Living in South Davis County

Woods Cross, Bountiful, West Bountiful and Surrounding Areas

Live a Happy Life…Be Grateful….

This is a perfect day to show this happiness trait.  Sunday is a great time to express gratitude for those blessings in your life.  Whether you choose to attend Sunday Services or not, it is still a good day to take stock of what you have.  Darcy and I find that our work week seem to go much better when we attend Church on Sunday, it is a nice change from the everyday routine that we find ourselves in.  We also find that it is a great opportunity to think about someone other than ourselves.  It is our opportunity to give thanks and recognize just how many blessings we have in our lives.

I believe that another great opportunity to do this is while you’re are planning out the coming week.  If we stop and take an accounting of what we have in our lives; it may help us focus our planning efforts this week and allow us to go forward with a plan knowing what our goals and ambitions are.  We have a hymn that is often sung in Church that says “Count your many blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.”  It really helps us to put into perspective what is important and what direction we need to focus our efforts.

Go ahead, be thankful for the good things that you have in your life!


Another Great Home in West Bountiful, Utah

Live a Happy Life..Problems are Challenges….

In this post I am continuing with my take on the list of traits that happy people have.  I got this list from a neighborhood newsletter.  There was no source of the list in the article.  I mention this in each post to show that the list isn’t something that I came up with.  I wish that I had!  Todays trait is to see problems as challenges.  This is not something that is new.  Many coaches and trainers have mentioned this trait in their services.  It seems like an easy thing to do, but in practice, probably not so!

To me, this is all about attitude.  When we look at problems as challenges we are excited to take on and solve these problems or challenges.  When we see them as problems, we do so with a defeated attitude.  It isn’t that we don’t realize that we need to solve the problem, rather we look at it as a road block.  Often we even develop a state of mind where we wonder what will go wrong next.  It gets us down, and affects our overall well state of mind.  I have seen and heard that we should not ask God not to put challenges in our way, rather we should pray for the ability to overcome them.

This is something that I do agree with.  We will never see any personal growth or progress if we have no problems or challenges.  Challenges or problems bring out the very best in people.  We have witnessed this lately in the horrific happenings of this past week, everyday people did heroic things.  This isn’t a once in a while thing, it is an every time thing that we witness.  Every person has the ability to overcome almost all of the problems and challenges in life.  There are a few that we can’t completely overcome, I am talking about things like death and taxes!

Seriously, we really need to change our attitude if we wish to attain happiness.  We don’t have the attitude where we feel like we’re being picked on, or singled out with the problems that arise.  It is really up to us, we can develope an attitude where we look at problems as opportunities for growth.  We really can choose to be happy.  We can be optimistic when facing problems!


Hogan Cabin, Woods Cross, Utah

Vehicle Advertising…Helping or Hurting Your Business???

As some of you know, we are currently in Anaheim.  We have attended the Inman News sponsored Agent Reboot session.  We chose to drive from Bountiful to Anaheim.  It works out the best for us and our dogs,.  It allows us to have someone watch the dogs who they are familiar with as we drop them off in Kanarraville in Southern Utah.  That isn’t the point of this post.

The point that I would like to make in this post is while driving we notice the driving skill or lack thereof of many drivers as we passed through parts of 4 States.  We noticed almost innumerable company vehicles along the way.  Some had simple door signs or decals, while others were elaborately decorated with decals and even vehicle wraps.  This is an effective way to advertise, we have in the past, had decals on our vehicles with our names and website information.  We would notice dramatic increases in the number of hits on our website when we would go on vacation.

What I would really like to discuss in this post is do we really help our business when we drive like maniacs in our company vehicles?  I can think of 3 companies minimum whose vehicles cut me and several other drivers off, flew past going well over 100 MPH or a combination of the above that I would not call if they were the only company to come up in a Google search.

I don’t know whether they will take time to stop and consider what our driving patterns do to help or hinder their brand.  I am sorry, if you wish to endanger my family’s lives (along with my own), with your aggressive driving, you have kissed my business good bye!  Not only that, I will make sure that should any one ask me about your company, I will not be giving you any favorable recommendation!

In today’s world of cell phones and constant and on going communication, if you’re going to be running late, you can call.  You don’t need to drive as though you are competing in Le Mans!  When you really think about it, you really can undo a lot of time and money that you have spent building your brand and reputation with just one trip down the road!  Whether you receive a ticket or not, that speed racer mentality driving can cost you a LOT of money!

I know that I like to drive a little above the speed limit on long trips, so I really have to watch myself.  I have noticed that I really do have a better trip when I relax and realize


Lightening McQueen

Live a Happy Life…Be Kind….

