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Monday, March 18, 2019   /   by Justin Critchfield & Michelle Aspseter

Housing Predictions of 2019

Sellers, click hereLet's recap what happened in 2018!
1. Median home prices rose an average of 9% to $355,000.
2. Multi-family homes (condo's, townhomes) went up an average of 10% to $248,527
What do we think will happen in 2019?
2019 Home Price Predictions
1. Job growth and pay will decline
2. Home Sales will slow by 8%
3. Days on market will increase
4. Prices on condos and townhomes will increase 7-8% (experts and economists say 9-10%)
5. Single family home prices will increase 4-5% (experts and economists say 5-7%)
Stay informed and understand what this means to you!
Buyers, click here

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Friday, March 8, 2019   /   by Cary Crowe

Buyer Tips In A Tight Market!

If you’re one of the buyers that has to been to our websites, I wanted to give you some really good tips to help narrow down your search for 2019 so we can help you the best!

 
BUYER TIPS
 
1.     Stay informed

This is some heads-up information that 2019 and 2020 will be very interesting. It’s already been very up and down recently. We had a slow December and a slow January. I’m here, our whole team is here so you stay informed.
2.    Get focused on your search – Where, What and When

Narrow down your search. Take a step back and get focused on exactly what you want because good deals don’t last long. We want to switch up your search a little bit because sometimes the system thinks something else, if you click on a million-dollar home it messes up with the algorithm.

So please email me back on what your search is.
3.    Get educated

Understand the whole process f ...

Monday, March 4, 2019   /   by Cary Crowe

2019 Design Trends

Designer and realtor extraordinaire, Cristylyn Garcia, enlightens us with designer trends for 2019.
 
About a year and half ago Cristylyn advised me that golds were coming back and I thought she was crazy. I was also thinking along the lines of gold shower trims, similar to the 80s and 90s.


But we’ll start with the gold and coppers, because they are starting to come back?
 
Yes of course, you’re seeing them in model homes and designer magazines. So it’s not just in Utah, because as you know, sometimes Utah can be a little behind. You’re seeing it everywhere, in kitchen and bathroom hardware; fixtures and lighting. It’s not just your accessories.
 
My picks would be the kitchen hardware, faucets and of course gold accents. Gold accents around the house.
 
So in terms of tone and color, what is going to be happening in 2019?
 
We have been in a cool tone mood for a couple of years. A lot of blues and grays, stark wh ...

Wednesday, February 20, 2019   /   by Cary Crowe

Grant Money For Utah Home Buyers!

Did you know there are grant money funds available for homebuyers in cities throughout the Utah state?


If you are a first time home buyer in Utah state assistance grants can help you make buying your dream home a little easier.
 
A lot of the institutes have renewed their grant funds which are now available in Salt Lake City, Taylorsville, up north in Davis County and down south in Utah County as well. The list is long because a lot of the cities in Utah are offering these grant money funds.
 
You are considered a first-time buyer if you have never owned a home. According to FHA you can also qualify as a first-time home buyer if you haven’t owned a primary residence for up to 3 years. Also, you and your spouse are considered as separate entities. So, if you wish to buy a house now there is a way out and you can take the help of a grant.
 
Here are a few frequently asked questions that might help you out in seeking these grant funds.
 
So, if you ...

Wednesday, February 20, 2019   /   by Cary Crowe

Wire Fraud Warning For Homebuyers

The growing issue of wire fraud is happening in our real estate industry in Utah. There are people who are watching your email and when you are closing the deal and are ready to wire money to the seller, they pose themselves as the title company to have you wire that money to them instead.
 

Once your money is wired, it’s gone and you will not get it back.
How does a wire fraud work?
 
We recently had a client who received an email which apparently looked from our company. The email dropped into their inbox after the closing disclosure had gone out to the client. The disclosure document basically tells the client what they need to bring in to the closing. It also includes all of the figures and charges of the deal.
 
Since someone was watching their email they included the exact amount and prompted the client to wire the amount to them. The client was cautious enough and so he texted the agency the email snapshot in order to confirm. It was easy ...