Which remodeling projects are best?

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According to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, Americans spent $340 billion on remodeling in 2015. With the significant time and money invested into remodeling, it’s important to strategically select projects. Homeowners aiming to enhance quality of life may have different priorities than those wanting to increase their property’s resale value. New research makes those decisions a little easier. The National Association of Realtors partnered with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry to create the 2017 Remodeling Impact Report which details the returns of 20 interior and exterior remodeling and replacement projects. Researchers measure payoff in three ways: 1) how much is added to the home’s resale value 2) how much the project appeals to buyers and 3) how …

How to Sell A Home in Utah That Is In A Revocable Living Trust

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Revocable living trusts are an excellent way to help protect your assets, especially your home or other real properties in Utah. You can either appoint yourself the trustee or name a third party to take care of your assets and inheritance wishes. In either case, the person responsible for managing the trust can sell a piece of property that is held in the trust. Whoever the trustee is, that person is authorized to make all of the necessary arrangements associated with property ownership. This includes handling maintenance and repair needs as well as placing it on the market. If the property is held in a revocable living trust, it can be sold by using a purchase and sales agreement which …

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 …