March 2020 Events






Northern Nevada has events for all people, whether you love to paint, have a good laugh, or take risks. Chase International is here to provide you with different events for you to attend. Keep up with our blog to see a new monthly list of specially curated events.

MARCH 2020


March 12 | Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema
Since 2000, LUNAFEST has showcased the work of talented women directors from all over the world. Discover the ground-breaking women from prior seasons, along with the ones who are changing the industry with this year’s lineup. The event is a fundraiser for Girls on the Run – Sierras. 

March 18 – 21 | Heavenly Mountain Resort
Four days of mountains, music, and adventure. Welcome to the ultimate snow adventure. Parties, casinos, clubs and snow-covered mountains of Heavenly Ski Resort.

March 27 – 29  | Squaw Valley
We aim to cultivate and nurture the relationship between nature, authentic music, and communal family, creating a vehicle for inspiration. When we come together with open hearts and open minds, bringing all of our differences and unique opinions, we begin to dissolve the illusion of separation from one another. Our intention is to create a platform for artists, vendors, attendees, and our planet to unite as one – connecting the tribe. WinterWonderGrass is a weekend of music, brews, and food. This is a family friendly event with many activities for those of all ages.


March 9 – 10  | Joe Crowley Student Union
The Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship and The College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno are excited to announce the second annual International Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium. This event was created in 2018 in order to encourage open communication, education, collaboration and support amongst female founders and their supporters.

March 20 – 22 | Reno Sparks Livestock Events Center
The most action-packed motorsports experience for families in the world today returns to Reno for another high-octane weekend featuring the ultimate mix of high-flying action and four-wheel excitement at Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center.

March 28 – 29 | Reno Ballroom
Reno’s first Black Tie Creative event of its kind for 2020. This is the night you’ve all been waiting for. With a custom production of Reno’s greatest cirque performers giving you an elegant, yet tantalizing night at the Reno Ballroom, you will be immersed in games, entertainment, dance partys, drink gardens, people watching, and more…


March 7 | Downtown Carson City
On the first Saturday of every month, participants can stroll to over 30 locations that are pouring wine, providing entertainment, and offering special deals for wine walkers.

March 21 | Brewery Arts Center
Golden Bough will be returning to the BAC to play in the 2019-20 Celtic Music Series. Kathy Sierra, Margie Butler, and Paul Espinoza formed Golden Bough in 1980 and since then have traveled all over the world., playing music rooted in the traditional sound of the seven Celtic Nations. They blend their voices into prestige harmonies and always bring an array of acoustic instruments to their shows, including harp, guitar, mandolin, accordion, violin, and penny-whistle.

Posted on March 3, 2020 at 8:40 pm
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February 2020 Events

Northern Nevada has events for all people, whether you love to paint, have a good laugh, or take risks. Chase International is here to provide you with different events for you to attend. Keep up with our blog to see a new monthly list of specially curated events.



February 1, 8, & 22 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Take an evening to slow down and enjoy the peaceful setting of the Sierra Nevada during Northstar’s guided, evening snowshoe tours. The 2 – hour tour begins at the Cross Country, Telemark & Snowshoe Center at 5 pm. The group will meander through the pine tree-lined forest, ultimately concluding the tour at The Village at Northstar. During the adventure, snowshoer’s will also relax around a fire pit to enjoy s’mores and hot chocolate. Dogs on leashes are welcome to join in on the fun.

Exhibit February 5 – March 3 | Reception February 21 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
What is your best Mountain Life? A showcase of local artists depictions of how they live “mountain life”.

February 28 – March 8 | 8599 N Lake Blvd. Kings Beach, CA
North Lake Tahoe’s Snowfest is a 10-day winter carnival with numerous events and activities celebrating the Lake Tahoe winter scene. Fun to be had by all it kids, families, adult only, or animal events…SnowFest! has it all!


February 8  | 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
Face your fears and tackle your phobias head-on during an evening of some of the scariest science. Whether your fear is clowns, bugs, electric shock, needles, or just the fear of fear itself, prepare to explore the science of scary. For ages 21+. You can purchase tickets online or at the door. Ticket price includes two drinks and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.

February 15 & 16
Your favorite TV show is now giving you a new way to experience it firsthand! The Bachelor Live on Stage is making its way across the country in an exciting new way, guaranteed to be packed with all the gossip, drama and romance like never before. Promised to be the ultimate evening for any fan, with your favorite previous Bachelor’s and Bachelorette’s will serve as your hosts, and in true Bachelor style, one eligible hometown Bachelor will be finding his soulmate among the local ladies in the audience.

February 22 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Divas’ Day Out will showcase over 100+ businesses on-site for shopping, giveaways and information on health, fitness, beauty, fashion, motherhood, finance, education, career and fun… all the things that women love!

