Archive for August 17th, 2007

Boost the Appeal of your Las Vegas Home with Simple Landscaping Tips

Friday, August 17th, 2007

You know what they say, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. This is especially true as a potential buyer pulls up to the curb to take a first look at a Las Vegas home for sale. As much as they may be focusing on the interior amenities, outward appearance can and does have a powerful effect on the overall impression. It’s a proven fact that attractive and well-kept landscaping creates a positive image and sets your Las Vegas property apart from others in your neighborhood. Consider these easy-to-implement ideas:

* If you have a partial or full grass lawn, you’ll want to use an environmentally friendly fertilizer to enhance the color, texture and appearance.

* Unnecessary clutter of any kind is a big no-no. Weeds are most certainly included, as are toys, tools and anything else that doesn’t look neat.

* If you have attractive shrubs, make the most of them by trimming and shaping on a regular basis.

* Go shopping! Las Vegas has a number of high-quality nurseries that can assist in the selection of bright and colorful additions to your landscaping presentation. You’ll be surprised at how many desert-hearty choices you’ll have.

The Michelle Sterling Team at Prudential Americana is available for free consultations on staging your Las Vegas home in the most attractive way possible. Las Vegas real estate is our passion as well as our profession and we would thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to meet with you at your convenience.

The National Association of Realtors: Taking Action on Deceptive Lending Practices

Friday, August 17th, 2007

You would have to be completely “unplugged” from every conceivable outlet of 21st century media to miss the fact that the home lending industry is going through a serious crisis nationwide. The stock market has lost upwards of 1,000 points over “liquidity concerns” and over 120 mortgage lenders have shut their doors. A significant component of the lending drama concerns the issue of abusive lending practices in the “subprime” mortgage market. The National Association of Realtors® recently sent a letter to the Federal Reserve System Board of Governors that specifically addressed ongoing NAR efforts to combat unfair, deceptive and abusive mortgage lending acts and practices. In the words of the NAR, “The Fed must act responsibly to protect consumers, and NAR pledges its support. We champion the principle that all mortgage originators should act in ‘good faith and with fair dealings’ in all transactions, just as Realtors® are required by NAR’s Code of Ethics to treat all parties in the transaction honestly.” MS Las Vegas Real Estate salutes the NAR for pointing the spotlight on industry practices that result in borrowers getting trapped in abusive situations. We further agree with their position that existing lending guidelines are not enough to protect consumers as currently written. The guiding document as regards this issue is the (recently enhanced) NAR statement on Responsible Lending Principles.