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Welcome To Utah

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Nov 29, 2017

Welcome to Utah! Our stunning state is known for its world-class skiing and snowboarding resorts, spectacular red rock deserts, and as one of the nation’s best states for business. Host of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Utah boasts a panorama of recreation and culture. From professional sports teams such as the Utah Jazz and Real Salt Lake, performance powerhouses such as the Utah Symphony, Ballet West, and Utah Opera, exceptional art galleries and concert venues, to award-winning restaurants and a lively nightlife scene… Utah showcases a limitless variety of activities and entertainment. Check out the entire Welcome to Utah video by clicking here.

Salt Lake City International Airport is Utah’s gateway to the world. Ranked as one of the nation’s best for on time departures and arrivals and one of the lowest in percentage of flights cancelled. Salt Lake City’s airport is just 15 minutes from most Salt Lake neighborhoods and 40 minutes from Park City.

In the summer, Utah has it all when it comes to hiking, golf, mountain biking, backpacking, camping, fishing, boating, river rafting, rock climbing, and more. Home to the Mighty Five® National Parks, over 40 state parks, countless lakes and reservoirs, and some of the most scenic public and private golf courses in the country, many of which are championship-designated, there is something for everyone during the summer in Utah. Park City alone boasts over 400 continuous miles of trails which span two resorts and has been awarded the highest International Mountain Biking Association’s Gold-Level Ride Center designation.

In the winter, locals and visitors alike enjoy “The Greatest Snow on Earth” at Utah’s 14 world-class ski resorts. From Park City Mountain, the largest ski and snowboard resort in the United States, to Deer Valley® Resort which has been ranked the #1 Resort by Ski Magazine 6 times, to Snowbird which features 3,240 vertical feet between the base and the summit, Utah has a resort for everyone. Whether it’s downhill skiing or cross country, snowshoeing or snowmobiling, an incredible winter adventure is just minutes away.

From the Wasatch Front cities of Ogden, Bountiful, Salt Lake, and South Jordan, to the Wasatch Back communities of Park City, Heber, and Kamas, there is a place for everyone in Utah. Live here, work here, play here. Contact your Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties professional for the current market information on our exceptional state.

The Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties Welcome to Park City guide is now available for your review, call with any questions and have a great rest of the week.

Happy Thanksgiving

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Nov 22, 2017

Judy and I wish you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving! We are grateful for the amazing community of Park City as we have called this lovely town home for over 15 years and look forward to another holiday season. With all the wonderful snow we have been getting the snowboard is out and I will see you on the mountain - Ramon.

Thanksgiving Day is Opening Day at Park City Mountain #FIRST30 Make Every Day Count. Start your ski season with the #FIRST30 days of winter at Park City Mountain. The #FIRST30 is packed full of events, deals, giveaways and 2 major concerts. Kick off the 2017-2018 ski season here in Park City! Lifts will be turning from 9am – 4pm, but start off the day at 8am with complimentary donuts and hot chocolate, while supplies last, and the party gets rolling with DJ Velvet spinning tunes at the base of PayDay Lift.

Welcome to Sandy and Draper - What were once farming and mining communities, Sandy and Draper are located at the base of the Wasatch Mountains and boast an array of activities and community focused neighborhoods.

Sandy and Draper feature large lots, multi-story estates, mid-century modern homes, and ranch-style ramblers. Home to the Sandy Amphitheater, Draper Rodeo, South Towne Expo Center, Rio Tinto Soccer Stadium, Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, Salt Lake County Equestrian Park, over 100 miles of hiking and mountain biking, and many public golf courses, Sandy and Draper are a short distance to the best that Salt Lake City has to offer. In the winter, residences are a quick drive to ‘The Greatest Snow on Earth’ at Snowbird, Alta, Brighton, and Solitude. With sweeping views of the Wasatch Mountains, Sandy and Draper are places people want to live.

Live here, work here, play here - We can provide you with the most current market information on these exceptional areas.

