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An A+ Education Starts At Home

The A+ Education Question Three of our six kids start school tomorrow, and today in orientation I was asked today "Where does an A+ Education begin?" The answers that came to mind might be similar to those that would cross your mind if someone posed the question to you. Personally words like "Private School", "Charter School", "Ivy League School", "Prinston", "MIT", "Harvard", and "Stanford" came to mind. For me at least, that is the correlation I make when I think of a top-notch education. However I was wrong, an A+ Education begins at home! It's so obvious, an A+ Education does start at home. Being a Real Estate Professional and being in amazing people's homes almost every day, I must admit that I thought I should have thought of that answer myself, I mean the Administrator obviously knew what he was doing when they asked ME (and not someone else in the room) that question, thinking I would be the most likely one to come up with the right answer in front of all the other parents and students, but my thought processes didn't make the grade. No pun intended. After all the pomp and circumstance had come and gone I met with the Principle and probed for more insight and I just … [Read more...]

Home Electrical Safety Audit

Home Electrical Safety Audit The National Institutes of Health has some shocking statistics, literally! Evidently in the United States around 1000 people die each year from electrical shock. Whats more, residential electrical problems account for an estimated 28,600 fires and some $1.1 Billion in property damages and losses every year. If you're like me, thoughts of these "Shocking Statistics" heightened my focus on prevention, and I went on the offensive, and it is my hope that you will do likewise! Offensive & Defensive Electrical Home Protection The following steps outlined may seem like common sense, because they are, but I like to think that if those who have already had to deal with the fall out of these "shocking statistics" had simply been aware of the impending danger all around them they would have done something about it, proactively. I likewise hope that it will be of similar service to you and yours, after all in this realm is all about awareness. You can prevent such accidents, injuries as well as resulting damage by simply conducting an electrical safety audit in your home on a year basis. Heres How... • Ensure that none (that is zero, zilch, nada) … [Read more...]

Household Hard Water Test

Household Hard Water Test "Hard Water" is a term that a term you are likely familiar with. However what is hard water, how can it effect your home and is there a simple method to determine if your home has hard water are some of the questions we hope to answer. If your home has Hard Water it simply means that there are high levels of minerals such as calcium and magnesium in your water supply. Now generally hard water is harmless to drink, so not to panic, but that being said hard water can reek havoc on your home's plumbing systems by damaging your boiler or clogging your pipes. Who wants to go out and spend as much as $10,000 to replace a boiler? No one! In order to prevent such problems from arising in your home, use these simple steps to test for the dreaded "hard water", because as G.I. Joe once said "Knowing Is Half The Battle". Hard Water Test Supplies • A clear plastic bottle with a cap. • Liquid dish Soap. How To Preform A Hard Water Test 1. Fill the plastic bottle up about 3/4 of the way with water from your kitchen/bathroom sink. Next you will want to add around a teaspoon or so of the liquid dish soap, then put the cap on the bottle good and tight and shake … [Read more...]

10 Questions To Ask Your Mortgage Lender

10 Questions To Ask Your Mortgage Lender Be sure you find a loan that fits your needs with these comprehensive questions. 1. What are you most popular loans you offer? 2. Which type of mortgage plan do you think would be best for us? Why? 3. Are you rates, terms, fees, and closing costs negotiable? 4. Will I have to buy private mortgage insurance(PMI)? If so how much will it cost and how long will it be required? NOTE: Private mortgage insurance usually is required if you make less than a 20 percent downpayment, but most lenders will let you discontinue the policy when you've acquired a certain amount of equity by paying down the loan. 5. Who will service the loan? Your bank or another company? 6. What escrow requirements do you have? 7. How long is your loan lock-in period (the time that the quoted interest rate will be honored)? Will I be able to obtain a lower rate if they drop during this period? 8. How long will the loan approval process take? 9. How long will it take to close the loan? 19. Are there any charges or penalties for prepaying the loan? Used with permission from the Real Estate Checklists & Systems (Real Estate Check Lists). At … [Read more...]

Local Utah Real Estate Agent Earns e-PRO® Certification

  For Immediate Release   Local Utah Real Estate Agent Earns e-PRO® Certification May 6st 2015 – Jordyn Archer of Keller Williams Realty has successfully completed the e-PROÒ Certification Program and has been awarded the e-PRO® Certification, the official technology certification program offered by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR). Jordyn joins more than 30,000 real estate professionals who have earned NAR’s e-PRO® certification and dedicated time and effort towards learning how to use the latest social media technologies to create an online presence and reach today’s hyper-connected consumers. Working together with the Social Media Marketing Institute (SMMI), NAR redesigned the e-PRO® curriculum to better meet the challenges of today’s real estate market. The new e-PRO® program expands an agent’s real estate technology skills and helps them connect with consumers online via social media, email marketing, and web site promotion. “Today’s consumers are beginning their real estate search online,” said Jordyn Archer of Keller Williams Realty “With an increasing number of consumers turning to social media and online technology throughout their home … [Read more...]

