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Tips for Moving from California to St. George Utah

Written By  Scott Buehler

Thinking of moving from California to Utah? I don’t blame you! Utah is known for its high quality of life, low crime, outdoor recreation and beautiful landscape. Utah is more affordable than neighboring state Colorado but offers similar climate and access to stunning mountains.

Relocating can be exciting and a little stressful. I’d be thrilled to help you make the move from California to a new home a little easier. 

As your Utah home loan lender, you will experience a perfected digital home loan application experience that will guide you through the entire process. You can use your phone’s camera as a scanner to upload documents, submit PDF files and receive alerts throughout the entire process.

I’ve made the home loan application as smooth as possible so you can focus on the fun things like touring Utah, shop for homes with a real estate agent, check out the amenities and more. While here, meet me at my office and get questions answered, deliver documents and meet me in person!

Interesting facts about St. George

If you are interested to learn more about Utah, check out some of the amazing things Southern Utah has to offer.

Look how close St George is to all of the major attractions.

  • Sand Hallow State Park – 13 Miles
  • Zion National Park – 31 Miles
  • Brian Head Ski Resort – 72 Miles
  • Las Vegas – 120 Miles
  • Lake Mead – 126 Miles
  • Grand Canyon North Rim – 140 Miles
  • Lake Powell – 156 Miles

Beyond those major attractions, there’s plenty to do inside St George to keep you busy for years to come.

Fueled by growth

According to a recent article by The Spectrum, home prices are continuing to rise with no end in sight.

The median sale price for a Washington County home was $320,000 in 2019, a 7% increase compared to the $300,000 reported at the end of 2018, according to the Utah Association of Realtors.

A 2019 report from the U.S. Census Bureau showed St. George as the third fastest-growing metro area in the nation with a 3.5 percent increase after adding about 6,000 new residents last year for an estimated 2018 population of 171,700.

Lower taxes for most

Utah is a flat taxes state. Currently, our single income tax rate is 4.95% for all income levels. Since California has multiple tax brackets, most high-wage earners will save considerably on income taxes after moving from California to Utah. 14 years ago when I moved here, I was able to take advantage of significant income tax savings.

When comparing California property taxes to Utah, our property taxes are typically lower according to USAToday. Depending on where you live in California, our real estate home prices are significantly cheaper which already lowers your tax bill. Factor in a lower overall tax percentage, your total property tax savings should be very significant.

Snow skiing is extremely popular

California may have the beach, but they have nothing on Utah’s slopes. World famous, Utah’s resorts attract thousands of skiers from all over the world. You can shred pow at Sundance or take things up a notch at Park City. For skiers and snowboard enthusiasts, a move to Utah means world class skiing each and every year!

Winter sports, especially skiing and snowboarding, are huge in Utah. They’re a big part of the state economy, but they’re also popular with locals who relish the active lifestyle and the chance to get outside during the colder months.

What the heck is fry sauce?

I remember our first fast food dine-in experience. We were up in Cedar City and decided to dine at Dairy Queen. After ordering, we saw fry sauce for the first time and decided why not? We’ve been hooked ever since!

Mostly a mixture of ketchup and mayonnaise, you’ll discover this popular dipping sauce almost anywhere you go.

After moving here, you’ll also learn about funeral potatoes which is prepared hundreds of ways and often a closely guarded secret family recipe.

Funeral potatoes are a potato-based dish in casserole form that is usually served hot at potlucks. It’s a widespread tradition to serve them at gatherings held after funerals, hence the name.

Utah is great for stargazing

Utah has some amazing stargazing sites with very low light pollution. If you’ve never camped before or you’ve never seen the Milky Way, moving to Utah is a great opportunity to cross both those things off your bucket list. Check out this list of 11 places to go stargazing in Southern Utah.

Amazing climate

St. George Utah is a perfect choice in regard to climate, as local residents can feel all the features of the dry continental climate. They enjoy summer warmth and reasonably cold winters. There is rather low precipitation and the temperature rarely goes in its extremes.

Get started on your move from California to Utah today

Moving from California specialist Scott Buehler Southern Utah Home Loan Officer

Who better to choose than someone who has made the move with his family from California to Utah! I’d love to answer any of your concerns, questions and provide advice about moving from California to Southern Utah.

Please consider answering my 60-second questionnaire to get started. Once you’ve submitted your answers, send me a text message to 435-590-1019 and let’s get you started moving from California.

Once I have your loan application and information, I will prepare your pre-approval letter and will be happy to provide a list of recommended real estate agents that are Southern Utah real estate experts.

About Scott Buehler

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Your epic Utah home loan lender. I've spent years researching home loans so you won't need to. Whether you are buying, selling or need to refinance, call Scott Buehler today at 435-590-1019. Ask me about my 100% financing options, my digital loan experience and total loan cost analysis. Get started with my pre-qualification questionnaire.

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