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The Felici Piano Trio -“Viva Vienna”

Join the Felici Trio and Chamber Music Unbound for an evening of music! “Viva Vienna” – Music by Mozart, Beethoven, and Anton Arensky, this Saturday, January 18th at the Cerro Coso Community College.

The Felici Trio is the musical home of Belgian pianist Steven Vanhauwaert German violinist Rebecca Hang and American cellist Brian Schuldt. Felici members are prize winners of the Los Angeles Liszt, Yellow Springs, and Osaka music competitions. This trio has performed over 350 concerts in Europe, South America, and the U.S. and has distinguished itself as a unique presence on the national music scene since coming to Mammoth Lakes.

For additional information visit the Felici Trio’s official website and be sure to purchase your tickets today!

 

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 Joel Wyncott on Unsplash

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The Importance of Your Online Presence

When you list your home for sale, one of the most important steps will be preparing your home’s online presence so it is ready for the public to view it online. If your home looks uninviting when it first shows up online, it may be hard to overcome that and capture positive attention in the future. In today’s market, almost all buyers start their home search online. In the current real estate market, homes are presented with virtual tours, 3D walk-throughs, video and more options that allow prospective buyers to step inside your home like never before. It is important that your home look its best when all of these marketing tools are created so it will appeal to as many buyers as possible.

A Pew Survey conducted in early-2019 revealed 81% of U.S. adults own a smartphone. With smartphones in so many hands, your home has an increased potential of being seen by these individuals. Once they see your home, they will eliminate it from consideration if they don’t find it appealing. This has some important implications for folks with houses on the market. You need to ensure that your listing gives a potential buyer the best possible picture of why they should consider your property at the price you want for it. Whether you’re selling on your own or have the help of a real estate professional, you need to consider the following:

A picture is worth a thousand words, and a great picture of your home will push buyers to schedule an appointment to see your home in person. This is the step that will then help them want to make an offer on your home. As visual creatures, we’re never going to get past that first impression. You must make sure that the photos you use in your listing capture the best possible image of your home. You want a buyer to not just see your home but see themselves living in your home. This isn’t the time for an amateur (yourself included) so enlist the help of a professional. You’re not looking for anything tricky or deceptive. But a working knowledge of framing and light can yield a picture that’s just a little better and more likely to catch the eye of browsing buyers.

The words used in your listing are also extremely important. You want the description to strongly sell the best aspects of your house, and to complement and reinforce the photos being used. Longer is not necessarily better. Short descriptions that evoke powerful, positive images in a reader’s mind are always best. Also, no one is going to intentionally misspell words or use incorrect grammar, but mistakes happen and will make your home look bad. Make sure to have your listing proofread for any mistakes so it will be perfect when it shows up online.

Once your listing goes online, you may want to double check how it looks on the web as well as on the most common real estate apps. Making your home look its best is important and you won’t get a second chance so take your time and make sure you get it right the first time. If you have any additional questions about selling your 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 Jens Neumann from Pixabay 

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FREE Friday Skate Nights

This Friday, January 10th enjoy the FREE Friday skate night at Mammoth Ice Rink from 7 PM to 10 PM. All ages are welcome to come enjoy a night full of fun and free entertainment. This Friday only admission and rentals (subject to availability) are free to the public.

Visit the official website for additional information. You don’t want to miss this chance for FREE family-friendly fun!

 

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 Vasilios Muselimis on Unsplash

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For Sale ~ 563 Club Drive, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 – $499,000

A CONDO FOR ALL SEASONS!

Awesome 2 bedroom/2 bath ground floor condo in Snowcreek IV. You can hear and see the year-round babbling creek right outside the bedroom windows. The living room features a beautiful stone feature wall with gas log fireplace and is open to the kitchen and dining area. The kitchen offers tons of storage and stainless-steel appliances. Spacious master bedroom including ensuite bath with oversized vanity and nicely sized secondary bedroom and bath.

This unit is nicely maintained and comes partially furnished. It has all new flooring, freshly painted and a new washer/dryer. The front deck has been extended 8 feet.

Snowcreek IV amenities include a jacuzzi, sauna room, off-street parking, fully landscaped grounds, on-site manager and conveniently located within walking distance to the Snowcreek Athletic Club and the Red Line shuttle bus stop. This is a great year-round complex with creeks, ponds and meadows. Come enjoy this condo for all seasons!

Click Here to view the virtual tour! For more information visit 563 Club Drive.