Bitcoins in Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Nov 15, 2017

Bitcoins are making a splash into the Park City real estate market as Buyers and Sellers are beginning to make use of the cryptocurrency. I am pleased to be working directly with Real Advantage Title to assist buyers with Bitcoin purchases. Having worked with Karen Kasperick for years we are pleased to partner with Russ Smith and his entire team to assist our clients and future clients in their Bitcoin transactions on real estate purchases in the Park City area. If you would like to purchase a property in Park City using Bitcoins, my team and I can make it happen - Call me with questions.

Bitcoin uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority or banks; managing transactions and the issuing of bitcoins is carried out collectively by the network. Bitcoin is open-source; its design is public, nobody owns or controls Bitcoin and everyone can take part. Through many of its unique properties, Bitcoin allows exciting uses that could not be covered by any previous payment system.

Read on to see The Park Records article on the most recent Bitcoin purchase in Park City by Carolyn Webber.

Russ Smith, left, and Karen Kasperick are excited at the prospect of future Bitcoin transactions after this first successful one.

When Russ Smith picked up a call and heard the words, "What do you know about Bitcoin?" he did not have a precise answer to give. About two months later, he was finalizing a deal with a client using the new currency.

Smith, state manager of the Real Advantage Title Insurance Agency in Park City, recently made one of the first real estate transactions with bitcoins in the country and likely the first in Utah. The $3.5 million transaction was also one of the largest reported real estate deals to date using bitcoins.

Bitcoin is a form of cryptocurrency created in 2009 that is tied to no banks or country. Its value is based on algorithms from computers dependent on its use in the marketplace.

"It's basically a stock that you can use via a credit card," Smith said.

While bitcoin has become popular in some corners of the internet, it is only recently being used to purchase real estate. The first recorded bitcoin purchase for real estate in the U.S. took place in California in 2014. After a few years, another deal was finalized in Texas, Smith said.

He started looking into it after receiving a phone call from Dougan Jones, executive chairman of the real estate agency Engel & Völkers. Jones had received a call from one of his listing clients telling him that he would accept bitcoin for his property in Sundance. Another seller quickly followed suit. Jones realized that he needed to find a title agency that could help with those transactions, so he called Smith.

"I asked him if he would look into it, because it is coming at us in our industry," Jones said. Jones' seller did not find a buyer with bitcoins, but the seed was planted in Smith's mind.

In the meantime, Bob Struwe, a real estate agent for High Country Properties who worked with the buyer in the recent transaction, was doing his own research on bitcoin transactions because his client wanted to use the currency for a property purchase. It turned out to be hard to convince anyone to take him seriously.

"We were running into a real problem," he said. "His ideal scenario would be if a seller would take Bitcoin, and I knew that was going to be pretty remote."

Part of the problem is that many states, including Utah, do not consider Bitcoin legal currency, so it makes deals difficult for agencies. Plus, many people do not trust the currency because of a lingering negative connotation, Smith said. The buyer did not want to be identified in this story or have the seller know because of the stigma.

"Initially, a long time ago, it was conventional wisdom that bitcoin was considered a money laundering avenue," Smith said.

Luckily, Smith knew that it was legitimate and he and Struwe began the deal.

"It was an unbelievable success," Struwe said. "For us, (Real Advantage) was amazing to work with. The first time doing anything this complicated and large, there are some problems here and there, but everyone worked together so well."

The entire transaction took only seven days.

A typical cash deal takes three weeks to 30 days, Smith said.

Part of the reason the transaction closed so quickly is because bitcoins change value just as stocks do. If the value went up or down before the deal was closed, it would have caused some hiccups.

Smith said the setup for the deal was difficult because neither the market nor the government is prepared for bitcoin. He and Karen Kasperick, senior escrew officer at Real Advantage, had to find a way to quickly convert the bitcoins so it could be put into the title agency's trust accounts as U.S. dollars.

They eventually found BitPay, the same payment service used in the Texas transaction in September.

