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By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
May 24, 2016

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Salt Lake City Spring Market Update

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Apr 21, 2016

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March 2016 active listings (inventory) was down 32% from March 2015; yet, pending sales are up 8% in Salt Lake City County. This trend of low inventory by high pendings has occurred consistently for the last year. Bottom line: demand for housing remains strong, and inventory remains constrained.

Utah county has slowed slightly as far as pendings and Davis County has the lowest number of listings. The county is down 45% in inventory when compared to the same time last year. Once again, Davis county has more pending deals than they do active inventory.

Weber County is showing the same signs of frantic buyer interest with inventory down 37% from March of last yet, but pending sales are up 9%.

Davis County is seeing the strongest appreciation if you look at the month of March 2016 over 2015, with a 10% increase in median sales price this year.

Median price closed out at $255,000 in SLC county, which is up from January by almost 7%!  Pricing is skyrocketing in the affordable price range; for Wasatch front, anything under $500K is seeing rapid appreciation. Median price in SLC may reach over $260K for all unit types and could surpass $300K for single family homes. That's a ceiling we've never even gotten close to in Salt Lake City.

Remember it's a seasonal market and this is common.  If we remove the seasonality and just compare March 2015 to Feb 2016 median price is up 7%. This conveys that the market ceiling is really being challenged.  On one hand, there is nothing to buy because inventory is low; but, at the same time buyers are experiencing price shock since the market got back to all time new highs in 2015.

Our take: The market will remain hot with more inventory coming to market over the next 90 days and likely will still see strong appreciation until inventory gets back to normal market levels.

 

 

In Spite of Low Inventory, Wasatch Front Home Sales are Up

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties - Wasatch Front
Mar 04, 2016

While inventory along the Wasatch Front is down... way down, sales are up across all Wasatch Front counties.

Taking a look at Salt Lake County in January of this year, inventory is at 2430 homes across the county. That is down 30.20% from January 2015, yet sales are up 12.89% in the same comparison. In Weber County inventory is down 31.82% in January but sales are up 10.19% and pending sales are up 16.35%. Utah County had similar results in the same period comparison; 12.63% increased sales with 26.44% less inventory. What is amazing is Davis County has a 12.50% increase in sales over January 2015 in the face of a 41.38% drop in inventory!

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties is doing well along the Wasatch Front. In 2016 to date, Salt Lake Countty has 12.03% Market Share. Century 21 Everest Realty Group is in distant 2nd place with 9.99% Market Share. BHHS agents are listing homes at a higher average price than anyone in our market and closing sales at 98.01% of asking price.

So far, 2016 is shaping up to be a great year for real estate. Median home prices are up across the Wasatch Front and are likely to continue up into the spring. The shortage of home listings is a concern and needs to be addressed as we move into the warmer sales months. For those considering selling, now is the perfect time to capitalize on your investment. There are plenty of buyers and interest rates have dropped in 2016 instead of rising as predicted at the end of 2015.

BHHS Utah Tips: Real Estate and Taxes

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Feb 29, 2016

Tax considerations for buyers and sellers
 

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Buyers and sellers need to be informed about tax considerations before entering a transaction.

If you have purchased or sold a home last year, there are a number of tax deductions for which you may qualify. Here are some important factors to keep in mind:

Profitability: According to the IRS, if you have a gain from the sale of your main home, you may be able to exclude up to $250,000 of the gain from your income as a single tax filer, or $500,000 on a joint return in most cases.

Interest: Currently, much of the interest paid on a mortgage is tax-deductible. A married couple filing jointly can deduct all of their interest on a maximum of $1 million in mortgage debt secured by a first or second home.

Selling costs: Broker commissions, title insurance, legal fees, advertising costs, administrative costs, and inspection fees are all considered selling costs and currently may be used to reduce one’s taxable capital gain by the amount of the selling costs.

Refinanced mortgage points: They may be deductible, but not all at once. Homeowners who refinance may be able to immediately write off the balance of the old points and begin to amortize the new points. Interest paid on a home equity loan or similar line of credit may also be deducted.

Points/origination fees: On a home loan, if points or origination fees are paid during the purchase of a home, they are currently generally tax-deductible for the year in which they were paid.

Repairs/remodels: Qualifying capital improvements may be able to be deducted, including costs of a new roof, fence, swimming pool, garage, porch, built-in appliances, insulation, heating or cooling systems and landscaping.