February 29  | 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. This event called TEDxUniversityofNevada, where x=independently organized TED event. At TEDxUniversityofNevada, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.


February 9 | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
This imaginary landscape inspired by Nevada desert scenery and given a wild punch of color is a delight to paint in watercolor. Taught by professional artist, Dana Childs, who seeks to inspire painters as well as inform and encourage them.

February 27 – 29 | 12:00 pm
The independent film competition winners will be shown as part of the film weekend on Feb. 27 – 29. This special weekend consists of free afternoon and evening film viewings followed by informal discussion. Afternoon showings will spotlight the independently made films selected by the International Film Weekend Committee, while evening viewings will consist of award-winning, commercially-produced international films including Babette’s Feast and Mar Adentro (The Sea Inside).


Posted on February 4, 2020 at 10:55 pm
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December Significant Sales

After a strong start in 2019, the Reno-Tahoe luxury properties market slowed down toward the end of the year. Despite softening market conditions, Chase International is pleased to report the following significant luxury real estate sales.

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Posted on January 11, 2020 at 9:50 pm
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Reno-Tahoe-Carson 2019 Year-End Real Estate Market Reports





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Overall, the 2019 regional real estate market in Reno, Sparks, Carson, Truckee and Lake Tahoe was a mixed bag—with the valleys showing strong increases as communities around the lake softened.

Reno & Sparks Housing Market

The Reno-Sparks real estate market saw a nice increase in single-family home sales for 2019. Sales volume for Reno increased by 7%, while Sparks increased by 8%. The median price for Reno-Sparks homes came in at $390,000, an increase of 4%. 227 homes priced over $1 million sold in 2019, an increase of 4%. Meanwhile, the Reno condo market witnessed a whopping 29% increase in sales volume, as Sparks condo sales decreased by 3%. The median price for condos in both cities was $225,000, an increase of 13%. 23 condos sold for over $1 million in 2019, an increase of 35%.

Carson City & Carson Valley Housing Market

The sales volume for single-family homes in Carson City was up a robust 15% in 2019, with a median price of $349,000, an increase of 7%. Three homes sold for over $1 million, a 33% increase. Carson City condo sales volume rose an impressive 24%, with the median price coming in at $220,000 for 2019, an increase of 18%.

Carson Valley home sales were also strong, with volume up 8% for the year. The median price was $430,000, up 3% from the prior year. 23 homes sold for over $1 million, an increase of 5%.

Lake Tahoe & Truckee Housing Market

In contrast, the overall sales volume for single-family homes in the communities around Lake Tahoe declined 9% in 2019. Condo sales volume declined by 13%. The median price for homes in the Lake Tahoe Basin came in at $660,000 for the year, up 1% from 2018, while the median price for a condo was $444,500, down 1 % in 2019. 338 homes sold for over $1 million, an increase of 1%, while 180 condos sold for over $1 million, a decrease of 15%.

Sales volume for single-family homes in Truckee went down by 6%, while condo sales volume increased by 10% in 2019. The median price of a home in Truckee came in at $749,500 for 2019, an increase of 2% over the prior year. Meanwhile, the median price of a condo was $443,500, down 3% compared to 2018.

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Headquartered in Lake Tahoe, Nevada

since 1986, Chase International is a dynamic real estate firm with a heart-centered approach, committed to the success of its clients, sales associates, staff and community. With more than 350 professional Realtors® representing homes at all price points, the company is proud to be the market leader, achieving the highest 2018 volume in the region with nearly $1.4 billion in sales. The company currently operates nine offices in Reno-Tahoe—Zephyr Cove, Glenbrook, Incline Village, Carson Valley, South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City, Truckee, Reno, and Sparks, as well as a marketing and PR firm in London. With powerful international connections in place, Chase listings receive maximum industry exposure to potential purchasers worldwide. 

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Posted on January 8, 2020 at 9:51 pm
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Clear Creek Tahoe–Nevada’s Most Stunning, New, Luxury Home Development

Recently I visited with Georgia Chase, REALTOR at Chase International and Sales Director at Clear Creek Tahoe, just outside Carson City, Nevada. I had heard a lot of good things about this development, so I was excited to speak to Georgia and take the full tour.


What’s the story with Clear Creek Tahoe?

Clear Creek Tahoe sits on 2136 acres. We have 853 acres in permanent conservation, which is that beautiful meadow that we’re going to drive through when we go into the property. We have outstanding granite rock outcroppings to the east—those are also in conservation. And we have the National Forest on the west side.

Back in the day, this was all the Schneider Ranch, which was one of the first settled ranches in Nevada. You’ll see a lot of nods to its history as we go through the property.

We’re in phase one right now of the development, which is 177 lots, with 56 mountain cottage homesites and 121 estate homesites.

What kind of amenities does the community offer?

