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Does Your Realtor Do This?

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Mar 01, 2021

To Middle of Building Site

From Road to Building Site

When I have vacant lots to show in the winter I have a Six Step Procedure,,,

1  I wear Big Boots.

2  I Stomp the snow down so the buyers can easily and safely get to the building envelope.

3  Carry and Set up my PVA (a portable viewing apparatus) to the middle of the building site.

4  Easily Walk the Buyers thru a path of packed  down 3 feet of snow.

5  Have Buyer's Climb up to the Ground Floor (using  the PVA) of their future home to see what the view will be from their great room...it is such better perspective!

6  Now that they have seen the view....its time to write the offer!

And that is what I can do for you too!

 

 

 

Home Mortgages

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
May 26, 2020

This week we are reviewing mortgage applications, remodeling regrets and 5 Spectacular Road Rides in and around Park City.

Buyers are reemerging in the housing market much faster than anticipated and Realtor Magazine shares that Mortgage Applications Continue Surprising Rebound. Mortgage applications are often an indicator of future home buying activity, and applications for home purchases have increased for five consecutive weeks. After increasing 6% last week compared to the previous week, applications for home purchases are now just 1.5% lower than a year ago, the Mortgage Bankers Association’s seasonally adjusted index shows. The rebound is significant considering purchase volume was down 35% annually just six weeks ago as the U.S. ramped up its battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Record low mortgage rates and strong pent-up demand are bringing home buyers back to the market as states begin to reopen. The average contract interest rate for the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage decreased from 3.43% to 3.41% last week (with 0.33 points on the loan). Refinance applications, meanwhile, are falling. Applications for refinancings dropped 6% last week and reached the lowest level in activity in more than a month. However, refinance applications are still 160% higher than a year ago as homeowners continue to lock in lower rates.

Realtor Magazine has another great article in Homeowners’ 5 Biggest Remodeling Regrets. Remodeling any aspect of a home can be a big job and a lot can go wrong when owners aren’t adequately prepared. Houzz, a home remodeling website, asked a panel of renovating experts the most common remodeling blunders they see. Here are a few of their responses.

Not budgeting properly. Underestimating the costs of a project can be a dire mistake that could leave homeowners either with an unfinished property or having to incur a financial loss. Have a detailed budget so you don’t run out of money. Remodeling experts advise always including a 10% to 20% buffer in the budget for any unexpected costs when tackling a remodel.

Assuming DIY will save you money. Remodeling experts call it the “DIY trap,” and rookie remodelers are especially prone to it. It’s not always cheaper to do a project yourself. It may not look right and could take triple the amount of time to complete than if you would have just hired a pro. “Limit your DIY tasks to things such as painting and simple landscaping jobs, and dedicate your time to project managing the renovation,” experts told Houzz.

Selecting the cheapest contractor. Another common pitfall is to go with the cheapest quote from a contractor. You don’t want to have to redo poor work. Don’t just focus on the affordability of a contractor’s quote but evaluate fully what it specifies, experts recommend. Gather quotes from at least three contractors and compare them in detail. Also, evaluate the quality of their work through project photos and professional recommendations.

Failing to describe what you want accurately. Know exactly what you want before you start and use the right words to describe it. Create idea books; search online for ideas online or in magazines; and have a specific list of layouts and finishes you desire. Become familiar with the proper terminology of those looks and finishes so you communicate them correctly to the pros, the experts recommend.

Not researching the material options. In the same regard, choosing materials often requires some homework. Builders or contractors may fall back on the same materials they always use, but that doesn’t always mean those are right for the project. “Spend time researching the various materials options available—including looks, price, pros and cons, sustainability, durability, and which ones are best suited to your location, and take this information to your builder,” Houzz notes. “Armed with this knowledge, you can decide together the most suitable materials and finishes for your project.”

View more common remodeling mistakes at Houzz.com.

Thinking about a bike ride, the team at Park City Magazine have a new article that we wanted to share - Biking Guide: 5 Spectacular Road Rides in and around Park City.

Empire (a.k.a. Guardsman) Loop - Length: 35 miles - Start on Kearns Blvd (Hwy 248), heading east toward Kamas. Take in some jaw-to-the-floor views—and steep uphill—with this heart-pumping, grueling ride. Head out of town on Highway 248 toward pastoral Kamas, approximately 14 miles. Roll past some pastures, and turn right onto Lambert Lane, then right onto Hill Top Road, then right onto SR 32, which turns into River Road after crossing Hwy 40 (look for fly-fishermen as you near the Provo banks). Then, turn right onto Pine Canyon Road and dig in for a serious climb, skirting Wasatch Mountain State Park and up to Guardsman Pass. When the road comes to a T above Midway, take a right and ascend to the summit overlooking Deer Valley Resort’s chutes, the state park, and beyond. Take a breath in the thin air (well above 9,000 feet at this point) and then start the fun descent down Hwy 224 (Marsac Avenue), either continuing to Old Town via the fast mine road or taking Wheaton’s Way connector (on the right, just before the old silver mine) to switchback down Royal Street and return to Old Town via Deer Valley Drive.

Brown’s Canyon Loop - Length: 30 miles - Start on Kearns Boulevard (Hwy 248), heading east toward Kamas. Roll into rural Summit County as you hop off of Highway 248 onto North Democrat Alley (2000 W) via a left turn, a quieter cruise (i.e., virtually no traffic). You will encounter a small section where asphalt gives way to some packed road base, but the majority is hard surface with more cows and horses than vehicles along the way. Turn left onto Wooden Shoe Lane into Peoa (keep an ear out for a concert in the park), which turns into SR 32. Turn left up Brown’s Canyon and pop back onto busy Highway 248 for the return to the “big” city.

Old Ranch Road/Home Depot Loop - Length: 15–16 miles, depending on route. From Old Town, head north on Highway 224 and turn right onto Old Ranch Road, shortly after passing the Canyons base of Park City Mountain. Quick with relatively limited elevation gain, this close-to-town loop is perfect for getting acquainted with the local landscape. Weave through Old Ranch Road—past neighborhoods, alfalfa pastures, and horse property—turn right at the frontage road (Highland Drive), and then turn left to cross over Highway 40. Take a right in front of Home Depot on the frontage road back to the intersection with Highway 248, and turn right to head back into town. Or, get away from vehicular traffic and do not hop over Highway 40, instead taking Highland Drive to the paved Silver Quinn’s Trail. Continue on the trail system past the Park City Ice Arena and under Highway 248, and turn right onto the Rail Trail—thereby staying on trails rather than heavily traveled road back into town.

