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Do You Want to Buy a Fixer-Upper?

Do You Want to Buy a Fixer-Upper? Today I have a few tips for buying a home that needs work. There are different types of fixer-uppers out there and some need more work than others. The way you pursue a purchase offer on the home most likely depends on which fixer-upper category it is in. […]

Using Football to Explain Your Home’s Closing

Using Football to Explain Your Home’s Closing How does football relate to the closing of your property? The analogy we’ve come up with makes a lot of sense, and we hope it will help shine some new light on the process for you if you’ve been thinking about selling. For this analogy, let’s say we […]

Which Updates Won’t Add Value to Your Home?

Which Updates Won’t Add Value to Your Home? When updating or renovating your home, you may be under the impression that making major renovations to your property will net you more money on the appraisal. This may not always be the case. In fact, some improvements may not increase your home’s value at all, leaving […]

How Do We Know Our Market Is Strong?

How Do We Know Our Market Is Strong? What are the signs of a strong housing market? We’re here to tell you. It all starts with the economy. Right now, there’s really only one portion of our economy that’s firing on all cylinders, and that’s the housing market. New home sales are currently at their […]

When Should Sellers Respond to Offers?

When Should Sellers Respond to Offers? The question of when you should respond to an offer as a seller is one we get quite frequently, especially in a market like this. Most agents are advising their clients to hold off on responding to offers until after the first weekend they’ve listed, in which an open […]

Beat the Wasatch Market With These Eight Tricks

Beat the Wasatch Market With These Eight Tricks The law of supply and demand in real estate is irrefutable. It’s important to understand. Generally, if there’s a low supply and a high demand, price will be high, of course. In contrast, the higher the supply and the lower the demand, the lower the price. So […]

How Inventory Affects the Wasatch Front Market

How Inventory Affects the Wasatch Front Market There are eight things that we feel you can do to compete to get the home you want in the Wasatch market. Be informed. If there’s a specific neighborhood, community, or builder you’re interested in, start researching and following them on social media and set up Google alerts. […]

Don’t Skip This Inspection When Buying in Salt Lake County

Don’t Skip This Inspection When Buying in Salt Lake County Today, we are going to talk about inspecting your sewer line before you buy your home, especially if you are buying an older property. The last thing you want to do is spend an additional $2,500 to $10,000 after you’ve moved into your new house […]

Why Was Your Offer Rejected?

Why Was Your Offer Rejected? If you make an offer on a home on The Wasatch Front, there’s always a chance it will get rejected. To decrease the chances of getting your offer rejected, we are going to give you four different reasons why your offer could get rejected. Your offer price was too low. […]

Who Pays Closing Costs in Salt Lake City?

Who Pays Closing Costs in Salt Lake City? Today, we’re going to talk about closing costs. What are they, and who pays them? Closing costs are fees that are associated with the closing of the transaction. That’s when the title of the property is transferred from the seller to the buyer. Closing costs are incurred […]

What Not To Do When Selling in Salt Lake County

What Not To Do When Selling in Salt Lake County Today, we’re going to talk about what not to do when selling in the surrounding Salt Lake County area. First of all, don’t set an unrealistic price. The market is hot right now, so it can be tempting to set an extremely high price for […]

Five Reasons to Hire a Buyer’s Agent

Five Reasons to Hire a Buyer’s Agent When selling, there are many reasons why you should hire a buyer specialist and a showing agent team to go to work for you in 2016. Today, we share the five best ones: First to the property. Because of low inventory in our area, you have to be […]

How Can You Avoid Wasting Money on Valueless Home Improvements?

How Can You Avoid Wasting Money on Valueless Home Improvements? When you’re choosing what home improvements to invest in, it’s important to know what types of improvement will bring you the highest value. Here are the five safest bets when it comes to making worthwhile improvements. Kitchen. This is the center of attention in any […]

7 Deadly Mistakes for Salt Lake County Home Sellers

7 Deadly Mistakes for Salt Lake County Home Sellers Selling your home is one of the most important steps in your financial life. Today, we’ll go over the seven deadly mistakes most home sellers make. Knowing these mistakes will help you maximize your profits, maintain control, reduce stress, and help you make good decisions with […]

What Do Interest Rates Mean to You as a Buyer in Salt Lake County?

What Do Interest Rates Mean to You as a Buyer in Salt Lake County? Today, we’ll talk about what rising interest rates mean for you as a buyer in the Wasatch Front. We know that the Federal reserve Chairman, Janet Yellen, has increased the Federal Reserve rate. What we also learned at that time was […]

How to Sell for Top Dollar on the Wasatch Front

How to Sell for Top Dollar on the Wasatch Front There are 4 common strategies that most sellers use to price their homes. It is unwise to assume that a higher asking price will net you a higher selling price. In fact, this equation works in reverse if you’re not paying attention to what the […]

Don’t Miss Out on the Winter Selling Season on the Wasatch Front

Don’t Miss Out on the Winter Selling Season on the Wasatch Front A lot of people think that the real estate market freezes up through the winter and during the Holiday season. However, people are always buying and selling homes. The market never just disappears. Today I have seven great reasons why you should consider […]

Extreme Tactics to Get Your Dream Home

Extreme Tactics to Get Your Dream Home When the real estate market gets tough and you’ve found a home that you absolutely love, then it might be time to take some drastic actions in order to secure it. I have three things that you can do to improve your chances of buying your dream home. […]

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Selling a Home

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Selling a Home Many people are getting ready to put their home on the market this holiday season, so today we wanted to talk about the most common mistakes when selling a home. We want you to avoid these when it comes time for you to sell, no matter what […]

What Should You Know About TRID?

