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by Lakeshore Realty

 Exceptional curb appeal will add to the enjoyment and value of your property and home. Maintaining your curb appeal throughout each season may pose its challenges, but with these tips, you can ensure that your home and landscaping will look their very best throughout the year.

#1 Clean It Up A thorough power wash is essential for maintaining the cleanliness of your home, driveway and walkways. Many homeowners prefer to do this in the spring, but you might consider an additional wash in the fall as well. By keeping your landscape free of debris like broken branches and dead trees, you can better maintain the appearance of your property.

#2 Planting for Seasonal Interest It's helpful to plant with each season in mind to ensure that your landscape looks great year-round. Spring bulbs and flowering trees add visual interest to your landscape at the start of the growing season. A lush lawn and pots of colorful annuals can provide eye-catching appeal in the summer. Think about late summer perennials and deciduous trees or shrubs that boast spectacular fall colors. Evergreens are classic winter plants, but you might also wish to plant trees like birch or interesting shrubs to draw the eye.

#3 Vertical Interest To avoid flat looking landscaping, be sure to include vertical interest. Arches, even when bare during the winter season, will add visual interest to your front yard. Hanging plants, vines, climbing plants, trellises and even a decorative light post will ensure that your yard has a visual balance year-round.

#4 Hardscaping Plants aren't the only method of achieving excellent curb appeal. Consider replacing a worn-out front walkway with elegant cobblestone or brick pavers. Replace mulch with stone or encircle trees and shrubs to achieve a more formal look for your property. Boulders can be strategically placed to draw the eye and provide further visual interest for your setting.

#5 Tackle Problem Areas If you have a slope that's difficult to mow or a sunken section of landscaping that always seems to flood, consider a solution. A low-maintenance, terraced garden is ideal for sloping sections of land that are difficult to mow. On the other hand, there are no-mow grasses that can replace a traditional lawn. Installing adequate drainage for low-lying areas of your landscape can help reduce the flooding that occurs during stormy seasons.

#6 House Appeal You can increase the year-round curb appeal of your home by maintaining its outward appearance. A pleasing door, elegant fixtures, contemporary railings, eye-catching shutters and stylized window boxes will go a long way to boost your curb appeal. For an additional wow factor, consider expanding your porch or replacing worn siding to improve the appearance of your home.

Conclusion Great curb appeal begins with assessing your current setting. When you do install new features, it's important to consider how they will appear during each season.

5 Ways To Attract Luxury Home Buyers

by Lakeshore Realty

According to real estate brokerage company Redfin, luxury home sales picked up in the last quarter of 2015 and ended a nine-month slump. The real estate firm also reported the average sale price in the luxury market in quarter four of 2015 was $1.62 million. Sales in 2016 are predicted to climb and attract a new wave of luxury homeowners. 

Indeed, luxury home sales are on the upswing with amenities to match. This year, everything from extravagant chef’s kitchens to green appliances that talk to each other are timeless additions. But which high-end amenities attract affluent buyers who want a piece of the luxury market? Here’s the scoop on what luxury home buyers really want to see before closing the sale.

Add an Outdoor Living Space 

The great outdoors have become a focal point for the luxury home market, with natural looking pools, lush gardens and fully loaded outside entertainment areas. According to Casual Living, more than half of consumers would like to add an outdoor kitchen to their property. Give home buyers what they want and create the outdoor oasis they're looking for.

Add an outdoor living room with a comfortable couch and fire pit, oversized tables for a gathering of friends and flat-screen TV for warm-weather entertaining. Include a wet bar and Systems Pavers BBQ island to attract home buyers looking for the perfect location for their next dinner party. 

Think Smart 

Today’s homes can do more than self-adjust their Nest thermostat after learning your habits. Entire kitchens can communicate with you to keep your home running smoothly. Your LG refrigerator can alert you when you’re out of champagne, and your oven can turn itself on and adjust itself to the optimum temperature to get dinner done on time. And modern home buyers want the technology.

According to a Smart Home Survey by Coldwell Banker and CNET Smart Home, 81 percent of current smart-home device owners said they would be more open to buying a home with connected technology already in place. Another 66 percent said they would offer all their smart-home products with their home if they thought it would sell their property faster. 

