Choosing the Right Agent

canstockphoto33930262You need an advocate when purchasing a home. The right agent will be an indispensable asset in your house search. An excellent agent will have these qualities:

  1. Education – Professional and successful agents have advanced training and education. This knowledge has earned them prestigious designations in the real estate field and has advanced them to be among the top agents in the world.
  2. Experience & Expertise – You want a full-time agent who is knowledgeable about the area and the types of properties you’re seeking. You also will want them to be tech-savvy in marketing and advertising strategies.
  3. Availability – Your agent should promptly and decisively act during the purchasing process. They should make a point to keep in touch with you and update you consistently. They should be easy to reach and available on nights and weekends for open houses and when most sellers are showing their homes.
  4. Excellent references – They should have great references including rapport and credentials. Ask them for a list of references to see how others’ experiences have been with this agent. Above all, they should genuinely be committed to addressing your needs, interests and concerns every step of the way.

If selling your current home, your agent also will help you assess what your property is worth. Independent property seller often over estimate the value of their property. Avoid this by selecting the perfect real estate agent for all of your real estate needs.

5 best hiking trails in Davis County

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If you love to hike around the beautiful places on this earth, you will be pleased to know that Davis County contains a lot of hiking trails. All of these trails has some specialties that make them the best choice for the people who are interested in hiking the trails with different attractions. Here are the best hiking trails in the Davis County you must visit once in your life:

Deuel Creek:

It is one of the most beautiful hiking trails in the Davis County. The trail contains different pools that can be the best place for hikers to relax or to get a bath to refresh themselves. Moreover, the trail has snake grass through its passage along with a breathtaking waterfall. As the name suggests, the trail will pass from different creeks but don’t worry about that, there are some bridges that are specifically built to facilitate the hikers in completing their journey.

Elephant Rock:

The next trail of Davis County in the list is elephant rock trail that is covered with the oak trees and tall pines. It is also considered as one of the most fun trails you can enjoy with your friends and family. The length of the trail is around 6.8 miles and it is not too steep.

Francis Peak:

The next on the list is the Francis peak in Davis County. A peak is a stunning place where you can have the view of the surrounding countries. However, there are several ways of going to the peak. One is through hiking that will be done from the Bair Canyon. The second way to reach the peak is to go through a drive. It will be about 24 miles.

Adams Canyon:

This has to be included in the list because this trail in Davis County leads the hikers to a beautiful waterfall that is 40 feet tall. Although the trail contains some steep areas but people of all ages can have fun on it. Bring children or your grandmother along to spend a perfect day. Moreover, the trail also crosses the Bonneville Shoreline that offers the opportunity to the hikers to go for that trail too.

Parish Greek pictographs:

There are a lot of people who still don’t know that they will be able to see pictographs by the Native Americans all over Utah. One of these locations includes Parish Greek in Centerville. It is considered to be a comparatively easy hike for most people. It is a short hike to see the pictographs; although they are a bit faded now but they can be clearly seen.

 

These are the best hiking trails that are present in Davis County. Do take some time off and visit these places.

 

Fun summer activities in Weber County

Are you planning to visit Weber County this summer? Well, Weber County is known to be a place that is full of fun activities. You can spend a great time by getting involved in the best outdoor activities or visiting the best places in the area. There are a lot of events that are conducted for the people who are visiting the area and for those who are the permanent resident. Overall, the place is full of fun activities. Here are some summer activities you can do in the Weber County to spend some quality time with your friends and family:

1.    Visit Dinosaur Park and museum:

One of the best things about the Weber County is the dinosaur park. If you have kids along with you, this trip will be the best one for them. The park contains around 100 replicas of full-size dinosaurs. These sculptures are actually based on the fossil skeletons and they are activated with the help of robots.

2. Peery’s Egyptian theater:

The next place to visit is the Peery’s Egyptian theater that is build up in an Egyptian style. It is located in the Washington Boulevard in Ogden. The theater was burned and then it was saved and reopened for the people in 1997. It is not just used as a cinema but also used as a platform for performing arts.

