La Quinta, CA Real Estate News

By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
I text and call so many people a day and very few answer the phone and many do not even call back. It is scary to think how much of my life I spend waiting for people to call back or calling them again. I was raised to have the common courtesy to answer the phone or call people back promptly.  Now more than ever, follow through and follow up is the key to success in business and life too. Please call me back - thank you
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
  The Hideaway Golf Club is a private golf club in La Quinta with two championship courses designed by Clive Clark and Pete Dye, developed by Discovery Land Company.  I played there yesterday with friends and was reminded over and over of the incredible beauty there!  The membership is a vital part of the club... it is first class, but also casual and fun!  For more information about the Hideaway Golf Club give me a call and I'll show you around! SEARCH FOR HOMES AT THE HIDEAWAY
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
Spring has Sprung in La Quinta!   I captured this beautiful bougainvilla in full spring bloom on my way home from golf at La Quinta Country Club a few days ago!  it is now whispering...it is SHOUTING that SPRING has SPRUNG in La Quinta! Our inventory of homes for sale has also blossomed!  If you are looking for a golf course property or second home at La Quinta Country Club, or in the desert area give me a call for a list of homes for sale  or visit my website SchoweProperties.com!
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
A few days ago I played with friends at La Quinta Country Club and captured this shot of the crazy contrails overhead from the 8th green.  We have had such a nice warm beginning of spring!  Hope you are keeping warm-- if your are in the cold weather and snow in other parts of the country!  Come see us in La Quinta!
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
I learned many years ago that planting red, yellow, and pink flowers helps sells homes faster. People like the color. The home stands out more and has better curb appeal. Flowers in the backyard make a difference too. People remember the home better and it feels fresh, clean, happy. Find this out for yourself. Drive down the street and see which homes look the best to you. Most of the time, the homes with flowers stand out as the most inviting. I was surprised when I first found out that color of the flowers makes a difference too, but over the years I see that res, yellow, and pick are the colors most preferred by buyers. Start planting now for your own enjoyment and to get your home sold faster and for more money too.
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
There are many sellers who say they want to sell their home but overprice the home and then wonder why it does not sell. In La Quinta, Ca., our market is stable but not rising so overpriced homes are sitting. I am shocked by how many agents take overpriced listings. It must make then happy to see their sign in the yard or maybe they think they will pick up a buyer? I think it makes the listing agent look silly to price a home more than 10% over the market price and the price it will appraise. The homes that are clean and neat and well maintained and priced at the market or alittle lower sell fast. The others are sitting. If you truly want to sell your home, be sure it is priced to sell.
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
I have good luck with vacation renters for the most part, but recently I am surprised by the damage that has been done to some vacation homes. It makes me wonder how these people treat their own home. 1. Leave water marks from putting plants on fireplace hearth 2. Pillows on couch ripped 3. Stain on wood dining room table 4. Lipstick or paint on dining room chair 5. Paint on backyard rocks 6. Pile od garbage bags in the garage 7. Nail holes in walls from crepe paper nailed to wall for a birthday party 8. Scratch on stainless refrigerator 9. Pee stains on bedroom comforter 10. Scratches on living room furniture 11. Marks and scrapes on walls 12. Patio slider will not lock
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
2 La Quinta Pet Events This Weekend  Friday Tail Gate Parties - NEW TIME! 6:00pm Meet and Greet 6:30pm - Dog Walk around the Park Casual get togethers for pets, owners, doctors staff and friends on Friday evenings in the park. Meet under the Blue Umbrella, across the street from the new Village Park Animal Hospital  on Eisenhower and Montezuma. All owners and leashed pets are welcome to join in for snacks and a nice walk. No RSVP required, and we'll keep this up until it's just too hot!  *Note the later time for working dogs and owners! Saturday, March 23, 10AM - 4PM: Strut Your Mutt Event in La Quinta Park Village Park Animal Hospital  and AquaPaws La Quinta will have a booth at this fun event in the park. Come on by and say hi! If you would like to register your pet for any of the co...
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
Now is the time to buy HOMES!!!! This is the time to invest in real estate. There are great deals available and the return on investment is 8% or higher annually, not even including tax write offs. There are many people who need to rent and want to rent so buy, buy, buy! Example - Buyer a home for $250,000 in North La Quinta, California ( number are approximations) Downpayment $100,000 Loan $150,000 Payment $800 month Taxes $300 Miscellaneous $200 Total costs per month $1300 Rent $2000 per month Positive cash flow $700 per month or $8400 per year.
