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Where to Start With a New Home

by Lakeshore Realty

Just bought a new home and don't know where to begin? Here's a helpful way to make those beginning steps:

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Blinds v. Curtains

by Lakeshore Realty

It's the small things that make the biggest difference. Whether you are beginning to personalize a new home or just need some change to your current home, how are you decorating your windows? Blinds versus curtains can make all the difference to your room. Here is a video to help guide you in the direction you want:

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Fung Shui Your Home Today!

by Lakeshore Realty

Feel the need for a change? Rearranging your furniture can be your first step! It's easy and can be very cost effective. Simply moving a couch or rug can drastically change the look of a room. Check out this video for some great ideas to make this move successful:


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Stay Informed With Your Community

by Lakeshore Realty

Jon Reshatoff finally decided he had had enough.

Currently a renter, the father of three was hoping to find a house with at least two bathrooms, that didn’t need any major renovations, in his price range.

Reshatoff, the operations manager at Ernie’s Van & Storage in Grass Valley, was working with real estate agent Greg Sharp at Coldwell Banker but just couldn’t find a house to fit a mortgage he could afford.

“I had been looking,” he said. “In the $200s to mid-$300s, there on some on the market, but they need work, It’s way out of my range if it is in good condition.”


"This county is driving out the middle class. They can't afford to live here."

— Jon Reshatoff, prospective home buyer

Reshatoff is one of many who have learned how a low inventory of real estate options on the western Nevada County market has impacted prices in recent years.

Reshatoff looked at Lake Wildwood, but concluded he couldn’t afford a home there priced in the mid-$200,000 range with homeowner association fees on top of that. And rural areas are overpriced, he said, because cash buyers are coming in looking for property on which to grow marijuana.

Even fixer-uppers are unavailable, or should be more accurately described as teardowns, he said.

Anything in the $200,000 to $300,000 range “is a shack,” Reshatoff said. “One house had no front door, people grew pot in it, it’s all boarded up and they want $300,000 for it. The roof is falling in … You stare at that house and automatically know it needs $100,000 in just repairs, just getting it liveable.”

Like other local buyers in a nearly nonexistent price range under $300,000, Reshatoff found himself competing with multiple offers and houses that sold in hours.

“I would see something I liked and by the time I called to make an appointment, it would be under contract,” he said.

To be a competitive buyer, Reshatoff said, he would have to take time off work to chase down every lead — and have cash rather than a loan.

“This county is driving out the middle class,” he said. “They can’t afford to live here.”

Like other frustrated buyers in this extreme seller’s market, Reshatoff said he ultimately decided to “ride it out” and wait for prices to drop.


The median sales price for a home in Nevada County was $385,000 at the end of August, uncomfortably reminiscent for would-be buyers of the real estate boom of the mid-2000s, when prices peaked at a median of $434,000 in 2005.

“We started seeing a recovery in about 2012,” said Coldwell Banker Grass Roots Realty Broker Diann Patton. “It’s not that people regained all their equity. We’re still about 20 percent below the peak of the market in 2005-06, but we’re finally getting close to that height.”

The boom of more than a decade ago falsely elevated the market, Patton said. And that unsustainable growth affected Nevada County’s economy negatively.

“The number of sales and the values could not be sustained compared to buyers’ income levels,” said Patton’s sales manager, Cary Sanders.

Patton said her personal “a-ha” moment came with a couple who wanted to buy a house that was $100,000 more than they could afford, using an adjustable rate mortgage. She was unable to persuade them that gambling on having a higher income by the time their mortgage adjusted upwards was a bad idea, she said.

But, local realtors say, unlike that artificially inflated market, there likely will be no corresponding freefall this time around, as when the median sales price dropped to $210,000 in 2011.

There are no more unwise lending practices driving a boom, Sanders said, adding, “The demand is legitimate — the buyers are credit-worthy.”


The last two years have been a seller’s market, partially driven by low inventory. Sanders believes that if the supply can be increased, appreciation will level off.

The demand for listings is the highest many real estate agents have seen in 15 years, Patton said.

“We used to have 1,000 houses on the market,” she said. “We are at one-third of the supply we would have in a normal market.”

There are several reasons for the extremely low inventory.

For one, baby boomers are not downsizing, unlike earlier generations. Where most homeowners used to stay in their house five to seven years, that number now is 10 to 12 years, Sanders said.

“They are staying in their homes longer,” Patton said. “They’re doing well and see no reason to downsize, so they’re tying up that market.”

Instead of selling and downsizing, many homeowners are opting to give up space in their houses, either to rent or to move in aging parents or “boomerang” adult children.

“It does stall the move-up market,” Patton said.

Another factor that continues to drive appreciation is Nevada County remains a destination, with Bay Area buyers are willing to pay more.

