Monica Severson's Blog Posts

Do you know your garbage disposal?

Did you know that one of the most common household repairs is as simple as pushing a button?  Your garbage disposal is smarter than you think. It is designed to turn off automatically when the

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Pest Inspection

WhatEveryone is interested in keeping their home pest free.WhyYou don't want your best friend to discover that you have pests before you do.HowHaving a Pest Inspection done once a year will give you

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Routine suggestions for Isolation

Social isolation can be difficult, especially if you’re not used to it. It sounds easy on the surface: Just stay home! If you’re cut off from the social contact and day-to-day routines

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Spread Cheer, not germs!

Spread cheer, not germs! How are you spreading joy while keeping your social distance this week? #happiness #thehelpfulagent #houseexpert #happy  #realestate #realestateagent #inthistogether

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Impact of the coronavirus on the U.S Housing market

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused massive global uncertainty, including a U.S. stock market correction no one could have seen coming. While much of the news has been about the effect

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Five inexpensive tips that will increase the curb appeal of your home immediately.

Spruce up a room with a new paint job. An average room can be transformed with about $70 to $85 worth of paint (including the cost of a paint roller and brushes).Get a new mailbox made of quality

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Tips to lower your mortgage insurance payment

Build Your CreditAs with loan interest rates, mortgage insurance costs can be affected by your credit score. Mortgage insurance is designed to provide additional safety for the lender that extends

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Mischief Night...What is this about?

What Is Mischief Night?Though it’s gained more popularity in recent years, Mischief Night as a holiday dates back at least to the late 1700s. The holiday consists of children and teenagers

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What color should I paint the walls?

Picking the Right ColorIf you’re looking for a good color to apply throughout the house, consider a light shade of gray or beige. Both of these colors help to liven up rooms by adding just a

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Do you need a Home Warranty?

What Is a Home Warranty?First of all, just what is a home warranty? This is an important question, because many people don’t actually know what a home warranty is for. A common assumption is

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Burglar Proof your home...

Have lights in all entrances.Have good locks (deadbolt) on all doors and windows.Use timers to turn lights and radios on when you are not home (noise is a great security enhancement). Stop mail and

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How to Beat the Heat when you DIY

When you’re a DIYer, it’s not unusual to have a variety of projects to work on over the summer. Some projects require warm temperatures and long days to get everything done, while others

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Decoding your new windows!

New windows can make a huge impact on your home. Not only can installing new windows make your place look better, but those windows can also make it a lot easier to heat and cool as well. Sure,

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Can I sell my Home using a gift of equity

What Is a Gift of Equity?As you make payments against your mortgage, the amount that’s owed against your home decreases while the value of the property remains the same. The higher the value,

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Protect your home while you are away...

Check out these solutions to protecting your home while you're away!If you can afford to spend a little extra, hire a house sitter to live in your house while you are away.As an alternative, ask a

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Kitchen fires

Kitchen Fire SafetyThere are a number of potential causes of kitchen fires. There are the usual fire hazards such as electrical shorts, but you also have kitchen-specific risks such as splashing oil

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Check your fans ...

You've likely heard that you should change which way your home's ceiling fans rotate when the season's change, but if you're wondering which direction is correct for summer or winter, here are the

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Attic Exhaust Fan and How Do They Work?

What Is an Attic Exhaust Fan?As the name suggests, an attic exhaust fan is an electric fan that blows the hot air inside the attic out into the great outdoors. While many of these fans are wired

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Steps to Sell

Click on the link below to follow 5 steps for selling your home faster. I also have a buyer and seller guide available. Email me if you are interested in either of the two.https://youtu.be

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Cleaning appliances

 June 10, 2019 Monica SeversonWhen the next bowl of chili explodes all over the inside of the microwave or you finally give in to the inch thick layer of pizza burn off inside your oven,

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Tips for Gardening

If the idea of getting up early on Saturday morning to commune with your landscape is an idea that you cherish, but don’t dare pursue because of the high level of maintenance required, you may

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What Is A REALTORĀ®?

A real estate agent is a REALTOR® when they become a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, The Voice for Real Estate – the world’s largest professional association.

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Helping kids Prepare to Move

You may not be able to completely eliminate the challenges of moving with kids, but there are ways to minimize the stress that can help ease the process for them. In this first part of our Mindful

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Tips to Staying Cool

 May 3, 2019 Monica SeversonThe aqua jeweled waters of the Caribbean pared with lush, jungle-like vegetation that seems to stretch along the beach forever greet you every single summer. It

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What you need to know before installing a pool

With the sunny days of summer just around the corner, it’s hard to not let your thoughts turn to the cool, refreshing blue waters of a backyard pool. Maybe you’ve been considering

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Events in Las Vegas

Are you in Las Vegas and looking for something to do this month? Well look no further. Click below to see a list of all the cool events for April!April events- click

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Looking to Buy?

