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12 Steps to an Offer- Winning Open House

One way a seller can attract buyers is by throwing an open house. Done properly, an open house can attract multiple offers and secure a fast sale. Do it poorly, however, and you’ll put potential buyers off your home. Make your open house go with a swing with these twelve tips. #1: Make any repairs … Continued

How to Sell A House In Las Vegas

This comprensive guide will show you how to sell a house in Las Vegas. We  will cover pricing strategies, preparing your home for the showings, why to have your home pre appraised, finding the right real estate agent, and even how to sell by owner.If you are wondering what your home might sell for in today’s Las … Continued

How Far is Redrock from Las Vegas?

Redrock Canyon is around 20 miles from the Las Vegas Strip. Here’s a map showing you multiple travel distances from Redrock to various locations in Las Vegas. You might Also Like to view: 501 Things to Do in Las Vegas Las Vegas Strip Map Las Vegas Zip Code Map and Neighborhood Information All About Summerlin … Continued

How Far is Reno from Las Vegas?

Reno is about a 7 hour drive from Las Vegas, just under 450 Miles. By Air, Reno is about a one hour flight from Las Vegas. Be prepared, Reno is a lot colder temperatures than what you will find in Las Vegas! Looking to Buy or Sell Real Estate in Reno, Nevada? We have real … Continued

Public Pools in Las Vegas

Clark County Parks and Rec Year Round Pools Aquatic Springs Indoor Pool OPENING SOON (702) 455-1708 Desert Breeze Aquatic Facility 8275 Spring Mountain Rd. (702) 455-7716 Hollywood Aquatic Center 1550 S. Hollywood (702) 455-8508 Clark County Parks and Rec Adult Activity Pools For Age 21 and over Cora Coleman Adult Activity Pool 2100 Bonnie Lane … Continued

House Payment on a $500,000 Mortgage

While there are many variables, we can use the following calculations as a starting point for what the average mortgage payment of a $500,000 house might be. If you were using an FHA loan with a 3.5% down payment and paying 4.35% interest rate on a 30 year loan, your mortgage payment could be around: $2,115.70/mo. … Continued

The Buyer Missed the Closing Date, Now What?

A Closing date is established on the purchase agreement. The buyer who makes the offer first requests a particular date. Generally, this is 30-45 days from offer acceptance. A property can close early if all parties agree in writing and all contingencies are met. When the closing date is not going to happen on time, all … Continued

What is a Casita

If you’re a prospective home buyer in the Las Vegas metro area, wondering “what is a casita” you’ll be well-served to know what a casita is, what they’re used for and whether you could benefit from the presence of one on your property. Known in some areas as a cottage or a cabana, the casita … Continued

4 home strategies believed to increase luck and fortune!

While success in real estate depends on many factors, including choosing the right real estate agent, the current market conditions and the condition and location of the property itself, there’s a few tricks that property owners can use to boost their luck! People have been looking for divine intervention with their real estate transactions and … Continued

How Much House Can I Afford?

The hardest part of the home-buying process is figuring out what is affordable. Some first-time buyers rely on the amount the bank is willing to lend. Others use a lender’s mortgage calculator to crunch a couple of numbers. However, banks are often willing to lend much more than you can afford, and mortgage calculators don’t always tell … Continued

Selling a House in Las Vegas – 7 Steps to SOLD!

  Step 1: Consider Why You Want to Sell: Congratulations. You have decided that it might be time to put your home on the market. You may be wondering if it’s a better time to sell or should you rent out your property. You might even want to consider holding it for a few more … Continued

New Construction Sales Rise in Las Vegas

Demand for homes is climbing in southern Nevada, particularly new construction. Actually, new home sites for new homes and planned neighborhoods have been steadily increasing. This is due to a population boom is the desert, coupled with increasing demand outstripping existing inventory The Las Vegas market has rebounded so strongly that the city has its … Continued

Airstream Park, Tiny Living in Downtown Las Vegas

As the “tiny house” craze continues to sweep the nation and dominate cable television, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh has contributed his own unique take on the small space living nation by creating Airstream Park. Located in downtown Las Vegas, Airstream Park is an experiment in communal living, as inspired by the iconic Burning Man festival, combined … Continued

How Far is Los Angeles from Las Vegas

Los Angeles is about a 4 hour to 5 hour drive from Las Vegas depending on traffic. It’s around 270 miles depending on your start and end point. By plane, the shortest flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas is 43 minutes and 236 miles. Looking to Buy or Sell Real Estate in Las Vegas … Continued

Las Vegas Rents on the rise!

