Wednesday, February 26, 2014

La Quinta CA Land Best Price On Estate Lot

LA Quinta CA - In Spanish it means Country estate or Inn and Estate is exactly what you can have with this amazing lot.  Building your dream home in La Quinta just got easier.  This massive lot is located in the gated community of Lions Gate.  Nestled in the PGA West area of gorgeous south La Quinta.  Stunning mountain vista, an enviable quality of life and tranquil sun drenched days await you on this best priced Estate Lot.

Just $259,000 for 1.17 acres.  Not just any lot but the second largest in the development. Not just any lot but one that is perfectly positioned and shaped to give you maximum forever views.  No one will ever be able to block the views and the orientation of the lot allows for maximum exposure to the South and West.  One thing to make note of is the Fact that on a lot this Massive 3 of the walls for the property are in!  This is a HUGE savings for you and your future construction.  Utilities are on the lot and just need to be connected. Learn More about this property with this link.

Topping off the great price and the amazing location and position is the very low HOA fee. Under $200 a month to live in an area where monthly fees frequently top out over $500. Truly an extraordinary package.

La Quinta is legendary for gracious desert living, World class golf and stunning views make this perfect property the one you call home.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Palm Desert To Debut Three Popular Retailers

Palm Desert will soon be home to three very popular Retailers. First To open in the Town Center Shopping Plaza will be a large Nordstroms Rack store.  Coming soon will be Whole Foods in the same Plaza and H&M in The Westfield Mall complex across the street.

Construction is continuing at a hectic pace on all three locations and from the outside they look almost done.  

Just recently Dicks' Sporting Goods Opened a large store in Westfield Mall and the World GYM opened an expanded location there in a relocation move from the Town Center Shopping Plaza across the street.

All ready a leader in Coachella valley retail these are exciting times in the retail sector of Palm Desert to be sure.
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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Perfection Embodied Las Brisas North Home 92201


INDIO CA 92201
$374,900 | 4 BEDROOMS | 3 BATHROOMS | 3 CAR GARAGE | 2467 SQUARE FEET | MLS: 213008623


Your desert dreams will come true in this house that encompasses everything that makes living here so special. Located in the gated community of Las Brisas North which is on the 48th Avenue Corrider from La Quinta thru Indio. Built by Century Homes. Las Brisas North is an all ages community.   Contemporary Mediterranean style meets classy desert design.  This popular floor plan maximizes your privacy, living space and comfort with its well thought out flow. The massive great room features a wall of cabinetry and a fireplace.  Ceiling fans and window coverings compliment almost every room.
From a large eat in Kitchen to a private "casita"  with its' own bath to the inviting pool and spa.  The Master suite has all the amenities from Direct Spa access to a spa sized tub and shower plus a grand dual entry walk in closet.   Tile floors in the kitchen and hallways, vaulted ceilings entry hall and plenty of storage. A three car garage gives you plenty of space to store your other toys from Golf carts to power boats.Speaking of that there is a pad already poured to the gate that would allow you to store one of these items next to the garage i you needed.  There simply is nothing that wasn't thought of in this home.
Well located the community of Las Brisas North is just off of 48th Ave. In Indio - City Of Festivals.  In fact this home is less than a mile from the Polo Grounds which is home to two major music festivals every year, StageCoach - which is country Music and Coachella Fest which is Rock and Alternative music. Just over a mile in the other Direction fromt his home you will find La Quinta and all the great shopping and Dining opportunities there. From Costco and Home Depot to Chipotle, Starbucks and Henrys' Market there is nothing you can't find there.   Start your Desert Life in the perfect home.


  • Michael Layton

  • Fathom Realty Group

  • P: 760-408-5300

  • M: 760-408-5300


  • Casita

  • Huge Master Suite

  • Pool Spa Tanning Shelf

  • Fireplace

  • Remote Ceiling Fans

  • 3 Car garage

  • Lots Of Closets

  • Gated Community

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Michael Layton
Fathom Realty Group
P: 760-408-5300
M: 760-408-5300
License # 01342880
1775 E Palm Canyon Dr 110-248
Palm Springs, CA 92264


Experience, Trust and Knowledge  Who to Choose! There are many people in the market place eager to help you with real estate. I believe it is VERY important that you choose carefully.  The person you choose will be helping you make some pretty important financial decisions. That person needs to have a true knowledge of the entire process.  Being a multi-million dollar producer is a good thing, and I am one, but in my opinion to understand the investment side of real estate you have to have done it for yourself. I have.


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Monday, February 17, 2014

Coachella Festival Returns To Indio

Coachella Fest Line Up


APRIL 11-13 & 18-20 2014

Click on the Poster above to be taken to the complete lineup information page for the event.  Spread over two weekends in April one of the top music festivals in the world brings artists from so many genres to the Coachella Valley/Palm Springs area for two weekends in April . A hybrid music festival/Art festival the event is also a big contributor to local charities.