Weber Canyon (out and back) - Length: 60 miles or more, depending on how far out one rolls. Start on Highway 248 and take Brown’s Canyon to Wooden Shoe Lane, which turns into Rob Young Ln (W 3700 N). Then, turn left on SR 32 and continue straight through on N New Lane, and turn right on Weber Canyon. This tree-lined country ride leads to Smith and Morehouse Reservoir, part of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest land, which means the occasional camper may overtake a Weber Canyon–bound cyclist. But for the most part, this is peaceful pedaling. Once you arrive at the Smith and Morehouse turnoff, the rest of the ride is hard-packed gravel.

Wolf Creek Pass (out and back) - Length: 80-ish miles. Park at the South Summit Aquatic Center in Kamas (or ride there via Highway 248 and SR 32 through Kamas for extra miles). Think sunflower-strewn meadows and backside views of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Start this adventure on Lower River Road to Woodland, then take a right at the red church onto Bench Creek Road, and continue onto SR 35 to Wolf Creek Pass. Crank those pedals a total of 50 miles to Hanna, or keep going. The road is paved all the way to Duchesne, 30 miles farther.

Before you go - Mountain weather is changeable, so layer up. Take altitude into consideration; don’t be afraid to stop for your oxygen-depleted lungs’ sake or to make way for a moose, and bring plenty of water and snacks to avoid bonking. Grab a Mountain Trails Foundation (mountaintrails.org) map, available at most sports retailers and coffee shops (or online) to plot your route, or download Trailforks or MTB Project apps for real-time GPS guidance. And consider purchasing a copy of Park City’s Prime Cuts 3, the newest edition of the go-to trail guidebook by longtime local riders Paul Boyle, Mark Fischer, and Charlie Sturgis (available at local retailers).

Special thanks to Scott House of White Pine Touring, Charlie Sturgis of Mountain Trails Foundation, Ben Liegert of Snyderville Basin Recreation, Todd Henneman of Storm Cycles, and Chris Erkkila of Deer Valley Resort for sharing trail- and road-riding expertise.

Ski Maps and Snow

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Nov 19, 2019

Ever wondered who hand painted all those tiny trees on your favorite ski resort map? Meet Jim Niehues, the man behind most of the ski resort maps you've probably ever admired. Ski Utah Magazine shares that more than 25 years ago, Niehues painted this craggy landmark along with the rest of Alta’s terrain and 116 runs, capturing the Little Cottonwood Canyon resort in his distinctive style. He admits tackling Alta early on in his career was a challenge. But since doing so, he’s painted 194 more trail maps for ski areas both big and small, and his work has become as endemic to skiing as GORE-TEX and Stein Eriksen.

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Niehues’s 30-year career as a trail map illustrator began partly by chance. While looking for work in the Denver area, he approached Bill Brown, a painter who worked on landscapes and trail maps. Hoping to be adopted as an apprentice, Niehues asked Brown if he had any extra work and Brown handed him a project to paint the Mary Jane Territory at Winter Park Resort in Colorado. To ensure the resort’s management was happy with the illustration, Brown asked Niehues to leave his work unsigned until Brown had a chance to confess to his employers that it had actually been painted by Niehues. Winter Park accepted the map and Niehues went on to paint revisions of Brown’s older trail maps, eventually striking out on his own.

Each trail map Niehues paints begins with him climbing into an airplane to take aerial photos of a resort, which he admits is his favorite part of the process. This step also helps him understand the features and terrain as he manipulates multiple aspects and cardinal directions to fit the mountain into one or two perspectives. “It’s very important to depict the mountain at a point when shadows are cast across the slopes,” he says. “I usually find that the best time of day is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.”

When asked about which resort he most enjoyed painting, Niehues relays, “I would say Snowbird because of the backdrop. It just has dynamism to it in terms of the composition. Alta is right in there, too.” He says he also enjoyed painting a regional map depicting all the Utah resorts, which presented the heady challenge of combining multiple mountain ranges, aspects, perspectives and resorts into one, digestible view.

Though Niehues, now 72, contemplates retiring, he's' apparently not done yet. At press time he was working on maps for Oregon's Mt. Bachelor, Cardrona in New Zealand, and a remake for Sun Peaks in British Columbia. "I announced several years ago that I was retired, and that sure didn't last long," he laughs. Maybe I'll retire next year. It's not really a job, it's a passion." Jim Niehues's iconic body of work is now available in James Niehues: The Man Behind the Map. Containing nearly 200 maps, the book can be purchased here.

Is Park City, UT, The Most Accessible Ski Town in the USA? InTheSnow.com share that when Brits think of skiing in the USA, they tend to associate the reliable powder and friendly hospitality with the necessity of extended flight times, lengthy transfers and generally inconvenient journeys.

But what if we told you there was a charming US town with two world-class ski areas, just 35 minutes from a large international airport – meaning you can hit the slopes the same day you fly in? Set at 7,000 ft in altitude, Park City offers exceptional snow conditions across two of America’s top ski areas, and has everything you could ask for when it comes to a ski holiday. Here are eight reasons why we think Park City is the best destination for your next stateside ski holiday:

1. Direct Flights from London to Salt Lake City - It’s never been easier to get to Park City, with a newly reinstated direct Delta Airlines flight between London Heathrow and Salt Lake City, ensuring a early-mid afternoon arrival. Regular flights will run from December 19th 2019 throughout the ski season and beyond.

Park City resort is also just 35 minutes from Salt Lake City International airport and November 2020 will see the opening of a new $3.6 Billion airport, meaning visitors will arrive in to state-of-the-art luxury – a far cry from a crowded Saturday afternoon at Grenoble!

2. Free In-Town Transportation - If you’ve ever had to carry your skis further than a few metres from the ski slopes to your accommodation, you’ll know how much of a godsend a free ski bus can be – particularly If you’re travelling with small children in tow! Providing free and easy access to the Historic Main Street, recreation areas, both ski resorts, and the Utah Olympic Park, this free transport system allows your holiday to run just that little bit smoother.

A brand new fleet of Electric Xpress buses will whisk you from A to B. Not only more environmentally friendly than previous offerings, but they are highly state-of-the-art, with USB outlets, free wifi and oversized windows allowing unparalleled views of the surrounding mountains. The express route operates from 7:00 AM to midnight, seven days a week, and features stops at the Canyons Transit Hub and Fresh Market. There’s even a free trolley so that you don’t have to make the climb all the way up Main Street with your skis. They’ve truly thought of everything!

3. The Main Street - Speaking of the town’s Main Street, this is definitely another draw for holidaymakers. A vibrant mixture of historic stores, unique art galleries and independent boutiques, this street provides a breath of fresh air from the kitschy souvenir stores of many ski resorts.

Mary Jane’s shoe store and DiJore boutique are two of Park City’s best kept shopping secrets, treasure troves of quality handmade goods, unique apparel and community events. Meanwhile, independent bookstore Dolly’s is also well worth a visit, sure to capture the imagination of the whole family.

