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5 Important Things to Know Before Moving to Reno

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If you’ve been contemplating making a move to America’s Best Small City or know someone who is, there are some things you should familiarize yourself with before packing up your home and making the trek to our beautiful town!

1. We’re all about art, and we take our quirky culture seriously!

If you’re an artist or creative free spirit, you’ll feel right at home here. From our massive sculptures throughout the city, eye-catching murals, and variety of performance artists putting on a show, there’s always something to see. We even have a month-long event dedicated to artists called Artown.

2. Taking a lake day every few months is mandatory.

Ok, maybe “mandatory” is a little harsh, but if you get to a point where you can’t remember the last time you were in Tahoe, you’re doing something wrong. The water is every shade of blue you could imagine, and it’s so refreshing in the summer.

3. Keep an ice brush, raincoat, and a few outfit choices in your car.

The weather in Reno is fickle on a good day, and you’re likely to find that the weather in one part of town is completely different than the other. Having items in your car that keep you prepared for any type of weather is a necessity. Trust us, keeping a raincoat and umbrella in your car will save you on more than one occasion, like when the prefect sunny weather changes to thunderstorms in a matter of minutes.

4. Learn how to pronounce Nevada.

You will see bumper stickers that say things like, “It’s Nev-AD-duh, not Nev-AH-duh.” People around here take the pronunciation of Nevada seriously, so be sure to drop the “ah” sound before moving here.

5. What’s traffic?

If you’ve lived in a major city, you may have gotten used to it taking you anywhere from minutes to hours to get you to your destination due to traffic. We’ll tell you now that the “traffic” that some residents speak of is really just slowing down by five mph on I-80. The arrival time estimate that Siri gives you when you type a destination into Google Maps is more or less spot-on.

 

Reno is a wonderful place to call home, and if you’re looking for more information on what you should know before moving here, contact the David Morris Group. We’re happy to share everything we’ve learned about the community and help you begin your home search when the time comes. Give us a call at (775) 828-3292.

 

 

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The Best Beaches in Tahoe, Reno, and Sparks

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Mild summers, nearly 80% of the year is full of sunshine, and a generous number of outdoor activities make Reno one of the best places to live. As soon as the last bits of the chilly weather moves out, many are looking to break out the sunscreen, towels, and bathing suits for a much-deserved beach day. Below are some of the best beaches in Tahoe, Reno, and Sparks to check out this summer!

 

  1. Kings Beach State Recreation Area – If you’re looking for a great family-friendly beach with some great shops and restaurants to stop in for lunch, Kings Beach is a great option. With a large stretch of white sand beaches and some of the warmest waters in Tahoe, you’ll love splashing around all day.
  2. Sand Harbor State Park – Spend the day soaking up the sun in some of the bluest waters in Tahoe. Pack sandwiches, snacks, and drinks for a great beach picnic.
  3. Hidden Beach – If Sand Harbor is a little too crowded for you, you may want to check out Hidden Beach. Several areas of this beach are only accessible if you hike in, but the remote beach has some great boulders for sunbathing and jumping into the beautiful waters.
  4. Chimney Beach – Chimney Beach is known for the stone chimney that’s still there from an old caretaker’s cabin. With deeper waters and a challenging hike, it’s a great beach for those looking to burn a few calories while having a fun day on the beach.
  5. Zephyr Cove Beach – Zephyr Cove is one of the larger and more popular beaches in Lake Tahoe. It’s a great place to gather with larger groups. Play a few games of beach volleyball, rent water equipment, and go boating while you’re at Zephyr Cove.
  6. Nevada Beach – Nevada Beach has some great views, which makes it an ideal place to enjoy a picnic or go swimming with friends.
  7. The Sparks Marina – The Sparks Marina has it all. There are walking paths, trees, and sandy beaches surrounding a 77-acre lake that are used for windsurfing, sailing, swimming, scuba diving, fishing, and boating.

There are a lot of great beaches to explore and a ton of outdoor activities to keep you and the family busy all summer long. If you’re hoping to move closer to your favorite beaches or are just curious about what the real estate market looks like currently, contact the David Morris Group. We’re happy to share everything we’ve learned about the community and help you begin your home search. Give us a call at (775) 828-3292.

