Water Issues and Water Fees

In St George real estate, water can be pretty important!  After all we are in a desert!  Are you aware that today is World Water Day? Most of us won’t recognize it, or celebrate it.

It got me thinking, though… In buying real estate, one of the things we see come up in home inspections are issues with water.

When you walk through looking at homes to buy, you’ll want to look for evidence of a leak on a ceiling, a gurgling sink, or a leaky faucet.  If you are looking at a lot to purchase for a new home to be built, you’ll want to ask about whether or not the Washington County Water Conservancy District Fee has been paid.  This is important — and overlooking it can be costly. The fee this year is over $8400 and goes up every year! No… this isn’t a water connection fee or a permit fee. It is completely separate.  Some lots will have already had the fee paid by the seller. Other lots it will be required for you to pay either at closing or prior to building a home.

Water is often a problem people deal with when buying or selling a house. These issues frustrate buyers and sellers to no end. It is important to ask these questions with your real estate agent prior to passing your due diligence deadline.

And water related problems certainly are frustrating, and sometimes costly to deal with. But in the grand scheme of things, they are “first world problems”.

Many homeowners simply ignore water related issues around the home because almost every plumbing issue is going to cost at least a few hundred dollars. And many people just don’t have even a few hundred dollars extra laying around to throw at what seems like a nuisance.

So these problems get put off. There’s a term for this in real estate…“deferred maintenance”. Lots of people put off dealing with water issues until they are selling their home.

If you have water related issues around your home, you should not ignore them. Get them addressed as soon as you discover them…or at least as quickly as you can. Don’t wait until you’re selling your home.

Those few-hundred-dollar-problems can become much bigger problems and cost you much more down the road once you’re selling your home. A buyer may ask for a bigger credit than they’re worth. Or you may pay more just because it’s now an emergency situation.

As much as you may not want to deal with these issues, look at the bright side… dealing with them is minor in comparison to people who have no running water, or plumbing at all. Sometimes it helps to have perspective. And gaining perspective is as good a way to recognize World Water Day.

P.S. We’d be glad to recommend a plumber or handy-man in St George or the surrounding areas if you have any issues around your home you want to get fixed. Just give us a call!

Renting VS. Buying in 2017

Buying a home is now more affordable than renting in most places, but there could be changes on the way.

According to the ATTOM Data Solutions 2017 Rental Affordability Report, which analyzed data from 540 counties nationwide, buying a home is the more affordable housing option in 66 percent of the markets, up from 58 percent last year. However, the potential for rising interest rates this year could put up barriers to buying a home and keep potential homeowners renting.

Here’s what you need to know about the current real estate market and what to look for as the year goes on.

 

BUYING BEATS RENTING MOST OF THE TIME

In the long term, buying is recommended over renting because your mortgage payments build equity in your home (that you will eventually own), while the rent you’re paying only goes towards maintenance and your landlord’s wallet. In today’s real estate market, the monthly costs of buying are also preferable to renting.

From the ATTOM Data Solutions 2017 Rental Affordability Report, the monthly cost of buying an average home in the United States, including: insurance, taxes, and the mortgage payment, is more affordable than paying monthly rent on a simple 3 bedroom home in 354 counties out of the 540 that were analyzed. These 354 counties are home to many populated cities including: Chicago, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.

Even when renting is an affordable option, buying a home is often more affordable in the long run. For example, Anderson County, TN, is one of the most affordable rental markets listed in the report, requiring 25.1 percent of an average wage for housing costs each month. Yet buying in this county only requires 16.4 percent of average wages, making it much more affordable. Crazy right?!

 

WHERE RENTING IS MORE AFFORDABLE

According to the report, renting is more affordable than buying in just 186 analyzed counties. These 186 counties include major cities like Los Angeles and Seattle. However, in many of the counties the cost of living is much greater therefore, homes are much more expensive. Although, the cost for either option is so high that it only makes renting slightly more cost-effective.

For example, the report found it’s more affordable to rent than buy in most counties of both New York City and San Francisco, two of the most notoriously expensive rental markets in the country. The cost to buy a median-priced home in Kings County (Brooklyn), New York and San Francisco County, California approach or exceed 100 percent of average wages. While this isn’t the case in every market, a combination of high overall housing costs, lack of inventory and stagnant wages in these areas make housing decisions much more difficult.

 

HOUSING COSTS ARE RISING FASTER THAN WAGES

These numbers are very tricky because traditional budget advice says you should spend no more than 30% of your income on your home. However, housing now demands an average of 38% of the resident’s income according to the report.

