Monday, August 21, 2017

Wasatch Back Hunting, Hiking, Estate Retreat - 1,466+ Acres

Wasatch Back Property
Wallsburg, Utah

An amazing 1,466+ acre ranch estate, connects to 1,000's of forest property acres along the Wallsburg Ridge.  Amazing views of the Wallsburg valley, Deer Creek Reservoir and the Midway / Heber valley.

With over 14 acre feet of water the P-160 zoning allows for the possibility of eight homes or build your one custom second home, family or corporate retreat.  Close to so much in nearby Park City, the Provo or Salt Lake airport, Blue Ribbon fishing on the Provo River and everything else that the Silicon Slopes have to offer. Yet, out of the way in the beautiful Wasatch Back.

Contact me today to learn more about this property and schedule a time to go view the property.

Best Regards,
Brian Olsen, Wallsburg World Realtor

Wood Floors and Nail Caps

Wood Floors and Nail Caps

Hey everyone hope you're having a great weekend. I was going to do a Facebook live out in this wind or at a home where I just showed some clients but it is so windy.

Anyway I wanted to share an experience while I was showing some homes in Midway today and one of the homes is Sunburst Ranch which is just a beautiful development, they're doing a few more units there and so if you're interested in Sunburst Ranch let me know.

But anyway we're looking in this home and it's wood floors, beautiful wood floors and this couple that I'm with, she starts telling about how when they got married they got a German Shepherd from her dad for their wedding gift. As a puppy it was fifty pounds, anyway as it gets growing bigger it would run to the door when somebody got there and just tear up this wood floor and the wife comes home one day and her husband is putting these covers on the dog's toenails and I've never heard of that, she hadn't heard of it, anyway it worked and they just raved about them. They're called soft paws or toenail caps, anyway a number of different things.

So if you have a dog at home and you need to protect your wood floors you can get these covers, they come in different colors, anyway it sounds so cool!

Anyway I love dogs we just got a new Corgi and he's not getting along really good with our Blue Heeler so I don't know what we were thinking with that, but I love dogs I did a post a while ago about
doggy doors, so anyway I just wanted to share that with you I hope you have a
great weekend. If you have a dog it's a house dog look for some toenail covers to protect your hardwood floors.

Anyway take care you guys and we will chat with you later. Oh wait I got to show you one more
thing just real quick.

Im at Deer Creek, look at these guys out here I don't know if you can see this it is so windy there's whitecaps and these guys are just surfing like crazy look at this guy.

Anyway I was a little long here but have a great weekend!

Take care,
Wallsburg World Realtor

Friday, August 18, 2017

Parcel Of Record - Wasatch County

Parcel Of Record - Wasatch County

Hello everyone Brian Olsen here!

I’m up in Wasatch County today and lots of people want to know if certain parcels are what is called a parcel of record.

Wasatch County calls it a certificate of zoning verification and what it means is that you are able to build a home on the property.

I’m on a two, two-acre parcels that are in a twenty-acre zoning, but because these parcels were subdivided previous to 1965 they are grandfathered in to what the zoning was back in 1965.

So if you’re wondering if you can build on a parcel you need to do some investigation. Typically you’ll get with a title company and do some research on the property; when it was last deeded, when it was last subdivided, and if it was meeting the zoning requirements at the time that deeding took place.

So it’s a $100 to get with the county to get this verification done, if it was before 1965 that it was subdivided its almost always approved. As you get closer to 1970s and 80s it’ll just depend on what happened!

Take care,
Brian Olsen
Wallsburg World Realtor

Monday, August 14, 2017

Lakeview Parkway South Provo


             Lakeview Parkway South Provo


Hey good morning everybody. I am in the south part of Provo this morning and just want to share with you something that I didn't realize was looking so good.

I've been concentrating quite a bit up on the interchange on 2100 North you know as far as trying to see what's happening to stay on top of things, but I am on the Lakeview Parkway where there
is a new interchange off of I-15 and this is just really cool. I just want...sorry I got a phone call there...I don't know if you've been down this way lately but it is just really neat, let me put this where you can take a look at this.

