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Words of Wisdom - 07/31/07 08:39 PM
"Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you." Author Unknown www.MaryW.com or www.MaryWarren.com (11 comments)
Las Vegas, NV: Trump Tower - 07/31/07 12:51 PM
Give me a T, give me an R, give me a U, give me an M, give me a P. Yes, the TRUMP is finally on the TRUMP tower. Day by day last week the letters went on the building...one letter a day. With just a few more months before the grand opening of tower 1 (January 2008) Donald Trump's latest venture is in its final stages. The Trump Tower will be a 64 story hotel-condominum. It is being built across the street from Wynn Las Vegas. It will feature both non-residential hotel condominiums and residential condominiums. Due to the overwhelming sellers (3 comments)
Las Vegas, NV: Bits and Pieces Around Las Vegas - 07/31/07 01:22 AM
EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION is currently looking for a worthy Las Vegas family! Do you know of someone whose home could use a makeover? All the details, as well as the application, can be found by clicking here. Deadline for submission is 8/17/07. A display of Pablo Picasso's Ceramic Works will be on display at the Bellagio from now until Januray 2008. Prices at the pump are going down...average price of a gallon of gas in Las Vegas today was $2.92. I've seen it a lot cheaper than that...one place was as low as $2.75. I filled up yesterday for $2.80. Christmas in July (3 comments)
Las Vegas, NV: Job Availability - 07/28/07 08:49 PM
School starts in a little less than a month, there is a need for 500+ more teachers in the Las Vegas community. There will also be a need for other school personal including bus drivers and crossing guards. Check out the CCSD web site for job opportunities. Last nights news showed a major need for 911 dispatchers...a 6 month training process is required. "Metro" is also recruiting new officers. Contat Las Vegas Metro Police for details on both. Nurses have been in constant short supply over the last few years. Check out some of the local hospitals for further details. Summerlin Hospital Sunrise Hospital UMC (6 comments)
Las Vegas Market Stats - 07/28/07 02:22 PM
Las Vegas just keeps on growing! The media says that 6,000 people are moving to Las Vegas every month. BUT they make no mention of how many are leaving every month. The media makes LV look totally overcrowded...we have a lot of people but not that many. It is still possible to purchase a nice 1,600 square foot house for less than $300,000, sometimes for even less than $250,000 but those are getting a little harder to find. Although sales have slowed down some there is MUCH to choose from if you're interesting in purchasing. In doing the stats from the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors MLS (4 comments)
Las Vegas, NV: Braewood Heritage Update - 07/27/07 09:41 PM
There are 8 homes currently for sale in Braewood Heritage...since the last time I've posted an update one has gone off the market (Haverhill property), three have been listed and one has been put in escrow (after only being on the market 15 days). Three of the places currently for sale are short sales or foreclosures...meaning that are in the process of being taken over by the banks who cary the loan. The townhome at 3550 Kensbrook finally closed after a 6 month escrow. The big issue was the seller passed away 5 months into the listing and probate had to be opened because there was no will. I would encourage everyone (0 comments)
Yesterday the airport, today the Preminium Outlet Mall... - 07/27/07 12:24 AM
If you've been to the Premium Outlet Mall in Las Vegas lately you will have seen that a lot has been done to revamp it. It's a fairly new mall, built within the 10 years that we've lived in Las Vegas, but the parking stunk. A new parking structure has been built, I didn't count but I would guess there were 5 stories of parking. Parking between the mall and the freeway has been almost eliminated and what is still there is being used for valet parking, taxi cabs, hotel shuttle buses, and city buses. The parking structure is great and (4 comments)
An Hour at the Airport.... - 07/25/07 09:14 PM
