Reno Real Estate and Community News

Aug. 28, 2020

Simple Ideas to Refresh Your Master Bedroom

We’re all spending more time at home these days. With the entire family stuck together, the home has been placed under a microscope. If your master bedroom is not the oasis you wish it were, here are a few simple ideas you can use to change the feel of the space without breaking the bank.

• Lighten Up – Setting the mood starts with lighting. Try a modern-industrial styled fixture or vintage chandelier to freshen your look. Consider the purpose of the lighting: do you want to soften the room with dimming lights or brighten a reading corner?

• Change Colors – Changing the color of the room can make a big difference in the feel of the space. Choose a soothing color and add fresh linens, floor rugs, or even paint or wallpaper to revitalize the room.

• Luxurious Carpet – Having a beautiful floor does not necessarily need to mean an expensive change. Add a luxurious area rug to add elegance to your bedroom.

• Create a Sitting Area – Most master bedrooms have unused space. Find a cozy corner and add a comfy chair to carve out a quiet area to relax or read.

• Try Some Wallpaper – Wallpaper is a great way to add interest and personality to décor. Today, there is a wide variety of temporary wallpaper products that are easily removable when you tire of them. Try a bold geometric or subtle textured pattern on one or more walls to add a modern spin to your room.

Bedrooms should be a place to relax—someplace to unwind and refresh after a long day. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to update your master bedroom this weekend with some simple, inexpensive changes. Try one or all of them and spruce up your bedroom. 

Aug. 21, 2020

Support Local Businesses!

2020 has been difficult for some of our local favorites. Here are some great ways to continue to support local businesses:

- Check out your favorite bar's Instagram/website to see the services they are currently offering. Rum, Sugar, Lime is doing to-go cocktails from 4-10pm Tuesday-Saturday.

- Grab to-go meals from some of my favorites - Sup, Great Full Gardens, and Food + Drink!

- Pop-up shops are another great way to show some local love. Chapel Tavern has been doing pop-up's at Von Bismarck. Ask if there are other merchandise or gift options you can buy to support.

Stay safe and healthy Reno, and don't forget to shop local!

Posted in Community News
Aug. 14, 2020

Let's Talk About Being Out-Priced...

Currently we are in a rising market climate. This means that housing prices are climbing and are doing so at a rapid pace. If you're looking to buy a single family home in a neighborhood between the $350-450k mark in the Reno or Sparks regions, you are on the cusp of being "out-priced," as these homes will soon be valued outside of your budget!

My advice? Get into the market now. It might not be the exact home you had initially envisioned, but it's better to hop in when you can and gain wealth over time. You'll be able to use the equity you have built to climb the property ladder within a few years. Trust me, you'll be glad you bought when you did!

Questions? I'm only a DM, phone call, text, or email away! I can help you navigate the current Reno-Sparks market. 

Posted in Market Updates
Aug. 7, 2020

7 Carpet Cleaning Hacks

Carpet is making a comeback. While the last couple of decades have trended toward hardwood floors and tiles, 2020 has seen a resurgence of wall-to-wall carpet in interior design. With bold designs and colors that have modernized an old tradition, carpet has once again taken center stage. Whether you have wall-to-wall carpet or just a few rooms of it, keeping carpet clean and stain-free is always desirable.

Of course, you can always call in a professional carpet cleaner, but it’s not that scary to tackle carpet dirt and stains on your own. You can save on professional cleaning services with these do-it-yourself carpet cleaning hacks.

1. Try a Lint Roller – Dirt, crumbs, pet hair, and spills like flour, rice, glitter, and other tiny particles can be pulled from the carpet with a good old lint roller.

2. Use a Squeegee – A damp squeegee will remove even stubborn pet hair from carpets.

3. Blot, Don’t Rub – Carefully and gently blot stains with your cleaning solution to keep them from spreading and soaking deeper into the fiber.

4. Deep Clean with DIY Cleaning Solutions – White vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, dish soap, and more can be used to safely and cost-effectively clean your carpet. Consider these eco-friendly solutions the next time you clean.

5. Bring the Heat – Carefully heating a stain with a blow dryer will help loosen the stain and make removal easier.

6. Shaving Cream – This budget-friendly solution is an excellent cleaning solution for small spaces and leaves carpet fresh and clean.

7. DIY Deodorizer – Keep carpets smelling clean by mixing Borax, baking soda, and a few drops of essential oil; sprinkle and vacuum after a few minutes.

Whatever your opinion about carpet, it’s here to stay. Keep yours clean and long-lasting by using these carpet cleaning hacks in your home. 

July 31, 2020

Two Sold's in One Weekend!

The housing demand in Reno is booming! I sold two homes in one weekend of showings, with multiple offers. It takes a high level of determination, integrity, and knowledge to get this done. I know what makes buyers' eyes light up! My 15 Step Guide will get you the most amount of money in the least amount of time. Give me a call or text to find out how you can prep for a showing that SELLS.

775.742.4796 Direct.

Posted in Market Updates
July 24, 2020

Tips for Buying a Home Unseen

It may come as a shock that many people purchase a home before ever setting foot inside. These buyers may be moving to a new country or city far away, or they may not have the time or resources to visit for a home search before the big move. Not everyone has the option (or the desire) to rent for a few months while they find a permanent home in their new location. Most homebuyers would prefer to purchase a house before they arrive, so they can move their belongings and quickly get settled into their home.

There are a few things you can do to make the process more manageable if you've considered buying a house unseen. The first step is to find a realtor in the area that you can trust. Let them know your circumstances and that you'll need them to help vet potential properties for you. They'll be able to provide you with a link to a virtual tour if it's offered, or schedule a meeting where they can walk you through the house via FaceTime or another video-based app. This will help you feel like you're there in person and give you the chance to ask your realtor about any potential issues that may pose a problem in the future. You'll also be able to see any features that you love, which will help you make your final decision.

