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Wildlife Safety In and Around Mammoth Lakes

Most people see wildlife in Mammoth Lakes in the summer and fall, but the local fauna are around year-round. Mammoth Lakes is home to bears, coyotes, deer, mountain lions, and more. Keeping yourself safe and practicing good wildlife etiquette will help keep the animals safe. We regularly hear about animals having to be put down because of humans intervening with Mother Nature. You might have heard about...

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10 Questions to Ask a Property Management Company

I work with a lot of people buying second homes or vacation homes in Mammoth Lakes. The question I get most often is “how do I find a good property management company?” Whether you’re looking for someone to keep an eye on your home when you’re away or planning to rent your property to vacationers, finding a trustworthy and reputable property manager is a must. I always recommend setting up a...

Simple Home Organization Upgrades that Spark Joy for Buyers

Have you watched Marie Kondo’s hit Netflix series Tidying Up yet? Marie encourages her viewers to minimize their possessions and only keep the items that “spark joy” for them. Inspired by Marie, these organization tips will make your home life easier and can actually increase the value of your home. Boost bathroom storage capacity. When was the last time you cleaned out your bathroom cupboards? If...

A Seasonal Guide To Maintaining Your Mammoth Lakes Home

From summer vacations to winter holidays, every season offers a great excuse to put off our to-do list. But neglecting home maintenance can be a major mistake. Small problems can become big ones quickly and may be far more expensive to fix. Plus, properties that aren't well-maintained can lose 10 percent of their appraised value. Especially in Mammoth Lakes where the snow, wind and sun can be hard on...

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...

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8 Spring Home Improvement Projects That Will Save You Money

Update rain gutters: clogged gutters mean damage under roof tiles and along the foundation from improper drainage.  Clean them out often to prevent backups.New front doors and windows: a new entryway adds curb appeal, and energy efficient windows lower your heating and cooling bills.Re-caulk windows and doors: If you cannot afford to replace doors and windows, re-caulking will save hundreds of...

Bath Trends for 2018

Expect to see many of the same kitchen design preferences carry over into bathrooms this year, including two-tone cabinets, quartz countertops and brass fixtures. Neutral Tones Neutral shades will continue to dominate in the master bathroom as homeowners seek a soothing and relaxing retreat atmosphere. But expect to see more options than just white. Shades of brown, grey, blue, green and tan will...

Kitchen Trends To Watch For in 2018

KITCHEN TRENDS   While white kitchens will remain popular in 2018, expect to see more color this year in everything from cabinets to tile to appliances. Two-toned Cabinets Two-toned cabinets are quickly overtaking the white-on-white look that has dominated kitchen design for the past few years. While white remains a classic, grey and bleached-wood cabinet variations are surging in popularity,...

Home Design Trends for 2018

Home Design Trends to Watch in 2018

      We frequently get questions from clients who are taking on decorating and remodeling projects and want to ensure their dollars are invested wisely.   Which looks will last for years to come, and which ones will feel dated quickly? What colors and styles are most popular among buyers in our area? How can I add the most value to my home?   So we’ve...

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