Thoughts About Independence on Independence Day

One of the first documented celebrations of the 4th of July occurred in 1778 when George Washington issued double rations of rum to all of his soldiers to mark the anniversary of our nation’s independence from England.  It was not until 1870 that the 4th of July was declared a national holiday.   As youContinue reading “Thoughts About Independence on Independence Day”

Current Housing Options for Homeless Veterans in Reno are Dwindling

While I am a huge proponent of all qualified home buyers taking the steps necessary to make home-ownership their reality, owning a house is not for everyone and not all buyers are qualified.  The Housing and Urban Development Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program provides rental assistance for homeless Veterans by providing them with aContinue reading “Current Housing Options for Homeless Veterans in Reno are Dwindling”

Today is National PTSD Awareness Day

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a psychological reaction to traumatic events that can be experienced by anyone who has been exposed to a life-threatening, violent, or dangerous situation. Common sufferers include combat Veterans and First Responders, who respond to help victims of traumatic events. According to the Veterans Administration, PTSD is the leading contributingContinue reading “Today is National PTSD Awareness Day”

Don’t Let the Term ‘Rural’ Fool You When it Comes to Home Buyer Assistance

Alleviating the affordable housing problem in the greater Reno Metro area starts with getting qualified buyers into home ownership and out of high priced rentals.  Lowering the demand for rentals will drive prices down and make it easier for those with fewer monetary resources to find homes. In my last post, Down Payment Assistance MayContinue reading “Don’t Let the Term ‘Rural’ Fool You When it Comes to Home Buyer Assistance”

Down Payment Assistance May Be Right at Your Fingertips

As I mentioned last week, down payment assistance doesn’t just help new home buyers. There are down payment assistance programs available to help Teachers, Veterans, first time home buyers, and many other home buying hopefuls.   Below are some highlights of the programs offered by the Nevada Housing Division, with links to the program websitesContinue reading “Down Payment Assistance May Be Right at Your Fingertips”

Down Payment Assistance Doesn’t Just Help New Home Buyers

The struggles to secure housing in the Reno Sparks area are not limited to those who live in transitory housing. Conventional home buyers are finding themselves hard pressed to save for a down payment, while simultaneously paying high rents and making ends meet.  In the past 6 years the median rent in the Reno MetroContinue reading “Down Payment Assistance Doesn’t Just Help New Home Buyers”

The Reno Sparks Real Estate Market Makes Finding Sustainable Housing a Challenge

An analysis completed by the Reno Gazette Journal indicates that with median home prices in Reno recently soaring to $420,500 and $352,100 in Sparks, an income of over $80,000 is required to secure a mortgage for the average single family home.  According to the 2016 Census, the median income in Reno was $48,815, while theContinue reading “The Reno Sparks Real Estate Market Makes Finding Sustainable Housing a Challenge”

How Did I End Up In Real Estate?

I get asked this question a lot.  How did I go from being a Chemist who worked for 13 years in compliance, to suddenly selling real estate?  To me, the answer is simple: I want to help people. When I was 20, I decided I no longer wanted to throw money at rent, so IContinue reading “How Did I End Up In Real Estate?”