Contact Nancy Davidson for All Your Real Estate Needs! For more information or to schedule a showing visit www.MammothCountry.com or email Nancy@MammothCountry.com. Let me make your home selling and or buying experience one of a kind!

 

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.

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For Sale ~ 134 Laurel Mountain Road #23, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 – $349,000

FULLY FURNISHED 2-BEDROOM CONDO IN TOWN!

Beautifully remodeled, furnished 2 bedroom/2 bath condo that is in a great center of town location. The kitchen boasts granite counter tops with newer cabinets and stainless-steel appliances and Brazilian cherry wood floors. A breakfast bar overlooks the living room which features a vaulted wood ceiling and gas log fireplace. The Master bedroom has a beautiful bathroom with jet tub and double massage shower. Bedroom 2 also has a vaulted wood ceiling and second bath has a freestanding shower. This unit offers lots of storage and built-ins too. Just off the living room, the deck offers a place to grill and enjoy the view.

The condo has been plumbed with propane which offers an EPA gas log fireplace in the living room, water heater and dryer which is also gas.

Krystal Villa West Amenities include an outdoor pool, jacuzzi, on-site property manager and easy walk to the Red Line Shuttle route. Affordable HOA dues which makes it perfect for a local resident or a family ski getaway include snow removal, water & sewer and trash service.

Click Here to view the virtual tour! For more information visit 134 Laurel Mountain Road #23.

Contact Nancy Davidson for All Your Real Estate Needs! For more information or to schedule a showing visit www.MammothCountry.com or email Nancy@MammothCountry.com. Let me make your home selling and or buying experience one of a kind!

 

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.

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Get to Know Your Homeowner’s Insurance

If you own your home and have a mortgage, you are required to carry homeowner’s insurance. Even if you don’t have a mortgage on your property, you still likely have insurance on the home. Homeowner’s insurance will cover damage to your home in case of some disasters, storms, fires and theft. Many Americans aren’t aware of what is and is not covered by their homeowner’s insurance policy. If you aren’t sure, take the time to thoroughly read your policy or call your agent for a list of exceptions.

In many cases, damage resulting from earthquakes or floods is excluded so you may need an additional policy for that if you live in an area where that is likely to be an issue. It is also important to know what your deductible is and understand how it works.

Here are some facts you need to understand:

  • Homeowners policies usually do not cover replacement of all of your possessions. Check for coverage caps on personal belongings in your home. These can include jewelry or firearms.  You may need to get a separate rider to cover these items.
  • Mold damage resulting from a leak is frequently not covered. Mold remediation can cost thousands of dollars so make sure to ask about this if you want coverage.
  • Your policy probably does not include damage caused by earthquakes.
  • Your policy probably does not cover flood damage. You’ll need a separate flood policy if you want to protect yourself. If you live in a flood zone, you may be required to have such a policy. But, if you live near such a zone, you should consider a flood policy. Flood insurance is normally inexpensive if you don’t live close to water.
  • Make sure you understand if your policy is for replacement cost or market value. You will want to be able to replace your house in case of a total loss.

It is extremely important to read and understand your homeowner’s insurance policy.  If there are things you don’t understand, ask. As a homeowner, you will still be expected to pay your mortgage even if your home is damaged by a disaster, so this protection is critical to protect your family. Also ask your agent what is covered in case your home is uninhabitable for a period while you make repairs. You will want to have coverage that allows you to pay for another place to live if you can’t live in your home for a time. For additional information regarding the home buying or selling process, I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home 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 Mona Tootoonchinia from Pixabay 

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What Will 2020 Bring in the Real Estate Market?

As we finish 2019 and start 2020, there are always many questions about what the coming year will bring. The real estate market is no different. Will 2020 bring appreciation or deprecation of home prices, fluctuation in mortgage interest rates, increase or decrease in building and what is expected regarding the amount of activity in the housing market? It’s impossible to know for sure but here are some predictions for 2020.

Freddie Mac’s latest forecasts predicts that mortgage rates should remain at ultra-low levels in 2020 and even 2021, hovering around 3.8%. 2019 saw significant mortgage refinancing with rates so low. The number of homes sold in 2019 is expected to reach around 6 million with slight increases each year through 2021. Home pricing won’t drop but the appreciation rate is expected to slow with current annual growth finishing 2019 around 3.2% and dropping slightly to 2.9% in 2020 and 2.1% in 2021.

