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Do you pride yourself on your MULTI-TASKING skills? Are you the consumate plate-spinner... deal juggler with many balls in the air at the same time? You may be undermining your productivity by jumping from task-to-task! A recent study from the University of Michigan shows that multi-tasking really reduces productivity by 20% to 40%! By constantly asking your brain to re-focus and rebound you are actually ricocheting between the 2 or 3 or 4 projects you have going! It turns out the secret to getting more done... is to focus on the task at hand. (12 comments)
Best Shopping in the Desert! - 08/30/10 01:13 AM
Fine Chinese antiques and other home accessories from Dwight Polen on El Paseo. photo by Dwight Polen View Larger Map The Best Shopping in the Desert! Not only the best shopping and the most amazing stores... but the best place to people-watch too! Can you imagine a mile of divine temptations, from dazzling jewelry and exclusive international fashion to fine art, home décor, spas and salons, award-winning restaurants, and a sizzling calendar of events ?
This is El Paseo. This mix of more than 300 shops offers just about everything you could ask for. From Asian imports to luxurious (3 comments)
Social Media Not Just for Kids Anymore - 08/29/10 01:33 AM
After attending another Real Estate seminar heavily focusing on social media and our need to adopt, integrate, 'friend' it and make it a key focus of our marketing efforts... this article appears on the front page of our local Desert Sun newspaper. Our market comprises a large percentage of aging baby-boomers who are searching for a second home, or retirement home, in our sunny climate... and are hoping to take advantage of the great deals available here now. The great news is our target audience is embracing this new technology in record numbers... meaning we can not only reach them...but their (17 comments)
We never have "gloomy" days in La Quinta... but these flowers sure brightened my day!
Via Ron & Alexandra Seigel (Luxury Real Estate Marketing) (firstname.lastname@example.org): "We have had the coldest summer in 60 years in Santa Barbara", and old timer just told me this morning as I was picking out heirloom tomatoes as this Saturday's market. "Santa Barbara usually has more sunny days than any other coastal city, he continued." I have counted, we have a 14 days of full sun so far (I am staying optimistic), and about 20 days of partial sun with MR or MS sunshine (2 comments)
Personal branding in luxury real estate marketing is all about setting your own tone, listening to your gut instincts, finding your own rhythm and dancing to the beat of a different drum—your unique brand signal. Conforming to the norm will not get you very far. Distinguishing yourself from your competition, stepping out, and making a statement will help you reach top-of-mind status in your marketplace. Standing out from the crowd sometimes takes fortitude. Blending in is often (1 comments)
When you make your plans tp visit the Palm Springs area...whether you are visiting Palm Desert, Indian Wells,Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, or Indio-- You can bring your 4-legged friend along! There are many pet-friendly hotels in this area... and you can find them here! Maggie Espinosa has found the best digs for your "priveledged pooch" all over Southern California! Your best friend can travel in luxury and become a "posh pooch!"
Travel journalist Maggie Espinosa calls out eight Coachella Valley dog-friendly hotel properties in her new book, (9 comments)
Free Movie in Old Town La Quinta - 08/25/10 11:37 PM
Free Moonlight Movie on the Lawn in Old Town La Quinta"School of Rock" Friday, September 3, 2010 Movie starts at dusk (Approximately 8 p.m.) What could be better than an evening under the stars in Old Town La Quinta?Bring a blanket, your family and friends and enjoy a free movie under the stars on the Old Town La Quinta Lawn.Come early and have dinner at one of Old Town's restaurants before the show - or order your food to-go (4 comments)
Old Town La Quinta Summer Events - 08/25/10 11:29 PM
Old Town La Quinta Summer Events "Studio After Dark" at Old Town Artisan Studio Thursday, August 26, 20106 p.m. to 8 pm."Studio After Dark" featuring wine and cheese, great music and creativity will continue on select Thursdays throughout the summer. The next event will be Girls Night Out on Thursday, August 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Make fused glass bracelets and pendants, enjoy refreshments, share some girl time and a special display by a local artist. Cost is $30, inclusive. Email: email@example.com or call 760-777-1444 today to reserve your spot for this fun event! (2 comments)
A Paradiso model home by architect Jim Cioffi is seen in Palm Springs. Developers and investors are looking into finishing distressed developments. (Desert Sun file photo) We are pleased to see investors returning... and bringing an influx of funds and hope for the residents living in and near Indio, Coachella, and La Quinta! Within the past six months, though, Coachella officials have noticed interest from new investors and developers looking to finish partially completed subdivisions. Of 11 “distressed” tracts, about six are showing movement, said Coachella Mayor (4 comments)
Junior Golf Event in the Coachella Valley - 08/21/10 09:21 PM
