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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,

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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

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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

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Things to Do in Summerlin

Yoga On the Lawn – Things to Do in Summerlin

Excited to get outdoors in this gorgeous weather? It’s time to get fit and fabulous – Yoga style! Downtown Summerlin (the beautiful new outdoor mall) is excited to offer  Yoga On The Lawn with Trufusion. Back by popular demand, Yoga On the Lawn offers classes for all levels. Move over casinos, give us Yoga! When is

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Las Vegas Yoga

Las Vegas may be known as sin city, but it’s also a very fit focused community. With amazing weather year round, locals like to be outdoors, and in good shape. Las Vegas yoga classes offer both indoor and outdoor opportunities and help keep the residents here in good mind, body, and spirit. Join a Yoga

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Battlefield Vegas

Battlefield Vegas is Las Vegas’ #1 shooting range. Located behind Circus Circus on The Strip, Battlefield Vegas is more than an average gun range. Employees work with guests one-on-one to teach them not only how to handle particular weapons but also provide information on the weapon’s creation and history.  Location: 2771 Industrial Road, Las Vegas,

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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

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Free Things To Do in Las Vegas

Unless you’re winning big at the casinos, or betting big and getting complimentary swag, Las Vegas can be an expensive city to visit. Restaurants, shows, nightclubs, gaming, and attractions can add-up quickly and drain your savings account quicker than you can say “Black Jack”. But, you don’t have to max out your credit cards to

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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

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Pinball Hall of Fame Museum

Location: 1610 E. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89119 Phone: 702-597-2627 Hours: Sunday – Thursday from 11 AM – 11 PM, Friday – Saturday from 11 AM – 12 AM Pinball is alive and well in Las Vegas. Visit the Pinball Hall of Fame Museum to experience pinball games in a way that many people

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Lake of Dreams

Located at the Wynn of Las Vegas, this nightly show combines music with four thousand lights, puppets, and images to create a one-of-a-kind experience. Experience the breathtaking view of a 40-foot waterfall at the Lake of Dreams. For information on show tickets at Wynn Las Vegas, call 702-770-9966. Location 3131 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas,

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Sugar Factory

Location: 3663 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109 Phone: 702-866-0777 Hours: Monday – Friday from 10 AM – 12 AM, Saturday from 9 AM – 1 AM, and Sunday from 9 AM – 12 AM Click to Visit Website Looking for a sweet treat that brings back fond memories? You’ll want to visit The

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Evolution Expeditions

Evolution Expeditions is a perfect for a family outing. Evolution Expeditions offers kayak tours, wake sports and has a water park. The kayak tours can take you around the Hoover Dam or to Black Canyon; there is a twilight tour that is a perfect way to watch the sunset. The water park area has slides

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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

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Circus Circus Hotel

Circus Circus encourages patrons to leave responsibilities at the door and become a kid again. One of Circus Circus’s largest attractions is the Adventuredome. This inside theme park features 25 rides and games. The Adventuredome has two rollercoaster’s, 4-D adventure rides, laser tag, bumper cars, and more. Location: 2880 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV

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The Mac King Comedy Show

The Mac King Comedy Show is a comedy, magic show that is fun for people of all ages. In fact, it’s been one of the top shows in Las Vegas for ten years! You can purchase tickets online at the official website. Or, you can call 702-693-6143. Location: 3474 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas,

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Shark Reef

Residents and visitors of Las Vegas have been amazed by Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay since 2000. It’s the first and only accredited animal care facility in Nevada, honored with the distinction from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Visitors can explore the exhibits, learn more about life at the aquarium, and enjoy a variety

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Reggae in the Desert

Reggae in the Desert is held at the Clark County Government Center Amphitheater each year. This annual event usually held in June. Location: 500 S. Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89154 Phone: 702-455-8200 Hours: 12 PM – 11 PM Bring along a blanket, one un-opened bottle of water, sunscreen, and a still camera. No video

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Fun Dungeon

With over 150 games, it’s easy to see why people want to visit The Fun Dungeon at Excalibur Hotel & Casino for a bit of arcade fun. They have midways, sports games, and games that offer prize redemption. Grab a tasty treat from the Dairy Queen while you’re there. Fun Dungeon Location: 3850 S. Las

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Natural History Museum

The Las Vegas Natural History Museum is dedicated educating and inspiring residents and visitors of Las Vegas when it comes to the natural world and science. Exhibits include prehistoric, wildlife, international, and marine life topics. Check the official website or call ahead to check current exhibits. Natural History Museum Location: 900 Las Vegas Blvd. N.,

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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

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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

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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

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Costa di Mare

Costa di Mare | Best Restaurants Located at The Wynn Hotel the Costa di Mare, formally know as the Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare offers the best in seafood. This is flown straight from the Mediterranean and served to you in under 24 hours to ensure the best flavor and ultimate freshness. While visiting this fine dining restaurant, experience

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10 Fun Facts about Las Vegas

Full of twinkling lights, sparkling champagne, and dazzling showgirls, Las Vegas offers something for everyone in the entire household. More than 70 million people frequent Las Vegas every year for the eclectic shops, unique shows, unmatched all-you-can-eat buffets, and the plethora of hotels, casinos, restaurants, spas, gaming centers and roller coasters that make up Sin

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Living in Las Vegas – Record City

There’s something about the sound of classic vinyl – a smooth hissing hum behind the songs, a crackle and pop melting into the music. Something magical happens when the needle hits the record. This sound disappeared for the most part with the advent of 8 tracks and cassette tapes, and eventually into c.d.s and mp3s

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