herriman: 10 Salt Lake City Homebuyer Turnoffs - 07/12/11 10:08 AM
Do you remember back in 2007 when homebuyers would literally beg to purchase your home? Even bidding more than asking price for the opportunity to do so?  Wow, what a difference a couple of years make!  Today, this is not the case. Once the real estate bubble burst and foreclosures poisoned the housing pool, buyers suddenly regained the upper hand. But instead of buying, they're waiting, convinced that housing prices will continue to drop.
What's a smart seller to do in this environment? Here are 10 items that sellers should take a look at and handle TODAY!
1. Dirt Hands down, … (1 comments)

herriman: Avoid The 4 Biggest Mistakes Made By First Time Salt Lake City Home Buyers - 07/12/11 09:22 AM
First-time homebuyers almost always make a few mistakes when buying their home. Whether they simply paid too much, chose the wrong type of mortgage or forgot to budget for needed home improvements and repairs. Working with a trustworthy, experienced lender can help prevent such mistakes. But consumers also need to take responsibility for their budgets and choices.
Following are the four biggest financial mistakes of first-time Utah homebuyers:
Lenders qualify buyers based on their incomes and debt-to-income ratios without considering how much the borrowers spend on items such as transportation, savings, food and other necessities.
1. Too many first-time buyers believe … (0 comments)

herriman: 6 Things You Should Do Before Buying A Home - 07/12/11 06:02 AM
Let's face it, qualifying for and buying a home these days is not as easy as it used to be.  However, with a few not-so-difficult steps, you can simplify and make buying a home a bit easier on you and your family. If you're looking to buy a home in the near future or even in the next year or two, it's time to shape up your credit score and plan for this big step.
The following article was published on Comcast.net today.
You might be ready to buy a home, but are you armed with the knowledge you need? Do … (2 comments)

herriman: Looking For Something Inexpensive To Do This Saturday? - 06/16/11 11:37 AM
Salt Lake City and surrounding areas offer so many wonderful activities for families, but we love to hear about FREE activities!  Chance McKinney n' CrossWire will be performing at South Jordan's Country Fest this Saturday and it's FREE admission for your entire family!  A GREAT opportunity to get out and enjoy some sunshine while listening to some pretty awesome music... did I mention IT'S FREE?!!  Bring your blankets or lawn chairs.
Also, I am a bit biased and proud, as Chance is my very talented son-in-law, who is also the reigning Country Music Televisions (CMT) Music City Madness Winner, and I'm … (1 comments)

herriman: Historical Holladay Offers Amazing Homes For Sale - 06/02/11 07:08 PM
Holladay, Utah is not only a beautiful place to reside, but it also offers a unique charm and quaintness that few towns could possess. The homes for sale in Holladay come in a wide variety of styles and prices, including some of the finest luxury estates available in Utah.  It's never been more of an optimal time to purchase Holladay homes for sale.  Rates are still at record lows, Holladay home prices have never been better.  Here is a little bit of history (some of which I didn't even know) shared from the Holladay City website!
City History

A … (1 comments)

herriman: UTA Wins Big In Sandy - 05/31/11 07:35 PM
Sandy City Council Members reverse an earlier decision to keep UTA (Utah Transit Authority) from building a new Park and Ride lot at the new 114th South freeway exit, to accommodate a future Trax stop. UTA has apparently met the conditions set forth by the two votes that held up their ability to proceed. This is continued growth for Sandy City and surrounding areas, and was likely inevitable, once the on/off ramps were completed at 114th South on I15.  Unfortunately, some Sandy homeowners are not happy about this reversed decision and feel it will negatively effect their Sandy property values.
The … (0 comments)

herriman: Draper Home For Sale - New Listing - 05/24/11 06:46 PM
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herriman: Salt Lake City Real Estate Sees More Signs of Hope - 05/16/11 06:32 PM
We LOVE hearing great news for our Utah real estate market!
Although Utah continued to have the fourth highest foreclosure rate in the nation in April (according to the latest RealtyTrac report), the number of foreclosures actually went down from April 2010... significantly. Dave Anderton with the Salt Lake Board of Realtors believes the report shows Utah’s economy is on the upswing.
“It shows me that foreclosures have crested and we’re finally coming off that peak from 2010 when they were at all time highs in Utah and the nation,” he says. “The economy is getting better and I think people … (0 comments)

