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“Ok, so here is my main pet peeve with the dork population.” That was the opening line from an established insurance adjuster who happens to be my sister ... the one with the pool (refer to last week’s article). As we were relaxing on our respective food-shaped floaties in said pool (me on a…

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It’s hotter than Hades outside. With temperatures hovering close to 100 degrees day in and day out, today’s dip to 94 feels like a cold front. We live in a desert, and there is nothing more inviting on the dog days of summer, in the middle of a desert, than water — cool, blue, deep, refreshi…

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“You have to believe we are magic.” So said Olivia Newton-John in her 1980 classic hit “Magic.” Currently, I have a client who believes we are (I am) magic, and while I appreciate the vote of confidence, it is clear I have not spent nearly enough time engulfed in the studies of Hogwarts wiza…

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The Law of Reciprocity may be the most collectively acclaimed moral principal on the planet. In Eastern religions, it’s called karma. Christians call it the Golden Rule, but every religious philosophy has some version of it.

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As energy prices rise and solar power becomes more affordable, more Utahns are considering installing solar panels on their homes. In fact, the national Solar Energies Industries Association ranks Utah No. 6 on its list of “Top 10 Solar States.”

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“You broke into the wrong house,” was the one good line from the movie I spent 1 hour and 28 minutes sitting through last weekend. Time I will never get back. It’s not a total loss, however, because I did go with two of my sisters, so I’m counting it as sister bonding time, while viewing a m…

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Utah business leaders are working to bring more awareness to the issue of housing affordability. That’s because without new housing policies and efforts to build affordable homes, our children could find themselves paying more than $700,000 for a modest home.

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Closing costs, response time, purchase price, deadline, property description, code of ethics; all part of the vernacular of a licensed Realtor. At least it should be. Before last week, it used to be an assumption. It was something that I simply took for granted — the fact that every Realtor …

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“The highest levels of achievement in life cannot be accomplished by any person working alone.” Although this originated from a book on leadership by John Maxwell, it can be used in any context. It is as true today as it was in 1624 when the poet John Donne declared that, “no man is an islan…

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Five to seven years. That is the average amount of time that millennials are staying in their homes before deciding to make a move. Although I am not even close to millennial age, I have personally moved from my self-proclaimed “final resting place” at least four times. I’ve been in my curre…

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There’s been a lot of discussion about whether young adults will be a generation of renters or homeowners.

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Back in the day, when kids used to walk to and from school instead of driving their own cars — which, incidentally, are nicer than what most corporate executives drive — or having their parents drop them off at the door, I was using my own two legs that the good Lord gave me to walk home fro…

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“I Can’t Drive 55.” This, of course, being a 1984 hit song from Sammy Hagar, but also a recent theme in my life ... again. My youngest daughter just turned 16. Frankly, neither one of us can drive 55, but we are on opposite sides of the gas pedal. Where I tend to be a bit on the heavy-footed…

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For those who are worried about safe travel, rest assured, TSA has your back. Well, they have mine anyway. And by “having my back,” I mean that I am “randomly” selected for the additional security screening every time I travel. Every time. Both ways. With no exceptions. I think I have a sign…

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The English language can be so much fun ... sometimes. Take the word “bad,” for instance. It can hold several different meanings. Bad can mean of very low quality/not acceptable, as in, “The dinner I made a rare attempt at cooking last night was bad.” It can also mean evil or morally unaccep…

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It’s 5 a.m. on Sunday morning and I am sitting at my desk in my office. The clock says it’s 6 a.m., but it lies. My body knows it’s only 5 o'clock. We lost an hour. Somehow, around 2 a.m., an hour disappeared. It just vanished. It has gone into some sort of a surreal transcendental, non-inte…

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Three hundred hours. That is how many education hours it takes to become a nail technician in the state of Utah. It would, most likely, take me at least 1,200. It is definitely an art and I have been stuck in Beginning Stick People 101 since the first grade. To become a full-fledged licensed…

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Back in December of 1983, Newsweek featured a cover showing a young girl wearing a high-collared frilly blouse and a bad hair-cut, clutching a ginger-haired, dimpled-faced doll while kissing her cheek. The headline read: “What A Doll: The Cabbage Patch Craze.”

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Year-end real estate results are in for 2017, and even though Northern Utah failed to beat 2016 levels, demand in local real estate markets remains strong. In fact, sales should increase in 2018 as the number of listings picks up and buyers have more choices.

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When asked what the No. 1 rule in real estate is, the quickest and most accessible answer is almost always location, location, location. I know because I ran my own little poll this morning to a group of local business owners, and that was their answer. Gallup’s got nothing on me. However, I…

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In this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes. It’s a special treat, however, when you can bush up with both on the same day.

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With the passage of the tax reform bill, many are wondering whether Congress has preserved traditional home-buying incentives. While lawmakers have kept many of the most attractive homeownership benefits, they have made some alterations.

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Home prices are rising in Northern Utah, according to Utah Realtors. In Davis County, the median sales price rose 9 percent to $272,500 during the first 10 months of 2017. The trend was similar in Weber County, with an increase of 11 percent to $205,000. Prices in Morgan County, where sales …