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All-Cash Home Sales Down Sharply

by Lakeshore Realty

A third of home sales in March were all-cash transactions according to CoreLogic.  This was a decrease of 2.8 percentages points, the company termed it a sharp drop, from February.  CoreLogic also said that the average cash share of sales over the first three months of 2016 was 34.7 percent, the lowest for a first quarter since 2008.

Cash sales peaked in January 2011 at 46.6 percent of total home sales nationally, close to double the average share prior to the housing crash.  If those sales continue to decline at the same rate as the February-March pace, CoreLogic estimates they will return to the "normal" 25 percent level by mid-2018.

As usual, sales of lender owned property (REO) had the highest share of cash sales, 57.2 percent.  However, REO transactions accounted for only 6.8 percent of March sales so the impact on the overall cash share was small.  When cash sales were at their peak REO sales made up close to a quarter of the market.

 

 

Resales accounted for 80 percent of sales and had the second highest cash share at 32.9 percent. Short sales, again only a small fraction of the overall market, had a cash share of 30.6 percent while 14.4 percent of new home sales did not involve a mortgage. 

Alabama had the largest cash sales share of any state at 49.8 percent, followed by New York (47.5 percent), Florida (45.9 percent), Michigan (41.8 percent) and Indiana (41 percent). Of the nation's largest 100 Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs) measured by population, Philadelphia led with a 55.7 percent cash share.  Four Florida cities followed; West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Sarasota-Bradenton, and Miami, all with shares exceeding 50 percent. 

SOURCE: www.mortgagenewsdaily.com

Student Loans Delay Homeownership

by Lakeshore Realty

Not only is student loan debt delaying first-time homebuyers, it is delaying them for a long time.

Seventy-one percent of non-homeowners with debts from student loans said the burden of those monthly payments was keeping them from buying a home. More than half said it would likely continue do so for more than five years, according to a new study by the National Association of Realtors and SALT, a consumer literacy program provided by nonprofit American Student Assistance.

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A real estate agent opens the front door to potential home buyers in Washington, Ill.

Student debt is also keeping 4 in 10 graduates from moving out of a family member's house. The survey of 3,000 people conducted in April covered only those who are making on-time payments on their student loans.

The largest share of those postponing homeownership was among older millennials, aged 26 to 35, and among those carrying the most debt, about $70,000 to $100,000. Still, no matter what the amount of debt, more than half of non-homeowners in each generation report that it is postponing their ability to buy a home. Nearly half of younger millennials polled currently live with family, some paying rent, some not.

College graduates overall are more likely to have stable employment and more likely to earn enough to buy a home; student loan debt, however, is clearly outweighing the benefits of a college degree. Interest rates on student loan debt can be considerably higher than mortgage interest rates.

"A majority of non-homeowners in the survey earning over $50,000 a year — which is above the median U.S. qualifying income needed to buy a single-family home — reported that student debt is hurting their ability to save for a down payment," said Lawrence Yun, the Realtors' chief economist. "Along with rent, a car payment and other large monthly expenses that can squeeze a household's budget, paying a few hundred dollars every month on a student loan equates to thousands of dollars over several years that could otherwise go towards saving for a home purchase."

Eighty percent of the millennials surveyed said student debt was hampering their ability to save for a down payment. There are low down payment options for first-time buyers, like government-insured FHA loans at 3.5 percent down or Wells Fargo's latest offering at 3 percent down, but these loans have strict limits on the amount of debt the borrower can carry in relation to income. Student loan debt is a major factor in that.

Student loan debt is also holding back potential sellers. Nearly one-third of current homeowners surveyed said they were delaying selling because of it. Nearly one-fifth of those said it was simply too expensive to move and upgrade because of debt payments. Seven percent their credit had been scarred by issues with student loans and 6 percent said they were still underwater on their mortgages because student debt limited their ability to pay more into their home loans.

