utah: 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)

utah: It's an Ugly Time of Year. - 03/01/11 12:20 PM
It's in between two distinct seasons.  The tulips and other blossoms haven't quite bloomed, the trees are still bare and, without the fresh, fluffy white powder covering the less-than-stellar looking lawns here in Utah, homes just don't look as beautiful as they will in just one more month.  However, that doesn't mean you should just give up and let your lawn be until spring hits. To keep your neighbors happy and potential buyers interested -- take a look at these lawn care tips.
Why is winter lawn care so important? By taking a few precautions during the Winter, you can ensure … (3 comments)

utah: The importance of home staging in a slow market. - 01/14/11 08:40 AM
Professional staging will sell your home quicker and for more money
In a slower market, it is necessary to go above and beyond to make your home sell-able. It is imperative to have a clean, inviting and exciting home for buyers to view. Not only do the buyers need to want your home, they need to want it more than all the other homes around you.
A thorough cleaning is the first step in getting your house ready for viewing. You need to perform a deep clean of every room in the house. While doing this, start moving stuff out. Your … (0 comments)

utah: How a Foreclosure will affect you - 01/13/11 07:25 PM
It's no surprise that, with the slow economy over the last few years, many people across the country have felt the stress in the finances.  Thousands of homeowners have found themselves in the unfortunate position of struggling to pay their bills every month, especially their mortgage.  Now, they are facing a possible foreclosure.  Have you ever wondered how a foreclosure will affect you?
First and foremost, your credit will get a huge hit.  Your credit score can be hit as much as a 300-400 point deduction.  Since lenders look at your credit score to determine what interest rate to charge you for a loan … (5 comments)

utah: Salt Lake County Mortgage Rates are hovering under 5% - 01/13/11 07:56 AM
Mortgage rates in Salt Lake County are still at all-time lows.  With 30 year rates hovering just below 5%, many first time home buyers and investors are considering coming out of the closet. 
Should the home buyer take action now, or should they wait for further lowering of Mortgage rates?  My belief is that rates are only going up.  Now is the time to take action!
With an abundance of short sale and bank owned properties on the market, the combination of lower rates and lower prices on existing homes for sale, there could not be a better time to buy.
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utah: Draper Show Stopper Luxury Draper Real Estate - 01/12/11 05:38 PM
 
WOW! This is a show stopper. Panoramic views of downtown, mountains and valley. Custom quality everything. Soaring vaults, custom railings and adjustable chandelier. State of the art theater with THX sound system. This one has it all. This home is located in Corner Canyon near The Draper LDS Temple.
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utah: Salt Lake Real Estate - Home Inspection - 11/02/10 07:01 AM
Salt Lake County Real Estate - Home Inspection
You just made an offer on a beautiful new home.  You are excited about the possibilities that this new home is going to bring to you and your family.  Don't let this dream turn into a nightmare because you decided not to spend a little extra money on a Home Inspection.
A study conducted by the American Society of Home Inspectors and the NAR in 2001 found that 77% of all homebuyers insisted on a Home Inspection prior to purchasing their property, and 97% of that group believes the service was a good value for … (2 comments)