At Home on the Wasatch Front

LDS Conference Impacts EconomicsNew flight on Alaska AirlinesOgden embraces historyProvo’s got religion

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

Downtown Salt Lake City

Temple Square during the Saturday morning session of the 182nd Semiannual General Conference © 2012 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

It’s Monday and a great day to take a look at what’s going on at home on the Wasatch Front. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wrapped up its

semi-annual conference in Salt Lake City on Sunday. The conference brings approximately 100,000 visitors to downtown Salt Lake twice a year and with it a major influx of dollars spent by Utah residents and church members from throughout the world.

Deseret News article by Joseph Walker, published April 4 (before the conference), summarized the weekend like this, “With more than 100,000 people expected to attend sessions of the 183rd Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Saturday and Sunday at the church’s 21,000-seat Conference Center, you can count on one thing: impact.”

Hotels fill up fast, stores and eateries surrounding the Conference Center at 60 West North Temple stay busy from open to close. The new City Creek Center was a local hotspot on Friday and Saturday. Many conference goers took time to visit City Creek for the first time.

The City Creek Center is a mixed-use development with an upscale open-air shopping center. It features office and residential buildings, a fountain, and simulated creek near Temple Square. It was created by Property Reserve, Inc. (the commercial real estate division of the Corporation of the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) and Taubman Centers, Inc. Retail space there is almost full and many are buying Salt Lake Homes in the development’s three towers: 99 WestThe Regent and Richard’s Court.

These are some amazing homes and condominiums in an urban setting and if you’re interested in touring one of the towers – or all three – as a prospective residence contact me today at 801-673-3333.


Alaska Airlines Serving Salt Lake City with Sweet Deals

If you call Salt Lake home, you might be glad to know Alaska Airlines recently began operating two new daily nonstop flights between Seattle and SLC. The carrier is offering an introductory one-way fair between the two cities for as low as $109 for travel through June 15.

Daily departures out of Seattle will be at 7 a.m. and 1:10 p.m. for the three-hour flight. From Salt Lake City, flights will leave at 11 a.m. and 5:10 p.m.

To purchase tickets and view complete fare rules-including advance purchase requirements-visit or call 1-800-252-7522 or TTY/TDD line 800-392-0228).


Ogden Embraces History

Ogden, Utah is roughly 40 miles north of Salt Lake. A recent ABC 4 News report highlighted the city’s commitment to honor history with a traditional appeal reflective of the town’s 1852 rail days.

“The city council voted Tuesday to adopt an ordinance that puts owners of historic properties under greater scrutiny if they allow their buildings to fall apart. The new law allows the city landmarks commission or the city building official to investigate potentially neglected historical sites,” the ABC 4 News report said.

Ogden is banking on its eclectic and flavorful history by working with historic Ogden home owners and historic commercial property owners to maintain a rich ambiance that will benefit the entire city. From tunnels built under historic 25th Street during the days of Prohibition to former brothels and bars of what was once known as “Little Chicago,” the history downtown attracts visitors with a curiosity about days gone by and a taste for the city’s throwback experience. Ogden’s personality is definitely worth preserving — and an economic advantage.


Provo Most Religious Metro Area in US

Thinking of buying a Provo home? A new Gallup poll shows Provo-Orem is the most religious metro area in the country, according to an April 1 news report.

“Gallup surveyed residents in 189 metropolitan areas and found Provo-Orem topped the list, with 77 percent of its residents considering themselves very religious,” the report said.

While the most religious cities are in the south according to survey results, Provo-Orem and Ogden-Clearfield are right at the top of the most religious list. Holland-Grand Haven, Mich. is also one of the “Most Religious Cities.”

The Gallop poll summarized results with this statement: ‘America is a remarkably religiously diverse nation, and much of this diversity is geographically based.’

‘Residents in some areas and cities — namely, those in the South and in Utah — are two or three times as likely to be very religious as those living in cities in the Northeast, the Northwest and other Western locations,’ the Gallop poll results said.

There are so many great Utah homes for sale right now and I have to be honest, inventory may start to get tight and prices are definitely on the rise. Call me today for help finding your perfect Utah home for sale. Call 801-673-3333 or send an email to today.

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