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New Year’s Resolutions

With the first month of the new year moving quickly by I thought it was only right to reflect on a few of the goals I set out to accomplish this year.

  1. Eat healthier meals at home, 5 days a week
  2. Work out 3 times a week
  3. Run 2 half marathons and a half a dozen or so 5k’s
  4. Help 100 people invest in real estate
  5. Follow a budget

As the days fly by I find myself searching the internet for an easier option to help me accomplish my goals.  I have discovered a few great apps that help with ordering healthy meals such as HomeChef and Pinterest is always a go to for healthy recipes from scratch.  I also set reminders on my phone to get me out of bed and out the door to my work outs.  I looked up schedules to follow to help get me ready for the 13.1 miles I need to train for, starting with a basic 5kRunner app. I also located a few budget friendly apps like IntuitMint and Birch that connect to my bank accounts to truly show me what I am spending and where my budget could use some adjusting.  The one resolution I am having trouble searching the internet with is Helping 100 people invest in real estate.  How do I get the word out that we are here to answer any questions you have on the real estate market?  To help you decide if now is the right time for you to buy, sell or invest in real estate.  That’s where you come in.  I just wanted to remind you that we are here for you and if you have any real estate questions we are here to help!  Don’t forget we also have a KW mobile app you can download and use all around the world!

 

I wish you all a great 2018 and go after all your Resolutions!!

Golden Globe in Review

Celebrities started the year off right by attending the 75th Annual Golden Globes. Hosted by Seth Meyers it was a night of laughs, triumphs, and history. If you didn’t get a chance to view it, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri took best motion picture drama and Lady Bird took best motion picture musical or comedy. The most nominated film was the Shape of Water with six nominations and The Post, coming in second, with five nominations. Another significant part of the night was Oprah Winfrey winning the Cecil B. DeMille Award. She is the first black women to receive this prestigious award, while also giving a killer speech during her acceptance. Be sure to check out all these award winning movies either in theater or DVD. You won’t regret it.

Remember let McKenna Property Management give you or your referral a “Show Stopping” customer service experience.

 

 

Our little baby Las Vegas is growing up!

 

Our little baby Las Vegas is growing up.

A year ago the best we had to offer for a sporting event was UNLV basketball and a AAA baseball Game.

Today we are proud to call ourselves Golden Knights fans and look forward to the Las Vegas Raiders playing their home games at a brand new, state of the art stadium off of Russell and I-15. I can only imagine that the NBA and Major League Baseball are paying close attention to what is happening in Las Vegas and it won’t be long until we are talking about having all four major North American sports here in our wonderful city. And, don’t forget soccer. With the insurgence of youth soccer in the valley over the past 20 years, I should think the MLS (Major League Soccer) is looking strongly at Las Vegas as an expansion location.

The days of the Las Vegas Thunder, Gamblers, Wranglers, Locomotives and Outlaws are in our rearview mirror.

We are playing with the big boys and girls now. The WNBA Las Vegas Aces will begin playing in Las Vegas this year.

What an exciting time to be a Las Vegan, and yes, that does include anyone living in Henderson, North Las Vegas and Boulder City.

So….Get your tickets, call an UBER and Enjoy The Game!

Housing Prices Rise

Last September saw housing prices rise at the fastest pace in more than three years here in our valley with our city up nine percent compared to the nation at six percent. Home buyers continue bidding up prices because, so few properties are available. The number of houses for sale in the valley for September were the fewest for that month since 2001, according to the National Association of Realtors. Besides Las Vegas, Seattle and San Diego reported the highest year-over-year gains. Home prices rose almost 13% in Seattle compared to 9% in our valley and 8% in San Diego. Ever since our housing prices bottomed out here in 2012, we have been making a significant comeback in terms of productivity in the market.

