Do you really need to replace your cabinets?

Have you noticed recently that there may be scratches on your cabinets or they look old and blah?  So your first thought is probably replacing them.  While it seems like a good idea at first, replacing your cabinets can end up being more of a hassle than you anticipated. There are other options you can think about for a lot less money and stress. Here are a few options to consider before you rip them out completely.

Adding a Coat of Paint –One of the simplest fixes you can make when it comes to your cabinets is simply adding a new coat of paint.  It’s a great way to change the look of your kitchen as long as the cabinets themselves are still in decent shape .You can get creative and turn the cabinets into works of art. This can help you to match your cabinets to new appliances or a new decorating style and is also a huge help if your cabinets are a bit old and have simply faded or peeled with time. Just make sure that you take the time to do this job right; slapping new paint on top of a peeling finish without sanding or trying to cover stains and discolorations without a coat or two of primer is just asking for trouble.  If you are not up to the task there are many companies that can do the work for you and they do not cost the amount new cabinets will cost.

New Doors and Fixtures If your cabinets need a little more than just a coat of paint, consider upgrading their hardware as well. Handles, hinges and other fixtures are pretty easy to replace and can completely change the look of your cabinets with relatively little work. You can also replace latches or cabinet locks while you’re at it, helping those cabinets that always seem to hang open to finally stay shut when you close them.

If your problems are a bit more severe and you have damaged, warped or otherwise bad-looking cabinet doors, you can change those as well! New doors will completely revitalize your old cabinets and can be a great solution if the cabinet body and shelving is still in good shape. Best of all, if you still want to add a coat of paint you can easily paint the new doors before mounting them – much easier than doing it after they’ve been hung.

Refacing Your Cabinets – Maybe your cabinets need a little more work than just new doors but the shelves and interiors are still in good shape. This is where refacing comes in. When you reface your cabinets, you’ll not only replace the doors and fixtures but you’ll also add veneer or other coverings to the outside of the cabinet body as well. This will cover up any cracks or other damage as well as unsightly stains, giving you the look of a fresh install at a fraction of the work. You won’t have to actually remove the cabinets but everyone who enters your kitchen will think that you did!

Do You Need New Cabinets? If the interiors or the shelves in your cabinets are warped, damaged or otherwise in rough shape, you might have to go ahead and replace the full cabinets. The process is fairly straightforward as it just involves removing the old cabinets and putting new ones in. It may cost more than you expect, though, and the process is often a little more involved than that basic description makes it sound. If the cabinets need to go, though, don’t settle for substandard cabinetry just because you don’t want to do a full replacement. The solutions above are great when they work, but if your problems are too severe for them then by all means get some new cabinets in there.

If you want to hire a professional to do any of the work described above – contact me.  I have lists of good reputable people that can help you achieve the new look for your cabinets. That is why I am your Realtor for life.


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Your Credit is Quite Valuable, So You Should Protect It

On September 23, I received a notification from my credit monitoring subscription that someone had applied for credit using my Social Security Number. I called the creditor and let them know it was fraud. On October 10, I received another notification… a different creditor. I called them. On October 11 & 15 same thing so I “froze” my Experian file… On October 17 I received a notification that Experian blocked an attempt to access my credit and that there was a “hit” to my Transunion profile. (I thought I was freezing Transunion & Equifax on 10/17 – oops!) I then spent some time ensuring that all 3 were “frozen”… 5 “hard” inquiries to my credit report inside of about 3 weeks. Ouch! 4 out of 5 of the creditors said they would report to the bureaus that those inquiries were fraudulent and that it could take 90 days for those to fall off my report. So, while I was in the Equifax site, I decided I would try to expedite cleaning up my credit and I disputed the 3 inquiries that had showed up there plus 2 addresses that were never my addresses. I should mention that the first time this ever happened to me was about 10 years ago and it probably happens 1-2 times a year (until 2 weeks ago) so those addresses may or may have come from those inquiries. Oh, and did I mention that 3 of those 5 applications resulted in approved credit? In any case, when Experian finished reviewing my dispute, they removed the 2 bogus addresses but told me that the inquiries had happened… so they could not remove them and if I wanted them removed, I had to contact the creditor and ask them to report it as fraud.

Currently, (at least in theory) no one can make an inquiry on my credit. If I want to apply for a credit card, car loan or mortgage, I need to “unfreeze” my report long enough for the lender to check my credit, and then, of course, I’ll want to freeze them again. It’s going to be a hassle, but not as big a hassle as the hours I spent on the phone unwinding all the above mess.

