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SEPTEMBER 2011

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HandshakeWhat You Should Expect from your Management Company

Expect your Community Manager to be aware of their fiduciary responsibility to the Association and to do what is in the best interest of the Association. One of the first things to recognize is that the Community Manager for your Association is most

 

RealEstateAgentsA Who's Who Guide to Buying Your FIrst Home

From your real estate agent to utility companies, many folks may be a part of your home buying experience. Here's what they do - and why they do it.  If you want to buy a latte or a novel, you find the

 

BadNeighborAvoiding Conflict with the Neighbor

We all can just get along. The key? Communication. It's often the best way to prevent and resolve conflict before it reaches the legal system. You don't have to be friends or spend time together to achieve a peaceful coexistence, but you should try to be a good neighbor and follow these

 

ForeclosureAre You Facing Foreclosure?

Are you facing foreclosure? If so, you're not alone. Millions of homeowners across the country have found themselves unable to keep their homes in today's down economy. Investors let go of properties in strategic defaults and still other homeowners made tough decisions to walk away from homes in

 

 
Industry News     (click the headline to read the full story)

Home prices have taken such a beating and demand for rental units has increased so much that it's now cheaper to buy a two-bedroom home than to rent one in most major U.S. cities. Buying was cheaper than renting in 74% of the country's 50 largest cities in July, including Las Vegas, Mesquite, Reno and St. George.

 

One of the best ways to deter property crime is to raise awareness in your neighborhood through a watch group. Keeping an eye out for suspicious behavior can alert homeowners before the break-in occurs or discourage repeat burglaries. Although there has been a 4.6 decrease in property crime from 2008 to 2009, there were still 9,320,971 property

 

So you've found your dream home - but what about the community around it? If you make one of these common blunders, that home may not be so great after all. Buyers spend months combing through real-estate listing sites looking for that perfect home: the dwelling that fits their budget and their dreams of a better lifestyle.

 

As foreclosures and vacant homes sweep across the valley, they bring a rash of problems residents are becoming more and more familiar with.

Unkempt lawns, green pools and squatters are becoming common problems, and on Wednesday night, residents in Henderson gathered to learn how they can combat these issues.

 

As home values continue to tank, and cautious buyers continue to sit on the sidelines, a growing number of financially pinched homeowners - reluctant to sell their home at a loss - are choosing instead to rent their properties. Others are becoming accidental landlords because of a job opportunity that requires them to move before they can sell.

 

In 'flopping,' a home is purchased by insiders at a steep discount, then immediately sold for a big profit. Real-estate agent Lynne Wright thought she had found the perfect home for her clients. The quiet house on a cul-de-sac in one of the most prestigious gated communities in Bakersfield, Calif., was offered in a short sale for $40,000 less than similar homes on

 

The loan modification programs have been a joke. You have a house that has tanked in value and the best the banks can come up with is a plan where they sort of delay what you owe long enough for you to get back on your financial feet -- if that -- based on the flawed logic that the housing market is certain to improve in just a matter of months.

 

Peek inside some of the world's finest bedrooms, from exotic India to deepest, darkest Africa. These sumptuous suites take luxury to a new level. Whether you need inspiration that includes big on style and room to relax or that casually elegant home-away-from-home feeling, here are some ideas you can sleep on.

 

The regular maintenance and adjustment of your garage door opener needs to be a priority. Careful maintenance will help to extend its useful life. It can also insure the safety of your family and pets. Monthly maintenance should only take a few minutes of your time. Check out this quick and easy-to-follow video. 

 

Home inspectors find the darnedest things: pipes that go nowhere, collections of dead rodents, makeshift repairs. This Old House has gathered a massive collection of the most horrific and odd discoveries imaginable. We'll share a few of their finds with you regularly, starting with this first installment.
 

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RedRockRelay

Sept. 9 & 10

 

The Red Rock Relay travels the most beautiful running venues the world has to offer.

 

The race begins at 11,000 feet at Brian Head Ski resort then travels Dixie Nat'l Forest, Cedar Breaks, Snow Canyon, St. George, and ends at the entrance to Zion National Park. For 2 days party vehicles, beautiful scenery, and epic runs will be your Red Rock reality.  

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Reno Balloon Race

 

Sept. 9 - 11 

 

The Great Reno Balloon Race is the largest free hot air ballooning event in the Nation.

 

From Sept. 9 - 11, you can look up into the Reno skies and see a rainbow of hot air balloons soaring about. From its humble beginnings in 1982 with just 20 balloons, The Great Reno Balloon Race has taken flight with more than 100 balloons each year.

 

Taking place just a few miles north of downtown Reno, the event enchants both young and old with its vibrant colors and inspiring music.

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