Palm Desert, CA Real Estate News

The heart that gives………..gathers -Marrianne Moore Change Your Thoughts and Change Your Life -Norman Vincent Peale If You Don’t Stand for Something, You’ll Fall for Anything.- Anonymous It is One of the Most Beautiful Compensations in Life…..That No Man Can Sincerely Help Another Without Helping Himself -Ralph Waldo Emerson Sometimes in the Winds of Change We Find Our True Direction - Anonymous The Only Things that Stand Between a Person and What They Want In Life are the Will to Try It, and the Faith to Believe it’s Possible - Rich Devos It’s Choice, not Chance, which Determines Your Destiny -Jean Nidetch Even if You are On the Right Track, You’ll get Run Over if You Just Sit There - WillRogers Don’t Die With Your Music Still In You - Nancy Hankin Wishing You a Beautiful Day Today!  Wha...
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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)
This Market Report is for the entire Palm Desert Area....North, South and Central.  Palm Desert is conveniently located right between Cathedral City and Rancho Mirage..about 15 minutes Westerly drive to downtown Palm Springs and it boasts our most popular shopping street, El Paseo Drive.  El Paseo is our "desert Rodeo Drive", and is thick with stores, restaurants, dance spots and amazing medium sculptures.  At Christmas it lights up and gives us all a free light show..really a fun city.  Here we go.. Total Number of Single Family Residences CLOSED:  112 Lowest Price:  $75,715 which was an REO, (2bd/1ba built in 1948) in South Palm Desert Highest Price:  $2,127,000 another REO in Bighorn Country Club 4bd/5ba, 4645 sf buiilt in 2002 Total Sales over 1 mil:  4 Total Number of Condominiums ...
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
                BEST MOJITO IN THE DESERT! Best Mojito: Announced - August 2, 2011Winner - Tommy Bahama’s Tropical Café, Palm Desert2nd. The Tropicale Restaurant & Coral Seas Lounge, Palm Springs3rd. Azul Tapas Lounge, Palm Springs4th. Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse, Rancho Mirage5th. The Falls Prime Steakhouse, Palm Springs We really like Tommy Bahama's in Palm Desert-- but really the BEST mojito's are at Casa Schowe!   
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By Nancy Hankin
(RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants)
In today's world, most people move every few years. If you are among the majority, you will probably purchase a different home every seven years. If you are looking for a retirement home, vacation home or relocating to a warmer, sunnier climate, you may start out with a smaller condo at first, then move up in a few years to a larger home now that you have discovered the joys of living in this beautiful Palm Springs Desert Area where you can “Enjoy Summer All Winter Long!” We all have features and amenities that are important to our comfort level. But you will need to weigh these when taking into consideration the resale value of your purchase. If you've paid top money for the biggest and best house in the neighborhood, you probably will not recover the cost unless you live there quite a...
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Ten years ago I sat down and wrote my first “Desert Happenings” Newsletter. Some of you knew it as the “Mission Hills Review.” That all began ten years ago, September 2001, the same month our World Trade Center and our Pentagon were viciously attacked by al-Qaeda.My newsletter was delivered the first few days in September, and on September 11, a few days later, many of us sat “glued” in-front of our television sets, not believing the sights before our very eyes! The only reason I mention these two events together is because they were both “firsts” for me. One was the birth of my Newsletter. The other was a first for hundreds of thousands of us who witnessed these unbelievable monstrosities together. Over 3000 people lost their lives in this tragedy. Some were victims of the attacks, and...
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
  MONKEY IN THE MIDDLE CONSIGNMENT EVENTin Palm Desert, CA Next month on the weekend of  October 7-9 you will be able to consign and purchase children's clothing, maternity wear, toys, strollers, and more! The event is located at  44250 Town Center Way (next to Trader Joe’s and Michaels) will be the first of its kind in the desert!  If you are a mama or an expectant mama... you will not want to miss this event!   MONKEY IN THE MIDDLE CONSIGNMENT EVENT is a 3 day seasonal event held twice a year where you can consign your gently used children’s clothing (newborn to size 16), toys, furniture, bedding, strollers… and oh so much more. You can also consign gently used maternity items including clothing and diaper bags. As a consignor you determine the price of your items ranging from 25-40% ...
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By Nancy Hankin
(RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants)
Ping (Noiselessly) I don’t know who wrote this article, but this has been confirmed as a true story. This isn't a joke or cartoon; just something interesting to know...you may want to forward this on to others. I also checked this out on SNOPES before sending this to you. This is how the story goes: On Monday, I played the Disney, Lake Buena Vista course. As usual the starters matched me with three other players. After a few holes we began to get to know each other a bit. One fellow was rather young and had his wife riding along in the golf cart with him. I noticed that his golf bag had his name on it and after closer inspection; it also said "wounded war veterans". When I had my first chance to chat with him I asked him about the bag. His response was simply that it was a gift. I then ...
