The Free Jazz in the Park Concert Series is back for the 29th Year

Most visitors think Las Vegas is all about gambling and glitzy shows, however we locals know better.  The Clark County Parks and Recreation District has offered the Jazz in the Park Concert Series for the last twenty-eight years and has already kicked off its twenty ninth series.

The concerts are held at the Clark County Government Center Amphitheatre located at 500 S. Grand Central Parkway and the concerts are and the parking are free!  If you are planning to go with a picnic basket along with a blanket or low back chairs seating starts at 5 p.m. with performances starting as early as 6:30 p.m.  There is food and beverages for sale on site as well.

The next performance is this Saturday May 26 featuring Diane Schuur.  Ms. Schuur nicknamed “Deedles”, is an American jazz singer and pianist.  She has been blind from birth and has the ability of absolute pitch memory plus a clear vocal tone.  Schurr has won Grammy awards for best female jazz vocal performance in 1986 and 1987 as well as three other Grammy nominations.

Schuur has released 23 albums and has started to her jazz range to include the spirit of country music, pop and Latin gospel.  Diane Schuur and the Count Basie Orchestra was her most successful album- it stayed at number 1 on the Billboard Jazz Charts for 33 weeks.  She has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and the White House.

On June 2 the show will be The Groove Project, that is comprised of three well recognized artists: Oli Silk who is a British smooth jazz keyboardist as well as producer and composer,  the Saxophonist Marcus Anderson is the golden child shining among stars who has topped the charts on Billboards Smooth Jazz and Sirius XM’s Watercolors, and Guitarist JJ Sansaverino is an outstanding performer who has a “take no prisoners” performance attitude. Over the past 25 years, he has reached millions touring the world with his “a la Santana meets Benson” musical style.

On June 16 Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers will be performing.  Abair has had two Grammy award nominations – she is a vocalist as well as a saxophonist and author.

In her solo career she has produced ten number 1 radio singles as well as two number 1 Billboard Jazz CD. Abair performed with the rock band Aerosmith for their 2012 Summer Tour and has joined Bruce Springsteen and Max Weinberg for a night at the Beacon Theatre.

Past performances this year included Ghost-Note, Bill Frisell, and Tony Scherr & Kenny Wollesen.

For more information you can call Clark County Parks and Recreation at (702) 455-8200 or visit their website at http://bit.ly/2x2zX5b. Clark County Parks and Recreation also can be found on Twitter and Facebook

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

Please Support The Third Annual Super Summer Gala Under the Stars

Super Summer Gala
Click the bit.ly link below to register for this amazing event or to bid on a role

This Sunday, May 20, starting at 6 p.m. is the Third Annual Gala supporting the incredible Super Summer Theatre, which has been providing Las Vegas residents with top quality amateur theater for over 40 years!  This year they are honoring a founding board member Carolyn Sparks.  The event will be held at their outdoor theater at Spring Mountain State Park.

Sparks is a lifelong resident of Clark County and involved with many, varied humanitarian efforts for the community. She was an original board member of the Super Summer Theater and has served on the boards of Southern Nevada Best Coalition, Las Vegas Natural History Museum, and the Nevada Ballet to name a few.

I feel that keeping cultural events nurtured is important in Las Vegas and 100% of the funds raised at the Gala remain in Southern Nevada to help continue bringing affordable, high-quality productions for our theatre-loving residents to enjoy.

There is a bidding part of the Gala when you can bid on roles in “Wizard of Oz” as well as remarkable donated auction items at the event (or on-line).  If you ever wanted to be a good witch, a wicked witch, a tin man, a lion, a scarecrow, a little girl from Kansas named Dorothy or even a Wizard you’ll have your chance at the Gala’s “Casting Auction”. Top bidder’s get all of the roles, not the director’s sister (unless she is the top bidder). To attend the Gala, or just donate click this link; http://bit.ly/2rHPxxT

This year the Super Summer Theatre is presenting 5 great productions –
Big Fish in May & June
She Loves Me in June & July
Peter Pan & The Wizard of Oz in August
Pirates of Penzance in September (I will be in the cast for this one)

You can go to https://supersummertheatre.org for dates and times. If you can’t make it to the gala (or even if you can), make sure you get out there this summer and see a great show or 2 (or 5)

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

Downtown Summerlin Is A Destination For Restaurants. Retail Stores, Entertainment And More

Downtown Summerlin held its grand opening on October 9, 2014 and the west side of the Las Vegas Valley has not been the same, since.  It sits on 400-acres and has something for everyone.

