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When it comes to selling your home, it's worth taking a hard look at the little things you have come to live with over time ... the lightbulbs that are out in those hard to reach places, scuff marks on the walls, or the toilet that's been running so long you don't notice it anymore. In my years of showing homes,  the value of first impressions has always sort of amazed me.

Take two houses with the same floor plan, same finishes, and close to the same location. One is so clean you could virtually eat off the floors. The windows sparkle, carpets smell fresh, and the seller took the time to touch up the paint and re-grout the bathroom floor. The other has stained carpets, dirty screens and a hallway air filter so full of dust it looks like it has never

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Tahoe Donner's Cross Country ski center expects to be open through at least mid-April this season, thanks to record snowfall. Season passes go on sale March 15, and for just $314 pass holders can also ski for free this spring. (Homeowners enjoy discounted rates.)  

With 38 miles of groomed trails, and access to one of the West's most pristine valleys, it's no wonder Tahoe Donner was recently voted one of North America's "best" for XC lovers. You have to experience Tahoe Donner's cross country center to appreciate its beauty. The trail network begins in an alpine meadow at the end of Alder Creek Road. Ambitious skiers (or hikers) can climb up to Hawk's Peak at 7,729 feet and skirt the saddle to Drifter Hut to catch unparalleled views of Donner Lake and

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The Town of Truckee, in cooperation with Nevada County is applying for disaster relief funding to help businesses and homeowners impacted by the recent waves of storms that brought epic snowfall to the region. The state of emergency declaration in early January came amid a storm that knocked down power lines, leaving much of Truckee & West Shore without power for as long as several days. (Downed trees, like the one Liberty Utilities photographed across Highway 89, were the culprit behind much of the power outage.) With the Truckee River cresting, the town provided sandbags to residents impacted by the double whammy of rain and melting snow. Motorists were stranded, and some second homeowners were unable to access their residences due to the sheer volume

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 The World Cup is coming to Squaw Valley next month with amazing skiers (several of them "home grown"), live music, and tons of fun events. The party begins on March 9 ... click here for the full schedule. The Ski Corp is expecting more than 15,000 visitors and hiring several hundred additional staff to pull off the event in true Squaw Valley style.

One thing they can't do is add more lanes to Highway 89. So if you are planning an overnight trip for a little spring skiing, plan ahead. Or ... better yet, get front row seats with your own condo or home. Squaw Valley is the stuff of legends, and many of our finest Olympic athletes hail from here. With the addition of Alpine Meadows, the mountain duo offers terrain to please all levels of skiers (whatever

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If you are thinking of buying a home in Tahoe, maybe you have decided to wait for the snow to melt so you can get a better feel for the topography & landscaping. Makes sense, and many buyers take this approach of waiting till Spring or Summer to start their search. But one thing to consider when buying in snow country is that the winter offers a great opportunity to see aspects of a property that might not be obvious when the sun is shining and the garden's in full bloom. For example, roof design ...  Summer buyers will consider the quality and condition of a roof when buying a home, but not necessarily how it "sheds" snow. 

Snow shedding on entry

 In a snow year like we've had this season, with record depths in the space of a week, shedding patterns can make a big

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The state of Nevada is offering free downpayment grants to qualifying home buyers. If you earn less than $95,000 and are looking to buy a home of $400,000 or less, you might be able to receive grant money of up to 5% of your loan downpayment and closing costs. Free Money to Buy a Home in RenoTo put that in perspective, that's like being "given" up to $16,000 on a standard loan.  No joke.  The program is one of several grant and mortgage assistance programs offered through the Nevada Division of Rural Housing (and don't be fooled by "rural;" Reno buyers can also qualify.) Other grant programs are specifically aimed at helping K-12 teachers, veterans, and 1st time homebuyers. 

Call or contact me today for additional info on how you can qualify. 

Click here for a list of qualifying

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With bluebird skies in Tahoe this past weekend, skiers flocked to the slopes to enjoy the amazing snowfall of the past few weeks. From Alpine to Squaw, to Tahoe Donner, parking lots filled up early in the day, so fast, in fact, that Tahoe Donner's downhill ski area sold out early in the morning! (But not for homeowners) Tahoe Donner Ski Area Sold OutOne of the many perks of owning in Tahoe Donner is that members come first. The downhill ski area, for example, caps its sale of public tickets to ensure that homeowners and their guests are not turned away. (The Cross Country center, which has been voted one of the best in North America, offers similar perks to pass holders, with earlier opening times.) With HOA dues of just $1,900/year, Tahoe Donner remains an excellent bargain. From

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Many parts of Tahoe have seen more than 15 feet of new snow in the past few weeks ~ a welcome relief to the drought and an epic start to the ski season. Check out this chart with snowfall from this week's storm and the year-to-date. Sugar Bowl, for example, has seen 34 feet of snow this season, with almost 22 feet this month! Tahoe Ski Season off to Great StartGreat news for skiers, and a little intimidating to some homebuyers new to the Tahoe market who find themselves asking if you can have "too much of a good thing." Falling trees have led to power outages, and road closures have made it difficult for plows to keep driveways cleared. If you are thinking about a home in Tahoe, or have recently bought here, it's important to know this is *not* the norm. Local authorities say we have not

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