Friday, March 30, 2012

Best Buy to cut costs, close 50 stores, though list not finalized...What about Riverrdale Utah


As  Best Buy remodels the Circuit City building and plans to relocated to the new location the corporate office announces the closure of 50 Best Buy Stores which could effect this new location.

This could  be leaving 2 large building in the Riverdale vacate. If you look around Riverdale there are a number of buildings  left vacate due to the economy or lack of new business want to relocate to an older building.

With that in mind there are a number of new business that will are have moved to Riverdale

Shoe Carnival has announced that they will open a store next to Pier One Imports in the Riverdale Family Center.

The Boot Barn Western and Work Ware has announced plans to open a store in Riverdale at 5320 S. Freeway Park Drive

Gordmans retail store has announced plans to open a store that will be located in the current FYE store space at the Family Center.

Zurchers Discount Party Supply has announced that it will relocate to occupy a portion of the old Toys-R-Us building. The building is currently being remodeled.

n-N-Out Burger is remodeling the old Toys-R-Us building. Plans call for the space to be divided into two stores. Zurchers will occupy the one of the two spaces.
Construction of the In-N-Out Burger restaurant is scheduled to take place in the spring

Crazy 8 children's clothing store is planning to open at 4089 S. Riverdale Road. Plans have been submitted and are now under review.

Best Buy to cut costs, close 50 stores, though list not finalized
Electronics » Company plans to cut 400 jobs, open smaller locations.

First Published Mar 29 2012 01:51 pm • Last Updated Mar 29 2012 09:30 pm

IIn order to grow, Best Buy is shrinking.

The largest U.S. specialty electronics retailer for years expanded quickly by opening big-box stores across the country. But shoppers have started using the hulking stores as showrooms where they can test out products before buying them cheaper elsewhere.

To revamp the struggling chain, Best Buy said Thursday it plans to close 50 of its U.S. big-box stores, cut 400 corporate jobs and trim $800 million in costs. The company, which has about 1,400 U.S. locations, also plans to open 100 smaller and more profitable Best Buy Mobile stores throughout the country.

The company has not yet finalized the list of stores to be closed, said spokeswoman Susan Busch. In Utah, the retailer has stores in South Salt Lake, Murray, Sandy and West Jordan in Salt Lake County, as well as in Riverdale in Weber County and American Fork and Orem in Utah County. It also has one store in Park City, Logan and Washington in southern Utah.

"How do we position the company so we’re where our customers need us to be?" asked CEO Brian Dunn in a call on Thursday with analysts. "We’re clearly going to have more doors and less square footage."

Best Buy is trying to avoid the fate of its rival Circuit City, which liquidated in 2009 after it struggled with the changing electronics landscape. Sales of TVs, digital cameras and video-game consoles — once the bread and butter of electronics retailers — have weakened, while sales of lower-margin items like tablet computers, smartphones and e-readers have increased. The rise in competition from Internet rivals like and discounters like Target also has hurt electronics retailers.

To better compete, Best Buy is shaking up its business. In addition to closing some of its big-box stores, the company said it will focus on what sets it apart from its rivals: trained sales staff that can help shoppers get the most out of their tablets, TVs and other electronic devices, including tech support from its Geek Squad service and repair unit.

But even as Best Buy announced its changes on Thursday, the Minneapolis-based company also posted a $1.7 billion fiscal fourth-quarter loss that’s partly due to restructuring charges. Despite the loss, Best Buy’s adjusted results for the quarter topped Wall Street’s expectations. But as investors worried that Best Buy’s restructuring didn’t go far enough, its shares slid about 7 percent to $24.66.

Best Buy’s loss amounted to $4.89 per share for the period ended March 3, compared with a profit of $651 million, or $1.62 per share, a year ago. Results included $2.6 billion in charges mostly related to its purchase of Carphone Warehouse Group PLC’s interest in the Best Buy Mobile profit-sharing agreement and related costs, as well as an impairment charge tied to writing off Best Buy Europe goodwill and restructuring charges.

Taking these items out, adjusted earnings were $2.47 per share, above the $2.15 per share that analysts surveyed by FactSet forecast. Revenue rose 3 percent to $16.08 billion, but missed Wall Street’s $17.18 billion estimate.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Spring - A great time to get your game on!


“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant;
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” –Anne Bradstreet

The year is off to a great start and by all accounts, activity is showing great signs of upward movement across the country. We’re hearing reports of multiple offers, properties going into contract in mere weeks, and buyers finally coming out of their long hibernation.

Many parts of the country did not experience the typical cold, snowy winter they have in recent years. Some may blame it on global warming or it just might be a forecast that things are heating up in 2012. As the winter fades away and the second quarter arrives, here are some things that Realtors can learn from spring.

1. Spring training

Every year, beginning in February, the best baseball players in the world begin arriving in Arizona and Florida to get ready for another season. And what is they are reporting for?


That’s right. The best players in the world show up each year to go back to the basics. They’ll spend six to eight weeks practicing, throwing, catching, hitting, fielding, running and all of the other things that most people assume they should all know how to do.

Yet, because baseball is their business, they all need to be at their best because … well, their job depends on it.

They will work on things hundreds of times that may happen only rarely in actual games. They practice “pickles” (also known as “rundowns,” when a base runner is caught between two bases) and the “suicide squeeze” bunt play, which is intended to get a runner from third base to home plate.

They will turn double plays until their hip muscles hurt, and field enough ground balls that they will need ice and Motrin to ease their aching backs.

They do it in the spring so when the teams start playing “for real” in late March and early April, they don’t need to think about what they’re doing in a game situation. They instinctively react and make the play.

They also connect with their fan base — some of them new but many of them lifelong followers — during spring training. They sign autographs; they talk to the fans over the railings and from the bullpens in these smaller, more intimate stadiums; and they often meet face-to-face with people away from the ballpark because they may be staying in the same hotel or resort.

What can Realtors learn … ?

When things get challenging, how often do we say, “It’s time to get back to the basics”? If the basics work so well, why must we always get back to them? We should just keep doing the things that help us become successful. Baseball players are good at hitting, fielding, throwing, catching and running. What are the basics you need to be successful in real estate?

Some of the top players in baseball throughout history have been referred to as “five-tool players.” These players excelled in:

  • Running for speed.
  • Arm strength.
  • Fielding.
  • Hitting for average.
  • Hitting for power.

True “five-tool players” are few and far between. A player like the great Willie Mays is considered one of the best all-around players ever, and modern-day stars like Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols are also what many would consider a “five-tool player.” Because they help their team in more ways than other players, they demand and receive higher salaries.

Could you be a “five-tool agent”? What if you excelled in the following five areas of real estate and could demand the highest fees from your clients because you help them succeed in their real estate needs?

  • Prospecting. Do you have an array of systems, methods and processes to focus on business-development activities that will help you secure appointments with people who have a real estate need or might know someone who does?
  • Personal marketing. Do you leverage all the available methods to create and maintain a consistent “connection” with your network? This includes social media, direct mail, local “top of mind awareness,” and a mix of personal and brand recognition. When people see one of your company’s yard signs, do they think of you?
  • Property marketing. You promised your sellers maximum exposure of their property in order to secure the “best buyer.” How do you feel about your ability to capture the most eyeballs regardless of price range, location or condition?
  • Transaction service. It really boils down to this: Do you under-promise and over-deliver? From start to finish, are you providing truly remarkable service to each and every client you work with?
  • Client follow-up. It costs more to build a new relationship than it does to maintain an old one. Are you satisfied with your systems that you have in place to insure that people who have done business with you in the past will be able to consider you “their Realtor” on their next transaction or for that next referral?

This article has some great tips for making the most of this season as an agent!  See the full post here:

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A kitchen is the heart of a home - Kitchens Sell a House


Kitchens Sell a House

A kitchen is the heart of a home. This is true all across the globe. The old saying that the "stomach is the way to the heart" carries a lot of truth. Kitchens are where we spend much of our time and most of that is with our families. It's the room where we nourish our bodies and our spirits.  

Kitchens are integral to entertaining and in today's age of open floor plans, they're a focal piece of many family rooms. It's because of this that kitchens play such an important role in the buying and selling process.  