What Should You Know About TRID? Today, we’ll talk about the TRID Mortgage Disclosure Form, which affects both buyers and sellers. This new integrated disclosure rule is the Federal Government’s attempt to clean up and simplify the mortgage closing process. It helps make things easier to understand for buyers. The rule has a good basis, […]

How Will Rising Interest Rates Affect Wasatch Front Home Values?

How Will Rising Interest Rates Affect Wasatch Front Home Values? Do rising interest rates affect home values on the Wasatch Front? The answer might surprise you. Many people are wondering whether they should sell now or wait until the spring season arrives. Here’s something to think about if you are asking yourself that question: when […]

How Can You Use Crowdfunding to Invest in Real Estate?

How Can You Use Crowdfunding to Invest in Real Estate? Today we are going to talk about real estate investing, crowdfunding style. This morning, when I woke up, I went online and researched crowdfunding in real estate. What I began to notice is that there are dozens of platforms for individuals to begin investing in […]

Why Should You Get a Home Inspection?

Why Should You Get a Home Inspection? I find most folks are willing to take a used car to a mechanic to look it over before they purchase the car. They probably spend about $150 to do this, and the car may cost between $5,000 and $10,000. So, why wouldn’t you consider having your home […]

How Will the FHA Guideline Changes Affect You?

How Will the FHA Guideline Changes Affect You? Today we’ve got a special guest joining us, Mandi Henriod of Veritas Funding who is going to talk to us about some guideline changes that are coming for FHA loans that you should be aware of. There are two things you really need to know about, and […]

Do You Have Access to Every Available Home on KSL.com?

Do You Have Access to Every Available Home on KSL.com? Today, I want to talk briefly about why you should be concerned about KSL classifieds for home buying. As we speak, there are over 11,900 homes listed for sale on my very accurate MLS system. At the same time, KSL.com shows only 8,269 homes, which […]

What’s Happening with Salt Lake County Real Estate?

What’s Happening with Salt Lake County Real Estate? Today, we’ll talk about keeping score. We’re a little over halfway through 2015, and it’s been a record sales year for housing across the Wasatch Front. In Salt Lake County, home sales are up 18% from 2014, and the median sales price for single-family homes has risen […]

Need Help Disputing Your Salt Lake Property Taxes?

Need Help Disputing Your Salt Lake Property Taxes? So, tax notices are coming out in the middle to the end of July. If you think the tax assessed value has come in too high, you have a few options to consider that will assist you with the dispute. Here’s the 3-step process you need to […]

Are You Prepared for Moving Day?

Are You Prepared for Moving Day? Moving is absolutely one of the most stressful parts of the buying and selling process. In order to reduce stress, you should start preparing at least 60 days in advance. The first thing you should do is get quotes from three different movers. After that you should begin to […]

How to Increase Your Chances of Getting Multiple Offers

How to Increase Your Chances of Getting Multiple Offers Today I’d like to speak about how you can get multiple offers on your home and get top dollar when you sell in Salt Lake. You first have to realize that selling your home begins online, because over 90% of buyers begin their home search on […]

Millennial Home Buyer Mistakes You Should Avoid

Millennial Home Buyer Mistakes You Should Avoid Today I want to speak about some common mistakes that I see Millennial home buyers making when they set out to buy homes. This is going to be brief, because we’re in the busy summer market here in Salt Lake City, but here is what you need to […]

How Can You Get Your Dream Home on the Wasatch Front?

How Can You Get Your Dream Home on the Wasatch Front? Hey guys, thanks for coming back. If you are a buyer, you’ve likely noticed that the market is hot. We have very little inventory, but there are several things you can do to help you and your offer stand out in this market. The […]

How Can You Receive Multiple Offers on Your Home?

How Can You Receive Multiple Offers on Your Home? Welcome back, and thanks for joining us again. Today, I’m going to be talking about how sellers can benefit from multiple offers. As a seller, there are a few important tips you need to remember if you want to maximize what you get for your property […]

Do You Qualify for the National Home Buyer Grant?

Do You Qualify for the National Home Buyer Grant? Hey everyone, we are back on the Wasatch Front with a special guest today, Chris Van Leeuwen, who has access to a mortgage product that covers 100% financing, with a forgiving grant. We have invited Chris in to tell you about this grant today. The national […]

Why Is Homeownership so Affordable in 2015?

Why Is Homeownership so Affordable in 2015? Today I want to talk to you about the affordability of buying a home in today’s market. As we take a look at the Wasatch Front through the history books, let’s first examine the affordability of a home in 1989. In 1989, the average price of a home […]

Answering Your Salt Lake City Home Buyer Questions

Answering Your Salt Lake City Home Buyer Questions Today I’m going to take some time to answer your questions about the Salt Lake City and Wasatch Front real estate markets. I’ve been getting questions from a lot of different people regarding some different subjects, so if you don’t see your question answered here, please don’t […]

What is the Starbucks Effect?

What is the Starbucks Effect? I recently came across an interesting article on Zillow that was talking about the strange effect that Starbucks was having on home values across the country. The article basically stated that if you lived within a quarter mile of Starbucks that your home value would’ve appreciated by 96% from 1997 […]