We have many amazing amenities, but our most exciting amenity is a private lakefront residence for our members’ use only up at Lake Tahoe. Situated right next to Edgewood Golf Course, we call it Twin Pines. It’s a Julia Morgan designed home from 1936, and basically, they renovated the old, historic house and turned it into a classic clubhouse.

In the summer, it works like a beach house. You’ve got 180 feet of sandy beach. There’s a boat with a captain, it’s a Hinckley boat, so it’s a beautiful antique boat.

And in the winter, it works like a ski house. They have a shuttle that takes you up to the Heavenly gondola, which is only four blocks away. It’s a great offsite amenity.

That’s amazing, what about onsite amenities?

Onsite, our next exciting amenity is Summit Camp. We’ve got three hard, true clay tennis courts, sports courts and this awesome water slide with a tower built out of hundred-year-old timbers from Schneider Ranch.

There’s a large pool, hot tub, bocce court, poolside grill, lounge areas, game areas and lots of grass for the kids to play on. Located on this beautiful summit surrounded by the mountains and this beautiful alpine landscape, it’s a fantastic place to hang out in the summer.

Further down from Summit Camp, you’ll find our clubhouse campus. There we have a restaurant and pub, our permanent pro shop, and two guest cabins for members’ use. So for example, if you’re building your home, and you want to come and visit the project, you can stay there. They’ll also work for overflow guests later on.

We also have a lot of private hiking trails. My favorite is the Lookout Trail that goes up into those granite rock outcroppings, where you can see the entire Carson Valley. And then there’s the Headwaters Trail, which runs along Clear Creek and loops around the whole property.

Do you have a golf clubhouse?

Yes, we are excited to be putting in our permanent clubhouse hopefully starting late this year. It’s going to be about 20,000 square feet, with a 5000 square foot workout facility in it and larger dining facilities.

The golf course is one of our premier amenities. It’s an 18-hole Coore & Crenshaw mountain course, and it’s the only mountain course that they’ve done. It’s ranked the number one residential course in all of Nevada and 24th in the nation. The golf course has been in since 2009, so it’s really matured and golfs beautifully.

So this is a gated community?

Yes, it is, and Clear Creek Tahoe also has 24-hour manned security. Our beautiful gatehouse exemplifies the architectural style you’ll see all over the property, with timber beams that came right off the ranch. Mailboxes are right here, which is really convenient for people.

This beautiful meadow and all of the expansive area around it is in permanent conservation, so you’re never going to see any development here. The Headwaters Trail runs along that creek and then wraps around that ridge, and it’s a 5.5-mile beautiful hike.

What about fire risk?

The developers have been very proactive with fire prevention. We have fire hydrants every 500 feet. We have three manned fire departments within about 15 minute response time. You’ll notice as we go through, they’ve thinned the forest in here. They’ve limbed a lot of the trees.

Our first homeowners are not experiencing any higher rates for their homeowner insurance, and we don’t have a high fire risk, which is fantastic given the situation in California.

Infrastructure is all in place for phase one. All the utilities are buried underground, and we have county water, county sewer, fiber optic cable, electricity and natural gas servicing the community.

Can we see one of the houses?

Yes, this is one of everybody’s favorites. It’s a beautiful model home built by Santa Ynez valley construction. It’s 2765 square feet. It’s all single-level living. They’re doing a few little punch list items today but I’d love to take you inside.

It’s great, one-level living here, the perfect mountain style to enjoy these panoramic mountain views. We’ve got a fantastic outdoor entertaining space, out on the deck, with a great view of all the other construction activity that’s happening up here. And of course, this homesite gives you this easy access to all the amenities.

So where’s the golf clubhouse area?

The restaurant and bar are straight ahead. The pro shop is to the left and off to the east over here is where our permanent clubhouse is going to be behind these construction trailers. It’s going to be great. It’ll have big views to the Carson Valley and those great, rock outcroppings will be a wonderful backdrop.

The restaurant has a fantastic outdoor eating area with views of the 18th fairway of the golf course, and again, spectacular mountain views.

On the left, we’re approaching the Fairway Cabins. These cabins are very rustic on the outside, like the rest of the architecture throughout the property, but inside they’re very Four Seasons-ish.

Straight ahead, this is future development off that way. We’re getting ready to open 46 new estate lots called the Overlook Estates.

What kind of people are moving into the community?

The people that move to Clear Creek Tahoe are often outdoor enthusiasts. They love the Tahoe area, whether it’s boating, swimming, hiking, biking, golfing, skiing, so we get people that are pretty active. Our biggest demographic is around 57 to 59 years old.

There are also a lot of people looking at this area to save money on their taxes and retirement.

But at the end of the day, it’s really people that just enjoy this kind of environment, and we’re so fortunate because as you’ve seen, we look like we’re hundreds of miles from civilization, but we’re right in the heart of services.

