Breaking News: Positive Changes for Consumers Made Jointly by Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion

I think this important information for everyone to be aware of since it can affect your credit rating.  
Equifax, Experian and TransUnion, the three nationwide credit reporting agencies – – have agreed to three important changes to reporting medical collection accounts.
• Paid medical collection debt will no longer be included on consumer credit reports, as of July 1, 2022.   • The time period before unpaid medical collection debt will appear on a consumer’s report will be increased from six months to one year, also effective July 1, 2022. This change gives consumers more time to work with insurance and/or healthcare providers to address medical collection debt before it appears on credit reports.   • Medical debt collection accounts under at least $500 will no longer be included on consumer credit reports. This goes into effect the first half of 2023.
These significant changes to medical collection debt reporting support consumers faced with unexpected medical bills.  These changes will help many of your credit scores go up. Of course better credit scores are wonderful if you are thinking about buying a home. Do you have a need for commercial/industrial/retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you want a guaranteed cash offer? We can help you with all of that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff

Its BAAACCCKKKK! Woo hoo! Super Summer Theatre at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

Tickets for shows at Super Summer Theatre go on sale May 1, 2022. Spring Mountain Ranch State Park is exactly 10 miles west of the 215/West Charleston intersection.

All performances are outdoors and run Wednesday – Saturday (excluding September’s production which runs Thursday – Saturday). I have been a fan for years and have even performed out there! It’s a magical place to spend a summer evening.

The following is this summer’s line-up:

Mary Poppins

PS Productions brings us a Musical based on the Stories of P. L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, Book by Julian Fellowes, New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.”

Performance Dates: June 1 – 4 June 8 – 11 June 15 – 18 June 22 – 25
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International

Sister Act

First Step Productions brings us the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet!

Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Glenn Slater, Book by Cheri Steinkellner & Bill Steinkellner, Additional Book Material by Douglas Carter Beane

When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.

Performance Dates:

July 13 – 16

July 20 – 23

July 27 – 30

Aug 3 – 6

Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). 

Matilda

Majestic Repertory Theatre brings us the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

Book by Dennis Kelly, Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin, Based on the book, Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other’s lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda’s extraordinary personality. Matilda’s school life isn’t completely smooth sailing, however – the school’s mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don’t abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils’ saving grace!

Performance Dates:

Aug 24 – 27

Aug 31 – Sept 3

Sept 7 – 10

Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). 

For 2022 Summer Season they are offering $17.50 cash/check in office sale ahead of show date. $20 credit (online and in office sales) .  $20 credit (online and in office sales).  Day of Show Tickets (Both Online and at the Gate):$25.00 limited availability

Children:  5 and under are free, regular ticket price for all other children.

For the first time ever, there will be a limited number of seats that can be reserved when patrons purchase their tickets.  A limited number of reserved chairs and reserved blankets at the front of the Meadow will be available for each performance. 

Chairs are $75 each, and blankets are $150 for two persons or $250 for four persons.  Blanket purchasers get to keep their blanket! 

Reserved chairs and blankets must be purchased at least one day in advance of the performance.

Do you have a need for commercial/industrial/retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you want a guaranteed cash offer? We can help you with all of that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website  http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff

The Las Vegas Ballpark continues “Flicks on the Field”

Flicks on the Field at the Las Vegas Ballpark is a local favorite event  The fun, family-friendly events are open to the general public.  Admission is $10 per person. Children ages two and under are free.

There is a special priced package of $25 per person offered if you purchase all three nights, according to a release. Field seating is first-come, first-served and stadium seating is reserved as selected.

Organizers say the offerings will be “must see” baseball themed movies for this three-part “Summer Strikeout”.  The open-air movie night at The Las Vegas Ballpark started in the summer of 2019 and was an instant homerun. Food is available at the Grill on First for dinner before the movie starts at 7 p.m.

As part of the events, gates open at 6 p.m. with movie trivia, photo ops with Spruce the Goose and Aviator. The schedule of the movies is listed below.