Imagine owning your own great home in INDIO CA just a mile and a half from the fairgrounds!  See it here  Enjoying this great event would be so much easier with your own private four bedroom pool home! The rental potential would be outstanding.

38196 Avenida Alamitos

Coachella Fest is just one of the many great events held each year in Indio.  Up and coming is the Stagecoach Music festival and every February you have the Riverside County Fair and Date Festival and there is also a Tamale Festival every December.

There is always something to do in Indio!City Of Indio Offical Logo

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Art Events In The Palm Springs Area

Art Events In The Palm Springs - Coachella Valley:

Coming right up on February 22 - 23, 2014 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden – catch a sneak peek at the revamped facility before the PNB Parriba Open tennis tournament in March. Come to the ARTWALK at the Wells

Learn more at the event Web Site:

You will see innovative works in differing styles of contemporary, traditional, modern, and southwest art. Hundreds of talented artists will present their unique works in different media such as acrylic, oils, etchings, mixed media, oils, watercolors, digital and even traditional photography.

Southwest Arts Festival is held every January and the 2014 date was the 24th-26th
Artists and attendees from all over the world converge at this renowned festival of the arts now features more than 250 artists. This festival has grown from its humble roots as a small art affaire in 1986 to become one of the largest – and most acclaimed – art festivals in the country. You will see traditional, contemporary and abstract works of art plus handmade crafts. This event can be seen at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

Learn more about this event at: visit the Southwest Art Festival website today

La Quinta Arts Festival. For a vibrant art experience the nationally renowned La Quinta Arts Festival can’t be beat. Showcasing the area’s most dazzling artists, La Quinta Arts Festival is a 4-day celebration of creative talent and innovation in mediums including sculpture, photography, painting, ceramics, jewelry and much more. 2014 marks the 29th year of this Festival and you can enjoy it on March 6-9th at the La Quinta Civic Center Campus and with a great selection of over 100 artists. Enjoy their work while street performers, public art displays and the surrounding Coral make it a truly memorable day.

Learn more at the official La Quinta Arts Festival website

Art Under the Umbrellas shows are one-day events located in Old Town La Quinta from 10am to 4pm on select Saturdays October thru March. There is Free admission and free parking. Offical Website of Art Under The Umbrellas

Over 80 artists participate at each Art Under the Umbrellas event, located along the closed-off streets of Old town La Quinta. This pretty outdoor venue is reminiscent of Colonial Mexico. Make it a great day outdoors by perusing artist wares, exploring shops, and restaurants.

After all that walking at the art fairs you can put your feet up and discover inspiring and thought provoking cinema at the 2014 Palm Desert Public Art Documentary Film Series. Beginning in January 2014, the public is invited to a fifth season of free screenings of public art-themed documentaries presented by the City’s Public Art Department and the University of California, Riverside Palm Desert Graduate Center. Each screening will include a featured speaker who will discuss that night’s film.

All films screen the third Thursday of the month, January through April, at 6 p.m. in the auditorium at UCR Palm Desert, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. For more information, or to make a reservation, please call 760-837-1663.

PALM SPRINGS Not to be left out of the Art scene the Palm Springs offerings include a new Art District info at: And an Art Walk the first Wednesday of every month year round.

So don't miss out on the great Art events held Valley wide throughout the year. Just one more reason to visit Palm Springs!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Tax Deductions On Your Home Done Right

Tax Time is coming right up. One of the many benefits of home ownership is the tax deductions that you can take. It is very important that you know which ones to take and how to do them to maximize the benefit to you will remaining compliant with the tax code.

This article spells out 6 tricky situations you might find yourself in.  Check out this list of six deductions you may or may not qualify for. As always be sure to check with your tax professional to be certain that you are eligible or to answer more complicated questions.


6 Home Deduction Traps and How to Avoid Them  

By: Barbara Eisner Bayer

Published: January 30, 2014

Get an “A” on your Schedule A form: Dodge these tax deduction pitfalls to save time, money, and an IRS investigation.

Trap #1: Line 6 - real estate taxes

Your monthly mortgage payment often includes money for a tax escrow, from which the lender pays your local real estate taxes.

The money you send the bank may be more than what the bank pays for your taxes, says Julian Block, a tax attorney and author of Julian Block’s Home Seller’s Guide to Tax Savings. That will lead you to putting the wrong number on Schedule A.


Your monthly payment to the lender: $2,000 for mortgage + $500 escrow for taxes
Your annual property tax bill: $5,500
Now do the math:

Your bank received $6,000 for real estate taxes, but only paid $5,500. It may keep the extra $500 to apply to the next tax bill or refund it to you at some point, but meanwhile, you’re making a mistake if you enter $6,000 on Schedule A. Instead, take the number from Form 1098—which your bank sends you each year—that shows the actual taxes paid.

