Reno Ukulele Festival 2014

The Reno Ukulele Festival 2014 includes free workshops, free lessons for the kids and professional concerts at night.The ukulele has grown in popularity in the past few years.  It’s come a long way from Tiny Tim’s “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” thanks to bands like the Leftover Cuties who incorporate it into their retro jazz music.  The good news for ukulele fans is that Leftover Cuties will be one of the bands performing at the Reno Ukulele Festival 2014 this weekend.  Yay!

What: Reno Ukulele Festival 2014
Where: Celebrity Showroom, John Ascauga’s Nugget
When: April 24-27, 2014
Contact: Doug Reynolds, California Ukulele Academy (775) 220-0995

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The Reno Ukulele Festival 2014 is four day festival celebrating all things ukulele-related.  There will be several free workshops during the day, free intro lesson for kids ages 10-13 and a concert featuring ukulele instruments on Friday and Saturday evenings.  Leftover Cuties will be performing on Friday, April 25th with “Seinfeld” actress turned ukulele star Heidi Swedberg opening up for them.  Then, on Saturday, April 26th, Gerald Ross opens up for Grammy Award winner Daniel Ho.  For a complete list of free workshops available (including dates and times), please visit the California Ukulele Academy’s website here.

Visitors to the Reno Ukulele Festival 2014 can either purchase day passes or buy individual concert tickets.  For more information, please contact Doug Reynolds at (775) 220-0995.  Learn more about this tiny cousin to the guitar.  By the end of the festival, you might even be able to play a little!

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

Easter Sunday 2014 in Reno

Easter Sunday 2014 in Reno promises fun times for all Reno families, including brunch with the big bunny himself.This Sunday, April 20th is Easter Sunday 2014 in Reno.  Even though the Easter Bunny will have had a busy Saturday evening hiding eggs, I have it on good authority that he will be making appearances around the City of Reno throughout the day.  Where is he going to be popping up near you?

What: Brunch with Bunny
Where: Circus Circus (500 N Sierra)
When: 9am to 1pm
Contact: (775) 329-0711

The Easter Bunny is holding court at the Circus Circus Courtyard Buffet on Easter Day in Reno.  Make sure you bring your camera to take advantage of this fun and tasty photo-op!

What: Easter Dining
Where: Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (2707 S Virginia St)
When: 9am to 3pm at Biscotti’s ($35.95/adult, $15.95/child 4-11), 11am to 8pm at Cafe Milano ($22.95 per person) & 9am to 9pm at Island Buffet ($24.99/adult, $12.99/child 4-11)
Contact: (775) 826-2121

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The Peppermill Resort Spa Casino is hosting Easter dining specials all day at their three dining establishments: Biscotti’s, Cafe Milano and the Island Buffet.  Each restaurant will be hosting a special Easter menu as well as their regular dining fare.  No reservations are needed.  However, the restaurants can be crowded during the Easter holiday.

What are you doing for Easter Sunday 2014 in Reno?  If your plans include a visit with the big bunny himself or enjoying a meal with the family, you have options.  Happy Easter!

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

I Think Reno Can Be…

Do you have ideas on how to improve life in Reno for its residents? Tweet them using #thinkreno, particpate in an online forum or visit one of the live forums throughout April 2014.Personally, I think Reno can be amazing.  I’ve thought so for the many years I have lived here, worked here and raised my family here.  The City of Reno recently began their #thinkreno campaign to find out what Reno citizens think Reno can be.  Now is your chance to let City officials know what you think.

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Do you have an idea on how to improve our way of life here in Reno?  The size and scope of the idea isn’t the issue.  In fact, there is no such thing as “small ideas” when it comes to creating a better city for everyone in Reno.  Whether the idea is 100% original or you simply want to weigh in on something one of your Reno neighbors suggests, all input is accepted.  Twitter followers will get their ideas seen by adding #thinkreno to their posts.  Or Reno residents can hop onto the I #thinkreno can be forum online, comment on previous ideas or submit an idea for consideration.

