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Do You Need a Final Walk Through?

When you are buying a new home, there are many steps that you will go through between the contract and closing. You may feel that some of them aren’t necessary and could be skipped. One of the things your agent will most likely recommend prior to closing is a final walk through of the home you are purchasing. Is this necessary? Most agents will answer this question with a quick yes, and I agree completely. Here are 5 reasons you don’t want to skip the final walk through before closing.

1. When you viewed the home and made an offer on it, it may have been furnished. When you are looking at a furnished home, no matter how thoroughly you look, there are things you can’t see. Did the couch hide a hole in the carpet? Were walls damaged behind pictures? Furnishings can hide many blemishes in a home. Hopefully, you won’t find major issues, but you will want to know prior to closing on the home if you do.

2. While the home was under contract, did anything change about the home? Things can break at any time and while the seller is expected to leave the home in equal or better condition than when you made the offer, everyone doesn’t.

3. Were there any repairs made that were included as part of the contract or in a repair request? If repairs were made and you didn’t hire a professional to inspect after those repairs, you will want to check the repairs carefully to make sure they were performed correctly and professionally. It may also be a good idea to request the seller provide copies of receipts for work performed so you know who to call if something stops working soon after you move in.

4. Did you request any personal property as part of the contract? You will want to check and make sure the sellers left anything they were supposed to. If you are requesting appliances, it is a good idea to take pictures of the serial numbers and appliances during a showing of the property, so you have documentation of what you expect to stay.

5. The seller should leave the house clean and empty unless you have requested any personal property to stay. Walking through the home once it is empty will allow you to see how clean it is and address any issues that aren’t to your expected standards. Did the seller leave trash behind or skip cleaning all together? You may not be able to do anything about this if they did but it would allow you to be prepared and hire a cleaner to get in the home right away if the home isn’t in the condition you expect.

Your real estate agent will guide you through the walk through and help you focus on the things you should be looking at. Don’t overlook this important step when you are buying a home as it could potentially save you a lot of headache and money if you find something that isn’t correct. If you have any additional questions 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

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Do You Need Buyer Concessions to Sell Your Home?

If you are selling your home, you will most likely need to negotiate some when you receive an offer on your home. This is a common part of the home selling process and one that you should be prepared for when you list your home. Being open to allowing some concessions for the buyer also doesn’t mean you have to say yes to everything.

Buyers may ask for many different things when they make an offer on a home. Some buyers truly need the help and wouldn’t be able to purchase your home without it while other buyers may just ask to see what they can get. It can be tricky to figure out which situation your buyer is in so you just need to negotiate in a reasonable manner that will hopefully mean you are able to come to mutually agreeable terms.

What are the most common concessions a buyer will ask for?

Probably the most common request is for closing cost assistance. This is especially common among first time home buyers who may not have significant savings to use for their down payment in addition to all of the closing costs. If a buyer does ask for you to cover some of their closing costs, don’t be immediately turned off by that. Focus on a price that will allow you to provide them the closing cost assistance they need and don’t allow that to keep you from coming to terms.

Another common thing for buyers to ask for is for you to provide them a one-year home warranty. Again, they could buy this themselves but may not have the cash to do so and as a first-time home buyer, this could give them added peace of mind to know that some items will be covered if something goes wrong in the first year.

Personal property is another common request and can be simple like a refrigerator or washer and dryer or more significant like whole rooms of furniture. Again, try not to let this turn you off. Put a value on the items requested and negotiate the same you would with money unless it is a special item that you don’t want to part with under any circumstances.

Any buyer working with an agent should understand that the items they are requesting aren’t being provided to them “free” even if they have no value attributed to them in the contract. From your perspective, would you rather sell your home even if that means providing some concessions that might cost you a little bit of money or keep your home on the market for another 6 months while you wait for another buyer? Be open and work with your agent to negotiate mutually agreeable terms that satisfy both parties. 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 Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke from Pixabay 


Fred Hall Father’s Day Fishing Derby

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 16th. Celebrate your dad with a day full of fishing and festivities at the Fred Hall Father’s Day Fishing Tournament. Fish in the Mammoth Lakes Basin, then weigh your catch at Rick’s Sports Center at 3241 Main Street in Mammoth Lakes for a chance at winning an awesome prize package! Take in the sights of the stunning Mammoth Lakes Basin while fishing the glacier-carved lakes Twin Lakes, Lake Mary, Lake Mamie, Lake George, or Horseshoe Lake.