Here’s the bummer… credit monitoring isn’t always cheap… I get 1 service free courtesy of my Capital One card and 1 service free for a year because some company that had my information was breached and as part of a settlement, they offered affected consumers that option (and I took it). [Note: this started happening to me long before the above noted breach.] I strongly recommend you contact your credit card companies and see if membership offers that as a privilege. If it’s free, get it! Seriously! Just get it. And based on my personal experience, if you do not have a company offering it to you for free, you may want to consider paying for it. Be careful about the options you choose though. I’ve been poking around the internet and it looks like most companies that do offer a subscription offer a “1 bureau” option… there are 3 credit bureaus and they don’t all get checked by all creditors. If someone applies for credit with a company that does not check the one you are having monitored, then you still won’t know until they have run up a large bill and I (fortunately) do not know what the process is for unravelling that mess! Of course, another proactive approach would be to contact all 3 bureaus and just freeze your credit, like I have (finally) done.

Here’s how… Go to and create an account. You will need to answer some questions that hopefully only you can answer (like “which one of these 5 lenders have you ever had an account with?”). They do that to ensure that you are really you, of course. Then you’ll create a 6-digit pin – put that PIN in a very safe place. Now your credit file is frozen and cannot be accessed until you log back in and give that PIN.

Then go to – similar process as above, however Equifax will create and issue you a PIN.

Then, if you have a Capital One card and have taken advantage of their CreditWise program, log into that and freeze your Experian file. (that’s how I did it). I am told that the Experian freeze is only effective for 2 months (or maybe that is only through CreditWise… not sure), so I have put in my calendar to re-freeze it every 60 days. Or you can go to and I’m sure the process is quite similar to the other 2 bureaus.

Do you even know what is on your credit report? Did you know you can get a free copy twice a year? (of course, if your file is “frozen” you’d have to “unfreeze” to get a copy). If you have not gotten 2 free copies already in 2019, stop right now and visit all 3 bureaus online – If you wait until you want a car loan, or credit card or mortgage to find out what yours says, you may find out you have a lot of cleaning to do before you can get that loan… they can charge you for your credit score, but not to see what good and bad things are on your report.

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Vintage Market Days® of Southern Nevada presents “Urban Harvest”

Attention all of you that love all things vintage.  This coming weekend starting Friday October 25 thru Sunday October 27 Vintage Market Days is coming to Downtown Summerlin.

The event is an upscale vintage & vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market that  features original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home decor, outdoor furnishings, seasonal plantings, and a little more. There will also be all sorts of consumable baked goods, jams and other types of foods – all delicious.

The Market is a three-day event held two times/year! Each Vintage Market Days event is a unique opportunity for vendors to display their talents and passions in different venues throughout the country. The Market will also provide the customer with a very special shopping experience to both vendors and customers throughout the country!

The event in Downtown Summerlin will be held at 1825 Festival Plaza Drive Las Vegas, NV 89135

Event Hours & Admissions

  • Early Buying Event (3-Day Pass) $10
  • Friday, October 25, 2019
  • 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • General Admission (Sat/Sun)
  • Saturday, October 26, 2019
  • 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, October 27, 2019 (1 day pass) $5
  • 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Admission for children under 12 is free. Cash and credit card are accepted at the gate.
  • Once purchased, your ticket is good for re-entry into the event all weekend.

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Tips for Decorating your Home for Halloween

Many families decorate their homes for Halloween.  Over the years decorating trends for any holiday may change over time.  Just a few years ago laser lights shows and giant inflatable’s were the trend, now things are starting to shift a bit more toward subtle.

For some people the over-the-top Halloween decorating style will likely never fully go away, of course; there’s at least one house in every town that goes all out with its display and people always love it. If you’re looking for something simpler and easier on the power bill, here are a few trendy options to keep in mind.

Candles – With the right candleholders, basic white candles can add a spooky feeling and takes us back to older Halloween motifs. There are specialty candles available that are carved to look like bones or horns as well. (With children and pets in the house the best candles to use may be the battery operated kind.)

Pumpkins – You can’t have Halloween without pumpkins? While the traditional jack-o-lantern is still great, there’s an increasingly common trend to display uncarved pumpkins as well (plus they last longer if you don’t carve them). White pumpkins are also seeing an upswing in popularity to really help set your decorations apart from the norm.  This is easy and sets the mood – put two or three together in your entranceway.

Halloween Wreaths –There is also increased popularity in Halloween wreaths. They come in a variety of styles, and have a lot more room to experiment than more traditional Christmas wreaths because of the generally spooky nature of the holiday. You can DIY a wreath yourself or buy one of multiple pre-made varieties to give your home a really unique Halloween look.

