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How much of a difference can listing videos make? A lot.Can videos really help sell your home? The short answer is yes, and we have the statistics to back that up. In fact, 85% of clients want an agent who uses video tools as part of their marketing package. What’s more, homes presented with a video tend to receive 403% more attention.But making a …
 
Here are the two statistics you need to know before entering the market.If you’ve been sitting on the fence, now is the time to make a move in the real estate market. There are two statistics, in particular, that you need to understand before making any real estate decision that will also prove why it’s such a great time to buy or sell right now.Ou…
 
These five tips will help you sell your home during the holidays.If you’re looking to sell your home during the holidays, which is actually a viable time to list (despite all the misconceptions to the contrary), here are five tips to help you find success:1. Tastefully decorate your home for the holidays. What better time to accentuate the emotiona…
 
Sellers: Be proactive and avoid these huge home seller mistakes!If you want to sell quickly and for top dollar, there are seven critical mistakes you must avoid:1. Picking the wrong agent. Pick someone who’s experienced and has sold a lot of properties. If you need heart surgery, you’ll probably want to pick a heart surgeon who’s performed a lot of…
 
Here are tips to help sellers prime for a swift and profitable home sale.What goes into preparing a home for the market? First things first, you need to create a home selling plan with an emphasis on properly staging your house. Staging simply refers to the work that goes into transforming your home as you know it (comfortable, highly personalized,…
 
Writing a buyer “love letter” will help get your offer accepted.When submitting an offer on a home, a great way to get an edge over any competition is to write a buyer “love letter.” There are a few reasons why.First, it allows you to thank the seller for letting you into their home and considering your offer. It also gives you the chance to ask th…
 
Here are a few tips to help get your offer accepted in our competitive real estate market.To have any chance of being a competitive homebuyer in our market, there are some key tips you should follow:1. Write a strong offer with tight deadlines and few (if any) contingencies. One of those contingencies is the inspection contingency, which gives the …
 
If you’re thinking of buying new construction, you need to hire an agent.When buying a new construction home, you absolutely need an agent on your side representing your interests. There are a few key reasons why.First, while the builder’s agent may be friendly and helpful, they still represent the builder. They have a fiduciary responsibility to r…
 
For home sellers, there’s a new normal in the market. Here’s what it looks like.As a home seller, it’s wise to minimize the physical contact that potential buyers have with the stuff in your home as they walk through to view it. Leave the doors and drawers open so that buyers can visually access your home without having to touch anything.Another th…
 
Here’s what the new normal looks like for homebuyers.COVID-19 clearly hasn’t gone anywhere, so how are we continuing to help buyers get into new homes safely? The first step that we advise is to limit the number of people in your group when you’re out searching for homes. For families, the easiest way to do this is to find a babysitter for the kids…
 
Coverage of our market can be confusing sometimes; here are the facts.From a local standpoint, we are in an extremely strong seller’s market. Sales are down, but this metric can be deceiving without proper context. They’re down—not because of COVID-19 or the real estate market taking a dive—but because we simply don’t have enough inventory for all …
 
These technologies will keep your home and family safer.We hope you and your family are staying safe during this pandemic. We wanted to share some information about technology you can add to your home that will make your family safer and help you avoid future damage. These technologies are easy to set up, and many can be ordered online.…
 
Find out what Utah moving from orange to yellow status means for real estate.How has the market been doing since the outbreak of COVID-19? How does the governor’s decision to change our state’s outbreak status from orange to yellow affect real estate and how we perform our business?In terms of the market, the big picture is that we’ve had a lot of …
 
How has the coronavirus impacted the real estate market?Obviously, everyone’s lives have been changed because of the coronavirus, and I’m getting a lot of questions about what kind of impact its had on the real estate market. Today I’ll fill you in on the latest developments and share how we’ve adapted our business practices to continue helping buy…
 
We have five successful tips to help you sell your home during the holiday season.To successfully sell your home during the cold and often busy holiday season, here are five tips you need to keep in mind:1. Embrace the season. Home sellers often ask if they should decorate their homes for the holidays if they plan to sell, and the answer is yes—but…
 