Are you thinking about Buying a home? Now is the time click below for some helpful tips to help get you started.Click

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What is a HOA?

For everyone out there looking at homes right now, there are three little letters that could make or break your purchase decision. They are “H,” “O” and “A.”

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How are Property taxes calculated...

Understanding how your property taxes are calculated can often feel like unraveling one of the deepest mysteries of the universe. However, it’s vitally important that you get your arms around

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3 Better ways to track home expenses

Why You Should Track Home-Related ExpensesYour primary residence isn’t an investment, this has been said time and again (especially since the market crashed entirely), but that doesn’t

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Winterizing your Home if Vacant

Winterizing 101What does it mean when a Las Vegas home is "winterized"? Winterizing a home is when the water to the home is shut off and all the water piping (and the water heater) is drained. The

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How to Flush a water heater

February 14, 2019 Monica SeversonOf all the things that civilization has brought us, including sliced bread, hot water may be the very best. It’s certainly up there, without a doubt. So,

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HIDDEN FEES WHEN PURCHASING A HOME

Purchasing a home is arguably one of the biggest financial decisions you will make in your lifetime. As you start your hunt, don't forget there will be other costs associated with your purchase then

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What to Look for in a Real Estate agent.

1. Find a full-time Realtor: There are those who work part-time as Realtors® – they are simply licensed and have another full-time job. That potential lack of up-to-date industry knowledge

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Drone Photography

 February 7, 2019 Monica SeversonThe day is not that far away when you’ll hear a tippity tap at the front door and open it to find your friendly neighborhood pizza drone 

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Home Generators- what you need to know...

 January 22, 2019 Monica SeversonThere’s little more frightening than losing your electricity in the middle of a big winter storm or even a spring tornado. Whatever natural disaster

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Why you need a Realtor to ease your Home Purchase

If you’re shopping for a house, or even just considering buying one, there’s one person that you absolutely need on your side: a Realtor. Potential buyers often think they can go it,

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Carpet Cleaning pet messes

Monica SeversoneXp Realty(702) 540-9690Send EmailVisit WebsiteLicense: S.0179131Join HomeKeepr January 14, 2019 Monica SeversonIt’s amazing how much a pet can give you just by simply

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Carpet Cleaner for Pets

Monica SeversoneXp Realty(702) 540-9690Send EmailVisit WebsiteLicense: S.0179131Join HomeKeepr January 14, 2019 Monica SeversonIt’s amazing how much a pet can give you just by simply

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Short term Rentals? What you need to know...

As the march into winter gets underway, a lot of people are already starting to plan their spring and summer vacations. Oh, they’ll go somewhere sunny, or to a fantastic resort or maybe, if&

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Choosing new windows?

December 20, 2018 Monica SeversonThe first few years of owning your home mean discovering lots of things about it. Every house is different and some almost seem like they have a personality of

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Guide to Buying an Older Home

For a lot of homebuyers, buying their dream home means choosing an older structure that has passed the test of time. These grand places have an undeniable charm about them, with classic styling that

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Guide to get a pre-approval

If you find yourself sitting in a strange hallway, waiting for a stranger in a suit to size you up and decide if you’re worthy as your palms sweat and your breath gets just a little bit harder

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7 proactive freezing tips!

Along with the provocative spending and lavish feasts that are hallmarks of the holiday season also comes the cold, the ice and the snow. Like those extra three helpings of stuffing at Aunt Linda

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5 Worst Returns on your Home Renovations

There are a whole boatload of articles on the Internet about the home renovations that offer the best return on your hard-earned cash, but not so many about the ones that are literally just black

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3 Secrets to keeping your Home safe this Winter

t’s been a busy year. It almost feels like we completely skipped over spring, summer and fall and found ourselves barreling head first into winter like a kid on an out of control snow sled.

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5 Things to keep in mind when buying Land...

Land can be a good investment, whether you intend to build a house or business on a particular lot or simply want a place where you can stretch your legs and breathe a bit more deeply. After all,

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FHA financing- what to know

While you’re dreaming about your Starter Home, don’t forget that you’re going to need a Starter Mortgage to pay for it. The mortgage programs offered through the Department of

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Buying a Vacation Home?

