Park City Real Estate Blog

4th Annual Autumn Aloft in Park City This Weekend

By Diana
Sep 15, 2017

The Autumn Aloft returns to Park City this weekend, with 24 balloons launching Saturday and Sunday at the North 40 Fields, located behind the Park City School District Offices.  This year the Utah Opera will be joining the celebration with two singers and a keyboardist performing during Saturday's launch.

There will also be a candlestick event at 8pm down the middle of Main Street.  Candlesticks show the public how the hot-air blowers work.  Four baskets will be above Miners Park and four below.  Click the link below to see more details about all the Autumn Aloft events this weekend:

Autumn Aloft in Park City This Weekend

Deer Valley Real Estate Tip Of The Week: 10 Things Sellers Should Do When Their Home Goes on the Market

By Diana
Sep 13, 2017

The 10 Things Sellers Should Do The Minute Their Home Goes On The Market

1. Adopting The Right Mindset When you put your home on the market you are no longer the home owner, you are the home seller. Sellers must adopt the mindset of the buyer and see the home through a buyer’s eyes.

2. Accommodate Every Showing The perfect buyer could show up at any minute and the more potential buyers who see the home, the better! Some buyers can't and won't reschedule to see your house so try your best to make every showing work.

3. Stay ‘Show Worthy’ The cleaning and tidying up never ends when selling a home. All signs of normal life have to go; this includes kids' toys, items on the counter, and even family photos. Potential buyers need to be able to imagine the house as their own home.

4. Tone Down The Kids’ Rooms It's important to minimize the superhero and princess decor. Bright colored walls, posters, stuffed animals, and even a baby room that is too “precious” can hurt. Keep decor and furnishings as minimal and neutral as possible when selling your home.

5. Turn On The Lights This may sound like a no brainer but buyers decide within 30 seconds if they like a house. Even if you are at work all day, leave plenty of lights on; the cost is low and it could make or break the sale.

6. Turn On The Heat Or AC If you’ve got it, flaunt it. On a hot summer day, the air conditioning might be the feature that gets the buyers to make an offer; and in the winter, a cozy, warm home could do the same.

7. Invite The Neighbors If your agent hosts an open house, the neighbors will come. There's a reason they call them "nosey," but the good news is there's a chance they might know the perfect invite them in!

8. Keep Your Stuff Safe It's VERY rare for items to be stolen at a showing or open house, but it can happen. Err on the side of caution and but your valuables, prescriptions, etc in a safe and hidden location.

9. Minimize Risk People can be clumsy. When your house is on the market: get rid of tripping hazards, make sure flooring is not loose or uneven, mark “half steps” that are hard to see with tape or a shiny indicator, use mats or towels when it rains, and shovel ice and snow.

10. Make Yourself Scarce There's a reason you hired your agent. Let them handle the showings and open houses and make yourself scarce. Innocent questions from potential buyers can cost you in the long run. If they ask, “Who cleans your chimney?” you’ll have to admit that you haven’t had it cleaned in the last 10 years. Chatting with buyers is more likely to hurt than help you sell your home.

Park City Sees Benefits From Utah's Tech Boom

By Diana
Sep 07, 2017

Park City is attracting top tech talent to little startups and the main reason is the lifestyle.  Being so close to Salt Lake City and an international airport is a big drawn for these tech companies as well as the outdoor offering of Park City.  Employees get the best of both worlds a career and a place to go hike, bike, and recreate after work, a rare opportunity in the tech world.

Park City is in the midst of a tech wave. According to data, Summit County has added nearly 1,000 tech-related jobs since 2010. They pay an average wage of nearly $80,000 — well above the county average of $48,200 — and account for roughly 10 percent of Summit County's gross regional product.   Projections show that 730 more jobs will be added in the next 10 years.

A great community like Park City can attract a lot more jobs as opposed to just going out and chasing companies.

