The Rock Star Mammoth Lakes Real Estate Blog

Sunday October 1: Crowley Lake 5k, 10k and Kids 1k Fun Run

Rock Star Real Estate is offering 10 free entries! (Check our Facebook Page HERE and follow the instructions, to be amongst the lucky ones!)

CL run flyer

Help us supporting the community and the construction of the Crowley Lake State Park.

This is a community event: even if you aren't a runner, you can walk this beautiful course which meanders along Crowley Lake Marina and has spectacular views all along it. You can choose between a 5k or a 10k course. And for the kids, the 1k fun run is going to be exciting!

There will be post-race snacks and a huge raffle afterward with over 70 valuable prizes to be won.

AWARDS: Overall 5k and 10k men’s and women’s first place finishers. First and second place awards in each age division category for both men and women in the 5k and 10k races. Participation awards in the Kids 1k categories.

Register today, September 25th, to secure your t-shirt!

Also, for those of you who were interested in volunteering, you will find the link below: 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f094ba9ab2ea4ff2-crowley

We hope to see you there!

Full Event Flyer HERE

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6 Facts about Fall Colors in Mammoth Lakes and the East Side

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1. Our Fall Color Season GOES ON and on and on

Thanks to the Eastern Sierra’s varied elevations—from approximately 5,000 to 10,000 feet (1,512 to 3,048 m) — the trees peak in color at different times. Bishop, Inyo County and southern Mono County usually turn color first, with Mammoth Lakes, June Lake, Bridgeport and northern Mono County peaking by mid-October.

2. Which kind of trees will change color

Trees that change color in the Eastern Sierra include aspen, cottonwood and willow.

3. Good Timing

What makes the leaves know where to change colors is  the change in air temperature and decreased daylight.

4. Chlorophyll vs. other pigments

The reason we see fall colors is part of an annual cycle that begins in spring and summer: green chlorophyll pigments are active in cells and mask yellow, orange and red pigments of the leaves. The occurrence of fall colors is actually the disappearance of green chlorophyll!

5. Color intensity

Intensity of leaf color is determined by the air’s temperature and moisture. Warm, dry days and cool nights (under 45°F or 7°C) mean brilliant colors; rainy days and warm nights result in less intense coloration.

6. Color Parade

Different leaves have different predominant pigments called xanthophylls (yellows), carotenoids (yellows, oranges and reds), and anthocyanin (red). Anthocyanin is the result of trapped plant sugar, produced by the leaf when days are sunny and nights are cold. That's why some leaves turn deep crimson red, while others become so gold they seem to be lit from within like a lamp.

Excerpted from California's Eastern Fall Color Guide and Map.

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Remembering 9/11

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We honor the many acts of bravery on September 11, 2001, all who were lost that day and in the years that followed, and those who continue to fight 9/11-related illnesses. No act of terror will ever change who we are. Join us in never forgetting.

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Hurricane Harvey: How you can help displaced pets

Rescue groups in California and throughout the country are mobilizing to help pets displaced by Hurricane Harvey and subsequent flooding in Texas and Louisiana.

The devastation Hurricane Harvey slowly is leaving behind includes at least 63 people dead and up to 40,000 homes destroyed. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott suggested the cost of recovery could be as much as $180 billion. What we don’t yet know is the toll it has left on pets caught up in the flood or left behind by their owners, fleeing to save their lives.

In Houston alone, a city of 2.3 million, there likely are thousands upon thousands of pets in need.

Who’s looking out for them? Fortunately, help has come from a multitude of organizations, large and small, from all over the United States, and pet lovers everywhere who are chipping in with money, pet food, blankets, leashes and the promise of a safe haven until Texas is back on its feet.

A perfect example is PetSmart Charities who is reaching out to help pets and pet parents in need. The organization has earmarked at least $1 million in emergency relief funding to help animal welfare agencies who are working on the front lines to rescue, relocate, feed and care for pets that have been left homeless due to the floods. Animal welfare organizations working to save the lives of pets in these areas are can visit www.petsmartcharities.org/pro to apply for an emergency relief grant. 

