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How to Keep Your “Home Office” Tidy

David Morris Group - How to Keep Your "Home Office" Tidy - Best Reno Real Estate Team - Reno Homes - Reno Real Estate

Kitchen counters, dining room tables, and in some dire cases of much-needed quiet, bathrooms, are being used as home offices around the world and in Reno. No matter what room in your house has been designated the hot spot of paperwork, phone calls, and business, follow these simple rules to keep your “home office” tidy.

Color-code your filing system.

It’s likely that your personal mail and paperwork have been mixed with your business paperwork since you’ve been confined to your home. If that’s true, take some time to sort out everything into two piles – work and personal. From there, you’ll want to store the papers in color-coded files that make it easy to find what you’re looking for. Be sure to label the files, and feel free to create as many subcategories as you need.

Create a mail station.

If you have a habit of throwing your mail into a pile and not looking at it again until it’s been turned into a mountain, change that. Create a rule that the mail isn’t allowed to touch any surfaces when you bring it in. Go through the mail immediately and throw out anything you don’t need/want. From there, you’ll sort out the mail into your own system, but be sure to spend time each week taking action as you need to in order to start with a clean mailing station each week.

Make the most of the tablespace you’re working with.

Store all your office supplies in containers, drawers, baskets, and bins that are close by, but aren’t taking up space on your table. It keeps you focused and allows for a decluttered look. If you have a family printer that is being used for your work as well as your children’s schoolwork, you may want to move it to a neutral part of the home, that way you aren’t being interrupted when the kids come in to pick up the practice sheets they’ve printed out. It also clears up some valuable table space for you to use.

Make use of your wall space.

Don’t be afraid to hang your filing system, mail organizer, and office supplies to the wall. It’ll keep you organized, free up some table space, and immediately answer some of those “mom, dad, where can I find ______?” questions.

 

If you’re finding it difficult to make the most of your space and are considering selling your home or finding a new home with a dedicated home office and a few flex spaces, give the David Morris Group a call at (775) 828-3292. We’re more than happy to help in any way we can.

 

 

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The Reality of Real Estate: Most Agents Won’t Say This, But Home Buying Can Wait. Here’s How You Can Prepare During COVID-19 Restrictions.

David Morris Group - The Reality of Real Estate_ Most Agents Won’t Say This, But Home Buying Can Wait. Here’s How You Can Prepare During COVID-19 Restrictions. - Best Reno Real Estate Team

Being a first-time homebuyer can be a daunting journey during normal times, but faced with new challenges and changes amidst a pandemic may have you deciding to wait until some of the restrictions are lifted. As experienced agents, we know that buying and selling a home has to be done in line with you or your family’s needs. If you decide buying a home can wait, there are still steps you can take to be prepared for when the time comes.

Narrow down the neighborhoods or the areas that you would like to live in.

There are many great neighborhoods to choose from, especially in Reno and Sparks. Begin narrowing down the neighborhoods or the mile radius of the area you’d like to look in. Here are some questions to ask and answer when narrowing down where you’d like to live:

  • How far are you willing to travel for work? Will you need to travel often for your job/is being close to the airport important?
  • Which schools/districts would you like your kids to be a part of? Look at programs, graduation rates, and afterschool activities offered. What about higher education?
  • Are community amenities like pools, picnic tables, and basketball courts important to you?
  • Do you need to be near parks, trails, grocery stores, restaurants, stores, entertainment options, etc.?
  • Are there community groups/publications that will help you and your family acquaint yourself with the new neighborhood should you move there?

Once you’ve come up with neighborhoods or areas you like, you’ll want to confer with your REALTOR® and ask a few questions, like:

  • How have property values changed in the neighborhoods over the years?
  • Are there projected developments coming to the area? Is land in the area zoned for residential or commercial projects?
  • Is there an HOA or community association, and if so, are there stipulations on what you can and can’t do with your home/property?

Save, save, save.

Currently, lenders are tightening their restrictions on who they offer funding to. To make yourself look like a smart investment for lenders, you’ll want to have enough money saved to cover the downpayment, closing costs, and several months of mortgage payments in the scenario that you are laid off.

Create a list of needs and wants you’re looking for in a home.