Kelly’s Adult/Junior Desert Open Golf Tournament Adults and juniors team up to compete on the course! Benefiting the First Tee of the Coachella Valley Desert Willow Golf Resort Kelly’s Adult/Junior Desert Open – Sunday, September 19th 2010 This looks like a great idea to get kids and grownups playing together for a good cause! *Adults and juniors team up to compete on the course! Benefiting the First Tee of the Coachella Valley* Includes: Junior Skills Competition BBQ Lunch Shotgun Start Reception and Awards Presentation Format – Best Ball by Age Division Junior Age Divisions: 5-7, 8-10, 11-14 and 15-17 Up to (1 comments)
Followed RainCamp Advice... Results... Not so Good! - 08/21/10 08:13 PM
I followed Ben Kinney's advice from RainCamp in San Diego and posted a photo contest on my 365 things to do in the Palm Springs, CA Area... I have promoted it and posted it many times... but have only gotten a couple of pictures submitted. I will try again and see if the results are better, but I was disappointed that I didn't get more entries. I think it is a great idea, just wish I had more interaction! If you want to enter a photo for the dinner prize or for fun-- follow the links below! Do you have (14 comments)
Via Tina Droessler (La Quinta, CA ~ The Lori Bowers Group Desert Properties): Indian Palms Country Club Golf Course Home - New on the market this year - wonderful vacation home located on the golf course in Indian Palms Country Club. This vacation home features a great room layout with stacked stone on fireplace and in entry area. Tile and wood floors except in the bedrooms, granite counters, formal dining table, den, two patios, BBQ, and more. One patio is enclosed, perfect for pets. Bedrooms have king and queen beds plus a twin pull-out in the den. Indian Palms Country Club in (0 comments)
Skip the pharmaceuticals and the endless scratch and win lottery tickets. Here are some concrete happiness boosters. You can change your life...REALLY! Watch this short video for tips on becoming happier with the life you are living... and maybe make a difference in other peoples lives too! Hint: Gratitude is a powerful mood lifter! How To Become Happier on Howcast (13 comments)
The Coachella Valley Repertory's Aug. 25 “Luminary Luncheon” will feature an appearance by TV and stage actress Nancy Dussault, star of the 1980s sitcom “Too Close for Comfort” and one of the first two anchors of “Good Morning America.” The monthly luncheons are hosted by a booster group for the performance group. Lunch will be served at noon at the BLU Ember Restaurant in the Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa, 41-000 Bob Hope Drive, in Rancho Mirage and will be followed by local radio host VJ Hume interviewing Dussault. (2 comments)
The Lori Bowers Group - 08/16/10 02:13 PM
Our team took a new picture this morning! Via The Lori Bowers Group Paradise Properties: We finally got the team all together for a new group picture! What an amazing froup of talented agents all on the team! Not only top notch agents but like a family as well! I love having a team!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.desertareahousingmarket.comThe Lori Bowers Group A boutique Real Estate Office, with a full service team to serve all your Real Estate Needs La Quinta, Palm Desert, Indio, Rancho Mirage, Coachella , Indian Wells and the surrounding Palm Springs Area. 78065 Main St., Suite 107 Old Town La Quinta La (4 comments)
No Photo Available - 08/16/10 02:04 AM
A great blog by a great gal.... no photo ... really???? Via Stephanie Reynolds (AgentsOfPossibility.com, REALTOR, GRI, ePro at CMI, Inc. ): No Photo Available Really? In today's technology savvy age how can a listing not have photos? We have cameras on our phones, cameras that fit in our pocket, camera's built in to our video cameras, cameras on our computers. We do not have to take our film to be developed. HOW HARD IS IT? Working with three separate buyers this week, all pretty Internet savvy, asked the same question: "How do people think they can sell their home without any pictures?" (5 comments)
Why do I blog? Here is one good reason why. - 08/16/10 01:52 AM
All you newbies.... this is a great post for you! Via Lanre"The Real Estate Farmer" Folayan DC & PG County MD homes for sale (Exit Advance Realty-Upper Marlboro,MD (PG County MD Homes)): Why do I blog? Here is one good reason why. Many non-believers of Active Rain still ask me why do I blog? People think blogging especially on Active Rain is a waste of time of time. Why will I want to blog on Active Rain when I can be out prospecting trying to generate some Real Estate Business instead of staring in front of a computer all day. Its (8 comments)
Lockbox Apps for Phones... I-Phone, Blackberry, Droid - 08/15/10 08:21 PM
I am really unhappy with my Blackberry App for opening Supra-- it requires a bulky and inconvenient key fob that is cumbersome to carry around. Never mind punching in your code to the phone, and then fumbling for the fob, and hopefully opening the lockbox. It is nice to be able to eliminate the Supra-Opener that requires charging, cradling, etc....But it would be great to have an app on my phone ( that is always with me) that can open the lockbox! Do they have an app to make this easy, efficient, and something you can do with one hand? (6 comments)
RainCamp Ideas for Growing Your 365 Things to do Page - 08/14/10 07:53 PM
RAINCAMP IDEAS FOR GROWING YOUR 365 THINGS TO DO PAGE! After RainCamp San Diego, I came home with many great ideas to help grow my Facebook pages and gain followers. One of them is to have a photo contest to get interaction from your fans and to have their photo post link back to their home page. By offering a prize... you may also gain some new followers! Here is what my post on livethedesertlife.com looks like, then I shared it on my 365 Things to do in the Palm Springs, CA Area Facebook Page.
