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Mortgage Rates - As of 12/19/14

by Rob Zwemmer

 

Inspiration For Today: Evaluate This!

by Rob Zwemmer

EVALUATE THIS!
 
So, when was the last test or exam that you took? Or have you experienced a recent evaluation of your work? Many of us, even if we're "the boss," have to go through a periodic appraisal of how well we carry out our jobs. Often, this assessment comes from outside - a supervisor "objectively" examines our performance. But what if you yourself could take the responsibility for your own evaluation?
 
The trouble with some people is that they give themselves poor grades, sometimes in spite of the fact that others may highly regard their work. Those who lack confidence in their own ability to lead and to succeed often dismiss evidence that clearly illustrates their potential. If you're not happy with your own work, it simply won't matter how others feel about it.
 
Remember that feelings don't depend on the facts. Feelings actually create the truth. Think of it this way: your feeling of confidence begins with the feeling, and it's that feeling that then creates the confidence! You become self-assured by first believing in yourself. You don't break out of the starting gate, dash first across the finish line, and then begin to believe you're a winner. That's putting the cart before the horse!
 
Beginning with the belief that you will succeed is the first and necessary step toward achieving your goal. Sometimes you will win and sometimes you will not, that's a fact of life. But as long as you carry your faith in yourself, you'll always possess that potential to win that some people simply lack. They haven't yet realized that improving their performance begins with improving their feelings about themselves.
 
Roy L. Smith said, "The man who cannot believe in himself cannot believe in anything else." So choose whatever goal your heart desires, but first choose to believe in your ability to reach it!

 


Desert Holiday Happenings

by Rob Zwemmer

It’s a Wonderful Life at La Quinta Resort & Club

La Quinta Resort & Club celebrates their annual tradition with holiday treats and a visit by Santa. Recreating the classic “It’s A Wonderful Life,” salutes Frank Capra’s holiday classic which he wrote while staying at the Resort. Come see the major multi-million resortation and the sights and sounds of the season throughout the grounds. Chestnuts are roasting every Friday in the lobby, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Holiday cooking classes and fudge demos, a holiday movie showing every Saturday at 8 p.m., menorah lighting Dec. 16 through Hanukkah and Christmas dinners at Morgan’s in the desert, Twenty6 and Adobe on Dec. 25.
Ring in New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, at all three restaurants with varying times and menus, while kids have fun at the Kid’s Kamp.

La Quinta Resort & Club, 49-499 Eisenhower Drive, La Quinta; (760) 564-4111, www.waldorfastoria.com/laquinta

Gingerbread Village at Miramonte Resort & Spa

Miramonte Resort & Spa's annual Gingerbread Village featuring an assembly of gingerbread houses created by valley residents and business partners who purchased “lots,” which benefit the Humane Society of the Desert. Gingerbread makers create a 51 percent edible house. The Village will remain on display at the resort through January 4, 2015.

-Miramonte Resort & Spa, 45-000 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells; (760) 341-2200, www.miramonteresort.com

New Year’s Eve at Bellatrix

Ring in New Year’s Eve under the stars at Bellatrix with a three-course dinner starting with Cinderella soup or candied kumquat salad, choice of vanilla poached lobster tail or garlic and herb roasted filet and dark chocolate Black Forest torte for dessert. Cost is $65 per person. Reservations from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

-Bellatrix at the Classic Club, 75200 Classic Club Blvd., Palm Desert, (760) 601-3690, www.classicclubgolf.com

Frozen Gingerbread Display at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort


Enjoy a “Frozen” gingerbread display in the lobby by the hotel’s acclaimed Pastry Chef Tiburcio Neri - inspired by Disney’s "Frozen". It took 300 hours to create from 300 pounds of dough, 150 pounds of flour, 50 pounds of icing, 300 pounds of sugar, 400 eggs and 70 figures. Cocktails and carols at R Bar for 12 days each day features a line of cocktails inspired by the Christmas carol, The 12 Days of Christmas. Partridge in a Pear Tree mixes Midori, pear vodka, St. Germain, juices, and Asian pear shavings. Celebrate Christmas Day with a three-course dinner alongside live entertainment until 9 p.m. at bluEmber. Enjoy spinach with candied figs, Panko-crusted sea bass and chocolate raspberry tower, $59 adults; $20 per child. Ring in the New Year with bluEmber’s five-course choice of menu with wines pairing including ahi tuna tartar, sweet potato gnocchi and gold-dusted chocolate decadence for $100 with pairing; $80 without per adult, and $45 per child.

