Sunday, November 1, 2009

Short Sale or Foreclosure? Why you NEED an Expert to Tell You

If you're experiencing financial difficulties and  unable to make your mortgage payments, please contact me right away so we can discuss doing a Short Sale. Avoid a foreclosure at all cost if possible.

Kat DeLong, Realtor 909-273-4542

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Mountain R.E. Market Report (SOLDS) for Sept 2009

These figures are provided by the title company re: deeds recorded in San Bernardino County ~ September 2009:

Sales: 8
Average Sales Price: $172,142
Average Price per SF: $166.00
Average SF: 1,128

Sales: 20
Average Sales Price: $349,975
Average Price per SF: $168.00
Average SF: 2,128

Sales: 2
Average Sales Price: $62,000
Average Price per SF: $33.00
Average SF: $1,661

Sales: 2
Average Sales Price: $101,535
Avergae Price Per SF: $118.00
Average SF: 860

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Lake Arrowhead Real Estate Market Report ~ Oct 2009

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Pumpkin Patch at Jensen's Oct 17 & 18, 2009

It's that time of year AGAIN!! It is the 19th Annual Pumpkin Patch hosted by JENSEN'S SUPER MARKET , in BLUE JAY, CA. This is a special time for familys, so come on up and come on out.

Blue Jay is in Lake Arrowhead, which is in the Southern California San Bernardino Mountains. See directions below.

What else does Blue Jay have to offer? TONS! Just park and at Country Furniture, Little Folks Book Shoppe, the pet store, The Blue Jay Library, to name a few places.

 Or, go see a movie at Blue Jay Theater.

How about FOOD? Oh, we have plenty of places to grab a bite or have a big, fancy meal, like Bill's Village Coffee Shop, Borderline, McDonald's, Royal Oak and MORE.

Here's what you'll see at the Pumpkin Patch:
  • Face Painting
  • Air Jumper
  • Sandy Candy
  • Game Booths
  • Refreshments

DATE: October 17 & 18th 2009 Time of event: 10:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: JENSEN'S PARKING LOT (click here for directions)

Read all about Jensen's Super Market & its history.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Fall Fun Events in Lake Arrowhead - October 2009

This weekend in Lake Arrowhead is just like any other... we have tons of fun stuff happening.
  • First, bring the whole family to Jensens (Blue Jay) and celebrate at their Annual Pumpkin Patch. As always, there will be games and  food, besides the fun.  Learn so much about this fine company right Here! 
  •  Locals Night "Oktoberfest" & Market at Lake Arrowhead Village. Come enjoy an evening in Lake Arrowhead Village every Friday evening from 4-7pm through Oct 30.
  • Come out for the "OOM PAH PAH FEST" this Saturday October 17 from 3-7pm at St. Richard's Episcopal Church. Location is 28708 Hwy. 18 in Skyforest. On hand will be pumpkin painting, raffle baskets, bobbing for apples, silent auction, bingo, polka lessons & face painting!  Call  the church for more info.
  • Lake Gregory! Get exercise and have fun at the "350 Climate Rally & Walk" The Mountain Group & the Sierra Club, who invites everyone to join them at this walk & learn about the need to reduce our global carbon amount to 350 parts per million in order to keep a balanced environment!  Date: Saturday, October 24th, 10am at the south shore parking lot of Lake Gregory. Contact  Sue Walker at:
  • "Sundays with Santa" at the Rim of the World Historical Society Museum! Bring the kiddies the Santa's Village exhibit at the "Rim of the World Historical Society Museum" to visit Santa for a pre-Christmas checkup & write a letter to drop in his mailbox!  Takes place Sunday, October 18 from 1-4pm. Photos are taken & put into a commemorative folder for $5.00.  Then spend some quality time exporing the museum. Check out their awesome website for more info. Address: 27176 Peninsula Dr in Lake Arrowhead (Cross street Rhine)  909-338-0225

Looking for a cabin in Lake Arrowhead or another mountain town?   Call me. Or visit my website and search the listings yourself.   Lake Arrowhead Homes for Sale

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Ski California Slopes this Winter

I know, I know... it's only fall and you may not be ready to hear the "S" (snow) word, but the fact is, winter is just around the corner. In fact, Mammoth is already to open. SO, I thought I'd post this "re-worked" message about all the ski slopes in SOCAL & other California mountains. Below you'll find just about all the information you need when it's time to brush off those skis.