“Our thoughts are with all of the people and pets who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey,” said Dr. David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., President of PetSmart Charities. “We’re committed to supporting everyone we can who has been impacted by this disaster, including pets and pet parents staying in evacuation centers and shelters in Houston and Dallas who may not have access to the pet food and essentials they need.”

The best way to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey is through monetary donations. Your generous contributions make it possible for PetSmart Charities® to provide emergency relief support.

Click here to donate, or here to find more relief charities to donate too!

Thank you!

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645 Monterey Pine Road: Mammoth Lakes Luxury Home at its best!

The rugged beauty of the Sierra Nevada mountains, the acces to numerous outdoor activities, prime skiing access to the slopes during the winter...yes, Mammoth Lakes is a fantastic location to enjoy a luxury home: and the property at 645 Monterey Pine has it all!

495 monterey pine

Within a snowball’s throw of the Eagle Express chairlift, awaits your Mammoth home, nestled among mature pines, willow, and aspen trees, situated on the ski slope in a quiet and private cul-de-sac.  The perfect family getaway or business retreat offers style and class.

Magnificent Five Bedroom Suites, (Two Master Bedrooms with Beehive Fireplaces), 5.5 Bathrooms + Fully Contained, One Bedroom / One Bathroom Apartment/Caretaker/Chef’s/ Mother-in-Law Living Quarters with Private Entrance.

Custom California Craftsman details throughout.  Heavy timbers, extensive natural Montana Kootenai rock, articulated roof lines and massive windows are featured.  Designed by John W. Hooper, with thoughtful consideration placed on expansive livable space, view orientation and privacy.

•This one-of-a-kind ski-in/ski-out residence backs to Eagle Express chairlift in the Juniper Springs neighborhood

•Private entrance one-bedroom apartment / caretaker’s quarters

•EnergyStar efficient and hydronically heated great room with massive natural rock fireplace

•Professional Gourmet Kitchen with island and bar seating, breakfast nook, dumb waiter service lift from garage to kitchen 

•Game room and powder room, His and Hers office, Full laundry room, Ski-in/ski-out mud room

•Four-car garage and parking for eight

•4700 square feet

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Outdoors activities on the East Side: road biking

riding hwy 120

What’s your favorite outdoor activity to practice on your free time??

I must say, for us, it’s hard to pick one: there are so many wonderful choices!

Do you like to hike? Run? Climb? Fishing? Golf? Road bike? MTB? Ski? Yoga? Swim? Skateboarding? Photography or nature painting? ...We can keep going! The Eastern Sierra has them all!

So, today I want to talk about road biking. The famous Mammoth Fall Century & Gran Fondo is coming up, and we know a lot of people that are going to do it!

Road biking around here is pretty awesome! First of all, Mammoth as lots of paved bike paths thoughout town, bike trails etc. There might not be too many dedicated bike paths outside of the town's Bike Paths, but certainly the roads around here offer some spectacular riding!

The shoulders are usually pretty wide, and as soon as you get out of the HWY395, you have lots of low traffic, gorgeous views, usually good pavement roads, for miles and miles to pedal! As many as your legs can handle!

The Mammoth Fall Century, which this year is going to be on September 9th, is a top-level cycling event in an amazing landscape! It offers three different options as far as lengths: the “Piccolo”, 42 miles; the “Medio”, 70 miles; and the “Gran Fondo”, 102 miles.

The courses start and end at the Village, so riders beware, you are going to have to ride back up to HWY 203 from HWY 395: a hill almost 4 miles long to conclude your effort. But the rewards are going to be worth it!  The roads, the views, the vibes, the refueling at the 6 aid stations along the course (for the Gran Fondo distance), the food and the party afterward will make all your efforts to pay off!  

So, hey, are you into road biking? Local or not, give it a try! If you have not been training Summer long like a pro, you can still dust your bike off, ride for the next month and give the "Piccolo" a chance!

Watch the video:

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Aspen, KSL and Mammoth? Mega-pass and mega-changes to be expected!

mammoth mountain

On Monday July 31st, the acquisition of Intrawest Resort and Mammoth Resort by “KLS Capital Partners” and the owners of Aspen Skiing “Henry Crown and Company” (HCC) has been publicly announced as completed.