 

 

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The Reality of Real Estate: The Smaller Details of Home Ownership That Can Have Major Costs

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If you’re thinking about purchasing a home, you’ve likely had your friends, family, and even your lenders talk to you about how much you can afford. You may have budgeted for mortgage payments, home insurance, and even property taxes, but what about pest control, lawn care, and add-ons?

 

Check out some of the most frequent home costs that people rarely plan for or understand before jumping in:

  1. Cable, phone, and internet costs – Larger homes are notorious for needing wifi extenders or more expensive internet packages to ensure there’s a strong internet connection throughout the home. There can also be added costs if there’s a problem with the wiring, and an electrician has to come out to rewire or repair the lines.
  2. DIY fails, renovations, and add-ons – HGTV has made many people feel empowered to tackle those home improvement projects that they’ve seen on TV or have been dreaming about since they bought the house. Unfortunately, no matter how many hours of Property Brother or Fixer Upper we’ve watched, it likely hasn’t made us contractors, plumbers, or counter installers. Trying to take on large projects may cost you more in the long run if you mess up, ruin materials, and have to call in an expert to fix your mistakes and do the job you originally wanted done.
    1. Bonus tip: Add-ons and renovations can cost more than just the parts and labor to get the project finished. They can also increase your property taxes each year. Before starting any major add-on, contact David Morris Group to discuss your plans and how it affects home value.
  3. Pest control – Instead of calling your landlord to spray for bugs or calling an exterminator to take care of any vermin like you did when you were a renter, now it’s your responsibility to pay what can be hefty bills to take care of pest problems. It’s recommended to spend a few hundred dollars to get your home inspected and sprayed every few months to be proactive rather than the thousands it can cost with a full infestation.
  4. Lawn care and cleaning – Many find the added square footage and added outdoor space of a single-family home, while nice, is also hard to maintain by themselves. If you decide to enlist some help to keep your home clean and your lawn from growing too wild, you’ll be looking at a couple of hundred dollars of added expenses each month.

As a first-time homebuyer, it’s crucial to understand all of the costs that you will face as a homeowner and start budgeting for them early. The David Morris Group is always happy to show you the ins and outs of owning a home and help you make the transition from renter to homeowner seamlessly. Give us a call at 775-828-3292.

 

 

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The Ultimate Renoite Checklist

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Reno continues to draw in people from all over the world, especially as our city develops, and as we see companies open their doors. The Biggest Little City becomes a beacon to big businesses, small startups, and entrepreneurs at heart, but the move to a new city can be daunting. That’s why we’ve put together this checklist of things to do, places to visit, and experiences to make you feel like a Renoite in no time.

  1. Kayak the Truckee River Whitewater Park – Or if kayaking isn’t your thing, grab your floaties and go tubing along the Truckee River!
  2. Try out some of the local breweries and distilleries in the area – We recommend checking out 10 Torr Distilling and Brewing, Brasserie Saint James Brewing, and The Depot Craft Brewery Distillery.
  3. Mountain bike the Flume Trail.
  4. Participate in a Wine Walk.
  5. Have a lazy day in North Lake TahoeBonsai Rock, Sand Harbor, and Chimney Beach are great destination spots.
  6. Watch the sunrise over Emerald Bay.
  7. Participate in a bar crawl.
  8. Have a ski/snowboard day, or at least sip some cocoa in a lodge – There are tons of resorts in the area including Donner Ski Ranch, Squaw Valley, and Mt. Rose.
  9. Have a museum day and learn about the history of some amazing artifacts – Check out the National Automobile Museum, The Discovery, Nevada State Museum, and the Nevada State Railroad Museum.
  10. Soak in some of the most beautiful and relaxing hot springs in the world.
  11. Take a selfie under the Reno arch.
  12. Go coffee tasting and find your favorite local spot – There’s a reason Reno has become one of the biggest coffee cultures in the west. Hub Coffee Roasters, Lighthouse Coffee, and Old World Coffee Lab are great places to start.
  13. Catch a movie at West Wind El Rancho.
  14. Visit the world’s largest all-sports store – Be sure to ride the Scheels Ferris wheel while you’re there!
  15. Take a cruise on South Lake Tahoe’s MS Dixie II.
  16. Hike the iconic “N.”
  17. Catch an Aces game.
  18. Step back in time, and explore the Wild West of Virginia City.

