Into Summer With a Great Starter Home!

There is no place like Tahoe in the summertime.  None.  I recently snapped this picture on a hike with my daughter…it eludes a peace that is rare and priceless.

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If you are trying to get your foot in the door of the real estate market in South Shore, I have a super little starter home located at 1646 Thunderbird Dr.  See it here: THUNDERBIRD

I am happy to answer your questions about this home or any others in the basin!

Spectacular September in Tahoe…Superb!

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Fabulous weather and a few less people in town are the perfect combo for hitting the trails, beaches, resorts.  This, by and far is my favorite month in Tahoe!  The leaves are turning and the slight chill in the air is a welcome change.

I am born and raised in Nevada, but spent a great deal of time in South Shore when I was growing up because my Grandma lived in Tahoe-Sierra.  She worked the morning shift at Cocking’s (now Remax) and evenings at Harvey’s Wagon Wheel.  In the 90’s, I moved to Stateline and lived at the top of Kingsbury for many years.  There are some trails at Heavenly that really have my heart.  Today I got to spend some time in the mountains…I didn’t see a soul for miles and it was one of the most gorgeous days.

If you can tell me where this altitude marker is from, and you are first, I will send you a surprise!  Email me, message me or track me down of Facebook to claim it!!  I hope you get to enjoy this season while it lasts….it goes so quickly!!

 

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REALTY WORLD MOBILE CONNECT…just made South Lake Tahoe home search easier!

 

 

My phone is a mess with apps I don’t use, but this one is an exception.  My new mobile connect is super easy to use and comes with all the bells and whistles.

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Accurate listing informations specific to this area…so no need to set location.

 

Screenshot_20180320-103411There is a list view that has access to all the photos and a map view that shows placement, price and whether it has been recently reduced, etc.  A super cool feature is the property scan…so if you are in a neighborhood that you like, you can scan it to see what homes are for sale and they will pop up on the screen!

There is a helpful mortgage calculator and a filter set to keep you dialed in on the parameters of your search.

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You can also choose to look at new listings only….the list goes on.  If you want to chat you can send a message to me right from the app!

 

I would love to hear some feedback…download it by entering your info in the left side bar or text “TAHOE” to 855-910-8600.  Look forward to hearing from you!

 

Miracle March is here!

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Winter Storm Warning for Greater Lake Tahoe Area, California

Until 5:00am PDT, Sat Mar 17

Action Recommended: Make preparations per the instructions

Issued by: Reno – NV, US, National Weather Service,

…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM PDT SATURDAY… * WHAT…HEAVY SNOW EXPECTED. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 2 FEET WITH 2 TO 4 FEET ABOVE 7000 FEET. * WHERE…GREATER LAKE TAHOE AREA. * WHEN…FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 5 AM PDT SATURDAY. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…PLAN ON DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS FROM THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT. DAMAGE TO TREES AND POWER LINES IS LIKELY. BE PREPARED FOR SIGNIFICANT REDUCTIONS IN VISIBILITY AT TIMES WITH WHITEOUT CONDITIONS POSSIBLE OVER MOUNTAIN PASSES. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… AVOID TRAVEL IF POSSIBLE, YOU COULD BE STUCK IN YOUR VEHICLE FOR MANY HOURS. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL, PREPARE FOR LONG DELAYS AND CARRY AN EMERGENCY KIT WITH EXTRA FOOD, WATER AND CLOTHING. IF YOU STAY HOME, HAVE A BACKUP PLAN IN CASE OF POWER OUTAGES. THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS CAN BE OBTAINED BY CALLING 5 1 1. &&

So, there you have it….and it will be coming down all weekend!

Snow doesn’t stop us here.  New listings are coming on every day.  Technology has provided many tools for me to deliver information to you instantly…one example is video footage of the homes that interest you.  This service gives you an accurate feel for what the property is really like without having to subject yourself to dangerous driving conditions.  It is features like these that really help give an advantage in a competitive market!

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January in Full Swing…

Mid January.  No Snow.  Lake is cold.  Rumor has it that snow is on the way this weekend….but you know what rumors are like.

Regardless if there is snow on the ground or not, the season has been fantastic!  With the milder weather, we have spent a great deal of time outside.  The kids come home after school and play in the neighborhood instead of huddling inside in front of the TV.  Life is good.  Sunrises have been spectacular and the scenery is lovely, as always.  Hiking and biking seems to be the thing this winter….but I get great amusement when I see a car with mountain bikes AND skis on board!20180118_110653

The mild season has been great for buyers and sellers alike.  We are seeing new listings each day and as many sold homes.  One thing that has been on people’s minds is homeowner’s insurance and it’s availability.  Because of some natural disasters in California, you may have to shop around regardless of where you are in the state.  Often I am asked about which insurance company is best…honestly, I only have experience with my own.  But I did stumble onto a review site that you might find helpful should you be in the market.  I will stick to real estate and let these guys answer the insurance stuff:

The Best Homeowners Insurance

Let me know if you find anything helpful in there!

