Hot Tubs

By Nancy Hankin
www.PalmSpringsHomesandEstates.com

palm springs hot tubIt may be winter….but you are living in beautiful sunny warm Palm Springs California…..land of hot tubs and swimming pools! All of your friends have them and now you want to get on the bandwagon, too. With professional installation and a little information on their care and keeping, you can relax in style while gazing at the majestic snowcapped San Jacinto mountains!

One of the first considerations is placement of your new hot tub. Ninety percent of owners put their hot tubs and spas out of doors, possibly on a deck or patio area. All you need is an electrical outlet and a flat, solid surface. You can also have your hot tub in the ground. Some folks are now building spools which are large hot tubes/spas or small pools.

Keeping your hot tub or spa clean isn’t all that difficult. Acrylic tubs with fiberglass backing are easy to care for, making this one of the most popular. Just make sure you keep up with your filter’s needs. You can use an ozonator to spray ozone gas Palm Springs hot tubs and poolsinto the spa water, a very effective way to kill bacteria without the chlorine smell. Follow the instructions for daily use or use the usual bromide and chlorine cleaners. .

Today’s hot tubs come with an amazing variety of features, including stereo systems, customized head rests and extra jets for those who have special needs. Customized lighting creates a nice mood for evenings. You can choose a small spa for two or one large enough for your friends. Just consider how you want to use your spa and the cost of keeping it running, including water and electricity. Then just sit back and Enjoy! It doesn’t get any better than this!

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ONE MAN’S JUNK

By Nancy Hankin
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Shabby Chic, One man's JunkShabby or Junk decorating has moved from the domain of newlyweds and first time apartment dwellers to main stream and uptown. It is now considered very chic to include items that your Grandmother might have thrown out in the trash. What is this new decorating style and how do you get it?Shabby Chic, Repurpose Junk

Junk decorating appeals to those who cherish the unusual, appreciate the workmanship, charming defects and aged patina of discarded objects. Castoffs from your attic, or someone else’s, such as old chests and trunks, chairs or mirrors, can become treasures. Our Palm Springs Desert Area has many Consignment shops bursting with these buried treasures!

Look beyond the discoloration and peeling paint. If the item has ‘good bones’, make it a part of your new decor. Remember when selecting your items, that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If it appeals to you, then you can make it work.

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MAKE BUYING A HOME A SUCCESSFUL HUNT

By Nancy Hankin
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Buying a Palm Springs HomeBuying a new home can be very stressful for every member of the family. Selecting a new house can easily become overwhelming. When I work with buyers, I ask my buyers to communicate well, and frequently, so I will have a better understanding of how to best assist them on their search. There are several things you, as the buyer, can do to enhance the process, minimize aggravation, and keep yourself on track during what ought to be a very exciting time for you.

Start by preparing a list of Wants and Needs.  This list will detail the features you absolutely must have in a home, as well as those that would be nice, but not necessarily essential. Have everyone participate in the preparation of this list. I ask my buyers to give me a copy of this list and discuss it to assure that everything is clear. Be as specific as possible. This entire process will help narrow the field and make house hunting more efficient. However, I’ll let you in a little known secret.  A good majority of the buyers wind up buying something totally contrary to what they have on their “must have” list. As the kids say, “Go figure!”

Here is what I suggest we do when it’s time to start looking. Start by taking a copy of your Wants and Needs list to each property you view. Check off the amenities of the house against your list, and make notes for future reference. When visiting properties, the best way to organize the properties you’ve seen, is to do the following:

  • Only keep flyers of properties you feel you could comfortably live in.
  • If there are two parties making the decision and only one party likes the house…toss it and consider the house OFF the list of saved properties. You BOTH need to like the house and be able to see yourselves living there.
  • Make notes on the backs of all flyers. This will remind you of special features that interested you.
  • When you see a property you really like, compare this to all others you see. This will help eliminate less desirable properties you saw.
  • Rate your properties 1, 2 and 3. One being at the top of the list.
  • Try to find 2 to 3 properties you like in the event the first property you like gets sold before you are able to get your offer accepted.
  • Immediately discard those properties that are less desirable.

