Lost a dog in Las Vegas? Here’s some suggestions.

YukiCouchSome things that may help find a lost dog:

1. Immediately post flyers for the missing dog in the area he/she was last seen. Make sure to also post or inquire at convenience stores, pet stores, groomers, and vets nearby. Free template for a flyer and online lost pet reporting: http://www.helpinglostpets.com/v2/EditPet.aspx

2. Register your lost dog on The Animal Foundation (aka TAF, the pound, or formerly Lied shelter) http://animalfoundation.com/lost-found/register- lost-found-pet/ and check http://animalfoundation.com/lost-found/found-pets/ daily or more often. This page actually links to Petharbor.com which is the most comprehensive database of lost/found pets online in our area.

3. Check Petharbor.com daily at least

4. Craigslist. Place a free lost ad here http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/search/laf . Check there and also here daily: http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/search/pet

5. Join and post a free lost ad on Nextdoor.com or via their phone app. One of your neighbors may have or seen your pet recently and don’t know how to contact you.

6. Go to all three area shelters daily. http://www.nevadaspca.org/find-us, http://animalfoundation.com/location-hours/, http://www.cityofhenderson.com/animal-control/lost-and-found. Most dogs at the city shelters have very limited time before they are euthanized or placed up for adoptions. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE with the shelters.

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Algunas cosas que pueden ayudar a encontrar un perro perdido (que pueden haber hecho algunos de ellos ya – lo siento por repeticiones):

1. puesto inmediatamente volantes para el perro que falta en el área que él / ella fue visto por última vez. Asegúrese de colocar también o preguntar en tiendas de conveniencia, tiendas de mascotas, peluqueros y veterinarios cercanos. Plantilla gratuita para un folleto y en línea perdida de informes para mascotas: http://www.helpinglostpets.com/v2/EditPet.aspx

2. Registre su perro perdido en la “Animal Foundation” (también conocido como TAF, Lied refuigio) y mira http://animalfoundation.com/lost-found/found-pets/ día o más a menudo. El website a registre su perro perdido es petharbor.com

3. Revise petharbor.com diaria todos los días o más a menudo. Esta es la mayor base de datos de animales de compañía perdidos / encontrados en la Internet

4. Craigslist. Colocar un anuncio gratis aquí http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/search/laf. Compruebe allí y también aquí a diario: http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/search/pet

5. Unir y publicar un anuncio perdida gratuita sobre Nextdoor.com oa través de su aplicación de teléfono. Uno de sus vecinos o pueden haber visto recientemente su mascota y no saben cómo comunicarse con usted.

6. Ir a los tres refugios de la zona todos los días. http://www.nevadaspca.org/find-us, http://animalfoundation.com/location-hours/, http://www.cityofhenderson.com/animal-control/lost-and-found. La mayoría de los perros en los refugios de la ciudad tienen muy poco tiempo antes de que sean sometidos a eutanasia o colocados en adopción. EL TIEMPO ES DE LA ESENCIA con los refugios.

Married Couples: Are You Taking Title to Your Nevada Property Correctly?

Image result for married coupleThe article below is courtesy of the Law Offices of Lee A. Drizin, Chtd. The original post is here along with their contact information. It is recommended to consult a qualified attorney for decisions regarding holding title and estate planning.


Helping Married Couples Understand the Best Way to Own Real Estate

June 22, 2016

“One of the last things most home buyers think about is how to take title to their new house. It’s best to consult a real estate attorney before deciding but, unfortunately, most homeowners don’t do that.” Robert J. Bruss, Los Angeles Times, Picking the Best Way to Hold Title to your Home, January 11, 2014.