Several community #thinkreno forums are scheduled throughout April 2014 for Reno residents to come together to discuss their ideas.  The schedule for Reno community forums is as follows:

  • April 17, 2014 at 6pm – Women & Children’s Center (3905 Neil Rd #2)
  • April 21, 2104 at 6pm – The Collective (100 N Arlington Ave #100)
  • April 22, 2014 at 6pm – Stead Airport (4895 Texas Ave)
  • April 23, 2014 at 6pm – McQueen Fire Station (7105 Mae Anne Ave)
  • April 24, 2014 at 6pm – Damonte Fire Station (Steamboat Pkwy & Veterans Pkwy)
  • April 29, 2014 at 6pm – Caughlin Ranch HOA (1070 Caughlin Crossing)

The #thinkreno counsel will be following the trending topics on Twitter as well as the online and live forums to review ideas and responses from fellow Reno residents.  Even if you don’t hear back from them right away, rest assured that they are being vigilant.  So, next time you find yourself wondering “I think Reno can be…”, tweet your idea (include #thinkreno), visit the online forum or participate in a live community forum near you.  You never know.  Your idea may be instrumental in the direction Reno heads in the future.

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

Rastro Reno 2014 Opening Day

Rastro Reno 2014 Opening Day is on Sunday, April 6th from 9am to 3pm, with tons of vendors, food and live entertainment.El Rastro de Madrid is an open air market held in Spain that goes all the way back to medieval times.  While our version doesn’t go back nearly as far, Rastro Reno was inspired by El Rastro de Madrid.  This annual open air market takes the average farmer’s market to a whole new level.  Rastro Reno 2014 opening day is April 6th and you won’t want to miss what’s in store to start this season off.

What: Rastro Reno 2014 Opening Day
Where: ReTRAC Plaza, downtown Reno (3rd St & Virginia to W Commercial Row & W St)
When: Sunday, April 6, 2014 9am to 3pm
Admission: FREE
Contact: Rastro Reno (775) 386-8010 or via email

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During the Rastro Reno 2014 opening day, vendors from all over the Reno area will be on hand to sell their wares.  Whether you’re interested in arts and crafts, apparel, accessories, handbags, footwear, jewelry, home decor, pet products, produce, unique gift items or handmade soaps and candles, there is a vendor ready to service your needs.  When you get hungry, you’ll have a wide variety of made-to-order food items to choose from.  West Coast Hot Sauce, Urban Roots and Java Ship Coffee are just a few of the most recent vendors added to the Rastro Reno 2014 opening day roster, with more vendors are being added every day.

Local Reno area hula hoop duo Hullusions will be performing live for the guests at Rastro Reno 2014 opening day.  Food, fun and festivities abound.  You won’t want to miss a minute of it!  This year’s Rastro Reno will be held every Sunday after opening day through September 2014.

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

Reno Jazz Festival 2014

Middle school, high school and college students will be joining up with professionals at the Reno Jazz Festival 2014 April 10-12. All jazz lovers are welcome to attend.For more than 50 years, the Reno Jazz Festival has brought the most talented musicians (both professional and students) that jazz music has to offer to the Reno area.  For the Reno Jazz Festival 2014, this trend continues to be on point.  Whether you are a jazz connoisseur or have simply been a little curious to find out what it’s all about, be prepared to be wowed.

What: Reno Jazz Festival 2014
When: April 10-12, 2014
Where: University of Nevada, Reno (1041 N Virginia St)
Cost: Varies
Contact: Lawlor Events Center Box Office (800) 325-7328

Search the MLS for Reno homes for saleSchool bands from all over the country as well as seasoned professionals will be performing at the Reno Jazz Festival 2014.  Middle school, high school and college students will be competing for awards in several categories, including individual, combo, choir and showcase performances.  The guest artists for the Reno Jazz Festival 2014 are Israeli-born, award-winning trumpeteer Avishai Cohen with The Collective and electrically explosive LA-based ensemble Kneebody.

Several clinics and workshops have been set up throughout the three day Reno Jazz Festival 2014 to give young musicians the opportunity to learn how to hone their craft from more seasoned veterans.  You can purchase individual day passes, multi-day passes or individual concert tickets.  Special discounts are available for groups of five or more.  Visit the Reno Jazz Festival’s website to find out more about ticket types and prices.

Support our young musicians.  Or, come to see great talent in the making.  Get your tickets to the Reno Jazz Festival 2014 now.

