Draper, UT Real Estate News

By Mark Quaintance
(Windermere Real Estate - Utah)
News from the South Mountain HOA.  After our first meeting since October several new where brought up. The association is still looking into putting on an event at the new Draper Ampiltheater possibly in August.  We are looking into a bluegrass festival, thought there are still several details to iron out. Lights are needing replacement on several directional signs around South Mountain. Several trees have died and looking into replacing them after finding out how to get more success with them in those areas where we seem to be losing them. The last meeting minutes were also approved. Working on a new news letter to be coming out, which always brings in more new members to this voluntary HOA.  
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By Mark Quaintance
(Windermere Real Estate - Utah)
Just to let everyone know who is interested in the new high school coming to Draper, Ut.  There is going to be a meeting at the city hall on February 3, 2011 at 6:30 to discuss the site location for the new high school.  This will take place at Draper City Hall on Pioneer Rd.  This is very exciting to see that we will get a new high school in Draper and I am looking forward to seeing the plans for the new school.
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By Brett Butler
(Linda Secrist and Associates (Prudential))
  Draper Real Estate, Draper Utah Real estate  New this week.. If you are looking for a great Value this week in Draper you should look into the new Bank Owned home on Cascade Glen Dr in Draper. The project is the Bellevue project. This is a Ivory homes subdivision in the heart of Draper. Willow Springs Elementary a K-6 School in The Canyons School District a short walk from the home. The home is close proximity to I15 and a short commute to Downtown Salt Lake City. This Ivory homes project was built around open space and includes a trail system. The home is 3124 sq. Ft and priced at $364,900.   Farther up the hill another new Bank Owned was listed on the market.  This home  is in the Steeplechase community one of Draper's most prestigious and sought after subdivisions. The home is over...
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By Mark Quaintance
(Windermere Real Estate - Utah)
Just in!!  FHA is making it easier to get a home loan.  How?  credit scores of 500 or better can buy with 10% down, and 600 or better cany buy with 3.5% down.  This includes closing costs which may be paid by the seller.  With economists forecasting a flat market to a 3% gain for Utah this year this will not make the market jump, but help some buyers.
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By Mark Quaintance
(Windermere Real Estate - Utah)
The Holidays are upon us once again.  The first snow is on the ground, the smell of cinnamon apple cider and the sound of Holiday cheer is all around.  Some of the things you planned on doing this year may have gone by the wayside too- like putting your house on the market. Maybe you are thinking you should wait until spring.  Well, that might not be the best thing to do, and here are 11 great reasons why you should sell your home during the Holiday Season. 90 Percent of home buyers begin their home shopping online.  Less people are out driving looking at neighborhoods. People who look for a home during the holidays seem to be serious buyers.  If they are out there looking now, it means they are looking to buy. Buyers have fewer houses to choose from during the holiday months and less c...
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By Mark Quaintance
(Windermere Real Estate - Utah)
Before you plug in and light up for the holidays, run you decorations through this quick safety check. Any Lights that are going outside should be weather-resistant-that foes for extention cords, too. Lights, inside and out, are a beautiful part of the holiday season.  But as with all electrical devices, you need to take special precautions.  Before you deck the halls, run through this checklist to keep your holidays merry and bright. Inspect light strings. discard any that are damaged.  Frayed or cracked electrical cords or broken sockets are leading fire hazards. Follow the manufacture's instructions for connecting mulitiple strings.  Light strings with stcked plugs can usually accomodate greater leanths than end to end conections. Replace burned out bulbs promptly.  Empty sockets can...
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By Mark Quaintance
(Windermere Real Estate - Utah)
Has your home gone up in value? Howmuch are other homes in yourneighborhood selling for?If you're wondering what's happening toprices in your area, or you're thinkingabout selling your house, I'll be able tohelp.Just give me office a call for a no-fuss,professional appraisal.I won't try to push you into listing withme or waste your time.I'll just give you the honest facts aboutyour home and its value.And maybe I'll also give you the "insidescoop" on what's happening to thehousing market near where you live!
