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Cockroaches in Your Desert Home

Cockroaches in Your Desert Home

By | March 8, 2017 at 1:22 am | No comments

By Bruce Cathcart Few things can ruin a good night’s sleep faster than the sound of a cockroach skittering up your bed sheets in the dark, then across your spouse’s naked torso before leaping onto your face.  If the little scratchy sounds their feet make doesn’t...

Posted in: Columns, Real Estate, Week 03/09 - 03/15 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

By | January 11, 2017 at 10:45 am | No comments

By Bruce Cathcart  Happy New Year!  For many the New Year is an opportunity for a whole new start… out with the old and in with the new.  For others it is more like finishing a chapter in a book and anxiously awaiting the start of the next chapter.  Most...

Posted in: Columns, Real Estate, Week 01/12 - 01/18 2017

Top 5 Neighborhood Features That Drag Down Home Values

Top 5 Neighborhood Features That Drag Down Home Values

By | September 8, 2016 at 12:40 am | No comments

By Bruce Cathcart A while back I published an article titled “Location, Location, Location” in which I wrote about how lucky we all are to live in the Coachella Valley (well, at least 9 months out of the year) because of our proximity to good schools, medical services,...

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One of the Smartest Things That I Ever Did…

One of the Smartest Things That I Ever Did…

By | August 3, 2016 at 8:44 pm | No comments

By Bruce Cathcart One of the smartest things I ever did was to buy a home. The original title of this article was “THE Smartest Thing That I Ever Did” but my wife/proof reader made it painfully obvious to me that buying our home was not THE smartest decision I ever made,...

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Coachella Valley Real Estate 9 Years After The Crash

Coachella Valley Real Estate 9 Years After The Crash

By | July 7, 2016 at 2:29 pm | No comments

By Bruce Cathcart The Coachella Valley has seen its share of Boom and Bust growth cycles.  It always seems that the bigger the Boom, the bigger the bust that inevitably follows.  I personally have experienced the boom of the late seventies and the bust of the early...

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Should I buy a Home With or Without a Swimming Pool?

Should I buy a Home With or Without a Swimming Pool?

By | June 12, 2016 at 12:12 am | No comments

By Bruce Cathcart Summer announced its arrival this past weekend as Saturday recorded 117 degrees as the high temperature here in our Coachella Valley.  That’s a little warm for the first week of June.  All I could think about was finishing up this article and then going...

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Should I buy an older home or a newer one?

Should I buy an older home or a newer one?

By | May 6, 2016 at 1:39 am | No comments

By Bruce Cathcart Here in the Coachella Valley buyers have the unique opportunity in many neighborhoods to purchase homes that were built starting in the 1930’s and all the way up to brand new construction.  Unlike many areas where residential neighborhoods were built out...

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O Canada, Where art thou… now?

O Canada, Where art thou… now?

By | February 4, 2016 at 1:58 am | No comments

By Bruce Cathcart January in the Coachella Valley is always such an amazing time of the year.  While the majority of our country and our neighbors to the north are still shoveling snow and fighting freezing temperatures we enjoy mostly clear, sunny days with daytime highs in...

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New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home Under $25 that You Can Keep

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home Under $25 that You Can Keep

By | January 6, 2016 at 4:28 pm | No comments

By Bruce Cathcart Happy New Year!  It is estimated that every New Year approximately 70% of all Americans make New Year’s resolutions that the overwhelming majority NEVER keep.  Last year I made the simple resolution to lose 5 pounds in 2015.  I jumped on the scale...

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Give Your Home the Gift of Music!

Give Your Home the Gift of Music!

By | December 10, 2015 at 4:12 am | No comments

By Bruce Cathcart There was always music in the Cathcart home.  When our children were very young mornings sounded like we lived in a Disney movie.  As they grew older I wish I could say we switched to Bach, Mozart and Beethoven… but the truth is more like Led Zeppelin,...

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Location, Location, Location… Close, But Not Too Close

Location, Location, Location… Close, But Not Too Close

By | November 5, 2015 at 1:35 am | No comments

By Bruce Cathcart Many years ago when I was a young man and first came to live in the desert I remember laughing at a post card I saw while getting a date shake at Shield’s Date Gardens.  It read: “The Coachella Valley, where the sun spends the winter and hell spends the...

