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May 20, 2017 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the May 20, 2017 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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May 2017 | Bennion Deville Homes @HOME Magazine

May 2017 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.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 4-PAGE SPREAD of Diane’s advertising in the magazine.

May 6, 2017 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the May 6, 2017 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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April 29, 2017 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the April 29, 2017 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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April 22, 2017 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the April 22, 2017 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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April 2017 | Bennion Deville Homes @HOME Magazine

April 2017 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.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 4-PAGE SPREAD of Diane’s advertising in the magazine.

 

Gregory Chudacoff

Dear Frank:

I am sorry I didn’t write sooner. I want to thank you for your excellent service you provided my mother in helping sell her home. You went well beyond all reasonable expectations – – – from displaying incredible patience, helping her find the workmen to make the appropriate repairs, to even getting her food when she wasn’t really eating.

Before the listing, you told me “don’t worry, I will take care of your mother”. Although I really didn’t believe it, you were a godsend. I don’t think she (or I) could have gotten through the process without you.

My mother thinks of you not only as her real estate agent, but as her friend. If you ever need a recommendation, I am happy to give you a glowing one!!

Enclosed is a gift I hope you enjoy! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Sincerely,

Gregory Chudacoff

April 1, 2017 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the April 1, 2017 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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March 25, 2017 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the March 25, 2017 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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March 18, 2017 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the March 18, 2017 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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March 11, 2017 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the March 11, 2017 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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Jeff and Janet Hatfield

Kristi was an enormous help to us in finding the perfect home in the desert. We’re coming from the east coast, which is not the norm, so there was no built-in network. Kristi was outstanding at providing information, problem solving and supporting us through the process. She was very accessible and highly responsive for calls, texts and emails. She typically knew answers to our questions, but if not, she followed up quickly and thoroughly. We particularly appreciated how much she focused our limited house-hunting time on houses and communities that truly matched us. We highly recommend Kristi.

Jeff and Janet Hatfield

 

March 4, 2017 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the March 4, 2017 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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February 25, 2017 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the February 25, 2017 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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February 18, 2017 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the February 18, 2017 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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February 11, 2017 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the February 11, 2017 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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February 2017 | Bennion Deville Homes @HOME Magazine

February 2017 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.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 4-PAGE SPREAD of Diane’s advertising in the magazine.

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January 28, 2017 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the January 28, 2017 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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January 21, 2017 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the January 21, 2017 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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January 2017 | Bennion Deville Homes @HOME Magazine

January 2017 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.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 4-PAGE SPREAD of Diane’s advertising in the magazine.

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January 14, 2017 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the January 14, 2017 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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December 31, 2016 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the December 31, 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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December 24, 2016 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the December 24, 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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December 2016 | Bennion Deville Homes @HOME Magazine

December 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.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 4-PAGE SPREAD of Diane’s advertising in the magazine.

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December 10, 2016 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the December 10, 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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December 3, 2016 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the December 3, 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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November 26, 2016 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the November 26, 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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November 19, 2016 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the November 19, 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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November 5, 2016 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the November 5, 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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October 29, 2016 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the October 29, 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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October 22, 2016 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the October 22, 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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October 15, 2016 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the October 15, 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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October 8, 2016 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the October 8, 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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September 24, 2016 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the September 24, 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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September 17, 2016 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the September 17, 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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September 10, 2016 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the September 10, 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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September 2016 | Bennion Deville Homes @HOME Magazine

September 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.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 4-PAGE SPREAD of Diane’s advertising in the magazine.

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August 27, 2016 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the August 27, 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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August 20, 2016 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the August 20, 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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August 2016 | Bennion Deville Homes @HOME Magazine

August 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.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 4-PAGE SPREAD of Diane’s advertising in the magazine.