Over 150 inventive restaurants are available to fill those rumbling stomachs after a day on the mountain. For a truly special meal, try one of our personal favourites, tupelo. Here, they combine local artisanal produce, sustainable production and huge flavours to create one of the most exciting menus in town. You will enjoy the story behind your food just as much as the meal you are eating. Or, for the best way to fuel up before you hit the slopes, try local hotspot Harvest, which serves up exceptional coffees and breakfasts all the way through until 3pm.

4. Town Lift - Forget lengthy walks to and from the closest ski lift each day; in Park City, there is a chairlift located right in the heart of Main Street. This gives you easy access to both après ski entertainment and accommodation, whilst simultaneously offering some of the best views of the Wasatch peaks that overlook this street.

5. Diverse Lodging Options - Whether it’s the luxurious ski-in, ski-out resorts of Deer Valley or the great value suites of Kimball Junction (ideal for those on a budget), Park City offers pretty much every accommodation type you can think of.

Keen skiers should stay at the mountain hotels in Park City Mountain or Deer Valley, where you can enjoy the maximum time on the slopes. In Deer Valley, stay at the Montage or Stein Eriksen, where you can ski right back to your door at the end of the day. In Montage, not only are the nightly s’mores a hit with both adults and kids, but so too are the delightfully comfortable beds and relaxing heated pools.

If you’d rather be closer to the energetic town centre, stay downtown, where you can enjoy walk-in access to the Park City’s many bars, restaurants, sights and events. Newpark Resort in Kimball Junction might be a more budget option, but it’s by no means lacking in quality. Book a suite to get your very own balcony hot tub, overlooking the mountain peaks, and enjoy the spots’ close proximity to one of the best local pizza joints, Maxwell’s.

6. One Destination, Two World-Class Resorts - How many times can you say you’ve holidayed somewhere with not one, but two exceptional ski areas?

Deer Valley is particularly unique in that it is one of just three skiers-only resorts in the country, which makes it a great choice for skiers that might be less confident amongst crowds. Here, the slopes are rarely busy and you can often enjoy the piste all to yourself.

How? Well, ticket sales are limited each day to ensure that skiers have plenty of space on the mountain and that the slopes are never over-crowded. 2000 skiable acres and 21 chairlifts await skiers on the slopes, while off the slopes, the resorts legendary cuisine boasts signature favourites such as turkey chilli and huge chocolate chip cookies. For increased luxury, there’s even a Veuve Clicquot champagne yurt, where glasses of bubbly are paired with cheese and charcuterie plates!

Park City Mountain Resort - The recent merging of Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort as part of its purchase by Vail has not only made this one of the largest ski resorts in North America, but has also allowed it to become part of the popular ‘Epic Pass’ program.

Park City Mountain Resort is one of North America’s most versatile ski areas, with terrain for every level of skier and snowboarder. Uniquely, you are also skiing in an area steeped in heritage, with mining shafts and buildings left over from the silver mining boom visible on the slopes. We haven’t skied many resorts where you are so immersed in the area’s history and can learn so much from your skis!

The slope-side eating establishments here are also fantastic – at Miners Camp you can enjoy filling flatbreads, salads and Mediterranean kabobs on the sunny terrace with stunning mountain views. Or head up the mountain to Cloud Dine, to sample the famous Cloud Dine doughnuts, with six types of dough made in house each day.

7. Ski-in, Ski-Out Happy Hour - Speaking of apres ski, Park City is home to possibly one of our favourite mountain bars anywhere in the world, the High West Saloon. A joyful combination of tradition, character and history meet here, in what is Utah’s first distillery since Prohibition. It’s also the world’s first ski-in gastro-distillery, so you can hop straight out of your skis and into the saloon! Located at the bottom of Park City Mountain’s Quit’N Time run, this livery stable turned saloon is famous for its award-winning whiskies. Warm up after a day in the snow with a hot toddy or spiked coffee or try one of the delicious hand-crafted cocktails.

8. An Abundance of Off Slope Activities - There’s no escaping that Park City is best known for its excellent ski resorts, but beyond the slopes, you will find plenty of excitement here. It’s a perfect destination for any groups who may be travelling with non-skiers, or for those who aren’t inclined to spend the whole day on their skis.

Explore the picturesque snowy landscapes through a range of alternative activities, such as dog sledding, snow biking or nordic skiing. Or, take on activities you will (probably) never have the chance to do again, such as paddle board yoga in a geothermal crater! Certainly one for the photo albums! So, with all this and more so easily accessible from the UK, Park City might be the perfect place for you to finally take that stateside ski break you’ve always been dreaming of.

For more information, head to visitparkcity.com

Golfing In Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Aug 20, 2019

School has started, but there is still time in the season for golf. Park City Magazine shares where to putt, drive, and roll with the greens in Park City. But, before we get to golfing we wanted to let our readers know that the Parley’s Summit wildlife overpass is working! Click on the Facebook link from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to see deer, lions and bears - oh my. https://www.facebook.com/UtahDWR/videos/490781644940678/

Wasatch Mountain Golf Course (975 W Golf Course Dr, Midway, 435.654.0532,) is set among the stunning unspoiled scenery of Wasatch Mountain State Park with two public courses and low fees that take the pressure off. Duff away an afternoon with the kids, or all by yourself.

Canyons Golf at Park City Mountain’s Canyons Village (3720 N Sundial Ct, Park City, 435.615.4728, parkcitymountain.com) is an 18-hole course on the ski hill that drops 550 feet in elevation. You’ll play from top to bottom puzzling over long, tricky downhill shots.

Soldier Hollow’s Olympic-themed course (1370 W Soldier Hollow Lane, Midway, 435.654.7442, soldierhollowgolf.com) offers a unique configuration with two courses: Gold and Silver. Of the two, the Silver is naturally more forgiving.

Park City Golf Club (1541 Thaynes Canyon Dr, 435.615.5800, parkcity.org) hosts Happy Hour League, featuring monthly four-person scramble tournaments through September. Beats Tinder. And for golfers not seeking a mate, PC Muni has leagues for all ages and stages, plus open tee times on its mountain-flanked 18 holes.

Trailside Park Disc Golf Course (1388 Center Dr, Park City, 435.655.0999) offers nine holes amid the sagebrush hills above the park, with challenges for masters of the disc and easy sight lines for beginners.

And for that really short game, head to Park City Mountain (parkcitymountain.com) grab a putter, and swing away at either of the two 18-hole mini-golf courses, one at each base.

Wine Spectator says these are the 7 best Utah restaurants for wine - Seven Utah restaurants earned top honors last month, when Wine Spectator magazine released its 2019 Restaurant Wine List Awards. Here’s snapshot of Utah’s seven best restaurants for wine in Utah — and 14 other medal winners.

