Katie McKellar, KSL

Katie McKellar


Salt Lake City, UT, United States

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Past articles by Katie:


Mitt Romney: Call for 'national divorce' is 'insanity'

Sen. Mitt Romney on Tuesday firmly denounced Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's recent call for a → Read More

Utah governor slams door on medical ‘magic mushrooms,’ says state should not ‘experiment’ on Utahns

The Republican governor told reporters during his monthly PBS Utah news conference Thursday that he’s not supportive of a bill being considered by the Utah Legislature to narrowly legalize psilocybin in a similar way the state currently regulates medical cannabis. → Read More


Tax cuts, water, housing and transgender surgeries for minors: What to expect from Utah Legislature in 2023

The 2023 legislative session is days away, so buckle up. → Read More

The great housing market ‘reset’ of 2022: The year the Fed had no mercy

Experts prefer words like “correction” and “contraction” to describe the 2022 housing market, but perhaps best term for it is a “reset” from over two years of the pandemic housing frenzy. What will happen in 2023? → Read More


Canada enacts 2-year housing ban for non-residents in 2023

"I'm moving to Canada," is a common refrain, often heard whenever Americans find themselves frustrated with U.S. politics.  → Read More

Hundreds of unclaimed bags sit at Salt Lake City airport as Southwest promises return to normal

Southwest Airlines continued to apologize and promise a return to normalcy Friday after days of delays. Meanwhile, stranded passengers were finally able to reunite with their luggage at the Salt Lake City International Airport on Friday. → Read More


Sen. Mike Lee wins one of the most competitive Senate races Utah has seen in decades

Utah voters returned Mike Lee to the Senate for a third term Tuesday. → Read More

Housing market mortgage rates break 7%. Here’s what that means for the West

The average rate for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage broke 7% on Thursday, the first time since April 2002, continuing ruthless downward pressure on the U.S. housing market. → Read More

The housing market is correcting — but Utah’s affordability crisis isn’t going away

The U.S. housing market is correcting — but Utah’s leading housing expert says the state’s housing shortage isn’t going away, and could get worse as homebuilding constricts. As a result, Utah’s housing affordability crisis isn’t going away. Here’s what Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said state leaders are doing about it. → Read More


Tiny home village for homeless gains Salt Lake City approval. What's next?

A tiny home village meant to house the chronically homeless, modeled after a renowned community in Austin, Texas, is coming to Utah's capital city. → Read More

The housing market is backfiring on home flippers

The housing market correction is here, so what does it mean for home flippers? Early signs show the home flipping industry may be one of the first to pull back and suffer as real estate prices decelerate amid today’s mortgage rates, which are hovering around 7%. → Read More


Housing market: Household formation is most 'underreported' factor

Bill McBride, author of the economics blog Calculated Risk, said there's a key reason why both rent and home price growth is slowing amid the U.S. housing correction playing out today. → Read More

Housing market pressurizes rent prices: Utah rents rose faster over 2 years than the last decade

As the housing market and housing prices in Utah and across the nation ramped up to record levels during the pandemic housing frenzy from mid-2020 until early 2022, it’s had an extraordinary impact on the rental market. → Read More

U.S. home prices see biggest monthly drop in 11 years. It’s weighing on homeowner wealth

Home price growth has been decelerating for months now as the U.S. market cools from the pandemic frenzy. But in July, that shifted to an actual decline. → Read More

Rent price hikes are slowing — but are outpacing home price increases

The U.S. housing market is calming down — and so are rent price increases. But especially in big city areas, rents are rising even faster than home prices — signaling rental markets are tightening as more Americans turn away or are priced out from house shopping. → Read More


US home prices fall for first time in 3 years — but not in this Utah city

Across the U.S., home prices declined 0.77% from June to July, marking the first monthly decline in nearly three years. → Read More

70% of home sellers in Boise, Idaho, drop prices, most in nation. Utah, Colorado cities rank close behind

The West remains ground zero for the pandemic housing frenzy hangover, but it’s impacting the entire country. Nationwide, the share of homes for sale with price drops hit a record high in July, according to Redfin. → Read More


Why are rents so expensive? These are the most expensive cities

Even though the housing market has cooled and homebuilders are saying the market has entered a recession, home prices are still high — and are still putting pressure on rental prices. → Read More

Housing market crash? Recession is here, home builders say

Some experts warn the housing market correction is only beginning as home builder confidence spirals for eight consecutive months. Here’s what’s happening. → Read More


Utah housing market: The dark side to higher home values is in your tax bill

For homeowners in Utah, it's no typical tax year.  → Read More