Looking for Great Food? Check Out These 4 Places

One of the best things about living in Utah, all the great food! There are so many awesome restaurants and local places worth checking out you’re going to have a hard time deciding which place to eat at first. cafe-691956_640

If you’re looking for something sweet, Waffle Love is heaven. With a variety of waffle concoctions to try and delicious toppings, this place is sure to be a top place to visit.

Craving a burger? The place you should check out is Black’s Sliders. This place not only has the best burgers, but has many other options (even some for vegetarians) that everyone is sure to enjoy.

Some other places worth checking out? Chow Truck is the place to go if you’re looking for Asian food or Fiore Wood Fired Pizza if you want that perfect pizza.  

Want some more suggestions on the best food places around Salt Lake? Check out this article by Move.org for all the best place and food trucks to explore.

Important Tips To Keep In Mind When Starting a Home Project

With the chill and the snow outside, this is the perfect time to get all those home and other DIY projects done. If you’ve been contemplating finishing your basement, remodeling the bathroom, or doing a more simpler project like repainting your bedroom.confused-880735_640

While you begin your project, take some time to prioritize your to-do list. What do you want to accomplish and by when? Set some goals and bring the whole family in to help and throw out their ideas. This can be a great family bonding moment and having everyone share their suggestions will be fun to see what you can create.

As you plan your projects, you’ll want to determine all the supplies and stuff you’ll need to complete the project. This is good to do to help to avoid any unexpected surprises or plan your budget accordingly so you don’t get sidetracked or unable to finish the home project.

Use a calendar or other time management tool to help  you stick to a timeline so you don’t get discouraged with your project. With a calendar you can set specific goals throughout the project to ensure your staying on track and moving forward. By managing and tracking your time, you’ll be able to make the necessary adjustments and stick to your remodel goals.

If you’re getting ready to sell your home, taking time to do little projects around your home can help increase your home value and improve the curb appeal. The better you can make your home look and feel, you’ll have a greater chance of selling your home quickly.

Ready to sell or buy? Give us a call today to find out how we can help and to answer all your questions.

3 Tips for Selling Your Home Around Pets

We all love our furry friends. When comes to selling your home, having pets can sometimes cause some stress, but if you follow these 3 simple steps, you can keep potential home buyers interested without sacrificing your pet’s happiness.kitten-1154693_640

  1. Repair your fences. If you’re fencing is scratched or chewed on, take some time to repair and replace parts of your fence. Not only does this make your home appeal stronger but it keeps your pets safe from getting out of the yard.
  1. Clean up your yard. The fact of the matter is, pet’s leave little landmines around your yard. While showing your home and getting potential home buyers serious in making an offer, clean up those little minefields to protect your home from having those unwanted droppings tracked through your home. Plus, a clean backyard is appealing to home buyers and will boost your chances of an offer.
  1. Hide any evidence of your pet. Because you want potential home buyers to picture themselves living in your home, it’s important to remove any personal items (i.e. family photos, kids artwork, etc) which includes hiding any evidence of a pet. Not all people are pet people so you want to create the image of a pet free home for them.

Are you ready to buy or sell your home? Give us a call today and let us help you move forward in the home owning process. We are here for you and look forward to working for you.

Utah’s The Next Silicon Valley?

business-man-1031755_640Have you heard of Silicon Valley? Well, it appears Utah is becoming the next Silicon Valley—known here as Silicon Slopes. With more businesses moving in, startups emerging, and Utah’s strong employment rate, it makes sense that Utah would be a great place for businesses.

To some these findings are surprising, but as researchers discovered, Utah’s home-grown businesses and small, tightly knit [business] community, more business people know each other and have built strong relationships.

Another factor playing into Utah’s success, with the fact that more university graduates are emerging in the STEM field, which gives local businesses a larger pool of people to choose from when it comes to hiring. Due to this, Utah has replicated Silicon Valley’s success by “creating a pipeline of STEM employees through good universities and corporate training programs” (Domo, 2015).

With Utah’s growing economy and population, now is the perfect time to buy a home. If you’re ready to become a homeowner, give us a call today and let us help you find your dream home.

2 Questions to Ask Yourself When House Hunting

brick-home-290315_1280Buying home is a big decision and before you enter into home ownership, take some time to do your due diligence. As you research what areas you want to live in, get pre-approved, and start the search for your dream home, here are 2 questions to ask yourself.

  1. Why are you purchasing a home? Harvard University conducted a study about why people buy a home. In the study, they found there are 4 major reasons why people enter into homeownership: 1) good place to raise children, 2) place to feel safe, 3) more space for them and their family, 4) control of the space (place to call their own).  While you move forward in finding the right home for you, these questions will help you decide which home is best for you and meets all your needs.
  1. Where are home values headed? According to a recent survey conducted by a group of real estate experts, economists, and investment and market strategists, they predict the home market values will appreciate up to 18.1% in 2019. If you’re renting, rental prices will increase too. So, why not use that money towards a mortgage or your own instead of your landlord’s mortgage?

As you move forward towards home ownership, what it comes to, in the end, if finding a place where you and your family can make a home. Write a list of features that are important to you and you’re not willing to compromise on. In another column, write down what features you’d like but are willing to compromise on. This will help you as you search for your home.