In many instances married homeowners are acquiring title to their home as joint tenants. Joint tenancy provides that upon the death of one of the joint owners, the survivor will own the entire property. NRS 132.210. The substantial advantage of joint tenancy is that this type of ownership avoids probate. A death certificate is all a surviving joint tenant needs to take control of a joint asset. However, this type of ownership does not take advantage of other methods which are available and are even more advantageous for the home owners.marriage, real estate attorney

Married couples may hold title simply as community property and keep the right to will their separate interests to other people, or they may hold title with the right of survivorship and guarantee that, upon death of one spouse or partner, the property will go to the surviving spouse or partner without any court proceedings needed. Community Property with Rights of Survivorship is a better alternative than joint tenancy for married couple as a result of a “stepped-up basis” that joint tenants generally do not receive, unless they comply with Rev. Rul. 87-98 as described herein. For example, if Jim and Mary Jones purchase a home today for $250,000 as joint tenants, each owner has a basis of $125,000. If Jim passes away in 10 years when the home has appreciated to $350,000, Mary becomes the sole owner of the property. If she decides to sell the property at that time she will pay taxes upon the gain which is calculated as the difference between the sales price and her basis. Mary will receive an increase in basis pertaining to the half received from Jim; however, the basis in her one-half of the property is determined at the time she acquired the property. As a result her basis is $300,000 ($125,000 + $175,000) and she will be taxed upon the $50,000 gain. *It should be noted that ownership of real property as joint tenants in a community property state can receive stepped up basis treatment under certain conditions. The problem is that when real estate is held as joint tenancy, there is a presumption that it was transmuted (converted) to separate property and no step-up in basis would be allowed. However, if the parties clearly indicate in writing that they intended the property not to be transmuted to separate property, the community nature of the property is preserved. The danger with using joint tenancy is that most couples don’t realize a writing is required and the stepped up basis is lost.

When property is owned as community property with rights of survivorship, both halves of the property receive a “stepped up basis”. In other words, Mary’s basis would become the fair market value of the entire parcel at Jim’s death. If she chose to sell the property at that time, there would be no gain and no additional tax burden imposed!


Top Tech Tools for Home Buyers

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Google sheets Searching for your dream home is an exciting, and often stressful process. I’ve assembled a list of some of the best tech tools on the market to help reduce the stress and anxiety of home buying.


The key to keeping sane during the home search is being organized– especially if you are searching with your partner. Both of you will be independently scouring the internet for homes, shooting off a flurry of emails with titles like “thoughts??” or “this might be the one” with links to different homes. And if your inbox is anything like mine, an email will quickly drop to the bottom of the page and not looked at until I partake in a marathon inbox cleaning. Instead, create a spreadsheet with all the pertinent information and a shareable link.  Here is a link to a template you can use. Don’t forget to include your Realtor in the sharing; having a place for him/her to add also add notes, spec sheets, etc. will be greatly appreciated.

Google Photos 

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Trust me when I tell you that after touring a few houses they all start to look the same. Since you are already using Google for the spreadsheet I provided above, go to your favorite app store and install the Google Photos app. It automatically creates a backup all the photos you take and places in a shareable folder. Be sure to take a picture of the front of the home, address markers, distinctive features, and any areas of concern you notice.



If your search is in an urban area, Walkscore is a must-have app. Walkscore allows you to see how close a property is to local amenities like schools, grocery stores, restaurants, etc. New updates also give you Bikescores and Transitscores to help you get around whatever your chosen mode of transportation is.


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If your search involves purchasing an existing home, I can promise you that there will be things you’ll want to change to fit your style. While your Realtor might have a general idea of remodeling costs, sites like Homewyse are a great resource for finding a more exact cost for future projects.

Utilizing these four tech tools can help in your home search process. What are some of the tools you’ve found helpful? Let me know in the comment section below.

Source: Top Tech Tools for Home Buyers

Check Out Barbie’s New Smart Home

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Yes, you heard me right. Barbie maker, Mattel, announced at the 2016 International Toy Fair in New York that the Barbie Dreamhouse will come equipped with Wi-Fi allowing users of the toy to connect to an app for voice-recognition. Kids will now be able to interact with the new smart home by saying, ““Hello, Dreamhouse. Turn on the bedroom light,” and the lights will turn on. Other voice-activated controls include the elevator, the oven, and a whole-house “party mode” that makes the chandeliers spin and turns the stairs into a slide.

For a modest price of $299, this wonder of technology can be yours.

