Just Listed: 1635 Cedar Crest Avenue

JUST LISTED

1635 Cedar Crest Avenue, Tahoe City, California

4 BR | 4 BA | 2218 SF

Listing  Price $1,680,000

CLASSIC A-FRAME ON THE WEST SHORE

Located just a few blocks from Lake Tahoe Park, the private HOA beach and recreation area, this home is your idyllic West Shore retreat. The attached living space/kitchenette/bathroom has a separate entrance, and can be closed off from the main home. This extensively remodeled home has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a separate living area, and ample space for you and all of your visitors. The fully fenced backyard and large deck allow maximum optimization for your outdoor time, no matter what the season.

For showing appointment, contact Amie Quirarte.

PRICE REDUCTION: 160 Cherry Street

SUPREME PRIVACY IN NATURE

Beyond the A-symmetrical front gate lies 160 Cherry Street. Situated on 2.38 acres and backing to Forest Service land, this property encapsulates privacy and seclusion without compromising your proximity to the lake.

Completed in 2020, this home features endless unique components, such as a hanging staircase made out of forged steel, and the use of reclaimed wood from the original Tahoe Tavern Pier that was reworked for multiple pieces throughout this spectacular home. The 20-foot stone, floor-to-ceiling, double-sided fireplace centered in the great room is the heart for family gatherings and celebrations.

PRICE REDUCTION

160 Cherry Street, Homewood, California

6 BR | 5.5 BA | 5670 SF

Listing Price $9,800,000

The main home has five bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, and a 1,400-square-foot deck with a covered patio and wood-burning fireplace. The guest house is a fully detached one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit with four additional built-in bunk beds to accommodate both friends and family.

Nestled between the guest and main homes is an outdoor patio with a gas fireplace and a 30′ outdoor water feature. There are two separate garages that can comfortably house five cars and a boat. The radiant heat, air conditioning units, air purifying system, elevator, and heated stairs and driveway are the finishing touches to ensure life at Cherry Street is as effortless as it gets.

As a member of Tahoe Swiss Village’s homeowner’s association, you can enjoy the use of two buoys, two piers, and a private beach located just across the street. This custom home was initially envisioned as a mountain lodge with an industrial feel, and the dedicated group of minds behind it brought this vision to life. It was designed, engineered, and built by local teams who have a deep affinity for this area and worked together to seamlessly integrate the intimate characteristics of the home with the nature that surrounds it.

For showing appointment, contact Amie Quirarte.

 

JUST LISTED: 144 Chipmunk Street, Unit 3

AN OASIS OF SERENITY IN KINGS BEACH

Breathtaking lake-views from this fully remodeled 3-bedroom, 3-bath condo located in the charming Brockway Shores lakefront complex with only 33 units. Open concept design with two ensuite bedrooms and two sunny decks. The spacious primary bedroom opens to a private deck with direct access to Lake Tahoe. Amenities include a private beach, pier, and HOA buoys. Enjoy relaxing on the beach or playing horseshoes on the lawn. Downtown Kings Beach is just a short walk from this spectacular unit.

JUST LISTED

144 Chipmunk Street, Unit 3, Kings Beach, California

3 BR | 3 BA | 1688 SF

Listing  Price $2,200,000

For showing appointment, contact Amie Quirarte.

JUST SOLD: 1058 TILLER DRIVE

JUST SOLD | Represented Buyer

1058 Tiller Drive, Incline Village, Nevada

5 BR | 4 BA | 3212 SF

Sale Price $4,250,000

Located in Millcreek on a private parcel surrounded by matures pines, this fully renovated custom home is steps from Lakeshore Boulevard and a short stroll to the private beaches and amazing amenities. The new homeowners will enjoy full IVGID privileges and Nevada’s tax friendly residency. Nevada is one of only nine states that has no state income tax.

For more information on Incline Village real estate, contact Amie Quirarte.

Photo courtesy: Coldwell Banker Select

Your Summertime Guide to North Lake Tahoe

NORTH LAKE TAHOE SUMMER EVENTS LINEUP

 

FREE WEEKLY MUSIC AND EVENTS | ALL SUMMER LONG, VARIOUS LOCATIONS

North Tahoe is home to an incredible lineup of free weekly events:

TAHOE CITY SOLSTICE FESTIVAL | JUNE 8-18, TAHOE CITY

To celebrate the kickoff of summer, this 10-day Solstice Festival will bring together artisan food and wine, acclaimed musicians and artists, and the celebrated shops, restaurants and galleries that reside on Lake Tahoe’s Tahoe City & West Shore.

