logo-black-lobelloBlack & LoBello is an AV-Rated full service law firm. Our attorneys work to ensure that real estate transactions close and, more importantly, that our clients’ interests are protected. Exceptional service, skilled representation and attention to detail are the hallmarks of our representation. Our firm’s attorneys have decades of experience counseling clients through every aspect of commercial and residential real estate transactions, including purchase and sales, corporate structuring, finance, title issues, development, leasing, foreclosure restructuring debt and general closing counseling.

In the wake of the Great Recession, we find that many of our clients cannot complete a transaction due to a credit issue. Black & Lobello assists credit impaired clients through our consumer credit litigation department. Our credit litigation attorneys represent clients facing unfair and illegal debt collection efforts, improper or fraudulent credit reporting, and those recovering from bankruptcy. Black & Lobello removes erroneous and illegal credit reporting entries and thereby, raises credit scores and enables clients to qualify for and close real estate transactions.

In future editions of the newsletter, as one of the few Nevada-based law firms, Black & Lobello will continue to be part of our client’s and Nevada’s recovery by contributing through its real estate and credit services, to the growth and stability of our local real estate market. Black & LoBello is helping rebuild Nevada one property owner at a time.

By The Numbers

HBRLogoHome Builders Research, Inc. was established in 1987. The firm was formed by Dennis L. Smith, its President and CEO. The company is acknowledged as the premier housing research firm in the Las Vegas housing market.

Home Builders Research, Inc. is unique in that it maintains a proprietary computer data base of recorded sales activity that is widely recognized as the most authoritive source of new housing absorption data in the Clark County area.

The company publishes three diverse monthly housing reports , a monthly newsletter, a nationally recognized annual report, a weekly sales/traffic report, and many custom designed products…all using data available exclusively through it’s highly regarded data base.

Virtually all of the leading Las Vegas area home builders and lending institutions are regular subscribers to one or more of the firm’s incisive copyrighted publications. In addition, these highly regarded reports are utilized by housing, development, investment, and lending interests throughout the United States…and in some off-shore countries where interest in the Las Vegas housing market exists.

The company’s reports, and its Principal Mr. Dennis L. Smith, are regularly quoted in the regional general and business press, and forecasts and special reports prepared by the firm are utilized in planning by most of those whose business involves housing. Dennis Smith is widely sought as a speaker on housing and housing economics topics, regularly addressing industry trade groups, special interest groups, directors, investors, securities analysts, and others seeking insight into the Las Vegas and regional housing economics. Mr. Smith is one of the principal speakers at the Las Vegas Housing Outlook seminar, an annual event that attracts builders, lenders, contractors, realtors, governmental agencies, and other housing industry professionals from all parts of the United States.

Mr. Smith has over 35 years’ experience selling, marketing, and managing new housing/builder related activities. He assumes the primary responsibility for the activities of Home Builders Research Inc., as well as serving as Chief Executive Officer. He is a life director of the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association.

View From The Top

SNHBANat Hodgson is the Executive Director of the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association, the oldest and largest trade organization representing the residential construction industry in Nevada. Previously, he worked at Pulte Homes, rising from a superintendent in 1993 to Vice President of Construction and customer service. While at Pulte, he was very active at the home builders association, serving on several important committees, including the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. He was the association’s president in 2010.

In future editions of the newsletter, Nat will write about topics related to the local home building industry. His areas of expertise include construction technology, building codes, green building, quality assurance and customer service.

Founded in 1953 by 12 local homebuilders and incorporated with the state of Nevada in 1954, the Southern Nevada Home Builders has more than 300 members, working in all facets of the home building industry. It is an affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders.

FED FACTS: Occam’ s Razor: It shouldn’t be that hard

fannie maeHello, my name is Nick Tague. Over the past 10 years, I have had the privilege of working in the mortgage industry on both the servicing and origination sides, and have worked in the areas of finance/accounting, forecasting, business analysis, branch operations, secondary, recruiting, reporting, and more fitting to this column, process improvement.

I originally got my start in a small/medium origination shop out of Chicago just before the downturn of the markets. While there, I worked with nearly every department learning e industry and trying to get an understanding of how things operated and the manner in which they were being done. Today, I work for Fannie Mae as an analyst in a review and measurement division that analyses performance and helps to identify best practices among the country’s top servicers.

In the articles to come, I will discuss the benefits of continually improving your operations in order to streamline processes, improve efficiencies, and, importantly, increase margins.