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9 fixes every homeowner should know

by Lakeshore Realty

9 fixes every homeowner should know

Not every home's a fixer-upper, but all houses need occasional repairs and maintenance. Here are a few tips to know when it comes to minor repairs around your house.

Toilet triage

In the life of every homeowner, there will be some clogged toilets. But they're simple to fix with a plunger, an auger, rubber gloves, and a bucket. If the bowl is in danger of overflowing, shut off the water supply valve behind the toilet and empty out half of the water. Try a plunger first, but if that doesn't work, grab an auger.

 

Clearing out the gutter

Even the ladder-averse can clean the gutters twice a year to prevent pests and ice dams. Remove leaves by hand or with the assistance of a leaf blower, garden hose or wet-dry vac. When you're up on a ladder, be sure to use a stabilizer. If sticking to ground level is more your style, you can still get the job done if you have special attachments for your leaf blower or wet-dry vac.

 

Stopping the drips

Leaky faucets can be fixed with a little elbow grease and know-how. First, turn off the water to the sink and stop the drain with a rag so you don't lose any small parts while you're dismantling the faucet. A compression faucet needs a new rubber washer to seal the valve, and a drippy washerless faucet can be stopped up with a new O-ring.

 

Warming up to furnace filters

The simplest way to maximize furnace efficiency is quick, easy, and all-to-often forgotten: Make sure to change your furnace filter every two months. Choose the right filter for your model, turn off your furnace, and remove the service panel to swap out the old filter for the new one. Each furnace is different, so consult your manual first.

 

Caring for hardwood floors

Hardwood floors are often a home's most inviting feature. You can keep them that way with proper care. Use cleaning products designed for hardwood -- other cleansers can cause damage. A little water on a cloth works wonders on spills, but too much water will damage the wood. For fabulous floors, vacuum frequently using a hardwood floor attachment to grab dust from between boards without scratching.

 

Replacing a shower head

Replacing a shower head is a small project with a big impact. Remove the existing shower head, then lay thread seal tape at the base of the shower arm before screwing in the new piece. Don't fasten it too tightly. Replace the shower arm if you like -- they're often sold separately.

 

Installing a new thermostat

A programmable thermostat is a big step toward energy efficiency, and it's easy to install. Turn off the breaker to your furnace and air conditioner, then remove the old thermostat, leaving the wires in place. The number of wires (two or four) will help determine which type of thermostat you should buy. Either way, you're on the road to easier heating and cooling.

 

Putting in a ceiling fan

Ceiling Fans need a different light box than other fixtures to support their extra weight. After removing old fixtures, install the new electric box and follow manufacturer's instructions to connect the wires and install the fan. Always remember to cut the power before performing electrical work.

 

Building a low-cost trellis

A rustic trellis can be fashioned from green saplings, dry wood or bamboo poles fastened together with garden twine. You can make a trellis in whatever dimensions are necessary to accommodate your garden's climbing plants, but for a larger trellis, you'll need to figure out how to stake it securely into the earth.

Home Prices Nearing Pre-Crash Levels

by Lakeshore Realty

Home Prices Nearing Pre-Crash Levels

Home price are again approaching the high point they reached in 2006, before the bottom fell out of the housing market.  Black Knight in its Home Price Index Report for April says that U.S. home prices are now only 12 percent off of that peak. 

Black Knights Home Price Index (HPI) was up 0.9 percent in April to $236,000 from $234,000.  This is 6.4 percent higher than the HPI in April 2013 of $222,000.  Prices peaked nationally in June 2006 at $269,000.

Nineteen of the 20 largest states posted month-over-month increases with Arizona which was unchanged for the month, being the lone exception.  The largest gains were in Georgia and Massachusetts each of which posted 1.6 percent appreciation.  Maryland was up 1.4 percent and Delaware and Michigan each increased by 1.3 percent.  After Arizona the smallest price increases were in Iowa (0.4 percent) followed by five states that each posted increases of 0.5 percent, Vermont, Nevada, Nebraska, New York, and Hawaii.

Texas and Colorado set new price peaks as they have done each month since mid-2013.  Dallas, Denver, Houston, San Antonio, Austin and San Antonia also each set another new post-crash high and were joined in April by Nashville.  That city set a new HPI of $200,000, up 1.4 percent from March.

Black Knight's report summarizes sales concluded each month using a repeat sales analysis of home prices on their transactions dates.  The HPI represents the price of non-distressed sales by taking into account price discounts for bank-owned real estate (REO) and short sales.

May 2014 Incline Village Real Estate Office Rankings

by Lakeshore Realty

Lakeshore Realty is still the leader in Real Estate sales in the Incline Village and Crystal Bay real estate market. So far this year our office was involved in the sale of 64 properties around the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. Looking forward, our office is dedicated to ensure that all our clients real estate needs are fulfilled.

This chart reflects real estate sales that took place between Jan 1, 2014 through May 31, 2014.

Lakeshore Realty History - Chris & Patti Plastiras

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Lakeshore Realty History - Chris & Patti Plastiras

Price Reduction: 910 Tyner Way

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One of our listings at Lakeshore Realty had a major price drop:

910 Tyner Way

Spectacular Setting!

 
Quality construction throughout. Spectacular setting featuring filtered lakeviews, property overlooks protected non-buildable Forest Service land w/access to popular hiking trails. High end finishes throughout and top-of-the line appliances. Custom cabinets & slab counter tops. The great room floor plan lends itself to easy entertaining with massive vaulted beamed ceilings, and picture windows bring in an abundance of light and ambience. Spacious Master Suite located on main living level.

