Both mortgage interest rates and home prices are projected to rise throughout 2019. If you plan on buying a home this year, the time is now! Let’s get together to discuss your plans today!

The Perks of Downsizing When You Retire

The Perks of Downsizing When You Retire

The Perks of Downsizing When You Retire Some Highlights If you’re about to retire, or just did, downsizing can be a good way to try to cut down on some of your expenses. Smaller homes typically have lower energy and maintenance costs. Plus, you may have...

Utah Licensed Real Estate Agents

In the past, we have had over 30,000 Active licenses. At the End of 2023  here is where we stand. Data is sourced from the Utah Division of Real Estate 22, 853 Active Licensees Sales Agent - 18,517 Principal Broker - 2442 Branch Broker - 171 Inactive - 4016   In...

3 Helpful Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

3 Helpful Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

3 Helpful Tips for First-Time Homebuyers Some Highlights Trying to buy your first home? If you’re worried about affordability today or the limited number of homes for sale, these tips can help. Look into homebuyer programs, expand your search area, and consider...

What Are Experts Saying About the Spring Housing Market?

What Are Experts Saying About the Spring Housing Market?

What Are Experts Saying About the Spring Housing Market? If you’re planning to move soon, you might be wondering if there'll be more homes to choose from, where prices and mortgage rates are headed, and how to navigate today’s market. If so, here's what the...

NAR Lawsuit Update – How does this effect Utah Realty?

NAR Lawsuit Update  What we Know.... The NAR has reached a settlement agreement on the class action lawsuits relating to the offer of compensation rule. Details are in the link below. There is much to digest and more info and training will come out in the days ahead....

The First Step: Getting Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

The First Step: Getting Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

The First Step: Getting Pre-Approved for a Mortgage Some Highlights If you’re looking to buy a home in 2024, getting pre-approved is a key piece of the puzzle. Mortgage pre-approval means a lender checks your finances and decides how much you’re qualified to borrow....

Why You Want an Agent’s Advice for Your Move

Why You Want an Agent’s Advice for Your Move

Why You Want an Agent’s Advice for Your Move No matter how you slice it, buying or selling a home is a big decision. And when you’re going through any change in your life and you need some guidance, what do you do? You get advice from people who know what they’re...

How Changing Mortgage Rates Impact You

How Changing Mortgage Rates Impact You

How Changing Mortgage Rates Impact You Some Highlights If you’re looking to buy a home, it’s important to know how mortgage rates impact what you can afford and how much you’ll pay each month. That’s because even a small change in mortgage rates can have a big impact...

Expert Home Price Forecasts for 2024 Revised Up

Expert Home Price Forecasts for 2024 Revised Up

Expert Home Price Forecasts for 2024 Revised Up Over the past few months, experts have revised their 2024 home price forecasts based on the latest data and market signals, and they’re even more confident prices will rise, not fall. So, let’s see exactly how experts’...

Strategic Tips for Buying Your First Home

Strategic Tips for Buying Your First Home

Strategic Tips for Buying Your First Home Buying your first home is a big, exciting step and a major milestone that has the power to improve your life. As a first-time homebuyer, it's a dream you can make come true, but there are some hurdles you'll need to overcome...

Don’t Let the Latest Home Price Headlines Confuse You

Don’t Let the Latest Home Price Headlines Confuse You

Don’t Let the Latest Home Price Headlines Confuse You Based on what you’re hearing in the news about home prices, you may be worried they’re falling. But here’s the thing. The headlines aren’t giving you the full picture. If you look at the national data for...

Maximizing The Benefits Of Home Equity When Downsizing

Maximizing The Benefits Of Home Equity When Downsizing

Maximizing The Benefits Of Home Equity When Downsizing When it comes to downsizing, homeowners often view it as a way to simplify their lives, reduce maintenance costs, or even relocate to a more desirable location. But what many don't realize is that downsizing can...

Why Pre-Approval Is Even More Important This Year

Why Pre-Approval Is Even More Important This Year

Why Pre-Approval Is Even More Important This Year On the road to becoming a homeowner? If so, you may have heard the term pre-approval get tossed around. Let’s break down what it is and why it’s important if you’re looking to buy a home in 2024. What Pre-Approval Is...

There’s No Foreclosure Wave in Sight

There’s No Foreclosure Wave in Sight

There’s No Foreclosure Wave in Sight Some Highlights Headlines saying foreclosures are rising might make you feel uneasy. But the truth is, there’s no need to worry. If you look at the latest numbers, they’re still below pre-pandemic norms and way below what happened...

Don’t Wait Until Spring To Sell Your House

Don’t Wait Until Spring To Sell Your House

Don’t Wait Until Spring To Sell Your House As you think about the year ahead, one of your big goals may be moving. But, how do you know when to make your move? While spring is usually the peak homebuying season, you don’t actually need to wait until spring to sell....

2 of the Factors That Impact Mortgage Rates

2 of the Factors That Impact Mortgage Rates

2 of the Factors That Impact Mortgage Rates If you’re looking to buy a home, you’ve probably been paying close attention to mortgage rates. Over the last couple of years, they hit record lows, rose dramatically, and are now dropping back down a bit. Ever wonder why?...

Trends in Senior Housing

Trends in Senior Housing

Trends in Senior Housing In this article, we dive into the fascinating realm of senior purchasing habits when it comes to housing. With the aging population, the needs and preferences of seniors have transformed, leading to new trends and demands in the housing...

Experts Project Home Prices Will Increase in 2024

Experts Project Home Prices Will Increase in 2024

Experts Project Home Prices Will Increase in 2024 Even though home prices are going up nationally, some people are still worried they might come down. In fact, a recent survey from Fannie Mae found that 24% of people think home prices will actually decline over the...