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August 6, 2016 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the August 6, 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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July 30, 2016 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the July 30, 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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July 23, 2016 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the July 23, 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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July 16, 2016 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the July 16, 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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July 9, 2016 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the July 9, 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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July 2016 | Bennion Deville Homes @HOME Magazine

July 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.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 4-PAGE SPREAD of Diane’s advertising in the magazine.

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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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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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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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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.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 4-PAGE SPREAD of Diane’s advertising in the magazine.

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May 28, 2016 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the May 28, 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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May 21, 2016 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the May 21, 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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May 2016 | Bennion Deville Homes @HOME Magazine

May 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.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 4-PAGE SPREAD of Diane’s advertising in the magazine.

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Attractions Spotlight: Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

Photo courtesy of http://www.livingdesert.org website.

Photo courtesy of http://www.livingdesert.org website.

The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens is a zoo and desert botanical garden located right in the heart of Palm Desert. Originally called the Living Desert Museum, the family-friendly attraction is one of Palm Desert’s most popular attractions.

The sprawling attraction boasts over 1,200 protected acres that represent various desert environments found throughout North America and Africa. It is home to more than 450 wild animals, an incredible variety of native desert plants, beautiful nature trails, and other amazing features, which makes it an ideal place to visit for nature lovers of all ages.

There are plenty of unforgettable destinations and activities to enjoy at The Living Zoo & Gardens that it may be difficult to figure out where to begin.

Here are some of our favorite areas to visit:

North American Desert

The North American Desert section showcases desert wildlife found in all four deserts of North America. This exhibit gives visitors the chance to see even the most elusive creatures up close, as many of them avoid extreme temperatures, choosing to hunt only during the nighttime.

African Desert

Africa is home to some of the most dramatic desert landscapes in the world. The Living Desert’s African section gives visitors a rare opportunity to see it up close. Here, you’ll find remarkable species such as slender-horned gazelles, African antelopes, rock hyraxes, weaver finches, sand cats, cheetahs, and over 30 species of exotic and rare African plants.

Hiking Trails

What makes The Living Desert unique is it’s more than just a collection of nature exhibits – it’s an actual nature preserve that contains more than 1,000 acres of undisturbed Sonoran Desert. For visitors looking for an unforgettable adventure across breathtaking desert landscapes, there are three different trails that can suit any desired experience.

Coachella Valley Attractions

Take a look at this page for more information about other great attractions in the Coachella Valley.

Five great front lawn ideas for your Palm Springs home

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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.

Top five things to check in a desert home

right homeThere’s definitely something enchanting about living in a desert home. North American deserts offer breathtaking rugged landscapes, awe-inspiring sunsets, and a natural beauty that just isn’t present anywhere else in the country.

Desert Homes

While moving into a desert home is certainly exciting, it also helps if you’re well-informed. Here are a few things to look out for:

Materials

Materials used for desert homes are different than those typically found in other homes in the rest of the country. Wood for example, is not practical in the desert – it tends to warp and distort because of the intense temperature and dry desert air. Homes built from materials like adobe, stone, or ICF concrete are the best, as these can withstand the harsh environment, and keep it cool indoors. Another thing to look out for are tinted and treated windows, as these significantly reduce cooling costs and protect your home from intense sun rays.

Temperature control

Because of the intense desert heat, temperature control is very important. Many people simply choose to run their AC units round-the-clock, but this results in sky-high electricity bills. A well-designed desert home has high ceilings with ceiling fans, quality blinds and drapes, and strategically placed window fans that help circulate the air and minimize the heat.

Desert landscaping

A desert yard is one of the most prominent features that separate a desert home from most traditional homes found in the country. Desert landscaping adds a very unique look, with vegetation such as hop bush, desert sage, and a wide variety of cacti. Many homes also use rock gardens in place of grassy yards.

Outdoor features

Homes that take advantage of the unique desert environment are definitely a huge plus. Desert homes are perfect for outdoor patios, grilling areas with large umbrellas, tropical-style swimming pools and so on. And while it’s hot during most of the day, desert areas are cool during the evenings – dramatic lighting and fire pits will turn any home into an evening desert oasis perfect for parties or simply relaxing while watching the sunset.

