. (Idaho has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.) The city is also blessed with a 25 mile long greenbelt. 


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Posted in SouthEast Boise
Jan. 1, 2016

10 Creative Ideas to Declutter Your Idaho Home


10 Creative Ways to Declutter Your Home

“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” —Dale Carnegie

The idea of living a simplified, uncluttered life with less stuff sounds attractive to many. They have considered the benefits of owning fewer possessions: less to clean, less debt, less to organize, less stress, more money and energy for their greatest passions. They are ready to declutter but some get quickly tripped up by the very next question… where in the world do I begin?

Many begin to feel overwhelmed, anxious, and defeated around the idea of decluttering their homes. That’s too bad. The decluttering journey doesn’t need to be as painful as some make it out to be. In fact, there are a variety of people who have come up with some pretty fun, creative ways to get started.

Consider this list of 10 creative ways to declutter your home:

1. Give yourself 5 solid minutes. Leo Babauta at Zen Habits recommends 18 different 5-minute decluttering tips. Pick one today that sounds appealing. Or better yet, pick a random number 1-18, read the specific tip, and commit 5 minutes to completing it.

2. Give away one item each day. Colleen Madsen at 365 Less Things gives away one item each day. Over the past several years, she has experienced quite a transformation simply reducing her stuff one day at a time.

3. Fill one trash bag. Early in our journey towards simplicity, one of my favorite decluttering techniques was to grab a simple large trash bag and see how quickly I could fill it. While much of what I collected was trash, this could also be used to fill a bag for Goodwill.

4. Try the Oprah Winfrey Closet Hanger Experiment. While this idea didn’t originate with Oprah, she was the one to help give it notoriety. To identify wardrobe pieces to clear out, hang all your clothes with the hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear an item, return it to the closet with the hanger facing the correct direction. After six months, you’ll have a clear picture of which clothes you can easily discard. This experiment could also be applied to a number of clutter areas in your home (cleaners, toys, linens, tools, hobbies and craft items).

5. Make a list. Dana Byers recommends creating a list of places/areas in your home to declutter beginning with the easiest… which doesn’t sound all that creative until she adds this note, “When you’re done with one area, STOP.” This list could be made as easy or difficult as you desire based upon what areas of your home make up the list (drawers/closets/rooms). And could easily fit into any schedule.

6. Take the 12-12-12 Challenge. A simple task of locating 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to be returned to their proper home can be a really fun and exciting way to quickly organize 36 things in your house. On more than one occasion, this challenge actually became a quick competition between my wife and me… and your kids don’t have to be too old to participate as well.

7. Change your perspective. Unclutterer offers a powerful approach to decluttering when they offer a number of strategies to help you change your perspective and begin to notice some clutter you may have missed. Among their ideas: take photos of your house, invite over a toddler, or ask the boss to meet in your office. With all of the examples, the hope is to cause you to see your home in a new light.

8. Experiment with numbers. For example, Courtney Carver invented Project 333 to challenge people to wear only 33 articles of clothing for 3 months. If 33 articles of clothing seems too little, adjust the rules as you need by picking a new number. The important thing is to challenge yourself to live with less and see what you learn from the experiment.

9. Use your imagination. Psychology Today recommends using yourimagination to help declutter objects that may seem difficult to remove. Try asking yourself unique questions like, “If I was just buying this now, how much would I pay?” These creative techniques may prove to be very helpful for some with difficulties removing unneeded clutter.

10.The Four-Box Method. As we first set out on our journey to minimalism, this was the technique most often used in our home. As I set out to declutter an area, I brought four boxes: trash, give away, keep, or relocate. Each item in every room was placed into one of the four categories. No item was passed over. Each was considered individually. Some projects took an hour… others took days or weeks. But the technique and principles remained the same.

No matter what you choose to help you get started – whether it be one of these ten or one of countless others – the goal is to take your first step with excitement behind it. There is a beautiful world of freedom and fresh breath hiding behind that clutter. How you remove it is up to you.

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Posted in Boise Idaho
April 29, 2015

Our listing in Boise to be seen on The View

Our listing has been chosen to be featured on the one-hour daily talk show "The View" produced by ABC. Moderators Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O'Donnell, Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace will welcome Mansions & Millionaires and Extra correspondent Michael Corbett as he showcases the features of the Boise-area luxury home.  

After seeing the marketing in Global Leverage Partners, the show's producer contacted Listing Agent, Alei Merrill Gothberg, of Amherst Madison Partners to learn more about the 6222-square foot home on acreage with a pool, weight room, and 20-foot waterfall overlooking the Treasure Valley.  

