Indio, CA Real Estate News

By Bonnie Jean Hart, Bonnie J. Hart - 25+ yrs Exp - Real Estate - L
(Home Smart Professionals-La Quinta, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Indio, CA)
As Realtors we see the frustration and overt concern from clients seeking to sell their homes that they purchased just a few years ago.   Not only do these people have to sell at much lower prices but we, as their agents, are handcuffed by those in congress responsible for passing laws that limit our ability to assist our clients.   Please allow me to site just one example; A lovely home that we just pended was recently appraised.  We provided the appraiser with the most recent comps.  The appraisal came in and of course we were not privy to the price.   We had to call the buyer and ask what the home was appraised at. The buyer quoted us a figure and it appeared that it was at the price that we had sold the property for.   Great!   No problem with the lender.   So we thought.  Wrong! T...
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By Bonnie Jean Hart, Bonnie J. Hart - 25+ yrs Exp - Real Estate - L
(Home Smart Professionals-La Quinta, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Indio, CA)
Remembering the 10th Anniversary of 9-11-2001 By Eileen Sobjack  September 11, 2001 America was attacked by terrorists.  Three thousand people died.   Out of the rubble a new spirit was born in many Americans. The stories of heroism of fireman, policeman and regular everyday people are a testimony of the American spirit.  As a result of the tragedy on 9-11 many young men and women signed up to serve their country in the Armed Forces.  As we reflect on the 10th anniversary of that day our prayers are with the families who lost their loved ones.  We remember and honor those who died.    A few months after 9-11, President George W. Bush said “Now, we have inscribed a new memory alongside those others. It’s a memory of tragedy and shock, of loss and mourning. But not only of loss and mourn...
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By Bonnie Jean Hart, Bonnie J. Hart - 25+ yrs Exp - Real Estate - L
(Home Smart Professionals-La Quinta, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Indio, CA)
Recently we drove around a community that our buyer wanted to be in, and took down the addresses of the model of homes that they wanted, looked them up on Zillow to see if the lot would work for them, and sent letters to all those properties that would work.  We had a few calls come in from those letters and met with one who was very knowledgeable of the market and we are now working to put them together with this buyer. The next blog will tell you how this faired.  But I would never do this if I didn't Truly have that buyer! What are the ways you have gone out and found the right home for your buyer when it just isn't on the market?
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By Bonnie Jean Hart, Bonnie J. Hart - 25+ yrs Exp - Real Estate - L
(Home Smart Professionals-La Quinta, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Indio, CA)
Taken from Google... The first big Labor Day in the United States was observed on September 5, 1882, by the Central Labor Union of New York.[1] It was first proposed by Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor in May 1882 [2] Oregon was the first state to make it a holiday in 1887. By the time it became a federal holiday in 1894, thirty states officially celebrated Labor Day.[2]. Following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland reconciled with the labor movement. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike.[3] The September date originally chos...
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By Bonnie Jean Hart, Bonnie J. Hart - 25+ yrs Exp - Real Estate - L
(Home Smart Professionals-La Quinta, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Indio, CA)
While sitting here at a quiet open house I was reading your blogs on Active Rain.  So much good information. I read one that talked about submitting offers in person rather than via email or fax.  It seems the person to person has been substituted by technology in most of the real estate world.   Even though we use email and faxing with courtesy calls and communication to the other agent I have to believe that there could be some deals that may go by the wayside because we weren't eye to eye expressing the desires of our client.  No matter how well we write that letter of explanation and information or how well we communicate with the other agent we never know how much of that communication makes it to the other party and if it does what the impact will be. There is no technology that c...
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By Bonnie Jean Hart, Bonnie J. Hart - 25+ yrs Exp - Real Estate - L
(Home Smart Professionals-La Quinta, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Indio, CA)
  We, as Real Estate Professionals, are priviledged to be in such a worthwhile profession.  Our most valuable assets are our clients.  When we do what we have been trained to do and do it right we release them to do what they do best.     Success is the progressive realization of worthwhile, predetermined, personal goals. - Paul J. Meyer, Entrepreneur   I love what I do!     Make it a terrific day!