Veneto Ristorante Italiano • This 3-year-old restaurant — which separates itself from other fine-dining restaurants with its no-tipping policy — has about 385 wine selections. Strengths include wines from Tuscany and Piedmont. 370 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City; (801) 359-0708 or www.venetoslc.com.

Tupelo • This farm-to-table restaurant, which also opened in 2016, increased its selections to 375 from 2018. Strengths include wines from California, Italy and France. 508 Main St., Park City; 435-615-7700 or tupeloparkcity.com.

Bangkok Thai on Main • This Park City restaurant has maintained its “best of” status for more than a decade, having first earned it in 2007. It has more than 650 wines in the collection, many that keep the savory and spicy flavors of Thai cuisine in mind. Strengths: wines from California, Bordeaux and Italy. 605 Main (inside Park Hotel), Park City, 435-649-8424 or bangkokthaionmain.com.

Aerie at Snowbird • Located in the Cliff Lodge, this restaurant offers a spectacular view of the mountains and one of the largest wine lists in the state with more than 1,200 offerings. Strengths: wines from California, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rhône, Italy, Argentina and Oregon. 9600 Little Cottonwood Canyon Road, Salt Lake City; 801-933-2160 or snowbird.com.

Glitretind at Stein Eriksen Lodge • The signature restaurant, inside a Norwegian-inspired lodge, has 1,500 wine selections and has an expert staff willing to help customers navigate the options. Strengths: wines from California, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rhône, Italy, Oregon and Champagne. 7700 Stein Way, Park City; 435-645-6455 or steinlodge.com.

J&G Grill • The signature restaurant at the St. Regis Deer Valley has 900 wine selections on its list ranging from the industry icons to small producers using new wine-making techniques. Strengths: wines from California, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Italy. 2300 Deer Valley Drive East, Park City; (435) 940-5760 or jggrilldeercrest.com.

Spencer’s for Steaks & Chops • This Salt Lake City steakhouse has nearly 450 wines in the collection. It also does a lot of special ordering of wines that aren’t usually available in Utah’s state-run liquor stores Strengths: wines from California, France and Italy. 255 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City; 801-238-4748 or spencersforsteaksandchops.com.

Award of Excellence • First-time winners include Cucina Toscana in Salt Lake City and Riverhorse on Main in Park City. La Caille at Quail Run also returned to the list in 2019, after a short absence.

Repeat winners include BTG Wine Bar, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Log Haven and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, all in Salt Lake City; the Steak Pit in Snowbird; 350 Main, Cena Ristorante and Edge Steakhouse in Park City; and Fireside Dining, The Mariposa and Seafood Buffet at Deer Valley Resort.

Feeling romantic, Park City has topped the list of 10 Most Romantic Places To Go For Your Honeymoon On A Budget. Everyone dreams of the perfect wedding, but the perfect honeymoon can be a little harder to come by. With all of your funds spent on the actual ceremony, you're often left with very little to spend on the celebration that's meant to be just for you and your special someone.

Park City, Utah - Why drop a bunch of money on a trip to the Swiss Alps when you can get the same quality experience in Park City, Utah? Another option for couples who love the snow, Park City has awesome slopes for skiing. As far as romantic activities go, you can go snow-shoeing in the moonlight or take a sleigh ride. We mean, when you're not curled up by the fireside watching the snow fall from indoors. Many of the places to stay up there also have not just jacuzzis, but heated pools both indoors and outdoors. The vibe and aesthetic of Park City is high-end like the Swiss Alps, but not nearly as expensive.

Showings In Utah

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jul 31, 2019

This week we wanted to share 4 Steps to Take Before a Home Showing and where to catch an outdoor movie before the summer ends.

Buyers want to know exactly what they're getting when purchasing a home. As it's a major investment, all potential homebuyers will want to inspect your entire property while keeping an eye out for any signs of damage. What can you do to make sure your home is ready for public scrutiny? Here's what you need to know:

Thoroughly Clean the Home - Before the showing, you should have your home thoroughly cleaned. This means dusting, vacuuming and taking out the trash. It may also mean taking steps to remove smoke or other odors from the air. If walls or other surfaces have mold on them, be sure to clean them prior to an open house. In addition to increasing the odds that someone makes an offer, taking the time to eliminate mold will go a long way toward reducing the risk of potential buyers getting sick.

Take Time to Stage the Home - Prospective buyers want to get an idea as to how a given space within a home can be used. For instance, they may want to see if there's enough room for their bed in the master bedroom or if there's enough room for the couch in the living room. If you have a finished attic or basement, be sure to showcase it as a space a buyer can make good use of.

Remove Potentially Offensive Items - When you show a house, you want to present a neutral look to potential buyers. This may mean getting rid of posters that make political or religious references. You may also want to hide items with sports logos, especially if you live in an area where rivalries are huge. By doing so, you will allow those who visit your home to imagine themselves living in the space without having anything to cloud their vision.

Make Necessary Repairs Before an Open House - If you're planning on making repairs prior to selling the home, do them before allowing anyone to see the space. For instance, you may want to repair the leaking water heater or replace shingles that have fallen off the roof as soon as possible. You should also make sure the garage door opens and closes properly and that all of the lights work.

If you want to sell your home in a timely manner, you must know how to prepare the space for public viewing. Making repairs, removing offensive items and properly staging the property may all increase the odds of selling your home. By taking these steps before a showing, you may very well increase a buyer’s confidence that the home is worth putting an offer on.

The weather in Utah is amazing and before the summer ends here are some places to watch movies in Utah's great outdoors. Arrive early for a good spot and bring blankets, chairs and bug spray. Movies are free and begin at dusk, unless otherwise noted - always check the website before heading out for some of the movies with a further drive time.

The Gateway

July 31: “Despicable Me”

Aug. 7: “Incredibles 2”

Aug. 14: “10 Things I Hate About You”

The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake will be showing a movie every Wednesday night this summer. Bring a blanket and enjoy free popcorn and movies. You can buy food and drinks at The Gateway and enter to win drawings for DVDs and gift cards. All movies will be held at the Olympic Plaza at The Gateway, 10 N. Rio Grande, Salt Lake City. The plaza opens at 7:30 p.m., and movies begin at sunset. For more information, visit shopthegateway.com.

Draper SunCrest

Aug. 3: “Princess and the Frog”

Aug. 9: “The House With a Clock in Its Walls”

Enjoy movies under the stars hosted by SunCrest in Draper. Movies begin at dusk at Village Green Park, 2016 E. Village Green Circle, Draper. For more information, visit facebook.com/suncrestoa.

