Lake Tahoe real estate market picked up steam in 2014

 Lake Tahoe real estate market picked up steam in 2014



The Lake Tahoe real estate market continued its post-recession improvement last year, according to Nevada-based Chase International.


The 2014 median sales price of a Lake Tahoe home increased 7 percent year-over-year to $475,000; the average price was $807,088, up 4 percent from the previous year.

Unit sales, however, were down around the lake, with overall sales volume dipping 8 percent. Homes selling for more than $1 million were down 6 percent.

Sue Lowe, corporate broker and senior vice president for Chase, said fewer homes were available for buyers re-entering the market. “We like slow and steady improvement,” Lowe said in a statement. “It’s a sign of a stable and healthy market. Sales will catch up and further increase home values.”

Chase said Tahoe City showed the biggest improvement last year with a 14 percent jump in sales volume, a 24 percent rise in average price ($966,456) and a 7 percent jump in median price ($545,000), compared with 2013.

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Tahoe City Street Fair And Fireworks Dazzle All Ages On Fourth Of July

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TAHOE CITY, Calif., June 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Tahoe City Downtown Association announces a full afternoon of activities for friends and families leading up to a spectacular fireworks display off of Commons Beach on Friday, July 4.

From the Boatworks Mall to the Cobblestone Center to Gatekeeper’s Museum and all points in between, Tahoe City offers visitors and residents a summer day like no other. Tahoe City’s July Fourth Fun Zone, located in Truckee-Tahoe Lumber Co.’s parking lot at 315 North Lake Boulevard, will included a dunk tank, bean bag toss, putting green and additional games. Penney the Clown will be on site, face painting and there will be live music performed by Kip Yager from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Join us in one of the most beautiful places on earth – Tahoe City – to celebrate Independence Day,” shares Stacie Lyans, Tahoe City Downtown Association’s Executive Director. “Enjoy convenient lake access, fabulous restaurants, great shops as well as hiking, paddling, cycling and all of the fun activities planned for the afternoon leading up to fireworks at dusk on Friday, July 4.”

Raffle prizes include a sit-on-top / stand up kayak donated by Ocean Kayak as well as prizes from Tahoe City Chevron, Tahoe City Golf Course, Trunk Show, Tahoe Donner and Market 28. Raffle tickets are available at upcoming events including the Tahoe City Solstice Festival, Tahoe City Wine Walk, Concerts at Commons Beach and the 4th of July Street Fair.

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An absolute expert in Lake Tahoe Real Estate! Trinkie Watson is! Absolutely!  Selling Lake Tahoe Real Estate for over 25 years-I know the Lake Tahoe region! I have seen it all, been through the cycles of bubble and burst, the crashing of the economy and the rebirth. We all want to be the expert in our field or career of choice but how do we do it? By staying involved, informed, connected and engaged.

President of the Lake Tahoe Music Festival and currently on the Board of the Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation; I stay involved. By attending area meetings such as the Homewood Master Plan, TRPA governing board and advisory planning, Squaw Valley Incorporation Plan, etc. I stay informed. A monthly e-newsletter, print ad campaigns, social media, blogging and local/community events keep me connected to my current clientele as well as any prospects. Responding, follow up and good communication… I have 2 assistants that aide in the ever challenging task of keeping in contact, being available and answering the phone-this keeps me engaged.

Previewing new inventory and keeping up with the old, participating in Broker Tour and Mixer events, Realtor conferences, office gatherings and continuing education all keep me involved, informed, connected and engaged in our local market.

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Northstar’s Golf Club

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Financial Reasons to Invest in Home Ownership!


By the KCM Crew

Eric Belsky is Managing Director of the Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University. He also currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Housing Research and Housing Policy Debate. Last year he released a paper on homeownership – The Dream Lives On: the Future of Homeownership in America. In his paper, Belsky reveals five financial reasons people should consider buying a home.

Here are the five reasons, each followed by an excerpt from the study:

1.) Housing is typically the one leveraged investment available. 

“Few households are interested in borrowing money to buy stocks and bonds and few lenders are willing to lend them the money. As a result, homeownership allows households to amplify any appreciation on the value of their homes by a leverage factor. Even a hefty 20 percent down payment results in a leverage factor of five so that every percentage point rise in the value of the home is a 5 percent return on their equity. With many buyers putting 10 percent or less down, their leverage factor is 10 or more.”

