Fernanda Dozier

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Name: Fernanda Dozier
Date registered: August 25, 2010
URL: http://www.RETahoe.com

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Licensed in California and Nevada Realtor at Pinnacle Real Estate Group of Lake Tahoe. 3045 Harrison Ave, South Lake Tahoe CA Phone: (530) 721-2552

Latest posts

  1. Make your Vacation Property More Appealing to Winter Renters — December 3, 2014
  2. 1223 Lodi Ave, South Lake Tahoe CA — September 26, 2014
  3. 1512 Thunderbird Dr, South Lake Tahoe CA — September 26, 2014
  4. 3710 Memory Ln, South Lake Tahoe CA — September 20, 2014
  5. 1002 Tahoe Island Dr, South Lake Tahoe CA — September 20, 2014

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Dec 03 2014

Make your Vacation Property More Appealing to Winter Renters

 

It’s that time again: you’re thinking about building fires in the fireplace, bundling up in your warmest sweater, sipping hot cocoa while you watch the snow, and fretting over that unrented vacation home.

Here are some tips for making your vacation property appealing to winter renters:

Winterize your marketing. It won’t matter how perfect your place is for a mid-winter getaway if people don’t know about it. If you’re like many vacation property owners, you’re already listed on at least one “rent by owner” website, so make the most of your exposure. Play up features like hot tubs and fireplaces. Sprinkle copy with words like warm, cozy, cocoon, snuggle, and cuddle. Finally, add a few “off-season” photos of your property to your website. Photos of the home framed in brilliant autumn leaves or dusted with snow will speak louder than a thousand poetic words.

Consider off-season specials. Everyone loves a bargain, and in the winter, they expect one. My favorite off-season booking magnet is rent three nights and get one free. Or, when you get a call from someone looking to book for next spring or summer, offer them a winter special—say, half-price off a weekend stay—so they can come check out the place early. That would be tough to resist.wood_fireplace

Add warm, cozy touches. Put thick, warm comforters on the bed and fleece throws on the sofa. Place a few spice-scented candles on tables or countertops. Leave savory winter treats in the kitchen: cocoa mix and marshmallows, spiced apple cider, ginger cookies, chili fixings, and a crock pot. You might even consider leaving an extra coat or two in the closet, along with toboggans, gloves, and scarves—chances are they won’t be used, but guests will appreciate the hospitality.

Plan for snow. If guests should happen to get snowed in at your home, you want to make the experience as pleasant as possible. Make sure to have a snow shovel, ice melt, and a windshield ice scraper on the premises. The possibility of inclement weather is a good reason to have a selection of nonperishable foods on hand, as well as movies and books. You certainly don’t want a houseful of hungry, stir-crazy, cranky renters who are cursing their vacation experience (and by association, you).

Consider adding a hot tub, sauna, or ventless gas fireplace. If your vacation property is a “summer home” with no winter appeal, such additions can make a world of difference. You may be thinking that these are pricey upgrades, but you’ll be amazed at how fast they pay for themselves via increased winter bookings. If you install a ventless gas fireplace, be sure to get a carbon monoxide detector as well.

Make your home baby- and toddler-friendly. You’ve probably noticed that people with very young children are more likely to travel off-season. (After all, they’re not constrained by school schedules). Appeal to these people by including baby and toddler paraphernalia. A high chair and a porta crib should cost less than $150 combined, and can increase your bookings.

Accept pets. Vacation properties that accept pets increase their occupancy by 10-50%. When you accept pets, it’s okay to take an additional $20-$25/night or $140 to $175/week. This extra (which pet owners would have to spend anyway on boarding fees) is enough to pay for any carpet cleaning that needs to be done.

Offer a “customized” special to repeat guests. If you’ve tried everything and you still have lots of weeks unbooked, it’s time to get creative. Consider calling or e-mailing prior “VIP” guests and offering them discounted off-season stays. You might even link the stay to a special event in their lives. For instance, if you know that John and Jane Smith have an anniversary in March—thanks to the detailed file you keep on them—call them and offer a special celebratory weekend at a reduced rate. When they accept, have a champagne gift basket waiting for them in the bedroom along with a handwritten “Happy Anniversary” note.

 

Sep 26 2014

1223 Lodi Ave, South Lake Tahoe CA

 

1223 Lodi Ave (1)

 

Short Sale property, 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and garage. 1740 Sq/ft. Priced to sell now…don’t miss this one! Needs a little TLC at very little $$. Little elbow grease would go a long ways.

 

1223 Lodi Ave, South Lake Tahoe CA

Priced at $320,000                              Status: Active Pending

Area: Sierra Tract                                   Square Feet: 1,740
MLS#: 123180                                        Lot Size: 5,000 sf
Beds: 4                                                    Year Built: 1976
Baths: 2                                                  Garage: 1

 

 

 

Sep 26 2014

1512 Thunderbird Dr, South Lake Tahoe CA

 

1512 Thunderbird Dr (1)

 

Capturing timeless Tahoe architecture this prow front chalet sits proud on top of a 3/4 acre parcel with rows of conservancy land right, left and across that allows for an abundance of privacy and striking vistas. Elevated to enhance those views through an enormous wall of glass, the main living area also vaults to a loft that tenders a 4th bedroom opportunity and delivers rustic appeal with open beams and Pecky Cedar. Providing various living arrangements and rental options the lower of 3 floors was just entirely redone and offers a bedroom, spacious family room, storage and a separate exterior entrance. Combining a premium of rural country charm with modern upgrades this property displays true mountain living, inside and out.

