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A Message From Cathi & Ben...

We hear similar stories repeated in different ways from our clients; At first, they look forward to stolen weekend's to golf & relax in the desert - they gradually discover they're crafting ways to spend more time here until it becomes clear, life just doesn't get any better than this."

Once that realization hit's, the process of change begins... We know what an extraordinary commodity your home is - buying or selling a home can be one of the most important decisions you will make and having the right team on your side will make the difference.

We specialize in homes throughout the Palm Springs Valley including Palm Desert Real Estate & Homes, Indian Wells Real Estate & Homes, La Quinta Real Estate & Homes, Rancho Mirage Real Estate & Homes, Palm Springs Real Estate & Homes& Indio Hills Real Estate & Homes. Whether you want to buy or sell an estate, lock & leave property with income potential, a resort property, land to build your dream home, or a property located in a country club or golf community we know the desert and are here to help. Our motto, If its important to you, it's important to us, guides us as we help our clients buy or sell a home in the desert.

Thank you for visiting DesertAreaHomeFinder.com, we hope you find our site helpful and we look forward to speaking with you it's easy, just click on the picture of a cell phone in the upper right corner of this web site and it will ring our cell phone directly.

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Out with the old and in with the new

2018 Home Design Trends –
What to Ditch and What to Look for

OUT – Chevron Patterns and Gray
Out of style Chevron Pattern
Time to ditch the Chevron pattern that we’ve seen everywhere from wallpaper to lampshades. Muted gray and white is on the way out, making way for color.

 

IN – Color 
2018 Color trend yellowWarm rich color is making its way onto walls, moldings, and furniture in a big way.  Peacock Blues and Greens, Burnt Orange, and even pops of “Gen Z Yellow”

2018 Color Trend

OUT – White Kitchens and Large Range Hoods 
Oversized Range Hood

All white Kitchens are still popular, however, black, two tone cabinets, and wood tone cabinets are the trend for 2018 with Quartz counters.

 

 

IN – Warm Woods and Integrated Range Hoods
2018 Integrated Range Hood

 

 

 

 

 

OUT – White on White Everything
White on White
Monochromatic white on white interiors are giving way to more realistic lifestyles that include kids and dogs.  Look for rich warm colors to show up in 2018.


IN – Warm Color

2018 Dining Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUT – Farmhouse Style
Outdated Farm house look

 

The Farmhouse look has been in style for about 4 years.  2018 Style trends are moving toward minimal design.

 

 


IN – Warm and Minimal

2018 Interior Design Trend

La Quinta Career Builder Challenge

Career Builder ChallengeThe La Quinta Career Builder Challenge began as the Palm Springs Classic back in 1960 – with Arnold Palmer as the very first champion. Since then, it has grown into one of the standout events of the PGA Tour, and the only tournament on the circuit that features Pro-Am play along with tournament play for the first 54 holes.

Golf legends such as Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Jason Dufner, and Tournament Ambassador Phil Mickelson have all made their way through the event. The 2018 tournament will feature all-new hospitality venues, and an enhanced concert series, making it one of the most fun-filled, action-packed events on the PGA Tour’s West Coast Swing

The La Quinta Career Builder Challenge has 5 action-packed days with golf, music and fun events for everyone.

EVENTS
18TH GREEN
VONS FAN PAVILION
All fans have access to this 8,000 square foot climate controlled hospitality pavilion featuring wonderful food and beverage available for purchase from a variety of local restaurants.  The 18th Green Vons Fan Pavilion is the perfect place to relax in comfortable seating, enjoy lunch, watch the tournament – and NFL playoffs, on multiple televisions – it’s the best seat in the house!  Step outside onto the viewing deck for a spectacular view of the 18th green of the PGA WEST Stadium Course. 

17TH GREEN

CASAMIGOS CLUB 17
An open-air venue located greenside on Alcatraz, the infamous par-3, 17th hole on the PGA WEST Stadium Course.  Sip on a refreshing Casamigos Tequila cocktail or your favorite beverage, and spend the afternoon watching PGA TOUR pros play one of the most exciting holes in Golf!

16TH GREEN/17TH TEE

MICHELOB ULTRA

BEERS FORE BIRDIES

Enjoy half-price beer every time a PGA TOUR pro makes a birdie or better on either the 16th or 17th hole.  The Michelob Ultra Beers Fore Birdies outpost overlooks the green of the par-5 16th hole, and the tee of the par-3 17th hole, Alcatraz, on the PGA WEST Stadium Course. – bottoms up!

MILITARY OUTPOST

presented by Genesis
The CareerBuilder Challenge along with Genesis, recognize the men and women who fight for our freedom and keep us safe!  The Military Outpost presented by Genesis overlooks the 18th green of the Stadium Course at PGA WEST and provides complimentary food and refreshment to all active duty, retired military, reserve, first responders and military veterans. 

