Have YOU Ever Been to the Burning Man Festival?

Have YOU Ever Been to the Burning Man Festival?

Have YOU ever been to the Burning Man Festival? I heard that 2017 was the wildest year, so far!

Burning Man Festival 2017 took place on August 27th through September 4th in the Black Rock City (a temporary city erected for a week of celebration) at Black Rock Desert in Pershing County, Nevada.

Did you know that there is a tradition called, “Tutu Tuesday” at the Burning Man Festival? Yes, No matter what your gender is, and if you are at this festival you wear a tutu for fun! 🙂
This year, a wedding was also held during a dust storm!..and of course, what is Burning Man Festival without the highlight of the Burning Man Effigy? See the gallery of photos link at https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/09/15/married-burning-man-dust-storm-see-wild-wedding-photos/669149001/

Do you want to awaken the artistic and/or spiritual side of your inner-self? Click on this inspirational link at https://journal.burningman.org/radical-ritual/

How do you join the community of Burners? For more information on how you can join next year’s festival, please see the following link at https://burningman.org/

Curious as to how things are set-up before you get there? Check this link https://burningman.org/event/brc/2017-theme-camps/

These are some of the special features that majorly attracts burners. https://burningman.org/event/brc/2017-shrines-and-processionals/

Here is an interesting link to explore https://burningman.org/event/brc/2017-art-installations/

Wherever there is beauty, there will also be the ugly side of things but the one ugly thing that was turned into a beauty, are the thousands of bicycles left behind… LOVE the idea that these bicycles can be put to good use for those who have lost from this hurricane season. For more info and see how you can help, please view the following link at http://www.sfweekly.com/news/thousands-of-abandoned-burning-man-bikes-saved-from-dump/

This is what you would see on most roads in Northern Nevada after the Burning Man Festival is over…

ASH WHT Vehicle 09-2017B
Playa dust on motor home and its cargo

For more information about Burning Man’s History visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burning_Man

Need guidance and assistance with today’s real estate market? Call and/or text message me at (775) 453-0082 or send me an email through my contact page I look forward to helping YOU with your real estate

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Labor Day Weekend Is Here!

Labor Day Weekend is here!

Labor Day Weekend is here, and it is being celebrated with REALTY WORLD – Ballard Company’s 50th Year Anniversary in real estate business and industry! A solid company that has survived the ups and downs of real estate market in decades. Celebrating a long holiday weekend outdoors at a Picnic in the Park together with our families, friends and relatives as well as clients, is such a wonderful feeling and a great sight to see. 🙂

Sometimes, it only takes one good look at our surroundings and see why life can be interesting and colorful… Watching the people around mingling and making new friends with good food & drinks to share. Having great conversations with one another, seeing the smiles and hearing the laughter with fun & games provided. These scenes are sometimes enough to observe and make someone smile, feeling happy and warm inside. A gathering such as this, is what makes us all human… After all, what are failures/successes & sadness/happiness if we have no one to share it with?

Ballard's Co. 50TH Anniversary Picnic Photo
Founder Virgil & wife Ruth with Broker JJ & wife Valerie before the party started.

How about YOU? Would you like to achieve your success in real estate investment somewhere in Northern Nevada? Perhaps a success in owning a second home here in Reno/Sparks area? If this is a goal you had been thinking lately, and had been trying to achieve for quite sometime now, let me share with you my knowledge in acquiring a piece(s) of real estate property(ies). Give me a call or text at (775) 453-0082. You may also email me through my contact page. Looking forward to sharing goals and ideas…

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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 barb@barbramirez.com


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Community Service?

Community Service?

What does community service mean? Why would someone do any community service at all? I guess, the answer depends on who we are asking the question to and what motivates and/or inspires them the most? Is this person a victim of a crime who’s fighting for a cause, an ex-convict/criminal who’s paying for their crime committed, a business owner who’s making a contribution to their community, a church member who’s practicing his/her belief, a law-abiding citizen who’s being a good Samaritan? The list goes on, but if someone asked you today if you are doing any community service or volunteering work at all, what would your answer be?

Party at the Park
Block Party held at the Park

The reason I raised this question, is that no matter who we belong as a group or see ourselves as an individual, the need is there to give back to the community we currently live in to make it a “good neighborhood” to belong. The pursue of happiness does not start with other people, but it starts within oneself. Learning not to point fingers to others especially when things are not going our way, is sometimes hard to do for some people, but it can be done.

Block Party at one of the Cul-de-sac
Block Party at one of the Cul-de-sacs
Block Party at one of the Common Areas
Block Party at one of the Common Areas

This reminds me of the call President Kennedy made at his inaugural day. Every time I get to watch snippets of the old video film being replayed on television and hear him say, “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”  makes me feel inspired to do good things for people especially, in my own realty market place. As I think about this question a lot and break it down into a smaller version and start asking to myself…Ask not what your State of Nevada, County of Washoe, City of Reno, Community, Church, School in North Valleys, Neighbors in Sky Vista Subdivision, Friends, Relatives in/out-of-town and/or a Family member can do for you but instead, ask what can you do for your (whichever applies at a given time)…? As a Realtor who has the passion to truly help people, this made me think of ways to give back to my own neighborhood.

So this past Saturday, the week after Hot August Nights, I organized a block Party (ahead of time) with the help of my family and a handful neighbors to host it. Of course, not all were able to participate but to those who were able to attend, see the smiles in their faces and the laughter shared are priceless! As I went from one part of the areas assigned to gather and check everyone out, it was great to see that half of the Sky Vista Subdivision came out to party rain or shine! 🙂

Block Party goers at one of the gracious neighbors front yard
Block Party goers at one of the gracious neighbors front yard
Block Party as the rain was coming down unexpectedly!
Block Party still going as the rain came down unexpectedly!

If you are reading this blog, and is interested in finding out more about the real estate market in this part of Reno, please don’t hesitate to give me a call and/or send a text message at (775) 453-0082. You may also email me through my contact page.

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August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse Viewing

August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse Viewing

August 21, 2017 Solar eclipse viewing was one of the most anticipated events this year in United States history. The Science World was in a buzz, and the media promised a good wealth of coverage. A lot of people have traveled far and wide, to experience this natural phenomenon and view it at the utmost opportune site and time.  Although this happened two weeks ago, who can forget a once in a lifetime event such as this one?

While watching a special report on Television, I remember using a medical X-Ray film viewing the solar eclipse back in March 18th 1988 in the Philippines. Fortunately, I had some medical X-Ray films tucked away in my home office so I hurriedly took two (2) slides of X-Ray films and taped it together on to my cellular phone’s camera lens. The following shots were produced as I view it through the viewing screen of my cell phone.

Sky view through X-RAY films without focusing on the SUN
Daylight view through double X-RAY films without focusing on the SUN


Viewing the SUN through double X-Ray films without zooming
View of the partial Solar Eclipse through double X-Ray films without magnification


Magnified view of the SUN through double X-Ray films
Magnified view of the partial Solar Eclipse through double X-Ray films











After these photos were taken, I thought why not see what it looks like with just one (1) X-Ray film?

Partial Solar Eclipse view through a single X-Ray film
Partial Solar Eclipse view through a single X-Ray film
2nd floor window where photos & video footage of partial Solar Eclipse were taken
2nd floor window where photos & video footage of partial Solar Eclipse were taken


Well, that didn’t look too good so why not shoot a video, and take this experiment on to the next level, while the newscasters are commenting in the background?


Short video clip of Solar Eclipse with live news in the background 


Hope this compilation of photos and video footage (although short) of the partial Solar Eclipse here in Reno, Nevada has been useful and enjoyable for your viewing.

Remember to call me and/or send a text message at anytime, at (775) 453-0082 if you are looking for a Reno, Sparks real estate agent to guide you and assist with house viewing. You may also email me through my contact page.


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Hot August Nights

Well, Hot August Nights doesn’t just refer to the hot summer weather in the the month of August here in Reno, Nevada. It is one of the most popular and biggest events of the year!

A lot of local and out-of-town folks come in to the “The Biggest Little City in the World” to watch and/or join the parades of Show Cars. There are various locations and places in town, that locals and visitors alike are able to go, see and/or auction off all kinds of vehicles, from an old, beautiful & remodeled vintage cars to customized trucks and other salvaged vehicles that are made new again. It is sooo much fun!..to see the ingenuity, creativity and resourcefulness of crafty people who work on some of these things ordinary people wouldn’t think about putting motors and wheels on them and make them run! 😉

I took a lot of pictures on my first Hot August Nights watching the parade in downtown Reno on Virginia St. It was definitely memorable especially with this original piece below.

Hot August Nights
Save Mart Shopping Cart Hot Rod


Hot August Nights
Nice toy!
Hot August Nights
Geanelli in a beautiful Shelby Cobra

Car fanatic or not, if you want to experience the good times that makes you want to “staycation” and have a second home in Northern Nevada, or make Nevada your permanent home, I’m here to listen. YOU can call/text me at (775) 453-0082. You may also email me through my contact page. Let’s explore your options, so you can play a little longer and have fun a little bit more!

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City or the Suburbs in Northern Nevada?

City or the Suburbs in Northern Nevada?

Are you one of those city slickers who are getting tired of living in a crowded city? Yearning for the more peaceful life in the suburbs? Perhaps thinking of “getting more bang for your buck”, when it comes to owning a property? So, I ask you: City or the Suburbs in Northern Nevada?

Here in Reno & Sparks areas, we have locals feeling the rush of influx coming from other states and the neighboring towns, due to the abundance of work available. There’s a great diversity of work to be found such as, in building industry, technology, entertainment and etc. which can profoundly support our economy. Job opportunities and being able to hold a job and have a career out of it, makes it more affordable to purchase a home.

Lately, infrastructure besides healthcare is one of the most popular topics to discuss in political town hall meetings. Traffic congestion is not very attractive and therefore, one of the reasons why city folks are contemplating in moving to the suburbs. The potential of having a larger property at a very affordable price is a definite plus. Commuting to and fro the city is another thing but in any case, there will always be a positive and negative effect in any matter we choose in life. Whether to compromise or not, and having to settle or not, is just a matter of how we want to deal with it.

If someone ask you, do you want to leave the crowding city for the developing country side like the Silicon Valley in the 80’s and 90’s, as what the picture illustrates below to capture a dream job? Perhaps buying a larger home at a more attractive price or invest while the price is still low? What would your answer be?


City or the Suburbs in Northern Nevada?
Silicon Valley Before & After Photo


If you are thinking the same thing I’m thinking, then you should pick up the phone and give me a call/text at (775) 453-0082. You may also email me through my contact page. I will be glad to answer your questions, and help you with all of your real estate needs.



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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.


Why Californians Move to Nevada?

Why Californians Move to Nevada?

Since the housing market bubble in 2007-2009, Californians had been coming in more frequently and in good amount of numbers either to downsize, retire and/or embrace the lifestyle here in the state of Nevada. Lately, it is becoming more steady due to the work and career opportunities that Reno, Sparks and the outer laying parts of these two (2) cities has to offer. This is why Californians move to Nevada?

AFFORDABILITY – the bottom line is the number one (1) reason for Californians to flock to the state of Nevada. Being able to sell a home in California with a higher price tag, and acquire a larger property with monies from the previous home sold, and still have enough funds to use for retirement, is unarguably wonderful thing to accomplish! Not to mention the empty-nesters, who would like to retire in better fashion, be entertained 24-7, and live comfortably.

Are you tired of digging for gold, yet? 

Why Californians Move to Nevada?
The Golden State

Nevada is the nearest place to DECOMPRESS from the hectic lifestyle of California. Hollywood entertainers who wants to be entertained at the end of their day, and/or just want to get away from it all especially on the weekend, can quickly hop into their chauffeur driven limousines or shortly fly in their private jets and visit within a day or two. Lake Tahoe is certainly a quiet and beautiful place to get away from it all! The casinos and hotels are unmistakably the place to be served and be entertained, for a change. Unless, coming to Nevada is work & entertain others is your goal then, so be it! 😉

If you’re tired of digging for gold in California and haven’t found it, yet…
then, come to the Silver State! Where mining in Technological Companies will be your new adventure!!!

Why Californians Move to Nevada?
The Silver State

Also worth mentioning, is Nevada being a business friendly state which makes it easier to start up a business. Whether you are a small business or a large investment companies such as Tesla, Amazon, Apple, Google and the likes, this is a perfect place to start a new career or have a change in career. Perhaps invest in a company that works along side with the aforementioned companies? If that’s the case, would you be looking to purchase a second home here in Northern Nevada? How about a vacation home or an investment property? Better yet, A Dream Home for which you can customize according to your needs & wants, and retire comfortably? 

If your answer is YES to any or all of the above questions, then let me assist you in fulfilling your real estate need(s) in the state of Nevada especially in the Reno/Sparks areas. Let’s weigh in your plans and goals by calling me at (775) 453-0082 or email through my contact page and discover the positive side of life that awaits you! 


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