Reno Air Races 2018 Recap

You may have heard about the mid-air episode that happened at the Reno Air Races. Two planes bumped each other high in the sky, but thankfully no one was hurt and both pilots landed safely!

Besides this little hiccup, the event went on without a hitch and all the attendees “ooed and awed” over the amazing display of aircraft acceleration and pure talent from the pilots.

Did you miss the Reno Air Races? Not to worry! I captured some footage from the event below. Grab your popcorn and pull up a seat, it’ll feel like you’re right there in the front row!

New Listing: 3025 Show Jumper Court

JUST REDUCED! $516K | 3 BR | 2.5 BA | 2,303 SQ FT

I’m thrilled to list this new home, 3025 Show Jumper Court in Reno NV. This upgraded Toll Brother home is move-in ready for your growing family. Ideally located in the gated community of Willow Bend at the Estates, this open floor concept is definitely a must see.

One of the most appealing aspects of this home is the upgraded, gourmet kitchen. You’ll find a king size walk in pantry, wine fridge and stainless steel appliances, just to name a few.




The white cabinets create a beautiful contrast against the darker hardwood floors, while the modern countertops make the look come together. My favorite part of the kitchen is the huge galley style island.

Natural light fills the home with views of the surrounding mountains throughout. From the manicured backyard you will often see Nevada’s wild horses.

You’ll love the hardwood and tile floors throughout the main level. All three bedrooms are located upstairs along with the laundry room and a bonus area currently set up as a media room.





The exterior is beautifully landscaped and welcomes summer BBQ’s or just a nice, tranquil atmosphere to relax and enjoy a good book.




To see more of this beautiful home, take the virtual tour here or call me at (775) 544-6400 for your own person showing!

Diamond Peak via North Flume Trail

This last Sunday I went on a hike with my wife and a couple of good friends on the North Flume Trail. There’s two things I want to share.

First, is the history of “the Flume.” This area above Incline Village and Sand Harbor is quite fascinating! “The flume contained 2-million feet of lumber and 28 tons of spikes and nails. It operated 70-feet above ground in some places, and could transport up to a half-million feet of lumber daily.”

The trees were cut down and placed in the log flume so they could be sent down to Washoe Valley where the wood mills were. ($8M of silver per day came out of those tunnels at the peak.)

While the wooden flume is now completely disassembled, the path still remains and hosts one of the most scenic and spectacular trails in the world. I can’t believe I live so close by, and can enjoy the amazing views so easily.

To get to the hike, take the Mt. Rose highway past the Summit and the Meadows. A mile or so before the Incline Village lookout there is a good size parking on the west side of the highway. The trail head is on the east side.Take the trees up the steep “Incline” and shoot them down the log flume to the wood mills in Washoe Valley. We walked out about three miles and came back to the cars.

On the hike, you’ll be able see Lake Tahoe, the Diamond Peak ski area and some nice, tranquil streams. If you’re interested in extending your hike and getting even more beautiful views, you could park a car at the bottom of Tunnel Creek Road, where the Ponderosa Ranch was originally located, (Tunnel Creek Cafe is now there).

If you’re feeling REALLY adventurous, continue hiking on the Flume Trail past Tunnel Creek Road and get an amazing view of Sand Harbor (see below!) and then Marlette Lake.

Lake Tahoe
This pic was from a year ago. TOTALLY WORTH the extra hike/bike to get this view!

Did you know Marlette Lake has supplied clean water to Virginia City on a gravity fed flume since the Comstock Era? The water in the aquifers in the Virginia City area is not easy to drink due to lots of minerals and elements, thus all the Silver underground!

I hope you enjoyed reading more about the Flume Trail hike. Make sure to stay tuned and subscribe to my newsletter for more events in Reno and to stay up to date with the real estate market.

Brand New Listing! 3915 Nut Tree Lane Reno, NV

3915 Nut Tree Lane in Reno, Nevada is newly remodeled and ready for potential buyers to take a tour! The plush, custom landscaping welcomes you the moment you open the front gate and step foot onto the driveway.

As you open the doors of this newly remodeled home, you’ll immediately be welcomed by the spacious living room with plenty of windows that naturally make the room feel even bigger.

Do you have anyone in your family who likes music? Enjoy this extra room, perfect for piano playing or relaxing and reading a good book.

Don’t forget about the impressive 1,100 square foot deck and private pond! 

The backyard is fully landscaped and ready to enjoy warm summer nights with breathtaking views – a stellar atmosphere for BBQs with the family or a solo night alone. 

Farm life enthusiasts have the opportunity to start their own, with a large chicken run, fully automated chicken coop, automatic door, water drip system, and custom built animal house perfect for pet rabbits. All with a fresh coat of paint!

Still want more? Discover more photos and take the 3D interactive virtual tour here!

Are you in the market to buy or sell your home? Give Neal Fincher a call today at (775)544-6400. If you want to look for more properties in the Reno Tahoe area, you can search my website.

Jones White Creek Trail Hike

Jones and Whites Creek Trail is a 10 mile loop, filled with beautiful views of wild flowers, pine trees, and rushing waters. It’s located in Galena, close to Reno Nevada, and is not for the faint of heart. Dog owners can enjoy the hike with man’s best friend – as long as they’re kept on a leash. And although I’m an avid biker, I would not recommend biking this trail – it’s best to enjoy the views on foot with family (or a friend or two!)

Starting Point of Whites Creek Trail Hike


I always enter at the Galena Creek Regional Park north entrance. You will find ample parking there (especially early in the morning) and it’s the best starting point. At the beginning part of the hike, be aware that it’s mostly uphill. I recommend taking routine breaks and drinking lots of water. And, with so much amazing scenery to enjoy, every moment is enjoyable – even when you stop for a breather.

Remember, the entire loop is almost 10 miles – so if you’re not ready for the whole thing – don’t worry! You can always pace yourself by starting up the trail a couple miles and turning around toward the beginning, until you’ve worked your way up to doing the entire loop.

It’s best to start your hike early in the morning to avoid the dry Nevada heat that quickly ascends over the mountains. If you start around 7am-8am during the summer, you should be able to enjoy your hike without too much heat.

Please enjoy some of my favorite spots from the hike. You’ll see the creek winding through the trail. And don’t forget to turn your volume up to hear the rushing water! And instant mood booster.

Nature Views from Jones Whites Creek Trail

Thanks for joining me today on the blog! Whether you’re looking for Real Estate help or the latest happenings in Reno, NV – stay tuned for more posts on my blog or browse my website to discover new properties.

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


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!

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