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Jan. 21, 2019

New Listing: Updated Palm Desert Pool Home With West Facing Rear Yard & Stunning Mountain Views


This turnkey furnished home in the heart of Palm Desert has been lovingly maintained and boasts western sunset views from its west facing rear yard. Updated in a neutral color palette, the interior is super clean, with newer appliances, new window coverings and even a new air conditioner. Vaulted ceilings and tile floors in the main living areas, with carpeting in the bedrooms. The 3rd bedroom is currently used as a home office but has a sofa-bed for guests. The bathrooms are also updated, with a jetted soaker tub in the master bedroom bathroom. An open concept makes for an easy transition from indoor to outdoor living. The low maintenance yard is designed for enjoyment. An aluma-wood type patio cover offers protection from the sun, while poured patio and adjacent lawn provide ample space for sunshine. The oversize saltwater pool and spa were recently replastered with a durable pebble-tech type finish.  There's even a remote control to operate the pool equipment from your smart phone. Located in Palm Desert, close to El Paseo ("Rodeo Drive of the Desert"), Westfield Mall, McCallum Theater, College of the Desert and Desert Willow Golf resort (with steeply discounted greens fees for Palm Desert residents & home owners).

MLS# 219001783 | Listed at $339,000 | For more details, photos & a 3D virtual tour, please visit:

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Jan. 18, 2019

Open House: Beautifully Remodeled Palm Valley CC Golf Course Condo - Sun Jan 20 from 1pm to 3pm


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Open House: Beautifully Remodeled Palm Valley CC Golf Course Condo | 76532 Hollyhock Dr, Palm Desert (Palm Valley Country Club) | Sunday, January 20 from 1pm to 3pm

Beautifully remodeled golf course condo located in Palm Valley Country Club in Palm Desert. Enjoy the trifecta views; double fairway (13th and 14th holes of the Championship course), mountain and water views from the great room, master bedroom and rear patio. This 1,343 sq ft, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom Jacaranda model features front courtyard and rear patios, plantation shutters and ceiling fans in the great room, master bedroom and second bedroom, tile floors in the main living areas and carpet in the bedrooms, granite counter tops and new cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms, stainless steel appliances in the kitchen and new tile shower in the master bedroom bathroom. Offered furnished per inventory. Palm Valley Country Club is a guard gated community with the look and feel of a vacation resort.  The center piece of the community is its private golf club, with 2 Ted Robinson designed golf courses and 100,000 sq ft club house with bar, lounge and restaurant, state of the art fitness center, spa, resort style pool area, golf and tennis pro shops, golf practice facilities and 16 tennis courts.  Palm Valley Country Club also provides its residents with 46 pools and spas located throughout the community.

Features Of This Home At A Glance:

  • Remodeled Palm Valley C.C. Golf Course Condo
  • Double Fairway, Mountain and Water Views
  • Front Courtyard and Rear Patios
  • Tile Floors in Main Living Areas; Carpeted Bedrooms
  • New Cabinets and Granite Counters in Kitchen and Bathrooms
  • Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances
  • New Tile Shower in Master Bedroom Bathroom
  • Furnished Per Inventory

MLS# 218030720 | Listed at $349,000 | For more details, photos & a 3D Virtual Tour, please visit:

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Jan. 17, 2019

Open Houses: Two Beautiful Regency Estates Pool Homes on Saturday, January 19th from 2 pm to 4 pm


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You know the old saying about killing two birds with one stone...well here’s your chance to stop by Regency Estates in Palm Desert and see two beautiful homes located across the street from each other on Saturday, January 19th from 2pm to 4pm:

1. 76915 Tricia Ln, Palm Desert:  Professionally remodeled and updated pool home; wonderful for entertaining. This spacious 2,235 sq ft, 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home sits on a large corner lot with beautiful Santa Rosa Mountains and sunset views. Inside, the home features an open floor plan with a central remodeled kitchen with newer cabinets, counters, stainless steel appliances, a large island with a cooktop and breakfast bar. Large living room and dining area windows and patio doors open to the large south facing covered rear patio that extends across the whole rear of the home and the pool/spa. The master bath has been totally reconfigured and has a private spa feel. The hall bathroom, the powder room and the laundry room have also been remodeled. Outside, the large rear yard backyard has a beautiful pool and spa and large grass area, perfect for bocce ball, croquet, horse shoes or even throwing a baseball or football around. 

