Testimonials

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
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.
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
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
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 is talented, hard working and professional. I highly recommend him!Mary Scott
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 really fantastic from the initial contact, through closing and beyond. Friendly, professional, and clearly an expertTzvi Haber
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
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 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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
Rick was great! House was priced right, sold quickly, smooth transaction and short escrow. Thanks you!Sudie Smartt
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
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 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
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
Will has the professional integrity that it takes to ensure complete customer satisfaction. He has my stamp of approval.David Owings
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Will is a very helpful and knowledgeable realtor!Jessica Stack Yeoman
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
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
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
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
Will is the best realtor in Big Bear!Angela Priola Naylor
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
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
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
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 has the highest standards of professionalism and integrity. He is intelligent, honest and capable, and he has my strongest personal recommendation.Kenneth M. Klein
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
Will was a pleasure to work with!Travis Martinez
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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
Thank you for the great service you and your team provided.Karim
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
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
Lisa did a great job helping with our close. Thanks!Frank & Maryann Horak
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
Will was always prompt, knowledgeable, courteous, & helpful throughout the entire home-buying process.Bill LaGrosso
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
Will is not only a great agent, he is intelligent and always looking out for his clients best interest! Thanks Will!Heather Hilliard
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
Best down to earth and honest real estate agent I know.Kim Nunes Bailey
Will is integrity all the way.Tara Rokstad
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
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
Excellent Agent! Will did a great job for me!Fred Liebel
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
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
Very attentive, Will will help you find what you’re looking for.Karen Scholl
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
I’ve known Will for 25 years, and there is nobody I would trust or recommend more highly.Mark Spurlock
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
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
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
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
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
Will did an exceptional job selling our cabin. Always honest & upfront. Always kept us informed of what was happening.  Thank you!Bill & Pam Hartley
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
Tarl Wood was awesome and I had a great experience with The Rahill Real Estate Group and the progress. Thank you!Rick Pathi
Best experience I’ve ever had! From day 1 through escrow closing & beyond, Rick of Rahill Real Estate was there for “me”……….Sheila Pitts
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
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
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
Will, great Job!  I got the dream property I wanted. Aneta Black
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
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
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

What’s Up In Big Bear, August 25th 2017

Big Bear Air Fair
FREE Event!

oneJoin us for the 2017 Big Bear Air Fair. The whole family will enjoy vintage planes, classic cars and skydiving exhibitions. Activities Include: Sky Divers – Helicopter and Bi-Plane Rides – Warbirds – Classic Cars – Kids Attractions – Gifts and Souvenirs – Food Vendors. Starting at 8 a.m. there will be a special breakfast featuring pancakes for $6 or breakfast burritos for $7.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26
Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Admission: FREE

Big Bear Airport
501 Valley Blvd.
909-585-3219

Super Diamond:
A Tribute To Neil Diamond

twoAre you a Neil Diamond fan? Surreal Neil and Super Diamond began to perform regularly in San Francisco and then all over the U.S., and something quite wonderful happened…people turned out in large numbers to see them and returned again and again and again. This is your chance to see a premier tribute to Neil Diamond here in Big Bear Lake.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26
Doors Open: 6:30 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25 – $35

The Cave
40789 Village Dr.
909-878-0204

Kodiak 100
Ultramarathon

threeThis amazing trail running event features the Kodiak 100 miler, the Kodiak 50 miler and Kodiak 50K at elevations ranging from 5,100’ and 10,000’. It’s typically sunny during the day and cools down significantly at night. After Race Celebration on Saturday at 9 p.m. at Nottinghams.

FRI. & SAT., AUG. 25 & 26
Registration: 7 a.m.
First Race: 9 a.m.
Cost: $125+

Nottinghams
40797 Big Bear Blvd.
909-744-7876

Long Beach Dub Allstars:
Live Reggae At The Cave

fourCome see The Long Beach Dub Allstars, a dub/ska/rock band formed in 1997. They disbanded in 2002 but on September 1, 2012, played their first show in 11 years where they opened for The Wailers and played alongside Tribal Seeds.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25
Doors Open: 6:30 p.m.
Concert: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20 – $40

The Cave
40789 Village Dr.
909-878-0204

CATS Presents
‘Steel Magnolias’

fiveCATS presents: ‘Steel Magnolias’ at the CATS Warehouse Theater. Steel Magnolias is a stage play by American writer Robert Harling, about the bonds between a group of Southern women in northwest Louisiana.

