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Zwemmer & Associates Sponsors Olive Crest Trip

by Rob Zwemmer

Zwemmer & Associates Inc. of Keller Williams Luxury Homes International sponsored a special day trip to Disneyland for children of the Olive Crest Academy in Coachella. Over 40 children, their chaperones and members from the Zwemmer team travelled to Anaheim on Tuesday, May 28. 
“It is always a thrill to experience this trip each year, and help create happy memories for kids that otherwise may never have the opportunity to visit Disneyland,” said Rob Zwemmer, President of Zwemmer and Associates.
Since 1973, Olive Crest has offered hope and helped to create bright, positive futures for abused, at-risk and neglected children. Approximately 2,000 children and families are currently served by Olive Crest each day; a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse, treating and educating at-risk children, and preserving the family unit. Zwemmer and Associates is proud to be a contributing part of their efforts. 
Zwemmer added: “The care and safety of children is a growing concern as many families today are challenged by various issues that can negatively impact the household. This Disneyland trip is a fun, carefree time these deserving kids will always have to look back and reflect on.”

Zwemmer & Associates Inc. of Keller Williams Luxury Homes International sponsored a special day trip to Disneyland for children of the Olive Crest Academy in Coachella. Over 40 children, their chaperones and members from the Zwemmer team travelled to Anaheim on Tuesday, May 28. “It is always a thrill to experience this trip each year, and help create happy memories for kids that otherwise may never have the opportunity to visit Disneyland,” said Rob Zwemmer, President of Zwemmer and Associates.


Since 1973, Olive Crest has offered hope and helped to create bright, positive futures for abused, at-risk and neglected children. Approximately 2,000 children and families are currently served by Olive Crest each day; a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse, treating and educating at-risk children, and preserving the family unit. Zwemmer and Associates is proud to be a contributing part of their efforts. 


Zwemmer added: “The care and safety of children is a growing concern as many families today are challenged by various issues that can negatively impact the household. This Disneyland trip is a fun, carefree time these deserving kids will always have to look back and reflect on.”

Things That Are Dishwasher Safe

by Rob Zwemmer

There are many things you can say are “Dishwasher Safe”! You might be able to combine some cleaning jobs with your regular dishwashing session, saving you time and money, plus, the dishwasher can sterilize and thoroughly clean items that will save you time and elbow grease!  

