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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.

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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Top 6 Summer Staging Tips

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SUMMER STAGING TIPS
Did you know that more than 50% of the desert home sales happen during the summer  months?  The desert summer real estate market is as hot as it is outside; knowing how to present your home for sale will be an important factor for you to ask and receive top dollar.

 

Top 6 Summer Staging Tips

Keep it cool as a cucumber. no one wants to walk into a hot house.  All of a sudden, they’re thinking how do I get out of here instead of looking at your home.  Now is not the time to skimp on energy bills.

Show that the grass is greener. High water costs and water conservation are hard on our summer desert landscape.  However, keeping at least the front landscape looking fresh and lush will make your home stand out as the gem. The curb appeal will lure them in.

Set the Mood. set up a refreshing beverage station for your hot and tired home buyer’s and their agents. Place a vase with fresh flowers. Have a pitcher of Ice Tea or Lemonade with lots of ice and pretty glasses set out just before your showing.

Visual Power. Use fresh flowers in as many places througout your house as you can.  Make sure your home looks fresh, cheery and refreshing as possible.

Making Scents. Aromatherapy can help make your home more alluring. Scents like Citrus,  Eucalyptus or Rosemary say summer. They add a clean refreshing scent to your home.

In the Swing. There is an intimate relationship between music and marketing.  Music can evoke an emotional response.  The awkward sound of heels on a hard floor is hardly inspiring.  Heighten the senses of your buyer with background music, it changes the ambiance and heightens the senses and mood of buyers touring a home. Music has a persuasive impact and can create an illusion of life inside your home for buyers increasing their emotional attachment. The music you play is important, pair the music style to the style of your home and the buyer’s you’re targeting.

 

Summer Desert Market Report

Desert Summer Market Report

Summer Desert Market Report  – Mediam home prices rose for the 8th straight month. Up 9.6% from last year. The hottest cities for sales by volume were Palm Desert (233), Palm Springs (213), La Quinta (156), Indio (131), Rancho Mirage (97). Each city and each community has its own story some communities have seen huge growth, while others are relatively flat. The cities that had the largest price increases, have seen the number of sales flatten, which tells us that prices were getting ahead of the market.

Inventories are down again putting upward pressure on pricing. Overall the desert has seen a decline in the time it’s taking to sell, nicely presented homes in a good location and priced well are selling quickly. Currently there is a 3 month supply of homes for sale in the desert, which puts us in a “Sellers Market” as we head into season.

The Fed has indicated there will likely be two more interest rate increases before the end of the year, which could start to weigh on the market and slow sales until the shock is absorbed.

Southern California and specifically, the Coachella Valley continues to be a sought after destination for a second home get a way.

As we head into our “Season”, we expect to see continued strong home sales and price appreciation valley-wide.

How’s your neighborhood doing?  Send me an email, I’ve got the details!

Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines

The Idyllwild Arts Foundation presentation of the Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines, featuring various genres of blues-based jazz and works by more than two dozen bands with art, food and breathtaking majestic pines as a backdrop and lot’s of cool fresh air.

Idyllwild Jazz in the PinesThe Idyllwild Art Campus was temporarily evacuated  due to the Cranston Fire.  Many feared Jazz in the Pines Festival would have to be cancelled.  But thanks to the hard work and invaluable help from over 1,400 fire fighters, the campus was saved.  This year is the Silver Anniversary of the Festival and it will go on as planned.  The difference this year is the Jazz Festival will be much more than just a celebration of music.  It’s a celebration of survival.

President and Head of School Pamela Jordan of the Idyllwild Arts Academy, which produces Jazz in the Pines as a fundraiser, said “This special year now takes on a new level of significance as our community will gather to celebrate our own fortitude, and that of the over 1,400 firefighters who valiantly battled the Cranston Fire to protect us”

Idyllwild Jazz in the PinesThe festival opens at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2018.

