HERE COME THE GLITCHES

By Nancy Hankin
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Selling Home, Murphy's Law, Selling home expectationsThat’s just “Good Old Murphy’s Law!” There’s potential for lots of things to go awry. So be prepared for the typical glitches and problems that will rear its ugly face!.

Many sellers are dismayed to learn what buyers and real estate professionals think the home is worth. Home values rise and fall in response to changing markets. A number of subjective factors, like the floor plan or curb appeal, can affect the value of a home. Your agent can provide you with information about similar homes in your area that have sold recently, and work with you to price your house accordingly……so don’t get mad at the messenger. We are here to help you get the most dollar in today’s market.

Remember most other people won’t appreciate your home as you do. The longer you’ve lived in your house, the more it’s been shaped to reflect your lifestyle, your tastes, and your needs. The longer you’ve lived there, the more you love it. Buyers will view your home with an eye to how it can best suit their lifestyles, tastes, and needs, which may involve anything from cosmetic changes to major remodeling. Since these changes will cost the buyer time and money, the buyer will value your property less than you do.  

When you put your home on the market, buyers are going to want to view it. During this time, you will keep your home looking its best, and be ready to leave at any time during the day, evenings, and weekends. Unexpected showings aren’t uncommon, and despite the fact that you want to accommodate buyers, your nerves may get a little frayed.

Since you want to get the best possible price for your home, and the buyer wants to get the best bargain around, you may begin to view the buyer as a bit of an adversary. The buyer may present a long list of concerns, complaints, and requests for repairs, some reasonable, and some not. Be aware that this is all part of the normal process and don’t let if affect you personally. Your agent will deal with the buyers’ agent, so you won’t need to Love home, real selling pricedeal with the buyers face-to-face. It’s important to remain flexible, and to compromise in order to finalize a purchase offer and ultimately close the deal.

In order to avoid surprises after you have an offer, have your property inspected before it goes on the market, and make necessary repairs and adjustments. The buyer will no doubt have another inspection performed, but the buyer’s offer will reflect the favorable inspection that you provide.

Selling a home is a complex process involving lots of steps and individual service providers, so a problem here or there is not uncommon. Schedule all the steps early, be patient, and communicate regularly with your real estate professional. Your agent can track the transaction, make sure that things are moving along as they should, and intervene when things get bogged down for any reason.

When you’re selling your house, things can go wrong, and probably will. Be comforted by the fact that glitches are commonplace, and most can be remedied or negotiated. Plan well, be patient, and take lots of deep breaths! Or give me a call and I’ll hold your hand when you just need a friend to tell you…….”this too shall pass!”

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Does an Empty House Sell?

By Nancy Hankin
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Preparing Home for sale, empty home, stagingYou need to move before selling your home, or your tenants have moved and you’ve decided to sell. Many times a home which is vacant, needs to go on the market, and all the furniture has been removed. What can we do to make it more presentable?

As you know, your house devoid of furniture is probably not the ideal way to showcase its best features when it is on the market. On the other hand, your home will probably look more spacious. What can you do to say ‘Welcome!’ when a prospective buyer opens up the door?

Actually, there are a few things that can be done at a reasonable cost. After you’ve removed your furnishings, touch up any chipped paint or marks on the walls. Or, take this opportunity to give the walls a coat of a neutral color. Without furniture, the paint job will be easy. The walls will look fresh and clean and allow the potential buyer to feel they can move right in without any additional work. If there is carpet, have it cleaned. Walking patterns and furniture usually leave behind some discoloration. A good professional cleaning should take care of this and leave everything looking brighter.

Sometimes painting the front door with a splash of color, or putting a planter near the door will give it a homier feel. And remember to wash those windows inside and out! Make sure they sparkle! A well maintained yard will be the first thing a buyer sees, so make sure it’s been well taken care of.

It will cost you a small amount of money, but keep the temperature regulated so the house feels comfortable. You don’t want someone walking into a freezing cold or stifling hot house. In fact, all the utilities should be working – water, electricity, gas, etc. Buyers will want to check these things out. If you know about a showing ahead of time, turn on the lights. If you have rooms without overhead lighting, leave a few lamps behind. A table with an attractive lamp is a nice touch. A bright interior can go a long way.

A larger plant, possibly a fern or palm, in the front hall or living room adds warmth. Place a bowl of potpourri in one or two places. Hang some handsome towels in the bathroom and leave the shower curtain. A scented candle gives the appearance of a much loved home and will add a nice fragrance, even if it isn’t lit. Pretty soaps will help, also. Shine and polish the fixtures and mirrors to add a bit of sparkle.

