Reno Real Estate and Community News

Jan. 24, 2020

2020 Pantone Color of the Year – Classic Blue

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Drum roll please – Pantone has chosen Classic Blue as their color of the year. Over the past couple years, bold colors on walls has become common place in designer magazines and new model homes. Bucking the old guidance of using bland, light hues to make rooms look larger, deep greens, rich reds and even soft blacks are used in even the smallest spaces. This year, Pantone has chosen a fresh Classic Blue to inspire homeowners and designers in 2020.

Classic Blue is just want it sounds like – as classic. Think of your favorite sneaker or school binder and you’ll be right on track. Described as a calming, familiar azure, Classic Blue is an uncomplicated, straightforward tone intended to provide a “neutral” backdrop for modern color palates and urban chic styling.

Modern interior design has been trending towards more unassuming color schemes for furniture, flooring and accents. Kitchens sport sleek white cabinets and subway tile counters and backsplashes. Tone on tone design with urban elements of steel and soft wood tones lend themselves to this fresh blue hue. Pantone suggests that the simple color palate of blue and white is a comforting return to more traditional styling and expects that Classic Blue is the perfect wall color to compliment the Mid-Century and 60s décor that have emerged with a modern twist.

A great weekend project for a room or rooms, Classic Blue would add a fresh look to any space. 

Posted in Real Estate News
Jan. 17, 2020

How to Create the Perfect Brunch Board

The holidays have come and gone, and new year's resolutions are in full swing! Most of us want to curb the snacking and secret chocolate munching, but how do you satisfy that craving while being true to your resolutions? The answer is a great brunch board.

Creating the perfect brunch board is up to your own cravings and guilty pleasures. The classic options include seasonal fruits, crackers, meats, and nuts. Some healthy options that you can put on your boards are Granola bars and oatmeal, to name a few. 

Choosing a star of the show is very important. IS it going to be waffles or pancakes? Donuts or breakfast sandwiches? The options are limitless. Add in the main food item first, then place your favorite fruits to add a pop of color. Cheeses and meats are the next items, and any small spaces can be filled by nuts and more fruit. There is no wrong way to do a brunch board, so let your imagination run wild! Enjoy!

Image credit goes to https://lifemadesweeter.com/brunch-board/

Posted in Community News
Jan. 10, 2020

Snow Much Fun!

'Tis the season for snow days and un-snowplowed streets in Northern Nevada. If you need some ideas for the whole family to enjoy the snow day, keep on reading!

1. Bake cookies (be sure to keep scrolling along to see the killer recipe I found for sugar cookie bites!)

2. Read stories by the fireplace.

3. Shovel a neighbor's driveway.

4. Organize your closet! Get a head start on spring cleaning and clear out those old clothes. There are many donation spots in Northern Nevada that would appreciate your generosity. 

5. Get those New Year's Resolutions written down. Maybe even make a vision board to keep yourself motivated to achieve those dreams, make 2020 your year!

6. Indoor s'mores, the whole family will love it!

7. Make snow cones out of real snow.

8. Treat yourself to a DIY spa day. Click here for some great ideas.

9. Hot chocolate contest, don't forget those marshmallows.

10. Last but not least, the classic snow day activity: a snowman! Get in the spirit with a jolly snowman in your yard, the birds will enjoy stealing the yummy treats on the snowman too. :)

 

 

Posted in Community News
Jan. 3, 2020

Is it Worth it to Make Your Home a "Smart Home"?

Is the Investment to Make your Home a "Smart Home" Worth it for Resale?

Over the past few years, smart technology has really blossomed into a huge market. With more-and-more devices offering connectivity and lower prices, almost all households have some kind of smart device in their home. While some smart devices are simply “nice to have,” many can actually increase the value of the home; if you are considering a move in the future, learning which smart upgrades will increase your home’s value is important. Here are a few of the best smart home upgrades:

- Smart Thermostats – Energy saving smart thermostats can sense when the home is occupied and vacant to control the temperature while saving energy costs.

- Smart Smoke Detectors and Security Systems – Life saving smart security can alert you and the authorities automatically if there is a problem in the home.

- Smart Door Locks – Either as part of the security system or stand alone, smart door locks allow you to control access to your home. Using Wi-Fi to unlock doors remotely and program unique codes for family, guests, housekeepers etc., you will always know by whom and when your home is accessed.

- Smart Moisture Sensor – Mold has become a huge problem. Smart moisture sensors detect water leaks, humidity and temperature changes to protect your home from moisture damage.

These are just a few of the great smart home products available to make your home more attractive to potential buyers. Most starting under $250, these smart choices will not only protect your home, but add value when listing for sale. 

