Getting a Home Loan in Las Vegas – Q&A With a Local Expert Mike Cornachio

Recently I met with Mike Cornachio, Branch Manager and Loan Officer with local lender Castle & Cooke Mortgage, and discussed some tips in getting a home loan. We covered a variety of items (credit requirements, job requirements, timeline, etc.) and we decided to film a little Q & A segment to help Buyers out there with the process of applying for a home loan.

Mike has helped numerous clients of mine in the past and not only does he have access to some of the best interest rates around, his fees are some of the lowest offered!

8 Insider Tips for Buying a Home in Las Vegas’ Tight Market [Summer 2017]

We know very well how hard it is to buy a home in the Las Vegas valley right now. In fact, the local housing market is as “tight” as it’s been in years. Home inventory is down and prices are up.

You need to have a proven strategy to compete in this “buyer’s market.” So here are 8 of our best tips and tricks for buying a Las Vegas or Henderson, NV home in 2017:

1) Work with an experienced agent – Don’t waste your time (or money) dealing with realtors who don’t have extensive experience in the local market.

2) Adjust your criteria – In a tight market like this it’s best to be flexible. You might be pleasantly surprised!

3) Get pre-approved for a loan asap – It’s vitally important to know what your “buying power” is and to determine what monthly payment you’re comfortable with.

4) Have an offer strategy – Look at accurate comparables (“comps”) and develop a good offer strategy to avoid wasting your time and/or money!

5) Act fast – In a “buyer’s market” you need to move fast. As soon as you find a home you like, you need to jump on it.

6) Make a strong offer – Making a strong offer can improve your chances of getting the home.

7) Work with the home inspection results – Don’t be afraid of “fixer upper” homes.

8) Stay encouraged – It’s easy to become discouraged in this type of market but there’s no reason to, especially if you have the help of a top real estate agent!

Contact us today so we can help you find your Southern Nevada dream home!

Facebook Live Tour of Lennar Aventine!


I recently did a Facebook Live tour of the Lennar Aventine community and they have a number of standing inventory/move-in ready homes!

This gated Seven Hills area community in Henderson is zoned for the coveted Coronado High School, Del Webb Middle School, and Wolff Elementary. It is also built around the Rio Secco Golf Course!

Be sure to watch the video which emphasizes their Standard Features (granite kitchen counters, stainless steel appliances, stackable sliding glass doors, and much more).  The single story floor plan is over 2600 square feet while the smallest two-story is 3470 square feet! Whether you’re looking to move now or after the 5-6 month construction period, I’m sure you’ll agree that these homes are fantastic!

Contact me today at (702) 501-8726 to setup a tour of their models and to see these standing inventory beauties!

Click to watch the Facebook Live Tour of Lennar Aventine

Luxury Living in Southern Nevada versus Southern California

With more and more people relocating to Southern Nevada from Southern California the overwhelming savings with their cost of living is still leaving many transients in shock. Their dollar is stretched much farther allowing them a luxury lifestyle that was unattainable in tax heavy California.

I recently previewed a luxury home in Henderson’s MacDonald Highlands for a client relocating from California and took the opportunity to film a quick video pointing out some cost of living facts.

Comparing the Southern NV luxury lifestyle to Southern CA

MLB Superstar Bryce Harper’s New Henderson Luxury Home: 10 Things to Know

front of Bryce Harper's luxury home in Henderson NVHere’s an interesting fact: Major League Baseball superstar Bryce Harper is a true born-and-bred Las Vegas native. He grew up on the east side of the city, attended Las Vegas High School, played a season at the College of Southern Nevada, and still spends much of the off-season here close to his family and friends.

Even though he’s worth millions and could live literally anywhere in the world, Harper recently decided to buy a beautiful luxury home in Henderson, NV — Vegas’ “little brother” to the south. Here are 10 interesting things to know about the MVP slugger’s new mansion…

  1. It cost $2.7 million. Pricey but, since Bryce will soon have a new contract worth $100’s of millions, we think he can afford it.
  2. It’s practically brand new. Construction was finished just last year.
  3. It features a modern spin on the ‘Prairie School’ architectural style. That’s a Midwestern style but it’s not uncommon here in the desert southwest.
  4. It’s 7400 square feet. Still not big enough to contain one of Bryce’s home runs.
  5. It has a ‘wine wall’ that can hold nearly 400 bottles of hooch. Since Harper is a Mormon and non-drinker, we assume it’ll be used to hold his baseball trophies.
  6. It has an indoor cascading waterfall. Because being one of the greatest athletes in the world is stressful, and sometimes you just need to sit by your own waterfall to decompress for a few hours.indoor garden in Bryce Harper's Henderson NV luxury home
  7. It has an indoor ornamental garden feature. Perfect for the nature lover who doesn’t have a lot of free time to actually spend in nature.
  8. It has a swimming pool with a raised spa and an amazing view of the Las Vegas Strip. Because even people who live in luxury Henderson homes want to see what’s going on in Sin City.
  9. It has a chef’s kitchen featuring quartzite countertops and an island bar. Just like Bryce, quartzite is native to Nevada.
  10. It has 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, and a large game room. Harper has stated many times that he doesn’t like to “party” but, if he ever changes his mind, he now has the perfect home in which to throw blowouts.

We’re very glad that hometown hero Bryce Harper has decided to stay in the Vegas area and, especially, that he’s chosen to live in our beautiful city of Henderson, NV. It really does offer the best of all worlds in terms of lifestyle and amenities… which is why we constantly recommend Henderson to our clients.

If you’d like to learn about buying luxury real estate in Henderson please contact us today!



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You Deserve to Have Us Represent You When Buying or Selling!

If you’ve had Kandis & I represent you when buying or selling a home (or you know us personally and know our passion for our clients), then you know we set the bar very high for REALTORS. My latest video helps explain the different when having two top producing real estate agents on your side makes all the difference….we’re full time REALTORS who eat, breathe, and sleep real estate! After all, you need to trust in your real estate agent in selling for top dollar or buying at the best possible price! Contact us today to get started with the representation you deserve!



Episode 3 of “Moving to Lennar Aventine”

One more week of progress and it couldn’t come any sooner….this hotel life is getting really old! Luckily our new home and the Aventine community is nearing the home stretch. Since Episode 2 they’ve installed the drywall, door frames, and added the stucco to the exterior. It looks like a home! Check out the latest video and as always, contact us to BUY or SELL in Southern Nevada!

Progress at Lennar’s “AVENTINE” in Seven Hills, Henderson


Talk about progress! Since my last visit at the Lennar Community “Aventine” in Seven Hills, they’ve framed a number of homes! The neighborhood is really coming along! They’ve graded the land, built walls, added landscaping, installed the entrance gate and prepped the land for the community park! There’s been a lot of interest in these homes so don’t hesitate. Contact me today to get locked in on one of the few lots that are being released!

Take a look at the most recent video shot there a few days ago and enjoy the video at the end where I drove through the community so you have a better sense of the homes and views!

Mike Rebarchick