BEEF FLAUTAS WITH BUTTERMILK AVACADO CREMA8b934a8a22baacd2d8884fd54ee75a81


1            Pound fresh Mexican chorizo (casings removed – about 3 links)

½           Cup copped white onion

2            Garlic cloves, minced

1            Pound fresh lean ground beef

½           Teaspoon chili powder

1            Teaspoon salt – divided

¼           Cup chopped fresh cilantro

12          Six-inch flour tortillas

1            Large egg, lightly beaten

1/3       Cup canola oil

1            Ripe avocado, chopped

1            Cup sour cream

½           Cup buttermilk

1            Tablespoon fresh lime juice


Crumble chorizo in large skillet and cook over medium-high, stirring occasionally about 5 minutes. Stir in onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally until onion is tender about 5 minutes. Add and crumble ground beef. Add chili powder and ½ teaspoon of the salt. Cook, stirring often until beef is browned and done, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro

Using a slotted spoon, divide chorizo-beef mixture evenly among the tortillas (about ¼ cup per tortilla), placing mixture just below center of each tortilla. Roll tortilla over filling, leaving about 1 inch of tortilla exposed. Brush exposed edge with a small amount of beaten egg and press gently to seal roll.

Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Fry flautas in batches until crispy, 3-4 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.

Process avocado, sour cream, buttermilk, lime juice and remaining ½ teaspoon salt in a food processor until smooth.

Serve flautas with creama.


Serves 4

Real Estate Advertising vs. For Sale by Owner

Real Estate Advertising vs. For Sale by Owner

When deciding to list, many homeowners contemplate their opSOLD Signtions: employ a real estate agent or go it alone and list for sale by owner (FSBO). Both scenarios have their benefits and challenges. It all comes down to getting the most bang for your buck.

The National Association for Realtors reports that an agent could sell your house for 13 percent more than you could. It is true that the average selling price in 2014 for FSBO was $208,700 compared to $235,000 for agent-assisted home sales. However, roughly nine percent of FSBO homes are mobile or manufactured homes which have a lower selling price point anyway.

So what is a seller to do? Evaluate what exactly a realtor brings to the table and then decide if you can manage all of what they do on your own.

Your realtor will handle all aspects of the selling process. Essentially, you will benefit from hiring a realtor for these five reasons:

1.They will do all of the negotiating

At first glance you might be thinking, “What’s so great about that? I can negotiate just as well. I got the salesman down $1,500 on the price of my car.” But many don’t realize how many people are involved in the real estate transaction process. If you decide to list FSBO, you can expect to work with all potential buyers, all of their agents, in some state’s the buyers’ attorneys, home inspection companies, appraisers and banks. For some, paying the agent’s small commission ends up pays for itself right here.

2. They ensure exposure

There’s no denying that the internet gets results. You can’t afford not to have a solid strategy ready to promote your new listing when 92 percent of buyers search online listings. The days when putting up a sign and listing in the paper would work are over. Real estate professionals use multiple listing services and employ numerous marketing strategies to get your listing the exposure it needs.

3. They handle all of the paperwork ensuring a smooth sale process

Minus a lot of signatures of course. The paperwork involved in a real estate transaction has increased over the years as industry regulations and disclosures have become mandatory. An experienced agent will not only know what paper work you need but can act according to ensure an error-free, successful and smooth closing.

4.Buyer perception

Oftentimes buyers see FSBO as the chance to get a steal-of-a-deal. You could get taken advantage of unless you have the necessary skills needed in selling your home. Another consideration, the majority of buyers will be represented by an agent of their own. This means that if you are saddled with paying the buyer’s agents commission you are only saving 3 percent.

5. You’ll have an expert in your corner

All of those people mentioned earlier that you might have to deal with are on the buyer’s side. They are looking out for the buyer’s best interest. Can you afford not to have someone looking out for your best interest?

Kelly Waters Earned Ranking for 2015 Home Sales.

Local RE/MAX Agent(s) Named Among “America’s Best”

Kelly Waters with The Waters Group Earned Ranking for 2015 Home Sales

 Layton, Utah, July 20th – Kelly Waters (The Waters Group) with RE/MAX Metro is among the 2,691 RE/MAX agents and teams featured in the 2016 REAL Trends “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” survey. The agents included in the survey represent less than 1 percent of all real estate professionals in the United States.

