Monday, March 18, 2019

Have you tried Water Lily Pads?

The Lindon Aquatics Center is awesome! We love coming here with our friends and family for the free event each year with Coldwell Banker! Let me know if you would like an invite to our next client appreciation event this summer!

Client Appreciation Breakfast

Coldwell Banker has so many fun events! We enjoyed our Coldwell Banker Client Appreciation breakfast. Please get in touch and be sure to come by for our next event! You, as my reader, are invited to attend any and all events! I would love to get to know you better. Please give me a call and I'll get you an invite!

Contact me for more information and for all your Real Estate needs.

Brian Olsen - Coldwell Banker

Friday, March 15, 2019

Slip 'N Slide Fun

Slip'n Slides sure are fun! Especially when it's this long!

Need to find a property so you can make a slip'n slide like this? I'm here to help!! 

Contact me for more information and for all your Real Estate needs.

Brian Olsen - Coldwell Banker

Thursday, March 14, 2019

March Madness 2019

You're invited to participate in my FREE CONTEST! 
You could be the winner of some amazing prizes!

Enter the contest anytime between
March 17th (Selection Sunday) through
10 AM March 21st *Mountain Standard Time

It's simple to enter! CLICK HERE to enter!! 

Basketball is such a fun sport and my family thoroughly enjoys playing basketball as well as watching basketball.
This March Madness competition is something fun that we look forward to each year. Whether you know anything about basketball or not we hope you will join us and know of our appreciation for the friendship of so many wonderful people.

You have 8 CHANCES to win a prize!!

1st Place: $100 Gift Card to Ruth's Chris
2nd Place: $50 PF Changs Gift Card & 2 Cinemark Movie Passes
3rd Place: $50 PF Changs Gift Card
4th Place: 2 Cinemark Movie Passes
5th Place: $25 Cold Stone Gift Card
9th Place: $25 Cold Stone Gift Card
18th Place: $25 Cold Stone Gift Card
27th Place: $25 Cold Stone Gift Card

We have a number of other activities throughout the year so follow me on Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, etc. to make sure you don't miss out on the fun!

Contact me for your Real Estate needs. I help you increase your confidence and decrease your risk.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Home Improvement - Finish Your Basement - DIY

Do you have home improvement projects to work on? Finishing your basement can significantly increase the value of your home. I just helped my son finish the drywall for the basement in his in-law's home so him and his wife could move in after just being recently married.

If you can, do it yourself, but consider hiring a professional for the electrical and plumbing. Keep in mind there will be intensive labor such as the sheet rocking shown in this video. If you have any questions about remodeling, I could answer them for you! If not, I'll be sure to point you in the right direction. I am here to help you make your home the best it can be for your own enjoyment or ready for the market!

Contact me for more information and for all your Real Estate needs.

Brian Olsen - Coldwell Banker

Monday, March 4, 2019

Lindon Pool Party

You may be too cold still to think about swimming outdoors here in Utah. However, August will be here before you know it and with that is our annual Coldwell Banker Client Appreciation Party at the Lindon Pool.
We have great food, great competitions, and more often than not great weather. One of the most fun things to participate in is the "Lily-Pad Race".
I'm always so grateful for those I get to work within Real Estate and those that continue to refer their friends and family to me. Please plan on attending our Pool Party and we'll see who wins the competition this year. Hope to see you there!

Watch for more information with the date and time.

Contact me for more information and for all your Real Estate needs.

Brian Olsen - Coldwell Banker

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Utah Mountains & Layering for Hiking

Hi Everyone,

I recently saw this awesome blog called Explore Outdoors. Have you come across it? They offer a wide array of advice for those of you who enjoy the great outdoors! If you like to hike or camp, I think you'll gain a lot from this site!

I especially liked their post Layering for Hiking. It sure has been cold in Utah this winter, and his tips on layering are a must if you enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, ice-fishing..etc.

Utah is a great place for outdoor winter sports and activities. I have a current ski-in ski-out property listed among the variety of beautiful homes across the Wasatch Back!

The Wasatch Mountains are breathtaking and fun, and living among them is a dream! Contact me to find your next full-time residence or vacation property.

Haven't had a chance to enjoy the Wasatch Back recently? Check out this video, and you'll be sure to plan your next weekend adventure! Don't forget to keep warm by layering before you head out!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Top 3 Favorites in Salem, UT

Have you had the chance to be in Salem, UT?

Check out the beautiful view in this video! The Sun is just setting and hitting the
top of the mountains, it's stunning.

My Top Favorites in Salem:

Salem Pond:
If you're familiar with the pond, you know that they do an awesome winter lighting
display right on the pond. It is so neat! It is really one of the best
things we like to see in Salem. During the winter seeing the lights on the pond is really cool.We look forward to it every Christmas! Throughout the year, you can see fishermen all around the pond. They stock it with fish really well; the DWR does it in March, April, and May. Fishing is fantastic during the summer months. So that's number one. 

