Weathering the Storms on Tahoe’s South Shore

The following article about South Lake Tahoe weather was published in the Tahoe Daily Tribune earlier this month. It provides valuable information on the kind of weather to expect when visiting South Lake Tahoe. Basically, come expecting anything! For homeowners starting projects, be aware that it will likely snow sometime in October. Last September, we saw some snow coupled with 19 degree temperatures!   Weathering the Storms on Tahoe's South Shore Tahoe Daily Tribune, June 6, 2008 Snow has... Read more »

South Tahoe’s 4th of July Spectacular

With Independence Day one week away, I want to discuss South Lake Tahoe’s 4th of July experience. IT IS INCREDIBLE. Our fireworks display, Lights on the Lake, is rated amongst the top in the nation by many. Seeking tourists, Tahoe casinos invest a ton of money into the pyrotechnics. Here are a few reviews I found on the internet: MSNBC.com – Top 6 in the U.S. American Pyrotechnics Association - #4 in the U.S. FireworksGuide.com - #9 in the U.S. The fireworks, however, aren’t the only reason... Read more »

Cost of Living is Still Rising in South Lake

Here's an article about South Lake Tahoe's high cost of living from the Tahoe Daily Tribune. As a Tahoe local, I can attest that life ain't cheap in South Lake Tahoe. However, there are ways to combat the area's high cost of living. If you're coming from Sacramento or the Bay Area, stop for gas at the 76 right after Placerville. It'll be on the left. You'll pay about fifteen cents less per gallon. I do my best to fill up in Carson City where prices are about fifty cents cheaper per gallon. I also... Read more »

May 2008 Statistics for South Lake Tahoe Real Estate

After some of the statistical revelation I experienced over the last week, it’s become much easier to make conclusions on this market that can be validated with empirical evidence. The median sale price for single family residences increased 9.5%, from $379,000 in April to $415,000 in May. Unfortunately, this is not evidence of a market turnaround. Most of the buyers who acquired property in May were simply higher priced buyers. Of the homes sold so far in June, nothing has closed above $350,000. Prices... Read more »

A Harder Look at Real Estate Statistics

The South Tahoe Association of Realtors (STAoR) staff went to a C.A.R. conference last week. Thus, they didn't publish May market statistics until today. Honestly, I got impatient a few days ago and started mining our MLS for data. I had no idea what I was in for! Two days, six phone calls, and five hours of data mining later, I have just a few nuggets for you. I’ll give you the biggest nugget first: The monthly median sold price that STAoR presents to us isn’t actually the median for that... Read more »

South Lake Tahoe Best Buys – June 2, 2008

Tahoe Keys Waterfront Home  Sqft: 3012 Beds: 3  Baths: 2.5  Price: $1,295,000 With a boat dock that can accommodate three boats and a 6-person spa on the rooftop deck, this is a luxury deal! >Click for more info 2003 Christmas Valley Deal  Sqft: 2286  Beds: 3 Baths: 2.5 Price: $525,750 This foreclosure has seen seven price reductions in 2 1/2 months. Make an offer and see what sticks. >Click for more info Foreclosure Steal! Sqft: 1432 Beds: 3 Baths: 2 Price: $254,900 This... Read more »