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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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Identity Theft & Prevention

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

In 2009 alone, there were over 10 million cases of identity theft. Here we are two years later and it is no surprise that identity theft is still on the rise. Tough financial times can lend themselves to people taking extremely desperate measures and stealing the identity of someone who has money readily available to them. While some use the information for shopping sprees, others are using the newly obtained name to commit crimes or even establish a new identity within another country.

Identities are being stolen by….

  • Digging through trash looking for statements with personal information and account numbers on them.
  • Taking personal papers from plain sight. (Almost half of all victims know the thief).
  • Stealing a wallet or purse.
  • Directly obtaining a credit card or debit card number.
  • Hacking into a server or database where personal information is stored.
  • Taking information from someone’s computer on an unsecured wireless network.
  • A victim being careless or forgetful.

Prevent identity theft by….

  • Dropping outgoing mail in a post office box.
  • Securing your wireless internet connections. Create passwords not easily detected.
  • Shredding any documents containing personal information.
  • NEVER carrying around your social security card.
  • Checking your credit every year if not more for discrepancies. It is also a good idea to check the social security numbers of your children and any recently deceased family members. This is the newest trend for thieves.

For more statistics, information and prevention tips go to identitytheftprotection.org.



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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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Clark County NV Schools: Back to School Information

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Clark County NV schools are scheduled to start back August 29th. Many staff have already headed back and are preparing their rooms for the new students. It seems like summer flew by. Some parents are getting excited to have a quiet house again during the day, some parents wished for a little more time and the kids? Well, most are ready to see their friends again minus the homework.

The Clark County Schools District has laid out all the back to school information for parents and guardians at ccsd.net. This is a wonderful and extremely user-friendly educational resource! After reviewing the website, it looks like it has everything you need from first day of school forms to dress code policies and lunch menus. It even has a section on how to enroll online as well as a must-have immunizations list. They have made most items available both in English and Spanish. Click under the “Parents” tab and enjoy.

Also, check out the CCSD Highlights for additional interesting reads and articles on students and teachers and alumni who have received local and national awards and recognitions.

Don’t forget to head out now for back to school supplies. Best time to go? Early in the morning before all the ruckus. Forgot your list? No worries. Most office supply stores have school lists on hand.



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Las Vegas Pets: When is it too hot?

Monday, August 1st, 2011

With Las Vegas summers in the triple digits and very little humidity, when is it too hot for those pets that take up residence in Las Vegas? When should animal lovers be extra careful?

Here are a few things for Las Vegas pet owners to keep in mind.

With hot days well over 90, the temperature inside a car can rise to 140 degrees or more in a matter of minutes. Animals do not have quick cooling instincts like humans and these levels are life-threatening. Don’t leave your pets in the car. Take them inside if the store permits or leave them at home. You’ll survive and so will they.

Unless there is plenty of shade and access to water in your backyard or they love to swim in your pool, leave the pets inside. Expose them to the high heat for short periods of time. Pets too are privy to heat strokes. Look for these warning signs: rapid breathing or pulse, vomiting, unsteadiness, glazed look in the eyes. Give them ice/water to cool them down. Spray them with the mister to expedite cooling.

Don’t worry if they don’t want to eat. Humans don’t like to eat when it’s really hot either.

If you like to take walks, bring water along for your pet and check to make sure the temperature of the sidewalk isn’t scalding. Dogs don’t wear shoes and although they have padded paws, they are still susceptible to burns.

Best option? Keep them inside. Teach them to use the toilet and they won’t ever have to be let out again if they don’t want to.



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