FRI. & SAT.
AUGUST 25 & 26
Curtain: 7:30 p.m.
SUN. AUGUST 27
Curtain: 2:30 p.m.
All Tickets: $20

C.A.T.S. Warehouse
1117 W. Big Bear Blvd.
909-585-4757

More Mountain Fun…

SAT., AUG. 26 & SUN., AUG 27: Big Bear Renaissance Faire

– Final weekend!! Step back in time and enjoy renaissance crafts, costumes, food, stages, and games. Admission: $18 – $25 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 39115 Rim of the World Dr. www.bbvrsinc.org

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25: Campfire Night at the Discovery Center

– Bundle up and bring the family out for an old-fashioned forest ranger campfire. Learn about our forests, enjoy stories, songs and s’mores. Free. 8 p.m. Discovery Center – 40971 North Shore Dr. 909-382-2790

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26: Southern Spirit Live at Wyatt’s Saloon

– Live country western music on the patio. Line dancing under the stars. Food and drinks are available to purchase. 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. Free Admission. 42900 Big Bear Blvd. – 909-585-3000

SUNDAY, AUGUST 27: Sierra Club Group Hike to Sugarloaf Mountain

– Join a group of Sierra Club hikers with a challenging 10-mile RT hike on Sugarloaf Mountain. 2500’ elevation gain. Free activity. 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call for location. 760-333-3103

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How to Price Your Big Bear Home Correctly

Rustic cabin for sale in Big Bear Lake

Are you ready to sell your Big Bear home? Then it is time for you to know how to price your home correctly! A Big Bear Realtor will be able to help you when choosing the correct price for your house. When a homeowner is selling their house that they have a connection with or bought when the market was in a different state, it can lead to a homeowner incorrectly pricing their home.

As you try to come to a fair price, try to remember that the memories you’ve made with your family don’t impact the value of the home to anyone but you and your family. The precious moments you had in your house are special but do your best to take your emotions out of the equation at this point. If you do, not only will it help you come to a good price for you and the buyer but will also make the overall process a lot easier!

The number also depends on how quickly you want to sell the property. Do you mind it being on the market for a little while or do you want to sell it right away? Figure out this answer before moving forward!

1. Do you want to sell your Big Bear home quickly?
If you are short on time, a great idea would be to check the other homes on the market in Big Bear Lake, California. Only compare your house to others that are close to yours; don’t take the price of a lakefront home and place that value on your two-bedroom home in a residential area. If the homes in Big Bear like yours are selling for $400,000, price your home competitively. Put yourself in the mindset of the home buyer; they’re looking for the best value.

Being less expensive than other houses will draw more buyers to consider owning your home. Remember that not every home is like the other.

You can price the home to your liking if time is on your side. Yet, do not take that to mean that you can place a higher price tag onto the property with hopes that you will find a home buyer in Big Bear willing to pay that price. There is a chance that your home will be on the market for awhile. Being on the market for too long can negatively affect selling your home.

After your house has been on the market for over 30 days, it gives Big Bear home buyers the impression that something may be wrong with the house. This gives them the chance to go a lot lower with their offer than you may have liked. Buyers may believe that you are becoming overly eager to sell your home.

2. Don’t go by how much you purchased the Big Bear home.
The market changes all the time. If you focus on how much you bought the house for ten years ago, you will be off the mark. Either it is no longer worth that amount, or it could be worth even more. Don’t get stuck on the price you paid! That thought process can hinder your efforts for selling your home.

Study the real estate market and see what Big Bear homes have been selling near your property. Every house is different, but this will help you get a good overview of how the market is doing.

When you feel a little lost, ask your Big Bear Realtor! Their job is knowing and understanding the market. They will be able to give you a realistic number without you having to do the work. They are here to help make the overall process as easy as possible for their clients.

3. Be willing to negotiate! Contract for a Big Bear cabin for sale
When you are trying to sell your house, be open to the idea of negotiation. Take into consideration how long your house has been on the market, how many offers you have received, and the state of your home. You could have a fair asking price but the home buyer offers a lower price, what will you do?Don’t worry, this is a great spot to be in! You have an offer and now the negotiations can begin.