Relocation expenses: If you move because of a new job, you may be able to deduct some of your moving costs. To qualify for these deductions, you must meet several IRS requirements, including that your new job is at least 50 miles farther from your old home than your previous job. Moving-cost deductions can include travel or transportation costs, lodging expenses, and fees for storing your household goods.

Property taxes: Currently deductible from your income. If you have an impound or escrow account, you can’t deduct the money held for property taxes until the money is actually used to pay your property taxes. City or state property tax refund reduces your federal deduction by an equal amount.

First-time buyer credit: For those buyers who took advantage of this credit within the past two years, remember that if within 36 months of the date of purchase, the property is no longer used as your principal residence, you are required to repay the credit.

Another important tip for those moving into a new home is to make sure you update your address with the IRS and the U.S. Postal Service to ensure you receive refunds or correspondence from the IRS.

Tax laws change every year, and certain tax deductions become available while others phase out. Speak with a professional tax consultant about these and other considerations.

 

Annual Market Report

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Feb 09, 2016

 

 

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This comprehensive yearend market report is designed to give an overview of Summit and Wasatch County real estate. We feel that our clients should have access to information that facilitates thoughtful real estate decisions. All statistics are based upon Park City Board of Realtors MLS data for the period of 1/1/15 to 1/1/16.

The Park City market remains highly segmented. Our town, its neighborhoods, and outlying areas differ significantly in terms of price, home type, and features and amenities. For example, while Deer Valley and Prospector share the same zip code, average single family home prices in these two neighborhoods differ dramatically. Data interpretation, judgment, and historical context are key elements to making informed decisions: Contact your local BHHS Utah agent for guidance on navigating our market place.

Here are some general trends:

-The market suggests that we are recovered from the recession. We are now seeing home prices and sales numbers that are on par with those before the recession. Our market looks healthy and show signs of steady growth.

-The number of sales of single family homes in our City Limits and Snyderville Basin only saw a very gradual increase from 2014, and several areas actually saw a decrease in properties sold. However, the average sales price is up over 2014. There was a slight leveling off of the number of sales in Park City, due to lower inventory.

-Prices in Park City Proper's long standing residential neighborhoods like Park Meadows have shown signs of tapering somewhat. The price of single family homes in Silver Springs, Redstone, Old Ranch Road, and Pinebrook areas steadily increased last year. The numbers suggest that the difference between properties in town and just out of town has narrowed in terms of price and desirability.

-Several luxury lifestyle developments have seen unprecedented success over the last year. Both the Colony and Promontory reported an almost 30% increase in the number of home sales in 2015 compared to 2014. Consumers seem attracted to projects with engaging amenities and lifestyle offerings.

-There have also been large increases in sales numbers of condominiums in Lower Deer Valley, Kimball Junction, and Jordanelle neighborhoods. Both Kimball Junction and Jordanelle reported the highest number of sales per neighborhood; 135 condominiums were sold in 2015 in those areas. Similarly, Lower Deer Valley saw a 25% increase in the number of condo sales year over year.

-Heber Valley's housing market remains strong. There were over 240 sales in Heber Valley last year representing an overall increase of 12%. While buyer interest has remained strong, prices saw little change from 2014, with the average single family home price increasing by only 1%.

Explained: The Tax Benefits of Owning a House

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Dec 30, 2015

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If you have recently bought or sold a home, there are a few tax advantages that may be available to you. Generally speaking, real estate broker’s commissions, title insurance, legal fees, advertising costs, administrative costs and inspection fees are considered selling costs and may reduce taxable capital gain by the amount of the selling costs.

However, every year the tax code can change and your situation may be unique. So the following is provided only as a guide. It is highly recommended that you seek a professional tax consultant to be sure.

There are several other key areas where you might benefit:

Mortgage Interest: Within limits, it may be tax-deductible. For example, a married couple filing jointly can deduct interest payments on a maximum of $1 million in mortgage debt secured by a first or second home. Buyers may also be able to deduct some of the interest they paid on a home equity loan or similar line of credit.

Points: Points or origination fees on a home loan paid during purchase are generally tax-deductible in full, for the year in which they were paid.

Refinanced mortgage points: These may also be deductible, but only over the life of the loan. Homeowners who refinance can immediately write off the balance of the old points and begin to amortize the new.

