Friday, November 17, 2017

Get to know Brian Olsen

I love doing real estate, I love helping people through the process. My favorite thing about being a Real Estate agent is meeting the people. It has been great to meet people from all walks of life, from all around the country and it's always neat to get somebody through a transaction and into a property they want to purchase or out of a property they want to sell.

I once worked with a super neat family. They gave me all their criteria, just had a great meeting with them. They wanted to buy property in Wasatch County and we started looking there and for the budget and what they wanted, you know we just weren't finding anything and we ended up going a little bit further south in Utah County. Then a little bit further south, and then finally down to Fairview. We found a home and it was just ideal and we got in the home the day it was listed and they ended up just finding a great home. They've said a couple times that I did everything right and that everything went perfect.

It really helps when you have somebody that's as concerned about the process as you are. And that's what I strive to have is that empathy and that concern that my client has in selling their property or in buying a property.

I'm very thorough some people say to an extreme, to make sure the I's are dotted and the T's are crossed. I really strive to communicate. I do what my clients need me to do. I want them to have a successful transaction and so I do feel like I work some overtime. I've made offers at ten, eleven o'clock at night, because as the client just stews and stews, okay what are we going to do? How are we going to respond? Finally at ten o'clock they're saying will you help us do this? We want to get an offer sent in or we want to do something.

My optimism helps me to  look at things a little bit different. I just always feel like there's a way to get a property sold or to find a property to purchase. There's a way to find it whether I'm knocking on doors asking people if they're interested in selling. There's typically a way to find something for my client either to purchase or to sell a property and so I think my optimism helps me to maybe look outside the box and find a way.

It's interesting because I love helping people and lots of times they never do become a client of mine. I'm comfortable helping people and it all comes back in the end. I mean what is it the golden rule of life you know, do to others what you would want them to do to you.

So I love being able to be a resource to people, and help them and give them information whether it's about selling a property, or buying a property, getting water rights, getting an easement.

Real Estate really provides an avenue for me to serve a lot of people I think.

Best Regards,
Brian Olsen - Utah Realtor
C: 801-318-3108

Monday, November 13, 2017

Mount Pleasant Views

Hello, I am in Mount Pleasant and had to just take a minute and do my Facebook Live here today.

A couple years ago I had a client that was looking in Wasatch County, had some specifics, sorry, I've been hiking a little bit here, but had some criteria; looking for property in Wasatch County with some acreage, anyway, long story short we ended up in Fairview, just up the road from here and this valley, and I hadn't been here for years until I got my license and had a client buy down this way. 

This valley is gorgeous! It is one of the neatest places and so if you're looking for property and you're up in Wasatch or Summit County and you're not finding what you want, come down and look in Mount Pleasant, Fairview, Milburn, it is just a neat, neat place.

I know my client, who ended up buying just a little north of here, like I said in Fairview, but he drives to Draper everyday to work and he said that it's like 10 minutes further than if you were living in Wasatch County.

Anyway, just wanted to share this view with you and my little Facebook time and just enjoy. This is such a neat, neat place. 

So, have a great weekend and we will talk to you later!

Best Regards,
Brian Olsen - Utah Realtor
C: 801-318-3108

Friday, November 10, 2017

Wasatch Back Views from Timber Lakes

Hey everyone, hope you're having a great weekend. I am up at Timber Lakes, I've been up here before and done some Facebook lives, and I love it up here, and I just need to show you this view of the Wasatch back and Timpanogos this is amazing.

Timber Lakes is such a neat development. It's a gated community if you're not familiar, it's on the east side of Heber City. Anyway, I'm up here looking at a few parcels and just wanted to share a little bit of information about real estate up here.

There are 36 parcels currently for sale through Realtors. In the last six months 26 parcels have sold. So Timber Lakes hasn't moved a whole lot of properties that fast for a while, at least as far as I've known, but right now there's quite a few homes being built here, it's just a great place. 