Kearns

Aug. 2: “Smallfoot,” Chomper’s Cove

Kearns’ Friday Night Flicks hosted by the Kearns Oquirrh Park Fitness Center and the Utah Olympic Oval is back for the summer. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the movies start at sundown. All movies will be held at KOPFC, 5624 Cougar Lane, Kearns. For Chomper’s Cove movies, enter through the south gate. For Park Pavilion movies, enter through the main entrance. Visit kopfc.com for more information.

Magna

Aug. 2: “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”

Aug. 9: “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”

Every Friday night, you can come hear free live music followed by a movie in the park. The movie for Aug. 16 hasn’t been announced yet. All events begin at 8 p.m. at Pleasant Green Park, 3270 S. 8400 West, Magna. For more information, visit magnautah.org.

Millcreek

Aug. 2: “Little Rascals Silent Shorts,” Evergreen Park, 2266 E. Evergreen Ave.

Venture Out invites you and your family to enjoy outdoor movies as well as activities, live music, food trucks and more. Activities start at 6 p.m. and movies begin at dusk. For more information, visit ventureout.org.

Murray

Aug 9: “Bumblebee,” Ken Price Ballpark, 270 E. Vine St.

Murray City is showing outdoor movies all summer with food trucks and concessions available. All movies are free, but you need to reserve seats online at mcreg.com for the June 28 and July 19 movies. All movies start at 9 p.m. For more information, visit murray.utah.gov.

Riverton

Aug 2: “Leave No Trace”

Aug. 9: “Incredibles 2”

Aug. 16: “The House With a Clock in its Walls”

Aug. 23: “Dumbo”

Come enjoy food trucks, vendors, entertainment and games before the movies. Friday Fun Nights will be from 6-9 p.m. followed by the movie at dusk for all dates except the first two. The first movie will take place outside the Riverton Hospital, and the second will be held in conjunction with Town Days. All movies but the first will be at Riverton City Park, 12600 S. 1450 West, Riverton. For more information, visit rivertoncity.com.

Snowbird

Aug. 2: “Grease”

Aug. 9: “Goonies”

Watch free movies up in the mountains on Friday nights. Concessions will be available at The Birdfeeder. Movies begin at dusk and will be at the Snowbird Center Plaza Deck, 9385 S. Snowbird Center Drive. For more information, visit snowbird.com

South Jordan

Aug. 9: “Babe,” County Polo Field, 2100 W. 11400 South

Participate in themed activities and stay for the movie afterward. Festivities begin at 7:30 p.m., and the movies begin at dusk. For more information, visit sjc.utah.gov.

Taylorsville

Aug. 10: “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”

The first movie will be a part of Taylorsville Dayzz and will be held at the Valley Regional Park at 9:30 p.m. All other movies will be at dusk at City Hall, 2600 W. Taylorsville Blvd. For more information, visit taylorsvilleut.gov.

West Valley City

Aug. 9: “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”

The first movie will be a part of WestFest, June 13-16. There will be popcorn and concessions available. All movies will start at dusk at Centennial Park, 5405 W. 3100 South. For more information, visit wvc-ut.gov.

Hyde Park

Aug. 10: “Incredibles 2”

Once a month this summer, Hyde Park will be showing a free family movie in the park. All movies start at dusk at Lee Park, 200 W. Center, Hyde Park, Cache County. For more information, visit hydepark.utahlinks.org.

Bountiful

Aug. 10: “Mary Poppins Returns”

Join the South Davis Recreation Center for free family movie nights. Popcorn, nachos and drinks will be available to purchase. The events start at 8:30 p.m., and the movie begins at dusk at 550 N. 200 West, Bountiful. For more information, visit southdavisrecreation.com.

Centerville

Aug. 2: “Peter Rabbit”

Aug. 9: “Incredibles 2”

Centerville’s Movies in the Park open to the whole family. All movies start at 9 p.m. at Smith Park, 300 N. 100 East, Centerville. For more information, visit centervilleut.net.

Kaysville

Aug. 16: “Smallfoot”

Kaysville’s Movies in the Park has food trucks, a splash pad and, of course, movies. The event begins at 9 p.m. and will be at Heritage Park, 250 N. Fairfield Road, Kaysville. For more information, visit kaysvillecity.com.

Layton

Aug. 2: “The Emperor’s New Groove”

Aug. 9: “Matilda”

Aug. 23: “You’ve Got Mail”

Aug. 30: “Guardians of the Galaxy”

Davis Arts’ Free Friday Film Series uses an outdoor LED screen so they don’t have to wait to start until dusk. There will be different pre-movie activities each Friday starting at 6:30 p.m. All movies begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Kenley Amphitheater, 403 N. Wasatch Drive, Layton. For more information, visit davisarts.org.

Nephi

Aug. 16: “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy movies in the Nephi City Park, 600 N. Main. Concessions will be available to purchase. For more information, visit nephi.utah.gov.

Monticello

Aug. 2: “Smallfoot,” Pioneer Park, 9165 Fallon Ave.

Aug. 16: “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part,” Montiview Park, 5980 Jason Ave.

Monticello Movies in the Park will be happening this August. Bring blankets and chairs and the whole family. Movies start at dusk. For more information, visit monticellocommunitycenter.com.

Park City

Aug. 10: “Storm Boy,” Prospector Square Lot K, 1920 Prospector Ave.

Basin Recreation will be hosting outdoor movies in various locations this summer. On Aug. 23, there will be outdoor movies at Trailside Park, 5715 Trailside Drive, though voting is still open for which titles will be shown. The Aug. 10 movie will be a drive-in and costs $9. For more information, visit parkcityfilm.org.

Vernal

Aug. 9: “Captain Marvel”

Uintah Recreation District is putting on its summer Movie in the Park series again. All movies will start at dusk and will be held at the Uintah Community Center, 610 S. Vernal Ave., Vernal. For more information, visit uintahrecreation.org.

Lehi

Aug. 2: “Incredibles 2”

Aug. 9: “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back”

Thanksgiving Point’s Outdoor Movie Series is back this year with a great series of movies. Concessions will be available to purchase. Admission is free for Thanksgiving Point members, $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 3-12 and seniors. All movies will be at the Waterfall Amphitheatre in Ashton Gardens, 3900 N. Garden Drive, Lehi. For more information, visit thanksgivingpoint.org.

Lindon

Aug. 6: “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” Pioneer Park, 150 S. 500 East

Movies in the Park in Lindon will be hosted by the Bank of Utah and Lindon Parks and Recreation this year. All movies are free and begin at dusk. For more information, visit lindonrecreation.org.

Orem

Aug. 7: “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”

Aug 14: “Incredibles 2”

SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre’s Movies Under the Stars series shows outdoor movies on a large screen in the shell amphitheatre. Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-11 and seniors. Passes to all six movies are $12 for adults and $9 for children and seniors. The amphitheater is at 699 S. State, Orem. For more information, visit scera.org.

