Real Estate

Garage Door Openers…..Programming smart ones?


Oh how I long for the days of the old set the switch garage door openers. As a Las Vegas Realtor and owner of a Las Vegas Maid Service, I have to purchase and program a lot of openers. Many tenants and owners simply throw away or lose the remotes.
This leaves me to buy and program new “universal remotes”. While, the claim is universal remotes work with most door openers, I run into many that don’t work.
Yesterday, I programmed two universal remotes that would not work. For the smart programming;
1. Press the program button on the remote until the light comes on.
2. Press the smart program button on the opener.
3. Press the remote the number of times required ( on the instructions, depending on the brand of opener)
4. You should hear a click and then the door should open.
Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. When they won’t, it is time to call in a handyman.


Why you should read your Homeowners Association Documents before you buy!!!!


As a Las Vegas Realtor, I always recommend reading you homeowners association documentation provided to you before you purchase a property.
In Las Vegas, you can cancel your purchase based on your review of the Homeowners documentation, there are date parameters to follow. Many buyers do not read through the documents and find surprises after the close escrow.
One of the first things I look for is the rental restrictions. This is very important if you are buying an investment property and also if you want to know what type of rentals will be in your neighborhood.
Another item to look at is the reserve study, for maintenance ongoing and replacement, and how it is currently funded.
Today, I had a buyer cancel a transaction based on the homeowners association minutes. The association is having a hard time with pest control. They are overrun with Pigeons and other pests.
We discussed this problem and the buyer decided not to go with this property.
OurLas Vegas Maid Services cleans many properties that have pigeon droppings on the balcony, but this complex has gone past just needing a cleaning.
This is one example of a good reason to read those documents….


How to rent your property 101!!!


Today’s lesson, how to rent your property. As a Las Vegas Realtor and Las Vegas Property Manager, I am often asked, “How do you rent property?”
The fact is, all Realtors have access to the Multiple Listing Service and almost all will put the rental listing on the MLS. This is where a cooperative commission payment comes in. This also advertises your property to every Realtor in Las Vegas and puts the listing on Realtor.com if checked.
I usually find that the following steps help with a rental.
1. Take lots of photos.  Prospective tenants want to see what your property looks like.

2. Have the property professionally cleaned. Our Las Vegas Maid Service, regularly recieved requests for cleaning rental property.  Make sure it is deep cleaned, nobody wants to move into a dirty home….

3. Remove the clutter, this helps it sell. Everyone reacts more positively to a clean uncluttered home.

4. Use the internet; Craigslist and my favorite, Rentals.com  As a propety manager, I have a corporate account with Rentals.com which allows me to list all my properties with priority placement.

5. Be available to show your property and respond quickly to rental inquiries.  If you wait, the tenant will find some other property.

Not everyone needs or wants a property manager, so with some effort you can rent your property too.   Of course if you do want a professional manager, justcallscottd@yahoo.com


Fortis Residential Realty


As the year moves on the real estate market keeps changing.  As a Las Vegas Realtor, I monitor the listings that come out on a daily basis.  Lately, more investor flips, have been occurring.  My clients who are looking for their first time home often look at these properties.  An investor buys a property at a below market rate and refurbishes the property, with new flooring/paint/appliances and repairs, and sells the property to make a profit.  These properties often work for a first time homebuyer as they are move in ready, and the investor will work with their loan, whether it be a VA/FHA or conventional.

At Fortis Residential Realty, we are committed to giving each of our clients the individual attention that the require and deserve. As a boutique real estate firm, we work as a dedicated team to research, and meet, your real estate needs in total. Having expertise in sales/rentals/property management and distressed real estate allows us to expertly service all of our current and future clients. 


Going Green….The new car choice or why I bought a Prius!


As a Las Vegas Realtor and owner of a Las Vegas Maid Service company, my gas bill is large every month. I have been driving a Hyundai XG350 since 2006 and had put over 100,000 miles on it, for a total of 155,000 miles. I loved the car, and it did not have a break down until after 145,000 miles. After this is started to break down weekly, so it was time for a new car.
After researching the Internet and car buying sights, we narrowed our choices to the Toyota Prius and Hyundai Sonata/Elantra. The decision came down to gas mileage, I am getting over 43 miles to the gallon in my new/used Prius. The Hyundai was very good looking, but the Sonata only averages 26 miles to the gallon, and unfortunately I was concerned about the resale values.
Since we have to drive so much for business, I decided to try to save money and help the environment at the same time. Of course, I do like my new car, it drives great!!!


Title/Escrow companies-Why cant I choose my favorite anymore?


With the advent of the Foreclosure crisis has come some new ways of doing business. As a Las Vegas Realtor, I deal with this daily and my clients are often baffled by the changes and it is an upsetting situation which gives the buyers little control over the transaction. The banks are choosing the title/escrow company and many times requiring a pre approval through their choice of lenders.
While the title/escrow companies are non biased third parties, I can safely say that the level of service has deteriorated. Just getting many title companies to return phone calls is frustrating at best. When you compound this with the inability to receive an answer from a bank on an offer for days/weeks, the buying process for las vegas real estate has become difficult.
Recently another issue has come up in the bank owned properties. The banks are hiring companies to take care of the maintenance, but the vendors often time are not completing the job. I just sold a two bed/two bath/two car garage home which has a log showing cleaning on a regular basis. As an owner of a Las Vegas Maid Service, I can tell you, that this home was filthy. The funniest part was the paper showed that the fan and blinds had been dusted, days before our home inspection, but they had over an inch of dust accumulated.
This is a weird time in Real Estate, so use a professional and be patient to get a great deal.


