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September Homeowner Checklist

Here’s your September Homeowner Checklist and our Local Football Team’s Schedule!

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Fall Guide to the Reno Theater Scene


When you think of Broadway, Reno is literally the last thing that would ever come to someone's mind. Although Reno is small, we have some powerful pull when it comes to performing arts.

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Best Places to Dine in Reno


The Best Reno Restaurants

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September Events in Reno


September events in reno is one of the busiest months when it comes to events in Reno/Tahoe.

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August Homeowner Checklist

Here’s your August Homeowner Checklist and my favorite outdoor local spots to check out this month!

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Best Trails to Bike and Hike in Reno/Tahoe

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July Homeowner Checklist 2022

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Summer Home Prep

Summer Home Prep

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Firework Locations Reno, Sparks, and Tahoe

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Reno/Tahoe Summer Farmers Markets

There are many farmer's markets around Reno, Sparks, and Tahoe during Summer.


Fresh fruit, and produce taste better when they come from local farmers and businesses.

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Must do Summer Events in Reno/Tahoe

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Homeownership Month and an Economic Update

June is National Homeownership Month and we believe that everyone has the right to the "American Dream of Homeownership." It's important to share the benefits of owning a home and why now is still a good time to buy even if we are dealing with inflation and rising interest rates.

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June Homeownership Checklist

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10 Reasons You Should Rekey Your Home


We have a spare key at our home hidden so that if we ever get locked out, we have a way back into our house. But then it went missing...

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Have we reached max appreciation?


There has been a lot of talk about the market and whether it will crash.


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Memorial Day Weekend in Reno

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in Reno/Tahoe

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May Homeowner Checklist


Once spring comes, we feel the urge to tear apart the house room by room and purge. Since we have been in our home for a few years now, we haven't had the opportunity to go through the house like we would when we move. Quarantine and the basic additions we have accumulated over the years have completely overwhelmed us. We don't need 8 sets of sheets and toys our daughter no longer plays with. 

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6 Things to ask yourself before buying in today's market


Today's market is competitive. For a few years now, buyers have had to purchase significantly over asking to secure a home... in addition to waiving all contingencies and taking a home "as is."

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3 Signs you've Outgrown your Home


Need a sign? This might be it.

Is it finally time to move to a bigger home? Maybe! I put together three signs you may be ready to move into a bigger house. Keep reading to find out.

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There is a new school coming to town!

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April Homeowner Checklist


April sunshine is here and so is our monthly homeownership checklist. 

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Top 5 Types of Cabinet Doors


Top 5 Types of Cabinet Doors

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March Homeownership Checklist

Your March Homeowner Checklist: 


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Why You Might Want to List Sooner Than Later

1. INTEREST RATES: Interest rates have remained at historic lows for quite some time now. But according to many leading economists, those rates will start to rise this year and in just a few short months. A quarter of a point could mean buying a house or having to push it off for a while longer because the price increase is just too much.


While buyer foot traffic is typically lower in the winter months, there are still a lot of buyers who didn't find homes last year yet want to take advantage of those low rates. Our clients were one of 36 offers. If that doesn't tell you demand is still high, I don't know what will convince you.


Here's why: Increasing interest rates can affect buyers' purchasing power (how much house they can afford).


While interest rates are still really low, listing your home now will allow buyers to lock in their rate for 60 days (meaning before Spring).



2. LESS COMPETITION:  The Spring market is beginning to uptick now, with just a few more properties coming on the market than there have been in the past. By putting your house on the market now, you won't have to compete with all the homeowners following the trend of waiting for Spring. YAY!



3. SERIOUS BUYERS: As I said, the number of buyers on the market tends to be less in the winter months. That might sound like a negative, but the silver lining is that you'll attract buyers who are serious and ready to move now.


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Most Impactful Changes you can make for the Best Return on Investment

Whether or not you are planning to sell your property soon or looking to stay and enjoy your home a little longer, here are a few simple upgrades that boost your home's ROI (return on investment).

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February Homeownership Checklist

The Month of LOVE is here. 