Not all of these items can or should be washed with your dishes or pots and pans. Noted are the ones to keep in a separate load. 
Dishwasher safe items
1. Ziploc bags. A trip through the dishwasher will give used Ziploc bags a good cleaning. Just make sure you spread the bag open on some prongs, so the water gets into it completely.
2. Bathroom wastebaskets. Bathroom waste baskets can collect gunk over time. Fit them into the dishwasher (you may need to remove the top rack) and run them through a normal cycle.
3. Plastic Hair Brushes, Combs, headbands, barrettes, etc. These items can get dirty over time from hair oils and products. Pull out any strands of hair, then put them in a dishwasher basket on the top rack and run them through a typical cycle. Please note: only do this with plastic or metal items, not with wood handles or products with natural brush fibers.
4. Pet dishes. It’s actually recommended by vets to run pet dishes through a dishwasher at least occasionally, to prevent them from growing bacteria which can make them sick. You can do this alongside people dishes, unless you have a baby and/or a family member with immune system problems – in that case, you’d want to run them separately on the sanitizing cycle.
5. Soap dishes, toothbrush holders, other bathroom items. Personal care items that get filmy over time can be run through a normal cycle on the top rack, along with your other dishes on a routine dishwashing.
6. Metal fixtures. Put clogged shower heads, grungy faucets and similar gunky items through a pots and pans cycle on the top rack, along with your regular pots and pans.
7. Sponges and dish brushes. Along with a regular dishwashing on a normal cycle, throw in your sponges and brushes for dishes to give them a thorough cleaning and, in the case of the sponges, remove the bacteria so they’ll be safe to use until they start falling apart.
8. Gardening tools. Wash plastic-handled (no wood!) trowels and other small gardening tools on the top rack, in a separate load (just in case they have traces of fertilizer and other stuff you don’t want getting onto your dishes).
9. Plastic baby toys. Teething rings and other plastic toys babies put in their mouths deserve a good cleaning. Put them in the dishwasher basket or in a mesh bag on the top rack and wash them along with the regular dishes.
10. Fake plastic flowers. Run them through on a normal cycle to restore their original luster. Make sure every part of the fake plant is plastic – sometimes they have paper stems (but you may be able to pop the plastic petal part off, wash it, and pop it right back on).
11. Microwave trays, drip pans, etc. Use a normal cycle to clean the tray from your microwave, your drip pans and any other metal grease-collecting objects that could use their shine restored.
12. Dust pans. Dust pans collect bacteria over time, and that gets on your broom, so you’re cleaning your floor with icky stuff. Run a dust pan through on the top rack, in a separate load from plates you eat on.
13. Keyboards. You can actually wash a computer keyboard in the dishwasher. This is a great idea if, like me, you tend to munch snacks over your keyboard.
14. Light fixture globes. Glass and acrylic light fixture globes can be run through a delicate cycle, without a drying cycle.
15. Baseball caps and visors. Plastic hats will benefit from a wash on the top rack, in a separate cycle from your usual dishwashing, with borax instead of dish detergent. You may need to reshape the hats a little while you set them somewhere to dry.
16. Fans – any removable plastic bits. The cage and blades of a fan gets incredibly disgusting over time. Remove it and any removable fan blades and put them through a regular cycle on the top rack on a separate load from dishes (this may be slightly paranoid, but I can’t stand the idea of that gunk getting on the dishes, even though I know the gunk is in the air). Do NOT include any electrical cords or parts that could contain electrical bits, as they will not dry out and you could get shocked badly if you turn on a fan with water in the motor.
17. Golf balls. Toss them in with the dishes, in a dishwasher basket so they can’t bang into the rest of your load and break things.
18. Spice and condiment containers. Empty your spice containers once in a while, and run them through a regular cycle. Be sure they’re completely dry before you put the dry ingredients back in.
20. Shoes. Sneakers, crocs and sandals can generally be run through the dishwasher. Avoid putting shoes with suede, leather or wood parts into the dishwasher, as they can shrink and/or crack.
21. Sports equipment. Shin guards and other plastic sports equipment can be run through a dishwasher on a normal cycle. Skip the dry cycle.
22. Removable car cup holders. Or any other plastic removable bits from a car can be run through on a normal cycle, as part of a normal load.
23. Fridge shelves. Many fridge shelves can be put in the dishwasher to wash, though you may need to pull out the top rack to fit them in.
24. Vent covers. Those metal plates that cover a central air or furnace shaft in your home can be unscrewed from the wall and run through a normal cycle.
25. Potatoes. You can clean potatoes on a quick rinse cycle without detergent. This is probably a complete waste of water and electricity compared to doing it the hard way, but it’s a good time saver when you’re in a rush.
26. Vacuum cleaner attachments. Run them through on a normal cycle if they’ve developed film.

Not all of these items can or should be washed with your dishes or pots and pans. Noted are the ones to keep in a separate load. 

1. Ziploc bags. A trip through the dishwasher will give used Ziploc bags a good cleaning. Just make sure you spread the bag open on some prongs, so the water gets into it completely.

2. Bathroom wastebaskets. Bathroom waste baskets can collect gunk over time. Fit them into the dishwasher (you may need to remove the top rack) and run them through a normal cycle.

3. Plastic Hair Brushes, Combs, Headbands, etc. These items can get dirty over time from hair oils and products. Pull out any strands of hair, then place them in a dishwasher basket on the top rack and run through a typical cycle. Please note: Only do this with plastic or metal items, not with products that have wood handles or natural brush fibers.

4. Pet dishes. It’s recommended by vets to run pet dishes through a dishwasher at least occasionally, to prevent growing bacteria which can make them sick. You can do this alongside people dishes, unless you have a baby and/or a family member with immune system problems – in that case, you’d want to run them separately on the sanitizing cycle.

5. Soap dishes, toothbrush holders, other bathroom items. Personal care items that get filmy over time can be run through a normal cycle on the top rack, along with other dishes on a routine dishwashing.

6. Metal fixtures. Put clogged shower heads, grungy faucets and similar items through a pots and pans cycle on the top rack, along with your regular pots and pans.

7. Sponges and dish brushes. Along with a regular dishwashing on a normal cycle, throw in your sponges and brushes for dishes to give them a thorough cleaning and, in the case of the sponges, remove the bacteria so they’ll be safe to use until they start falling apart.

8. Gardening tools. Wash plastic-handled (no wood!) trowels and other small gardening tools on the top rack, in a separate load (just in case they have traces of fertilizer and other stuff you don’t want getting onto your dishes).

9. Plastic baby toys. Teething rings and other plastic toys babies put in their mouths deserve a good cleaning. Put them in the dishwasher basket or in a mesh bag on the top rack and wash them along with the regular dishes.

