south lake tahoe: First Jobs Report of the Year is a Good One - 01/07/12 02:12 PM

2011 trend of better, but slower than we'd like, economic news continues. (Lake Tahoe Real Estate Blog / January 5, 2011 / Richard Bolen)
Here's what it says, "The job market is looking a little brighter at the start of the new year." It's via the Associated Press and it's in the first weekly jobs report of 2012.
As we've consistently reported since the onset of the tough economic times that started in late 2005, and got worse by 2008, they key to recovery is the US housing market, and the key to that is our national jobs market.
Here's … (2 comments)

south lake tahoe: A Glance at the South Lake Tahoe, CA real estate home values right now. - 12/14/11 01:11 PM
A 17.3% decline in the South Lake Tahoe, CA median sold price over the last 365-days.
(Lake Tahoe Real Estate Blog / December 12, 2011 / Richard Bolen)
At present the South Lake Tahoe, CA median sold price is $231,500. This is based on all sales in the last 180-days, with the Tahoe Keys not included. If the Tahoe Keys were included, the median sold price over the same time frame is $250,000. In other words the Tahoe Keys skews the South Lake Tahoe median sold price upward by $18,500, or 7.4%.
Over the last 90-days, the South Lake Tahoe, CA … (0 comments)

south lake tahoe: Better Jobs News is Good for South Lake Tahoe, Good for us All - 12/10/11 02:43 PM

Weekly US unemployment claims fall to nine-month low. (Lake Tahoe Real Estate Blog / December 8, 2011 / Richard Bolen)
How better US jobs news is good for South Lake Tahoe is simply this: the national jobs market is directly tied to the housing market. Steady improvement in our country's employment picture will eventually lead to first, home value stability, and secondly gradual return to higher home values.
What's good for today's home buyer is rising home values have not occurred yet, nor do we expect that in the near future. As one tracks the jobs market, though, there will … (0 comments)

south lake tahoe: South Lake Tahoe, now with Two New Eyes - 12/09/11 01:54 PM

Gratitude and Progress with Cataract Surgery (Lake Tahoe Real Estate Blog / December 4, 2011 / Richard Bolen)
We must apologize for the gap in between our last post. South Lake Tahoe visuals have been just a little awkward with one eye, the new one, seeing things at 20-20, and the other eye seeing from a 20-400 point of view.
My glasses with only one lens didn't change that oddness, and as my right eye healed, seeing so good and new that it did, things did get a little better, but not so much that I wanted to spend my … (0 comments)

south lake tahoe: Seeing South Lake Tahoe… with a New Eye. - 11/20/11 12:53 PM

Cataract Surgery brings a wonderful new focus to South Lake Tahoe.
(Lake Tahoe Real Estate Blog / November 17, 2011 / Richard Bolen)
Blues like I've never seen them before. Reds and greens too. And it's truly amazing. I had been told I would see South Lake Tahoe better after cataract surgery, but I wasn't told it would be this good.
Only the right eye has been done so far, and all I can say is it's amazing. I've got 20-20 vision in one eye for the first time ever. Clarity and distance distinction, I pretty much knew that … (1 comments)

south lake tahoe: Our New South Lake Tahoe, CA Home Buyer Software: You Never have to Worry about Paying Too Much Again! - 10/30/11 02:24 PM
 "Characteristics by Price" helps Buyers find the Deal they are looking for.
 (Lake Tahoe Real Estate Blog / October 28, 2011 / Richard Bolen)
If you are a South Lake Tahoe, CA home buyer, or seller, watching this video is a must.
This is what we've been working on for the last year and a half: public real estate information empowerment software. This is one of five new real estate software applications we are developing for you. Making things easier and more exact is our goal, and yes this is US patent pending.
Here is the introductory narrative found in … (0 comments)

south lake tahoe: South Lake Tahoe Home Affordability: Interest Rates Have Never Been this Low Before. - 10/11/11 07:08 PM
 Interest Rates below 4%? It screams South Lake Tahoe home buyer advantage.
(Lake Tahoe Real Estate Blog / October 9, 2011 / Richard Bolen)
There is really no other way to say it: mortgage interest rates on a South Lake Tahoe home loan are as low now as they were in the 1905's. The truth is many of you have not seen such good home buying news in your lifetime. (I have, but it was when I was only four-years old, and back then I was much more interested in sand boxes than houses.)
For a moment last week the mortgage … (1 comments)

south lake tahoe: 2011 South Lake Tahoe, CA Neighborhood Home Values - 10/08/11 12:11 PM