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By Bonnie Jean Hart, Bonnie J. Hart - 25+ yrs Exp - Real Estate - L
(Home Smart Professionals-La Quinta, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Indio, CA)
When I read the following quote it resounded loudly to my spirit.  How many times have I "thought" the words we all have heard somewhere "things come to those who wait"?   So many phrases become part of our thinking.  Whether they are "true" or not our mind stores them and they affect our lives.     Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. - Abraham Lincoln   Make it a Great Day!
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By Bonnie Jean Hart, Bonnie J. Hart - 25+ yrs Exp - Real Estate - L
(Home Smart Professionals-La Quinta, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Indio, CA)
Rich In History - Palm Springs to Indio Sure, you love visiting the desert--who doesn’t? You know about the great climate, the wonderful restaurants, exceptional shopping, amazing activities and entertainment venues. You’ve even been thinking (dreaming?) about buying a home here and living the desert lifestyle year-round. But you might not know about the richly embroidered tapestry of history from which today’s Coachella Valley has blossomed.   For hundreds of years, the valley has been home to a number of different tribes of Native American Cahuilla Indians, including the Agua Caliente, Augustine, and Cabazon bands.  Late in the 19th century, the area’s many natural features, including the rich agriculture, mineral hot springs, and dry climate all began to attract visitors and entrepre...
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By Bonnie Jean Hart, Bonnie J. Hart - 25+ yrs Exp - Real Estate - L
(Home Smart Professionals-La Quinta, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Indio, CA)
Tips for Selling! Clear away all unnecessary objects from furniture throughout the house.  Keep decorative objects on the furniture restricted to groups of 1, 3 or 5 items. Clear away all unnecessary objects from the kitchen countertops.  Clear the refrigerator exterior of messages, pictures, magnets. Rearrangement of furniture might be needed. The hidden is not really hidden!  Take the time to clean out closets, cupboards and drawers, as well as the garage. If you have a “space” problem invest in a short term storage unit.   During showings leave on certain lights and soft music is welcoming. During showings its best for the seller to be away...all the more reason for a “For Sale By Owner” to higher a Realtor! Try to look at the house through the buyer’s eyes, as though you’ve never se...
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By Bonnie Jean Hart, Bonnie J. Hart - 25+ yrs Exp - Real Estate - L
(Home Smart Professionals-La Quinta, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Indio, CA)
How do you feel when you walk in your door after a few busy days of hard work and see your shoes, mail, newspapers, those unlooked at magazines or catalogs scattered around that you just “haven’t gotten to, but will”, things on the kitchen counter you haven’t put away, etc.?   Does it not just make you feel TIRED looking at it?  Why is that? Clutter in your home “draws” from your energy bank.  It is “matter” in your home that actually has a “vibration” to it...all that “static” of activity is going straight to your body and draining your energy. Think about a potential buyer walking into grandma’s house that is stuffed with “nick nacks” and every inch of the wall or shelves is full of family photos, there is 20 years of magazines or books and doilies under every lamp.  The energy of you...
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By Bonnie Jean Hart, Bonnie J. Hart - 25+ yrs Exp - Real Estate - L
(Home Smart Professionals-La Quinta, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Indio, CA)
The most obvious quality we all appreciate is loyalty.  But within the context of loyalty there should be some perimeter.  If I am not doing my job as a listing agent, i.e. staging guidance, professional photos, marketing, communicating, open houses, creative networking, making sure my listings have excellent exposure, and in short doing everything possible to sell their home, then I would not expect loyalty.  From a seller’s point of view if an agent is not doing all that should be done and after careful determination that they may be incapable of doing the job then for their best interest they should find an agent who is capable.  But if everything is being done and the home has not sold loyalty is very much appreciated!  With continued creativity in marketing and pricing accordingly ...
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By Tina D Saporito, Your Dedicated Palm Desert, CA Realtor Since 2005, Call (760)799-8460. www.JustListedinPalmDesert.com
(Ronald Christopher & Associates. Proudly serving Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, Rancho Mirage, & Palm Springs.)
Desert Collection - New Listing - 83840 Wolf Creek Rd, Indio, CA A primary residence or desert escape, you'll take pleasure in calling it your own. Desert Collection is a premier, gated community of all single-level homes in North Indio. Located off Golfcenter Parkway near Fantasy Springs Hotel & Casino, Desert Collection is a quaint community of 144 homes built by Reynolds Communities and is completely built out. Homes for sale in Desert Collection Remodeled and like new, this home offers  a courtyard gated entry, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths plus a powder room, open floor plan, separate laundry room, double sided fireplace, master suite with new travertine shower and floor, guest bedrooms with Jack & Jill bath, and private casita with separate entry. Featuring 2341 square feet of living space ...
