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Smart Home Features

There are many beautiful Las Vegas homes for sale right now, making it more important than ever to make sure your home stands out from the crowd. 

Our real estate agents work with many potential buyers, so they're familiar with the features they're looking for. One of the most common things they hear is that buyers want homes already equipped with smart home technology. While this used to be an added selling point, now it's becoming more of a necessity. 

Keep in mind, not all smart home tech is created equally. Before you start dumping money into the latest tech upgrades, check out this list of the smart home features that today's buyers really want! 

  1. Smart Thermostat
    Smart thermostat technology has come a long way. The upgrades now range from a simple programmable thermostat to more complex options with separate zones, activity sensors, and more. Smart thermostats are convenient, cost-efficient, and eco-friendly, making them one of the most in-demand features among new home buyers. 
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Open House Tips

An open house can be one of the best ways to cultivate an interest in your property, but it can also be stressful. 

Not only will you have a whole group of strangers wandering around inside your house, but you'll have to worry about what kind of impression your house is making. Luckily, we have a few ideas on how to prepare for a successful open house when listing your Las Vegas home for sale.

  1. Clean like crazy.
    One of the keys to making a great impression on your prospective buyers is to clean your house meticulously. Hire a professional house cleaning service if you have to, but make sure every square inch is spotless! Give extra attention to the kitchen and bathrooms.

  2. Pare down your belongings.
    An uncluttered house not only looks cleaner and more inviting, but it also opens up the space, making your house look even more significant than it is. Throw out, donate, sell, or give away anything you don't need. To make space, you may even want to rent a storage unit or move some furniture to your new house, if possible.

  3. De-personalize the space.
    Those who attend your open house must envision themselves living in your home, which means they shouldn't see too much stuff that reminds them of somebody who already lives there. Highly personal items like family photos and children's artwork should be tucked away out of sight. 

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Dog Friendly Las Vegas

National Love Your Pet Day is coming up on February 20th! Of course, if you're an animal lover, you know every day is "love your pet day," but that doesn't mean we can't still celebrate the occasion. Our real estate agents are thrilled to share some of their favorite pet-friendly hangouts in the Las Vegas area this season. 

  1. Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar - 6509 Las Vegas Blvd., South Las Vegas, NV 89119
    You'd have a hard time finding a more pet-friendly eatery than Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar. It's a casual bar and restaurant known not only for its classic American fare but also for its wide-ranging dog menu. You and Fido will enjoy the spacious outdoor patio as you each dine on your human food and pup food. Dogs even get their own menu for them to enjoy hamburger patties, chicken with brown rice, and other canine classics. 
  2. Grape Vine Cafe - 7501 W Lake Mead Blvd. #120, Las Vegas, NV 89128
    Offering California bistro-style cuisine with a healthy dash of Italian and Mediterranean influences, Grape Vine Cafe is a great place to enjoy a meal with the whole family. Of course, that includes the four-legged members of the family! Grape Vine offers a huge outdoor patio where pets are welcome, with a high ceiling, so you get the feeling of being in the outdoors, along with plenty of protection from rain and sun. 

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Dam Short Film Festival

Ever find yourself growing tired of the prequels, sequels, and remakes filling today's cookie-cutter multiplexes? Rediscover the joy of movies at the 16th annual Dam Short Film Festival, taking place February 13-16 just minutes from Boulder City homes for sale.

History of the Film Festival

Users of FilmFreeway, a festival submission platform, rate the Dam Short Film Festival in the top 1.5 percent of more than 7,000 film festivals and contests worldwide. The largest film festival in Nevada is also one of the most popular cultural events in the state.

The festival's roots date back to 2003 when Lee and Anita Lanier formed a non-profit organization devoted to sharing their love of short films. Over the previous 15 years, the pair had worked in film production and computer animation while directing half a dozen of their short films.

In 2005, the festival made its official debut with screenings at the American Legion Hall. As the festival's scope expanded, it moved to the historic Boulder Theatre in 2008. John LaBonney served as festival director from 2012 to 2019, and under his stewardship, the festival began attracting sell-out crowds.

The Boulder Theatre

The background of the Boulder Theatre is a worthy topic for its own short film. Built-in 1931, the 400-seat theatre was at one time the only air-conditioned building in the Boulder City area. Legend has it that laborers working on Hoover Dam would splurge on a 25-cent ticket to escape the blistering heat for a couple of hours.

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