Moving to Salt Lake, Need Utility Information?

Moving to Salt Lake, Need Utility Information? 

If you are new to the Salt Lake County area you might wonder who do I call for utility information?    Maybe you have lived here a while but you are moving to a new county and now need all that basic information again.  Below is a list that will give you some useful numbers and information at a glance.

 

Salt Lake County Information: A great website to go to and check out is SLCO.org   On this site you will find everything from Family Support, information about the Health Department, Animal Control to Parks and Recreation information.

DMV: I would recommend going on to their website first.  You will find answers to most of your questions here.  They have a great website http://dmv.utah.gov

Road Conditions:  The winter months are fast approaching.  The forecast is calling for SNOW in the valley on Sunday. For up to the minute weather and road conditions go to http://www.udot.utah.gov

Telephone: You have a lot of choices when it comes to telephone service.  Comcast 801-485-0500 or CenturyLink  1 800-491-0118   are some of the local vendors

Cable:  Comcast, Centurylink, Dish and DirectTV are the main suppliers in Salt Lake County

Heating: Questar  801-324-5111

Electricity: Rocky Mountain Power  888-221-7070

Post Office:  I recommend stopping by the one closest to you or if you are out of state go on line and you will find answers to the majority of your questions there.  USPS

UTA: Our transit system.  Check it out at www.rideuta.com

Housing:  Utah Real Estate 

 

CITY INFORMATION 

Bluffdale: Water and Garbage: 801-254-2200; Sewer: 801-571-1166

Draper: Garbage: 801-576-6512; Sewer: 801-571-1166; Water 801-576-6500 or 801-571-2232

Herriman: Garbage: 801-562-6435; Sewer: 801-571-1166; Water: 801-446-5323

Holladay: Garbage: 801-562-6435; Sewer: 801-262-2904; Water: 801-483-6700 or 801-277-2893

Midvale: Garbage, Sewer and Water: 801-567-7226

Murray: Garbage and water: 801-264-2626; Sewer: 801-963-7671

Riverton: Garbage, Sewer and Water: 801-208-3133

Salt Lake City: Garbage, Sewer and Water: 801-483-6900

Sandy: Garbage and Water: 801-568-7110; Sewer: 801-943-7671 or 801-571-1166 or 801-255-7321 or 801-561-7662

South Jordan: Garbage and Water: 801-254-3742; Sewer: 801-571-1166

South Salt Lake: Garbage: 801-483-6000 or 801-363-9995; Sewer: 801-483-6074 or 801-262-2904; Water: 801-483-6074 or 801-565-4300

Taylorsville: Garbage: 801-562-6435; Sewer and water: 801-968-9081

West Jordan: Garbage, Sewer and Water: 801-569-5020

West Valley City: Garbage, Sewer and Water: 801-968-3551

 

Improvement District phone numbers:

Copperton: 801-255-3411

Cottonwood Heights: 801-943-7671

Granger-Hunter: 801-968-3551

Holladay Water: 801-277-2893

Jordan Valley: 801-565-4300

Kearns Improvement: 801-968-1011

Magna Water: 801-250-2118

Taylorsville-Bennion:  801-968-9081

 

Have more questions, let me know.

 

 

 

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55+ Guide to living in Salt Lake

55+ Guide to Living in Salt Lake.  I just ran across an amazing find.  This has to be one of the best hidden gems I have found in a long time.  Yesterday I wrote a blog about  Useful Phone Numbers and Contacts (everything from Utilities to DMV information).  While writing that piece, I added a link to the Salt Lake counties website which lead me to a guide for 55 and older residents/visitors.

 

The Guide for 55+ includes everything from Aging Services to Yard and Snow Removal.  One quick click and you can download the information onto your computer via a PDF file.  Most of the listings have the companies address, phone number and website where you can learn even more.  I am truly overwhelmed by all of the information.

