Testimonials

Tarl Wood was our agent that helped us with the purchase of our house. He did a fantastic job. He went above & beyond in helping us with the process of buying a home in Big Bear. It was a pleasure working with him every step of the purchase. Top notch!!!  Ken & Cindy Epema
I was tasked with finding a realtor in Big Bear Lake 2 days before Thanksgiving. We were located 500 miles north of Big Bear in the SF Bay Area. After reading the positive reviews about Rahill Realty, I took a chance and gave them a call. We were lucky to have Brad King answer the phone (even though a lot of people were not working that week – Brad was!) I explained we were planning to purchase a company cabin in the Big Bear …Lori Brown
Loved working with “real” real estate professionals. You & your team provided us with on time performance with regards to paperwork requirements & deadlines.  Your Docusign made everything easy, hassle free and on time.  Thank you for making this real estate experience painless & successful.Roland B Scott
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Rahill Team, especially Rick & Lisa Seifert. At first the sale of our cabin seemed like a daunting task. Rick & his wife dug in and helped us prioritize what needed to be done.  They were constructive….never pushy. We were amazed at the difference de-cluttering made.  Rick patiently helped us through each step of the process.  The last time we entered an escrow was in 1992. The computer made it easier in so many ways …Dan & Delayne Stotts
Will, we had heard your real estate team was great, but now I can say firsthand I know why your company is considered the top real estate group in Big Bear.  I am someone who owns a service business, and did specialized studies in service delivery in graduate school. I really value great service. I am serious when I say that Tarl Wood is the best service provider I have worked with this year (and possibly ever, but I’d have to go way back …Colin & Cathy Walker
Team Rahill was great, but the credit really goes to Mario Bulnes. He was our agent. We started this process in early March when we contacted Mario. We were referred to him by our loan broker. We coordinated a visit, and he had lined up 7+ properties for us to see that met our criteria. We made an offer the first day we toured properties, and on April 15 we closed escrow. Mario was knowledgeable, and we always felt he was looking for our …Wendy Patrick
How lucky we were to have been introduced to Brad King at Keller Williams.  It was our daughter and son-in-law that was originally looking for some property.  The more we looked at properties with Brad, the more we grew to like him and trust him. As it ended up, we were shown 10-12 properties for us, but in the end we decided to purchase a lot and build what we were looking for.  Our daughter and son-in-law are still working with Brad to find …Norbert & Judy Goulart
This was our first home purchase since we retired 2 years ago. During my 35 year career, we were moved 7 times domestically and 6 times internationally. The property purchase in your area was, by far, the easiest one we have experienced. We were guided through the process by our agent, Lisa Seifert. Lisa was patient with our ever changing goals, as we viewed dozens of properties and learned more about the area. She provided concise guidance, communicated with us on a daily basis, …Mike & Roseanne Mollere
We thoroughly enjoyed working with Tarl Wood.  He was engaging, quick to respond and professional. We were regularly updated as to time frames, condo repairs & paperwork. Thank you, Tarl.Don & Elizabeth Harris
My husband and I couldn’t be happier about the service we received from Will Rahill and his team.  His knowledge of the market and unique strategies for listing our higher-end home were unimpeachable. The process was efficient and resolved much more quickly than we’d ever imagined possible. He was also extremely responsive, encouraging, and persistent in getting us through it all without undo stress. We wouldn’t hesitate to use him again or recommend him to friends. Thanks for the opportunity to let us share …Lorraine Wolfe, Ph.D.
Will is the best realtor in Big Bear!Angela Priola Naylor
I decided to sell my house in Big Bear, so I contacted a few realtors.  After looking at Will’s marketing plan to sell my house and his realistic evaluation of the market value of my house, I decided to list my house with Will’s team.  Other realtors gave me decent evaluations, but no one had such a strong marketing plan as Will’s team.   Within a week after it hit the multiples, I received a strong offer.  After brief counter offers the property was put into escrow.  …James Evans
As both a homeowner and a real estate investor in California and out of the U.S.A. over the past forty years,  I’ve worked with many realtors.  I truly think you are one of the best. You helped our family sell our wonderful but quite dated Big Bear vacation rental home by tactfully suggesting reasonable improvement ideas and recommending trustworthy contractors, and by realistically pricing it and steadfastly showing it during a very bad sellers’ market.  Furthermore, you exuded confidence that you would sell it, and …Shirley Kedes
Will is integrity all the way.Tara Rokstad
Brian Atkins was the realtor I used for buying my Big Bear Lake Cabin. He was AMAZING! I actually researched Big Bear Realtors and chose him. Brian met all of my expectations. He had so much knowledge of the area. Brian was very good at returning all of my emails and texts. He was so friendly and made me a priority when I was available to look at cabins. I would recommend Brian to any one. Thank you, Brian! Aubrey KingAubrey King
I truly appreciated my time at the Rahill Real Estate Group. My agent, Tarl Wood, was a pleasure to work with. I felt zero pressure to buy a house and he didn’t get mad when I lost his favorite pen ! 🙂Richard O'Connor
Tarl Wood was awesome and I had a great experience with The Rahill Real Estate Group and the progress. Thank you!Rick Pathi
We have used Will on several properties and have found him & his staff to be very knowledgeable & courteous to me and our staff. Closings go smoothly which we like very much and Will & Nicki follow up with escrow to make sure there are no loose ends. We are happy, satisfied clients!Portia Frost
Will was great to work with. He showed me several homes that were within the parameters of my price point, and only homes with the size and amenities I was looking for. The foreclosure purchase I made went very smoothly, and Will kept me updated throughout the process. Will is extremely knowledgeable about all facets of the Big Bear area, and is very involved in the community. I highly recommend Will for your real estate needs.Manuel Gutierrez
Will was a real treat to work with…professional, experienced and he sold our home the first weekend it was on the market. We had a difficult buyer and if it wasn’t for Will “talking me off the ledge” a number of times, I’m sure I would have blown the sale. He’s calm and cool under pressure and made selling our home easy. Thanks Will.Christie Walker
Brad King is very personable, thorough, and efficient.His number one concern is looking out for his clients and will take the extra time needed to make you feel comfortable and minimize the stress. I would definitely use and recommend Brad and the Rahill Team. They did a great job. Linda FerrisLinda Ferris
Tarl Wood was a true professional and an absolute pleasure to work with. We are out of state buyers and he made us feel as though we were next door during the entire transaction. His follow up was great and he over delivered on everything we needed. Thank you Tarl for a great buying experience as it rare to experience such a seamless transaction, you are an asset to your team and I look forward to seeing you when we are up there!   …Robert Dubel
Best down to earth and honest real estate agent I know.Kim Nunes Bailey
Will was very good to work with.  He was knowledgeable, about the market, candid about the process, reliable in his communication.  I recommend him.Rob Drew
I live in San Diego and wanted to find a local realtor in the Big Bear area who could help us find a property that would be great for personal use – but most importantly for vacation rental purposes. I actually came to Yelp and contacted Rahill through Yelp messages and Brad King reached out to me in minutes. Brad was great from the beginning – he had great knowledge of the area and most importantly knew what we needed to find to make …Alyssa R.
Seldom does one receive customer service as satisfying as was provided by our agent, Tarl Wood. He was professional & personable and made a process that might otherwise have been stressful, progress smoothly & efficiently. His warm and friendly personality made him a pleasure to work with and I would whole-heartedly recommend his services to anyone in need of a competent agent. Thank you Lisa Seifert for referring us to one of your best.Sandy Smith
Mr. Rahill, thank you for the informational disc and your interest in my experience. In short, “the best experience of my life”. Jonathan is an asset to your business and a delight to work with. The time flew by and I’m very happy with my purchase. I look forward to meeting you on the mountain soon.Rick Negrette
Lisa Seifert was such a blast to work with. She patiently showed us cabin after cabin until we found our dream getaway. All along the way we learned so much about Big Bear & all the special places to go & have fun with our family & friends. She helped us through each step & was always there to answer any questions quickly. We feel blessed to have our family getaway so enjoyed what would have otherwise been a stressful process, thanks to Lisa …Sean & Elizabeth Stephens
