Utah Real Estate News


Oct. 30, 2019

Play Golf Near Your Sandy Home at Willow Creek Country Club

Play golf near a Sandy home at Willow Creek Country Club.Sandy home owners who are looking for a sophisticated country club to make friends, relax, and keep in shape, check out Willow Creek Country Club. Get a group of buddies together for golf on the championship course. The 18-hole course was originally designed by Henry Hughes in 1957. In 2004, Damian Pascuzzo remodeled and modernized it. Today, golfers enjoy all the nostalgia of a traditional course and all the perks of 21st-century updates. The views of pristine Sandy real estate make the course a pleasure to play. The Wasatch Mountains rise in the background, and mature trees provide shade and a tranquil feeling. Lessons are offered by the club’s pros, and they will also help you pick out the perfect clubs.

After golf, head to the pub for drinks. When the sun is shining, bask on the patio over sandwiches. The Willow Room has floor to ceiling windows, perfect for taking in the view at lunch or dinner.

Enjoy Gorgeous Sandy Real Estate Views on the Course or at the Pool

The pool complex opens for the season around Memorial Day and stays open through Labor Day. There’s a large pool with lanes for lap swimming. There’s also a diving board. Swimming and diving lessons are offered for members and sponsored non-members. Kids can also join the swim or dive team for fun competition. Little kids splash around in a wading pool, with sprinklers and toys. Sun worshippers relax in the deck chairs. Have a blast at an evening pool party. Hungry? Order a burger and fries or ice cream from the snack bar.

If you’re on the market for a Sandy home and love golf Willow Creek Country Club houses are a great choice. These homes are spacious and beautifully finished and often have their own pools. Many are built around the golf course, perfect for golf enthusiasts.

Visit Willow Creek Country Club to learn more about the golf course, swimming complex, and scheduling an event or wedding. 


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Oct. 28, 2019

Get Your Snow Tubing Fix on Park City Real Estate at Woodward Park City

Park City real estate owners go snow tubing.Living in Park City real estate during the winter is truly an epic experience. There are so many ways to enjoy the snow in the area and one way that is truly family friendly in every way, is tubing. Sure, you can trudge around near your Park City real estate tubing on your own trying to create a fast run, or you could come to Woodward Park City, which has implemented some amazing upgrades.

Gather Up All Your Friends for a Fun Afternoon Near Your Park City Home

This spot, which used to be known as Gorgoza Tubing Hill, has added more lanes for tubing and also has two moving carpets to make sure that everyone has a great time. There are seven tubing lanes available that are well groomed. Have no worries about ruts, plants, or trees ruining your run. Feel the wind in your hair and the smile on your face as you zoom down lanes that are over 1200 feet long. Come out during the day or tube under the stars at night.

Two hour tubing sessions are available all day long and start at the top of each hour. Prices range between $40 and $60 for a two hour session depending on the day, time, and volume of people. Warm beverages and tasty treats are available inside Action Sports Hub. Take advantage anytime your tummy rumbles or you would like a break to warm up.

All who call Park City home are invited to read more about tubing at Woodward Park City online. Also follow the links on the site to read more about skiing, snowboarding, cheer, freeride mountain biking, BMX, skateboarding, camps, and other activities available at Woodward Park City. Pay per day or also consider a monthly or annual membership for the best deal. Space is also available for rent for team training, birthday parties, and corporate events. 


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Oct. 23, 2019

Kids Living in Salt Lake City Get on Their Costumes for Boo at the Zoo

Everyone living in Salt Lake City goes to Boo at the Zoo.Have a little munchkin who loves animals and candy? Well, the Hogle Zoo has the perfect event for kids living in Salt Lake City. Come to the zoo this Saturday, October 26th for Boo at the Zoo. Princesses, superheroes, soldiers, fairies, and creatures of all sorts are welcome at the Salt Lake City property. The fun begins at 9 a.m. and goes until 3 p.m. Kids 12 and younger will get to go around to different booths to gather candy and create craft projects. You can bring your own bag for collecting your loot and taking it back home. Or, if you come early, you can get a special Book at the Zoo trick or treat bag. Coming early is a good idea anyway, so you can be sure to get the kids to all the booths. And, of course, they’ll love spending the day dressed up in their costumes.

