April 26, 2024

The Future of Las Vegas

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by Valerie Brown, Broker Owner of Visit Vegas Homes

A Broker's Perspective on the future Growth and Opportunity in Las Vegas

As a Broker in the Las Vegas Valley, with almost my entire working career in the Las Vegas real estate industry, I'm frequently approached about the city's trajectory and how growth will be impacted. I also sit on Citizens Advisory Committee to the Redevelopment Agency for the City of Las Vegas and have first hand insight to the workings of our future development.

Having experienced Las Vegas through the many changes, from the boom of real estate to the depths of financial crises to periods of uncertainty with Covid. My family roots start here, since the 1940s, and I've been lucky enough to be shaped by the diverse history of this vibrant city. Today, I'm eager to share some expert perspectives on the exciting developments shaping the future of Las Vegas, and how these changes will lead to a more dynamic, diverse, and inclusive community.


Downtown Renaissance: A City with a Downtown Master Plan - 2045

Picture this: a bustling downtown infused with new life, where historic charm meets modern innovation. It's not just about skyscrapers and flashy lights; it's about creating inclusive spaces where every resident feels at home. From the iconic Fremont Street to the cozy neighborhoods of John S. Park, each district holds promise for a vibrant future. Mixed-use hubs are the heart of this transformation, designed to spark economic growth and community engagement.

Imagine a downtown where history seamlessly intertwines with a modern vibe. With a renewed focus on preserving and celebrating the unique character of the Westside, the Hundred Plan ensures that cultural heritage is honored and respected. This forward-thinking approach fosters economic growth and community empowerment. Learn More about the City of Las Vegas plans and vision for the future here.

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Oct. 5, 2023

The Impact of High Housing Markets on Millennials: Homeownership, Retirement, and Financial Well-being


Millennials Home Buying

By Valerie Brown, Broker Owner of Visit Vegas Homes


In recent years, the dream of homeownership has faced significant challenges for many, especially millennials. This generation, born between 1981 and 1996, has encountered a formidable obstacle in the form of rising housing prices across the country. As millennials grapple with this reality, questions concerning their future homeownership prospects, retirement plans, and overall financial stability come to the forefront.


The Challenge of Soaring Home Prices

The jump in housing market prices in many places has emerged as a significant challenge to millennials' homeownership aspirations. Rapidly escalating home prices, coupled with a limited housing supply in desirable areas, have made it increasingly difficult for young adults to enter the real estate market.


One immediate consequence of the high housing costs is the necessity for larger down payments. To secure a home in many markets, millennials often find themselves in the position of saving for several years to meet these substantial down payment requirements. This delay in homeownership can have substantial implications for their long-term financial goals.


The Relationship Between Delayed Homeownership and Retirement

Delayed homeownership has a direct impact on millennials' retirement planning. Traditionally, homeownership has been considered a cornerstone of retirement security, providing an appreciating asset and a sense of stability in one's later years.


However, when millennials face obstacles to entering the housing market, they may miss out on the potential for long-term home appreciation. This delay can result in a smaller pool of assets to rely on in retirement, potentially necessitating a longer working life or more aggressive savings strategies to compensate for the lost time. Being too aggressive can expose one to bigger risks, which can also result in financial instability and setbacks.


The Broader Financial Implications

The housing market doesn't solely affect homeownership and retirement but has broader implications for millennials' overall financial stability. High rent and housing costs can place considerable strain on their monthly budgets, leaving less room for savings, investments, and other financial objectives.


Additionally, the burden of student loan debt, which many millennials carry, compounds the issue. Balancing student loan payments, rent, and other expenses while striving to save for a down payment can create a financial juggling act that hampers their ability to build wealth over time.


Navigating the Challenges

Despite these challenges, there are strategies that millennials can employ to work towards homeownership and secure their financial futures:


·      Financial Education: Prioritizing financial literacy and planning can help millennials navigate the complexities of the real estate market successfully.


·      Budgeting and Saving: Crafting a budget that allows for consistent savings toward a down payment and retirement contributions is essential.


·      Considering Alternate Markets: Exploring housing markets in less expensive areas or suburbs can make homeownership more attainable.


·      Investing Wisely: Seeking opportunities for investment that can help build wealth, even in the absence of homeownership.


·      Government Programs: Exploring government programs designed to assist first-time homebuyers, such as FHA loans or down payment assistance programs.


The housing markets that are the highest priced pose substantial challenges for millennials in their pursuit of homeownership, retirement security, and overall financial stability. Nevertheless, with careful planning, financial education, and a strategic approach, millennials can continue to make progress toward these goals, even in the face of rising housing costs. While the path to homeownership and financial stability may be longer and more challenging, it remains attainable.


At Visit Vegas Homes, we understand the unique challenges that millennials face in today's real estate market. We are committed to providing guidance and support to help you navigate the path to homeownership and achieve your long-term financial goals. Remember, while the housing market may present obstacles, determination and prudent financial strategies can ultimately lead to the realization of homeownership dreams and a secure financial future.

Oct. 4, 2023

Navigating VA Loan Closing Costs: Strategies to Save Big



buying a home with a VA loan

By Valerie Brown, Broker Owner of Visit Vegas Homes in Las Vegas Nevada


When it comes to buying a home, one of the biggest hurdles for many prospective buyers is managing the closing costs. If you're a veteran or active-duty service member considering a VA loan, you're in luck. VA loans offer numerous benefits, including the potential to save on closing costs. In this article, we'll explore practical tips and strategies to help you minimize your financial burden during the home buying process.

