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What Your Agent Wants You to Know When Selling Your Home

If you are ready to sell your home, it does require some work on your part to prepare your home to sell and make it through the selling period. Your real estate agent will be a wonderful advisor when it is time to sell your home, but it is important to remember that there is only so much your agent can do and they will need your help. Here are three things your agent wants you to know before you list your home.

  1. Declutter Your Home

When buyers come to view your home, they need to be able to picture themselves in your home. This can be really hard if your home is cluttered and full of personal items that distract them from the home. Before your list your home for sale, take time to put away most of your personal items and truly declutter the home. This applies to all parts of your home. Just because it is hidden behind a door or cabinet doesn’t mean buyers won’t look there. Declutter and organize closets, cabinets and laundry rooms along with the more public parts of your home.

  1. Don’t Stay Home for Showings and Open Houses

Think about if you were the one buying a house. A house is a huge commitment and when you are shopping for one, you will want privacy to discuss it openly without feeling uncomfortable in front of the owners of the home. Remember this when buyers want to look at your home. They should feel completely comfortable and able to speak freely. With this in mind, make every effort to leave home during showings and open houses so buyers feel comfortable. The biggest problem with being home is that buyers may be uncomfortable and leave your home before they have adequate time to fall in love with it.

  1. Listen to Your Agent

When you hire a real estate agent, you are saying that you trust them and want their help. When you have that help, it is then important to follow their advice. Like a doctor, attorney or other professional, a real estate agent is the expert in their field and if you have chosen them to help you, you should follow their advice. This doesn’t mean you have to do every single thing they suggest but listen and try to understand their logic if you want to give your home the best opportunity to sell.

It is important that you invest yourself in selling your home and that means both your time and using all of the resources you have available to you including your real estate agent. When you are ready to discuss selling your home, give me a call and let’s talk about your property and how I can help. 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.

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Summit Sunset Party

Friday, August 16th from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM at the Main Lodge enjoy the Summit Sunset Party, a unique summer experience at the summit of Mammoth Mountain. Ride the Panorama Gondola to the top of the Sierra at dusk to watch the sunset over the Minarets. The top of the mountain will offer indoor and outdoor fun, including a lighted glow walk to the Lakes Basin Lookout, music, and food and drink concessions. Wine tasting will be available for an additional fee as part of Mammoth’s Wine Weekend. Wine tasting ticket sales benefit the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation.

Visit the official Mammoth Mountain website for additional information and 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 Emma Frances Logan on Unsplash

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For Sale ~ 146 Ridge Way, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 – $1,550,000

View of Sherwin Mountains!

Spacious and sunny south facing home with VIEWS to the Sherwin Mountains. This 4-bedroom, 3.5 bath home has beautiful craftmanship with an incredible 4-car garage to store all of your cars, equipment, toys, bikes, snow mobiles, you name it!

The family room features a vaulted wood ceiling, custom hardwood flooring and stone wood burning fireplace. The kitchen features cherry cabinets with granite counter tops plus commercial grade stainless steel appliances with custom hardwood flooring. A bonus room off the kitchen/dining area has a pool table. The bathrooms have tumbled porcelain flooring and other features including a claw foot tub in the master.

Downstairs area includes 2 bedrooms, large family room and laundry room plus extra lockable storage rooms. This is the perfect home away from home!

Click Here to view the virtual tour! For more information visit 146 Ridge Way.

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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How to Tame Clutter

Do you feel like your house is bursting at the seams? Are your drawers constantly open because they are too full to close? Do you have shelves stacked beyond capacity and cabinets you are afraid to open? Most of the world has been there or is there now. For some people, this is caused because you don’t take the time to put things where they belong. For others, maybe you just have too much stuff to find a place for everything. No matter the cause, clutter can be managed, and, in many cases, time is all you need to handle it. Don’t ignore it because it definitely won’t go away on its own. Use these 3 tips to declutter your home.

FOCUS

You can’t do it all in a day and probably not even in a weekend so tackle a job you can handle in the amount of time you have to work. In an hour, you can do the linen closet or a small bathroom. If you have an entire afternoon, work on your closet or the kitchen. Carve out blocks of time that fit the space you are working on then stick with it until that area is done.

