Testimonials

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
Thank you very much! We had a wonderful experience of buying land with Tarl Wood. He provided excellent services and he was always prompt, helpful and informative. I would not hesitate to recommend Tarl’s services to anyone we know. We also loved the easiness & convenience of signing all documents online.Glenn & Vera Savage
Lisa did a great job helping with our close. Thanks!Frank & Maryann Horak
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
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
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
Lisa was really fantastic from the initial contact, through closing and beyond. Friendly, professional, and clearly an expertTzvi Haber
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
Thank you for the great service you and your team provided.Karim
Will is a very helpful and knowledgeable realtor!Jessica Stack Yeoman
Excellent Agent! Will did a great job for me!Fred Liebel
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
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
Superior local knowledge and a true dedication to both his personal and professional lives are what set Will apart from the masses. Will’s integrity in his craft is unsurpassed. You could not choose a finer practitioner.Kevin Dougherty
I’ve known Will for 25 years, and there is nobody I would trust or recommend more highly.Mark Spurlock
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
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
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
Will was always prompt, knowledgeable, courteous, & helpful throughout the entire home-buying process.Bill LaGrosso
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
Will was a pleasure to work with!Travis Martinez
If you’re looking for a professional, intelligent and personable Realtor who knows Big Bear, Will Rahill is the guy for you.Megan Blaney
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, great Job!  I got the dream property I wanted. Aneta Black
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
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
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
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
Will did an exceptional job selling our cabin. Always honest & upfront. Always kept us informed of what was happening.  Thank you!Bill & Pam Hartley
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
This letter is intended to give thanks for an excellent job done by Jonathan Vasquez, part of Team Rahill, Keller Williams Realty. I first met Jonathan on May twentieth after seeing various properties to get an idea of what I was looking for. He managed to locate the house next door to my brother’s cabin which was exactly what I was looking for. We put a bid on the house which was immediately accepted. The process went very smoothly thanks to Jonathan and his …Oscar Menendez
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
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
Will has the professional integrity that it takes to ensure complete customer satisfaction. He has my stamp of approval.David Owings
Lisa Seifert was an excellent representative of your agency. She was always available, knowledgeable and got us all the answers to all of our questions. She has a great positive attitude, and is very friendly. I chose Rahill Real Estate because of your affiliation with the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce, and I’m glad I did. Not having any experience with working with a realtor before, I was a little apprehensive. The experience was perfect.Susan Pearson
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
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
Best down to earth and honest real estate agent I know.Kim Nunes Bailey
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
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
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
Tarl Wood was awesome and I had a great experience with The Rahill Real Estate Group and the progress. Thank you!Rick Pathi
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
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
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
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
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
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, 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 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
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
Rick was great! House was priced right, sold quickly, smooth transaction and short escrow. Thanks you!Sudie Smartt
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
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
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
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
Lisa was professional and yet friendly and caring. She was not just interested in making a sale, but she made sure that I would be happy & comfortable in whatever home I chose. Lisa always used the utmost integrity. She will be my first choice for a Realtor in the future.    Adrienne Schubert
Brad was an incredible resource for us. We had originally been referred to a different realtor who was slow and very disinterested, so we put our a request for a local realtor and Brad immediately responded to us and gave us the local lay down and was very willing and enthusiastic to answer questions, promptly. Also, Brad was extremely willing to help us with vendors and other procedures outside of the closing process. We couldn’t have been happier to have such a knowledgeable, professional, …Josh Golden
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
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
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
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 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
Will is talented, hard working and professional. I highly recommend him!Mary Scott
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
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
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
When I was looking for a Realtor, I looked on the computer and there were many people to choose from. I chose Brian Atkins because he had many reviews and they were all positive. Now I know why. Brian is not only a Great Realtor, he is a very sincere person. He is very professional, down to earth, easy going and he makes you very comfortable while looking at many houses. Brian was always available to us by phone or texts. He always promptly …Vicki Wheeler Whitley-Earnest
Will is integrity all the way.Tara Rokstad
Best experience I’ve ever had! From day 1 through escrow closing & beyond, Rick of Rahill Real Estate was there for “me”……….Sheila Pitts
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
Will is not only a great agent, he is intelligent and always looking out for his clients best interest! Thanks Will!Heather Hilliard
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
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
Relying on an agent to represent you in a real estate transaction is all about trust. The profession sometimes draws “salespeople” that are more interested in their wallets than your needs. There isn’t anyone I would trust more than Will to be my advocate buying real estate, both from a technical perspective in understanding the angles of the “deal” and more importantly, knowing that integrity and helping people are more important to Will than what’s in his wallet.Wade Griffis
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
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.
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Very attentive, Will will help you find what you’re looking for.Karen Scholl
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
We appreciated all of Rick’s efforts & professionalism. It made the sales transaction easy & straight forward.Rich Roche
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
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
Will is the best realtor in Big Bear!Angela Priola Naylor
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
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
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
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

