Why I Love Reno, NV
Here is a short video showing some of the few reasons why Reno and the surrounding areas are so incredible!
Here is a short video showing some of the few reasons why Reno and the surrounding areas are so incredible!
We are entering the slow season in Reno real estate: winter. Sales start to drop off. The good news for Reno sellers is that we are currently experiencing a "seller's market". There may be fewer buyers out there, but the demand remains high. If they're looking during the winter time, then you know they're serious. If you're worried about how to get your Reno home sold during the winter, don't be. I've provided a few helpful tips below.
Before the first snow falls, trim your bushes and trees. Make sure there's a clear path from the driveway to the front door. Buyers don't want to traipse through a jungle just to make their way inside. After the snow falls, clear it from any bushes or other foliage leading up to your house. That way, visitors won't get soaked from melting snow as they walk through your Reno home. Also, once snow hits, salt the walkways, public sidewalks, and driveway to ensure visitors' safety. The last thing you need is a lawsuit from falls taken outside your home.
Yes, we want to conserve energy whenever possible. However, buyers want to be able to see what the interior of your Reno home looks like. Overcast skies make the inside of your home dark even at high noon. So, turn on all the lights in your house (both interior and exterior) when a potential buyer comes to call. Open all draperies and blinds to allow as much natural light in as possible. You want to convey a light, bright feeling even on the darkest of winter days.
Keep the winter chill at bay. Turn the thermostat up before a showing. Guests enjoy a toasty 70F when touring your Reno home. The warmth they feel may help turn a visitor into a new homeowner.
If you have a fireplace, now's the time to let it shine. Fire it up before a showing. Not only will this help warm up your Reno home, but it also conveys a "homey" feel. This reinforces the idea of the buyer picturing this space as their own. And don't overlook adding a few holiday decorations between now and the end of the year. Just keep them simple, tasteful, and limited.
Accessories add warmth to your Reno home provided that they are also used sparingly. Add a beautiful throw to the back of your couch. Turn down one corner of your comforter in your bedroom. Use light classical music and lit candles as ambiance. Add vanilla to water inside a cake pan. Then set the oven to a low temperature. This makes it smell like homemade cookies or pies throughout the house. All these little things make a big difference.
If you're worried about selling your Reno home during the winter, don't be. Keep these tips in mind when showing your home to potential buyers. And remember: winter buyers are serious buyers. Otherwise, they would just wait until spring. Contact me when you're ready to put your Reno home on the market.
In October, we had the Zombie Crawl. The Saturday after Thanksgiving, there's another Reno beer crawl. But for something really festive, the Reno Santa Pub Crawl 2017 offers holly jolly fun with drink specials, great music and much more.
What: Reno Santa Pub Crawl 2017
Where: 50+ Downtown Reno Bars
When: Saturday, December 9th, 7:30 pm to closing
Cost: $5.50 per cup or $45 VIP pass
Contact: Reno Santa Pub Crawl contact form
Santa has one night to deliver packages to millions of boys and girls around the country. At the Reno Santa Pub Crawl 2017, you have one night to visit more than 50 bars in the downtown Reno area. All participants MUST dress up as an elf, Mrs. Claus or Santa himself. Whether that's simply a Santa hat or a full-on suit, make sure to wear something festive. Bars all over Reno will be hosting their own costume contests throughout the evening. Make one yourself or pick up a costume at Junkee Clothing, the Chocolate Walrus or Adam an Eve.
All "crawlers" must be at least 21 years old to participate. They will be checking IDs at the door. All participating downtown Reno bars offer a full pub crawl map at each location. Remember, this isn't a sprint. It's a crawl. So, pace yourself. And, for goodness sakes, don't forget to tip your bartenders!
You can participate in the crawl for just $5.50 per cup. This cup grants you access to every bar on the list without paying a cover charge. Additionally, you receive discounts on Santa Pub Crawl drink specials, photo ops throughout the night, and entry into as many contests as you want. Cups can be bought online here, at venues around the City (Junkee Clothing, Chocolate Walrus, Adam & Eve, and The Library Hookah and Lounge) before the event, or at The Library Hookah on the night of.
Make it a super special night. Purchase a VIP pass that gives you "front-of-the-line" access at any pub at any time during the evening. This is a big deal since we see literally thousands of people lining up all over town on pub crawl night. Right now, they run $45 per cup. However, those prices go up the closer to the Reno Santa Pub Crawl 2017 we get. So, purchase them online right now for the best deal.