In the second quarter of 2010, to present (9) homes sold in the La Quinta Country Club area.
Average selling price was $552,388---- up from $451,296 in the first quarter. Avergage price/sq. foot of $198.25--- up from $ 166.87 in the first quarter The Days on the Market figures ranged from 35 days until sold-- to the lengthy 1441 Days on Market! 04/23 48700 Santa Ursula $300,000 $85.96 /sq.ft 207 DOM* On and off market 05/12 78496 Calle Seama Bank (2 comments)
La Quinta Country Club Homes Sold (first quarter) - 08/13/10 04:29 PM
In the first quarter of 2010 (7) homes sold in the La Quinta Country Club area. Average selling price was $451,296 Avergage price/sq. foot of $166.87 The Days on the Market figures ranged from 48 days until sold-- to the lengthy 901 Days on Market! 01/08 49005 Cedros Circle $385,000 $175.00/sq.ft 495 DOM 01/15 49130 Eisenhower Short Sale $730,000 $182.50 48 DOM* On and off market 01/22 78472 Calle Huerta Bank Owned $205,000 $105.89 57 DOM* 02/26 78019 Lago Bank Owned $395,000 (1 comments)
Palm Springs Hotel Deals - 08/12/10 10:25 PM
Palm Springs Hotel Deals--Sleep Over and Pool Party Sleep Over and Pool Party at Renaissance Palm Springs One of the best Palm Springs Hotel Deals right now is at The Renaissance Palm Springs! This is the time of year when you can take advantage of some "warm weather" and get a large dose of sunshine here in the Palm Springs, CA Area! For more things to do... join 365 Things to do in the Palm Springs, CA Area on Facebook! Relax while the kids play in the 5,000-square-foot pool and stay in a standard room or upgrade for $20 (4 comments)
Riverside County had the second-highest foreclosure rate in the state last month, a real estate tracking firm reported today. A total 7,068 mortgage default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions were recorded countywide in July, according to Irvine-based RealtyTrac. The figure translated to 1 in 109 households in some stage of foreclosure, placing the county at No. 2 in statewide foreclosure activity. It was No. 3 in June. Stanislaus County was No. 1, with 1 in 102 households in default, while Merced County was just behind Riverside with 1 in 111 households, followed by (2 comments)
Check out this great new tool for letterheads-- You can customize a letterhead to showcase your area of expertise and add "hot links" to your website, listings, mls search and facebook pages... or customize your own. I love the way it looks and how it provides my e-mail recipient so much info and easy access to my links! If you want to get this for your e-mail...Make sure you use my special refferal code: KS29113 To guarantee you get the best pricing! Go to fabusend.com and enter my code in the box that asks for discount code! I think (10 comments)
Make your plans today to attend the Benefit Concert for Guide Dogs of the Desert at Vicky's of Santa Fe in October. World renowned Pianist Cory Smythe will give a private performance to benefit Guide Dogs of the Desert. Guide Dogs of the Desert improves the lives of the blind by creating opportunities for life-changing independence, and by conducting community outreach and education programs. Guide Dogs of the Desert provides safe mobility, loving companionship and the "miracle of independenc. Please call Debbie at 760-329-6257 for tickets. October 23, 2010, 7-10pm $35.00 per (4 comments)
Idyllwild Bellydance Festival...Tribal Rendevous When you live in the Palm Springs, CA Area... sometimes in the summer it just makes sense to travel up the hill into cooler air... and go to a belly-dancing festival! Idylwild contiunes its rich tradition of artistic excellence by playing host to the 2nd Biennial Tribal Rendezvous Festival The festival will feature three days of workshops, vending (shopping), and shows commencing on Friday August 20th at 7pm with a “teaser” at local restaurant and social club Café Aroma. The Saturday evening Tribal Rendezvous Gala Show and Soiree will feature performances with the festival’s headliners (4 comments)
Capturing More Fans on Your 365 Things to do Page - 08/09/10 01:02 AM
I have been monitoring and suggesting and posting new events and favorites to my "365 Things to do in the Palm Springs, CA Area"... and really actively working to get more "friends/fans" for my page. Tonite I created a "SUGGEST" graphic with my Microsoft powerpoint program and added it to my 365 Fanpage Profile picture!
