How the Housing Market Benefits with Uncertainty in the World

It’s hard to listen to today’s news without hearing about the uncertainty surrounding global markets, the spread of the coronavirus, and tensions in the Middle East, just to name a few. These concerns have caused some to question their investment plans going forward. As an example, in Vanguard’s Global Outlook for 2020, the fund explains, “Slowing global growth and elevated uncertainty create a fragile backdrop for markets in 2020 and beyond.”

Is there a silver lining to this cloud of doubt?

Some worry this could cause concern for the U.S. housing market. The uncertainty, however, may actually mean good news for real estate.  Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American, discussed the situation in a recent report, “Global events and uncertainty…impact the U.S. economy, and more specifically, the U.S. housing market…U.S. bonds, backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government, are widely considered the safest investments in the world. When global investors sense increased uncertainty, there is a ‘flight to safety’ in U.S. Treasury bonds, which causes their price to go up, and their yield to go down.” 

Last week, in a HousingWire article, Kathleen Howley reaffirmed Fleming’s point, “The death toll from the coronavirus already has passed Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, that bruised the world’s economy in 2003… That’s making investors around the world anxious, and when they get anxious, they tend to sell off stocks and seek the safe haven of U.S. bonds.  An increase in competition for bonds means investors, including the people who buy mortgage-backed bonds, have to take lower yields. That translates into lower mortgage rates.”

The yield from treasury bonds is the rate investors receive when they purchase the bond. Historically, when the treasury rate moves up or down, the 30-year mortgage rate follows. Here’s a powerful graph showing the relationship between the two over the last 48 years:

How might concerns about global challenges impact the housing market in 2020? Fleming explains, “Even a small change in the 10-year Treasury due to increased uncertainty, let’s say a slight drop to 1.6 percent, would imply a 30-year, fixed mortgage rate as low as 3.3 percent. Assuming no change in household income, that would mean a house-buying power gain of $21,000, a five percent increase.” 

The Bottom Line.

For a multitude of reasons, 2020 could be a challenging year. It seems, however, real estate will do just fine. As Fleming concluded in his report, “Amid uncertainty, the house-buying power of U.S. consumers can benefit significantly.”


Posted on February 20, 2020 at 9:59 pm
Denise Hallerbach | Posted in In-The-Know Real Estate Blog | Tagged ,

The Weekend Warrior (Feb 20-23)

NAT BAIMEL
THURSDAY-SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20-22
PIONEER UNDERGROUND & LEX NIGHTCLUB

Reno Tahoe Comedy welcomes Nat Baimel, an upbeat problem-solver, awkward philosopher, and optimistic nihilist with a knack for always looking on the bright side.  This smart, up-and-coming comedian brings well-crafted material that often tackles the most serious of subjects in a silly manner and will make you laugh as much as it will make you think.  Enjoy a little video by clicking HERE for Nat Baimel at The Meltdown.  For tickets to one of his five shows, visit RenoTahoeComedy.com.

JEFF RICHARDS
THURSDAY-SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20-23
LAUGH FACTORY 

Walnut Creek native Jeff Richards has spent the last 23 years making a name for himself in the comedy world in LA, touring the US and appearing on late night shows. He also briefly joined the cast of FOX’s MAD TV in 2000 and was a feature player in an episode of SNL’s 27th season.  Jeff¹s high-energy stand-up is a mix of his-growing arsenal of impressions and his own outrageous original characters, including the “knife guy,” the “drunk girlfriend,” her “jealous boyfriend” and the “jock/meathead” from every 80¹s teen movie. Click HERE for Jeff Richards “going off” on an automated operator. Get your tickets to one of his shows this weekend at SilverLegacyReno.com.

THE CHILDREN
THURS-SAT, FEBRUARY 20-22 (7:30 pm) & SUN, FEBRUARY 23 (2 pm)

BRÜKA THEATRE – 99 N. Virginia Street, Downtown Reno

Brüka Theatre’s 27th Season continues with a fantastical, sci-fi drama, The Children.  A transfer from London’s Royal Court Theatre, The Children was Lucy Kirkwood’s first Broadway play that debuted in 2017.  It tells the story of two retired scientists who have settled into an isolated cottage by the sea as the world around them crumbles, when an old friend arrives with a frightening request. The Children is a cautionary tale for apocalyptic times.  Intrigued?  Learn more and purchase tickets to one of the many performances over the next couple of weeks at Brüka.org.

ALPENGLOW MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL – WINTER
THROUGH SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23
SEVERAL LOCATIONS NORTH LAKE TAHOE 

Enjoy what snow has fallen so far, and pray for more while participating in the Alpengow Mountain Festival.  It’s a celebration of human-powered mountain sports, clinics, equipment demonstrations, social events, critically acclaimed films and more, and takes place in several locations around North Lake Tahoe.  This is the tail-end of the 9-day festival that offers over 75 events and activities for participants of all ages and abilities.  Check out AlpenglowSports.com for more details!

THE IMPROV OLIMPIX
THURSDAY-SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20-22 (7:30 pm)
GOOD LUCK MACBETH THEATRE

You want improv?  You got it, at The Improv Olimpix of the Overly Extraordinary Players. It’s a weekend-long, competition-style improvisational tournament where audiences enjoy two teams challenging each other in a series of theatrical prompts, which will then be scored by a panel of local celebrities and personalities. Host Tim Mahoney will keep the evening moving, engaging the audience, and bestowing witty commentary.  Each night, the two teams will compete for a slot in the grand finals happening Saturday night.  Learn more and purchase tickets online at GoodLuckMacBeth.org.

SEBASTIAN MANISCALCO
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21 (8 pm)
GRAND SIERRA RESORT – GRAND THEATRE

If you like standup comedy, but prefer a style that is completely chill with flashes of crazy, you may want to check out Sabastian Maniscalco. The hilarious style of the Italian-American comedian comes with outrageous facial expressions, accents and body language that result in the perfect delivery to keep you entertained throughout his show.  It’s pure side-splitting laughter at a Sabastian Maniscalco stand-up performance!  If you haven’t already seen him, you’ll know what I’m talking about when you click HERE to see why he’s “not a Vegas Guy.”  Don’t wait to buy your tickets to see Maniscalco live Saturday night at GrandSierraReno.com.

TEENS SPEAK OUT… GLAD YOU ARE HERE
FRI & SAT, FEB 21 & 22 (7:30 pm) and SUN, FEB 23 (2 pm)
RENO LITTLE THEATER

On a much more serious note, Teens Speak Out…Glad You Are Here, is taking place this weekend at Reno Little Theater.  The performance is a synopsis of “Just Like I Wanted,” anarrative through a series of flashbacks by Joey, a 16 year old boy who has taken his own life. Joey shows us the life he used to lead and why he chose to end it.  But we also see the unexpected effect of his death on his classmates, teachers, and his family.  Note that this show deals with a very sensitive subject matter, possibly triggering to some audience members. There will be a talk-back after each performance, lasting no more than 30 minutes.  For more information, please visit RenoLittleTheater.org.

ART CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
ALL WEEKEND
NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART – 160 W Liberty St, Reno

Whether you are an aspiring artist or just getting started, the Nevada Museum of Art offers classes and workshops in a variety of media and levels of experience you may want to explore.  Here is what’s on the schedule this weekend:
Thursday, Feb 20: Water Color Open Studio.  This class is designed for returning students and those with some experience.  Students should have a personal work in progress and working toward completion. It opens with the introduction of a challenge or technique that may be applied during the open session.
Thursday, Feb 20: The Art of Meditation.  Learn techniques for enriching your meditation experience.  This workshop is perfect for everyone practicing meditation to gain inner peace and wellness.
Friday, Feb 21: Fused Glass Earring and Pendant Workshop.  Learn to cut flat glass, use frits, stringers, dichroic sparkly glass, and even pebbles to create beautiful hand-made jewelry.
Saturday & Sunday, Feb 22 & 23: Stylized African Animals in Acrylic.  Exercise the use bold colors, modern patterns and engaging compositions, and use acrylic paint combined with colored pencil to create inspired portraits of African animals.
Saturday, Feb 22: Girls’ Night Out with Rainbow Palette Painting.  Bring your friends and spend a fun and relaxed evening making art and drinking wine!

