Homes Staging Tips

There are some simple, but very effective tips, that will increase the value of your home. We have seen home staging add 5 to 10% more to the price of a home.

Below are some generic tips. When you list your home for sale with Simons Group, Realtors® you will receive a personalized home staging plan.

  • If you can smell it, you can’t sell it! Make sure your home is free of all pet, smoke and food odors. Buyers are smart, they can tell when you light a candle to cover up a smell.
  • Put away personal photos! We know your family is adorable, but we want new buyers to see themselves in your home, not wonder about your life!
  • Use the odd number rule for items on a table. Tables get 1, 3 or 5 items depending on size. If it is an end table, 3 items maximum. The eye sees odd numbered items in a pleasing way.
  • Always have an open path in the entry of the home for people to walk in. This is where most buyers make their decision to buy your home!
  • Clear your counter tops! For the time the home is being shown, put away can openers, blenders, toasters or keep them to a minimum. We are selling counter top space!
  • Check your pantry! Buyers will peek in to see how much room there is. Organize your food items by cans, boxes and other like items. Stack cans to show more room.
  • Always keep your dining room or kitchen table clear of papers and other items. One centerpiece on your table is appropriate.
  • Keep your bedrooms and bathrooms clean and impersonal! No one wants to walk in and feel that they are invading your personal space. Remove your soap & shampoo items from the shower. Be sure to put away all medications and personal items.
  • Closets sell homes! Make sure all items are off the floor. This surprisingly makes a huge difference in the size of the closet. If clothes are crammed in, take half out and pack them up. Same with shoes!
  • Don’t forget the garage! Boxed items should be stacked neatly in a corner. Do not block hot water tank or water softener with items. Even if you do not park your car in the garage, you should be able to show that you can get a car inside.

Improve Your Credit Score

Your credit score or FICO matters when purchasing a home. A high FICO can get you a lower interest rate saving you lots of money, so understanding how to improve your credit score is key. If you don’t know what your credit score is, go to This is the best resource and provides the most accurate credit score similar to what the banks will pull.

What makes up your FICO, you ask? Here are the five parts to your credit score:

  1. Your Payment History (about 35%)
  2. How Much You Owe (about 30%)
  3.  Length of Credit History (about 15%)
  4.  New Credit (about 10%)
  5. Other Factors (about 10%)

How do you improve your score?

  1.  Avoid Multiple Credit Inquiries. If it looks like you are opening too many different credit cards or lines of credit, it will reduce your score. For example, if you have credit inquires for a ‘no interest for a year’ store credit card, then a credit inquiry from a car dealership and another credit inquiry from a mortgage provider, it appears that you are going on a shopping spree. However, multiple inquires from one type of establishment (like a mortgage company) over a short period of time only represents one inquiry.
  2. Reduce Your Debt. If all of your debt (including mortgage) exceeds 36% of your monthly salary, you will probably need to lower your debt in order to get a loan.
  3. Pay on Time (or Early). If you are consistent with this over several months, you’ll really see your credit score improve. Setting up automatic payments and always paying more than the minimum due will help.
  4. Wait a Year if You’ve had Credit Problems. You will be penalized less for problems that are more than a year old.
  5. Get Your Finances in Order. Avoid major purchases, like a car loan, prior to purchasing a home. Also, transferring debt from one credit card to another also helps. And, paying off credit cards is ideal.

Homeownership: A Key to Well Being in Retirement

There has been much talk about homeownership and whether it is a true vehicle for building wealth. A new report looks at the impact owning a home has on the financial wellbeing of people closing in on their retirement years (ages 55-64).

In recently released study by the Hamilton Project, Ten Economic Facts about Financial WellBeing in Retirement, it was revealed that:

1. Middleclass households near retirement age have about as much wealth in their homes as they do in their retirement accounts.

“Over the past quarter century the largest single source of wealth for all but the richest households nearing retirement age has been their homes, which accounted for about two fifths of net worth in the early 1990s and accounts for about one third today.”

2. Home equity is a very important source of net worth to all but the wealthiest households near retirement age.

“Home equity is an important source of wealth for middle income households, accounting for more than one thirdof total net worth for the second, third, and fourth quintiles of the net worth distribution… The fifth quintile has a much larger share in business equity—almost a quarter—than any other quintile. (The figure leaves out the bottom quintile of households because they have negative net worth. It is likely that these households will rely almost exclusively on Social Security in retirement.)”

Here is an asset breakdown for the middle 20% of Americans determined by median net worth ($165, 720):

Retirement Well-Being

Las Vegas Home Trends: Price Per Square Foot

The Las Vegas area real estate market has been steadily improving over the last several years.

This graph of home prices per square foot from the last 5 years really paints the picture.  Keep in mind this is an average price per square foot across the Valley.  Each neighborhood is different.  And luxury homes are over $200/square foot.


For a complete market analysis of a specific neighborhood or area, contact me directly.

To find out INSTANTLY what your home is worth, CLICK HERE.

Looking for a home?  Search below for all homes available for sale.

Top 10 Reasons Why Homes Don’t Sell

Is your home for sale with no offers?  Or do you know someone who has their home for sale and they don’t know why it’s not selling?

Here are my top 10 reasons why homes don’t sell.

