Idaho is known as the “Gem State,” because nearly every known type of gemstone has been found there. It is also a hidden gem of real estate, with home values rising 6.9% over the past year. Idaho is a Rocky Mountain state with abundant natural resources and scenic areas. Perfect for the adventurous outdoorsman, the state has snow-capped mountain ranges, rapids, vast lakes and steep canyons. Idaho has enjoyed healthy real estate numbers in the past year and property values continue to climb. According to Housingpredictor.com, “the median home price for existing homes in Ada County increased about 10%, or $21,000;” fantastic news for the real estate investor looking for lower priced homes with steadily increasing value.