Salem Christmas Lights:
The second thing is again Christmas related; Christmas lights! If you're going to come and see the pong, make sure to drive around the neighborhoods. There are so many awesome homes with beautiful Christmas lights. It's one of the favorite places to come, for all of our family,
to just drive around and see Christmas lights.

 And number three, this might be a suprise, but Stokes is a wonderful grocery store here in Salem. I think that the grocery store here is one of the absolute best. Maybe it's because I grew up in Burley, Idaho and the people that own it in fact came from Burley. Idaho. They have some of the best deals and always have such wonderful produce. (My in-laws live here, I should have
said that's my first best thing about Salem; is that my in-laws live here, I
love them, they're great.) But they're continually there on Saturday mornings stocking up for Sunday dinner and the rest of the week. My mother-in-law gets some incredible buys of strawberries and all kinds of different things.

 That's my top three favorties of Salem, Utah (and that's for everybody, for me personally my in-laws are of course my top number one thing about Salem) Anyway, come down and check out to Salem. 

My son actually lives in Salem and he has his real estate license and helps me
a lot down this way in this part of Utah County. He loves living here. It is close to everything he needs but still feels like a little town.

In a sentence, Salem is a great little city. There is a lot happening in Salem, a lot of growth
here and many people buying and selling real estate. If you have a question about the area
give me a call and either my son or I will help you out with anything you need.
Take care!

Contact me for any of your Real Estate Needs!

Monday, February 18, 2019

Bathroom Remodel Inspiration

A bathroom remodel can be a
great investment if you're looking to sell or simply improve the comfort of
your own home.

Let me emphasize, if you don't do a good remodel it can
really hurt your home value. You want to have a well done, a professionally done
remodel. Get a professional contractor who will do a good job for you! It is a good idea to take the opportunity to see some of their work before you hire them. Often times we get in over our head with ideas off of Pinterest, and they may not work out as planned. 

I recommend you find someone local and personally see what kind of work they do, what kind of colors they have, tile options, countertops, how the drawers glide...all of it. It may be intriguing to buy something off the internet, but sometimes you get something shipped to you and it'll come and not be quite what you want. 

Check out this bathroom! It is quite small, but there was a new vanity, sink and drawers installed. However, the creativity is underneath all that. 

Check out the video to see what they did with the drawers underneath!

I thought this was such a unique inspiration for your current bathroom remodel!

If you have any interest in selling your property or would like a home evaluation contact me today! 
If you're looking to buy I can also help take care of you!

Contact me for more information and for all your Real Estate needs.

Brian Olsen - Coldwell Banker

Friday, February 15, 2019

Heber City Homes - What are you looking for?

I recently went through a home in Heber City for a client. This home had 4,500 sq. ft, 6 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths. There are many homes similar to this one if you are interested! 

Heber City is a wonderful place to live. Located on the Wasatch Back, it is the perfect place if you want to live somewhere that feels isolated; yet still close to Salt Lake City, Park City and Provo. There are homes with high square footage and large spacious lots.

If you're looking to buy, there are currently 233 residential listings on the Wasatch Front MLS in Heber City. It is a great time to look through a variety of homes and find one that suits your liking! 

In 2018 there were 258 residential sales. Have you recently considered listing your home? Contact me today for a home market evaluation at no cost! 

Contact me for more information and for all your Real Estate needs.

Brian Olsen - Coldwell Banker

Monday, February 11, 2019

Midway Dutch Canyon & Dutch Fields

Have you ever been to Midway, UT? I just want to share a little bit of information with you about an area of Midway well known as Dutch Fields.

Last fall they started building out at Dutch Canyons. (it's just west of Dutch Fields) It's a little bit higher elevation and is absolutely beautiful. There aren't many parcels left in this area. 

Dutch Canyon is an HOA, Dutch Fields is an HOA, and a lot of people tell me that they don't want to be in an HOA. However, what are some benefits of it?

Some HOA fees are higher than others. However, sometimes the lower priced HOA fees don't give you as many benefits like this one does. This HOA here in Dutch Canyon includes a pond and a swimming pool, etc. 

HOAs often have conditions, covenants, and restrictions to keep the homes nice and that's one of the biggest benefits of an HOA. People don't want their home or their property to lose value due to someone not taking care of their yard. 

So a couple of things: some HOAs have a higher fee, but they take care of everything. They take care of your front lawn, back lawn, the trees, the shrubs...everything. Others will charge a little bit less and allow you to take care of a portion of your yard or all of your yard. However, if you start letting your lawn get too dry or you have a car on cinder blocks on your front lawn it may not be tolerated; there are some certain restrictions to keep the community looking nice. So HOAs in that aspect are a benefit to maintaining the value of your property and the overall feel of the neighborhood. 

