Crispy Baked Chicken Wings

Crispy Baked Chicken Wings

What you need:

  • Buffalo sauce
    • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
    • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/4 cup hot pepper sauce (example, “Franks”)
  • Ginger-soy glaze
    • 1/4 cup honey
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 3 large garlic cloves, crushed
    • 1 2×1″ piece of ginger, peeled, sliced
  • Wings
    • 5 pounds chicken wings, tips removed, drumettes and flats separated
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

What to do:

  • For buffalo sauce
    • Mix first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl; let let stand for 5 minutes. Whisk in hot sauce; keep warm.
    • DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 week ahead. Let cool completely; cover and chill. Rewarm before using.
  • For ginger-soy glaze:
    • Bring all ingredients and 1/4 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring to dissolve honey. Reduce heat to low; simmer, stirring occasionally, until reduced to 1/4 cup, 7–8 minutes. Strain into a medium bowl. Let sit for 15 minutes to thicken slightly.
    • DO AHEAD: Can be made 5 days ahead. Cover; chill. Rewarm before using.
  • For wings:
    • Preheat oven to 400°F. Set a wire rack inside each of 2 large rimmed baking sheets. Place all ingredients in a large bowl; toss to coat. Divide wings between prepared racks and spread out in a single layer.
    • Bake wings until cooked through and skin is crispy, 45–50 minutes.
    • Line another rimmed baking sheet with foil; top with a wire rack. Add half of wings to ginger-soy glaze and toss to evenly coat. Place wings in a single layer on prepared rack and bake until glaze is glossy and lightly caramelized, 8–10 minutes.
    • Toss remaining half of wings in Buffalo sauce. Serve immediately (no need to bake).

** This fabulous recipe was provided by EPICURIOUS.COM.


Posted on January 27, 2019 at 6:32 pm
Denise Hallerbach | Posted in Favorite Recipes | Tagged

May 2020 Market Report

** Data in this report reflect market activity from April 2020 compared to the previous month and year.  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.

Here is the market overview:

And here is the breakdown for a couple of interesting statistics from April 2020:

  • At $416,500, the April 2020 Median Sales Price for single-family re-sale properties in Reno-Sparks combined for the month was $416,500, a slight 0.4% increase from March 2020, and up 10.5% April last year.

  • As seen in the chart above, the # of Closed Sales at dropped from 507 in March 2020 to 374 in April.  This marks a 26% decline in closed sales month-over-month, and nearly 30% fewer closed sales compared to last year.

Months Supply of Inventory (MSI) in April 2020 jumped back up 31% compared to March, recording 2.2 months supply.  This measure of inventory is also about 6% higher than in April 2019. MSI accounts for the time it would take to “sell out” of the Reno-Sparks inventory at the current rate of sale.  A balanced market is around 5-6 months of supply.  Therefore, this the low 2.2 months supply, we are still very much considered to be in a Seller’s Market.

The average # of Days from Listing to Contract in April 2020 was 39 days.  This is still quite a short period of time when looking back over the last few years.  The # of Days to Contract is about 7% lower than April 2019.  These averages account for all price ranges.

With Seller’s receiving an average of 98.9% of asking in April 2020, we have continued to see no significant change for this statistic overall.

One may wonder if coronavirus is having an effect on the percentage of distressed sales in Reno-Sparks.  At this time, the answer appears to be “no.”  In April 2020, Distressed Sales (short-sales and foreclosures) are nearly 50% lower than the same time last year.

Here is what is happening now… The Week Ending May 9, 2020:

After 4 straight weeks of an increase in New Contracts, the week ending May 9 saw a relative leveling out of New Contracts, with just a slight 2.2% decrease from the previous week.  Overall, the number of new Contracts for this week last year is down about 10%.

# of New Listings to hit the market the week ending May 9 increased 25% compared to the previous week.  The Reno-Sparks real estate market saw nearly 42% fewer new listings than the week ending May 11, 2019.

