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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. 


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.


Smart phones, keeping it clean?


As a Las Vegas Realtor and owner of a Las Vegas Maid Services company, I use a smart phone to keep up with work and scheduling. My current choice is a Droid X, through Verizon Wireless. The reason I went with this phone is the size of the screen. Getting older, my eyesight is not what it used to be……This phone allows me to actually read my email without squinting.
One of the problems that we face with smart phones, is that the screen gets dirty quickly. To clean this I use a microfiber towel, we use them to clean all the time, and I just wipe down the phone screen. So far, I have not used any cleaning chemicals to clean the screen off, the wipe down has done the job fine. If I do get it to the point that a wipe down will not work, I will buy a cleaner designed for the screen, so not to do any damage.
Remember with the smart phones, dont use the email/text in the car, be safe.


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!!!


Local Holiday Deals are out in Vegas!!!


As a Las Vegas Realtor, I am often asked about local deals and discounts. During the month of December, the Station Casinos is having a discount deal on their buffets. With your players card, free to obtain, they have slashed the prices from $4.99 to $11.99 for a meal. I went to the Red Rock Casino on Friday night to check out the buffet, and was pleasantly surprised. The food was fresh and the selections were plenty, with a short wait time for seating and a friendly server. This is a marked improvement from my last visit.
They had everything from Prime Rib to Sushi, and cooking stations for the visual experience. At $11.99, I would consider this a bargain.
My only complaint was the cleaning person on the casino floor who was upset when we tried to pass by him. As an owner of a Las Vegas Maid Service, I know the value of being polite and the “customer is always right”. Otherwise the Red Rock was spot on.


Roof cleaning? Is it necessary?


Most people do not think about cleaning the roof of their home, when they think about using a Las Vegas Maid Service to do a cleaning job.
As we can see from the Metro-dome collapse in Minneapolis, keeping your roof clean can be a bigggggg deal.

In Las Vegas, pigeons, are a big problem with many housing developments. The waste that the birds leave behind is very acidic, and can lead to leaks in your roofing, causing all types of problems later on. As a Las Vegas Realtor, I have personally seen the damage that can be caused by not keeping your roof clean of this mess.  Many times all that will be needed will be to hose down the roof on a regular basis. 

The best way to deal with the pest problem is by using  a pest control company or Las Vegas Handyman Service to put up pigeon spikes/deterrents.  This will prevent the problem from returning.


Free Stuff to do in Vegas-Festival of Lights


As a Las Vegas Realtor and owner of Las Vegas Maid Services I am always asked by visitors if there is anything special to do when finished with the casinos. Every year at this time, the Ethel M chocolate factory, sets up their cactus garden with holiday lights. On Friday and Saturday evening they also have a Santa in the garden. The view of the lights is worth the trip and the entrance is free!!! Make sure you dress warm, as the nights can be very chilly.   They have a store on site where you can also get hot coffee, and of course chocolates. Plan on spending 15 minutes to an hour walking the garden at your own pace. The garden is located off of Sunset in Henderson and is about a 15 minute drive from the Strip and is easy to find with plenty of parking.  Don’t forget you strollers, for the family types.


Tip of the Day!! $1.50 Movies in VEGAS


Yesterday, with the cold weather stopping my golf day, I was reading the paper and looking for something to do, that would not break the bank. In the movie section was an ad for the Tropicana Theatres at Pecos and Tropicana on the Northwest side of  Trop. All movies here are $1.50 each, which means I can treat my Las Vegas Maid Services staff to an evening at the movies, and popcorn with a soda, without taking out a loan.  Dont try to sneak in food/drinks, they do search your bag at the entrance.   We went and saw the Wall Street sequel, gotta love Gordon Gekko. The theatre is comfortable and clean, for a theatre. The picture was large and clear and the sound was OK. As a Las Vegas Realtor, I am constantly asked for things to do and places to visit. This theatre will be on my list!!