 

Bed: 5
Bath: 3.5
Sq. Ft.: 3,681
Year Built: 2008

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OLD PRICE: 1,975,000

NEW PRICE: 1,925,000

 

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  • Sold Properties by Lakeshore Realty Agents and Sold Lakeshore Realty Listings in May 2014

Below we have a list of properties that were sold in May 2014 by Lakeshore Realty Real Estate Agents and properties that were listed by Lakeshore Realty agents and were sold on the North Lake Tahoe, Incline Village and Crystal Bay real estate market.

250 Pelton Ln.

Bed: 4
Bath: 4.5
Year Built: 1996
Sq. Ft.: 3493

Days on Market: 3
Sold Date: 05/02/2014
Sold Price: $1,495,000

Listing Agent:
Chris & Patti Plastiras

 

860 Susan Ct.

Bed: 4
Bath: 3
Year Built: 1998
Sq. Ft.: 2290

Days on Market: 1344
Sold Date: 05/01/2014
Sold Price: $673,300

Listing & Selling Agent:
Carole Madrid

 

745 Mays Blvd.

Bed: 3
Bath: 3
Year Built: 1981
Sq. Ft.: 2832

Days on Market: 1
Sold Date: 04/27/2014
Sold Price: $885,000

 Listing Agent:
Tim Lampe 

 

836 Freels Peak Dr.

Bed: 6
Bath: 4.5
Year Built: 1965
Sq. Ft.: 3993

Days on Market: 1
Sold Date: 05/30/2014
Sold Price: $1,394,000

Listing & Selling Agent:
Chris & Patti Plastiras 

 

1415 Tirol Dr..

Bed: 4
Bath: 3
Year Built: 1982
Sq. Ft.: 2412

Days on Market: 24
Sold Date: 05/21/2014
Sold Price: $552,000

Listing Agent:
Pam Fernandez

 

1081 Lucerne

Bed: 4 
Bath: 3.5
Year Built: 1980
Sq. Ft.: 1934

Days on Market: 1
Sold Date: 05/09/2014
Sold Price: $552,000

    Selling Agent:
     Pam Fernandez

 

862 Southwood Blvd. #3

Bed: 3
Bath: 3
Year Built: 1983
Sq. Ft.: 1710

Days on Market: 78
Sold Date: 05/29/2014
Sold Price: $298,000

Listing Agent:
Chris & Patti Plastiras

941 Divot Dr.

Bed: 3 
Bath: 3
Year Built: 1980
Sq. Ft.: 1782

Days on Market: 1
Sold Date: 05/01/2014
Sold Price: $368,000

    Listing & Selling Agent:
     Pam Fernandez

 

 

321 Ski Way

Bed: 3
Bath: 2.5
Year Built: 1969
Sq. Ft.: 1280

Days on Market: 5
Sold Date: 05/16/2014
Sold Price: $250,000

 Selling Agent:
Pam Fernandez

 

840 Freels Peak Dr.

Bed: 
Bath: 
Year Built:
 

Days on Market: 9
Sold Date: 05/30/2014
Sold Price: $1,099,000

Listing & Selling Agent:
Chris & Patti Plastiras

 

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.

How to Stage Your Vacation Cabin for a Quick Sale

by Lakeshore Realty


A well-staged home sells faster than an empty property, but knowing what to keep and what to discard can be a challenge. This is especially true when it comes to selling a vacation cabin—you want it to look inviting and comforting, but you don't want to put too much of a personal stamp on things. Review our list of tips and must-haves as you prepare to stage your cabin for sale.

Outside

Beautify. Give your cabin the face lift it's long needed. Swap out your current front door for something bright and fresh. If that doesn't quite fit the style of your cabin, go for something more rustic that features wrought iron or ornate wood designs.

Landscape. Good landscaping can add up to 28 percent to the overall value of your house, landscape economist John Harris told HouseLogic. For a cabin retreat, keep the options simple and low-maintenance. Opt for dark-colored wood chips or large river rocks and consider planting a pair of pine trees. Research indigenous plant life and incorporate it into your yard. Create an intricate stone walkway to guide guests from the curb to the front door.

Inside

Declutter and clean. Time to pack up all the family keepsakes and photos. Homebuyers like to see a clean slate when walking into a home, so keep everything off the counters and minimize your wall decor. Keep drawers and closets organized to give home seekers an idea of how they could organize their own items. And while you can likely deep clean the inside well enough, you may want to have a professional cleaner come out and power wash your windows.

Rearrange the furniture. You want to make the most of your space, so get rid of (or store) any chunky or awkward pieces of furniture. Stick to the basics like a couch, a dining table and a media center. Do this throughout each space in your home. Homebuyers want to get an idea of how they can decorate the space, but they also need to get an idea of how much room they're working with.

Simplify. Go with a neutral color scheme. If you're sporting green walls in one room and a rich, Christmas red in another, consider painting the entire house a nice neutral cream or taupe. Likewise for the carpet, especially if it's stained or weathered. Take down any heavy, styled curtains and replace them with functional, low-impact blinds.

Upgrades and Conveniences

Windows. Homebuyers are looking for places that require little to no updates. If your cabin has old, drafty windows, consider replacing them. Weather-resistant and eco-friendly windows are a huge selling point for buyers, especially in climates with harsher winters.

Lighting fixtures. Updated lighting fixtures gives a home a fresh, modern aesthetic. Swap out the old for something new and neutral to give your home a clean, streamlined look. A rustic chandelier in the dining roomwill wow potential buyers. Update the lighting in the bathrooms as well, and consider adding ceiling fans in the living and master rooms.

North Lake Tahoe May 2014 Real Estate Sales Comparison

by Lakeshore Realty
  • North Lake Tahoe May 2014 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.

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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