CONCERT SERIES
Huey Lewis and the News
HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS

Friday, Jan 19
Stadium Course Driving Range
4:30 PM

Goo Goo Dolls
GOO GOO DOLLS
Saturday, Jan 20
Stadium Course Driving Range
4:30 PM

La Quinta is one of the fastest growing cities in the Desert and offers lots of fun things to do for the whole family.  Find out why La Quinta is called “The Gem of the Desert”

Check out these fine homes for sale in La Quinta!

For information Contact Us directly at (760) 218 – 5752 or email at
Cathi@DesertAreaHomeFinder.com

 

Home Buying Mistakes You Can Avoid

Home Buying Mistakes You Can Avoid

home buying mistakes you can avoid

Home buying is an emotional process.  Ideally, you should set aside your emotions when you’re evaluating a house. But in practice, keeping your emotions in check can be difficult at best.

Make a list of items to check:
  One way to help make it easier is to sit down before looking and make a list of your

  • Must Have’s – Your non-negotiables.  You swim every morning, you need a pool.
  • Nice to Have’s – it would be nice if you could have it, but not a deal breaker. A sink in the laundry room.
  • Deal Breaker’s – A definite non-starter. The house backs to a busy street.

Take a copy of your checklist every time you visit a house. Take photos so you can cross each item off your list. If you fall in love with a house and it doesn’t have any of the Must Haves on your checklist it will at least make you pause and think.

Learn about the Neighborhood
If you’re retired and buying in a neighborhood with small children, school buses, and basketball hoops, will you be happy there?

Buying the View
Unless the land between the house and the view is already completely developed, or you will own the land between your house and the view, don’t buy a house for the view across a piece of vacant land that you do not own. There are too many unknowns that can make you regret your purchase. A new development with 2 story homes could be built in the future between you and the view. What if the land is rezoned commercial and a shopping center goes in?  In either case, you’ve lost your view and the view premium you paid when you bought will no longer apply when you go to sell.

Look beyond Staging
Staging psychology does work. Staged houses look far better than houses that have not been staged. When considering a house, try to mentally remove the staging.  Example; a room is beautifully staged with a sectional in the middle of the living room with end tables and lamps on each side. But there aren’t any electrical outlets where the lamps are!  It would take a significant remodel to make that layout work.  Pay more attention to the layout of the house and the structure itself. Ugly wallpaper and paint can easily be fixed later.

Back Story
When you’ve narrowed your choices down to one property for consideration.  Take a few minutes to chat with the neighbors, ask them about the neighborhood and the house, they’ll let you know if there are any problems you should be aware of – neighbors love to talk. What they say can cement your decision that this is the perfect home for you or it could save you from making a mistake.

Talk to the current Gardner and Pool Service; they can shed light on the condition of equipment and if there are any problems that may need to be fixed soon.

There are many things to consider when looking for the right home to buy; if you’re starting out on the journey to find the right home for you and your family, you’ll want to read our Guide to Home Buying, how to avoid common home buying mistakes.

The Real Estate Corner

Market Watch Fall 2017

Market Watch

Here in The Real Estate Corner, we’re keeping an eye on the Desert Real Estate Market.

Leading Economist, Michael McDonald, is one of the principals in Market Watch, LLC. Michael along with his partners, study real estate markets, the US, and International economies and specialize in evaluating all aspects related to the real estate market including outside factors that play into how our market performs with cause and effect.

Twice a year Michael presents his report to the Top Real Estate Agents in the desert with their analysis of the local real estate market, where we’ve been and where we’re headed.

There are really two markets in the Desert; Full-time Residents who make up The Local Market vs The Second Home Market, and the Supply and Demand equation is quite different between the two.

“The health of the Valley housing market in the low, summer period, often indicates its performance in the spring.” Currently, there is a 4.4 month supply of inventory for all property types, which is down from 6.1 months supply one year ago. Indicating tight supply going into the season. There are positive sales and inventory numbers in all price brackets.

The leading measure for how much house you can buy is Median Household Income, it’s been up an average of 4.5% each of the past three years.  The inflation-adjusted household income broke above the high of 1999 and is now at all-time highs.

The past six years of the housing recovery has been driven by low-interest rates on mortgage loans; now it’s getting help from higher wages.

Since the peak of the market in 2006, the percentage of people who own a home in the valley declined from 66% to 61.5%.  As distressed homeowners who lost their homes in the downturn, move from renting back to homeownership again we will start to see an upswing in home sales over the next four years.

