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Desert Spanish Weekend Honorary Chair... Diane Keaton! - 01/29/12 11:03 PM
The architecture here in the Palm Springs area is eclectic and historic. From old California Spanish to Mid-Century Modern. In March we will celebrate the Spanish homes and architecture and Diane Keaton will be here to to support the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation. Aside from being an award-winning film actress, director, and author, Diane Keaton is highly respected for her efforts in the California architectural preservation community. In addition to her advocacy of residential preservation, Ms. Keaton is active in campaigns with the Los Angeles Conservancy to save and restore many historic public buildings.
Desert Spanish Weekend is being celebrated (3 comments)
Unclaimed Property from State of California--Millions could be waiting for you! - 01/29/12 05:33 PM
I received an email yesterday with a link to the California State Controllers website. I followed the link and did a search for my name and my husband's name... and actually found an account that my husband had not claimed with the address of our former business. The State of California currently has over $6.1 billion in Unclaimed Property belonging to 17.6 million individuals and organizations. That's nearly half of the state's population! California's Unclaimed Property Law which requires "holders" such as corporations, business associations, financial institutions, and insurance companies to annually report and deliver property to the Controller's Office after (4 comments)
The Market Then and Now - 01/25/12 11:02 PM
When everyone says that the market was so wonderful back in 2005-- many people don't realize the minuses that came along with the pluses.
If you like this post-- please let Karen know by commenting on her original blog below! Thanks, Kathy Via Karen Crowson, ABR, SRES, Livermore, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors, Livermore, CA): Glory Days – Pluses and Minuses of the 2005 Market. It’s hard not to look back on our ‘good market’ several years back, and long for those days again. But everything wasn’t all rosy. Part 1 of this two part series will illustrate what was good (0 comments)
If you are creative and love live music...You can INSPIRE Thousands Of Festival Goers And Win A Pass To the Weekend Of Your Choice! Coachella Music & Arts Festival and Global Inheritance are confirming artists to participate in the TRASHed exhibit taking place this April in Indio, California. Founded in 2004, the TRASHed :: Art of Recycling program is an interactive art walk on the Coachella grounds that encourages festival goers to recycle using redesigned recycling bins designed by artists from around the world.50 artists will be selected to design a 65 gallon recycling bin for the festival in 2012. These recycling (5 comments)
Golfing in St George Utah during the Winter? St George Utah Golf Courses - 01/24/12 09:03 PM
Even though the Palm Springs area is a golf mecca-- our northern brothers have some great places to play as well. How about a summer St. George home with a winter La Quinta home? Via Erika Rogers-St George Utah Real Estate 435-229-8801 relocatetosunnystgeorge.com (St George Utah & surrounding areas): The enticing weather and ability to golf in St George Utah during the winter is one of the main reasons people purchase a vacation home or choose to retire here! Because St George UT is located in the far southern corner of the state, winters here are typically mild and snow is very (2 comments)
Will You Present a "Verbal Offer" to your Seller?? - 01/24/12 07:27 PM
I received a call from an agent who had shown one of my listings in La Quinta Country Club. She started by telling ME everything that was wrong with the home. She would "Not even camp-out overnite there!" The kitchen was this and the flooring was that. It has a funny smell, and those cracks are scary. I'm aware that this listing is a fixer. It was built in 1978 and is all original. I know that there are cracks and that it smells kind of funny. No one has lived in the home for over 2 years... it has been (14 comments)
El Refugio...Your one of a kind private tennis villa--hacienda style home at La Quinta Country Club is finally back on the market after 20 years.
Play tennis on your own private tennis court, then cool off in your sparkling, salt-water, pebble-tech pool and spa. This very special home is made for entertaining and the lake front views of the Santa Rosa Mountains and the 8th fairway at La Quinta Country Club are spectacular!
Why Bother With an Inspection? - 01/23/12 06:36 PM
Cathy explains why we need to encourage our clients to not only get a basic inspection-- but seek out experts that can anwer all of their questions about the home they are making an offer on!
Please leave your comments on Cathy's original post! Thanks, Kathy Via CATHY BUREAU, MBA, GREEN, EcoBroker, SFR San Antonio, TX - Real Estate Broker (www.GreenHomeRealtySA.com): I'm a Realtor, not a home builder, but I certainly have a base-line understanding of home construction. I have watched how homes go up, how they are inspected, and how they have fallen down, literally. When buying a (0 comments)
Driving Aunt Daisy... My Treasured Referral - 01/23/12 06:28 PM
Early last fall our own Jeff Dowler contacted me regarding his Aunt Daisy from Boston... who was considering a lease in the Palm Springs area for the winter. I was honored to have Jeff call me to take care of his Aunt and valued his trust in me. Aunt Daisy is an older lady, with mad computer skills. She is and expert on her MAC computer, and prefers emails to phone calls because it is hard for her to hear on the phone. I began by emailing Aunt Daisy listings in the areas I thought would be best for her. She (18 comments)
Humana Challenge (Bob Hope Classic) Fans Guide - 01/16/12 12:44 PM
What's it all about? The 53rd annual Humana Challenge in partnership with the William J. Clinton Foundation, featuring many top PGA Tour stars, returns to the desert this week at three Coachella Valley courses — La Quinta Country Club, the Arnold Palmer Private Course at PGA West and the Nicklaus Private Course at PGA West. Who is playing this year? Defending champion Jhonattan Vegas, pictured above, is joined by top PGA Tour players such as World Golf Hall of Famers Phil Mickelson and Greg Norman; 2011 FedEx Cup champion Bill Haas; Zach Johnson; Dustin Johnson; Camilo Villegas; 2011 tournament winners (4 comments)
Legendary Hot Spot-- New Look for an Old Favorite! I started coming to the Nest back in the late 80's. It was a fun safe place to get out, hear some great music, mingle with the locals and kick up your heels! Dodi was the hostess back then... Rosalie handled the cocktails like a pro, Mama rang up the checks, and Eddie & Artie cranked out the drinks at the bar as fast as you could order them! Now... Dodi is back along with Kevin here husband, as owners! The (2 comments)
The Swimming Pool in Southern California Exhibit - 01/15/12 03:40 PM
Backyard Oasis: The Swimming Pool in Southern California Photography, 1945-1982' Southern California and the swimming pool just go together. Flying over the Los Angeles area you can look down and become mesmerized by the turquoise jewels that dot the landscape. Immerse yourself in the SoCal pool culture at the Palm Springs Art Museum, now ... or wait until it heats up here in the desert and you really feel like taking the plunge!
