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January 2010 Blog Posts (15)

Vote for Tahoe! Be a Fan!

Until Wednesday, Feb 3, you can vote for Travelocity's next best ski resort area....and this year it's between Utah and Tahoe. Winning the contest is huge for the area as it brings great publicity, substantially increasing the number of visitors. Businesses across the board in Reno and Tahoe benefit from the accolades and recognition. If you'd like to vote, go to

Added by Trinkie Watson on January 31, 2010 at 4:43pm — No Comments

Squaw Valley/USA buys The Village!

Rumors have been rumbling for months, and last information sounded like all bets off. However, it was announced on Friday that Squaw Valley/USA has purchased The Village from Intrawest. This includes the commercial/retail promenade along with the lodging business for the condominium units above. The acquisition should enhance guest experience at the resort, which is enjoying booming ski days with around 18,000 season passes sold for 2009-2010.

Added by Trinkie Watson on January 31, 2010 at 4:24pm — No Comments


Barbara Childs Honored as Realtor of the Year

Chase International agents stood out at the South Tahoe Association of Realtors (STAR) installation and awards dinner when Barbara Childs was honored with the Realtor of the Year Award and Doug Clymer was bestowed with the… Continue

Added by ChaseNation on January 22, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

A Summary of Your Rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act

The Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) promotes the accuracy, fairness, and privacy of information in the files of consumer reporting agencies.

Here is a summary of your major rights under the FCRA: Fair Credit Reporting Act

Should you have any questions or need further information,

please don't hesitate to contact me, (775) 220-1630

Or visit my blog at…


Added by Josh Talayka on January 21, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Do you have errors on your Credit Report?

According to an article posted by The Sacramento Bee, in a survey of 197 people, 49 of them were kept from getting a home, bank account or job due to mistakes on their credit report. The article also states that by Experian’s own admission, that 50 percent of all credit reports contain errors. Although these errors may not lead to disqualification, they may result in increased interest rates and higher payments.

On average, there is a 2% difference in interest rates between a person…


Added by Josh Talayka on January 20, 2010 at 11:55am — No Comments

Understanding Your Credit

What is credit? How do I get credit? How can I improve my credit rating?

These are a few simple questions, yet when asked the majority of people simply don’t know the answers. Although I don’t believe I’ve ever met anyone who could truly say they were an expert in understanding credit, in a world where credit determines many aspects of our way of life it’s important that we know and understand what our credit is and how we can maintain and improve it.

Complete Post:…


Added by Josh Talayka on January 17, 2010 at 6:54pm — No Comments

Department of Defense – Homeowners’ Assistance Program

The Homeowners’ Assistance Program (HAP) provides some monetary relief to eligible service members (including Coast Guard) and federal employees (including non-appropriated fund) Homeowners who suffer a financial loss on the sale of their primary residence as a result of a decline in their real estate market as a result of a base closure or realignment announcement.…


Added by Josh Talayka on January 17, 2010 at 12:56pm — No Comments

London Calling - Central London Leads Market Recovery in UK

CJ Hole Realty, Cheltenham, UK

Since the beginning of 2009 the Central London property market has confounded just about every one involved with it. The weak pound has attracted overseas buyers who have been absent for some years. Buyers from France and Italy have been particularly notable.

But buyers are being choosy. Locations such as Mayfair, Belgravia, Kensington and Knightsbridge have been especially popular but only… Continue

Added by Nick Churton on January 14, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Our John Gianotti's Annual Viva Italia Masters Slalom Race Success

John Gianotti 1963

John G. is my hero, so I wanted to share his successes with you.

Annually John Gianotti sponsores a masters slalom race to raise money for scholarships. This years race was a great success and was written up in the Tahoe Daily Tibune

Tahoe Daily

January 8,… Continue

Added by Charly Baron on January 12, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Social Networking

ChaseNation History: ChaseNation was launched April 1, 2008. ChaseNation was the first social networking site created by a real estate brokerage. Shari Chase was quoted as saying “Our goal is to create a conversation with the rest of the world about Reno-Tahoe real estate. Social networking is huge right now and it gives us another avenue to capture the clientele that frequently use the Internet where over 80% of buyers and sellers start their search.”

Why Blog?: Blogging is the… Continue

Added by Charly Baron on January 8, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

5 Year Option ARMs About to Reset

We have been seeing a drastic decline in foreclosures across the country, many markets show signs of stabilization, and it is beginning to look like the end of our current housing crisis is in sight. However there is small group of mortgage products that may have been overlooked, the Option Adjustable-Rate Mortgages (ARMs) with five-year resets.

5 Year Option ARMs

Should you have any questions…


Added by Josh Talayka on January 7, 2010 at 1:38pm — No Comments

Real Estate Sales Have Risen Exponentially in the Reno/Tahoe Region

For anyone who has been waiting for the market to hit rock bottom to get into their dream home in the Lake Tahoe or Reno areas, time is definitely running out. Sales of single-family homes are up dramatically throughout the region. And while home prices continued to fall in 2009, the overall number of units sold has made a remarkable recovery.

Year-end statistics released today by Chase International show single family home sales increased in all of the nine distinct communities they… Continue

Added by Sue Lowe on January 6, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Squaw Valley's 10 Day 50/60 Anniversary Celebration Kicks Off This Friday !

Chase Squaw Valley super agents Tamara McKinney and Jeff Hamilton will each be featured Olympic Torch bearers in the 50/60 Anniversary opening ceremonies this coming Friday afternoon. Tamara and Jeff, each as a former Olympic athlete, will take a relay leg with the Olympic Torch on the lower ski mountain with Jeff at 4:15 and Tamara at 4:18. Fireworks to follow at 6 P.M.

For complete 10 day schedule of events, please check out this… Continue

Added by Bill Murphy on January 5, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Railroad Lifts Sierra Tunnels for Taller Trains

Thanks to Mary Crawford for sending me this article on the raising of the roofs of the train tunnels to allow double-stacked train to cross through Reno on the way to Chicago for the first time, and how this could benefit the distribution businesses in Reno and Storey County.


Associated Press

01/01/10 12:09 AM PST

RENO, NEV. — Union Pacific Railroad has raised the roof on 15 of its tunnels over Donner Pass in… Continue

Added by Shari Chase on January 4, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Nevada Rural Housing Authority: Home at Last Program (tax credit)

The Home at Last Program Is a Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) program that provides a dollar-for-dollar federal income tax credit equal to 20% (for loans over $190,000) or 30% (for loans under $190,000) of the interest paid on a mortgage loan. This credit is given to the homebuyer every year as long as they live in the home. This tax credit will provide an estimated annual savings of $2,000 a year per household.

(Program not to be mistaken with the federal first-time buyer tax…


Added by Josh Talayka on January 3, 2010 at 4:08pm — No Comments

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