La Quinta, CA Real Estate News

By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
I have a listing at PGA West in La Quinta that is held in trust by a family who recently lost their mother.  My clients priority is to get the asset sold for the most money in the shortest time frame.  Sound familiar? I encouraged them to trust me and price it right.  Not too high, (to test the market), or too low (give it away).  It has been on the market since last Friday, and today we have a solid cash offer just a few thousand under asking.   If you price it right... you will get an offer... in any market!
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
Last week I was contacted by the media and promotion department for the new Lee Morcus restaurant "Figue" in La Quinta.  I had written and posted a blog, and a few updates on my 365 Things to do in the Palm Springs Area page on Facebook.  They told me that they really liked my page and appreciated what I had done so far. They have invited me and a guest (husband) to come in for dinner this week and try out the restaurant with other media!  Wow, I never thought of myself as "media", but I appreciate the kudos and the chance to not only try their menu, but to make some new connections in our community! More about "Figue "  in Palm Springs Life! Figue on Facebook!
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
  Search Non-Golf Communities in La Quinta Click on the links below to see homes for sale in these communities   Desert Club Estates Estancias at Rancho La Quinta Griffin Ranch Hidden Canyon  Laguna de LaPaz   Lake La Quinta  La Quinta Cove  Legacy Villas Palmilla La Quinta Polo Estates  
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My husband and I moved to La Quinta, Ca. for the slower paced life, the lower cost of living, and sunshine everyday. Over the past 12 years that I have lived here and sold real estate, I have found that most people buy a home here either as a primary home or a second home for the lifestyle as much or more than the home. I have always liked to connect people so over the years, I have had a lot of parties and social events and tried to get people who bought homes from me  connected with others for a fun La Quinta lifestyle whether it is through golf, parties, charity work, exercise, restaurants, and more. It is so fun for me to see how people build a nice life here and the great friends they make along the way. What a gift for those of us over 55 years old to still have our lifelong frien...
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
Lori Bowers has been a real estate agent and broker in La Quinta, California for over 12 years and sold over 2000 homes, plus does long term and vacation rentals. Lori has her office Old Town La Quinta and has 9 top performing and experienced real estate agents and brokers. Lori is known for her honesty, enthusiasm, knowledge, and true passion for real estate. Lori makes buying, selling, and leasing real estate profitable and fun too! For a FREE NO OBLIGATION meeting to discuss your short term and long term real estate needs and goals, please call Lori Bowers 760-831-1595. She will be sure you find your dream home(s).
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We need investors to buy homes in La Quinta, California. We need rentals for year round residents. We also have a sever shortage of vacation rentals. Most year round residents feel comfortable to pay $1200 -$1500 per month in rent. The homes sell for $110- $180,000. Most vacation rentals are in country clubs in the price range of $250 - $800,000. The rents vary from $4000 - $10,000 per month. We have many snowbirds who come for the winter from January 15- April 15. We also have people who come for shorter periods of time for the Paribas Open Tennis Tournament in March and the Humana Classic PGA Golf Tournament in January. There is also the LPGA Kraft Nabisco Tournament in April, plus the Coachella and Stage Coach music Festivals that attract over 100,000 people for 3 weekends in a row w...
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
I went to show homes for vacation rentals for next season today. I called agents who asked to call first. Others said the lock box was on the home. I had 7 homes to show them. All of them were occupied when the MLS said vacant. None of them had lock boxes. I had to talk my way into the homes. I looked so silly to my clients and to the occupants.Per the occupants, all but one was already rented for next year. I wish the agents would update their listings. This makes all of us look bad. Thanks for letting me vent.
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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)
Those of us who do short sales, know that it has become extremely common for the notes to be transferred at the last minute. You can be working away with the lender on a short sale, even have approval as I did on this one, and boom… You receive the transfer email. What does this mean? It means that the note was sold off to another servicer during your transaction. Needless to point out this creates one more hoop to jump through as a short sale realtor. For this particular short sale in the highly desirable area of North La Quinta California, I undertook the short sale with Homeward Residential almost 4 months ago. I listed the property at fair market value, have a phenomenally cooperative seller, a very educated short sale buyer, and a tenant who was fully informed every step of the sho...
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Winds have affected my day. They are over 50 mph. No one is around. It is like we are having a blizzard. It is 75 degrees and sunny but just  blowing away. We get this at the changeof seasons but most of the time the winds blow at night. It is to last until 9 pm tonight. I like having a catch up day to work in the office, but both of my appointments to show homes have cancelled. I sure hope they are not sacred off from buying a home. We get these winds about 30 times a year and usually for 4-5 hours, but once in awhile we get these gusts and blasts. What a mess and not good for allergies and asthma either! Wind, wind, go away and do not come back another day!
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
Here are some simple ways to save money on home expenses. 1. Turn lights off when not in the room. save at least $100 per year. 2. Lower wattages on lighting in the house to 13 w fluorescents. Even if you use these lights only 3hours a day you will say about $20 per light annually. 3. Use solar lights for outdoor night lighting to say about $30 per light per year in power. 4. Have air conditioners serviced and change filters at least 3 times a year to increase efficiency. Savings about $150+ per year 5. Get a hot water recirculator to save water and hot water heating costs. Savings over $100 per year. 6. Take shorter showers to save water. Savings about $100+ per year. 7. Use low water plants and lessen irrigation times to save more water $100+ per year in water and gardening costs too....
