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Thu Apr 23, 2015
Dorene Slavitz answered:
One of the easiest things is to simply clean thoroughly. Windows and Carpets should be fresh and clean, and appliances should sparkle.
Another thing that can be done is to paint the interior a neutral color. These are very basic but they make a huge difference in how the home is perceived by potential buyers. ... more
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Thu Apr 23, 2015
Lauren Tracy answered:
As the end of Winter is in sight am seeing some nice price reductions from sellers who haven’t sold over the winter months. Here are the listings that have shown the greatest price reductions by sellers over the shortest amount of time, showing that the seller is ready to make a deal and get their home sold! In addition, the trend I am seeing is higher list prices and lower offer and sales prices. It’s truly the season to “just make an offer” more than I have seen in the past 6 years! However, it is also good to note that an offer of more than 10% off list price is usually seen as an insult by a seller, unless they are very motivated to make a deal.

Another new law in our marketplace is NO POCKET LISTINGS and No Listing Clubs. This is a new rule in our local area which prevents the growing emergence of price fixing among agents, “usually resulting in a lower sales price for the seller,” according to National Association of Realtors. As agents, it is our duty to list and sell properties that have been given the best possible platform for gaining the most views by eligible buyers. This includes listing syndication through our MLS systems which sends the listings out to as many people as possible over the internet.

Here are the Most Motivated Sellers’ Single Family Listings just for you:

1.) 31% Price Drop in Starwood Estates over the last 9 months!

2.) 23% Price Drop in The Bluffs over the past 8 months!

3.) 13% Price Drop over the past 8 months SFR with Income Property in Mammoth Lakes

4.) 11% Price Drop over the past 7 months, June Lake Home, possible distress sale

5.) 11% Price Drop over the past 10 months, SFR near Canyon Lodge

6.) 9% Price Drop over the past 8 months, SFR in June Lake

Here are the Most Motivated Sellers’ Condo Listings just for you:

1.) 6% Price Drop in 1 month at The Westin Monache

2.) 10% Price Drop in 4 months at Meadowridge Townhomes in Mammoth Lakes

3.) 7% Price Drop in 3 months at Sunrise Condos on the meadow in Mammoth

4.) 12% Price Drop in 5 months at Mammoth West Condos near Canyon Lodge

5.) 14% Price Drop in 10 months at Val D’Isere Condos near The Village

6.) 14.5% Price Drop in 11 months! Ready for Summer! Snowcreek I 3+Loft on the Meadow and Creek!

As always please contact me with any questions on these properties available for sale in the Eastern Sierras! I look forward to hearing from you all!
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Thu Apr 23, 2015
Lauren Tracy answered:
This is definitely a seasonal town. Most of the locals leave for vacation during this time of year, May and June are very slow. Our 2nd slow season is right before winter in September October. ... more
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Thu Apr 23, 2015
Lauren Tracy answered:
Hi KC,
That really depends on what type of property you purchase and how much you spend. Long term rental income in most cases will not cover a property with a low down payment, however if you are able to keep you total costs under $3,000/month, you will have a shot at getting close. ... more
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Tue Mar 17, 2015
Josh Barnett answered:
Your Broker should be training you on these questions. Call you Broker and tell them you need help understanding the market better.
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Tue Oct 14, 2014
Howard Sheckter answered:
The best locations are the ones that have EZ access to the Ski Back Trail which will be improved in the coming years. IE along Hillside drive in Mammoth Slopes V; Some lot locations that border up to the ski back trail in Mammoth slopes II and III. Also in the Little Eagle area, Mammoth Vista I and some of the Majestic Pines Area, Juniper Ridge. Some walk to lift locations. IE Village Gondola Access is Holiday Pines, Mammoth Slopes I and Mammoth Slopes IV for Walk to Canyon Lodge. Don't forget that the Ski Shuttle serves an even greater area! ... more
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Fri Aug 8, 2014
allison page answered:
Not right now. Only a few homes are zoned for this. Right now there is a town ordinance against it. However, the new town council is showing signs this may change. See this site to get involved:

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Wed Jul 2, 2014
Matthew Lehman answered:

The very short answer for you on this question is there were zero Three bedroom, three bath condominiums that closed escrow in Snowcreek V in 2008.

There were three sales in 2009. Most three bedroom, three bath sales in Snowcreek V ranged from $615,000 to $654,000 with the variances depending on the date of sale and location within the complex. There was a short sale at $565,000 listed by out outside company.

In 2007 there were also three sale and they ranged from $695,000 to $840,000. The lowest sale was an older unit lacking views, while the others were newer with mountain views.

For more information on Snowcreek V or to seach on your own, visit the link below
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Wed Jul 2, 2014
Matthew Lehman answered:

Good question. The short smart reply to this common question is "Fall", but I know you were looking for something more specific. It depends on the year but mid-october tends to be a consistent time for the colors. Best places are Rock Creek Canyon, Lundy Canyon, Lower Rock Creek Canyon, and the June Lake area.

Fall is, in my opinion, is the most beautiful time of year in Mammoth Lakes and certainly my favorite. The heat of summer has passed and the excitement of the pending ski season is on its way. Aspen trees and cottonwoods are the most common trees changing colors and they can best be seen at the edges of lakes, particularly near the inlets and outlets.

There is an official "Fall Color Guide" you can download through I've attached the link for you.
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Wed Jul 2, 2014
Matthew Lehman answered:

If you are looking for a short term lease for the months of January through April your may be somewhat hard pressed as this is the tail end of Mammoth's busiest season. That said the local online media is a great resource:

The Sheet is a free publication that comes out weekly and a link to their classified section is:

Another resource is the Mammoth Times:
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Tue Jul 1, 2014
Matthew Lehman answered:
I forgot to add that there is also a hotel planned for the area just between the 8050 building and Fireside at the Village, this hotel is currently being called "The Inn at the Village" and it is currently undergoing a subsequent Environmental Impact Review through the Town of Mammoth Lakes. ... more
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Fri Nov 1, 2013
Matthew Lehman asked:
Currently most single family homes cannot be rented on a nightly basis. Should it be allowed?
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Fri Nov 1, 2013
Matthew Lehman answered:
I noticed that there isn't a current answer to this question so I thought I would jump in. In September of 2012, the Town of Mammoth Lakes and its creditor Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition were able to reach a settlement and the town was able to avoid Chapter 9 Bankruptcy. The settlement was for $29.5 million payable over 23 years, with payments of $2,000,000 per year to the creditor.

Despite this challenging period, the community of Mammoth Lakes has experienced its three most successful summers in row.
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Mon Oct 15, 2012
Debra (Debbie) Rose answered:
is this the weather channel?
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Thu Aug 2, 2012
Shannon answered:
If you are interested in a rental in Mono City please e-mail me at! Our house is currently for sale but we will be renting it if it does not sell soon.

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Sun Jul 8, 2012
Suzanne Baker answered:
Hi Raj,

I can provide HOA informaiton, rental income and complete market informaiton that will be helpful to you.

Our condo prices have stabilized now and this is a good time to obtain property in Mammoth. The Intrawest and Village properties are problematic for acquiring financing but there are private lenders who will assist you.

Please call or e-mail me if you would like my assistance in purchasing a Village property. I'm here to help! My number is 760-709-1447 or you my visit my Website at
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Thu Jun 21, 2012
Suzanne Baker answered:
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