La Quinta, CA Real Estate News

By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
 LA QUINTA COVE HOME FOR SALE...JUST REMODELED!    La Quinta Cove home that has been newly remodeled and has that "new home smell"!  Close to Old Town La Quinta shops, restaurants, bars, and local events.  Farmer's Market on Sundays, Art Under the Umbrellas, and much more! Great starter home or a great rental for an investor.  You won't be disappointed!   3BD / 2BA, with approximately 1502 sq. ft. Charming La Quinta Cove home newly refurbished and ready for move-in! This home with recently renovated kitchen, granite counter-tops, tile backsplash, stainless appliances including a Samsung stove and microwave Ceiling fans and new molding throughout the home, along with new tile, 6-inch baseboards, and carpet in the bedrooms Master suite has a walk-in closet and a dual vanity in the new bat...
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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)
My desert Valley is notorious for much, much more than supurb winter weather and REALLY hot summers!  This weekend Music & Theatre has some really interesting line ups as we head into the Coachella Valley Music Festival! Us locals start preparing early for the masses of Music Festival attendees.  It's a double edged sword because we LOVE them on the one hand as they bring new bodies, buyers, and visitors to the Valley floor, but along with that is an increase in the traffic.. The Finals of the Governors' Cup and also the Skins Game at the Eldorado Polo Club, in Indio, tomorrow at noon and 2 pm. The weather is gorgeous, season is still going strong and there are still some great property deals in the Palm Springs valley.
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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)
Whew..dodged a bullet.  Wait a minute, two bullets!  Helped my buyers slow down and SEE what they were buying. Buyer 1.  "This is the MOST beautiful home of this floorplan in the development!  The granite, the backsplash choices, the lighting fixtures, and that Furniture..let's write an offer, I LOVE it." Me: "It IS a great home.  How about we arrange a night showing?  Let's spend a little more time here..just to make sure." We went and guess what???  The home looked and felt very different the second time around for my Buyer.  We were able to take a breath, discuss the homes' obvious virtues, but also the lack of LOCATION., and several other things that she needed to think about, outside of all the bells and whistles.  We wrote on a completely different home and a much better fit for ...
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 12 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 Tradition 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 La Quinta Real Estate, 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 Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 12 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 Andalusia 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 La Quinta Real Estate, 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 Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 12 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 Mountain View 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 Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
Speechless Sunday: Amazing Southern Views at Andalusia! After our California Lifestyle Realty meeting last Tuesday we toured a few homes in the Andalusia development. Located in the east valley, near PGA West. The southern exposure from this patio and view of the Santa Rosa Mountains are spectacular! SEARCH FOR HOMES IN LA QUINTA
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 12 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)
Retiring..retirement..retired..all very "tired" words as far as I'm concerned.  I work with many "retired" cleints.  I'm at the age where I qualify for 55+ "retirement" communities myself!  My Buyers are not looking at Retirement homes, they are looking at Homes for the next phase of their lives.  Here in the Palm Springs Valley, there are 55+ communities in the city of Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Indio and La Quinta.   One of my favorite 55+ housing developments is Trilogy, in East La Quinta.  Shea Homes has finished the project, (just last year), and it has been extremely successful.  Low HOA's of $288/month that include killer amenities including a state of the art Clubhouse with covered indoor track, covered lap swimming pool, gym, conference rooms, computer stations and spa facili...
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 12 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
The Citrus is a home where you will have your choice of 3 golf courses.  This can be very different from other communities that may only have one, or two options.  With 3 options, each day of golfing can be different.  You will have more of a challenge as you learn to master each course right from your own neighborhood.  Pete Dye is famous for designing award winning golf courses, and he is behind the design of the courses at The Citrus.  There is even a challenging Mountain Course that is surrounded by the beautiful setting in this outstanding community.  The Mountain View Country Club is where many residents spend a great deal of their time.  Members have unlimited access to all courses, and each course is surrounded by the Santa Rosa mountains.  The views on the grounds are often br...
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 12 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
If you would like to see any of the properties listed below which are in the The Hideaway Golf Club , please call us at the numbers below. Were committed to helping you find the home of your dreams. Elaine has been a Real Estate Agent for over 20 years and has extensive experience in the Palm Springs, and 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) 668-2399 - Office: (760) 391-4415 Email: desertrealestate1@yahoo.com
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 12 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
If you would like to see any of the properties listed below which are in the PGA West Homes For Sale , please call us at the numbers below. Were committed to helping you find the home of your dreams. Elaine has been a Real Estate Agent for over 20 years and has extensive experience in the Palm Springs, and 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) 668-2399 - Office: (760) 391-4415 Email: 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)
  I've been gone for awhile from my AR blog.  Not exactly sure why, other than I have been busy with real estate here in the Palm Springs Valley, but I also think I just wanted to take a blog break.  Probably not wise, as you write your name in water in the blogasphere so to speak, but sometimes you just need to change it up! The desert during the winter truly is a wonderland of extremely fine outdoor living and a ton of events.  Right now, we have several running, starting with the La Quinta Arts Festival.  Now ranked #1 with the Art Critics, I am heading over today to view the amazing art work by local and international artists!  Sporting events are continual, and the BNP Paribas Tennis Open is in full swing at the newly expanded facility in Indian Wells Tennis Garden.  Both of our w...
