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According to a new report from NIA Excel, a commercial real estate firm operating in much of the western United States, 2017 was a notable year for construction in Southern Utah. Records were made in both money spend and square footage created.

This won’t come as a surprise to locals who have been seeing new retail shops and housing developments popping up the last several years, but in 2017 there was a notable increase.

Additionally, vacancy rates are low across Southern Utah. Vacancies in multi-family units are below one percent, and single family homes booming. In July, The Spectrum reported, that halfway through the year asking prices had never been higher and homes were selling fast. In 2018, two large apartment complexes are expected to be

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Even after your real estate agent helped you find your dream home, there are a few things you might want to improve such as a new deck, a larger kitchen, an updated heating system, or a new roof. For many, simply paying for an improvement isn’t possible, but that doesn’t mean your home improvement dreams can’t become a reality. There are a few options for financing your improvements.

Refinance Your Mortgage

This can be a simple way to pay for a big improvement, especially if your mortgage isn’t favorable to you in the first place. You do need to be careful if you take this route. You don’t want to refinance an improvement that will not last as long as the loan. Using the loan to replace a roof that will last a couple decades may be worth it.

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With 2017 coming to a close, parks across Utah are set to break attendance records.

The Spectrum reported, attendance was up 5 percent from last year at Zion with 4.4 million visitors as of the end of November. Bryce Canyon was at 2.5million visitors up from the 2.4 million visitors last year. Capital Reef has already seen 1.1 million visitors. Both Bryce Canyon and Capital Reef have doubled their visitors in the past decade. Canyonlands and Arches have also past the records from last year.

Discussion about the increased visitors has focused on Zion as attendance is up 70% since 2010. The park is the fifth most visited national park in the country and is a huge part of Utah’s tourism industry.

The number of visitors in the parks has many

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The winter holiday months are NOT the most popular time to put a house on the market. In fact, home sales are at the lowest in the winter. For some sellers, this time may be their only choice. If you are putting a home on the market during the winter, here are a few tips that can help you be successful.

Find the Right Buyers

People that are house hunting during the holidays are usually on a deadline due to a job relocation or emergency move. Targeting this kind of buyer will hopefully help you sell the house faster.

Stage a Cozy House

Winter and the holidays can be a fun time for staging your house. Some tasteful holiday decorations can help the potential buyers see the potential in the home. Be careful with the number of decorations

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For many fall is when life gets a little crazier after a relaxing summer—school starts, schedules get busier, and the holidays inch closer. As life gets crazier, doing a beginning of fall clean of the house will help you keep your days organized. Here are a few things you should do both outside and inside the house at the beginning of fall.

Outside

-Wash your exterior windows—this can be done with a squeegee or a hose.

-Clean your patio furniture—even though you will still get plenty of use out of these in the fall, it is still a good time to clean them after being used all summer.

-Inspect your windows and doors—make sure they are all closing and sealed properly.

Inside

-Organize the closets—with a more hectic life, there is less

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After an early summer fire burned 71,000 acres in Brian Head, the area is looking forward to winter skiing season. The fire led to a two-week evacuation of the mountain town. While the town did open for the rest of the summer, the area saw some effects of the fire for the rest of the summer.

Most summers, Brian Head is a destination for mountain biking, hiking, zip lining, and other outdoor adventures. This area’s Fourth of July celebration usually brings in 80 percent of the towns tourist revenue according to The Spectrum. This year’s celebration brought in about a quarter of tourists as compared to recent years. Tourism picked up, but the town hopes winter will bring more tourism.

Brian Head is one of the best ski options for people living in

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On a recent trip to my parents, my mom discussed changing the carpet in the bedrooms of their new (to them) home. The carpets had been in the house for ten years and smell like the previous owner's dog. She knows she needs and wants to replace them, but can’t decide on the right carpet. It’s an expensive and long-term decision so you want to make sure you make the right choice. Here are a few things we learned when researching carpet.

Start with the Padding

The padding isn’t something you initially think about when choosing carpet because it isn’t visible, but it makes a bid different to the feel of your carpet. Padding helps hide imperfections on the floor and adds extra cushion. It may be tempting to skimp on the padding, but a good padding

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The area your washing machine and dryer are located can be the least favorite part of the house. It is often a mess, filled with junk, and in many cases an impractical space—laundry rooms in garages, unfinished basements, or small spaces off the kitchen. Having a well-designed laundry room can bring organization to your home and make the never ending process of laundry more enjoyable. Below are a few things to consider if you are finally creating your perfect laundry room.

Make a Place for Everything

While in the design stage, think of everything you could possibly store in your laundry room and give it a home. Make sure there is a place to hang laundry, store folded laundry, and store any laundry supplies such as soap, ironing boards, etc… It’s

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A recent National Geographic article named two Utah towns on its list of “America’s 20 Best Mountain Biking Towns”. For adventure seekers, this may come as no surprise. Between all of Utah’s national parks and wild landscape, Utah is a great place to find outdoor adventure.

Moab made number one on the list. The red rock landscape makes for an otherworldly view. Some of Moab’s best trails include Porcupine Rim, Slickrock, and Whole Enchilada. The location of Moab makes traveling to other beautiful areas such as Arches and Canyonlands also makes the trip worth it.

Park City made the list at number four. The International Mountain Biking Association awarded Park City its first gold-level status of its 37 designated “ride centers’. Park City

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Whenever I move it takes me months to finally hang pictures on the wall. I’m always nervous I’ll hang them in the wrong place or hang them the wrong way. I know I shouldn’t be intimidated by something that isn’t permanent, so I did some research on how to hang a picture correctly the first time.

Find the Place to Hang It

It’s hard to tell if the placement of a picture looks good from up close. Have someone hold the picture where you want it so you can step back and look at it from different angles. You can tell the person to move it around on different parts of the wall until you are satisfied with the location. A few things you should keep in mind is lighting and wall studs. Pictures might look very different depending on the time of day, so if

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