10. Fake plastic flowers. Run them through on a normal cycle to restore their original luster. Make sure every part of the fake plant is plastic – sometimes they have paper stems (but you may be able to pop the plastic petal part off, wash it, and pop it right back on).

11. Microwave trays, drip pans, etc. Use a normal cycle to clean the tray from your microwave, your drip pans and any other metal grease-collecting objects that could use their shine restored.

12. Keyboards. You can actually wash a computer keyboard in the dishwasher. 

13. Light fixture globes. Glass and acrylic light fixture globes can be run through a delicate cycle, without a drying cycle.

14. Baseball caps and visors. Plastic hats will benefit from a wash on the top rack, in a separate cycle from your usual dishwashing, with borax instead of dish detergent. You may need to reshape them a bit while they dry.

15. Golf balls. Toss them in with the dishes, in a dishwasher basket so they can’t bang into the rest of your load and break things.

16. Empty your spice containers once in a while, and run them through a regular cycle. Be sure they’re completely dry before you put the dry ingredients back in.

17. Shoes. Sneakers, crocs and sandals can generally be run through the dishwasher. Avoid putting shoes with suede, leather or wood parts into the dishwasher, as they can shrink and/or crack.

18. Sports equipment. Shin guards and other plastic sports equipment can be run through a dishwasher on a normal cycle, just skip the dry cycle.

19. Fridge shelves. Many fridge shelves can be put in the dishwasher to wash, so pull out the top rack to fit them in.

20. Vacuum cleaner attachments. Run them through on a normal cycle to remove film.

Tour of Homes Event - Mountain View Country Club

by Rob Zwemmer

The Weekend of May 18 & 19th will be a special Tour of Homes event at Mountain View Country Club in La Quinta. Come meet the Zwemmer & Associates team of agents at the following property locations from 1-3pm. Find your dream home and dream lifestyle at Mountain View Country Club!

80135 Via Valerosa

50941 El Dorado

50913 El Dorado

51806 Via Sorrento

80244 Via Tesoro

80242 Via Tesoro

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Quick Market Update

by Rob Zwemmer

 

Rob Zwemmer, President of Zwemmer & Associates Inc. of Keller Williams Luxury Homes International reports that La Quinta luxury home inventories are down, while there is great demand for golf course luxury properties. “With historically low interest rates, increased consumer confidence, the demand is up two-fold here in La Quinta,” he added. “We are certain to continue to see a high demand for part-time residency in La Quinta and the neighboring Coachella Valley cities. The old saying ‘it’s a great time to buy’ certainly applies now,” Zwemmer observed. “Home sales have been exceeding new inventory for several weeks now. While still a buyer’s market, prices seem to have responded by moving up. If the demand trends continue in this manner, expect prices to keep heading upward, especially when we see a Seller’s Market. There are also more cash offers hitting the market than ever before.”
Current home sales figures released by Zwemmer and Associates shows the median Home prices in the valley raised by 25.6% compared to last year. Zwemmer says the market is extremely active. The rise of home prices and demand are the effect of historic low interest rates and this lack of inventory. Our inventory is down 20.3% as compared to April of last year,” Zwemmer says.
La Quinta is up 16.6 percent up from this time last year. Cathedral City is up 11.1 percent, Indio up 10.6 percent, Desert Hot Springs up 10 percent, Palm Desert up 8.7 percent, Rancho Mirage up .9 percent. Indian Wells is down 5.8 percent and Palm Springs is down 8.4 percent. Figures based on Broker Metrics, Terra Datum

 

From the Desk of Rob Zwemmer:

La Quinta luxury home inventories are down, while there is great demand for golf course luxury properties. With historically low interest rates, increased consumer confidence, the demand is up two-fold here in La Quinta. We are certain to continue to see a high demand for part-time residency in La Quinta and the neighboring Coachella Valley cities. The old saying ‘it’s a great time to buy’ certainly applies now. Home sales have been exceeding new inventory for several weeks now. While still a buyer’s market, prices seem to have responded by moving up. If the demand trends continue in this manner, expect prices to keep heading upward, especially when we see a Seller’s Market. There are also more cash offers hitting the market than ever before.

Current home sales figures released by Zwemmer and Associates shows the median home prices in the valley raised by 25.6% compared to last year. The market is extremely active, the rise of home prices and demand are the effect of historic low interest rates and this lack of inventory. Our inventory is down 20.3% as compared to April of last year.