2006 marks the high point of the valley real estate market and 2011 marks the low point. Market Watch, LLC evaluates the market based on “Median” price as opposed to Average price, because average price is biased by a single large high-value sale, skewing the chart for the whole city. In their Median Price analysis by city we see:

La Quinta – Median Price $455,000
Up 85.7% from the low
Down 33% from the high

Indian Wells – Median Price $830,000
Up 53.7% from the low
Down 31% from the high

Palm Desert – Median Price $376,000
Up 31% from the low
Down 31% from the high

Rancho Mirage – Median Price $600,000
Up 41.8% from the low
Down 37% from the high

Palm Springs – Median Price $592,000
Up 76.7% from the low
Down 33% from the high

Indio – Median Price $305,000
Up 92.4% from the low
Down 19.8% from the high

The market continues to improve, gaining strength and momentum each quarter.  As we move into our new season, they are projecting an increase in the number of sales and if inventories remain low, we will start to see upward pricing pressure.

Home Sale Negotiations

HOME SALE NEGOTIATIONS
Home Sellers Want the Highest Price and Home Buyers Want a Deal. 

How Can They Ever Find Common Ground?

Home Sale Negotiations

THE TUG OF WAR BEGINS!

 

The foundation for any negotiation starts with the data, the black and white of it all.  Then it becomes a dance of personalities, emotions, and skill.

At the end of the day, Sellers want to sell and Buyers want to buy and both have the goal to close the deal. It’s the in between that can get a little murky along the way.

In every market, one party has the upper hand; in a Buyer’s market, there are lot’s of choices and it can be easy for the Buyer to walk away in favor of the home down the street.  In a Seller’s market, inventories are tight with limited choices, which can create multiple offers or bidding wars and the Seller can be picky about the price and terms.

Typically, in any kind of market, a truly motivated Seller is less inclined to want a lengthy negotiation, they just want to get the deal done.

TOP 10 THINGS TO KNOW WHEN YOU’RE
NEGOTIATING YOUR NEXT REAL ESTATE DEAL

PRICE – it means different things to different parties.  The Seller wants the highest price and the Buyer wants to pay the least amount possible. They don’t want to overpay or price themselves out of a resale when it comes time for them to sell.

CLOSING COSTS – Buyers will pay the prepaid closing costs for their mortgage. Items like taxes and insurance.  The Buyer might ask for a flat amount paid by the Seller to go towards their closing costs; up to 3% of non-recurring closing costs are allowed by the lender.  In this case, if the Seller is asked to make a concession, that will typically end up in a higher sales price for the Buyer.

CLOSING DATE – Sellers may want to get out from under the monthly costs as quickly as possible to preserve their capital.  Buyers, when getting a mortgage will pre-pay the first month’s mortgage payment so they don’t have to make their 1st mortgage payment until the 2nd month, in this case, the Buyer will likely want to move in at the beginning of the month so they can skip the next month.

FINANCING CONTINGENCIES – Buyers who are getting a mortgage are competing with all cash offers, which is more appealing to any Seller knowing that there isn’t a financing contingency.  The best way for a Buyer to compete is to get complete loan approval prior to making the offer, that way they can move quickly to remove or waive the financing contingencies.

APPRAISAL CONTINGENCY – If the Buyer is getting a mortgage, the Seller can push the Buyer to waive the appraisal contingency. On a conventional mortgage, banks will lend 80% of the appraised value or the purchase price, whichever is lower. But if the house doesn’t appraise for the contract purchase price and the appraisal contingency has been waived, the Buyer must come up with the difference.  Any shortfall would have to be paid in cash by the Buyer.

HOME WARRANTY – The Home Seller will typically provide a one year home warranty that covers the mechanical’s, appliances and pool equipment.  This is a “Peace of Mine” insurance policy for the home seller in case something goes wrong.

LEASEBACK – The Seller may need a little extra time to make the move, especially if they’ve lived in the home for many years. The Buyer could offer a zero cost rent back for 30 days to entice the Seller to accept a price that they may not otherwise accept.

REPAIRS – When a home needs a lot of updating, the Buyer has a lot of room to negotiate if the home is priced on par with properties that are updated. If the Kitchen and Baths are out of date, the appliances are old and there’s popcorn on the ceilings the Buyer will make a lower offer to accommodate the repairs necessary. The Seller can price the home accordingly ahead of time and say they won’t make any repairs, in this case, there will be less room to negotiate on price.

FURNITURE – Negotiation over personal property such as the furniture has killed more than one deal, this is when emotions can get heated.  It’s best if the Seller will consider selling the furniture to make out a list of items and their prices ahead of time.  An important note here, a lender will not lend on personal furniture.  If there will be personal property transferred it must be done outside of escrow with a bill of sale.

APPLIANCES – The stove, dishwasher, built-in microwave and any other built-in appliance will be included, but a free-standing refrigerator or the Washer and Dryer don’t necessarily.  Seller many times will wait to see how the negotiation goes first before they commit.

INSPECTION CONTINGENCY – Buyer’s remorse and waiving their home inspection contingency generally go hand in hand. It’s never a good idea to waive the home inspection unless it’s a complete remodel and you re a skilled investor / contractor / remodeler.  But the Buyer can shorten the time frame for the inspection from 17 days to maybe 10 or even 7 days.

