Tahoe Donner Home Values | Market Report – Year End 2018

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 CalRE# 01473598

Tahoe Donner Home Values | Market Report - Year End 2018

Looking for sold, year-end 2018 single family home market data for the Tahoe Donner area?

Here is the year-end 2018 review for the Tahoe Donner Community in Truckee.

The Tahoe Donner real estate market conditions continue to be strong, and favor Sellers.

The average median home sale price for 2018 in Tahoe Donner was $719,000 which was a new high for this resort community.  

Inventory levels of available homes for sale in Tahoe Donner remain critically low and limited with Buyers having very few buying options most price points.  On January 13, 2019 there were only 36 home for sale. 

Click here for the current, active, Tahoe Donner homes for sale, all price points.

You can see on the graph below that the over-all Tahoe Donner home price trend for the average median home sold sales price move up and 2018 just edged out 2006.  



The Tahoe Donner single family home prices were up +6.4% for 2018, with a median average sales price of $719,000 (TSMLS Areas 9TD), which is a new closing high for Tahoe Donner, moving above the 2006 average median home sales price of $712,500.

A common question I am often asked by Buyers and Sellers is:

  • "What percentage of the listed price are Sellers getting on their Tahoe property?"

In 2018, Sellers realized 99.2% of the their listed price to the sold average median sales price in the greater Tahoe Donner area (MLS Areas 9TD).  

This is almost at the over-all region, which was slightly higher at 99.5%. 

In every day terms, this means Sellers are very close to their full asking price, if they have priced their property correctly.

It also means Tahoe Buyers that want to low-ball, or be really aggressive on their offered price are going to have a hard time in this market. 

Real Estate Market Homes Sold Activity for the Tahoe Donner Area: Year-End 2018 YTD Period:  01-01-2018 to 12-31-2018 | MLS Areas 9TD

  • Number of Homes Sold in Tahoe Donner: 277
  • Median Average Sold Sales Price for Tahoe Donner: $719,000
  • Average Sold Sales Price in Tahoe Donner: $771,665
  • Sold Price Range in Tahoe Donner:  $367,500 - $1,700,000
  • Percent (%) List to Sold Price Ratio:  99.2%
  • Average Days on Market (DOM in MLS)41 DOM
  • Number of Active and Available Homes for Sale in Tahoe Donner as of 01-13-2019:  36 (TSMLS Areas 9TD)
  • Pending Home Sales in Tahoe Donner as of 01-13-2019: 36
  • Number of Distressed Available Listing (MLS Areas 9TD) – As of 01-13-2019:  One  (1) listings: Zero (0) Court Approval | One (1) Short Sale | Zero (0) REO|Bank Foreclosures 

Other interesting Tahoe Donner single family home market observations: Days on Market (DOM) dropped a few days from 2017 to 2018. 

For 2018 is the number of days on the market for single family homes is now at 41 days, which is down 4 days from 2017, but is down 32% from the 60 DOM in 2016.

The shorter the marketing time for a home, the stronger the market is for Sellers. 

Inventory - Current inventory levels are critically low.  Again, another sign of the market favoring Sellers.

Tahoe Donner is following the North Lake Tahoe - Truckee Regional Pricing Trends - The Tahoe Donner area is following the entire North Lake Tahoe - Truckee region and increased +6.4%, which is below the North Lake Tahoe - Truckee regional single family home price increase of +7.45% for 2018, but is almost the same on the median average sales price.

Only $1,000 separates the two median average sales price of $719,000 for Tahoe Donner (TSMLS 9TD) and the North Lake Tahoe - Truckee Region of $721,000 (TSMLS Areas 1-9).

I always recommend looking the the entire North Lake Tahoe - Truckee Region for market trends. North Lake Tahoe - Truckee Home Values | Market Report - Year End 2018


If you already own a home in the Tahoe area and want to know what is your property is now worth? Call me call Laura Allen,  530.414.1260, for a confidential consultation.

Tahoe Home Buyers should do the following:

  • See new listings as soon as possible.  Tahoe second home Buyers should try to driving up the next day to see the property and not wait until the weekend.
  • Ready, set, go!  Be prepared to make a buying decision immediately.
  • Work with an experienced local Tahoe Real Estate Agent.  They understand the market conditions, and many Buyer Agents know how the other side negotiation tactics.  
  • If you will need a loan, make sure your lender has approved you.  You will need to move quickly and not having your loan lined up will put you at a disadvantage. 
  • If you are buying a condo or townhome in the area, make sure you are using a local lender.  Using a local lender that has recently processed a loan in the complex you want to buy in will do two things for you.  One, you will have the confidence that the lender has already reviewed their HOA docs and previously approved the development, increasing your odds of the same outcome.  Second, Sellers that know you have selected a lender with this experience will give you extra credit for knowing your lender is ready to go on their property.

