Tag Archives: Mammoth Lakes Real Estate

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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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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Five Ways to Improve the Organization of Your Pantry

A pantry is a great way to store food and other kitchen items within the kitchen but out of your cabinets. Since pantries come in many sizes, that leaves an endless variety of options on how you can best organize the pantry for your household. In a disorganized pantry, it is easy to lose things in the pantry but with some basic organization, you can keep that from happening.

  1. Start by cleaning out items you don’t use or have expired. There is no reason to organize items that you will never use so start with this step. Moving forward, it’s a good idea to periodically clean out the pantry to toss items that you purchased but never got used for whatever reason. I would recommend during in January and sometime over the summer.
  2. Group items by the frequency you use them. There is no reason to have the rarely used karo syrup stored in the most accessible location.
  3. It’s also a good idea to group items by size. Storing a small container of spices next to a family size box of cereal will waste space in your pantry plus confuse everyone.
  4. Purchase bins and storage containers. There are lots of places to buy them, but dollar stores offer a lot of options in a variety of shapes and sizes. These can be great for small items like granola bars and other snacks, canned goods and baking essentials like chocolate chips and nuts. Some items just don’t stack well, and this will keep your pantry looking neat and help you find something quickly when you are looking for it.
  5. Don’t forget the door of your pantry. Some doors may not offer great options but many of them will allow you to add shelves that can provide additional storage for canned goods, spices and other items.

Even the best organization won’t last if you never take the time to put anything away. At a minimum of once a day, take a quick look at the pantry and make sure everything is in its place. With multiple hands in the pantry, things can get moved but a daily check will keep everything where you want it and save you time in the long run.

If you have any additional questions about updating or organizing 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 courtesy of Vivian Evans/Flickr.com.  

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Home Warranty Pros and Cons

When you are selling your home, you will want to do everything you can to help your home stand out from its competition. Before listing your home, it is important that your home be very clean, decluttered, properly staged and priced appropriately. Depending on the market, sometimes even that is not enough. Another thing you could consider when selling your home is to provide a home warranty to the new buyers of your home. This can be a nice selling point for several reasons.

A home warranty covers the components of a home, such as heating and cooling systems, appliances and water heaters but usually doesn’t include minor repairs such as plumbing leaks or anything cosmetic like painting and flooring. It can be purchased at any time though they are most often purchased during home transactions. The price can vary depending on the size of the home, age of the home and the options you select. After purchasing the warranty that normally lasts for a year though you can renew it in future years. You will pay a predetermined amount for a covered repair and the remainder of the repair will be covered by the warranty company. It is imperative that you call the warranty company before contacting someone to do the work if you want the warranty company to cover the repair.

For the buyer of your home, a home warranty can offer additional peace of mind. They will have a little extra comfort that many repairs can be made using the warranty and not deplete all of their savings. While everything at home doesn’t cost thousands of dollars, it isn’t uncommon for one repair to cost more than the cost of a warranty.

For the seller, a home warranty may bring in more buyers, especially if the person is selling an older home. First-time buyers don’t always have a lot of money to put into the property, and a warranty would reassure them they won’t have a lot of major expenses.

Think of a home warranty like an insurance policy for repairs to your home. Like insurance, the warranty doesn’t cover everything but it can cover many items and give you some extra peace of mind and for a buyer may just be the thing that helps them select your home over a similar one down the street. 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 courtesy American Advisors Group/flickr.com

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Fall Maintenance for Homeowners

As summer winds down and fall approaches, you will hopefully get some relief from the hot weather of recent weeks. As the temperatures cool, this makes a great time to take care of home maintenance tasks outside and prepare your home for the winter months. What should you do around your home in the fall to make sure you are ready for the next season? Here are five things you definitely should not skip.

  1. Lawn maintenance is common in the fall. If you choose to aerate in the fall, then you may want to fertilize your lawn after that. The summer is harsh on your grass. Giving it some attention after the weather starts to cool can help it recover before its dormant winter season. If you do fertilize your lawn, you will need to water it as well if the weather doesn’t cooperate with you. Without watering, your fertilizer will be wasted.
  2. Fall is a great time to seal and stain your deck. Depending on your deck, this may need to be done annually or every two to three years. You need to avoid the wettest season and while summer may have plenty of time that isn’t wet, it may be too hot for you to do this kind of activity depending on the size of your deck. While you may have some fall rain, you should likely have plenty of dry days too so you can complete this activity without getting into the cold months. While your area may be drier in the winter, if there is rain, it is likely to stick around longer since the temperatures are cooler. Most likely the fall will still have plenty of warm, sunny days to make deck maintenance ideal.
  3. Empty the gutters and downspouts and make any necessary repairs. When the leaves start to come off the trees in the fall, it is best to have your gutters empty, so they aren’t overloaded. Overflowing gutters can pull away from the house causing damage and allowing water to flow into your home. This damage is often hard to spot until it has progressed to a big and expensive problem.
  4. Winterize any outdoor water sources. This includes outdoor spigots, irrigation systems, sinks, fountains, and anything else. If temperatures dip below freezing with water in the lines, it could cause your pipes to burst creating an expensive and messy repair.
  5. Have your fireplace cleaned for the new season if you didn’t have it done at the end of fireplace season. If this is not something you have been doing regularly, talk to the person that comes out about the recommended schedule for this maintenance task depending on your fireplace usage habits. Fireplaces provide great heat during the winter but can be dangerous if they aren’t properly maintained.

