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Google Fiber is Coming to Salt Lake

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Mar 24, 2015

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Today it was confirmed that Google had named Salt Lake City the next recipient of Google Fiber, which allows for close to instantaneous internet speeds. In a statement, Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker shared, "We could not be more excited to have Google Fiber coming to Salt Lake City. This leap in speeds will open up an entirely new universe of exciting possibilities for Salt Lake city residents."

To give a sense of the increased speed Google will provide, ponder the following: Salt Lake currently experiences an Internet access speed of around 59.6 megabits per second; Google Fiber will provide about 1,000 megabits per second. Faster internet downloading capability will have a profoundly positive effect on student learning, medical labs, technology development….and Netflix consumption. As an example, the Salt Lake Tribune shared “the story of a Provo geneticist who is able to download information for an entire human genetic sequence in 30 minutes at gigabit speed, as opposed to 77 hours with his prior connection.”

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This coup is the latest development in what amounts to an unprecedented period of business growth in northern Utah. Having garnered accolades from being named the “Best State for Business” by Forbes Magazine, and the “Best City to Start a Career”, Salt Lake is only trending up. Google Fiber will be a tremendous resource to Salt Lake’s business growth.

Reasons to Use a Realtor

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Mar 20, 2015

Why FSBO is never a strategic decision.

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Marketing

Homes that are marketed well attract more buyers. Our professionals utilize cutting edge marketing resources, such as social media outreach, online lead generation, e-marketing, and traditional print media to showcase listings. 90% of home buyers come because a buyer’s real estate agent suggested the home. As an owner without representation, buyer’s agents are less likely to know about your property, making it harder to achieve a successful and timely sale.

Over or Under Pricing

Setting the right price is crucial. As a non-Realtor® you risk pricing your home inaccurately, which can result in a lack of buyer interest or decreased return on investment.

Exposing Yourself to Liability

There is liability involved with the selling of homes. When you elect to forgo using an accredited professional, you expose yourself to potential law suits and fines.

Getting Lost in the Process

The process of selling real estate remains complex, intricate, and time-consuming. Do you really know the ins and outs of lending, home inspections, and offer negotiation? If not, you expose yourself to risk.

Misjudging Offers

To make a strategic decision with regards to offers, you need to understand not just median price for your neighborhood but also broader market trends, mortgage rates, and the features of your home. A Realtor® not only has a solid understanding of micro-markets and relevant trends, but is trained in negotiation.

Knowing When to Accept and When to Pass

Selling your home is an emotionally charged process, and one that benefits from outside guidance from an objective Realtor®. Knowing when to accept, counter or pass on offers can be challenging, especially when you are understandably attached to your home and its investment value.

Communication

When selling a home, you have to be available 24/7. Does your schedule allow you to drop everything to take a call from or show your home to a potential buyer or buyer’s agent?

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What Happens During the Home Selling Process?

»» Ensuring the Buyer’s earnest money is deposited into the appropriate trust account in a timely manner

»» Providing all the necessary information and documents to the Title Company to open the escrow

»» Assisting to collect and compile the Sellers Disclosures to deliver to Buyer in a timely manner

»» Assisting to schedule any inspections the Buyer requires according to the terms of the Real Estate Purchase Contract

»» Helping negotiate any issues between you and the Buyer in regards to repairs or mitigation

»» Maintaining diligent communication with Buyer’s agent regarding any loan required on the Buyer’s side

»» Scheduling and attending Settlement with you

»» Confirming the Deed has recorded with the County Clerk

Silver Creek Village

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Mar 16, 2015

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Overview

Silver Creek Village (the “Village”) is a traditional neighborhood village clustered among the sage meadows of the eastern Snyderville Basin of Park City, Utah. The intent of the plan is to create a "special place" with a pattern of streets, blocks and open spaces that complement, not compete with the land.

The overall Village is located on a 244.33 acre site on the southeast corner of Interstate 80 and US Highway 40, served by the Silver Creek Drive exit of highway 40. At build out the total site will accommodate: (i) 1,290 residential units consisting of 939 “Multi Family” (stacked flats or attached town homes) and 351 single family; (ii) 50,000 square feet of commercial; and (iii) assorted schools, churches and community service buildings. Of the 244.43 acres, 153.9 acres is set aside as open space. The East Basin Land Use Plan in effect at the time of the initial planning submittals identified the parcel as an appropriate location for a village development. Reasons for this include minimal impacts to existing residential communities, readily available transportation and utility infrastructure, and opportunity for clustering while maintaining visual corridors to the mountains. Environmental impacts are minimal.