The kitchen should be scrubbed clean, especially the cooktop and oven. If the refrigerator is to remain, clean it thoroughly and add some baking soda to the interior to take care of any remaining food odors. Again, the addition of some attractive kitchen towels and apreparing home for sale, staging, first impressions, palm springs real estate small plant on the counter will make the area seem cozier. Place a throw rug in the kitchen for some added color and texture. A bowl of fake fruit placed on the counter will help to add color and atmosphere.

Clean garages as well. Don’t leave behind any junk. They should be cleared out and clean – clean – clean – no dust and no dirt! You want the buyer to know that this property has been well cared for. Place a welcome mat at the front and back doors and get ready to sell.

All it takes is a little effort, without a lot of cost to make an empty home look warm and inviting. If you need to add some furnishings, try the Goodwill or any second hand store. Just adding a small seating area with an area rug, chair, small table and floor lamp can make a big difference when buyer opens the front door. Let your home say “welcome.”

Want more ideas, just give me a call and we can discuss these as we sign the Listing Contract so you can be on your way to a new chapter in your life!

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Does a Burglar Find You Easy Prey?

By Nancy Hankin
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ItHome Safety, security still amazes me when I hear of a home with their security alarm OFF…….broken into. Keeping your home safe and secure should always be a home owner’s top priority. You and your loved ones deserve that feeling of confidence, knowing that you can retreat to a place of safety, leaving the cares of the world behind. A quick check of your home will definitely have you sleeping better.

I hear many stories where homeowners were in their living rooms while burglars were rifling thru their bedrooms because they left their bedroom sliding doors unlocked. I hear about homeowners who never set their burglar alarms at night while they slept, while burglars quietly ransacked their house…and in some cases, harmed or killed the homeowners.

Keyed entryways and deadbolt locks are essential. Just be sure to remind yourself to use them.

  • Leaving your home unlocked is a sure invitation to a burglar that you are open for business.

This is also true for your garage or storage shed. Garage door openers are an added safety feature for any home. If you have a garage door that leads into the house, ALWAYS make sure it is kept LOCKED. Recent reports indicate most break-ins occur in residential areas and the burglar takes approximately 60 seconds to gain entry. Don’t make his job easier. Do an outside inspection of your home. If you can find a place to gain entry without a key, so can a burglar. It’s even a good idea to lock doors when you are at home. And never leave a key outside under the mat or a rock. Instead, leave an extra key with a trusted neighbor.

If you have a patio or sliding glass door, you’ll want to install a security bar. There are various types, so investigate which kind provides you with optimum protection. And, what about your windows? Do your windows have adequate locks? If not, you can install key locks or ‘pin’ your windows by drilling a small hole at a 45 degree angle between the inner and outer frames and insert a nail that can be removed.

There are many choices in home security systems. You will definitely want to ask around and do your homework before making a purchase. Options can include surveillance equipment such as video cameras, monitors, and alarms. Alarm systems can usually be installed easily and can be programmed to notify the security company or the homeowner. Many use apps on their smartphones to check to make sure the house is locked. If you have multiple people entering your home, give each one their own security code so you can monitor who entered and who exited.

Outdoor lighting is essential and motion sensors can often be a deterrent. Some homeowners use the ‘barking dog’ method as a warning to potential thieves. You’ll also want to pay attention to landscaping. Overgrown plants that hide windows or doors are not a good idea. Trim them back.

Important documents or other valuables are best protected in a safety deposit box or fireproof safe. Last, but very important – always make sure everyone is schooled on safety. Teach children to never open the door to strangers. Practice escape routes often, in case of fire. Have a plan on how to handle pets. And make sure fire extinguishers and smoke alarms are up to date and in perfect working order.

  • If you leave your car keys with a valet parker, NEVER leave a house key on the same key ring.Home Alarms, Security
  • Many models can provide you with a valet key.
  • Lock your glove compartment and secure your remotes in there.
  • To take extra precaution, do not leave any evidence of your home address in the car unless it is locked in your glove compartment
  • Never program your home address into your GPS. Select an address of the nearest pharmacy, grocery store or other place of business as your home address on your GPS, so you don’t lead the thief right to your front door!

Another misconception is that living in a gated community, or having a guard at the gate is safety enough. Wrong! Burglars can jump walls. Sometimes a vendor will hang around the community “after hours” and have a buddy on the outside. The burglar “cases the neighborhood,” then breaks into the property and tosses the “goodies” over the wall to his buddy. Burglaries are on the rise and, unless you are diligent about protecting your home and loved ones, you could become their next victim.

