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One of the most common requests I get is, “We want a little cabin in the woods.” Many people buying property in Mammoth Lakes have a picture in mind of what their mountain life or vacation home will look like. There’s no doubt a cabin in the woods is a dreamy scene.

But there’s more to a cabin than most people are looking for. Here’s what you need to know about getting a “cabin in the woods” feel in Mammoth Lakes:

Owning a single-family home at 8,000 feet is much more involved – and expensive – than owning one at sea level.

If you buy a single-family home in Mammoth Lakes, you’ll be responsible for figuring out absentee homeowner services, yard maintenance, siding/deck treatments, etc. The whole building is your responsibility, compared to a condo where you’re only responsible for what’s inside.

A cabin in the woods doesn’t come with snow removal.

Added to the regular expenses I listed above for single-family home upkeep, you’ll have to deal with snow removal, which can be a headache. If you live here full-time you can handle it yourself if you’re willing to invest in the right equipment. But if you’re only here part-time, you’ll need to hire a snow removal service. The cost depends on the amount of snowfall, but it’s typically about $1000 for the season and it doesn’t include clearing walkways or entries or shoveling off the roof after big storms, which might be necessary. You’ll need to sign a contract with a snow removal company well before winter.

If you plan to rent out your home, a condo is the way to go.

Most single-family homes in Mammoth Lakes can’t be rented out nightly due to the town’s zoning codes. They can be rented out monthly (30+ days).  Most condo complexes (but not all) allow nightly rentals when you’re not using it. If you plan on renting out your home nightly when you’re away, a condo that allows nightly rentals is a must.

Cabins on U.S. Forest Service land have strict regulations for use.

You may come across listings for adorable cabins that say “U.S. Forest Service lease.” They’re often exactly what you’re picturing when you think “cabin in the woods,” but since they’re on public land, the usage is very specific. Often these cabins don’t allow full-time use (must be a second home), have limited access in the winter, must be purchased with cash and have strict rules for property improvements/remodeling.

In a town of four square miles, many properties feel like they’re “in the woods.”

Since Mammoth Lakes is bordered on all sides by beautiful public land, it’s easy to find a property that has a strong nature feel. The Snowcreek developments are a great example with sweeping views of the Sherwin mountain range. Other condos may boast a creek running behind them, aspen trees right outside your window or a mountain view — maybe even of Mammoth Mountain itself.

To get added amenities like a hot tub, a condo with a good HOA is the best move.

If your mountain dream includes soaking in a hot tub or unwinding in a sauna after a long day of skiing, a condo with amenities included might be perfect. Some condo complexes also have shared common areas where you can gather with large groups of friends or family if the condo you buy can’t fit everyone.

 

Whether you’re set on a cabin in the woods or considering a condo in Mammoth Lakes, learn more in my Ultimate Home Buyer’s Guide. Give me a call if you’d like to talk: (760) 914-4664.

Photos by Josh Wray for Visit Mammoth

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Time isn’t always on your side, especially if you’re trying to time the real estate market.

Some homeowners postponed selling while they waited for prices to hit their peak. Here’s why you shouldn’t wait any longer:

💲The market is unpredictable — even experts can’t guarantee what it will do next!
☑️ You could pay more to buy your next home the longer you delay.
🤝 It’s still a great time to sell, but rising mortgage rates are beginning to slow down demand.

You can’t control the real estate market — but you can control when you put your home up for sale 🏡

Contact us to start a conversation about the right time to make your move.

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Thursday, September 29
9 AM - 11 AM

Stop by and tour 3 amazing Mammoth Lakes Properties tomorrow!!!

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Sonja was very knowledgeable and competent in selling our house in Mammoth. She is very personable and answered all of our numerous questions with courtesy, humor, and patience. Despite a greatly slowed real estate market, she sold our house in a reasonable time frame. - Stuart F.

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If you have a light fixture you want to keep and take with you to your next home, take it down and replace it before you put your house on the market. You can also leave it up and "exclude" it from the sale within your listing, but it can cause issues if a buyer sees it and wants it. Avoid problems by removing it ahead of time.

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Amazing two-bedroom condo next door to Canyon Lodge! Ski all season long in this cozy mountain home!

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Hope everyone is having an amazing time at the Mammoth Trail Fest! If you haven't already make sure to check out this awesome event the rest of the weekend!

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Beautifully updated two-bedroom slope side condo just listed for sale. Check it out!

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What does “Months of Supply” tell us about the market?

To break it down simply:

📊Balanced Market = 6 to 7 months of supply
There are a relatively even number of buyers and sellers.

📈Seller’s Market = Fewer than 6 months of supply
There are more buyers than homes for sale, thus sellers hold the upper hand.

📉 Buyer’s Market = More than 7 months of supply
There are more homes for sale than willing and able buyers, thus buyers have more negotiating power.

Have a question about current market trends? Reach out at any time! We’re here to help you decode the lingo and make the most of today’s market 👨‍💻

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