Visit NevadaArt.org for this weekend’s schedule, registration info,
and to learn more about upcoming classes and workshops!
RIVERSIDE FARMERS MARKET
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 (9 am-Noon) & EVERY SATURDAY YEAR-ROUND
MCKINLEY ARTS & CULTURE CENTER – 925 Riverside Dr, Reno

Reno’s only year-round, weekly farmers market takes place again this Saturday at McKinley Arts & Culture Center.  The Riverside Farmers Market runs Saturday mornings October through May, then switches to Thursday evenings from June through September and specializes in showcasing local and sustainable farmers, ranchers, makers and bakers.  Live music, food trucks, free yoga, and a play area for kiddos round out the event that brings locals back week after week.  Learn more about this awesome community event at RenoFarmersMarket.com.

AMAZING BIRDS OF PREY
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 (10-11 am)
GALENA CREEK VISITOR CENTER

Get in touch with nature at Galena Creek Visitors Center this weekend with Amazing Birds of Prey.  Master Falconer Marie Gaspari Crawford of Palomino Valley will bring at least one of her fabulous birds of prey, and will talk about the long history of falconry, the numerous fascinating environmental adaptations these birds possess, the influence they have over our world and conservation efforts to protect raptors. The hour-long presentation is suitable for adults and older children.  For more information, please visit GalenaCreekVisitorCenter.org.

COLT FORD
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 (6-11 pm)
VIRGINIA STREET BREWHOUSE – 211 N. Virginia St

Have you ever heard of “country rap?”  Well, Colt Ford has made an art of it, and he brings this unique Southern hip hop style to Virginia Street Brewhouse for a memorable evening of fun music. The intimate venue hosted a Colt Ford performance this time last year, and he is back by popular demand!  If you were fortunately enough to have been at that concert, you’ll know what a raging good time you are in for this year.  Get to know Colt Ford in fan-favorites like “Workin’ On,” “Drivin’ Around Song ft. Jason Aldean” and “Back ft. Jake Owen.”  Purchase your tickets to see him live, online at TicketWeb.com.

LANDSCAPES & LEGENDS OF MEXICO
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 (7:30 pm) & SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23 (4 pm)
PIONEER CENTER for the PERFORMING ARTS

The talents of the Reno Philharmonic combine with guest cellist Peter Lenz, violist Dustin Budish and multimedia artist and photographer Nicholas Bardonnay for the special Classix Series production of Landscapes & Legends of Mexico.  The program begins with the humorous adventures of Don Quixote as depicted by Richard Strauss, which features variations on the theme of a knightly character.  Then the whimsical sounds of Copland, the pulsing dance rhythms of Marquez, and the grandeur of Revueltas will transport you right to Mexico as you gaze at brilliant scenery.  For more information and ticket sales, please visit RenoPhil.com.

DIVAS’ DAY OUT
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 (10 am-4 pm)
GRAND SIERRA RESORT

Ladies!  Gather your besties and your credit cards and head over to the Grand Sierra Resort this Saturday for a day filled with everything to bring out the inner diva in you!  It’s Reno’s largest annual all-ladies’ event, and 2020 Divas’ Day Out brings 100+ businesses on-site for shopping, giveaways and information on health, fitness, beauty, fashion, motherhood, finance, education, career and fun… all the things that women love!  Go VIP and enter the event one hour ealry at 9am, have a private meet and greet with dancers from Magic Mike XXL Tribute Male Review, take home a special goodie bag from Adam and Eve, and enjoy one free beverage at the bar!  Visit the Event Facebook Page for more info and have a blast!

RENO MARDI GRAS
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25 (5:30 pm-10:30 pm)
RENO BALLROOM – 401 N CENTER ST, DOWTOWN RENO

Fat Tuesday is coming right up!  And the Rotary Club of Reno is throwing it’s annual big bash and fundraiser. You’re invited to one of Reno’s biggest parties of the year, where you’ll enjoy tasty food from our area’s finest restaurants and caterers, wine, crafted beers and spirits, win-big on enticing silent auction items, and boogie to the infectious beat of the live DJ.  Grab fists-full of beads, your coolest mask, and don your snazziest duds, and head out for a night of outrageous fun at Reno Mardi Gras.  Get your tickets online at RenoMardiGras.com.

YOUR LOCAL SKI CONDITIONS AND LIFT STATUS
ANYDAY
CHOOSE AN AWESOME LOCAL RESORT

Come on winter!  Where are you?  Will you bring precipitation this weekend?  Please?  If you’re still looking for a reason to visit the local ski resorts this weekend, check current conditions before you go via the links below….

FEATURED RECIPE
BEEF SIRLOIN PASTA PORTOBELLO
There’s nothing like a nice bowl of savory pasta with hearty steak and mushrooms to fill your tummy… well, at least mine anyway.  I’ll eat pasta with just about anything, but steak-pasta is probably one of my favorite combinations.  I stumbled upon this delicious and healthy recipe from BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com and LOVED it!  It’s simple, easy to prepare, and is a quick meal for any weeknight with the tightest of schedules.  Visit my Favorite Recipes Blog Page at DeniseHallerbach.com for my slightly modified version of the recipe.
HOW THE HOUSING MARKET BENEFITS WITH
UNCERTAINTY IN THE WORLD

It’s hard to listen to today’s news without hearing about the uncertainty surrounding global markets, the spread of the coronavirus, and tensions in the Middle East, just to name a few. These concerns have caused some to question their investment plans going forward. Visit my In-The-Know Real Estate Blog to discover how, amidst the irresolution around the globe, the real estate market benefits.

Posted on February 20, 2020 at 12:31 pm
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Beef Sirloin Pasta Portobello

What You Need:

  • 1-1/4 pounds beef Top Sirloin Steak boneless, cut 1 inch thick
  • 8 ounces uncooked linguine or angel hair pasta
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces portobello mushroom caps, cut in half, then cut crosswise into 1/4 inch thick slices
  • 1 medium red, yellow or green bell pepper, cut into 1/8 inch thick strips
  • 1/4 c. thinly sliced fresh basil thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 c. freshly grated Romano cheese

What To Do:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile trim fat from beef Top Sirloin Steak. Cut steak lengthwise in half and then crosswise into 1/8-inch thick strips. In wok or large nonstick skillet, heat 1 to 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add beef and garlic, 1/2 at a time, and stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes or until outside surface is no longer pink. Remove from pan with slotted spoon; season with salt and pepper. Keep warm.
  3. In same pan, heat 1 tablespoon oil until hot. Add mushrooms and bell pepper strips; stir-fry 3 to 4 minutes or until mushrooms are tender. Remove from heat. Return beef to pan; add sliced basil and toss.
  4. Place pasta on large deep platter; arrange beef mixture on pasta. Sprinkle cheese over beef and pasta or pass separately, if desired.