So the interchange is just right over there and here's the Lakeview Parkway heads over right over there just not quite to 1100 West you've got DR Horton is doing a new development going on over there and it is it is just set up really nice.

This interchange is super nice it's going to make it so much easier for people down on this end to be able to jump on I-15 right here.

Most of this property all around here is privately owned. Just down on the other side of 1100 west on this south side of the parkway is some property Provo City owns. But anyway this is just really exciting!

So I didn't know if you've been down this way I just wanted to share it with you and I'm sure there's going to be some nice parks and so close to the lake.

Now I've got to look into this a little bit more and see where things are going to go. You know, what the master plan is here, like I said I haven't looked into this area for a while, I've been looking more into the I-15 and the interchange going on up on 2100 north in Lehi and over to the Mountain View expressway.

So if you get down this way like I said DR Horton has a new development there's some other homes for sale in the older part of Provo here, which has got some nicer older homes, a few parcels that are available.

Anyway, kind of exciting to see what Provo is doing here. If you need any help give me a call, shoot me a text, or Facebook message, or email.

Take care,
Brian Olsen
Wallsburg World Realtor

Friday, August 11, 2017

748 W. 1160 N., Pleasant Grove Home For Sale

748 W. 1160 N., Pleasant Grove Home For Sale

Hey everyone, I am in Pleasant Grove with some new clients and friends of mine that have been friends for a little while and I'm at their home it's located in 748 West 1160 north and I just want
them to share. 

I was going to talk about their garage and their solar panels and a number of things, but I've got them right here so I'm going to ask them to share what they love most about having lived in this home for quite a few years. I don't remember exactly how many years 12 years, okay so we've got Trevor and Sheri and just in 10-15 seconds Trevor first, what do you like most about having lived here? 

Well I've loved the location for sure it's been been tons of fun to live here in Pleasant Grove, I teach just down the road and I've loved we love the yard, we've loved putting a bonus room on our home so that we could have a nice view and be able to hang out as a family and do activities and things together. The location's been fantastic. We love to camp and do other kinds of things and it's a great, great place to be. 

Okay, that was more than one but it's a lot of reasons. Sheri, do you have, you can give more than one as well, but what have you loved about being here? 

One thing I like about our house is the road's very calm, it's not on a busy road, but storage we've added on and we have a lot of storage now. 

Excellent, ok so those are just a couple of things I'll have some more information or get a hold of me and we'll get the listing information to you, but this Pleasant Grove is a hot market and you've got to check out this home. 

So give me a call, shoot me a text, private message, anything like that and we'll get some more information on this home. Take care.

Contact me for more information on this home,
Brian Olsen
Wallsburg World Realtor

Monday, August 7, 2017

Wasatch County's Hot Market


Wasatch County's Hot Market

Hey everyone, sorry if you started to watch my live video a minute ago I was up on the side of the hill and I lost reception.

Anyway I am in Wallsburg, Round Valley also known as, and I just love it here and wanted to share some real estate information with you of course, but also show you just how beautiful it is. And I again apologize I was up on the side of the hill and you could have got a view of the valley but
you can still get a good feel of this it's just so beautiful right now, things are so green.

So anyway Wallsburg it is a hot market in Wasatch County, which it hasn't been that hot, but since March First we've had four properties go under contract. So for Wallsburg that is a hot market, but don't fret there's still some other properties that are available and if you're interested in Wallsburg give me a call.

The other three properties are still under contract but there's still four homes that are listed for sale, and there are 14 parcels that are listed for sale. Further up here there's two two acre parcels, let me just turn around here so you see, right back here there's 1,400 acres up alongside the hill here that's for sale and a bunch in between.

So there's still a lot of things for sale, come into Wallsburg just ask for Brian Olsen, people know how to find me if you do drive into the valley otherwise give me a call, shoot me a text I'd love to
help you find a place here in Wallsburg or anywhere else; Wasatch back, Wasatch Front.

Anyway have a great weekend. Take care.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Park City Rental Investment

Park City Rental Investment

Hey you guys hope you're having a great Saturday morning. I am in Park City. and just wanted to share a couple thoughts with you.

