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4 Tips for Fireplace Safety


Whether you’re in Tahoe with snow on the ground or in and around chilly temperatures, this is fireplace season. But anytime you’re playing with fire — literally — safety should be your number one concern. Here are four tips for fireplace safety in Reno-Tahoe and beyond. Be Mindful Indoor & Outdoor Air Quality No matter what you’re burning, fireplaces can release all kinds of noxious chemicals and byproducts into your home. Wood-burning fireplaces mean particulates, formaldehyde, benzene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons,

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Navigating Reno — A Newcomer’s Perspective on Thriving in Northern Nevada


When you’re new to town, you’re still navigating things like grocery stores and gas stations and the best place for a nice meal. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could fast-forward to all the insider knowledge you’ll have, say, twelve months down the line? If you’re new to Reno, Nevada, you’re in luck. Not only is there a recent piece in the Reno Gazette-Journal that covers the basics, I have a few tips too. If you’re navigating Reno, read on

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2021 was a Banner Year for Lake Tahoe’s Ultra-Luxury Market


Lake Tahoe is synonymous with expensive homes, but 2021 was one for the record books. In the last twelve months, the region broke a record for the number of multi-million dollar homes sold. Ten homes sold in Tahoe were priced north of $20 million — double the number sold in 2020. And of those ten homes, seven sold for more than $30 million. Here’s what’s fueling Tahoe’s ultra-luxury market, plus a breakdown of the numbers. Fuel for the Flame The

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Even Billionaires Need Agents — Here’s Why


Funny story — and a bit of a cautionary tale for would-be “for sale by owner” types. Even the world’s richest man couldn’t sell his ultra luxury home himself. In spite of his 60 million followers on Twitter, Elon Musk failed miserably when he attempted to sell his home without an agent. After more than a year of no success, he hired a CØMPASS agent. The home was under contract within three weeks. And it’s not a surprise. In fact,

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What Real Estate Pros Think about the Current Housing Market


Unless you’re in the business, navigating the housing market can be downright confusing. These days, there are a lot of contradictory messages — near historic low interest rates, and the highest home prices we’ve ever seen — and it’s not easy to decide if now is the time to buy. Here’s what real estate pros think about the current housing market, including my take. Interest rates will start trending upward Collectively, real estate professionals predict interest rates will continue increasing,

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