**  Credit for this delicious recipe comes thanks to BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com.


Posted on February 17, 2020 at 10:46 pm
Denise Hallerbach | Posted in Favorite Recipes | Tagged

The Weekend Warrior (Feb 13-16)

Wishing you all a weekend filled with abundant joy and happiness
with those you love!  Happy Valentine’s Day!
JUSTIN RUPPLE
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13 (8 pm)
LEX NIGHTCLUB

Vocal impressions are Justin Rupple’s talent, and this weekend he brings his stand-up comedy and dozens of celebrity personalities to LEX Nightclub for our enjoyment.  When Rupple switches over to the person he is impersonating, if you close your eyes, you just may fee like that person is right in the room with you!  Click HERE for a great little sample of his fun style of comedy.  Want to see Justin Rupple live?  Get tickets to him this Thursday night at RenoTahoeComedy.com.

disMANteled
THURSDAY-SATURDAY, FEBRUARY13-15
PIONEER UNDERGROUND

Crawl into the minds of men this weekend at the Reno Tahoe Comedy Club!  Each of the four hilarious male comedians of the DisMANtled Tour takes his turn at the mic, sharing his own personal perspective on life.  The solid 90-minute, side-stitching act finishes off when all four, “The Married Man,” “The Single Man,” “The Coupled Man” and “The Gay Man” return to the stage as an “expert panel” to answer the audience’s burning questions about men.  Inquiries from the crowd are unscripted and unplanned, so anything goes for what will come from these four funny guys.  Buy your tickets in advance, as this show has been known to sell out!  Visit RenoTahoeComedy.com for showtimes and online ticket sales.

QUINN DAHLE
THROUGH SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16
LAUGH FACTORY RENO – INSIDE SILVER LEGACY

Prepare yourself for laugh-out-loud comedy when you see Quinn Dahle at Laugh Factory inside the Silver Legacy Resort Casino.  After just a few minutes watching a clip of his standup on his website, QuinnDahle.com, and I knew I would like this one!  Known for his quick wit during improvisational moments with his audience, Quinn Dahle is sure to elicit a lasting smile and many laughs at his show.  Learn more about Dahle and purchase tickets to see him live at SilverLegacyReno.com.

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
THURSDAYS-SUNDAYS UNTIL FEBRUARY 16
RENO LITTLE THEATER -147 E. PUEBLO STREET – MIDTOWN RENO

This is it!  It’s the last weekend to enjoy one of world’s most beloved murder mysteries happening in Midtown. Three weeks of performances comes to an end as Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express loads a train full of suspects and an alibi for each one.  It’s the perfect mystery for the world famous detective Hercule Poirot, n’est-ce pas. Wax your mustache, hold on to your passport, and get ready for a suspenseful, thrilling ride aboard the legendary Orient Express at Reno Little Theatre.  Visit RenoLittleTheatre.org showtimes and dates, as well as info about Thirsty Thursday and discounts for seniors, military and students.

ESCAPE TO MAGARITAVILLE
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14-16
PIONEER CENTER for the PERFORMING ARTS

Discover a slice of paradise in Reno, where the magic and Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville is brought to life on the Pioneer Center stage.  Escape to Margaritaville is the musical comedy featuring both original songs and your most-loved Buffett’s classics, including “Fins,” “Volcano,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and many more. Set your mind on “island time” but don’t forget to buy your tickets online at PioneerCenter.com. If not purchasing online, you can do so at the Pioneer Center Box Office from 11 am-6 pm weekdays, and 2 hours before each show.

JOHNNY MATHIS
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 (8 pm)

SILVER LEGACY GRAND EXPOSITION HALL

At 84 years old, Johnny Mathis is still going strong!  Back in the late 50’s, during the infancy of Mathis’ enduring career, he recorded “It’s Not For Me To Say,” “Misty” and “Chances Are.”  All three songs were inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame in 2008, 2002 and 1998 respectively.  He went on throughout the years to release 79 solo albums and 26 compilation albums.  Mathis’ romantic ballads may be just want you’re in the mood for this Valentine’s evening with your honey.  For tickets to the show, please visit SilverLegacyReno.com.

ALPENGLOW MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL – WINTER
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15 –  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23
SEVERAL LOCATIONS NORTH LAKE TAHOE 

Enjoy what snow has fallen so far, and pray for more while participating in the Alpengow Mountain Festival.  It’s a celebration of human-powered mountain sports, events, clinics, equipment demonstrations, critically acclaimed films and more, and takes place in several locations around North Lake Tahoe.  The festival lasts 9 days and offers over 75 events and activities for participants of all ages and abilities.  Check out AlpenglowSports.com for more details!

WINTER WHITEOUT 6
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15 (8 pm-2 am)
CARGO CONCERT HALL

Bass Camp Festival’s biggest event of the year is the place to be this Saturday night!  Winter White Out is happening at Cargo Concert Hall andbrings a lineup of bands you won’t want to miss, like EPTIC, (dubstep), Whipped Cream (psychedelic rock), Kowta (dance/electronic) and Noizon (dubstep). This is a very popular event, and it has sold out many times in the past, so buying tickets in advance is a great idea.  Also, remember that this is a White Party, so dress to impress in your favorite white clothes.  Tickets are available at EventBrite.com.

THE BACHELOR LIVE ON STAGE
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15 (8 pm)
GRAND SIERRA RESORT – GRAND THEATRE

What better time for an eligible Reno Bachelor to find love with one lucky local lady than Valentine’s Weekend?  At The Bachelor Live On Stage, from the first impression rose, to group date challenges and coveted one-on-ones, watch it all unfold in front of you. Audience members and hosts will guide the Bachelor in his journey to find love. And if the leading lady accepts the final rose, the night could end with the start of a beautiful romance. Learn more about this unique evening of fun at GrandSierraResort.com.

GEORGE LAM
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15 (8 pm)
RENO EVENT CENTER

The variety of Valentine’s weekend entertainment continues when you experience pure joy at George Lam’s “The Smiling Concert” this Saturday night!  The mega-Contopop star from Hong Hong has spent 4 decades developing his wide and rich vocal range that resonates through each song he sings.  Lam also created Cantopop rap and introduced a wide stylistic range of foreign music to his albums.  Click HERE for a little promo video of George Lam and buy your tickets to see him live at SilverLegacyReno.com.

TOBYMAC
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16 (7 pm)
RENO EVENTS CENTER

Toby MacKeenan, also known as TobyMac, is one of the most current and influential Christian Hip Hop solo artists in the US.  Since the birth of his career 33 years ago,  he has recorded 8 studio albums, collected 7 GRAMMY Awards and many other coveted music awards, and amassed a huge fan following. Among TobyMac’s more popular hits are “I Just Need U,” “Speak Life,” “Lights Shine Bright” and “Me Without You.”  Don’t miss his live concert performance at Reno Events Center this Sunday.  Learn more about TobyMac and find the link to purchase tickets in advance at TobyMac.com.

THE GLORIOUS SONS
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16 (7 pm-11:30 pm)
CARGO CONCERT HALL

Treat yourself to an evening of alternative hard rock with The Glorious Sons.  This super cool band from Ontario, Canada formed in 2011 and has pumped out 3 studio albums since then. Well-received in Canada, the band has 8 consecutive #1 hits there, including their first modern rock single “Everything Is Alright.”  Other popular fan-favorites include “Panic Attack” and “S.O.S.”  Catch them live at Cargo Concert Hall Sunday night, and purchase tickets online at EventBrite.com.

LOS TIGRES DEL NORTE
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16 (8 pm)
SILVER LEGACY – GRAND EXPOSITION HALL

Bring a group of brothers and their cousins who have mad musical and vocal talent together and what do you get?  Los Tigres Del Norte!!  The family-based group originally formed in San Jose a little over 50 years ago when these guys were all teenagers.  At that time, they began recording and have since cranked out 56 studio albums.  Their norteño style of music is likened to polka, and represents traditional music expression from Northern Mexico.  Catch a glimpse of the fun you’ll have at a Los Tigres Del Norte concert in this video of “Ni Parientes Somos (En Vivo).”  Buy your tickets in advance and learn more at SilverLegacyReno.com.