Just like Santa, you need to make it home safely at the end of your journey. So, put together a plan of action before you head out for the night. Bring along a designated driver. Or, download the Reno Uber app on your iPhone or Android phone so you can schedule a pick-up at the end of the night. Better yet, grab a bunch of your buddies and hire a limo to take you from place to place throughout the evening.
Every participating bar has pledged to donate a portion of their proceeds from the event to local Reno schools. So, grab a map at the first bar you visit that night to make sure you support the bars that are supporting the cause.
Stay safe. Have fun. Spread the holiday spirit to everyone.
The Reno real estate market is hot right now. Current inventory levels can't keep up with demand. When buying a Reno home, you need to thoroughly investigate the property. That includes what's going on both in and around it. Instead of simply purchasing a home based on its appearance, know what you really need to look for first.
You want a 3 bedroom/2 bathroom Reno home. You prefer a Craftsman style. Coffered ceilings, hardwood floors, and granite countertops rank high on your list. Keep these items in mind when you go to open houses, search online, or visit a property with your Reno REALTOR@. However, remember: all of this can easily be changed. What can't? The price or location. Be flexible with the things you can change later and concentrate more on what cannot be changed. Your ideal home will quickly become less desirable if you paid more than you can afford and you're stuck in a neighborhood you don't like.
It's fun to look at the architectural details, the floor plan, and to daydream about decorating. However, you really need to check out what's involved in maintaining the property. No, it's not "sexy" or "fun". But it is very necessary. When buying a Reno home, especially an older one, check the sewer line. Take a look at the trees on the property. How old are they? Where are they located? As trees grow, their roots branch out in search of a water source. They may tap into your sewer line if located too close to your Reno home. Leaves falling from overhanging branches can clog your gutters. Worse yet, untrimmed branches may fall and damage your roof. Find out how old the appliances are. You may need to replace these after you move in. Sellers only need to fix what's broken. They aren't required to replace outdated appliances.
Chances are high that this will not be the last home you own. So, you might want to enter your Reno home purchase with an eye towards resale down the road. Are the other homes in the neighborhood well groomed or poorly kept up? Is it located on a busy street? Does it have a steep driveway or severely sloping yard that could provide drainage issues? Yes, you were willing to overlook these potential problems. But not everyone will. It could take a while to find the right buyer in the future.
Don't be distracted by the paint and polish of a home. Know what to really look for when buying a Reno home instead. When you're ready to start searching, contact me. I'd be happy to help you find your dream home.
Our Reno real estate market experienced a boom in families with younger children as well as couples in the South Meadows area over the last few years. Entertainment facilities struggled to keep up with demand. Fortunately, that appears to be changing soon. The Loop Reno promises new recreational and entertainment opportunities for local residents.
Since 2010, investors planned on creating a space at Double Diamond Pkwy and South Meadows where families with young kids and couples out for a night on the town could both gather comfortably. After seven years (including a long break during the recession), those plans will soon be coming to fruition. Next spring, two businesses open their doors for the local crowd: Rounders and Zeppelin.
First, let's talk about the family-friendly fun offered at Rounders. In addition to kids' favorites like chicken fingers and pizza, they offer salads, pasta, fresh fish and more. After filling up in the restaurant section, it's time to head out to the gaming area. Guests enjoy carnival-style as well as arcade games. Each game dispenses tickets for wins. Redeem your tickets for prizes. Currently, Rounders operates in Las Vegas and Henderson. The Loop Reno will be its first location in Northern Nevada.
Next, Zeppelin creates the perfect adults-only ambiance for date night. All guests must be at least 21 years old. Enjoy your beer or wine while dining al fresco. They also feature live music every weekend.
Later on in 2018, the Reno Sportsdome plans on opening a second location at The Loop Reno called Sportsdome XL. They've outgrown their current location in northeast Reno. That's why they need to expand. And the South Meadows area appears to be the perfect location for it. The new site will be three times the size of their northern Reno property. They plan on adding lacrosse, volleyball, badminton, and more to their soccer and flag football leagues.
As development at The Loop Reno continues, they expect to welcome even more recreational and entertainment businesses into the fold. They will be announced as they get closer to opening. For now, Rounders, Zeppelin and the Sportsdome XL will definitely keep the South Meadows area busy!
Do you feel that crisp fall weather? When temperatures begin to drop, it's time to bring out the comfort food. Steaming roasts, savory stews and delicious chili dominate the dinner table. What goes great with chili? Beer! You'll find amazing selections of both at the Reno Chili and Beer Festival 2017 this weekend at the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino.
