Where to take you dog in Salt Lake in the summer

The dog days of summer are upon us! We know how much your four-legged friend enjoys hanging with you, wherever you go. Summer in Salt Lake is bursting with options for you and your pooch to get out and enjoy the sunshine. Here are a few of our top picks.

Parks to take your dogs

  • Tanner Park –Plenty of space and great trails for your four-legged friend to run off leash and even enjoy a running creek (stay clear if water is running fast).

2760 Heritage Way

  • Herman Franks Park-Large gravel area for your dog to run and play. Two entrances are well stocked with bags so you can clean up after your pooch.

1300 South 700 East

Hikes for you and your dog

  • Neff’s Canyon-Beautiful scenery and well-groomed trails with a lovely stream. The hike is 6.2 miles and steep in some areas.

4326 White Way

  • Millcreek Canyon-Anther great option to hike with the your four-legged kid. Fairley easy trails with stream and places to stop for a picnic. Depending on the day, your dog may or may not have to be on-leash. Even numbered days they are required to be on-leash.

3800 Millcreek Canyon Road

Patio Friendly Spots

  • Campfire Lounge– with a cool vibe and a great pet-friendly patio, Campfire Lounge serves brunch, drinks and all your favorite snacks like tater tots and mac ‘n cheese bites. With three firepits to gather around, plan on spending a few hours.

837 E. 2100 South

  • Flatbread-Serving pizza, flatbreads and pastas, this sugar house haunt is a fun gathering place to bring all the kiddos, including your hound.

2121 S. McClelland Street, Suite 109

Best Places to Grab a Coffee In Salt Lake

We have some of the best coffee roasters right here in Salt Lake. The coffee culture is alive and well, whether you are a hot, iced or blended fan, decaf or caf, going for coffee is a social experience that appeals to the masses all year long.

Here are some of our favorite spots to grab a coffee.

Publik Coffee Roasters- Offering 4 unique blends. Beans are sourced from Brazil, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Peru, Planadas and Tolima and roasted in house. Each flavor blend is unique and the profiles range from dark chocolate to nutty. Baristas prepare a beautifully crafted finish, a work of drinkable art. The atmosphere is fun but also can be a great space to plug in and work.

Various Locations

975 S. West Temple

931 E. 900 South

Campos Roastery & Kitchen– The Australian coffee roaster not only has delicious coffee with amazing flavor profiles, but the company also has a social conscience that is evident in their simple statement, “Quality Coffee Cultivated by Good”. Fun vibe, delicious food offering sand a rooftop space opening soon.

228 Edison Street

Millcreek Coffee Roasters – This family owned business, has been roasting coffee in Salt Lake since 1992. They visit the countries of origin to source the beans they roast and are focused on an environmentally-friendly way to produce.  Beans are roasted daily to ensure the best quality and flavor. Free Wi-Fi, breakfast and lunch items are also available.

657 South Main Street

3 Cups-Brewing beans from local roasters, Blue Copper and La Barba, this happening coffee hub has some of the best coffee and treats in town. There are house made savory and sweet items along with some refreshing gelato to add to your daily brew.

4670 South 2300 East

Salt Lake Roasting Company- Founder John Bolton set out to travel the world on a mission to find the best organic, shade-grown beans on the planet. SLRC roasts beans from North, South and Central America. The flavor profiles range from dark roasts to blends and green, unroasted beans are also available. Stop in for a cup and take home a pound.

820 East 400 South

Sugar House Coffee- It really is a community gathering space, and they serve great coffee. Awesome patio, fun and energetic vibe, you will want to linger there so we recommend getting a large coffee and maybe a sandwich.  With locally sourced products wherever possible, it is the perfect spot to spend a few hours.

2011 South 1100 East

Tips for First Time Home Buyers

Buying your first home is a very exciting time, but first-time homebuyers can also feel a bit anxious if you do not have all the information you need or are not fully prepared for all the costs necessary to buy a home.

 

Here are some things to consider to help you be prepared for your big move.

  • First and foremost, determine a realistic amount for how much you can afford.Consider your current monthly budget, leave room for miscellaneous home costs and repairs, like HOA fees, taxes and insurance. Then determine the amount you can afford for a house payment, considering what percentage of your take-home pay can be used.

 

  • Pay off all debt. Carrying debt will not only decrease the amount you will qualify for but can also add stress to your monthly bottom line
  • Save for a down payment. Having 20% down is ideal, that will get you into a position of not having to pay Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI).
  • Save for closing costs. Typically, closing costs are 3-4% of the purchase price. Once you have a good idea of the home price, you can get to this number easily.
  • Loan pre-approval. Once you have paid off debt and saved for closing cost, it is a good idea to have a lender pre-approve you for a loan. This will help expedite the closing process and give you an idea of what amount you actually qualify for.