What’s Up In Big Bear, October 20th 2017

47th Annual
Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest

oneEnjoy authentic German food, imported brews, Bavarian bands, traditional dances and competitions like the Queen Stein Carrying Contest and the Log Sawing Competition. Oktoberfest is every Saturday and Sunday until October 28. Prost!

SAT., OCTOBER 21
Time: 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22
Time: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Admission: $10 – $20

Big Bear
Convention Center

42900 Big Bear Blvd.
909-585-3000

Desperado:
A Tribute To The Eagles

twoCome see a tribute to one of the most popular bands of the 70’s, the Eagles. Singing the Eagles soaring harmonies while executing the guitar parts and rhythm track to perfection, Desperado challenges the listener to tell the difference between what is being played live and what the original recordings sound like.

SAT., OCTOBER 21
Opens: 6:30 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15 – $30

The Cave
40789 Village Dr.
909-878-0204

Haunted Bear
Valley Farms

threeWhen the sun goes down at Haunted Bear Valley Farms, zombies, ghouls and ghosts seem to crawl right out of the night. Wind your way through the Corn Maze. You never know who you’ll meet as the haunted hayride takes you through the farm and the surrounding forest. Kids under 10 are not allowed on the Haunted Hayride.

FRI., OCTOBER 20
SAT., OCTOBER 21
Time: 7 p.m. – Midnight
Admission: $25

Bear Valley Farms
1601 E. Big Bear Blvd.
909-585-9397

Sonoma – Cutrer
Winemakers Dinner

fourCome join us at The Black Kat for our Sonoma – Cutrer Winemakers Dinner. Mouthwatering menu with perfect wine pairings in a relaxing atmosphere. Price includes tax and gratuity. Tables are limited, so reserve yours today!

WED., OCTOBER 18
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Price: $135 p.p.

The Black Kat
560 Pine Knot Ave.
909-878-0401

The Cabin – Halloween 2017
Escape Room In The Village

fiveA limited run Halloween room escape at our new location in Big Bear Lake! You and your team are trapped in the cabin by an escaped convict who fears you know too much. You and your group must work together to solve puzzles, find clues, and figure out how to escape before time runs out. 14 years and up.

DAILY FROM OCTOBER 20
Time: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Admission: $20 – $25

Mountain Room Escape
40729 Village Dr., Ste. #6
877-584-6427

Big Bear Alpine Zoo

sixOPEN DAILY
Admission:

Adults – $12
Seniors – $9
Kids – 3-10 – $9
2 and under – Free

43285 Goldmine Dr.
909-584-1299

Sat., October 21 – Wolf Awareness Day:

Dispel the many misconceptions and myths about wolves. This event educates the public on the important role that wolves play within the ecosystem. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Regular admission rates.

Fri. & Sat. Nights in October – Flashlight Safari:

Haunting howls fill the night. Claws scamper and scurry through fallen leaves. This unique guided tour explores the more active side of the animals during twilight and dusk. Dress warm and bring a flashlight. 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Reservations recommended. Regular admission rates.

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Ways to Improve Your Home on a Budget!

Big Bear Home for Sale

Being on a budget doesn’t mean that a seller can’t spruce up their Big Bear home! There are many budget-friendly ways to upgrade your house that won’t break the bank. Sellers often try to fix up their house before it goes on the market to help improve the chances of selling quicker.

Yet, these tips are also great for new homeowners who are looking to make their newly purchased house feel like home. The owner might want to put their spin on the place. Big Bear Lake is a beautiful mountain town that has different needs than other places in California. What may be a vast improvement on a home off the hill may not be for homes in Big Bear.