As more transactions take place around the country, real estate firms and title agencies will find it easier to make use of bitcoins in the market, Smith said. He believes bitcoins will only grow in popularity, and Park City should be ready.

"As we see more and more of these transactions happen, people will become more comfortable with it," he said. "And that's when the constituencies will start pressuring their local government to start moving toward moving cryptocurrency mainstream."

Smith and Jones agree that making Park City ready for Bitcoin transactions would be beneficial for the tourism market, since many foreign nations are jumping on the cryptocurrency bandwagon before the U.S..

"A lot of the people that we get in Park City are from overseas," Smith said. "They're very comfortable with it. If a hotel or a lodging company or any type of tourism starts taking cryptocurrency, I think that would be huge."

Since Struwe's involvement in the deal, he has received calls from people around the world interested in purchasing properties with their bitcoins. He, Smith and Jones believe that buyers and sellers are ready, but they need to be ready as well.

"It's our obligation to know enough about it to speak intelligently and represent our client in any form of consideration," Jones said. "Since our clients are coming to us offering bitcoins and proposing to receive bitcoins, we need to come up to speed. I think it is something we have a duty to understand and educate our clients on."

Legend Achievement

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Mar 29, 2017

Gomez Team MooseWe are pleased to share that Judy and I, The Gomez Team, have been recognized by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Annual Awards. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties received numerous brokerage, office, team and individual awards at the annual Sales Convention in Phoenix, Arizona on March 14, 2017. Utah Properties was celebrated as the 12th highest performing brokerage while the Park City Office was the 3rd highest sales office in the Network. That is quite the feat given that Park City competes with offices in big cities like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Ramon GomezThe Gomez Team was honored to be presented with the "5 Year Legend" award, which is presented to only those who have been part of the Chairman's Circle award winners for 5 years straight years in a row. To receive the Chairman's Circle award you must be in the top sales division across the board nationally.

The Wife and I are proud to be a part of this great community and honored to be recognized for our efforts providing exceptional customer service to our clients - both buyers and sellers alike. We thank the Park City community and the 42,000 Realtors and 1,200+ offices in the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Network nationwide for this great honor.

Holiday Events In Utah

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Dec 14, 2016

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We love Park City and everything that this town has to offer, but we cannot forget that Utah is an amazing state! We have lived her for many years now and cannot imagine living anywhere else. When we are looking for up-to-date events in Park City we go to the Visit Park City website. When we are looking for fun things to do around Utah and especially in the Salt Lake City valley we go to the KSL website.

Exciting news around town - Deer Valley Resort is honored to announce it has garnered the distinction of United States’ Best Ski Resort by the World Ski Award’s for the fourth consecutive year. The World Ski Award’s 2016 Ski Oscars winners represent excellence in ski tourism and the leaders shaping the future of the ski industry. Read the full article for all the details - Deer Valley Resort Named Best U.S. Ski Resort by Global Organization.

Looking to explore Park City Mountain - Ski Utah tagged along with blogger Alyssa Staker and her friend Sarah Hall who guided them through some of their favorite spots on the mountain. Follow Alyssa's lead and you're sure to have a great day at Park City Mountain. And if you're not able to tackle the entire mountain in a day, don't sweat it, as the 7,300 acres can be enjoyed over a couple of days or even a week. Click on to see the video for Park City In A Day.

Before you read the upcoming Holiday Events going on all around Utah we wanted to share a little more about our great town. The Huffington Post recently wrote 7 Reasons Park City Is Officially ‘America’s Favorite Town'. Last week Travel + Leisure recently named Park City the top town in America, and now the Huffington Post has listed their favorite things about Park City. The Huffington Post tops their list with the great slopes of Park City, to the residents, our year round activities, the food and our favorite line "the best adventures here are cheap or free" referencing our amazing trail system - Hiking Park City’s trails.

Utah Holiday Events:

Now - December 31: Luminaria at Thanksgiving Point: This enchanting mile walk will transport you into a magical holiday world as you make your way through the captivating Ashton Gardens. The walk includes thousands of lights, a nativity scene, glowing lanterns, music and games for the children. Adult tickets are $20 and children (ages 3-12) are $17.

