The Big Bear Report

The Big Bear Report

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Memorial Day Weekend Events

            WE HAVE SO MANY EVENTS GOING ON FOR THIS WEEKEND AND WE WANT YOU TO COME UP AND ENJOY WHAT BIG BEAR HAS TO OFFER! This is only a few of the events going on this weekend. If you would like to see the calendar of events, please follow this link:
Grill & Chill BBQ Competition & Craft Brew Festival
Date: May 25, 2018 - May 27, 2018            Website:
Event Description: Kansas City BBQ State Championship and Craft Brew Competition
Visit Big Bear on Memorial Day weekend for a fun-filled festival with live music, dancing, vendors, barbeque tastings, arts and crafts, kids activities, beer gardens and so much more.
Location: 630 Bartlett Road in the Bartlett Event Lot within the Village of Big Bear Lake
Date/Time Information: BBQ Competitors set up on Thursday, cook Friday, and will be judged on Saturday. Craft breweries, live music, entertainment, and all activities held Saturday and Sunday.
Monday - Veterans Day activities
Contact Information: Visitors Bureau - 909-866-7000
Fees/Admission: For more information, please contact the Events Resource Office or the Big Bear Visitors Bureau.
Snow Summit Bike Park Opening Day
Date: May 25, 2018   Time: 10am
Event Description: OPENING DAY
Location: 880 Summit Blvd., Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Big Bear History Museum Reopens for the 2018 Season
Location: 800 B Greenway, Big Bear City, CA
Date/Time Information: May 26th-28th from 10am-4pm                                                                          Contact Information: Send an Email                                                                                    Fees/Admission: $5, children 14 and younger are free. 
On Saturday visit our Big Bear Alpine Zoo!! From 11AM – 3PM it is Bear Awareness Day! Located at: 43285 Goldmine Drive, Big Bear Lake, 92315.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Big Bear This Weekend May 18-20


If you are looking for something to do that is close by and inexpensive, here are some ideas, come join the fun!

Name: Paint and Sip!
Date: May 18, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM PDT
Event Description:
Join us at Barrel 33 for our Paint and Sip! Call to sign up, they book fast!
Location: 40754 Village Dr
Date/Time Information: 5/18/18 from 6 pm-8 pm
Contact Information: Alayna (909)878-0838 
Fees/Admission: $40

Spartan U.S. National Series Race in Southern California to Test Athlete’s Strength & Endurance on Gritty Obstacle Race Course!

Name: Spartan U.S. National Series Race in Southern California to Test Athlete’s Strength & Endurance on Gritty Obstacle Race Course
Date: May 18, 2018 - May 20, 2018
Event Description:
National Championship Stop features Elite Competition, Open Races, Kids Races, and Spectator Activities; Top Competitors Earn Coin for Gated Entry in 2018 North American Championship Grit and endurance collide during Spartan’s SoCal obstacle race weekend May 18-20, which marks the third race in the Spartan U.S. National Series. This race will feature the region’s best endurance athletes as they battle for more than $100,000 in series cash prizes and ranking points, as well as the right to compete in the 2018 Spartan North American Championship on August 25 in West Virginia and the 2018 World Championship in North Lake Tahoe September 29. The race weekend is presented by Big Bear Lake and will include some of the nation’s most competitive athletes as well as weekend warriors and new racers taking on Spartan’s signature events, including the “Beast” (12+ miles, 30-35 obstacles), “Sprint” (3-5 miles, 20-23 obstacles), and Kids Races. With elite, age group, and open races, the weekend offers competitions and activities for all abilities, including 14-mile Elite Spartan Beast and 2-mile Varsity Spartan Kids Race. The course will feature up to 35 Spartan obstacles designed to push competitors to their limits as they conquer the rugged, mountainous terrain of Southern California. A Spartan Open House on the evening of Friday, May 18 provides new and curious racers with an opportunity to explore the Spartan lifestyle and obstacles in a no-pressure, relaxed atmosphere. The night also features a concert and athlete dinner. Spartan fans are invited to experience the event with exclusive viewing access to select obstacles and the start and finish lines, while also testing their own Spartan abilities in spectator challenges in the event festival. All attendees will enjoy live music and entertainment, raffles, vendor tents, and more. Spartan events focus on sport and athleticism, pushing the bodies and minds of competitors to the limit across miles of unforgiving terrain while conquering signature obstacles. With more than one million annual participants, and more than 200 events across more than 30 countries, Spartan is the world’s largest obstacle race and endurance brand. Big Bear Chamber Of Commerce
Snow Summit Ski Resort 880 Summit Blvd. Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Date/Time Information:
May 18-20 All Day
$ 0 - 20 +

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

May 2018 Report

Why Use a Local Agent? Here’s why…
Every real estate transaction presents potential legal pitfalls. Buyers and sellers bring in suits against their brokers or agents for a variety of reasons. Combine a strong housing market with an increasing litigious society and you have the recipe for lawsuits.
Misrepresentation is by far the lawsuit that brokers face the most. Fifty seven percent of lawsuits brought against Realtors nationwide were for misrepresentation and twelve percent were for failure to disclose. “Misrepresentation” is the misstating of some material fact of the property or the area and “failure to   disclose” is just flat out not revealing some important fact of the property or area.
Attorney Bill Janson is president of a Broker Risk Management company and has made a career out of keeping California real estate agents and brokers out of the reach of the long arm of litigation. Speaking at a Realtor Expo, Jansen cited example upon example of missteps that resulted in agents and brokers being named as defendants in lawsuits that never should have been.
Janson cited; “the most common scenario that results in a lawsuit is from agents working outside their geographic area of competence and expertise.” Each city has its own ordinances, point of sale, building codes, use limitations, inspection and disclosure requirements, etc. In addition, each area has its own particular disclosures and forms known to the local Realtors. These could include local fire hazard areas, pending changes in zoning, retrofit, rent control, noise issues, nuisances, erosion / land slippage, septic or sewer issues, etc.
Just one example of an actual claim is when an agent representing buyers agrees to list their home 30 miles away. An out-of-area buyer’s agent brings a buyer. After the close of escrow, the buyer noticed a foul smell, and neighbors identify the source as a sewage treatment plant four blocks away that was not disclosed to buyers. Research shows that all local brokers disclose the treatment plant. Buyer sues and collects from listing broker and seller for failure to disclose.
California law requires licensees to be competent in the area in which they practice. The Bureau of Real Estate (BRE) can revoke or suspend a real estate license if a licensee “demonstrated negligence or incompetence in preforming any act for which he or she is required to hold a license.” Solution: rather than try and handle properties outside of a licensee’s geographic area, its best for the agent/broker to simply refer their client to a Realtor that is knowledgeable in their general area of expertise.
For this reason alone, I have decided it’s in the best interest of my clients to cancel my membership in the California Regional Multiple Listing Service (CRMLS). Trying to work with agents and brokers outside their area of expertise has been quite problematic. We have our own local MLS that serves our membership and that feeds all listing data to the public sites like, Zillow, Trulia, etc. The Big Bear real estate market is a unique market in California. If a buyer wants to buy in Big Bear, they will find me or one of our agent/broker members that are published in these real estate sites. This way, I can assure all my clients that the likelihood of a lawsuit will be greatly diminished.       
Until next month, see you at the top.