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
La Quinta Resident Card :  You must live in La Quinta to Qualify!   As agents and ambassadors to our city of La Quinta we are often asked if residents here receive special consideration, or discounts for golf.  When the resident program first began, you could qualify for a resident discount if you had a copy of your home closing statement, and a copy of a utility bill with your name on it. The policy has now changed and home ownership no longer entitles "residents" to the locals discount.  You must now produce a California Drivers License with your La Quinta address on it.   Unfortunately this disqualifies many 2nd home buyers who purchase property here, but do not live here full time.  Complete list of rules and regulations :La Quinta Resident Card   SEARCH FOR HOMES IN LA QUINTA  
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
You enter a home and can tell it has a musty moldy smell. The clients are looking around and love the house. 1. You say nothing and let them enjoy the house 2. You look around without saying anything to see if you can find any evidence of current or prior leaks 3. You tell the clients you smell an odor that may be a sign of a current or past leak 4. You suggest the clients order a mold inpsecon for whatever house they buy What would you do?   I suggest to all clients to doa mold inspection. I also disclosure any suspicious odors or defects on the homes as I show them. To me the mantra is disclose, disclose, disclose. Many times the clients don't care, but at least I feel good that there were disclosed all I could possibly disclose.
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
I moved to California in 1989 and there was a severe drought. I had lived n Iowa on the Mississippi River where we watered our lawns all night long and the farmers had plenty of water. Between the frequesnt rains, snow, and the mighty Mississippi, I had no clue how to conserve water. I learned fast on conserving. Outr water bills in Iowa were about $20 a month. In Saratoga, California, they skyrocketed to over $100  a month. We quickly learned to do be more careful and keep our clothes cleaner longer before washing them. We washed the cars less. We did low water usage on the landscaping. We only flushed the toilet a few times a day. We washed dishes by hand to save water. When we took a shower we got wet, turned the water off while we scrubbed, and then rinsed. No water was served in re...
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
I see on Facebook many days that people are looking for the best place to live. I live in the best place- La Quinta, California. We have sun over 350 days a year. It is a small town so the people are friendly and nice. It is safe. There are incredible mountain views and the because the valley is small, the mountains are close. There are many golf courses, hiking trails, good restaurants, shopping, and more. There are events nearly every weekend. There are casinos and great concerts too. We have polo and horse jumping. We do not have much traffic. The schoold are good for children. The cost of living is low for Caifornia. Housing costs are still low. For people of all ages, La Quinta is a fabulous place to live. It is 80 degrees here again today!
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
I have a short sale that was in escrow for $180,000. While in escrow the house was burglarized and severely damaged. estimates by contractors are over $50,000 to repair this home. I am taking offers util Wednesday at 5 pm to prove to the bank I am getting the highest offer possible. So far I have 18 offers and most are cash. I am appalled that many have not even viewed the home. They provide no proof of funds or proof of ownership in the LLC. This will be an interesting journey to see when and how this all works out.
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By Michael Layton, Experience and Trust
(RE/MAX Desert Properties)
Art Events In The Palm Springs - Coachella Valley - Known for fun in the sun, Golf and fifties modern architecture Palm Springs is developing a reputation for Art events of all types.  Here is a brief outline of some of the major events available in our Sunny Desert. Coming right up on February 22 - 23, 2014 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden – catch a sneak peek at the revamped facility before the PNB Parriba Open tennis tournament in March.  Come to the ARTWALK at the Wells   Learn more at the event Web Site: http://www.westcoastartists.com/artists_cal.html At the ARTWALK You will see innovative works in differing styles of contemporary, traditional, modern, and southwest art. Hundreds of talented artists will present their unique works in different media such as acrylic, oils, etching...
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
Just CLOSED TODAY on La Quinta Cove home for my First-Time Home Buyer! It has been such a pleasure working with my first-time home buyer in La Quinta!  We close today on his first home in the La Quinta Cove neighborhood.  He has been so enthusiastic, quick to respond to emails and texts, and very easy to work with.  He has appreciated the time I have spent with him and I am excited to take him the keys to his new home! FIND YOUR HOME IN LA QUINTA
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