Now - January 1: Spanish Fork's Festival of Lights: The festival is a drive-through holiday light show, open nightly from 6-10 p.m. through Jan. 1 at Canyon View Park, 3300 E. Powerhouse Road. Tickets are $7 for cars and more for larger vehicles.

Now - January 2: Salem's Pond Town Christmas: The display in Salem includes lights floating on a pond in Knoll Park. Pond Town runs nightly from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Knoll Parks is located at 200 W. 300 South. The event is free for the public.

Now - December 31: Christmas in Color: Utah's biggest drive-through holiday light show is offered in Kearns and Provo. Tickets are $21.95 per vehicle.

Now - January 1: Ogden City Christmas Village: Stroll through the lighted village, visit Santa in his castle, take a ride on the Polar Express Train and enjoy live entertainment. The village will be lit every night from 5 p.m. until midnight. The event is free for the public.

Now - December 24: Heber Valley Railroad North Pole Express: The 90-minute ride features hot chocolate and cookies from Mrs. Claus. Coach class is $35 for adults, $25 for children and $5 for toddlers.

Now - December 24: Downtown Jingle Bus in Salt Lake City: Take this bus to see all the sights downtown. This holiday-themed ride will circulate between the Gateway, Temple Square, City Creek Center Gallivan Plaza and Capitol Theatre. The bus runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, free of charge, courtesy of the SLC Downtown Alliance, City Creek Center and The Gateway.

Now - December 31: Lights on Temple Square: Christmas season begins when millions of lights are turned on the day after Thanksgiving. All events on Temple Square are free and the lights will stay on until Dec. 31. No tickets necessary.

Now - December 31: Savior of the World on Temple Square: This musical production is based on scriptural events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ. Tickets are required. Evening and matinee performances are $10 each.

Now - December 31: Draper City Park Tree of Lights : The tree lighting ceremony has already happened but stop by and enjoy thousands of lights and see the famous willow "Tree of Lights" take center stage.

Now - December 31: Utah's Tallest Christmas Tree: The Outlets at Traverse Mountain in Lehi have this year’s tallest live tree in the state of Utah. The tree is over 75 feet tall and holds more than 900 ornaments and 500 lights. The tree is lit every night.

Now - December 31: Utah State Capitol Christmas trees: The Utah State Capitol has decked its halls. Enjoy a Utah-themed Christmas tree all season, found inside the building. No tickets are necessary.

Now - December 23: Christmas Cruise at CLAS Ropes Course in Provo: See thousands of lights reflecting off the water as you enjoy a boat ride about 25 minutes long with lighted holiday scenes along the shore. Santa will also make an appearance in his canoe. Blankets and warm clothes are encouraged since the boats are uncovered. Tickets are $8 per person and kids 2 and under are free.

Now - December 31: Deck The Hall at Sandy City Hall: Visit City Hall during the month of December to see the thousands of lights outside, an old-time village and a huge Christmas tree that can be found inside.

Now - December 23: "A Christmas Carol," a musical by Hale Center Theater Orem: See the original musical retelling of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Tickets start at $18.

Now - December 23: A Fairly Potter Christmas Carol: This is an unauthorized parody following the success of Fairly Potter in 2013, at the Ziegfeld Theater in Ogden. Tickets are $19 online and $20 at the door.

Now - December 31: Zoo Lights at Hogle Zoo: The Zoo Lights at Hogle Zoo return for its ninth year with more than 250 animated light displays. Wear hologram glasses to walk in the 135-foot lighted tunnel. Every night features a fun family activity. Santa will also be at Macy's Santa Station until Dec. 24. Lights went on at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 1. Admission prices are $8 for adults, $6 for children ages 3-12 and $7 for seniors.