I’m writing this letter to let you know how pleased we were about Tarl’s caring attitude. Tarl exceeded our expectations. He took time to find out our needs & knew which homes we’d like to see. He gave us his personal knowledge of the area including restaurants, activities & winterization. We feel Tarl is a great person and cares for people’s needs. Thank you!Juan & Irma Orozco
Rick was great! House was priced right, sold quickly, smooth transaction and short escrow. Thanks you!Sudie Smartt
Mario is an amazing professional who goes beyond his job duties. He takes the time to understand your goals and makes sure he deliveries a service that helps you to achieve those goals. He is very service oriented and takes the time to explain everything. Gina LondonoGina Londono
I’ve known Will for 25 years, and there is nobody I would trust or recommend more highly.Mark Spurlock
You are the best! Thanks so much for making it as effortless as possible during the process of buying. We’re grateful for your attention, warmth, knowledge and enthusiasm. We think of you as a friend in Big Bear and hope to see you soon. And thanks for offering to answer any further questions regarding improvements and maintenance. Chal Pivik
Our experience with your office was great from the moment we walked in and fortunate enough to connect with Tarl Wood. Tarl listened to our concerns, needs and budget and went over and above our expectations to find us the cabin we wanted. Tarl understood that we lived far from Big Bear so when we made the drive up he maximized our time & showed us every available property. Tarl also kept in close contact through email & phone conversations to let us know of “new” …Perry & Colette Gustafson
I can’t thank you enough for all you did to make this whole process go smoothly. I couldn’t have done it without you Lisa.Cheryl Soave
Lisa, John & I have bought and sold over ten properties with eight different real estate people. You by far exceed them all in every way. You simply are the best and a wonderful person.  John & Karen Schofield
If you’re looking for a professional, intelligent and personable Realtor who knows Big Bear, Will Rahill is the guy for you.Megan Blaney
Will, great Job!  I got the dream property I wanted. Aneta Black
I would like to say how great my agent Lisa Seifert at the Rahill Real Estate was in helping me find my new home in Big Bear Lake. She has to be the best agent that I have ever had in all the years that I been buying homes. She took the time to show me all the homes that were in the Big Bear Lake area and never gave up the hunt to find me my home.  She is a supper person and …Jim Bullard
Lisa did a great job helping with our close. Thanks!Frank & Maryann Horak
Lori & I are very pleased with your service. Team Rahill is very lucky to have Tarl as your agent. Tarl is very special in all his skills and is an asset to your firm. I have sold life insurance for 30 years and know a gem when I meet them. Thanks for all your services!Frank & Lori Garcia
Thank you for the great service you and your team provided.Karim
Will is not only a great agent, he is intelligent and always looking out for his clients best interest! Thanks Will!Heather Hilliard
I’ve known Will for well over 20 years and has my highest recommendation as a professional who pays attention to detail while looking out for the best interests of his clients.Sean E Stall
We could not be any more pleased with the job that Tarl has done on our behalf. Throughout the whole process he has been available and sensitive to our questions & worries. I would like to thank all of you at the Rahill Real Estate Group for helping us make our dream come true. Especially you, Tarl!Bob & Terri Miller
Having worked side by side with Will when I lived in Big Bear, he’s my go-to agent for every referral I have. I trust sending my LA based clients to him, because I know they’ll get the same great service from Will that they do when they work with my own team locally.Deanna Wallo-Whipp
Mario Bulnes with Rahill was amazing. He went above and beyond to make the process of selling our family’s home smooth and kept us informed at every single step. He and his team make sure that their clients are making the best decisions and never push for anything. Thank you so much, Mario and Rahill team for your hard work with our sale. I recommend Mario and the team on the highest level. Tiffany SmithTiffany Smith
Thank you for all of your hard work in making this happen! My house was the last of about 5 properties to go on the market on our street and I think the first to sell.   Donna Gurule
Over the years I have purchased & sold many properties including commercial & rentals. During this time I have been involved with numerous realtors and Tarl is one of the best. After I purchased this home, Tarl did not disappear (as most agents do) but continued to be very responsive to my needs & is still helping me get settled. I have no doubt Tarl will be even more successful going forward as I will go out of my way to recommend him to …Pete Buenzli
It is always great working with Will. He is very trustworthy as well as kind. I would highly recommend Will to anyone interested in real estate. He genuinely enjoys helping people.Sara Gordon
Lisa was wonderful to work with. We had dealt with several realtors on the mountain and had noticed a lack of professionalism until Lisa.   She made us feel as though we were really important.  Not just another buyer, she cared about making sure we were happy and well taken care of the entire process.  Jeff & Noel Donahue
Will is honest, trustworthy, and an all-around great person! He is very intelligent and a hard worker (and a lot of fun too!). I trust him with my real estate needs!Chris Nagel
Lisa is a great agent who worked very hard to keep us informed of every step of the house sale. Her knowledge of the industry and her honesty are well appreciated by us all in a very stressful time. She made it a lot easier. She always kept us informed almost on a daily basis.  David & Judy Behrens
Will was a pleasure to work with!Travis Martinez
Dear Mr. Rahill, I wish to commend you for having Jonathan Vasquez on your “Team”.  He was impressive right from the start and he never let up the pace.  He totally guided me through the process of listing our family cabin and he (and your office) marketed it skillfully so that we ended up selling it for the full listed price. But mostly I want to commend him for his kindness and patience and the respect with which he treated this old (and very …Joyce Kucera
We appreciated all of Rick’s efforts & professionalism. It made the sales transaction easy & straight forward.Rich Roche
Very attentive, Will will help you find what you’re looking for.Karen Scholl
Will knows Big Bear. He is a man of integrity and understands what you are looking for. If you are reading this recommendation then you are looking for someone to trust. Trust Will.Julie L Appel
Will did an exceptional job selling our cabin. Always honest & upfront. Always kept us informed of what was happening.  Thank you!Bill & Pam Hartley
Lisa, you have been such a breath of fresh air in this process. When we began working with you, you really helped put our minds at ease. Thank you for your guidance and support it has made all the difference.Javier & Cassandra
Will helped us find the perfect home in Big Bear. During our hunt he showed us many homes, fine-tuned the search as we gave him feedback, and did not high pressure us for a sale. Will is very knowledgeable about the properties in Big Bear and readily available to answer questions. We appreciated his honesty and patience. Thank you, WillOlivia Kennedy
Very happy we chose Will Rahill to sell our property. He gave us great advise, very communicative, down to earth person. If you are looking for a Realtor who is smart, well connected and will market your property the right way…hire Will.Patrick Beneventi
Lisa did a fantastic job as our agent. Her approach was always positive and helpful, yet not pushy and was always respectful to us as home buyers understanding our desire to find the perfect Big Bear home. Once we entered into a contract with the seller, Lisa was extremely knowledgeable and willing to respond to our questions or concerns day or night, in a very timely manner! It is obvious Lisa Seifert is a very hard-working and caring individual. We feel fortunate to have …Andrea
Lisa is the most amazing person I ever met. It is a good thing we have no plans to move again, because I can’t imagine going through another transaction without her. Every person I spoke with while going through the rigors of selling a home have only had the highest praise for her. She was on time for every meeting, she was available every time I needed her, she worked well with all the people involved in this sale including the contractor, buyers, other …Donna Cooper
Best experience I’ve ever had! From day 1 through escrow closing & beyond, Rick of Rahill Real Estate was there for “me”……….Sheila Pitts
I would like to recognize Tarl for providing the best experience possible as our agent. Tarl met all my expectations as a professional and my expectations are high!  Thank you!Maritza Makemson
Will is an amazing Real Estate agent with a wonderful team that is always on top of what is going on in Big Bear. He is an honest and trustworthy person who will help you with your real estate deals and questions.Nicole Lathrop
Will, You were great during the whole process of selling our cabin in Big Bear. Very professional, honest, firm and trustworthy. You did whatever you promised you would and did it in the best way. Thank you!Hashemi's
I’ve known Will for 18 years from snow skiing, investing in stocks, and buying and selling homes! You’ve got a great guy working for you!Bryan Dilbeck