“We truly consider it an honor and a privilege to be given the opportunity to serve you and to forever be your real estate professionals of choice.” said Waters. “Being recognized alongside so many hard working and dedicated real estate professionals is an accomplishment, and we’re honored to be named among ‘America’s Best’.” 

“America’s Best” is the industry’s largest ranking of agents based on homes sold in 2015. The survey is open to individual agents who closed at least 50 transaction sides or $20 million in sales volume and teams who had at least 75 sides or $30 million in volume.  The fourth annual ranking groups agents by state and metro area. Both individual agents and teams are recognized for their number of transaction sides and/or sales volume.

The Waters Group has more than 10 years of experience in the Utah market. This is the first year The Waters Group has been recognized among “America’s Best.” RE/MAX agents accounted for 22 percent of the more than 12,000 participating agents who qualified for the survey. This year, RE/MAX had more agents named in the survey than any other brand.


About RE/MAX Metro:

RE/MAX Metro is a locally owned and operated full-service real estate brokerage located in Layton, Utah.The brokerage has 82 Realtors® and specializes in Residential and/or Commercial real estate. RE/MAX Metro is a proud supporter of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® and other charities, and is located at 579 Heritage Park Blvd. Layton, Utah 84041.             


7 Ways Professional Photography Can Help You

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Outstanding photography can benefit your brand, website and business. Great photography can even benefit your own personal image. This list contains the top seven ways professional photography will benefit you!
1. Credibility
Consumers interested in your business can tell the difference between amateur and professional photography. Top notch photography can keep you competing with large online businesses. Inferior photos and images will bounce visitors from your business and website to one with quality photos. Professional images also help with establishing your credibility by showing potential customers that you are willing to invest in your company’s image.
2. Exposure/Publicity/Awareness
Use your professional images to lure in consumers and keep them interested. Others, especially competitors, will notice your quality photos. Once noticed, people will ask you to share your images on social media, magazines, blogs and news articles. This generates free publicity, increased exposure and awareness.
3. Let Your Personality Shine
As it turns out a picture is not worth a thousand words, it’s worth so much more. A valuable photo helps depict you and your business. Potential clients investigate to see who they will be dealing with and you don’t want them to be disappointed. So what are you waiting for? Hire a photographer to take head shots of you and your staff today!
4. Inspires Imagination
Photography can get your own creative juices flowing. It can inspire new ideas and encourages you, your staff and clients to look at things from a different perspective. Get inspired today and start thinking outside the box.
5. Relieves Stress
Whether you have calming images in your office or are taking photos yourself, photography is a great way to relieve stress. Taking a break from that all-consuming problem to focus on that perfect picture gives you a much needed break. Don’t worry the problem will still be there, but you will be more ready to tackle it head on.
6. Readability
Photography is a great tool especially for websites. Readers can easily glance at a photo to gain information about the company, its products and its staff. Research has shown that individuals are drawn to images more than copy. Also, images and photos can clarify what the text is saying ensuring that provided information is easier to absorb for the consumer.
7. Conversion
You only have a few minutes in person or online to seal the deal. People are going to base their decisions in part on the quality of the images they see on your website, marketing materials and in your office. The higher the quality, the more likely you are to convert potential consumers to buyers or clients. Professional photos can provide accurate representations of your products and services which will foster confidence in potential clients.

5 Must Do Projects To Sell Your Home Faster

Your home is an investment. An investment you want to take care of, not only for pride of ownership, but as a financial asset which will pay off in the long run. If you’re ready to sell your home and grow into your next dream home, now is the best time to make the move. shutters-669296_640

As you prepare your home to sale, here are 5 simple projects you can do to help your home look its best and appeal to potential buyers.