Here is a list of what the directory involves:

Abuse, Adult Day Care Centers, Aging Services, Advance Directives, Advocacy, Community Programs, Care management, medical Clinics, grocery delivery, hairdressers, home assistance services, hospitals,libraries, Police departments, salt lake city services, salt lake county services, Senior Centers, Social Security administration,  Food Bank, Utah State Services, workforce services, DMV, Transit Authority, Valley Mental Health Services,  Assisted Living Facilities Levels 1, 2, Home Health Agencies, Personal Care agencies, Hospice, Nursing Care Facilities, Skilled, Nursing care facilities intermediate care, rehabilitation centers, housing services,  subsidized senior housing, support groups and medicare.

 

It even includes information for more specialized needs: Blind, Alzheimer’s, Burial Services, Counseling, Bereavement, Dental, Diabetes, eye care, hearing etc.  They even have Chore Services people you can hire to help out with simple everyday chores to maintain your home.  One of my favorite services is Meals-on-wheels.  When I was in college I worked at a hospital and the kitchen ran a meals-on-wheels program.  I always thought it was such a great way to help people have at least one well balanced meal a day if not more depending on the program and how it was setup.  For some people the meals on wheels delivery person is the only person they see on a daily basis. The drivers used to comment on how the people would smile and look forward to their daily deliveries.

 

I’m not sure if every county has a resource available like this, but they should.  What a wonderful, easy way for someone to find some answers when life takes an unexpected turn.  I need to go see if I can find a directory like this for my family who lives out of state.

 

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Why all buyers need a buyers agent representing them and their goals

What does a buyers agent do and why do I need one

What to expect when you hire me as your buyer broker.  I certainly do more than just open doors and drive

buyer broker juggling all the detailsaround.  A lot of people do not realize that as a buyers agent you are really juggling a lot of balls in the air to coordinate, negotiate and bring the deal to a close.

My fiduciary duty is to look out for the buyer.  Buyers need to realize that they are the ones who benefit from hiring a buyers agent to represent them.  The listing agent has the fiduciary duty to the seller, not the buyer.  Remember the old saying, buyer beware…… (always have an agent represent you and only you)
 

Below is a very brief overview of my major steps during a home purchase.  As we all know each and every transaction is different and no two buyers, sellers or homes have the same issues.  There is no way to put a complete list together without it looking like the action booksI used to read in about4th grade: you remember the books that you had options on all the way thru,,,, if you want to open this door go to page 53 if not continue reading… you get my point.

 

Overview of Steps Necessary in 99% of the transactions:

  • Initial interview to find out more about buyers situation
  • buyers must get a preapproval and meet with lender
  • once you have a preapproval letter we go over letter the letter and conditions
  • Review of initial buyer interview, review of what you are looking for and why you are moving.  check to see if anything has changed since meeting with the lender
  • types of homes available (HUD, short sales, foreclosures, fsbo etc)
  • types of sellers (short sales, foreclosures, HUD, FSBO, etc)
  • how fast the market is moving based on what your looking for and qualify for
  • a brief overview of the forms and what to expect paperwork wise
  • paperwork sent over email, or delivered to buyer recapping again what to expect, the process of buying a home, the do’s and don’t when it comes to buying a home these get initialed and added to my file
  • search for homes, not only on MLS but zillow, fsbo sites, local papers, nod’s: schedule appointments and research any initial red flags
  • farming for additional homes if inventory is low
  • viewing of homes
  • cma of home you want to purchase
  • sit down and explain in detail the legal documents you are signing and what they involve
  • negotiate offer

once under contract

  • order title work
  • contact lender
  • constant contact with all parties regarding deadlines and legal items
  • home inspector and due diligence items
  • attend inspection
  • meet to go over report
  • negotiate
  • keep in constant contact with lender about deadlines and issues
  • appraisal issues if any
  • walk thru
  • settlement
  • possession details

My goal is to help the buyer achieve their dream and to eliminate any unnessary stress and drama.  As a neutral party i am able to step away and look at the process thru what legally can and can not happen. Realtors are able to do this without the high level emotion of a buyer or seller may bring if they were dealing directly with one another. Selling and Purchasing Real Estate is one of the biggest /stressful investments many of us will ever do in our lifetime.  It is a legally binding agreement and a lot more complicated than the DIY networks make it seem.  Always consult a professional when selling or purchasing real estate.

