Moving to Idaho from California Here’s What you Should Know

Moving to Boise from California what to knowMoving to a new state can be both exciting and a little unnerving. As you weigh your options of where to go and what life will hold for you next, Boise should be at the top of your list. Boise is not only a beautiful place to live that could lead to an improved quality of life. Here are some top reasons why a move to Idaho, especially the Boise area, from California may be the right choice for you.
The Cost of Living in Boise is Significantly Lower than in California
One of the top reasons that you may be thinking about saying goodbye to California and relocating to Boise is that the cost of living in Boise is significantly lower than the cost of living in California. In fact, California is on the list of the seven most expensive states in the country in which to live. And it’s not just housing that’s more expensive in California; food, gas, and taxes are also pricier in California.
Boise, on the other hand, is a much more affordable. While the average cost of living in Boise is slightly higher than the U.S. average, housing is still plenty affordable, and food and utilities are ranked as less expensive than U.S. averages. If you’re moving to Boise from California, the savings on housing alone can make a huge difference. If you sell your house in California and come to Boise, you may be able to pay cash for a brand new – never been lived in before – home by Hayden Homes.
Improved Quality of Life
While California is beautiful, it’s also extremely busy with people, cars, and often in the summer, polluted by smoke from wildfires and CO2 emissions from vehicles and industrial operations. When you move to Boise, you may be able to experience an improved quality of life. In Boise, you may be able to walk or bike to work, or go for a jog before your busy day starts because of the time you may save with less congested commuting. On your days off, you can get to the mountains or to a trail in a matter of minutes, enjoying fresh air, blue skies, and plenty of year-round sunshine. In Boise, there are dozens of indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy, from mountain biking and indoor tennis to fine dining and live concerts. With less traffic to navigate, you’ll have more time to recreate, shop, dine, wine taste, spend time with family, and invest in your own health and well-being.
Idaho Ranks Among the Happiest and Best Places to Live/Retire
In several recent surveys, Idaho has been called out as a great place to live and/or retire. The state not only ranks among the happiest, but also one of the best places to retire. In a study conducted by WalletHub, they compared 50 states on multiple dimensions and Idaho ranked sixth in happy factor and first for community and environment (read article).  If that wasn’t enough to convince you, especially if you are ready to retire, in another study conducted by Forbes Boise ranked in the top 10 for best places to retire! With it’s low crime rates, high ranking in walkability, bicycling, and volunteering – it’s no wonder this is such a popular place in which to move.
Is it Time for a Move?
If you’ve been thinking about moving from California, now may be the perfect time. At Hayden Homes, we have homes for sale in Boise, as well as other cities located in the Treasure Valley such as Eagle, Meridian, Kuna, Nampa and Caldwell. To see our brand new homes for sale in the Northwest and learn more about buying your first home or moving into your dream home, get in touch with Hayden Homes today. We can’t wait to help you make your move a reality!

Moving to Yakima. What should I know? | Hayden Homes New Homes for Sale

Deciding to move is a big decision, especially if that move involves a brand new home and a brand new town. If you are moving to Yakima and wondering “what should I know?” At Hayden Homes, we understand that moving can be stressful, so we want to with you our favorite things about Yakima. Plus, when you work with us, we make the home-buying process exciting and fun, and provide peace of mind along the way. If you’re thinking about moving into a brand new home, our new homes for sale in Yakima should be at the top of your consideration list.