SNOW VALLEY, in Running Springs--San Bernardino Mountains--is right in my Lake Arrowhead back door (almost). For those of us who live in or, around, Lake Arrowhead, it's only about a 30 minute drive from our front door. Snow Valley has some gentle runs (in my opinion) and it's a great place to take the entire family. From their link (above), you can access snow reports, buy tickets, get a terrain report and tons, tons more! Snow Valley tries to open every year around Thanksgiving. Read about opening times right here. Map & Directions

There's some interesting history about SNOW SUMMIT, in Big Bear, that you may not know; A sportsman named Tommi Tyndall, along with his wife and other investors, are responsible for this ski area and for the installation of the FIRST chair lift in the nation! Snow Summit is about 90 minutes from Los Angeles, gets quite a bit more snow than Snow Valley and has more "strenuous" runs. Find out everything this wonderful ski area has to offer at Snow Summit stats. Map & Directions

Also nearby to Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego is MOUNTAIN HIGH RESORTin our San Gabriel Mountains. Check their site for daily conditions, tickets/passes, trail map and MUCH MORE.

If you want to get out of Dodge and head up north, then you may want to consider MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN. With over 400" of snowfall annually, and thousands of acres of terrain to ski, sometimes Mammoth will have snow when no other ski resort do. Located off Hwy 395, it is quite a drive...but most people say it's well worth it. Map & Directions


Also included, for those die-hard skiers, here are links to a few other ski resorts in our great state of California:

Granlibakken Resort Mount Shasta Tahoe Donner

Check out this fun site about Southern California Mountains

For SNOW reportsALL over CALIFORNIA and elsewhere, check out ON THE SNOW


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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Homes for Sale in Lake Arrowhead - See all Price Ranges

Homes for Sale in Lake Arrowhead - See all Price Ranges

There are currently 413 ACTIVE listings on our local MLS in Lake Arrowhead ("The Woods"). These include lakefront properties and estates in gated areas. The following is a list of price ranges broken down. There REALLY IS A HOME FOR SALE IN LAKE ARROWHEAD within most people's budget.

UNDER $200,000  = 6

$300,000 - $400,000 = 66

$400,000 - $500,000 = 73

$500,000 - $600,000 = 46

$600,000 - $700,000 = 31

$700,000 - $800,000 = 19

$800,000 - $900,000 = 21

$900,000 - $1,000,000 = 10

$1,000,000 - $14,200,000 = 92  (in "The Woods & "Lake Fronts")


For a complete list meeting your criteria, Call Kat (909-273-4542)

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San Bernardino Mountain Weather & Road Conditions

The weather peeps are saying we have a ton of rain coming our way (and boy do we need it), so I thought I'd give you some helpful links to view in case you live off the mountains and are planning a trip to  Lake Arrowhead:

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Lake Arrowhead LakeFront Homes for Sale ~ October 9,2009

Lake Arrowhead LakeFront Homes for Sale~ October 9,2009

Today I thought I post about the Lakefrontlistings we currently have for sale here in Lake Arrowhead. I'm including Actives, Pendings and Solds, as well as Solds from Jan. 1, 2009.

Active:  48 (one is a 1/6th interest in)    $150,000 - $14,200,000
Median Price: $2,275,000

Pending: 2    $749,000 - $1,398,000
Median Price: $1,073,500

Sold (from Oct 1. 09 thru today) 2     $1,400,500 - $2,800,000
Median SOLD Price: $1,715,000

Sold (from Jan 1,2009 thru today) 14     $999,000 - $4,250,000
Median SOLD Price: $1,350,000

For all your Lake Arrowhead Real Estate needs, call "Kat" @ 909-273-4542
Check here for  LakeFront Homes for Sale in Lake Arrowhead

Mountain Market Reports from Crestline to Big Bear

The following link will show you what is happening in most mountain towns: Crestline, Lake Arrowhead, Running Springs and Big Bear Lake. 

Mountain Reports, click here

Thursday, October 8, 2009


It's that time a year again... Arrowhead Pine Cone Festival in Twin Peaks. This is a super family event, for young and old, so bring grandma and grandpa too. It is held, just like the past Pine Cone Festivals, at the Mountain Community Senior Center & Rotary Centennial Park.

Free Admission!
Saturday, October 10th 2009
10:00am - 4:30pm
Map & Directions
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First of all, there is the "Find the BIGGEST Pine Cone" Contest which brings some $1,600 worth of prizes, and it's FREE to enter. Other things happening will be:

* Pine Cone Olympics (Grand Prize is a season pass to Snow Valley Ski Resort)
* Pine Cone Craft Contest
* Entertainment: Mountain Fifes & Drums, Craig Dooley, Wildhaven and MUCH MORE
* Learn everything there is to know about Pine Cones
...and so much more.

This is a FREE family fun event and has been made possible because of the Sponsors.
Be a part of the community that helps put us on the map as the

"Pine Cone Capital of The World!!"

