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March 31, 2021

Preparing Your Home For The Warmer Months Ahead

Preparing Your Home For The Warmer Months Ahead

We'd like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very happy Easter weekend.

Although it's quite early this year, the Easter holiday is usually the point in the calendar when thoughts start to turn to the warmer months everyone always looks forward to so much.

Luckily we have a good amount of sunshine already, even though it can still freeze in the evenings. There are some promising temperatures being forecast in the next few days, with maximum temperatures approaching the high 70s over the weekend!

It's therefore an ideal time to begin to turn your attention to those important seasonal tasks that, if dealt with now, will make things smoother and more enjoyable in the coming months.

Here are some key tasks that you can begin to address:

Roofs and gutters - Inspect the roof for any signs of winter damage (binoculars can help). Make sure trees are a few feet away from the roof to protect paintwork and avoid an easy path for critters to enter the home. Gutters and downpipes should be clear of leaves etc, to ensure good water flow.

Walkways - Harsh weather can damage or move pavers or bricks. It makes sense to pressure wash your walkways and look for anything that's changed in the past few months, including filling in any cracks in concrete.

Paintwork - Again an inspection for winter damage pays dividends. Wood surfaces, including decks will benefit from a pressure wash. This will also help to reveal any areas requiring fresh paint or wood stain.

Decking - Apart from checking the state of the deck finish, pay attention to the deck structure too, making sure that nothing has changed over the winter which would affect the ability to sustain additional loads in spring/summer events.

Aircon - This is the best time to get your aircon serviced, rather than waiting for something to go wrong when you most need your home to feel cool. Make sure your external aircon unit is clear of vegetation and any other airflow obstructions.

Lawn sprinkler systems - Make sure your entire irrigation system is functioning as it should and effect any necessary repairs. Adjust controllers to avoid wasteful and potentially costly excess water usage. While the possibility of a sudden freeze will recede as the weeks go by, you need to factor in weather conditions when deciding when to begin watering.

Sealing windows and doors - Making sure these building apertures are sealed in spring and summer is no less important than in fall and winter. The reasons for doing so are, of course, very different. Air leakage around windows and doors can lead to unnecessarily high air condition costs, so now is an ideal time to be inspecting for any seal damage and making appropriate repairs.

Window cleaning - Cleaning winter dirt off your windows is best carried out on a cloudy day to avoid the possibility of water streaks.

Screens - Winter can take a toll on your home's screens and they won't do their job of keeping out critters if they have degraded since you last wanted to assist airflow with open windows and doors. It therefore pays to make extensive checks now and to repair any damage.

Fencing - While big problems in fencing don't need a close inspection, now is a great time to have a detailed look for any weakened areas and to make repairs.

We hope you find at least some of these reminders useful. As ever, please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding real estate.

March 16, 2021

How Fast Can A Home Sell In Today's Local Market?

How Fast Can A Home Sell In Today's Local Market?

The answer is often very fast!

The above image shows just one recent instance where a home has gone under contract within a very short space of time after having been listed.

There are several examples of this in our area at present.

In the case of the Washington UT house above, the average price of similar homes in that area was $360k-$370k just six months ago.

With careful attention to up-to-the-minute pricing trends, we listed the property at $429k and it is now under contract over that list price!

This represents a 20% jump in prices over the past six months.

These really are remarkable conditions for sellers right now, with highly motivated buyers snapping up many properties very, very soon after they hit the market!

Contact us today if you are wondering what today's value is on your home.

We'll be happy to help and provide you with some idea of comparable current home values and do what works best for you from there.

If you just want a free instant ballpark home price valuation, please click here.

Feb. 26, 2021

Are House Prices Sustainable? Should I Buy In This Market?

This has, inevitably, led to us often being asked two important questions:

Is this price growth sustainable?

Although it now seems a long time ago, the reality is that prices were very out of synch due to the market collapse years and we are, in fact, still seeing a correction of that, to some extent.

Price growth is, of course, a reflection of demand and, here in Iron County, we are seeing tremendous interest from areas such as California, where residents are cashing out and moving out of state in high numbers. There is no reason to believe that this trend will change significantly, other than it is likely to become even more apparent.

More generally, ultra-low mortgage rates remain a fantastic opportunity for buyers, who are highly motivated to purchase in circumstances where they can lock in very low monthly payments for the life of a home loan.

The situation we are in right now means that sellers can derive huge benefits from these arguably unprecedented market conditions.

Is this the right time to buy a home?

The fact that the market is still correcting itself suggests that prices aren't likely to fall and all the signs are that the trend for growth will continue, for all the reasons outlined above.

The past few days have seen an upward trend in mortgage rates, though they are still close to record low levels even so. Many experts believe that rates will begin to climb more rapidly and, while it must be said that they have been wrong many times in recent years, such low rates as we've been enjoying for some time cannot continue forever, so right now there's still a fabulous opportunity to borrow cheaply, whether you're moving upscale or a first-time buyer.

