The Village at Squaw Valley



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Squaw Valley Ski Trail Map

Squaw Valley, or Olympic Valley, was first eyed by Alexander Cushing in 1946. Three years later Cushing opened the Squaw Valley Development Company. Skiers would ride the world’s largest double chairlift, Squaw One.

Today, Squaw Valley is world class skiing in a world class destination resort. The valley floor is surrounded by spectacular 9,000 peaks. Back in 1960, Squaw Valley hosted the Winter Olympic Games.

Summer activities include scenic cable car rides to High Camp where swimming, music concerts, and a restaurant are located. The valley offers a beautiful summer destination spot for championship golfing, mountain-biking, an Olympic museum, hiking, horseback riding, shopping, restaurants and bars.

Squaw Valley offers condos, townhouses, cabins and luxury view homes. The Village offers luxury condos, pubs, restaurants & retail. In 2010 Squaw Valley was purchased by Colorado’s KSL Capital Partners, who plan significant upgrades in the coming years.  For 2015-2016 Squaw Valley / Alpine Meadows has over $9 million in investments in snow surface and chairlift technologies across both mountains. These investments will improve snow surface quality and operational reliability, enhancing the overall guest experience.

The Village at Squaw Valley

The Village at Squaw Valley


Northstar Homes


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Northstar California Winter Ski Trail Map

Northstar California (formerly Northstar-at-Tahoe), a four-season resort community, is located minutes from Lake Tahoe and Truckee / Interstate 80. Amenities include the Northstar Ski Resort, a cross country ski center, an 18-hole golf course, saunas, spa, swimming pool, tennis courts, a weight room, an equestrian center, and a conference center. The Village features ski-in/ski-out residences, an ice rink, restaurants, and retail shops.

Also at Northstar is the new Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe – with ski-in / ski-out accomodations and a 17,000 sq. ft. Spa & Fitness Center.

In October 2010, Vail Resorts acquired the operations of Northstar-at-Tahoe and changed the name to Northstar California. Season Pass Holders are now able to ski at Heavenly & Kirkwood, plus upgrade to also ski at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone.

The Northstar community provides home options ranging from affordable condominiums to the finest in luxury mountain living. Some of the residents live year-round, while others spend much of their free time here.


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The Village at Northstar™ is located at the base of the Northstar California Ski Resort.  With boutique shops, bistro’s, an ice skating rink, The Village Swim and Fitness Center, to the Tahoe Mountain Club’s mountain amenities, The Village at Northstar offers plenty of activity for the entire family.

With capital investments surpassing $30 million throughout the past five years, Northstar California Resort is Lake Tahoe’s premier destination for guests in search of quintessential laid-back California luxury and style.  Deemed the ‘Best Resort for Families’ by Outside Magazine and North Lake Tahoe’s top-ranked resort for 2015 by SKI Magazine, Northstar is a favorite among parents and children; and with accommodations exuding unparalleled mountain elegance – throughout The Village at Northstar as well as within slopeside-located Constellation Residences at Northstar, a Rock Resort and The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe – Northstar continues to offer skiers the best of the Lake Tahoe experience.

State-of-the-art mountain investments have curated the perfect setting to unveil new experiences, innovative ski programs, refined culinary traditions, and elegant events during winter 2014-2015 – all of which echo Northstar’s indisputable penchant for casual sophistication.

Homewood Announces Drone Video Service

Homewood Announces Drone Video Service


Homewood Mountain Resort is excited to announce their new partnership with Cape Productions, drone video service, for the 2015-16 season. Cape Productions provides an exciting new video method for personal action sports, allowing guests to be filmed while a piloted drone camera follows them. After capturing breathtaking shots with Tahoe’s most beautiful view, guests will receive an edited and online published version of their footage with the ability to share it through social media outlets.

Cape Productions takes away the hassle of purchasing and managing equipment and will provide the guest a professional level video edit, making it easy to share experiences with friends and family. Everyone, regardless of age or skill will be able to capture breathtaking footage, film their family ski trip, get shots of their group of friends and more.


Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows New Military Season Program Advances High Fives Foundation’s “Military to the Mountains” Program

[Olympic Valley, Calif.] January 4, 2016 – Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is now offering a season pass to active duty military in exchange for a $25 donation to the “Military to the Mountains” program, a partnership between Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, High Fives Foundation, Achieve Tahoe (formerly Disabled Sports USA Far West) and Adaptive Training Foundation that will host and train 10 injured veterans of the United States armed forces on the slopes of Squaw Valley this spring. The program has raised $50,000 already this season.

“Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows has a proud history of supporting the programs offered by both the High Fives Foundation and Achieve Tahoe, as well as providing the men and women that serve our great country with complimentary skiing,” said Andy Wirth, president and chief executive officer of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. “To further support those who serve in our armed forces, the new active duty military season pass program we have implemented this year will allow for the ‘Military to the Mountains’ program to be continually funded year after year.”

The resort now provides a Silver Tahoe Super Pass to military personnel, along with a note of appreciation and a challenge coin for a donation of $25, of which all proceeds support non-profit organizations “22Kill” and “Military to the Mountains.” Additional donations are also accepted at the resort on behalf of these organizations, and online donations will be coming soon. Those interested in purchasing this pass must present their U.S. Active Duty Military ID at the Guest Services and Sales Center at Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows.

“It’s incumbent upon us all to voice and demonstrate our deep sense of appreciation for the men and women who serve our country in the military. For those veterans who have suffered life altering injuries, this is just one more way to help them as we welcome them to our two legendary mountains,” Wirth said.

“The program is off to a great start, with more than $50,000 having already been raised, and year end projections expected to near the $100,000 mark. This means that the men and women who have served our country and have been injured in doing so will have the opportunity to learn to ski or ride with the help of High Fives and the ‘Military to the Mountains’ program this year and for the long-term,” Wirth continued.

Created by the High Fives Foundation following the success veteran Marine Corporal Jacob (Jake) Schick achieved while skiing at Squaw Valley during the 2014-15 winter season, the “Military to the Mountains” program is collective effort between High Fives Foundation, Adaptive Training Foundation, Achieve Tahoe and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. The organizations successfully worked together to provide Schick with training prior to visiting Squaw Valley, and with adaptive skiing instruction once on the mountain, and will continue to do so for other injured military veterans.

This year, the program will begin in January 2016 with a 9-week training class at the Dallas, TX based Adaptive Training Foundation, founded and operated by retired NFL linebacker, David Vobora. The mission of the Adaptive Training Foundation is to empower the human athlete, restore hope through movement, and redefine the limits of individuals with disabilities. Their role in this effort is to train military veterans who have been severely injured to be physically ready for adaptive skiing lessons.

Following the 9-week training, High Fives and Adaptive Training Foundation will bring the 10 veteran athletes to Reno on flights hosted by American Airlines. The athletes will then stay and ski at Squaw Valley with Achieve Tahoe adaptive ski instructors from March 27 through April 1, 2016.