HOA ASSESSMENTS – If the home is in a homeowners association – there could potentially be special assessments in place or coming up.  The Buyer may ask the Seller to clear the assessment, paying it all.  This can be negotiated between Buyer and Seller for who pays and how much they pay toward the assessment.

Concerts in The Park

Free Concerts in the Park
October 5 – 26 at the Palm Desert Civic Center Park. 

Concerts in Park

Concerts in the Park Every May and October, Palm Desert rolls out the red carpet inviting all music lovers to gather for a month-long event at the Civic Center Park Amphitheater.

Residents and visitors alike flock to the Palm Desert Civic Center Park every Thursday evening in May and October for the City’s free Concerts in the Park. Held on the terraced lawn of the Civic Center Park Amphitheater.music lovers can look forward to diverse musical offerings that may range from reggae to R&B, and from country to indie.

Music lovers can look forward to a variety of musical offerings that can range from Reggae to R&B, and from Country to Indie.

Summer is over and it’s time to celebrate!  Find your favorite rhythm and get into the swing of a New Season in the Desert!  Just 5 minutes from Civic Center Park is this Palm Desert Getaway, a Single Family Pool Home with Guest House, Check it Out!

Here’s the October 2017 Line Up:

The Long Run

The Dust Bowl Revival Tour

Yachty by Nature

Downbeat LA - AM FM

 

 

Desert Golf Course Over Seeding Schedule

Headed to the Desert to play Golf?   Take a look at our 2017 Desert Golf Course Over Seeding Schedule so you don’t miss one minute of Great Golf!

Desert Golf Course Over Seeding       
If you’re unfamiliar with the Phenomenon of our Desert Golf Course Over Seeding, here are the basics of what you will see happening on our local courses over the next couple of months. Currently, our local golf courses have warm-weather Bermuda grass on the fairways and tees and almost every course in the desert has some Bermuda on their greens. 

Bermuda grass goes dormant and turns brown during the cooler winter months. So to keep the courses green and playable, they cut the Bermuda grass so short it’s mostly dirt, then they spread tons of winter rye grass seed and add lots of water. During the over seeding process and while waiting for the winter rye to take hold well enough to stand up to play, the courses close during the grow-in period, usually 3 – 4 weeks.

Here is a partial list of our Local Desert Golf Course
Over Seeding Schedules by City, then by Club

Desert Golf Course Overseeding Schedule for

 

PALM DESERT
See All Available Palm Desert Golf Course Properties HERE 
BIGHORN Golf Club
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - BIGHORN Golf Club

Mountain Course
Closing October 2 – Reopening November 3, 2017
Canyon Course
Closing October 9 – Reopening November 10, 2017

Classic Club Palm Desert
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Classic Club
Closing October 9 – Reopening November 11, 2017

Desert Willow Golf Resort
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Desert Willow Mountain Course
Mountain View Course 
Closing September 25 – Reopening October 26, 2017
Firecliff Course
Closing November 13 – Reopening December 25, 2017

Desert Falls Country Club
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Desert Falls Country Club
Closing October 9 – Reopening November 10, 2017

Ironwood Country Club
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Ironwood Country Club
South Course Closing October 14 – Reopening November 22, 2017
North Course Closing October 2 – Reopening November 7, 2017

Monterey Country Club
Monterey Country Club
East Nine Closing October 2 – Reopening October 28, 2017
South Nine Closing October 9 – Reopening November 11, 2017
West Nine Closing October 16 – Reopening November 18, 2017

Palm Valley Country Club
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Palm Valley Country Club
Champion Course
October 9 – Reopening November 10, 2017
Challenge Course
Closing September 25 – Reopening October 20, 2017

Stone Eagle Golf Club
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Stone Eagle Golf Club
Closing September 25 – Reopening November 10, 2017

Desert Golf Course Overseeding Schedule for

INDIAN WELLS

See ALL Available Indian Wells Fairway Properties Available HERE

Desert Horizons Country Club
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Desert Horizons Country Club
Closing September 24 – Reopening November 11, 2017


Eldorado Country Club
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Eldorado Country Club
Closing September 25 – Reopening November 7, 2017

Indian Wells Country Club
Desert Golf Course Overseeding - Indian Wells Country Club
Classic Course
Closing October 9 – Reopening November 10, 2017
Cove Course
Closing September 25 – Reopening October 28, 2017

Indian Wells Golf Resort 
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Indian Wells Golf Resort
Celebrity Course
Closing October 16 – Reopening November 2, 2017
Players Course
Closing September 2 – Reopening October 12, 2017

The Reserve Club
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - The Reserve Club
Closing  September 25 – Reopening November 10, 2017

Toscana Country Club
Golf Course Over Seeding - Toscana Country Club
South Course
Closing September 26 – Reopening November 11, 2017
North Course
Closing October 2 – Reopening November 11, 2017

