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April 7, 2020

March 2020 Palm Springs Area Real Estate Market Update

The local real estate market experts at Market Watch LLC just released their March Desert Housing Report. Not surprisingly, it starts with a section titled "The Coronavirus Changed Everything". Some highlights:

The Coronavirus Changed Everything: Market Watch began the March Desert Housing Report by stating that it reflects the Coachella Valley’s housing market through the end of March. Because the data uses three-month averages to reduce monthly variance, the prices and sales shown are the average of January, February and March (before the coronavirus crisis). So, it shows a very healthy housing market, with one of the strongest outlooks that Market Watch has seen. However, everything changed on March 18th, when the California statewide stay at home order came into effect. Market Watch recognized that the metrics for normal housing markets won't work well during this crisis and so are developing custom metrics specifically for it. Primarily, the measurements will be much shorter in duration, so they will show rapid changes in the market. An example of this is shown below:

 

Market Watch noted that pending sales (where a property is under contract and all contingencies have been removed) precede real sales by about 14 days. The chart above plots a four-week (28 day) moving average of sales against a four-week moving average of pending sales (with the pending sales moved forward two weeks). The chart shows the rapid drop in pending sales since Governor Newson issued the state's stay at home order. The red line in the chart, which is pending sales moved forward two weeks, points to where real sales (blue line) will be in about two weeks. Currently real sales are averaging 28 units a day; by April 17th they should be under 20 units.

Coachella Valley Median Detached Home Price: The Coachella Valley detached home median price in March was $431,200 (an increase of 3.9% year-over-year). The detached home median price has been rising along a 4.25% growth curve for the last six years. Market Watch noted that it is normal for detached home median prices to increase between 4 to 5 percent per year, which shows that our market is not experiencing any price excesses as a number of writers have spoken about. Market Watch also noted that before the coronavirus crisis, detached home median prices were following the usual seasonal pattern of prices peaking sometime in May and dropping by the end of summer.

 

 

Coachella Valley Attached Median Price: The Coachella Valley’s attached home median price in March was $294,708 (an increase of 1.6% year-over-year). Market Watch pointed out the very strong seasonal pattern in these attached home median prices, with the seasonal change ranging from 10% to 15% from top to bottom just due to seasonal factors. Market Watch did note that this pattern will probably be interrupted by the current situation.

 

 

12 Month Change In City Median Prices: The changes in detached home median prices by city in March ranged from +11% in Desert Hot Springs to -20% in Indian Wells. Seven cities showed positive gains while two, Rancho Mirage and Indian Wells, were negative. The detached home median price in Palm Springs was 13% over its all-time price high in 2005/6. Changes in attached home median prices in each city showed wider variation. If Desert Hot Springs is ignored (because it only has a few attached homes), changes in attached home median prices ranged from +6.3% in La Quinta to -17.5% in Rancho Mirage.

 

 

Monthly Sales – Three Month Trailing Average: Total home sale over the last three months (short enough a period to show seasonality and long enough to dampen meaningless monthly changes) were 761 units per month in March (an increase of 3.6% over the total sales of 734 units in March 2019). Detached home sales were 502 units per month (an increase of 3.3% year-over-year) and attached home sales were 260 units per month (an increase of 4.4% year-over-year). Market Watch did note that the fact that March home sales were flat compared to February home sales shows the effects of the coronavirus crisis on the Coachella Valley market (because March sales in past years were higher than February sales).

 

Home Sales By City: Market Watch noted that the increase in Coachella Valley home sales was not evenly spaced through all the cities. The largest increase (on a percentage basis) was in La Quinta, with 139 units sold (an increase of 27% from 109 units per month in March 2019). Cathedral City home sales were up 23% year-over-year, Rancho Mirage home sales were up 22% year-over-year and Palm Springs home sales were up 8% year-over-year.

 

Home Sales By Price Range: Market Watch noted that with the exception of home sales in the $700,000 to $800,000 price range, home sales were up in every price range above $300,000. Market Watch pointed out that sales of homes priced over $1 million dollars were up 22% year-over-year.

 

Coachella Valley Inventory: Inventory on April 1st was 3,043 units (729 units less than the inventory of 3,772 on April 1st, 2019). Market Watch stated that increased home sales and low inventory pointed to another strong year for Coachella Valley housing, before the coronavirus crisis hit.