 

If you are looking for a cute mountain chalet in an epic neighborhood, I have a great one to show you!  Situated on a hill above it all, the views will not disappoint.  270 Heather Circle has a vast lot, great views and a level of peace and quiet that sets it apart from the rest.  Google map it and give me your thoughts!

Cheers!

 

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Winding Down Summer…

As of today, there are only 179 school days left in the new school year.  Yes…summer is slipping away from us.  Although we still have many warm September days ahead it is time to think forward to the colder seasons.  Although my heart isn’t quite ready, my woodpile is.  I am taking every chance I can to take in the beauty of the lake and the peace of the shoulder season.

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Our town of South Lake Tahoe has seen hundreds of thousands of visitors this past season, many of them hopeful second home owners.  As August comes to a close it is prudent to point out a few opportunities that the market offers for those who are considering a purchase here at the Lake.

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Let’s face it…some sellers were a bit overconfident this year.  Although they offered a lovely and functional home for sale, it is still on the market because the listing price didn’t match what was offered.  This is the season of negotiation, and buyers are in the driver’s seat.  After the bountiful winter of last year many South Shore homeowners do not want to shovel out again.  Sellers who started off a bit unrealistic might be more willing to yield as it gets closer to fall.  Your less than asking but reasonable offer might be just enough to have a deal.

Sellers are also battle weary at this stage of the selling season as having your house on the market can be an arduous task.  Multitudes of showings, low offers and always having to keep the house “show ready” can be tiring, especially if you have children in the home.  Many hold out to this point to make their concessions….. their hope for full asking price turns into “I hope we can sell before the snow flies!”  Buyers are ready to commit and sellers are ready to sell, making September one of the busiest real estate months of the year.

And the timing might be right.   It could be that the seller was waiting for the end of the season to relocate because of employment, beginning of school or whatever reason.  True fact is that people wait until the end of the summer to move on to the next phase and usually closing the sale of the house is a critical piece of the puzzle.  Often times they can’t go to the next phase until they sell, making negotiations lean in favor of the buyer.

Before you know it tax season will be in our midst.  Buying a home in 2017 can really help your bottom line for those of us that need the deductions.  More common than not (although I am not an accountant *disclaimer*) when all the math is done, homeownership really isn’t as much as one would think because of the benefit of write offs.

I mentioned shoulder season.  September is a fantastic time to visit South Lake Tahoe.  The weather is still pleasant, there are many activities around town, the leaves start to change color and the traffic is somewhat lighter.  There will be times you might get the beach all to your self!  If there is any part of you that has romanced a place to call your own at the lake, I encourage you to find it now!  Happy fall!

 

 

 

South Lake Tahoe Real Estate: Make a Decision and Walk it OUT!

 

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For a moment, let’s just say that we aren’t talking about real estate…we are talking about life in general.  I am the kind of person that processes all of the information and then makes a decision at the end.  Sometimes that season of gathering information is long, dry and uneventful…often passing the same landmarks several times due to travelling in circles.  I can over process and over think in a hurry and it becomes a huge setback in my progress and growth.

The best decisions I have ever made were made contrary to who I am by nature….I decided first and then I walked it out!  I find it odd that I revert back to my old ways of processing when I know that this way has been very sucessful for me.  It may have been a ton of hard work, but the results have been life changing.

Now, let’s apply this to real estate….South Lake Tahoe in particular.  Just this week I have had extensive conversations with two people that are thinking about moving to Tahoe.  They both are in the planning stage and entertaining several exit strategies.  They conversation held lots of “maybe’s” and “we coulds”.  I heard some uncertaintly when we were hashing out all the details of a strategic relocation.  Don’t get me wrong, there is wisdom in planning…but there comes a time when you just have to say “let’s do it.”

So I asked the million dollar question, “Do you want to move to Tahoe?”…Silence.  And then finally a “Yes!” At this point, I believe the hardest part of a major decision is over.  Now it is time to do the footwork to see it manifest.  No more living in limbo, it is time to get busy.

All this to say you can do anything you set  your mind to.  Will it be difficult? Will it cost you? Could there be massive amounts of sacrifice involved?  Yes to all these questions.  But in the end it will be worth it.

When you make a decision to buy a home and move to Tahoe, you are really making a decision for a different life.  Although there are many considerations for the home itself, it is really the beauty of the basin and the lifestyle that draws people here.  You won’t find a concrete jungle, there is no rat race… our quality of life far surpasses that of a city dweller (in my humble opinion).  Your relocation is a segue into a drastic and fantastic lifestyle makeover!

I work with an office of agents that are committed to helping you transition on multiple levels, not just the real estate transaction.  There is investment in you as a person, your goals and dreams.  Relationships are forged throught the process of buying and selling of real estate…you will end up with a friend in the end, guaranteed.  I am nursing the blisters from helping my last client move furniture!