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This Villain Can Destroy You…..Damaging Moisture!

By Nancy Hankin

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Termite damageTermites and Mold are usually the first thing homeowners think of when it comes to damage. But an equal villain on the home front is moisture.

Other than insects, moisture is the number one enemy of your home. Left unchecked, it can cause cracks in the foundation, peeling paint, rotted wood, mold, and in general, will create an unhealthy place in which to live, costing you thousands of dollars to rectify. It can also cost you the sale!

Prevention is the best method for dealing with the problem. If you’re experiencing a little dampness in a utility space or garage, possibly a dehumidifier will solve the problem. If you are noticing more visible signs of moisture, quick action is needed.

There are lots of ways for moisture to enter your house. The most common, of course, is a leaky roof. If you are suspicious that this is the problem, enlist a qualified roofer to inspect. Your roof has a life span but can suffer from weather and wind damage. A quick repair could save you a lot in the long run. You’ll also want to check for gutters and downspouts that may have been incorrectly installed, have deteriorated or maybe simply need cleaning out. Clogged gutters that allow water to run down the side of the building and into the area around your house will cause Flood, Mold, Leaky roofmildew and mold.

Improper Grading is a big culprit. If your grading is sloped towards the house, rain and melting snow will often find their way into the walls. Mold will soon follow!

Other possible culprits are leaking and cracked pipes, climate control systems that are working improperly or cracks in the foundation possibly caused by settling. You quite often have to put on your detective hat to find the source. That stain on the wall could have come from a leak on the other side of the building.

It’s never a good idea to repair the damaged plaster or place a water proof coating over a masonry wall without first finding the cause of the problem. The dampness is still there and will eventually seep through, causing further damage. You must get to the root of the problem before making the cosmetic repairs.

Proper ventilation will help also, especially in attics or in instances where one area is climate controlled and another is not. You may get a condensation buildup which will need to be addressed.

Most moisture problems can be solved through proper maintenance, ventilation and remedial treatments. If you’re having trouble though, there are experts who can help you solve the mystery. And most importantly, ACT QUICKLY. This is NOT the time to procrastinate! And when it comes time to find an expert in many incidences I have a great list of vendors’ on my website. Just go to www.PalmSpringsHomesAndEstates.com, then pull down the menu ABOUT ME, and you will see the Vendors Listed there.  

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QUICK FIXES EQUAL QUICK APPEAL

By Nancy Hankin
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Palm Springs Curb AppealThe most important factor in getting buyers to like a house is how well it “shows.” Houses that show well, sell well. Houses that don’t, may not sell as quickly, may not sell at all, or may not sell at the price you want. Why leave $$$ on the table when a few quick fixes can help boost your home’s sales appeal.

Curb Appeal: Remember, you never have a second chance to make a good first impression. Several elements affecting your home’s curb appeal are the neighborhood, location of your house on the block and the overall condition of the driveway, front yard and landscaping. You can’t change the first two elements, but there are lots of ways to improve your home’s first impression. Fix the driveway with fresh blacktop; manicure the front lawn; trim the shrubs; touch up or completely repaint the front of your house; and replace or paint the front door. These quick steps are inexpensive, especially if you do the work yourself. Once it is done, you will have enormously increased the curb appeal of your home. Remember…..emotion SELLS homes! Common sense will often fly right out the window when it comes to buying a home because the buyers will have fallen in love with your home!

Uncluttering Works Wonders: I live in the Palm Springs Desert Area of California. I was waiting at the doctor’s office yesterday and they had a real estate program on the TV. The featured agents on the show were working with both buyers and sellers. They went on a listing appointment to a family home and there was clutter everywhere. They explained to the widowed father and two children the importance of removing much of the items in the house. The family didn’t like to hear that. Neither did the woman sitting next to me. She thought it was terrible the agents were being so nasty. I turned to her and told her I was also a Realtor. Then I explained the reasoning behind it. I told her the home would be very difficult to sell with all that clutter and it would be difficult for a buyer to imagine their own things in the house. I also told her the home would sell for far less with so much clutter. With a little work and small financial investment, they could get far more for the home if they were willing to follow their agents advice. I tell my clients, “What you may consider “cozy”, potential buyers may view as clutter,” so start packing. After all, you’ll soon be moving so you might as well get a head start on it now.

