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Bidding Farewell to Summer @ Veyo Pool

by Jeremy Larkin


Am I the only one who is just SICK AND TIRED of the summer heat? What a pleasure it was to journey up to the Veyo Pool, one of our long cherished family traditions. It is just so quaint, the grill is OFF THE CHARTS and the kids worship the whole experience. HERE IS A SHORT VIDEO of the day including crawdad fishing!

 As a lifetime resident of the St. George area I have always maintained that there are 4 stages people go through each summer. It looks like this:

Stage 1 (Late may through June): "Finally I can go swimming! I just love this dry heat!"

Stage 2 (July 1 to July 31): "MAN it is hot! Well, I guess it's around 4th of July time so what else can we expect? Summer won't last forever."

Stage 3 (Aug 1st to Aug 31): "Ok, that is ENOUGH! I can't stand another day of it. My back is dripping and I can't even go outside!"

Stage 4 (Sept 1 to verifiable cooldown): "I thought summer was over?!?! I can't believe this 'Indian Summer' may be time to move to Alaska!)

And by mid October of course we are into what my brother and I refer to as "Chamber of Commerce weather" which makes St. George an easy sale for delusional marathon runners and rich World Senior Games attendees.

At the end of the day I still see this as the greatest place on earth. Clean air, light traffic, cooler than Phoenix or Vegas but not cold enough for any real snow, close to National Parks, and more.

Now does someone have a phone # to the chamber of commerce for a weather report?.......

Utah Home Run Grant "2.0" Makes Debut

by Jeremy Larkin

Listen up.

Remember the old $6000.00 Utah "Home Run" Grants? I'm referring to the FREE money the State of Utah was giving away this Spring to Home Buyers purchasing homes that were brand new and had never been lived in (this includes condos / townhouses).

There were 1600 total grants available and they were GONE in under 120 days. Version "2.0" of the grant made its' debut today in the form of $4k.

The main difference between the $4k and $6k is that the new $4k can be reserved prior to the completion of construction of the home.

We assisted multiple Buyer clients in securing both the $6k and the $8k tax credit for 1st-time Buyers. Can those of you who already own a home IMAGINE that?.....$14k in free money to buy a home? For those who don't dilly-dally (and qualify as 1st-time Buyers) they will be able to secure up to $12k if they close before November 30, 2009, the cutoff date for the National tax credit - see HERE for details).

The phrase of the day is "GET CRACKIN!" With 1950 of these available and the prospect of the $8k tax credit drying up I imagine application activity for the Home Run Grant will be "brisk."

For a fantastically detailed fact sheet on the program, click HERE.  I imagine there will be many questions and both myself, as well as my preferred lender team will be happy to answer.


Time is running out for $8000.00 Tax Credit

by Jeremy Larkin

It is September 1st at the writing of this piece. You can only put this off so long you know, and if you are considering purchasing your "first"* home and taking advantage of FREE money in the form of an $8000.00 tax credit, your time is short!

A quick definition of "first time buyer." You either: A - have never owned a home before, or B - have not owned a primary residence in the past 3 years.

What could you do with $8000.00?!?!? Many buyers are borrowing that amount from friends or family, then paying them back after closing. Others are putting it into the home for repairs and upgrades, and still others are just keeping it for a rainy day.

Logic Behind "Time Running Out"

To receive the $8000.00 tax credit you must have closed on your home purchase by no later than November 30th, 2009. Assuming that it takes 30-45 days to process and fund a home mortgage these days, (and it does), that puts you at October 30th at the LATEST to put a firm contract together on a place. October 15th is more like it.

Find a great real estate agent who understands this process in depth, and an even better mortgage person and get on it. NOW!


JEREMY LARKIN Discusses Tax Credit from St. George Blvd: HERE

Detailed view of the tax credit, who qualifies, how to get it:  HERE

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