Strut Your Mutt with Market Source Real Estate

Market Source Real Estate very proud to be supporting Best Friends Animal Socity throughout 2018.

Every time we sell a home in 2018, we are making a donation to Best Friends.  After all, they are our next door neighbors at our new office!

We’re raising money to help end the killing of pets in America’s shelters. And we plan on having a lot of fun doing it!

Did you know that every day, more than 4,100 dogs and cats are killed in America’s shelters simply because they don’t have safe places to call home? We think that number should be zero.

This year, we’re also participating in Strut Your Mutt, as a sponsor with both a team and also a booth at the event! Want to participate?

We need your help, too.

You can support Best Friends by making a donation to our team page HERE. It will help homeless pets and will support their efforts here in Salt Lake City and their animial reffuge in central Utah.

When you join our Strut Your Mutt team and donate $15 or more here on our page (or directly at the Best Friends booth at the festival while mentioning Market Source), you qualify for a FREE Market Source leash for your pup or mutt or dog or fur baby. All you have to do is come see us at our booth at the festival!*

During the Strut Your Mutt festival, we will be hosting a doggie PHOTO BOOTH at our tent where you can get a great professional photo, and postcard sized print for free at the event. We have a lot of costumes for your dog, just in time for halloween! It will be fun and free!

Get your FREE Market Source Leash!

Your donation of $15 on either the Market Source team page OR in person at the Best Friend’s booth at the event (when you mention us) will get you this hefty leash you can use to Strut Your Mutt.*

This cause means so much to us and we are grateful for your help. Together, we can Save Them All and reduce the number of homeless pets to zero.

Thank you for your support!  – Jeremy & Monique

*While supplies last.  You must pick up your leash in person at the Market Source booth at Strut Your Mutt with proof of $15 minimum donation.

 

DONATE TO STRUT YOUR MUTT & BEST FRIENDS ANIMAL SOCIETY HERE:

http://support.bestfriends.org/goto/marketsource 

Find out more about Stut You Mutt & Best Friends Animal Society HERE:  www.bestfriends.org

The Autumn Home Maintenance Checklist You Need Today

Get going on your autumn home maintenance today!

Autumn is in the air – you can feel it in the mornings. That means you’re probably thinking about doing some autumn cleaning. (You DO a big clean in the fall right?)  Hold on though! You also need to be thinking about some key autumn home maintenance items as well! Doing these 8 things at least 1-2 times 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 autumn home 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 autumn and clear that gunk out.  It will save you leaks, breaks, pools of stagnant water and a big repair bill.  You should also do this in the spring, FYI.

2.  Get your chimney inspected and cleaned – by an actual chimneysweep

Looking forward to a roaring fire in your fireplace this autumn?  Be sure that you get your chimney inspected and cleaned by an ACTUAL chimneysweep.  They will clean out soot, remove blockages and creosote build up – all of which can ignite when you *ahem* fire up your fireplace.

A chimneysweep will also inspect the liner, firebox and damper to make sure that they are in good condition and as efficient as possilbe for heating.

They will also make sure that there aren’t any critters making a home of your chimney.

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’re at it add weatherstripping to doors.  Any gaps let out warm air and also increase your heating bill in the autumn and winter. Here is a handy guide for how to caulk your windows.

4. Rake those leaves

It can be a pain to keep up on, but be sure to rake all those leaves.  If they stay on the ground over the winter under the snow, they can rot, mildew and even kill your grass.  Making your spring garden cleanup that much more difficult.

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 autumn 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 autumn 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!

New to Salt Lake City? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

If you’re new to Salt Lake City of a just in the process of planning to relocate to Salt Lake City then there are a few things you will want to know to make sure that you can your family get settled as quickly and easily as possible. This is our Salt Lake City Newcomers guide to get you on the right track.

New to Salt Lake City: Finding A Job

 

If you have moved to Salt Lake City and need to find a job then there are a lot of great resources available to help you find the perfect opportunity to suit you and your family life.

To help start your search you could try these resources:

 

New to Salt Lake City: Getting on the Road

 

If you are relocating to Salt Lake City from outside of Utah then you might need to think about getting your vehicle registered and getting a new state driver’s license.