Some of this years performers will be

Ruby and the Red HotsSaturday, August 11
11:00 – 12:15 Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines – French Quarter
Ruby and the Red Hots
Ruby and the Red Hots is a San Diego-based rockin’ blues, R&B, funk, and jazz band. For over 25 years their earth-shaking music has made audiences all over the U.S. and abroad simmer as they’ve performed arrangements of classics as well as original compositions. Ruby (Etoile Ruby Presnell), with her unique and powerful voice, beauty, and sensual stage presence, is known as the “first-class sultry lady of blues.”

 

 

Chase Jackson Sextet12:45 – 2:00 Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines – Main Stage
The Chase Jackson Sextet
This year, one of the new groups at the festival will be the Chase Jackson Sextet. While he will be new to this stage, Jackson is already a popular jazz musician. He has several awards from the Berklee Jazz Workshop, a popular venue for Idyllwild Arts jazz students.

 

 

Evan Christopher Clarinet Road2:30 – 3:45 Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines – Main Stage
Evan Christopher Clarinet Road
Christopher is recognized for his embrace of the early jazz legacies of New Orleans clarinetists Lorenzo Tio Jr., Sidney Bechet, Barney Bigard, and Johnny Dodds. Christopher is an Idyllwild Arts Academy elder statesman as one of the school’s first jazz graduates and student of jazz faculty elder statesman Marshall Hawkins. He toured with singer-songwriter A.J. Croce in the early 1990s and eventually joined the Jim Cullum Jazz Band in San Antonio, where he appeared nightly as their featured clarinetist. Christopher is permanently based in New Orleans, but is a charter member of the Seahawk Modern Jazz Orchestra based in Southern California.  Evan will be joined be fellow at Idyllwild Arts Academy graduate and Grammy-winning trombonist Jason Jackson.

 

Euphoria Brass Band2:00 – 3:30 Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines – French Quarter
Euphoria Brass Band
Euphoria Brass Band is a San Diego-based musical collective that serves up a contemporary mix of old school New Orleans traditional brass band jazz, funky street beats, and new school edginess with a West Coast feeling. They recall the early days of New Orleans street bands. Euphoria Brass Band was created in 2011 by New Orleans transplants Ron Bocian and David Bandrowski and local jazz radio DJ Drew Miller. They quickly assembled a top-notch, hard-hitting horn section: Steve Ebner (trumpet), April West (trombone), David Jackson (tenor sax), J.P. Balmat (baritone and alto sax, clarinet), and Wayne Rice (sousaphone). Euphoria Brass Band was nominated five years in a row for various San Diego Music Awards. Embracing the exciting spirit of improvisation with a hard funk edge, Euphoria Brass Band has become known for their incendiary high-energy shows, guaranteed to get a crowd smiling, dancing, and having a good time.

 

Graham Dechter4:15 – 5:30 Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines – Main Stage
Graham Dechter – A Quartet feat featuring John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton and Tamir Hendelman
Graham Dechter plays with the kind of swinging authority and seasoned maturity that belies his youth. The Los Angeles native shows a deep reverence for the jazz guitar tradition in his warm-toned renditions of ballads, bossas, bebop, and blues. A formidable soloist and consummate accompanist, he imbues standards with rare enthusiasm and an inherent bluesiness while carving his own path with affecting original compositions.

 

Chuck AlvarezSunday, August 12
1030 – 11:45 Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines – French Quarter
Chuck Alvarez
Chuck Alvarez is a Los Angeles-based guitarist/singer/songwriter with roots in blues-rock, who has also earned a reputation for R&B, light jazz, and Americana. Alvarez has composed for nine musicals for national and international audiences. 

