August 2020 Big Bear Real Estate Statistics/Oktoberest Opens this Weekend!

With this crazy summer almost behind us, sales continue at a record pace and the inventory has dropped another 13% from last month to only 146 active single-family residences in the Big Bear MLS!  New properties are still coming on the market, but the inventory is selling faster than it is being replenished; so with the inventory normally starting to drop at this time of year anyways, it’s anyone’s guess as to just how low it will be by the end of Fall/beginning of Winter.  Speaking of Fall, Oktoberfest opens already this coming weekend, but with outdoor-only seating, advance reservations are required.
Area #Sales Avg. Price Avg/ $/sqft SP/LP DOM
BBC 53   $336,743 $262.14 100.6%  87
BBL 40   $522,505 $294.44  98.7% 118
BBL-Lakefront  7 $1,630,575 $400.39  97.5% 183
FAWN  7   $341,400 $235.06 100.8%  75
FAWN-Lakefront  0      NA   NA   NA  NA
FOX 14   $649,393 $283.07  98.6% 139
MOON 52   $502,308 $285.33  99.0% 104
SUGA 30   $219,944 $255.71 100.1%  63
Have a great week!
Posted on September 14, 2020 at 8:57 am
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July 2020 Big Bear Real Estate Stats/Record Low Inventory!!

Below are the monthly Big Bear Real Estate single family residence statistics.  Historically, we should be reaching our peak inventory for the year this week (second week of August) and should be around 600 sfr’s on the market; but as of this morning we only have 168 such active listings in the Big Bear MLS!  As we discussed earlier, there are a couple reasons for this:  1. Interest rates are ridiculously low right now (less than 3% for a 30-yr loan!), 2. After the lockdowns, demand for a mountain cabin is at an all-time high, and 3. The “zillow-make-me-move” sellers that usually come out every spring just didn’t come out this year (partly because they are using their own cabins so much more this year and partly because they are making money “hand over fist” due to record high short-term rental demand – especially since millions of residents in LA, OC, San Diego, etc. just don’t have anywhere else to go right now)!!  All in all, it makes for a “perfect storm” for cabin sales!!
Area #Sales Avg. Sale Avg. $/sqft SP/LP DOM
BBC 40   $321,860 $227.22 97.9%  89
BBL 33   $483,499 $273.80 99.2% 111
BBL-Lakefront  5 $1,595,000 $902.27 93.5% 484
FAWN  11   $389,332 $269.27 98.9%  88
FAWN-Lakefront  2 $1,070,000 $506.44 96.1% 312
FOX 15   $632,593 $271.14 97.9%  83
MOON 50   $448,481 $295.39 99.8%  67
SUGA 24   $216,459 $237.33 98.1%  97
Posted on September 5, 2020 at 12:20 pm
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June 2020 Big Bear Real Estate Stats and Sold/Active by Price Point

It was another busy weekend up here for 4th of July, but a little less crowded than expected (less “day-trippers”), because the fireworks got postponed until later in the year.  The inventory remains historically low (down another 20% from last month) at only 276 single family residences (SFR’s) in the Big Bear MLS as of this morning!!  As usual, most people are still looking under $400K, with the vast majority of sales being in that category; but the inventory is just the reverse, with only 96 up to $400K, 103 from $400-800K, and 81 at $800K+.  From January 1st to July 1st, there were a total of 492 sold SFR’s, with 348 sold under $400K, 117 from $400-800K, and only 28 total from $800K+. For the “resort areas” (Big Bear Lake, Moonridge, and Fox Farm), here is a breakdown of sold properties by price, since the beginning of the year, as of June 23rd:

