Monday, June 19, 2017

Thanks for 5 years as a Realtor!

Win 2 tickets to the 

Utah Valley Parade of Homes 2017

                                               (The 2 tickets mentioned in this post have already been won!
                              Check back in July to guess Where in the World is Brian Olsen and win a prize!)
Good morning everyone!

Had to do a bit of hiking this morning to get into cell phone range, and this is how I look when my hair is too long and I've been in a sleeping bag sleeping overnight.

Anyway, earlier this week I hit my 5 year anniversary as a Realtor. So this morning I'm not going to tell you about Realtor experiences, but I just want to thank everybody that has allowed me to work with them, that has given me referrals, that have asked me questions, let me be a resource for them.

I love being a Realtor, it's been great.

So what I'm going to do this morning is I'm going to give away a couple parade of homes tickets for this year to the Utah Valley Parade of Homes.

Its fun to go and see some of those homes and dream a little bit, but how you win these two tickets from me is to guess where I am. So I'll let you take a look around here, beautiful sunrise, that's maybe a little blinding. But if you know where I'm at, if you want to take a guess, instant message me, reply to this, text me, the first one to guess where I'm at I will get two tickets to the Utah Valley Parade of homes for this year on Monday the 19th.

So thanks! I've loved being a Realtor. I've had clients from Australia to England and all across the United States. So it's been great I look forward to the next 5 years and the 5 years after that and the 5 years after that!

I just appreciate the opportunity to work with so many people.

So anyway have a great weekend especially if you get out camping summertime's a time for camping but enjoy.

Take care!

                                                                                        Contact Brian

Friday, June 9, 2017

Hitting "The Links"

Hitting "The Links"

The Links at the Homestead is a great HOA community and the new homes are built by Regal Homes and marketed as Cervino (which is a mountain of the Alps).  Part of this development backs up to the 10th hole of Crater Springs Golf Course.  

Wasatch County is really the county for golf in Utah - in my humble opinion.  With two courses in the Wasatch Mountain State Park, two courses at Soldier Hollow, the Crater Springs course and the private Red Ledges course, that is 108 holes of golf within about 6 miles and 90 holes of golf within just Midway about 2-3 miles apart.

There are a number of other developments in Midway that are close to or right on one of the golf courses or if you prefer a home in the Red Ledges private development, backing up to the golf course, give me a call and I'd love to help you find a property.

Take care!  Happy Golfing!

Friday, May 5, 2017

OPEN HOUSE: 2485 S. Imperial St., Salt Lake City - Sugar House area

Come check out a beautiful home in Sugar House, just listed for sale and located at 2485 S. Imperial Street!
The OPEN HOUSE is tomorrow, May 6, 2017 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

This beautiful home has an updated kitchen, including lighting, updated basement bedroom and bathroom as well as new carpet.  This home has beautiful hard wood floors, plantation shutters, new paint and close to so many things in Sugar House.  Walk to the Sugar House park, with its pond, walking / running / biking path, basketball courts, children's play areas, volley ball courts, etc.

Also walk to Per Noi Trattoria and Gelatto 5 minutes to the south or to 15th and 15th and the Gallery, Bistro, Deli and more 10 minutes to the north.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Homeowners Insurance: Rodents

While showing a home today to a client we looked out on to the back deck and there we saw a few small furry rodents that appear to be squatting on the premises.  There was a nice opening in the deck and who knows what fun stuff they have gathered in their retreat.

I decided to look at my homeowners insurance policy and see what it covers if I perchance have a few rodents begin to take up residence somewhere in my home.

One rodent you don't want to mess with are raccoons.  They not only will cause mass mahem in your chicken coop, but I've seen the destruction they can cause by climbing up a tree near the home and then on to the roof and claw their way through the roof and into the attic, for a nice comfy insulation retreat.

My homeowner's insurance policy has in the "Exceptions and Limitations" section, no coverage for loss arising out of the Gradual or Sudden Loss due to birds, vermin, insects, rodents, skunks, raccoons or domestic animals.  You may want to check your insurance as well.  Looks like I am better off spending the time and money to get rid of the rodents before they cause any damage to my home. I was told that insurance would pay if the rodent infestation occurred after for example a structural failure of the roof and before I am able to repair the roof, a family of raccoons moves in, then insurance would pay to have them removed.  However, I cannot find such a clause in my policy. Better check your policy.  I need to find out if my insurance excludes any damage done by a moose, just in case this guy comes back again.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Top 3 Renovations to Make on Your Vacation Rental Property

You may wonder what the return is for the cost of any renovations that you make on a vacation rental property.  Vacation rental properties in the Wasatch Back are often sought after for skiers and snowboarders from November to April and for Family Reunions between May-September.  Between the skis, boots, poles and snowboards as well as gaggles of children, what renovations should you make on your vacation property.