Anyway, check it out! There are a variety of price ranges in this area. I have another client that's looking at a property and it's not on the higher end like the Dutch Fields and Dutch Canyon. 

Keep in mind that HOAs do have an impact on your loan-to-value ratio. So depending on what you're looking to do there, that'll have an impact.

Check out this clip and take in this beautiful area, it's just incredible. What a great view of Heber Valley, it's a great location!

If you are interested in Dutch Canyon or Dutch Fields please get in contact with me and we can find you a wonderful place to live in Midway, UT.

Contact me for more information and for all your Real Estate needs.

Brian Olsen - Coldwell Banker

Friday, February 8, 2019

Huntsman Cancer Golf

Last year I was able to participate in a golf fundraiser for Huntsman Cancer! This is a little clip from that event and some more information about the fundraisers I am privileged to be a part of. Let me know if you'd like to join us for this year's fundraising golf tournament!

This specific fundraiser was held at the Dave Rose classic for Huntsman Cancer at the Alpine Country Club. If you ever want to support Huntsman Cancer this is the way to do it. What do they say? The worst day of golf is better than the best day at work!

I love this organization, Huntsman is just a classy place. My mom passed away about 26 years ago of cancer and I appreciate what research they do here. It's amazing the stories that you hear about Huntsman Cancer. Dave and his wife Cheryl Rose have taken this project (I know I've talked about it before on my blog) and they raise money every year.

I also appreciate Coldwell Banker and what they do to support this program. I donate every time I have a settlement or a closing. I appreciate my clients and those that have worked with me over these years who make it possible for me to donate! If you have any inkling of buying or selling let me know, I'd love to work with you and make another donation to Huntsman Cancer.

It's amazing what they do. There is a new joint venture with Primary Children's and Huntsman Cancer. They have a PET scan where they can do these scans that enable them to know within a day, or even just a few hours, the impact of the treatments, how it's working and what's happening with the cancer. It used to take weeks to get information.

Have a great week! It was a beautiful day and I'm very blessed to be able to golf with Coldwell Banker at this Huntsman Classic every year. Get in touch with me if you'd like to come to golf at our fundraising event this year!
Contact me for more information and for all your Real Estate needs.

Brian Olsen - Coldwell Banker

Monday, February 4, 2019

SkateBoarding & Persistence

I recently had the opportunity to spend some time at the skate park in Park City with my son Zachary. Skating is something he's had a passion for since he was about 10 years old. It was really neat to see how far he's come and how his talent for skating has developed.

Watching him skate made me think of something that my mom often told me. "Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not: unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."

As I've looked back at my life, I'm always trying to improve; trying to be a better father, a better husband, serve more in my community and do better at real estate. I've had some pretty big changes in the last few years going from construction to real estate, and it seems like I'm always looking for an answer. "What can I do to be better? How can I connect with my children better, communicate better with my wife?" Whatever it is, one thing that I know is that, especially  as I look at my children, you never stop. You never stop being concerned. You never stop trying to do better; whether it's with your family, if it's with income, in the community....whatever it is, you never stop.

I just want to share with you that I know persistence and determination are critical in whatever you're doing. Sometimes it's hard to get up in the morning and think I've got to go another day. There are a lot of rewards as we are persistent and determined.

So anyway, have a great weekend and if you're interested in Park City get up here!

Contact me for more information and for all your Real Estate needs.

Brian Olsen - Coldwell Banker

Friday, February 1, 2019

Classic Skating Free

Coldwell Banker hosts so many fun activities all year round!
Contact me for more information about future events!

In this fun little clip, we are at Classic Skating on a Saturday morning. We do events like this every
year in the Spring. Let me know if you'd like an invite to this year's event!

They have so many things here; I haven't been here since it was just a skating rink. They've
got bounce houses and a huge jungle gym.

Contact me for more information and for all your Real Estate needs.

Brian Olsen - Coldwell Banker

Monday, January 28, 2019

Old and New Saratoga Springs

Hello everyone, I am in Saratoga Springs looking at a home here and just wanted to share a couple things with you. Saratoga Springs is the coolest place and this home is in the area that used to have the marina and the old hot springs.

If you know much about Saratoga Springs, it's a cool story about a guy named John Beck. He was working in the Tintic district of Utah and had made a ton of money in the mines out there. He came over to this side, saw the hot springs and then bought approximately a thousand acres and turned it into a resort. He named it Saratoga Springs after the Saratoga Springs Resort in New York.

It was the late 1800’s when he started it (not that I go back that far) but I do remember coming here in the 70’s. There were parks, picnic tables, a water slide and of course the hot springs. I was a really, really cool place. Now it is homes.