A local Realtor can provide negotiation skills to help you, and the buyer come to a mutually-beneficial agreement.

4. Choose your renovations carefully to help to sell your home.
Every renovation you have made can add value to your home. You do have to take into consideration the quality of your house. Many homeowners add onto or upgrade a part of their home to raise the value. To do this, it is important that the seller knows what will benefit the home and what will not! According to Zillow, “Eighty-three percent of sellers make home renovations before listing. The most common improvements are painting (45 percent).” The reason why painting is a popular renovation is that it increases the curb appeal of a home without being a huge expense.

Let’s say that your deck needs repairing, the appeal of the deck will decrease. In this scenario, you could benefit from sanding and staining the deck. Make any necessary repairs needed to have your house stand out from the rest! Every house is a case by case situation. To help you maximize the return on your investment for your renovation, have a Realtor by your side!

5. Supply and demand.
Is it a sellers’ market or a buyer’s market? Whenever there are many homes for sale, it’s a buyer’s market because they have more to choose from and sellers are in competition with each other. However, the market is a sellers’ market when there are fewer homes up for sale. Home buyers are more so in competition with each other because the supply is low, leaving them with fewer options than they would have in a buyer’s market.

Supply and demand for Big Bear homes

The supply and demand in Big Bear vary throughout the year. During the winter, it could slow down or you could be in the ideal time where buyers are trying to be in their new home before the winter holidays. You could be in the spring listing season when competition is high but so is the buying activity typically across the board. The best way to find out the cycle the market is currently in is to talk to your Realtor because it is their job to know the market for you.

When it comes to pricing your home correctly, many factors go into the overall process! Don’t let yourself become overwhelmed. Take each step as it comes rather than focusing on every part of the process at once.

Your local Big Bear Realtor will be able to help you through the selling process. Zillow reported, “Eighty-eight percent of sellers use an agent to sell their home and the majority (69 percent) of sellers who use an agent elect to bring them on board at the beginning of the process.”

The price of a Big Bear home for sale relies on the location, view, quality, real estate market, and timing.

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A Comprehensive Guide to Real Estate Terms

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The easiest step in the real estate process is to fall in love with a Big Bear home! A confusing part can be the real estate terms you will begin hearing. Appraisal, due diligence, earnest money deposit, and so forth might throw you for a loop. Don’t worry, this article will go into detail about the meaning behind important real estate terms.

By the time you start speaking to your Big Bear Realtor, you will be able to know everything he or she is saying without having to ask the meaning of a term. Understanding these upcoming terms will help you to feel more at ease while purchasing or selling your home. Of course, if you have hired a knowledgeable real estate agent in Big Bear, they are there to make the entire process as smooth as possible and will help explain anything you would like to know.

It is critical for your buying and selling needs to choose the right real estate agent who is friendly, helpful, and understanding when it comes to the Big Bear market. If you are wondering how to choose the perfect Realtor for you, there are a couple of suggestions I would like to make! Head over to our blog post that will go into more detail about choosing your Big Bear Realtor.

Real Estate Terms:

• Appraisal
An appraisal is the value of a home that was conducted by a professional appraiser. When a Big Bear home buyer or seller is about to start a real estate transaction with a loan involved, an appraisal on the property is a critical part of the process. It helps the buyer and seller understand the home’s worth and what is a fair amount to price the home at.

If a buyer is using a loan for the house, a lender will require a home appraisal to show them that they are not loaning out more money than what the home’s worth is.

By having the house appraised, it protects the lender from losing out on a lot of money, in case the borrower is unable to pay their mortgage and the house ends up going into foreclosure. According to the Appraisal Institute, a real estate appraiser needs to be licensed or certified in all 50 states and familiar with the town. Appraisers are impartial; it is illegal for them to give an amount based on a biased inspection.

If the appraisal is lower than the expected value, the transaction may be delayed, canceled, or the price may be renegotiated. While a formal written appraisal is necessary when there is a loan involved, a good Big Bear real estate agent can help you look at comps and understand the true value of the home you are buying or selling. If it is a cash deal, an appraisal is often unnecessary.

