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Spring Showers at Tahoe. Rain, Rain…It’s a good thing.   Leave a comment

By Tim Hauserman


Photo by Tim Hauserman

Photo by Tim Hauserman


Spring at Lake Tahoe. It’s a relative term. We can get gully washer thunderstorms one week, snow the next, and warm sunny days everywhere in between.

Tahoe folks don’t often talk about the joy of the sound of rain. To tell you the truth, we are not really rain people. We feel as if any moisture that reaches the ground between November and April (…and often into May and June!) should come in the form of snow. We savor deep white powder that gives us the chance to slide into our happy place. Or we revel in the dark blue sky and bright sunshine. But rain, like the kind we have been getting this season, what good is that?

Well, obviously, the biggest good we get from rain is that it is much needed moisture. A few baby steps towards filling up our lakes and streams, and helping to quench the thirst of the parched earth. But aside from all the long term benefits of all that lovely water, it’s also just a beautiful thing to get outside and take a walk on a rainy day or sit inside and enjoy the sounds of it pouring down.

The key to walking in the rain is to have the right clothing. If you cover yourself in rainproof gear and don a big floppy hat, you will be toasty and able to appreciate the sights and sounds of being in rain: The splosh and splat of your feet in the puddles. The patter patter of drops on your hat. The tiny circles created when the drops hit the ground. The gentle rabble of water rushing. The splashing of car tires.

To enhance the experience. Bring along a few youngsters in their galoshes. They splat in the puddles, spin around in circles and laugh at the simple joy of falling water. Go ahead, you can do it too. It’s good to be a kid.

Once you’ve had your fill, return to your mountain home. Doff those wet clothes. Start a fire in the stove, nurse a cup of hot chocolate, and sit back and listen to the show. Does it sound like the drops are tickling the roof? When a gust of wind hits, can you hear steel brushes gently hitting a cymbal? Does the ebb and flow of the rain sound like a symphony?

Sure, snow would be better, but there is much to be said about rain. And the trees are saying, Thank you. Bring it on.

And for 100 fun things to do here at Lake Tahoe and Truckee in the spring, be sure to read their online version here on page 8:   thetahoeweekly



2015 XC Junior Nationals at Auburn Ski Club, Soda Springs, CA!   Leave a comment


by Tim Hauserman


2012 Far West Junior National Team at Soldier Hollow, Utah

2012 Far West Junior National Team at Soldier Hollow, Utah


The best 14-19 year old cross-country skiers in the country are coming into town March 8-14 to compete in the 2015 XC Junior Nationals at Auburn Ski Club. These racers first had to face a winter of stiff competition to qualify. Now at Junior Nationals, the best of the best may someday qualify for the Winter Olympics.

For those involved in the big family that is the Truckee-Tahoe nordic community we are stoked to see a crop of local athletes that we have known since they were little tykes have their opportunity to shine. The races will be fast paced and grueling, taking on the steep ups and downs of the Auburn Ski Club terrain.


Peter Holmes skiing into third!


Lynn Richardson, first volunteered for the Junior Nationals in 2000, when her kids were 4, and after being thrilled by the speed of the athletes, hoped her twins would become racers some day. By the time they were 9, and the next JN’s were here, they had already begun racing. Her daughter Skyler raced in two Junior National Races during her high school career. “I was so happy being at every race and cheering for them,” she says.

I coach 5th graders and direct the Strider Glider program at Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area in Tahoe City. I remember some of this year’s JN competitors well: a shy Quinn Lehmkuhl in 3rd grade with a big smile on her face as she kept up with, and often passed, all the boys in her class. Or JC Schoonmaker who determinedly moved from the middle of a great pack of kids in 5th grade to the top of the heap just a few years later. And then there was Brandon Herhusky, who it seems would grow another foot taller every time you saw him.