Improvements: Improvements made to property prior to the sale (or once one moves in) might qualify for an interest deduction on your home-improvement loan. Qualifying capital improvements are those that increase your home’s value, prolong its life, or adapt it to new uses, such as adding a porch or installing energy-efficient windows.

Real Estate Taxes: During a sale, the seller will send the local tax collector’s office a check for real estate taxes prior to the closing. In many circumstances, however, the buyer will pay a pro-rated portion of the taxes for the year at closing. This tax deduction also gets overlooked.

Business Use: For new buyers who work at home: If a room is used exclusively for business purposes, they may be able to deduct home costs related to that portion, such as a percentage of your insurance and repair costs, and depreciation.

Moving Costs: If you have moved because of a new job, moving costs might be deducted. These can include travel or transportation costs, lodging, and fees for storage of your household goods.

In today’s economy, it’s critical that we take advantage of every possible tax break. A home provides a great opportunity to do just that.

Making Color Work: Choosing Paint Colors

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Dec 30, 2015

Don’t be offended if an agent suggests that you paint before placing your home on the market. They understand “color psychology.” Since people’s reaction to color is immediate, it can have a tremendous influence on their daily choices.

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You can make your home stand out from the competition, sell more quickly and at a higher price if you use color effectively. Blues will feel cool, reds and oranges feel warm. Deeper shades of color imply intimacy and serenity.

Lighter exterior colors are favored because they can make the property seem larger. For older homes, you may want to consider historical accuracy, as this could be a big selling point as well.

For the interior, consider the purpose of each room. Kitchen and dining areas painted in “food colors” such as coffee browns, celery greens and scrambled-egg yellows will make the rooms feel more natural. Hallways are a great place to bring in the exterior colors for overall harmony. Master bedrooms in medium shades of green or blue for warm selling seasons, and rouge red for cooler weather. Other bedrooms can be painted in creamy tones of green, blue, or a pale shell pink. Shades of blue, green or lavender can form a relaxing atmosphere in the bathroom.

When thinking about color, common sense helps. You should match other things in your home and keep a comfortable environment as well.

The Final Walk Through

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Dec 01, 2015

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You found the perfect house, made an offer, negotiated the price, had an inspection and ensured your mortgage. The only thing left is your final walk-through.

Walk-throughs are normally scheduled the day of, or day before the settlement, as the seller should be completely moved out. The object is to ensure that the house stands in the same condition as when you agreed to buy it.

This is not the time to nitpick about nail holes or carpet imperfections. Unless you’ve negotiated allowances for such issues, you’ll have to address them later after you’ve settled.

What could impact the transaction is property or fixtures that the seller agreed to leave behind are missing (e.g., a washing machine, pool table, garage cabinets, etc.) or if the seller leaves things that were supposed to be removed (e.g., paint cans, furniture, etc.).

With your agent at your side, be sure that obligatory repairs flagged during the home inspection are completed to code and satisfaction. If the seller agreed to replace an aging water heater but didn’t do it, this must be accounted for during settlement.

You may be eager to leave the house and get to the settlement, but don’t rush through the walk-through. Run the appliances through a full cycle to make sure they work. Turn on all faucets and showers as well.

Some contracts will specify that the buyer complete a walk-through a week or two prior to settlement followed by a quick meeting prior to settlement to check off any items previously noted. Again, any items or tasks that aren’t complete must be justified at the time of settlement.

Though issues may arise, the majority of walk-throughs go without a hitch as both parties are eager to complete the deal and willing to negotiate any final hurdles.

Everyone Likes Photos of Pretty Homes

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Dec 01, 2015

A Picture Can Be Worth a Thousand Words

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This is even more true when it comes to selling your home. And let’s face it, you want those words to end with a definitive “sold.”

Homes garner more traffic and buyer interest when presented effectively—which means they sell faster. That’s why it is essential that you showcase your home through images in the best way possible.

According to the National Association of REALTORS,®nearly 90% of all homebuyers begin shopping for homes online. They click through photos and send a list of those of interest to their real estate agent. In fact, homes with few or no photos are often skipped simply for that reason, even if the home’s description matches a buyer’s ideal listing.

Many agents believe that apart from staging, no other marketing investment is as important as professional photography in marketing a property. So to generate more buyer interest, there has been a dramatic increase in the use of professional real estate photographers. As much as we like to think we take great photos, a professional has an eye for seeing the best composition and lighting, plus better equipment to make the photos bright, clear and sharp.