Our experience with Team Rahill was very positive at all times. We worked with Tarl Wood over several months. Tarl provided advice & important knowledge of the area which helped us make decisions. As a result, we made a purchase we are very happy with.Max & Julie Perdue
We wish to thank you for our agent Lisa Seifert.  She is truly a patient and sincere person & so down to earth!  Our experience with Rahill Real Estate Group has been quick & smooth even with a Cal Vet loan!  Dell & Laura Warfield
I’ve recently utilized Lisa Seifert’s talents to close on two properties within the past year. She is the most competent and reliable real estate professional that I’ve come across. Going forward, regardless of who is listing the property, I will always call Lisa first. I hope you realize what a gem you have within your company. Cherish her because good people are hard to find these days.James Black
What a grand experience I had working with Rick & Nicki. You have a very professional, efficient crew at your office. I felt as if I was kept informed on my listing, progress of sale, and the negotiation process. Rick guided me through it all with clarity and patience. I appreciated the constant communication that I had from/with Rick & Nicki, along with the MLS emails. I look forward to spreading the word about the exceptional service that I received from the Rahill Real …Karin Powell
My wife and I bought a house in Big Bear Lake from Will Rahill in 2008. We love our home here.  Will, made the experience wonderful.  He is very knowledgeable and he knows how to do his job in a quick and efficient manner.   Will also gave us a lot of pointers on the town and people here and he gave my son his first set of skis and boots. We would highly recommend him.Paul & Andrea Columbis
Lisa & Rahill exceeded our expectations.  I feel Lisa is just as interested in making friendships as she is in selling real estate. She showed us 19 properties in one afternoon. That must be some kind of record. Talk about organized & multi-tasking all at once. Very impressive. I wish she worked for me at my firm.Mark & Diane Frank
Excellent Agent! Will did a great job for me!Fred Liebel
My wife and I listed and sold our home in Big Bear Lake with Tarl Wood of The Rahill Team. We cannot say enough about the excellent level of professionalism that was present during each aspect of our relationship with this group! Starting with Tarl Wood who was absolutely the most helpful, knowledgeable, hard working, and positive Realtor we have ever worked with! We received weekly updates on our listing and really appreciated the assistance we got from the Rahill Team. We highly recommend …Ed Lineberry
Lisa & Rick were absolutely fabulous!! We were referred to them by a friend from down the hill, called and scheduled to meet, and the same day found a house we loved. The best part is that we came up with a long list of homes we wanted to see, but Rick & Lisa also brought us to a few houses not on our list and came up with a home that we instantly fell in love with. Lisa was available at all hours, …Todd & Yorley Blacher
I was very happy with my agent, Tarl Wood. He was very responsive, professional, and dependable. He took more than sufficient time to keep us up to speed & meet our needs. His service was top rate, exceptional!Ryan Miller
I was very pleased with the service I had from Will Rahill. I found him to be very professional yet very nice to deal with & very informative. I have bought & sold many homes over the past years and can honestly say that working with Will & Nicki was the easiest & most pleasant.Jane Alexander
I have known Will for over 15 years. We met while working for an organization that teaches people with disabilities to ski. I agree with the previous testimonials that are singing his praises, and I would add loyal and conscientious. He truly cares about treating people right and standing by friends.Jason Schetter
We had a very nice experience dealing with Rahill Real Estate. In particular, our agent, Lisa Seifert!! She was patient, informative, and made herself very available to any and all questions and requests we had for her. Her knowledge of the area and understanding of what we were looking for in a family cabin helped the process be as efficient and easy as possible. We feel very fortunate she answered the phone when I called inquiring about the property that caught our eye.  Thank …Ron & Carol DePompa
Will was good, very good.  I felt I knew who I was dealing with, which you don’t get with most real estate agents.  He was great!Keegan McGrath
We had been looking for a property for about 3 years and in our search, we met Tarl Wood. He was very accommodating. He showed us properties when we came to town and also sent us some to view online. He would always make himself available and gave us some insight on rentals and regulations. The process was very smooth with no problems or issues. We would definitely recommend to future buyers.Mike & Cathy Butkus
Tarl did an excellent job. He was professional, honest, on time & worked extra hard even though it was a small commission. Thanks Tarl and Rahill Real Estate Team.Kevin McKee
Will consummately blends his extensive market knowledge and attention to detail with keeping things simple and in a lay-person’s terms. His skill, confidence and familiarity with all aspects of the process ensured that my home purchase as convenient and effortless as possible. I will no doubt use his expertise again and I unequivocally recommend others do the same.Tom Peirce
Will never quits and keeps looking for the best possible outcome. Thanks to Will’s integrity, tenacity, and compassion, we were able to sell a family home.Lisa L. Magnuson
Rick was great from the start. He was not pushy and answered all our questions. If there was something he didn’t know he would be honest about it and got back to us with an answer. He was very easy going and always on time. Since we live in Anaheim, he made all arrangements to accommodate us. He also referred us to a great lender and kept us in the loop at all times. This was the best home buying experience we’ve ever had. …Hyong & Hilda Perkins
I have known Will for over 20 years. You will not find a real estate professional with more integrity, honesty and knowledge of the Big Bear area than Will. He is the first person I call when I need investment advice and/or have questions about real estate.Paul Skip Sjoberg
When my wife & I started getting interested in purchasing a vacation home in Big Bear, we really didn’t know for sure what we wanted & weren’t entirely sure with the area, so I started searching the web to find a real estate agent to help answer our questions. The first real estate agency I emailed replied a couple days later and then I didn’t hear back from them for over a week. Therefore, I decided to try a different agency. However, I never …Brad Gilpin
Both my wife & I were very happy with all the work Lisa Seifert did to find our Big Bear property. Lisa worked hard for 6 months to find the property where we can build a cabin in Big Bear. She stayed in touch and kept us aware along the way. We are both very pleased.   Thank you!    Dave & Jeanne Jensen
Tarl did an amazing job finding the right house & connecting me with others that made the process quick & easy. I closed in less than 21 days & was very happy. I can’t say enough about Tarl’s service & I would recommend him to anyone looking for a place in Big Bear. I thank Tarl again for everything.Cyndi Dart
Will Rahill’s team have proven to be professional & efficient. I am thankful to Will for his accurate suggestions to upgrade the property and to Rick Seifert for his caring & availability. The combination made the sale immediate & smooth. Excellent team! Highly recommendable!!!!Fariba Rofougaran
Lisa was really fantastic from the initial contact, through closing and beyond. Friendly, professional, and clearly an expertTzvi Haber
Will has the professional integrity that it takes to ensure complete customer satisfaction. He has my stamp of approval.David Owings
Will has the highest standards of professionalism and integrity. He is intelligent, honest and capable, and he has my strongest personal recommendation.Kenneth M. Klein
I would like to take a moment to say thanks to your agency so very much for helping us find our perfect home in Big Bear. We love it, and your website was perfect for searching the Big Bear Valley Area for the one special place. Our realtor, Lisa Seifert was amazing. She is very knowledgeable, helpful, friendly, and very patient. She always seemed to have time to answer our questions, no matter how small, and would even respond late at night. It felt …Scott & Elaine Hudson
Lisa, my son Joe was spot on when he recommended the Rahill Real Estate Group. It was comforting to have a person who could understand the emotional problems in having to give up my dads cabin. Thank you for being so sweet.Lois Lillibridge
Will is the type of real estate consultant that everyone needs: honest, extremely bright, thorough and just a fantastic person. He is passionate about helping people and finding the right fit for his clients. Procuring real estate is a huge financial investment and often times an emotional one. He takes great care in his work and takes the prudent approach to conducting ethical business. I highly recommend him.Sue Schroeder
This truly was a 5-star experience that we had with Jonathan Vasquez and his team. We were selling our cabin in Big Bear and Jonathan could not have done a finer job. He knows the area so well and advised us on how to get the cabin ready to sell, as well as the yard….little things that we probably would have overlooked to guiding us through the selling, after an offer we liked came in. We could not be happier. Thanks Jonathan for all …Victoria Collins Bufler

