The Jared Zimmer REMAX Properties Blog

 

Sept. 22, 2020

A Special Message Of Thanks To All Local Law Enforcement Officers

Here at RE/MAX Properties WE BACK THE BLUE and would like to show our heartfelt thanks and gratitude by providing lunch to ALL local law enforcement officers.

All officers are invited to stop by the Cedar City Chili's Monday 9/28, Tuesday 9/29, or Wednesday 9/30 between 11 & 4 and enjoy lunch on us!

THANK YOU for ALL you do for our community! YOU ARE APPRECIATED!

Please help us reach ALL of our local officers by sharing this video.

Sept. 16, 2020

Great Home Maintenance Tips For Fall!

Great Home Maintenance Tips For Fall!

In case you weren't aware, next Tuesday will be the first day of fall.

And while the weather is holding up really well at the moment, temperatures will soon start to significantly drop and we could even be just a few weeks away from the first snow...

It therefore makes total sense to get your essential fall home maintenance done right now while it's still warm and before any uncompleted tasks begin to cause issues.

So here goes with a few suggestions:

Concrete - If any concrete areas have started to show cracks during this hot and dry summer, this could get a lot worse when the freeze gets here, so reparations now should be seen as a great preventive measure.

Outdoor lights - Even though it's best to have them all working all year round, it's very important to have safe and effective exterior lights as the hours of darkness increase.

Trees and shrubs - Falling branches can pose a safety risk in stormy conditions, so pruning right now minimizes the risks. Thin or brown pines, dead branches and even very early leaf color changes can all be strong indications of a need for treatment.

Critters - We all like to be cozy in our homes in the cold days and nights ahead and critters love to join us. Therefore now is the time to be sealing holes and gaps that might enable them to share your indoor warmth.

Gutters and downspouts - Take measures to avoid blockages caused by leaves as they fall into your gutters and downspouts. It's also vital to make sure that rainwater is directed at least three or four feet away from areas where it might seep into your foundations, causing potentially very expensive damage to repair.

Roofs - It's never a great plan to wait and see if your roof might have a leak when the weather takes a turn for the worse. Carry out an inspection now to locate broken or missing shingles, for example. Binoculars can really help.

Air sealing - Air leakage is a year round situation to avoid in your home. In summer it costs more to cool your home and you will also lose precious and expensive heating in fall and winter. Ensure doors and windows are sealed correctly with appropriate weatherstripping and/or sealants.

Heating system - At the very minimum, you should be making sure that furnace air filters are being replaced at the recommended intervals. A full service is ideal, not least as HVAC systems have a nasty habit of breaking down when you most need them, such as right in the middle of the holidays...

Sprinkler systems - These will very soon need to be winterized. Compressed air is a great way of clearing pipes of residual water that could freeze and create a burst, causing problems when everything is switched back on in the spring.

Lawns - Sowing of cool weather grass seeds is best done at this time.

Mulch - Laying mulch around flower, shrub and bush bases helps them to keep warm and healthy in the coming months.

Ice melt - Check that you already have a good stock of it to avoid problems when the first snow and ice arrives.

Propane - If you have a propane tank, be certain to make sure you are well stocked for fall and winter needs. If you're new to the area, you may be unaware that many local providers have contract payment plans that enable you to spread the cost over time and ensure that you always have gas in the tank.

Carbon monoxide/smoke detectors - Make sure you have adequate detectors for your needs and that they are all functioning correctly.

We hope that at least some of these tips will help you to compile your list of important tasks. As ever, please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions concerning real estate.

Aug. 27, 2020

Everyone Wins In The Hot Iron County Real Estate Market!

Everyone Wins In The Hot Iron County Real Estate Market!

The Iron County real estate market is in fantastic shape at the moment and the best thing about it is that it equally benefits buyers and sellers!

Real estate market conditions are usually described as being in favor of either the buyer or the seller. But at the moment everybody stands to gain!

For some time now, mortgage rates have been at or very close to unprecedented lows since modern records began. This has of course been incredibly motivational for buyers, who recognize that right now is arguably an unrivaled opportunity to get on the home ownership ladder or upgrade and to be able to buy a better specification of property than would have been possible just a few months ago.

This means that demand is exceptionally high which also puts sellers in a very advantageous position and we are beginning to see more homes coming onto the market in recognition of this.

Inventory of available homes is still struggling to keep up with buyer demand, however, so asking prices remain very robust and there is the definite possibility of attracting multiple competing offers at this time.