Solar panels

Desert homes are perfect for solar paneling. These days, solar panels are very affordable, so many homes take advantage of the scorching hot sun to reduce energy costs, sometimes bringing power bills to zero. In addition, some municipalities actually pay homeowners with solar panels for extra power that they provide back into the power grid.

Financing your investment property purchase

Investment for HomeWith home prices gradually increasing after the housing crash, many are left wondering if investing in the real estate market is still a good idea.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) however, predicts steady growth for the industry in most parts of the country, with low interest rates continuing to attract buyers.

Financing Investment Property

Despite the low interest rates however, the tightened credit market can make it more difficult to secure a loan for an investment property. But the good news is all you need is a bit of preparation an effective strategy to successfully secure a loan.

Here are a few tips:

Put down a substantial down payment

Because investment properties are not covered by mortgage insurance, you need at least a 20% down payment to secure traditional financing. If you are able to put down about 25%, you can qualify for a better interest rate.

Boost your credit score

Your credit score is one factor that can greatly impact a loan’s terms for an investment property. If your credit score is below 740, you will need to pay a higher interest rate.

Avoid big banks

If you do not have a sizable down payment, it’s better to choose a neighborhood bank for financing, rather than a nationwide financial institution. A local bank is more likely to give you more flexibility, plus they are more familiar with the local market and have more interest in local investments.

Request owner financing

In the past, asking for owner financing made most sellers suspicious of potential buyers, as nearly anyone is able to qualify for a bank loan. It’s now more acceptable today due to the tighter credit market. If you decide to request for owner financing however, you need a strategy. Be more specific with the amount of money as well as the terms, so sellers are more convinced with owner financing.

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.

Your definitive guide to renting out your property

keys for you homeCalifornia is home to a thriving rental market, making more and more homeowners consider renting out their property to earn more money. While the state’s robust rental market is certainly very encouraging, most people tend to overlook the many responsibilities attached to being a landlord.

Renting Out your Property

Putting your property up for rent is not as simple as looking for a tenant and making them sign a contract – it involves preparation, research, and knowledge of several California and federal laws.

Thinking about preparing your property for rent? Here’s a helpful guide:

Research on federal, state, and local laws

Before preparing to put your property up for rent, you want to find out first and foremost if it’s legal. Most cities, neighborhoods, and homeowners associations have a set of rules or by-laws governing rental properties.

Moreover, the state of California has several laws in place which cover the rental process as well as the screening for potential tenants. There are also laws requiring the disclosure of information to both applicants and tenants, and laws that place restrictions and limitations on fees and rent collected by landlords.

Landlords in California are also required to give tenants written information regarding Megan’s Law. There’s also a law requiring landlords to disclose whether the property uses lead-based paint.

Doing some research on these laws beforehand will ensure a smoother process.

Create a Limited Liability Corporation or LLC for your rental property

Having a rental property is similar to running a business, which means there’s also a possibility for encountering lawsuits. If your home is listed under your own name, facing a lawsuit will place you as the defendant, and losing any assets you own is very likely. Having an LLC for your rental property is an effective way to limit your personal liability to that property’s value.

For more information about creating an LLC, visit the California Secretary of State’s website.

Consider how much you’ll charge for rent

Knowing how much you’ll charge for rent is one of the key items to consider when creating a rental property. You can do some research online by taking a look at listings in your local area, and comparing your own property with those. If your property has unique features or special amenities, you can factor these in when determining a reasonable amount of rent from tenants.

Prepare a proper rental contract

Preparing a detailed rental contract is often considered a difficult and time-consuming process, as you’ll need to sift through many specific terms for your rental contract. Because California does not require a standard rental agreement, you’re free to decide on what terms appear on the contract.