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5 Common Mistakes to Avoid During a 1031 Exchange

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Home Design Trends of 2022


Whether it's adding an art deco table lamp to your living room or hanging an avant-garde, oval-shaped mirror in your hallway, this year's hottest interior design trends will add a je ne sais quoi to your home, making your friends and family green with envy. 

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Top 5 tips for buying and selling in early 2022


Is right now a good time to buy or sell? 

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January Homeownership Checklist

Your January Homeowner Checklist: 



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12 Days of Living Local

12 Days of Living Local



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Winter Selling Season

Let it sell, let it sell, let it sell! Oh, the buyers out there are frightful, but the market is so delightful. In case your house doesn’t go, read below, read below, read below! 

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Which is better, Fake or Real Grass?


We went to a showing a few weeks back, and the house had fake grass or sometimes called AstroTurf. Our house has natural grass, but we have three dogs, and I can tell you real grass and dogs just do not mix well. 

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Home Buyers Nice and Naughty List


As we approach the end of the year, many sellers question if now is the best time to sell. We can say there are many buyers out there, serious buyers, that need homes! 

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December Homeownership Checklist

Before decorating, switch out old Christmas lightbulbs with LED bulbs

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Thankful for Mortgages

I know it sounds funny, but we are so thankful for mortgages and here is why you should also be thankful.

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Create Black Friday Demand Listings Addition

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What happened with Zillow?

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Apple Crisp Bars


Apple Crisp Bars

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November Homeownership Checklist

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Time to conquer the Home Buying Scaries ?

Step back because I'm about to drop some knowledge that's going to help you through this ~spooky~ season of real estate! 

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You're Scaring Off Sellers ?

Ghosts don't give a sheet, but sellers do! If you're doing these things, you're definitely scaring off sellers. 

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BOOst Your Curb Appeal

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October Homeowner Checklist


Hello October we are happy to see you and so ready for the weather to cool off

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What is the best home project for the best ROI

THE NUMBER 1 QUESTION I GET ASKED AS A REAL ESTATE AGENT:

What home projects have the highest ROI?

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Fall Home Refresh

Out with Summer, in with the cozy fall days!

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Fall Home Clean-up

It's Time to Prep for Winter

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September Homeowner Checklist

Here's your September Homeowner Checklist



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Forbearance Update


Let's get right to it. Many people, 2 Million homeowners, to be exact, are delinquent on their mortgage. Multiple economists believe this will cause homes to come onto the market between August and October. Good news for the buyers searching for homes, and is this a good thing for the homeowners who might need assistance coming out of the moratorium?

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August Homeowner Checklist


The August Homeowner Checklist:

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Spring Homeowner Checklist


Spring Cleaning Checklist

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5 Common Issues Inspectors Uncover During Inspections

 

As a homeowner getting a home inspection before purchasing a home can make or break a deal. When you get the inspection report back, you will be better prepared for what you are walking into when you move in.  

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BRING SOME R&R INTO YOUR HOME

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Top 5 must-have smart kitchen products

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6 Reasons to buy in 2021


2020 was a year of unknowns for many Americans. 2021 has some answers and hopes with some unknowns. One thing that stayed strong and still continues to show great gains is real estate. For the past 8 years, there has been a steady incline in home prices. The Reno/Sparks average home price ended in Dec 2020 at $427,000. New home sales have people waiting 8+ months for building times and with new projects breaking ground and existing homes coming on the market a slowdown is not showing its face currently with no signs in the near future. 

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10 Easy Ways to Cut Energy bill in 2021

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10 Things to keep in mind when selling during the Winter and how to prepare yourself

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Gingerbread Cookies

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Winter Treats Recipe

It's time to cozy up next to the fire with a warm cup of hot coco, some delicious cookies, and a funny movie. Making and decorating cookies is one of the best holiday traditions. 

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Fire Safety and Creating a Plan

When disaster strikes is the wrong time to start thinking about what you are going to do. Having a plan in place for when disaster strikes is essential to getting your furry friends, family, and yourself out safely. 

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Fall Inspired Apple Recipes

Fall is here! Ok, maybe not the weather, but the season started September 22nd. Everything pumpkin is out, and Halloween decorations are beginning to make their way into homes. National Apple Day is October 22nd this month. Apple Hill is open and ready for visitors.