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What’s so Great About Yakima?
Yakima is a great place for those who love the outdoors, want access to the things that a city has to offer, but also want to enjoy a small-town feel. Yakima has all of these offerings and more. Yakima is located just 60 miles from Mt. Rainier, maintains a population of under 100,000 people (but just barely), and is located in a region known for its wine, hop, and apple production. Favorite things to do in the area include visiting wineries (the region is often referred to as “wine country”), learning more about (and sampling) hops and beer, enjoying fresh produce (you can even pick your own), or doing a myriad of things outdoors, from biking to hiking to skiing to rafting and more.
Yakima Ridge by Hayden HomesYakima and Home Buying – Is Now a Good Time?
It’s not just about loving the new city in which you plan to live; it’s about knowing whether investing in real estate in that city is a smart idea. According to Zillow, the median home value in Yakima is currently just over $208,000*. What’s more, home values have gone up by 9.9 percent in the area over the past year, and Zillow predicts that they will rise another 4.1 percent over the course of the year. With values increasing, getting into the market now is recommended.
The Villas new homes in Yakima WAWhat Makes Hayden Homes Special?
Finally, after you’ve decided that your life is in the right stage to invest in your dream home and the market agrees that it’s a good time to buy, and you’ve found the perfect town in which to live, the next step is finding a trusted homebuilder you can count on. At Hayden Homes, there are multiple reasons to work with us and purchase your new home in Yakima. These include:
  • Our Hayden Homes commitment to quality;
  • Our warranty;
  • Our charitable work – you can feel good about working with us;
  • Our homes – you can count on energy-efficient homes outfitted with the best technology; and
  • Our home-buying process – we make home buying easy with great financing options.
Homes for Sale in Yakima WaLearn More About New Homes in Yakima Today from Hayden Homes
If you’re ready to learn more about new homes in Yakima today, we can help. Contact your new homebuilder at Hayden Homes today – whether you’re buying your first home or upgrading to the home of your dreams. Not only are we building in Yakima, but in communities throughout the Northwest, including Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Find out more about our homes for sale now!
* Hayden Homes new home communities in Yakima may have starting at pricing higher than the medium home value. To view our communities and home plans in the area, visit the Yakima City page HERE.

Best and Worst Time to Sell a House

Best Time to Put Your Home on the MarketIf you are thinking about selling your home in the Pacific Northwest, you should learn when the best or the worst time to list your home, in order to sell as quickly as possible and upgrade to a new home. According to a recent article in MarketWatch, listing your home at the wrong time could mean difficulty selling, and it could also mean that you are not taking advantage of the recent research on homebuyer trends. The article discusses a new study conducted by Zillow which argues that the best time to put your home on the market is the two-week period from May 1 through May 15. What else do you need to know about listing homes for sale and getting your property sold?

Listing Your Home During the First Half of May Could Mean a Quicker Sale and Higher Profit

According to the Zillow study, homeowners who list their properties for sale during the first two weeks of May this year are likely to see a couple of major benefits: these properties “sell on average two weeks faster and for $2,400 more.” In other words, timing impacts the time it takes to sell the home, as well as the profit on your investment. The Zillow study reached these calculations by analyzing home-buying trends in the 24 largest real estate markets in the country.

Why is Early May the Prime Time to List Your Home for Sale?

First, consider a first-time purchaser who wants to buy a property that is ready for move-in. As the study highlights, by May, many of those buyers may be in a position where they have already submitted multiple unsuccessful bids and want to move quickly on a property. In such situations, those potential buyers may be most likely to put in a high offer during the first two weeks of May and, in fact, may ultimately spend more than they wanted to as they engage in competition and/or rush to finish the deal before the summer begins.

Listing Over the Weekend for the Best Premiums and Fastest Sales

Many of these potential home buyers we mentioned above are eager to move on a property. Moreover, they want to move in before summer when kids are on vacation from school and moving prices climb. While a lot of people search for homes on websites like Zillow everyday, sellers should also think carefully about the day that is best to list the property. In addition to planning for a listing in early May, you may sell your home even faster and for a higher premium if you list over the weekend. More potential buyers are searching for homes on the weekends, and they are visiting more properties and open houses.

What happens if you fail to list your home during an ideal period and on a weekend? In short, you may learn that it will take longer for your home to sell and you may end up settling for less than your asking price. Online listings get 50 percent (or more) of all views during the first week the properties are on the market, and more than 75 percent of sellers who fail to find buyers within the first month of the property being on the market will end up taking an offer below the initial list price for the home.

