Salt Lake City Home to Great Entertainment

Joel Carson

Joel Carson

by Joel Carson
President/Principal Broker
Utah Real Estate
SLBR 2012 ‘Salesperson of the Year’

Capitol Theatre

Photo by Donna M. Brown/Your Content Queen


Salt Lake City is home to some amazing entertainment venues. Whether you’re into music, art, theater, education or sports, you will find the finest quality events along the Wasatch Front.

If you’re shopping for Salt Lake City homes for sale, take time to get familiar with the event venues surrounding the neighborhoods in which you want to buy. No matter where you are in the Salt Lake and Utah valleys, you’re not far from a world-class venue.

Today I’d like to tell you about three such venues owned and operated by the Center for the Arts, a division of Salt Lake County. The three venues are:

  • Abravanel Hall
  • Capitol Theatre
  • Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center

Abravanel Hall
123 West South Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah
(801) 323-6800

Located in the heart of Salt Lake County, Abravanel Hall is known for brilliant acoustics, a grand lobby and a spectacular view of the sprawling city below it (among many other things). This is the Salt Lake City home of the Utah Symphony.

If you are looking for a classic experience in cultural enrichment, Abravanel Hall is definitely the place to be. Owned by the Salt Lake County Center for the Arts, this beautiful location features concerts, lectures and films. It has a seating capacity of 2,768 and is only 15 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport.

Capitol Theater
50 West 200 South
Salt Lake City, Utah

The Capital Theatre is undergoing a renovation and is expected to reopen in December. I assure you, it will be worth the wait. This theatre is an historic landmark in Salt Lake City. It was built in 1913 and is an integral piece of our downtown history. Its rare architectural elegance makes it the perfect Salt Lake City home for Ballet West, the Utah Opera, the Children’s Dance Theatre, and Broadway Across America – Utah.

With a seating capacity of 1,876, this richly decorated building hosts concerts, dance, plays, lectures and films. It is also located just 15 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport and is easily accessed via I-15.

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 W. Broadway (300 South)
Salt Lake City, Utah, 84101

The Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center is a versatile performance venue. It features three theaters, permanent art installations, and a rotating art gallery.

Salt Lake County is particularly proud of this venue which includes the Jeanne Wagner Theater (Je-Nay), the Leona Wagner Black Box Theater, and the Studio Theater.

This center, conceived by the Performing Arts Coalition, came to fruition due to a need for rehearsal space for tenants at the Capitol Theatre. The Coalition also recognized a need for affordable space to meet the growing demands of multiple performing arts companies.

The performances in these grand Salt Lake City theatres will delight you, but the venues themselves are worth a visit!

For a schedule of upcoming performances, or to purchase tickets visit

People shopping for Salt Lake City homes for sale often appreciate the culturally-rich city and all its finest artists have to offer. If you’re shopping for a home, please take time to visit our website at where you can browse detailed listings with maps and photographs 24/7.

Sundance Film Festival Brings $70 Million to Utah

Professional real estate manby Joel Carson
President/Principal Broker
Utah Real Estate
SLBR 2012 ‘Salesperson of the Year’

Photograph from PostModem of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival
PostModem, Sundance Film Festival, directed by Jillian Mayer, Lucas Levya. Photo by Daniel Fernandez.

Sometimes I take for granted the mind-boggling amount of premier events that help feed Utah’s economy. It’s easy to do. Utah has always been home to creative, forward-thinking residents who plan ahead and constantly enrich the quality of life here. Sound like I’m laying it on a little too thick? This morning I read a report about the amount of money, jobs and positive exposure Utah nets from the Sundance Institute’s Sundance Film Festival and I just had to sit back for a moment and reflect.

In January 2013 the Sundance Film Festival was a 10-day event. It took place in Northern Utah – Park City, Salt Lake City and Ogden. It’s nice to have a little celebration of fine arts and filmmaking, right? Now consider the fact that the festival generated an overall economic impact of nearly $70 million for the state of Utah.

“$70 million?” you say.

“Yes, $70 million.”

The figure didn’t come from a public relations specialist looking to paint a rosy picture. Nope. The numbers came from an independent annual economic and demographic study conducted by the University of Utah’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the David Eccles School of Business (BEBR).

