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Building vs. Buying

Building vs. Buying

The age-old question of buying vs. building seems to be one of the most frequently asked questions when working with buyers. The reality TV shows featured on HGTV seem to run on a constant loop, meaning more and more buyers are tuning in to these programs and taking their skewed version of reality into their […]

The Switzerland Of The Transaction

The Switzerland Of The Transaction

Your guide to what goes into an escrow and how to successfully close one. If your agent says it is time to open escrow, are you like, “huh”? Of the real estate terms you’ve heard most, escrow is likely at the top of the list. Once you’ve successfully negotiated the purchase price and entered into […]

Understanding Appraisals

Understanding Appraisals

An appraisal is defined as “an estimate of value, as for sale, assessment, or taxation,” according to dictionary.com. As a potential home buyer or seller, why is the word appraisal important to you and your transaction? If you are purchasing a property and taking out a loan to do so, your appraisal coming in “at […]

Owning in Tahoe — Dream or Reality?

Owning in Tahoe — Dream or Reality?

A house to call home — where you and your two dogs can live peacefully without the reoccurring worry that your landlord might give you a 60-day notice and send you packing. Can you imagine it? Many Truckee/Tahoe locals believe owning a home is not a reality, but I’m here to inform you that it […]

Hunt for the Agent Before the Home

Hunt for the Agent Before the Home

I’m positive you know someone in real estate. You have at least one friend, former classmate, or distant cousin who fills their Facebook wall with new listings and price reductions. You have — of course — followed this column for a couple of months now, so you know how important a pre-approval is. You have […]

Buying Solo or With Help?

Buying Solo or With Help?

You’ve been visiting Lake Tahoe your entire life. You know it like the back of your hand because it’s like home to you. You live three hours west, but you’ve grown tired of having to rent a hotel for the weekend warrior trips you commit to throughout the year. Or, Tahoe is home to you. […]

Summer Selling Season

Summer Selling Season

Memorial Day weekend marked “opening weekend” of Lake Tahoe and Donner Lake. It also marked opening weekend of the listing season for real estate. Sellers typically aim to put their home on the market on or before Memorial Day, as traditionally, we have more buyers visiting our area. So, what does that mean for you? […]