The better prepared you can be in advance of home shopping, the more likely you are going to be able to find a home. If you just want to shop, that is all you will do when the market has low inventory and investor cash flowing back in. Tax increases may slow the sales speed a little, but as with all things, the taxes will get passed on to the next person and the market will keep moving.
I couldn’t see far enough to be distracted by the beauty of Lake Tahoe or the Alpine Meadows Valley. It was too cold to stop and do anything else. All I could do is ski in the little area that I could see. I could only see about three or four hundred feet at any given time. A little surreal like a video game where you always know there is more, but you just can’t see it.