Mammoth Lakes Real Estate Blog

El Nino is here!

  Happy New Year from Michele & Cary Hansen and the rest of out team here at We took a mid day ski break yesterday before the next series of storms roll in. The skiing on Mammoth Mountain is fantastic! Dave’s run was perfect wind blown powder right off the top. You know that perfect smooth wind packed powder that you can ski with your eyes closed! WOW.                

    This morning it looks like El Nino has finally arrived. It started snowing in town early and has not let up. NOAA has issued a winter storm warning for today until 10 PM with 20 inches of new snow predicted. Another storm to arrive Wednesday afternoon with another 18 inches!  So we are looking at potentially 4-5  feet of new snow  this week!

   The holidays here in Mammoth Lakes were crazy busy. The tourists and locals alike are so excited and everyone has a smile on their face. We have been so busy here in our office at the Village, as there is renewed interest in Mammoth Lakes real estate.

   Pray for snow and get up here to enjoy what looks to be one of the best winter seasons we have seen in recent memory. Please drop by our office at the Village at Mammoth to say hi. We love to talk real estate as much as everything else in Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra.

The Village Gondola


Update on Mammoth Mountain @ Mammoth Lakes CA

I just wanted to pass on a quick overview of the presentation / QA that Rusty gave last night at Gomez’.

Very positive meeting, small attendance, but well worth going to hear update re Mammoth Mountain business.

Most important item is that the Mountain has refinanced it’s debt via Guggenheim Financial Group.  This will give the Mountain the opportunity to look at reinvesting in Mammoth!

Priorities are Little Eagle, land swap at Main Lodge, and Canyon Lodge update.  Obviously this is great news for the resort!! Photo by Vern Clevenger....... Thank you!


Mammoth is a very sought after location

first time buyersMammoth is a very sought after location. As our market stabilizes, we are now seeing a diminished inventory of available properties in certain sectors. We receive calls every day asking if we know anyone in our area looking to sell single family residences and condominiums in the Mammoth Lakes/ Mammoth Mountain area.
Headlines today are dominated by the Federal Reserve's plan to begin raising interest rates while other factors point to more favorable economic conditions. With... that in mind, we would anticipate that Mammoth's real estate market will see a shortened time frame for sellers to meet their goals.
As your specialists on the ground here in Mammoth, we encourage you to contact us to learn more about our fresh approach in listing and marketing your property or to help you find that perfect mountain retreat. Today is a unique time to take advantage of this excellent window of opportunity.
Call us to learn more.


No Practical substitute for Homeownership

New York Times: Homeownership is Best Way To Build Wealth

The housing market has made a strong recovery, not only in sales and prices, but also in the confidence of consumers and experts as an investment. In a New York Times editorial entitled, Homeownership and Wealth Creationthey explain:

“Homeownership long has been central to Americans’ ability to amass wealth; even with the substantial...

The upcoming change in Season for buyers

The upcoming change of season should favor you first-time buyers, resort buyers and 2nd homes assuming you are flexible about timing and can find a home that fits your needs. Families with school-age children are far less likely to compete for homes on the market after the beginning of the school year, which for many is in August. While inventory levels will also be lower due to the season in most areas of the Mammoth, the fall could turn into a great time to buy.


Helping Home Buyers with Water Conservation


Helping Home Buyers with Water Conservation

Water is at a premium throughout drought-stricken California, and home buyers will no longer be able to  “go with the flow” as residents are tasked with conserving more. Typical U.S. households use approximately 260 gallons of water every day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  And as mandatory water restrictions require residents to reduce their water usage by 25 percent, a water-efficient home can help play a large role.

We are eager to help our clients lessen their aqua-footprint may want to consider the water conservation  features that new home construction can offer. New homes are generally equipped with more state-of-the-art options to help protect this precious resource and create a viable point of differentiation for concerned citizens.

Here are some common features of new construction that can help conserve our “liquid gold":

1. “Green” landscaping:  The average suburban lawn consumes a whopping 10,000 gallons of non-rain water each year.  That’s why some of today’s most coveted gardens utilize the principles of “xeric” or drought-tolerant landscaping. Native plants, such as lavender, ice plant and succulents are well-suited to drought-like conditions and drier soil, thereby helping to reduce water usage. Also, consider a smart “weather-sensing” irrigation system to automatically adjust the water schedule based...

Tips to Save Energy and Add Value

When it comes to energy efficiency, look for smart features and expertise to help you save energy and money and add value to your home.

1. Begin with a Right-Sized Home.

If the home you buy is simply too large for you or your family’s needs or plans, you stand a good chance of wasting energy through excessive heating and cooling costs. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped and uncomfortable. It’s a big investment, so seek balance and buy it “right” from the outset. 

2. Purchase Energy Star Appliances Such as Your TV, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, and Microwave.

And especially the refrigerator, as it alone contributes about 10 percent of the energy use in a home. Also, unplug electronics not in use or turn off power strips to avoid phantom charges. 

3. Install Efficient Lighting Such as Compact Fluorescent (CLF) or LED Bulbs in Every Fixture.

Lighting accounts for about 6 percent of an energy bill each year.

4. Get an Energy Audit and Have Tests Performed to Identify Ways of Improving Your Efficiency.

You can always upgrade your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as your thermal envelope, which includes insulation, windows, and doors  and the seals or weather stripping around them. Visit for more tips.

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