All of this is playing into the very low inventory problem plaguing today's housing market. Younger homeowners are unable to afford a move up, and older homeowners are still housing their adult children, unable to downsize. With so few listings for sale, prices continue to push higher. The overall market is starting to show some resistance to these high prices, but the gains are not easing very much. 

SOURCE: www.mortgagenewsdaily.com

North Lake Tahoe May 2016 Real Estate Sales Comparison

by Marius Poltan
  • North Lake Tahoe May 2016 Real Estate Sales Comparison

The charts bellow reflect Incline Village real estate sales for the month of May in the past 5 years. These reports we're created individually for Residential Home sales and Condominium Sales.

  • Residential Home Sales Report


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- Please note that the report above was created using data extracted from the MLXChange System and reflects Residential Home sales.

  • Condominium Sales Report


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- Please note that the report above was created using data extracted from the MLXChange System and reflects Condominium sales.

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Many Real Estate Disputes Processed In Small Claims Court

by Lakeshore Realty

For a variety of reasons, one of the attractive features of small claims court is that no attorneys are allowed. This is a major factor in keeping down the costs of small claims cases, and it is no doubt one of the reasons that so many real-estate related disputes are processed there.

To be sure, small claims actions are not the real estate cases that make the news, but they do encompass a great bulk of disputes over such matters as security deposits, damages to property, encroachment issues, and even commission agreements. In California, claims up to $10,000 will be heard. Some other states have higher limits and many have lower. Often, aggrieved parties will decide it is better to press in small claims for less than they think they actually deserve, simply in order to get the matter over with at a cost that is not prohibitive.

In California's small claims system, a defendant may appeal the outcome, but not the plaintiff. If there is an appeal, attorneys may provide representation at that level. But, unlike many legal proceedings, attorney involvement in a small claims appeal cannot wind up with attorney fees consuming as much as, or even more than, the award itself. A recent decision from California's Fourth Appellate District (Dorsey v. Superior Court, October 22, 2015) confirms this.

In October of 2012, Jeffrey and Rebekah Crosier (tenants) entered into a lease agreement for a condominium owned by Michael Dorsey (trustee of the Dorsey Trust). The lease contained a provision that, in the event of a legal action, the prevailing party would be entitled to attorney fees. After the lease terminated, disputes arose between the parties.

In March of 2014 the Crosiers filed a small claims court action against landlord Dorsey. They sought $10,000 for alleged breach of the rental agreement, breach of the implied covenant of quiet enjoyment, wrongful retention of security deposit, retaliation, and constructive eviction. They also asked for an additional $850 as reasonable attorney fees.

Dorsey then filed a "Defendant's Claim" in the small claims court. He alleged that the Crosiers were liable for holdover rent and other damages. He sought attorney fees of $2,000.

The small claims court entered judgment in favor of the Crosiers for $3,200 on their claim and $1,153 in favor of Dorsey, leaving a net judgment in the tenants' favor for $2,047. Dorsey appealed, and both sides were represented by counsel on the appeal. On the appeal, the superior court found that Dorsey had breached the lease by not returning $1,560 of the security deposit, and it found that the tenants had not breached the lease at all.

Now we get to the part about attorney fees. The Crosiers were the prevailing party, so, according to the attorney fee provision on the lease, they (or their attorney) were entitled to attorney fees.

Their attorney filed a motion for $11,497.50 in fees.

That didn't look so good to Dorsey, and he filed a motion in opposition. His opposition was based on Section 116.780(c) of the Code of Civil Procedure. There, it is specified that a cap of $150 applies to all attorney fee awards in small claims court appeals.

At first, the superior court issued a ruling stating that the $150 cap applied; but subsequently it ruled otherwise, stating "There is no indication that section 116.780 overrides the ability to contract for a larger award." Thus, based on the attorney fee provision in the lease, the superior court awarded the tenants' attorney fees of $10, 447.50.

Of course, Dorsey appealed.

