Will you be celebrating the 4th of July in Reno-Sparks this year? Whether you decide to attend a bbq, float the river, or spend some time at the lake, make sure you catch one of the impressive fireworks show. 

Star Spangled Sparks- July 3. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Craft vendors, a bike parade, live entertainment and fireworks. The fireworks are set off from The Nugget Casino around 9:45 p.m. 

Fourth of July on the Comstock- Head up to Virginia City for one of the longest fireworks show in the area. For 30 minutes fireworks will light up the sky so find a spot at Miner's Park or C Street. Visitors can also check out concerts and a raffle. 

July 3rd Fireworks and Beach Party- Enjoy Lake Tahoe from 4-10 p.m. on July 3rd at the North Tahoe Events Center at…

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At the end of May, 2016, the median home price for the Reno-Sparks region climbed to $310,000. This was a 5% increase over last month, and a 9.4% increase from a year ago. We expect the median price to continue to climb as demand in most price ranges, fueled by job creation and low mortgage rates, out paces the supply of affordable homes.

The Average Days on Market for May dropped considerably to just over 78 days. This is the lowest average since August of last year, and significantly lower than the prior 6 months. The average Days on Market usually trends downward this time of year, and through summer, after peaking in the winter months.

Why should this information matter to you? For sellers in price ranges below $500,000, the low inventory…

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Every year, the local nonprofit, Trails & Vistas, brings artists, dancers, and musicians from all over the world into the Lake Tahoe region for a series of unforgettable events. Their mission is to create community by celebrating the arts and nature. They do this by collaborating with artists, poets, conservationists, educators, writers, as well as art and environmental nonprofits. Build a thriving rural culture that inspires arts activity, provides economic activity with ecotourism, builds pride of place, and inspires environmental awareness. Partner organizations include the Truckee Donner Land Trust, the Nevada State Parks, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Arts in Wellness, the KidZone Museum, InnerRhythms Dance Theater, North Tahoe Arts, and For…

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Take a break from the heat with a trip to one of these local destinations. Whether you're ready for a trip to the lake or a water park, Reno-Sparks has something for everyone. Check the linked websites for hours, rates, and rules. 

Wild Island Located at 250 Wild Island Court, Sparks . Water park, bowling alley, go karts, mini golf, laser mazes, and more. 

North Valleys Water Splash Park Located at 8085 Silver Lake Road, Stead this is an aviation themed water splash park. Open from 10:00-5:00 every day. 

Melio Gaspari Water Play Park Located at Lazy 5 Regional Park on 7100 Pyramid Way, Spanish Springs. Open from 10:00-5:00 Wednesday- Sunday. 

Pyramid Lake Water sports, fishing, hiking, mountain biking. Take I-80 east bound from Reno, get off…

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Vacant Lot NW RenoIf you're planning to have your dream home built and haven't picked a home builder, there are several things to consider. Working with a trusted Realtor who has relationships with local builders will almost always be your best bet to find a home builder who fits your needs. 

Ask for Recommendations. Friends, family and your Realtor can give you names of home builders they have worked with in the past. If you're choosing between a couple builders, ask them for recommendations. Often, they can provide you with the contact information of some of their prior clients who have agreed to be references. 

Get the List. Some neighborhoods like Somersett have required or preferred builders. Ask the community association for the official list and go from…

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Old SW BathroomIf you're not ready to commit to a tiny house and really downsize, you may still be considering something a bit smaller than normal. The average size of a newly built home in the US is just over 2,650 square feet! Some of the major benefits of a smaller home include the home requiring less time, money and energy to maintain, while providing the homeowner with more flexibility in their schedule and budget. Are you considering a smaller residence? What are you most looking forward to? 

1. More Affordable. Smaller homes tend to be more affordable than comparable, larger homes in the same area. You'll also likely save on utilities as well since you're heating and cooling a smaller space. 

2. Easier Upkeep. Cleaning a 1,000 square foot home will take…

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SW Reno KitchenMaybe your family is larger now than when you purchased your home. Perhaps you underestimated the size of your bakeware collection and storage in your kitchen is a problem. No matter the size of your kitchen, you can create more storage without major renovations. Check out these six tips to make the most of your kitchen design. 

1. Maximize Your Cabinet Space. Most people don't use their cabinets effectively. Consider installing shelves, or under shelf baskets inside your cabinets to double your shelf space. 

2. Invest in Tension Rods. You can use tension rods in your under-sink cabinet or pantry to hold spray cleaning products or trash bags to keep them off the shelf. Add a tension rod or two to larger drawers to compartmentalize pots, pans, lids…

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May, 2016, brought us some significant housing market news, with a new milestone set for median sales price.

The slow and steady increase of available listings for sale continued in May, where we ended the month with 1,988 homes for sale. This is territory that we have not experienced since last summer’s peak selling season. If the trend continues, as it normally does this time of year, it should bring some relief to buyers who have struggled over the past few months to find a home to purchase.

When there are more homes available for sale, then the number of homes sold each month follows. And that is exactly what has been happening for the past several months. In May, Reno/Sparks area REALTORS sold 582 homes, confirming what we have been reporting;…

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39th Marketplace- Every Thursday between June 9 and August 18. Located on the corner of Victorian Avenue and 10th Street in downtown Sparks from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The Village Market-  Saturdays from June 4 and October 1 from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at 1119 California Avenue in The Village Shopping Center. 

The Summit Mall- Saturdays from June 4 – October 1, and Tuesdays from June 7 – September 27. The Summit Mall is located at 13925 S. Virginia Street. 

Sands Regency- This market used to be held at Victorian Square and moved last year to Sands. Check it out Thursdays between June 9 and August 25 from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. The Sands Regency is located at 345 N. Arlington Avenue.

Truckee Community Farmers Market- Located at 12047 Donner Pass Road  in…

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