Another Successful Closing!

| Barb Robinson-Ramirez

Congratulations to Barrett and Joy Evans and their two sons on a successful sale and closing of their home at 3025 Eastlake Blvd, Washoe Valley, NV on July 19, 2016! They purchased this fixer upper in May of 2011 and now sold the home which closed after 67 days on the market! Even though moving and […]

Congratulations to Barrett and Joy Evans and their two sons on a successful sale and closing of their home at 3025 Eastlake Blvd, Washoe Valley, NV on July 19, 2016! They purchased this fixer upper in May of 2011 and now sold the home which closed after 67 days on the market! Even though moving and home sales can be stressful, having the right team on your side can help! Make sure that you get in touch with someone who has been through the process and has a proven success rate!

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Want a Second Home? 5 Helpful Tips

| Barb Robinson-Ramirez

A row of vacation homes at Big White Ski Resort in Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia) English: Rental property in Horning on the River Bure (Photo credit: Wikipedia) English: Christian Patterson Rental Property (Eugene, Oregon) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Whether you’re thinking about buying an investment property for steady cash flow, a vacation home for your family […]

A row of vacation homes at Big White Ski Resor...
A row of vacation homes at Big White Ski Resort in Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Rental property in Horning on the Riv...
English: Rental property in Horning on the River Bure (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Christian Patterson Rental Property (...
English: Christian Patterson Rental Property (Eugene, Oregon) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Turn A Vintage Camera Collection Into Wall Art

| Barb Robinson-Ramirez

English: Vintage 8mm film camera, recorder. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) English: camera flash (Photo credit: Wikipedia) English: Vintage camera by R. Lechner, Bezirksmuseum Mariahilf. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-turn-your-vintage-camera-collection-into-wall-art-219770 How To Turn Your Vintage Camera Collection Into Wall Art.  This post has great information for decortating ideas. Leica I with added viewfinder (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The post […]

English: Vintage 8mm film camera, recorder.
English: Vintage 8mm film camera, recorder. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: camera flash
English: camera flash (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Vintage camera by R. Lechner, Bezirks...
English: Vintage camera by R. Lechner, Bezirksmuseum Mariahilf. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-turn-your-vintage-camera-collection-into-wall-art-219770

How To Turn Your Vintage Camera Collection Into Wall Art.  This post has great information for decortating ideas.

Leica I with added viewfinder
Leica I with added viewfinder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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5 Tips for a Comfortable Retirement

| Barb Robinson-Ramirez

This email was recently sent to me from Renee Luce at Prime Lending rluce@primelending.com and I really think that it is pertinent information for all! Lately my husband and I have been thinking a lot about retirement and what it is going to take to be able to be comfortable in those years. The page stated […]

This email was recently sent to me from Renee Luce at Prime Lending rluce@primelending.com and I really think that it is pertinent information for all! Lately my husband and I have been thinking a lot about retirement and what it is going to take to be able to be comfortable in those years. The page stated the following:

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Tesla Progress

| Rod O'Connor

There has been a lot of talk about the “Tesla Effect”, and all that it will hopefully bring to our community.  There is no doubt the opening of the huge gigafactory has already had an effect on our housing market.  There has been many other businesses that have come to open here in order to […]

There has been a lot of talk about the “Tesla Effect”, and all that it will hopefully bring to our community.  There is no doubt the opening of the huge gigafactory has already had an effect on our housing market.  There has been many other businesses that have come to open here in order to be closer to the factory, obviously, creating more jobs. There is talk about building and improving schools.  You pretty much can’t go anywhere without road construction.  And everyone keeps saying this is just the beginning since the factory isn’t even completed yet.  I for one am excited to think of all the possibilities we have before us.  Now is a great time to be a northern Nevadan.  And now is a great time to start thinking about where you live, where you would like to live, or maybe an investment property.    I have included a link below that gives us a pretty good insight into just where exactly Tesla is in it’s progress.  Please take a moment and check it out.

http://www.constructiondive.com/news/tesla-gigafactorys-grand-opening-set-for-july/420015/

USA Parkway Update

| Aidan Hanssen

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for USA Parkway Road Extension June 7, 2016 at 17:12 A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday afternoon on the construction of the USA Parkway extension, further connecting I-80 and U.S. 50 and Lyon, Storey and Washoe counties. Governor Brian Sandoval, Storey and Lyon County officials, Nevada Department of Transportation Director Rudy Malfabon […]

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for USA Parkway Road Extension
June 7, 2016 at 17:12

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday afternoon on the construction of the USA Parkway extension, further connecting I-80 and U.S. 50 and Lyon, Storey and Washoe counties.

Governor Brian Sandoval, Storey and Lyon County officials, Nevada Department of Transportation Director Rudy Malfabon attended the groundbreaking ceremony.

NDOT’S USA Parkway extension project will extend the parkway by more than 12 miles to reach U.S. 50 near Silver Springs, creating an approximately 18-mile-long, four-lane state roadway between Interstate 80 and U.S. 50.