In their decision, the Fourth District Appellate court engaged in a lengthy discussion of the history and intent of the legislation that created the small claims court system. The court observed "From the outset, the Legislature and courts have acted to make small claims court cost effective for litigants -- so litigants may bring these claims to court 'without spending more money on attorney's fees and court expenses than the claims were worth'"

Thus, the court wrote "... our task is to interpret section 116.780(c) to give effect to the Legislature's clearly stated intent to create an expeditious and inexpensive method of resolving disputes and to avoid the complexity and delay of ordinary litigation. This intent can be effectuated only if section 116.780(c) overrides any conflicting contractual attorney fee provision."

The superior court was ordered to vacate its order granting attorney fees in the amount of $10,373 and to enter a new order granting the Crosiers attorney fees in the amount of $150.

The lesson: Yes, you can be represented by an attorney in an appeal of a small claims ruling. But the most the attorney is going to be awarded is $150. Good luck finding one.

4 Tips to Maintain Your New Home's Value

by Lakeshore Realty

Unfortunately, you can't just expect to buy a home and have its value automatically rise along with inflation and the home market as a whole - Unless you live in downtown Manhattan!

Maintaining the value of your home is all about making sensible improvements and getting into the habit of smart maintenance.

We've put together 4 simple tips and points of consideration to make sure you don't overlook the key areas of your new home that may have a serious implication on its overall value.

1. Regular Maintenance

It's essential to perform regular maintenance around the house if you want to maintain the value. Two key (but lesser known areas) of maintenance are your air-conditioning system and your furnace (heating) system.

Your furnace is sometimes connected to your HVAC unit, but most of us rarely inspect or maintain that part of the home. The reality is that we should be swapping out air filters at least twice per year, probably more like four times per year in order to improve your energy efficiency! Not doing so will lead to energy inefficiency and other problems.

Aside from swapping air filters, you should be oiling the motor on older units. Never store hazardous chemicals near the furnace and if your unit is quite old (five plus years) then we strongly recommend having a professional come over to inspect it.

You can find some more detailed advice on residential air filters on this Government website.

2. Fix Heat Leakers

We all know there's little drafts around the house that we can feel during those cold and windy months, but many of us simply won't do anything about it. Small cracks in doorways and windows are the #1 culprit, and they'll slowly but surely sap your energy bills.

They also have a knock on effect - These annoyances will sap your furnace and AC systems too, forcing them to work even harder.

Avoiding the long term implications of the above is key. This won't directly raise your property value, but it will maintain and extend the value, avoiding any unpleasant surprises down the line.

3. Landscaping & Gardening

Classically known as ‘curb appeal', it's extremely important to ensure your garden is in good conditioning, and that's obviously true if you're thinking of selling up. It's the first impression any prospective new buyer will see of your home, and it's especially important for young families with children who want to envisage themselves and their children enjoying the outdoor elements of the home.

Many experts suggest investing as much as 10% of your home's overall value into landscaping if you're considering a sale, with homeowners expecting at least 150% return on their investment. Such is the high value that buyers place on an immaculate garden.

4. Do Major Repairs The Right Way

If you need to take care of major high ticket repairs or improvements - New furnace, windows, insulation, solar energy or even a home extension, then please never sacrifice on quality! These are all major selling factors when you come to sell your home, and they will be significantly noted and appreciated by your estate agent. There's nothing worse than seeing a home extension built to low-quality standards which isn't in-keeping with the rest of the home. If you're making major repairs or improvements, do it the right way!

 

Mortgage Rates Drop Sharply After Employment Data

by Lakeshore Realty

Mortgage rates plummeted today, relatively speaking, fully erasing the damage done 2 weeks ago after the Fed Minutes sent rates higher at the fastest pace in months.  Let's continue with that same logic.  If rates moved quickly higher 2 weeks ago because the Fed Minutes suggested increased chances of a June hike, it would stand to reason that rates should fall if something happened to decrease the likelihood of a June hike.  As it happens, that's exactly what this morning's jobs report did!

