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LeadershipNVAR encourages Nevada REALTORS® to support backpack drive

LeadershipNVAR’s Class of 2016 is hosting a backpack drive to benefit Boys and Girls Clubs within Nevada. LeadershipNVAR, the Nevada Association of Realtors®’ (NVAR) signature program for personal and professional growth, is promoting the drive as part of its annual class project.

Class members are asking individuals to showcase their generosity by donating a filled backpack to help a student in need. LeadershipNVAR is working with Boys and Girls Clubs of America, a partner charity for the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). 

Donations can be made by giving a backpack and school supplies. Click here to see the backpack drive flier and a list of school supplies.

If interested, individuals can make a cash donation in lieu of a backpack/school supplies purchase. Click here to make a cash donation to BGCA. Be sure when you donate to type in ‘Nevada’ under the REALTOR® association name. Also, if there is a specific area/club you want your donation to go to, please specify in the corresponding box.

Contributions or gifts to Nevada Association of REALTORS® are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.

The drop-off deadline is August 1 and drop-off locations are listed below:


  • NVAR:   760 Margrave Drive                         
  • RSAR:   5650 Riggins Court, Suite 200

Las Vegas

  • GLVAR:   1750 East Sahara Ave.                   
  • Signature RE Group:   9525 Hillwood Dr. Suite 120
  • Signature RE Group:   7181 North Hualapai Way


  • Signature RE Group:   2200 Paseo Verde Pkwy, Suite 300

Carson City                                        

  • Realty Executives:   1071 South Carson Street            


  • Realty Executives:   1511 HWY 395

Incline Village                                   

  • IVBOR:   924 Incline Way


  • ECAR:   557 W. Silver Street, Suite 201A

Spring Creek                                     

  • Coldwell Banker:   114 Tonka Lane

*Donations made directly to BGCA may qualify as tax deductible. If donating cash through above link, you will automatically be receiving a form from BGCA. economist forecasts bright future

Second housing bubble unlikely in Nevada given strength of recent mortgages issued

Last month,’s Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke got a chance to talk about the nation’s housing market after serving as the key-note speaker during the inaugural REALTOR® Communication Directors Summit in Miami. His message offered a bright outlook for REALTORS® as well as their buyers and sellers.

Smoke emphasized that the summer months highlight the real estate market’s buying season, noting more than half of all annual sales occur between May and August. Smoke referred to the current warm months as the “Summer of Love,” largely due to low interest rates, hovering in the mid 3s. In fact, Smoke wondered aloud if interest rates would drop below 3 percent at any point in the coming months or year.

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Stacking Up: Nevada eclipses national average for REALTOR® designations earned

There is growing sentiment that becoming a REALTOR® should require tougher standards, specifically more robust training and education. Given that groundswell from inside and outside the REALTOR® community, continuing education classes and earned designations will be seen more as necessities than luxuries.

NAR’s state education directors released a breakdown, listing the number of designations earned by REALTORS® in every state. Nevada’s 15,300 REALTORS have earned 4,509 designations, just less than one designation for every three REALTORS, but well above the 1-in-4 national average. Designations come in all shapes and sizes, distinguishing REALTORS for everything from expertise in social media and emerging technology (e-PRO) to a heightened proficiency in handling transactions for military personnel (MRP).

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Given the foreclosure crisis that Nevada, and specifically Las Vegas, has suffered through over the past decade, it should come as no surprise that Clark County has also seen a spike in squatter-related issues in recent years. NVAR Directors Scott Beaudry and Vandana Bhalla, along with Henderson Police Dept. Sergeant Kirk Moore, were all guests earlier this year on KNPR’s radio show The State of Nevada, discussing growing concerns over squatters in the Las Vegas valley.

A squatter is someone who takes over a property without owner consent. The State of Nevada host Carrie Kaufman said Las Vegas Metro received 4,500 calls of squatter complaints in 2015, up 22 percent from the prior year. However, what’s more alarming is that figure has jumped by 169 percent since 2012. Moore said HPD has received nearly 100 calls since November when AB386 went into effect. The new law governs how law-enforcement agencies investigate homes that have been broken into. Click here to read more. Click here to listen to the complete radio program.


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Las Vegas sits 13th in large-size metros


RCLCO, a leading national real estate strategy firm, first published an Economic Hot Spot map in 2013. At the time, the economy was recovering from the Great Financial Crisis at a very uneven pace across regions. The idea was to get a sense of where growth was currently happening and why. Based on trailing and forward 12-month indicators of factors such as growth, income levels, and economic structure, the map gave us a good indication of regional growth patterns.

In fact, the map turned out to be quite telling. Many of the high-ranking markets at the time were tech and energy related—and subsequently experienced substantial job growth that led to some of the hottest commercial real estate markets in the country, in terms of both demand and new construction. In fact, the top 15 large markets in our 2013 rankings accounted for 58% of net office absorption and 64% of new office construction in the 51 largest markets in the United States in 2014 and 2015. Click here for full story.

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