Constellation At Downtown Summerlin is a 124 unit gated apartment development that is part of Downtown Summerlin.  So is Red Rock Hotel and Casino, City National Arena, the team headquarters and practice facility for the Vegas Golden Knights and home rink of the UNLV Skatin’ Rebels. In 2019, Downtown Summerlin will be home to the Las Vegas 51s at the new Las Vegas Ballpark.

Do you love to shop?  This is the place – there is a flagship Dillard’s and a Macy’s and a plethora of boutiques for women, men, children, home and artwork.  Plus a few eclectic stores and shops for cosmetics, eyewear, Trader Joe’s and the only Apple store in Las Vegas that is not on Las Vegas Boulevard.

There are so many restaurants – you can eat anything from a hamburger or taco to a five star meal in beautiful settings.  Many of these eateries are kid-friendly. If you are meeting friends for a drink you can choose from dozens of places and several have outdoor spaces.  Go to https://www.downtownsummerlin.com/directory.html for a list of eateries.

Downtown Summerlin is also home to an incredible movie complex that offers food and cocktails as well as reclining spacious luxurious chairs.  There is also a Farmer’s Market every Saturday and special entertainment events throughout the year like beer festivals in the spring or ice skating outdoors during the winter holiday season – you can sign up for notifications at http://summerlin.com/stay-in-touch.

Want to work close to home?  There soon will be two office towers in Downtown Summerlin.  One Summerlin is finished and has many companies leasing office space already and Two Summerlin is almost finished.  How great to work five or ten minutes from where you live and walk out of work and be in the middle of so much activity.

Do you need commercial space?  Ready to buy or sell a home?  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

Search Las Vegas Luxury Foreclosures?

Well, it had to happen, sooner, or later.  People with money aren’t just investing in Las Vegas, now they want second (or third or fourth) homes at bargain prices.  So, Luxury Realty Group, LLC has announced in a press release their new web site;
www.LuxuryVegasForeclosures.com

Now, finding luxury short sales and foreclosures for homes or high rise condos in Las Vegas is easier.

LuxuryVegasForeclosures.com provides pre-defined searches by high rise tower which is a first to be offered by a Las Vegas real estate brokerage.

LuxuryVegasForeclosures.com provides pre-defined searches for Las Vegas luxury homes and luxury high rise condos. For the high rise condos, specific short sale and foreclosure targeted searches are pre-defined by high rise tower.

The creator of this new website, Bruce Hiatt, broker-owner of Luxury Realty Group, said, “We are the first real estate brokerage in the Las Vegas area to offer a luxury short sale and foreclosure real estate targeted website. We know from feedback of users who participated in our beta version of the website that pre-defined searches were difficult to find on Las Vegas real estate websites.  We believe we’ve filled a niche missing in our market until the arrival of LuxuryVegasForeclosures.com.”

Luxury Realty Group has already closed transactions in 2009 for both short sale and foreclosure luxury properties. Such transactions are expected to increase in 2009 with more of luxury real estate moving into short sale and foreclosure status in Las Vegas.

Some of you may be comforted to know that it is not just the average Joe that is losing his home to foreclosure.

What if you want Las Vegas real estate bargains, but, aren’t looking for luxury? Contact me.

www.CapeCodAREI.com/contact

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Loan modification really makes sense, but don’t do it on your own.

What is loan modification?  In its simplest form, loan modification is when your lender modifies the terms of your loan. They can defer amounts that are past due, change the interest rate, even reduce the principal owed.

The most common element being modified at the moment is taking past due payments and putting them ‘on the end’ of the loan, so that you still owe the money, but your loan is considered current.  This happened with a friend of mine.  She had lost her job, and gotten about 4 months behind in her house payments.  When she got back to work, her bank offered her the opportunity to take the 4 months payments, and defer them, which brought her current.  Many homeowners are doing this kind of modification on their own.

