La Quinta, CA Real Estate News

By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
Yelp is a n online listing of businesses categorized by city or zip code-- It is a forum for people to share reviews and rate local businesses.  It is also a great way to connect with your customers and clients and answer questions, address concerns, get kudos, and reply to compaints.  This short video will help you get signed up with Yelp-- and show you how to promote your business online!  So get yelping!! How To Use Yelp For Business Owners on Howcast
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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)
Coachella Valley Community Theaters...Live Entertainment!  Nothing like seeing a play in a more intimate setting.  When there are 40 to 200 seats, you feel like you're part of the acting family..and your family members are performing for YOU especially!  Great fun, and also supports the Arts and Entertainment of your community..Here are some ideas for Coachella Valley Live Theatres..La Quinta Playhouse: #104 La Fonda, Old Town, La Quinta.  760-360-9191  "The Fantastics"  Feb18-March14Indian Wells Theater:  37-500 Cook St.  Palm Desert:  760-341-2883"Trying" starring Harold Gould,    March 5-14The Thorny Theater:  2500 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs  760-325-0853"MENsky's Burlyesque"  Feb 5-28Indio Performing Arts Center (IPAC):  45-175 Fargo St., Indio  760-775-5200"Reflections"  Feb....
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
We don't have many days like this in La Quinta, California!  It actually is kind of nice to have some cool cloudy days, considering the California desert has an avg. 340 days of sunshine!  We will have many, many days of bright warm weather coming soon so I am savoring this cozy day in front of the fire!  A perfect day to catch up on correspondence, answer e-mails, work on my web-site, and make some ActiveRain!  If you love the desert, follow my link to livethedesertlife.com!
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
This little video speaks VOLUMES!  A great tutorial for new home buyers- this could work for lenders, appraisers, inspectors,  attorneys, bankers, realtors, you name it!  Send this to newlyweds, college kids, investors and anyone who wants to buy a house!  I love that they include  the internet search along with..... CONTACT YOUR Realtor!  HOW TO BUY A HOUSE! How To Buy a House on Howcast
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
It seems that every couple I engage with outside our office (The Lori Bowers Group) in Old Town La Quinta lately is from CANADA!  I mean every single one!  I just have to walk outside the office and say hello-- and what part of Canada are you from?  The Canadian dollar is strong here-- and the weather is bright and sunny ☼... a very potent combination for our northern neighbors.  The desert is the perfect place to come during those long, cold, winter months for golf, hiking, tennis, and beautiful scenery. You can check out the area by visiting LiveTheDesertLife.com If you are a Canadian agent, or citizen-- come and see us in Old Town La Quinta-- we speak your language!   
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
My broker feels that all of our friends SHOULD do business with us.  They should WANT us to list and sell their homes, and they SHOULD WANT to call us when they want to buy.  But this is not reality.  There are some (overpriced-underwater) listings that I would NOT want to try to market and sell, even for a very good friend.  Some friends would be IMPOSSIBLE to work with in finding the perfect home.  I am finding that there is alot of business out there-- don't worry if your friends choose to work with another Realtor. My friendships are very important to me-- even more than suffering through a very difficult or improbable sale.  It can create havoc and hard feelings... I'd rather work with friends of my friends!
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
If you are like me,  you have buyers-- but they just won't pull the trigger-- it can be very frustrating!  I have been working with some of my buyers for years... they are waiting for "the bottom", waiting for "a steal", waiting for their finances to turn around, waiting and waiting.  Here are some questions to ask your buyers to help them clarify and take action!  3 QUESTIONS to help them get off the FENCE!
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
Tonite I held an appointment only OPEN HOUSE, with fire pits, fire place, pool lights, & outside down-lites a blazing!   I opened some wine and softened the lights to create a cozy atomosphere and the buyers came to see a fabulous home at night. Our La Quinta CC Clubhouse created a beautiful backdrop in the distance with the lake fountain on the 18th hole dancing in the distance! I feel that an evening showing can show the buyer my listings in a very unique way.  Some homes are so much more appealing with the lights low and the special fire features available today.  Go to LiveTheDesertLife.com ! So light up your listings by doing an evening showing !  Do you have any other ideas for creative showings? 
