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Skier in a green helmet makes a turn down a steep hill on Mammoth Mountain with Banner Peak and Ritter Peak and a chairlift in the backgroundPhoto by Josh Wray for Visit Mammoth


While Mammoth Lakes has an amazing community of locals, it’s still a resort and tourism community. The feel of the amenities we have here are all created with both locals and tourists in mind. Before you consider buying a home in Mammoth Lakes, it’s a good idea to think through the pros and cons of buying in a resort community.


Each mountain or ski resort you consider buying in will have its own personality. In Colorado, Aspen is known for its celebrities and millionaires, while Silverton is known for its laid-back atmosphere. Mammoth Lakes is known for its chill and happy California mountain town vibe. This culture is what drew me to make Mammoth Lakes my home full time, but it’s not for everyone.



Here are the pros to buying in a resort community like Mammoth Lakes:








And here are the cons to buying in a resort community like Mammoth Lakes:










If you think you want to live in a resort community, I recommend visiting first and, if possible, staying for an extended period of time. You could also stay for a week in several different resort communities to figure out what you like and what you don’t. If you’d like to learn more about buying a home in Mammoth Lakes, see my Ultimate Home Buyer’s Guide, or give me a call to talk (760) 914-4664.



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If you’re considering selling your property, you’ve probably heard all sorts of things from your friends, family and co-workers. Some may be true. Others are definitely not.

Before you get too worried, take note of these common real estate myths.

Myth #1: You need to spend money to make money.

We’ve all seen it, and many of us have done it. We want to get the best price for our property, so we start doing all the things we always dreamed of doing… renovating the kitchen, updating the bathroom, etc. Some improvements can make your property more attractive and may boost the asking price a bit, but that doesn’t mean you’ll make back the money you’ve spent. Plus major renovations almost always cost more than expected, so stick to small improvements like a fresh coat of paint or some new fixtures. Leave the major renovations — and the potential headache — to the new owners.

Myth #2: You need to wait for the right season to sell your property.

Brick and wood house in Mammoth Lakes with several feet of snow on its roof in the winter

Photo by Josh Wray for Visit Mammoth

You’ve probably heard that it’s easier or you’ll make more money if you sell your Mammoth Lakes home in a certain season. I’ve been helping buyers and sellers in Mammoth Lakes since 2011, and I’ve seen that there is no “selling season.” We’re a year-round resort that draws buyers in all the seasons. Don’t wait around — get your property on the market as soon as you want to sell it.

Myth #3: Pass on the first offer and wait for something better.

Monthly calendar

When your first offer comes in, especially if it’s below the asking price, many sellers pass in hopes of getting a better offer later. If your property stays on the market for a month or two, buyers will be wary, especially since properties move so fast in Mammoth Lakes. Take every offer seriously, and don’t assume a better offer will come the longer you wait.

Myth #4: You can move your home with an open house.

An open house sounds like a dream solution, right? Buyers will flood in the door eager to see and then buy your property. Unfortunately that’s not the reality I usually see. Open houses attract window shoppers who may already own a similar property or be dreaming of a someday-purchase. With one-on-one sales, your real estate agent can weed out anyone without a pre-approval letter. Don’t waste your time trying to sell to someone who can’t get a mortgage. One-on-one sales also give more time for the agent to share what’s great about your property with the potential buyer.

Learn more in my Ultimate Home Seller’s Guide. If you’d like to talk, call me at (760) 914-4664.

Winter storms have packed the snow into Mammoth Lakes, Incline Village and Alpine Village. In about two days, up to 36 inches of snow were dumped on Mammoth’s summit, while folks at slightly lower elevations saw up to 20 inches of snow.

According to the National Weather Service the totals marked one of the biggest single storms the region has seen in several years.

The storm also brought heavy rain to coastal areas of Northern California. In Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties, more than an inch of rain fell in some areas. The Bay Area saw less rainfall but more than 500 lightning strikes. Strong wind gusts also were reported, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures in Southern California are forecast to inch upward by five degrees Wednesday, and a gradual warming trend should continue through Saturday.

The weekend could see an elevated risk of wildfires because of the expected warm offshore winds.

The weather service said a red flag warning could be in effect Thursday because of windy, dry conditions.

Don’t forget with that much snow there will be tree branches coming down, and road closures.

If you are considering buying a home in Mammoth Lakes, now is the time to come look around, when you can see the area in all its glory, before the weather gets any worse!

Contact Sonja Bush at 661-979-9000 or by email at [email protected]

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