Best Things to do in the fall in Utah

Fall in Utah is simply breathtaking. There are so many fun things to do in the fall, with the color changes and the chill in the air, you will want to experience all the wonder mother nature has in store, as well as take in a few fun fall inspired events this time of year.

 

Here are few or our favorites:

Take a drive:

 

Alpine Loop- is own of the most picturesque drives in Utah. The loop connects American Fork Canyon and Provo Canyon and will provide you with an abundance of color.

 

Big Cottonwood Canyon- Another scenic byway that will take you a journey of fall color changes.

 

Sundance- take a left after the tunnel as you drive from Provo to Heber. There are signs along the way.

Fall Hikes:

 

Please check links for difficulty levels.

 

Bell Canyon Reservoir– pick this hike up right in Sandy and don’t stop until you get to the lake. The colors are amazing in the fall.

 

Stair Gulch– In Big Cottonwood Canyon, the colors line the trail as you climb up the gulch.

 

Trail to Desolation Lake – behold the honey gold aspens and the pretty lake just up yonder. The hike is not a short one, so it is also a great workout.

 

For the kids

 

Gardner Village Witches– Few things say fall like the Witch display at Gardner Village. This event really is fun for all ages but younger kids really get a kick out of seeing all the creative witch displays around the village. And it is free to roam around.

 

Boo Lights– Hogle Zoo does an amazing job of creating Halloween themed light displays throughout the zoo. From a graveyard to the land of spiders, kids will enjoy all the sights…and sounds.

 

The Crazy Corn Maze- Just like the name implies, be prepared to enter a corn maze of fun with many twists and turns over 8 acres of corn.

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 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 on 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.

Keeping Family Vacation Homes in the Family

Keeping Family Vacation Homes in the Family

In the summer of 2020, “cabin fever” took on new meaning and stir-crazy-inducing isolation was de rigueur. So it may come as no surprise to you that the demand for family vacation properties increased last fall. I imagine we were all looking for ways to make the upcoming summer of 2021 much more enjoyable. Were you one of the many swept along in the fervor for a family vacation home? If yes, then, as you get ready to enjoy your new family oasis or head off to the old family cabin, you may be thinking about how to turn your vacation property into a family legacy for future generations to enjoy. Not sure where to start? Use the following three steps to get the ball rolling. 

Have an Honest Conversation

Successfully passing your vacation property to the next generation requires their buy-in. Sit down with your family members and have an open discussion about the property’s future. Your summer haven might be their idea of hell! The oldest may benefit most from the cash of the sale of the property, while the youngest may dream of future generations bonding at the very same family vacation home. Create the best outcome for your family by understanding the wishes and needs of the next generation as you plan how to best pass your vacation property to the next generation. 

 

Create a Plan

Set the next generation up for success by creating a vacation property ownership and management plan and put the plan into writing. The plan should direct how decisions are made, how the property is maintained, and who can become a shared owner in the property. An easy way to begin to make a plan is to create a list of all the tasks and responsibilities associated with your vacation property, including the seemingly minor tasks. Now, find a fair way to divvy up the jobs and responsibilities between the next generation of owners. Your plan should contemplate how the vacation property will be maintained financially and physically. Should the property be rented out to third parties to pay for itself, or should each member of the next generation bear some financial responsibility? You may consider creating roles such as property manager, finance manager, scheduling manager, etc. 

 

Plan for Transfer of Ownership

You have several different tools that you can utilize to transfer ownership of your vacation property to the next generation, including family limited liability companies, trusts, and joint ownership, to name just a few. Whichever tool you use, make sure the plan you created is included. These various tools must be set up properly as they have different impacts on your financial, estate, and tax planning. Legal and financial professionals can assist you in choosing the best vehicle for achieving your goals.

Are you planning a move? Rather than sell your house, why not turn it into a rental property? It’s a great way to get involved in real estate investment and make money.

Are you ready to be a landlord? Get your unit on the market with us!

Here’s Everything You Should Know About Old Houses (and Why You Should Buy One)

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Buying old houses for restoration may seem like a beautiful idea. You’ll get to make the best of the property’s original features and bring a new lease on life to an old building. But there are some things that you’ll need to consider before taking the plunge. 

Older properties tend to be filled with character and charm. But what are the benefits of an old house? And what do you need to know about buying an antique home?

In this article, we’ll discuss why you should remodel an old home. 

