remax complete realty: Fernley Nevada Homes Real Estate Report May 2010 - 06/30/10 11:29 AM

The expiration of the tax credit appears to have an impact on sales. 
The May 2010 median price was down about 14% to $107,000 compared to $124,900 in April 2010. The median sales price has been relatively stable for the past twelve months.  Median price is defined as the mid-point, half of the sales for the time frame are below and half are above. May ended the month with 35 sold transactions down 25% from the prior month.  Sales were down 18% over the same period last year. The average days on market remains relative stable at 126 days, down … (0 comments)

remax complete realty: 4607 S. Desert Brush Court Sparks, Nevada - 06/18/10 04:58 AM

Where you want to be!    Backs to open space with panoramic views of the hills and valleys.  Beyond the open space (out your back gate) is Canyon Hills Park nestled in the foothills and trails through the entire area.
This is a great buy in a great area!  Inviting floor plan, open and spacious with high ceilings, this 3 bedroom, 2 bath is 1312 square feet of well designed space.  Kitchen has nook, lots of windows and views of the mountains.  The great room has glass sliding doors to the awesome deck which is the width of the … (1 comments)

remax complete realty: Sparks Brick Rancher in a Great Neighborhood! - 06/11/10 01:31 PM

Hard to find all brick home fixer-upper with so much and close to all Sparks conveniences.  Original owner on this delightful 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 1 car garage radiates warmth and has so much potential.  Split bedrooms and open floor plan give this 1693 sq.ft. home a spacious feel.  Large great room with bay window, built-in seating and storage.  A wood-stove on a brick hearth warms the house on chilly winter nights.
The hard work of interior gutting has already been done.  New interior paint, new doors and closet doors are on site and the bathrooms have been previously updated.

remax complete realty: Sparks Heritage Museum's Western Heritage Festival June 12, 2010 - 05/31/10 05:05 PM

Annual Sparks Heritage Museum's Western Heritage Festival is scheduled for June 12th 2-7 p.m. at 814 Victorian Avenue in Sparks. 
As an independent non-profit staffed primarily by volunteers, the museum maintains Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.  The Sparks Heritage Foundation and Museum, Inc. relies significantly on the private sector for financial support to fulfill its envisioned mission.
At the present time, The Sparks Heritage Museum is the only local history museum in Washoe County.  The Museum collection focuses on the history of Sparks and the Truckee Meadows including the role played by the railroad in the development … (0 comments)

remax complete realty: Fallon, Nevada Hosts The Perfect Stay Vacation For Northern Nevadans - 04/22/10 02:08 PM
Go east, foodies.  Fallon wants you.  On April 24th, the city about 60 miles east of Reno is presenting "Tractors & Truffles," an inaugural all day event combining a farm tour and lunch, a winery tour and tasting. Followed by a tented dinner in a park starring local ingredients and a four course dinner with wine pairing prepared by a team of award winning chefs, including Steve Hernandez of the Slanted Porch, Mark Davis, Cordon Bleu, and Ryan Scott, Bravo's Top Chef Chicago.  The gourmet dinner will be served at historic Oats Park, and it will include locally grown beef, produce … (0 comments)

remax complete realty: Reno, Nevada Tops 25 Places To Live List - 04/21/10 04:43 PM

Reno's Triple-A Aces Ballpark, Riverwalk District, Arttown and the city's proximity to abundant outdoor recreation helped catapult Reno onto the top 25 cities for "Best Places to Live 2010," which appears in the April issue of Men's Journal magazine.
The top 25 cities were determined by three variables, including median home price, cost of living compared to the rest of the Unites States and number of sunny days per year.  Reno is featured as tops for "Ski and Climb Without the Crowds," listing Reno's median home price as $274,670, its cost of living as 13 percent higher … (3 comments)

remax complete realty: Sparks, Nevada A City That Has Everything A Family Could Want - 04/11/10 10:25 AM

This past Saturday, I stopped by one of my favorite places, the Sparks Marina Park.  The Reno Association For The Education of Young Children (RAEYC) was having a "Walk and Family Fun Day".  The association was showcasing all the educational opportunities for the children around the city.  There were booths, games, Mother Goose Storytime, a bounce house, crafts and more.  There were families, strollers and as many dogs as their were kids enjoying the day in the park.
We spend the better part of our adult life raising our kids, climbing the career ladder and building our family's future.  When … (0 comments)

remax complete realty: Fernley, Nevada Real Estate Year End 2009 - 02/14/10 01:40 PM's not all bad.  "There were many positive signs that we can point to including, the fact that more people purchased homes in 2009 in every quarter than the previous year and median home prices have remained stable for the past four months, said Ken Amundson, 2010 President of Reno/Sparks Association of REALTORS.
4th quarter sales were reported at 167 up 10% from the 3rd quarter 2009 and up 78% over the 4th quarter 2008.  Total sales for 2009 were 579, up 69% over 2008. December 2009 ended the month with 54 sold transactions as compared to 49 for the month … (0 comments)

remax complete realty: Reno and Sparks, Nevada Guide To Communities - 01/24/10 07:23 AM

