Keep up on your investment

For most people a house is the highest ticket item they will ever buy. It is not just an investment, it is home. It is obvious when a major repair needs to be done. Painting the exterior, rebuilding fences that have fallen, or repairing the roof when shingles fall off. But what about those things that are a little less obvious. The things that tend to slip by with time. These unnoticed and compounding situations, if not taken care of, can be a real problem and cost a lot of money.
I have put together a little list of things that are fairly easy to do and in most cases you can do yourself. However; If you are not confident in doing these things yourself, there are many licensed handymen/women, pest specialists, irrigation  professionals, or anyone else you may need out there that can assist. If you don’t know someone, I am more than happy to give references.

-1. Change your air filter for your furnace. This should be done monthly.  Doing this will ease the stress on your furnace and help it to run smoother and last longer.
-2. Check batteries in smoke detectors.  This should be done monthly.  A 9volt battery can save you and your families life
-3. Clean dryer vent.  There is an easy attachment to your drill that is sold at most hardware stores. This can be a fire hazard if not done.  Depending on how often you use your dryer will determine how often this should be done.
-4. Establish rodent or pest control.  There are a lot of things you can do such as ant traps and mouse traps.  It never hurts to have a trained professional spray once or twice a year.
-5. Test sprinkler system and adjust if needed.  This is a great time to get your trees and shrubs all on drip systems.  This is also a great time to make sure all your lawn sprinklers are working and adjusted to the right settings.
-6. Clean yard drains of dirt and debris.  Get those drains clear so they can do what they are supposed to do.
-7. Check for cracking concrete and seal to prevent moisture from increasing damage.  A tube of concrete sealer can be found at most hardware stores.
-8. Touch up exterior paint and trim as needed.  It’s always good to touch up the exterior where it is needed and keep the house sealed
-9. Check outside roofline to find holes where birds or other animals might enter.  These critters are clever and love to make nests wherever possible.

Freeway changes coming soon

If you have read my previous blogs, you know about the soon to be expansion of our local freeway system.  This area is growing at an incredible rate.  There are so many new additions to our local economy.  Housing and rental prices are definitely reflecting this growth.  In this article they talk about some of the growth that has happened in the area.  For those of you unaware of all the businesses that have moved here, I would highly recommend taking a look at this.  For those of you who are aware, I would still look.  There was even a couple new things I was unaware of.

The Coffee is Ready

Come on in today for a cup of coffee or a cold drink. We would love to talk to you about real estate, community growth or just to say hello. The coffee is always on and there is always something cold in our fridge. John and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Time to Move

The spring weather is upon us and it’s time to get moving. Many people will be moving this summer and it’s time to get ready. Sellers will be looking for a listing agent and buyers will be looking for a good bargain. You can find both here at Realty World – Ballard Company.

We are the ONLY full time real estate office in Silver Springs and all of our agents belong to the National Association of Realtors. For you that means that you will be doing business with people that are committed to the highest standards of honesty and integrity in the business. Not all real estate agents are Realtors. The difference matters.

When looking for a Realtor it is important to find someone that has the local expertise to help you maximize your potential. Here at Realty World in Silver Springs our primary focus is right here. We have been in business here for almost 20 years and we know our market. Everyone who works here is also a Silver Springs resident. We aren’t going anywhere and are committed to providing the best customer service that we possibly can.

Come and see us today and give us the opportunity to be YOUR Realtor for life.

StoneGate project get’s the OK

Wow,  If you thought there was any question as to if Northern NV is growing, here is more proof.  It is a well known fact that rent prices are going up along with house prices.  In many cases people cannot find a house to rent.  Not to mention the short supply of houses for sale and the bidding wars over this small supply.  So it only makes sense that everywhere you turn there is construction.  We are growing like it or not.  Here is the latest approved addition to our community.  If you would like to know more about the StoneGate project and how it may affect you, click on the links below.


‘Tis the Season to CRAWL

This weekend is starting off Reno’s hot crawl season. The 10th Annual Reno Zombie Crawl will be held on Saturday October 21st. For those who don’t know, the Zombie Crawl has become a Reno tradition in which every year around Halloween, people from all over Nevada flock to Reno to indulge in a night of deadly fun.

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The Zombie Crawl is the ultimate Halloween party navigating through +40 bars and restaurants, gifting food and drink specials, hotel discounts, costume prizes, and more! The Walking Dead brought to life for one whole night; for people from out of town, this is an experience unlike anything else. All ages are invited to dress up and come be apart of Thriller Under the Arch which is exactly what it sounds like! Michael Jackson’s thriller blasts in the streets and flash-mobsters quickly gather to show off their music video moves.

Truly one of a kind, The Reno Zombie Crawl is something everyone needs to see at least once.


If you just couldn’t get enough of the CRAWL, we also have a Onsie Crawl coming up on November 18th, The Famous Santa Crawl on December 9th, and The Santa Dash on December 16th. Be apart of our tradition and come see how the Reno community comes together!

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Reno Real Estate

Whether you’re looking to expand, invest, or expose yourself to something new, Reno is the perfect place to start your journey! With the economy looking the best it has in the last decade, now is the perfect time to take advantage of our hot market.

According to statistics form 2016, Fortune Builders says “Homes purchased in the Reno, NV housing market one year ago have appreciated, on average, by $29,375. The national average was $14,963 over the same period.” Below I have attached a link to the article regarding the Reno Real Estate market.

If you are interested in looking into the property opportunity of Northern Nevada, feel free to contact me at (775) 690-7143 or

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USA Parkway Grand Opening

Well, it’s finally upon us. Many of us have been waiting for years for this road to be completed, and many had given up. I hope to see lots of people at the ribbon cutting ceremony on the 28th. This is going to bring a lot of growth as well as some long awaited changes to our little community. I am excited to see them coming and look forward to the future face of Silver Springs.