You may also want to spend time driving around by yourself, getting a feel for various neighborhoods, and checking out drive-by-properties to consider from the outside. You can’t always tell a book by its cover, and you don’t want to inadvertently dismiss a fabulous property simply based on its façade. As your Realtor, I can make appointments to view the interior of homes that you find appealing.  If you pop into an Open House, let the Realtor doing the Open House know you are working with another Realtor.

In the event you would like to see New Home Developments, please keep in mind that in order for me to represent you, I must accompany you on your first visit to the New Home Development. It’s very important to have me give you an objective opinion of the property, the builder and the area. Oftentimes I will know things the builder will not share with you. This can’t be done if you represent yourself. New Home Developers cooperate with Realtors just as Sellers do. It will not cost you anything to use your Realtor to assist you in a New Home sale, but it could cost you considerable in not using them.

Checklist for home buyingAnd last but not least, please try to leave small children at home while you’re house hunting. The process can be exhausting for grown-ups, and wears on children very quickly. You’ll be better able to concentrate on each home if the kids are with a sitter.

As you view various properties, keep your needs, wants, and financial capabilities foremost in your mind.

Remember, careful planning, staying organized, and communicating with me throughout the process will serve to make house-hunting enjoyable, efficient and productive.  And once we are ready to write an offer, I’ll guide you through the process and start to do my job which will be negotiating with YOUR best interests in mind.

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Is It Time To Move?

010615 decide to moveThinking of selling? Should you give up the house that you love, that you’ve cared for, that’s been home to you and yours all these years? Should you start looking for another “perfect” property? Can you handle another closing? Another move? Sure you can, if you have a good reason.

There are several good reasons to sell your home. You may want to move to a different area with warmer climate, such as the Palm Springs Desert Area. A new location might put you closer to your children, your parents, or better medical care. Selling and moving could serve those needs.

A move can give you more space, or the opportunity to scale down and have maintenance that matches your current lifestyle.Moving to Palm Springs in 2015

If your financial situation changes, you may decide to move. If you’re doing well, you might want to find a home that better suits your social, business and lifestyle needs. If you’re retiring soon, a smaller mortgage and less upkeep are attractive.

In some cases, divorce or the death of a spouse necessitates a move. Whether for emotional reasons, or practical reasons, selling and moving after a huge life change is common. Sometimes, the move is simply a fresh start.

Deciding to sell is a big decision. Weigh your options, and if you need further help with this decision, just give me a call. Whether you decide to stay or sell, the decision has to be one that leaves you the most comfortable and meets your current needs. Sometimes talking it through with another helps you see all your options. As a Realtor who has worked these past 23 years with clients with a variety of wants, needs and options, I strongly suggest you Click Here to see how I have worked with others who have had to make these decisions as well. Then give me a call. I’m here to help you any way I can.

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Saying Goodbye to 2014

By Nancy Hankin
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Say Goodbye to 2014

Saying Goodbye to 2014

May the good memories follow us into 2015, leaving sadder and more painful memories behind.

Saying Hello to 2015

2015 Happy New Year!May this be a year filled with good health and blessings.

May world leaders teach peace and strive for tolerance and better understanding for others.

May we reach out to those around us and to those far away and learn to truly accept our differences.

May 2015 be a good year for all.

Happy New Year from Nancy

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Holiday Cheers

By Nancy Hankin
www.PalmSpringsHomesandEstates.com

Happy Holidays 2014Is it that time again?  Why is it that TIME seems to drag its heels when we are kids, but as adults… TIME seems to just whiz by, faster than a speeding bullet?

  • Holidays are meant as a time for family and friends to gather together, to celebrate and enjoy, and to watch the children in all their wonderment. What are your plans this holiday season?

For some, this is a time to “reach out” and help those less fortunate. Toys for Tots is just one of the many organizations trying to “make a difference” with a child who may have a mommy or daddy thousands of miles away defending our country. Many others are opening their doors to the many service men and women who are thousands of miles away from their families…inviting them into their homes for a warm meal and friendship.

