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Success Story at Lake of the Pines, California

said on May 8th, 2012 filed under: Lake of the Pines, Localism, Success Stories

Matt walked into my office at Lake of the Pines and said:

“I want a realtor who will write as many low ball offers as it takes for me to get a house.”

I said:

“I’m your man. It sounds like you’ve been working with another realtor?”

“Yeah, but I fired her.”


“She wouldn’t listen to me.  I told her I only had so much money, that’s all, but she kept showing me houses that cost more than I had.”

“How much do you have?”

He said:

“One hundred and thirty thousand dollars.  Can you get me a house for that?  All I need is a foreclosure at Lake of the Pines that I can fix up for me and my three kids.”

Matt told me that he was a single dad with a job as a groundskeeper at a nearby country club.  He had a daughter at Cottage Hill Elementary School, a son at Magnolia Middle, and another daughter at Bear River High. Those three schools are adjacent to Lake of the Pines, so it was easy to see why he wanted to stay in the community where he was currently renting a home.

But, by limiting himself to Lake of the Pines, a gated community with about 2,000 homes, his selection of fixers-for-sale was also limited.  Even more problematic, these foreclosures were mostly in the $150,000 to $170,000 price range.

Taking a deep breath, I began to write offers, typically $120,000, sometimes $125,000.  Over a two-month period we presented offers on 9 different homes, with an additional half dozen counter offers—when we could get the bank sellers to respond to our first foray.

We both became discouraged, and a little frantic.  The only way Matt could make this work financially was to take advantage of a first-time buyer program, and that money was drying up.

Then, a miracle.  The bank owner of a unique Tahoe-styled 3 bedroom cabin on a quiet cul-de-sac street at Lake of the Pines ran up the white flag, surrendered and accepted our cobbled-together offer of $135,000 with a $6,000 credit back to the buyer for a total purchase price of $129,000.

This home was a 3 story, gambrel-roofed construction, not typical of the single-story homes preferred at Lakeof the Pines, but it fit Matt and his kids like a well-tailored suit.  The top floor had a modest master suite for Matt with a bedroom, his own bathroom, and private balcony overlooking a shady back yard.  The main floor had the kitchen, living room, bathroom, deck, and two bedrooms, one each for the two youngest kids.  The lower floor had a studio with private bath, and private entrance for the teenage girl.

Last night, I had the great pleasure of giving Matt the keys. Today he, the kids, his brother, and his mom and dad are painting and fixing stuff.  Tomorrow I’m going to there replace a window and do some wiring.  Monday, they move in to their own home.

Ain’t that a good story!

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Gardening at Lake of the Pines, California

said on April 24th, 2012 filed under: Fun Things to Do Outdoors, Lake of the Pines, Localism

Here’s a “before” video of my garden at Lake of the Pines.  The weather has been so quirky, I waited until mid-April before putting in the veggies.  I stick to basics:  tomatoes, potatoes, squash, cukes, lettuce, and my specialty, carrots.  Oh, sure, there’s a bit of cilantro and mint, and rosemary and lavender grow all over my yard like a weeds.

Enough, chatter, here’s the vid:


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Fishing at Lake of the Pines, California

said on April 22nd, 2012 filed under: Fun Things to Do Outdoors, Lake of the Pines, Localism

The bass are spawning in the shallows this week at Lake of the Pines, California.  The fishermen are just “tearing it up.”   I have been watching them pull one fish after another up from right off my dock.  Fortunately (for the bass), these are “catch and release” fishermen.  Come to think of it, maybe they are catching the same 5 to 10 pound lunkers over and over again.

My pal, Cheryl Taylor, took this early morning photo  from her deck this morning (April 22, 2012).  You can see from the fisherman’s posture that he has something on the line.  In 12 years or living on the lake, I have never seen the fishing so good.

Lake of the Pines is a man-made lake, approximately 230 acres in size with 5 and 1/2 miles of shoreline and several coves.  It’s back in those shallower coves where you will find the action at this time of year.

There are several species of pan fish (blue gills, etc) and a few cat fish lurking in the depths near the dam, but make no mistake about it, Lake of the Pines is a bass lake.  Technically, it’s not a catch-and-release lake.  You can keep ’em, but what would you do with ’em?  Eat ’em?  Yuk.  Don’t bother.  These are sport fish, not eatin’ fish.

I do love living at Lake of the Pines.  I’m going down to the store and get my fishing license as soon as I get off work, put the boat in the water, and start flinging rubber worms at the bass.  Most of the year, these fish are smart, but during spawning season, they are dumb as rocks.  Even I can catch them.