In general, the Fed can afford to tune out employment data because employment data has been so reliably strong and steady.  But this morning's employment data was SO weak that it could understandably give the Fed pause in rushing to hike rates in June.  Of course we've already talked about how overseas events will probably keep the Fed on hold in June anyway, but today's jobs report simply seals the deal (to whatever extent it can be sealed).  

The average lender is quoting rates that are an eighth of a point lower than yesterday, although the upfront costs associated with those rates would be slightly higher.  In other words, if a lender was quoting 3.75% yesterday, they're likely quoting 3.625% today on the same scenario, but with slightly higher closing costs (or lower lender credit, depending on the scenario).  With that improvement, rates are now back in line with 3-week lows.


Loan Originator Perspective

"A terrible number for employment, and just like that we are out of the range and pushing toward lower rates.  It is overwhelmingly tempting to lock in here, but we will not see the true improvements to pricing until this leg down is confirmed for a couple days.  Between the weak data domestically, and foreign economic uncertainty, I am a believer that we will see this rally continue.  Loans on track to close in the next 30 days can consider floating, but I would only consider locking those closing within 2 weeks, and I would wait until Monday-Tuesday to pull the trigger.  Have a great weekend!" -Constantine Floropoulos, VP, The Federal Savings Bank

"Weak jobs numbers this morning are propelling a sharp improvement in mortgage pricing.  We've been in a range for several months now and we are now at the floor of that range.  I would strongly consider locking in and protecting these gains unless we see follow through movement even lower.  If you're closing in less than 30 days it's my opinion that locking is prudent and even for longer lock periods I would strongly consider it." Ted Rood, Senior Originator

"Stunner of a payrolls report has sent rates rallying.   The current coupon MBS is at its best levels of the year, but I am not seeing the best rate sheets of the year.   Lenders will need this level to hold before giving all the gains.  Rate sheets did improve overnight, so nothing wrong with locking in the gains, but I like floating over the weekend and re evaluating pricing on Monday." -Victor Burek, Churchill Mortgage


Today's Best-Execution Rates

  • 30YR FIXED - 3.625%
  • FHA/VA - 3.25%-3.5%
  • 15 YEAR FIXED - 3.00%
  • 5 YEAR ARMS -  2.75 - 3.25% depending on the lender


Ongoing Lock/Float Considerations

  • Markets are primarily concerned with the timing of the Fed's second rate hike (after they first hiked in December 2015)
  • After bottoming out fairly close to all-time lows in February, rates have been in an increasingly narrow range just above all-time lows  
     
  • Fed hike expectations come and go, creating volatility within that low, narrow range.  Things won't get serious until we actually break out of that range.
     
  • After fears increased that the Fed would hike in June, the current flavor of the month is that they'll hold off until at least July.  This has helped rates move back toward the lower end of that long term range.  These have historically been good locking opportunities in 2016 (because rates tend to rise back toward the higher end of the range shortly after hitting the lower end).  That trend won't continue forever, but until it is broken, it provides a useful way to know how advantageous current rates are, relative to other recent offerings.

 

SOURCE: www.mortgagenewsdaily.com

How Foreclosures Work

There's a famous scene in the 2015 Oscar-nominated film The Big Short where Jared Vennett, played by Ryan Gosling, tries to explain the pending real estate market crash (and the ensuing EXTREME money-making opportunity for those who foretold it) by playing Jenga.

It perfectly encapsulated how the housing bubble burst, and how a few astute, yet decidedly morose, investors became filthy rich, by playing the "Don't pass" bar. Vennett's most convincing line: I'm standing in front of a burning house, and I'm offering you fire insurance on it!"

The whole idea that the real estate market was built on such shaky ground was hard for many to understand, which is why only a few benefitted financially by betting against the market while so many others went under.

But are we at risk of repeating the same mistakes that led to the market crash in the first place? Is the house on fire…again? It wouldn't be all that surprising. Whether you believe the crisis was created by greedy banks, greedy borrowers, Wall Street incompetence (in combination with greed), all of the above, or other factors entirely, one thing is certain: memories are as short as the title of the movie.