Routine maintenance is critical to caring for your home and protecting your most important asset. 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.

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Design Inspiration for Your New Home

When you are moving into a new home, you may want an entirely new look to go along with that. Even if you are happy with most of your current furnishings and don’t need to change everything, a move may mean more space or different space that you need to furnish. If interior design isn’t one of your hobbies, where do you find ideas that will help you turn your house into a home. Start with these five sites to find lots of great ideas.

HGTV.com
HGTV is full of great ideas for everything house related. Ideas of all kinds can be found in whatever style you are looking for. From the front porch to the backyard and everything in between, HGTV is full of stunning ideas. Browse ideas by room or style until you find just the look for you.

Havenly.com
Havenly.com is the perfect option if you are never quite sure how to pull a room together. For a small fee, they will ask about your style and make recommendations that meet your budget and style. This is a great option if you don’t want to buy a prepackaged room of furniture and just can’t decide what goes together.

Houzz
This website brings together home professionals of all kinds to share ideas and experiences that you can search and brose until you find the right one for you. Whether you are looking for a fresh look for one room or the whole house, Houzz can make it easy to find.

Modsy.com
Modsy is another option to work with a designer for a small fee. They will provide design ideas within your budget then offer you discounted prices to purchase the items through them so you don’t have to track everything down yourself. They offer unlimited changes to their design recommendations and will keep working with you to get it right.

House Beautiful
The companion website to the magazine shares design ideas from a variety of sources. From whole designs to focus pieces to make a perfect statement, this site is full of ideas that you will love.

These sites are just a starting point to help you perfect your home to your style and needs. If the DIY approach to style isn’t for you, you can always call a local interior designer to help you style your home.  For additional information or recommendations to trusted professionals, please contact me today. 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 BUMIPUTRA from Pixabay 

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Remodeling vs Moving…Which is Right for You?

After a few years or decades in your home, you may discover it no longer meets your needs. When that is the case, you have two options. You can move and find a new home that meets your needs or remodel your existing home, so it fits your needs. Both options have pros and cons so there is a lot to consider when you are making your decision. Here are four questions to ask yourself before you decide.

  1. Is your location good or bad? If the location doesn’t work for you, that can’t be changed. In this case, moving is the option that will fix this problem.
  2. What about the size of your home? Do you want significantly more or less space? If you want less space, it’s time to move. If you want more space, you could add on to your home if your lot has enough space for that, your restrictions allow it and you have the money to do so. If adding on isn’t an option, moving is again the best choice.
  3. Beyond the location and if you like the place you are, do you like the area and feel comfortable in it? Did you buy your home 20 years ago and then a road was expanded, and you are closer to the highway than you would like? This is another thing that can’t be changed without moving. On the flipside, you may adore your location. It is very easy to grow attached to neighbors and your daily routine from where you live. If you love WHERE you live but don’t love the house anymore, a remodel might can help your house better meet your needs so you will love it as much as your neighbors.
  4. Are you looking for a home that will allow you to age-in-place? You may have lived in your home for 20-30 years but still love it. However, if all the bedrooms are upstairs, it may not be the place for you to grow old. Maybe you have a rarely used dining room or study that would make a great master suite. A remodel job may give you another 15-20 years in the home you love.

It’s important to think about this decision from multiple directions. Think about the financial aspect. Will a remodel cost so much that you will never recover anywhere near what you put into it? Remodeling can also be stressful. Are you up for the stress? Do you have the savings or are you willing to take out a loan for the changes you want to make? Can you remodel everything you want to at once or will you need to do it in stages so you can still live there? There are so many things to consider. Anytime you are thinking about real estate decisions, feel free to call me to answer any questions you have. 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 Milivoj Kuhar on Unsplash

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50 Hillside Drive #231, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 – SOLD SEPTEMBER 2020!

FULLY FURNISHED ONE-BEDROOM WESTIN CONDO!

Great opportunity to own a furnished one-bedroom Westin unit near the Village. The unit is directly overlooking the pool area. The living room features a gas fireplace and flat screen TV. The kitchenette is equipped with a small fridge, a microwave oven and tea and coffee making facilities.

This suite is also steps from the Westin Fitness room, spa and pool area. Great 2nd floor location! Sunny deck with views directly facing the pool and Mammoth Mountain.

Westin amenities include room service, valet, shuttle service, underground parking, ski lockers, owner storage, and home of the White Bark Restaurant, and Kid Klub activity center. Walk to The Village & Gondola to Canyon Lodge, restaurants and shops.

Such a great location!! On the rental program, contact agent for revenues.

Click Here to view the virtual tour! For more information visit 50 Hillside Drive #231.

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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