Lighting and Signs – Halloween lights have become popular in recent years.  The lights provide a decorative option that can be enjoyed even once the sun goes down. Just a few can do the trick and not drive your electric bill way up. Signs, both lighted and non-lighted, are also Halloween must-haves. Combining the two can give your home a unique look that neighbors can enjoy both during the day and after the night descends.

Window Décor –A new trend is to make use of silhouettes in front of plain curtains to give your decorations a more subtle flair. Some homes even take this a step beyond, using white sheets or similar coverings on the interior windows and then using creative lighting and figure placement to actually cast shadows onto the waiting windows. The shadow puppet feel gives the effect an extra layer of spookiness.

Black and White and Purple Trappings –While black and orange were always the dominant colors of Halloween, however there has been a big trend in the past few years to move away from the orange and embrace the holiday’s darker tones like dark purple. White is used for contrast, with the darker shades. Splashes of other colors may be added as well, but the black, white and purple theme is definitely striking.

Maybe the entire family will take part in the decorating – the result should be eclectic and fun and that what the holiday is all about.

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Six Degrees of Separation at the Little Theatre

Six Degrees of Separation is a wonderful play written by playwright John Guare that premiered in 1990 – first in Lincoln Center and later that year on Broadway. The play was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play.

The play explores the premise that everyone in the world is connected to everyone else in the world by a chain of no more than six acquaintances, thus, “six degrees of separation“.

Inspired by a true story, it follows the trail of a young black con man, Paul, who inserts himself into the lives of a wealthy New York couple, claiming he knows their kids at college. Paul tells them he is the son of actor Sidney Poitier, and that he has just been mugged and all his money is gone. Captivated by Paul’s intelligence and his fascinating conversation (and the possibility of appearing in a new Sidney Poitier movie), they invite him to stay overnight…But in the morning they discover him in bed with a young male hustler from the streets, and the picture begins to change.

After kicking him out, Ouisa and Flan discover that friends of theirs have had a similar run-in with the brash con artist. Intrigued, they turn detective and piece together the connections that gave Paul access to their lives. Meanwhile, Paul’s cons unexpectedly lead him into darker territory and his lies begin to catch up with him. As the final events of the play unfold Ouisa suddenly finds herself caring for Paul, feeling that he gave them far more than he took and that her once idyllic life was not what it seemed to be.

**PLEASE NOTE: This play contains nudity. No one under 18 will be admitted.

 Dates: October 18 – November 3, 2019 – 3920 Schiff Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89103

For Tickets Call (702) 362-7996

Las Vegas Little Theater is a community theater in Las Vegas, Nevada that was founded in 1978 by Jack Bell and Jack Nickolson. (Acting classes are available too.) It is the oldest operating small theater in the valley.

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Two Fun Events This Weekend in Summerlin

Pumpkin Patch  is a two day event October 10 and 11 running from 3:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. located  at The Vista Community Center : 11312 Parkside Way, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89138  The Cost for the event is: $5 pre-sale; $7 day-of-event.

Fall is here and that means pumpkin-picking time! Whether you’re decorating your home, carving pumpkins with the kids, or making your famous pumpkin pie, the Summerlin Pumpkin Patch offers fresh-from-the-farm pumpkins for choosing. To guarantee a pumpkin, residents may purchase a pre-sale Pumpkin Patch ticket at the Trails, Willows, Gardens and Vistas Community Centers for $5 per pumpkin.  Each pre-sold pumpkin may be redeemed by coupon at the Summerlin Pumpkin Patch. Pumpkins may be purchased at the patch for $7 each as availability permits. (Proof of residency required.)


Wild West Fall Fest takes place on Friday October 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 Vista Park.  There will be a free concert and a lot of games to play with a cost of $8.  Vista Park is located at:  11312 Parkside Way, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89138

It’s time for Summerlin residents to have a good time, western style! Circle up your wagons on and follow the tumbleweed to the Vistas Park for Wild West Fall Fest.  The highlight of this fun-filled evening will be a free concert from country-music band, “Tony Marques Band.”  Bring a low-back chair or blanket and enjoy the sounds of this hometown favorite band beginning at 6 p.m.  Please note that alcohol and glass containers are not permitted at the Vistas Park.

In addition to the free concert, residents can purchase wristbands and get in gear for some western fun including “calf-roping,” panning for “gold,” petting zoo visits and much more.  Wristbands may be purchased at the Trails, Willows, Gardens and Vistas Community Centers.  Day-of passes are $8 each and will be sold at the Vistas Park beginning at 4:30 p.m. (Proof of residency is required.)  For more information, please call 702.341.5500.