MLS# 218031742 | Listed at $519,950 | For more details, photos and a 3D Virtual Tour, please visit:

2.  39523 Newcastle Dr, Palm Desert:  This 3,630 square feet, 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom home sits on a large (12,197 sq ft) lot and features an open floor plan, renovated kitchen with newer cabinets, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances, renovated bathrooms with newer cabinets, fixtures and tub/showers, newer tile floors in the main living areas, newer wood laminate floor in the ground floor master bedroom, newer carpet in the 3 upstairs bedrooms (2 sharing a balcony that overlooks the rear yard pool and spa), a 3 car attached garage, a resort-like private west facing rear yard with large covered patio and oversize pool and spa and much more.

MLS# 218033332 | Listed at $595,000 | For more details & photos, please visit:

Regency Estates: Regency Estates was developed and built by well know local developer Peter Solomon and consists of 92 one and two-story single family detached homes on large spacious lots. The community offers sidewalks, street lights, a park and tennis courts. It is ideally located in north central Palm Desert, close to Ronald Reagan Elementary School, Freedom Park, El Paseo, Westfield Mall, College of the Desert, McCallum Theater, Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, Desert Willow Golf Resort (with steeply discounted rates for Palm Desert residents), The Classic Club and many more local golf courses, shops, restaurants and other attractions. 

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Jan. 16, 2019

Mortgage Rates Hit A 9-Month Low - A Good Time To Buy?


MarketWatch’s Andrea Riquier reported in a recent MarketWatch article that according to mortgage liquidity provider Freddie Mac, 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rates averaged 4.45% in the week of January 10th (the lowest rate since April 2018). At the same time, 15-year fixed-rate mortgage rates averaged 3.89% and 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid-adjustable rate mortgage rates averaged 3.83%. The article suggests that this is due to investors buying government bonds as concerns about trade and economic growth have buffeted the stock market and because of the comments from the most recent Federal Reserve Policy Meeting that seem to indicate that officials are reconsidering plans to raise monetary policy back to normal levels. Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist, Sam Khater, noted that mortgage applications jumped 20% in the most recent week as mortgage rates dipped.

Of note, the National Association of Realtors® reported that 75% of real estate agents surveyed reported no impact on their business from the government shutdown. Of the 25% of agents surveyed who did report an impact, one quarter noted that buyers were concerned about general economic uncertainty. Other agents reported that problems in processing mortgage application, due to such things as the Federal Housing Administration working with thinner staff, the U.S. Department of Agriculture not processing any loans and the Internal Revenue Service suspending the processing of all forms, including requests for tax return transcripts, and property lien clarifications needed for mortgage applications.

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Jan. 15, 2019

New Listing: Updated Hidden Palms Greenbelt Condo With Stunning Mountain Views


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There are no shared common walls with this freestanding condo. The recently remodeled kitchen features quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances and even a nearby wet bar for happy hour gatherings. Super clean home with large tile floors throughout. Enjoy southwest mountain views from the large, partially covered rear patio that also backs onto a greenbelt. Newer HVAC system and hot water tank. Some furnishings may be available outside of Escrow. Hidden Palms is a well kept, friendly, low density, guard-gated community of 211 homes with low HOA's and lots of green space. Hidden Palms has 4 community pools/spas, 2 tennis & 6 pickle ball courts, 3 lakes and greenbelts with lights and walking paths. The HOA fees include common area landscaping, trash and cable TV package. Hidden Palms is centrally located in Palm Desert, close to El Paseo's shopping, art galleries, activities and restaurants, Westfield Mall, The River, McCallum Theater, College of the Desert and  Desert Willow Golf Resort, with steeply discounted greens fees for Palm Desert residents.