What’s Up in Big Bear This Weekend?

Events in Big Bear Lake, CA

KROQ Storms Bear Mountain
KROQ Storms Bear Mountain
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Viewing: Free

Bear Mountain
43101 Goldmine Dr.
844-462-2327

Back by popular demand, KROQ returns to Bear Mountain with a live performance by The Dirty Heads! Come ride and enjoy the party on the sundeck at Laybacks Bar. Free to spectators, riding or skiing require lift ticket or season pass.

Dokken LIVE At The Cave!
Dokken LIVE At The Cave!

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24th
Doors Open: 6:30 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $30 – $50

The Cave
40789 Village Dr.
909-878-0204

Dokken is an American heavy metal and hard rock band formed in 1978. They split up in 1989 but reformed four years later. The group accumulated numerous charting singles and has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. The band was nominated for a Grammy in 1989. In 2010, the band opened for the Scorpions on select dates of their U.S. tour. In 2012, Dokken released “Lightning Strikes Again,” and continues to tour and rock the world with their brand of driving heavy metal.

Wagner Family of Wine: Winemakers Dinner

Black Kat big bear
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Cost: $135 per person, includes taxes and gratuity

The Black Cat
560 Pine Knot
909-878-0401

Join us on February 21, 2018, for our Wagner Family of Wines, Winemakers Dinner! Courses include Crispy Salt & Pepper Prawns, Golden Beet Carpaccio, New England Bay Scallops, Australian Cape Grim Filet of Beef and Salted Caramel Cheesecake. Vegan options are also available. Selected wine pairings for each course!

USASA Boardercross
#2 & #3 at Bear Mountain

USASA Boardercross

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25
Time: 10 a.m.– 3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free to spectators
Registration: 8 a.m. for USASAS Boardercross

Bear Mountain
43101 Goldmine Dr.

The USASA hosts 500+ Snowboard and Freeski events annually at approximately 120 ski resorts in the U.S. The USASA National Championship is the largest snowboard and freeskiing event in the world, and has been held consistently by the USASA for 27 years.

