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Uncategorized GET OUTSIDE – IT’S GOOD FOR YOU   You hear them everyday, but can you see them? And if you do spot a flash of bold color in the trees, or a great pair of wings spread out over your head, do you know what it is? The birds living around Tahoe are a wonder to know and a pleasure to see. […]
Uncategorized The Ten Commandments of Home Staging   I Clean – Everything – Always II Spend at least 3 hours out in the fresh air. Then take a good whiff of the inside of your house as you walk through its front door. Proceed accordingly.  Do this at least once a week III If you’re a seller you were once a buyer. What pleased […]
Uncategorized There’s an App for That Realtor.com This app helps you search for your new home as it has the most accurate listing information available. iPhone and Android Mortgage Calulator Plus As a top 100 financial app in the United States as well as 30 other country’s, the Mortgage Calculator Plus estimates your mortgage, then provides analytics and graphs to show […]
Uncategorized Mountain Fitness Get moving! We’ve all heard that advise time and again; from friends, from family members, at the doctor’s office, even TV commercials urge us to stop watching and start moving. There are fewer better ways to increase your and your family’s physical activities than buying a home nestled in the spectacular mountains.  As we all […]
Uncategorized TEN REASONS TO ALWAYS WORK WITH A REALTOR   Paperwork Realtors help with all disclosures and the paperwork that has become necessary in today’s heavily regulated market Monitoring A Realtor knows the entire sales process; from home inspections to appraisals, they know what’s needed and when. Negotiations Realtors act as a buffer between parties and, as neither a buyer nor seller, they are […]
Uncategorized Sellers You are going to sell your house. You are working with an experienced, successful realtor. But have you thought about pricing and how it can help or hinder a sale? Your realtor has given you comparable pricing information. You know that the house down the street sold for just below your asking price, and you’ve […]
Uncategorized Snowpack The Tahoe real estate market is unique. Not only does it perform differently from the national average, but also within the Tahoe market different neighborhoods sometimes vary dramatically. Even though South Lake Tahoe and Incline Village share Lake Tahoe’s shores, their Real Estate markets are not the same. Differences notwithstanding, the 2017 winter storms have […]
Uncategorized The Mortgage Mortgage loans carry simple interest, and calculating how much of your monthly payment is credited to interest and how much of that payment is applied to principal, is really simple. Suppose you borrow $150,000.00 to finance your new house. You apply for and get approved for a 30 year fixed rate mortgage at 4.25%. The […]
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Uncategorized Lake Tahoe Farmer’s Markets – And Then Some All the communities around Lake Tahoe have access to efficient, well-stocked grocery stores, but what could be more fun than buying your summer vegetables at an outdoor farmers market? Instead of hearing canned music as you wander down aisle 4, out of doors your ears pick up the sound of the bold Stellar’s jays scolding […]
Uncategorized Appraisals It doesn’t matter whether it’s a house or a farm or a condo or a piece of undeveloped land that is being sold, nearly every real estate transaction needs the services of an appraiser who will give an unbiased professional opinion of the property’s value. Buyers do not want to overpay for a house, and […]
Uncategorized What is Escrow? There has to be a neutral third party in every real estate transaction; someone who will take instructions only from the principals – the buyers and sellers. That is escrow’s job. Once the contract is signed, and its terms and conditions, along with the buyers’ deposit, are submitted, the escrow officer begins her work.  After […]
Uncategorized Lake Tahoe Entertainment You are in your new Tahoe house. Your real estate agent, Stacey Hanna, found the perfect fit for you and your family. Escrow went smoothly and closed on time. The furniture’s in, and the beds are made. Now what? Luckily, you are in the stunning Tahoe Basin, where a day’s entertainment is always easy to […]
Uncategorized Protecting Our Big Blue Lake That wonderful body of water, Lake Tahoe, needs more than good intentions to keep it clean, blue, clear and ours. We all agree on that. That’s where our formal organizations come in. They direct, we volunteer, and Tahoe benefits. So who’s doing the directing for Lake Tahoe? In the 1960s some were seeing a city […]
Uncategorized Incline Village General Improvement District People thinking of buying property in Incline Village often ask what is IVGID, and what will it do for me? The Incline Village General Improvement District has been serving the residents of Incline Village since 1961. It was organized to build water, sewer and road improvements for the developing community, although as soon as the […]
Uncategorized Home Owner Associations Do you want to own a second home in Tahoe? You may be thinking of a condominium or townhouse with shared common areas. Instead of individual owners worrying about snow removal, landscape and walkway maintenance, the condominium homeowner’s association steps in to lift some of that burden. A nice arrangement if you’re an out-of-town owner. […]
Uncategorized Real Estate Trends for 2017 Most all of the real estate forecasting experts on the internet agree that there will be changes in the 2017 housing market, but few of those experts agree on exactly how and when the market will change. Zillow’s Home Price Expectation Survey showed that over 100 economic and housing experts predict that housing prices will […]
Uncategorized Real Estate Loans Mr. Shakespeare warned us “neither a borrower nor a lender be”, but these days most real estate buyers must be borrowers. Applying for a real estate loan through bank or credit union has been the traditional way to obtain a home loan, and perhaps a homebuyer with a long, personal relationship with a direct lender […]