This one room is the showpiece of the house. You'll see it every day and your guests will see it during most visits. This means buyers want homes with up-to-date kitchens.  

Kitchens, however, can be one of the most expensive rooms to renovate. These projects can also be the most labor and time intensive of all home renovations. It's not just a new layer of paint.  

Instead you find a complicated array of flooring, tiling, cabinets, and counters. This means buyers may want a home with an up-to-date kitchen but they aren't willing to tackle this problem themselves. Most buyers want a kitchen that is ready to use the day they move in.  

What do buyers look for in up-to-date kitchens? A lot of this depends on what price range your home is in.  

The main thing to remember as a seller is to not price yourself out of your market. If homes in your neighborhood are selling for $100,000 with tidy, but not luxury kitchens, then this is no time to upgrade to granite, travertine, and marble at the price tag of $40,000+. You simply won't find a buyer.  

Scope out the competition. Use open houses in your area or MLS listings to find out what your competitions' kitchens look like.  

Do area homes have new solid wood cabinets and granite counters in today's designer colors? You'll be wise to consider making the same move. Are they including new stainless steel appliances and add-ons like dishwashers, wine-coolers, and trash compactors?  

Are you in a higher-end neighborhood? It's time to think high-end. Your older home may have a highly functional kitchen, but a buyer will take one look at your formica counters and white appliances and become lost in the stress of how much money and time it would take to remodel. If you don't want to put in the time yourself to make upgrades then you'll have to make concessions in the price.  

Don't become overwhelmed, though. Sometimes a kitchen update can mean doing just a few minor changes. Change the paint color to a warm, neutral tone. Get rid of any clutter. Update your appliances, paint your cabinets, change the pulls, or get a high-end looking counter for a fraction of the cost (faux-granite or lower end granite). You might even save a bundle by doing much of the work yourself.  

The bottom line is a kitchen can sell a home. Do a little research and find out what your kitchen needs to make it competitive with area listings.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Open house today stop by 3726 S Porter So could drop off a Diet Cole


Lori Fleming CRS, GRI, E Pro, SSS, CDPE
Associate Broker
Century 21 Golden Spike Really

Monday, March 19, 2012

Earnhardt finds solace after late-race incidents - Mar 19, 2012

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- By his own admission, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is going to have to do some damage control this week.

The Hendrick Motorsports driver was racing for position with teammate Jeff Gordon on Lap 359 of Sunday's Sprint Cup event at Bristol Motor Speedway when he made the slightest contact with the No. 24 car. But it was evidently enough for the exhaust pipes peeking out from beneath his vehicle to cut down Gordon's left-rear tire, and send the four-time champion spinning up into the outside wall.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Foreclosure filings slow in Utah but spike elsewhere - Utah Down to 15th Nationally

The Salt Lake Tribune noted in the article below that Utah is down to 15 now in foreclosure. This is good new for consumer confidence.

With the lack of inventory on the market,  the number of buyer rising and interest rate at a 40 year low this is a great time to sell your home.

One thing to think about when deciding to sell your home is the number of homes you will be competing with (supple and demand) this will help you as a seller to get a high price for your home. So let get that home on the market and get you the highest price possible.

Call me today for more information



First Published Mar 15 2012 07:21 pm • Last Updated Mar 15 2012 11:57 pm

Utah, which had one of the nation’s highest rates of foreclosure filings for much of the past two years, has eased back to 15th highest, a new report shows.

With a rate of one in every 721 households receiving some sort of notice in February, Utah is faring better than the national rate of 1 in every 637 households, according to foreclosure-listing firm RealtyTrac.

Nevada continued to post the nation’s highest rate last month, with one in every 278 households in the state receiving a foreclosure-related filing. That’s more than twice the national average.

Foreclosure activity surged last month across about half of the nation’s states, as banks tackled a backlog of homes with mortgages that had gone unpaid yet remained in limbo because of delays stemming from foreclosure-abuse claims.

The increase occurred across 26 states where the courts supervise the foreclosure process. In contrast, the 24 states where the courts do not play a role in the process saw activity decline in February, RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday.