Wasatch Front December Market Update

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Nov 24, 2015

Active listings (inventory) are down 23% from October 2014, but Pendings are actually up by the same margin of 23% in Salt Lake County--this is perhaps the strongest indicator we have of the health of our housing market. Buyer interest has remained strong even in a slightly limited market. The Ogden and Davis County markets are witnessing even more pronounced versions of the same trend.

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In terms of pricing, the median price for single family homes in Salt Lake County is $245,000, which represents a downturn from this summer. In July, Salt Lake City hit the peak of its market at $257,000 -- to see that number come down suggests that the market is adjusting based on buyer demands. The market seems to have found its ceiling. Similarly, we are seeing almost the same number of sales from last year, giving professionals reason to believe that our market is healthy and growing at a marginal rate that is advantageous to clients.

Salt Lake City Market Update | Summer 2015

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Aug 20, 2015

Market Overview | Information you can trust. 

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-While active inventory is down 26% from last July, pended sales are up 30% in Salt Lake County and surrounding areas.

-Median price is currently $260,000, which is an all time high for Salt Lake County and has been moving upwards at a steady rate of 2% since February.

-1,074 properties closed, which represents a 19% increase from the same time last year.

-In Salt Lake County, June 2015 was the first month in the history of the MLS where sold volume amounted to over $500,000,000.  Both June and July of this year did over $500 Million in volume. Again, that's never happened. In the summers 2006 and 2007, more units closed than this summer (about 10% more) but those sales did not amount to the same volume amount.

-Summary: Our market is strong and is trending upwards at a measured pace. In spite of slightly constrained inventory, we are still seeing a notable increase in sales and pendings, which suggests buyer confidence.

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The East Bench (Sugar House, Harvard-Princeton-Yale, 9th and 9th) boasts some of Salt Lakes most attractive residential micro-neighborhoods. Filled with restaurants, boutiques, yoga studios, public park, walkable urban centers, and young energy, this is one of the best places to live in the city...the market is reflecting the interest.

-There are currently 86 homes for sale and only 20% of them are listed for under $400,000; the median asking price is $515,000.

-48 homes are currently under contract in the area, suggesting less than 2 month supply of homes, which is the lowest in the country.

-There were over 11 sales for over $1 million

Utah, Salt Lake, and Another Business Accolade

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Aug 06, 2015

Business Facilities magazine – which focuses on corporate expansion and relocation – just issued their annual, much respected State Rankings report. As expected, Utah and Salt Lake came away with some serious plaudits. Here are some the rankings for our state and metro:

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State:

Economic Growth Potential: #1 Employment Leaders: #3

Best Business Climate: #5

Broadband Leaders: #6

Best Infrastructure: #8

Best Business Tax Climate: #9

Cities:

Job Growth Leaders: Provo – #2

Fastest Growing Metros: St. George – #5

Top Medical Device Hubs: Salt Lake – #6

Tech Jobs Leader: Salt Lake – #6

Economic Growth Potential: Salt Lake – #7

STEM Leader: Provo - #9

Utah and its dominant metros are growing at a clip. With the arrival of companies like Netflix, Adobe, Domo, Rakuten, Alliance Health, Overstock, Goldman Sachs, American Express, Skullcandy, Vivint, Backcountry, and others, we now boast one of the most robust state-level economies in the U.S. Further, we are poised to grow at a rate above domestic projections.

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What does this mean for real estate?

New housing. More housing. Influx of capital. Stability.

Our market remains complex and amounts to a patchwork of micro-markets with divergent trends and pricing, but overall northern Utah is in a moment of unprecedented, but measured growth. Our low employment rate and strong economy mean higher consumer confidence, which translates into a generally healthy real estate market.

Reach-out to your BHHS Utah Properties professional for guidance with regards to our market.

4th of July in Park City

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Jul 06, 2015

Park City 4th of July is the BEST.

We had a great gathering of agents, staff, and friends at our Main Street HQ for the parade. Good times were had in celebration of the Red, White, and Blue. Love our town and our people.

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BHHS UTAH NAMED A TOP 100 POWER BROKER

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Jun 30, 2015

The Results are In

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties was named among the Top 100 Power Brokers in RISMedia's Annual Power Broker Report. Our firm achieved the highest sales volume in Utah, with over $1.8 billion in sales.

