Palm Desert, CA Real Estate News

By Nancy Hankin
(RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants)
Many of my clients are Buyers who have either retired or are just looking for a good Vacation Home. Some have recently relocated to this area. When I ask them what they are looking for, they will tell me size, amount of bedrooms and bathrooms, etc. What they neglect to tell me is a little about themselves and their LIFESTYLES. Why are LIFESTYLES so important when looking for a home? Here are just a few reasons why this is so important in our Palm Springs, California Desert area: • Our desert is comprised of (9) cities, all close to one another. Three cities offer a great discount rate for residents who are avid golfers (Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert and La Quinta). So living in one of these cities can be very advantageous if you are a golfer. Avid golfers are buying homes in Palm Springs. ...
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By Nancy Hankin
(RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants)
Some of you are still "sitting on the fence" waiting for home prices to continue falling. Others have already seen a slight INCREASE OF PRICES. Here's some information "Hot Off the Press" that may surprise you. According to the California Association of Realtors: Home prices have increased for the first time in eight months! Data through April 2011 show a monthly increase in home prices for the 10- and 20-City Composites for the first time in eight months, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices. The 10- and 20-City Composites rose 0.8 percent and 0.7 percent, respectively, in April compared with March. Both indices are lower than a year ago; the 10-City Composite declined 3.1 percent and the 20-City Composite is down 4 percent from April 2010 levels. As of April 2011, aver...
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
Aquatic Center Grand Opening in Palm Desert Jun 25, 2011 10:00 AM   The debut of Palm Desert’s new Aquatic Center in Civic Center Park has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 25. The Grand Opening will begin at 10 a.m. with a one-hour ceremony followed by a day full of entertainment and fun for the entire family.  The latest news is that members of the USC trojans Dive Club will be in attendance, along with kayaking, scuba diving and pool yoga demonstrations! Grand opening attendees will get a chance to try scuba diving, participate in swimming relay races, sign up for swim lessons, witness diving and other aquatic exhibitions, and enjoy exhilarating trips down the Aquatic Center’s two 20-foot-tall slides. Mouthwatering hamburgers and hotdogs, hot off the grill, chips, and ice-cold drin...
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By Nancy Hankin
(RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants)
Insuring Your Home Loan I was reading an article in RISMedia, and thought it would be a good idea to “pass this on” for better understanding. RISMedia, June 3, 2011—When it comes to private mortgage insurance (MI), there are several myths that exist that make buyers reluctant to consider a conventional loan with MI as an option when purchasing a home. One of the more common misconceptions is that cancelling MI is a difficult—not to mention time-consuming—process. The irony is that the majority of buyers don’t harbor those same beliefs or reservations about an FHA insured loan when, in reality, FHA coverage may be less easily cancelled, or take longer to cancel, than MI. HPA Makes Cancellation Clearer When it went into effect as a new federal law, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1...
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By Tina D Saporito, Your Dedicated Palm Desert, CA Realtor Since 2005, Call (760)799-8460. www.JustListedinPalmDesert.com
(Ronald Christopher & Associates. Proudly serving Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, Rancho Mirage, & Palm Springs.)
Indian Ridge Country Club, Palm Desert, CA The exclusive guard gated community of Indian Ridge has approximately 1000 homes in all sizes and price levels for a diverse lifestyle of choice. Homeowners at Indian Ridge have access to two championship 18-hole golf courses, tennis courts, fitness facility, spa, and two restaurants all located with the gates of Indian Ridge. Homes for Sale l Condos for Sale Indian Ridge offers smaller condos to large freestanding homes. Current prices range from $450,000 to $2,500,000. Please contact me for a personal list of qualified homes or condos that fits your budget. Indian Ridge is an established private equity club with a proven financial stability. The course is capped at 575 club members to keep the golf courses un-crowded and dues at a reasonable ...