I'm at a client's home and I love Park City. it's such a great place and I have a number of clients that are looking for investment properties and so I want to share a couple things to think about as you're looking for investment properties.

My clients home is a fairly large home and one of the things to think about is that various HOAs and places here in Park City.won't allow overnight rentals, and so what are you looking for you're looking to rent the property nightly or do you just want a long-term renter a couple things to think about that way.

The second thing is everybody knows that the ski season, Sundance Film Festival times, those you can rent about any type of property you have; condo, large home, anything.

What we're finding is during the summer the larger homes are renting a little bit better just because there's a lot of family reunions and so anyway a couple things to think about.

I'd love to help you whether you're looking to buy or sell in Park City. Park City is just a great place I love Park city and its really a good time to be looking at buying or selling property.

Anyway give me a call and I'd love to help you out.

Have a great weekend!

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Home Inspection Electrical Panel

Home Inspection: Electrical Panel

Hey you guys, hope you're having a good weekend.

Just wanted to share some information again on home inspections and this time on some electrical issues and what the home inspector is going to look at.

Remember inspectors are going to look at what is visible and what is easily accessible. One of the things that's easily accessible is to take the cover off of the electrical service panel, if your home inspector isn't doing that you need to change home inspectors.

But they should take that cover off and a few of the things they're going to look for are the number of switches for the size of the home, how many wires going to each switch, the gauge of the wires going into the switch, they'll look for corrosion, look for taped wires.

Anyway they'll look for a number of things in there and should give you a good report on that service panel and how things look in that service panel. So you want to make sure that they do that.

One of the things that they won't do which isn't easily accessible is when you get to a fixture, for example this ceiling fan here, an inspector is not going to pull the connection, the fixture from the ceiling and so when you get into an older home you just want to make sure that the inspector goes through everything as much as he can. He's going to check switches he's going to check you know fixtures and that but he's not going to be pulling things off the wall like he will the panel on the electrical or the cover on the service panel is easily accessible.

So anyway in an older home you just don't want to have it look like there's good wiring and then when it actually gets to the fixture they've left some old wiring.

If you need a good inspector along the Wasatch Front give me a call. If you are outside
of the Wasatch Front good luck getting you a good home inspector and happy inspecting.

Take care!

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Utah County Multi Unit Investment Property

Utah County 

Multi Unit Investment Property

Hey everyone Brian Olsen here.

I'm Vineyard right now and I just love this little town, it's not that little anymore it's been growing like crazy, but I had an opportunity this morning to go to a class and just want to stop and take a moment share a couple thoughts.

The class was taught by a Steve Bond. Steve Bond is a great realtor I met him when I first started my real estate career about five years ago now and the thing about Steve is, I was so impressed that he has such an abundance mentality. He is so willing to help people, he is an awesome realtor.

But anyway he was discussing and teaching about multi-unit investment properties up to fourplexes,
so duplex, triplex, and fourplexes and just wanted to share with you a little bit of information about Utah County. Right now, as of this morning there's 15 properties that are listed with Realtors in Utah County in that category, so not much inventory. There's 25 that are under contract and 140 have sold in the last 12 months here in Utah County.

So multi-housing I have a number of clients looking to purchase duplex, triplex, and fourplex once you go above that it has a different financing nuances that you need to look at.

But up to that point if you have a property like that now is a great time to consider selling.

Take care!

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

748 W. 1160 N., Pleasant Grove Home For Sale

Pleasant Grove, Utah is a hot market for home selling right now.  The 2nd quarter of this year saw the median home price in PG raise to $293,000.00 from a low in 2012 of $180,000.00. The number of homes sold hit a record high of 99 the 2nd quarter of 2015 (since records on the MLS back to 1996); then the 3rd quarter of 2016 hit 95 homes sold and the 2nd quarter of this year hit 82 homes sold.

A prime property that is available right now located at 748 W. 1160 N. in a prime Pleasant Grove area, is 100% finished and remodeled in 2009. The large attached addition includes and over sized two car garage, with extra height, width and length, extra insulation, an insulated garage door and plenty of lighting.  Above the garage is a bonus room with full height walls and vaulted ceiling with ceiling fans.