SUMMARY:

  • Real Estate in Nevada continues to be an “essential service.”  Governor Sisolak’s mandate to eliminate in-person open houses for all properties, and in-person showings of tenant/renter-occupied properties has been extended to May 30, 2020.   All owner-occupied and vacant properties may still be shown to prospective buyers with practice of social distancing, use of personal protective equipment and frequent 20-second hand-washing &/or hand-sanitizing.
  • Starting May 4, California Bay Area agents were allowed to show occupied properties and to stage vacant properties once again. The allowance for such activities could potentially mean an increase of activity in Nevada, a place where many Californias are expected to call their “new home.”
  • Lending qualification parameters have tightened, but the Mortgage Interest Rates are staying low!  For a super reputable, local lender recommendation, contact me.  I will be happy to connect you with the best!
  • Looking more closely at the last full week of activity (ending May 9) the # of New Contracts has leveled week-over-week, and the # of New Listings rose slightly.
  • While the sales volume took a hit in April, the Median Sales Price has held steady, largely due to buyer-demand keeping pace fairly stable rate of sale and continued low inventory.
  • Nationally acclaimed economist and author of the Blog “ECON 70” Elliot Eisenberg, PhD checked in again with the Reno-Sparks Association of Realtors.  This month, Elliot stands by last month’s assertion that the current recession is very different from previous recessions, and that it will be deep but relatively short.  Click HERE to watch the April 2020 “Monthly Economic Minute.”

Posted on May 14, 2020 at 6:06 am
Denise Hallerbach | Posted in Reno-Sparks Market Report | Tagged , , , , ,

Weekly Watch (Week Ending May 2, 2020)

While COVID-19 continues to run its course, and businesses begin to safely re-open, many are left to wonder, “What is happening with the real estate market?”  “The Weekly Watch,” keeps a close eye on what is happening with sales and values in the Greater Reno-Sparks Region on a weekly basis.  We are here to provide you with the most up-to-date information to help you make informed decisions regarding your investments.   The graphs below represent activity for single-family residences (excluding condos, townhouses and new construction) from the week ending May 2, 2020 compared to the previous week and year.  The numbers are subject to change slightly, due to late reporting by real estate agents to Northern Nevada Multiple Listing Service.

 

Week-over-week, we saw a slight dip in the Median Sales Price from $414,000 to $402,500. The Median Sales price has been bouncing around the $400k mark since the much of the economy has been shut down due to COVID-19.  This statistic is reflective of properties that went into contract roughly 30 days ago (the common length of escrow for properties obtaining financing).

 

# of Closed Sales popped back up to 96, a 15.7% increase in unit sales volume week-over-week.  Our unit sales volume is about 1/2 of what is was during the same week last year.  Again, this statistic is reflective of properties that went into contract about 30 days ago.

 

The Percentage of List Price that Sellers are receiving has held steady over the last few weeks.  Sellers  received an average of 98.7% of List Price through the week ending May 2.

 

The average # of Days from Listing to Contract dropped again the week ending May 2, a showing of 20% decrease over the last 2 weeks.  Compared to this same week in 2019, the # of Days to Contract has increased 8%.

 

In the week ending May 2, the Active Inventory decreased 7.3% compared to the previous week.  The Active Inventory is about 30% lower than the same week in 2019.  This week’s Active Inventory count may be lower at this time due to an increase of properties going under contract, as seen later in this report.

 

After a significant spike in the # of Withdrawn, Temporarily Withdrawn, or Expired Listings from the previous week,  this pull-back activity has drastically dropped back down, approximately 70%.   This statistic falls in line with the same time period in 2019, when 25 listings were also Withdrawn or Expired.

 

Positive News!  The # of New Contracts/Pending Sales increased again from 121 to 149, a 23% increase week-over-week.  This is the fourth straight week that the market has shown an increase in New Contracts.
Looking more closely at the # of New Contracts/Pending Sales in the chart above, 5 of the 11 price ranges have shown an increase of New Contracts from the week ending April 25 to the week ending May 2.

 

After a doubling of the # of New Listings from the week ending April 18 to the week ending April 25, the # of New Listings dropped by 48% during the week ending May 2.  The # of New Listings compared to the same week in 2019 is down nearly 60%.

