My Photos from America’s Top 5 Greatest Automobile Museum

You may not know, but the Harrah Automobile Collection started in 1948, and eventually grew to approximately 1,400 cars. Unfortunately, Harrah died unexpectedly in 1978 while undergoing a medical procedure and many of the cars were auctioned off. But, good news is, there’s still more than 200 attention-grabbing automobiles that were donated by The Holiday Corporation to display at Reno’s National Automobile Museum, known as “The Harrah Collection.” I captured the cool cars on camera and I hope the photos will move you to go visit. Give me a call and I’d be happy to join you! (775)544-6400.

 

Out of all the years I’ve been in Reno, I never had the chance to peruse all the authentic autos at the museum in Reno…until last week!

 

 

I actually began working at Harrah’s Club in 1982, long before my career in Real Estate. I ended up parking cars at Harrah’s, and one of the day shift duties involved driving a shuttle bus full of hotel guests throughout the day to the Harrah’s Automobile Collection, which was located in the industrial area of Sparks just southeast of the Nugget across the tracks.

 

At the time I had no clue as to how special this collection was and needless to say never went inside. Since then, the Museum has relocated to downtown Reno, on the corner of Lake and Mill Street, where I attended for the first time this year.

 

 

The museum is open Mon. – Sat. from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $6 for children 6 to 18 years.  Children age 5 and younger are free.

I definitely recommend you check it out! Like I said, give me a call and I’d love to join you. (775) 544-6400.

New Listing 1715 Fairway Trails in Sommerset Reno, NV

3 BR | 2.5 BA | 2,516 SF

This beautifully upgraded Toll Brothers single story home in the Master Planned Community of Somersett, is a buyer’s dream! With 3 spacious bedrooms, upgraded features throughout, and ridiculously stunning views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this home will not last long!

Throughout the home, look through your windows and enjoy stunning Hunter Lake Range views, snow capped mountain views in the winter, and the beautiful landscape of the meticulously maintained golf course.

The kitchen boasts stainless steel appliances, soft close dove tailed cabinetry with pullouts, and under/over cabinet lighting for a luxury feel.

Walk outside to your spacious backyard, a premium lot with exquisite views.

The custom fountain is a bold statement piece, and accents the fully landscaped backyard perfectly. In addition to just the obvious beauty of the outdoor area, enjoy practicality with the automatic sprinkler system, and drip system.

There’s so many more unique features that contribute to the luxury and charm of this gorgeous single-story home. If you want to schedule a personal tour, please call me today. Hurry, this home will not last long! 775-544-6400.

View more photos of 1715 Fairway Hills Trail

 

Hans Meyer-Kassel Art Lecture

I had such a great time meeting longtime journalist, author, and researcher, Guy Clifton this past weekend. He gave a lecture at the Nevada Museum of Art featuring the history and travels of the famous Hans Meyer-Kassel, a German artist who relocated to Reno and eventually settled near the Sierra Nevada slopes.

A few captivating pieces by Meyer-Kassel, inspired by the Nevada landscape.

Image credit: Nevada Museum of Art

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I also had the pleasure of meeting Jack Bacon (guest curator for the Hans Meyer-Kassel art exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art) and was happy to grab a copy of his first book featuring the life and works of Meyer-Kassel. Such a great read!

Interested in more events at the Nevada Museum of Art? Check out future art exhibits.

Thought of the Day: Could a Lending Meltdown Occur Soon?

The Big Short All Over Again?

Okay, before you get freaked out, I want to preface this blog by saying that these are just some thoughts I’ve been kicking around from analyzing the recent real estate market. So before you believe this could be the Big Short of Real Estate, take a deep breath and relax. I’m simply inviting you into a casual conversation about the mortgage market and where we are now…not necessarily claiming anything about its demise. I am very curious to hear your thoughts – please read on!

Here’s My Question:

Could the low down payment amounts for a home purchase (approved by lending institutions and obviously the government) possibly be creating a housing shortage? If all of these  buyers were taken out of the market until they saved 20% for a down payment would the housing shortage be here? 

I’ve purchased two homes in my life. (Without trying to age myself) I bought a home in 1987 and 1999 and both times I was required to have 20% down to purchase my home.

Lately in the Real Estate market in Reno, houses on the market are very scarce and it’s turning into a bit of a zoo. Once listed, they’re usually only on the market a few days before an offer – even multiple offers – are on the table. At the end of January 528 homes were on the market and we sold 400 of them!

Unlike 20 years ago when a 20% down payment was common place , nowadays a buyer can secure a loan with as little as 3% down, and with some grant programs, even lower.

I wonder sometimes…could a lending meltdown occur again because these buyers are getting into homes with “no skin in the game?

What’s Your Opinion? Please comment below!

Discover These 13 Events Everyone is Talking about in Reno

Wanna Have Fun in Reno? Look No Further!

Are you looking for fun things to do in Reno/Tahoe? Instead of wasting time scrolling through Yelp, check out the RSCVA virtual brochure – which highlights 13 thrill-worthy things to watch out for this year. Whether you’re an avid beer connoisseur, you love nature, or monster trucks are more your speed, there’s an event for everyone in Reno…take a peek inside the virtual tour to discover what interests you most!

Cool Reno/Tahoe Events in 2018 – Browse the Virtual Brochure


What to Watch Out for in February

23rd Annual Reno BREW HAHA

Enjoy all-you-can-drink beer at the 23rd Annual Brew HaHa!

This fun event in Reno will allow attendees to sample over 100 brews from local, regional and national breweries. Enjoy live music and light snacks if you need a short intermission from all the barley and hops. This may be stating the obvious, but you must be 21 years or older to attend.

When to Show Up

  • 7:00pm – Doors open for VIP ticket holders
  • 8:00pm – Doors open for General Admission ticket holders

As an added bonus, your dollars will help raise money for the local Sierra Arts Foundation, providing support for artists and art programs within the Reno/Tahoe community.

How to Get Tickets
$50 for General Admission
$65 for VIP tickets (50% is tax-deductible)

Ticket prices are an additional $10 the day of the event. Click here to get your tickets now.


Click to read more about RSCVA Reno/Tahoe upcoming events.

Take the Tour! Reno’s Hot New Property 565 Northstar Dr.

This adorable home in Old Northwest Reno welcome buyers with its spacious backyard, beautiful vintage charm, and great city views.

When you walk in, you’ll step into a spacious living room with original brick fireplace beckoning you to relax, grab a blanket and cozy up at home on those cold winter nights.

The main kitchen has plenty of room and counter space to accommodate the family who loves to cook and gather around the table for dinner.

You’ll also enjoy spacious rooms, brand new windows and paint, beautiful views of the Hunter Lake Mountain Range, and the comfort of efficient heating with a gas boiler system.

Check out More Listings in Reno NV

Watch the Video!

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If you’re interested in taking a tour of this property, please call me at (775)544-6400.

Whether you’re interested in buying or selling in Reno, it’s important to know what’s new in the market. If you’d like a more detailed report, email me here.

 

 

 

Sneak Peek: The Evolution of Burning Man

I’m always looking for interesting events to attend in Reno, NV and the City of Dust: The Evolution of Burning Man definitely did not disappoint. Hosted by the Nevada Museum of Art, this special art exhibit allowed visitors to explore the story of how burning man began and has since transformed into the world-renowned phenomenon that it is today. Today I’ll be sharing never before seen photos, journals and sketches that reveal the magic behind this temporary city’s evolution and enchanting story.

City of Dust: The Evolution of Burning Man

The Burning Man art exhibit was located downtown at the Nevada Museum of Art. This specific exhibit ends this Sunday, so if you’re unable to make it, don’t fret. If you are interested in attending any upcoming events at the musuem, just give me a call! I have free tickets and would love to have you as my guest. (775)544-6400.

Using historical records, we can trace the growth and development of Burning Man’s temporary city that emerges annually in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. It originated after the height of the hippy culture in the early 1980’s – the perfect time to entertain new ideas that transcended the thought of main stream society.

Burning Man: The Icon of the Man

The Temple:

Art on the Playa

More Photos from the Burning Man Art Exhibit:

The Remnants of Burning Man

Learn more about the history of Burning Man by watching this documentary:

I hope you enjoyed this personal tour of the Evolution of Burning Man Exhibit. Like I said, if you’re interested in joining me for any upcoming art exhibits, please give me a call. I have free tickets and would love to have you join me! (775)544-6400.

Why Buyers are Raving about this Hot Reno Property

If there’s ever a time to buy in Reno, it’s NOW…And I’ve got a stunning property that you NEED to see if you’re on the home hunt. 2160 Manzanita Lane in Reno, is fully remodeled, perched just above the 7th and 8th holes at Lakeridge.

The functional floor plan includes the main level with master suite, fabulous kitchen and plenty of gathering space inside and out. Off the kitchen is the great room w/ vaulted ceilings & stunning views. Very little remains of the original home – you don’t want to miss out on this upgraded beauty!

To add an element of luxury, the kitchen remodel includes: cherry cabinetry, granite slab counters with metal and glass tile back splash, and high quality Kitchen Aid & Wolf appliances.

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Manzanita kitchen

The long, private driveway from Manzanita leads to this gorgeous home with expansive views of the pond, fairways & Sierra Nevada mountains.

2160 Manzanita

What are you waiting for? If you’re interested in schedule a showing of this unique property in Reno, give me a call now. (775) 544-6400. Hurry, this beauty won’t last long!

2160 Manzanita backyard

2018 Calendar of Cool Reno Events

If you didn’t already know, I’m a proud member of the Reno Nevada Historic Preservation Society. Every month they feature interesting programs held on Sundays and Wednesdays surrounding the city of Reno.

Whether it’s a special guest to talk about the rich history of our city, or an amazing art exhibit – I’ve got the scoop on some cool Reno events. So read on below and get ready to mark your calendars for some must-see happenings in 2018.

In addition, one of my favorite events to attend is the Nevada Historical Society’s High Noon Series. Admission is $5 for adults; free for children 17 and younger and for Nevada Historical Society members. If you ever want to attend an event with me, please call me in advance so I can save you a seat at (775) 544-6400!

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