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shoveling snow in CanadaSo you’re from Canada, eh? And to get out of the bitter cold winters, you want to buy real estate in Las Vegas. 

We all know how hard it is for Canadians to obtain a mortgage in the US nowadays. Las Vegas mortgage lenders restrict property purchases by foreign nationals to one vacation/second home with a down payment of 35% or more, and the buyer can’t own any other property in the States. (Of course that means no investment properties at all.) 

One way around the US mortgage restrictions is to refinance property you already own in Canada and pay cash for your purchase here in Las Vegas. Below is a letter explaining the process from Canadian mortgage broker Rob Smith who specializes in Canadian refinances: 

“As a result of recent economic events

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With summer coming, most of our inquiries for homes include one key ingredient: an inground swimming pool. While the four homes featured here may not be within your budget, they sure are fun to look at and dream on! Take a look at what just a few millions of dollars can buy you in a pool home. Enjoy!

Spanish Trail pool home in Las Vegas


First up, La Maison des Jardin located in the renowned Spanish Trail guard gated golf community! This 24,000+ square foot European beauty with 2000+ sf guest house and meandering "secret gardens" sprawls across 3 golf course lots totaling an acre of land. The style is formal classic architecture with contemporary touches and soaring ceilings. Price tag: $7.85M.


Next, how about a private compound on almost 10 acres? Once in a lifetime opportunity to

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Selling a Home in Las VegasAfter 30 years of selling real estate in Las Vegas, I can state for a fact: Most buyers have ZERO imagination. When buyers tour a home for sale, most have a very difficult time visualizing anything other than the condition it is in currently. While a small percentage actually prefer a fixer-upper so they can get what they really want and not pay for someone else's taste, 95% really want a move in condition home and are willing to pay top dollar for it. In fact, many buyers in our area say they only want brand new homes, but if you show them one that is model perfect with everything already done, they will jump on it.

So if you are thinking of selling your home later this spring, NOW is the time to get it ready. Late spring is traditionally the time of

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While the resale market for Las Vegas single family homes seems to be holding steady at around 6500 listings actively on the market (not yet under contract) and still tilted towards a seller's market, Las Vegas new home builders are finally opening up new developments around the Valley. Spring in Sprung!

With the much improved economic climate and a still lower-than-average inventory of resale homes, a number of new home builders have taken advantage of the situation by releasing more new models.  And a couple are introducing unique twists to their floor plans to lure new home buyers.

For example, Shea Homes will be introducing their new Shea3D homes on April 5th and 6th from 11 am to 3 pm.

According to Kyle Tibbitts, general manager “Homeowners

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Las Vegas High Roller Observation Wheel

The Las Vegas High Roller, a 550 foot high observation wheel, is now officially open to the public! More than 100 feet taller than the Eye in London on the banks of the Thames River, the High Roller has 28 cars that can hold up to 40 people comfortably (including room to walk around) for a thrilling half hour ride and multi-million dollar panoramic view of the world famous Strip.

The High Roller is actually the centerpiece of the new Linq outdoor pedestrian mall, located between the Flamingo Hotel and the newly revamped Quad Hotel (formerly the Imperial Palace) at the center of the Strip. While portions of the Linq are still under construction, many of the restaurants, shops and venues are already open, including the Brooklyn Bowl, a combination

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Mia - daughter of Las Vegas Realtor Brandon JohnsonWe'd like to formally introduce you to our brand new "team member" Mia Johnson, daughter of Las Vegas Realtor Brandon Johnson and his wife Alicia, who was born on March 27th at 10:02 pm weighing in at 8 pounds even. We believe in training our agents right from the cradle, so Mia will be able to show homes, write contracts and negotiate deals by the age of five (though she will require a chauffeur until age 16 when she gets her driver's license.)

In addition, we expect Mia to be on the Pro Golf tour as her dad Brandon is a golf afficionado and expert player in his own right - when he has the time. (Not that he has too much time for golf lately. He has been WAY too busy with his real estate clients, though his current buyers were nice enough to let him

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Invest in Real Estate Like Warren BuffetMost real estate investors follow the latest fads when determining what they will buy. They usually focus on short term gains rather than the overall big picture, and tend to buy in environments of economic euphoria rather than environments of economic doom and gloom. They go with the herd mentality.

Warren Buffet’s credentials as an investor need no explaining. And recently he shared the basis of his success with the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway in his annual update letter. His strategies for investing are simple and easily followed for those that have the patience and persistence to carry them out.

In his letter to shareholders, he used the example of a farm he had purchased, even though he knew nothing about farming. But, by relying on the

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Homes for Sale Near Coronado High SchoolSpring is upon us, and families all across the country are once again gearing up to make a move at the end of the school year. For those relocating from out of state, it can be hard to determine which schools are the BEST Las Vegas schools for their kids from a such a distance.

Fortunately, the Clark County School District has put out a general ranking of schools based on the School Performance Framework. This should give any prospective homebuyer and concerned parent a start in the right direction for finding the top Las Vegas schools, and we have generated a list of the rankings below. (Be aware that a small percentage of the schools listed are actually in small towns outside of the Las Vegas Valley.)

Once you have identified possible schools for

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One of our most experienced real estate agents, Jackie Goodman, is an avid hiker. It's not unusual for her to answer her phone at the top of a cliff somewhere on a sunny Sunday morning. I asked her, "why hiking?" and this was her reply:

Las Vegas real estate agent hikes for healthI never enjoyed traditional exercising, even as a girl in high school. I found something lacking when running on the treadmill going nowhere fast. But I did like to walk outdoors, and when I wanted more of a challenge, I started hiking. 

When my daughter and 12 year old grandson moved away about 4 years ago I lost my hiking partner, and it wasn’t fun hiking alone.  So I searched on line and found Las Vegas Hikers - that was truly my lucky day. I have been a member of the Hiking Las Vegas Meetup Group since 2010.  And

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High Rise Condos Loans in Las VegasThe Tonnesen Team preferred lender, All Western Mortgage, has secured a relationship with one of the top credit unions in Las Vegas, and is now able to offer three very exciting and new loan programs that NO OTHER LENDERS HAVE. Check out the guidelines for their fresh start loans (only one day out of short sale or foreclosure!), jumbo loans (with as little as 5% down!) and high rise condo loans (with as little as 5% down!)

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1)   AWM Fresh Start Mortgage! One day out of short sale or foreclosure! 

  • 80% Loan to Value from $100,000 - $1,000,000
  • 75% Loan to Value from $1,000,001 - $2,000,000
  • Minimum Loan Amount is $100,000
  • Rates as low as 4.75% for 30 Years and 3.625% for 15 Years
  • Minimum 620 Credit Score
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