Urban Utah Stories, by Babs De Lay, Broker

Urban Utah Stories, by Babs De Lay, Broker

 

We've Gone GREENER!

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  2011 I’m calling out all the other real estate companies in the state to make a concerted effort to GET GREENER. My firm is now the first real estate brokerage in the state to banish ‘fact sheets’ attached to real estate signs in order to achieve a more greener business practice. Fact sheets or info sheets on listing signs take up an enormous amount of paper as well as staff time to keep them full. Phasing out and fully replacing these boxes with a more permanent option only makes sense to be greener. In our recent practices a ‘yard arm’…

Is This A Safe Neighborhood?

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2011 “Is this a safe neighborhood?” asks my buyer as we look at homes. I really can’t answer that question, but I can send my buyer to a myriad of websites to find out the answer. I might think it’s a safe hood, but I’m not a statistician. Thanks to technology you can find out where all the ‘Chester the Molesters’ live in your potential zip code and check police statistics for type of crimes (robberies, rapes, murders, etc.) in the area. Recently I was showing homes to a mom and dad with three kids. They had grown out of…

Listings Are Exactly That!

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2011 Real estate sales is a mystery to people buying a home for the first time mainly because there is so much to learn before the move. Buyers get a whole new vocabulary of ‘pre-qualification, home inspection, home warranty, radon, locking or floating interest rates, and closing costs’, not to mention ‘bungalow, rambler, townhome, condo, CCR’s’ and the like! Over 90% of all buyers begin looking on the web at listings of homes for sale. The term ‘listing’ gets thrown around a lot by Realtors. We assume people know what we’re talking about. In a nutshell, a ‘listing’ is a…

The Scary Things We Find In Homes

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2011 Showing vacant homes to potential buyers is always an adventure, especially in an economy where there are so many foreclosures, short sales and flippers. Because of the huge amount of inventory I drive around and preview properties to save buyers time in seeing homes they wouldn't want. This last week I was doing just that in the Highland Park area of Sugar House. I always make appointments with listing agents before I show a home, even a vacant home, to find out how to access it and to see if it is still available and not under contact. This…