3 Ways to Boost Curb Appeal for Las Vegas Home Buyers

On November 23, 2014, in Gay Las Vegas, by Gay Real Estate Agent in Las Vegas

3 Ways to Boost Curb Appeal for Las Vegas Home Buyers Home buyers’ first impressions are visual, and a flawed exterior will turn them away faster than a two-hour wait time at a family restaurant. Las Vegas curb appeal is the same as it is anywhere: when ‘curb appeal’ becomes ‘curb repel,’ the outcome to […]

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3 Ways to Boost Curb Appeal for Las Vegas Home Buyers

Home buyers’ first impressions are visual, and a flawed exterior will turn them away faster than a two-hour wait time at a family restaurant. Las Vegas curb appeal is the same as it is anywhere: when ‘curb appeal’ becomes ‘curb repel,’ the outcome to expect is at best offer numbers lower than they should be. Since major exterior remodels can carry prohibitive price tags, keeping the asking price competitive involves finding ways to brighten up the outside of a home without breaking the bank. It’s doable (and affordably) when you tackle the issue keeping the bottom line in mind. Some ideas:

1. Go for the Deep Clean

Cleaning up is the first order of business—but creating true curb appeal may mean being prepared to go beyond the surface. Remove any weeds attacking walkways, then rent a power washer to clean both them and the home exterior (being careful that the power setting isn’t so strong it damages fragile areas). If the gutters look moldy or mildewed, use it on them, too—perhaps with a little mildew-killing solution to finish the job. Really important: wash the windows (once your local prospects get past the curb appeal hurdle, sparkling windows are guaranteed to brighten their impression of the inside).

2. Pick Pots

A mistake many homeowners make is to spend a bundle on landscaping at the last minute. If you’ve devoted years to fostering a well laid-out and cared-for garden, it’s a big plus—but just too expensive to try to create in a few weeks. A pretty yard can certainly help with curb appeal, but it’s also true that not every local buyer will be looking for a gardening experience that involves much upkeep. The budget-minded alternative that can be quite effective? Add the color and curb appeal of flowering plants—but put them in pots. This has the added value of providing local home buyers with green thumbs the general idea of what the yard could look like with their loving care, but without the permanence of established plants. If your home offers a pristine canvas, prospects are more likely to draw their own home ideal on it.

3. Numeral-ology

You’d be surprised at how difficult some people make it to just to find their home. You need only provide an address that’s clearly visible from the street, to obey the Curb Appeal First Commandment: Thou shalt not irritate thy buyers! Adding big, attractive house numbers in a font that matches the style of the property is a finishing touch whose value far outstrips the cost and effort involved.

Curb appeal predictably affects both the speed and bottom line of any sale. When you boost it with just a little bit of time and money, you expand the opportunity to show off the gracious interior of your Las Vegas home. Give me a call anytime—we’ll put our heads together to come up with more ideas to tweak your Las Vegas property in ways that are effective and cost-effective!

For more information, please contact Felipe Crook at 1-866-589-1646. You can also start your Las Vegas Home Search HERE!
Felipe Crook
Realty One Group
8395 W. Sunset Rd Ste 190
Las Vegas, NV 89113
1-866-589-1646

Your Las Vegas Empty Nest is a Void…Until You Fill It!

On November 23, 2014, in Gay Las Vegas, by Gay Real Estate Agent in Las Vegas

Your Las Vegas Empty Nest is a Void…Until You Fill It! You’ve watched as your little ones grew from stumbling toddlers into young adulthood… and now out into the world on their own. It’s been a slow transition—but it’s also sped past in the blink of an eye! The bumpy economy may yet prompt some […]

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Your Las Vegas Empty Nest is a Void…Until You Fill It!

You’ve watched as your little ones grew from stumbling toddlers into young adulthood… and now out into the world on their own. It’s been a slow transition—but it’s also sped past in the blink of an eye! The bumpy economy may yet prompt some extended Las Vegas home stays in the future, but for now, the empty nest is suddenly reality.

So now what?

