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If you’re thinking about buying a home or condo in the Palm Springs area and you plan on renting it out when you’re not staying in it, you’ll need to know whether that will be allowed.  The links below are to the short-term (under 30 days) rental policy pages of the various cities here in the Coachella Valley.  Keep in mind that any property, condo or house, located within an HOA is subject to the restrictions of the HOA first.  Here are links to the various city websites and policies.

Palm Springs Vacation Rental Policies

Cathedral City Vacation Rental Policies


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If you’re in the market for Palm Springs real estate, navigating the complexities of fee land can seem overwhelming. 

To help you better understand this complex subject, we’ll be breaking it down with a simple explanation of fee land as it compares to lease land and what these two different ways of owning property in the Palm Springs area could mean for you.

Palm Springs Fee Land History

To really understand the nuances of why these two ways of owning land in Palm Springs exist, a quick look back at the history of the area will help.

In the late 19th century, when the American government was dividing up the land, they created a checkerboard pattern of one square mile patches of land in which every other square was owned by the Agua

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View of typical palm springs neighborhood

With its top-rated country clubs, premier shopping districts, and outstanding natural landscapes, there's no wonder why so many homebuyers choose to invest in Palm Springs real estate.

Although the city is known for its retirement neighborhoods and active-adult communities, it's also a phenomenal place to raise a family.

The city is filled with convenient amenities, like charter schools and community parks, which make Palm Springs the perfect city for families.

To help you find the ideal community for your lifestyle, here are the best Palm Springs neighborhoods for families:

Ruth Hardy Park/Movie Colony East

Formerly known as Ruth Hardy Park, Movie Colony East is one of the most desirable neighborhoods for families in Palm Springs.

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Graphic depicting supply and demand to illustrate seller's markets in Palm Springs

Putting your home up for sale during a seller's market is optimal, as it will generally result in the completion of the sale with the greatest returns and the least amount of hassle.

However, there’s a bit more nuance involved in negotiating the best price during this ideal time.

To help you out, we’ve come up with some tips to ensure you get the most out of your home sale during this beneficial time. 

What is a Seller’s Market?

A seller’s market is created when there aren’t enough houses on the local market to keep up with its demands. 

Those lucky enough to sell their house in a seller's market will typically enjoy the ability to list the house at a higher asking price, and the house will spend less time on the market — typical of any

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Man calculating possessory interest for property in Palm Springs

If you’re a homeowner or potential homeowner in California, taxable possessory interest is something you should know about, as chances are it will affect you. 

While it may sound like an intimidating topic, we’ll have you caught up to speed in no time with a little simple clarification. 

It’s actually pretty simple: broken down, it’s just how much those on a long term lease owe to the people who own the property. But since so much property in California is owned by the BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs), even homeowners can be subject to these taxes. 

This is an important topic for anyone looking for Palm Springs real estate, as this could easily affect potential buyers. 

Read on to find out more about possessory interest in Palm Springs and

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Image of a pool in Palm Springs

With the summer solstice just around the corner, many Palm Springs residents are expecting to see their mercury rise to just around the 100°F mark this month. 

While this can be intimidating to those who aren’t used to such sweltering levels of heat, longtime locals have become well versed in various methods of beating the scorching summer sun. 

If you’re looking to stay cool while making sure you benefit from everything Palm Springs has to offer this summer, here are a few ideas to get you started.

Find a Cool Pool

Taking a cool dip on a hot day might be the best option to enjoy the California sun while still managing to stave off the oppressive warmth. Try cooling down in your own private cabana at the family friendly main pool at La

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View of a classic golf course in Rancho Mirage

Rancho Mirage is a golfer’s paradise, with enough courses to keep even the most avid players entertained for a lifetime.

Located just south of Palm Springs, this historic California town is nestled at the foot of the awe-inspiring Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains in the Coachella Valley.

The natural beauty of the area and the numerous varied courses are the main draws that keep golfers from all over the world coming back to tee off in this peaceful, laid back city.

To make sure you aren’t missing out on the best golf courses in Rancho Mirage, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite fairways.

Sunrise Country Club

This extravagant community located just off the conveniently named Country Club Drive is a portal to paradise — at least,

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palm springs, a top second home or vacation home market in the US

Palm Springs is a hugely popular destination for second home ownership, and there’s a good reason for that.

Many of them, actually!

Buyers from all around the world are attracted to this city thanks to its warm winter climate, the vibrant culture and, of course, the beautiful architecture.

But, if you’re still weighing up your options, here are several other factors that make Palm Springs a top second home destination:

It’s Great for All Ages

Palm Springs is family friendly and favorable for people of all ages - including for the elderly and kids.

In fact, a considerable number of elderly people retire to Palm Springs as the year-round dry climate is good for them. Yes, it’s a desert, so it can get very hot during the summer months -

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view of palm springs, california from simonetta kennett viewpoint

OK, it’s not really invisible.

But it is a map that won’t show up on Google maps or on your nav system. And it is a map you’re going to want to refer to when you’re looking for Palm Springs real estate.

We’re talking about a map that indicates where the fee simple and lease land is in the city of Palm Springs and the surrounding area. People searching for homes to buy in Palm Springs may be unfamiliar with the concept, that is, the difference between fee simple (or just plain “fee”) and lease land, because they come from someplace where there is only fee land.

And it’s confusing, because fee land sounds like you have to pay a “fee.” But it’s actually lease land where you need to make a (usually) monthly payment, basically like rent,

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swimming pool at a private palm springs homes in california

Pools are an ubiquitous feature in the Palm Springs real estate market. If a home in Palm Springs doesn’t have a pool, chances are it’s within a few yards of one.

The fantastic desert weather and frankly sweltering summer make pools a must-have quality-of-life issue in the valley. But, of course, they’re not without their complications and downsides.

So, if you’re buying a home with a pool in Palm Springs, here are a few important things to look out for.

Browse Through All Available Palm Springs Pool Homes Today!

Types of Pool in the Coachella Valley

Pools in Palm Springs come in a tremendous variety of shapes in sizes, making it likely that any pool you come across is some kind of concrete construction. However, this isn’t to say that

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