COVID-19: Safety First at Market Source Real Estate

​At Market Source Real Estate during the COVID-19 epidemic, we haven’t seen a decline in the strength of the housing market at this point. Our housing market is as strong as ever here in Utah.

 

With the strength of the market, we are still working with our buyers and sellers to help them with their real estate needs during COVID-19, while still maintaining good practices for social distancing.

 

 

For Our Sellers during COVID-19:

 

 

  • Skip the open houses – To avoid large groups of people, we are recommending sellers skip the open house and opt for private showings.
  • Only one showing at a time – We are using an online booking system that will only allow one agent at a time to schedule a showing of your home.
  • Booties and gloves – To reduce the germs that enter your home, we will leave a basket of booties and gloves (as long as they are available for purchase) for visitors to wear during their tour.
  • Sanitizing – We suggest that you purchase sanitizing wipes or spray to use after each visit. We will provide you with a checklist of ‘hot spot’ areas to sanitize after showings.
  • Social distancing – We are following the CDC’s recommended guidelines for maintaining a 6-foot distance between ourselves and our clients.
  • Sick or High-Risk? We will be opting for virtual meetings if an agent or client is feeling under the weather or is at increased risk due to age or a compromised immune system.
  • COVID 19 Addendum – We will discuss the need for a COVID-19 addendum to new contracts. This will help protect our sellers from unforeseen delays that may arise during their home sale process.

For Our Buyers during COVID-19:

 

 

  • Meet on location – We are asking clients to meet us on site for a showing instead of carpooling.
  • Skip the open house – To avoid large groups of people, we are recommending buyers skip the open house and opt for private showings.
  • Sanitizing – To prevent COVID-19 spread to ourselves and the community, we will be using hand sanitizer in between each showing.
  • Social distancing – We are following the CDC’s recommended guidelines for maintaining a 6-foot distance between ourselves and our clients.
  • Sick or High-Risk? We will be opting for virtual meetings if an agent or client is feeling ill or is at increased risk due to age or a compromised immune system.
  • COVID 19 Addendum. We will discuss the need for a COVID-19 addendum to new contracts. This will help protect our buyers from unforeseen delays that may arise during their home sale process.

For Our Staff:

 

 

  • Work from home – We are lucky to have a job that allows most of our ‘behind the scenes’ work to be done from home. We have asked staff to remain at home for anything that does not require a trip to the office.
  • Virtual training & meetings – All team meetings and training will be hosted virtually during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Guidelines for exposure – If a member of our team is diagnosed or exposed to COVID-19, we will follow the written protocol developed by the National Association of Realtors to avoid further spread of the virus.

We can offer virtual tours, long-distance closings, and more to prevent the spread of COVID-19! Just reach out, and our experienced team will help you!

How to Check Your Home for Earthquake Damage After the Ground Stops Shaking

 

Well, Utah just had our largest earthquake since 1992.  It woke some of us up and rattled the windows.  We thought it would be wise to get the word out on how to check for earthquake damage (now that the ground isn’t rocking and rolling quite so much).  Check for injuries to yourself and your family and cautiously evacuate if it is unsafe before taking care of your home.

 

1. Walk the Outside

 

It goes without saying that if the earthquake is severe, you should stay safe and not enter any spaces that look dangerous or unstable.   Let’s just say it again – keep clear until you know it is safe.  Keep an eye out for downed power lines and stay away from them as well.    

Walk the outside of your building and check for earthquake damage.  Be systematic. Check each outer wall, top to bottom.  Look for cracks, signs of instability, indents, or bulging walls.  Take photos of the damage if you can – you might need documentation for insurance claims.    

Look at your roof and gutters and check that you aren’t missing any tiles or that your water spouts haven’t become disconnected.  Don’t forget to check roof ridges if you can get to them.  Are there heavy tree branches or debris on your roof?  If so, your roof might be in danger of collapsing – so be careful about re-entering your house.    

Make a note of anything that looks like it is unstable or still moving.  And DON’T get too close if that is the case.  Finally, check to see if you smell any gas.  If you do, do not go into your house.  Write down a list of all the things that need to be taken care of.  

 

2. Check The Inside

 

The inclination is to clean up any earthquake damage inside first.  But take a moment and make sure that your house is stable from the outside first.   

Check your walls, ceilings and floors for cracks or gaps.  Notice if the floor is creakier than before in a specific area.  Tap your floor tiles and check for a new hollow sound. Don’t forget to check basements and crawl spaces.     

Check your windows and doors – do they still open and close properly (assuming they aren’t broken)? If they don’t, that could indicate some foundational issues that are hidden.

 

3. Check Utility Lines for Earthquake Damage

 

It is critical that once you’ve made sure that the foundation of your house is stable and safe that you check your gas line where it comes into your house.  Look at your meter and check the dials. Check for the smell of gas – especially around the stove, furnace, and hot water heater.  If you smell gas, evacuate immediately.  If it is safe, turn off the gas main.  Here is a video on how to check.    