• Certificate of Title

Big Bear real estate termsA certificate of title is official documentation that names the owner or owners of a property. Typically, it is issued by the state, but it does not guarantee that the name on the certificate is the official owner but rather an opinion of title status. Included information is the owner’s name, address, and features of the property.

That may sound a lot like a deed to you, but there is a difference! In the certificate, there is information that is listed that is not in a deed.

• Closing Cost
At the end of a real estate transaction, some fees are to be paid by either the seller or buyer called the closing cost. When the title of a property is being transferred over, this is the time when the closing costs need to be paid. Every real estate situation is different, but a handful of possible closing costs could include an appraisal, application fee, property tax, Home Owner Association transfer fees, and homeowner’s insurance.

• Contingencies
A contingency is a clause or condition within a real estate contract that could break the contract if not met. It is an escape clause that can allow the buyer or seller to get out of the transaction without any loss. It is important that both parties understand the contingencies because the entire real estate transaction can be dependent on them.

For example, a buyer could ask for an appraisal contingency. It protects the buyer in case the appraisal says the house is worth less than the agreed upon amount. If the buyer is going through a mortgage lender, who will only finance the amount the house is appraised for then they can back out of the contract rather than having to come up with the remaining amount out of pocket.

• Due Diligence
The buyer has the right to have the property inspected to ensure that to answer any questions or concerns that they have before fully committing to their buying decision. During the diligence period, buyers can stop the transaction, if there are too many issues with the home. Some examples of what a buyer should go over are the insurance policy, HOA documents, title insurance, and having a thorough inspection of the property.

• Debt to Income Ratio
Mortgage lenders use your debt to income ratio to measure how much of a monthly payment the borrower is able to afford by calculating the recurring monthly debt by the buyer’s gross monthly income. All the monthly bills the buyer is paying towards their current debts will be subtracted from the income they make before taxes are taken out.

According to Investopedia, “For example, John pays $1,000 each month for his mortgage, $500 for his car loan and $500 for the rest of his debt each month, so his total recurring monthly debt equals $2,000 ($1,000 + $500 + $500). If John’s gross monthly income is $6,000, his DTI would be $2,000 ÷ $6,000 = 0.33, or 33.”

• Earnest Money Deposit
When the buyer is serious about buying a home, they can put down an earnest money deposit to show the seller that. The earnest money deposit is money that is put into escrow by the buyer and held as the buyer’s money until they sign off on all their contingencies. Once they have signed off on their contingencies, the earnest money deposit becomes the sellers, if the buyer fails to purchase the home for any reason. If the buyer completes the purchase, the funds are generally put towards the down payment. Depending on the situation, the buyer could receive or lose their money if the real estate transaction falls through.

Escrow
In California, we use escrow companies, but in some states, they don’t. Escrow is an impartial third party that is hired to handle the transition of property, exchange of currency, and any documents that relate to those topics. Being “in escrow” happens after the seller and buyer have come to an agreement on the real estate contract. The listing agent then opens the escrow account, after all the documents have been signed by both parties.The instructions for escrow also needs to be signed by the seller and buyer.

During this process, the escrow officer checks that the home does not have any liens on the property by ordering a title report from a title company. If there are any liens on the house, it could cause the closing process to be stalled. At this point, the real estate transaction is still not set in stone.

The next step in this process is called closing of escrow, the escrow officer to audits all the files to double check that all the information is correct and the instructions have been followed accurately. Finally, it is time to close the escrow. The buyer and seller receive all their final paperwork to confirm the transaction. The buyer receives the keys while the seller collects the check.

Escrow is a very critical moment for every party involved. Your Realtor will be able to help you with any questions you may have about this process.

• FICO Score
A FICO score is used by a lender to assess the credit risk and determine where to approve the borrower for a loan. The Fair Isaac Corporation creates a person’s FICO score, which is a type of credit score. When creating a FICO score, five parts determine a score: payment history, the level of debt, types of credit the borrower uses, new credit accounts opened, and the length of credit history. A higher FICO score will get a borrower better rates and terms because they are less risky to the loan company. Typically, someone who has a good payment history in the past will have good payments habits in the future.

• Fiduciary Duties
Real estate agents or brokers have legal obligations that they have to perform while acting on behalf of their clients called fiduciary duties. They must protect their clients’ information and privacy. Any information the real estate agent or broker receives is confidential and must not be disclosed to anyone. Fiduciary cannot profit from the relationship than any other way that is disclosed with the beneficiary.