The remodel includes kitchen and bathroom upgrades, new roof, new siding, new air conditioning, 50 gallon water heater and RV Parking.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Wasatch Back Land Statistics

Wasatch Back Land Statistics

Good morning everyone hope you are doing great and having a wonderful weekend.

It was great to have a Memorial weekend and celebrate this country and our freedoms and everything last weekend, hope you had a great Memorial weekend.

Anyway I want to get back into some real estate and just give you some information. I am in Wasatch County, actually in Wallsburg, I'm on a client's two acre parcel that he has for sale and just a gorgeous area. He's got two acres here and then a back two acre parcel also, both of them buildable.

Wasatch County is just an incredible place. I know we hear a lot about the Wasatch Front, Lehi it was on the news that it's the 11th fastest growing city in the United States. So the Wasatch
Front a lots happening but the Wasatch Back is also have a lot going on.

So let me just tell you a little bit really quick about some statistics here in Wasatch County which includes Wallsburg where I'm at right now. I had some clients from the East Coast that we're asking me this week what's happening and you know they've heard news about what's happening in Utah.

Looking at properties in Wasatch County that have five acres or more in 2015 there were 31 parcels that sold and it was for a total volume value of 18.8 million. Last year there were 37 parcels five acres or greater that sold for a volume of 21.8 million.

So far this year we've had 14 parcels sell for a volume of 9.1 million. There's 12 under contract so in the next 30 to 60 or 90 days those are you know probably likely to close the majority of them. Out of
those 12 six of them are a million dollars or more so within the next 60-90 days we could be at or surpassing last year's volume with another four or five months left to go in the year.

So anyway, Wasatch County, Summit County is kind of a similar story but there's a lot going on here if you have any interest give me a call, shoot me a message or a text. I'd love to help you find some property there's a lot of property that is less than five acres for sale.

As I looked at these statistics as my friend was asking me what was happening here in Utah and development wise those are parcels that typically are going to be subdivided or developed.

Now here in Wallsburg these two two acre parcels are buildable but you're not going to subdivide them. I do have 1500 acres up here on the mountain if you want a little bit bigger area and you can put probably you know one big nice home or a few you know 200-acre homes 160 acres and there's a lot of other parcels here in Wallsburg as well as Heber, Midway, Kamas, well Kamas is Summit County that's another story we'll talk about that another time.

So anyway you guys have a great weekend and get into the Wasatch back it's just beautiful about 10 to 15 degrees cooler usually too so it's wonderful. I'm a little biased, but I love
it up here.

Take care, bye.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Pleasant Grove 2,500 sf home For Sale

Great home for sale in the hot market of Pleasant Grove; with almost 2,500 sf and an extensive remodel-addition to create an over-sized garage, with 6" exterior walls, extra insulation, lots of storage, dedicated outlets, insulated garage door, plenty of lighting and above the garage is a huge bonus room; the bonus room has it's own AC and furnace; solar panels with an amazing fully assumable lease, with no payments to the Vivent for the solar panels; can-lights throughout with LED bulbs, remodeled bathrooms, full yard and sprinkler system, fully fenced, RV parking and more and more and more... Contact me and check it out before this home like most homes in Pleasant Grove, is gone.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Pleasant Grove Dream Home

Pleasant Grove Dream Home

Hey Everyone! I am in Pleasant Grove with a good friend and we just listed his home here in Pleasant Grove at 748 West 1160 North and it is just a to-die-for home. 

I've got the owner here, Trevor, and he is just going to give you a quick synopsis of what he's done to this home. He bought it in 2004 and he's just done, I mean it had 1900 sq. ft. when he bought it, these are just row houses, built the same way; it has just under 2600 sq. ft.

 So I'm going to let him share with you a few things he's done really quick and then get a hold of me and come and check out this home it's an awesome home.Trevor, you've got the floor. You bet, I'll do my best here. 

