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3 Important Steps to Buying Your Huntsville Utah Real Estate

Buying real estate can be one of the most rewarding things you ever do, or it can be one of the biggest nightmares you’ll ever experience. Your experience of the real estate buying process depends entirely on how well prepared you are and how knowledgeable the people you have helping you are. The following steps are the first recommendations in having the most rewarding expereince in buying real estate.

1. Selecting a Realtor
This is probably the most important step in the process. You will, for all intents and purposes, be in partnership with your agent. You will be confiding in them on a business level and often on a personal level. Use an agent that has the knowledge and experience to guide you toward purchasing the correct Huntsville Utah real estate for your needs. Real estate agents have their fingers on the pulse of an area, and are in the position of being able to give you up-to-date projections on an area’s overall value and an individual property’s worth within that area. That is essential to you as you set your offer, and also vital as you consider future resale values. They are the key to your finding what you want in Huntsville Utah for the price you want. Don't be afraid to ask for references; most agents are used to this and will not object.
Once you select someone you feel good about working with, sign them up as your buyers' agent. It is very important that the person you're working with is representing you exclusively. Request this buyers' agent agreement before working with any real estate agent.

2. Selecting a lender
Most people, when selecting a lender, call various lending institutions to check on rates and generally go with the lender with the lowest rates. We strongly recommend that you go with a lender who has been referred to you either by your agent or by someone who has actually gone through the entire loan process with that lending institution and loan officer. The loan officer is just as important -- if not more important -- than the lending institution. Most lending institutions offer the same basic loan programs (conventional fixed rate, FHA and VA, etc.), but each will usually offer their special "niche" products. For example, some lenders specialize in low down payment loans, some specialize in loans for people with marginal credit, some specialize in loans for self-employed borrowers, etc. Your agent will know how to guide you in the right direction.

3. Looking, Selecting and Making an Offer
This is the fun part. It is important to limit the number of homes you're looking at in a day. If you look at too many homes, they begin to run together, and you can't remember one from another. It's a good idea to use a checklist form to help you track the properties you have seen. It is also helpful to actually begin to narrow down the properties after each visit. Once you've narrowed your search down to one or two homes that you really like, your agent will do whatever research necessary to help you make your decision, but the decision will ultimately be yours. When making an offer on a property, it is important to decide ahead of time how much you are willing to pay at what terms for the house. You already know what fair market value is. Now you have to decide what price you will offer; how much earnest money deposit you will offer; what personal property you wish to have convey (everything is negotiable); how much you are asking the seller to pay toward your closing costs; when you plan to settle; and what inspections you plan to have conducted.

When negotiating with any seller, it's best to remember not to take anything personally. Also, try to put yourself in the seller's shoes. A good agent will be able to give you tons of advice about how to structure your offer. Once your offer has been presented, the seller will either accept your offer, reject your offer, or counter your offer. The counter process can go back and forth many times. It's important for all parties to keep their cool and focus on the goal.

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Thursday, 18 October 2012 17:46

Welcome to Huntsville Utah Realty

Huntsville Utah, home to Snowbasin Ski Resort

Winter in Huntsville Utah, Ogden Valley


Huntsville Utah is the southernmost town in the Ogden Valley area, made of Liberty, Eden and Huntsville. Sometimes, this is referred to as the Nordic Valley, particularly the areas around Liberty. What distinguishes Huntsville from the other two is that it is the only incorporated municipality of the three towns. Huntsville was named after Jefferson Hunt, who first settled the area in 1860 with seven other families. The town was first incorporated in1903, disbanded six years later, then later reincorporated in 1924. The 2010 census reports 710 residents in the town limits of Huntsville.


Like most of Ogden Valley, Huntsville is known for recreational activities. The nearest resort is Snowbasin. The name denotes its renown as a destination for winter recreation. However, Snowbasin has the tag line of being a “sun valley resort” and has also been open for summers since 2004. During the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Snowbasin was the venue for the men’s and women’s downhill, super G and combined races. Summer activities include biking and hiking. In between Snowbasin openings is the Huntsville Marathon held during the fall. Known as the “fastest” marathon in Utah for the speed of its track, the Hunstville Marathon starts in the Monte Cristo area, and runs a little over 26 miles ending at the Huntsville Town Park. Runners have two options, the full marathon or the half marathon of 13.1 miles. Additionally, Hunstville Utah is home to the Pineview Dam. Built in 1937, its primary purpose is to provide irrigation to the area, although it may be more known by its millions of visitors for recreational activities, which include boating, camping, fishing and water skiing. The view is pretty nice, too.


Now that you know a little something about the town, and may be sold on why it is a great place to live, let's talk Huntsville real estate. Like most of the towns in Ogden Valley, homes in Huntsville are mainly sold as vacation homes. However, homes in the Huntsville area tend to be a little more expensive than homes in other parts of the Valley in Eden and the Liberty/Nordic Valley area. For instance, a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom furnished condo in a lakeside development is currently listed for $229,000. Other condos in this same development, also furnished but with a third bathroom, are listed in the low to mid $300 thousands. (Compare this to 3 bedroom condos in Eden being sold at $179,000.)


Single family homes are also the most expensive in the region. However, if you are willing to purchase an older home and furnish it yourself, you can find them for less than some townhomes. For instance, a 4 bedroom 2 bathroom home built on East Aspen Circle in 1978 is currently listed for $179,900. However, if you want newer, larger and more luxurious, Huntsville does not disappoint. You can have a 5 bedroom 7 bathroom home on East Via Cortina near Pineview Dam for just a measly $1.39 million. Still, there is still Hunstville on the cheap. For a household of 1 or 2, you can have a 1 bedroom cabin home in Huntsville for just $97,900. Who says you need a lot of money to live like the rich?


Location, Location Location ......... a term often referred to when the area real estate is more expensive. Huntsville Utah offers the closest real estate to Snowbasin Ski Resort, its location and proximity to the world renowned Ski Resort makes it a hotspot for tourist! But in comparison to other popular ski resort such as Sun Valley Idaho proves to be more expensive than Huntsville Utah. 

Darin Mich'l is Owner/Broker of PPR Real Estate located in Eden Utah, Servicing Powder Mountain, Snowbasin, and Wolf Creek Utah in the Ogden Valley Utah. For the Valley's Best deals: I specialize in Short Sales, Repossessions, Home auctions, Bank Owned Sales, REO, FHA and VA sales, Call me at 801-888-1800 or email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I have represented many buyers over the past 25 years and referrals are the #1 reason that a buyer calls me. Call me and Let's get started today or shoot me an email.


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