Upgrade the Wine Cellar

Dedicated wine refrigerators and rustic cellars are now a thing of the past. Instead, home buyers are looking for complete tasting rooms that combine the cozy comfort of a den with restaurant lounge ambiance to host friends and family. Add soft lighting, a fireplace and your best wine collection to complete the look. You can still keep the cellar, but use it to store the wine at the appropriate temperature, instead of crowding around a dusty barrel to sip a glass of Chardonnay.

Skip the Bath

It was once en vogue for master bathrooms to feature opulent, sunken bathtubs with jets and a bay window to gaze out over your lush lawn. Affluent home buyers want an unforgettable luxury shower experience with multiple shower heads and custom designs. Go above and beyond by adding on the streaming waterfalls, exposed rock face, sauna-style seating area and a variety of jets for the perfect shower experience. Some homeowners are even taking out the bathtub altogether to make more space for their luxury master bathroom and crowning shower centerpiece.

Incline Golf Courses Spring Update

by Lakeshore Realty
Course maintenance, opening dates, etc.
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Spring Course Maintenance Update 

By Jeff Clouthier, CGCS (Grounds Superintendent) 
Welcome to the 2016 golf season!  We are excited to get the season started and to provide you with excellent conditions for your golfing experience.

As you know this past winter was quite different than the previous four years, and the effects are seen on both golf courses. Extensive snow cover in the shaded fairway and rough areas causes diseased and injured turf.  It takes favorable temperatures and sunshine to return those sections of turf to its healthier state. Read more...  
Photo taken April 19, 2016 by Lake Tahoe Drone Co. 

Opening Dates (weather permitting):

  • Champ Course Golf Shop: Open 10am-5pm, come check out the new spring merchandise!
  • Driving Range: Open 10am-6pm
  • Chipping Green: Open
  • Putting Green: Fri, May 6th
  • Championship Course: Fri, May 13 
  • The Grille at The Chateau: Fri, May 13
  • Mountain Course: Fri, May 20

Register for Get Golf Ready

Are you new to golf or returning after many years? Get Golf Ready is a series designed to teach everything you’ll need to play golf in just five lessons for only $135. We're also offering Level 2 courses for graduates or golfers who already know the basics. View full schedule and details online.  

Upcoming Events

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2016 Play Passes for Sale

We offer Play Passes for both courses or just one course, for individuals, families and now for couples! View rates online

IVGID Picture Pass holders receive special discounts on Play Passes. Login with your IVGID Pass ID to view rates

Purchase at the Championship Course Golf Shop or call 775-832-1146. 
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IVGID Senior Moments May 1-15th

by Lakeshore Realty

Programs & Events

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Senior Moments 

May 1-15, 2016


Conversation Cafe

The upcoming topics for May are:
  • May 12: Harry Vanderlinder
  • May 19: Current Events
  • May 28: Pros and cons to retirement

55+ Hiking Series

Join IVGID Senior Programs every Tuesday, May 3rd - October 25, 2016 for guided hikes to beautiful Lake Tahoe locations. Meet at the Recreation Center Lobby. 

Days/Times: Tuesdays, 9:00am - 2:00pm* (some hikes require more time)
Fees: $13, $10 w/IVGID Pass

View our website for dates and specific locations

May Senior Trip

Wednesday, May 25th, 11:30am - 2:30pm - Thunderbird Lake Tahoe: Explore historic Thunderbird Lake Tahoe! Docent-guided tours take visitors on an hour and 15 minute walk through the stone mansion and grounds to reveal the mystery and legacy of the enigmatic George Whittell, Jr.

Legend springs to life as you discover the Lighthouse Room, Old Lodge, the servant’s quarters with original kitchen, as well as the 600’ underground tunnel leading to the cavernous Boathouse. In the Boathouse, see where the legendary wooden speedboat, Thunderbird, built for Whittell in 1939, once resided.

Fees: $56, $45 w/IVGID Pass (includes transportation & admission)

55+ Senior Transportation Program: Scheduled & On Demand

Catch a ride with the 55+ Senior Transportation Program! The suggested round-trip minimum donation per senior (55+) rider is $5.00.  All reservation requests can be made by contacting the Recreation Counter at (775) 832-1310 and require a minimum of 24 hours advance notice. 