Current market conditions

Overall, the real estate market remains strong, although there are signs that some of the fastest-appreciating markets over the past few years, like San Francisco, may be starting to crest ("Home prices in the San Francisco Bay Area were down 1.8% on a year-over-year basis in March, the first such drop in four years," said MarketWatch).

DS News noted the mortgage default rate "was creeping up" at the end of last year - not enough to sound the alarm, but definitely worth noting, especially in the context of where we were before the market crash a decade ago.

"The first mortgage default index - one of four indices that make up the composite - ticked up by two basis points from 0.82 percent up to 0.84 percent. December marked the third consecutive month with an increase for the first mortgage default rate, which climbed by one basis point in November and five basis points in October," they said. But, "Even after the three straight months of increases, December's first mortgage default rate was still down by 18 basis points from December 2014's rate of 1.02 percent."


 

"Iffy" loan packages

"The wave of foreclosures starting in 2007 that dragged the economy into recession and triggered a global financial crisis was driven in large part by a collapse in underwriting standards," said the New York Times. "Lenders offered mortgages to people with wildly inadequate incomes or down payments or documentation. Lending standards are much tighter now."

Presumably, that's still true. But a few new products and programs aimed squarely at those who can't afford much but want to buy a home anyway may be worrisome. Are more relaxed loan restrictions an indicator that a new wave of defaults awaits down the line? Are they an overreaction to a market that's been on the upswing or a genuine desire to open up homeownership to a new group of buyers? Perhaps it depends on if you're a realist or an optimist.

And which side of the homebuying equation you're on.

For buyers, the new Affordable Loan Solution Mortgage from Bank of America is a blessing. This new loan product offers a down payment lower than FHA at three percent, and without Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI).

"The program, a partnership between Bank of America, Freddie Mac, and non-profit Self-Help Ventures Fund, is targeted towards low - and moderate - income borrowers," said The Street. "To qualify, borrowers can't make more than the HUD area median income and must have a credit score of 660 or higher. As an example, for 2016, New York City-based borrowers with a household of one would need an income below $65,200 to qualify for the program. The median income threshold could rule out a lot of potential borrowers. Even still, Bank of America expects to originate $500 million of loans under the program this year."

That's A LOT of loans to buyers who, if they default, offer zero protection for BofA. And it's not the only new loan targeting millennials with low down payments and no PMI.

"SoFi, an online lender initially focused on offering a student loan refinancing product, now originates mortgages in 25 states and Washington D.C. SoFi's mortgages allow borrowers to put down as little as 10% without requiring PMI," they said.

PMI is a nuisance for borrowers, for sure. Adding a couple hundred dollars to your monthly payment when you're already struggling to make monthly payments is a drag. But that's, quite literally, the price you pay for not being better qualified or having more money to put down. Right?

Even more concerning: "While traditional lenders may have firm debt-to-income limits (generally up to 45%), SoFi has more fluid debt-to-income limits, which may allow borrowers to ultimately qualify for more financing, up to a maximum of $3 million.

Streamlining it

The Streamline Refinance is another program that may need a little more oversight - or an overhaul - down the line if the default rate rises to an uncomfortable level.

"The FHA Streamline is a refinance mortgage loan available to homeowners with existing FHA mortgages," said The Mortgage Reports. "The program simplifies home refinancing by waiving the documentation typically required by a bank, including income and employment verification, bank account and credit score verification, and an appraisal of the home."

The Streamline Refi does take into account a borrower's payment history. But all that other stuff that banks require to judge the worthiness of a buyer and a purchase are gone. Again, great for a borrower. Maybe not so much for the institution doing the lending. You could be a broke, jobless mess living in a house that you've trashed, but as long as you haven't been late on any of your house payments (yet), you can refinance, which will lower your payment but raise what you owe. Better hope values don't take a hit in your neighborhood.

The return of the ARM

For many, even the mention of an ARM is enough to give them foreclosure flashbacks. Brace yourself: they appear to be making a comeback.

