Provo, UT Real Estate News

By Alan Barker
(Boomerang Leads)
Provo Real Estate followed a similar trend that several other Utah County cities experienced.  Sold homes went up a decent amount and median and average sold price of Provo UT homes decreased.
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By Mark Watterson, Utah Real Estate
We need Positive Price Action to confirm market bottom.  One month of price improve isn't sufficient to confirm the market bottom.  We need to see appreciation month over month for three months. PRICE ACTION   Other good signs in addition to positive price action is lower DOM (days of the market), lower new listingsand higher percent of new listings being SOLD.   SUMMARY Has the Utah Real Estate Market bottomed? Currently we are not seeing the needed positive price action (along with other indicators) to confirm a market bottom.  This is NOT a good time for those investor with low and/or no risk tolerance to purchase.  Investors with a long term buy and hold strategic.  Opportunities are starting to make sense.  Contact your property resource specialist for information to make an inform...
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By Robert A. Hulme, Home Listing Partner
(Home Buyer Realty Utah)
Utah County Real Estate - Short Sale What is a Short Sale? With the present Real Estate market in turmoil and many home owners are having a hard time trying to sell their home, because they owe more than it is worth.  I keep getting the question from my buyers about what is a Short Sale and how does it work?  Well I will try and address that question here.  I hope I am accurate, I am sure I will hear about it if I am not. What is a Short Sale? A Short Sale occurs when a property sells for a price that is insufficient to pay back the loans secured by the property (or any other liens against the property, such as delinquent property taxes, Homeowners/Condominium Association fees, etc.), as well as standard sales closing costs.  In order to complete such a sale, the Seller must either: •· ...
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Energy Audits for Historical Buildings in Utah Information gathered from any Utah municipal energy audits in Provo and Utah County, Utah will be used to determine energy efficiency, retrofitting and weatherization projects using funds from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG). Retrofitting projects will include air infiltration, energy efficient windows and doors, insulation levels, weather-stripping and caulking, and electric base loads.   Using its EECBG formula funding to retrofit and improve the energy efficiency of a number of it's municipal buildings that will result in substantial reduction in energy usage. EECBG Formula grants can be used for energy efficiency and conservation programs and projects community wide, as well as renewable energy installations ...
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By Robert A. Hulme, Home Listing Partner
(Home Buyer Realty Utah)
Utah County Real Estate - What can you afford to buy? Many factors come into play when you attempting to figure out how much you can afford in a new home.  In addition to your monthly mortgage payment, there are closing costs, moving expenses, plus purchases and maintenance for the new home.  The rule of thumb is generally considered, your gross income multiplied by 2.5, will give you an approximate amount for the price of home you can afford.  The amount will vary depending on how much you have as a down payment, your debts, financial situation, and credit history and rating.  Your debts, including alimony and child support, should not be more than 30 to 40 percent of your gross income. Monthly Mortgage Payment Lenders are very careful to make sure you have the ability to repay your lo...
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By Erelopro Out of Business, Relocation Professionals are out of business
(erelopro)
Provo, Utah Realtor Leads - (800) 900-2807 Even through this Real Estate downward spin, we are still seeing an increased number of families relocating to cities such as: San Diego, Austin, Provo, etc… Still the #1 drive is jobs, and that cannot be disputed. Although another big reason for relocation that started in 2008, was due to great foreclosure prices. Cities such as Scottsdale, and Provo have both seem dramatic drops in real estate prices, which is driving the people to purchase real etate in those cities. If you are not working with families whom want to purchase foreclosed homes, you are leaving a huge chunk of money on the table. One of the top discussions right now on RealTown and ActiveRain is in regards to boosting your business with foreclosures. Call us at (800) 900-2807 ...
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By Robert A. Hulme, Home Listing Partner
(Home Buyer Realty Utah)
Utah County Real Estate First Time Home Buyer - Home Buyer Tax Credit Info Typically a First Time Utah County Home Buyer is considered to be someone who has not had an ownership interest in a home for 3 years or more.  Some home loan guidelines are longer than that.  There are many Down Payment Assistance grants, low interest loans and credit assistance programs available for First Time Utah County Home Buyers.  First Time Utah County Home Buyers should consult a Mortgage and Real Estate Professional early in the home buying process to learn all they need to know about is available to them. Several criteria are considered when evaluating the loan programs for First Time Utah County Home Buyers, Credit History, Income vs. Debt, and equity or investment in the subject property being the m...