Learn More About New Homes for Sale and How a New Home Builder Can Help

By listing your home for sale between May 1 and May 15, you increase your chances of selling your home quickly and for the highest price. If you are able to make enough money on the sale of your home, you may be able to afford your dream home. To learn more about buying your first home or working with a new home builder to move into a brand new – never been lived in – home, contact us today. We build new construction communities in Oregon, Idaho, Washington!

Relocating? Here’s What You Should Consider

Relocating to a new city and buying a new home, can be a fun and exciting time, but it can also be somewhat stressful. Since there are a lot of people moving to the Pacific Northwest, and you may be one of them, you may be asking yourself, “what to consider when relocating”? Not only do you need to figure out the logistics of moving, but you want to make sure that the location to which you’re relocating is one that you truly, like. If you’re thinking about relocating in the Northwest, here are the top four tips to consider when relocating.

Budget-for-Relocating1. Consider Your Budget

One of the most important things to think about when you’re moving somewhere new is your budget. Putting together a moving budget in advance is highly recommended. This budget should factor in all costs of your move, including things boxes (rather than buying boxes, consider looking on Craigslist or going to your local grocery store’s deli department and asking for empty boxes) moving supplies, a moving truck, gas, days missed from work, etc. When putting together your budget, you should also consider the cost of living in the new city. Will you be saving more, or spending more on day-to-day purchases and activities? Can you afford this? How much do you think you’ll need to have saved once the move in complete to help cover the costs of your first year in your new home?

5 Tips for Asking parents for help with a down payment2. Renting vs. Buying New

Another thing to consider is whether or not you want to rent in your new location, or buy something new. This may depend on how permanent your relocation is – if you plan to be in the new city for a brief period of time – say 1-2 years, then renting may be a better option. On the other hand, if you’re ready to put down roots, buying would most likely make more sense. We have homes for sale in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, with countless communities to choose from. In many of our markets such as Boise, ID, real estate is booming so buying a new home now can be a great investment.

Location, location, location3. Location, Location, Location

If you know that you’ll be relocating to a new city, you should think about where you want to live within that city, as location can make a significant impact on your comfort, quality of life, and enjoyment of your new home. For example, if you have kids, you’ll probably want to be located in a neighborhood that is near top-rated school districts. If this is important to you, each of our community pages, has a “Schools” tab, that provides you with a list of the schools that are within the district of that community! Or, if you work downtown, you’ll want quick access to the city and highways. Things like natural beauty for the outdoor lover and proximity to public parks, libraries and restaurants are all important, too.

Tips for Relocating4. More Work Now, Means Less Work Later

Finally, keep in mind that relocating is a lot of work. However, it’s also very motivating to know that you’re starting a new chapter in life and that comes with many benefits. One of those benefits is you are probably in a better financial situation now compared to when you last moved, so there’s a good chance you’ll be able to afford a newer home. As is the case with most things, relocating goes smoother if you put more work in now, give yourself plenty of time, and prepare in advance rather than waiting until the last minute.

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Our home builders in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho have the dream home you’re looking for, and we’re ready to answer any questions you have whether you’re buying your first home or looking to purchase your second or third home. Get in touch with us today to learn more!

New Homes for Sale in Eugene, Oregon

Those who live in Eugene know that it is a truly unique and special city in the United States. Which is why more people are thinking about moving to Eugene, including both those who already reside within Oregon, and those who are looking for a new state to call home. At Hayden Homes, we have beautiful, brand new homes for sale in Eugene, making it the perfect time to consider moving to this small city.

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New Homes for Sale in Eugene – Why Now’s a Good Time to Buy

When thinking about buying a new home, there are a number of things to consider. In addition to deciding where you want to live and what you’re looking for in a home, potential buyers need to also consider the market: is now really a good time to buy?

Real estate trends in Eugene suggest that it is the perfect time to buy. According to Zillow, median home prices in Eugene have increased by over six percent since last year. What’s more, home prices are predicted to rise another 3.9 percent within a year, which means that now may be the best time to purchase before prices increase again.

