Archive for February, 2017
Saturday, February 25th, 2017
It’s that time of year for legislature to meet: Here is a list of things we can watch for:
1. AB 11- More requirements on drones and portable helicopters.
2. AB 13- Revised provisions governing the annual fee for conducting business in Nevada.
3. AB 21- Makes various changes relating to elections.
4. AB 32- Revises provisions governing pest control.
5. AB 35- Makes various changes relating to insurance.
6. SB 24- Authorizes cities to enact ordinances requiring the registration of vacant properties.
7. SB 33- Prohibits the foreclosure of real property owned by certain military personnel or their dependents in certain circumstances.
8. SB 67- Revises provisions relating to fire safety requirements for multistory buildings occupied by people.
9. SB 68- A law set up for those people who are trying to sell property that they don’t own.
10. SB 69- Revises provisions governing state agencies, boards and commissions that regulate occupations and professions.
11. Other proposed bills pertain to AB 87 firearms, SB 79 confidential information, commission changes for the Common Interest Communities, electronic signatures, and of course, NRS 116 chapter.
I will keep you posted on what takes Place.
Enjoy your life:
Penny O’Brien 702.321.9383
Friday, February 24th, 2017
This is a very serious blog. I can not begin to tell you how many stories I’ve heard about people being scammed by someone acting as a Realtor, is a Realtor or homeowner who’s gonna rent their place out. There are some really horrible people scamming others. Here’s a couple of examples:
One Licensed NV Realtor was managing rentals for many landlords. What he was doing was receiving the rent monies and not paying the landlords saying that the renters were late on payments etc. He got away with this for months. Taking the rent checks and putting the money in his pockets. He did eventually get caught and return to his country never to be found. He was fined by the NV Real Estate Division, but I’m quite sure non of the landlords and the RE Division will never be paid back. The payments in fines were over $100,000. I can’t remember the exact amount. Heck maybe it was near $300,000. Seriously, How can someone do that to others?
How about all the people who scam people off of CL and lots of other websites. I have heard stories of People posing as Real Estate Agents. Sending the lease agreement and collecting money, NEVER to be heard from again… YOU CAN NOT trust all Realtors. Please read below:
Here’s a list of thing you can do to protect yourself.
Go to the website: Realtor.com, look up the agent
Google the agent, www.http://SunnyLasVegashomes.com or
You’ll see me, Penny O’Brien
Look them up on Zillow,
Call their office number, check to make sure there is an agent by that name affiliated with them.
Call GLVAR and see if they have a Realtor by that name
Keep Checking, DO NOT STOP until you know in your gut that you are dealing with someone you can trust.
call me, I’m trustworthy, I have so many clients who can testify and share their experience while we worked together and time after. I have happy clients. You’ll be taken care of with me. I’ve been helping people for over 17 years full time. I love helping others.
Enjoy your day/night/weekend and times to come. Penny
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
Happy day to you all,
Here is an amazing picture taken inside Ice Box Canyon at Red Rock Canyon here in Las Vegas. If you’d like to know more about what Red Rock Canyon has to offer or are looking for an Las Vegas Home to purchase or sell. Give me a ringy dingy @ 702.321.9383. Or shoot me an email at GowithPenny@yahoo.com
I have been helping people buy and sell in Las Vegas or over 16 years full-time. I’d love to help you too. Enjoy your day. Penny O’Brien
Las Vegas Red Rock Canyon
GIVE PENNY A CALL @ 702.321.9383
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
Below you will see an picture of two water heaters. They were in a home I just sold. The solar panels are on the roof. The seller said he paid at least twice as much for a solar heater than what a standard heater would have cost. With the abundance of sunshine here in Las Vegas it makes sense to use solar power as much as we can. The Seller always had hot water when wanted and a lot of it. We all know that water heaters can take a little time to warm up and get the warmth going to the shower. And, It looks like with these two heaters you could take a very long warm shower. I don’t sell water heaters, I sell house but I think it is definitely a good idea to check into a solar heater, especially if your old heater just went out and you are in the market for a new one. Enjoy your day. Call, text or email me any time, Penny O’Brien 702.321.9383 GOWITHPENNY@yahoo.com
Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
I hope you enjoy this little treat I found on President’s Day while hiking near Red Rock Canyon here in Beautiful, Sunny Las Vegas. We had just received a couple days of heavy rainfall, so, I am guessing this is part of the beauty that came along with the rain. The sound of this running water is so amazing. This is rare for Las Vegas.
