Great decorating ideas for renters and homeowners alike….

Most of the time there are strict guidelines renters have to follow in order to get their security deposit back, so rental homes might not look like what the renter wants to express.

Well that might have been so at one time, however I have some great decorating tips that are “low impact” which means changes are easy to do and undo when renters leave without causing harm to the home.  And by the way for owners of homes that like to change things around often, you may want to pay attention as well.

The first thing you should know about is removable hooks (they stick to the wall with removable adhesive) – I’m sure you have seen them advertised on TV.  Then there are removable wallpapers, tile decals and easy to install light fixtures.

You can create your own artwork on a canvas and display it on your wall with removable hooks and not harm the walls or paint job.  Your own artwork makes the home your space and shows your personality.  You can also show off a collection of posters from your favorite concerts or favorite parts of the world you have traveled to.

For the more adventurous there is removable wallpaper – I know it sounds complicated however it is not and very doable for renters and homeowners alike.  Hygge & West is one of the sellers of removable wallpaper.  It’s a great way to bring pattern and color into a room and break up the white walls.

Do you have boring tile in your kitchen or bathroom? Well now you can perk that up with waterproof decals in all sorts of patterns and colors – go to StickPretty.com.  You can create an interesting backsplash or add something to a bland bathroom.  StickPretty also sells removable window film which adds privacy and a wow factor to your otherwise plain windows.

Also get fun and colorful area rugs – they can go with you to your next rental or when you purchase your first home.

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Do you have a Phantom Light in Your Home?

Phantom light in your home? – I’m not kidding.  Have you ever encountered a recessed light in your home that has a mind of its own and turns on and off by itself?  That is referred to as a phantom light.

I know it’s crazy however they are more common than you think.  The one location where it most often happens is in the recessed light over the master shower.  If you want to learn how to correct this read on – and by the way it is easily fixed and no tools required.

Back in the 1970’s there was an extremely high rate of home fires that occurred due to over- heating recessed light fixtures.  As we know incandescent light bulbs put off a considerable amount of heat (Remember Easy Bake ovens – the heat source for them was a light bulb!)  The recessed light fixtures of the 70’s were supposed to be installed with a cone that was in the attic over the fixture that would keep insulation from covering the fixture and allowing heat to escape.  If this was not done it could cause house fires.

In the 1980’s manufacturers of light fixtures began to incorporate a safety device called a SHTP – Self Heating Thermal Protector.  A really simple component that would cut power to a fixture if the fixture became over- heated.  Today SHTP’s are required in all recessed lighting fixtures and consumers should not exceed the manufacturer’s recommendation for bulb size – in most cases that would be 60 watts. That’s because a larger wattage bulb puts out more heat. If a 75w or 100w light bulb is used in a fixture rated for 60w, chances are great it will cause the SHTP to actuate causing the light to turn off. .  If the light switch is left in the “on” position, the light will re-illuminate once the fixture cools off. And that is the Phantom light!

Today with advances in technology, this is a simple problem to correct. LED lighting is here! LED is an acronym for Light Emitting Diode. LED’s consumer much less energy to put out the same amount of light (lumens) as a much larger wattage incandescent light bulb. An 8w LED light bulb puts out the same lumens as a 60w incandescent light bulb! 8 watts puts out so little heat that it’s almost indiscernible. A 9w LED is equivalent to a 75w light bulb.

LED light bulbs are more expensive than incandescent light bulbs. However, because they consume a lot less power, they pay for themselves with lower electrical utility costs over time. Also, many LED lights have a life expectancy of 15 – 20 years! Chances are very high that once you install an LED light bulb, you will never replace that bulb again as long as you own the home!  

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Local Theatre Highlight – The Spitfire Grill

The Spitfire Grill is an American musical with music and book by James Valcq and lyrics and book by Rachel Sheinkin. It is based on the 1996 film of the same name by Lee David Zlotoff. The Off-Broadway production by Playwrights Horizons began previews at the Duke Theatre on 42nd Street on September 7, 2001 and concluded its scheduled run on October 14, 2001. It won the Richard Rodgers Production Award, administered by The American Academy of Arts and Letters

A feisty parolee named Percy Talbott follows her dreams, based on a page from an old travel book, to a small (fictional) town in Wisconsin that one of its inhabitants calls “a place for leaving, not for coming to.”  Arriving in Gilead, Percy reports to the local Sheriff, Joe Sutter, who leads her through the deserted streets to a ramshackle diner called the Spitfire Grill, run by a crusty old widow, Hannah Ferguson, who has a bad hip and sharp tongue. Joe persuades Hannah to take Percy on board and give her work as a waitress.