As we are all aware, Las Vegas was a poster child for the mid-2000s bubble with home prices sky rocketing and booming construction. As far as today sales prices are not rising as fast as they did during the peak of those years but is still a reason for concern as shrinking inventory and rising demand are pushing prices up. Unemployment is low and the economy especially now, is growing at a solid rate which leads to more demands of homes. Another thing that is helpful is that mortgage rates are unusually low with the average rate on a 30-year mortgage under four percent! On the flip side of this Americans are remaining in their homes longer according to a survey by the Realtors and many are reluctant to sell because there are so few homes to buy. The construction of new homes jumped nearly 14% in October to the fastest pace in a year. However, home builders are struggling to find workers and the land that they need to ramp up construction more quickly. Builders here in the valley closed over 880 new home sales in Clark County in September, bringing the total up 16 % from the same nine-month period last year according to Home Builders Research. Ending on a positive note, the median sales price of September’s closings was a record $355,000, up 10% year-over-year!

Christmas Tree Fun Facts

Holiday season is upon us and Christmas is just around the corner and decorations are beginning to show up all around our valley. Everything from Christmas lights to animated lawn decorations will be on full display from now until the new year.

Decorating the Christmas tree is a tradition near and dear to my heart as it is something that my family and I look forward to doing each year! Weather you plan on reusing your artificial tree this year or taking a drive out to the lot to find “the perfect one”, you can’t go wrong with either choice. The history of the Christmas tree has a rather unique and interesting history. Long before the advent of Christianity, it was said that all plants and trees that remained green all year had a special meaning for people in the winter. Long ago, many people around the world hung evergreen boughs over their doors and windows. It was believed that these evergreens would keep away evil spirits as well as illness.

Around December 21st or 22nd in the Northern hemisphere, we experience the shortest day and the longest night of the year in what is called the winter solstice. Many ancient people believed that the sun was a god and that winter came every year because the sun god had become weak or sick. Celebrating the solstice meant that the sun god would begin to heal and get well meaning that plants would grow again and turn green, hence the significance of the Christmas tree.

Christmas Tree Facts:

  • Christmas trees has been sold commercially here in the United States since 1850.
  • The trees are grown in all 50 states even in Alaska and Hawaii.
  • 98% of Christmas trees are grown on farms.
  • In the first week, a tree in your home will consume as much as a quart of water per day.

Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away and whether you plan on spending it with your family eating turkey, traveling out of town to visit relatives, or just plan to gather round the television watching football, none of these make for a right or wrong way to spend this holiday.

Thanksgiving morning brings back fond memories of waking up and turning on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and looking forward to seeing some of my favorite childhood cartoon characters brought to life in the form of a giant balloon! The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is seen by over 50 million viewers on television and more than 3.5 million people line the Streets of New York to see it up close and in person. It all began in 1924 when the first Macy’s parade began on Thanksgiving morning but was a much more laid-back affair that had the name of an altogether different holiday.

Macy’s flagship store in Manhattan’s Herald Square expanded that same year and covered an entire city block stretching from Broadway to Seventh Avenue. The store decided to throw a Thanksgiving Day parade to celebrate the big opening. The very first helium balloon charter debuted in 1927 and remains a staple to this day in Felix the Cat. The route of the parade is roughly 2.5 miles long and comes equipped with dozens of balloons, marching bands, celebrities, and the world-famous Radio City Rockettes.

So, grab your favorite breakfast and gather ‘round your television to see some of your favorite floats and balloons march their way up and down Broadway and keep an eye out for some of the new balloons debuting this year! This time of the year spent with family and watching the parade is sure to not disappoint!

Veteran’s Day

As we look forward to Veteran’s Day this week, it is important to know the history and why in fact we celebrate this glorious holiday. While you may be familiar with what this holiday stands for, there may be some facts that you’ll have learned after reading this blog.

 

The date was November 11th, 1919 when Veteran’s Day originated as “Armistice Day” which marked the first anniversary of the end of World War One. Then in 1926 congress passed a resolution for an annual observance, and November 11th became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Veteran’s Day pays tribute to all American veterans- living or dead- but especially gives thanks to living veterans who’ve served our country during war and or peacetime. Memorial Day on the other hand, remembers all who have died while serving our country. Below you’ll find some important Veteran’s Days facts that describe the past and present of this holiday.

 

Veteran’s Day Facts:

 

  • 1954 president Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changes the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day.
  • Great Britain, France, Australia, and Canada also commemorate veterans of World War One and World War Two on or near November 11th.
  • Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday on the second Sunday of November.
  • Currently there are around 2.1 million women veterans in our country.
  • 1 million living veterans served during at least one war.
  • 7 million veterans served during the Vietnam War.
  • 2 million veterans served during the Korean War.