Friday, June 10 Fan choice between The Rookie, A League of their Own and Little Big League

6 p.m. gates open

7 p.m. movie starts

Ticket Link for Purchasing :https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/17005C8DCC64202B

Friday, July 29 Field of Dreams

6 p.m. gates open

7 p.m. movie starts

Ticket Link for Purchasing:https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/17005C8DCC67202F

Friday, August 12 The Sandlot

6 p.m. gates open

7 p.m. movie starts

Ticket Link for Purchasing:https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/17005C8DCC692031

The Las Vegas Ballpark is located in Downtown Summerlin at 1650 S Pavilion Center Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89135, and if you have not been there yet, it’s a very nice venue.  If you want more information on the schedule for the minor league baseball season go to:  https://www.thelvballpark.com/

Do you have a need for commercial/industrial/retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you want a guaranteed cash offer? We can help you with all of that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website  http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff

Pest control in Las Vegas – what to watch for and how to stop these “buggers”

The Las Vegas area is known for its magnificent desert sunsets, endless buffets and Elvis impersonators. We also have some pests who like it here thanks to hot summers, mild winters, seasonal rains and human settlements.

Mice /Rats

House mice, are the most commonly encountered rodents in the U.S.  They usually nest in dark areas like attics. They can cause serious damage by chewing through drywall and wires and are known to spread diseases like salmonella and tapeworms. I have even had them nest in my pool heater over the winter, destroying it. Tips for keeping mice/rats away:

 ■ Seal cracks and holes on the outside of your home with caulk and steel wool.

 ■ Keep areas clear and store boxes off the floor, since mice like to hide in clutter.

 ■ Regularly inspect your home for signs of mice, like droppings, gnaw marks or compromised food.  If you see a food container that has bite marks throw the food out immediately.  You might want to invest in plastic sealed containers for your pantry.

 ■ If you plan to use poison, please be responsible and use the poison containers that dogs and cats are too large to get into. We don’t want your fur babies (or someone else’s) to become a casualty.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches prefer to live in small areas close to food and moisture, making homes the perfect habitat for them.  Commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms, they can contaminate food sources and spread bacteria. Their allergens are also known to trigger and exacerbate asthma symptoms, especially in children. I’ve often said there are 3 kinds of homes in Las Vegas;

  1. Those that do have cockroaches
  2. Those that did have cockroaches
  3. Those that will have cockroaches

Tips for keeping cockroaches away.

 ■ Keep your counters and floors free of crumbs.

 ■ Vacuum your home frequently and dispose of garbage properly

 ■ Monitor your kitchen and bathroom areas, especially under appliances and sinks.

 ■ Have consistent visits from a pest control company.

Spiders

Spiders like to spin webs in undisturbed places such as closets, attics and crawl spaces. They can bite and inject venom if disturbed, making them dangerous to humans. Tips for keeping spiders away:

 ■ Keep trees and shrubs trimmed away from your home to reduce the chance of spiders finding a way inside.

 ■ Store clothing and shoes inside plastic containers.

 ■ Use gloves when disturbing things in the garage and around your home that have not been disturbed in a while, especially if you notice the presence of webs.

 ■ Seek medical attention if you suspect you have a spider bite.

Scorpions

There are also scorpions that like to visit our homes, so I suggest wearing shoes or slippers in the house and garage at all times to avoid being stung.

Tips for keeping scorpions away:

■ Don’t leave clothes bundled up on the floor, and if you do, shake them out and look inside before putting them on.

■ I know many of you love the look of a bed skirt, but I have literally watched a scorpion crawl up one, so I suggest shortening them, or ditching them all together.

■ They are found on the walls as often as they are floors. Did you know that black light illuminates scorpions? I keep a small blacklight flashlight in the house and check for them from time to time.

■ Lavender essential oils at door entrances can help keep them away as they really don’t like lavender.

■ Diatomaceous earth (which is essentially ground up seashells) spread at the door also wrecks them as it cuts them up when they try to walk through it.

