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Turn Your Home into a Safe Haven-Air Quality

Turn Your Home into a Safe Haven-Air Quality What’s your favorite way to protect your indoor airspace? Winter marks the beginning of the cold and flu and inversion season for Utah and the Wasatch Front. Add a pandemic, lingering wildfire pollution, and seasonal allergies to the mix, and you can see why it’s so important […]

Will Housing Prices Cancel Out Low Mortgage Rates?

Today I look at the broader question of “Will Housing Prices Cancel Out Low Mortgage Rates?” I stumbled upon a great Realtor.com article that I’d like to share with you. This article covers the national economy and the real estate economy.

Q: Is Your Mortgage Causing You Stress?

While renegotiating your mortgage loan with your lender may sound daunting, it’s important to act quickly to keep missed payments from getting out of hand.

On the Flip Side…

There has been some recovery since the shutdown, however, the velocity of that recovery has slowed greatly in recent weeks

Thinking of Selling Your Home? Join Us on July 15th!

Thinking of selling your home? It can be overwhelming during good times, not to mention the uncertain times we’ve experienced lately. It’s surprising how our housing market has reacted to COVID-19 over the last couple months.

The (NAR) National Association of Realtors 2019 Profile of Homebuyers

The National Association of Realtors has released their annual report of Home Buyers and Home Sellers.  There’s some interesting information here that we felt was pertinent and worthy of sharing. We’ll cover this in two parts.  First will be the Home Buyers. • So The first thing I noticed here was that 78% of non-home owners […]

The National Profile of Home Sellers

The National Association of Realtors has released their annual report of Home Buyers and Home Sellers.  This is our second segment, if you missed the Home Buyer report, please visit www.SternTeam.org, there’s a lot of valuable insight.  Today we’re going to cover the NAR’s 2019 profile of home sellers. • Remember that the typical home buyer […]

Love It or Leave It: COVID-19 Buyer Protection Plan

Today we want to introduce to you The Stern Team’s Love it or Leave program, the ultimate buyer protection plan for uncertain times.   Buying a home is a big decision, and one that you literally have to live with.  We strive to find you the perfect home, a home that you will love for years […]

How is COVID-19 Affecting the Mortgage Market?

How is COVID-19 Affecting the Mortgage Market? Today we want to talk about the mortgage market and how COVID is changing the mortgage landscape. JPMorgan Chase just announced that it has stopped accepted HELOC applications as of April 14th, 2020. Of course, they’re calling this a temporary pause. In addition to that, JPMorgan Chase is requiring 20% […]

What’s Happening in the Wasatch Market During COVID-19?

What’s Happening in the Wasatch Market During COVID-19? Since Governor Herbert declared a State of Emergency for Utah in early March: • 4,195 homes became active.  • 5,294 have moved into under contract statuses.  • 5,601 have sold.   Active listings are down 22.5% year-over-year.   • 8,370 beginning January 1st, 2019.   • 6,493 beginning January 1st, […]

Is COVID -19 Going to Cause Another Housing Crash?

We hope you and your loved ones continue to stay safe and healthy.  COVID-19 continues to be the topic of conversation and the dominating force in our lives.  With all the volatility in the stock market and uncertainty about the length of time this may last, a lot of folks are rightfully concerned about another […]

Learn about our “Virtual Home Buyer Program”

Learn about our “Virtual Home Buyer Program” We realize that it’s a different sort of time, but the real estate market continues to be going strong! Serious buyers are out there and taking advantage of this opportunity to find their perfect home! We always strive to offer only the best in client experiences so we […]

Fannie Mae Assistance Options for Homeowners Impacted by COVID-19

Fannie Mae Assistance Options for Homeowners Impacted by COVID-19 Today we’re going to talk about Fannie Mae assistance options for homeowners impacted by COVID-19. A recent article put together by PRNewswire stated that Fannie Mae wants to help ensure families are given options in these uncertain times in the case of job loss, a reduction in work […]

How Can We Continue to Support Our Local Economy?

How Can We Continue to Support Our Local Economy? Today we’re going to talk about the back doorway we can help our housing market.  That’s by helping our local economy which in turn keeps our housing market healthy.   With the recent COVID-19 pandemic, Salt Lake County and our neighboring counties Health Departments are prohibiting restaurants, […]

Sequestered at home? Get moving!

Sequestered at home? Get moving! One of the ways I’m getting through this crazy time is first, keeping a schedule and second making sure that schedule includes an exercise routine.  I’ve been working out with my trainer Steve Pizza the owner of SLC Strength and Conditioning for a number of years. I asked him what […]

How Will the Fed’s New Interest Rate Affect Home Mortgage Rates?

How Will the Fed’s New Interest Rate Affect Home Mortgage Rates? What does the Federal Reserve cutting its target interest rate to near zero percent mean for mortgages? This is the second emergency rate cut in two weeks and brings the federal funds rate to between 0% and 0.25%. It’s designed to stimulate the economy […]

The Stern Team Responds to COVID-19 – A message for our clients

First and foremost we are taking the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously. We are seeing a lot of communities come together and help for those unable to do so for themselves.  We love to thank each of you for pitching in. However, if you are one who is in the high risk category, you are in […]

Home Improvements You May Want to Avoid

Home Improvements You May Want to Avoid Are you thinking of putting your home on the market? Making some upgrades is a great way to boost its value and make it more sellable, but not all upgrades are created equal. In fact, some improvements won’t increase your home’s value, and today I have an article […]

An Important Message on Buying New Construction

An Important Message on Buying New Construction Have you thought about buying a new construction home? If so, there are five points you need to be aware of:  New construction homes aren’t always listed on the MLS. Quite often, home builders have agents working as on-site salespeople in order to increase their control of the transaction […]

2019: A Market Year in Review

2019: A Market Year in Review Here are the numbers from the Wasatch Front in 2019: – Single-family home sales: 38,024 – Condo and townhome sales: 10,305  – Average home price: $376,000 (a 7% year-over-year increase) – Average days on market: 51 (a 16% year-over-year increase) – Absorption rate: 4 months (a 20% year-over-year increase) […]

6 Things Sellers Should Always Remember to Do

6 Things Sellers Should Always Remember to Do Selling a home can be a complicated process. As such, there are a few things that many home sellers simply forget about as they prepare their home for sale. Here are six things to keep in mind when selling your home: Focus on staging. You may already like […]

3 Tips to Keep Your Home Decluttered Forever

3 Tips to Keep Your Home Decluttered Forever When it comes to decluttering, Marie Kondo is all the rage right now. She’s the Japanese lifestyle celebrity who has the miraculous ability to help people declutter their homes for good. What’s her trick? Only keep the things that spark joy or keep you happy.  Here are […]

This Is How Long a Pre-Approval Usually Lasts

This Is How Long a Pre-Approval Usually Lasts If you’re hoping to buy a home, it’s smart to ponder the question, “How long does a pre-approval last?” Even after you’ve received a lender’s stamp of approval for your financing, weeks or even months could pass before you actually buy a house. Will that pre-approval you […]

What Sellers Must Disclose About Their Listing

What Sellers Must Disclose About Their Listing Whether you’ve lived in your home for a few years or a few decades, you know all about its quirks, its best features, and its flaws. When you decide to sell your home, some of this information might be necessary for you to share with buyers in the […]