COMING SOON….
RENO MARDI GRAS
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25 (5:30 pm-10:30 pm)
RENO BALLROOM – 401 N CENTER ST, DOWTOWN RENO

Fat Tuesday is coming right up!  And the Rotary Club of Reno is throwing it’s annual big bash and fundraiser. You’re invited to one of Reno’s biggest parties of the year, where you’ll enjoy tasty food from our area’s finest restaurants and caterers, wine, crafted beers and spirits, win-big on enticing silent auction items, and boogie to the infectious beat of the live DJ.  Grab fists-full of beads, your coolest mask, and don your snazziest duds, and head out for a night of outrageous fun at Reno Mardi Gras.  Get your tickets online at RenoRotary.Ejoinme.org.

YOUR LOCAL SKI CONDITIONS AND LIFT STATUS
ANYDAY
CHOOSE AN AWESOME LOCAL RESORT

Can’t say Mother Nature has been helping out much with the base at the ski resorts.  However, we’re still optimistic that the snow will dump in the next couple months to finish winter off strong!  For current conditions at the local mountains, here are your handy dandy links:

Are you contemplating buying or selling real estate soon?  Knowing what is happening in the real estate market now, and learning about the economic forecast of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, you’ll be well-versed and better prepared for your next real estate transaction.  Read the February 2020 Market Report for Reno-Sparks, NV at DeniseHallerbach.com, and contact me today with your real estate questions and needs!
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Posted on February 13, 2020 at 2:48 pm
Denise Hallerbach | Posted in Weekend Warrior | Tagged , ,

February 2020 Market Report

** Data in this report reflect market activity from January 2020 compared to December 2019 and January 2020 compared to January 2019.  Information is gathered from the Reno-Sparks Association of Realtors® (RSAR) for the Greater Reno-Sparks region via Northern Nevada Regional Multiple Listing Service (www.nnrmls.com).  Data accounts for single-family resale residences only, and excludes townhouses/condos, manufactured/modular and new construction.

  • January 2020 Median Sales Price for single-family re-sale properties in Reno-Sparks combined increased from $393,000 in December 2019 to $405,000 (+2.8%).  The Median Sales Price is up 12.2% from this same time last year.
  • Below is the breakdown of stats for both Reno and Sparks separately as well.

 

 

  • “Months Supply of Inventory” (MSI) is defined as the time it would take for the current inventory to be completely sold out if sales remained at their current rate.”  But do remember that this inventory supply does not factor in NEW home construction that is offered throughout the region.  A “balanced inventory market” is about 6 MSI.  The MSI in January 2020 was 2 MSI in Reno and only 1.4 MSI in Sparks, most definitely a Seller’s market.  The MSI for Reno-Sparks combined is nearly 50% lower than this same time last year!
  • 377 Listings of single-family, stick-built homes sold in Reno-Sparks combined during January 2020.  Only 10 of these homes sold over the $1M pricepoint,  As usual, the bulk of properties sold in January were between $300k and $399k.

  • January 2020 brought 67% more New Listings than December 2019.  444 homes were brought to the market!  Don’t get your heart set on a single family home priced under $200k.  Only ONE was listed in January.

SO WHERE IS NORTHERN NEVADA HEADED? 

According to the Economic Development of Western Nevada, the Economic Planning Indicators Committee (EPIC) reports that “The forecast for the next 5 years is for continued job growth of 51,585 with population growth of 54,470 for a five county region.  Housing for all of these new Nevadans will be needed more than ever and our real estate market is showing NO signs of slowing down.  Take a look at the EPIC report by clicking HERE.

  • Want to talk more about what’s happening in the Reno-Sparks market?  If you need me, I’m here to assist with your purchasing and selling needs.   Email me (dhallerbach@intero.com) or call me directly at 775-233-0682.

Posted on February 13, 2020 at 4:24 am
Denise Hallerbach | Posted in Reno-Sparks Market Report | Tagged ,

The Weekend Warrior (Feb 6-11)

SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL: THE ANNUAL CONVENTION
THROUGH SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8 (9 am-8 pm)
RENO-SPARKS CONVENTION CENTER

Huntsman alert!  Safari Club International’s Annual Convention is calling your name!  But to attend this massive gathering with everything hunting-related at your disposal under one roof, you’ll need to join the club. Once you’ve done that, you’ll enjoy 650,000 square feet of exhibit space that offers the opportunity to book hunts, shop for the latest guns and equipment.  And after the exhibits close each day, the evening fun begins with live entertainment, speakers, auctions for amazing adventures and artwork and more!  Every purchase provides crucial funds to help preserve our hunting heritage and fund conservation efforts worldwide. Learn more at SafariClub.org.

CRAIG CONANT
THURSDAY-SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6-8
PIONEER UNDERGROUND & LEX NIGHTCLUB

Rising comedic star Craig Conant has gathered quite a bit of material from his colorful past to carry his standup career.  After living a life that included substance abuse and multiple arrests, he finally had enough of his destructive lifestyle, only to turn his attention to comedy and getting sober.  Conant’s hugely successful YouTube Podcast “Community Service” has about 18,600 subscribers and 66 videos.  He brings his standup performance to Reno this weekend for five hilarious performances.  Get tickets to one of the shows at RenoTahoeComedy.com.

TANYALEE DAVIS w/ SPECIAL GUEST ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ
THROUGH SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9
LAUGH FACTORY RENO – INSIDE SILVER LEGACY

At 3’6″, Tanyalee Davis is kind of like the Ferrari of comedy… low to the ground and kind of racy.  The Canadian-born comic has toured around the globe, performing at US Marine bases in Japan, in the UK on “World’s Smallest People” and on BBC Northern Ireland.  She has performed in her own off-Strip show in Las Vegas called “Little Comedian, BIG Laughs” as well as her one-woman show called “Little Do They Know” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where she received 4 star reviews.  Tanyalee’s perception of people, and how they perceive her, exaggerates the humor of life’s “little” tasks and routines. Super funny lady… watch a brief standup performance of “Tanyalee Live at The Apollo.”  Purchase tickets to see her live at SilverLegacyReno.com.

HANDMADE CRAFTS AND ART CLASSES
THURSDAY-SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6-9
NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART

Lately, I’ve discovered that the Nevada Museum of Art offers Classes and Workshops to sharpen your artistic and crafting skills and bring out your creative side.  Instruction is offered to aspiring artists of all ages and abilities.  Here is the lineup of classes offered this weekend:
Thursday, Feb 6- Life Drawing: Open Studio.  Improve your life drawing skills and explore a variety of media while working freely from nude models in this popular open studio class. Both male and female models will be present and instruction is available upon request.
Friday, Feb 7- Intro to Linocut Printing: Birds.  Learn to carve simple, beautiful patterns or images in linoleum and print them using Japanese hand printing techniques.
Saturday, Feb 8- Hand Painted Folk Hearts.  Inspired by her Czechoslovakian heritage, instructor Iva Neveux will introduce students to basic painting techniques to create beautiful hand painted hearts.
Sunday, Feb 9- Kids’ Corner: Hand-Marbled Valentine Cards.  Students 7-12 years old are invited to learn a clever technique for creating beautiful marbled patterns on paper using shaving cream and watercolor.

Learn more about all of the classes and register in advance at NevadaArt.org.
ALBOROSIE & THE SHENGAN CLAN
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7 (6:30-11:30 pm)

CARGO CONCERT HALL @ WHITNEY PEAK HOTEL

Transport yourself to Jamaica Friday night when you see Alborosie & The Shengan Clan at Cargo Concert Hall.  Though he was born and raised in Marsala, Sicily, Alborosie (Alberto D’Ascola) took to the reggae scene at the young age of 15 in the band Reggae National Tickets in Bergamo, Italy.  Eight years later, he jumped two feet into his solo career and moved to Kinston, Jamaica where he could become one with reggae and the Rastafari culture.  Click HERE to have a listen to Alborosie & The Shengan Clan in concert, and purchase tickets to see them live this weekend at EventBrite.com.