Well, one of the first things we did was replace the deck here; took the old deck and put a new one on; Trex Deck. And then we've added in a batting cage which is something the kids have fun playing with. But we re-sided the entire home after we built an addition on, go ahead, keep talking, I'm just pushing buttons, resided the entire home and then put architectural shingling on the roof. We put vinyl windows in, we added a second air system for this unit here and put it on thicker walls so that we could make that room cool down really nice for family and heat really well, we've gone throughout the entire home and re-carpeted and added custom cabinetry and done work in the bathroom, added a jetted tub, and it seems like just about every room in the home, I think, has changed. 

Okay, let me add a couple more things really quick. Can lights, built in 1979, he put can lights all over the kitchen, the living room. This room above the garage is awesome, it's just a big open room, like he said it has it's own air conditioning, the garage is oversized, finished, painted, it's cleaner than probably my kitchen. 

Anyway, they've just done a ton of things, if you're interested in Pleasant Grove give me a call, private message, text, carrier pigeon, whatever, and come and check out this home and have a great weekend, talk to you later.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Mapleton Utah & Hobble Creek Canyon

Mapleton Utah & Hobble Creek Canyon

Hi you guys, Brian Olsen here just wanting to say hi again.

Im in Mapleton, and just wanted to tell you a little bit about it!

Mapleton has seen a great recovery, back in 2007 the high median sold price of homes was around $405,000. By the end of last year it actually surpassed that with a median income of $430,000.

I love this view of the Mapleton City Offices and Spanish Fork Peak. Another amazing view is of Hobble Creek Canyon. If you follow this all the way you will come out on another beautiful town called Wallsburg!

Anyway if you need help with real estate either in Mapleton or Wallsburg give me a call, I'd love to help you! Have a great weekend!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Basement Windows

Basement Windows

Hey everyone, hope you're doing well, hope you had a great week.

Just wanted to take a minute and talk to you about basements and windows in basements particularly. I'm up in salt lake in an older home right now and originally this home had smaller windows and lots of times they don't let in a lot of light, and many people worry about being able to egress in case of a fire or emergency.

So a lot of people end up cutting the concrete foundation and putting in a bigger window.

A couple things you want to check, I'm not a contractor but you want to look at if you can cut into the concrete and what implications there are.

Uniform Building Code says that windows in basements need to be 5.7 square feet to be a legal window that someone can escape out of.

Anyway it will depend on where you live if, you're in the county, city, if they just go with the uniform building code or they have more strict requirements.

I love this home because they got these windows cut out and put in some nice windows that provide lots more light and a lot more comfort in the basement of this older home.

If you want to do that you can go out and rent saws, do it yourself, or you can hire a contractor. You're probably going to be about 2-4 thousand dollars depending how far below grade and all that will entail as far as moving the earth and such.

Basements are awesome and having lots of light in basements are awesome!

If you have any questions about building code in your area and what you can or can't do give me a call I'd love to help you.

Take care!

Contact Brian

Monday, July 10, 2017

Mapleton Estate on 2.5 Acre

Mapleton Estate on 2.5 Acre

I am in Mapleton again, I know I've talked about Mapleton before and I love Mapleton it's a great, great location and just want to share some information with you. 

I just listed a home it's here on Main Street, the south end of Main Street, which is a great location, Main Street, if you continue south it dead-ends down here there's some biking trails and other things, but it's a just a great location, you don't get as much traffic on this it's excellent. This home was built in 1992, the sellers are the one-time owner, the sellers built the home back in 1992, have been
here the whole time.

It has just over 6,100 square feet on three levels, basement's fully finished, has six bedrooms, four full-size bathrooms and a half bathroom. It's main floor living, your main floor you have your master bedroom, kitchen, laundry, a full bathroom off of the the master bedroom, anyway, very nice. 

It's on two and a half acres, you can see the the home here in the background, you can't see all the property you can go to a link on my website or my blog and see some aerial drone shots. But if you have an imagination on what you could do with two and a half acres, with a home with six bedrooms, four bathrooms, give me a call! 

This home you've got to take a look at it. Schedule a time to come and check it out look at the area; it's just a beautiful location, a great opportunity if you can imagine doing some really fun things for a family retreat, a second home, a main home; this is an ideal location.