From my experience with clients who own rental properties and speaking with marketing companies such as All Seasons Resort Lodging (talk to Jason Renfro for the Park City area) here are the top 3 renovations that I suggest you consider for your vacation rental:

1.  If you have a driveway and anticipate renters driving to the property, versus being shuttled, a heated driveway is awesome.  The cost may be prohibitive after newly purchasing a property, but if there is any way you are able to install a system, it is great to know your driveway is clear of snow.  It may also reduce liability risks.

2.  After skiing, there is nothing better than to relax in a hot tub.  If you don't have room for a hot tub, a jacuzzi heated bathtub is a great option and some may prefer this for the privacy and also for cleanliness.

3.  The Wasatch Back has such awesome views, a deck with outdoor deck heaters is almost a must. Get some nice deck furniture that will hold up in the snow and then add the necessary patio heaters so your renters may enjoy the sunset and the city lights or night skiing lights.

That was all Winter ideas, so let's throw in three more ideas for Summer time renters:
1.  Let's start with the deck.  A nice deck is also a big asset for summer renters that want to enjoy the mountain and valley views as the hot days of summer cool off.

2.  Bike ceiling hooks or storage areas in the garage.  The Wasatch Back is a great place for mountain bike riding or road bikes - check out Utah's own Fezzari Bikes.

3.  A nice grill.  People will probably grill outside during the Winter, but during the Summer it is a must.  If you are not able to connect the grill directly to a gas line, make sure you keep a propane tank full and on reserve.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Park City Pays for Bonanza Flats

Bonanza Flat, an area of approximately 1,300 acres at the top of Guardsman's Pass located mostly in Wasatch County, up Snake Creek Canyon and above the Park City area was recently purchased by Park City and other groups for $38 million.

Park City residents approved a bond last year for $25 million towards the purchase of this land. The remaining $13 million came from various avenues and partnerships, for a total purchase price of $38,000,000.00.  Someone said during this process, it is nice to have this land under control to preserve it from development, though the people that have recreated on the land probably had no idea it was privately owned.


I love open space and though I haven't been to Bonanza Flats yet, I look forward to checking it out. I'm grateful to the residents of Park City who approved the bond to pay for the bulk of the purchase. Along that line, Park City knows how to acquire and care for open space.

Park City's first approved bond, and for that matter the first bond in the state of Utah, for the purchase of green, open space occurred with the passage of a $10 million bond to purchase 20 acres in 1998. Since then Park City working with various private land holders, citizen community groups, conservation groups, etc. has continued to acquire land for open space.

I look forward to helping many clients purchase and sell property in Summit as well as Wasatch counties where we all enjoy the benefits of open space.

See you on the mountain tops!!
Brian Olsen
Wallsburg World Realtor
Coldwell Banker

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Home Inspection - Visual Inspection & Readily Accessible Inspection

I always recommend to my clients to pay for a home inspection after they have negotiated an agreed upon price and are under contract to purchase a home and during the Due Diligence period.

Something that home buyers need to realize is that home inspectors are limited in many ways in their ability to find potential problems with any given home.  It comes down to the inspectors visual inspections and readily accessible inspections.

Inspectors that I recommend have the disclaimer somewhere in their contract or inspection report that says something to the effect that their work is limited to a visual or readily accessible inspection of the home.  An inspector may pull out the "readily accessible" filter on a furnace and inspect it as well as turn the furnace up or down to check if the thermostat is functioning and the system if providing  heated air or cooled air. However, they will not unscrew or disconnect furnace panels and pursue additional investigation of such things as the ignition control, blower capacity, or relay switch.

A client who purchased a home and had a thorough inspection completed had no way of knowing that the columns supporting the deck which were encased in concrete and stone were rotted away, until a few years later when the deck started sagging.

As with all documents when purchasing a home, read what you are signing.  Also make sure you have a good realtor that will educate you on what a home inspection is and is not.  I still always recommend a home inspection, just understand that there is a lot on a home that is not visually seen nor readily accessible.

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