Key Terms Every Homebuyer Should Learn

Key Terms Every Homebuyer Should Learn

Key Terms Every Homebuyer Should Learn Some Highlights Buying a home is a big deal and can feel especially complicated if you don't know the terms used during the process. If you want to become a homeowner this year, it's a good idea to learn these key housing...

3 Key Factors Affecting Home Affordability

3 Key Factors Affecting Home Affordability

3 Key Factors Affecting Home Affordability Over the past year, a lot of people have been talking about housing affordability and how tight it’s gotten. But just recently, there’s been a little bit of relief on that front. Mortgage rates have gone down since their most...

The Dramatic Impact of Homeownership on Net Worth

The Dramatic Impact of Homeownership on Net Worth

The Dramatic Impact of Homeownership on Net Worth If you're trying to decide whether to rent or buy a home this year, here's a powerful insight that could give you the clarity and confidence you need to make your decision. Every three years, the Federal...

What Lower Mortgage Rates Mean for Your Purchasing Power

What Lower Mortgage Rates Mean for Your Purchasing Power

What Lower Mortgage Rates Mean for Your Purchasing Power If you want to buy a home, it's important to know how mortgage rates impact what you can afford and how much you’ll pay each month. Fortunately, rates for 30-year fixed mortgages have come down significantly...

Achieving Your Homebuying Dreams in 2024

Achieving Your Homebuying Dreams in 2024

Achieving Your Homebuying Dreams in 2024 [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights Planning to buy a home in 2024? Here’s what to focus on. Improve your credit score, plan for your down payment, get pre-approved, and decide what’s most important to you. Let’s connect so you have...

Retiring Soon? Why Moving Might Be the Perfect Next Step

Retiring Soon? Why Moving Might Be the Perfect Next Step

Retiring Soon? Why Moving Might Be the Perfect Next Step If you’re thinking about retirement or have already retired this year, it’s a good time to consider if your current house is still a good fit for the next chapter in your life. Fortunately, you may be in a...

Get Ready To Buy a Home by Improving Your Credit Score

Get Ready To Buy a Home by Improving Your Credit Score

Get Ready To Buy a Home by Improving Your Credit Score As the new year approaches, the idea of buying a home might be on your mind. It’s an exciting goal to set, and it's never too early to start laying the groundwork. One crucial step to prepare for homeownership is...

Get Your House Ready To Sell This Winter

Get Your House Ready To Sell This Winter

Get Your House Ready To Sell This Winter [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights As you get ready to sell your house, there are a few things you should add to your to-do list to make it inviting and boost curb appeal. To name just a couple, it’s a good idea to declutter, take...

Why Mortgage Rates Could Continue To Decline

Why Mortgage Rates Could Continue To Decline

Why Mortgage Rates Could Continue To Decline When you read about the housing market, you’ll probably come across some information about inflation or recent decisions made by the Federal Reserve (the Fed). But how do those two things impact you and your homebuying...

Expert Quotes on the 2024 Housing Market Forecast

Expert Quotes on the 2024 Housing Market Forecast

Expert Quotes on the 2024 Housing Market Forecast If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home soon, you probably want to know what you can expect from the housing market in 2024. In 2023, higher mortgage rates, confusion over home price headlines, and a lack of...

Why Now Is Still a Great Time To Sell Your House

Why Now Is Still a Great Time To Sell Your House

Why Now Is Still a Great Time To Sell Your House If you were worried buyer demand disappeared when mortgage rates went up, the data shows there are plenty of interested buyers still out there. The housing market isn't as frenzied as it was during the ‘unicorn’...

What You Need To Know About Down Payments

What You Need To Know About Down Payments

What You Need To Know About Down Payments Some Highlights If you want to buy a home, you may not need as much for your down payment as you think. There are various loan options for qualified buyers with down payments as low as 3.5% or even no down payment requirement....

Marty Gale: A Real Estate Journey Spanning 38 Years

Marty Gale: A Real Estate Journey Spanning 38 Years

When it comes to real estate, there are few professionals who can boast the level of experience and expertise that Marty Gale brings to the table. With an impressive 38 years in the business, Marty has not only weathered the ups and downs of the industry, but has...

The Perfect Home Could Be the One You Perfect After Buying

The Perfect Home Could Be the One You Perfect After Buying

The Perfect Home Could Be the One You Perfect After Buying There’s no denying mortgage rates and home prices are higher now than they were last year and that’s impacting what you can afford. At the same time, there are still fewer homes available for sale than the...

Your Homebuying Adventure

Your Homebuying Adventure

Your Homebuying Adventure Some Highlights Here are the key milestones you’ll encounter on your path to homeownership. From building your team, to house hunting, all the way to moving into your new home – it’s an exciting adventure. Your journey starts here. Let’s...

Why Now Is Still a Great Time To Sell Your House

Why You Need To Use a Real Estate Agent When You Buy a Home

Why You Need To Use a Real Estate Agent When You Buy a Home If you’ve recently decided you’re ready to become a homeowner, chances are you’re trying to figure out what to do first. It can feel a bit overwhelming to know where to start, but the good news is you don’t...

New Loan Limits Raised To Help Home Buyers in 2024

New Loan Limits Raised To Help Home Buyers in 2024

The year 2024 has begun with a bang, as the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and conventional loan limits have increased. This means that potential homebuyers and refinancers now have even more opportunities to secure funding for their dream homes or make...

Are the Top 3 Housing Market Questions on Your Mind?

Are the Top 3 Housing Market Questions on Your Mind?

Are the Top 3 Housing Market Questions on Your Mind? When it comes to what’s happening in the housing market, there’s a lot of confusion going around right now. You may hear one thing in conversation with your friends, see something totally different on the news, and...

