Uncategorized May 27, 2022

Highway 55 Summer Schedule Starts Next Week

Highway 55 Summer Schedule Starts Next Week

No full road closures after May 26 for summer travel

The summer schedule on SH-55 between Smiths Ferry and the Rainbow Bridge will start Tuesday, May 31: SH-55 will be reduced to one-lane alternating traffic Monday through noon Friday, and the road will then be fully open to two-way traffic through Sunday. This schedule will be in place through early September.

For Memorial Day weekend, SH-55 will be fully open starting Friday, May 27, through Monday, May 30, for holiday travel.

For additional information, visit the project web page or call the project hotline (833) 913-ID55, or for area-wide travel advisories, visit ITD News and Information.

PHONE: (833) 913-ID55
EMAIL: info@ID55smithsferry.com
WEB: itdprojects.org/ID55smithsferry

News May 25, 2022

10 Tips For Protecting Your Home From Fire Damage

Even with the wet Spring in Idaho and Valley County, Fire Season is upon us.  We can all do our share to protect our own homes, our neighbors and our mountain town.

Brush, grass and forest fires don’t have to be disasters. NFPA’s Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire. Firewise is a key component of Fire Adapted Communities – a collaborative approach that connects all those who play a role in wildfire education, planning and action with comprehensive resources to help reduce risk.  (KBOI Channel 2 News).

Here are two important links to help you be “Firewise”:

10 tips for protecting your home from fire damage | KBOI (idahonews.com)

Official Website of McCall, Idaho – Firewise Community



News May 18, 2022

Brundage Mountain Set to Open for Summer Season June 17

Gearing Up for Summer Fun,
Music & Mountain Biking

Brundage Mountain opens for summer operations Friday, June 17th. The season for mountain bikingscenic chairlift ridesdisc golfhiking, and lunch under the sun on Smoky’s deck is only a month away!

Don’t forget, purchase of your 22/23 Winter Season Pass includes free scenic chairlift rides all summer and a free 2022 Brundage Bike Park Season Pass.

Summer Concerts Lineup

We’ve got an incredible lineup of live music this summer, starting with our 4th of July Music Festival!


Matt Hopper
Corn Mash
Lucky Tongue

Get warmed up for the show by participating in the Cat Track 10k/5k RaceRegister here to race.

Brundage Mountain’s TGIF Summer Concert Series kicks off Friday, July 8th and lasts all summer. Don’t miss the fun, every Friday night!


JULY 8 – The Sean Hatton Band
JULY 15 – Too Slim and the Tail Draggers
JULY 22 – Brundage Mountain String Summit


AUG 5 – Jeff Crosby and the Refugees
AUG 12 – Grateful
AUG 19 – TBD

AUG 26 – Tylor and the Train Robbers
SEPT 2 – Innocent Man

For Sale May 10, 2022

Cascade Lake front Home with Shop

CASCADE LAKE CABIN on a desirable lakefront parcel with 120 feet of frontage and is on two lots.  Home has a private shared dock, amazing beach and a Permitted boat launch. This south facing cabin has over 2070 sq. foot of living space with a open floor plan with 4 bedrooms and  2.5 baths , and next door to 100 acres of Public land with Bald Eagles nest, deer and fox, open only to hiking, bicycles & other non motorized travel. The Attached Garage/Shop/Storage is over 4500 sq ft – with an RV bay (14’x14’overhead door) and Electric Car Charging Station.

Price is $2,490,000.0

Click here for more information 

Listed with Brundage Real Estate

Real Estate News April 20, 2022

Idaho Passes New HOA Laws, Here is what you need to know

HOA Pool

Gov. Brad Little signed a new HOA bill passed by the House (63-3) and Senate (34-1) just last month, creating a new Homeowner’s Association Act that will go into effect July 1, 2022.

The bill creates new requirements for HOA’s in Idaho requiring the HOA to provide copies of fees and financial statements to all HOA members on or before January 1 of each year.

The new Idaho Law and Code will take precedence over HOA rules and CC&R’s. 

 The following are examples of rules that are Not enforceable by an HOA:  

  • Restrictions on rentals to properties without the agreement in writing of a property owner, Unless the restriction is in the covenants, conditions, and restrictions signed when the property is purchased, then they remain valid and enforceable.
  • Political signs can’t be outlawed on homeowner property, unless they threaten public health and safety, violate other laws, or are “accompanied by sound or music.”
  • State Flags, US Flags, Military Flags, or POW/MIA Flags cannot be prohibited, although there are stipulations.
  • Solar panels cannot be prohibited, though some rules on location and “reasonable” restrictions on design are allowed.
  • Read the Full Bill Here:  HOUSE BILL NO.703 (2022) – Homeowner’s association act (idaho.gov)
News April 15, 2022

Common Mistakes in Bidding Wars for Real Estate

Common Mistakes In Bidding Wars

Bidding wars are the new normal for buying a home today.  In desirable areas like McCall, there may be multiple offers which might force you to up the ante in a dizzying quest to come out on top.   Yet in the heat of the moment, many buyers run the risk of becoming overzealous, making mistakes that cost them the deal or worse, land them with a house they regret.  Don’t be one of them.

