Hal DeKeyser, a Realtor with New Door Residential in Las Vegas, has been a writer and editor appearing in newspapers, magazines, The Associated Press, books and online for decades. His last journalism assignment was managing content at the Las Vegas Review-Journal for magazines, weeklies and Real Estate, automotive, special sections and Best of Las Vegas. He is a licensed real estate agent in Nevada and Arizona and a new homes specialist. Contact him at hal.dekeyser@gmail.com or call 602-316-6863.

Money, checkbook, pen

Buying a home – a great investment or not?

Is your home your biggest investment? Or is it simply your biggest expense? We’ve been told the former as far back as we can remember, but it it true today. Or was it ever true? Mind you we’re talking about your primary residence here, not real estate in general. Lots of investors have made millions…

Money

Are you considered rich in your state?

Are you rich? Do you know what it takes to be considered rich where you live? If you are trying to keep up with the Joneses (or you are them), what do you earn or have that puts you in the “rich” category? One favorite determinant is accumulated wealth. If you own a million-dollar home…

Las Vegas homes

Vegas returns to more normal housing market

After years of a squeaky tight housing market, it’s getting easier to buy a home in Las Vegas. The two biggest indicators of a shift from a sellers’ to a buyers’ market (or probably more likely a balanced one) is that the median housing price in Vegas has remained the same for three straight months.…

Money and houses

Nevada among Top 5 cheapest property tax states

Hal DeKeyser Nevada has the cheapest income tax requirement in the nation (zero), but did you know what the least expensive property tax states are? Once again, Nevada came in among the five least costly states in effective property taxes (tied with neighboring Utah at No. 4). So if you’re looking for real estate with…

Hispanic family

Hispanics drive U.S. home ownership and job growth

While Hispanics make up just north of 18 percent of the U.S. population, they accounted for more than three-fifths of the growth in home ownership over the past decade, according to an annual report of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, or NAHREP. The report said Hispanics made up 39.6 percent of household…