The project is projected to reduce travel times by as much as 38% for those traveling between U.S. 50 and I-80.

The road will also help support regional economic development and serve as another route in the event of emergency or weather-related road closures.

In 20 years, more than 17,000 vehicles daily are anticipated to use the new segment of USA Parkway.

USA Parkway was originally constructed as a privately built, six-mile-long road connecting Interstate 80 to the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center east of Sparks.

“USA Parkway will continue our ongoing efforts and progress in building the necessary infrastructure for the New Nevada economy,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “USA Parkway will provide a necessary corridor that will open up Western Nevada to area development and growth and will help ease congestion for both commercial and commuter traffic.”

Improvements to the shoulders of the existing roadway, such as installing additional guardrail and relocating fire hydrants, will begin shortly. Major construction will also begin this month with removal of brush and vegetation on the future roadway alignment, as well as producing aggregate gravel that will eventually form the foundation of the roadway. During construction, only local business traffic will be allowed south of Sydney Way, the last major interchange on State Route 439/USA Parkway. While much of the construction will not impact motorists, drivers can anticipate minor travel delays on U.S. 50 in the Silver Springs area next year during construction of a traffic roundabout intersection connecting the USA Parkway and U.S. 50.

Originally slated for completion in 2019, the USA Parkway extension is being fast-tracked using the design-build method of construction and is scheduled to open to traffic by late 2017. Design-build construction brings the final design and construction of a project together in one construction contract, often providing enhanced project innovation, collaboration and value. Ames Construction was selected as the contractor for the project in January, with a $75.9 million construction bid that was two million lower than the next runner-up.

“We’re dedicated to providing a transportation system that keeps Nevadans safe and connected,” explained NDOT Director Rudy Malfabon. “By enhancing safety and reducing travel times and associated vehicle use and emissions, the societal benefits of extending the USA Parkway are projected at more than $600 million for the first 20 years.”

Project information is available at www.usaparkway.com or by dialing (775) 888-7000.

(Nevada Department of Transportation contributed to this report.)

TroubleShoot Garbage Disposal Issues

| Barb Robinson-Ramirez

Inner workings of an in-sink garbage disposal unit (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I have often thought that when it comes to Garbage Disposals that they were incorrectly named.  They are not really garbage disposals, nor are they food grinders.  They are in fact for small food particles and cleaning off dishes. If you are a Landlord […]

Inner workings of an in-sink garbage disposal unit
Inner workings of an in-sink garbage disposal unit (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have often thought that when it comes to Garbage Disposals that they were incorrectly named.  They are not really garbage disposals, nor are they food grinders.  They are in fact for small food particles and cleaning off dishes.

If you are a Landlord and manage your own rental you may have encountered this issue before. If you have not yet had to deal with this before hopefully this information will be helpful to you. Often trouble shooting the issue over the phone may save you time and money if you know the right questions to ask.

If you are a Tenant a home, you should acquaint yourself with some of the techniques contained in this post and it may save you and your Landlord time and money. Additionally it will help you to prepare for when you become a homeowner.

Here are my favorite trouble shooting methods for Garbage disposal issues:

Garbage, or food waste disposal from above
Garbage, or food waste disposal from above (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When a tenant calls me and states that the garbage disposal is not working, I ask what is it doing.  If the disposal is doing nothing, I tell them to make sure that there is nothing were in the disposal such as silverware or a sponge, by checking with their hand.  I will ask them if there is any sound or noise when they turn it on.  If there is no sound I ask them to open the cabinet under the sink and feel around the bottom of the garbage disposal for a little button called the reset button.  Once they have located this and depressed it the water can be turned on and the disposal tried again,

If the disposal still does not work, but is now making a buzzing sound, this more than likely indicates that the disposal is jammed. It could have become this way by disposing of too much food the last time it was used.

Installed garbage or food waste disposer
Installed garbage or food waste disposer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For this issue an Allen wrench is needed and you can insert it at the bottom of the disposal and turn it.  This will free up the disposal and it should then work.  If you do not have an Allen wrench, then a broom handle will work.  Simply place the broom or mop handle in the disposal and push down and rotate it so that the disposal blades move freely.  Once this occurs you can remove the handle, turn on the water and the disposal again.  It should be working now.  If all these steps do not resolve the issue then you may need to contact a professional.

 

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No need to worry about water supply

| Rod O'Connor

Our Water Supply Benefits From Generations of Careful Water Planning The following article was published in the Reno Gazette Journal on Sunday, May 8th. As summer approaches, many people are wondering about the status of our water supply. We had a moderate recovery this winter and spring thanks to numerous storms. The good news is […]

Our Water Supply Benefits From Generations
of Careful Water Planning

The following article was published in the Reno Gazette Journal on Sunday, May 8th.

As summer approaches, many people are wondering about the status of our water supply. We had a moderate recovery this winter and spring thanks to numerous storms. The good news is that we do not anticipate using our upstream reserves this year, meaning Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) will not be asking our customers for any additional conservation. Please continue to use water responsibly, but rest assured, we are saving all the water that we are legally permitted to store in our upstream reservoirs.