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By Bonnie Jean Hart, Bonnie J. Hart - 25+ yrs Exp - Real Estate - L
(Home Smart Professionals-La Quinta, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Indio, CA)
Inventory is LOW! Here in the California Desert it is approximately 112-114 degrees and yet we are busy showing property to serious buyers and entertaining interested sellers...now is the time to list....the inventory is so low that the good homes on the market will catch the buyers who are serious about buying.  When they are here in this heat they want to buy and they will! Call us Now.  We actually have buyers waiting to find the right home.  (FYI - we have a buyer looking for a home in Sun city Shadow HIlls approx. 2230 sq ft with a pool for approx. $375,000 if the home has the right lot sq ft and appropriation.) (760-972-7520) bonnieandclyde@windermere.com Bless you all! Bonnie      
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By Bonnie Jean Hart, Bonnie J. Hart - 25+ yrs Exp - Real Estate - L
(Home Smart Professionals-La Quinta, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Indio, CA)
If you are thinking of buying a second home but are concerned with how you would maintain and watch over it during the months you would not be in residence let me set your mind at ease.     We have many gated communities, some are guard gated and some of these guard gated communities have 24 hour security.  Nearly every community have home watchers available for a minimal cost per month depending on the degree of service you would want.     Home watchers oversee many aspects of your home.  They usually charge from $50-$100 per month and visits can be bi-weekly or weekly.  Some of the services they provide are as follows:     Turn on all faucets, run dishwasher for a 10 minute rinse, run the garbage disposal, flush toilets Check the thermostat and verify that the air-conditioning (or fu...
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By Bill Ness, 55Places.com, Active Adult Community Guide
(55Places.com)
Sun City Shadow Hills is a fabulous Del Webb community in the Coachella Valley of California. Located in Indio, CA, the community opened in 2003 and is planned for 3,200 homes upon completion. Although smaller than neighboring 55+ communities, Sun City Palm Desert will be just as grand with world-class amenities, finely crafted homes and the famous Del Webb lifestyle. The amenities at this elegant California active adult community are centered around the well-appointed Monticello Clubhouse and Recreation Center. With 35,000 square feet, the community clubhouse features a wide variety of amenities to support a physically fit and socially active lifestyle. There is a fitness center, aerobics and dance studio, indoor walking track and indoor lap pools. There are numerous rooms for hobbies ...
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By Bonnie Jean Hart, Bonnie J. Hart - 25+ yrs Exp - Real Estate - L
(Home Smart Professionals-La Quinta, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Indio, CA)
The movement of real estate in Indian Wells, La Quinta, Palm Desert and Indio has been positive this year, even though we are now in summer, which is our normal slow period, and the buyers are few and far between at this time.    My biggest dilemma this year is that with all the homes we sold there were two that did not sell.  And both of them had seller financing available.  They both are in great or like new condition and priced right; in fact one is $40,000 under market value.     Now I realize that in our market here in the Desert we have a lot of cash buyers who don’t need financing, and that these homes are in a 55+ community, however that aside it would seem to me that those who do need a loan or want it - these homes would have sold before others.  We did the same marketing for...
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By Bonnie Jean Hart, Bonnie J. Hart - 25+ yrs Exp - Real Estate - L
(Home Smart Professionals-La Quinta, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Indio, CA)
  Smaller models for sale now ... PRICED FROM $196,990-$210,990  
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By Bonnie Jean Hart, Bonnie J. Hart - 25+ yrs Exp - Real Estate - L
(Home Smart Professionals-La Quinta, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Indio, CA)
  $225,000 for The Best Canterra Model on the market!   Unique high walled gated entry welcomes you to this environmentally, green, popular Canterra model.  South facing magnificent front entry courtyard is perfect for gatherings.  The ENTIRE home is TILE flooring.   Extended patio, and landscaping includes beach pebbles which are theraputic on your feet;  2BD/2BA, approx. 1257 sq ft;  The enclosed front courtyard offers sunshine, privacy and beauty, the perfect place for morning coffee or an afternoon drink.  This home is move in ready and waiting for You!    
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