The Vintage Club
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - The Vintage Club
Mountain Course
Closed – Reopening  November 11, 2017
Desert Course
Closing September 25 – Reopening November 11, 2017

Desert Golf Course Overseeding Schedule for

RANCHO MIRAGE
See ALL Available Rancho Mirage Golf Course Properties HERE
Mission Hills Country Club
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Mission Hills Country Club 
Arnold Palmer Course
Closing October 13 – Reopening November 10, 2017
Dinah Shore Course
Closing October 20 – Reopening November 17, 2017
Pete Dye Course
Closing November 5 – Reopening December 5, 2017

The Club at Morningside
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - The Club at Morningside
Closing October 1 – Reopening November 7, 2017

Tamarisk Country Club
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Tamarisk Country Club
Closing October 1  – Reopening November 10, 2017

Thunderbird Country Club
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Thunderbird Country Club
Closing  October 1 – Reopening November 4, 2017

The Springs Country Club
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - The Springs Country Club
Closing October 2 – Reopening November 9, 2017

Westin Mission Hills
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Westin Mission Hills Golf
Pete Dye Course
Closing September 29 – Reopening October 23, 2017
Gary Player Course
Closing October 30 – Reopening November 23, 2017

Desert Golf Course Overseeding Schedule for

BERMUDA DUNES
Bermuda Dunes Country Club
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Bermuda Dunes Country Club
Closing October 2 – Reopening November 3, 2017

Desert Golf Course Overseeding Schedule for

LA QUINTA
See ALL Available Fairway Homes in La Quinta HERE

Andalusia Country Club

Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Andalusia at Coral Mountain
Closing October 1 –  Reopening November 10, 2017

PGA West
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - PGA West

Stadium Course
Closing October 9  – Reopening November 2, 2017
Jack Nicklaus Course
Closing October 2 – Reopening October 26, 2017
Greg Norman Course
Closing October 27 – Reopening November 21, 2017
Jack Nicklaus Private Course
Closing September 25 – Reopening October 26, 2017
Arnold Palmer Private Course
Closing October 20 – Reopening November 21, 2017
Tom Weiskopf Course
Closing September 18 – Reopening October 19, 2017

The Citrus Club at La Quinta
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Citrus at la Quinta

The Citrus Course
Closing October 2 – Reopening November 2, 2017
The Mountain Course
Closing October 23 – Reopening November 2, 2017
The Dunes Course
Closing September 25 – Reopening October 19, 2017

Hideaway Golf Club
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - HIdeaway Golf Club
Pete Dye Course
Closing September 25 – Reopening November 11, 2017
Clive Clark Course
Closing October 2 – Reopening November 17, 2017

The Quarry at La Quinta
Desert Golf Course Over Seeing - The Quarry at La Quinta
Closing October 2 – Reopening November 10, 2017

Silver Rock Resort
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Silver Rock Resort
Closing October 9 – Reopening November 7, 2017

Tradition Golf Club
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Tradition Golf Club
Closing September 25 – Reopening November 11, 2017

Desert Golf Course Overseeding Schedule for
INDIO
See ALL of the Available Indio Fairway Homes HERE
Golf Club Terra Lago
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding - Golf Club Terra Lago
South Course
Closed  – Reopening October 7, 2017
North Course
Closing October 12 – Reopening November 22, 2017

Indian Palms Country Club
Desert Golf Course Over Seeding Schedule - Indian Palms Country Club
Indian Course
Closing September 5 – Reopening October 13, 2017
Mountain Course
Closing September 5 – Reopening October 13, 2017
Royal Course
Closing September 5 – Reopening October 13, 2017

Late Spring. when the temperatures rise, the rye grass dies out naturally, but the Bermuda grass which has been dormant over the winter comes back to life. With the help of our highly educated golf course superintendents here in the desert.

In years past the over seeding process created billows of dirt and dust into the air creating a dusty, air-choking, allergy inducing haze across the entire valley, sending anyone with allergies running to the medicine cabinet for help. Today,  the process is much gentler, better for the courses and for the desert air quality.

Resorts with multiple courses will stagger the over seeding schedules to keep at least one course open while the other course is closed. By the end of November, all of the desert courses are a shimmering emerald green, just in time for the snowbirds arrival and another great golf season in the Desert!

Looking for that perfect Desert Resort Lifestyle?  We are Local Experts, specializing in the best opportunities available in Desert Fairway and Resort Properties.  Contact us directly for more details Cathi Cell: (760) 218 – 5752  or Cathi@DesertAreaHomeFinder.com

 

Remodel or Buy New?

Should Your Remodel Your Home or Buy New?Should You Remodel or Buy New?  It’s a big question, not all remodeling projects will return your cash investment and that may be okay if you’re doing it to enhance your lifestyle and you plan on living in your home for many more years.