For more information, please call Rick’s Sports Center at 760-934-3416.

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 Mathieu Le Roux on Unsplash


For Sale ~ 2006 Lodestar Drive, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 – $529,000

2006 Lodestar DriveBUILD YOUR OWN HOME AT SIERRA STAR GOLF COURSE!

Rare opportunity to build your own dream home on the 4th fairway at the beautiful Sierra Star Golf Course.  This lot is zoned Resort, so a home can be built and can be rented out on a nightly vacation rental basis.

The homes in this secluded subdivision are stunning and give you a very private setting.  Home size can be up to 4,500 square feet.  The lot is slightly down sloping and recently had some trees removed.

Close to the shuttle stop and close enough to Eagle Lodge if you want to walk.  This is a truly unique lot, come by and see it!

Click Here to view the virtual tour! For more information visit 2006 Lodestar 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.


For Sale ~ 286 Old Mammoth Road #50, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 – $329,000

CENTRALLY LOCATED!

Come and enjoy all that Mammoth has to offer in this centrally located, full amenity condo complex. This 1+ loft/1.5 bath furnished condo has vaulted ceilings and an open floor plan plus 3 decks. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances and the unit also has newer carpeting.

The complex has a pool, sauna, hot tub and laundry facilities and is also on the shuttle route. Easy walking distance to all the Old Mammoth Road shops and restaurants close to Vons. Come up and see this great Mammoth condo!!

Click Here to view a walk-through tour of this condo!
For more information visit 286 Old Mammoth Road #50.

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.


 

What Makes Up the Value of Your Home

As a homeowner, you probably periodically think about the value of your home. Many different factors contribute to the value of your home and it is important to understand them. Unless you are ready to sell your home in the near future, you probably won’t need to think about this daily but if at anytime you are making changes to your home, big or small, you will want to reflect on the effect it may have on your home’s value. All of these items can cause a positive or negative effect on the value and it is your job to maximize the impact in the positive direction.

Location

Urban or rural? Quiet or busy area? Neighborhood or not? Safe or unsafe area? There are so many different things to consider when thinking about location. This is the one item that most significantly effects your value that you can’t change. You might live in a highly sought-after neighborhood that raises the value of your home or live near the railroad tracks that few people want to be near even if the house is perfect.  

Curb Appeal

How many times have you heard “You never get a second chance to make a first impression?” This is so true, and your curb appeal is your first chance to grab someone’s eye and make them want to come inside. If your yard is overgrown, paint is faded and your fence is falling down, many buyers will bypass your home for one down the street that looks better. Likewise, if your home and yard looks like HGTV just left, buyers will be clambering to get inside and see how wonderful that looks too.

Condition

The condition of your home is extremely important and will greatly impact your home’s value. A home that has been meticulously maintained and offers nice updates will be valued higher than one with worn carpet, old fixtures, faulty appliances and faded paint. Owning a home requires routine maintenance and you will need to have money set aside in your monthly budget that allows you to do what needs to be done.

Odors

The most common source of odors in a home is from pets. If you have pets, you probably consider them a member of your family and that’s fine, but they can cause issues in your home if you don’t take proper precautions to prevent them. Pets left unattended for long periods can also cause damage to a home that may be expensive to repair. Know that you will want to repair any damage caused by pets prior to listing your home for sale.

With everything you do at your home, there is a chance that you may have a positive or negative impact on your home’s value. Keep that in mind as you are making home updates and select the changes that are most likely to have a positive impact. I am also available to discuss potential changes with you at any point so you know how things might impact your value before it’s too late. If you have any additional questions about selling your home or what affects your homes value, 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
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.

Image by Nattanan Kanchanaprat from Pixabay 


Huskyfest 2019 Golf Tournament

The Huskyfest 2019 Golf Tournament is this Sunday, June 9th from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the Sierra Star Golf Course. The tournament helps to raise funds for local high school sports programs in need of funding for equipment and/or travel. Players will enjoy 18 holes of golf with cart, breakfast grab bag, and BBQ after the tournament at Sierra Star provided by Mammoth Mountain.

