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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

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.

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.

Staging Your Home During The Holidays

Staging your home during the holidays can be a challenge; it’s never fun to have your home on the market during the Holiday – it adds more stress to what can be an already stressful time of year.   Many home sellers will take their home off the market during the Holiday Season and restart after the new year; which provides an opportunity for you to sell your home while there is less competition.

Staging Your Home for the Holidays

Unless you’re a Scrooge, we all like the glitter lights and colorful accents during the Holiday’s, it makes any home look more cheerful and inviting.

But, there are particular ways to decorate for the season that can make you happy and get your potential buyer excited about your home too.

Here’s a Crash Course – Essential Guide to Staging Your Home During the Holidays with ways to decorate your home for the Holiday without turning off your potential buyer.

1.) Less is More always holds true when staging your home to sell, but never more true than during the Holiday’s when we usually break out the full glitz and glam. Enhance features of your home with simple elegant touches. Such as, a Crackling Fire in the Fireplace with a simple vase of white flowers with Evergreens on the mantle adds the Holiday scent to the air and makes your home look and feel warm and cozy.   A tall tree can highlight your volume ceilings.

2.) Celebrate with Color by complementing your current color palette – Make sure your Holiday collection matches your current decor.  If your home is painted an ocean blue, skip the clash of red and green. Choose instead Branches, Pine cones, white accents with crystal, and silver.  If your home is earth-tones, accent with rich tones including fresh greenery with cranberries and gold.

3.) Create a Cozy Vibe – A few subtle touches like a bowl of pinecones, an evergreen wreath, fire in the fireplace and a pot of cider simmering on the stove can say “come hither” to a potential buyer by creating a warm and festive feeling in your home.

4.) Light on Lights – While your home is on the market, Keep the inflatable snowman in the attic. One person’s “merry” is another persons “tacky”.  Use simple white string lighting to play up your home’s architecture or draw attention to the beautiful landscape with mature trees.

5.) Keep it Simple – While your home is on the market, you’ll want to keep the knick-knacks, nativity scenes, stockings with all the kids and grandkids names, holiday cards packed away.  Don’t feel obliged to hang every last ornament on the tree or display every decoration you’ve accumulated over the years, save them for next season in your new home. Limit yourself to a few well-chosen, elegant hints of Holiday Flair.

6.) Depersonalize the decorations – Think of decorating your home as packaging a product for sale, not personalizing one. Your personal life should not be prominently featured throughout the home. Remove the named stockings hanging on the mantle and overtly religious symbols. Find an out of sight place to collect holiday cards as they arrive, save photos of the grandkids first Christmas for next year in your new home.

Staging your home during the holidays and selling a home during the holidays can be a challenging experience, but it’s not impossible.  If done well, decorating for the holidays and keeping your home on the market during the season can actually work to your advantage while there is less competition on the market.

Want more insider tips and tricks on staging your home to sell?  Get a Free copy of our Essential Guide to Staging Your Home During the Holidays  

 

Staging with Art to Help Sell Your Home

Staging with Art

Art can be a great tool for Staging, and the right piece or grouping of art can pull miscellaneous styles and colors in a room together to make any room say
“Come hither..”

Wall Art

Staging art is different than a piece you may have purchased because it spoke to you and you chose for your personal enjoyment.

Staging art is used to fill empty walls, pull a room together and help create excitement in the buyer.

There are some guidelines you’ll want to follow when Staging with Art; both in the way you select the art and how you display your Staging Artwork.

Here are 6 Great Tips for Staging with Art to Help Sell Your Home.

1.) Color Matters; repetition of color is one of the most powerful ways to create a cohesive look. Find a piece of art that can become your reference point for your color scheme throughout the house, use it on throw pillows, flowers, rugs, and other decor items throughout the house.  Think of a color thread that weaves from room to room.

Coordinating Art Colors with Decor

2.) Sized to Fit the space; Too big and it will be overwhelming, too small and it will look out of proportion. A general rule of thumb, in any furniture setting; the art should be about 75% the width of the furniture piece or grouping. This helps make the art and furniture relate to one another.