While nothing can ever be guaranteed in future, Iron County real estate has been a rock solid investment over time. Many people who bought homes just a few years ago have seen their property values more than double! Click here to instantly discover what your home is currently worth.

To summarize, this really is a win-win situation for buyers and sellers right now. Contact us today if you'd like to discuss the possibilities in more detail. We're always here to help.

Feb. 10, 2021

How Much Has The Value Of Your Home Appreciated During The Past Year?

Today we'd like to show you lots of evidence that demonstrates the dramatic improvement in the Iron County Real Estate market during the past year.

The market was doing great 12 months ago, but as you will see, equity increases since then have been truly phenomenal.

If you'd like to know what your home is currently worth, click here for a free instant home evaluation as a rough guide, or email/contact us on 435-327-2020 to arrange a more detailed assessment and/or to talk about your best real estate options right now.

Iron County Median Home List Price:
February 2020: $287,000
February 2021: $325,000

Iron County Median Sold Price:
February 2020: $253,000
February 2021: $291,000

Iron County - Months Of Inventory of Available Homes For Sale:
February 2020: Four months
February 2021: One month and dropping...

How Much Has The Value Of Your Home  Appreciated During The Past Year?

Jan. 29, 2021

Should I Wait Until Later In The Year To Purchase My Next Home?

Should I Wait Until Later In The Year To Purchase My Next Home?

This week's news headlines have been dominated by the somewhat bizarre circumstances that have led to stock market volatility.

While this doesn't have an immediate effect on real estate, it is perhaps a timely reminder that nothing stays the same for ever.

Bringing things more close to home, we should all acknowledge that this statement very much applies to mortgage rates.

Right now they remain around record lows; a situation we've been enjoying for some time now. But it is wrong to think this can last forever.

Rates are partially being held at low levels due to a decline in inflation as a result of the pandemic. However some investors believe that the trend in inflation may be reversing.

With a new Presidential administration now in office there are inevitable uncertainties over the direction of future policy that may influence financial markets and the housing market in general.

So, while nothing is ever definite in terms of predicting which way rates might go during 2021, what we can say right now is that there has rarely, if ever, been a better time to buy a home. This was of course reflected in the amazing year for real estate in 2020, despite what initially looked like overwhelming odds.

Selling and buying at the moment means that you're very likely to see a lot of qualified interest in your existing property, with the possibility of multiple offers, and a chance to buy the next one at virtually unprecedented low borrowing rates. Putting things off until later in the year introduces the risk that this golden opportunity may have passed, possibly never to return.

We'd be delighted to talk with you to discuss what's best in your specific circumstances, so please don't hesitate to message us or call us on 435-327-2090. We look forward to speaking with you.

Jan. 13, 2021

There's A Great Year Ahead In Real Estate - Will You Make The Most Of It?

There's A Great Year Ahead In Real Estate - Will You Make The Most Of It?

We hope you've made a great start to the year. We're fired up as there is every sign that our Iron County real estate market will have a great 2021, building on last year's amazing results.

It's just a great time to sell your home. Inventory of available homes is always in short supply, due to such high demand and continuing low mortgage rates.

Given that it's such a strong seller's market, you might be forgiven for thinking that every sale is realizing the maximum possible returns.

Unfortunately nothing is ever that simple.

The process of selling your home in a busy conditions is, in many respects, quite similar to when things are slower.

And one of the key aspects of optimizing the sale is to ensure that you've linked up with a great agent.

The simple truth is that not all agents make the same efforts for their clients. And not all agents are working at real estate full time...

Maximizing opportunities for our clients means that we work tirelessly every day to identify qualified buyers, through hundreds of weekly interactions with the area's top buyer's agents and our extensive network of contacts, including a vast portfolio of past clients.

We also vigorously promote homes in a wide variety of ways, including our popular website and the various social media channels.

The result of all this is to get as many qualified buyers to view your home as possible, encouraging competitive bidding that has the potential to either meet or exceed your asking price.

It's not a question of merely selling your home. The emphasis needs to be on selling your home the right way, with no stone unturned. Only then will you achieve the best possible outcome.

We'd be happy to explain more about our unique approach, so please contact us and find out more.

We look forward to having the privilege of helping you meet your real estate goals in 2021.

Dec. 21, 2020

Happy Holidays! From The Zimmers

Happy Holidays! From The Zimmers

Wishing You A New Year Filled With Love, Health and Happiness

Thank you for all your wonderful support.

We're excited to help you realize your real estate goals in 2021.