Is Wall Street Buying Up All the Homes in America?

Is Wall Street Buying Up All the Homes in America?

Is Wall Street Buying Up All the Homes in America?If you’re thinking about buying a home, you may find yourself interested in the latest real estate headlines so you can have a pulse on all of the things that could impact your decision. If that’s the case, you’ve...

Selling Property to Family Creates Tax Complications

Selling Property to Family Creates Tax Complications

Our Friend Karl from K.A.N. Accounting & Tax, Inc. Sent us this and we thought we should share! Selling property to a family member or loved one is deemed a related party transaction by the IRS. If contemplating a transaction like this, you need to review the tax...

502 So 1040 E H 143 American Fork Utah 84003

502 So 1040 E H 143 American Fork Utah 84003

502 So 1040 E  H 143 American Fork Utah 84003 Mt Timpanogos Village  Comparative Market Analysis and Broker Opinion of Value 502 So 1040 E  H 143 American Fork Utah 84003 Sold   $317,578  502 So 1040 W H 143 American Fork Utah 84003...

2024 Housing Market Forecast

2024 Housing Market Forecast

2024 Housing Market Forecast Some Highlights Thinking of buying or selling a house and wondering what the new year holds for the housing market? Experts forecast home prices to end this year up 2.8% and to rise another 1.5% in 2024. And climbing prices help...

The Latest 2024 Housing Market Forecast – Utah Realty

The Latest 2024 Housing Market Forecast – Utah Realty

The Latest 2024 Housing Market Forecast The new year is right around the corner, and you might be wondering if 2024 will be the right time to buy or sell a home. If you want to make the most informed decision possible, it’s important to know what the experts have to...

8 Great Quotes

8 Great Quotes

Buy or Sell with Marty Gale "Its The Experience" Principal Broker and Owner of Utah Realty™ Licensed Since 1986 CERTIFIED LUXURY...

7 Things Homebuyers Should Know Right Now

7 Things Homebuyers Should Know Right Now

7 Things Homebuyers Should Know Right Now Navigating The Home Loan Process Amid Today's Sky-high Mortgage Rates Is Extremely Complicated—particularly For First-time Homebuyers. With mortgage rates soaring to unprecedented heights, it's crucial for homebuyers to...

Home Price Growth Is Returning to Normal

Home Price Growth Is Returning to Normal

Home Price Growth Is Returning to Normal Some Highlights If you're wondering what’s happening with home prices, know they’re still rising, just at a slower pace – and that’s perfectly normal for this time of year. Based on typical seasonality in the market, prices go...

Are Higher Mortgage Rates Here To Stay?

Are Higher Mortgage Rates Here To Stay?

Are Higher Mortgage Rates Here To Stay?   Mortgage rates have been back on the rise recently and that’s getting a lot of attention from the press. If you’ve been following the headlines, you may have even seen rates recently reached their highest level in over...

The Latest Expert Forecasts for Home Prices in 2023

The Latest Expert Forecasts for Home Prices in 2023

The Latest Expert Forecasts for Home Prices in 2023 Are you thinking about making a move? If so, all the speculation that home prices would crash this year may have you feeling a bit on edge about your decision. Let the data and the experts reassure you. Prices aren’t...

Unpacking the Long-Term Benefits of Homeownership

Unpacking the Long-Term Benefits of Homeownership

Unpacking the Long-Term Benefits of Homeownership If you’re thinking about buying a home soon, higher mortgage rates, rising home prices, and ongoing affordability concerns may make you wonder if it still makes sense to buy a home right now. While those market factors...

Fitness Tips For Seniors

Fitness Tips For Seniors

Fitness Tips Prevent Falls For Seniors   As we age, maintaining our balance and stability becomes increasingly important to prevent the risk of falls. Falls can have serious consequences for seniors, leading to injuries and a loss of independence. But fear not,...

Beginning with Pre-Approval

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Beginning with Pre-Approval If you’re looking to buy a home this fall, there are a few things you need to know. Affordability is tight with today’s mortgage rates and rising home prices. At the same time, there’s a limited number of homes on the market right now and...

Plenty of Buyers Are Still Active Today

Plenty of Buyers Are Still Active Today

Plenty of Buyers Are Still Active Today Some Highlights Holding off on selling your house because you believe there aren’t any buyers out there? Data shows buyers are still active, even with higher mortgage rates. This goes to show, people still want to buy homes, and...

Today’s Housing Market Has Only Half the Usual Inventory

Today’s Housing Market Has Only Half the Usual Inventory

Today’s Housing Market Has Only Half the Usual Inventory Some Highlights There are only about half the number of homes for sale compared to the last normal years in the market. That means buyers don’t have enough options right now. So, if you work with an agent to...

55 Plus Townhomes Reviewed

55 Plus Townhomes Reviewed

  As the demand for comfortable and inclusive living spaces for seniors continues to rise, it's crucial to understand the key factors that make a community truly exceptional. In this piece, we will specifically focus on the South Jordan and Daybreak areas in Utah...

Home Prices Are Back on the Rise

Home Prices Are Back on the Rise

Home Prices Are Back on the Rise Some Highlights Looking at monthly home price data from six expert sources shows the worst home price declines are behind us, and they’re rising again nationally. If you’ve put your plans to move on pause because you were worried about...

Considering Selling Your Home As A Senior?

Considering Selling Your Home As A Senior?

Considering Selling Your Home As A Senior? Let A Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) Be Your Guide! Are you a senior considering a move or possibly selling your home? Making decisions related to real estate can be overwhelming, especially as you enter the golden...