Also, the report states that the costs of both buying and renting a home are rising faster than the majority of wages nationwide. Home prices rose 5.7 percent in the last year and rental costs rose 4.2 percent, while wages have only increased 2.2 percent since the second quarter of 2016. This means higher home costs and less money to pay them.

With the possibility of interest rate increases in 2017 and the question of how the real estate market will react under a new president, those ready to buy now should try and close their deals soon. For those unsure, it’s time to reach your decision: do you want to continue renting this year or settle down in a home? Some experts predict more rental availability in 2017, which could lower costs, but you should do your best to bring your housing costs down to 30 percent of your budget regardless of which option you choose. Whether it’s a 30-year mortgage or a one-year lease, you don’t want to be stuck paying more than you can afford.

 

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“Buying More Affordable than Renting in 66 Percent of U.S. Housing Markets.” Newsroom and Media Center. N.p., 05 Jan. 2017. Web. 28 May 2017.

How to Establish the True Value of Your Home

In Southern Utah, the temperatures are increasing and so is the real estate market! Are you planning on putting your house up for sale this summer? If so, it is important to get a good estimate of what your home is currently worth. If you are using a realtor, he or she will most likely offer a professional opinion on your property value. However, it is still helpful for you to do a little digging yourself to have a true understanding of the real estate market in your particular area.

Check Out The Comps

One of the first steps you should take when selling your home is looking at what other houses in your area have sold for. By doing this, it gives you a rough estimate of what price range your home is worth. But, always keep into consideration that some houses have special features that can impact the value as well. For example, having a swimming pool, new hard wood floors, or granite countertops, etc. can increase the value of your home. It is always important to check out the comps because it will show you the going rate of houses around you.

 

Figure Out What Makes Your Property Special 

Did you recently renovate the kitchen or install energy-efficient windows? Did you remove all of the dated flooring and install hardwood floors throughout the house? Do you have a larger backyard than other houses in your neighborhood? Any detail like these can help increase the value of your home. If these updates do not increase the actual value of your home, they will at least make it easier for you to sell your property quicker.

 

Establish Your Goals For Selling Your Home

After determining what value your home is worth, it is now ready to be put on the market. If you already have an offer accepted on a new home or are moving to a new area, you may need to sell your house very quickly. If this is the case, you need to price it to sell. Pricing your house on the lower end will help bring in offers from buyers who are looking to score a deal. If you are in no rush to leave, then it may make more sense to price your home a little higher. It may take longer to get it under contract, but you can come out of the deal with some extra money in your pocket. After all, the true value of your home is what someone else is willing to pay for it.

 

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10 Reasons Why For-Sale-By-Owners (FSBO) Fail

Homeowners trying to sell their homes on their own — for-sale-by-owners(FSBOs) — are driven by several reasons. Although most of them want to save money that they would have otherwise spent on real estate commissions, a few others take the FSBO route because they feel they don’t need a professional to sell their home.

Whatever the reason for attempting to sell solo might be, data from a National Association of Realtors survey shows that less than 10 percent of all home sales are FSBOs.

Top reasons why FSBOs fail in real estate

There are a lot of reasons why For-Sale-By-Owners fail and do not sell. Some of the top among these are:

1. Too many people to negotiate with

Those deciding to take the FSBO route often have to negotiate with many people. Some of them are likely to be:

  • The buyer, seeking the best possible deal.
  • The buyer’s agent, who represents the buyer’s best interest.
  • The buyer’s attorney (in some regions of the nation).
  • Home inspection companies, working for the buyer, which are likely to find some problem or the other with the house.
  • Your bank, in case it’s a short sale.
  • The appraiser, if the home’s value needs to be assessed.

Without the help of experienced real estate agents, dealing with so many different parties alone is often a tough task for homeowners.

2. Homeowners do not know how to prepare the home for sale

A majority of homeowners don’t know about the prelisting tasks that FSBOs should do before they list their home for sale. These usually include:

  • Decluttering.
  • Painting the rooms with a fresh coat of paint.
  • Getting necessary repairs done.
  • Getting the home floors and carpets cleaned by professionals.
  • Ensuring curb appeal of the home.
  • Replacing outdated light fixtures.

Because homes for sale by owners just have one chance to impress potential buyers, neglecting these home sale preparation tips often reduces the homeowners’ chances of selling the house.

