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NVAR announces recipient of top honor, 2017 officers

NVAR named longtime Las Vegas REALTOR® Dave Tina the 2016 Nevada REALTOR® of the Year for his continued service to the statewide association, the real estate profession and his community. The announcement came on Sept. 23 in Elko during the organization’s annual Installation dinner.

Tina is the 2016 NVAR President and has been a REALTOR® in the Silver State since 1997. After serving as a corporate broker and General Manager at one of southern Nevada’s largest brokerages, the native New Yorker broke out on his own and opened Urban Nest Realty in 2012.

The Installation event was celebrating Elko native Greg Martin, who will take over as NVAR’s President in January. Read the complete story here.

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Nominate a LeadershipNVAR candidate for 2017

The Nevada Association of REALTORS® is currently looking for individuals to participate in its 2017 LeadershipNVAR program. The program is open to all dues-paying REALTORS® who reside in the state of Nevada. As a graduate of the program, NVAR is asking for your help in identifying potential program participants.

WEB-LOGO.jpgThe deadline to apply has been extended to Thursday, Oct. 27. Please forward this email and sign-up information to Nevada REALTORS® you feel could benefit from the LeadershipNVAR experience and encourage them to apply.

Click here for the 2017 LeadershipNVAR application.

LeadershipNVAR is a year-long program that addresses a variety of areas of personal and business growth, including public speaking and team building. It consists of four programs throughout the year in various locations. NVAR is committed to identifying and cultivating leaders for the future of the real estate profession. LeadershipNVAR is an exciting way to accomplish this vision, encouraging program participants with motivational activities and assisting them in sharpening their leadership skills in hopes they will exert a strong positive influence on the future of the profession and the Association. Click here for more program information.

Additionally, NVAR is looking to appoint a new Trustee to its LeadershipNVAR program. The Trustee position is a four-year commitment. If you or anyone you know is interested, click here for the Trustee application.


2016's Best & Worst Cities to Retire

Las Vegas Makes Top 10; Reno Shows up in Top 40

After toiling in the workplace for decades, it seems only natural to expect financial security in our golden years. But not everyone can look forward to a cushy retirement. Americans are actually working more years compared with previous generations yet only grow further from financial freedom. In 2015, 21 percent of workers expected to retire at age 65, but only 9 percent actually were able to do so, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s latest Retirement Confidence Survey.

Why postpone retirement? Many blame the economy. Others point to “inadequate finances” as the other primary hurdle to retiring on schedule. Finally, high debt levels keep 56 percent of workers and 33 percent of retirees on the hamster wheel and prevent them from growing a nest egg. Check out the complete listings, here.

How Tesla caused home prices to soar in this Nevada town

What happens when a flashy luxury carmaker decides to open a massive factory in a desert town? Home sales and prices get a boost? Tesla (TSLA) started construction on the lithium ion battery producing Gigafactory outside Sparks, Nevada, in June 2014. But talk about a factory had been swirling before that. From the time the rumors began, the median home price in Sparks have shot up nearly 42%, according to ATTOM Data Solutions. During that same time period, home prices nationwide rose 31%.

CEO Elon Musk referenced plans for a Gigafactory in a November 2013 Tesla earnings call. "We're talking about something that's comparable to all lithium ion production in the world in one factory. Big," he said in response to an analyst's question, according to a transcript of the call. Read the entire story here.

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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).

Read the entire story here.

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Huffington Post: Why Reno should be on your list of 'must-see' cities

Reno has been percolating with opportunity that is now being realized in community-focused gentrification- and I’m loving it. I used to think of Reno as a gateway to Tahoe, but a recent trip to “The Biggest Little City in the World” has flipped my script. I now view Reno as a trendy and entertaining stand-alone destination that allows me to carry a cup of wine around my neck as I walk along the river flowing through its center. I struck gold when I “discovered” Reno.

There’s a few reasons you should shimmy into a plane seat headed for a Reno vacay, or maybe even score in their real estate market before it’s gobbled up by hipster Millennials. Read the complete story here.

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