- Omni Rancho Las Palmas, 41-000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage; (866) 423-1195, www.omnihotels.com/RanchoLasPalmas

Spotlight 29 Holiday


Christmas Day buffet at Café Capitata from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for $19.95 per person. Includes a fresh salad bar, homemade soups and Capitata’s seafood extravaganza with peel-and eat-shrimp. Entrees include roast turkey with giblet gravy, rosemary crusted prime rib, and braised short ribs. Assorted cakes, pies, chocolate dipped strawberries and sugar-free choices. Café Capitata offers is wide selection of buffet dishes including American favorites and a variety of international dishes including Asian, Italian and Mexican. Dinner served 5 p.m. to 1 p.m. for $23.95 and includes a glass of champagne.

Mortgage Rates - As of 12/12/14

by Rob Zwemmer

Inspiration For Today: Enjoy Pride of Ownership

by Rob Zwemmer

 

ENJOY PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP! 
 
Remember the day you made the decision to go to college? What about the day you decided to buy that sporty red car? Surely you remember the day you decided you would get married. What about your present career path? Did you purposely decide it's what you want to do? Do you remember making a conscious decision to have three children? 
 
Some decisions are relatively simple. You decide to buy a TV, go to the store, write a check - and it's yours. You own it! Other decisions are also easy to make, i.e. the red sports car, but carry a higher price. The decision comes quickly, but entails both a down payment and a commitment to make payments on time for several years. Again, you make the decision to buy and the car is yours - you own it! 
 
At some point in life come decisions that shouldn't have been made, but were, as well as those you should have withheld. In high school, a day of classes skipped may have resulted in grades lower than acceptable to your choice of colleges. Later, a poor choice of friends may have resulted in a blemish on your "permanent" record. As an adult, poor decision-making not only may reduce the quality of your life, but of those you love. 
 
Regardless, each decision made is yours to keep - you own it! You also own the responsibilities created by the decision, i.e. following a healthy lifestyle to stay trim, working two jobs to keep your commitment to the mortgage company, giving up poorly chosen friends and activities to provide your children with a happy, nurturing home life. 
 
Every decision made can turn positive or negative, depending on the actions taken once the decision has been made. Either way - making the decision is followed by ownership of the results. Does "pride of ownership" appeal to you? Buy it, own it, love it! 
 

ENJOY PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP!  Remember the day you made the decision to go to college? What about the day you decided to buy that sporty red car? Surely you remember the day you decided you would get married. What about your present career path? Did you purposely decide it's what you want to do? Do you remember making a conscious decision to have three children?  Some decisions are relatively simple. You decide to buy a TV, go to the store, write a check - and it's yours. You own it! Other decisions are also easy to make, i.e. the red sports car, but carry a higher price. The decision comes quickly, but entails both a down payment and a commitment to make payments on time for several years. Again, you make the decision to buy and the car is yours - you own it!  At some point in life come decisions that shouldn't have been made, but were, as well as those you should have withheld. In high school, a day of classes skipped may have resulted in grades lower than acceptable to your choice of colleges. Later, a poor choice of friends may have resulted in a blemish on your "permanent" record. As an adult, poor decision-making not only may reduce the quality of your life, but of those you love.  Regardless, each decision made is yours to keep - you own it! You also own the responsibilities created by the decision, i.e. following a healthy lifestyle to stay trim, working two jobs to keep your commitment to the mortgage company, giving up poorly chosen friends and activities to provide your children with a happy, nurturing home life.  Every decision made can turn positive or negative, depending on the actions taken once the decision has been made. Either way - making the decision is followed by ownership of the results. Does "pride of ownership" appeal to you? Buy it, own it, love it!  

 

"Uncorked" in Rancho Mirage

by Rob Zwemmer

 

bluEmber restaurant at Omni Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage is hosting on Thursday “Uncorked”  - this is an ongoing series held once a month during season, featuring wine samplings and visits from guest speakers. This Thursday 12/11 event will feature sparkling wines from Schramsberg & Davies Family Vineyards of Napa Valley. A four courses and small bites will be offered including Pacific oysters, duck confit and beef tenderloin. 
Starts at 6pm and event price is $85. Call 760-568-2727 for more info.
Upcoming “Uncorked” events will include the tastes of Tuscany and Argentina with an exploration of California and European wines.

bluEmber restaurant at Omni Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage is hosting on Thursday “Uncorked”  - this is an ongoing series held once a month during season, featuring wine samplings and visits from guest speakers. This Thursday's 12/11 event will feature sparkling wines from Schramsberg & Davies Family Vineyards of Napa Valley. Four courses and small bites will be offered including Pacific oysters, duck confit and beef tenderloin. 

 

Starts at 6pm and event price is $85. Call 760-568-2727 for more info.

Upcoming “Uncorked” events will include the tastes of Tuscany and Argentina with an exploration of California and European wines.