For example, a homeowner wouldn’t want to plant flowers to make their garden come to life until after the winter. Unless, they have a lot of knowledge of what types of plants will grow in the snowy weather or at least, stay alive until the cold season has ended. That wouldn’t be the same off the mountain because of the sunny weather that lasts almost all year.

Local Realtors in Big Bear can give sellers suggestions about what upgrades will help to sell their home quicker!

Curb Appeal: Spruce up how your home looks from the street.

It’s all about the curb appeal! For sellers, it’s easier to find buyers when the outside of the house is in good shape. When buyers are driving around the mountain or searching online through photos looking for homes to buy, their first impression is the outside of a property. If they don’t like what they see, there is a very low chance that they will even consider your house.

  • Add a fresh coat of paint!

A lot of sellers will add a fresh coat of paint. You will be surprised the impact a new coat paint can make! What may have looked old and dirty will look new to potential buyers! As it was noted before, you don’t want to plant flowers that will wither away in the winter months, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t focus on the landscaping of the front yard. Before you place your house on the market, get rid of the weeds in your yard to give off the appearance of being clean and kept.

  • Pressure wash the house.

Big Bear home for sale Pressure wash your driveway and porch, clean up any pine needles, and consider painting your front door! During the summer or springtime, flowers will be a wonderful addition to your front yard. Just make sure to ask what type of flowers live the longest in the mountains! Any flower or gardening shop should be able to help you. If you’re a Big Bear homeowner that doesn’t live up here, a good idea is to hire someone who will take care of your landscaping for you.

The exterior of the home triggers the first emotion the buyer feels as they pull into the driveway. A complete paint job on the outside of your house might be in your budget but if it isn’t, you could consider pressure washing your home. Dirt and grime can deter buyers from purchasing your house.

There is a huge difference when it comes to the curb appeal of your home after pressure washing it. Take a step back and look at your house to see if it’s an option for you. You will most likely see a return on that investment when you sell the property.

For new homeowners, these tips are great to bring life and color to your new house. You won’t have to worry as much about the outside appearance of your house because of all the snow we receive in Big Bear. A great tip is to buy a snow blower to blow snow out of your driveway and walkway. It beats having to shovel the snow by being quicker and easier.

Kitchen and Bathrooms: The little things.

Home buyers won’t notice the little things unless they are really old or dirty.

  • Caulking

For example, how is the caulk in your bathroom or kitchen? Caulk is a silicon stripping that protects bathtubs, sinks, or other appliances from water. It’s a pure white strip of silicon and after a couple of years, can become dirty, yellow, and even break off in certain areas. The great thing about having to replace caulk is the price! Depending on where you go, it can cost $5.00 dollars up to $12.00 dollars.

When you replace the old caulk with a new white stripe, it will brighten up the appearance of the bathtub, sinks, and wherever area you update. It’s a simple but effective way to add an improvement without breaking the bank! New homeowners may want to check this as well. Thankfully, replacing the caulk isn’t a big chore or expense. You will be able to update your bathroom and make it look newer for the price of a cup of coffee.

  • Faucets

Realtors in Big Bear home for saleCheck how your faucet looks. Are you able to shine or clean it back to looking almost new? If not, a new faucet for your sink or shower could be a great idea! They’re not too expensive at around $30, but you can get the higher end ones that range up into the hundreds. That isn’t recommended for a seller but for a new home buyer? If you don’t mind spending the cash, then it could add a unique touch to your bathroom or kitchen.

How about the handles on your cabinets? These are not that important when it comes to selling or buying a home, but that can be dependent on how the handles look. If they are not on properly or broken, then you will want to buy new ones. Buyers don’t want to come in and see broken items or appliances. It can be a turn-off to them because they begin to worry about what else they will need to fix if they buy your house.

Deep Cleaning: How clean is the house?

Most sellers are surprised by how much of a difference it makes when they deep clean their home for potential buyers to come view or before the photographs are taken. A little elbow grease can make all the difference for buyers! They will immediately have a negative emotion or feeling towards your house if it is dirty. It takes them out of the idea that this could be their house. They want to walk in and not be distracted by bad scents but be able to see a spot on the wall that would be perfect for their family photos.

