Hot August Nights Reno 2014

Hot August Nights Reno 2014

The streets of Reno, Tahoe South and Sparks will soon be filled with the sights, sounds and smells of Hot August Nights Reno 2014.The calendar may say it is July, but the sound of engines roaring means that it is almost time for Hot August Nights Reno 2014.  This popular annual event brings car enthusiasts of all ages out to the streets of Reno to celebrate everything automotive.  There is so much to see and do.  However will you find the time to fit it all in?!

What: Hot August Nights Reno 2014
When: July 29 to August 3, 2014
Where: Various locations throughout Reno, Tahoe South and Sparks
Contact: Hot August Nights Committee (775) 356-1956 or via email

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The events that take place throughout Hot August Nights Reno 2014 are too many for one city to handle.  Instead of sticking strictly within Reno city limits, Hot August Nights Reno 2014 has spread to Tahoe South and Sparks.  Live musical concerts are scheduled throughout this week long event, including performances by Jimmy and the Jets, the Vibra-Tones and the one and only Beach Boys with special guest John Stamos.  Several Show ‘N Shines are scheduled throughout the downtown Reno area.  There is even a special collector car auction by Barrett-Jackson set for July 31 through August 2nd at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.  For a complete schedule of events, please visit the Hot August Nights website here.

No one goes hungry when they come to Hot August Nights Reno 2014 either.  Food trucks and vendors will be set up throughout the area.  Several Reno casinos will also be offering Hot August Nights specials.  Local Reno area artists will also have booths set up to sell their wares.  There is simply too much going on to list here.  You’re just going to have to come to Hot August Nights Reno 2014 and experience it for yourself!

Charlene Hamilton, Certified Distressed Property Expert, Helping Reno Homeowners Avoid Foreclosure

End of June 2014 Reno Home Sales Stats

End of June 2014 Reno Home Sales Stats

The end of June 2014 Reno Home Sales stats are in. We seem to be experiencing a slow but steady recovery in the Reno real estate market.The end of June 2014 Reno home sales stats are in and there is good news.  While it may be slow, it would appear that the market is steadily recovering.  Let’s see what happened in the Reno real estate market last month.

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Active listings in the Reno real estate market have increased by 6.4%, ending the month of June with a total of 2279 active listings.  Of these, only 17% (388) were short sales.  That is 10.2% lower than the amount of short sales last month.  A total of 549 Reno properties closed in June 2014.  The most activity was found in the Reno homes priced between $200,000 and $300,000.  However, six of the eight properties listed with a $1M+ price tag closed in June as well.  As you can see, there is a ton of interest in all price points of Reno homes.

I will continue recommending that any Reno home buyer come to the table with a strong offer and a lender approval letter in hand.  Don’t be afraid to offer market value if the property you are interested in is listed more than market value.  There is no need to overpay for a Reno property.  If you are selling your Reno home, price it appropriately and make sure it is staged well.  You will have buyers knocking down your door soon enough if you do.  Contact me when you’re ready to start looking for your next Reno home or wish to place your current home on the market.

Charlene Hamilton, Certified Distressed Property Expert, Helping Reno Homeowners Avoid Foreclosure

24 Hour Reno Mural Marathon 2014

24 Hour Reno Mural Marathon 2014

Seven artists, including at least three local Reno artists, will be competing for cash prizes during the 24 Hour Reno Mural Marathon 2014 outside of Circus Circus Reno.As part of the month long Reno Artown events, Circus Circus will be hosting a 24 hour Reno Mural Marathon 2014.  Artists from all over the country have submitted their applications to be a part of the process.  On July 13 & 14, seven of the selected finalists will each paint a panel on outside of Circus Circus.  The results of the 24 Hour Reno Mural Marathon 2014 will be on display for exactly one year.

What: 24 Hour Reno Mural Marathon 2014
Where: Circus Circus Reno
When: 10am to 10am July 13 & 14, 2014
Contact: Circus Circus Reno (800) 648-5010

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You can watch as seven artists put their submissions up on Circus Circus during the 24 Hour Reno Mural Marathon 2014.  This is the first event of its kind at Circus Circus.  At least three of the seven artists chosen as finalists will be from the local Reno area.  The winner of the contest will receive $2000, with $1000 being paid to the second place winner and $500 for third.  Hopefully, this will be the first of many more competitions like it here in Reno.

