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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.

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Staging Tips Incorporating New Design Trends

New Design style, color, and patterns are a great way to keep your home looking fresh and current and also adds appeal to potential home buyers when you’re selling your home.  When staging your home to sell, here are a couple of staging tips incorporating new design trends.
Staging tips incorporating new design trends

Color Thread – A new color can feel like it belongs if you repeat the color in different ways throughout a room and carry it through the house, like a thread of color weaving its way through each room in small but impactful ways.

Example, start with a bold area rug in the Great Room that introduces your new color palette. Add throw pillows, a pot with a live plant, a few accessories and maybe a piece of art that also have your new colors.

Color Thread

As you go through the house, find at least 3 areas in each room to bring your new colors in, subtle ways. It could be as simple as a few books on a shelf with your colors, a throw across the bed. Towels in the bathroom with bath soaps. Have a recipe book on the Kitchen counter open to a delicious looking recipe with your colors, a bowl of all the same fruit in your colors.

Painting or wallpapering a feature wall in the Great Room, or Master Bedroom with an element of your new color palette can add a wow factor to any room.

Match your decor to your home’s style and price range. It goes back to knowing who your buyer is, and creating the right lifestyle.  For example, you wouldn’t want to use fussy traditional furniture in a desert contemporary home.  If your home is high-end, then your accessories and furniture should also look high-end.

 

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

 

Indio Dog Show

4 Days of Nothing but Dogs!  The Indio Dog Show is headed to town.  This prestigious show is considered the opening event of the dog show year on the West Coast and is tons of fun for the entire family.

The Indio Dog ShowKennel Club of Palm Springs annual Dog Show includes more than 3,000 dogs around from the world competing for coveted title of “Best in Show” Events include Obedience and Rally Trials and Specialty Shows.

The Show is among the five largest in the country according to the AKC and includes several group shows, plus sixteen or more breed specialties during the two days preceding the all-breed shows, resulting in majors galore. KCPS also offers Obedience and Rally trials. Separate Obedience training classes are held during the fall, winter and early spring, at the Palm Springs Police Department.

Coming Soon!  After the Dog Show, stop by to check out this great fairway home in Indian Palms Country Club Remodeled Indian Palms Fairway Homewith Quartz Counters and Bamboo flooring throughout. 3 Bed, 2 Bath with Panoramic Mountain and Fairway Views. Priced under $400,000 and furnished.  Call for availability and details on this steal of a deal!

(760) 218 – 5752 or email us at
Cathi@DesertAreaHomeFinder.com

 

 

Southwest Arts Festival

2018 Southwest Art FestivalDon’t miss the 32nd annual Southwest Arts Festival in Indio, hosted at the Empire Polo Grounds. This year’s festival will feature interactive art displays and live music, with pottery, glass and fine art painting. Enjoy the art surrounded by the natural beauty of the Santa Rosa Mountains with a variety of food and beverage options as you casually stroll the grounds.  This is an internationally recognized cultural event featuring traditional, contemporary and abstract fine works of art by nearly 250 acclaimed artists from around the world.

After enjoying the Southwest Arts Festival, stop by to see this great home in Estacio! 

Estacio

You just found the Luxury Lifestyle you’ve been looking for in the sought after Gated Community of Estacio with low HOA’s. Welcome to Via Carisma! This exceptional home features over 2,300 Sq Ft with 4 Bedrooms including separate Guest House. Invite your Friends & Family, this home is designed for Entertaining with a free flow from inside to outdoor living with Lush Landscape & Spool with jets & Baja Tanning Shelf. This is a Great Room Floor-plan with Volume Ceilings, Architectural Detail, Fireplace & Chef’s Kitchen with Gas Cook-top, Dual Ovens, Breakfast Nook & Opens to Living & Dining. There are 3 bedrooms in the main house including a Luxury Master Suite that opens to the Backyard with Spool for an Evening Dip, plus large Guest House. Unique to this home is a new 5 Ton Lennox Signature AC system with computer controlled Variable speed. Enjoy an easy Lifestyle here, close to World Class Golf & Tennis, Hiking, Old Town La Quinta and El Paseo for Shopping, Dining, and Entertainment.
For Open House Dates and Times call us directly at (760) 218 – 5752 or email Cathi@DesertAreaHomeFinder.com

Palm Springs International Film Festival

Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala

The Palm Springs International Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming over 135,000 attendees each year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries.  The Festival is also known for its annual Film Awards Gala, honoring the best achievements of the year in film by a celebrated list of talents.  Produced by the Palm Springs International Film Society, the Festival offers 14 days of events and film screenings featuring over 180 films.  Venues include Palm Springs and Cathedral City.