Las Vegas is a hot spot in more ways than one. Rental prices in Las Vegas are quickly rising and will likely continue to do so. One of the reasons for this is that there are so many more rentals in the city than houses that can be purchased. Las Vegas is a hot spot in … Continued

Ten Things You Need to Know About Capital Gains Tax on a Home Sale

Thinking of Selling your House? Let one of our nationwide professionals help you get your home sold! Call us at 1-800-805-8354 to discuss your home value. It might be worth more than you think. You may already know that, if you sell your property, you may exclude up to $250,000 of your capital gain from your taxes. Most home … Continued

Home Security Tips | Burglar Proof Your Home

One of the worst feelings in the world is the helplessness felt when the sacredness of personal space is disrupted by a break in to your home. Suddenly, your world is turned upside down with insecurity, anger, and a general feeling of uncertainty. How can a homeowner protect themselves against home break ins? These home … Continued

How to Prepare for your Home Appraisal

Most homeowners get nervous when it is time for an appraiser to inspect their property. After all, they are about to be judged for the appearance of their home. More importantly, they recognize that the asking price for their home is influenced by the appraiser’s evaluation. Fortunately, a few strategies can make it easier to … Continued

Dog Parks in Las Vegas and Henderson

Everyone knows that dog’s are Man’s best friend. With weather being so prime for outdoors almost every day of the year, dog parks are very popular in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV. Here’s a list of off leash dog parks and an interactive map for your viewing pleasure. Desert Breeze Dog Park 8275 Spring Mountain … Continued

Moving Checklist and Timeline

Moving across town is a relatively simple matter. You just grab a few friends, pack up the car and enjoy a celebratory dinner in your new home. Things get a lot more complicated, however, when the move is across the country instead of across town. If you are planning an interstate move, you need to … Continued

Get a Will when Buying a House in Las Vegas. Here’s Why..

Buying a house? Congratulations! Now you get to do all sorts of exciting things, like choosing new curtains, planning the housewarming party, making a will… Yes, you read that correctly. For most people, buying a home is the single largest financial investment of their lives. Yet few home owners stop and consider what will happen … Continued

Flexibility of the LEED Certification Process

A basic challenge in developing the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification was recognizing the complexity of environmental problems in building projects. The most significant problem in one project might be water conservation, and the reduction of energy use might be another project. It might be that both projects were equally friendly to the … Continued

The Dome LV at Container Park

Dinosaurs. Helicopters. Pink Floyd. All part of the offering of The Dome at Downtown Container Park, the first of its kind theater in Las Vegas, NV. What is The Dome? The Dome is a 4K-visual dome entertainment that reflects the energy of downtown Las Vegas. With nearly 14 million pixels in a series of ultra-HD, … Continued

Baby Boomers Are Buying Las Vegas Condos, Here’s Why

After decades of working and raising children, many baby boomers are ready to hit the road – or cruise ship or bike trail. Taking care of a house and yard has lost its appeal. Endlessly shelling out retirement dollars for home maintenance is getting pretty old. Las Vegas Condos can be the perfect solution for … Continued

Offering Seller Financing when Selling a House

It seems a bit counterintuitive for someone who is  home to allow a buyer to pay over time for their property with seller financing. After all, wouldn’t it be better to get all the money in one go thereby requiring the buyer to get financing from a bank? Well, sometimes it’s more lucrative for the seller to … Continued

Top Tips for Creating an Energy-Efficient Home

Regardless of whether your home is newly built or has seen generations of people pass through its doors, it is important – for many reasons – to ensure that your house is designed to save energy and money for you and your family. New housing developments seem to be popping up like dandelions in spring, … Continued

How does a Short Sale Work in Las Vegas?

Quite simply, the short sale is a process in which the sale of a property occurs, with the lenders permission, for less than the outstanding loan obligations on the property. This allows the homeowner to avoid foreclosure and the dark stain this can leave on a credit report. The short sale will still be a … Continued

Can you Sell a House on Ebay?

You can sell a house on eBay. You can sell anything on eBay. As with other items on this site, keep in mind this variation on an old adage “buyer beware, seller beware.” How much does it cost to Sell a House on Ebay You can circumvent a real estate agent and avoid paying commissions … Continued

What is the Average Mortgage Payment for a $250,000 House?