“Witnessing the success Jake had on the mountain, and realizing the positive impact skiing had on his recovery – physically and emotionally – we are excited to expand the ‘Military to the Mountains’ program this year and into the future,” said Roy Tuscany, executive director of High Fives Foundation. “With this contribution, we will be able to make this program sustainable for years to come. Our goal is to bring the experience of sliding on snow to veterans both locally and across the country.”

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About Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is an internationally renowned mountain resort in North Lake Tahoe that spans over 6,000 skiable acres. The resort features slopeside lodging at The Village at Squaw Valley®, which bustles year round with nonstop events and nearly 60 bars, restaurants and boutiques. With an annual average of 450 inches of snowfall and 300 sunny days, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is known as the spring skiing capital as it provides one of the longest ski and snowboard seasons in Lake Tahoe. Over 65 percent beginner and intermediate terrain and 14 easy-to-navigate mountain zones welcome skiers and riders of all ability levels. Visit or call 1.800.403.0206 to learn more.

About High Fives Foundation
High Fives Non-Profit Foundation, based in Truckee, CA, became an official 501c.3 non-profit on January 19, 2009. Founded by Roy Tuscany, the Tahoe-based Foundation supports the dreams of mountain action sports athletes by raising injury prevention awareness while providing resources and inspiration to those who suffer life-altering injuries. For more information, visit

About Achieve Tahoe
Achieve Tahoe is a unique North Lake Tahoe-based non-profit organization, teaching specialized ski and snowboard lessons seven days a week on the slopes of Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley and Northstar Resorts. Staffed by a corps of over 150 trained instructors, 90% of whom are volunteers, they serve people of any age with physical, sensory and intellectual challenges. Find out more at

About Adaptive Training Foundation
After meeting one of five living combat injured quadruple amputees, ATF Founder David Vobora recognized a void in the process to living an active and fulfilling life post injury. While there are many excellent rehabilitative programs and recreational adaptive sports organizations, none existed to bridge the gap from basic functional rehabilitation to adapted sport through individually customized performance training.  It was out of this realization that ATF was conceived, and since receiving its official 501c.3 in late 2014, ATF has served over 50 athletes with varying disabilities.  Learn more about ATF’s story at

Andy Wirth Elected Chairman of Reno-Tahoe Regional Air Service Corporation

[Reno-Tahoe] January 12, 2016 – The Reno-Tahoe Regional Air Service Corporation (RASC) announced today that Andy Wirth was elected Chairman and President of RASC. Mr. Wirth is the President & CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, the parent company of Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows Resorts and also serves as the Chairman of the Reno Tahoe Airport Authority Board of Trustees. RASC is responsible for promoting air service into Reno-Tahoe International Airport and continually identifying new prospects for additional flights. The board is comprised of regional hotel-casino properties and tourism entities including North Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe and Reno.

“I am honored to serve in this role for the Regional Air Service Corporation. I believe that the landscape of, and future for our region, including the greater Reno-Sparks area and all of Lake Tahoe, is replete with opportunity,” said Wirth. “Air service into our region is and will continue to be one of the central elements of our growing and thriving economy.”

Wirth has been central to the development of airports and air service for major resorts and communities from Colorado to Quebec. He most recently played a central role in establishing air service to the Reno-Tahoe International Airport with JetBlue service from JFK Airport, as well as the recently announced Alaska Airlines service from John Wayne Airport and other locations.

The Regional Air Service Corporation also announced the election of two other officers of the board of directors who are experienced and seasoned professionals from the tourism and hospitality sector: Ms. Kimberlee Tolkien, Assistant General Manager of Atlantis Casino Resort Spa will serve as Vice Chair/Secretary, and Mr. Andy Chapman, President & CEO of Incline Village/Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau will remain as Treasurer.

The Regional Air Service Corporation was formed in an effort to bring together public and private organizations and businesses to contribute marketing dollars and expertise to position the Reno-Sparks-Lake Tahoe-Northern Nevada region as one destination, to focus on identifying national and international markets, to increase quality air service to and from the Reno/Tahoe International Airport and to target common tourism and business industry concerns for cooperative action.

RASC continues to be at the forefront of air service, recently working with Alaska Airlines on the promotion of direct flights to/from Boise, Idaho and Orange County, Calif., and also working with Southwest Airlines on service to/from Oakland, Calif.

About Reno-Tahoe Regional Air Service Committee
The Regional Air Service Committee (RASC) was formed in June 2001 to assist the Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RTIA) in providing additional incentives to maintain and grow air service and to promote the Reno Tahoe area as a year-round travel destination. In 2014, the Regional Air Service Committee voted to incorporate as a Nevada nonprofit corporation in order to legally fulfill the responsibilities of assisting the airport in maintaining and growing air service while promoting the Reno Tahoe area. RASC was officially incorporated February 2015 as the Regional Air Service Corporation (RASC).

Sugar Bowl January & February 2015 Events

01/14-01/15 FIS Giant Slalom Races

01/16 ASI Saturdays, Free in the Village Hall at 2pm

01/16-01/17 FIS Slalom Races

01/16 Intermediate Skate Clinic with Olympian Katerina Nash at Village Station (9:30) $40.00

01/17 Live music with Chi Mclean at the Judah Lodge 2:00-5:00 PM

01/22 XC Apré Ski

1/23 ASI Saturdays, Free in the Village Hall at 2pm

01/23 Gran Fondo Hut-Hut tour

02/06 USASA Slalom Race

2016 Real Estate Housing Forecast

2016 Real Estate Housing Forecast


WASHINGTON (January 12, 2016) — Following the housing market’s best year in nearly a decade, existing-home sales are forecasted to expand in 2016 at a more moderate pace as pent-up buyer demand combats affordability pressures and meager economic growth, according to National Association of Realtors® Chief Economist Lawrence Yun in a newly-released video on his 2016 housing market expectations.

In the NAR-published video, Yun discusses his expectations for the U.S. economy and housing market in 2016 and points to pent-up demand, sustained job growth and improving inventory conditions as his reasons for an expected gain (from 2015) in new and existing-home sales (view infographic).

Despite his forecasted increase in sales, Yun cites rising mortgage rates, home prices still outpacing wages and shaky global economic conditions as headwinds that will likely hold back a stronger pace of sales.

“This year the housing market may only squeak out 1 to 3 percent growth in sales because of slower economic expansion and rising mortgage rates,” Yun says in the video. “Furthermore, the continued rise in home prices will occur due to the fact that we will again encounter housing shortages in many markets because of the cumulative effect of homebuilders under producing for multiple years. Once the spring buying season begins, we’ll begin to feel that again.”

With one month of data remaining for 20151, Yun expects total existing-homes sales to finish the year up 6.5 percent from 2014 at a pace of around 5.26 million —the highest since 2006, but roughly 25 percent below the prior peak set in 2005 (7.08 million). The national median existing-home price for all of 2015 will be close to $221,200, up around 6 percent from 2014. In 2016, existing sales are expected to grow between 1 and 2 percent (5.30 to 5.40 million) and prices between 5 and 6 percent.