If you want more long-term North Lake Tahoe - Truckee real estate data, check out the following table that has a lot of data going back over ten years. I've included both the average median sales price and average sales price (in some cases there is a significant difference between the two, but the trends are the same direction for both) are included for each year in the following table. 

Tahoe Donner Home Values | Market Report - Year End 2018 | MLS Areas 9TD | 01/01 – 12/31/2018

(This table is best viewed on a laptop, desktop, or a device with a larger screen.)

  Year   Homes Sold Median Average Sales Price   Average Sales Price DOM Days On Market   Lowest Price Sold   Highest Price Sold   % Cash Transactions   Distressed Sales   Breakdown of distressed Sales
2018* 277 $719,000 $771,655 41 $367,500 $1,700,000 35% 0% 0 REO’s 0 Short Sales
2017 278 $675,750 $729,965 45 $335,000 $1,835,645 26% 2.8% 2 REO’s 1 Short Sales 2 Court Approval
2016 263 $605,000 $670,779 60 $290,000 $1,525,000 29% 3.0% 4 REO’s 4 Short Sales
2015 239 $580,000 $643,908 67 $299,000 $1,680,000 27% 1.7% 1 REO’s 3 Short Sales
2014 205 $619,500 $675,043 61 $241,000 $1,950,000 25% 3.4% 5 REO’s 2 Short Sales
2013 271 $545,000 $596,014 68 $185,000 $1,325,000 23% 9.2% 7 REO’s 18 Short Sales
2012 270 $483,500 $522,609 93 $164,000 $1,200,000 31% 16% 19 REO’s 23 Short Sales 1 Court Approval
2011 215 $500,000 $542,339 84 $230,000 $1,200,000   28% 17% 15 REO’s 19 Short Sales 2 Court Approval
2010 223 $520,000 $576,007 87 $238,000 $1,790,000   24% 16% 18 REO’s 18 Short Sale
2009 227 $565,000 $610,239 108 $270,000 $1,350,000   27% 17% 18 REO’s 20 Short Sale
2008 193 $660,000 $742,434 105 $249,000 $1,850,000   18% 0% 0 REO’s 0 Short Sales
2007 177 $675,000 $740,584 101 $330,000 $2,465,000   15% 0% 0 REO’s 0 Short Sales
2006 178 $712,500 $818,827 81 $410,000 $2,680,000   16% 0% 0 REO’s 0 Short Sales


EO's = Real Estate Owned, which is the name banks use for their bank foreclosed properties.

Short Sales = Owner does not have the money to pay off all of the debt and asks the debt holders to take less back in order to close the sale. *YTD period is 01/01/2018 – 12-31-2018.

Data Source: Tahoe Sierra Multiple Listing Service (TSMLS).  Year-to-date summaries are based on information from the Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors (TSMLS).

Due to TSMLS reporting methods and allowable reporting policy, this data is only informational and may not be completely accurate. Therefore, Laura Allen, or Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage does not guarantee the data’s accuracy.

Data maintained by the TSMLS's may not reflect all real estate activity in the market. All information is deemed to be reliable, but is subject to change, modification, and/or correction without prior notice.

If your property is currently listed for sale, or you have an active Buyer Representation Agreement, this is not intended as a solicitation.

Want to learn more about Tahoe Donner?

Want to see other Tahoe Donner Market Reports? Here are recent past market reports for single family home sales for the entire North Lake Tahoe - Truckee homes for the region: Want to know what is going on in the North Lake Tahoe - Truckee Condo / Townhouse market?
When you’re ready to buy, or sell in the North Lake Tahoe - Truckee Region, call Laura Allen,  530.414.1260, with Coldwell Banker the top real estate brokerage in the Lake Tahoe – Truckee region!
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Laura A. Allen | 530.414.1260  | Laura@TahoeLaura.com
BROKER ASSOCIATE, Tahoe Real Estate Agent CalRE# 01473598
Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA CalRE#01908304
All information is deemed reliable, but is subject to change, and/or correction without notice.
Tahoe Donner Home Values | Market Report - Year End 2018

Comments (4)

Sally Crane
WMS - Unity, WI
Woodland appraisal support.

Thanks for the update, all the best to you as you get many of these properties listed and sold.

Feb 11, 2019 08:26 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Laura, Happy New Year it has been ages I thought you fell off the map good to see you back, fill me in what happened, Endre

Feb 11, 2019 11:54 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

That's valuable real estate market data for Tahoe Donner home buyers and sellers, Laura.

Feb 12, 2019 01:49 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Laura.  Welcome back to regular blogging.  Sorry I missed some of your recent posts.

Mar 07, 2019 06:50 AM