Pleasant Grove

Aug 9: “Aquaman,” City Pool, 532 S. 300 E St.

Join the Pleasant Grove Recreation Center for outdoor movies. Games and prizes start at 8 p.m. The first two will be at Pleasant Grove Recreation Center, 547 S. Locust Ave., Pleasant Grove. For more information, visit plgrove.org.

Hurricane

Aug. 3: “Wonder Park”

Aug. 17: “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”

Sept. 14: “Captain Marvel”

Sept. 28: “Dumbo”

Enjoy movies at the pool and the park all summer long. The June 15 and Aug. 3 movies will be held at the City Pool, 750 N. 200 West. The rest will be at the Community Center, 63 S. 100 West, Hurricane, Washington County. For more information, visit hurricanerecreation.com.

St. George

Aug. 9: “Footloose”

Aug. 23: “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”

Sunset on the Square in St. George is happening every second and fourth Friday this summer at the St. George Town Square. Bring blankets and lawn chairs to see these free and family-friendly movies. All movies will be held at 50 S. Main., St. George, at dusk. For more information, visit sgcity.org.

Ogden

Aug. 5: “Ralph Breaks the Internet”

Aug. 12: “Remember the Titans”

Aug. 19: “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”

Monday Night Movies are back with a broad range of movies. The Backstage Bistro will be open for food purchases. Movies begin at 7:30 p.m., at the Ogden Amphitheater, 343 25th St. For more information, visit ogdencity.com.

Huntsville

Aug. 5: “Avengers: Infinity War”

Comment on this story Go up to the mountains and enjoy free movies from Snowbasin Resort. Starting at 6 p.m., there will be Kid’s Zone activities, mini golf and food available to purchase. Movies begin at dusk at Earl’s Lodge Lawn, 3925 E. Snowbasin Road, Huntsville, Weber County. For more information, visit snowbasin.com.

Winter Activities

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jan 09, 2019

This week we wanted to share Things To Do This Winter Outside Of Skiing And Snowboarding - Many come to Utah for skiing and snowboarding, but 'The Greatest Snow on Earth' can provide residents and visitors with so much more! Check out all these activities that have nothing to do with skiing or snowboarding.

Ice Skating - Looking for a winter activity the whole family can enjoy? Visit any of Utah's many ice skating rinks for a fun activity for any skill level. From the warmer indoor rinks to watching the snow fall as you skate outside, ice skating is a quintessential winter time activity. Click here for more information on some of Utah's most popular ice skating rinks.

Snowshoeing - Love hiking and/or backpacking in the summer and looking to get out in nature during the winter? Strap on a pair of snowshoes and hit the trails! Snowshoes provide a fun and easy way to get out into nature and off the beaten path. Participants can rent snowshoes for as low at $20 a day from local sporting outlets and many outfitters offer guided tours. For more information on snowshoeing in Utah,click here.

Tubing And Sledding - Looking for a winter thrill? Try tubing and sledding! Whether you want to visit any number of supermarkets or outdoor retailers and buy your own tube or sled, or you'd rather rent a tube and slide down a man made course (usually they even transport you back up to the top of the hill!), tubing and sledding is fun for the whole family. Check out these locations for tubing parks and some of the best sledding around the Wasatch Front and Back!

Snowmobiling - Ready to go full throttle and race your friends through the powder? Jump and a snowmobile for the jolt of adrenaline you've been looking for. Whether you want to pave your own trail in the backcountry or take a leisurely ride through nature, Utah has some of the best snowmobiling in the country. Click here for more information.

Revisit The Olympics - What would it be like to be an Olympic athlete? With the Utah Olympic Park, you can find out! Take a ride down the bobsled track, watch ski jumping and areal practice, wander the Alf Engen Ski Museum, experience the virtual reality ride, and so much more!

January Events

Now - 4/7: Utah Grizzlies Hockey, West Valley City

Now- 4/10: Utah Jazz Basketball, Salt Lake City

Now - 1/21: Christmas in the Wizarding World, Sandy

Now - 2/24: The Gallivan Center Ice Rink, Salt Lake City

Now - 2/3: Station Park Holiday Ice Rink, Farmington

Now - 2/23: Cosmic Skating, Utah Olympic Oval

1/11 - 1/13: Canned Heat, Park City

1/12 - 2/9: 12th Annual Powder Mountain Grom Fest, Powder Mountain

1/17 - 1/19: An Evening with Rita Coolidge, Park City

1/24 - 2/3: Sundance Film Festival, Park City

1/25: Bill Engvall, Kamas

1/25 - 1/26: All Star Monster Truck Tour, West Valley City

1/30: Kelly Clarkson: Meaning Of Life Tour, Salt Lake City

1/30 - 3/3: Wicked, Salt Lake City

2/1 - 2/2: 2019 Wasatch Yeti Bash, Ogden

2/1 - 2/10: FIS World Championship, Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain, and Solitude

 

Happy 4th of July!

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jul 04, 2018

Happy 4th of July from our family to yours! We hope last week's blog gave some helpful info on today's activities in and around Park City.

Here is what is still happening today and when the fireworks start:

Historic Main Street, City Park, PCMR - At Park City Mountain Base area, enjoy family fun, live music and barbeque, and fireworks at dusk! For more information click here.

Park City Mountain Resort July 3 & 4 | Canyons Village at Park City, Park City Resort Center - Fireworks will shoot off at dusk, approximately 9:30pm. Come check out the 4th of July Celebration, ending with Park City’s annual fireworks presentation.

  • 7:30pm – Live Music by The Soulistics: The Green, Park City Mountain Village
  • 9:30pm – 4th of July Fireworks
More info here.

Also, the 83rd Annual Oakley Rodeo & 4th of July Celebrations run July 4-7, 8pm Nightly | Oakley Rodeo Grounds - The 4th of July wouldn’t be complete without a visit to our local rodeo, with cowboys, clowns and bucking broncos and bulls. Yee Haw! Get tickets early as they well sell out. For more information click here.

 

Spring In Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Mar 21, 2018

Spring is here and as the snow comes and goes the flowers are beginning to bloom in our town. Our flower today comes atop a lovely muffin from Five 5eeds in Park City on Snow Creek Drive.

There are a number of fun activities happening the remainder of this month and we have listed out a few for you and your families as wells as the links to more information on each event.