The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

Renovation Realities

Renovation Realities

2015 vs 2014 Truckee / Lake Tahoe Statistical Report

Tahoe Donner Real Estate Statistics

Tahoe Donner Real Estate Statistics

Truckee / Lake Tahoe Real Estate Statistics - 2015 vs. 2014

  • For 2015, 7% more homes were sold than in 2014 – however, ski resort sales (Alpine Meadows, Northstar & Squaw Valley) were 30-50% fewer due to less snow;
  • While the median price for homes decreased by $10,000 or 2%, it is a misleading statistic;
  • A comparison of the similar homes sold in Tahoe Donner reveals the price per square foot rose approximately 5% in 2015 compared to 2014 (see graph).
  • Condo sales in Tahoe Donner provide the best indicator of overall change in valuation, as neighborhood statistics in other areas can be skewed by higher or lower price-points – an example being the Westshore which is skewed greatly by $2-$3 million condos in Fleur du Lac.
Feel free to call or email Scott Kennedy with any questions you may have.
NOTE: Tahoe Donner $ / sq. ft. data based on subset of homes 2500-3500 sq. ft. built between 2000-2010.  MLS data is believed accurate however not guaranteed – verification is recommended.

Real Estate Terms & Terminology

7/23 and 5/25 Mortgages: Mortgages with a one-time rate adjustment after seven years and five years, respectively.

3/1, 5/1, 7/1 and 10/1 ARMs: Adjustable-rate mortgages in which the rate is fixed for three-year, five-year, seven-year and 10-year periods, respectively, but may adjust annually after that.
Acceleration: The right of the mortgagee (lender) to demand the immediate repayment of the mortgage loan balance upon the default of the mortgager (borrower), or by using the right vested in the due-on-sale clause.
Adjustable-Rate Mortgage (ARM): A loan on which the monthly payments will increase or decrease over time, based on changes in the ARM?s interest rate index. ARM payments typically are adjusted every six months or once a year. Common indices to which ARMs are tied include the 11th District Cost of Funds, one-year T-note and six-month T-bill.
Adjusted Basis: The cost of a property plus the value of any capital expenditure for improvements to the property minus any depreciation taken.
Adjustment Date: The date that the interest rate changes on an adjustable-rate mortgage.
Adjustment Interval: The interval between changes on an adjustable-rate mortgage in the interest rate and/or monthly payment; typically one, three or five years depending on the index.
Adjustment Period: The period elapsing between adjustment dates for an adjustable-rate mortgage.
Affordability Analysis: An analysis of a buyer?s ability to afford the purchase of a home. Reviews income, liabilities and available funds. Considers the type of mortgage you plan to use, the area where you want to purchase a home and the probable closing costs.
Amortization: The gradual repayment of a mortgage through monthly (e.g. installment) payments. In the early years of a mortgage, most of the monthly payment goes toward interest. Later in the mortgage, more of the payment goes toward reducing the loan?s principal balance.
Amortization Term: The length of time required to amortize the mortgage loan expressed as a number of months. For example, 360 months is the amortization term for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage.
Annual Percentage Rate (APR): The annual cost of a mortgage, including interest, loan fees and other costs, stated as a percentage of the loan amount.
Appraisal/Appraised Value: An opinion of the market value of a home expressed by a real estate appraiser.
Arbitration: The term used to describe a form of dispute resolution that occurs outside of the court system, usually by private agreement between parties. Basically, arbitration is a dispute resolution system where the parties submit arguments and evidence to a neutral person, known as the arbitrator, who then renders a decision, called an award, based upon the evidence and arguments presented.
Assessment: A local tax levied against a property for a specific community purpose, such as a sewer or streetlights.
Assignment: The transfer of a contractual interest or obligation from one person to another such as, but not limited to, a transfer of a mortgage obligation. Assignment is a legal term used to transfer interest from one contract to another.
Assumable Mortgage: An assumable mortgage can be transferred from the seller to the new buyer. Generally requires a credit review of the new borrower and lenders may charge a fee for the assumption. If a mortgage contains a due-on-sale clause, a new buyer may not assume the mortgage.
Assumption: The agreement between buyer and seller where the buyer takes over the payments on an existing mortgage from the seller. Assuming a loan can usually save the buyer money by acquiring an existing mortgage debt, instead of obtaining a new mortgage where closing costs and market-rate interest charges will apply.
Assumption Fee: The fee paid to a lender (usually by the purchaser of real property) when an assumption takes place.
Balloon Mortgage: A loan that is amortized for a longer period than the term of the loan. Usually this refers to a 30-year amortization and a five-year term. At the end of the term of the loan, the remaining outstanding principal on the loan is due.
Balloon Payment: The final lump sum paid at the maturity date of a balloon mortgage.
Biweekly Payment Mortgage: A plan to make mortgage payments every two weeks (instead of the standard monthly payment schedule). The 26 (or 27) biweekly payments are each equal to one-half of the monthly payment required if the loan were a standard 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. The result for the borrower is a substantial saving in interest.
Blanket Mortgage: A mortgage covering at least two pieces of real estate as security for the same mortgage.
Borrower (Mortgager): One who applies for and receives a loan in the form of a mortgage with the intention of repaying the loan in full.
Bridge Loan: A second trust for which the borrower?s present home is collateral, allowing the proceeds to be used to close on a new house before the present home is sold. Also known as a “swing loan.”
Broker: An individual who assists with arranging funding or negotiating contracts for a client but who does not loan the money himself or herself. Brokers usually charge a fee or receive a commission for their services.
Buy-down: When the lender and/or the homebuilder subsidize a mortgage by lowering the interest rate during the first few years of the loan. While the payments are initially low, they will increase when the subsidy expires.

Caps: Provisions of an adjustable-rate mortgage limiting how much the interest rate can change at each adjustment period (e.g., every six months, once a year) or over the life of the loan (rate cap). A payment cap limits how much the payment due on the loan can increase or decrease.