PARTIAL LIST OF EVENTS
AWARDS GALA
January 2, 
The Palm Springs International Film Festival rolls out the Red Carpet to welcome Hollywood’s hottest industry players and A-list celebrities for the Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Awards Gala is the Film Festivals showpiece event that kicks off the Festival each year with a dazzling celebration of old-school Hollywood star power, glamour, and talent.  Grab a ticket for the event, or star gaze as top celebrities walk the red carpet.

OPENING NIGHT
January 4,  The Post at Palm Springs High School. Steven Spielberg’s rousing, knuckle-biting account of the publication of the Pentagon Papers, Meryl Streep stars as Washington Post publisher Katherine Graham and Tom Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee, as they take on the might of Nixon’s White House.

DINNER AND A MOVIE
January 8, catch Constructing Albert,
a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the life and ambition of a restaurateur, following Chef Albert Adrià as he puts his past with famed restaurant elBulli behind him and embarks on a new culinary adventure. Then join us at Bontá in Cathedral City, where Chef Hector Salvatierra of Bonta’ serves up an eclectic mix of Mediterranean, European and Argentinian dishes.

Film Screening begins at 4:00 pm at the Mary Pickford Theater followed by dinner.
Bontá is located in the same complex as theater

January 10, The Cakemaker, a story of a gifted pastry chef and the aftermath of his passionate, closeted affair with a married man. The chic and swanky Eight4Nine Restaurant and Lounge, the Uptown Design District’s Hot Spot is the featured Dinner and a Movie restaurant. This year they matchup with

Wednesday’s screening will be followed by dinner at Palm Springs’ chic and swanky Eight4Nine Restaurant and Lounge,  the Uptown Design District’s hot spot. Eight4Nine’s very own pastry chef Albert Gonzalez has created an eclectic and colorful menu

Film Screening begins at 4:30 pm @ Camelot followed by dinner.
Eight4Nine is a short drive from the theater

CLOSING NIGHT
January 14
, The Last Movie Star at Palm Springs High School.
An invitation from a film festival affords an elderly movie star a trip down memory lane that stirs his long-dormant heart. An octogenarian Burt Reynolds shares scenes with his ’70s-era self and delivers a resonant performance in this poignant, often funny drama.

After attending the Palm Springs International Film Festival, check out this Little Tuscany Hacienda located in the heart of the Action in Palm Springs. Enter the gates into your own PRIVATE COMPOUND set on over 1/2 acre with Dramatic MOUNTAIN VIEWS that you can almost reach out and touch.

This exceptional property features over 2,200 SF, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths & has recently had an EXTENSIVE RENOVATION Hacienda in Little Tuscanyincluding all new Kitchen and Baths. Enjoy the Old World Charm of Palm Springs with state of the art conveniences including new ENERGY EFFICIENT windows & doors, CHEF’S KITCHEN with a full suite of VIKING stainless appliances, QUARTZ counters & Custom Cabinets with lighting. Each bath has been remodeled with stone showers, frame-less glass, QUARTZ, Custom Cabinets.

You’ve got lots of flexibility here; the property is zoned multi-family & can be used as one LARGE HOME with GUEST HOUSE, or locked off as TWO SEPARATE UNITS so you can live in 1 and rent the 2nd out for extra income. You can also build an additional home for more income potential. What a GREAT LOCATION, minutes from the Village in Palm Springs.

Park After Dark at The Living Desert Zoo

The Living Desert Curious what the animals are up to when everyone goes home and the lights go out in The Living Desert Zoo?