Even if you aren’t a Reno native, you’ll be feeling like a Renoite after completing just a few of the items on this list. If you’re curious about what the Biggest Little City has to offer and you’re considering making the move to Reno, contact the David Morris Group. We’re happy to share everything we’ve learned about the community, give you a snapshot at the real estate market, and help you begin your home search. Give us a call at (775) 828-3292.

 

 

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A Glimpse at Midtown Reno

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Midtown has been revamped and has transformed over the years. It’s become a hotspot for businesses, residences, and tourists alike. It’s a cultural experience that continues to evolve, grow, and thrive. The eclectic vibe draws many people in, but what is it that makes it such a desirable neighborhood for living, working, and touring?

Character and Charisma Everywhere

The Midtown district has a variety of historic homes that have been around since the ‘20s and ‘30s. These homes are also surrounded by some newer construction homes that again add to the eclectic vibe and draw in buyers of all kinds. With the walkable streets, you’re never far from stumbling upon a quirky coffee shop, funky retailer, or mouth-watering restaurant.

Restaurants, Retailers, and Local Businesses

Reno residents know how important it is to support local businesses, and the city continues to draw in entrepreneurs working to make their dreams of owning their own business and being their own boss a reality. Midtown continues to see a boom in small businesses opening their doors, so if you’re in the neighborhood check out:

A Paradise of Art

The murals you’ll find throughout Midtown are just some of the artistic flair you’ll find in the neighborhood. From museums, performing art venues, and galleries, it’s a beacon for those with creativity. If you’re looking to explore a few museums, be sure to visit the Nevada Museum of Art, the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum, and the National Automobile Museum.

Great Schools

Midtown is a part of the Washoe County School District. Families living in Midtown are zoned for Mount Rose Elementary, Swope Middle School, and Reno High School.

 

If you’re curious about the Midtown area and think it could be a great place to settle down, contact the David Morris Group. We’re happy to share everything we’ve learned about the community, give you a snapshot at the real estate market, and help you begin your home search. Give us a call at (775) 828-3292.

 

 

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The Reality of Real Estate – The Hidden Costs of Owning and Maintaining a Home

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Buying a house comes with upfront costs as well as recurring monthly costs, but that’s not all. Your home will also have unexpected issues that arise and will take dollars out of your pocket to fix. You have to be ready to make your payments on your residence as well as have a fund set aside to take care of maintaining your property and an emergency fund should any major problems arise.

 

In fact, these hidden costs of owning and maintaining a home may mean you want to search for a place that costs a little bit less than what the lenders have pre-approved you for. The extra money you save can go towards the new saving accounts you’ll have to open – one for home maintenance and one for emergencies.

How much should you budget for?

There are differing opinions on how much money you should be allocating to your maintenance fund each month. According to Freddie Mac, homebuyers should budget up to 4% of the property’s value in annual maintenance costs. On the other hand, The Balance suggests budgeting to spend at least $1 per square foot of your home in maintenance costs each year. As real estate experts, we advise erring on the side of safety and budget by whichever value is more.

Basic expenses you’ll face as a homeowner.

Your mortgage payment is only the start of the costs you’ll have to pay. Other expenses could include:

  • Annual property taxes
  • Landscaping
  • Hazard insurances
  • Heating and electricity
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • Internet service/Cable
  • Property management fees
  • Private mortgage insurance
  • Homeowner’s association fees
  • Replacing appliances

Big-ticket items will eventually need replacing.

It’s likely that at one point or another, your home will need to have appliances and larger housing components replaced. Below are the average life spans of some of the items in your home. (Bonus tip: always find out how long it’s been since items in the home were replaced – it will help you estimate the higher upfront costs you could be facing if something needs to be replaced within months of moving in.)

  • Roof – 20 to 30 years
  • Carpet – 8 to 10 years
  • Linoleum floors – 25 years
  • Vinyl floors – up to 50 years
  • Wood, marble, slate, and granite – 100 years
  • Decks – 20 years if well-maintained
  • Oil furnace – 20 years
  • Gas furnace – 18 years
  • Electric furnace – 15 years
  • Central air conditioner – 15 years
  • Gas range – 15 years
  • Electric range – 13 years
  • Refrigerator – 13 years
  • Dryer – 13 years
  • Freezer – 11 years
  • Washing machine – 10 years
  • Dishwasher – 9 years

Tips for keeping your home costs down.