3. Owners do not know how to screen potential buyers

FSBOs often have no idea about the difference between prequalification and preapproval, and they don’t know that buyers should ideally be preapproved or at least prequalified.

No wonder they let unqualified buyers inspect the house and waste their precious time. Not knowing if a buyer has the ability to purchase the home acts as a big deterrent for homes for sale by owners.

4. Owners fail to solve buyer’s queries

Handling inquiries from buyers on their listings and coordinating showings for their homes are prerequisites for making a sale. However, many homeowners either aren’t able to handle such inquiries on their homes or don’t have the time for them.

Even organizing showings might become an uphill task at times. Because these days potential buyers and their agents want quick responses to their inquiries, they don’t think twice before moving on to the next potential property if their inquiries and requests are unanswered.

5. Owners don’t understand the concept of ‘golden time’

According to this concept, homeowners get the most money for their homes in the first week of putting the property on the market. The longer FSBO homes stay on the market, the less money people will be willing to offer for them.

If a seller tries FSBO before hiring an agent, the seller loses the “golden time” window. This will eliminate buyers who have already viewed the home and might have made a reasonable offer — but have already moved on.

6. Owners fail to understand the contract procedures

The contract to buy a home involves much more than just the price offered by the buyer. Also, real estate contracts have lots of timelines and clauses and involve several common contract contingencies, such as inspections and mortgages.

Many FSBOs don’t have a firm understanding of such contracts and might not know what they are agreeing to or how to negotiate particular parts of the contract.

7. FSBOs don’t know how to handle the home inspection findings

Home inspections almost always find some issues with houses even when they are relatively newer structures. In such cases, the buyer requests problems be fixed or corrected before moving forward with the transaction.

However, many FSBOs believe that there is nothing wrong with their home, which is why they refuse to address the issues brought forward by home inspections. As a result, the offer falls through.

8. FSBOs incorrectly price their homes

FSBOs often price their homes incorrectly due to lack of experience. They set the price too high, which hinders their chances of closing the deal.

9. FSBO homes lack exposure

Homes for sale by owners are often listed on a few websites, but there are many that don’t allow FSBOs to list their property. Thus, FSBOs are unable to give their homes adequate exposure in the market.

However, when sellers hire a real estate agent, the professional can give a property comprehensive online exposure as well as exposure in the local real estate segment of the newspaper. The agent even has tools to extend the exposure further, which FSBOs don’t have.

10. FSBOs fail in the closing process

Even after an offer is accepted, many things still need to be done prior to the closing. For instance:

  • Get the inspections completed within the allotted time.
  • Ensure the attorney(s) approve contracts.
  • Ensure that instrument survey is ordered.
  • Check if the buyer has obtained written mortgage commitment.
  • Find out if title work is reviewed.
  • Learn whether abstract is redated.

With so many things acting against FSBOs, it’s natural to find very few homes for sale by owners in the market.

 

 

This post was found by the following citation:

Jensen, Cheryl. “For-Sale-By-Owners: 10 Reasons Why FSBOs Fail.” Inman. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 June 2017.

When to Know You’ve Outgrown Your Home

How do you know when it’s time to move out of your current home and find a new one? You could be in a different place in your life than when you previously settled down in your current living space. Families expand, communities evolve, and careers change which can lead you to a new home that will work better for you and your family. Although it might be hard to realize, it could be time to make the jump and have a new living space. There may come a time when you need to be honest with yourself and realize that your home isn’t working for you anymore, which can be a positive thing. Change is an exciting part of life, and your home should reflect your life changes.

 

Here are 8 signs that it is time to move on:

Your Home is too Crowded: 

If your home is feeling crowded, it probably is. You and your spouse may have only settled into a home fit for the two of you, but later, have had tiny feet running around the house or have added pets to your family. The little feet will start to grow and more rooms could come in handy and allow you to have an office, guest bedroom, toy room, pet room, etc. More space may become a necessity.

 

Clutter is Always in the Walkways:

The longer you stay in your home, the more you find that there’s no storage for the items you use in your life. As you accumulate stuff – from sports equipment to kitchen gadgets to gear for other hobbies or activities – it might be time to find a space that can hold you and your home’s contents.

 

 

Your Commute is Longer:

You finally got your promotion that has made you land your dream career and with that comes a longer commute to work. With your career evolving, it might be time to relocate your home so it is more convenient for you and your family. To have the best balance between work and life, it may be a good decision to relocate to relieve some stress.