 

1512 Thunderbird Dr, South Lake Tahoe CA

Sold for $416,000                                   Status: Sold on 10/31/14

Area: Country Club Estates                    Square Feet: 1,945
MLS#: 123228                                          Lot Size: 31,742 sf
Beds: 3                                                       Year Built: 1974
Baths: 2                                                     Garage: 0

 

 

 

Sep 20 2014

3710 Memory Ln, South Lake Tahoe CA

 

3710 Memory Ln (1)

 

Tahoe chalet sitting on 1.73 acres of landscaped and forested land. National forest to the right, across the street and behind. If privacy is your goal this is the home for you. Located in Christmas Valley with spectacular mountain views. Love to ski Kirkwood but want to be in South Lake Tahoe this is a perfect location. Unique design features a open living room with soaring rock fireplace (real rock) log accents and lots of light through the 10 foot wall of windows. The kitchen has upgraded cabinets, beautiful log eating bar and a table to fit the whole gang. On the main floor there are two bedrooms, a full bath and a family room with full bath off the family room (perfect for guests or family members that want their own area). Upstairs features a full bath, loft area set up as a sleeping area and a bedroom divided by a wall, but no door, private bedroom. This home has been a successful vacation rental with strong repeat clientele. Hot tub on the back deck is included. Artisan well.

 

3710 Memory Ln, South Lake Tahoe CA

Priced at $639,000                              Status: Active

Area: Christmas Valley 2                        Square Feet: 2,476
MLS#: 123216                                        Lot Size: 75,188 sf
Beds: 4                                                    Year Built: 1983
Baths: 3                                                  Garage: 2

 

 

 

Sep 20 2014

1002 Tahoe Island Dr, South Lake Tahoe CA

 

1002 Tahoe Island Dr (1)

 

If it’s true that kitchens and baths sell a home, we can consider this delightful Tahoe cabin-style home to be sold. Located at the end of a cup de sac, this beautifully remodeled 3 bedroom home boasts of a number of amenities rarely seen in this price range. This single story home is entered through the living room featuring open beam ceilings, a large fireplace hearth and newer flooring. From here, one enters the amazing kitchen featuring custom cabinetry, two sinks, a beautiful built-in hutch, a soapstone wood-burning stove and access to the back deck and fenced yard. Down the hall are the three bedrooms, all with newer flooring, window coverings and fresh paint. The bath is a joy to show with the new tile, fixtures and vanity. Further amenities include a full laundry room, newer roof, oversized single garage, light fixtures, exterior paint, a storage shed and landscaping. Planting trees along the back fence will enhance privacy with the convenience of in-town living.

 

1002 Tahoe Island Dr, South Lake Tahoe CA

Priced at $329,000                                Status: Active Pending

Area: Tahoe Island Drive                       Square Feet: 1,232
MLS#: 123271                                         Lot Size: 6843 sf
Beds: 3                                                      Year Built: 1963
Baths: 1                                                    Garage: 1

 

 

 

Sep 19 2014

South Lake Tahoe Real Estate for Sale and Sold Report, August 2014

 

The South Lake Tahoe housing market has been stable. We have a considerable amount of inventory and the competition is currently low.

The Numbers Month to Month and Year to Year
The median sales price for South Lake Tahoe, CA Homes for Sale was $342,000 in August 2014 compared to $309,000 during August 2013.
The number of South Lake Tahoe, CA Homes for Sale that sold was 66 in August 2014 vs. 84 in August 2013.
There are 93 South Lake Tahoe, CA Homes for Sale that are in contract which represents 24% of the overall available inventory of 392 homes.
Average days on the market: 109 days

A few highlights of the current South Lake Tahoe, CA Homes for Sale are shown below.

This Month’s Most Expensive
The most expensive of all South Lake Tahoe, CA Homes for Sale this month is 853 Stateline Ave listed at $11,500,000. The 2,720 sq. ft. home has 3 bedrooms and 4 baths, vaulted open-beam pine ceilings and rock fireplace. The quaint 864 sq. ft. guesthouse offers 1 bedroom & 1.5 baths. This unique property borders Edgewood Championship Golf Course and encompasses 180’of sandy beachfront, pier and buoy.

This Month’s Least Expensive
The least expensive of all is 2172 Tahoe Vista Dr listed at $152,000, it’s a short sale and it’s considered a fixer upper. This home features 2 bedrooms and 1 bath with 784 sqft and it was built in 1950.