In the face of all the gossip and Hannah’s constant haranguing, Percy begins to wonder whether she made a mistake in coming to Gilead, and soon finds herself, helping out the Spitfire. She is joined at the Spitfire by Caleb’s wife Shelby, an excellent cook. In the heat of the kitchen the two women are drawn together.

The Spitfire Grill has been for sale for ten years with no takers. Percy proposes a way for Hannah to get rid of the Spitfire and make some money at the same time. At first Hannah resists, but slowly, something about the craziness of the idea convinces her that it just might work.

The play is at the Las Vegas Little Theatre, 3920 Schiff Drive , 702-362-7996  and runs from now through  March 22, 2020  to purchase tickets go to http://bit.ly/2vkhVeB

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Love Vintage? Go to Vin’tique – a new store in the West Valley

After renting booths in antique malls, Julie Henderson, Mary Jo Putman (White & Weathered) and Mary Apple are proud to open a store that will connect with their fellow vintage lovers.

The store is located at 7871 W Charleston suite 150, Las Vegas, NV 89117 (just west of Buffalo). This store is different than any other antique store in the area; the owners felt a distinct need to come together as vendors and display their products alongside each other’s in order for the pieces to be complimentary and cohesive. Shopping here is a lovely experience – from the music played in the store to the coffee and goodies for shoppers to enjoy.

The goal of the store is that antique and vintage shoppers from the Las Vegas area will visit the shop and notice the quality of pieces that are on display. Shoppers should feel at home and spend time in the relaxing space that has been created looking at all the pieces of quality vintage they offer. Hopefully you will find at least one item you desire to bring back to your home.

Vin’tique sells a variety of types of items – Home Décor, Vintage Clothing and Antique Furnishings.  Your style may range from Eclectic to Mid Century Modern to Farmhouse to Granny Chic and anything in between, and you most likely will find at least one item that you will fall in love with.  The inventory changes daily as they are constantly bringing in latest finds, which means you are always welcome to stop by regularly and see what is new!

They offer very eclectic pieces in every category, and there’s just something fun about spending time in a great vintage shop, so drop by and check it out!

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Outdoor Kitchens Trends

It’s March and the family can’t wait to eat outdoors and enjoy the outdoor kitchen.  Wait – you don’t have one??  Well now is a great time to have one added to your backyard.  They come in all shapes and sizes and what once were thought as a fad has become more popular every year (and can add value to your home!!!)

So now you want to add this feature – you might be interested in making sure that your new kitchen fits with the current trends in outdoor kitchen design. You also might want to make sure you include essential elements of a great outdoor kitchen.  The following are a few hot trends to help you form the design of your new outdoor kitchen.

Rustic Looks Are King – Not so long ago outdoor kitchens were little more than blocks of brick and mortar with an oven or grill built in. In today’s world they have grown into as much as a full kitchen – plus their overall look has grown as well. One of the really popular trends in outdoor cooking spaces is to give them a rustic or even semi-rustic look; brick and stone still play a part, but so do aged wood and similar accents like corrugated metal. Brick flooring and rustic whitewashing are also fairly popular, as they give the whole kitchen area a very part-of-the-home feel.

Semi-Outdoor Chic – There are some outdoor kitchens that are completely separate from the home, however one growing trend is to build them into a covered deck area or other space that connects to the home. Adding a bit of roofing and a few partial walls or supports capitalizes on the outdoor feel of the space while still giving you a bit of privacy and control over the space you’ll be cooking in.

Accessible Food Prep – When outdoor kitchens first started becoming popular the usual step was to do all the food prep inside and then bring things out to cook. Over the course of time homeowners have shifted toward wanting to do some (if not all) of their prep outdoors as well. This means that modern outdoor kitchens provide access to counter-space, butcher block cutting boards that are built in to the surface, and other prep-area essentials. They also offer up sinks and other sources of water, and many include mini-fridges to keep fresh ingredients cool until they’re needed as well. Some outdoor kitchens even come equipped with dishwashers to provide beginning-to-end cooking solutions!  Don’t you love this idea?  No mess to drag back into your home.