For most parents, the onset of your own Las Vegas empty nest comes at a time when emotions are decidedly mixed. There is the satisfaction of the child-rearing project well done—perhaps a measure of astonishment at the personal time that has now amazingly been liberated—but also undeniable tinges of loss and anxiety. The anxiety part is familiar (what parent hasn’t lost sleep as their offspring gradually ventured further and further from the not-yet-empty nest)?

The sense of loss is new, though.

Letting go without getting down in the dumps is not easy for everyone. We’ve heard it called the “empty nest syndrome,” which may not be a clinical diagnosis, but it’s a condition with easily relatable symptoms. Las Vegas homeowners with newly vacant rooms and a suddenly quieter environment may find that it takes a while to get past feelings of emptiness. Psychologists recommend allowing time to adapt to the sudden change of role; some say it can take as long as 18 months to fully adjust. There’s no huge rush—they say, “be gentle on yourself.”

Moms seem especially prone to the negatives of going from motherhood as primary role to …??? To the extent that an empty nest creates a loss of role, recognizing the array of newly opened positive possibilities is an antidote. Sooner or later, it’s going to be time to reclaim your space! Just pick your plan of action, for instance—

Create a gym:

Use the space for something positive that will benefit the whole family. Has there ever been a better time to lose those extra pounds and get into shape?

Turn your hand to meditation:

Create a relaxing space to unwind, meditate or practice yoga. When you take active steps to find your own pathway to a positive frame of mind, the journey itself can be hugely restorative

Turn fallow space into a creative den:

Do you have a book in you that is just itching to get out? Did you once abandon the promise of an artistic pursuit because there just wasn’t enough time or the right space? Well, hold on! Here it is!

Rent out the spare room:

Think about turning your Las Vegas empty nest area into a rentable space—or, if you’ve ever enjoyed the hospitality of a stay in a home-based bed and breakfast (and hankered to do some homespun inn-keeping yourself), consider the possibilities for transforming the whole place into a welcoming B&B. Vacation rental website AirBnB.com has gained worldwide popularity as the new ‘go-to’ booking vehicle for renting out a furnished room (or house) on a short-term basis.

Plan for that big road trip:

Empty out the room, pin up the map and start planning that road trip, Alaskan cruise or trek across South America. Why wait any longer?

An empty nest may create a vacuum—that is, until you let life rush in to fill it! If filling your own Las Vegas nest opens up some promising real estate prospects, I’m standing by to see how I can help you make them happen!

For more information, please contact Felipe Crook at 1-866-589-1646. You can also start your Las Vegas Home Search HERE!

Felipe Crook
Realty One Group
8395 W. Sunset Rd Ste 190
Las Vegas, NV 89113
1-866-589-1646

Las Vegas Home Sales Charts Are Never a Straight Line Situation

On November 23, 2014, in Gay Las Vegas, by Gay Real Estate Agent in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Home Sales Charts Are Never a Straight Line Situation In TV commercials, the idea is to get the point across as economically as possible. That’s why, when the theme is a thriving business, they show a graph with lines that move up (often at an angle that would worry a mountain goat). It […]

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Las Vegas Home Sales Charts Are Never a Straight Line Situation

In TV commercials, the idea is to get the point across as economically as possible. That’s why, when the theme is a thriving business, they show a graph with lines that move up (often at an angle that would worry a mountain goat). It makes for an easily grasped, direct message.

Alas, graphs showing Las Vegas home sales never seem to show such neat, orderly trajectory—and that’s for any number of reasons. For instance, if some closings happen to be delayed by a day or two for clerical reasons, they may show as having fallen out of one month, only to show up the next. The real world is like that.

Keeping track of national home sales numbers is subject to the interventions of that same stubbornly real world, of course; so when home sales registered a slight drop in August, few seasoned analysts saw it as an emerging trend…or so it seemed.