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Oct. 3, 2023

10 Home Features That Turn Luxury Buyers Away in Las Vegas

These Are the 10 Home Features That Turn Luxury Buyers Away

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As a luxury broker and real estate agent in the vibrant city of Las Vegas, I've had the privilege of working with discerning buyers who have specific expectations when it comes to their dream homes. Understanding what attracts luxury buyers is crucial, but equally important is recognizing what turns them away. In this article, we'll explore the 10 home features that can discourage luxury buyers and discuss effective strategies to address these concerns.



Luxury buyers seek kitchens that are both functional and visually appealing. Outdated kitchens can be a major turn-off. Consider modernizing with high-end sleek appliances, and an open layout that encourages socializing.


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In the world of luxury real estate, natural light is a prized feature. Maximize it by using large windows, skylights, and glass doors. Light, airy spaces are more inviting and often command higher prices.


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Luxury living often entails peace and tranquility. Address noise concerns by soundproofing windows, installing lush landscaping, or exploring quieter neighborhoods within Las Vegas.



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For luxury buyers, outdoor spaces are an extension of their homes. If your property has limited outdoor space, consider creative landscaping and patio design to make the most of it.



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Up-to-date bathrooms are a must. Invest in modern fixtures, spa-like features,  such as an infrared sauna with an elegant design to create a luxurious bathing experience.



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Curb appeal matters. Keep exteriors well-maintained with fresh paint, neatly trimmed landscaping, uplighting and attractively designed entryways to make a lasting impression.



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Luxury buyers have high expectations for storage space. Invest in customized closets and storage solutions to meet their needs.

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Inefficient Layouts

Efficiency is key. Evaluate and reconfigure spaces to ensure they flow seamlessly and maximize functionality.



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Inadequate Security

Security is paramount for luxury properties. Consider advanced security systems, gated communities, and smart technology to enhance safety.


Outdated Technology

Modern luxury homes are expected to be smart homes that provide an ecosystem of flow through the entire home.  Incorporate cutting-edge technology for convenience and security.



Understanding the preferences of luxury buyers is essential in the competitive Las Vegas real estate market. By addressing these 10 home features, you can not only attract but also delight luxury buyers. If you're looking to buy or sell a luxury property in Las Vegas, don't hesitate to reach out to me for personalized guidance. As the Broker Owner of Visit Vegas Homes, I'm here to help you navigate the world of luxury real estate with trust, commitment, and dedication.


Valerie Brown is the Broker Owner of Visit Vegas Homes, specializing in luxury real estate in Las Vegas. With over a decade of experience in the industry, Valerie is known for her insightful market knowledge and commitment to her clients.

Aug. 26, 2023

Private Schools In Las Vegas

Best Private Schools in Las Vegas – 2023

When it comes to private education in Las Vegas, a few schools truly stand out from the crowd. For parents on the lookout for exceptional educational opportunities, factors such as college preparation, counseling, and a holistic approach to learning often take precedence. The ranking is designed to make your exploration easier. All the schools featured have a commendable track record of sending graduates to top-tier colleges nationwide. 

  • Location
  • Tuition (9-12)
  • Enrollment (9-12)
  • Average SAT Score
  • Average ACT Score
  • Senior Class Size
  • College Admissions Highlights
  • Academic Highlights

Without further delay, let’s look at the best private schools in Las Vegas.

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Aug. 25, 2023

Navigating Bidding Wars and Winning Strategies in a Low-Inventory Market

What to Do When You Keep Getting Outbid

In a low-inventory market where homes are getting multiple offers, you may find yourself getting outbid over and over again. This can be incredibly frustrating, and you may be tempted to extend yourself financially, make an impulsive offer on a home you don’t love, or quit your home search. Since these options don’t get you any closer to achieving your homebuying goals, planning how to proceed when you continue to get outbid is essential. Read on for insight into what to do when you keep getting outbid.

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Aug. 14, 2023

Can the Exterior Paint Color of Your Home Help you Sell It Faster?

Painter painting homeCan Changing the Color of Your Home?s Exterior Help You Sell It Faster?

Curb appeal is one of the most important ingredients in a successful home sale. Buyers decide in seconds whether a house is likely to be a good fit for them, and the exterior color is one of the top factors that influences their opinions. Repainting the outside of your house might help you quickly sell it for top dollar.

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Aug. 9, 2023

Features that can make your home harder to sell

Features That Can Make Your Home Harder to Sell and What to Do

Some home features can have polarizing opinions — some people may love them, while some may be deal breakers for others. While these features won’t prevent your home from selling completely, it’s helpful to understand them so you don’t have any unpleasant surprises when listing your home. If you plan on selling your home, familiarize yourself with features that may make your home more challenging to sell so that you can play up your home’s other selling features.

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Aug. 3, 2023

Choosing Whether to Rent or Buy Is More Than Just a Financial Decision

Choosing Whether to Rent or Buy Is More Than Just a Financial Decision

Both renting and buying a home have pros and cons. If you’re trying to decide which is right for you, don’t just focus on money. Think about what your life is like now and how it might change in the coming years.

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July 31, 2023

How to Find a House That's Likely to Increase in Value

How to Find a House That's Likely to Increase in Value

While there is no crystal ball, when you’re looking for your next home, think ahead to a day when you might want to sell it. Renovating your house is one way to increase its value, but it’s not always necessary. A house in the right area can appreciate without you having to make any upgrades. No one can predict the future, but certain characteristics of a geographic area tend to be associated with rising home values.

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