Reno’s Coveted ‘Sugar Loves Chocolate’ Now Offers Classes at TMCC!

If you’re craving something decadent, be sure to stop by Sugar Love Chocolates, a local chocolate shop in Reno that’s sure to satisfy your sweet tooth!

I’ve personally been buying chocolates from Sugar Loves Chocolate for four years. I offer the tasty treats to potential clients in their welcome package when they join me for a Tour of Reno. Sugar Loves Chocolate serves excellent hand crafted chocolates! You should definitely check them out. They’re located in “The (very cool) Basement” below West Elm Street, in the old US Post Office by the river.

If you’re REALLY into chocolates, you’ll be excited to know that they’re now offering classes at TMCC! Read on to learn about all the details.

Announcing New Chocolate Connoisseur Classes at TMCC

Sugar Loves Chocolate owner Krysta Bea Jackson has expanded their storefront location and is now teaching a class at TMCC, Northern Nevada’s community college, about creating chocolates!  Whether you’re an amateur, or a serious chocolate snob – get ready to try out your hand at creating one of the most popular and universally adored flavors in the world. (I almost said food groups — that should be a thing, right?)

The next Sugar Loves Chocolate  class is at TMCC on April 10th, 2019 from 6-9pm.

You’ll get to make two recipes in the class and take home roughly 1.5-2.5 pounds of truffles that you made! Sounds amazing.

The owner, Krista, will be teaching how to make a traditional French rolled truffle. This basic truffle is the starting point for most bonbon recipes used today. She’ll also be bringing assorted extra treats for you to create your own truffle recipe.

The class is filling up quickly so if you’re interested – sign up today!

Possible Answer to Affordable Housing?

The Reno real estate market has been booming! Although prices have dropped every so slightly, the need for affordable housing still remains a hot topic.

The good news? Recently, The Washoe Board of County Commissioners sparked a discussion about a trust fund that would create more affordable housing options in our region. Thankfully, commissioners have already approved the fund and are ready to move forward. The concept of the trust fund was initiated by the nonprofit organization called ACTIONN, where their efforts extend throughout the Northern Nevada region.

Perhaps what swayed commissioners the most were the stories shared by the many supporters who showed up at the chambers during the discussion. From working professionals to retirees, people shared about their dire living conditions, resulting in eviction and even homelessness due to rent increases.

“It’s offensive to me that we live in the greatest country in the world and yet we have people who have to give up their children because they can’t afford a roof over their head.” said Commissioner Marsha Berkbigler.

It’s still unclear how the fund will be acquiesced, but talk about government service taxes came into play. There’s been over 8 months of research regarding this topic, and there’s definitely hope on the horizon for more affordable housing. Stay tuned for more updates when they come!


New Office in Reno Adds 200+ Jobs!

As a resident of Reno, I really enjoy keeping up with current events by following EDAWN (The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada.) Recently they announced that a track and trace solutions company, rfxcel, is relocating its corporate headquarters to our very own Reno, NV. With expectations of opening its doors in December of this year, the new office will serve as rfxcel’s main headquarters. Which means good news for our economy, as the company plans to hire up to 200 employees over the next few years.

“Founded in 2003 by Glenn Abood and Jack Tarkoff, rfxcel is the first company to focus on safety of pharmaceutical supply chain and bring advanced track and trace software to manufacturers, repackagers, wholesalers, distributors, and dispensers. rfxcel’s mission is to enable customers to better manage their business today and deliver value tomorrow.”

Although this is a positive implication of economic growth, Reno is still struggling to overcome a shortage of housing, an overcrowded Washoe County school system, and the overall image of Reno’s downtown city life. Learn more about the challenges (and potential solutions) of our economic system in the NN Business View’s interview with Mike Kazmierski, president and CEO of EDAWN.

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You Have to ‘See See’ Motorcycle Coffee

I was driving in downtown Reno recently, when a new coffee shop called See See Motor Coffee Co. caught my eye. When I saw “CC” on the sign I immediately thought of cubic centimeters and motorcycles. I decided to stop by and grab a cup, but was not at all expecting what I found inside! A world where coffee and motorcycles collide.

When I was a kid, my dad owned a Suzuki motorcycle store in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. My affinity for motorcycles began there, and never stopped growing. My dad had a friend with the very first vintage collection of street and race bikes that I had ever seen. As kids, we grew up learning and loving everything we could about motorcycles, especially RACING. My dad would take us to Motorcycle Speed Week in Daytona, where dealers, manufacturers and the public meet for all things motorcycle and some amazing racing.

So, can you see why happiness came flooding back to me when I walked into See See Motor Coffee Co.?  The moment you step inside, you’ll be greeted by very rare, vintage bikes on display all around the shop. They are rotated out after they have been there for a while.


Seeing a storefront where motorcycle enthusiasts of all ages could gather and admire these rare classics is pretty cool. I was so intrigued by this concept – I just had to learn more! So I sat down with the manager to get the details on how this awesome shop was born. Read on to learn more about See See Motor Co.

The company started when Thor Drake, the owner and founder, started selling t-shirts to his friends in Portland, OR. But they weren’t just any shirts, and Thor wasn’t just any guy. Thor gained popularity in the motorcycle industry because of his innate talent and skill as a racer. His shirts were just an extension of his natural love for the sport, and his friends and fans couldn’t wait to get their hands on the racing apparel he created. Thor is still a legend, and races to this day!

See See Motor Coffee Co. was born in Portland, with two distinct parts to it: first is the racing company itself, and second is the brick and mortar shop.


“We make race apparel, racing t-shirts and sponsor riders everywhere. We’re heavily involved in the motorcycle community. And our brick and mortar shop, is a way to create a welcoming atmosphere, where people can gather in worship of motorcycles.” says Jack Beisel, manager of See See Motor Coffee Co. in Reno.

“The storefronts are more a community place. Motorcycling in Portland is a seasonal endeavor, so we created the storefront as year round space for people to gather and talk about cycles in a way that was open, friendly and accessible.”

In addition to selling apparel, and creating a cool place to gather – they also rebuild motorcycles for show and for racing. The motorcycles displayed in their shop are all bikes they’ve sponsored previously or rebuilt recently.

“We’re really friendly with some guys from the Vintage Motorcycle Association. We’ve invited some of them to show their bikes, and they have happily obliged. It’s a win, win – they’re able to display their unique collectibles, and our Reno community can see some special vintage models that no one’s ever seen before,” says Jack.


“One of our main goals is to cater to the community and bridge the gap between older racers and their epic stories and the younger generation who are just getting started. We think we’ve found a the perfect ‘apex’ as bikers would say. So, what are you waiting for! Come stop by, grab some coffee and check out the store.”


Thanks so much for joining us today, Jack! I’ve obviously found my new favorite coffee spot – which goes beyond a great cup. If you’re interested in motorcycles, or even if you’re not — See See Motor Coffee Co. is a must see. Call me if you’re interested in joining me there one morning! (775) 544-6400.



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.

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


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.

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