 

Days in the Market and Months of Sales: Market Watch noted that on April 1st, the two important metrics, days on the market (54 days on April 1st versus 70 days on April 1st, 2019) and the months of sales ratio (3.7 months on April 1st versus 4.7 months on April 1st, 2019), were both very positive (but did not yet reflect the effects of the coronavirus crisis).

 

Months of Sales by Price Range: Market Watch noted that month of sales ratios decreased in all price brackets from $200,000 to over one million dollars (with a 35.8% decrease in the months of supply ratio for homes priced above one million dollars).

 

Months of Sales by City: On April 1st, the month of sales ratio in every one of the Coachella Valley’s nine cities showed improvement compared to one year ago. The largest improvements were in Indio, where the ratio went from 3.8 months down to 2.8, and La Quinta, where the ratio went from 6.1 months to 4.2 months.

 

Sale Price Discount from List: The March Sale Price Discount from List was -1.9% (down 0.4% year-over-year), which implies that an average home in the region offered at $400,000 sold for $392,400.

 

 

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Posted in Market Updates
April 6, 2020

How Will The Coronavirus Pandemic Impact Home Prices

We're getting asked a lot about the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on home prices. We're in uncharted waters but wanted to share the California Association of Realtors® (C.A.R.) take on things...

"C.A.R. is still forecasting a modest increase in the median home price for 2020, but the current outlook for home prices is difficult to assess in this rapidly changing environment. 

On one hand, lower mortgage rates will make homebuying more attractive — particularly for first-time homebuyers and for lower-priced homes generally, as those home typically rely on debt financing in much larger proportions that investment properties, second homes and luxury properties. 

At the same time, there have been significant negative wealth effects in the wake of market fluctuations. This will reduce demand from homebuyers who were relying on financial market wealth as a source of funds for luxury homes, second homes and investment properties. There might also be counter-vailing effects as some investors seek refuge from turbulent financial markets in real estate. 

The net effect of these various forces remains to be seen. Currently, C.A.R. expects negative economic growth during the second quarter of 2020 (and possibly the first), and C.A.R. has modeled scenarios where the negative effects on consumer confidence outweigh the positive effects of lower interest rates such that home prices shrink back from their current highs. Such a scenario is contingent upon the coronavirus deteriorating beyond what is currently envisioned with the infection progressing into the summer with peak cases not being reached until the third quarter."

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Posted in Market Updates
April 2, 2020

April 2020 Edition Of The Guide Magazine Now Available

 

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If you want to know what's happening (or sadly and more accurately what was going to happen) in the Greater Palm Springs area in April, then check out the April edition of Palm Springs Life Magazine’s The Guide. The editor does advise checking with any event organizers to determine the status of any events mentioned in The Guide. Here’s a peak at what’s inside: 

·         The Guide | Go Big And Go Home:  Learn about the massive multimedia Installation local artist Christopher Cichocki has planned for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (rescheduled to October 9-11 and 16-18).  

·         The Guide / Q & A | Wild At Heart:  Meet Heather Down, Animal Care Curator at The Living Desert, and learn a little bit about her and her cool job.

·         The Guide | Hey Shorty: A look at some of the shorter golf courses in the Coachella Valley, perfect for time-crunched beginners or better players needing to tune up their short game, like Shadow Hills Golf Club’s North Course in Indio, the First Tee in Palm Desert, Palm Royale Country Club in La Quinta and the Pebble Course at Cimarron Golf Resort in Cathedral City.

·         The Guide | Child’s Play:  Some suggestions for Spring Break activities for the kids, including riding on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, checking out the interactive exhibits and programs at The  Children’s Discovery Museum Of The Desert and visiting (or even pulling a Dr Doolittle and  talking with) the animals at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens.

·         The Guide | The Right Stuffed:  Get ready for some suggestions on places to celebrate National Burrito Month, including Fresh Agave in Palm Desert, El Tranvia in Coachella and Wexler’s Deli at the Arrive Palm Springs hotel.

·         The Guide / Calendar: Gives you 49 things you could have done in the Greater Palm Springs area in April, such as The ANA Inspiration (April 2-5), the Indian Wells Arts Festival (April 3-5), the Open Call Talent Project (April 16-18) and of course the biggies, the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (April 10-12 & 17-19) and Stagecoach (April 24-26).