 

 

Jazzgrass10:45 Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines – Stephens Hall
Jazzgrass
Jazzgrass creates an unusual blend of jazz and bluegrass instruments in surprising yet delightful combinations. A cello plays duet with the mandolin, a trumpet and trombone horn section backs up a banjo, a saxophone and a guitar rip out smooth and engaging solos. The tempo ranges from upbeat stomping to mellow swing. The improvisations in these tunes catch the expression of free spirit. In 1999, Idyllwild resident Barnaby Finch put the band together to honor the newer and more progressive side of Bluegrass music. In 2011, he recruited some talented locals to play with him. Don Reed is a virtuoso on mandolin, dobro, and guitar. Sam Zorn, on fiddle, covers everything from jazz to Celtic music. On bass is Bill Saitta, one of the busiest musicians in the Desert, and drummer Jeff Olson also plays with David Benoit. Pianist Barnaby Finch, formerly music director and touring member of Lee Ritenour’s band, has played with Ronnie Laws, Alphonse Mouzon, Boz Scaggs, and Lionel Richie. His piano was featured on the Lionel Richie/Diana Ross hit, “Endless Love. From 1982 to 1989, Barnaby toured with George Benson, for whom he was conductor and musical director from 1987 to 1989.

 

Casey Abrams4:15 – 5:30 Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines – Main Stage
Casey Abrams featuring special guest Haley Reinhart
Casey Abrams’ story is that of a born natural. But it’s also the story of a person who studied diligently and worked hard, striving toward his dream of a life in music. Casey’s childhood resonated with music. Mother Pamela Pierce is a screenwriter and teacher, plays piano and sings. Father Ira Abrams taught at Idyllwild Arts

Academy. At age ten his family moved to Idyllwild and Casey attended the Idyllwild Summer Arts program prior to enrolling in the Academy. He gained proficiency on guitar, upright bass, cello, drums and the sitar. He credits his jazz and upright bass instructor, the

legendary Marshall Hawkins, for helping him develop into the musician he is today. Casey tried out for and won a spot on American Idol, describing the experience as his ticket to getting his foot in the door. Not long after his Idol experience, Casey found himself in London recording his debut album, working with renowned producer Martin Terefe. Even though his prodigious artistic gifts and wide-screen creative vision augur many great things in the future, his ambition at heart remains very simple: to make music that people love. 

Escape Room Palm Springs

Escape Room Palm Springs is great fun for family, friends and team building with co-workers.   Choose from six escape rooms and games.

Merlin’s Magic School is in trouble.  The entire school was accidentally cursed during a talent show, and only you and your team are able to save everyone by finding Merlin’s hidden spell book.  In this game you’ll have to figure out what to do with magical objects, get help from a magical creature, and work your way into Merlin’s secret study.  What’s in there?!

Escape Room Palm Springs

Bank Heist,  you and your crack team  have been assembled to pull of this caper involving sneaking past the banks high tech security, hacking your way into a computer and deciding how you’ll break into the vault.  Your objective?  Get as much loot as you can before the police spoil all the fun.

Escape Room Palm SpringsLocker Room, Trapped in an abandoned locker room, you and your team will battle wits with a sadistic serial killer. Uncover the fate of the prisoners captured before you and if you’re clever enough, maybe you’ll save more than just yourselves. Both mental and physical challenges will test your mind and spirit.

Escape Room Palm Springs Vampire’s Lair, A man and woman in Salem, Massachusetts in the late 1690’s fall in love and are set to marry.  Shortly before the wedding, the man finds a magic spell in his fiancee’s handwriting – the spell was to make him fall in love with her by unnatural means.  He rejects her, call off the wedding and called her an evil witch.  “I’ll show you an evil witch!” she vows, and turns him into a vampire, but that’s not all, he finds his coffin impossible to open!  Now it’s up to you and your team to uncover the secrets of their love affair and help the vampire reclaim his coffin.

Escape Room Palm SpringsJack the Ripper, Transport yourself to the slums of Victorian London where you’ll help Scotland Yard solve the Jack the Ripper murders, hopefully without ending up as a next victim. You and your team will uncover evidence that will help you identify the killer as you work through the game. But if you think identifying the world’s most notorious serial killer will be simple, then you don’t know jack.

Escape Room Palm Springs opened in the Fall of 2017 and has been a hit with fans near and far.  They’re continually updating / tweaking secret details to keep the games fresh and new so you can go over and over and never get tired of the fun.

