big bear: How To Get Your Real Estate Offer Accepted in Big Bear Lake, CA - 05/30/13 06:49 AM
I've been selling Real Estate in Big Bear Lake for over ten years and have written many offers for my clients. Many of the offers that I wrote were accepted.  Some where not.  So, the question is, How do I write an offer on a Big Bear property that the seller will want to accept?  Making an offer on a property is much more than just the price.  There are a lot of things that can be included in the offer that will make it appealing to the seller.  Let's take a look at some of them.
PRICE    One of … (1 comments)

big bear: Low Interest Rates Make It A Good Time To Buy Real Estate In Big Bear - 05/29/13 08:13 AM
I can’t think of a single time when a Realtor  was asked if this was a good time to buy a home in Big Bear and the agent responding by saying no.  If as a Realtor, I had a crystal ball,  then there may have been times when I may have said “No, This is not a good time to buy in Big Bear”   As of now, I don’t have that crystal ball, but if asked if this were a good time to buy in Big Bear, my answer would be yes and here’s why.Interest rates are at all time lows … (0 comments)

big bear: Finally! A quality Condo Listing in Viking Estates, Big Bear Lake CA - 05/24/13 07:33 AM

39802 Lakeview #29, Big Bear Lake is now on the market for $399,900.00 The Viking Estates Condo's were built in 1983 as a Condo complex on Big Bear lake.  They feature their own private docks, indoor swimming pool, indoor Jacuzzi, and weight room.  The complex is a gated community and one where the HOA has set the bar very high for a clean, yet affordable luxury get a way.
The current owners of the Viking Estates Condo # 29 purchased this unit from the bank after it was foreclosed on.  I wish I still had photos of what it … (1 comments)

big bear: A Few Tips To Help You Close Your Escrow On Your Big Bear Cabin - 05/14/13 05:55 AM
Many people in Big Bear make the mistake of thinking that once they accept an offer on their home, its a done deal.  . If you assume that its just a matter of waiting out the escrow time period before the sale closes– and that the inspection is just a formality – think again! One of the areas of the escrow where I've seen so many problems is during the home inspection. So, how do you avoid home inspection problems in Big Bear?The best thing you can do is to make things easy on the home inspector. If you want to make … (0 comments)


Last year I listed a cabin in Big Bear for a client of mine.  Due to the economic downturn, he could no longer afford the monthly payment and needed
 to sell it right away.  Based off of the information that he gave me, we listed the cabin as low as we could with the intent being to get him out from under his mortgage.  I made sure to price the cabin so that we had a little room to maneuver  we all know that you rarely see full price offers.  Right off the bat, we had a couple of offers but we … (0 comments)

big bear: Spring is in the air in Big Bear Lake - 05/04/13 08:20 AM
As I drove down Big Bear Blvd on Wednesday I couldn't help but notice that the snow was gone, the sky's were crystal clear, and the flowers are blooming. Winter in Big Bear is now behind us and one of my favorite parts of the year is here. No more tire chains, no more icy roads, and no more sub freezing temperatures. 
With the beautiful spring weather in Big Bear, we also find some great deals on real estate. With real estate prices hovering at 2003 levels and interest rates as low as 3.75%, how could you not afford to buy … (1 comments)

big bear: New Big Bear Lake REO, Bank Owned Listing - 07/16/10 09:37 AM

Just listed.  This 2 bedroom, 1 bath cabin is located in the east end of the Big Bear valley.  The home is a spacious 1176 square feet and sits on a 5000 square foot ot.  Plenty of R.V. parking and breathtaking views.

Large kitchen and Dining area with plenty of cupboard space for storage.  Granite Counter tops in both the kitchen and bathroom.

Hand carved Wood matel over brick fireplace with wood burning stove.  This … (1 comments)

big bear: GMAC REO Financing Coming to Big Bear - 06/10/10 12:30 PM
On June 21, 2010 GMAC will be offering financing incentives on their REO properties.   This program will help buyers save some money on fees and services when buying a REO in Big Bear that is owned by GMAC.  Not all GMAC REO properties will qualify for this program.  When I get new listing that do qualify, it will be noted in the MLS and I will have informational packages at the properties.  As always, I am available by phone or email to answer any questions that come up regarding this new and exciting program.SAVINGS            One Year Home Warranty at no charge            No … (0 comments)

big bear: Clean Big Bear property for sale in Big Bear for under $80,000. - 06/10/10 09:54 AM

                                             668 Holmes just listed at an amazing price of $79,900
This cabin is located in a quite neighborhood, just over a block away from the national forest in the community of Big Bear.
This 896 square foot property features 2 very large bedrooms upstairs, large kitchen and dining area, and relaxing Living room with a a large fireplace.