WINTER IS BACK
FRIDAY & SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7 & 8 (7:30 pm)
GOOD LUCK MACBETH THEATRE COMPANY – 124 TAYLOR ST – MIDTOWN RENO

Good Luck Macbeth continues its Fear of Missing Out series with a comedic, poignant reinterpretation of one of the world’s favorite show’s least favorite season.  It’s an all-out parody of Game of Thrones Season 8.  Were you dissatisfied with the final season of one of the best fantasy television shows in history? So too was the exceptional and creative team of Good Luck MacBeth!  Full of intrigue, deception, and hilarity, this show is sure to satisfy fans and non-fans alike. Purchase tickets to Friday or Saturday evening’s performances at GoodLuckMacBeth.org.

VALENTINE’S LOCAL ARTISTIAN SHOWCASE
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8 (12-4 pm)
NATASHA’S WORLD JEWELRY – 5126 MEADOWOOD MALL CIR – BY WOMEN’S MACYS

Looking for something special for that someone special in your life?  Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and Natasha’s World Jewelry has your gift-giving covered at the Valentine’s Local Artistian Showcase.  Natasha features the following very talented artists Saturday afternoon:

Christine Gill: Hand-Woven Beaded Jewelry
Photos by Kazue: Nevada Landscape Photography
Miriam Gomberg: Multi-Media Artist/Painter
Emily Reid: Animal Artist/Painter
Clementine Vidalia Designs:  Exotic Handmade Hats

Don’t miss all the unique art, collectables and the always-stunning jewelry of Natasha’s World Jewelry that are perfect Valentine’s Day gifts for your honey.  For more information, please visit Natasha’s World Jewelry’s Facebook Event Page.

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
THURSDAYS-SUNDAYS UNTIL FEBRUARY 16
RENO LITTLE THEATER -147 E. PUEBLO STREET – MIDTOWN RENO

One of world’s most beloved murder mysteries wraps up this weekend in Midtown after three weeks of performances.  Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express loads a train full of suspects and an alibi for each one.  It’s the perfect mystery for the world famous detective Hercule Poirot, n’est-ce pas. Wax your mustache, hold on to your passport, and get ready for a suspenseful, thrilling ride aboard the legendary Orient Express at Reno Little Theatre.  Visit RenoLittleTheatre.org showtimes and dates, as well as info about Thirsty Thursday and discounts for seniors, military and students.

CROBOT, AEGES, LIKE MACHINES
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8
CARGO CONCERT HALL @ WHITNEY PEAK HOTEL

Enjoy a high-energy evening at Cargo Concert Hall this Saturday night when Crobot, Aeges and Like Machines come to town.  It’s all about “bad-ass” rock with all three bands who have been touring together and will make their way cross-country through spring.  Want to get a taste for their sounds?  Click HERE to listen to Corbot, HERE for Aeges and HERE to listen to Like Machines.  If you want to see them all live, visit EventBrite.com to purchase tickets.

ONSIE CRAWL: THE GREAT PAJAMA JAM
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8 (8 pm-4 am)
DOWNTOWN RENO, NV

It’s the Biggest Little Great Pajama Jam in the World… time for Onesie Crawl, y’all!  Don your most comfy, cozy onesie, and head out with your compadres for the snuggliest night of partying ever!  While all of Reno Crawls are fun, this one seems to elicit the most smiles from those roaming the streets and bars of Downtown Reno.  $10 gets you free cover to all 20+ participating pubs, nightclubs & restaurants within walking distance, over 50 drink specials ranging from $2-$4, free giveaways, hotel room discounts and more!  Get all the fun details, including where to buy your crawl cup at CrawlReno.com.

CARAVANA del AMOR
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9 (7 pm)
GRAND SIERRA RESORT – GRAND THEATRE

Known for his unmistakable voice and sentimental lyrics, Leo Dan has experienced great success in Mexico and Ecuador.  He is loved and recognized as a talented composer, singer, actor, politician and television host.  From a very young age, he expressed his love for music and composition, and at the age of 20, Dan landed his first contract with CBS in Buenos Aires.  His debut song “Celia” reach No. 1 in Argentina and launched his enduring music career.  Enjoy Leo Dan live, with special guests King Clave, Shaila Durcal, & Los Pasteles Verdes at Caravana del Amor, and get tickets to see them Sunday evening at GrandSierraResort.com.

BYU YOUNG AMBASSADORS: SOUVENIRS
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11 (7 pm)
PIONEER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Twenty of Brigham Young University’s most talented singers and dancers are accompanied by ten of BYU’s finest musicians to bring us a Tuesday evening performance you won’t soon forget.  For 50 years, 1,700 BYU Young Ambassadors have brought joy to audiences around the world, and this week they bring us Souvenirs, a glimpse into the half-century of travels the group has experienced.  The show promises to be an energetic tradition of song and dance, one that captures the hearts of all ages.  For more info and to purchase tickets, visit PioneerCenter.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the Pioneer Center Box Office M-F 11am-6 pm and 2 hours before the show.

STEEL PULSE
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11 (7-11:30 pm)
CARGO CONCERT HALL

If you didn’t get enough Reggae love over the weekend with Alborosie & The Shengan Clan, or you missed that show all together, you may want to catch Steel Pulse on Tuesday night.  The roots reggae band from the Handsworth area of Birmingham, England comes  to Reno “armed with compassion, encouraging all people to reject false ideals, set higher goals, and demand more from themselves to further unification.”  Get to know Steel Pulse’s music in one of their fan-favorites, “Your House,” and buy your tickets to see them live at EventBrite.com.

Once again, summer is just around the corner and you may want to look ahead to get tickets to your favorite artist’s show ASAP.  So far, we know of two major stars heading to the Nugget Event Center in Sparks.  Here they are:

Pitbull (Saturday, May 23, 8 pm):  You name the award, Pitbull has either been nominated to receive it, or has won it.  The Reggae/Latin hip-hop/crunk music sensation even had a Sirius XM station dedicated to his art, and those most similar to him.  Learn more about Pitbull and purchase tickets to his spring concert at NuggetCasinoResort.com.

Toby Keith (Saturday, July 11, 8 pm):  Back to the Nugget Event Center for the second straight year, Toby Keith brings a whole lot of fun to his faithful country fans.  Well-known for his party songs like “I Love This Bar,” “Beer For My Horses” and “Red Solo Cup,” you’re sure to have a great night with Toby Keith, as I did last year!  Learn more and purchase tickets at NuggetCasinoResort.com.

YOUR LOCAL SKI CONDITIONS AND LIFT STATUS
ANYDAY
CHOOSE AN AWESOME LOCAL RESORT

It’s been a mixed back for weather in Northern Nevada and Northern California this week.  What will this weekend bring for the local ski resorts?  Click on your favorite mountain playground below for the current conditions!

3 REASONS WHY PRE-APPROVAL IS THE
1ST STEP IN YOUR HOME BUYING JOURNEY
Considering purchasing a home in the near future?  Should you need to finance the purchase, it is of upmost importance that you obtain a loan pre-approval before the home-hunt process.  Our “In-The-Know Real Estate Blog” this week explains the 3 Reasons Why Pre-Approval is the 1st Step in Your Buying Journey.  Learn more at DeniseHallerbach.com.
FEATURED PROPERTY
A 2.46 acre private, park-like property, no HOA, 2 RV garages plus auto garage, single-story and plenty of room to roam and store more toys…  5475 Mountain Ranch offers all of these fabulous amenities and more, and is located just 15 minutes from Mt. Rose Ski Resort, 7 minutes from Summit Shopping and 5 minutes from trail heads.  Feel like you’re away from it all when you settle into this beautiful 3,252 square foot, 3 bed/3 bath home with loft and office space. View more photos and details at Bit.ly/5475MountainRanch and schedule your appointment for a showing with Rob Skinner (775-335-6700) today. Offered for $1,350,000.