That reading was confirmed when it turned out existing U.S. home sales notched the fastest pace of the year in September. Commentators who had been noting the August falloff picked up on the shift quickly. A few gleanings:

“…existing home sales increased 2.4 percent to an annual rate of 5.17 million units, the strongest reading since September of last year.” –Reuters

“…single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, increased 2.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.17 million in September from 5.05 million in August. Sales are now at their highest pace of 2014”–the Realtor®

“…Sales in September were up 17% from a year earlier…in the U.S. rose…to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 467,000…”–The Wall St. Journal

Area homeowners have been hoping that the continued level of low mortgage interest rates would spur home sales in Las Vegas, especially now that regulators are working on relaxing tough regulations that have discouraged lenders from issuing loans to any but the most prime credit risks. Young people and others with less than stellar credit have sometimes found themselves eyeing those low rates, but frustratingly unable to take advantage of the situation. It has been a real weak point in the housing rebound, so opening up the mortgage spigots would allow many first time Las Vegas home buyers a chance to enter the market.

In case you have a rooting interest in the Las Vegas home sales picture either as potential buyer or seller, don’t hesitate to give me a call to discuss the outlook for this fall and winter.

For more information, please contact Felipe Crook at 1-866-589-1646. You can also start your Las Vegas Home Search HERE!

Felipe Crook
Realty One Group
8395 W. Sunset Rd Ste 190
Las Vegas, NV 89113
1-866-589-1646

Las Vegas Short Sale Success Goes to Sellers Who Hang Tough

On November 23, 2014, in Gay Las Vegas, by Gay Real Estate Agent in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Short Sale Success Goes to Sellers Who Hang Tough According to the National Association of Realtors®, across the nation, short sales and foreclosures accounted for about 10% of sales in September—down from 15% a year earlier. Seventy percent of those were foreclosures, leaving the remaining 30% as short sales. For bargain-hunters who wish […]

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Las Vegas Short Sale Success Goes to Sellers Who Hang Tough

According to the National Association of Realtors®, across the nation, short sales and foreclosures accounted for about 10% of sales in September—down from 15% a year earlier. Seventy percent of those were foreclosures, leaving the remaining 30% as short sales. For bargain-hunters who wish to take advantage of one of the remaining Las Vegas short sale opportunities, declining numbers can be a double-edged sword. Fewer opportunities mean a sharp eye and more nimble footwork is likely to be required—but the shrinking market has also coincided with less competition from institutional buyers (whether as cause or effect is anyone’s guess).

From the seller’s perspective, completing a Las Vegas short sale can be the most welcome result from a difficult situation—usually resulting in the least problematical future credit and financial fallout. For that reason, once having secured lender approval, Las Vegas short sellers are eager to do what is needed to see the sale through to completion. They are ahead of the game when they enlist the expertise of an experienced Las Vegas Realtor who knows what to do when the time factor drags on…and on!

Since there are limits to how responsive institutional lenders will be to the timing needs of the participants, it usually takes proactive involvement to encourage a Las Vegas short sale buyer to stay in the game. Most strategies incorporate psychology in one way or another—sometimes obvious, sometimes not.

Setting a deadline for lender approval is one of the more straightforward ways. The short sale addendum was made standard in many states during the height of the last wave of distressed sales after many overwhelmed or uncooperative lenders failed to respond to buyer offers. The inclusion of drop-dead timing deadlines removes the feeling of being in limbo from the process. It tends to encourage buyers, who feel more empowered when they see approval deadlines in place.

Experience teaches that lenders who know a motivated buyer is on the line are more likely to approve a short sale, particularly if a buyer is paying with cash. At the same time, buyers who feel a sense of ownership and control during the approval process are more likely to pursue the contract no matter how time-consuming it turns out to be. Contacting the loss mitigation department regularly for updates on their approval progress is one way to prevent a deal from slipping through the cracks.

Buyers who require a dependable closing schedule—or who lack inherent flexibility—are unlikely to weather bureaucratic delays gladly. One way to soothe jangled buyer nerves is to prepare in advance a market analysis that demonstrates in black-and-white what a great deal they’re getting. Likewise, if the buyer is taking out a mortgage, a side-by-side printout of two amortization tables—one for a comparable MLS listing at full price and one for the short sale— can buy some extra patience. Meanwhile, at all times while doing as much as possible to hang onto a buyer, adept short sellers keep their property attractive and well-maintained. There’s no downside to that!