Anyway, look forward to hearing from you, if you have any comments, questions about the home, like I say feel free to message me, respond any way to get a hold of me.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Home Inspection - Plumbing Drains

Home Inspection - Plumbing Drains

Good afternoon everyone, hope you've had a good week.

I had a home inspection just a couple of days ago and thought of a couple things I wanted to share with you.

Remember a home inspector is going to go through a home and do a visual inspection and an inspection on readily accessible areas. He's not going to get down into the nitty gritty in a lot of things.

So with plumbing the first thing a home inspector will typically do is he'll go in and he'll plug the sink, shower, and bathtub drains and fill those up with water and then he'll see how they drain. If there's a problem he'll let you know. Now he's probably not going to be opening p-traps and doing some of those things to figure out why the problem is there. You need to realize that you may have additional costs.

If there's just one or two drains that drain slow it may just be a venting problem or possibly a p-trap problem, maybe it was plugged up.

If you start getting a lot of them draining slow you may have a problem going out of the house through the main line out into the sewer. Realize that some of these things you may have to get someone who is more skilled in something like putting a camera into your sewer line and out to the main to see if there's a problem and then have them get with you so you know what the costs are.

Anyway just realize that the big thing is, a home inspector is just going to do a visual inspection and the readily accessible things. He'll give you some information but you may have to deal with other things depending on the story the drains tell.

Always do a home inspection though, get with a good realtor so you can negotiate some costs if you do have extra costs and minimize your problems. You can't get rid of all your problems, sorry, but at least you can minimize them.

Have a great weekend and talk to you soon!

Contact Brian

Friday, June 30, 2017

910 South Round Valley

910 South Round Valley

Beautiful two 2-acre parcels in Wallsburg, Utah in the Wasatch back. Build your permanent home or retreat 2nd home and enjoy the small town feel close to 1,000's of acres of forest land, hunting, fishing, restaurants and entertainment.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Wallsburg Property

Wallsburg, Utah - Slipper Hollow & Billy Haws

We have some drone video of this beautiful 1,466+ acre ranch estate, which gives a great view of the property line and a good feel of the lower part of the property.  

We will soon have additional drone video, time lapse and voice over for this amazing property. See the brochure for great explanation of this property and its proximity to 1,000's of acres of Forest Service property. It will be hard to find an opportunity like this with such a remote feeling, but so close to so much from Park City, to Provo to Strawberry Reservoir.  Contact me for more information.

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!

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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.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Land For Sale Adjacent to National Forest Property

There is still a lot of snow in the mountains around Wallsburg and a little more was added this week, but I'm excited for everything to turn green.

If you enjoy getting out and into the Utah mountains we have a lot of beautiful National Forest land through out the state and huge forests all along the Wasatch front - learn more about access, maps, trails, etc. at Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest website.

If you are looking to own your own private little paradise there is a lot of land for sale, but to find a great peace of land and have the best of both worlds where that land backs up to National Forest land is not as easy to find.

Come to Wallsburg and find an incredibly beautiful 1,466 acre parcel that starts in the valley foothills and continues up to the Wallsburg ridge where it borders thousands of acres of forest property.

See the attached brochure "Slipper Hollow and Billy Haws" for more information about this amazing property which is for sale.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

March Madness Tournament 2017

Once again I'm excited to offer the opportunity for you to participate in my, Wallsburg World Realtor 2017 March Madness NCAA Tournament Bracket Challenge.

Starting Monday, March 13th after selection Sunday, until March 16th, at 10:00 AM click MARCH MADNESS and register then enter your picks and then enjoy some college basketball!

The prizes for this years tournament include the following Gift Certificates:
1st Place - PF Chang's $50 and Two Cinemark Prepaid Tickets and Concession Voucher
2nd Place - PF Chang's $50
3rd Place - Two Cinemark Prepaid Tickets and Concession Voucher
8th Place - iTunes $15
15th Place - Chili's / Macaroni Grill $50
20th Place - Jimmy John's $10

Thank you for your support and trust in me for your real estate needs.

Brian Olsen, WWR
Coldwell Banker

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