Make closer connections with the family, Have a fun afternoon with friends, or even build stronger relationships among your office staff.   You’ll experience an unforgettable bonding experience where no special skills are required.

 

 

1031 Exchange for Real Estate Investors

What is a 1031 Exchange and can it work for you?
Thanks to IRC Section 1031, a properly structured 1031 exchange allows an investor to sell a property, to reinvest the proceeds in a new property, and to defer capital gain taxes.

1031 EXCHANGE FOR REAL ESTATE INVESTORS – THE BENEFITS  
Whether an investor’s property is owned free and clear or encumbered, the benefits of a tax deferred exchange can be significant. The tax dollars saved by doing an exchange can be used to buy additional investment property.

An investor who exchanges is able to defer the capital gain tax and buy a replacement property worth more than the investor who simply sells and reinvests with after tax dollars.

1031 Exchange for real estate investors provides one of the best tax strategies for preserving the value of an investment portfolio.  By using an exchange, the investor is able to defer the recognition of capital gain taxes that would otherwise be due with the sale of an investment property.  To qualify as an exchange the relinquished and replacement properties must be qualified “like-kind” properties and the transaction must be structured as an exchange. 

1031 EXCHANGE FOR REAL ESTATE INVESTORS – NON TAX BENEFITS  
In addition to deferring the capital gain tax, tax deferred exchanges provide the investor with a wide range of non-tax opportunities that may suit an investor’s portfolio

  • Reposition assets
  • Change property types
  • Increase leverage
  • Increase depreciation deduction
  • Reduce management obligations
  • Provide for estate and retirement planning
  • Allow for relocation
  • Improve cash flow
  • Achieve property consolidation or diversification
  • Eliminate or create joint ownership

THE EXCHANGE PROCESS
Most exchanges, involve three parties: the investor, (exchanger), who is doing the exchange, the buyer who is buying the exchanger’s old (relinquished) property, and the seller who is selling the exchanger a new (replacement) property.  To create the exchange of assets and to obtain the benefit of the “Safe Harbor” protections of the tax code, it is wise to employ an Exchange Accomodator, or Exchange Facilitator.  This qualified intermediary becomes a fourth party principal in both simultaneous and delayed exchanges.

1031 Exchange for Real Estate Investors

1031 Exchange for Real Estate Investors

The steps for completing an exchange are relatively simple with qualified intermediary:

  • The exchanger signs a contract to sell a relinquished property to the buyer.
  • Exchanger enters into an exchange agreement with a Qualified Intermediary and assigns rights in the sale contract to the intermediary, including the right to receive the exchange funds.
  • At the closing of the relinquished property, the exchange funds are wired to the intermediary and the intermediary instructs the settlement officer to transfer the deed directly from the exchanger to the buyer.
  • The exchanger has a maximum of 180 days in the exchange period to acquire all replacement property.
  • Unless the exchanger can acquire all replacement property within the first 45 days from the close of the relinquished property, the exchanger must identify possible replacement properties in writing to the intermediary within the 45 day identification period.
  • The exchanger signs a contract to buy the replacement property with the seller and the exchanger assigns the exchanger’s rights in the purchase contract to the intermediary.
  • At the closing of the replacement property, the intermediary wires the exchange funds to complete the exchange and the intermediary instructs the settlement officer to transfer the deed directly from the seller to the exchanger.

EXCHANGE REQUIREMENTS
As a general rule of thumb, to avoid paying capital gain taxes in an exchange, the investor should always attempt to:

  1. Buy a property of equal or greater value, (net sales price).
  2. Reinvest all of the net equity in replacement property
  3. Obtain equal or greater debt on replacement property.
    *Exceptions: A reduction in debt can be offset with additional cash from exchanger, but increasing debt cannot offset a reduction in exchange equity.

