Urban Utah Stories, by Babs De Lay, Broker

Urban Utah Stories, by Babs De Lay, Broker

 

CONDO DROUGHT

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 ‘How much are all those condos going for that they are building everywhere?’  ‘ALL OF THOSE ARE APARTMENTS, NOT CONDOS!’  That’s right-just about every crane and every high rise in construction is an apartment building in the Salt Lake Valley and we are in a bona fide drought for condo buyers.             Who buys condos? Well everyone of course. But the demographic has traditionally been active seniors (Boomers) downsizing from their family homes once the kids flew off to college, and, single women. I remember a developer friend told me that when he built his first condo project in the…

#1 Place to Grow OLD!

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To practice your Utah accent, repeat after me: “Lard, Darris, wat a gar jus arng farmal ur wear un!” (Lord, Doris, what a gorgeous orange formal you’re wearing!). Good job!  Sister Dottie S. Dixon would be proud. Guess what?  Utahr is sa speshul that we’re now the bestest playce ta git old!         Call your folks, grab your grandmother’s dentures and your grandaddy’s reeking old Skechers and have them make Utah the last eternal place to live because Caring.com just voted us the best state in which to grow old. This data collector found that the elderly in our state…

The Apocalypse?

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The President of North Korea keeps threatening to blow up the U.S. with nuclear bombs.  Are you scared we might all be glowing with radiation in the near future?  Are you ready for the apocalypse?         When I was a kid the same nuclear threat occurred in 1962 during what was known as the ‘Cuban Missile Crisis’.  Our country feared we were all going to be vaporized in mushroom clouds from our neighbors to the south of Florida.  School children like myself were drilled to protect ourselves (don’t laugh, this is real) by hiding under our desks when the school…

Home/Condo Price Update!

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Wasatch Front home prices in this year’s second quarter climbed to their highest point ever. The median Wasatch Front home price reached $300,000, up from $275,000 a year ago. In Salt Lake County, the median single-family home price was $327,000, a 10 percent increase from last year. The top five most expensive housing areas by ZIP code in the second quarter were: 1. Emigration Canyon (84108) $561,000, up 19.4% 2. The Avenues (84103) $502,000, up 2.7% 3. Eden (84310) $501,000, up 24.5% 4. Alpine (84004) $497,000, up 5.9% 5. Draper (84020) $482,250, up 8.0%                 Competition is fierce for homes…