 

***I’m thinking I should print this and keep it with me the next time I have someone ask me what I do for my money.

 

 

Salt Lake Parade of Homes 2012

Salt Lake Parade of Homes 2012 featuring homes from 177,000 to multi-million dollar estates.  The Salt Lake Parade of homes has teamed up again with the Make-A-Wish Foundation you will see rooms decorated to support this partnership featured in showcased homes.  This year the parade has a new feature called Parade Craze, its a smart phone app to help all attendees keep track of all the homes they have seen.  Some of the other cool additions to this years parade are:

 

*a historic home restoration

*a blogger inspired home

*a home built by the CTEC program (Canyons School District Students )

Looking for a home in Salt Lake view all homes available at SaltLakeAreaHomeSearch.com

 

Tickets can be purchased at participating                                                         

RC Willey Locations ($10)

Daybreak Glass House ($15)

Parade and Model Homes ($15)

Salt Lake Home Builders Association office ($15)

or online at www.SaltLakeParade.com  right now they are running a special for $12 tickets!

 

 

August 3-18th, 2012

Daily 12pm – 9 pm

***some models may be closed on Sundays**

www.SaltLakeParade.com

 

See ya there! 

p.s. if you are interested in buying a home whether its a new construction or not, please notify your Realtor before attending the parade.  If you don’t have a Realtor, let me know I’d love to help you out. For all the potential / soon to be sellers out there, we need your inventory.  You may be surprised to find out what your home is actually worth right now.  Call me for more details about anything real estate.

 

 

Neptune Park in Saratoga Springs, Opens Today


SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah – 30 minutes from downtown salt lake and only minutes from my listing in Eagle Mountain!  1853 Sunrise Drive.  

What an amazing structure and park.  Its called Neptune Park located at 452 W 400 North in Saratoga Springs, Utah

The park officials have been quoted as saying “We made a deliberate effort to include play equipment that would encourage unstructured play, pique children’s curiosity and imagination, and tempt adults to join kids in the fun,” says City Manager Mark Christensen. “We are very proud of the work that has gone into creating this park and see it benefiting the generations to come.”

The park officially opens TODAY at 3:30 (right after school)


Interested? Want to look for homes in this area? GIve me a call 801.580.5624


*photo compliments of Utah News

The Local Salt Lake Market Has Exploded With Buyers

The local market has exploded with buyers.  They are everywhere and they are bidding on everything.  A traditional seller who prices their home correctly will surely have multiple offers.  My buyers have been in multiple offer situations from the price range of 60,000 all the way up to $400,000.

Below are this weeks quotes:

“Forget it, there are even multiple offers on homes that need to be knocked down.  I’m done looking until more homes become available to look at.”

“ I’m taking a break.  I can’t compete, I can only offer what I can afford.  I will never beat out people who are paying cash.”

“Do I have to submit an offer before I even see the home?”

“I don’t want to see anymore short sale, foreclosure or HUD homes.”  I’m sick of the bidding process, multiple offers and being the first offer but the agent holding the offer until there is a multiple offer situation.”

“Find me a traditional seller or I won’t go see homes until you do.”

“How are there multiple offers, its a new listing today and I haven’t even finished my three s’s for the day?”

Sellers, if you have been considering selling your home or had it for sale in the past and took it off the market, now is the time to seriously reconsider.

WE NEED YOUR HOMES ON THE MARKET.


15 Benefits of Working With A Buyers Representative

  1. Locating suitable properties
  2. Previewing Properties
  3. Verifying the properties condition
  4. suggesting necessary inspections by experts
  5. Helping buyers determine what they can afford based on Lender Preapproval
  6. Verifying property taxes and utilities
  7. Verifying the value of the property
  8. Advising clients on structuring an offer
  9. Presenting the offer to the sellers representatives
  10. Negotiating favorable contract terms for the buyer
  11. Explaining Legal documents needed for closing and helping secure them
  12. Assisting in securing financing, consulting with the lender
  13. Assisting buyers and their attorney in clarifying title, zoning, building codes and access easements
  14. Referring them to qualified vendors
  15. Analyzing the future salability of the property

A Buyers Agent needs to have perserverance and great negotiating skills.