The new colossus on the ski industry is therefore now shaped by 12 four-season mountain resorts: Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, June Mountain, Bear Mountain, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows and Snow Summit in California; Steamboat Ski & Resort and Winter Park Resort in Colorado; Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Ontario; Mont Tremblant Resort in Quebec; Stratton Mountain Resort in Vermont; and Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia.

Its revenue is given by approximately six million skier visits, 20,000 skiable acres and significant land available for real estate development. The deal also includes Canadian Mountain Holidays, the world’s leading heli-ski operator.

So, what does this mean for the town of Mammoth, its residents and its skiers?

As far as the skiers go, besides expecting improvements in lifts, services and lodges in the next few years, the biggest, expected change will be the giant-all-comprehensive-pass. That will be a serious mega-pass! Who is not looking forward to it!?

As far as the town and its residents goes, well, a few changes are to be expected. As read on "The Sheet":

“Mammoth has been Southern California’s mountain home since 1948,” said Rusty Gregory, chairman and CEO of Mammoth Resorts in a press release. “After doubling down on our offerings to Southern California with the purchase of Snow Summit and Bear Mountain in 2014, joining this new venture led by Aspen and KSL is the next logical chapter in the story of Mammoth Resorts."

Gregory maintained that Mammoth would continue to stay on track with priorities including the development of Eagle Lodge and the improvement of existing facilities/ buildings. As for what the ownership change means for employees, Gregory said, “We know we are dealing with careers, lives and communities … and we will be proceeding very thoughtfully.” 

"This new platform, built around a collective passion for the mountains and our commitment to the people who visit, work and live there, is exactly what the ski resort business needs. I am excited about the future prospects for Mammoth Resorts, our people and this new enterprise.”

At any rate, we can expect an increase in the tourism from out-of-state, due to the marketing strategies of Aspen and KSL. It is not news that Mammoth is still considered a “regional resort”, with more dominant ski-states like Utah and Colorado.: besides the fact that it is on the top ten most popular resorts in the nation when ranked by skier visits, it is not a top-of-mind destination resort for skiers not living on the West Coast. Well, that’s bound to change!

This is certainly going to affect Mammoth’s Real Estates market. With more buyers looking to buy and invest into the real estate market in town, the market is expected to become more and more competitive in the months to come.

Properties with ski in-out access are going to be even more enticing!

Just an example of desirable Mammoth Lakes ski in/out properties is this amazing one-of-a-kind residence at the Eagle Lodge ski lift, right on the slope side. 

645 monterey pine

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10 ways green living can save money, for seniors and for all

mammoth lakes bike path

Green living can save anyone money, but for seniors facing retirement, going green can be especially economical. Choosing an eco-friendly lifestyle can save literally hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year through simple steps that won’t crimp your style but definitely improve your life. And all that green living will help leave a healthier legacy for future generations, too. As Diane MacEachern explains, there’s many ways that seniors (and everybody else too) can save money.

1) Energy – Insulate attics and crawl spaces; weather-strip windows and doors; install curtains or blinds over windows on the north (cold) side of the house, and awnings and shades on the south (hot) side. Also, use a programmable thermostat to make it easy to automatically reduce energy consumption when you’re not home.

2) Water – Bottled water, ounce for ounce can cost 10,000 times more than tap water. Instead, invest in a one-time purchase of a water filter and fill your own reusable bottles and pitchers with filtered tap water.

3) Food – Did you know that most consumers throw away at least 30% of the food they buy because they forget about it and it spoils, or it passes its expiration date (U.S. Department of Agriculture data). So, keep track of what’s in your fridge and pantry; find yummy ways to enjoy leftovers; and shop from grocery lists so you don’t buy too much in the first place.

4) Cars, Car/Van Pooling, and Car Sharing – After retirement often people realize that they don’t need their own car as much as they did before. If your household has two cars, it would be more economical to maintain and fuel only one, and to take advantage of the car pools and share, or of public transportation.

5) Bicycling – In retirement, seniors find they have more time and interest in bicycling for recreation or to get chores done. It’s a great oil-free, pollution-free way to get around town without having to spend money on gasoline, and of course, it will keep you in shape.

