Saratoga Springs Luxury Home for Sale

This large, fully-finished beauty is available for purchase. Situated on the hill in Saratoga Springs, the views are expansive from every angle. Come tour this beauty!

Listed by Heather Johnson with Better Homes and Garden Real Estate Influence Partners

Contact Heather with any questions 801-369-4841

 

 

Spacious Saratoga Springs Home For Sale

Just listed! $525,000 for 4996 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, a huge finished office in the spacious basement, granite everywhere. It’s like-new!

 

See the full details on the MLS here.

Stop by on June 9, 2018 between 2-4 pm for an OPEN HOUSE tour and a treat.

We would love to show off our views from the hills in Saratoga Springs. It’s unlike anywhere else. Call or text with any questions.

Thank you,

View More: http://jennculley.pass.us/hj_2017

Heather Johnson

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Influence Partners

801-369-4841

 

Staycation in Utah? Yes, Please!

We all want to get away from the routine of life, and run to the beach. I know I do! But if your budget doesn’t allow for that, here are some fun tips for Utah staycations, just a short drive away!

COWABUNGA BAY

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Hot days require water. Plain and simple.

Go check out Cowabunga Bay in Draper. Kids go crazy over this place. It’s not the ocean, but it’s water!

Cool off during the scorching days and feel like a kid again. It will do you some good.

Why not rent a cabana while you’re at it?

 

 

 

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium

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So, you might think I’m obsessed with the ocean, as that’s all I talk about.

Busted. Seeing these beautiful animals up close is a great way to get my fix!

It’s a beautiful place to be. Throw the honus and shaka and see what they do. (They won’t do anything, but you’ll look cool, trust me).

 

Tibble Fork Reservoir
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We used to live in Alpine, so heading up to throw rocks and fish at Tibble Fork was on our agenda every month or so. Weekends can be crowded, so try to head up there during the week. Take your fishing license and gear. Bring your dog, too! The views of Timp are incredible from here.

 

Homestead Resort in Midway

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Naturally warm crater next to the resort

You’ll feel far from the busy days in the city when you arrive here.

So much to do! Swiss Days are held in September, so book your stay early to get a great room here, and enjoy the vendors, food and fun.

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My husband and I certified for scuba diving in the crater. It’s so rad! It’s a bit silty, but it’s warm. You’re diving… IN. A. CRATER. It’s awesome.

 

BEAR LAKE

We gotta give Idaho props, too. North Beach is located on the Idaho side of the lake, so here’s some great tips from our neighbors up north.

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“The Caribbean of the Rockies” will not disappoint. Spend your days lounging on the beach, boating, or downing as many raspberry shakes as possible. The only caution I have is that you be smart on this lake. Storms come in without warning, so be aware of the weather. The storms kick up waves that seem unreal, they are so crazy.

But usually, especially in the morning, you’ll find beautiful glassy water. Stunning to see in person.

caveThere’s also a cool cave nearby that you can check out: Minnetonka Cave. But get there early! There is usually a bit of a wait.

June 9th is their Free Fishing Day! No license, no prob! Go play!

 

Park City

Summer would not be complete without a trip to enjoy Park City! Most only know it for it’s beautiful ski resorts in the winter. We love to go hiking and mountain biking in Park City. It’s so close, yet removed from the chaos and traffic of the valley. The air is clear and summer is never too hot. But if it is, dip in your hotel pool (there goes my obsession with water again).

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For events and fun ideas, check out PCSC Arts.

 

I love living in Utah. I hope this was helpful for you and your friends! You don’t need to spend a fortune to get away. Choose a Utah Staycation, instead!

 

Heather Johnson

p.s. Thank you to Megan for help on this article! xoxo

 

 

 

 

DIY Room-Freshening Spray Recipe to Try Today

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After a long winter, there’s nothing better than opening the windows in your home to invite in fresh spring air. To give your home a boost, add a homemade touch…

*Cue natural home sprays*

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Darling storefront, right?

Megan, our Director of Operations, with the help of her talented sister, Laura Ash, owner of The Scarlet Sage Herb Co. in San Fransisco put together some simple and lovely concoctions for home room fresheners. They were kind enough to let me share these with you. Enjoy!

