Tuesday, September 20, 2022 / by Justin Critchfield & Michelle Aspseter
Real Estate Stats and How They Influence the Narrative
When it comes to purchasing a home, we’re all on the lookout for the perfect property that fits our budget. House hunting is accompanied by a constant follow-up of news, Utah housing stats or Utah Bubble that would revolve around the real estate market so that we’re in a position to know when the market conditions are favorable enough for us to swoop in and pick the best property. But let’s be honest - we’re bombarded with a crazy amount of information from different sources (realtors and lenders), so as laymen, it can all get a bit confusing.
Amidst all this chaos, it gets difficult for you to understand whether or not the market is in the right position for you to invest in real estate. So if you too are in a confused state of mind, this post is just for you - we’ll be telling you everything you need to know about the real estate terminology so that you can make an informed, educated ; ...
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Friday, September 16, 2022 / by Justin Critchfield & Michelle Aspseter
What has housing inventory done? Homes went up from 1700 homes for sale to almost 10,000 this year. We were shocked when things took another unexpected turn in September! Watch here to find out more.
Interest rates took and unexpected dip in August AFTER the fed raised rates by .75%. This caused fast inventory levels to stop increasing overnight. More homes went under contract as a result of the low rates. Ever since then, Utah housing inventory leveled off and has stayed consistently around 9,500 active homes. Now in the middle of September of 2022 interest rates have risen to 6%, their highest level in 14 years and inventory has gone up again now reaching 10,000 homes!
IF interest rates stay this high, expect inventory levels to keep raising. But don't panic, we would need to reach 14,000 homes before it becomes a "neutral" buyer and seller market.
Stay tuned to get more updates as the market evolves. ...
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Wednesday, May 20, 2020 / by Justin Critchfield & Michelle Aspseter
6 Reasons Why Selling Your House on Your Own Is a Mistake
There are many benefits to working with a real estate professional when selling your house. During challenging times like the one we face today, it becomes even more important to have an expert help guide you through the process. If you’re considering selling on your own, known in the industry as a For Sale By Owner or FSBO, please consider the following:
1. Your Safety Is a Priority
During this pandemic, your family’s safety comes first. When you FSBO, it is incredibly difficult to control entry into your home. A real estate professional will have the proper protocols in place to protect not only your belongings, but your family’s health and well-being too. From regulating the number of people in your home at one time to ensuring proper sanitization during and after a showing, and even facilitating virtual tours for buyers, agents are equipped to follow the latest industry. ...
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 / by Justin Critchfield & Michelle Aspseter
Every day that passes, people have a need to buy and sell homes. That doesn’t stop during the current pandemic. If you’ve had a major life change recently, whether with your job or your family situation, you may be in a position where you need to sell your home – and fast. While you probably feel like timing with the current pandemic isn’t on your side, making a move is still possible. Rest assured, with technology at your side and fewer sellers on the market in most areas, you can list your house and make it happen safely and effectively, especially when following the current COVID-19 guidelines set forth by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
You may have a new baby, a new employment situation, a parent who moved in with you, you just built a home that’s finally ready to move into, or some other major part of your life that has changed in recent weeks. Buy. ...
Friday, March 27, 2020 / by Justin Critchfield & Michelle Aspseter
Don’t Let Frightening Headlines Scare You
There’s a lot of anxiety right now regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The health situation must be addressed quickly, and many are concerned about the impact on the economy as well.
Amidst all this anxiety, anyone with a megaphone – from the mainstream media to a lone blogger – has realized that bad news sells. Unfortunately, we will continue to see a rash of horrifying headlines over the next few months. Let’s make sure we aren’t paralyzed by a headline before we get the full story.
When it comes to the health issue, you should look to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO) for the most reliable information.
Finding reliable resources with information on the economic impact of the virus is more difficult. For this reason, it’s important to shed some light on the situation. There are already alarmist headlines starting ...