 

You Don’t Recognize Your Neighbors:

Have you ever been outside watering your plants and suddenly see a new face down the block? New neighbors could mean your market it active and thriving. As a seller, you could be in a strong position to benefit from your home’s appreciation and make the most of your investment by selling and upgrading to a new home.

 

You Have Empty Nest Syndrome:

Have all of your little ones grown up and your home suddenly seems too big? With children grown or previous inhabitants moving out, you may be ready to downsize to a smaller home that more comfortably fits your lifestyle. Having a 5 bedroom home with only you and your spouse may be too much to handle.

 

You’re Always Landscaping:

A large yard can be great for young children to play in, but takes time and money to maintain. Unless you enjoy having an overactive green thumb, it could be time to take on a property that doesn’t require as much attention. Plus, you could save a lot of money on your water bill (not having to water lawn as much) and save time on not having to take care of it.

 

You Always Hang Out in A Different City:

There’s a reason you’re always driving 30 miles out of the way to have dinner at your favorite restaurant or visiting friends in a certain community every weekend. If you find yourself spending all of your time in a place that isn’t near your home, it might be time to recognize that your heart is elsewhere, and not where you currently live.

 

You Spend Most of Your Hours Looking at Other Homes:

Although looking at newer homes is fascinating and sparks creativity, your perfect home doesn’t just live on your Pinterest Boards or on Google Images. Get out there and make your dream a reality.

 

IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT SELLING OR BUYING YOUR HOME, GIVE US A CALL AND WE WOULD BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS AND MAKE YOUR HOME GOALS A REALITY.

Renovations That Can Increase Your Home Value

In Southern Utah, it is very popular to renovate homes. Why not get the most value out of your home if you are renovating it? Check out our Top 10 Tips as to what renovations increase the value of your home!

Tip #1

INSPECT YOUR HOME:

Not all home improvements are cosmetic. Hire an inspector to come check out the areas of your home and have them inspect the roofing, termite infestation, and electrical system. These are major problems that can decrease the value of your home if they are not fixed correctly. Plus, small problems, including water leaks, can turn into a huge expense if they are not treated within a certain amount of time.

Tip #2

MEET WITH A DESIGNER:

Sometimes you just can’t find the right furniture or “theme” for your house. Meeting with a designer can help you stage it correctly to help increase the value. Most designers standard hourly fees are usually less than $100.00  (depending upon where you live). They can help you pick out the perfect paint, furniture, and fixtures. Make your Pinterest dream home come to life!

Tip #3

GET CREATIVE:

An alternative to hiring a designer is to search for remodeling and decorating inspiration in design-oriented magazines, books, TV shows and websites. Simply tear out or print off the ideas you want to try and start your to-do list. Keep it simple. When remodeling on a tight budget, do-it-yourself projects are best way to go!

Tip #4

PAINT, PAINT AND MORE PAINT:

Sometimes all your home need is just a fresh coat of paint. Having freshly painted walls and trim can make your home look new and clean. This tip can also increase the value of your home just by adding the right color. Try some different paint swatches and figure out which color would fit best with your furniture. Plus, this is one of the cheapest ways to make your home look new!

 

 

 

Tip #5

KEEP THE LANDSCAPING LOW MAINTENANCE:

Even just by planting a few flowers and shrubs outside can increase your value of your home immensely. This helps draw attraction to your home and makes it look well kept. Although, when shopping for the right plants, try to go more with plants that are native to your region so you don’t have to upkeep on them as much. This will save you time and money!

Tip #6

MORE TILE:

Carpet is great in most home; especially bedrooms, living rooms, and family rooms. But, tile is a great way to make your home look updated. Even going with a simple laminate flooring can increase the value of your home. Hard-surface floors are much easier to keep clean, don’t hold odors, give your home an updated look and, in general, are more appealing to buyers.

Tip #7

NO MORE POPCORN:

It’s that time to ditch the outdated look! Spend the weekend removing popcorn ceilings and make your home look updated. First, visit your local hardware store for a solution to soften the texture, then simply scrape the popcorn away. Removing a popcorn ceiling may not seem like a big change but one of the keys for adding value to your home is to repair, replace or remove anything that could turn buyers away.