The “Larsen Parcel Phase”

The “Larsen Parcel Phase” of Silver Creek Village represents 10.4% of the total density in the Village, as compared to total Village as follows:

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Description Total Site Standard Description Parcel
Commercial Sq Ft 50,000 NA Commercial 0
Multi Family 939 Village Residential 3 Condos/Apartments 42
SF& Town Home 351 Village Residential 2 Town Homes 46
TOTAL 1,290 Village Residential 1 Single Family 46
Work Force Housing 330 TOTAL 134
Work Force Housing 34
Market Rate Housing 100
 

The Larsen Parcels’ 10.4% equates to 134 units. Included in the total density of the Village, 330 units are to be “Work Force” housing which requires the Larsen Parcels’ contribution to the overall workforce housing of 34.32 units, leaving 100 unrestricted units divided among Single Family, Multi Family, and Townhome units.  Given the location of the Larsen Parcels towards the entrance to the Village, they are effectively the first phase of the overall development.  On the following page is a breakdown of the individual parcels and their respective uses:

 

  Village   Anticipated  
Parcel Designation Use Units Acreage
1.1 Residential 1 Single Family 11 1.24
1.2 Residential 2 Cottage, Single family, Townhomes 11 0.60
1.3 Open Space Open Space NA NA
2.1 Residential 3 Apartments, Townhomes, Condominiums, Lofts 42 1.24
3.1 Residential 1 Single Family 15 1.69
4.1 Residential 1 Single Family 12 1.63
4.2 Residential 2 Cottage, Single family, Townhomes 7 0.59
6.2 Residential 1 Single Family 4 0.47
6.3 Residential 2 Cottage, Single family, Townhomes 6 0.51
8.1 Residential 2 Cottage, Single family, Townhomes 22 1.10
8.2 Pocket Park Park NA NA
8.3 Residential 1 Single Family 4 1.24
TOTAL 134
 The Environment and Design Considerations

Design standards are identified for each development parcel within the Village, including the Larsen parcels, and include specific provisions for building heights, setbacks, parking requirements, lot coverage, etc. The standards differ from the existing Snyderville Basin Code and are in place to better implement the Village Planning Principles as identified in the Snyderville Basin General Plan.

The Village is centered on a traditional "Main Street" intersection. Here, residential lofts will rise above a tree lined retail street with boutique shops, a neighborhood market, small restaurants and cafes, a post office, a bank and a variety of public gathering spaces. The architecture will strongly reflect the ranching and territorial past of rural Summit County, while applying modern elements.

Main Street terminates at the 3 acre Village Green located in the heart of the Village. The green will provide residents with a gathering space to enjoy concerts at the amphitheater, play frisbee on the great lawn, cool down at the splash pad, attend the farmers' market or an art show or enjoy any of the other park amenities such as the picnic pavilions, playgrounds and walking paths. The Village Green is oriented with Main Street to the breathtaking views of the ski areas along the eastern slopes of the Wasatch Mountains.

The community emphasizes an interconnected network of pedestrian scaled streets lined with trees, sidewalks, public spaces and a mix of residential units ranging from village lofts to single family custom homes. To reinforce the pedestrian oriented philosophy of the village, automobiles are directed to street parking, rear access garages and parking lots located to the side or rear of commercial or mixed use buildings. Each neighborhood is adjacent to open spaces. Each residence will be located within a 3 minute walk of a park providing residents with active recreation opportunities such as playgrounds, picnic pavilions, play lawns, sports courts, etc. The Village will also have over 60 acres of neighborhood and community parks providing a diverse range of active programmed uses.

The Silver Creek Village Main Street is defined by 3 and 4 story mixed use structures that establish the retail, commercial, office and boutique shop center within the Village.  Main Street will be the core of the community and will target all residents within the community. It will be pedestrian oriented with comfortable public spaces, outdoor seating, site furnishings, easily accessible storefronts and a cohesive, yet varied architectural character that is scaled to the street corridor.  Architectural details include decorative streetlights with pendants, benches and chairs, bike racks, planter beds and boxes, and decorative tree grates.  Street trees provide landscape definition and shade throughout Main Street, while landscape beds will soften the Village hardscape.

Multi-family structures range from condominiums fronting parks to various townhome clusters placed throughout the village to provide product diversity and balance.

Civic structures will provide an important cultural element to the Village and are located along the Silver Creek Drive entry to enhance the arrival experience.  Public art and architectural elements will be placed to provide appropriate visual focus within public spaces, entries, and plazas.

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Open Space

Open space will consist of significant and meaningful open areas as provided in large parks and open space buffer parcels as well as open spaces within development parcels as allowed by code.

Community trail locations are provided within a 20 foot trail easement on the main roadway and park parcel dedication plat as requested by the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District.  The combination of all community trails will form a loop encircling the Village and connecting to the greater system of Recreation District trails via connections at existing underpasses, as well as neighborhood parks and gardens.

The Village Green will provide for varied activities including an outdoor amphitheater and splash pad. The majority of the park will include large expanses of turf and landscaping will provide for shade and cover and tie the park into the rest of the Village through the use of consistent tree, shrub, and ornamental plantings. Pedestrian connectivity to and through the Village Green will be the centerpiece of the Village and will serve as the major gathering point for all residents within the village.

Located at one of the most visible intersections within the Village and anchoring the west end of Main Street, the Petrified Wood Park and the Neighborhood Garden provide an ideal location to tell the history of the project site while also establishing the village vision for "Community".

Within the Village setting the Neighborhood Park has been located at the Silver Creek Drive entry providing a park landscape corridor upon arrival to the community. The Park has also been located adjacent to the civic parcels to provide shared facilities including play areas and parking in order to minimize surface parking and maximize usable park and civic area.