Cash Flow: The amount of cash derived over a certain period of time from an income-producing property. The cash flow should be large enough to pay the expenses of the income-producing property (mortgage payment, maintenance, utilities, etc.).
Certificate of Eligibility: The document given to qualified veterans entitling them to VA-guaranteed loans for homes, businesses and mobile homes. Certificates of eligibility may be obtained by sending form DD-214 (Separation Paper) to the local Veterans Affairs office with VA form 1880 (request for Certificate of Eligibility).
Certificate of Reasonable Value (CRV): An appraisal issued by Veterans Affairs showing the property?s current market value.
Certificate of Veteran Status: The document given to veterans or reservists who have served 90 days of continuous active duty (including training time). It may be obtained by sending DD 214 to the local Veterans Affairs office with form 26-8261a (request for certificate of veteran status; this document enables veterans to obtain lower downpayments on certain FHA-insured loans).
Change Frequency: The frequency (in months) of payment and/or interest rate changes on an adjustable-rate mortgage.
Closing: The meeting at which a home sale is finalized. The buyer signs the mortgage, pays closing costs and receives title to the home. The seller pays closing costs and receives the net proceeds from the home sale.
Closing Costs: Expenses in addition to the price of the home incurred by buyers and sellers when a home is sold. Common closing costs include escrow fees, title insurance fees, document recording fees and real estate commissions.
COFI: An adjustable-rate mortgage with a rate that adjusts based on a cost-of-funds index, often the 11th District Cost of Funds.
Construction Loan: A short-term interim loan to pay for the construction of buildings or homes. These are usually designed to provide periodic disbursements to the builder as he or she progresses.
Consumer Reporting Agency (or Bureau): An organization that handles the preparation of reports used by lenders to determine a potential borrower?s credit history. The agency gets data for these reports from a credit repository and other sources.
Contingency: A condition that must be fulfilled before a contract is binding.
Contract Sale or Deed: A contract between purchaser and seller of real estate to convey title after certain conditions have been met. It is a form of installment sale.
Conventional Mortgage: A loan not guaranteed, insured or made by the federal or state government.
Conversion Clause: A provision in an adjustable-rate mortgage allowing the loan to be converted to a fixed-rate mortgage at some point during the term. Usually conversion is allowed at the end of the first adjustment period. The conversion feature may cost extra.
Counteroffer: An offer in response to an original offer.
Credit Report: A report documenting the credit history and current status of a borrower?s credit standing.
Credit Risk Score: A credit risk score is a statistical summary of the information contained in a consumer?s credit report. The most well-known type of credit risk score is the Fair, Isaac or FICO score. This form of credit scoring is a mathematical summary calculation that assigns numerical values to various pieces of information in the credit report. The overall credit risk score is highly relative in the credit underwriting process for a mortgage loan.
Default: Failure to meet legal obligations in a contract, specifically, failure to make the monthly payments on a mortgage.
Deferred Interest: When a mortgage is written with a monthly payment that is less than required to satisfy the note rate, the unpaid interest is deferred by adding it to the loan balance.
Delinquency: Failure to make payments on time. This can lead to foreclosure.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): An independent agency of the federal government that guarantees long-term, low- or no-downpayment mortgages to eligible veterans.
Debt-To-Income (DTI) Ratio:The ratio of monthly debt payments to monthly gross income. Lenders use a housing DTI ratio (house payment divided by monthly income) and a total DTI ratio (total debt payments including the house payment divided by monthly income) to determine whether a borrower?s income qualifies him or her for a mortgage.
Deed: A legal document conveying ownership of property.
Downpayment: The portion of the home?s purchase price the buyer pays in cash.
Due-on-Sale-Clause: A provision in a mortgage or deed of trust that allows the lender to demand immediate payment of the balance of the mortgage if the mortgage holder sells the home.
Earnest Money: The deposit given by a buyer to a seller to show that the buyer is serious about purchasing the home. Earnest money usually is refundable to homebuyers in the event a contingency of the sales contract cannot be met.
Entitlement: The Veterans Affairs home loan benefit (i.e., entitlement for a VA-guaranteed home loan). This is also known as eligibility.
Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA): A federal law requiring lenders and other creditors to make credit equally available without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, or receipt of income from public assistance programs.
Equity: The difference between a home?s value and the mortgage amount owed on the home.
Escrow: The holding of documents and money by a neutral third party prior to closing.
Escrow Disbursements: The use of escrow funds to pay real estate taxes, hazard insurance, mortgage insurance and other property expenses as they become due.
Escrow Payment: The part of a mortgager?s monthly payment that is held by the servicer to pay for taxes, hazard insurance, mortgage insurance, lease payments and other items as they become due.
Exclusive Right to Sell Listing: A contract giving an agent the exclusive right to market a property under a certain time frame.
Exclusive Agency Listing: A contract giving the broker the right to market an owner?s property for a certain period of time, but also allowing the owner to sell the property during that period without paying a commission.
Farmers Home Administration (FmHA): Provides financing to farmers and other qualified borrowers who are unable to obtain loans elsewhere.
Federal Housing Administration (FHA): A division of the Department of Housing and Urban Development whose main activity is insuring residential mortgage loans made by private lenders. FHA also sets standards for underwriting mortgages.
Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae): A privately owned corporation created by Congress that purchases and sells conventional residential mortgages as well as those insured by Federal Housing Administration or guaranteed by Veterans Affairs. This institution, which provides funds for one in seven mortgages, makes mortgage money more available and more affordable. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are the key secondary mortgage-market agencies.
FHA Loan: A loan insured by the Federal Housing Administration open to all qualified home purchasers. While there are limits to the size of FHA loans, they are generous enough to handle moderately priced homes almost anywhere in the country.
FHA Mortgage Insurance: Requires a fee (up to 2.25 percent of the loan amount) paid at closing to insure the loan with FHA. In addition, FHA mortgage insurance requires an annual fee of up to 0.5 percent of the current loan amount, paid in monthly installments. The lower the downpayment, the more years the fee must be paid.
Firm Commitment: A promise by Federal Housing Administration to insure a mortgage loan for a specified property and borrower. A promise from a lender to make a mortgage loan.
First Mortgage: The primary lien against a property.
Fixed Installment: The monthly payment due on a mortgage loan, including payment of both principal and interest.
Fixed-Rate Mortgage (FRM): A loan on which the interest rate and monthly payment do not change.
For Sale By Owner (FSBO): The owner sells his or her home without a REALTOR® to avoid paying a sales commission.
Foreclosure: A legal process by which the lender or the seller forces a sale of a mortgaged property because the borrower has not met the terms of the mortgage. Also known as a repossession of property.
Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac): A quasi-governmental, privately owned agency that purchases conventional mortgage from insured depository institutions and HUD-approved mortgage bankers. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are the key secondary mortgage-market agencies
Fully Amortized ARM: An adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) with a monthly payment that is sufficient to amortize the remaining balance, at the interest accrual rate, over the amortization term.
Graduated-Payment Mortgage (GPM): A type of flexible-payment mortgage where the payments increase for a specified period of time and then level off. This type of mortgage has negative amortization built into it.
Growing-Equity Mortgage (GEM): A fixed-rate mortgage that provides scheduled payment increases over an established period of time. The increased amount of the monthly payment is applied directly toward reducing the remaining balance of the mortgage.
Guaranty: A promise by one party to pay a debt or perform an obligation contracted by another if the original party fails to pay or perform according to a contract.
Guarantee Mortgage: A mortgage that is guaranteed by a third party.
Hazard Insurance: A form of insurance in which the insurance company protects the insured from specified losses, such as fire, windstorm and the like.
Homeowner?s Warranty: A policy that covers certain repairs (e.g. plumbing or heating) of a newly purchased home for a certain period of time.
Housing Expenses-to-Income Ratio: The ratio, expressed as a percentage, which results when a borrower?s housing expenses are divided by his or her gross monthly income.