What: Reno Chili and Beer Festival 2017
Where: Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
When: October 21st & 22nd, 12 pm to 6 pm
Admission: FREE, Tasting packages extra
Contact: Grand Sierra Resort (775) 789-1115
Dozens of extremely talented chefs come to our fair city this weekend to compete in the International Chili Society-sanctioned World Championship Chili Cookoff. Chili verde is the phrase of the day on Saturday. But on Sunday, the tide turns to the traditional red chili. However, both days will be filled with a chili cookoff challenge, Monster BMX show and live entertainment throughout each day. Then, of course, you have over a dozen local breweries featuring their finest craft beers. For the traditionalists, there's also Coors, Coors Light, Modelo, Blue Moon and Samuel Adams on tap. You can either go the tried-and-true route or venture off into something different. The choice is yours.
Admission to the festival is absolutely free. However, if you want to sample any of the chili or beer on-site, you're going to need to purchase a tasting package. These packages begin at just $5 for three tastings and $10 for six. Not a beer enthusiast? Have you been tapped to be the designated driver for your group? Sample as much chili as you want for just $20. However, if you already made sure you have a safe way to get home, you may want to try the unlimited beer tasting for $40 per person. For $50, you can try as many different beers and sample as much chili as you want.
These prices are per person per day. You can choose to attend on Saturday or Sunday. Or, you can always purchase tickets for both days. Purchase your tasting packages ahead of time online or at the door. The smaller chili tasting tickets are only available at the door. $1 from every tasting package will benefit the local chapter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Enjoy yourself. Drink responsibly. And remember, those are not two mutually exclusive concepts. It is possible to do both. Salud!
You can't say "October" 'round these parts without thinking about zombies. Why? Because the Reno Zombie Crawl 2017 is coming. Literally thousands of people come to Reno each year to participate in one of the biggest zombie crawls you'll find anywhere in the world.
What: Reno Zombie Crawl 2017
Where: Downtown Reno
When: Saturday, October 21st, 8 pm to 6 am
Contact: Crawl Reno (775) 624-8320
Ten years ago, about 300 people dressed up in their most gruesome best and made their way around a few of the downtown Reno bars just for fun. Flash forward to the Reno Zombie Crawl 2017 and you'll find a crowd of around 20,000 hitting up more than 40 local bars. Talk about the night of the living dead!
For just $5, you are armed with a map of participating bars and a commemorative cup. Now, that cup's important because it's going to be your ticket into each establishment. Every bar along the way offers its own drink specials, live entertainment, giveaways, and more. Feel like hitting up a club? You don't have to pay a cover charge when you're a part of the Reno Zombie Crawl 2017. Costumes are optional. However, dressing up adds to the fun. And you could win a prize if you're deemed worthy enough.
Reserve your cup online right now by visiting the Crawl Reno website. Or, visit Adam & Eve, Junkee Clothing Exchange or Melting Pot World Emporium to pick one up in person. Decided to go to Reno Zombie Crawl 2017 last minute? You can still pick up your cup the evening of the event at Headquarters Bar, Harrah's Plaza, on the mezzanine level of the Silver Legacy Casino or at Freight House of Greater Nevada Field from 7:30 pm to 11 pm.
Crawl Reno has their very own bar called Headquarters in Reno. As a "thank you" for participating in Reno Zombie Crawl 2017, they want to buy you a drink. All you have to do is visit the Crawl Reno website here, enter your name and email address and they'll send you the information you need to get your free drink. It's a limited time offer. So, enter now.
Of course, you must be at least 21 years old to participate in the Reno Zombie Crawl 2017. Before you head out for the night, make plans for your safe return home in the morning. Whether it's Lyft, Uber, a cab or a designated driver, decide which mode of transportation you and your friends will be using BEFORE you start drinking. You can be responsible and still have a good time. Let's make sure we all survive to party another night.
We all want to live in clean, safe communities. Unfortunately, some homeowners can't afford to maintain the exterior of their Reno homes. Overgrown landscaping, peeling paint and broken windows bring down the property values of surrounding homes. In August, City officials announced a new program to help low to moderate income homeowners pay to bring their properties up to City building and safety codes as well as make them more appealing to the eye. They call it the Reno Neighborhood Renewal Program.