Visit the official event website to register today! Prizes will also be given in several categories including best team score, best individual score, men’s longest drive, women’s longest drive, and closest to the pin par 3’s.

Bring your friends and Enjoy a great Sunday game of golf for a good cause.

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 Court Prather on Unsplash


What Buyers Want

If you are thinking about selling your home soon or just know that one day you will, you may wonder what home buyers are currently looking for when they are shopping for a home. If you are in the process of making updates to your home, it makes sense that you consider what the future buyer of your home might want so that you can make choices that will appeal to people when the time does come for you to sell.

With that in mind, what are buyers really looking for today? In today’s market, buyer’s expect homes to be nicely updated especially the kitchen and bathrooms. No Formica countertops, dark rooms and closed up floor plans. Here are five things you should consider if your home doesn’t already have them.

  • Open Floor Plans…this isn’t going away. Buyers want space where they can gather with family and friends or supervise kids while they are making dinner in the other room. If your home doesn’t offer this, consider removing a wall or two for an open feel and blending separate spaces together for an easy flow.
  • Outdoor living space is still big so add features that make the space usable for multiple seasons like a covered space to block the worst sun, a firepit for cool nights or a kitchen for easy weekend entertaining.
  • Flexible living spaces. We have moved away from the growing homes of the 90’s. Homes are still spacious but not getting any bigger because buyers want to use the space they have. Formal areas that are rarely used have been eliminated in favor of flexible spaces that serve multiple purposes and get used daily. From offices to playrooms and exercise rooms to guest space, buyers opt to use their space wisely.
  • Buyers are interested in finishes that will last while providing low maintenance such as hardwood floors and ceramic tile. Today’s homeowners are busy and don’t want to spend every weekend taking care of their home. Maintenance to make things last will be done but they would rather use their free time for recreation than home maintenance.
  • Buyers want storage space. Walk-in closets, a linen closet, pantry, coat closet and an organized garage. Buyers want space for their stuff, and they want the spaces organized so add shelving and organization systems to make the space work well for you and it will benefit you down the road too.

Think about all of these things before you make any changes. Chances are you will enjoy them as well as the buyer that one day buys your home. If you are in the process of making updates soon, call me and let’s discuss your ideas so you can maximize your investment. 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

Image by Jesse Bridgewater from Pixabay.


2019 Pamper Pedal

The 11th Annual Pamper Pedal is this Saturday, June 1st. The ride starts at Footloose Sports and ends at Bishop City Pool for a post-ride party. There are three rest stops along the 48-mile ride course to keep you fueled! Each rest stop will have a range of hydrating beverages and food.

This incredible event has an abundance of entertainment and activities. Highlights include catering by the famous Rolling Chef Food Truck from Bishop, CA at the Post Ride Party at the Bishop City Pool, incredible raffle items, Friday Night Wine & Cheese Social at Footloose Sports, and of course three fantastic on-course aid stations.

Are you supporting a rider? Friends and family are welcome to celebrate at the pool party. Entry to the private pool party is $10 and includes use of the pool and the changing/showers. You may purchase this ticket in advance via the registration platform, or on-site at Footloose Sports on Friday or at the pool!

For additional information, visit the official event website. Bring your friends and family it is sure to be fun for all!

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 Daniel Llorente on Unsplash


For Sale ~ 0 Crowley Lake Road, Crowley Lake, CA 93546 – $899,000

0 Crowley Lake Road38 ACRES NEAR ASPEN SPRINGS/CROWLEY LAKE!

Beautiful views from this 38-acre parcel near Aspen Springs/Crowley Lake with riparian water rights and mineral rights. Property has 4-5 natural springs which flow from near top of parcel down to the meadow below. The springs run inclusive 76 gallons of water per minute. Slightly downsloping lot with access from Crowley Lake Drive. This would be perfect for a horse ranch or a fishing getaway. Parcel can be subdivided. Water quality report is available. Owner may carry paper.

Click Here to view the virtual tour! For more information visit 0 Crowley Lake Road.

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.