Carpeting: Clean or replace your carpets if they are dirty and worn. The first thing buyers look at once inside your home are the carpets. Clean carpets make a positive impression. New carpets make an even better one. Even inexpensive brand-new carpets look great. If you have tile, make sure there isn’t any cracked grouting, and a good cleaning will make a world of difference when sparkling clean. Spot Clean Walls: Most spots or smudges can be wiped off with detergent and a sponge. If your walls are heavily marked or scratches cannot easily be wiped off, consider re-painting the walls and remember to keep your colors neutral and light.

Check to see that Appliances Work: Broken appliances should be fixed or replaced. Sometimes it is cheaper to replace than to fix. Assess the cost of a new stove before deciding to pay the repair on one burner. Or decide if fixing the icemaker is warranted based on the cost of purchasing and installing a new one. Consider the payback and you’ll see that this is a bargain. Speaking of appliances, try to keep the kitchen counters free of lots of small appliances. De-Cluttering countertops in kitchens and bathrooms is a easy thing to rectify and most important to do. beforePalm Springs Living

Clean Your Windows and Sliders: Clean all your windows till they sparkle. And wash or replace old screens. Touch up the paint on the woodwork inside and out if needed. Put new rollers on sliders if they are difficult to slide back and forth.

By addressing some quick-fix needs of your home, you can make a better overall impression on your buyers without a lot of time or expense. Your home will sell faster and you’ll get top dollar if your home shows well and there are few visible repairs. I am the first to admit it is not fun living in a home that is for sale. Living in your home and Selling your home are not the same…..but the end result will make you mighty glad you took the time to present your home in its best light!

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IMPORTANT: If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling a home in the Palm Desert Area, try searching properties on the same Desert Area MLS Realtor’s use, or give me a call….or visit my website at Palm Springs Homes and Estates. I will be happy to give you or your referral my red carpet service.” After the sale, I will send you a $50 Gift Certificate towards dinner in a fabulous Palm Springs Area Restaurant so you can celebrate!

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Do You Tell Your Doctor How to Operate?

By Nancy Hankin

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Palm Springs Real Estate PricingThe other day I heard a similar story I have heard many times before and I just had to smile when I heard it AGAIN!

It amazes me how many “HOMEOWNER EXPERTS” seem to know the exact value of their homes. They often know because their neighbors have told them so, or they know because their home happens to be the best home in the neighborhood, or they know because they have a real estate crystal ball that tells them so!

Here’s how this typical story went: This homeowner called up a very well-known and highly respected Realtor in a particular development where the agent had represented many buyers and sellers in the past. He visited the seller and showed her what COMPARABLE properties had SOLD for in her neighborhood. Her crystal ball told her otherwise! She was shocked he wanted to “give away” her beautiful home at a bargain basement price! How dare he!

The seller wanted him to list the home at a much higher price. He explained that he would be doing her a dis-service because she would not get any buyers to look at an over-priced home…or worse yet… other Realtors would be marching their buyers over to the house to point out how well priced their listing was priced at,

Mrs. Seller decided she would not list her home with this agent because he just didn’t understand how “special” her home was, so she called another agent. As many Realtors know, agents that are desperate to obtain a listing will often take an over-priced listing in hopes of getting “sign calls” from buyers driving by the home. Mrs. Seller then signed a legally binding contract with agent # 2. After several months with NO SHOWINGS, she decided to FIRE her agent. She told him she no longer wanted him to represent her. By the way, she apparently did not understand she could NOT do this. Agent # 2 and the seller would have to Mutually Agree to break the CONTRACT, which he was unwilling to do.

Mrs. Seller took it upon herself to REMOVE the Agents Signs and she tried to sell the home By Owner. That did not work either, so she called the first agent and begged him to list her home at the price he had originally suggested. He could not do this for two very good reasons: The home was legally listed with Agent # 2 , and he refused to work with an Unethical Seller.Palm Springs Real Estate Market

The moral to this story is simply this. Unless you hold a real estate license and have taken many real estate courses to become educated in a field you may know nothing about, hire someone who has a great reputation and will have your best interest at heart. Would you tell your doctor how to operate on you or would you trust that he or she knows what they are doing?

And most importantly, educate yourself about the Realtor you are thinking of contacting BEFORE you sign a contract. It’s not uncommon for some Realtors to take Over-Priced Listings. Each day I drive by a home that called me to list their home. They felt I was estimating the price too low, so they went with another Realtor that quoted them a much higher price. It’s been over six months and they have kept reducing and reducing the price on their home. It is now listed at the price I first quoted them six months ago……and it still has not sold! Surprise Surprise!

