Labor Day Activities and Sales in (and around) Davis County

If you didn’t already have plans this weekend (and even if you do!), you need to check out these fun activities and wallet-saving deals!

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Hit up the South Davis Labor Day Triathlon

The will hold the race rain, snow or shine! The course in in true triathlon order starting with swimming, on to biking and wrapping-up with the run. The show starts 8 a.m. so be there or be square! For more information, please visit their website.

Family First Monday’s at Station Park

Although this event happens the first Monday of every month, it is something to do this Labor Day. Bring the family out from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for free games, activities, entertainment and discounts.

Multi-Exhibit at Bountiful Davis Art Center

The Mulit-Exhibit is great spot to get up close and personal with local artwork. The work will be displayed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for your viewing pleasure! For more information please visit their website.

Around the area:

Free Red Butte Garden Admission Day

Free Park City Miner’s Day Celebration

Swiss Days, Onion Days, Peach Days, Blue Moon Festival and Jazz Festival

For more information, (and other discounts) visit Coupons4Utah.

Sales:

Post Labor Day Mini Book Sale

The Monday after Labor Day, the Davis County Library System is hosting a mini book sale at the Davis County South Branch Library located in Bountiful. The book sale will offer a quality selection of titles in “limited quantities at bargain prices.” Hardbacks, books on CD and DVDS will be one dollar while paperbacks are just 25 cents! Don’t miss this deal and remember to bring cash or check.

Utah Symphony

The Utah Symphony also is having a Labor Sale where you can choose any three or more performances to save 20 percent! The sale runs from August 28 through Labor Day. Tickets start at $18, $14.40 after discount is applied. For more information, please visit their website.

Check it out! All of these stores have Labor Day Sales Events:

Trimming Your Trees For The Fall

leaves-970188_640Right now, as we move into the cooler months, it’s tempting to want to prune your trees and bushes. However, the autumn months are not a good time to prune. Trimming your trees in the fall can lead fungi to spread in their spores, which slows down their ability to heal wounds caused by cuts. This is also a time when trees are starting to go dormant (preparing for the winter months ahead) and pruning them will result in a spurt of regrowth.

Instead, wait until the summer months to prune your trees and bushes. This will allow you to remove the old and dead branches without causing excess stress to your trees. When pruning your trees and shrubs, don’t make the cut too close to the trunk of the tree. Also, you don’t want to cut too far from the trunk which may leave an ugly stub and allow insects easy entry.

There are other important things you can do to help prepare your yard for winter. Apply some fertilizer, spread cool-weather grass seed, and aerate your lawn to protect it over the cold months. In addition, take some time to ensure the water in your sprinkler systems is pushed out and your air conditioner is properly stored.

The more you can do now to prepare your yard (and home) for the winter months the better. You never know when the snow will start flying and the more prepared you are the less surprises you’ll have.

Have something to add to the list? Tell us below in the comments about some of the things you do to help get your yard ready for the winter.

9 Reasons For Sale by Owner Can Backfire

simpolo-1478505_640Every year homeowners contemplate hiring an agent or listing their property for sale by owner (FSBO). However, FSBO might not be the best option for the majority of sellers. Here are a few considerations to mull over before you decide if you have the chops to take on a complex real estate transaction.

1. You probably don’t have the time

Think about it, do you really want to be answering calls and knocks at the door from complete strangers who may or may not actually be potential buyers? Safety and privacy are big considerations when deciding to sell without an agent.

2. After sale issues

Although employing an agent doesn’t protect you from liability or guarantee that there won’t be any after-sale consequences, they help by taking precautionary steps. An example of an after sale issue includes a leaky roof and the buyer now wanting you to pay for a new roof. However, if you disclosed the leaky roof before the sale your bases should be covered. The key to avoiding after sale issues lies with prevention.

3. You may not be saving money after all

One of the most common reasons for someone to try and sell their house on their own is to save money. Although a very valid reason, the average FSBO home sold for $210,00 in 2014 compared to $249,000 for a home sold by a real estate agent according to the National Association of Realtors.

4. You could get scammed

Or taken advantage of. Buyers often feel that they can get a better price or deal for themselves because owners lack the skills and knowledge to negotiate. By employing an agent, you will have an expert negotiator in your corner ensuring you get top dollar for your property.