Pizza Ovens Remain Popular – A lot of outdoor kitchens got their start as an excuse to install brick pizza ovens, and these outdoor ovens remain popular today. The types of pizza ovens that people want have evolved a bit, however. While you’ll still see plenty of very basic brick pizza ovens, clay ovens and more traditional gas or electric ovens are also gaining popularity. The type of pizza oven you choose depends largely on personal preference, just so long as there’s a place for you to cook a pizza out there somewhere.

Outdoor Storage – One other major trend in outdoor kitchens is an increase in available storage space for various tools and other kitchen implements. Some of these spaces are simple, with shelves or reclaimed crates as a place to hold items temporarily. Others are much fancier, including “windows” attached to the house that open to reveal service settings and everything else you need to enjoy a good meal outdoors. There are lockable storage solutions, open-air storage solutions and just about everything else that you can think of available. Some people like to include all the storage that you would want in your regular kitchen when building a kitchen outdoors.

Bar – Many outdoor kitchens will include a bar area. Some will even go so far as to install a kegerator with beer taps. Many of your favorite brews are available from your local liquor stores in kegs or half-kegs. You can also have an icemaker installed so you don’t have to lug bags of ice to the party.

Are you loving the idea of an outdoor kitchen but aren’t really sure where to start? Just contact me – Jeff Howard – your realtor for life –I have a list of licensed professional contractors that can deal with all the aspects of building an outdoor kitchen for you.

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Events in Las Vegas for March 2020

March 3–8, The Mint 400  See the oldest and most prestigious off-road race in America. Over 550 race teams in 80+ classes will compete for two days on a grueling 400-mile course in the desolate foothills of Las Vegas. Location:  The Mint400, 100S. 6th Street, Las Vegas www.facebook.com/themint400 – Time refer to website

March 6, First Friday Hunt for unique treasures, chow down on tasty food, and enjoy live music and art at this monthly festival of creativity. The First Friday Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to supporting local arts and culture.  Location 1025 S. 1st Street www.ffflv.org  Time: 5–11 pm

March 13–15, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Carnival, Festival & Entertainment Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a parade, carnival, car show, and festival. This is a free event.  Location : Water Street District, Henderson www.cityofhenderson.com  Time: refer to website

March 13–15, Toycon Explore an amazing collection of vendors, see celebrityguests, and enjoy entertainment. Fans of Hot Wheels Pop! Vinyl figures, action figures, cards, comics, and cosplay will not be disappointed!Location:  Eastside Cannery Casino Hotel, 5255 Boulder Hwy., Las Vegas www.vegastoycon.com   Time:Refer to website

March 14, Kids Community Day Bring the whole family for a day full of interactive demonstrations and activities, as well as a Stroller Strides pop-up class, raffles, food, music, story time, crafts, a bounce castle, face-painting, a balloon artist, and more! Time:11 am–2 pm Location:Tivoli Village, 400 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas www.eventbrite.com/e/kids-community-day-tickets-

March 14, New Vista Brew’s Best Craft Beer Festival  Enjoy an afternoon of unlimited samplings from both local and national breweries, entertainment, activities, and games. Participants will receive a souvenir tasting glass and tasting guide Time:1–6 pm VIP, 2–6 pm General Admission   Location:The Lawn at Downtown Summerlin 1980 Festival Plaza Dr., Las Vegas www.facebook.com/events/479197242757051

March 17, St. Patrick’s Day in Las Vegas Reconnect with your Irish roots or become an honorary Irishman this St. Patrick’s Day! Check out the parties, pubs, restaurants, entertainment, and other things to do on Saint Patrick’s Day in Las Vegas. www.vegas.com/holidays-in-las-vegas/st-patricks-day Location:Refer to website Time:Refer to website

March 19–22, The Nevada Women’s Film Festival -Support creative and courageous women from all over the globe at this 6th Annual Festival, with 64 films from 21 countries in genres including comedy, drama, doc, experimental, and horror.  Location:University of Nevada 4505 S. Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas www.nwffest.com Time:Refer to website