You can be at Costco in seven minutes. Trader Joe’s, Best Buy, it’s all just a few minutes away. It’s only 35 minutes to the Reno airport, and 25 minutes up to our lakefront property, so we are in a great area to access fun and all the services.

So that was Clear Creek. Next, I headed out to see their most unusual amenity, the beach house at Lake Tahoe. But to get the details, you’ll have to watch the video, definitely worth your time:


If you have any questions about Clear Creek Tahoe, please don’t hesitate to contact Georgia or any member of her team. They’re happy to chat and tour you around the property, no hassle, no pressure. But if you’re interested, I do recommend acting sooner rather than later, as sales have been strong.

—By Diane Cohn


Posted on December 20, 2019 at 8:00 am
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November Significant Sales

After a solid first half of 2019, the Reno-Tahoe luxury properties market has continued to relax somewhat in the third quarter. Despite softening, Chase International is pleased to report the following significant luxury real estate sales.

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Posted on December 3, 2019 at 7:36 pm
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Home Lending Rates from the 1970’s to 2000’s [INFOGRAPHIC]

lending rates 1970 to 2020

What You Need to Know:

  • With interest rates around 3.66%, now is a great time to look back at where they’ve been over the past few decades. Comparatively, they’re pretty low!
  • According to Freddie Macrates are projected to increase to 3.9% by this time next year.
  • The impact your interest rate has on your monthly mortgage payment is significant. An increase of just $20 dollars in your monthly payment can add up to $240 per year and $7,200 over the life of your loan.
  • Maybe it’s time to lock in now, while rates are still historically low.

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Headquartered in Lake Tahoe, Nevada since 1986, Chase International is a dynamic, luxury real estate company with a heart-centered approach, committed to the success of its clients, sales associates, staff and community. With more than 350 professional Realtors® representing homes at all price points, the company is proud to be the market leader, achieving the highest 2018 volume in the region with nearly $1.4 billion in sales. The company currently operates nine offices in Reno-Tahoe—Zephyr Cove, Glenbrook, Incline Village, Carson Valley, South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City, Truckee, Reno, and Sparks, as well as a marketing and PR firm in London. With powerful international connections in place, Chase listings receive maximum industry exposure to potential purchasers worldwide.


Posted on November 29, 2019 at 7:30 am
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Sue Lowe and Mike Flanagan Create Culture of Success in Zephyr Cove

It’s a busy day at Chase International in Zephyr Cove. In between meetings, we sat down with Sue Lowe, Senior Vice President and Corporate Broker, and Mike Flanagan, Assistant Broker of the Zephyr Cove office, to find out how they maintain market leadership year after year.

Mike Flanagan Sue Lowe Brokers Chase International Zephyr Cove

Sue, how did you get into the real estate business?

I use to run a personal services business—taking care of people’s houses, overseeing remodels, planning weddings and parties.

I planned a big event for one of Shari’s clients, and when I met Shari, she said, “You’re really good at organizing things. How would you like to be my assistant and get into the real estate business?”

So I came on board, and within three months, I had my license. I never planned on being in real estate, but that’s how it happened.

Back in those days, Shari was fairly new to the business too. She had sold most of Pinewild, a lakefront townhome development, then came up with the concept of being a broker for four or five clients all over the world. She never lost that vision, and soon, people came to associate Shari Chase with luxury properties at Lake Tahoe as well as around the globe.

When I started with Chase, I didn’t know anything about real estate. Shari created a new vision for luxury, and we both executed on that vision of the way luxury real estate was marketed across the nation.

We did not have mentors at that time. We just charged forward, driven and determined to do better each and every day. We learned by our mistakes, and people were attracted to the way we did business together.

I always liken it to Mister Toad’s Wild Ride at Disneyland, where half the time you’ve got your hands up going “wheeeeee” and the other half you’re holding on for dear life.

Did the brokerage stay small for a few years before adding people?

Within two years, I became the broker of the company. Trinkie Watson joined us shortly after that, and then Marge Hauge, who just celebrated her 25th year at Chase.

We started out in a tiny little office at Marla Bay above the baggy pants store. Then we moved into the old Round Hill Mall, where we had 200 square-foot offices, side-by-side.

In the beginning, agents were hesitant to work with us because our upscale presentation wasn’t the norm. As we gained client recognition, we started to grow.

We added agents that fit our culture, and pretty soon we had 25 agents. We were a very small boutique firm, serving the entire lake as we had partnered with top broker associates, opening offices in Incline Village and Tahoe City.

What was your first big listing, and how did you get it?

The first notable listing we landed was Villa Harrah. Shari had strong connections with Harrah’s, and I had worked for Harrah’s in the entertainment office for 12 years prior to opening my own business. I oversaw Villa Harrah, where the celebrities would stay, so it was kind of ironic that we ended up representing that property.

