With 5,000 people moving here each month, somebody had to spill the beans!

November 30, 2008

Having recently been told by a cop who lives a few doors down to have a critical eye about any suspicious vehicle in the area, I saw a van+trailer in our neighborhood today that was out of place and decided to see what they were up to.

I was surprised by what I learned.

After a few questions, and while the woman I spoke to rifled through a large quantity of paperwork, I learned that this husband and wife team were “cleaners”. Fanny Mae had hired them to go to a foreclosed home that had been abandoned and to, well, clean it. . .inside and out. Their job is to remove any items left behind (tables, sofas, pots, pans, etc.) and to clean the place up. And besides getting the inside straighten up, they focus their efforts on the outside of the home and do some light yard maintenance as well.

Why was this a surprise?

Because we’ve seen several homes in the area that were in foreclosure and clearly being neglected as a result. This, of course, further increases the difficulty of selling one of these homes. Come to find out, the hiring of “cleaners” is a common practice of Fannie Mae. Who knew? This is good to know. Our Home Owners Association is currently dealing with the fact that the few foreclosures in our neighborhood are looking bad as a result of no yard maintenance. And getting the banks to respond to requests to clean a house, even if it includes fines, has proven largely unsuccessful.

Although this foreclosure business is bad news, and there is no question that Fannie Mae contributed mightily to this problem, I am happy that they are smart enough to recognize that a clean house, inside and OUT, is a more sellable house.


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November 28, 2008

Just, not for me! Melissa and the kids have taken to their shopping chariot and have begun the Black Friday tradition of buying stuff. I wish them well.

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November 27, 2008

Just saw the Wynn Encore Commercial. Here it is:

The video is courtesy of Fred Weinberg Productions, the audio producers of the commercial. Thanks, Fred!

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November 22, 2008

Thought we’d give this Twitter thing a spin around the block and see what’s what.  We’ve added a little bit of web code to our home page to display our last three “tweets” (geez, how do adults say that without feeling like a goofball).  For those more TwitterHip listeners to the Living in Las Vegas Podcast, follow us by visiting our Twitter Feed.


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November 20, 2008

In Business Las Vegas reports in this week’s edition that Clark County’s population “dropped during the past year after decades as one of America’s fastest growing counties”.

So much for our tagline.

In the last year, the county lost about 10,000 people.  Most folks believe this is the first drop in population in nearly 40 years.

Here’s the data (according to the Clark County Comprehensive Planning Department):

 

2008 1,986,146
2007 1,996,542
2006 1,912,654
2005 1,815,700
2004 1,747,025
2003 1,641,529
2002 1,578,332
2001 1,498,279
2000 1,428,690
1999 1,321,312
1998 1,246,193
 
 
 


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62: A Tour of the Aliante Station Casino and Hotel

November 12, 2008

Twenty-three months ago,  the folks at Stations Casino did a Show & Tell about their upcoming Aliante Station Casino.  Last night, two years of planning, construction, traffic delays and speculation came to an end with the grand opening of the Aliante Station Casino and Hotel.  This episode of the Living in Las Vegas Podcast gives you a “soundseering” tour of the $600+ million “locals” casino.  Show notes:

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  • The Aliante Station Casino and Hotel
    • Fireworks
    • Early entry and free beer
    • The Tour
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November 12, 2008

. . .and was surprised by what we saw.  Stay tuned. . .we’re planning to record the podcast reviewing the Aliante Station Casino grand opening tomorrow night.

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November 11, 2008

There has been a nice buzz around these parts about tonight’s Aliante Station Casino opening.  We’ve seen a handful of news channel features about the new property over the last month or so along with several articles in the local newspapers.  I’ve always been VERY impressed with much of what Station Casinos does so I was surprised when I heard on Channel 3’s 11PM news that for the third quarter of 2008 (which ends on September 30) the company lost $23 million.  To compare, for Q3 2007, the company made $3.7 million. 

In the words of Keanu Reeves — “Whooaah”.

Both Melissa and I were surprise by that.  I always had the impression that all ten Station Casinos properties were doing very well.  Every time we visited Red Rock or Santa Fe, they looked pretty busy. 

Here’s hoping their eleventh casino at Aliante will be the beginning of a big turn around.  The company is obviously spending a lot of money on getting the word out. . .billboards, TV commercials, newspaper ads.  Just yesterday, they paid for the insertion of a 16 page “Promotional Feature” section in the Review-Journal.  That had to be expensive!

We will be checking the place out at their 11/11/08 at 11:11PM opening and putting out a new LiLV Podcast episode soon thereafter. 

Our fingers are crossed!!

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November 7, 2008

Website: The Payroll Company

When I decided the time had come to begin working with a payroll company for my business, I was initially overwhelmed by the number of variables I had to consider. Thankfully, after some research and a much-needed recommendation, I found help when I discovered The Payroll Company. This episode also features an interview with The Payroll Company president Kimberly Gyuran.

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November 4, 2008

Melissa and I woke up this morning ready to participate in the 2008 Presidential Election!  With reports of 2-3 hour lines, we were ready for a long wait.  Over the past couple of days, we’ve seen long lines for early voters and expected the same.

Luckily, that wasn’t the case.

We arrived at about 6:50AM.  At 7:00AM they started letting folks in.  And by 7:25AM, we each had our “I VOTED” stickers.

The whole process was well organized.  First, we got into one of several lines, depending on our voting precinct.  We signed in and received a paper receipt/tracking card that we then presented to a gal (at the end of another line) who scanned it to program a magnetic card (like a credit card or a hotel room card key).  Then, we waited a few minutes to get to one of the 20 or so voting machines that were all lined up single file at the back of the room.  There was a couple helper-bees floating around the voting machines providing instructions and answering questions.  The machine worked well–simply insert the magnetic card and use the touch screen-based machine, using your fingers.   Our ballot had about 20 screens worth of votes.  The whole process, start to finish, was 35 minutes.

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