Now, if you own a Utah home or live in a Park City condo or kickback in a Sundance resort home from time to time, I’m sure you can appreciate the impact this kind of contribution has on a community, a state and even an entire region.

Let me help you out. According to the report the festival organized and executed by the Sundance Institute:

  • Supported 1,407 jobs
  • Generated $56.8 million in international media exposure
  • Netted $5.8 million in tax revenue
  • Brought 46,000 people to Utah

If you consider the fact that more than 65 percent of festival attendees came from outside of Utah, including nearly 4,000 visitors from international locations, the impact seems even more significant. The really great news about visitors is that they bring their money to Utah, they spend it and then they go home. There is minimal impact on our infrastructure and so fewer dollars have to be invested than would be if these were all permanent residents.

Luckily, some people do become permanent residents and there are a host of benefits from those buying Utah homes for sale and contributing to our local communities in multiple ways.

More than the money it generates, the Sundance Film Festival is just one of a multitude of fine arts opportunities our residents can enjoy. It opens our minds and exposes our residents to other cultures. We make new friends from around the world and casts a soft warm glow on Utah in media markets from print to electronic.

Here are a few more staggering numbers for you. According to the independent report, over the last five years, Sundance Film Festival has brought in:

  • more than $375.6 million dollars in economic activity
  • $21.9 million dollars in tax revenue
  • supported more than 8,224 jobs
  • more than 219,987 festival attendees

Over the last ten years the Sundance Film Festival has generated more than one-half billion dollars in economic activity for Utah.

This is a simple way of looking at the impact. It is far more reaching that it appears on the surface. Consider the impact on businesses benefiting from world-wide exposure. Think of the people who worked when work was a little hard to come by. Just sit back for a minute and imagine all this creative event brings to your own Utah home.

I’m proud of Utah and I’m grateful to the Sundance Institute for its contributions to our residents’ quality of life. I’m grateful I have made Utah my home and want to invite you to become our neighbor. Visit for multiple home listings throughout Utah. Call me at 801-673-3333 for a private showing of any homes you love.

Skate Right through Summer in Sandy, UT

Sandy home to Lone Peak Skate Park

Professional real estate manby Joel Carson
President/Principal Broker
Utah Real Estate
SLBR 2012 ‘Salesperson of the Year’

Boy on skateboardRight about now youngsters throughout Utah are celebrating their new-found freedom from school. If you’re a parent, you know the celebration song doesn’t last long. Soon children will be uttering the words, “I’m borrrrred.” If you live in a Sandy, Utah home, you know this forward-thinking city really “gets it.” The urban city in a suburban setting offers residents recreation opportunities for kids of all ages!

Today I’d like to tell you about just one of the amazing outdoor venues in Sandy. Lone Peak Park is a skater’s paradise and a parent’s best friend on those dog days of summer. The park is located at 100th south 700 East in Sandy and it features 28.8 acres of fun, including an amazing skate park. It’s the second largest developed park in the Sandy Parks System. Other amenities include:

  • indoor pavilion
  • 3 outdoor lighted pavilions
  • 3 full sized soccer fields
  • 2 baseball/softball fields
  • score keepers building
  • concession stand
  • 2 playgrounds
  • 1 basketball court
  • walking/jogging path surrounding the park

The pavilions are available for reservation in case you’re planning a family get-together, a church gathering, or a fun barbecue with friends. Sandy homes for sale are plentiful and all located just a short distance from this park.

Skate Right through Summer

The Lone Peak Skate Park is suitable for people of all ages and abilities who love to skateboard, practice in-line skating and ride BMX freestyle bikes.

These are high-adventure outdoor activities and as long as everyone plays it safe, their great exercise. Remember park administrators require:

  • Kneepads
  • elbow pads
  • wrist guards

Park Hours Set for Summer

The skate park is open on Saturdays 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for children ages 12 and under and their parents.

Check out the city’s Parks and Recreation for “Family Night” dates. During Family Night even toddler bikes are allowed!