·         The Guide / Concierge: Your guide to everything, including restaurants, arts, attractions, events, nightlife and much more, in the Greater Palm Springs area.

·         The Guide / Horoscope: See what astrologist, Sherryl Nova, sees in store for you in April.

The April 2020 edition of The Guide Magazine is now available free of charge, in print at select locations across the Coachella Valley, and online. To read the April edition of The Guide, please visit: https://digital-palmspringslife.com/guide/2020-april/

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April 1, 2020

New Listing: South Palm Desert Marrakesh Country Cub Golf Course Home

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Located behind the gates of historic Marrakesh Country Club, noted for it's John Elgin Woolf designed Hollywood Regency style architecture and color scheme incorporating a Moroccan desert inspired pink. Nestled on a quiet cul-de-sac, across the street from one of the 14 community pools, this spacious home offers stunning golf course, Chocolate and Santa Rosa Mountain views. You enter through a large, private south facing courtyard that serves as an amazing outdoor living area. Once inside, you'll enjoy 10 foot ceilings and walls of glass overlooking a covered rear patio that in turn overlooks the manicured 13th Fairway and the stunning Chocolate Mountains to the north and the Santa Rosa Mountains to the west. The home features two master bedroom suites each with remodeled en-suite bathrooms featuring newer cabinets, granite counters and fixtures, walk in closets and patio doors accessing the rear patio for one of the master bedroom suites and the front courtyard for the other.  There is a third bedroom that currently serves a s an office. The bedrooms, living room and dining room feature newer carpet on the floors. There is an oversized two car garage, with plenty of room for storage. Marrakesh County Club is located in desirable south Palm Desert close to The Living Desert, El Paseo, McCallum Theatre, College of the Desert, Westfield Mall and many more of the Greater Palm Springs area's attractions, events, golf courses, hiking trails and cycling trails. Make this your desert dream home! 

Features Of This Home At A Glance:

  •        Great South Palm Desert Location
  •        Located Behind The Gates Of Historic Marrakesh Country Club
  •    John Elgin Woolf Designed Hollywood Regency Style
  •        2,427 Sq Ft, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms
  •        Walls Of Glass Overlooking 13th Fairway
  •        Stunning Chocolate & Santa Rosa Mountain Views
  •        Space Accentuating 10 Foot Ceilings
  •        Two Master Bedroom Suites With Remodeled Bathrooms, Walk-in Closets & Patio Access
  •        Newer Carpet In Bedrooms, Living & Dining Rooms

MLS# 219041394 | Listed at $538,000 | For more details, photos, 3D virtual tour and a floor plan, please visit: www.47114elmenara.com

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Posted in Our Listings
March 31, 2020

What's Coming To Disney+ In April 2020

The Walt Disney Company has officially announced April’s Disney+ line up, according to whatsondisneyplus.com. The list includes all new originals plus new library content:  

April 1

New Library Titles: Doctor Doolittle | Frankenweenie | The Last Song | Mars Needs Moms | The Odd Life Of Timothy Green | Prom 

April 3

New Library Titles: A Tale of Two Critters | In a Nutshell | Don’s Fountain of Youth | Don’s Fountain of Youth | Donald’s Dog Laundry | Double Dribble | Dragon Around | Elmer Elephant | Fish Hooks (S1-3) | How to Play Football | Lambert, The Sheepish Lion | On Ice | Out of Scale | Penguins | Pluto’s Party | Sea Scouts | Sonny with a Chance (S1-3) | The Boy Who Talked to Badgers | The New Neighbor |  | The Small One | The Straight Story | Pixar’s Onward

Disney+ Originals: Dolphin Reef | Elephant | In the Footsteps of Elephant | Making Of Elephant | Life on the Edge - Penguins Behind the Scenes | Diving with Dolphins - Dolphin Reef Behind the Scenes | Star Wars: The Clone Wars Episode 707 - Dangerous Debt | Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings Finale - Episode 208 - Marry ME | Shop Class Episode 106 - Downhill Derby | Disney Family Sundays Episode 122 - Minnie Mouse: Apron | One Day At Disney Episode 118 - Patti Murin: Frozen Musical, Broadway | Be Our Chef Episode 102 - Diagnosis: Delicious | Disney Insider - Episode 3 