This home is a great home; just over 5,700 square feet, six bedrooms, four baths. But the thing that's really cool is this home is in a location where they have an HOA and it's around $100 a month. They have two pools, they have the dock, in fact, you can see the lake right here in the video. They have a private marina, dock, they have basketball courts, they have pavilions, a couple clubhouses. It's amazing what they have in this HOA for such a low price!

Saratoga, as I'm sure everybody's heard...Saratoga, Eagle Mountain, all of this side of the lake...has been growing like crazy! In this area here they have houses built, but they're not on top of each other.

So if you're interested in living in Saratoga let me know! If you're interested in the history I'd love to talk to you about that too, it's a pretty fun history.  

Give me a call if you're interested in buying or selling Saratoga! Add that to your list, I'd love to help you!

Contact me for more information and for all your Real Estate needs.
Brian Olsen - Coldwell Banker

Friday, January 25, 2019

Are you interested in a Real Estate Career?

Have you thought about getting into real estate? Have you thought about becoming a Realtor?

Every year we have an open house where you can talk to people about real estate; we have Realtors that will share some experiences of what they do and what's helped them be successful.

I made this video before our last career night, contact me for more information about this year's event!

Read more about networking below!

One of the things that I really like about real estate is the networking.

I've had my real estate license for about 6 years now, and a couple years ago I saw this billboard that caught my eye. It was during the election and a lot of you probably saw this particular billboard! On the billboard was a picture of Hillary and Trump with the words displayed: "Are you moving to Canada?" It was the kind of the spoof that made you question who you would choose; and, will you be moving to Canada despite who wins?

Jimmy is the name of the guy who created the billboard, and I called him soon after that. I had heard about some of his tactics and how well they were working. He's a very successful realtor! And on that call I was amazed at how eager he was, he was so friendly. I'm with Coldwell Banker, and although he wasn't, he was so friendly and willing to give me some pointers on a few things that really helped me. I'd had my real estate license about three and a half years at that time. Anyways, I saw him again today while I was in Park City and had the chance to talk with him and ask a few more questions. 

If you're interested in real estate, they keep saying now's the best time to get into real estate just simply because the market is so hot for sellers and there are a lot of buyers. It's a lot of work either way, but if you're interested in real estate, let me know. 

Let me know if you want to meet with me to talk about Real Estate! I would love to meet you and just talk to you about real estate and if it's something that you might be interested in and how to go through the process Coldwell Banker has some good options and I'd be happy to share them with you. 

Contact me for more information and for all your Real Estate needs.

Brian Olsen - Coldwell Banker

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Coldwell Banker Career Night - Thursday Jan 24th

What is it like to be a Realtor? Is it easy to make money? How can you be a successful Realtor? Come find out more at a Career Night on Thursday, January 24th at 6:00 PM at the Orem Coldwell Banker office, 354 W. Center St, 2nd floor.

Contact me for more information and for all your Real Estate needs.

Brian Olsen - Coldwell Banker


Monday, January 21, 2019

Appraisals & Views

Hey, everyone, hope you're having a great evening. I wanted to take a minute and just share some thoughts about some appraisal situations. I also wanted to share with you this view here. This is one of the best views you'll ever see anywhere, I just love this. Could Midway, UT be any more beautiful?

A recent situation has urged me to share with you a couple things you need to know specifically as a buyer (somewhat as a seller) about appraisals.

As a buyer, you need to get the appraisal; the lender is going to order the appraisal, the appraisal will come in. You need to know that you have a right to that appraisal. There was a law passed in 2010; the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and that law said that the lender is obligated to give you, the buyer, a copy of the appraisal. And they're supposed to give it to you promptly after they receive it or within three days of closing, whichever one is earlier.

Now why should you make sure you get that appraisal? You're going through the lending process and need to make sure you have the correct value of that property. Look and review what the comparables were and what was used in some of the properties.

This is an instance where having a Realtor will become beneficial to you. Your realtor will start working with the seller's agent because that agent is going to know the specific area. They'll know what comparables they looked at when they originally priced the home. This is critical because sometimes you'll get a comparable of a home that's the same acreage, same square footage, but it may have been distressed or have a problem. The listing agent is probably going to know all of these details.

So make sure you get that appraisal! Your lender not only is obligated to give you the appraisal but any additional paperwork, any reviews...anything else that he's using to get your loan put together or that the appraiser used to come up with the appraisal of the property.

It is critical that you know this! Take the opportunity to work with your lender, let him know as soon as the appraisal comes in: "Give me a copy of the appraisal. I want to review it, I want to make sure that I'm getting some good value in my property."

If you have a question about appraisals give me a call, shoot me a text or message and I'd love to help you.

Contact me for more information and for all your Real Estate needs.


Brian Olsen - Coldwell Banker

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