• HOA
HOA is an abbreviation of Homeowner’s Association. A homeowner’s association is an organization that enforces rules for homes within their jurisdiction. If a home buyer purchases a home that is in an HOA, they automatically are a member of the HOA. Not every property in Big Bear Lake is within a jurisdiction under a homeowner’s association.

Big Bear homeowners associationThere are monthly costs to be a member that are supposed to go towards keeping up areas within the HOA. Depending on the HOA, there can be strict restrictions on what is allowed when it comes to what you can do with your home. For example, there might be a certain color that you will not be allowed to paint your house. In Big Bear, there are some HOAs that do not allow vacation rentals. For instance, Eagle Point Estates, Eagles Knoll, and Papoose Bay Estates are three examples of HOAs that don’t allow vacation rentals in Big Bear.

• Loan to Value Ratio
When lenders are trying to figure out how much lending risk there is when loaning to a borrower, they use a loan to value ratio. A loan to value ratio is a risk assessment ratio that lenders examine before approving a borrower for a mortgage. Typically, if a borrower has a high LTV ratio, then they are considered a high risk. A lender is able to charge the borrower more for the loan if they are considered a high risk.

According to Investopedia, “The LTV ratio is calculated as the amount of the mortgage lien divided by the appraised value of the property, expressed as a percentage. For example, a borrower taking on a $92,500 mortgage to purchase a home appraised at $100,000 would have an LTV ratio of 92.50% (92,500/100,000).

The loan-to-value ratio is a critical component of mortgage underwriting, whether it be for the purpose of purchasing a residential property, refinancing a current mortgage into a new loan, or borrowing against accumulated equity within a property.”
Sometimes if there is less than 20% equity, a lender will require a borrower to get private mortgage insurance which pays out if the lender is forced to foreclose.

Mortgage
In a real estate transaction, hearing the term mortgage is very common! A mortgage is when a borrower is securing a loan, they can use their property or real estate as collateral. The lender agrees to loan the borrower money up front, letting them make payments over a set amount of time until it is paid back in full.

There is a risk for lenders that the borrower will not be able to pay in full, but they do have the right to take the property in foreclosure, forcing the owner to move out of the house. The bank would then sell the home to be able to pay off all the debt still owed on the property.

Now that you have a basic knowledge of real estate terms, it is time for you to go out and find your dream house! A Big Bear Realtor would be able to assist you with any other questions you may have on these terms and the search for your Big Bear home.

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When Should a Big Bear Home Owner Reduce the Price of Their Home?

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A question that many sellers ask themselves is when is the right time to reduce their asking price? It’s a question that no one wants to have to figure out, but it’s better to know all the possible outcomes when it comes to selling your home. Every situation is different, but there are a couple of signs that say it might be time to lower the price. Big Bear Realtors have the most training in this field and would be able to guide you but the choice to change your home’s price is always yours.

Before you look towards lowering the price of your home, you need to ask yourself if the price you have now is fair. Has your house been priced incorrectly? There are multiple ways to check the price. The easiest one is to hire a real estate agent to help you, or you can hire an appraiser. An appraiser will give a homeowner a value that the Big Bear home is worth.

Have you gone above and beyond to sell your house?

Some homeowners try to sell their homes without a Realtor; that is definitely not a route we suggest because of how fragile a transaction can be. If you have hired an agent, then they should be doing everything in their power to sell your house! If you haven’t then it is time to check how well you have marketed your home. Have you had professional photos taken to make your house look as beautiful as it can to possible buyers? Is there a “For Sale” sign that is clearly visible from the street? Where have you uploaded the photos and information about the house?

Rahill Real Estate Group's FacebookThe biggest advantage to sellers is the internet! You are able to reach more people than ever before marketing over the web. Social media is the perfect platform to advertise your house without being charged for it. Realtors have Facebook, Zillow, Yelp, and so forth that have already been established. It gives your house more creditability and instant views by people who already followed that real estate agent or real estate team.

Are you motivated to sell your house quickly?

