Tips for selling your house during Fall and Winter

October 18,2016 | Brian Mercado | Home Buying | No Comments

You’ve probably heard people say that the spring and summer months are the best times of year to sell your house. They probably also told you all of the popular reasons too: “most buyers like to house-hunt when the weather

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Real Estate Round Up: Las Vegas & Southern California (July-October 2016)

October 18,2016 | Brian Mercado | Home Buying | No Comments

Here's an October 2016 update on the trends for the Las Vegas and Southern California real estate markets. (more…)

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It’s Pumpkin Time in Las Vegas

October 18,2016 | Brian Mercado | Home Buying | No Comments

We may be waiting for that cool autumn weather to arrive here in Las Vegas, but despite the still toasty temperatures, people across the valley are getting into the fall spirit. Pumpkin patches have popped up all over, from Summerlin

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Short Sale: What is It and Should You Buy One?

October 18,2016 | Brian Mercado | Home Buying | No Comments

You’ve started your search for a new home. You’ve spent days scrolling through pages of listings online and you’re starting to think this whole exercise is a giant waste of time. Then you spot it – the house that checks

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Day Trip Destinations Within 2 Hours of Las Vegas

October 18,2016 | Brian Mercado | Home Buying | No Comments

Las Vegas is a popular destination for anyone looking to get away. However, if the glitz and glamour of the Strip isn’t your style or if you’re a local and have exhausted all of the usual hot spots, it may

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Saving Some Green with Smart Thermostats

October 18,2016 | Brian Mercado | Home Buying | No Comments

The idea of a “smart home” is no longer just a futuristic concept from the movies; thanks to some of the latest technology, it’s actually within reach. In fact, there are dozens of high-tech gadgets that can help your home

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Home Checklist: 5 To-Dos for Fall

October 18,2016 | Brian Mercado | Home Buying | No Comments

While the warm weather makes it feel like it's still the peak of summer here in Las Vegas, the triple digits really won’t be here for much longer. September has arrived, school is back in session and fall is just

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Key Steps to Home Staging

October 18,2016 | Brian Mercado | Home Buying | No Comments

You’ve decided it’s time to sell your house. Do you know what it takes to get it ready? If you’ve watched any of the buying and selling shows on TV, then you’ve probably seen people enlist the help of professional stagers

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New Flooring: Picking the Perfect One for You

October 18,2016 | Brian Mercado | Home Buying | No Comments

Whether you’re prepping your home for sale or just looking to spruce things up, swapping out the flooring in your home (or even in one or two rooms) can really change the look of the whole house. However, before you

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Gardening in the Desert

October 18,2016 | Brian Mercado | Home Buying | No Comments

The extreme desert heat and rocky landscape can seem like daunting obstacles for Las Vegas homeowners eager to try out their green thumbs. However, don’t lose heart. Gardening in the desert can include more than just rocks and cacti. In

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Is a Home Warranty Right for You?

October 18,2016 | Brian Mercado | Home Buying | No Comments

Buying a home is an exciting milestone, but it can also be an expensive one. And the costs don’t stop once the closing paperwork is signed. Appliances can break, air conditioners quit, and leaks happen. So what does that mean

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Taking the Plunge – the Expense of Adding a Pool

October 18,2016 | Brian Mercado | Home Buying | No Comments

The summer sun is blazing and the kids are bored and climbing the walls… sound familiar? If you live in Las Vegas, the scorching temperatures are sure to have you daydreaming of a way to beat the heat and maybe

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Safety First this 4th of July

October 18,2016 | Brian Mercado | Home Buying | No Comments

Summer may have officially arrived a few days ago, but the heat has been sizzling here in Las Vegas for weeks. However, those triple-digit temperatures won’t stop many of us from firing up the grills and spending time outside to

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6 Family-Friendly (& Free!) Things to Do in Vegas

October 18,2016 | Brian Mercado | Home Buying | No Comments

A multitude of images are sure to come to mind when you think of Las Vegas and let’s face it, most of them probably include bright lights, flashy entertainment, and lots of gambling. However, unless you live here, you might

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Your Moving Day Survival Kit

October 18,2016 | Brian Mercado | Home Buying | No Comments

It’s finally here! The day you’ve been waiting for since you put in the purchase offer on that new house – that’s right, it’s moving day! While it’s sure to be an exciting (albeit hectic) day, make it a little

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Why You Still Need a Real Estate Agent

October 18,2016 | Brian Mercado | Home Buying | No Comments

You’re ready to make a move. Maybe you’ve decided to take the plunge and purchase your first house or you’re newly retired, the kids have moved out and you’re thinking it’s time to downsize.Whatever the reason, you fire up your

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How to Boost Your Home Value

October 18,2016 | Brian Mercado | Home Buying | No Comments

Spring and summer are considered to be the prime season for home buying and selling. While this can be good for sellers because it means there are more people out there looking for homes, there’s also more competition for buyers’

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How Pre-Approval Helps Your Home Search

October 18,2016 | Brian Mercado | Home Buying | No Comments

Deciding to buy a house is an exciting milestone. In fact, it’s easy to get caught up in the thrill of it – making the list of all the things you’d want in your dream home and searching through listings

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The Pros and Cons of an HOA

October 18,2016 | Brian Mercado | Home Buying | No Comments

If you’re looking to buy, you probably already started building your checklist of things to consider: asking price, lot size, neighborhood safety, proximity to parks and schools… but what about a homeowners’ association? (more…)

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To Rent or To Buy? That is the Question…

October 18,2016 | Brian Mercado | Home Buying | No Comments

It’s a question that many have asked themselves: should I continue to rent or should I buy? Owning a home has long been considered part of the American dream, but how do you know if it’s right for you? (more…)

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Should I get a Home Inspection?

October 18,2016 | Brian Mercado | Home Buying | No Comments

It feels like a dream come true. You found your perfect home and the seller accepted your offer. Time to start picking out paint colors and measuring for new furniture, right? Not so fast… Especially if you’re a first-time buyer,

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