Like to know what your Salt Lake County Real Estate home would sell for?  Call 801.580.5624

Want to find a home: Free home search:  http://SaltLakeAreaHomeSearch.com

Kim Boekholder

Broker, Results Real Estate

ps. Procrastination keeps more people from ever reaching their dreams than anything else.

 

Understanding Agency: Why You Need Your Own Agent To Represent You and Your Needs

It’s important to understand what legal responsibilities your real estate salesperson has to you and to other parties in the transactions.  Ask your salesperson to explain what type of agency relationship you have.

Seller Agent: (Listing Agent) A real estate licensee who Is hired to represent the seller.  All fiduciary duties are owed to the seller.  (buyers pay close attention that it is not in your best interest to have the Seller/Listing agent represent you)

Buyers Agent:  A real estate licensee who is hired by the prospective buyer to represent them in a real estate transaction.  The buyer’s representative works in the buyer’s best interest throughout the transaction and owes fiduciary duties to the buyer.  The buyer can pay the licensee directly through a negotiated fee, or the buyer’s rep may be paid by the seller or by a commission split with the listing broker.

Disclosed Dual Agent:  Dual agency is a relationship in which the brokerage firm and/or the selling agent represents both the buyer and the seller in the same real estate transaction.  Dual Agency relationships do not carry with them all the traditional fiduciary duties to the clients.  Dual agents owe limited fiduciary duties because of the potential for conflicts of interest in a dual agency relationship it is vital that all parties give their informed consent.  This must be in writing.  Both sellers and buyers must sign and acknowledge the dual relationship.

Designated Agent: This situation occurs when a broker designates which licensees will act as an agent of the seller or buyer.

 

 

How Do We Transfer Property

Transfer:  A transfer in writing is called a conveyance

Conveyance: Embraces every instrument in writing by which any estate or interest in real property is created, alienated, mortgaged or encumbered or by which the title to any real property may be affected, accept wills.

Estate:  An estate in real property can be transferred only by operation of law, or by an instrument in writing, subsribed to by the party disposing of the same, or by his agent authorized in writing.

 

Most transfers of real property are made by voluntary conveyances.  The two most commonly used in Utah are Warranty Deeds and Quit Claim Deeds:

Warranty Deed: Convey and warrant.  Tranfers all of the title of the grantor then owned, and any after acquired title of the Grantor to the Grantee.

The warranty deed contains the following convenants from the Grantor to the Grantee:

  1. The Grantor has lawful ownership of the property
  2. The Grantor has good right to convey the same
  3. The Grantor guarantees the Grantee quiet enjoyment or possession
  4. The property is free and clear of encumbrances, expect as noted in the instrument
  5. The Grantor will defend the title therof in the Grantee against lawful claims

Warranty Deeds are commonly used to transfer title from seller to buyer

Quit Claim Deed:   A deed which transfers only the interest the Grantor has at the time of conveyance was executed and contains no warranties, express or implied.  Quit Claim Deed are commonly used to modify or correct vesting, and to add or delete a party to the real property.

Buying Process My Commitment to You and What I ask of You

My Commitment to you

  • To work with you to determine your desires, needs and qualifications
  • Show you homes in the MLS which meet your needs
  • Create a personalized marketing campaign to find your ideal home if we don’t find it in the MLS
  • Do a CMA before we write and present an offer
  • Write offer and negotiate purchase agreement
  • Point out anything I become aware of which could negatively impact the value of home

 

What I Ask of You

  • Sign Exclusive Buyer Broker Agreement
  • Inform other Realtors and home owners you are represented by me
  • Work only with me during agreement period
  • Use recommended lender to determine maximum loan qualification
  • Be available to preview homes
  • Provide feedback on homes seen and service provided
  • Inform me of any changes in your circumstances
  • Do NOT go into any new construction sites with out me.  Agent has to be with you at all times/viewings
  • Let me call on every home you are interested in- Especially for sale by owners