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New Year, New Home? Set Homeownership Goals Whether You’re Buying, Selling, or Staying Put

The start of a new year always compels people to take a fresh look at their goals, from health and career to relationships and finance. But with historically low mortgage rates, increased home sales and price growth, and a tight housing inventory, the time is right to also make some homeownership resolutions for 2021. Home buyers, is this the year you work to improve your credit score, pay down some...

4 Questions to Consider When Buying a Second Home or a Vacation Home

Whether you’re buying a second home while you rent out your first home or you’ve decided to invest in a vacation home in Mammoth Lakes, the financing can look a bit different. Thinking through these four questions will help you decide if it’s the right choice for you. 1. Do you have plenty of cash reserves? When you get into second home buying, underwriters will want to see significant cash...

The Top 4 Things to Consider When Making an Offer

Making an offer on a Mammoth Lakes home is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Offer too much and you may overspend and feel buyer’s remorse. Offer too little and you could get passed by. Fortunately there’s a bit of real estate science to it. The amount you offer should consider these factors: 1. What have comparable properties sold for in the past three months? A comparable property is one...

How I Found the Perfect Home in Mammoth Lakes

My favorite thing about being a Mammoth Lakes realtor is getting to introduce people to their dream homes. When I meet a new client, I’m always reminded of my own search for a perfect home in Mammoth Lakes. We bought our first Mammoth Lakes property in 2003. It was a second home for us. We loved visiting Mammoth Lakes, but we knew nothing about homeownership in a snowy mountain town. From visiting...

Home Buyer Tips: Why You Need a Home Inspection

In a perfect world, you wouldn't need a home inspection. But the real estate world isn’t perfect, even in awe-inspiring Mammoth Lakes. Home sellers are required to disclose all known issues — you may have heard of “disclosures"— but that doesn’t mean they always do. As soon as your offer is accepted, you should pay for an inspection by a licensed home inspector and have it done right away. In...

5 Misunderstood Real Estate Terms

You know you want to buy a new home or sell your current one. That should be enough to get you started, right? The lingo used by many realtors* can make the whole process sound a lot more complicated than that. Learning a few key terms will put you a step ahead of all the other buyers and sellers out there. Here are a few of the most commonly misunderstood real estate terms: 1. Good-Faith Estimate A...

2018 Real Estate Action Plan

What Is The Outlook for Real Estate in 2018? Part 3 of 3

2018 ACTION PLAN If you plan to BUY this year: Get pre-approved for a mortgage. If you plan to finance part of your home purchase, getting pre-approved for a mortgage will give you a jump-start on the paperwork and provide an advantage over other buyers in a competitive market. The added bonus: you will find out how much you can afford to borrow and budget accordingly.Create your wish list. How many...

What Is The Outlook For Real Estate in 2018?

Real Estate 2018: What to Expect (Part 1 of 3 part article) As we head into a new year, the most common question we receive is, “What’s the outlook for real estate in 2018?” It’s not just potential buyers and sellers who are curious; homeowners also want reassurance their home’s value is going up. The good news is that a strong U.S. economy, coupled with low unemployment rates, is expected...

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Let Your Nose Help In Your Home Search

  There are so many things to consider when purchasing a home, such as the number of rooms, kitchen upgrades, yard size, and so many other features.  However, you should also take the time to treat your first look at a house like Thanksgiving - enter the dining room and take a big whiff.   Your sense of smell can tell you a lot about the condition of a home.  So follow your nose,...

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5 Attributes of an Amazing Real Estate Agent

Not all real estate professionals are the same. And it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the options and information about working with real estate professionals to buy or sell your home. In fact, many real estate markets are oversaturated with agents. To help you understand what makes top agents and market experts stand apart from the competition, the following are five key attributes of an amazing...

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