Which real estate investment is right for you?

Northern Wasatch Association of Realtors Advice

Northern Utah’s housing market is booming. In only a year, home values in Davis, Morgan and Weber counties increased more than 12 percent. In both Davis and Weber counties, the median sales price is about $30,000 higher than last year, according to the Utah Association of Realtors’ July report. In the rental market, rates are up 6.5 percent in Salt Lake, according to a report from Cushman & Wakefield. While the record-low vacancy rates are likely to head up, experts still expect rental rates to grow about 4 percent in 2018. In light of the increases in both housing prices and rental rates, you may be thinking about buying some real estate as an investment. Even though the gains won’t …

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

Northern Wasatch Association of Realtors Advice

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

Northern Wasatch Association of Realtors Advice

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

Northern Wasatch Association of Realtors Advice

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 …

The risks of selling and buying on your own

Northern Wasatch Association of Realtors Advice

In a world where Pinterest, online videos and specialty blogs encourage you to try any number of projects, it’s easy to think you’re up to any do-it-yourself challenge. While some projects are low-risk, like trying a new recipe, others, like shingling your roof, can cause serious problems if done without the proper expertise. Buying and selling a home are activities that fall into the latter category. Without the experience of a real estate agent who knows your neighborhood, you risk losing thousands of dollars. Or you could find yourself in a lawsuit because you didn’t understand your legal responsibilities. Here are just a few of the costly mistakes that “do-it-yourselfers” risk making:   Buyers Paying too much Just because a …