Why Now Is Still a Great Time To Sell Your House

What Makes A Great Real Estate Agent

What Makes A Great Real Estate Agent   Are you on the hunt for your dream home or perhaps looking to sell your property for top dollar? Choosing the right real estate agent is essential in ensuring a smooth and successful transaction. But what exactly sets apart a...

Key Housing Market Trends

Key Housing Market Trends

Key Housing Market Trends Some Highlights If you’re considering buying or selling a home, you’ll want to know what’s happening in the housing market. Housing inventory is still very low, prices are climbing back up, and homes are selling fast when priced right. If you...

Tips for Making Your Best Offer on a Home

Tips for Making Your Best Offer on a Home

Tips for Making Your Best Offer on a Home While the wild ride that was the ‘unicorn’ years of housing is behind us, today’s market is still competitive in many areas because the supply of homes for sale is still low. If you’re looking to buy a home this season, know...

Why Homeownership Wins in the Long Run

Why Homeownership Wins in the Long Run

Why Homeownership Wins in the Long Run Today’s higher mortgage rates, inflationary pressures, and concerns about a potential recession have some people questioning: should I still buy a home this year? While it’s true this year has unique challenges for homebuyers,...

Are Home Prices Going Up or Down? That Depends…

Are Home Prices Going Up or Down? That Depends…

Are Home Prices Going Up or Down? That Depends… Media coverage about what’s happening with home prices can be confusing. A large part of that is due to the type of data being used and what they’re choosing to draw attention to. For home prices, there are two different...

The True Value of Homeownership

The True Value of Homeownership

The True Value of Homeownership Buying and owning your home can make a big difference in your life by bringing you joy and a sense of belonging. And with June being National Homeownership Month, it’s the perfect time to think about all the benefits homeownership...

Keys to Success for First-Time Homebuyers

Keys to Success for First-Time Homebuyers

Keys to Success for First-Time Homebuyers Buying your first home is an exciting decision and a major milestone that has the power to change your life for the better. As a first-time homebuyer, it’s a vision you can bring to life, but, as the National Association of...

The Benefits of Selling Now, According to Experts

The Benefits of Selling Now, According to Experts

The Benefits of Selling Now, According to Experts If you’re trying to decide if now’s the time to sell your house, here’s what you should know. The limited number of homes available right now gives you a big advantage. That’s because there are more buyers out there...

Why Buyers Need an Expert Agent by Their Side

Why Buyers Need an Expert Agent by Their Side

Why Buyers Need an Expert Agent by Their Side The process of buying a home can feel a bit intimidating, even under normal circumstances. But today's market is still anything but normal. There continues to be a very limited number of homes for sale, and that’s creating...

Homeowners Have Incredible Equity To Leverage Right Now

Homeowners Have Incredible Equity To Leverage Right Now

Homeowners Have Incredible Equity To Leverage Right Now Even though home prices have moderated over the last year, many homeowners still have an incredible amount of equity. But what is equity? In the simplest terms, equity is the difference between the market value...

Is Now a Good Time to Buy in Utah

Is Now a Good Time to Buy in Utah

Buy or Sell with Marty Gale "Its The Experience" Principal Broker and Owner of Utah Realty™ Licensed Since 1986 CERTIFIED LUXURY HOME MARKETING SPECIALIST (CLHM) PSA  (Pricing Strategy Advisor) General Contractor 2000 (in-active) e-pro (advanced digital marketing)...

Cinco de Mayo -Mexican Independence Day!

Cinco de Mayo -Mexican Independence Day!

Today is Cinco de Mayo May 5th Happy Cinco de Mayo! Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that is celebrated in the United States every year on May 5th. While many people associate the holiday with Mexican Independence Day, which is actually celebrated on September 16th, Cinco...

How Homeowners Win When They Downsize

How Homeowners Win When They Downsize

How Homeowners Win When They Downsize Downsizing has long been a popular option when homeowners reach retirement age. But there are plenty of other life changes that could make downsizing worthwhile. Homeowners who have experienced a change in their lives or no longer...

Why You May Want an Energy-Efficient Home

Why You May Want an Energy-Efficient Home

Why You May Want an Energy-Efficient Home Some Highlights Since inflation is increasing the cost of goods and services, it may make sense to look for an energy-efficient home. Energy prices have increased over the last year, so look for energy-efficient features in...

Trends in Senior Housing

Why Use A Senior Real Estate Specialist?

Why Use A Senior Real Estate Specialist   As we age, our housing needs change. Whether you're looking to downsize, move closer to family, or find a home that better suits your lifestyle, the process of selling your home can be overwhelming. That's where a Senior...

Think Twice Before Waiting for Lower Home Prices

Think Twice Before Waiting for Lower Home Prices

Think Twice Before Waiting for Lower Home Prices As the housing market continues to change, you may be wondering where it’ll go from here. One factor you’re probably thinking about is home prices, which have come down a bit since they peaked last June. And you’ve...

Home Inspections for Sellers: What You Need To Know

Home Inspections for Sellers: What You Need To Know

Home Inspections for Sellers: What You Need To Know Some Highlights The inspection is a major part of the home selling process. Many buyers used to waive inspections to be more competitive with their offer, but recently, inspections and repairs are becoming popular...

Salt Lake County Multi-Family

Salt Lake County Multi-Family

Salt Lake County Multi-Family Comparing February 2022 to February 2023 The multi-family housing market in Salt Lake County faced several challenges in February, as heightened interest rates led to a noticeable decrease in sales activity for properties such as...

Facts About Closing Costs

Facts About Closing Costs

Facts About Closing Costs Some Highlights If you’re thinking about buying a home, be sure to plan for closing costs. Closing costs are typically 2% to 5% of the total purchase price of a home, and they can include things like government recording costs, appraisal...