TAHOE CITY FOOD & WINE CLASSIC | JUNE 10, 1-4 PM, TAHOE CITY

Enjoy a lakeside stroll downtown while tasting delicious wines and beverages paired with scrumptious bites from acclaimed North Lake Tahoe restaurants and caterers. The Classic is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Tahoe City Downtown Association.

TAHOE JOY FESTIVAL | JUNE 11, 12-5 PM, TAHOE CITY

Celebrate the local music and art community during the family-friendly Tahoe Joy Festival. During this free inaugural event, enjoy regional musicians Peter Joseph Burtt & the King Tide, Matt Axton & Badmoon and Jenni & Jesse of Dead Winter Carpenters, as well as youth performances, vendors, artists and food trucks. The festival benefits the Tahoe Truckee School of Music and the Tahoe City Downtown Association.

BROKEN ARROW SKYRACE | JUNE 16-18, PALISADES TAHOE, OLYMPIC VALLEY

The three-day racing event consists of eight iconic distances (plus a kids’ race) that showcase the beauty of Lake Tahoe. Designed in the vein of the classic European Skyraces, the Broken Arrow Skyrace represents a unique style of mountain running characterized by off-trail climbing on steep terrain with massive amounts of vertical gain and loss at altitude.

CRYSTAL BAY CASINO CONCERTS | JUNE 29-NOV. 4, CRYSTAL BAY CLUB CROWN ROOM

Ben Bailey, known as TV’s Cash Cab driver, will bring his comedy act to Crystal Bay Casino on June 29. Other acts scheduled to appear during the summer and fall include: Led Zeppelin cover band Zepparella on July 1; Tainted Love on July 22; Petty Theft on Aug. 26 and more.

LAKE TAHOE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL | JUNE 30-AUG. 20, SAND HARBOR BEACH, NEAR INCLINE VILLAGE

The festival’s 51st anniversary season is headlined by productions of the wild musical comedy, Little Shop of Horrors; and Young Shakespeare’s entertaining adaptation of William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, As You Like It. In addition, the festival’s Showcase Series will feature performances by orchestras, tribute bands and more from July 21-Aug. 21. This stunning venue is a favorite among visitors and locals alike.

CLASSICAL TAHOE | JULY 9-AUG. 17, INCLINE VILLAGE

Experience a summer of wonderful music by the lake on the Sierra Nevada University campus. The Classical Tahoe Ricardi Pavilion is the site of outdoor orchestra, jazz and chamber music concerts by some of the leading classical musicians. Children will delight to the sounds of the Family Concert and Music Makers Faire, held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on July 30, with proceeds benefiting the festival’s educational programs.

GAMBLER’S RUN MUSIC FESTIVAL | JULY 14-16, CRYSTAL BAY CLUB CROWN ROOM

Fancy a unique blend of music, mountains and gambling? Twenty bands are scheduled to perform at Crystal Bay Casino’s inaugural three-day festival. Move to the quirky tunes with artists such as Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Shovels & Rope, SunSquabi and Big Sam’s Funky Nation heading the lineup.

LAKE TAHOE REGGAE FESTIVAL | JULY 22-23, PALISADES TAHOE, OLYMPIC VALLEY

Enjoy a dozen-plus band performances and more at the 6th annual Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival. Among the scheduled bands are Rebelution, The Expendables, Pipe Down, Pepper, Stick Figure, Iya Terra and Claire Wright.

LAKE TAHOE DANCE FESTIVAL | JULY 26-29, VARIOUS VENUES

A highlight of summer in Tahoe City has become the Lake Tahoe Dance Festival, known for bringing first-rate artists from around the world. The 11th annual outdoor dance festival is a presentation of the Lake Tahoe Dance Collective and offers main-stage performances, audience participation demonstrations, meet-the-artist talks and more.

49TH ANNUAL LAKE TAHOE CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE | AUG. 11-12, HOMEWOOD

Widely regarded as North America’s premier wooden boat show, Concours d’Elegance will feature the world’s best antique and classic utility boats from various manufacturers. The event benefits the Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation to help preserve the environment and history of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

BREWS, JAZZ AND FUNK FEST | AUG. 12, 2-8 PM, THE VILLAGE AT PALISADES TAHOE, OLYMPIC VALLEY

At the Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest, you can sip on a wide array of tasty beers from more than 10 different breweries, as well as enjoy an incredible lineup of music on multiple stages from ALO, Monophonics and Sal’s Greenhouse. All proceeds from the event benefit the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.