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

Reno Thank a Firefighter Concert 2014

The Reno Thank a Firefighter Concert 2014 at the Knitting Factory on 3/21/14 will benefit the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, who assists firefighters and their families.Sure, Superman, Spiderman, Batman and the Avengers capture the box office.  But firefighters are among our everyday heroes whose sole job is to protect our very lives and property.  When you are surrounded by woodlands like those of us who live in Reno are, wildfires are an added risk.  Dozens of firefighters lose their lives every year battling flames in the Reno area, leaving behind families to cope with their devastating losses.  The Wildland Firefighter Foundation is hosting their Reno Thank a Firefighter Concert 2014 on Friday, March 21st to raise money to provide assistance to these families.  Will you help?

What: Reno Thank a Firefighter Concert 2014
Where: Knitting Factory (211 N Virginia St)
When: March 21, 2014 7:30pm
Cost: $20 per person
Contact: Knitting Factory (775) 323-5648

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The Reno Thank a Firefighter Concert 2014 is an annual fundraiser for the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.  Their organization provides financial and crisis assistance to families of fallen firefighters as well as to those injured in the line of duty.  At this year’s concert, guests will enjoy musical performances by The Original Wailers reggae group, Reno’s own rock group Sil Shoda and Reno-based the Smokin Rats.  Doors will open at 7pm, with the first of the evening’s raucous entertainment starting at 7:30pm.

If you’re interested in attending the Reno Thank a Firefighter Concert 2014, you can purchase tickets online or contact the Knitting Factory box office at (775) 323-5648.  Firefighters literally put their lives at risk every time they do their job to help total strangers.  Please help the Wildland Firefighter Foundation continue assisting those Reno area firefighters that are injured in the line of duty and the families of those that perish to protect our lives.  Surely you can spare one evening of great entertainment to say “thank you”.

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

Reno Real Estate Market in February 2014

In February 2014, the Reno real estate market remained steady for the amount of active listings.  However, the mix has changed up as short sales continue to decrease and higher priced Reno home sales have increased.Spring is in the air.  The sun is just now beginning to peek its shiny face out from behind the clouds.  The Reno real estate market in February 2014 saw a slight change from the previous month.

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While the number of active Reno listings has remained similar to those in January, the mix of homes on the Reno real estate market in February 2014 has made an interesting shift.  For example, short sales now make up 30% of the Reno real estate market…a 6% decrease over the previous month.  Also, Reno homes for sale in the $400,000-$500,000 and $600,000-$700,000 price range have seen double digit increases (20% and 24%, respectively).  This seems to indicate that Reno Sellers are confident enough in the market that they believe their homes are now worth enough for them to sell.  In the past, the Reno homes in the higher price ranges have struggled to sell while the lower priced homes didn’t seem to have a problem selling quickly.  It’s nice to see these higher priced properties catching up to their lower priced peers.

When selling your Reno home, it’s important to remember that real estate can be a lot like the stock market.  For example, if you own Disney stock that you bought for $100 a share but needed to sell it when the market is at $50 a share, you have a choice to make.  Either you sell the stock for a loss and move on or you keep the stock and wait for the value to (possibly) go up.  The real estate is pretty much the same.  Your property will only sell for what a Buyer is willing to pay for it and what an appraiser believes it is worth.  You wouldn’t expect to overpay for your new Reno home.  A Buyer doesn’t expect to either.  As long as you price it competitively for the market in your neighborhood, you should have no problem selling it quickly.

Finally, I am happy to announce that I will be teaming up with Lesley Veach, THE short sale expert in my office with 17 years of experience and more than 600 short sale negotiations under her belt.  As short sales have begun to dwindle in the Reno market, she is turning her focus back to traditional sales that are the predominant force today.  With the Reno real estate market in February 2014 indicating an even further decrease in short sales, I foresee a fantastic partnership in the future.  To find out more about her, please visit Lesley’s Reno Short Sale website.

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

Reno Video Contest 2014

Submit a 30 second Instagram, Vine or Facebook video to the Reno Video Contest 2014 by April 1st and you might win $1000.Our city isn’t known as the Biggest Little City in the World for nothing.  Reno has become so much more than just a place to stop and gamble on your way to somewhere else.  To help Reno residents and guests navigate the multitude of activities, events and local news happening throughout the city every day, Reno.gov has revamped its website to be much more user-friendly.  They want to know how you are using the new site to your advantage by holding a Reno Video Contest 2014.