Look for water leaks – around your water heater, sinks, tub and any hoses attached to your house.  If you discover water leaks, turn off the water main if you can.    

Finally, check your electrical wires, especially in basements and attics, where wires may be exposed.  Check if anything has fallen on them.  If any wires are exposed, sparking or appear damaged, turn off the power at the breaker and DO NOT approach any exposed wires or downed lines.

 

4. Check for Debris & Clean Up

 

The inclination when checking for earthquake damage is to take care of the obvious stuff first, things like broken glass and tipped over furniture.  But making sure that your foundation and utilities are secure first means you can clean up without the fear of your house coming down or of fire.  This wasn’t a quake that majorly damaged most homes in Utah, but something to keep in mind for the future. 

Make sure you have a pair of solid shoes on and sweep up any broken glass, pottery, etc.  You don’t want to worry about cutting your foot.  Check that picture frames are stable on the wall – you don’t want them falling off later and hitting someone because they came loose.   

Put furniture, books, plates, etc. back where they belong (or stack them on the floor if you’re worried about strong aftershocks). 

Take a deep breath.  Have a glass of wine.  Meditate.  Hug your family.  Check on your neighbors.  Or if there *happens* to be pandemic going on at the same time (lucky you) get on social media and check on everyone.  We’ll get through this.  

Looking for help with repairs?  Check out our post on hiring a contractor or check out our list of service providers.

 

 

 

Tea Time! 4 Best Places in Salt Lake for a Cup of Tea

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If you enjoy a great cup of tea and are living in or moving to Salt Lake City, there are so many amazing options for you.

Keep reading for our favorite places for a cup of tea, why we love them, and our recommendations for the yummiest items on the menu.

1. The Tea Grotto

This is the place to be for all things tea.

This cafe has a relaxed vibe and is staffed by tea experts. They also offer tea-infused food, for something a little different. Get a delicious, made-to-perfection iced tea, or try something blended.

Nothing will cool you off on a warm summer day like one of their blended milk teas. Try some of our favorites, from the cinnamon-topped vanilla chai or the unique Thai tea. If you’re a fan of boba tea, you can find it at The Tea Grotto.

If you get truly hooked on their delicious teas, you can even order them online, along with the tools you need to prepare them.

2. The Rose Establishment

Calling all hipsters, this cafe is perfect for days of work on your laptop or with a good book. The wood interior is both cozy and trendy for all-day hangouts. The coffee and tea options are endless, and they also offer a beer and wine menu.

If you’re in need of a bite, head there for brunch or lunch. The menu options are unique and healthy, perfect for any vegetarian or vegan.

If you’re there for a cup of tea, grab the loose leaf, which is served in a small pot perfect for instant refills. If you’re looking for something a little bit fancier, try the Black Rose, which is a black tea with spices and ginger.

3. Tea Zaanti

This place wasn’t voted Salt Lake City’s best teahouse for nothing.

This cozy joint has the comfortability of walking into a warm house, with plush couches and chairs galore. Tea Zaanti strives to be community-based and sustainable, using solar panels for energy and composting tea leaves in their backyard garden.

Head there for a delicious matcha tea, which comes in several flavors, and light bites. Their grilled cheese and tomato soup will make you feel right at home, and don’t leave without trying one of their delicious coconut macaroons.  P.S.  They just moved right across from our office.  Which means we’ll be there all the time now.

4. The Grand America

Looking for something a little less casual?

Head to The Grand America Hotel for an afternoon of high tea.  They offer up a delicious cup of tea as well as hot chocolate for the kids.

There are so many excellent teas to chose from, and the ambiance complete with salon music is the perfect way to catch up with friends. The high tea includes lite bites, both sweet and savory for an afternoon of elegance.

Salt Lake City Is Our Cup of Tea

If you’re new to the city and are looking for the perfect place to grab a cup of tea, try some of these awesome spots. We promise they won’t disappoint.

For more advice on what to do in Salt Lake City, or to buy or sell a home in the area, keep scrolling our site!

5 Tips to Sell Your Home This Spring

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Research has found that the spring season is one of the most competitive times to sell your home.

There are tons of active buyers in the market but there are also tons of sellers looking to fill buyer needs.

To stand out in the spring, you have to go the extra mile.

Read on for our five tips for selling your home in the spring!

1. Improve Curb Appeal

Curb appeal refers to the first impression your home makes when potential buyers are approaching from the outside. It includes the aesthetic impact of your home and your yard.

If you’ve never kept up with a full garden, put out a few fun pots filled with thriving plants. Make sure that your lawn is mowed, weeded, and edged.