Features Of This Home At A Glance:

  • Great Central Palm Desert Location
  • Hidden Palms Greenbelt Condo
  • 1,584 Sq Ft, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms
  • Freestanding Condo - No Common Walls
  • Remodeled KItchen With Newer Quartz Counters, Fixtures & Stainless Steel Appliances
  • Newer Tile Floors Throughout
  • South Facing Rear Patio Overlooking Greenbelt With Stunning Mountain Views
  • 4 Community Pools/Spas, 2 Tennis & 6 Pickle Ball Courts

 MLS# 219000743 | Listed at 350,000 | For more details, photos and a 3D Virtual Tour, please visit:

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Jan. 14, 2019

KESQ's Madison Weil Takes A Behind-The-Scenes Look At This Year's Desert Classic Golf Tournament

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Madison Weil, from local ABC affiliate KESQ, recently took a behind-the-scenes look at this year’s 60th Anniversary Edition of the Desert Classic (running from January 16th to 20th in La Quinta). This year’s event is expected to draw up to 75,000 visitors to the Coachella Valley. Jeff Sanders, the tournament's executive director, recently gave Madison a behind-the-scenes tour and look at some of the amenities that visitors can expect this year, such as:

  • The Albertsons Vons Fan Pavilion, a 12,000 square foot tent containing several bars, restaurants and sports on the big screen that overlooks the tournament’s 18th hole. The $30 admission fee gives gives fans access to most food, beverage and viewing areas. 
  • The Casamigos Tequila Club 17 and Michelob Ultra Beers fore Birdies Suite” overlooking the tournament’s 17th hole. At the Beer fore Birdies tent, every time there’s a birdie made on the 17th hole, the beers will be half price for 15 minutes.  
  • Friday and Saturday nights, the tournament will feature two concerts on the lawn by the 18th hole. Sammy Hagar headlines Friday night’s concert and Bad Company headlines the Saturday night concert.  
  • While spectators can expect a lot of good golf and entertainment, they’re also supporting charities across the Coachella Valley. This year’s tournament is expected to raise over a million dollars (bringing the Tournament’s total charitable contributions over its 60 years to over $60 million). 
  • Oh and did we mention the field? This year it includes the Number 1 player in the World Golf Rankings and the reigning FedExCup Champion, Justin Rose, 9 major champions, including 2016 Masters Champion Danny Willett, 2011 Masters Champion Charl Schwartzel and 2010 US Open Champion Graeme McDowell, 11 past Desert Classic champions, including two time winner Phil Mickelson and last years defending champion, Jon Rahm, and the winners of 234 total PGA Tour Tournaments. 

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Jan. 12, 2019

New Listing: Remodeled Palm Desert Resort Country Club Poolside Condo


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Prime location...just a short stroll to the clubhouse and well out of ball strike zone. This home sits on a greenbelt incorporating one of the community pools and spas, with the Coachella Valley's Chocolate and Santa Rosa Mountains as the backdrop. This recently renovated condo features two master bedrooms with large walk in closets, newer tile & laminate floors throughout, vaulted ceilings, newer furniture and in-suite laundry. The kitchen has been renovated with newer cabinets, slab granite counters, fixtures and appliances. The bathrooms have been remodeled with newer cabinets, fixtures, slab granite counters, tile backsplashes & tiled showers. It is being offered turnkey furnished. A carport is attached and a  garage can be added, with HOA approval. Great rental property too as Palm Desert Resort Country Club allows short term rentals. This guard-gated community of 960 privately owned homes has an 18 hole regulation golf course, a 42,000 square-foot, full service clubhouse, featuring a lounge and dining room, 14 lighted tennis and pickle ball courts and 20 community pools and spas.

Features of this Home at A Glance:

  • Palm Desert Resort Country Club Remodeled Poolside Condo
  • 1,177 Sq Ft, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms
  • Open Floor Plan With 2 Master Bedroom Suites
  • Vaulted Ceilings & Newer Tile & Laminate Floors Throughout
  • Remodeled Kitchen With Newer Cabinets, Slab Granite Counters & Appliances
  • Remodeled Bathrooms With Newer Cabinets, Slab Granite Counters, Fixtures, Tile Backsplashes & Tiled Showers
  • 18 Hole Regulation Golf Course, 14 Lighted Tennis & Pickle Ball Courts & 20 Heated Community & Spas
  • HOA Allows Short Term Rentals

MLS# 218036014 | Listed at $249,900 | For more details, photos & 3D Virtual Tour, please visit:

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Jan. 12, 2019

Open House - Upgraded St. Augustine Pool & Casita Home

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Open House: Sat Jan 12th & Sun Jan 13th from Noon to 3 pm at 35206 Vista Del Monte (St. Augustine), Rancho Mirage

