Archives for March 2013

More Good News….

Housing Starts rose slightly in February, coming in above expectations and up 28 percent since this time last year. Both Single-Family Housing Starts and Building Permits (a sign of future construction) also increased, reaching their highest levels since June 2008. In … [Read more...]

February Existing Home Sales Continue To Rise, Buoyed By Investors

Sales of existing homes and their prices continued to rise in February affirming, according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) which released the data, a healthy recovery is underway in the housing sector. Existing home sales increased 0.8 percent to a seasonally … [Read more...]

Why it’s Better for Buyers to Close This Year Instead of Next

How will the rent-versus-buy math change over the next year? Two factors matter most: (1) whether prices or rents are rising faster, and (2) what’s happening to mortgage rates. Looking forward, the gap should narrow more sharply because both factors should work together to … [Read more...]

Obama: Housing “Clearly Turning a Corner”

The housing market has shown signs of “bottoming out nationally and clearly turning a corner,” according to the Obama Administration’s December Housing Scorecard. Home values are inching up while home sales remain strong. Some home price indexes are showing values up 5.6 … [Read more...]

“And now….the rest of the story.” Paul Harvey

With his famous line, Paul Harvey pointed out for years that there's more to every story--and often those hidden details influence what happened. Read on to learn the big stories from last week, and the important details to note. There was good news last week as retail … [Read more...]

Why you need a Pre-Approval Letter

You found the perfect house, it's everything you've been looking for and you're ready to make an offer. But without a pre-approval, how do you know if you can afford the house? Even if you do qualify to purchase the house, a seller will want a pre-approval letter to go along … [Read more...]

Stress-Free Service Ranks High

Ease and convenience matter as much as cost to some people shopping for mortgages in the wake of the foreclosure crisis. About a third of consumers are willing to pay more for a mortgage that comes with superior customer service and less stress, according to a recent … [Read more...]

5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Sale

Working to get your home ship-shape for showings will increase its value and shorten your sales time. 1. Have a home inspection Be proactive by arranging for a pre-sale home inspection. For $250 to $400, an inspector will warn you about troubles that could make … [Read more...]

13060 Oberwald Way

TUSCAN MEETS TAHOE! This 4 bedroom 3 bath home is a mostly furnished, energy efficient retreat and has it all: 2 master suites, 2 person jetted tub, vaulted ceilings, river rock pass-thru gas fireplace, & gorgeous windows enhance the warm & comfortable living area. … [Read more...]

Tahoe SnowFestival is Here Again

SnowFest! 2013 takes place March 1st -10th   Celebrating 32 years of Family Fun in North Lake Tahoe!  Make plans to be here for another great celebration! Every spring since 1982, North Lake Tahoe comes alive with 10 fun-filled days and nights, jam packed with … [Read more...]