"Adjustable rate mortgages, the bane of consumer advocates, and the trap door for hundreds of thousands of homeowners who saw their mortgage payments rise in the heat of the Great Recession, are staging a comeback," said The Street. Michael Moskowitz, president of Equity Now, a direct mortgage lender in New York, told them: "Now there are signs that adjustable rate mortgages, which faded out of sight a few years ago, may be achieving a new life of sorts," says. "Some borrowers see them as a way to save money and to make it easier to qualify for a mortgage."

So what does this all mean in bubble terms? Not surprisingly, no one knows for sure. And, as far we we know, Vennett isn't waiting around with a Jenga game for round two. But, the combination of iffy loans and rising rates - they've already gone up once this year and chatter is they're rising again this month - is worth paying attention to.

"Right now interest rates are still low," said Investopedia. "That means that mortgages are still cheap, and people have access to them." But, with rising rates, "The demand will shrink, and thus the housing prices will level off or drop."

If the job market also takes a hit or other economic conditions transpire, we could have another problem on our hands.

"We are putting a lot of buyers into homes who have very little skin in the game," said the Claremont Courier. "This works fine as long as people keep their jobs and the market keeps moving upward, but what happens when the economy turns around for other reasons? When lenders used to require 20 percent down, borrowers had enough built-in equity that they could often weather the storm if prices declined. They had enough equity to likely prevent them from being "underwater" on their mortgage. But what happens when prices trend downward, the real estate market turns and people find themselves needing to sell their homes, and they only had 3.5 or 5 percent equity to start with? This could cause another large string of defaults on homeowner's mortgages."

If there's one thing we know for sure: buying a home is no game. And there are few winners - when people start losing them.

 
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Vacation home owners: You have a vacation home that you rent out to many leisurely guests in a year, many of them by way of peer to peer (P2P) websites like Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway.

Because most of your guests are respectful and are simply looking for a place to relax, shower, dress and sleep at the end of the day, you may have a history of little to no incidents. On the other hand, you may have experience of coming back home to stolen or broken items as a result of a house party, for example. Have you stopped to think about who you are letting into your property? Do they have a criminal history? Do they bring unauthorized guests into your home?

Although most sharing websites like these verify profiles through social media platforms and through submitting government-issued IDs, there is no process to vet users through background checks to make sure they do not have a criminal history. A user with bad intentions can easily portray to be someone else and submit another individual's likeness, create social media pages in a matter of minutes, and produce fraudulent documents.

The entire process is done online. How do they distinguish false identity documents from real ones? How do they know that the person claiming to be Jill Smith is in fact Jill Smith? A picture, Facebook profile and scans of a passport or a driver's license are not enough.

Running a background check on your vacation renter enables you to make a more informed decision on who to allow in your home for a few nights, perhaps weeks. It is easy, takes less than 5 minutes and can be very reasonably priced. Tenant screening reports provide detailed information such as a National Criminal Records Search, credit report & score, and even incident reporting. An incident report will allow you to view any past lease violations from rental properties the individual has occupied.

If you're an owner of multifamily property, then you are aware of the amount of influence a background check has on your decision on whether to accept or reject a vacation renter. Taking care of your investment by screening renters will pay dividends in the long run. Screening renters mean less maintenance, repair and home insurance costs.

You will have peace of mind because your assets will be in better hands. Many of these users are often paying upwards of $300 per night for accommodation, however, this does not give them license to disrespect your home.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev.  – Now open for the golf season, The Grille at The Chateau will once again offer locals-friendly lunch and happy hour menus with plenty of longtime favorites as well as a couple of fresh additions.

Located adjacent to the 18th green at the Incline Village Championship Golf Course (955 Fairway Blvd.), The Grille serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a new Happy Hour menu offered from 3 to 7 p.m. daily. Diners have the option of eating outdoors on the patio overlooking the 18th green on the Championship Course, inside the cozy dining room, as well as taking orders to-go for the golf course or any of the other beautiful lunch spots Incline Village offers.