Tip #8
CLEANING MATTERS:
Make sure your home is in a state that can welcome visitors at any time without you being embarrassed. Shampooing and vacuuming you carpets can make a huge difference! Make sure you scrub those baseboards and wipe away any built up dust on your blinds. You can even use disinfectant wipes on door knobs, light switches, faucets, etc. Finish off by spraying some air cleaner and let your home feel welcoming. Having a clean house is a major key to increasing the value.
Tip #9 
SMALL BATHROOM UPDATES CAN LEAD TO A BIG RETURN:
 
Bathroom updates are always a smart move. Even if you can’t afford a full remodel, small changes such as replacing dated wallpaper with a faux or textured finish and replacing old lighting will update the room without denting your wallet. You can also update the look by replacing an outdated vanity, old plumbing and lighting fixtures or adding a new tile floor.
Tip #10
KITCHEN UPDATES ADD VALUE:
Any kitchen update is sure to add value to your home. Even adding a fresh coat of paint or new stainless steel fixtures can increase the value tremendously. Kitchens are one of the main recipes to a house and have the biggest value. For maximizing your home’s value, start by swapping out just one item, such as a stained sink or ancient microwave for shiny new stainless models. Even small kitchen updates will add big value to your home.

 

 

 

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Area Public Golf Courses in Southern Utah

St. George is Utah’s golf capital. Weather is mild during winter and so golf is enjoyable year-round. As a result, some of the best courses in the southwestern US can be found here. The St. George courses are all unique, set against red canyon walls and black lava rock. Many have outstanding views of red rock desert country. In Southern Utah, golfing is very popular. We have numerous amounts of golf courses that cover all of St. George, and we are here to give you the inside scoop of our top favorites!

Bloomington Golf Course (private)

In 1969, between the vivid red cliffs of Bloomington and a bend in the tranquil Virgin River, a foundation was laid for what has become today’s embodiment of an invigorating lifestyle and a comfortable sense of belonging—the Bloomington Country Club. We have been building on that foundation for more than 40 years so we can offer you access to one of the most alluring golf courses in the country. Enjoy year-round accessibility, weekly golf events for every golfer, and a beautiful, walkable course as you make every stroke a meaningful one.

Coral Canyon Golf Course

Coral Canyon Golf Course is all about the colors.

You will be amazed at how green the fairways are in this rustic desert. The way the sunshine and blue skies brighten up the greens will make you feel like you’re playing golf in paradise. The fairways here are wide and nicely forgiving – so go ahead, flex your muscles and go for your longest drive!

The most common thing golfers say about Coral Canyon Golf is just how fun it is!  Golf?  Fun?
(Hmmm, now there’s an idea.)

Dixie Red Hills Golf Course

Dixie Red Hills Golf Course was the first golf course developed by the City of St.George in the mid 1960’s taking us from a desert gas station stop to a true place of beauty and tourism.

Because of its spectacular red rock setting and playability, Dixie Red Hills Golf Course been the favorite of recreational and serious golfers alike. Dixie Red Hills is a 9-hole par-34 layout that meanders around the sandstone cliffs commonly seen in the area. This golfer friendly course also features hundreds of mature Cottonwoods, Mondale Pines, Mesquite, and other trees that provide ample shade during St. George’s warmer months. If you want to play in the red rocks, you can’t get any closer than this. You’ll be calling shots off the boulders, around the cliffs and through the trees as you find your way to the green.

Entrada Golf Course (private)

Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club is a private equity country club, available exclusively to members and their guests or guests of the Inn at Entrada.  The Johnny Miller Signature Design 18-hole championship private golf course weaves through ancient black lava flows and meandering streams, stretching across 7,085 yards.  Entrada distinguishes itself year after year as Utah’s premier golf experience. Entrada is ranked as the number one year-round golf course in the state by Golf Digest Magazine. With over 300 days of annual sunshine, it’s no wonder we’re considered Utah’s hot spot.

Green Springs Golf Course

The Green Spring Golf Course is a favorite among locals and visitors.  Signature holes 5 and 6 have you shooting across red rock ravines that will surely get your heart racing!  There are lots of water hazards to negotiate on the course, and some good course management is needed to secure a good score. You might find yourself wanting to tee off a couple extra balls just to see if you can cut the corner to the green on hole 15.  This course will leave you with plenty of great stories and a deep desire to return for another chance to try again. Paired with the right hotel, this course will top off your perfect golf getaway!

Sand Hollow Golf Course

Sand Hollow Golf Course has it’s own standard for unique course design. Have you ever played golf on a cliff?  Well, get ready because on this John Fought designed course, you might find yourself teeing one over the edge just to see how far you can make it fly.  Combine that with the reflecting sunset on the Virgin River as you finish your round and you’ll be wishing you had your best buddy there with you! (Your new golf clubs don’t count as a friend.) The golf course incorporates steep ridge lines, deep canyons, and expansive elevations to create one of the most incredible golf experiences in the country. Don’t believe us? It is a multiple time #1 rated in Utah course as well as a top ten in the nation!