Rizzo, Rizzo and King Recital Big Bear Lake at the PAC

Rizzo, Rizzo and King Recital Big Bear Lake at the PAC

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25
Time: 3 p.m.
Cost: Free Admission

Performing Arts Center
39707 Big Bear Blvd. 909-866-4970

The Mountain Top Strings of California presents Rizzo, Rizzo & King. Please join us for a unique trio experience with an afternoon of cello, piano, and vocal music. Sharon Rizzo, Sophia Rizzo and Barbara King to perform. Music includes an eclectic mix of Classical, Celtic, Broadway, & Pop.

Posted in Living in Big Bear, What's Up in Big Bear This Weekend | Leave a comment

41881 Marina Court

Marina-Ct-Big-Bear-Lake-CA-

41881 Marina Ct, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315 is a vision to behold with breathtaking views of the slopes! This 6 bedrooms and 6 ½ bathrooms Big Bear home won’t be on the market for long. Privacy is of no concern as this house is protected by a gated community, requiring visitors to know a code before driving up to your front door. Lovingly maintained hardy backer siding and stack stone encases the home, embracing the modern feeling of the mountains.

 Marina-Ct-Big-Bear-Lake-CAA spacious two-car garage awaits owners to pull into, leaving two more parking spots for guests in the driveway. The stone stairway directs guests to the beautiful glass front door and tile porch, opening into a stone entryway. A wooden staircase lures guests towards the spectacular great room on the main floor.

An open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, and walls of glass streams light into the home; bringing warmth to those on the main floor. The kitchen, dining room, and front living area connect under the open floor plan; perfect for groups who want to be together in a large space. Wooden floors flow throughout the grand room, highlighting the stack stone fireplace and separate bar area to the right of the living room.

Enjoy a game night with friends, cooking dinner, and mixing yourself a drink without leaving the room! From the comfort of the great room, walk outside onto the expansive balcony that comes equipped to delight any host; a built-in stainless steel barbecue and a portion of the roof extending out gives the owner the option of staying covered outside even during winter as the snow softly falls.

With Snow Summit views from the patio, 41881 Marina Ct in Big Bear Lake, CA is a snowboarder or skier’s dream home! The dining room and kitchen stands directly behind the portion of the balcony where the BBQ sits, creating a perfect environment to cook a beautiful dinner in the mountains! Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and wooden cabinets give the kitchen an elegant and contemporary look.

A second entertainment spacious living room with vaulted ceilings in a home for sale in Big Bear Lake. CAroom with its own stack stone fireplace is nestled behind the kitchen, accessible through a hallway connected to the great room or directly through the kitchen. The sliding glass doors open onto a separate deck that overlooks the front of the house, streaming in more light and fresh air. Taking the circular staircase from the entryway of the home brings the guest downstairs to a hallway with wooden floors flowing throughout the lower level, either side leading to the bedrooms.

Taking the right hallway, glass doors open up into an office that connects to the master suite. A vast master retreat emanates sophistication with a private bathroom, walk-in closet, and a private deck entrance. A stack stone fireplace sits in the corner of the room, ready to spread warmth on a chilly mountain night. Owners can enjoy the luxury of hearing the soft crackles and pops of a fire from their own bedroom! The walk-in closet would make any person envious; giving enough space for snowboarding gear or to a fashionista’s delight.

Those lucky enough to call the master suite their own have his and hers granite countertop in the bathroom. A jacuzzi tub enclosed in tile is the perfect place to take a relaxing warm soak after a long day of hitting the slopes! The master suite is ideal to rest up and give you the energy to pick up your snowboard or skis back up for the next day.

spacious dining room with vaulted ceilings in a home for sale in Big Bear Lake. CALocated on the other side of the hallway are two mini-suites and one more bedroom. In between the rooms, extra hallway closets and cabinets provide ample storage space for everyone. The two mini-suites include their own private tile bathrooms and entrance onto the downstairs patio with a hot tub. A laundry room equip with a washer and dryer finishes off the layout before owners exit the Big Bear home through the garage or head back upstairs.

41881 Marina Ct, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315 is a luxurious home that you won’t be able to find just anywhere! The rich views of Snow Summit, gorgeous vaulted ceilings, and open floor plan sets this house apart from the rest. If you are interested in buying or viewing 41881 Marina Ct, please contact the the Rahill Real Estate Group, at (909) 547-4402 or Team@willrahill.com.

Don’t miss out on this chance of a lifetime to own this stunning classic in Big Bear Lake!

Posted in Big Bear Houses, Big Bear Real Estate News, Rahill Realty Group | Comments Off on 41881 Marina Court

How Do You Make Your Offer Stand Out?

Modern Big Bear home for sale

How do you make your offer stand out above the rest? Write a letter to the seller! An offer doesn’t connect the seller and the buyer emotionally but a letter can. When possible buyers write about their hopes and dreams that would begin at purchasing the seller’s property, it introduces the buyer on a personal level.

When a buyer isn’t able to submit the highest offer, a letter is one way to shine above the other offered price. It isn’t a full proof way to secure your offer, but it does improve the chances of it being accepted or considered by the owner.

Not every Big Bear home seller is going to connect to the letter, but there is always that chance that they could! There have been sellers in the past who went with a lower offer because of a letter.

You might be wondering what you should write to the homeowner. Don’t worry, we’ll help you out there! Local and experienced Realtors in Big Bear can assist buyers in what would be more specific towards your situation. We’ll get more into that later!

When you’re starting off your letter, introduce yourself and your family. Let’s say that the buyer is a newlywed and is searching for the perfect home to raise their future children in; let the owner know that! Comment on the beautiful memories you will make at the house.

For example, “Big Bear has a rich history for me. When I was a kid, my parents brought me up here every year on vacation. We made some great memories, and I want my children to be able to say the same when they are adults. I can see us playing a board game in the front living with the fire crackling in the background or drinking hot chocolate with them after their first ski or snowboarding lesson in the dining room. Your house would be the perfect place to make those memories!”

Maybe the seller will think back on the time they were raising their own children in that house, linking their joy from that moment to the one you could have in the same house. Putting a name with an actual person humanizes the buyer to the seller. When they don’t know much about the buyer, they become a nameless face without any emotional impact.

Real estate is all about emotions. The way you sell and buy a property depends on what type of feeling someone has. That fact doesn’t only work for this situation but the entire process. A great example would be when a buyer is walking up to a house, and the next door neighbor’s dogs are barking up a storm, that reaction gives off a bad feeling, causing the buyers to want to look elsewhere. Use the emotions that go along with real estate to help you.

  • Why do you want to buy this Big Bear home?

What is it about this particular home that makes the buyers want to own it? Let the seller in on what aspects you love about the house. Did you walk up and fall in love with the exterior? Could you see yourself raising a family there? Was it the backyard that captured your attention? Explain why you have to have that house!