6) Mass Transit – Here in Mammoth Lakes the town shuttle system is free for all, so why not take advantage of it!? Here all the info about it.

7) Downsize – Downsizing to a smaller home or apartment probably saves the most money on heating, cooling, and maintenance, above all in a mountain town where winters can be particularly cold. The environmental benefits can’t be beat either, since a smaller dwelling has a smaller carbon footprint, and will use less water (fewer bathrooms? less lawn to water?) and require less “stuff” in terms of furnishings, paint, cleaning products and more.

8) Travel – Green living seniors in the U.S. who have a sense of adventure can enjoy many opportunities to volunteer with the National Park Service or the National Wildlife Refuge System. In some parks, you can camp at low or no cost in exchange for volunteer services. If you put in 250 hours over the course of a year, you’ll earn a free annual pass to national parks and other wilderness and wildlife destinations. At the age of 62, for just $10, you can buy a lifetime pass that will gain you free entry to the nation’s national parks, wildlife refuges, and Bureau of Land Management public lands.

9) Library – The Mammoth Lakes Library is one of 7 branches of the Mono County Library System, and it rocks! If you don’t have a computer, use one at the library. Rather than buy a book, borrow it. The same goes for movies and music. Plus, use the library to read your favorite magazines and newspapers.  You’ll save money on the buying side, and do your part to cut back on the amount of paper that needs to be printed, since you’ll be sharing all these materials rather than owning them outright. If you have an e-reader, you can probably download a lot of what you want from the library’s website so you don’t have to make the visit there if you don’t want to. Also, did you know that here in Mammoth you can go to the library also to use a sewing machine? We love it!

10) Extra Care Communities – Although we do not have any here in Mammoth Lakes, some seniors might opt to move into retirement communities which are already designed to save energy and other resources, and make it easy to bicycle or take van pools rather than drive. Of course, if you love our mountains as much as we do and you are not planning on moving, this might not be the right solution for you.

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Boost your energy with delicious crunchy kale!

Crunchy raw kale, tangerines or clementines, jalapeño and goat cheese make a vibrant superfood meal! 

kale citrus salad

This time of the year I often crave for something earthy but refreshing, and the mix of kale and tangerines makes it happen!

I found this recipe on "The pioneer woman cooks DINNERTIME", by Ree Drummond, and I think it's just perfect! Super easy and fast to prepare, you are guaranteed to impress your guests!


SALAD:                                              CREAMY CITRUS DRESSING:

1 bunch kale                                      1/4 cup orange juice                                    pinch of kosher salt

1                                           1 garlic clove                                              pinch of black pepper

3 tangerines or clementines               1 teaspoon sugar                                       1 heaping tablespoon sour cream or Greek yogurt

4 oz goat cheese                                2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil  


1- Start by prepping the kale. Rinse it well and dry it, then discard the stalks.

2- Working in bunches, roll up the leaves into a tight roll and use a sharp knife to slice it very thin.

3- Next, cut the ends of the jalapeño and use a sharp knife to cut really thin slices. Use a spoon to clear as many seeds out of the centers as you can, so that you mostly just have green circles.

4- Peel the tangerines or clementines, then slice them and cut them into chunks.

5- Add the chunks of tangerines or clementines, along with the jalapeño and the chunks of goat cheese to the salad.

6- For the dressing: pour the orange juice into a small jar. Grate or press in the garlic, add the olive oil, sugar , salt and pepper. Put the lid on the jar and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds.

7- Finally, add the sour cream or the Greek yogurt and shake again.

8- Dress and toss the salad, and you are ready to serve it!

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Yoga for the soul

Mountain Sol Yoga

As always happens: we wait for Summer to come for what it seems so long... then, we don't have time to realize that indeed Summer has started, and we find the calendar to be in mid-July! Already!

This feeling is usually worst the more we are running around juggling between work and all the fun projects and goals we picked for the season! So....what's better than some yoga to rest the soul and the mind? 