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
To me this is one of the keys to success in real estate. 1. Be ready to go at all times. Even if you are at the grocery store, hairdresser, restaurant, answer the phone and make an appointment soon to meet with the clients. Be dressed appropriately and full of energy. Know the inventory so you can spring into action with minimal preparation. 2. Be willing to go. You cannot be too tired, too busy, too lazy, too sick, too uninterested. Real estate is your life and passion and it shows. Be willing to do what it takes to get the deal done even if it means working 7 days a week, even if it means writing 5+ offers, even if it means showing 30+ houses, even if it means doing 6 open houses a weekend, and even if it means more. 3. Be able to go. Stay physically fit and full of energy. Have your ...
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
Sellers - please come to the party. Now is the time to sell your house. Most buyers with cash and a 10 day close will not pay full price. Also  - you want a quick close, not a 45 day close so your friends can use your vacation home one more time. Also- I sell real estate, not furniture or golf carts. Prices are increasing but not much. Please understand this is a great time to sell your home. When you get offers close to the asking, my advice is to take the money and run.
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
Stuft Pizza - they have alot more than just pizza - a favorite of the locals El Ranchito - Mexican - fun and good food Teddy's - Mexican - a great value and fun for breakfast, lunch, and dinner too Arnold Palmer's -- American high end cuisine - there are replicas of Arnold's trophies, photos, and Master's green jacket Hog's Breath - great happy hour and honky tonk piano music Old Town Coffee - great coffee, sandwiches, muffins Wine Bar - wine tasting and light fare Lavender's - fine dining with a great bar and patio dining too - delicious and beautiful Old Town Grille - Great place to meet friends for good food and drinks Solano's Bistro - Fine dining inside or out  
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
How often have we heard this? Also- how often have we found their perfect house? How often do they buy their perfect house? It truly does happen and that is the most rewarding part of this business for me. I love to put people in their dream. When I first meet with clients I make a list for them of what they want in their perfect house. Then I show them the list when they fin a home a home they like and we check off the list.  This does help me to sell homes.
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
Springtime Snow in La Quinta   There may still be snow in other parts of the country, but when you live in La Quinta, this is the closest thing we have to "snow"!  Hope you are enjoying the lovely spring weather and all of the beautiful flowers and cactus now blooming in our California desert!  The photo on the left is in front of our Intero La Quinta office- and the one on the right is my view of the fallen "snow"! Stop by and see us in Old Town and we'll show you around! 
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
This month Wells Fargo Bank is offering a FREE credit report to all. Just go into the bank and request the credit report as offered in local ads. You can get expert insight into the strengths and weaknesses of your credit. What can you do to maintain good credit? What can you do to improve your credit? Not often do you get a FREE no obligation credit report.
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
La Brasserie Bistro in La Quinta at the corner of Hwy 111 and Washington keeps getting better!  We met with clients a few nights ago and had such a wonderful time! La Brasserie has happy hour each evening with reduced plates and discounted drinks.  Some favorites of ours are  the MOULES MARINIÈRE P.E.I. STEAMED MUSSELS IN WHITE WINE, SHALLOTS AND HERBS 8 / 6 HAPPY  If you order the Mussels... you must accompany them with the    BRASSERIE FRENCH FRIES PARMESAN, PARSLEY AND TRUFFLE OIL 6 / 5 HAPPY                        We also love the SHREDDED DUCK CONFIT “TACOS” ORANGE GASTRIQUE 8 / 6 HAPPY hour GRILLED CHEESE & SHORT RIB SLIDER PICKLED CARAMELIZED ONIONS AND BABY SPINACH 8 / 6 HAPPY hour   CRISPY CALAMARI TOSSED WITH COLESLAW AND SWEET CHILI SAUCE 8 / 6 HAPPY hour   La Brasserie was n...
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
I have lived at Trilogy La Quinta for 2 years. I knew I liked trilogy before moving here as I had sold a lot of homes here. I had no idea how much I would like living here myself. The development is pristine. It is peaceful and quiet. The people are friendly. There is plenty to do. A real benefit for me is the sidewalks throughout the development as I love to walk. There also is an indoor walking track for the hot days of summer. I also enjoy the yoga a fitness classes. The lap pool and relax pool are wonderful. You feel like you are at a 5 star resort with showers with spa shampoo and conditioner and even plush towels, hairdryers, and q-tips. There is a wine club, cards, crafts, coffee bar, excursion trips, first class golf, and even a delicious restaurant and bar. For first class livi...
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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 took a whopping 10 days to get this newly listed home in La Quinta into escrow. Located in the La Quinta Cove, on an oversized corner lot, this home is a diamond in the rough. I suspected the offer would be from an investor, not because it was priced low, but because it needs some work.The offer that came in is very appealing to the sellers because it's a very short close, and the buyers are taking it as is. The home was left to the sellers upon their mother's death, and although a lovely property, they are eager to move on.I still thought it would take a bit longer to get an appropriate offer. Preferably cash, a quick close, and the buyer that could see past the needed TLC. That's exactly what we got. Sometimes it's better to take an offer with the perfect terms, as opposed to a sli...
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
1. Assess your debt - always payy off credit card debt first 2. Set a monthly financial target- Adjust your lifestyle to match whatyou bring in each month. Allow for savings as well. 3. Identify smart savings. For example, cancel you cable for a month or so if you need money. 4. Look ahead. Plan for the worst. Understand that you will need a new car in three years. Expenses do increase as fees raise. 5. Prepare for the worst. What do you do if there is no income for several months? 6. Develop a savings habit. Keep plugging away with continual savings.
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