12 Tips For Hiring A Professional Remodeling Contractor In Utah

Can you remember a time when you wanted (or perhaps needed is a more apt description) to hire a Contractor to remodel your home, or at least a portion of it? What were some of the frustrations you encountered? How would you describe your emotions during navigating these unknown waters? After all was said and done was the job done to your satisfaction? Have you, or rather would you happily call up the same contractor again if a similar need arose? Or would you start from scratch and begin your search all over again for a qualified professional to assess the situation and expertly remedy your arisen needs? Whether you are a first time home buyer in need of a contractor to remodel your homes to suite your growing needs, or a seasoned real estate investor looking for a contractor who is capable and qualified to get the job done in an efficient, cost effective manner to get the home sold here are 12 tips for hiring a professional remodeling contractor in Utah: "1. Get at least three written estimates. 2. Get references and call to check on the work. If possible, go by and visit earlier jobs. 3. Check with the local Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau (bbb.org) for … [Read more...]

Utah Home Buyers: Down Payment Blues Transform Into Down Payment Yahoos!

Utah Home Buyers: Down Payment Blues Into Down Payment Yahoos! Upon our first meeting one of my new clients asked me "Jordyn can I get a no-money-down loan to purchase a home? Because I spoke with another Realtor® who told me it was not possible." As the housing market is heating up once again for buyers and sellers a drop is being seen in mortage intrest rates which are ultimately affording lower payments for buyers. Yet for most buyers an affordable monthly payment is just one side of the "Can I Purchase A Home Coin". The other side of the coin which can be far more daunting for prospective buyers is putting 20% down. If this is a concern for you don't throw in the towel on your dream of home ownership just yet, there is a light a light at the end of the tunnel. That light for many would-be homeowners is the good news of mortgage programs which require little or no money down! No money down you say? In todays market? Yes, I say, in todays market, and there are a myriad of them. So put on your hopeful hats because this is going to get good. Real good! Utah Home Buyers Don't Need 20% Down To Purchase A Home Utah home buyers don't need 20% down to purchase a home … [Read more...]

Real Estate Weather

Have you ever been watching your local weatherman or woman on the 5 oclock news, 6 oclock news, 11 oclock news or 24/7 oclock news via the Weather Channel for that matter, because your beloved upcoming weekend plans hang in the balance? I have, quite recently in fact, as I was counting on the Meteorologist to forecast upcoming weather which would confirm and set in stone so to speak, my big, exciting, Hot Air Baloon Riding, Barbeque Eating, Carnaval Gaming, Roller Coaster Riding family fun a reality with all it's resplendant fond memories as the anticipated result. To say that I was counting on the weatherman to come through for me was a massive understatement. So as you might guess, for all my family plans to go off without a hitch I needed sunny skies, warm tempratures, and if it just so happened that there was a light breeze to cool us all off now and again you wouldn't find me complaining. So if you can imagine I was on the edge of my seat, crossing my fingers that the weatherman would tell me all my hopes and dreams were going to come true of course. And did he? YEEEEEES he sure did, clear skies, high of 88º as soon as I heard this I instantly turned into the 12 year old … [Read more...]

A Utah Real Estate Success Market

Utah is one of the leading states in our nation for home sales, thanks to home sales rising six percent along the Wasatch Front within the past twelve months. All-in-all we have a Utah Real Estate Success Market on our hands. With Forbes Magazine announcing that Utah is the third-best place in the country to do business, it comes at no surprise that CNNMoney selected South Jordan UT, Sandy UT, Orem UT, and St. George UT as four of the best places to live in America (coming in at #18, #51, #56, and #63 respectfully).  As this is the case it would follow that Salt Lake County, Utah County, and Washington County (wherein these four cities are found) are among the top counties to live in as well, further substantiated by the fact that over sixty percent of the States residents live in these three counties.  Above and beyond it is noteworthy that even amid the bottoming-out of Utah’s economy in 2008 the US Census Bureau determined that Utah was the fasting growing state in the nation. It becomes quite apparent to any onlooker who finds themselves interested in the Utah Real Estate Market that these and many other contributing factors support the truth that we have a thriving, … [Read more...]

Happy “Real Estate” Thanksgiving 2013

  HAPPY "REAL ESTATE" THANKSGIVING 2013 As we approach this season of Thanks Giving we here at Wasatch Real Estate are deeply aware that we owe everything to God and our clientele without whose loyalty we would not be where we are today.  To all of you who have hired us to: List your property for sale; find and assist you in purchasing your new home or estate; utilize our national and local services to enhance your net worth portfolio by investing in the real estate market(s); or relied upon our expertise in relation to bank owned, real estate owned, or REO in the marketplace at large... To one and all we say THANK YOU!  We give THANKS for you, for your business, for your friendship, for your enthusiasm!  Our greatest reward for all of our effort in your behalf is to know that we have been a small part in making your dreams come true. So from all of us at Wasatch Real Estate we want to take this opportunity to thank all of our incredible clients and associates all along the Wasatch Front and wish you all a very memorable, heartwarming Thanksgiving! … [Read more...]