Park City Ut real estate

Staging your home for Summer

 

Listing Your Park City Utah Home In Summer Means

Staging tOutdoors  

 

As the days grow longer and the thermometer rises, everyone wants to start spending more time outdoors—to make full use of our yards and patios. But what if your Park City  home is going to be on the market this summer? Does it mean you have to stop enjoying yourself, stop entertaining guests, just because you want to keep the place in showable condition?

The answer is, of course, of course not. Using the outdoor spaces of your home means striking a balance between living your life and ensuring everything is in top condition when buyers come calling. It’s actually a staging opportunity, because most of your prospective buyers will be favorably impressed if your outdoor staging areas make it easy to picture themselves enjoying our beautiful Park City summer weather. You know the old but very true saying..." We came for the Winter but stayed for the Summer". 

Staging your home’s landscaping thus takes added importance during summertime, beginning with overall curb appeal. Any time of year, potential buyers are often swayed by that first impression: as they approach the house, the impact will be one they’d like their own future visitors to have. Staging an inviting front yard appearance does wonders for your selling prospects.

Make sure your lawn is trimmed and the yard edged. During springtime and fall, a 2”-3” grass length is recommended, but as the hotter summer months approach, longer grass will help shade the soil and keep roots comfy. Minimize brown spots and thin patches by giving the blades an extra half inch.

Staging walkways and driveways means keeping cemented areas free of volunteer growing things. Having weeds, clover, or...

Vail offers to buy out Park City Mountain Resort!

Vail makes its move to buy out Park City Mountain Resort

Tuesday March 25 Vail Resorts made a formal offer to Park City Mountain Resort to buy them out.

Vail stated their intent would be to keep most of PCMR's employees and still allow Camp Woodward to be built and operated. Tension has been high in our little ski town since this lawsuit has been initiated. We as a community are torn between keeping the quaintness and history of Park City Mountain and creating a destination resort like Whistler/Blackcomb or Vail/Beaver Creek. 

What is best for Park City? What is best for tourism ( pretty much everyone's livelihood)?

View the Park Record article below. Feel free to comment. 

http://www.parkrecord.com/ci_25419000/vail-resorts-makes-buyout-offer-pcmr

For all of your Park City Ut Real Estate needs please contact me at 435-731-0803 or heather@parkcityhousehunters.com

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Home buying negotiating mistake

One big negotiating mistake that can kill a home buying deal. 

You found a home to purchase - Excellent! You and your agent submit your offer and negotiate terms and price. Finally, you are under contract. 

Next, the inspection takes place and you do everything you can during your due diligence to discover if this home is for you.  Here is one BIG mistake many buyer and Rookie agents make as quoted from Amanda Thomas, Broker Plano Tx on Active Rain: 

Attempting to Negotiate  Past The Deal

Sometimes it is the buyer, and sometimes it is the buyer's agent.  Either way, over-requesting concessions, repairs, or other accommodations can quickly erode into hostility between parties and cause agreements to unwind. One school of thought suggests that one doesn't get if one doesn't ask. While true, a professional knows the difference between asking and negotiating.

All a seller EVER has to do once they agree to sell -- is to sell… They do not have to contribute to closing costs or do repairs or agree to any changes to the initial sales contract. A buyer's expectations should be managed up front so that the responsibility for discovery and acceptance lies squarely on the buyer's shoulders.  By all means, if you want to see a reasonable seller blow up, get nit-picky. Send the seller a copy of your buyer's inspection report and demand that they fix everything that isn't perfect.  Get trivial and try to split hairs. Or criticize repairs that the seller has kindly had done.  And then stand back and prepare to see the fur fly.   The art of negotiation dictates that something must be given in return for getting.

In Utah, Homes are Sold AS-IS

She says it perfectly. In Utah, homes are sold AS-IS. The Buyer can make reasonable requests of the seller...

Silverado Lodge new listing!

Silverado Lodge at Canyons Resort Park City Utah

Newly listed Silverado Lodge Studio

Fully furnished newer build in Canyons Resort complete with fabulous ameneties.

Pool with Spa,  Fitness room, Steam Room everything you could want in a resort property!

Great way to break into the Park City market at the growing Canyons Resort.

Call me for a showing! 

Heather Feldman

Equity Real Estate Luxury Group

435-731-0803

 

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Park City Mountain #50 Skiers Subway

Park City Mountain's 50th Anniversary

Imagine riding a rail car up a mining tunnel after waiting up to an hour just to ski!

Watch this video detailing Park City Mountain's lift system of the past. 

Contact me to live the dream in Park City or Deer Valley

Heather Feldman

435-731-0803

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Park City's Best Neighborhoods, Old Town

Park City’s Old Town has a colorful history

and is full of character.

Old Town reflects the rich mining history of Park City, which was incorporated as a city in 1884, eighteen years after silver was discovered in its mountains.

Many of the original commercial and residential buildings still remain, reflecting the Victorian architecture of that era. Main Street in Old Town is known for its great shops, world class restaurants, art galleries and unique character.