As found on one of our favorites in town, Mountain Sol Yoga:

SUMMER TIME IN THE SIERRA

SUMMER HAS, FINALLY, COME TO OUR MOUNTAIN HOME. AS THE SNOW MELTS AND THE WOODS COME ALIVE A FLURRY OF ENERGY OVERTAKES OUR COMMUNITY. EVERYONE IS IN MOTION FROM THE BLACK BEARS TO THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL HIKERS. THE WARM SUN AND LONG DAYLIGHT HOURS PROVIDE PLENTY OF ENERGY FOR GROWTH OF THE MENTAL AND SPIRITUAL SEEDS WE PLANT.  

PLANTING ANY GARDEN IS A THOUGHTFUL EXERCISE. IF WE PLANT TOO MUCH OR TOO MANY DIFFERENT SEEDS, WE LOSE THE ABILITY TO TEND AND NOURISH THEM ALL. OR, IF AMONG ALL THE FUN AND EXCITEMENT A SNEAKING SENSE OF REMORSE CREEPS IN LIKE WEEDS, IT CAN SMOTHER OUR JOY WITH LONGINGS FOR ALL THE THINGS WE CAN’T DO OR ACCOMPLISH IN THE LIMITED TIME WE HAVE. THE RESULT IS THE SAME: A PLOT THAT IS TEEMING WITH LIFE, BUT THAT DOES NOT BEAR A GREAT HARVEST.  

IF WE REALLY SEEK TO GROW AND INVEST IN OURSELVES, WE MUST TEND OUR GARDENS. IN OUR HOME WE HAVE A WOODCUT ON THE WALL OF A BLACKBIRD BUILDING A NEST THAT BEARS THE SIMPLE INSCRIPTION -- INVEST. IT SERVES AS A GENTLE REMINDER THAT REAL AND MEANINGFUL CHANGE COMES SLOWLY AND WITH GREAT PATIENCE, AND THAT WE MUST ‘BUILD OUR NEST’ TO RECEIVE IT.  

INVESTING THE TIME TO PLANT THE RIGHT THOUGHTS AND WEED OUT THE UNNECESSARY ONES IS FUNDAMENTAL TO THE REAL AND MEANINGFUL PRACTICE OF YOGA. EXPENDING ENERGY THROUGH POSES FEELS GREAT, BUT THE REAL HARVEST COMES THROUGH THOUGHTFUL APPLICATION OF OUR DISCIPLINE.  

AND SO WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US IN THE STUDIO AND ON THE MAT.

AT MOUNTAIN SOL WE HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF NEW LIFE AND NEW GROWTH TO SHARE THIS SEASON. FROM A NEWBORN BABY TO A HOST OF NEW TEACHERS THERE IS A LOT TO CELEBRATE. SEE OUR WEBSITE FOR OUR SUMMERTIME SPECIALS!

We love it! Check it out here:

http://www.mountainsolyoga.com/

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4 golden rules to buy a house and not get overwhelmed in the process.

mammoth lakes kitchen

Buying a new home can be overwhelming, above all in a market as competitive as in the Mammoth Lakes Area.

We have four golden rules that will help you not feeling stuck in the buying process while making your decision!

1-      Establish your budget:  if you are thinking to buy a home, your first step must be to establish your budget. A buyer should get an Advance Approval or at least a pre-approval (see our previous post for more on this). After having determined how much money you are qualified to borrow, you should consider all additional costs of ownership such as taxes, utilities, and insurance. All this makes up to determine the final budget you can comfortably afford.

2-      Make a list of your Home Needs versus Home Wants. In order not to feel overwhelmed, it is important to have a clear list in your mind about what it is that you are looking for. This will help you keep your priority high, and to know when you can compromise.

3-      Do not get fixed on cosmetics detail. Often if the paint color is not of our taste, or the bathroom is ugly, it’s easy to overlook a house that would otherwise have a lot of potential! Always keep in mind that you can easily change the details of your new home. What is going to be harder is to change your neighbors or neighborhood. So, keep in mind your priority. Make a list of what you don’t like in a potential house and analyze it: are the point conflicting with your priorities’ list? Then move on. Are the points smaller details, easily and cheaply adjusted to your taste? Then it’s worth a second thought!