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By Todd & Devona Garrigus, Broker / REALTORS®
(Garrigus Real Estate)
HOW TO SELL YOUR HOUSE IN PALM DESERT CALIFORNIA – PALM DESERT CA REALTORS Q: What goes into a successful home or property sale in Palm Desert, California? A home sale can be simple, difficult or unsuccessful depending on the property, seller or agent. Careful consideration must be given when venturing into the competitive Palm Desert CA real estate market. A successful sale consists of a compelling listing, effective exposure and competent negotiations and completion. When a Palm Desert home is listed, it should first be analyzed and objectively compared to recent comparable sales and other competitive listings in the area, also known as a CMA (Comparative Market Analysis). Then the seller, under the advice of their savvy Realtor, should carefully digest and consider the CMA. Every de...
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By COMPASS PALM SPRINGS | Stewart Penn, COMPASS Palm Springs - Broker Associate
(COMPASS)
Stewart Penn - Penn Properties - Condo Specialist Los Angeles: 8033 W. Sunset Blvd., Suite 608, Los Angeles, CA 90046 Direct: 310-844-6515   Cell: 310-866-1818 Palm Springs: 1775 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Suite 110-360, Palm Springs, CA 92264 Direct: 760-992-5788   Cell: 310-866-1818 Stewart Penn - Realtor for homes and condos in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, The Sunset Strip and throughout the greater LA area. Now also selling mid-century modern homes and condos in Palm Springs.
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By Nancy Hankin
(RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants)
I don’t know how you feel, but I’m fed up with all the Junk Mail solicitationshitting my mailbox and Inbox on a daily basis. Every time I send a contribution to a non-profit agency, I am soon barraged with mail from similar agencies asking me to contribute to them as well. Or better yet, all I have to do is send them a check, and within three weeks they are asking me to send them a little more! I know times are tough, and having been a director of a non-profit agency myself, I know how these agencies rely heavily on donations, but the way our mailing lists are being sold to all these agencies is upsetting. Here’s how it works: You send a check to an organization to support Cancer research, orParkinson’s research, or perhaps Alzheimer’s research. Within weeks your mailbox is flooded with...
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By Nancy Hankin
(RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants)
I came across an article from my insurance company, Jewelers Mutual, that could apply to anyone buying or selling anything over the Internet and I wanted to “pass this on” to you. There are so many scams nowadays, and so many folks getting scammed because they just don’t realize how dangerous the Internet can be when it comes to Buying or Selling ANYTHING to people you do not personally know. Here’s what the article said, and as you read it, keep in mind that this applies to ANYTHING YOU MIGHT BUY OR SELLover the Internet. As summer comes to its peak, so is rummage sale season. It’s the time of year when my addiction to bargain hunting kicks into high gear as I set my sights on the best deals. You can also find me looking for ways to sell unwanted items to make room for my newfound trea...
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By Nancy Hankin
(RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants)
  I’m often asked if it’s better to rent or to purchase a home. Unfortunately, there are quite a few factors to take into consideration, so there is no “one” answer that covers all these areas. In our area, Palm Springs California, we have both renters and buyers….and in many cases; the renter will eventually become a buyer! If the market is going down, then renting may be best until the market hits bottom and begins to climb upwards, which it will always do. If you are suffering ill health and you are unable to sustain a home, then rent may be a better option. But in most cases, BUYING a HOME still has many more attractive advantages over renting.     Here are just a few of the tax benefits to home ownership. Home owners can take an itemized deduction on interest paid on a mortgage or ...
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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.)
Venezia, Palm Desert CA Located in the heart of Palm Desert, Venezia is a lavish community built by GHA Communities between 2003 and 2006. Positioned central to schools, shopping, restaurants, golf and so much more, Venezia offers homeowners serenity and convenience along with a premier Palm Desert address. Homes for sale in Venezia.  Upon entering the exquisite gates of Venezia, residents find tranquil privacy of 94 homes. The distinctive homes range in size from 2474 square feet to 3425 square feet with Italian, Spanish or Tuscan charm. Most plans feature open floor plans with formal spaces, gourmet kitchens, slab granite counters, prep Islands, grottos with gas stove tops, family rooms, and coffered ceilings. Some floor plans offer casitas and courtyard fireplaces. Original new home ...
