Salt Lake Real Estate News

 

March 13, 2019

Meet Exotic Animals on Salt Lake City Property

Learn all about education and conservation efforts at Utah’s Hogle Zoo. An amazing array of the world’s animals thrive on the Salt Lake City property. Reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals are all represented.

Daily programs enrich experiences and allow visitors to delve deeper into the zoo’s resources. Birds from around the globe impress in an intense free-flight bird show in the Wildlife Theater. Birds of a feather flocking together include parrots, hawks, owls and eagles. Elephants are larger than life. In the Elephant Encounter Theater trainers go through daily care and training routines. Seals and sea lions entertain with their antics during their own training session. Nearby, conservation efforts in the wild are discussed in the Discovery Theater.

Art in public places creates smiles all around. A variety of sculptures dot the landscape on this Salt Lake City property. Elegant creatures immortalized include white rhinos, tigers, elephants and lions. An old fashioned brightly colored carousel features endangered species so that little riders become acquainted with species in need.

Get to Know the World’s Wildlife Calling Salt Lake City Home

Cross items off of bucket lists with animal encounters. Wildlife feedings put participants up close and personal with popular animals. Monkey around in the Great Ape Building. Groups help feed and entertain gorillas in their enclosures. Giraffes and giant tortoises stick their necks out in anticipation of individual feedings. Rhino feedings bring folks up close and personal to the gentle giants.

Dedicated to conservation Utah’s Hogle Zoo places a focus on six endangered species. Hogle Zoo’s Big Six include the African elephant, African lion, Boreal toad, orangutan, polar bear and radiated tortoise. Learn how to help out these animals and more like them here.

The park is open daily. Hours are seasonal and should be checked online or by calling prior to arrival. Memberships are great for residents living in Salt Lake City homes. Perks feature unlimited admission, member only events and special discounts. Download the zoo map ahead of time and get a jump on all the fun with some pre-planning.

 

Posted in News
March 12, 2019

The Spotlight Shines on Davis County Real Estate

The curtain rises and shines on community theater. Davis County real estate residents can both enjoy a show and take the stage at On Pitch Performing Arts. More commonly known as OPPA, this local venue teaches and presents live theater. Located in Layton, quality shows are easily available to patrons of the arts living in Davis County and beyond. A busy line up features plays, musicals, original works and educational workshops and classes.

On Pitch Performing Arts is actively dedicated to passing on a love of theater. Youngsters from Davis County real estate homes find inspiration in a welcoming setting. Those dreaming of being in the spotlight can learn all about the industry by attending kids classes and camps. Children’s instruction includes youth musical theater, jazz and musical theater, tap and voice. Spring and summer camps are great introductions into the world of theater arts. Participants learn the lay of the land including scene work, stage presence, improvisation, movement and performance. Private are available also with lessons focusing on piano, voice and acting. It’s never too old to learn something new and adults can transform into musical theater characters by attending classes also.

Enter the World of Theater Arts when Living in Davis County

A vast variety of productions fill the calendar each year. Shows range from family friendly to cutting edge. The love of Broadway classics are passed from generation to generation with shows such as Annie. Parents and kids love to settle in for Disney favorites such as Newsies, Aladdin and the Lion King. Attending Holiday Follies is a fun filled annual tradition that’s looked forward to each year.

The OPPA Box Office is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and up to one hour before curtain rises on performance dates. Season ticket packages are perfect for those who just cannot get enough of the magic of theater. Learn more about all the options here or call 385.209.1557 for more information.

 

Posted in News
March 12, 2019

Enjoy Leisurely Walks on Sugar House Property

Over a hundred acres of open space beckon Sugar House property owners. There’s plenty to do all day long at Sugar House Park. Once housing Utah’s State Prison in the late 1800’s the land was repurposed into an oasis of fun.

Simple times are the best times and the park is ready and waiting for memories to be made. Open every day rain or shine practically anytime is perfect for quick or long visits. Folks wander along winding paths enjoying leisurely walks in the summer sunshine or crisp winter air. Animal lovers roam side by side with their leashed pups, and parents often find strolls soothe tired babies and tots. Cyclists and cross country skiers utilize the paved trails respectively.

A focal point of the park is the vibrant pond attracting wildlife. Birds are plentiful and bird watchers living in Sugar House eagerly search out their favorite feathered friends.