Public restrooms are available April 15 to Oct. 15. Soda and water are available from vending machines. Make sure your children stay well hydrated. There are phones available inside the park so skaters and bikers can check in with their families.

If you’re looking for a great family community, Sandy, UT is the place to be. Browse our Sandy home listings online 24/7 at today. Call or text me at 801-673-3333 for help finding your little piece of the American Dream. Send an email to

Why are there So Many Great Businesses in Utah?

. . . because Utah is so great for business

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by Joel Carson
President/Principal Broker
Utah Real Estate

I hate to brag, but man Utah has attracted some stellar businesses in recent years. Utah is my home and I have watched all different kinds of industries grow (and die here). I couldn’t be more proud of the healthy mix of businesses our economy and therefore our residents enjoy today.

Forbes said it in December and I don’t mind reiterating the publication’s position: Utah is our nation’s best state for business. If you’re looking for a Utah home, you can rest assured this position is one the state intends maintain; after all, Forbes has arrived at the same conclusion three years in a row.

Utah was featured in a Forbes online article, “Utah Tops Forbes 2012 List of the Best States for Business,” by staff writer Kurt Badenhausen, Dec. 12, 2012. In his summary Badenhausen recognized the state’s ability to woo companies like:

  • eBay
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Oracle
  • Proctor & Gamble

Granted, there are many, many more (too many to mention here). These types of businesses are highly desirable and a great boon to the employment rate in this western state.

Forbes points to Utah’s “young, vibrant workforce.” With a median age of 29, the state’s workforce is the youngest in the nation.

The fact that a third of the state’s workforce is bilingual did not go unnoticed, “This is largely a result of the state’s large population of Mormons, many of whom spend time as missionaries overseas. It is an attractive benefit for companies in an increasingly global economy and has helped lure large U.S. companies with international operations . . .” Badenhausen said.

Economic development gurus who make their homes in Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas have made a concerted effort to increase international trade – and it has worked. According to Badenhausen, “Utah has doubled its international trade over the past five years and this year [2012] it is up nearly 40 percent.”

When it comes to attracting big business, the fewer regulatory demands, the better. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has focused on reducing government regulations according to the Mercatus Center’s Freedom in the 50 States study, “Utah is less likely to reward frivolous lawsuits or hand out excessive judgments.” Co-author Jason Sorens co-authored the report. He said, “Utah’s health insurance regulations are generally light, resulting in less costly policies and more choice for people in the small group and individual markets.”

The Forbes report also lauded Utah for low energy costs, 29 percent below the national average, and a AAA bond rating from the three rating agencies.

The publication’s state rankings were based on the following vital factors for business:

  • costs
  • labor supply
  • regulatory environment
  • current economic climate
  • growth prospects
  • quality of life

Move Your Business to Utah

Ready to move your business to Utah? I can help with that. Contact me today at 801-673-3333 for immediate assistance. Email me at or send a text message. I can help your employees find Salt Lake townhomes, South Jordan condos, Bountiful bungalows and executive suites in the Salt Lake City center. We’re looking forward to sharing our business success secrets with you!


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At Home in Park City with $15 Million in Improvements to Main Street

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Park City Main Streetby Joel Carson
President/Principal Broker
Utah Real Estate

As if we could improve on perfection, the Park City Council recently reviewed Phase 1 of the Historic Park City Improvement Plan! I’m thrilled to see this proactive approach and hope it will only make a really great place even better for those who call Park City home and for the thousands of visitors who flock here throughout the four seasons.

I first read about the plan in a March 7 issue of First Tracks!! an online ski magazine. The article titled, “Plans to Upgrade Park City’s Main Street Move Forward,” Says the 10-year plan to upgrade will require an investment of about $15 million over the next 10 years. The funding for this project will be sustained by a 0.5 tax increase on Park City resorts. The tax increase was passed last year.

The tourism industry’s microscope is pointed at Utah. We’ve got a good thing going here and it will behoove the state to take great care of its revenue-driving resources like Park City. More and more people are considering Park City home. Historic Main Street is a national, state and local treasure for sure. The ambiance there epitomizes our states ingenuity and thriving industry.