New homes for millennialsEugene Is Quickly Growing and for Good Reason

The increase in the average home price in Eugene and the expected increase that’s to come are based on the fact that Eugene has garnered national attention for its beauty and culture, and as such, is quickly growing. In fact, the current population is up 1.8 percent from 2015, the largest boost since before the Great Recession.

People are moving to Eugene for more than just culture and its natural beauty, too. Eugene has one of the strongest job markets in Oregon, and higher-wage job opportunities are attracting individuals and families alike. As more people move in, housing becomes more of a concern. Eugene’s mayor, Lucy Vinis, says, “I think we are all very concerned about our housing shortage at all levels.” If you’re thinking about moving to Eugene and want to do so before housing prices increase dramatically and there are fewer homes available, make your move now!

New Homes in Eugene at Churchill MeadowsThinking of making the move to Eugene, Oregon? Here is a list of our top things to Do

Not only is Eugene a great place to live but there are ample activities that you will be able to enjoy. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Enjoy a nice run on Pre’s Trail along the Willamette River with beautiful views of Autzen Stadium.
  • Visit Oakway Center in the heart of Eugene to experience premier shopping, exquisite food and entertainment under canopies of heritage oak trees during the summer.
  • Explore the great outdoors and beauty Eugene has to offer with a wonderful hike at Spencer’s Butter or Mt. Pisgah.
  • Attend the University of Oregon, one of Oregon’s top-rated schools. This University is nestled in the lush Willamette Valley, with an easy drive to both the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains. It is well known for its research prowess and commitment to teaching. Visit the website here.
  • Catch one of 700 concerts, shows or performances that take place each year at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Eugene’s vibrant downtown.
  • Take a trip with the kids to Eugene’s Science Factory Children’s Museum and Planetarium, a kid-focused science and technology center with rotating hands-on science exhibits, planetarium and more.
  • Or if you enjoy a weekend wine tasting excursion, Eugene is surrounded by several amazing wineries including King Estate, Sweet Cheeks, Sarver and Noble Estate.

You can see why Eugene is an amazing place to live an is growing in popularity.

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When you work with Hayden Homes to buy your new dream home in Eugene, you’re working with a home builder with a reputation of excellence, and an organization that’s focused on building communities that fuel growth. Our homes for sale in Eugene are brand new, and have the space and features you’re looking for whether you’re buying your first home, or moving into a home that meets your family’s needs.

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Eugene is a hot place to be right now, and if you’re thinking about making a move, you may want to do so before things get too competitive. If Eugene’s not for you but you are looking for homes for sale, remember that we build homes throughout the northwest, including in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

To Remodel or Not to Remodel

With kids being out of school this week and families spending more time indoors during the winter holidays, you may start to notice some things that you don’t like about your home, ranging from outdated fixtures and floor plans to cramped spaces and storage. As such, this holiday season, you may be wishing for something newer and nicer. But if you’re wondering whether to remodel or not to remodel (i.e. buy a home instead), here are some things to think about:

To Renovate or Not to renovateHome Additions and Renovations Can Take Weeks or Months

Many people who envision a brand new kitchen or adding a room to an existing home fail to think about the time, energy, and work that really goes into a home renovation. Not only would you be looking at thousands of dollars put towards your renovation, but you may also have to deal with weeks’ or months’ worth of work and construction in your home. Not only is this a major inconvenience and hassle, but it can also mean that remaining in your home isn’t possible. For example, if you can’t use a bathroom or your kitchen for multiple weeks due to a bathroom remodel or a kitchen remodel, what will your family do?

when will renovations end?Where Will Renovations End?

Another thing to think about if you’re weighing the pros of cons of renovation vs. upgrading to your dream home is this: if you do one renovation now, will you need to do renovations on other parts of your home later on to ensure that style and ambiance of your home match? One thing that many homeowners fail to think about when renovating is how much a renovation can change the feeling of the home, and how strange it can look when one part of the home has a 1980s (or older) feel, and the other part is updated and modern. Rather than dealing with this issue, many prefer working with a custom home builder who can help them find a brand new home with consistent styling throughout.

