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VAREP, NHD donate house to Reno Army veteran

WEB-ApagU.S. Army Sergeant Leif Apag received the keys to his newly renovated home in Reno Friday morning. The home was donated mortgage-free by the Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (VAREP) in partnership with the Nevada Housing Division. Sergeant Apag enlisted in 2002 and did a tour in Iraq. His job was driving tractor-trailers of ammunition, equipment and other supplies to locations in Iraq. Apag was honorably discharged in 2008 and is now in school pursuing a nursing degree.

Northern Nevada VAREP Chapter President Bill Process, a current NVAR director, and VAREP member Mark Ashworth, the 2016 NVAR Vice President, were among the VAREP officials spearheading the effort to get Sergeant Apag’s new home renovated and completed over the past year. Both were on hand for Friday’s key ceremony with Ashworth serving as the event’s Master of Ceremonies. NVAR's staff and Executive Team even chipped in to fill the family's new fridge with groceries.

VAREP (Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals) was established in 2011. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing sustainable homeownership, financial-literacy education, VA loan awareness and economic opportunity for the active-military and veteran communities. Click here for more details on the event. 


NAR announces annual 30-under-30 winners

NVAR director Shyla Magee among the national honorees

WEB-ShylaTrue success, no matter your age, is based on your merits. In the same vein, each and every one of this year’s 30 Under 30 finalists has given their all to this career path. That’s why choosing who’s named to the 30 Under 30 program is so incredibly difficult. The task began in January, when more than 300 young professionals applied for this year’s honor. After much deliberation, a panel of judges narrowed the field to 50, who were announced nearly four weeks ago. Today, REALTOR® Magazine is proud to announce the 30 Under 30 Class of 2017.

From Boston to Beverly Hills, Stanwood, Wash. to Plantation, Fla., the group represents the diverse landscape of the real estate industry in business specialty and market location. It includes individual salespeople, team members, team leaders, a broker-manager, and a broker-owner. More than half have served as volunteers and homeownership advocates in their local or state REALTOR® organization. In Nevada, one of our own, Las Vegas REALTOR® and NVAR BOD member Shyla Magee, made the final list of 30 honorees after being named one of the 50 finalists for the award a year ago. Read more here.

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Silver State tops list of states suffering most from affordable housing crisis

WEB-LVhomes4If you find it hard to find an affordable apartment or house in the US, you're not alone.

For the past several years, the country has been suffering from an affordable housing crisis, making it especially difficult for an estimated 11.4 million extremely low-income (ELI) American households to find places to live. ELI households are defined as those earning below the poverty line or 30% of the area's average median income — whichever is higher.

From 2007 to 2013, the number of low-income households increased 18%, but funding for the largest federal housing programs remain below 2008 levels. HUD, the housing agency that funds anti-poverty efforts, could lose approximately $6.2 billion next year if the Trump administration's budget is approved. Read more here.


The top states where young people are moving in, jobs are plentiful, and business is booming

Nevada makes the Top 10

picIt's been nearly nine years since America fell into the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. While the recovery has been slow and steady on the whole, some states have bounced back stronger than others.

As part of its 2017 best states ranking, U.S. News & World Report ranked each US state on three economic indicators: growth, employment and business. U.S. News then combined these rankings — growth (50%), employment (30%), business (20%) — to form its list of states with the strongest economies.

The country's most populous states — California, Texas, and Florida — all appear on the list. But it's Colorado and North Dakota that come out on top, with high marks for young population growth and job opportunities. Read more from the Business Insider story, including the entire list, here.  

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