Just imagine it! Waking up to the sound of sea and surf pounding the sand right outside your very own home. You don’t have to call ahead for reservations, you don’t need to ask anyone

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Smart Thermostat...

     In the Internet Age, it seems like almost anything is possible. There are cars that can drive themselves, microwaves that you can talk to and, of course, smart thermostats. For

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Kitchen Remodel? View this first...

For the third time this week, you’ve found yourself cursing the unusability of your kitchen. The drawers come out in all the wrong directions, the cabinets are so shallow that you can barely

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5 Ways to stick to your New Home Budget!

You’ve finally done it! You bought the house of your dreams and closing is just around the corner. Then it occurs to you. Your aged and creaking futon, cement block and raw lumber bookshelves

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Will a home be more affordable in 2019?

There’s no denying that it’s tough out there for buyers. The inventory shortage has created a market that’s more competitive than normal. As a potential buyer, you might be,

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Understanding Mortgage Insurance

Whether you’re in the process of buying your first home or you’ve been a homeowner for years, there are few phrases that hit right to the bone like “mortgage insurance.” Why,

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Your Home- Fun, Fall decor

It is now October, and if you haven't already done this, it's time to get to it!The month of october breathes and lives for fall. It's the time the leaves are falling with their bright reds, yellows

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My Story...

HOW I DISCOVERED A SIMPLE BUT PROVEN SYSTEM THAT WILL GET YOUR HOME SOLD FAST, FOR TOP DOLLAR, WITHOUT THE TYPICAL OVERWHELMING, STRESS!Have you ever found yourself in a position where you wanted to

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Inexpensive Home upgrades!

If your home is like many, it probably has basic plastic light switches and plugs. The easiest improvement anyone can do is to upgrade the light switch covers. The best places to do this are in the

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Does Renting Make More Sense Than Buying A Home?

Some people don’t think buying a home makes sense. They feel like renting is a smarter move.On the other hand, some people think renting doesn’t make any sense.For the most part, arguing

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Finding and Fixing Leaks in your Home

Anything in your home that’s attached to the water supply runs the risk of springing a leak. That also includes anything that drains water away. With so much riding on your pipes and

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Changes in Real estate Tax Deductions

As a homeowner, or soon to be homeowner, you can get some pretty sweet tax deductions from things related to your home. Some tend to change from year to year, like those for energy-efficient,

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Tips for choosing a Home Inspector

You’ve finally done it! You have a house under contract and you’re doing the paperwork to get your mortgage lined up. When your Realtor calls to ask you who you want to use for your home

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YOUR HOME- Air Quality

We tend to think of air pollution as something outside -- smog, ozone, or haze hanging in the air, especially in summer. But the truth is, the air inside homes, offices, and other buildings can be

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New Home Purchase

Buying a New Construction? Why You Need Your Own Real Estate AgentWhen you're house hunting, the allure of new construction is undeniable. You get to be the first to live in the pristine home&mdash

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5 Criteria for selling a Home

When you put your home up for sale, one of the best ways to determine the asking price is to look at comparable sales. There’s rarely a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, so a pricing

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Identity Protection

Please review these important tips from the Federal Trade Commission regarding identity protection!Review the charges on your credit cards and bank account statements regularly. Avoid simply

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Radon and You: 7 Things to Know

You found the perfect home. It’s gorgeous, energy efficient, in a great neighborhood and well within your budget. You wonder to yourself, “why is this perfect home still on the market?

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Master Bathroom Remodel

You got an amazing deal on your home, in part because the master bathroom was kind of really outdated. The wallpaper says it all — and that pink toilet, oh boy. You are so ready to do

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Back to School TIps

Is back-to-school time seeping into your consciousness yet? If you have school-age kids, August is the time to make lists for new clothes and school supplies. You may want to add back-to-school

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Property line disputes and You!

When you moved into your new house, the neighbors were so friendly. You almost felt bad about putting up a fence, but you promised your dog he’d have plenty of room to frolick when you finally

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Tips for Better Deck Building

 Every summer, you find yourself saying the same thing month after month: “Boy, it’d be nice to have a big deck…” So far, one hasn’t spontaneously manifested in

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What home buyers are willing to give up to live in a good school district

etropolitan areaShare of homes worth more than pre-recession peakMedian home value (June 2018)Year-over-year change in home valueUnited States50.4%$217,3008.3%New York, N.Y.28.5%$429,3006.7%Los

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Lawyers Title Market Report

Las Vegas, NVSun Jul 29 2018 This week the median list price for Las Vegas, NV is $388,888 with the market action index hovering around 53. This is less than last month's market action index of

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