Old Homes Are Cheaper Than New Homes

What differentiates an older property from a newer home? Largely, the materials that it’s built out of and the type of construction that’s gone into the home. 

Typically, a house can be considered old if it was built more than fifty years ago. 

Because an older home may be in need of some modernization, they are often cheaper to buy than new homes. This makes them ideal for first-time buyers, real estate investors looking for rental properties, and those looking to flip a property. 

Old Houses Are Often in Established Locations

When it comes to buying a property, location is often a key factor. That means how far it is from amenities such as schools and convenience stores. Because of the way that towns and cities are planned, older properties tend to be in very established locations. 

In the Salt Lake area, vintage homes tend to be in areas such as 9th and 9th, close to the University of Utah, the Avenues, and Sugar House. All of these are very desirable areas to live in and have very established communities. 

Old Homes Have More Character

Older properties tend to have a lot more charm and character than new builds. Often, old houses have period features that are quite unique and add real value to the surroundings. 

If character is what you’re looking for from your home, then you’ll not go wrong with a vintage property. 

Why You Should Work With Vintage Home Experts

When it comes to buying old homes, you’ll want to work with experts. Monique Higginson is an expert in restoring and selling vintage homes. She personally lives in an antique home and has had to carry out major repairs to 25 vintage homes in Salt Lake Valley in the past. 

A vintage home expert such as Monique will be able to advise you based on their in-depth knowledge of the various construction phases and problems that you might be met with when it comes to restoring an antique property. 

Restoring Old Houses 

Restoring old houses can be hard work, but it’s certainly rewarding. The benefits of owning a vintage property make the hard work you’ll need to put into restoring them all worthwhile. 

If you’re looking to buy an old house in the Salt Lake area, get in touch with Market Source Real Estate today or browse the range of properties for sale

Benefits of Working with a Certified Negotiation Expert

Certified Negotiation Expert

​Buying a home is an intimidating process. You’re looking for a great neighborhood to settle down in and a house that fits within your budget. 

After you find a house that fits your criteria, it’s time to talk about finances. The housing market is constantly fluctuating, so you’ll want to make a reasonable offer before prices go back up again.

Your offer isn’t accepted, and now you’re in a back and forth with the listing agent. Home negotiations can be challenging, so that’s why many people hire a certified negotiation expert to get the job done. Let’s look at why you should use negotiation experts when buying your new home.

What Is a Certified Negotiation Expert?

A certified negotiation expert, or CNE, is a real estate agent who has taken extra steps to increase their negotiation skills. The courses help them to stand out in a room of their competitors.

Most real estate agents don’t have a CNE certification. Less than 5% of agents in the US do. The training is rigorous, but it shows how dedicated they are to their job and how they can help you acquire your new home.

How Agents Become CNE

Most real estate agents take a two-day intensive CNE training course. Classes they take can cover a variety of topics such as:

  • Different negotiation styles
  • The psychology of buying
  • Persuasion principles
  • Planning methods

After they finish the course, they become a recognized CNE. Some real estate negotiators try to become master certified negotiation experts. It further enhances their real estate industry knowledge and credentials.

Benefits of Hiring a CNE

Hiring a CNE can help ease the tremendous burden that comes along with looking for a new home. Our CNE agents have the additional training needed to help you get the best deal for your home, such as:

  • Expert negotiation skills
  • Knowledge of the market and tactics used by sellers
  • Understanding the psychology of body language giving us the edge during negotiations

Knowing that your real estate agent has these skills helps remove any worries that you may have. Placing your trust in a CNE can save you a lot of money in the long run.

Our CNE Designated Agents

At Market Source Real Estate, we have two of the top CNE agents in Salt Lake City. Monique Higginson, our owner, has over 18 years of experience in the real estate industry. She understands the Salt Lake City market and has helped hundreds of clients land their dream homes with her CNE designation.

Our other CNE, Jennifer Holmstead, has over ten years of real estate experience. She understands that your home can become your most significant financial asset over time and can provide autonomy in the future. Jennifer also managed a local business for over 15 years, which magnifies her experience in negotiating.

Hire a Certified Negotiation Expert for Your Dream Home

Working with Market Source Real Estate means working with a certified negotiation expert. With our negotiating skills, you can relax knowing that we’ll get the best deal for your dream home. 

If you’re ready to start looking for a home, contact our real estate agents to help you get started.