Park uses will be simple and well organized and the Park will embrace the existing wetlands, integrating them into the landscape through wetland and upland plantings and boardwalks. The park landscape will consist of multi-purpose turf areas for flexible use by all ages as well as native grass passive recreation areas that transition the Village landscape to the existing Silver Creek drainage corridor.

 

Photo Gallery of Sprint U.S. Snowboarding & Freeskiing Grand Prix at Park City Mountain Resort

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Mar 03, 2015

Winter returned in time for this weekend's freeskiing and snowboarding competition at Park City Mountain Resort. BHHS Utah was on the scene to capture these bold athletes getting elevated. Watch your heart rate...these tricks are insane!

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Building Healthy Homes

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Feb 24, 2015

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Sustainable green builds are more than just positive for ecosystems and your finances; they’re also beneficial for your health. In his keynote address at the latest Green Building conference in New Orleans, famed guru, Deepak Chopra, discussed the measurable ways in which "green" builds and features support health. The entire conference focused on inhabitant health, which has become the latest reason to embrace green building.

Green building has become a huge selling point as both a mark of a sophisticated, newer build and as a money-saver. According to the US Green Building Council, residential homes account for approximately 20% of carbon dioxide emissions in America; and to date, more than 1 million green homes have saved consumers an estimated $200 million annually in utility bills. At BHHS Utah, we feel that green building needs to be looked at holistically.

Rather than seeing sustainable homes as separate systems of different technologies, strategies, and materials, they need to be viewed as individual human habitats. Up until recently, discussing green building in any depth required a solid background in building or LEED certification (standardization for green building). Green Building has evolved to where builders are able to utilize sustainable technologies to build you more than a home, but a habitat that promotes wellness...in addition to meeting your standards of design, functionality, and sustainability.

While kitchens with built-in juicers, hydroponic herbariums, and bathrooms with reflexology stones and teak steam rooms might seem a bit over the top, adopting a few principle features of sustainable building can improve your emotional and physical health drastically. By using building materials with minimal off-gassing, like wood, and increasing natural light, you can decrease your risk of cancer and ward off environmental-induced depression.

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In a recent quote, Deepak Chopra stated in support of building for human health: “This is the next step in the real estate industry — understanding that sustainability should begin in the home. Our bodies are sustainable but exposed to pollution, no different than the environment.” We agree and are doing what we can to champion healthy homes. Reach-out to your BHHS agent for more info on which homes near you are adopting this trend.

BHHS Utah Listings Now on Wall Street Journal

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Feb 11, 2015

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All BHHS Utah are now featured on the Wall Street Journal. 

As part of a new partnership between Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and Wall Street Journal, all of our firm listings now appear in the Wall Street Journal's online Real Estate search section. Search under Utah to view all relevant listings.

We are thrilled with the robust marketing efforts championed by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. As one of the most respected brands in the world, BHHS has the gravitas and powerhouse network to ensure every BHHS client benefits from utilizing our services.

As more and more consumers move their property searches online, you can be sure that as a BHHS client your listing is given every advantage in the digital sphere.WSJ Screen shot

The Wall Street Journal is a perfect match for the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand. Accordingly, the brand has negotiated for affiliates to capitalize on all that the Journal has to offer. “We are excited to roll out this program,” said HSF Affiliates VP of Marketing Kerry Donovan. “From online, to print, to listing syndication, The Wall Street Journal reaches the affluent market we target through our brand.”  

In addition to being among the digital listing feed, BHHS has secured long term advertising for the brand in both the print and online edition of WSJ.

In Conversation with Gallery MAR

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Feb 09, 2015

In Conversation with Maren Mullin, Owner of Gallery MAR on Main St. 

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1.     What do you find inspiring in art at present?

Artists who take risks and work with media in new and interesting ways. Like many collectors, I love to be surprised.

2.       What art trends are taking place currently? What are some of your current favorite artists and why?

I try to avoid trends at Gallery MAR, and work with artists whose work and careers will continue to have a lasting legacy. We are seeing a resurgence of enthusiastic (wax) work across the board, and one of my personal favorites in the gallery is Bridgette Meinhold, who works in this media and is a local artist. Her paintings are serene and evoke a feeling of being lost among the pines in our beautiful backcountry.

3.       What inspired you to open Gallery MAR in Park City?

I always knew that I wanted to run my own business, and the art world is an always-changing, fascinating business. I love working with artists, and seven years ago felt that the time was right to take a risk and go out on my own. We have an incredible group of female business owners and entrepreneurs here in Park City, and I continue to be inspired and encouraged by them.

4.       How has Park City’s art community developed in recent years? Do you see Park City as an artistic community?

Thankfully, we are seeing more and more destination visitors who are coming to Park City to expand their art collections. Indeed, we ship artwork allover the world. Park City is a town full of creative souls, but most of our artists at Gallery MAR are from all over the country.

5.       What’s your background?

I moved here to live with my husband Matt Mullin and seven years later we got hitched. I grew up in Seattle and lived in LA prior to moving here and was gratefully exposed to fine art and music in my childhood.

