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Little Valley St. George DOUBLE-FEATURE Open House!

by Jeremy Larkin

Not only are all of the cool kids MOVING to Little Valley, they'll also be attending our Little Valley "double-feature" open house on Saturday November 14th, 2015. 

Food and prizes. 

Great company. 

2 killer homes. 

  • 2806 E. Carmine Dr. 
  • 2468 S. 2350 E. 

See you Saturday between 10 AM and 1 PM. Questions? Call us at 435-216-3888!

Little Valley St. George Home For Sale

 

Watching for Signs of Pest Problems

by Carson Hunt, H&H Pest Control

While some pests are obvious to notice in or around your property, many others are more subtle and some are not even seen at all.  But there is good news! Even the most sneaky of pests will leave a trail of evidence of their presence, but you will need to be looking.  So, before you start to worry about what could be hiding, now is the time to get educated so you can spot signs of a pest problem.

Why its a good idea to find pests sooner than later...

As time goes on, overlooking or simply not knowing a pest infestation exists, the infestation will get worse and will become more of a threat to you, your family, and your property.  Depending on the pest that has taken up residence on your property, you could end up with extensive and costly damages, the spread of harmful bacteria, food contamination, and sometimes even illness spread to your family.

Here are a few tips to help you identify pests sooner than later...

Termites

  • Wood that appears to be buckling, swollen or even appear to be water damaged.
  • Discarded wings, either inside or outside.
  • Mud tubes around the property.

Bed Bugs

  • Inspect box springs and bed frame for live or dead bugs.
  • Blood spots on sheets.
  • Empty tan colored skins that are left behind when bed bugs shed their skins to molt into the next stage.

 

If you notice any of these signs or any other signs of an infestation, please contact H&H Pest Management 888.471.3275  right away! While these pesky pests may be hard to find, they will leave clues behind so that you can have the problem resolved right away to avoid further problems.

 

For more information about termites and other wood-destroying pests in the St. George area, contact H&H Pest Control at 888-471-3275 or at info@hhpest.com

St. George Termites: Out of Sight But Not Out of Mind

by Carson Hunt, H&H Pest Control

Everyone has heard the phrase, “Out of sight, out of mind.” When you apply it to some things it may work. For example, it works fantastic when dieting. Hide those cookies and you will find it's easier to lose weight. But, on the other hand, it’s not a method you want to use when dealing with other problems. The problem of termites would be one of them. Just because you don’t see these hungry little insects eating the wood from your home doesn't mean they aren't there. Termites do their work behind the walls.

And the St. George Real Estate Market isn’t exempt from these little “buggers” in any way, shape or form!

That said, termite colonies often leave clues if you know what to look for.

Pest Control Inspection

How many times have you taken your car in for a routine oil change only to have the mechanic tell you that you will have some serious engine trouble in the near future? To guard against a termite infestation, one of the best things you can do is invest in a regular pest control inspection. Professional pest control companies know what to look for. They can save you a load in home or business damage costs by catching a colony before they have eaten their way through. Even the strongest structures have vulnerabilities, don't think your home or business is secure against them.

Hollowed Wood

Think you may have a termite problem? Or want to know if you might have a termite problem? Go look around the perimeter of your home or business. Evaluate the sound of the wood when you tap on it. Good, sturdy wood should have a sound to match. If you hear a hollow thunk sound upon tapping the wood, there may just be a problem. Remember, termites devour their fill from the inside out. If you wait until you see the termites poking through your side of the wood, you’ll have waited too long.

Mud Tunnels

Termites don’t like to travel out in the open. It’s their dedication to stealth and protection that makes them so difficult to discover. They will, however, leave mud tunnels. If you find these mud tunnels along your walls, it’s a very good indication that there are termites.

Discarded Wings

Particularly after the swarming season, termites often leave pieces of themselves behind. Get a good pest control company out to your house  if you see discarded wings about for a full inspection. The worst thing you can do is assume that the wings are nothing to worry about.