April 10

New Library Titles: Life Below Zero (S14) | Paradise Island (S1) | Playtime with Puppy Dog Pals (S1) | Running Wild with Bear Grylls (S5) | Tut’s Treasures: Hidden Secrets (S1)

Disney+ Originals: A Celebration of the Music from Coco | Star Wars: The Clone Wars Episode 708 - Together Again | Disney Family Sundays Episode 119 - Minnie Mouse: Kit | Shop Class Episode 107 - Ready for Launch | One Day At Disney Episode 119 - Francheska Roman: Candy Maker | Be Our Chef Episode 103 - Hidden Within | Disney Insider - Episode 4 

April 12

New Library Titles: PJ Masks (S3) 

April 17

New Library Titles: Brain Games (S8) | Let’s Stick Together | Mickey and the Roadster Racers: Nutty Tales (S1-2) | Pluto’s Purchase | The Incredible Dr. Pol (S16)

Disney+ Originals: Star Wars: The Clone Wars Episode 709 - Old Friends Not Forgotten | Shop Class Finale - Episode 108 - Build Your Own Adventure | Disney Family Sundays Episode 124 - Finding Nemo: Terrarium | One Day At Disney Episode 120 - Steve Sligh: Gold Oak Ranch Manager | Be Our Chef Episode 104 - Curiouser and Curiouser | Disney Insider - Episode 5 

April 19

New Library Titles: Just Roll with It (S1) 

April 20

New Library Titles: Secrets of the Zoo: Tampa (S1) 

April 22

New Library Titles: Fury Files | Jane Goodall: The Hope 

April 23

New Library Titles: Disney Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure (S3) 

April 24

New Library Titles: America’s Funniest Home Videos (S12-19, 23) | Man in Space | Mars and Beyond | The Olympic Elk

Disney+ Originals: Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Episode 710 - The Phantom Apprentice | Disney Family Sundays Episode 125 - WALL•E: Recycling Container | One Day At Disney Episode 121 - Tia Kratter: Pixar University | Be Our Chef Episode 105 - Beyond the Reef 

To read the original whatsondisneyplus.com article, pleas visit: https://whatsondisneyplus.com/whats-coming-to-disney-in-april/

March 31, 2020

What's New on Hulu in April 2020

Cordcutter.com’s Phil Nickinson recently took a look at what’s new on Hulu in April 2020. Phil singles out the third and final season of Future Man, Academy Award Best Picture winner, Parasite, Little Joe, Mrs America and What We Do In The Shadows as some of his favorite picks. Here’s the full schedule:  

April 1

Kabukicho Sherlock: Complete Season 1 (DUBBED) (Funimation) | 60 Days In: Narcoland: Complete Season 1 (A&E) | 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After?: Complete Season 4 (TLC) | Alone: Complete Season 6 (History) | Breaking Amish: Complete Seasons 2 & 3 (TLC) | Bring It!: Complete Season 5 (Lifetime) | Chopped: Complete Season 36 (Food Network) | Cutthroat Kitchen: Complete Season 12 (Food Network) | Dance Moms: Complete Seasons 2 & 6 (Lifetime) | Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives: Complete Seasons 27 – 29 (Food Network) | Dr. Pimple Popper: Complete Season 3 (TLC) | Fast N' Loud: Complete Season 13 (Discovery) | Fixer Upper (How We Got to Here: Looking Back on Fixer Upper): Special (HGTV) | Forged in Fire: Complete Season 6 (History) | Gold Medal Families: Complete Season 1 (Lifetime) | Hidden Potential: Complete Season 1 (HGTV) | House Hunters: Complete Season 120 (HGTV) | Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole: Complete Season 1 (A&E) | Little Women: Atlanta: Complete Season 5 (Lifetime) | Little Women: LA: Complete Seasons 7 & 8 (Lifetime) | Love It or List It: Complete Season 14 (HGTV) | Married at First Sight: Complete Season 9 (FYI) | Marrying Millions: Complete Season 1 (Lifetime) | Property Brothers: Complete Seasons 10 & 11 (HGTV) | Taken at Birth: Complete Season 1 (TLC) | The Family Chantel: Complete Season 1 (TLC) | The Food That Built America: Complete Season 1 (History) | The Kitchen: Complete Seasons 16 – 18 (Food Network) | Til Death Do Us Part: Complete Season 1 (ID) | TRANsitioning: Complete Season 1 (FYI) | The Ant Bully (2006) | Bangkok Dangerous (2008) | Bend It Like Beckham (2003) | Blazing Saddles (1974) | The Book Of Eli (2010) | The Boost (1988) | The Chumscrubber (2005) | Diary of a Hitman (1991) | Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who (2008) | Dr. T. and the Women (2000) | The Eternal (1998)  | Free Birds (2013) | The Full Monty (1997) | Fun in Acapulco (1963) | Gator (1976)  | Get Smart (2008) | Gods and Monsters (1998)  | Gorky Park (1983) | Hud (1963) | Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003) | Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004) | The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) | Let Me In (2010) | Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) | The Mexican (2001) | Misery (1990) | Moll Flanders (1996) | Phone Booth (2003) |  | Repentance (2014) | Risky Business (1983) | Romancing the Stone (1984) | The Jewel of the Nile (1985) | The Sender (1982) | Shirley Valentine (1989) | Spider-Man (2002) | Trapped: The Alex Cooper Story (2019) | Victoria Gotti: My Father's Daughter (2019) | Who Let The Dogs Out (2019) | The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008) | Zombieland (2009)