“We are excited to welcome back our regulars and visitors, golfers and non-golfers alike for another hopefully flavorful season,” said Executive Chef William Vandenburg. “I’m particularly excited by our new Happy Hour menu as well as being able to offer some of our house-smoked Wild Bill’s BBQ specialties and house-made sauces.”

Regulars at The Grille will be happy to see favorites such as the Ahi Poketini, the Grille Cobb Salad, the NY Style Reuben and the Classic Cheeseburger still featured on the lunch menu, with new additions such as the Wild Bills Smoked Prime Rib French Dip and the Sunset Salad making their debut this spring. An expanded Happy Hour menu features a selection of lighter fare such as Panko Prawns, a small Caesar Salad, and a la carte Pulled Pork or Cheeseburger Sliders along with daily happy hour drink specials including $3 beer options, $4 daily wine by the glass selections and a $5 cocktail of the day.

Sunday Benedict Specials
Every Sunday, diners craving an Eggs Benedict fix can find it at The Grille. Chef Vandenburg plans to have a rotating selection of Benedict specials each Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information on The Grille as well as lunch and dinner menus, please see GolfIncline.com.

About the Golf Courses at Incline Village
The Golf Courses at Incline Village offer two distinct golf courses to fit any budget. Designer Robert Trent Jones Sr. called the par 72 Incline Village Championship Golf Course “the ideal mountain layout” with “views you will never forget.” The Championship Course boasts a top-of-the-line restaurant, The Grille at the Chateau, a driving range and practice facilities. The par 58 Incline Village Mountain Golf Course features an amazing mountain layout with old growth trees, elevation changes, and incredible views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This 18-hole, par 58 executive course is fun, affordable and offers a variety of fun events and programs like Thrill & Grill and Nine & Wine. Call 866-925-GOLF to book a tee time or visit www.golfincline.com for more information. 

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – Golfers and barbecue lovers alike will have something new to look forward to when the Incline Village Mountain Golf Course opens for the 2016 season on Friday, May 20 – the debut of Wild Bill’s BBQ at the Mountain Course.

Back by popular demand after a mouth-watering first season at Diamond Peak Ski Resort’s Snowflake Lodge, Wild Bill’s BBQ at the Mountain Course will offer the same tasty, slow-smoked meats and house-made sauces on the deck of the Mountain Course clubhouse this summer. Available to eat on the deck overlooking the 10th tee, or take-away for a snack during a round of golf, the new Wild Bill’s menu will include Executive Chef William Vandenburg’s signature St. Louis Style Spare Ribs (available in full or half-rack portions), the Smoked Tri-Tip Sandwich and the Pulled Pork Sandwich.

Diners looking for lighter fare can choose from a Veggie Burger, a selection of freshly-made sandwiches, as well as a Caesar or Wild Chicken salad. And being a family-friendly golf course, the kids menu wasn’t overlooked, with items such as a Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Mac n’ Cheese and kids-sized Cheeseburgers and Hot Dogs available.

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a selection of grab & go items available from 3 to 4 p.m. For players looking to fuel up before their round, Wild Bill’s will offer breakfast items such as oatmeal, the Sunrise Breakfast Sandwich and a Breakfast Burrito from 9 to 11 a.m.

For full menus and more information on Wild Bill’s BBQ at the Mountain Course, please click here.

About the Golf Courses at Incline Village
The Golf Courses at Incline Village offer two distinct golf courses to fit any budget. Designer Robert Trent Jones Sr. called the par 72 Incline Village Championship Golf Course “the ideal mountain layout” with “views you will never forget.” The Championship Course boasts a top-of-the-line restaurant, The Grille at the Chateau, a driving range and practice facilities. The par 58 Incline Village Mountain Golf Course features an amazing mountain layout with old growth trees, elevation changes, and incredible views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This 18-hole, par 58 executive course is fun, affordable and offers a variety of fun events and programs like Thrill & Grill and Nine & Wine. Call 866-925-GOLF to book a tee time or visit www.golfincline.com for more information. 

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