6.       How do you think art improves interiors?

I believe that we should surround our selves with beauty -- our decor should all bring us joy and be beautiful. Artwork is a way to express yourself. Artwork improves our interiors, but also our lives. There is no doubt that a household that has been staged with fine art will sell faster.

7.       Which art trends and artists should homeowners buy into that would have the highest return on investment?

I always say, "buy what you love!" and I will continue to. We each have such personal and interesting tastes, and with artwork you should always go with your heart. Very few collectors want to re-sell their artwork in their life time, and instead buy what they love... and move it from house to house as they themselves move on.

If you are just starting your collection, look around and visit our beautiful Park City galleries. You will find a plethora of options, at all price points.

8.       What’s your process when you select artists to showcase in your gallery?

I work with artists whose artwork will fit a contemporary mountain home. We are very careful curators, and only bring in a few new artists every year. Our variety is great, but each artist is highly credible and high quality.

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Rapid Fire Questions:

1.       Park City resident since: December, 2003

2.       Favorite Park City Restaurant: My neighbor, Purple Sage

3.       Favorite thing to do in Park City: You're asking this mid-winter? Spaaaahhhh!

4.       Biggest source of inspiration: My incredible husband

5.       Your passion: My Family; especially my newly toddling daughter Jane

 

2014 Park City Market Overview

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Jan 28, 2015

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The Park City real estate market in 2014 proved healthy but measured. Generally, our market maintained its gradual course of improvement with certain sectors of our segmented marketplace seeing substantial growth. Growth remains steady and shows no sign of slumping or unstable bubbles.

2013 was a record-breaking year, and it seemed unlikely that we would see the same gains in 2014; however, pended sales were slightly up over 2013, and total sales volume was just slightly under over last year. Here are some trends we witnessed in 2014:

-There was a slight 1.5% increase in pended sales over 2013 and a 22% increase over 2012

-October brought more pended sales than any single month since 2006…there may be a correlation between this increase in transactions and the announcement of Vail Resorts’ purchase of Park City Mountain Resort, but it is impossible to determine this with certainty

-We had a robust 4th Quarter with sales up 28% over 2013 and up 40% over 2012: specifically condo sales increased by an astounding 11%

-Absorption rate has been under 6 months for the entire 4th quarter suggesting that inventory is low and our market favors sellers

-Distressed sales are at pre-recession levels

-Several areas experienced significantly increased interest and sales: Jeremy Ranch (+33%) and Sun Peak/Pinebrook/Silver Springs (+33%), both commuter areas saw a huge influx of buyers. This may possible be a result of Salt Lake’s ever growing economy

2014 Prices in Park City Proper

Average Condominium Sale Price: $931,210

Median Condominium Sale Price: $542,450

Average Single Family Sale Price: $1,869,048

Median Single Family Sale Price: $1,300,000

2014 Prices in Snyderville Basin

Average Condominium Sale Price: $395,224

Median Condominium Sale Price: $360,975

Average Single Family Sale Price: $1,121, 922

Median Single Family Sale Price: $775,000

2014 Prices in the Heber Valley

Average Condominium Sale Price: $199,312

Median Condominium Sale Price: $177,150

Average Single Family Sale Price: $470,498

Median Single Family Sale Price: $345,000

A Year in Review

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Jan 05, 2015

Reflecting on 2014.

2014 was momentous for our company.

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Our June transition to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices was a success and has already contributed substantively to our growth throughout northern Utah. Adopting the most respected brand in the world (according to Barron's famed annual poll) has provided us with the latest in sophisticated market watching and marketing tools. From proprietary digital e-mail systems, advanced market statistic reports, and cutting edge social media monitoring, our clients are given every advantage needed to position themselves successfully and make informed decisions in today's market. 

In 2014, we were also named the largest brokerage in Utah in terms of sales volume, with over $1.8 billion in sales.* It is an honor to be Utah's choice real estate firm, and we look forward to building on our stronghold. Locally, the arrival of Vail with its newsworthy purchase of Park City Mountain Resort and its announced intention to combine Canyons Resort with PCMR has energized the town and the real estate community. As the largest development brokerage in Park City, we look forward to contributing to the responsible growth of our town and market.  

*2014 announcement reflects sales volume achieved in 2013 according to MLS statistics. 

2014 Market Recap.
  • Our marketplace remains highly segmented. 2014 illustrated the complexity of our local market place. Given the variety of product and price points in our real estate community, it is not surprising that certain areas such as Old Town and Heber Valley saw intense activity and growth, while other areas like Park Meadows saw erratic price variation. As ever, the assistance of an informed professional remains critical. 
  • Median sale price increased. While vacant land and certain neighborhoods saw stunning price increases, most areas saw a gradual and measured increase of median price. 
  • Inventory remains low. We witnessed limited inventory, particularly in Q2 and Q3 but predict that given the excellent climate for selling, we will see a return of more options in 2015. 
  • The development market has returned. BHHS Utah represents more developments than any other Park City brokerage and can say with authority: the development market is healthy and heating up. From large acreage ranch properties to contemporary luxury builds in Deer Valley, Summit and Wasatch counties are entering a period of intense growth. Investment opportunities abound.  
  • Consumers found their confidence. Consumer confidence returned to pre-recession levels, which had a hugely positive and stabilizing effect on the domestic real estate market. 
  • The market as a whole has normalized. Distressed sales and failed developments are a thing of the past. In 2014, the market returned to pre-2008 levels.