The plan approved by the Historic Park City Alliance (HPCA) and the Park City Council reportedly includes upgrades to sidewalks and curbs, the addition of public plazas and “improved connectivity from parking to Main Street.”

The colossal makeover will begin in April with improvements to the Egyptian Theatre, according to First Tracks!! The project will include improvements to the theatre walkthrough and will be led by MGB+A The Grassli Group. The firm is credited with many Utah projects including design and construction of City Creek Center, Cedar City’s Historic Downtown and the new student center at Southern Utah University. The Utah-based company’s familiarity with the state’s history and goals makes them a great fit for the project.

A March 8 story published in Salt Lake Magazine online titled, “Park City begins $15 million improvement plan,” says the first phase of the project will improve the east side of Main Street between Fourth and Fifth streets, where workers will install new granite sidewalks, curbs and new light posts.

As Wasatch Back ski resorts continue to improve, I expect to see an even higher demand for Park City real estate and Deer Valley homes. Interest rates are still great and we’ve got some great deals right now on condos, townhomes, luxury homes, resort homes and single-family units. Please browse our listings online at Call me at 801-673-3333 if I can help. You can also send an email to I just can’t wait to hear from you!



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What do Salt Lake Home Buyers Value Most?

Survey Says . . . Storage Space, In-Law Suites

Professional real estate manHome for saleby Joel Carson
President/Principal Broker
Utah Real Estate P.C.

Home buyers take the task of choosing the right house very seriously, as they should. With so many available features today, it can be very difficult to discern what a potential buyer might like most about your Salt Lake home for sale. The National Association of Realtors 2013 Profile of Buyers’ Home Feature Preferences can help.

The NAR Buyers’ Profile examines features buyers prefer and the differences in preferences based on factors such as:

  • region
  • demographics
  • household composition

The 2013 results are based on responses from buyers who purchased a home between 2010 and 2012.

What do You Want?

Utah home shoppers need to have a solid idea of which features are required or non-negotiable and on which home features they are willing to compromise.

You will likely find the features you value have everything to do with those factors listed above: region, demographics and household composition.

Before you answer the question, “What do you want?” find out what other home buyers had to say according to the latest NAR profile.

Geography and Demography Rule

“Geography and demography strongly influence what buyers value in a home,” an NAR March 2013 press release said. “The typical recently purchased home was 1,860 square feet and was built in 1996.”

Larger homes were typically purchased by the following:

  • repeat buyers
  • buyers of new homes
  • married couples
  • families with children

It is interesting to note first-time buyers and single women tended to buy older homes.

The typical buyer purchased a home with three bedrooms and two full bathrooms. Slightly over half of the homes purchased were on a single level.

I was a little surprised by the geography results. Did you know Southerners tend to buy newer homes? According to survey results Southerners want a home less than five years old and in a wooded lot with trees when compared to other regions. Buyers in the South really value central air conditioning – go figure.

How Important is a Garage?

According to the survey, more than three-fourths – 78 percent – of all buyers purchased a home with a garage; however, garages were more popular among new-home buyers, Midwesterners, and suburbanites.

What about a Basement?

“Forty-one percent of homes purchased had a basement, but this feature was more popular among buyers in the Midwest and Northeast,” NAR’s recent press release said.

Looking for Hardwood Floors?

Northeastern buyers value hardwood floors more than people in other regions.

How Big Do You Want Your New Home?

Not surprisingly, Southerners typically bought the largest home at 2,000 square feet. Those in the Northeast followed closely behind with a typical home purchase of 1,850 square feet.

Age Influences Home Feature Requests

It stands to reason that buyers 55 and older treasure the convenience of a single-level home. In fact, 42 percent of those surveyed consider that feature to be very important. On the other hand, only 11 percent of buyers under 35 considered it very important.

Men and Women Don’t Always Agree

Now there’s a surprise: men and women don’t always agree. Single women placed a higher value on single-level homes. But, single men wanted finished basements.

Single men and married couples placed higher importance on new kitchen appliances.

Home Features Important to Shoppers

Central air conditioning rated highest among all 33 home features included in the survey. A whopping 65 percent of buyers considered central air conditioning very important.