4-      Seek professional help. Find yourself a good realtor: that’s the easiest way to have somebody in the business that will be able to calm you down and have you look at the properties you are visiting in an objective way. It’s hard otherwise to leave emotions out of the equation. And if it’s true that we should trust our hearts…if we are falling in love with a home because of the wall paints or a corner of the garden brings us back to our childhood, we might be overlooking potential problems, like leaky pipes or moldy walls. A realtor is the objective point of view that’s going to help you to look at the whole picture! A trusted realtor can also help you through the financial aspects of the process, directing you to the right people for Advance-Approval or pre-approval, in the bidding process and much more.

If you are considering buying, give us a call! We can discuss what you are looking for, your needs and wants, budgets...and move from there! We will be thrilled to help you through this exciting process!

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20 Pine Knoll Place

Just REDUCED!!! 

Don't miss this fantastic, large, sunny lot with mountain-chalet style home. Located in one of the best neighborhoods in Mammoth, Juniper Springs, in a private cul-de-sac. For the winter enthusiasts: only a ski-cut traverse to Eagle Lodge ski lifts!

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8 TIPS THAT WILL SELL YOUR HOME

Mammoth Lakes house

Are you thinking about selling your home? Or is your house already on the market but it looks like it’s not moving?  We have the eight tips you were looking for!

1-       ASK THE RIGHT PRICE!

This is the most important point, yet the hardest to apply for many. It is normal: it is very difficult to distinguish between the real value, and the emotional value. What the property actually is and where the market is at the moment are important factors to define your home’s value. All the memories your home is tied to, don’t. You might still like your carpet, and you cherished it so well…but if you connect it with memories on how your now freshman son had his first baby steps on it… That says it: whoever is going to buy, is going to change it first thing! So, try to be objective, and listen to your agent’s suggestions!

2-       MAKE A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION!

We should make our first impression be our best one! Above all when we are talking about real estate. The first view of your home is going to be of the outside, so boost up your curb appeal. This is often "an easy fixing” and can be done on the cheap: some landscaping, a fresh coat of paint, clean windows. You are not going to regret it!

3-       DE-PERSONALIZE!

This also contributes to make a good first impression of the inside! You are trying to convince the buyers that this is going to be their dream home. The best way to do so is to help them imagining themselves living in it! That’s why all your family portraits, children’s drawings and personal touches won’t help. You also must consider that everybody’s taste is different, so do not over do it with eccentric or too particular pieces of furniture or choices of color. Keep it neutral, and the buyers will imagine how they would make it their own…and fall in love with it!

4-       DE-CLUTTER!

For the same reasons above, declutter as much as possible. It might be a worthy investment to rent a storage unit for a bit so to empty your house as much as you can. Nothing on countertops and tables, try to have your closets just half way full (or better, half empty!), remove that extra chair around the dining table and the extra-comfy but bulky armchair from the living room. This will help your house to look more spacious, and again the buyers to imagine how they would fill it with their own things.

5-       EVERYTHINNG SPOTLESS!

Another thing you will not regret is to hire a professional cleaning of your home before to put it on the market. I don’t mean to undermine you and your cleaning skills, I mean all the windows, in and out, the carpet steamed and freshened up, and everything from the garage to the ceiling must be sparkling clean.

6-       FIX THE MAJOR PROBLEMS FIRST!

I am not talking about renovation. There’s no need to spend $35,000 in a new kitchen. I am talking about the water damage on the bathroom’s ceiling or below the hot tub, the mold in the garage, the water dripping from the shower’s faucet. Anything that could have the buyers thinking that there might be something else behind that “little problem”… You do not want the buyers to suspect that your property might have unexpected and unpleasant surprises, so fix them first.

7-       ADVERTISEMENT!

Buyers choose which houses to go see upon having seeing pictures and description. A good agent will provide you with the best of both. Professional pictures are important to enhance your home and appeal to potential buyers to come and see for themselves. A well written description must mention all the buyers are looking for. An expert agent can enhance all the pros and potentially minimize the cons with solutions, and really put your house out there for the buyers to see! Of course, sometimes there are some things you and your agent will just have to overcome, like bad location or poor flor plan. An expert agent will help you to best handle those problems.

8-       NEVER, EVER BE PRESENT WHILE YOUR HOME IS BEING SHOWN!