Volunteer 2014For those living near a children’s hospital, you might want to call and ask if there is any way you can help make a child’s holiday a little nicer. Or call the Rescue Mission in your area and help serve meals to those less fortunate than you are. I promise, you will get back more than you gave!

Volunteering to bag groceries at the supermarket so an employee can have the day off is another way to enjoy the holidays and to make someone else’s holiday happier as well.

Wishing you all a wonderful and joyous holiday.

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Universal Currency Converter

By Nancy Hankin
PalmSpringsHomesandEstates.com

Dollar, US CurrencyDollar, US CurrencyDollar, US CurrencyMany of my clients from out of the country track their dollars against the US dollar. Many of my clients traveling abroad are also interested in how their dollar “stacks up” to currencies in other countries.

As a Realtor who was one of the first Realtors with a Personal Website and someone who has had her website since 1995, I am always trying to add features to my website which would be helpful, informative and easy to use. For your convenience, would like to remind you I have a Universal Currency Exchange Converter to my Home Page.

If you go to www.PalmSpringsHomesAndEstates.com you will see a beautiful collage of photos depicting the desert. Along the right side of the page you will see a Currency Converter that should help you in your travels.

As I have reported previously, fluctuations in the exchange market can grossly affect your purchasing power in another currency. On May 14th, 2008 if you had purchased $400,000 USD at a rate of 1.0043 it would have cost you $401,720 CAD. If you had purchased the same US Dollars on May 21st, 2008—one week later—at a rate of .9816, it wouldCurrency, Dollar have cost you $392,640 CAD, a difference of $9,080 CAD from the week before. Most currency rates fluctuate nearly 1% a day and market trends can go both up and down, so it’s important to keep yourself informed so you can save money and protect yourself from rate risks.

Are you aware you can also “lock in a rate” for up to 24 months with many of the Exchange Companies? That is very helpful when looking for a home to buy, or a long range purchase of any kind Most Exchange Specialist will offer an online platform where all client payment and recipient details are stored online-which makes it easy for online transfers..

In addition to the fluctuations in the rates, most major financial institutions charge a premium of 2-4% on the exchange rate, which can cost you thousands more than going through a foreign exchange company. Working closely with a currency trader, such as the ones from Globex Foreign Exchange, will not only save you on these premiums, but they will also keep you knowledgeable of market trends, actively watch the rates for you and contact you when the rates are acting in your favor.

So if you are a foreigner thinking of buying a home in this beautiful Palm Springs Desert Area, you might want to check it out yourself, and let others know as well!

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AVOID UNPLEASANT SURPRISES WITH

PRE-SALE INSPECTIONS

By Nancy Hankin
PalmSpringsHomesandEstates.com

Pre Sale InspectionsIt is not unusual for Palm Springs sellers to balk when you suggest a Pre-Sale Inspection. “Let the buyers get their own inspection” is a typical response I often hear. However, when you and a Palm Springs area buyer agree on the sale price of your home, the sale will still be contingent upon a successful home inspection done by the buyer. If the home inspection reveals problems, the buyers may want to renegotiate with you, and ask that you reduce the sale price in accordance with repairs or problems. If you have arranged to have your Palm Springs home inspected before you list it, you can avoid any unpleasant surprises. 

For the majority of sellers, pre-sale expenses are unwelcome. Available funds are spent on sprucing up, cleaning up, and making repairs. But a pre-sale inspection is worth much more than it costs. For example, you can present a full disclosure of the property’s condition to each prospective buyer. If the buyer is happy with the inspection, the purchase offer will be based upon full knowledge of the property’s condition, and an agreement can be reached more quickly. 

Pre Sale ReportA Palm Springs area professional inspector will evaluate the major systems, including the electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, appliances, fireplace, roof, pool and the foundation. He or she will go over the house and systems with extraordinary care, and then report on items that need to be replaced or repaired. The home inspector can also estimate the useful life of the systems, equipment, the structure, and finishes. A home inspection doesn’t specify cosmetic imperfections. But it does reveal serious problems, and advise what must be done to correct them.

A home inspection report exceeds the legal requirements for Palm Springs seller disclosure. By revealing a larger body of information, you effectively limit future liability. Plus, a pre-sale inspection shows buyers that you have nothing to hide. Buyers are more willing to accept any defects of the property if they are initially disclosed, and not “uncovered” by a home inspection later.  