herriman: Analysts Say Housing Is On Its Way UP! - 04/28/11 07:24 AM
REAL ESTATE ANALYSTS SAY HOUSING IS ON ITS WAY BACK UP! Analysts at both Standard & Poor's and Barclays Capital agree that the uptick in home resales last month is a favorable sign of things to come. Because pending home sales — an indicator of future activity — were up in February, S&P believes transaction volume will rise for April and continue with this trend through May. Barclays, meanwhile, says March's 3.7 percent gain in existing-home sales merely reinforces its position that the housing market actually hit bottom in late 2010.
Truly good news for everyone, especially for Salt Lake … (3 comments)

herriman: Secrist Safari Home Tours Kicks Off April 2! - 04/01/11 09:25 AM
 skip to main | skip to sidebar Secrist Safari Home Tours! VISIT OUR WEBSITE!! “Safari Home Tour” open house events will feature premiere homes on the market all Summer long! For updated schedule go to www.lindasecrist.com KICKOFF IS TOMORROW, SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2011 1-4PM  LINDA SECRIST - LINDA SECRIST & ASSOCIATES - WHATEVER THEY TOUCH TURNS TO SOLD!www.lindasecrist.comwww.newutahrealestate.comwww.saltlakehomedirectory.comFOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK Two incredible master suites up and down. Soaring vaults, tongue and grooved wood floors. Elevator, the, unique and totally high end. Mountain setting in cul-de-sac. <!-- InstanceEndEditable --> 4291 S. Lares Circle  (3985 E.) • SLC, UT • Offered at $1,599,000 … (0 comments)

herriman: Fortune 500 Companies Looking at Saratoga Springs Real Estate - 04/01/11 08:45 AM
SARATOGA SPRINGS -- A $20 million pipeline will secure a badly-needed culinary water source for northwest Utah County and has Fortune 500 companies eyeing property for a new place to grow.
City and county officials alluded to a future economic boom at a Wednesday groundbreaking ceremony for the Saratoga Springs Pipeline Project funded by the Utah Water Conservancy District, but when pressed, would laugh and sashay around who or what companies were arriving.
"I'd have to kill you if I told you," joked Utah County Commissioner Gary Anderson. "We've got everything from solar powered manufacturers to movie studios to heavy manufacturing … (0 comments)

herriman: Secrist Safari Home Tours - 03/31/11 08:57 AM
Secrist Safari Home Tours in Salt Lake City, Sandy & Draper Come see 4 beautiful homes in ONE DAY! SATURDAY, APRIL 2ND 1-4PM
Choose 1 or take the entire 4-home tour!
SALT LAKE CITY LUXURY HOME 4291 S. Lares Circle  (3985 E.) • SLC, UT • Offered at $1,599,000 Fabulous New Mansion in Olympus Cove. Spectacular European Architecture located in a mountain setting on a nice cul-de-sac! Master suites up and down, soaring vaults, tongue and grooved wood floors, elevator, theatre, unique, totally high end custom!  DRAPER LUXURY … (0 comments)

herriman: Utah Real Estate - Businesses Look At Utah As The New Land Of Opportunity - 03/30/11 03:47 AM
Utah promises economic salvation as the new land of opportunity
Forbes magazine, which placed Utah as #1 in its annual ranking of "Best States for Business," just may have said it best: Companies are getting the message that Utah is the right place for business.
Newsweek heralded Utah as the “Promised Land” in a story titled “How Utah Became the New Economic Zion.”
Newsweek also said, “Defining itself against the liberal left coast is an act of jujitsu. Utah’s biggest potential liability—its conservative, religious populus—becomes an indisputable strength. Utah’s people are, indeed, an employer’s dream. They are healthy, hard … (1 comments)

herriman: Virtual Staging Is So Cool! - 03/23/11 08:46 PM
Don't want to ding the walls or scuff the floors of your brand new Salt Lake City home in order to sell it?  Try this new cool feature called "Virtual Staging" from the photography tour company that organizes your Utah home tour.  Holladay luxury estates, Murray townhomes, Sandy ramblers and Draper 2-story homes would also benefit from this fun feature. 
The photographer/videographer can add virtual furniture, appliances, plants, artwork and pretty much anything else that you would like to stage your home photos for the virtual home tour, fact sheets other print and online marketing.  This could potentially save you hundreds, … (8 comments)

herriman: Homes Sales On The Rise In Draper and Sandy Utah - 03/23/11 08:20 PM
Salt Lake City Market Update:
The Salt Lake Board of REALTORS® announced that 1,934 existing single-family homes were sold in Salt Lake County in the fourth quarter of 2010, down 21 percent compared to 2,450 sales in the fourth quarter 2009.
“It’s no surprise that home sales were down compared to last year,” said DeAnna Dipo, President of the Salt Lake Board of REALTORS®. “Last year at this time the $8,000 federal tax credit created a surge in home sales. However, the most recent fourth quarter sales numbers are up 12 percent compared to home sales in the fourth quarter of … (0 comments)

herriman: 3 Common Design Mistakes - 03/23/11 07:50 PM
If you are in the process of decorating, re-decorate your existing Salt Lake City luxury home, Sandy 2story, Draper rambler, Holladay estate, South Jordan horse property home, Park City ski home or Herriman ranch house, here are three common design mistakes that involve scale, balance and proportion that should be avoided.

It might seem logical to hang draperies flush with the top of the window, but the negative effect gives the appearance of shortening the window and lowering the ceiling. Just as a well-fitted pair of jeans can give your legs a longer, leaner look, … (1 comments)

herriman: 4 Tips On Basic Showing Etiquette For Sellers - 03/16/11 04:46 PM
Ready to sell your Salt Lake City luxury home, Draper 2story, Sandy rambler, Herriman ranch, South Jordan townhome, Holladay luxury estate? Putting your house on the market will most definitely invite a disruption and inconvenience for your life and that of your family, as well as a multitude of varying opinions, including criticism.
You will have Realtors and their buyers show up at the wrong time. They will ask you questions you were not prepared to answer. Buyers or their children will accidentally knock over a plant or something of more value. The Realtor will accidentally let your cat out or … (27 comments)

herriman: Warren Buffett Predicts Housing Market Recovery - 03/14/11 08:22 PM
Warren Buffett, real estate investment mogul, delivered a fantastic forecast to the shareholders of his #11 ranked Fortune 500 company, Berkshire Hathaway.  He advised people to "be wary about borrowing money because of the games public companies play with the profit numbers they report."  However, Buffett reminded stockholders that "money will always flow toward opportunity and there is an abundance of that in America."  He said that he believes the housing market recovery will likely begin within the next year and that will lead the economy into recovery. 
He explained that this recovery is dependent upon common sense underwriting related to … (8 comments)

herriman: Dirt Cheap Staging Ideas - 03/09/11 04:04 PM
I often get asked, by sellers, what they can do to improve their home so it will show better for potential buyers.  In this market, many sellers are strapped for cash and money to pay a professional stager anywhere from $50 to $150 per hour is just simply not feasible.  However, when it comes to selling your Salt Lake City home, appearance is everything. Here are five home staging ideas that won't break the bank and can be taken care of by the homeowner themselves:
1) Pack Away Personal Items
Packing away personal items is one of the simplest, and most … (23 comments)

herriman: Why Is Having 20% Down Payment Even MORE Important Beginning In April 2011? - 03/08/11 04:22 PM
Whoever said buying a house was easy?  Certainly not me and maybe nobody has! After deciding where to live, you recruit a Realtor and then you find a home.  Then comes the most difficult part... paying for it.
A large down payment (and hopefully at least 20% of the purchase price) is possibly the best way to get ahead when making a home purchase.  It is helpful to decide years in advance the cost of your ideal home and start saving for that 20 percent. Money for your down payment can come from many places... the most common is cash from … (7 comments)