  • Check the carpets

For all the pet lovers out there, how are the carpets? You may not be able to smell the dog or cat odor coming from them but others might. Don’t let the value of your house decrease because of the cleanliness of it. If your carpets look dirty, it’s time to get them clean!carpets in wooden style Big Bear home for sale

Hire a carpet service to come out and shampoo your carpets. They will be able to advise you if the smell will come out or not. Sometimes, pet odors will stay in carpets. It depends on the length of their time at the house. Don’t worry, you have an option if that is the case. You could buy new carpeting but it is less expensive to simply have your carpets shampoo.

  • Ask for some advice. 

Ask your Realtor if they believe you need to buy new carpet. They will be truthful and advise you on the best upgrades to do for your house as a seller. If you’re a buyer, purchasing new carpet is up to you! You can also have them shampoo the carpets before moving in.

It will be easier that way because you won’t have to move everything off of the carpets for them to clean them. Another way to go about this is buying new rugs. Many great discount stores have reasonably priced rugs. Hobby Lobby, HomeGoods, and Ross are three examples.

Improving a Big Bear home doesn’t have to be a huge expense!

realestategroupUse these tips to upgrade your house before putting it on the market. If you’re unsure able which upgrades would suit your home the best, ask your local real estate agent in Big Bear. They understand the market, what increases the chances of selling a house in Big Bear, and know the town well.

Sometimes owners live far away because their homes were actually vacation rental homes but don’t worry, Realtors in Big Bear can advise you on who to use and give you reasons as to why they trust their work.

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Ultimate Guide: What to Look for When Walking Through a Home

Big Bear home for sale

You’ve found your dream home! Now, do you know what to look for while you walk through the Big Bear home? A first-time home buyer can be swept up in the thrill of becoming a homeowner but don’t let that be the reason why you make a mistake! Buying a home is a life-changing decision; make sure that decision will make you happy!

A good way to be positive is to know what to look for during your walkthrough. Thankfully, if you miss something, then the inspector should it catch during the home inspection. Knowing what to look for can save you time and money. Be aware of a couple of key factors that should influence your home buying choice.

Layout/Floor Plan

Does the layout of the house work for you and your family? Take into account how big the rooms are and how many family members you have. Will everyone fit comfortably? If they don’t, are you able to renovate without breaking your budget? You don’t want to buy a home and then have to throw every penny you have into it.

Open floor plan for a Big Bear home for sale A reasonable addition or renovation can work, but once again, it all depends on your finances. For Big Bear home buyers, some go into the process with the mindset of renting out the house as a vacation rental property. Ask your local experienced Realtor what could help in making the home become a good return on investment in the future.

What type of floor plan are you interested in? An open floor plan is one of the most popular layouts for a house in the Big Bear area. Especially if the buyer is planning on turning the property into a rental property. Most vacationers want to have the feeling of their whole family together, even though they may be in different rooms.

This is a great benefit for vacationers during the holidays since their family is spread out throughout the home. A handful of family members might be in the kitchen, others in the dining room, and the rest in the living room but with an open floor plan, everyone is able to engage with each other from other rooms.

As you walk through the property, knowing the type of layout and amount of space you are looking for will save you time while deciding if you like the house or not.

Conditions of the Floors

Replacing flooring can be very expensive. It does depend on the amount you would have to replace! Big Bear is known for its snow but along with that glistening powder comes dirty and wet floors. When you are walking through a home, check to see if there are stains on the carpet or if the hardwood floor is fading. Too much water can cause the carpet to have an unpleasant smell.

For new homeowners, it’s time to be ready for snow season! When you track too much water or snow onto the carpets, remove the water as quickly as possible. You can use fans or a dehumidifier to help dry out the room.

There is a difference between your floors needing a carpet cleaning and replacing the carpets completely. A carpet cleaning is a lot easier to deal with and shouldn’t negatively impact your choice on buying the property.

Hardwood floors in a Big Bear home

Steam cleaning the carpets will sanitize and deodorize them. It is also recommended to steam clean your carpets at least once a year. You may have to replace the carpet padding, but that is an inexpensive route when you don’t have to replace all the carpeting.

Hardwood floors are pricey to replace entirely. If you don’t mind putting money into your house right away, then the conditions of the floors are not a huge issue at all.

Keep an eye out for water damage.

Water damage is one of the major aspects that inspectors look out for when they are inspecting a home. You should keep an eye out as well! When you are looking at the ceiling, search for any discoloration or staining for signs of water damage. If there is any, make sure to have your inspector look into it! The ceiling is not the only area where there can be water damage.