One important thing to keep in mind is whether to offer a periodic rental agreement or a lease. A lease binds a tenant for a specific period of time, while a periodic rental agreement depends on the length of time covered by each rent payment.

You also have the option to go with a default rental contract, which is available online, at office supply establishments, or at a real estate office. You are free to customize these default contracts in order to suit your preferences.

Your rental contract is a very important document, as it establishes the terms between you and your tenant. It will also help you avoid any potential lawsuits.

Show your property to prospective tenants

After preparing your property for rent, the next step is to get prospective tenants to see it. Schedule an open house and place ads on your local paper, online, and outside your home. Make sure to put important details in your ad such as details about the property, monthly rent, and your contact details. Have a rental application ready for attendees of your open house and for anyone interested in renting the property.

For information about rental properties, visit this page.

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!

10 reasons why real estate is a great investment

right choice of homeIt’s easy to start

Investing on Real Estate

Specialist knowledge or training isn’t a requirement for property investors. There are many successful real estate investors who never intended to earn through selling properties – they simply bought a house, saw its value increase over time, and discovered it’s a great way to earn more money.

It’s easier compared to stocks or shares

Getting into stocks is difficult: you need to have a solid grasp of a lot of things such as trading, research brokers, fund managers, and how the whole system works, among other things. On the other hand, real estate investment is much simpler – you can simply go online and look for properties. There’s much more to it of course, but most of the research you’ll need can be done online, by visiting different suburbs, talking to other professionals, and so on.

It’s easy to get financing

It’s a given fact that lenders like properties. Home loans form a significant part of every bank’s business model, which means lenders tend to prefer to lend on residential property than other types of assets.

You can increase your home’s value by renovating

Renovation is a surefire way to increase a property’s value. Investors have many options with renovating. You can update kitchens and bathrooms, install new carpets, improve landscaping, and so on. With the right strategy, even a few thousand dollars can increase a home’s value significantly.

Your properties can help your children’s future

Your kids can also benefit from your investment. Sure, you can do this with shareholdings too, but it’s riskier and not as solid compared to a well-positioned property that increases value over time.

It’s an affordable investment

Investing in real estate is possible, no matter what your budget is. You don’t have to aim for luxury properties in exclusive gated communities, you can start by buying a 2-bedroom apartment in a more affordable area. And if you play your cards right, you can expect equivalent or even better growth compared to more expensive properties.

You have complete control

When you buy a property, you get complete control over it. You can choose to increase its value, or raise its rent and increase your cash flow – something you just can’t do with shares in a company.

Properties are assets you can use

A property is still something you can use, whether you intend to use it as an investment or not. So in case you hit a rough patch, you have the option of moving into that property, and decide to move out again eventually. In other words, your investment stays intact.

It’s very stable

Compared to the share market, the real estate market is much more stable. If you choose a very desirable area, it’s unlikely that the market will crash overnight, or even during an extended period of time. By doing some research about various communities or properties, investors can easily avoid high-risk areas.

You can choose not to do the dirty work

Because the real estate industry is already well-established, you can find different types of service providers such as property managers, buyer agents, builders, and so on. It may cost you, but getting the services of the best providers often gives you a competitive advantage, thereby boosting your profits significantly.

For market information on the Coachella Valley and other nearby areas, visit this page.

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.

How to figure out a budget for your home renovation

budgeting at your homeSetting a budget for home renovation is often tricky, given the nature of construction. It’s very common for homeowners to set ambitious renovation projects, only to end up disappointed when they discover they can’t afford the cost.

Home Renovation Budget

Many are not aware that a budget constraint can actually improve a home renovation project. Sticking to a budget will help narrow down your options, resulting to more focused goals and better overall results.

Here are a few tips:

Set a budget range early

Establishing a budget early will help you save a lot of time. Without a specific budget, you may need to go through several meetings with designers, contractors, or architects, as they’ll need to figure out exactly what they’re working with. Having a budget is a key factor that will help the entire team zero in on results you can be happy with.

