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"Eggs-actly" What You're Looking for on Easter!

by Rob Zwemmer

How to spend Easter Sunday in the Desert? Here's a few ideas we'd like to share:


10a-2p  "Eggstraordinary Eggstravaganza" at The Living Desert

Have a "hoppy" time at this unique desert zoo.

Cost: $17.25/adults - $8.75/kids 3-12 yrs - Under age 3 Free
Call: 760-346-5694

The Living Desert
47900 Portola Ave.
Palm Desert
Rancho Mirage

11a-3p  Grown-Up Easter Egg Crawl in Palm Springs

More than $10,000 in discounts, gift certificates, free food and merchandise are being offered by nine downtown merchants as part of the inaugural grown-up Easter egg hunt in downtown Palm Springs. Participants can receive an “egg” with a coupon for a prize inside with special offers valued from $5 to $750 dollars courtesy of participating downtown merchants. It's a great way to explore the diverse array of businesses, shops and restaurants in downtown Palm Springs.

On Easter Sunday pick-up a free egg at one, or all, of the nine participating venues while they last: Zin American Bistro, Crystal Fantasy, Oscar’s Cafe & Bar, Grau Vacation Rentals, Alicante Palm Springs, The Cocky Cactus, Greetings - Palm Springs, California, HEES, reFresh gallery.

Each participating business has donated 74 of the “Easter Egg” coupons which is a general offer with a minimum of a $5 value, many with more, and one coupon, the “Golden Egg” coupon worth anywhere from $50 upwards to $750.

9a-3p  Easter Sunday Brunch at Melvyn's Restaurant

Located on the premises of the Ingleside Inn.
Cost: $35/per person. Call 760-325-2323

201 W. Ramon Rd.
Palm Springs

9a-3p Easter Sunday Bottomless Champagne Brunch
Vue Grille & Bar - Indian Wells Golf Resort

Cost: $49/adults - $19/ages 6-11
Call 760-834-3822

Vue Grille & Bar / Indian Wells Golf Resort
44500 Indian Wells Ln.
Indian Wells

9:30A  In the Gardens: Bugs, Birds & Blooms

Annual Family Day is a celebration of bugs & blooms
and our feathered friends.

Cost:  Free

Sunnylands Center & Gardens
(Annenberg Retreat)
37977 Bob Hope Dr.

10:30a-2:15p  Easter Brunch Buffet at Cuistot Restaurant

Reservations:  760-340-1000

Cuistot Restaurant
72595 El Paseo
Palm Desert

April Festival Weekends at Hard Rock Hotel / Palm Springs

Join the party of cocktails and music out by the pool, created by Goldenvoice Productions (producer
of the Coachella Music Festival and Stagecoach).

Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs
150 S. Indian Canyon
Palm Springs


Olive Crest: Victor - A Life Transformed

by Olive Crest

Inspiration for Today: Please Release Me!

by Rob Zwemmer

"Learn to let go. That is the key to happiness."
~ The Buddha

Remember the song "Please release me, let me go"? If you've ever felt that someone or something had a hold on you and wouldn't let go, perhaps you needed an "attitude adjustment."

Why? Unless you are literally chained to a wall, people and things don't have a "hold" on you. It is you who have taken hold of them, and refuse to let go. It's so easy to latch on to the situations, relationships, and baggage of others - believing it possible to have some control over their outcome.

The result is never-ending worry, sleeplessness, feelings of helplessness, and other symptoms of being "out-of-control." Anger is another matter - there seems to be so much of it today. TV shows are full of it. Anger is directed at family, the boss, the spouse, or anyone else in sight. Yet anger results from feeling that things or people are not doing what you think should be done. Anger is felt when you can't control the outcome.

The truth is we are only in control of our own lives and actions - nothing more. Buddha had it right when he said, "Learn to let go." Martin Luther said, "Let go and let God." Regardless of who said it, or how it was said, letting go will open many doors of happiness in your future.

Coachella Valley City Price Changes

by Market Watch

Year to Date Change in City Price Per Square Foot

City Price Changes

While prices in first quarter rose 5.3% throughout the Valley, positive results did not occur in every city. The largest gain was 16.2 percent for Indian Wells. We think this represents the increase in interest we've seen for higher priced homes in the Valley. The lowest return was the 8.9% decline in the median price in Palm Springs. Noted is Palm Springs and Palm Desert are only 30% and 28% respectively from their all-time highs.


- Courtesy of Market Watch, Monthly Desert Housing Report

Getting a Home Ready for Sale

by Rob Zwemmer

Getting ready to sell your home? Consider taking care of some important details before placing that For Sale sign in front of your house.

De-clutter. Clean out your closets, put away extra framed pictures and other personal possessions on display. Give your home more spaciousness by storing extra pieces of furnituure. Minimize bookshelves that are overflowing with books and magazines. Help the potential buyers who tour your home see the actual rooms and not all of the personal stuff.  Clean and organize closets and show off the storage space available. Give the potential buyers all of the possibilities your home can offer. Many sellers rent storage units while they are in the process so they can box up all of the extras and create the optimal amount of space. Consider renting a portable storage unit that can be delivered to your home. This way, you can box up extras, and they’ll be ready to be delivered to your next home.