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 12 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
If you would like to see any of the properties listed below which are homes for sale in Venezia , please call us at the numbers below. Were committed to helping you find the home of your dreams. Elaine Stewart has been a Real Estate Business for over 15 years and has extensive experience in the Palm Springs, and surrounding cities Real Estate market, Elaine truly enjoys helping people in the process of buying or selling a home. Elaine Stewart - Remax Real Estate Consultants Mobile: (760) 668-2399 - Office: (760) 391-4415 Email: desertrealestate1@yahoo.com
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By Nancy Hankin
(RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants)
As a real estate professional, I receive information that would be helpful to my clients. I came across an article in RisMedia and wanted to “pass it along” to you. Here are just 12 ideas, along with some online resources, that you could try if you are trying to “Go Green.”. If you work in an office, Green your office–Establish a green team with colleagues to address ways to reduce your office’s impact. A recycling program is obvious. Other strategies could entail ridding the kitchen of disposable goods, replacing equipment that hogs energy, improving lighting and HVAC systems, installing a bike rack, and replacing grass around the office with a vegetable garden or native plants. As a reminder, select one day a month when you will all wear Green! Have “fun” with your Green Day a Month! ...
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By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate
(Compass)
What Are You Looking At? This giraffe was at the Living Desert in the Palm Desert area. The Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Garadens has a variety of animals including camels, zebras, bison and of course giraffes. There is also a variety of the desert landscape displays to enjoy. I had not been there for sometime, however really enjoyed the Living Desert. The Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Garadens is a fantastic place to visit, so whether you reside in the desert, or you are visiting the desert, make sure you include the Living Desert on your list of activities.  
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 12 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
If you would like to see any of the properties listed below which are homes for sale in Sun City Palm Desert , please call us at the numbers below. Were committed to helping you find the home of your dreams. Elaine Stewart has been a Real Estate Business for over 15 years and has extensive experience in the Palm Springs, and surrounding cities Real Estate market, Elaine truly enjoys helping people in the process of buying or selling a home. Elaine Stewart - Remax Real Estate Consultants Mobile: (760) 668-2399 - Office: (760) 391-4415 Email: desertrealestate1@yahoo.com
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 12 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
Sun City Palm Desert has everything a true adult could ask for.  You are guaranteed an active lifestyle with everything within walking distance of your home.  Spanish Colonial homes styled homes deliver a beautiful design uncanny to anything you have seen.  And the gated community offers a sense of privacy and security everyone deserves. Of course, you cannot talk about a country club community without mentioning the spectacular setting and countless activities.  From golf to tennis to fitness and social activities, Sun City Palm Desert will cover you in every aspect imaginable.  But as with any community alike, it is the golf that attracts people. There are two championship regulation golf courses in this area that are worth boasting about.  Designed by golf legend Billy Caspar and Gre...
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 12 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
If you would like to see any of the properties listed below which are homes for sale in Indian Ridge Palm Desert, CA , please call us at the numbers below. Were committed to helping you find the home of your dreams. Elaine Stewart has been in the Real Estate Business for over 20 years and has extensive experience in the Palm Springs, and surrounding cities Real Estate market, Elaine truly enjoys helping people in the process of buying or selling a home. Elaine Stewart - Remax Real Estate Consultants Mobile: (760) 668-2399 - Office: (760) 391-4415 Email: desertrealestate1@yahoo.com
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By Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Desert Properties
(Elaine Stewart is the #1 Individual RE/MAX Agent for 12 years straight in the Coachella Valley. (760) 668-2399 )
Every country club seems to be known for its golf, but Ironwood Country Club truly is a golfer's paradise.  With that said, there are a plethora of additional activities that members and residents will enjoy to the fullest to create an incredibly active lifestyle.  From golf to tennis to fitness, it is the ideal life full of socialism. To start, you have to look at the golf that is offered at this country club that is ideal for every level.  The North Course is a challenge for sure as it is an annual qualifier for the US Open, but is just a daily course for members with everyday access.  If you are an avid golfer looking to take your game to the next level, this is the perfect fit. The South Course may seem less intimidating because of its short length, but it does create a challenge an...
