I Stay Positive Most of the Time… However

I really hate seeing litter and cigarette butts all over the streets of Las Vegas (and other places it doesn’t belong)!

I don’t understand why some people feel it’s OK to litter! Why can’t they throw their garbage and cigarette butts in a trash container when outside.  Do they treat their own homes that way – leaving trash wherever it drops?  It’s disgusting! Oh, and if you say something to them (and I do) then you are the jerk, not them…

Come on – we live in a community and you are annoying the heck out of your neighbors when you have a cigarette and throw it out the window of your car or stomp it out on the ground and let it blow in the wind and wind up in someone else’s yard (or worse). Clean up your own mess – get an ash tray that has a cover.

I want to show off many areas of Las Vegas when people come to visit and there is nothing worse to go to let’s say Downtown Summerlin and see cigarette butts all over the street.  There are plenty of trash containers in Downtown Summerlin.  Think of it as a little exercise – bend down pick up your butt and walk it to the proper receptacle – you might feel good about having some pride in where you live.

Plus you are setting a good example for the next generation (I don’t mean smoking) by picking up any litter you happen to see.  It shows pride and thoughtfulness and a good lesson for everyone to learn.

I had a friend years ago tell me the reason that he litters is “to create jobs”; then someone must get paid to pick it up. That’s just crazy talk as far as I’m concerned.

We are all responsible for keeping this planet beautiful – just do your part & pick up after yourself. I know it’s easier to throw it out the window, butt (pun intended) have a little bit of class… please… and if you see some trash on the ground – pick that up too.

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Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff

 

Did Al Davis Way replace Dean Martin Drive?

Have you seen all the construction on the new Raiders stadium on Russell Road?  It looks like they are working round the clock for the stadium to be ready for the 2020 football season and the team’s move to Las Vegas.

Plus Al Davis is getting a street named after him – the address of the stadium will be 3333 Al Davis Way.  The original address was 5617 Dean Martin Drive – and no Dean Martin Drive is not going away. There is a small road that notches into the northeast corner of the lot which didn’t have a name. It was simply a connector road between Aldebaran Avenue and Dean Martin Drive.  That connector road is now Al Davis way.

Al Davis, of course, was the Managing General Partner of the Raiders for nearly 50 years. He was an NFL pioneer and was the face of the Raiders as well as its voice and keeper of the Raider mystique. The stadium should absolutely be located on a street bearing his name.

Here is a bit of history of the soon to be Las Vegas Raiders.  The team was established on January 30, 1960; 58 years ago and played their first season in 1960 in Oakland at the Alameda County Coliseum and stayed in Oakland through 1981.  At that time the team moved to Los Angeles in 1982 and stayed there until 1994 when they moved back to Oakland.  In 2020 they are expected to open the season in their new stadium here in Las Vegas.

The team’s first three years of operation was a little shaky with poor on-field performance, financial difficulties, and spotty attendance. In 1963 things started turning around with the introduction of head coach (and eventual owner) Al Davis. In 1967 the Raiders reached the postseason for the first time. The team would go on to win its first and only AFL Championship that year. Al Davis owned the team from 1972 until his death in 2011. Control of the franchise was then given to Al’s son Mark Davis.

In the years between 1967 and now the Raiders won 3 Super Bowls – 1976, 1980 and 1983.  On March 27, 2017, NFL team owners voted nearly unanimously to approve the Raiders’ application to relocate from Oakland to Las Vegas, Nevada, in a 31-to-1 vote at the annual league meetings in Phoenix, Arizona. The Raiders plan to remain in Oakland through 2018 – and possibly 2019 – and relocate to Las Vegas in either 2019 or 2020, depending on the completion of the team’s planned new stadium.

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Choose to have an amazing day….Jeff

Chores are a Good Way for Kids to Learn Responsibility

Giving your kids chores to do around the house is a good way for them to learn responsibility, begin to discover how to be a team player and to function in the real world & even earn some money. I never liked doing chores as a kid however I am grateful for the lessons.

