Spring in Tahoe

Spring one of the best times of year to buy a home in Tahoe.  Some of the benefits of are

1)      Find and search homes before it’s too busy in town with other home buyers. Make educated decisions on the best home for you. (the                           summer market can be very competitive)

2)      Get in Early and take advantage of the best time of year (summer) in Tahoe.  Spend the entire summer enjoying the mountains and Lake                   with your family.

3)      Enjoy the off season while you’re shopping for a home.  Locals love the off season not as many crowds in town and on the trails.

4)      Pricing tends to be better, summer prices tend to rise.

5)      Some of the best homes don’t look as nice in the spring after coming off winter. That when you find the hidden gems.

Not to mention interest rates are still down and loans are becoming easier to acquire.  Rates could go up at anytime.   Don’t wait. contact me when you ready.


Hire a Buyer’s Agent for Free!

Hello home buyers,

Contracting a buyer’s agent is one of the best ways to efficiently search for your new home. As you start the search  for your Tahoe dream home it can be challenging to find and access all of the available properties in the areas you like.  A buyer’s agent will take care of the following for you:

1) Inform you about the many rules and regulations surrounding home ownership in South Lake Tahoe

2) Help you find the best neighborhoods and homes  that suit your family’s needs

3) Help you locate the perfect home or lot in those areas and tour the homes with you

4) Help you to discover the true values of listed properties based on the facts and comparable properties in the area

5)Represent and present offers to sellers and negotiate the best purchase price for you

6) Save you time, money and frustration

These services are free to you as a buyer, as the buyer’s agent (preferably me!) gets paid out of the seller’s proceeds.

Please email or call me and I will help you navigate the search for your Tahoe dream home.



Tips on Buying an Income-Producing Vacation Home

Are you thinking of buying a vacation home in Lake Tahoe?  Here are a few of the questions and answers I discuss with my buyers to help them make an informed and excellent decision.

1) What time of year do you want to enjoy the property, spring, summer, winter and/or fall?

If you are looking for income to offset some of the cost, summer users should focus their search in a winter lovers’ area. Properties in these areas will rent well in the ski season creating income while you’re not there. On the South Shore of Lake Tahoe winter loving areas are those near the Heavenly base lodges, so the Ski Run Blvd. area in California and upper Kingsbury in Nevada. The summer lovers’ areas are the Tahoe Keys (yoga or cocktails while floating on your paddle board?), Tahoe Island and now Al Tahoe with the great development at Commons Beach.

Note:  South Lake Tahoe is a small place summer and winter ares often overlap. If you choose a home or condo in either neighborhood you are never far from anything, beaches or mountains.

2)How many bedrooms and bathrooms would your ideal property have?

Vacation rental homes tend to rent on the amount of people that the home can sleep. It’s all about the numbers! The City of South Lake Tahoe requires a few things from its vacation homeowners. Check out the city website for the specifics:   http://www.cityofslt.us/index.aspx?NID=453   

Note: When you are starting your search keep in mind that for sleeping options, the city allows two per room plus two.  Example: A three bedroom home can sleep eight people legally.

3: When do you want to visit your Tahoe property?

Winter renters tend to visit on weekends and also for longer stays during the winter holiday periods including Christmas/ New Years, MLK in January then Presidents’ week in February. Winter clients tend to be Bay area or Sacramento residents who work Monday through Friday and see the weekend as the best time for a ski trip to Tahoe. Summer clients tend to be families and/or larger groups renting for a week or longer.

3)What is you ideal setting?

This is a challenge because some of the best settings aren’t always the best renting areas. Some remote locations in Tahoe Paradise are good winter rentals since they are located near Kirkwood, Sierra-at-Tahoe, and/or Desolation Wilderness.

If you are interested in a forest setting or the more remote and quiet areas, these homes tend to rent less in the winter months since they are not as close to Heavenly.

4) What about the direction the home faces?

How much sun the home and your driveway receive can be very important. In an average winter, Tahoe can receive a lot of snow, (we’re thinking 400′ – 500′, but are having a hard time finding the stats, and since Jason’s editor is a former snow reporter, she is annoyed! Great future post, stay tuned.) Keeping the driveway clear for you and your guest can be a challenge. We recommend a snow removal service. Alpine Smith is a service we’ve worked with and recommend. Keep in mind a large driveway with good sun throughout the day would be a huge plus in a vacation home, and great sun exposure for the house. Not to take advantage of a tragedy, but the newly built homes in the Angora burn area have great views and sun exposure!

5) What about parking?

Lots of parking is a very good thing!  If your home sleeps a large number of people, consider your renters’ parking options especially in the winter. Each year beginning  October 15, when snow removal conditions exist, parking is illegal on the streets of South Lake Tahoe.

6. What amenity should my house have?

A hot tub! Nothing is better after a day of skiing than sitting in a hot tub (preferably outdoors) reliving your hero moments from the ski day.

These are just a few guidelines to help you start thinking about what you want in your Lake Tahoe vacation rental property. I’m happy to chat more about it, give me a call at 530-545-2902.





South Lake Tahoe Dreamers – Five Reasons to Buy in Tahoe

As a 36-year South Lake Tahoe local and 14 year real estate agent (who is only 35!), I have seen some major changes and some of the greatest qualities of South Lake Tahoe stay the same. Tahoe is one of those places that when you’re on vacation it feels like your still on it when you come home. it is simply amazing.

5)   Big Changes in the redevelopment in town

Good news and bad news about the restart to development in South Lake Tahoe. Good news is the town increase its value and the bad news, home prices go up with big changes in town. “Buy now!” Then as a property owner, you have a say in the future of the town.

4) Education in South Lake Tahoe

The community just voted in Measure F that will allow Lake Tahoe Community College campus, LTCC, to upgrade current facilities, create better relationships with the UC system, and explore the possibilities of offering four-year degrees.

A recent major remodel on South Lake Tahoe High School, added state-of-the-art theater, sports medicine and graphic arts programs. For elementary age students, Bijou Community School has a Two Way Bilingual Immersion  program that is growing each year and instruction now continues through grade 12 so students can graduate with a State Seal of Biliteracy on their diploma.

3)Market Recovery 

the South Lake Tahoe real estate market has recovered and stabilized. Winter is the best time to buy with lower prices than the summer months.

2)Quality of Life 

The small community of South Lake Tahoe has a lot to offer it residents from outdoor activities to cultural arts performances. South Lake Tahoe offers a small town feel with city advantages. Throughout the year we experience 248 sunny days, all of that vitamin D does wonders for your attitude! We enjoy world class winter snow sports, serene spring days, unbelievable summer weather and gorgeous, warm falls with just our friends out on the trails with us.

1)Lake Tahoe

The lake provides an amazing backdrop to your daily commute, workout, shopping, etc. On at least a weekly basis I catch myself thinking, “Wow, I live here!”