3.    Enjoy art places:

When you are at Weber County, you can have the experience of both sides, the best art and a different but somewhat terrible form of art. The Seattle Art Museum is a place that can instantly satisfy your art soul. On the other hand, the museum of bad art will be the place where you can find a lot of interesting art pieces that are beautiful in their own kind.

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Apart from all the activities that are explained above, you can also get involved in the following summer activities in Weber County.

  • Get to know about the stones in the Rock Shop.
  • Learn to cook Japanese food.
  • Have a walking tour with your partner to Historic Ogden
  • Go for a bike ride to Ogden River Parkway
  • Get a great experience of hiking on different trails
  • Plan a trip to the farmers market
  • Go to flea-market
  • Visit the tree house museum
  • Visit the snow basins series of summer concerts

Apart from all the summer activities mentioned above, there is a lot more in Weber County. To find out, you have to visit once.

 

 

Reference links:

  1. http://indieogdenutah.com/50-family-friendly-things-to-do-in-ogden-this-summer/
  2. https://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=Things+To+Do&find_loc=Weber+County%2C+UT

Summer Home To-Do List

new-england-1336172_1280When purchasing a home, a great many people presumably first think about the money related duty. Try not to give yourself a chance to overlook, in any case, about the time and work that home proprietorship additionally requires.

Much the same as general oil changes for your auto keep your motor cheerful and solid, staying aware of standard home support errands will keep you from future migraines and squandered cash.

It can scare to consider these different assignments, particularly in case you’re another mortgage holder. It’s a considerable rundown — there’s no denying that. The uplifting news is that you can do the lion’s share of it all alone without much experience. Google is your closest companion, and in the event that you truly stall out, ring your nearby jack of all trades to bail you out.

With a specific end goal to expand your effectiveness and really complete these assignments, you might need to make a home support timetable for yourself. Regardless of whether on the web or on paper, you can scribble down little, standard assignments for each end of the week and not be excessively overpowered.

We’ve recorded undertakings that should be done with summers in minf. We’ve additionally given you a rundown of undertakings to be finished regularly. Not each master concurs as to which errand should be done in which season, so this isn’t a highly contrasting rundown, essentially. Do what works for you and your calendar, and the length of every one of these things get refined, your home will be upbeat for quite a long time and years to come.

  • Check Bathroom and Kitchen: These essentials should always be kept in mind and not forgotten. They help households enjoy the summers without much hassle and keep the home clean and lively.
  • Clean Exhaust Vents: While the dryer is running, watch that the fumes is turning out. It ought to smell pleasantly of new clothing. On the off chance that there isn’t much fumes, check for blockages and additionally you can. You may require an expert. Additionally vacuum the build up from the hose at the dryer.
  • Clean Garage: Cleaning the garage ought to be a late spring custom for each man. Keeping it spotless and clean will expand its life, and it frequently gets ignored of consistent care. With all the additional tidy it gets from the activities you’re taking a shot at, you ought to in reality clean it significantly more. Once per year, be that as it may, give an exhaustive experiencing.
  • Check Air Conditioning System: Summers can be brutal but they do not have necessarily have to be if the air-conditioning is in order. One must check them to fully enjoy summers and not be miserable for the entirety of the season.

To conclude, this list of summer home organizing is not exhaustive but gives a relatively good idea what households must do in order to enjoy the brilliant season and not worry about trivial things.

Gourmet Macaroni and Cheese

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Ingredients:

1 pound macaroni (elbow or penne or twist). Can use gluten free but they tend to fall apart.

Sauce:

6 tablespoons unsalted butter

6 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 cups heavy whipping cream (heated to almost boiling)

2 cups milk (heated to almost boiling)

1-1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

½ teaspoon nutmeg

1-1/2 cup freshly shredded sharp (or extra sharp) cheddar cheese (about 6 oz.)

1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese (about 3 oz.)

