All Blog Entries by Mitch Argon / CalNeva Realty

Mitch is the broker of CalNeva Realty which provides residential real estate services to home buyers and sellers through the Greater Reno-Tahoe region.  CalNeva Realty serves the region from two offices in Reno and Minden, NV.

There are currently 289 blog entries published by Mitch Argon / CalNeva Realty.

2014 Year In Review - Real Estate Market Conditions

This blog post offers a statistical summary of 2014 by showing how the markets have changed from 2012, 2013, and 2014 as well as some thoughts and considerations for how our local real estate markets will perform in 2015.

The information and tables below are in summary form. To see charts of this information and more, please review The Greater Reno-Tahoe Real Estate Report.

Median Price

The median price for all local markets continued to rise for 2014 compared to 2013. The rate of appreciation slowed and the median price rose about half as fast as prices were rising in 2013 compared to 2012. The table below shows the median price trend for key local markets from 2012 to 2014 with the rate of

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Tesla Gifafactory - Impact on Reno/Sparks Area Home Pricing

On September 4, 2014, after a lengthy and highly publicized competition between Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, California, and Nevada, Tesla Motors selected the Reno Nevada area for its planned Gigafactory. Construction has begun and the factory has a scheduled date for initial production in 2017. At full capacity (in 2020), the factory is expected to employ 6,500 employees. This announcement and ensuing economic activity represents a substantial rising tide for the local economy and housing market which will develop over the next 5-6 years.

We have developed a Tesla Gigafactory Real Estate Information Center page on our site with more comprehensive information.

Where is The Tesla

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Reno/Sparks Bank Auction Homes - Q4 - 2014

If you are a real estate investor (don't recommend purchasing at auction for the inexperienced) and want to buy homes that are coming up on auction for Washoe County, this list was provided to me by First Centenial Title.

These homes are scheduled for trustee sale.  If they are not sold to a third party buyer, they will be foreclosed on by the bank and eventually get onto the MLS for resale purposes.

Summary of Reno/Sparks Foreclosure Auction Homes

Street City Zip Lender Loan Amt Date Time Price
11595 Carlsbad Rd Reno 89508 Academy Mortgage $165,000.00 10/27/2014 11:00:00 AM $203,443.02
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Legacy New Homes in Genoa Golf Course - Floor Plan Review

Legacy Homes Overview

Legacy Homes has been actively building in the Reno-Somersett area for some time and has recently started building new homes to complete most of the build out at the Montana community in the Genoa Lakes Golf Course. Legacy plans to build approximately 90 homes in this community which will bring it to nearly 100% completion. There are three floorplans ranging in size from 2,645 to 3,035 square feet - each features three bedrooms and a three car garage.

Community Amenities

Montana is located within the Genoa Lakes Golf Community (Ranch Course). This community is situated on an 18 hole golf course designed by Johnny Miller and John Harbottle III. In addition to the

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Buying a Reno Home with a Well - Top 3 Things to Consider

The Reno area has many rural properties which may have a private well. Like any other home feature, there are pros and cons to having your own private well instead of being reliant on a city or municipal water source. I have created a list (below) to help you gain some key knowledge and insight as to whether you may want to buy a Reno home with a well.

Top 3 Considerations

  1. Cost - One key benefit of a private well is you do not have a 'city' water bill to pay each month. If you are on a meter and use a lot of water, this may be a key consideration. Your only direct cost for consuming water from a private well is the cost of electricity to run the pump. Keep in mind, however, that there
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Chichester Home Prices, Gardnerville NV

Are you tracking the value of your home in the Chichester subdivision of Gardnerville? The information below may help you to establish how the Chichester market has changed on a year over year comparison basis.

This neighborhood keeps strong demand for homes that are priced to sell.  People like the consistency of the homes, newer construction, and really close to amenities - shopping, schools, parks.

Chichester Home Value Statistics

3Q 2013 3Q 2014 % Change
Homes Sold 11 12 9%
Low Price $193,000 $170,000 (12%)
Average Price $259,500 $265,249 2%
High Price $330,000 $335,000
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Reno Luxury Homes

"Luxury Homes". The term alone has an elegance and grandeur that suggests a sort of opulent ease of living. What sort of luxury properties does the "biggest little city" have to offer, and what are the advantages (beyond the obvious) of living in a luxury community? Pondering these benefits and others is key to making a solid decision. Reno's luxury communities, such as Caughlin Ranch, Montreux, Arrowcreek, Monte Rosa, and Saddlehorn offer a variety of singular perks individually, but all share certain strengths in common which are hallmarks of such a property class.

  1. Country Clubs - One of the grandest vestiges of luxury living is the presence of a central community country club, with its assorted amenities and features.
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Reno's Top Gated Communities: Key Homeowner Benefits

Your home is your safe haven, a secure and shielded respite away from the unpredictable realities of modern life. Nowhere is this more apt than in gated communities, in which regulated access allows a degree of comfort and reliable tranquillity unmatched by other neighborhoods. Reno's gated neighborhoods, in particular, offer a standard of living unmatched in today's topsy-turvy world. Some of Reno’s most popular and luxurious gated communities include:

  • Arrowcreek

  • Montreux

  • St James Village

  • Click here for a complete list of all home listings in Reno Gated Communites.

Gated Communities - Top 5 Benefits

  1. Security - Clearly, those who consider relocating into a gated community have
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Reno Master Planned Communities - Home Buying Considerations

Thinking of settling in one of Reno's master planned communities? Consider some of these features and benefits as part of your community research and home buying process.

What makes a master planned community different from a more commonplace suburb, and what amenities do the residents of such an area enjoy? Exploring the features of Reno's Somersett, South Meadows (Double Diamond, Damonte, and Curti Ranch communities), and Caughlin Ranch master planned communities will help you to better understand what Reno has to offer.

  • Lifestyle - One of the most satisfying and yet difficult to pinpoint qualities of a master planned community is the familiar atmosphere which exudes from a
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Reno 55+ Communities - Home Buying Tips

The Reno area offers a variety of 55+ communities for seniors looking to establish a secure, well-regulated homestead. Casitas De La Sierra, Miner's Village, and Del Webb Sierra Canyon are all age-restricted communities in Reno which have varying benefits and specific features. Considering the purchase or rental of a property in such an area? Then the following points will help with your decision-making process:

  1. Area - The proximity of senior communities to Reno's burgeoning downtown / midtown sprawl is generally a positive. Del Webb Sierra Canyon, for example, is a mere 10 minute drive from the nearest hospital, and 15 minutes from downtown Reno and the Reno International Airport. Lake Tahoe is a
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