Trustee Sale Information


DO YOU HAVE CASH BUYERS AND INVESTORS?

Trustee’s Sale

Instant equity when purchased right.

QUALIFYING
All Funds must be in a form of a Cashiers Check made payable to themselves. Your funds must be qualified prior to the properties are announced (Cried Out) Common practice is to have checks made payable to you. Have large checks to cover most of the expected bid, with smaller checks to cover increases in the bidding.

BIDDING
Opening Bids are available shortly before the sale, this can range from the day before up to the actual time of sale. When a bid is available, there is a good probability the property will be going to sale instead of postponing or canceling. Be aware that published bid amounts will differ from the actual bid amount at the sale. Sometimes they will be slightly higher to cover actual costs and sometimes the lender will reduce a bid making a property an attractive purchase.

The Auctioneer will state the Sale is being made without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied regarding title, possession, condition, or encumbrances to satisfy a debt on this deed of trust. The opening bid will be announced on behalf of the Beneficiary and being sold in an as is condition referencing the Ts # (Trustee Sale No.) Parcel Number, Address and legal description. The bidding amount usually starts with 1 cent over the opening bid, then will go at $100.00 increments and higher depending on the interest of that property. Then sold to the highest bidder. The property will not sell until the auctioneer announces the third and final call. Then there will be no further bidding.

SUCCESSFUL HIGH BID
If you are the successful bidder, you will endorse the checks payable to the Trustee . You will be given a receipt for the purchase. At that time you will be asked how title will be held. The Trustee will draw the Trustee’s Deed and send it to you for recordation approximately 5 to 10 days. Along with any overages paid at the trustee sale. You will be responsible for recording, paying transfer tax and recording fees at that time. Be sure to bring your receipt of your purchase to the recorder.

INFORMATION IS EVERYTHING
Up to date accurate information is essential for purchasing at the Trustee Sale. As there are risks involved in purchasing at the Trustee Sale…Contact me today to find out how to get daily information of the properties going to sale and the lien report.

DO YOU HAVE CASH BUYERS AND INVESTORS?

Trustee’s Sale

Instant equity when purchased right
.

QUALIFYING
All Funds must be in a form of a Cashiers Check made payable to themselves. Your funds must be qualified prior to the properties are announced (Cried Out) Common practice is to have checks made payable to you. Have large checks to cover most of the expected bid, with smaller checks to cover increases in the bidding.

BIDDING
Opening Bids are available shortly before the sale, this can range from the day before up to the actual time of sale. When a bid is available, there is a good probability the property will be going to sale instead of postponing or canceling. Be aware that published bid amounts will differ from the actual bid amount at the sale. Sometimes they will be slightly higher to cover actual costs and sometimes the lender will reduce a bid making a property an attractive purchase.

The Auctioneer will state the Sale is being made without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied regarding title, possession, condition, or encumbrances to satisfy a debt on this deed of trust. The opening bid will be announced on behalf of the Beneficiary and being sold in an as is condition referencing the Ts # (Trustee Sale No.) Parcel Number, Address and legal description. The bidding amount usually starts with 1 cent over the opening bid, then will go at $100.00 increments and higher depending on the interest of that property. Then sold to the highest bidder. The property will not sell until the auctioneer announces the third and final call. Then there will be no further bidding.

SUCCESSFUL HIGH BID
If you are the successful bidder, you will endorse the checks payable to the Trustee . You will be given a receipt for the purchase. At that time you will be asked how title will be held. The Trustee will draw the Trustee’s Deed and send it to you for recordation approximately 5 to 10 days. Along with any overages paid at the trustee sale. You will be responsible for recording, paying transfer tax and recording fees at that time. Be sure to bring your receipt of your purchase to the recorder.

INFORMATION IS EVERYTHING
Up to date accurate information is essential for purchasing at the Trustee Sale. As there are risks involved in purchasing at the Trustee Sale…Contact me today to find out how to get daily information of the properties going to sale and the lien report.


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