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  • (Salt Lake Tribune) Not even an $875,000 cash offer for his two-story Tudor on Yale Avenue could keep Tom Hulbert from tearing down his house.

    Just hours after neighbors offered to buy Hulbert's east Salt Lake City home on Friday, the blunted teeth of a backhoe bucket ripped through its rooftop, releasing a shower of shingles, bricks and stick-framing shards.

  • WASHINGTON (Deseret News) — Construction spending rose for the second time in three months in June as residential building increased, fresh evidence that the battered housing sector may be recovering.

    The Commerce Department said Monday that construction spending increased by a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 0.3 percent in June, defying analysts' estimates of a 0.5 percent drop. May construction spending was revised up to a 0.8 percent decline, from 0.9 percent.

    Still, June's $965.7 billion in spending was 10.2 percent below the year-ago level.

  • MAPLETON (Deseret News) — City officials are considering a proposal to change the boundary between Mapleton and Spanish Fork, bringing land into Mapleton that was once the home of explosives-manufacturing company Ensign-Bickford.

    The Mapleton City Council will discuss the proposal at 7 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 125 W. 400 North.

  • (Salt Lake Tribune) Looking for a suite deal, Salt Lake County?

    More than a dozen U.S. cities already have, hoping to capture conference-goers -- and their cash -- by building high-rise headquarters hotels in the hearts of their convention districts.

    These massive Marriotts, Hiltons and Hyatts are redefining the convention industry as cities from San Diego to Boston now lean on these 700- to 1,700-room accommodations as selling points for large-scale gatherings -- a trend that has reached eight of the 10 markets that Salt Lake County considers direct competitors.

  • LAYTON -- Karen Boyd, acting on the advice of her Realtor and being aware of how larger Utah cities will often offer housing assistance, moved quickly to capture some of the home-buying funds Layton made available this fiscal year for low- to moderate-income first-time home buyers.
  • OGDEN -- The two men charged with embezzling $250,000 from Big D Construction have already paid back $130,000, officials say.
  • (Utah Pulse) SilverLeaf announced today they will start a series of courses in mid September educating people how to evaluate, buy, and service residential and commercial real estate mortgage debt.

  • (Tooele Transcript Bulletin) Sean Hamilton has rented a home in Tooele for years. Recently, however, Hamilton and his wife, Dina, decided it was time to purchase a home for their family of five. They ended up paying $154,000 for a 2,600-square-foot, five-bedroom home that had been foreclosed on and was appraised a year ago at $184,000.

    “It is a wonderful home, in good condition, and with 2,600-square feet there is plenty of room for the family,” Sean said. “It took a while to get our offer approved by the bank, but it was worth it.”

  • (Tooele Transcript Bulletin) The county’s new $2 million convention center at Deseret Peak Complex will be finished on budget and on time for the Tooele County Fair opening next week.

    The approximately 20,000-square-foot center, which took about nine months to build, is expected to be used by local and out-of-town groups. County commissioners backed the project in the hopes it will be a moneymaker for Deseret Peak, which is heavily subsidized by the county.

  • (Tooele Transcript Bulletin) While residential building has ground to a standstill in many parts of the state, Stansbury Park remains one of Utah’s hot spots for new home construction.

    In fact, Stansbury was recently found to be the No. 4 market for new home sales in the greater Salt Lake City area by Metrostudy, a Texas-based housing market research firm. Between June 30, 2008, and June 30, 2009, 145 new homes sold in the community, according to Metrostudy.

  • (Salt Lake Tribune) Developers have snatched up three liquor licenses from Utah's dwindling supply so that alcohol can be served at a southern Utah luxury resort scheduled to open in October.

    The Amangiri Resort, nestled near the Utah-Arizona state line between a sandstone bluff and an ancient dune, offers panoramic views of desert vistas for well-heeled visitors. The spectacular location is why developers opted to ask for four Utah liquor permits; if it had been built in nearby Arizona, only one license would have been required.

  • Despite receiving millions of dollars in federal stimulus money, many public housing authorities across the nation are being forced to reduce their help to the country's poor.

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  • What do 10 new Salt Lake City police officers, a pool of money for first-time homebuyers and a dozen interns at the Mestizo Coffeehouse have in common?

    They are signs that President Barack Obama's stimulus program is helping energize the economy, Utah Democrats said Thursday in attempting to counter conservatives' claims to the contrary.

  • LAYTON -- BioLife will soon be expanding into Davis County, bringing in a plasma donation center that will employ 30 to 40 workers, city officials said. BioLife Plasma Services has received conditional-use approval from the planning commission to build a center in the same area where a $10 million Hilton hotel project is planned to be built, city economic specialist Ben Hart said.
  • (Park Record) Park City's building industry finished the first six months of 2009 having posted 41.7 percent of the value of construction recorded through the same period the year before, City Hall's Building Department reports.

    According to the Building Department, $45.6 million worth of construction had been permitted through the end of June. At the same time last year, the figure was $109.3 million. The industry enjoyed a fast start to 2009, buoyed by a permit at the Montage in Empire Pass, but the numbers have fallen off dramatically in recent months.