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How to Save Water and Money at home

As a homeowner, if you don't maintain good water-saving habits, more than just water is going down your drain. 

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Mills Roofing -- Reno Local Business Spotlight

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Pools in Reno

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Are homes becoming more affordable in 2020

Homes are currently more affordable than they have been in years.

It's no secret Reno housing prices have been on a steady rise for the past few years. When we hear about home prices going up, its only natural that we would believe it would cost more to purchase a home. Contrary to that popular belief, low-interest rates are making homes more affordable. 

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What You Should Know About Refinancing Your Mortgage

Refinancing your mortgage has many financial benefits when done at the right time. Here's what you should know about the process.

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What do First-Time Home Buyers Want?

Think back to when you purchased your first home. A few of you might be able to say it was less than $90,000. Homeownership is the largest financial investment someone will make in their life.   As a first-time homeowner, many buyers want to get precisely what is on their wishlist. 

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Tips for Disinfecting Your Home

In our current life, we live, it's incredibly important to focus on keeping ourselves and family healthy and safe. Although our homes should be a safe space, germs and bacteria don't care where you live. They are clingy and carried by us daily. Here are a few tips to rid your home of those pesky followers. 

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How to improve your credit


Take some time and review where you are currently at with your credit and finances, and it's important to know where you are at to you know where you are going. Once you have a clear understanding of where you are, you can create a realistic plan for your future. If you are currently in a relationship, this does require both parties to be on the same page. If one is all in and the other is not... well, you know where this will lead you. Nowhere. Accountability, when it comes to finances, is essential. Accountability is a topic all of its own, and you will want to check out this post about different accountability tools that you can apply and move in the right direction. 

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Revamp Your Porch


When it comes to our front porch, little details can go a long way. The exterior of your home is the first thing you and many others see when they arrive at your residence. 55% of homeowners use the garage as their house’s main entryway point, and for those that are left using their front door as a point of entry, it must be inviting and warm. Let's dive into some major and minor additions to transform your porch into an oasis. 

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Selling a home during Covid-19


What's changed? Here's what you need to know. 

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Ijji Noodle House and Poke Don -- Local Business Spotlight

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A killer at-home bar that is sure to impress

What you need to make a killer at-home bar


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5 Ways to Boost Your Internet Speed

As Phase-1 begins and we perfect our work-life new "normal," many companies and people are choosing to stay home and work remotely. 

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Kimmie Candy -- Business Spotlight


Kimmie Candy is a locally owned Chocolate Factory, right here in Reno, Nevada.

Owner Joe Dutra started Kimmie Candy in 2000 in Sacramento, California, with production overseas in Korea. In 2007 he made a shift to full productions in the United States and is currently in a 50,000 sqft facility to Reno, NV, where he and his staff of more than 40 employees produce candy for all 50 States and many Countries World Wide.

With many candy variations available to purchase at their storefront, one of the most unique types of candy is their chocolate covered sunflower seeds, Sunburst. They come in a variety of colors, and our favorite was the unicorn mixture.

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Forbearance is NOT Forgiveness

“You still owe the money that you were paying, it’s just that there’s a temporary pause on making your monthly payments." 

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4 signs your HVAC system needs maintenance


On a regular basis outside of the shelter in place, our HVAC system is one of the hardest working systems in our home. From the summer heat to the snowy winters, watching and listening for some common issues will save you thousands in the long run. 

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Dog Gone Amazing -- Local Spotlight

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Covid-19 and the Reno Market


This Month's Minute with Mitchell is unique and will hopefully be a surprise to you, mainly because it might not be what you see or hear in the media. 

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The Brewer's Cabinet -- Local Spotlight

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5 Spring Home Projects

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What's new Reno -- April Edition

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Vino 100 - A South Reno Wine Bar

Local business spotlight for south reno! Come meet Karen, the proud owner of Vino 100. In this video, you will hear about how Karen found her passion for wine and how she came to be the owner of this awesome local business. She is also sharing a promo code for any new customers for the month of March 2020.

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