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If I Were Rich and Famous…

If I Were Rich and Famous…

By | October 8, 2015 at 1:44 am | No comments

By Bruce Cathcart Before I jump into this week’s article, did anybody else notice it?  Last Friday morning I was up early and preparing for my morning run and there was a dry, cool breeze coming from the north.  I’ll admit it wasn’t much of a breeze and cool is a...

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CV Housing Market; The Cure for the Stock Market Blues

CV Housing Market; The Cure for the Stock Market Blues

By | September 9, 2015 at 11:07 pm | No comments

By Bruce Cathcart Have recent events in the stock market got you down and feeling blue?  Is it a bull or a bear market, just a correction or a full blown crash?  If you are like me (and millions of others) it is not the first time your heart sank when you checked the value...

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Home Security and Peace of Mind

Home Security and Peace of Mind

By | August 13, 2015 at 2:43 am | No comments

By Bruce Cathcart My wife and I just went through the process of updating our home security system and I was amazed at the new technology and how relatively inexpensive and easy it was to get a “basic” new system installed.  I selfishly recommend that everyone who can...

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Cheap Money, Get Some While You Still Can

Cheap Money, Get Some While You Still Can

By | July 9, 2015 at 1:20 am | No comments

By Bruce Cathcart When I bought my first house in the early 1980’s mortgage interest rates were over 16%.  Most of you reading this article are likely too young to even imagine such a thing or too old to remember the not-so-good old days.  But for those of us who were...

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Is Coachella Valley Real Estate “Drying up”?

Is Coachella Valley Real Estate “Drying up”?

By | June 11, 2015 at 4:02 am | No comments

By Bruce Cathcart Is Coachella Valley Real Estate “Drying up”? Sadly, the answer is yes if we are talking about the landscaping (and possibly inventory, but more on that later). It may come as a surprise to learn that it’s not directly because of the drought in...

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The Ultimate Test Drive

The Ultimate Test Drive

By | May 7, 2015 at 2:09 am | No comments

By Bruce Cathcart You wouldn’t by a new or used car without taking it for a test drive.  We all want to see what kind of condition it’s in and how it performs in all kinds of weather and road conditions.  If you are really serious about a specific car you can even rent...

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MOVE-IN NOW OR CUSTOMIZE A DREAM HOME AT SÔL PALM SPRINGS

MOVE-IN NOW OR CUSTOMIZE A DREAM HOME AT SÔL PALM SPRINGS

By | May 7, 2015 at 2:07 am | No comments

New homeowners will experience instant gratification at Sôl Palm Springs, whether they desire to move in immediately or customize their ultimate dream home. Presented by Family Development, this unique, gated community located in the heart of downtown, boasts artistic, yet...

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Top 4 Places to Retire in the Coachella Valley

Top 4 Places to Retire in the Coachella Valley

By | April 8, 2015 at 2:35 pm | No comments

By Bruce Cathcart I just finished reading an article titled “The Top 30 Cities to Retire in the US” which has obviously inspired the subject of this month’s Real Estate article for CV Weekly.  In one of my previous articles I mentioned that I read a lot of “not so...

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Always Use a Local Agent

Always Use a Local Agent

By | March 5, 2015 at 2:25 am | No comments

By Bruce Cathcart This year February allowed Coachella Valley residents to enjoy day after day of clear skies and sunshine with daily temperatures in the mid 80’s while we watched the Midwesterners and East Coasters get pounded with an arctic blast and one snowstorm after...

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Looks Like We Are On Our Own this Year

Looks Like We Are On Our Own this Year

By | February 5, 2015 at 3:38 am | No comments

By Bruce Cathcart I love living in the Coachella Valley in January! It might be that “schadenfreude” thing, you know, feeling better about yourself when compared to other’s misfortune? Of course I am talking about our amazing weather here in the Coachella Valley. While...

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LOCAL REAL ESTATE SCHOOL CONTINUES TO EXCEL

LOCAL REAL ESTATE SCHOOL CONTINUES TO EXCEL

By | February 5, 2015 at 3:36 am | No comments

In a world which has gone “hyper tech,” Desert Cities Real Estate School continues to prepare new agents for a career in Real Estate in the old school method, LIVE CLASS ROOM INSTRUCTION. For the past twenty years, DCRES has been the premier Real Estate Sales Licensing...