While there are many variables, we can use the following calculations as a starting point for what the average mortgage payment of a $250,000 house might be. If you were using an FHA loan with a 3.5% down payment and paying 4.35% interest, your mortgage payment would be $1,057.85 a month. Mortgage Calculator Amount Financed … Continued

Just In: Wildcats in Summerlin: Possibly Bobcats

KTNV Channel 13 shares this video of a Wild Cat (Possibly a Bobcat) in  Summerlin. It’s disturbing to notice how little the wildcat cares about the onlookers. Coyotes have also been reported as being seen and causing problems with small pets in the Summerlin Area. If you see a Bobcat, you can: 1.) Spray it … Continued

How to get Home Buyers off the Fence

Prospective homebuyers are a diverse breed. There are those who know what they want and will make a good offer the minute they find a home meeting their criteria. There are those who need to buy right now, perhaps due to a job relocation, retirement or divorce. And then there are those who sit on … Continued

Feel More Alive at 55+ in these Active Las Vegas Communities

55+ Communities in Las Vegas, Henderson, and North Las Vegas Most people work the majority of their lives so they can enjoy their golden years in style. Once a person reaches the age of 55, they usually will start to think about what the next chapter of their life will bring. Are you looking for … Continued

Advantages & Disadvantages Of Buying A Foreclosure

Once upon a time it was possible for buyers to identify a bank foreclosure from a mile off. They were often run-down, stripped-to-the-bone and abandoned buildings which looked completely uninhabitable. However it’s a different ball game today, as many banks now choose to renovate their real estate owned (REO) properties before listing them on the … Continued

How to Organize Your Life in 7 Simple Steps

Organization and time management are two of the strongest links in a chain of practices leading to successful lifestyles. When you’re organized, you’re not wasting precious moments looking for a shoe, your keys, or running around frantically, risking being late for important meetings or events. When you are a resident of Las Vegas, you most … Continued

2836 Via Romantico St, Henderson, NV 89074 🏠

2836 Via Romantico St, Henderson, NV 89074 is exclusively listed by Lori Ballen Team at Keller Williams Realty Las Vegas. Contact Us for a personal showing. 702-604-7739. How Many Bedrooms is 2836 Via Romantico Street, Henderson, Nevada 89074? This home Features, 4 bedrooms, 2 Full baths, with Formal Living & Dining rooms, beautiful double sided fireplace, … Continued

What is an Escrow Holdback?

When a property needs repairs, sellers may not initially want to make the needed repairs prior to closing. Additionally, mortgage lenders sometimes hold back a portion of the loan allocated for specific projects during new construction or improvements to an existing home. An escrow holdback allows buyers, mortgage lenders as well as appraisers to have … Continued

The Ballen Spotlight – Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria

When we asked Las Vegas residents to tell us where they went to get a delicious pizza, one name that kept coming up again and again was Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria. So, it’s easy to see why Grimaldi’s is in The Ballen Spotlight for the month of October. Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria is located at … Continued

4 Tips on How To Sell A Tenant-Occupied Property

Selling your property becomes a much more challenging task if you are currently renting it out to a tenant. These are a few ways that you can figure out a way to sell the property without violating the rights of your tenant.

Houses Around Zappos in Las Vegas

6 Bedroom under 300K

Zappos is a popular work place in Las Vegas. Known for it’s fun, lively, laid back and welcoming culture, many are flocking to this company to explore opportunities. Interested in Working at Zappos? Take a look! Houses Around Zappos

Las Vegas School Supplies List and School Dress Codes

Las Vegas School Supplies List and School Dress Codes Summer is quickly coming to an end, and thoughts of going back to school are filling the minds of students and parents throughout the Las Vegas area. This is the perfect time to check school calendars, create school supplies shopping lists, and get a jump-start on … Continued

A Complete Guide to Finding The Perfect House

Finding the perfect house for you and your family is no easy task. You may end up looking at dozens of different houses before finding the one that’s right for you. However, it’s going to be a lot more difficult to judge whether a house you’re looking at is the right one and to compare … Continued

Things to Do for Earth Day in Las Vegas

There’s plenty of time for planning when it comes to how you’ll celebrate Earth Day this year. Earth Day is on Friday, April 22nd. The theme for this year is Environmental & Climate Literacy. Here are a few ways to celebrate Earth Day this year. GreenFest VIP Reception GreenFest is sponsored by Nevada Energy Star Partners … Continued

Can the Buyer Assume My Mortgage?

