Meet Jennifer Holmstead: Realtor and Property Management Expert

Jennifer Holmstead

Are you looking for an agent with a background in business and a love for real estate? Market Source agent Jennifer Holmstead has both. She is a longtime resident of Salt Lake City, a graduate of Westminster College, and an employee at Market Source Real Estate. Jennifer has financial training and insider knowledge about the Salt Lake City real estate market.

Background

Jennifer Holmstead bought her first home in late 2006 – right before the crash of real estate prices everywhere. For a few years, she thought there was no chance she could regain the equity she’d lost. So, she threw her efforts into other endeavors and began managing a local business and returning to school.

While studying for an MBA at Westminster College, Jennifer had to analyze her assets. The housing market had rebounded by then, and she realized that her home had become her strongest financial asset.

Becoming a Real Estate Agent

After managing a local business for 15 years, Jennifer was ready for a change. A few years ago, she decided to join her good friend Monique Higginson at Market Source Real Estate.

Monique Higginson founded market Source Real Estate in 2007. Now, it’s a growing office; Jennifer joined a team of more than a dozen agents, staging experts, and marketing experts. One reviewer says that everyone working at Market Source Real Estate is highly professional and focused.

Jennifer found that Monique, one of the top real estate agents in Salt Lake City, was an excellent mentor. Monique, the principal broker at Market Source Real Estate, works hard to bring new hires like Jennifer up to speed. As part of her training, Jennifer worked on over a hundred deals with Monique and felt like she hit the “new agent jackpot.”

Now a fully trained and experienced real estate agent herself,  Jennifer takes on her own clients. Jennifer works to help others achieve the dream of homeownership and attain what her home’s equity has given her: autonomy, freedom, and choice.

Supporting Local Areas

Jennifer loves supporting local communities. As a Westminster College student, she specializes in the Sugar House neighborhood, where the college is located. The Market Source, Real Estate office, is also located in Sugar House, giving Jennifer even more knowledge of the area.

Jennifer enjoys all the benefits Utah has to offer. She loves exploring the diversity of Utah’s attractions: road-tripping through small towns, hiking the Millcreek canyon and camping in the mountains. Sometimes she visits southern Utah to go hiking through its red rock canyons.

At home, she shops at farmers’ markets to support local farmers and relaxes in front of the fire pit in her backyard.

Contact Jennifer Holmstead

If you’re searching for “real estate agents near me,” and you want an agent who is passionate about her city and her real estate customers, contact Jennifer Holmstead. She’ll help you find the house that fits your own personal and financial needs so that you can build your own equity and enjoy financial freedom in your dream home.

The Spring Home Maintenance Checklist You Need Today

Don’t just spring clean… Get going on your spring home maintenance today!

Spring is in the air and that means that you’re probably thinking about spring cleaning.  Hold on though! You also need to be thinking about some key spring home maintenance items as well! Doing these 8 things at least once a year will save you time, money, and a big headache down the road.  The goal is to prevent things from going wrong or catching little problems early BEFORE they become major problems.

We created a handy check list of 8 spring maintenance items you should be checking every year.  As a matter of fact, you can probably get these done in one weekend and then you don’t have to worry!

 

1.  Check your gutters and down spouts

Gutters and down spouts get all clogged up over the winter with leaves and debris.  Get up on a ladder every spring and clear that gunk out.  It will save you leaks, breaks, pools of stagnant water and a big repair bill.

2.  Inspect your roof

Most roofs will last around 12-25+ years (depending on the material) IF, and only if they are inspected regularly and repaired.  While you’re up on the ladder cleaning your gutters and drain spouts, take a moment and climb up on your roof.  Look for loose roofing, pooled water, or curling shingles.

It can be very affordable to repair your roof regularly.  If your roof ends up leaking during those springtime showers, it can cost you thousands in damages PLUS the money to repair or get a new roof.

It’s a good idea to check your roof both in the spring and the fall. Just to be safe.

3.  Check seals on windows and doors

Check and repair any seals on window sills, door sills, and thresholds.  Look for damaged or peeling caulk, splinters, loose panes and gaps.  While you are at it, check and repair any screens – you’ll be glad to be able to open those windows and air out your home without bugs getting in!  Here is a handy guide for how to caulk your windows.

 

4. Give some love to your deck

Already planning the first BBQ of the season?  Better get that deck ready.  Just like your roof, you want to inspect it every spring.  Look for cracks, greying wood, loose joints and water seeping in.  Every 3-5 years you’ll want to stain and seal your deck to keep it from weathering.  A final step?  Give it a good pressure wash to get it ready for that backyard party!

5.  Filter out those dirty filters

Guys. HVAC filters get D.I.R.T.Y.  They collect dust, pollen, pet hair and dirt.  And then recirculate all those things back through your house if you don’t clean or replace them regularly.  This is something you’ll want to check several times a year.

 

6.  Don’t forget about your dryer and refrigerator

When doing spring home maintenance, don’t forget to check your dryer vent.  It gets clogged up and makes your dryer work that much harder.  Which makes your electricity bill go up.

And while you’re at it, check your refrigerator coils.  Chances are they need a good vacuum.  Not only are they really gross when they are covered in dust, they also make your fridge less efficient.

 

7.  Drain that water heater

Your water heater should be 100% drained a couple of times a year.  The reason?  All kinds of minerals and sediment build up in the bottom.  Which equals corrosion and water that doesn’t heat as fast as you’d like.

