Backpacks and Smiles
Successful class project benefits many
LeadershipNVAR wrapped up its 2016 class project in late August. That class project was a statewide backpack drive to benefit students who attend Boys & Girls Clubs across Nevada.
The drive proved to be a marked success as REALTOR® members and their affiliates came together to collect nearly 1,300 backpacks. Additionally, current LeadershipNVAR class members made sure each and every one was stuffed with school supplies for the new 2016-17 school year. Generous donors also contributed another $550 online that will be donated directly to Silver State B&G Clubs.
Throughout the month of August, LeadershipNVAR members oversaw the pickup and distribution of backpacks to B&G Clubs in Elko, Reno, Incline Village, Carson Valley and Las Vegas. NVAR’s Young Professionals Network also chipped in to make the distribution events a little more fun, bringing pizza along for the students and B&G Club staff.
“This was a rewarding and humbling experience,” said 2016 LeadershipNVAR Class member Sheri Holthaus, who led distribution efforts in southern Nevada. “ It’s been a lot of work, but I’m so proud of our leadership group and all the volunteers who gave their time and money to help make this drive a success. Seeing the Boys & Girls Club students so grateful and watching their eyes light up has made everything worthwhile.”
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Realtor.com economist forecasts bright future
Second housing bubble unlikely in Nevada given strength of recent mortgages issued
Earlier this summer, realtor.com’s Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke got a chance to talk about the nation’s housing market after serving as the key-note speaker during the inaugural REALTOR® Communication Directors Summit in Miami. His message offered a bright outlook for REALTORS® as well as their buyers and sellers.
Smoke emphasized that the summer months highlight the real estate market’s buying season, noting more than half of all annual sales occur between May and August. Smoke referred to the current warm months as the “Summer of Love,” largely due to low interest rates, hovering in the mid 3s. In fact, Smoke wondered aloud if interest rates would drop below 3 percent at any point in the coming months or year.
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Stacking Up: Nevada eclipses national average for REALTOR® designations earned
There is growing sentiment that becoming a REALTOR® should require tougher standards, specifically more robust training and education. Given that groundswell from inside and outside the REALTOR® community, continuing education classes and earned designations will be seen more as necessities than luxuries.
NAR’s state education directors released a breakdown, listing the number of designations earned by REALTORS® in every state. Nevada’s 15,300 REALTORS have earned 4,509 designations, just less than one designation for every three REALTORS, but well above the 1-in-4 national average. Designations come in all shapes and sizes, distinguishing REALTORS for everything from expertise in social media and emerging technology (e-PRO) to a heightened proficiency in handling transactions for military personnel (MRP).
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NVAR Directors address squatter issues
Given the foreclosure crisis that Nevada, and specifically Las Vegas, has suffered through over the past decade, it should come as no surprise that Clark County has also seen a spike in squatter-related issues in recent years. NVAR Directors Scott Beaudry and Vandana Bhalla, along with Henderson Police Dept. Sergeant Kirk Moore, were all guests earlier this year on KNPR’s radio show The State of Nevada, discussing growing concerns over squatters in the Las Vegas valley.
A squatter is someone who takes over a property without owner consent. The State of Nevada host Carrie Kaufman said Las Vegas Metro received 4,500 calls of squatter complaints in 2015, up 22 percent from the prior year. However, what’s more alarming is that figure has jumped by 169 percent since 2012. Moore said HPD has received nearly 100 calls since November when AB386 went into effect. The new law governs how law-enforcement agencies investigate homes that have been broken into. Click here to read more. Click here to listen to the complete radio program.