These are some tried-and-true tactics for driving a short sale through to completion. If you are looking for success on either side of a local short sale transaction, I hope you won’t hesitate to give me a call!

For more information, please contact Felipe Crook at 1-866-589-1646. You can also start your Las Vegas Home Search HERE!

Felipe Crook
Realty One Group
8395 W. Sunset Rd Ste 190
Las Vegas, NV 89113
1-866-589-1646

Buying a Home in Las Vegas While Avoiding a Money Pit

On November 17, 2014, in Gay Las Vegas, by Gay Real Estate Agent in Las Vegas

Buying a Home in Las Vegas While Avoiding a Money Pit For many decades, Hollywood has made box office gold creating comic films about the hilarious possibilities that nightmarish house remodels present: from Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House to The Money Pit (and even Under the Tuscan Sun), audiences delight in the shifty tradesmen […]

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Buying a Home in Las Vegas While Avoiding a Money Pit

For many decades, Hollywood has made box office gold creating comic films about the hilarious possibilities that nightmarish house remodels present: from Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House to The Money Pit (and even Under the Tuscan Sun), audiences delight in the shifty tradesmen and rotting timbers that define the genre.

If you’re an energetic Do-it-Yourselfer without much remodeling experience, Job One is to gather professional opinions to minimize the likelihood of costly discoveries. But before you even get that far, there are some general concepts that veteran turnaround investors know. These are disqualifiers that make it much more likely that buying a home in Las Vegas will be a shrewd investment instead of dollar demolisher.

Bad house, bad neighborhood

Is it worth buying a fixer-upper in a rundown or otherwise somewhat undesirable neighborhood? It can be tempting—especially when the asking price makes buying such a home a seemingly unbelievable value. But ignoring the ‘location, location, location’ truism is risky business. In many cases, such an investment may yield a diamond in the mud—a renewed structure that will never rise in value until the whole neighborhood rises in value (which could be never). Safer choices will be found in neighborhoods that don’t need remodeling themselves.

Bad house, good intentions

Buying a home in Las Vegas—especially when the neighborhood is fine and the price is more than right—can give rise to overly emotional decision-making. It can be tempting, when a property is almost okay, to make an instantaneous decision…but if you find yourself making excuses for this or that drawback, or finding yourself indulging in a bit of wishful thinking here and there, take a breath! Hopeful eyes may easily transform to fixer-uppers into mansions, but that’s the only time ‘easily’ will apply. Buying a home that needs major renovation is a probable mistake for home buyers who are uncertain about the money, time, or construction expertise that lie before them. A realistic mindset is the first ‘tool’ you need as you transform a fixer-upper into a winning investment.

Bad house, bad budget

Sometimes, buying a Las Vegas home as a fixer-upper seems exciting not for the challenge of the remodel but simply because you can’t afford that much house in any other way. Sure, fixer-uppers offer the tantalizing prospect of more house for less money—but down-to-earth budgeting for big repairs such as a new roof, a cracked foundation, or all-new floors will produce a realistic bottom line. Sometimes less house (but good house) is the call that yields a lot more restful nights!

Bad house, bad house

Finally, buying a house that seems like a fixer-upper—but would more accurately be called bulldozer fodder—is actually pretty easy to avoid. If your home inspector tells you about critical issues with a home’s bones (foundation, roof), infestations, or dangerous wiring issues, it’s most likely one of those.

Have faith: your home is out there! Remodels can be (in fact, often are) great investments. With a clear vision and a savvy team, you could be one renovation away from your dream home. Give me a call to check out the best of today’s Las Vegas prospects.

For more information, please contact Felipe Crook at 1-866-589-1646. You can also start your Las Vegas Home Search HERE!