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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)
Qualifying Short Sale Sellers.  If a Short Sale is judged to be a distresed homeowner's best option, the Realtor on the Listing side has to be exact and thorough in qualifying the homeowner for a Short Sale.  Not every Seller is a Short Sale candidate..unfortunately, not every Seller can  be saved from Foreclosure.Are you a Short Sale Candidate? Do you have a valid hardship? Is there enough time to accomplish the Short Sale? Have you contacted the appropriate finance, tax and legal professionals? What is owed on the property? Are there other liens?  Such as...tax liens, HOA liens, seconds? The condition of the property?  Are you willing to complete the Short Sale documentation, maintain the property for showings, and respond to your Agent immediately? If you think you may be a good cand...
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
As we sell homes in La Quinta to more and more Canadians, we of course introduce them to each other. We are finding that many of them live and work near each other and have friends in common. We are working on a profile of Canadian home owners in Palm Springs and La Quinta- age, where they live and work in Canada, why they chose La Quinta and Palm Springs, what they like about La Quinta and Palm Springs, favorite restaurants, favorite past times, amount of time spent in La Quinta and Palm Springs, what developments they live in La Quinta and Palm Springs.We are finding most Canadians in La Quinta and Palm Springs are 40-60 years old, from Vancouver, Toronto, and Calgary. Most Canadians are in La Quinta 4-6 months a year. Canadians in La Quinta and Palm Springs unanimously love sunshine....
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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)
Qualifying Short Sale Buyers.  Sounds kind of crazy since we have been told by our Brokers over and over again to qualify our Short Sale Sellers, but in this market, we also need to qualify our Short Sale Buyers.  Ideal Buyer candidates for Short Sales are: Ready to purchase with few to no contingencies Do Not have to sell their property before purchasing a Short Sale Are not within a 1031 time frame period Are patient and hav time to wait out the months of delay Have resources to repair/rehab the property if necessary As a Buyer's Agent, we need to get answers to the following: Will my Buyers follow through on my feedback regarding, among other things, market value and contract contingencies? Do my Buyers understand that the Lender will be making the final call on price and terms? Are ...
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The Old Town Artisan Studio is a 501 (c)(3) public charity which offers an alternative to the typical charity.  This amazing organization reaches out to the community to express themselves through clay.  Some people relate to music , some to nature and some to art.  What a unique and amazing way to allow people to ex pres themselves. For those who want to improve or learn their techniques of sculpting, throing pots and glazing there are instructors available and classes.  Donations provide classes for area children and children with special needs and also other charitable groups. Thank you Artisian Studio for being a part of Old Town La Quinta and giving back to our community....
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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)
FORECLOSED HOMES COMPETE WITH APARTMENTS IN INLAND EMPIRE;  La Quinta, Coachella Valley.   Don't expect to see much apartment construction in the Inland Empire any time soon. As everyone knows, a glut of foreclosed homes has flooded much of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, and those homes compete with apartments for tenants, according to a new report by real estate brokerage Marcus & Millichap. That's especially true in outlying areas such as Palm Springs, Perris and southwest Riverside County, the report said.  Certainly true in La Quinta, Palm Desert and the Coachella Valley in general..there are some low income housing projects and a few custom homes and equestrian estates being built, but nothing in the way of apartments.  Investors are seizing this opportunity to purchase for...