Most first-time homebuyers aren’t really sure what kind of home they’re looking for or aren’t thinking about the future and how their needs will change. You want a home that fits your current lifestyle but will continue to grow with you. You may have to compromise on a few items on your wishlist, but you should have a general idea of the kind of home you’re looking for. You may have to have tough conversations like:

  • How many children do you want to have?
  • Will you or your partner’s parents live with you in the future?
  • Do you plan to work from home/homeschool your children?

Questions like this help you decide the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you’ll need, if a second master suite is necessary, and if you should seek out homes with a dedicated home office.

 

If you are looking for a dedicated team that can help you begin the process of searching for your future home, give the David Morris Group a call at 775-828-3292. We’re more than happy to help you from start to finish!

 

 

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Plan Your Nevada Road Trip

David Morris Group - Plan Your Nevada Road Trip - Best Reno Real Estate Team - Reno Homes - Reno Real Estate

While we’re all stuck indoors, many are dreaming about leaving their Reno homes and traveling across the state. Nevada has beautiful state parks, wonderful attractions, and the best destinations for any solo traveler or family adventure. While you have the time, take the opportunity to plan your Nevada road trip.

Liberty Lake

Located in the Ruby Mountains of Elko County, you’ll be amazed at the views. It offers great trails to hike with beautiful wildflowers blooming in the summer.

Great Basin National Park

The Ancient Bristlecone Pines are some of the oldest trees on the planet. They’ve survived over 5,000 years in thin air, rough soil, and extreme temperature changes.

Black Rock Desert

The Black Rock Desert is known for being the destination of Burning Man year after year, but it’s also one of the largest, flattest surfaces on Earth, covering approximately 200 square miles. When you stand on the playa, you can take in the 360-degree views that you can’t experience anywhere else.

Fly Geyser

Just two hours north of Reno lies the Fly Geyser on Fly Ranch. Three large mounds just over six feet tall and growing several inches each year spew scalding hot water about four or five feet into the air. It’s a sight that looks photoshopped in every picture ever taken of the formation.

Rhyolite Ghost Town

Rhyolite houses the ruins of 1905 gold-mining town, Hollywood movie set, and now a historic site with art installations. There are all kinds of art strewn around the town, and we recommend checking out Tom Kelly’s bottle house – it was built with thousands of medicine, beer, and whiskey bottles.

The International Car Forest

Walk amongst a forest of carefully balanced cars turned into a free, one-of-a-kind gallery of masterful art.

Garnet Hill

This free public recreation area is known for its dark red garnets naturally occurring in the hillsides surrounding Ely. The little gemstones make great souvenirs from your road trip.

The Lost City Museum

The Lost City Museum is a museum with exhibits centered around artifacts recovered from local prehistoric archaeological sites. You can also peer into an authentic pit house or view a reconstructed pueblo cluster.

 

Whether you’re looking to travel across Nevada for an epic road trip or you need help discovering what Reno neighborhood to move to, the David Morris Group is happy to be your guide. Give us a call at (775) 828-3292 for any questions.

 

 

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5 Activities to Keep Kids Busy While You Work From Home

David Morris Group - 5 Activities to Keep Kids Busy While You Work From Home - Best Reno Real Estate Team - Reno Homes

Thousands of workers in Reno and around the world have had to make adjustments and learn how to work from home. For those with kids running around, it can be difficult to keep them entertained long enough to answer your phone and take care of your projects. Here are some activities to keep your kids entertained, so you’re able to focus on your work.

Bean Bag Target Practice

If you don’t have your own cornhole game, you can easily set up a bean bag tossing game of your own using Hoola hoops and laundry baskets. Your kids can spend hours trying to score the most number of points and get all of the bean bags into the targets.

Play MacGyver

Get your family to think outside of the box to make something cool or destroy something. Have your family set up a domino design, then tape a collection of toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls to the wall that you can drop a ball through to get the dominos to topple over. Give your kids a series of materials and ask them to come up with an invention the way MacGyver would.

Set Up an Indoor Golf Course

Grab a fly swatter/stick to putt a sock ball around a series of obstacles to make it into bowls, cups, or baskets. You may not be able to visit the mini-golf course, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring it to your home.

