Browsing Posts From: Miscellaneous

July 19, 2017 Posted by: Jeremy Peterson

The dramatic increase in house prices over the past five years is something we haven’t seen since the 1990’s.  This remarkable momentum upward has created expectations in the minds of real estate investors of big returns with minimal effort.   A recent example comes from an owner who purchased a home I listed last year.  That transaction closed in November for $137,000.  After just eight months, the new owner wanted to sell the property and break even on the sale.  In order to do that we would need to account […]

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Historic Home Remodeling: Preserving and Re-Coating Old Porch Decking

June 10, 2017 Posted by: Jeremy Peterson

Our 110 year-old home has an enormous front porch that is great for enjoying summer evenings outside.  It has been painted several times over the decades and by the time we purchased the home, the surface was downright distressed.  Recently, we set out to protect and preserve the surface for years to come. We have spent a lot of time and energy on other parts of the house.  I took to priming the porch a couple of times in anticipation of finishing the deck surface but we never got around […]

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Historic Home Remodeling:  Our Craftsman Master Bathroom

May 17, 2017 Posted by: Jeremy Peterson

Remodeling a home is tough but rewarding work.  Our most recent example is the conversion of the original bathroom of our historic  home into a master bath for our bedroom. When our home was built in 1908, the designers included only one bathroom on the main floor.   We did a quick and simple rehab of the bathroom when we purchased the home 12 years ago and it was time for us to do some updates.  So, we got to work with a plan. The bedroom had a long closet […]

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MAKING NUYS: Vesta Sponsors Northern Utah Youth Symphony

February 25, 2017 Posted by: Jeremy Peterson

Vesta Real Estate is proud to have sponsored the recent concert of the Northern Utah Youth Symphony held at the Ogden High School auditorium.  The performance was brilliant and the venue could not have been better for the occasion.   We are glad that our sponsorship was able to make the performance free to the public and those 400 or so in attendance.  Classical music both touches the heart and invigorates the mind.  It is especially satisfying to see our youth involved in this difficult and tedious performing art. […]

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Dutch By Design: The Slave Plantation Ruins of St. John Island

December 14, 2016 Posted by: Jeremy Peterson

I recently had the opportunity to travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands.  During the visit I took a ferry from St. Thomas where I was staying to Cruz Bay on St. John Island.  St. John is a fairly small island with the majority of it being a National Park.  The beauty is breathtaking.  Yet, to contrast that beauty lay the ruins of the old slave plantations that operated on the island until 1848.  I had an opportunity to explore them and learn a lot about construction in tropical climates. St. […]

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URBAN ARCHITECTURE:  The Chicago Skyline

August 13, 2016 Posted by: Jeremy Peterson

I recently traveled to Chicago while on some Legislative business.  While I was there, I took some time to appreciate the amazing architecture of downtown. The Palmer House – Hilton We stayed at the Palmer House located at Monroe and  Wabash.  It was constructed in the 1870’s and burned down a few days after in opened in the Great Chicago Fire.  It was quickly rebuild with a different design and then remodeled into a giant 1.600 room building in the 1920s.  In many ways, this hotel is a big daddy […]

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VACATION RENTAL: The Hodgepodge Lodge

Posted by: Jeremy Peterson

We recently came home from a family vacation in Island Park, Idaho.  We had a great time as a family.  However, I couldn’t help but laugh at some of the work done in the cabin.  For $450/night, this is what we encountered. The cabin itself was a series of several addons.  I estimated that there were probably four separate times the home was ‘amended’.  And don’t be fooled by the faux log exterior.  Those are just milled sheets of log-looking wood to tie all the various addons together. Structural supports […]

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PHOTO GALLERY:  Wacky Scenes From The Housing Market – July 2016

July 28, 2016 Posted by: Jeremy Peterson

Shopping for homes with my clients is often an adventure.  Here are some memories you will enjoy: When an immovable object meets an irresistible force. Which came first?  The tree?  Or the garage?   When you rent your home to the Incredible Hulk.   This has lazy written all over it.  Too lazy to texture the sheetrock seams so they just nailed up trim strips to cover them.  Then too lazy to tape off the trim so they just sprayed popcorn texture all over it.  Ugh!   Now that is […]

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How to Clean and Rejuvenate Wood Casings and Trim

June 23, 2016 Posted by: Jeremy Peterson

We live in a 108 year old home and have been working steadily on improving and restoring our home to its former splendor.  We have recently repainted much of our home in historic colors and one of the last things we have left to do is restore the wood casings and baseboards. Until now, it  has been a bit of a mystery to us on how to bring the trim work back to life.  Our casings are made of Douglas fir and the wood is rather soft.  We have been […]

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CREEPY REHAB:  When You Buy More Than You Expect

June 16, 2016 Posted by: Jeremy Peterson

While working with some buyers recently we found a home that they like which had recently been renovated.  When we viewed the home, there were various tools scattered about the residence and we knew that they weren’t completely done with the work.  We wrote an offer and asked the seller to make some final repairs to the building.  We thought that the seller had hired crews that came in periodically to do the work. Well, it turns out we were wrong.  The “crews” actually lived on site.  Not in the […]

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PHOTO GALLERY:  Wacky Scenes From the Housing Market – April 2016

April 30, 2016 Posted by: Jeremy Peterson

While viewing many homes so far this year, I have seen a lot of interesting things.  I think you will find a few of them interesting too.   This is a view of a rental unit after a tenant moved out.  At least this tenant left their trash organized in a pile on one side of the room.  It was also thoughtful of them to leave the window open to air out the space…in March…with the furnace turned all the way up…for a week. For a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, […]

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Historic Home Remodeling: Our Craftsman Bathroom

February 28, 2016 Posted by: Jeremy Peterson

Our home was built in 1908 and is a fantastic example of Arts & Crafts era architecture.  The Arts & Crafts design movement, also known as Craftsman, began as a counter-culture movement against the gaudy mass-produced opulence of Victorian Era design.  Rather than over-the-top finials, curves, and infinite minute details, the Arts & Crafts architects designed homes that were square, simple, and geometric.  The genre also favored a recognition of nature. When our home was built, it came with only one full bathroom and a weird sink placed in a […]

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PHOTO GALLERY:  Wacky Scenes From The Housing Market – January 2016

January 4, 2016 Posted by: Jeremy Peterson

While my clients and I hunt for homes, we get to giggle a little along the way.  Here are the latest scenes to tickle our funny bone: NOTE TO THE CLEANING CREW:  Don’t forget the ceiling fan!   “Don’t mind this basement bedroom. Just think of it as artistically textured.”   Has your bedroom door ever had that gnawing feeling?   The sellers are trying to ‘stimulate’ a sale.   This home also comes with a servant that feeds you grapes while you bathe.   Wow!  Funky oven-in-the-face makes me […]

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LOW APPRAISALS:  What are your options?

December 29, 2015 Posted by: Jeremy Peterson

  One of the fastest ways to derail a real estate transaction is to have the appraisal come in lower than the contract sale price for a property.  We like to think of the real estate market as the bastion of the free market.  Buyers and sellers can transact freely and negotiate terms that are acceptable to each of them.  However, given that mortgage lending is required for the majority of real estate transactions, there can be some hang ups when a lender gets involved.   Mortgage lenders are educated […]

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PHOTO OF THE DAY:  Super Blood Moon Over Ogden

September 27, 2015 Posted by: Jeremy Peterson

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