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By Robert A. Hulme, Home Listing Partner
(Home Buyer Realty Utah)
Utah County Home Inspection Well, you just made an offer on a beautiful new home.  You are excited about the possibilities that this new home is going to bring to you and your family.  Don't let this dream turn into a nightmare because you decided not to spend a little extra money on a Home Inspection. A study conducted by the American Society of Home Inspectors and the NAR in 2001 found that 77% of all homebuyers insisted on a Home Inspection prior to purchasing their property, and 97% of that group believes the service was a good value for the price. Next to the financial contingency in the Real Estate Purchase Contract, the Home Inspection is the most reason you need to consider before purchasing the home.  This is where you have the right to back out of the contract, if the report i...
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By Robert A. Hulme, Home Listing Partner
(Home Buyer Realty Utah)
What is a Utah County Short Sale? With the present Utah County Real Estate market in turmoil and many home owners are having a hard time trying to sell their home, because they owe more than it is worth.  I keep getting the question from my buyers about what is a Short Sale and how does it work?  Well I will try and address that question here.  I hope I am accurate, I am sure I will hear about it if I am not. What is a Short Sale? A Short Sale occurs when a property sells for a price that is insufficient to pay back the loans secured by the property (or any other liens against the property, such as delinquent property taxes, Homeowners / Condominium Association fees, etc.), as well as standard sales closing costs.  In order to complete such a sale, the Seller must either: •·         Com...
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By Robert A. Hulme, Home Listing Partner
(Home Buyer Realty Utah)
Contingencies and the Utah County Purchase Offer When it comes time to make an offer on your new home, occasionally there are a few obstacles that make it difficult.  It is sometimes hard to discover all the potential problems that might go wrong, but you might want to anticipate some so that you can cancel the contract without penalty.  These are called "contingencies and you must make sure to include them when you offer to buy a Utah County Home. One of the more popular contingencies is, having to sell a previous home before purchasing a Utah County Home.  Making the closing the sale of the home a condition of your offer is important to avoid having to pay two mortgage payments instead of one.  Other popular contingencies include the ability to obtain financing, property appraising hi...
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By Robert A. Hulme, Home Listing Partner
(Home Buyer Realty Utah)
Utah County Home Loans and Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) - Utah County Real Estate Private Mortgage Insurance is used by Utah County Home Loan Buyers to insure the lender against default if the borrower has less than 20 percent down.  Private Mortgage Insurance can be a very costly insurance premium that is necessary as part of loan qualifications set by Fannie Mae and most secondary market investors.  With the right loan, it doesn't have to be an obstacle.  How much does Private Mortgage Insurance Cost?  PMI increases your monthly payment and could be tax deductible.  PMI varies, but can be estimated by taking about one-half percent of the total loan amount.  With a home selling for $300,000 and 10 percent down or $30,000, the annual cost of PMI on your $270,000 loan would be approx...
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By Robert A. Hulme, Home Listing Partner
(Home Buyer Realty Utah)
Utah County First-Time Home Buyer - Utah County Real Estate Well the time has come; you are finally out making a good living.  You are beginning to get tired of paying rent, the number one advise that friends and family are giving you is, Buy a House.  By this time you are about to be hitched and have probably saved enough money for a down payment.  After a fair amount of thinking about it, you jump over the first hurdle and decide to go for it.  Now once you are focused about what you want you then jot down a list of things you want in a house.  That being done the search begins.  These days the task of sifting through hundreds of potential Utah County houses is not as hard.  With a few mouse clicks, you can see multiple house listings and take virtual tours of houses for sale. The key...
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By Robert A. Hulme, Home Listing Partner
(Home Buyer Realty Utah)
Utah County Home Buyer 101 - Getting Pre-Approved The time has come to start shopping for a Utah County Home to purchase.  The first thing that you should do is to get pre-qualified for a Utah County home loan.  It is very important to understand what your price range is prior to looking so you don't waste time looking at properties that are out of your price range. Where do you begin? Most Utah County Realtors work with a trusted network of Mortgage professionals, who can assist you in getting pre-approved for a loan so that you can comfortably begin looking at homes with the assurance that you can obtain the proper financing. Generally, Utah County loan officers can help you with a pre-approval by getting some basic information (address, social security number, etc.) over the phone or...