However, if you think you might move in the next 3 – 5 years you should know what the best home improvements are for the highest return.  Or it may make more sense for you to find a home that better fits your lifestyle and needs.

We’ve created this Checklist to help you think through all the steps of Remodeling.  The purpose is to address all aspects of your Remodeling Project and the process, so you can clearly define what you really want to accomplish, arrive at a practical end product in a style that suits your family and within your budget.

FIRST, SOME BROAD QUESTIONS:
Off the top of your head, what are the Top 3 priorities that immediately come to mind when you think about you remodeling project?

Are You Planning to Remodel the Entire Space, (Interior and / or Exterior) Or Partial remodel such as Kitchen or Bathrooms?

Do you have a budget in mind?
What is the low, medium and
your “Not to Exceed” Budget?

What is your timeline?
    Do you have a drop dead date the remodel
must be completed by?

ABOUT The space  –
What will it be used for and Who will use it?
     Is this currently, or will it become your
Permanent Residence?
Vacation Property?
Will it be used as a rental for income?

Household Members:
How many Adults, Children, Pets?

Any Special Needs?
     Counter Heights, Door Width,
Handicap, Elderly or Small Children?

Is Entertaining Important?
Your Entertaining Style is:

Formal / Informal / Both

How many guests typically?

What type of entertaining?

Meals, Music, Games, Movies, BBQ?

Any Special Cooking Facilities Required?

Professional Grade Appliances

Island with Second Prep Sink

Walk In Pantry

Butler’s Pantry
Wine Storage

Does More Than One Person Cook at a Time?

Where Do You Like To Eat Meals?

Dining Table, Kitchen Table, Kitchen
Counter, Family Room, Other?

 Hobbies?

Reading, Cooking, Home Theater, Music,
Crafts, Sewing, Sports, Other?

Any Technical Needs?

Computer, Laptop, Docking Station,

Charging Station, Wireless Hub, Satellite,

Surround Sound, Home Theater

 

Home Office?

Any special needs such as Soundproofing,

Computers, Task Lighting, Storage, Printer

Dedicated Entrance

 

Lighting?

Locations that may need more lighting?

Specialized Lighting for Art (niches or walls)

Bathroom or Kitchen Task Lighting

Family or Living Room Ambient Lighting

 

Storage Needs?

Garage Cabinets / Closet Organizers

Books, Holiday Decorations, Kitchen

Appliances or Serving Dishes

 

 

EXTERIOR SPACE

What are the most important outdoor spaces?

Patio Dining, Covered Outdoor Living, Pool,

Spa, Fire pit, Outdoor Kitchen with BBQ, Sun

Deck, Private Spa, Putting Green, Fountain

or Water Feature, Courtyard Garden Entry.

INTERIOR SPACE

What interior features are important to you?

Wet or Dry Bar with or without Seating,

Built in Refrigerator, Fireplace in Living or

Master Suite, Separate Closets in Master,

Guesthouse,

Do You Want to Add or Enlarge?

A room or Guest House?

Wine Room

Butler Pantry

Exercise Room

AC to Garage

Home Theater or Sound System

 

Do You Want to Add or Enlarge – Continued

Home Automation System –
What will it control?

Remote Controlled Window Coverings

Remove a Wall to Open two rooms together

Power Awnings

Security Screens or Gates

 

 

ENVIRONMENT

Are “Green” Objectives important to you?

Energy Audit for Cost vs benefit Analysis

Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling
Energy Efficient Appliances

Solar

Backup Generator System

Low Water Landscape

Low Water Fixtures

Indoor Air Quality – Duct Cleaning

Dual Pane Windows, Low “E”

Duct Sealing

New Insulation

 AMBIENCE

What Atmosphere Do You Want to Create?      

Casual, Formal with defined spaces, Clean

Lines, Warm & Cozy, Open Light and Airy,

Elegant, Sophisticated, Lived In, Romantic,

Welcoming, Contemporary

What is Your Style?

Tuscan, Beachy, Old World, Mediterranean,
Cottage, Art Deco, Asian, Tropical, Mission,

Southwest, Modern Minimalist,

Contemporary,

 

Color and Tone Preferences:

Lighter or Darker

Cool such as Blue, Gray, Black,     White,

Warm such as Earth Tones Beige, Brown,

Subtle Tones or Bold and Bright

 

Colors You Dislike:

 

Hard Surface Material You Like?

 

Hard Materials You Dislike?

 

Flooring Preferences?

Wood, Cork, Bamboo, Carpet, Marble,

Stone, Concrete, Ceramic or Porcelain Tile,

Saltillo Tile, Combination, Other

 

Counter / Vanity Preferences?

Granite, Marble, Quartz, Tile, Wood

 

Accent Preferences?

Stone, Texture, Wallpaper, Contrast Paint

Mirror, Glass,

Window Treatment Preference?