Become Rock Artists

Yards and patios could always do with some color, especially if it comes with a little love from your family. Give your kids washable paint, paintbrushes, and rocks and let the artistry begin. Once they’re dry, your kids can also glue on googly eyes, feathers, or pom poms. You can paint messages, words, wishes, etc. Then you can line them around your garden/yard as a sweet accent for your summer hangouts.

Spider Web Obstacle Course

Using tape, string, or crepe paper streamers, create a spider web maze in a hallway. String the materials across each other and let the kids crawl, twist, and climb their way through the maze. Have them try to make their way through the maze in different ways each time and without touching any of the materials. You can have your kids pretend they’re ninjas or secret agents that need to get through the maze to complete their mission.

 

We know that Reno families have had to make a lot of adjustments in the last few weeks, and our team is here to make this time easier for our community. If you have questions about the Reno real estate market or need anything at all, don’t hesitate to reach out to the David Morris Group at (775) 828-3292.

 

 

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The Reality of Real Estate: Reno’s Current Real Estate Market – The Answers You’ve Been Looking For

David Morris Group - The Reality of Real Estate_ Reno's Current Real Estate Market - The Answers You've Been Looking For - Best Reno Real Estate Team - Reno Homes

Questions are looming in everyone’s minds, and conversations continue to focus on how the economy will bounce back, how to keep families safe and healthy, and if it’s ok to buy or sell a home in the current market. We’re here to give you the answers you’ve been looking for.

Can You Sell Your Home Today? YES!

COVID-19 has changed our lives in more ways than we even know today, and now, new questions are cropping up like: has it changed your home’s value? Are there buyers interested in your home? Can you even sell your home today? The answer is, yes!

 

Did you know that inventory is expected to significantly increase by mid-June? Right now, the market is starved for good homes to buy, and prices are holding very well.

 

Since you have been living in your home under a stay-at-home order, is this where you want to live when the next one is announced? If not, what are you looking for in your next home? We never thought the question of, “would you want to be quarantined here,” would ever be a consideration, but now it’s a necessity — how times have changed.

What is inventory like? LOW!

We are currently flooded with motivated buyers looking for their next home. The rates are outstanding, buyers are focused, and these buyers want to be settled into their homes as soon as possible. Inventory is very, very low, so buyers are hungry for new homes to be listed.

What is the market like for homes valued under $600,000? HOT!

As of this week for homes under $600,000 — 141 homes are pending sale out of 179 that are available in all of Reno/Sparks*. Close to 80% of homes are selling in less than 30 days!

 

We’re experts at understanding the Reno real estate market and how it changes, and we’re here to help our community in these uncertain times. It’s more important than ever to work with a team that can predict changes, give you honest answers, and navigate the market for buyers and sellers. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give the David Morris Group a call at 775-828-3292. We’re wishing you all good health.

 

*Data provided is for homes listed since March 15th, 2020, the start of the stay-at-home order. Inventory changes daily as well as values, interest rates, and absorption rates.*

 

 

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Why Reno is a Great City to Retire In

David Morris Group - Why Reno is a Great City to Retire In - Best Reno Real Estate Team - Reno Homes - Reno Real Estate

If the current circumstances caused by the pandemic have made you wonder if it’s the time to move and retire completely or take on part-time work, Reno may be the perfect city for you. Many retirees are looking to settle down in small-town communities, but still need the amenities that big cities can offer. Reno’s moniker of being “The Biggest Little City in the World” offers the best of both worlds.

Low Cost of Living

One reason many retirees look to settle in Reno is the low cost of living. Nevada has very few tax burdens as Nevada has no state income tax, no taxes on Social Security benefits, no taxes on withdrawals from retirement accounts, no sales taxes on food and drugs, and property taxes are well below the national average. Even if you’re working with a strict budget, with all of the free activities and events Reno, Sparks, and Tahoe has to offer, you’ll always be able to live happily and well within your means.

Community Services for Seniors

Between the great parks and trails for outdoor enthusiasts, the more than 50 golf courses within a two-hour distance of Reno, and more than a dozen ski resorts to keep people active, seniors are able to stay fit, healthy, and connected to the community. The City of Reno has great Senior Programs that include the Reno-Tahoe Senior Games. Check out some of the other senior programs offered in the area:

Great Art and Culture

Many retirees like to spend their extra time enjoying the arts and finding new sources of entertainment. There are amazing performances, exhibits, and events to enjoy and fill up everyone’s calendars. Check out some of the art and culture offered in the area:

If you have any questions about the Reno community and what it has to offer for retirees and seniors, don’t hesitate to contact the David Morris Group at (775) 828-3292. We know Reno and the real estate market like the back of our hands, and we’re happy to share what we know with you.

