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If you are thinking about renting out your vacation home for extra income (or conversely, using your rental property for personal use), here are some tax tips to keep in mind. First and foremost, be aware that the number of days you (or family members and certain others) use your vacation home wi...
07/07/2011
Are you thinking about retirement? If so, it is important that you review your finances and develop a retirement strategy.....and perform a reality check on your retirement resources and expectations. Here are some helpful tips: Create a retirement budget. Take a look at your current expenses and...
04/21/2011
Hello A/R I am not a short salespecialist and don't take short sale listings....however I do work with Buyers in purchasing short sale properties, as do my sales associates so want to make sure I understand certain potential risk management issues I have recently run across I thought I would also...
03/03/2011
Real estate agents serving the La Quinta CA communities have been attempting to field a lot of questions lately regarding the Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection / debt restructuring at PGA West and The Citrus in La Quinta. To assist in explaining this, management of these operations recently releas...
02/26/2011
One day you may find yourself taking care of an elderly parent who is in declining physical or mental health. This can be stressful, both emotionally and financially. On the financial side, there are steps you may want to take to prepare for this situation. Talk to your parents about their financ...
02/26/2011
Many home buyers and home sellers don't understand how the appraisal process works, or how the hundreds of dollars they're charged for an appraisal are being allocated. Here's a quick overview: In most cases, the appraisal fee isn't just going to the person who does the actual appraisal. It gets ...
10/29/2010
I get asked this question quite a lot these days.... Is buying a home better than renting? I have heard lots of pros and cons on this subject, so... here is my two cents worth... Granted, owning a home might never create the opportunities that some have had in the past, prior to the housing meltd...
09/16/2010
Interesting post by Diane Casale on making low ball offers. I always suggest my buyers start out with a low ball offer in this current market envirnoment, as you just never know what the seller's bottom price is, and how badly they want or need to sell. Unless the seller has unlimited time to se...
09/07/2010
Great post by Stephen Munson on why having lock boxes are so important! We have some listings that are high end and need to be present to show the home, but when working with buyers, with limited time to look, not having a lock box for a quick showing does often result in now having time to show ...
09/02/2010
Have you ever been involved in selling a home where an offer was made and you refused to counter the buyers offer? Here is some advice for sellers to consider, especially in today’s economic environment. If a buyer has taken the time to put an offer on paper and submit it to your listing agent, I...
08/28/2010
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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 www.CalifDesertRealty.om and his La Quinta, CA neighborhood listings at www.Point2Homes.com