5. It’s all about the details

Underestimating the complexity involved during the entire real estate purchasing process can be detrimental. The list of potential mistakes is huge unless you are aware of your state’s laws and regulations regarding real estate transactions. Knowing how to read closing documents, fill out purchase agreements and calculate the true value of the property are extremely beneficial skills in protecting you from future litigation.

6. Too many people to negotiate with

Let’s say you decide to list your home FSBO. You should be prepared to negotiate with the buyer, the buyer agent, the buyer’s lawyer in some cases, the home inspection companies and the appraiser all of which work for the buyer. They are looking out for the buyer’s best interests. Who will you have looking out for yours?

7. The internet gets results

And real estate agents have solid internet marketing strategies. According to recent studies, 92 percent of buyers search online for their next home while only 28 percent look at print materials including newspaper ads. Do you have the skills needed to get maximum exposure to potential buyers?

8. FSBO is getting more difficult

The percentage of people listing FSBO has dropped from 19 to nine percent over that last 20 years. One of the main reasons for this drop is that as industry disclosures and regulations increases so does the paperwork involved in selling and buying a home.

9. You will end up hiring a Realtor anyway

Generally, those who are unsuccessful with selling their homes FSBO seek out professional services including hiring a real estate agent. Employing an experienced agent with a history of success gives you peace of mind that your real estate transaction will be handled carefully, respectfully and professionally.

Best Restaurants in Salt Lake City

canstockphoto12474229One thing I love about Salt Lake City is the restaurants. No matter what you’re craving, you’re bound to find something that appeals to your taste buds and not break the bank.

Here are 6 of our favorite restaurants we think you should check out.

  1. Red Iguana 2. A hugely popular Mexican restaurant in Salt Lake City, the Red Iguana 2 is a hot spot for many locals. This place fills up quickly so make sure you plan ahead and get there early.
  1. Ruth’s Diner. Looking for some of the best food around Utah, Ruth’s Diner won’t disappoint.
  1. Caffe Molise. Craving Italian food? Vegetarian? Caffe Molise is the place for you. With great food and a stunning view to go along with it, this will become one of your favorite places.
  1. Eva. If you want something away from the norm, Eva is the place to go. With some of the best Mediterranean food around, the hardest decision you’ll have to make is what you’re going to order.
  1. Beerhive Pub. The Beerhive Pub has some of the best brew and pizza around. Grab your friends and enjoy a night of fun and laughter.
  1. The Cheesecake Factory. Another popular destination for both locals and tourists, The Cheesecake Factory is a fun place to take the family.

For more restaurant suggestions, check out Trip Advisor to find out about other great places to eat in Salt Lake City. While you’re in the City, take a moment to check out a show, walk the grounds of City Creek, visit a museum, and explore some of the other attractions the city has to offer.

Have a favorite restaurant or place to visit while in the city? Tell us about it below in the comments.

Motorcycle Safety

Motorcycle SafetyOn average more than eight million motorcyclists hit the road every year. Motorcyclists are 26 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash and five times more likely to be injured. In 2014, 4,586 motorcyclists died in crashes while another 92,000 were injured according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Stay safe out there. Don’t become a statistic.

Following are two safety checklists: one for drives and one for riders.

For Drivers:

  • First and foremost, as a driver you need to be aware of your surroundings especially motorcycles. There are a lot more cars and trucks on the road making motorcycles easily forgotten and hidden.
  • Keep in mind that due to its smaller size, a motorcycle may appear to be farther away than what it actually is and plan accordingly.
  • The small size of a motorcycle also gives the appearance of increased speed. Not all motorcycles are actually speeding, some just look like they are.
  • When following, give motorcyclists more room than you would a car. Motorcycles usually slow down by downshifting and easing up on the throttle which doesn’t activate a brake light. Be prepared for a slow down without a visual warning.
  • Due to decreased traction, motorcyclists often change and adjust their position within a lane. They do this for a variety of reasons including to be seen more easily by other motorists and avoid obstacles such as debris and sand. Just remember most of these adjustments are made for a purpose and not to be reckless.
  • Although increased maneuverability is one of the perks of operating a motorcycle, don’t expect a motorcyclist to always be able to stop or get out of the way in time.
  • Last but certainly not least, when you encounter a motorcycle on the road, think of it as a person and not as a motorcycle.

