Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Alpine Ski Utah!!!

The best thing about winters in Utah is Skiing!!!

My father began teaching me to ski at the age of six and I love to ski.  I tried snowboarding once and may I just reiterate, I LOVE to ski!

I do have children that snowboard (after they learn to ski) and I support them, however whenever I go to the Alta ski resort they either ski with me or they don't go.

Recently four snowboarders sought the judicial system enforcement to force Alta to allow snowboarders.  It is quite refreshing to see a frivolous lawsuit such as this, thrown out of court.

U.S. District Judge Dee Benson threw out the lawsuit based on there being no constitutional guarantee for the right to snowboard.  If I remember correctly I believe the constitution protects the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Now hopefully if this is appealed the 10th Circus Court of Appeals doesn't come up with some weird explanation that these people are being discriminated against.

Here is to Judge Benson's profundity, "The equal protection clause is not a general fairness law that allows everyone who feels discriminated against to bring an action in federal court.  There are many forums plaintiffs can resort to in an attempt to accomplish their goal of snowboarding down the Baldy Chutes at Alta.  Seeking an injunction from this court is not one of them."

Monday, September 22, 2014

Heber City Luxury Homes

15 most expensive home listings in Heber City, UT (as of Sept. 22,2014). Which one is your dream home?


Listed for $1,895,000

Listed for $2,175,000


Listed for $2,175,000


Listed for $2,195,000


Listed for $2,300,000


Listed for $2,400,000


Listed for $2,499,000


Listed for $2,799,000


Listed for $3,500,000 


Listed for $3,800,000


Listed for $3,895,000


Listed for $5,200,000


Listed for $10,000,000


Listed for $13,900,000


 Listed for $21,900,000

Make it a Great Day!!

Brian Olsen, WWR

Pictures and information from and the Wasatch Front MLS.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Essential Oils

As a side note, off the Real Estate topic, here is a ticket to the "What a Woman Wants Expo" in Sandy at the Southtowne Expo Center. Print as many as you need and share it with anyone you like.

What a Woman Wants expo: Essential Oils

If you make it to the expo and have any interest in essential oils, my wife is a distributor for a new oil company called Ameo essential oils which will begin selling oils the end of this month. They have some incredible science behind their oils and I'll be there for part of the time, even if I'm not still feel free to check out our booth #506.

Make it a great day!

Brian Olsen, WWR 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Heber City Real Estate Market

Looking to move into a mountain retreat? Or just simply get away from the big city? 
In August Heber City had 240 Active Listings. 
Now is a great time to look into what is available in the Heber Valley.

Heber City Real Estate Market: August 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

Landscaping and Planting a Tree

New home building seems to be on the uprise, especially here in Utah.  One of the things a lot of new home buyers ask is if the price of the home includes the landscaping.  Most to be built homes the list price does not include landscaping.  In fact I don't remember ever seeing one that does.

Anyway, landscaping is a very important part of a homes value starting with the curb appeal.  I've had many clients that when we have pulled up to a home, they have decided to not even go through the home because of the way the yard and landscaping look.  Though it is expensive it will have a huge impact on the value of the home.

So if you are in a home and there is no landscaping, get started even if it is only planting a new tree (make sure you have a master plan; nothing worse than trying to move a well established tree and not kill it in the process).
Enjoy this website about planing trees and good luck!
Plant Trees To Save Energy and Grow Value 

Brian Olsen, WWR
Wallsburg World Realtor

Thursday, September 11, 2014

American Fork Real Estate Update

Real Estate Sales in American Fork went up about 18% in August, with 31 homes being sold. 44 new homes listed and 29 went under contract. 

American Fork Real Estate Update: August 2014

If you would like a market comparison for properties located in American Fork please let me know. I would be happy to help. 

Brian Olsen, WWR 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Down Payment Definition

For those of you new to the real estate market here is a quick definition of down payment as we use it in real estate.

It is also more commonly known as "Earnest Money" and "Cash at Settlement".  These combined amounts make up the down payment or the total "Cash at Settlement" and may have a big impact on your loan.  We'll talk another time about Earnest Money and let's focus on the Cash at Settlement which is your down payment.

According to a 'Down Payment' is: " A type of payment made in cash during the onset of the purchase of an expensive good/service. The payment typically represents only a percentage of the full purchase price..."

I've heard many lenders and realtors suggest that the down payment or earnest money should range from 3%-20% of the loan amount.   However, check with your lender to determine how much of a down payment you will need.  The loan options are constantly changing.  I've had a client close with a rural housing loan and they did not put down any cash at closing.  The same thing with some community development grants.  Make sure you understand your loan and the requirements for such things as a 2nd mortgage to cover down payment and closing costs or grants that are required to be paid back if the property is resold within a certain amount of time or other conditions not mentioned here.
Down Payment Definition has an article answering the question of how much you need for a down payment. 