TAHOENALU FESTIVAL | AUG. 12-13, KINGS BEACH

The 17th annual TaHoeNalu Festival celebrates fun, family, friends and the Hawaiian spirit with an event that has grown from a grassroots dedication to the love of stand up paddleboarding to a multi-event festival. Novice paddleboarders and experts alike are welcome, with races, clinics, demos and a vendor village. There will also be live music, food and raffle drawings each day.

TAHOE CITY ART BY THE LAKE | AUG. 18-20, 10 AM-5 PM, BOATWORKS MALL, TAHOE CITY

Set on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, the 13th annual Tahoe City Art by the Lake gives visitors an opportunity to meet with more than 30 artisans showcasing a wide variety of arts and crafts, including photography, oil paintings, ceramics, jewelry and more. The event area offers a stunning view of Lake Tahoe.

TAHOE CITY OKTOBERFEST | SEPT. 30, 11 AM-5 PM, THE VILLAGE AT PALISADES TAHOE, OLYMPIC VALLEY

The fun celebration of beer, music, dance and food returns on Sept. 30. The traditional Oktoberfest event features authentic German beer and Bavarian music and dance, as well as games and live entertainment. Authentic brats and pretzels, European desserts and pastries, and root beer floats for the kids make this an excellent event for all ages.

For more information about North Lake Tahoe events and festivals, visit www.gotahoenorth.com/events.

Photo Credit: GoTahoeNorth

JUST LISTED: 160 CHERRY STREET

Custom home mountain lodge

JUST LISTED

160 Cherry Street, Homewood, California

6 BR | 5.5 BA | 5670 SF

Listing  Price $10,200,000

Situated on 2.38 acres and backing to Forest Service land, this property encapsulates privacy and seclusion without compromising your proximity to the lake. As a member of Tahoe Swiss Village’s homeowner’s association, you can enjoy the use of two buoys, two piers, and a private beach located just across the street. This custom home was initially envisioned as a mountain lodge with an industrial feel, and the dedicated group of minds behind it brought this vision to life. It was designed, engineered, and built by local teams who have a deep affinity for this area and worked together to seamlessly integrate the intimate characteristics of the home with the nature that surrounds it. The methodical detail put into every decision is evident from the moment you walk in the 10-foot front door.

Completed in 2020, this home features endless unique components, such as a hanging staircase made out of forged steel, the use of reclaimed wood from the original Tahoe Tavern pier that was used for multiple pieces throughout the home, a custom A-symmetrical front gate, a 20-foot stone, floor-to-ceiling, double-sided fireplace centered in the great room, and much more. The main home has five bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, and a 1,400-square-foot deck with a covered patio and wood-burning fireplace. The guest house is a fully detached one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit with four additional built-in bunk beds to accommodate both friends and family.

Nestled between the guest and main homes is an outdoor patio with a gas fireplace and a 30′ outdoor water feature. There are two separate garages that can comfortably house five cars and a boat. The radiant heat, air conditioning units, air purifying system, elevator, and heated stairs and driveway are the finishing touches to ensure life at Cherry Street is as effortless as it gets.

For showing appointment, contact Amie Quirarte.

FED HIKES RATES FOR 10TH TIME

BY EPHRAIM SCHWARTZ
Partner, Mortgage Consultant CMPS
O’Dette Mortgage Group
May 8, 2023

This past week the Federal Reserve raised rates for the 10th time in a little over a year. Let’s discuss what happened as we await yet another Fed rate hike next Wednesday.

“Was it something I said or something I did? Did the words not come out right?” Every Rose Has Its Thorn by Poison.

The Last Hike?

As we expected, the Federal Reserve raised the Fed Funds Rate to a range of 5.00% – 5.25%. Remember, this interest rate affects short-term loans like credit cards, autos, and home equity lines of credit.

The big question is whether this will be the last hike. When the Fed statement was released, the markets believed the Fed was signaling a pause by omitting the following line from the previous statement: “The Committee anticipates that some additional policy firming may be appropriate.”

However, shortly after the statement was released, Fed Chair Powell hosted a press conference and right at the top said the Fed Members have not discussed a “pause” in rates. Bottom line? Expect more uncertainty and volatility as it relates to rates.

