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New Artwork on Display on the El Paseo

by Rob Zwemmer

New works of art have been added to the El Paseo median area between Ocotillo Dr. and Portola Ave. Take a moment to view the 17 creative works including the sculpture "Galaxy of Colors" by La Quinta artist, Janice Osborne. The sculptures will remain on display for two years. A public dedication will take place on Jan. 5 at 6pm on the center lawn of The Gardens on El Paseo to welcome these beautiful pieces from artists that hail from Idyllwild, Vista, Anza, the High Desert area, and the Coachella Valley. The group was selected from 45 applicants by the city's Art in Public Places Commission and the City Council. El Paseo in Palm Desert has been displaying their "outdoor art museum" for about 20 years.

La Quinta Real Estate Market Update

by Rob Zwemmer


Market View for La Quinta

Average Listing Price

    $883,854
    for week ending Dec 17

    -$5,743
    -0.6%
    Week-over-Week

Median Sales Price

    $354,500
    Sep '14 - Dec '14

    $27,000
    -7.1%
    Year-over-Year

Home Standings

    1,027 Homes for Sale
    4 Open Homes
    839 Recently Sold
    140 Foreclosures


Average price per square foot for La Quinta was $203, an increase of 0% compared to the same period last year. The median sales price for homes in La Quinta for Sep 14 to Dec 14 was $354,500 based on 199 home sales. Compared to the same period one year ago, the median home sales price decreased 7.1%, or $27,000, and the number of home sales decreased 29.2%. There are currently 1,027 resale and new homes in La Quinta on Trulia, including 4 open houses, as well as 140 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 $883,854 for the week ending Dec 17, which represents a decrease of 0.6%, or $5,743, compared to the prior week.

* Trulia.com

Mortgage Rates - As of 12/27/14

by Rob Zwemmer

Inspiration For Today: Know Which Direction to Take?

by Rob Zwemmer

KNOW WHICH DIRECTION TO TAKE?
 
Alice had no destination in mind when she began walking - no goal or objective to be achieved. She just wanted to "get somewhere." Might there be a parallel to that simple lesson in the business of everyday living?
 
In the average 168-hour week, chances are good that each of us will sleep for approximately 56 hours. That leaves about 112 hours for work and play. Whether or not we know which direction to take each week, we still have that same 112 hours.
 
If we choose a destination for the week - in the form of some personal or business goal - then set out in that direction, chances are good we will arrive. We will have -0- hours left at the end of the week, and will have achieved our objective.
 
The reverse is also true. When we allow the week to happen to us, vaguely hoping to "get somewhere," yet having no destination in mind, we still end the week with -0- hours remaining. The difference, of course, is that we accomplish no worthwhile objective.
 
How often have we been reminded of the importance of having goals and writing them down? With clearly defined goals, we can build a roadmap to our greatest achievements. Without them, we are like a ship without a rudder, unlikely to even get out of the harbor without ending up aground on the beach.
 
Choosing a worthy destination for our lives is a simple task. We get to choose any direction that excites and fulfills us. Then, once chosen, we need only construct our own "yellow brick road" to take us there.
 
 

Candy Cane Lane - Xmas Lights & Holiday Cheer!

by Rob Zwemmer

Minerva St. in Cathedral City is transformed each holiday season into a virtual North Pole of holiday cheer & excitement. The neighbors get together and present to the Palm Springs community a holiday light extravaganza complete with over 50 homes adorned with brilliant displays. A must see!

 

Simmons Family's Dancing Christmas Lights Show on Estio Road in Cathedral City, CA. Named Best Christmas Lights Display in America in 2010 by The Early Show on CBS. Featured on ABC's first reality Christmas lights competition of its kind, The Great Christmas Light Fight, season 1 in 2013..

The lights show for 2013 boasts more than 200,000 eco-friendly LED lights, eight miles of cabling, over 3,500 animated lighting channels, 24-foot tall Mega Christmas Tree, Leaping Light Arches, Shooting Stars, and much more! The show has grown to become one of the largest private residential displays of its kind in the US, and it's located right here in Southern California's Coachella Valley community.

The show's lights are synchronized to holiday music via special computer hardware and software, which makes the lights "dance" to the music. The music is broadcasted via short-range radio from the Simmons home on 107.5 FM "The Icicle" and features popular holiday hits. Television and radio personality Rich Fields, provides the narration. Rich is the former show announcer for game shows "The Price Is Right" and "Wheel of Fortune."

- See more at: http://mydesertlights.com/#sthash.ssDOu7lb.dpuf

Simmons Family's Dancing Christmas Lights Show on Estio Road in Cathedral City, CA. Named Best Christmas Lights Display in America in 2010 by The Early Show on CBS. Featured on ABC's first reality Christmas lights competition of its kind, The Great Christmas Light Fight, season 1 in 2013..