Reno - May 17, 31
Carson City - May 10, 24
Local (IV/CB/KB) - May 11, 25
Truckee/Local - May 18

Digital Photography Club

**Please note that regular club meetings have moved from the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month to WEDNESDAYS, still 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm at Aspen Grove, 960 Lakeshore. Please bring recent photos, either digital or prints, to share and discuss with the group, and any questions you might have. Discussion led by Jim Markle. Dessert will be available for a suggested donation of $1.00. See you there!  

Upcoming May Meetings: WEDNESDAY, May 11 & 25


The Incline Village/Crystal Bay Veteran’s Club

The IV/CB Veterans Club monthly general membership meeting is Thursday, May 26th, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm.  Meet at the Chateau for lunch, camaraderie, and special guest speaker, Nic Danna, with a presentation about Veterans’ legal affairs.

The Club will host a Memorial Day Ceremony and Reception to honor fallen heroes on Friday May 27th, 4:00-7:00pm, at the Recreation Center. Join local Veterans for this special event. Wine and appetizers provided.

Summer Moonlight Hike w/ Wine & Cheese Social



Our first Summer Moonlight Hike of the season will be held Thursday, May 19th at 6:00pm. These moderate, 1-mile, paved road hikes to the Crystal Bay lookout are offered in collaboration between with the National Forest Service. Participants are encouraged to wear warm clothing and bring a flashlight.

Transportation, wine, cheese and snacks are provided. Sign up and enjoy the views, friends,
refreshments and fun! If you would like to participate, but are unable to hike either or both ways, you may ride the van either or both ways and enjoy the party!


Bowling Nights

IVGID Senior Programs wants YOU for some friendly competition at Bowl Incline! No experience necessary. Teams are randomly formed each week. Be prepared to have fun and get some exercise too!

Days: Wednesdays at Bowl Incline, 918 Southwood Blvd.
Dates: 5/18, 6/15, 7/13, 8/10, 9/14
Time: 4:00 - 6:00pm
Fees: $15, $12 w/IVGID Pass

For registration in any of our events or activities, please call (775) 832-1310 or visit the Recreation Center at 980 Incline Way.

To check up on all Senior Program activities, or for more information on news, an event or program, please visit our website:
Group Fitness ScheduleClick here for the weekly class schedule!

Ski Beach is officially closed to dogs as of April 15th. Dogs are welcome to enjoy Ski Beach again October 15th!

Aqua Fitness Classes are a great way to stay active and fit through the winter or all year long! Check out a class today! Click here for a schedule!



5 Smart Home Buyer Strategies

by Lakeshore Realty

Any time the market changes, it's time to change strategies. During a buyer's market, buyers have the upper hand and can make more demands to sellers over their homes' price and condition. During a sellers' market, buyers concede the upper hand to sellers and are more willing to accept higher prices and terms.

When homes are in short supply, buyers don't have the luxury of taking their time, teasing sellers with lowball offers, demanding that every little thing be fixed, and shopping for homes with multiple real estate agents. Do these five steps instead.

Make a good first impression. Not only do you need to impress sellers, you need to impress real estate agents. Hire one agent and let him or her profile your needs to the marketplace. Be specific about your must-haves so you don't waste your agent's and your time viewing homes that lack what you want most. When you find the home you want, send the seller a letter along with your offer outlining why you love the home. 

Get preapproved by a lender. Not only will you know how much home you can buy, you'll be ready to make an offer quickly. Your real estate agent can include the fact that you're financially preapproved by your lender in with the offer, which will carry weight with the seller.

Shop within your price range. In a seller's market, it's wise to shop for homes within or slightly below your price range. This will give you more room to make full-price offers or above in case the home you want is in a bidding war with other buyers. You'll be able to pay your own closing costs. Trying to buy a home out of your reach during a seller's market will only cause you and your agent frustration. 

Be flexible. No home is perfect. To get more home for your money, you might shop for an older home that needs renovation. Try to look past ugly wallpaper and stained carpet and visualize the home with more attractive finishes. You may be able to get more living space in an established neighborhood than with a newer home that is priced higher for similar square footage.

Be ready. Be ready to see a new listing at a moment's notice. Be ready to make an offer when you believe this is the right home for your household. Once a seller has accepted your offer, proceed as if you're in a normal market. Set a reasonable closing date that accommodates the seller as much as possible. Confirm the offer with your lender. Schedule the inspections you'll need and don't nitpick the seller over small things.