This is another in the list of traits of happy people that I found in a community newsletter.  Once again, I have no idea who to attribute this list to.  I would like to give the author credit, but I really do not know who it is that deserves the credit.  The second trait on the list is very important.  Treat everyone with kindness.  I have written something similar to this on a couple of occasions.  It really is that simple, be kind to everyone.

It isn’t really isn’t that difficult, we all love it when someone treats us with kindness, and we have been told over and over again that we should treat people the way that we would like to be treated.  I have also been told that you never know the power of a kind word or act in someone else’s life.  It does not cost us anything to be kind in fact; it rewards us to be kind.  Some will say that showing kindness is a sign of weakness; that is not true!  It takes much more strength to treat someone kindly than it does to do otherwise, especially those who are being difficult!

In our business treating others well will eventually reward us.  It is hard to fool people all the time so if you consistently treat others with kindness, people will recognize that.  Clients will refer people to their friends if you treat them well, other agents will like to work with you if you treat them well.  Most importantly, you will feel better about yourself and about life in general.  So go out and be kind to everyone that you meet. It will surprise you just how good it makes you feel and how happy those around you become!  Choose to be happy, and be kind to everyone!


Tow Mater

Training is Important…

One of the important things to look for when hiring a Realtor is their training.  Market trends, conditions and technology change very quickly.  It is very important to have a Realtor who takes the opportunity to get training and keeps up on new trends and ideas.  The C Team has spent the day doing just that.  We spent the day in Agent Reboot sponsored by Inman News.  We drove to Anaheim, California to attend this training.

We have seen technology changes and shifts in the past five years that we had never before seen in our industry.  My cell phone has more storage capacity and operational ability than the first desk top personal computer that I bought.  I remember when I bought that computer all those years ago being amazed at the things that it could do, and this was before Windows came along!

I shake my head at how much computers have changed and how our communication styles have changed.  There was no texting option with the first cell phone that I had, the cell phone was huge compared to my smart phone, and there was no camera, video nor Angry Birds available on that phone!

I can now carry my favorite books, music, access movies and TV shows, play games, take photos and video, email, browse the internet, chat, text and actually make phone calls with my smart phone.  In other words, things have changed!  It is important for your Realtor to keep up with these changes!

When you hire someone to help you buy or sell your home, make sure that you hire someone who is willing to invest in the training to stay current with changes and new technology.  The C Team has made the investment to keep up with the trends in technology.  It didn’t hurt that the pursuit of this training was held across the street from Disneyland!


Lightening McQueen

Live a Happy Life..Hold no Grudges….

I came across some helpful hints in a neighborhood newsletter that I thought that I would share and expand into a blog series.  There are 22 hints in all.  I may end up combining some hints so there may or may not be 22 blog posts associated with these hints.  The author of the list is un-credited in the newsletter, so I have no way of giving credit to whoever assembled this list.

The first trait of happy people is that they don’t hold grudges.  I have to admit it, I have a hard time with this, even if I do consider myself to be a happy person.  This is not an easy thing to get past, at least from my perspective.  When I think about, I know that each day that I wander through this life I most likely will rub someone the wrong way.  I do not set out to offend or annoy anyone, but I am sure that I am guilty of doing it anyway.  If I were wise enough to stop and think about the person who I am offended by, and place myself in their shoes, I would bet that a large majority of these people offended me unintentionally.

I believe that in today’s World, too often we are caught up in ourselves.  We tend to think that we’re entitled to something.  The reality is what we’re entitled to, is to live our lives to the best of our abilities.  The truly happy people realize that is what every other person in the World is also entitled to do as well.  I often look through the obituaries in the newspaper.  It is a sad fact, I am getting older and many of the neighbors that I grew up with are passing on.  I was startled when I saw a former classmate’s obituary in the paper.  It reminded me that life is too short, I need to get over myself and move one.

In order for me to truly move on, I need to let go of all past grudges and give those who have offended me the benefit of the doubt.  That way, my feelings are no longer hurt and I no longer am feeling the anger or pain associated with that slight!  At any rate, I do not believe that I should allow other people’s actions define my happiness!


Beautiful Home in West Bountiful, Utah

Bountiful Market Review For the Past 30 Days….

We next wish to show you what the Real Estate Market in Bountiful has been doing for the past 30 days.  We again are focusing on the sold statistics for single family residences. 

There have been 33 homes sell in Bountiful in the past 30 days.  The home that was the lowest priced home to sell sold for $120,000.  The home that was the highest price home to sell sold for $650,000.  The average sales price for home which sold in the past 30 days was $271,072. 

This shows that a lot of mid priced homes sold in the past 30 days.  How do we make that statement?  The highest priced home that sold was less than half of the highest priced home to sell in the past 90 days, yet the average sales price of homes which sold rose over $2,000, not a huge number, but significant in that it shows that the mid range home price point had a strong sales month.