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By Mark Quaintance
(Windermere Real Estate - Utah)
With winter approaching here is a quick reminder about parking in Draper.  Draper City prohibits parking on city streets from November 15 through April 15 between the hours of 1:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m..  They also ask that people do not park vehicles on the street during snow storms as well. Sidewalks should be kept clear around your property of snow and ice for children traveling to school, and it is expected that sidewalks are shoveled within 24 hours of a winter storm. Any snow that you shovel or snow blow should stay on your property not in the street where it may pose a hazard for drivers and snow plows. Have a GREAT WINTER and lets all get up and do some skiing and snowboarding in our incredible mountain resorts like Alta.
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By Mark Quaintance
(Windermere Real Estate - Utah)
Canyons School District is on step closer to a new high School in Draper.  With the passing of the spring bond election the new school is to be located at 12887 South and 801 East in Draper.  The school district is looking for imput on the facilty by those that would be most affected by construction.  If you have any questions about the plan contact the Canyons School District Office of Government Relations at 801-826-5171.  source: Draper City Journal
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By Mark Quaintance
(Windermere Real Estate - Utah)
Be sure to get geared up for your Hollliday season with a Thanksgiving Fun Run.  The race will be held on Saturday November 13, and it will begin and end at the Equestrian Center at 1600 E. and 13675 S.  Be prepared to run on roads, paved and dirt trails.  Costumes will be welcome and it sounds like encouraged.  Go to www.draper.ut.us for more information about the 3+ mile run.  Enjoy.
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By Mark Quaintance
(Windermere Real Estate - Utah)
It is good to see a story in Newsweek that Salt Lake City is one of the ten cities best situated for a recovery.  Salt Lake is one of the area with high paying tech jobs.  The Real Estate market here is ready with great prices and with the rates were they are today it is a good time to get your new Salt Lake home.  In the area of Draper there are several opportunities and with the new TRAX line and theaters going in Draper is going to be a great area to live in the south Salt Lake area.  With amazing access to mountain bike and hiking trails you have the outdoors at your front door. If you want to see the whole article about what cities are set of for the recovery here it is.  http://www.newsweek.com/2010/11/08/the-top-10-places-in-america-poised-for-recovery.html
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By Mark Quaintance
(Windermere Real Estate - Utah)
Whether you’re starting a family, moving for your job, getting ready to retire or embarking on a new chapter in your life, when your home no longer suits your current situation, it’s time to think about selling it. Although this can be a bit complicated, with the help of your agent, you can minimize the hassles, get the best possible price, and shorten the distance between “For Sale” and “Sold.” Price it rightIf you want to get the best possible price for your home and minimize the time it stays on the market, you need to price it correctly from the beginning. Your agent can give a clear picture of your particular market and can provide you with a comparative market analysis (CMA). A CMA contains detailed information on comparable homes in your area including square footage, date built...
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By Mark Quaintance
(Windermere Real Estate - Utah)
A home is much more than just a place to live. It’s one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make, and it represents a sizable portion of your personal wealth. When it’s time to sell, make sure you have the expertise you need to get the best price you can in the shortest possible time. Work with a real estate agent. Agents can help sellers set the right price because they understand the market. Your agent knows what buyers are looking for, as well as their hot buttons and concerns, and can help you address them. He or she also knows the financial incentives that can turn shoppers into buyers. As a member of the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), your agent can provide detailed information about your home to thousands of other agents who are working with buyers. In addition, your agent ne...
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By Mark Quaintance
(Windermere Real Estate - Utah)
Whether this is your first time or your 10th, your agent can help guide you through the complex process of selling a home. Moreover, he or she can answer any questions you may have about legal documents, settlement costs and the status of your sale. Your agent’s expertise, resources and extensive network can also work for you when you’re buying your next house. Even if you’re moving out of the area, your agent can refer you to a professional agent in your new community.
