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 »



A $35,000 Difference: Strategies for Smart Sellers

My neighbor Leslie G. and her husband Doug decided to sell their house. Nestled at the end of a cul-de-sac in Murray, their coveted lot bordered a lush green common area that led to a creek. Nice. Leslie was also a master gardener and the home featured curved brick walkways, an outdoor fountain, and easy-to-care-for… Read more »



Buying your first home? Homie’s got your back

Woo hoo! You’re finally ready to look for that “starter” cottage or maybe there’s a condo that’s caught your eye. Buying your first home is exciting, but it can also be confusing and stressful. Homie de-mystifies the home-buying process, automates many of the steps, and makes buying a home without a real estate agent a… Read more »



The cool, the quirky and the covetable

At Homie, owners list some seriously incredible homes in all price ranges. This week we took a quick peek around the site to find listings that wowed us in one way or another. Whether you’re hungry for cabin-in-the-woods simplicity or seek the sleek sophistication of contemporary living, spend a lunch hour lusting after these lovelies. 3243… Read more »



Sales in Full Bloom: 7 Ways to Turn Warmer Weather into Higher Offers

Now that the snow is off the lawn and bulbs are blooming, buyers are out in force. If you’re considering listing your home this spring, shoot offers skyward with these seven timely tips. 1. Embrace Every Blooming Thing Crocuses, hyacinth, and tulips peeking through your soil? Great. Blooms can be one of your greatest spring… Read more »



What the Fed Rate Hike Means to First-Time Home Buyers

The Federal Reserve has only raised interest rates twice in the past 10 years, but they’ve forecast three quarter-point rate bumps in 2017… and Janet Yellen just confirmed that the first hike will happen in March (predicted March 15th).  What does this mean for first-time home buyers? For many, it’s the difference between being able… Read more »



2 Must-Dos to Skyrocket Your Credit Score

A low credit score increases your interest rate and closing costs, but how can you bump up your score quickly? Here are two ways to shoot up your score 30–100 points, in less than a month. 1. Lower the percentage you owe on your credit cards. It’s not the amount you owe that matters; it’s the… Read more »



We’re not anti-agent. We’re pro-tech.

Homie is a technology platform that’s automating the entire home buying and selling process. With the advance of technology and the migration of home buying and selling to the internet, many of the tasks that were traditionally handled by a buyer or a seller agent can now be carried out cost-free by technology. That may… Read more »