HUD-1 statement: A document that provides an itemized listing of the funds that are payable at closing. Items that appear on the statement include real estate commissions, loan fees, points and initial escrow amounts. A separate number within a standardized numbering system represents each item on the statement. The totals at the bottom of the HUD-1 statement define the seller?s net proceeds and the buyer?s net payment at closing.
Impound Account: An account established by a lender to collect a borrower?s property tax and insurance payments. Impound accounts are normally required on mortgages with down payments of 10 percent or less.
Index: A published interest rate against which lenders measure the difference between the current interest rate on an adjustable rate mortgage and that earned by other investments (such as one-, three- and five-year U.S. Treasury security yields, the monthly average interest rate on loans closed by savings and loan institutions, and the monthly average costs-of-funds incurred by savings and loans), which is then used to adjust the interest rate on an adjustable mortgage up or down.
Indexed rate: The sum of the published index plus the margin. For example if the index were 9 percent and the margin 2.75 percent, the indexed rate would be 11.75 percent. Often, lenders charge less than the indexed rate the first year of an adjustable-rate mortgage.
Initial Interest Rate: This refers to the original interest rate of the mortgage at the time of closing. This rate changes for an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM). It?s also known as “start rate” or “teaser.”
Installment: The regular periodic payment that a borrower agrees to make to a lender.
Insured Mortgage: A mortgage that is protected by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) or by private mortgage insurance (MI).
Interest: The fee charged for borrowing money.
Interest Accrual Rate: The percentage rate at which interest accrues on the mortgage. In most cases, it is also the rate used to calculate the monthly payments.
Interest Rate Buydown Plan: An arrangement that allows the property seller to deposit money to an account. That money is then released each month to reduce the mortgagor?s monthly payments during the early years of a mortgage.
Interest Rate Ceiling: For an adjustable-rate mortgage, the maximum interest rate as specified in the mortgage note.
Interest Rate Floor: For an adjustable-rate mortgage, the minimum interest rate as specified in the mortgage note.
Interim Financing: A construction loan made during completion of a building or a project. A permanent loan usually replaces this loan after completion.
Investor: A money source for a lender.
Lease-Purchase Mortgage Loan: An alternative financing option that allows low- and moderate-income homebuyers to lease a home with an option to buy. Each month?s rent payment consists of principal, interest, taxes and insurance (PITI) payments on the first mortgage plus an extra amount that accumulates in a savings account for a downpayment.
Liabilities: A person?s financial obligations. Liabilities include long-term and short-term debt.
Lien: A claim upon a piece of property for the payment or satisfaction of a debt or obligation.
Lifetime Payment Cap: For an adjustable-rate mortgage, a limit on the amount that payments can increase or decrease over the life of the mortgage.
Lifetime Rate Cap: For an adjustable-rate mortgage, a limit on the amount that the interest rate can increase or decrease over the life of the loan.
Listing: A property placed on the market by a listing agent.
Loan: A sum of borrowed money (principal) that is generally repaid with interest.
Loan-to-Value (LTV) Ratio: The ratio of the amount of money owed on a home to the home?s value. The LTV ratio for a $100,000 home financed with a $90,000 mortgage would be 90 percent, for example.
Lock: Lender?s guarantee that the mortgage rate quoted will be good for a specific number of days from day of application.
Margin: The amount a lender adds to the index on an adjustable-rate mortgage to establish the adjusted interest rate.
Market Value: The highest price that a buyer would pay and the lowest price a seller would accept on a property. Market value may be different from the price a property could actually be sold for at a given time.
Maturity: The date on which the principal balance of a loan becomes due and payable.
Mediation: A process used to resolve disputes. In mediation, the parties to the dispute are assisted by a neutral third person called a mediator. The mediator is not empowered to impose a settlement or decision on the parties; rather, the mediator facilitates discussions and negotiation between the parties with the goal of assisting the parties in reaching a mutually acceptable settlement of their dispute.
MIP (Mortgage Insurance Premium): Insurance from FHA to the lender against incurring a loss on account of the borrower?s default.
Monthly Fixed Installment: That portion of the total monthly payment that is applied toward principal and interest. When a mortgage negatively amortizes, the monthly fixed installment does not include any amount for principal reduction and doesn?t cover all of the interest. The loan balance therefore increases instead of decreasing.
Mortgage: A legal document that pledges a property to the lender as security for payment of a debt.
Mortgage Banker: A company that originates mortgages for sale into the secondary mortgage market (e.g., Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac).
Mortgage Broker: An individual or company that arranges mortgage financing between a borrower and a lender.
Mortgagee: The lender.
Mortgage Insurance: Money paid to insure the mortgage when the down payment is less than 20 percent.
Mortgage Life Insurance: A type of term life insurance specifying that in the event that the borrower dies while the policy is in force, the debt is automatically paid by insurance proceeds.
Mortgage Interest Deduction: The ability of mortgage borrowers to deduct the interest paid on a home loan for purposes of federal and state income taxes.
Mortgager: The borrower or homeowner.
Multiple Listings Service (MLS): The service combines the listings for all available homes in an area, except for For-Sale-By-Owner properties, in one directory or database.
Negative Amortization: Occurs when monthly payments are not large enough to pay all the interest due on the loan. This unpaid interest is added to the unpaid balance of the loan. The danger of negative amortization is that the homebuyer ends up owing more than the original amount of the loan.
Net Effective Income: The borrower?s gross income minus federal income tax.
Net Listing: A listing agreement in which the broker?s commission consists of the amount above a net price set by the owner. If the net price is not met, a commission is not earned.
Non-assumption Clause: A statement in a mortgage contract forbidding the assumption of the mortgage without the prior approval of the lender.
Note: A legal document that obligates a borrower to repay a mortgage loan at a stated interest rate during a specified period of time.
One-year Adjustable: Mortgage whose annual rate changes yearly. The rate is usually based on movements of a published index plus a specified margin chosen by the lender.
Open Listing: A property marketed by more than one agent at a time.
Origination Fee: A fee charged by a lender for making a mortgage.
Owner Financing: A property purchase transaction in which the party selling the property provides all or part of the financing.
Payment Change Date: The date when a new monthly payment amount takes effect on an adjustable-rate mortgage or a graduated-payment mortgage. Generally, the payment change date occurs in the month immediately after the adjustment date.
Periodic Payment Cap: A limit on the amount that payments can increase or decrease during any one adjustment period.
Periodic Rate Cap: A limit on the amount that the interest rate can increase or decrease during any one adjustment period, regardless of how high or low the index might be.
Permanent Loan: A long-term mortgage, usually 10 years or more. Also called an “end loan.”
PITI: Principal, interest, taxes and insurance — the primary components of a monthly mortgage payment.
Pledged-account Mortgage (PAM): Money is placed in a pledged savings account and this fund plus earned interest is gradually used to reduce mortgage payments.
Points: One point equals 1 percent of the mortgage amount. Points are charged by lenders to increase the lender?s return on the mortgage. Typically, lenders may charge anywhere from zero to two points. Loan points are tax-deductible.
Power of Attorney: A legal document authorizing one person to act on behalf of another.
Pre-approval: The process of determining how much money you will be eligible to borrow before you apply for a loan.
Prepaid Expenses: Necessary to create an escrow account or to adjust the seller?s existing escrow account. Can include taxes, hazard insurance, private mortgage insurance and special assessments.
Prepayment: A privilege in a mortgage permitting the borrower to make payments in advance of their due date.
Prepayment Penalty: Money charged for an early repayment of debt. Prepayment penalties are allowed in some form (but not necessarily imposed) in many states.
Primary Mortgage Market: Lenders, such as savings-and-loan associations, commercial banks and mortgage companies, who make mortgage loans directly to borrowers. These lenders sometimes sell their mortgages to the secondary mortgage markets.
Principal: The loan amount borrowed or still owed.
Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI): Insurance issued by private insurers that protects lenders against a loss if a borrower defaults on a mortgage with a low downpayment (e.g., less than 20 percent).
Qualifying Ratios: Calculations used to determine if a borrower can qualify for a mortgage. They consist of two separate calculations: a housing expense as a percent of income ratio and total debt obligations as a percent of income ratio.