Redfin’s latest forecast expects the first half of 2020 to see an increase in homes that receive competing offers due to increased demand brought on by low interest rates and rising tenure. This will bring increased prices, which will lure other sellers to the market and help the market inventory levels balance out towards the end of 2020.

Overall expectations trend positive but there are several sources including Zillow that predict 2020 will bring the start of the next recession. Recessions are cyclical and are impacted by many factors in the economy, but housing can play a key role in the determination of a recession. The next recession isn’t likely to see housing at the center like the last one, but an overall weakened economy will impact the housing market as well if employment, spending and interest rates see changes.

Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist with the National Association of REALTORS® predicts prices will appreciate between 3 and 5% in 2020. Builders continue to start more homes but are still unable to keep up with current demand. This will be felt stronger in low to mid-priced homes as millennials are currently approaching 50% of the current market activity.

Predictions are always uncertain and never exactly right due to many variables but overall expectations for 2020 anticipate mostly positive news coming out of the real estate market. If you are ready to talk about applying a strategy to your long-term real estate goals, contact me today so we can determine how to make the most of the current real estate market for you. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home or determine the value of your existing property.

 

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

Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay 

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Ring in 2020 with a Mountain Party

What better way to ring in the new year than with a spectacular firework show, live music, delectable treats, and drinks? Don’t miss the New Year’s Eve family fun and fireworks on the Village Gondola.

The Gondola deck offers the “best view in the house” for the fireworks spectacular starting at 9 PM.  Deck access also includes Woolly visits, complimentary face painting and activities, New Year’s party favors, a gourmet hot cocoa bar, holiday snacks, and an adult beverage cash bar. Kids four-and-under are free.

Visit Mammoth Mountain’s official website for additional information and to purchase your tickets today. Don’t miss your chance to watch the best show in town from the best seat in town!

 

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 Sincerely Media on Unsplash

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Fixture vs Personal Property – What Stays and What Goes

When you are buying a new house, you will need to understand the difference in fixtures and personal property. A fixture is part of the house and will stay with the house when you sell it. Personal property will not stay with the home and the seller of the home should take all personal property with them. The most common fixtures in a home are built-in appliances but also frequently include window treatments, blinds and pool equipment. When you are looking at houses, how do you know what will be yours if you buy the house and what will go with the current owners of the home? Here are three questions to ask yourself to help you determine if it will stay or go?

  1. Is the item permanently attached to the house? Dishwashers and stoves are normally attached to the property in some way unlike a refrigerator, washer and dryer that are just plugged in. Consider window treatments. Blinds are most likely attached to the house as are some window treatments. However, a curtain rod may be attached while the curtain itself is just hanging from the rod meaning the curtain rod would stay and the curtain would go. Ceiling fans, light fixtures and built-in shelving are generally fixtures. Landscaping and fencing will also generally be expected to stay.
  1. Is it a furnishing instead of a fixture? Common furnishings are furniture, electronics, rugs, potted plants and flowers and grills. These items are most often not attached to the house in any way and can just be picked up and moved to a new location. If the home has an outdoor kitchen, look at how things are affixed. A grill that is sitting on the patio is different than a grill that is built into an outdoor kitchen or installed in the ground and attached to natural gas.
  1. What is the seller’s intent? Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Some home furnishings may be negotiable or due to the seller’s circumstances they may be willing to leave something. Did they have something custom made to fit in the house or curtains that coordinate with the wallpaper in the living room? If items really make the house and are unique enough that they aren’t likely to work in other properties, they may be willing to leave them. Another option is to request some personal property as part of your offer to purchase or offer to buy it from them. If you are moving in a house for the first time and don’t have everything you need or just really like the way the home is furnished, this is an option that may help you get settled in your new home faster.

Knowing what stays and what goes can be a tough question, but it is something your agent will be able to help you answer. For additional information regarding the home buying process, I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home 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 Douglas Sheppard on Unsplash

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Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre presents “A Christmas Carol”

Friday, December 20th, Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre presents “A Christmas Carol”. This event is sure to be fun for the entire family! Enjoy a unique twist on a holiday classic as one actor plays all the roles!

Visit the official theatre website to purchase your tickets today! Tickets Online are $10 for ages 14 and under, $18 for students and seniors and $20 for general admission. Tickets at the door are $22.

Come and bring in the holiday season with cheer by coming to this Christmas Classic.

 

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 Kilyan Sockalingum on Unsplash

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