Showing posts from March, 2012

Vintage Palm Springs Slide Show

Not only are there some awesome pictures here they are well marked so you know what you are looking at.

The music selection is pretty great too. Enjoy!

Here you see another video market as a tourism video from the 1950's. We have featured this one before but it is so much fun we added it again.

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Coachella Music and Arts Festival 2 Big Weekends

Festival Expansion: This April will see the festival, for the first time,  expand to two entire three day weekends of Music and events. April 13-15 and 20-22.  Bringing thousands of music lovers to the Coachella Valley the event is a major post season boom to tourism to be sure. Held at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio CA this international musical event has been going on since 2001.

While the majority of the acts tend to be alternative music favorites major headliners have appeared every year at the festival. 2012 will see DR Dre Snoop Dog, Radio Head and The Black Keys.  Past years have seen the likes of Madonna, Paul McCartney and Prince.

Watch this video of the 2011 Coachella Festival to get a feel of what the event is all about. Skip about half way through to see the neat lighting displays they have at night:

See the website with all the line up information and information on how to attend here

or by clicking the poster below:

35200 Cathedral Canyon Dr W182 Cathedral City CA 92234


Bankruptcy and Property Liens

Many homeowners, under stress from mounting debts and facing possible foreclosure opt for Bankruptcy as a strategy to handle their debts. Popular wisdom is this is the way to wipe the slate clean and start all over.

One of the problems with this scenario is the lien on the property can remain post Bankruptcy.

So for example; you decide to take bankruptcy. The actual debt of the loan is discharged - you are no longer personally liable for the balance of the mortgage debt. However, the bank has retained their position on the property by means of not removing the lien they hold on the property. Now the bank - usually a second mortgage holder - is a player in the probable short sale you are trying to do. This can impede the short sale process and complicate things further.

Many sellers who have completed bankruptcy are surprised to find out that this can be true. But it is. In this flyer from our friends at Orange Coast Title you will find out how to try and avoid this problem.


Home Owner Property Tax Exemption For CA

California property owners are entitled to claim a property tax exemption of $7,000.  Have you filed for yours?  It must be your primary residence and you must have owned it on January 1st in the year in which you filed. However, if you meet those two criteria you should be able to qualify.

Please download this property tax exemption document for homeowners to gain more information.

WARNING:  please be aware that there are some unscrupulous companies out there that may mail you very official looking forms that make it appear as though you have to pay them to file for this exemption.  This is just a scam so don't fall for it.  Filing for your homeowner property is free and easy to do.

If you have any questions about owning real estate in California please don't hesitate to call on us.  We will be happy to help you or point you in the right direction.

760-408-5300 or

Also, be sure to visit our website at

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Stage Coach Country Music Festival 2012

One of the most exciting and most anticipated music events in the country music world is coming up - right here in our very own Coachella Valley. The Stagecoach Festival is scheduled to be held at the Indio Polo Grounds April 27-29 2012 in Indio CA. This major outdoor event will bring tens of thousands of music lovers to our beautiful valley.

The event is already sold out but those lucky enough to have their tickets will get to enjoy two solid days of great country music. Even if you are not going the town will be hopping with all the visitors and the parties sure to be going on.

Featuring everyone from breakout new stars to Mega star established performers.  The lineup this year is slated to include:

Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Alabama, Martina McBride, Kenny Rogers, Luke Bryan, The Mavericks, Sara Evans, The Band Perry, Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers, Chris Isaak, Justin Moore,Eli Young Band,Brett Eldredge, Aaron Lewis, Ralph Stanley & His…

Rancho Mirage Park Like Condo

3 Bedroom Condo In Rancho Mirage SOLD

Market Stats

$129,500CondoMain Features3 Bedrooms
2 Full Bathrooms
Interior: 1,350 sqft
Lot: 1,307 sqft
Year Built: 1975
MLS #: 41371416Location 69737 Campana Ct
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Michael Layton

Big Block Realty
(760) 408-5300
[email protected]

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Palm Desert Food And Wine Festival March 23-25 2012

Experience a world-class dining and wine tasting event right here in the Desert. Featuring celebrity chefs Sara Moulton - Mark Peel - Andre Carthen - Tony Di Lembo - Aaron Burns and many more. Local restaurants with favorites such as Copley's, The Cork Tree, Davey's Hideaway, Mr Parker's, Trio, Tropicale, Pacifica  and many more will all be participating in the event.

The Food & Wine Festival - Palm Desert will gather the brightest and most inspired chefs from California for two extraordinary days of culinary and wine tasting. This event is educational in focus and showcases the Coachella Valley as a culinary destination.

Enjoy everything from a  sit down 4-course gourmet luncheon  hosted by celebrity chefs to Fine Wines, featuring the Young’s Market-The Estates Group experience Fine Dining at its best from over 45 of the top award-winning restaurants and their accompanying chefs from throughout California.

This Festival  benefits the premiere culinary school in the Unite…