Buyers want to feel free to snoop inside closets or to ask awkward questions, and they won’t feel at ease to do so with you present. Let your agent do the job, while you go out, relax and enjoy yourself! 

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Essential oils for the summer

Flowers and pond in the Eastern Sierra

Summer is here! We are going to find the way to squeeze in some fun time in our ever-busy work schedule! Summer calls us to enjoy the outdoors: with sports, playing or just hanging out with family and friends around a fire or for some BBQ! And hopefully, a little bit of travel relaxation too.

All this fun comes with a price too. Heat, sunburns, bugs bites, poison ivy…

I love essential oils and I have a few staples I cannot do without, above all for the summer!

Let’s start from the sun.

Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!!! Did I mention it enough times? Sunscreen! Above all up here, at high altitudes.

But, if despite your attention on protecting your skin with a good full spectrum sunscreen, clothes and a hat, you got sunburned…well, Aloe Vera does the trick. I like to mix a few drops of essential oil in cool, refrigerated aloe vera gel. Apply the gel to the sunburned area several times per day. The oils that work best for soothing, pain relief, reduce swelling and prevent scarring are: lavender, calendula, roman chamomile and helichrysum.

Bugs

Bug bites and summer are a preventable combination. While most bites are an itchy nuisance, some like bee or wasp stings are painful. And if you add rare but potential issues like West Nile Virus from mosquito bites or Lyme Disease from ticks, the first line of action against bug bites is to avoid them altogether by using a good bug repellent.

Many essential oils also act as natural insect repellents. These oils include Citronella, Catnip, Lavender, Thyme and Clove, Lemongrass and Eucalyptus. I like to carry a small glass pray bottle, fill it with a carrier oil like olive oil and add a few drops of one or more of the mentioned essential oils.

For bug bites including bee and wasp stings, apply your choice of these oils diluted in a carrier oil to soothe itching, reduce pain and swelling and speed up the healing process: lavender, frankincense, tea tree, calendula, roman chamomile.

Poison Ivy, oak or sumac.

Lavender, tea tree and roman chamomile are good to soothe the hot and itchy rash that comes from contact with poison ivy, oak or sumac. I like to dip a small washcloth in water with a few drops of essential oil, then put it in the refrigerator to cool. Apply to interested area for instant relief!

Traveling on airplanes or overcrowded public spaces.

I love to travel. I love the feeling of excitement every time I am boarding a plane or taking off for a long road trip! Unfortunately, sometimes the trip is not as comfortable and exciting as I wished…you know, those times that the guy sitting near you can’t stop coughing or sneezing…Such a bad way to begin a vacation! One blend of germ-fighting essential oils I really like to have with me when traveling, or during the flu season, is Thieves by Young Living. It has wonderful antibacterial properties.

Beware, certain essential oils require caution on summer day. Citrus-based essential oils absorb higher amounts of the sun’s energy, creating sun sensitivities. Avoid applying these oils when planning to spend time outside.

All being said...enjoy the Summer!!!

 

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MLF awarded 11 scholarships!

We are so proud of our little town! The Mammoth Lakes Foundation just awarded eleven scholarships to Cerro Coso Community College to deserving High School graduates. 

As we congratulate the class of 2017, we also would like to thank the Mammoth Lakes Foundation and its donors, for making the scholarships possible! 

For more photos, reach the Mammoth Lakes Foundation's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mammothlakesfoundation/

Mammoth Lakes Foundation 2017 scholarships award

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Advance Approval or Pre-Approval: what's best?

ADVANCE APPROVAL OR PRE-APPROVAL: WHAT’S BEST?

What is this mysterious Advance Approval? If you have been already considering buying a house and need a loan, then you have probably already heard about pre-approval.

A Pre-Approval is a DU (desktop underwritten) approval, meaning that a lender uses an automated program to qualify you. An Advance Approval is a fully underwritten approval, meaning that a human is going to look at your files and vet your financial qualification.

Most lenders will only be able to give you a pre-approval, and odds are you are not separating your offer in any way as you will also have other buyers with pre-approvals submitting an offer.

A fully underwritten approval will separate your offer from the rest. The heavy lifting takes place before a buyer is in contract and deadlines are in place.  If problems must be addressed or if additional documentation must be obtained, it will happen in an environment of far less stress.  By the time your Advance Approval is complete, you can offer to close very soon, waive or shorten loan contingency (in many cases and at your discretion), and your offer will thus be very strong.  In a fast-paced market and competing against all-cash offers, time is money and sellers are highly receptive to a fast close and a solid approval.

Looking at the picture then, it really depends on the market. If you are looking to buy in a competitive area like the Eastern Sierra can be, it might be helpful to have an Advance Approval on your side: this will assure you the best outcome of the offer you are going to make for your new dream house!

If you should be interested in more information, Advance Approval™ with RPM Mortgage is just one of many good options. We are available at any time to discuss with you all the steps necessary to buy a house, define the best strategy for your situation, and to guide you through the whole process.

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Open House at 396 Juniper Drive, Crowley Lake

Come one and all!

Friday April 28th, 2017: 1 pm to 3 pm.

You are invited to this beautiful property's open house! 

The peace and the views that you can enjoy from this cabins are worthed a visit...homemade brownies!!

396 uniper Drive, Hilton Creek flyer

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Living Green in Mammoth

 

FOOD RULES FOR LIFE

For all the generations before mine, food was a simple pleasure.  They were lucky!  Lucky because the food that they ate was real. Those earlier generations didn’t have to worry about making healthy choices…food was healthy!  Even fast

My early life growing up with the McDonald’s, the Hardee’s, the In’s and the Out’s, and the King’s has changed me forever.  I’m from a generation where most of us naturally fell into the consumption and mind-set, not of our forefathers, but with how fast and more ‘convenient’ could we get our food.

In today’s world, fifty years later, this generation is reevaluating the consequences of their casual choices.  Or maybe not…across the West, a new generation of ‘new and improved’ convenient food establishments are popping up…’bigger, better, butterier, beefier, and fructose enhanced food for you!

The so-called Western diet generally consisting of processed foods and meat, lots of added fat and sugar, lots of refined grains invariably suffer from high rates of so-called Western diseases:  Obesity, type 2 diabetes, 80 percent of the cardiovascular disease, and than a third of all cancers can be linked to this diet.

If you’ve fallen into the crevasse of the super market or have a habitual, five-minute relationship with the talking box and sliding window you’re not alone.  We all know now that this is not food for ‘life’.  We are an entire nation that identifies with this problem.  Ask yourself, “How can I change the food rules for the present and next generation?”

Consider yourself the link to the change for you, your family and your friends…make the relationship between you and your health a family affair.  Share information, nutrition guidelines, exercise programs, and most of all support.  Encourage good eating habits and adopt easy, quick, and simple food rules for lif

Habits are not easy to break for anybody.  It is a human choice.  Making a personal transition can be quicker than you think it would take to get off the fast and nasty, by following the food rules according to Michael Polan, author of “Food Rules…An Eater’s Manual”. 

You might find, like my family did, that a small pocket book that reads in less than an hour, will make a significant impact on your family’s food choices and their health.  If we all understand and incorporate the omnivore philosophy of ‘you really are what you eat’, life as we know it can be easy and healthy.

 

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Tips to Save Energy and Add Value

When it comes to energy efficiency, look for smart features and expertise to help you save energy and money and add value to your home.

1. Begin with a Right-Sized Home.

If the home you buy is simply too large for you or your family’s needs or plans, you stand a good chance of wasting energy through excessive heating and cooling costs. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped and uncomfortable. It’s a big investment, so seek balance and buy it “right” from the outset. 

2. Purchase Energy Star Appliances Such as Your TV, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, and Microwave.

And especially the refrigerator, as it alone contributes about 10 percent of the energy use in a home. Also, unplug electronics not in use or turn off power strips to avoid phantom charges. 

3. Install Efficient Lighting Such as Compact Flourescent (CLF) or LED Bulbs in Every Fixture.

Lighting accounts for about 6 percent of an energy bill each year.

4. Get an Energy Audit and Have Tests Performed to Identify Ways of Improving Your Efficiency.

You can always upgrade your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as your  thermal envelope, which includes insulation, windows, and doors  and the seals or weather stripping around them. Visit energy.gov/energytips for more tips.

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