Is a recession coming? Maybe, but that might not mean what you think it does. There’s a question looming in a lot of people’s minds these days: “Is a recession coming? What can we do about it?”A key thing to remember is that a recession isn’t always a bad thing. A recession is defined as two consecutive quarters of negative growth, and it’s a neces…
 
Here are four reasons why the fall season might be your best opportunity in quite some time to buy a home. Fall is just a few days away now, which is exciting for a number of reasons. Apart from the crisp autumn weather and football season, it’s also a great time to buy a home! Here are four reasons why:1. Home prices are increasing. Price growth i…
 
If you feel that your property taxes are too high, you can always appeal them. Here’s how to do it. Recently, most of you have received your property tax assessment in the mail. That’s always a fun experience—finding out how much you owe the government. But in all seriousness, if you feel that your property has been overvalued, you can protest your…
 
How many homes should you look at before buying one? Find out today. “How many homes should I look at before I buy?”Before you even start counting how many homes you ought to be looking at, you should first make sure that your home search is done properly. Today, most home searches begin online. For example, visit ColemereRealty.com, where you can …
 
It doesn’t often make sense to hire an appraiser before selling, but there are a few times when it does. Here are three prime examples. Hiring an appraiser before you sell your home is usually a waste of money. However, there are a few exceptions, and we’ll go over each of the most common today:1. During a divorce or bankruptcy. Generally, a judge …
 
Be sure to avoid these three pitfalls created when you overprice your home. Why is it a bad idea to overprice your home when you put it on the market?First, remember that people who browse for homes online can see how long a home has been on the market. When a home is overpriced, it tends to stagnate on the market, and when buyers see that, they’ll…
 
On June 1st, we want you to join us at Lone Peak Park for our summer barbecue kickoff. Here are the details. We’re here today at beautiful Lone Peak Park (10140 S. 700 E, Sandy, UT), the site of Colemere Realty’s upcoming Summer Barbecue Kickoff. Please join us on June 1st from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for great barbecue, lots of fun, and prizes galore. W…
 
You aren’t doomed to pay 20% down. Here are some of the options you have. We get this question a lot: Are there opportunities to buy a home with low or no money down?Various news outlets have claimed that you need a 20% down payment in order to purchase a home, but it’s not true—you can certainly buy a home with zero down.There are several loan pro…
 
Where are things headed in our real estate market as spring begins? Keep reading to find out. Today we’re going to give you a bit of a recap on the first quarter of the year and what to expect as we move into spring and summer.We’re ready to kick off the spring selling season after a slight slowdown toward the end of the last year. Even though the …
 
We’d like to extend our thanks to those that joined us for our Founders Day celebration. Today we wanted to send you a quick message thanking all those who helped us celebrate 66 years of business at our recent Founders Day event. We wouldn’t be here without your help and support. Additionally, we wanted to let you know that we will be hosting anot…
 
2019 is our 66-year anniversary of being in the real estate business, and to celebrate, we’re hosting our very own Founder’s Day celebration this March. 2019 marks the 66th year that Colemere Realty has been in business, and we’ve decided to throw a party to celebrate.First, we’ve brought in our father (and previous owner of Colemere Realty) Tom Co…
 
Accessory dwelling units represent a great opportunity for homeowners, but there are rules for renting them out that you need to pay attention to. As you may know, Salt Lake City passed an ordinance last October that allowed all homeowners to have accessory dwelling units (ADUs) on their property. If you’re looking to make some extra money through …
 
Today we’d like to shed some light on the hot topic of accessory dwelling units. If you’re interested in making some extra money through real estate investing, or simply how to have your mother-in-law (legally) live with you, then having an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) on your property may be the perfect solution.ADUs, which can be attached or det…
 
Today we wanted to discuss waiting until spring to buy a home and why that might not be such a good idea in this market. We hear it all the time: “I’m going to wait until spring to buy a home, rather than try to find one over the holiday season.”Though there are typically fewer homes on the market in the fall and winter months, that doesn’t mean wa…
 
Thank you for your support throughout this wonderful year.We’ve seen a wonderful year here at Colemere Realty, but none of it would have been possible without you. We wanted to say thank you for everything you’ve done for us, our team, and every member of our organization. Without you and your support, we wouldn’t be where we are today. We are fort…
 
