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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

Welcome

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!

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

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

 

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

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

 

Kitchen and Bath Design Trends

Kitchen and Bath Design Trends…
Each year, all the major Kitchen and Bath suppliers come together for The National Kitchen and Bath Show,  the “Design and Construction Week” is the place to be and be seen for Architects, Designers and Contractors to meet and greet new suppliers, spot new Kitchen and Bath Trends and designs for the coming years.

According to KBIS, (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show), and NKBA, (National Kitchen and Bath Association) There are several developing trends you’ll want to take into consideration if you’re beginning a new remodeling project.  Here are the biggest Kitchen and Bath Design Trends they see that will carry you into 2018 and beyond.

SAY FAREWELL TO GRANITE COUNTER TOPS!
We’ve seen the transition away from granite for about 2 years now.  Quartz is now the number one trend and is here to stay for a while.  It’s durable, there are many finish choices and Quartz gives your Kitchen and Bath a fresh new look.
Quartz Kitchen Island  Quartz Counters look like Carrera Marble

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, BRASS IS BACK!
Yep, it is hard to believe.  The trend started about a year ago, we were seeing hints of Blush Blonde accents, (they were trying to ease us 50 something’s into the transition), now bold brass is everywhere you look, from furniture accents to full on Lighting, Plumbing Fixtures and more.  Chrome and satin still reign supreme….for now, but if you want to lean into the trend ahead Brass is it!

Brass is showing up everywhere including the Kitchen Faucet Brass is the Big New Trend in Kitchen and Bath Design Trends

STONE SINKS STAND THE TEST OF TIME
Carved stone sinks are where the trend is headed. Porcelain is still classic and will withstand the test of time but the new hot trends are stone. Stone Sinks for Bath Design Trend Wood and Stone for New Design Trend

BLEACHED WOOD WITH CONTRASTING FINISH CABINETS
A huge trend showing up for 2018 is bleached woods and two tone cabinets. White has come and is now on its way out.
Bleached Wood Uppers Combined with Dark Wood Lower Cabinets  Bleached Wood Cabinets are new Kitchen and Bath Design Trend

BLUE
The biggest trend in Kitchens and Baths right now is color, especially blues.  It’s showing up in everything from cabinets to appliances.
Blue is Everywhere in Kitchen and Bath Design Trends Blue Kitchen Cabinets

COLOR IS EVERYWHERE
Cabinets Faucets, Appliances, and even Sinks.

LED lighting is also a new Kitchen and Bath Design Trend Color is showing up everywhere even in your new Kitchen Faucet

WHITE SUBWAY TILE IS ON ITS WAY OUT
Finally, boring white subway tile is on its way out, Texture, color, pattern and unique design are the hottest trends for back splashes and more.

Jazzy Back Splashes, the New Kitchen and Bath Design Trend Quartz Counters and Designer Backsplash

Selling a home in the desert has unique opportunities and perhaps some challenges as well. Home Buyer’s may or may not be full time residents, this might be their weekend get away for the family or a winter respite; they may be more willing to try the newest trend as a departure from the style and design of their main home.

The main thing to remember in any remodeling project, they must blend well and look like they belong in your home. While the newest trends are exciting, incorporating them into your existing home can be a challenge so the remodel doesn’t stand out like a sore thumb. The project needs to fit with the overall style of your home.  For example, if you have a Spanish Hacienda, remodeling the Kitchen to look like a sleek mid century modern may not be the best choice for re-sale. Likewise, remodeling your Kitchen to state of the art Chef’s Kitchen, while the rest of the house and bathrooms remain 1980’s vintage can thwart your best intentions if you’re looking for top dollar on resale.

Before starting a remodeling project, consult with a designer yes, but also consult with your realtor!  Everyday, we see and hear first hand what works and what doesn’t; we hear directly from our Buyers what they’re looking for and where they see value.  When you’re thinking about selling your home, often times it’s some of the smallest things that will give you the biggest return.

As one of the leading teams in the desert real estate market and staging professionals, we work with our home sellers to help bring focus to the highest value projects for the best return on investment. We are local Professionals and offer a Full Suite of Services for our clients, as we did for this client at La Casa Feliz in Thunderbird Terrace, Rancho Mirage, who did a major remodel and wanted to sell their home for top dollar.

If you’re thinking about selling your home in the desert, and want to talk about the latest Kitchen and Bath Design Trends for your home, give us a call today; (760) 218 – 5752.  We’re here with information to share and happy to help.  Get your copy of Desert Living Online, with an ongoing series of home staging articles and desert events. Drop me a line at Cathi@DesertAreaHomeFinder.com and we’ll be happy to keep you in the loop!