 

 

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Virtual At-Home Activities for Your Family to Enjoy

David Morris Group - Virtual At-Home Activities for Your Family to Enjoy - Reno Real Estate - Explore Reno - Best Reno Real Estate Team

It may be hard to explore and to keep children engaged in school and learning right now, but luckily there are some online activities to keep your little ones entertained and interested in the world around them. Exploring Reno has never been so easy with the online resources available to you and your family.

 

The Discovery’s Learning at Home Resources

The Discovery Museum has always been a great place for educational resources to help students learn about the world and find a love for science. They have a Scratch Code Challenge that shows students how to program and awards prizes for the interactive stories, games, movies, and presentations you make. Take a deep dive into the ocean while watching all of the organisms swim, eat, and survive in the Wild Ocean. For even more helpful tools, check out The Discovery’s website.

 

Craft and Find New Ways to Recycle Items from Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful has always been a great go-to source for how to protect our community. During these times, where everyone is looking for new ways to keep their family entertained using items around the house, they’ve released a list of creative ways to reuse household items.

 

Virtual Discover Your Parks Walks

Spring is usually the time where people get back to exploring the beautiful trails and parks we have in Reno and Sparks, but with the recommendations to stay inside, the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation has released Virtual Discover Your Parks Walks. There are new park walks released each week!

 

Take on the Challenges and Activities that Reno Little Theater Recommends

From fun activities like a live virtual bingo party to participating in their Wacky Wheel Wednesday Challenges, the Reno Little Theater posts great recommendations on how to pass the time on their Facebook page. Be sure to check out what’s new every day.

 

Take this time at home as an opportunity to learn and explore as a family. There are so many great tools at your disposal, so learn all about Reno and give the David Morris Group a call at (775) 828-3292 if you have any questions about the Reno real estate market.

 

 

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The Reality of Real Estate: Buying a Home In an Uncertain Market – The TRUTH from Experienced Agents

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First-time homebuyers often have many steps to take before owning a home. You’ll have conversations with family and friends who have been through the Reno real estate process and meet with Reno lenders and real estate agents that will help you find and pay for your home. If that wasn’t enough to have on your plate, experiencing a pandemic can add extra stress, but rest assured that your dream of owning your own home can still happen, but you may have to be flexible about how things work. Here are things that we’ve learned about buying in the current climate.

 

The market will rebound but it’s ultimately your situation that matters most.

The Reno market is strong and will always bounce back but ultimately, it’s your situation that matters the most when deciding to buy or sell. If you’re hesitant to jump into the market, we can assure you that real estate will always be essential. If this is a convenient time for you to buy a home, you’ve found some homes that you really like, you have job stability, and you can get financing at low rates, take advantage of this time and find your right home!

 

You may need more documentation for your lender.

There’s a lot of uncertainty about how the current times will affect the economy and the day-to-day lives of many people. Lenders may require more documents like verification from your employer that your job will be safe for the next year or proof that you have 12 months of mortgage payments in savings.

 

Everything is going virtual and being done over video.

Technology has evolved, and industries are evolving as well. Appraisals, document signings, and lawyer consultations are all being done virtually. Real estate professionals are also doing virtual walkthroughs of homes and video conferencing to talk about the buying process.

 

Schedule EVERYTHING far in advance.

If you were planning on donating your old couch to invest in a new sectional, you might have trouble finding places that will pick up your donations or even allow you to drop them off right now. Start planning for that now and try scheduling for drop off or pick up further in advance than you normally would.

 

Many service providers are very backed up, so you may experience lags in response times from painters, cleaners, and any other services you need to move into your new home and out of your old place. You’ll have to be flexible and communicate with many service providers about scheduling a date for them to work on your home. Fair warning: it may change, and it may be a later date than what you originally budgeted for.