Do you have extra winter clothes? We would like to invite you to a warm clothing drive that we are hosting the week of Thanksgiving. We will be accepting donations from 12 PM - 6 PM, Monday the 19th, through Wednesday the 21st. As an added bonus, we at Colemere Realty will be matching all donations.By Bryan Colemere
 
We lose purchasing power as interest rates rise. Let’s talk about what this means for you. As you may know, the cost of financing a home has been going up. The Federal Reserve has been raising interest rates in recent months, and with more increases on the horizon, today we’ll be talking about what this means for you as a buyer or seller.Utah’s eco…
 
The fall is a great time to sell your home, and there are a few reasons why. What makes fall a great time to sell your home?First, we saw a strong spring and summer in terms of sales volume, but sales typically drop toward the end of the year. It doesn’t mean people don’t want to buy or sell; it just means there are fewer buyers out there for a var…
 
In our market right now, conditions are split based on price point. And today we’d like to explain how this will impact your goals as a buyer or seller. When it comes to our market, there’s more than one story to be told. We like to explain our current conditions as being the “Tale of Two Tales.” Thankfully, though, the only Dickensian thing about …
 
To sell your home for top dollar in our market, declutter and clean the inside and make sure the outside has great curb appeal. If you want to sell your home for top dollar, here are three tips that will help you do so:First, make sure your home has great curb appeal so it gives potential buyers a good first impression. The whole exterior needs to …
 
Lorna Davis joins me today to give you a quick summer market recap. Today I am joined by Lorna Davis, an agent here at Colemere Realty Team, to do a summer market recap.This summer, we saw interest rates creep up, and they are continuing to do so. If you are thinking about applying for a loan, you should keep this in mind.As far as market segmentat…
 
Today we want to introduce Rhett Roberts, our transaction coordinator, who works behind the scenes to help your real estate transaction go smoothly. On our team, everyone has a specific role to play. This allows us to make sure all the fine details of our clients’ transactions are handled thoroughly and efficiently. Today we’d like to introduce jus…
 
The home closing process can happen quickly, or it can drag on. Here’s how to ensure that it goes quickly and smoothly. Today we are talking about how long it takes to close a loan and what you should and should not do in order to speed up the process.First, let’s talk about the things you should not do. Poor communication is high on the list. Poor…
 
There are many things that you can do wrong when you are applying for a mortgage. Did you know that there are 12 things that you should not do while getting a mortgage? Yes, 12. We have prepared the list so you know what not to do. Don’t quit your job. Don’t buy a car. Don’t max out your credit cards. Don’t get a new line of credit. Don’t let your …
 
Zillow is one of the most popular real estate websites online today, but that doesn’t mean that it can replace the knowledge and experience of an agent. Here’s what you should know. Why shouldn’t you trust Zillow to help you find your next home?Utah is a non-disclosure state, meaning we’re one of the very few states that disclose private sales of r…
 
News reports have said that the affordability index is dropping, but what does this mean to you? There has been talk in the news recently about affordability. So, we decided we would explain what affordability means and address how it may impact you. We hope doing so will assuage any worries you may have.You may have heard that the affordability in…
 
The spring selling season is well underway, but where does this leave buyers in our market? Let’s discuss this important question today. Back in January, we predicted that our market was about to heat up. Well, now that we are further into the year, it has become clear that these projections have come true.We are well into the thick of the spring s…
 
Looking to Buy a Home? Search All HomesLooking to Sell a Home? Get a Home Value Report A lot of you may not have heard about who we are, but Colemere Realty is the oldest real estate company in the Salt Lake Valley.Both Bryan and I are third-generation Realtors. Our grandfather started Colemere Realty back in 1953, so we’re excited to share our sto…
 
Today we wanted to have a talk about whether you should rent or buy your next home. No matter what you choose, you’re paying a mortgage.Some people are scared of the word “mortgage” because of the commitment. Even if you don’t technically have one, you’re paying for one if you’re renting. You’re actually paying more than a mortgage would cost and m…
 
Should you keep saving to purchase a home, or should you buy a home now? This is a great question, and it all comes down to how much you are saving and whether your savings are outpacing the rate at which the market is appreciating. For example, if you’re saving $1,000 a month and the market is appreciating at $500 a month, it makes sense to save y…
 
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