Posted on February 6, 2020 at 7:01 am
Denise Hallerbach | Posted in Weekend Warrior | Tagged , ,

3 Reasons Why Pre-Approval is the 1st Step in Your Home Buying Journey

When the number of buyers in the housing market outnumbers the number of homes for sale, it’s called a “seller’s market.”  The advantage tips toward the seller when the home is priced at or near market value, and as low inventory heats up, so too does the competition among those searching for a place to call their own.  This can create multiple offer scenarios and bidding wars, making it tough for buyers to land their dream homes, unless they are coming in a with a big wad of cash.  When financing your home purchase, here are three reasons why pre-approval should be your first step in the buying process:

  1. Gain A Competitive Advantage.   Low inventory, like we have today, means homebuyers need every advantage they can get to make a strong impression and close the deal. One of the best ways to get one step ahead of other buyers is to get pre-approved for a mortgage before you make an offer. For one, it shows the sellers you’re serious about buying a home, which is always a plus in your corner.  In addition, having pre-approval from a LOCAL lender that the we know and trust, and that the listing agent recognizes, may give you a huge advantage over the competition.  Sellers and their Realtors tend to look more favorably on experienced lenders we know over online “quickie” loans.
  2. Accelerate the Home Buying Process.  Pre-approval can also speed up the home buying process, so you can move faster when you’re ready to make an offer.  In a competitive arena like we have today, being ready to put your best foot forward when the time comes may be the leg-up you need to cross the finish line first and land the home of your dreams.
  3. Know What You Are Qualified to Borrow.  When you have provided all of the essential information to get pre-approved by a local lender, you also have a better sense of your budget, what you can afford, and ultimately how much you’re eligible to borrow for your mortgage. Ultimately, you’re less apt to have your heart set on a home that may be out of your reach.

If you are preparing to purchase a home in the near future, we are happy to refer you with a highly skilled and knowledgeable loan officer to get you moving in the right direction.  The loan officer will pre-approve you based on the following criteria, also know as “The 4 C’s”:

  1. Capacity: Your current and future ability to make your payments
  2. Capital or Cash Reserves: The money, savings, and investments you have that can be sold quickly for cash
  3. Collateral: The home, or type of home, that you would like to purchase
  4. Credit: Your history of paying bills and other debts on time

While there are still many additional steps you’ll need to take in the home buying process, it’s clear why pre-approval is always the best place to begin. It’s your chance to gain the competitive edge you may need if you’re serious about owning a home.  Let’s get together today to make sure you’re on the fastest path to homeownership.  Call me at 775-233-0682 to get started.

 


Posted on February 5, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Denise Hallerbach | Posted in In-The-Know Real Estate Blog | Tagged , , ,

The Weekend Warrior (Jan 30-Feb 2)

KIRA SOLTANOVICH
THURSDAY-SUNDAY, JANUARY 30-FEBRUARY 1
PIONEER UNDERGROUND & LEX NIGHTCLUB

 

One of the funniest comedians to grace the stage of Pioneer Underground and LEX Nightclub will do just that this weekend!  Kira Solanovich makes her way from LA where she has been hitting it hard on the stand-up stage, late-night TV favorites, Last Comic Standing and more.  She is best known for her work on the prank-oriented reality show Girls Behaving Badly which aired on the Oxygen Network for four seasons. She also brought down the house with her self-produced, “Mother of All Comedy Specials,” You Did This To Me, while 7 months pregnant.  Kira is a must see!  So check out “Here Comes Trouble Part I” and buy tickets to one of her five performances at RenoTahoeComady.com.

 

VISION 2020: THE NEVADA ECONOMIC FORECAST
FRIDAY, JANUARY 31 (7:15 am-11:45 am)
PEPPERMILL RENO – NAPLES BALLROOM

 

No doubt, over the last several years, the economic climate of our region has changed greatly.  Are you curious as to what economists and other experts see in the near future?  Vision 2020: The Nevada Economic Forecast is a half-day set of presentations and discussion regarding the future of the Nevada economy and key industry sectors for the coming calendar year.  The College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno hosts the public-sector elected and appointed officials, government executives, non-profit organization leaders.  Private-sector representatives are welcome and encouraged to attend Vision 2020 to learn about issues and trends that will impact their organization for the coming year.  Purchase tickets to attend at Events.UNR.edu.

 

SAL’S GREENHOUSE
THURS, JAN 30 (7-11 pm) & FRI-SAT, JAN 31-FEB 1 (8 pm-Midnight)
PEPPERMILL RENO – TERRACE LOUNGE

 

Welcome to The Peppermill Reno, Sal’s Greenhouse!!  The 9-piece powerhouse funk/soul collective out of Oakland is led by baritone saxophonist Sally Green.  Her positive vibe trickles through this cool little band that is stacked with some of the Bay Area’s finest musicians, bringing energy and chemistry, a formula for original dance music that will get you on your feet and dancing!  Check out Sal’s Greenhouse performing “Sophisticated Lady” at Sweetwater Music Hall.  Performances at Terrace Lounge are all FREE!  Learn more at Sal’s Facebook Page.

 

SUPERBOWL LIV PARTIES
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2
MULTIPLE VENUES

 

This is it!  It’s down to The San Francisco 49ers and somebody else.  Oh…. that’s right.  It’s the Kansas City Chiefs.  Undoubtedly America’s biggest television viewing event, Superbowl brings friends and family together for cheers, jeers, sneers, eating, drinking, and just good old fashioned hanging out.  Action begins at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL at 6:30 pm ET and brings the highest level of competition, exciting commentary and entertaining commercials for all to enjoy.  If you’re not taking in the Superbowl experience at a private party or home, you may want to watch at one of Reno-Sparks’ many fun venues.  Visit NewToReno.com for some great Superbowl event ideas!

 

HANDMADE JOURNAL & FUSED GLASS JEWELRY MAKING WORKSHOPS
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2  (JOURNAL 9 am-4 pm & JEWELRY 12-3 pm)
NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART

 

Not into football?  What to get crafty and creative instead?  The Nevada Museum of Art offers two fun workshops this Sunday you may want to join!  In the all-day, Handmade Journal Workshop, you’ll combine beautiful papers with linen, twine, lace and more to make a memorable softcover keepsake or gift.  No bookbinding experience is required.  The other workshop offered on Sunday invites us to create Fused Glass Pendants and/or Earrings.  Students will learn to cut flat glass, use frits, stringers, dichroic sparkly glass, and even pebbles to craft beautiful, hand-made jewelry.  Learn more about these classes and other events happening this weekend at NevadaArt.org.

 

GRAB YOUR BESTIES AND GO BOWLING!
ANYDAY
MULTIPLE BLOWING VENUES

 

Calling all wanna-be King-Pins!  Imagine yourself, strolling into one of Reno-Sparks’ many Bowling Centers. You hear that old familiar sound… the ball hitting the wood, the long roll down the dimly lit lane, and the distinct crash and clatter of the pins.  Hopefully the effort results in a complete demolition of the set up and the exclamation of an exuberant “STRIKE!” accompanied by a fist pump.  Enjoy a game or two with your friends/family, and discover your venue of choice at Yelp.com.