2.) You’re paying for housing whether you own or rent. 

“Homeowners pay debt service to pay down their own principal while households that rent pay down the principal of a landlord.”

3.) Owning is usually a form of “forced savings”.

“Since many people have trouble saving and have to make a housing payment one way or the other, owning a home can overcome people’s tendency to defer savings to another day.”

4.) There are substantial tax benefits to owning. 

“Homeowners are able to deduct mortgage interest and property taxes from income…On top of all this, capital gains up to $250,000 are excluded from income for single filers and up to $500,000 for married couples if they sell their homes for a gain.”

5.) Owning is a hedge against inflation.

“Housing costs and rents have tended over most time periods to go up at or higher than the rate of inflation, making owning an attractive proposition.”

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We realize that homeownership makes sense for many Americans for many social and family reasons. It also makes sense financially.

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Nearly 4,000 visitors are expected to attend the second annual Made In Tahoe Festival at Squaw Valley this weekend.

The festival showcases local businesses, artists, organizations and performers.

“Tahoe is home to so many talented entrepreneurs, philanthropists and artists that bring endless enthusiasm and passion to our region,” said Sean Kristl, marketing manager for Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, in a press release promoting the event. “It’s exciting to host an event that celebrates our local businesses and talent, while also helping them expand their reach.”

This year’s festival features live performances by Tahoe Flow Arts; a studio that specializes in aerial arts, dance and yoga; and music from One Track Mind, Jeff Jones, Ben Fuller, JT Chevallier and Chi McClean.

Visitors can also sample local cuisine from numerous Tahoe eateries at the festival.

Festivities run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Made In Tahoe Festival also kicks off summer operations at Squaw Valley. The resort’s Aerial Tram, which provides access to hiking trails and scenic viewpoints, will open Saturday and run through the summer.

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One of Lake Tahoe’s most iconic estates, the Thunderbird Lodge, starts summer off early this week, kicking off public tours ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.

The Thunderbird Lodge was built in the 1930s by George Whittell Jr. and represents some of the best craftsmanship in stone, iron and wood of the era.

“Two of the most stunning pieces of Lake Tahoe’s history are Thunderbird Lodge and Thunderbird Yacht,” according to the Thunderbird’s website. “The eccentric San Francisco real estate magnate, George Whittell, Jr., built the magnificent Tudor Revival summer estate between 1936 and 1939 and commissioned the Yacht in 1939. Located on Nevada’s eastern shore of Lake Tahoe, the historic site consists of a main lodge surrounded by three cottages, a card house, a boathouse, an elephant house, a lighthouse, three garages, and a gatehouse all nestled in a high desert pine forest.”

New to the National Historic Site this year are recently restored waterfalls. The half-acre man-made falls were originally built in the late 1930s and restored with help of the Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society, said Barbi Mooberry, marketing and administrative manager at the lodge.

“Originally, Marlette Creek water was diverted through the property, cascaded into the water feature, then into moats surrounding the house, filled pools in what is now the lakeside lawn, and tumbled through a series of weirs into Lake Tahoe,” according to the Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society’s winter newsletter. “In addition to the visual effect, this flow supplied irrigation for the ground, domestic drinking water, and electricity via a penstock to a turbine plant generating hydroelectric power.”

In addition to exploring the grounds of the Thunderbird Lodge and viewing the Thunderbird Yacht during tours, guests will also hear a little bit about Whittell Jr., Mooberry said. The stories about Whittell are as varied as they are colorful.

“Numerous legends surround Whittell’s activities at his Lake Tahoe estate, including colorful parties and high-stakes gambling in the card house,” according to the site. “The eccentric Whittell collected a veritable zoo of wild animals that made guest appearances at the Thunderbird Lodge each summer. Whittell’s interest in new technology such as automobiles and airplanes catered to his desire for high speed and risk taking.”

Thunderbird tours:

Public tours by land are offered May 20 through Oct. 18. The tours are $39 for adults and $19 for children ages 6-12. Tours start from the Incline Village Visitor Center at 969 Tahoe Blvd. For more information visit

Friday Wine & Cheese Tours are also available for $100 per person. The tours take place at 2:30 p.m. every Friday in July and August.

A variety of options are also available to reach the Thunderbird by water.