Another great option is to have a family member or friend who lives in the area stop by a few open houses or take a tour with your realtor of any homes that you're interested in. It's a great idea to involve someone that you know and trust to help spot any red flags or deal-breakers you should be made aware of before signing.

When the time comes for you to move in, be prepared for the unexpected. There will always be a few things that you didn't expect when you've purchased a home unseen. However, make the best out of the situation and stay positive. It really is possible to find your dream home, even if you can't see it before closing. 

Posted in Buying a Home
July 17, 2020

Consider Upgrading Before You List

Most people have wandered through new home developments and wished their own home looked as modern and chic. Model homes showcase the latest upgrades and decorating trends; for home sellers these homes are their competition, and it can feel daunting to offer an older floorplan and design.

While it might seem like a smart idea to simply offer a buyer credit and list, there are downsides to this plan, and taking the time to update a bit on your own first could mean thousands of dollars in your pocket.

Here are a few reasons why offering a credit might not be the best strategy:

• Buyer Impression – A dated home looks old and not all buyers can see the potential.

• Lower Offers – Offering a credit could be viewed as high seller motivation, resulting in lower offers.

• Value Differences – You and your buyer might disagree on the value of needed upgrades. For example, you might feel $7,500 is a fair cost for a new countertop whereas your buyers might expect considerably more; this can lead to more negotiations and lower sales price. (And more stress).

• Home Condition – A property that shows its age can prompt the buyer to worry about the overall condition.

• Loan Approval – Lenders are wary of buyer credits; in fact, upgrade credits are no longer possible. You might have a buyer unable to take advantage of the credit at all and you could lose the buyer.

Home design trends change quickly. If you’re ready to sell, it could be tempting just to list your home in its current condition. Before you just add a credit to the listing, consider some simple updating so your buyers can see the value of your home. 

Posted in Selling Your Home
July 10, 2020

Outdated Staging Tricks You Need to Stop Using Immediately

If you are selling your home, no doubt you’re getting lots of advice about how to stage your home to appeal to potential buyers. Maybe you’ve spent time online reading about curb appeal, maybe your friends have given you advice about how to make your home brighter, or maybe the advice has even come from your listing agent; regardless of the source, here are a few outdated staging tricks you should NOT be using.

• Baking – While it’s a nice idea to have treats available, buyers know that the smell of freshly baked bread is a trick, and they may be suspicious of any odors you’re trying to mask.

• Fresh Scents – Of course, it’s important that the home smells fresh; however, using overpowering candles or room fresheners can be overwhelming. It’s better to open windows to allow a crisp breeze to enter the space, or perhaps place freshly cut flowers.

• Elevator Music – It might seem like a home filled with smooth jazz would lend a relaxing feel, but it could have the opposite effect. Not only is it difficult to gauge the right volume, but it’s outdated and corny.

• Matchy-Matchy – Matched sets and uniform color palettes will make a home feel dated. Mix up the colors and patterns of pillows, bedspreads, and window treatments.

• Holiday Decorations – If your home is listed during a holiday, keep decorations to a minimum. Less is more for decorations of any kind; keep the home clean and as much of a blank slate as possible.

Staging a home is an art. The best strategy is to consult with an expert. I know what makes buyers' eyes light up. Contact me for a free guide to make your showing SELL in 2020.

July 3, 2020

Real Estate Explained: Agent of Excellence Designation

Agents of Excellence are real estate professionals dedicated to incorporating Disney’s principles of world class service into their real estate business. Agents are committed to promoting the ideals of Disney-level service to raise the standard of practice throughout our industry, and to serve their clients at the highest level.

As part of the Agents of Excellence Member Network, agents have access to world class real estate training events, are part of a nationwide referral network, and collaborate with fellow members and top agents to bring their absolute best to their clients.

My Agent of Excellence Pledge to Clients:

- Maintain the highest level of integrity and excellence in all transactions and relationships.

- To partner with my clients to understand each individual’s unique needs.

- To help my client to reach THEIR real estate goals, no matter how big or small.

- To engage in continuous professional education and training so that I bring my absolute best to every single client.

- To be a resource to my clients long after closing.

Posted in Real Estate News
June 26, 2020

5 Reasons Selling Without an Agent is a Bad Idea

Do-it-yourself projects are in style these days. You can find advice online for everything from investing in crypto-currency to tearing down the living room wall. When considering the cost of moving, it’s natural to wonder if real estate commissions are one way to save money, but it would be a mistake. A good real estate agent might make it seem easy, but the fact is that selling your own home could actually cost you thousands of dollars. 

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Sell Your Home without an Agent 

1. The Safety of Your Home and Family is a Priority – Real Estate agents control access to your home. 

2. Most Serious Buyers Start their Search Online – A professional listing area will market your home aggressively online, which is where the buyers are searching. 

3. The Buyer Might not be Qualified – A real estate agent knows how to qualify a buyer and what to look for with lender letters. Selling your home on your own risks wasted time with an unqualified buyer. 

4. You Don’t Know How to Negotiate Properly – Every aspect of a real estate transaction is negotiable; you don’t have the experience to know what to negotiate to get the best deal. 

5. You Could Expose Yourself to Liability – Required disclosures and paperwork for a home sale is extensive; unless you plan to use an attorney, you could miss critical disclosures and expose yourself to financial harm. 

Finally, more often than not, sellers net more when they use an agent than when they try to do it themselves. In addition to selling faster, a professional agent knows how to properly price and promote your home, ensuring you get the best possible sales price and terms. Want to know how I do this? Give me a call, I can make your real estate dreams a reality!

Posted in Selling Your Home