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Please leave your comments on Karen's original post by clicking on the link below-- Kathy Via Karen Crowson, ABR, SRES, Livermore, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors, Livermore, CA): Buying a short sale is different than a regular sale. Once your short sale offer is accepted, what happens next? Here’s the series of events that will occur: 1) The seller must accept and sign your offer first. Next it goes to the bank (lien holder of their mortgage). That bank must approve your (0 comments)
The Asking Price Roulette... How It Starts... Where It Ends... - 11/26/11 12:23 AM
Sellers have their price in mind when you walk through the day-- our job is to educate them and help them price their homes competitively. In our current market-- pricing is the most important component in the sale of your home.
I disable comments on reblogs-- if you like this post, please follow the link below and comment on the original post! Thanks, Kathy Via Phyllis Lerner, Realtor - Broker / Owner - Westchester County NY (William Raveis Legends Realty Group LLC): Coming to and setting the right asking price for your home is in today's market one of the (0 comments)
25 Passwords Hackers Love! - 11/25/11 06:07 PM
We have passwords for everything... and if you want to make sure you are your accounts aren't vulnerable to hackers and online scam artists make sure your passwords are not in the list below! Take some time over the weekend-- and create some new passwords. It could save you time, money, and a ton of headaches!
SplashData created the rankings based on millions of stolen passwords posted online by hackers. Here is the complete list: 1. password 2. 123456 3.12345678 4. qwerty 5. abc123 6. monkey 7. 1234567 8. letmein 9. trustno1 10. dragon 11. baseball 12. 111111 13. iloveyou (22 comments)
Clients are Like a Box of Chocolates... You Never Know - 11/24/11 02:42 PM
Yesterday a past client called and said her sister and brother-in-law were in town for the weekend and asked if I would show them some homes in her neighborhood today. I was already committed to 2 other clients and it was Sunday... the one day a week I try to keep free, for me. We all need a day to catch up-- do laundry, watch football, make family calls, cook, blog, paint, garden, play golf... live. But this is our "season" ... the time when snowbirds return and people start returning to the desert for the sunshine and warm (41 comments)
Thanksgiving with The Marines-- Giving Back at La Quinta Country Club - 11/20/11 08:03 PM
THANKSGIVING WITH THE MARINES--GIVING BACK AT LA QUINTA COUNTRY CLUB Thanksgiving is a time for being with family. A time to reflect on the past year and give thanks and grace to all of the blessings we have received. One of these blessings is the freedom we enjoy living in this country. Our troops serve selflessly for us-- and they deserve our full support and thanks. A few families at our club are thanking the Marines from a nearby base by inviting them to share dinner with us on Thursday evening. These Marines are unable to spend the holiday with their (7 comments)
What Lens Are You Looking Through? - 11/17/11 12:52 AM
Are you buying or selling? Can you look at your deal from the other side? Your agent can help you see things from both sides--- what lens are you looking through?
If you like this post-- please leave your comments with Jeff by clicking on the original post below! thanks, Kathy Via Jeff Dowler ~ Carlsbad Homes for Sale ~ 760-840-1360 (Solutions Real Estate (CA DRE Lic. # 01490977)): What Lens Are You Looking Through? We all have different perspectives – different lenses we gaze through which color our interpretation and impact how we behave.
I worked (0 comments)
Locomotive Legend Old No. 844 Coming to the Desert! - 11/14/11 02:59 PM
LOCOMOTIVE LEGEND OLD NO. 844 COMING TO THE DESERT! The desert has it's own iconic legends...Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Dwight Eisenhower-- but a different kind of icon will be chugging through the valley this week! Old Number 844 will be making a rare swing through California! Steam Locomotive No. 844 is the last steam locomotive built for Union Pacific Railroad. It was delivered in 1944. A high-speed passenger engine, it pulled such widely known trains as the Overland Limited, Los Angeles Limited, Portland Rose and Challenger. No. 844, also known as Union Pacific's “Living Legend,” underwent an extensive overhaul before returning (4 comments)
Think You Can't Afford to Hire an Agent? - 11/13/11 09:09 PM
My client had bought a new home and didn't think the time was right to sell her small one-bedroom condo. She called me and said that she couldn't afford to pay me a commission to find a tenant... so she tried her luck getting it leased. She put ads on Craig's List and hung a sign in the window. She didn't get one call. A month went by and then two. She called and said... I need your help. I cannot afford to have my condo vacant. I don't specialize in leases, but I will do them as a service (11 comments)
Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Dinner in Palm Springs - 11/13/11 07:23 PM
RESTAURANTS SERVING THANKSGIVING DINNER IN PALM SPRINGS Not everyone wants to spend the holiday in the kitchen-- here are some delicious options for dining out on Thanksgiving in Palm Springs! Come enjoy your holiday in sunny Palm Springs! All-Natural Thanksgiving Dinner at The Tropicale in Palm Springs (1 comments)
La Quinta Blues & Brews 2011 - 11/12/11 06:35 PM
La Quinta Blues & Brews Presented in partnership with Premier Sponsor City of La Quinta, this annual event showcases prominent Blues performers, craft beers and great food in the spectacular outdoor setting of La Quinta Civic Center Park. This year one of my favorite blues bands Candy Kayne is performing in the middle of the music lineup! DETAILS When: Saturday, November 19, 2011 How Much: Admission $20 at the gate- OR Buy DISCOUNT tickets on-line $15 each – Select “Buy Now” button below.Children: Under 12 Free- Under 21 Must be accompanied by an adult Where: La Quinta Civic Center Campus Directions: From I-10 (5 comments)
"I see myself as a caddy." - 11/06/11 09:02 PM
As a former golf pro and a former sometimes caddy... I really wish I had written this post. It is exactly how I feel when working with clients... guide them in the right direction-- but let them make the decisions!