We’re in a Sellers’ Market. What Does That Mean?

We’re in a Sellers’ Market. What Does That Mean?

We’re in a Sellers’ Market. What Does That Mean? Even though activity in the housing market has slowed from the frenzy we saw over a year ago, today’s low supply of homes for sale is still a sellers’ market. But what does that really mean? And why are conditions today...

4 Key Tips for Selling Your House This Spring

4 Key Tips for Selling Your House This Spring

4 Key Tips for Selling Your House This Spring Spring has arrived, and that means more and more people are getting their homes ready to sell. But with recent shifts in real estate, this year’s spring housing market will be different from the frenzy of the past several...

Get Ready: The Best Time To List Your House Is Almost Here

Get Ready: The Best Time To List Your House Is Almost Here

Get Ready: The Best Time To List Your House Is Almost Here If you’re thinking about selling this spring, it’s time to get moving – the best week to list your house is fast approaching. Experts at realtor.com looked at seasonal trends from recent years (excluding 2020...

Why Buying a Home Is a Sound Decision

Why Buying a Home Is a Sound Decision

Why Buying a Home Is a Sound Decision If you’re thinking about buying a home, you want to know the decision will be a good one. And for many, that means thinking about what home prices are projected to do in the coming years and how that could impact your investment....

2023 Spring Flooding In Utah

2023 Spring Flooding In Utah

2023 Spring Flooding Know flood risks. Check to see if you live in a flood zone or high-risk area (Flood Map/FEMA QR code). Be aware of runoff in streams, drainage channels, ditches, and other waterways near your home. Consider flood insurance. Homeowner policies...

The Role of Access in Selling Your House

The Role of Access in Selling Your House

The Role of Access in Selling Your House Once you’ve made the decision to sell your house and have hired a real estate agent to help, they’ll ask how much access to your home you want to give potential buyers. Your answer matters more now than it did in recent years....

What’s Ahead for Home Prices in 2023

What’s Ahead for Home Prices in 2023

What’s Ahead for Home Prices in 2023 Over the past year, home prices have been a widely debated topic. Some have said we’ll see a massive drop in prices and that this could be a repeat of 2008 – which hasn’t happened. Others have forecasted a real estate market that...

Balancing Your Wants and Needs as a Homebuyer This Spring

Balancing Your Wants and Needs as a Homebuyer This Spring

Balancing Your Wants and Needs as a Homebuyer This Spring Though there are more homes for sale now than there were at this time last year, there’s still an undersupply with fewer houses available than in more normal, pre-pandemic years. The Monthly Housing Market...

An Expert Gives You Clarity in Today’s Housing Market

An Expert Gives You Clarity in Today’s Housing Market

An Expert Gives You Clarity in Today’s Housing Market The housing market has been going through shifts lately. That’s why it’s so important to work with an industry professional who can be your guide throughout the process. A real estate expert uses their knowledge of...

4 Tips for Making Your Best Offer on a Home

4 Tips for Making Your Best Offer on a Home

4 Tips for Making Your Best Offer on a Home Are you planning to buy a home this spring? Though things are more balanced than they were at the height of the pandemic, it’s still a sellers’ market. So, when you find the home you want to buy, remember these four tips to...

2 Things Sellers Need To Know This Spring

2 Things Sellers Need To Know This Spring

2 Things Sellers Need To Know This Spring A lot has changed over the past year, and you might be wondering what’s in store for the spring housing market. If you’re planning to sell your house this season, here’s what real estate experts are saying you should keep in...

One Major Benefit of Investing in a Home

One Major Benefit of Investing in a Home

One Major Benefit of Investing in a Home One of the many reasons to buy a home is that it’s a major way to build wealth and gain financial stability. According to Freddie Mac: “Building equity through your monthly principal payments and appreciation is a critical part...

What You Should Know About Closing Costs

What You Should Know About Closing Costs

What You Should Know About Closing Costs Before you buy a home, it’s important to plan ahead. While most buyers consider how much they need to save for a down payment, many are surprised by the closing costs they have to pay. To ensure you aren’t caught off guard when...

The Top Reasons for Selling Your House

The Top Reasons for Selling Your House

The Top Reasons for Selling Your House Many of today’s homeowners bought or refinanced their homes during the pandemic when mortgage rates were at history-making lows. Since rates doubled in 2022, some of those homeowners put their plans to move on hold, not wanting...

Want To Sell Your House? Price It Right.

Want To Sell Your House? Price It Right.

Want To Sell Your House? Price It Right. Last year, the housing market slowed down in response to higher mortgage rates, and that had an impact on home prices. If you’re thinking of selling your house soon, that means you’ll want to adjust your expectations...

Pre-Approval in 2023: What You Need To Know

Pre-Approval in 2023: What You Need To Know

Pre-Approval in 2023: What You Need To Know One of the first steps in your homebuying journey is getting pre-approved. To understand why it’s such an important step, you need to understand what pre-approval is and what it does for you. Business Insider explains: “In a...

What Past Recessions Tell Us About the Housing Market

What Past Recessions Tell Us About the Housing Market

What Past Recessions Tell Us About the Housing Market It doesn’t matter if you’re someone who closely follows the economy or not, chances are you’ve heard whispers of an upcoming recession. Economic conditions are determined by a broad range of factors, so rather than...

Is It Time To Sell Your Second Home?

Is It Time To Sell Your Second Home?

Is It Time To Sell Your Second Home? During the pandemic, second homes became popular because of the rise in work-from-home flexibility. That’s because owning a second home, especially in the luxury market, allowed those homeowners to spend more time in their favorite...