Trap #2: Line 6 - tax calculations for recent buyers and sellers

If you bought or sold a home in the middle of the year, figuring out what to put on line 6 of your Schedule A Form is tricky.

Don’t simply enter the number from your property tax bill on line 6 as you would if you owned the house the whole year. If you bought or sold a house in midyear, you should instead use the property tax amount listed on your HUD-1 closing statement, says Phil Marti, a retired IRS official.

Here’s why: Generally, depending on the local tax cycle, either the seller gives the buyer money to pay the taxes when they come due or, if the seller has already paid taxes, the buyer reimburses the seller at closing. Those taxes are deductible that year, but won’t be reflected on your property tax bill.

Trap #3: Line 10 - properly deducting points

You can deduct points paid on a refinance, but not all at once, says David Sands, a CPA with Buchbinder Tunick & Co LLP. Rather, you deduct them over the life of your loan. So if you paid $1,000 in points for a 10-year refinance, you’re entitled to deduct only $100 per year on your Schedule A Form.

Trap #4: Line 10 - HELOC limits

If you took out a home equity line of credit (HELOC), you can generally deduct the interest on it only up to $100,000 of debt each year, says Matthew Lender, a CPA with EisnerLubin LLP.

For example, if you have a HELOC for $200,000, the bank will send you Form 1098 for interest paid on $200,000. But you can deduct only the interest paid on $100,000. If you just pull the number off Form 1098, you’ll deduct more than you’re entitled to.

Trap #5: line 13 - Private mortgage insurance

You can deduct PMI on your Schedule A Form, as long as you started paying the insurance after Dec. 31, 2006. Congress renewed the PMI deduction for 2012 and 2013 for people making less than $110,000.

Since you're thinking about it, this is also a good time to review your PMI: You might be able to cancel your PMI altogether because your home value has risen and the amount your owe on your mortgage has gone down.

Trap #6: line 20 - casualty and theft losses

You can deduct part or all of losses caused by theft, vandalism, fire, or similar causes, as well as corrosive drywall, but the process isn’t always obvious or simple:

Only deduct losses that are greater than 10% of your adjusted gross income and exceed $100 (line 38 of Form 1040).
Fill out Form 4684, which involves complex calculations for the cost basis and fair market value. This form gives you the number you need for line 20.
Bottom line on line 20: If you’ve got extensive losses, it’s best to consult a tax pro. “I wouldn’t do it myself, and I’ve been dealing with taxes for 40 years,” says former IRS official Marti.

This article provides general information about tax laws and consequences, but shouldn’t be relied upon as tax or legal advice applicable to particular transactions or circumstances. Consult a tax professional for such advice. You can see more articles like this at House Logic

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Tennis Tournament In Indian Wells

The BNP Paribas Open Tennis Tournament returns to beautiful Indian Wells March 3-16 2014. This year the venue Indian Wells Tennis Gardens is dramatically enlarged after having undergone an beautiful expansion since last year.

Major International tennis stars and their fans will fill the Coachella valley as all eyes in Tennis turn to Indian Wells California. Always a class act, this year the event will be preceded by a John McEnroe Charity tournament which is free to the public on March 1, 2014. Tickets are available from $28 in the grandstand to just under $100 for other seating choices. The
website also showed multiple day ticket packages available. The Tournament player list reads like a whose who in the world of professional tennis - Victoria Azarenka, Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and over 100 more. The event always draws Celebrities to the valley as well to enjoy this event and our great Desert Weather! The Indian Wells Masters is the first Masters event on the ATP calendar and you can watch all the action live for free online .

City Of Indian Wells California 92210

Located at 78-200 Miles Avenue the Indian Wells Tennis Garden is a first class facility with great amenities. With new Dining venues and 16,100 seats in the main stadium plus over 7,000 parking spaces.

But if you don't want to pay to park and if you are a tennis buff and want to walk to the game check out our awesome 3 bedroom upgraded bungalow across the street at Desert Breezes 77702 Calle Las Brisas N Palm Desert CA 92211 you can actually Walk To Indian Wells Tennis Garden From here:

If you need more information on the Tennis Garden call 760-200-8400

Call the PSAGENT team for your Real Estate Questions at 760-408-5300

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Palm Springs Modernism Week 2014

Palm Springs Modernism Week: ( or week+ since it is 10 days long!) It all happens February 13-23, 2014 when the world comes to admire what we here locally take for granted everyday. This amazing event continues to grow and expand in all directions.  Last year the event brought in vintage travel trailers and expanded beyond Palm Springs into the Palm Desert neighborhoods with fifties architecture.