The chores should come with instruction, of course, on how properly to use the washer & dryer, mow the lawn, wash the dishes, clean the bathroom & kitchen, take out the trash, vacuum, dust, sweep, mop etc. You obviously want to ensure that the chores are age-appropriate, there’s no reason to have a 5 year-old handling a lawn mower, but he can help put his clothes in his drawers and take his dishes to the sink. It’s ideal to give them a schedule for some chores (like vacuuming once a week on Tuesday maybe) and then reward them for a job well done – everyone wants to earn money (and deciding how to spend that money leads to other great lessons). Later in life they will be better equipped to live on their own, and with others. I remember the first girlfriend I lived with – she had never operated a washing machine or cleaned a bathroom… can you guess what it was like living with her? It was tough to share chores in my newly discovered adult life with someone who did not understand what chores were or why someone was not still doing them for her.

I’ve heard parents accuse those, like me, who assign chores, of using their children as “slaves” – interestingly some of those parents are now wondering when their 30 year-old is going to move out and start their own life… hmm… I’m sure those things aren’t related.

I’m not saying “pile on the chores”; you still want your children to have a social life and have fun as a kid. However, it’s our job as parents to prepare our kids to someday “leave the nest” and when mine leave, I want them to be self-sufficient. Let’s face it, us parents won’t be here forever.

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Choose to have an amazing day…..Jeff

Will The Mobsters Come Back to Las Vegas?

Fun (and true) story – we took 60+ friends & clients to the 51’s baseball game last Saturday. I threw out the first pitch (well I was actually the 3rd one to throw out a first pitch). They announced the first guy’s name and gave a list of his accomplishments; competitor at the 2018 Winter Olympics, some kind of high school and college honors and he was wearing the glove that his great grandfather wore with the 1916 Pittsburgh Pirates… then they announced the 2nd guy’s name and he was a WWII veteran, and several other cool things… then they announce “Next up will be Jeff Howard” and that’s all they said. One of my guests overheard a woman behind her ask someone “who is Jeff Howard?” and without skipping a beat she said “Jeff Howard is MY REALTOR”.

 

Everyone in our group seemed to have a great time at the game! We ate nachos, hot dogs and of course peanuts. The kids played with their inflatable aliens and hustled the players for balls & autographs. The weather was amazing – or should I say lack of weather. It was about 71 degrees and no wind or clouds!

The 51’s played a team called the Albuquerque Isotopes! Who names a sports team the Isotopes? Speaking of team names, this is the last season as the 51’s. Next season they will be in their new stadium in downtown Summerlin and they will be rebranded again (when I first moved to town in 1993 they were the Stars). The new name has not been decided and you can help them choose if you’d like by clicking here; https://las-vegas-51s.apps.umbel.com/217/new-name/ I like Las Vegas Mobsters… I’m sure it’s not politically correct, but it’s the perfect name for a Las Vegas sports team as far as I’m concerned.

Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail space?  We can help you with 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

The Symbiotic Relationship Between The Golden Knights And The City Of Las Vegas

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Before October 2017 the hockey world was waiting to see the new expansion team The Las Vegas Golden Knights.  It’s now six months later and Las Vegas is rejoicing – not only is the team on the road to the Stanley Cup in its first year (a first in hockey) – the team has won the hearts of fans all over the Las Vegas Valley.

The members of the Golden Knights give back to the community with charitable works and special appearances at all sorts of events. Through the Golden Knights Foundation, the team, coaches and staff support Las Vegas non-profits that make a difference every day. These funds come from corporate sponsorships, ticket sales, signature events, in-game programs, and merchandise sales. The Las Vegas Golden Knights are the first professional major league sports team in our city and they embrace their duty to strengthen and inspire our community – and have succeeded – the residents of Las Vegas LOVE “their Knights”.

