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Nevada No. 2 in luring California firms

Nevada is the No. 2 destination for businesses leaving California — behind Texas and ahead of neighboring Arizona, according to a report by a California-based relocation firm.

Joseph Vranich of Spectrum Location Solutions in Irvine, Calif., said in the report issued in November that his company relied entirely on public information to produce the findings, which were critical of California and the administration of Gov. Jerry Brown for what it calls an environment hostile to business.

Two Nevada metro areas were the beneficiaries of the business emigration over the past seven years. The Reno-Sparks area came in fourth on the list, while Las Vegas-Enterprise was fifth. Reno gained through 47 relocation “events,” while Las Vegas had 36.

The gains for the more narrowly defined municipalities were even higher, with Reno coming in second at 38 and Las Vegas third at 31. The top beneficiary was Austin, Texas, with 86. Nine of the top 10 were west of the Mississippi River.

Traditionally, gaining businesses means gaining jobs, which drives up demand and prices for housing.

The most common industries leaving California were manufacturing, pharmaceutical/medical and digital/online.


Heidi Kasama named Realtor of the Year

As part of its annual installation of new officers and board members for 2016 held Dec. 12 at the Four Seasons Hotel, GLVAR presented its 2014 president, Heidi Kasama, with the Realtor of the Year award. A longtime local Realtor, she works at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Nevada Properties in Las Vegas.

Other GLVAR award winners for 2015 included:

• Gene Nebeker Memorial Award for outstanding service to the GLVAR and the community — David Crete.

• Ronn Reiss Award for educational excellence and leadership — Ronnie Vause.

• Frank Sala/Marv Rubin Award recognizing long-term commitment to grassroots political action and to protecting private property rights — Lillian Spencer.

• Jack Woodcock Professionalism Award — Rosa Herwick.

• GLVAR Hall of Fame inductees — David Brownell, 2013 GLVAR President Dave Tina Sr. and Robyn Yates.

GLVAR was founded in 1947 and provides its more than 12,500 local members with education, training and political representation. For more information, visit www.LasVegasRealtor.com or www.HomeLasVegas.com.

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Homeowner says HOA towed his car illegally

Most CCRs list the powers and authority of the board of directors, one of which is to sign contracts on behalf of the association. Although you did not send me a copy of the covenants, it would be most unusual if the association board did not have the right to sign a contract with a towing company. The covenants would not list what contracts can or cannot be signed. The ability to tow a vehicle in 2018 was most likely legal.

Tips on selling your home in the fall

For sellers wanting to close before the holiday festivities begin, below are five tips from real estate company, Opendoor, to help sell homes faster.

Neighbor wants owner to clean up tenant’s trash

If the association does remove the trash, the unit owner can be assessed all of the expenses that were incurred by the association. It also can place a lien on the unit if the owner fails to reimburse the association. In addition, the association can begin a foreclosure action against the unit owner.

Loud garge noise disturbing neighbors

Try contacting the owner one more time and invite him to meet with you at the community so that he can witness the noise. Arrange for some maintenance technician to be present for their suggestion as to how to remedy the problem and the cost.

Grandfathered rentals in HOA protected by law

If your CCRs did not prohibit renting or leasing at the time you purchased your rental homes the association cannot prohibit the renting or leasing of homes.

Don’t park in the handicap spot

Yes, you were wrong. And, no the association does not by law have to provide you any notice for parking in a handicap spot per NRS 116.3102 (1s).

Southern Nevada Health District implements pool regulations

As you are already aware, the new Southern Nevada Health District regulations went into effect July 1. At first the cyanuric acid level (stabilized chlorine) regulation was going to stay the same at 100 ppm, meaning the body of water would have to be drained and refilled as it always has been.

Variety of homeownership programs available

In what’s being called a game-changer in increasing homeownership rates in Las Vegas, Bank of America has included Southern Nevada in a new loan program to provide free down payment assistance to homebuyers.

HOA board member must follow pet rule like everyone else

Your officers and directors are homeowners. They have the same obligations and the same responsibilities in complying with the governing documents of the association. In this case, the management company should be sending a violation letter to the vice president.