Local Spotlight: Mountain Luxury Real Estate

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For those of use who enjoy the great outdoors, fresh air, mountain living and snow, we need a real estate company who knows and loves those things as much as we do. Mountain Luxury Real Estate is a unique crew of dedicated people who all love to support local, enjoy Utah outdoors and take great pride in finding you the perfect home or land to build your dream on.

I asked founder Brandi Hammon a few questions about Mountain Luxury and what she loves about Utah,  so check out our interview and fall in love with Utah all over again.

Tell our readers a bit about yourself.
First and foremost, I am a local.  I was born and raised in Ogden Valley.  I love the Ogden Valley/Snowbasin area, I love the small-town, genuine lifestyle we live up here in the Valley, and I enjoy working hard to make it a better place to live.

Beyond that, I am a University of Utah graduate (Go Utes!) and have owned my own company for ten years now.  I am a huge believer in entrepreneurship and I sponsor Klymit, a local outdoor gear company, on Kickstarter.  When I’m not working, I enjoy skiing, mountain biking, and mountain climbing.  In the past, I’ve climbed Mont Blanc, Mount Rainier, and the Tetons, and later this year I plan to climb Denali, the highest peak in North America—and even though it will be cold, I can’t wait! I also love to spend time with my amazing family.  I have three kids, aged four, nine, and thirteen; a rock star husband; and I would say I am living the dream. 

How did you get started in real estate?
I began by buying rental properties in 2000 and fell in love with it all—the numbers, the negotiations, the markets.  So, five years later, I obtained my real estate license, and in 2007 I opened Mountain Luxury Real Estate Companies.  I obtained my broker’s license in 2009, and the rest is history, as they say!

What kinds of services to you offer?
With my experience at this time, I can do just about anything.  I sell a lot of luxury homes—including one which I sold for more than $3 million this year, which I suspect will be the highest sale in the Snowbasin real estate market and in Weber County.  I sell ranches; presently, I have a 5,000-acre ranch under contract, which should close in January. In addition, I sell regular homes, a lot of bank-owned property, and subdivisions.  In regard to subdivisions, I fix them and sell them, or I help pick them up and market them to retail buyers.  I currently have listings from $47,000 up to $13 million.  I also have a team of agents at Mountain Luxury who do a lot of residential sales and one agent who specializes in multi-family units, especially in Ogden.  We at Mountain Luxury also offer property management.

I also enjoy advising my clients.  I have an excess of random information stored away in my brain, which I love to put to use!  I have a strong understanding of both home and development construction, which has helped me sell and market several projects in the Ogden Valley/Snowbasin area.  My father was in construction, so as a kid I often drove on a Cat or grader when he took me to his jobs.  My husband has a Master’s in Water Resource Engineering, so I know a lot about water.  Furthermore, my step-mother is an attorney, and she is in my counsel, which allows us to handle highly sophisticated deals.  I have designed homes and have owned a home construction company—so in other words, I’ve done it all!  If I advise my clients, it’s because I have the experience.

What sets you apart from other agencies?
Mountain Luxury Real Estate is local, boutique, and sophisticated.  We know ordinances, we know about all the deals that aren’t on the market, and we know the planners and the local governments.  We are also a team.  To think I could do this alone would be crazy.  I have a team of wonderful agents, as well as a full-time journalist and two staff members.  I have two offices, one in Ogden and one in Eden. My Ogden Broker is Jeremy Peterson, who is also a state legislator.

What makes living in the snow basin area so unique?
It is beautiful, accessible, and about 20 years behind the times—in a good way, of course!  What I mean is—life is simple here.  We ski, we bike, and we play with our kids.  We know our neighbors, and they know us.  It is a community whose members are somewhat accountable to each other, and I like that.

You are all about getting outdoors at our local resorts and your facebook has some amazing photos, What are your recommendations for places to explore in the area?
Well, for starters, my favorite hike is Wheeler Creek, up Ice Box, down Maples, and then back down Wheeler Creek.  It is a quick, five-mile-or-so loop, but it is always beautiful.  The creek itself is fabulous, and the trail is easily accessed; the trailhead is located right at the eastern mouth of Ogden Canyon in Huntsville.  Another must is the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, which one can access from either 22nd Street or from the Rainbow Gardens trailhead.  Also, I love going to The Front Climbing Gym in Ogden.  For the kids, the Tree House Museum on 22nd Street is a must.  Finally, for a hot, delicious meal before or after a day of adventuring, I love the Oaks in Ogden Canyon.  For breakfast, I recommend the veggie omelet with sausage and salsa on the side!

Any tip for readers for finding a new home?
If I could recommend just one thing to perspective home-buyers, it would be to get a radon test in the home you’re interested in.  So many agents don’t even know to do one, and homes in this area are often known to contain radon.  If the test results are positive, don’t worry—the problem is easily fixed with a radon mitigation system.  If unchecked, however, radon can do serious and even fatal harm.  Test for radon.

I would also recommend testing for meth on any home priced below $200,000, especially if it’s a  bank-owned home or a home that has recently been fixed up for sale.  Be wary of new paint, too; new paint is a huge red flag in regard to meth homes.  Chances are it won’t be there, but if it is, it will save you big time.  Insurance companies have exclusions for meth homes, and the residual effects of meth are pretty easy to hide.  Recently, one of our clients submitted offers on three homes, and all three homes tested positive for meth.  Because the homes tested positive, he retracted his offers and avoided the eventual headache of owning a meth home.  Once you own it, it is your problem, and any time you buy from a bank it is buyer-beware.  Test for meth.

Anything you would like to add?
I would like to mention how important I feel schools are.  I serve on the Board for the Weber School Foundation and the Ogden Valley Land Trust, and I, with the help of my writer and other staff members, provide detailed information about each and every school in the area on the Mountain Luxury website.  This information isn’t from some paid service.  This is data we collect from school sources and representatives during phone calls every year.  I contribute to the schools and their programs and I believe strongly that the best thing we can do for our community is have the most amazing schools around.  It is my company’s goal to help facilitate that in any way we can.  I encourage your readers to visit my website and check out the wonderful information we have there.  I would also like to invite your readers to visit our blog and read about the interview I had recently with Brad Smith, Superintendent of Ogden School District.

Lastly, I would like to thank your readers for taking the time to get to know me.  I invite your readers to email me at brandi@mountainluxury.com or to call me at 801-745-8400, because I would love to get to know them as well.

Mikaela is a transplant from Portland, fell in love with Ogden her first day in town and created Indie Ogden the next week. She enjoys outdoor adventures with her husband, 2 kiddos and fur baby and making a mess crafting. You can find her at a local cafe or cycling around town with her family.