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The fans can watch the Golden Knights practice at the City National Arena in Summerlin. The Knights have “ice time” practice most days from 11 a.m. to 2p.m. and it’s free and open to the public.  For more information contact City National Arena guest services.

The fans at the practices are so pumped up they fuel the team and the team is so in touch with the fans  – all that energy ends up with winning games for the fans and team alike.  This year has truly been remarkable and it’s not over yet. I am so smitten – I just got season tickets for next season! See you at the game!

Second round of playoff games started this week – so channel your energy to the team and we will see how far the Golden Knights go – can you say “Stanley Cup”?

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Choose to have an amazing day…..Jeff

DON’T run out and GET MARRIED (yet)!

Planning your wedding without planning your future is planning for disaster. Take some time to set yourself up to win!

All partnerships should be planned well, and the LGBT community has been waiting for this news for so long, that many will not think about all of the financial consequences of their timing and we have all done things quickly and passionately and later said “I wish I had thought that through better”. Getting married is about planning a life together, so ask your partner, “do we want to buy a home?” If the answer is “yes”, then the next question should be, “when?”.  Then go and talk to a mortgage specialist to find out if you should get married first or buy a home first.

Why? Here is a real scenario that happened to one of my clients; Gina was about to buy her first house, with her dad co-signing. Gina was dating Brad at the time. We were about 2 weeks from closing the deal when Gina and Brad, decided to suddenly get married without telling anyone. Now I don’t care that they did not tell their parents or their friends, but they did not tell their Realtor or Loan Officer. Guess what? Brad had bad credit. Gina could buy the house easily unmarried, but as soon as she married someone with bad credit, they hit a huge stumbling block. Had they just asked a couple of questions before they tied the knot, they could be married and living in the house that they owned together (Community Property State). If he had good credit and IRS liens, it would have been the same result!

I read a blog yesterday that said that Friday’s Supreme Court decision will make it easier for the LGBT community to get mortgages, now that they can get married. What an ignorant statement! Mortgage lenders cannot discriminate for or against married couples and unmarried people have been buying homes for years successfully. Sometime they are able to do it because they are unmarried! (one get’s a mortgage and then puts the other on Title after the close of escrow) **

Love is great! I a huge fan! And planning a life together should involve a good plan. By the way, I’m sure their are other financial considerations 2 people should consider in their plan . . . this is just the biggest one that I can think of at the moment.

If you are in Nevada or California, Call Tracy Logan with W.J.Bradley Mortgage Capital. She is a rock star! 866-563-0727

** By the way, if one of you has IRS liens, do not put that person on Title even after the close of escrow, or you will not have a happy relationship, and in certain states, you would want to pay the IRS liens before getting married.

What’s next? Will we ban apple pie?

Now cities across america are banning snow sledding in their parks! First of all, if you are unfortunate enough to live in a place where you can get whacked by winter storms that have your Mayor declare a “State of Emergency” (Boston today), then my advice for you is call a moving company and call a Real Estate agent in a city like Las Vegas or San Diego (hey, I am a Real Estate agent in Las Vegas and San Diego) and make better choices.

If you are not going to make the decision to leave, when it does snow, you want to go sledding, right? According to the Today Show this morning, there are more than 20,000 people taken to the emergency room for injuries every year. I’m not surprised by that number at all. We went sledding earlier this year and saw plenty of people making bad choices on the slopes, including the woman who walked right in front of my friend’s daughter who was about to head down the hill. I actually said (out loud) that the little girl should have proceeded, and then that woman would not make that mistake again (although I’m sure she would have sued my friend). Because that is the problem! These whiners don’t take responsibility for their own stupid actions and then they sue the city, or whoever they beleive is at fault. In Boone, Iowa, the city awarded a family 12 million dollars in 2011 and in Omaha, Nebraska, it was $2.4 million. Seriously people? Go put your big boy (and big girl) pants on, and take some responsibility. If there is a picnic table potentially in your path, sled somewhere else! Duh!

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