Happy Labor Day!
State Of The Lake
We’d like to give a great big THANK YOU to our local “Trash Pickle”, Nicole Naumcheff, for all her work at keeping Bass Lake clean and safe!
From Her FB Page: TRASH PiCKLE Solutions
Cleaning our mountain area because we can and want to. We tackle the little and the big, from broken glass to dump sights and everything in-between. Recycling our way to a better today!
Do you want to be part of the solution? Support the cause. TRASH PICKLE Solutions.
Area cleanup, it’s what we do. Recycling our way to a cleaner today. It just makes cents. Facebook Pay: Nicole Naumcheff. Venmo username: @Nicole-Naumcheff
How To Save Water Around The Yard
- Use Water-wise Plants
Check with your local water agency on the best plants for your area. It is best to use water-wise, California-native plants when possible.
- Use Drought-resistant Trees, Plants
Using drought-resistant plants and trees can save 30–60 gallons per 1000 sq. ft. each time.
- Adjust Sprinkler Heads & Fix Leaks
Saves 12–15 gallons each time you water & a leak about as small as the tip of a ballpoint pen can waste about 6,300 gallons of water per month!
- Install Drip Irrigation & Add a Smart Controller
Installing a drip irrigation system and a smart controller can save 15 gallons each time you water.
- Use a Broom to Clean Outdoor Areas
Using a broom to clean outdoor areas can save 8–18 gallons every minute.
- Use Mulch
Using mulch can save 20–30 gallons of water per 1000 sq. ft. each time you water.
- Reimagine Your Yard
Feed your vegetables and fruits water first because they feed you! Water-wise plants and shade trees use little or no water once established. Thirsty plants such as lawn and container plants are the lowest priority.
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Owning A Home . . . The American Dream
For the vast majority of us, owning a home is part of the American Dream. According to a study conducted by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, 87 percent of those polled cited owning a home as the number one criterion for defining “the good life.” Owners and renters alike considered homeownership desirable for the following reasons: the pride of ownership, their dislike of paying rent, and the ability to change features of their homes to match their individual tastes and needs.
In addition, owning your own home provides a sense of security and well-being that’s hard to beat. Home is where we raise our families, have friends over for summer barbeques, paint the baby’s room pink or blue, and find refuge from the outside world.
Owning a home offers other advantages as well. For instance, as a homeowner, you have control over your environment. Not only can you change your home to meet your needs, but you also aren’t subject to the terms of a lease or a landlord. As a homeowner, you can experience the emotional and financial security that comes from knowing what your housing expenses will be from year to year. Unlike rents, which can increase annually, most mortgages have fixed or capped monthly payments. So, as a homeowner, you can have a much better idea of what proportion of your paycheck goes toward your home. Think of it as the ultimate savings plan.
And it only gets better. Homeownership is the primary component in the creation of wealth for many Americans. Data from Harvard University’s Joint Center of Housing Studies illustrate not only that the median net wealth of homeowners is 34 times greater than that of renters, but also that over half of that wealth is generated from home equity. As you pay down your loan amount each month, you accumulate equity, a growing ownership interest in your property. If you need funds, you can borrow against this equity in the form of a home equity loan. Further, interest on a portion of home equity is tax-deductible.
Most homes appreciate in value over time and can be a source of income for you, especially if you’ve lived in your house for many years. When you retire, you can sell your home if you need the funds or make use of a home equity conversion mortgage.
Finally, don’t forget about the significant tax advantages of owning your home. Interest on a home mortgage and property taxes are deductible. For most of us, mortgage interest provides the largest tax deduction. Also, a home is the single most important factor that determines whether you will be able to file a return which takes advantage of the wide range of allowable itemized deductions.
Homebuying Means Getting Back To The Basics
Recently, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® surveyed homebuyers to find out what they considered to be important in the purchase of their homes. The largest percentage, 27 percent, considered the mere ownership of a home as the most important reason to buy. Moving to a better neighborhood (17 percent), wanting a larger home (10 percent), and realizing the tax advantages of homeownership (8 percent) were other reasons cited for buying homes. Seven percent focused on investment value as their primary motivation for homeownership. Over the years, your home likely will be the best investment you’ll ever make. But more importantly, it will be the place that offers you and your family shelter, security and stability. That’s some return on investment.
Q2 2021 Housing Affordability Index
Yosemite Remains Open . . . Forest Closures Update
- The Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad is closed due to the order and being on Forest Service land. They plan to reopen September 18th.
- Bass Lake is open for lake activities.
- The Forks Resort & Miller’s Landing Resorts are both having to close due to the order as they are on Forest Service land.
- The Pines Resort, Pines Village businesses, Bass Lake Boat Rentals and the Marina Bar & Grill are open.
- Bass Lake’s public Boat Launch will remain open only for the purposes of allowing boat owners a way to get boats off of the lake. No boats should be allowed to launch at this time.
- All Forest Service owned beaches around the lake will be closed. We don’t know which ones are FS or PG&E…hoping to get some more clarification on this.
- All Day Use Areas around the lake will be closed.
- Visitors with Camping Reservations on Recreation.Gov: A Forest Service wide effort is in place to cancel reservations and notify those who have reservations that they have been canceled. Refunds will be processed through rec.gov
YOSEMITE IS OPEN!
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