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To Be or Not To Be
Posted by Mark Griswold on February 06, 2021 in  Buyers
Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou my next home? Poor Romeo and Juliet never got the opportunity to buy their first home together but, chances are, if they had, and if their parents hadn’t disowned both of them, they probably would have been able to make an all-cash offer on a nice little villa overlooking the Adige River, such was the wealth they both came from. I’m guessing competition was also not as stiff back then as it is today. Buyers today, though, face tough competition for a house, especially h... read more
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First Time Homebuyers Savings Accounts Are Here!

Posted by Mark Griswold on February 06, 2021 in  First Time Home Buyers
What started off many years ago as an encouragement from government to save for retirement with IRAs, eventually gave way to other legislation that encouraged saving for health care and education. Now, with legislation enacted this past year by the Idaho State Legislature, people can now save for their first homes! These accounts can be applied to down payments and other eligible costs associated with closing on a first home, including appraisals and other closing costs. This program is open to any tax-paying Ida... read more
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What's New in 2021?

Posted by Mark Griswold on December 17, 2020 in  uncategorized
The question is, “what isn’t new?” On a personal note, while not completely new for 2021, new enough is that, in October, my family loaded up the Griswold Family Truckster (in this case, a new AWD Honda Pilot that can weather the snowy conditions of our new home) and moved to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho! This meant restarting my real estate career in a city and state where, when we arrived, we could count the number of people we knew on one hand. A challenge, yes, but I do love a challenge! And s... read more
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Why I Am a Real Estate Salesperson

George Bailey and
Posted by Mark Griswold on December 01, 2020 in  Announcements  Buying a Home  First Time Home Buyers
I’ve been in sales most of my adult life. I’d argue we all are to one extent or another. After all, if you’ve ever asked someone out on a date or even just befriended someone, you likely put your best foot forward, hoping that person would say yes. But selling should never be about us. Sales guru Jeffrey Gitomer has said, “people don’t like to be sold, but they do love to buy.” So, then, a good “salesman” should be confident that the product or service they are &ldquo... read more
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