For Riders:

  • Protect your noggin and wear a helmet. We’ve all seen what happens when a grape gets smashed.
  • Use your turn signals either manually with your arms or electronically through your one man (and occasional passenger) riding machine.
  • Wear appropriate attire, like boots and gloves. No shorts and sandals unless you like dealing with an extreme case of road rash.
  • Look where you want to go because you will go where you look- it’s that simple. Keep those eyes focused on the road and avoid running into surprises or the other lane.
  • Avoid using the front brake first. Remember that time you were barreling down a hill full speed on your bicycle, pushed your hand break to stop and went flying? Yeah same concept. Apply your foot break first and you will be glad you did.
  • Down shift and chill. Riding is all about weight distribution and traction. If you go into a turn or corner too hot and try to brake you’re going to be thrown off balance. Instead, shift down and brake before the turn. Save the going fast part for your way out.
  • Look out for sand, debris and other obstructions on the road. Gravel and sand between the pavement and tires give your motorcycle even less traction than it had before and is best avoided altogether. However, if you happen to find yourself riding across an unavoidable sand trap remember to keep it slow and steady along with keeping your hog as upright as possible.
  • You also should be on the lookout for other motorists, cars and trucks. You will likely see them before they see you if they even see you at all.
  • Last but not least, please don’t drink and ride!

FRUIT HEIGHTS OPEN HOUSE

The Ryan Ivie Sales Team is pleased to announce they are having an Open House this Saturday, May 7th from 10 am to 2 pm in Fruit Heights just a pitching wedge away from The Davis Golf Course!

 

Hosted by the Ryan Ivie Sales Team and Angie Larkin, this home is upgraded with Quartz counter tops, can lighting throughout, time-crafted Walnut wood flooring throughout main level, upgraded carpet, Modern kitchen has a sunny garden window, expanded island bar.


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Located at 911 S Cherry Plum Lane, Fruit Heights, Utah 84037. This beautiful home in Fruit Heights will be open to the public on Saturday, May 7th 10 am to 2 pm, be sure to stop by and have a look at this wonderful home. Look forward to seeing you at our Fruit Heights Open House!

 

For more information visit www.RyanIvie.com/mls/1376964 or Call 801-774-1687

Important Real Estate Terms You Should Know

savings-440782_1280Regardless if you decide to hire a real estate agent to help you buy/sell your home or not, there are some key terms to know when it comes to real estate. Out of those key points, here are 3 real estate terms to know as you move forward in your home buying/selling process.

Pre-approval Letter.  Even before you start your search, you should speak with your bank, credit union, or a mortgage lender to find out what kind of home loan you qualify for. This information can help you and your real estate agent (if you choose to hire one) understand how much of a home you can afford. Another important issue you need to talk with you loan officer or mortgage lender about is closing costs and other fees to make sure they will be covered in your loan.

Fixed rate vs. Adjustable mortgage rate. As it sounds, a fixed mortgage rate is unmovable whereas an adjustable mortgage rate is subject to change throughout the course of the loan. Talk with your bank, loan officer, or credit union to find out which option is the best fit for you.

Buyers agent vs. Real estate agent. Real estate agents, also known as sales agents, are licensed to advise people on real estate issues. Most states require a real estate agent to complete a real estate course and pass a state and federal exam.

If you are interested in becoming a licensed sales agent in Utah please check out Utah Department of Commerce: Division of Real Estate for the necessary requirements and for further education check out the available courses for new agents.

Broker’s, on the other hand, are required to have more education and pass the brokers exam. Brokers are more liable and legally responsible for any mistakes made by agents or salespeople who work for them. If you are interested in becoming a broker in Utah visit Broker Registration site on the Utah Department of Commerce: Division of Real Estate page.

Is Utah the Best Place to Live?

Small slcHave you heard? Utah is one of the happiest places to live. A recent study released by the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research studied which states are the happiest and Provo made the list as one of the happiest metropolitan areas. Find out what other states made the list.

According to Forbes, Utah is #8 for the best places for business and careers. As of April 2015, the NCSL ranked Utah’s unemployment rate at 3.4% (one of the lowest in the country).

Some fun facts about Utah:

  • Per Webster’s, although “Utahans” is the grammatically correct way to pronounce a Utah resident, most people from Utah refer (stubbornly) to themselves as “Utahns.”
  • Lagoon is the oldest amusement park in the American West, and its original white roller coaster (named “Old Woodie”) is the 3rd oldest in the country.
  • Salt Lake City is the nation’s leading manufacturer of rubber chickens.