Gorgeous Big Bear home for saleSellers can have emotional attachments to their homes. If they know that the new owners will love it as much as they do, it could be the extra push they need to go with your offer. Tell them the reason why you don’t want to look at any other houses. Depending on your answer, they might connect even more with you.

A good example would be, “My husband and I knew that your house was just what we have been looking for when we saw the spacious backyard and living room with the wall of glass windows. We can picture watching the snow falling from those windows and playing with our children in the backyard! We want to make memories that will last us a lifetime, and we know that your house will be the perfect backdrop for those memories.”

  • Flatter the Big Bear sellers!

It doesn’t hurt to use flattery when the buyer describes what they love about the home! A buyer wants to be seen in a good light; complimenting the seller’s style is a good way to start. Is there a rock fireplace that you liked? Mention it in the letter. Maybe you loved the paint colors. “The design of the house is wonderful! If we get the privilege of purchasing your house, we’re planning on staying with the same paint colors!” Flattery can go a long way.

If you can tell that they took good care of their home, then it’s a great idea to note that in the letter. Tell the seller that you plan on taking care of the house in the same manner. This can help to ease their minds on how the new owner will treat the home.

Make sure to be genuine and sincere in everything that you’re saying. If not, the owner might get the impression that you’re not being completely honest in the letter. Don’t let them have a negative impression of you! Have your friends read the letter to see how they would take the comments from a seller’s perspective.

  • Check your grammar and spelling!

Rahill Real Estate Group Grammar Big Bear LakeGrammar might not seem important, but it is! When the writing is sloppy and misspelled or there are grammatical mistakes, it looks like the author didn’t take the time to go through the letter. You want the seller to get the feeling that you took the time to sit down and put some thought into what was written.

Don’t rush! Try to present yourself in the best way to give a great first impression. Even though you aren’t meeting the seller in person, it will be the first impression that they have from you directly. Some people will receive a negative preconception of a person who uses incorrect spelling and grammar. So, be sure to put your best foot forward!

As we mentioned before, sellers can be emotionally connected to their home. If you mention that you want to remodel and change it, they might not respond well to you. Many owners want to be able to drive down the street and recognize their old house. They don’t want to see the entire exterior redone. Unfortunately for them, that isn’t their choice once they sell the property, but it’s polite not to mention any plans of that sort.

What happens if you have no plans of changing the house? Tell them that! That could be a huge advantage for you. Inform the seller that you don’t want to change or do any remodeling to the home. That you love it the way, it is! Another idea is to offer them the chance to embrace being nostalgic by welcoming them to come back to see it.

  • Recap and sign off properly.

Now that you have come to the end of the letter, write a paragraph that sums up what you were saying before. Reinforce the best qualities that you and your family have, the good intentions you have for the home, and the excitement you have behind buying the house.

Keep in mind that another Big Bear home buyer might be writing a letter too. Don’t write a novel that will discourage the seller from reading it. A page would be the perfect length, but if you end up writing more, try your best to keep it under two pages. The buyer can always include a photo of them and their family too! It puts a face to a name and supports the part of the letter where you tell the seller about your family.

Thank you from a Big Bear home buyerWhen you have completely finished your letter, it’s time to pick a signature that best suits the situation. “Yours Truly” or “Sincerely” are two that are the best to stay away from. You want the buyer to feel connected to you rather than reading a business letter. Thankfully, there are many choices you can pick from that work! “Thank you for your time,” or “Thank you for the opportunity,” are two options.

At the end of the day, think about what you would want to read about. Would you be happy if someone told you that they wanted to buy your family home to start their own family? What would you be looking for that would put a specific Big Bear home buyer above the rest? If you’re unsure, ask a local Realtor in Big Bear. They would know what would be great to mention from their previous experience.

Don’t let lack of experience stop you from writing the letter! Find the best real estate agent in Big Bear who has that knowledge to help you find your dream home. Their experience outweighs anything else! A local agent would be able to point out key factors that the owner may respond to.

There is even a chance that your Big Bear Realtor knows the owners of the home. It’s a small town! You never know. If that’s the case, then they could guide you on what the owner would respond to better. At the very least, they know the town like the back of their hand and can give you a great understanding of what makes that home unique. That information could help you to have an edge over the other offers!

Posted in Big Bear Real Estate News, Big Bear Real Estate Tips, Living in Big Bear | Comments Off on How Do You Make Your Offer Stand Out?

Common Distractions That Can Keep Your House from Selling!

Cabin for sale in Big Bear Lake, CA

Are you about to put your home on the Big Bear real estate market? If you are, this list will help you to sell your house! Emotions play a huge part in the Big Bear home buying process. A sale relies on how the buyer and seller both feel.

For sellers, they want to make sure that the buyers will feel comfortable and happy when they are in their home. A knowledgeable Big Bear real estate agent can help you go through this list of distractions to see if any of them are an issue for your property.

To do that, a couple of negative distractions need to be avoided. When a Big Bear home buyer is visiting a property that they may want to buy, the feeling they receive from the house can influence their decisions. A little thing could be the reason why they don’t buy your home!

List of Distractions
Smell:

The scent of your home is one of the first things that people will notice. Make sure that they remember a relaxing and fresh scent that will motivate them to love the house even more! The tricky part is to know if there is an odor that you’re accustomed to and may have forgotten about.

Pets are one of the top causes for unpleasant smells in a house. We can get so used to how our dogs or cats smell that we don’t notice it until someone else walks inside.

Have a friend or family member walk through your house to see if there is a smell that you didn’t catch. If there is a smell, you could steam clean the carpets! That is a great way to work out pet odor. Open up your windows to let in fresh air to help air out your house or consider painting a room that your pets were in most of the time.

Use essential oils to help your Big Bear home smell wonderfulExperienced Realtors know the trick to creating a pleasant atmosphere by adding a certain scent. Candles are wonderful, but then you have to be extra cautious that they don’t start a fire. The easiest way to introduce a nice aroma is by using essential oils (a diffuser makes this an easy route) or by baking a batch of cookies before the viewers stop by.

Clutter:

Clutter is a huge distraction! Don’t let buyers be more interested in the items in your house rather than in the house itself. Having a clean and organized home helps buyers to feel more comfortable; it gives them the peace of mind on how the house was taken care of before. When there are objects scattered around the room, it takes them out of the buying mindset and into a negative one, making them want to leave and not purchase.

Don’t stop there! Deep clean the house before you put it on the market. Sellers want the buyers to feel relaxed and at ease while visiting; if you have ever been in a dirty house, you know what a challenge that is. Either hire a cleaning company to make the house sparkle or break out those cleaning products yourself. Your Big Bear Realtor can refer a cleaning service that they trust to do the job properly!

