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You may be hearing more an more about the "sandwich generation", those who have both their adult children and their aging parents living in their home. While it's true that more Generation X'ers and Baby Boomers are taking more responsibility for their parents and adult kids, there are plenty of people who are empty nesters. Just like any other major family change, once the kids move out, empty nesters' have different home needs like the ones listed below. 

  • First Floor Living Spaces- Empty nesters are likely seeing the effects of aging and may not want to tackle stairs multiple times each day. Single-story ranch-styles are the most popular house style for this age group, but two-story homes with a downstairs master bedroom are also popular. 
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If you're planning to upgrade your kitchen or are looking to make some updates before you sell your home, there are some upgrades that are more popular than others. We've compiled a list of the 7 most wanted kitchen upgrades. 

1. Pot Filler. If you've spilled (or dropped!) a full pot of water when moving from the sink to the stove, you will especially appreciate a pot filler. This faucet allows you to fill a large pot or teapot from right at the stove. 

2. Hands-Free Faucet. Turning on the faucet can be inconvenient if your hands are full or dirty. Skip this step by installing a hands free faucet. Just touch anywhere on the faucet and the water flows. 

3. Wifi Connected Range. If you're in another room, you'll just have to look at your phone to

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December is a tough month to focus on home maintenance. Between the holiday parties, shopping, and spending quality time with the family, you're probably not thinking about how clean your light fixtures are or if you have a loose shingle. Here's a quick list of must do's for homeowners that won't break the budget or take too much time out of holiday festivities.

1. Clean light fixtures. As the days grow even shorter, you'll want your light fixtures to be fully functioning, so don't forget to dust the light bulbs too. According to the US Department of Energy, dirty bulbs give off 30% less light than clean ones. 

2. Check the Chimney. If you haven't had a chimney sweep completed this year, call a professional to have the chimney cleaned and

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Armchair Near Table and OttomanOn a chilly winter night, there's nothing quite like a cozy, crackling fire to warm up the room. Or is there? The popularity of fireplaces has been dropping since 2015, with fewer new homes being built without them. If you're one of the many who aren't loving your fireplace, it doesn't have to be wasted space. These six decor trends don't involve figuring out how to use the chimney flue. 

1.  Board it Up. A boarded up fireplace can offer a place to hang art, store wine, or as a focal point with painted designs. Reclaimed wood or unique tile can add texture to a room's design. 

2. Candles. A gorgeous candelabra can be an artistic statement piece while still providing the flickering flames fireplace fans love. 

3. Books. You can never have enough

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The holiday season means that there are many December things to do in Reno and Sparks. From special events to performances to festivals, there’s no shortage of December events in Reno/Sparks. Keep reading to find out our top picks of December things to do to in Reno and Sparks this year.

December things to do in Reno

Bunny Yoga Class

  • When: Wednesday, Dec. 4–Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019
  • Where: Nevada Humane Society, 2825 Longley Lane Ste B, Reno
  • More Information

This donation-based yoga class is perfect for those who are interested in doing yoga while being surrounded by bunny friends. Bring your mat, and optionally bring some rabbit treats! A donation is encouraged for all who want to attend. RSVP to to ensure

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The holiday season is typically when many people start to think about how they can help those in need and volunteer in Reno, Sparks and northern Nevada. Whether you’re looking for a place to volunteer in Reno, donate items, or support a local cause in Sparks, we’ve got you covered.

Volunteer In Reno: Nevada Museum of Art

If supporting the arts is important to you, the Nevada Museum of Art may be the ideal place for you to volunteer in Reno. From staffing their gift shop and public programs to providing art installation support and administrative assistance, there’s plenty of work to be done. The Nevada Museum of Art also has a docent program, where trained volunteers can host guided tours of the Museum’s exhibits or help facilitate hands-on

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Winterizing your home can save you time, money, and headaches. By preparing your home for inclement weather and cold temperatures, you can protect it and your household.

Winterizing Your Home in Six Ways

Shut your irrigation down before the first hard freeze

Often, the first step to winterizing your home is shutting your irrigation system down. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Shut off your main irrigation line
  2. Open all your drains
  3. Disconnect your garden hoses and drain the valves
  4. Open your valve boxes, open the drains and release the water
  5. Turn your sprinkler timer to the ‘off’ position

Last but not least, place faucet covers on your garden faucets to help insulate them against cold temperatures.

Tend to your roof

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Here’s what you need to know about the Reno/Sparks real estate market, from the experts at Dickson Realty.

There were 1,119 homes active on the market and available for purchase at the end of October, which was a 12.4% decrease from September and a 20% decrease from October 2018. Over two-thirds of the available homes for sale on October 30th were priced below $600,000.

Reno/Sparks area Realtors sold 556 single family homes in October, which was a 3.8% decrease from September 2019 and a 19% decrease from October of 2018. It is typical this time of year to see the number of sales start to decrease, and we expect fewer sales when inventory numbers are down as well.

The median sold price for single family homes in Reno/Sparks increased by 1.3%

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As of October 31st, there were 1,119 single family homes available for purchase, a 12.4% decrease from the prior month. It is also the lowest inventory of available homes since April. About seventy percent of available homes are priced under $600,000.

For homes priced under $300,000, we have 31 days of inventory, and for homes in the range of $300,000 to $600,000, inventory is just under 2 months. That is a 17% decrease for that price range since the end of September. It’s a very good time to sell a home in either of these price ranges.

Inventory of homes priced from $600,000 to $900,000 is 3.8 months, and the $900,000 to $1,500,000 price range is 5.7 months. This price range represents the most balanced market between buyers and sellers. For homes

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One of the best things about living in Reno-Sparks is the easy access to winter sports. Whether you love to ski, snowboard, snowshoe, or make snow angels with the kids, you're less than an hour away from some of the best ski resorts in the country.

Am I biased? Sure am. 

Who's ready to hit the slopes!? 




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