For all your Lake Arrowhead Real Estate needs, call "Kat" @ 909-273-4542
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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Places to Eat in Lake Arrowhead

There are MANY places to get a good meal in Lake Arrowhead, but I've just added a few of my fav's. Enjoy

ANTLER'S INN in Twin Peaks. TRUE mountain ambiance.
SADDLEBACK INN in Lake Arrowhead... goes way back to the Hollywood days.
BIN 189 in the RESORT. Now this is what I call FANCY!
BILL'S VILLAGER in Blue Jay, is a down-to-earth kind of place to eat.
CASUAL ELEGANCE in Aqua Fria, is as the name says; Elegant.
BORDERLINE in Blue Jay; a taste of American and Mexican. (Two of my sons have worked as cooks here long, long ago)
PAPAGAYOS at Lake Arrowhead Village is truly my favorite place to eat (they make a mean margarita!)
BELGIAN WAFFLE WORKS lakeside at The Village. Awesome breakfast and lunch!

Market Report and Chart for Sept '09

Market Report for Lake Arrowhead September 10,2009

Here are the numbers today for Lake Arrowhead homes within "The Woods" (lake right) : Actives, Pendings & Solds for August. Figures are deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Figures taken from the Rim of The World Multiple Listing Service (MLS).
Actives: 392
Pendings: 49
Solds for August 2009: 22
Market Report for Lake Arrowhead September 10,2009
Also see Lake Arrowhead Homes for sale, how many & how much
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and reading my post!
Kat DeLong, Realtor
For more information about Lake Arrowhead & surrounding area Real Estate for SALE, feel free to call "Kat" @ 909-273-4542
Search my website, LakeArrowheadKat, to find Lake Arrowhead Homes For Sale
Outside Blog: KatSalesLakeArrowhead
Multiple Areas to Search for Homes for Sale: SoCaLakeArrowhead


Household Tips that save money and time ~ who knew...?
(my youngest son passed this along)
How Many of These Did YOU Know About?
  • A sealed envelope - Put in the freezer for a few hours, then slide a knife under the flap. The envelope can then be resealed. (hmmmmmm..).
  • Use Empty toilet paper roll to store appliance cords. It keeps them neat and you can write on the roll what appliance it belongs to.
  • For icy door steps in freezing temperatures: Get warm water and put Dawn dish washing liquid in it. Pour it all over the steps. They won't refreeze. (Wish I had known this for the last 18 years!).
  • To remove old wax from a glass candle holder put it in the freezer for a few hours. Then take the candle holder out and turn it upside down. The wax will fall out.
  • Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp rag, dipped in baking soda. Comes off with little effort (elbow grease that is!).
  • Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store receipt BLUE!) rubbing alcohol on paper towel.
  • Whenever I purchase a box of S.O.S Pads, I immediately take a pair of scissors and cut each pad into halves. After years of having to throw away rusted and unused and smelly pads, I finally decided that this would be much more economical. Now a box of S.O.S pads last me indefinitely! In fact, I have noticed that the scissors get 'sharpened'' this way!
  • Blood stains on clothes? Not to worry! Just pour a little hydrogen peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood. Works every time! (Now, where to put the body?)
  • Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and horizontal for inside windows. This way you can tell which side has the streaks.
  • Straight vinegar will get outside windows really clean. Don't wash windows on a sunny day. They will dry too quickly and will probably streak.
  • Spray a bit of perfume on the light bulb in any room to create a lovely a light scent in each room when the light is turned on.
  • Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will smell freshly washed for weeks to come. You can also do this with towels and linen.
  • Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least 3 hours prior to burning.
  • To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag and add the flowers. Shake vigorously as the salt will absorb all the dust and dirt and leave your artificial flowers looking like new! Works like a charm!
  • To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stove top.
  • Spray your TUPPERWARE with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains.
  • Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.
  • When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn's natural sweetness.
  • Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half, and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away. (I prefer to soak the lime in Gin and rub it on my tongue first)
  • Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces...Left over wine? What's that? :)
  • To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area and you will experience instant relief.
  • Ants, ants, ants everywhere. Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line. So, get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march. See for yourself.
  • Use air-freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job and better still, leaves a lovely smell to the shine.
  • When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle. Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, and then pull it off. Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.
  • Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer...Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush and flush.
  • Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water, and drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets.
  • Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes.
  • Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (Or longer, if necessary).Baking Soda works just as well!
  • Unclog a drain. Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar. Wait a few minutes, and then run the hot water.