  • The foreclosure crisis has entered a new phase. It's spreading beyond the wreckage of the housing bubble to metro areas in Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Arkansas, Illinois, and South Carolina where unemployment is rising, according to RealtyTrac’s Midyear 2009 Metropolitan Foreclosure Market Report released this morning.

  • The Provo-Orem area is ranked No. 31 in foreclosure-related filings among more than 200 areas nationwide, a new report shows. The Utah County community is the highest-ranked Utah metro area on the list, with 3,168 properties -- approximately 2.

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  • A Draper developer whose plans to build an assisted-living facility for seniors was denied earlier this year is suing the city for violating the Federal Fair Housing Act.

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  • FARMINGTON -- About 118 Layton and Clearfield property owners will receive new property valuation notices within the next week. The reason: A computer glitch erroneously valued properties too high, county officials said.

  • OGDEN -- A secret donor will today reimburse the city $62,949 already spent on engineering and design work for a controversial ice-climbing tower, says a municipal official. The donor had originally planned to provide money by the end of the month but has instead agreed to give the funds early, John Patterson, the city's chief administrative officer, said Tuesday.

  • CLEARFIELD (Deseret News) — Davis County is another step closer to building a new health department building in Clearfield.

    Tuesday night, the Clearfield City Council voted to sell 4 acres of land located about 22 S. Depot Street — across from Clearfield City Hall — where the $9 million, 45,000 square-foot building is planned for construction.

    Tuesday's vote means it's now the Davis County Commission's turn to consider the purchase agreement for the five parcels of land, the sale price of which will be disclosed later.

  • (Deseret News) The 44-year-old Cottonwood Hospital building is demolished in Murray on Tuesday to make way for the expanded TOSH (The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital). Cottonwood Hospital closed in 2007 when the Intermountain Medical Center opened less than a mile away. Intermountain Healthcare spokesman Jess Gomez said part of the space being cleared on the former hospital site will become sports training fields and other landscaping as a part of TOSH campus.

  • (Salt Lake Tribune) Denver-based Smashburger is set to open two Utah restaurants in August; one at 3513 S. 2700 West in West Valley City and the other at 2100 S. 1028 East in Salt Lake City.

  • (Salt Lake Tribune) Associated Foods Stores is poised to overtake Smith's Food & Drug and Wal-Mart to become the state's No. 1 grocery chain by number of stores with its purchase of 36 Albertsons supermarkets in Utah announced Tuesday.

    Officials said the sale by Supervalu Inc., Albertsons' parent company, is expected to close this fall pending regulatory approval. Under terms of the deal, Supervalu would receive $150 million in after-tax proceeds to help pay down debts incurred from its 2006 purchase of Albertsons.

  • Two years into the Wasatch Front's real estate downturn, the home-sale market is showing some signs of improvement. In the market for homes listed at $250,000 and below, some sellers have been entertaining multiple offers.

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  • Nine months after she halted its sale, 3rd District Judge Denise Lindberg will again consider a proposal to sell a farm that has become a battlefield for a controversial polygamous sect, a court-appointed fiduciary and attorneys general in two states.

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  • SALT LAKE CITY -- SilverLeaf Financial LLC announced today it will sell the 321 single-family mortgages that it acquired last week. These 1st position trust deed notes are located primarily in Indiana and Ohio, with values ranging from $60,000 - $100,000. Interested investors can now buy one note, multiple notes or the entire 321-note portfolio directly from SilverLeaf. Loans start at 20 cents on the unpaid principal balance. All of the notes are "non-performing" mortgages, meaning they are late on their payments, but have not been foreclosed on.

  • SALT LAKE CITY-- Nexia Holdings, Inc. announced today that its subsidiary Kearns Development Corporation signed a Real Estate Purchase Contract for the sale of the office building located on Sam's Boulevard in Salt Lake City, Utah. The agreement for the sale of the property provides for a purchase price of $700,000, with an earnest money deposit of $7,000.

    The contract provides for deadlines that would lead to closing of the sale on or before August 31, 2009.

  • Freeport West, which develops, leases and manages industrial properties and warehouse distribution centers, has purchased two rail-served buildings in Centennial Park and two buildings at the Salt Lake Industrial Center, adding 660,960 square feet to its portfolio. NED Properties LLC, consisting of Kern Schumacher, Hollye Schumacher, Rhonda Nicoloff and Bill Nocoloff, purchased the property. Rad Dye and Tom Dischmann of CBRE were the brokers in the transactions. The new buildings will allow Freeport West to accommodate smaller tenants.

  • Equity Real Estate of Midvale is expanding its residential real estate brokerage to Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada and Washington. Brady Long founded the firm in 2001. Now it has grown into the 47th largest brokerage in the nation with 961 agents, according to the National Association of Realtors. Long plans to add more than 100 agents to each expansion state by the end of the year. Equity currently has offices in Logan, Clearfield, Midvale and St. George, with a Bountiful location planned to open this summer.
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