Felipe Crook
Realty One Group
8395 W. Sunset Rd Ste 190
Las Vegas, NV 89113
1-866-589-1646

Las Vegas House Prices May be Rising—but not Bubbling!

On November 17, 2014, in Gay Las Vegas, by Gay Real Estate Agent in Las Vegas

Las Vegas House Prices May be Rising—but not Bubbling! The previous decade’s burst of the real estate bubble, with its plummeting Las Vegas house prices and accompanying economic dislocations, made a lasting impression. For most homeowners the damage was strictly psychological: the majority weren’t even tempted to sell while Las Vegas house prices were dropping […]

Las Vegas House Prices May be Rising—but not Bubbling!

The previous decade’s burst of the real estate bubble, with its plummeting Las Vegas house prices and accompanying economic dislocations, made a lasting impression. For most homeowners the damage was strictly psychological: the majority weren’t even tempted to sell while Las Vegas house prices were dropping (or hovering below what they darned well knew were way beneath reasonable values).

That was a half-decade ago, and since then, prices have been in recovery mode—with gusto. In fact, last year the rises across the nation were so steep that we began to hear grumblings about a new real estate bubble starting to form.

The numbers did suggest a rambunctious market: a 20+ month streak of double-digit year-over-year U.S. price appreciation (by August of this year, a 6.5%). For homeowners, any rise in Las Vegas house prices certainly comes as relief from the emotional distress of seeing sale prices below common sense levels. But having so recently experienced the ‘bubble’ burst, it was easy to begin to worry about the same cycle already in progress…again…?

Some good news, and a convincing analysis, has just been produced from one of our most reliable sources. The author, Mark Liu of CoreLogic, released “Another Look at U.S. Housing Market Conditions” late last month. He thought it time to examine “suggestions that a housing bubble is reemerging” following the release of the latest figures that continue to show improving house prices. Others have discounted the ‘bubble’ formation idea, but this time, Liu brought some unusually clear logic to the discussion.

Simply put, he reasoned that since homeowners use their income to pay for home mortgages, in any local market, house prices over the long run can’t be sustained if they grow faster than income. If house prices rise faster than income for a long time, an unstainable ‘bubble’ will have formed (and, of course, will eventually pop).

During the last bubble years—January 2005-November 2007— in the largest 50 markets, home prices were more than 10% above sustainable levels. During the bubble’s ‘pop’ (from late 2010 to mid-2013), home prices fell to “levels of less than 10% below the sustainable price.”

And even by August of this year, house prices still remained 6% below the long range sustainable price. Not only is this not what anyone would call a bubble, instead it seems to lead to the conclusion that prices will have to rise faster. Las Vegas homeowners will be even more pleased at Liu’s forecast through the end of 2016: prices will still remain 3% under sustainable levels—in other words, nothing like a bubble!

Whether you’re looking to buy or sell a Las Vegas home, rising prices at sustainable levels is a pretty encouraging action scenario…and a pretty good first action will be to give me a call!

For more information, please contact Felipe Crook at 1-866-589-1646. You can also start your Las Vegas Home Search HERE!

Felipe Crook
Realty One Group
8395 W. Sunset Rd Ste 190
Las Vegas, NV 89113
1-866-589-1646

Investment Properties’ Unique Advantages Revisited

On November 17, 2014, in Gay Las Vegas, by Gay Real Estate Agent in Las Vegas

Investment Properties’ Unique Advantages Revisited It’s the perpetual ebb and flow. Sometimes the popularity of investment properties in Las Vegas begins to rise, sending them toward the head of the pack against rival investment ideas. A Las Vegas investment property’s basic allure has always been its unique attribute as the most “real” of real goods […]

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Investment Properties’ Unique Advantages Revisited

It’s the perpetual ebb and flow. Sometimes the popularity of investment properties in Las Vegas begins to rise, sending them toward the head of the pack against rival investment ideas. A Las Vegas investment property’s basic allure has always been its unique attribute as the most “real” of real goods (investment property is pretty close to the very definition of the word ‘substantial’). But as a haven for capital, its place in the pecking order of investment ideas depends a lot on the performance of the competition—especially stocks and bonds.