big bear: 7 Tips for Buying Bank Owned, REO Property in Big Bear - 06/05/10 06:18 AM
The Big Bear Valley is expecting the number of bank-owned REO properties to rise in the summer of 2010. Here are 7 Tips that can help you snag a bank-owned property.
First- Hire an REO expert with experience buying and selling bank-owned properties in the Big Bear Valley.  I am that expert
Avoid lowball offers. Since most bank-owned properties in Big Bear are being sold at list price or above, a lowball offer will not work. Consider submitting an offer slightly above list price.
Determine the value of the property. You make your money when you buy and not when you … (0 comments)

big bear: Unscrupulous, Real Estate agent too Lazy to Drive to Big Bear - 05/31/10 12:10 PM
I don't usually use AR to complain about other Realtors or agents, but after what took place last week, it is time to vent!
I called a potential buyer about ten days ago as follow up from when she was visiting our web site.  This particular lady told me what she was looking for and I sent her a list of current listings in Big Bear that fit her needs.  The next Monday I received an email from the buyer asking for information on three of the listings that I sent over.  After providing her with more information on the properties, … (0 comments)

big bear: What repairs are the seller required to pay for when selling a home in Big Bear? - 05/27/10 08:52 AM
When writing my last blog, I discussed the Home Inspection process in Big Bear and today I thought I would take it one step further and discuss who is responsible for paying for repairs that came up in the home inspection.
There are a number of buyers that think that after getting a home inspection, they then expect the seller to make all of the repairs that came up as a result of the inspection.  In trying to shed some light on that subject, let's examine a few things.
What is required of the seller in order to sell a home in … (0 comments)

big bear: Why should I have a Home Inspection on my Big Bear Property? - 05/24/10 10:09 AM
Why should I have a Home Inspection on my Big Bear Property?
When it comes to buying a home in Big Bear, the question of why have a home inspection and who pays for it comes up quite frequently. Let's take a few minutes and address both of the commonly asked questions that I get.
Who pays for the Home Inspection?
The home inspection isn't a required inspection in Big Bear, but it is highly recommended. As it isn't a required inspection, the buyer would be responsible for paying for the home inspection.
How much does the Home inspection Cost?
The … (0 comments)

big bear: Home Path Financing in Big Bear - 05/16/10 07:02 AM
Long gone are the 5% and 0% down home loans in Big Bear.  If you don't have at least 10% or your down payment, most people look towards an FHA backed loan.  A FHA backed loan allows you to get into your primary residence with as little as 3.5% down.  However, if you're looking for a home loan for a second home in Big Bear, FHA probably won't work for you.  What other options are out there?
Have you heard of Fannie Mae?  Fannie Mae buys home loans from banks and ended up owning a lot of property in Big Bear after … (1 comments)

big bear: Foreclosure Notice Posted on Wrong Home in Big Bear - 05/13/10 08:05 AM

While sitting at my desk the other morning, I received a phone call from a very anxious and nervous client of mine.  Why was he so nervous and anxious you ask?  He came to Big Bear to work on the small fixer cabin that he had purchased and found a note posted on the window stating that the bank was foreclosing on the property.  His first question to me upon arriving at my new office was How could this happen?  I paid CASH for the cabin. 
Knowing that we weren't going to be able to deal with any of this … (0 comments)

big bear: A day in the life of a Big Bear Realtor - 05/08/10 07:30 AM
I went out to preview a bank owned, REO property today in Big Bear that I planned to show to a client tomorrow.  According the Multiple listing Service, this property fell out of escrow and came back on the market.  The details in the listing did state that the purchase of the home was subject to the successful cancelation of the previous escrow.  I've seen this verbiage before in listings that come back on the market in Big Bear, but I've never had any problems from them.
To start off with, this REO cabin was back off of the beaten path and was … (0 comments)

big bear: So, you want to buy a Short Sale in Big Bear? - 05/03/10 11:56 AM
So, you want to buy a Short Sale in Big Bear?
So, you want to buy a Short Sale in Big Bear.  My response to that statement is simply why?  Did you know that there are some great deals on bank owned, REO properties in the Big Bear Valley?  Were you aware that there are some home owners who are willing to sell their homes at the REO prices?  Once you have this information, I must ask you again, why do you want to buy a Short Sale?  Listed below are just a few of the reasons people want to buy … (2 comments)

big bear: So You Want To Buy A Short Sale! - 01/03/10 07:36 AM
More and more, people come into my office at Coldwell Banker in Big Bear Lake, or the call me and ask me to help them buy a home that is listed for sale as a short sale.  So often, the buyer has the mindset that the best deals to be had are from the short sales.  I've had a remarkable amount of success in listing and selling short sale properties, but the problems arise when I represent the buyers.  The story that I'm about to tell you is unfortunately, true.
Near the end of May of 2009 a property was listed … (3 comments)

big bear: 1144 Mount Doble, Big Bear City, CA 92314 - 12/17/09 07:05 AM


This spacious home in Big Bear sits on a large corner lot with spectacular views of the ski slopes has just been reduced for a quick sale.



The living room features a open beam ceiling and  cedar, tongue and groove walls through out.  Skylights two numerous to count provide natural light throughout this home.  The fireplace has a heat exchanger built in for efficient heating.  The french doors open to a multi teared deck.

The master bedroom features a walk in … (1 comments)

big bear: Who is handling your Short Sale in Big Bear? - 11/14/09 07:01 AM
Are you one of the many home owners who own a cabin in the Big Bear Valley?  Are you now in a place in your life where you need to sell your cabin in Big Bear as a Short Sale?  If you find yourself in this position, please make sure that you hire an experienced Real Estate agent to help you with your short sale.  If your agent doesn't have a lot of experience with the short sale process, you might end up in a situation like I am about to describe to you.
At the end of June, I wrote … (0 comments)

Tony Card, Your Big Bear REO Specialist (Keller Williams, Big Bear Lake, CA)

Tony Card

Your Big Bear REO Specialist

Big Bear Lake, CA

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Keller Williams, Big Bear Lake, CA

Address: Big Bear Lake, CA, 92315

Office: (909) 866-4949

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