Author Archives: Nancy Davidson

Winterizing Your Home

The winter season is upon us, so now is a great time to address winter maintenance before the weather makes even the simplest of repairs significantly more difficult. Winterizing your home in advance of the changing seasons ensures that you aren’t having to make any repairs during the winter months or having to suffer without necessary conveniences.

Furnace Inspection and Routine Maintenance

Several routine maintenance tasks can be performed on your furnace by you, the homeowner. Such tasks include changing the air filter and making sure any flammable objects have been removed from around the furnace unit itself. You can also go around the house, ensuring that all of the vents are unobstructed from furniture, clutter, etc. Air needs to be able to circulate efficiently throughout your home. For the next steps in warranting your furnace is safe and in its best operating condition, you must call on a professional. A certified and licensed heating expert will assess the unit’s blower belt and motor, assuring that they do not need any repair before taking on the winter months. All are preventative measures taken to avoid fire and alleviate the opportunity for poisonous gases to enter your home. Hiring a licensed heating professional is pivotal in the assurance that your furnace is safe and sound working order before entering the winter months.

Addressing Your Windows and Doors

Begin by checking all of the weather stripping around your windows and doors for any signs of air leaks or drafts. Replace any stripping that has been pulled loose or is showing signs of wear. Even the smallest of crevices creates a passage for cold air to enter or warm air to escape. Finally, inspect the actual glass of the windows and doors for cracks or breaks. If necessary, replace the glass. Winter’s cold air drafts entering your home leads to money exiting your wallet.

Fireplace and Chimney Preparation

A cheap chimney sweep fireplace cleaning professional can be found in cities nationwide. The chimney professional will clean out your fireplace and chimney of any creosote and soot build-up. Creosote can catch fire from the sparks flying upward while burning. The mortar in the bricks surrounding the chimney will also be closely inspected for cracks or holes. If found, these cracks and holes must be repaired by a professional bricklayer, as they too can be a source of fire.

Exterior Detail

Inspect your roof for loose or missing shingles. Replace or repair as needed to prevent water leaks when the freezing rain or snow begins to melt. Clear gutters and downspouts of leaves and debris, and inspect that they are fastened securely to the house. Be sure the downspouts extend at least five feet away from the home to inhibit ponding around the foundation. Lastly, close all vents and openings around the foundation, or crawl, to keep unwanted intruders from finding refuge for the winter.

Congratulations! Your home has now been winterized. Taking preventative action in the fall is your best line of defense against winter. Instead of hastily thumbing through the phonebook on a Sunday afternoon in mid-January, you can sleep warmly in the comfort of knowing your home is safe and protected.

Anytime you need a recommendation for a home professional to assist you with something big or small around your home, give me a call. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home and/or determine the value of your existing property.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Photo by Jessica Johnston on Unsplash

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Closing Day of Fishing Season in Mono County

Sunday, November 15th is closing day for fishing season in Mono County. After this day, winter fishing regulations will be in effect. There are still great spots for year-round catch and release fishing with barbless artificial flies and lures only. Check out the following for year-round catch and release fishing:

  • East Walker River
  • West Walker River
  • Hot Creek
  • Upper Owens River

Be sure to get your final fishing moments in before this Sunday other wise check out the above places for great catch and release fishing.

Visit the official Mono County website for a complete list of rules and regulation and happy fishing!

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

 Photo by Hunter Brumels on Unsplash

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Virtual “Pleasures of Presence” with wôkNnature

Join Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide, Certified CA Naturalist, and Radio Personality Desiree Romero for the Virtual “Pleasures of Presence” with “wôkNnature.” The Facebook live event will take place this Friday, November 6th, from 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM. This event is designed for you to immerse yourself, “allowing nature to nurture,” deepening your connection to nature and self. This guided Forest Bathing walk, “wôkNnature,” will boost your mental and physical being by reducing your stress levels, lowering your pulse and blood pressure, lifting you into a more positive you.

Visit the official event website for additional information. Don’t miss this opportunity to center yourself and connect with nature from the comfort of your home.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Photo by Emmanuel Maceda on Unsplash

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Fall Colors in Mammoth

Need an excellent backdrop for your fall family photos? Then be sure you check out this article on the Top 5 Lakes for Fall Colors in the Eastern Sierra. These lakes feature photogenic than fall foliage full of vibrant yellows, breathtaking oranges, and spectacular reds!

Visit Rock Creek Lake and take a hike on the Tamarack Lakes Trail or drive over to Convict Lake and take in the sites of the geologically colorful volcanic rock.

Many other lakes provide fantastic fall foliage, visit the official Mammoth Lakes website to see which ones they recommend and why.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Photo by adrian on Unsplash

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Halloween Party and Haunted Roller Rink

If you are looking for some SPOOKtacular Halloween fun then, be sure to check out the Halloween Party and Haunted Roller Rink this Friday, October 23rd from 5 PM to 8 PM at RecZone in Mammoth Lakes. Admission is only $5 and includes your skate rental and access to carnival games, prizes, a costume contest and more! Concessions will also be available for purchase.

Visit the official event website for additional information. So be sure to dress in you spooky best and you will have a fantastic time at this festive bash!