Reconnect With Summer With These Films

Now that the snow is on the ground, officially declaring it winter, now is the time to burrow in and dream of those warm summer nights. Grab some popcorn, a blanket, and enjoy these magical movies to reconnect with your childhood. popcorn-707364_640

  1. Now and Then. This is a fun throwback movie to 4 preteen friends and the summer where childhood innocence fades and true friendships are strengthened.
  1. The Sandlot. A classic and favorite of many, enjoy a fun night of baseball, scary stories, sleepovers, and doing whatever it takes to get your crush to finally notice you.
  1. The Parent Trap. Lindsay Lohan is perfect in the remake of the classic 1960s film as twins discovered each other for the first time in years and plot to reconnect their parents. There are so many laughs and mischief in this film, the whole family is sure to enjoy it.
  1. Ernest Goes to Camp. Enjoy a night of zaniness with this far-fetched movie about juvenile criminals going to Summer camp. With crazy adventures, this is a great movie to watch to remind you of summer.
  1. Little Giants. Remember your first crush? This is for all the tomboys out there who’ve fallen in love and try to catch their crush’s attention.

What is your favorite summer, childhood movie? Tell us below or on Facebook.

3 Ways To Save Money This Christmas Season

I love this time of year. The Christmas lights, the snow, and the festivities that bring everyone into the magic of the season. However, even with all the beauty around, it is easy to get wrapped up in the stress of the season too. This year, take time to enjoy the season a little more (and avoid the financial stress) with 3 tips.a-christmas-gift

Before you begin your holiday shopping, take some time to make a plan and go in prepared. Make a list of how much you want to spend (the total amount) and how much you want to spend on each person from your list. If you have a budget and plan, you’re less likely to overspend.

Look over your list, once it’s written, and see where you can trim. The holiday’s can be extra stressful if you feel overwhelmed by who you need to buy for. Are there some people you can cut from your list? By trimming your list, the less stress you’ll feel both mentally and financially.

Also, be creative in your gift giving. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend, why not send someone a card with a heartfelt note? Connections are important and in this day and age when people are constantly plugged in, why not take some to write some you care about hand written note to let them know how you feel. Another idea is to buy simple gifts, such as chocolate candies or pistachios—there are some really cute bags you can get from the dollar store to put them in.

What other ways can you save money this holiday season? There are so many ways to save money and enjoy the holidays.

Do You Really Need An Agent?

tie-690084_640Have you been considering hiring a real estate agent, but aren’t sure if that is the right move? If you’ve been hesitant to hire an agent, here are a few things to know about what an agent can do for you.

With the ever changing housing market, an agent can help you keep up with market changes, negotiations, and paperwork. An agent can also help you navigate through the home buying and selling process.

Curb appeal is important when trying to sell your home and your agent can assist you in staging your home and making it inviting to potential buyers. Agents can help you improve the stage appeal, lightening, and can recommend some professionals for any repairs that need to be made.

Real estate agents are required by law to be licensed (passing a state exam) and must take mandatory classes to stay up on current market trends. In addition, an experienced agent has a lot of inside knowledge, connections, and resources to help you find your dream home.

Ready to buy or sell? Or just have some questions? Give us a call today and let us help you find your next home.

Stay Safe This Halloween With These 9 Tips

Halloween is only a few weeks away and with the kids choosing their costumes, happy jack-o-lanterns, and spooky witches it is no surprise that this is a great time of year. As we get closer to the night of trick-or-treating, here are some tips to stay safe. zombie-949915_640

  1. Keep a lookout. Stay on sidewalks, driveways, and paths, avoiding the road where cars might not see you. Also, always remember to cross the street at a corner or crosswalk to ensure drivers don’t hit you.
  1. Carry your phone. Alright, in this time and day, who doesn’t have their cell with them, but take extra care to have it with you while you’re out trick-or-treating. If there is an emergency, you’ll be glad you have your phone.
  1. Visibility is key. Put a light or reflective tape on your children’s costume to make sure they are easily seen by drivers. Also have them carry a flashlight or glow stick to keep them safe and provide them with some extra light when walking up to doors.
  1. Dinner first. Although the excitement of the day can get kids eager to get out there and get candy, feed them dinner first so they don’t start munching down on the candy before they get home. Once home, don’t forget to take time to check the candy to make sure it is safe.
  1. Keep your pets safe. Bringing the family dog along might be fun but make sure they are on a leash and have a collar with ID. With all the excitement and craziness of the night it is easy for pets to wander off.
  1. Go slowly in neighborhoods. If you decide to drive, be sure to drive slowly through neighborhoods and stay alert. You never know when a little ghoul will jump out in front of you.
  1. Set ground rules. If your child is old enough to go trick-or-treating alone, agree on a route and make sure it goes through familiar neighborhoods. Also, if possible, have them carry a cell phone with them in case something happens and they need to get a hold of you immediately.
  1. Talk about strangers. Before you head out, remind your kids about the importance of never getting into a stranger’s car. Tell them to scream and run if someone stops them or offers them candy and tell an adult they trust.
  1. Have fun. Remember, it’s Halloween! Don’t get too stressed out and have some fun out there. This is a favorite holiday for both kids and adults alike, so bring out your inner child and enjoy.

Utilize Your Storage Space

There are a lot of pros and cons to living in a smaller space. Each space provides its own challenges, but the key is to learn how to utilize the area effectively; which means, sometimes you have to get creative.window-839824_640

Build storage in your home by making every space work for you. Incorporate adjustable wall mounts in the laundry room, include a bookshelf or storage chest. You can also add storage under your bed, rolling drawers, or find furniture for dual purposes. With larger items, use them in your decor by hanging them on the wall when not using.

Through utilizing your storage and organization, you can live comfortably in your small space. Find ways to upcycle, recycle, and donate the items you no longer want.