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Columns

Searching for opinion based articles? Below we'll share opinion news articles on a wide variety of topics.

Updated 1 day, 3 hours ago

Marty and Max: The Dirty (Harry) Truth About the Market

The real estate world has very much resembled the wild wild west. Who better to personify the industry than Clint …

Updated 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Marty and Max: Tear down that wall!

Real Estate accounts for about one-fifth of the US economy. The two big problems buyers face are interest rates and inventory.

Updated 7 months, 1 week ago
Marty and Max:Should I Stay or Should I Go

Is now the right time to sell your home?

Updated 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Marty and Max (and TaylorAnne): Real Estate Photography and Copyright

I listed my home a couple of years ago and am getting ready to re-list with a different agent. My new agent wants to bring out another photographer and I don’t…

Updated 7 months, 2 weeks ago
OPINION: Don’t count on Congress to resolve fiscal mess

Round and round we go, and we all know where this stops. It’s Nov. 17, when Congress will face another chapter of tired talks about a government-shutdown.

Updated 7 months, 3 weeks ago
Marty and Max: Real Estate Recipes

Today we will discuss two ways to buy an actively marketed home at a bargain, where you actually want to live.

Updated 7 months, 3 weeks ago
MY TURN: Shoshone County BOCC blaming others, working less

This letter is to express my own opinion, and no one else’s. The new commissioners are pointing fingers and blaming us for overspending for the last four years, but not saying what we overspent on. Why?

Updated 7 months, 4 weeks ago
Marty and Max: Market Segments

In today’s column, we are NOT going to discuss the market. Rather, we ARE discussing how to read and interpret the data when you do choose to look at the marke…

Updated 8 months ago
Marty and Max (and TaylorAnne): IS THE REAL ESTATE MARKET UP IN SMOKE?

Selling a home is a stressful, personal, and emotional process. This is why it is crucial to partner with a trusted professional who takes the time to understa…

Updated 8 months, 1 week ago
Marty and Max: How To Ensure You Are Insured

Home values and building costs are rising. How can I ensure my home is protected so if my home burned to the ground I can afford to rebuild?

Updated 8 months, 1 week ago
OPINION: Leadership choices as bad as they can get

Idaho Congressman Russ Fulcher is a self-described optimist, but he has trouble putting a smiley face to what he’s seeing on the national level.

Updated 8 months, 2 weeks ago
Marty and Max: Where is the market going?

Where is the market going and how will the year-end? Is the market going to crash? How will the market react to 7.25% rates or perhaps 8% rates? Will inventory…

Updated 8 months, 3 weeks ago
OPINION: Don’t be fooled by low jobless rate

An unemployment rate of anything under 3 percent is like music to a politician’s ear, especially to those lucky enough to sit in the Oval Office or a governor’…

Updated 8 months, 3 weeks ago
Marty and Max: Discussing housing shortages and potential solutions

Estimates for housing supply shortage range from 4-6 million homes. Other data suggests that only 23% of listings were affordable to households earning a media…

Updated 9 months ago
Marty and Max: Mid-August market report

It’s mid-August and our team’s analysis is that since interest rates have remained at or above 7% for over two months, the data suggests that potential buyers …

Updated 9 months, 1 week ago
OPINION: Dam breaching: A debate without an end

When I came to the Idaho Statesman as opinion page editor in 1999, it was suggested that I read a special section that the editorial department did on dam brea…