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Annual La Quinta Arts Festival - 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 27; La Quinta Civic Center Campus, La Quinta. Enjoy a contemporary fine arts and crafts festival. Cost $10. 760-564-1244; La Quinta.
For those of you interested in homes for sale at PGA West, La Quinta CA, a beautiful bank owned, REO listing just came back on the market today priced at $740,000 ($196.65 / sq. ft.). 3,763 sq. ft., 3 beds, 3.5 baths. Legends Way is a beautiful street inside the Legends Gate at PGA West. This is ...
The Surprise Tax Investors contemplating a 1031 exchange are usually focused on the capital gains which are taxed at 15%. However, they often overlook "recaptured depreciation" which is taxed at 25%. As this tax is based on the total of all the depreciation taken over the years, it can in many ca...
When the First Time Homebuyer Credit was expanded and extended in November 2009, Congress also  added new IRS documentation requirements for claiming the credit. Failure to submit the correct documentation may delay issuance of an any applicable refund by the IRS. As noted on the IRS website, tax...
View map  For a fun time in beautiful La Quinta, be sure to stop by the new open-air Farmers Market at Old Town La Quinta featuring fresh produce and fruit grown by local farmers. The market will be open every Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. during the growing season. Vendors will be offering...
As reported in The Los Angeles Times, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued new guidelines and clarified documentation that taxpayers must submit to successfully obtain the federal tax credit for home buyers. The federal tax credit for home buyers was extended and expanded late last ...
Update: The KPSP Channel 2 airing of its Eye on the Desert Old Town Artisan Studio and Charity Soup Event has been changed to today, Tuesday the 16th of February, at 6:30pm. Please see my previous post for information on the upcoming Charity Soup event. See you there!
The Desert Classic Concours d'Elegance will be taking place on Saturday and Sunday, February 27th and 28th in La Quinta CA. The event will kick on in Old Town La Quinta, where more than 75 rarely seen classic cars from museums and private collections will be on display along Main Street from 8:00...
Greetings Guests of Old Town Artisan Studio Charity Soup Event We are counting down the days and looking forward to your expected arrival to the Old Town Artisan Studio's 1st Annual Charity Soup event at 6:00 Pm Thursday, February 18th.  We will have special guests arriving via red carpet at 6:20...
Correctly "pricing a home for sale" is a complicated issue that needs to be approached with a flexible attitude. Selling a home in this market is a huge emotional and financial issue. It may take some time for the client to accept the fact that their home may not be worth what they may think it i...

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e-PRO REALTOR Larry Hansen, CPA and Broker / Owner of Calif Desert Realty resides at PGA WEST in La Quinta, CA and specializes in gated and golf communites in La Quinta PGA West and surrounding areas. Visit his website at and his La Quinta, CA neighborhood listings at