Our cellular phone service adventure!!!


As a Las Vegas Maid Service and a Las Vegas Realtor, we use cell phones a lot. We have been with Verizon for the last four years and had added a Metro PCS line for Property Management.
After a few months with Metro, i found that there service did not meet my needs. The pop up ads on the screen and poor sound quality I experienced was not working. We decided to upgrade our Verizon phones to Droid and move on without the other service.
Setting up service with Metro was easy, cancelling not so! It took me four calls and over one hour to get the correct department on the phone, whom then kept trying to keep me. They could not believe that I did not like my service? Of course as a Las Vegas Realtor my phone was ringing this whole time. Eventually I was able to cancel, thank you for that experience.
The switch to Droid was even more fun….My phone came, it got connected… and proceeded to fail, the screen had a defect. Now the fun began, the Verizon store refused to assist, and so did the first phone contact. Since I bought it over the internet, through Verizon, I had to send it back and then re-order. Finally I got hold of a supervisor, superior/rude attitude, and am now awaiting a replacement.
Moral of my story, check out the return policy before you buy. As a Las Vegas Maid Services company, we need to be in contact with our customers daily, so this phone issue has been big for us. Good luck out there with the phone companies, each and every one!!!


Home Inspections-Worth the cost?


As a Las Vegas Realtor, I always recommend having a home inspection on any property that you are in contract to purchase.  The reason being, is that the home inspector is trained to inspect, review, and note all problems and operations of the systems in the property. The home inspector often catches items, that an untrained eye will not see.
I recently had a beautiful home that was in visibly perfect condition. The home had sat vacant for a while, and during that time, pigeons had moved in. They created a nest on the roof and when it rained, the waste caused a leak in the roof. This ran down an inside wall and caused a mold like problem.
Without the home inspection, this would not have come to light. In this case, the buyers decided to cancel and move on to another home, sparing them the trouble of repairs and further monitoring of the issue.
I look at a home inspection as an inurance policy. The cost is usually around $200-$300 per inspection, but it can save you a lot of money in the end. You may find that all you need is a good cleaning from a Las Vegas Maid Service, or a Handyman. But it is the large problems that really pay off from the inspection.


FREE Golf Tournaments at OB Sports Faciliites!!


As a Las Vegas Realtor and owner of a Las Vegas Maid Service I get to interact and work with a lot of golfers. OB Sports runs several golf courses in town; Alliante(north part of town), Angel Park(Summerlin Area), and Legacy(Henderson/Green Valley). They offer a great deal for both local and out of town frequent visitors for lower price golf, through their annual players card. Unlike some card, this one gives more than lower price tee times. The card also offers a free punch card that has; two free tee times for the cloud 9 course, several putting course sessions, several driving range passes, and four free tournaments per year. The card has cost $99.00 per year, if you buy it early, and now included a free round on your birthday and a free hat, a pretty darn good deal. As a Las Vegas Realtor, I sell golf retreats to clients from all over the world. The OB card also works for them, although it is more expensive for non residents. But what a way to save some money.


Vegas Landscaping and your pool


We are all aware of the diversity of landscaping we have here in Vegas, but do you know how it affects your pool? Most people that have recurring problems with water quality in their pool don’t realize that it may be the landscaping surrounding them.

Desert landscaping is the most popular choice here in Las Vegas, which is low maintenance, but could be creating excessive dust and dirt that eventually makes it’s way into your pool. While decorative rock is virtually no maintenance and would seem like the most appropriate landscape choice for surrounding a pool, there are a few things you need to remember: 

 Make sure your drip irrigation is operating properly. Check for leaks, and fix them immediately. leaking irrigation can create water runoff, which will dirty your pool and throw off the balance of your water. Broken irrigation lines can also create sinkholes in the soil around your pool, which could damage plaster and plumbing over time. Also place drip irrigators as close to the plant as possible. Vegas water is so alkyline it will corrode most decorative rocks rather quickly, which creates more of that dust and dirt we talked talked about earlier.

The second most common type of landscaping surrounding our pools is mature, lush and vibrant landscaping. This too comes with it’s own set of problems for your pool.

Mature trees and shrubs tend to provide a lot of leaf drop that clogs your pools skimmers, vacuums, and plumbing. The species of tree or shrub can also wreak havoc on your pool more than others. For example italian cypress trees are beautiful evergreens that are used to create some privacy by surrounding a wall. The leaves of this tree however are notorious for sneaking through your skimmer filter basket and clogging up your cartridge filter, which in turn puts more stress on your pump. Before you know it trees like the italian cypress and african sumac, along with shrubs like cassia and texas ranger can have a snowball effect on the overall quality of your pool water and your entire system overall. I am not saying you must immediately remove any of these types of mature landscape, in fact with a little effort and knowledge you can enjoy all the elements of your backyard in perfect harmony by practicing different pruning techniques, watering schedules, installing a leaf trap cannister to your automatic vacuum, just to name a few.

In other words, arming yourself with knkowedge of your surroundings can mean the difference between having a pool you are constantly cleaning in a seemingly neverending uphill battle and having the perfect balance in your backyard oasis. Take a stroll through Star nursery and ask some questions, identify your neighbor’s mature landscape that makes it’s way into your yard, implement safeguards in your pool system to avoid costly repairs due to strain and stress from plant debris and most of all ENJOY YOUR POOL and call All Under One Roof Services with any questions about your Las Vegas Pool Services.



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