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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 […]

What Can You Do to Help the Sale of your Wasatch Front Home?

What Can You Do to Help the Sale of your Wasatch Front Home? Hey everyone, welcome back to our blog. Today we want to discuss a few things you can do to prepare your home for sale in the market this spring on the Wasatch Front. The first thing you have to do is change […]

Will the Wasatch Front Continue to See Growth in 2015?

Will the Wasatch Front Continue to See Growth in 2015? We have been having a great 2015 so far, and wanted to let you know today what to expect in the coming year, because a lot of our clients have been asking us. First, let’s talk about interest rates. They have been historically low for […]

Why are We so Excited about Real Estate in 2015?

Why are We so Excited about Real Estate in 2015? Thanks for joining us once again, as we continue to give you the most up-to-date information about real esate on the Wasatch Front. This time of year, all of our clients have been asking us what to expect in 2015 from a real estate perspective. […]

What’s the First Step an Empty Nester Should Take?

What’s the First Step an Empty Nester Should Take? Today, we’re going to address a problem we’re seeing here on the Wasatch Front. Many empty nesters – couples whose kids have moved from the house and are looking to make a move – have been hesitant to sell their homes in the last 6 months. […]

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Help the Stern Team Warm the Community!

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Help the Stern Team Warm the Community! Recently, our buyer team has put together a coat drive to collect jackets and coats for the Road Home Shelter here in Salt Lake City. The goal is to collect as many coats as possible for those less fortunate than ourselves. It’s going […]

Have a Night Out on Us!

Have a Night Out on Us! We’ve had the privilege of working with so many great people over that last few years, and today we want to say thanks for all the support. We are grateful you, your families, and your friends have chosen us to represent you during your real estate transactions, so we […]

What Can You Expect in the Coming Months on the Wasatch Front?

What Can You Expect in the Coming Months on the Wasatch Front? With summer coming to an end, many buyers who wanted to find a home before school starts have left the market. Because of this, sellers have a tendency to leave the market as well – they feel it’s better to wait until the […]

An Expert Described the Market as a “Crapshoot” – We Disagree

An Expert Described the Market as a “Crapshoot” – We Disagree We came across a CNN Money article the other day in which an expert described the real estate market as a “crapshoot.” He explained that there is no guarantee that home prices will continue to rise, so investing in real estate is essentially a gamble. In […]

How to Sell Your Salt Lake County Home and Always Come Out Ahead

How to Sell Your Salt Lake County Home and Always Come Out Ahead Today our blog is all about home sellers. If you are thinking of selling your home, you might have already noticed a lot of mixed signals in this shifting market. Interest rates have gone up in some areas, while they have remained […]