Will renovating my home increase the valueHow Much Will Renovation Really Improve Your Home Value?

Sure, you can remodel a kitchen, replace carpet, or renovate a bathroom. But at the end of the day, you may still be dealing with old foundation, pipes, heating and cooling systems, and structural issues. As such, before you spend thousands of dollars renovating, you should think about how much renovation will really improve your home value. In many cases, buying a brand new home is the best way to ensure future resale value, and comfort now!

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If you’re interested in learning more about new home construction in the Northwest, including the states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, our team wants to meet with you. If you’re buying your first home or weighing the benefits of buying new vs. remodeling your current home, discover the difference here, we can help you make a sound choice that makes sense for you and your family, and leaves you happy.

How to Find New Homes for Sale Near You Online

Snowbrush Great RoomSearching for a new home is an exciting process. And while there are a number of different resources available to you, such as the help of an experienced and licensed realtor, friends and family, and referrals from those in your local community, one of the best resources is the internet. In today’s digital world, nearly all new homes for sale are listed online.

Great Websites for Finding New Homes for Sale Near Me

There are a lot of different websites that can be used to search for homes for sale online. A few top listing websites include:

  • Zillow.com
  • Trulia.com
  • Realtor.com
  • Homes.com
  • NewHomeSource.com

While these are some of the best sites, you should also find out whether there is a website that is specific to your state that provides MLS listings. Many home builders, including Hayden Homes, also maintain independent websites where you can find information about new homes for sale.

Things to Consider When Looking for Brand New Homes for Sale Online

There are a number of benefits to using the Internet to search for homes online. For example, when using the internet you can:

  • Compare prices of multiple homes at once;
  • Focus in on details, like a specific neighborhood you want to live in, that are important to you;
  • Get a lot of information about a home, such as how long it’s been on the market or what the average yearly taxes are; and
  • Explore your options and inform yourself about what’s available without making a commitment.

Virtual-Tour of New Hayden HomesIf you’re looking for new homes online, there are a number of things to think about as you search, including:

  • Pictures & Virtual Tours. Home builders are making it easier all the time to gain a good sense of what their homes look and feel like. For example, in new construction, there may not be an existing home where you can see it in person before you buy – which means occasionally you will need to rely on photos and virtual tours as a point of reference. This is a convenient way for customers to explore different home models and find one(s) that they’re in love with.
  • Information on online listings. You can learn a lot about a new home from the detailed information about the home on its listing. While there are occasional inaccuracies, you can trust the information enough to narrow down your options and proceed to obtaining a copy of the MLS listings from the listing agent. The listing agent will be your best ally in getting real-time information about the status of the home you are interested in. You can also contact the home builder directly to inquire about their home for sale if it’s a new home construction.
  • Your budget, location, and preferences. When searching online, it’s easy to get carried away – there are so many options to look at! When you are conducting an online search though, you should narrow down your search based on the location you want to live, preferences (like the number of bedrooms and bathrooms), and certainly by budget. For example, if your spending cap is $300,000, don’t look at homes that are $400,000 – this might get you thinking about something you know you can’t afford.

What’s Next?

Have you been comparing homes online for a while now, and now have a better understanding of what you’re looking for or can afford? If so, it may be time to meet with a new home builder. At Hayden Homes, we have the dream home you’ve been waiting for, whether you’re buying your first home or ready to upgrade your lifestyle. Our homes are high quality, beautiful, and located in great communities throughout the northwest, including in Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. To learn more, contact us today! We can’t wait to introduce you to some of our new homes for sale near you!

New Homes for Sale in Sisters, Oregon

Have you been looking for a beautiful place to live that’s in the heart of nature, offers a small-town feel, yet isn’t so removed that you can’t easily access the city? If so, Sisters, Oregon may be the place for you. Sisters is not only one of the most scenic places to live in the country, but Sisters, Oregon real estate is hot right now, with brand new, never-before-lived-in homes available now.