 South Lake Tahoe home values continue to be better deals for home buyers
(Lake Tahoe Real Estate Blog / October 5, 2011 / Richard Bolen)
We thought it would be helpful to look at South Lake Tahoe, CA home values by neighborhood, and compare the differences so far this year with the final stats from last year.
The source chart for this study is found below.
 Highest Median Sold Price : The top five South Lake Tahoe, CA neighborhoods with the highest median sold home values are:
1. The Tahoe Keys ($602,450) 2. Heavenly Valley ($454,300) 3. North Upper Truckee … (1 comments)

south lake tahoe: Attention Home Buyers: Making South Lake Tahoe Even More Attractive (pt 4) - 09/18/11 01:15 PM
 New Residential Development increases buyer choices, and puts new construction on market.
(Lake Tahoe Real Estate Blog / September 16, 2011 / Richard Bolen)
This is all good news for South Lake Tahoe home buyers. Home prices have not been this affordable in a decade, and mortgage interest rates have never been this low.
In addition to these very real home buyer advantages, there are a host of additional South Lake Tahoe positives that make our community even more attractive, and our housing climate even better.  These positives include improvements in our infrastructure and private investments in local businesses. All … (0 comments)

south lake tahoe: Attention Home Buyers: Making South Lake Tahoe Even More Attractive (pt 3) - 09/17/11 12:16 PM
 Infrastructure improvements increase the quality of our desirable South Lake Tahoe lifestyle.
(Lake Tahoe Real Estate Blog / September 15, 2011 / Richard Bolen)
This is all good news for South Lake Tahoe home buyers. Home prices have not been this affordable in a decade, and mortgage interest rates have never been this low.
In addition to these very real home buyer advantages, there are a host of additional South Lake Tahoe positives that make our community even more attractive, and our housing climate even better.  These positives include improvements in our infrastructure and private investments in local businesses. All … (1 comments)

south lake tahoe: Attention Home Buyers: Making South Lake Tahoe Even More Attractive (pt 2) - 09/16/11 01:27 PM
Infrastructure improvements increase the quality of our desirable South Lake Tahoe lifestyle.
(Lake Tahoe Real Estate Blog / September 14, 2011 / Richard Bolen)
This is all good news for South Lake Tahoe home buyers. Home prices have not been this affordable in a decade, and mortgage interest rates have never been this low.
In addition to these very real home buyer advantages, there are a host of additional South Lake Tahoe positives that make our community even more attractive, and our housing climate even better.  These positives include improvements in our infrastructure and private investments in local businesses. All … (0 comments)

south lake tahoe: Attention Home Buyers: Making South Lake Tahoe Even More Attractive (pt 1) - 09/15/11 01:44 PM
 Much more good news for buyers than low prices and low interest rates.
(Lake Tahoe Real Estate Blog / September 13, 2011 / Richard Bolen)
This is all good news for South Lake Tahoe home buyers. Home prices have not been this affordable in a decade, and mortgage interest rates have never been this low.
In addition to these very real home buyer advantages, there are a host of additional South Lake Tahoe positives that make our community even more attractive, and our housing climate even better.  These positives include improvements in our infrastructure and private investments in local businesses. … (0 comments)

south lake tahoe: So, Who does S & P Blame? - 08/10/11 01:33 PM

Blame is much less important than solution, one presumes.
(Lake Tahoe Real Estate Blog / August 8, 2011 / Richard Bolen)
Yup, some of you may be pleased, this is our last post about things political for a while. This comes from CNN, and it's about the S & P downgrade, of course.
The article is entitled: "Questions abound after agency downgrades U.S. credit rating", and it's here in full.
Of particular interest to us were comments made by John Chambers, head of sovereign ratings at Standard & Poor. When asked about factors that led to the S&P downgrade decision, … (0 comments)

south lake tahoe: The Top Ten Job Killing Companies (none in South Lake Tahoe) - 08/09/11 12:55 PM

