As the “Biggest Little City in the World” continues to flourish, few would argue that the center for much of our city’s culture has become synonymous with one particular area; Midtown Reno. Once regarded as run-down and neglected, the region has gradually transformed into a thriving center for art, music, food, and shopping. Here are just some of our favorite local Midtown businesses:


1864

As soon as you walk in, you can tell that this tavern was created for Nevadans, by Nevadans. This old-fashioned bar boasts a laidback Victorian-era atmosphere that differentiates itself from other popular locations in the Midtown area. Much of their drink menu is created with ingredients sourced locally. If you’re not in the mood for a mixed drink, opt for a…

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As we wrap up the first month of the new year, let’s take a moment to briefly summarize 2021 and give thoughts on what to expect for 2022 in the housing market from both a national and a regional perspective.


Mortgage rates hit near historic lows in early 2021, with Freddie Mac reporting the average mortgage rate hovering around 2.7%. As one can imagine, low rates combined with wildly increased demand and an insufficient housing supply have spurred one of the most competitive housing markets in modern history, boosting the median sales price of homes (both regionally and nationally) to historic highs in the process. Existing home median sales prices rose by nearly 15% nationally and 21% regionally. The Reno/Sparks area saw yet another median sales…

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My family built a house in 2003 when Somersett was first being developed. I was 15 and finished out my high school years there. At that time I am sure I didn't appreciate the availability of the championship golf course, the community, and convenience of the town center. I then moved away for college, did all the typical career, soul, relationship, existential searching of my 20's and have since moved back to Somersett almost 15 years after leaving. I bought my own place one roundabout away from our childhood home. Starting my own family here is exciting and seeing the same community through a new lens has been an adventure. In these 15 years Reno has grown and Somersett along with it. The last 2 housing developments are currently underway (Check…

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These terms are often used interchangeably when talking about a person's eligibility for obtaining a home loan. They are very different and carry different weight when you are writing an offer on a home. Here's why:

A pre-qualification ("pre-qual" is how you will commonly hear it) letter is simply based on the buyer verbally telling the lender their income and assets. A pre-approval letter is when the buyer/borrower's documentation is received and reviewed to verify the data. At an office meeting I heard a great explanation of a pre-qualification letter; "it's not worth the paper it's printed on."

As a buyer, this is important to know because a pre-approval letter will give you a more accurate picture of what you can actually afford to buy a house…

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