Now - December 20: The Forgotten Carols Christmas tour: See the timeless Christmas classic during its 25th anniversary tour in Utah. Performances will be held in Ogden, Orem, Logan, Cedar City, St. George and Salt Lake City. Visit the website for exact dates and times. Tickets start at $17.50.

Now to December 26: "The Nutcracker" by Ballet West: Come see the longest-running full production in America. Evening matinee performances run throughout the month at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City. Tickets start at $19.

Now to December 31: Candy Windows in South Jordan: View 10 different holiday scenes created entirely from candy pieces in shop windows along Towne Center Drive. No tickets necessary.

December 17: Breakfast with Santa at Thanksgiving Point: Enjoy breakfast with Santa, Mrs. Claus and other North Pole characters. Kids can participate in dance contests, sing-a-longs, games, crafts and cookie decorating. Tickets can be purchased in advance for a discount of $5. Tickets for adults at the door are $35 and tickets for children at the door are $30.

Now to December 23 (Monday through Saturday evenings): Experience a Christmas from the past when you go to Candlelight Christmas at This Is the Place Heritage Park. Here, your family can participate in crafts, visit a decorated pioneer home or hear from the Heritage Village Carolers. Tickets are $5 per person; no cost for children ages 2 and younger.

Now to December 24: "A Christmas Carol" by Hale Center Theatre in West Valley City: See the holiday classic's 32nd annual production. Tickets start at $18.

Now - February 27: Elk viewing and wagon rides at Hardware Ranch: Come take a horse-drawn carriage or wagon ride through the ranch to see elk during the winter season. Rides are offered Friday through Monday during the season. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for kids and children ages 3 and under are free.

December 17 & 24: Get tasty food, Christmas festivities, a photo booth, face painting and more at the Breakfast with Santa at Millennial Falls. Tickets are $23 for adults and $18 for children ages 2 through 11. For reservations call 801-495-3737.

December 17: Breakfast & Brunch With Santa: The whole family can eat a warm breakfast with Santa at Discovery Gateway. The brunch will also include holiday crafts and play time in the museum with Santa. Tickets can be purchased online. From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tickets are $30 for children and $35 for adults. Members receive a discount.

December 15: Millennial Choir and Orchestra Christmas concert: This holiday performance will be held at the Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City. Visit arttix.com for more information. Tickets start at $14.

December 15-17: A Kurt Bestor Christmas: Bestor will perform with his band The Collective and a chamber orchestra at the Eccles Theater. Tickets start at $25.

December 18: The Oratorio Society of Utah will be performing Handel's Messiah at 7 p.m. at the Libby Gardner Concert Hall at the University of Utah. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.

December 20: Come support Westminster Girl Up's Art Gala on December 20th from 7-9:30 p.m. in Jewett Center for the Performing Arts. All art will be contributed by girls and women across the Salt Lake Valley. All proceeds for the event will go directly to Girl Up. The event will be formal and all art participants would receive 2 free tickets to the event. Otherwise, admission will be $5 for adults and $3 for students. For more information, login to girlup.org.

Ski Season Is Here

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Nov 30, 2016

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Park City Mountain Resort opened their slopes this past Saturday morning, Nov. 26th, to locals and vacationers and the PayDay Express and First Time lifts were up and running, with runs such as Home Run and Turtle Trail open to skiers and snowboarders. This weekend Opening Day/Celebrity Skifest at Deer Valley begin December 3, 2016 - December 4, 2016. Deer Valley will kick off its winter season with the excitement of the annual Celebrity Skifest - make sure to check it out.

Not ready to hit the slopes... Here are 10 WAYS TO SPEND A WINTER DAY OFF THE SLOPES by Visit Park City. If you haven't checked out the Visit Park City site - this is a great place for all things Park City.

1. BOWLING AT JUPITER BOWL - Fun for all ages, Jupiter Bowl has more to offer than its 16 bowling lanes.

2. TUBING AT GORGOZA PARK - Kick back and give your legs a rest as you catch a lift up and tube down one of Gorgoza Park’s seven specially-designed tubing lanes.