 

 

 

Home Buying What Lurks Behind the Fluff

Home Buying

Home Buying

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOME BUYING – THE INSPECTION PROCESS
You’ve been looking at homes for what seems like forever, you finally found the right house and now it’s time to make an offer.  What’s next?  After you’ve come to an agreement between parties on price and terms, it’s time to peak behind the curtain, so to speak, to confirm the house is all you think it is. Are the systems in good working order, is it structurally sound? The California Residential Purchase Agreement contains provisions allowing various inspections of the property.  The purpose of these inspections is to educate you as to the physical condition of the home you’re buying.

While these inspections do not provide guarantees of the condition of the property, they do provide valuable information to you as a Buyer.  Your Purchase Contract may provide for a withdrawal from the contract if these reports are unsatisfactory to you, but inspections should not be considered an open door to renegotiate the purchase price.

THE HOME INSPECTION REPORT provides an overall assessment of the present condition of the property. The inspection covers items such as appliances, water heater, furnace, electrical service, plumbing, exterior siding, paint, flooring and other visible features of the property. This is a general inspection and will often call for additional inspections by specific trades, such as roof and furnace inspections. Who Pays? Typically, this inspection is paid for by the Buyer.

STRUCTURAL PEST CONTROL INSPECTION Often referred to as a “Termite Report” is conducted by a licensed inspector. In addition to actual termite damage, the Pest Report will indicate any type of wood destroying organisms that may present, including fungi (sometimes called “dry rot”), which generally results from excessive moisture.

Section I Conditions
Most Pest Reports classify conditions as Section I or Section II items. Section I conditions are those which are “active”, or currently causing damage to the property. Generally, Section I items need to be corrected before a lender will make a loan on a home.

Section II Conditions
Those which are not currently causing damage, but are likely to, if left unattended. A typical Section II item is a plumbing leak where moisture has not yet caused fungus decay.Who Pays? Your Purchase Contract will specify who is responsible for the cost of the inspection and who will make the corrections. This is a negotiable item.

PHYSICAL INSPECTION is usually done through a General Home Inspection. While Home Inspectors are not currently required to have a license in the State of CA, most are, or have been, General Contractors. The Inspection

and the resulting report provide an overall assessment of the present condition of the property. What is Inspected? The Home Inspection covers items such as exterior siding, paint, flooring, appliances, water heater, furnace, electrical service, plumbing, and other visible features of the property. This is a general inspection and will often call for additional inspections by specific trades, such as roof and furnace inspections.

If conditions warrant, the Home Inspector may recommend a Structural Engineer’s Report. Such a report would identify structural failures and detail recommended corrections. Who Pays? Typically, this inspection is paid for by the Buyer.

NATURAL HAZARD REPORT real estate seller and brokers are required to disclose if the property being sold lies within one or more state or locally mapped hazard areas. The law specifies that the six (6) required hazards be disclosed on a statutory form called the Natural Hazard Disclosure Statement (NHDS).
Required Risks Include:
A Special Flood Hazard Area
Dam Inundation
Very High Fire
Wildland fire
Earthquake Fault Zone
A Seismic hazard

In Addition, the following supplemental hazards are commonly reported as well:
Radon Gas exposure
Airport influence area
Megan’s Law disclosures
Military ordnance

GEOLOGICAL INSPECTION will educate you as to the soil conditions at the home you’re buying.  This inspection is not typical in our area of the CA desert but could be done if there is a red flag that is causing concern.  It would be performed by a Geotechnical Engineer and involves not only physically inspecting the property, but also researching past geological activity in the area. The primary purpose of a Geological Inspection is to determine the stability of the ground under and around the home. Who Pays? Typically the Buyer pays, but as with other inspections, this is negotiable according to the contract.

HOME WARRANTY a Home Protection Plans provide additional protection for certain systems and appliances in your new home and help both the Buyer and Seller.  It protects the Seller from unforeseen failures such as a dishwasher that quits the day after closing and claims from the Buyer they didn’t disclose. They protect the Buyer from the same, the AC that breaks-down 6 months after move-in.  For a service fee, the home warranty company will send a technician out to diagnose the problem and make necessary covered repairs.  Who Pays for the Policy?  This is a negotiated item; Buyers typically ask the Seller provide a coverage plan, they are not required to but it’s generally considered a good idea if they do.