Shari went directly to the Holiday Inn corporate staff and got it. She did the same thing with Jack Dreyfus to secure the Thunderbird Lodge listing. That’s her. Nothing scares Shari.

As Shari’s assistant, we did everything together for a long time because we were so small. As the company grew and as a new broker, I learned a lot from overseeing the agents at the company.

Sue Lowe Corporate Broker Chase International Zephyr Cove NV

What was the turning point that led the company to grow?

Shari was invited to join the Brain Trust, a group of the nation’s top independent luxury brokerages. We got so much value out of that organization.

We would travel to each of the owners’ hometowns and do a peer review of their businesses to help them improve while gathering ideas. The owners would bring their leadership teams, and we would spend three days observing their operations and giving our suggestions.

When it was finally our turn, they came to Lake Tahoe, looked at us and said, “You’ve got luxury dialed-in here. You’re well known, but you need to grow. You need to expand as soon as you possibly can.”

So we hired a consultant. Personally, he helped me strengthen my mindset as a leader. He taught me not to be attached to the outcome and not to carry everyone else’s problems.

He gave us good leadership tools, brought in quite a few new agents and encouraged us to open an office in Reno. We opened it together with maybe five to eight agents, so I was down there a lot.

We started expanding after that, really stepping it up when we merged with Doug Rosner at Century 21 in South Lake Tahoe, bringing on 28 agents.

We stayed in his location for two years, and then we brought in Adele Lucas and her team, right as the market started to tank. She owned the building that we moved into, and she gave us a really sweet deal, as we needed more space.

We remodeled that office, rebranded everyone, and overnight, we had a hundred new signs in South Lake Tahoe, which meant our image of being luxury-only began to expand. This is how we evolved to becoming the leader regardless of price point.

Getting those hundred signs overnight made a huge difference because that put us at number three in the marketplace. And within two years, we were in the number one position, and we’ve held it ever since by a significant percentage.

That’s been fulfilling, of course, and Larry Finkel has done a fantastic job managing that office from the beginning.

After that, we opened in the Carson Valley. Then during the downturn, we refocused on Truckee and Tahoe City. A few years later, we opened in Sparks. That’s how we grew.

You’re still the corporate broker after all these years, but you also run the Zephyr Cove office?

Yes. We have an awesome culture in our company and in this office.

I don’t have to manage a lot here because we have a good crowd of seasoned, heart-centered agents who help each other and any of the newer agents that come on board. We have a very strong office manager, Lisa Woodstock, who nurtures and mentors everyone.

Between Lisa, Mike and myself, we manage jointly because as the corporate broker, my role is also doing all of the risk management and any conflict resolution, which takes time. It’s a group effort.

So while Shari provides the vision for the whole company, Lisa, Mike and myself manage jointly at the office level.

When you think about bringing another agent into the fold, what are you looking for?

Mike and I were interviewing a brand new agent yesterday. She’s just about ready to take her test, and she’s trying to find out where she wants to go. She asked that same question.

I said, “We look for someone that will fit into our culture and has that fire in their belly. We have a decision, too. It’s important that you align with our culture and have a heart-centered mindset, following the golden rule and helping other people.”

You never can tell who’s going to make it in this business and who’s not.

We’ve had agents over the years, people that I thought were just going to be amazing who weren’t, and vice versa.

For example, I had a guy who was a developer and had done a lot of business at a well-known luxury brokerage in Tennessee.

He came on board at the same time I was hiring an engineer who had owned an electrical contracting firm in LA with 350 employees. He had lost everything during the downturn and decided to move to Tahoe and reinvent himself as a REALTOR.

I looked at both people and thought, my money’s on the luxury developer. He had experience. He had a great heart, and people just gravitated to him.

While the developer was really likable, the engineer was more serious and analytical.

Well, that luxury developer never sold a thing.

And, the first sale my engineer did was a lakefront. Because he was driven, he was compassionate, and he came in every day, doing what it takes to make a difference in people’s lives.

Plus he has this huge heart and gives back to everybody.

Sue Lowe Chris Hernandez Chase International Zephyr Cove NV

How important is the discipline of coming in every day and doing whatever it takes?

This is a career. It’s not a job. And if you want to be successful in this career, you have to be disciplined, self-motivated, a self-starter, and you’ve got to be able to relate to people and build relationships.

The best part about this career (which in a lot of professions you don’t get) is that you meet people from every walk of life. Some of my very best friends now are all people that I’ve sold houses to, literally the family that comes to Thanksgiving dinner.

For example, some very, very good friends of mine own a winery. They hired my daughter, and they’re just dear, dear friends. I would have never met someone in the winery business if it hadn’t been for this profession.

What else does a real estate agent need to succeed?

You need dedication, discipline and most of all, heart.

Confidence is huge, and the willingness to be the best you can possibly be at everything you’re doing.

