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Factors to Consider When Purchasing a Home In Truckee-Tahoe
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Factors to Consider When Purchasing a Home In Truckee-Tahoe

Thinking of moving to the beautiful Truckee-Tahoe area? Here are factors to consider when purchasing a home in Tahoe.

Christopher Fajkos


2 min read

February 11, 2022

There are always a significant number of factors to consider when purchasing a home, no matter the location. However, in the Truckee-Tahoe area, you'll have to assess a unique set of features when looking to buy a home in the Sierra Nevada mountains

Winter Living 

It’s no secret that it snows in Tahoe. Ski resorts are the second largest tourism driver (Lake Tahoe is number one) and employer in the Truckee-Tahoe region. But what’s often unknown is the winter preparation and maintenance that homeowners are responsible for throughout the winter season. Equipping your home with a snowblower and your car with premium winter tires is a minimum requirement in this area since heavy and wet snow is pretty popular during the season—there is a reason why locals call the snow “Sierra cement” in Tahoe!

Lake Tahoe straddles the California-Nevada border, and the biggest towns are on the north and south ends of the lake and along the Truckee River.

Small Town, Many Choices 

If you were to head over to any vacation rental website right now, you’ll see that the large majority of the homes are either located by the lake or near a ski resort. These are, of course, areas most convenient for those planning a short visit. But when purchasing a home in Truckee-Tahoe, it’s crucial to look at a much more comprehensive range of options and locations. Tahoe might be small, but numerous different Truckee-Tahoe neighborhoods offer a variety of community amenities and resources to choose from, so your time here is always well spent for you and your family’s personalized needs. Some communities offer family-friendly amenities, while others provide serenity and privacy—there is a place in Tahoe for everyone. 

Partner with a Local Lender 

Due to the wide variety of neighborhoods and housing options in Truckee-Tahoe, partnering with a local lender is another significant factor to consider. Local lenders understand the ins and outs of each community’s policies and regulations. There are even lenders who specialize in specific areas like resort communities. 

With crystal-clear alpine waters, stunning vistas, and endless year-round recreation opportunities, you'll keep yourself busy in Tahoe all year.

Getting Involved 

There is an undeniable sense of pride and gratitude among Truckee-Tahoe residents who genuinely cherish living—be it part-time or full-time—in this extraordinary place. I encourage all homeowners to get involved in the community, whether that means simply attending a community event (local theaters, festivals, or farmers markets) or joining a local club (non-profit organizations, community fundraisers). Tourism-based communities like Tahoe rely on community participation and offer a ton of fun and festive opportunities year-round; just ask your realtor for ideas. 

What is calling you to Tahoe? Give some thought to what you’d like your life in Tahoe to look like, and I can help you find the home of your dreams anywhere in the Truckee-Tahoe region. 

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