Come to Circus Circus this weekend to watch artists at work as they compete in the 24 Hour Reno Mural Marathon 2014.  When the imagination is unleashed, the possibilities are endless.  Cheer on your favorites as they compete.

Charlene Hamilton, Certified Distressed Property Expert, Helping Reno Homeowners Avoid Foreclosure

Reno July 4th 2014 Celebrations

Reno July 4th 2014 Celebrations

Several fun family-friendly Reno July 4th 2014 celebrations are scheduled for this Friday, July 4, 2014 in Reno.Independence Day will be here this Friday.  That’s just four days away!  Reno is gearing up to wish America a very happy 238th birthday with some fun and fireworks.  Where will you be spending the 4th?

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The City of Reno is being transformed into Artown for the month of July.  Beginning tomorrow, July 1st, more than 500 events are scheduled throughout the month that include live music, theater, performance arts, workshops, dance and much, much more.  As part of the Reno Artown festivities, there will be a special ode to the good old US of A at Wingfield Park.  Reno Celebrates America will include plenty of free family-friendly activities for all ages to enjoy as well as a patriotic musical performance by the city’s Municipal Band and a special salute to the troops.

One fun way to spend Independence Day is with America’s favorite past time: baseball.  Take the family to a Reno Aces ballgame at Aces Ballpark on Friday OR Saturday to see them play the Sacramento River Cats.  After the game each night, there will be a special fireworks display over the ball field.  If you decide to come back on Sunday, the fireworks may be gone but spectators can participate in Baseball Bingo while the kids enjoy a free hot dog, small soda and a little bag of candy for a sweet treat (available to first 500 kids only).

Remember that fireworks of any kind are illegal except at specially approved public displays in Reno.  From July 1st through July 3rd, Scheels Sporting Goods store in Sparks will be offering their flag exchange program to the first 100 customers who ask to participate.  Simply bring in your tattered Old Glory and, for $10, you can exchange it for a brand new one to fly over your Reno home during the 4th of July holiday…or any other time of the year.  Whatever you do for your Reno July 4th 2014 celebrations, just make sure you stay safe.

Charlene Hamilton, Certified Distressed Property Expert, Helping Reno Homeowners Avoid Foreclosure

Reno Rockabilly Riot 2014

Reno Rockabilly Riot 2014

Come to the Reno Rockabilly Riot 2014 June 26-29 for some hot cars, hot music and good times!What is “Rockabilly”?  A mash-up of the words “Hillbilly” and “Rock ‘N Roll”, the Rockabilly movement dates back to 1950s America and has enjoyed a run here in Reno for quite a while.  Musical influences of Rockabilly include folk, bluegrass, country, rhythm and blues, boogie woogie and, of course, classic rock ‘n roll.  All in all, its just a group of guys and gals who look back at a simpler time when fun was fun, Elvis was King and hot rods ruled the road.  You can be a part of the celebration by visiting the Reno Rockabilly Riot 2014 this weekend at The Nugget in Reno.

What: Reno Rockabilly Riot 2014
Where: The Nugget Reno
When: June 26 to 29, 2014
Cost: $10-$30 (purchase here)
Contact: Rockabilly Riot (775) 291-5008

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The Reno Rockabilly Riot 2014 promises four days of fun in the sun filled with contests, live music, tons of vendors and, of course, the coolest cars!  Consult with a tattoo artist on some new ink.  Watch as several lovely ladies compete in the Pin-Up Girl Contest.  Breathe in the heady aroma of high octane fuel while watching the drag races.  There will even be three separate diaper change contests on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with finalists competing for the grand prize on Sunday.  Adults are sure to have fun at the Burlesque Show on Saturday evening (8pm to 9:30pm) and anyone aged 21+ with a valid photo ID can partake in the all new for this year Rockabilly Pub Crawl for just $5 per cup on Friday evening (tickets available in the Rose Ballroom).  For a complete list of events, please visit the Reno Rockabilly Riot website here.

Don’t miss a moment of fun!  Get your tickets for the Reno Rockabilly Riot 2014 today.  Then, grab your best guy or gal, head to The Nugget and let the good times rock ‘n roll!

Charlene Hamilton, Certified Distressed Property Expert, Helping Reno Homeowners Avoid Foreclosure

Reno Rodeo 2014

Reno Rodeo 2014

The Reno Rodeo 2014 will be 10 days of riding and roping fun for the entire family with a carnival thrown in to boot!One of the biggest events we look forward to every year here in Reno by far and wide is the Reno Rodeo 2014.  This isn’t some rinky-dink rodeo we’re talking about either.  You’re guaranteed to see the top 15 cowboys in the entire world show off their ropin’ and ridin’ skills while they compete for serious cash prizes.