The lights show for 2013 boasts more than 200,000 eco-friendly LED lights, eight miles of cabling, over 3,500 animated lighting channels, 24-foot tall Mega Christmas Tree, Leaping Light Arches, Shooting Stars, and much more! The show has grown to become one of the largest private residential displays of its kind in the US, and it's located right here in Southern California's Coachella Valley community.

The show's lights are synchronized to holiday music via special computer hardware and software, which makes the lights "dance" to the music. The music is broadcasted via short-range radio from the Simmons home on 107.5 FM "The Icicle" and features popular holiday hits. Television and radio personality Rich Fields, provides the narration. Rich is the former show announcer for game shows "The Price Is Right" and "Wheel of Fortune."

- See more at: http://mydesertlights.com/#sthash.ssDOu7lb.dpuf

Simmons Family's Dancing Christmas Lights Show on Estio Road in Cathedral City, CA. Named Best Christmas Lights Display in America in 2010 by The Early Show on CBS. Featured on ABC's first reality Christmas lights competition of its kind, The Great Christmas Light Fight, season 1 in 2013..

The lights show for 2013 boasts more than 200,000 eco-friendly LED lights, eight miles of cabling, over 3,500 animated lighting channels, 24-foot tall Mega Christmas Tree, Leaping Light Arches, Shooting Stars, and much more! The show has grown to become one of the largest private residential displays of its kind in the US, and it's located right here in Southern California's Coachella Valley community.

The show's lights are synchronized to holiday music via special computer hardware and software, which makes the lights "dance" to the music. The music is broadcasted via short-range radio from the Simmons home on 107.5 FM "The Icicle" and features popular holiday hits. Television and radio personality Rich Fields, provides the narration. Rich is the former show announcer for game shows "The Price Is Right" and "Wheel of Fortune."

- See more at: http://mydesertlights.com/#sthash.ssDOu7lb.dpuf

Zwemmer Realty Group to Head Onsite Sales Office

by Rob Zwemmer


PRESS RELEASE

Zwemmer Realty Group to Head Onsite
 Sales Office at Desert Horizons Country Club

Indian Wells—December, 2014—Desert Horizons Country Club has announced the appointment of Zwemmer Realty Group/Keller Williams Luxury Homes to head the onsite sales office in Indian Wells.

“This is a tremendous honor to forge an association with one of the valley’s most respected and prestigious country clubs,” said Rob Zwemmer, President and CEO of the Zwemmer Realty Group. “We are poised and ready to apply our proven brand of sales strategies, cutting-edge technology and innovative systems at Desert Horizons. As luxury home specialists, we have an innate knowledge and understanding of the country club buyer and seller. We are eager to build on the growth, and further generate awareness of this distinguished club and its many benefits.”

Zwemmer Realty Group’s VP of Sales, Bobbi-Lou Webb added: “We are excited to have this opportunity to help support the efforts of the Desert Horizons Country Club team. This new responsibility offers our team next-level challenges and perfectly meets the long-range goals we have been advancing towards.”

“The Zwemmer Realty Group was a natural choice for us when seeking new sales leadership for the Club,” noted Stephen Goldstein, President of Desert Horizons Newco, LLC. “They have been consistent Real Estate sales leaders in the area, and possess an expert knowledge of the country club luxury home market, its buyers, and the nuances of the desert lifestyle. We are looking forward to a long and rewarding relationship with Rob and his team.”

Desert Horizons Country Club is a private equity club situated in Indian Wells, CA. Offering a host of amenities, homeowners enjoy onsite golf, tennis, fitness, and fine 5-star gourmet cuisine. Play is conducted on the challenging 18-hole championship Ted Robinson golf course. The site of the property was once a lush date palm grove with stands of mature palm trees that remain there to this day amongst the 510 homes. Desert Horizons Country Club has received numerous awards and accolades over the years including Best Low Density Residential Development in the West.

La Quinta Real Estate Market Update

by Rob Zwemmer


Average Listing Price

    $883,854
    for week ending Dec 17

    -$5,743
    -0.6%
    Week-Over-Week

Median Sales Price

    $354,500
    Sep '14 - Dec '14

    $27,000
    -7.1%
    Year-Over-Year

Home Standings

    1,009 Homes for Sale
    9 Open Homes
    869 Recently Sold
    138 Foreclosures

Average price per square foot for La Quinta was $203, an increase of 0% compared to the same period last year. The median sales price for homes in La Quinta for Sep 14 to Dec 14 was $354,500 based on 199 home sales. Compared to the same period one year ago, the median home sales price decreased 7.1%, or $27,000, and the number of home sales decreased 29.2%. There are currently 1,009 resale and new homes in La Quinta on Trulia, including 9 open houses, as well as 138 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 $883,854 for the week ending Dec 17, which represents a decrease of 0.6%, or $5,743, compared to the prior week.

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.

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