If you’ve found some of this information a little overwhelming, there are things you can do now to help you lower your costs, like:

  • Get a thorough inspection in advance and take action on the issues that the inspector finds.
  • Be proactive about fixing items early. Small issues can turn into big issues if not dealt with.
  • Consider a home warranty plan.
  • Switch to energy-efficient appliances and improvements whenever you have to replace something.

As a first-time homebuyer, it’s crucial to understand the hidden costs that you will face as a homeowner and start budgeting for them early. The David Morris Group is always happy to show you the ins and outs of owning a home and help you make the transition from renter to homeowner seamlessly. Give us a call at 775-828-3292.

 

 

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The Ultimate Summer To-Do List

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Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, summer is the designated season for fun, adventure, and family memories. Reno’s summer season may look a little different than what we’re used to, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be a time to remember, especially if you set out to check off the items on our ultimate summer to-do list!

  1. Create your own backyard Olympics – Set up backyard bowling, croquet, mini-golf, and cornhole, and have a gold-en time competing for a medal — pun intended.
  2. Have a backyard movie night – Find a large white space or throw a sheet over your fence in the backyard. Then set up a projector to play your family’s favorite movies. Don’t forget the homemade snacks to much on!
  3. Create your own waterpark – Set up an inflatable pool, slip ‘n slide, and sprinklers to keep everyone cool and having fun during the warmer days.
  4. Build a birdhouse – It’s a staple of many summer camps to teach kids how to build a birdhouse and then decorate it. Spend a couple of dollars on a few birdhouse kits, and make them as a family.
  5. Host an art competition: sidewalk chalk edition – Give everyone in your family a section of sidewalk or driveway to work on, a theme to work with, and a time limit, then see who can create the best piece of art.
  6. Have your own summer concert – Break out the pots and pans, warm up those voices, and have a karaoke night. You may even be crowned the best performance of the night if you decide to be a one-man show who sings, dances, and plays the pans (makeshift drums).
  7. Make your own Hot August Nights – With the recent news to postpone Hot August Nights till next year, it’s up to you to celebrate. Grab crepe paper, balloons, and all your favorite art supplies to decorate your bike, and create your own one-of-a-kind ride for people to admire.
  8. Turn your cardboard boxes into beautiful creations – With a few cuts and colorful markers, you can turn your purchases into houses, cars, and planes.
  9. Have a blind taste test of your family’s favorite foods – Whether your family loves potato chips, gummy bears, or popcorn, there are tons of varieties. Pick up a few different ones, then have the family put on a blindfold as you give them snacks to try and have them rank their favorites.
  10. Camp out in the living room – Spend the day building an epic fort in the living room, then bring out the blankets and pillows for a family camp out complete with stories, snacks, and sweet memories.

We hope you have a wonderful summer, and if you decide to buy or sell your home at any point this season, contact the David Morris Group at (775) 828-3292. We have some great real estate resources for you to use, and we’re always offering helpful information on our blog.

 

 

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Best Burger Spots in Reno

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Summer is just around the corner, and as the designated season for cookouts, BBQ, and backyard hangouts, it’s only fair to know where you can find the best burgers around town. Let’s be honest, there will be days where you don’t feel like grilling, or you forget about what you’re grilling and can’t serve the charcoal ribs and hot dogs to your family – you know who you are – so have these burger spots in Reno in the back of your mind this summer.

Juicy’s Giant Hamburgers

If you’re a fan of the classics and like to know where you can get an old-fashioned, delicious burger, Juicy’s Giant Hamburgers never disappoints. They have placed in one or more “Best of” contests almost every year since they opened in 1982. Check out their S. Wells and S. McCarran locations.

Beefy’s

Beefy’s menu is iconic, and they’re known for more than just their amazing burgers. With locally sourced ingredients and inventive creations, Beefy’s is a must-try. Don’t believe us? Just check out The Moo, The Cluck, and The Oink or the Famous Chili Cheese Omelette.

Lucky Beaver

Lucky Beaver has been a fan favorite for great burgers and cocktails since they got their start nearly a decade ago. Their burger patties are made from chuck roast and short rib and cooked on their custom grill, making them famous and unlike anything else you’ve tried before. Everything about the Lucky Beaver’s menu is one-of-a-kind.