Also high on the home buyers’ lists was a walk-in closet in the master bedroom; 39 percent of buyers considered this feature very important.

Many home buyers also placed high value on having a house cable-, satellite TV-, and/or Internet ready. They’re also looking for an en-suite master bathroom.

Show Me the Money

Based on survey results, buyers are willing to spend more money to get waterfront property and more money for a  home less than five years old. Thirty-two percent of buyers would be willing to pay a median of $5,420 more for a home on the waterfront, and 40 percent of buyers would be willing to pay a median of $5,020 more for a home that was less than five years old.

Great News, Mom’s Coming to Live with Us!’

Could this be a sign of the times? People are willing to pay the most money for homes including basements and an in-law suite. “Thirty-three percent of buyers would be willing to pay a median of $3,200 more for a home with a basement, and 20 percent of buyers would be willing to pay a median of $2,920 more for a home with an in-law suite,” according to survey results.

Give Me Some Space

Although 97 percent of recent buyers were satisfied with their home purchase, there are always features buyers would like that they don’t have. Those surveyed said they want larger closets and more storage space. Nearly half of recent buyers surveyed would prefer a larger kitchen, and two out of five would prefer a larger home overall.

What Can we Learn from This?

Most importantly, home sellers can review the NAR 2013 Profile of Buyers’ Home Feature Preferences to determine who is most likely to purchase their homes. The information contained in the report helps licensed real estate professionals market the best features of your home to a very specific audience.

If you’re ready to sell your Utah condo, Utah townhouse, or Utah single-family home please call me today at 801-673-3333 or send an email to I have a powerful network of home buyers and home sellers. Let me help you reach the right audience in the right way.


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Park City Home to Humble History

Professional real estate manPhoto by Grant V. Messerlyby Joel Carson
President &
Principal Broker
Utah Real Estate P.C.

You don’t have to be a skier or snowboarder to love Park City, Utah. In fact, if you’re looking for a great vacation home, condo or luxury cabin, there are many reasons to buy real estate on Utah’s glorious Wasatch Back.

Long before fancy shops, restaurants and posh resorts called Park City home, the Wasatch Mountains were known to be rich in natural resources and that led to a rich history. This town has got some character. Nowhere is that character more evident than right smack in the middle of town on Historic Main Street.

The discovery of silver brought people to this section of the great Rocky Mountains and people brought all kinds of excitement to the region.

An organization called Historic Park City, Utah helps breathe life into that history. Stories of old help remind locals of the town’s humble beginnings. A report published online at says, “Since silver was discovered in the hills, there have been booms, busts, fires, and freezes, but the town’s adventurous spirit has never dimmed.”

Would you believe this world-renowned resort community almost became a ghost town? Now there are more than 200 unique businesses downtown. “Visitors can shop among over 100 independent boutiques, dine at 50 one-of-a-kind restaurants, relax at a restorative spa, ride the town lift to play in the mountains, stay in style within a short walk of everything, revel in our spirited nightlife, discover something to treasure from our lively art community, connect with someone who can help you start a life in Park City, or meet within the heart of a mountain town,” according to Historic Park City Utah.

‘There’s Silver in Them Thar Hills’

The city was discovered in 1868 when soldiers stationed in Salt Lake City climbed through Big Cottonwood Canyon in search of silver. The Transcontinental Railroad was completed in 1870 and eager miners rode in to town on the rails hoping to strike it rich. George Hearst did just that. He purchased the Ontario Mine for $30,000. That mine produced more than $50 million.

The city incorporated in 1884. By 1889 5,000 people inhabited the mountain town. Ten years later the population had increased to 7,500.

A devastating fire wreaked havoc on the town in 1898 when ¾ of the town was destroyed.

It wasn’t until 1930 that the idea of skiing came to light. In the industry the town found a new kind of silver lining. The first ski jump was built on the Creole mine dump, according to the town’s official history.

Is that Silver Snow?

In 1946 the first lift was installed at Snow Park (now Deer Valley). As the ski industry began to build, the mining industry declined steadily threatening the livelihoods of hundreds of miners.

