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.

Top Notch in Davis County

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One of the tropes of parenting is constant worrying. You worry about what and how much your kids are eating, about their development, spending quality time, making memories and so much more. Worry less about their education with this comprehensive list of the best rated schools in Davis County. The ratings are derived from state wide test scores in math, science and language arts.   


  1. H.C. Burton: A+ rating – Preschool through 6th
    • Math: A
    • Science: A+
    • Language Arts: A+
  2.  Endeavor Elementary School: A+ rating – kindergarten through 6th
    • Math: A+
    • Science: A+
    • Language Arts: A+
  3. Snow Horse Elementary School: A+ rating – kindergarten through 6th
    • Math: A
    • Science: A+
    • Language Arts: A+

Junior High

  1. Millcreek Junior High School: A+ rating – Grades 7 through 9
    • Math: A+
    • Science: A+
    • Language Arts: A+
  2. Centerville Junior High School: A rating – Grades 7 through 9
    • Math: A
    • Science: A
    • Language Arts: A+
  3. Farmington Junior High School: A+ rating – Grades 7 through 9
    • Math: A+
    • Science: A+
    • Language Arts: A

High School

  1. Northern Utah Academy for Math Engineering and Science (NUAMES) School: A+ rating – Grades 10 through 12
    • Math: A+
    • Science: A+
    • Language Arts: A+
  2. Viewpoint High School: A rating – Grades 10 through 12
    • Math: A
    • Science: A
    • Language Arts: A+
  3. Davis High: A- rating – Grades 10 through 12
    • Math: B+
    • Science: A-
    • Language Arts: A+


  1. Syracuse Arts Academy School: A rating – kindergarten through 9th
    • Math: A
    • Science: A
    • Language Arts: A+
  2. Legacy Preparatory Academy School: A rating – kindergarten through 11th
    • Math: A
    • Science: A
    • Language Arts: B+
  3. North Davis Preparatory Academy School: A- rating – kindergarten through 9th
    • Math: A-
    • Science: B+
    • Language Arts: A-

America’s Best Real Estate Agents | Ryan Ivie

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

Ryan Ivie Sales Team Earned Ranking for 2015 Home Sales


Ryan Ivie Home of The Best

Layton, Utah, July 20th – Ryan Ivie Sales Team 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. Ryan Ivie has more than 17 years of experience in the Utah market.

 “Our team is dedicated to bringing you the best customer service. Committed to helping you navigate successfully through the real estate process, we understand the purchase or sale of your home is your largest single investment. With our superior service and expertise, we sell, on average, 60 homes per year.” said Ivie. “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.

RE/MAX agents accounted for 22 percent of the more than 12,000 participating agents who qualified for the survey. This year, RE/MAX had more agents named in the survey than any other brand.

About RE/MAX Metro:

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

Twilight Concerts

Twilight ConcertsOne of my favorite parts about the summer months is the Twilight Concerts. There is nothing like grabbing your family and friends and listening to some great music.

A little about the Twilight Concert Series: this concert series was founded by the Salt Lake City Arts Council in partnership with Salt Lake City Weekly, KRCL 90.9FM, SLUG Magazine, and the Urban Arts Festival to promote local arts and music.

The Twilight series is having a lot of awesome guests performing, so mark your calendars today! This year, some of the artists they’re featuring are:

  • Diplo — August 4, 2016

You can learn more about the artists on the Salt Lake Arts site. Located at: Pioneer Park, 400 S 400 W, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101. General admission is $5 in advance, $10 the day of the show, or buy season tickets (see all 7 shows) for $35.

Interested in volunteering at the event? Be sure to check out their volunteer page and be part of something that is not only a rockin’ event, but promotes local arts and music.

Learn more about these shows and any upcoming events by following them on Facebook.

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!

5 Signs You Need To Replace Your Siding

shutters-669296_640Have you been looking at your siding and wondering if now is the time to replace it? To help you determine this, here are 5 signs that it’s time to replace your siding.