How are the walls? If water has damaged the wall, then it could have gotten into the drywall and from there the structural supports and insulation. Keep an eye out for excessive moisture!

Have you found your dream home but saw a couple of signs of water damage? Then it’s time to consult with a professional. A licensed contractor will be able to tell you the extent of the damage and how much it would cost to repair it. Sometimes, the repair isn’t too expensive.

As a home buyer, you do have the right to an inspection. Use this time to have it inspected to be on the safe side!

Take a look at the water heater

There should be a tag on the water heater that tells you how old it is. An inspector can give you an estimated guess on the condition of the water heater. Houses in Big Bear very rarely have air condition units. Big Bear is so cool in spring and summer that many businesses don’t even have AC. You won’t have to worry about checking those tags unless specifically informed about the home having an A/C unit. Ask your Realtor about the equipment in the home!

stainless steel refrigerator inside a big bear home A seller may include appliances for the new buyer to keep in the home. If that is the case, double check that the appliances are working properly. Let’s say that the seller is letting the buyer keep the refrigerator; a good idea would be to inspect the water line that is supposed to be connected to the fridge. Is it hooked up and working properly?

These are little things that shouldn’t impact the sell in the long run, but it’s good to know what to look for. Though, the water heater is an important aspect. Water heaters are not always the most budget-friendly appliance to have to replace.

Don’t forget about the exterior

As you’re walking around, don’t forget to go outside of the house and see how the outside is. The foundation of the house is critical! Yet, how can you tell if there is a problem with the foundation? There are a couple of signs, but a trained professional would be able to diagnose the situation easier.

1. Large cracks in the concrete.
2. Water accumulating in a basement or anywhere around the perimeter of the house.
3. Cracks in the drywall.
4. Do the windows and doors close properly?

exterior of a Big Bear home According to one inspector, cracks that are less than ¼ of an inch don’t show that the foundation is bad. Those tiny cracks can happen when a home settles and simply needs to be sealed to stop any possible water damage. When that is the case, you can ask your Realtor to see if the seller would be willing to seal those cracks for you.

Windows that don’t close completely or doors that are rubbing the jam could be a sign of foundation issues; make sure to have a licensed contractor or inspector look into those issues. Keep in mind that sellers in California don’t have to do anything that is requested.

After having the Big Bear home inspected, you could use the items that the inspector found as negotiation tools during your inspector contingency period. Your Big Bear Realtor would be able to advise you in this area and negotiate on your behalf.

When a homeowner doesn’t have a real estate agent, then it can cause this part of the transaction to become a challenge. Real estate agents understand selling and buying homes in their local market.

Have your Realtor on your side to help you negative through all the different facets that come along with a real estate transaction.

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How to Deal with a Real Estate Bidding War

Big Bear Real Estate Bidding Wars

A Big Bear home can attract many offers! It’s perfect for sellers but what happens when you have multiple offers? A bidding war between different buyers could take off. What do you do in this situation? Thankfully, you have more than one option.

That choice is up to you! Make sure to research what choice would benefit you the most. If you’re unfamiliar with the real estate market in Big Bear, then this can be a tricky situation to be in, unless you’ve hired a local real estate agent.

A Big Bear Realtor will be able to guide you through the different possibilities. Take advantage of their years of experience with contracts, negotiations, and the real estate market. Finding your way through a bidding war isn’t as fun as it sounds, it’s a lot of work that a Realtor can make easier on you.

• What advantages does one offer have over another?

Is the buyer using cash or a loan? If you have a cash offer, it could be an advantage for you. The seller and buyer don’t have to worry about going through any of the loan processes. Issues could pop up for a buyer using a loan that slows down the purchase. (For example, an appraisal contingency.) A cash buyer can bring more convenience for the seller.

Big Bear home's contract What are the contingencies? Depending on the contingencies, one offer may look more appealing to a seller than another. Contingencies are clauses in a contract that require something to be completed (buyers inspections, appraisals, loan process, etc) to have the sale of home go through. Until these are signed off, the buyer has the right to back out of a purchase while saving their earnest money deposit; making offers with fewer contingencies safer for the seller.

A buyer could add a contingency that the buyer has to sell another house that they own before they purchase your home. If that is the case, a buyer who doesn’t have that type of contingency in the real estate contract may be a better option, even if they are a little lower with their offer.