This afternoon I had the pleasure (?)of visiting our local airport again (McCarran International Airport). When you live in Las Vegas it seems like there is ALWAYS a chance to spend some time there...picking up visitors, dropping them off....today I was picking up my son. Robert drives here from a little 'hick' town in Yuma, AZ (they don't have a big airport) and flies out of here. It's a 300 mile drive, or he could drive to Phoenix, which is a 180 mile drive. He kills 2 birds with one stone...makes his parents happy and then leaves on vacation. This time (8 comments)
Las Vegas, NV - Bits and Pieces Around Las Vegas - 07/23/07 10:50 PM
Trump Tower being built on the Strip and scheduled to open the first of the year is putting the T - R - U - M - P at the top of the building this week. One letter is to go up each day...but the "T" (which is 20 feet tall) had to be postponed because of weather! It ‘almost' rained today (7-23-07)...the weather has been HOT but had cooled down as a monsoonal flow worked its way into the valley. The rain was about enough to dirty the windshields of vehicles. My thoughts are...what happens if it ‘almost rains' everyday (3 comments)
Ave Maria - A Different Kind of Master Planned Community! - 07/22/07 01:33 AM
I'm hearing on the news last night of a little town of Ave Maria in southwest Florida that is being built around the master planned community concept. Plans for this community started a year or so ago and their grand opening was Saturday 7/21/07. To me it sounds like a wonderful concept but I think it will have its issues (doesn't everything!). The planning of the community started with the owner of Domino's Pizza ...it will be a ‘family-oriented' community built on Christian concepts (more like Catholic concepts)...I am not Catholic but I like the idea already. The cable companies will (13 comments)
It happened again last night when we were out to eat...'look there's the mayor', the people next to us said in whispers. My husband does have an uncanny resemblance to Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman. It's almost embarrassing! Actually it is embarrassing sometimes. Once he drove through a fast food place and the kids inside giving him his order wanted to do it for free. He had to show them his driver's license to prove he wasn't who they thought he was! He's been known to be stopped and asked for his autograph! Our son, who is a youth pastor, wants to (4 comments)
Why? Why? Why? - 07/19/07 09:37 PM
I'm watching the news on TV this evening and one of the stories is about a mom in Florida who had her children help her steal a dog from a pet store! The whole thing was caught on surveillance camera inside the store. The children, a 7 year old girl and her younger brother, were seen stuffing the Boston Terrier into a large bag they were carrying and then going over to the mom on the other side of the store. Mom was holding a younger child. This story reminded me of one my husband told me when he came home from work (10 comments)
Las Vegas Update - 07/19/07 02:35 PM
Some news from 7/19/2007 Las Vegas Review Journal......... According to SalesTraq the median new home price in Las Vegas in June rose from May's $314,100 to $329,990. New home prices are down 2.2 percent from a year ago. On resale homes for June the median pirce rose from $277,900 surpassing May's $275,000. Resales are down 4.1 percent from a year ago. Alex Edelstein, developer of the mid-rise Manhattan condos and Manhattan West in Las Vegas, says that Las Vegas is not the only city with housing prices above the national average. They're "cool" cities like San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles, according to (2 comments)
Las Vegas - Angel Point Update - 07/17/07 09:23 PM
Angel Point, like the rest of Las Vegas, has come to a virtual standstill, although it is starting a 'slow crawl' back. There are currently 7 condos available. 7 have closed since the first of the year. All solds had been listed for 6 weeks to 14 months. The range of prices within the community is so WIDE being $169,900 for the LARGER unit (1188 square feet) to $199,999 for the SMALLER unit (1016 square feet). Yes, those figures are correct. Why such a difference in price? 1. The seller may have purchased the property a year or two ago when the prices had peaked and needs to sell with higher (4 comments)
Las Vegas, NV - 1031 Exchanges - 07/17/07 12:24 AM
The article below was written for me by Carmine DiFulvio, CES® with First American Exchange Company. If you would like further information on 1031 exchanges please feel free to contact either myself of Carmine. When Governor Gibbons signed Senate Bill 476 into law on June 14, 2007, new safeguards were put into place to help protect consumers when doing a 1031 Tax-Deferred Exchange. As a reminder, a 1031 Exchange is when a property owner defers their capital gain taxes when the sell a piece of investment property and purchased new investment property. Some of the key elements of the new law are (2 comments)
