Sold on Ogden

By Leanne Libby on April 30, 2012 at 3:25 am EST
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For Ogden residents, each morning is the beginning of another day in paradise. They live in the city Sunset magazine listed as one of the “10 Places You’ve Got to See" and American Cowboy magazine called one of the “20 Best Places to Live in the West.

Surrounded by the Wasatch Mountains to the east, and the Ogden and Weber rivers to the north and west, respectively, Ogden offers residents a variety of settings when it comes to creating a home. City officials tout the area’s real estate markets as one of the most affordable in the state. In August 2008, Ogden’s median home price was $185,500, 9 percent lower than the rest of the county and 26 percent lower than the state's median home price.

In addition to new residences, Ogden has a host of apartment, cottage and historic housing.

Encouraging Home Ownership

The city’s community development division works to revitalize area neighborhoods and the department’s Own in Ogden program helps qualifying home buyers with down payments and other financing in specific areas. Home Sweet Ogden features city-remodeled HUD and other older homes, including those in historic areas where homes are remodeled so as to preserve each neighborhood's distinct style.

Areas listed on the National Register of Historic Places include the Jefferson Street Historic District, which include Victorian-period cottages and, as the times changed, bungalows.

The Northern Wasatch Home Builders Association plans an annual Parade of Homes, showcasing the latest in home technology to be enjoyed in Ogden’s mountain setting. The 30 homes on the 2008 tour included a remodeled home full of inspiration for small and large projects for rejuvenating an outdated residence.

The association’s charitable arm runs a foundation that awards scholarships to local students. The association also lends a hand to the Have a Heart House program, designed to help residents who would not otherwise be able to afford a home.

In a recent special section of the Standard-Examiner newspaper, Carl Musselman, president of Weber/North Davis Association of Realtors pointed to the area’s strong job market and population growth as assets for area real estate.

“With job growth comes an increased ability to purchase homes by the population,” Musselman wrote, “and with that increase comes an increase in the demand for real estate.”

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