Price Range    #Sales
————-     ——–
100-200K          5
200-299K         34
300-399K         49
400-499K         37
500-599K         19
600-699K         13
700-799K         10  (incl. 2 Lakefronts)
800-899K         10  (incl. 1 Lakefront)
900-999K           3
1000-1099K       0
1100-1199K       1  (Lakefront)
1200-1299K       0
1300-1399K       0
1400-1499K       1
1500-1599K       2  (both Lakefronts)
1600-1699K       0
1700-1799K       2  (incl. 1 Lakefront)
1800-1899K       1
1900-1999K       0
2000-2499K       0
2500-2999K       2  (incl. 1 Lakefront)
3000K+             2  (both Lakefronts)
Area #Sales Avg. Sale Avg. $/sqft SP/LP DOM
BBC 38   $324,695 $239.05  99.2%  89
BBL 24   $434,596 $284.21  98.2%  87
BBL-Lakefront  3 $2,067,000 $471.72  95.0% 140
FAWN  4   $340,750 $263.74  97.7% 105
FAWN-Lakefront  1   $610,000 $405.59 101.8%   5
FOX  5   $719,200 $286.47  97.6% 127
MOON 24   $406,938 $301.13  97.7% 103
SUGA 29   $189,562 $229.79 98.4% 107
Have a great week!
Posted on July 8, 2020 at 10:52 am
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May 2020 Big Bear Real Estate Stats/Big Bear Top Airbnb Destination!!

Lots has changed since our last monthly stats email!  They started allowing vacation rentals to operate again on May 15th and most companies are reporting back-to-back rentals for the next several months.  We knew that there would be pent-up demand (both of buyers and renters who were tired of being locked up at home for 2 months), but even I was surprised by the numbers!  Every weekend has felt like a holiday weekend (this past weekend felt like 4th of July already) and the supply of houses is having a hard time keeping up with the demand.  I think there is a combination of reasons for that: first, many buyers don’t want to get stuck without a “place in the mountains” for the next “apocalypse” (even those who have been searching for years, but afraid to pull the trigger); second, interest rates are incredibly low right now, making homes more affordable, even as prices continue to rise; and third, the inventory is the lowest we can ever remember at this time of year (we are currently seeing inventory numbers that we normally only see at the depths of winter), leading to multiple offers (in some cases, as many as 10-14, when a house is priced well)!!  Finally, another factor that is harder to quantify, is that more owners seem reluctant to sell now, as they don’t want to lose their own “escape to the mountains” (even when rentals were not allowed, many second homeowners were spending a lot of time at their own cabins, especially those like our niece, who live in condos or apartments in Santa Monica and the other more congested areas of Southern CA).  As of this morning, there are only 335 single-family residences active on the market in the Big Bear MLS (which is almost 10% less than last month, at a time of year when the inventory is usually growing rapidly) and 204 in escrow (almost double what we had last month already)!!!  As usual, homes under $400K sell the fastest, since more people seem to be able to afford that price range; but, even with everything going on in the world, there were 3 Lakefronts that sold last month and another 7 currently in escrow!!
Area #Sales Avg. Sale Avg. $/sqft SP/LP DOM
BBC 11   $297,843 $256.58  98.0% 123
BBL  8   $385,125 $313.12 100.2%  79
BBL-Lakefront  3 $1,585,529 $571.77  95.7% 220
FAWN  0   NA   NA   NA  NA
FAWN-Lakefront  0   NA   NA   NA  NA
FOX  1   $392,000 $268.86  98.0%  53
MOON  9   $383,944 $266.13  96.0% 217
SUGA 14   $204,207 $211.18  95.4%  80
Finally, as we discussed last month, drive-to-destinations and private home rentals (versus hotels, where you share a lobby, elevator, pool, etc. with thousands of other people) are expected to be even more popular for the foreseeable future.  In fact, Big Bear Lake is currently one of the top destinations for Airbnb, so it’s a fantastic time to own a rental cabin!!
Have a great week!
Posted on June 15, 2020 at 11:26 am
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April 2020 Big Bear Real Estate Stats/Inventory