See more about Park City tech boom here: Park City's Tech Boom

Photo taken from The Park Record


KSL and HCC To Aquire Deer Valley Resort

By Diana
Aug 21, 2017

A Special Announcement from Bob Wheaton I want to be the first to let you know the latest news. The newly formed entity controlled by affiliates of KSL Capital Partners, LLC (“KSL”) and Henry Crown and Company (“HCC”) that in July joined Intrawest Resorts, Mammoth Resorts and Squaw Valley Ski Holdings has entered into an agreement with Deer Valley® to acquire the resort.

Over the last 36 years, Deer Valley has developed into one of the highest quality ski resorts in the country. This transaction puts the resort in a strong position to continue to grow as part of a portfolio of 12 other outstanding resorts. We are excited about the new opportunities this will create for our staff, our guests and the Park City community.

I know there will be questions about the purchase and why we entered into this agreement. For this reason, we have included a link to the press release that was sent to media as well as a list of your anticipated questions and answers.

Please know that KSL and HCC are committed to Deer Valley’s brand, providing exceptional service to our guests, as well as to the staff. They truly value the efforts and dedication from staff members in building this amazing, preeminent mountain resort.

I plan to stay on as President/General Manager serving in my current role at Deer Valley Resort with no anticipated changes, and I sincerely hope you share in my excitement as we enter this new phase in the evolution and growth of Deer Valley Resort.

Sincerely, Bob Wheaton President/General Manager

Park City Eclipse Parties

By Diana
Aug 17, 2017

Since Idaho and Wyoming are already running out of food and traffic is a nightmare, why not just stay in Park City to watch the Eclipse?  The No Name Saloon and Boneyard Saloon are both having Solar Eclipse parties on their roof top decks!  They will provide free viewing glasses, an eclipse lunch special, earth, moon, and sun cocktails featuring local alpine distilling spirits, and a relaxing fun time.

They will both open at 10am.  Sounds a lot better then fighting traffic this weekend!

Deer Valley Specialist Real Estate Tip: Remodel Without A Permit?

By Diana
Aug 14, 2017

The practice of home remodeling without a permit is a surprisingly common occurrence, and there are a lot of good reasons why homeowners decide to forego that part of the process.

Remodeling permits cost money. Fees vary greatly, but often amount to around 1% of construction costs. Sometimes city codes pose unreasonable requirements that add extra expenses. Getting a permit is a hassle; there is too much red tape and often a backlog of applications, which can cause project delays.

But bypassing the permit can have real consequences, especially when it comes time to sell the home in Park City and Deer Valley. According to the American Bar Association “Legal Guide to Home Renovation”, lenders often refuse to give loans on homes with renovations that are not permitted. To correct the problem, the city may impose a large fine and require the seller to tear down the remodel and start again with a permit.

No matter what the size, if you’re planning a home renovation project, avoid future headaches and take the extra effort to get a permit.

For rock solid advice on buying or selling real estate, call Craig Reece at 435-647-8017 or toll free at 866-709-8016. Craig has been a full time Park City resident since 1973 and a full time Park City real estate agent since 1978.


Deer Valley Specialist Real Estate Tip Of The Week: How To Keep Stainless Steel Looking Good

By Diana
Aug 07, 2017

Stainless steel is a beautiful finish, but to keep it looking its best, especially if you have a family of little ones, can be a big job. Here are a few quick cleaning tips to help you keep your stainless steel gleaming.

1. Remove knobs for a complete clean. When cleaning your stainless steel range and oven, remember to remove the control knobs to reach hidden dirt and grime. Just cleaning around knobs can cause a buildup that’s unsanitary and hard to remove.

2. Stainless steel handles need extra attention. Since the handles on your stainless steel appliances are used the most, they should be wiped down weekly with a damp microfiber clothFine-woven microfiber cloths, such as the ones used for cleaning eyeglasses, can be found at retail chains and grocery stores. They work great to remove dust and don’t leave any streaks or smears. There’s no need for harsh chemicals to clean your stainless steel appliances and surfaces.

3. Fight oxidization. Stainless steel oxidizes over time. To remove this film, you can use pumice powder mixed with water. Pumice powder can be found online and at most hardware stores. Apply this paste following the “grain” of the stainless steel then rinse with warm water. You will be surprised to see how black the cloth is when you finish.

