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Retired Military Veteran certified to meet the housing needs of military personnel in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nev. - August 31, 2016 - David Brownell Team of Keller Williams Realty Southwest is proud to announce that Pat Abbott, U.S. Air Force, CMSgt (ret), has earned the nationally recognized Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification from the National Association of Realtors. This certification is awarded to Realtors® who help military personnel, veterans and their families find housing that lets them make the best use of their benefits and serves the unique needs of military life. This designation requires training on the VA Home Loan process and the unique needs of the military home buyer.

Now one of only 126 Realtors® awarded this certification in the Las Vegas, Nevada area, Pat Abbott is uniquely suited to the needs and wants of military personnel and their families. Pat’s family moved 15 times during his military career ultimately returning to Las Vegas, Nevada. 

About David Brownell Team

Since 1996, the David Brownell Team has been dedicated to providing high quality and trustworthy real estate services to their clients in order to build strong, lasting, lifelong relationships like one would have with their accountant or doctor. This Keller Williams Realty Southwest team has received numerous recognitions and awards including both locally and from Keller Williams International.

David Brownell Team has a diverse team of Real Estate Consultants with a variety of buyer and seller specialties who are dedicated to knowing their local market and learning the latest industry trends. A majority of the team’s business is from referrals from previous clients and other agents around the...

Growth of Pet Friendly Condos and Amenities in Las Vegas

Take a trip to Aspen, Colorado, Austin, Texas or Vancouver, British Columbia and you will find pet friendly amenities at every turn.  From pet friendly restaurants to water bowls and treats available at local retailers, some cities are better than others at accommodating our four-legged companions.  Las Vegas seems to be “coming around” and I am seeing I am seeing more restaurants that are “pet friendly.”  One in particular, Lazy Dog Café, in Downtown Summerlin, offers a “pet friendly” menu.  Dogs are welcomed to the restaurant's outdoor patio area as long as they are appropriately behaved.  Here is an article about how high rise towers around the city are also becoming more pet conscious:

Tired of suburbia, Christine Carlson made the leap to high-rise condo living earlier this year.

“I was thinking of high rise-living for the last couple of years,” said Carlson, who moved into the Ogden in February. “Just seemed like a more streamlined way of life.”

One challenge to the move came in the form of Lord Fitzgerald — commonly known as Fitz — her 15-month-old Weimaraner. Ninety pounds of “pure love,” Fitz wasn’t accustomed to their new urban lifestyle.

“They are hunting dogs,” Carlson said. “They need to be busy.”

Carlson had to find urban outlets for Fitz beyond the small dog run located on the lower level of the building.

“I had to set up things in my life to make it work for him,” Carlson said, who developed a tight schedule to better meet Fitz’s needs, including working from home part time and daily exercise. “I really think it’s being consistent with them so they know they have a routine. I feel that is what saved me.”

Carlson and Fritz...

List of National Parks Near Las Vegas

Living in Las Vegas is not all gambling and laying by the pool, we have a number of national parks near Las Vegas that residents and visitors alike can enjoy. In celebration of the National Park Services 100th Birthday lets discover many of the National Parks that are only a day trip from Las Vegas. We encourage you to go discover what this diverse and beautiful area has to offer and find your park!

1. Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument - 18 miles  

This little known Las Vegas area park is an oasis for the summer heat of Las Vegas and is home to a variety of fossils, plant and animals. This day park is great all year long for horseback riding (bring your own), hiking and photography.

2. Lake Mead National Recreation Area - 30 miles

For those looking for some water fun, this park is your best bet to make a splash near Las Vegas. Enjoy the water by fishing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, swimming and even scuba diving.  (who would have thought!) Not a fan of the water? That’s ok there is plenty more to discover at the Las Vegas area National Park.

 Homes for Sale near Lake Mead National Recreation Area

3. Death Valley National Park - 142 miles

Yes Las Vegas can get hot but the hottest National Park is just...