1 cup freshly shredded mozzarella cheese (about 4 oz.) (can substitute sharp cheddar cheese)

2 large egg yolks

1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons dry mustard powder (may substitute horseradish)

Topping:

1 tablespoon melted butter

¾ cup Panko breadcrumbs

¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

¼ teaspoon garlic powder or 1 fresh clove garlic pressed

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Butter 10-12 cup baking dish.

Cook pasta according to instructions to al-dente, rinse in warm water and set aside.

Making the roux (basic white sauce start):

In a heavy large saucepan over medium-high to high heat, melt 6 tablespoons butter. When it bubbles, gradually sprinkle and whisk in the flour to form a smooth paste. Reduce the heat to medium. Cook, whisking constantly for 2 minutes without browning.

Whisking continuously, gradually pour the hot milk and cream into the roux. Adjust the heat to maintain a simmer. Add salt, pepper, nutmeg, mustard. Briskly whisk the egg yolks into the pan.

Making the cheese sauce:

In three batches, whisk in the cheese (except parmesan cheese) until smooth. Simmer over low heat, whisking often until the sauce is thick enough to coat a spoon, 15-20 minutes. Add the parmesan cheese whisking until smooth. Adjust seasonings to taste.

In large mixing bowl combine macaroni and cheese mixture, stir well to coat all pasta. Spread the mixture in the buttered baking dish.

Mix together breadcrumbs, garlic, parmesan cheese and melted butter.  Sprinkle over the macaroni mixture.

Cook in the center of the oven for 25-35 minutes uncovered until the pasta is heated through and the topping is crisp and golden brown.

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.

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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.             

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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.

Top Father’s Day Gift Ideas

 

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Father’s Day is a special time to celebrate dad and let him know he’s still our #1 guy. However, sometimes finding the perfect gift for dad is not is easiest thing, especially if he already has everything.

To help you come up with the ultimate gift for your pops, or give you a direction to explore, here are * noteworthy gadgets and services looking into.

  1.  Dollar Shave Club Membership. Help dad stay looking his best this year with these high quality razors and grooming products, starting at $3.00 a month. There’s various razors, face moisturizers with screen, and hair care products any dad would love.
  1. Essential EDC Kit. Does your dad enjoy spending time in the great outdoors? Give him the gift of a paracord pod EDC (everyday carry) kit! This ultimate key chain gives dad the most need tools he’ll need while outside fishing, camping, and hiking.
  1. Amazon Fire TV Stick. After a long, hard day, there is nothing more relaxing than sitting down and watching your favorite movie or show. If you’re dad enjoys streaming, the Amazon Fire TV Stick is a great gift to give dad a better picture while watching TV.
  1. Hipstreet Touch Gloves. Although the cold months are a little ways away, being prepared for the winter is a good idea. These warm and cozy gloves are touchscreen compatible with any device which means dad won’t have to keep taking off his gloves to use his phone this winter.
  1. Grillbot Automatic Grill Cleaner. If your dad love to grill, but hates the clean up the Grillbot Automatic Grill Cleaner may be the perfect gift. Brushes are easy to remove and dishwasher safe so dad can have fun grilling this summer.
  1. Scene It? Seinfeld Edition. Is your dad a fan of the TV show, Seinfeld? This game is packed with trivia questions and real clips, it’s sure to entertain dad and the rest of the family for hours.
  1. Detroit Grooming Company Beard Butter. Made from the best and finest organic ingredients, Detroit Grooming Co. beard butter will leave dad’s beard feeling softer and moisturized. Enter the code ASKMEN for 20% off all orders.
  1. MPowered Inflatable Solar Lantern. This lantern with a waterproof PVC enclosure delivers up to 80 lumens, providing up to 15 square feet of light. The perfect gift for dad, this solar lantern is designed to float in water and is a fun addition to any social gathering.
  2. 9.Grid-it Organizer. Today there are various cords that go with each device, it’s  hard to keep them organized and to remember which cord goes with which device. Help dad get more organized this year with this Grid-it Organizer. Now dad won’t forget his keys, phone, or chargers when he travels.

 

Need more ideas? Check out these Top Father’s Day Gift Ideas.

What would you add to the list? Tell us about your best gift to dad below in the comments.

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.