Thinking of Selling your home? The Ballen Network can help you anywhere in the nation. Call us at 1-800-805-8354 to discuss your Home Value. It might be worth more than you think! Assuming a mortgage is the act of taking over someone else’s mortgage debt along with his home. The process goes something like this. … Continued

The Home Inspection Process: A Guide for Sellers and Buyers

The home inspection is a crucial part of any home sale and purchase transaction, and for good reason. The buyer needs to know that he’s not buying a potential money pit, and that there are no unsafe structures at the property before he hands over the purchase money. For the seller, understanding the home inspection … Continued

Las Vegas Utilities List, Cable, Power, Phone, Water, Trash

When it comes time to move, you’ll find yourself in need of a Las Vegas Utilities list. This list includes popular services for the Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and Henderson area. If you haven’t yet made your Las Vegas home purchase and are looking for a guide, Lori Ballen LLC Realtor® would love to … Continued

What Is the Home Is Possible for Heroes Program in Nevada?

The Nevada Housing Division offers the Home is Possible for Heroes program as a way to encourage and support homeownership for veterans. While this program can only be used with government issued loans, not conventional financing, it is a wonderful opportunity for those who have served our country to make aspirations of homeownership a reality. … Continued

What exactly is a pre-foreclosure home?

What exactly is a pre-foreclosure home? Foreclosure happens when a homeowner misses his mortgage payment and the lender takes back his home. It follow that pre-foreclosure is the period right before the bank seizes control the property, right? Wrong. In legal terms, there is no such thing as a pre-foreclosure. Let’s take a look at … Continued

Best Seafood and Chips in Las Vegas

SEE MORE OF OUR BEST RESTAURANTS IN LAS VEGAS 1: Village Seafood Buffet at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino, Casual No Reservation required, *** 3700 W Flamingo Rd Las Vegas NV 702-7777943. 2: Lazy Joe’s Fish & Chips. All you can eat, Southwest 78355 Rainbow Blvd. LV NV 89139, 702-489-6523. 3: Fulton’s Fish … Continued

What is a Buyer’s Market?

 A buyer’s market happens when the supply of homes exceeds consumer demand. For those wishing to purchase a home, this is an ideal time in which to do so because prices would be considerably lower for potential buyers. This type of market gives the customer a competitive edge in that they are the ones who … Continued

National Rebuilding Day, Repairing homes and transforming lives

Tiles in the roof are being repaired during Nevada national rebuilding day

April is National Rebuilding Month, a time to focus on the importance of keeping homes healthy and safe, especially for our community’s most vulnerable members. Throughout the month, more than 1,600 affiliate-led rebuild projects and approximately 40,000 volunteers across the country will lend their help to bring critical home repairs to communities across the US. … Continued

Interest Rates are rising and Just getting Started

It is no surprise that the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) voted to raise the interest rates. This is the first time in 2017 that the committee in charge of setting the monetary policy has done that. Experts predicted that the rates would go up since the Federal Reserve’s committee had a meeting in December … Continued

Las Vegas Housing Market Trend show Less Cash Buyers

The Las Vegas real estate market shows a recent considerable decrease in the cash sale of homes. Yet, even with less cash buyers this is still a great time to sell or to buy a home in the area, according to current Las Vegas real estate trends. The good news is that fewer cash purchases … Continued

Will New Construction in My Neighborhood Reduce My House Price?

The terms “seller’s market” and “buyer’s market” describe the party most likely to benefit from a real estate transaction in certain conditions. These terms derive from the basic economic principle of supply and demand. Put simply, when more houses are listed for sale than there are buyers willing to buy those houses, prices will go … Continued

Exploding the Myths About Pocket Listings

Exploding the Myths About Pocket Listings A pocket listing is a colloquial term for real estate properties that are marketed without being entered into the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors® MLS (multiple listing service). Rather than expose the property to as wide an audience as possible, the selling agent will only show the home … Continued

Lori Ballen Team

LORI BALLEN Team Phone: 702-604-7739 Keller Williams Realty Las Vegas Summerlin 9420 W. Sahara #100 Las Vegas, NV 89117

What Is Escrow?

One of the most confusing processes for the uninitiated to go through can be buying a home. At times it may seem that people are speaking a different language than they have ever heard before. This situation to often leaves a home buyer having to take on blind faith that the brokers, attorneys, escrow agents, inspectors and mortgage agents know what they are doing and acting in the buyers best interest.