Right Sized Art

3.) Collage; if you choose to make a collection of artwork, make sure they all have something in common, such as matching frames, theme, or color. Symmetry in a collage is most appealing and adds balance.

Art Collage

4.) One unit; think of the art and the furniture closest to the art as one unit. Example, if you have an entry table and you want to hang a piece of art above it, offset the art slightly with a tall flower arrangement or table lamp so the three pieces flow together as one unit.

Art and Furniture as One Unit

5.) Match Style and Feel; If you have a large room with high ceilings and contemporary furnishings, you’ll want to hang large pieces of contemporary art.  Likewise, if your furnishings are mostly antiques, then you’ll want to use antique style frames on any artwork you use.

Art Matches Style

6.) Reflect the beauty; Mirrors can add drama and transform a room if you know how to use them in the right place. When using mirrors, make sure it reflects something beautiful, not a blank wall or ugly room. Place mirrors in places that can reflect natural light into the room. Mirrors can also help make a small dark room look more spacious.

Staging with Mirrors

When you’re thinking about selling your Desert Home, staging can play an integral part in how much you can ask and receive for your home and how quickly it will sell. Having the right team on your side will make the difference and we’re on standby to help you make the most of your home sale; give us a call for more information (760) 218 – 5752

Elevate Your Home Above the Competition!  Having the right team on your side will make the difference and we’re here to help you make the most of your home sale; Call Today for more information (760) 218 – 5752

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

 

6 Signs You Might Be Your Own Worst Enemy When Selling Your Home

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6  Signs  You  Might  Be  Your  Own Worst Enemy When Selling Your Home

You’ve Had Your Home on the Market for a while now and all you hear are crickets….. very few showings and no offers.   What’s the problem? 

The Bad News?  You could the problem.
The Good News, you’ve got the power to fix it.

1. Do your Listing Photos Make an Old Polaroid Look Good? Buyers cruise for homes from the couch. If your online photos look like a 4-year-old took them, you’ll lose buyer interest before they ever pull up to the curb. That’s why it’s important to work with a pro who knows how to make your home shine on camera. You’d be amazed at the difference the right lighting and a wide-angle lens can make when selling your home.

2. Buyers Can’t See the Counter for the Clutter.  Let’s play a game of pretend. Imagine you’re about to move. What’s the first thing you do? Pack up! So here’s an important strategy, Start packing now!  Every little thing you have sitting out shrinks your space and reminds buyers that someone else lives there. It’s time to give your stuff an eviction notice! Clear off every surface, get your furniture out of the way, and tidy up all storage areas.

3. Your Home Smells Like Warm Cookies and Wet Dog Your pup may be the cutest craze on YouTube, but cute doesn’t move real estate. If you want to attract buyers, you’ve got to pretend Lassie doesn’t live here anymore. Keep pets out of sight and out of mind by eliminating odors, stains, and half-chewed rawhides before your first showing. think about maybe sending your fur babies to Grandma’s house for an extended stay until your home sells.

4. You’re setting the wrong mood.  Dark corners are not your friend. Bright rooms make your home look bigger when selling your home, so throw back the curtains and shine a light on every nook and cranny! Start by filling lamps and overhead fixtures with 100-watt bulbs. Add a warm and cozy feel with a few candles and a fire in the fireplace.

5. Three’s a Crowd – News flash: You and your home are not a matching set! Sticking around for showings does nothing but make everyone feel awkward. Leave the questions to the agent and give the buyer room to look around without you breathing down their neck. After all, do you really want to stand in the way of the buyer’s ability to see your house as their dream home?

6. The Price is Wrong – It’s hard to put a price on the place that’s housed so many memories over the years. We get it! But it’s time to set sentiment—and your mortgage statement—aside and be realistic about what someone will pay for your home. An experienced real estate agent will help you price your home competitively based on current market values.

If you’ve had your desert home on the market and aren’t sure why it hasn’t sold, we can help.  Give us a call today to find out more. Call Cathi and Ben Walter (760) 218 – 5752 or send us an email we’re happy to help.

 

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