My parents always told me, if you’re going to flip hamburgers, flip the best hamburgers you can flip. Don’t half-bake anything—your word is your word. If you say you’re going to do something, you better do it.

That’s the philosophy that I’ve lived by and I think Chase lives by, and if you do that and you do it for the right reasons, success will follow.

If you don’t do it for the right reasons, you’re always going to be in conflict.

How do you keep the agents on track and the office humming along day-to-day?

I deal with situations right away. You’ve got to be able to read people to understand when something’s off-kilter and sit them down and say, what’s going on? How can I help you?

Because I have a huge breadth of experience in this business, a lot of people respect my opinion and guidance throughout the organization. I receive calls every day from agents in every office on how to handle this or that, and a lot of that’s because I’ve focused so much on the risk management arena.

It’s a scary business. And if somebody screws up, I’ll counsel them and bring their attention to where they made errors, so that they don’t do it again.

I’ll also support them and walk them through the whole process. Being a strong figure, I learned this from my own experience.

But you know what? We’re all human. We all make mistakes. And if you make a mistake, own it, live by it, learn from it, and share it so that other people don’t make the same mistake you made. The worst thing you can do is hide it.

Occasionally in my monthly meetings, I do a lessons-learned segment. I’ll take some of these situations and try to teach what the outcome was and why.

It’s ever-changing. Only 10 years ago, nobody knew about wire fraud, and now it’s the topic of the month. Before that it was mold. And before that it was Radon. It’s always something.

It’s important to stay current. Staying on top of what’s happening in the market, in our industry and with the consumer—sharing this with our agents is a critical part of what we do.

Where do you see the company going in the future?

The sky’s the limit. No glass ceilings here. We have no boundaries.

Opportunities appear when the timing is right. We’re a very well-respected firm, with a tremendous amount of integrity. You don’t build that overnight. That evolved from Shari back in 1986 to what we are today.

The number one thing we honor is our people. Without the people who are part of this organization, we wouldn’t be who we are.

When we decided to change and start growing, I was so fearful that we would lose our culture. We had a very strong culture at that point with our 25 agents, and we really thought we were the cat’s meow.

But the most amazing thing happened. As we went from 25 to 100 agents very quickly, our culture began to expand and change people’s lives. Our motto is joy, health and success for all, and we’re pleased to see our associates attaining all three.

At Chase, we continually look for opportunities and encourage our agents and consumers in the pursuit of their dreams. Our culture is a beautiful thing, and we want to share it with people.

It’s what you do every day. It’s having someone’s back. It’s stopping and listening to someone. It’s helping someone. It’s thinking about the why instead of the who.

That’s our way.

Mike Flanagan Broker Chase International Zephyr Cove NV

Mike, how did you get into real estate?

After graduating from UNR in Reno in 2010, I came back to Tahoe because I love it here. It’s home.

I was working a bunch of seasonal jobs to get by and dated a girl whose father owned a brokerage up here. My relationship with the two of them kept progressing, and eventually, they asked me to come to work for them.

And of course, I jumped right on that and haven’t looked back since.

So they took you under their wing and said, hey, we need help with marketing. Let me show you the business?

Exactly, it was awesome. I couldn’t ask for a better way to learn, especially from one of the top brokers in town.

I did that for almost two and a half years and then went out and did real estate on my own, working for the same company.

Then this position with Sue opened up for me. Not only was it a great learning experience, but a way to really dive into every aspect of the business and get into the leadership side, which I think has always been my personality.

So I’ve been doing this for two years now, working with Sue in a mentoring program, but also as her assistant and business partner, helping out with company initiatives, too.

As someone who grew up here, what advantage does that bring as a broker?

Having a good contact base and knowing a lot of people who live here is important. Also knowing people who provide services for homeowners, like good lenders, and having relationships with them already is a definite advantage for the client.

Another benefit of growing up here is that I know the history—not just of the area or the things that happened here, but the history of the homes themselves.

It may be that a famous person lived in that home or that there’s some good story about the progression of when it was built, the remodel that happened later, or the next person that had a completely different idea and started from scratch.

I think a lot of people looking to buy in Tahoe really appreciate that. And especially working with Sue who’s been here for 29 years doing this—her knowledge, not just of the business but of our market and how unique it is has been really fun to learn.

Susan Lowe Mike Flanagan Brokers Chase International Zephyr Cove NV

What’s it like being a younger broker, part of the next generation?

It’s different, but working with two very top producing brokers in town has given me an advantage and a strong basis of knowledge about the business and our market in general.

I think one of the biggest changes in real estate is just how fast technology is progressing right now. I honestly think this is the best time to be in the business.

A lot of people are concerned that all of this technology is forcing the personal relationships out of the business, and that might be true in certain areas, but not here in Tahoe.