Do you own an investment property and thinking about selling it to buy another that might have more cash flow or less management headaches?  We can help.  Give me a call or send me an email, let’s talk about what’s possible for your situation.
Cathi and Ben Walter
Cathi@DesertAreaHomeFinder.com
(760) 218 – 5752

 

How much income you need to buy the average home in each state

Ever wonder how much income you need to buy an average home in other areas of the country?

@HowMuch.net just published a map showing How much income you need to buy the average home in each state in the U.S.

They collected average home prices for every state from Zillow and then plugged that information into a mortgage calculator to figure out monthly payments. The interest rates used varied from 4 to 5% depending on the market, a 10% down payment, and total cost of housing not exceeding more than 30% of gross income. Using this rule as the benchmark, they calculated the minimum salary required to afford the average home in each state.

The Top Three Places Where You Need the Highest Salaries to Afford the Average Home 1. Hawaii: $153,520 for a house worth $610,000 2. Washington, DC: $138,440 for a house worth $549,000 3. California: $120,120 for a house worth $499,900 Here’s a quick snapshot of housing affordability across the United States.

Home much income do you need to buy the average home in each state; Check it out!Home much income do you need to buy the average home in each state

The Shield at 1 Coyote Way

The Shield

The Coachella Sports and Entertainment Stadium Authority plans to build The Shield at 1 Coyote Way, a $300 million, 12,000-seat mixed-use stadium in Thousand Palms.

David Miller, the founder and coach of the SoCal Coyotes developmental football team in the desert, launched the Coachella Sports and Entertainment Stadium Authority (CSESA) with the goal of creating this sprawling facility.

The proposed sports complex would include a hotel, medical facilities, a senior living village and retail and be located on 125 acres of land owned by the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation in the area between The Classic Club golf course and Interstate 10.

It will be called The Shield at 1 Coyote Way, and its primary focus will be to offer a place to allow the desert to be a player in the $15.3 billion youth sports industry, hosting camps, conferences, tournaments and championship games, etc.

The land where The Shield will be built is owned by the Berger Foundation, and they’ve agreed to sell it to Richmond Honan Development and Acquisitions LLC, a firm based out of Alpharetta, Georgia.

The Berger Foundation supports organizations who promote health care, social services and education in an effort to help people help themselves, has been wanting to do something big with this plot of land for years but never found the right project until Miller and his group came around.

According to Doug Vance, vice president of Real Estate at the Berger Foundation, when they purchased the land in 2003 the original idea was to build a university on it, but that did not pan out.

“There has been many other potential investors that have come along over the years and nothing ever seemed to exactly fit,” Vance said. “But when Coach Miller brought The Shield concept to the Berger Foundation with all the charitable things he does for the children here in the Coachella Valley, we were very interested and then when we looked into Richmond Honan as a developer they also had the same goals and interests that we do to help the community.”

Desert Classic Dancesport Championship

Desert Classic Dancesport ChampionshipThe Desert Classic Ballroom Dancing Competition in Indian Wells is going to be Wildly Hot this year!

Part of the World Pro-Am DanceSport Series and Global Series Events where Pro/Am Dancers vie for points and national recognition.

The total purse this year is over $85,000. with awards not only going to best Dancers but also to the best teachers and studios.

Ready to learn? Check out one of the Workshops, where you can learn from the best.  Some of the great competitions include Tango, Flamenco, Professional Cabaret, Latin, Jack and Jill and this years new events; Kid’s Solo and pro / am Gentlemen Closed Championships.

The Event is at The JW Marriott Desert Springs in Indian Wells
July 12 – 15, 2018

