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Improving housing market luring would-be brokers

MIAMI (AP) -- The number of U.S. real estate agents is increasing as the housing market recovers from the Great Recession.

Applications for new real estate licenses doubled in Florida and California last year. Even hard-hit Nevada has seen the number of people seeking licenses grow by almost a quarter.

And the National Association of Realtors says its membership grew slightly last year after six straight years of declines.

Experts warn that real estate is a tough profession and that many new agents quit before they sell a single house.


WATCH: The Arts Take Center Stage

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas is transforming into a cultural mecca, and this weekend, 8 News NOW takea you inside as the arts take center stage.

From the new Smith Center for Performing Arts, to the Neon Boneyard and Arts District, Las Vegas is doing more with arts and theater than ever before.

8 News NOW and our Community Pride sponsors will be the first to take you through the new buildings and give you a sneak peak at what's to come in the next year in our special.

After Fire, County Reminds of Grill Safety Tips

After Fire, County Reminds of Grill Safety Tips

A fire Thursday afternoon in the southeast part of the valley prompts Clark County Fire Department officials to issue a reminder of grill safety.

At approximately 3:20 p.m. Thursday, firefighters responded to a fire that injured a man after his backyard barbecue grill caught on fire. The accident occurred at in the 8200 block of Beaverbrook Way.

Fire department officials say gas accumulated in the grill and when the man attempted to light the grill the top blew off, causing a flash fire that ignited the man’s clothes. The victim, approximately 50 years old, was transported to University Medical Center with serious burn injuries.

The Fire Department recommends the use of certified propane cylinders as the safest grilling source. Residents living in an apartment or condominium should contact their complex managers for specific requirements at their complexes.

Groundbreaking for New Luxury Home Community

HENDERSON, Nev. -- A local homebuilder broke ground Thursday on a new home community in Seven Hills. The homes will range in price from $750,000 to $3 million.

New Henderson Homes Must Have Sprinkler Systems

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Henderson has become the first municipality in the valley to require fire sprinklers in new homes. 

BREAKING NEWS: Wind Advisory and Freeze Watch Issued

LAS VEGAS -- A wind advisory has been issued starting at 3 p.m. and lasting until midnight for Clark County and southern Nye County and a freeze watch will be in effect Wednesday night.

Winds are expected to be gusting between 20 to 30 mph and with gusts possible to 50 mph. There is also a slight chance of rain. The temperature will drop Wednesday and is expected to be in the 40's on Thanksgiving Day making it one of the coldest in recent years.

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A freeze watch is in effect from Wednesday night to Friday morning. Some neighborhoods could see temperatures in the 20's.


Cox to Offer Video-on-Demand Content Through TiVo

SAN FRANCISCO -- Digital video recording pioneer TiVo Inc. and cable television provider Cox Communications Inc. are making it easier for Cox subscribers who use TiVo's DVR boxes to watch Cox's on-demand video content.

The companies said Thursday that Cox's video-on-demand library will become accessible on TiVo's latest DVR, the TiVo Premiere, in Cox's major markets, which include San Diego and Las Vegas. The integration is expected early next year.

In the past, cable providers haven't integrated their on-demand content with consumer DVR products such as those from TiVo, so watching on-demand movies or television shows from Cox and other companies has been a cumbersome process for TiVo users.

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