Make sure your budget is realistic

It’s difficult to come up with pricing for renovation projects, as it largely depends on a number of factors such as location, complexity of construction, cost of materials, and so on. Consult your design team or friends who have completed similar projects in order to get an idea of a realistic budget.

Understand the costs

In order for a renovation project to be successful, you and the team need to be on the same page regarding budget numbers. Communication is key – it’s important that you work closely with your team to understand the costs, the schedule, and items you might not have considered.

Be prepared for changes in the project

There are certain situations that might require the redesigning of a project, and these may occur even while the project is underway. At times, this will cause a lengthy delay in completion, as you might be required to gather more resources in order to finish the project. It may be difficult for everyone involved, but a delay is sometimes the best course of action. Talk to your team during the early stages to know what type of issues you may encounter.

If you’re considering a home renovation, take a look at our list of resources, or get in touch with us.

May 7, 2016 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the May 7, 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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April 30, 2016 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

Diane Williams’ full color, 2-page spread ad to run in the April 30, 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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April 2016 | Bennion Deville Homes @HOME Magazine

April 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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April 23, 2016 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

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April 9, 2016 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

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April 2, 2016 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

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Bennion Deville Homes & Lifestyles | Volume 13 | Number 1 | 2016

Volume 13, Number 1, 2016 Bennion Deville Homes & Lifestyles, the semi-annual publication from Bennion Deville Homes. This high end real estate and lifestyle magazine features the finest real estate and properties throughout Southern California, including the markets of Orange County, San Diego, and the Coachella Valley (Greater Palm Springs area).

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March 26, 2016 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

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March 2016 | Bennion Deville Homes @HOME Magazine

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March 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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February 2016 | Bennion Deville Homes @HOME Magazine

February 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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February 27, 2016 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

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January 30, 2016 | Desert Sun Retreats Magazine

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Bruce and Sharon Carmichael

I don’t know how we could have ever gotten to the community we were looking for without you Diane so that we could realize our dreams to find the right house and right Country Club here in the Desert. You worked for months to help us try to sell our home in PGA West so that we could find a more social club filled with some working entrepreneurs-a task that we knew was a tall order. You helped us research and advised us tirelessly about places to move to. Once you helped us identify the right community, you were always willing and showed us many places and guided us with your advice and suggestions so we could make a good decision. We are still in disbelief because, after all this work and planning, you found us the perfect home in the perfect location but we had no way to buy it at “that moment in time”-suddenly we were heartbroken. Here we were squarely stuck in the middle of another mortgage and home closing in San Diego at the time you help us find our dream home and location. You cannot imagine how delighted we were by the incredibly creative and seemingly impossible solution you instantly came up with for us. You used your amazing talent to negotiate with the owner of the property and rallied to get the Seller’s Agent to cooperate so they would give us a short term rental with an option to purchase, without a huge outlay of cash that would kill our mortgage in process and the lease option was set so we were able to exercise in a short thirty day period once our other mortgage on our San Diego home had closed.

We are so thankful or all the hours of time you spent for us and for all the hand holding to get both the Seller and Seller’s agent to cooperate and work with us. We are grateful for this new home that you and your team was able to find for us at Ironwood in Palm Desert. We feel you are totally the ultimate real estate professional and we have never worked with an agent who cared as much as you do nor who has given us such sound advice in selling and buying a home. We truly love our new home and the community you helped us settle into-what a gift you have given to us Diane, thank you. Bruce and I are forever your greatest fans and we could never work with anyone else. We highly recommend you to everyone we speak to who is looking for a real estate professional-there is no one better.

Sharon & Bruce Carmichael
73118 Ajo Lane
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Linda C.

Diane… I have so appreciated the support of your office during this first year of my home ownership. I am so happy with the home I purchased as are all my family and guests.

We all are delighted to be in Indian Ridge C.C. The support of your office during all my house repairs has been extraordinary and I know it’s not your responsibility to do that so I really want to say thank you as I get more familiar with everything.