Bermuda Shutters, Verticals Blinds, Pleated

Shades, Motorized Solar Shade, Drapes,

Roman Shades, Grass Roll up, Ceiling

Pockets for Disappearing Electric Shades

Door and Cabinet Hardware Preference?

Knobs, Levers, Pulls Bronze, Chrome, Satin

Nickel, Brass, Other

Cabinet Finish and Door Style Preference?

What Style do you like?

Stained or Painted

Wood interior or Melamine

Self-closing drawers

Full extension drawers

Corner Turn Table

Custom Built or Pre Fab Cabinets

 

KITCHEN

How do you use your Kitchen?

 

Do you want family and Guests in the Kitchen to Help or Do You Prefer the Kitchen to be a Separate Room out of sight?

 

How many Cooks in the Kitchen at the same time?

 

Is the Primary Cook Left or Right Handed?

 

Does the Cook Have Any Special Needs?

Disability

Height

 

Do You Use Caterers to Prep, Serve and Clean Up for Entertaining?

 

KITCHEN – continued

Where do you want the family to eat?

Kitchen Table

Kitchen Bar

Are there Small Children to Accommodate?

Do you want the Kitchen Open the Family Room?

 

Do you Want a Formal Dining Room?

Seating for how many people

What is Your Cooking Style?

Gourmet

Family Style

Do you Bake

 

What Type of Food Prep Do You Need?

Daily Heat & Serve

Daily Full Course Meals

Weekend Family Meals

Weekend Entertaining

Quantity Cooking

 

Any Secondary Activities or Amenities You Want in the Kitchen?

Computer or Recipe Desk

Wet Bar

Wine Storage

Homework or Craft Station

Laundry

Herb Garden

TV

Charging Station

Integrated Refrigeration Drawers

 

 

ORIENTATION OF KITCHEN

Partition walls be removed or altered?

Florescent Lighting to be Removed?

Relocate the Sink or Appliances

Add a Gas Line

Add a Second Water line and Drain

Add an Island

Reconfigure or add a Work Triangle

Add Skylight

Add More Lighting

EQUIPMENT TO INCORPORATE INTO KITCHEN

Professional / Residential Grade Appliances,

Microwave, Trash Compactor, Icemaker,

Dishwasher, Separate Cooktop with Gas or

Electric, Double Ovens, Convection Oven,

Built In Refrigerator / Freezer: style and size,

Double or Single Bowl Sink, Second Sink, Pot

Filler at Cook Top, Instant Hot, Filtered

Water, Updraft or downdraft vent,

Architectural hood, Wine Cooler.

STORAGE SYSTEMS

Do You shop in bulk and need extra storage?

What cooking equipment needs to be accommodated, i.e. Pots, Pans, Small Appliances

Specialized Storage such as spices, cleaning supplies, baking equipment, cutlery, plastic storage containers, non-refrigerated foods

Recycling receptacles  and location

Display Storage such as Cookbooks, Dinner or

Glassware, Wine,

QUESTIONS TO ANSWER

Are there enough electrical outlets

Do you need to bring a Gas Line in

Is there enough light

Add recessed lighting

Are light switches where you want them

Add dimmer switches

Is ventilation and cooking exhaust adequate

Preferred cabinet door style

Cabinet Facing Material,

Wood Stained, Painted or Washed,

Laminate or Thermofoil

QUESTIONS TO ANSWER

Sink Material

Faucet Finish

Counter Material

Backsplash Material

Flooring Material

Wall and Ceiling Paint Color

Lighting,

Pedant, under cabinet, recessed, display

cabinet lighting

BATHROOM

How with the Bathroom be Used?

Is it for personal, family or guest use? Are there special needs now or in the future such as height, handicap, small children, etc.?

Do you need to accommodate any non-traditional activities such as Laundry or Washing Pets?

How much Storage do you need?

ORIENTATION OF BATHROOM

Is the Bathroom large enough

Can you relocate a door or window to help

Is it connected to a Bedroom as you like

Is there enough natural light

Add a skylight or solar tube

Remove Tub and Add Walk in Shower

BATHROOM FIXTURES

Change or Upgrade Toilets

Whirlpool Tub

Shower for One or Two People

Adjustable Show Heads

Multiple Shower Heads

Body Sprays

Bidet

Glass Enclosure

No Enclosure, Walk In

Pedestal Sinks or Vanity Cabinets with Sinks

Vessel Style Sinks

Chrome, Satin Nickel, Brass, Bronze Fixtures

BATHROOM STORAGE

Salon Style Storage for Hair Dryers, Curling Iron

Electrical Outlets inside Drawers or Cabinets

Towel Bars how many, location

Towel and Linen Storage in or near the Bath

Add Storage or Closet System to Closet

 BATHROOM STYLE, APPEARANCE & FINISH

Cabinets, Single or Double Vanity

Recessed Medicine Cabinet

Wall to Wall or Framed Mirrors

3 Way Mirror

Knee recess / Makeup Mirror

Cabinet Door Style, Finish

Cabinet Hardware

Countertop Material

Sink Material

Backsplash Material

Flooring Material

Heated floors

Faucet Finish

Shower and Tub Surround Material

Enclosure Material

Wall and Ceiling Paint Color

ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SYSTEMS

Does the Heating and Air Conditioning

System Operate Adequately?