Explore the Salt Lake City Property, Collect Candy, and See the Animals

The candy booths are set up all around the zoo. Not only do you get to collect tasty treats with your kids, you also get to visit all the animals. Take a break from wandering around seeking candy and spend some quality time with your favorite creatures. Boo at the Zoo is included in regular zoo admission and for members. Those with a booster level membership will be able to enjoy an extra hour of Boo at the Zoo and get in at 8 a.m. Parking at the zoo is limited, so carpool with friends if you can.

Visit the Hogle Zoo online to find more details about Boo at the Zoo. You can purchase tickets for the day. There’s also information on the different membership levels, which are great for families living in Salt Lake City. Be sure to check out the calendar of events, too. If you love night events and cool lights displays, go to BooLights. The last three days are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 24th, 25th, and 26th from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. 


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Oct. 21, 2019

Want to Sell Your Salt Lake City Property Fast? Here’s My Best Advice

Stage Salt Lake City property to sell it fast.Maybe you’re thinking of entering the Salt Lake City property market. You want to downsize or maybe you need some more space or you changed jobs. But you’re hesitating because of how long it took your friend or neighbor or cousin to sell their house and it caused all sorts of stress. You know what? It doesn’t have to be that way. Yes, you have to roll up your sleeves and get to work. But when you have a plan, it can actually be pretty quick.

Start with curb appeal. Get your yard in great shape. Mow, trim, weed, plant some colorful flowers. Repaint or replace the front door. Get good lighting for the porch. And make sure you can see the house number as soon as you drive up. People form their first impression really quickly. Make sure your Salt Lake City real estate puts its best foot forward.

Prepare Salt Lake City Real Estate for Pro Photos to Sell Quickly

Inside, the goal is to make the house seem as bright and spacious as possible. Start with decluttering. Donate what you don’t want to take with you. Box up everything you can possibly do without for a month or so. If you can move out completely and have the place professionally staged, do it. You won’t have to worry about keeping everything spotless while you have showings. If you’re on a budget, check out design blogs to get inspiration for arranging your space to its best advantage.

Many people wonder about doing improvements to their Salt Lake City property. If you can, repainting and reflooring are two projects that I recommend. They don’t have to cost a ton, and they really liven up a space.

One of the toughest yet most important factors is pricing the house correctly for the market. I compare your house to others like it that have sold recently in the neighborhood. Overpriced houses sit on the market for weeks and months on end. A house at the right price will sell faster.

Finally, you need a real estate agent who can help you market your house online. Here at Discount Agents, my focus is exclusively on online marketing. This gives you the most exposure for your house for the least amount of money. I do professional photography so your house looks great in online listings, and I list the house so it’s easy to find.

Looking for a Utah discount real estate agent to help you sell your house? Give me a call. Let’s see if we can work together.


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Oct. 16, 2019

It’s Getting Real on Salt Lake City Real Estate with the Vegan Mac Down

Eat vegan mac and cheese on Salt Lake City real estate.Come explore downtown Salt Lake City real estate this weekend and head to Impact Hub Salt Lake. It’s the location for the Vegan Mac Down. If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, you’d better hustle. The Mac Down will start at 11 a.m. this Saturday, the 19th. Vegan mac n cheese, you may be asking yourself. What’s the point? Well, there are several. First of all, why the heck not? It’s a fun challenge for the nine chefs to kick away the crutch of delicious cheese to make their mac and instead look to the world of veggies to create their creamy concoctions. The event is hosted by the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition, which brings attention to the problems with industrial farming and hopes that people living in Salt Lake City homes will decide to go for a more plant-based diet. Salt Lake City is known for it quirky and tolerant vibe, and this is a great event for local to get together and make new friends. Not to mention that a number of local businesses will be at the event, so attendees will get to meet them, too.

Find out How to Bring a Vegan Diet to Salt Lake City Homes

Tickets are available online and are just $9. They include a two-ounce sample of the vegan mac from each of the nine contestants. You’ll also get one entry for the big prize drawing and plenty of fun swag. Procrastinators will be able to get tickets the day of, but they’ll be $12, starting at 11:45 a.m.

Bring your appetite with you, because you’ll be able to purchase more food to fill in the corners after you’ve tasted all the vegan mac. Try the amazing vegan tacos from TaCo’Bout. Indulge your sweet tooth vegan-style with something delicious from Cinnaholic. In addition to fab food, Salt Lake City real estate owners can learn more about animal rights activism in our state.