The Sand Hollow Golf Course experience includes 18 holes of championship golf as well as a walkable nine hole links style course designed after the early traditions of the game.  The championship par-72 course stretches to over 7,000 yards but with five tees on each hole, golfers of all abilities will enjoy playing the Sand Hollow Golf Course. The course has been open since the fall of 2008.

Sky Mountain Golf Course

Sky Mountain Golf Course is as scenic as it is challenging. Don’t be fooled by the yardage… you’ll earn every stroke here.  But when you shave one or two off, it’s all the more satisfying. The course is appropriately named for the amazing views from the elevated tee boxes. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself gazing off at the cliffs of Zion National Park and the azure rim of the Pine Valley Mountains in the distance. Anywhere you look and anytime you play, it’s simply gorgeous!

A public 18-hole golf course owned and operated by the City of Hurricane, located in southern Utah surrounded by Zion National Park and the Pine Valley Mountain range, Sky Mountain Golf Course is set in one of the most picturesque and beautiful locations anywhere in the world. The course is a 6,383 yard / par 72 course. Don’t let that fool you, as the course plays tougher than the scorecard stats show.

Southgate Golf Club

Southgate Golf Course can be a walkable course for those looking to mix a little exercise in with their golf game.  This is a “doable” course that weaves alongside the Santa Clara river – just close enough to make it beautiful and keep the game interesting.  Eight of the first nine holes have water features, so you’ve got to be accurate.  But the fairways are wide, so there’s usually a safe place to play.  The back nine, however, is a different story.  The narrow fairways and hills make you justify your front nine score.  If you’re not happy with your results, Southgate also has a game improvement center with PGA professionals to help you dial things in!

Southgate Golf Course is a golf course with multiple personalities. Laid out as a great walking course, the front nine requires accuracy to successfully negotiate its waterways. Eight out of nine holes on the front nine feature either a lake or the Santa Clara River as scenic challenges to par. The back 9, slightly longer than the front nine, adds the element of risk/reward and allows the player to recover shots lost on the front nine. Southgate Golf Course is a par-70 layout which is enjoyable for all levels of ability.”

St. George Golf Club

St. George Golf Club is a municipal course operated by the City of St. George. This course has stood strong as the city has grown and new courses have been added. The golf course has been a part of St. George for 30+ years. It has more of a traditional feel to its lay out, while maintaining the challenge of a Par of 73. Those who have been coming to play golf in southern Utah for many years have most likely played it before.

Sunbrook Golf Course

Sunbrook Golf Course is right in town and has a great variety of what the Red Rock Golf Trail has to offer. Play from the top of the bluffs to the desert floor.  Shoot through black lava rock and try to avoid the red sand traps. With beautiful views of red rock formations and nearby alpine mountains, you’ll be in awe over the amazing landscapes that surround this course. Bridges, water hazards and elevation drops make every hole an adventure!  There is even a par 3 island hole that will leave you dreaming about a hole in one.

Golf Digest twice rated Sunbrook Golf Course as the best golf course in Utah. This rating is a result of a number of elements including scenery, challenge, quality, and service. With the addition of the Black Rock Nine, Sunbrook is the only golf club in southwest Utah to feature 27 championship holes.

The Ledges Golf Course

The Ledges Golf Course comes with unique views of it’s own. The red rock panoramas from the rim of Snow Canyon State Park make you feel like you’re playing golf in a postcard. Designed by renowned golf course architect Matt Dye this course has a friendly atmosphere with an upscale pro shop and delightful restaurant. Four separate tee boxes with long and open fairways promise a rewarding round for everyone in your group. The front nine is set up well to help you break in your driver, and the back nine is a great test to see how well you can control your irons.

 

 

Contact Us: If you are thinking about visiting or moving to Southern Utah, give us a call! We want to help you fulfill your buying and selling goals and would love to be apart of your adventure.

The Home Staging Guide

When planning to sell your home, it is very important that you know what you are getting yourself into. Staging your home to the best of its ability, is a very critical part in the selling process. Don’t know how to stage your home? Don’t worry, The Diamond Group is here to help! Below is a home staging guide that we have created to help relieve your stress!

