Buying in St. George, UT

Handy tips and articles about buying a home in St. George, Utah.

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Earning a home is a life goal for many people.  Home ownership affords you privacy, gives you equity and there are even tax advantages. 

Even for people who already own a home, the essential dream doesn't go away. It just alters focus slightly. You start considering questions about whether a better home is practical.

There is one question that confronts everyone during their quests for home ownership. Should I buy an existing house or look into new construction homes?

Both options provide advantages, but they also include disadvantages. It's important to have a handle on these issues before you make a final decision.

With that in mind, let's dig into the pros and cons of...

Existing Vs. New Construction Homes

Since a home is one of the

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Trail Tuesday took me to the Bloomington area of St. George, Utah.  I noticed that there are beautiful homes for sale in the Bloomington area.  The homes in this area of Southern Utah seem to be very unique, one-of-a-kind homes in beautiful dessert settings.  I hiked around the hills in Bloomington and ended my hike at the Bloomington Petroglyph Park.  This park is a very small park with large boulders that have hundreds of petroglyphs on them.  The area is fenced, but there is an opening so that you can walk right up to the carvings.   There is also a bench for you to sit on to view the engravings on the beautiful boulders.   

Many of the carved images represent humans and animals, as well as designs and possibly early trail maps.  I looked

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I am amazed at the number of Southern Utah homes that have lush, green lawns.  I moved into a new home in the Little Valley area of St. George from Farmington, Utah.  I quickly started asking how we could maintain our new existing, green lawn.  I spoke to our landscaper and my neighbors and these are the things they told me to do to keep my lawn green in this sunny, warm climate. 

  1.        Keep your grass cut regularly to prevent weeds
  2.        Keep the blades on your lawn mower sharp, so that you are cutting your grass not tearing it
  3.        Don’t cut your grass too short - removing more than 1/3 of the grass blade will stress out your lawn  
  4.        If your soil is tough, aerate it to loosen the ground
  5.        Fertilize your lawn two
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Buying a home is hard enough, but many people find themselves in the position of needing to sell their house either before or at the same time they are buying one. As if one wasn’t stressful enough… It is possible to make the process easier. Here are a few tips to think about before you get started.

  1.        Get a Net Sheet for Your Current Home

A net sheet will tell you how much you’ll be walking away with when selling your home after closing costs. If you are counting on that money to make a down payment, this will give you an idea of what you can expect to have available. This is also a good time to get an idea of how much your current home is worth.

  1.        Put Your House on the Market

It is important to list your house before

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If you’re like me, you are intimidated by starting the process of getting a mortgage. Like most things, it’s the unknown that is scary. Learning about the process bit by bit can make the process more manageable. So before you call your real estate agent, here are a few quick things to know to make the process less intimidating.

  1.        Examine your Financials

Before you do anything else, you want to make sure you are in a good enough financial state to even consider taking on this responsibility. Analyze your debts. Do you have a lot of debt? Will buying a house make it harder to pay off the debt? After analyzing your debts, make sure you have enough money saved to make a down payment. Will a down payment deplete you? Do you have enough for

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Whether you're buying, selling, or a first-time home buyer, you need to know the pulse of the St. George Real Estate Market. Here are 5 big trends to watch!

Are you looking to buy or sell a home in the St. George, Utah area? If so, you're in luck! The real estate market is booming in this scenic southwestern city and for good reason. Sometimes referred to as "Utah's Florida," St George offers great weather including over 300 days of sunshine per year, world-class golf, and close proximity to Zion National Park and many other state and national parks and monuments.

Today, we're breaking down St George real estate trends to watch, so you'll know what to look for when making your next move.

Ready to learn more? Let's dive in!

1. The Market is

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I came across these 10 Must-Do Move-In Tasks published by Lowes.  Even though I have been in my new St. George home for four months now, it was a good checklist of things to go over.  So whether you are moving into a new home or a pre-owned home, check these things out and see what you need to do. 

Here are the 10 House Checklist Must-Do Move-In Tasks:

  1.        Change locks.  Play it safe and have your locks changed just in case there are other existing keys out there.

  2.        Reprogram the garage door opener.  It’s better to be safe than sorry.  You can contact the manufacturer or go online to find steps.   

  3.        Locate the water shutoff.  Find the main water shutoff as well as all

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When we moved from the Salt Lake area to St. George, Utah this past spring we knew we wanted to have a swimming pool in our backyard.  After 3 crazy months we just had our first pool party in our new, beautiful swimming pool.  I am definitely not an expert on pools, but I will share with you my experience, as a first time swimming pool owner, who was involved in the entire process of building a pool.

First of all when we decided to build a pool we checked around and talked to everyone we could about what kind of pool we wanted and who should build it for us.  We were very impressed with several companies.  We had four different companies come out and give us bids in our backyard.  We decided we wanted a gunite pool after talking to our fabulous

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Decide on exactly what you want in a home as well as the things you are willing to compromise one. Deciding these things ahead of time will help you narrow down your choice. It is also important to decide exactly what you are willing to pay, so you don’t talk yourself into something out of your price range.

Educate yourself on market trends

House hunting can be overwhelming, and understanding your local housing market can be even more so. One thing you can do is look on real estate websites that offer price estimates. This can prepare you for what to expect to pay for similar properties. Also, look at reports that can tell you how many homes are for sale in your area. This will help you determine if you are looking in a buyer’s or

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I recently moved from the Salt Lake City area to St. George.  A moving company packed up our belongings and moved all of our items down to Southern Utah for us.  We have spent the last four months unpacking our belongings and moving into our new house.  When we finished unloading everything, we had hundreds of boxes in all shapes and sizes to recycle. 

I went online and got mixed information.  Some grocery and home improvement stores in the area said that they recycle boxes on their websites, but when I called about it, they knew nothing about a recycling program.  Finally, I called Rocky Mountain Recycling Center.  They told me to bring any boxes I had to their recycling location and they would gladly recycle the boxes for us, at no charge. 

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