How old is the Water Heater?

Would you consider Tankless Water Heater

Do you want to add water saving fixtures

Are electrical outlets GFCI protected

Hard wired smoke, carbon monoxide, and home

Alarm system

Add Solar Panels

ADDITIONS

Depending upon the layout of your home, it may be possible to add a room without adding to the building’s footprint.  Example, you may be able to convert part of Laundry Room into a Powder Room.

Make a sketch of the layout you want, collect Magazine Clippings, Photos, and bookmark Websites that Illustrate Your Favorite Look and incorporate into an Idea Book where you keep all of your best ideas in one place.

 

Palm Springs International Shortfest

Palm Springs International ShortfestPalm Springs International Shortfest is the largest and best attended short film event in North America.

ShortFest presents short films from over 50 countries packaged into 90-100 minute themed programs. Gather ‘round the screen as we unspool comedy, romance, animation, action, documentaries and more.

Palm Springs International Shortfest receives over 4,000 entries every year from around the world; just 325 shorts are selected and screened in 90 minute themed programs.  When attending, you’ll view between 4 – 10 short films that have been curated into a themed program such as Sibling Stories or The Things We Do For Love.

Forums include working industry professionals from a variety of disciplines who share their knowledge and experiences.  The panels and Master classes and round table discussions cover a variety of emerging trends and new practices in the film community.

Film Market at the Palm Springs International Shortfest has over 3,000 titles available for viewing on over 30 screening stations and the only short film market in North America. The Film Market serves two purposes, it allows film professionals the chance to view multiple films while providing filmmakers with the rare opportunity to promote their work not included in the  Palm Springs International Shortfest theatrical programming.

The Riviera Resort and Spa is the host hotel, inside you can find the VR Lounge and  Festival registration.

Located close to the Film Festival is this Stunning Semi Custom Home located in South Palm Springs in the Gated Community of  Estancias at South Canyon.

Looking for your perfect place here in the Desert?  We are one of the leading teams in the Desert Real Estate Market and are ready to help, Drop us a line for your copy of our “Best Buy List”, our private list of homes in the desert area that offer exceptional value.

Home Selling Negotiation Strategies

Home Selling Negotiation StrategiesBeing able to negotiate well impacts so many key factors of our lives and can certainly impact the outcome of Home Selling. Strong negotiation strategies will create a better outcome for you.

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We are often guarded or reluctant to reveal much of anything; thinking this is the smart way to open a negotiation. It can actually have a negative impact on our outcomes and can inhibit trust between the parties. It’s human nature to match with reciprocity.  People generally respond in kind to how we treat them. If we want to be trusted, we must first offer trust.

Revealing some information, even unrelated to the negotiation can improve your outcome. You don’t have to put all your cards on the table to start. But putting something of yourself out there – your hobbies, personal concerns, or hopes – can set a positive tone that creates an environment that is more conducive to agreement.

Sequencing or Ranking
Typically when we negotiate, we know what our key issues are and we Rank or Sequence them based on the importance to our circumstance. For example, if we’re trying to negotiate a purchase contract, we might say that the price is most important, and if we don’t agree, there’s no use to continue.

However, if your buyer has a deadline to move in within 30 days as opposed to 45 or 60 +days, you may want to reorder your priorities and be more flexible on your price if you know you won’t have another mortgage payment, property taxes, homeowners ins. or utilities to pay.

You can typically achieve better outcomes by being flexible on your ranking and leaving all the issues on the table as you move through your negotiation.

Target Price and Walk Away Terms
Do you have “walk away power”?  Rarely will a price negotiation match what you want to clear, or what you need to buy a home where you’re going.  Unless you’re in a super-heated Seller’s Market, the market is the market and is not reflective of personal circumstances.

Your Target Price is what you’re hoping for; your walk away price or terms is your reservation price. Often, we go into negotiations with one or the other.   In real estate, we often say when an offer doesn’t come together over price, the seller has essentially bought their home back for the price that the buyer was willing to pay.

It’s critical to do the market research ahead of time, research based on firm data, will provide more confidence for you, in Home Selling,  it will help you make better decisions in the moment, and help you be more clear about your limits.

Are you thinking about selling your home soon?  You need a strong team like Cathi and Ben Walter, on your side with the skills and market knowledge it takes to negotiate a great outcome. Call us today to find out how our Marketing and Negotiation Strategies will Get Your Home Sold Quickly at the Highest Possible Price. Cathi 760.218.5752  Cathi@DesertAreaHomeFinder.com  See What Clients Are Saying

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