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Mammoth Lakes Film Festival Mid-Season Screening: Maiden

The Mammoth Lakes Film Festival is proud to present their Mid-Season Screening of Maiden on October 19th at 7 PM at the Edison Theatre. Maiden tells the story of Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, who became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989. Tickets are $15 online and $17 at the door.

Visit the official even website to watch the trailer and 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 Courtesy of Mammoth Lakes Film Festival

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Should You Update Your Home with Smart Features?

If you are planning an upcoming home remodeling project, whether it is big or small, you will have many decisions to make as you begin your project. It can be overwhelming to make all the decisions you will need to make. One thing you are likely to encounter as you begin the process is deciding if you want to incorporate smart features in your home. There are many different things to consider but before you dive in, make sure you ask about the long-term maintenance that is involved with having these items in your home.

Probably the most popular smart feature to include in your home is programmable thermostats. Program your thermostats to keep the home at your desired temperature based on your schedule. No more paying for air while you are at work or waiting for your home to cool off or warm up when you get home at the end of the day. You shouldn’t plan to adjust the temperature drastically but even 6-8 degrees difference over the course of a month will generate some savings for you and likely pay for itself quickly.

Another option you may consider is smart lighting. Whether you want the ability to control the lights for security reasons when you aren’t home or to turn the lights on before you arrive if you are coming home late, this technology in collaboration with your smart phone, can be a nice feature.

Security systems are one of the products that have seen significant changes with technological advances. Twenty years ago, adding a security system to your home required a contract with ADT, CPI or another security company. Today, there are a wide variety of systems you can purchase, install in an afternoon and manage through your phone that allow you to monitor what’s going on when you aren’t there, allow children or others access to your home if needed and link to emergency services in case of an emergency.

Appliances have made significant improvements with recent technological changes. Not only are appliances more efficient, they offer Jetson-style options with a few clicks from the appliance itself or a connected device. Have a casserole you want to stick in the oven as soon as you get home? Start your oven preheating from your phone. Want to know if you need a new water filter, receive an alert when it is time to buy a new one and order the device from your appliance. Can’t remember if you have milk or eggs at home? Use the refrigerator’s app to view pictures of what is in the refrigerator, so you won’t go home without the milk again.

All of these smart items will likely make your home easier, but will you use them? If you have no intent on using these features, it may be best to skip most of them. Many items are too new to have a good feel for the longevity of the item and the maintenance required. As technology evolves daily, there is no stopping the new options you will encounter. The most important thing is to select the options that will enhance your life while being careful to make sure you don’t over value your home with features that you can’t recover the cost of and won’t use. I am always available to answer your questions about smart home features or anything else. Contact me today to determine what home changes would be best for you. 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 Gerd Altmann from Pixabay 

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The Diamond Masquerade Ball

Join the Rotary Club of Mammoth Lakes for a spectacular night of dancing and delectable dishes Saturday, October 12th at The Diamond Masquerade Ball. The event will take place beginning at 6:00 PM at The Bistro at Snowcreek in Mammoth Lakes. All proceeds for this event go toward local high school and youth scholarships. Be sure to dress to impress and bring your dancing shoes for a night of enjoyment benefiting a worthy cause.

Visit the official event website for additional information and to purchase your tickets today! Don’t forget to bring your mask; you’re sure to have a ball!

 

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 Serkan Turk on Unsplash

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What You Need to Know about Buying Rural Property

Have you been thinking about buying a property in a rural area? Whether you are looking for a home in a rural area or a just a piece of land, there are some special considerations you will want to think about that are different from buying a home in other areas.

Probably the most important thing you will want to think about is the intended use of the property. What do you want to use the property for? Are you wanting to have any kind of animals such as horses or chickens? Do you intend to use the property for any kind of commercial activity? Make sure you know what is allowed and not allowed. Even though you own the property, there still can be zoning restrictions that limit what you can do with the property. If the property isn’t zoned the way you would like, it may be possible to change it but that isn’t guaranteed and could take time to make it happen.

Another thing to consider is the adjacent properties and what they are used for. If you are looking for peaceful land to farm and someone is using their land for a use that might disturb that, you will want to know before you make a permanent commitment to it. Even if your property is large enough to protect you from less than desirable neighbors, you still will have to pass neighboring properties every time you leave home. Do you want to drive by an eyesore every time you leave home?