  1. Paint the front door. When it comes to selling your home, curb appeal is a big deal. One way to help make your home stand out and appeal to buyers is to give the front door a fresh coat of paint. Pick a color that pops and complements your home. Also, if your door knob is broken, rusty, or has seen better days, replace the knob since this will be noticed by potential homebuyers.
  1. Maintain a healthy lawn. Another important part of curb appeal is taking time to properly take care of your lawn. If you’re lawn is brown and near death, potential homebuyers won’t waste time looking at your home. Now is the time to fertilize, aerate, mow, and water your lawn. The healthier your lawn is the better it will make your home will sale.
  1. Power wash your walkways. Dirt, debris, and other clutter on your pathways is another way to get potential buyers from stopping to look at your home. Take some time now to power wash your walkways and pick up any clutter which will minimize any accidents. Not only does this look better, but it will protect you from any liabilities.
  1. Architectural lights. Floodlights or landscape lighting is a great way to highlight various focal points to show off the beauty of your yard and add depth to your corners. In addition, extra lighting can add a safety feature to your home, steps, and pathways.
  1. Replace any broken window screens. Broken window or screens makes your home look like a dump. Before you put your home on the market, replace any broken windows or screens. This will not only make your home look better, but will increase the value of your home.

If you’re ready to sell your home, your real estate agent can help you decide which home projects will help your home sell faster.

Is This Your Year For Finally Buying A Home?

With Utah’s strong economy and affordable housing market, it comes to know surprise that more millennials are turning towards home ownership. Already in Ogden and Clearfield, an estimated 39.8% of new homes were to sold to those between 25 and 35, according to home-1194442_640

For first time home buyers, purchasing a home can be an intimidating experience. As you start the process to toward buying a home, take some time to ask yourself these questions to make sure you understand what you’re getting into. If you’re not prepared, home ownership can stretch you financially.

Once you’ve decided your ready to buy a home, take a moment to get pre-approved by your bank, credit union, or a mortgage lender can help you get a home loan. This is also a great to time to talk to them to find how much you can afford. Be aware of the extra costs and taxes (property taxes, HOA fees if you’re buying a townhouse or condo, etc).

A real estate agent can help you during this process of finding a home and is there to answer all your questions. If you’re ready to move forward in buying a home, give us a call and let us help you find your dream home.

8 Costs To Consider When Buying A Home

plants-in-pots-818718_1280Buying a home can be a fun and stressful time. If you’re a first time home buyer, there are some costs (these tend to get overlooked) you should know about before entering into homeownership. Before buying a home, be prepared for these 8 costs:

  1. Mortgage payments. Your mortgage is a long-term loan which is borrowed in order to purchase a home. In addition to repaying the principal amount borrowed, you’ll be required to pay interest to the lender. To help give you an idea of what your monthly payments will be, check out this mortgage calculator.
  1. Inspection fees. Because a home is most likely to be your biggest financial investment, you should have the home inspected before making an offer. This is when you know any repairs the home might need and can use this information as leverage while negotiating the price of the home. A home inspection can run up to a several hundred of dollars so you’ll want to be prepared for this upfront.
  1. Appraisal fees. Before you buy a home, you’ll be obligated (by your lender) to have the property valued by a professional real estate appraiser. In the past this fee was included in the closing costs, but is no longer that way as the appraiser needs to be paid regardless if the deal goes through.
  1. Private mortgage insurance. If you put a down payment that is less than 20% of the home’s price, you’ll be required (in most cases) to take out a private mortgage insurance policy. According to Mortgage Insurance Companies of America, a home costing around $200,000 can expect a monthly premium between $50-$100 per month. Ideally, the closer to the 20% down payment, the better your monthly payments will be.
  1. Closing costs. As you prepare to sign the closing documents on your home, be prepared to pay closing costs  and any other assorted fee. The closing costs usually include processing fees, underwriting fees, recording fees, survey fees, and title insurance fees; these can run up to thousands (2-3% of the mortgage loan amount) of dollars. When applying for a loan, be sure to speak with your lender and make sure these fees are included in the loan.
  1. Homeowners insurance. This is critical to have to protect yourself against rebuilding, repair, or replacement costs in the event of a major disaster or theft. If you borrow money from a lender, you’ll be required to purchase homeowners insurance. Before buying a home, talk to your insurance agent and ask for a quote to get a sense of how much it will cost so you can budget accordingly.
  1. Property taxes. These taxes are charged by the local government for public expenses, such as schools, parks, and sidewalks. The seller or seller’s real estate agent can provide you with the current annual tax on the property is. Also, be sure to find out when the next tax assessment is scheduled and if it will be increased by the sale of the home.
  1. Utilities. Once you find your dream home, ask the seller to provide you with a record of a year’s worth of utility bills to get a sense of how much you need to budget for utilities (heating, cooling, electricity, gas, and water). Also, take into account the differences in family size.