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If You Don’t Buy A House Now

Rent vs Buying in Palm SpringsThat’s what Bloomberg said back in 2009. Actually, they said, “If You Don’t Buy a House Now, You’re Stupid or Broke.”

They continued, “Well, you may not be stupid or broke. Maybe you already have a house and you don’t want to move. Or maybe you’re a Trappist monk and have forsworn all earthly possessions. Or whatever. But if you want to buy a house, now is the time, and if you don’t act soon, you will regret it. Here’s why: historically low interest rates.”They were talking about rates hovering around five percent. Today, rates are under four percent for a 30-year fixed-rate loan.

Reason No. 1 to buy now: Rates are low

“Low mortgage rates continue to keep ownership less expensive than renting,” said Investopedia. “Even a small change in interest rates has a significant effect on what you’ll pay each month and over the life of a 30-year mortgage. Take a $172,000 30-year mortgage, for example ($172,000 is 80% of the median sales price for existing homes of $215,000 after a 20% down payment). With an interest rate of 4%, you would pay $821.15 each month. At an interest rate of 5%, the monthly payment would be $923.33, and at 6%, the payment rises to $1031.23.”

Reason No. 2: Rents are high

In many markets, rents are rising to unsustainable levels, reports the National Association of Realtors (NAR). “In the past five years, a typical rent rose 15% while the income of renters grew by only 11%.”

The cities with the highest rent increase since 2009 include New York, San Jose, San Francisco, Denver, and Seattle. For the rest of the list, click here, and to see how much more renting can cost you over a lifetime, check out Riskology.

Reason No. 3: Qualifications are easier

During the real estate downturn of the mid-2000s, banks and lenders tightened the reins, and often only the most qualified applicants could get approved. Post-recession, qualifications have loosened. Buyers who can’t show solid income and a minimum credit score probably won’t be offered a risky interest-only ARM today, however, those with less-than-perfect credit and minimal funds still have options. The Federal Housing Association (FHA) minimums are a 620 credit score and a 3.5 percent down payment.

Reason No. 4: Private mortgage insurance fees are down

Buyers who put less than 20 percent down on their home generally incur a monthly fee in the name of private mortgage Buy A Home Nowinsurance (PMI). In January 2015, the government announced lower PMI rates on Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans, which equates to a savings of about $900 a year. Seventy-five dollars a month may not seem like much, but every little bit helps when you’re committing to an investment as large as a home.

Reason No. 5: It’s still one of the best investments out there

In fact, some would say it’s the very best investment out there.

“Buying a home is the best investment any individual can make. Affordability is still at an all-time high,” said CNBC.

Not only as a comparison between buying and renting, but as a measurable asset, homeownership stands up—as long as buyers make a smart decision.

“The largest measurable financial benefit to homeownership is price appreciation,” said Investopedia. “Price appreciation helps build home equity, which is the difference between the market price of the house and the remaining mortgage payments.”

Reason No. 6: It feels good

You know that pride of ownership thing? It’s true. Really. Nothing compares to the feeling of walking into a home that’s yours for the first time. Or painting the walls a color other than white. Updating the kitchen. Making it your own. Not worrying about your rent being raised. And, of course, watching your equity grow over time.

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Snowbirds Spotted Leaving Palm Springs

Palm Springs CA LivingIt’s April, and this is usually the time of the year Snowbirds are spotted heading back to the Mid-West, East Coast, Canada and other parts of the country where they were seen flocking this way just 4-6 months ago!

Many are tired from all the fun they’ve enjoyed here in Palm Springs, California. You’ve been enjoying the scenic beauty of the San Jacinto snow-capped mountains, warm weather and day-after-day of sunshine! You must be tired from so much golfing, tennis, hiking and shopping. After all, you’ve had over 100 golf courses to play on. You “shopped til you dropped” and you played the slots at all the casinos in the area.  You’ve enjoyed top rated entertainment playing   at the many theatres scattered throughout the area.

Palm Springs CA ViewsYes, it’s time to go home so those of us, who live here year-round, can have our parking places back. We won’t have to wait in long lines for dinner and we can find a good seat at the movie theatres.  Those rumors you’ve heard about summer in the desert are not true. We haven’t melted yet and we still play golf, tennis and hike all summer long.

However, we would like to wish you a wonderful summer wherever you are heading back to, and to let you know we will be here next October-November-December, etc. to greet you upon your return. After-all, you are like family, and we always look forward to your return.

Enjoy a beautiful summer, and just like Motel 6, we’ll keep the lights on for you!