Special thanks to Kristeen as well for all her help!
… Kind regards and greetings of the season, Linda

Real Estate Market in Coachella Valley

Developers and experts believe the real estate market in this prime area in Southern California – where winters are warmer and exotic flora and fauna are found – is back to normal.

Real Estate Market in CoachellaAccording to reports, 286 new homes were built in the area in the first half of 2015. Median price range for these homes is 12 % percent higher than that of 2014.

This is a good sign that means the housing market in Coachella remains tight and sustainable, and the number of home buyers has risen.

Despite these numbers, developers and expertsremain cautious but optimistic about prospects for the rest of the year. Slowly rising house prices reflect the region’s gradually improving price standards
as well.

It’s also good to note that of all the areas in California, only San Francisco is showing a steady rise in the price of real estate property.

Changing habits

Now that people are slowly recovering from recession, spending habits have drastically changed. Homebuyers intend to stay longer in their properties so they can make the most out of its price tag.

The challenge of obtaining home financing has made people maximize their stay in their properties by improving it year after year. This means residents can form more lasting friendships with neighbors; children don’t have to go through difficult adjustment periods that come with moving from one place to another.

At the same time, there is a robust demand for new homes. This partly accounts for the area’s gradual recovery and its promising prospects for growth.


Achieving recovery

A sustainable market is important, now that the region is slowly picking itself up.

More and more developers are addressing this need for steady growth by coming up with more real estate options.

Necessary baby steps are being taken to stimulate this promising market where retirement is a pleasure, and relaxation a joy.

Investing in tee time: What makes a golf property worth your money?

golf-courseA home on a golf property is the ultimate investment.

Teeing off anytime you feel like doing so, wandering around landscaped surroundings, and living on prime property, have perks you can never resist.

Of course, there’s no such thing as a perfect investment. Properties on golf courses have their own risks.

The good news is a discerning eye, some research, and lots of good judgement will make sure you’re putting your hard-earned money in the right place.

Consider the following when investing in a golf property:

  • Proximity and accessibility

Golf properties that are “destination courses” – located high up in the mountains and the like – have their own set of patrons.

But there’s certainly greater demand for those found near major transportation hubs and routes.

They enjoy what is called a heavier attendance, which translates into a steady source of income for the property. This, in turn, guarantees that the course won’t close down anytime soon, and keeps the value of the golf property up.

  • Age and neighborhood

These play a big role in determining the value of your property overtime. As a rule of thumb, older golf properties are only good investments when properly maintained.

On the other hand, younger properties (those less than 5 years old) should be completely developed. Aim for a golf course that is at least 5 years old and has a reliable financial history you can track up to its third year of operations.

Have a go-see around the neighborhood where the golf property is located. Check for shops, stores, and other indicators of a good neighborhood.

  • Services and Membership

Don’t expect free membership to the golf course the moment you buy property within the vicinity.

Make sure the price tag on the property includes membership and use of golf club services, if any.

 

Rick and Suzanne Principe

We just opened the gift you left us at our home on Tomahawk. That was very thoughtful and generous of you. We really like the candles and the book on Indian Ridge.

Thank you for all your hard work and success.
Rick and Suzanne a Principe

Ray & Louise Brandt

Dear Diane,

It was such a pleasure to work with you and your office associates during our listing period Indian Ridge home. As you know, the sale went quite smoothly from our perspective . . . but I am sure that there was a lot more to it going on behind the scenes. You showed a lot of courage taking this listing since we had already had 2-one year listings with different brokers from the area who failed to perform . . . and working with a 40 year veteran from the commercial brokerage business can never be easy. Thank you for persevering . . . you truly made the difference. The following paragraphs highlight some of your services that really impressed me.

Your knowledge of the Indian Ridge market as well at the entire Desert Market is amazing. It is evidenced in your quarterly publications as well as your in-depth statistical analysis.

