The price is right: Tips for setting a list price

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When putting a home up for sale, one of the most important tasks is making sure the price is right. Set the price too low and you risk losing thousands of dollars. Price your home too high and it could languish on the market. That’s problematic since homes with the biggest discounts typically are the ones that stay on the market longest, according to Realtor.com. It’s also important to get pricing right so you don’t miss out on potential buyers who are looking in price ranges close to yours. To navigate the dangers of over- and underpricing, here are five tips to help you get it right: 1. Don’t set the price based on what you paid Over the past …

Study: Ogden Tops Utah for Housing Affordability

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If you’ve been struggling to find an affordable home, consider house-hunting in Northern Utah. Recently, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) named Ogden-Clearfield as Utah’s most affordable metro area for buying a home. The Ogden-Clearfield metro, which includes Box Elder, Davis, Morgan and Weber counties, also ranked fourth-best regionally and No. 37 nationally among more than 200 metro areas studied. Even with some price increases, nearly 84 percent of new and existing homes sold between October and December were affordable to families making the area income of $73,000. That’s according to NAHB’s fourth quarter 2016 Housing Opportunity Index. In Utah’s other metro areas, affordability isn’t quite as favorable but still outperforms the U.S. average. In Salt Lake, about 71 …

What will higher interest rates mean for home buyers?

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With the recent jump in mortgage rates, some would-be home buyers are wondering what the higher rates will mean for their purchasing prospects. Throughout 2016 rates on 30-year mortgages have remained under 4 percent or even 3.5 percent. In the remaining weeks of the year, however, rates on 30-year mortgages have steadily increased into the 4 percent range. With an improving economy, experts tell home buyers to expect above 4 percent to be the new normal. Inflation is on the rise and with it long-term interest rates are likely headed up. In fact, the Federal Reserve recently raised the all-important federal funds rate at its December meeting and likely will increase the rate several more times in 2017. While the …

Saving During the Holidays

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It’s that time of year again to start trimming your tree and your budget. Saving and spending wisely this holiday season you can avoid a total budget-buster. Trim your spending without sacrificing any holiday experiences with these quick tips. 1. Budget Budgeting for the holidays is always a smart idea. Start by establishing a general spending cap or allocating a specific amount to each person on your list. Be careful not to forget the little things or set a budget that is too tight. These two items can quickly cause your holiday budget to sour. After setting your budget, it’s important to stick to it. 2. Track your spending One of the most helpful ways to stick to your budget …

Why You Should Get PreQualified Before Searching For A Home

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Okay, so you’re ready and eager to buy your first home. Perhaps you’ve already begun to think about what area you want to live in, what features you want in your new home, and are excited to move to a new space. Now you’re ready to hire an agent to help you find your dream, but have you been pre-qualified? Not sure you need to be pre-approved before hunting for a home? Here are 4 reasons why getting pre-qualified is a smart move. Streamlines the house hunt. When you’re starting out, many homeowners make the mistake of browsing homes that are out of their price range. Don’t waste your time by looking at homes you’re not able to afford. By …