Now you can see for yourself live and in person. January through May 2018 on select Friday’s, The Living Desert hosts 2 different special events;

Family night is for the whole family with up-close animal presentations, a guided walk through the zoo and s’mores roasting ’round a roaring campfire.

Adult night, (21 years and older), features beer, wine, bourbon and vodka tastings in addition to guided tours of specially selected animal exhibits.  Coyote howling at the moon

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.

Over-Improving Your Home for the Neighborhood

Thinking about doing some home improvements and worried you might be over-improving your home?

Over-Improving your Home

Upgrading and improving should definitely be taken into consideration when thinking about selling your home. But pulling out all the stops in your home renovation may not be the best choice.

When you sell, you won’t get 100% return on your remodeling investment, it can increase the value of the property and help your home sell faster, but it will rarely give you a dollar for dollar return.

It’s a good rule of thumb to make sure your renovations don’t put your home’s value any higher than 10% of the average cost of homes in your neighborhood.

Here are few tips to help you decide the best remodeling projects.

1.) How long do you plan on staying in your home?

In it for the Long Haul, Over-improving can be OK, if you plan on staying for many years. Improve to suit your own needs while, or because, you want to live in your home for many years… go for it and enjoy.  Think of it in terms of getting value through enjoyment.

Short-timers, unless you purchased well below market, it’s best to limit your remodeling investment to smaller projects.  Big improvements don’t necessarily yield big returns. Look at improvements through the lens of resale.

2.) Location? Do you own a $500,000 home in a $500,000 neighborhood?  Doing a ton of renovations, then trying to sell for $800,000 would be an unrealistic strategy – you will over-improved and priced yourself out of your own neighborhood.  Buyers get scared, they don’t want to buy the most expensive house on the street. If your renovation puts you at or above the highest price in the neighborhood, you’ll have a hard time at resale.

The opposite is true also, If your home is the shabbiest on a street of nicer homes, in this case, you do want to keep up with the Joneses.

Depending on your neighborhood and what buyers are looking for, you may need to do less – or potentially more – than you think.

3.) What market are you in? The first place to start when determining how much you should upgrade your house is the real estate market. Is it a Sellers Market or Buyers Market?

If there are a lot of nice homes for sale in your neighborhood and they’re not selling, it’s very likely a Buyer’s Market – which means home buyers have lots of homes to choose from. The homes with the nicest updates, lowest prices in better neighborhoods will go first.  In a Buyer’s Market, you’ll likely need to do more to your home in order for it stand out and appeal to more buyers.

If you notice homes are selling quickly, then it’s likely a seller’s market. There aren’t as many homes for buyers to choose from so sellers can potentially get above asking with multiple offers.  In this case, you can get away with doing fewer upgrades.

Knowing what market you’re in is an important factor when determining how much you need to upgrade your home.

4.) What does the neighborhood look like?

Are you in an older neighborhood?  Doing renovations that make your home out of sync for the neighborhood, such as adding sleek contemporary renovations when the other homes are more traditional can make your home stand out the wrong way and can work against you

5.) What is the standard for the neighborhood?

If all of the homes in your neighborhood have updated Kitchen and Bathrooms and your home still has tile counters and aging appliances, both potential home Buyer’s and Appraisers will discount the value of your home based on what the standard is for the neighborhood.  Look at what finishes the other homes have and try to emulate them as best you can while staying within your budget.

Santa Fly In and Winter Fun Land

Santa Fly in and Winter Fun LandHo, Ho, Ho and Away we go…Join the Palm Springs Air Museum for their Santa Fly-In and Winter Fun Land!  Santa Claus arrives at the Palm Springs Air Museum in his vintage airplane to greet all the good little girls and boys who have come to see him. In addition to sitting for photographs and having a special gift for each child, Santa will open his winter fun land complete with snow directly from the North Pole!

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  • Cathi & Ben Walter
  • REALTOR ®
  • 44530 San Pablo, Suite 101
  • Palm Desert, CA 92260
  • P: (760) 218 – 5752
  • E: Cathi@DesertAreaHomeFinder.com
  • CalBRE# 01346930

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