Personal Belongings:

Buyers want to be able to see themselves as the owners when they view the house. An empty wall might not look appealing to you, but as a buyer, they can envision their family portrait, a shelf that holds their personal mementos, or the perfect place to track how fast their children grow. When sellers distract potential buyers with their personal belongings placed around the house, they take the buyer out of the mindset that that house could be theirs.

Subconsciously, buyers are not as likely to take the house into account as a possible purchase if they see family photos of the current owners. They won’t associate the house as their own but as someone else’s. Photos can make it hard for them to see it as their home. Our emotions fuel our choices more than you may think! When a buyer can see their children growing up, taking their first steps in the living room, or enjoying a family vacation, then they are more motivated to buy.

Many buyers are searching for a house to put on the rental market. Personal belongings can negatively affect those buyers as well. Generally, a vacation renter in Big Bear searches for a home that embraces the cabin experience; where they wake up and can practically smell the clean mountain air. With that in mind, a buyer views the home and tries to see how they could decorate it to fit that image but can become easily distracted with your belongings to be able to do so.

Darkness / Lack of Natural Light:

Sun shining through the window of a Big Bear home for saleBig Bear Lake is a very open and beautiful town, perfect to let the sunshine in to improve your mood. Natural light helps brighten up a person’s attitude!

According to U.S. News, “Experts now believe that sunlight has widespread mood-elevating effects, possibly because the “happy” hormone serotonin increases when nights are short and days are long. In fact, psychiatrists often recommend that depressed individuals go outside in the sun for 30 minutes a day.”

Open the blinds and let that light shine in. The happier the buyers are, the more likely they are to buy. It’s a tip that doesn’t cost anything for the seller but does go a long way.

Animals:

Our pets can be like our children, but they can also be the reason why a buyer doesn’t purchase a house. We can get used to our pets and not notice when the house has been affected by them. Before putting your house on the market, it’s important that a seller moves out of the house, especially if they have a pet. A dog can bark and cause the buyers to feel uncomfortable while looking around because they don’t know the animal.

Unfamiliar pets can put buyers on edge. If an owner still lives in the house with their animals, it can remind the buyer that there could be some possible damage. It’s easy for a dog to rip up carpeting, chew up furniture, or accidentally wet the carpet. Don’t let their thoughts focus on the negative aspects of having an animal. Rather than try to have them concentrate on the positive, take that aspect out altogether. Don’t let them see anything that is related to an animal or pet.

The backyard can be your animal’s haven. Yet, before a seller invites any buyers over, double check the condition of the backyard. Did your dog dig up multiple holes, tear out a part of the fence, or leave toys littered on the ground? Clean and fix any issues before anyone else sees them. A tiny tear in the fence may leave the buyers worried about what else will be ruined or need fixing.

Tenants/Occupants:

A bad idea for a Big Bear homeowner is to put their home on the market while trying to still live in the property. Stay clear of this situation because it brings too much chaos into the equation of selling your house. For homes that are unoccupied, Realtors are able to preview and show the house at any time.

This is a huge advantage because it gives buyers more time to see the home. Real estate agents can access the lockbox with the key located inside. When there is a tenant inside, Realtors have to schedule appointments to show their house, making it impossible for last minute showings to happen.

There is also the negative part of all your personal belongings being around the house. It’s a pain for the owner to have to box everything up and move it out of the way before buyers come. An owner could be doing that multiple times a day. Also, buyers don’t like the idea that someone else is in the house and is listening to their conversations. They’re not as comfortable as they could be without anyone there but them and their Realtor.

Buyers want to be able to speak to their spouse, family member, or friend about their likes and dislikes without thinking they will upset the owner. Save yourself the time and hassle by moving out of your house before putting it on the market.

Street Appeal / Exterior Appeal:

Gorgeous wooden home for sale in Big Bear LakeIt’s all about the curb appeal! Before putting your house on the market, think about how you would feel walking up to your house as a home buyer.

Is there something that needs to be fixed or cleaned up? It’s better to fix the curb appeal before you have buyers coming to your house. An experience local Big Bear Realtor would be able to help you by suggesting what he or she believes would benefit you by fixing.

Photographs, video tours, and in person viewings regularly include the view of the front of the house. A buyer is less likely to purchase your property if they don’t find the exterior’s appearance to be appealing. They might walk into your home with a negative mindset of the house before they enter or if they even enter at all. There is a chance that a buyer won’t go inside if they don’t like what they see on the outside.

Temperature:

Big Bear either has lovely summer or spring weather or the chilly air of winter. A crucial part of having a buyer be interested in your property is to meet all of their needs, including the temperature. Typically, being too hot or cold causes a person to focus entirely on how uncomfortable they are. Being distracted takes the buyer out of the mindset of buying a home. A buyer can’t see their family playing chess on the dining room table while searching for the heater.

Keep the temperature at a comfortable level to stop potential homeowners from disliking your house. A good cozy atmosphere will make them want to come back. When they leave the house, you want them to wonder the next time they will see “their” home. Being happy and comfortable is the key to doing that!

Keys and Locks working Properly:
Convenience is a major motivator for buyers. When they come to see a property, they want to go inside and leave without any problems. There have been times where the keys and locks wouldn’t work properly. Some locks and doors are hard to open; where the Realtor has to put pressure in a certain way while pushing the door to open. If the buyer sees this, they could start off the showing with a negative mindset.

The inconvenience is a small issue, but the repercussions might be the reason why your house doesn’t sell! This is especially true during the winter because of the cold. Buyers don’t want to stand outside in the snow, waiting for the door to open. The experience becomes negative; thus, your house has an unfavorable feeling attached to it.

Political or Religious Statements:

Politics and religion are not only two topics you avoid around your family but also around buyers. Each person may have another opinion and belief when it comes to these two topics. It’s easy to offend another person without even meaning to by the way your house is decorated. Make sure to take down any religious or political statements you may have in your home.

Remove all political belongings before selling your Big Bear HomeFor example, if you supported Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton and a person with an opposite viewpoint came to view your home, they might be put off from buying. Owners could have a sign up in their front yard, showing whom they voted for. When a buyer sees the sign, they might associate the negative feelings they have for that politician onto the house because they know the seller supports them.

When people feel passionate about a subject, topic, or belief, it’s important that sellers take those feelings into account. Don’t miss out on selling your house in Big Bear because you didn’t take down a sign outside. Trinkets of religious statements can also be a problem for individual buyers. Religion is a topic that not everyone sees eye to eye on. Take down any religious decorations to not alienate anyone from another belief.