You'll  see multi-million dollar penthouses on Main Street right  next to inexpensive condos. There are spacious ski-in, ski-out homes and small miner’s cottages, right next to homes that are maintained beautifully next to rental properties in need of some love. That’s the beauty of Park City’s Old Town. It’s not cookie cutter subdivision bland. The beauty is in the diversity, the diversity of homes and of residents. Approximately 50% of the homeowners are full-time, the other 50% are either second home owners or investment/rental properties.

Land is at a premium in Old Town. It is hard to find lots to build on  - nobody wants to let them go!

From Old Town you can walk to Historic Main Street for dining or shopping. The City has installed stairs at intervals to get you up to Lowell and down to Park Ave. You are in the middle of all the action. Many of the Old Town homes are within walking distance to Park City Mountain Resort for skiing or hiking and biking in the summer.

Prices range from the $200’s for a condo up to $8+ Million dollars for a large home on a large lot. The average home right now is 3-4 bedrooms, 1 car garage, 2000 sq ft and runs between $799,000 and about $900,000.

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When is a Short Sale a Great Deal?

When is a short sale a good deal?

Short sales are not as plentiful as they once were, so be sure you are willing to undertake this lengthy process. 

Short sales can snag a great property for a buyer at a screaming deal…sometimes.
Short sales can take months and months before the bank accepts an offer, it can be one of the most aggrivating purchases you can make, and it isn’t always your best deal. If you would like more detailed information about Short Sales, read on…

Buyers make the mistake of assuming because it is a short sale

it is automatically their best deal.

Sometimes they’re right. Many times the seller owes such large amounts to the bank and the bank(s) price the home based on what they are willing to take, not what the current market dictates.

So, in a nutshell here is how the typical short sale works:
Seller decides/needs to sell, they owe more on the home than they can sell it for. Maybe they bought at the top, maybe they borrowed against the home – either way their loan is too high.
The seller goes through a difficult process to get the bank to agree to allow a short sale
Bank agrees to a short sale, home is placed on the market.

Some sellers continue to maintain the home, others do not
Short sale homes are sometimes not available to show very easily, or are not listed with the local brokerage ( have to wonder about their motives – to sell it or squat until they are booted out?)
Pricing:
Most banks won’t tell the Seller or the Agent what they feel an acceptable price is, and it is left up to the agent to list and price...

Montage Deer Valley Tree Lighting 2013

Montage Deer Valley Ut

Annual Tree lighting Ceremony 2013

Tonight was the Montage Deer Valley 3rd Annual Tree lighting ceremony. 

The Montage was ready with rich hot chocolate, hot cider, cookies and smores for all who attended. A roaring firepit out front kept us all warm while we waited for the moment of lighting. Promptly at 5:30 the lighting ceremony took place with 110 trees and more than 266,000 lights going on with a flick of a switch.  

While we were there I took the opportunity to show my clients one of the Montage Residences. Beautiful and what a fabulous location on the mountain.


For more information about the Montage Residences

see listings below and call me for a showing. 435-731-0803


Below are a few pictures my son Daniel and his friend Eric took. Ok- we photoshopped them for fun!

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14 Things to consider before buying a home

14 Things to consider before buying a home

Things to consider before buying a home in Park City Utah

Check out the link to an article from Realtor.com about what to think about before buying a home. Of course, it has all the regular considerations... get an inspection, check the utility bill history, check the taxes, etc. All good things. However, this article does not specifially address things to consider when buying a Mountain home in a ski town like Park City or Deer Valley. 


Driveways in a ski town are often overlooked as something to pay careful attentention to, especially if you are buying in the summer. An extremely steep driveway can be treacherous in a heavy snow year and can also be a factor for the next buyer of that home. 

Most of Park City sits at about 6500 to 7000 ft elevation...

Amount of snowfall. Most of Park City sits at about 6500 to 7000 ft elevation and even that 500 ft differential can mean several inches of snow during a storm. Consider your tolerance for shoveling and dealing with snowfall. Most will hire a snow service to come plow the driveway and clear sidewalks, but the higher in elevation you get the more snow you will have and the longer it will stick around. 

4 Wheel drive needed! In Park City our snow plows clear our roads beautifully and quickly. That doesn't mean they are always clear and dry. In a heavy storm ( the kind we pray for) snow can fall so quickly that the plows can't keep up and you would be smart to take your 4 wheel drive car out. One or all of the family cars should be all or 4 wheel drive preferrably with all terrain or snow tires for the winter. 

Park City Snowplow...

Camp Woodward comes to Park City!

Camp Woodward to break ground in Spring 2014 in Park City, Utah!

Not only is Park City the best place to ski with the best snow on earth, now we have a training/playground for our kids and teens they can use year round. 

My 13 year old son tells me Camp Woodward is "sick" and he can't wait for it to be finished. Powdr Corp., the parent company of Park City Mountain Resort is also the owner of Camp Woodward and has finally decided to give our kids a place to play locally. 

Andy Miller, Director of Public Relations at PCMR told me on Tuesday that the camp will be located in the First Time parking area. Check out Park Record article and the About Woodward video to get an idea of what our kids in Park City will get to experience. 

Park Record Camp Woodward article

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