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By Mark Quaintance
(Windermere Real Estate - Utah)
Want to make a positive first impression on potential buyers? Try giving your home a mini makeover.This quick checklist can help you play up your home’s best features and draw attention away from its flaws.›› Work on your curb appeal.Get rid of moss on your roof. Power-wash your front walk, porch, deck and patio. Mow the lawn, trim the hedges, weed the flower beds and add spots of color with container plants. Clean all the windows inside and out and repair them if they don’t open and close easily.›› Refresh, repair and repaint. This goes for interiors and exteriors. If you see peeling paint, add a fresh coat. If your living room is bright lime green, consider painting it a more neutral shade. Make necessary repairs. You don’t want to turn off a buyer with a dripping faucet, a broken doo...
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By Mark Quaintance
(Windermere Real Estate - Utah)
Adjustable-Rate Mortgage (ARM)-interest rates of this type of mortgage are periodically adjusted up or down depending on a specified financial index.Amortization-a method of equalizing the monthly mortgage payments over the life of the loan, even though the proportion of principle to interest changes over time.  In the early part of the loan, the principal repayment is very low, while the interest payment is very high.  At the end of the loan, the relationship is reversed.Annual Percentage Rate-the actual finance charge for a loan, including points and fees, in addition to the stated interest rate.Appraisal-an expert opinion of the value or worth of a property.Appraisal Fee-the amount paid for the lender's appraisal of the property.Assessed Value-the value placed on a property by a muni...
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By Mark Quaintance
(Windermere Real Estate - Utah)
During the negotiation stage of the transaction, a mutually agreed-upon date for closing is determined.  "Closing" is when you and the buyer sign all the paperwork and pay your share of the settlement fees, and the documents are recorded.  Settlement obligations vary widely due to specific contract language, local laws and customs.  Prior to closing, the closing agent (usually an escrow or title company or attorney) will complete a detailed settlement statement for both buyer and seller.  As your Windermere agent, I can help you understand which of the following typical settlement fees apply to you.THE SELLER WILL RECEIVE: Utility deposits held by gas, electric, cable, telephone and other companies. Prorated portion of pre-paid taxes. Prorated mortgage interest from payments made during...
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By Mark Quaintance
(Windermere Real Estate - Utah)
We're in the business of selling houses. But more importantly, we're helping people find a place they can call home. Our commitment to service extends beyond each real estate transaction. Every year since 1984, Windermere associates have skipped work for a day to complete neighborhood improvement projects.   Not only is Community Service Day a great opportunity to give back to the communities where we live and work, it also gives us a chance to work together. We clean, landscape and repair parks, playgrounds, schools, shelters and community buildings. Each office selects a project that best serves its community needs.   After all, real estate is rooted in our communities. And an investment in our neighborhoods gives us all a better place to call home. Past projects have included cleanin...
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By Mark Quaintance
(Windermere Real Estate - Utah)
Whatever your reasons for buying, know that finding the right home, in the perfect neighborhood and at a cost that is within your budget, is no small task.  That's why many buyers enlist the help of a full-service Windermere agent like myself.Windermere sales associates are licensed professionals with specialized skills.  There are many benefits you receive from working with a professional.AS YOUR WINDERMERE AGENT- I know the local market and can quickly narrow it down to a few areas where you are likely fo find your home at the price you want. I can save you time by doing a lot of the legwork.  By knowing your needs, I can eliminate homes that do not meet your criteria. I will make appointments, preview homes with you and help you determine the pros and cons of each home. I can help yo...
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By Mark Quaintance
(Windermere Real Estate - Utah)
When you're ready to complete a purchase and sale agreement on a home, your offer will generally be contingent on a professional inspection of the entire property-including improvements.  The home inspector looks beyond the cosmetics to make sure that the home's general systems operate properly.  The inspector will also look for large repairs that are needed and report on the condition of the home.The standard home inspector's report will review the conditions of the home's heating and cooling systems; interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows, and doors; foundation, basement and visible structures.  The inspector will also look for cracks in cement walls, water stains that indicate leakage and any indication of wo...
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