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Thursday, October 17, 2019   /   by Demi Lucero

4 Fun & Spooky Utah Activities this Halloween Season

4 Fun & Spooky Utah Activities this Halloween Season
When you are looking for fun ways the celebrate the Halloween season, there are few things better than taking advantage of local opportunities. While there are plenty of ways to celebrate from your own home, venturing out for a spooky time can be a great experience for you and your family. Utah is home to a variety of thrilling adventures in Fall that are perfect for helping you to get the most out of the Halloween season. This is why we have compiled this fun list of activities for you to try this year! 
Haunted Cruise Down Provo River

This is one thrilling adventure that is great for Halloween lovers of all ages. You can enjoy getting pulled along on a gentle cruise down Provo River as you look on at a beautiful Halloween display. The river is surrounded by thick woods, and the entire area gets annually filled with jack-o-lanterns that are designed to shock and amaze. You won’t want to miss out on this great and! ...

Tuesday, July 2, 2019   /   by Demi Lucero

Where to Watch Fireworks This 4th of July! (Salt Lake City)

The Fourth of July is a national holiday that is beloved by pretty much everyone except for household pets. Though your trusty canine companion might not love the sights and sounds of the fireworks, there is no doubt that you and your family want to make sure that you spend your holiday observing the festivities from the best possible locations. Salt Lake City offers a wide range of fun and thrilling opportunities on this holiday including several truly great locations to watch the various fireworks shows from. Since there is nothing worse than setting up for a great show only to realize that the fireworks are far off in the distance and you can hardly see them, knowing where to go just might save your holiday.
The Gateway
This area is known for its collection of amazing restaurants and stores, but on the Fourth of July it is known for its exciting fireworks display. Within this area, you can spend your day eating, drinking, shopping, and exploring while listening to local bands . ...

Monday, June 17, 2019   /   by Demi Lucero

What is Syndication?

What does it actually mean when a Realtor tells you that your listing will be on thousands of websites? In this post we will discuss just that and a few things every homeowner should know about in 2019. 
What is Syndication?
Syndication is a tool that pretty much every brokerage has. We put the listing on one website and it syndicates out to literally thousands upon thousands of websites. 
The point here is that, it’s nothing special. 
If an agent tells you they are doing a lot of internet marketing for you by putting the listing on thousands of websites, it’s basically just syndication. They are doing nothing different than 99% of the agents out there. 

Important Real Estate Marketing Means 2019
So, what actually is the most important thing in marketing? 
The most important thing to look for in an agent would be the paid marketing cost they are putting in out of their future commission to attract more buyers to see your home. This is o; ...

Friday, May 31, 2019   /   by Justin Critchfield & Michelle Aspseter

How Accurate Is Zillow?

One of the most confusing questions in real estate is
How accurate is Zillow?
A lot of the times buyers and sellers are checking the Zestimate to figure whether it is accurate or not because it is very misleading at times.
How Zillow calculates their Zestimate?
It’s important to know that the Zestimate is calculated via a computer algorithm and the algorithm is based on public data from what the state provides as public record. They can get things like your square footage and the number of beds and baths. But all of the sales that happen are not recorded into Zillow. In fact, if you are in a non-disclosure state, like Utah, the state as a whole doesn’t disclose the sale price. It’s much harder for Zillow to Zestimate Utah than it is for other states.
The accuracy of Zillow is important. According to Zillow's own stats, they say that nationwide, and again Utah is different, about 52% of the homes are wit ...


Friday, May 17, 2019   /   by Justin Critchfield & Michelle Aspseter

Should I find a new home before I list mine for sale?

As a real estate agent, you often come face to face with a situation where a person is trying to sell and buy a house at the same time. The sellers want to make a move but they look at the inventory out there and realize there are not a ton of choices for them. This scares the sellers so they pull back and decide not to take any action.
In such a situation, there are two ways out. First things first, we have some options to solve the lack of inventory crisis by finding you a home in the neighborhood you want.
But when I deal with sellers they always want to find a home first, make an offer on it and then put their home up for selling. That’s a big No No!

Because what ends up happening is that when it’s a good home, you are not the only one who realizes that. There are many other buyers and so there are usually two or three offers on the table for the seller of the home. The seller will obviously choose an offer with someone who ...

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