REAL Trends Shows Tahoe Some Real Estate Love


A source for news, analysis, and information on the residential brokerage industry, REAL Trends, has ranked Chase International’s website and Alison Elder in its yearly best-of series.


Chase took home sixth in the Best Community Page category where web consultants reviewed nearly 700 residential real estate websites. The Chase website is the cornerstone of the company’s marketing strategy. And, for the third year in a row, Elder was ranked one of the best real estate agents in the U.S. by REAL Trends. Since 2009, Elder has transacted more than $375 million in volume with more than 700 transactions throughout the region. Info:

Recycling Rates Soar at Eastern Placer County Sorting Facility


Recovery of recyclable materials at Placer County’s Eastern Material Recovery Facility near Truckee soared after a $1.2 million investment in new equipment. With the completed upgrades in place by October 2015, the first full operational fiscal year ended in June. When compared to the year prior to the improvements, recovery of plastics had increased by 21 percent and recovery of aluminum by 37 percent, which amounts to approximately 600,000 more plastic bottles and 1 million more aluminum cans diverted from the landfill.

The upgrades included metering equipment at the beginning of the sorting line that helps control the volume of waste loaded onto the conveyor belt, a new sorting screen that spreads the waste out for better visibility, and four new sorting stations added at the end of the line.

All material that comes into the facility is sorted and goes back out, either as recyclable material for new products, or as residual waste headed to the Lockwood Landfill in Nevada. The state of California requires all cities and counties to divert a minimum of 50 percent of all waste from the landfill. Info: (530) 889-6846

New State Program Waives Certain Fees and Back Taxes for Mobile Home Owners


A new state program can open the door to legal ownership, waiving certain fees and back taxes — possibly saving homeowners possibly thousands of dollars. “In many cases, these are owners who never realized the property was supposed to be titled and registered, while others wanted a title but couldn’t afford the back state and local taxes and fees,” a California Department of Housing and Community Development press release sent to Business Wire said. As many as 160,000 people across the state of California could be eligible for the program. Info: (800) 952-8356

County Considers In-Law Units Ordinance, Continued to Oct. 23


An Oct. 3 Placer County Board of Supervisors meeting discussed a new county ordinance regarding secondary dwelling unit housing, to supersede the current state ordinance the county currently follows. The public hearing was continued to allow for the addition of a new subsection that refers to a dwelling that has two occupied units where both cannot be rented for the short term. This includes Northstar, Martis Camp, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Donner Summit, and the south shore of Donner Lake. The changes will be made by the Oct. 24 meeting, scheduled at 9:45 a.m. in Auburn. Info: (530) 889-4010 ~AG


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