Urban Utah Homes and Estates is an independent real estate brokerage founded in 2001 in Salt Lake City, Utah, by Babs De Lay, the principal broker. Babs saw a need for a full service real estate firm to be located in the downtown area amidst the urban lofts that were being built at the time around the new TRAX public transit system. She had owned a live/work space in the Dakota Building since 1998 long before the rail lines or the Gateway mall were even built, and shortly after opening up the brokerage, she moved her home to the top floor of the building into one of the penthouses. She believes in what she sells: buy local, live urban!
As Salt Lake has grown in population, Urban Utah has grown in size. The office is now located at the front of the Dakota building on the corner of 400 West and 200 South (across from the Gateway and a block south of Energy Solutions Arena) in a space formerly occupied by "The Lakota," "Natalies" and "Ruby Tuesdays" (all defunct). The office is environmentally responsible and was built as green as possible, utilizing and recycling all of the old restaurant space into work stations. The original 'bar' was kept as a public meeting space for local non-profits, the Downtown Community Council, the Dakota HOA and private parties.
The brokerage is the first E-2 certified real estate brokerage in Salt Lake City, as designated by Salt Lake City Corporation. Our Urban Utah REALTORS and staff are committed to reducing the carbon imprint that the business has on the environment by utilizing standards set up by Salt Lake City Green under the Mayor and City Council. The office has only metered street parking, but is located within the free bus and free TRAX zone in downtown.
Skilled and Experienced Realtors
The REALTORS of Urban Utah have vast skill sets to help first time to last time buyers and sellers with residential sales, estate liquidations of homes (not contents) and property, land sales, new construction, and small business sales in the Salt Lake Valley. Visit "Our Agents" to learn more about the real estate agents and brokers, their experience, and listings. We work directly with Internet Properties in commercial referrals for larger projects and needs of business clients. This brokerage is also and independent firm and is not a franchise...buy local!
Giving Back to the Community
Urban Utah Homes and Estates does not give out sales awards to the agents and brokers. Instead, Urban Utah helps our agents contribute to our community by sponsoring events or covering for them when they do volunteer work. Urban Utah Homes and Estates agents and brokers are proud to volunteer with such groups as the MS Society, the Utah AIDS Foundation, Community Councils, No More Homeless Pets, the Rape Recovery Center, PETA, the YWCA, the Family Support Center, utahfm.org, the 9th and 9th Street Fair and the Avenues Street Fair, the Utah Arts Festival and many more nonprofit agencies in Utah.
Urban Utah agents and brokers try at all times to represent the best interests of their clients in all transactions, whether they are buyers or sellers.
About Babs De Lay, CRS, ABR, SRES, LTG, DREI
Babs De Lay, owner and principal broker of Urban Utah Homes and Estates, has been working in real estate in Salt Lake City, Utah for since 1984 as a licensed, full time REALTOR.
With degrees in Science, English, Business Communications as well as a Ph.D in Philosophy of Religion and a minor in Art, Babs has a passion for learning and seeks out all that the real estate industry has to offer in order to earn "designations" (which explains the CRS, ABR, SRES, LTG, DREI) that help her help her serve her clients more effectively. Babs has been a nationally recognized instructor in real estate marketing (Code of Ethics, Megan's Law) and has won awards for teacher and instructor of the year in Utah. In short, Babs has taught REALTORS how to be better REALTORS. In 2003, she served as President of the Women's Council of REALTORS and just finished serving an 8 year term as a Salt Lake City Planning and Zoning Commissioner.
Babs has also been highly involved in the community, including hosting a women in music program on KRCL public radio for 27 years which was the longest running program of its kind in the country.. She is also on the Advisory Board of Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault and won the National 2005 Award for Outstanding Advocacy and Community Work in Ending Sexual Violence, in part for her production of the VDay that she does every year in February. She was in the original Broadway production the Vagina Monologues in 1998. Babs was awarded the YWCA's Outstanding Leadership Award in Business in 2008 and received special recognition from Westminster College this past year as an Outstanding Alum of the Year, and past president of the Alumni Association.
Babs has twin daughters and four grand children and you’re welcome to friend her on Facebook.