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June 28, 2017

Local Appraiser Explains Flaws Using Price Per Square Foot Comparison In Big Bear

One of the most common questions we get as realtors from buyers and sellers is about the price per square foot when comparing properties to derive value. One of our most experienced and respected local appraisers, Rick Hackney, explains the flaws in making comparisons using price per square foot and ...

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Nov. 10, 2015

New Real Estate Heat Map Worth A Look

During my daily perusal through real estate articles and blogs, I ran across a blog post about an interesting company called Weiss Analytics. They create heat maps over time which show the rate of appreciation from area to area within a specific market. As their tagline goes, "You are buying ...

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Aug. 20, 2015

El Niño's Effect on Big Bear Real Estate

With so much talk about El Niño lately, it is hard not to get excited about the possibilities of an extraordinary winter and a full lake come springtime. With our lake currently almost 13 feet from full and after several winter seasons of very little snowfall, it is encouraging to ...

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Nov. 17, 2014

Local Big Bear Ski Resorts Begin Snowmaking

Big Bear Snowmaking BeginsIt looks like the 2014-2015 Big Bear ski season will soon be underway as both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain Resorts began making snow yesterday. With daytime temperatures in the 40s and nights dipping into the 20s this week, the ski resorts have a decent window for blowing snow and ...

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Oct. 26, 2014

The "Mammoth Mountain Buys Big Bear Resorts" Effect


Mammoth Buys Big Bear ResortsOK, so most of you know by now that Mammoth Mountain Ski Corporation has purchased Big Bear's two local ski resorts, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. With rumors of major development by the new owners in the works, the most popular question being posed to Big Bear real estate ...

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Feb. 2, 2014

A Big Bear/Lake Arrowhead Comparison

Big Bear Ski ResortIt is not unusual for those looking to purchase a Southern California mountain home to be curious as to the differences between what Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear have to offer. It usually manifests itself in the unfair, ambiguous, but very easy to ask question, "Which is better - Big Bear or Lake Arrowhead?".

Ultimately, the answer ...

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Dec. 18, 2013

Big Bear Lake's Water Level & Precipitation History

If you've visited Big Bear from time to time these past few years, you might have noticed the rare event of lake water spilling over the top of the dam just a couple of years ago. But more recently, you would have now noticed that lake levels have receded ...

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Nov. 20, 2013

First Major Snow Storm Arriving Tonight

Just wanted to send out a quick update about the surprise snow storm heading our way. Unexpectedly, a cold storm materialized in the Pacific yesterday and we are expected to get our first significant snow of the year - just in time for Thanksgiving!
 
Precipitation is supposed to begin tonight and last through Saturday ...
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Oct. 28, 2013

Big Bear Lake / East Valley Comparison

One of the first things most realtors do when working with a new buyer is to explain the local geography. In Big Bear, this usually starts with explaining how the valley is separated into two halves; the west side which is often referred to as Big Bear Lake and the ...

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June 23, 2013

Would Sale of Snow Summit Ski Corporation Boost Real Estate Prices?

Snow Summit ResortsFor over a year now, there have been credible rumors from inside sources stating that there was at least one legitimate suitor looking into purchasing our local ski resorts, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. Although never acknowledged by Snow Summit Ski Corporation, the overwhelming word on the street was that Vail ...

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