By 1951 residents feared Park City was becoming a Ghost Town. In 1963 Park City qualified for a federal loan from the Federal Area Redevelopment Agency. “With government assistance and other contributions, the new ski resort Treasure Mountain Resort opened with a gondola, a chairlift and 2 J-bars. As word of the new ski area spread, people start moving back to Park City,” the town’s history reports.

The rest is history. Salt Lake City hosted the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and anyone who hadn’t heard of Utah’s golden mountain town became keenly aware. “More than 40% of the events were held in Park City at the Utah Olympic Park, Deer Valley, and Park City Mountain Resort and the event brought international fame to Park City, whose population and development has continued to grow as a result,” according to the town history.

Come Home to Park City

Today some of the most luxurious vacation homes are located here, but its humble beginnings are very much a part of the mountain town’s allure.

If you’re ready to shop for homes on the stunning Wasatch Back, call me today at 801-673-3333. Browse our Park City home listings online and just imagine all the riches you’ll find right here at home.

* 84060 Deer Valley * 84060 Park City * 84068 Park City * 84098 Park City

Remove Snow from Your Salt Lake Home Rooftop

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Roof covered in snowby Joel Carson
President/Principal Broker
Utah Real Estate P.C.

Utah enjoys the “greatest snow on earth” unless, of course, it’s piled on the rooftop of your Salt Lake home and threatening to bring the walls down.

It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen – occasionally a Utah snow storm blankets the mountains and valleys with a thick layer of wet, heavy snow (and then another, and another and another). Snow is one of the attractions people love most about the Wasatch Front and Wasatch Back; however, snow build up on our rooftops can lead to dire consequences.

Snow is not just a safety issue, but a potential threat to the integrity of your roof. During the day heat emanating up and out of your home can slightly melt the snow. By nightfall, that melted snow can seep between shingles then refreeze. Can you guess what happens to those shingles after they freeze and refreeze? They crack and buckle.

A build-up of thick ice can actually create little natural dams on the roof causing water to pool and eventually leak into your house.

Sometimes the weight of snow alone can be a threat to a structure.

Delight in all that winter brings; but, be sure to keep your rooftop clean! Following are some tips to clearing your roof before it becomes a problem.

  1. Dress warm and prepare the proper equipment before you start. Wear a warm jacket and moisture resistant gloves. I highly recommend spiked shoes or shoes with a deep tread designed to protect against slippage on wet or oily surfaces.
  2. Begin by using a rake to loosen and release deep snow. Stay aware of where you are standing at all times. Stand far enough away from the roof to avoid sudden shifts of snow. Most hardware stores sell rake extensions that make it possible to reach higher on the roof and remain a safe distance from danger zones. Pull the snow toward you with the rake, removing small amounts at a time so you can control where it lands.
  3. Never use a high ladder or climb on the roof alone. Make sure an adult spotter can see you at all times, and is handy to hold the ladder for you when you climb up or down. Count on the spotter to hand you important tools such as a rake and snow shovel when you need it.
  4. Make sure you are in good physical health before attempting snow removal. Harvard Health Managing Editor P.J. Skerrett posted an article online Jan. 15, 2011 with this warning: “Snow shoveling is a known trigger for heart attacks. Emergency rooms in the snowbelt gear up for extra cases when enough of the white stuff has fallen to force folks out of their homes armed with shovels or snow blowers.” Hire someone to remove the snow if you may be at risk of a heart attack or other health related condition that could worsen with hard work.
  5. Leave some snow on your roof to protect its surface. All it takes is a thin coat to protect your Salt Lake home’s roof from tools used to remove heavy snow.
  6. Use a snow cutter for frozen crusty surfaces. A snow cutter is one of those handy tools everyone who enjoys a winter climate should have. It allows you to remove small sections of snow at a time. It makes the work faster and safer. A roof razor is a similar tool designed to help with this arduous task.

Love Utah winters? Why not make your new home here? I have a great inventory of Salt Lake homes for sale, Ogden homes for sale, Bountiful homes for sale and Farmington homes for sale. In fact, you can browse all our Utah home listings online right now! Visit or call me today at 801-673-3333.

Sundance: Wasatch Back Pure Utah Art

Professional real estate manSundance Film Festival Imagesby Joel Carson
President/Principal Broker
Utah Real Estate P.C.