Beautifully upgraded and immaculately maintained home in Rancho Mirage's desirable, gated St. Augustine community. This home is Ashbrook Communities' popular Residence Three floor plan, with 4 bedrooms (one being a detached casita with an ensuite bathroom), office, 5 bathrooms, 3-car garage and loggia. Interior upgrades include: slate & hardwood floors in main living areas, carpeted bedrooms, french patio doors, travertine floor & counter in master bath, custom closet organizers in the master bedroom, air conditioned garage and more. Exterior upgrades include paver stone front courtyard deck, stacked stone accents, large pool & spa, built-in BBQ, putting green and more. The St. Augustine community contains 7.5 acres of park-like greenbelt boasting lush rolling grounds with lighted and paved walking paths, water features, a playground, 2 tennis courts, sitting areas and picnic tables, all with stunning Mount San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountain views. And, only a 10 minute drive to Palm Springs International Airport and the I-10 freeway. Low HOA dues. St. Augustine residents also pay Rancho Mirage residents' steeply discounted green fees at the Mission Hills Pete Dye Resort and Gary Player Signature golf courses. Must be seen to be appreciated. Please call us at (760) 422-4030 to schedule a showing.

MLS# 218028846 | Listed at $749,900 | For more details, photos & a 3D Virtual Tour, please visit:

Co-Listed By:  The Briggs Group, Laurie & Tim Briggs CalDRE# 01896117 & 01898254, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices CA Properties, CalDRE# 02043759, Telephone (760) 422-4030, Email: & Loan Ly, Realtor, CalDRE# 01721686, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices CA Properties, CalDRE# 02043759, Telephone: (760) 413-3393, Email:

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Jan. 9, 2019

How Do California Renters View Homeownership


According to data from the California Association of Realtors® 2018 State of the California Consumer Survey, despite affordability challenges, California renters continue to hold home ownership in high regard and aspire to purchase a home eventually. 

What do California renters feel are the advantages of homeownership:

  •         21% of California renters felt that home ownership provides a good, long term investment;
  •         19% of California renters felt that home ownership would give them the freedom to do what they want with their home; and
  •         12% of California renters felt that home ownership provides the stability to put down roots.

What is hindering California renters from becoming homeowners:

  •         Only 40% of renters are familiar with the credit and loan criteria needed to purchase a home;
  •         14% of California renters were under the impression that more than 50% down payment was required to buy a home; and
  •         Nearly 40% of California renters believe that more than 20% is required to become a homeowner.

The bottom line: Misconceptions result in many California renters delaying their home purchase or giving up on their dream of owning a home. If you’re a renter, talk to your Realtor® to find out how you can become a homeowner.

Jan. 8, 2019

New Listing: Beautifully Remodeled Golf Course, Pond & Mountain View Condo


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This beautifully updated home invites you to relax and enjoy the stunning westerly views of Mt San Jacinto and the Santa Rosa Mountains from the extended patio with Aluma-Wood type cover.  Situated directly across the pond from the 8th Fairway, enjoy watching golf from a comfortable distance.  Slab granite counters, newer kitchen cabinets, updated bathrooms, tile floors throughout the main living space with comfy carpeting in the bedrooms and custom plantation shutters.  One of the most popular floor plans in the community and this home is being sold turn key furnished (per seller's inventory)! This Augusta - Plan 10 condo is a must see.  Salt water pool directly across the street. Heated to 86 degrees November-May. Second pool is up the street, on the golf course with a bathroom.  Palm Desert Resort Country Club is a gate-guarded community of 960 privately owned homes with an 18 hole regulation golf course, a 42,000 square-foot, full service clubhouse, featuring a lounge and dining room, 20 pools and spas and 14 lighted tennis and pickle ball courts. As an added benefit for potential investors or those buyers looking to cover some of their carrying costs, short term rentals are allowed. 

Features Of This Home At A Glance:

  • Renovated Palm Desert Resort CC Golf Course Condo
  • 1,091 Sq Ft, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms
  • Newer Kitchen Cabinets, Slab Granite Counters & Backsplash, Tile Floors
  • New Bathrooms Cabinets, Fixtures, Tile Showers & Floors
  • West Facing Extended, Tiled & Covered (Aluma-wood) Rear Patio
  • Stunning West & South Golf Course, Pond & Mountain Views
  • Offered Furnished (Per Inventory)
  • 18 Hole Public Golf Course & Clubhouse, 20 Community Pools/Spas & Lighted Tennis Courts

MLS# 218034582 | Listed at $255,000 | For more details, photos & a 3D Virtual Tour, please visit:

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