April 3

Future Man: Complete Final Season (Season 3) (Hulu) | Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell: Complete Season 4 (Adult Swim) | Siren: Season 3 Premiere (Freeform)

April 6

Too Cautious Hero: Complete Season 1 (DUBBED) (Funimation)

April 7

No Guns Life: Complete Season 1 (DUBBED) (Funimation)

April 8

Parasite (2019)

April 9

Who Wants to be a Millionaire?: Series Premiere (ABC) | Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life: Complete Season 2a (DUBBED) (Funimation) | Little Joe (2019)

April 10

Real Housewives of Potomac: Complete Season 4 (Bravo)

April 12

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: Complete Season 9B (Discovery Family) | My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic en Español: Complete Season 9B (Discovery Family)

April 14

The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart: Series Premiere (ABC) | The Baker and the Beauty: Series Premiere (ABC) | Songland: Season 2 Premiere (NBC) | Vault (2019) | Unlocked (2017)

April 15

Mrs. America: Series Premiere (FX on Hulu) | The Masked Singer: Sing-Along Spectacular: Special (Fox) | A Teacher (2013) | The Messenger (2009)

April 16

What We Do In The Shadows: Season 2 Premiere (FX) | Harry Benson: Shoot First (2016)

April 20

Fargo: Season 4 Premiere (FX) | Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) | A Kind Of Murder (2016)

April 22

Special-7: Complete Season 1 (DUBBED) (Funimation)

April 23

Cunningham (2019)

April 24

Abominable (2019)

April 29

Footloose (2011)

April 30

2020 Billboard Music Awards: Special (NBC)

Phil also includes what’s available in April on Hulu with the STARZ add-on. To read Phil’s original article courtesy of Cordcutter.com, please visit: https://www.cordcutters.com/whats-new-hulu-april-2020?_ga=2.6350514.1665282318.1585683082-675093758.1585683082

March 31, 2020

Movies and Shows Coming to Prime in April

Since we’re staying at home and staying safe, there are no large scale public events happening anywhere in Southern California in April. But we wanted to pass on some useful information: a list of the new movies and shows coming to Amazon in April.

New seasons of some great dramas and documentary series lead the list of new offerings included with a Prime membership for April. AS well there are some well-regarded films and a new family series, too. Here are Amazon’s picks as their favorites:

1.       Bosch (Prime Original), Season 4 - April 13 

2.       All or Nothing: A Season with the Dallas Cowboys (Prime Original) - April 27

3.       All or Nothing: The Michigan Wolverines (Prime Original) - April 6

4.       Pass Over (Prime Original) - April 20

5.     The Florida Project - April 6

6.       The Killing of a Sacred Deer - April 5 

7.       The Missing, Season 2 - April 2

8.       Vikings, Season 5 - April 24

9.       Red Rock, Season 3 - April 23

10.   Little Big Awesome (Prime Original) - April 27

As a Prime member, you also can watch everything else coming to Prime in April:

April 1

30 Beats (2012) | 52 Pick-Up (1986) | A Simple Plan (1998) | Basic Instinct (1992) | Brooklyn's Finest (2009) | Carrie (1976) | Danny Roane: First Time Director (2007) | Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) | Drugstore Cowboys (1989) | Escape from New York (1981) | Eye for an Eye (1996) | Flashback (1990) | For a Few Dollars More (1967) | Fred 3: Camp Fred (2012) | Fred: Night of the Living Fred (2011) | Fred: The Movie (2010) | Friday the 13th (1980) | Funny About Love (1990) | Gamer (2009) | Hangman (2017) | Hellbenders 3D (2012) | Internal Affairs (1990) | Kickboxer (1989) | Ladybugs (1992) | Life Stinks (1991) | Marathon Man (1976) | Married to the Mob (1988) | Meatballs (1979) | Miami Blues (1990) | Mystery Team (2009) | Mystic River (2003) | Paranormal Activity (2007) | Philadelphia (1993) | Prancer (1989) | Project Nim (2011) | Quigley Down Under (1990) | Red State (2012) | Salsa (1988) | Shanghai Surprise (1986) | She's Having a Baby (1988) | Sleepers (1996) | Small Soldiers (1998) | Snake Eyes (1998) | Spaceballs (1987) | Stand Up Guys (2012) | Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002) | Steel Magnolias (1989) | Superstar (1999) | Tenderness (2009) | Texas Chainsaw Massacre II (1986) | The Big Wedding (2013) | The Conspirator (2011) | The Dogs of War (1981) | The Foot Fist Way (2008) | The Karate Kid (1984) | The King of Comedy (1982) | The Man in the Moon (1991) | The Marc Pease Experience (2009) | The Phantom (1996) | The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999) | The Replacements (2000) | The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) | The Winning Season (2010) | Throw Momma from the Train (1987) | Trading Mom (1984)
Troy (2004) | Up in Smoke (1978) | Uptown Girls (2003) | Warpath (1951) | Wayne's World 2 (1993) | Wishmaster (1997) | Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies (1999) | Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell (2001) | Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled (2002)

April 2

Chavela (2017)

April 10

Hours (2013)

 

April 12

I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009)

April 15

Fame (2009)

April 18

Aida's Secrets (2016)

April 25

The Vanishing of Sidney Hall (2017)

To read the Amazon Prime announcement about their new movies and shows in April, please visit: https://www.amazon.com/primeinsider/video/coming-pv-april.html 

March 31, 2020

Netflix's New Releases Coming in April

No surprise but since we’re under both a California stay at home order and a Federal social distancing advisory, there aren’t any events to calendar in a Calendar of Events. We wanted to give you a some useful information…so here it is…a sneak peek at what’s coming to Netflix in April, courtesy of Katherine Schaffstall at The Hollywood Reporter.

Katherine writes that Netflix has announced a number of titles that will be added throughout the month of April. This includes original movies (like Coffee & Kareem, The Main Event, Tiger Tail, Sergio, The Willoughbys, Extraction and Rich in Love), new seasons of original shows (like Nailed It, La casa de papel, Hi Score Girl, Fauda, The House of Flowers, After Life, Hello Ninja and The Last Kingdom), new series (like Never Have I Ever, The Midnight Gospel, #blackAF, Outer Banks and Brews Brothers) and movies (like Can't Hardly Wait, all four Lethal Weapon films, Just Friends, Taxi Driver, the Matrix trilogy, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Social Network, Mud, Sherlock Holmes, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Despicable Me and The Artist). 

Here is the complete list of Netflix's April TV show and movie additions:

April 1

40 Days and 40 Nights | Bloodsport | Cadillac Records | Can't Hardly Wait | Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke | Community: Season 1-6 | David Batra: Elefanten I Rummet | The Death of Stalin | Deep Impact | The Girl With All the Gifts | God's Not Dead | The Hangover | How to Fix a Drug Scandal | The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show | Just Friends | Killer Klowns From Outer Space | Kim's Convenience: Season 4 | Lethal Weapon |  Lethal Weapon 2 | Lethal Weapon 3 | Lethal Weapon 4 | The Matrix | The Matrix Reloaded | The Matrix Revolutions | Minority Report | Molly's Game | Mortal Kombat | Mud | Nailed It!: Season 4 | The Perks of Being a Wallflower | Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon: S3: Sun & Moon – Ultra Legends | Promised Land | Road to Perdition | The Roommate | The Runaways | Salt | School Daze | Sherlock Holmes | The Social Network | Soul Plane | Sunderland 'Til I Die: Season 2 | Sunrise in Heaven | Taxi Driver | Wildling