Another significant decline in the median days that homes were on the market.  In the past 30 days that number is 29 days, compared to 34 days from the 90 day statistics. This means that homes are staying less time on the market prior to receiving an accepted contract.  These are some astounding numbers! 

Once again, as a buyer and a seller it shows that it is important to have a good Realtor working for you!  You need to have someone who is able to see the market trends and assist you in all of your Real Estate needs! 


Views from the East Bench in Bountiful, Utah

Bountiful Market Review for the Past 90 Days…..

Like we have done in the other cities which we have written real estate market reviews for, the purpose of these reviews are to allow people to see what is going on in the real estate market for in this case, Bountiful.  These reviews have only been prepared for single family homes, in this particular review we will focus on just the homes that have sold in the past 90 days.

There were 96 single family homes sell in Bountiful in the past 90 days.  The home that was the lowest priced home to sell, sold for $114,460.  The home that sold in the past 90 days with the highest price, sold for $1,459,000.  The average sales price for homes which sold in the past 90 days was $268,983.  Which shows that homes in the lower price range dominated the sales in the past 90 days.

The median days on market is also down to 34 days, down 3 days from the 1 year totals.  This still is an amazing number!  It really does show that there is really not a lot of time for indecision to purchase a home in the Bountiful city limits.  Another factor to consider when purchasing your home in Bountiful is realize that you may well find yourself in a multiple offer situation.

What that means is that because there are so many people looking to purchase a home with interest rates being so low, that a person selling a home may receive several offers to purchase that home on any given day.  These are the situations which can occur in a market where the average days on market are low.  Situations like this along with all of the other little things can that happen, are why it is so important to work with an experienced, competent Realtor!


Views from the Bountiful Bench

Bountiful Market Review for the Past Year….

Bountiful has a history as long as any other city in the State of Utah, well almost, it was the second city settled by Mormon Pioneers when they came to Utah after Salt Lake City.  The city Bountiful, like all of the other cities in South Davis County has seen a lot of growth over the past several decades.  Home have reached higher into the foothills and open spaces have filled in.  The purpose of this market overview is to show what has happened with single family homes in Bountiful over the past year.

According to the Multiple Listing Service, there are currently 103 single family homes listed for sale in the Bountiful Real Estate Market.  The lowest price home that is currently listed is $95,000.  The highest priced home currently listed for sale is listed at $2,490,000.  The average price for homes that are currently listed for sale is $445,287.

I was surprised at the average listed price for homes for sale in Bountiful.  That seemed a little high, however I do acknowledge that there are some gorgeous homes in Bountiful!  The median days on market for the homes that are not currently under contract and available is 36 days.

There are currently 54 homes who are showing to be under contract, which means that there is an accepted offer on these homes and they are just waiting for the contracts to be finalized.

In addition to those 54 homes that are waiting to have their contracts finalized there were 405 single family homes sell in the past year.  The lowest price on a home that sold was $92,000.  The highest price on a home that sold was $1,630,000.  The average price of homes that sold in the past year was $271,222.

The median time that these homes were on the market prior to receiving an accepted contract was 37 days.  That is still an amazing statistic!  Just over a month from the day the home went on to the market until there was an accepted contract on that home.  Those are numbers that are just amazing!

Bountiful is one of the most convenient places to live in the Salt Lake Valley, a fact which can be said about all of the wonderful cities located in South Davis County.  You are minutes from downtown Salt Lake City.  There are some amazing shops, parks, and other amenities all of which, make Bountiful one of the prime places to live in the entire State of Utah.


Antelope Island and the Great Salt Lake

North Salt Lake Market Review for the Past 30 Days….

In the past 30 days there have been 25 homes sell.  The lowest price home sold for $120,000, the highest price home to sell was $1,025,000.  The average home price that sold was $290,160.  The median days on market was 9 days.

Home prices in markets with such a wide variety of home sizes and prices can skew the average sales price on homes.  It would take a lot of lower priced homes selling to offset the effect that the sale of a couple of million dollar homes would have on the average.  It is a great indicator just how strong the market is when homes are still selling above the million dollar range.

The real astounding number is the median days on market, homes are going under contract in just 9 days.  Homes just aren’t staying on the market, and this number includes a house that sold for over a million dollars.  Homes in that price range tend to stay on the market for many more days than home in the lower prices tend to.

This trend really illustrates the need to have a good Realtor working for you if you are looking to buy a home.  The homes in this market are going under contract very quickly, so you will need to act and do so quickly!  Sellers really need to have a good Realtor working for them as well.

Sellers will want to make sure that their home is priced correctly and is shown only to qualified and ready buyers.  Sellers don’t want have their home sit on the market, the perception will become that there is something wrong with their home.  Hiring a good Realtor is essential!


North Salt Lake City Hall, North Salt Lake, Utah