The risks of selling and buying on your own

Northern Wasatch Association of Realtors Advice

In a world where Pinterest, online videos and specialty blogs encourage you to try any number of projects, it’s easy to think you’re up to any do-it-yourself challenge. While some projects are low-risk, like trying a new recipe, others, like shingling your roof, can cause serious problems if done without the proper expertise. Buying and selling a home are activities that fall into the latter category. Without the experience of a real estate agent who knows your neighborhood, you risk losing thousands of dollars. Or you could find yourself in a lawsuit because you didn’t understand your legal responsibilities. Here are just a few of the costly mistakes that “do-it-yourselfers” risk making:   Buyers Paying too much Just because a …

Saving During the Holidays

Northern Wasatch Association of Realtors Advice

It’s that time of year again to start trimming your tree and your budget. Saving and spending wisely this holiday season you can avoid a total budget-buster. Trim your spending without sacrificing any holiday experiences with these quick tips. 1. Budget Budgeting for the holidays is always a smart idea. Start by establishing a general spending cap or allocating a specific amount to each person on your list. Be careful not to forget the little things or set a budget that is too tight. These two items can quickly cause your holiday budget to sour. After setting your budget, it’s important to stick to it. 2. Track your spending One of the most helpful ways to stick to your budget …

2017 Real Estate Forecast

Northern Wasatch Association of Realtors Advice, Update

Despite tight housing supplies and rising home prices, buyers still flocked to the housing market, making 2016 one of the best years ever for home sales and setting the stage for strong real estate conditions in 2017 and 2018. The National Association of REALTORS is predicting 2016 will be the best year for U.S. home sales since 2006. In Utah, if the pace keeps up, 2016 will have the most real estate transactions ever on records dating back to 2003. In Northern Utah, Weber and Davis County sales increased about 4 and 2 percent, respectively, for the first nine months of the year. That’s up from a very strong 2015. Moving forward, experts forecast 2017 should have even more transactions. …

Fun Family Halloween Activities

Northern Wasatch Association of Realtors event

Halloween is a great time of year—pumpkin carving, hot cocoa, and trick-or-treating! As families prepare for a fun month of picking out the best Halloween costume, family pictures, and other activities.  This year, there are a lot of wonderful events taking place around Northern Utah for everyone. If you’re looking for something the whole family will enjoy, here are some great events to check out: Witches & Warlocks Gathering. Join us for a night of fun for the Witches Gathering at the Bill of Rights Plaza in Brigham City. Come and enjoy a fun night of great music (the Greg Simpson Band will be performing), contests, and prizes. Enchanted Woods. The Treehouse Museum, located in Ogden, is holding their Enchanted …

Fall Festival Thanksgiving Point

Northern Wasatch Association of Realtors event

As we move into the autumn months, there are lot’s of fun things taking place during the month of September, and one of those events is the 12th Annual Harvest Festival at Thanksgiving Point. So mark your calendars for September 24th from 10 AM to 4 PM and grab your family and friends! There are so many things going on, including kids crafts, music, and the annual giant pumpkin weigh-off! This popular event is put on by Utah’s Giant Pumpkin Growers! What is the largest pumpkin you’ve ever seen? While you’re taking in the events of the Harvest Festival, take a moment to also check out Birdosity! Come and explore the wonders of the birds and how to identify the …