If you like this post, please leave your comment with the author by clicking the link below! Thanks, Kathy Via Steve Matsumoto ~ first time home buyers Oceanside, CA (RE/MAX By-the-Sea: waterfront condos, second homes): On Monday, I was in the middle of a first phone conversation with a new client. He and his wife plan to purchase a (0 comments)
7 Great Places in Old Town La Quinta You Must Visit! - 11/06/11 03:31 PM
Old Town La Quinta is the happening place in the desert! Here are 7 great places to visit when you are in Old Town La Quinta! Old Town is filled with shops, salons, restaurants and eateries that feature delicious food, beautiful patio views, great service, daily specials and even live music! Enjoy all of them!
1. The Grill on Main -Now serving BRUNCH on Saturday & Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Happy Hour daily from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. featuring food and drink discounts. The Grill's menu includes mouth-watering burgers, delicious salads, seafood, steak, pasta and a great wine and beer (13 comments)
If I Could Save 3+ Hours a Week-- I Will Call My Family More! - 11/05/11 10:51 PM
If I could save 3+ hours a week... I promise I would call my family more. I am guilty of spending too much time working, blogging, Facebooking, writing client letters, networking, and neglecting my family that lives out of state. Even the family that live here in California... I just don't call enough. Facebook has been wonderful for reconnecting with old friends and keeping up with clients. But most of my older aunts and uncles don't really utilize Facebook-- even if they have an account. I have an Aunt Sally with breast cancer, and an Uncle Pat with bladder (6 comments)
Come to La Quinta and spend the day at the 5th Annual Fall Family Festival on Main Street in Old Town La Quinta on Saturday, November 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This year's event will feature family focused exhibitors and vendors; entertainment; raffles and prizes; petting zoo; free car seat safety checks; family fashion and baby wear show; breastfeeding, baby care areas and support; plus a live broadcast by Mix 100.5. Free admission and parking!
If you like this post-- please check in with the "newbie" blogger who wrote it... just click the link below! Thanks, kathy Via Chris Hardy (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage): I live next to a river. I live next to a river for a number of reasons but preeminent among them is that I am an avid fly-fisher. I was wading out of the river one evening, enjoying that gorgeous (0 comments)
My Letter to Impatient Short-Sale Clients - 11/03/11 02:57 PM
My Letter to Impatient Short-Sale Clients: I have both buyers and sellers in this short-sale deal... and my Mr. Buyer just asked me to take a screen-shot of the Equator automated system with Bank of America to show him all the tasks that needed to be completed-- and find out the reason for the delay.
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Buyer,
There is no screen-shot to send. I completed the 1 task they gave me yesterday. Now I have another to do this morning. I cannot move forward until they open a task for me.
1. BE ON STANDBY NEAR THE SINK... AND HELP CLEAN DIRTY POTS AND PANS AS THEY ARE USED! (clean-as-u-go)!
2. SET THE TABLE AND MAKE SURE SILVER-WARE IS SHINY-- FOLD THE NAPKINS!
3. MIND THE DOOR...GREET GUESTS AS THEY ARRIVE AND OFFER THEM A BEVERAGE!
4. HELP WITH CENTERPIECE AND FLOWERS AND LIGHT CANDLES.
5. CHECK ON THE APPETIZERS AND KEEP THEM FULL AND FRESH!
6. OPEN WINE AHEAD OF TIME FOR (17 comments)
Palm Desert Real Estate Market Report - 11/01/11 06:16 PM
This post also covers the La Quinta Real Estate Market Report, which is not quite as sunny as Palm Desert... but still has shown some positive gains! If you would like to leave a comment, please click on the original post below! Thanks, Kathy Via Tina Droessler (Todays Realty Group ): Palm Desert Real Estate Market Report The Desert Sun reported last week that Coachella Valley home sales rose 9.4% in September compared to September 2010, outpacing Riverside County and Southern California, which posted a 0.3% increase according to DataQuick Information Systems. In brief, the report found that: Distressed sales - (0 comments)
La Quinta Fairway Home 4 Bedrooms and 4 Baths reduced to $450,000! - 11/01/11 04:48 PM
La Quinta Country Club fairway home with 4 bedrooms and 4 baths! reduced to $450,000! HUGE PRICE REDUCTION to $450,000! Hacienda Style home with tee to green views of the Signature 7th Hole at La Quinta Country Club! Home of the former Bob Hope Classic golf tournament, now the Humana Challenge -- watch the players from your patio and enjoy the waterfall and lake views,surrounded by the Santa Rosa mountains. This Hacienda home with a central courtyard has 4 bedrooms with 1 bedroom previously used as a den with wood-burning fireplace. It could also be used as an office or a pool/game room. (1 comments)
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