Take care, your friendly Las Vegas Realtor, Penny O’Brien 702.321.9383 RE/MAX Excellence, GOWITHPENNY@yahoo.com
Fresh Running Water
Saturday, February 18th, 2017
Ok, let’s talk about food. What kind do you like most? Mexican, Thai, Vietnamese, Italian, American, or Chinese?
Here are a few of my favorite Restaurants:
buca di beppo
Buffalo Wild Wings
Pin Kaow, they have three locations
Many casinos have Buffets that usually give you a big variety of different ethnic foods
Javier’s inside the Aria
China Polano at The Cosmopolitan
D.O.C.G. “Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita At the Cosmo
Chada Thai and Wine
Michoacán Gourmet Mexican Restaurant
Leticia’s Mexican Cocina
Pho Kim Long Restaurant
Lilly’s Thai & Vietnamese Restaurant
Pho Sing Sing Restaurant
Now I’m HUNGRY, How about you? We can meet for dinner and discuss your Real Estate Needs.
Enjoy your life and eat well.
Penny O’Brien with RE/MAX Excellence 702.321.9383 GOWITHPENNY@YAHOO.COM
Having dinner with friends at Chada Thai and Wine. YUMMMMMMMMY
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
HOA’s what are they and why are they so popular in Las Vegas? If you are moving from the Midwest and other areas of the world that don’t have HOA’s you’re probably wondering what they are and why are they important or not important. To begin with HOA stands for Home Owners Association. Another term for HOA is CIC, Common Interest Community? Here is the NV Law that gives the meaning:
1. In the case of:
(a) A condominium or cooperative, all portions of the common-interest community other than the units, including easements in favor of units or the common elements over other units.
(b) A planned community, any real estate within a planned community which is owned or leased by the association, other than a unit.
2. In all common-interest communities, any other interests in real estate for the benefit of units’ owners which are subject to the declaration.
In other words when you purchase a home that is within a CIC you will receive a Re-Sale package that explains the rules and by-laws within the community. For example: it may state, when you can hang your Christmas lights, how long you can set your trash out and when and where the trash can needs to be. It may state you can’t paint your house purple. What type of landscaping you can have. What type of lighting you can install. Where you can park or not park. Many but not all CIC’s are in gated community so you have rules about how the gate code is given out or not given out. Many CIC’s are rules.
In communities that don’t have HOA rules, you more than likely can hang your Christmas lights all year long. You can work on your car in the driveway, you can park RV’s or boats on the street. In essence, you can do most anything you want and not get a warning or fined.
I moved here from Iowa and respectfully you cared about your property and how your neighbors are living in due respect to all of the community. The city may have had a few restrictions but all in all there weren’t many rules.
Many people are happy to live in community with HOA’s. Many people are not. It’s all about what is important to you. If you live within a HOA community you do not have the rights to change or go against the grade. You will not probably succeed at changing things.
If you are warned by the HOA to example: pull your weeds from the front yard or pressure wash the oil off your driveway I recommend doing what they ask. If not, you will be warned again and more than likely fined.
Many People who buy in HOA communities don’t realize that the HOA board members live in that community so they are somewhat policing the community. They are looking for violations of the homeowners. Some board members take this responsibility to the max and absolutely nit pick at homeowners to the point of annoyance and harassment.
I had at one time sold a condo to a client who loved the area, loved the complex but many of the board members took their position very seriously and in lack of a better way to explain were very terrible to the people who lived within the complex. Needless to say My client asked me to sell his condo for him because he could not stand the HOA board members harassments.
When living in a HOA community you will have fees to pay. Most every HOA is different in their monthly fee, quarterly fee or yearly fees.
If you have any questions about HOA’s I’d be happy to discuss with you more about them.
Thank you for your time and enjoy your life.