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Image by April Bryant from Pixabay

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Eastern Sierra Dark Sky Festival

The Eastern Sierra Dark Sky Festival is this Friday, October 16th through Sunday, October 18th, at the Whitmore Recreation Area. Enjoy a weekend full of Stargazing with giant telescopes, astronomy lectures, nighttime photography workshops, vendors/booths, giveaways, food trucks, beer, wine, and more!

Daily and All-Weekend Passes are available, and you have the option to camp onsite in a SHIFTPOD, bring your camper van or RV and park in the parking lot, or reserve a room at the Sierra Nevada Resort, Snowcreek Resort, or your other favorite accommodations.

Visit the official event website to purchase your tickets today and enjoy the fantastic nighttime sky views from the high elevation of the scenic Eastern Sierra.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Photo by Vincentiu Solomon on Unsplash

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Queen Nation LIVE on Stage

Wishing you could go to a concert but still abide by the social distance guidelines? Guess what? You can! Queen Nation LIVE on Stage, America’s number one Queen Tribute band will be performing at the Tri County Fair and Event Center this Friday, October 9th from 6 PM until 10 PM. Enjoy the concert from the tailgate of your very own vehicle. Masks are required anytime outside of your vehicle and lawn chairs are permitted within your vehicle space.

Visit the official event website to purchase your tickets today! Prices are per vehicle. Don’t miss this fantastic way to get your concert fix safely from the comfort of your own vehicle!

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Photo by Matthias Wagner on Unsplash

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Mammoth Alpine Trampoline Club at Snowcreek Athletic Club

If you are searching for indoor activities for the family then be sure to check out the Mammoth Alpine Trampoline Club at Snowcreek Athletic Club. This facility features five world-class professional trampolines that are available for anyone age 6 and over with an AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) membership. Go to AAUsports.org to become a member for a small annual fee, and register under the Mammoth Alpine Trampoline Club.

Positioned in two rooms on the bottom floor of Snowcreek Athletic Club, one for recreational bouncing and one for classes and elite aerial training with an automated harness, MAT offers sessions and classes for everyone. The trampolines are buried in the ground and surrounded by safety pads.

Trampolining is a great way to condition your body for a variety of snow sports including skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, visit the Mammoth Trampoline Club official website and get ready for winter.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Photo by Denis Tuksar on Unsplash

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Want to Increase Your Net Worth? Buy a House

Financial security is important to all of us. You may think about it from the perspective of being able to take care of your family or the freedom to retire at a younger age or even just the comfort of knowing you have the security to care for yourself. Whatever your reason for wanting financial security, there are several ways to increase your net worth and bring you the financial peace you are looking for.

  1. Make more money. This may mean getting a second job, furthering your education to get a better job or asking for a raise if you have been in your current position for a while and have a good performance record.
  2. Spend less money. When you cut your expenses, you will be able to pay off debt faster and increase your savings. This will work two-fold to increase your net worth.
  3. Buy a house. Almost annually, a study is done to show the comparison between the net worth of homeowners and renters. A recent study revealed homeowners are worth more than 46 times more than renters. Why is this so? There are a couple reasons to consider. Homes are likely to appreciate while your mortgage stays the same. Over time, your home is very likely to appreciate in value. Even during an economic downturn, decreased values are most often temporary and will begin to rise again before too long. When your home value rises, your mortgage still stays the same. When the value of your rental rises, your landlord is likely to raise the amount of your rent to compensate for the change in value.

Another thing to think about is that when you pay your mortgage, you are able to recover most of that money (and sometimes even more due to appreciation) when you sell your home. When you rent a home, the money you spend can’t be recovered when you move out of your rental. You have just helped the landlord increase their net worth. Owning a home acts as a forced savings plan since you must pay your mortgage to keep the bank from foreclosing on you. With each month and year, you pay your mortgage, you are growing your equity in your home. Over time, your equity increases, and you are able to take advantage of that equity when you choose to sell your home. Assuming the value of your home has increased while you owned it coupled with your equity, you can see a nice return on homeownership with a little time.

Statistically, this makes a great case for homeownership but only you can decide what is right for you. If you don’t plan to stay in one area for a long time, this may not be the best time for you to buy a home. If you do plan to stay in one place for a while, it might be a good time to consider buying a home while increasing your net worth at the same time. If you have any additional questions or concerns about buying a home, I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home and/or determine the value of your existing property.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Image by Nattanan Kanchanaprat from Pixabay 

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Bodie State Historic Park

The Bodie State Historic Park is open from 9 AM to 6 PM to active recreation with restrictions in place to encourage social distancing. Historic town core accessible for outdoor self-guided tour only.

Did you know that Bodie Ghost Town is the largest unrestored ghost town in the West? Bodie produced gold and silver from 1877 to 1888, and the town grew to 10,000 residents. Once notorious as the wildest town in the West with its saloons and gambling houses. The town is now preserved as a California State Historic Park with weathered buildings, a museum, mine tours, and a visitor center.

Visit the official website for directions and hours of operation. Don’t miss your chance to visit this one-of-a-kind attraction.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
nancy@mammothcountry.com
www.MammothCountry.com
CA Broker’s License #01264041

Nancy Davidson is your ultimate real estate resource for Mammoth Lakes, CA and The Eastern Sierra. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Photo by Eniko Polgar on Unsplash

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