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By Nancy Hankin
(RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants)
A day doesn’t go by when I am not contacted by a “Lead Generating Company”trying to sell me leads from buyers or sellers. I must get about 3-4 calls or emails a day from these companies. Here’s how it works: A buyer or seller goes on the computer in search of a reputable Realtor they can contact, however, what they actually locate is a smooth operating company that collects the names of these buyers and sellers, then tries to sell these leads to whichever Realtor is willing to pay for the lead. When this happens, Mr. and Mrs.Buyeror Seller gets contacted by the Realtor who has paid the Lead Generating Company for this contact. Most Realtors who are worthy, don’t need to rely on getting leads from these companies. Realtors, like myself, get most of our business from Referrals……from past ...
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By Nancy Hankin
(RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants)
Here are just few of today’s headlines: Housing and Economic Forecasts Points to Rising Activity Housing Starts up 14% in June 2011 to 629,000 Home Ownership Rates Could Drop Further Builder Confidence Rises in July California Pending Home Sales Rise in June Building Permits and Housing Starts Rise inJune Foreclosure Activity Off 29% for First Half of 2011 If you are thinking about purchasing a property, NOW is an excellent time to give me a call or email me. The Palm Springs California Desert has some fantastic homes “ripe for the picking!” Don’t be the one to look back in three years and say I “Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda,”but I didn’t listen toNancy and now I regret not acting when the market and interest rates were at their lowest! I hope to hear from you, and if you know others interes...
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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.)
Ironwood Country Club, Palm Desert, CA Located in South Palm Desert just above the valley floor in the foothills of the Santa Rosa Mountains, Ironwood Country Club is an exclusive golf club that offers a magnificent lifestyle and living experience like no other in the Coachella Valley. As a private member-owned country club, Ironwood appeals to golfers with its two distinctive golf courses, fitness buffs with facilities unequaled in services and for tennis enthusiasts some of the best amenities in the Coachella Valley desert.  Homes for Sale           Condos for Sale The Club at Ironwood Country Club recently underwent a multimillion dollar renovation of all its facilities, including the 50,000 sq. ft. Clubhouse that includes a private dining room, lounge, his and her locker rooms, main...
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By Nancy Hankin
(RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants)
Don’t become a crime victim when you show your home to potential buyers I came across this article and wanted to “pass the information on” to you. I received it from the California Association of Realtors. It discusses the possible dangers involved with Open Houses, or opening your home to a stranger if someone knocks on your door and asks to see your home which is for sale. In pre-Internet days, Open Houses were one of the only ways prospective buyers could view homes. That is NOT the case at this time. Today, over 87% of the buyers are viewing homes on the Internet BEFORE they look for a Realtor. With the availability of Virtual Tours, buyers can browse through all the rooms, including the outside of the house, with the click of a mouse! They can save time and gas by “shopping ahead o...
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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.)
Ironwwood Country Club 73421 Foxtail Lane, Palm Desert - JUST SOLD! Find your property here! This incredible, newly remodeled two-story condo just sold in Ironwood Country Club. With 1525 square feet and two bedrooms plus a den/office, this condo is spacious and open. The great room floor plan features custom paint, granite counters, stainless steel appliances and much more. Two spacious master suites each with private balconies offering views of the Santa Rosa Mountains. Relax in your own  private, heated spa on the front patio or soak up the sun at the community pool. A two car attached garage completes this condo. The homeowners association includes 24 hour guard gated entrance, roaming security, lawn maintenance, private spa maintenance, community pools, & building maintenance. All ...
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
Sip Back and Relax Tommy Bahama serves up the taste of paradise on El Paseo in Palm Desert Tommy Bahama, the iconic island lifestyle brand, is one of my favorite places for Happy Hour here in the desert!  They are offering these three new cocktails for summer. The refreshing tonics take cues from farmers markets, using the freshest produce available. You can imbibe at Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant & Bar in The Gardens on El Paseo or, with a few easy-to-find ingredients, create them yourself. TOMMY BAHAMA’S A BERRY PEACHY DAY 2 parts Absolut peach vodka 1/2 part simple syrup 1/2 part scratch sour 3 ripe strawberries, sliced 1 part lemon-lime soda Muddle strawberries. Add vodka, syrup, and sour. Mix and pour over ice. Add soda.   TOMMY BAHAMA’S BRITISH RICKSHAW 1 1/2 parts Hendrick’s gin 3 pa...
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By Nancy Hankin
(RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants)
Many of my clients are Buyers who have either retired or are just looking for a good Vacation Home. Some have recently relocated to this area. When I ask them what they are looking for, they will tell me size, amount of bedrooms and bathrooms, etc. What they neglect to tell me is a little about themselves and their LIFESTYLES. Why are LIFESTYLES so important when looking for a home? Here are just a few reasons why this is so important in our Palm Springs, California Desert area: • Our desert is comprised of (9) cities, all close to one another. Three cities offer a great discount rate for residents who are avid golfers (Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert and La Quinta). So living in one of these cities can be very advantageous if you are a golfer. Avid golfers are buying homes in Palm Springs. ...
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