Life in Utah is good. Life in Park City and along the Wasatch Back is just pure art. Evidence? The Sundance Film Festival.

Jan. 17-27, Utah will play host to some of the most artistic souls on earth. If you had a Park City home or a Sundance home, you’d already be in the middle of the action! The Sundance Film Festival touts original artists to adventurous audiences. Imagine, if you will, a pristine winter mountain setting brought to life by:

  • dramatic and documentary films
  • shorts films
  • New Frontier films
  • Installations
  • performances
  • panel discussions
  • dynamic music events

Sundance Film Festival was born of forward-thinking, art-loving people in 1985. The festival has helped launch hundreds of films. Many of those films have gained “critical recognition, received commercial distribution, and reached worldwide audiences eager for fresh perspectives and new voices,” according to the festival’s official website at

Today the Sundance Institute announced the films selected to screen in the out-of-competition Premiers and Documentary Premiers sections of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Screenings will take place in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

John Cooper is director of the Sundance Film Festival. In a public statement he expressed pleasure over the number filmmakers in the festival’s Premieres and Documentary Premiers sections that have returned this year. He said the returning artists indicate “sustainability, longevity and personal reward to careers in independent film . . .”

Films in the U.S. and World Competition, Spotlight, Park City at Midnight and New Frontier have also been announced.

Visit for a full list of films.

Park City vacation homes and Sundance luxury homes are extremely popular among artists of all kinds; but, you don’t have to be an artist to love the awe-inspiring Wasatch Back with something new to offer every season.

Call me today to schedule a home tour during your visit for the Sundance Film Festival at 801-673-3333. Take time to browse all Park City homes online! Relax and enjoy the show.

Third Quarter Sales Stats Great for Park City, Deer Valley

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by Joel Carson
President/Principal Broker
Utah Real Estate P.C.

Year to Date Park City, Deer Valley Sales Comparison ChartSo far 2012 has been good to the Park City and Deer Valley areas. A year-to-date comparison of residential home sales in these Summit County mountain communities shows more homes are selling faster and at higher prices than they did in 2011.

Keep in mind we’re a month into the fourth quarter of this year; but, October statistics indicate the upward trend will continue. Based on statistics generated by the Wasatch Front Regional MLS on Nov. 1, residential sales in the Park City and Deer Valley areas are up 32.39 percent compared to the same time period in 2011. In the first three quarters of 2011 a total of 176 homes were sold. In 2012 a total of 233 residential units were purchased.

Sometimes when we see increased sales, we see decreased sales prices too. Not so here. The median sales price is actually 13.44 percent higher this year ($515,000) than it was during the first three quarters of 2011 ($454,000).

Park City Homes and Deer Valley Homes Selling Faster

During the first three quarters of 2012 homes spent a median 13.28 percent less time on the market than they did during the same period in 2011. Residential units spent a median of 128 days on the market in 2011 compared to 111 days on the market in 2012.

It appears the amount of new inventory entering the market is leveling out too. During the first three quarters of 2011 a total of 527 new listings came on the market; of those new listings, 33.40 percent sold. In 2012, 444 new listings came on the market and 52.48 percent of those sold. That’s an amazing 57.13 percent increase in the number of new listings sold.

Even the asking price for homes in this exclusive area is up. This year’s median asking price is $674,500 compared to $668,000 in 2011 ( a .97 percent increase).

October Sales Reflect Upward Trend

In October 2011 a total of 19 residential units in the Park City and Dear Valley areas of Summit County, Utah a total of 19 homes sold for a total sales volume of $10,873,000 (just over a median $243 per square foot).

In the month of October 2012, 32 homes sold at a total volume of $24,578,700 (just over a median $250 per square foot).

Utah Real Estate still has a fantastic inventory of luxury homes, townhomes, condominiums and single family units in this area! Please take time to browse through them at or call me today at 801-673-3333.

Note, Table 1: This report was generated automatically by the Wasatch Front Regional MLS on 11/01/2012 and prepared by Joel Carson. Copyright 2012 Wasatch Front Regional MLS All Rights Reserved

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