Summing It Up…

  • California Real Estate is nearly fully operational!  Property showings in California are now permitted for all properties (vacant AND occupied) and limited to entry by the agent and two buyers.  Property staging in many counties is allowed again.  Traditional open houses are still off-limits.
  • With increased activity in California, we are hopeful for a flow-over of increased new activity in Nevada.
  • Over the last few weeks, many Northern Nevada real estate professions (Realtors®, escrow/title officers and lenders) are reporting a great increase in activity in the last couple of weeks.  Just a few days ago, I learned that one escrow officer opened 8 new escrows in one day.  Excellent!
  • Reno-Sparks is seeing an increase of New Contracts over the last 4 weeks!  Again, we are hopeful this trend will continue in the coming weeks.
  • While unemployment is a major concern for many, we appear to find Buyers who are qualified and taking great advantage of low interest rates at this time.  If you are looking to purchase now and need to connect with a great lender, contact me.  I’ll hook you up!
  • For more information about specific property values and to search real estate for when YOU are ready to purchase/sell, please do not hesitate to call me at 775-233-0682 or email dhallerbach@intero.com.

 


Posted on May 7, 2020 at 4:34 am
Denise Hallerbach | Posted in Reno-Sparks Market Report | Tagged , , ,

Weekly Watch (Week Ending April 25, 2020)

Welcome to “The Weekly Watch,” a closer look at the real estate market in the Greater Reno-Sparks Region.  While we await the reintroduction of business activity in the coming weeks, I am providing the most up-to-date information to help you make informed decisions regarding your investments.   The graphs below represent activity for single-family residences from the week ending April 25, 2020 compared to the previous week and year.  The numbers are subject to change slightly, due to late reporting by real estate agents to Northern Nevada Multiple Listing Service.  The data excludes condos/townhouses and new construction.

 

The Median Sales Price continues to push upward 4.7% from $401,000 to roughly $420k week-over-week. The Median Sales price is also up 20% from this same week last year. This statistic is reflective of properties that went into contract roughly 30 days ago (the common length of escrow for properties obtaining financing).

 

# of Closed Sales dropped again during the week ending April 25, 2020.  20% fewer single family homes sold compared to the previous week ending April 18.  Our unit sales volume is down 45% compared to the same week in 2019.  Again, this statistic is reflective of properties that went into contract about 30 days ago.

 

Sellers are continuing to receive a high percentage of asking, 98.7% during the week ending April 25.  This statistic is fairly consistent when looking back to the previous week and year.

 

The average # of Days from Listing to Contract ticked down slightly (-4.1%) from week ending April 18 to April 25.  Days to Contract are 26.7% greater than last year, suggesting it is taking an average of 10 days longer to receive an acceptable offer.

 

In the week ending April 25, the Active Inventory was fairly steady, with only a 1.5% decrease compared to the previous week.  The active inventory is about 25% lower than the same week in 2019. This inventory includes properties of all price ranges.

 

During the week ending April 25, the number of single family residences that were either withdrawn from the market, expired, or were temporarily withdrawn from the market spiked significantly.  We saw 187% increase in the number of properties removed from the market compared to the previous week.  This figure is roughly 230% higher than the same week in 2019.

 

The # of New Contracts/Pending Sales increased again from 112 to 125, an 11.6% increase week-over-week.  In last week’s report, I noted that on April 18, I had 9 properties scheduled to show my buyers, and of those 9, 5 went into contract that day or shortly after. These properties ranged in asking price from $340,000 to $390,000.
This higher level of activity prompted me to look more closely at the # of New Contracts/Pending Sales broken down by price.  Above is a graph illustrating the pending activity level by price range.  Note that the $300k-$400k and $500k-$600k price ranges revealed more new contracts than the previous week and same period in time last year.

 

# of New Listings during the week ending April 25 nearly DOUBLED compared to the previous week.  The New Listing count slightly lower (-3.4% ) compared to the same week last year.  Will buyer demand keep up with a relative influx of homes on the market?  What price ranges are we seeing these new listings?  Check it out…

All price ranges (with the exception of $100k-$200k) saw a significant increase week-0ver-week in the # of New Listings.  Looking at the blue and gray lines, many price ranges also showed an increase year-over-year.