The Little Nugget Diner

No burger list would be complete without the diner that made the Awful Awful Burger a Reno staple. You’ll find a lot of imitation Awful Awfuls in the city, but why not check out the restaurant that made it famous?

 

Spend this summer enjoying great Reno burgers, having backyard BBQs, and enjoying the neighborhood you’re a part of. If you’re thinking about moving to a new community before the summer season starts, contact the David Morris Group at (775) 828-3292. We have some great real estate resources for you to use, and we’re always offering helpful information on our blog.

 

 

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The Reality of Real Estate: Decoding the True State of a Home While Conducting a Virtual House Hunt?

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With spring and summer being some of the busiest homebuying periods of the year, now may be the time that you begin looking at homes on the market, weighing the pros and cons of neighborhoods, and meeting with lenders. In the current market, you’ll likely be doing a lot of the Reno home searching online but when you’re not able to visit the house in person, it’s important to know how to uncover the true condition. Check out the things we’ve learned about conducting a virtual house hunt.

Decode the Online Listings

Some real estate agents will be using words and photos to hide the true state of the home. You’ll want to look for things that could prove to be misleading, like:

  • Are there only photos of the interior or the exterior? This could show that maybe the inside or the outside of the home needs work.
  • Do the photos look stretched in any way? Some agents or sellers may be trying to make the spaces look larger than they are by stretching the photos of certain rooms in the home.
  • Does the listing include references to a spacious backyard, extra bedrooms/bathrooms, or a dedicated home office that isn’t pictured? If not pictured, they may not be in great condition or could be small and show that the layout of the home isn’t functional.
  • What kind of adjectives are used to describe the home/do they match the photos? For example, the term “cozy” could be used to mean small, or it could just mean that the space is a great family gathering area of the home.

Reach Out to Your REALTOR® About Virtual Tours

Many listings will include property videos or a virtual tour of some kind, but in order to make them useful, ask your REALTOR® if they can find you more footage of the home or walk you through the home via a video call. This way you can look at any blind spots that may not show up in the original video as well as see the little details that may be overlooked in a hype video but will matter when you’re living in the home.

Get a Better Picture of the Home

If the home has piqued your interest by the photos, description, and virtual tour, reach out about the seller’s disclosure. It gives a great outline of any problems the home may have, any improvements the home has had, and when the improvements/features were made. This can be a great way to help you decide to take the next step and make an offer on the home or rule it out.

 

Having a team on your side to show you the ins and outs of virtual househunting, especially as a first-time homebuyer, is crucial in these uncertain times. We’re more than happy to help, so give the David Morris Group a call at 775-828-3292.

 

 

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Online Workouts to Keep You Active at Home

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If your gym routine has been interrupted with the business closures and changes to day-to-day life, consider taking your workout to the world wide web. There are a variety of great online workouts available for you to try, so gather your friends, family, and roommates and check out some new ways to get your heart pumping. You may be encouraged to #StayHomeForNevada, but you can still stay active!

Juice Box Yoga

Yoga has been proven to improve muscle strength, flexibility, and cardio health while relieving anxiety and depression. It’s a great form of exercise and brings peace of mind in uncertain times, making it a great way to spend an hour of your day. Juice Box Yoga has some great live classes for you to join.

Crossfit Initiative

Crossfit continues to be a popular way for many to get healthy and stay healthy. We’ve all seen the weight loss photo transformations with props given to Crossfit and the family they’ve created at their gyms. If you’d like to join in on the craze, check out Crossfit Initiative’s Facebook page for workouts you can do at home along with some motivational content to keep you working towards your goals.

Pilates Studio of Reno

If you think that you won’t be able to get in a good pilates workout without the standard equipment, think again. Pilates Studio of Reno is offering a video series on their YouTube page called “Quaranlates” showing you how to get a 20 – 60-minute pilates workout in.

Pure Barre

If you’re just starting to get into exercising again, barre classes are a great option for you. They tend to be low-impact while helping you with your balance, build strength, make you more flexible, burn calories, and improve stability through a stronger core. Pure Barre is offering classes you can live stream, so you’ll be building strength and ready to turn up the intensity of your workouts when you head back to the gyms and fitness centers in Reno.

 

If you need more great recommendations on how to spend your time indoors, check out our other blogs, and if you’d like to move closer to your favorite hiking/biking trails and parks, give the David Morris Group a call at (775) 828-3292.