Category Archive : Real Estate

Finding the Best Real Estate Agent to Fit Your Needs

Buying and selling your house can be overwhelming, especially in a hot market. There are hundreds and possibly thousands of Real estate agents in your area. How do you choose the right person for you? There are many online options, but leaving the largest financial decision of your life to a DIY doesn’t seem like a sound choice. And a bad experience isn’t just frustrating but will lead to lost time and money out of your pocket.

Your best option is to talk to your local financial institution before making a decision. Once you’re clear on your options, ask for references. Your lender will likely have experience (good and bad) with many realtors in the area, as will other people in your network. You should interview several people and choose the right fit. A good agent may not necessarily be the right agent for your particular needs. Lastly, talk to them about your contract. What’s their commission rate? What is the contract deadline? There are several key factors that should go into making your final choice.

FINDING THE RIGHT REAL ESTATE AGENT FOR YOU

TALK TO YOUR NETWORK

Start with your local lender. You trust them with your money. Let them lead the way into your next financial decision. Are there some agents who are harder to work with than others? Is there a company they deal with on a regular basis? Is there someone they’d recommend for your particular situation?

Next, go to the people you trust most: your social network.  Whose opinions and experiences would you trust? Who is most likely to look for the same qualities in an agent? Has someone recently bought or sold their home? Reach out to them and ask questions. People love to feel like experts, and most would be happy to share their wisdom over a free cup of coffee.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT FIT

Does the agent specialize in your type of home? Do they know the area you’re searching in? Does their personality mesh with yours, or will it feel like a chore to reach out to them? All of these factors are important when choosing someone who will be a large part of your life for the next few months.

Once you’ve narrowed it down, the most important question to ask is: can I trust you? You’ve done your due diligence and covered all your bases. You found someone who knows your market and is willing to work on your terms. You’ve checked their references and done the research (you even loved the cookies they served in their lobby). This is your guy – or gal – who will find your new home. They’re experienced and knowledgeable, but most importantly, are they trustworthy?

REVIEW YOUR CONTRACT

Your agent should be willing to go over and explain your contract. If there’s anything you don’t understand, it’s best to get a second opinion. At this price range, nothing should be left to chance. Your contract should clearly spell out everything you and your agent have already agreed upon.

Are you getting a favorable commission rate? Does the contract length suit your timeline? What are the conditions under which the contract can be terminated? Are there contingencies that must be met before the sale can go through?

You scour reviews and research 10 different models before you buy a toaster oven. But when it comes to a large purchase such as home buying, the options are overwhelming. We live in a modern age where everything is available at our fingertips. The answers are out there. Take your time and ask your real estate agent about the things you’re unsure about. The last thing you want to do is fumble the biggest purchase of your life.

Most Recommended Neighborhoods for People Moving to Utah

Most Recommended Neighborhoods for People Moving to Utah

Between the raw supply of talent from nearby universities, the low cost of living, property tax incentives, and gorgeous scenery, Utah has always had a big appeal to entrepreneurs. The tech industry is positively booming, so both major companies and tech professionals alike are relocating to Utah right now. 

Finding the right home for your budget and the right location for your personality and needs from a distance isn’t always easy, however.  We’ve talked before about the top neighborhoods in Salt Lake City. Now, let’s talk about the best neighborhoods for those in the tech scene, like LehiDraperDaylightHerriman, and parts of Salt Lake City

Lehi 

One of the principal communities in the area dubbed the “Silicon Slopes,” Lehi is one of the primary locations for high-visibility tech companies like Adobe, Ancestry, Vivint, and Qualtrics. 

Lehi is also one of the prettiest places in the state. Somewhat conservative in nature, Lehi is home to many new graduates from design and development programs and young families alike. With the beautiful Timpanogos behind it, it’s no surprise that Lehi is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. 

If you prefer a more rural feel, there are plenty of smaller communities around Lehi to investigate. Alpine, Eagle Mountain, and Saratoga Springs are all nearby, and they offer a less-congested environment that still gives residents easy access to the restaurants, entertainment, and work environments they need.

In the words of one resident, “

Lehi and the surrounding area is fast becoming the Silicon Valley of Utah. If you want to make your name in the tech industry, it’s probably the most exciting place you can be.”

Draper and Herriman

When you’re trying to find a balance between your work life and your home life, you probably can’t do better than Draper or Herriman. 

Both communities are located within an easy commute of either Lehi or Salt Lake City. Draper has excellent schools and a suburban atmosphere. It also enjoys a great reputation as a family-friendly area with well-maintained homes and plenty of peace and quiet. 

Herriman is perfect for people who love hiking or the great outdoors due to the easily accessible mountain trails and plenty of parks. It has a small-town feel and a rural atmosphere without being isolated. It’s also easy to find larger homes here with three or four bedrooms, which makes the neighborhood particularly attractive to families.

One native to the area said, “

If you want a home that gives you the most bang for your buck and a safe community for your family, this area is perfect. It’s not trendy or hip, but there are plenty of family restaurants and community activities.”

Daybreak

Daybreak is another neighborhood in Utah that offers an exceptional work-life balance, but it deserves a separate mention because it is so unique. 

Developed as a planned community in 2004, Daybreak has since gained national acclaim for its ability to encourage healthy living and a thriving local economy. The well-kept area homes are usually spacious with large porches, and there are plenty of amenities within walking distance. The area exudes a combination of affluence and comfort that draws many families who want access to the larger cities in Utah without being right in the thick of things.

One neighborhood resident of Daybreak says, “

The area is nice and the neighbors are friendly. Half are from Utah and the other half are transplants. In the summer, we go to the ponds and play in the sand, and the HOA offers all the amenities you could want.”

Downtown Salt Lake City

Unlike many urban areas, the Downtown neighborhood is clean and well-maintained. It’s also filled with housing opportunities, whether you prefer a modern condo within walking distance of the area’s trendiest restaurants and boutiques or a stately street filled with quaint homes and historic bungalows. 

If you’re looking for an affordable, eclectic area that’s still close to the city, consider Sugar House, Capital Hill, and 9th and 9th for your new home. All three neighborhoods offer affordable housing that’s still close to the action in the city and a unique, eclectic vibe that embraces artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs alike. The proximity to the University of Utah gives the entire area a youthful vibe and eclectic energy that residents appreciate.

As one area resident put it, “

The area is more than a name. It’s a mentality. Esoteric, artsy, and fun, but never dull. It has all the amenities you can hope for…shopping, restaurants, bars, and events.”

Our Harvest Park Group realtors know the neighborhoods and real estate offerings in Utah extremely well because we live and work in the area. Because the real estate market is booming, it pays to have an experienced professional negotiating on your behalf when you’re relocating to Utah.