Utah, which falls into the latter category, saw foreclosures drop by 61 percent from February 2011 to the same month this year, according to the report.

Although uneven, the pace of foreclosures is accelerating after a $25 billion settlement reached last month between the nation’s biggest mortgage lenders and officials in 49 of the 50 states (including Utah). The settlement was tied to the industry’s foreclosure abuses.

Major banks temporarily put foreclosures on hold in the fall of 2010 after claims surfaced that lenders and mortgage servicers were processing foreclosures without verifying documents. As a result, many homes that would have normally ended up foreclosed were left in a procedural limbo, particularly in states where courts play a role in the process.

But that logjam has begun to ease, and banks are moving to sort out their roster of problem mortgages.

That means potentially more foreclosed homes hitting the market this year that could drag down the value of neighboring homes.

story continues below

Among states with a judicial foreclosure process, foreclosure activity rose 2 percent last month from January, and climbed 24 percent from February last year, the firm said.

Foreclosure activity across states without a court-supervised process fell 5 percent in February from the previous month and declined 23 percent from a year earlier.

RealtyTrac bases foreclosure activity on filings that signal when a home is in some stage of the foreclosure process — an initial default notice, a scheduled home auction or a home repossession, which is when a property goes back to the lender.

Overall, U.S. foreclosure activity dipped 2 percent from January and was down 8 percent from February last year. Taken individually, some states registered far higher increases in foreclosure activity last month. Banks repossessed 63,834 U.S. homes last month, down 4 percent from January and a decline of 1 percent from February las

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Items to Consider When Buying a Home with Historic Value

Have you thought about buying a historic home? Maybe you have entertained the idea of owning your own bed and breakfast or just find the architectural aspects of such homes intriguing. Perhaps you have inherited a beautiful home that has not been restored. Historic homes have much to offer, and typically much to repair. Before you make a decision and find yourself overwhelmed and committed to a restoration project, take a step back and consider this article.

As you consider it you may feel 100% prepared to move forward, however even if not, you will appreciate the time you took to hesitate.  You may find that the home you have chosen is not the best fit for you and find a different and even better home.  If you are considering a historic home purchase or just trying to decide if you should begin making changes in your current home, the following tips may help you feel confident in your choice.

First, consider the structure of your historic home or hire an inspector or licensed contractor to do so. Make sure a complete and thorough examination is done. Water damage or dry rot to the framing and foundation could end up resulting in a very labor and cost intensive project. It is much less devastating to walk away from your potential new home paying only the inspection bill than it is to buy a home in need of repairs that exceed your budget.  Prior to initiating repairs, consider the historic value and materials used in the original construction of the home, and then proceed with like materials. Provided you have the resources, all repairs should be considered as “restorative” and use original materials.

If you will be living in the home, evaluate whether your “new” home will meet the current needs of your family. Often smaller rooms and less bathrooms are typical in historic homes, however you can choose to remove walls and windows or adapt them to create a better suited floor plan, while still maintaining the original intent of the initial homebuilder. Some of these issues may seem more difficult to solve, and may even cause unexpected emotions to flare depending on the importance to the parties involved, when discussing home features. In such situations, it may be wise to evaluate all alternatives and work out a compromise or other option prior to doing the work.

Historic homes can be quite beautiful and definitely worth the expense and love required to restore them. Your finished project will bring a smile to your eyes and warm the hearts of others who visit your home in the years that follow.  Most importantly, though, you will be happy with your decision to purchase and restore your home, knowing you did your homework first.

Monday, March 12, 2012

RIVERDALE CITY - Council OKs more kids per daycare

RIVERDALE — Home daycare and preschool center owners can now increase the number of children they care for. In a unanimous vote, the Riverdale City Council increased the limit from six to eight, following state code that regulated child daycares.

The provider’s own children younger than age 4 will be counted toward the limitation.

According to the new ordinance, the provider cannot care for more than two children younger than age 2 at one time. In written comments, City Administrator Larry Hansen called the change a minor one that “brings our local ordinance closer in consistency with state statute.”

