Summerlin Turns 30 This Year!

As a resident of Summerlin I cannot express how much my family and I enjoy living in this ever-evolving master-planned community.

Billionaire Howard Hughes purchased the original 25,000-acre mass of land in 1952 on the west side of the Las Vegas Valley that extended into Red Rock Canyon.  The original name was Husite.  When Hughes died in 1976, his heirs were left with the empty land but saw the potential for a master-planned community. The name was then changed from Husite to Summerlin after Hughes’ paternal grandmother, Jean Amelia Summerlin.

The Hughes Corp. felt it would be inappropriate to build within Red Rock Canyon, so the early planners of Summerlin traded the 5,000 acres adjacent to the Canyon for 3,000 acres south, which is now known as Summerlin South.   The first development of Summerlin started in 1990 and the first family moved into a home in 1991.

Since then Summerlin blossomed into what you see today and there is more to come.  Downtown Summerlin is a great success and there will be expansion in that area as this year progresses.  A new village called Redpoint will break ground on the west side of the 215 Beltway and Far Hills Drive. There will be a mix of single-family detached homes, townhomes, condos, and attached duplexes that will be designed to work with it surrounding natural environment – like the other villages of Summerlin.

From the beginning, the master-plan of Summerlin has had strict design guidelines that homebuilder developers have to follow.  I’m sure you have notices lots of open space in Summerlin where there are many parks both large and small with fields and courts for playing sports.  Also, Summerlin has one of the best trail systems in the country (it has even won awards).

Within the next week or so Metro Police will have a substation in Summerlin – the first in the master-plan.  The fire department is building another station starting in 2020.

I could keep going on about all the thought that the Hughes Corp. put into Summerlin that makes it the best master-planned community in Nevada (in 2019 it was the #3 best-selling master-planned community in the nation), but for now, I will “sign off”.

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you want 3 cash offers? We can help you with all of that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff

11 Things You Should NOT Recycle

They say the road to [you know where] was paved with good intentions… and if you have been recycling like I have, well then you have had good intentions, yet not actually helping our environment. You may have come to use the recycle bin for many more items than you should. My thought behind this was always -it’s better to send the item in question to a place where it might be recycled or composted versus straight to landfill… then I’m helping to save the planet… correct?! Not always. You’ll need to be more diligent if you want your recycle bin to not just be another trash bin. According to the Waste Management Inc., one out of every four items that ends up in the blue bin doesn’t belong. And, placing the wrong item in recycling bin can contaminate the entire pile, and potentially an entire truckload, sending it straight to landfill. Recycling contamination also can break recycling equipment, slow down operations, create unsafe work conditions (especially when sharp or hazardous materials are involved), and can increase service costs. China, previously one of the world’s largest importers of recycling waste, recently set strict limits on what they will accept to reduce “yang laji,” or foreign trash—throwing a major curve ball at the U.S. recycling industry. So, please take note that the following are some of the items to avoid putting in your recycling bin:

1. Plastic Bags: Many people add soft plastic bags to their recycling bin, or even bag their recyclables in plastic before adding them to their cart. The problem with soft plastic bags is that they can clog machines and slow down operations while workers remove the bags by hand. Try using your own reusable tote with you when you’re out shopping to eliminate the need for a plastic bag. You can also recycle soft plastic at many grocery stores. Plastic Film Recycling provides a handy directory by zip code to find a drop-off location near you.

2. Pizza Boxes: If the box has food stains or grease on it, it doesn’t belong in recycling. Lucky for us pizza lovers, cardboard boxes can be composted as can other food-soiled paper, so long as they’re not lined with plastic. Boxes with a shiny interior are most often lined with plastic and cannot be recycled or composted, unless your local municipality accepts them.

3. Gift Wrap: Shiny, metallic wrapping paper and decorative ribbons do not belong in recycling. Glittery cards are also non-recyclable and can contaminate an entire bin of paper. When wrapping a gift, opt for an unlamented paper like newspaper, paper bags or butcher paper. A good way to test if your gift paper is recyclable is to crumple it into a ball—if it stays bunched up, it’s most likely recyclable. If not, re-use it or throw it away.

4. Small metal bits: While bits of metal like soda can tabs and aluminum candy wrappers are technically recyclable, their small size makes them hard to detect and they often jam recycling machinery. To avoid this issue, keep soda tabs attached to the can or drop them inside the can when you’re done. Save bits of aluminum (relatively clean) foil until it forms a large ball or place them inside an aluminum can and crimp the top shut before you place the entire can into recycling.

5. Receipts: While the thermal cash register receipts you receive from a grocery store or boutique are made from paper, they also contain Bisphenol A, aka BPA, the nasty cancer causing chemical. The BPA that they contain gets processed with other paper pulp and contaminates the recycled paper products that are being produced. It’s best to ask for no receipt when you’re shopping, or throw it in the trash and wash your hands.