If stung take two Benadryl tablets and go to the emergency room or urgent care to get a shot to ward off toxins. 

Ticks

You don’t often hear about ticks in Las Vegas, however, they are here, and can be harmful to both humans and animals.

if you have standing water after a heavy rain or monsoon, quickly disperse the water to avoid attracting them. 

If you decide to hire a professional pest control company, contact me, Jeff Howard, your favorite real estate agent. I would be happy to make a couple of recommendations as always!

Do you have a need for commercial/industrial/retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you want a guaranteed cash offer? We can help you with all of that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff

The Timeless Appeal of White and Gray Tiles

Are you thinking about retiling your bathroom or kitchen?  And are you at a loss as to which color tile to choose? As a tile choice can often make or break a room, the dilemma is understandable.

What is on trend? One trend and color palette we have spotted repeatedly recently does seem pervasive: the colors white and gray.

These two colors might not surprise you or may seem a little bland, however, they offer wonderful advantages.  They both have timeless appeal and neutrality.  You can see this palate on kitchen countertops and backsplashes and in bathrooms as well.

The following are some suggestions on how to make a good selection for renovating these rooms.

Go in person to see slabs of material when it comes to backsplashes and countertops.  Many times you can visit a stone yard so you can make your own selection.

Be very aware of the background color and shades.  Not all whites and grays blend together.  When you place tiles next to each other make sure they match or blend.

You should consider using tiles for a large wall space – the tiles will make for an interesting focal point.

Consider mixing patterns – one pattern on the floor and another on the wall.

If you are thinking about using mosaic and glass tile be you’ll probably want use a professional installer.

Grout color is very important and a good amount of time overlooked by the consumer – you want a color that is custom to work with your tiles.

Rectangular tiles are very popular and have a more modern feeling than square tiles.

Use tile to introduce both texture and color into a space.

You should consider mixing tiles that are dissimilar, however, the same color palette which can add interest and depth.

If you feel your eye is not up to the task, an interior design consultation costs less than you might think. If you need a recommendation for an interior designer or installer, reach out to me, Jeff, your Realtor for life; I have a Rolodex of trusted sources (OK, it’s not an actual Rolodex these days, it’s more like a list on my computer)!

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you want a guaranteed cash offer? We can help you with all of that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff

Tour de Summerlin and Half Marathon Return to Summerlin on April 23 After a 2 year Hiatus (because of you know what)

2015 Tour de Summerlin April 28, 2015.

The Lawn at Downtown Summerlin is the starting point is for both of these events on April 23.

Tour de Summerlin

Tour de Summerlin, now celebrating its 19th year, offers three ride distances for cyclists of all abilities: an 80-mile ride kicks off at 7 a.m.; the 40-mile ride starts at 8:15 a.m.; and the 20-mile ride begins at 9:15 a.m. To register, visit tourdesummerlin.com. Registration fee is $100 per person. The event benefits Breakaway Cycling, a nonprofit to promote cycling and bike safety to children throughout Southern Nevada. Whether you’re a hard-core rider or just enjoy getting out on the bike, each bike route offers plenty of bike lanes, beautiful scenery and unique riding experiences.

Need a Bike?
If you are traveling from out of state or the country and would like to rent a bicycle for the event, that’s no problem. Just contact McGhies Ski, Bike & Board at 702-252-8077 and they will reserve a bike for you and get you properly fitted so you are riding the correctly sized bike.

Summerlin Half Marathon

Participate in the 10th Annual Summerlin Half Marathon! Get your heart pumping with a beautiful scenic run through the incredible parks and community of Summerlin. The 13.1-mile course begins at Downtown Summerlin and travels through Summerlin’s best trail parks filled with desert landscape set to the backdrop of the breathtaking skyline of the Red Rock mountains. The final stretch will provide incredible views of the Las Vegas Strip ending back at Downtown Summerlin.