When you asked for listing modifications, you presented measurable and documented stats that thoroughly justified the need for listing modifications . . . no frivolous changes requested that would make it easier for you and would end up reducing the value proposition for us.

Your Staff is very well trained and has that same “can-do-attitude” that you carry with you to each meeting . . . this is very important. You nor your team ever rejected our ideas about changes to your marketing. Ideas were always treated respectfully and thoroughly discussed and implemented with mutual understanding and agreement.

Your involvement and knowledge of the “ins and outs” of Indian Ridge was extremely helpful to both us and the potential buyers.
Thank you again for a job well done.

Regards,
Ray Brandt

Bill & Lori

Dear Diane,

With regards to the service you and your team provided, Lori and I were very satisfied with all aspects of the process. We appreciated spending the first day with you when you provided a number of homes and communities for our consideration. This helped eliminate the communities we did not find attractive and focused on the preferred ones.

We feel we are in the right community and have purchased a home that we are excited about. Your understanding of the market value of our home was critical in the offer process and I believe provided a competitive advantage.

Buying a home in California is a much more complicated process than in Canada. The number of forms and documents required to purchase a home was surprising to us but you and your staff were of great assistance and gave us confidence we would eventually purchase the home. We want to give special recognition to Kristeen who answered all of our questions (sometimes twice!) during the escrow period.

We also want to thank you personally Dianne for the outstanding service you provided to Lori and I. You answered all of our questions and provided great advice on this purchase. We also appreciated providing service contacts and recommendations as these were very helpful to us.

We hope we will see you in the community when we begin enjoying Indian Ridge.

All the best,

Bill and Lori

Ed and JoAnn Moran

…We couldn’t be more pleased than we are regarding our home sale through you and your team. While things started out more slowly than we all anticipated through February, the level of activity became more brisk in March, with several serious buyers showing interest. The quick offer we received while we were in Las Vegas and your shepherding us through that brief successful negotiation were very much appreciated.

One of the big differences we saw between your people and earlier realtors we used in recent years in Palm Desert was the timing and consistency of feedback we received on virtually every showing, as well as from the open houses we held. Frankly, some of this information helped guide us to the decision in late February to reduce our asking price to a slightly lower price point. This probably was a factor that helped to connect with our buyer and close the sale of our home.

In talking with the buyer last week at our residence, we learned that they first identified our listing via the internet, and zeroed in on it even before they had a viewing. It was the 6th home they saw that day, and the one they were most anxious to see. Certainly your internet exposure of our listing was thorough, complete, and of very high quality. We were also very pleased with the photo presentation of our home in your printed brochure…. We’ve already recommended you to another interested homeowner, and will continue to do so.

Sincerely, Ed and JoAnn Moran

Lon and Cyndy Stalsberg

Diane,

Thank you for the wonderful candles, book and taking care of our Verizon issue. You were wonderful to work with and we appreciated all you did for us.

Sincerely
Lon & Cyndy

Geoff & Autumn B.

Autumn and have only the best things to say about how you, and the staff at Diane Williams & Associates helped us with the purchase of our new home, from start to finish. You understood our wants and desires and gave us many choices of homes to look at. Once we decided, you were right there to walk beside us through the offer, negotiations and the ultimate completion of the purchase. You made the transaction so much easier and have made a huge contribution to the start of our life here in the Desert.

Pat & Art McElwee

Diane, what such a nice thoughtful gift ! Thank you so much, we will have picture memories forever! And the luminaries. Wonderful. Thank you again for all you did for us , obviously could not have done it without you! You are the BEST and such a wonderful friend. Again words cannot express our sincere gratefulness.