For more information about termites and other wood-destroying pests in the St. George area, contact H&H Pest Control at 888-471-3275 or at info@hhpest.com
 

HOMES FOR HEROES Honors St. George Real Estate Agent as #1 in Utah

by Jeremy Larkin

St. George, Utah – March 18, 2015 – Homes for Heroes Corp. has recognized local Real Estate Agent Jeremy Larkin and The Larkin Group of Keller Williams Realty St. George as their top affiliate in Utah for 2014.  His determination and passion for helping heroes has made the dream of home ownership in St. George more attainable for more community heroes than any other Real Estate Agent/Broker in the State of Utah during 2014.

In 2014 alone, Homes for Heroes Affiliates across the country gave back well over $4.5 MILLION to our nation’s heroes including: military personnel, police officers, fire fighters, teachers and health care workers.

“Jeremy and his team exemplify what it truly means to be a member of Homes for Heroes. Being a Homes for Heroes affiliate requires more than just helping heroes with Real Estate needs, it means getting involved in your local community and helping heroes with whatever they need” says Ruth Johnson, Homes for Heroes CEO. 

“We love being part of this program”, remarked Larkin. ”I was born and raised in this community as was my Father. Putting more money back in the pockets of Southern Utah heroes during the home Buying and Selling Process just seems like the right thing to do.”

St. George Real Estate Professional Jeremy Larkin with the Sheriff's Deputy Andy Jacobsen and family after selling their townhome

Homes for Heroes St. George

About Homes for Heroes

Homes for Heroes, the Nation’s Largest Hero Savings Program, is celebrating its thirteenth year of bringing big savings to heroes across the nation. Inspired by the tragic events of 9/11 and heroes who serve and protect their communities and our country, a partnership of Realtors, mortgage lenders, title companies, attorneys and other affiliated service providers created Homes for Heroes, Incorporated.

This collaboration of real estate professionals’ sole purpose is to provide significant savings when buying, selling or refinancing a home. It’s their way of saying Thank You to heroes including: military personnel, police officers, fire fighters, teachers and health care workers. Since the program went national in 2009 the Homes for Heroes team has given back over $8.5 MILLION to our nation’s heroes.

To obtain more information on the Homes for Heroes Program or to register for hero savings, visit www.HomesForHeroes.com or call (866) 443-7637.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Steps to the Best Decorated Home For The Holidays!

by Jeremy Larkin

Look, we all say we "don't care" about all of the hype around having the perfect Holiday Decor, plate settings, and ideal Christmas lighting setup, but who are we kidding? If none of us cared, the GIANT companies selling Holiday home decor would be out of business!

Now that we're being honest with each other, here are 10 tips for having the best decorated home in your St. George neighborhood (or anywhere on the planet for that matter) this Christmas and Holiday Season. You don't have to be a shareholder in Pottery Barn or have an unlimited line of credit with Visa to do it, just follow these basic steps.

Not the "traditional" type? Then don't miss our "Redneck Holiday Decor" post HERE. And Happy Holidays!

Keller Williams Realty Continues to Dominate and Turn Heads

by Jeremy Larkin

Keller Williams Realty is getting some notoriety...again...and again.....and...you understand. 

Last month Brad Inman of Inman news released a piece, "Underestimate Keller Williams at Your Own Risk", touting basically EVERYTHING about the company. Inman "gushed" about the company to be quite frank, and Inman news is widely regarded as an incredibly reputable source of national real estate data. 


Keller Williams Realty

Then this week the video below was released. These guys are pretty zany, but they've built a reputation over the past 5-10 years of speaking TOTAL truth about the Real Estate market, and they are NOT Realtors - so no real benefit of them not speaking truth. 

If you're a Home Buyer or Seller, this might be great grounds for hiring a Realtor from Keller Williams Realty. If you're an Agent looking for a "home" - it's tough to ignore the talk on the street, and it bears that your time would be well spent to at least check into the opportunity to grow your business via Keller Williams Realty. 

Shoot, they even got Charlie Sheen on the video...It must be true! :)

2014: Year of Steady Growth

*This post was originally published in January 2014. 

Everywhere I go, I am always asked about the current state of the market. To be honest, there is no simple answer. The answer always depends whether you will be buying or selling. However, 2012 was considered a “recovery” year for the St. George market, 2013 was considered a “stabilization” year and now we are banking on 2014 being a really strong “growth” year. What I mean by a “growth” year is that home values are still very strong, interest rates are still very low and buyers in the marketplace. 2014 has the potential to be a good year to both buy and sell!