All participants will receive a really cool tech shirt and awesome finisher’s medal!.Half Marathon will cost $105.00

Following the race, join all the action at Downtown Summerlin’s “Wellness Day” featuring a variety of kid’s activities, wellness classes, food and more!

Packet Pickup:

Thursday, April 21, 2022
2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Dillard’s Downtown Summerlin (outside in their courtyard)
11011 Sage Park Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89135

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you want a guaranteed cash offer? We can help you with all of that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff

The Revolutionists at The Little Theatre

This past weekend I went to see The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson.  And found it to be wonderful.

​Now I know why they called it that..

Revolution + Feminist = Revolutionist!

It was funny… and it was touching and the 4 ladies on stage were very talented!

Four beautiful, badass women lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen (and fan of ribbons) Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle hang out, murder Marat, and try to beat back the extremist insanity in 1793 Paris.

There are still three performances left: all tickets are $30.

Friday, April 8 @ 8pm

Saturday, April 9 @ 8pm

Sunday, April 10 @ 2pm

Living in Las Vegas we are very fortunate to have a multitude of entertainment all over town, without going to the strip.  There are several local theatre productions and many take place in the Little Theatre.  To get more information either call the box office 702-362-7996  or email  info@lvlt.org.  The theatre is located in China Town at 3920 Schiff Drive.

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you want 3 cash offers? We can help you with all of that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff

End in sight to the housing shortage? Yes, but experts can’t agree on when…

Real estate investment, Real estate value

I constantly get asked when I think that housing prices will go down, or at least slow down… based on the laws of supply and demand, that will happen when the supply (inventory) increases substantially, the demand decreases substantially, or both.

Here’s an excerpt from a recent article I read; “While 38 percent of experts polled by Zillow recently believe 2024 will be the year inventory returns to 2019 levels, 36 percent pegged 2023 as the year. The remainder believe we’ll have to wait until 2025.”

If you want to read the whole article, go here; https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/first-time-buyers-inventory-expected-to-rebound-in-2024-1031304612

And keep in mind, in Las Vegas in 2019, inventory levels were much higher than they are now, but they were still low enough to be considered a seller’s market.

Let me explain the way we measure first;

An absorption rate is a mathematical representation of the supply vs the demand; take the number of units available for sale today, and you divide that number by the number of units sold in the past 30 days, and you get your absorption rate.

Example: if there are 8,000 homes available for sale in a particular area and 2,000 sold in the past 30 days, your absorption rate would be 4 months – because if not one new house came on the market and houses magically sold at the exact same rate, it would take 4 months for those 8,000 houses to get sold

The National Association of Realtors says that a balanced market is 4-6 months of inventory (historically, houses in a balanced market appreciate 3%-4% per year);

a number bigger than 6 is a buyer’s market and the bigger it gets the more the buyers are in charge and the slower prices increase (maybe they decrease if that number gets big enough);

a number lower than 4 is a seller’s market and the smaller it gets, the faster prices increase.

Las Vegas has less than 1 month of inventory right (0.6 months today) now and has consistently been less than 1 month since February 2021 with a brief 4 days in August 2021, where it crept over 1 month, but still less than 1.1 months.

How can you have less than 1 month of inventory for that long? Well, when a house hits the market, if it is priced correctly, it will have an accepted offer in just 7-15 days under current conditions, however, it typically takes another 20 or so days to close escrow and transfer ownership to the buyer…

As long as the absorption rate stays below 2, housing prices are going to continue increasing rapidly, and between 2 and 4, still increasing, just slower.

Do you want my opinion? Well, you’re gonna get it. At least in the Las Vegas valley, there is no way we get back to 3 months of inventory before 2024. Of course, I don’t have a crystal ball anymore (it fell in my bathroom and shattered into a million pieces last month), but that is what I believe.

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you want a guaranteed cash offer? We can help you with all of that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff

COVID is abating and spring is here, Time to deep clean your home

Things are beginning to look like normal again. No mandatory masks and the kids are .  back in school. It’s time to really deep clean the house!