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December and 2014 in Review

December and 2014 in Review

By | January 8, 2015 at 3:06 am | No comments

By Bruce Cathcart Happy New Year Everyone! With the month of December behind us we now have a complete year of data to review. Looking back we should be able to answer the question of whether or not 2014 was a good year for real estate in the Coachella Valley or if it was...

Posted in: Columns, Real Estate

November

November

By | December 11, 2014 at 12:50 pm | No comments

By Bruce Cathcart Our local population of “snowbirds” continued to increase throughout the month of November although it appears so far that most of the early returnees have come to enjoy our wonderful winter weather in their second homes that they already own. Either...

Posted in: Columns, Real Estate

October

October

By | November 6, 2014 at 12:49 am | No comments

By Bruce Cathcart I declare that SUMMER IS OFFICIALLY OVER! Not because the calendar says so, but because I was finally able to turn my air conditioner off and open up my windows during the day. And many “snow birds” have already been sighted driving at 25 miles an hour...

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September

September

By | October 8, 2014 at 5:10 pm | No comments

By Bruce Cathcart It is as if summer can’t make up its mind whether to stay or go this year. With the month of October ahead of us and the month of September behind us, we are seeing more and more Realtors smiling again in anticipation of not only cooler weather but...

Posted in: Columns, Real Estate

Stage Your Property to Sell Faster and Net More!

Stage Your Property to Sell Faster and Net More!

By | October 8, 2014 at 5:05 pm | No comments

By Craig Michaels Real estate staging is the act of preparing and showcasing residential property for sale. It is a systematic and coordinated methodology in which knowledge of real estate, home renovations and creative design principles are applied to attract a buyer. Real...

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August

August

By | September 10, 2014 at 8:55 pm | No comments

By Bruce Cathcart August is behind us and cooler weather can’t be far off! Whether it is due to the high temperatures or vacationing buyers, sellers and real estate agents, August is usually the slowest month of the year when it comes to initiating sales and second only to...

Posted in: Columns, Real Estate

July

July

By | August 6, 2014 at 9:05 pm | No comments

By Bruce Cathcart July is behind us and that means we are half way through the summer! Is it just me or has this been the icky sticky summer so far? What happened to “yeah it’s hot, but it’s a dry heat?” High humidity and a slow real estate market can be depressing....

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May

By | June 4, 2014 at 6:10 pm | No comments

By Bruce Cathcart May is the month that most real estate agents hold their breath and hope that we don’t have an early heat wave signaling the onset of what will surely be a long, hot and dry summer. Dry being the term referring to a lack of sales! Typically we spend the...

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April

April

By | May 7, 2014 at 10:26 pm | No comments

By Bruce Cathcart April is a great month to be here in the Coachella Valley. It seems to be the month to “party” here in the east end of the valley with two weekends of “Coachella” and one weekend of “Stage Coach”. We usually get a little spring cleaning done at...

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March

March

By | April 2, 2014 at 6:55 pm | No comments

By Bruce Cathcart March is one of our “money maker” months for real estate agents here in the Coachella Valley. It is the middle of our selling season and if the weather cooperates (which it certainly did this year) it typically can be the highest month of the year for...

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February

February

By | March 5, 2014 at 7:05 pm | No comments

By Bruce Cathcart As a real estate broker in the Coachella Valley, I love February. It seems most buyers and sellers spend the first part of January recovering from the holidays. By the end of the month and into February all those New Year’s resolutions to sell their home...

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January

January

By | January 29, 2014 at 3:05 pm | No comments

By Bruce Cathcart January for the Coachella Valley real estate market is usually a month of recovery.  Traditionally from Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve a large number of home buyers, both investors and owner occupants, take a break from shopping for houses and focus...

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A Year’s Worth of Advice

A Year’s Worth of Advice

By | December 24, 2013 at 1:10 pm | No comments

By Bruce Cathcart As we approach the end of 2013 we all tend to give one final glance in the rear view mirror at the events that have taken place over the past year before we move forward with plans for the coming new year. With that thought in mind I wanted to review...

Posted in: Columns, Real Estate