What: Reno Video Contest 2014
By: Reno.gov
Deadline: 10am on April 1, 2014
Submit to: City of Reno Facebook page

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For the Reno Video Contest 2014, contestants simply need to submit a 30 second Instagram, Vine or YouTube video telling the City how you use Reno.gov to your advantage.  Whether you’re a businessman or a busy mom, curious about community events or interested in keeping your friends, family and neighbors safe, Reno.gov makes it easier than ever to stay on top of what’s happening in Reno.  The top 10 finalists will be announced on April 3rd.  These top 10 submissions will be posted on the City’s Facebook page.  Whichever video receives the most votes by April 11th will win the grand prize of $1000.  For a complete list of the official contest rules, please visit the City of Reno’s Get Involved Contest page here.

The Reno Video Contest 2014 is open to all Reno residents between now and 10am on April 1st.  Let the City know how you utilize the new Reno.gov website to help you stay involved in your community.  You might even win a nice bit of pocket change as well.

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

Reno Doctors’ Wives Rummage Sale 2014

The popular Reno Doctors' Wives Rummage Sale 2014 helps raise money for local nursing student scholarships and other health-oriented programs in the Reno area thanks to the AWCMS.Who doesn’t love a bargain?  When you can save money AND help others in the Reno community, it makes that bargain even better.  That’s exactly what the Alliance to the Washoe County Medical Society (AWCMS) believes.  The Reno Doctors’ Wives Rummage Sale 2014 takes place this Saturday, March 1st where there will be bargains galore!

What: Reno Doctors’ Wives Rummage Sale 2014
Where: Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, Exhibit Hall
When: March 1, 2014 8am to 4pm
Cost: $3 per adult, FREE for children 17 and under
Contact: AWCMS (775) 829-1303

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The Reno Doctors’ Wives Rummage Sale 2014 is the latest in one of the most popular of the AWCMS events in the Reno area.  Thanks to the generous donations of its members and the community at large, all proceeds from the rummage sale benefits programs supported by the AWCMS, such as scholarships for nursing students at the Orvis School of Nursing and to the HAWC Community Health Center.  Last year, the AWCMS was able to raise $58,000 from the one day rummage sale alone.

The Reno Doctors’ Wives Rummage Sale 2014 is always happy to receive help from volunteers.  This week, they could use assistance in stacking and packing items in preparation for Saturday’s sale.  Also, if you have any items you would like to donate to the cause (gently used clothing and household items are the most popular), please contact the AWCMS at (775) 829-1303.  They will also be accepting monetary donations for their Community Action Fund Grant Program, which provides grants to local Washoe County health-oriented programs.

Volunteers for the Reno Doctors’ Wives Rummage Sale 2014 are still needed.  So, if you live in the Reno area and would like to help, please contact the AWCMS.  Whether you make a monetary donation, volunteer your time or come down and shop the bargains available, please know that your efforts will go right back into helping the Reno community.  Now that’s time and money well spent.

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

Rule the Road Reno 2014

The top 19 Reno car dealers will be on hand at Rule the Road Reno 2014 Feb 21-23 offering great deals on their automobile inventory.In the market for a new vehicle?  Not sure exactly which kind of car you want but don’t have the time to run around from dealership to dealership?  Come to the Rule the Road Reno 2014 event at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center this weekend.  It’s a one-stop place to shop for your next automobile.

What: Rule the Road Reno 2014
When: February 21-23, 2014 12pm to 8pm Fri, 10am to 8pm Sat, 10am to 5pm Sun
Where: Reno-Sparks Convention Center
Cost: Free Admission, Parking Fee
Contact: Jim Minor (775) 853-5800 or via email

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The top 19 Reno automotive dealers will be on hand at Rule the Road Reno 2014.  These include Acura of Reno, Jones West Ford, Lithia Subaru and Mercedes Benz of Reno offering several very different price points for Reno area residents to consider.  Financing begins at 0% interest and some dealers are offering as much as $6000 in rebates.

In today’s hectic world, anything that makes life a little simpler is greatly appreciated.  Instead of going to the dealer for your next car purchase, let the dealer come to you.  Make plans to visit Rule the Road Reno 2014 this weekend for great deals from over a dozen of the best car dealerships in the Reno area.

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