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Olive Crest: Stacey, A Life Transformed

by Olive Crest

Inspiration for Today: Time to Fertilize!

by Rob Zwemmer

"The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence."
~ Anonymous

You see them out there, all the folks in the neighborhood fertilizing their lawns for the spring growing season. It’s like a competition, to see whose yard will win the prize for “greenest.” But are they really trying to be the best, or just trying to be better than the guy over the fence?
Well, forget about fences, because the grass grows greenest where it is quite simply tended the best. You can’t blame the fence for poor lawn quality on this side. You and you alone are responsible for discovering the gardening secret that will yield the pleasure and satisfaction you seek at home.
Perhaps you might learn such secrets by building a better relationship with your neighbor, sharing and comparing cultivation routines. They say that good fences make good neighbors, but it should always be about what’s on this side, not that one. “He who leaves his house in search of happiness pursues a shadow.”
If you’re not happy with what you’ve already got, you’re not going to find it "out there." You may learn a lot when you cross the fence and experience the world, but you can only learn satisfaction at home. Once you’ve got that, fences won’t matter anymore.
Why? Because now you’ve carefully cultivated your own green grass, for your own feeling of satisfaction and not for a sense of competition. Now you can carry your watering can over the fence, and tend the grass wherever you may be. Happy gardening!

A Great Easter Recipe from Shields Date Gardens

by Rob Zwemmer

We'd like to share one of Shields Date Gardens' favorite recipes - a perfect appetizer to serve your Easter guests!

Royal Medjool dates stuffed with jalapeño, bleu cheese and prosciutto, wrapped in bacon and finished off with a shallot demi-glace and balsamic reduction.


    sliced jalapeño peppers
    gorgonzola cheese crumbles
    sliced prosciutto
    apple wood smoked bacon
    pitted royal medjool dates

Pre-cook bacon half-way through - once bacon is done stuff the pitted royal medjool dates with jalapeños, cheese and prosciutto. Wrap bacon around the outside of the stuffed dates and use a toothpick to secure. Bake or broil in the oven until cheese is melted.  Serve with a shallot demi-glace and balsamic reduction.


    1 tbsp oil
    minced shallots
    1/2 cup red wine
    1 cup demi-glace
    salt & pepper to taste

Preheat oil, cook shallots for 1-2 minutes. Add red wine and reduce liquid by 2/3, add demi-glace and bring to a boil. Reduce sauce while stirring for 2-3 minutes. If desired, add salt & pepper to taste.

Mortgage Rates - As of 4/18/14

by Rob Zwemmer

Call Karyn Jones at Bank of America for more info. 

 760-346-2250 / NMLS 70714 

"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 












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50981 Washington Street
La Quinta CA 92253
Fax: 760-610-0304