What: Reno Rodeo 2014
Where: Reno Sparks Livestock Events Center (1350 N Wells Ave)
When: June 19-28, 2014
Cost: $12-$27
Contact: (775) 329-3877 or (800) 325-7328

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The Reno Rodeo 2014 is a family-friendly affair.  In addition to the bareback riding, bull riding, professional barrel racing, steer wrestling, team roping and Saddle Bronc competitions, a full-fledged carnival will be set up on the rodeo grounds.  There is a ticket price of $1.25 each (rides typically take 3-4 tickets each), a book of 24 tickets will cost you $24 or you can purchase an armband that will get you on as many rides as you want for $28.

Don’t worry about how you’re going to keep your strength up at the Reno Rode 2014.  The food court knows how to keep your belly full.  With more than 150 vendors on-site, you can get some serious retail therapy accomplished as well.  Watch the mutton bustin’ and root for your favorite at the wiener dog races.  For a full schedule of events, please visit the Reno Rodeo website.

For some good old-fashioned family-friendly fun, visit the Reno Rodeo 2014 anytime between June 19th through the 28th.  Great food, good shopping and real live cowboys.  It’s going to be a rootin-tootin good time.

Charlene Hamilton, Certified Distressed Property Expert, Helping Reno Homeowners Avoid Foreclosure

Reno Redneck Rodeo Truck Show 2014

Reno Redneck Rodeo Truck Show 2014

Bring your most redneck truck to compete in the Reno Redneck Rodeo Truck Show 2014 on Saturday, June 14, 2014 for free.You don’t have to live in the south to be a “redneck”.  They are everywhere, even here in Reno.  In fact, as an early kick off to the 95th Annual Reno Rodeo (June 19-28, 2014), show off your redneck best at the Reno Redneck Rodeo Truck Show 2014.

What: Reno Redneck Rodeo Truck Show 2014
Where: JA Nugget Casino
When: Saturday, June 14, 2014 1pm to 6pm
Cost: FREE
Contact: JA Nugget Casino (800) 356-3300

Be a part of the best tailgate party around at the Reno Redneck Rodeo Truck Show 2014.  Whether your truck is funky or just cool, enter it to compete with other redneck trucks on the roof garden parking lot at the Nugget.  Trucks will compete in seven different categories:

  1. People’s Choice
  2. Dirtiest
  3. Best Dodge
  4. Search the MLS for Reno homes for saleBest Grandaddy (Classic) Rig
  5. Best Nevatatude
  6. Most Patriotic
  7. Best Hick Chick Truck

Anyone who wishes to enter their truck in the Reno Redneck Rodeo Truck Show 2014 can pre-register online here.  Check-in and parking begins at 11am.  Voting will take place from 1pm to 5pm on the day of the event, with awards handed out at the end of the day.  Register today to be a part of the fun or, if you don’t have a truck for competition, come to the show on June 14th to vote for your favorites.

Charlene Hamilton, Certified Distressed Property Expert, Helping Reno Homeowners Avoid Foreclosure

Reno Home Market Update – June 2014

Reno Home Market Update – June 2014

According to the Reno Home Market Update - June 2014, the Reno marketplace appears to be a seller's market for the moment.The Reno real estate market is currently favoring sellers.  With new listings increasing 2.4% in the last 30 days and the amount of homes continuing to be for sale increasing 8.4%, Reno home sellers are experiencing multiple offers which can result in price wars.  Here is a quick Reno home market update – June 2014.

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For several years now, short sales have been the “topic du jour” across the country.  The Reno real estate market has not been immune to this.  However, there were only 432 short sales listed on the Reno market last month, which is a 16.3% decrease from the prior month.  This seems to indicate that the market may finally correcting itself from the overabundance of short sales saturating the market in the past.  Banks still seem to be holding onto “shadow inventory” (homes that are either currently in foreclosure but have not hit the market yet or homes that sellers are holding onto until prices go up).  There is no way to predict when these homes will hit the Reno real estate market.