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
Our phones are our lifelines-- to clients, friends,and family.  Okay, I wanted a new phone-- but I did not drop it in the pool on purpose!  How many of us have dropped, kerplunked, flushed, drowned our most important tool for our business?  Here is a short video on how to give your phone CPR--- and perhaps revive it from an unexpected plunge ! How To Fix a Wet Cell Phone on Howcast
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
Do you remember the first time you set off a house alarm when you entered for a showing?  Every time it happens, it is still embarassing, rattling, and annoying!  Yesterday I was showing a property with clients, my Broker, and another Agent from our Team in tow--- and BLEEP, BLEEP BLEEEEEP!   Then, of course, the Sheriff showed up--- Great. The MLS listing stated:  "Call first for lockbox location",  nothing about an ALARM!  Since I had previewed the property months ago (minus the alarm), and I already knew the lockbox location-- I went direct. OOPS.  Come on Agents-- if your listing is armed-- let us know in advance!      
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By Mary MacGregor, La Quinta Country Club Homes
(HomeSmart Professionals)
The Palm Springs valley art season kicked off today with the 24th iteration of The Southwest Arts Festival in Indio, the desert's largest and longest-running art show. The three-day affair takes place at the Empire Polo Grounds—a verdant venue with glorious views of the snow-capped Santa Rosa Mountains. The world-famous polo grounds just hosted the nation's largest dog show and now claims ownership of the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals. Today the venue supplied pure art seasoned with pleasant weather, appealing music and good food. My girlfriend, Marianne, and I spent a lovely afternoon savoring new and familiar artwork. Here are snaps of a few of the 260 artists participating, many of them favorites and some newcomers who caught my eye. My very favorite artists, Sumati and Mi...
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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)
Short Sales in 2010;  This is YOUR year!  Watch out because there are changes afoot with regards to Short Sales, the banks involved, benefits to Sellers, and response time for Buyers.  Being a Realtor involved on both sides of the Short Sale process for the past 3 years, I am now becoming a National Association of Realtors, Certified Short Sale specialist (SFR).  Why???  Because the Short Sale story is changing dramatically..and for the best!This is the year that Banks may opt into the Federal program with it's incentives (Foreclosure Alternatives), which guarantees.. $1,000 for servicers $1,500 for homeowners for relocation fees $3,000 for paying junior lien holders to release liens (4/2010) VOLUNTARY BY THE BANKS (that's a problem!) No Foreclosure activity during listing period If the...
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
There must be alot of misinformation floating around about what happens in a Short Sale.  The general public has heard of them-- and like the perfect golf swing, they think they know a little bit about them.  For the most part, I have found that a large percentage of people...accountants, lawyers, bankers, Realtors, included... have many different ideas about what happens in a short sale and when it is a viable option.  Most people don't know how to grip the club. Much less, hit the ball. I have a client who came to me and said he needed to short sale his home.  I asked for the pertinent information to send to the bank... and he said "HARDSHIP ??  What's that??  My income was over a $1Million dollars in the last  3 years, and I'm getting divorced, and my house is'nt worth what I have in...
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By Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.
(Charlemagne International Properties)
I had so much fun "just doing my job" last Sunday.  I drifted high above my listings in the California desert in a hot air balloon.  I took some fantastic aerial photos of my listings at Boitano Palms and enjoyed the most beautiful snow covered mountains and soft desert breezes as we floated above citrus groves and equestrian estates.       Why not come along for the ride?   Norma Toering & Team RE/MAX Palos Verdes Realty(310) 493-8333 / Office Phone: (310) 831-0800 PalosVerdesLifestyle - Nominated by Relocation.com as one of the top ten Los Angeles area real estate blogs. Ranked by Technorati in the top 1% of all blogs. As seen in the Daily Breeze newspaper. South Bay Los Angeles cities I sell real estate, property, houses and homes in: Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hill...
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
I read a story today about an older man who was trying to relate the importance of savoring each and every moment of your life. He said he had a theory to help him prioritize-- And that's when he began to explain his theory of a 'thousand marbles.''You see, I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic.  The average person lives about   seventy-five years. I know, some live more and some live less, but on average, folks live about seventy-five years. 'Now then,  I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3900, which is the number of Saturdays that the  average person has in their entire lifetime. It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this in any detail', he went on, 'and by that time I had lived through over twenty-eight hundred Saturdays.' 'I got to thinking...
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