Paul Kaplan Palm Springs Real Estate Blog

What's going on in Real Estate in Palm Springs?

The following updates are from figures as of July 2014 per the local Multiple Listing Service:

1.  The Median price per square foot was $231.12, up 12.2% from July 2013.  However we are still 15% BELOW the all time high of $307 in 2006.

Palm Springs Real Estate Update2.  Palm Springs is down by 9% in sales compared to 2013.

3.  Distressed homes (Short Sales and disclosures) represent less then 10% of the total sales. 

4.  Inventory for the Coachella Valley has been declining for five months. 

5.  Higher priced homes show a 7 month inventory (how long it typically takes to sell a house priced over $900,000).  Lower priced homes are showing an average of a 4 month inventory.  This is normal for a "healthy" market.


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12 Questions to Ask When Choosing Your REALTOR®

 Make sure you choose a REALTOR® who will provide top-notch service and meet your unique needs. 

 1. How long have you been in residential real estate sales? Is it your full-time job? While experience is no guarantee of skill, real estate — like many other professions — is mostly learned on the job.

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 2. What designations do you hold? Designations such as GRI and CRS®, which require that agents take additional, specialized real estate training, are held only by about one-quarter of real estate practitioners.

 3. How many homes did you and your real estate brokerage sell last year? By asking this question, you’ll get a good idea of how much experience the practitioner has.

 4. How many days

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Palm Springs Modernism Tour BusModernism Week which takes place in Palm Springs in February, is adding a Fall version to the line up for all us Modernism fans that want to celebrate mid-century design more then once a year.  Mark your calendars for the fall edition of Modernism Week, Oct 10-13. Additionally,  the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale Fall Edition will be part of the festivities The event will be held Oct. 11-12 at the Palm Springs Convention Center and will feature 40 dealers selling their best mid-century wares. National and internationals dealers, from fine arts to the decorative, will have displays.

This is the first year for the fall sale, a response to the growing attendance of Modernism Week in March

Modernism Yard Sale.

The Paul Kaplan Group will be celebrating too with

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One of my favorite blogs that I follow is Apartment Therapy.

They recently published the "9 Home Truths We Tend to Forget (That Are Worth Remembering)" which I believe apply to your Palm Springs home as a vacation property or a full time residence.  These factors all help to make your house a home, whether its just for a weekend escape in Palm Springs, or where you reside day to day.    Here are excerpts from the blog:

Home — and what makes it one — is different for all of us. But there are some universal truths that when taken to heart (and kept in mind), make the home we do have that much more enjoyable. These nine truths about home — how to make one and love the one you have — are the kind of simple truths that sometimes slip our busy minds. But

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Comfort is arguably the most ideal aspect in a home. A home that you look forward to going to after a long day or a place to escap from everyday life.  A place to ease the mind. Ease does not come, however, from resistance to what is natural.   Located at 2930 E. Wyman Dr. in Palm Springs, CA, this mid-century Alexander in Racquet Club Estates, flows with its natural setting. Solar power provides electricity from the endless desert sunshine, bringing the current electric bill to less than, a whopping, five dollars a month, per the seller. Beautiful drought-resistance landscape not only diminishes the efforts of up keeping a thirsty lawn, but also helps play a role in the current California drought.   An electric car-charging station in the garage…
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Summer IS a good time to sell a home in the desert, despite what people think.

The following are tips for selling your home in  Palm Springs- "6 Tips to Help You Sell This Summer", modified from an article posted in posted by RE-Insider on 7/16/14 • Categorized as Industry News (

Mow the Lawn Twice a Week
Don’t ask me why but grass grows faster in the summer. Don’t explain it to me, either, because I don’t want to think about photosynthesis or chlorophyll. Your hair grows faster in the summer, too. Every other lawn cutting, try mowing on the diagonal to add dimension and curb appeal.  In the desert, lawn is more rare-  but make sure your desert landscaping is neat and orderly,

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Palm Springs Home

Imagine yourself entertaining friends & family in this uniquely redesigned mid-century ranch style home located in beautiful Movie Colony East. This home is complete with 4 comfortable bedrooms and 4 tastefully redone bathrooms, including a separate guest house, and a large 2 car garage. Enjoy preparing a gourmet meal surrounded by teak cabinets, stainless steel appliances including a beverage fridge, quartz counter tops, recessed lighting and a spacious kitchen island. Each room has a very distinctive view including a backyard view of the San Jacinto mountains. The generous outdoor space has also been designed with spa like features such as an outdoor private soaking tub, outdoor shower, fire pit with seating and a bubbling Buddha waterfall which

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There's a lot of uproar in Palm Springs lately regarding the recent design approved for the Desert Fashion Plaza located in the heart of Downtown Palm Springs. 

A brief history-  the fate of the Desert Fashion Plaza has been an ongoing battle between the developer, John Wessman, and the City of Palm Springs.  Measure J was passed by the citizens to support and provide funding for the re-development, in a recent election.  At the time, there were citizen groups, town hall meetings, and input gathered by residents, asking for input on how we wanted to see the Desert Fashion Plaza developed.

Unfortunately the current approved plans are nothing like what was originally proposed to the City, and not what was expected.  Since the City is helping to fund

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Get a Free Slurpee at 7-11

According to our friends at 7/11 Stores, you’re invited to celebrate the most anticipated day of the year – 7-Eleven Day! The legendary convenience stores wonder why it’s not a national holiday. Stop in at participating 7/11 stores on Friday, 7/11/14, from 11am – 7pm and get a FREE small Slurpee drink. That’s right, a FREE small Slurpee drink and a true reason to say T.G.I.F. -

But wait, there’s more - If you download the 7-Eleven mobile app, you can also enjoy 7-Eleven Week with free stuff every day from 7/12 – 7/19. Get it at

Our favorite 7/11 is just a block away from our office at 1701 N. Palm Canyon Drive in Uptown Palm Springs.

Map to 7-11 from Paul Kaplan Group Office

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Palm Springs Home with Pool

Friends, family, clients, and customers of The Paul Kaplan Group kicked off this 4th of July holiday week end with two open houses. Kris Rain and Clay Baham hosted evening events at their listings at 1121 Pasatiempo Road and 862 E. Garden Road. These two sexy and updated mid-century, modern homes are located in two of Palm Springs' hottest neighborhoods - Ruth Hardy Park and Racquet Club Estates. A variety of appetizers and cheeses from around the world greeted guests. Clay offered a huge dessert spread at his open house while Kris' listing featured a water polo exhibition in the huge pool. Click here to sign up for invites to all future Paul Kaplan Group events.

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