What we expect from the market in 2015.

  • Our market will remain segmented. Park City offers real estate options for every buyer, which makes our jobs here a bit easier. It also means that each neighborhood operates as its own market.
  • Inventory will return. Inventory remained relatively low in 2014 (there was a slight increase from 2013), but it seems likely that sellers will capitalize on the current climate, which will increase inventory gradually over the course of 2015.
  • Vail's purchase will have a positive effect on Park City's market. Vail's creation of the largest ski resort in America is sure to have a positive impact on our market place. We have already seen price increases in and around Canyons Resort and Old Town. 
  • Foreign buyers and visitors will increase. While foreign buyers have historically accounted for less than 1% of local buyers, Vail's arrival and its roster of foreign Epic Pass holders along with Salt Lake's ever growing economy will result in an increase in international visitors and potential foreign buyers. As a global brokerage, we are equipped to meet the needs of and reach a global client base.
  • More development. Summit and Wasatch counties will continue to garner interest from developers, meaning new and different product for buyers to select from. 

January Events:

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12/31 Canyons New Year's Eve Celebration and Fireworks

12/31-1/3 The WHO Show performing "Tommy-the Rock Opera"

1/2-1/4 Park City Film Series - Antarctica: A Year on Ice

1/1/-1/4 The Interview premiers at the Park City Film Series

1/7-1/10 FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup at Deer Valley Resort

1/10 Winter Trails Day at Soldier Hollow

1/17 Park City Institute presents Aiofe O'Donovan at Eccles Center

1/22-2/1 Sundance Film Festival

BHHS Poised to Expand Internationally

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Dec 30, 2014

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices kicks off next phase of expansion.

We are thrilled to announce Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices' announcement of its intention to expand internationally in 2015. In Utah, we have seen a notable influx of international visitors, companies, and diplomatic missions, and we believe our brand's expansion overseas will allow us to increase our reach globally and assist with our international clientele.

According to Inman news, who reported on Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices growth:

Having brought nearly all of the brokerages that once did business as Prudential Real Estate under its wing, next year Warren Buffett’s new franchise network will fix its sites set on a new target: independent brokerages and companies affiliated with other brands.

That includes overseas firms, says Gino Blefari, who on Jan. 1 will take the reins of HSF Affiliates LLC, the joint venture that runs the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Real Living and Prudential Real Estate brands.

“2015 is going to be all about growth,” said Blefari, who is replacing Prudential Real Estate veteran executive Earl Lee, 69, as CEO of HSF, a joint venture between Buffett’s brokerage company, HomeServices of America, and Brookfield Asset Management.

The BHHS network has grown to more than 34,000 agents in 47 states. Now, the franchisor is poised to catapult into the global arena and claim its place in the ranks of elite international real estate franchise brands like Re/Max, Keller Williams, Century 21 and Coldwell Banker.

BHHS could add its first overseas affiliate as soon as the latter part of next year, BHHS President Stephen Phillips told Inman.

Asia is among the burgeoning real estate markets BHHS is looking to set up shop in overseas. “The China market is boiling over,” Phillips said.

We look forward to welcoming our affiliates overseas. Utah has always been an international destination--we believe in the coming years it will also become a popular place among global real estate investors and home buyers.

Christmas Gift Guide

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Dec 12, 2014

In the Know:

Our latest #intheknow installment! Here’s our ultimate online Christmas gift guide.

For Her:

Herbivore Botanicals is an only organic luxury spa line that is guaranteed to improve both your complexion and your chi. We are especially in love with their Spa Collection. Get your soak on!

Alexis Bittar baubles put a pep in any chick’s step. Designs are unique and expertly crafted. We are particularly in love with Bittar’s statement earrings.

When it comes to first tier cooking knives, Japan knows what’s up. Korin knives are the best in the biz when it comes to precisely de-sectioning poultry. A mere hostess will be elevated to the level of Supreme Ruler of the Cutting Board.

For Him:

Beard maintenance and shaving have undergone an unprecedented evolution in the last few years. Here in UT, we embrace beards and novelty facial hair styles of all varieties. Harry’s takes the cake when it comes to offering the next level in clean-close Bond shaves.

Ties used to be the cop-out gift…no longer. Thanks to Lord&Lady Co., ties have been reinvented much to the relief of wives and girlfriends everywhere. Your man will stand tall and proud in any board room with these handmade southern gentleman numbers.

Because dudes can never have too many travel coffee mugs. Ya. We know.

For Either:

Duckworth is a "Montana source-verified wool company that uses 100% Helle Rambouillet merino, grown in a natural environment, raised on mountain pasture, and processed and built 100% in the USA." Ya. Top that description: buy a tee, be transported to the wilds of Montana...and feel really good about yourself the next time you read an article on the criminality of outsourcing.