New Homes in Sisters OregonWhat You’ll Love About Sisters, Oregon

Sisters is a quaint city in Oregon, with a population of over 2,000, although the area is quickly growing. The city has many families, with about half of the population attending school at one of Sisters’ four public schools (one elementary school, one middle school, and two high schools). If you are raising a family yourself, or are thinking about starting a family, Sisters is a very kid-friendly city.

Sisters is not only nestled in the middle of nature – it serves as the headquarters of the Sisters District of the Deschutes National Forest – but it also offers dozens of amazing outdoor recreation activities such as horseback riding, hiking, camping, and more. There’s also winter snow skiing opportunities nearby.

Sisters also hosts a number of fun events that you and your family can look forward to, including the Sisters Rodeo, the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, and the Sisters Folk Festival.

Sisters Oregon Quilt ShowWhat You’ll Love About Your New Hayden Homes in Sisters

There’s a lot to love about Sisters, which offers up everything you could ask for in a small town. But you won’t just fall in love with the city itself; you’re also sure to fall in love with your brand new home. Whether you’re buying your first home or upgrading from your current home to your dream home, there’s nothing like brand new. Our homes offer the peace of mind of a defect warranty, plus new and custom features, big kitchens and closets, spacious layouts, all the latest tech and more. Our homebuilders use the highest quality materials and techniques when constructing your new home.

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This could be your year to move into a brand new home. If you have been looking for a community that offers a small town, neighborly feel that’s only a 30 minute drive from Bend, look no further than Sisters. Hayden Homes is building new homes, at our Village at Cold Springs community, that really wow.

Are you looking to buy a new home somewhere else? Our homes aren’t just in Sisters – you can find our new homes throughout the northwest, including Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. For example, if you’re interested new homes for sale in Pullman, WA or in Star, ID, we can help. Contact us today for more information about homes for sale near you.

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New Homes for Sale in Star, Idaho

New Homes Star, IdahoIf you are looking for a new home in Idaho, Star may be the perfect place for you… While Star is a city with a population of fewer than 10,000, it is quickly growing. The area provides the perfect place for people who are looking for a quaint, small-town feel with access to the big city. Here’s what you need to know about living in Star, Idaho:

New Homes Being Built

We here at Hayden Homes are happy to announce that we are currently building new homes in Star, Idaho. Homes can be found in the beautiful South Roselands neighborhood. The neighborhood is quiet, being filled with families (and is a great place for families who are looking to grow!), is safe, and is only a short drive’s distance from schools and city living. South Roselands neighborhood also provides amazing access to the outdoors, with scenic mountains and sprawling fields serving as the backdrop to this gorgeous community. Have you been wanting to connect with nature more? Would you love to see your kids playing outside? Have you been dreaming of your own garden? You can have it all in Star!

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Schools and City Close

For those who are worried about moving into a brand new home in a subdivision due to fears of feeling too far from the rest of civilization, rest assured – Star is close to everything. In fact, Star is less than a 30-minute drive to downtown Boise, making a trip to the city an easy getaway any time the mood strikes, or an easy commute for those who work in the city. For families with children, it’s comforting to know that getting your kids to school won’t be a problem; Stars schools are shared with Middletown School District and West Ada School District – which are among the best districts in the state.

Brand New Homes

Perhaps one of the biggest advantages to moving to Star right now is that you can find your dream home. Indeed, these never-before-lived-in-homes are brand new. Whether you’re buying your first home or are a homebuyer for the second or third time, our homebuilders know exactly what you’re looking for in terms of space, custom design, and unique features. These homes are spacious, offer plenty of yard space, and are priced affordably. If you’ve been looking for a quiet, beautiful place to call home, a Hayden Homes’ home in Star, ID could be exactly what you’ve been waiting for!

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Don’t wait any longer to buy your dream home. With homes for sale in Star that are priced just right, these homes are sure to go fast! Take advantage of great interest rates and buy now!

And don’t forget, we have new homes for sale all throughout the northwest, including Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. For questions about homes for sale in any one of these states, please contact us today! We look forward to serving you and helping you find the home of your dreams.