Using the term REALTOR® in our business.

There is an interesting article in the latest edition of “The Desert REALTOR® News” the publication of the California Desert Association of REALTORS® about the use of the term; REALTOR® which is a registered trademark of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).  Here are some of the rules mentioned in the article:

1. The term REALTOR® must always be capitalized. The only exception is when it is used in a domain name for a website.

2. You can only use the term to refer to a member of the NAR or a member’s firm.

3. You can not use the term REALTOR® with adjectives as in “number1realtor.com”

4.  You can not use the term REALTOR® to denoted an  occupation or a business.

5.  When used in a domain name or e-mail address, you do not need to separate the term from the members name. Both jdoe-realtor.com and jdoerealtor.com are acceptable.

Here are some examples:

Acceptable Usernames:
Name, followed by REALTOR® or REALTOR® followed by your name is acceptable:
jane_a_realtor   joe_the_realtor    realtorjanesmith

Unacceptable Usernames:
Generic usage of REALTOR® is not acceptable:
relatorssolution    realtor_mom

Acceptable Use of Location:
reaItorjaneps    realtorjaneindio   indiojanerealtor

Unacceptable Use of Location:
yourpsrealtor    indiorealtor    localrealtor

Unacceptable Denoting Rank or Niche:
top_indio_realtor    hotshotreaItor    residentialrealtor

New HOA Listing site.

Gallaudet Properties with data supplied by Equity Title has assembled and is hosting a new website that lists each community in the Coachella Valley with the name of the Property management company that manages that community.

The web address is:  www.coachellavalleyhoas.info    Note the  ‘.info’ not .com

We are currently working on getting the official name of each HOA so agents can provide that in the MLS listing.

Please visit the site and email and corrections/updates to info@gallaudet.com.

Good Time to Buy a Home!!

 3674 Andreas Hills Dr, Palm Springs CA

  • 1. You can get a good deal.
  • 2. Mortgages are cheap.
  • 3. You’ll save on taxes.
  • 4. It’ll be yours.
  • 5. You’ll get a better home.
  • 6. It offers some inflation protection.
  • 7. It’s risk capital.
  • 8. It’s forced savings.
  • 9. There is a lot to choose from.
  • 10. Sooner or later, the market will clear.

 

Source: The Wall Street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703376504575492023471133674.html

“We’re Still the Best Buy in Real Estate in the State”

I was reading an article in The Desert Sun that talks about affordability of real estate in the valley and across the inland region being at an all-time high. Greg Berkemer, Executive Director of the California Desert Association of Realtors, was quoted as saying “We’re still the best buy in real estate in the state”.

We may have hit some bumps-in-the-road over the last many months, but the Coachella Valley is still a great place to be. Wouldn’t you agree?

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Valley draws residents from L.A., Orange County for the Labor Day Weekend!

Many Coachella Valley hotels report they are sold out.  This is good news.  With the great weather over the past few days, I hope this weekend is a kick off to seasonal folks returning to the Desert.  Are you doing anything special to get infront of these visitors over Labor Day?

There’s good news and not so good news!

The good news…

Home sales in Palm Springs and Cathedral City increased 26% in April and 21% in May over last year. The increase in Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells and La Quinta increased 22% in April and 21% in May.

The not so good news…

Sales in Desert Hot Springs, Thousand Palms, and North PS decreased 34% and 10% in April/May and sales in Indio and Coachella decreased 8% and 16% respectfully, according to Data Quick Information Services.  This may be due to the much lower inventory of foreclosures in these cities.

International Interest in U.S. Properties Continues to Grow

I came across this article on the interest in U.S. Properties from International Buyers and found it to be very interesting.  I always assumed that our largest pool of International Buyers come from Canada.  I would be interested in hearing about your experiences and your thoughts about this article.

A Walker’s Guide to Home Buying?

Are baby boomers giving much thought to the attractiveness of walkable neighborhoods, when buying a home? According to this article in the Wall Street Journal, real estate prices are reflecting this new interest in walking distances. Now, I know we do not have a huge traffic problem here in our beautiful valley, but we do try to be health conscious and environmentally friendly. Are local buyers giving this much consideration? Click here to read article