This Month’s Must See
There were some great South Lake Tahoe, CA Homes for Sale to consider for this month’s ‘Must See’.
A home on 657 Tahoe Island Dr listed at $499,000 is this month’s winner. If you are looking for a property with a tranquil setting, yet close to all the conveniences of in-town living, you can’t do better than this. Located in the highly desirable, quiet section of Tahoe Island Drive, this beautiful home backs to forest and the Tahoe Keys sailing lagoon. This home features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 car garage and 1,715 sf of living area.

 

Sep 19 2014

2844 Santa Claus Dr, South Lake Tahoe CA

 

2844 Santa Claus Dr (1)

 

This is a wonderful single floor, family friendly home in beautiful Christmas Valley. Well maintained, bright open floor-plan with skylights in the great room. Enjoy the view of the mountains while you wash your dishes. Brand new laminate-wood flooring in the living area; real hardwood in kitchen. Full master suite with walk-in closet and private bath. One bedroom (currently used as an office) has a slider to the backyard. The backyard hosts a play-set and a sandbox for the kids and a fenced in dog run for your hounds. Like gardens? picture tomatoes, asparagus, stevia, daisies, and plenty of other healthy perennials which surround a Tahoe-style fire pit. There’s space and plumbing for your hot tub and a small deck for your BBQ. This gem is just steps away from trails to accommodate your hiking, snow shoeing and/or cross-country adventures.

 

2844 Santa Claus Dr, South Lake Tahoe CA

Priced at $415,000                               Status: Active Pending

Area: Christmas Valley 2                       Square Feet: 1,867
MLS#: 123201                                        Lot Size: 10,019 sf
Beds: 4                                                     Year Built: 1995
Baths: 2                                                   Garage: 2

 

 

 

Sep 10 2014

714-B Tina Ct, Stateline NV

 

714-B Tina Ct (1)

 

Million dollar views of Lake Tahoe, snow-capped mountains and luxurious upgrades best describe this one of a kind condo. During the remodeling the owners focused on designing a home that was maintenance-free. Among the improvements were a new raised roof, vinyl siding, additional insulation, forced-air heat, Rennai tankless water system, a master bath, jacuzzi tub, a gas fireplace and a convenient private laundry. Additional improvements include an expanded owners’ closet, a heated venting system in the bathroom, two dining areas and a convenient in-house laundry. There is also private laundry area, there is a shared laundry right out the front door. Along with Heavenly Resort skiing, year-round recreation options are endless. The Boulder & Stagecoach ski lifts are just minutes away while a variety of golf courses, trails, streams and shopping are within 20 minutes in either direction. July 4th fireworks are visible from the comfort of the deck.

 

714-B Tina Ct, Stateline NV

Priced at $355,000                               Status: Active

Area: Nevada                                         Square Feet: 874
MLS#: 123175                                        Lot Size:
Beds: 2                                                   Year Built: 1969
Baths: 2                                                  Garage: 0

 

 

 

Sep 10 2014

1093 San Diego St, South Lake Tahoe CA

 

1093 San Diego st (1)

 

This is an opportunity you won’t want to miss. Priced well below the competition, the seller is looking for a quick sale. This custom home was originally built by a contractor for his own family use. The upgrades are endless. Check out the extensive use of alder throughout the home as well as the 2,000 SF of distressed white oak floors,two furnaces and water heaters with a recycling hot water system and the professional series kitchen appliances. Additional features include full granite back-splashes, the floor to ceiling limestone shower, inviting soaking tub and heated travertine floors. The main living area is located upstairs and includes the great room with a wall of amazing windows and views. Also upstairs are the gourmet kitchen, half bath and master suite. Downstairs are the family room, 3 guest bedrooms and a full laundry room. The fenced yard is landscaped and includes RV parking possibilities. Across the street is a lovely meadow and trails leading to a river and a park.

 

1093 San Diego St, South Lake Tahoe CA

Sold for $634,000                                Status: Sold on 12/10/14

Area: Meyers                                          Square Feet: 2,956
MLS#: 123176                                        Lot Size: 9847 sf
Beds: 4                                                   Year Built: 2004
Baths: 2.5                                               Garage: 2

 

 

 

Sep 08 2014

1941 Nez Perce Dr, South Lake Tahoe CA

 

1941 Nez Perce dr (1)

 

A single story chalet with vaulted ceilings located in a very quiet North Upper Truckee neighborhood. A charming mix of a cabin with the functional floor plan of a ranch style home. The sunny living room is accented by wood walls, stained glass insert, new laminate flooring and an open kitchen, dining area. In addition there is a 2009 free standing wood stove. Down the hall is a laundry room with access to the one car garage, full bath, 2 bedrooms and master bedroom with bath with shower stall. New carpet in all three bedrooms, new linoleum in bathrooms. Nestled on a large lot the back yard is fully fenced. Walk down the block to access miles of forest trails, great for hiking in the summer, cross country skiing, snow shoes or snowmobiles in the winter.

 

1941 Nez Perce Dr, South Lake Tahoe CA

Sold for $334,000                                   Status: Sold on 10/23/14

Area: N Upper Truckee 1                       Square Feet: 1,156
MLS#: 123123                                         Lot Size: 10358 sf
Beds: 3                                                      Year Built: 1976
Baths: 2                                                     Garage: 1

 

 

 

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