And as we head into September, there are no signs of a let up and the fall market looks extremely promising, especially when one considers that we've had a shortened high season this year, due to earlier restrictions, so the peak selling period could extend much further into the coming months than is normal.

It really is a win-win for everyone, so why not contact us today and discuss the best strategy in your own situation.

Aug. 12, 2020

Home Features Most Wanted By Buyers In 2020

Home Features Most Wanted  By Buyers In 2020

It's always useful to know what today's home buyer is looking for in terms of features.

So we were very interested to read a recent report by Kiplinger.com that had the added advantage of taking several similar surveys into account to arrive at a definitive "Most Wanted" feature list.

And here it is, in descending order:

  • Laundry Room
  • Appliance and Window Energy Efficiencies
  • Patio
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Garage Storage Space
  • Exterior Lighting
  • Walk-In Pantry
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Master Bedroom Walk-In Closet
  • Eat-In Kitchen
  • Dining Room

Of course no two buyers want exactly the same, but the list was drawn from the averages of different surveys, so it's arguably quite a reliable indicator of what's generally in favor.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect is that some of the features can be achieved relatively inexpensively.

A laundry room, wanted by 91% of all those questioned, just requires a spare room with appropriate electrical connections, plumbing and air venting. Garage storage space may simply be a matter of being tidy and decluttering. Adding more ceiling fans is another relatively inexpensive upgrade. Better energy efficiency can be achieved by sealing building envelope air leakages and, for example, applying special heat resistant film to your windows.

Of course should you decide to remodel to introduce some of the more expensive features in the list, as mentioned in our last email, you need to consider that, in most cases, the investment cost won't be recouped at sale time. That being said, of course, it's difficult to put a price on having a home that is likely to tick the most common feature boxes, greatly enhancing the quality perception of potential buyers.

Let's not also overlook that national averages also tend to gloss over regional variations. Here in Utah, for example, it's a fair bet that a basement would figure on this list.

We hope this information is helpful and we're always available to discuss optimal ways to present your home at sale time, so don't hesitate to get in touch with us.

July 30, 2020

What's The Return On Investment For Remodeling Projects?

What's The Return On Investment  For Remodeling Projects?

Home remodeling projects are a great way of making your home nicer to live in and, should decide to sell, more attractive to buyers.

For those planning to sell in the near future, making the decision to upgrade poses the obvious question as to how much of the investment cost will be recouped in the home sale.

There is, of course, no simple cookie cutter answer here. Crucially, remodeling work will make a positive change in the overall perception of your home among buyers. There's simply no reliable way to put a price on that and it can be a defining contrast with competing properties.

To help us all, however, Remodeling magazine publishes a comprehensive annual Cost vs. Value Report which compares average costs for 22 typical remodeling projects with the value those projects retain at resale.

Even better, the Report is split into regions, with often contrasting results around the nation.

Below is a list of how much cost these projects recoup, on average, in the Mountain region:

Manufactured stone veneer - 100%
Garage door replacement - 96.1%\
Minor kitchen remodel (mid range) - 79.4%
Siding replacement (fiber cement) - 78.6%
Window replacement (vinyl) - 76.6%
Siding replacement (vinyl) - 74.9%
Deck addition (wood) - 70.1%
Window replacement (wood) - 69.8%
Deck addition (composite) - 66.7%
Bath remodel (mid range) - 62.7%
Roofing replacement (asphalt shingles) - 61.6%
Roofing replacement (metal) - 61.1%
Bath remodel (universal design) - 60.7%
Major kitchen remodel (mid range) - 58.1%
Bath remodel (upscale) - 57.8%
Master suite addition (mid range) - 56.9%
Entry door replacement (steel) - 54.6%
Bathroom addition(upscale) - 54.1%
Bathroom addition (mid range) - 52.1%
Major kitchen remodel (upscale) - 51.2%
Master Suite Addition (upscale) - 50.8%
Grand entrance (fiberglass) - 48.4%

Clearly using an exterior stone veneer or changing a garage door are quite easy decisions. Kitchens are always an extremely important element of buyer assessment and we can see that minor changes to a mid range kitchen recoup almost 80%, while more major refurbishments have a poorer return on investment. By their very nature, upscale upgrades generally tend to do less well in the cost vs. value equation.

As in all these situations, it's important to remember that the actual assessment of whether or not to embark on a remodeling project when you're thinking of selling is very specific to the condition of the home and the likely expectations of buyers in terms of your asking price and other available homes in your area and market sector.

We hope these figures are helpful and we're always available to offer specific home staging advice if you're planning renovations. Why not call us on 435-327-2090 or click here.