April 2

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly | Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll

April 3

Coffee & Kareem | La casa de papel: Part 4 | Money Heist: The Phenomenon | Spirit Riding Free: Riding Academy | StarBeam

April 4

Angel Has Fallen

April 5

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

April 6

The Big Show Show

April 7

Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020: Part 3

April 9

Hi Score Girl: Season 2

April 10

Brews Brothers | LA Originals | La vie scolaire | Love Wedding Repeat | The Main Event | Tigertail

April 11

Code 8

April 14

Chris D'Elia: No Pain

April 15

The Innocence Files | Outer Banks

April 16

Despicable Me | Fary: Hexagone: Season 2 | Fauda: Season 3 | Hail, Caesar! | Mauricio Meirelles: Levando o Caos | Jem and the Holograms

April 17

Betonrausch | #blackAF | Earth and Blood (La terre et le sang) | The Last Kids on Earth: Book 2 | Legado en los huesos | Sergio | Too Hot to Handle

April 18

The Green Hornet

April 20

Cooked With Cannabis | The Midnight Gospel | The Vatican Tapes

April 21

Bleach: The Assault | Bleach: The Bount | Middleditch & Schwartz

April 22

Absurd Planet | Circus of Books | El silencio del pantano | The Plagues of Breslau | The Willoughbys | Win the Wilderness

April 23

The House of Flowers: Season 3

April 24

After Life: Season 2 | Extraction | Hello Ninja: Season 2 | Yours Sincerely, Kanan Gill

April 25

The Artist | Django Unchained

April 26

The Last Kingdom: Season 4

April 27

Battle: Los Angeles | Never Have I Ever

April 29

A Secret Love | Extracurricular | Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story | Nadiya's Time to Eat | Summertime

April 30

Dangerous Lies | Drifting Dragons | The Forest of Love: Deep Cut | Rich in Love (Rico de Amor) | The Victims' Game

To read Katherine S Schaffstall’s original article, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, please visit: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/netflix-april-2020-new-releases-movies-tv-1285644/item/april-1-netflixs-new-releases-coming-april-2020-1285642

March 30, 2020

Home Is The Safest Place You Can Be Right Now

As you know, we’re being advised to stay home to the maximum extent possible until the end of April. Believe us, we know it’s tough…we’re going through it too…and with a labradoodle puppy no less. But home really is the safest place you can be right now. We are going to get through this together.  

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Posted in Desert Communities
March 26, 2020

Creating Functional Spaces In Your Home During The Coronavirus Outbreak

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), many of us are spending a lot more time at home. We’re all being called upon to avoid public spaces and practice social distancing to help slow the spread of this infectious disease. While it can be understandably challenging, there are ways you can modify your home and your lifestyle to make the best of this difficult situation.

Here are a few tips for creating comfortable and functional spaces within your home for work, school, and fitness. We also share some of our favorite ways to stay connected as a community, because we’re all in this together … and no one should face these trying times alone.

Begin with the Basics

A basic home emergency preparedness kit is a great addition to any home, even under normal circumstances. It should include items like water, non-perishable food, a flashlight, first aid kit, and other essentials you would need should you temporarily lose access to food, water, or electricity.

Fortunately, authorities don’t anticipate any serious interruptions to utilities or the food supply during this outbreak. However, it may be a good time to start gathering your emergency basics in a designated location, so you’ll be prepared now-—and in the future—should your family ever need them. 

Ready to start building an emergency kit for your home? Contact us for a free copy of our Home Emergency Preparation Checklist!

Working From Home

Many employees are being asked to work remotely. If you’re transitioning to a home office for the first time, it’s important to create a designated space for work … so it doesn’t creep into your home life, and vice versa. If you live in a small condominium or apartment, this may feel impossible. But try to find a quiet corner where you can set up a desk and comfortable chair. The simple act of separating your home and work spaces can help you focus during work hours and “turn off” at the end of the day. 