Is There Another Real Estate Bubble Coming in Las Vegas?

With all the chatter about the Vancouver (CAN) real estate “bubble” getting ready to burst, and the fact that certain cities have been identified as having overvalued real estate markets including Reno (NV), Austin (TX), Boise (ID), and Bend (OR) to list a few, we have been spending some time in our “war room” studying the current state of Las Vegas real estate market.  Stable?  Another Bubble?  Future Growth?  During our research and analysis phase, we have come across a few great reads.  This Washington Post article is one we felt worthy of sharing.  Here are some mentions about the Las Vegas real estate market:Las Vegas Real Estate

"Miami, Las Vegas, and parts of Arizona and California, all poster children for the real estate bust that began in 2006, are now seeing gains that far outpace the national average, according to the National Association of Realtors.

A decade after becoming the epicenter of the crash, Miami’s property market is seeing the highest price jumps since 2006 — the peak of its last housing boom. Steadily rising home prices in Las Vegas in the past few years are bolstering that market’s high-end sector, with sales of homes priced at more than $1 million nearly doubling in 2015 compared with the previous year, according to data from the research firm CoreLogic. And in Phoenix, which endured one of the hardest crashes during the recession, homeowners who sold their properties in March...

Las Vegas Market Watch Report - July 2016

by David Brownell

Greetings.  Hope you are having/had a great summer!  Wow, summer is over already.  School zone flashing lights are “on” again. 

July’s numbers are in and here are a few of my insights. 

Total inventory is down from last year at this time by 5 percent (9,238 in July 2015 versus 8,792 in July 2016).  Closed units are also down year over year (7%).  Probably caused by supply shortages as much as a seeming slowdown in the market due to higher prices.  Though, both factors may be contributing. 

However, pending units are up year over year, yet lower than June 2016 by a bit. 

The makeup of the inventory achieved a new mark in July.  Traditional inventory product now officially makes up 90%+ of the total inventory.  It had been hovering just below this mark for the past few months.  Fewer than 10% of all homes for sale are bank owned or short sales.  Some have suggested that this has created an environment whereby it must be about time for a “shift.”  Will write about that more below. 

Inventory has slowly climbed over the past few months.  Bigger increases exist in the move-up and luxury markets.  While the $150,000 to $250,000 market is still very much in short supply, the luxury market has seen significant increases in inventory over the past few months.  That data is not reflected in this report’s numbers.  If you are interested in this submarket, I can send you that data.  Just email me at [email protected]

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals also recently made news.  The NV Supreme Court decision which extinguished the first trust deed because...

Why You Should Be Excited About the Housing Market

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What an amazing year 2015 was for home sellers, and 2016 promises to be even better. By December of 2015, with 5.26 million sales, we had seen a more robust housing market than we've seen since 2006. In fact, as of early 2016, America's housing market had spent 43 consecutive months as a seller's market. Lawrence Yun, the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) chief economist chalks up the heavy sales volume to "the prospect of higher mortgage rates in coming months and warm November and December weather." 

Get Very Excited if You Plan to Sell Your Home This Year 
The combination of high demand for homes and shrinking inventories produces a seller's market and typically signals rising home prices. While many forecasters expect home prices to continue rising this year, they caution that they won't climb as quickly or as much as they did last year. "The NAR is calling for a 4.4 percent increase in existing home prices this year and 3.4 percent in 2017; other economists and strategists also put 2016 price growth in the 4 percent to 5 percent range," claims NAR's Adam DeSanctis. 

In addition, inventories of available homes rose slightly last month. Whether or not this signals a trend toward a more balanced housing market remains to be seen. So, yes - although it sounds trite - the best time to sell your home is right now, while inventory is still low. If you will be selling a home priced in the low-to-middle price tier for your market, expect it to go quickly and for top dollar. You will have little competition and the demand in this price range is strong, according to Shu Chen of...