First, mix these base ingredients:

¾ Cup water

2 Tablespoons rubbing alcohol

Essential oils (customize from the options below, or create your own)

 

peppermint

Citrus Mint

10 drops orange oil

8 drops peppermint oil

 

lemon

Summer Citrus

5 drops orange oil

5 drops lemon oil

5 drops lime oil

5 drops grapefruit

Beautiful nature - lavender flowers and butterfly, butterfly on lavender

 

Happy Home

5 drops lavender oil

5 drops rosemary oil

5 drops lemon oil

 

geranium

Flower Garden

8 drops lavender oil

5 drops geranium

4 drops grapefruit

 

 

Add all ingredients to an 8oz bottle, shake well, happy spraying!

Thank you, Megan and Laura for these fun ideas!

Spring Cleaning Tips: Prepping Your Home to Sell

Spring is coming fast! It makes me happy that the sun will be much more present, but springtime also gets me in the cleaning mood.

Disclaimer: I am usually NOT a fan of cleaning, but I LOVE a clean house. It is truly such a gift for me when my home is free from clutter. My baby is 3 now, so she’s still a bit of a busy bee who likes to make a lot of messes. I am looking forward to a little less clutter in the future…please tell me it happens.

 

I need my house to look like this. Always.

Some life hacks that will help you clean out stubborn stains and organize your home in a way that helps it to feel clean: I HAVE THEM HERE. Step right up!

Ebay has some great cleaning tips that can help you stay on top of it all.

Tangent: I tried the Marie Kondo thing. She’s a genius. I’d love to know how I can make her methods work in a family of 6 in a medium/large home, not a tiny apartment in Japan.

Moving on…

For crazy stains that have been bothering you around the house, try these tips from The Indian Spot.  A couple tips: white chalk to remove oil stains, and vinegar to remove blood stains. My question is, how many people need to remove blood from their home? This is a frightening thought.

 

Some helpful blogs/sites…

Sand between my piggies (a fun name for a blog, right?) recommends several options for carpet stains.

Wrapped in rust recommends several ways to maintain a clean home.

She Knows recommends these life hacks.

 

What are some ways you get in the spring cleaning mood? Please share your ideas! Happy cleaning!

Dreaming is allowed: what are you looking for in a dream property?

Floor plans. Tons. Of. Them. All over my bedside table. Ask my husband.

I have used my pencil to sketch and create dream homes for years. This was one of my favorite hobbies, especially before Pinterest and Instagram came along. Now I just find what I like online, and save it there. But the dreaming and imagining is still a big part of my heart.

Are you playing the new game called “Design Home“, by Crowdstar? It isn’t necessarily floor plan design, but more of a game about interior design. (Okay, I apologize to your significant other, in advance. It will send you dreaming, so don’t get too hooked.) This has filled a part of the gap I experienced, since I haven’t been drawing floor plans and designs for homes as much. But, on a positive note, I’m saving paper… right?

So, as I dream and plan for a future dream home I am working toward, I have been wondering what style I really want. I love contemporary and clean lines, but I crave warmth and comfort in a home. I also like farmhouses, but am not a huge fan of a lot of chipped paint. I am totally confused about what style I would actually design, when the time comes.

What style do you like? If you were to have a dream home, what would you start with in your design? A favorite piece of art or furniture? An heirloom? A feeling? A color palette?

What would be your inspiration for the design of your home?

Here are some dream properties I have been drooling over…

Give me an idea of what your dreams are. I think I’m going to go sketch mine.

 

Heather Johnson, dreamer and Realtor

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate – Influence Partners

Pleasant Grove, UT

Special Announcement: Women Build 2018

I am so thrilled to announce an opportunity to give back to our community through HABITAT FOR HUMANITY!

I am searching for 10 willing women to fill our team! UPDATE: WE HAVE OUR FIRST TEAM OF 10. I’m opening up a 2nd team. I’ll serve with all teams that I organize, so I need 9 more women on each team. !!! PEOPLE ARE GOOD! Thank you!

This springville Home will be started in march 2018, finished around August 2018.

Our team of 10 women will get to volunteer our labor for 4 hours on the home for Nacole, and her 4 boys.