 

  • When it comes time to finding the perfect house, research desirable neighborhoods to find the best fit.

 

  • Hire a real estate agent that can help you navigate the maze of open houses and do all the necessary paperwork!

Which Neighborhood Fits Your Lifestyle?

Sugar House? 9th & 9th? University? Downtown? The Avenues?  Aaahhh!

Which of these 5 Salt Lake City neighborhoods best fits your lifestyle?                                                     

Moving to a new area – whether it be a new city or even a new part of the city – can be very intimidating.  It takes living somewhere and truly experiencing it within your own lifestyle to fully understand the area around you and what makes it so great.  We always think our own neighborhoods are the best!  So what in the world do you do when everyone is telling you that you should move to their neck of the woods?                            

Take our quiz and remember the answers you selected for each question – mostly a’s, mostly b’s, etc.  After the quiz, you can find your results and learn more about the neighborhood that picked you!


What do you want to do when you wake up on a sunny Saturday morning?

  1. Head to the park with my dog and coffee
  2.  Play frisbee in a field with my friends
  3.  Hop on the train and hit the stores
  4.  Do some yoga and grab a coffee
  5.  Eat a local brunch and do some window shopping

 

What types of restaurants do you eat in the most?

  1.  Local restaurants where I can meet the owner
  2.  I enjoy the eclectic menus of other countries
  3. I like famous steakhouses and unique menus
  4.  I  love farm – to – table eateries
  5.  Smaller bistros really set the mood

 

What is your ideal mode of transportation?

  1.  Carpooling with my friends to save the earth
  2.  I have a bicycle and/or a longboard
  3.  UTA – Trax System
  4.  I have two legs that work great
  5.  My sturdy vehicle!

 

Where do you like to spend your evenings?

  1.  At the Art Walk
  2.  Attending cultural events
  3.  At bars
  4.  Hanging outside with other locals at festivals
  5.  In a candlelit eaterie with tapas style dining

 

Which activity do you do on a regular basis?

  1.  Going to the park
  2.  I love sporting events!
  3.  Mall. Movies. Meals.
  4.  Local boutique shopping
  5.  Museums and Gallery openings

 

If you answered mostly A’s … then Sugarhouse is where you should be!

If you answered mostly B’s … then you should move to the University Area!

If you answered mostly C’s … then you would love living Downtown!

If you answered mostly D’s … then 9th & 9th is your best bet!

If you answered mostly E’s … then the Avenues is waiting for you!


 

It can be scary moving to a new city with new people and new places.  After the fear goes away, the excitement settles in and that’s when you make your move!  Selecting the right neighborhood will make all the difference in the world in your new life.  To get a better feel for each of these neighborhoods, take a look at our Pinterest page and see what tickles your fancy!

 

Remodeling a home to sell Part 1

Remodeling to sell requires a thoughtful undertaking. At the forefront is time and money, but equally important is quality, longevity of the design, and aligning with current tastes.  So what does a home-seller do when they are ready to sell their home of ten years but it needs some modern appeal?  You get creative with your realtor.

Detail on entrance needing a fresh coat of paint and repairs

Detail on entrance needing a fresh coat of paint and repairs.

Old Timey Outlet Market Source Real Estate

They literally don’t make em like they used to!

before remodel market source real estate

Storage is great but these unappealing bookshelves aren’t helping anybody.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

remodel in progress market source real estate

New wood floors, baseboards, paint, and an open concept living area. So fresh, so clean!

 

remodel in progress stairs market source real estate

Before stairs it was just an awkward to the basement bathroom.

Market Source Real Estate broker Jeremy Higginson is working with clients holding on to a sweet Millcreek cottage for just that reason. The great location and spacious front lawn brought the house attention, and more than a few offers. Yet after 18 months, the owners still didn’t have a contract.  Jeremy is currently guiding the house’s remodel and rehab so his clients can get top doll

ar for their home.Built in the decade of ragtime and the Ford Model-T, this “carriage house” still has solid bones, and even a bygone electrical outlet in mint condition to show for how well it’s been cared for.

But the old carpets, out-dated paint and style, and functional issues pushed potential buyers away.

Jeremy arranged for a flooring contractor, general contractor, cleaning crews, and painters to bring this carriage house into the 21st century.

Joe Smolka, general contractor, opened up the space and created more flow by knocking down a wall that was separating the kitchen from the living room.  Now the functional fireplace is at the center of attention.  He also added stairs to an awkward a previous remodel had left in the basement between the laundry and bathroom, and new baseboards.

The expected return on investment is an additional $40,000 on the sales price of this historic Millcreek remodel.