 

CHALLENGE YOUR MIND & BODY ON A CLIMBING WALL
ANYDAY
MULTIPLE VENUES

Take your mind and body to new heights at one of Reno’s awesome Climbing Facilities!  Check out the list of 4 awesome places to climb to your heart’s content:

 

MIDTOWN MURAL WALK/TOUR
ANYDAY
MULTIPLE VENUES

We’re expecting amazing, spring-like weather this weekend!  If you’re itching to get outside for some fresh air and a walk, consider checking out all of the cool art murals that are decorating Midtown Reno.  Mark your calendar if you would like to take a docent-led tour of the Midtown Mural Walk on the second Saturday of every month.  But if you’re planning to go this weekend at your own pace, the self-guided tour can be followed at ArtSpotReno.org.

 

Believe it or not, summer is just around the corner.  The bathing suit racks lining Target’s ladies’ department are my indicator that it is!  So it’s never too late to start planning your events that are quickly approaching.  Historically, Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena has brought some of the hottest names in entertainment for us to enjoy every year. Though the entire schedule of concerts is not released, a few are on the calendar.  Visit Caesars.com for ticket sales that are on sale soon, and to see the following stars headed to Lake Tahoe!
Kenny Chesney (Thursday & Friday, July 2 & 3)
Old Dominion (Friday, July 17)
Phish (Tuesday & Wednesday, July 21 & 22)

 

ENJOY SPRING SKIING CONDITIONS
ANYDAY
CHOOSE AN AWESOME LOCAL RESORT

Though we’re in the dead of “winter,” the weather is looking rather spring-like.  Are you a fare-weather skier like I am?  Then take a look at the conditions at our local resorts, pick one, and go!

PLANNING TO SELL YOUR HOME SOON?
FOLLOW THE “3 MOST IMPORTANT STEPS TO SELLING YOUR HOME”

Planning to sell your home or investment in the coming year?  Give yourself the best opportunity to sell that property more quickly for the highest possible price by following the “3 Most Important Steps to Selling Your Home.”  Learn more at DeniseHallerbach.com.

 

FEATURED RECIPES
MY FAVORITE SUPERBOWL PARTY EATS!

Over the last several years, I have drummed up quite a few favorite recipes that I have shared on my website. I have gone through and picked out the recipes I think would be a great addition to any Superbowl Party.  Here they are:

A 2.46 acre private, park-like property, no HOA, 2 RV garages plus auto garage, single-story and plenty of room to roam and store more toys.  5475 Mountain Ranch offers all of these fabulous amenities and more, and is located just 15 minutes from Mt. Rose Ski Resort, 7 minutes from Summit Shopping and 5 minutes from trail heads.  Feel like you’re away from it all when you settle into this beautiful 3,252 square foot, 3 bed/3 bath home with loft and office space. View more photos and details at Bit.ly/5475MountainRanch and schedule your appointment for a showing with Rob Skinner (775-335-6700) today. Offered for $1,350,000.

 

This beautiful home is under contract for sale and our Seller is open to accepting backup offers!  30 Tanea Court in South Reno is only 20 minutes to skiing, 10 minutes to hiking, 5 minutes from The Summit shopping, and a couple minutes to Raley’s, the library and the park. It may just be the perfect fit for you and your clan!  Located in South Reno, just off of Wedge Parkway, the homeboasts 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms (1 bed/1bath are downstairs), a living room, family room, dining room, breakfast nook AND bonus room!  The spacious backyard features plenty of room for a garden, and has a working pond and a storage shed. With 2,698 square feet of living space on 1/3 acre, you can’t go wrong.  Take advantage of the reduced price of $529,500!  For more information and pictures, please visit Bit.ly/30TaneaRealScout.

Posted on January 30, 2020 at 6:08 am
Denise Hallerbach | Posted in Weekend Warrior | Tagged , , , ,

3 Most Important Steps to Selling Your House

If you’re planning to sell your home in the near future, and want to sell it as quickly as possible at the highest price possible, we strongly recommend following these 3 Most Important Steps:

1.  Make Repairs/Maintain:  Examine every inch of your house and look for things that need to be repaired or replaced.  You may go as far as hiring a home inspector to provide a full report so you have no surprises during escrow.  Below are some of the most common repairs made when selling your house.  Here is a list of some of the most common items needing attention prior to selling:

  • Ripped/tore/bend screens. Repair/replace as needed.
  • Sticky glass slider tracks and window tracks/frames.  Lube them &/or replace parts or whole door.
  • Cracked light switches.  Replace.
  • Leaking faucets.  Repair/replace.
  • Leaking bathtub drains.  Repair/replace.
  • Dirty air filters.  Change them.
  • Broken or removed smoke detectors.  Replace.
  • Failed caulking and/or grout in shower/bath.  Remove and re-caulk.
  • Failed caulking on windows.  Check inside and out and seal as needed.
  • Broken vacuum seals on windows, they have moisture between the panes. Call glass company to take a look and replace.
  • Cracked/chipped shower pan and/or bathtub.  Repair (recommend Miracle Method in Reno)
  • Light fixtures that have failed.  Repair/replace.
  • Water in the crawl space.  Determine where it is coming from, eliminate it from entering, dry out and vent properly.  If necessary, install a gutters on the house, and improve grading or install French drain.  Under some circumstances, installing a sump pump may be necessary.
  • Failed or missing vapor barrier.  Install new vapor barrier.
  • Earth/dirt-to-wood contact… Eliminate contact.
  • Replace doorbell
  • Old door handle/lock.  May want to replace to freshen the first impression.
  • Failing paint where needed. Prep and paint, especially the front door/door frame & facia and window trim.
  • Holes and cracks in stucco.  Seal and paint with Elastomeric material.

2.  Clean It:  Make your house sparkle!  Whether you do it yourself or hire a cleaning service, this is a must!  It is best to take care of this BEFORE listing and showing your home.  Then, when you are about to close escrow, it will be easier to just do the final touches.  Don’t neglect the following:

  • Windows
  • Window Tracks and Frames
  • Window coverings
  • Walls (rub out scuffs with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser or My Barkeeper’s Friend)
  • Doors and door frames (Mr. Clean Magic Eraser)
  • Baseboards (Mr. Clean Magic Eraser or My Barkeeper’s Friend)
  • Corners of walls and ceilings (spider webs)
  • Light Fixtures
  • Toilets, mirrors, tubs, showers, counters
  • Inside and outside of all cabinets, cupboards and drawers (use Murphy’s Oil or The Method Almond Oil from Target)
  • Inside and outside all appliances (oven, stove, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, trash compactor… all appliances that will be visible during showings)
  • Under sinks
  • Garage (sweep it out, eliminate belongings you don’t need, and organize)

3.  Stage and Prep for Photography and Showings:  If your home is already vacant, we can bring in a range of staging pieces, from full furniture sets to essential decorative accessories.  When occupying the home while you are selling, decluttering, organizing and moving belongings around may be recommended.  This process is one of my areas of expertise, and one of the most important steps prior to professional photography by Matt Waclo Photography.  Professional photography is included in my listing services and is critical for making the best first impression possible.

For guidance regarding these essential steps for selling your home, please feel free to contact me directly at 775-233-0682 or email me at dhallerbach@intero.com.


Posted on January 29, 2020 at 8:47 pm
Denise Hallerbach | Posted in Real Estate News | Tagged , , , ,

The Weekend Warrior (Jan 23-26)

EAGLES AND AGRICULTURE
THURSDAY-SUNDAY, JANUARY 23-26
VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN CARSON VALLEY

Celebrate the awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur of the most majestic birds on the planet and the past and future of our local agriculture at Eagles and Agriculture.  A couple of great events may still have openings, so don’t delay purchasing your tickets. The event kicks off Thursday evening, Jan 23 with the Opening Reception and Photography Exhibit, featuring spectacular works of area wildlife photographers. And the highly popular Falconers’ Dinner takes place Friday evening, Jan 24 at the Carson Valley Inn.  At the dinner, you’ll get an up-close look at impressive raptors and their handlers.  For more info about Eagles and Agriculture and the full schedule of events this weekend, please visit Business.CarsonValleyNV.org.