Danner makes the best outdoor boots. Period. You have probably recently spotted a pair of Danners walking the Pacific Crest trail in the acclaimed film, Wild. Our in-house hiking and backpacking enthusiasts swear by these all leather, made domestically, Cadillac shoes.

Take your craft cocktail game to the next level with gourmet bitters. Our office mixologists have seen particular success with the Black Lemon Bitters…dazzle your company with your 14+ ingredient drink.

Field Notes meet our high standards for both design and functionality. These mini journals are dang useful and make you look quite clever.

We haven’t been this excited over a home candle in…well…forever.

Get Extreme: Rock Climbing, Car Racing, Heli Skiing...where to go.

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Dec 10, 2014

Utah is known for its extreme sports. From being the home state of numerous Olympians, professional outdoor athletes, and unparalleled recreational terrain, Utah is a great place to be if you believe life is meant for living. You don’t have to be a professional athlete or a BASE jumping enthusiast to get extreme in Utah. Here are some of our favorite places to go to push personal limits…and, even if you’re afraid of heights or backflips, the kids are bound to enjoy these activities.

Go Rock Climbing at Momentum Climbing Gym

Get elevated at Utah’s world class indoor rock climbing facility. Momentum features hundreds of different climbing routes for you to practice on. There are also several beginner and kids programs for you to try. In addition to helping overcome heights, climbing is a great workout!

Try Backflips on Skis at Snogression       

Snogression prides itself on being the “fastest, safest way to progress your tricks in skiing and snowboarding.” This indoor alternative gym allows you to practice your slopestyle and park and pipe snowboard and ski tricks indoors on tramps and ramps. Individuals can bring their skis and snowboards and practice doing backflips safely into big foam pits or on high-flying trampolines.

Practice for Formula One at Fastkart Speedway

Ever dreamed of racing cars? Fastkart Speedway is Salt Lake’s premier Go Kart track. Learn how to corner deftly, avoid other racers, and accelerate on straight aways. Go Karting is always a great activity for an active family.

Master the Basics of Shooting at the Park City Gun Club

Park City’s new state-of-the-art gun range and shooting facility offers classes that cover how to safely fire a pistol to safe hunting techniques. The range has additional features that allow you to simulate a zombie apocalypse or hunting mission. For those who have never fired a Glock, it’s a rush!

Go Helicopter Skiing with Powderbird

Powderbird heli services some of the best skiing in North America. Some the Wasatch’s best ski lines are located in the Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons but are not serviced by chairlifts. Enjoy open 40 degree runs without any of the crowds and with the safety of a professional mountain guide. A must do for any die hard snow enthusiast.

Take a Flying Lesson in Heber

OK3Air in Heber offers private pilot, instrument pilot, and advanced flight training such as aerobatics and unusual attitude, mountain flying, and tailwheel flying. If you've ever wanted to play Peter Pan, this is the place to go!

Housing Forecast-Buy Now

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Nov 24, 2014

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Now is a good time to look for a home.

The holidays are upon us and good tidings and family gatherings lie before us. Here in Utah, we are coming into the time of the year when our mountains are blanketed by our legendary snow and visitors from around the world come to enjoy. It is also a good time to buy a home...Prices and mortgage rate trends all indicate that there is no benefit to waiting. Here are some reasons why you should think about upgrading your roost now:

Prices are going up...and only up.

According to the latest Home Price Expectation Survey poll, home values are going to appreciate between 11.2% (most conservative estimation) and 27.8% (most idealistic estimation). The market bottomed out over a year ago and will continue to rise. As home values are sure to continue increasing, there is no reason to postpone a home purchase and several reasons to purchase now.

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Mortgage Interest Rates are on the Rise

The Mortgage Bankers Association has predicted that, "the average rate on a 30-year, fixed rate mortgage will rise slowly to 5.1 percent by the end of 2015 -- a full percentage point higher than where it is currently." While mortgage rates are projected rise in the very near future, they are very soft at present, meaning...now is better than later for financing a home purchase.

Utah is on the Rise

Utah's economy is booming. We crunch the numbers. We are confident in saying--Utah is one of the most attractive places to purchase investment real estate. The state was, for the fourth time, named "The Best State for Business" by Forbes Magazine. With our low unemployment rate, exploding tech industry, and strong pro-business regulations, major companies like eBay, Adobe, Oracle, Goldman Sachs, etc... and skilled employees have been flocking to northern Utah. Utah's robust economy makes any piece of property in our state an investment property.

Celebrate the Season of Giving

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Nov 18, 2014

Help families around Utah celebrate the holidays. 

November is the month of giving. BHHS Utah feels strongly that the holidays are an especially important time for community giving. We urge you to use this season to participate in two local drives that assist our underserved neighbors.

Support the 13th Annual Park City Turkey Drive.

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One in seven people in Utah go to bed hungry. The Turkey Drive is committed to ensuring these individuals are able to celebrate Thanksgiving. Every year the need to help families increases. To date, the Park City Turkey Drive has provided turkey dinner to over 125,000 people and has donated 10,000 pounds of non-perishable food to our local pantry.