We are thrilled to continue to perform among the best real estate firms in the country and would like to sincerely thank our clients.

Stacking-up in the industry is more than a pat on the back, it's a sign that we have traction among the communities we serve. We love our state, and we feel that real estate decisions are some of the most important choices people make. Thank you for trusting us. We look forward to leveraging our success to further assist you.

RISMedia's Annual Report provides excellent insight into the mindset of Real Estate's leaders and the broader trends we are seeing across the board. Here are some take-aways:

-In 2014, 88% of top brokers reported an increase in home prices. 

-The most commonly listed challenges to business were lack of inventory, lingering economic uncertainty, and rising interest rates. 

-82% of brokers categorized their market as stable or growing.

-The general consensus seems to be: Consumer confidence is up. People are buying homes again. The housing market has recovered. 

-Broker leverage matters. Inventory constraints and the ever-changing financing landscape make it crucial to work with a professional full-service agency. 

4th of July Happenings

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Jun 29, 2015

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How are you celebrating the 4th? We have to be honest--this is one of our favorite holidays because of how seriously Utah takes its celebration of Independence. From Park City's famous parade to Oakley's Rodeo to Salt Lake's Fireworks, it's one of the best weekends of the year. Here's how to enjoy it.

July 3rd celebration at The Canyons

Set up at the Ski Beach at 3 pm and enjoy magicians, face painting, photo booth fun, cowboy buskers, followed by a free performance by The Soulistics. At dusk, you will be treated to one of the best Firework shows in the 84060.

Oakley Rodeo and 4th of July Celebration 

Nothing says, "I love you, America." like a rodeo. This all weekend event is really not to be missed. Watch barrel racing, bull riding, roping, etc...in the stunning setting of Oakley, UT.

Salt Lake City's 4th of July Celebration at Jordan Park

Games, live music, good eats, Fireworks!!! It's the 4th in Salt Lake.

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Start with the Pancake Breakfast in City Park; then take care of those calories by running in the Park City Ski Team 5k Fun Run. At 11am the Main Street Parade starts, which is just about the best thing to ever happen west of the Mississippi. Following the parade, head down to City Park and enjoy BBQ, vendors, and live music. You will see the entire town, so be sure to be in your best Red, White, and Blue paraphernalia.

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Both the Bees and Real Salt Lake are playing at home on the 4th and are giving big 'ole firework shows after.

Google Fiber is Coming to Salt Lake

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Mar 24, 2015

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Today it was confirmed that Google had named Salt Lake City the next recipient of Google Fiber, which allows for close to instantaneous internet speeds. In a statement, Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker shared, "We could not be more excited to have Google Fiber coming to Salt Lake City. This leap in speeds will open up an entirely new universe of exciting possibilities for Salt Lake city residents."

To give a sense of the increased speed Google will provide, ponder the following: Salt Lake currently experiences an Internet access speed of around 59.6 megabits per second; Google Fiber will provide about 1,000 megabits per second. Faster internet downloading capability will have a profoundly positive effect on student learning, medical labs, technology development….and Netflix consumption. As an example, the Salt Lake Tribune shared “the story of a Provo geneticist who is able to download information for an entire human genetic sequence in 30 minutes at gigabit speed, as opposed to 77 hours with his prior connection.”

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This coup is the latest development in what amounts to an unprecedented period of business growth in northern Utah. Having garnered accolades from being named the “Best State for Business” by Forbes Magazine, and the “Best City to Start a Career”, Salt Lake is only trending up. Google Fiber will be a tremendous resource to Salt Lake’s business growth.

BHHS Utah Listings Now on Wall Street Journal

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Feb 11, 2015

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All BHHS Utah are now featured on the Wall Street Journal. 

As part of a new partnership between Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and Wall Street Journal, all of our firm listings now appear in the Wall Street Journal's online Real Estate search section. Search under Utah to view all relevant listings.

We are thrilled with the robust marketing efforts championed by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. As one of the most respected brands in the world, BHHS has the gravitas and powerhouse network to ensure every BHHS client benefits from utilizing our services.

As more and more consumers move their property searches online, you can be sure that as a BHHS client your listing is given every advantage in the digital sphere.WSJ Screen shot

The Wall Street Journal is a perfect match for the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand. Accordingly, the brand has negotiated for affiliates to capitalize on all that the Journal has to offer. “We are excited to roll out this program,” said HSF Affiliates VP of Marketing Kerry Donovan. “From online, to print, to listing syndication, The Wall Street Journal reaches the affluent market we target through our brand.”  