 

PLAN AHEAD

Walk through each room and think of how you could make that room pop. Think of it from a buyers point of view, what would you like to see in the home? If you are still having troubles, ask a local real estate professional for their advice. As The Diamond Group, we’d be more than happy to help. Consider a professional home inspection to see if any repairs or damages need to be fixed and hire a contractor to handle any major projects. Also, make sure you know to true value of your home.

 

SQUEAKY CLEAN AND DEPERSONALIZE
Thoroughly clean the entire home. Make sure all kitchen and bathroom counters are scrubbed down, bathtubs and sinks are polished, and all baseboards look like new. There is nothing worse than going into a messy home! Buyers are more likely to be interested if the home is clean and is presentable. Steam clean carpets and drapes. Consider replacing carpet if stains are prominent. When staging a home, it is very important to “make less, more.” Remove family photos and make sure all toys from children or pets are put away. Remove oversized or cluttered furniture so it makes moving around easier and allows open space. Make sure closets are organized and secure valuable items, including: cash, jewelry, and electronics.

 

CURB APPEAL

Although they say “not to judge a book by it’s cover”, making the outside of the home look presentable is just as important as the inside. Make sure to touch up exterior paint and trim. Make sure all outside lights are working including the porch lights and lights by the garage if they are included. Double check the front door, doorbell, address number and welcome mat. Power wash the front and sides of the house and make sure all roof repairs are up to date. Make sure all gutters are cleared out and sweep the front entry way and walkway. Trim shrubs and plant COLORFUL flowers! Having colors outside of your home makes it stand out and makes it “look” well taken care of.

 

 

PAY ATTENTION TO KITCHENS AND BATHROOMS

The kitchen and bathrooms are the house’s foundation. Think of them like the building blocks to create a better home. THESE ARE THE SELLING POINTS. Make sure to wax and polish flooring (if its carpet, deep clean it using a carpet cleaner). Clean off countertops and wipe them down. Replace all outdated hardware. Having hardware up to date is also a main selling point that can help increase the value of your home. Clean appliances and fixtures. Make sure the lights are working in the refrigerator, microwave, and oven. Clean and organize pantry, drawers, and cabinets. Replace old caulking around sinks and bathtubs and remove stains from sinks, toilets, and bathtubs. Keep all toilet seat lids closed and hang fresh towels.

 

APPEAL TO THE SENSES

Bake cookies or burn scented candles. Install higher wattage incandescent light bulbs to brighten rooms and make sure all lights are turned on. This helps your home feel welcoming. Open curtains to let in natural light and help expose the views of your home. You can even open windows slightly to let in fresh air. Make sure all TV’s are turned off and relocate pets on the day of the open house. Refrain from smoking in the home.

 

 

SHOW OFF YOUR HOMES BEST FEATURES

Remove rugs to help expose nice hardwood floors. Pull back drapes or open blinds/shutters to help showcase nice views. Stage the front porch or deck with furniture and potted plants. Make sure backyard and pool area are clean of bicycles, scooters, ect. Double check to make fireplaces are in working condition.

 

PREPARING FOR THE OPEN HOUSE

Inform family, friends and neighbors of the date and time of your open house. Hold an exclusive brokers’ open house to let local agents know your home is on the market. Offer light food and refreshments. Put ads in local newspapers, real estate publications and on social media websites. Put up “Open House” signs on the front lawn and at nearby intersections with directions to the house. Create property description sheets and prepare important documents, such as homeowner’s association rules, inspection reports and purchase offer forms.

 

 

CONTACT US

Want more information on staging and what our team can do for you? Contact us! We want to help you fulfill your selling and buying goals and would love to be a part of your journey.

The Diamond Group

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Wheatley-Liss, Deirdre R. “Estate Analysis Checklist: Single.” Plan Your Own Estate(2012): 305-10. Web.

Why Use a Buyer’s Agent?

Having a buyer’s agent is FREE to the buyer.

Some people think they can save money by not using a buyer’s agent. In most cases, this is simply not true; and in fact, it is usually just the opposite. In residential real estate, the commission is usually paid by the seller whether or not a buyer’s agent is involved. Where else can you employ the services and receive the benefits of a trained and experience professional on your side for free!

 

 

It gives you full access to the MLS.

As a member of the multiple listing service (MLS), your agent has full access to the searchable database of MLS listings. We can ask you the right questions to determine what you are looking for and what areas you are most interested in. Once we know your price range and what you are looking for, we will use the full power of the MLS to help you find it. We can provide printouts, email reports, and do custom searches to find available homes that meet your criteria. We can also setup auto emails to notify you automatically if a listing comes on the market that meets your criteria.