Posted in Selling Your Home
Dec. 27, 2019

Say What? Home-Buying Lingo You Should Know

If you are a first time home buyer, or even a repeat buyer, you quickly realize that real estate has a language all its own. Understanding some of the lingo can help you navigate the process a little easier. By learning a few critical terms, you will be in a better position to ask the right questions and make the best decisions. 

• Buyer’s Market – A real estate climate where the amount of listings outnumber qualified buyers. 

• Seller’s Market – A real estate climate when there are very few desirable properties listed for sale. 

• Contingencies – Specific conditions included in offer to protect the buyer against unexpected situations, such as inspection, loan approval and appraisal value. 

• Earnest Money – Money deposited when the offer is accepted. Subject to any contingencies, this money protects the seller from a buyer who simply changes her mind. 

• Escrow Agent – A neutral 3rd party who manages the paperwork in a state where attorneys are not used to conclude the contract. 

• Closing Costs – Fees which must be paid by both buyers to conclude the sale.

• Conforming Loan – A conforming loan is a loan limit by which the loan can be sold on the secondary market; a jumbo loan is one which is higher than this limit. 

• PMI – PMI, private mortgage insurance is a fee paid by the borrower of a loan that they obtained with less than a 20% down payment. 

These are just a few of the common terms used in real estate. If you are involved in a real estate transaction, learning a bit of the common lingo will help you understand the process better and make your home sale or purchase a smooth one. 

Posted in Buying a Home
Dec. 23, 2019

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you and your loved ones a safe and happy holiday season!

Posted in Community News
Dec. 20, 2019

Christmas Bites for the Whole Family

Looking for a yummy and easy treat for the whole family? Look no further, I’ve picked out the perfect recipe for a holiday treat. It’s created by “Two Sisters” (www.twosisterscrafting.com) and it’s very festive for this holiday season - here are the ingredients you will need:

 

1. Food coloring of your choice

2. "Best buttercream frosting"

3. "Best sugar cookie dough"

4. Sprinkles and other cookie decorations

 

Instructions for the “Best Sugar Cookie Dough” can be found here

Instructions for the “Best Buttercream Frosting” can be found here

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I recommend making a half batch of this cookie dough, that makes around 100 of the little cookie bites.

After making the dough, cut it into strips around 1 inch wide, and then cut those strips into squares. Bake for 4-5 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Be sure to check on them, since they are smaller than the average cookie they can burn faster in the oven. 

Whipping up a batch of buttercream frosting is the next step. Splitting up the batch into a few seperate bowls will allow you to create many different frosting colors with food coloring.

Now begins the fun part (and arguably the best part besides eating them) - decorating! Make it as festive as you want, totally up to you. The cookie bites are now ready to be eaten and enjoyed by all. Happy Holidays!

Posted in Community News
Dec. 12, 2019

5 Tips for Starting Your Home Search

Everyone wants to time their home purchase “just right.” Ideally, the picture perfect “buyer’s market”; plenty of well-priced listings, low interest rates and a slow moving real estate market where the buyer has plenty of -me to decide on an offer. The reality is that the current market is a fast paced environment where the best homes move quickly and serious home buyers need to be prepared to act when they find the right home. Fortunately, starting your home search the right way is easy by following these simple steps:

1. Find a Lender and Get Pre-Approved – Know what you can afford before you start your search. By getting a pre-approval letter, you demonstrate to sellers that you are serious when you write your offer and it proves you can afford the home.

2. Research Neighborhoods – Each community will have their own personality and advantages; before you spend -me looking at homes, choose the right area for your lifestyle and family needs.

3. Pick the Right Home Style – Learn about the various home styles available in your community. Do you want a single story? Large yard? Do you like older homes or historic style properties?

4. Make a List of Must Have and Like-to-Have – There is a difference! Make a list and be ready to compromise when appropriate by ranking the items.

5. Take Notes – Often a home buyer can see 6-7 homes in a single day; take notes and if possible, take pictures so you can remember the things you like, and don’t like, about the homes you see once you get home. In a fast paced real estate market, spending some time preparing for your home search will help you move quickly when you find the right home for you and your family. 

Posted in Buying a Home
Dec. 6, 2019

Where to See Holiday Lights

 

The holiday season has arrived!

All around Northern Nevada, lights are being pulled out of storage and our garages to be put on display around our neighborhoods. Want to take the family to go see a light display, but don’t have time to look into which ones are worth it? Look no further, I’ve compiled a list of light displays around Northern Nevada that bring this “merry and bright” season to life! If you have any displays you would like to see added, let me know and I will add them to the list so that everyone can enjoy. Happy Holidays!

Posted in Community News
July 31, 2017

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Posted in Market Updates