Summing It Up…

  • As we eagerly await Governor Sisolak’s upcoming directives to re-open businesses in Nevada, Owner-occupied homes and vacant properties are permitted to be shown by appointment.  Tenant-occupied properties are prohibited from showings. Traditional open houses are also not permissible.  
  • Social Distancing practices and use of personal protective gear (masks, sterilizing wipes, shoe coverings) are in fully effect.
  • GREAT NEWS!!  California Bay Area Realtors® may now show vacant AND occupied properties.  The Seller must not be present during showings and specific safety guidelines are followed. Commercial activity is also re-opened with the same rules applied.  Logically, if activity and sales increase in California, we should see a following of activity in Nevada, the landing spot for many people relocating from California.
  • Week-over-week, we saw a surge in New Listings across nearly all price points and an 11.6% increase of New Contracts week-over-week.
  • While sales volume has been declining over the last few weeks, we are seeing signs of hope with the increase of New Contracts, New Listings and re-opening of businesses on the horizon.
  • Mortgage Interest Rates are still low.  Contact me for a highly qualified lender recommendation to get pre-approved at your qualifying rate!
  • For more information about specific property values and to search real estate for when YOU are ready to purchase/sell, please do not hesitate to call me at 775-233-0682 or email dhallerbach@intero.com.

 


Posted on April 29, 2020 at 10:09 pm
Denise Hallerbach | Posted in Reno-Sparks Market Report | Tagged ,

Technology at Work… Navigating the World of Virtual Real Estate

Today’s everyday reality is pretty different than it looked just a few weeks ago. We’re learning how to do a lot of things in new ways, from how we work remotely to how we engage with our friends and neighbors. Almost everything right now is shifting to a virtual format. One of the big changes we’re adapting to is the revisions to the common real estate transaction, which all vary by state and locality. Technology, however, is making it possible for many of us to continue on the quest for homeownership, an essential need for all.

Here’s a look at some of the elements of the process that are changing (at least in the near-term), due to stay-at-home orders and social distancing, and what you may need to know about each one if you’re thinking of buying or selling a home sooner rather than later.

1. Virtual Consultations – Instead of heading into an office, you can meet with real estate and lending professionals through video chat. Whether it’s your first initial needs analysis as a buyer or your listing appointment as a seller, you can still get the process started remotely and create a plan together. Your trusted advisor is still on your side.

2. Home Searches & Virtual Showings – According to theNational Association of Realtors (NAR), the Internet is one of the three most popular information sources buyers use when searching for homes. Your real estate agent can send you listing information and help you request a virtual showing when you’re ready to start looking. This means you can virtually walk through the homes on your wish list while keeping your family safe. As a seller, you can still have virtual open houses and virtual tours too, so as not to miss those buyers looking to find a home right now.

3. Document Signing – Although this is another area that varies by state, today more portions of the transaction are being done digitally. In many areas, your agent or loan officer can set up an account where you can upload all of the required documents and sign electronically right from your computer.

4. Sending Money – Whether you need to pay for an appraisal or submit closing costs, there are options available. Depending on the transaction and local regulations, you may be able to pay by credit card, and most banks will also allow you to wire funds from your account. Sometimes you can send a check by mail, and in some states, a mobile escrow agent will pick up a check from your home.

5. Closing Process – Again, depending on your area, a mobile notary may be able to bring the required documents to your home before the closing. If your state requires an attorney to be present, check with your legal counsel to see what options are available. Also, depending on the title company, some are allowing drive-thru closings, which is similar to doing a transaction at a bank window.

Although these virtual processes are starting to become more widely accepted, it does not mean that this is the way things are going to get done from now on. Under the current circumstances, however, technology is making it possible to continue much of the real estate transaction today.

Bottom Line

If you need to move today, technology can help make it happen; there are options available. Let’s touch base today to discuss your situation and our local regulations, so you don’t have to put your real estate plans on hold.


