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Will I Pay Less Commission If I Find My Own Buyer?

Will I Pay Less Commission If I Find My Own Buyer? There’s a misconception among many sellers out there that any commission they pay to their Realtor will be reduced if they’re able to secure a buyer on their own.  At the heart of the real estate transaction, the goal is to obviously find a […]

Why List During the Holidays?

Why List During the Holidays? Summer is now in the rear-view mirror but despite what some believe, the end of warmer weather does not mean our market has completely cooled off. Selling your home over the holiday season is often a smart move for sellers savvy enough to take advantage. Not only is there less […]

Why Do Deals Fall Apart?

Why Do Deals Fall Apart? Unfortunately, real estate deals don’t always make it all the way through closing. There are a number of reasons they can fall apart, and today we’d like to share five such reasons: 1. The buyer and/or seller encountered pre-contract problems. This includes issues like a lowball offer, an extensive list of […]

Who’s Responsible for Keeping a Property Show-Ready?

Who’s Responsible for Keeping a Property Show-Ready? Home sellers and their agents want their properties to remain show-ready at all times while they’re on the market; but ensuring that this is the case can be a chore—especially if said sellers have already moved out. Whose job is it to pick up the newspaper, shovel the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

What Sets Realtors Apart From Normal Agents?

What Sets Realtors Apart From Normal Agents? Some people think that all real estate agents are Realtors. What makes a Realtor different than a real estate agent? A career in real estate is complicated enough, and many brokerages require their agents to become Realtors, but it’s not legally required. So, your Realtor is a real estate […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Happens if an Appraisal Comes in Low?

What happens when an appraisal comes in low? In a rapidly appreciating seller’s market like this one, it is very common for the appraisal to come in lower than the agreed-upon purchase price while we’re negotiating an offer. The appraiser’s job is to check the value of the home and make sure that the bank […]

What Can You Do to Prepare Your Home for Sale?

What Can You Do to Prepare Your Home for Sale? Today we’re going to discuss six ways to get your home ready for sale this spring: 1. Let natural light in. Open up your blinds, windows, and let that natural sunlight in. 2. Renovate what’s outdated. If your kitchen or bathroom is stuck in the 1980s, it’s […]

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 […]

What 10 Maintenance Tips Should Every Utah Homeowner Know?

What 10 Maintenance Tips Should Every Utah Homeowner Know? There are 10 home repair and maintenance tips that every Utah homeowner should know, and I’d like to share this list with you today.  1. Change your furnace filter every three months. This will extend the lifespan of your furnace and will also keep it running more […]

We’re Giving Away Free Appraisals – $450 Value

We’re Giving Away Free Appraisals – $450 Value Educational Video Blog: Stay Up-to-Date on Salt Lake I am very excited to announce our new Salt Lake County real estate video blog. I will be updating you twice a month with tips and advice so you can make informed decisions. My goal is to educate my […]

Watch Out For These Real Estate Scams

Watch Out For These Real Estate Scams It can be a scary world out there—though a majority of people are good and honest, some like to try taking advantage of others. The real estate market is no exception, so today we’ll be looking at the scams we want to make sure you’re aware of: 1. […]

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 […]

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 Top 6 Reasons to Sell Your Home During the Holidays

The Top 6 Reasons to Sell Your Home During the Holidays Should you sell your home during the holidays? I believe the answer is yes, and here are the top six reasons why: You will face less competition. There are fewer sellers on the market this time of year, which means your home will have fewer […]

The Top 10 Tips for Selling Your Salt Lake City Condo

The Top 10 Tips for Selling Your Salt Lake City Condo What are 10 helpful tips you can use to sell your condo? First, learn about the process of selling a condo in Salt Lake City. One of the biggest mistakes condo owners make when selling is thinking it’s the same as selling a single-family home, […]

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 […]

The Benefits of Buying and Selling in Winter

The Benefits of Buying and Selling in Winter For today’s topic, we’re going to discuss the benefits of buying or selling in the winter. Contrary to what you might think, the passing of the summer season doesn’t necessarily equate to stagnation in the market now.   There are great tax advantages to buying or selling […]

Should You Buy a New Home or Sell Your Old Home First?

Should You Buy a New Home or Sell Your Old Home First? Most home sellers are also homebuyers. Because of this, the inevitable dilemma of which transaction to complete first comes up. Buying first is ideal because it allows you to take your time and there are much fewer hoops to jump through. Most people […]

Salt Lake County Home Prices Increased- Are You Still Underwater?

Today we’re talking about homeowners who are underwater- they owe more on their home than it’s worth. Zillow recently released a report on the low levels of homes on the market. One of the reasons we have such low inventory is homeowners who feel they are underwater are not putting their homes on the market. […]

Property Tax Appeal

You have until September 15th to appeal your property taxes! We want to help you with that!

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 […]

How We Sold an Expired Listing in Less Than 2 Weeks

How We Sold an Expired Listing in Less Than 2 Weeks We recently sold a property for more than list price in less than two weeks. Prior to working with us, these clients had their home on the market for over six months before the listing expired. During that time, the property had six showings […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]