  1. Rot run. Your siding cannot be effective if it’s beginning to rot or crumble. If you notice this happening, you may be able to only have to repair the affected area. However, if the rotting has spread across your exterior, you will need to start over. Choose a rot-resistant material to help protect against rotting in the future.
  1. Cracks and gaps. Gaps and cracks in your exterior don’t only look bad, but can allow for moisture to seep into the cracks and rot your wood. This can also allow for critters and insects to enter into your home and walls which can lead to some serious problems.
  1. Hidden hazards. Take some time to walk around your home and inspect the exterior of your home carefully. If you notice any bulging or warped siding panels, this can be a sign of some serious damage beneath the siding. If this happens, contact a professional contractor for consultation to learn more and find out your options.
  1. Moisture and mold. Moisture build up can lead to rot, mold, or mildew which can lead to serious health problems. Bring in a professional to look over the damage and help you determine if you need to update the siding or if more internal work needs to be done.
  1. Higher resale value. If you’re planning on selling your home soon, replacing your siding can boost your resale value. Though this can become costly, in most cases you can recoup the cost in the resale. Your real estate agent can help you determine if this is something worth doing.

The more you can do for your home now to keep your home looking its best, the better off you’ll be (and the less money it will cost you) in the long run. At the end of the day, you’ll be glad you did.


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.


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

4 Homeownership Payment Programs To Know About

coins-currency-investment-insuranceMortgage payments are a part of homeownership. In your due diligence, you may feel a bit overwhelmed by the idea of saving up for a home, but if you break it down into smaller steps you can feel a little more in control.

As you begin your path towards homeownership, here are 4 low-down payment programs to be aware of:

  • GSE-backed loans. These are government-sponsored (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) enterprises which help to drive the mortgage market and are backed by loan-to-value loans. Learn more on what you might qualify for with this great calculator.
  • FHA. Through participating lenders, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) provides 3.5% down payment mortgages for those who qualify. Compared to more conventional mortgages, these types of loans are easier to qualify for and have slightly lower rates.
  • VA. Veterans Administration (VA) loans are eligible to veterans and active duty servicemembers and their families. This type of loan require no down payment or mortgage insurance.
  • USDA. For those living in rural and suburban areas, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (ISDA) offers low rates and 100% financing.

To learn more about these types of loans and what you qualify for, your loan officer can answer your questions and help you decide what type of mortgage is best for you.

5 Tips For Getting Your Apartment Deposit Back

Getting ready to move out of your apartment and into your dream home? As you prepare to make the move, here are 5 tips for helping you get your deposit back from your landlord: chess-603624_640

  1. Tell your landlord. If you’re planning on moving out, tell your landlord early on. By talking with your landlord, you can find out if their are any minor repairs or other expectations (such as shampooing carpets) that needs to be done. If you know about these things upfront, you can take care of them yourself and save yourself some extra cash.
  1. Deep clean. Common courtesy says you should tidy up your apartment before you move out, but it will also help you get your deposit back. Take some time to wipe down appliances, clean the oven and stove, and take out the trash.
  1. Repair any damages. If there are structural damage (large holes, chipped tiles, or exposed fixtures) make sure they are repaired. Any small holes, such as those left behind from curtains, are fine, but it is the bigger ones you’ll want to repair.
  1. Fix maintenance issues. Any broken item, a leak under your sink (even if it wasn’t your fault), should be fixed before you hand in your keys. If you don’t take the time to repair this, your landlord could charge you for the damage, even after you’ve moved out.
  1. Remove add-ons. If you’ve added any partitions or walls in your apartment, make sure they’re removed before you move out—unless otherwise expressed in your lease. However, in most cases, these types of structures are usually required to be removed at the tenant’s expense.

What some extra tips? Check out the article, 7 Ways to Guarantee You Get Your Apartment Deposit Back. Have something to add? Tell us your thought below in the comments.