*Valley Snapshot:  La Quinta is up 16.6 percent up from this time last year. Cathedral City is up 11.1 percent, Indio up 10.6 percent, Desert Hot Springs up 10 percent, Palm Desert up 8.7 percent, Rancho Mirage up .9 percent. Indian Wells is down 5.8 percent and Palm Springs is down 8.4 percent.

*Figures based on Broker Metrics, Terra Datum

May Is National Home Remodeling Month

by Rob Zwemmer

Did you know that May is National Home Remodeling Month? The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recommends homeowners to carefully consider the following when attempting do-it-yourself projects. Many times it can end up being a more complicated, costly and complex process than you think.

Many of the products purchased for the consumer market, although designated by a name brand, are not always the same quality available to professional contractors. Remember to verify the terms of the product warranty as many warranties become void by improper installation or product modifications. Troubleshooting unexpected issues often takes a lot more time and expertise than originally planned. Hiring a professional will ensure you have a contract with a completion date, and  the remodeler will bring in whatever necessary help to complete the job on time. Without the proper skills and preparation, a do-it-yourselfer can end up with an injury. Being unfamiliar with tools and their proper operation can lead to life-threatening accidents. Avoid projects that require major structural changes to walls, roofs and floors. When in doubt, hire a licensed contractor that can tackle the job. It isn’t worth putting life and limb at risk to save money. 

Many of the products purchased for the consumer market, although designated by a name brand, are not always the same quality available to professional contractors. Remember to verify the terms of the product warranty as many warranties become void by improper installation or product modifications. Troubleshooting unexpected issues often takes a lot more time and expertise than originally planned. Hiring a professional will ensure you have a contract with a completion date, and  the remodeler will bring in whatever necessary help to complete the job on time. Without the proper skills and preparation, a do-it-yourselfer can run the risk of getting injured. Being unfamiliar with tools and their proper operation can lead to life-threatening accidents. Avoid projects that require major structural changes to walls, roofs and floors.

When in doubt, hire a licensed contractor that can tackle the job. It isn’t worth putting life and limb at risk to save money. 

Getting the Best Service From Your Dishwasher

by Rob Zwemmer

Here are a few tips to help get the best service and extend the life of your dishwasher.


1. Load dishes neatly to help it run more smoothly and quietly and to prevent damage. Your dishes will come out free from the cracks and chips that occur when they are haphazardly piled in.


2.  Regular daily usage prevents your dishwasher from the build-up of debris and helps keep the lines draining properly.


3. Rinse your dishes thoroughly to remove food particles and film. This will help prevent  drainage clogs and other issues that lead to ineffective service. Your glassware, cookware and dishes will come out gleaming.


4. Regularly clean the interior of your dishwasher when it is completely cooled to help its efficiency. Avoid cleaners other than common dishwasher detergent so soap foaming doesn't occur the next time it is run.


5. Be sure all holes in the spinning arms are open so water can flow through freely during the wash cycle. Carefully use a pair of pliers or a toothpick to remove any debris.


6. Most dishwashers are designed to deposit used wash water directly into the in-sink garbage disposal. Run water and the garbage disposal for about five seconds before starting the dishwasher cycle. This regular practice can help the dishwasher's pump work more efficiently, and keeps the drain tube clear of debris build-up.

A few simple practices can keep your dishwasher running efficiently for many years to come.

 

Spring Home Improvements

by Rob Zwemmer

The new season is here, so it's a perfect time to think about Home Improvements. Here's a few to put on your to-do list:

Replace Windows. If you felt drafts during the colder winter months, maybe those single-pane windows have been the problem. Replacing windows can be costly, averaging from about $400 to $500 per window. But, if you are planning to stay awhile in your home, an investment in dual pane windows may be the perfect thing to do. If you are planning to sell your home, you'll be adding to its value. Think of the energy savings for one thing, as well as your own personal comfort. If you are looking for a less costly alternative, try caulking and window stripping.

Install a New Heating System & Change Filters.
If you had an issue with your heating system this past season, or have noticed a spike in your energy bills, it may be time for a replacement. Your system choice should carry an EnergyStar label for best results.

Clean Air Conditioning units. Before summer temps rise and the A/C companies are swamped with service calls, ensure your system is in perfect operation. First clean coils, change the filters and clean drain lines so moisture is eliminated. After performing these tasks you can test the system to ensure it is ready for that first hot day.

Switch-out inefficient appliances.
Sometimes appliances get past the point of no repair. The determining factors should be the age of the appliance and the cost of new versus a repair job. Top choices should carry an EnergyStar label. To prioritize in order of importance, first switch out the range, then the refrigerator, dishwasher and microwave.

Before hiring anyone to take on work, be sure to get a written estimate. 

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