 

3/22 - 3/31: Easter Bunny Train, Heber City

3/24: Pink Park City, Park City Mountain

3/24 - 3/25: Holi Festival of Colors, Spanish Fork

3/24 - 4/2: Spring Gruv, Park City Mountain

3/30: The Comedy Get Down Tour, West Valley City

3/31: Easter Egg Hunt!, Salt Lake City

4/1: Easter at Snowbird, Snowbird

4/1: Annual Easter Celebration, Park City Mountain

4/1: Easter Bunny visits Deer Valley, Deer Valley Resort

We are proud to be a part of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Property team for many years now. This year the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties received numerous brokerage, office, team, and individual awards at the annual network Sales Convention in San Antonio, Texas on March 5th and 6th 2018. The Utah Properties brokerage was celebrated as the 14th highest performing brokerage while Park City’s Saddleview Office the 3rd highest dollar volume office in the network and Salt Lake City’s Old Mill Office the 7th highest transaction volume for an office in the network.

“Our Berkshire Hathaway professionals are true industry leaders.” said Owner and CEO, Steve Roney. “This year’s convention and honors confirm the caliber and accomplishment of Utah Properties. I look forward to continuing to excel as a brokerage and team.”

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties is an independently owned real estate brokerage dating back to 1976. With offices throughout northern Utah, the company has a long-standing track record of market dominance and dependability. Under the Berkshire Hathaway name, our agency holds the #1 position in Utah’s real estate marketplace and maintains an historic commitment to community-driven service.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, based in Irvine, CA, is a real estate brokerage network built for a new era in residential real estate. The network, among the few organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway name, brings to the real estate market a definitive mark of trust, integrity, stability and longevity. The brand was just recognized for “Highest Overall Satisfaction for Repeat Home Sellers Among National Full Service Real Estate Firms” in J.D. Power’s 2017 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction Study. Visit www.berkshirehathawayhs.com.

 

Housing Market In The Current Economy

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Feb 21, 2018

Before we get into the housing market I wanted to share an update: Storied Development, LLC, announced today the acquisition of Talisker Club in Park City, Utah, including Tuhaye, the Tower Club and residential sites in Empire Pass for an undisclosed amount.

Tuhaye is a 2,000-acre community nine miles east of Park City on the Jordanelle Reservoir. It features a Mark O’Meara Signature golf course, clubhouse, spa, fitness, kids’ camp, tennis courts, miles of hiking trails, and outdoor-activity programming.

Empire Pass is anchored by the Tower Club, a private on-mountain club with a full-service ski locker facility, a kids’ program, heated pools, spas and fitness. Unique to Talisker is The Outpost, an outdoor adventure center at Bonanza Flats.

“The Talisker Club lifestyle is incomparable,” said Mark Enderle, a partner in Storied Development. “Few places have the caliber of four-season amenities offered with the Club, not to mention the proximity to a village with the charm of Park City. We look forward to working closely with our Members, the local brokerage community and engaging the national market to re-introduce the Talisker Club.”

“The properties associated with the Talisker Club are among the premier residential offerings in the West,” said Storied Development partner Mark Yarborough. “With a refreshed vision, an infusion of new capital, and a commitment to providing remarkable experiences for members, their families and guests, there is no limit to Talisker Club’s potential.”

Currently, homesites are being offered in Tuhaye. Plans for a limited new property release are slated for mid-2018. New construction Tuhaye amenities and marketing outreach are set to begin this spring. To learn more about this acquisition and Storied Development, visit storiedliving.com.

This week we have included a number of charts and graphs regarding the housing segment of our current economy. We hope this information will help you make well informed and timely real estate decisions. Call with any questions as I am available to into further depth on each topic.

The Economy – Recession Signals Not There( Source: Cornerstone Macro)

 

 

 

The Economy – Housing Represents a PotentialEconomic Boost…Increasing Homeownership Rates

 

 

Economy – Housing Could Provide Economic Boost…Low Inventory

Economy – Bank Credit Getting BetterEasier to Obtain Financing

 

 

 

 

Economy – Home Ownership Could Boost Economy and….Help Real Estate
In Conclusion - The charts above give an overall view of the current market with recent volatility in equity markets representing a correction, not a new bear market. By historical standards, housing inventory, interest rates, and homeownership rates are low and credit requirements for mortgage lending are gradually improving. Modest increases in the rate of inflation are likely to be moderated by wage increases and owning a home versus renting a home comparison are very favorable.

February Events

2/22 - 2/24: An Evening with Paula Cole, Park City

2/23: Wasatch Powder Keg Sprint Race, Salt Lake City

2/23 - 2/24: 2018 Wasatch Golf Expo, Sandy

2/27 - 3/4: The Sound of Music, Salt Lake City

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Park City Restaurants

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Apr 12, 2017

Sara Sergent CoffeeIf you have not been to the Visit Park City website you are missing out on a great wealth knowledge about all things Park City. They recently posted NEW RESTAURANTS IN PARK CITY, UTAH by Visit Park City elaborating on Park City’s continuously growing and evolving food scene. With its variety of flavors, Park City’s restaurants truly have something for everyone – regardless of taste.  In addition to a long list of new eateries, some of the Park City favorites have redone their spaces and menus as well.

FIREWOOD ON MAIN Firewood brings unique and interesting flavors to Park City’s Historic Main Street, as it is committed to serving a menu cooked entirely by firewood - serving dinner from 5:30-9:30 PM Sunday-Thursday, and from 5:30-10:00 PM Friday and Saturday. FIVE5EEDS  Five5eeds utilizes seasonal and local ingredients to create delicious, Australian-inspired dishes, and an exceptional restaurant environment - open seven days a week from 7:30 AM-3:00 PM. FRESHIES LOBSTER CO. Freshies Lobster Co. promises its customers lobster that arrives from the Maine shore to the Utah store in 24 hours. The café menu not only features their classic lobster rolls, but has soups, salads, and sandwiches, too! Open Monday-Saturday from 11:00 AM-8:00 PM and Sunday from 11:00 AM-3:00 PM.

HARVEST CAFÉ  A quaint café located near the bottom of Historic Main Street, Harvest’s menu includes Australian-inspired breakfast, lunch, and tasty coffee.  Harvest Café  is open from 8:00 AM-3:00 PM, seven days a week, Harvest Café is a must-stop for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. RIVERHORSE PROVISIONS Riverhorse on Main recently opened its own provisions shop at the top of Historic Main Street.  Since opening its doors at the end of December 2016, Riverhorse Provisions has . “Accessible gourmet on Main,” available for breakfast, lunch, après-ski (and any of your other needs!) seven days a week from 7:30 AM-7:00 PM. VERSANTE HEARTH + BAR  Located in the newly remodeled Park City Peaks Hotel, Versante Hearth + Bar, Versante’s menu offers a variety of American and Italian-style favorites, including flatbread pizza, pasta, craft beer, and specialty cocktails –  open daily from 3:00 PM-12:00 AM.

