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June 25, 2016 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the June 25, 2016 edition of The Desert Sun’s “Retreats”. This magazine is inserted in The Desert Sun newspaper, read by thousands of Coachella Valley residents.

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Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

June 18, 2016 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the June 18, 2016 edition of The Desert Sun’s “Retreats”. This magazine is inserted in The Desert Sun newspaper, read by thousands of Coachella Valley residents.

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Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

June 11, 2016 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the June 11, 2016 edition of The Desert Sun’s “Retreats”. This magazine is inserted in The Desert Sun newspaper, read by thousands of Coachella Valley residents.

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Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

June 2016 | Bennion Deville Homes @HOME Magazine

June 2016 edition of Bennion Deville Homes @HOME Magazine. This magazine is inserted in the first weekend’s edition in newspapers and distributed throughout the Coachella Valley to Riverside, as well as Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego.

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Bennion Deville Homes @HOME Magazine

Five great front lawn ideas for your Palm Springs home

Lawn Improvement

Front Lawn Ideas – Palm Springs Homes

Thinking about sprucing up curb appeal for your Palm Springs home? Take a look at some of these fantastic ideas:

Plant a few palm trees

It may seem pretty obvious, but you’re living in Palm Springs – give your home that Palm Springs look by adding some palm trees to your lawn. Palm trees make any lawn look like a piece of paradise, plus they offer shade and cover, are easy to maintain, and are resistant to strong winds.

Add an earthy look to your concrete walls

Balance out the rigid look of concrete walls with an earthy touch by planting a couple of small trees, leafy greens, or flowers near them. If it sounds like too much work, visit your nearest gardening center, and see if they have hanging plants you can add to your walls. You can also consider using reclaimed wood as accents for a more rustic look.

Camouflage your exterior

Give your home an interesting look by making it blend in with the landscape. To achieve this, give your front lawn a wilderness-inspired look by adding a few cacti, desert plants, and a rock garden. Use natural, earthy tones for your home, so it looks more like part of the landscape. Add a sandy flagstone path leading to your front door to complete the look.

Get creative with your front steps

Give your front steps a unique look by adding different elements. Use a mixture of concrete and wood, add some water features, and line the path with rocks or plants. If space allows, you may also want to consider cascading circle steps, which will make any entrance look elegant.

Line walls with hedges

Give your home a secret garden-inspired feel by lining your walls with hedges. This look goes is greatly complemented by a brick pathway, water features, and a well-maintained garden.

Ten negotiating tips homebuyers need to know

negotiate through phoneNegotiating is an essential skill to have in the real estate business. When you’re buying a property, you’re after the best possible price and terms, and it is through successful negotiating that will help you achieve that goal.

Negotiating Tips

Here are a few tips that can help improve your negotiating skills:

Get pre-approved before searching for a home

Your offer stands a much better chance if it includes mortgage pre-approval. The pre-approval process can sometimes take several months, so it’s best to start early.

Base your offer on home value

Take a look at a neighborhood’s recent sales to gather key information for making an offer. If you see a home priced below market value, there’s a slim chance you’ll get it for much less. But if you see a property priced above market value, you can place an offer with an attached market analysis, you might be able to get it for a lower price.

Act quickly

If you’re looking for property in a very competitive market, it’s best to act fast. Make sure your first offer your best offer. Also remember to avoid taking too many chances by making low offers, as it’s very likely you’ll lose the chance of landing a deal.

Don’t depend on the inspections to reopen negotiations

It’s widely accepted to ask a seller for credit in case an inspection reveals major problems, but it’s highly unlikely you’ll be able to get it in a tight market. Consider doing an inspection before making an offer, so you can prepare an offer with fewer contingencies.

Don’t hesitate to ask

Don’t be afraid to ask for repairs or other concessions, but keep in mind that it’s possible you won’t get them all. It’s also a good idea to wait until the end of the inspection before you make any requests.

Know why the seller is moving

The more information you have about the seller, the better your chances are of making an ideal offer. Knowing why a seller is moving is an excellent way to come up with the perfect strategy for landing a deal.

Prepare to make a compromise

Being prepared to compromise will give you a huge advantage in negotiations. If you’re ready to compromise on several factors such as price, property size, location and features, you’ll have an excellent chance of landing an ideal home.

Don’t sweat the small stuff

Don’t get too hung up on details like décor, countertops, appliances, carpeting, and so on. You can always have them changed later on.