Simple Times Are Best Living in Sugar House

There are plenty of shady spots for picnics or to curl up with a new book or magazine. Pavilions are scattered about for larger gatherings such as birthday parties and family reunions. Two children’s play areas find youngsters romping, laughing, swinging, climbing and jumping. In the wintertime kids of all ages shriek when sliding down the favorite sledding hill.

Volleyball pits sit along each pavilion encouraging impromptu bouts of friendly competition. More serious play is found on regulation baseball and soccer fields and on a spacious, custom basketball court. Special events are held in the on site amphitheater which seats almost 250 audience members.

Special events are often held in the park drawing a crowd of neighbors and friends. Great times are had during the Fourth of July where fireworks often light up the sky. Athletes of all ages get in shape for fun runs. Easter egg hunts and winter holiday celebrations create a happy ambiance for park goers on the Sugar House property.

Sugar House Park provides hours of recreational opportunities for residents living in the Sugar House real estate region. Take some time to breathe in the fresh air and appreciate the beauty of simply playing in the park.

 

Posted in News
March 4, 2019

Navigating the Real Estate Maze

Have you ever tried to make your way through a maze at an amusement park or farm field? If you don’t know the layout, it’s probably going to take you a long time to find your way through. You’ll hit a lot of dead ends, go around in circles a few times, and maybe even become frustrated before you finally find your way out.

The same can be said about buying or selling a home.

Real estate transactions are probably not something you do every day, so you’re not as familiar with their “layout”. As a result, the process of preparing your home for sale, getting it listed, dealing with viewings and buyers, and negotiating offers can potentially be very stressful… so stressful, in fact, you might be discouraged from making a move!

That’s why finding a real estate professional who knows your local market is so important. He or she knows the maze and can guide you through it.

That real estate professional can answer your questions, show you how to make the process less stressful (and even fun), and can help ensure everything goes smoothly.

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Feb. 18, 2019

Dealing With A Home Inspection Issue

As you may know, it’s common to include a home inspection as a condition of an offer you make. It protects you from issues that you might not otherwise see during a viewing.

What do you do if the home inspector finds something wrong? The inspector might find a leak in the foundation, or windows that are old, drafty and need replacing.

Must you pass on a property that you otherwise like?

Not necessarily. Just because the home inspector discovered a deficiency doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t purchase the home. You should, however, bring the issue up with the seller.

Your REALTOR® will do that on your behalf, and look after your interests.

In many circumstances, your REALTOR® will be able to negotiate an agreement that is satisfactory to everyone involved. This will usually be in the form of a reduction in the sale price to cover some or all of the costs of the repair, or a requirement to have the seller get the repairs done before you move in.

So don’t worry if the inspector finds something wrong. Chances are you can still get the home and have any issues dealt with to your satisfaction.

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Feb. 4, 2019

Home Shopping And The Four-Legged Stool

What kind of stool is most likely to keep you from toppling over when you sit on it? Of course, two-legged stools won’t even stand on their own. Three-legged stools are okay, but still unstable. Four-legged stools are rock solid.

What does that have to do with shopping for a new home?

Well, if you want to find the right home quickly and for the best price, you need to have four things in place – the four legs of the stool. They will help ensure the experience goes smoothly.

The first leg is your wish list. You need to have a clear picture of the type of home you want. A bungalow or two stories? How many bedrooms? A large deck? Don’t forget about what’s in the area. Need to be close to major highways for ease of commuting? Need good schools and playgrounds within walking distance?

The second leg is a pre-approved mortgage. Getting the financing handled upfront takes the guesswork out of what you can afford. Sellers and their REALTORS® are more likely to take any offers you make more seriously too.

The third leg is realistic expectations. Of homes that sell, 99% sell at or near their current market values. That doesn’t mean you can’t find a good deal. It does mean you’re unlikely to find a “steal”. Fortunately, there are likely several wonderful properties available within your price range.

The final leg of the stool is a great REALTOR®. Choosing the right real estate professional is crucial to making your home shopping experience less stressful and more productive.

So when you’re hunting for a new home, make sure you start with a stable “four-legged stool”. It will dramatically increase your chances of finding a home that fits your needs and budget.

Posted in News
Jan. 21, 2019

Should You Worry About Market Fluctuations?

You turn on the television and watch a news story about housing prices going down. Then you receive a flyer in the mail about a property around the corner that sold for a decent price. Next you read a newspaper article about the housing market on the upswing again.