Take the time to give your front door or shutters a new coat of paint if necessary. Peeling or fading paint will make your home look a lot older or more rundown than it actually is.

2. Depersonalize and Declutter

When people view your home, they want to envision what it will look like when they move their own belongings into it. If you have a ton of clutter or highly personalized decor, their imaginations won’t run as wild!

Toss any junk lying around and pack up any decor that distracts from your home’s structural qualities. If you’ve neglected certain rooms, you may want to disperse some of your furniture and other pieces to stage each space in your home. Buyers want to see that every room is functional but they also don’t want to feel locked into your specific design style.

3. Amplify the Natural Light

Natural light has a calming effect and has been shown to improve mental health. It’s not uncommon to hear buyers say that natural light is at the top of their list of desirable traits in a home. In the post-winter months, people may be craving natural light even more than usual!

Remove dark curtains and keep shutters and blinds open. Tone back dark walls with tan or white paint to amplify the natural light coming in. If you don’t get tons of natural light, stage a few large mirrors across from windows to reflect the light and boost the room’s brightness.

4. Renovate

You may not want to make major investments into your house before selling. However, consider making a few cosmetic renovations if some of your home’s features are outdated. For example, many homeowners are moving away from closed wooden cabinets towards a modern, open cabinet look.

A few cosmetic renovations can take your home out of the 70s and into the 21st century!

5. Find an Agent

Working with an agent who knows your area well can improve your turnover time. Buyers often have an agent in their corner so why shouldn’t you?

Sell Your Home in Salt Lake City

If you’re looking to sell your Salt Lake City home, allow MarketSource to help you! Our team knows exactly what Salt Lake City sellers have to offer and what buyers are looking for.

Contact us today and let’s get started on selling your home!

3 Best Ways Real Estate Agents Can Manage Time

 

 

While time management is essential in all occupations, it’s an especially important skill for real estate agents that hope to be successful in their field.

If you’re a real estate agent that wants to take their career to the next level this year, keep reading for tips on how to manage time successfully.

1. Start Every Day With a Plan

Sometimes being a real estate agent can feel like being your boss. Because of this, it’s vital for real estate agents to go into each workday with a plan.

It’s helpful to get into a routine where you plan daily, either early in the morning or in the evening for the next day. Highlight what needs to get done, including any appointment times, and block out time for all these activities. By starting the day with a plan, you can stay organized and know what you realistically have time for.

2. Stay Organized

Staying organized is a must for being successful in real estate. If you’re disorganized, you can disappoint and steer away from potential and current clients. Find a scheduler or task management system that works for you.

If you’re a pen and paper person, consider getting a planner to help you manage your time.

Planners are a great option because you can block out time by the half-hour, making sure you know what’s on the agenda daily, weekly, and monthly. If you choose this option, make sure you keep your planner on you constantly in a briefcase or purse, so that you can refer back to it at any time.

If this seems archaic to you, there are plenty of digital task managing options that you can access from your laptop or mobile. There are many free options, such as Glip and Airtable. These apps are a great option, as you can access them from anywhere.

3. Stay Distraction- and Procrastination-Free

Whether you work at an office or from home, distractions are everywhere. It’s a good idea to limit distractions in your workspace. Get in the habit of zoning into your work with a Focus playlist.

If you don’t need your phone for whatever work you’re doing, turn it off or put it away. Finding your own habits that lead to a distraction-free work zone can seriously help you stay on task. Try to limit multitasking, as it’s a sure way to get off-topic and can reduce the quality of your work.

We all have times where we put tasks off, especially those that are more difficult than others. Procrastinating is a sure way to cause yourself even more stress in the workplace. Give yourself time to get your work done so that you can produce impressive work.

If there’s something on your list you don’t want to do, try doing it first. This takes the pressure off and lets the rest of the day flow much more quickly.

4. Monique’s Time Management Recommendations & Schedule

1.  Get up early.  Monique starts her day at 5:45 am to fit in some personal and mental wellness before the day gets going.  In real estate, you’re often working into the evening or on weekends showing homes – which means that morning is gold for real estate agents.

2.  Find a way to work out.  She generally tries to get to the gym by 6:15 am before she has to get her kids out the door to school.  Choosing a gym close to your house makes it much more likely that you’ll go.

3.  Monique says, “I like to plan my day out at the beginning of the day with tasks so I can be very efficient with my time while driving around, etc. I work from my phone while I am waiting for clients to show up, etc in order to stay caught up.”

4.  Delegate tasks to assistants.  You can’t do it all.  This might include personal tasks like grocery shopping, running errands or planning travel.

5.  Know your worth.  Another Monique-ism, “I have a house cleaner and try to hire out any services that cost me less per hour than I am worth in order to maximize productivity.”

Make your career in real estate the best it can be by following these simple steps to manage time effectively.

For more on real estate, and to check out homes for sale in Salt Lake City, head to our site today!