When the predicted long term returns from the stock market begin to look lackluster, or if market factors begin to seem more volatile than usual, investment property gains in comparison. When the uncertainty gauge starts twitching upward—and that seems to be happening lately—some of the underlying benefits Las Vegas investment properties offer get renewed attention. Items that register in the calculus—

Item: Inflation hedge

Because rental rates can rise with (and lately, ahead) of inflation rates in general, that constant worry is less of a factor. Investors factor in the real inflation rate (not always the official one) when they look at their portfolio’s performance.

Item: Cash flow

Properly managed, a Las Vegas investment property can produce ‘dividends’ that are substantial without diminishing the value of the principal investment. (There’s no board of directors to make sweetheart deals with management, either!).

Item: Predictability

Investors know that no one can guarantee what the future will bring—but it’s harder to picture a time when people won’t need shelter than one where they won’t be bidding up stocks or bonds. The rental performance of any one Las Vegas investment property may be more reliable than another (a mid-range apartment complex vs. a top-notch luxury residence, for instance); but in overall predictability, investment property rates highly.

And then there’s one that’s sort of counter-intuitive:

Item: Flexibility

Everyone is familiar with the most obvious inherent drawback to investment properties: namely, their relative lack of liquidity. You can sell stocks or bonds rapidly because their markets are comparatively transparent and active. Capital is ‘stuck’ in real estate until buyers appear. But what that analysis doesn’t take into account is that the equity manifested in Las Vegas investment properties can actually serve as a lower-risk springboard for financing other opportunities. Real estate can be relatively easy to borrow against since its value is less volatile than, for instance, that which buying stock on margin entails—especially when ‘iffy’ market conditions suddenly develop. Furthermore, the deductibility of mortgage interest makes this form of financing less expensive.

If this fall finds you reevaluating your own portfolio, I can show you some of Las Vegas’s investment properties that offer exciting possibilities. Call me!

For more information, please contact Felipe Crook at 1-866-589-1646. You can also start your Las Vegas Home Search HERE!

Felipe Crook
Realty One Group
8395 W. Sunset Rd Ste 190
Las Vegas, NV 89113
1-866-589-1646

Las Vegas Real Estate Agents Help New Buyers Take the Plunge

On November 17, 2014, in Gay Las Vegas, by Gay Real Estate Agent in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Real Estate Agents Help New Buyers Take the Plunge Sports divers know something that’s relevant to a first time home buyer’s decision about whether to enlist the services of a Las Vegas real estate agent. A ‘free diver’ (one without SCUBA gear) who descends into dark, unknown waters usually finds it’s possible to […]

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Las Vegas Real Estate Agents Help New Buyers Take the Plunge

Sports divers know something that’s relevant to a first time home buyer’s decision about whether to enlist the services of a Las Vegas real estate agent.

A ‘free diver’ (one without SCUBA gear) who descends into dark, unknown waters usually finds it’s possible to dive much deeper the second time down. The reason: on the first dive, not being sure what lies down there is a little spooky—the diver’s anxiety causes their heart to race faster, which uses up their lungful of air quickly. The next time down, it’s into newly familiar territory; they don’t run out of breath nearly as quickly.

So what does this have to do with buying a house or deciding whether to call a Las Vegas real estate agent? The first time you go shopping for any new item—especially anything with complicated features—requires focus and often patience. If the choices are many, making an intelligent purchase can produce a certain amount of frustration and stress (if this sounds far-fetched, just remember the last time you set about comparing the features and plan options for a new model cell phone).

But those demands are trivial compared with the stress level most newcomers experience when they buy their first home. It’s not just that the homes up for sale offer such a variety of characteristics that resist straight-up comparison (although in Las Vegas this fall, that’s certainly true)—it’s also that the whole process of looking, financing, negotiating and closing differs so much from other kinds of purchases. It’s the first time down into murky waters—who wouldn’t feel the stress? And then there’s that one other factor: it’s probably the most expensive purchase they’ve ever even thought about making!

