REAL ESTATE FAQS Category
Many of my clients who are interested in buying a home in Lake Tahoe don't realize there are two states as well as North Shore and South Shore options to choose from. They just want to buy their vacation home in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Part of my job is to give consultation to home buyers on where is the best part of the lake that will meet or exceed their needs. And one of the...Continue Reading!
Get the Perfect Pictures A picture is worth a thousand words. This is why taking good photos to advertise your home is very important. When my clients decide to to purchase a home in Lake Tahoe the first thing they do is search the internet in their decided area. Looking for real estate online is kind of like reading a book as a child, you want pictures! Having professionally taken pictures of your home is a huge deciding factor as to if the purchaser would...Continue Reading!
Interested in a Lake Tahoe Investment? Many of the homes that you come across in the South Lake Tahoe area are owned by a private party and rented as a vacation home. There has been a long debate in the town as to how many vacation rental homes vs. primary living homes there are available. Many local prospective home buyers are finding it more difficult to find a home to purchase. Although you may assume that buying a home in Lake Tahoe and...Continue Reading!
Lake Tahoe has an abundance of Real Estate agents, so finding a Good Realtor in Lake Tahoe is not that easy. Whether it be your first home purchase, an upgrade, a lifestyle change, or just buying a vacation home, you will need a good real estate agent. Here are some tips and tricks about finding the ideal Realtor who is right for you. 4 Good Signs Good Reviews. People only tend to leave reviews if they had an extraordinary experience or a bad one....Continue Reading!
Lake Tahoe has something to offer everyone, whether you are looking for a place to retire or like most, a second home that becomes your "home away from home" in one of the most amazing and desirable locations in the Western Hemisphere. Visitors to Lake Tahoe are constantly commenting on the legendary Lakefront homes and quintessential family retreats that boast unparalleled mountain views of the majestic Sierra's and the majority of these visitors dream about owning their very own piece of...Continue Reading!
Most Lake Tahoe home buyers understand the word "appraisal" but what really goes on during this step? The definition of appraisal is "an expert estimate of the value." As a licensed broker in both the state of California and Nevada and a member of the National Association of Realtors, I am able to share some of the valuable information they publish. Here are some great answers to common appraisal questions: Q. Will the homebuyer receive a copy of the appraisal? Yes. The Equal Credit Opportunity Act...Continue Reading!
I've been covering the process of buying a home in Lake Tahoe, from the search, financing, negotiations, purchase, rental process and maintenance after close of escrow. This article will cover the role of a Title & Escrow company. When a property seller and a buyer enter into a formal purchase agreement, the title company plays an important role in the transfer of title. Title companies help sellers transfer their titles, and they help buyers take possession of titles. Title companies also conduct...Continue Reading!
I constantly meet Lake Tahoe real estate buyers trying to contact the listing agent directly thinking that they will save money by not using a local Realtor as their "Buyer's Agent". The assumption is that by going direct to the listing agent and not using your own Realtor as your "Buyers Agent" you will be skipping the middle man and therefore saving money. The truth is, using this approach could cost the buyer thousands of dollars and I will explain the reasons in more...Continue Reading!
I receive phone calls and emails often from Lake Tahoe home buyers looking to purchase a cabin in the mountains. The word cabin means different things to different people, from those made of logs and in the middle of nowhere, to a chalet next to the ski resorts. Some buyers are intrigued when looking at Lake Tahoe real estate when they see US Forest Service cabins for sale. Perhaps you weren't aware that it was possible to purchase a cabin, so...Continue Reading!
Occasionally I get the question if a buyer or seller wants to handle the sale or purchase of their home without a Realtor. Home buyers and sellers think they'll save a few dollars and handle the transaction themselves. Many transactions work well eliminating the middle person, but a home purchase is not the time to cut corners. I had a call this week from a client who was buying a house without an agent directly from the owner who was also...Continue Reading!