Press Releases

  • NVAR honors Kevin Sigstad as its REALTOR® of the Year for 2015

    RENO – The Nevada Association of REALTORS® (NVAR) named longtime Reno REALTOR® Kevin Sigstad as its 2015 Nevada REALTOR® of the Year for his continued service to the statewide association, the real estate profession and his community.
    National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) First Vice President Elizabeth Mendenhall presented the award to Sigstad while attending NVAR’s recent board meeting in Reno.
    Sigstad has served as NVAR’s 2015 president after being president-elect in 2014. He is also a past president of the Reno-Sparks Association of REALTORS® (RSAR) and has volunteered on numerous NVAR and RSAR committees.
    A graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, Sigstad is president of RE/MAX Premier Properties in Reno. His professional affiliations and designations include being a Certified Commercial Investment Member, or CCIM, and a Certified Property Manager, or CPM.
    Since 1999, he has volunteered his time and talents as a member of the board of directors of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northern Nevada.
    About the NVAR
    The Nevada Association of REALTORS® is a professional trade association with more than 14,500 members. NVAR is committed to protecting, promoting and preserving our communities. Visit
  • Nevada Association of REALTORS® hires former Judge Jim Van Winkle

    RENO – The Nevada Association of REALTORS® (NVAR) has hired longtime local attorney
    and former Reno Municipal Court Judge Jim Van Winkle to help NVAR members throughout
    the state by staffing NVAR’s legal information line.
    NVAR CEO Teresa McKee said the association is honored to have Van Winkle working for
    NVAR on a part-time basis to help Nevada REALTORS® who call the legal information line.
    “His knowledge of Nevada law and years of experience will obviously be a valuable asset to our
    members,” said McKee, who is also an attorney who once worked as NVAR’s general counsel.
    “Our legal information line is one of the most important and popular services that we provide to
    our more than 14,500 members in Nevada.”
    Van Winkle served on the municipal court bench in Reno for more than 14 years, leaving office
    in 2010. In 2001, he established the first DUI and drug court in Reno. He also developed a
    specialty court dealing with prostitution.
    He has served on the Board of Governors of the American Judges Association, as president-elect
    of the Nevada Judges of Limited Jurisdiction and as a member of the Judicial Council of the
    State of Nevada.
    His community service contributions include being a past president and board member of Keep
    Truckee Meadows Beautiful, past president of the Reno Sunrise Rotary Club and member of the
    board of directors for the Northern Nevada International Center. He has also volunteered with
    the Read-To-Succeed reading program at the Virginia Palmer Elementary School.
    About the NVAR
    The Nevada Association of REALTORS® is a professional trade association with more than
    14,500 members. NVAR is committed to protecting, promoting and preserving our communities.
  • Homeowners fared well in Legislature, says Nevada Association of REALTORS®

    RENO – Nevada homeowners fared well during the state’s 2015 legislative session that concluded this week, according to leaders of the Nevada Association of REALTORS®.

    “Besides helping Nevada families by increasing funds for education, legislators passed several laws that should help homeowners throughout our state,” said NVAR President Kevin Sigstad, a longtime local REALTOR® based in Reno.

    Examples include:

    •    AB125 – One of the first major bills passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, this law was backed by the state’s home builders, contractors and others. It took effect Feb. 24. Sigstad said NVAR supported this law to create much-needed balance in the system for repairing construction defects.

    He added this construction defect reform law should “expedite the growth and recovery of an area of the housing market that has been lagging – construction of new townhome and low-rise condominiums. This type of construction is particularly important for first-time and entry-level home buyers, and vital for the recovery of our local housing market. Construction of this type of attached housing has been a frequent target of often-frivolous construction defect litigation. AB125 will give homeowners the right to address and repair perceived construction defects and avoid costly litigation whenever possible.”

    •    AB201 – NVAR strongly supported this law to close legal loopholes and prevent controversial plans that would have allowed local governments to use their power of eminent domain to seize mortgages from distressed homeowners. This bill was signed into law by Gov. Sandoval and became effective on May 25, 2015.

    •    AB386 – NVAR supported this bill to help prevent problems caused by squatters. It gives law enforcement officials more tools to evict squatters who move into homes illegally, sometimes with fraudulent lease documents. AB386 creates a new criminal offense of housebreaking and is designed to get squatters out of homes more quickly. It is awaiting Sandoval’s signature.

    •    SB306 – This law addressed challenges created by a Nevada Supreme Court ruling and state laws that have allowed homeowner associations to extinguish first lien rights when HOAs foreclosure on homes in their communities. It was signed by Gov. Sandoval on May 27, with most sections of the new law taking effect Oct. 15, 2015.

    •    SJR13 – Senate Joint Resolution 13 proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to limit certain property taxes and makes changes to property taxes and tax caps when properties change hands. It was approved by both houses of the Legislature late in the session. To become law, it would have to be approved again during the 2017 Legislature and by voters during the 2018 general election. Sigstad said these changes, if eventually approved, could benefit local homeowners.

    About the NVAR
    The Nevada Association of REALTORS® is a professional trade association with more than 14,000 members. NVAR is committed to protecting, promoting and preserving our communities. Visit