Buying a Home

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Palm Springs has become an increasingly desirable place to live. The laid back lifestyle it provides along with endless sunny days makes it irresistable for home buyers, vacationers and investors.

But just like any popular vacation destination, as public interest rises so inevitably do home values and sales prices.

Luckily, there is still a deal to be had. Unlike numerous other hotspots across the state of California, Palm Springs remains surprisingly affordable, if you know where to look.

With that said, let's take a closer look at some of up and coming Palm Springs neighborhoods in 2021.

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Demuth Park

More than perhaps any other area of Palm Springs, the

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Current Palm Springs Weekly Weather Forecast

When are the Seasons in Palm Springs?

  • Winter: December to February
  • Spring: March to May
  • Summer: June to September
  • Fall: October to November

Palm Springs WeatherConventional belief is that Southern California doesn't have seasons, or if it does, there's a wet and a dry season.

That's it.

While not accurate, this perception from those on the East Coast or Northwest may seem true, especially on the California coast.

But in Palm Springs, you can experience a full range of seasons, more varied than that in, say, Los Angeles or San Diego. Let's take a look at the seasonal trends when it comes to Palm Springs weather.

Winter in Palm Springs: December through February

Winters in Palm Springs

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beautiful patio & pool off a Palm Springs villa condo

Palm Springs is a destination, pure and simple.

It’s hard to beat the weather here, but Palm Springs also offers a dynamic and active lifestyle that is the envy of the world.

It’s not at all surprising that folks of all stripes want to live here, and the Coachella Valley’s wonderful assortment of condo developments provide a fantastic, and accessible, entry point into the local real estate market.

We’ve already covered a few things that snowbirds should know about when considering Palm Springs, but condos are a great option for more than just part-time residents. There also great as an investment or income property.

Here are few things that you should keep in mind when exploring the purchase of a condo.

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Southern California is a literal hotspot for Canadian travelers. Not only does it have fantastic weather, it's home to world-class golf courses and the gorgeous natural landscapes of the Coachella Valley. So what better place to escape the harsh Canadian winters than the beautiful desert city of Palm Springs?

Snowbirds often spend several months at a time in Palm Springs, so many choose to buy a home here.

But buying a home in a different country means understanding a whole new set of rules.

International and faraway travel may be on hold for now, but it won't be like this forever. We're looking forward to life getting back to normal post-pandemic and it pays to be ready when it does.

So, whether you're still deciding on Palm Springs

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inside real estate: the escrow process explained

There’s a lot that goes on between the time you make an initial offer on a new home and the date you move in. It’s part of the reason that hiring a real estate professional is so necessary - a real estate transaction is complex, with many moving parts that you may not fully understand.

My goal with my new Inside Real Estate recurring feature is to shed some light on some of the lesser known facets of the real estate industry and de-mystify some of terms you’ve heard thrown around, but were to shy to ask about.

First up: the Escrow Process.

What is escrow? How does the process differ in this part of California? Why does it matter to me?

Those are great questions - let’s dive right in!

What is Escrow?

The particulars of the escrow

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4 most Walkable Palm Springs Neighborhoods

In a place like Palm Springs where more than 90% of days are sunny, it makes sense that residents want to take advantage of the superb weather and exchange their car keys for their sneakers and walk to wherever their weekly errands take them. However, depending on where a neighborhood is, that's not always feasible.

If you're in the market for a walkable Palm Springs home, consider these Palm Springs neighborhoods.

Ruth Hardy Park

When it comes to centrally located Palm Springs neighborhoods, it's hard to beat the affluent community of Ruth Hardy Park. 

Downtown is less than a mile away, and most can make the walk in about fifteen minutes. As such, residents will find that a fun night out on the town is never more than a short walk from

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Many fantastic Palm Springs neighborhoods are located within walking distance of the city’s major shopping, dining and entertainment areas. With year-round gorgeous weather that makes you want to spend time outdoors, being able to step outside your door and walk to your favorite spots is a big plus. 

So, if you’re searching the Palm Springs real estate market for a home with a high “walkability rating,” this is a brief guide to some of the best locations. 

The oldest neighborhoods in Palm Springs are also the closest to Palm Canyon Drive (North, South and East). Which figures. Palm Canyon Drive has always been the main drag, the street where all the original businesses and hotels were located, and the focus of downtown Palm Springs. And it was

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Palm Springs Indian lease land mapOK, 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, because

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Everything you should know about the Coachella Valley

The desert playground of the Coachella Valley is a renowned vacation destination to many types of travelers - from sunshine seekers to hiking enthusiasts to music festival goers and more.

Highlighted by Palm Springs—which is easily the most well-known city in the area and attracts around 1.6 million tourists each year—there are plenty of obvious reasons to visit the valley, but there's a lot more you'll need to know if you plan on living here full-time or buying a vacation home.

It's great to explore the foothills of the San Jacinto Mountains or soak up the sun by a swimming pool, but a lot of visitors to Palm Springs don't have an in-depth knowledge of the entire area. With that being said, here's a bit more info on everything you should know

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Palm Springs vacation rentalsIf 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

https://www.palmspringsca.gov/government/departments/vacation-rentals

Cathedral City

https://www.cathedralcity.gov/i-want-to/get/short-term-vacation-rentals

Rancho Mirage

https://ranchomirageca.gov/residents/short-term-rental-information/

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