 

Now, more than ever before, it’s important to have a trusted REALTOR® on your side to help you navigate the changing market, help you find trusted professionals to work with, and ensure that 2020 is your year to become a homeowner. Contact the David Morris Group at (775) 828-3292 to work with a team that knows the ins and outs of the Reno real estate market and has a trusted network of professionals to guide you through every step of the process.

 

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The Best Home Improvement Projects To Do This Spring

David Morris Group - The Best Home Improvement Projects To Do This Spring - Best Reno Real Estate Team - Real Estate in Ren

Spending the extra time inside means that you can get some much-needed home improvement projects taken care of. If Reno’s spring weather has you excited to roll up your sleeves and make changes, check out some of our recommendations on renovations to tackle in the coming weeks.

 

Stain Your Deck

We know that Reno’s summers are the perfect time to spend afternoons in your backyard, and a nice deck can be the right destination for BBQs and outdoor picnics. Staining your deck can restore it back to its original shine, so all you have to do is choose to change the color or just accentuate the wood grain!

 

Build a Fire Pit

Spring and fall evenings can get a little chilly, but if you still want to enjoy the beautiful sounds of nature and breathe in the Reno air, you’ll want a cozy place to sit. You can hire someone to build a fire pit for you, or you can make it a DIY project. As a bonus, it’ll make any backyard campout complete with s’mores.

 

Upgrade Your Garden

If you’re really looking to brighten up your backyard and make it a place that your family spends their days, a garden is the perfect project to take on. You can even create a butterfly garden that will have your family chasing the flying beauties during long afternoons.

 

Add a New Railing To Your Porch

Porches are another place that many families will be spending their days enjoying the sun. Give it an update by putting in a new railing. You can even go a step further and get new porch furniture for another vibrant season.

 

Anytime you have questions about how to improve your home, how to increase the resale value of your home, and how the Reno real estate market is changing, give the David Morris Group a call at (775) 828-3292.

 

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Best Movies to Binge-Watch on Netflix

David Morris Group - Best Movies to Binge-Watch on Netflix - Best Reno Real Estate Team - Reno Activities

The endless scrolling through the list of movies available on Netflix can make it hard to choose which movie to put on next. While we’re all being advised to stay inside our Reno homes, now is the perfect time to work your way through some of the great movies available on Netflix. Below are some of our recommendations for comedies, family-friendly, and feel-good movies to watch.

 

Best Comedies:

  1. Step Brothers – Brennan’s mother and Dale’s father have gotten married and moved in with one another, forcing the two grown boys to live together and share a room.
  2. Wine Country – Six friends come together to celebrate a 50th birthday in Napa Valley. The trip will either bring them closer together or end their decades-long friendship.
  3. Hitch – Step into a dating coach’s life as he helps a client find love while stumbling his way through it as well.
  4. The Other Guys – Watch as two desk-bound NYPD detectives try to show their comrades they have what it takes to take on large cases and be in the field.

 

Best Family Watch-Together Movies:

  1. The Edge of Seventeen – This movie is all about the ups and downs of being a teenager. Listen to Nadine’s story and how she deals with living in her older brother’s shadow.
  2. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Lara Jean’s love letters find their way to each of the boys she’s loved, and now she has to deal with the aftermath.
  3. Space Jam – An alien comes to Earth to steal the Looney Tunes, but in order to save themselves, they challenge the aliens to a basketball game and request the help of Michael Jordan.
  4. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – The beloved monster family boards a summer cruise for a little relaxation, but they may run into trouble and love along the way.

 

Feel-Good Movies:

  1. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark – There’s no adventure that’s quite like Indiana Jones and his archeological searches. He may be an underdog, but never underestimate his quick wit and quicker whip.
  2. Hook – This Robin Williams classic brings a unique twist to the beloved Peter Pan story. Watch as Peter Pan returns to Neverland to save his family.
  3. Set it Up – Two underappreciated workers set up their bosses with one another in order to give them the free time they’ve been craving. Will it work, or will it all backfire in the end?
  4. National Treasure – Join Nicholas Cage and the rest of his treasure hunters as they steal the Declaration of Independence and search for answers left behind by the founding fathers.

 

We hope you’ve found some new movies to watch, and if you have any questions about how the current times have affected Reno and the Reno real estate market, contact David Morris Group at (775) 828-3292. We’re always here for you and happy to help in any way we can.