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The mantra of smart real estate purchases is “location, location, location,” Taking heed to this discipline can dictate future gains or losses of your selected property. Pricing of identical houses or condos in different areas reflects current demand and future appreciation.

It is important to select an agent who knows the areas and communities in your selected city.  Top agents will review your criteria and then guide you to locations that best match your needs while mindful of area trends.

Starting your home search begins with your list of wants and needs. Determine your price range of targeted homes, what type of view you prefer (if view is important), sunlight exposure, interior and exterior amenities, and your lifestyle.

Here in the Coachella Valley area homes offering views are one of the most requested location options in the desert. And since outdoor living is so popular here, sweeping views can and will add value to an identical property with limited or no views. Some buyers prefer golf course views, while others choose the mountains. Here in the desert you can actually get both.

Maybe you want to live close to restaurants and shopping so proximity to a city center will be an important requirement on your ‘wants and needs list’ of desirable locations. Many Palm Springs area activities are in walking distance or a short golf cart or bike ride away from many locations.

An important consideration in choosing your desert home is whether you want it to be in a gated community with HOA (Homeowners Association). HOAs offer benefits to some buyers and drawbacks to others. HOA’s have rules and regulations. On the plus side is the fact that most HOA’s work hard at maintaining high community standards and appearances so your neighborhood doesn’t become run down or have blighted homes. Keep in mind that there are HOA dues to pay and you’ll need to be aware of the monthly fees and any HOA rules pertaining to using or modifying your property. Before buying a home or condo located within an HOA, you’ll want to read your copy of the HOA CC&R’s (Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions). You’ll be provided this document during the start of escrow after your offer is accepted, and you will be given a period of time to either proceed with your purchase or cancel.

You’ve chosen the Coachella Valley because of the beauty, weather and activities. Use your agent’s area knowledge and expertise to get your desert dream home.

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