La Quinta, CA Real Estate News

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)
The rural end of the Palm Springs Valley starts in La Quinta, and moves easterly through the cities of Vista Santa Rosa, Indio, Thermal and Coachella.  It's much more rural than the Westerly border of our Valley...the City of Palm Springs, and a unique place.  It is made unique and special because of the startling Views, the proximity to the Western Mountains, tons of golf courses and ONLY in the East Valley, the HITS horseshow, polo fields and of course our Internationally acclaimed Coachella music festival.  Wow! The end of the muggy, hot summer is coming up..we made it through our Monsoon like flash flood, and are heading into our last REALLY hot month of summer.  September.  I tell all my new buyers to button down and be prepared for their first August and September experiences beca...
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
    Speechless Sunday:  Lavender Skies! We have had cloudy skies this summer for a few weeks, and although they bring some humidity to our area, they also provide us with stunning sunsets!  Every evening I check the sky and capture another beautiful moment to share with you! Come find your sunset here in La Quinta!   Visit:  SchoweProperties.com!
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
Welcome to La Quinta Country Club Founded in 1959, La Quinta Country Club members enjoy a rich heritage other clubs only dream of possessing. Most people are drawn here by golf and quickly fall in love with the beautiful desert ambiance and camaraderie among members. Although the spectacular golf and weather are the initial attraction to our club, genuine respect and interest in each other is the foundation that binds our special membership. Today, La Quinta Country Club has embarked on its newest chapter, the new Santa Barbara style clubhouse which opened the Fall of 2009. The new clubhouse is stately, sophisticated and inviting, qualities that are expressions of who we are as a club.   The Golf Presidents Eisenhower and Ford favored it. The pros rave about it. And, it has been a Bob H...
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
I am grateful to have alot of business, but I just want people who are not real estate agents to know what our typical work day is like whether it is a Saturday or not. 7:30 am - answer emails and send listings 8:00 am - go to office and get signed for open house and flyers 9 am- Show rental 10 am- I have driven 50+ miles to a rental referral from a past client and speak with them about their home 12 noon - be back in La Quinta for a home inspection and meet decorator for home 1 - 2 pm - stop by an open house in Indian Wells 2 pm - Meet a renter moving out in Trilogy 3 pm- Meet buyers to get some disclosures signed 4 pm- Meet buyers to get a counter offer signed In between - video 3 homes for an out of area buyer and email them to him Then home to make dinner and watch some football wit...
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
I have been selling real estate now for over 12 years. Pretty much my whole life revolves around real estate. Most of my firends have bought or sold houses with me as their agent and referred me other buyers and sellers. I work just about everyday. I go to parties with past clients and also have parties with them. I have sold homes to the people who work at the bank I use, the restaurants I frequent, my doctor, my husband's nurse, bartenders, gardeners, neighbors, golf attendants and on and on. I love real estate and it shows. I am happy to real estate such a big part of my life daily.
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
Attention Enclave Homeowners:  I may Have a Buyer for your HOME!   I have been working for over a year to find my buyers a home in The Enclave.  Today-- I am sending personal hand-made cards to all the homeowners to find my clients their dream home! Right now, there is only ONE home on the market in this neighborhood! Not all of the properties will be a perfect fit, but I have a good idea of what my clients are looking for.  I'm hoping that my letter and card will encourage some Enclave homeowners to call me and set an appointment to meet wth me.        Do you own a home in the Enclave, or know someone who wants to sell? I found this home for my clients last year!
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
Here are 5 ideas for improving memory: 1. Slow down and listen -Take time to focus and you will remember more 2. Manage your stress level- stress is the number #1  killer of memory. 3. Think visually - Pictures are the language of your memory 4. Have a system of association- some people use mental file folders, word associations, visual associations, or storytelling 5. Use spaced reptition - If you review information an hour, day, and a week after your initial exposure, it will improve recall.
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
Here are a few tips to get offers accepted: 1. All cash helps 2. Definitely have proof of funds and a loan preapproval submitted with offer 3. Let the seller choose the services 4. Take the house 'as is' subject to inspection 5. A quick close of escrow 6. No appraisal contingency 7. Do not ask for furniture, closing costs, appliances, etc. 8. Make it a clean offer and fast and easy close and in most cases you will be given priority 9. Offer as much as you possibly can - A higher offer usually wins the property
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
  Speechless Sunday:  Rare August Thunderstorm in La Quinta     I was stationed in our California Lifestyle Realty office this afternoon in Old Town La Quinta.  A summer storm came through that had the trees blowing, rain coming down, phone went out, and the surrounding streets flooded.  When is subsided I carefully drove through the deep water, and found an alternate route home.  We need the rain, and now that I'm safely home... I'm grateful!
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
Locals 7 Best Happy Hours in La Quinta    Heading to Happy Hour for an early bite is a favorite here in La Quinta... especially during the summer.  With hot afternoons and balmy evenings, it just makes sense to cool off at at a local restaurant early in the evening and take advantage of the incredible specials available at happy hour... 3pm-6pm.      Here are some of our favorite places to go for Happy Hour!       1.  The Wine Bar in Old Town La Quinta is attached to a retail wine shop, so you can pick out your bottle and pay no corkage in the Wine Bar!  They also have Wine-Tastings, and flights of wine that you can try.  We like the fig and prociutto flatbread pizza and the ham & cheese on a baguette.   2.  The Grill on Main has a regular crowd for their 2-6pm Happy Hour and half-price...