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By Nancy Hankin
(RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants)
Figures released by the California Association of Realtors show the following: Sales of Single Family Detached Homes (no condos) ---December 2010 Desert Median Sales Price for December 2010 177,540 Median Sales Price for November 2010 163,270 Median Sales Price for December 2009 172,320   Desert Median Sales Price for December 2010 177,540 301,850 % change in price from prior Month Nov 2010 8.7% 1.7% % change in price from prior year Dec. 2009 3.0% -1.6% % change in sales from prior month Nov 2010 26.5% 5.9% % change in sales from prior year Dec, 2009 1.3% - 6.8%   Search MLS here! Even though the Desert is one of Americas premiere resorts, with winter weather the rest of the country can only wish for; the current median price yields one of the best values in real estate anywhere in the...
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Palm Desert CA Real Estate House Sales and Home Listings - Short Sales, Foreclosures and Standard Sales - February 2011 Market Report News This is a market activity report of closed house sales and active home listings in the city of Palm Desert California, for February 2011. According to the MLS (Multiple Listing Service), there were 136 closed Palm Desert home sales from February 1st to February 28th, 2011. 18 were Foreclosures 12 were Short Sales / Short Pay 1 were Standard Sales 105 were Probate or "Other" Sales And according to the MLS (Multiple Listing Service), there are 193 Palm Desert active listings from February 1st to February 28th, 2011. 20 are Foreclosures 17 are Short Sales / Short Pay 16 are Standard Listings 140 are Probate or "Other" Sales Number of Sales in Palm Deser...
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By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
  The Best Margarita in the Palm Springs area is made at Armando's Dakota Bar & Grill in Palm Desert!  (as voted by the readers of the Desert Sun)  Armando's is easy to spot on the sunny side of El Paseo drive between upscale boutiques and galleries... it has an inviting patio with misters for warm days!  They serve authentic Mexican cuisine and are famous for their potent margaritas!  Armandos Dakota Bar & Grill  73-260 El Paseo, Palm Desert; 760-346-0744
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By Todd & Devona Garrigus, Broker / REALTORS®
(Garrigus Real Estate)
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By Todd & Devona Garrigus, Broker / REALTORS®
(Garrigus Real Estate)
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By Nancy Hankin
(RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants)
Now that you know what you can afford and you've found a home that fits within the budgetary guidelines, it's time to choose the right loan. Before making the big decision, ask yourself how long you plan to own your new house, whether you are using equity from a previous residence for the down payment or if this is a vacation home. A fixed rate mortgage is one whose rate does not change throughout the life of the loan. The payoff is usually within 15 to 30 years. If interest rates rise, your payments remain stable, hence minimizing your financial risk. The only increase in payment would come from higher taxes or insurance. If you plan to remain in your new home for some period of time and want the comfort of a fixed budget, this might be the best choice for you. An adjustable rate mortg...
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By Randy Heinitz, Realtor - Selling Palm Springs: Itnulls So Sunny!
(Prudential California Realty - www.RHeinitz.com)
Fashion Week El Paseo (March 20-28, 2011) will feature a thrilling evening of American popular culture with a runway show showcasing three Project Runway Season 8 contestants: Michael Costello, Mondo Guerra, and Christopher Collins. Each will present a new original collection on Wednesday, March 23, at 7 p.m. Costello will present a dazzling new collection including 30 of his trademark evening gowns. Collins will show his latest collection of ready-to-wear that is featured in Neiman Marcus stores as well as other boutiques and stores in the United States, while Guerra will reveal 15 of his cutting-edge designs. The event also features a special performance by Season 5 American Idol finalist Kimberly Locke, who will entertain and delight the audience during the evening. The sixth annual...
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By Randy Heinitz, Realtor - Selling Palm Springs: Itnulls So Sunny!
(Prudential California Realty - www.RHeinitz.com)
The second annual Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert (March 25-27, 2011), which takes place under the Big White Tent during Fashion Week, will feature more than 100 world-class wines for one of the most outstanding viticulture and culinary events in Southern California. Attendees of the three-day celebration will have the opportunity to sample the finest premium wines and champagnes from California, Europe and South America showcasing more than 100 varietals of wine. Samples of extravagant cuisine from more than 50 fine dining restaurants, caterers, and food suppliers will also be paired with these celebrated wines. Among the vintners and wineries participating in the Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert are: Benziger Family WineryCakebread CellarsFolie A DeuxGaineyGerard Bertrand, FranceGun...
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