WILL C.
THURSDAY-SATURDAY, JANUARY 23-25
PIONEER UNDERGROUND & LEX NIGHTCLUB

You never know what can happen when you say “hell yes” to a dare.  That’s exactly what Will C. did 25 years ago at The World Famous Comedy Store in La Jolla, CA.  It was then that the comedy bug bit and latched onto him, and he never shook it loose going forward.  Since then, he has toured around the US and Canada, offering “quick wit, over the top goofiness, and the ability to relate to his audiences.  He has also been writing and acting, and killing it in comedy competitions across the country.  Click HERE for a video of Will C doing his thing!  For tickets to see him live at one of his five stand-up performances this weekend, visit RenoTahoeComedy.com.

BROADWAY COMES TO RENO: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, JANUARY 24-26
PIONEER CENTER for the PERFORMING ARTS

What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby?  You’d get The Play That Goes Wrong.  Touted by The New York Times as a “gut-busting hit,” and by Huffpost as “the funniest play Broadway has ever seen,” this Broadway & London’s award-winning smash comedy takes the stage at The Pioneer for five hilarious performances.  It’s a classic murder mystery chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania, and is fully expected to bring down the house.  Learn more about the show and purchase tickets in advance at PioneerCenter.com or at the Pioneer Box Office M-F (11 am-6 pm) and 2 hours prior to showtime.

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
BEGINS FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 THROUGH SUNDAY, JANUARY 16 (THUR-SUN)
RENO LITTLE THEATRE

One of world’s most beloved murder mysteries begins this weekend in Midtown.  Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express loads a train full of suspects and an alibi for each one.  It’s the perfect mystery for the world famous detective Hercule Poirot, n’est-ce pas. Wax your mustache, hold on to your passport, and get ready for a suspenseful, thrilling ride aboard the legendary Orient Express at Reno Little Theatre.  Visit RenoLittleTheatre.org showtimes and dates, as well as info about Thirsty Thursday and discounts for seniors, military and students.

SIERRA JUNIOR TENNIS ASSOCIATION presents A ROARING 20’S GALA
SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 (5:30-10:30 pm)
NATIONAL AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM – 10 S. Lake Street, Downtown Reno

It’s been 100 years since the roaring 20’s!  What better way to celebrate the centennial marking than to also support youth tennis at A Roaring 20’s GalaSierra Junior Tennis Association is throwing it’s annual fundraising bash in an effort to quadruple the group’s outreach, providing free tennis and learning programs to under-resourced youth in Northern Nevada.  Last year, they touched the lives of 1,000 children. This year’s goal is to reach 4,000!  Learn more about SJTA and join the fun at the National Automobile Museum, by visiting SierraJuniorTennis.org. If trying to purchase last-minute tickets, email tennis@sierrajuniortennis.org.

WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL
SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 (7-10 pm)
WHITNEY PEAK HOTEL – 3RD FLOOR

It’s time to get wild in Reno!  “Friends of Black Rock-High Rock” hosts the Wild & Scenic Film Festival showing Saturday night at Whitney Peak Hotel! The annual event offers viewings of award-winning films that focus on adventure, activism and conservation.  The fun doesn’t stop there!  In addition to 3 hours of inspiring films, Wild & Scenic includes a special raffle for two Burning Man tickets and a cool silent auction with oodles of other great prizes.  Learn more about the festival, and about the benefits of joining “Friends of Black Rock-High Rock” at BlackRockDesert.org.

BREW HAHA
SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 (8 pm)
NUGGET CASINO RESORT – Nugget Ballroom, Sparks, NV

Attention all beer lovers!!  It’s the event that you’ve been waiting for since last year!  Brew HaHa is a super fun benefit for Sierra Arts Foundation, featuring a huge selection of micro and macro Beer tasting plus live music featuring The Garage Boys.  The high energy, 100% organic rock band out of Las Vegas will keep you entertained while you explore all of the tasty beer and stroll the artists’ village, featuring the works of 40 local artists.  Learn more about options for ticket levels, and save when you purchase ahead of the event at NuggetCasinoResort.com.

IGNITE
SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 (9 pm)
HARRAH’S RENO – Sammy’s Showroom

I’m not sure how long this show is going to be around based on the news that Harrah’s Reno is closing it’s doors after 82 years of entertaining The Biggest Little City.  Ignite, Harrah’s steamy burlesque show heats up historic Sammy’s Showroom, and is “a fiery exploration of the things that heat you up- passion, desire, adrenaline- an explosion of sensations to put a little pink in your cheeks, a drop in your jaw, and a fiery roar of laughter in your belly.”  Learn more and purchase tickets in advance at Caesar.com.

BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY
SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 (10 pm)
LEX NIGHTCLUB

Let the easy-going gangsta rap of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony lull you into their groove at LEX Nightclub Saturday night.  Since releasing their debut album in 1993, the group has produced a dozen studio albums.  The group has received several award nominations, and landed a Soul Train Music Award and a Grammy for the 1996 hit “The Crossroads.”  Other popular Bone Thugs-N-Harmony hits include “Thuggish Ruggish Bone” and “1st of Tha Month.”  Purchase tickets to see the group live at GrandSierraResort.com.

TAKE TO THE SLOPES… SNOW RIDE!
ANYDAY
ANY OF THESE FABULOUS NEARBY SKI RESORTS

Check out the latest conditions, as well as lift status at your favorite local snow riding resort:

WEDNESDAY GAME NIGHT
EVERY WEDNESDAY (5-8 pm)
COFFEE N’ COMICS – 941 W. Moana Lane, Reno

Join the fun of friendly competition and meeting others who enjoy the same.  Wednesday Game Night happens every Wednesday evening from 5-8 pm at Coffee N/ Comics in Reno.  What’s your favorite board game to play?  Monopoly?  Yahtzee?  Heads Up?  Bring your favorite games to play with your friends and/or others, and you’ll receive 15% off your drinks for the evening.  Visit CoffeeComics.com for more about other events on Coffee N’ Comics’ calendar, including Open Mic Stand Up Night, the Story Telling Series, and Pass the DJ.

FEATURED RECIPE
COCONUT MISO SALMON CURRY

What a great change from my “usual,” a treat for my family AND quick/easy to prepare!  I was so happy to find Coconut-Miso Salmon Curry at Cooking.NYTimes.com.”This light, delicate weeknight curry comes together in less than 30 minutes and is defined by its deep miso flavor. Miso is typically whisked into soups toward the end of the recipe, but sweating it directly in the pot with ginger, garlic and a little oil early on helps the paste caramelize, intensifying its earthy sweetness. Adding coconut milk creates a rich broth that works with a wide range of seafood… A squeeze of lime and a flurry of fresh herbs keep this curry bright and citrusy.”  Learn how to make it on My Favorite Recipes Blog or Cooking.NYTimes.com.

MUST SELL LISTING…
This beautiful home is so ready for her new owner AND only 20 minutes to skiing, 10 minutes to hiking, 5 minutes from The Summit shopping, and a couple minutes to Raleys, the library and the park. 30 Tanea Court may just be the perfect fit for you and your clan!  Located in South Reno, just off of Wedge Parkway, she boasts 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms (1 bed/1bath are downstairs), a living room, family room, dining room, breakfast nook AND bonus room!  The spacious backyard features plenty of room for a garden, and has a working pond and a storage shed. With 2,698 square feet of living space on 1/3 acre, you can’t go wrong.  Take advantage of the reduced price of $529,500!  For more information and pictures, please visit Bit.ly/30TaneaRealScout.

Posted on January 23, 2020 at 7:17 am
Denise Hallerbach | Posted in Weekend Warrior | Tagged , , ,