A great real estate agent can inform you about the specific contingencies in the different offers that may impact the escrow process. The majority of the time, cash offers don’t have an appraisal contingency, making that one less aspect to deal with!

When will it close? As the seller, you may be motived to sell your house as quickly as possible. If that is the case, see how long it will take for the transaction to close. Sometimes it can take months to close the deal. Not closing for a couple of months may not be an issue for you and if it isn’t then great! If it is, you may want to look at a different offer.

• What are the buyer’s best and final offers?

Once you have multiple offers on the table, you can ask each buyer what their best and final offer will be. That knowledge will help you to decide which one has the most motivation and which offer will suit you the best. The situation depends on where the seller is at in the multiple offer process but doing a best and final might be the route to go!

The obvious choice is to choose the highest offer, but that is not always the best one. A high price is tempting but don’t jump at the offer without looking over the contract entirely. There may be an escalation clause in the other offers that allows a potential buyer to increase their offer above another buyer’s highest offer.

When a buyer puts an escalation clause in their offer, look for the “cap price.” A cap price is the highest amount they are willing to go above another person’s highest offer. There are many different types of clauses. Ask your local Realtor to describe in detail how those clauses would impact the offer.

• Can the buyer afford the offer?

One important part of accepting a high bid is to be positive that the buyer can afford the offer. There aren’t many times where a buyer will offer more than they can pay. Yet, when a buyer becomes emotional, logic can go out the window. Most buyers know their limits and will stay within them, but emotions can make a bidding war complicated.

Big Bear home mortgage lenderWhen you’re at this point of considering their offer, and the buyer is going to purchase your home through a loan, make sure they have been pre-approved for the proposed amount. The broker should send your Realtor proof of their buyer’s mortgage pre-approved letter. There is a difference between a buyer being pre-qualified and pre-approved.

Pre-qualification is one of the steps that lead to being pre-approved. It’s the informal process of where a lender estimates the amount the borrower can afford, based on information that the borrower has given the lender. Unlike when the borrower is pre-approved, the lender does not check their credit or verifies their financial and employment information.

When a borrower is pre-approved, all their information has been checked thoroughly by the lender. The lender then is able to give them the loan amount that they qualify for. Being pre-approved is more official since the lender checks through all your financial information rather than rely on the borrower to give them the correct numbers.

If the buyer is pre-qualified, speak to your agent to have him contact the lender to see how strong of a buyer the borrower is, as well as finding out if there are any red flags to worry about.

•What is the most important aspect of selling your home to you?

To know what advantages work in your favor, you need to know what your goals are. Are you looking for the highest priced offer, the quickest closing time, or an offer without any hassles? Go through every offer with your Realtor to know the pros and cons that each one has. Your Realtor should be all over this! They see offers all the time and can tell you which one is fair and which one is not.

Every situation is different. There is no rule of thumb to go by when it comes to multiple bids because like the homes being different, the markets are as well. One offer may be excellent for another part of California but may not be the best for you in Big Bear. That is why it is highly suggested to use a local real estate agent. They will be able to tell you what works best for the area you are in.

• What should you not do?

Don’t let multiple offers lead you to think that another one is right around the corner, making you miss out on the opportunities that you have in front of you. It’s impossible to know what the future holds. If you hold out for an offer and it doesn’t come then you’re going to be very disappointed. Buyers won’t wait around forever and the longer you take to decide, the less likely their offer will still be around.

Big Bear Real Estate Agent signing a contractA real estate bidding war will work in your favor but only if you know how to go about the situation properly. If you have hired a Big Bear real estate agent, then you are heading in the right direction. As long as you know that they are capable agents who know how to do their job well, then you will be golden!

An inexperienced or part-time Realtor may not have enough knowledge to help you navigate a bidding war or even the real estate market. When you’re selling a Big Bear home, it’s critical for you to have a team behind you that you can trust.

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Curb Appeal Improvements to Help Sell Your Big Bear Home

Big Bear home for sale with curb appeal
Big Bear home buyers are all about first impressions! When they see your property, they want to be drawn in and feel that they could live there. Curb appeal is defined as how the front of your house looks from the curb or street. Big Bear homeowners typically want to sell their homes quickly and to do that; they need to catch the buyer’s attention.

