La Quinta, CA Real Estate News

By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
The Farmers' Market returns this Sunday!       Farmer's Market is back in Old Town La Quinta!  October kicks off with a bang in Old Town... and that marks the return of the Certified Farmers' Market to Main Street in Old Town La Quinta.     The first Farmers' Market of the season is this Sunday, October 5 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and it will continue Sundays through May 24, 2015. (Closed on Easter.)The popular weekly market features produce, herbs, honey, nuts, cheese, fresh cut flower bouquets, fresh baked breads, live chef demos, knife sharpening, fresh meats, music and more.  For info visit: certifiedfarmersmarket.org.  Sponsored by The Palm Springs Cultural Center.   SEARCH FOR HOMES IN LA QUINTA
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By Tina D Saporito, Your Dedicated Palm Desert, CA Realtor Since 2005, Call (760)799-8460. www.JustListedinPalmDesert.com
(Ronald Christopher & Associates. Proudly serving Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, Rancho Mirage, & Palm Springs.)
  Gated Communities in North La Quinta The area of La Quinta that is considered north La Quinta includes the neighborhoods north of Highway 111 and south of Fred Waring Drive. The area consists mainly of ungated neighborhoods; none the less, it is a great area to live and is a very convenient location for the many people that call it home. Because north La Quinta is located near the La Quinta High School, these neighborhoods are highly sought after and tend to hold great resale values.  For home owners who prefer a gated community, fortunately the area does offer a few gated neighborhoods  as well. With gated communities also come homeowners associations (HOA's.) The monthly fees are affordable and help ensure your neighbors all uphold the same rules and regulations. HOA's also maintain...
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
  New California Lifestyle Realty Office at Discovery Center PGA West         Today was my first day in our new California Lifestyle Realty office at the Discovery Center at PGA West! At the door you are welcomed by our lovely receptionist, Ann Lawlor.  Two agents are on duty from 9am-5pm.   We not only sell homes in PGA West, but throughout La Quinta...including The Tradition,  Santa Rosa Cove, Duna La Quinta, the Enclave, La Quinta Country Club and more! Of course, I am also available by appointment... so give me a call!  SEARCH FOR HOMES IN LA QUINTA
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By Kimberley Kelly, SFR, HAFA, GREEN, I do Real Estate like I played polo-to WIN!
(HK Lane, Christie's International Affiliate, 760-285-3578)
  It's been extremely HOT here in the Palm Springs Valley over the summer, and the humidity is still hanging around.  Did that stop our Buyers??  No!  The summer season was much more "normal" for those of us that have been realtors in the Valley for many years.  The past 3-4 summer seasons were very busy..it's now calmed back down to what I as a desert local of 30+ years, would call a normal summer season.  August and September have always been slower than our winter season, which makes sense since the temperatures are most likely triple digits!  The desert cities from the Western city of Palm Springs to the more Easterly cities of La Quinta, Indio, Thermal & Coachella did see a nice sales record through the summer.  Here are the stats of CLOSED properties (both Single Family & Condos) ...
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By Ron Saporito, Palm Desert, CA Real Estate & Mortgage Broker Since 2003, Call (760)574-8486. www.JustListedinPalmDesert.com
(Ronald Christopher & Associates. Proudly serving Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, Coachella, Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs.)
Should I List My Home for Sale Before the Season Starts? Fall has officially arrived and winter is on the horizon. Cold, gloomy days with snow shoveling will soon be among us. Well maybe for many of you but not actually for us in Palm Springs, California. Soon we'll be faced with snowbirds and part time residents flocking back for our beautiful winter weather. There's no doubt about it, our busiest time of the year is the winter! Winter here is like none other with warm sunny skies and daytime temperatures near 80 degrees, there's no place better to be. High season for the Palm Springs area is January, February, March and April. I like to call October, November, and December the shoulder season because now days more and more people are coming here earlier in the season. It makes perfect...
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
  We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place.  The Tradition Golf Club in La Quinta is just down the street, and if you drive south on Washington Drive... you will run right into the gate.  Give me a call to set up an appointment to discover this wonderful neighborhood!
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
  It may be cooling off in other parts of the country, kids are back to school,  leaves turning orange and brown, football has begun, there might be a chill in the air, ... but in La Quinta.  It's still summer here! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend where ever you are!  
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By Kimberley Kelly, SFR, HAFA, GREEN, I do Real Estate like I played polo-to WIN!