From South Shore: 888-867-6394 or

• One tour per day, Tuesday through Saturday, June through October

• 10:30 a.m. departure from Zephyr Cove at South Shore

From North Shore: 775-831-4386 or

• One tour per day; Thursday, Friday and Saturday; June through October

• 9 a.m. departure from Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino in Incline Village

Kayak tours: 530-913-9212 or 866-830-6125 or

• Tuesday paddle tours from Sand Harbor.

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Top Activities and Things to Do This Winter in Lake Tahoe Besides Skiing and Boarding

Fallen Leaf Lake and Lake Tahoe South ShoreLAKE TAHOE, NV/CA (January 27, 2014) — Winter is here, yet Mother Nature seems to be holding out a bit on us – so why not take advantage of the pristine mountain air & sunny skies and try a few of the winter activities that usually play second fiddle to the slopes.

Everyone loves Lake Tahoe for its incredible skiing and riding and the good news is that most ski resorts have been making snow at night working hard to keep the slopes in great condition by day. But with less snow this season that most, it may be that special opportunity to ski one day and play the next. Today, released a list of creative, fun, enjoyable, ingenious, and exciting things to do in Lake Tahoe this winter besides skiing and boarding.

“Once winter hits most people think Tahoe is all about the slopes. Skiing and boarding is obviously what makes Tahoe so special, but there are plenty of other things to do that are fun for the entire family, affordable and exciting,” said Lindsey Skinner, editor at

Here is Lindsey’s list of things to do other that skiing and riding for 2014:

1- Drive around Lake Tahoe: Free and priceless! The Lake Tahoe Scenic Drive is a 72-mile paved drive that takes a few leisurely hours. While the sun is out and the roads are clear, the recommendation is to pack a picnic and drive around the Lake. Best places to stop for lunch, a snack or a photo include Emerald Bay, Inspiration Point, Sand Harbor, Tahoe City, Tallac Historic Site, Inspiration Point, Sugar Pine, Cave Rock, Incline Village, Kiva Beach (with dog), and Logan Shoals.

2 – Enjoy the view from a helicopter: Everybody claims they know the best lookout point in Lake Tahoe, but none can beat the view from a helicopter. Reno Tahoe Helicopter provides spectacular tours of the Lake, so enjoy the view from a heated helicopter cabin.

3 – Search for the loosest slots: Try the loosest slots in Nevada this winter at one of the casino hotel resorts. From Horizon, Harrah’s and Harveys in South Lake Tahoe to The Hyatt Regency in North Lake Tahoe, the slots and free drinks are calling.

4 – Try a cruise on Lake Tahoe: The sun is out, and though we would love some snow it is a great opportunity to get out on the Lake and enjoy a cruise. The M.S Dixie is in operation, with one Emerald Bay Sightseeing Cruise a day, and a dinner cruise on the weekend. So get out on the Lake and enjoy the day… See Lake Tahoe Cruises for updated information on day and night cruises and availability.

5 – Cast a reel: With few people venturing out on the winter Lake, now is the best time to try your luck catching dinner in Lake Tahoe. A trained fishing guide knows where to go and this time of year, the Mackinaw (Lake Trout) are biting. Lake Tahoe fishing charters are the way to go, so use the Virtual Tahoe fishing guide to find the best ones.

6 – Relax at a day spa: Take a deep breath in and relax at one of Lake Tahoe’s rejuvenating day spas. The basin is known for its healing qualities, so there is no better place to enjoy a trip to the day spa. For a list of spas in South Lake Tahoe visit

7 – Spend the day in Tahoe City and Truckee: For visitors staying in South Lake Tahoe, a day trip to Tahoe City and Truckee is highly recommended. Both sport a lovely downtown area that is packed with delicious restaurants, shopping and friendly faces.

8 – Check out Fallen Leaf Lake: A hop and a skip away from the chaos of South Lake Tahoe sits Fallen Leaf Lake, a peaceful area just South of Lake Tahoe. Enjoy the beautiful views of this smaller and more tranquil lake.

9 – Go shopping: Both South and North Lake boast great places to go shopping. Try the Boatworks Mall in Tahoe City to Buffalo Trading Post in downtown South Lake Tahoe.

10 – Granlibakken snow hill in Tahoe City. Sledding is great for all ages, and Granlibakken is making snow right now, so grab a sled and hit the hills!



Homebuyers looking for bargains this winter/Inman News

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