So, as you are out-n-about at the grocery store, running errands, or taking the kids to school, be sure to stop and thank a local veteran if you should happen to see one! Have a very Happy Veteran’s Day everybody!

 

Dia de los Muertos

Today marks the last day of “Día de los Muertos” which translates to Day of the Dead here in the United States. Did you know that Day of the Dead begins on Halloween and ends on November 2nd each year? Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout the country and the central and south regions of Mexico. People of Mexican ancestry living in the United States also cebrate the holiday. The purpose of the holiday is to honor the lives of the deceased with food, drinks, parties, and activities that the dead enjoyed throughout life. Assured that the dead would be insulted by mourning or sadness this holiday has a uniqueness to it by celebrating rather than grieving. The most familiar symbol of Dia de los Muertos maybe the skull or calaveras as it is called in Spanish and can always be portrayed as enjoying life often in fancy clothes and are pictured in sweets, parade masks, and also as dolls!

Nevada Day History

As proud native Las Vegans, we were pleased to revisit some neat facts about the Silver State in obs

ervance of the holiday coming up this Friday. Before we begin, please note that our office will be closed this Friday, October 27, 2017 in observance of the Nevada Day holiday. In fact, county offices, schools, most banks, and many other businesses are closed in observance of Nevada Day.

Nevada became the 36th state on October 31, 1864 and locally has become synonymous with Halloween! Nevada Day is celebrated on the last Friday of October each year as it commemorates our state’s frontier legacy and more importantly, its entry into the union. This local holiday is celebrated throughout the state but some of the more festive celebrations are up north in the capital of Carson City. There is a large parade that has been held every year since 1938 and some people even go on a tour of the governor’s mansion while others take part in a Nevada Day pow-wow. The famous governor’s ball is held each evening and draws a huge crowd!

Some neat background information about our great state worth knowing is that in 1859, Nevada was an area that was not well known among settlers. Following Henry Comstock’s discovery of gold in the same year, his Comstock Lode produced over a billion dollars from silver and gold mining and settlers flocked to Nevada.

 

Symbols of Nevada include:

The Desert Bighorn Sheep as the state animal.

The Mountain Blue Bird as the state bird.

The Sagebrush as the state flower

The Lahontan Cutthroat Trout as the state fish

The Desert Tortoise as the state reptile and

 

Black Fire Opal as the state’s precious gem.

Nevada’s state song is “Home Means Nevada” and our slogan is simply “Battle Born” representing Nevada being born during the battle of the Civil War. Our flag and state colors are silver and blue.

 

We hope all of you get some time to enjoy this holiday celebrating this wonderful and very scenic state!

History of Halloween

The old saying “you learn something new every day” is one that came across my mind while writing this. By now most us have picked out our children’s costumes (or ours, for that matter, while contemplating the next Halloween party to attend), have finished decorating the house, or have already stockpiled endless amounts of candy for the soon to be trick-or-treaters in a few weeks.

The timeless question of “why?” comes to mind when asking just why do we do all this stuff when it comes to Halloween. The history of Halloween is quite interesting and dates to the ancient Celtic days over 2,000 years ago and has its roots in age-old European traditions. Halloween originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in) when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. Back in the eighth century, Pope Gregory III declared November 1st as All Saints Day to honor them. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve which later became Halloween.

 

The Celtics lived in the area that is now Ireland, the U.K., and Northern France and they celebrated their new year on November 1st. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest as well as the beginning of t

 

he long, cold and dark winter, a time of year that was most often associated with human death. This is where the history gets interesting as the Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31st, they celebrated the before mentioned Samhain when they believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.

It wasn’t until the second half of the 19th century when America was flooded with new immigrants that helped to popularize Halloween in our country. Many of the millions of new immigrants were the Irish as they were fleeing the potato famine. Trick-or-treating began in our country when borrowing from Irish and English traditions we began to dress up in costumes going from house to house and asking for food or money. Young women believed that on Halloween they could discover the name or appearance of their future husband by doing tricks with yarn, apple pairings, or mirrors!

A fun fact to know is that one quarter of all the candy sold annually in the United States is purchased for Halloween. So, you see, it’s true that you do learn something new every day!

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