There are many twists and turns throughout the home buying process that go beyond finding that perfect home.  It takes the skill and knowledge of experienced professionals like Cathi and Ben Walter with Bennion Deville Homes to ensure you are covered and the details are handled properly.  Home Buying in the Desert, see the best of Palm Desert, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Palm Springs, Indio. For more information about the home buying process and how Cathi and Ben Walter can help, call  (760) 218 – 5752  or email them today Cathi@DesertAreaHomeFinder.com

 

La Quinta Art Festival 2017

La Quinta Art Festival 2017

La Quinta Art Festival 2017

Spring in the Desert means it’s time for The La Quinta Art Festival 2017. One of the top ranked fine art festivals in the nation and hosted by the La Quinta Arts Foundation whose mission is to promote and cultivate the arts. This is the 35th annual festival featuring a colorful line-up with over 100 artists in a beautiful lakeside setting. Stroll the lakeside pathways as you enjoy live music, food and beverages and take home your very own masterpiece.Promoting and Cultivating the Arts.” This is accomplished by producing nationally acclaimed visual and performing art events, forming meaningful partnerships within the community, and providing cultural, education and personal growth outreach programs to all citizens of the Coachella Valley and beyond.

Promoting and Cultivating the Arts is accomplished by producing nationally acclaimed visual and performing art events, forming meaningful partnerships within the community, and providing cultural, education and personal growth outreach programs to all citizens of the Coachella Valley and beyond.

The Art Festival showcases some of the desert’s most sought-after communities in La Quinta such as Tradition Golf Club, The Hideaway  PGA West and Lions Gate a gated custom home community with large view lots available for the owner builder.

After the show, give us a call or send us an email for more information about homes and land available in La Quinta.  Cathi and Ben Walter (760) 218 5752   Cathi@DesertAreaHomeFinder.com 

2017 Career Builder Challenge

2017 Career Builder Challenge
PGA West Palmer Private
Nicklaus Private and La Quinta Country Club
January 18 – 22

Jason Dufner defends his title in the 2017 Career Builder Challenge event and it’s a whole new game.

2017 Career Builder Challenge

Formerly known as the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and The Humana Challenge, the tournament is now the Career Builder Challenge and it’s all new with Live Concerts following the tournament on Saturday at the Stadium Course Driving Range.  This year will feature the popular Food Truck Frenzy and Birdies For Beer with beer discounts 10 min after every birdie on the 16th hole. Club 9 is the hot spot with events including a Sneak Peek of some of the art you will see at the La Quinta Festival and Golf Fashion Show, This year’s tournament has something for everyone!

The Career Builder Challenge is one of the PGA Tours most valued professional golf tournaments and a huge fan favorite. The event draws in golf fans from around the world to watch their favorite celebrities and golf professionals compete.

Home Buyer’s looking for Golf Resort properties come to the desert every year to enjoy the event and find their perfect get a way right here in the desert.  With over 100 Championship Courses throughout the valley, we have homes that fit both your style and your budget. Want to see a list of all the available fairway properties?  Golf Course Properties For Sale

In 2012, the tournament struck new sponsorship deals with a pair of new partners and evolved into the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation.

In May 2015, human capital solutions global leader CareerBuilder assumed title sponsorship from Humana and entered into a six-year pact (through 2021) with the PGA TOUR to have the tournament renamed the CareerBuilder Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation.

Despite changing the name to the 2017 Career Builder Challenge, the event’s organizers work with diligence and pride to maintain the legacy of its smiling host. Hope’s iconic image can be seen throughout the tournament’s facilities, and is highlighted in several places including:

  • The tournament winner receives the Bob Hope Memorial Trophy.
  • Fans coming through the main entrance at PGA WEST walk into Bob Hope Square, the tournament’s fan gathering place and social hub. The iconic Bob Hope Classic golf cart can still be seen shuttling around the PGA WEST grounds during tournament week.
  • The Bob Hope Club sits around the 18th green at the TPC Stadium Course at PGA WEST and offers some of the best seating for the event.
  • The TPC Stadium Course at PGA WEST clubhouse entrance has been redesigned to feature the tournament’s history as a tribute to Bob Hope.
  • The Clinton Foundation continues to display an exhibit of Bob Hope-related tournament artifacts in Bob Hope Square during tournament week.

Perhaps the greatest legacy left by Bob Hope is the event’s continued charitable contributions to the Coachella Valley. After all, it is known as the tournament that built Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, and the tournament office remains on that location to this day. Since 1960, Desert Classic Charities, the non-profit entity that organizes the event, has donated more than $57 million to Eisenhower Medical Center and many other charitable organizations within the valley.

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