If you plan to build a home on empty land, you will want to carefully consider the placement of the home. Depending on where the lot lines are you’re you could wind up looking at something you don’t want to if you build a home to close to the lines. While you likely wouldn’t build a home there if the property doesn’t suit you currently, remember the owners may change in the future or the current owners may decide to do something different with their property. Waking up next to a pig farm every morning may not be what you are looking for so if you have a large piece of land, it is a good idea to give yourself a buffer around your home site.

Buying a unique property calls for a qualified real estate agent. Land use laws can be complicated and confusing. Don’t risk buying a property that isn’t right for you by handling it yourself. It is also important that you find the right agent to help. Don’t rely on an agent that specializes in intown sales. Find someone with the experience you need that can help you figure out exactly the right property for you. For additional information regarding the buying property, 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 Darmau Lee on Unsplash

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Crowley Lake 5k/10K Trail Run

The Crowley Lake 5k/10K trail run is this Sunday, October 6th. The run offers a 5k and 10k option as well as a kids 1k. Fundraising for this event benefits the local community by going towards creating active classes, special workshops, and neighborhood improvements.

Some upcoming plans include resurfacing the tennis court, creating new mountain bike trails, Community Garden improvements, shade structures and landscaping at the Crowley Skate Park.

The course winds through fire roads next to Crowley Lake and past Beaver Cove and Crooked Creek with beautiful views of the surrounding Glass Mountains, White Mountains and Sierra Nevada Mountains. There will be lots of raffle prizes after the run and an overall 1st place winner award as well as 1st and 2nd place tokens for each 5k/10k age group winner.

Visit the official event website for additional information and to register 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 Andrew Tanglao on Unsplash

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Common Myths About Buying a Home

Homes like many things come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. There is definitely not a one size fits all approach to buying a home and you should not listen to everything you hear and instead rely on research, an experienced agent and good logic to make the best choice for you. There are quite a few commonly believed myths out there that keep people confused about real estate. Here are some things you may have heard and what you need to know.

    • You Must Have 20% for a Down Payment to Buy a House

This is an extremely common misconception and keeps many buyers renting longer than is necessary. While some mortgages do require a 20% down payment and there are many reasons why this can be a good thing, there are a lot of mortgage options that don’t require a down payment that large. Many loans can be obtained with a 3%-5% down payment making it more affordable for you to purchase a home if you don’t have significant savings. You should still never purchase a home that you aren’t financially comfortable with but don’t let a down payment be the only thing holding you back if you have great credit and a good job.

    • Buying is Always Better than Renting

Though the cost of renting continues to rise, it’s a common myth that buying is always better than renting. It holds true that renters are investing in someone else’s property rather than investing in a personal property, though depending on location and your current lifestyle, renting may be a better choice. Why? In some metropolitan locations, there may be few properties available to purchasing meaning you may have to settle for living somewhere you don’t want to be instead of renting in the perfect location. If you are just starting out, you may need a roommate to help make ends meet and purchasing a property is a long term scenario that is best left to those who have made a permanent commitment and not someone that you may only live with temporarily. If you don’t intend to live in one location for at least several years, it also doesn’t make sense to purchase a home.

    • Buying a Home that Needs Work will be Cheaper than Buying a “Perfect” House

While the initial cost may be less for a fixer upper than a nicely renovated home, don’t forget to factor in the cost of repairs. Some repairs cost more than others and if you are counting on doing a lot of the work yourself, you may still need professionals for some items. Also, make sure you will be happy living in a home that needs work for months or years if it takes that long to complete it. Do you have the necessary savings to go ahead and make the updates you want to make or will you need to save and make repairs as you have the money to do so. Repairs add up quickly so make sure you factor that into your cost before you decide if a home is a good deal or not.

The most important thing to remember is that only you know what’s best for you. Let me know if you have any questions about buying a home. I can’t decide for you but I can answer all of your questions so you can make an informed decision when the time is right. 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 Becca Tapert on Unsplash

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REDUCED ~ 94 John Muir Road #107, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 – $399,000

FURNISHED MAMMOTH POINT TOWNHOME!

Magnificent views from this 2 bedroom/2 bath Mammoth Point bluff unit. Overlooks the town of Mammoth and east to Crowley Lake and the White Mountains. Mammoth Point is located in the Canyon Lodge area on John Muir Road.

