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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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What’s the secret to earning more money in real estate? Attending the 2016 REALTORS® Conference & Expo, Nov. 4-7 in Orlando, FL. Attendees make two times the average real estate income, so you’ll have the chance to network with some of the most successful pros in the industry. Additionally, the median reported income level for attendees eclipsed the six-figure mark in 2015.

More than 19,000 attendees are expected for the annual event, which will host 400 exhibitors and 100 education sessions. Click here to register today.

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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).

Read the entire story here.

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Huffington Post: Why Reno should be on your list of 'must-see' cities

Reno has been percolating with opportunity that is now being realized in community-focused gentrification- and I’m loving it. I used to think of Reno as a gateway to Tahoe, but a recent trip to “The Biggest Little City in the World” has flipped my script. I now view Reno as a trendy and entertaining stand-alone destination that allows me to carry a cup of wine around my neck as I walk along the river flowing through its center. I struck gold when I “discovered” Reno.

There’s a few reasons you should shimmy into a plane seat headed for a Reno vacay, or maybe even score in their real estate market before it’s gobbled up by hipster Millennials. Read the complete story here.



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