La Quinta, CA Real Estate News

By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
The City of La Quinta and Helix Disc Golf have joined together to host this free day of fun.  Come out and play a round of Disc Golf with prizes and games.  Sunday Nov 22, 2009 from 10 am to 12 noonish.  This will take place at our beautiful La Quinta Civic center Park on Calle Tampico. This an event the whole family can enjoy together!  All ages welcome! The City of La Quinta always has something fun to do!  
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The Coachella Valley Chapter of California Women for Agriculture is hosting a guided tour of the agricultural industry here in the Coachella Valley.  The tour is $50 per person and includes a guided luxury bus, narrated tour guide, lunch and fresh produce grown right here in our valley.  The bus will leave The La Quinta Museum at 8am and return at 3pm.  The La Quinta Museum is located at 77-885 Calle Montezuma. Enjoy the day learning about our local farming community, enjoy lunch in a date garden and learn about the worries of Coachella Valley Farmers. What a way to spend the day, learning and having fun.  If you need more info you can reach the La Quinta Museum at 760-564-1283
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I have been doing extensive research on our MLS this morning for homes in the $150,000- $250,000 price range in Indio and La Quinta. It seems homes in most of the lower price ranges are falling at least 5% and in many cases 10% since last week when I was showing homes. There seems to be more homes available. Not many that were for sale have gone into pending. This may be a function of time of year, loss of $8000 credit, and  higher interest rates. This is more good news for buyers in this price range. Boy, do they have it all- lots of homes to choose from- even more this week than last week and very nice homes, lower prices, and time to make a good choice before someone else grabs the home. It looks like we as agents are in a good position to sell lots of homes as our season approaches....
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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)
Golf Carts in the La Quinta Cove..Zipping Idea!!   What a great idea and one that Cove residents have been waiting on for a long time.  Looks like we may know by December 1..speed limit of 15 mph sounds about right.  There is a 7.2 mile biking/hiking/walking path around the cove and there shouldn't be a problem with carts sharing it.  I just love the idea of zipping down the hill from the La Quinta Cove, straight to Old Town.  Much easier to navigate back home with your fresh vegetables from the Sunday Farmer's Market, catching Art Under The Umbrella's or even sipping a glass of wine at the Wine Bar, Devane's, or Palmer's.  One could even take their pet in for their check up at Kathy's old town Vet bldg.  Oh..and don't forget the Museum!I like this idea and I think it provides opportuni...
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
I live near Old Town La Quinta, and work in Old Town La Quinta, and love to shop, eat, drink and play there!  This part of the desert  is becoming a destination to rival the old Palm Springs, the foot traffic of El Paseo, the dining of the old restaurant row in Rancho Mirage--- Old Town La Quinta has charm and community.  Young people are finding it and making it a vibrant place--- and the locals are supporting it.  I love Old Town-- and the people we meet there.  From the Old Town Cellar to Devane's and Hog 's Breath... Palmers, Stuft Pizza, Solano Bistro, and all the other merchants!
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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)
Open Houses Should Be FUN!!!  I just do not understand Agents that sit Open Houses and don't make it fun..both for themselves and for the agents or clients or looky-loo's who take the time to stop by.  What a great opportunity we, the Open House Agents, are missing here..Some ideas to consider for your next Open House. Attach balloons to your signs.  Hoist flags..movement is interesting! Open those Front Doors..INVITE people in. Bowl of colorful candy along side your Property Brochures. Personalized pens sitting next to your Sing-In book. All lights on, soft music playing and GREAT SMELLS.  Cinnamon sticks are good..anything to keep "stale" out of the air. Have area comps available and KNOW them. Most importantly of all, do NOT sit there as people enter your home.  GET UP!  I don't pers...