During last summer and fall, following the driest winter on record, TMWA used only 40 percent of our upstream reserves. Thanks goes out to the community for responding so well to our request for a 10 percent reduction in water use. That water-savings goal was nearly doubled, with our customers reducing their use by nearly 20 percent. We stored that saved water in upstream reservoirs. In addition, the long-anticipated Truckee River Operating Agreement (TROA) went into operation last December. For the first time ever, TROA allows us to store water in upstream reservoirs during the winter. This means we will go into this summer with about 65 percent more upstream reserves than we had going into last summer, or about 44,000 acre feet (over 14 billion gallons). If you would like to check out the status of our upstream reserves, please visit tmwa.com/reserves.

Our water future has never been more secure than it is today. However, those of us currently in the water business can’t take all of the credit, as smart management of our water resources started decades ago when our predecessor purchased Independence Lake in the 1930’s. Generations of long-term planning for dry conditions is what makes us different from many communities in the West who are still suffering water supply shortages. Living in the desert requires the need to plan ahead. Careful management of our water supply has been passed down from generation to generation and is the major reason why our region’s water system is different and difficult to compare to other systems.

TROA, implemented late last year after nearly 30 years of planning, negotiation and legal challenges, brings immense benefits to the Truckee Meadows water supply. This is an absolute game changer for our region. During droughts, TMWA now has the legal right to hold back and store more drought reserves in upstream reservoirs than ever before. Over time, our upstream drought storage will nearly triple TMWA’s previous storage capacity. Credit must be given to Senator Harry Reid, who convened the major parties on the Truckee River and started discussions on how to change the operation of the river and provide multiple benefits for all river users. Today, TROA is the biggest and most important piece of TMWA’s Water Resource Plan. View the entire plan at tmwa.com/plan.

In addition to the crucial and timely implementation of TROA, we are also proud to announce that the purchase of additional storage rights in Donner Lake is complete. The Truckee Carson Irrigation District recently sold their half of the Donner Lake water right to TMWA. This will enhance our community’s water resource portfolio and further expand our ability to store water upstream for use during droughts.

Another important piece of TMWA’s water supply program is to maximize the use of Truckee River water when it is available and reduce pumping of groundwater wells. During the winter months we turn off as many groundwater wells as possible and serve customers with treated surface (river) water. In addition, we also store treated surface water in underground aquifers during the winter months for use during droughts. TMWA has recharged 21 wells over the past seven months, storing nearly 887 million gallons of water underground. We are also in the process of expanding this program as 26 additional wells are being evaluated that could be added to our Aquifer Storage and Recovery program.

All these things add up to a very robust and resilient system that will provide a reliable water supply to our community even during extreme droughts. We ask you to please continue to use our precious resource responsibly and enjoy the summer.

Geno Martini is Mayor of Sparks and the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Truckee Meadows Water Authority

News from the airport

| Aidan Hanssen

Lyon County, NevadaLiked May 5 at 10:05am · SILVER SPRINGS AIRPORT MASTER PLAN UPDATE County Manager Jeff Page reported to the Board of Commissioners that his office is taking over the supervision and administration of the Airport Master Plan process. He explained that Lyon County will conduct a number of Community Workshops over the course […]

Lyon County, NevadaLiked
May 5 at 10:05am ·
SILVER SPRINGS AIRPORT MASTER PLAN UPDATE

County Manager Jeff Page reported to the Board of Commissioners that his office is taking over the supervision and administration of the Airport Master Plan process.

He explained that Lyon County will conduct a number of Community Workshops over the course of the next several months and take input from the public, stakeholders, developers and property owners. Please keep an eye on our web site and Facebook page for dates and times

What’s it Worth?

| Barb Robinson-Ramirez

Maybe you’re thinking of selling, maybe you’re thinking of refinancing, or maybe you’re just curious about the market. But the question is, “What is that residence of yours worth?” Such a simple question should be returned with a simple answer, right? Well unfortunately, determining the value of your home–or any home for that matter–can be […]

Maybe you’re thinking of selling, maybe you’re thinking of refinancing, or maybe you’re just curious about the market. But the question is, “What is that residence of yours worth?”

Such a simple question should be returned with a simple answer, right? Well unfortunately, determining the value of your home–or any home for that matter–can be a tricky process. You can go online and these days there are endless websites that will promise you a fast answer with fancy charts and graphs. As tempting as it may be to trust this information, be wary of letting a computer program tell you what your largest investment is worth.

The trouble with these websites is that they have little to no local market information and if they do have local information it may not be updated frequently. They are not aware that a new park is being built, or that a four-lane highway is being re-routed, or that you’ve lovingly cared for and maintained your home.

The bottom line is this: If you’re serious about getting an informative valuation for your home you should contact a local real estate professional. These professionals work with the actual people who will ultimately determine the value of your home–the home buyer themselves. This is their profession and they will be happy to sit with you and explain the current market conditions that affect your home value.

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