La Quinta Real Estate Mkt Update - 12/8/14

by Rob Zwemmer

Average Listing Price
$893,236
for week ending Nov 26
+$15,779
+1.8%
w-o-w
Median Sales Price
$365,000
Aug '14 - Nov '14
$10,000
-2.7%
y-o-y
Home Standings
983 Homes for Sale
2 Open Homes
886 Recently Sold
141 Foreclosures
Average price per square foot for La Quinta was $197, a decrease of 1% compared to the same period last year. The median sales price for homes in La Quinta for Aug 14 to Nov 14 was $365,000 based on 205 home sales. Compared to the same period one year ago, the median home sales price decreased 2.7%, or $10,000, and the number of home sales decreased 27%. There are currently 983 resale and new homes in La Quinta on Trulia, including 2 open houses, as well as 141 homes in the pre-foreclosure, auction, or bank-owned stages of the foreclosure process. The average listing price for homes for sale in La Quinta was $893,236 for the week ending Nov 26, which represents an increase of 1.8%, or $15,779, compared to the prior week.
- Trulia.com

Average Listing Price

$893,236

for week ending Nov 26

+$15,779

+1.8%

Week-Over-Week


Median Sales Price

$365,000

Aug '14 - Nov '14


$10,000

-2.7%

Year-Over-Year


Home Standings

983 Homes for Sale

2 Open Homes

886 Recently Sold

141 Foreclosures


Average price per square foot for La Quinta was $197, a decrease of 1% compared to the same period last year. The median sales price for homes in La Quinta for Aug 14 to Nov 14 was $365,000 based on 205 home sales. Compared to the same period one year ago, the median home sales price decreased 2.7%, or $10,000, and the number of home sales decreased 27%. There are currently 983 resale and new homes in La Quinta on Trulia, including 2 open houses, as well as 141 homes in the pre-foreclosure, auction, or bank-owned stages of the foreclosure process. The average listing price for homes for sale in La Quinta was $893,236 for the week ending Nov 26, which represents an increase of 1.8%, or $15,779, compared to the prior week.


- Trulia.com

Walk of the Inns - Palm Springs

by Rob Zwemmer

Walking Tour of the Inns - A Palm Springs Tradition

 

It wouldn’t be holiday time without the Walk of the Inns - a tour of some of the most beautiful and historic hotels in Palm Springs. It is a unique holiday tradition. Join in for the 19th Annual Walk on Thursday, Dec. 11 from 4-8pm. The starting point can be at any of the hotels on the tour; at the Palm Springs Art Museum or Palm Springs Women’s Club. The walking tour is free. Wear comfy shoes and dress warm. Inn participants:

 

Del Marcos Hotel

Korakia

Andalusian Court

Casa Cody

The Viceroy

Palm Springs Tennis Club / Spencer’s Restaurant

Colony 29

Mortgage Rates: As of 12/5/14

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3rd Annual La Quinta Artists' Studio Tour

by Rob Zwemmer

 

On Sunday, people will get a chance to get up close and personal with these imaginative folks during the third Annual La Quinta Artists’ Open Studio Tour.
It’s a self-guided tour. We give you the map of all the studios and a description that tells you about all the artists and what they offer. You take it and go,” said Robin Stewart, programming manager at the La Quinta Museum.
More than 20 artists will participate – up from seven the first year. Artist mediums include paintings, ceramics, assemblage, photography, batik, jewelry, fused glass, film and more. The money raised benefits La Quinta Historical Society programs.
More than 200 people are expected to take the tour.
“It’s not about the art. It’s about the people in La Quinta that are artists,” said Stewart.
But art is available for purchase.
This is the first year Gideon and Melody Cohn, owners of IMAGES Fine Art Gallery and Garden, have participated in the event. They look forward to sharing their work with the public. Also on display will be paintings by their Pomeranian named Rainbow, created with her paws.
“We hope to have people come by and look around. We have a beautiful garden,” said Gideon Cohn.
In addition to showcasing their paintings and silk wearable art, the two plan to enhance the ambiance with a piano player and an organic wine tasting.
While most of the studios are located in the La Quinta Cove area, the Cohn studio is off Washington Street close to Highway 111. Gideon Cohn hopes enough people venture out his way.
“The idea is to expose ourselves to more people. It’s getting the word out, letting people know we exist,” he said.
To participate people can visit the La Quinta Museum at 77-885 Avenida Montezuma starting at 11 a.m. to pick up a map. The event runs until 4 p.m. The cost is $10. Maps will not be available prior.

 

Sunday is the 3rd Annual La Quinta Artists' Open Studio Tour. This self-guided tour gives visitors a chance to visit the personal studios of the area's creative artists. Pick up a map at the La Quinta Musem that guides you to the studios and describes what the artists are displaying. Paintings, photography, jewelry, fused glass, film and other art forms will be displayed in the studios. Much of the art will be available for purchase. Most of the studios are located in the La Quinta Cove area. To participate, pick-up your map at the La Quinta Museum at 77-885 Avenida Montezuma at 11am. The event ends at 4pm. Cost is $10. Maps are only available the day of the event.

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La Quinta CA 92253
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