Nonet and I take on Las Vegas for the International Builders Show!

Photo Jan 20, 10 31 04 PMNonet and I recently took a trip to Las Vegas for the International Builders Show {IBS} 2016, and I would like to share a little IBS Insider Commentary/ Vegas Travel Guide by Tricia with you!! 

First travel tip…. As business owners & moms with plenty of people back home who need us, Nonet & I always try to maximize our time at our locations and we have mastered that by not wasting a whole day for travel, especially when the trip is across the country. We took off late Monday evening and landed in Vegas around 10:45 – this wouldn’t have been so bad, as Vegas is just getting hopping this time of night, but we forgot about the terrible taxi line until we walked up to it! I’ve never seen a taxi line like this one. It took us about 45 minutes to grab a cab to the Caesar’s Palace! Apparently the extra long lines were from other people also trying to maximize their time – guess we aren’t so smart after all! So note to self: next year, we’re taking Uber or Lyft! 

Upon arriving at Caesar’s we found yet another line, but things moved pretty smoothly and we do love Caesar’s – it’s a great central location that we recommend! It is close to many of my favorite Vegas locations.

Since we were responsible and headed straight to our room Monday night, we got up bright and early (well kind of!) and headed off to IBS for a full day! If you have never been, you may have never seen anything like this conference. The Las Vegas Convention Center is HUGE and people are everywhere! We attended several sales & marketing classes, as well as learning about new trends for 2016. 

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 The EXPO was amazing and our favorite experience there was on a “Universal Design” tour that concluded at the GE Monogram booth. I personally have found my next dishwasher purchase. Trust me, for me to be excited about that is pretty impressive. And yes, for all you coffee drinkers out there, you have GOT to check out the GE Refrigerator with the Keurig in the door. Yes, I said IN THE DOOR! It operates through the water line in the fridge so you never have to worry about adding water to your Keurig again. AMAZING. Great new cabinet designs were also discovered, and the colors of the past new years are still hot – driftwood, grays and of course white!

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Don’t worry, we had plenty of fun too – when in Vegas, check out one of our tried & true favorites: Olives at The Bellagio. Tip: Make a reservation, but depending on the season, show up 1 hour to 30 minutes before and request a terrace seat so that you can enjoy the wonderful water show from the Bellagio Lakes! Some of our dining favorites at Olives are the tapenade they bring out with a variety of bread featuring a wonderful foccacia! Some of the other twists on traditional that we dream about in between trips are the tuna tartare & the dirty martini- be sure to order it with blue cheese stuffed olives and the rosemary sprig – we recommend Grey Goose – it will be served in the frostiest glass you have ever seen!

Photo Jan 21, 2 16 27 PMOne of our new favorites, for sure, is Giada at The Cromwell. The Cromwell was once Bill’s Gambling Hall – an eyesore on the strip – but now it is a trendy boutique hotel – wonderful, tucked away lobby, cozy casino and Giada’s Las Vegas flagship restaurant! So chic – love the decor and the food does not disappoint! It was so much fun to try some of my favorites from Giada’s cookbooks that I have made at home and to compare her version to my creation. Try her Rise & Shine juice and the Orzo Meatballs are at MUST! 

My favorite gambling venues are The Bellagio (because it smells like flowers!), Paris, where it always feels like mid afternoon because of the beautiful blue sky and The Wynn, with the extravagant flower displays. But lets face it – they all take your money, so don’t plan on coming home with any! 

More next time from the next trip – I had to repack my suitcase with snow gear this time… off to NYC for the Inman Real Estate Connect Conference less than 48 hours later!

Viva Las Vegas!

Just a few weeks ago, I attended the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builder’s Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, along with one of our other team members, Diana Ramage!

Now why, might you ask, would a real estate sales & marketing company attend the International Builders Show? Well….for us, there are several reasons. Our niche market is new construction home sales. For our builder clients, we like to hear about the newest innovations in home construction so that we can offer ideas and suggestions about the latest trends, we also learn about new design ideas in the marketplace and what is selling well in other areas. There is also a whole segment devoted to sales & marketing of new homes!

From our buyer clients perspective, the more knowledgeable we are of every aspect of new home construction, the better we can help represent them in the process of purchasing a new home, or building one from the ground up! We know what they should expect and look for in the quality of their new hom and we are familiar with industry standards.

In addition to all of these things, it’s just fun! And we have a great opportunity to network with others in our industry and get great ideas from the people we meet from other areas. Another highlight of our trip was touring the New American Home 2013. This 6,721 square foot home was built by Blue Heron, a Las Vegas design/build company. This home has a character all its own, one of its truly unique features is the water canal that runs from the very front entrance of the home, through the living spaces, flowing into one of the multiple swimming holes located throughout the interior of the home. The designers have mastered a new definition for indoor/outdoor living! They eloquently molded the indoor and outdoor spaces together, truly showing how you really have over 10,000 square feet of actual living space within the footprint of this special home. One of my favorite features of the home is the indoor/outdoor master shower!!! My words truly can’t describe it! Check out the pictures we took on our Facebook page and view video snippets of some of the special features throughout the home on our YouTube channel.