Sound And Resilient

This is the term Fed Chair Powell used to describe the banking sector. Unfortunately, we are seeing more banks have issues. This week it was First Republic taken over by JP Morgan Chase and as of this writing PacWest was said to be “exploring strategic options.” The fear of banking contagion has elevated uncertainty in the financial markets. It’s not clear if and how many more banks will continue to have issues. Bottom line? The fear of this story has created a “safe haven” to trade into bonds where prices move higher, and rates move lower.

European Central Bank Hikes By Less

The European Central Bank (ECB) hiked their benchmark rate by .25%, the smallest since the start of their hiking cycle. Like our Fed, they too signaled they would be “data-dependent” going forward, leading markets to speculate a pause on future rate hikes.

Bottom line: The Federal Reserve is sending mixed messages on the future direction of rates. Meanwhile, long-term rates, which the Fed doesn’t control, are near their best levels in months and sense all the uncertainty in our economy will prompt the Fed to pause and potentially cut rates later this year. The incoming data and issues in the banking system will determine what happens next.

Looking Ahead

Expect market volatility to continue next week. The Consumer Price Index (inflation) will be reported. If this number comes in higher than expected, rates could rise. The opposite is true. Despite this being a backward-looking number, we will have Fed officials continue to speak and comment on the release and how they feel it impacts future Fed policy and interest rate decisions.

 

THE MORNING: THE FED’S UNPLEASANT CHOICE

Good morning. The Fed must choose between two unpleasant options today. It’s a reminder of the high cost of weak bank oversight.

The Federal Reserve building. Haiyun Jiang/The New York Times
BY DAVID LEONHARDT
The New York Times
March 22, 2023

Inflation — or turmoil?

The Federal Reserve faces a difficult decision at its meeting that ends this afternoon: Should Fed officials raise interest rates in response to worrisome recent inflation data — and accept the risk of causing further problems for banks? Or should officials pause their rate increases — and accept the risk that inflation will remain high?

This dilemma is another reminder of the broad economic damage that banking crises cause. In today’s newsletter, I’ll first explain the Fed’s tough call and then look at one of the lessons emerging from the current banking turmoil. Above all, that turmoil is a reminder of the high costs of ineffective bank regulation, which has been a recurring problem in the U.S.

The Fed’s dilemma

The trouble for the Fed is that there are excellent reasons for it to continue raising interest rates and excellent reasons for it to take a break. On the one hand, the economic data in recent weeks has suggested that inflation is not falling as rapidly as analysts expected. Average consumer prices are about 6 percent higher than a year ago, and forecasters expect the figure to remain above 3 percent for most of this year. That’s higher than Fed officials and many families find comfortable. For much of the 21st century, inflation has been closer to 2 percent.

An inflation rate that remains near 4 percent for an extended period is problematic for several reasons. It cuts into buying power and gives people reason to expect that inflation may stay high for years. They will then ask their employers for higher wages, potentially causing a spiral in which companies increase their prices to pay for the raises and inflation drifts even higher. Today’s tight job market, with unemployment near its lowest level since the 1960s, adds to these risks. The economy still seems to be running hotter than is sustainable.

This situation explains why Fed officials had originally planned to continue raising their benchmark interest rate at today’s meeting — thereby slowing the economy by increasing the cost of homes, cars and other items that people buy with debt. Some Fed officials favored a quarter-point increase, which would be identical to the increase at the Fed’s meeting last month. Others preferred a half-point increase, in response to the worrisome recent inflation data.

The banking troubles of the past two weeks scrambled these plans. Why? In addition to slowing the economy, higher interest rates depress the value of many financial assets (as these charts explain). Some bank executives did a poor job planning for these asset declines, and their balance sheets suffered. When customers became worried that the banks would no longer have enough money to return their deposits, a classic bank run ensued. It led to the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank, and others remain in jeopardy.

If Fed officials continue raising their benchmark rate, they risk damaging the balance sheets of more banks and causing new bank runs. That’s why a half-point increase now seems less likely. Some economists (including The Times’s Paul Krugman) have urged the Fed to avoid any additional increases for now. Many analysts expect the Fed will compromise and raise the rate by a quarter point; Jason Furman, a former Obama administration official, leans toward that approach.

The decision is unavoidably fraught. The Fed must choose between potentially exacerbating problems in the financial markets and seeming to go soft on inflation.

Why bailouts happen

All of which underscores the high cost of banking crises. In most industries, a company’s collapse doesn’t cause cascading economic problems. In the financial markets, the collapse of one firm can lead to a panic that feeds on itself. Investors and clients start withdrawing their money. A recession, or even a depression, can follow.

