Want To Reduce Energy Costs, But Don’t Know Where To Start?

Everyone wants to save money any way they can.  One of the fastest ways to save money is right at home by reducing energy costs.  Learn more by watching this brief video for some ideas.

In addition to the ideas presented by the video, you can take a deep dive in home energy savings by reading the PowerShift HOMEOWNER’S GUIDE, by NVEnergy. The PowerShift program is a collection of products and services offered by NVEnergy to help their customers reduce energy (and consequently money) waste. Visit the PowerShift site here.

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And as always, for all of your home buying needs, feel free to contact me any time (I can also help you find homes that specifically feature green amenities!).

WELCOME TO 2017 – THINKING OF SELLING?

This is the season with fewer listings on the market, which means that there will be fewer houses on the market competing for a buyer. Contact me for assistance with selling your home.

Holding on to an investment that isn’t performing as well as you think it should be, but are afraid of the tax consequences of selling? The tax issue might not be as bad as you think. After discussing the tax consequences of selling your investment with your accountant and agreeing on a tax strategy, contact me for assistance selling the property.

WELCOME TO 2017 – THINKING OF BUYING?

Not sure where to start? Not sure if you can afford a home?

Start with HUD.GOV for education assistance for first-time homebuyers. When you go to the website follow this track to find a HUD-approved housing counseling agency:HUD > State Information > Nevada > Homeownership > Housing Counseling: Nevada

FreddieMac offers a similar program through CreditSmart:
http://www.freddiemac.com/creditsmart/

The Nevada Housing Division offers down payment assistance through its Home Is Possible program. Visit HomeIsPossibleNV.org

If  you like to play with calculators, check out this rent vs. buy calculator:
http://www.realtor.com/mortgage/tools/rent-or-buy-calculator/

Contact me if you have questions, or would like to move forward with home ownership.

Tools to Help You Travel Around the Reno / Tahoe Region During Winter

Don’t get stuck in a ditch, or in a wreck this winter.  Plan ahead before hitting the roads in the Reno / Tahoe area this winter and have a successful and safe trip.  Thanks to the information age, there doesn’t need to be a lot of guess work and experiential knowledge.  You can use the internet and smart phone apps to figure out if there’s an automobile apocalypse, or not.  Check these out:

 

National Weather Service Forecast Office – Reno, NV

http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/rev/

When you click on this link, it will take you to the main NWS page for the Reno, NV office.  The most obvious object on this page will be a map of the region, which will show most of Northern Nevada and Northern California.  Click on “Reno” inside this map – you will be taken to a 7-day forecast specifically for Reno.  The 7-day forecast is easy to interpret, because it represents the weather in pictures.  Want more detail?  Scroll down until you see the hourly forecast graphic in the right column – click on the graphic.  You will be taken to a detailed chart showing the weather for the next 48 hours – perfect!

You can also find a National Weather Service app on Google Play, which will provide the same information on the go!

Nevada Department of Transportation

http://www.nvroads.com/

This site is one large interactive map of Nevada detailing what is happening with Nevada roads in real time.  Using the map tools in the upper left corner of the map, zoom into the Reno area.  As you zoom in  you’ll notice some of the roads are highlighted, yellow, pink, blue, red, green.  Click on the vertical box labelled “Map Tools” and the legend will appear telling you what those colors mean – excellent!  Now you will know if a road is closed, or if you’ll need chains, before leaving your house.  And, hey, there’s even cameras that the NDOT has set up that you can use to view what the road conditions are actually like with your own eyes – use them!

Also, download the app “NVRoads” from the Google Play store.

The NDOT also provides these winter driving tips for winter Nevada travel.  Read them!

https://www.nevadadot.com/safety/winter/tips.aspx

Reno Real Estate Market Overview for November 2016

The Reno Sparks Realtor Association’s November episode of “To the Point”.  These brief videos give a concise high level view of the real estate market in the Reno area that can help inform the decisions of residential buyers and sellers.  The winter real estate sales season typically sees a slow in sales that can reduce prices by up to 6%.  If you are a home buyer, you might see affordability rise a little.  If you need to sell your home during this time of year, listing activity is lower, so your home will be competing with fewer listings, which might speed up a sale for an appropriately priced home.  Call, or email me if you need more information; or if you know of someone you care about that would most likely benefit from my services and would like to connect me with them.

Definitely Fall and Buyers Are Getting Deals

Yesterday, a group of friends and I went for a hike at Brown’s Creek off of the Mount Rose Highway and we were greeted with evidence that it is indeed fall in the Reno area.  All of the aspen leaves were orange, but they are still on the trees!  According to the National Association of Realtors the typical seasonal price change from the peak summer season for home sales is about 3% lower during the fall.  We can see some seasonality in some recent sales in the Midtown area – some buyers got some great deals.  I wonder if the sellers had not insisted on selling at the Zillow estimate if they would’ve fetched a higher price.  That fantastic house on Center Street closed recently – that will be a real fun place to live.  There was a sale east of the Midtown area that fetched a good price – a great rehab, finished basement, and immaculate yard were no doubt thanks to the seller receiving full asking price.

There are actually a lot of new listings in the area.  This batch really doesn’t offer anything exceptionally unique, nor does it offer any new Midtown listings.  The pricing isn’t really off, either, which should make for some smooth transactions and easy appraisals.  Yes, we are seeing some homes getting financed with FHA loans in this area, which will be heavily dependent on the homes appraising at the financed amount – this will be important if the home buyer is not bringing a lot of cash into the deal.  Get in touch with me if you want to see any of these listings, or if you are thinking of selling your home in Reno.  Anyway, looks like it’s time to start waxing the skis – the peaks are getting white around Reno and winter is around the corner!