So if you're interested this side of Timber Lakes, I call it my cell phone side and the other side is my non-cellphone side because I don't have reception on the other side. So you have the view of the valley, you don't have the the quakies and pines here like you do on the other side but there's lakes on
the other side again you got the views of Heber on this side. 

There are so many different options here in Timber Lakes that if you're interested at all let me know, I'd love to help you out and tell you what's available, whether it's a parcel that you can build your own place on, or existing homes, there's a number of existing homes, and they range from, I think the smallest I've seen was 1,300 sq. ft. up to 5-6,000 sq. ft.

 Anyway,  have a great weekend and we will chat with you later.

Best Regards,
Brian Olsen - Utah Realtor
C: 801-318-3108

Monday, November 6, 2017

Coldwell Banker Real Estate Education

Hey everyone Brian and Kris here and we just finished some training at Coldwell Banker and I just wanted to share with you, and I want to get Kris' opinion and thoughts about becoming a Realtor. 

I often have promoted Coldwell Banker. And one of the things that they just discussed in here was how 13 out of 14 Realtors, people who get their license, don't renew their second year. So the success rate of Realtors is way low. 

Coldwell Banker has some training that is really phenomenal, they really do a good job. And in recent years they've done studies and they've tracked people that go through their training and they've found that about 90% of Realtors that go through the Coldwell Banker training are still practicing real estate in their third year, versus about, what would that be, about 6%, you know average. 

So anyway this training that Coldwell Banker, what did you think of the the training that we just had in there Kris? Has great promise for being successful. Yeah, it really does. You know Coldwell Banker now has been around a long time, they're in 50 some countries I believe, they have over 80,000 Realtors. 

If you're interested in checking out Coldwell Banker, if you're thinking about getting your real estate license, if you're in class, get a hold of me and call Kris Hammond, she's in our office in Orem and check out Coldwell Banker. 

Just encourage you to give it a shot at Coldwell Banker; see what we do for training and you know compare some success rates before you make a decision. So anyway have a good week, see you later.

Best Regards,
Brian Olsen - Utah Realtor
C: 801-318-3108

Friday, November 3, 2017

New Construction - French Drain, Curtain Drain, Foundation Drain

If there is any chance that you may have a high water table in wet years or that runoff may reach your home site, pay now before you start to build and get a good drain design and have it installed as you build your knew home.

After your home is built if you start dealing with water seepage issues it very well could cost you much more than if you installed a drainage system now, as you build your new home.

Water will take the path of least resistance whether flowing above ground or underground. The microscopic gap between your footing and foundation wall, then up between the slab isolation joint and into your basement may very well become that path of least resistance.

To help reduce and hopefully eliminate water problems a basic drainage system of a perforated pvc pipe in gravel below the basement slab should allow any water that gets close to your home to flow into the pipe, which should be directed away from the home or into a catch basin. Some areas may need to have the flow go into a sump tank which then pumps the water up and away from the home.

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You can always spend additional money for such things as asphalt coating of the footing / foundation gap, additional drains under the slab that tie into the drain around the perimeter, floor drains, clean out access, interior perimeter drainage system and so on.

For some additional commentary and explanation on a foundation drain system at a 6,000 sf home in Mapleton, Utah that recently sold watch the video below.



Best Regards,
Brian Olsen - Wallsburg World Realtor
C: 801-318-3108

Monday, October 30, 2017

Perc Test Validity


Hey everyone! Hope you're having a great day, hope you're able to get outside! It is such a beautiful day!

I am up in the Timber Lakes development above Heber City in fact let me turn, I'll be in the
shadow a little bit, but look at this view. I love Timber Lakes, it is such a gorgeous location.

What I want to talk to you about for a minute this afternoon is a percolation test or a perc test many people call it. A percolation test is essentially to determine the absorption rate or the permeability of the soil on your parcel, it's for where you're going to need a wastewater system.

