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When Finding Your Second Home in the Desert, Realtor Martha T. Brown Shares Her Expertise

Written By: Dr. Paula Trimble-Familetti
Photography Provided By: California Lifestyle Realty La Quinta Real Estate

For those who are looking to call Greater Palm Springs their home away from home, now is the best time to buy a house in the desert! The transition from spring to summer is the most enchanting time with cool crisp mornings, ideal pool temperatures for daytime sunning and balmy desert nights. Whether you are looking for a manufactured home, a private estate or, like most of us, something in between, Martha T. Brown of California Lifestyle Realty from La Quinta Resort & Club gives five of the best reasons to find (and buy) your dream home.

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1 | A Price Change of Pace La Quinta Real Estate

The market is priced perfectly right now for buyers wanting to purchase a home in Palm Springs. “Inflation has risen only slightly, so we are not too hot, meaning not overpriced,” explained Brown. “Some better deals do happen as we move into summer. We don’t have as many buyers coming to view properties, and sellers don’t want to carry the cost of home ownership through the summer months. Sellers often shave a few dollars off for the lucky and savvy buyer.”

Native Knowledge: The winters in Palm Springs are five stars. There are always things to do whether you like enjoying a quiet day by the pool, shopping, painting, or going on art tours at the many museums and galleries. If you want something a little more active, you can play golf, tennis, swim and hike the many hiking trails around the valley.

2 | In Your Best InterestLa Quinta Real Estate

Interest rates have remained low. “It seems that we may be able to count on those lower rates for the foreseeable future,” said Brown. Do you need financing? Explore funding so when you find a home you can’t resist buying!

Native Knowledge: Brown advises buyers to keep an eye on the market and do research before working with a realtor.

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3 | You Can Afford It

A dollar goes a long way in the Palm Springs market. Currently, there is affordable housing at almost every level of a buyer’s budget. Is it a lock-and-leave condo that you are looking for, a patio home or a single-family detached home with a pool? The Palm Springs market has all that and more.

Native Knowledge: For dreamy homes, Brown said, “The Movie Colony has always been a dreamy part of Palm Springs. The historical Movie Colony has been home to many of our favorite movie stars. Some of them still live there.”

4 | Past Tax Season La Quinta Real Estate

Property taxes and utilities are quite favorable compared to other second home, resort communities. “I find that my buyers are pleasantly surprised when I go over this information in detail,” said Brown.

Native Knowledge: “My experience with festival-goers is that they are here for the music, and while they may not purchase real estate during festival weekends, they have gotten a good feel for the desert,” explained Brown. “Many return at a later date to explore their opportunities for a second home or retirement living.”

5 | Ask Why Before You Buy

Knowledge is power! Start your research now. There is a perfect property for every buyer. Ask yourself some questions: Will I be here all winter or occasional weekends? Do I need to rent my house at certain times to be able to maintain it? Do I need to be on a golf course? Do I want mountain views? What are the expenses associated with having a pool?

Native Knowledge: There are so many things about the desert to love! Wonderful people, consistently fabulous weather, space to breathe and relax, no traffic and congestion, panoramic mountain views, world-class shopping and dining, easy access through our excellent Palm Springs International Airport and more.

California Lifestyle RealtyMartha T. Brown
50220 Avenida Vista Bonita
La Quinta, CA 92253
760.564.1200
760.219.0915

La Quinta Resort & Club
49-499 Eisenhower Dr
La Quinta, CA 92253
760.564.4111