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
I have just begun the e-pro class and have found most of the material very familiar--- With any web experience at all you can breeze through the first module.  But I have found some good ideas to put to use-- that I had'nt used before.  One of the ideas involves creating a domain with your property address:  eg.  123missiondrive.schoweproperties.com, that sends your clients and prospects directly to the specific page on your site for more info on the property.  To take this idea further-- I have created business cards that have a picture of my listing and the web address of my site and specific location for that property.  This particular property has prominent owners who are much more likely to pass out cards that have their own property on them-- than, say, my own business card.  This...
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If you are a local to our desert, you know that Marthas Village & Kitchen is a huge part of helping out the less fortunate in our Coachella Valley.  So here is the perfect opportunity to show our gratitude for what we do have and the blessings we have been given even in this tough year.  Date Thursday, November 26, 2009 @ 8:00 AM local time Address La Quinta Park79255 Westward Ho Drive Brief Description Help Martha's Village & Kitchen provide over 500,000 meals this year. You can help change the lives of your neighbors in need. Register or contribute today. Date November 26, 2009 Time 8:00 am Address 79255 Westward Ho Drive La Quinta, CA 92253 Fees Ages 13 & above: $25.00 through 11 /15, $30.00 after 11/15. Ages 6-12: $15.00 through 11/15, $20.00 after 11/15. Age 5 and under: Free!Dogs ...
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
 Now that Halloween is over, Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  So I thought being it is November already, its time to think about Turkey Dinner.  There is an amazing place here in La QUinta, called Cooking With Class, which will teach you everything you ever wanted to learn about cooking and more.  So if you are making your first Turkey Dinner or just want to add a flair to your usual spread, check this place out.....Sure to be a hit....  Open for retail sales and walk in business Monday through Saturday - 10:30am to 5:30pm, unless a day class is in progress (typically Mondays and Tuesdays). Most evenings' we are closed for classes. Saturdays are available exclusively for Private Events. We are occasionally open on Sundays - please call first 760-777-1161.   Their address is:478...
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Nov 6th from 5-7 pm at the La Quinta museum is a night to attend Southern California Bird Singers perform traditional songs of our native Desert Cahuilla Indians.. Artist David Salk and  resident Dennis Wharton James, descendant of George Wharton James will also be there. Come out and experience what the natives knew about this beautiful valley, long before we existed. This exhibit presented by the La Quinta Arts Foundation and the La Quinta
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
Well, I heard it hear first! That is saying something--- Sunday morning and an Active Rain blog notified me via auto featured blog e-mail--- that Google Maps was now featuring a Real Estate finding application. It is amazing! I checked to see if my listings in the La Quinta area showed up---- and they did! By using Postlets -- they were automatically fed to google maps--- There is also a share and embed option that I have added to my blog-- for whatever region you want to map. If you click on the map or zoom-- It automatically updates! Here is what our area of La Quinta, California looks like! View Larger Map
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
As a member and homeowner in the La Quinta Country Club community we have waited over 3 years for the opening of our new Clubhouse-- Our old Clubhouse had been damaged by earthquake activity-- and we have been making do in temp facilites for a long time! Tents, trailers, mobile pods... you name it! But our wait has been worth it! To provide updates and as marketing tool for the residents here, I have recorded many videos of the property and the clubhouse to send out to fellow residents and members--- I have gotten many favorable e-mails and traffic to my site this way-- Check out the new Clubhouse--- and let me know what you think!
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
I used to be a music fanatic--- and spent so much time downloading and burning and uploading to my ipod-- now I have become a social media and marketing nut- and spend alot more time working on my site-- livethedesertlife.com and keeping current with new and interesting stuff on the web! I found this embeddable player-- so I can share my latest favorites on my site and thru facebook and twitter-- check it out and see what's hot right now in desert music! MySpace Music Playlist at MixPod.com
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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)
Palm Springs Follies..What a Show!!!  Just because I live in La Quinta doesn't mean I don't head into Palm Springs for some good night life once in awhile and today it was day life!  Took my mom to see the Matinee of the Palm Springs Follies.  What a great time.  Sounds kind of creepy I know..dancers in their 80's (60's and up), but I am here to attest to the fact that these guys and gals are jumping around up there in one professional production number after another.  It feels like Vegas..and I am not exagerating.  You have to understand that I couldn't do it..there will be no tap dance lessons and poundage dropping here, but these are ALL professional dancers and singers..they've all got resumes that kick ***!The oldest gal is 86 and the oldest man is 80.  I was with my mom and there ...