6. Food Residue: Cleaning out food and beverage containers before you recycle them is just as important as placing them in the right bin. Food residue and liquids left in take out containers, peanut butter jars and even wine bottles can contaminate an entire truckload of recyclables. Containers don’t have to be perfectly clean, but they should be rinsed and washed with soap if they’re greasy.

7. Broken Crockery: We all break things at some point in time. Unfortunately, broken plates, ceramics, porcelain, mirrors, light bulbs, cups, wine glasses and pyrex have different melting points and chemical compositions compared to recyclable glass and belong in the trash.

8. Diapers: Definitely no! It should be no surprise that dirty diapers and sanitary products have no place in the recycling bin. Whether they are clean or dirty, they go in the trash. There are some compostable diapers, but most municipalities do not accept them in municipal compost bins. Look into a compostable diaper service that drops off clean diapers and picks up dirty diapers to compost at a dedicated facility, or switch to reusable cloth diapers.

9. Shredded Paper: This one is was the biggest surprise to me. Shredded documents and small bits of paper are too small to be valuable to recyclers and fall through the cracks or can even clog equipment. The good news is shredded paper can be composted! If composting isn’t an option, you can collect shreds in a paper bag; staple it closed and place it into recycling.

10. Coffee Cups: Most to-go coffee cups are lined with a plastic film that makes them liquid proof, and difficult to recycle. The plastic lid might be recyclable, but it will depend on what type of plastic is accepted your local municipality. The paper heat sleeve that goes around the cup to protect your hand is really the only part of a to-go coffee cup that is likely recyclable or compostable. Better yet, say no to disposable cups and bring your own reusable coffee cup with you when you’re on the go.

11. Paperboard Boxes: Freezer food boxes and ice cream cartons contain a plastic polymer to prevent freezer burn. Unfortunately, this plastic coating prevents the box or carton from breaking down in the recycling process. Gable-topped milk and juice cartons are also made from a paper/plastic hybrid to prevent leaks and shelf stable cartons contain additional plastic and aluminum layers, making them even more difficult to recycle. While some municipalities accept cartons for recycling, many do not, so it is best to check.

Hopefully, this list of non-recycling items has provided some clarity about what does and does not belong in your blue bin. For more information, check with Republic Services on their web site. https://www.republicservices.com/recycling?tab=residential

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you want 3 cash offers? We can help you with all of that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff

Tour De Force: A FREE Cirque Performance… with a message

This Cirque performance will be at the Summerlin Library on Friday, February 21, 2020 from 7:30PM – 8:45PM and a cannot miss for all family members.  Bullying is a real threat in today’s world – at school and in the workplace and to see a magical journey of self discovery can be so helpful to those that have been bullied at some point.

The best part – These is a free event and open to the public – seating is first come first served.

The anti-bullying musical cirque spectacle entertains the audience through acrobatics, contortion and high-flying aerials; as self-doubt and pain are transformed into power and unstoppable strength.

The thought-provoking performance will move, inspire, and engage the audience. The ensemble cast of Troupe Du Cirque, is headlined by a group of local youth artists who have been seen on television and graced some of the world’s largest stages.

Free2Luv, the producer of TOUR DE FORCE, is an award-winning youth empowerment nonprofit that transforms the bullied to brave, celebrates individuality, and saves lives through education, arts, and entertainment. To learn more about the producers of Tour De Force, visit Free2Luv.org.

The evening’s festivities will be hosted by special guest, Free2Luv Ambassador, and actor, Jason Drucker, star of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul and the Transformers BumbleBee.

Teen actor Chris Edward Garcia, known for Legacy, Samoan Gold, and We All We Got, stars in Tour De Force as a young man struggling with bullying and depression.

Miah Green is an aerialist, actress, and model from Las Vegas, Nevada who has performed aerials all over the U.S. For the past 3 years, Miah has walked the runway at NYFW and LAFW, including modeling for major clothing brands.

Jocelyn Hunt is a 12 year old award winning circus artist from Las Vegas, Nevada. She has performed with Cirque Du Soleil’s One Night for One Drop, Free2Luv’s Tour Du Force, and Utah Film Awards, and is soon to be a part of Circus Couture’s 10 year anniversary charity event.

We are so lucky to live in Las Vegas and have a community that takes on difficult issues like bullying in an artistic way.

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you want 3 cash offers? We can help you with all of that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

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Flooring Options for High-Traffic Areas

Deep pile carpeting can look wonderful in your home, however if you have a few kids plus their friends and your friends coming in and out on a regular basis carpeting may not be the best flooring choice. Not only will you have to work harder to keep it clean, but you’ll also have to replace it sooner than you’d like because all those feet and shoes will leave their mark over time.