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The Lost Art of Conversation?

By Nancy Hankin
www.PalmSpringsHomesandEstates.com

smartphones, conversationLast month, while enjoying dinner with friends, I looked at a young  couple sitting across from us at the table just a few feet away. Neither of them were communicating with each other. They both held their cell phones in their hand and never said a word to each other. Not one single word passed between their lips!

The following week I was at lunch with friends and I was fascinated watching a man and woman, both over 60,  doing “their thing” at lunch. The man had an ear piece on listening to something on his phone. The woman had her IPad out playing games. I glanced over at them for the next half hour and neither of them had taken the phone or IPad out of their hands, or said a word to each other.

What happened to “getting together” with family or friends to enjoy some good conversation and exchange a range of ideas? Why do I get emails or  text from friends with the words “How are you?” Are they too busy to pick up the phone and inquiry in person? When I get messages like that I hit “delete.” If someone can’t take five minutes to communicate in person, then I am not interested in communicating with them.

And today kids text their parents when their parents are twenty feet away in another room. Come on now…isn’t that carrying things a little too far?

When did we first begin to lose the ability to actually “speak” with one another?  I believe we began to lose “The Art of Communication”  with the advent of emails, text and cell phones! Social Media has also helped destroy verbal communication.  Social Media is about as UNSOCIAL a Way of communicating as I have ever heard of.  You can only tweet up to 140 characters. That’s must be for folks who really hate communicating!

  • When people lose touch with each other, they become emotionally DISCONNECTED. 

When people become DISCONECTED they become  DISTANT, and that is why this society  has lost touch with the “humane side” of  treating people with kindness and respect.  We have lost the ability to “sole touch” with each other.Talking, Social media, communicating

Yes, technology has a lot of good things that has aided progress, but it has also destroyed the ability to really get to know how a person truly thinks and feels.  How do you tweet a broken heart? How to you Facebook that you are lonely and need a hug, or a kind word of encouragement when you are having a tough day?

We have a lot of holidays to celebrate in the next few months with family and friends. Why don’t we try turning all our mobile devices OFF? I’ll be the first to admit this might be hard, and I’ll probably suffer withdrawal, but let’s give it a try. We might just get to know each other better and learn how to actually COMMIUNICATE with each other in a way to “touch” each other’s souls.

Wishing all of you enlightening and stimulating communication.

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Nancy Hankin, Palm Springs Real Estate Agent
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My House is Gone!

By Nancy Hankin
www.PalmSpringsHomesandEstates.com

Palm Springs Life ChangesIt can be upsetting when things don’t go our way….especially when the house we were going to write an offer on GETS SOLD…..right from under us.

  • The Dalai Lama once said “Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”

I moved to the Palm Springs Desert Area from Wisconsin in 1992 and I LOVE it here….but I would not have moved here if things had gone my way! I was living in a beautiful 2700 square foot townhouse, a block from Lake Michigan, in a very nice area called Shorewood. I had sold my home and I was leasing the lower level of a spacious townhouse. After living there for two years, my landlord decided to sell. He asked me and the neighbors above to put in an offer on the townhouse if we were interested. We both put in a full-price offer, but I did not get it. Instead he sold it to the couple living upstairs. I was so disappointed.

Approximately six months later I was visiting California because I was doing a “needs assessment” for a book I was thinking of writChanges, purposeing. While in California I also visited my daughter and granddaughter in Los Angeles and my aunt and uncle in the desert. It was there, standing in the desert on a quiet afternoon, looking towards the majestic San Jacinto mountain, that I “listened to the voice within” telling me this is where I needed to move to. I remember that moment like it happened yesterday.

It was only after I took the plunge and packed up heading west, did I realize that had I purchased that beautiful town house in Shorewood, I never would have moved to this wonderful desert, or met my husband who I spent many wonderful years with until his recent passing. It suddenly hit me that not getting what I wanted was a wonderful stroke of luck!

So the next time you feel disappointed that someone else bought the home you had your heart set on, just remember it might be a blessing, because a better home might be just around the corner!

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IMPORTANT: If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling a home in the Palm Desert Area, try searching properties on the same Desert Area MLS Realtor’s use, or give me a call….or visit my website at Palm Springs Homes and Estates. I will be happy to give you or your referral my red carpet service.” After the sale, I will send you a $50 Gift Certificate towards dinner in a fabulous Palm Springs Area Restaurant so you can celebrate!

Nancy Hankin, Palm Springs Real Estate Agent
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