In the article they talk about the different amounts that can be put down on a loan. 

FHA-insured loans only require 3.5% down, but with this loan you are required to pay mortgage insurance for the life of the loan. 

Most conventional loans range from 10%-20% down. According to, the best amount to put down is 20%. With a 20% down payment you won't have to pay mortgage insurance, you might qualify for a lower interest rate, and since your borrowing less money you will have less to pay back. 

To get more details about how much you should save for a down payment check out the article on

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

Utah's Spiral Jetty - An artist's work on nature's canvas

The Spiral Jetty, this is a landmark many of you my have never heard of. This landmark is located in the middle of the Great Salt Lake. It's easier to see from above then when your right next to it. If your going to walk on the Jetty be sure to bring rain boots and be prepared to possibly get wet depending on the year. 

The Spiral Jetty was constructed in 1970 by Robert Smithson. If you want to learn more about this unique landmark check out Robert Smithson's video documenting the construction of the Spiral Jetty. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Expensive homes in Utah County

Here is a list of the 15 most expensive homes listed in Utah County from January 1, 2014- July 1, 2014.

#15 A 12,764 Square Foot home located in Orem, previously listed for $2,250,000.

#14 A New Construction with 11,700 Square Feet located in Alpine is listed for $2,400,000.

#13 Listed for $2,505,000 this home located in Provo has 12,215 Square Feet.

#12 A 10,315 Square Foot home located in Orem was previously listed for $2,690,000.

#11 This Provo Home has 10,394 Square Feet with the list price of $2,700,000.

#10 A 13,073 Square Foot home located in Provo was listed for $2,750,000 and sold in July under       list price.

#9 Located in Sundance this home has 4,807 Square Feet and is listed for $2,875,000.

#8 This 12,953 Square Foot home located in Provo has a list price of $2,890,000.

#7 Listed for $3,195,000 this 5,769 Square Foot home is located in Sundance.

#6  Located in Sundance this 6,293 Square Foot home is listed for $3,295,000.

#5 This Sundance home has 5,662 Square Feet and is listed for $3,490,000.

#4 A 15,095 Square Foot home located in Alpine is listed for $3,500,000.

#3 Located in Springville this 7,483 Square Foot Home is listed for $4,200,000.

#2 Listed for $4,200,000 is a 7,070 Square Foot Ranch Located in Provo.

#1 Located in Sundance this 5,650 Square Foot Home is listed for $6,800,000

Pictures from

Make it a Great Day!!

Brian Olsen, WWR

Thursday, September 4, 2014

September Events

Now - Sept. 8: Moab Music Festival

Sept. 3-6: Brigham City Peach Days

Sept. 4-14: Utah State Fair

Sept. 5-6: Old Capitol Arts Festival

Sept. 5-7: Salt Lake Greek Festival

Sept. 5-27: Shakespeare Festival for Kids & Adults with Short Attention Spans

Sept. 6: A Celebration of Cultural Diversity

Sept. 6: Chile Roast Festival

Sept. 6-30: 44th Annual Classical Greek Theater Festival

Sept. 11: Underfunded Film Festival

Sept. 11-13: Great basin Buckaroo Gathering

Sept. 11-13: Chalk the Block Art Festival

Sept. 12-13: Blanding Renaissance Fair

Sept. 12-13: Fairytale Festival

Sept. 13: Historic Sandy Community Garden Pumpkinfest

Sept. 13: 9th & 9th Street Festival

Sept. 13: 10th Annual Utah Brazilian Festival

Sept. 13: Lave it to Beavers Festival

Sept. 13: Strut Your Mutt Festival

Sept. 19-23:2014 Moab International Film Festival

Sept. 20: Annual International Peace Gardens Festival

Sept. 20-21: Cowboy Festival and BBQ

Sept. 20: Fall Garden Festival at Weber Basin Water Conservation Learning Center

Sept. 20: Puppet Festival at Orem Public Library

Sept. 20: Rock 'N' Ribs Festival

Sept. 21: Carmelite Fair

Sept. 22-28: Escalante Canyons Art Festival/ Everett Ruess Days

Sept. 27: Utah Ukulele Festival

For more information about these events in Utah go to 

What living in 300 square feet looks like - MSN Real Estate

There are a lot of people looking to downsize. How about downsizing to 300 square feet? Here is What living in 300 square feet looks like - MSN Real Estate

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