Lots to do and so close to home – another reason to live in Summerlin.

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What is a Home Warranty and is it Worth the Investment?

We have all seen ads or have gotten flyers in the mail regarding Home Warranty insurance. Frankly not everyone knows exactly what this covers and if it’s worth getting. Let’s take a closer look at home warranties and what they really have to offer which will help you to decide if a home warranty is right for you.

Ok – the first thing to find out is just what is a home warranty? Many people assume that a home warranty is a version of homeowner’s insurance.  Actually, it is significantly different from a homeowner’s insurance policy. A homeowner’s policy insures the structure of the home and your stuff against fire or water damage, theft… that kind of thing. However, a home warranty is a different kind of insurance which covers most systems within the home to allow for their repair or replacement in case they break.

The specific details of what a home warranty covers can vary a bit depending on the specific home warranty plan you purchase. In most cases, major systems such as plumbing, electrical and HVAC are covered. The policy functions like most standard warranties, allowing you to get needed repairs or replacements while the warranty is still in effect.

Interestingly, if your water heater “let’s go”… you might actually need both – the home warranty to replace the water heater, and the homeowners insurance to repair the water damage caused when it leaked into the home because you did not have a pan underneath

So now we understand the concept, let’s go into options you have in your home warranty.  There is some flexibility with coverage. Of course, like any insurance, your cost will be more with more items covered.

There may be add-ons that you can include with your warranty for an additional cost. These can include things like swimming pool equipment or the fridge in your garage, as well as expanded services such as maintenance tune-ups for your HVAC system. Some providers even use add-ons to create customizable warranty plans, offering up a basic general plan and then expanding it to meet your needs by letting you add only the features you want.

How long does a Home Warranty Plan last? Again, the term of a home warranty depends on the specific warranty policy you take out. One of the most common warranty periods is one year, giving you a full year’s worth of peace of mind after you take out the policy. At the end of the year, just renew it if you found value, or cancel it.

So do you really need a Home Warranty Policy? I think they are a good idea… I have one for my house (ask me which one).  The right home warranty can be a good buy, but it’s worth looking at the cost and coverage to make sure the plan is actually what you need.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about Home Warranties – many people do.  I have experience with this and help guide you so you can make an informed decision.  I can also recommend very reputable HW agents for you to speak with about a policy – they are long standing business contacts of mine and have helped many clients of mine.

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Selling a Home That Pets Live In?

Great!  You have made the decision to sell your home.  Now you have to go around the home to make it as perfect as possible before you start showing.  You want potential buyers see your home at its best and this will help justify the price you are asking.  There are a few things you must be aware of that can make this a bit harder to achieve.  One of these obstacles is your pets and planning showings around them.

Having pets is a wonderful thing.  There is a good possibility that at least some of the people interested in your home will have pets as well – and having a property that’s already pet friendly could actually be a big selling point for them. The issue is that the house is your pet’s home, too, so you have to make sure that they stay safe during showings while also ensuring that they don’t negatively affect the sale.

It’s time for a thorough cleaningBefore any showing, make sure that your pets are cleaned up after as much as possible. This includes freshly cleaned litter boxes with new litter, freshly cleaned carpets to take care of any pet stains or shed fur, odor-neutralizing air fresheners… as much as possible.  You want the lingering sights and smells of your pets can to disappear. This not only puts your best foot forward, but it will also impress potential buyers who may not be pet people.

Avoid Direct Interaction if Possible – Try to keep your pets from being in the same area as potential buyers. Not everyone is an animal lover.  I personally recommend you take your pets for a ride while showing your home.  If you have a lot of showings in a certain time period you might want to board them for a couple of days with your vet or a professional boarder that you trust. If you have a friend or relative that would take in your pets while you home is being sold that would also be helpful.  If you must leave them in the home, it’s best to contain them somehow… like a pet crate or a child gate for the laundry room.

Disclose Your Pet Ownership – Something to keep in mind once you’re ready to start showing your home is that you need to disclose the fact that there are animals living on the property (and in the house, if they’re inside pets.) This not only lets potential buyers know that there may be animals on the premises, but it also serves as a warning for those with severe pet allergies. Even though you should clean thoroughly (remember that first tip?), a potential buyer who has a very severe allergy will know that there might be a risk in your home. In addition, when you have that buyer with the extra sensitive nose, you’ll have warned them in advance of exactly what “that smell” is.