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By Mark Watterson, Utah Real Estate
We need Positive Price Action to confirm market bottom.  One month of price improve isn't sufficient to confirm the market bottom.  We need to see appreciation month over month for three months. PRICE ACTION   Other good signs in addition to positive price action is lower DOM (days of the market), lower new listings and higher percent of new listings being SOLD.    SUMMARY Currently we are not seeing the needed positive price action (along with other indicators) to confirm a market bottom.  This is NOT a good time for those with low and/or no risk tolerance to purchase.  High and medium risk tolerant investors are making buying decisions and are doing some bottom fishing.  Some are trying to time the market and market timing is risky.  Trying to time the bottom is not for the inexperien...
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By Utah Real Estate Search Utah County Realtor, Home Listing Partner
(Home Buyer Realty Utah)
Utah County Home Buyer Representation - Buyer Agent vs. Seller Agent During the past 25 or so years, Utah County home buyers have been able to choose between Buyer agents or the Sellers agent representing the Seller, to buy a home from. Many buyers didn't even know that they could use a buyer agent or even if they were available. Most home buyers assumed the agent showing the home represented them. Seller agents were obligated to represent the seller's interest unless they had a separate written agreement with the buyer to represent them. The FTC did a study of the Real Estate brokerage industry in 1983 and determined that most home buyers actually thought that the Real Estate agent showing them homes was working in their best interest, the vast majority were wrong. The FTC started putt...
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By Robert A. Hulme, Home Listing Partner
(Home Buyer Realty Utah)
First-Time Home Buyer - Utah County Homes for Sale Typically a First Time Utah County Home Buyer is considered to be someone who has not had an ownership interest in a home for 3 years or more.  Some home loan guidelines are longer than that.  There are many Down Payment Assistance grants, low interest loans and credit assistance programs available for First Time Utah County Home Buyers.  First Time Home Buyers should consult a Mortgage and Real Estate Professional early in the home buying process to learn all they need to know about is available to them. Several criteria are considered when evaluating the loan programs for First Time Utah County Home Buyers, Credit History, Income vs. Debt, and equity or investment in the subject property being the most important. Well the time has co...
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By Robert A. Hulme, Home Listing Partner
(Home Buyer Realty Utah)
Utah County Home Loans and Private Mortgage Insurance - Early Exit - Utah County Real Estate Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) is the safety net of the lender.  PMI benefits lenders because it guarantees payment on the balance of loans not covered by the sale of Utah County foreclosed properties. If a borrower makes a down payment of 20% of the cost of the Utah County Home, the lender can generally trust that he will make his mortgage payments faithfully to protect a large investment. In this case, the lender comes out ahead if the borrower is forced to foreclose on his house, because the lender loans 80% of the cost of the house, but will probably recover 100% of the cost of the house. But, if the borrower makes a smaller down-payment, such as 3%, 5% or 10%, and borrows the rest, and th...
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By Robert A. Hulme, Home Listing Partner
(Home Buyer Realty Utah)
Buying vs. Renting - Utah County Real Estate It is pretty much common knowledge that the current housing market is in turmoil all around the world.  Many couples, families and individuals who have planned to purchase homes and residential properties are putting off their plans to try and wait out the storm.  But the questions continue to come up every day, Should I rent? Or Should I buy?  Since many of the Utah County Homes available today are priced less costly, many factors continue to be troublesome to home buyers, including falling general property values, security and fluctuating interest rates.  Due to these uneasy situations it is really logical and practical to tighten our belts and postpone any investment or acquisition transaction. The decision to buy or to rent a Utah County ...
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Utah County Home Buyer - Tax Credit extension being considered in Congress - Utah County Real Estate Realty Times Article Well you have finally decided that it is time to stop renting and that you need to purchase a new Utah County Home.  Be aware that is important to stay calm and think your way through the process; don't get so excited that you overlook a few very important steps. Failure to get pre-qualified before making an offer on a Utah County Home:       The very first step you need to take when considering the purchase a new home is that of interviewing and hiring a Mortgage Broker or Loan Officer.  Understanding how much you are qualified to purchase up front can save you a lot of time and frustration later on.  The pre-qualification letter is very important to the seller when...
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