3. STROLL HISTORIC MAIN STREET - Park City’s Historic District, immediately surrounding beautiful Historic Main Street, offers a wide variety of entertainment and activities. From shopping at one-of-a-kind boutiques to browsing the many art galleries, and brushing up on both your mining and ski history at the Park City Museum – you’ll get a real feel for the heart of Park City. Grab lunch at one of the award-winning restaurants along Historic Main Street.

4. THE PAINT MIXER - A guided painting opportunity that requires no previous painting experience, the Paint Mixer, located on lower Historic Main Street.

5. FITNESS, WELLNESS, AND RELAXATION - For those who want a break from the slopes, but want to keep active, Park City offers a variety of fitness centers with drop-in options.

6. DOG SLEDDING - A perfect way to rest your legs, dog sledding offers unique views and access to more remote areas with stunning views, peace, and quiet in the areas surrounding Park City.

7. KIMBALL ART CENTER - Not only is Kimball Art Center’s main gallery (with rotating special exhibits) open daily and free of charge, they also offer numerous opportunities for classes and studio time.

8. SNOWMOBILING - Have the need for speed? A perfect way to experience nature in smaller groups, snowmobiling offers a unique opportunity to meander through aspen meadows and pick up a bit of speed through wide open space – it’s a fun way to spend the day as a family or with a group of friends.

9. SNOW BIKING - Utilize a different set of muscles while riding a fat-tire bike throughout Park City’s trail system.

10. UTAH OLYMPIC PARK - Brush up on your Olympic history with a guided tour of Utah Olympic Park, or a walk through the Alf Engen Ski Museum and Eccles 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum.

Looking for something fun to do in the valley - We truly enjoy Ballet West’s Nutcracker and are lucky to be home to one of the best ballet company’s in the country. Bring joy to the holidays with the favorite that has charmed families for generations and wowed audiences throughout the nation. Take a magical journey to the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy for lively and colorful dances from around the world. Join Ballet West for the 60th production of Willam Christensen’s The Nutcracker and see why this is the longest-running full production in America. - JANET QUINNEY LAWSON CAPITOL THEATRE 50 west 200 south Salt Lake City UT 84101

Click here for the official Utah Snow Report and read on for all the anticipated opening ski dates - have a great week!

Alta : December 2

Beaver : TBD

Brian Head : OPEN

Brighton: OPEN

Cherry Peak : TBD

Deer Valley : December 3

Eagle Point : December 17

Nordic Valley : December 10

Park City Mountain : OPEN

Powder Mountain : December 1

Snowbasin : December 1

Snowbird : OPEN

Solitude : December 2

Sundance : December 9

Shotski in Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Oct 19, 2016

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Wasatch Brew Pub is located at the top of Main Street and they have indoor and outdoor seating, a frequent diner program, and brew craft beers right on site. Wasatch was the very first brewery in Utah – and one of the first craft brewers in all of the U.S. – brewing award-winning brews since 1986. In 1988, Greg Schirf (the founder of Wasatch Brew Pub) proposed a bill to the Utah Legislature making brewpubs legal in Utah and opened the first brewpub at the top of historic Main Street in the resort town of Park City.

To celebrate their 30th anniversary, they are teaming up with Sunrise Rotary to try and break the world record for the longest continuous shot ski (currently held by a Brewery in Breckenridge). Come celebrate on October 22nd in the Brew Pub parking lot and join the beer garden fun with live music by the Utah County Swillers, games and delicious Wasatch craft beers.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $15, all profits go to Sunrise Rotary. In addition to bragging rights, every participant will receive a bumper sticker that can be placed on their car or skis to prove they partook. The actual shot of beer will take place at 2:00 pm, but revelers will be encouraged to come at noon and enjoy the beer garden in the Wasatch Brew Pub parking lot. (Since the event involves the consumption of alcohol, all participants must be 21.)