It’s a little like being on a roller-coaster ride!

Unfortunately the ride isn’t much fun if you’re thinking of buying or selling a home. In fact, it can be very confusing and frustrating. You just don’t know if “now” is the right time to make a move.

In reality, the housing market has been fluctuating for decades. Yet, people sell their homes every day for good prices, and just as many people get into their next dream homes affordably.

When you hear news of market fluctuations, there are two important things to consider.

First of all, a lot of media information about the housing market is national, or at least regional. If the housing market is trending up or down nationally, remember that it doesn’t necessarily mean that your LOCAL market is doing the same.

In fact, it’s entirely possible for housing prices to be rising in your area, while they are falling nationally, and vice versa.

Secondly, if you’re selling a current property while buying another home, then the net effect of market fluctuations may cancel out.

Say, for example, that the local market is on the upswing. You’ll probably be able to sell your current home for a good price. However, the home you purchase will likely also be priced to reflect the upswing.

The same holds true when the market is down.

All that being said, there are some circumstances in which you need to consider market fluctuations when deciding whether or not to make a move. A good REALTOR® will help.

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Jan. 7, 2019

Shop for Insurance Before You Close

After purchasing a new home, buyers are often focused on securing a good mortgage, hiring a reputable moving company, and preparing for moving day.

Those are all important. Just don’t forget about home insurance! It’s an easy detail to miss. If you wait until the last minute to make those arrangements, you may not have time to shop around and get the best policy and rate.

When is the ideal time to shop for home insurance? When your offer is accepted. Don’t leave it until the last minute.

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Dec. 24, 2018

Making Sure Your “Wish List” is Complete

Before shopping for a new home, people often create a “wish list” of the features they desire most. That’s a good way to ensure you choose a home that best fits your needs and desires. For example, you might want an extra bedroom for guests, ample space for a home office, a local playground for the kids, and so forth.

However, many buyers don’t make their lists complete enough. You might find a home with the extra bedroom and nearby playground you want, only to realize, too late, that your commute to work becomes twice as long. You missed the importance of the commute because it wasn’t on your list. Ouch!

When you make your wish list, don’t be afraid to dream big. You might not be able to find a home that includes everything you desire, but you may be surprised by just how close you can get.

Here are some wish list items to consider:

  • Distances to places you visit regularly – work, schools, running trails, restaurants, entertainment venues, shopping.
  • Specific home features – a backyard tree, large closets, a fireplace, a two-car garage, a beautiful view.
  • Characteristics of the area – safety, sidewalks, nearby public transit, parks, playgrounds.

A complete list helps you make a better decision about which homes to consider. It helps you balance the positives — “I love the large kitchen with the marble countertops” — with the negatives — “The bathroom off the master bedroom is small” — to ultimately make the best buying decision.

Also remember to take your list with you when shopping for a new home. Use it as a checklist or as a way to organize notes. Ultimately it will make it easier to shortlist homes, compare them, and determine when you’re ready to submit an offer.

Posted in News
Dec. 10, 2018

When to Consider Buying a “Diamond in the Rough”

Let’s face it. When you visit a home during a scheduled viewing or open house, you’re usually seeing it at its best. The rooms are tidy. The sinks are clean. The closets are organized and uncluttered. Even the lighting is set to its brightest.

That’s just good old-fashioned marketing.

However, not every house you see will actually look this way. For any number of reasons, a house on the market may be less than tidy, poorly decorated, and even in need of minor repairs. You may open the front door in anticipation, only to be immediately turned off by stains on the carpets, faded paint on the walls, cluttered hallways, and more.

First impressions form quickly. It’s easy to make quick judgments and move on. But, you may be passing on what could be a dream home.

Don’t make that mistake. Make your purchase decision based on a carefully considered second impression, not just your first.

When viewing a house, imagine how it will look with a fresh coat of paint, some redecorating, the minor repairs completed, and your furniture adorning the rooms. You might just find that a home that doesn’t show well is really a diamond in the rough.

(One caveat: Be careful of houses that don’t look like they’ve been well maintained. There could be issues lurking that require expensive repairs or renovations. Always make a professional home inspection a condition of your offer.)

There are advantages to buying a home that doesn’t show well. They attract less interest and, therefore, less competition from other potential buyers. The listing price may be lower too.

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