“We are seeing more people buying to retire into eventually,” Patton said, adding that some opt to hold onto it as a weekend getaway or turn the vacant home into a vacation rental.

“Bay Area buyers come here and see they can buy a 3,000-square-foot home for $600,000, where that same house in Danville would be upwards of a million,” she said. “That does affect our values.”


The lack of new-home construction is a huge issue, area realtors say.

“It’s one of our biggest problems — we don’t have new homes to show buyers,” Patton said. “They’re telling us they want a new home but we just don’t have that here. … If we build it, they will buy.”

Of course, those real estate agents acknowledge, new homes are not affordable for entry-level buyers, with those coming online this year and next priced above $400,000.

At Ridge Meadows in Grass Valley, for example, new homes are priced starting at $405,500 for a 1,730-square-foot house with no choice in fixture upgrades, Homes by Towne representative Christine Fore said.

“We’re not marketing to entry-level buyers,” she said, noting that at Cascade Crossing in South County, which just had its final escrow close this year, the buyers were primarily families relocating to the area or retirees.

New construction is not affordable for entry-level buyers, agreed Gold Country Ranches’ Teresa Dietrich, currently the president-elect of the Nevada County Board of Realtors.

When she built her own home, she said, she was charged $15,000 by the county in permit fees for a 1,650-square-foot home with a three-car garage. Apply that math to a development and you can see why pricing is so high, she said.

“If you’re a big builder and you have to factor in staff and other overhead, it really does price (them) out of entry-level housing,” Dietrich said.

In Dietrich’s view, the county’s building department could do a lot more to streamline the process and make it more affordable to build, so that more people could access entry-level housing.


According to Dietrich, there are multiple employees at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital who can’t find or afford housing in Nevada County and commute every day.

“It’s a big problem,” she said. “Where do people live? … Workforce housing has to be the focus. The houses being built are not really affordable.”

Along with simplifying and accelerating the process for building new homes, Dietrich said, the county and cities should be looking to develop assistance programs for entry-level buyers.

“It’s the great American dream,” she said. “We have to get that process rolling.”

Sanders doesn’t see much relief in the near future, saying, “I don’t see anything changing drastically in the next year.”

Sharp, who assisted Reshatoff in his home search, sees some “leveling off” of the market with daily price reductions, but no decline.

“Sellers were pushing too hard,” he said. “Prices are getting more reasonable.”

And that is pushing some increased sales, with 399 active listings Thursday morning, down from 424 a few weeks ago.

The bad news is, even if the market is softening, prices aren’t going down substantially, he said.

“The bottom line is, I don’t see prices declining, although areas like Lake Wildwood and Alta Sierra are leveling off,” Sharp said. “Anything under $300,000, we’re still seeing multiple offers.”


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Change of Season

by Lakeshore Realty

Summer is over! Bringing in the new fall and winter season with some new homes for sale. This season change also means a change in the market. We will start seeing a slow in the market with another increase in our high winter season. Keep your eyes out and reach out to one of our agents for guidance and advice. Here are all of our current listings!



First Snow of the Season

by Lakeshore Realty

Could the snowfall on Friday, Sept. 8, on mountain passes off Highway 88 be a sign that we’re in store for another heavy winter?

Skiers, snowboarders, and other winter sports enthusiasts surely hope so. On the other hand, those still traumatized from the constant shoveling brought on by the drought-busting winter of 2016-17 might feel weary at the thought of winter.

Regardless of opinions, experts are in their annual mode of collecting information, trying to gauge what the upcoming season will bring.

And most forecasters say that a repeat of last year, when the Tahoe Basin and much of the Sierra Nevada saw some of the largest snow totals on record, is unlikely and that a more normal winter might be in store.


There is still a small chance of a La Nina and a smaller chance of an El Nino, but all forecasters agree snowfall totals remain unpredictable, especially in the Sierra Nevada.

“The big challenge in the Sierra is that we don’t have a great indicator of if it will be a big winter or dry season,” Nina Oakley, regional climatologist for the National Weather Service based out of the Desert Research Institute in Reno said Wednesday, Sept. 13. “We live in a land of extremes. It’s wait and see and be prepared for everything.”

Oakley said the conditions show the weather pattern in an ENSO (El Nino-Southern Oscillation) Neutral state, which means trade winds blowing across the equatorial Pacific are not strengthening or weakening. Oakley said last year there were slightly enhanced winds over the western equator that produced a weak La Nina, “which led to a bomber winter with lots of snow at higher elevations.”