DONATE

How much stuff are you holding on to that you never use or is broken? When you start decluttering, gather boxes and bags to put your donations in. If you don’t use it, you have outgrown it or it doesn’t work, find a new home for it by donating it to a worthwhile organization.

ORGANIZE

Now that you have purged, find a place for what is remaining. Hit up the store for organizers and containers to assist you in keeping things in their place and start sorting. If you can’t fit it all in your space, you have too much. If needed, purge some more then try organizing again.

Decluttering is a task you need to maintain regularly if you want things to stay that way. Whether you take five minutes a day to put things away or an hour each week, make sure your schedule includes time to keep your home neat and tidy.

The peace you will find from a clutter free home will bring happiness to your life no matter what. If you are thinking about selling your home, your home will show much better when it is decluttered, so this is a great step to prepare your home to sell if that is in your future. For additional information on taming clutter in your home, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. 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.

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Mammoth Lakes presents Mammoth Margarita Festival

The Village at Mammoth Lakes presents Mammoth Margarita Festival! This Friday and Saturday, August 9th and 10th enjoy tastings of your favorite distilled spirits as well as a free concert under the stars.

Friday night music will include eleven-time Grammy Award Winner Tony Lindsay (singer for Carlos Santana) with Caravanserai the number one Santana Tribute Band in the country. Saturday night will feature the fantastic Calé with their mix of Latin and Flamenco rhythms with pop/rock/funk and electronic elements that create a wide musical menu! Friday night will include tastings of Mezcal, Sotol, Bacanora, and Raicilla in the Mezcal and Exotic Spirits Tour.

Saturday the greats return in the 100% Blue Weber Agave Premium Tequila Tour. Over fifteen different distillery representatives will be on hand with between 40-75 vintages to sip and savor.

Visit the official Mammoth Margarita Festival website for additional information and to purchase your tickets TODAY! Bring your friends! Bring the Fun! The Fiesta is in Mammoth!

 

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 Johann Trasch on Unsplash

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Selling an Estate Property

When someone passes away, it is necessary to file paperwork on behalf of their estate before you begin the process of disposing of the assets that are part of their estate. This can be a difficult process depending on what all is involved in the estate as well as what preparations the deceased individual made prior to their passing. In addition to the details that must be handled, emotions may also cause this to be a very trying time.

There are multiple ways you may choose to handle the disposition of an estate if you are appointed executor. Perhaps the easiest way to handle an estate is by hiring an attorney that specializes in estate work to handle the paperwork for you. They will guide you through the process doing much of the work for you and making sure all paperwork is filed accurately and on time. For this service, they will charge you a fee, which could be a percentage of the value of the estate, a flat fee or an hourly rate.

Depending on the size of the estate and your financial situation, you may not want to hire an attorney. If that isn’t an option for you, you can choose to file the paperwork yourself and work through the process. There are many websites you can find information on that will help you and you can also consult with your local government office to work through the paperwork. They are frequently happy to answer questions for you and will be the ones reviewing and processing your paperwork to ensure it is completed correctly.

When someone passes assuming they had a will in place at the time of their death, you will then need to file the necessary paperwork to open the estate, advertise the estate in a newspaper to give anyone that person was in debt to the opportunity to step forward and then close the estate once the waiting period for that time has passed. Again, all of this may seem confusing to you and that is why many people choose to hire an attorney to help with the process.

Once you have completed the estate filing and waiting periods, you will then be able to dispose of any property the deceased owned. Sometimes you may be able to list the property for sale during the waiting period as long as it doesn’t close prior to the completion of the waiting period. Make sure to ask if this is an option and don’t assume so.

Once you are ready to sell the house, you may be presented with some other unique scenarios that don’t always come up in traditional home sales. Their may be liens that need to be paid outside of the mortgage and the will may have split the proceeds of the sale to more than one person. All of that is fine and the attorney or title company that handles the closing of the property will ensure proceeds are split correctly upon closing. You may wish to find a real estate agent with experience selling estate properties. They can be helpful in many ways. If the home is completely furnished or hasn’t been well maintained in recent years, a real estate agent can recommend professionals to help make necessary repairs to the property or people to help you dispose of the contents of the home. This could be things that just need to be removed or include an auctioneer to help you sell valuable or collectible items if that is necessary.