Tips To Reach Your Homebuying Goals in 2023

Tips To Reach Your Homebuying Goals in 2023

Tips To Reach Your Homebuying Goals in 2023 Some Highlights If you’re planning to buy a home in 2023, here are a few things to focus on. Work on your credit and save for a down payment. If saving feels like a challenge, there’s help available. Then, get pre-approved,...

3 Best Practices for Selling Your House This Year

3 Best Practices for Selling Your House This Year

3 Best Practices for Selling Your House This Year A new year brings with it the opportunity for new experiences. If that resonates with you because you’re considering making a move, you’re likely juggling a mix of excitement over your next home and a sense of...

Avoid the Rental Trap in 2023

Avoid the Rental Trap in 2023

Avoid the Rental Trap in 2023 If you’re a renter, you likely face an important decision every year: renew your current lease, start a new one, or buy a home. This year is no different. But before you dive too deeply into your options, it helps to understand the true...

Planning To Sell Your House? It’s Critical To Hire a Pro

Planning To Sell Your House? It’s Critical To Hire a Pro

Planning To Sell Your House? It’s Critical To Hire a Pro. With higher mortgage rates and moderating buyer demand, conditions in the housing market are different today. And if you’re thinking of selling your house, it’s important to understand how the market has...

Financial Fundamentals for First-Time Homebuyers Are you prepping to buy your first home? If so, one of the steps you should take early on is making sure you’re financially ready for your purchase. Here are just a few of the financial fundamentals you’ll need to focus...

What To Expect From the Housing Market in 2023

What To Expect From the Housing Market in 2023

What To Expect From the Housing Market in 2023 The 2022 housing market has been defined by two key things: inflation and rapidly rising mortgage rates. And in many ways, it's put the market into a reset position. As the Federal Reserve (the Fed) made moves this year...

2023 Housing Market Forecast (National)

2023 Housing Market Forecast (National)

2023 Housing Market Forecast Some Highlights From home sales to prices, the 2023 housing market will be defined by mortgage rates. And where rates go depends on what happens with inflation. If you’re thinking of buying or selling a home this year, let’s connect so you...

Planning to Retire? It Could Be Time To Make a Move

Planning to Retire? It Could Be Time To Make a Move

Planning to Retire? It Could Be Time To Make a Move. If you’re thinking about retirement or have already retired this year, you may be planning your next steps. One of your goals could be selling your house and finding a home that more closely fits your needs....

Reasons To Sell Your House This Season

Reasons To Sell Your House This Season

Reasons To Sell Your House This Season Some Highlights If you’re planning to make a move but aren’t sure if now’s the right time, here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t wait to sell your house. The supply of homes for sale, while growing, is still low today....

Reasons To Sell Your House This Season

Reasons To Sell Your House This Season 

Reasons To Sell Your House This Season Some Highlights If you’re planning to make a move but aren’t sure if now’s the right time, here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t wait to sell your house. The supply of homes for sale, while growing, is still low today....

Homeownership Is an Investment in Your Future

Homeownership Is an Investment in Your Future

Homeownership Is an Investment in Your Future There are many people thinking about buying a home, but with everything affecting the economy, some are wondering if it’s a smart decision to buy now or if it makes more sense to wait it out. As Bob Broeksmit, President...

What’s Going on with Home Prices? Ask a Professional.

What’s Going on with Home Prices? Ask a Professional.

What’s Going on with Home Prices? Ask a Professional. If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home this year, you may have questions about what’s happening with home prices today as the market cools. In the simplest sense, nationally, experts don’t expect prices...

Winter Home Selling Checklist

Winter Home Selling Checklist

Winter Home Selling Checklist Some Highlights As you get ready to sell your house, focus on tasks that make it inviting, show it’s cared for, and boost your curb appeal. This list will help you get started, but don’t forget, a real estate professional will provide...

Top Questions About Selling Your Home This Winter

Top Questions About Selling Your Home This Winter

Top Questions About Selling Your Home This Winter There’s no denying the housing market is undergoing a shift this season, and that may leave you with some questions about whether it still makes sense to sell your house. Here are three of the top questions you may be...

Home Equity: A Source of Strength for Homeowners Today

Key Factors Affecting Home Affordability Today

Key Factors Affecting Home Affordability Today Every time there’s a news segment about the housing market, we hear about the affordability challenges buyers are facing today. Those headlines are focused on how much mortgage rates have climbed this year. And while it’s...

Homeownership Wins Over Time

Homeownership Wins Over Time

Homeownership Wins Over Time Some Highlights If you’re questioning whether or not to buy a home this year due to today’s cooling market, consider the long-term financial benefits of homeownership. As a homeowner, equity increases your wealth. On average, nationwide,...

Sell Your House Before the Holidays

Sell Your House Before the Holidays

Sell Your House Before the Holidays As you look ahead to the winter season, you’re likely making plans and thinking about what you want to achieve before the year ends. One of those key decision points could be whether or not you want to move this year. If the...

Taking the Fear out of Saving for a Home

Taking the Fear out of Saving for a Home

Taking the Fear out of Saving for a Home If you’re planning to buy a home, knowing what to budget for and how to save may sound scary at first. But it doesn’t have to be. One way to take the fear out of budgeting is understanding some of the costs you might...

Applying for a Mortgage Doesn’t Have To Be Scary

Applying for a Mortgage Doesn’t Have To Be Scary

Applying for a Mortgage Doesn’t Have To Be Scary Some Highlights Even with higher mortgage rates, the mortgage process doesn’t need to be something you fear. Here are some steps to help as you set out to buy a home. Know your credit score and work to build strong...