Follow Vegan Mac Down on Facebook to learn more and find links to all the vendors that will be at the event. 


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Oct. 14, 2019

Get Ready for the Park Silly Holiday Bazaar Near Park City Homes

People from Park City homes go to the Holiday Bazaar.Every summer, from early June through late September, everyone from Park City homes gets together for the Park Silly Sunday Market. It’s a great way to explore historic Park City real estate, since it’s held on the city’s original Main Street. Vendors sell art, antiques, and imports. There is live music and live performers. There’s also plenty of great food. The market is a community fixture all summer, and it’s always a bit of a bummer when it closes. But don’t be too sad! The Holiday Bazaar is coming soon.

Enjoy the Holiday Cheer on Park City Real Estate at the Bazaar

This year’s bazaar will be held on Friday, December 6th from 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, December 7th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, December 8th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s held at Sheraton Park City, located at 1895 Sidewinder Drive. Anyone who wants to be a vendor at the bazaar should turn in their application on Thursday, October 31st. It’s a juried event, and all applicants are notified on November 5th. Vendors can stay on-site and take advantage of discounted rates at Park City Sheraton.

The indoor event is full of holiday cheer, in no small part because admission is free. Dress the kids up and take free pictures with Santa. Perfect for your holiday cards. There will be 80 carefully chosen vendors, selling fine art, craft items, and imported goods. Some vendors will be selling delicious prepared gourmet foods. This is an ideal event to support the local economy and artisans. You’ll also be able to get unique gifts for the holiday season, and you can pick up something for yourself, too. If you get hungry after browsing, head to the hotel’s restaurant and bar for a special meal.

Learn more about the Holiday Bazaar, find a vendor application, and find links to keep up with Park Silly on social media. 


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Oct. 9, 2019

Holladay Real Estate Owners Dust Off Lederhosen for Oktoberfest

Holladay real estate owners go to Oktoberfest.A major selling point for Holladay real estate is the short drive to the skiing and events at Snowbird. Each year Snowbird hosts an Oktoberfest, which runs from mid-August to mid-October. The last two weekends are Saturday and Sunday, October 12th and 13th and October 19th and 20th from noon to 6 p.m. each day. Whether you’re a brand new Holladay home owner or you’ve been here for years, take time to drive out to Snowbird for this excellent Oktoberfest. Or plan a special getaway and take advantage of special Oktober rates at the lodge. The Prost Package starts at $99 per person per night and includes two Oktoberfest litre mugs and two bratwursts in the Oktoberfest Halle. And then you don’t have to worry about a designated driver, either.

Plan an Oktoberfest Getaway Near Your Holladay Home

You definitely want to come hungry (and thirsty!) to Oktoberfest. The biergarten features more than 50 different varieties of beer. Try authentic German brews and see how they compare with local Utah contributions. Several well-known Utah breweries will be there, including Bohemian, Moab Brewers, and Squatters. You’ll save a few bucks on beer by using your litre Oktoberfest beer stein. There’s a new design every year, so you can start a collection if you want. Or just bring last year’s along with you.

When you’re ready for traditional German fare, go to the Oktober Halle. Have a wurst or pork schnitzel. Try beef rouladen or spaetzle. Have an apple strudel or other sweet treat while you’re there, too. Relax and listen to the live music. Check out Der Marktplatz, or vendor area, if you’ve forgotten your high school German. You’ll find all sorts of cool stuff, from jewelry to clothing to art. Ride the aerial tram to the summit, but leave your beer behind while you enjoy the panoramic view.

Check out Oktoberfest at Snowbird to get more details. It’s a popular event, so try to carpool with other Holladay real estate owners. 


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Oct. 7, 2019

Strut Your Mutt This Saturday Near Salt Lake City Homes at Liberty Park

Strut your mutt near Salt Lake City homes at Liberty Park.Calling all dogs living in Salt Lake City homes! Grab your humans and have them bring you to the Strut Your Mutt event at Liberty Park this Saturday, October 12th. The event is a fundraiser for the many groups helping dogs, cats, and other creatures find homes on Salt Lake City real estate, get spayed or neutered, and get free or low-cost vaccinations. Have your people visit Strut Your Mutt online to register and start raising money for all the less-fortunate animals out there. On Friday between 3 and 6 p.m., come on down to Liberty Park for early bird registration and to pick up their event t-shirts. If they can’t make it on Friday, registration starts at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. The walk will be at noon, with treats for us along the way, and the event closes at 4 p.m. 