Jerry & Marilyn London

DIANE WILLIAMS IS THE BEST IN THE DESERT, HONEST AND SMART, THE BEST AT INDIAN RIDGE CC.
JL

Darell and Diane Choate

Diane, thank you for your invaluable assistance in getting our recent real estate mediation resolved in our favor. If you had not personally reviewed our files and provided the insight and expertise required, the result could have been devastating. Your honesty, knowledge of real estate law and personal integrity were the factors needed to tip the scales in our favor. Diane and I are your two biggest fans and we will only have you represent us in all of our real estate transactions.

Lou Schultz

We were very fortunate to find Kristi Kramer as our buyers agent. We interviewed a number of possible agents and found we really connected with her. She is incredibly personable and extremely knowledgeable about the greater Palm Springs market. One of her greatest strengths, in my opinion, is her ability to quickly comprehend our needs and tastes so that we would not waste any time in finding the right home for us. She brought us several great options.

Later we decided to rent and Ms. Kramer still found us the perfect home. She went to the home and took many photos so that we could have a complete view of the home. In fact it had not yet gone on the market for rent. She spent an inordinate amount of time negotiating a great deal for us and I believe one that was equally fair for the owner.

When it comes time to buy, we will continue our relationship with her as our agent. We highly recommend Kristi to anyone looking for a through and dedicated real estate agent who exemplifies what I would call outstanding service. There are agents and then there is Kristi.

Lou Schultz

Sharon Caldwell

My husband and I are so happy to have had Kristi Kramer handling the sale of our Indian Wells home. She worked tirelessly to stage our home so it would show at its best. She showed our home at every opportunity and her hard work resulted in a sale within six months. Kristi has an amazing knack for details, which is a deal maker. She is calm, smart, friendly and gets the job done. We highly recommend her.
Sincerely,
Sharon Caldwell

Sally H.

Kristi Kramer represented me in the purchase of my home in Indian Ridge Country Club and she provided me with a top-notch buying experience. Kristi is knowledgeable, generous with her time, thorough, and extremely personable. As an out of town buyer she bent over backwards in helping me with all of the details and made the buying process easy and stress free. She offered honest advice and insight and did her best to make sure that I was settling into the home and the community that would be right for me. During the process we became friends and I would love to recommend her to anyone who might be interested in buying a home in the desert. She is truly a gem!
Sincerely,
Sally H.

Greg Forrest

To Whom It May Concern:

I was extremely pleased with the work of Diane Williams and Associates in the selling of my Palm Desert property, and I was particularly impressed with the extraordinary efforts of Kristi Kramer who exceeded my expectations in this regard.

Kristi was invaluable in so many aspects of the selling process- from home staging, to meeting inspectors, to managing repair crews, etc., and her positive attitude and professionalism was greatly appreciated.

Please feel free to use this testimonial regarding the outstanding performance of Diane Williams, Kristi Kramer, and their entire sales team.

Thank you,

Greg Forrest
President
www.greenhawkusa.com

Robert and Linda F.

… I wanted to thank you for all your help and patience throughout this process. I appreciate your professionalism and promptness, as well as your very positive and upbeat demeanor. Thanks for all your hard work!

Bea Broda

Dear Diane, Frank and Team,

Happy New Year!

I am happily ensconced in my new home at the Lakes and thought that, before too much more times passes, I should send you a thank you note for all of your help in facilitating my home purchase.

I love how Frank Montiforte immediately understands exactly what I’m looking for in a house, and doesn’t waste any time in showing me the precise sort of place that I would adore! I have worked with your team on two purchases and one sale, and because of the expertise you have all demonstrated, I am confident that everything is going to go perfectly with every transaction. Every aspect is taken care of so I don’t have to worry about anything at all!

So thanks very sincerely for making something that can often be a major headache and source of worry into a very pleasant and enjoyable experience.

Here’s wishing you tremendous success in 2015,
Bea

Neil and Karla K.

I’d like to tell you that I think you’re an amazing realtor – actually person too… I’ve had many realtors in the past, but you are the best I’ve seen – in fact, I don’t know how you could be better. Just thought I should tell you that 🙂 Neil agrees with me too!

Thanks, Karla