(HK Lane, Christie's International Affiliate, 760-285-3578)
I've lived here in the desert valley for over 30 years.  Last year was the first "flash flood" I've ever experienced.  We had road closures, mud slides and other inconveniences.  But what happened last Monday??  That was a MONSOON..at least for us!  3 inches of rain fell in less than an hour.  The skies opened and it sounded like a freight train was storming through our valley.  Angry and wild! La Quinta, at the more Easterly side of the Valley and mostly in a Cove, created by a ring of mountains, was hit particularly hard..and that's my home town.  This slideshow from our local paper, The Desert Sun, shows how much water we got. My own home was flooded with 2 inches of water, running in the back door and out the front door into the pool.  I actually got lucky as the Sand was captured ...
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By Kimberley Kelly, SFR, HAFA, GREEN, I do Real Estate like I played polo-to WIN!
(HK Lane, Christie's International Affiliate, 760-285-3578)
Whenever I show prospective buyers properties in the Palm Springs Valley of California, the weather is a huge topic.  Palm Springs is one of our Valley cities and yes...it is a desert out here!  The hottest months and often also the most humid are August and September.  Those of us in the know generally schedule our summer breaks during these months.  Day temperatures average somewhere around 100 and can climb to 120 easily.  Sound awful??  Well, I have never heard of ANYWHERE that doesn't have some kind of weather "issue." It's pretty easy to adjust to the heat.  First off..many Buyers will only be here during our stellar and unmatched glorious winter season, so no need to worry about too much sun.  Winter offers daylight temps of 75-85 degrees and evenings cool to a very doable 40-50...
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By Tina D Saporito, Your Dedicated Palm Desert, CA Realtor Since 2005, Call (760)799-8460. www.JustListedinPalmDesert.com
(Ronald Christopher & Associates. Proudly serving Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, Rancho Mirage, & Palm Springs.)
Top Home Sales in Andalusia at Coral Mountain Andalusia at Coral Mountain reflects the serenity of the Andalusia Region in Southern Spain while offering world-class amenities to home owners. From the stately Mediterranean arches at the guard gated entrance to the majestic club house with exquisite views of the Santa Rosa Mountains, each home has an old world tranquil charm. Built by Drummond Company - developer of Rancho La Quinta – there is no question Andalusia will be another premier golf community in La Quinta. Search Andalusia Homes for Sale. The community has had a robust year for homes sales. In the last six months, 14 homes have sold with an average sale price of $327.43 per square foot. The average selling price was $1,220,857. There are currently 18 home sales pending, 15 of t...
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
Summer in La Quinta   The most frequently asked question we get, as full-time desert dwellers, is "What is it like to live in La Quinta in the summer?" Frankly... I love it.  The pace is slower in La Quinta in the summer.  Fewer golfers go by,  less traffic, no reservations needed at restaurants, no waiting in line for anything.  Tourists and snow-birds are gone and the locals rule.   We have a day-date to the movies and catch a happy hour on the way home.  We take little day trips to nearby cities like Borrego Springs, Temecula, or spend the day exploring old Palm Springs.  It's a great time to visit local museums like Sunnylands or the Palm Springs Air Museum.   We do our travelling in the summer-- visit friends and family who live in cooler areas!  But I'm always happy to return to L...
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By Tina D Saporito, Your Dedicated Palm Desert, CA Realtor Since 2005, Call (760)799-8460. www.JustListedinPalmDesert.com
(Ronald Christopher & Associates. Proudly serving Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, Rancho Mirage, & Palm Springs.)
Griffin Ranch, La Quinta, CA     The late Merv Griffin had a dream and today his legacy lives on as he shares that dream with a select number of La Quinta homeowners. Dubbed a world-class equestrian community, Griffin Ranch is lined with white double rail fences and pasture like open spaces. You’ll find both serenity and luxury at Griffin Ranch! Search homes for sale at Griffin Ranch.   Enter upon glistening creeks, bronze horses, and a coble stone bridge to the stately wooden entrance gates and 24 hour guard house of Griffin Ranch. Set amidst 239 acres with a backdrop of the Santa Rosa Mountains, Griffin Ranch is a community like no other in the desert. Give it a second glance and you’ll also notice equestrian trails meandering throughout the community.   Griffin Ranch offers majestic ...
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By Tina D Saporito, Your Dedicated Palm Desert, CA Realtor Since 2005, Call (760)799-8460. www.JustListedinPalmDesert.com
(Ronald Christopher & Associates. Proudly serving Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, Rancho Mirage, & Palm Springs.)