Tips For First-Time Homebuyers

Tips For First-Time Homebuyers

Tips For First-Time Homebuyers Some Highlights If you’re trying to buy your first home in today’s housing market, you’ll want to know what you can do as mortgage rates rise and inventory stays low overall. Connect with a lender to get pre-approved, prioritize your...

Saving for a Down Payment

Saving for a Down Payment

Saving for a Down Payment? Here’s What You Should Know. As you set out to buy a home, saving for a down payment is likely top of mind. But you may still have questions about the process, including how much to save and where to start. If that sounds like you, your down...

The True Strength of Homeowners Today

The True Strength of Homeowners Today

The True Strength of Homeowners Today The real estate market is on just about everyone’s mind these days. That’s because the unsustainable market of the past two years is behind us, and the difference is being felt. The question now is, just how financially strong are...

Fall Home Selling Checklist

Fall Home Selling Checklist

Fall Home Selling Checklist Some Highlights When it comes to selling your house, you want it to look its best inside and out so it catches the attention of buyers. A real estate professional can help you decide what to do to make that happen. Focus on tasks that can...

Top Reasons Homeowners Are Selling Their Houses Right Now

Top Reasons Homeowners Are Selling Their Houses Right Now

Top Reasons Homeowners Are Selling Their Houses Right Now Some people believe there’s a group of homeowners who may be reluctant to sell their houses because they don’t want to lose the historically low mortgage rate they have on their current home. You may even have...

Expert Forecasts on Mortgage Rates

Expert Forecasts on Mortgage Rates

Expert Forecasts on Mortgage Rates If you’ve been thinking of buying a home, you may have been watching what’s happened with mortgage rates over the past year. It’s true they’ve risen dramatically, but where will they go from here, especially as the market continues...

How Owning a Home Builds Your Net Worth

How Owning a Home Builds Your Net Worth

How Owning a Home Builds Your Net Worth Owning a home is a major financial milestone and an achievement to take pride in. One major reason: the equity you build as a homeowner gives your net worth a big boost. And with high inflation right now, the link between owning...

Should I wait to buy a home?

Should I wait to buy a home?

Part 4 Should I wait to buy a home? This is probably one of the biggest questions you’re getting asked right now, and it’s never been more important to have a good answer for it.  Even though purchasing a home today may not be as easy as it was a couple of years ago,...

What will happen the second half of this year?

What will happen the second half of this year?

Part 3 What will happen the second half of this year? Yes, we are seeing a slowdown. However, we are really just heading back toward the market pace we saw pre-pandemic, and those were still great years for real estate. Focus on the big picture, and that’s this: the...

The market has shifted, and that’s a good thing.

The market has shifted, and that’s a good thing.

IN TIMES OF UNCERTAINTY, PEOPLE FOLLOW THE CERTAIN – top five housing market questions Over the next 5 days we will post the top 5 questions everyone is asking. Question one: Is the housing market going to crash? Answer: Headlines right now scare consumers that the...

3 Tips for Buying a Home Today

3 Tips for Buying a Home Today

3 Tips for Buying a Home Today If you put off your home search at any point over the past two years, you may want to consider picking it back up based on today’s housing market conditions. Recent data shows the supply of homes for sale is increasing, giving buyers...

Experts Increase 2022 Home Price Projections

Experts Increase 2022 Home Price Projections

Experts Increase 2022 Home Price Projections If you’re wondering if home prices are going to come down due to the cooldown in the housing market or a potential recession, here’s what you need to know. Not only are experts forecasting home prices will continue to...

3 Graphs To Show This Isn’t a Housing Bubble

3 Graphs To Show This Isn’t a Housing Bubble

3 Graphs To Show This Isn’t a Housing Bubble With all the headlines and buzz in the media, some consumers believe the market is in a housing bubble. As the housing market shifts, you may be wondering what’ll happen next. It’s only natural for concerns to creep in that...

Why the Forbearance Program Changed the Housing Market

Why the Forbearance Program Changed the Housing Market

Why the Forbearance Program Changed the Housing Market When the pandemic hit in 2020, many experts thought the housing market would crash. They feared job loss and economic uncertainty would lead to a wave of foreclosures similar to when the housing bubble burst over...

Housing Market Forecast for the Rest of 2022

Housing Market Forecast for the Rest of 2022

Housing Market Forecast for the Rest of 2022 Some Highlights The housing market is shifting away from the intensity of the past two years. Here’s what experts project for the remainder of 2022. Home prices are forecast to rise more moderately than last year. Mortgage...

Why It’s Still a Sellers’ Market

Why It’s Still a Sellers’ Market

Why It’s Still a Sellers’ Market As there’s more and more talk about the real estate market cooling off from the peak frenzy it saw during the pandemic, you may be questioning what that means for your plans to sell your house. If you’re thinking of making a move, you...

Real Estate Consistently Voted Best Investment

Real Estate Consistently Voted Best Investment

Real Estate Consistently Voted Best Investment Some Highlights Based on a recent Gallup poll, real estate has been rated the best long-term investment for nine years in a row. Owning real estate is more than just a place to call home. It’s also an investment in your...

Why an Agent Is Essential When Pricing Your House

Why an Agent Is Essential When Pricing Your House

Why an Agent Is Essential When Pricing Your House Some Highlights When it comes to pricing your house, there’s a lot to consider. The only way to ensure you price it right is by partnering with a local real estate professional. To find the best price, your agent...

Is Now a Good Time to Buy in Utah

A Recession Doesn’t Equal a Housing Crisis

If you're following the news, you might be wondering what could happen to the housing market if there's a recession. Let's connect to discuss why history shows a recession doesn't equal a housing crisis.Buy or Sell with Marty Gale "Its The Experience" Principal Broker...

