HUMANA CHALLENGE WILL BE HERE SOON!

HUMANA CHALLENGE WILL BE HERE SOON!

 

HUMANA CHALLENGE

 

I captured this shot at PGA West today.  The Humana Challenge is coming to La Quinta and the tents, signs, and bleachers are going up! 

Our home course, La Quinta Country Club will also be hosting the amateurs and pros! It is my favorite week of the year and I can hardly wait!

For a list of the pros playing in the Humana this year, click here:  Humana Pros

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Mountains in your backyard at PGA West!

Mountains in your backyard at

PGA West

PGA WEST HOMESPGA WEST HOMES

 

On our real estate caravan today at PGA West, we toured 8 homes at PGA Legends and Palmer Private

 The homes range from contemporary to traditional and are priced from $489,000 to $895,000 with 3-4 bedrooms and most with 3.5 baths.

One thing they all have in common is the incredible backdrop of the Santa Rosa mountains. If you want mountains in your backyard… this is the place for you!

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Should You Buy a Home with Stairs in the Desert?

Should You Tell Your Buyers NOT to Buy a Home with Stairs?

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I live and work in the beautiful resort and golf communities near the Palm Springs area of California- particularly in the La Quinta neighborhoods.  We are blessed with incredibly beautiful views and homes, and with the economy and market improving… the baby-boomers are back and ready to find their perfect second home.

Today I showed homes to a couple from LA in the PGA West neighborhood of Palmer Private.  Half of the homes in their price range had bedrooms upstairs, and some had stairs as you entered, and the full condo on the second floor.

I don’t encourage buyers to buy homes with stairs because: 

Number 1:  They are difficult to sell in our market

Number 2:  As we age, stairs become an issue.

Number 3:  They are difficult to sell in our market.

This couple seem very open to the idea of a condo with stairs. They are my age, (late forties-early fifties), and probably never had an ankle injury (crutches) or knee surgery.  They still think stairs are fun, (and great exercise!)

With the average age of second home buyers in their mid to late sixties… no wonder the condos and homes with stairs are a tough sell. There are many options without stairs… that will be much more marketable down the road.  As builders wised up to the older buyer here, they focused on single level structures.

The views may be fabulous… but should I tell them NOT to buy a home with stairs?

Know your Inventory by Previewing!

Preview, PREVIEW, preVIEW, and PREview!

SchoweProperties.comYears ago when I started in real estate I worked with a broker who “suggested” that we go look at 10 homes a day.  I thought that was a bit much… but I get it now. She was absolutely right!

There is no better way to ramp up your game, start real estate conversations, deepen your local knowledge, and become the neighborhood expert than to PREVIEW, preview, Preview, and then preVIEW all the homes in your area of concentration.PGA West Homes

I have just started with a new brokerage, California Lifestyle Realty, that is affiliated with the La Quinta Resort & Spa and PGA West.  It is a La Quinta based operation and it features homes in The Citrus Golf ClubSanta Rosa CoveDuna La Quinta, and all of the PGA West properties.  This is a perfect fit for me because of my golf background… and I live right in the middle of these neighborhoods.

Although I have played all 9 of the golf courses at La Quinta Resort and PGA West, I have not been inside homes in all of the neighborhoods. PGA West has over 5000 homes alone!  My job right now is to go see houses… everyday.   
Our Schowe Properties team has been previewing daily in 100*+ weather…but it is so important.  I will be prepared for my first floor time on August 1st, and I will KNOW these homes!  This won’t be the end… because we still will need to preview, Preview, PREVIEW, and then preVIEW some more!

It is the best thing you can do for your business!