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Las Vegans make the kitchen hub of home life

Not too many decades ago, homes were built with kitchens somewhat out of sight. Kitchens were made for preparing food, not for socializing. That’s why dining rooms were created, went the old notion.

Providence to host National Night Out

The classic “Red Light,€“ Green Light”€ game provides a fun way for children to learn the basics of traffic safety during the National Night Out Block Party at Providence, and nicely complement’€™s the evening’€™s goal of strengthening relationships with law enforcement and community safety partners. The free event will be 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 4 at Knickerbocker Park in the Providence Master Planned Community in northwest Las Vegas.

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Local lender offers Second Chance loans

As the economy and the housing market in Las Vegas continue to improve, things are beginning to look up for Southern Nevadans. There’s an optimism that springs from seeing

Pardee builds in Henderson

Pardee Homes has four Henderson neighborhoods, including Alterra, Bella Verdi and Solano in the master-planned Inspirada community, and Horizon Terrace South at Horizon Ridge Parkway and Gibson Road just south of the 215 Beltway.

The Ogden in downtown Las Vegas

With a vibrant, walker-friendly community in mind, Will Sisk and Paula Pant set out last year to find their perfect home, landing in downtown Las Vegas. The couple recently left Atlanta, Ga., with dreams of the West Coast and enviable flexibility to settle wherever their hearts desired. So many positives pointed them directly to The Ogden, where they recently purchased a two-bedroom, two-bath 1698-square-foot Dentner model.

Summerlin ranks No. 6 in U.S. communities for home sales

Summerlin marked the first half of 2015 with strong new home sales, topping last year’s numbers through June 2014 by 32 percent. Summerlin is the only Nevada community on the top 10 list, according to a report recently released by real estate consultant RCLCO. The national 2015 mid‐year review ranked Summerlin sixth overall as compared to Summerlin’s 2014 mid‐year ranking of 13. RCLCO notes overall new home sales activity within master‐planned communities is up throughout the western US. The firm cites the opening and draw of Downtown Summerlin for Summerlin’s strong performance, crediting, in part, immediate access to major retail and entertainment options as a difference maker for homebuyers.

Mortgage rates fell this week

Mortgage rates fell this week despite the fact that global market concerns seemed to be getting smaller in the rear view mirror. But U.S. Treasury bond yields fell as investors moved money out of sagging stocks and into bonds.

Student housing can offer summer rentals

Q: We have a home up north and a condo down south we use in winter. We’re getting ready to sell our longtime home and just come back in the summers. I know this is not your specialty, but do you have any advice about how to find a rental for four summer months? I believe landlords insist on a one-year lease. — askedith.com

Five tips to avoid a delay in your home closing

Avoiding closing day nightmares, such as a long delay or, worse, a canceled home sale, requires complete communication from the day a contract is signed until the house keys are exchanged.

Providence to hold ice cream event

Cool off and share delicious frozen treats with family and friends at the annual Sunny 106.5 Ice Cream Sunday on Sept. 27. The free event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the new Huckleberry Park in the Providence lat 10325 Farm Road, just off the I-215 North Beltway and Hualapai Way.

William Lyon offers 12 communities

William Lyon Homes recognizes that people have varying needs as they travel through life; and build homes to meet each stage with quality, function and style.

Toll Brothers welcomes first family to Carmona

Toll Brothers is welcoming the Williams family to its Carmona collection at Toll Brothers at Inspirada.