  1. Bad Photos
  2. No Communication From Agent
  3. Not Knowing Key Home Staging Tactics
  4. Not Knowing Your Competition
  5. No Exposure on Real Estate Websites
  6. No Marketing
  7. Missing or Wrong Information in MLS
  8. No Follow Up From Agent
  9. Bad Advice
  10. No Strategic Pricing

Call Vicki at 702-266-7193 for a free, no-obligation appointment and CLICK HERE to find out how I get hundreds of homes SOLD. 

Mentor a Child in Need

lift_up_casa_redblue_rgb If you are new to Las Vegas/Henderson, you will soon find out that there are many opportunities to get involved with the community.  Whether you are looking for festivals for the family or volunteer work, the options are vast.

Six years ago, I personally got involved with the CASA organization.  A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) advocates for foster children through the family court system.  It is a unique volunteer experience as we get to work directly with the children, discovering what they need and helping them navigate through a difficult situation.

We work with foster parents, biological parents, therapists, case workers, family members – all working together to reunify these children with biological parents or other family members.  And sometimes to terminate parental rights and help facilitate adoption.  We tell the judge our objective opinion and strive to expedite the process, limiting the time the children are in foster care.

There is no other rewarding work.  It may not turn out exactly as you wish or hope.  But, it does turn out how it should.  If you wish to open your heart to mentor and advocate for a child in need, feel free to contact me.  I am happy to share my stories and connect you to the CASA organization, a truly respectable organization making a difference in our community.

Vicki Simons, 702-266-7193,

Living in an Active Adult Community

024_community-center027_community-centerYou may be at a point where you are thinking about retirement.  I work with many clients who are planning the next phase of their life, and many times an active adult community is the perfect match.

How will you know if it’s the right choice?  While there are many reasons people flock to these communities, I find that most people usually choose active adult communities for one specific reason.

Ask yourself these questions to see if one might resonate with you.  Not everyone chooses for the same reason, but age-qualified communities seem to meet many needs of retired (or almost retired) residents.

  1.  Would you enjoy a community of your peers?  In an active adult (or age-qualified) community, at least one occupant must be 55 or older and no occupants can be younger than 18.  You may have visitors under 18, but they cannot live there.028_indoor-pool
  2. Are you looking to meet new people or engage in activities?  You will have an opportunity to meet other people through the activities, fitness center or simply walking in the neighborhood.
  3. Would you want to live in an all single-story community?  One of the benefits of living in an age-restricted community is that there are no two story homes looming above!
  4. Are you planning to travel?  In these communities, some people travel or are snowbirds.  Neighbors watch out for your home.
  5. Do you like to go to the gym or take classes for exercise?  Most communities have state-of-the art fitness centers and classes for aerobic or yoga exercise.

For more information on the different communities in Las Vegas and Henderson, contact me directly.

To see homes in age-qualified communities in Henderson and Las Vegas, click the links below.

Henderson Age Qualifed (55+) Homes


Las Vegas Age Qualified (55+) Homes



2374 Amana Dr

$269,000 ~ 3 BEDROOM ~ 2 BATHROOM ~ 2 CAR GARAGE ~ 1,768 SF ~ CORNER LOT!

FANTASTIC Franklin model on huge corner lot! Freshly painted! Largest model in Solera with 3 bedrooms, open living/family to kitchen and nook. Formal dining area, master bedroom suite separate from others. Tile flooring in entry, hall and all wet areas.

Low maintenance desert landscaping, covered patio. Perfect retirement 55+ community with fitness center, activities, indoor pool in the hills of Anthem.

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CLICK HERE for more details about this home!


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118 Turtle Ridge Ave

$425,000 ~ 4 BEDROOM ~ 4 BATHROOM ~ 3 CAR GARAGE ~ 3,338 SF ~ STRIP VIEW!

This GORGEOUS family home comes with a FANTASTIC floor plan in a gated community, close to South Las Vegas Blvd! Stunning vaulted entry, laminate wood & tile flooring throughout.  HUGE family room open to kitchen with granite, stainless appliances & breakfast nook. Large den downstairs for office/hobby room.

Upstairs, you’ll find a HUGE master suite with sitting area, balcony and STRIP VIEWS! Three more large bedrooms with private or jack & jill baths, ideal for guests and children. This home backs to a future park! Landscaped, low maintenance backyard with easy potential RV parking.

View the Tour


CLICK HERE to see more information.  Contact me directly at 702-266-7193.

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4 Key Signs Indicate a Stable Housing Market (yes, even in an election year)

With the election only a month away, I find many clients wonder…is this the right time to buy or sell my home?

Let’s take a look at the past year with data from the Realtor® MLS database.

  1. Price increases are steady.  Over the past 12 months, the median list price has been rising steadily.
  2. The number of days on market remains steady, decreasing slightly.  Both of these factors indicate we are heading towards a Sellers market.


3. Inventory has remained stable, fluctuating between a 3 to 4 month supply of homes for sale.

4. The number of sales has been consistent (Oct numbers are not in yet).


Prices are creeping up, and buyers that were looking in the Spring can certainly see (and feel) the price increase when searching for a home.  They might need to be in that next price category to get the same type of home.

Interest rates will go up after the election.  No doubt about it.  Prepare now whether you plan to buy or sell this Fall or Spring 2017.  And always feel free to contact me about your specific real estate needs.  Happy to help you or your friends and family!


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