Posted on April 23, 2020 at 4:32 am
Denise Hallerbach | Posted in In-The-Know Real Estate Blog | Tagged , ,

Weekly Watch (Week Ending April 18, 2020)

Currently we are living in a world that is ever changing. My goal in “The Weekly Watch” is to increase your knowledge about what is happening with your investments and to provide you with information to help guide your decisions during this unprecedented time. The following are highlights from the most recent real estate activity in the Greater Reno-Sparks Region. These graphs represent activity for single-family residences for the week ending April 18, 2020 compared to the previous week, and compared to the week ending April 20, 2019. The data excludes condos/townhouses and new construction.

 

The Median Sales Price jumped back up 4.4%, from $407,000 to $425,000 from the week ending April 11, 2020 to the week ending April 18, 2020. The Median Sales price is also up 10.4% from this same week last year. This statistic is reflective of properties that went into contract roughly 30 days ago (the common length of escrow for properties obtaining financing).

# of Closed Sales increased 17.8% between the week ending April 11 and the April 18, 2020. This number is down 22.5% from the same week last year. Again, this statistic is reflective of properties that went into contract about 30 days ago.

Of the properties that went into contract approximately 30 days ago, these 86 Sellers received 99% of List Price. This is a slight increase of 0.3% from the previous week’s closed sales.

# of Days from Listing to Contract increased 51.8% from the week ending April 11 to April 18. Though this may seem like a radical change week over week, it is only taking 3.3% longer on average to accept an offer for purchase than this same time last year.
In the week ending April 18, the Active Inventory dropped 5.6% compared to the previous week, and is down about 24% from the same week in 2019. This inventory includes properties of all price ranges.

During the week ending April 18, 30 single family residences were either withdrawn from the market, expired, or were temporarily withdrawn from the market. This number sharply increased 30.4 from 23 the previous week, but skyrocketed a whopping 130.8% from the same time last year. We’re going to have to blame this one on COVID-19!

With 110 New Contracts/Pending Sales during the week ending April 18, there are 27.6% fewer new contracts compared to the same time last year. However, the # of New Contracts/Pending Sales did increase 31% compared to the previous week. So this figure is encouraging. I can personally report that on April 18, I had 9 properties scheduled to show my buyers, and of those 9, 5 went into contract that day or shortly after. These properties ranged in asking price from $340,000 to $390,000. We definitely have buyers out there taking advantage of low interest rates and scooping up homes.

# of New Listings during the week ending April 18 declined 19.5% compared to the previous week, and a staggering 54% compared to the same time last year.Will this low inventory keep our prices steady? We shall see…

Summing It Up…

  • With the use of a “Coronavirus Property Entry Advisory & Declaration,” and strict practice of social distancing guidelines, real estate activity in Nevada continues.
  • Properties in Nevada are shown by appointment only. Owner-occupied homes and vacant properties are permitted to be shown, while all tenant-occupied properties are prohibited from showings. Traditional open houses are also not permissible.
  • Though sales volume, new contracts and new listings are significantly down compared to the same time period last year, single-family home prices do not seem to be affected. Median Sales Price, as seen in the above chart, is hovering around $400k and even appears to be edging up since mid February.
  • Mortgage interest rates are still VERY LOW… For home purchase and re-financing information and rates that apply to you, contact me, and I’ll introduce you to a reputable local lender.
  • While growing unemployment is still a major concern, we look forward to the return of business activity throughout the US and the continuance of our thriving Nevada economy.
  • While many Californias currently are suffering an economic hit, our suspicion is that those who were already planning a relocation to Nevada will be even more motivated once their feet are back on the ground. We just need to get on the other side of “the curve.”
  • For more information about specific property values and to search real estate for when YOU are ready to purchase/sell, please do not hesitate to call me at 775-233-0682 or email dhallerbach@intero.com.


Posted on April 23, 2020 at 1:16 am
Denise Hallerbach | Posted in Reno-Sparks Market Report | Tagged , ,

April 2020 Market Report

** Data in this report reflect market activity from March 2020 compared to the previous month and year.  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.

Here is the market overview:

MEDIAN SALES PRICE

  • At $415,000, the March 2020 Median Sales Price for single-family re-sale properties in Reno-Sparks combined is recorded as 12.5% higher than March of last year, and up 6% from February 2020.

# OF UNITS SOLD

  • As seen in the chart above, the # of Closed Sales at 502 increased from February approximately 10% and increased 9.6% from March 2019.