8 Great Quotes

Sellers Have an Opportunity with Today’s Home Prices

"IT'S THE EXPERIENCE"  It’s difficult to know when is the best time to sell, or how to get the most money for your house, but you don’t need to go through the process alone. You may be wondering if prices are projected to rise or fall…or how much competition you may...

11 Must-Do Actions To Ensure A Smooth Transition Into Your New Residence

How Homeownership Can Bring You Joy

How Homeownership Can Bring You Joy   If you're trying to decide whether to rent or buy a home, you're probably weighing a few different factors. The financial benefits of homeownership might be one of the reasons you want to make a purchase if you’re a renter, but...

Are There More Homes Coming to the Market?

Are There More Homes Coming to the Market?

Are There More Homes Coming to the Market? According to a recent survey from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), one of the top challenges buyers face in today’s housing market is finding a home that meets their needs. That’s largely because the inventory of...

Will Home Prices Fall This Year? Here’s What Experts Say

Will Home Prices Fall This Year? Here’s What Experts Say

Will Home Prices Fall This Year? Here’s What Experts Say. Many people are wondering: will home prices fall this year? Whether you’re a potential homebuyer, seller, or both, the answer to this question matters for you. Let’s break down what’s happening with home...

The Dream of Homeownership Is Worth the Effort

The Dream of Homeownership Is Worth the Effort

The Dream of Homeownership Is Worth the Effort If you’re in the market to buy a home this season, stick with it. Homebuyers face challenges in any market, and today’s is no exception. But if you persevere, your decision to purchase a home will be worth the effort in...

How Homeownership Can Help Shield You from Inflation

How Homeownership Can Help Shield You from Inflation

How Homeownership Can Help Shield You from Inflation If you’re following along with the news today, you’ve likely heard about rising inflation. You’re also likely feeling the impact in your day-to-day life as prices go up for gas, groceries, and more. These rising...

Myths About Today’s Housing Market

Myths About Today’s Housing Market

Myths About Today’s Housing Market Some Highlights If you’re planning to buy or sell a home today, it’s important to be aware of common misconceptions. Whether it’s timing your purchase as a buyer based on home prices and mortgage rates or knowing what to upgrade or...

Why This Housing Market Is Not a Bubble Ready To Pop

Why This Housing Market Is Not a Bubble Ready To Pop

Why This Housing Market Is Not a Bubble Ready To Pop Homeownership has become a major element in achieving the American Dream. A recent report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) finds that over 86% of buyers agree homeownership is still the American...

Where Are Mortgage Rates Headed?

Where Are Mortgage Rates Headed?

Where Are Mortgage Rates Headed? There’s never been a truer statement regarding forecasting mortgage rates than the one offered last year by Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American: “You know, the fallacy of economic forecasting is: Don't ever try and forecast...

Balancing Your Wants and Needs as a Homebuyer Today

Balancing Your Wants and Needs as a Homebuyer Today

Balancing Your Wants and Needs as a Homebuyer Today Since the number of homes for sale is low today, it can feel challenging to find one that checks all your boxes. But if you know which features are absolutely essential in your next home and which ones are just nice...

The Many Benefits of Homeownership

The Many Benefits of Homeownership

The Many Benefits of Homeownership The past two years have taught us the true value of homeownership, especially the stability and the feeling of accomplishment it can provide. But homeownership has so much more to offer. Here’s a look at a few of the non-financial...

11 Must-Do Actions To Ensure A Smooth Transition Into Your New Residence

Why It’s Critical To Price Your House Right

Why It’s Critical To Price Your House Right When you make a move, you want to sell your house for the highest price possible. That might be why many homeowners are eager to list in today’s sellers’ market. After all, with record-low inventory and high buyer demand,...

This Spring Presents Sellers with a Golden Opportunity

This Spring Presents Sellers with a Golden Opportunity

This Spring Presents Sellers with a Golden Opportunity If you’re thinking of selling your house this year, timing is crucial. After all, you’ll want to balance getting the most out of the sale of your current home and making the best investment when you buy your next...

Key Terms for Homebuyers 

Key Terms for Homebuyers 

Key Terms for Homebuyers Some Highlights Knowing key housing terms and how they relate to today’s market is important. For example, when mortgage rates and home prices rise, it impacts how much home you can afford. Terms like appraisal (what lenders rely on to...

4 Simple Graphs Showing Why This Is Not a Housing Bubble

4 Simple Graphs Showing Why This Is Not a Housing Bubble

4 Simple Graphs Showing Why This Is Not a Housing Bubble A recent survey revealed that many consumers believe there’s a housing bubble beginning to form. That feeling is understandable, as year-over-year home price appreciation is still in the double digits. However,...

What Every Seller Needs To Know About Renovating This Year

What Every Seller Needs To Know About Renovating This Year

What Every Seller Needs To Know About Renovating This Year If you’re planning to sell this year, you’re probably thinking about what you’ll need to do to get your house ready to appeal to the most buyers. It’s crucial to work with a trusted real estate professional...

11 Must-Do Actions To Ensure A Smooth Transition Into Your New Residence

Wasatch Front Home Prices Soared

Median single-family home prices on the Wasatch Front soared in the fourth quarter. Home prices in the 10 most expensive Wasatch Front ZIP Codes now rival many other large U.S. cities. Alpine’s median price climbed to $1.3 million, a higher median price than Los...

11 Must-Do Actions To Ensure A Smooth Transition Into Your New Residence

Consumers Agree: It’s a Good Time To Sell

Consumers Agree: It’s a Good Time To Sell In today’s sellers’ market, many homeowners are weighing their options and trying to decide if they should sell their house. If you’re in that group, you may be balancing things like the ongoing health crisis, rising mortgage...

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