In this edition of the Utah Real Estate Podcast, we talked about:
- How transient is your neighborhood?
- Drug activity
- Taking advantage of chatty neighbor
- The unvarnished truth about a neighborhood
- The vacant lot problem
- The planning an zoning committee
- City and county smells
Press the ‘PLAY’ button to listen to Utah Real Estate #42: The Stinky Mink Farm
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Patrick Wiscombe: Its the Utah Real Estate podcast. Good morning, my name is Patrick Wiscombe. Coming up on today’s edition of the Utah Real Estate podcast, yesterday we were talking about quality of life. I chuckled at the beginning of yesterday’s show that quality of life generally refers to health, and I guess there could be health related issues if you move into a bad area. But we were actually talking about some factors if you’re looking to buy a house in a particular neighborhood. We also talked about the sex offender registry, something that most people don’t even think about. We talked about interviewing some of the neighbors to make sure they’re people you actually want to live around. You can also determine if there are any noisy neighbors or gang activity or suspicious night-time visits. In case you’re wondering why we’re chuckling, just listen to yesterday’s podcast. Coming up on today’s edition of the show, we’re going to be talking about some additional factors you should consider if you’re looking to buy a house in a particular neighborhood. Are there lots of rental homes? We’re going to talk about that right now. Joining me for the podcast is Ned Chidester, one of the owners at Weichert Realtors at the Rockies. Hey there.
Ned Chidester: How’s it going, sir?
Patrick Wiscombe: Good. Let’s talk about some of those quality of life issues.
Ned Chidester: One of the things I’ve noticed a lot lately is drug activity. It’s amazing. I had a property located in a quiet area that you wouldn’t have expected any issues. They buyers, during the contract period, conducted a test for meth which came back positive and it got me thinking where we are as a society that there is the use, and in this case, the manufacturing of illegal drugs in our community and I believe some of the situations can be harmful and if there is suspected use, it’s very important to have a test done.
Patrick Wiscombe: Is there a way people can find out what kind of activity has taken place in a neighborhood? The police department? Are there any particular resources where people can get the unvarnished truth about a neighborhood?
Ned Chidester: You know, that is a great question. The police department is one area, one place you can start. The police department can tell you if they have been called out to an address and can tell you about any suspicious activity in the neighborhood. I think it’s also important, like you’ve said and we’ve talked about in previous podcasts, talk to the neighbors. Usually the neighbors have a story to tell, especially the ones about noisy and nosy neighbors where you can get some good information. Keep in mind that a story coming from most neighbors isn’t entirely correct, but there’s also some truth to the story. So, I would say the police department and neighbors are some good places to go for some research.
Patrick Wiscombe: Do you find that most neighbors are willing to talk about their neighborhood or do they simply crack the door and ask, “what do you want?”
Ned Chidester: Most neighbors are willing to talk, especially if it’s a situation where the person moving from the property and selling their home isn’t well liked in the neighborhood. Then, a neighbor is willing to do whatever it takes to speak positively about the property to get somebody in there, so sometimes you might get a response or receive information that isn’t 100% correct or weighed in another direction.
Patrick Wiscombe: Another thing people should consider is to take a look at some of the buildings or vacant lots around a building to see what types of building are going to be constructed in those adjacent lots. Agreed?
Ned Chidester: That’s a great point. You can check with the city and the planning and zoning department to find out what the long-terms plan is for the particular subdivision. Also, most subdivisions have a committee that is up to speed with what is going on in the neighborhood, whether it be covered under an HOA or not. Individual cities have small groups that represent different neighborhoods that know exactly what is going on.
Patrick Wiscombe: One of things people don’t factor into their buying decision is odors. When I say odors, generally you think of an odor inside a house. Many years ago when Geneva Steel was around, it used to emit some strange odors. I remember driving down from Salt Lake City thinking to myself, it just stinks in the northern part of Utah County. Take a look around and notice what construction projects are underway. Is there some kind of chemical plant nearby?
Ned Chidester: Good point. This is a true story. We have a client right now that was interested in a property located in a semi-rural area. Nearby, there is a mink farm. Minks are rodents and are utilized for different purposes. However, they are housed in giant sheds and during the summer months when it gets hot, it reveals a pretty intense odor, especially if there a bit of a wind going and it did affect the buyer.
Patrick Wiscombe: By the way, I own one of those mink coats.
Ned Chidester: I bet you do.
Patrick Wiscombe: I look fantastic in it.
Ned Chidester: You also have a top hat.
Patrick Wiscombe: I have a top hat and a cane.
Ned Chidester: [laughter]
Patrick Wiscombe: Alright, we’ll go ahead an wrap today’s edition of the Utah Real Estate podcast on that note. Be sure to tell your friends if they’re looking to buy or sell a house within the state of Utah, you can contact me or Ned. My cell number and text number is (801) 874-7717. That number again is (801) 874-7717. So, for Ned Chidester, one of the owners at Weichert Realtors at the Rockies, my name is Patrick Wiscombe. Thank you for listening, we’ll talk to you tomorrow.
End Cool Guy Voice: Helping you buy or sell a house, this has been the Utah Real Estate podcast, with your hosts Roger Zundel and Patrick Wiscombe, sponsored by Weichert Realtors, and heard exclusively on AtTheRockies.com.