Making a choice really is the hardest part of any major life event.  The rest will fall into place if it is meant to be!

Easy Like Sunday Morning…

My favorite time of the day is sunrise, hands down.  I have been blessed (sometimes it seems like a curse) to be a very early riser.  I think that my love
affair with Lake Tahoe has been nurtured through countless sunrises seen from the middle of the water…it never gets old.  This is the hour when I feel like I have the entire lake to myself even on the busiest of weekends.   Being on the water early in the morning makes everyday feel like Sunday morning.  It is free entertainment and is a personal mandate of my Lake Tahoe life.
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But all of this beauty and splendor can turn into a landfill after a holiday weekend.  It quickly goes from these beautiful images above to this:

 

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By noon on July 5th our beaches will be back to their pristine, natural self all thanks to countless volunteers that will come out in the early morning hours to pick up the mess left behind by others.  Please be conscious of your surroundings and willing to do your part so that all may enjoy the perfection of Tahoe.  It is only possible to teach respect by displaying it….and our youngers are watching us closely!

Enjoy your holiday weekend and be safe!

Summer in Tahoe: PINE POLLEN SEASON!!

Paleo-Pine-Pollen-Health-I just washed my car which I rarely do with my own two hands.  I spent an hour scrubbing and sudsing, a heap of wet rags lay drying on the sidewalk.  I was pleased with my work and went inside to put stuff away only to come out five minutes later and find my car covered in that fine yellow dust.  Ugh.  So I took out the feather broom and gave it a quick once over only to have another thin layer present by the time I put the broom back in its place.  Pollen season is here and it is part of life in Tahoe.

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….and it is everywhere!  It covers my counters and furniture.  Rinsing off the deck leaves huge, dried remnants of the puddle that was.  Waves of it cover the lake and collect in the hidden pockets of the streams and rivers like a layer of grease after an oil spill.  You just simply can’t get away from it!

Every year I get a bit more sensitive to the stuff….my eyes are red and itchy, throat has a tickle and my nose is like a leaky faucet.  As common as talking about the weather, locals commiserate about their plethora of symptoms that crop up this time of year.  One would think that there are no real benefits to this annual curse that lasts for about 5-7 weeks every single year….but I just couldn’t buy into that.  So I did a little research because knowing the nature of pollen in general, it has to be good somewhere or we would have no food supply.  I discovered some great facts! Keep in mind that I am not a doctor, so if you have concerns you should check them out.

Here are the nutritional properties of pine pollen:

Contains 18 amino acids
Has numerous vitamins, including A, B1, B2, B6, B3, B9, Vitamins C, D (rare for plants!) E and Beta Carotene
Is full of minerals
Contains many powerful anti-oxidants
Has beneficial enzymes and other beneficial compounds

Medicinal uses include:

Relieving rheumatic pain
Relieving fatigue
Increasing endurance
Strengthening the immune system
Improving the skin
Strengthening the heart
Strengthening the GI tract and stomach
Increasing mental agility
Healing prostate problems
Increasing agility
Decreasing weight

Getting pine pollen into your system is as easy as collecting it and putting it in your smoothies or encapsulating it.  As if I needed another reason to love Tahoe.  There is no shortage of healing properties in nature and now I have a new outlook on what seemed to be a seasonal nuisance!

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Memorial Day Kick Off!

cropped-cropped-1383672_10151473670049364_696789714_n.jpgEver heard it??   I came to Tahoe for the Summer but stayed for the Winter?  That is the story of my Tahoe life…and there is no other way to kick it off properly than Memorial Day Weekend!

If you can get past the long lines of traffic, the long lines at the grocery and the long lines period….you will have to admit that there is some vibe going on.  It is a drawing of the spirit, I believe.   People flock to South Lake Tahoe because of their deep desire to be connected with nature and with each other.  Clearly it is magical and I get to wake up here nearly every day!  Oh yeah!

As we kick off this great season of beach days and long hikes I am blown away that this is my life…everyday.  Today I rolled into Crossfit with one eye open at 5am….scurried off to work for a few hours to meet lunch with a run and top it off with a bike ride and some deck time….ahhh, Summer!  Yes, this is what people purchase when they buy in Tahoe, the home is just the cherry on top!

It is crazy to think that in about three short weeks we will meet the longest day of the year followed by a gradual decent back to fall and beyond.  What this says to me is that I had better savor the moment before it is gone!  I love that there is a deep drive to connect on a simple level that sends people to Tahoe to settle down for a place of retreat.  It is simply the most amazing place that I have ever been and I never tire of its wonder.

So when you are out and about this weekend, you will see many opportunities to invest in your future lifestyle.  I will be holding the home at 2616 Pinter in Tahoe Sierra open to see if it is the right fit for you and yours.  Hope that you will come by and see me to say hello, have a snack and sit for one still moment.  Ahhh…