Have questions/concerns regarding flooding in the Truckee Meadows?

Did you know that 4,400 Truckee Meadows parcels lie in the floodplain? That’s equivalent to 100,000 acres.

I’m often asked about flooding in the Reno and Sparks area — Does it flood here? Where are the floodplains? How often does it flood? Can one build on a floodpain?

Now there’s an informative resource that I can direct people to that answers these questions and more. Flood Plain Facts is a new website launched by the Builders Association of Northern Nevada (BANN) to inform the public about floodplain facts and floodplain development.

From the BANN’s press release:

While floodplain development has occurred throughout Reno’s history, the issue has come back into intense public focus with the rise of regional housing prices, the shortage of middle-class housing and the shrinking amount of developable land within the city.

“Reno has dealt with flooding since its earliest days and flourished in spite of this challenge,” said Don Tatro, CEO of The Builders Association of Northern Nevada. “Now, with decades of flood protection work and advancements in development design, the city is more prepared than ever for flooding events. FloodPlainFacts.com is a resource for the community to better understand the floodplain issues that will be a critical question as Reno forges into the future.”


Check out the new Flood Plain Facts website, and share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Incline Village, Nevada housing market report

Below please find the current housing market report for Incline Village, Nevada, provided by our friends at First Centennial Title.

From this week’s report…

This week the median list price for Incline Village, NV is $1,650,000 with the market action index hovering around 26. This is about the same as last month’s market action index of 26. Inventory has held steady at or around 33. The Market Action Index answers the question “How’s the Market?” by measuring the current rate of sale versus the amount of the inventory. Index above 30 implies Seller’s Market conditions. Below 30, conditions favor the buyer.

The market has shown some evidence of slowing recently. Both prices and inventory levels are relatively unchanged in recent weeks. Watch the Market Action Index for changes as it can be a leading indicator for price changes.

Click on the chart below to access the entire report.

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This week’s real estate headlines

Here are a few national real estate-related stories and news pieces that came across my screen this week…

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Lake Tahoe Friday fact

Paddleboarding off Speedboat Beach, Lake Tahoe — Image by Guy Johnson

If Tahoe is so pure, why do we see so much attached algae growth on piers and rocks in the near shore?

The appearance of heavy attached algae growths in the nearshore of Lake Tahoe is a fairly recent development that has become highly noticeable since the mid-20th century. The thick mats of green, brown and yellow growths are largely the result of influx of human-caused nutrients from nearby tributaries, storm drains and groundwater. The nutrients are circulated along the shoreline by wind-driven and density currents that bring these nutrients to the stationary algae. The abundant nutrients in combination of readily available sunlight in the shallow water and human-caused warming of the nearshore waters create ideal conditions for attached algae to flourish.

Fact credit: TahoeFacts.com

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This week’s real estate headlines

Here are a few national real estate-related stories and news pieces that came across my screen this week…

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Lake Tahoe Friday fact

Paddleboarding off Speedboat Beach, Lake Tahoe — Image by Guy Johnson

Does Lake Tahoe ever freeze?

The main body of Lake Tahoe does not freeze. The stored heat in the Lake’s massive amount of water compared to its relative surface area prevents the Lake from reaching freezing temperature under the prevailing climatic conditions. On rare occasions, Emerald Bay has developed full or partial ice cover and thin ice sheets can form on shallow near shore waters under very cold and calm conditions.

Fact credit: TahoeFacts.com

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Lake Tahoe Friday fact

Paddleboarding off Speedboat Beach, Lake Tahoe — Image by Guy Johnson

How cold is Lake Tahoe?

Below an average depth of 900 ft, water temperature is a near constant 41 °F. Over the last 10 years, monthly surface water temperature averaged 41.9 °F at its coldest in February and 65.7 °F at its warmest in August. Daily maximum surface temperature can reach 75 °F. Over the past 38 years, water temperature warmed an average of 1 °F from top to bottom and monthly water surface temperature increased 1.6 °F due to global climate change.

Fact credit: TahoeFacts.com

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A few of my recent Facebook posts…

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In addition to posting on this blog, I also maintain a Facebook Page where I post daily content on the Reno, Sparks, Incline Village and northern Nevada real estate market and economy.

Below are a few recent posts from my Facebook Page.

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