In addition to being among the digital listing feed, BHHS has secured long term advertising for the brand in both the print and online edition of WSJ.

In Conversation with Gallery MAR

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Feb 09, 2015

In Conversation with Maren Mullin, Owner of Gallery MAR on Main St. 

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1.     What do you find inspiring in art at present?

Artists who take risks and work with media in new and interesting ways. Like many collectors, I love to be surprised.

2.       What art trends are taking place currently? What are some of your current favorite artists and why?

I try to avoid trends at Gallery MAR, and work with artists whose work and careers will continue to have a lasting legacy. We are seeing a resurgence of enthusiastic (wax) work across the board, and one of my personal favorites in the gallery is Bridgette Meinhold, who works in this media and is a local artist. Her paintings are serene and evoke a feeling of being lost among the pines in our beautiful backcountry.

3.       What inspired you to open Gallery MAR in Park City?

I always knew that I wanted to run my own business, and the art world is an always-changing, fascinating business. I love working with artists, and seven years ago felt that the time was right to take a risk and go out on my own. We have an incredible group of female business owners and entrepreneurs here in Park City, and I continue to be inspired and encouraged by them.

4.       How has Park City’s art community developed in recent years? Do you see Park City as an artistic community?

Thankfully, we are seeing more and more destination visitors who are coming to Park City to expand their art collections. Indeed, we ship artwork allover the world. Park City is a town full of creative souls, but most of our artists at Gallery MAR are from all over the country.

5.       What’s your background?

I moved here to live with my husband Matt Mullin and seven years later we got hitched. I grew up in Seattle and lived in LA prior to moving here and was gratefully exposed to fine art and music in my childhood.

6.       How do you think art improves interiors?

I believe that we should surround our selves with beauty -- our decor should all bring us joy and be beautiful. Artwork is a way to express yourself. Artwork improves our interiors, but also our lives. There is no doubt that a household that has been staged with fine art will sell faster.

7.       Which art trends and artists should homeowners buy into that would have the highest return on investment?

I always say, "buy what you love!" and I will continue to. We each have such personal and interesting tastes, and with artwork you should always go with your heart. Very few collectors want to re-sell their artwork in their life time, and instead buy what they love... and move it from house to house as they themselves move on.

If you are just starting your collection, look around and visit our beautiful Park City galleries. You will find a plethora of options, at all price points.

8.       What’s your process when you select artists to showcase in your gallery?

I work with artists whose artwork will fit a contemporary mountain home. We are very careful curators, and only bring in a few new artists every year. Our variety is great, but each artist is highly credible and high quality.

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Rapid Fire Questions:

1.       Park City resident since: December, 2003

2.       Favorite Park City Restaurant: My neighbor, Purple Sage

3.       Favorite thing to do in Park City: You're asking this mid-winter? Spaaaahhhh!

4.       Biggest source of inspiration: My incredible husband

5.       Your passion: My Family; especially my newly toddling daughter Jane

 

In the Know: Design Predictions for 2015

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Jan 15, 2015

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Color will make a comeback.

Don’t get us wrong, we freaking love Scandanvian minimalism, but we are ready for the return of vibrancy. The Norse design block, headed up by Sweden, seems to have a challenger in Spain. We love the colorful flair coming out of the inspired minds of Madrid and Barcelona’s interior maestros. We expect to see more oranges, yellows, and pinks this year and a general infusion of more color and patterns. Check-out the playful interior of Casa de Luis Galliussi in Madrid for an idea of what we’re talking about.

Simple will be traded for sumptuous.

Practicality and functionality have been controlling design philosophy for a while now, but interior mavens like Roman and William (one of our all time fave design teams), have started to rebel. Stark furniture and tidy floorplans are being undermined by opulent furnishings, eccentric ornaments, and dramatic neo-gothic color schemes. Think Addams Family meets Martha Stewart. It works, really!

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Small is the new big.

It used to be about the square footage. Now there’s a whole branch of architecture devoted to “tiny living”. We are especially fond of the Vipp Shelter and the Outdoor Research Tiny House. The OR Tiny House is home to professional skiers, Molly Baker and Zack Griffin, who hitch their tiny shelter to the back of a truck and park it at the base of whichever ski resort currently has the most snow. Millennials are a very different demographic than has ever been seen before, and unlike baby boomers, they are used to cramped apartments and feel strongly about having less of a footprint environmentally. This generation can be expected to promote functional spaces with little to no excess.