We have so many tools, and everything is done in a minute’s notice. It’s no longer waiting for a FedEx package to go back and forth or a fax to be sent one way or the other.

We have so many different ways to conduct business efficiently that I think the time-savings are huge compared to what it was, even five years ago when I first got into the business. I’ve seen a lot of progression.

It’s been rewarding being at the forefront and helping the agents with tips and tools to make their lives easier and more successful in less time.

Agents have so many marketing and technology choices, sometimes it’s hard to figure out what’s the best thing to do. How do you help agents with that?

Yes, it can be overwhelming. There are so many products and platforms to choose from, and everyone’s got a different way that they like to do business.

What isn’t broken, you don’t need to fix, but I think knowing that there are better options out there is a good thing to explore.

I think for us as a company, we’ve done some pretty amazing things in the last couple of years with our technology, working it into a cohesive, fully integrated system. People can still choose what they want to do and the kinds of programs they’re comfortable with. We’ve got a strong suite of products on offer right now.

Do you ever bring brand new agents into the Zephyr Cove office?

We do. A lot of our newer agents have some experience in the business, whether flipping homes or just working in a related field.

The Nevada market can be a challenge to push into as a newer agent. The amount of inventory we have compared to the number of agents here—it’s very competitive.

For an agent, not only new in the business but also new in the area, to learn the market, learn the neighborhoods and become someone that other people can trust to use in a market dominated by the same 10 people for the last 20 years can be difficult.

What’s good, however, is that a lot of our agents are the top producers in our market, and they’re happy to help. So it is possible for a newer agent with drive and determination to gain confidence and experience and find success.

It takes time, but you can do it.

Susan Lowe Mike Flanagan Brokers Chase International Zephyr Cove NV

How do you introduce a new real estate agent into your office?

The company offers extensive training through Chase Academy to help the agents transition into their new environment. And we do consistently sit down with them to see how they’re conducting business and look for ways to streamline processes.

Being an independent contractor, having an escrow is what keeps food on the table. But you also need to generate business through marketing, and there are so many different ways to do that.

For example, in our market, the tried-and-true method of soliciting home sellers through direct mail has been a staple for a long time. Our in-house marketing department creates beautifully branded collateral specific to our locale, and since we’re the market leader, what we send out carries credibility. So people respond.

A lot of REALTORS say that there are so many disruptors in the industry right now. Bigger tech companies like Zillow and Redfin are trying to push the agent out of the situation by automating valuation. But that doesn’t work here in Tahoe because two homes next to each other can differ in value by $1 million in price. Every home is practically custom up here.

And there’s no real valuation formula. That was something that my first broker told me.

He said, “Pricing property in Tahoe is not a science, it’s an art form, and you really have to be in this market and know what to look for and what to look at to be able to do it right.”

There are plenty of ways to get business in this industry, and I think it’s good for agents to explore methods that aren’t being used all the time.

Having a bit of a different spin on it and making it their own, still using the same branding to keep quality high, but also trying to find new ways to get business that people haven’t necessarily done in the past, that’s the key.

What are you and Sue thinking about as you move the Zephyr Cove office forward?

We definitely want to continue to keep our market share as high as possible. That’s a big reason why we attract the great people we do.

But we also want to make sure that our agents who have built this office to be what it is, feel supported, needed and engaged as we move forward together.

At the same time, we are looking to get millennial agents into the business, and it might work well with a staged transition, as one agent retires and another takes over.

For a well-established agent, that book of business you’ve built can be your retirement plan through ongoing referrals, if you’ve taken care of those people and they consistently come back to you.

We are developing a mentorship program, like the one I’ve had, to make that transition seamless. We know this process works.

Real Estate Brokers Chase International Zephyr Cove NV

So, you’re having a good time?

Absolutely, living and working here, it’s pretty easy to have a good time.

We’re all pretty cohesive in this office. I think everyone who shows up day-to-day understands what everyone else’s intentions are.

And it’s our whole game plan not just to achieve success on our own, but also for our company, continuing that really strong market share that we’ve had for a long time, which has been Sue and Shari’s achievement for many, many years.

It’s a great responsibility to walk into and keep going, but I love it.

Sue and Mike are looking for a few good agents to join their team. If you want to uplevel your business while living a life you love, please reach out.