If you want nice-looking floors without worrying about a personal parade wearing them down before their time, you want to find a flooring option that’s better suited for high-traffic areas.  The following are some great ideas:

Laminate FlooringThis is an increasingly popular option in homes, laminate flooring uses laminated wood slats with images applied to them to create the look of a premium flooring option without the premium price. Laminate is available in a wide range of sizes and types; choose thicker 12mm or 15mm laminates to help ensure that they won’t wear down due to excessive foot traffic. If you want something a bit different than standard laminates, some companies are also now making vinyl flooring (called vinyl plank) that functions similarly to laminate floors but with the water resistance and other benefits of using vinyl making it a better choice than laminate in “wet” areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. If you choose this option, make sure your installer removes the existing baseboards, instead of extending them using something like 1/4-round wood pieces. It’s slightly more expensive to install it correctly, however, the completed project looks so much better.

Natural StoneIf you really want something that can stand up against some foot traffic, consider going with natural stone. These stone tiles add a touch of beauty and class while giving you the wear protection that only stone can provide. Depending on the option you choose, this may run a bit more expensive than other options, but there is very little out there that can match the look of stone in the end.

Concrete FlooringThis may sound unappealing to you at first think, however there’s a lot that can be done with concrete flooring. You can add color, stains, etchings, stamps and even embedded features such as stones or tiles to really bring the floor to life. Best of all, you already know that concrete can stand up to a lot of traffic and use without showing any wear, so you won’t have to worry about your floors showing their age for a very long time.

HardwoodAnother option, which can be a bit pricey depending on the wood you go with, is engineered hardwood (natural hardwood does not last long in the dry Nevada desert, so engineered is a much better choice). There is very little that can beat a hardwood floor when it comes to beauty and wear resistance. You have several woods to choose from, each giving the floor its own touch of color and personality. The maintenance of hardwood is a little higher than some other options if you want to keep it looking its best, but the little bit of extra time you spend keeping up your floor is more than worth it.

Ceramic Tile FlooringThere are a lot of benefits to using ceramic tile in your high-traffic areas. Tile is versatile, comes in a wide range of colors and styles, creates a classic look, and is relatively easy to repair and replace if individual tiles get broken.  Modern ceramic tile brings a whole new dimension to this option, and has become very popular. Just wait to see what has been done with ceramic tile.

Traffic-Resistant CarpetYes, carpet isn’t always the best flooring option for high-traffic areas. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t carpeting options available for rooms that see a lot of use, however. Not only are there low-pile carpets and other options designed with higher-traffic use in mind, but you can also get carpet tiles and other carpet options that are both easy to maintain and easy to repair if parts of them start showing a bit too much wear.

If you opt to go with stone, concrete or wood surfaces you might want to use area rugs on top of them in lower trafficked areas in your home in order to “soften” the room.

Obviously, there are a few options available to keep your floors looking nice despite the amount of traffic they see. If you would like an expert’s opinion, I have a list of quality interior designers that can help you out to decide what type of flooring suits your home and your needs.  Just contact me and I’m glad to help.

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you want 3 cash offers? We can help you with all of that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff

Just in time for the New Year – the Las Vegas Metro Police Substation will be Opening in Summerlin

First, I want to take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.  2020 begins a new decade with continued growth in the city we call home, Las Vegas…

…Construction of the newest Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is now complete and officially opening on January 25.

The substation is located at 11301 Red Point Drive, near Summerlin Parkway and Far Hills Avenue. This 24,000 square foot facility was funded by The Howard Hughes Corporation on donated land by the same corporation and will be deeded to the Metropolitan Police Department upon completion.  This station is expected to have 168 commissioned personnel and 16 civilian staff members.

Captain Sasha Larkin will be heading up the new substation to oversee operations once it opens.  According to Tom Warden, senior vice president of community and government relations for Summerlin this substation has been planned for many years ago as a part of the master-planned community of Summerlin.  Warden commented “Having a substation located within the community that is designated to serve all of Summerlin will go a long way in helping to keep safe and protected as it grows.”

There is an open house scheduled for February 4, with the doors open to the public at 5:45 p.m. Will I see you there?

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you want 3 cash offers? We can help you with all of that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff

Bargain Buying 101: Things to Look for In a Deal when Buying a New Home

Great you and your family have decided to purchase a new home along with the New Year.  It’s not uncommon to face a little bit of sticker shock when it comes to price. This can often lead buyers to try to find a good balance between what they want and what they can afford. However, if you’re smart and maybe a little lucky, you may be able to find some really great deals if you know what to look for.  Plus having a great Realtor can help a lot.

There are some key things to look for in finding a good deal.  Look for properties that have qualities that might seem unappealing at first but that can be corrected fairly easily. Some of these things can drive prices down significantly but won’t require a major renovation to fix. If you’re hoping to find a bargain, here are a few things to look out for.

