Property Management Soultions

lovely-little-cottage-3-1228858Whether you are a homeowner or investor and have a rental property you may be in need of property management solutions. What do you do when your tenant tells you that they have a hardship such as they just lost their job or experienced a medical issue and have had to be off work and do not have the rent?

What about when you get a call in the middle of the night, or at 6:00 pm on Friday or even on the weekend as we all know that emergencies never happen when it is convenient or during normal business hours.

If you are lucky enough to have a staff of on call individuals to take care of the issue then it is not a problem and most likely will not interrupt your day, night or weekend, however; if you do not have that support then you are changing your plans and dropping what you were in the middle of to take care of the issue.

Who do you call when you need maintenance done? Do you have an on call vendor to turn to? How about a list of professional companies to handle what ever should arise? If you don’t then to the yellow pages you must turn.

When your tenants move out and hopefully leave on good terms, how do you find new good tenants? Do you use Craigslist or the newspaper? Are you able to adequately screen your applicants and weed out the not so good ones? If they did not leave the home in the same condition as they received it who do you call to do the work to make it ready for rent?

If these or other issues plague you there is an alternative. You can hire me to manage your property. Our service will handle all of these issues and more. Additionally you will receive a breakdown of all the charges on a monthly statement with the rent being deposited directly into your bank account.

Does this sound like something you need in your life? If so, give me a call, text me or email me. I will be happy to advise you of all our services and fees. Call Barb Ramirez at 775-688-4668-Office or 775-690-7143-Cell or email me at

Have a care free day! I look forward to hearing from you.

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How to boost ratings on the internet

So I was told that if I blog continuously that it would change the ratings on my website. Do you think this is true? I think I will give it a try to see if this makes any difference. Please post a comment or email me if you believe that it makes a difference.

I have tried to promote my business through spending lots of money on platforms that promise increased traffic to my website. Quite frankly they usually come with another web site attached to them and offer a variety of services such as drip emails and positing to my social media accounts such as Facebook, LinkedIn and  Twitter.

After spending two years of faithfully paying these companies my hard earned dollars, I have not noticed any increase in business. Funny thing is, not until I contacted the company to discontinue my services did they offer to lower my monthly bill, waive a month of fees and then offer additional help to drive more business to my site or get leads.  Why were they not willing to do this just because I was a loyal customer paying the high premium each month?

In the very beginning of staring this blog, I was posting  frequently.  I also had spent a small investment of  $100 or so for a advertisement.  I noticed some increase and actually got some leads from my website.

Things got busy and I no longer made the time to post.  I am not sure if the increased business came from the blogging activity or from the advertisement. That is why I am going to attempt to blog as much as possible and see it there is any change.

Do you have an opinion on this?  If so, please  post a comment.

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Can you help?

Do you wonder when is a good time to sell your real estate? If you have been considering when might be the time, I say the time is now! In the last week I listed two homes for sale and within 24 hours of the first showing the homes both have offers. They were both priced at the top of the market.

You may ask, “What should I do if I want to sell?” or “What is my home really worth?” I  an answer both of these questions for you. Call me and I can help.  Getting a current market analysis of your property is imperative when considering to sell your home.  You may be aware of other homes in your neighborhood that have sold; however, if the date they sold is longer than 6 months the sale may not be used a a comparison.  In some cases appraisers may use sales of only 3 months depending upon how many are available in your area.

If you are on the fence about selling, call me today for a free consultation and market analysis of your property. I does not take long and there is no obligation. I can also help you with preparing your property for a quick sale. Call Barb Ramirez, Realtor today at 775-688-4668, REALTY WORLD-Ballard Co.

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Housing shortage quick fix

Everyday I am reminded of the housing shortage here in the Reno-Sparks area.  Whether it is trying to find someone a new home often with multiple offers,  or putting a rental on the market, that gets a flood of applicants.  The fact is inventory is low and construction can’t seem to keep up with the amount of people moving here.  There are plenty of new developments all over, but the people are here now, and there are more on the way.  Something needs to give. I found this article interesting because it is a possible way to help with this housing shortage.  For some it may also be a fairly inexpensive way to create rental income.  Could this be a win-win for everyone?  Or is it just a band-aid.  Only time will tell.

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.