Dogs, Kids, and Grown-ups from Salt Lake City Real Estate Will Have a Blast

It’s not just a walk! Grown up humans will love relaxing at the beer garden. On-site food trucks will have tons of different human treats. Live music will be playing, too! Little humans are welcome to come and run around in their own activity zone. All us dogs aren’t forgotten, either. We have our own area for playing and sniffing all the interesting new scents. Just remember that there will be lots of people, both the tall and the short, as well as dogs. If you’re a dog who has a rough time in new and busy situations, just send your humans off to represent you. For everyone’s safety, we’re going to be on our leashes and on our best behavior. In case your humans forget, remind them to leave cats, birds, and other pets at home.

The event is very popular, and parking is limited. If you can, carpool with other dogs from Salt Lake City homes. Public transportation is another option. Strut Your Mutt will be at the northwest corner of Liberty Park, at 600 East 900 Street. 


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Aug. 26, 2019

Why a Utah Discount Real Estate Agent Is Worth Their Commission

Hire a Utah discount real estate agent and save big.Figuring out how to save money is practically a full time occupation these days. But even I know there are some things you don’t want to DIY. When it comes to selling your home, you really do want to have an expert agent in your corner. What?! You might be thinking. But they’re so expensive! Often--usually?--that is true. However, you can hire a Utah discount real estate agent and have all that expert help without having to pay a premium price.

Why would your friendly cheapskate at DiscountAgent.com be recommending you spend a bunch of money on an agent? To start with, selling a house is complicated. There are all sorts of regulations to comply with, and the consequences for getting it wrong are high. You could (maybe) figure it all out by yourself, but why? Your time is valuable, too.

DiscountAgent.com Will List Your Home and Help You Market It

An agent will have access to the MLS and all sorts of resources to market your house online. If you DIY it, you’ll have to pay a fee to list your house on the MLS and come up with your own marketing strategy. The most traffic you get on your house will be in the first week after it’s listed. You need to be ready to go with a bang, while the home is at the top of the “new listing” searches.

An agent is objective. They don’t have the memories of the house that you do. They can tell you what needs to change to appeal to buyers. Most importantly, they can price the house to fit the market. A house that’s priced correctly will sell faster and for more money than an overpriced house. Most people overestimate how much their house is worth.

Do yourself a favor and interview several Utah discount real estate agents. They’ll help you out for less than ordinary agents. Make sure you’ll get good value, with marketing, photography, and coordinating showings. I only charge sellers 1.5% of the listing price, which is about half of what most agents charge.

Give me a call and let’s see if we can work together!


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Aug. 21, 2019

Guess What! Utah Real Estate Commission Rebates Are (Almost Certainly) Not Taxable

Utah real estate commission rebates are not taxable.The thing I go on and on about over here on DiscountAgent.com is the fact that as a Utah discount real estate agent, I deliver great customer service while also sharing my commission with my clients. I’ve told you that most of my clients get around $4,500. But there’s an elephant in the room, right? And that elephant’s name is Taxes. Especially, are Utah real estate commission rebates taxable income? A fat check is great, but no one wants the IRS to come knocking at their door demanding a share of it.

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The quick answer is, No. Utah real estate commission rebates are not counted as taxable income. Phew, right? Typically, they’re going to count as a discount on the selling price. This means that when you go to sell the house, your profit will be higher. This will only cause an issue on taxes if you make more than $250,000 on the home’s sale (or $500,000 if you’re married and filing jointly).

Now, I’m not a tax professional. I help people buy and sell houses. I really want you to talk to your accountant about all of this, since no two situations are exactly the same, and taxes are crazy complicated. As a general rule, though, real estate commission rebates aren’t taxed.

So give yourself permission to dream a little. With the commission rebate, you can do all sorts of things. Pay for closing costs. Get new appliances. Spruce up the owner’s suite or do a little remodeling in the kitchen.

I would love to chat with you about your plans for buying or selling a home in the Salt Lake area. Please give me a call so we can get to know each other and figure out if we can work together. My goal is to take the hassle out of realizing your perfect home dreams.


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