July 14, 2020

Marketing Your Home Starts With Making A Great First Impression

Marketing Your Home Starts With Making A Great First Impression

There was never a truer saying than a picture is worth a thousand words.

This is arguably even more applicable in real estate, where, to coin another well-known phrase, you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

And these days, maybe more than ever before, how your home looks from the moment it is listed is of vital importance.

We have long recognized this and use high res video and high quality internal and external photography.

We work very closely with leading local photographer and videographer Greg Lovell.

"In real estate," says Greg: "it's important to get as many eyes on a property as possible."

"One of the best ways to do that is to create a real estate video that is supplemented by quality still pictures of the home or property. We like to incorporate drone shots in the videos we create to help the video come to life, with the goal of driving more traffic to each listing."

This is all presented on our social media platforms and our website that has been purpose designed to not only present homes optimally, but to generate inquiries through a variety of visual prompts and other opt-in lead acquisition systems.

With almost every home search now starting online, this level of presentation is absolutely essential. Why not contact us today and find out more about the extra steps we take to help ensure your home sells not only as quickly as possible, but also for the maximum return.

(Greg Lovell can be contacted at greglovellvideo@gmail.com or 385-414-1015, call or text)

July 14, 2020

Video Tour - 490 Holyoak, Brian Head, UT 84719

Retreat to this luxurious log cabin tucked away in the beautiful mountains of Brian Head. This breath-taker allows you to feel as though you have the mountain to yourself, yet is only a few short minutes from the slopes. Incredible specification throughout that you need to see to fully appreciate. Click here to find out more and contact us on 435-327-2090

Posted in Brian Head, Video Tour
June 25, 2020

More Very Positive Signs For Iron County Home Sellers

 More Very Positive Signs For Iron County Home Sellers

We'd like to share some recent information issued by Redfin that reflects what we are seeing here in Iron County, in terms of a really strong comeback for real estate.

Redfin says that home buying demand is actually 22% up from pre-pandemic levels, after seven straight weeks of gains.

Additionally:

  • Sellers are beginning to return to the market in significant numbers.
  • Inventory of available homes isn't keeping pace with demand, creating fantastic opportunities.
  • All time low mortgage rates are helping prices to remain robust and increase competition among buyers.

With the relaxation of restrictions, we are witnessing something of a return to the incredible strength of the market prior to the current issues.

In practice, buyers continued to be motivated throughout the past few months and the return to normalcy is further encouraging already high levels of sentiment.

If you've been on the fence about listing or re-listing your home, there are so many reasons why right now is just a phenomenal time to do so.

Why not call us today on 435-327-2090 for an informal discussion related to your individual situation.

June 8, 2020

Our New Re/Max Office Is Now Open!

Our New Re/Max Office Is Now Open!

We're absolutely thrilled to be able to tell you that our new Re/Max office is now open at 1194 So. Sage Drive, Cedar City, 84720.

As you can see, this is a brand new building on a very prominent site within Cedar City in the area's most vibrant retail district and with easy freeway access.

The building is a bold statement of our commitment to this wonderful area and will enable us to enhance our service to clients with a more distinct, prestigious and prominent headquarters, fully equipped to enable our agents to work even more effectively for you and featuring a great conference room for client meetings etc.

You are more than welcome to pop in to say "hi" and check the facilities out for yourself and we look forward to seeing you.

Alternatively please take a video and virtual tour below.

Our New Re/Max Office Is Now Open!

Our New Re/Max Office Is Now Open!

Our New Re/Max Office Is Now Open!

Our New Re/Max Office Is Now Open!

May 19, 2020

Record Low Mortgage Rates Present An Incredible Opportunity

Record Low Mortgage Rates  Present An Incredible Opportunity

Despite all the difficulties of the past couple of months, we are currently seeing some of the most motivated buyers in all our years in real estate!

A good deal of the incredible degree of positive sentiment can be attributed to mortgage rates which are currently at the lowest levels across the board on conventional and government loans, since modern records began almost half a century ago!

The buying power of these lower interest rates is incredible and is really helping a lot of buyers to obtain their dream homes that otherwise they thought they couldn’t afford. The cost savings represent savings of many thousands of dollars compared with just a few months ago.

Clearly the advice is don't wait if you're considering either purchasing or refinancing as there are never any guarantees how long this wonderful situation might last for.

And if you've been thinking about selling, this can be conducted completely safely and, if you're not listing at the moment, you could be missing an amazing chance.

 

Please don't hesitate to contact us today for an informal discussion of how best to safely take advantage of these stunning market conditions.