La Quinta, CA Real Estate News

Here in La Quinta, we are known as a resort, desert and golfers paradise.  We have people relocating from thousands of miles away and besides price, and views they always ask about neighborhoods.  Being that everyone is different in what they like, dont like I always try to give them guidance but never influence their decision.  After all, they have to live where they buy, not me.  It will not be the end all beat all, but it helps.   Have the client go to the local library and community center to see what activities are available Send them all the info on the school districts Tell them to drive through areas at different times.  It gives a better feel for what is really going on in the neighborhood. I think just these few things help a potential buyer in their decision process.  What id...
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
☮ I am still so amazed everyday when I wake up her inI look out my back door and see the purple mountains, the green-green, golf course, grapefruit trees, yucca plants, cacti, the clear bluer than blue sky.... words cannot describe it!  I am constantly reminded of why our friends and neighbors keep returning to this spot.  Some are here for a few weeks, or months in the winter-- others make it down for a relaxing weekend from LA.  It does'nt matter how long you can stay--- once you come here, you will be back again and again! ☼
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By Mary MacGregor, La Quinta Country Club Homes
(HomeSmart Professionals)
I realized with a start that Saturday-morning breakfast at Panera Bread in La Quinta has become de rigueur for my husband and me. The warm ambiance, cheerful service and yummy fare are constants in an inconstant world and I am instantly cheered upon crossing the welcoming threshold. This morning I chatted up manager Ralph Sidorowicz while imbibing my first cup of aromatic coffee (whose brew-time is trumpeted on each urn). An outgoing, affable man who befriended us way back, Ralph exemplifies Panera’s customer-centric approach. He riffs on the company’s cultural values—greeting customers by name, anticipating their needs—and adds, “It’s not a “Ralphism” but how all employees are encouraged to treat customers.” Gosh. And I just thought I was special. “What’s neat about this company is tha...
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
If you are addicted to sunshine--- La Quinta, California is the place for you!  Our weather now is in the 80's-90's and it just keeps getting better.  Next week the nights will be down in the 50's while warming up during the day to the sunny 80's!!  If you are tired of the rain/cold/wind/sleet/fog/--- come on down and enjoy the best the desert has to offer!  Our golf  courses are going thru their overseed period and many will be opening up (with that gorgeous bright green rye grass) in the next couple of weeks--  Prices are right for investing and finding that special desert property you have been dreaming about!!  COME AND VISIT LA QUINTA!!
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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)
California Sales Statistics..the Desert is Settling Down.  I have witnessed this over the past summer and now continuing into the fall here in the Coachella Valley.  There are certain areas with particular developments in La Quinta and Palm Desert that have actually seen very small increases in their price/sf.  This, of course is due to the REO's and Short Sales in these particular parts of our Desert that have driven the prices down to a settled price/sf.  They have remained there for a solid year or so now.  Good News for La Quinta, Palm Desert and the Eastern Coachella Valley. The following is courtesy of CAR with regards to California's Home Sales Statistics..LOS ANGELES (Sept. 25) - Home sales increased 9 percent in August in California compared with the same period a year ago, whi...
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
I was at a seminar for the state of real estate in California and in our area yesterday. These facts I am presenting are from very well made computer calculations over many years. This is important information as we live our new life in a new economy.We all have a good life, just a different life.1.It looks like there will be 15,000-20,000 foreclosures a month in California over the next 2-3 years.2. The stimulus is working. Inflation is a concern.3. Consumers are not spending. The credit impaired younger consumers cannot spend the way the used to. The wealth impaired older affluent consumers will not spend.4. 2012 a huge amount of commercial debt is coming due and for now there is no financing available for commercial loans.5.Housing starts are lower in the United States than since 195...
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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)
Seller's MUST be more Aggressive!  By this statement, I mean ONLY IF you really intend to sell.  Even to Lease, you MUST be on top of the market..actually in front of the market.  Don't get caught watching the REO's and Short Sales get all the offers.  If you cannot compete realistically, then maybe it's better not to list your property at this time.  If you MUST sell and can take the financial hit, then price your property aggressively!Here's an example on a small scale.  I had two properties listed for lease..took both Listings about two weeks ago.  One Landlord HEARD me.  We priced ourselves to be the best price available, AND we added some bonuses..both for the Tenant's Agent and the Tenant themselves.  The other property, although a killer location as well, wanted to stitch an addi...
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
      Kathy Schowe, here===I took this photo tonite at our La Quinta home... the desert sky is amazing and --without a tripod I captured the heart-felt moon.  It was such a beautiful evening -- a balmy 77* and with the low crescent moon I could not resisit sitting outside for awhile to admire the beauty.  This is why we live in the desert--- nights just like this.    To see more of my photos-- go to livethedesertlife.com and check out my Photo Gallery!
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
We have spent the last several days transitioning from our old office to the new one.  While we had all the furniture moved, the phone line was still set up at the old office.  So we laughed at the way we sat on the floor and worked.  Is this where Floor time got its name?  Oh well, we had fun!