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

SESSION 1 – THURSDAY (all day): Doors Open 8:00 am

Pro/Am, Student/Student, Mixed Amateur Adult & Youth (16-18) Events

  • Pro/Am American Smooth Closed Single Dance Competitions
  • Pro/Am American Smooth Closed Scholarships
  • Pro/Am American Smooth Open Single Dance Competitions
  • Pro/Am American Smooth Multi-Dance Championships
  • Pro/Am American Smooth Open, World DanceSport Series Qualifying Championships
  • Pro/Am American Smooth Open Scholarships
  • Pro-Am International Latin Closed Single Dance Competitions
  • Pro/Am International Latin Closed Scholarships
  • Pro/Am International Latin Open Single Dance Competitions
  • Pro/Am International Latin Multi-Dance Championships
  • Pro/Am International Latin Open, World Pro/Am DanceSport Series Qualifying Championships
  • Pro/Am International Latin Open Scholarships
  • Pre-Champ Adult Amateur International Latin & American Smooth Championships
  • Pre-Champ Adult Amateur American Rhythm Championship
  • Senior Amateur American Rhythm (over 35) Championship

Amateur and Professional Events

  • Masters Amateur American Rhythm (over 50) Championship
  • Masters Amateur American Smooth (over 50) Championships
  • Professional Rising Star International Ballroom Championship
  • Professional Rising Star American Rhythm Championship
  • Professional Rising Star American Smooth Championship
  • Professional Rising Star International Latin Championship
  • Professional Open Jack and Jill Contest

SESSION 2 – FRIDAY MATINEE: Doors Open 8:00 am

Pro/Am, Student/Student and Mixed Amateur Adult & Youth (16-18) Events

  • Pro/Am International Ballroom Closed Single Dance Competitions
  • Pro/Am International Ballroom Closed Scholarships
  • Pro/Am International Ballroom Open Single Dance Competitions
  • Pro/Am International Ballroom Multi-Dance Championships
  • Pro/Am International Ballroom Open Scholarships
  • Pro/Am International Ballroom Open World Pro/Am DanceSport Series Qualifying Championships
  • Solo Exhibitions (Will be danced throughout the day)

Amateur Events

  • Pre-Novice Adult Amateur International Latin & American Smooth Championship
  • Novice Adult Amateur International Latin & American Smooth Championship
  • Amateur Youth International Latin Championship
  • Amateur Youth American Rhythm Championship
  • Senior Amateur American Smooth (over 35) Championship
  • Masters Amateur International Latin (over 50) Championships

SESSION 3 – FRIDAY EVENING: Doors Open 7:00 pm

  • Formation Team Ballroom Championship
  • Formation Team Latin Championship
  • Amateur Under 21 American Rhythm Championship
  • Amateur Under 21 International Latin Championship
  • Senior Amateur International Ballroom (over 35) championship
  • Adult Amateur Open Ballroom Championship
  • Adult Amateur Open American Rhythm Championship
  • Professional Open American Smooth Championship
  • Professional Open International Latin Championship
  • Professional Theatre Arts/Cabaret Championship
  • Amateur Theatre Arts/Cabaret
  • Open Mixed-Pro, American Style
  • Showtime!

SESSION 4 – SATURDAY MATINEE: Doors Open 8:00am

Pro/Am, Student/Student and Mixed Amateur Adult & Youth (16-18) Events

  • Pro/Am Pre-Teen/Junior Single-Dance & Scholarship Competitions (Nightclub, Country & Rhythm)
  • Pro/Am Nightclub & Country Western Single Dance Competitions
  • Pro/Am American Rhythm Closed Single Dance Competitions
  • Pro/Am American Rhythm Closed Scholarships
  • Pro/Am American Rhythm Open Single Dance Competitions
  • Pro/Am American Rhythm Multi-Dance Championships
  • Pro/Am American Rhythm Open Word DanceSport Series Qualifying Championships
  • Pro/Am American Rhythm Open Scholarships
  • Pre-teen & Junior Solos & Show Dance Numbers

Amateur Events

  • Pre-Novice Adult Amateur International Ballroom & American Rhythm Championships
  • Novice Adult Amateur International Ballroom & American Rhythm Championships
  • Pre-Champ Adult Amateur International Ballroom Championship
  • Amateur Youth American Smooth Championship
  • Amateur Youth International Ballroom Championship
  • Amateur Under 21 American Smooth Championship
  • Amateur Under 21 International Ballroom Championship
  • Amateur Theatre Arts/Cabaret