Common Mistakes You Want To Avoid:

1. Bidding Every Last Penny You Have:

In the current market, we see many homes going for well over the listing price.   It might seem like a good idea at the time to bid your full budget, but this usually is not a good idea.  Why?  If the home you purchase with your last dollar needs expensive repairs (think new roof, updated plumbing, etc.), you may have zero money to cover these major and necessary repairs.

If you’re getting a mortgage to purchase the property, the appraisal could come in below the purchase price.  The consequence is needing a much higher down payment to make up the difference.

Best to have a budget and stick to it.  There will always be other homes to buy, even in a hot market.

2.  Bidding With Many Contingencies:

5 Offers on this Cabin

If you want to be competitive in a hot housing market, you won’t want your offer to be contingent upon your current home selling or any other property .  Before you make any offers, have all your financing in place and be pre-approved by a lender before you bid on a house or get in a bidding war.  Best yet, be an all-cash buyer.  The Seller will most likely choose that type of buyer first because it means a quick and easy closing.

3.  Bidding With No Contingencies:

Although this may seem like a contradiction, don’t let the “perfect home” cloud your judgement.   You don’t want to put yourself in the position of bidding without contingencies, which means forgoing an inspection.  You want to be able to back out of the deal if the inspector finds major problems with the home that may not be visible to you.   However, you can limit what you expect a Seller to repair in the offer, with statements like “only code and health items to be repaired”.

You can compromise on many things including length of escrow, large down payment and waiving the right to cancel an agreement if the appraisal comes in under the offer amount. Your real estate agent will be your best guide for this.

4.  Not Knowing A Home’s True Value:

Some Buyers will price their home slightly lower to induce a bidding war.  In the current hot market, you will want to know the true value of the home you are bidding on.   This means knowing the current market trends such as inventory, or lack of, the amount of time homes are on the market, and how much sales prices have increased in the area recently.   Your real estate agent can provide all of this information for you before you make any offers.

Bottom line, do your homework!

For Sale April 11, 2022

24 Acres with the Best Views

Your Idaho dream property is here, this amazing land has it all, pasture, views of Brundage, Granite Mountain, Tamarack Resort, Jug Handle mountain, and the mountains beyond. Building site is on a small knoll with easy access on county road and then to a shared road. The land is tucked up close to the east side of the valley with amazing wildlife visiting everyday from sandhill cranes to elk. The property is fenced on three sides, has one year round creek and a small seasonal creek, and is used for dry land grazing. If you have been looking for your dream home with pasture land, 360 views, and privacy look no more.

Price $659,000   Listed with the Jones Group

Click here for more information and photos

News April 5, 2022

Tamarack Resort History and New Plans

Last week Channel 7 in Boise had in depth article on the history of Tamarack from the beginning of the resort, the bankruptcy and the new owners.

The owners are hoping to grow year-round recreation as it continues to pump millions of dollars into revitalizing and reviving the resort.

“It’s really a once-in-a-generation type project,” Tamarack Resort President Scott Turlington said. “It’s mountain, meadow, lake – it’s all-encompassing.”

The rise and fall of Tamarack was well-documented, with the resort declaring bankruptcy twice since it was first announced in the late 1980s.

Here is a link to the full story click here

News April 5, 2022

Bundage Mountain 10-Year Improvement Plan Is Underway.

“Brundage has always been a day resort, but in February Adams County approved phase one of a new residential development for low-density housing near the base area.
This development will happen on 37 acres of the 388 private acres Brundage owns, the development will include 21 single-family homes, 22 cottages and 45 townhouses that people can ski in and out of accessing Lower Rodeo.  Last week Channel 6 in Boise featured these new plans here is the link to the full story.
Brundage has other improvements in mind for their 10-year plan including replacing the aging Centennial Lift, adding a lift to the east side giving skiers and snowboarders access to new terrain on the backside of the mountain and improving access to Sergeant’s Peak which is now a back country area.
For more information on the real estate opportunities at Brundage click here, 12 of the 21 single-family homes have already been reserved through a pre-sale process.