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According to Wikipedia 67% of adults in the United States own their own home and if you're not one of them, here are the top 4 reasons you should:

1. Pride of ownership. "Your home is your castle!" It’s easy to tell when someone takes pride in owning their home. The continual maintenance of their home is top priority, not only for their own comfort and enjoyment but for the longevity of their investment.

2. Create memories. Your home is where memories are created and treasured, such as weddings, children, birthdays and holidays. It’s a place where the generations of families can join together. These memories are best experienced and preserved in a home of your own.

3. Creative space. You can paint an accent wall, update fixtures, cabinets,

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Getting a professional inspection done when buying a home in St George, UT is just common sense. There may be a couple of items missed during the inspection that you should be aware of. 

These two items are:

  1. The age of the the hot water heater.

  2. The age of the heat pump or air conditioning unit. A working heat pump or air conditioner is super important in the hot St George summer months. Summer is almost always the time when they’ll die.

Of course these two items will be covered by your home warranty, but if one of these systems goes out you will be annoyingly inconvenienced for a while. Plus, you will have to “arm wrestle” the home warranty company to do expensive repairs (which they hate doing).

So, if your home inspector doesn’t

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Are you thinking about buying a second home in The Ledges of St George community to use as a vacation rental home? There are several things to consider.

The first thing you should keep in mind is that vacation rental income often only supplements the carrying cost of a property - it doesn’t always translate to a profit once other expenses are paid.

For example, if your Ledges vacation rental is rented 30% of the time (optimistic), and you are getting $250/night, your rental would be bringing in about $3,750/month. Sounds good, huh? But not so fast. Property management fees can be as high as 50% of the gross rental income for nightly rentals (i.e. the Ledges of St George).  From this example, you would net $1,875 after management fees.

Now,

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The Community

Entrada at Snow Canyon is a luxury home community located in Southwestern Utah. It is a development large enough so that portions of it are located in three different cities; Santa Clara, Ivins and St George. 

There are several different sections of the Entrada community all of which have their own price point. A few of the communities include: Chaco Bench, Chaco West, Kachina Cliffs, Toroweap, Lava Falls, Kachina Springs and The Reserve. 

 

The Homes

All of the homes in the various communities are built southwest style, somewhat similar to Santa Fe style homes, but more modern. 

Common to most of the homes are incredible views, huge picture windows and dramatic ceilings.

Custom ceiling designs include beamed,

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Buying a home for the first time can be a daunting experience. While there is so much information at your fingertips, the sheer amount can seem overwhelming.

Where do you even start? And do you have to be pre-qualified for a mortgage before you can begin looking?

While this is a huge step to take in any person's life, buying a home for the first time is also incredibly exciting.

If you are ready to be a first-time home buyer in St. George, Utah, there are a number of important questions you should be asking. To learn more about them, just keep reading...

Finding a High-Quality Realtor(R)

First thing's first, if you're buying a home for the first time, you'll want to find yourself a high-quality Realtor(R).

And yes, you will also

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So, you're thinking of buying a home in St. George, Utah?

Congratulations!

Southern Utah is home to some of the world's most stunning national parks, beautiful sunshine and, in our humble opinion, some pretty fantastic real estate.

While it's easy to get caught up in the excitement of purchasing a home, there are certain steps homebuyers must take before officially beginning their search.

We've done the work for you and prepared an essential home buying checklist to consider prior to beginning your property search.

Enjoy! 

1. Gather Essential Documents

First things first, there are many essential documents one must have prepared when considering purchasing a home.

While we sometimes might wish we could waltz into the home of our

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Buying a vacation home is a little different from purchasing a primary residence. There are just as many if not more things to consider besides location and space. If you don't think of everything before jumping into a 30-year commitment, it could affect your future negatively.

But where do you start? Knowing where you want to buy is the first step. And, of course, you'll need to know what you can afford.

Beyond the basics, however, are some things that you may not think of on your own. All of these factors combined should be entertained so that you can make the best choice for you and your family.

If you want to know more about how to find vacation homes for sale in St George then you've come to the right place. In this article, we're discussing

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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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House Republican leaders proposed a tax bill Thursday that would reduce the popular mortgage interest deduction by 50%, for some households. Currently, homeowners can deduct interest payments for mortgage loans up to $1 million. With the newly proposed bill this deduction would be preserved for existing mortgages, but would limit new purchase loans up to $500,000.  In addition, the rule allowing homeowners to deduct property taxes from their taxable income would be capped at $10,000.  If passed, the bill will most assuredly have a negative impact on housing and real estate nationwide.  In a statement, National Association of Realtors President William Brown said, "Eliminating or nullifying the tax incentives for homeownership puts home values and

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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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