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Home sales on the upswing in Douglas County

Staff Reports

The second quarter of 2013 saw the largest number of home sales in Carson Valley since 2006, according to figures released by the Douglas County Assessor’s Office.

The quarter saw 229 homes sold with a median sales price of $239,000 and an average sales price of $292,598. Both figures are up from the last three quarters, and mark a rebound in price.

So far the number of homes listed as in foreclosure for 2013 are on track to come in lower than 2012. In the first half of the year 31 deeds list the trustee. For the whole of 2012, that number was 92.

At Lake Tahoe, 37 homes were sold during the quarter up from 23 the same time last year, but about average for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, which started July 1.

The median sales price was $625,000, the highest it’s been during the fiscal year, with the average sales price at $1.014 million. Because only a handful of homes sell at the Lake each quarter, one expensive one can skew the averages significantly.

Caesar’s Entertainment continued on as the county’s highest assessed property, worth $76.29 million, or slightly more than 3 percent of the county’s total valuation.

Park Cattle Co., Harich Tahoe Development, Starbucks and Bently Nevada LLC (GE), round out the top five.

Jobs testing available at WNC

Job skills testing that helps match employers with desirable employees and points workers to preferred jobs is now available at Western Nevada College.

Through American College Testing’s WorkKeys National Career Readiness assessments, employability skills are determined in three areas: applied mathematics, reading for information, and locating information. Test questions are based on situations in the everyday work world.

Since the nonprofit ACT launched the program in 2006, more than 1.7 million certificates have been issued.

Testing will be available at WNC at least once per month, according to David Steiger, the college’s director of Economic Development. Locate testing dates and times via WNC’s Continuing Education noncredit class schedule at http://www.campusce.net/wnc/course/course.aspx?catId=77.

The next testing opportunity is 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Friday in the Reynolds Center for Technology at 2201 West College Parkway in Carson City. Cost is $75.