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Welcome to the Lori Ballen Team Real Estate Blog. Everything you want to know about real estate, home values, featured listings, home maintenance, home repair, and so much more.

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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

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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

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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.

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Amazon to Provide up to 500 jobs North Las Vegas

Amazon recently announced the creation of 500 jobs, reflecting the robust recovery in North Las Vegas and the rest of southern Nevada. Amazon already had a presence in the state, but it looks like the online behemoth will, like many other company, continue to grow throughout the year. If you’re searching for a job, Amazon

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Aria Liquid Lounge Pool

Pool Features   215,000 s/f pool deck with 3 outdoor heated pools VIP Pools with 8 private cabanas and 35 day beds 3 Jacuzzi’s Towel Service Bar and Cafe Chairs and Lounges 35 Cabanas + daybeds that can be reserved Raft Rentals available each day for a fee (complimentary with Cabana Rental) DJ’s Pool Hours

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Alexis Park Pool

Pool Features 3 5′ deep heated outdoor pools (max) Hotel Towel Service Jacuzzi Food and Beverage Service Chairs and Lounges (not reservable) Two Cabanas Pool Hours Pool 1: 9am to 8PM (lifeguard) – Seasonal Pool 2 and 3: 10am to 10PM Public or Private Access Hotel Guests Only Location and Map 375 E. Harmon Ave.,

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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

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Selling a Home in Las Vegas

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

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Golden Nugget Las Vegas Pool

Swim with sharks they said? Well why not! In Las Vegas, most are open to a low risk gamble. The Tank 3 Story Water Slide Shark Tank! Chaises, Lounge Chairs, Daybeds Waterfalls Music Blackjack Tables 9-7 weekdays, 9-9 weekends Public charge (non hotel guests) – $35.00 (kids 2 and under get in free). Subject to

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Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Pool

There are three pools to choose from in The pool district at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas.  These are the Boulevard Pool, The Chelsea Pool and the Marquee Dayclub pool. Choose to Party poolside with DJ’s or sunbathe in a relaxing environment. The Boulevard & Chelsea Pools are opened for hotel guests only. Marquee Dayclub is open

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Paris Las Vegas Pool

The view around the Paris Las Vegas pool is certainly something to notice. Swimming next to the Eiffel Tower is not something that happens every day. Soleil Pool at Paris Las Vegas 2 Acre Rooftop Pool Spa Poolside attendants Outdoor Cafe: Care du Parc Poolside Massages can be reserved by Mandara Spa Private Air-Conditioned Cabanas

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Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Pool

Head on over to Planet Hollywood  Las Vegas Pool and spend the day swimming and riding the new FlowRider. From VIP Cabanas and Daybeds, to DJ’s and Pleasure Pools, Planet Hollywood has something for you. Open during the season from 10am to 7pm. 10am to 7pm 2 Individual Pool Decks Pleasure Pools Flowrider “Surf the

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Things to Do with Kids in Summerlin

Things to Do with Kids in Summerlin Whether you’re a long time resident or viewing homes for sale in The Vistas Summerlin, you know the importance of finding fun, quality activities in the area for the children in your family. Consider these top ten things to do with kids in Summerlin for your next outing.

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501 Things to Do in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, officially known as the City of Las Vegas is the most populous city in Nevada’s Mojave Desert. Vegas City is renowned internationally as an important resort city. This resort town is famous primarily because of its buzzing energy, mega shopping malls, fine dining, 24-hour casinos and the endless entertainment available. Vegas’s reputation of

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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

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Haunted Vegas

Las Vegas is a city that captivates the hearts and minds of many visitors who make the journey into the desert to see it. While the giltz, glam, and bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip are a sign in and of themselves, the city also has a darker, supernatural side that cannot be ignored.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Coyote Springs Golf Club Near Las Vegas

Less than an hour outside of Las Vegas there sits an amazingly scenic golf club that has stolen the hearts of golfers in southern Nevada since its grand opening in 2008. The Coyote Springs Golf Club is the crown jewel of golf courses, nestled in the mountains due just north of the state’s most famous

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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,

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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

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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

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