As promised in last week's blog - click here for more information about Howl-O-Ween in Park City. Tricks aside, Halloween on Historic Park City's Main Street was named one of the top Halloween celebrations in the country by Travel and Leisure magazine and for good reason! When you combine two and four-legged costumed creatures with gourmet treats and maybe a few tricks you have a one-of-a-kind celebration.

And remember... Snow is once again in the high mountains. With ski season just around the corner here is a breakdown of all of the resort passes.

My partner, Judy, and I are always here if you have any questions about the happenings in Park City and of course all things real estate - have a great rest of the week.

Location, Location, Location

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Oct 12, 2016

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Location is important when buying or selling your home and the good news is that Park City ticks most boxes for "location, location, location". Recent studies direct to buy in the best location you can and identify new factors for determining location-worthiness. One study even shares that buying a home with a Starbucks nearby is a positive.

The Washington Post posted that homeowners saw an increase in home value in 2015 by being close to a Target store, good thing for us we have fantastic ski resorts and great shopping close by. As mentioned above being close to a Starbucks is good news too, "Between 1997 and 2014, homes within walking distance, or one-quarter mile, of a Starbucks appreciated 96 percent," said Forbes. "Compared to the national average for the same time period, 65 percent, it seems having a barista close by is a smart real estate move."

We all know you can change your home by adding on, updating, and renovating down to the last square foot, but what you can't change is where it's located. "A home is an investment - and the best investments have the most room for improvement," said Realtor.com. "Ideally, you'll be adding to the home during your ownership, building equity in hopes of a payoff when you (eventually) sell. Brendon DeSimone, author of "Next Generation Real Estate," stated.

Forbes offered a few more tips that they feel add value and we agree:

  • Accessiblity adds value, with "proximity to public transportation." Park City has great free public transportation.
  • Hot hoods border it - Park City is a great place to live according to Money magazine and is surrounding by amazing communities.
  • It has an Art Scene - Park City has many galleries, an Art Festival, art studios, theaters, Sundance, and the list goes on and on.
  • It Has Historic Architecture - Our historic downtown and the Park City museum are hot attractions.
  • Renovations are being made - "One of the most obvious signs of a turnaround neighborhood is homes that are in the process of renovation. Drive around and see if you spot construction trucks and dumpsters—then you know there's activity in the air."
Well, that is about it for this week and we will have information on Halloween in Park City in the next blog. And, remember Opening Day is only 37 days away at Park City Mountain Resort and in 51 days at Deer Valley as our first snow in town was on September 23rd - it’s time to dust off your skis and boards and get them ready for winter.

Second Quarter 2016 Park City Stats

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Aug 17, 2016

FullSizeRender_3It is time for our Second Quarter Market Report for Park City and its neighboring areas. This 26 page statistical overview provides an in depth, neighborhood-by-neighborhood breakdown of sales, prices, and trends taken from Park City MLS data system dating from January 1, 2016 - July 1, 2016. Second Quarter 2016 Quarterly Report

To continue with our local reports we like to share some of the Park City second quarter stats from Rick Klein of Park City - a Private Mortgage Banker with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Rick can share with you the latest mortgage rates ranging from 3.50% -3.750% for a 30 year fixed and 2.750% - 3.375% for a 7/1 ARM (rates are always subject to change).

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We always like to post local news and not only has Park City been named the Greatest Resort Town, according to Travel&Leisure, this week we’re also the most bargain-friendly according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

Events Around Park City This Week:

Park City Farmers' Market  Canyons Village Cabriolet Lot

Main St. Plaza Summer Music Series August 17 - August 31

Guided Historic Main Street Walking Tours August 17 - September 2

Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series at Deer Valley August 17

SUP Yoga Adventure August 18

London Suite Presented by The Neil Simon Festival August 18 - 20

Newpark Town Center Free Summer Concert Series August 18

Questions about the Park City market or interested in more Stats - visit our website or give us a call at 435-640-0590. To see all the available properties on the market - our website allows you to search from the comfort of your own home.

