Business Press Highlights
Nevada banks’ asset quality shows improvement

The asset quality for Nevada’s locally chartered banks continued to improve in the first quarter of 2016, according to data released by a federal agency.

Bank takes a broader approach

The financial industry has learned from the Great Recession and downturn that resulted from the real estate collapse and is better for it today. That’s the message from Nevada State Bank CEO Dallas Haun, who said the 56-year-old institution took a broader approach when it was reorganized in 2010; and that model has served it well since.

There and back again

One thing I learned from my old business news editors: Get the numbers and then get the story from the person who is marking those numbers.

Experts say demand for custom home lots increases

Wealthy Las Vegas residents interested in better views are purchasing pricey hillside lots in greater numbers to build the latest trend in custom homes in a sign of that the economy and housing market have rebounded.

Land prices skyrocket

Homebuilders looking for land to construct high-end homes is driving up prices in the valley, and during the second quarter they reached their highest level in eight years.

REAL ESTATE NOTEBOOK

Florida sports merchandise company leases industrial space

Cashing in on the Pokémon craze

Shawn Lane, the owner of No Regrets Bar, 8349 W. Sunset Road, did not know what was happening at first. “My graveyard bartender called me in a panic to say that all of these cars keep pulling up in front of the bar, sit there for a few minutes with their lights on, and then driving away.” Worries that the bar was being cased for a future robbery or used for drug deals were soon abated when she found out the bar was identified as a Pokémon gym.

Rick Piette | Manager of Premier Mortgage Lendin

Rick Piette, manager at net retail branch loan company, Premier Mortgage Lending, has more than 30 years of experience in the mortgage lending business.

Inside the C-Suite

Gordon Miles, president and COO, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

Some baby boomers really don’t want to retire

Las Vegas was named as one of the top spots for “worktirement,” or semiabsentee business owners, according to SmartAsset.

Locally grown produce to spring from Urban Seed

A nearly 2.5 acre plot of land off Wynn Road will be glowing green by year’s end.

23 ways to improve your sales performance

Too many salespeople either fail completely or never really succeed because they think that selling is about them. It isn’t. It’s about customers — and customers only. Here are 23 ways to improve your sales performance by getting better focused on customers:

Longtime real estate Florence Shapiro agent dies after battle with cancer

The Las Vegas real estate community is mourning a Realtor hailed by many as one of the best in the field. Florence Kelly Shapiro, 72, lost her battle with cancer Aug. 9. She was at home with family when she died.

DEAL WATCH

SALES OF SIGNIFICANCE

ACCOLADES

Mark Sivek, broker and salesperson at Realty One Group and a member of the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors board of directors, has been featured as a top real estate agent in the Nevada edition of Top Agent Magazine in August 2016. Top Agent Magazine features the top producing and most accomplished professionals in the real estate industry, offering an in-depth look at their careers and providing a blueprint for their success.

GIVING BACK

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties donated 44,000 bottles of water to the Las Vegas Rescue Mission during its fourth annual water drive to benefit the charity.

For the record

BUSINESS LICENSES

BIZ books

“All About Them – Grow Your Business by Focusing on Others” by Bruce Turkel (Da Capo Press, $24.99).

Vegas gets its first Big Frog

The duo set out to find a franchise that would play up their strengths and found Dunedin, Florida-based Big Frog, a company that specializes in full color, printed custom apparel.
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