Saturday, March 6, 2021 / by Christy Degenhart
Welcome to the amazing Carson Valley! Sitting at the base of the Sierra Mountain Range, and bordered on the eastern most side by the Pinenut mountain range, it is a well-protected, picturesque gem. The Valley is centrally located with Lake Tahoe just up the hill. Reno is only a 30 minute drive to the north, Sacramento is 2 hours, San Francisco/Bay area is 3-4 hours. The south end of Douglas county borders California, so visiting family or travel between the two states is very easy.
If you’re looking for wide open spaces with huge views, then a trip to Carson Valley is a must! Making up a large part of Douglas County, it is here that you will find the towns of Genoa, Minden, Gardnerville, and Topaz. Douglas County is largely made up of agricultural land serving our many local farms and ranches, housing cows and other livestock, with Alfalfa being the main crop grown in the area. It is due to these vast open spaces that this area can be so incredibly attrac! ...
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 / by Christy Degenhart
There are many things to consider when you start thinking about making a move. We've got some information regarding our lovely home state that may be of help in the decision making process! And of course, we're just a phone call away to answer any other questions you may have.
Keep reading for more useful tips and information from the Realty Team voted The Record Couriers "Best Of" 6 Years in a row!
Monday, October 5, 2020 / by Christy Degenhart
If you are a big wine connoisseur or just saving a few bottles to crack open on special occasions, it’s important to understand how best to store them safely until you’re ready to partake. Follow the guidelines below!
To ensure each wine bottle maintains the proper flavor and aroma, storing it at the correct temperature is essential. Regardless if it is red, white, or sparkling, storing your bottles at 53°F to 57°F is most ideal. Keeping your bottles in a room where the temperature is much warmer than that may cause the flavor to become flat. Keep your wine in the dark and away from direct UV rays as much as you can to protect the wine’s flavor.
Controlling the humidity in the room is important if you plan to store bottles for more than a couple of years. The ideal humidity for storage is between 50 to 75 percent and anything below that could cause the corks to dry out, letting air seep into the bottle.
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Thursday, July 30, 2020 / by Christy Degenhart
Hanging out with your family or hosting friends on your old, dingy deck is not very appealing. Lucky for you, refreshing it doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Try your hand at the makeover ideas below!
Restore your decking. Depending on the shape it’s in, sometimes all your deck needs is a little love. If it’s still fairly new, your deck might just need a deep cleaning and a new coat of sealant. There is a multitude of deck finishing and cleaning solutions on the market to choose from to achieve this. However, if it's more worn down, the rejuvenation process may be a bit longer, including searching for larger repairs, tightening any hardware, giving it a good cleaning, applying a stain, sealant, and paint, and more.
Add lighting. Ambient lighting can completely transform your outside space into a relaxing, cozy oasis. Consider adding solar lights that don’t require a plugin or battery replacement. The lights turn on automatically when the sun sets, m! ...
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 / by Christy Degenhart
For most people, retirement feels like a long way off. But, if you don’t start preparing as early as possible, you may find yourself in a place of financial insecurity when the time does come. To avoid this, consider implementing the following tips.
Calculate your target savings. In general, it’s recommended that you save between 10 to 15 percent of your income for retirement. However, you can always use an online savings calculator to determine the amount you need to save for your specific needs and goals.
Contribute to your employer’s retirement savings plan. Does your job offer a 401(k), traditional IRA, or Roth IRA? Sign up and start saving as soon as they allow you to. It’s recommended to set up automatic paycheck deductions and, once the money is in your retirement fund, don’t touch it.
Take advantage of employee benefits. Many employers offer matching which generally requires you contribute a certain percentage of each paycheck and your compa ...