If you haven’t been part of an estate before, you may not be familiar with experts that can help you through that process and an experienced real estate agent or attorney should be able to offer suggestions of professionals that can help you. Anytime you have questions about real estate, let me know and I will be happy to answer anything I can or refer you to the right person to help you. Don’t forget if you have a property to sell that isn’t nearby, I can help you locate a qualified agent to assist you with that process in another area as well. Contact me today if you have an estate home to sell. 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.

Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay 

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For Sale ~ 94 John Muir Road #107, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 – $419,000

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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Under Contract ~ 1500 Lodestar Drive #221, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 – $649,000

GOLF COURSE VIEW!

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Walk to the slopes or the golf course from this furnished 3 bedroom/2 bath townhome style condominium that overlooks the golf course. This home is in great location at Mammoth Green, right at the 3rd hole of the world class Sierra Star golf course and just a few minutes walk from the base of Eagle Lodge, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.

This home features granite counters throughout, stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, and a gorgeous gas fireplace. Underground heated parking makes unpacking luggage and groceries a breeze.

Mammoth Green offers a stunning pool and spa area situated right along the 3rd fairway, ski lockers, and plenty of owner storage for golf clubs, bikes, etc. This location offers the best of both worlds…wintertime ski access and summertime golf course frontage! HOA fees include propane which is your primary heat source, and they also include hot water heating (units are on a central boiler) …this means no propane bill and VERY low electric bill! Mammoth Green recently underwent a significant exterior remodel which included all new siding, walkways, balconies, exterior stonework and more.

Click Here to view the virtual tour! For more information visit 1500 Lodestar Drive #221.

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.


Mammoth Festival of Beer and Bluesapalooza

It’s time for the Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza! Starting Thursday, August 1st partake in this epic event featuring over 60 craft breweries/cideries. Did you know that the Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza is the most extensive craft beer and music festival in the region? During this event, you will hear from over 20 bands performing from genres ranging from blues and rock to R&B and soul.

Delectable treats will also be available from food vendors such as seven-time Grammy Award winner Buddy Guy, Sugaray Rayford, Charlie Musselwhite, and many more! What are you waiting for?

Visit the Mammoth Bluesapalooza official website to purchase your tickets today! Don’t miss out on your chance to dance the night away while enjoying tasty treats and delectable craft brews.

 

Nancy Davidson
Mammoth Village Properties
760 937-2301 mobile
800 421-7005 office
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 Kobby Mendez on Unsplash

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What You Should Know about Becoming a Landlord

It sounds like the perfect retirement plan: buy a house, rent it out, have the tenant pay off your mortgage and then use the money as income once you retire. While investing in real estate is often a good strategy, there are some things you should know about being a landlord before you take the plunge.

  • Know what you can afford – there may be times when your home is vacant and you still have to pay the mortgage, so make sure you can afford two payments.
  • Do a thorough background check on potential tenants to ensure they will pay on time and not trash the place.
  • Learn the laws about landlords and tenants, and know what you can and can’t do.
  • Have a list of service people to call for HVAC repair, plumbing leaks and other maintenance issues.
  • Find out if renting is allowed in your neighborhood.
  • Create a list of rules for your tenant, and figure out how you will ensure they are being followed.

Consider Financing

As a first-time landlord, you probably won’t be able to count your future rental income in your loan application to purchase the property. Instead, you’ll have to make sure your regular income can cover your current mortgage if you have one and the payments for the rental place.

You’ll also want to have enough in savings to cover both properties for several months of payments. In fact, your lender may require cash reserves since this is a rental property. You’ll also probably need a down payment since the property won’t qualify for many traditional loan programs that require it to be your primary residence.

Make sure your current mortgage allows you to turn your current home into a rental if you’re buying the new home for your residence. FHA loans require you to live in your home for a certain length of time before you can rent it out. Other programs may have similar or even stricter requirements.

Think about how being a landlord will impact your life and your finances before you jump in to the decision. While the added income can be attractive, monitoring someone else isn’t for every person. On the other hand, it could be the prime opportunity you’ve been looking for. If you have any additional questions about purchasing a home to rent, 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

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