Ugly Paint – There’s a lot of damage that can make your paint look ugly, however sometimes the paint is just ugly because someone chose to bring together colors that should never coexist. It could be awful colors, it could be cheap paint that’s faded over time or it could even be an amateur paint job that never got touched up. Regardless of the reason for the ugly paint job, it can drive the price of the property down by thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars. It doesn’t even have to be the entire house; one ugly room can give you an opportunity to find a good deal on an otherwise nice property.

Landscaping IssuesA property’s front yard is one of the first things that a potential buyer sees. If it’s obviously been neglected or has bald patches and overgrown flower beds, this can make a negative first impression since it suggests that the house itself might not have been taken care of either. That isn’t always the case, though. Even if the house is in good condition, a yard that needs some TLC can usually trim off some money from the asking price and help you to net a great deal.

Fixtures and Accents – There are a lot of cosmetic elements in houses that can start looking rough over time. Handles and knobs can come loose or become tarnished, shutters can get loose, and bathroom tiles can become cracked… the list goes on. While updating these issues won’t break the bank, many sellers will drop their asking price quite a bit due to how these little things make the house look.

Bathroom Concerns – A lot of buyers shy away from houses that have obvious bathroom problems, causing those sellers to bring the price down significantly in many cases. Depending on the extent of the issues in the bathroom, there could be a real opportunity here. If the problem with the bathroom is mostly cosmetic, then you may be able to fix it on the relatively cheap side and save a lot of money in the process. Just be sure to keep an eye out for signs of water damage or mold, since that could indicate problems that would be much more expensive to fix.

All of the issues I have made you aware of are cosmetic and are easy fixes.  Some of you might be very handy and can do what needs to be fixed by yourself.  Others might want to find a great handyman (or woman) to do this work.  I have lists of people to recommend to you that are good at fixing up, painting and landscaping.  They are all trustworthy and reliable.

Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you want 3 cash offers? We can help you with all of that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff

6 Great things to do with the Family between Christmas and New Years in Las Vegas

So the kids are on holiday break and you might have family or friends visiting – what is there to do in Las Vegas during the 6 days between Christmas and New Years? There are many activities that can keep everyone busy. Here are a few ideas to help you make plans for every day over the holidays this year.

  1. The Las Vegas Christmas Town is billed as “A holiday experience for all ages.” It’s located at the Cowabunga Bay Waterpark and admission is $25 per person. This festive event runs through December 31st, it’s a wonderful way to pass the time in between Christmas and New Years. Take the Polar Express Train Ride, play Yuletide Laser Tag, visit Santa’s Cozy Cottage and much more at this family-friendly attraction.
  2. One of the best things to do in Las Vegas is to explore the beauty of the Las Vegas area. The surrounding nature is truly spectacular if you know where to go, and everyone can benefit from a quick escape from the Strip. Take a ride to Red Rock Canyon, the Valley of Fire, Zion National Park (weather permitting) and you can even go see the Grand Canyon.
  3. Why not visit an escape room? The Trapped! Escape Room Las Vegas features a completely unique experience and it’s conveniently located right off the strip. You and your group can choose from three different puzzles. Then, you get locked in the room and must solve the mystery to escape before time runs out! Push your creativity, problem-solving skills, and teamwork to the limits in the room of your choice, and then come back to try the rest!
  4. The Magical Forest at Opportunity Village is one of the most festive attractions in Las Vegas. This family-friendly event “is a winter wonderland with millions of sparkling lights, nightly entertainment, great food and endless holiday cheer.” Open from November 23 to December 31, it’s a perfect place to visit between Christmas and New Years in the Vegas Valley.
  5. The Bellagio Fountains are one of the most popular free attractions in Las Vegas. Stop by every thirty minutes to catch the daily shows and you’ll quickly understand why: the water is choreographed with music and lights and soars up to 460 feet in the air. After looking at the water go inside the hotel and see the magnificent holiday display that has horses and polar bears, Santa’s chalet and all sorts of presents – all made of millions of flowers. It is really breathtaking.
  6. Go Ice Skating -The ice rink at The Cosmopolitan  is a perfect thing to do in between Christmas and New Years. Every year “The Cosmopolitan transforms into a winter wonderland high above The Las Vegas Strip.” It’s the only outdoor rink in the city and with s’mores, open fires, and even the occasional snowfall, a visit to The Cosmopolitan should not be missed during the holiday season. If you want to avoid the Strip – there is the Rock Rink in Downtown Summerlin.  After skating you can find lots of restaurants and retail stores to add another gift or two that Santa might have missed.
  7. Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail buildings or land? Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you want 3 cash offers? We can help you with all of that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com 

Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff