The Rock Star Mammoth Lakes Real Estate Blog

Why listing your home for sale with Tammy, now!

A lot of sellers are under the impression that winter is a slow sales time, but that is a misconception. In a resort town especially, a lot of homes sell in the winter, particularly if there is good skiing. And this season is surely starting off well!

It’s true that sales traditionally peak between Spring and Summer, but the selling season goes well through the winter ski season. Also, the lower winter inventory means less competition to sell!

Ski areas and resort towns vacationers fall in love with the winter wonderland and start looking for a snowy retreat, and Fall and Winter are a great time for buyers to search for new home sites in these areas.

While home sellers may not be thrilled about keeping their home show-ready during the holidays, it’s the perfect time to find a buyer who is vacationing. By continuing to fully market your properties during this season, you won’t miss the vacationer that is searching on their laptop, smartphone or tablet for a property.

So, it’s time to put your home on the market, and get  Rock Star Real Estate exclusive seller listing representation, advertising and Social Media package.


-         Establish the highest possible price for your home

-         Professional interior and exterior photography

-         MLS placement

-         Place advertisements and links on all most relevant websites for Real Estate

-         Personalized Social Media advertising on all most relevant Social Media Platforms, with particular attention to targeting the right audience for your property.

-         Personally promote your home with other agents and possible buyers

-         Open Houses

-         Coordinate all showings with agents and buyers

-         Council potential buyers through the best financing options

-         Present, negotiate and discuss all offers on property

-         Arrange and follow up all inspections and appraisal

-         Organize the closing process with a qualified title company

-         Finalize all the details remaining for a smooth transaction

 Contact Tammy for a free estimate of your home value and to discuss the winning strategy to sell your home!


Is your house ready for winter?

cozy winter cabin

Winter is coming, the winter season at the mountain has started, and everybody is impatiently waiting for the big snow to come! 

But if you own a home in Mammoth you might not be so excited about the approaching winter. There's a lot to think about to get our homes ready for the season, and we always think we might be missing something.

We all should be aware of the classics (that should have been taken care of already!): service the furnace and water heater, change the filters, drain the lawn irrigation system, trim overgrown branches away from the house, clean the gutters, stock up firewood if you use a fireplace or wood stove, etc.

There are a few more things that we can easily do ourselves to stay warmer and shave the bills.

1- Reverse Ceiling Fans

If your ceiling fan has a reverse switch, use it to run the fan's blades in a clockwise direction after you turn on your heat, and run fans slowly. The fan will produce an updraft and push down into the room heated air from the ceiling (remember, hot air rises).

This is especially helpful in rooms with high ceilings -- and it might even allow you to turn down your thermostat by a degree or two for greater energy savings.

2- Caulk around windows and doors

If the gaps between siding and window or door frames are bigger than the width of a nickel, you need to reapply exterior caulk. (Check the joints in window and door frames, too.) Silicone caulk is best for exterior use because it won’t shrink and it’s impervious to the elements.

Add weatherstripping as needed around doors, making sure you cannot see any daylight from inside your home.

3- Install a door sweep 

Use a door sweep to stop drafts from entering your home under an exterior door. A sweep is a flexible piece of rubber or plastic that’s held to the door’s lower edge by a strip of aluminum.

4- Seal attic air leaks

Find and seal gaps that could be allowing as much as 30 percent of your heated or cooled air to leak outdoors. These leaks can add up to heating and cooling costs.

Pull back attic insulation to find and seal cutouts in drywall for electrical fixtures, pipes, fans and outlets. Also check wiring, chimneys, flues, vent stacks and ducts, and seal them on the inside. Use caulk to fill smaller gaps and pressurized expanding foam for bigger openings

5- Use window coverings

It’s surprising how much insulation curtains, drapes and shades can provide.

Draw window coverings at night and when you’re away to conserve heat in the home. During the day, open drapes of south facing windows to get the most out of the warming sun.

If you have single pane windows that are north facing, you can even consider getting a sheet of insulation foam, cut it to fit, and block them out. 

Otherwise, to enjoy the daylight, you can double them with plastic or bubble wrap. You'll be surprised how much this will help insulating your house.

Now that the due diligence is done we can go have fun in the snow knowing that we'll be back to a warm and cozy home!



The 2017-2018 Opening at Mammoth Mountain is here!

Even though the last storm has not been what we were hoping for, Mammoth Mountain is still planning on opening this Thursday, November 9th. 

The temperatures on the mountain were cold enough that they have been blowing snow on Broadway, Unbound Main and on Andy's Double Gold. It looks like at least Broadway will be open for sure!

So, are you ready for the upcoming winter? It looks like the time has come to finally do the seasonal "toy's closet" change: put away the mountain bikes and fishing gear, and get skis and winter clothing out and ready.

This is one of the many reasons why we love this place so much: 4 seasons to always keep you busy and to have fun in so many different ways!

We hope to see you on the slopes soon!