Photographs, video tours, and in person viewings should include the view of the front of the home. There is a less likely chance of a buyer purchasing your property if they don’t like the outside. They develop a negative feeling for the house, and when they go to view the inside of the property, they already have a mindset of not liking it. Home buyers may not even go inside if they don’t like the outside. Ask a Big Bear Realtor their advice on your home!

Here are some ideas that should improve your Big Bear curb appeal:

1. Paint your front door.
rustic door on a Big Bear homeA new coat of paint can breathe fresh life into your home! When you are going to the paint store, it’s a good idea to bring everything you want the door to match. Shingles, bricks, or the swatch of your house’s paint color are good examples. You don’t want to buy paint and realize that it isn’t going to match! Some paint stores will let you purchase a tester sample. You can take that paint sample and paint a tiny portion of your door (if you are positive you’re painting it that day) to see how you like it or better yet, get another board to paint and hold it up in front of your door.

You’ll be able to get a feel for the paint color and know if you like it or not. The best part about paint is the fact that you can always buy another color and repaint the door to your liking! If you’re not a fan of the idea of painting your door, you could always wash it. Some elbow grease and a good scrub can clean years off your front door. Cleaning the outside of our doors isn’t a common thought or activity, but you’ll be surprised to see how great your house looks with a freshly painted or cleaned front door!

2. The power of pressure washing!
Many homeowners forget about the simple action of pressure washing their front porch, deck, windows (be careful not to break them!), garbage cans, stucco, and concrete can do for the appearance of their home. All the dirt and grime will come flying off, leaving the house with a clean and new feeling.

Be careful when you do pressure wash certain areas of your home! There are different speeds and pressure levels that work better for concrete than they would for your windows. A great rule of thumb is to pressure wash the entire exterior of your home to get all the dirt off.

3. Get rid of the weeds.
Your front yard is one of the first impressions that a Big Bear home buyer will have when they see your house in photos or in-person. In Big Bear, weeds aren’t an issue during the winter because they die off from the cold and the grass is mostly covered in snow. That can’t be said for the summer or spring months! Weeds popping up out of your driveway, steps, yard, or in between your walk ways doesn’t give off a good impression.

There are many great options to kill weeds that you can find at any store or specifically, gardening store. Pulling them up from the root is your best bet! That way they won’t be able to grow back. For a quick fix, buy or borrow a weed whacker! You can always hire someone to do this for you. A local Realtor might have a connection to help you hire someone you can trust.

4. Clean off the roof.
Big Bear has a lot of trees, and that comes with pine needles! The city requires residents to clean off their roofs and pick up the needles in their yard because they are a fire hazard. If the city notices, you will get a warning or possibly fined. Not only are pine needles dangerous but they are not the prettiest. It makes your home look unkempt. If your house has pine needles on the roof, it’s time to break out that ladder or cell phone to hire someone to clean it off!

While you are up on the roof, take a look at the shingles. Are they dirty or damaged? Repairing shingles can be a small repair job. If it isn’t a huge issue, replacing a shingle here or there could make a difference to a possible buyer.

5. Trim up the yard.
Big Bear home owner mowingBig Bear doesn’t have too much grass, but for those homeowners who do, this one is for you. We’ve already spoken about the weeds, but the rest of the lawn is just as important. Even if you get rid of all the weeds, but your grass is high, it isn’t going to help. Bring out the mower and cut the grass. After all the weeds and grass has been cut, you can decide if you want to plant some flowers and trim up the landscape.

Flowers depend on the season, but they always brighten up a yard during spring and summer! Before you plant flowers in the yard, double check on the type of plants that will survive in the mountains.

6. Wash the interior and exterior windows.
Dirty windows aren’t very appealing! You want the house to be in the best condition it can be, and that includes how clean it is. Either hire a window cleaning service or break out the cleaning supplies to make your windows sparkle. Soapy water and a squeegee work best! Have a dry towel with you to keep drying off the squeegee as you go to stop streaks from forming.

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 your Big Bear home’s curb appeal before you have buyers coming to your house. A Big Bear Realtor would be able to help you by suggesting what he or she believes would benefit you by fixing.

A Big Bear home buyer will appreciate the condition your house is in! They will feel more comfortable knowing that the original owners took care of the property. A seller has a better chance of selling their home quicker when the appearance is impeccable.

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