This year's goal is 2,000 turkeys, which will provide dinner to 12,000 people. This event is sponsored in part by the Park City Board of Realtors Philanthropic Foundation. Come see us and contribute a turkey at the Market Park City on November 20-21 from 10am-5pm. 

To donate online, click here

Support "Shop with a Cop"

Sometimes Santa needs a little help from those of us who care about the children in our community. That is why the local Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge continues to sponsor the Shop With a Cop program each December. It is a way for us to help make the holidays a little brighter for children in need. The success of the program has always been dependent on the good will and participation of local citizens and businesses, and we need financial donations to make this event possible. The Park City FOP Lodge is a non-profit organization and 100% of your donation will go to the kids.

On Saturday, December 6th 2014, the Shop With a Cop program will match area children with local law enforcement officers for a holiday breakfast at the Best Western Landmark Inn at Kimball Junction. The Officers and children will then drive with lights and sirens from the hotel through the area to Wal-Mart, where each child and officer will shop for holiday gifts. The smiles on the children's faces are all the thanks that anyone might need!

We hope that you will help us with this effort by making a monetary donation to the FOP and the Shop With a Cop program. Checks should be made out to FOP Park City Lodge #3 and sent to Park City Lodge #3, PO Box 681317, Park City, UT 84068.

Outfitting Your Home in Utah

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Oct 20, 2014

So you have your dream home, now you need to outfit it. Here are our top picks for furniture and decoration stores in northern Utah. From established stores carrying the best in luxury lines to colorful boutiques boasting an assortment of unique treasures, here’s a short and sweet list of where to go to make your home truly yours.

CJ Sparks For rugs and tactile global-inspired accents, CJ Sparks is a great haunting ground.  Every home should have a personality--this boutique will help you find pieces to articulate yours.

Now & Again offers colorful vintage quirk (of the artistic, rather than the rubbish variety) and coveted bargain mid-century furniture. Whether you’re looking for a rustic wood mirror or clean line Swedish platform bed, this cute shop is a good place to start.

Elemente for modern-leaning vintage furniture like Danish oak dining tables and stylish mid-century chairs, Elemente is a gem of a treasure house. We’re always in the hunt for affordable ways of bringing the latest in interior design to our homes…Elemente delivers in a major way.

Urban Vintage Funky. Fun. Urban Vintage is a generation-now antique store with a penchant for find-nowhere-else items that will add flavor and variety to your home. From hip industrial lighting fixtures, to worn maps, linen postcards, unique furniture pieces, and succulent planters, Urban Vintage has your tastes covered.

Right at Home is one of Park City’s treasures. This beloved local shop offers a wide range of antique furniture that includes mountain rustic beds, stunning Asian bureaus, and contemporary glass numbers.

San Francisco Design ranks as one Salt Lake’s most respected high end furniture emporiums. The brand specializes in ultra-modern, predominantly Scandinavian pieces that will bring contemporary to your home. The quality is first rate as is the service.

Madison McCord Interiors will have that one statement opulent piece you’ve been looking for but have been unable to find. From brightly colored velvet upholstered dining room chairs, to luxe covered head boards, items here can’t be found anywhere else.

Ikea : Hate it or love it (most likely a combination of both), Ikea has its time and place, and there is one located in Draper. From those Swedish meatballs, to dirt cheap mod beds, and Strandkrypas (pattered table runners) and other goofy Scandinavian tid-bits, well…you know where to go.

One Wasatch and what it would mean for skiing in Utah  

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Oct 15, 2014

18,000 acres of skiing, 100 lifts, one lift pass. Sound good? That’s Ski Utah’s plan for the future of northern Utah. While the outcome is not yet certain, resort partners are working together to offer visitors truly unrestrained access to the mighty Wasatch mountains.

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Tourism amounts to $7 billion in revenue a year for Utah, 20% of which comes from skiing. The One Wasatch concept would connect seven ski areas (Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort, Canyons Resort, Solitude, Brighton, Alta, and Snowbird) in three different drainages (Park City, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Little Cottonwood Canyon). Were the concept to be fully realized, Utah would be the only place in North America to offer a similar experience. One Wasatch would allow Utah and seven of its leading, unique resorts to offer more options to visitors.

Further, having taken into consideration various concerns voiced by local backcountry skiers and ecologists, the new concept has been designed to protect popular backcountry terrain, watershed areas, and minimize ecological footprint.  In a meeting with Berkshire Hathaway Utah Properties this morning, Nathan Rafferty, President and CEO of Ski Utah, shared, “Connecting seven of Utah’s finest ski resorts while preserving both our water quality and a pristine backcountry experience is not an impossible task. With thoughtful planning and sincere cooperation, One Wasatch would add significantly to what is already one of the greatest ski destinations in the world."

Ski Utah and its champions will continue to work closely with Mountain Accord to ensure that the public is made aware of any developments pertaining to the concept and that our pristine environment is kept that way.