This furnished townhome has recently had the bathrooms updated and other upgrades. The pellet stove is freestanding and is compliant for the town of Mammoth Lakes requirements. Nice sized storage closet at the entrance. Propane is available but it is not run to this unit. HOA includes cable and the complex also has hot tub, sauna and gas grill. Don’t miss the amazing sunrises and sunsets!

Click Here to view the virtual tour! For more information visit 94 John Muir Road #107.

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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Art & Wine: Snapshots to Remarkable Photographs with Bob Kent

Discover an exciting new option to your Mammoth social life. Learn how to paint, draw, print, mosaic, etc., all while in the company of friends or new friends at the Art and Wine series and the MAC Gallery and Art Center.  Taught by local and visiting artists, you’ll walk away with a masterpiece.

This Saturday, September 28th and Sunday, September 29th join Bob Kent as you learn how to take remarkable photographs. Expert photographer Bob Kent will teach you techniques to improve your photographs, regardless of the camera you have or your editing skills.

Visit the official website to register 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 Rayan Almuslem on Unsplash

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Selling Your Home in the Fall

We are out of the busy spring and summer housing markets and you may think that means you shouldn’t try to sell your house now. Don’t assume that to be correct. Depending on your real estate goals, fall can be a great time to sell your home.

To start with, home inventory often starts to drop off as we reach the fall season. Many sellers don’t want their home listed around the holidays so as listings expire, they are unlikely to extend the listing since the holidays are just around the corner. The lower inventory can mean your home gets much more attention than it would during Spring and Summer. Also depending on the demographics in your market, many buyers don’t want to move during the school year if they have kids, so they aren’t looking at homes now. The buyers that are shopping now are serious and motivated, so you are more likely to see an offer from the showings you have if your home is in good condition and priced appropriately.

Here are some easy tips that will ensure your home looks its best this fall.

    • Maximize lighting, both indoors and out

As the days get shorter, outdoor lighting becomes more important if you want to do things outside later in the day. Fall is when many stores place their solar lighting on clearance. This can mean you can make a nice upgrade to your property with a low investment and attract some good attention from buyers interested in your home. Solar lighting makes a nice statement and can used to line your walkways, driveway, showoff trees and enhance your entrance.  Utilize your hard-wired exterior lighting fixtures as well.  Show off your house, even at night.  Potential buyers don’t stop looking for their future home just because it is starting to get darker earlier. Leave your outdoor lights on at night until you go to bed while your home is listed so someone driving by could see your home better. An attractive peak at night will likely encourage them to come back for a showing during the day.

Maximize your interior lighting by opening all shades and blinds prior to all showings.  Also, turn on all lights, both overhead and lamps.  Buyers are looking for light and bright and need to be able to see the space they may call home.

    • Tidy up the yard

A well-maintained yard is pivotal in the initial reaction of a potential home buyer. Do not ignore your driveways, walkways, or flower beds. Remove all dead flowers, plants, and bushes and add a fresh layer of mulch to your beds. The outside of your home is the first area that a buyer will see. They will have an immediate reaction to what they see and you want that first impression to be good. As the leaves start to fall, take care of them quickly so your yard looks nice as much as possible.

    • Add seasonal color to your home

Color attracts the eye and grabs people’s attention. It isn’t winter yet so there are still lots of options to add color to your home inside and out. Pumpkins, mums and other fall plants will be attractive and inviting so use them to help your home stand out.

As you are thinking about when is the right time to sell your home, give me a call and let’s discuss how you can reach your real estate goals with my help no matter what the season. I will be happy to go over any questions you may have and help you determine your home’s value.

 

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 Paige Cody on Unsplash

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Mammoth Oktoberfest

September 19th through September 21st, Mammoth Oktoberfest is back! Get ready for all of your favorite things like steins, boots, beer, games, food, and get ready for new activities too. New this year will be Thursday night Authentic German three course Bavarian dinner.

This family-friendly event offers two packed days of authentic Bavarian music, cuisine, games, and fun for all while celebrating the beginning of the Fall Harvest. It’s free for everyone!

Visit the official event website for additional information and bring the whole family for some great fall 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.


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Markus Spiske on Unsplash

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