10 Things to Avoid while in Escrow

10. Increase balances on existing credit cards or apply for new credit. (no credit checks should occur during the entire loan process!)This also means do not purchase big items until after you close. 9. Purchase a car or shop for a car. Or a boat, jet ski, RV, anything really! 8. Open a new bank account or make large deposits. (the source for all deposits over $500 showing on the last 2 months bank statements needs to be verified) 7. Transfer funds from one account to another. Unless directed by the lender 6. Shift credit card debt from one Creditor to another. Leave all revolving credit as is... Read more »

You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression-12 Tips to selling your home faster

You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression-12 Tips to selling your home faster If you’re looking to sell your home quickly and for top dollar, there are some lesser-known words that match the importance of the famous real estate phrase “location, location, location.”  Curb appeal. As the saying goes, “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.” When people drive up and first see your house, you want them to think of it immediately as a home that has been maintained and well cared for. You should also spend time scoping out the competition... Read more »

RECALL notice: White-Rodgers Recalls Thermostats-FIRE HAZARD

White-Rodgers Recalls Home Heating and Cooling Thermostats Due to Fire Hazard More than one million thermostats sold in the United States and Canada since 2006 are being recalled because the batteries can leak and cause a fire. Product: The thermostats are made by White-Rodgers, but some have different brand names printed on the front, including ComfortSentry, DICO, Emerson, Frigidaire, Maytag, Nutone, Partners Choice, Rheem, Ruud, Unico, Water Furnace, Westinghouse and Zonefirst. Hazard: The alkaline batteries used in the thermostat can leak onto the circuit board posing a fire hazard. Remedy:... Read more »

April 2014 Market Stats

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Prepare for New Retrofitting Law in California

Conserve Water, Save Money, and Prepare for New Retrofitting Law Courtesy of car.org   Effective Jan. 1, 2014, property owners who obtain permits to remodel a property that was built prior to 1994 are required to retrofit with toilets that use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush, shower heads with flow rates of no more than 2.5 gallons per minute, and other interior fixtures that use less than 2.2 gallons of water per minute This applies to all single-family property permits, as well as multifamily and commercial property permits where 10 percent or more of the square footage is... Read more »

Camping in Lake Tahoe

          Lake Tahoe offers many camping options from back packing to car camping with Lake Tahoe views. To check out available camping areas and to see what works for your friends and family check out the printable map of campgrounds around the lake. Campground map                                Read more »

Snowmobiling map

Lake Tahoe has some very fun and exciting areas to snowmobile and explore the back country in Lake Tahoe.   As we have a lot of protected areas there are still areas offering amazing terrain for a printable map of areas to go explore click on the link below. snowmobile area map  Read more »

10 Things to check before buying a home

As most of us learn things the hard way this short list offers some very important things that should be checked before signing the papers to buy a new home. Scheduling inspections is always good because they able to give you an overview of condition and look over the place to make sure you’re termite and flood/mold damage free, but these following items fall into a different category — the immediate honey-do list! Knowing there will always be cosmetic changes to make to a new home, trying to avoid costly repairs upon first moving in is always a bonus its seems there is always something.... Read more »

The Home Buying Process

A lot of sellers and buyers alike wonder how most homes are sold the infographic below is a perfect example of where buyers and sellers are going to find or sell homes. In times when there is market uncertainty its clear using a REALTOR sells your home and makes for a better buying experience. If you are looking to sell or buy a home in the future use a REALTOR.  Read more »

Tips for bear-proofing your home

Tips for bear-proofing your home Never Feed the Bears! Not Ever! Report any neighbors or visitors who are doing so to the BEAR League  530-525-PAWS (7297)  Make bird feeders inaccessible to bears or take them down. Do not leave accessible windows or doors open. Screens are not bear-proof.  Be sure your doors are solid wood or metal and install and use heavy deadbolts. Spray Pinesol on window and door casings to mask food odors coming from inside. Repeat often. Check out deterrents at www.rexplus.com and think seriously about getting a motion activated barking dog device. Replace... Read more »

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