The concept would be funded entirely by private parties, costing the general public nothing. Statistical studies support the belief that the concept would build upon the already robust Utah ski industry, which amounts to 4.2 million visits a year and 18,000 jobs.

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We look forward to the future of Utah's ski industry. It's thrilling to watch the constant evolution of our Wasatch playground.

 

In the Know: Design trends to adopt.

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Sep 30, 2014

We are ridiculous design nerds. As big proponents of bringing cutting-edge architecture and design to Utah, we make sure we are on top of all the best trends from corrugated metal, to Scandanvian minimalism, to geometric patterns. Part of Championing Contemporary in our marketplace means informing current residents of what we think are some cool design ideas being put forward globally and locally. Here are some looks we are geeking-out over currently:

 

  1. Dining areas that double as contemporary art galleries.
Food and art just go together. Dining is already a communal activity and art facilitates meaningful discussion. We love the look of this fabulous French restaurant in Hong Kong. The combination of eclectic modern pieces with ancien regime parquet floors and exposed brass ventilation pipes creates a space of vibrancy--one that is both intimate and energetic. Looking for some statement art pieces at low cost to bring this concept to your calorie-consumption zone? Check-out the great online gallery by Austin Texas shop, Poster Cabaret.
  1. Wallpaper.
Wallpaper is having a moment. A big one. And, we could not be more thrilled. We are loving the bold wallpaper illustrations of Columbian artist, Catalina Estrada and innovative floral prints used by Wall&Deco. Wallpaper functions as large scale art and offers a unique way to give a room a mood. This generation’s wallpaper champions have re-invented the industry, incorporating large scale prints, custom illustrations, tactile textures, and brave colors.
  1. Room dividers.
Rather than putting in permanent walls, interior decorators have reintroduced the room divider. Over-segmenting homes and living spaces limits movement and light flow. A divider allows you to define an area’s functions without shrinking your living space. Clever dividers also double as additional storage and art pieces. Win-win.
  1. Frame stacking.
Forget everything you were told about hanging art. The new way to hang art is however you want to. Period. New options to showcase art include not hanging it (simply lean frames against a wall), layer frames, hang lots of pictures together in a group with varying amounts of space between them. Do what you want! It’s not chaos; it’s creative!
  1. Black accents.
Black is always the new black. While the signature shade of the stylish has never gone out of style and never will, it’s having a bit of a revival in the world of interior décor. Historically, black has been mislabeled as a color to stay away from when conceiving of inside spaces. Thank goodness the theory that black has no place on walls or on floors has been de-bunked, and dark features are being included to give rooms more gravitas. From accent walls to black wooden floors, our favorite non-color is everywhere. Hallelujah. For inspiring ways to utilize black to add weight or mood to a room, check out design mavens Roman and Williams.
  1. Bar Carts.
Bar carts are the natural companions of craft cocktails, which are also presently all the rage. So, don’t just stick your High West Whiskey on the dusty top shelf of the pantry. For the non-drinkers, have the fixings to whip up a limeade or a classic Shirley Temple. Either way, you’ll be known in your circle as the consummate entertainer. Plus, pretty crystal glasses and bottles full of elixirs just look cool.

BHHS Utah gives you all the stuff that's Good to Know.

 

 

Prepare Your Home for Winter

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Sep 22, 2014

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Are you taking your home maintenance seriously enough? With El-Nino coming this winter, it is especially important that you prepare your home for the upcoming winter. While we’re the first to say homeowner maintenance guides can be overwhelming (no, I am not going to seal my driveway 3x a year-whoever does that deserves an award from Home Depot), there are a few basic precautions every owner should take before cozying up to a fire and busting out the long Russian novels.

  1. Clean the gutters. After raking the leaves on your lawn (and allowing the kidlets a few leaf-pile cannonballs), be sure to clear them from your gutters and roofing drainage systems. Clean gutters prevent roof leaks and ice damage in December. Dealing with leaks is always a pain, dealing with one when the entire extended family is in town for the holidays is more than your average pain. It might also be time to invest in quality gutters with built-in leaf guards, which will save you hassle in the future.
  2. Prepare the chimney and fireplace. We are not especially big fans of carbon monoxide poisoning and recommend that you service your fireplace properly before winter. Besides, is there any better combination than a warm fire and a Utah winter?
  3. Service major appliances. Ever had to wait two weeks to get your furnace or water heater serviced in the winter? No good. Set yourself up for success. Get your major appliances looked at, serviced, or replaced in time for winter.
  4. Caulk the windows. Caulking your windows prevents heat from escaping and water and ice from coming in. It’s a simple preventive measure that could be the difference between one comforter and 5 extra-fluffy down numbers. Be smart.
  5. Check for plumbing problems. Again, you don’t want to be dealing with plumbing issues in the dead of winter. Water damage is the number one cause of home value depreciation. The best way to ensure your home’s longevity and re-sell price is to take steps to prevent water damage.
  6. Make sure the snowblower is functional. Ya. We live in Utah. Don’t be caught unprepared by that freak October storm we get once a year.
 

Have a lovely fall. Enjoy your pumpkin spice lattes, trick-or-treating, squash soup, and Ugg boots. We sure are.

 
 
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