As a Las Vegas real estate agent who has helped many a buyer through their first home purchasing experience, I can report that an important part of what I do is to remove a huge chunk of the anxiety that would otherwise grow from the unknowns. Right from our first conversation, by asking the relevant questions that experience has shown will point the way to the most likely candidate properties, the fog of the unknowns begin to lift. Likewise, every part of buying that first home—from locating reliable inspection resources through securing the most advantageous financing alternative—becomes more like a walk in the park than a trek through the wilderness.

A Las Vegas real estate agent doesn’t completely eradicate the newness of the experience for a first time buyer, but choosing to tap the resources of an experienced guide who knows the area well is not a hard call. And since real estate agent fees are traditionally paid from the seller’s proceeds, it’s also an economical one!

If you’re a homeowner about to dive into your first home sale—or a first-timer on the lookout for a home of your own—I hope you won’t hesitate to give me a call. I’d like to become your Number One Las Vegas real estate agent resource. And next time out? It won’t be nearly as daunting…but you’ll know who to call then, too!

For more information, please contact Felipe Crook at 1-866-589-1646. You can also start your Las Vegas Home Search HERE!

Felipe Crook
Realty One Group
8395 W. Sunset Rd Ste 190
Las Vegas, NV 89113
1-866-589-1646

Wise Las Vegas Tenants Ask Pertinent Questions before Signing

On November 9, 2014, in Gay Las Vegas, by Gay Real Estate Agent in Las Vegas

Wise Las Vegas Tenants Ask Pertinent Questions before Signing You’re about to close a deal to become a tenant in Las Vegas. The landlord seems like a straight shooter and the place is a joy: immaculate and welcoming. Now all that’s left is to wait for the landlord’s okay after an evaluation of you as […]

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Wise Las Vegas Tenants Ask Pertinent Questions before Signing

You’re about to close a deal to become a tenant in Las Vegas. The landlord seems like a straight shooter and the place is a joy: immaculate and welcoming. Now all that’s left is to wait for the landlord’s okay after an evaluation of you as the new Las Vegas tenant, right?

Well, not quite. Just as the landlord should check financial or job references as part of their due diligence, you have some to perform for your own benefit. It’s up to you to assess the landlord’s system to determine whether this rental arrangement is the good fit you hope it is. Only by asking pertinent questions can you decide whether the landlord’s management style and expectations align with your needs.

1. Do you offer emergency maintenance services?

When a plumbing leak becomes uncontrollable or the heater goes out on a cold winter night, you need maintenance assistance quickly. Find out how quickly your landlord can respond—and how readily he or she answers. An experienced landlord is familiar with the inevitability of maintenance emergencies—and isn’t surprised (or put off) by the question. A great landlord is confident of the system he or she has put in place!

2. What are my maintenance responsibilities?

Lease language can be less than precise about the tenant’s responsibilities—most often when it comes to outdoor areas. A lease might vaguely state that the tenant is responsible for general lawn maintenance. Ask your landlord to pinpoint the specifics, and jot down notes that you can refer to later. Some Las Vegas landlords might expect mowing the lawn and weeding planted areas; others might expect you to attend to more, such as lawn treatments. Finding out your landlord’s specific expectations will give you a sense of the upkeep requirements for your end. It can’t help but minimize the possibility of any future conflict.

3. Is there a homeowners association?

As a rental tenant, most likely you won’t be responsible for any homeowners association dues. However, you might be subject to its rules and regulations. For example, if the association has strict lawn care requirements and you are responsible for garden maintenance, you should know about those details. If your landlord answers yes to this question, ask for a copy of the association rules.

4. What are my responsibilities before I vacate the property?

It’s not being overly negative to bring up the subject of the end of your Las Vegas tenancy. When you move out of a rental home, you want to leave the property in good condition so that you are not hit with any charges—or see your security deposit disappear without good reason. Find out if your landlord has any specific requirements, such as professional carpet cleaning or filling the holes in the wall.