Do your friends a favor. Pass this timely (and some not-so-timely) information on to a friend! I know I just did. Makes you wonder about ingesting Alka Seltzer, doesn't it?
Household Tips that save money and time

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and reading my post!
Kat DeLong, Realtor
For more information about Lake Arrowhead & surrounding area Real Estate for SALE, feel free to call "Kat" @ 909-273-4542
Search my website, LakeArrowheadKat, to find Lake Arrowhead Homes For Sale
Outside Blog: KatSalesLakeArrowhead
Multiple Areas to Search for Homes for Sale: SoCaLakeArrowhead

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Boy, this has been some winter here in the mountains. Just before Christmas we had a BIG storm. Just last week, almost ALL our snow was gone, with only a few patches here and there in our yard... then came last Thursday. I took the first picture on my way back up the mt. from visiting a friend. By the time I got home, the popcorn snow had begun, hence the pictures below.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Lake Arrowhead UP to the Minute Market Stats JANUARY 23, 2009


(All towns from Crestline to Green Valley Lake)
Listings: 740 Prices: $49,900 - $9,950,000
Pendings: 80 Prices: $49,900 - $1,650,000
Solds from Jan 1 - to date: 26 Prices: $54,900 - $750,000

Listings: 315 Prices: $171,000 - $5,995,000
Pendings: 20 Prices: $205,000 - $1,650,000
Solds from Jan 1 to date: 12 Prices: $200,000 - $750,000

Listings: 34 Prices: $799,000 - $9,950,000
Pendings: 0
Solds to date: 0
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Sunday, January 18, 2009


(All towns from Crestline to Green Valley Lake)

Listings: 753 Prices: $49,900 - $9,950,000

Pendings: 74 Prices: $54,900 - $899,000

Solds from Jan 1 - to date: 18 Prices: $55,900 - $750,000


Listings: 326 Prices: $171,000 - $5,995,000

Pendings: 18 Prices: $205,000 - $899,000

Solds from Jan 1 to date: 9 Prices: $200,000 - $750,000


Listings: 34 Prices: $799,000 - $9,950,000

Pendings: 0

Solds to date: 0


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Saturday, January 17, 2009


The storm/s have passed (for now) and the sun is out and come on up for air and enjoy Lake Arrowhead and The San Bernardino Mountains. Here's a list of what's going on or other fun things to enjoy:

LAKE ARROWHEAD VILLAGE is always a great place to go to stroll, shop and eat!

THE BLUE JAY VILLAGE for more shopping and restaurants. It's an easy walk around Blue Jay, and especially now with all the snow.... it's like a little Normal Rockwell picture.

Always check in with the LAKE ARROWHEAD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE and see their "Calendar of Events" for a list of exciting things going on around the area.

WILDHAVEN is a fun, family place to take the family.

You can always go see the most recent movies playing at THE BLUE JAY CINEMA

Skiers, go to Southern California Ski Resorts and Slopes, as they ALL have tons of fresh powder.

But before you head up, please check the weather and driving conditions.

To view ALL Active Listings in Lake Arrowhead, go to LAKE ARROWHEAD KAT
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Friday, January 2, 2009


..This is Missy, please don't confuse her with a WILD CAT.

Seriously, though, let me get right to the point of my title, WE LIVE WITH WILD ANIMALS. Here in Lake Arrowhead, and our surrounding towns, we may see black bears, deer, squirrels, mountain lions, racoons and, quite often, COYOTES. I've seen them all at one time or another. Like most people, my first reaction is (after seeing my first bear), "Oh, how sweet..." They may be cute, but they are not sweet. THEY ARE WILD.

The first bear I saw was while I was showing property one spring day. As my clients strolled around the outside of the house, I glanced up a pine tree and noticed this baby black bear sitting on a limb, his little leg swinging over it. After my initial, "ahhhhh," I THOUGHT, "Uh-oh, where's Mama Bear? I calming called out to my clients to get back into my car. We quickly LEFT the scene.

Coyotes are all over the place here in the mountains. And, they LOVE small animals. Several times a week there is a "pack" of coyotes that descends upon my property and starts their yelping--which usually means they're ringing the dinner bell. This past week, an article in our local paper headlined Dog Escapes Coyote Attack. This is NOT uncommon. When you're in the mountains, you DO live with the wild animals, and we MUST respect them. Beware of them. Take extra safety precautions.

  • Keep a close eye on small children
  • Keep your kitties indoors
  • Keep a close eye on your dogs when they are outside
  • Carry a stick, cane or ski pole when taking walks
  • Don't leave garbage out where WILD animals can get into (they'll be back if you do)

  • For more information about wildlife in our mountains, visit the SAN BERNARDINO NATIONAL FOREST DEPARTMENT- Ranger Station.
    To experience wild animals in a "safe" environment, take the family to WILDHAVEN. Or, if you want to travel a tad further up the mountain, say about 25 miles, make sure you go to the BIG BEAR DISCOVERY CENTER. This place is an awesome place to learn and experience our WILDLIFE, safely.

To view ALL Active Listings in Lake Arrowhead, go to LAKE ARROWHEAD KAT (click on properties on the dashboard and choose your price range)
CALL 909-273-4542 OR visit my website @ LAKE ARROWHEAD KAT
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