Whether you're in a buyer's market or a seller's market, you should feel good about the home you choose, the deal you make, and the courteous way you treated all parties to the transaction.

Bubble? What Bubble?

by Lakeshore Realty

Here at Lakeshore, we keep hearing the same question from our friends, family, and clients: “Are we in another housing bubble?”

It is a question that seems to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue and is typically answered with polar opposite views depending on who you talk to. One camp is seeing rising home prices as an indicator of another impending collapse. The other would call this resurgence a recovery rather than the last tick on the doomsday clock.

So who do you listen to? Do you sell all of your property, build a shelter and bury your cash? Or do you sit tight, enjoy the equity in your home and watch the neighbors bury their valuables in the backyard?

“In times like these, the value of working with a local and experienced Realtor is truly apparent. Incline Village is our home, and we know it inside and out.”

Let’s first look at what led to the housing market collapse. To put it simply, the housing market was propped up by bad loans that began to fail and caused the bubble to burst. The artificial demand disappeared and home values dropped to the floor.

Now let’s look at current market conditions: Two factors separate this recovery from the housing bubble and crash of 2007-2008. First; the inventory of homes for sale remains low and is logically driving up prices. During the previous housing bubble, demand was driven by the availability of credit rather than a restricted supply of homes. Secondly, the buyers that are driving this demand are actually qualified to buy a home.  The average FICO score of an approved mortgage in 2005 was 660. Today, that average is 762.

These differences between the housing bubble and today’s market have underlined Lakeshore’s opinion on the market. The housing market will continue to ebb and flow as all markets do. However, the fears of another devastating crash look to be unfounded.

In fact, we are seeing a strong increase in condominium sales, remodels and flips here in the Incline Village market. Investors are taking advantage of their Realtor’s local knowledge and are making smart investments all along the North Shore. This investment is a strong indicator of a healthy real estate market and looks to continue into the near future.

Thinking about investing? Stop by today and pick up a detailed buyers package. The more information you have, the better decisions you can make!

5 Pricing Tips to Get the Home Sold

by Lakeshore Realty

1. Research, research, research

The biggest mistake that sellers can make is trying to base their home’s price on the listing price of similar homes on the market. Active listings haven’t sold yet! The more effective method is looking at the actual sold price of similar properties. Working with a real estate professional helps sellers get access to market reports that will be instrumental in selecting the optimal price for the home.

2. Don’t let emotions get the best of you

Of course it’s hard for your clients to stay objective when putting a price tag on something they’re so emotionally connected to, but leaving emotions at the door is key to making sure the price is right. Helping your client to focus on research and local stats rather than the sentimental feelings and energy they’ve invested into the home will help you all choose the price that’s going to get the home sold.

3. Pick a “normal” listing price

We know your clients are creative, but choosing an out-of-the-ordinary listing price can actually hurt the chances of selling the home. $652,347 may include your client’s’ favorite numbers but that price is going to stand out in a list of search results – and not in a good way! Potential buyers will wonder why such a strange price has been chosen and may avoid taking a look at the house at all.

4.Avoid high pricing based on time available

Your clients may not be in a huge rush to sell, but as we all know – pricing high just because there’s “time” is not a formula for success. Homes have a greater chance of selling when they’re new to the market – this is when they generate the most traffic and interest. Price drops and too much time on the market can be detractors to serious buyers and make them wonder if there’s something “wrong” with the home. This is especially important now that many publisher websites highlight the property history and listing activity, including days on market and price changes, directly on the listing.

5. Be open to negotiation

Make sure you have a contingency plan in place if your seller is on the stubborn side and refuses to lower their asking price when you initially list the home. You should have a “Plan B” already in place if the property doesn’t sell at the desired price in a designated amount of time. That plan should be to lower the price to the number you feel more comfortable with. Having this discussion before the house goes on the market will help you set expectations with your client and save you from having a much harder conversation down the road.

The bottom line is that pricing a home right, from the start, will help you sell the home faster and generate the most interest right from the first day on market. At the end of the day, the final pricing may be up to your client but providing them with the tips above at the beginning of the selling process can help them avoid the common mistakes that end with their housing sitting on the market for months.


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