Source: Check Out Barbie’s New Smart Home

5 Home Projects With The Worst Return

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A few days ago we wrote an article on the projects that provide the best returns, today we’ll be discussing the 5 projects that have the worst returns. Every year the great folks at Remodeling Magazine put together a report titled, Cost vs. Value. The report investigates and ranks the best and worst projects for the home as it relates to the value it creates compared to it’s cost. We’ve parsed through the data to come up with the projects where you get the least bang for your buck. Take a look for yourself at the rest of the list, as well as your specific region.

#5–Major Kitchen Remodel– Cost recouped= 68.9%

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Remodel Magazine states that a major kitchen remodel as: “Update an outmoded 200-square-foot kitchen with a functional layout of 30 linear feet of semi-custom wood cabinets, including a 3-by-5-foot island; laminate countertops; and standard double-tub stainless-steel sink with standard single-lever faucet. Include energy-efficient wall oven, cooktop, ventilation system, built-in microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and custom lighting. Add new resilient flooring. Finish with painted walls, trim, and ceiling.”

#4–Composite Deck Addition– Cost recouped= 64.4%

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Construction of an average size (16’x20′) deck with a job cost of $16,798 netted an average return of $10,819.

#3–Master Suite Addition– Cost recouped= 64.1%

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Remodel Magazine describes a master suite addition as: “Add a 24-by-16-foot master bedroom suite over a crawlspace. Include walk-in closet/dressing area, whirlpool tub in ceramic tile platform, separate 3-by-4-foot ceramic tile shower, and double-bowl vanity with solid-surface countertop.” Average cost of $115,810 saw an increased resale return of $74,224.

#2–Backup Power Generator– Cost recouped= 59.4%

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Average job cost of $12,721. Resale value increase of only $7,556.

#1–Bathroom Addition– Cost recouped 56.2%

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Add a full 6-by-8-foot bathroom has an average job cost of $42,233 and a resale value of $23,727.


Source: 5 Home Projects With The Worst Return

Top 5 Remodeling Projects That Increase a Home’s Value

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Every year the great folks at Remodeling Magazine put together a report titled, Cost vs. Value. The report investigates and ranks the best and worst projects for the home as it relates to the value it creates compared to it’s cost. We’ve parsed through the data to come up with the top projects where you get the most bang for your buck. Take a look for yourself at the rest of the list, as well as your specific region.

Attic Insulation– Cost recouped= 116.9%


Manufactured Stone Veneer– Cost recouped= 92.9%

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As a building material, manufactured stone has become very popular for a couple of reasons: 1) inexpensive, 2) lightweight and easy to install, 3) new colors and textures look just like stone. The new stone veneers are also little to maintenance and carry multi-year warranties.

Garage Door Replacement– Cost recouped= 91.5%

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“Remove and dispose of existing 16×7-foot garage door and tracks. Install new 4-section garage door on new galvanized steel tracks; reuse existing motorized opener. New door is uninsulated, single-layer, embossed steel with two coats of baked-on paint, galvanized steel hinges, and nylon rollers. 10-year limited warranty.”

Entry Door Replacement– Cost recouped= 91.1%

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“Remove existing 3-0/6-8 entry door and jambs and replace with new 20-gauge steel unit, including clear dual-pane half-glass panel, jambs, and aluminum threshold with composite stop. Door is factory finished with same color both sides. Exterior brick-mold and 2.5-inch interior colonial or ranch casings in poplar or equal prefinished to match door color. Replace existing lockset with new bored-lock in brass or antique-brass finish.”

Minor Kitchen Remodel– Cost recouped= 83.1%

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Remodel Magazine describes a Minor Kitchen Remodel as, “In a functional but dated 200-square-foot kitchen with 30 linear feet of cabinetry and countertops, leave cabinet boxes in place but replace fronts with new raised-panel wood doors and drawers, including new hardware. Replace wall oven and cooktop with new energy-efficient models. Replace laminate countertops; install mid priced sink and faucet. Repaint trim, add wall covering, and remove and replace resilient flooring.”

This is part one of a two-part series we are doing on cost vs. value. Come back on Saturday to view the article about the 5 worst projects for return on investment.

Source: Top 5 Remodeling Projects That Increase a Home’s Value