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BNP Paribas Open March 7-20, 2011

World Class Tennis in Indian Wells California.  For nearly two weeks in March the Tennis Gardens in Indian Wells, CA will play host to some of the biggest names in the world of  Tennis.  The BNP Paribas Open  is the largest combined ATP and WTA in the World. With constant media coverage from across the globe this truly is an international event that can't be missed.

In the United States coverage of the event will air on ABC, ESPN and the Tennis Channel.  Players schedules to appear includes Roger Federer, Rafael  Nadal, Caroline Wozniack & Vera Zvonareva  amoung dozens & dozens  of others.  Use the link above to purchase tickets and see schedules, daily tickets start at $45 each.    The Indian Wells Tennis Garden is situated on Washington Street at Miles Avenue. Just south of Fred Waring Drive.

Is the Government Looking to End Secured Mortgages?

According to a new policy paper the Obama Administration submitted to the Treasury Department just last week the answer may be yes.  Looking to privatize this and relieve the government - ie: taxpayer liability for mortgages gone bad.

Government back loans through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have long been a staple of the US real estate market and have helped many a homeowner get their first home.  To be sure the two were also closely tied to some of the worst abuses in the mortgage melt down of the last 5 years.

No matter which side of the issue you are on this is a BIG change in business as usual in the government back loan business.  Read the entire document outlining the administrations proposals.

Should You Fight the Bank To Keep Your House Part II

In the first part we covered the basics of how you should decide if you are capable of keeping your home and what the first steps are. Here we cover what happens next:

So you have gathered all your paperwork and are ready to send it in. Typically you have to fax all this stuff in with your account number written on every page.  You usually have to update the things like bank statements and pay stubs as you get new ones.

Don’t be surprised but the first answer is usually – NO! (If the bank says yes please read  section 4)

3) After The Bank Says NO: Don’t let this deter you.  Ask for the specific reasons in writing.  Ask for supervisors to explain what your options are. Ask what the review process is and tell them you want to be reconsidered. Unless they can tell you specifically that you do not qualify based on your income I would not accept no from this level at the bank.  I would keep pushing until they refuse to consider your paperwork anymore. Sometimes they will cite the type of lo…

Should You Fight The Bank To Keep Your House?


If you are at risk of losing your home in a foreclosure you may think there is nothing you can do and that it is too late. Not so.  The tables have turned and the  programs to help you and the regulatory pressures on the banks to make sure they have exhausted every effort to help you keep your home are pretty strong. This first part of a two part entry will help give you some basic guidelines of how you might be able to save your home.

As the foreclosure crisis continues to unfold across America we are learning that everyone is not foreclosed on for the same reason.  Homeowners who can simply not make their payment are the easiest story to understand.  Be it a medical situation, a job loss or other debts that just grew too large.  This is the classic story of people losing their homes. They can’t pay and there is no hope or circumstance on the immediate horizon that will change that picture.

However, in the realities of today’s market there are situations that are not so cut …

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Tenth Annual Discovery Home Tour

The Children's Discovery Museum of Rancho Mirage hosts their annual Tour of Homes with proceeds benefiting the museum and its' programs.

Tickets for the Self guided tour are just $55. a guided bus tour is offered for $95. This is one of the major fund-raisers for the Museum each year. See homes from Mid Century to Modern during this fun events.

Contact the Museum at 760-321-0602 ext 122 for more information or click the Mascot to go the their website.

Are Foreclosures Really Dropping Off?

In the exuberance to proclaim the economy "healed" "recovered" "rebounding" or "looking up" some in the media are not revealing the whole story when it comes to Foreclosures. Stories can always be told two ways.  For example if this month 40 house sold and last month only 20 had sold it could be truthfully reported that HOME SALES Doubled!  The reality behind that may be that 40 is the average and 20 was just a terrible month.

When it comes to foreclosures the reporting that they are down is not totally untrue.  Realty Trac (a real estate data company) reported that January 2011 Foreclosures where down 17% over January 2010.   Sounds good, you might think that we are seeing major improvement. The other part of that data is that this is still a 1% increase in foreclosures over December 2010 nation wide and locally it is 3%.  That is up not down.

So to dig a little deeper it is important to note what is happening behind the scenes.  That is that the…

Riverside County Fair held in Indio Feb 18-17 2011

The Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival is  February 18 – 27, 2011 in Indio! 

Admission remains unchanged this year (Adults $8) and there are a couple of opportunities to get an even better deal!

Opening Friday, February 18, 2011, admission will be free from 10am to 3pm. This will mark the third year the Fair has given back to the community by creating this opportunity for their attendees.  A special "thank you" to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, the Fair's Presenting Sponsor, for creating "Fantasy $5 Friday" which will be February 25, 2011.

The Fair features many attractions and events with fantastic food, great exhibits, many carnival rides and headliner  entertainment (included in the admission price) the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival is ten days of fun.
Headlining Entertainment Offered This Year:
Latin recording artist, Luz Rios, Third Eye Blind , American Idol  Kellie Pickler and  Switchfoot all presented by Fantasy Spr…

Frank Sinatra Celebrity Golf Tournament Returns Feb 24th 2011

The 24th - 27th of February  2011 is the 22nd annual Frank Sinatra Golf Tournament. This year it is again being held at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio.  Their beautiful Eagle Falls course is the site of the Golf tournament while the hotel and its fine dining establishments  in addition to the conference center is the site of the parties, auctions, banquets and fashion show.  The tournament supports the Barbara Sinatra Childrens Center at Eisenhower hospital  and other charities.

 Use the link above to find out more information and how you can get tickets for this great event.

Celebrity golfers this year include:

Pat Boone
John Callahan
Robert Costanzo
Tom Dreesen
Patrick Evans
Dennis Farina
Vince Ferragamo
Steve Garvey
Robert Hays
Beverly Johnson
Tommy Kramer
Gino LaMont
Ed Marinaro
Peter Marshall
Ron Perlman
Frankie Randall
Tim Reid
Christopher Rich
Joe Sirola
Elke Sommer
Kevin Sorbo
Barry W illiams

 Just another reason to come to the Desert!

Cycling Event This Weekend In Palm Springs

Have some fun, get some exercise and help raise money for great causes.  Now in its 13th year the Tour de Palm Springs  has grown to over 7,500 riders. The event raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for non profit groups. It has become the largest ride of its kind in the Western United States. Watch a fun video of Last years event.

The registration fees start at $10 and the rides you can participate in are from 5 to 100 miles in length.  Riders of any skill level are encouraged to join.  Friday the 11th from noon to 8pm is registration and the ride is Saturday mooring at 9am.

In 2010 CVSPIN and Tour de Palm Springs gave away more than $170,000 to local charities.

It all starts at the Spa Resort Casino, the major sponser of the event,  February 11th in downtown Palm Springs

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Desert Bicycle Club

Palm Springs Modernism Week Feb 17-27, 2011

Palm Springs, easily one of the best preserved Mid Century destinations in the country, once again hosts    Modernism Week. With a slate of events that would exhaust you if you tried to take them all in - any interest no matter how esoteric is bound to be addressed in this convention of Modernism. See a Video about this event.
In addition to the wildly popular home tours, which this year will take place every day!, there will be lectures, bus tours, Travel Trailer exhibits, vintage auto exhibit, Fashion from the 50's and 60's with modernist style, tours of Frank Sinatras Twin Palms Estate and an exhibit at the museum.
Palm Springs cool really comes to life during this exciting week.  You won't want to miss a thing so stop by the Modernism event site  and get the scoop.
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