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365 Things to Do in Palm Springs - PS Art Museum

by Rob Zwemmer

365 Things to Do in the Coachella Valley

Palm Springs
Art Museum

In the center of downtown resides the Palm Springs Art Museum, featuring a sophisticated collection of art either generously donated or loaned by the area’s resident art collectors. Works by legendary artists including Andy Warhol, Ansel Adams and Pablo Picasso himself are on display. Open every day except Mondays and holidays, the museum creates an enthralling environment of culture and creativity. Special events and concerts are held throughout the year at the onsite Annenberg Theater and within many of the museum’s venues. The Palm Springs Art Museum dates back to 1938 when it specialized in Native American artifacts, and displays depicting the natural sciences and environment of the Valley. After moving to several locations over the years, the first permanent structure was completed in 1958. In 1974, famed architect E. Stewart Williams designed the current building. and additional wings were added in the 1990s including the Steve Chase Wing and Education Center. Exhibitions include American Photography, European Graphics on Paper, Western and Native American Art, 60s and 70s Geometric Abstractions, and contemporary works in art and sculpture by some of the world’s most renowned artists. Lectures and workshops, film screenings and tours are just a sampling of the interactive and cultural activities people of all ages can learn, enjoy and participate in.

Palm Springs Art Museum is located at 101 Museum Dr., Palm Springs, 760-322-4800.

365 Things to Do in the Coachella Valley

Count Your Blessings

by Rob Zwemmer

55898 Brae Burn, La Quinta, California

by Rob Zwemmer
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55898 Brea Burn, La Quinta CA

Beautiful Elevated fairway home overlooking the 4th hole of the Jack Nicklaus tournament coursein PGA West La Quinta, situated on over a 1/3 of an acre lot allowing you superb privacy. A meandering courtyard of flagstone & a dramatic outdoor Gas fireplace welcomes you into this tastefully appointed Heritage 2 plan. An open floor plan offering spacious living; Livingroom, Family room and Diningroom. The Gourmet granite Kitchen has dbl ovens, GE Monogram Appliances, large double stainless sinks and opens to the family room out to the pool & patio. The spacious Master suite boasts a soaking tub & an oversized walk in closet. Features: High Ceilings, newly painted interior, Granite Wetbar w/wine cooler, lighting, tile flooring, surround sound, custom window treatments & plantation shutters. Enjoy beautiful views from this very private backyard patio & entertain by the pool/spa with soothing cascading waterpots and built-in barbecue. 3 car garage offers loads of built in storage. Offered furnished per inventory.


by Rob Zwemmer


"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true."

- James B. Cabell


"The glass is half-full." "The glass is half-empty." "Looks like a beautiful day!" "I think it's going to rain." "I'm happy." "I'm depressed." "I'm an optimist!" "How can you be an optimist with things the way they are?"

OK, we all know the difference between an optimist and a pessimist - right? In some of Steven Covey's material, he states that "no one knows enough to be a pessimist." Pessimism, more often than not, is generated by inner fears, most likely fears "of the unknown." Hence, "No one knows enough to be a pessimist."

Consider the child about to learn the art of riding a bike. "I know I'm going to fall," proclaims the child - just before taking a skinned knee. After a week of practice, is the child still fearful? Once bike riding becomes second nature, i.e. once the child "knows" enough about bike riding, the fear (a.k.a. pessimism) disappears.

Just as the child's pessimism ("I'm going to fall...") precedes the skinned knee, our other pessimistic thoughts may precede our worst fears. By substituting a positive thought for a negative one, therefore, is it not possible that the action that follows might also be positive?

Add to that positive thought an extra measure of learning and knowledge, and it's highly unlikely there will continue to be room for either the pessimism or the subsequent negative action. From one optimist to another, heed this advice: "Don't worry - be happy!"


Have a great week and a Merry Christmas


Rob Zwemmer

Mountain View Country Club - Monthly Market Analysis

by Rob Zwemmer
Mountain_View_CC - Available vs Pending Listings
Mountain_View_CC - Sold vs Expired Listings
Mountain_View_CC - Sold vs Active DOM
Mountain_View_CC - Avg Sold Prices (last 6 mos.)
Mountain_View_CC - Avg Sold DOM (last 6 mos.)

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by Rob Zwemmer


"Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have retained of them."- Marcel Proust



While watching a Disney re-telling of the well-known "A Christmas Carol," one of the scenes was striking.  Scrooge McDuck (a.k.a. Ebenezer Scrooge) was being taken on a tour of his past by Jiminy Cricket (the Ghost of Christmas Past).  As Scrooge glimpsed himself at an early age, losing the love of "Isabel Duck" as he paid closer attention to his piles of money, he couldn't stand the pain of his past.

Scrooge lamented to Jiminy Cricket to "Take me home. I can no longer stand these memories!"  It was Jiminy's reply that brought a powerful lesson forward.  He explained, "Remember Scrooge, you fashioned these memories yourself."

Of course, we all have missed an opportunity at one time or another to craft a positive memory for someone we love.  If we think about it very much, we will wish we had done things differently.  But that's not the point.

If it is indeed we ourselves who fashion life's memories, then we also have the power to fashion good ones - beginning now.  It is what we do NOW to craft a special memory for others that will last far beyond tomorrow.  During this magical season of giving, why not create a forever "Kodak moment" for someone you love?  To coin a familiar song title: "Memories are made of this!"


Have a Great Week!



