home buying: The Effects of Pets on Home Values - 05/31/12 04:07 PM
This topic is widely opinionated. When suggested amongst my colleagues, it spurred a five minute discussion on wether or not pets ruin the value of a home. Those who feel that pets ruin the value of a home, think so because of the damage they can do to every inch of the home. From soiling carpets to chewed door frames, pets can potentially destroy a home if they are not well trained and/or managed. Urinating is probably the most damaging thing a pet can do to a home. Everything else they do can be done by a child as well, but … (1 comments)

home buying: Its a Buyers Market, and Buyers Know It - 05/05/11 06:24 PM
Buyers know that its a buyers market and they know that there are good deals out there. However, even when properties are good deals, buyers want an even better deal on the already good deal. They want to offer far less than list price, even when list price is far less than market value. That's the attitude when buyers know its a buyers market but don't fully understand what that means.
Many buyers want to offer $50,000 less than the list price, on $150,000 Logan homes. They want to see how the sellers will respond. Is a low ball offer like … (1 comments)

home buying: Three Reasons Why Right Now is a GREAT Time to Buy Utah Real Estate - 11/20/09 06:24 PM
I've recently read two positive reports regarding the end of the nationwide housing crisis, and the probability of a large increase of home sales next year. Fannie Mae is saying that the housing recession has ended. Home sales are expected to rise next year by double digits, and new construction is expected to increase by more than 30% compared with this year. Utah Real Estate seems to now be about on pace with the national trends. Here are three reasons why Now is a GREAT time to buy Utah Real Estate.
Home Buying Tax Credits The $8,000 tax credit for first … (0 comments)

home buying: Why is home buying a good investment? - 01/08/08 11:53 AM
According to David Bach, Author of The Automatic Millionaire: "You can't get rich renting. Landlords get rich, and renters stay poor." "The average homeowner is 31 times richer than the average renter. But even more important than the money is the feeling home ownership gives you. When you own, you have the security that comes from knowing you are building equity and living in a place that belongs to you."Three Reasons Home ownership is a great investment:1. You are "purchasing" a house. With most loans, some of the money you pay each month actually goes towards paying the house off. Eventually … (1 comments)

home buying: 12 Steps to Home Buying in Utah - 12/19/07 01:12 PM
So you're thinking about taking the plunge and becoming a buyer rather than just a renter?
You can do it! Interest rates are the lowest they've been in over two years. Here are the steps you should take to make your real estate transaction smooth and least expensive as possible.
1. Figure out what you want, based on what you can afford.2. Interview Lenders and get pre-approved for a loan.3. Find a Local, Dependable, Honest Realtor4. Tour Homes and narrow down those you like.5. Make an Offer with the Utah Real Estate Purchase Contract6. Wait for Offer to be Accepted, Rejected, or … (0 comments)

 
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