Mammoth Lakes Real Estate Market Update

magnifying glassThere are several different data points to review when evaluating the current real estate market including median price, days on market and total inventory sold.  Below is a snapshot of the last two years closed transaction in Mammoth Lakes and 2013 so far.


2013 (as of Sept 29)



Median   Price




Median   Days on Market




Total Condos SOLD




Single   Family Homes

2013 (as of Sept 29)



Median   Price




Median   Days on Market




Total SF Homes SOLD




While this information is useful in observing trends, the current inventory must also be considered.  Below is a snapshot of the available properties available today:



Single Family Homes

Median   Price



Median   Days on Market



Total   Available Today 09/29


Relatively flat all of 2013


Slightly higher than 2013 average

In summary, both condos and single family homes are selling more quickly than 2012 and at a higher price than in the previous two years.   After a slight increase over the summer, inventory  levels  are low and relatively flat for 2013. Based on actual closed sales so far this year,  the trend indicates there will be more condos sold this year than last and about the same number of single family homes.   Inventory is needed to support this trend.

What does this mean to you?  Prices are trending up.  People interested in buying should increase their search and identify a property before prices go higher.    Sellers can expect to get more than they would have last year at this time.    Of course, there is no crystal ball.  Mammoth Lakes has historically followed Orange County and San Diego by 6-8 months.  These areas are still in an upward cycle.   Will the upward trend continue?  Time will tell.  My advice, if you find something you love, then now is the time to make that offer.

Fall Colors in the Eastern Sierra

One of the things I love most about living in Mammoth Lakes is experiencing all four seasons.  This is something most Californians do not have the opportunity to enjoy but provides spectacular sights for us in the Eastern Sierra.

Fall has officially begun with fall color starting to show in the Eastern Sierra.    Colors are emerging to show locally at the base of the Sherwin’s, in town and in the Lakes Basin.  I look forward to enjoying Mother Nature’s show in the next few weeks.   I plan on heading up south to Rock Creek and north to Conway Summit this weekend.  For more information on fall colors in Mammoth Lakes, visit 

This is a photo I took early October 2013 on my iPhone at Conway Summit.   Looking forward to going to the exact spot this weekend….stay tuned!IMG_1946

Where am I? One Guess: Mono Lake

There are so many beautiful places I want to share in my beautiful home of Mammoth Lakes. Every week I will post a photo for “Where Am I Wednesday?” and you can give your best guess as to my location. The first person to correctly guess my location will receive a Starbucks gift card!

Any guesses where I took this this photo? Hint: All photos will be within 10 miles of Mammoth Lakes unless otherwise specified. Happy guessing!

2013-09-19 05.26.00

Home Protection Plans

appliancesThe last thing a buyer wants to worry about is something in their new home breaking or malfunctioning.  This is why when representing a buyer I generally include a home protection plan in the offer to purchase.

What is a home protection plan?  It is a one-year home warranty or service contract which covers the repair or replacement of many of the home system components and appliances that break down over time.  Most companies offer various plans and pricing options allowing you to select what is right for you.

Why should buyers include a home protection plan in their offer?  No matter how prepared you are when purchasing a new home, it can still be a stressful experience.  Part of that stress is wondering about unexpected costs and the uncertainty that comes with a new home purchase.  Home protection plans provide confidence that the major appliances and home system components will not be something you need to worry about.  Generally after paying a small deductible the cost of the repair or replacement is covered.  Even if the seller does not agree to pay the one-time premium (in my experience they often agree), it is well worth the cost since most premiums I have seen are less than the average cost of a service call/repair if you did not have a protection plan.   Home protection policies are fairly inexpensive, typically ranging from $300 to $500, depending on coverage.

Why should a seller include a home protection plan?  A home protection plan can be an effective marketing tool, instantly giving buyers additional confidence in their purchase. This will also protect your home’s systems and appliances while your home is on the market.

What is covered?  This can vary based on the policy selected.  I generally chose a combination policy which covers the following (based on the situation, add-on options include things like pool, spa, water softener, well pump, septic pumping):


  • Refrigerators
  • Dishwashers
  • Clothes Dryers
  • Clothes Washers
  • Ranges/Ovens/Cooktops
  • Built-In Microwave Ovens
  • Free-standing Ice Makers
  • Trash Compactors
  • Garage Door Openers


  • Air Conditioning, including ductwork
  • Heating, including ductwork
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Water Heaters
  • Garbage Disposals
  • Instant Hot/Cold Water Dispensers
  • Central Vacuums
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Doorbells
  • Ceiling Fans

In summary, whether buying or selling ask your real estate agent about a home protection policy.

Mammoth Huskies 2013 Football Schedule

Are you ready for some high school football?Football

The 2013-2014 team is off to a good start winning the first game of the season again Rosamond (40-8) on Friday, September 6. What does the season have in store? Be the first to know by attending the games at Mammoth High School stadium located at 365 Sierra Park Road.


Click here for the full schedule Football 2013-2014


Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeeIn the musical comedy, the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling bee, six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown ups who barely escaped childhood themselves, learn that winning is not everything, and losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser.

The local production of this Tony Award winning stage play was presented by Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre in cooperation with Mammoth Lakes Foundation.  My husband and I caught the play on the last night at Edison Theatre.   The production was directed by Shira Dubrovner and was very entertaining.  My husband does not usually like musicals but this was the exception.  The lyrics were funny and heartwarming and came at just the right time in each scene.  In addition to the talented nine person cast, four audience members were included in the spelling bee with hilarious results.  Contestants had the opportunity to ask for definitions for the words as well as having the word used in  a sentence.  We laughed out loud at many of the definitions.  One of the hilarious definitions was for audience participant and local Mammoth Lakes Fire Depart Fire Marshal, Thom Heller.

Word:  Apoop

Definition:  Toward the back, to move astern on a ship.

Used in a sentence:  Guido, the Italian sailor clutching his stomach said “Excusa me boys but I am going apoop.”

Shira is so talented and we have loved all of the productions she has directed.  Other cast members included Tim Casey, Phil Dore, Shanda Duro, B. Kenji Kawaguchi, Jacqueline Marie, Juliana Olinka, Bekah Rowan, Jesse Steele and Dave Tompkins.  We are looking forward to some of the upcoming productions which include:

October 10-27:  To Kill a Mockingbird

November 9: Zagazoo (Theatre for Young Audiences)

November 15-16:  An Evening of Improv: The Spoilin Players

December 12 – 22:  Every Christmas Story Every Told (and then some)

January 17-18:  Vincent

February 6-23:  The 39 Steps

Hope to see you at one of the next Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre.  Visit for schedule and tickets.