According to the National Weather Service, El Nino happens when temperatures in the Southern Pacific Ocean are above normal and La Nina happens when temperatures are below normal.Oakley said the conditions show the weather pattern in an ENSO (El Nino-Southern Oscillation) Neutral state, which means trade winds blowing across the equatorial Pacific are not strengthening or weakening. Oakley said last year there were slightly enhanced winds over the western equator that produced a weak La Nina, “which led to a bomber winter with lots of snow at higher elevations.”

Bryan Allegretto, the Tahoe forecaster for, said the forecast models were opposing all summer with some showing El Nino and others La Nina.

“There has been a lot of cooling of the sea surface temps the last few weeks in that area along the equator and it is starting to look more likely that we could see at least a weak La Nina,” Allegretto wrote Sept. 10 in his weather blog.

He also said there may be a pattern developing that could bring a colder winter with colder and drier storms than last year, but more information will be available in October as we get closer.

Heavenly Mountain and Kirkwood Mountain resorts each received more than 600 inches of snow last year, something that likely won’t happen again this year.

“Based on historical data, I’d be very surprised if we had a big year again,” Oakley said. “It’s very rare when big years happen back-to-back.”

The 2018 edition of the venerable Old Farmer’s Almanac, which was founded in 1792, says the overall winter in the West will be much colder, not colder than normal, and also not as wet as last year. And they’re looking for a return to more normal winter conditions in regards to temperature and precipitation.

It’s still too early for meteorologists to pinpoint what exactly will happen this winter, but it’s never too early to prepare for the season, meaning have your snow boots, shovels, and blowers at the ready.

“The weather forecasts, they’re all over the board right now for our area,” Oakley said.


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Need Home Improvement Ideas?

by Lakeshore Realty

Looking for some simple home improvement ideas? Whether you're looking to make some simple or major improvements to your home, we've got the best tips and tricks on our Pinterest Page. Check it out for DIY ideas or big changes to your home.


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Your New Labor Day Weekend Plans

by Lakeshore Realty

Haven't made any plans for the upcoming Labor Day Weekend? Come enjoy Incline Village North Lake Tahoe! We've got it all! Beach BBQs, boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing, swimming, river floating, hiking, mountain biking, perfect weather, and many events. Click here for all the local events happening that weekend all around North Lake Tahoe.



Could Incline Village Be Your New Home?

by Lakeshore Realty

Moving to a new area can be confusing and a little scary. You have to familiarize yourself with all new people, restaurants, and activities. Here in Incline Village, our town opens you with welcome arms. Visit this site for information on our town. It provides information on the town, activities in the area, and information on all of Lake Tahoe.


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Turn Your House Into A Home

by Lakeshore Realty


Fellow crafters, I’m sure you’ve noticed the abundance of project resources that happen to grow naturally just outside our windows, such as mossy trees, pinecones, pine needles, granite rocks and more.

They’re also known as supplies — and you can take advantage.

Amid such breathtaking 360-degree views, one way to decorate your Tahoe-Truckee home without competing against nature’s beauty is to bring the outdoors in this summer.


Simple, natural and strikingly beautiful, terrariums are wonderful for bringing life to any room inside your mountain home.

Plus, they’re a fun and easy project to create, and you don’t have to have a green thumb to keep it looking beautiful — succulent plants are resilient little guys!

Below are some simple directions to decorative, at-home terrarium and air plant projects to add a splash of nature to your home’s décor.

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For the terrarium(s): Choose your favorite decorative glass pots, hanging glass bulbs, or glass holiday tree ornaments.

Small, indoor plants: Be sure to pick low-to-moderate sunlight, low maintenance plants.

Air plants: These are for hanging decorative bulbs or sculpture pieces.

Soil: Gather just enough soil for the terrarium plants; air plants do not require soil.

Tahoe’s natural resources: Choose among moss, twigs and pine needles as optional additions.


Any decorative pot can make a great terrarium, so pick one with an open side or top that reflects your style.

Be sure your plants are small enough to comfortably fit inside the terrarium of your choice (factor in their growth expectancy — keep it small).

Add soil to the bottom of a clean terrarium pot and make a space for the plant inside. Then, cover with additional soil and press firmly to secure the plant in place — we don’t want them tipping over!

Arrange bushier plants in the back with smaller succulents in front, using as many or as few plants as you’d like.

Add moss, small pinecones, rocks and anything you find in your backyard to add a little character.


Fill glass holiday ornaments with a few pieces of moss, twigs and pine needles for a natural and simple tree decoration. Since the holidays have passed, you can add the ornaments (tie-side down) in a decorative basket of potpourri or pinecones for a beautiful table arrangement.


Air plants are gorgeous, low-maintenance plants that bring the outdoors inside. No need for soil or daily watering, simply let them sit in a bowl of water for about 15 minutes, once a week. Dab any excess water on a paper towel before setting in the glass bulb to avoid water spots.

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