Terms may be as important as the price

Fewer contingencies in your offer will give you a better chance of getting a deal. You can adjust some of your terms like making a bigger down payment, omitting a few inspection contingencies, or setting the closing date that favors the seller to increase your chances of getting the home.

Attach a personal letter alongside your offer

Including a letter with your offer adds a more personalized touch. With this, a seller is more likely to see you as an individual or a family looking to buy a home, rather than just another buyer like the rest.

For more helpful tips, take a look at our guides for buyers and sellers.

Five best golf courses in the Palm Springs area

Palm Springs GolfGolfers of any skill level can choose from a fine selection of world class championship golf courses in the Palm Springs region. These courses offer the best golfing experience, with first-class facilities, masterfully designed layouts, and picture-perfect views.

Take a look at these five must-try golf courses in the Palm Springs area:

Indian Wells Golf Resort
Indian Wells

Even the most experienced golfers will be challenged at the Indian Wells Golf Resort’s Players Course. The John Fought-designed course tracks at about 7,400 yards, and has about 60 sand traps that require several approaches to descend your ball successfully.

Players looking for a more relaxing playing experience can try the Clive Clark-designed Celebrity Course, which is surrounded by stunning views of streams, lakes, and waterfalls.

SilverRock Resort
La Quinta

Designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer, the golf course at SilverRock Resort has played host to many prestigious golf tournaments, including the Bob Hope Classic, known today as the Humana Challenge.

Spanning nearly 7,600 yards, many parts of the course will require players to come up with the perfect strategy in finding the optimal landing positions.

TPC Stadium Course at PGA West
La Quinta

This Pete Dye-designed course is great for any player looking to put their skills to the test. When you’re playing at PGA West’s Stadium Course, every choice you make is critical, which is why it has earned a reputation for being one of the toughest courses in the region.

Subtle changes in elevation keep players on their toes, and there are different challenges waiting throughout the course.

Desert Willow Golf Resort
Palm Desert

The Desert Willow Golf Resort’s two of the most picturesque world-class golf courses in the Palm Springs region. Players up for a challenge can try the Firecliff Course, while those looking for a more casual experience can try the more forgiving Mountain View Course, which is surrounded by breathtaking scenery.

Shadow Ridge Golf Club
Palm Desert

Designed by Nick Faldo, Marriott’s Shadow Ridge Golf Club provides players with a unique and enjoyable playing experience through an Australian Sandbelt-inspired landscape.

The course boasts a collection of engaging par 4s and challenging par 3s, where welcoming landing areas transition into expansive putting surfaces.

Visit this page if you’re interested in finding the perfect golf community in the Coachella Valley.

If you’d like to know more about golf in the area, talk to Diane Williams – she’s a USGA Certified Course Rating Captain who’s also an avid golfer herself!

Home upgrades that might not be worth it

Home UpgradesFor many homeowners, home upgrades are a great way to add functionality, beautify your living space, or increase your home’s value.

Unfortunately, many fall into the trap wherein they consider a major upgrade mainly for their own personal reasons, and simply assume that it will add value when they eventually sell their home. This is not always the case – there are certain upgrades that may not be worth pursuing, as they may be considered too expensive to maintain or are just downright unattractive, thus repelling prospective buyers.

Home Upgrades

Here are several home upgrades that might not be worth it:

High-maintenance outdoor areas

A beautiful, well-maintained garden is always a great feature, but not everyone has the time or money to maintain it. Whenever prospective buyers see professionally maintained gardens with complex water features or other premium upgrades, it’s likely they’ll think about the upkeep, and how much time or money it’ll cost. Don’t go overboard; having a healthy, well-maintained yard should be enough.

Wall-to-wall carpeting

Nice, carpeted floors feel comfortable, but they trap allergens and are harder to clean compared to solid surfaces like wood. Many buyers like to see solid flooring – if they see too much carpeted areas, chances are they’ll immediately think if some of the flooring underneath can be salvaged. It’s better to invest your money into refinishing your solid floor surfaces, rather than using carpet to cover them.

Swimming pools

Swimming pools might be great for hot summer days, families with kids, or just the occasional dip whenever you want to relax. Unfortunately, they’re expensive to maintain, and are considered dangerous for buyers with small children. In some states like Arizona or Florida, having a pool is expected, so it’s best to understand its value in your local area before you think about installing one.

Bonus rooms that are too specific

You want buyers to envision themselves living in your home. If your home has any bonus rooms, it must have a clear purpose that appeals to a wide audience. Avoid renovating existing rooms that are too specific, such as art or music studios or wine rooms, as buyers will probably just want it as a guest room.