Best wishes

Jared, Cheryl, Wyatt and Axel Zimmer

 

Posted in Cedar City, Community, Enoch
Dec. 2, 2020

Great Reasons To Sell Your Home During The Winter

Great Reasons To Sell Your Home During The Winter

Low inventory = less competition
In the winter, there are fewer homes for sale. Low inventory can make winter an ideal time to sell your home. This is an especially relevant point in the current very busy market conditions, with high buyer demand chasing relatively low supply levels of available properties.

You get to show your home's winter-readiness
Selling in the winter gives you the opportunity to show that a home is designed to handle the harsh elements. Plus, during the winter months, homes with features like fireplaces and hot tubs are certainly more appealing.

New parents may be looking to upgrade
The baby boom in September may lead to more buyers later in the year. According to data from the Center for Health Statistics and the Social Security Administration, there are more birthdays in the month of September than any other time of the year. Therefore, there's likely to be a crop of growing families looking to buy a larger house.

Winter brings out serious buyers
Since more homes tend to go on the market in spring and fall, this is also when window shoppers are likely to be out looking. However, these looky-loos tend to be scarce during winter months.

Positive buyer mindset
The holidays put all of us in a happier mood. Home buyers are no exception and are consequently more likely to make purchasing decisions. A well decorated home at this time of year plays to their emotions.

Year-end financial bonuses & payouts
End-of-year financial bonuses or workers retiring with large payouts could mean opportunities for these buyers to upgrade their living situations or for first-times buyers to enter the housing market.

Taxation benefits
Closing before year end can offer some very attractive taxation incentives.

Job relocation
The biggest months for relocation are January/February. These are buyers who need to move quickly as they typically have a limited amount of time to uproot their families.

If you've been considering selling give us a call or drop us an email. We're here to get your home SOLD!! 435.865.7600.

Nov. 17, 2020

Could This Be The Best Ever End Of Year Homes Market In Iron County?

Could This Be The Best Ever End Of Year Homes Market In Iron County?

The current real estate market here in Iron County is simply the best we have seen in our 16 years here!

That is an amazing fact, when one considers that this year has been like no other, and yet we're seeing such excellent conditions.

One of the market's key strengths is that buyers, able to borrow at unprecedented low rates, have so much to gain, while sellers continue to benefit from the consequent high demand and the constant struggle for inventory of available homes to keep up with it. This means reduced competition and very robust asking prices.

The holidays will very soon be here, of course, but that doesn't mean that this golden period for real estate in Iron County is going to diminish in any way.

Buyers will not be waiting to see if the New Year sees the continuation of low mortgage rates. They are very much dealing in the "now" and taking no chances.

Some sellers still, very incorrectly, believe that there's no value in keeping a home listed as the holidays approach. That's a mistake any year, but especially so when there's so much more activity in the market than we usually see at this point in the 12 month real estate cycle.

We'd be delighted to tell you more about why there's such an exceptional opportunity at the moment, so please contact us today. We'd love to help you realize your goals.

Oct. 30, 2020

Looking for A Five Star Agent To Sell Your Home? - Here's What Our Clients Say!

Of course all real estate agents will tell you what a great job they will do for you.

We prefer to let our clients do the talking...

Here are just some of our great five star reviews from this month alone:

 

"Wow! From the very first day (maybe the first minute?) Jared was on the job and all over it! Talk about energy! His advice and his predictions were spot on. Always accessible. Super patient with us! Cheryl and Cassie worked behind the scenes to get our house sold and get us into a new one - professional. Friendly. They resolved concerns quickly. Jared's got a fantastic team! They have our enthusiastic recommendation! You will not be disappointed!"

Victor Worth (Google Review)

 

"We had a great experience working with Jared and his team. They were very knowledgeable and helpful throughout the entire process. They were quick to respond to any questions or concerns we had. I would highly recommend Jared and his team if you are looking to buy and/or sell."

Melissa Wood (Google Review)

 

"Jared and his team helped us buy and sell our home. We spoke with other realtors and decided to have Jared represent us. He was very well prepared when we met him and began sending us listings that matched our needs even before we decided to have him be our realtor. His enthusiasm for helping us continued through the whole process. He is friendly, professional, responsive. And knowledgeable about the whole spectrum of the market. When we had questions for him, he knew the answers. His team was pleasant every time we had contact with them! Usually if something sounds too good to be true - it is. Not in this case. Jared and his team exceeded our expectations and I recommend him with reservations."

Sherri Worth (Google Review)

 

"I very much enjoyed working with Jared and his team. They were quick to respond when I had questions and were clear and precise in their explanations. They did an amazing job of keeping me and my ex-husband seperately informed and even called to let me know when he was in the office so I didn't accidentally run into him. All in all it was a great experience and I would recommend them."

Rebecca Warhurst (Google Review)

 

We'd love to help you realize your real estate goals too, so why not contact us today for an informal chat.