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Reno-Sparks is a great area in which to own a rental property. With University of Nevada, Reno here and so many businesses moving to the area, the need for long-term rentals is growing. If you are considering purchasing an investment property, please reach out. We've assisted many homeowners purchase single family homes, multi-family properties and condos for investment purchases. 

To increase your odds for finding the perfect tenant, these features may help your rental property stand out from the crowd. 

Location. A property with easy access to UNR will appeal to more college students and a single family home in an Eastern Sparks neighborhood may appeal to a family who has just relocated to the area for a job at one of the many businesses at the

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You're tired of renting and want your hard-earned money to be going toward an investment, namely a home. Experienced Realtors will be able to walk you through the home buying process with as little stress as possible. However, before you start seriously looking at properties, there area seven questions you need to ask yourself, especially if this is your first home. 

1. How's my credit? If you've never checked your credit, you get one free credit check per year from each of the credit reporting agencies: TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax. When you get your report, review it to make sure the accounts and amounts are correct. About a quarter of Americans have incorrect information on their reports so the sooner you can get that removed from your report,

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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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Summer is the prime time to sell your home in Northern Nevada. You may be watching the local real estate market so you know that home values are up and interest rates are still at historic lows, creating incentives for both home sellers and buyers to move quickly. 

If you are interested in seeing what your home may be worth in today's market, please contact Sallan Real Estate. We will create and provide you with a complimentary home valuation, so you know what your home could sell for. Unlike the valuations you may find on real estate sites, our valuation will take into account any repairs or updates you have made to the home and the overall condition of the home.

We will also provide you with a marketing plan so that if you choose to list your

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A home inspection is a visual inspection of a property, from foundation to the roof, by a professional home inspector. Most often, the inspection is part of the buyer's due diligence to make sure the home is safe and everything is functioning as it should prior to the purchase of a home.

Is a home inspection required? A home inspection may be required by your lender to qualify for a home loan. If you are not getting a loan, or if your lender doesn't require it, you do not have to have a home inspection. However, home inspections are highly recommended for your own protection. 

What do home inspectors look for? A professional home inspector who is certified by the National Association of Home Inspectors will look at the condition of the home,

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Moving is never a fun experience, but there are things that can make it more bearable. And moving all of your earthly belongings during a snowstorm is just plain miserable. Whether it's your schedule or the weather, many people find summer to be the best time to move. 

Plenty of Sun. On average, Reno has 252 days of sun each year. The national average is only 205 days of sun. That chance increases significantly during the summer months. If you're pulling a full day or weekend of moving, you'll get more daylight and less chance of wet weather during the summer. 

Kids Aren't in School. This might be the biggest reason why summer moves are most popular. Moving during the summer helps kids maintain their routines and gives them a chance to settle in

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Written by Chris Galli with Dickson Realty.

For many first-time home buyers, one of the biggest questions is, “how can I start saving for a house?” It’s an important question, and the answer really depends on each buyer’s finances, stage in life and other aspects. To get some helpful tips on how to start saving for a house in Reno/Sparks, I reached out to one of our trusted partners, Dereck Bowlen, the Branch Manager for Synergy Home Mortgage in Caughlin Ranch. He’s been in the mortgage industry for more than 25 years and offered his perspective and advice.

Calculate how much you can afford each month

One of the first steps to begin saving for a house is to figure out how much to save in the first place. To do that, Bowlen suggests meeting with

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If you've applied for a mortgage, your new home will have to be appraised before the loan will go through. Ultimately, your mortgage lender wants to be sure that the home they are lending you money for, is actually worth what you've agreed to pay. The appraisal should also provide peace of mind for you, as the buyer, to make sure you're not paying too much. Appraisers will verify the square footage, condition and any remodels or upgrades in the home to determine the value of the home. 

Appraisers can help protect the buyer from a less than desirable purchase. If your heart is set on this home, you may be worried the appraisal won't come in at the contract price. If a home just is not worth what you've agreed to, as the buyer you can go back to the

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If you're new to home ownership, you may be confused about a home warranty. Maybe you've owned your home for years and are considering a home warranty for any emergencies that might spring up. There are several home warranty companies and you should do your homework before selecting one. You may consider asking a Realtor you trust the following questions: 

1. What does a home warranty cover? Typically, well-maintained systems and appliances are covered. Home warranties will usually cover the cost of an appliance or system (that's covered under the plan you choose) that's breaks down from normal wear and tear. In addition to the annual fee, you will also pay a service fee to the provider. 

2. Who does the repairs? Local contractors that are

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If you're a first time home buyer, you are probably excited about the purchase of your first home and you may be confused or overwhelmed by the process. Don't be! While buying a home, whether it's your first or fifteenth, does require some flexibility, the process doesn't have to be intimidating. The following six tips can help you buy your first home so you can purchase with confidence. 

1. Manage Your Credit. Before you decide to purchase a home, you need to know your credit score. Unless you're paying cash for your home, you'll need to a loan. Interest rates are currently at historic lows and those with excellent credit scores will reap the most benefit by getting the lowest interest rate on their home loan. Financial advisers can help you pay off

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