The best bit of advice I can give you is that, if you either want to buy or sell a Reno home now, do it.  Don’t wait to see what the market may or may not do.  You could miss out on a great deal (for Buyers) or you may lose out on a higher price for your Reno home (for Sellers) by waiting.  Personally, I think the fact that there was an increase in homes that were still available for sale simply means that those homes were overpriced and will be snapped up as soon as they are reduced to a more realistic market value.

Reno home buyers need to make sure that they have a lender approval letter and earnest money ready to go before they start looking.  Make sure you look at anything and everything that catches your interest currently on the market so that you get there before someone else pounces.  If you need recommendations for a lender in the Reno area, please contact me.

Charlene Hamilton, Certified Distressed Property Expert, Helping Reno Homeowners Avoid Foreclosure

Reno Spring Fever Revival 2014

Reno Spring Fever Revival 2014

The Reno Spring Fever Revival 2014 is a warm up for Hot August Nights in downtown Reno this Fri & Sat, May 30 & 31, 2014.Who says you have to wait until August to experience Hot August Nights in Reno?  Everyday is a good day for some cool cars and hot music!  The Reno Spring Fever Revival 2014 hits downtown Reno May 30-31, 2014.  Any classic car aficionado knows how hot this ticket is!

What: Reno Spring Fever Revival 2014
Where: Downtown Reno
When: May 30-31, 2014 10am to 9pm
Cost: Free
Contact: Hot August Nights (775) 356-1956 or via email

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No cars manufactured after 1976 will be allowed at the Reno Spring Fever Revival 2014.  Be prepared to see some American muscle cars in their prime.  The Celebrity Show-n-Shine is always popular among guests.  Stroll through the street faire vendor booths.  Pick up something tasty to eat from one of the food vendors. Enjoy free live entertainment each day.  Don’t leave the Reno Spring Fever Revival 2014 without some memorabilia.

If you are a classic car owner who wants to show off your ride, download your Reno Spring Fever Revival 2014 entry form here.  There is a $25 entry fee required.  However, if you are already registered for Hot August Nights 2014, the entry fee will be waived for the Spring Fever Revival.  Everyone with a car registered in the event this weekend will receive a commemorative dash plaque, lunc (courtesy of A&W) and a 2-for-1 buffet ticket at the Silver Legacy.

You don’t have to own a classic car to enjoy the festivities.  All you need is an appreciation for classic beauty.  Show your love at the Reno Spring Fever Revival 2014 this Friday and Saturday, May 30th and 31st in downtown Reno.  You’re going to have a hot time for sure.

Charlene Hamilton, Certified Distressed Property Expert, Helping Reno Homeowners Avoid Foreclosure

Reno Street Food Party in the Park

Reno Street Food Party in the Park

The Reno Street Food Party in the Park starts up at Idlewild Park this Friday, May 23, 2014 and continues through Oct 3, 2014.This weekend is Memorial Day weekend.  It will be a weekend filled with events in Reno honoring those that have fought for our freedom over the years as well as gatherings involving family and friends in Reno.  Start things off with a fun Reno Street Food Party in the Park at Idlewild Park on Friday, May 23rd.

What: Reno Street Food Party in the Park
Where: Idlewild Park (1900 Idlewild Dr)
When: Every Friday from May 23 to Oct 3, 2014 5pm to 9pm
Contact: Steve with Reno Street Food (775) 825-2665 or via email

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At the Reno Street Food Party in the Park, several gourmet food trucks will set up shop at Idlewild Park.  In addition to the food trucks, several local Reno restaurants will also set up pop-up shops and food trailers to sell delicious meals to the public in the park rather than in their regular brick and mortar shops.  It’s your chance to dine on your favorites or sample something a little different.  Local Reno area breweries will provide fine crafted beer for the over 21 set (must have a valid ID to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages).  If beer isn’t your thing, you can enjoy a mixed drink, a regional wine or some cider instead.

Local Reno area musicians will be on hand every Friday to provide free live entertainment while you dine out in the open air.  Parking is provided absolutely free of charge.  Kids won’t be bored when you have both a playground and train to keep them busy.

If you enjoy all that the Reno Street Food Party in the Park provides, you may want to consider trying the regular Lunch at Midtown service available every Tuesday through Thursday from 11am to 2pm.  Reno Lunch at Midtown is located at Statewide Lighting (Virginia and Arroyo).  Please visit the Reno Street Food Party Facebook page to see which food truck vendors will be on-site each week.  Happy eating!

Charlene Hamilton, Certified Distressed Property Expert, Helping Reno Homeowners Avoid Foreclosure