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Running Around at Lake of the Pines, California

said on April 19th, 2012 filed under: Lake of the Pines, Localism

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Shipshape Home at Lake of the Pines

said on March 24th, 2012 filed under: Auburn, Lake of the Pines, Localism



Crisp, clean, with numerous upgrades, ready to sail.  A sea-worthy seller will work with you for a smooth voyage, not a short sale “negotiator” who will steer you onto the rocks like the drunken captain of an Italian cruise ship.


Golfers will enjoy this excellent and convenient location.  The attached golf cart garage opens onto a pretty path that leads up and over a knoll and down onto the second fairway.

But, the course is far enough away that the home remains private and quiet.  The house cannot be seen from the course,
and the golfers cannot be heard from the house. Golf balls will not crash through the plate glass windows or konk the kids on the head.

There is plenty of space in the back yard for the kids to play, or for grownups to hang out in the shade. When you add in all of the superb Lake of the Pines amenities, this comfortable home is an excellent value.

  • 1953 Square Feet
  • 1/3 acre
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 and ½ baths
  • golf cart garage



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Mold Mold Mold Mold Mold Mold

said on March 13th, 2012 filed under: Lake of the Pines, Localism, Real Estate Nuts and Bolts

Mold.   The “M” word.  The four-letter word real estate agents are never to say, because we’re not experts, right?  We don’t really know it’s mold, do we?  There’s so much liability associated with mold, and we need to cover our ass, capiche?

But I’ll tell you about the best $385 I ever spent.  We’ll, my client actually spent it, but I talked him into it.  Here’s the story.

After several months of searching, and two failed offers, we finally found the perfect home for his multi-generational family.  He could afford it, and, most importantly, there was continue reading…

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Binky and Boinky Had an Accident

said on February 13th, 2012 filed under: Lake of the Pines, Localism

Binky and Boinky had an accident, just a teensy accident in their home.  Perhaps it was a small fire or a plumbing leak that ruined a bit of floor.  I can’t tell you exactly what it was because Boinky swore me to secrecy.  I can tell you that the damage was continue reading…

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WOW! What a View! Lakefront Home at Lake of the Pines

said on January 29th, 2012 filed under: Lake of the Pines, Localism

Sunset from the Back Yard

We are delighted to present this unique property, a relaxing and lovely 5 bedroom 3 bath lakefront home in one of California’s most beautiful lake and golf communities.  It is conveniently located one hour from the ski slopes, and in the summer it becomes a recreational paradise with swimming, kayaking, fishing and waterskiing.  Expansive outdoor decks provide continue reading…

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Lake of the Pines Real Estate, Highs and Lows, 2011

said on December 9th, 2011 filed under: Lake of the Pines, Localism, Market Trends

First, we’ll compare Lake of the Pines sales for 2011 with last year, 2010, then we’ll take a closer look at this year.

2010     70 total sales

2011     78 total sales

(Note that there are 11 pending sales as of this post with about 3 weeks left in 2011 .  There is no way to tell how many, if any, will continue reading…

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Lake of the Pines: 2010 Real Estate Review

said on December 4th, 2010 filed under: Lake of the Pines

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The 2010 real estate year at Lake of the Pines was difficult in several regards.

  • Many excellent houses languished unsold
  • Distressed homes (short sales and foreclosures) dragged prices down for everybody
  • The total number of homes sold was low compared to other years
  • Buyers were skittish about job security or were waiting until the market really, really, really hit bottom
  • Financing was harder to get

Here’s the snapshot of the year, data provided by Nevada County Association of Realtors.  It’s important to note that Lake of the Pines actually has two classes of homes: (1) lake front homes and (2) everything else. 

The Lake of the Pines Homes Sold in 2010 Report

Total Number of Homes Sold              Non-Lakefront Homes Sold                Lakefront Homes Sold

65                                                                                        57                                                              8

Average Days on the Market                                     95                                                             143

Average Listing Price                                             $295,423                                           $850,937

Average Selling Price                                             $279,970                                           $783,478

Percent Sold Price/List Price                                    95%                                                     92%                                    

Price Per Square Foot                                                 $149                                                    $288

Among the 68 homes currently for sale, 21 of them are “distressed” sales, either short sales or foreclosures.  That computes to 32%.  These distressed homes are typically priced below the list price of conventional sales.

The Lake of the Pines Homes Currently for Sale Report

Total Number of Homes for Sale          Non Lakefront Homes                     Lakefront Homes

68                                                                                    56                                                          12

High Price for Sale                                                $670,000                                         $2,250,000

Low Price for Sale                                                 $107,000                                            $624,900

Average Price for Sale                                         $290,480                                        $1,020,900*

Average Days on the Market                                  143                                                      189

Price Per Square Foot                                            $145                                                    $329*

*Note that this figure is skewed by one home that is for sale at $2,250,000.  This one home is $1,229,100 above the average lakefront home price of $1,020,900.  Also note that without this one home, the average list price for lakefront homes would be $909,163 with an average price per square foot of $317.

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