Instead of blaming somebody else, why don't we all serve notice… on those who aren't serving? (Lake Tahoe Real Estate Blog / August 7, 2011 / Richard Bolen)
In economic times like these, when jobs are a premium priority, have you ever noticed that almost everything the political party in power does is considered "job-killing" by the other party? And it doesn't matter which party is in power, or not, because the party not in power always blames the other party for everything?
It's either all Bush's fault, or all Obama's fault, but it's never our fault for electing those … (0 comments)

south lake tahoe: South Lake Tahoe, CA Real Estate Update: Q1 and Q2 Housing Results - 07/08/11 06:15 PM
South Lake Tahoe, CA Housing: Down in demand only slightly, down in value almost 10%. (Lake Tahoe Real Estate Blog / July 6, 2011 / Richard Bolen)
Well, it continues to be good news for South Lake Tahoe, CA home buyers. Home values are a $29,000 better deal in general for home buyers than they were six months ago.
Half of all South Lake Tahoe, CA home buyers are purchasing a distressed property, and a little more than half of all buyers are making their purchase under $300,000. Rather than being influenced by demand, these two factors more than anything else … (0 comments)

south lake tahoe: South Lake Tahoe Business Spotlight: Keith Price Photo Tours - 06/27/11 04:25 PM
(Lake Tahoe Real Estate Blog / June 25, 2011 / Richard Bolen)
Discover the Natural Beauty of South Lake Tahoe!
With the proliferation of the digital camera market, photography – and photographers – have blossomed around the world, with more and more people realizing that they, too, can take – if not award winning – still excellent photos, capturing for all time some of the breathtaking scenery our area affords.
Sometimes, though, we all need to be pointed in the right direction.  Well, we're all in luck, locals and tourists alike, because Keith Price (he of HeliTahoe, a business we … (0 comments)

south lake tahoe: South Lake Tahoe luxury home listings for sale update: Glenbrook, NV - 06/22/11 11:43 PM
(Lake Tahoe Real Estate Blog / June 19, 2011 / Richard Bolen)

South Lake Tahoe neighborhood luxury home values: Glenbrook prices off 35% from last year, and down 135% off Glenbrook market high of 2007. We though it would be interesting to track South Lake Tahoe, NV neighborhood home values over time with this visual. As the chart above indicates, here are the median sold prices for the Glenbrook luxury home neighborhood since 2004.
 Glenbrook Luxury Home Values : Glenbrook home values are 35.7% lower ($910,360) than they were for 2010. It should be noted that this data is based … (0 comments)

south lake tahoe: South Lake Tahoe luxury homes and estate sales update: Lakefront Properties, NV - 06/14/11 11:44 AM
(Lake Tahoe Real Estate Blog / June 12, 2011 / Richard Bolen)

South Lake Tahoe neighborhood home values: Lakefront Properties prices off 10% over last year, and down 26% off Lakefront Properties market high of 2007. We though it would be interesting to track South Lake Tahoe, NV neighborhood home values over time with this visual. As the chart above indicates, here are the median sold prices for Lakefront Properties since 2004.
We think its important to note that "Lakefront Properties" is not a neighborhood per se; it is a designation within our multiple listing service that identifies homes and … (0 comments)

south lake tahoe: South Lake Tahoe home listings for sale update: Round Hill, NV - 06/12/11 05:00 PM
(Lake Tahoe Real Estate Blog / June 10, 2011 / Richard Bolen)

South Lake Tahoe neighborhood home values: Round Hill prices up 6% over last year, but down 42% off Round Hill market high of 2006. We though it would be interesting to track South Lake Tahoe, CA neighborhood home values over time with this visual. As the chart above indicates, here are the median sold prices for the Round Hill neighborhood since 2003.
 Round Hill Housing Values : Home values this year to date are 6.6% higher ($32,500) than they were for all of 2010 (based on the only … (1 comments)

south lake tahoe: South Lake Tahoe Business Spotlight: Doc’s Handyman Tahoe - 04/24/11 04:30 PM

Time for Some Spring Repairs at Lake Tahoe (Lake Tahoe Real Estate Blog / April 21, 2011 / Richard Bolen)
It's that time again……….winter is beginning its long good-bye, and Lake Tahoe locals are looking at their houses………and saying hmmmmm……something needs to be done. We're here to tell you that Doc's Contractor + Handyman is on the job!
Maybe the house needs a new coat of paint on the exterior surfaces; maybe some concrete work needs repair; maybe the deck could use some refurbishing (staining or painting or some re-fitting); maybe the fence could use some help after being buried … (0 comments)