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2013 Opening Dates for Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts

by Lakeshore Realty
 

Lake Tahoe's 2013/2014 winter season is just around the corner and the ski resorts are preparing for their opening day for 2013! Boreal already opened on November 2nd with limited runs.

Check out the opening dates for the 2013 at the many world-class Lake Tahoe ski resorts and get your winter gear ready for a wonderful ski and snowboard season.

Mt. Rose Opening Day 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

Diamond Peak Opening Day 2013

Projected opening day is December 12, 2013

Kirkwood Opening Day 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

Heavenly Opening Day 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

Squaw Valley Opening Day 2013

Friday, November 27, 2013

Boreal Opening Day 2013

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Northstar Opening Day 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

Alpine Meadows Opening Day 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013 Resort 

Source: TahoeActivities.com

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Lakeshore Realty wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

by Lakeshore Realty

Lakeshore Realty wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

Overall Summary of Insured Sales Transactions to Bonafide Purchasers

by Lakeshore Realty
  • Overall Summary of Insured Sales Transactions to Bonafide Purchasers

Area: Incline Village/Crystal Bay, Nevada
Reporting Period: January 1, 2013 through November 7, 2013
Information provided by: Datasource ( www.datasourcenev.com )

 

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What Is the Difference Between an Appraisal and an Inspection?

by Lakeshore Realty
 
When you are getting ready to sell your home, dealing with inspections and appraisals is part of the process. Your home is now a product that is being sold and needs to be evaluated. Many people think that appraisals and inspections are essentially the same thing but there are some key differences.

 

An appraisal provides valuable information for the buyer and the seller, but the appraiser’s primary mission is to protect the lender. Lenders don’t want to own overpriced property and that’s why the appraisal takes place before the lender grants final approval of the buyer’s loan.

The Appraisal Process

Appraisers use a variety of factors in their decision making. They weigh the location of the home, its proximity to desirable schools and other public facilities, the size of the lot, the size and condition of the home itself and recent sales prices of comparable properties, among other factors. Appraisers aren’t interested in whether or not the house is clean but they do notice signs of neglect such as cracked walls, chipped paint, broken windows, torn carpets, damaging flooring and inoperable appliances.

Federal law requires states to establish minimum standards and licensing practices for real estate appraisers.

If the buyer is applying for a mortgage that will be insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the appraiser must survey the physical condition of the home and disclose potential problems to the buyer. No such obligation exists for non-FHA mortgages.

If a home receives an appraisal lower than the purchase price there are some ways the purchase can still go through. The seller can reduce the purchase price, the buyer could make a bigger downpayment, or if it’s a question of needed repairs, a separate escrow account can be set up to fund those repairs.

How Is An Appraisal Different From An Inspection?

An appraisal isn’t a substitute for a professional home inspection in fact they have some key differences. The appraiser formulates an opinion of the property’s value for the lender, while the inspector educates the buyer about the condition of the home and its major components. The appraiser is primarily focused on the value of the home whereas the inspector keys in on the home’s condition with an eye toward both existing and potential future problems.

Source: Realtor.com

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Why Use a Realtor®? 6 Important Reasons

by Lakeshore Realty
 

Real estate is a big deal. For most Americans, a home is the most expensive purchase they’ll make in their lifetime. It’s a serious transaction with significant financial and emotional ramifications for the parties involved, and having proper representation is critical.

Today’s buyers and sellers agree. In 2012, a full 89 percent of buyers used a real estate agent, and so did 88 percent of sellers.

Realtor® representation during a real estate transaction is important for both buyers and sellers. Here are six of the chief reasons:

Fiduciary responsibility. When you work with a Realtor®, their fiduciary responsibility is to you. That means you have an expert who is looking out for your best financial interests, an expert who’s contractually bound to do everything in their power to protect you. That’s big — the value of that commitment cannot be overstated.

  • We know that selling/buying your home is both a financial and an emotional decision. Our commitment, reputation, knowledge, and unique strategies have helped sellers/buyers choose a real estate brokerage firm that they can trust. 

 

Complex, ever-changing real estate regulations. Buying or selling a home is not like purchasing a plane ticket. Every home is different, and laws change every year and vary from state to state. Generally speaking, people purchase a new home every 7-10 years, and a lot can — and usually does — change between transactions. Realtors® are immersed in real estate, and they must stay current with all the updates in regulations, laws, contracts and practices. Once you retain your Realtor®, they put that knowledge to work for you.

  • Completely knowledgeable in every aspect of each transaction.

 

Help finding the right home, beyond square footage and baths. Browsing online is a terrific way to start a home search — in fact, almost 90 percent of people start their home search online. But when it’s time to buy, knowing all the pros and cons of a property can help you make the right decision. Realtors® live and breathe real estate, and they can share information about a home that you wouldn’t otherwise know. Your Realtor® can go beyond the aesthetics and tell you important details about homes you’re considering.

  • We understand the rules and regulations of local environmental agencies, and we are diligent about disclosing those during the selling/buying process.

 

Pricing and selling a home. There are lots of sites where you can view price estimates for your home before you list it for sale, but you take a risk using them. In some markets, online estimates can be off by as much as 35 percent, and they often rely on tax records and data that can be as old as 6-12 months. Realtors® know the local market, have access to the freshest sale data, and can price your house in line with the market to maximize your earnings.

  • All of our agents have a minimum of 10 years experience selling homes at Lake Tahoe, so you work with the area’s most qualified professionals.

 

Contracts and negotiations. Finding the right home is the fun part. Then the real work begins. Today’s contracts can be 50 pages long — not counting addendums and riders. Realtors® can help you navigate these complex documents and craft an attractive offer that makes sense for you. Plus, when it comes to negotiation, your Realtor® is your advocate and can bring an objective voice to a very subjective situation.