Buying a Fixer Upper

Buying a fixer-upper can be a fantastic investment. A fixer upper tends to be much more affordable than houses that aren’t in need of many renovations or repairs. The money you save should cover whatever repairs and renovations are needed — not to mention that you’ll be able to have more say in the look and design … Continued

When is the Best Time to Build a Pool in Las Vegas?

While you can build a pool anytime here, this Article will answer the question: when is the best time to build a pool in Las Vegas. You may be interested in purchasing a home with a pool already built in, if so, click here to view Las Vegas Homes for Sale with a Pool. There are a … Continued

How to Sell a House with a Real Estate Agent

You may want to try and sell your house yourself or you might want to learn how to sell a house with a real estate agent. Most homeowners will buy and sell several homes over the course of their lives. Selling a home in Las Vegas can be a complicated, stressful process, and it also … Continued

Show me a Centennial Northwest Part of town Las Vegas 89149

Centennial Hills is a neighborhood in the Northwest Las Vegas part of the valley in zip codes 89130, 89131, and 89149. The pricing table below shows homes for sale in Centennial Hills by price including all 3 zip codes. These homes are for sale in Centennial Hills only in the zip code 89149

Las Vegas Master Planned Communities

A master planned community is a large area where a developer has divided parcels of land that have been pre-determined for a specific builder, price range, type of home, or commercial zoning. This developer will build all of the infrastructure to support further development, i.e. water, sewer, power lines, and so forth. Next the developer will … Continued

6520 HEAVENLY MOON Street, North Las Vegas, Nevada 89084 – $250,000

Property Description: The rumors are true! This fantastic 2 story North Las Vegas home in a gated community is ready for your arrival! Spacious floor plan w/formal living room, family room and 3 bedrooms! Huge kitchen w/custom cabinets, ample counter space and center island w/breakfast bar. Master suite has a spa like bath w/garden tub, … Continued

When is Spring Break in Las Vegas

Get the CCSD School Calendar Here Spring Break for Las Vegas in 2018 is Friday, March 23 Spring Break Begins and Return from Spring Break Tuesday, April 3 when Classes Resume. Spring Break Camps City of Las Vegas Spring Break Kamps offers a Tot Kamp for ages 4-5, and a Kids Kamp for ages 6-11. Cost is … Continued

Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in Las Vegas for Valentine’s Day

Taking your sweetheart out for dinner at one of the fine romantic restaurants in Las Vegas is sure to make them feel special. Choosing the restaurant suited to your ideal romantic evening is as important as choosing just the right card. You might spend hours browsing the racks for a card that adequately expresses your … Continued

Choosing the Right Mortgage Lender When Buying a Home

1-800-805-8354 to Connect with a Top Real Estate Agent in Your Area – ANYWHERE! Home Values Contact Us Blog Las Vegas Reno  Denver  San Diego Rancho Cucamonga Seattle, WA  Wondering what your House is Worth?  By the time you get the point where you are in need of a mortgage lender, you have done some … Continued

How to Dispose of a Christmas Tree

Decorating Christmas trees is one of the greatest traditions for celebrating the holiday season. Many people have artificial trees that can be easily boxed and stored for use in future years. Other people choose live, potted trees that can be planted when the holiday season is over. However, a large number of holiday enthusiasts appreciate … Continued

Best Pumpkin Patches in Las Vegas

Best Pumpkin Patches in Las Vegas One of the staples of any Fall celebration or decoration is the pumpkin. We love to carve them up for Halloween fun. They make a colorful addition to table spreads, and they add a bit of festive flair to our porches. Of course, we can’t forget about the addition … Continued

Best places to go on a date in Las Vegas

1. Romantic Picnic For Two If you are searching for the best places to go on a date in Las Vegas, but you don’t want to plan an evening date, you might want to visit Floyd Lamb State Park. Previously known as Tule Springs Ranch, is the perfect spot for a romantic picnic for two. … Continued

Southern Highlands Golf Club

Situated on 225 acres of scenic mountain terrain south of Las Vegas just off the I-15 near the M Resort Spa Casino, the Southern Highlands Golf Club delivers an unbeatable combination of challenging greens, upscale amenities, awe-inspiring views and modern facilities to make this one of the area’s most desirable golf clubs. Co-Designed by Robert … Continued