I LOVE IT WHEN I END UP WITH SATISFIED CLIENTS. Yesterday I had the privilege of being invited to a combination housewarming/1st birthday party for some WONDERFUL clients who closed on their gorgeous first home in April. Meet Josh and Deborah and their BEAUTIFUL daughter Emily Susanna. They were a DELIGHT to work with and even though they were eager first time buyers they took everything with a grain of salt and things went fairly smooth. They purchased a 'short sale' so things got a little 'hairy' at time. But now they are so happy. It was amazing to see what they had done (2 comments)
Think About Those Left Behind - 07/15/07 11:00 PM
Our son called us yesterday, as he does every Saturday, he's usually a pretty upbeat kind of guy...yesterday he sounded a little 'down'...I asked him what was the matter... He said he had been to a funeral the day before (on Friday) for a friend of his who had gone with a youth group from her church to the mountains to drop off kids at summer camp. She was 30 years old and married and had 2 boys ages 3 and 5, fortunately her kids and husband were not with her at the time. She was on her way home and for some reason (unbeknown (8 comments)
Las Vegas-Indian Wells Update - 07/14/07 12:58 PM
Indian Wells, like the rest of Las Vegas, has come to a virtual standstill, although it is starting a 'slow crawl' back. There are currently 10 condos available. 3 have closed in the last 7 months. All have been listed for 2 to 9 months. The range of prices within the community is so WIDE being $177,500 to $224,000 for an identical unit. Why such a difference in price? 1. The seller may have purchased the property a year or two ago when the prices had peaked and needs to sell with higher to be able to close without having to bring money (0 comments)
The Dreaded................ - 07/13/07 10:58 PM
Dreaded what? you say....the Dreaded of the the dread-est...the JURY SUMMONS. I went to the mail box yesterday and after weeding through all the junk mail on my way to the trash, I found one thing of interest...I'd received my 'order' to do my civic duty! I truthfully almost did not realize that's what it was at first, it looked like just another piece of 'pre-sorted junk mail.' It's been a long time since I've been called for jury duty...at least 10 years...so I can't complain TOO MUCH...well I could but no one would listen! My husband and I talked about how (12 comments)
Seller Ideas in a Shifting Market - 07/13/07 12:53 AM
Do you as a prospective sellers (FBSO's, Expired, Etc) insist on pricing your home in an unrealistic price range? I personally make it a rule not to list anything that is more than 10% over priced. and I am sure that many other Realtors feel the same way. We find that if we do as the seller asks on pricing that the seller is generally hard-nosed and *I* end up being the ‘bad gal' in the deal. It's a waste of time/money/effort on my part. it's a waste of time/frustration on your part as the seller when we don't get much activity. There are situations (16 comments)
There are 7 homes currently for sale in Braewood Heritage, not too bad for a 400+ home community. This community has always stayed fairly stable in the turn around. There are not a lot of investment properties in the complex (thus fewer renters) because of the 5% cap on rentals that was voted on a couple of years ago. Go to the Braewood Heritage official website for information on the complex including monthly newsletter, calendar, CCR's, Bylaws, Rules and Regulations, Minutes from the last meeting and more. Be sure to come back to my blog here for updated information on listings and sales in Braewood (1 comments)
Las Vegas, NV Weather - 07/09/07 12:10 AM
The time was 5:30 P.M. this evening...the temperature in Las Vegas as you can see from the sign was a sizzling 116°. According to "The Weather Channel thing on my website the current temperature is 101° and it's 10 P.M....ya gotta LOVE it! It's DRY heat...enough to shrivel one's bones! Although it's warm in Las Vegas for a few short months out of the year, you can't beat the rest of the year! Cool nights, sunny days are the norm 8-9 full months a year. It is not uncommon to see many a tourist in our 'winter months' wearing shorts and tank tops and right (9 comments)