Total housing inventory fell 2.2 percent in October 2011

by Rob Zwemmer

home sales in Palm Springs ca

Existing-home sales rose 1.4 percent in October according to a recent report by the National Association of REALTORS (NAR). Existing-home sales, which include recently purchased single family, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops were up to a seasonally adjusted rate of 4.97 million units expected to sell in 2011. This represents a 13.5 percent increase over the pace set last year at this time.


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A True Story

by Rob Zwemmer
Today's true story is all the inspiration you will need!

Small World!

The brand new pastor and his wife, newly assigned to their first ministry to reopen a church in urban Brooklyn, arrived in early October excited about their opportunities. When they saw their church, it was very run down and needed much work. They set a goal to have everything done in time to have their first service on Christmas Eve.

They worked hard, repairing pews, plastering walls, painting, etc. and on Dec. 18 were ahead of schedule and just about finished. On Dec 19 a terrible tempest - a driving rainstorm - hit the area and lasted for two days. On the 21st, the pastor went over to the church.

His heart sunk when he saw that the roof had leaked, causing a large area of plaster about 6 feet by 8 feet to fall off the front wall of the sanctuary just behind the pulpit, beginning about head high.

The pastor cleaned up the mess on the floor, and not knowing what else to do but postpone the Christmas Eve service, headed home. On the way he noticed that a local business was having a flea market type sale for charity so he stopped in.
One of the items was a beautiful, hand-made, ivory colored, crochet table cloth with exquisite work, fine colors and a cross embroidered right in the center. It was just the right size to cover up the hole in the front wall.   He bought it and headed back to the church.
By this time it had started to snow. An older woman running from the opposite direction was trying to catch the bus. She missed it. The pastor invited her to wait in the warm church for the next bus 45 minutes later. She sat in a pew and paid no attention to the pastor while he got a ladder, hangers etc. to put up the tablecloth as a wall tapestry. The pastor could hardly believe how beautiful it looked and it covered up the entire problem area.
Then he noticed the woman walking down the center aisle.   Her face was like a sheet. "Pastor," she asked, "Where did you get that tablecloth?" The pastor explained. The woman asked him to check the lower right corner to see if the initials EBG were crocheted into it there. They were.  These were the initials of the woman, and she had made this tablecloth 35 years before, in Austria.

The woman could hardly believe it as the pastor told how he had just gotten the tablecloth. The woman explained that before the war she and her husband were well-to-do people in Austria. When the Nazis came, she was forced to leave.  Her husband was going to follow her the next week.  She was captured, sent to prison and never saw her husband or her home again.

The pastor wanted to give her the tablecloth; but she made the pastor keep it for the church. The pastor insisted on driving her home - that was the least he could do. She lived on the other side of Staten Island and was only in Brooklyn for the day for a housecleaning job.

What a wonderful service they had on Christmas Eve. The church was almost full. The music and the spirit were great. At the end of the service, the pastor and his wife greeted everyone at the door and many said that they would return. One older man, whom the pastor recognized from the neighborhood, continued to sit in one of the pews and stare, and the pastor wondered why he wasn't leaving. The man asked him where he got the tablecloth on the front wall because it was identical to the one that his wife had made years ago when they lived in Austria before the war and how could there be two tablecloths so much alike?
He told the pastor how the Nazis came, how he forced his wife to flee for her safety, and he was supposed to follow her, but he was arrested and put in a concentration camp. He never saw his wife or his home again for all the 35 years in between.

The pastor asked him if he would allow him to take him for a little ride. They drove to Staten Island to the same house where the pastor had taken the woman three days earlier. He helped the man climb the three flights of stairs to the woman's apartment, knocked on the door, and saw the greatest Christmas reunion he could ever imagine.

A true story

One reason I don't text while ...... !

by Rob Zwemmer

As most of you know my weekly e-mail typically is about the Palm Springs Real Estate market.  My message today is about a subject that is very close to home for many of us.  It is about TEXTING WHILE DRIVING.  texting and e-mail is now a primary source of communication among each other.  In fact I would say that a couple of my friends are what I would call text addicts. Constant text communication has become a way of life with most young people in this country and now even with many adults.  The following video is one that each one of you should watch and share with everyone you love. Even if your friend , spouse, partner etc does not text, they may ride in a car with someone who does.  Pass this video on.  It may save their live one day .

Have a great week


Canadians With US Property

by Rob Zwemmer

We are not professionals, nor should any of the content here be used without professional validation to make decisions for your situation. 

Two US Senators proposed the "Visa Improvements to Stimulate Tourism to the United States of America" (VISIT USA) Act. The text can be found at

The main intent is to encourage increased investment from "non resident aliens". 
There are 8 sections to the proposal excluding "section 1" which just introduces the "VISIT USA" short name for the act. At least two sections are aimed at Canadians. Section 5 (Encouraging Canadian Tourism) provides for 3 year visas for Canadians over 50 that allow stays of up to 240 days. And, Section 8 (Increasing Home Ownership by Priority Visitors) provides for 3 year visas that do not have a 240 day limit, but require investment in Real Estate of at least $500K including a minimum $250K residence. 
This is an interesting development, but it remains to be seen how beneficial it will be. Section 8 details in particular requires the individual to pay US Taxes; and requires a minimum $250K residence which is a pretty fancy house in Phoenix right now. Neither visa provides any other benefits such as the ability to work in the US, fast-tracking of a green card, or access to social programs. Then of course, there are the Canadian impacts of being outside the country for more than 180 days. Something to keep an eye on anyway.

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