SESSION 5 – SATURDAY EVENING: Doors Open 7:00 pm

  • Senior Amateur International Latin (over 35) Championships
  • Masters Amateur International Ballroom (over 50) Championship
  • Adult Amateur Open Latin Championship
  • Adult Amateur Open American Smooth Championship
  • Top Teacher, Top Studio & Top Student Awards
  • Professional Open American Rhythm Championship
  • Professional Open International Ballroom Championship
  • Show of Champions
  • Breakfast Under the Stars

SESSION 6 – SUNDAY MATINEE: Doors Open 8:00 am

Pre-Teen & Junior: Pro/Am, Student/Student, Mixed Amateur and Amateur Events

  • Pro/Am Pre-Teen/Junior Single-Dance & Scholarship (Ballroom, Latin & Smooth)
  • Pre-Teen/Junior Amateur Single-Dance Competitions
  • Pre-Teen/Junior Amateur Multi-Dance Championships

Fourth of July Celebrations in the Coachella Valley

Lighting of the Night Sky in the Coachella Valley

The traditional lighting up of the night sky with fireworks in celebration of Independence Day is almost here!  Time to Make Your Plans, Here’s where to watch:

July 3rd in Indio at The Fantasy Springs Eagle Falls Golf Course with music simulcast on The Eagle 106.9 FM radio. The fun starts at 8:45 p.m.

July 4th in Palm Desert at Civic Center Park. The event kicks off with a live concert in the Open Air Amphitheater featuring the Swing Cats Big Band. You can watch the Fireworks from the lawn at the Amphitheater or from the Aquatic Center. Fireworks start at 9:00 p.m.

July 4th in Palm Springs at the Swim Center starting at 2:00 p.m. with a pool party with music, games and inflatable slide.

July 4th Rancho Mirage at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort.  Watch the fireworks display synchronized to music on The Eagle 106.9 FM radio and simulcast on KPSE.

Catch the replay on KMIR TV at 11:00 p.m.

Add a Hammock! 42 Home Staging Tips to Get Your Home Sold

Add a Hammock!
42 Home Staging Tips to Get Your Home Sold

When it comes to staging your home to sell, there are many subtle ways you can tell your potential home buyer,  “This is the right home for you!”, and they don’t necessarily have to be expensive.

 

 

Easy Tips for Staging Your Home to Sell

  • Swap dim lights for high wattage light bulbs.
  • Keep closets, drawers and cabinets as empty as possible to maximize the appearance of space.
  • Have a dark corner or hallway?  Brighten it with a decorative mirror.
  • Make sure every switch plate and outlet cover matches and looks brand new.
  • Create a luxury spa look in the Bathrooms with elegant soap dispensers, fluffy white towels, decorative baskets, candles, plants, a white shower curtain an new bath mat.
  • Let buyers entertain the idea of….. entertaining, use chic place settings around the table, and a few wine glasses and decanter on the buffet.  Strike a balance between overly formal and too casual with an attractive runner and a few fun, decorative elements — think small floral vases or short candle holders.
  • Go gender neutral in the Master Bedroom, ditch the dainty floral pillow shams or Sports Memorabilia. The Master Bedroom should appeal to both sexes, create a sense of calm and relaxation.
  • When placing anything from accent pillows and table lamps, go for symmetry, which is pleasing to the eye.
  • Whatever amount of furniture you have in your living room, remove a few pieces to make the room feel more spacious.
  • Help buyers imagine their life in your home.  Add a hammock to the backyard to show how fun the lifestyle is in this house. Add a bunch of pink flamingos floats in the pool with beach towels and a lemonade station on the patio table near by.
  • Let a slideshow of beautiful images play on your television like a screensaver.
  • Arrange furniture in conversational groups to imply this is a space for people to come together.

Want more great tips on the best way to stage your home to sell for top dollar?  Get our free guide with all 42 tips to staging your home to sell, send me an email and I’ll send it right over!

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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
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