Measure T: Final Count – Passed

Regarding short term vacation rentals at South Lake Tahoe, 3459 voters voted against the measure, 3517 voted for it, a difference of 58. Out of those who voted on the whole ballot, 148 voters didn’t vote either way (or voted both yes and no) on Measure T.  Those with permits outside of the Tourist Core (Stateline area/Lakeland Village) will have their permits expire in 3 years or when their property sales – whichever is sooner.

First-Time Buyer Guidance

The biggest mistake that first-time home buyers make is they forget that they need closing costs—not just the down payment of, say, 10 or 20 percent. Closing costs can add up—typically an extra 2 percent to 5 percent of the total cost of the home. On a median-priced home, that could be more than $13,000.

Measure T Passes

A ballot Measure banning all vacation home rentals in South Lake Tahoe residential areas appears on its way to passing.  The tally on Measure T stands at 3,517 “yes” votes (50.42 percent) and 3,458 “no” votes (49.58 percent).

Elderly Being Scammed

Seniors are being targeted in a new real estate scam that tries to get them to sign over their home for far below market value.  One senior received a letter in her mailbox that offered to buy her Sunnyvale, Calif., home for $750,000. The letter included paperwork for her to sign and consent to sell.  She had not put the house up for rent or for sale. The two-bedroom home is within walking distance of Apple, Google, and LinkedIn, and is valued at more than $1.5 million.

Storm Watch


* Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations 6 to 12 inches, except 1 to 3 feet above 7000 feet possible. Winds could gust as high as 65 mph over the higher terrain of the Sierra.