What’s PMI and How Can You Avoid Paying It?

Pay Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) or play the wait-and-save game? That’s the dilemma for a lot of would-be homebuyers. And it’s rarely an easy (or fun) choice. Coming up with a 20% down payment can take years. And with home prices increasing 5-10% annually, the home of your dreams is sure to cost quite a… Read more »

 


 

Myth: You need great credit to buy a home

Has your credit suffered a hit or two? Before you start thinking rentals, read this. What mortgage lenders are looking for  You know all about credit scores and that, across the three big credit reporting agencies, scores can really fluctuate. Mortgage brokers and lenders will look at your credit score, toss out the lowest and… Read more »

 


 

5 Ugly Home Features Buyers Can Easily Fix

If you’ve been looking for a new home in Utah’s current market, you know pickings are slim. Most buyers know what a few gallons of paint can do. But if you’re willing to take on a couple of additional projects, you can turn that ugly duckling house into an affordable dream. Here’s a few ugly… Read more »

 


 

Population boom in Utah County

The 2016 Census left no doubt that Utah’s population is growing statewide. In fact, it’s growing more than any other state. But what’s really interesting is where all the growth is occurring. Hint: it’s not Salt Lake City or even Salt Lake county. Utah County Population Growth Leads the State Goodbye fields, hello homes! Pam… Read more »

 


 

Lehi: Neighborhood Guide

If you’re in tech in Utah, you probably already know Lehi. As the home of industry giants Adobe, Ancestry.com, Workfront, SirsiDynix, IM Flash and other large, small and up-and-coming firms, Lehi has grown from bedroom community to destination location for families looking to be in the center of the action. Just south of Point of… Read more »

 


 

Finally, some help for first-time Utah homebuyers

Did you know some zip codes in Utah went up over 15% in value in just 12 months? If you had bought a house for $250,000 a year ago, it could already be worth $37,500 more today. Ouch. Who doesn’t want $37,500? But you’re probably already painfully aware of how fast Utah house prices are… Read more »

 


 

Coastal chic meets farmhouse in this unique Homie listing

You might be surprised to find this custom build situated on Lehi farmland, but this home traded the rustic farm look for airy coastal classics. Casual, yet chic, the home delighted over 7000 people at this year’s Parade of Homes. Here’s some of the most commonly loved attributes: Light flooding through floor-to-ceiling windows evokes the relaxing… Read more »

 


 

How to keep an HOA from turning dream house into nightmare

Mike and Georgia had looked for six months before they found their perfect townhome. Like many buyers, they were more worried about the sellers accepting their offer than they were about investigating the Homeowners Association (HOA). Turns out, the HOA almost ruined the deal. Because the HOA had let their FHA approval lapse, Mike and… Read more »

 


 

Neighborhood Guide: Sugar House

Sugar House, just 10 minutes south of downtown Salt Lake City, is a notably chic and effervescently cool neighborhood. The area is known for classic homes, walkable streets and thriving local businesses—including some of the state’s best local eateries, boutiques, and art galleries. Thinking about house hunting in the area? Find out more about what… Read more »

 


 

To find the home that’s right for you, answer these 3 questions

Jill and Parker never dreamed their backyard would lead to trail access and a nearby stream, but it did. The B’s found their dream home by asking themselves three basic questions: What?, Where?, and How Much? By keeping it simple, they quickly toured dozens of homes that fit their answers to all three questions, which prepared them to… Read more »