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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

According to a recent article published by, over 80 percent of prospective home buyers start searching for a home online. The only surprising thing about that statistic is that the percentage is so low.


But beginning a home search online is very different than trying to do it yourself instead of using a real estate agent.


Agents are experts in housing, they’re current on the legal requirements of the transaction, and are professional negotiators. And don’t forget the value of their professional networks. Inspectors, lenders, title companies, and even reputable builders and contractors. If you’re moving to a new area, this expertise becomes even more invaluable.


One last thing, it doesn’t really save you money to buy a house without a real estate agent. Since they’re typically paid by the home seller, you’re not paying for those services anyway.


There are a ton of agents out there and choosing one can be a little overwhelming. So ask around for a good recommendation. We recommend the teams below in Boise and the Tri-Cities:


In Boise:

John L. Scott


Ryan Kerfoot

(208) 703-5446


Carlos Bendeck

(208) 867-7302


Craig Severson

(208) 949-7951


In Tri-Cities:

Retter & Company / Sotheby’s


Greg Johnston

(509) 539-3834


Jason Barrow

(509) 308-2102


Posted by riverwoodadmin at 8/10/2022 10:32:00 PM
Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Whether you are considering modifying your existing yard, or you have the opportunity to start from scratch, here are some tips to help you make it perfect!

1. Research plants before you buy them. Does the plant need sun? Shade? How much water does it need? Does it need alkaline or acidic soil? How big does this plant get? Does it spread? Even better than turning to the internet is to ask local nursery staff--they are the ones who seem to have the best local knowledge. It takes time to do the research, but it is better than planting something only to have it die on you that same year, or to plant something that will get too big or take over your yard.

2. Plant a mix of evergreens and deciduous shrubs. Deciduous, often flowering, shrubs look fantastic during the growing season, but dead during winter. So to keep your yard from looking all dead during winter, include some evergreens in your mix, such as Slowmound Mugo Pine, Bird Nest Spruce, Euonymous, Blue Chip Juniper, etc. that will stay green all winter.

3. Avoid obvious patterns and straight lines in your yard. Our human tendency is to order our environment, but when we overly manipulate our yards to where they look particularly unnatural, the ability of the plants to give us prolonged interest and restorative relief is diminished. Take the time you would have spent shearing your shrubs into geometric shapes and use that time, instead, to recline in your hammock and watch the bees gather nectar, the birds socialize, and the leaves flutter in the wind. You'll feel more recharged and at harmony with the world.

Let us know if you have any landscape questions or would like more tips! It's time to get your fingers dirty!


Posted by riverwoodadmin at 7/26/2022 10:02:00 PM
Thursday, July 21, 2022

There has been so much curiosity about what is going on in our newest subdivision, Lavender Heights in Meridian. We have a little something for everyone, whether you are looking for space to grow and roam, or lower maintenance and a single level, or are just starting out, we have got you covered.

We thought we would highlight one of our most talked about homes, our modern Olympia. This home was featured as our 2021 parade home, which won best kitchen! We are now bringing this popular model to Lavender Heights! This single-level home feels much larger than it is and the amount of natural light this home brings in is amazing. Each space is thoughtfully crafted, there is plenty of garage space for all of your things, and the home's style is incredibly trendy. Come check out why this home got so much attention! 


Thursday-Sunday 12PM-5PM

6230 S Sachet St. Meridian, ID 83642


Posted by riverwoodadmin at 7/21/2022 10:06:00 PM
Friday, July 8, 2022

We just reduced the price of our Coronado floor plan (2,900 sq ft) at 22876 Aura Vista Way in Caldwell, located at the Timberstone golf course. This house is only $799,900, which is just $276 per square foot, even with a massive 3-car garage on a 3/4 acre lot!  The east-facing back yard offers shade in the evening, and the front porch overlooks the 3rd hole of the golf course. The home has three bedrooms, a den, and a large bonus room. 

Posted by riverwoodadmin at 7/8/2022 10:56:00 PM
Thursday, June 23, 2022

Please join us for free food, drinks and open houses from 11am to 2pm on Saturday, June 25th. Get to know one of the newest communities in Meridian just across from Discovery Park (Lake Hazel Rd, between Eagle Rd and Locust Grove Rd). Stop by to speak with some real estate experts and take a look around all of the show homes for a chance to be entered into a giveaway for $500!

Posted by riverwoodadmin at 6/24/2022 1:31:00 AM
Thursday, June 16, 2022
Posted by riverwoodadmin at 6/16/2022 10:05:00 PM
Friday, June 10, 2022

Siena Hills is one of the newest communities in the Tri Cities. Located in South Richland, WA on the back side of Badger Mountain, Siena Hills offers a beautiful, quiet neighborhood to call home. Some of the amenities of this neighborhood include: walking trails, high-speed internet, future community pool, parks, and more! Riverwood Homes has several move-in ready homes to choose from including: the Arlington, Olympia, Lincoln, Messina, and Madison. 

Please contact our representing real estate agents to schedule a tour of the community and to visit our homes!

Jason Barrow -; 509.308.2102
Greg Johnston -; 509.539.3834

Posted by riverwoodadmin at 6/11/2022 2:34:00 AM

Since 2010 housing experts have talked about the “Missing Middle” in housing supply. These homes would fill the gap between multi-family housing and typical single-family homes on quarter acre lots. These homes are typically smaller and clustered closer together than what we’ve seen in many neighborhoods over the past half century.

To be desirable, these Missing Middle homes need to designed to fit in a neighborhood filled with other single-family homes, and they need to have the amenities and luxuries that buyers want.

Riverwood Homes has 6 home models that fill this Missing Middle. Ranging from 1,415 to 2,510 square feet, these homes have all our typical features like soft-close cabinets, walk-in showers, walk-in pantries, under cabinet lighting, EV outlets, and a ton of energy saving features. These homes offer our livable luxury and meet the needs of a group of home buyers that have been overlooked in recent years.

And we have all 6 of them available in our Lavender Heights neighborhood in Meridian, Idaho. Here’s a quick introduction to these homes.


The Hamilton

1,415 sf

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms


The Hampton

1,646 sf

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms


The Hampton 2

2,237 sf

3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, bonus room


The Cumberland

1,736 sf

2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, bonus room


The Ashland

1,888 sf

3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms


The Woodland

2,510 sf

4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, bonus room, den/office


All 6 of these floorplans are available. If you’d like more information, please reach out to our sales partners at John L. Scott here:

Ryan Kerfoot: 208-703-5446 |

Carlos Bendeck: 208-867-7302 |



Posted by riverwoodadmin at 6/10/2022 10:36:00 PM
Friday, May 27, 2022

We've starting applying Aerobarrier to our houses in Idaho this year, and we've been quite pleased with the initial results. Idaho Air Barrier ( has been applying the Aerobarrier product after we sheetrock a house. They depressurize the house and then emit the product throughout the house as a vapor that gets sucked into cracks and gaps and creates a permanent seal.

Aerobarrier creates a tighter house, and allows us to test below 3 air changes per hour when the house is pressurized. For our home buyers, this means the house is more energy efficient, and utility bills will be lower. It also creates a more comfortable house with stable temperatures and a cleaner house with fewer allergens and particles seeping their way through gaps and cracks in the walls. 

Idaho Air Barrier is very knowledgeable about this new technology. They are also very professional and communicative. We are pleased to have added them as a new trade partner for our Idaho homes. 


Posted by riverwoodadmin at 5/28/2022 3:29:00 AM
Friday, May 13, 2022

Open houses are happening again this weekend in Siena Hills!!

We've added Fridays to our Open House schedule, to give you more opportunities to tour our homes!

Friday 5/13 (12 pm - 3 pm)

Saturday 5/14 (12 pm - 3 pm)

Sunday 5/15 (12 pm - 3 pm)

Here is a Google Map link:

We have several new, move-in ready homes for you to see!

Please contact our real estate agents for more information: Jason Barrow 509.308.2102 Greg Johnston 509.539.3834

Posted by riverwoodadmin at 5/14/2022 12:08:00 AM
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