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Park City - Sneak Peek & Draper - Open House

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jul 06, 2016

FullSizeRenderThe Park City Sneak Peek... 6816 Mineral Loop is coming on the market July 12th! This beautiful home is located in the Silver Gate Ranches subdivision on a little over a half acre of land. The home has 3,702 finished square footage with another 2,377 unfinished square feet of possibilities. Stunning views await you as the home faces the beautiful mountains of Park City. There are 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 fireplaces, an office and a den in this beautifully designed mountain contemporary home. Call us for your sneak peek today.

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12928 S HICKORY KNOLLS COURT - SALT LAKE CITY OPEN HOUSE - SATURDAY, JULY 9, 2016 - 12 Noon to 3 pm Contemporary Elegance With Forever Views Plus Room For All Of Your Toys

Contemporary elegance with special attention to craftsmanship, such as wood carved doors, beautiful light fixtures, all within a floor plan that will fit you like a glove. The kitchen and great room offer the perfect setting for entertaining your friends and family inside and outside with views to savor and room for everyone. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac, this home offers privacy and a lovely secluded landscaped backyard. There is an extremely large Master Suite on the main floor offering a see-thru fireplace, sitting area and private deck. The exercise room could become a 5th bedroom on the lower level. The main floor garage is a 4 car garage while on the lower level there is a large 10+ car garage with 2,850 sq ft of space, storage, two 14ft garage doors and even it's own bathroom - enough to fit everything you own. Click here to view pictures and our 3D tour.

Click here to view the 2016 Q1 Market Report for the Wasatch Front.

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Ramon Gomez, Jr. and Judy Gomez

ramon@rgomezjr.com

435-640-0590

www.RealtorRamonInParkCity.com

 

Park City Awards

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Apr 08, 2016

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We are very proud to announce that we have been awarded the 2015 Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Platinum Chairman's Circle Award. This distinguishing honor represents that we are again in the top 1% of the Berkshire Hathaway network nationwide for the second year in a row! We truly appreciate the loyalty and referrals from our buyers and sellers across the country over our many years here in Park City. We look forward to continuing our tradition of exemplary client service and being among some of the best Realtors in the industry.

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Visit our website to meet the team, check out our listings (two of our listings have gone under contract just this past week), access all properties for sale in the Park City market through our local MLS system, read our weekly blog and find out about this great place we call home.

Remember to get the last of your Park City ski season in this weekend as Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley are ending their ski seasons on Sunday, April 10th. As the resorts get ready for the next season so do many of the restaurants here in town, check out this article to see What Park City Restaurants Are Closing for Shoulder Season.

  1. Lyndee says:

    Great ariclte, thank you again for writing.

Park City Named "The Friendliest City in the U.S."

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Aug 12, 2015

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My wife and I moved to Park City almost 14 years ago, and when it was time to move we hesitated. We really loved Park City and decided to make career changes so we could stay here in this amazing place. The year round activities bring us a great amount of joy as we both love to kayak and I enjoy snowboarding and curling all winter long. Conde Nast Traveler just posted an article naming "Park City the Friendliest City in the U.S.". You can give us a call or send us an email to find available homes in our fair city.

ramon@rgomezjr.com  /  435-640-0590

2015 FRIENDLIEST CITIES: 1. Park City, Utah

Jumping right in at the no. 1 spot this year, Park City seems to be having a moment. Readers call it "a great place that brings city life to outdoor enthusiasts, film geeks, and families." A "beautiful small town with a big presence," it's blessed with "hip culture, a party atmosphere, and tons of history." Even at the height of winter ski season or the Sundance Film Festival in January, "the locals were extremely friendly and welcoming."

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Social Network

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jul 01, 2015

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Our business continues to grow and we are pleased to launch our new website to help with all your real estate needs in the greater Park City area. I have just recently started doing a weekly blog and the response has been great.

http://www.realtorramoninparkcity.com/

From our website you can search the Multiple Listing Service and link to our Facebook page for recent posts. We will continue to add videos and update the blog weekly to share the latest and greatest in Park City.

Hello world!

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jun 12, 2015

 
 
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