Here is her story:

My name is Nacole Morgan. For the past two years, I have worked 40 hours a week as leasing agent. I have 4 boys: Jeremy Elton (14), Jaedie Elton (11), Parker Elton (6), and Rylan Elton (3). Jeremy is in the 8th grade and he loves to play football. He is taller than me and very athletic. He is a very smart and loving kid. Jaedie is in the 6th grade. He enjoys making YouTube videos, fishing, and playing video games. He is a very sweet boy who has been through a lot in life. He has a heart of gold and has the best manners, He is very strong and is very good with his little brothers. Parker is in 1st grade.  He has the funniest personality and keeps us laughing. There is never a dull moment when Parker is around. Rylan is an average 3 year old who loves outdoors.  He loves to play with his brothers while letting them know he is the boss. 

I love my kids with all my heart and I don’t know what I would do without them. I enjoy doing anything and everything with them. Our family is very thankful for Habitat for Humanity.  Because of this program, we will be able to live in a house we call our own. We have moved a total of 6 times in the last 10 years. It breaks my heart that my kids experience a feeling of loss each move.  They are also not able to hang posters or pictures because we don’t know how long we’ll be here.  

Growing up as a kid, I lived in apartments. I never got the chance to live in a home because it was always a new apartment.  I know the feeling of not having a place to call home. I promised myself that when I had kids, I would make sure we had a place to call home. Then reality came in.  As an adult, I witnessed how hard it was to own a home. No matter how much I worked, I would never be able to afford a house.  Also, not having any credit has been a big factor. 

Apartments can be a dangerous place to raise kids and you have very little control over your neighbors or the condition of the complex.  My 5-year-old son started having health problems because of mold in our apartment.  I had no idea that we had mold until a year later. It started showing through the paint when it rained. He was struggling to breathe and sounded like he was snoring all the time. He had his tonsils and androids removed, but he still continued to sound stuffy and breath hard. He has had allergy tests which indicate that he is allergic to mold and that is why he is suffering. That is when I realized that I needed to find a decent home for our family. 

I heard about the Habitat for Humanity program from a friend.  I went to their website and saw that I met all of the qualifications. I thought to myself that this would be the answer to our prayers. I called and got put on the list and then attended the orientation a year later. I completed the application and a month later I was scheduled a walk-thru of our apartment with Harvey (a Habitat Family Selection Committee Member) and Kena.  Then 2 months later, Harvey came and told my kids and me that we were picked! I could not believe it. We were overjoyed and I couldn’t help but cry happy tears and think to myself, “This is it!” 

We finally get a permanent home where my kids and I can call home. This is a wonderful blessing and this would have never been possible if it wasn’t for Habitat for Humanity of Utah County and God.

 

Team Sponsorship $1,000

  • Team name on site sign
  • Team build for 10 women, includes t-shirts
  • Each participant raises $100 to join our team: try a bake sale, yard sale, or social media fundraiser…be creative!
  • We will select our team name together!

 

To sign up, contact me on my Facebook Page

or by text 801-369-4841.

I can’t wait to get to work on this awesome family’s new home! Let me know by mid-january if you are in!

We should probably wait to sell our home, right?

“We will wait until the spring to list our home. That’s when buyers are out in full force.”

That’s one way of looking at it. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all people looking for homes actually waited until your home was available in the spring?

In my own city of Saratoga Springs, Utah, sales in winter months match or exceed sales in spring months. For example: in December of 2016, 63 homes sold, but in March of 2017, 60 homes sold. The only difference: more homes were on the market in the spring. So for every home that sold, there were several others that sat, waiting for those “spring buyers”.

Listing your home in the winter is the perfect time. Your beautiful holiday decor will add to the ambience and feeling of home, giving buyers the vision of how it will be to enjoy the holidays in their new home.

There are about 100 homes listed currently in Saratoga Springs. More than half of those are not even completed yet. So, through the whole pricing range of $235k to $4 million, there are around 50 or less homes that are existing, quick move-ins.

Let’s say that your home is worth around $450,000. If so, you have only about 8 homes you are competing with that are move-in ready. (Priced from $420k to $480k). The rest in that range are new construction homes, which will likely take anywhere from 4 to 9 months to be completed.

If you list your home this week, you will be on the radar of all of the buyers in your price range. But, if you’d like to wait for better weather, that’s cool, too.

Just realize that your home will be much harder to find for buyers, when everyone else puts their homes up in March, too.

Same amount of buyers in every season. More homes listed in the spring than in the winter.

Do the math…

Then, call me. I am happy to help!

Heather Johnson

801-369-4841

heather@bhginfluence.com