As you move forward in the process of buying a home, your real estate agent can answer any of your questions. Ready to buy? Give us a call today and let us help you make your homeownership dream come true.

Prequalified vs. Preapproved: Do You Know The Difference?

savings-440782_1280Are you ready to buy a home but aren’t sure which step to take first? As you move forward in the home buying process, the first thing you need to know is how much of a home you can afford. To know what you qualify for, in terms of a financial loan, is to speak with your bank, credit union, or mortgage officer to find out how much you can borrow.

When you meet with your loan officer, it’s important to understand certain key terms in the home buying process. Two of those keywords are: prequalified vs. preapproved. These two terms can be confusing, especially to those who are new to real estate. When it comes to these two terms, here are a few things to keep in mind:

Prequalified. This is the initial screening done by the lender (bank, credit union, etc) to see have much money you qualify to borrow. This is where you’re given an estimate on what you may be able to borrow, but is not set in stone. It’s also important to note that, as prequalified only, this won’t hold much weight when you’re trying to make an offer on a home.

Preapproved. To be preapproved, this process digs deeper and requires some additional financial information. During this time, you may be asked to provide bank statements, tax returns, and proof of employment. Remember, even when preapproved for a home loan, it’s not official until the application process is complete. Once you receive your approval letter, you have 90 days before the letter expires and to make an offer on the home.

If you’re ready to start the process in finding your dream home, give us a call today. We’re ready to answer all your questions and help you to make the move to homeownership.

Make the Move Easier With These 5 Tips

So, you’ve just bought your new home or you’re getting serious in your house hunting. As you navigate through the moving process, juggle kids, and deal with the day to day aspects of life, make the moving experience easier with these 5 tips.couch-881125_1280

  1. Decide to keep and throw. Don’t waste your time and energy moving garbage and other junk to your new home. If you no longer want it, love it, or can use it, throw it out. Better yet, donate it to a local charity or hold a yard sale. Who doesn’t want a little extra cash, especially when moving.
  1. Relocating your plants. Most people don’t tend to think of their plants during a move. Help keep your larger plants unbroken by wrapping them in old, large blankets. With plants that are smaller, place them securely in a box with paper around them to hold them still during the relocation.
  1. Moving the big things. When dealing with larger appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, washers, and dryers have a professional or someone who knows what they are doing disconnect them. With freezers and refrigerators, be sure to remove all the food from them, defrost, clean, and dry them before the move. Also, place any extra parts and screws in a plastic bag to keep them for getting lost or misplaced during the move.
  1. Consider your pet’s feelings. Help make your pets feel safe and happy during the move by providing them with a quiet place to settle their nerves. Also, make sure the address on your pet’s collar is updated with the new address in case they escape during the move. Once you are settled in your new digs, allow your pets to wander the home, supervised, to get used to their new home.
  1. Get your kids ready for the move. Take some time to help your kids adjust to the move by scoping out the neighborhood and surrounding parks, schools, and community organizations to see what will be available and where your kids can make new friends.

This is going to be a wonderful new adventure. Help ensure you are ready for it with these other tips from Home Creations.

Revive Your Home with These 4 Tips

Does your home need a little TLC? Help revive your home’s exterior and curb appeal with these 4 tips:dining-room-469298_640

Give your front door a fresh coat of paint. Add a rich red, golden yellow, or autumn orange to your front door to make it pop and will enhance your home’s appeal.

Include a walkway. A fun way to increase your home’s beauty is to place a walkway from your driveway or sidewalk for a visual interest. Incorporate small bushes, plants, and lighting for additional benefits.

Refresh your deck. Repaint your deck, add some new cushions to your chairs, or perhaps a new patio set to create a more welcoming space to relax after a long day or entertain friends.

Set the mood with water features. A pond, pool, or hot tub or excellent features to include in your landscaping design and give a soothing atmosphere to your backyard.

What are some things you’ve done to enhance your home’s curb appeal? Let us know your tips and tricks on Facebook.