These consequences are the reason that government officials bail out banks more frequently than other businesses. Bailouts, of course, have huge downsides: They typically use taxpayer money (or other banks’ money) to subsidize affluent bank executives who failed at their jobs. “Nobody is as privileged in the entire economy,” Anat Admati, a finance professor at Stanford University’s business school, told me.

During a crisis, bailouts can be unavoidable because of the economic risks from bank collapses. The key question, then, is how to regulate banks rigorously enough to minimize the number of necessary bailouts.

Over the past few decades, the U.S. has failed to do so. After the financial crisis of 2007-9, policymakers tightened the rules through the Dodd-Frank Act. But Congress and the Trump administration loosened oversight for midsize banks in 2018 — and Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank were two of the firms that stood to benefit.

As complicated as finance can be, the basic principles behind bank regulation are straightforward. Banks require special scrutiny from the government because they may receive special benefits from taxpayers during a crisis. This scrutiny includes limits on the risks that banks can take and requirements that they keep enough money in reserve to survive most foreseeable crises. “You make sure they have enough to pay,” as Admati put it.

Bank executives and investors often bristle at such rules because they reduce returns. Money held in reserve, after all, cannot be invested elsewhere and earn big profits. It also can’t go poof when hard times arrive.

Fed Chair is Back After Strong Jobs Report

After last week’s surprisingly strong Jobs Report, Fed Chair Jerome Powell spoke about the economy and direction of rates. Let’s walk through what happened and what to watch in the week ahead.

“Cause I’m Back, Yes, I’m Back” – Back in Black by AC/DC.

“The strong Jobs Report shows you why we think this will be a process that takes a significant period of time.” Fed Chair Powell 2/7/23.

BY EPHRAIM SCHWARTZ
Partner, Mortgage Consultant CMPS
O’Dette Mortgage Group
February 14, 2023

 

The Federal Reserve has a dual mandate, which is to maintain price stability (inflation) and promote maximum employment. On the inflation front, it appears inflation has indeed peaked and is on the decline. The Fed Chair reiterated the “disinflationary process” has begun. This is a positive development for the economy, housing, and long-term rates.

On the labor market front of the Fed’s mandate, the Fed in its desire to slow demand and thus inflation, wants to see some unemployment. The good news/bad news? Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported the unemployment rate at 3.4%, the lowest in 53 years…that is good news. The bad news is it means the Fed will look to raise rates by .25% in March and another .25% in May, thereby lifting the Fed Funds Rate above 5.00%.

This renewed outlook for a higher Fed Funds Rate has elevated uncertainty and volatility in long-term rates, which move up and down based on economic conditions and inflation, both of which are easing and a reason why long-term rates are lower than short-term rates.

“Likely to see some softening in labor market conditions” – Powell

This is a reasonable assumption considering the number of planned layoffs announced this year, while we sit at multi-decade low unemployment, it seems like up is the only direction for unemployment.

Soft Landing Back in Play

Due to the current strength of the labor market, there is a growing chance the Fed can raise rates and lower inflation towards its 2.00% target without triggering a deep recession.

History has shown that recessions do not take place with unemployment at 4% or below without some sort of surprise shock to the economy.

Let’s hope the Fed is not too successful in “creating” unemployment because if it quickly rises, the idea of a soft economic landing could go away quickly too.

3.70%

As we mentioned, long-term rates have responded negatively to last week’s strong jobs report, because good news is bad news for bonds and rates. The 10-yr Note touched 3.33% last Thursday and touched 3.70% just a few days later. However, rates remain beneath where the 10-yr yield opened 2023 at 3.85%.

“We are going to react to the data” – Powell

Here the Fed Chair reminds the markets that last Friday’s Jobs report was strong, but backward looking and lagging while other economic indicators show signs of s slowdown. The Fed does not want to over hike rates into a slowing economy and be the reason for the recession. So, while the market is currently pricing in two more rate hikes and a rate cut in December, this story could quickly change once again.

Bottom line: Rates and inflation have peaked. Housing activity has jumped in the past weeks as a result. The incoming data will determine how much better rates can get in the next few weeks leading to the next Fed Meeting.

Looking Ahead

Next week’s CPI is a very important number. If it meets or comes in lower than expectations, we could see home loan rates revisit the levels seen last week right before the Jobs Report last Friday. We will also see the latest readings on housing and the strength of the consumer, by way of Retail Sales. As fast as the story changed when the strong jobs data hit, things can change quickly upon these reports.