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
I have sold over 2400 homes in 12 years. Now more than ever I am seeing nervous buyers. It is so silly as this is a great time to buy a home. This is a near perfect real estate market. Prices are low. Interest rates are low. They are great homes available for sale without even having to buy a distressed property. Investing in real estate is providing better return on investment than most other investments both short term and long term. Pull the trigger. Take action now and buy a home. Be bold,not nervous. You will be so glad you bought a home for financial reasons and also for economic benefits.
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
Over the years of being a real estate broker, it has become very clear to me that focus, miindset, drive and planning equals results. I was very lucky to have almost 8 years of coaching with Tome ferry and also trained to be a coach. I was always driven and real estate has always been my passion. Through the coaching and meeting and sharing with other agents adn training other agents, I have learned that skills truly matter. Even with good skills consistency and constant marketing also mean results. Suiting up and showing up matter, but you must be focused, driven, and have a plan that you follow diligently. I write goals and review them frequently to reallize results. What is your plan? Are you focused, driven, and planning with a positive and aggressive mindet?
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
Happy Monday!    It's going to be a big week- I'm working on 2- Million Dollar deals this week.  One is a listing, and the other is just a few doors away, and I represent the buyer!  Plus we are making some progress with my new website SchoweProperties.com, and should have it up and running soon.   P Can't wait to get going and see how it all unfolds!  Hope you have a great week!  
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
Last night my husband and I went to a grand opening party for a new restaurant in our area- Figue. We were so honored to get the invitation and the party was spectacular from the red carpet out front and food and drinks so well presented. The best part was that we did not know may of the people in attendance so we connected with several new friends and potential clients. We did see a few people we knew and were able to reconnect with them too. This event brought back memories of the old economy when luxurious parties were the norm. It is fun to go such events and good for my business too. Now we will visit the restaurant with our old friends and new friends too and I will be their on site realtor of choice.
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Here are a few of the new home developments that are springing up all over the area. Toll Brothers -Escala, Estilo, Alta in Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs Ponderosa - The Gallery in North Palm Desert Pulte - Sun City Shadow Hills GHA Communities - Sunrise- Bermuda Dunes and University Place - Palm Desert KB Homes - La Playa - Coachella and Kingston Court - Palm Desert Whittier Ranch - South Indio Andalusia - South La Quinta Cordoniz - La Quinta Rancho Santana - La Quinta D.R. Horton - Renaissance at the Gallery - Palm Desert and Mountain Estates - North Indio Madison Estates - Indio Each week more and more new homes are becoming available. For people who have been waiting for many years for a new home, now is the time to buy. With new features and gorgeous spacious floor plans, a new ho...
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
I spoke with an out of area agent today about a listing I have in my own, La Quinta Country Club neighborhood- he requested a copy of the CCR's and asked me a few questions about our HOA.  He asid he had a client who was very interested and that they had already previewed the home.  I was a little surprised since the property is appointment only and I am supposed to accompany any buyers or agents when they view the property.  Apparently the buyer is acquainted with the sellers and they called the sellers directly to preview the property. I was happy to hear that my sellers honored our arrangement (listing agreement) and have asked the buyers agent to contact me. It is encouraging to have loyal clients and top notch agents with integrity to work with.  He told me that they were putting ...
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
These are fabulous new homes being built in a great 55+ community with golf, tennis, fitness, clubs, and a restaurant. There are 8 floor plans with prices from the low $200,000's to the low $400,000's. There are less than 300 homes left to be built. Now is the time to buy a new home in a wonderful area. Enjoy a fun lifestyle and sunshine everyday. 8 models are open daily for viewing. Take me along as your real estate agent to get the best deal and my knowledge of new homes from selling hundreds of new homes over the past 10 years.
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
In 2005 the area of Palm Springs, California, was increasing daily by 53 people. Then by 2009 there were -2 people a day. Now for the good news. The latest figures show for 2012 we had a gain of 31,000+ people or 85 people a day. More people puts more money into the economy. It also means more house sales. This is a big win for the Palm Springs area.
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
We have been shaking this week in La Quinta, California. Now is the time to get prepared for a bigger earthquake. We need water, food for 3 days, medication near you atall times, batteries, flashlights, propane, automatic shut off on gas to home. Be sure phones and tablets are charged to aid communication In my neighborhoos we have a committee that is set up to spring into action at any emergency. Being prepared can save lives and at least alot of stress.
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By Todd & Devona Garrigus, Broker / REALTORS®
(Garrigus Real Estate)
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
We have so many sunny days here.  In my opionion, the best photo opportunities here are on cloudy days.  The clouds provide a backdrop for our palms and mountains and golf courses.   The rare clouds inspire me to capture them in photos and share them with you!  This week we will reach 90 degrees and have clear skies and sunny days!
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