If you are thinking of making the Reno/Sparks area your home, the following is a brief overview of the many communities.
It is hard not to miss the most famous "Biggest Little City" sign in the heart of downtown Reno.  This area serves as the center of the entertainment and gaming businesses with the majority of the largest resort casinos here.  Downtown also serves as the place for annual festivals, sporting events and a place to experience Reno's culture.
Top attractions are the University of Nevada, Reno, just north of Interstate 80, the Reno Livestock Events Center; the … (2 comments)

remax complete realty: Reno and Sparks Nevada Real Estate, November 2009 - 12/30/09 02:07 PM
Our residential resale housing market remains strong as we move into the typically slower holiday season.  Although there has been a slight seasonal decline with decreases in month-over-month sales, the numbers continue to show a strong year-over-year increase in sales volume.  Median sales prices only slightly dropped continuing the flat pricing trend that we have seen over the past six months.  We anticipate steady sales moving through the holidays and into the first quarter 2010, with buyers responding to the extension and expansion of the home-buyer tax credit and exceptionally affordable interest rates.
November ended the month with 451 sold … (0 comments)

remax complete realty: Fernley, Nevada Real Estate Reductions in Assessed Valuations (Again) - 12/14/09 04:02 AM
Mike Glass, Lyon County Assessor said that "after major reductions in assessed valuation figures last year on property in Lyon County, there will be more of the same for next year"
Mr. Glass presented the Lyon County Commissioners with information from single family residence sales through June 30, 2009, and value factors that would be used in determining the assessed valuations of land for fiscal year 2010-11.
The lower assessed valuation figures don't result in property tax bill reductions in that same amount as the state's growth cap on assessed values of 3 percent (residential) and 8 percent (commercial and multi-residential) … (0 comments)

remax complete realty: Fernley, Nevada Lyon County's "Shop With a Sheriff" For The Children - 12/14/09 03:29 AM
The 2nd annual "Shop With A Sheriff" was held Saturday, December 12th at the Fernley Wal*Mart.
The goal was to raise $1000 to take 10 children and let them spend $100 each.  I sponsored a child for $100, so I wanted to be there when the kids went shopping.
The red balloons tied to a shopping cart was the key indicator, along with a uniformed Deputy tagging along.  The children varied in age and there was at least one family member along to help the child with selections and advice.
Thanks to our Lyon County Sheriff's office for taking the time to help … (4 comments)

remax complete realty: Fernley, Nevada Art Home & Garden "Christmas" Tour 2009 - 12/07/09 07:24 AM

December 5th was a cold winter night but that didn't stop the people from bundling up and going on the tour.
The first house was the "Art House" and featured some of our finest artists with their designs available for Christmas gift giving. Mary Jean Kelso, an award winning children's author was there with her collection of books.
The 5 homes on the tour were decorated in different themes.  Each one served delicious refreshments donated from our sponsors.
At the end, we stopped by City Hall for a look at the decorations and Christmas Tree Festival.
Take a … (0 comments)

remax complete realty: Fernley, Nevada Real Estate October 2009 - 11/17/09 01:52 PM
 Fernley has shrugged off the  high "distressed Property" designation  title by the lending industry and just continues to churn out sales.
Majority of the buyers are First Time Buyers and they are getting the deals and the $8000 tax credit.
October's numbers are still keeping pace with the past 7 months:
Total sales of residential homes in Fernley are 60 for the month of October. 
The golf course had 5 sales:
Two bank owned both sold for $143,000, 3 short sales sold for $120,000,  $143,000 and $132,500
The rest of Fernley had 55 sales:
30 bank owned with an average price of … (0 comments)

remax complete realty: Fannie Mae Introduces Deed for Lease Program - 11/17/09 04:38 AM

On November 5, 2009, Fannie Mae introduced a new program designed to minimize family displacement, deterioration of neighborhoods caused by vandalism and theft to vacant homes, and the effect these have on families, communities and home price stabilization.
Called "Deed-for-Lease" (D4L) allows qualifying borrowers of properties transferred through deed-in-lieu (DIL) of foreclosure to remain in their home and community by executing a lease of up to 12 months in conjunction with a DIL.  Investment properties that are tenant-occupied may also be considered as long as the borrower is cooperative in providing information from the tenant to facilitate the D4L.
For … (2 comments)

remax complete realty: Fernley, Nevada Why Do Homebuyers Choose To Live Here? - 11/04/09 03:15 PM

Located 32 miles east of Reno on Interstate 80, where 80 meets U.S. Highway 50 and U.S. Alternate 95. Our population is approximately 18,000 and the landscape is mostly desert with the mountains as a backdrop.
The town was established in the early 1900's,  we incorporated and became a city in 2001.  Since then, a lot of changes have come our way, but we still remain the family oriented small town that drew most of its current residents.
We have bright blue skies almost year-round, 4 seasons and mild winters.  An abundance of recreational opportunities and in close proximity are Pyramid Lake and Lake Lahontan … (0 comments)

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