Healthy homes.

At the annual Green Building Conference, which took place in New Orleans in 2014, the theme was healthy living spaces. In depth scientific studies found that interiors that incorporate wood, plants, and light keep us happy and healthy. Architects have taken this information and incorporated it into designs—indoor flora, expansive wood ceilings, natural settings, etc…will all be trending now. Behold, the stacking green house.

A Year in Review

By Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Jan 05, 2015

Reflecting on 2014.

2014 was momentous for our company.

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Our June transition to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices was a success and has already contributed substantively to our growth throughout northern Utah. Adopting the most respected brand in the world (according to Barron's famed annual poll) has provided us with the latest in sophisticated market watching and marketing tools. From proprietary digital e-mail systems, advanced market statistic reports, and cutting edge social media monitoring, our clients are given every advantage needed to position themselves successfully and make informed decisions in today's market. 

In 2014, we were also named the largest brokerage in Utah in terms of sales volume, with over $1.8 billion in sales.* It is an honor to be Utah's choice real estate firm, and we look forward to building on our stronghold. Locally, the arrival of Vail with its newsworthy purchase of Park City Mountain Resort and its announced intention to combine Canyons Resort with PCMR has energized the town and the real estate community. As the largest development brokerage in Park City, we look forward to contributing to the responsible growth of our town and market.  

*2014 announcement reflects sales volume achieved in 2013 according to MLS statistics. 

2014 Market Recap.
  • Our marketplace remains highly segmented. 2014 illustrated the complexity of our local market place. Given the variety of product and price points in our real estate community, it is not surprising that certain areas such as Old Town and Heber Valley saw intense activity and growth, while other areas like Park Meadows saw erratic price variation. As ever, the assistance of an informed professional remains critical. 
  • Median sale price increased. While vacant land and certain neighborhoods saw stunning price increases, most areas saw a gradual and measured increase of median price. 
  • Inventory remains low. We witnessed limited inventory, particularly in Q2 and Q3 but predict that given the excellent climate for selling, we will see a return of more options in 2015. 
  • The development market has returned. BHHS Utah represents more developments than any other Park City brokerage and can say with authority: the development market is healthy and heating up. From large acreage ranch properties to contemporary luxury builds in Deer Valley, Summit and Wasatch counties are entering a period of intense growth. Investment opportunities abound.  
  • Consumers found their confidence. Consumer confidence returned to pre-recession levels, which had a hugely positive and stabilizing effect on the domestic real estate market. 
  • The market as a whole has normalized. Distressed sales and failed developments are a thing of the past. In 2014, the market returned to pre-2008 levels.

What we expect from the market in 2015.

  • Our market will remain segmented. Park City offers real estate options for every buyer, which makes our jobs here a bit easier. It also means that each neighborhood operates as its own market.
  • Inventory will return. Inventory remained relatively low in 2014 (there was a slight increase from 2013), but it seems likely that sellers will capitalize on the current climate, which will increase inventory gradually over the course of 2015.
  • Vail's purchase will have a positive effect on Park City's market. Vail's creation of the largest ski resort in America is sure to have a positive impact on our market place. We have already seen price increases in and around Canyons Resort and Old Town. 
  • Foreign buyers and visitors will increase. While foreign buyers have historically accounted for less than 1% of local buyers, Vail's arrival and its roster of foreign Epic Pass holders along with Salt Lake's ever growing economy will result in an increase in international visitors and potential foreign buyers. As a global brokerage, we are equipped to meet the needs of and reach a global client base.
  • More development. Summit and Wasatch counties will continue to garner interest from developers, meaning new and different product for buyers to select from. 

January Events:

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12/31 Canyons New Year's Eve Celebration and Fireworks

12/31-1/3 The WHO Show performing "Tommy-the Rock Opera"

1/2-1/4 Park City Film Series - Antarctica: A Year on Ice

1/1/-1/4 The Interview premiers at the Park City Film Series

1/7-1/10 FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup at Deer Valley Resort

1/10 Winter Trails Day at Soldier Hollow

1/17 Park City Institute presents Aiofe O'Donovan at Eccles Center

1/22-2/1 Sundance Film Festival

 
 
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