Weddings Las Vegas Style! 7-7-07 - 07/07/07 09:07 PM
Elvis themed weddings, underwater weddings, drive-thru weddings, traditional weddings, you name it Las Vegas has them all. And today 7-7-07 is one of the busiest wedding days ever. The county courthouse was processing 100+ marriage licenses an hour yesterday! The prediction is for 3000+ weddings today. As of 4pm this afternoon (according to the news) one wedding chapel in town had performed over 400 weddings. Brides and grooms have been lined up in 115° + temps waiting for hours on end just to claim 7-7-07 as their anniversary date! My question is...how many of these happily married couples will still be married (2 comments)
While ‘cruising around blogs-ville' the other day I came across Alison Cramer's blog: Paying out the noise for Condo Docs to whom I give full credit to for helping me come up with this subject! One of Sarah Cooper's suggestions in her blog on 6/28/07 Writer's Block? Noooooo!! "If you really need to know what you want to talk about, go commenting. Somewhere out there, you'll find a post that sparks something in you. You'll start commenting for so long you'll realize you have a post there. Give credit where it's due - refer back to whoever you started that cheery (7 comments)
Post 4th of July Thoughts... - 07/05/07 12:05 PM
Every year my husband loves to do his part to shows his patriotism, or so he says! I think it's more for the 'attention". The pants were bought in 1972 (so they are 35 years old!). And yes he has worn this outfit EVERY 4th of July since then! He's also worn it on Presidential election days. The shirt had to be replaced once over the years but the pants are the same. They are made of the old 'polyester double knit'...remember those days? So they kind of stretch with the rest of him...but I should be so lucky to be able to fit (9 comments)
Las Vegas-Monsoon Season - 07/05/07 12:40 AM
It's HOT - The OFFICIAL temperature in Las Vegas yesterday was 115º mark this week. This makes it hard to believe that Las Vegas is now in the monsoon season - lasting from July to September. The monsoons are desert thunderstorms, which are known to bring downpours of rain in a short time period. This causes flooding in some areas Many new flood channels have been built over the last few years but it's not enough. More information on flash flooding can be found at Clark County Regional Flood Control District (ccrfcd.org) Tips to stay safe: If you can't see the road in front of you because (2 comments)
4th of July Doings Around Town Summerlin's 9th Annual "Star Spangled Spectacular" @ Hills Park in Summerlin - starting @ 4:30 pm. concert @ 8:00 p.m. Fireworks following.There is a charge for this, call 702-895-ARTS for more information. The Las Vegas Philharmonic, under Music Director David Itkin, opens its ninth season with the "Star Spangled Spectacular. Freedom Fest 2007 - 4th of July Celebration @ Freedom Park at Nellis AFB. Food, entertainment, Kidz Zone & fire works. Henderson Fourth of July Fireworks & Celebration - From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. - Water Street District at the Henderson Events Plaza and beyond. The Henderson Symphony Orchestra (5 comments)
Las Vegas Stats - 07/03/07 01:11 AM
May's Las Vegas housing statistics tell us that we're on a real, not a false, bottom.Every market goes in cycles. It is vital to understand when a cycle has bottomed out. The reasons we think Las Vegas is now on a real bottom are: 1. SALES: Both new and existing home sales have traded in a narrow range over the last four months. New home sales improved slightly to 1,756 and existing home sales dipped slightly to 2,416 in May. 2. PRICES: Prices have remained relatively stable despite the sales slowdown. Existing home prices were off 3.5% (year over year) (3 comments)
Las Vegas Market Stats - 07/02/07 12:24 AM
Las Vegas just keeps on growing! The statistics, as mentioned in the Las Vegas Review Journal and on the 3 major TV stations local news, say that 6,000 people are moving to Las Vegas and Clark County NV every month. We grow and grow and grow. Yet Clark County is at the top when it comes to foreclosures. Unofficial word is (from local news) that there are between 9,000 and 10,000 homes in Clark County currently in some stage of the foreclosure process (I am assuming they mean short sales, foreclosures, bank owned properties). Although sales have slowed down some there (2 comments)
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