The home is on the market for $750,000 and can be seen in a "3-D Walkthrough Tour" at EagleSignatureHome.com. Alei Merrill Gothberg and Accel Realty Partners are the exclusive representatives for Leverage Global Partners in all of Canyon & Ada Counties, including Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Middleton, and Star, Idaho. Her personalized service, social network, in-house media department, and intimate knowledge of the Eagle Idaho real estate market make her an ideal resource for anyone considering a move to the area.

Visit AleiMerrill.com for more information. 

Posted in Boise Idaho
June 12, 2014

Homes for Sale Legacy Idaho Community

Homes for Sale Legacy Community Subdivision in Eagle Idaho

Hi there, just wanted to update you on the Homes for Sale in Legacy Community Subdivision in Eagle Idaho, May 2014.

There are 18 homes available at this moment with prices ranging from $227,000 to $650,000. Floorplan options range between 3-5 bedrooms. Square footage ranging from 1,500 to 4,800 so there are options for every buyer! :) 

Legacy Community Subdivision is one of the most sought after areas in Eagle Idaho. Located close to downtown Eagle, fun is always a short distance away. 

Give me a call 208.573.1619 if you have any questions on the Homes for Sale Legacy Community Subdivision in Eagle Idaho or Eagle Real Estate. 

Thanks for reading Homes for Sale Legacy Community Subdivision in Eagle Idaho May 2014

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Oct. 20, 2012

How We Market Your Home to Sell

If your considering listing your home or need a market analysis our team is your team:) 

Below we explain why we are successful at listing your home and how we use cutting edge advanced technology for marketing. 

Let's be candid, the old methods Do Not work like they use to. The MLS, a sign in the yard, and some full-color brochures are simply not enough in today's marketplace. You need a company with true added value....and a track record of success.  A group that makes your house look as good as possible with massive exposure and marketing on literally thousands of online sites to be sure potential buyers are being reached.  

We Specialize in Advanced Internet Marketing that only 3% of Agents can afford and only the top real estate companies are using. Consider that around 95% of Real Estate Buyers are starting their search online or a mobile device, and the average American spends over two hours a day on the Internet and using other social media. We embrace these dynamics and direct our marketing where Buyers for your home are most likely to be.  

We do not merely “list” your property and go into a "wait-and-see" mode.  We create success through home stagingprofessional photography and unparalleled digital strategies, in addition to consistent follow up!  You can keep doing business the old way...and you can keep getting the same results. Or, you can learn more today about our unmatched marketing systems.    

Call me today to get a free market analysis of your home:)

-Alei Merrill


Oct. 19, 2012

Ready to Sell Your Idaho home?

Are you looking to sell your home in this awesome market?  

Call me today for a market analysis.  Real Estate is moving again, lets get you moved! :) 

Today's Real Estate Market requires a different approach to real estate. In order to receive top dollar you must work with a proven professional-someone who understands the technologies and effective marketing that attracts buyers.

Results speak for themselves. I know where results come from...studying the market, hard work, determination and a passion for Real Estate.  You deserve to be successful and work with a proven professional. My 278 point Marketing Plan, Performance Guarantee, and knowledge provide you the results you are hoping for. 

Call me at 573-1619 or email me at alei@aleimerrill.com so we can talk about how I can market your existing home or help you buy your dream home! 

Visit my website. 

Oct. 11, 2012

Fall Parade of Homes Boise Real Estate

If you are in the market for a new home or just a fun afternoon, dont miss the Fall Parade of Homes.  Our team will be hosting the classy Saphire built by Alturas Homes at 436 W. Dreyfuss in Paramount. This is a great floor plan with very functional space in the first level and a Bonus room with bath and bedroom upstairs. 3 bedrooms with an office/flex room all on the main level .  The center of the home has a Great Room that lends an open feeling. Granite counters and Kitchenaid appliances are great additions to the giant breakfast bar /island with cupboards on both sides.  A beautiful master bath and awesome covered east facing patio.   Energy Star Certified to help maintain your comfort and operating efficiency. Stop by this weekend or next from 12-5. 



Sept. 27, 2012

Farm Man Challenge - One month Countdown!

If you're looking for an "out of the ordinary" race experience, dont miss the 3rd Annual Farm Man Challenge October 27!

Get your race on! 

This is an unusual obstacle run, with a "HELLISH" 6.66 miler, a running with the ZOMBIEs 5k, & a children's pumpkin head dash. All include lots of twist and turns through a corn maze and two or a dozen obstacles.

Just Imagine running full speed through 8 foot corn stalks managing yourself through a corn maze, making sudden turns, encountering "entertaining" personalities and passing your friends and other runners right before you tackle an obstacle. If you think its over, you have only just begun having to press on to hurdle, crouch, and maybe even toss under the next series of obstacles.

A portion of othe proceeds will be donated back to your local high schools.  This is a great fundraising activity for high school athletic departments looking to supplement their programs. Put together a team, make some money, have some fun!  Be sure to designate your High School on your registration.      

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