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Looking to Ditch That Big Bear Cabin Look? Here’s Some Tips to Modernizing Your Mountain Home….

"We want something cabin-y." This is something I hear ALL the time. Most of my clients want to escape from the city to their mountain home that really feels mountainous. But here's the thing, you can still get that feeling without the bears and lacquered wood. Don't get me wrong, a lot of people love that look and it is important to decorate your home to fit your taste. But, if you're looking for something current or are hoping to maximize your rental potential, kicking that traditional cabin look may be the … [Read more...]

Big Bear Winter Fun For Everyone!

Whether you're a skier, rider, sledding junkie or exercise enthusiast... Big Bear has it all! Sure... summer time is a bit on the warmer side, but that doesn't mean you have to be stuck indoors all winter long. You may be a full-timer or here on vacation, either way there are several ways to get up, get out and breathe some fresh air. Check it out... Bear Mountain and Snow Summit: Our two local ski resorts offer a wide range of ski/snowboard lessons, terrain for all abilities and a shuttle that will take you to … [Read more...]

Title Insurance

Title insurance provides coverage for certain losses in the title that may have occurred prior to your ownership. It protects against claims resulting from various defects such as prior fraud or forgery that might go undetected until after closing, including liens, encumbrances, and defects that were unknown when the title policy was issued and may possibly hurt your ownership or investment. What protection am I receiving with a title policy? A title insurance policy contains provisions for the payment of the … [Read more...]

The Escrow Process – Part Two

When escrow is opened the buyer’s deposit check will be cashed. Assuming the sale goes through, this money will be applied to the purchase price of the home. If for any reason the sale is not consummated, a buyer may be entitled to receive all of their deposit back, depending on the reason, less standard cancellation fees. In certain instances, the seller may be able to retain this money as liquidated damages. Prior to executing a purchase contract it would be wise to speak with your agent or attorney regarding … [Read more...]

Buying Or Selling A Home In Big Bear? 3 Critical Contingencies To Keep In Mind.

The California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) residential purchase contract (RPA) has three standard contingencies built into the contract - Loan Contingency, Appraisal and Buyer's Inspections.  Most of the problems that come up in a real estate transaction fall under these 3 contingencies. If the contract is left unchanged, the period of these three contingencies is 17 days after the deal is struck. As stated in the contract, the removal of these contingencies must be in writing with the C.A.R. form CR … [Read more...]

Meadowbrook Estates Home Sales For 2007 In Big Bear

Below are the home sales statistics for 2007 in Meadowbrook Estates. The last sale was in August so things have definitely been quiet in the area since then. Currently, there are 13 homes for sale in the Meadowbrook Estates area, ranging in price from $750,000 to $1,695,000. The sizes range for about 2,000 sqft. to 4,500 sqft. This is the perfect area for buyers looking for space and privacy with all the amenities. All of the properties in Meadowbrook Estates are a minimum of one acre of land, most of … [Read more...]

Castle Glen Home Sales For 2007 In Big Bear Lake

Below is a list of the 15 homes that sold in the Castle Glen neighborhood as per the Big Bear MLS. The number of sales were down as compared to 2006 but it was still good sales activity. Things have already started off for the better this year in the Castle Glen area as we have had one sale at $1,900,000, one in escrow that was listed for $2,200,000, and several motivated buyers looking in the area. I am an expert in the Castle Glen real estate market so feel free to contact me with any questions. … [Read more...]

Big Bear Lakefront Sales For 2007

There were a total of 20 lakefront sales in the Big Bear area according the to the Big Bear MLS. While the sales numbers are down from the previous years, lakefronts properties are still selling. Give me a call or drop me a line if you have any questions on these or other properties in the Big Bear Lake area. … [Read more...]

When Is The Best Time To Buy A Home In Big Bear?

This is one of the most asked questions I hear from clients when determining the best time to buy a property in the Big Bear area. Trying to time the market, especially in today's real estate market, seems to be an inherent characteristic of most buyers. I recommend looking now to get a feel for the current market options that are available. Be particular for the right deal. Look for the options that might have some built-in equity already in the price (there are some of these out there). If you do not find the … [Read more...]

Thinking of Selling Your Big Bear Home? How Does 2010 Sound?

If you are thinking of selling your Big Bear home, you may want to take a look at the absorption rate of homes that are currently for sale. This is a great way to become more informed on the local real estate market, whether your are buying or selling. There is an easy to understand article here describing what the absorption rate is and what it means for the real estate market. In simplistic terms, it is the amount of time it will take for a specified set amount of properties to be absorbed under current real … [Read more...]