To see our Far West Junior National athletes, please click on this link: Results/Far West Nordic


Truckee racers - Gabi, Savannah and Skyler

Truckee racers – Gabi, Savannah and Skyler


They are an amazing group of athletes that have worked hard to become great uphill skiers in a community composed mostly of downhill skiers. We should all be proud of them.

Click here for details and information on Junior Nationals:



Tahoe and Truckee Real Estate Market Update 2014   Leave a comment


Sunny day skiing at Lake Tahoe

North Lake Tahoe-Truckee Region

 Residential Properties – Single Family Homes and Condominiums

Period:  February 16th to February 28th

Residential Sales Summary 2014

Total Sales:  Through the end of February there have been 142 residential properties sold in the market.  For the same period in 2013, there were 152 residential properties sold which is a year over year decrease in sales of almost (7%).  Of the total sales in the market this year, 104 were single family homes, while 38 or 27% of the sales were condominiums.  In 2013 there were 111 single family homes sold and 41 condominiums sold for the same period which represented 37% of the sales.  Coldwell Banker ranks as the market leader year-to-date in both total units sold, 50 and total sales volume, $29 million.

REO & Short Sales:  For 2014 thus far, short sale properties closed have gone down (74%) with 7 closed short sales in 2014 as compared to 27 closed short sales in 2013.  REO properties closed in 2014 have gone up 9% with 12 properties closed in 2014 as compared to 11 properties closed in 2013.  Overall, distressed property sales, (REO and Short Sales) represent 13% of the sales in 2014 which is significantly less than the 25% in 2013.

Median and Average Sales Prices:  The median sales price for residential properties for 2014 stands at $561,250 which is up 51% from 2013 where the median sales price was $370,000 for the same period.  The average sales price has gone up 6% to $774,428 as compared to last year’s average price of $728,032 for the same period.

Sales by Price Range or Market Segment:  For the year, there have been 66 residential properties sold at a price below $500,000, 48 properties sold between $500,000 and $1,000,000 and 28 properties sold over $1,000,000.

The segment of the market with the highest level of sales activity are homes priced under $500,000 as over 46% of the sales or 66 properties have sold in this price range.  In 2013 for the same period, there were 99 properties sold in this price range which represented 65% of the sales.

Luxury home sales, homes priced above $1,000,000 have gone up 40% from 2013 which is the largest growing segment of the market for the year on a percentage basis.  There have been 28 luxury properties sold in 2014 as compared to 20 properties sold last year for the same period.  The median sales price for luxury properties in 2014 thus far is $1,667,500 as compared to a median price of $1,813,000 in 2013 which is down (7%).  The average sales price of luxury homes in 2014 is $1,902,839 as compared to $2,916,925 in 2013 which is down (34%).

The mid-range market sales, $500,000 to $1,000,000 are up 45% from last year with 48 properties sold in this segment or 34% of sales as compared to 33 properties sold or 21% of sale in this range in 2013.

Pending Sales:  The pending sales through the end of February 15th stood at 132 pending residential sales in the market which is up slightly from the last report where we had 125 pending sales.

Active Residential Inventory Summary:

Active Listings:  The current inventory of residential properties stands at 611 properties for sale; 428 single family homes and 183 condominiums for sale.  From the last report on February 15th, inventory rose 2% which is great for this time of year.  For the same period in 2013, the active inventory was at 510 residential properties which is a 20% increase in inventory from last year to this year.  Coldwell Banker has over 13% of the active listings in the market and continues to be the market leader for listings.  Of the active listings, there are only 2 properties listed as short sales, and only 2 properties listed as an REO sale.


THERE ARE STILL GREAT BUYING OPPORTUNTIES:  With current inventory levels there remain many quality properties to choose from throughout the north Lake Tahoe and Truckee area.  When you compound the inventory available with homes priced at 10-year lows and favorable interest rates, savvy real estate investors are taking advantage of this market and acquiring homes in many of the Lake Tahoe and Truckee resort communities.

                                                          Think of me, Lynn Richardson, for all of your Truckee/Tahoe real estate needs


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