Sun Valley, Idaho

All You Need to Know about Property Taxes and Assessments in Blaine County

If you are a homeowner in Blaine County, Idaho you may have some questions about the way your property is assessed. The assessed value of your home helps to determine how much tax you pay. All assessments should be accurate so that all taxpayers pay their fair share of the total property tax.
Most frequently asked questions about property assessment and taxes:

Idaho law requires that all taxable property be assessed at market value each year. To do this, the county assessor develops valuation guidelines based on the sales prices and some of the features of homes that have recently sold. Some of the features that often influence what a buyer would pay for your home and land include size, quality, age, condition, and location.
The county assessor uses this information to estimate how much a buyer might reasonably pay for your home if it were to sell on January 1 of the assessment year.

Market value is the value that property would sell for in the open market. It is the amount of U.S. dollars or equivalent for which a property would probably exchange hands between a willing seller and an informed buyer.

The value of your property may change each year depending Read the rest of this entry »

Sweet Sun Valley Aerial.

This is one of the best Sun Valley Aerials I have seen.  Great views of all of Baldy, Warm Springs, Big Wood area and golf course,  Saddle Road, Northwood area, downtown and West Ketchum and the White Cloud golf course in Sun Valley.  Now that’s some real estate.

Sun Valley Idaho Aerial Photograph

Rates Are Driving the Deals.

rate increaseIt seems to me interest rates for mortgages are new jobs are going to be what helps to drive our market forward and get people off the fence.  Because even though our market is improving, it’s not improving at warp speeds.  So what’s going to get buyers off the fence and into the market?  The fear of rising interest rates.  In other words, mortgage interest rates stand to increase quicker and higher than prices of homes.  So buyers are more likely to jump into the market to hedge against rising interest rates rather than rising home prices.  Make sense?

477 Emails!

Real Estate Email Deal in Sun Valley On a recent deal I closed, there were 477 emails sent as part of the transaction.  477 emails.  That’s a lot.  Most of the emails were  between the buyer and me.  But there were also quite a few from the listing agent and the title company towards the end of the deal.  And that doesn’t even count emails I sent to other agents about other properties during our search period before we found the property we actually bought.    By the way, I didn’t count them all myself.  Microsoft Outlook does that automatically.  Want to try to top that number?  Email me at

Let ‘er Buck!

Hailey Idaho Rodeo GroundsThe new Hailey rodeo grounds are starting to take shape.  In the last few months the bathrooms, concession stands and other base level foundations have been laid.  Now they are rolling out the metal framing for the grandstand steps and it’s looking good.  Be sure to come to the opening ceremony on July 1st.  It will be ready to rock and roll just in time for the first rodeo on the 4th of July.  Let ‘er buck Hailey, Idaho style!!!

Twin Creeks Neighborhood in Elkhorn. Good Clean Livin’…

Boulder Mountain Sun Valley and Elkhorn Real Estate Property For SaleJust the facts, ma’am.  Twin Creeks neighborhood in  Elkhorn.   Insane views of  the Boulder Mountains.   Direct and easy access to bike path.  Five minutes to River Run parking lot, three to Dollar.   Quiet and low traffic street is great for kids & families.  Easy access to thousands of acres of protected federal land.  Just head out your back door to hike and ski.   Great all day sun exposure.  Very private feel to homes  surrounded  by 4 acre lots.  All internet, cell and city services available.   Check out   WWW.SUNVALLEYESTATELOT.COM for neighborhood profile.  If you like the look of that, check out my listing at 418 Juniper Road.  3.68 acre estate view lot.  Listed at $650,000.

Burned Out City Dweller? Idaho’s Got You Covered…

Check out this video on The Great Idaho Getaway.  Cool overview of all that Idaho has to offer the tired, sore and weary.  Great spot on Sun Valley, too.


Done Deal…306 Starweather

Starweather Sun Valley, IdahoAllright!  Here’s a done deal that might just be one of  the best deals so far in 2011.  306 Starweather Drive in the Starweather neighborhood in mid valley.   First of all, Starweather is, in my opinion, one of the coolest neighborhoods  in the valley.  If you want to know why, just click here.

This particular house was designed by well known local architect, Janet Jarvis and built by well known local builder, Black Diamond Builders in 2003.

What’s cool about this property is that it’s gently tucked away in a natural grove of old growth aspens and feels like it was just quietly dropped into the native landscape.  Gravel drive, stepping stone walks and very sparse landscaping.  Natural beauty surrounded by undisturbed dogwoods, aspens, cottonwoods and riparian vegetation.  Landscape money can’t buy.  Walk across the street to a private trail that leads directly to one of the best stretches of fly water in the valley.  Overall, a one acre plot of  relaxed Sun Valley style.

Inside is just gorgeous.  Step right into a Read the rest of this entry »

Going With The Flow…Hailey

Hailey T Shirt

It’s no secret the population of the Wood River Valley has been gradually migrating from north to south.  Flowing like the Bigwood River downstream from Ketchum toward Hailey.

Not too many years ago, Hailey was the town 12 miles south of where everyone wanted to Ketchum.  But as the valley has grown and matured,  both in terms of real estate market conditions and population demographics, the southward shift is easier to understand.

The most obvious trend we’ve seen is full time valley residents moving out of Ketchum and into Hailey.  Offering more ore affordable real estate,  larger home size, easier day to day living for shopping and groceries and most of the valley schools,  Hailey makes sense for a lot of people, especially families.

Ketchum has largely become an area dominated by “second homers” and vacation property owners which has further driven the full time population south.

Same thing for many mid valley locations.  East Fork, Zinc Spur, Indian Creek are all attracting Read the rest of this entry »

Check out the App sun valley real estate appDon’t get me wrong.  I want my website to be your definitive, go to source for all things Sun Valley real estate.  Property searches, up to the minute real estate articles and oh so much more.

But,  next time you are looking for a change in the scenery, you should definitely check out the app.  For starters, its free plus it has some great features.

I like the “Nearby Homes for Sale” tab.  Just click on it with your iphone when you are cruising around in your car.  It will pull up all the listings on the local MLS for the homes that are for sale in the immediate vicinity.  The same goes for nearby open houses and rentals.  Plus, you can do general searches for all Sun Valley area homes for sale.

Like I said, its worth a look but don’t forget who got you there in the first place.  Coulter Properties.