If you are planning to get a new license there are a few steps to follow:

 

  1. Schedule an appointment online, or just walk into the office
  2. Complete the application form (you can do this online before you attend the appointment if you wish)
  3. Get a photo taken
  4. Give evidence that you have complete the appropriate driver training course. This can be done by giving over your current driver’s license. If you don’t want to do this you will have to get a learner’s permit, and use that for 90 days
  5. Show proof of your identity, including your social security number and two proofs of your residence in Utah.
  6. You will have to take an eye exam and then, one or both of a written and practical test.
  7. Pay a fee of $32 or $39 if you are 20 or under.

Some helpful links:

 

New to Salt Lake City: Enrolling your Kids in School

 

Before you decide exactly where you kids are going to go to school you will want to get the low down on the option available to you. After all a good education is one of the key’s ingredients to the American dream.

 

New to Salt Lake City: Registering to Vote

 

Getting registered to vote in your new state is a big deal. You don’t want to miss out the chance to have your voice heard so make sure you get yourself signed up. If you are getting a Utah driver’s license you will be asked then if you wish to register to vote, so you can kill two birds with one stone. 

You can also register to vote online, it’s really easy to do, so there’s no reason to put it off.

The Best Food in Salt Lake City (Beyond Just Restaurants)

Over the last decade, the number of visitors coming to Salt Lake City has increased significantly. Especially for those who love food, Salt Lake City provides a destination where flavors from all over the world meet and melt in the mouths of those who appreciate them.  With a sizable immigrant, refugee, transplant and minority community, the city has become a melting pot of cuisines and flavors.  

If you’re only trying out the traditional restaurants and eateries however, you are missing out on a large part of the food in Salt Lake City.  It is not just all about formal eating places; there is much more to savor beyond the restaurant. People on the go, they on a budget or just seeking adventure will find the following eating spots quite impressive:

Food in Salt Lake City: Specialty Markets

When you walk into a specialty market in Salt Lake City, expect to find niche food products that are delicious, unique and can’t be found anywhere else! Some of our favorite specialty markets for food in Salt Lake City are:

 

  • Caputo’s – you cannot afford to be in too much of a hurry when you visit Caputo’s. In this deli, expect to sample lots of Italian specialty goods – including fine chocolate, cured meats, cheeses, imported pasta and olives.  Since their 3 markets and delis are situated in mixed-use neighborhoods, they are a prime spot for people watching. Choose between half for full meals but expect original taste and an excellent experience.
  • Liberty Heights Fresh – the tagline for this deli and specialty market lets you know they source some of the best food in Salt Lake City for the best ingredients every time. The food you get at Liberty Heights Fresh is prepared with integrity so every bite, sip or piece is accounted for. The owner carefully curates a selection of locally sourced eggs, cheeses, vegetables and proteins as well as specialty foods from around the country.
  • Black Cherry – a Mediterranean and Middle Eastern specialty market, The Black Cherry Market is a pinhole that offers visitors a view of the world on a plate.  With items like Turkish Delight at Arabic coffee and Halal meats, this little market is one to get lost in. You’ll find delicious fresh baked flatbreads and yummy jams, dips and spreads.

Food in Salt Lake City: Utah Local Sweet Shops

While a large number of farmers have turned Utah to be the farming capital of the north, a lot of entrepreneurs are making the scenery sweet. Utahns are known for their sweet tooth – which guarantees a delicious stop at some of our favorite spots:

 

  • The Chocolate Conspiracy – they make their raw and vegan chocolate bard from scratch – controlling every step of the process to ensure consistency every time. With a goal of producing authentic chocolate flavors, a bar of The Chocolate Conspiracy is what you need to nibble on as you enjoy the rest of Utah.
  • Ruby Snap – it does not matter how old you are; a trip to Utah is never complete if you have not bought some Ruby Snap goodies. Each cookie is named lovingly with an old-fashioned name; guests may come in and order “Two Viviannas, one Virginia and one Zoey to go.” For once, here is a menu of cookies that have been made with love using only the finest ingredients which you can at least pronounce. Ruby Snap is your home of pleasant surprises when you are in the Salt Lake City food scene.
  • Bubble and Brown – a bakery that focuses on buttery pasties and cakes with minimal sugar – instead relying on ingredients at the peak of their season to infuse sweetness and flavor.  Bubble and Brown never disappoints for breakfast pastries and special occasion cakes.
  • Dolcetti Gelato – Utah’s original gelato spot, Dolcetti Gelato offers a variety of traditional gelato flavors as well as unique take with Utah-centric ingredients. Perfect for a hot summers day.

