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Let’s look at some data that drives the Idaho Falls real estate market and the Bonneville County real estate market.

Bonneville County, Idaho has a population base of 110,000. The City of Idaho Falls, as the major metropolitan area in Bonneville County, has a population of 50,000. Idaho Falls, originally named Eagle Rock, was built on the Snake River, which is the major river and natural economic driver of not only Idaho Falls, but also East Idaho, from Ashton, Idaho to Blackfoot, Idaho.

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The Snake River plays a critical role in East Idaho’s agricultural health in continuing its position as the #1 producer of potatoes in the world. Layered on top of this strong agricultural base is a growing and dynamic technology and scientific community, embodied in the Idaho National Laboratory. The Idaho National Laboratory (INL), one of the premier nuclear energy research facilities in the country, is the largest employer in East Idaho, providing jobs to over 8,000 people. The INL is also on the forefront of national security and environmental initiatives.

Against this strong economic backdrop, the Idaho Falls real estate market provides many opportunities for both home buyers and home sellers. Our local Idaho Falls real estate market is a dynamic place for buyers to purchase that dream home and sellers to sell real estate that either no longer suits their needs, or allows them to move for a job transfer or to get closer to family.

Selling your home doesn′t just mean hiring a realtor to stick a sign out front. There are a lot of preparations you should make to ensure you get the best offer possible in the shortest time.

Repair. Just because you’ve gotten used to the cracks in the walls and the rattles in the radiators doesn’t mean a buyer will too. If you have hardwood floors that need refinishing, be sure to get it done—hardwood is a huge selling point. Buyers like to snoop around, so be sure to fix any sticky doors or drawers as well. Finally, don’t forget to address any issues with the exterior—fences, shingles, sidewalks, etc. After all, without curb appeal, some buyers may never get to see the inside.

Neutralize. You want buyers to see themselves in your home. If your living room has lime green shag, wood-paneled walls, and all your collectibles and personal photographs, this will be much harder for them to do. Try replacing any bold color choices in your floors and walls with something more neutral—beiges, tans, and whites. Repainting and reflooring will make everything look fresh and new, and help prospective buyers imagine all the possibilities.

Stage. Once your house is clean and updated, it’s time to play dress up. Home stagers can add small details and décor touches that will bring out the possibilities in the various spaces in your home: lamps, mirrors, throw rugs and pillows, flowers, decorative soaps and towels, patio furniture. Home staging can be particularly useful if your home is especially old or if the exterior looks dated. Think of it as a little mascara and rouge—if it’s done right, you notice the beauty, not the makeup.