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Making a Mosquito Trap - Great Science Fair Project

Making a Mosquito Trap

mosquito trap

Because mosquitoes are attracted to the CO2 we breathe out, I started looking for ideas that used CO2 as the bait for the mosquito trap. I did think of dry ice but it does dissipate fairly quickly.

I found a cached link on Google here. It seems to be active again now. I've rewritten the instructions some and hopefully it will work as well.

They got their information originally from

Thanks to the students for their hard work on this project. I've used some of their photos for illustration. The originals are available here:


  • 1 2 liter soda bottle
  • a sharp knife
  • black paper
  • tape
  • candy thermometer

Take a 2 liter soda bottle. Cut off the top right below where it starts to narrow for the top.

Make a simple sugar syrup.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups cool water
  • 1 tsp. active dry yeast


Bring 1 cup of the water to a boil.

Dissolve the sugar into the boiling water.

Once the sugar is dissolved completely, remove the pan from the heat. Stir in 2 cups cool water, stir well.

Check the temperature of the syrup to make sure it is no hotter than 90 degrees F, if hotter, let cool to 90 degrees F, add 1 tsp. active dry yeast, no need to mix. Put syrup in the bottom part of the bottle.

mt1-226x139.jpg Making A Mosquito Trap

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

One Weeks - Ways to Add Curb Appeal

If your home's curb appeal makes a great first impression, everyone -- including potential homebuyers -- will want to see what's inside. Check out these simple, low-cost improvements that you can do in a day, a week, or a month.


In 1 Day


    Replace old hardware

    House numbers, the entry door lockset, a wall-mounted mailbox, and an overhead light fixture are all elements that can add style and interest to your home's exterior. If they're out of date or dingy, your home may not be conveying the aesthetic you think it is. These elements add the most appeal when they function collectively, rather than as mix-and-match pieces. Oiled-bronze finishes suit traditional homes, while brushed nickel suits more contemporary ones.

    Dress up the front door

    Your home's front entry is the focal point of its curb appeal. Make a statement by giving your front door a blast of color with paint or by installing a custom wood door. Clean off any dirty spots around the knob, and use metal polish on the door fixtures. Your entry should also reflect the home's interior, so choose a swag or a wreath that reflects your personal style.

Create perfect symmetry

Symmetry is not only pleasing to the eye, it's also the simplest to arrange. Symmetrical compositions of light fixtures and front-door accents create welcoming entryways. This door is flanked by two sidelights. The black lantern-style sconces not only safely guide visitors to the door, but also coordinate with the black door and urns

In 2 Day

In 3 Day

     In 4 Day


        Add shutters or accent trim

        Shutters and trim add a welcoming layer of beauty to your home's exterior. Shutters also control light and ventilation, and provide additional security. Exterior shutters can be made of wood, aluminum, vinyl, composite, or fiberglass. New composite materials, such as PVC resins or polyurethane, make trim details durable and low maintenance.

    Install outdoor lighting

    Low-voltage landscape lighting makes a huge impact on your home's curb appeal while also providing safety and security. Fixtures can add accent lighting to trees or the house or can illuminate a walking path. If you aren't able to use lights that require wiring, install solar fixtures (but understand that their light levels are not as bright or as reliable).

    In a Weekend

Renew planter beds

Get garden beds into shape by pruning growth, pulling weeds, planting flowers, and adding new mulch to restore color that was taken away by sunlight and harsh weather. If stone or brick borders your bed, consider cleaning and resetting any pieces that are soiled or dislodged. If your border is old or tired-looking, try upgrading to stone or a decorative cast-concrete edging system.

In 6 Day

Do a mailbox makeover

Mailboxes should complement the home and express the homeowner's personality. When choosing a hanging drop box, pick a box that mirrors your home's trimmings. Dress up posted boxes by staining or painting the wooden post to match the house's trim and woodwork. Create structures for your box from materials found throughout the hardscaping. Warning: Consult a professional when designing and building structures.

In 5 Day


Proposed Bill to Speed Up Short Sale Process and Prevent Foreclosure

To avoid losing homes to foreclosure due to long response times for short sale transactions, three senators introduced legislation to speed up the short sale process.

Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Scott Brown (R-Massachusetts), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) proposed the bill addressing the issue of short sales timelines on February 17. A short sale is a real estate transaction where the homeowner sells the property for less than the unpaid balance with the lender’s approval.

“There are neighborhoods across the country full of empty homes and underwater owners that have legitimate offers, but unresponsive banks,” said Murkowski. “What we have here is a failure to communicate. Why don’t we make it easier for Americans trying to participate in the housing market, regardless of whether the answer is ‘yes,’ ‘no’ or ‘maybe?’”

The legislation, also known as the Prompt Notification of Short Sale Act, will require a written response from a lender no later than 75 days after receipt of the written request from the buyer.

The lender’s response to the buyer must specify acceptance, rejection, a counter offer, need for extension, and an estimation for when a decision will be reached. The servicer

will be limited to one extension of no more than 21 days.

The bill will also allow the buyer to be awarded $1000, plus “reasonable” attorney fees if the Act is violated.

According to a release from Short Sale New England, short sale homes do not bring down neighboring home values like foreclosed homes do, and 83 percent of short sale buyers are satisfied with their purchase, according to a 2012 Home Ownership Satisfaction Survey conducted by HomeGain.

“The current short sale process can be time consuming and inefficient, and many would-be buyers end up walking away from a sale that could have saved a homeowner from foreclosure,” said Moe Veissi, president of the National Association of Realtors. “As the leading advocate for homeownership, realtors are supportive of any effort to improve the process for approving short sales.”

Equi-Trax released a survey last year on the issues real estate agents face when completing short sales. Guy Taylor, CEO at Equi-Trax, said 71.9 percent of respondents reported that a short sale can take four to nine months to complete, and they think that is simply too long.”

The survey also found that 18.2 percent of deals require less than three months to complete, with 10 percent requiring more than 10 months.

When agents in the survey were asked to how the short sale process can be improved, 57.6 percent said lenders should take less time to close transactions, 14 percent said borrowers should be better educated about short sales, and 40.4 percent said both of these changes are necessary to improve the process.

In April 2011, a similar bill was introduced by Reps. Tom Rooney (R-Florida) and Robert Andrews (D-New Jersey), but this version requested a response deadline of 45 days instead of 75 from lenders. The legislation never came up for debate before a House committee.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Another Crazy Week in the Life of Lori Fleming!!

Well it appears another week is wrapping up and if you’re like the rest of us you probably still have a few things on that to-do list that you didn’t cross off just yet. As you know, the busy summer months are right around the corner so it’s even more important that you don’t get stressed out and to stay mentally healthy and on task. That’s why I wanted to share seven great tips that I would love to learn to live by, and I hope it will help you stay productive and successfully on task.

1)      Break large projects into smaller ones. Simply writing “come up with marketing plan” on your to-do-list is a sure way to make sure it never gets done. Work backwards. Start with a goal, break that into milestones, then think smaller and break it into a task. Remember small bites are the best way to eat a large meal.

2)      Stop multitasking. No really, focus on one thing, complete it then move on to the next. It’s been proven that your IQ actually drops at least 5 points if you try to accomplish more than 10 things at the same time. This especially applies to men.  THIS IS THE HARDEST FOR ME!!! UGHHHHH

3)      Work on eliminating distractions. That means turning off the cell phone, maybe switching your email to offline mode, or closing the door. Don’t have an office door? Try listening to instrumental music through your head phones. Cal does this in my office...cant pull one over on me mister!

4)      Make a plan to check your email. Pick a time during the day that you check your email. Checking it constantly does nothing but create noise and keep you off task.

5)      Use the phone. Email isn’t for conversations. If an email requires more than two responses it’s time to make a call.

6)      Eat a good breakfast. It’s been proven over and over that people who eat a breakfast have higher brain activity throughout the day. Also make sure you stay hydrated. Try drinking 32 ozs of water with that morning cup of coffee.

7)      Take a break! Your brain is the most demanding organ in your body and just like any other it gets worn out. Try working in 60-minute to 90-minute increments, then take a quick walk and come back refreshed. Plan for these breaks when you’re scheduling your day.