Food in Salt Lake City: Food Trucks

Food trucks are always on the go – moving from site to site throughout the day… If you love food in Salt Lake City, these food trucks are well worth tracking down. Here is what to expect from a few of them:

 

  • CupBop – the menu of the day will definitely keep you glued to these food trucks. CupBop is a Korean-fusion truck serving up bowls of rice, noodles, meat, kimchee and spicy sauces ranging from 1 (not spicy at all) to 10 (flaming mouth hot).
  • Waffle Love – the Belgian waffle will make your love affair with food deeper than you can imagine. And a taste of Belgium in Salt Lake City can be found at Waffle Love. Close your eyes and wait for the toppings to surprise you because they will; you will dig in without a care in the world.
  • Fire and Slice Pizza – taste the pizzas from Fire and Slice Pizza – they are baked in a traditional (but portable) wood-fired pizza oven with unique flavors and pizzas of the day.
  • Havana Eats – Cubans living in Salt Lake City will wait at the corner every day for the Havana Eats food truck to set up. Never been to Cuba? Kill two birds with one stone by eating from this food truck that prepares authentic family meals with joy and tradition.

The culture of food in Salt Lake City is growing and expanding all the time.  Want to know more about places to eat and things to do in Salt Lake City?  Check these out:

Make the most of a 3 day relocation house hunting trip

You’re getting ready to move across the county in a few months.  For a new job or a new adventure or a change of scenery.  Relocation is a big, complicated step.  A lot of our relocation clients pick a 3 day window to fly out and start seeing houses a few months before the move.  We’ve compiled all the things we’ve learned to make a relocation trip that much easier for you.  Here’s how you can plan your relocation house hunting trip and condense it into 3 days.

 

Make the most of a 3 day relocation house hunting trip:
  1. Plan in advance
  2. Explore the area
  3. See some homes
  4. Write Offers

Plan Ahead

To maximize your relocation house hunting trip, find a real estate agent that specializes in relocation hunting.
Work with that agent in advance to discuss your home requirements and needs.  It will help them eliminate areas, homes and amenities that just won’t work for you.
Plan on seeing about 8-10 homes during your trip.  This means long and dedicated days with your agent – the more time you can give them to plan  the more you’ll be able to see.

DAY 1: Explore the Area

Spend the first day of your relocation house hunting trip exploring neighborhoods.  You agent can help you narrow down areas that make sense for you.  Don’t skip this step – you don’t want to find a home you love in an area that doesn’t suit your needs.
For example, if you have young kids finding are area with a great school district will be important.  If you want to have a minimal commute, targeting a spot that has good access to public transportation or is close to your office is key.
Narrow down your search to 2-4 areas and neighborhoods that you really like and focus your search there.

DAY 2: Visit homes

The second day is the day to dive in and start seeing homes.  Your relocation real estate agent should be able to plan a route to help maximize your time and keep you from driving back and forth across the city.  Set the goal of visiting 6-8 homes – a couple in each of the areas you like.

Wear comfortable shoes, carry some water, take time for a lunch break – it is going to be a long day.
As you see homes be sure to rank them for your agent – tell them which ones you like the most and the least.  It will help them get to know your preferences and dislikes when it comes to a home.  It can also help you cross off some homes without even seeing them.  Maximize time spent looking at homes you actually like in areas you love.
At the end of Day 2 of your relocation house hunting trip, you’ll want to have a couple of homes on the shortlist of possibilities.

 

 

 

DAY 3: Write offers

On the morning of Day 3 you can squeeze in a couple more walkthroughs if you want or if you only have one home that you like from the day before.
Afterwards, you want to spend the third day writing offers with your agent.  Ideally you have 2-3 homes that you’re making an offer on before you head home from your relocation house hunting trip.

 

BACK AT HOME:

Stay in touch with your real estate agent.  They will let you know if any of your offers were accepted, what they need from you next.  You agent can also help coordinate inspections, refer you to people to help with repairs or cleaning, and can even arrange for you to close on your home long distance.