 

8.  Test your smoke detectors

This spring home maintenance item can literally save your life.  Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and put fresh batteries in.  While you’re at it why not make sure that your family knows what to do when an alarm goes off.  A household fire drill goes a long way.

Need a hand?

Check out our list of trusted vendors, contractors, supplier and all around handy types who can help you if you run into problems (or they can just take care of this stuff for you).  They’ll give you a hand with the whole spring home maintenance thing!

Valentine’s Day Dinner Specials to Enjoy with Your Sweetheart

Please Note: We’re continuing to post about local businesses, events, and area attractions; however, things often change due to COVID-19 restrictions. So please, double-check before you visit any of our recommended spots to confirm availability, accessibility, or any restrictions. Stay safe. Be well. And support Local! Thank you.

 

Valentine’s Day, that time of year when cheesy love notes, heart-shaped boxes of chocolates and red roses take center stage.

Why not really impress your sweetheart this year by making plans to visit one of these romantic eateries in Salt Lake–you may even win extra love points. Make those reservations today!

Fratelli Italian Ristorante

Serving a prix-fixe dinner for $35 a person, you get a 3-course dining experience with your choice of lobster bisque or Campagne Ceasar salad to start, crab cake or petite filet with Cabernet pan sauce for course two,  and chocobella cake or raspberry Tiramisu for dessert.  You can also order off the regular menu that evening.

 

 

Log Haven

If the picturesque atmosphere isn’t enough, the food will impress you. Order the Korean Fried Cauliflower as a starter and you will have a taste of what the evening will have in store.  From the Grilled American Waygu with charred brussel sprouts, pomme frites and truffle aioli to Shrimp Scampi with Fettuccini, you will delight in the satisfying flavors. Chef Jones has even created a 3-course Low Calorie/High Impact Special if you are watching those calories.

 

SLC Eatery 

Enjoy a 3-course dinner for $60 a person with an optional wine pairing for an additional $35. Choose from Roasted beets, black kale salad or seafood fried rice to start. Followed by your choice of Goat Cheese Agnolotti, ora King Salmon, Snake River Farms Beef Shoulder Tenderloin or roasted chicken. End this amazing meal with choice of dark chocolate panna cotta, Raspado, or Affogato.

 

London Belle

A lovely 3-course prix-fixe dinner for Valentine’s Day has been selected at London Belle for $50 per person. Start with smoked salmon nachos or Chermoula spiced cauliflower. The main dish choices are Wagu tenderloin or honey butter blackened sea scallops and your choice of triple chocolate mouse or tangerine English custard for dessert.

 

Tucanos Brazilian Grill

A delicious dinner for two at $31.95 per person which includes the chef’s selections of rosemary herb salmon, roasted rib eye, grilled shrimp, and a special Valentine’s chocolate treat. Complimentary rose included! 

 

Meet Monique Higginson: Her Journey and Involvement With the Sugar House Community Council

Monique Higginson

Are you looking for a Salt Lake City real estate agent who knows how to locate historic buildings? Do you want someone with experience? Do you want someone who not only cares about her community but also works with others to improve it?

Monique Higginson might be the person you’re looking for. Not only has she been voted one of the 500 best real estate agents in Salt Lake City, but she’s also an expert in buying and renovating old homes.

Read on to learn more about Monique Higginson and how she can help you find your dream home.

Background

A lover of architecture and design, Monique earned her degree in art from the University of Utah before turning to real estate. In her 18-year real estate career, she has helped hundreds of clients buy, sell, and invest in homes in Salt Lake City, even in the worst of markets.

Monique founded Market Source Real Estate in 2007. Her hard work, local knowledge, and customer service kept her company strong during the economic downturn.

Historic Buildings

Not only does Monique help clients buy homes, she remodels them as well. After owning 25 homes and remodeling several of them, Monique has learned to treasure each home’s unique characteristics.

Monique loves homes in Salt Lake City’s historic neighborhoods and has renovated several older homes in the Sugar House area. She has managed several construction projects herself. Recently, she helped to found a construction company to provide the quality service she expects.

Current Work

Monique now runs Market Source Real Estate, leading a team of eight real estate agents. Employees appreciate the way she mentors and teaches new additions to the team.

Monique provides attention to detail, industry knowledge, and an insider’s understanding of the Utah market. Her team is experienced in staging, marketing, and negotiating on behalf of their clients.

Monique has been voted one of the best 500 real estate agents in Salt Lake City.

Community Service

Monique serves as a trustee on the board of the Sugar House Community Council. One of Salt Lake City’s older neighborhoods, Sugar House, features historic residences and a vibrant community of new restaurants, boutiques, and artists.

Monique owns a home in Sugar House, so she’s especially interested in serving the community. Her work helps the council preserve the area’s history, support small businesses, and create a vibrant atmosphere.

As she works to make her community better, she makes local friends and connections to become a better resource for her clients. Her local knowledge serves her well as she works with customers to find their ideal homes in the Sugar House and other areas.

Work With Monique Higginson

Monique Higginson is uniquely situated to help with your real estate needs with her dedication to her customers and her community.

If you’re asking yourself the question, “who are the best real estate agents near me,” contact Monique Higginson. She’ll use her local knowledge and connections to help you find your dream home.