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South Jordan Sodalicious fundraiser benefits fallen paramedic/firefighter’s family By Mylinda LeGrande |

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Over 2,000 Homes Sold in 17 Years! How to Save Money when Selling Your Home The Wall Street Journal recently published a study by Longwood University that examined 10,065 listings. The study was published in the Journal of Housing Research in May 2012. The study found that there is a difference in the money a seller makes depending on the real estate agent they choose. They even found a price tag of $25,000 difference. When this study came out I was determined to find apple to apple comparisons on what makes a seller more money to sell their home. The problem of finding apple to apple comparisons is you either have to compare the same house (which is hard to do because most people live in their homes for 10 years on average now.) or you have to find the exact same house as the one you are comparing that was on the market the same time. For one I have many secrets I use to sell a home. I call them secrets because I do things that the normal agent doesnt do nor do they know how to do them. I can share them with you and help you use them though.

Tony Kirkham and friend Mindy Ruff with members of the South Jordan Fire Department (Toni Kirkham)


he South Jordan Sodalicious offered 24-ounce, two-flavor sodas for free on Feb. 11. in exchange for donations made to fallen paramedic Tyson Mason’s family. The event was part of the store’s grand opening. Sodalicious, located at 1421West South Jordan Parkway, matched the donations up to $1,000 and raised a total of $2,000. The Riverton Sodalicious location also participated in the fundraiser. Kaylie Hutchings, a Sodalicious employee, was working during the event. “It was extremely busy but a lot of fun,” she said. “A lot of people came out just to support them. We like to support first responders and the military. It was a great way to help our community and [Mason’s] family.” Mason, 29, is a fallen Salt Lake City firefighter/paramedic and Intermountain Life Flight paramedic, who lost his life on Jan. 22. Mason and a nurse were returning to Salt Lake City from Uintah Basin Medical Center in Roosevelt after completing a shift at the life flight base, when they got into a car crash. Their vehicle was struck head-on by a pick-up driving near Strawberry Reservoir. Mason’s paramedic partner and a nurse, Brian Maynard, 39, of West Haven, was seriously injured in the accident but expected to recover. Funeral services for Mason were held Jan. 28 in Layton. He left behind a wife and a 2-month-old son. Kevin Auernig, owner of Sodalicious, said the fundraiser was suggested by customer, Toni Kirkham. Her husband works for West Valley City in the Fire Department and went through firefighting training with Mason. Kirkham said when she had heard that the firefighter was killed was her husband’s friend, she felt so bad about the accident that

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Fallen paramedic/firefighter, Tyson Mason (Salt Lake City Fire Department)

she wanted to do something to help. “A couple of days after the accident, I went to get a drink from Sodalicious. I asked them if they did fundraisers and was able to talk to the manager. She put me in touch with Paul Morris, the regional manager,” Kirkham said. “The cool thing is that they had just held a company meeting and discussed wanting to give back to the community.” Morris said the activity was just the type of activity the company wanted to do, so Sodalicious picked up the event. It only took four days to put the event together, according to Kirkham. “This event was a success,” Auernig said. “We are touched by how many total strangers willingly donated when they saw someone in need. We’re also grateful for all of the firefighters, paramedics and police officers from all over the valley who stopped in to drop some cash.” Loved ones have created a GoFundMe page called “Hearts for Lukas” to raise funds for Mason’s wife and newborn son. Donations can also be made at Zions Bank via the Lukas Mason Scholarship fund. l

Case Analysis A. This home just sold within the last couple months. It took almost 6 months and 2 different real estate agents trying to sell it. The ironic thing is that I sold this home 2 years ago for almost $40,000 higher. Now what has the market done in the last 2 years? The market has gone up at least 10%. Some sellers think if a lower agent commission or for sale by owner tactic would have helped them save money. In fact, the first seller got a ton more bang for their buck by using me as their real estate agent. Case Analysis B. There are new companies out there claiming to save people money and being able to sell their homes. Take this house for example. They were trying to sell for 2 months with ‘Their Homey’ to ‘save money on commissions.’ The result? They were on the market for 2 months at 245k and never sold. I listed and sold it within a couple days for a higher price at $250k. You want to save money and time when selling your home? I have many other examples like the ones above that show I will save you time and money!

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