Welcome to Carson Valley Communities! The first and last place you’ll ever need to visit before purchasing or selling your next home.  So pull out your pen, grab your favorite notebook, and let’s get started.

Home buyers, while understandably focused on the house they are purchasing don’t spend nearly enough time looking at the community around them. Whether you’re looking for a single family home in a gated community, nearby local school information, or real estate statistics for a specific area, we can help.

First begin your search by receiving loan approval to help establish your price range, and narrow your choice of neighborhoods before home purchase.  You will thank us later for the amount of time you save. For those on a budget Carson Valley Communities also recommends comparing property tax rates based on the age of a neighborhood.  Douglas County uses a depreciation method of calculating property taxes which means an older home could bring lower monthly payments.

Then make a list of what you want and don’t want in a neighborhood.  You can shop for those qualities by attending open houses or walking the specific neighborhood you have an interest.  Ask residents you encounter about the crime, noise, traffic, or any additional neighborhood issues.  Remember even if you don’t have kids, schools can significantly affect a home’s resale value.

If you’re looking at a new home development, have your Realtor® find out when the developer expects to have the project completed. Then ask yourself if you plan to move before that date. No one thinks about it much but down the road you could have trouble receiving the price you want due to competition from those same new home builders. Unless you added a pool or some other amenity to increase your home’s value, the chances of you selling at a value above the new home builders price could be extremely small.

So before purchasing ask yourself if this home will suit your needs for the next 5, 10 or fifteen years down the road.  Will it suit your family’s needs as the kids get older, or you get ready to retire?  It’s also important to think how the community could change around you. Are plans in the making for that large commercial lot outside of the community you like?

While this is only a short list of ideas to keep in mind, remember Carson Valley Communities is not only here to help you today but in the future as well. Subscribe to our blog for periodic updates, pricing trends and more. We hope you find our website beneficial, and keep in mind it is a work in progress.  Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. Thank you for visiting.

Bob Stiles is a Nevada Realtor® who services the Minden, Gardnerville and Genoa areas of the Carson Valley. He is also licensed in California and helps clients on the South and East Shores of Lake Tahoe. A real estate professional for over 20 years, he is dependable, ethical and most importantly – professional.

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