Reno homeowners with a limited income can apply for funds to clean up, repair and/or make improvements to their home's exterior through the Reno Neighborhood Renewal Program. Some projects considered for funding include cleaning up your yard, roof repairs, new fencing, exterior paint and hooking up your lateral sewer line. Income limits are as follows:
In addition to the income limits noted above, Reno homeowners need to fill out an application. You may apply online at the City of Reno's website here or download a copy of the application here and submit it to the City of Reno's Community Development Department. Only one application accepted per household. Homeowners must hold the title to the property that the funds will be used on. They must also occupy the home themselves (no rental properties, second homes, vacation properties, etc.). Anyone receiving funds through this program must agree to work with a program manager that the City appoints for the project as well as the service provider contracted for repairs/clean up. All parties must agree about how to proceed with any repairs or clean up efforts.
Since money is provided on a first come/first served basis, anyone interested in applying for the Reno Neighborhood Renewal Program funds should do so as soon as possible. Once the $225,000 set aside by the City is gone, no more applications will be considered. If you have any questions, please contact Frank Perez with the City of Reno at (775) 400-6076 or via email.
Earlier this month, Equifax announced that hackers had breached the company's security system. The breach potentially compromised as many as 143 million Americans. Reno homebuyers currently looking for a property or in the middle of an actual sale could run into problems if they were caught up in this breach. So, how do you find out if you were a victim of the Equifax hack?
As one of the three credit reporting agencies, Equifax may have your name, social security number, driver's license and other info in its files even if you've never actually dealt with them directly. Creditors report your account information, payment history, etc, to one, two or all three agencies. That's how your credit score is determined. Therefore, almost everyone is vulnerable to the Equifax hack.
If you don't already have a credit monitoring service in place, sign up for one. Equifax offers a free one year service through TrustedID Premier even if your information wasn't hacked. Click on the "Am I Impacted?" button to see if your information may have been compromised. If they determine you may potentially be a part of the breach, you will then be directed to their online enrollment form. After you complete their form, they will send you an email to finalize the process and activate the monitoring. You don't have to sign up with TrustedID Premier, though. LifeLock and TransUnion itself were the top two services mentioned on Top 10 Best Credit Reports' Top Credit Monitoring Services list.
Probably the quickest and most immediate thing to do would be to place a "fraud alert" on your credit report. You can contact any one of the three (Equifax, Experian or TransUnion) to do so. Once you contact one, they legally must contact the other two to let them know of the fraud alert.
This places a 90-day freeze on your credit. Anytime someone requests credit in your name (including yourself), an alert will come up telling the creditor/lender that they will need to contact you directly. No line of credit will be approved until after your information has been personally verified by you. This ensures that only you utilize your credit.
Another thing Reno homebuyers may want to do right away is to request a copy of their credit report. By law, everyone may receive one free report from each of the three credit reporting agencies every 12 months. To do so, visit AnnualCreditReport.com. Once you receive your report, look it over for possible errors. If you find any, contact the appropriate reporting agency. Tell them what the error is and provide proof. Let your credit card company know that there may have been fraud as well. If you think someone has stolen your identity, contact your local police department to report it right away.
The Federal Trade Commission provides information on protecting yourself from being a victim of identity fraud as well as resources to help you if you do find out someone has stolen your identity. It's all available for free on their website at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0014-identity-theft.
If you are considering purchasing a home in the near future or are in the process of buying one right now, you may want to check your credit for fraudulent activity as soon as possible. I'd hate to see you lose out on a Reno home you love because someone stole your identity. Also, take necessary precautions to reduce the chances of having your identity stolen in the future. The world wide web has both pros and cons. Protect yourself where you can.
Residents living in Reno spend all day in the park. Separated small parks merge together to create the whole of Wingfield Park and include East and West Island, Brick Park, Bennett Park, Bicentennial Park, and the Truckee River Whitewater Park. Pathways and scenic bridges wind through the landscape perfect for leisurely strolls. Animal lovers regularly spend time on the trails walking their dogs and chatting amicably with passersby.
Recreational activities overflow at Wingfield Park. Spontaneous games of basketball frequently break out on the courts creating a lively competitive vibe. Picnic tables are numerous on the Reno property encouraging families living in Reno to enjoy lunchtime surrounded by Nevada sunshine.
Yearly anticipated events are held in Wingfield Park. Favorites of locals are the Reno River Festival and Nevada Humane Society Duck Race and Festival. An onsite amphitheater is often the scene for performing arts such as concerts and plays.
The Truckee River Whitewater Park is a sight to behold. In the summer months this is the destination for those who to cool off. Kayakers, rafters, and inner tubers easily maneuver the rapids.
Found alongside the Riverwalk District plenty of unique shops, eateries, and restaurants are conveniently close. Just minutes from downtown Reno casinos, Wingfield Park is a great place to stop and embrace nature and savor a moment of solitude.