Clean the Garage. Box up and store all of the odds and ends, tools, mechanical parts, wires, etc. that have accumulated in the garage. Show how much storage space your garage has to offer, and all of the room they have to park their cars.

Think Neutral. Consider adding a coat of paint to the bright colors you may have chosen for your walls. Keep it simple, keep it neutral. Cover the murals, wallpaper, and keep your personal taste to a minimum. Try a simple light shade of beige with a semi-gloss white or off-white trim. The rooms will appear more cheerful, open, and will be more likely to open the potential buyer's imagination. They want to picture themselves living in the environment, and imagine how their own furnishings will fit into the rooms.

Grout & Tile Cleaning. Have tile and grout steam cleaned! It will bring a fresh and bright finishing touch to your home's interior.

Consult with your Realtor for additional ideas on how to get the most for your home. Thinking of selling? Call us anytime to discuss.

Zwemmer Realty Group
50981 Washington St.
La Quinta, CA

Mortgage Rates - As of 4/11/14

by Rob Zwemmer

Call Karyn Jones at Bank of America for more info. 

 760-346-2250 / NMLS 70714 












Things to Do on Sunday - April 13th

by Rob Zwemmer

Waking up on Sunday morning & wondering how to spend your day? Here's some great ideas happening Sunday, April 13th!

COD Street Fair  - 7a-2p
340 Vendors offer a variety of merchandise, plus a food court, arts and crafts and farmer's market. It's a fun open air-shopping experience that's fun for the whole family.

Free Admission
College of the Desert
43500 Monterey Ave.
Palm Desert

Palm Springs Art Museum
  - 11a-4p
Free Second Sunday!
Visit on the second Sunday of each month and enjoy live performances, view films, watch artist demos, and take tours of the museum.

Palm Springs Art Museum
101 N. Museum Drive
Palm Springs

Annual Plant Sale at The Living Desert - 9a-5p
Find specimens to enhance your home's landscaping from this wonderful selection.

The Living Desert - Palo Verde Center
47900 Portola Ave
Palm Desert

Set Your Alarm - To Early!

by Rob Zwemmer

Successful People Awaken Early

Successful people are aware how important time is - such a precious commodity. The hours in a day can be quickly depleted by phone calls, meetings, and sudden office fires to put out. The early morning hours are under their control. That’s why many of them wake up before the sunrise, squeezing out as much time as they can to jog, connect with their spouse and family, walk the dog, work on an important personal project, etc.

In a poll of 20 executives cited by Vanderkam, 90% said they wake before 6 a.m. on weekdays. PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, for example, wakes at 4 a.m. and is in the office no later than 7 a.m. Meanwhile, Disney CEO Bob Iger gets up at 4:30 to read, and Square CEO Jack Dorsey is up at 5:30 to jog.

The bottom line: Productive mornings start with early wake-up calls. Try it!

Palm Springs Art Museum Annual Fundraiser

by Rob Zwemmer

Own artwork created by a star artist or celebrity. An interesting fundraising event coming up on Saturday, April 12th! Click here for full details!


IRS Top Tips on Making IRA Contributions

by Rob Zwemmer

IRS Tax Tip 2014-50

If you made IRA contributions or you’re thinking of making them, you may have questions about IRAs and your taxes. Here are some important tips from the IRS about saving for retirement using an IRA.

You must be under age 70 1/2 at the end of the tax year in order to contribute to a traditional IRA. There is no age limit to contribute to a Roth IRA. You must have taxable compensation to contribute to an IRA. This includes income from wages and salaries and net self-employment income. It also includes tips, commissions, bonuses and alimony. If you’re married and file a joint return, generally only one spouse needs to have compensation.

You can contribute to an IRA at any time during the year. To count for 2013, you must make all contributions by the due date of your tax return. This does not include extensions. That means you usually must contribute by April 15, 2014. If you contribute between Jan. 1 and April 15, make sure your plan sponsor applies it to the right year.

In general, the most you can contribute to your IRA for 2013 is the smaller of either your taxable compensation for the year or $5,500. If you were age 50 or older at the end of 2013, the maximum you can contribute increases to $6,500.

You normally won’t pay income tax on funds in your traditional IRA until you start taking distributions from it. Qualified distributions from a Roth IRA are tax-free.

You may be able to deduct some or all of your contributions to your traditional IRA. Use the worksheets in the Form 1040A or Form 1040 instructions to figure the amount that you can deduct.

You may claim the deduction on either form. Unlike a traditional IRA, you can’t deduct contributions to a Roth IRA.

If you contribute to an IRA you may also qualify for the Saver’s Credit. The credit can reduce your taxes up to $2,000 if you file a joint return. Use Form 8880, Credit for Qualified Retirement Savings Contributions, to claim the credit. You can file Form 1040A or 1040 to claim the Saver’s Credit.

See Publication 590, Individual Retirement Arrangements, for more about IRAs.

You can get forms and publications on or order them by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).

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Zwemmer Realty Group - Real Estate Experts
Luxury Homes by Keller Williams
50981 Washington Street
La Quinta CA 92253
Fax: 760-610-0304