When: Saturday through May 27Where: Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 Museum Drive, Palm SpringsAdditional details: A series of free pool films will be shown throughout the exhibition.Museum hours: 10 a.m. (3 comments)
Make Blogging Part of Your 2012 Business Plan - 01/11/12 11:36 PM
I agree with you ... blogging is part of my 2012 buisness plan too! I am teaching a class on blogging at the end of the month and I am going to include this post! Via Kristine Ginsberg (Morris County, NJ: Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC): Make Blogging Part of Your 2012 Business Plan I’ve read many comments and posts that talk about spending too much time on Active Rain – mostly tongue and cheek, but they say “in all jest lies some truth.” At times I too have felt guilty because of the time I spend on Active Rain. (0 comments)
Check out my TC's first Blog Post! - 01/06/12 06:31 PM
My Transaction Coordinator, Brett Casden, has just joined ActiveRain... and I have been encouraging him to blog. Today he wrote his first post about the benefits of hiring a transaction coordinator to help you breeze through your transactions. Since he is a Newbie-- stop by Brett's blog and give him a warm ActiveRain welcome! Using a Transaction Coordinator (7 comments)
All we have to do is an inspection?? - 01/06/12 05:32 PM
I have been working with a buyer since the end of summer and we found his dream home in La Quinta. It is a mid-century style home with incredible mountain views on a double-lot with a very private pool. Unfortunately...it is a short-sale and we made our offer back in September... Monday January 9th we expect to have the written approval. My client is thrilled that we are moving forward and opening escrow soon-- I just received this email from him: All we have to (7 comments)
It isn't the buyers who aren't ready to go...it's the sellers. - 01/05/12 02:05 PM
It isn't the buyers who aren't ready to go... it's the sellers. The latest installment from our California Association of Realtors included information on a study by the Mortgage Bankers Association. It shows that prospective home buyers believe that given today’s affordable home prices and low interest rates, now is a good time to buy. However, potential sellers are nearly unanimous in reporting that it is not a good time to sell a home, citing difficulty in finding buyers at desired sales prices. The study utilizes 30 years of data from the University of Michigan’s Survey of Consumer Attitudes to examine (1 comments)
Wild Boar Hunting in Texas... anyone? - 01/04/12 03:47 PM
My husband, Bob and his oldest friend, Fred, (not oldest person-- friends since they were 4 years old) are going on a wild boar hunting trip in Texas. They have hunted together for years, but this will be their first trip to Texas. Some of you know that I grew up in a rural area of New Mexico and went to college at Texas Tech in west Texas-- so I am familiar with the terrain. As this hunting trip has unfolded... it turns out that Bob is just finding out the details of their adventure. And they leave tomorrow. Last (8 comments)
ActiveRain: Kerrie Greenhalgh is a Most Subscribed Blogger - 01/03/12 08:43 PM
Kerrie is alswys there to encourage and support us... I just hope that they really appreciate all that she does for ActiveRain. We Rainers know how cool she is! Via Richard Yates - Broker (Coldwell Banker Real Estate): ActiveRain: Kerrie Greenhalgh is a Most Subscribed Blogger
When I noticed that Kerrie Greenhalgh just became the #99 Most Subscribed Blogger on ActiveRain, I got very excited. Then, I realized that SHE should be much higher than #99.
Kerrie Greenhalgh is a Most Subscribed Blogger, but should at least be in the Top 50 Most Subscribed Bloggers and probably much higher. If you (0 comments)
Top Ten Tips for Hiring a Contractor - 01/03/12 06:40 PM
If you are planning a remodel, or just doing some fixing up around the house-- here are the top ten tips for hiring a contractor. Note: Hire a licensed contractor-- don't take chances on an unlicensed workman...just because he is a few dollars less. You will end up paying for it later!
Please leave your comments with Tom on his original post! Thanks! Via Tom Arstingstall - Tromler Construction General Contractor in Sacramento (Dry Rot and Water Damage in Sacramento ): Top Ten Tips for Hiring a Contractor: 1.Hire only state-licensed contractors 2.Check a contractor’s license number online at (0 comments)
Start off the Year Doing Something Good for Someone - 01/03/12 05:09 PM
Two days ago I received a call from a distraught woman regarding a home I have for lease. She and her husband (and four children) had done a short-sale on their home. They were told they needed to move on Dec 30th, so they had rented a truck and packed their things. The home they had planned on leasing turned out to be a "foreclosed" property and would not be rentable for long. Their current agent was working part-time as an agent and full time at Sam's Club. He was not helping them with the next step in their adventure. (5 comments)
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