The Big Bear Report

The Big Bear Report

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Weekend in Big Bear

Happy Thanksgiving! It's going to be a great weekend in Big Bear.....

The temperature has dropped, the ski resorts are open and Santa Claus is coming to town!  Thanksgiving weekend is always great in Big Bear!  Here are a few of the events happening this weekend:

November 26:  
The 3rd Annual Turkey Trot

November 27: 
Mountain Christmas Boutique at the Big Bear Convention Center
Santa's Grand Entrance and Tree Lighting in the Village
"Desperado" Eagles Tribute Band playing at The Cave
C.A.T.S. presents "A Christmas Carol" at the PAC
Bingo at the Big Bear Elk's Lodge

November 28:
Mountain Christmas Boutique at the Big Bear Convention Center
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Big Bear City Fire Department
Winter Kick-Off Party (Ski and Snowboard Films) at The Cave
C.A.T.S. presents "A Christmas Carol" at the PAC

Remember to be prepared when travelling mountain roads for changing conditions and always allow extra time to get to your destination.  Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 6, 2015

This Weekend in Big Bear...

Are you going to be in Big Bear this weekend? Here are a few things you can check out!
November 6:

Flashlight Safari at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo

Bingo at the Big Bear Elks Lodge


November 7:

Zeppelin USA at the Cave

Flashlight Safari at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

We got a dusting of snow overnight and it was a frosty 28 degrees on my way to the office this morning. Although not much snow is expected from this storm it was nice to wake up and see white outside.  On another exciting note....if I step outside my office I can hear the sweet sound of the snowmaking machines blowing snow at Snow Summit. Winter is coming!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Big Bear Report: NOVEMBER

November 2015:

Why aren’t presidential candidates talking about housing? So far the presidential candidates have talked about immigration, turmoil in the Middle East, Russia, China, gun control and job creation.

According to our chief economist, Johnathan Smoke, “It’s been a complete letdown that we’ve had three multi-hour debates with an army of    people, and not one word has been mentioned about housing.” He went on to say, “That’s a testament to how some of these people are clueless as to the problems real people are facing.” Now that the foreclosure crisis is over, he said, people seem to think that housing is not as important anymore.

They just don’t get’s a fact that housing is directly related to some of the budget issues facing America-and its future president.  Housing has  traditionally been an enormous driver of our  economy. It accounts for approximately 18%  of our gross domestic product; since the crash, it’s hovered around 15%. A more robust housing  sector means a more robust economy.

Homeownership has been the only way that the middle class has been able to traditionally produce wealth. If I were to moderate the debate, I’d ask the candidates to articulate their opinion on          homeownership and ask what they would do to  support it. I can’t believe that anyone on either side of the aisle would say that homeownership is not  important. It’s truly a bipartisan topic.

As I’ve mentioned many times, all real estate markets are local. What we see in California isn’t necessarily what they see in Nebraska. And the market in Big Bear may not be the same as San Diego.

However, supply and demand is key in any market and Big Bear is no exception. Today there are 604 homes on the market valley-wide.  From the lows in March of 480 homes to our highs in August of 728 the Big Bear market is pretty balanced as a whole. Although sales are not quite as good as 2013, we should see 2015 come in at number 4 when looking back over the past decade. 


Monday, November 2, 2015

Here Comes the Storm!

Big Bear is set to see the first snowfall of the season!

It's cold and getting colder. The clouds are moving in and we are getting ready for our first "dusting" of the beautiful (much welcomed) white stuff.  Bring it on!!!
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