Of course, if you have children who are home with you all day (given many schools and daycares are now closed), separating your home and work life will be more difficult. Unless you have a partner who can serve as the primary caregiver, you will need to help manage the needs of your children while juggling work and virtual meetings.

If both parents are working from home, try alternating shifts, so you each have a designated time to work and to parent. If that’s not an option, experts recommend creating a schedule for your children, so they know when you’re available to play, and when you need to work.1 A red stop sign on the door can help remind them when you shouldn’t be disturbed. And for young children, blocking off a specific time each day for them to nap or have independent screen time can give you a window to schedule conference calls or work uninterrupted.

Homeschooling Your Children

Many parents with school-aged children will be taking on a new challenge: homeschooling. Similar to a home office, designating a space for learning activities can help your child transition between play and school. If you’re working from home, the homeschooling area would ideally be located near your workspace, so you can offer assistance and answer questions, as needed.

If possible, dedicate a desk or table where your child’s work can be spread out—and left out when they break for meals and snacks. Position supplies and materials nearby so they are independently accessible, and place a trash can and recycling bin within reach for easy cleanup. A washable, plastic tablecloth can help transition an academic space into an arts and crafts area.

If the weather is nice, try studying outside! A porch swing is a perfect spot for reading, and gardening in the backyard is a great addition to any science curriculum. 

In addition to creating an academic learning environment, find age-appropriate opportunities for your children to help with household chores and meal preparation. Homeschooling advocates emphasize the importance of developing life skills alongside academic ones.2 And with more meals and activities taking place at home, there will be ample opportunity for every family member to pitch in and help.

Staying Fit

With gyms closed and team sports canceled, it can be tempting to sit on the sofa and binge Netflix. However, maintaining the physical health and mental wellness of you and your family is crucial right now. Implementing a regular exercise routine at home can help with both.

If you live in a community where you can safely exercise outdoors while maintaining the recommended distance between you and other residents, try to get out as much as possible. If the weather is nice, go for family walks, jogs, or bike rides. 

Can’t get outside? Fortunately, you don’t need a home gym or fancy exercise equipment to stay fit. Look for a suitable space in your home, garage, or basement where you can comfortably move—you’ll probably need at least a 6’ x 6’ area for each person. Many cardio and strength training exercises require little (or no) equipment, including jumping jacks, lunges, and pushups. 

And if you prefer a guided workout, search for free exercise videos on YouTube—there are even options specifically geared towards kids—or try one of the many fitness apps available.

Socializing From a Distance

Even though we’re all being called upon to practice “social distancing” right now, there are still ways to stay safely connected to our communities and our extended families. Picking up the phone is a great place to start. Make an effort to reach out to neighbors and loved ones who live alone and may be feeling particularly isolated right now.

And while parties and playdates may be prohibited, modern technology offers countless ways to organize networked gatherings with family and friends. Try using group video conferencing tools like Google Hangouts and Zoom to facilitate a virtual happy hour or book club. Host a Netflix Party to watch (and chat about) movies with friends. Or plan a virtual game night and challenge your pals to a round of Psych or Yahtzee.

There are safe ways to connect offline, too. Rediscover the lost art of letter writing. Drop off groceries on an elderly neighbor’s porch. Or organize a neighborhood “chalk walk,” where children use sidewalk chalk to decorate their driveways and then head out for a stroll to view their friends’ artwork.

Of course, there’s one group of people who you can still socialize with freely—those who reside in your home. Family dinners are back, siblings are reconnecting, and many of us have been given the gift of time, with commutes, activities, and obligations eliminated. In fact, some families are finding that this crisis has brought them closer than ever. 

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

Even with all of the tools and technology available to keep us connected, many of us are still feeling stressed, scared, and isolated. However, you can rest assured that you are not alone. We’re not only here to help you buy and sell real estate. We want to be a resource to our clients and community through good times and bad, especially those of you who have secondary homes here and have gone home or are here and don't have the support network you have at home. If you and your family are in need of assistance, please reach out and let us know how we can help.

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Sources:

  1. CNBC -
    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/16/how-to-work-from-home-with-your-kids-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak.html
  2. TheHomeSchoolMom.com -
    https://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/benefits-of-homeschooling-2/
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