March 21, The Annual PurpleStride  Las Vegas- Join in a 5K Run/Walk to fight pancreatic cancer with a vibrant community of survivors, impacted families, loved ones, researchers, and advocates. Time: 8:15 am Opening Ceremonies, 9 am Walk Location: The Green at Town Square6587 North St. Las Vegas http://support.pancan.org/site/TR/PurpleStride/

March 21–22, The Yearly Spring Plant Sale at Springs Preserve Browse hundreds of native and desert-adapted plant varieties available for purchase! Gardening experts will also be on hand to provide free planting advice and answer customer questions.  Location: Springs Preserve 333 S. Valley View Blvd., Las Vegas www.springspreserve.org/events Time: 8 am–1 pm

March 28, Neighborhood Block Party Support and celebrate 26 years of creating affordable housing and building better neighborhoods block by block at this event with food, drinks, and fun. There will also be a silent and live auction along with some awesome entertainment. Location:Blind Center of Nevada 1001 North Bruce St., Las Vegas www.eventbrite.com/e/neighborhood-block-party-  Time:5–8 pm

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Smoke and CO Detectors in your home

There are very few items in your home that are more important than smoke and CO (carbon monoxide) detectors for your family’s safety. As a landlord, I am constantly fascinated by the number of times I entered one of my rentals after tenants had moved out and the smoke detectors were removed from the ceiling, apparently because they were “chirping” (needed batteries). Really?

With very little cost and effort you can rest assured knowing that warning systems are in place to let you know when there is trouble. Start by taking a quick tour through your home and noting the types of batteries each detector uses and buy a package of each kind so you have them at the ready to change out every six months.

Reenergize for safety – It’s a good idea to synchronize changing your smoke and CO detector batteries with the changing of the clocks – you know Spring Forward, Fall Back. Once the new batteries are in, hit the “test button” to make sure the alarm is functioning properly. If it isn’t working properly, run (don’t walk) to your nearest hardware store and replace it. Vacuum dust off of the units and wipe clean if necessary.

I think we all know what smoke detectors are for and we should all have them just outside the doorway to the kitchen and at the doorway and inside each bedroom.

Click here to see a list of the best smoke detectors; https://www.safety.com/smoke-detectors/

For those of you that are not exactly sure what CO or carbon monoxide is – It’s a byproduct of burning carbon fuel like the natural gas in your stove and the gasoline in your car. Even small doses of carbon monoxide can cause permanent damage or death. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless, and toxic gas that claims almost 430 lives a year.

To maximize your home’s security against high levels of carbon monoxide, place detectors in several key locations. Each level of your home should have at least one monitor. Don’t forget to include your basement and attic as levels of your home. Also near each bedroom. Make sure everyone in your home can hear the alarm sound—even if they’re asleep when it goes off.  And of course next to attached garages. Cars release carbon monoxide when they’re running, and if a car is left running in your garage for too long, the gas can seep into your home.

Click here to see a list of the best CO detectors; https://www.safety.com/the-best-carbon-monoxide-detectors/

I hope this information helps you keep you loved ones safe in your home.

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Men on Boats at the Art Square Theatre

Men on Boats is a comedy by Jaclyn Backhaus.  There are four boats and ten explorers in this true(ish) story of an 1869 expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River. Masculinity and manifest destiny meet their gender-flipped match in this hilarious and highly physical show. 

In this retelling of Captain John Wesley Powell’s expedition the crewmen are always up for shooting the rapids, the breeze and edible wildlife. They hail from the United States of the mid-19th century, when assertive, unquestioning masculinity was something that stood tall and unchallenged.

Oh, and just so you know there isn’t a man in the 10-member cast of “Men on Boats,” at least not according to the strict anatomical definition. 

The fun begins on February 19 and runs through March 15 at the Art Square Theatre, 1025 S 1st St #110, Las Vegas NV 89101.  For more information call 725-222-9661.  Order tickets:  http://siteline.vendini.com/site/artsquaretheatre.com

February 19 ($15 Preview) 7:30pm

February 20 (Opening) 7:30pm

Fridays 7:30pm, Saturdays 2pm & 7:30pm, Sundays 5pm

(No show on the first Friday of the month.)

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Summerlin Half Marathon

The Las Vegas Valley comes alive as we get into our spring months and if you are a runner the Summerlin Half Marathon is right up your alley.  While others are biking in the Tour de Summerlin take part of this day of exercise by joining in this event.

