Especially in this highly-competitive seller’s market with prices trending upward and the supply of homes on the decline, Clay has a specialized aptitude for professionally representing buyers in their efforts to find, negotiate, and purchase dream homes! His dual skillset as a Realtor and appraiser sets him apart as an expert in the field with unsurpassed knowledge of how to read and interpret the most current market nuances that drive price and market appeal. This skillset is combined with a strong working understanding of the relevant historical sales data (comps) that either substantiate or refute the offering price of prospective homes marketed throughout the Boise / Treasure Valley area.

The result is a Realtor representing your best interest, working specifically on your behalf in the broker-to-broker negotiations. Clay comes equipped with local expertise and a keen ability to harness the latest market information – empowering you to present fair and competitive offers to listing agents representing sellers. This is the kind of experience that will get you as a home buyer a step closer to the most highly sought-after phrase in this competitive real estate climate – “Your offer has been accepted.” He will also be interfacing with title companies, mortgage brokers, home inspectors, and other industry vendors on your behalf from start to close to ensure that you experience a smooth and professionally coordinated transaction.

Summary of Home Buying Tips in Idaho

  1. Check credit score early in the process and correct any erroneous information.
  2. Reach out to your credit union, banker, or get a referral to a mortgage lender.
  3. Get Pre-approved to purchase the home of your dreams and demonstrate to sellers that you are qualified to proceed.
  4. Save and set aside your down payment.
  5. Interview Realtors in the area you’re planning to live.
  6. Define and refine your “must-have” and “wish list” so you can establish your search criteria.
  7. Start browsing listings and have your Realtor set you up with an online search collaboration to alert you when listings matching your requirements are entered into the market.
  8. Tour prospective homes, neighborhoods, and open houses.

Real Estate Investor Services

Clay’s skillset extends to represent real estate investors who buy and sell single-family and multi-unit real estate investment properties, including 1031 tax-deferred exchanges. He provides detailed market information for risk analysis, cash flow and profit opportunities, home valuations, buy/hold strategies, and consulting for ROI on renovations. He has experience working with self-managed investor properties, and also interfaces with local property management companies.

The Power of the Multiple Listing Service & National Association of Realtors

Who are these two entities and how do they impact me as a home buyer or seller?

NAR – National Association of Realtors

With 1.4 million members strong, the National Association of REALTORS is America’s largest trade organization composed of brokers, salespeople, property managers, appraisers, consultants, and others working in all aspects of both residential and commercial real estate industries. The mission of NAR is to empower REALTORS as they preserve, protect, and advance the right to real property for all.

MLS – Multiple Listing Service

Over 90% of buyers engage with a Realtor to locate, negotiate, and purchase residential properties through the Multiple Listing Service or MLS. The MLS is an exclusive tool to help make the transaction more efficient by allowing listing brokers to find cooperative brokers / Realtors working with buyers to help sell their clients’ homes with a private offer of cooperation and compensation. The information shared online through the MLS portal includes relevant data about the properties as site size, living area, improvements, location factors, and other marketable aspects of the home. Highlighted features are published to national and/or global real estate website affiliates with detailed marketing remarks, virtual tours, floor plans, and still photos.

For expert advice on buying homes and investing in Idaho real estate, contact me today by calling (208) 830-1025