MONTHS SUPPLY OF INVENTORY

Months Supply of Inventory (MSI) in March 2020 was substantially lower than March of 2019, a drop of 31.1%.  MSI accounts for the time it would take to “sell out” of the Reno-Sparks inventory at the current rate of sale.  A balanced market is around 5-6 months of supply.  March 2020 posted MSI of 1.5 months, suggesting we are still in a Seller’s Market.

# OF NEW CONTRACTS

The number of listed homes that have gone int0 contract (accepted offer) has decreased about 7% since February 2020.  This statistic is also down 13% from the same time last year, and is likely due to the shutdown of many of our industries in the US due to COVID-19.  Spring is typically the beginning of the “selling season” with new contracts increasing into June-July each year.

#OF NEW LISTINGS

The biggest surprise…  # of New Listings actually rose 19.4% from February to March 2020.  There was no significant change in the # of New Listings compared to March 2019, indicating that in March, Sellers were still needing to list in order to sell, even during the pandemic.

WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW??

CLOSED SALES THE WEEK ENDING APRIL 11, 2020

Let’s take a closer look at what is happening more recently … As a result of the drop in new contracts about 1 month ago, and some cancelled escrows (likely many due to Coronavirus), the # of Closed Sales the week ending April 11 took a nose-dive 50% since the week ending March 28.  Only 66 single family residences in the Greater Reno-Sparks region closed escrow the week ending April 11.

NEW CONTRACTS THE WEEK ENDING APRIL 11, 2020

Though sales volume overall was down the week ending April 11, 88 single-family homes went into contract, an increase of 6% from the previous week.

NEW LISTINGS THE WEEK ENDING APRIL 11, 2020

The # of New Listings has been bouncing around the last several weeks.  From the week ending April 4 to the week ending April 11, volume of New Listings has dropped roughly 21%.

SUMMARY:

  • Real Estate in Nevada is an “essential business.”  Though Governor Sisolak has mandated that open houses and showings of tenant/renter-occupied properties cease, owner-occupied and vacant properties may still be shown to prospective buyers.  Social distancing, along with use of face masks/coverings, hand sanitizing wipes, gloves, 20-second hand-washing and removal of shoes/use of painter booties are being exercised by Realtors and their clients.
  • Santa Clara County, and other Bay Area counties have imposed additional tighter restrictions such as no showings of ANY occupied properties.  This is significantly impacting the real estate market in these areas, resulting in a drop in home sales volume there.  Many prospective CA sellers are Nevada’s buyers.  We look forward to when CA government lightens the restrictions on the real estate industry, allowing more completion of transactions that then flow into Nevada as purchases.
  • Though Mortgage Interest Rates are the lowest they have been in the last year, mortgage lenders have tightened their qualification parameters.  New purchase and refinance conditions have changed through the course of the pandemic due to economic and employment issues, and jumbo loans (those valued above the conforming loan limit of $510,400.) have been pulled back.  Learn more at CNBC.com.
  • A decline in the # of New Contracts in March is an indicator of decrease sales volume in the next couple of months.  As the number of new coronavirus infections decreases, the economy and employment recover, and we return to more “normal” activity, many economists predict that the housing market will make a quick recovery and housing prices may not be affected.
  • CLICK HERE to hear nationally acclaimed economist and author of the Blog “ECON 70” Elliot Eisenberg, PhD.  Elliot shares his thoughts about the current recession, the recovery of the economy and what should happen in real estate.

Posted on April 15, 2020 at 2:51 am
Denise Hallerbach | Posted in Reno-Sparks Market Report | Tagged

The Pre-Sell Punch List. Preparing Your Home for Sale.

So you’re cooped up at the house during the stay-at-home orders, and are looking for something productive to do?  If you are planning to sell your home, there are no excuses.  It’s time to whip it into shape for showings and getting top dollar when it hits the market.  Below is a helpful guide you can follow.  And when you’re ready to market and move, call me and we’ll make it happen!  775-233-0682.


Posted on April 13, 2020 at 4:40 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 In-The-Know Real Estate Blog | Tagged , , , ,