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October is Fire Prevention Month and is celebrated throughout the country with fire prevention education at schools and offices, safety tips, and sharing of resources to help keep people safe in case of a fire. 

This year, National Fire Protection Association's theme for Fire Prevention Week is "Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape." Everyone can practice small things to prevent fires and how to escape a fire. 

 

Experts say that you may have as little as two minutes to safely evacuate a burning home from the time a smoke alarm sounds and having an escape plan is a must.

  • Make sure everyone in your home is familiar and comfortable with the fire escape plan.
  • Go over the exits from each room.
  • Make sure all
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As of September 30th, there were 1,278 single family homes available for purchase, a 5% decrease from the prior month. A slightly larger decrease of 7% was realized since this time last year. Seventy percent of available homes are priced under $600,000.

For homes priced under $300,000, we have 1 month of inventory, and for homes in the range of $300,000 to $600,000, inventory is just under 2.5 months. 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 4.5 months, and the $900,000 to $1,500,000 price range is 6.3 months. These two price ranges represent the most balanced market between buyers and sellers. For homes priced over $1,500,000, we have a 12.9 month supply. A five

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Did you know that Nevada is home to more ghost towns than actual populated towns? With more than 600 ghost towns scattered through the Silver State, there are many places where you can explore the vestiges of history. Here are four ghost towns that are less than a day’s drive from Reno:

Photographer: Sydney Martinez/Travel Nevada

Ghost Towns: Berlin Ghost Town

Preserved by the state of Nevada, Berlin gives visitors a peek into what it was like to live in a turn-of-the-20th-century mining camp. A self-guided tour features signs with information about the dozen remaining buildings as well as Berlin’s history. Visitors can see a 30-stamp mill where ore was processed and an assay office where the quality of the ore was determined. Inside the wooden

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Before you put away your gardening tools for the season, don't forget to tackle these five fall yard maintenance tasks. 

1. Limit Pruning. Light pruning for errant shrubs is fine, but limit major pruning for later this winter. Roses and trees should be trimmed back in late January or early February. 

2. Add Fall Color. Chrysanthemums are an excellent choice for fall flowers and are widely available. Burning bush plants turn a bright red during the fall and are fairly low maintenance. 

3. Apply Mulch. Mulch provides a layer of protection for roots from the cold. A 3-inch layers works best and natural mulch, like natural cedar is better for the garden environment. 

4. Protect Sprinklers and Hoses. Turn off the water to and drain your sprinkler

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Are you planning to sell your home before the year ends? Or maybe you're planning to put it on the market next spring? When you decide to list your home, it's likely important you get as much as possible as quickly as possible. Many homeowners in Northern Nevada have significant equity in their homes and are planning to take advantage of the booming housing market. Before you list your home, make sure to do these eight things so your home gives the best impression to potential buyers. 

1. Remove Clutter. You don't want to lug or unnecessary boxes to your new home, so remove as much clutter as possible before (or during) packing. Consider donating gently used items to local non-profits and recycle whatever you can. 

2. Deep Clean. Cleaning the grout

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Rain, Water, Roof, Gutter, Storm, Wet, WeatherWinter will soon be here, even if it does feel like it's getting an early start. But as temperatures warm up a little this week, it's a great time to tackle that fall chore list to prepare your home for winter so you don't have any bad surprises come spring. 

  • Store Your Yard Equipment. Clean your mower and add fuel stabilizer if you don't run your lawn mower dry at the end of the season. Remove the battery if it's battery powered. Store your mower in a dry spot until you need it next spring. 
  • Winterize Your Sprinkler System. Turn off the water to the sprinkler system, shut off the automatic controller, and open the drain lines to remove all the water from the sprinkler system. Frozen irrigation lines can cause broken pipes and a lot of
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Millennials, well known for killing off norms like the 9:00-5:00 workday and department stores, are still interested in the security of home ownership. Many neighborhoods appeal to Millennials because of access to nightlife, job opportunities, and affordable housing. With the thriving economy and businesses continuing to move to Northern Nevada, the influx of young professionals is continuing. Nearly 40% of home buyers are Millennials and there are some home upgrades this generation cares more about than previous generations. If you're planning to sell your home, consider these upgrades if you're planning to attract Millennial buyers. 

1. Simple Landscaping. Millennials are looking for outdoor spaces that are easy to maintain. Gardens or

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Fall is in the air, and it’s time for a whole month of spectacular, spooky and special October events in Reno/Sparks. From music festivals to safe trick or treats to fundraisers, there are so many October things to do to in Reno and Sparks. Keep reading to find out our top picks!

October Events in Reno/Sparks: Off Beat Music Festival

  • When: Thursday, Oct. 3–Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019
  • Where: Midtown Reno
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Hear more than 100 performances at the 5th annual Off Beat Music Festival, a “music festival crawl of sorts.” See some of the best homegrown musicians, regional bands and nationally-recognized artists. Discover new music at unique and intimate locations around the core of Midtown Reno.

October Events in

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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 1,348 homes active on the market and available for purchase at the end of August, which was a 2% increase from July, but  3.4% fewer than August 2018. This is the first decrease in inventory year-over-year since June of 2018. Over two-thirds of the available homes for sale on August 31st were priced below $600,000.

Reno/Sparks area REALTORS sold 610 single family homes in August, which was a 1.3% increase over July 2019, and a 6.6% increase over August of 2018.

The median sold price for single family homes in Reno/Sparks decreased by 1.4% to $399,250 in August. Despite the monthly decrease, our regional median price is up by 7.7%

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The documents are signed and your Realtor has given you the key to your new home! Take time to celebrate, but remember there are a few things you'll want to do as soon as you move in to your new home. 

1. Change the Locks. Contractors, neighbors, and the previous owner's friends may all have keys to your home. Have the locks re-keyed or just replace them before moving in. 

2. Deep Clean. You'd hope the home was cleaned before you move in, but with open houses and showings, you'll want to clean again. Whether you bust out the disinfectant or you hire a professional, a deep cleaning of your new home is in order. 

3. Change Alarm Batteries. Changing your carbon monoxide and smoke alarm batteries doesn't sound that important with all the other things

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