Posts Tagged ‘Life’

Las Vegas Homes: Spooky Housing Superstitions

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Over the years I have always been intrigued at just how much of a role superstitions play in Las Vegas. Lucky charms, lucky hats, lucky coins, lucky numbers even lucky rooms, visitors and locals alike go to great lengths to ensure that Lady Luck is on their side. Even casinos such as The Wynn have omitted floors ending in the number four as the number four brings with it bad luck.

These same kinds of superstitions have spilled over into the Las Vegas real estate market as well. Buyers have been known to avoid closing on a home on a day ending in the number four and they most certainly would not buy a home with an address ending in the number four. Why? The number four in Chinese sounds eerily similar to the word death. They are much more attracted to the number eight which is associated with riches or wealth.

Set aside bad feng shui and unlucky numbers and there are a slew of other spooky housing superstitions. St. Joseph sells houses. Did you know that a statute of the patron saint of selling homes is commonly buried in the front yard of homes with the hopes that it will speed the selling process?

No faith in St. Joseph? Protect your home from witches this weekend by putting fennel seed in the keyholes of your doors or in the door jams. Whatever the superstition, if buyers, sellers and homeowners believe in them they’ll continue to put them into practice no matter how silly it may seem.

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Lake Mead Water Level Rising

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

The water levels of Lake Mead are rising. For the first time in over ten years, the water is headed up not down and although no one wants to celebrate too soon, it’s worth popping a little bubbly for.

The water problem in Las Vegas has been a concern for years and the main solution has been water conservation. In 2007 we blogged about a Water Smart Congress and Las Vegas has been focusing their efforts to ease the water problem. Clark County continues to be applauded and awarded for it’s various conservation practices including the tax credits for converting to desert landscaping and the enforcement of water schedules and practices. Way to go!

Analysts believe that the rising levels of Lake Mead will only continue until the end of the year. Heavy snowfall has accounted for the level increase and only time and Mother Nature will tell what will happen this next season. As it stands with the current rate of water rising, Lake Mead will be around 50% capacity. Not yet enough to start splurging on our water usage.

Conservation programs are continually being tweaked and new ideas are being birthed as the promise to climb out of this decade of drought is uncertain. My contribution? Take fewer baths and shorter showers, keep the inside instead of the outside of my car squeaky clean and order beer instead of tap water at the local watering hole.

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Las Vegas Life: What Not To Do

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

I’ve recently come across several popular Las Vegas websites featuring articles on what not to do when you are a visitor in Las Vegas. The lists are for the young and adventurous tourist looking for a good time, not really for the permanent Las Vegans. Since I’ve been a Las Vegas real estate resident for over 15 years, I decided to make a “What Not to Do” list for the locals, based on my own experience. Enjoy.

  1. Do not skip the sunscreen just because you tan easily. The Las Vegas sun is intense. One good burn will damage your skin for life.
  2. Do not go to the Las Vegas Strip on weekends, especially in the summer, if you don’t have to.
  3. Do not go see the free outdoor show at TI. It’s a waste of time and a prime location for pickpockets and time share salesmen – people scrunched together with big purses and strollers with no place to go for 15 minutes at a time.
  4. Do not go the DMV with the expectation that you’ll be in and out in a few minutes. Give yourself plenty of time.
  5. Do not try to be a hotel visitor so you can swim in one of the many luxurious pools. Save yourself the embarrassment.
  6. Do not eat at the cheapest buffets in town just to save a little money. Who knows how long the cottage cheese has been out on the salad bar.
  7. Do not wear an adult diaper to avoid getting up from a lucky slot machine. Come on locals. That’s just not right.
  8. Do not water your plants when you feel like it. Follow the water schedule and avoid a lofty fine.
  9. Do not trim your neighbors palm trees just because they hang over into your yard. Ask them first.
  10. Do not park in a numbered parking spot ANYWHERE unless it’s yours.

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Las Vegas: Is it really a dirty city?

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Question: Is Las Vegas really a dirty city?

Just last month, Yahoo! Travel published an article documenting America’s top 10 dirtiest cities. Guess who made the list? You got it. The city of Las Vegas came in at lucky number seven (oh the irony). It fell two notches from from spot number five in 2010’s poll but it’s an improvement. The break down as to why Las Vegas made the list wasn’t very detailed other than the fact that Vegas is the number one party town in America. How does that translate into dirty? Are we dirty as in hygiene or dirty as in morals? Hmmmmm.

One interesting tidbit mentioned in this article was that Sin City was number 1 for the most luxurious hotels. Again, I’m not sure how you can have the most luxurious hotels in the country and yet still be on the dirtiest cities list. These luxury hotels make certain that their immediate surroundings are pristine. Have you seen the Wynn’s landscape lately? What about the Bellagio? The incredible dancing fountain viewing area is always kept crystal clean.

If you head into some of the dirtier parts of town,  I am still not sure that Las Vegas should have made the list. Nearly every city in the county has dirty parts of town. Now if they’re referring to dust and dirt from all the construction, then maybe I can see it. Dust and dirt coat vehicles all year round.

Answer: No. I think Las Vegas just got a bad wrap on this one.

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Fun Friday: Facts About Father’s Day

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19th.

Did You Know….

There are 64.3 million fathers in the United States.
The first Father’s Day was celebrated in 1908 in Fairmont, West Virginia.
The first celebration was to honor fathers who died in a mining accident.
Father’s Day was proclaimed by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966.
Father’s Day will earn over $8 billion in sales.
Over 95 million cards will be given to dads this Father’s Day.
50% of those cards are bought by children.
The majority of cards will be given to dad from daughter.

Famous Father/Son Duos
Bob & Ziggy Marley
Donald & Kiefer Sutherland
George Bush & George W. Bush
Hank Williams & Hank Williams Jr.
Ken Griffey & Ken Griffey Jr.
Kirk & Michael Douglas
Martin & Charlie Sheen
Nick & George Clooney
Will & Jaden Smith

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