The 14th annual Palm Springs Modernism Show and Sale will be held at the Convention Center, located On Amado and Avendia Caballeros, with over 80 exhibitors showing their treasures and hoping to make them YOURS!

The show -which could possibly be credited with starting the whole modernism week (but I am not an expert on the founding of the event!) is just the tip of the iceberg.  The website for the event lists no less than 32 pages of events! From lectures, to films, to house tours, bus tours and exhibits. Everyone is getting in on the excitement with exhibits at the Palm Springs library to lectures in hotel ballrooms.  Fitting it all in will be your biggest challenge.

Perhaps the best part of Modernism week is it takes place in the sunshine of Palm Springs. This will no doubt please the some 40,000 expected visitors, from all parts of the world, who may not see temps like these until Summertime.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Modern Solar Eco Friendly Homes OPEN HOUSE


OPEN TUESDAY MORNING - 10:30am to 12:30pm


2 Homes normally by appointment only  but Tuesday the 4th of February you can walk right in and enjoy - Just minutes apart off of Hacienda Rd in DHS

12412 Spruce Street in DHS - Totally Solar Pool Home- MLS# 214002508  

[caption id="attachment_3215" align="alignright" width="150"]Modern All Solar Home For Sale with Commanding views Modern All Solar Home
For Sale with Commanding views[/caption]

SEE VIDEO TOUR of Spruce street  from


14991 McCarger, DHS - Modern Home with Steel Canopy and pool -  MLS#21483268

SEE VIDEO TOUR  of McCarger Rd offered by: Mike and Maria Patakas  Of Sothebys Realty

[caption id="attachment_3216" align="alignleft" width="150"]Steel Canopy Pool Home For Sale on over an acre of land Steel Canopy Pool Home For Sale on over an acre of land[/caption]

     Thank you  - we hope to see you there - you will be glad you saw these two UNIQUE properties!


Easy to get to!  Just take Palm Drive North of the Interstate 10.  At Hacienda take a right.

Use Redbud rd to get to the house on Spruce and use McCarger Road to access the other home.
Both are just past Mountain View where there is a traffic signal.

Any Problems - call Michael at 760-408-5300  or Maria at 760-464-4650

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Live In Palm Desert California

When you choose to live in Palm Desert California you'll find that the amazing quality of life is accented by a splendid choice of homes. Many types of  neighborhoods make up the city. You will be hard pressed to find a category of home that is not represented in this city.

Big Horn is a perfect example of the variety of homes in Palm Desert.  In Big Horn multi million dollar custom homes grace 2 championship courses, one designed by Tom Fazio, in breathtaking South Palm Desert. Yet, almost next door to Bighorn you can find beautiful condos starting at $200,000. Truthfully, this is part of what makes the desert special in that there are wonderful homes for every need. The weekend condos and smaller homes, mid century modern homes, senior communities (like Sun City Palm Desert), gated brand new communities (with or without golf course) even lakefront properties, Tennis Clubs and horse property are all available in Palm Desert. See a list of all neighborhoods in Palm Desert.

While Palm Springs is a treasure trove of 1950’s contemporary architecture many people are surprised to find these fifties homes in South Palm Desert as well. In fact little pockets of the Alexander, Meisselman and Wexler homes are tucked away in the most surprising places. At the same time you can find great neighborhoods like Desert Breezes. This neighborhood is made up of "condos" which are really cute little villas that are totally detached from each other. With nice private walled yards, greenbelts and a terrific clubhouse with workout room and olympic sized pool and Tennis courts. These mediterrean styled villas are a fantastic combination of home and condo giving you the best of both worlds.

One thing that is not immediately apparent to the visitor to Palm Desert, but is very important to who we are, is that we are a destination resort. There is no industry in the valley. No rush hour, no commuting. The “business” of the Coachella valley is fun in the sun. Casinos, golf courses, world class resorts, shopping and dining see to that! Everything is just minutes away and the pace of life is slower. Everyone is here to relax and enjoy the endlessly sunny days.

Palm Desert is broken up into 3 geographical areas referred to as Palm Desert North, Palm Desert East and South Palm Desert. South Palm Desert is almost exclusively residential once you get away from the Highway 111 corridor, while North and East are well planned communities with a mix of uses.

Palm Desert also holds the reputation in the valley of being the most financially sound. It is also home to the new extension of the University of Southern California San Bernardino. As a result of the University project most of the remaining vacant land in North Palm Desert is being totally developed with supporting infrastructure, housing and retail.

The McCallum Theatre, the Living Desert and the two year college of the Desert are also located in Palm Desert. Every Saturday on the grounds of the College of the Desert the Street Fair takes place – it is an open air shopping extravaganza.

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