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My team and I are so thrilled to have been a featured post in Lore Magazine.  If we can jump on board to the Internet and social networking, so can anyone.  It is amazing how quickly things have progressed and taken off and how excited our agents are to jump on board.  Please check out the article and leave us a comment.  We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!     http://www.loremagazine.com/go/?blog_id=110
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
Ok, so our team decided it was time to find a bigger space and we found the perfect spot a few weeks ago. With all of the remodeling, construction plus keeping the real estate side of things going smoothly, i want to congratulate my team for being amazing! Moving day came fast and not only did the agents move their personal belongings, but also rolled up their sleeves and moved desks, chairs and whatever was needed. Sweeping floors, cleaning up trash and running last minute errands was common and on top of that we had a remarkable weekend in sales. I am truly proud and grateful for my team, we work together in business and in fun and that is why we truly do have such amazing results. The friendships and memories created this past few days will be cherished forever! Way to go team!
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I just found out about a great program offered by The City of La Quinta and the Stewards of the Fred Wolff Bear Creek Nature Preserve and Trail.   The 3rd Sat of every month you can go on a guided walk/hike with a group of others and learn something new about our great valley.  For example, Geology, wildflowers, track animals, history of the La Quinta Cove and thats just to name a few.  If you are interested go to the Shade Shelter oon the Bear Creek Nature Trail at the corner of Calle Ensanada and Avenida Montezuma. The walk begins at 8 am and the next walk is Oct 21st at 8am.  The topic of the day is La Quinta Trail Days....Sure is a great way to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather.    
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
If you are looking for some safe family fun, this is the place to be.  Presented by the La Quinta Community Services and President Gerald R Ford Boys and Girls Club on Friday Oct 30th .  The fun starts at 3pm and of course it wouldnt be Halloween without a costume contest starting at 4.  Come out for the fun, the games, prizes and candy! Best of all , this is a free event and everyone of all ages are welcome. Fri Oct 30th 49-995 Park Ave La Quinta, Ca In the Gym of the Gerald R Ford Boys and Girls CLub    
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
Come experience Old Town La Quinta!  In the center of this quaint little town you can bring a blanket and a picnic dinner and watch a movie for free.  Or you can plan on coming early and eating dinner at one of the restaurants here in Old TOwn. What a great way to spend a family night .   Nov 20th  "Hotel for Dogs" Dec 11th  "How The Grinch Stole Christmas"   Bring the kids and plan on having a relaxing fun time..
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
I have sold real estate for over 9 years and sold way over 1000 homes. I still love the thrill and the high of the sale. The money is what we need to live, but the good and happy feeling of selling a house is what really motivates me to keep going and selling more. For me, this feeling comes right after an offer is accepted. Usually, the buyers and sellers are very happy then too. Research shows that is the best time to receive referrals.Putting a buyer in a home they love is like making a dream come true for them and me too. I also feel that my thrill passes to and is shared by the buyers. For many people, this is one of the biggest and most important decisions of their life. I am grateful to be a part of it.
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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)
Going Green in Coachella and La Quinta.  It's always so encouraging for those of us who LOVE the outdoors and the environment in general to see an article such as this one in today's local paper, The Desert Sun.  http://tinyurl.com/yljrkyvI heard Mr. Freed speak last week and he's so fun, funny, inspirational and optimistic that I left feeling great!  There are many Green developments here in the Coachella Valley and La Quinta has several as well.  One of the developments that is certified LEEDS "green" is Puerta Azul.  Located in the East valley off of Madison and 54th, the small, gated, Spanish style community is user friendly.  Walking paseos meander throughout, with desert scape providing lots of interest as well as shade along the paseos.The homes are heavily insulated, cool and en...
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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)
La Quinta Realtors..my staff is rather unusual.  I am not referring to mental help, but rather great staff, support systems, trusted personnel..you get it, the strength of our performance rests on our "behind the scene" staff.  That being said, let me introduce you to my arm of the HK Lane Real Estate Co.  We refer to ourselves as the K2 Sells branch of the HK Lane Real Esate Co.  I'm here to tell you that as Sales slowed in 2008 and 2009, I've had to replace my more experienced people with the following willing, attractive, and yes, MUCH lower paid staff. Penney:  Office gossip, but with her energy, charm and youth, I have high hopes for a superb career in the industry.  Meadow:  Front desk:  Well...what can I say except that she has GREAT hair... Lumahei:  Office Mgr.  Strange name an...
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Wow!  What a day and it is not even lunch time yet!  We decided a little over a month ago that we needed a bigger office.  The last few weeks we have re done floors, painted, carpeted and decorated the new space.  Today has arrived and we are trying to move from one building to another and it is chaos.  Trying to move, run out to show property and keep things running is more then i planned!  So wish us all luck to get through the day!
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By Lori Bowers, The Lori Bowers Group
Isnt this a beautiful time of year? Here in La Quinta we are so fortunate to have clean, beautiful parks to enjoy. I walked over to the park for a few minutes this afternoon to clear my mind and decided to "Flip" it. It was so peaceful watchingthe ducks and birds and listening to the water. With temps in the 80's it was a great way to take a small much needed break.
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