Posted on November 21, 2019 at 1:19 am
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Some Spaces Defy Words—The Aerie is One of Them

Walk with us through this magnificent, modern, multi-million dollar luxury home for sale in beautiful Caughlin Ranch. Unlike anything else you’ve ever seen in Reno, NV, revel in this resplendent residence and feel the magic within. Ready? Let’s go!
40 Pronghorn The Aerie Soaring Lines Reno NV
Reaching for the sky like an eagle’s wing, this modern architectural marvel beckons from its regal perch.
40 Pronghorn The Aerie Wilderness Edge Reno NV
Collinear and curvaceous, with amaranthine city and mountain views, the edifice stands sentry on the wilderness edge.
40 Pronghorn The Aerie Artsy Entrance Reno NV
Stepping through the front door feels like entering a gallery in Midtown Manhattan.
 40 Pronghorn The Aerie Gallery Entrance Reno NV
Voluminous spaces, light and bright, provide the perfect backdrop for your curated collection of fine art.
40 Pronghorn The Aerie Great Room Reno NV
Upstairs, the great room dazzles with a majestic fireplace, walls of glass and views across forever.
40 Pronghorn The Aerie Guest Master Ceiling Detail Reno NV
Glulams deadmanned into the mountain behind, the aura is experiential, a sanctuary to inspire your best creative work.
40 Pronghorn The Aerie Cantilevered Deck Reno NV
The cantilevered deck entices—shaded, calm, protected from the wind, it’s a sublime spot for summer sunsets, cozied up next to the fire.
40 Pronghorn The Aerie Gourmet Kitchen Reno NV
A sleek and sophisticated entertainer’s kitchen awaits your culinary creativity, bespoke cabinets topped by Carrera marble providing a visual continuity that defines simplicity.
40 Pronghorn The Aerie Butlers Pantry Reno NV
Behind the kitchen you’ll find a generous butler’s pantry every caterer will adore.
40 Pronghorn The Aerie Den Reno NV
Nearby is the media room, an intimate space offering complete environmental control, where you can crank up the volume without disturbing another soul.
40 Pronghorn The Aerie Guest Bedroom Reno NV
Down the east wing, you’ll find a loo with a view and a comfortable guest suite overlooking the city panorama.
40 Pronghorn The Aerie Spa Bath Reno NV
Down the west wing, you’ll find the modern main master with an immense closet, a spacious spa bath, steam shower, private deck and serene mountain views.
40 Pronghorn The Aerie Guest Master Reno NV
Take the elevator upstairs to see the swanky second master, alighted atop the living room space with commanding mountain views.
40 Pronghorn The Aerie Office Reno NV
A quiet office anchors the home, with captivating garden views that insist you take breaks to meander the wildscape beyond.
40 Pronghorn The Aerie Conference Room Reno NV
Moving into the east wing, you’ll find a generous rumpus room currently used as a home office large enough for board meetings.
40 Pronghorn The Aerie Yoga Studio Reno NV

Further down the hall, you’ll find a charming bedroom suite and another larger bedroom suite currently used as a tranquil yoga studio.

40 Pronghorn The Aerie Private Patio Reno NV
Every bedroom features direct access to private patios and pathways drifting through the naturalized gardens.
40 Pronghorn The Aerie Aspen Trail Reno NV
Handmade switchback trails wend through rabbit and deer-resistant native plantings, a harmonious blending of re-wilded landscape.
40 Pronghorn The Aerie Salvias Reno NV
Grab a bucket of champagne, head up the mountain and stop to smell the salvias.
40 Pronghorn The Aerie Garden View Reno NV

Continue up the aspen trail to an intimate gathering spot at the top for commanding views on the edge of the wilderness.

40 Pronghorn The Aerie Bees in Garden Reno NV
Birds of prey, herds of deer and glorious sunsets are customary visitors, along with bobcats, bees and bugs galore.
40 Pronghorn The Aerie Workout Room Reno NV
Wandering back into the house, down to the ground level, you’ll find garage parking for three, a workout room, mechanical room and workbench for projects.
40 Pronghorn The Aerie Feng Shui Reno NV
And then there’s that curious curing room, a cylindrical space tucked into the mountain with radiant heated floors, drains and commercial-grade refrigerator.
40 Pronghorn The Aerie Architectural Detail Reno NV
Precisely positioned on a north-facing axis, the home is aligned for Feng Shui perfection.
40 Pronghorn The Aerie Front Deck Reno NV
As twilight settles over the landscape, The Aerie glows like a Chinese lantern.
For the owners, living in this lovely lookout has been transformational, a singular experience for the lucky few.

Will you be next? Click to learn more about this stunning home.



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Posted on November 14, 2019 at 6:24 pm
Chase International Client Care | Posted in Buyers, City Lights, Homes for Sale, Reno Real Estate, The Artist, The Entrepreneur, The Fashionista | Tagged , , , , , , , ,

October Significant Sales

After a solid first half of 2019, the Reno-Tahoe luxury properties market has relaxed somewhat in the third quarter. Despite the overall softening, Chase International is pleased to report the following significant luxury real estate sales.

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Posted on November 7, 2019 at 12:56 am
Chase International Client Care | Posted in Lake Tahoe Real Estate, Luxury Collections, Luxury Property Sales, Luxury Service, Reno Real Estate, South Lake Tahoe Real Estate | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,