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Mortgage Update: As of 8/15/14

by Rob Zwemmer

Weekends are Made of This!

by Rob Zwemmer

Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines
Sunday's the second day of the 21st annual weekend event created to raise funds to benefit the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Come out to the Idyllwild pines and listen to continuous live jazz, blues and R&B with over 2 dozen bands performing on 3 stages. The festival marketplace has a wide selection of art, jewelry, crafts, food and fun. Log on for more info & tickets. www.idyllwildjazz.com

“Jazz Up Sundays” Bottomless Champagne Brunch at Vue Grille & Bar – Indian Wells Golf Resort
Featuring a selection of scrumptious buffet choices for $24.95 per person. Rodney Taylor performs smooth jazz on the sax from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm. Brunch every Sunday, starting at 9am

Sunday Buffet Brunch at Las Casuelas Nuevas in Rancho Mirage
A desert favorite – enjoy a brunch with all your favorites from fajitas, enchiladas to prime rib, seafood dishes, traditional breakfast plates, and an assortment of fresh pastries… and an ice cream sundae bar. Every Sunday $19.95/adults - $10.95/children under 10


Dog Days of Summer

by Rob Zwemmer

Going on vacation and need accommodations for your dog? Award-winning Camp Run-A-Mutt of La Quinta offers a cage-free doggie daycare and boarding facility. Your canine companion will enjoy their own vacation with indoor and outdoor fun for your canine companion in a fully supervised, clean and safe environment. Over 2,000 square feet of areas to play and have fun, fun, fun! www.camprunamutt.com

Inspiration For Today: Forget the Leader!

by Rob Zwemmer


FORGET THE LEADER!

 
On the playground of any school, and on any day, you can witness examples of children playing "follow the leader." One hops, skips, or jumps, and all the others follow. As adults, however, many of those children play a variation of that game - called "follow the follower."
 
On the job, they look around, see how someone else is doing their work, and duplicate the effort. What they don't realize is that their fellow employee is also watching someone else. A circular game of "follow the follower" evolves, resulting in a mediocre work force. The same can be true in marriages, education, hobbies, and sports.
 
Consider the story of a telephone operator in a small town. Every day she received a call from a gentleman asking for the correct time. Finally, one day, she asked the mystery caller who he was and why he called every day. His answer? "I'm the one who blows the whistle at the factory each day at noon. I like to be right on time!" The operator laughed and then responded, "Here at the telephone company, we set our watches and clocks by the noon whistle at the factory!"
 
Tired of playing follow the follower? Want to rejuvenate your life? Begin acting like the unique person you already are. See what everyone else is doing . . . and do something different. Strike out in the direction of your own imagination instead of theirs.
 
In the words of Henry David Thoreau, "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined."

 

La Quinta Real Estate Mkt Update - Wk 8/11/14

by Rob Zwemmer

Average price per square foot for La Quinta was $205, an increase of 3.5% compared to the same period last year. The median sales price for homes in La Quinta for May 14 to Jul 14 was $376,250 based on 310 home sales. Compared to the same period one year ago, the median home sales price increased 0.3%, or $1,250, and the number of home sales decreased 19.9%. There are currently 795 resale and new homes in La Quinta on Trulia, including 3 open houses, as well as 139 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 $768,981 for the week ending Jul 30, which represents a decrease of 0.6%, or $4,755, compared to the prior week.


Average Listing Price

    $768,981
    for week ending Jul 30

    -$4,755
    -0.6%
    Week-Over-Week

Median Sales Price

    $376,250
    May '14 - Jul '14

    +$1,250
    +0.3%
    Year-Over-Year

Home Standings:

    795 Homes for Sale
    3 Open Homes
    976 Recently Sold
    139 Foreclosures

- As reported by Trulia.com

Mortgage Update: As of 8/8/14

by Rob Zwemmer

Sports Fans - Where to Hang Out!

by Rob Zwemmer

With Football season right around the corner you'll need to know the best spots to go out and enjoy the games!

Sports Bars around the Valley

Beer Hunter Sports Pub
78483 Hwy 111
La Quinta

Hamilton’s Sports Bar & Grill
79255 Hwy 111
La Quinta

Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill
78015 Main St. – Old Town 
La Quinta

Buffalo Wild Wings
72-920 Hwy 111
Palm Desert

Vue Grille & Bar at Indian Wells Golf Resort
44-500 Indian Wells Ln
Indian Wells

Legends & Icons Grill & Pub
78152 Varner Rd.
Palm Desert

Tilted Kilt Pub
72191 Hwy 111
Palm Desert

Schmidy’s Tavern
72286 Hwy 111
Palm Desert

Roc’s Firehouse
36891 Cook St.
Palm Desert

Tack Room Tavern
Avenue 51
Indio

Neil’s Lounge
80956 Hwy 111
Indio

 

Tips for the New Homebuyer

by Rob Zwemmer

So you’ve just made an offer on your dream home! Now comes the important part of securing your loan. There are many things to remember to “do” and “don’t” during the process. Make your loan closing seamless with no major bumps in the road

-          Be available to answer important questions and provide documents that may be needed during the approval. Act in a timely manner.

-          Be sure to stay current on all of your bills, and pay your current rent or mortgage on time.

-          If you have questions, make them known. Speak up and ask a question if there is something you don’t understand.

-          Be prepared to explain any recent large deposits made to any of your bank accounts.

-          Don’t take any unplanned time off from your job and keep to your normal schedule.

-          Don’t make major purchases such as appliances, furnishings, a new car -- furnish your new home after you move in!

-          Don’t apply for any new credit

-          Don’t change banks or open/close any accounts

-          Don’t transfer money from one account to the other, or make any large deposits that differ from your normal financial habits



Healthy Fitness Smartphone Apps

by Rob Zwemmer

Smartphones are also handy for helping you stay fit and healthy – there are apps for that!

MyFitnessPal:

A smart and sensible way to lose weight the smart way with this comprehensive calorie-counting app. www.myfitnesspal.com 

Fitocracy:

Provides a social fitness network for anyone needing a supportive and fun environment to help stay on track with exercise and healthy habits. www.fitocracy.com

Equanimity:

An Apple iOS-only meditation timer and tracker app. itunes.apple.com

Moves:

A free “fitness companion” utilizes the sensors in your smartphone to measure steps, runs, and rides. www.moves-app.com

iTriage:

Have a symptom? Try this symptoms decoder and physician reference app for the answers you need. www.itriagehealth.com

HealthTap:

Get answers to your health questions from a real M.D. within 24 hours. Local physician referrals are also part of the program. www.healthtap.com

RunKeeper:

The app provides both tracking and training for runners and cyclists. runkeeper.com

Barhi Dates: A Popular Desert Delicacy

by Rob Zwemmer

Barhis are the only date that can be harvested in the "khalal" stage which accounts for their yellow color and apple crisp texture - a true delicacy.

Find them at Shield's Date Garden in Indio. A fun spot for dining, shopping & entertainment too.

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La Quinta CA 92253
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