So a contractor will get onto your soil, onto your property they'll dig two or three test holes and then they put a certain quantity of water into those test holes. They watch and see how fast that's absorbed and they get a percolation rate or a perc rate.

That information then is given to an engineer who designs your septic system, whether it's just the the septic tank drain field or a specialized system and then you can take that information to the Health Department, at least here in Wasatch County goes to the health department you get approval there for your system and then take it for your building permit.

Now one thing that I learned, I thought that that perc test would expire after a certain amount of time it does not, it's valid as long as you build your system based on those perc points, those percolation points.

So you take it to the engineer, he looks at the size of home you're going to build; how many bedrooms, how many bathrooms, and the points of those tests and he determines the system. Now if you sell your property, if you change the size of your home or the location of your home on the property then it would not be valid any longer and you'd have to get a new test done.

So otherwise whether you use that perc test a week after you get it or ten years twenty years down the road or even if you sell your property a buyer can take that perc test and based on those points again as long as he's putting his home in the location based on those points for the septic system the wastewater system they can use that.

So anyway if you have any questions let me know have some great contractors that can do the perc test for you that I'd love to refer you to.

Again if you like Timber Lakes if you want to get away from the valley and get up into the mountains give me a call!

This parcel I'm at right here is a client of mine, it's a one-acre parcel listed for $30,000 and it's just it's gorgeous here.

So anyway take care have a great weekend!

Best Regards,
Brian Olsen - Utah Realtor
C: 801-318-3108

Friday, October 27, 2017

Testimonial: Brian Olsen - Utah Realtor


We have just worked with Brian Olsen and purchased a house in South Jordan on Glenmore Golf Course and I don't think we could have been happier through the process of that; working and buying a home with Brian's help.

He was just an easygoing guy, no pressure at all, willing to work on our schedule. I don't know how many times we called him and said, it was spur of the moment, "Hey we saw a house on Zillow or we saw this house or whatever and he said let me check on it and he goes when do you want to meet can we do this this afternoon? I don't know how many times we did that, it was called him in the morning, we met that afternoon at a location; saw one or two or three houses and you know he was always on call for us.

He was always just really pleasant and made us feel very comfortable in the process; we didn't feel pressure at all. So we didn't mind bugging him that much actually, because he made us kind of feel like you could. We were really picky about what we liked or what we wanted.

I felt he knew what I wanted probably more than I did, because he asked some very specific questions. What's your lifestyle? What are you looking for in a home? What makes it comfortable for you? What makes it functional for you? I remember this one property in specific, I thought, "well this could work if we did all of this." And Brian says, "well I know one of the things that you really wanted Georgia, was a lot of natural lighting." I go yes that's very important. He goes, this really doesn't have that. That's true and that's something that you can't change.

Brian narrowed it down really quickly and very well for us, so we avoided seeing lots of houses that we would not have been interested in just because of his expertise of being able to pretty quickly discern what we were looking for.

On this one, we saw it Saturday morning and we decided, Oh we'll probably put an offer in on it, you know later in the weekend. And then we left and Brian called us within 10 minutes and said someone has put an offer on it. So we put an offer on and Brian made several phone calls back and forth over the next few hours and by the end of the evening we owned a home.

It had everything that we were looking for in a house, plus stuff that we didn't know we were looking for.

I've worked with some other good Realtors, but none with the attention that we got from Brian. I was very surprised, I thought it was going to be very time-consuming, very stressful, not pleasant at all and like Mike said it was really enjoyable. He was always on call for us.

The process itself was not stressful for us and I think a lot of that, most of that had to do with Brian. He just took care of everything, from finding the properties, to scheduling the times, to meeting us just before closing with a home inspector. It was, we looked forward to seeing Brian and meeting up with him, and talking about properties.

It truly met and exceeded all of our expectations. And I know that that sounds...like what you're supposed to say? Yeah, but it truly did.

Best Regards,
Brian Olsen - Utah Realtor
C: 801-318-3108
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