Rate Lock: A commitment issued by a lender to a borrower or other mortgage originator guaranteeing a specified interest rate and lender costs for a specified period of time.
Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA): A consumer protection law that requires lenders to give borrowers advance notice of closing costs. RESPA is a federal law that, among other things, allows consumers to review information on known or estimated settlement cost after application and prior to or at settlement. The law requires lenders to furnish the information after application only.
REALTOR®: A real estate broker or agent who, as a member of a local association of REALTORS®, a state association of REALTORS® and the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (link to, adheres to high standards of professionalism and a strict code of ethics.
Recission: The cancellation of a contract by putting all parties back to the position before they entered the contract. In some mortgage financing situations involving equity in the home as security, the law gives the homeowner three days to cancel a contract.
Recording Fees: Money paid to the lender for recording a home sale with the local authorities, thereby making it part of the public records.

Refinance: Obtaining a new mortgage loan on a property already owned. Often to replace existing loans on the property.
Renegotiable Rate Mortgage: A loan in which the interest rate is adjusted periodically.
Reverse Annuity Mortgage (RAM): A form of mortgage in which the lender makes periodic payments to the borrower using the borrower?s equity in the home as collateral for and repayment of the loan.
Revolving Liability: A credit arrangement, such as a credit card, that allows a customer to borrow against a pre-approved line of credit when purchasing goods and services.
Satisfaction of Mortgage: The document issued by the mortgagee when the mortgage loan is paid in full. Also called a “release of mortgage.”
Second Mortgage: A mortgage made subsequent to another mortgage and subordinate to the first one.
Secondary Mortgage Market: The place where primary mortgage lenders sell the mortgages they make to obtain more funds to originate more new loans. It provides liquidity for the lenders.
Security: The property that will be pledged as collateral for a loan.
Seller Carry-back: An agreement in which the seller provides financing, often in combination with an assumable mortgage.
Seller Financing: A financing agreement in which a seller provides part (or all) of the financing needed by a buyer to purchase the seller?s home.
Servicer: An organization that collects principal and interest payments from borrowers and manages borrowers? escrow accounts. The servicer often services mortgages that have been purchased by an investor in the secondary mortgage market.
Servicing: All the steps and operations a lender performs to keep a loan in good standing, such as collection of payments, payment of taxes, insurance, property inspections and the like.
Shared-Appreciation Mortgage (SAM): A mortgage in which a borrower receives a below-market interest rate in return for which the lender (or another investor such as a family member or other partner) receives a portion of the future appreciation in the value of the property. May also apply to a mortgage where the borrower shares the monthly principal and interest payments with another party in exchange for part of the appreciation.
Simple Interest: Interest that is computed only on the principle balance.
Standard Payment Calculation: The method used to determine the monthly payment required to repay the remaining balance of a mortgage in substantially equal installments over the remaining term of the mortgage at the current interest rate.
Step-Rate Mortgage: A mortgage that allows for the interest rate to increase according to a specified schedule (i.e., seven years), resulting in increased payments as well. At the end of the specified period, the rate and payments will remain constant for the remainder of the loan.
Survey: A measurement of land, prepared by a registered land surveyor, showing the location of the land with reference to known points, its dimensions, and the location and dimensions of any buildings.
Sweat Equity: Equity created by a purchaser performing work on a property being purchased.
Third-Party Origination: When a lender uses another party to completely or partially originate, process, underwrite, close, fund or package the mortgages it plans to deliver to the secondary mortgage market.
Title: A legal concept relating to ownership of property.
Title Insurance: Insurance to protect the buyer and lender against losses arising from disputes over the ownership of a property.
Title Search: An examination of public records to determine the legal ownership of property. Usually the records are recorded with the County Recorders office. The search is usually performed by a title company using computerized records.
Total Expense Ratio: Total obligations as a percentage of gross monthly income including monthly housing expenses plus other monthly debts.
Truth In Lending Act: A federal law requiring disclosure of the annual percentage rate to homebuyers shortly after they apply for the loan. Also known as Regulation Z.
Two-Step Mortgage: A mortgage in which the borrower receives a below-market interest rate for a specified number of years (most often seven or 10), and then receives a new interest rate adjusted (within certain limits) to market conditions at that time. The lender sometimes has the option to call the loan due with 30 days notice at the end of seven or 10 years.
Underwriting: The process of evaluating a loan application to determine if it meets the lender?s standards.
Usury: Interest charged in excess of the legal rate established by law.
VA Loan: A long-term, low- or no-downpayment loan guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Restricted to individuals qualified by military service or other entitlements.
VA Mortgage Funding Fee: A premium of up to 1.5 percent (depending on the size of the downpayment) paid on a VA-backed loan. On a $75,000 fixed-rate mortgage with no down payment, this would amount to $1,406 either paid at closing or added to the amount financed.
Verification of Deposit (VOD): A document signed by the borrower?s financial institution verifying the status and balance of that person?s financial accounts.
Warehouse Fee: Many mortgage firms must borrow funds on a short-term basis in order to originate loans that are to be sold later in the secondary mortgage market or to investors. When the prime rate of interest is higher on short-term loans than on mortgage loans, the mortgage firm has an economic loss that is offset by charging a warehouse fee.
Wraparound Mortgage: Results when an existing assumable loan is combined with a new loan, resulting in an interest rate somewhere between the old rate and the current market rate. The payments are made to a second lender or the previous homeowner, who then forwards the payments to the first lender after taking the additional amount off the top.