Check out our video below to find out what Jeremy predicts for the St. George real estate market in 2014!

Have specific questions about your buying or selling situation? We'd love to answer them! Contact us at larkingroup@gostgeorge.com or 435-767-9821. Your confidentiality will ALWAYS be protected!

Larkin Group Pie Day 2013 a Sweet Success!

by Jeremy Larkin

We did it again. Gave out a WHOLE BUNCH of pies to our Larkin Group Real Estate Clients that is. The "Pie Day" event started 4 or 5 years ago, I guess we stopped keeping track. But clients love the gesture, and we love doing it. 

Larkin Group Pie Day 2013 Clients

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year we did over 50 pies, last year more than that, but we held the event on Thanksgiving vs. the Christmas event this year as our planning was beyond poor coming into the end of the year. 

Larkin Group Pie Day 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To learn more about the event, just visit the Pie Day page! Larkin Group Pie Day'

And to see a photo highlight album of Pie Day 2013, just click here: Larkin Group Pie Day 2013

Larkin Group Pie Day 2013 Delivery Crew

Do St. George Homes Really Sell During Holidays?

by Jeremy Larkin

St. George homes sell during the Holidays? The reality is that that they DO. As a matter of fact, homes sell during every stinkin’ (or sweltering) time of the year in Utah’s Dixie!

You wouldn’t be surprised how often we hear from would-be St. George Home Sellers who tell us they want to “wait until after the holidays.” Sure, I get that. Family in town, lots of parties, showing the home sounds like a hassle, right? Right.

BUT…..and a big but at that, since you never know when the single Buyer for your home will be coming through town with a wad of cash in their pocket, you actually do yourself a disservice by having the home off the market during the Holiday season.

Christmas Home Staging

 

Clark: Russ, we checked every bulb, didn't we?

Rusty Griswold: Sure, Dad.

Clark: Hmm... Maybe we ought to just go up there and check...

Rusty Griswold: Oh, woo. Look at the time. I gotta get to bed. I still gotta brush my teeth, feed the hog, still got some homework to do, still got those bills to pay, wash the car...

 

"But what about the hassle of showing the home with guests in town, parties going on, etc?" I'll address that below. While there are many good reasons to do so, here are the top 4 reasons to go ahead and list your St. George home right now rather than waiting until January 1.

1. Your home actually shows BETTER during the Holidays. cented candles, wreaths, Christmas trees, mistletoe – there’s a whole lot of atmosphere goin’ on! This is an emotional purchase and your home’s Holiday “getup” might be just the ticket. Here are 7 tips on how to do it right: Holiday Home Staging Tips

2.Less Competition – MUCH LESS! Did you know that in December of 2012 just 270 homes hit the market in Washington County? Guess how many hit the market in January? 579….over TWICE as many! Would you rather compete with 270 new listings, or 579? I think I know the answer.

3.Only the SERIOUS Buyers are looking: Why would anyone waste their precious Holiday time looking at homes if they weren’t committed, and most likely, in NEED of making a move very soon? They wouldn’t. This is in your best interest as a Seller.

4.Have your fruitcake and eat it too! About those showings? You can take advantage of being on the market during this season but restrict showings during key time frames, such as specific times of day, or a period of days like December 23-26, etc.

These great reasons will of course still not be enough for some St. George home Sellers to brave the Holidays on the market. In that case, be sure to contact us NOW so we can begin our pin-point pricing analysis and marketing plan for your home come 1/1/14!

If you’d like to get a “quick and dirty” look at your estimated Holiday 2013 home value, just enter your address below. Cheers, and Happy Holidays!

 

What Drives First-Time Home Purchases?

by Jeremy Larkin

Well funny you should ask, because we've got an answer! According to a report by KW (Keller Williams Realty) research, St. George first-time home purchases, as well as those nation-wide, are most driven by the following 3 factors: 

1. The current market

2. Financial readiness

3. Location & Price 

Get the full "scoop" in real people's terms in this super short 1:29 video:

If you're a first-time Buyer (or any type of Buyer for that matter..) looking to search for your own home, enjoy free 24-hour access to every single available property in Washington County, including "coming soon" listings before the sign even goes up! Here's that link: St. George Home Search

 

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