Penny O’Brien 702.321.9383 GowithPenny@yahoo.com
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
Hi there everyone,
Once again, thank you for your time and checking out my blog. This is a short and sweet blog, just like me, short and sweet. I’ve been in the Las Vegas Real Estate Market for over 16 years full-time. I’m honest, trustworthy, fun, professional, experienced, educated, patient and fun to work with. I always answer my phone, I am respected by my peers. I know what the heck I’m doing, I don’t fake it until I make it. If you’d like you can speak with any of my clients, they will be honest and share with you their buying or selling experiences with me. I love my clients. They are totally amazing people.
I work with First time homebuyers.
Single Family Home Buyers
Single Family Home Sellers
Cash, conventional, FHA, VA, 184 HUD program, down payment programs, you name it I can help you with your financial information you may have questions with. I am here with you through the whole process.
And, Sellers, there is no BS when it comes to selling your home. I’ve heard agents for years tell sellers what they want to hear whether it is the truth or not and you know what they have no problem lying to the seller/sellers. I’m not that kind of agent just so you know. I have Integrity, and lots of it.
Call Me, Penny O’Brien: 702.321.9383
Testimonials: Here’s just a few words from some amazing clients:
Penny O’Brien has been my real estate agent for the past three months and just closed the deal on my Summerlin home. Penny has been a pleasure to work with, earning my respect and admiration for getting my family through the stressful task of selling a house. The time spent with Penny has given me the opportunity to observe a true professional at work. Her ability to get the job done, and done right has certainly paid off.
I am also a real stickler for well-documented paperwork and Penny certainly showed her ability to perform this task. Her paperwork was flawless, leaving absolutely no loose ends behind. Penny was also available at the most inconvenient times and frequently made trips to my home at all hours of the day and night. Simply put, I would recommend Penny to assist all of my friends and family when their real estate needs.”
– Warren Hensman, Summerlin
“Penny made the selling of my house easier than I ever imagined. She not only brought in a lot of traffic into my property, but she sold it quickly… at full price. I highly recommend her.”
– Michael, Summerlin, LV
Penny is the greatest. She was a great help in helping me understand all the paper work. I left it in her hands, I trusted her, and my house sold
within a week! I got every penny I asked for. If I ever move back to
Vegas, and am in the market for another house, she would be the first
person I called.
– Deb,Valpariso, Indiana
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
Ok, let’s talk about Landlords. Want to be one? Many people think the idea of owning multiple properties is exciting and a great financial move. And, of course it can be a wonderful investment. Or, like all things in life it could turn out to be a living nightmare. I’ve seen both sides, so here’s a little pros and cons list for you to consider:
Interest Rates are low
Home Prices are pretty low
Steady income (as long as the property remains occupied etc. )
Owning Property in Las Vegas is a desirable area of the U.S.
Las Vegas housing market has low inventory
Tenant doesn’t pay rent
Want a piece of the Las Vegas Housing Experience? Give me a buzz, I work with many investors and I can help you too.
Thank you for your time, Penny O’Brien 702.321.9383 GoWithPenny@yahoo.com
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
Yes, you heard me right. If you really want to become familiar with your potential new home and communtiy I highly recommend checking out the neighborhood many times. Morning, noon, night and in the middle of the night. To some people that may sound extreme, but, really is it? You’re going to be living there for a number of years and yes, things change within neighborhoods. Houses get sold, people get pets, people become landlords instead of living in the dwelling. People die, get divorced, have more kids, maybe a business or housing community develops after you move in.
I always recommend to my buyers to check on the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Departments website, http://www.lvmpd.com and go to a sex offender site Watchdog.com. There are many ways to look into what’s really going on within the community. And, of course one of my favorite ways to find out more about the neighborhood is to talk with the neighbors. Most people are more than willing to talk with us about their community.
Now, if you’re buying a New home, then that’s a completely different situation as far as talking with the neighbors, what I love about new communities is that everyone is new to the area. You all become neighbors at the same time. You can build your community into a community where people know one another and it’s exciting to have new neighbors and a new home.
Whatever your Real Estate needs maybe I can help. I’ve been enjoying help buyers and sellers for over 16 years full time here in Southern Nevada and Did I mention I have the most amazing clients. Take care of yourself and please do give me a call, text or email whichever works out best for you.
Your Soon to be Realtor: Penny O’Brien 702.321.9383 GoWithPenny@yahoo.com
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