Homeowners Reap Remodeling Benefits Whether Selling or Staying, Say Realtors®

Homeowners Reap Remodeling Benefits Whether Selling or Staying, Say Realtors®

Homeowners Reap Remodeling Benefits Whether Selling or Staying, Say Realtors®

WASHINGTON (December 9, 2015) — Homeowners preparing to sell often make improvements, both big and small, to their homes that can help yield positive results and garner top dollar from buyers. According to a new report from the National Association of Realtors®, remodeling projects can also bring major benefits to homeowners who choose to remain in their homes.

“Realtors® know that certain home upgrades and remodels can be beneficial to get more buyer eyes on a property, potentially bring in more offers or gain more equity from a home,” said NAR President Tom Salomone, broker-owner of Real Estate II Inc. in Coral Springs, Florida. “But remodeling projects are just as valuable to homeowners who simply want to get more joy out of their dwellings. Regardless of the situation, Realtors® know what remodeling projects bring the biggest bang for the buck and what projects are most likely to improve a homeowner’s impression of their current place.”

According to NAR’s 2015 Remodeling Impact Report, which uncovers the reasons homeowners choose a remodel and the increased happiness certain projects bring once completed, 64 percent have experienced increased enjoyment in their home after completing a remodeling project. Additionally, 75 percent of respondents said they felt a major sense of accomplishment when thinking of their completed project. Fifty-four percent of respondents felt happy about the changes to their home, and 40 percent felt satisfied. As for their reasons to complete a remodeling project, 38 percent of homeowners said they wanted to upgrade worn-out surfaces, finishes and materials; 17 percent wanted to add features and improve livability; and 13 percent believed it was time for a change.

Realtors® named kitchen upgrades, complete kitchen renovations, bathroom renovations and new wood flooring as the interior projects that most appeal to potential buyers. Similarly, Realtors® also ranked projects based on expected value at resale (without accounting for project price); the projects that ranked the highest in this category were complete kitchen renovations, kitchen upgrades, bathroom renovations and the addition of a bathroom.

When looking at the interior projects that yield the biggest financial results upon resale, Realtors® ranked hardwood flooring refinishes (100 percent of project cost recovered upon resale), insulation upgrades (95 percent recovered), new wood flooring (91 percent recovered), and converting a basement to a living area (69 percent recovered) as projects to consider.

Exterior projects are also important for both sellers and homeowners looking to increase satisfaction with their current home. Realtors® said new roofing, new vinyl windows, new garage doors and new vinyl siding are most appealing to potential buyers and are highly valued upon resale (both considering project price and disregarding project price). Upon resale, Realtors® said new roofing would recover 105 percent of its project cost, a new garage door would recover 87 percent, new vinyl siding would recover 83 percent, and new vinyl windows would bring back 80 percent of their cost. As for exterior projects that bring the most happiness for those not necessarily intending to sell, homeowners said new fiber-cement siding, new fiberglass or steel front doors, new roofing, and new garage doors brought the most satisfaction.

The 2015 Remodeling Impact Report, the first of its kind from NAR that examines personal satisfaction from remodeling projects, surveyed Realtors®, consumers who have completed their own remodeling projects, and members of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

“Remodeling projects can greatly improve both the value of and satisfaction with one’s home, which are great things no matter the reason for a project,” said Judy Mozen, president of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. “This report highlights the best projects to consider in either situation and showcases just how much of a difference a good and professional remodel can make in real numbers.”

Salomone said the report not only assists homeowners who are preparing to sell in choosing the best projects to attract buyers, but it also helps those looking to get more personal satisfaction out of their homes. “Realtors® know that remodeling projects aren’t just done to get more money for a home once it’s time to sell – a home is your sanctuary, the place you raise your family and where you make lifelong memories, which is why the report can also help consumers decide which projects could enhance their current quality of life and happiness,” he said.

The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry is the medium for business development, a platform for advocacy and the principal source for industry intelligence. NARI connects homeowners with its professional members and provides tips and tricks so that the consumer has a positive remodeling experience.

Lahontan with View of Northstar Lookout Mountain – Close to Golf & Spa

Lahontan with View of Lookout Mountain & close to golf, spa

…………………….Lahontan with View of Northstar Lookout Mountain – Close to Golf & Spa…………………….

Natural elegance with south facing Lookout Mountain and meadow views. A convenient location and just a short walk to the clubhouse, golf and spa/fitness area. Window walls and spacious living areas highlight this comfortable, easy to live in home with 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths and office. The 2-sided stone fireplace is enjoyed from both the great room and outdoor deck and patio. A perfect home for family and friends.

Asking $1,795,000 – MLS#: 20153188

To see this Truckee Lahontan mountain real estate property for sale, please call Scott Kennedy @ 530.582.9980

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The data relating to real estate for sale on this web site comes in part from the Broker Reciprocity Program of the Tahoe Sierra Multiple Listing Service. Real estate listings held by brokerage firms other than Sierra-Tahoe Realty, inc. are marked with the Broker Reciprocity logo and detailed information about them includes the name of the listing brokers.  This listing courtesy of: Matt Gelso Real Estate.

California Association of Realtors Victorious in Beating Back Mortgage Tax

President Obama today signed H.R. 22, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, which does NOT include an extension of the higher guarantee-fees set to expire in 2021.  The bill funds several highway and transit-related projects, with monies coming from a variety of sources. While the Senate version of the long-term transportation bill included this “mortgage tax” to pay for transportation infrastructure, the final version does not. This is a HUGE win for REALTORS® and their clients.In November, the House of Representatives approved a long-term-transportation bill with an amendment to exclude the tax. C.A.R. and the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® vigorously opposed the “add-on” fee for all new conforming mortgages in order to pay for transportation infrastructure. This “g-fee,” which was a disguised tax on home buyers, would have cost average California home buyers more than $8,100 over the life of their mortgage on a new home purchase or refinance.

C.A.R. thanks its members, local Association Executives and local Association Government Affairs Directors for their support and efforts in successfully beating back this tax and helping to meet its goal of exceeding a 20 percent response rate to the Call-for-Action. Nearly 31,000 California REALTORS® called or emailed Congress to oppose this proposal.

Dec. 4, 2015

Why Buyers Need to Buy That New Home Now

Your client has decided on new-home construction, but they’re dragging their feet. Need to give them extra motivation to get that contract signed this fall or winter?

“Fall and winter are a great time to start working with a builder and do much of the upfront planning and legwork that goes into a new-construction home,” says Brian Brunhofer, president of Meritus Homes. “Plus, there are some definite advantages to beginning that process before the end of the year that buyers might not be aware of.”

BUILDER online recently highlighted some of those advantages, including:

1. Low interest rates: The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is still under a 4 percent average, according to Freddie Mac. But most economists are predicting that interest rates will soon be on the rise, and when rates do rise that will deflate buyers’ purchasing power.