5. How do I contact you on nights and weekends?

Problems with your rental unit do not always occur Monday to Friday, 9 to 5. By asking your landlord for contact information during non-business hours, you get a sense of how accessible he or she is. If he or she willingly gives you a cellphone number, you’ve probably found a landlord who will be easy to work with— and easy to track down should problems arise!

My work as a Realtor® lets me help set the stage for Las Vegas tenants and landlords to create a mutually beneficial relationship. If you are looking to purchase a Las Vegas income property taking advantage of this fall’s very favorable terms, don’t hesitate to give me a call!

For more information, please contact Felipe Crook at 1-866-589-1646. You can also start your Las Vegas Home Search HERE!

Felipe Crook
Realty One Group
8395 W. Sunset Rd Ste 190
Las Vegas, NV 89113
1-866-589-1646

Would-be Sellers: Don’t Haunt Your Las Vegas Houses!

On November 9, 2014, in Gay Las Vegas, by Gay Real Estate Agent in Las Vegas

Would-be Sellers: Don’t Haunt Your Las Vegas Houses! Almost every Las Vegas neighborhood has one or two houses that go all out at Halloween. Their owners suspend sheet ghosts up in the trees, plant cardboard tombstones on the lawn, broadcast loud spooky sounds out into the street—then prepare a surprise or two to jump out […]

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Would-be Sellers: Don’t Haunt Your Las Vegas Houses!

Almost every Las Vegas neighborhood has one or two houses that go all out at Halloween. Their owners suspend sheet ghosts up in the trees, plant cardboard tombstones on the lawn, broadcast loud spooky sounds out into the street—then prepare a surprise or two to jump out at any mini-goblin who’s brave enough to knock on the door!

It’s all great fun—but now imagine actually living in a haunted house. Everywhere you look, you see evidence of the previous owner: little reminders that the spirit of the place remains enthralled by someone other than you and your family.

Believe it or not, some Las Vegas houses for sale wind up conveying just that feeling to prospective buyers! When Las Vegas houses are sold, it isn’t just a matter of closing deals and handing over keys. It’s also a transition from one group of occupants to the next. If prospective buyers can’t visualize themselves living in those houses, firm offers won’t be forthcoming.

Las Vegas houses filled with personal mementos might as well be haunted houses, with the would-be sellers the ghosts!

Fortunately, the solution to de-haunting a Las Vegas house doesn’t require the services of the Ghostbusters (or an exorcist). Basic home staging does far more than make houses look fresh, clean and attractive–it also deliberately plants cues that tilt toward an ‘unoccupied’ look. Since the majority of Las Vegas houses are still occupied by their (very much alive) owners, that can take a little stagecraft. But it’s not an all-or-nothing proposition: houses that are properly staged are simply furnished without the individual personality in their furnishings that would make them look ‘lived-in.’ Prospective buyers can easily imagine filling them with styles of their own.

How does anyone depersonalize their home? First job is to identify an area (a large area!) where items can be stored out of sight. If that involves renting a temporary storage space, the cost should be minor compared with the value that can result. In it will go that black velvet painting everyone thought was so funny; the gathering of hand-painted ceramic pigs; the hard-fought weekend warrior trophies; the family pictures (remember: this is only temporary)…

For houses built and furnished many years ago, the décor may also need updating. If necessary, repaint in neutral colors—sometimes even when a bolder choice works well (that’s always a judgment call). Last but not least, properly staged houses are those from which signs of everyday habitation have been removed: things like toys, newspapers, mail, magazines, and tonight’s main course thawing on the kitchen counter.

Staging a home succeeds best when the result creates a beautifully blank canvas for the next owner. De-haunting your own Las Vegas house can mean a quick closing at the right price. If you are ready to make this winter your own prime selling season, a call to my office will help make that happen!

For more information, please contact Felipe Crook at 1-866-589-1646. You can also start your Las Vegas Home Search HERE!

Felipe Crook
Realty One Group
8395 W. Sunset Rd Ste 190
Las Vegas, NV 89113
1-866-589-1646

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