  • We have long, trusting relationships with other real estate professionals to help recommend the best lenders, title companies, and other resources.

 

Following a code of ethics. When you work with a Realtor®, you’re partnering with a professional who operates according to a strict code of ethics. In place for over 100 years, the Realtor® Code of Ethics ensures that consumers who work with a Realtor® are treated professionally and ethically in all transaction-related matters.

Call us or stop by with your real estate needs. We are here to help!

 

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Get a Loan Preapproval

by Lakeshore Realty
 

Few experiences are more frustrating than falling in love with a home that’s for sale and then discovering you can’t afford to buy it. The majority of first-time buyers need to finance their home purchase, and a consultation with a mortgage lender is a crucial step in the home buying process because you need to understand your purchasing power before you begin to look at homes.

What Is a Loan Preapproval?

Lenders offer borrowers a prequalification letter or a preapproval letter, but most Realtors® recommend that you get a preapproval before shopping for a home. A prequalification letter will state the amount a lender thinks you can borrow based on your income and your credit profile without any actual documentation. Mortgage lending standards have tightened since the housing crisis and all loans now require full documentation and verification of income and assets, so most sellers will only accept an offer from a buyer with a full preapproval letter that’s based on verified information.

Sellers aren’t the only ones who benefit from you obtaining a loan preapproval, though. You’re better off with a preapproval for two reasons:

§  First, you’ll have gone through the credit check and paperwork requirements for a mortgage, so you’ll have clarity about your ability to finalize a home purchase. If the lender finds a problem with your credit or an error on your credit report, you’ll have time to fix it before making an offer.

§  Second, since your documentation will already be in place, a loan preapproval based on everything other than the actual value of the home you’ll purchase will speed up the process once you make an offer.

 

How to Find a Lender

Your Realtor® should be able to recommend a lender or two for you to interview, but you should also ask friends and colleagues for someone they trust. You can check for a loan officer’s license and read reviews online to be sure you’re working with someone reliable. As a first-time buyer, you should call a few lenders to find someone experienced with first-time buyer needs who can possibly help you identify special loan programs in your area that could help you get into a home.

What to Expect From Your Lender

The best lenders take a collaborative approach with borrowers and explain all your loan options. When your lender checks your credit report, you should get feedback about ways to improve your credit profile and recommendations for how to handle your money between the time you apply for a loan and settlement day. Your lender should provide advice about when to lock in your loan rate and discuss the pros and cons of various loan programs.

What Your Lender Expects From You

Your lender needs you to be honest about your finances and responsive to all requests for additional information, no matter how unimportant it may seem to you. The more cooperative you are with a lender, the easier the loan process will be. You should be prepared with tax returns, W2s, bank statements, employer names and addresses, and your current landlord’s information.

Your lender will generate a loan approval based on your debt-to-income ratio and credit score, but you should also consider your budget and your own comfort level with a payment. There’s no need to borrow the maximum amount you qualify for, particularly if you know you plan to spend money on items that don’t show up on your credit report such as greens fees or ski trips. Your careful planning and preservation of your emergency fund are important for responsible, long-term homeownership.

Source: realtor.com® 

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Lakeshore Realty Visitor

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Our curious visitor 

 

 

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North Lake Tahoe October 2013 Real Estate Sales Comparison

by Lakeshore Realty

  

  • North Lake Tahoe October 2013 Real Estate Sales Comparison

October 2013 still shows a strong growth in Incline Village & Crystal Bay real estate sales. Homes tend to stay a lot less on the market compared to the previous two years.

  • 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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Your Home’s First Price Should Be Its Best Price

by Lakeshore Realty
 

If you’re putting your home on the market, especially if you live in an area where prices are going up and buyers are competing for homes, you may be tempted to try listing it at a high price just to see if you can get it.

Don’t do it.

Experienced Realtors will tell you that pricing your home appropriately from the beginning is critical to getting it sold quickly and at the best price. Research shows that overpricing your home and then dropping the price several times while it languishes on the market usually leads to selling it at a much lower price than what you originally should have asked for it. The longer a home stays on the market, the deeper the discount is likely to be off the original price.

How to price your home correctly

Many homeowners want to set their list price based on what they paid for their home, the balance of their mortgage, or on the profit they want to make so they can move into another home. In reality, your home is worth only what the market will bear. If you price your home too high, some potential buyers won’t want to look at it at all, while others will simply walk away without making an offer.

If you’re interviewing several Realtors to choose a listing agent, you may be tempted to pick the sales professional who suggests the highest price for your property. But sellers, like buyers, need to beware. The Realtor who provides the best comparative market analysis and explanation of how your home should be priced will be more likely to sell your home quicker and for a higher price than someone who tells you only what you want to hear.

A comparative market analysis should include sales prices for similar nearby homes that sold in the last month or two. In addition, many Realtors include prices for homes currently on the market that will be your competition, as well as homes taken off the market because they didn’t sell. Other data Realtors can use to suggest a price range include how many days homes were on the market at various price points and the average difference between the list prices and sale prices on homes that have sold.

Your Realtor can help you estimate who might want to buy your house and what else those buyers are looking at so you can measure your price against the competition.

A knowledgeable Realtor can factor in all of these issues in the context of your local market conditions, including whether home prices are rising or falling and whether it’s a buyer’s or seller’s market.

Choose the right professional to help you with your home sale and then listen to your Realtor’s advice and your transaction is more likely to go through quickly and smoothly from the beginning.

 

Source: realtor.com® 

To access all the Incline Village and Lakeshore Realty listings please click here. You can also contact us by email or call us at 775-831-7000. If you are in Incline Village, please visit us at 954 Lakeshore Blvd. Incline Village, NV 89451.

 

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