PGA West, La Quinta Golf Courses World famous PGA West in La Quinta, California, consists of 2200 acres of championship golf courses surrounded by a wide range of single family homes and condos for every lifestyle. PGA consists of six golf courses - 3 private & 3 public - along with three clubhouses, tennis and fitness facilities: Search homes for sale in PGA West Arnold Palmer Private CourseThe Arnold Palmer Private course, host of many Bob Hope Classic's, is challenging yet inspiring for all levels of play with five sets of tees. Nestled up against the Santa Rosa Mountains, this course offers breathtaking scenes with rolling fairways and large lakes. Jack Nicklaus Private CourseRated as one of the best courses in the desert, the Jack Nicklaus Private Course is ranked by Golf Magazine ...
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
The Wine Bar is Moving in Old Town La Quinta   The Wine Bar in Old Town La Quinta is moving across the street after many years in the same location!  Saturday July 26th is the last day it will be open until it re-opens Labor Day weekend as The Wine Bar Bistro in it's new location on Avenida La Fonda- former site of The Desert Sage. The Wine Bar Bistro will serve a full bar with cocktails, and an expanded dinner menu.  They will still focus on great wine, wine tastings, wine club and a moderately priced menu. We look forward to enjoying The Wine Bar Bistro when it opens for next season in Old Town La Quinta!  
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
JUST SOLD AT LA QUINTA COUNTRY CLUB!   How would you like to have this view? My clients are thrilled with their new home at La Quinta Country Club.  The views from their patio are spectacular, and the pool is just a few steps away! Isn't it time to find your place here? Come live the desert life! FIND YOUR HOME IN LA QUINTA  
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX All-Pro
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 13 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
If you would like to see any of the properties listed below which are homes for sale in The Citrus Country Club in La Quinta , please call us at the numbers below. Were committed to helping you find the home of your dreams. Elaine Stewart has been in the Real Estate Business for over 20 years and has extensive experience in the Palm Springs, and the surrounding cities Real Estate market, Elaine truly enjoys helping people in the process of buying or selling a home. Elaine Stewart - Remax Real Estate Consultants Mobile: (760) 668-2399Email: desertrealestate1@yahoo.com
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By Kimberley Kelly, SFR, HAFA, GREEN, I do Real Estate like I played polo-to WIN!
(HK Lane, Christie's International Affiliate, 760-285-3578)
What's the first thing you, as a potential Short Sale property seller, need to do?  The first thing most of my clients respond is "Call my Lender."  Hmmm..not so fast.  If you're not delinquent, they may just continue to do their job and try to get you to pay them more money!  The Lenders' first response to being informed of your Short Sale options is to say they'll send you their Short Sale package.  You can get those easily online. I think your time would be much better spent looking for an experienced Short Sale Agent in your area, who has worked with a slew of Lenders and isn't intimidated by the process.  They should be able to advise your on your particular Lender(s), procedures, the time line with regards to your delinquent status, FMV for a Short Sale in your development and ju...
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
SOLD- LA QUINTA COVE HOME!     Happy to announce that my La Quinta Cove listing on Avenida Alvarado closed escrow on Friday... a few days early! We received an all cash offer, just $5,000 under asking.  Both buyer and seller are pleased! Are you ready to sell your La Quinta home? Give me a call at 760-333-8886!  
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By Kimberley Kelly, SFR, HAFA, GREEN, I do Real Estate like I played polo-to WIN!
(HK Lane, Christie's International Affiliate, 760-285-3578)
Confused? Fatigued?  Don't even know what to ask a potential Realtor?  Are you looking for an Agent to help you locate your new La Quinta home? Take a deep breath, count to 5, let your breath out, and start a list.  Two Lists actually.  One list is your "must haves"..the non-negotiables that you will have in your new house.  Keep it short, keep it simple, put down the BIG things! List #2:  Your "Dream List".  These are the things you would Like to have in your new property.  Now, set that aside and think about the type of Sales Person you work best with.  I know, for myself, I don't like a sales person that follows me around the store, or calls me relentlessly with another angle to suck me in.  Think seriously about what traits you'd like in your Realtor. Now..start your homework.  1. ...
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
Here in La Quinta, Ca. we have over 100 days per year when the heat is over 100 degrees. Showing homes is exhausting and heat sickness for agents and client can be a real concern. Here are a few tips to help make the clients and yourself as comfortable as possible. 1. Start early in the day before the real heat hits 2. Where a hat or visor 3. Take cold water and ice bags in the car 4. Us a sun screen in the car when the car is stopped 5. Show the home without AC running first 6. If your car has a remote start, keep the car running while you show houses 7. Wear sunglasses 8. Take frequent breaks in air conditioning to cool off before proceeding    
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