2. Buffering in more time: Many buyers fail to take into account the length of the permitting and approval process, which has to take place before the actual construction. “The reality is that after a buyer signs a contract with us, it takes anywhere from 60 to 90 days to get architectural plans submitted and permits approved before we actually start construction,” Brunhofer says. “Buyers who begin that process in the fall or winter can relax knowing they have plenty of time to get all those details taken care of and be 100 percent ready to roll when the early spring construction season starts. And if we have a mild enough winter, we might be able to get a jump on construction for them even earlier in the year.”

3. Taking advantage of the financial benefits: Before the end of the calendar year, builders will have secured their 2016 contract prices for labor and building materials. As such, they’ll adjust their home prices to reflect any increased costs. Buyers who decide to sign a contract with a builder this fall rather than waiting until next spring may see some cost savings by taking advantage of 2015 pricing.

4. Timing the market right: Many families prefer to be able to move into their new-home prior to the beginning of a school year. Buyers who work with builders in the fall and winter will likely be ready to move into their new home by next summer. “Buyers should expect anywhere from five to six months of actual construction time,” Brunhofer says. “That means if we get all the upfront approvals and permitting taken care of during the fall and early winter, we’ll start work the minute the ground thaws and we’ll be wrapped up in time for a summer move-in date.” Also, for buyers with an existing home to sell, they will be able to sell their current home then during the spring time, which is traditionally a busier housing market.

Source: “Give Customers Four Reasons to Buy Now,” BUILDER (Sept. 30, 2015)

Home Buyers: The Bargains are Now…

For home buyers chasing a bargain, they may want to act fast. Closings in January provide the best discount for home buyers, according to Lawrence Yun, the chief economist for the National Association of REALTORS®, in his latest column at Forbes. That means buyers can get the best deals when they get a home under contract around December, Yun writes.

From peak price in August and September, home prices decline by 0.51 percent by January closings, according to the Case-Shiller index. On a typical home price of $220,000, that discount could equate to about $1,122, Yun writes.

“The seasonal decline is not all price depreciation of homes” in winter, Yun notes. “A good portion of movement is driven by a higher proportion of lower priced and smaller-sized homes getting sold during the winter months. The reason for this is that families with school-aged kids are generally not in the market during the winter because they do not want their kids to be disrupted during a school year, and it is the families with kids that generally require the larger homes that carry higher prices.”

The discounts in the winter and during the holidays may be a perfect opportunity for home buyers looking to break in to the housing market.

“Real estate professionals know this to be true in everyday business since there are far fewer buyers shopping over the holidays; as a result, listed homes staying on the market for a longer period. In short, there is a discount to be had for the few buyers purchasing over the holidays.

Source: “Now Is the Best Season to Buy a Home,” Forbes (Dec. 2, 2015)

Squaw Valley – Brand New Ultra Modern Mountain Home for Sale


Squaw Valley - Brand New Ultra Modern Mountain Home for Sale

……………………. Squaw Valley – Brand New Ultra Modern Mountain Home for Sale …………………………….

Squaw Spectacular – New to MLS this custom brand new ultra mountain modern home boosts 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, large living room with floor to ceiling windows to bring in all the glorious mountain surroundings. Spacious family room and an over sized two car garage to store all your outdoor gear.  High end, state of the art finishing throughout. Wired with Lutron smart home features and much more. One of a kind, amazing home. Gated community with optional Resort amenities.

Asking: $2,850,000  MLS #: 20153150

To see this Squaw Valley real estate property for sale, call Scott Kennedy @ 530.582.9980.

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The data relating to real estate for sale on this web site comes in part from the Broker Reciprocity Program of the Tahoe Sierra Multiple Listing Service. Real estate listings held by brokerage firms other than Sierra-Tahoe Realty, inc. are marked with the Broker Reciprocity logo and detailed information about them includes the name of the listing brokers.  This listing courtesy of: Pacific Union International.

Tahoe Donner – New Construction – Two Master Suites with Fireplaces

Tahoe Donner - New Construction - 2 Master Suites w/ Fireplaces

………………………. Tahoe Donner – New Construction – Two Master Suites with Fireplaces ……………………..

Built with the attention to detail that the discriminating buyer is looking for. Two master suites with fireplaces. Built in entertainment center in great room.  Kitchen features include; center island with prep sink, beverage refrigerator, Kitchenaid appliances, french door refrigerator with custom wood panels and Wolf cook top. Separate family room with free standing gas stove and bar area. Pavered back patio with built in gas fire pit. Central vacuum, pre-wired for sound, alarm and hot tub and more!!

Asking: $1,250,000  MLS #: 20153152

To see this Tahoe Donner real estate property for sale, call Scott Kennedy @ 530.582.9980.

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The data relating to real estate for sale on this web site comes in part from the Broker Reciprocity Program of the Tahoe Sierra Multiple Listing Service. Real estate listings held by brokerage firms other than Sierra-Tahoe Realty, inc. are marked with the Broker Reciprocity logo and detailed information about them includes the name of the listing brokers.  This listing courtesy of: Chase International.

Northstar – Extensive Remodel with New Kitchen, Dining Room & Many Upgrades

Northstar - Extensive Remodel with New Kitchen, Dining Room & Many Upgrades

………….   Northstar – Extensive Remodel with New Kitchen, Dining Room & Many Upgrades   …………….

Enjoy all that Northstar has to offer from this beautiful home! The owner is currently putting the finishing touches on an extensive remodel which includes a new kitchen, dining room and many upgrades throughout. This home is on a near level lot, making for easy access in winter. A short shuttle bus ride takes you to the ski area, recreation center or Tomkins Trail system. A spacious rear deck allows for summer entertaining and BBQ’s.   A must see in Northstar!

Asking: $939,000  MLS #: 20153148

To see this Northstar ski mountain home for sale, call Scott Kennedy @ 530.582.9980.

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The data relating to real estate for sale on this web site comes in part from the Broker Reciprocity Program of the Tahoe Sierra Multiple Listing Service. Real estate listings held by brokerage firms other than Sierra-Tahoe Realty, inc. are marked with the Broker Reciprocity logo and detailed information about them includes the name of the listing brokers.  This listing courtesy of: Sheridan Brokers Northstar R.E.

Squaw Valley Opens Top-to-Bottom Friday Nov. 27th


Squaw Valley will be open top to bottom starting Friday

We’ve got a lift and terrain update we think you’ll like. Starting this Friday Squaw Valley will be open top to bottom!

• Squaw Creek opens on Thanksgiving Day
• Mountain Run opens on Friday at Squaw Valley, which means you’ll be skiing top to bottom
• Roundhouse Express at Alpine Meadows opens on Friday

You’ll find additional trails open off each lift as the snow continues to fall and conditions allow for more snowmaking. And the forecast calls for it to keep snowing through this weekend. Get out there and have some fun!

*All operations are subject to change due to weather and conditions.

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