 

Your agent takes care of all the paperwork.

From writing up the offer, to reviewing seller disclosures, to filling out escrow instructions, to reviewing the titlework and closing documents. . . it’s nice to have a trained professional by your side to handle the paperwork and to help answer any questions you might have. We done this more than a time or two, and we’ll help you cross your t’s and dot your i’s and follow up with all the parties involved to make sure everyone meets their deadlines.

 

 

A buyer’s agent looks out for your best interest at all times.

Your buyer’s agent has a legal and ethical responsibility to represent your best interest at all times. Some of the duties that your agent has to you include: loyalty to you, promoting your best interests, disclosing known material facts, maintaining confidential information, and accounting for any money they handle in the transaction. If your agent knows something about the seller that might influence your decision to buy or not or to alter your offering price, they have a duty to disclose that to you subject to federal and fair housing laws. In shot, it’s nice to know that someone has your back when you’re in the trenches of buying real estate.

It makes life easier reduces stress, and saves you time.

When you have a buyer’s agent, you don’t have to worry about driving neighborhoods for hours or worrying that you’re missing the house that would be perfect for you. You can spend your time doing the things you enjoy while the search is being handled by someone else who is a professional. We’ve helped numerous amounts of people with their real estate needs, and our experience will help keep you from any unpleasant surprises throughout your entire buying process. You don’t have to worry about the deadlines and “what ifs” because we do it for you.

Found by the following citation:

Why Use A Buyer’s Agent. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Aug. 2017.

Sand Hollow State Park

With its warm, blue waters and red sandstone landscape, Utah’s newest state park is also one of its most popular. If you want the full effect of Southern Utah, Sand Hollow State Park is the place to be. It has draw dropping views of Utah’s red mountains, friendly citizens of Southern Utah, and it is large enough to fish or go boating! Plus, you can camp in an RV or tent camp in a campground or the beach. There is so much to do at this little reservoir that the only people who don’t like it are those afraid of trout nibbling at their toes.

 

The sprawling 20,000-acre park, which rests mostly on USDI Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land, rivals Utah’s two largest state parks – Wasatch Mountain and Antelope Island. Sand Hollow already one of the most visited destinations in the Utah State Park system, with recreation opportunities for nearly every user from boaters to bikers, and OHV riders to equestrians.

A favorite destination for local off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts, Sand Mountain provides 15,000 acres of perfectly sculpted dunes. The red sand is an incredible backdrop for Sand Hollow reservoir. At nearly twice the size of nearby Quail Creek Reservoir, Sand Hollow offers boating and other water recreation in a spectacular setting.

Sand Hollow is located approximately 15 miles east of St George and seven miles east of the I-15 Hurricane Exit. Visitors should exit I-15 at Exit 16 (Highway 9), travel east for about four miles and turn right on Sand Hollow Road, travel south for about three miles and turn left at the park entrance.

Opened to the public as a state park in 2003.
Park Elevation: 3,000 feet
Park Acreage: 20,000
Surface Water Acreage: 1,322
Sand Mountain OHV Acreage: 6,000

Sand Hollow State Park is one of the best places in St George to visit. Click HERE to see a video of the cliff jumping that’s so popular for teenagers and college students. These cliffs in the middle of summer are a hot spot for those daring to jump from the ledges above. Depending on the water level some of the cliffs are upwards of 60 feet high, so if you’re going to do it make certain you are aware of the dangers.

If cliff jumping isn’t your thing, then fishing, wakeboarding, jet-skiing, paddle-boarding and a litany of other lake activities are available to you. Also, if you do not own equipment, “The Beach at Sand Hollow” is a rental shop located right at sand hollow! The workers are very friendly and are more than happy to help fit your needs so you can enjoy a day in the sun!

         

 

Citaions:

Olwm. “Sand Hollow Cliff Jumping | Sand Hollow State Park.” Stgeorgelodging. OLWM http://stgeorgelodging.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/StGeorgeLodging-logo-bell-green.png, 27 May 2014. Web. 03 Aug. 2017.

“Sand Hollow State Park.” Utah State Parks. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Aug. 2017.

JeremyCarpenterPK. “Extreme Cliff Jumping – Sand Hollow Reservoir (St. George Area).” YouTube. YouTube, 07 Aug. 2013. Web. 03 Aug. 2017.