Local Stories

Best Places to Live: Daybreak, UT

November 23, 2012

What do you get when you combine 4,000 acres of beautiful Utah real estate, scenic Oquirrh Lake, miles of trails and parks, swimming pools, abundant shopping and entertainment, attractive schools and other master-planned amenities? That’s the recipe for Daybreak, a live-work-play community in South Jordan, just southwest of Salt Lake City. This fast-growing community has already earned national recognition, taking the National Association of Home Builders’ Best in American Living Community of the Year Award in 2010 and helping South Jordan rank in the top…

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Life at Home

Three Thanksgiving Sides to Try

November 14, 2012

Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without turkey, stuffing and buttery mashed potatoes. But what about the other side dishes? If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year and you’re feeling adventurous, have someone else bring the standby green been casserole so you can whip up something new! These recipes offer a fresh take on the fixings: Squash, Sage & Ricotta Cannelloni Squash is in season this month, so it makes a perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table. The folks at Martha Stewart Living have created a rich cannelloni…

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Selling a Home

3 Smart Improvements to Sell Your Home

November 6, 2012

Looking for ways to boost your home’s saleability? Focus on these homebuyer hot-buttons! 1. Bathrooms: Bathroom remodels can often increase your home’s resale value. Consider replacing outdated tubs, sinks, vanities, fixtures and flooring. Even basic maintenance tasks like re-caulking the tub, replacing old shower doors and applying a fresh coat of paint to the walls may make a difference. A few stylish touches like plush new towels and bathmats can help too. 2. Kitchen: Many times, the heart of the home can be the heart…

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Financing & Insuring

What is Homeowners Insurance?

October 29, 2012

Homeowners insurance (also known as hazard insurance or abbreviated as HOI) provides coverage for catastrophic events that may occur to your home. It covers the house, contents, personal liability and medical payments exposures. Most mortgage lenders require homeowners to maintain homeowners insurance as a loan condition. Glossary of insurance terms: Insurance deductible: What you pay out of pocket after your claim is approved Insurance policy rider: Riders are optional coverages that are available to enhance your homeowners policy. Possible riders are jewelry riders, replacement cost coverage…

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Life at Home

This Week on Pinterest: Fall Decorating Ideas

October 22, 2012

As impossible as it seems, Halloween is just around the corner. If you aren’t already in full fall decorating mode, we have some inspiration for you on our Pinterest board! Things you’ll find… Pumpkin decorating ideas Jack-o-Lantern wearing out his welcome? Explore a few alternatives to traditional pumpkin carving. Fall décor Bring the beauty of the outdoors into your home with some creative autumn accents. Cold-weather comfort food It’s time for savory soups, hot beverages and other tasty treats. While you’re there, check out our other…

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