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Market Profile Report - Reno/Sparks 

Below is an update on the Reno/Sparks real estate market. Our analysis focuses on single family home activity in the region for the month ending August, 2020.

If you have any questions about this report or would like more information about the real estate market, please reach out.

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Light, Porch, Welcome, Light On, Porch Light, HomeSome of the easiest fall home maintenance projects can end up saving you a lot in the long run. So as the weather turns cooler, it's time to start thinking about how you can protect your home this winter and prevent problems in the future. 

1. Turn Off Irrigation for the Season. In Northern Nevada, most lawns tend to go dormant over winter. Make sure your irrigation system is turned off and water is drained from the lines so the lines don't burst with the first hard freeze. If you're not comfortable tackling this yourself, reach out to a lawn service provider for help. 

2. Seal Drafts. Caulk, seal, and weatherstrip around your windows and doors. To see if you have drafts, hold a lit candle or stick of incense around the perimeter of your doors and

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What is your home worth in today's market? Northern Nevada's real estate market is strong and you may have more equity than you think. The number of homes available aren't keeping up with the demand for homes. There were 462 homes active on the market and available for purchase at the end of August, which was a 17% decrease from July and a staggering 66% decrease from August 2019. Our market has had a steady decline in inventory since April, which is driving prices up and hurting affordability. 

The median sold price for single family homes in Reno/Sparks was $444,900 in July which is a 2.5% increase from July and the fourth month of consecutive increases. Year-over-year, the regional median price is up by 11.5%. 

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Actives vs Solds - Reno/Sparks, NV

It may be nearing the end of summer, but the Reno/Sparks real estate market is still hot. Here’s the latest information from the experts at Dickson Realty.

Active vs Sold Reno Sparks

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There were 462 homes active on the market and available for purchase at the end of August, which was a 17% decrease from July and a staggering 66% decrease from August 2019. Our market has had a steady decline in inventory since April, which is driving prices up and hurting affordability. Fortunately, mortgage rates are remaining at near all time lows, which brings some relief to buyers.

Reno/Sparks area REALTORS sold 647 single family homes in August, which was a 13% decrease from July, and a slight increase from last year

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The fires raging in California have been causing poor air quality in Northern Nevada. If you or a family member suffers from respiratory issues, or you're just tired of the smoky air, consider these tips to improve the air quality in your home: Colorado, Landscape, Forest, Mountains, Trees, Smoke

For the Home

Vacuum Regularly. Pet dander and dust will hold on to smells. Vacuum every few days (or more) in carpeted areas. 

Control Dust. With all the smoke in the air, you may notice more dust in your home. Being extra vigilant in dusting and cleaning can help you breath a little easier at home. 

Air Out Your Home When Conditions Allow. When the smoke clears, even for a morning, take that time to air out your home by opening windows and letting air circulate. 

Run the HVAC System. If your HVAC

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Typically, late spring and summer are the hottest home selling seasons. But this has been a strange year and the market is still going strong in the Reno-Sparks area. If you're planning to sell your home this fall might be the best time all year to put your home on the market. Here are some tips to consider before you list: 

Get Picture Perfect. If you will be selling this fall, consider having professional pictures taken now, while your lawn and landscape is still thriving. Your real estate agent will be able to set up professional photos that work around your schedule. 

Improve Fall Curb Appeal. Consider planting fall flowers like chrysanthemums in pots near the front door. If you decorate, choose tasteful, seasonal decor instead of

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On many a day on the Truckee River in Reno, fly fishing is a commonly seen sight. The sun glinting off the ripples of the cool alpine water. The fisherman standing in waist-high water, waiting patiently for a bite.

For Patrick Sheehan, marketing director for Dickson Commercial Group and an avid fly fisherman, it’s the challenge, the solitude and the peace that keeps him coming back.

“I just love the meditative peace of it,” Sheehan said. “They call it the flow state. When you’re fishing, all the chatter that you’re usually thinking kind of can disappear because you’re so focused on what you’re doing.”

Many others are joining Sheehan and finding the joy in fly fishing. The Nevada Department of Wildlife has seen an uptick in people buying fishing

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The more time we spend at home, the more things we notice that could be improved with a home renovation project. Some homeowners wait to remodel their kitchen, landscape the backyard, paint the walls, or update the flooring until right before they sell. However, many people who hold off on completing home renovation projects regret the delay, said Angila Grausz, owner of Luxe Life Home Staging.

“A lot of people I work with say, “We waited, and we spent the money anyway,” she said. “They realize they could have completed the project earlier and enjoyed the results too!”

In Reno and Sparks, Dickson Realty agent Lori Welsh said that due to COVID-19, she is seeing homeowners upgrading their homes both cosmetically, as well as undergoing substantial

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Whether you’re looking to escape, explore, play or learn, there are plenty of day trips from Reno that will get you out of the city and into an adventure. While a two or three-day weekend road trip may take some extra planning and overnight stays, there are plenty of spots easily accessible within a day’s drive or less from the Biggest Little City. Here are 14 to check out!

Day trips from Reno: 1 hour or less

Virginia City

Day trips from Reno - Virginia CitySydney Martinez – Travel Nevada
  • Distance from Reno: 30 miles
  • Duration of drive: Less than 1 hour
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In its heyday in the 19th century, more than $400 million in gold and silver was mined from Virginia City—more than $20 billion dollars in today’s prices. It was the most

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Garden, Raised Bed, Bed, PlantAs the fruits, and vegetables, from spring gardening pop up all over social media, many people may be wondering if fall planting is a good idea.

Bruce Gescheider, the owner of Moana Nursery, wants people to know that it certainly is.

“Fall planting is so good for plants,” Gescheider wrote. “Fall is when a plant focuses on root growth and strength because there is no competing top growth activity.”

What makes fall planting ideal for Northern Nevada’s climate?

He went on to explain that warm soil encourages root growth in the fall, and the roots will continue to grow until the ground freezes in winter. Then, in early spring, as the temperatures warm, the roots will either begin new growth or continue to develop at a faster rate.


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