Before you put a property on the Big Bear real estate market, check off this list of distractions to stop them from negatively affecting the sale of your Big Bear home. Each subject listed can be easy to miss, but now that you know what to watch out for, they shouldn’t be a problem for you! Ask your local experienced Big Bear Realtor for advice on other aspects of selling your house that may be a hindrance in the process.

Posted in Big Bear Real Estate News, Big Bear Real Estate Tips | Comments Off on Common Distractions That Can Keep Your House from Selling!

Key Benefits of Viewing a Big Bear Home in Person and Online

Big Bear home for sale

Big Bear home buyers have started to rely more and more on the internet when searching for their dream home! The reason for this is that the internet is convenient. Whenever you have a free moment, you are able to jump online or on your phone to search through photos of homes for sale.

For people who live chaotic and busy lives, searching online is the easiest route! Even so, I recommend not solely relying on the web to purchase a Big Bear home. The best idea is to use the internet as a step in the overall process.

Big Bear Realtors use Tour Factory and their personal websites to upload photos of the homes that are for sale. Detailed descriptions and listed amenities help viewers get an overview of the house.

Typically, a general overview is not enough for a home buyer to know if they would like to buy or not. Buying a house is a huge decision and not one to be taken lightly. That is why a buyer should always visit the property before signing the real estate contract to become the new owner.

Size of the Big Bear home:
Photographers are able to use lighting and staging to make the home appear larger than it may be. Wide angle lens can also enhance the photos to have the same effect. A buyer may be led to believe that a bedroom is double the size than it truly is.

Even with good intentions behind the pictures, confusion and assumptions made by a buyer could cause them to have the wrong information. Going to the property lets the possible buyer see the size in person, taking out any miscommunications from the equation.

Square footage gives the buyer a wonderful estimate of how big the property is but not exactly the size of the rooms. If you have hired a great Realtor, they may go over to the house and measure it for you!

If there is no possible way for a buyer to visit Big Bear but wishes to purchase a property for an investment, a virtual home tour and an experienced local Realtor would be able to guide them through the process.

Another option would be to have your Realtor walk through the home while on live video with you. That way you’re able to see the home in real time and ask any questions that may come up as you virtually walk through it.

Quality of the Big Bear home:
Once again, photos can enhance the appearance of a home. Simple knowledge in lighting, positioning, and staging create quality photographs. Of course, a photographer cannot make a home that is older and worn down appear like a beautiful mansion, but they may be able to have it look charming and rustic.

Photos are a great starting point. If you don’t like how the house looks online, then there is a good chance you may not love it in person. Consider viewing the home online to get an understanding of what you are going to see and to find out if it’s worth your time to go to the property.

Gorgeous wood style Big Bear home for sale The internet can show how the house looks inside and out, but it won’t tell the viewer how it smells. An unpleasant scent can deter home buyers, but if they are buying online, they wouldn’t be able to know about the scent. Even if a buyer states that a specific home they’ve seen online is the house for them, it is critical that they know everything that needs to be upgraded, fixed, and replaced before signing a contract.

Home buyers could ask for items to be fixed during negotiations. In California, sellers are not obligated to go along with your contingencies, but if the seller is motivated to sell the home, you may have a good chance of having them agree to some or all of your contingencies.

Convenience:
The biggest benefit to using the internet is the convenience factor. A buyer doesn’t have to drive to Big Bear Lake, California to see every home that they’ve heard about. Big Bear Realtors can send buyers a list of possible properties that the buyer would love, after having a conversation with the buyer to figure out what they are looking for.

Bear searching for homes for sale in Big BearLife can be busier than we may like and whenever we are able to make our daily activities easier, we jump at the chance. When you combine searching online, and in person with a well-informed Realtor, the task is quicker and goes a lot smoother. Before you choose a house you want to visit in person, you can scroll through the homes for sale and the list that your Realtor has sent over to you.

Once you have agreed on a list of homes, you can then set an appointment with your local Realtor to show you the homes. This is convenient for you, the seller, and the Realtor because it helps everyone to be on the same page. When home buyers don’t make appointments, it can lower the chance of seeing the home they wanted. The property could be rented out to vacationers or still have the current homeowner living inside.

Get a feel for the neighborhood:
When you are looking online, it becomes a challenge to find out how the neighborhood is. You can find statistics or try to Google photos, but that can only take you so far. One of the most important questions a homeowner should ask is how the neighborhood is.

This is why speaking to a local Realtor who lives nearby is a huge benefit! They are able to show you key locations and help explain the general feeling of an area.

Luckily, Big Bear Lake is generally a safe town, but each neighborhood can have positive and negative aspects, depending on the reason why you are buying the house. Some communities are close to the ski and snowboarding resorts, making those areas perfect for vacation rentals. Those areas can become very busy during the winter seasons because of all the travelers. If the crowds aren’t an issue for you and you want to be able to walk to the slopes, then these areas are perfect!

There are also neighborhoods better suited for full-time residents and wouldn’t make as much of a profit as a Big Bear vacation rental home near the slopes would. When you hire a local Realtor, they are able to guide you through the different types of neighborhoods and explain what they are best suited for.

Are you making this mistake?
One common mistake that buyers can make while searching online is becoming too attached to a house before they are able to see it. Don’t let this happen! Wait until you visit the property to know your actual opinion. Emotions can easily get caught up in the real estate process. It’s only natural because our minds can wander to the potential memories we could create with our families in that house.

Being able to place yourself in the home is a good sign though! A soon to be mother envisioning her child taking their first steps down the hallway proves that she receives a good feeling from the house. A buyer wants to walk into a property and feel at home. That is a lot harder when a Big Bear home buyer is searching online only.

Use the internet to your advantage by scrolling through different photos of homes for sale in Big Bear to figure out the type of home that will suit you and your family.

Viewing Homes:
When you are viewing homes, it’s helpful to know what you are looking for. Do you want the bedrooms to be close to the master bedroom? Does it have to be on the lake or have a mountain view? Are you firm on the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you would like? What type of look are you searching for?

Breathtaking kitchen of a home for sale in Big Bear LakeIt’s important to know the answers to those questions before searching for your dream home. A local Realtor would be able to narrow down the search of homes that fall into the categories you are looking for.

Once you have found a full-time local Realtor, the entire process will be a lot easier! Wait until you have found that right Big Bear Realtor before buying a home. It pays to be patient and stopping yourself from any impulsive buying.

You may have found a home online that you like but a Realtor might be able to find one that you love. They know what homes are coming up for sale, giving you an advantage over those who solely trust the internet for their information.

Don’t choose one or the other. Use both the internet and in person viewing to find the Big Bear home of your dreams!

Posted in Big Bear Real Estate Tips, Living in Big Bear | Comments Off on Key Benefits of Viewing a Big Bear Home in Person and Online