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
I am calm and nice. I work everyday. When you need me, I will be there. If I do not answer your call or call back quickly, please wait as I am either in a crisis with someone else or fixing your issue fast. I expect you to be available for calls, texts, emails. I expect you to be kind and calm. Be prepared for some stress. Not everything goes perfectly. Please listen to me and follow my advice. I have closed nearly 2500 homes. Please trust me to what is best for you. I am professional, honest, ethical, and fun loving too. I treat your money like it is my own. Ask me all the questions you want. Remember me for all of your future real estate needs and also please refer me to your friends and family. Thank you.
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
Old Profile Contents About me: When you assemble a group of talented and committed professionals into one group like The Lori Bowers Group, it's no wonder their sales numbers top the charts and their motto is ,     "If you are thinking of buying or selling a home, call us - WE GET RESULTS!!!"   The Coachella Valley is where we call home. We serve the greater Palm Springs Area including Indio, La Quinta,Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, and Coachella.         Certifications:   A full-service team includes both sales and administrative staff to facilitate the needs of each client, and that is what Lori's team provides.  Concentrating full-time in sales is Lori Bowers, Broker® who has sold real estate in the Bay area and now in the Coachella Vall...
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
I have a list of several home inspectors for my buyers to interview. Buyers choose home inspectors for many reasons. 1. Price - some are $200 and some are $700 for the same house 2. The condition of the home - a newer home usually has less issues and does not take so much knowledge and detail 3. Personal connection with the inspector that helps build trust and accountibility 4. Schedule and availability of buyers and inspector 5. Knowledge of an area by the inspector helps the inspector know what specifically to look for 6. Reputation in the community 7. Follow up by the home inspector to be sure issues are addressed appropriately by the seller
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
I spend alot of time showing and selling houses. One of my main tools is to have the buyers rate the homes on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the best and then to tell me why they rate it the way they do. I have them tell me what they like and do not like about their house. Over the years, I have received many interesting results. usually the wife is much happier in the home then the husband and usually they both like and dislike different features of the home. It is also interesting that many times what they liked about the home when they bought the home, they dislike now. I do believe our needs change over time and also decorating changes over time. Listening to people evaluate the home they live in is very helpful to me as I show homes to buyers. I learn if the buyers are realistic, on...
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
How do you chose a good time for an open house? I have learned over the years that this really depends on the area. In Los Angeles, California, most open houses are held on Sunday afternonon fron 1-4 pm. I like this as people are used to this time being open house time. I tried to get this going where I live in the Palm Springs area and so far it has not caught on. I do know that over 3 hours is usually not effective. Most people come at the beginning or the end of the open house. I also like to do open houses earlier in the day during our hot summer. A 10-1 open house works well in the summer. In the cooler months, I ilke 1-4 as it gives people time to play golf or do their personal activities in the morning. In conclusion, I would say anytime is the right time for the  house. They hou...
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
Wordless Wednesday:  Summer Blooms We are in heading into the deep heat of summer here in La Quinta, and when I walked to the mailbox this afternoon I passed these beautiful bouganvilla blooms.  They thrive in the heat... and so do I!   Hope you are thriving this summer too!  Best,  Kathy    
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
Homes with the Best Mountain Views in La Quinta  Homes with the Best Mountain Views in La Quinta  I saw an article today about house hunting for mountain view homes and browsed through the homes and photos... not one of the homes has our wonderful warm climate!  Sure you get the mountains in Tahoe, Washington, and Idaho... but you also get snow and cold weather! Here are a few homes with spectacular mountain views in La Quinta, California and you can bring your swim suit and golf clubs instead of your flannels and woolies!   1.  The home pictured above is 77875 Laredo in the Haciendas at La Quinta neighborhood.  Located close to Old Town La Quinta and the historic  La Quinta Resort & Spa, this 3BR/4BA beauty has incredible fairway and mountain views!  $719,000       2.  Pictured at righ...
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
5 Frequently Asked Questions about Living on a Golf Course in La Quinta       1. Question:  Do you have to be a member of a club in order to live on a golf course?     Answer:  It depends on the neighborhood.  For example at La Quinta Country Club, Duna La Quinta, Santa Rosa Cove, The Enclave, The Citrus, PGA West, you can purchase a home in the community without joining the country club.  At The Hideaway, The Tradition, Rancho La Quinta, The Madison Club, and a few others, club membership is mandatory with a home purchase.   2.  Question: Do you have privacy when you live on a golf course?      Answer:  Depending on your proximity to the fairway or green, or the cart-path sometimes the golfers can see you as well as you can see them.  Some homes have landscaping that provides privacy f...
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
I have done hundreds of short sales in the past 8 years. Right now, I am processing one short sale. This is the least amount of short sales for me in a very long time. Where I live and work in La Quinta, California, the real estate market has been healing for over 2 years. Our prices are not nearly as high as they were in 2007, but they have risen enough that we are seeing very few short sales. Most people who owed more than home was worth either short saled the home a few years ago or now have some equity.  Others continue to keep their home as they are seeing values continue a slow rise and feel they have a good investment. The short sales will continue for several more years, but the amount of short sales continues to decrease in my area. I am so happy to see this. People deserve to ...
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
Let's wait to see what happens -We have been hearing this for years in real estate. At first it was cool to wait to be sure the prices went low enough. That was about 5 years of waiting. Then the real estate prices started to go back up and people wanted to wait to be sure they would keep going up. Then about one year ago, buyers and investors too, started to buy real estate again. Guess what? The prices continued a slow and healthy rise. Then the interest rates jumped about 1%. The sales slowed as people qualified for less. Now we are back to the waiting game. People are waiting to see if the prices will go down, if the prices will go up, if the interest rates will rise or go down. The bottom line is that you are buying your home. Buy it now! This is the time. Prices are pretty stable ...
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