As your realtor I can help you find the pet professionals who can give your furry friends the care and pampering they deserve. If you need help cleaning your home, I can refer professional cleaning services as well. I have referral list for just about anything my clients need. And I provide professional staging advice at no charge as well, which really helps you sell faster and for more money.

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail space? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? We can help you with that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website

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Happenings around the Las Vegas Valley for October 2019

Fall is here in the Las Vegas Valley and with it comes tons of activities you can enjoy in the month of October – the following is a list of events along with when and where they are.  (Many of these events are kid friendly too).

October 4, First Friday – Hunt for unique treasures, chow down on tasty food, and enjoy live music and art at this monthly festival of creativity in the Arts District. The First Friday Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to supporting local arts and culture.
Time: 5–11 pm Location: 1025 S. 1st St., Las Vegas

October 4–5, Henderson Hot Rod Days – Like all types of cars?  Take the family to see classic, custom, and muscle cars plus with trucks, hot rods, and one-of-a-kind vehicles. There are family-friendly activities, live entertainment, food, souvenir vendors, and an awards presentation.  Time: 3–10 pm Friday, 8 am–6 pm Saturday Location: Water Street, Henderson

October 4–6, Las Vegas Food & Wine Festival – Feast on an enormous array of delicious foods, invigorate yourself with sensational spirits, and enjoy the good life against the backdrop of this truly inspired outdoor village.
Time: 8–11:30 pm (VIP), 9–11:30 pm (GA) Location: Tivoli Village400 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas

October 5, OktoberFest Beer Festival & Live Entertainment – Dust off those lederhosen and dirndls and celebrate OktoberFest! This event will feature a selection of bottomless beers, live entertainment, family-friendly games, crafts, and food. Time: 4–8 pm Location: Llama Lot, 900 Fremont St., Las Vegas

October 5–6, Art in the Park – This is one of the largest outdoor juried art festivals in the Southwest, which is also the largest fundraiser for the Boulder City Hospital Foundation. The event is free.  Food vendors are also on hand. Time: 9 am–5 pm Location: Wilbur, Bicentennial, and Escalante Parks (also includes Colorado St. & Arizona St.) 401 California Ave., Boulder City

October 11–12, Las Vegas Pride – Join in the celebration of diversity and PRIDE in the Las Vegas LGBT community, with events including the free-to-attend Night Parade on Saturday and the Family Festival on Sunday. Time: Noon–10 pm Saturday, 11 am–8 pm Sunday Location: Sunset Park, 2601 E. Sunset Rd., Las Vegas

October 11–13, Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival – Surround yourself in the Renaissance era with numerous villages and guilds, activities, historical reenactments, live performances, and an array of authentic period foods
and beverages. Time: 10 am–10 pm Friday–Saturday 10 am–5 pm Sunday
Location: Sunset Park, 2601 E. Sunset Rd. Las Vegas

October 11–27 (weekends only), Haunted Harvest at Springs Preserve – Enjoy spooktacular fun for all ages, with trick-or-treat candy stations throughout the “Bootanical” Garden, carnival games and prizes, a hay maze and petting zoo, crafts and other interactive activities, live entertainment, food vendors, and much more!
Time: 5–9 pm Location: Springs Preserve 333 S. Valley View Blvd., Las Vegas

October 11–13, Lebanese American Festival – Experience a celebration of Lebanese heritage with music, food, games, fireworks, amusement rides, and fun for the whole family! Time: 4–11 pm Friday, 2–11 pm Saturday 1–8 pm Sunday Location: St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church10325 Rancho Destino Rd., Las Vegas

October 19, Downtown Brew Festival –Join the thousands of craft beer and music fans at this celebrated local festival. Featuring over 65 attending breweries, 200 craft beers, culinary artists, and live music acts under the stars. Time: 4–10 pm (VIP), 5–10 pm (GA) Location: Clark County Amphitheater 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy., Las Vegas

October 25–27, Vintage Market Days of Southern Nevada – Attention all vintages lovers. Find original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumables, seasonal plantings, and more at this indoor/outdoor upscale vintage-inspired market.
Time: 10 am–5 pm Location: Downtown Summerlin 1825 Festival Plaza Dr., Las Vegas

October 26, Aki Matsuri Japanese Culture Food Festival – Enjoy Japanese food, drinks, live performances including taiko, a Bon Odori celebration, and much more. This is a free event. Time: 11 am–9 pm Location: The Park Las Vegas 3782 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail space? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? We can help you with that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website

Choose to have an amazing day…..Jeff