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(19 April 2014)  My name is Tim Bondy and the owner of this website.  As of Jan 1st, 2014 we moved to a different domain.  Please head over to the Bondy Blogs Website at  Different address, different system but same type of great articles, photos, stories and information. 


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Route to Walmart Real Estate Trend

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The following graph is the first in what could be many posts about my new "Mountain Home Idaho Real Estate Trend".

This is how it will work. Each time I head off to Walmart, I will count the total number of homes I see for sale. I will input the data into a bar graph format and post it here.

Mountain Home Idaho Real Estate Trends to Walmart
July 2nd 2010 – 11 homes for sale

Rules for the Mountain Home Walmart Real Estate Trend graph:
1. I will drive the same route each time. Not hard, because I do this any way.
2. Only homes located on the streets that I drive on will be counted. Even if I see a house just off the road I cannot count it.
3. The route from my hone to Walmart is 2.7 miles.
4. There will be no seasonal adjustment, adjustments for days of the week or blinding snow storms. The houses "I see" with a "For Sale" sign in front of them get counted.
5 All science will be thrown out the window for this real estate statistic.

Other Mountain Home Idaho Real Estate Info:
According the Trulia, the most popular real estate search engine on the internet, there were 168 three bedroom homes for sale in Mountain Home, Idaho on June 22nd, 2010. The average asking price for these three bedroom homes was $168,384.

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Tim Bondy
The Bondyweb.Com author

Last Updated on Friday, 02 July 2010 19:47

RV'ers Find Mountain Home Air is Lacking

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RV anger is Mountain Home

It seems like Mountain Home is a magnet for recreation vehicles.  Of course, we have one of the nicest RV Parks in Idaho if you read reviews of places like these.  And it also appears that RV'er have plenty of time to write about their travels and more specifically, the troubles they have along the way.

On the “LAB on the Road” website, I found a second less than positive post from an RV'er traveling through Mountain Home and both in a 10 day span.  While this mini-review of this couple's troubles is not quite as troubling as the first one (see this post), it does underscore how fast word of even minor problems can spread.  In this case, it was a broken air compressor at a local gas station that annoyed an RV'er.  Maybe a tourist who will not come back again!

The internet may seem somewhat unimportant to local businesses in town but it's a very power tool when someone has troubles...because we know a vast majority of bloggers will never write a post about a business or city when everything goes right.  I guess when you sit in the comfort of an RV, driving across Idaho, you have more than enough time to let problems stew in your brain and then jump on the trusty computer to tell the world.  It's a simple process that is changing the way people share information.  The question is, will that information be a good thing or a bad thing? 

Link to blog and story of a Recreational Vehicle owner having problems in Mountain Home:

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Tim Bondy
The Bondyweb.Com author

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 May 2010 05:21

Dusty Rose Inn Mountain Home Idaho

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Dusty Rose Inn Mountain Home Idaho
The “In Case You Didn't Know” Post
The Dusty Rose Inn is located in Mountain Home, Idaho.  This Inn also doubles as an event center for things likes weddings and special events.  With five rooms ranging in price from $55.00 to $65.00 a night, it may be the best deal for lodging in Mountain Home.  And YES, this is a Bed and Breakfast!

While I've never spent the night in the Dusty Rose Inn, it certainly looks quite nice and well maintained.  It seems like this place would be a great place to stay when you get tired of the “regular old hotel room” found just off Interstate 84 and the price is likely less expensive?  

815 North 3rd East
Mountain Home, ID 83647
(208) 580-2460


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Tim Bondy
The Bondyweb.Com author

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 May 2010 05:11

Mtn Home Shifty Fifty Must Exist

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Got an invitation from Geoff Schroeder to discuss the Shifty 50 issue so we met at Moxie Java on Saturday May 15th, 2010.  For those who don't know Geoff, he is a Mountain Home City Councilman so he does have some knowledge of how things work in this town.  The Shifty Fifty is one of his favorite subjects as he was filled in on the this group 20 years ago and continues to keep up on this group. Below I outline what I got out of my conversation with the “shifty-eyed” Mountain Home Councilman.

Top Five Reasons the Shifty Fifty Must Exist
In order to open a new business in Mountain Home, the kind the Shifty 50 will not allow:
1.  You should try to obtain business license.  The Shifty 50 could control the entire Business License process for the city.  But then again, there is no such thing as a Mountain Home Business License.  You don't need and cannot obtain a business license here.  
2.  You must get around the Shifty 50 slick and sleazy zoning changes and regulations.  But then again, you could look into city zoning either on-line or go to the city to find out if the Shifty Fifty will at least consider your business.  From what I understand, this is a difficult thing as you might need some special reading English and the ability to read a map.  If the Zone Ordinances indicate you can open your business in the location you wish, then hang a sign on the building and fire up the cash register.
3.  You must grease the business skids by lobbying the Mayor and City Council as they obviously are all deeply involved and secret members of the Shifty Fifty.  
4.  With the Base Commander and his minions out at the Air Force Base having a huge influence on city business decisions, you must grease the military side of the Shifty Fifty also.   We all know the United States Air Force doesn't want any new businesses in Mountain Home because...well, who knows, but the Shifty Fifty works in mysterious ways.  Top secret stuff maybe?
5.  Geoff Schroeder emphatically denies that the Shifty Fifty exists.  Didn't we already establish the entire City Council must be part of the Shifty Fifty.  Of course Geoff is going to deny this secret organization exists.

Legends bigfoot and the Shifty 50
But Seriously
Look, I used a little dry humor, sarcasm and some just plain silly writing to say once and for all, THE SHIFTY FIFTY OF MOUNTAIN HOME DOES NOT EXIST.  But urban legends usually die a very slow death and sometimes they never die.  (Wink, Wink)

Credit Where Credit is Due:  THANKS to Geoff for taking time to give me the straight scoop on this subject.  Common sense always prevails!

If you want to discuss the Shifty Fifty legend or have a different opinion, then speak up.  Make a comment or contact me through this website.  I'll be glad to post any pictures, documents or evidence you have.  As a matter of fact, I have pictures of Elvis living in South America, the Lock Ness Monster and President Obama's Nigerian birth certificate just waiting to be published right here on “The Bondy  Web. (Sorry, couldn't resist a little more sarcasm)

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Tim Bondy
The Bondyweb.Com author

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 May 2010 07:09

Out of Town Customers Don't Matter

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Mountain Home unhappy customer

Scenario:  An "out of town customer" comes into your Mountain Home business.  Of course you greet them in your normal friendly manner and tell them how you will help them. The transaction is completed but things don't go as expected.  The customers somehow feels slighted or less than happy with the overall transaction.  Negotiations over price and responsibility are conducted with the customer walking away unhappy.  But these folks are obviously “out-of-towners” and you got their money and never expect to hear from them again.  

What Can Happen
Read about what can happen right here: (With a link that actually works now - 20 May 2010/11:53AM)

Morale of the Story
In the digital age, it doesn't take long for word to spread like an late summer Idaho wildfire.  In this case, within four days the customer gets on the internet and writes about their experience.  That out of town customer may now be sitting in Dallas Texas but local customers and anyone with an internet connection just got wind of this whole unpleasant transaction.  There is an old saying that goes like this... “The customer is always right”.  With the advent of instant communications devices such as the cell phones, smart phones and wi-fi internet access I'm not too sure there is a thing called an “out of town customer”.  

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Tim Bondy
The Bondyweb.Com author

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 May 2010 11:44

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