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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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New Nevada laws that will affect HOAs

There were not too many laws passed in this last legislative session that affected our local homeowners associations. Here are some that did.

BHHS partners with Adwerx to offer Realtors new program

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties, in partnership with Adwerx Enterprises, has launched a new platform, called Brilliantly Simple to immediately advertise its real estate listings online. The platform automatically creates digital advertising programs for each home, including custom ads that are optimized for social media, apps and websites.

Homeowners have right to see HOA financial records

Per Nevada Revised Statute 116.31175 (1a), upon written request, you are entitled to receive financial statements from your association. Please send a formal specific request of what financial statements that you would like to receive.

High land costs affect developments

For all the job growth and expansion in the Las Vegas economy, a lack of land and its high cost is restricting growth in the valley, experts told the Southern Nevada real estate and development community.

Local home prices stuck at $300,000

For the third straight month, the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors, GLVAR, reported that local home prices are hovering at $300,000, while the number of homes on the market continues to increase.

Fair Housing Law requires accommodations for disabled

The Fair Housing Law requires accommodations for the disabled. Based upon your email, the homeowner would have a strong claim against the association if the homeowner was forced to remove the motor home, or if the association were to fine the homeowner because of the therapy equipment. Take the time to meet with this homeowner and see if there are any other viable alternatives.

HOA must deal with bully board member

The only way to keep bully board members in check is for the entire board to deal with the issue in executive session. Depending upon the gravity of the situation, legal counsel should be informed and invited to attend the executive session.

Federal law allows for service animals in HOA

The Fair Housing Act amendments of 1988 extended the protections of Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. Associations must allow service dogs and emotional support animals, if necessary for a person with a disability.

Condo owner complains of being harassed by renter

You have to contact the police department at the time of the incidents. When meeting with the police officer let the officer know that you want to file a formal complaint and that you would like some report from him or her. Filing a complaint will most likely require you to go to one of the police stations. Find out which one from the police officer.