Depending on how motivated you are, the pricing of your home will have to match the current real estate market. If a Big Bear home owner really wants to sell quickly then matching the market is a must. That means they may have to go lower than the house is worth to be competitive with other sellers. Yet, if you aren’t at this place, then you can wait until the market turns into a seller’s market where there is less competition, giving you the option to sell your house at a higher price.

A lot of sellers believe that the longer you wait, the more chance you have for higher offers. That is true and false. It does open the seller up to receive an offer but that does not mean it will be high. However, if your home has been on the market for more than 30 days it dramatically lowers your chance for a fair offer. People begin to wonder why the property hasn’t sold and it could even influence them to send you lower offers because they might believe you’re desperate. More days on the market equals lower offers.

What are the reasons to drop the price?

1. Zero offers
When you are not seeing any offers coming your way, it may be time to lower your asking price. A seller could have a lot of people viewing their property but without any offers, signaling that your house could appeal to a lot of people but the price could be throwing them off.

Make sure to not let the number of days your house is up for sale pile up. If you’re not sure what to do, contact your Realtor and ask their opinion. They can guide you in the right direction. Their years of experience in the Big Bear real estate market will be the best advantage in your arsenal!

2. No time
Big Bear home for sale decorAre you running out of time? It’s always a gamble holding onto the hope that you get the offer you are looking for in the time that you have. There are different situations where people need to sell their homes quickly. If you are in one of those situations, the time has come to consider dropping the price.

Depending on the circumstance, the stress might be more than it is worth to wait.

3. The market has changed
The market can change during the time your house is up for sale. Maybe you decided to sell your home during a seller’s market, but it has now changed to a buyer’s market, meaning there is more competition on the market.

More homes on the market hurt sellers because buyers have more options and less of a reason to quickly put an offer on a property in fear of not being able to buy a house if they are all sold. You do have the choice of taking your house off the market and choose to sell it at a later date.

4. Needed improvements
When a seller is putting their house on the market, they need to make sure it is ready to be on the market! How does the outside look? Curb appeal is important because the front of the house is the first impression people have when they drive up. Buyers are way less likely to buy a property if they don’t like how the outside appearance.

Get a new paint job, add on an addition, or spruce up the landscaping! Upgrading your home can go a long way. Make sure that the cost you put into your home won’t exceed what you are able to sell it for. Speak to your Realtor and a contractor for more details on what options you have that will best suit your time table and wallet!

Is there an advantage of having a lower asking price?

Big Bear home for saleYes, there are a couple advantages to lowering the price besides having a better chance of receiving an offer. You could start a bidding war! If the new price attracts multiple people, they could start submitting offers with the intent of out bidding the other people interested in buying the house. This still doesn’t mean you would get the price you were intending. There is a chance the price will be less than your original asking price.

If you are now considering lowering the price of your house, what is your next step? Contact a local agent to help with the price adjustment. It’s recommended to have hired a listing agent before you place your house up for sale. Realtors have access to information on the real estate market and their own experience that equips them to assist you with correct pricing and advice.

A lot of sellers believe that having a higher asking price brings in higher offers but unfortunately, that is not always true. Choosing to have a high price could be the reason why your house doesn’t sell and is on the market for a long time. The majority of the time when a seller has to lower the asking price on their house it means that they were asking for too much. Having a Big Bear Realtor by your side will help you side step this problem but only if you listen to their advice.

Sellers can be attached to their homes, causing them to believe it is worth more than it actually is. To you, it might be worth a lot more because of the memories you have made in that house, but that can’t be said for new buyers. If a real estate agent advises you to have a lower asking price and you are unsure as to why, ask him or her!

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What is the Big Bear Home Buyer Looking For?

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Big Bear home buyers are searching for a particular feel; does your home have “it”? If you are selling your Big Bear home, make sure your house has what buyers are looking for!

Big Bear Lake Views

Big Bear Lake view from a Big Bear home for saleThe mountains entice Big Bear home buyers for the remarkable views the town provides. The ski slopes and lake views are high in demand for the area. Long after the snow has melted in the town, the ski slopes can still be tinted white with snow. Snow Summit and Bear Mountain tries to upkeep the snow for as long as possible. At night, they blow snow to refresh the powder.

