As a South Tahoe Realtor, I frequently surf the web for information. Given that you’re currently reading this article, I assume you also want to acquire real estate information via the internet. Thus, I’ve looked through my web browser’s bookmarks and have pulled websites I figured would be most helpful to you. They cover a variety of real estate related topics. In no particular order, the websites I’ve chosen are:
Zillow.com – They have great aerial maps and a good discussion forum. They also have a good bit of information on all the homes here in the United States. However, most people go here for the Zestimate feature. Type in any home address and the Zestimate algorithm will provide a guess on what the home is worth. Take the Zestimate with a big grain of salt as it can oftentimes be very inaccurate. For more of my thoughts on that, see my post Estimating the Value of Zillow’s Zestimate.
Google Maps – When searching for a property’s location, it doesn’t get any better than Google Maps. I used MapQuest for years simply out of habit. As a Realtor, however, I got tired of its shortcomings. I switched to Google Maps several months ago and haven’t looked back.
SouthTahoeHouses.com – This is my personal homepage. Here you can search MLS listings for the entire south Tahoe region in California. For Nevada listings, see my broker, Deb Howard & Co.’s, Nevada search.
Craigslist – If you want to know of EVERY property for sale in South Lake Tahoe, you shouldn’t overlook those that are for sale by owner. These sellers often post their properties on Craigslist. I don’t use it much, but you should keep an eye on it.
RealtyTrac.com – This is a website that requires a paid subscription. I don’t use it, but I’ve heard good things about their foreclosure updates. I post a thorough foreclosure list but don’t feel at liberty to publish information on upcoming foreclosures. You can contact me for this information or you can use RealtyTrac.
TRPA.org – This is the homepage for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. The TRPA affects every homebuyer and homeowner in the Lake Tahoe basin. Their website provides comprehensive information on their regulations. If you’re working with a Realtor, I wouldn’t spend too much time here as your Realtor will probably be knowledgeable in TRPA regulations. This is the source, though.
ActiveRain.com – This site is for real estate professionals like Realtors, mortgage brokers, home stagers, etc. It’s a social networking site and is a great source of information. You can ask questions and get good responses here. Its sister site, Localism.com, is also a good source of information.
If you’ve found these sites helpful, feel free to let me know by commenting. If you know of additional sites that are really good, feel free to comment as well! –drew
Imagine the Lake Tahoe basin with 800,000 homes in it. A freeway, connecting different mountain peaks, overlooks the basin where the Tahoe Rim Trail currently lies. Lake Tahoe is another San Francisco. This is what many area planners hoped for in the 1960’s, shortly after the Olympic Games at Squaw Valley. Fortunately the government stepped in, and the U.S. Congress ratified an agreement in 1969 creating the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA).
These days the TRPA is most often a target of criticism. The agency has had a tremendous affect on property owners and seekers in the Tahoe basin. Best Management Practices (BMP) regulations require homeowners to spend thousands to avoid water runoff from their properties. Proposed home additions are often blocked by the TRPA; and $5,000 fines are levied to those who remove trees without a permit.
In the weeks to come, several of my posts will cover different aspects of the TRPA and how it affects life in Lake Tahoe.