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!  As expected, April was a slower month than usual for sales; but surprisingly, we still saw about half the number of closings that we did for March (Spring and Fall are usually our slower seasons up here, anyways).  Even more surprising is that we currently have another 106 properties in escrow.  In addition, for the properties that did close escrow last month, we saw pretty significant increases in average $/sqft!  The first month or so after they closed the resorts on March 15th, we definitely saw lower activity (especially when Real estate was considered “non-essential” for the second half of March), but started picking back up again, especially after the middle of April, as people started getting more and more tired of being stuck at home and decided that a “cabin in the mountains”, would be a great place to escape the congested cities (especially with our extremely low number of cases in Big Bear).  There are also a lot less homes for sale than there would normally be at this time of year.  Usually, the inventory starts to expand as soon as the slopes close for the season, but right now, the Big Bear MLS is at only 366 active single-family residences, which is usually around where we are at during the depths of Winter (not almost two months since the slopes have closed)!
Area #Sales Avg. Sale Avg. $/sqft SP/LP DOM
BBC 14   $286,761 $244.29 98.0% 108
BBL  5   $443,400 $314.34 99.2% 133
BBL-Lakefront  1 $1,500,000 $316.59 88.3% 135
FAWN  1   $172,500 $380.79 98.6% 292
FAWN-Lakefront  0     NA   NA  NA  NA
FOX  0     NA   NA  NA  NA
MOON  9   $469,600 $312.47 95.6% 184
SUGA 11   $188,027 $226.10 92.6% 128
Have a great week!
Posted on May 19, 2020 at 7:09 pm
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December 2019 Big Bear Real Estate Stats/Top 10 Places in US to Buy a Vacation Rental

Hi folks!
Below are last month’s Big Bear real estate stats for single-family residences.  As you can see, we finished off the decade on a high note, with a relatively large number of sales, especially for  a holiday month. With the large number of sales, this morning’s inventory is down to only 337 properties! As we come up on Martin Luther King weekend, I thought i would share an article on the top 10 locations in the U.S. to buy a vacation rental investment property this winter (spolier alert: Big Bear is #10; although, I think that if they had combined Big Bear Lake and Big Bear City into one area, we would have been higher)!

Best places to buy a winter vacation home 2019–2020

Area #Sales Avg. Sale Avg. $/sqft SP/LP DOM
BBC  21 $270,990 $219.34 97.0% 141
BBL-general  29 $427,451 $283.61 97.4% 112
BBL-Lakefront   0   NA  NA  NA  NA
FAWN   2 $243,000 $204,900 87.5% 125
FAWN   0   NA  NA  NA  NA
FOX   5 $526,880 $270.11 96.9% 166
MOON  20 $388,190 $281.30 97.6%  90
SUGA  13 $219,423 $210.28 97.7%  64

Have a great week!

Posted on January 14, 2020 at 12:30 pm
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November 2019 Big Bear Real Estate Stats

It’s been a very snowy start to the ski/snowboard season so far!  We have already received almost half the annual season average for snowfall (and winter has just begun)!!  All the precipitation has slowed down showings a bit, but sales remained fairly strong for the usually slower month of November.
Area #Sales Avg. Sale Avg. $/sqft SP/LP DOM
BBC  16 $311,494 $210.17  97.5% 112
BBL  28 $420,593 $256.73  96.2%  91
BBL-Lakefront   1 $895,000 $559.03 100.0%  82
FAWN   4 $367,200 $230.30  97.6%  62
FAWN-Lakefront   0   NA  NA  NA  NA
FOX   8 $480,625 $288.76  97.4% 101
MOON  19 $382,842 $274.12  99.0%  97
SUGA  15 $208,565 $213.35  95.6% 119
Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!
Posted on December 21, 2019 at 11:37 am
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December 2018 Big Bear Real Estate Stats

Happy New Year!!   With the two weeks around Christmas and New Year’s coming to an end, our “sleepy little town” is looking forward to a little break in the action before the next weekend rolls around.  We haven’t seen the final numbers yet, but for those of us who have lived up here for a significant amount of time can tell you, it was the busiest Christmas season we can remember!  I think there were several things that contributed to that:  a good economy, some  well-timed snows (including one early Christmas morning that brought us a beautiful White Christmas), and all the improvements and season passes brought about by Aspen/KSL (the new owners of our local resorts).  As of this morning, our single-family residence inventory in the Big Bear MLS is down to only 412 cabins (about 75% of where it was at the peak last Summer) and continuing to fall. Below are the statistics for the month of December. The total number of sales was a little lower last month, but that is very common for December, as many sellers want to keep a last couple of days at “ultra-prime” rent and many closings get pushed into January because of the holidays and lender/escrow offices being closed.
Area #Sales Avg. Sale Avg.$/sqft SP/LP DOM
BBC 19 $285,461 $212.52 96.5%  96
BBL 14 $467,050 $268.81 96.7% 131
BBL-Lakefront  2 $821,000 $426.23 91.8% 367
FAWN  3 $390,667 $300.35 96.3% 114
FAWN-Lakefront  0     NA   NA  NA  NA
FOX  7 $493,200 $202.36 95.8% 125
MOON 14 $386,921 $263.13 96.8%  64
SUGA  8 $236,863 $195.80 98.1% 109
Have a great weekend!!
Posted on January 4, 2019 at 9:36 am
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November 2018 Big Bear Real Estate Stats/The Snow is Falling!!