The 10th Annual Summerlin Half Marathon is Saturday, April 25th at 7:15 am.  The location of the starting line is The Lawn at Downtown Summerlin®.  The following is a schedule of fees for registering. 

January 1, 2020 – February 28, 2020 – $85
March 1, 2020 – April 6, 2020 – $95
April 8, 2019 – April 25, 2019 – $105

To register click here: https://register.chronotrack.com/r/50875

Not only will you get your heart pumping – you will be running through the magnificent scenic parks and community of Summerlin. The 13.1 mile course begins at Downtown Summerlin at the Great Lawn 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 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!

Following the race, join all the action at Downtown Summerlin’s “Wellness Festival” featuring complimentary fitness classes, entertainment, children’s activities and more!

If that’s not for you – go have a light meal in one of the many restaurants or go buy yourself a present for completing a half marathon (that’s no small feat).  Downtown Summerlin offers a large array of both shops and restaurants.

And if you do not live in Summerlin and you run the race and see how beautiful the master-planned community is – contact me.  I would be happy to show you homes in the many villages of Summerlin and soon you could call Summerlin home too.

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HUD Offers Guidance to Sniff Out Fake Assistance Animal Requests

For the last couple of years I have seen so many so called “service animals” in places that pets do not belong, however the owner has a certificate that says Fido or Fi-Fi can go with them almost anyplace…..well here in 2020 this is about to change.  Hooray!!!!

The last time HUD released guidance on assistance animals was in 2013.  However HUD has released NEW guidance “Assessing a Person’s Request to Have an Animal as a Reasonable Accommodation Under the Fair Housing Act” on January 28, 2020 and replaces the previous guidance. It outlines what information a housing provider can request and consider when deciding to grant a reasonable accommodation.

Of course those with disabilities, assistance animals are an intricate part of their lives. However, in recent years there has been an increase in people abusing this area of the Fair Housing Act by saying their animal is an assistance animal when it truly is not. By releasing this guidance, HUD is attempting to address this fraud to ensure the proper accommodations are available to those who truly need them.

Property owners have struggled with how to enforce no-pet policies on their properties with the growing number of renter requests for assistance animals. That’s why the housing market is welcoming the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s newly released guidance and clarity on how to comply with the Fair Housing Act when receiving a request for an assistance animal.

News reports in recent years have grown accusing some renters of using dubious third parties over the internet to buy certifications or registrations that say they need an emotional support animal.  Under HUD’s new guidelines, released Tuesday, landlords and property managers now can require reliable verification of the tenant’s need for an assistance animal and can require documents other than an online certification.

A person with a disability may require the assistance of an animal to help do work, perform tasks, or provide therapeutic emotional support. The requested accommodation must be met if it affects that person’s major life activity and serves as a reasonable request. HUD’s new guidance offers housing providers step-by-step practices for complying with the Fair Housing Act when such requests are made.

Vince Malta, president of the National Association of REALTORS®, stated “This law exists to protect millions of Americans with disabilities who rely on the support of their assistance animals—like those living with depression, military veterans suffering from PTSD, and countless other deserving individuals.  But as NAR has stressed to HUD over recent months, these protections are jeopardized when a small minority seeks to exploit weaknesses in the system.”

NAR welcomed HUD’s new guidelines for moving to stop fraudulent use of assistance animals while protecting the rights of those who require one. The guidance also includes information on the type of animals that are usually appropriate as well as best practices for when the requested animal is not a typical one used in accommodation situations.

“Countless Americans rely on assistance animals to fill a void, providing individuals with disabilities with the means to have a home that supports their quality of life,” says HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “In my many discussions with housing providers and residents impacted by the need for assistance, I recognized the necessity for further clarity regarding support animals to provide peace of mind to individuals with disabilities while also taking into account the concerns of housing providers.”

Just a note from me – I know everyone loves their pets; however not everyone loves your pet. Shopping for a new home? Please leave your pet at home – you do not know if the present owner of home has allergies and the dander your pet leaves can cause harm to someone. Also, you should never bring your pet with you to someone’s home unless invited with that pet. It’s polite to ask first. Why? Well, when you bring your dog to my house and I won’t let him in because our cat doesn’t want him in… you’re going to have to leave and take your dog home… and you’ll miss the puck drop.

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