The COVID-19 pandemic has kept us in our homes (and others out) for over two years, you can see clutter in every part of your abode and now that we are all getting out more, your home needs to be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Also there must be a lot of dirt under your furniture.

Professional home cleaners state that they have been cleaning homes during the past two years for people that allow them to come in and clean.  Now it’s even busier now that people are comfortable having these professionals in their homes.

Whether you live in a large or small home your home should be professionally cleaned from time to time, since we get constant dust blowing and hard water buildup.  Many professional cleaner say heavy duty cleaning should be done once a month. However, if you pick up after yourself and family members and dust regularly plus clean up after dinner, having a professional company come every other month will make your life much easier. 

When you have the cleaning firms come that is the time for a deep clean, which entails everything from top to bottom and includes air vents, doors, baseboards, windows (tracks and sills) and cleaning inside all appliances and drawers.

Also you should have your carpets and rugs cleaned professionally twice a year.  The rug cleaners will move your furniture and you will be shocked to see the dirt build up even though you vacuum often.

This is also a good time to de-clutter too. Stuff has gathered over the past two years, and a good house cleaning can’t begin with piles of paper, clothes, and books on the floor, in the closet and elsewhere.  If the item you are looking at hasn’t been used in the last year or two – consider getting rid of it.  You can pack up these things and donate it to your favorite charity.

And since you’re moving furniture and clearing away items to really dust and clean them you might think about rearranging. The idea is to be creative while cleaning the home that will give it a fresh new look.

Need some references for carpet cleaners or professional cleaning service – No Problem just contact me, Jeff Vegas, your Realtor for life.  I can give you names of good, safe and reliable companies for these services.

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you want a guaranteed cash offer? We can help you with all of that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff

Benefits of Homeownership

Owning your own home has so many benefits when compared to renting. Some benefits are intangible and some are very tangible. Below are some things to consider on the road to homeownership.

Tax advantages: you probably know the mortgage interest deduction has essentially been eliminated for many, but taxpayers who have additional itemized deductions may still be able to take advantage of it. And property taxes are still deductible within limits. Homeowners who sell can also take advantage of the capital gain exclusion, up to $250,000 for an individual or $500,000 for a married couple, provided they’ve lived in their home for two of the past five years.

Equity loans: the rates on home equity loans are typically much lower than credit card rates (and often the interest is deductible). The ability to take out an equity loan is still a definite benefit to homeownership.

Leverage: Where else can you obtain appreciation on 100% of an investment when you have only paid for a small percentage of it? Imagine you’re deciding between financing a home and placing $20,000 in the bank. Banks may return 2% interest on your investment (2% × $20,000 = $400 per year). But if you use $20,000 as a down payment on a $400,000 home, and housing prices rise just 2%, you’ve just increased your return by $8,000 (2% × $400,000).  Doesn’t that sound better?

Stability: In addition to stable housing payments (principal and interest on a fixed-rate mortgage remains the same amount for the life of the loan), you will not have to worry about being asked to leave by a landlord who decides to convert apartments to condos, for instance.  Or the current landlord sells to a new landlord who wants to move his mother in at the end of your lease. It’s a fact that homeowners tend to remain in place longer than renters.  So it’s possible to build relationships with neighbors and feel the appreciation of community as well.

Hedge against inflation: The principal and interest of a fixed-rate mortgage don’t change over 30 years, and your real estate taxes, homeowners insurance and homeowners association dues typically increase slower rental price increases, and a 4% to 6% rent increase per year isn’t unheard of in a normal market. (Of course many renters have seen much sharper increases recently.)

Pride of ownership:  this has been a part of the American Dream forever. Owning one’s own home and maintaining and improving it provides a feeling of security, a built-in savings plan (equity), and a sense of success. Real estate you own can be passed on to your heirs; your rental can’t. Plus pets aren’t an issue (as long as you follow local codes). Have you ever had trouble getting a rental that would accept Fifi? It happens!

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you want a guaranteed cash offer? We can help you with all of that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff