murray: 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)

murray: 6 Red Flags On Your Credit Report You May Not Know - 06/08/11 06:56 PM
Are you not able to get that Salt Lake City home for sale, Murray townhome, Holladay luxury estate, Sandy 2-story, Draper rambler or Herriman ranch you had hoped to purchase because you can't get a loan?  Or, maybe you aren't qualifying for the lowest interest rate available?  Well, aside from the commonly known mistakes, such as missed or late payments, loan default, too many credit cards with too high of balances, here is a great article about SIX additional common mistakes Utah home buyers may have made and not even known these mistakes could be keeping them from getting the right … (6 comments)

murray: 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)

murray: 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)

murray: Draper Home For Sale - New Listing - 05/24/11 06:46 PM
 
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murray: Best Time To Buy A House In 50 YEARS! ...says investment genius John Paulson - 04/18/11 08:05 PM
I enjoy reading predictions and advice from one of the most successful investors of this generation... especially when he talks about buying homes and that NOW is the best time to invest in homes, like Salt Lake City real estate!  Take a look and read through the following story (as published in Forbes) and pass it along to your friends, family, colleagues, clients and investors.  The more this news is spread, the better our Salt Lake City real estate market will become.
 
The following article was published in Forbes:
It could be time to sell your low-yielding bonds and replace … (2 comments)

murray: "HOT TICKET" ITEMS TODAY'S SALT LAKE CITY HOMEBUYER WANTS AND IS GETTING - 04/12/11 01:19 PM

The Salt Lake City homebuyer today wants it all!
Just a few of the items today's Salt Lake City real estate homebuyer is seeking: a home for sale in great condition with rooms that can do double duty. Areas that mingle indoor and outdoor living -- patios, porches, decks and outdoor rooms -- are always a plus. And so are those features that offer a little luxury, like garden spa-like tubs, first-rate appliances and high-end countertops.
They're also going back to basics: searching for solid, well-maintained Draper properties that will give them their money's worth.
But more than anything, buyers … (3 comments)

murray: Democrats and Republicans cut it close... again. - 04/11/11 06:24 PM
A partial shutdown of the federal government was avoided late Friday night, when Democrats and Republicans agreed on a budget deal and a short-term funding extension little more than an hour before the deadline. The extension cuts spending by $2 billion and will last through next Friday, April 15.
But all the uncertainty leading up to this decision was just one factor that caused Bonds and home loan rates to worsen through the week. On Thursday, as expected the European Central Bank (ECB) raised their benchmark rate in an effort to curtail rising inflation, meaning the Euro now trades at its … (0 comments)

murray: 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)

murray: Secrist Safari Home Tours - 03/31/11 08:57 AM
 
 
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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)

murray: 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)

murray: 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)

murray: Prudential Utah's 2010 "TEAM OF THE YEAR!" - 03/17/11 05:44 PM
With over $62,000,000 in closed sales, The LINDA SECRIST TEAM was just named Prudential Utah's 2010 "Team of the Year" for the 5th year in a row.  We also earned the prestigious "LEGEND" award, as well as the "Diamond" award.  Congratulations to the entire team - Linda Secrist, Lisa Herron-McKinney, Brett Butler, Debbie Nisson and James Thomas. Also, a huge thank you to the wonderful office staff.  We couldn't do what we do without your help.  Let's do it again in 2011!
 
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murray: 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)

murray: 4 Tips On Basic Showing Etiquette For Sellers - 03/16/11 04:37 AM
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 … (3 comments)

murray: 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)

murray: 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)

murray: 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)

murray: Vacation? Realtors Aren't Allowed to Vacation! - 03/03/11 05:09 PM
Sadly, it's true, Realtors aren't allowed to go on vacation.  Or, at least, that's what some sellers believe.  It doesn't matter that we work 7 days a week and all hours of the day AND night, even on holidays.  When a seller believes they've hired us to sell their home, whether it takes 3 months, 6 months, a year or, for luxury estates, years, they don't believe we should leave town, even if we have another realtor ready and willing to cover our business.
After more than two decades in this business, this is still somewhat of a taboo subject with … (5 comments)

murray: A Few Tips For Reducing Closing Costs - 03/01/11 07:37 PM
As our Utah spring and a new home buying season approaches, the New York Times reminds us, in a great new article, that homebuyers can reduce their closing closts.  Many Salt Lake City home buyers will begin the process of shopping for not only a home but for a mortgage as well. 
While many buyers focus their negotiating efforts on getting the best price on a home and securing the lowest interest rate possible, they often forget they can take steps to reduce the costs associated with finalizing the transaction.
The Federal Reserve estimates closing costs can range from 3 to … (2 comments)