RESTAURANT UPDATES from Visit Park City

THE SPUR BAR AND GRILL  An old Park City favorite with a brand new look, the Spur Bar and Grill recently renovated and expanded their space. A popular spot for live music and dancing, the Spur’s space (formerly accessible via an alleyway) now sits directly on Historic Main Street with an upstairs balcony and oversized windows that offer expansive views. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, and dancing, the Spur is a go-to option for visitors and locals alike. Open from 10:00 PM-1:00 AM daily. EATING ESTABLISHMENT Eating Establishment, located at the top of Historic Main Street, revamped in the fall of 2016 and has a new look along with a new menu. Eating Establishment has been open since 1972, making it the oldest continuously open restaurant in Park City. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the new space features a cozy dining room, breakfast counter, and a brand new bar offering classic cocktails. Perhaps also notable – Eating Establishment is partially-owned by actor Ty Burrell, who plays dad of three on Modern Family.  Open seven days a week from 8:00 AM-10:00 PM Friday-Sunday and 8:00 AM-3:00 PM, 5:00-10:00 PM Monday-Thursday. 

BHHS StatsReal Estate Stats: Our first quarter overall market statistics are here and Berkshire Hathaway leads the way. Judy and I are  available to assist in all your real estate needs.

Ramon Gomez, Jr., Associate Broker ABR, RSPS, SFR, PCBR, CIPS

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Utah Properties - BHHS Luxury Collection Specialist

ramon@rgomezjr.com / Cell 435-640-0590

Community Support

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Feb 15, 2017

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It is with great sadness that Judy and I share the news of the passing of our son-in-law Jay Corcoran. Our daughter, Maria, and Jay moved their adorable family of four from Heber City to Seattle, Washington on February 3rd. A week later on February 10th, after having their possessions delivered to their new home, Jay complained of a headache and ear ache, which at the time was thought to be a sinus infection. By Saturday he was in the ER, and within hours he was in the ICU fighting for his life after suffering multiple heart attacks. Doctors said he had Bacterial Meningitis which was further complicated by the heart attacks. Jay was on life support and went into a non-medically induced coma with too much extensive damage to his brain to recover. Jay Corcoran, only 40 years old, was a husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend.

Our daughter is beyond devastated. Maria has found herself a widow, single mother to 8 year old Ana and 11 month old Jimmy and is now alone in a new city, with virtually little to no support. The hospital was an "out of network" hospital due to their recent move. With the loss of her husband the last thing Maria needs to worry about is medical bills. A gofundme account has been set up to help our daughter and her children in this time of need and any support is greatly appreciated.

Judy and I thank all of our friends and family for the thoughts and prayers as we help our daughter through this unimaginable time.

https://www.gofundme.com/support-for-the-corcoran-family

Outdoors in Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jul 13, 2016

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAfxAAAAJDA1MDUxZTVkLTMwMjQtNDlhMi1hYzhhLTNiNDg5NDIwZGY4YQPark City has been on the biking map for sometime and is proud to have been awarded a Gold Medal in Singletrack.  Our fair town is also one of the Top 10 Mountain Bike Destinations in North America. But, let's not forget our hikers - Park City, Utah boasts more than 400 miles of trails and it can be difficult to know which hikes are suited for you, here are five local favorites! Whether you're searching for family-friendly outings or a longer adventure to the top of a mountain, any one of these trails is a great starting point for your next Park City hike.

The Rio Olympics are one month away, so get your gold medal experience at the Utah Olympic Park as there is fun for the entire family and activities daily. In the mood for something pleasant to the ears... the Park City Beethoven Festival officially kicks off its 33rd season at the Park City Community Church and runs through August 15th at various venues around town. Not enough things to do in Park City - well check out a Historical Gourmand Food Tour with Chris McLaws - Ranked #1 Thing To Do by TripAdvisor.

Prior to becoming a Realtor I was in the hospitality business for many years and managed a number of golf clubs, including the prestigious Glenwild - right here in Park City. My love of golf and knowledge of Golf Clubs has helped in the sales and purchases of many homes in golf communities around Park City. Here is a video of all the Golf Club Communities in the Park City area to give you a glimpse at all these beautiful courses. Let me know if you have any questions about homes for sale or if you are looking to list your home at one of these great courses.

On a quick side note... I am proud to be a part of the National Association of Realtors and to have recently earned my Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS). Please let me know how I may help you in your international home sale or search.

Heber Valley Market

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jun 01, 2016

RL2 copyHeber Valley is only fifteen minutes from Park City and thirty minutes from Provo, the majestic Heber Valley is perfectly situated at the base of the mighty Wasatch mountains. Home to some of the most beautiful ranch property in the country, the Heber Valley offers breathtaking views of the nearly 12,000 foot Mt. Timpanogos and has the Jordanelle Reservoir to the North and Deer Creek Reservoir to the south, both offering a wide variety of water sports including fishing and boating. Property types range from charming historic single family homes to expansive ranches and luxury golf properties. Heber Valley is a golfers dream with over 100 holes of golf at the Wasatch Mountain State Park, Soldier Hollow, Quarry Springs, and the private gated community of Red Ledges. Heber City was recently named as one of the greatest towns in America.

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Midway, home to Swiss Days and the Olympic-designated Nordic track at Soldier Hollow, has several new developments in addition to its lovely ranches and bungalows. Midway is also home to 100 holes of golf at 5 different courses and the Soldier Hollow cross-country ski track. Midway offers a slower pace lifestyle, that allows equestrian pursuits as well as close proximity to the hustle and bustle of Park City and Salt Lake. Homes here have a charming mountain setting that is peaceful and quaint and command a premium over the rest of the Heber Valley.

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Heber and Midway boast award-winning restaurants, champion-designated golf courses, parks, and expansive trail systems. Whether you love horses, hiking, golfing, fishing, or enjoying the best of the American West, Heber Valley is not to be missed. Check out the upcoming events in the Heber Valley and peruse the  2015 Heber Valley Market Report.

 

Upcoming Events in Heber:

6/3 Commemorative Air Force Swing Dance at Heber City Airport

6/4 Free Fishing Day at Wasatch Mountain State Park

6/4 National Trails Day at State Parks

6/16 Heber City's Farmer's Market on Main Street

6/17-6/18 Ragnar Relay Running Series

6/25 Wasatch Chevy's "Back to the 50's" Car Show Main Street

7/4 Homestead Old Fashion 4th of July

7/14-7/16 IRHA Intermountain Reining Horse Association

7/16 Fire on the Water at Jordanelle

7/30 Wasatch County Demolition Derby at Wasatch County Events Complex

8/5-8/6 Utah Commemorative Airforce Classic Car Show at Heber City Airport

8/6-8/7 Tour of Utah

8/20 National Ability Center's Summit Challenge Bike Race in Midway

Call us with any questions about the Heber Valley or visit our website to search all the homes currently on the market.

 
 
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