When faulty conditions are discovered later in the escrow process, buyers typically expect the repairs to be made at the expense of the seller. The case for a pre-sale inspection is a strong one, and serves both the seller and buyer. So the next time your Realtor suggests a pre-sale Inspection, don’t be so quick to say “no.”

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IT’S TIME TO LOOSEN THOSE BELTS

By Nancy Hankin
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Palm Springs 2014 ThanksgivingFamilies from one end of the country to another are getting together this week to celebrate Thanksgiving in grand style! Turkeys are running for cover and those relegated to do the cooking are preparing pies and smashing cranberries in preparation for the BIG FEAST!

Why do we all have a tendency to stuff ourselves on Thanksgiving, just as we did with the turkey? Each year we swear we won’t over-eat….but we seem to have an attack of amnesia and we eat like it’s going to be our last meal…..then spend the rest of the evening lying around with loosened belts as men fall asleep watching their favorite football games, women gather in the kitchen to visit and children play games with cousins who traveled hundreds of miles to spend a few days with their Palm Springs FAMILY.

Families come in all shapes and sizes. I recently saw a very moving video called Prank It Forward. You can watch it here. I was so moved by this video it brought tears to my eyes. It’s an amazing story of a different kind of FAMILY gathered together to share a meal.

This Thanksgiving you might want to look around and see how you can SHARE your Thanksgiving with others. You might want to invite a few local Palm Springs area service men or women to join you and your family for a meal and conversation. Is there someone you know who may not have anyone to share the day with? Invite them to join you….or volunteer at a Palm Springs Shelter, Church or Synagogue who need help feeding those less fortunate than others.

And at the end of the day, take a moment to COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS…..for you have much to be grateful for!

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SELLERS HAVING ANXIETY ATTACKS

By Nancy Hankin
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Seller AnxietyAs a Palm Springs seller, you may have a specific time frame for getting your property sold. If things don’t move along as quickly as you like, anxiety sets in. You quickly become concerned that your home may sit forever and you’ll be stuck.

If this sounds familiar, it’s time to take stock of the situation to see if there is something you can do to get the process jump started again. There are many reasons as to why a property doesn’t sell quickly. Some of them are things you can control and some of them you can’t.

What you can control are presentation and price. Have a heart-to-heart with your agent on these issues. Is your home priced correctly for the current market? Do you need to make some adjustments? If you’ve not already done so, have a comparable market analysis done.

As for presentation, you know that your house should be as spotless as possible for those spur of the moment showings. I remind my sellers that living in their home and selling their home are totally different. They now live in a PRODUCT that is being MARKETED to POTENTIAL PALM SPRINGS BUYERS so it is essential it be shown looking its best and easy to access. Before heading out for the day, walk through your home and make sure everything is in order. You’ll especially want to check the kitchen and bathrooms. Keep a spray cleaner and cloth handy for quick touch ups. Hang Welcome Palm Springs Buyersup clothes, straighten the towels on the rack and make sure the dishes are in the dishwasher. It’s a good idea to take the trash out each morning to prevent unpleasant smells that might build up. It’s the little things that count when you’re trying to make a good impression.

Kids and pets present a special challenge. You may not have the energy to vacuum each evening, but a fast swipe with a dust mop can keep fur and crumbs at bay. Store those extra toys and keep a basket or box available to encourage little ones to put things away.

The front of your home is the most important element here. After all, it’s the first impression a potential buyer has and it should always look nice. Pay special attention to landscaping, front doors and welcome mats. Polish the hardware and get rid of smudges on glass.

At most importantly, the more accessible your home is to Palm Springs agents with buyers, the better chance you have having your home shown. Nowadays lockboxes installed on your property are very secure. The minute and agent accesses the box, you are notified who it is and what date and time they entered.

As for things out of your control, there’s little you can do about interest rates, the stock market or how many other homes are for sale at the same time. Stay positive and focused and keep the communication going with your agent. You loved your house enough to make the purchase and so will someone else.

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