I'm hoping that this reminder to "Suggest to Friends" will get me more fans even faster... I started the page in April... and now have 343 fans! If you like (14 comments)
According to today's Desert Sun the Foreclosure Rate has dropped in the Palm Springs, CA Area including the communities of Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, and Indio.
While the number of Coachella Valley homeowners in default fell 41 percent during the first half of 2010 compared to the same period last year... the number of bank-owned properties and home auctions rose. As foreclosure activity has slowed, so has the inventory of foreclosed homes, particularly in the $500,000 and below price range, said Scott Newton, (0 comments)
Best BBQ in Palm Springs Area! - 08/08/10 01:44 AM
For the best BBQ in the Palm Springs Area... check these out! Babe's Bar-B-Que Grill & Brewhouse 71800 Hwy 111 - Rancho Mirage 760-346-8738 Babe's is the place to go for a good time and great BBQ. Their sauce is so delicious you'll be sure to purchase a bottle before you leave. Decked out in pig decor, Babe's has a unique atmosphere. Dine on the cozy patio next to the beautiful fire pit and take in the gorgeous mountain views. Be sure to sampler their sweet potato fries. And Babe's is also famous for their brewmaster and highly awarded (3 comments)
Best Ice Cream in Palm Springs - 08/08/10 01:16 AM
Best Ice Cream in Palm Springs When the days get hot... we start looking for a place to cool off-- these ice cream and yogurt shops will do the trick! Cold Stone Creamery 155 S Palm Canyon Drive B-2 - Palm Springs 760-327-6892 Cold Stone Creamery makes its ice cream fresh every day in each and every store, then they bring it out front and let you choose what else you want in it to complete the "creation." It may be a little more expensive than other ice cream, but with a line out the door on Thursday nights during Villagefest, (9 comments)
BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH IN THE PALM SPRINGS AREA - 08/08/10 12:27 AM
BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH IN THE PALM SPRINGS AREA! 1. Spencer's Restaurant, Palm Springs. Spencer's advertises its Sunday Brunch but it's actually a weekend tradition, Saturday or Sunday. The Benedicts are the best selling item. And they deserve to be; they can be relied on to be consistently perfect, whichever of the seven varieties you choose. Even so, the menu is large. Don't miss the soft shell crab when it's in season. 701 W. Baristo Rd., Palm Springs; (760) 327-3446; www.spencersrestaurant.com. 2. Piero's Acqua Pazza, Rancho Mirage 3. Las Casuelas Nuevas, Rancho Mirage Best of the Rest: Leon's Bar (3 comments)
Old Town La Quinta Summer Events - 08/02/10 11:52 PM
Old Town La Quinta Summer Events Sip, See and Savor at Old Town Cellar! Tuesday, August 3, 20105 p.m. to 7 p.m. La Quinta Arts Foundation presents a series of artists creating intimate galleries at Old Town Cellar throughout the summer months. The galleries will be set for 4 weeks each at which time you are invited to stop by anytime to enjoy a glass of your favorite wine, a nosh, and take in the incredible art for sale. Join us at a reception the first Tuesday of each month to meet the artist and representatives from acclaimed wineries and enjoy (2 comments)
La Quinta Summer Swim Programs - 08/02/10 01:26 AM
La Quinta SUMMER SWIM PROGRAMS La Quinta Pool at Fritz Burns Park corner of Avenida Bermudas and Avenue 52 Information: YMCA at (760) 341-9622 or visit online at www.ymcaofthedesert.org. FREE Swim Night for Families August 6 6 pm - 7 pm Open/Recreational Swim Monday - Friday, 2 pm - 4:30 pm Saturday, 10 am - 1 pm $2.00/Ages 12 & under, $3.00/Ages 13 & up Morning & Evening Swim Lessons July 12 - July 23 July 26 - August 6 August 9 - August 20 $55/per person For swimming levels and descriptions visit www.ymcaofthedesert.org. Adult Water Aerobics Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30 (2 comments)
BEST HOTELS ARE IN LA QUINTA! - 08/02/10 01:25 AM
THE BEST HOTELS ARE IN LA QUINTA! Embassy Suites La Quinta Hotel & Spa 50-777 Santa Rosa Plaza La Quinta, CA 92253 (760) 777-1711 (Click here for more information & special rates) Homewood Suites by Hilton 45-200 Washington Street La Quinta, CA 92253 (760) 391-4600 (Click here for more information & special rates) Lake La Quinta Inn 78-120 Caleo Bay La Quinta, CA 92253 (888) 226-4546 (Click here for more information & special rates) La Quinta Resort & Club 49-499 Eisenhower Drive La Quinta, CA 92253 (800) 598-3828 (Click here for more information & special rates)a (3 comments)
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