‘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 barb@barbramirez.com


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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.


Mountain Top View of USA Parkway

I took a trip up to the mountain top communication site to the South of Silver Springs the other day. We got some really nice photos of the area and I wanted to share them with everyone.  IMG_0069IMG_0101 IMG_0103 IMG_0110 IMG_0083

It’s always exciting for me to see more progress on our side of “The Road”.

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You can always follow the Green Giant to a great deal.

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Finding a Good, local, Lender


We build relationships with people in our business, and there are A LOT of people in our business. We work with Inspectors, Title Companies, other Real Estate Agents, repair companies (if necessary), and of course people who can make the financial piece of your dream come true or turn into a nightmare.

We recently helped a buyer from out of state, Alaska to be exact. Working with an out of state lender is doable, of course, but much more difficult than working with a local lender.

Not only is it harder to coordinate documents and signings with an out of state lender, communication could be impacted as well. Time differences, federal, state and local codes and laws are much more difficult to maneuver. The Alaska lender we worked with was unfamiliar with Nevada rules for the loan type we were working with. This caused stress with our buyer and created delays with the closing.

We have many lenders we recommend to our buyers that are local and very knowledgeable about what they do. No matter who you choose as your Real Estate professional, have them refer several lenders to you. You certainly don’t have to go with the first one you speak to, shop around and find one that you like and will work for you.


Top 10 Features Home Buyers Want in 2017

Article courtesy of American Home Shield® Home Matters blog.


Find out the top 10 features today’s home buyers are looking for in a home so you can better meet their demands and help them find the home of their dreams.

Although the generations of home buyers differ, there are many common features they all want in a home. According to a study conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, home buyers are looking for features that will help them save energy and money and will help them keep their family and home organized. Here are the top 10 features on their most wanted list:

1. Laundry room
A separate laundry room is at the top of the list as the most desired feature in a home. Having a laundry room for folding clothes, piling up dirty clothes or ironing is a huge benefit, as it helps keep the mess out of the rest of the home — like the guestroom, couch or dining room table.

2. ENERGY STAR® appliances/windows/fixtures
Energy efficiency and saving money on utility bills are top priorities for homebuyers. Energy-efficient windows can help cut heating and cooling costs by 12%, an ENERGY STAR appliance like a washing machine can help save a homeowner $40 or more a year on utility bills and an ENERGY STAR Certified Home uses 15-30% less energy.

3. Exterior lighting
Exterior lighting is the most desired outdoor feature. An illuminated home that highlights landscaping, a tree or a beautifully manicured lawn can improve the aesthetics of a home and set a mood. It can also help guide visitors to the front door in the dark and is an excellent burglar deterrent.

4. Patio
Patios are the second most coveted outdoor feature. Outdoor areas offer more living space without the cost of a home addition and they can help recover 30-60% of a home’s investment. Plus, they’re great for entertaining or just relaxing outdoors.

5. Ceiling fans
Ceiling fans are practical and decorative. They’ve become must-haves as energy costs continue to rise because they can cool a room more efficiently than air conditioning. Plus, they come in many beautiful and stylish designs.

6. Full bath on main level
A second full bathroom in a house can make a big difference and a good impression on buyers. In fact, an additional full bath can increase a home value by 20%. Plus, it comes in handy as a guest bathroom.

7. Hardwood on main floor
Not only do hardwood floors give a home a nice sleek look, they’re also cleaner, easier to maintain and more durable than carpeting. Hardwood floors can be refinished and can last a lifetime.

8. Insulation higher than required by code
Insulation helps lower the cost of heating and cooling. Higher insulation levels that exceed code requirements can usually be found in energy-efficient homes.

9. Garage storage
Everyone loves having lots of storage space and the garage is the most convenient and accessible place for storage, as it’s usually just a few steps away from the house. A nicely organized, roomy and easily accessible garage with storage cabinets is very appealing.
10. Eat-in kitchen
Kitchens with plenty of space for a table are important to home buyers, especially those with families. The kitchen table is where everyone congregates — in the morning over breakfast and in the evening for dinner.

For more helpful tips, visit the American Home Shield® Home Matters blog.

Reno Property Buying

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It’s a great time to buy a home

Have you ever noticed that when Spring arrives it just feels like new things are coming? That is because it it a great time to buy a home in Reno or Sparks Nevada and Greater Northern Nevada. Getting started in a new living situation is renewing, exciting and fun. It may be due to a job or school change or just because you would like to change your environment.

If you have been thinking of buying a home and even it you do not think it could be possible, Give me a call. We can look at the opportunities that are available for you. Sometimes if may require that you additional work on your financial situation and other times you may be ready right now.

Call Barb Robinson-Ramirez at REALTY WORLD-Ballard Co. today to find out what your future has in store for you! 775-690-7143 or text, email barb@barbramirez.com. You can also visit me at www.barbramirez.com

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