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
I read a post from Shirley Parks about the top costumes for Halloween this year--- I must be out of touch, because I did'nt recognize most of them.... When I was a kid-- I picked the costume I could run the fastest in! That way I could cover more ground and come home with the MAX candy! I did'nt really care if I was spooky or cute... it was all about that pillow case full of loot! As long as I could wear my sneakers and wasn't covered in cardboard or wearing a dress.... I was happy! Wishing you a HAPPY HALLOWEEN and hope you come home with a full bag! p.s. Think I'll be a kitty this year! ( a fast one!)
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
I have been working to get noticed online-- blogging, facebook, twitter, activerain, etc... I also have a Point2 web=site-- schoweproperties.com, to promote my listings and real estate services.  But where I am having my real fun is my secondary site-- livethedesertlife.com..... This site is for promoting life here in the desert-- and includes local events, golf news, dining, late=nite stuff,real estate, our country club news, etc.... I don't know if I will get business from this site--- but I sure am having fun working on it and posting videos, podcasts, and super current info--  Let me know if any of you are doing 2 sites--- and if it has impacted your business!  Kathy
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
                                                                         Last week I saw this really cool widget →        I had to have it!  I'm not sure how it works, or IF it works-- I just wanted it for my sidebar-- So I commented on Shirley Parks from San Antonio's blog-- and what do you know??  She wrote me back, and said her husband had put it on her site.  He then wrote me and gave me the html code for the widget and info on how to install it.  I had problems doing it-- so wrote back--- and the then e-mailed me and sent his phone number!!  That is above and beyond the CALL !  Active Rain is amazing-- and the people who participate make it that way.  Thank you Shirley and Stephen for your help--- and thank you ActiveRain!!  Kathy
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We moved our office to a sleepy little village area in La Quinta, California called Old Town La Quinta about 3 years ago. There was one other real estate office in the area of about 1000 sq. ft. Since then, we have real estate row. The landlord finally gave us a larger space since 2 large companies in our area took major space in the center.There are 12+ companies within a 2 block area. The center is mainly restaurants, Small boutiques, and other professional offices. We think these real estate offices want to be here as we are the best small real estate company in our are with the highest number of units per agent. They are thinking our business is coming from walk ins which in reality it is coming from our past client base and our other forms of lead generations done daily. Also, we w...
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
We try adopt the clients into our circle our friends as many of them are new to our area. Here are some ideas that have worked well for us to stay connected and build on our relationship with our clients in La Quinta. 1. We call them within 24 hours to congratulate them and share their joy2. We send a thank you card and gift from a local hotspot within a few days letting them know what a pleasure it was to work with them. It introduces them to a new place right away.3. We provide a list of referrals for services like painters, gardeners, pool service, etc. - people who love us and will talk us up as well as provide good service at reasonable prices.4. Ask the client for a referral letter for presentations and website5.Add them to our newsletter list and list for parties and events in th...
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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)
Strategic Foreclosure..why???  I make my living finding Buyers for Homes, and helping Seller's find Buyers for their Homes.  Yet, every foreclosed upon home gets me thinking of who the owners were, why they had to leave their home, if it WAS their home, what the children are doing, WHERE are they now???  I do not feel people that abandon their homes do so out of any other reason than that they HAD to..even if it was a second home or investment property.  The worst picture in my head is always of a family that had finally realized the American Dream, only to have it become an overwhelming burden to them.  A burden so great, that they chose to lock the door and leave their home.  The following is a good article on why people "choose foreclosure" which is what "strategic Foreclosure" reall...
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