Hi folks!
Here are last month’s Big Bear Real Estate statistics.  As of this morning, the inventory has dropped to 447 single-family residences in the Big Bear MLS, along with a handful of condos.  If you click on the link for the MLS, you’ll see that we switched our idx providers to a more user-friendly search that can be selected as either map-based or list-based.  If you have used the MLS search before, it may ask you to register again, but we think you’ll really like the new format.  Feel free to pass along any feedback that you may have o the new search format.  As you can see from the chart below, November was pretty busy for closings, especially for a short holiday month, with many buyers trying to close in time to enjoy the holidays at the cabin and/or get them rented for the profitable winter rental season.  As we often mention, buyers’ attention has already started to turn away from the Lake and towards the slopes, with increased sales in Moonridge.  As property values in the Big Bear Lake area continue to increase, the number of sales also continues to increase in the relatively more affordable areas of Big Bear City and Sugarloaf, which are still great areas for second homes, but not as ideal for vacation rentals.
Area $Sales Avg. Sale Avg.$/sqft SP/LP DOM
BBC 31 $280,171 $212.40 97.1%  80
BBL 22 $406,514 $272.35 96.0% 115
BBL-LAKEFRONT  0 NA NA NA NA
FAWN  4 $535,750 $228.93 96.3%  75
FAWN-LAKEFRONT  0 NA NA NA NA
FOX  5 $534,800 $260.39 96.9% 118
MOON 16 $375,144 $277.30 96.2% 107
SUGA 13 $191,954 $214.37 97.7% 104
We got about 6 inches of snow at resort level last week and the first wave of the current storm is dropping snow right now.  This storm is supposed to linger through Friday morning, with another storm on the horizon for mid next week already, so it’s looking like it should be a White Christmas, if current trends continue!  Here’s a link to download this week’s edition of “Live it. UP”.  This week’s highlights include skiing and snowboarding at both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain, Winter Adventures at Action Tours, and Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Village!
Have a great week!
Posted on December 5, 2018 at 11:23 am
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October 2018 Big Bear Real Estate Stats/Slopes Open Tomorrow!!

It’s that time of year already!  Snow Summit opens tomorrow and Bear Mountain is scheduled to open for weekends only until Dec.7th, starting next Friday.  Below are last month’s Big Bear real estate statistics.  It was a busy month for what is usually one of the slower months of the year, but keep in mind that most of the listings in October were for escrows that opened in September. As we get into the busy winter season, expect more sales closer to the slopes and less on the Lake.  Speaking of the Lake, there were two that sold last month at “lakeview” rather than “lakefront” prices because they were both very shallow-water lakefronts (one was about 60 yards from the water, at this point, and the other currently has no water in front of it).  Most owners of shallow-water lakefront aren’t selling now, with many of them waiting for the new Water Reclamation project that we first mentioned about 6 months ago to go into operation and start to stabilize lake levels.  That said, it could be a great time to pick up a shallow-water lakefront (if you can find one) and wait for the lake levels to go back up!
Area #Sales Avg. Sale Avg. $/sqft SP/LP DOM
BBC 33 $266,997 $227.57 98.05%  66
BBL 36 $386,222 $264.25 97.46%  93
BBL-Lakefront  2 $676,250 $309.77 88.18% 217
FAWN  1 $300,000 $170.07 92.31% 257
FAWN-Lakefront  0 NA NA NA NA
FOX  6 $770,833 $264.18 93.48% 162
MOON 13 $412,992 $244.11 97.84%  98
SUGA 19 $192,216 $216.90 97.18%  81

 

With Thanksgiving only a week away, here’s a link to a list of local restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving Day, as well as local activities, including Santa’s entrance into the Village and the lighting of the Big Bear Lake Christmas Tree!!

 

Have a great weekend and fantastic holiday week!
Posted on November 15, 2018 at 11:46 am
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