4. Clean those countertops. Stainless steel countertops are the choice of professional kitchens because they are designed to hold up to constant abuse. To keep them looking clean and shiny, you want to avoid using an abrasive cleanser. Instead, try using just a drop of a gentle dish soap and warm water. This mixture will keep your counters clean and scratch free.

5. Give your hood a helping hand. Stainless steel stove hoods need to be cleaned weekly to prevent a buildup of grease and dust. Cooking grease mixes with dust in the air and lands on the stove hood, making it thick and hard to remove. A simple cleaning remedy is to spray a cloth with rubbing alcohol and wipe it over the top of the hood. Make sure not to use the rubbing alcohol near an open flame.

*Excerpts of this blog were taken from


How To Enjoy Kimball Arts Festival This Weekend In Park City

By Diana
Aug 02, 2017

The famous Kimball Arts Festival starts Friday in Park City and it is going to be a fun, but busy weekend!  The Kimball Arts Festival offers of course incredible art but there is so much to do then that!  There is live music through the whole festival, a kid's activities area at the Town Lift Plaza, Taste of the Fest with several food trucks offering yummy eats, 3 beer gardens, free yoga in the morning, and now they have Festival After Dark with several options to keep you busy once the sun goes down.

Don't forget about locals day on Friday evening, Summit County locals get in free, just be sure to bring a picture ID.  Get the know how by clicking the link below and have a great Arts Fest weekend!

Guide to Kimball Arts Festival

Deer Valley Specialist Real Estate Tip Of The Week: Out Of State Home Buying

By Diana
Jul 31, 2017

Out of state buyers looking for a home or condo in Park City will find unique challenges. They usually can’t drive around neighborhoods to look at homes at their leisure, and they usually don’t have an intimate knowledge of the area - like local laws, taxes, school systems, employment, home prices and general costs of living. That is why working with an experienced Park City REALTOR® who can act as their buyer’s agent in the Park City area is essential.

While their REALTOR® at home may recommend someone, it is also easy to find a selection of top buyer’s agents through the internet. Just be sure you interview them thoroughly before you sign on to their services.

A Park City REALTOR® who has first-hand knowledge of the area can find you homes that will best fit your needs. They can arrange a tour through several homes over a single weekend at your convenience, can give you a complete overview of the local issues you will need to know, and can help make your transition as easeful as possible.

Whether your vacation home is reserved for private or rental use, be sure to consult your tax advisor to see how you can save at tax time. For rock solid advice on buying or selling real estate, call Craig Reece at 435-647-8017. Craig has been a full time Park City resident since 1973 and a full time Park City real estate agent since 1978.

Perfect game room at our listing in Lower Deer Valley.

Park City Weekend Events July 28-30

By Diana
Jul 28, 2017

It is going to be a busy weekend in Park City!  There is the Extreme World Soccer Cup going on with teams from around the nation visiting Park City.  The Jupiter Steeplechase is also taking place Saturday morning at Park City Resort with trail runners running from the base to the top of Jupiter Peak and back down!  Here are a few other fun things happening this weekend in Park City:

Mary Wilson of The Supremes - Mary Wilson of the Supremes will perform Friday and Saturday at 8pm at the Egyptian Theater on Main Street.  Wilson will perform The Supremes hits as well as some of her favorite songs.  Tickets range from $43-$70.

Park City Community Theater - Park City Community Theater will present "Music Revue - A Tony Cabaret" at 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm at the Prospector Theater.  Student tickets are $15 and adult tickets are $19.

Deer Valley Music Festival Ben Folds with Utah Symphony - Top Billboard and folk rock sensation Ben Folds is back by popular demand performing his greatest hits with the Utah Symphony. The show is Saturday night at Deer Valley's Snow Park Amphitheater. Don’t miss this incredible evening featuring one of the major music influencers of our generation.  Go here for more info:

Beethoven Festival Concert - Outstanding classical soloists from around the world performing chamber music together in intimate, beautiful settings as part of Utah's oldest classical music festival, this Sunday it will take place at The Temple Har Shalom starting at 3pm, tickets are $20.  More info here:

Have a great weekend!



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