Big Bear Lake hosts a special occasion on New Year’s Eve where night skiers light up the mountain; each skier holds up a torchlight and rides down the slopes. Every year the town is packed out with visitors coming to watch the lights stream down to ring in the New Year. If a home has a view of the ski slopes, it accommodates the owner by letting them see the events that take place on the mountains without the hassle of fighting the crowds in town.

Besides a ski slope view, a home could be overlooking the national forest, golf courses, or lake. Lakefront homes in Big Bear are a hot ticket item; buyers looking into Big Bear may be coming specifically for the lake. If they own a boat, a lakefront home with a dock is right up their alley!

The Outdoor Space

Sun setting over Big Bear Lake To fully appreciate a Big Bear Lake view, a home needs to have an outdoor living space. A deck or porch draws in more home buyers than houses without. Seeing themselves sitting on the deck, watching as the snow falls with a warm cup of tea or coffee could be the reason why your home sells!

Every season brings a different benefit for a homeowner with an outdoor living area. During the summer, family gatherings are more likely to happen and having a backyard with a deck can help to create more room.  July Fourth is a major holiday for the Big Bear Valley. Every year, the city of Big Bear puts together a spectacular firework show, drawing crowds from all over. Depending on the location, lakefront homes in Big Bear could have the perfect view of the show.  An outdoor living space creates a comfortable place for families to watch the fireworks safely.

An Open Floor Plan in a Big Bear Home

gorgeous lake views from an open floor plan in a Big Bear homeYou may think that the size of the bedrooms is the most significant aspect of a property, but to certain buyers, they may not be as important as having an open floor plan. Big Bear is a town where people gather together and spend time with their family and friends. Everyone wants to be together rather than going off separately to their rooms.

If the house has an open floor plan, it creates the feeling of bringing the guests together. When one person is cooking in the kitchen and the rest of the family is in the living room, they can be still be involved with everyone in the other room and cooking, this gives them a solution to being separated. During the holidays, an open floor plan is crucial! No one wants to be alone in the kitchen cooking a four-course dinner while everyone else can enjoy each other’s company.

An open floor plan allows the home to feel spacious with natural light cascading throughout. Natural light makes the home feel warmer, increases productivity, and has positive effects when it comes to health. Depression has been linked to not getting enough sunlight.

According to Phyllis Zee, M.D., a Northwestern Medicine neurologist, and sleep specialist, “There is increasing evidence that exposure to light, during the day –particularly in the morning — is beneficial to your health via its effects on mood, alertness, and metabolism. Workers are a group at risk because they are typically indoors often without access to natural or even artificial bright light for the entire day. The study results confirm that light during the natural daylight hours has powerful effects on health.”

Vacation Renters Request Game Rooms

pool table in a Big Bear home for sale Many of the homes sold in the Big Bear Valley are for vacation rental properties. When a Big Bear home buyer is searching to buy a home that they plan to use as a vacation rental property, they focus on what their future renters would want. One of the most requested amenities for a rental property is a game room that has a pool table, foosball table, or ping-pong table because it brings people together.

Even if the house is not becoming a rental but rather a second home, it is more than likely that the future owners will be coming up to Big Bear with family or friends. If the home buyer has a positive memory of playing pool, that memory could positively affect their view of the house. An object can produce memories or feelings that the buyer relates to your home and influences them to appreciate your house more.

Big Bear is the perfect getaway for quality time, and providing materials that gather up the family together increases your chance of selling your home.

A Mountain Getaway with the Feeling of Isolation

img-(1)The ideal home in Big Bear gives off the feeling of being secluded or is. A getaway to the mountains speaks to getting away from the busy everyday city life. When a Big Bear home buyer is searching in the mountains, they do not want to get the impression that they are leaving one city home for another.

A home in Big Bear needs to have a rustic charm to suit the area; the modern city home does not appeal to the real estate market of Big Bear Lake. Even if you are in a populated area, you can create an isolated feeling; trees, bushes, and the right landscaping surrounding your home is a good place to start. Creative landscaping and nature around your home can create the atmosphere of a  home.

The San Bernardino Natural Forest surrounds the mountains, but it also stops the supply of homes being built. That means, even if the demand is high, they cannot keep building. With only being allowed a certain number of houses, it raises the price for homes in high demand.

If you are about to list your Big Bear home, contact a local Realtor who knows the real estate market.

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