Why are they doing that?  Because they are nice?  Of course not!  It’s a business decision.  They are not in the business of owning real estate, yet they own quite a bit of it and they really don’t want anymore.  So if you make enough money to pay a lower mortgage, they lose less money in the long run.

The next element I have seen modified is the interest rate.  If your interest rate has adjusted (or is going to soon), lenders are helping people stay in their homes by offering a reduced and fixed interest rate. If your rate was 5 1/2, and has spiked to 8 for example, many lenders are bringing that rate down to 5.  Some people I know have been successful at this on their own, by simply calling and asking, but only if they are already behind.

A less common type of modification is to get the amount owed reduced.  This I have only seen done by professional loan modification firms.  Companies that do this for you.

There is an attorney here in Las Vegas, helping homeowners (and there are many companies – just check the internet).  He is asking the bank for a principal reduction to 10% below the current value of the property and 4% – 6% interest rates, fixed. In other words, if you currently owe $300,000, and are paying 8%, but your house is only worth $250,000 – after the modification you are only paying 4% – 6% on a principal balance of $225,000. Of course there are many factors involved in your final outcome – not the least of which is that you have to be able to prove that you can afford the new payment, so that the bank is not wasting their time stalling the inevitable.

Here is the best part! He only charges $1,250 and if he can’t modify your loan, you don’t pay!  Oh yeah, did I forget to mention that they do not pull credit? You do not have to have good credit to get the modification.  Sometimes you don’t even have to be behind! (depends on the lender)

Think about it. If he reduces your monthly payment by $200 per month, in 7 months, you are ahead – even if he did not reduce your principal!  If you are interested, let me know.  www.CapeCodAREI.com/contact

What if you just don’t have the $1,250?  Drop me a line, let me see if I can help.  www.CapeCodAREI.com/contact

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Make your log-ins MORE secure, while spending LESS time on them.

Anytime you can be more efficient, you’re better off, right?

As I was logging into WordPress to blog from a different computer today, I was struck by how much I love my little password tool.  Now, Internet Explorer will remember your usernames and passwords, but there have been so many security issues with IE over the years, I would never trust it with my private information.  I have several online accounts that have a log-in, as do most people.  Of course there are passwords I would never care if anyone learned (like sidestep.com or driver.com – great resources), but there are also passwords that are critical to me, (like my bank account and my dubli.com account).

And I know people who consistently use the SAME username and password everywhere they go on the internet. Are you one of those people?  Think about it, if you are, and someone knows ONE of your log-ins, then, they know ALL of your log-ins. 

In any case, almost a year ago, a friend told me about a VERY secure little tool called Roboform that resides on your computer, and remembers all of your passwords for you.  For your really important accounts, it can generate super secure passwords for you. If you’re like me, you’ve always stayed away from those because they were too hard to remember.

So how does Roboform help you when you are on a different computer?  There is a portable version that resides on your portable USB or U3 flash drive (often called a jump drive). Like the PC version, it can only be accessed with a master password, so it is secure, even if it is lost or stolen.  With all of my online accounts, and all of my DIFFERENT log-ins, I’ll bet this software saves me 2-3 hours per week, and increases the security of my online accounts.  To check it out for yourself, visit
www.MyFastEasyPasswords.com.  Roboform is even trusted by the Better Business Bureau.  I bet you’re going to tell all of your friends about it.  It’s just that great!

Now, back to the people who use the same log-ins (or even very similar ones) for all of your online accounts, I want you to make changes NOW (please). Identity theft is a very real problem, and I don’t want you to be the next victim. 

So, here is what I want you to do. 

 

  1. Go to MyFastEasyPasswords.com then download and install the software.  Use it free for 30 days.
  2. Go to an important web site that you use
  3. Log-in (Roboform will ask you if you want it to remember – go ahead and say yes)
  4. Change your password
  5. Write the new password down
  6. Log out
  7. Log back in with the new password
  8. Overwrite the old password with the new password in Roboform
  9. Go back to step #2 until you’re can’t remember any others

Have more than one log-in on a particular site?  For example, I have a business log-in and a personal log-in for my banking. When you save the log-in, you get the opportunity to name it.  Roboform offers you a name, based on the Title of the web page you are logging in on.  If it offers you ‘ABC Bank’, simply name it ‘ABC Bank – Personal’ 

Enough on that. ‘See’ you tomorrow!

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