101 Things To Do in Palm Springs, Lifestyle

Palm Springs- A Community Of Volunteerism

Volunteerism In Palm SpringsPalm Springs Volunteerism– it’s part of the fabric of our community.  It has been going on here for a very long time and goes hand in hand with some of the philanthropy and the “giving back” that is inherent in the area.

With everything from thrift shops to social organizations, food distribution to those in need and meals on wheels, its all here.  People volunteer at Mizel Senior Center, Desert AIDS Project, The Golden Rainbow Senior Center,  our Museum, The AIDS Assistance Program,  Revivals Thrift Stores,  Angel View Thrift Mart, and The City Of Palm Springs too.  Not to mention libraries, senior centers, church groups, and more.  In some cases, so many people are available to fill these non-paying positions, I’ve seen it where interviews are held for some of them.

There’ a cool website from Volunteer Palm Springs that’s totally dedicated to the community aspect of volunteering.  Here are some highlights from their site:

SHOP LOCAL

I don’t know about you, but I always think about shopping local.  It is amazing how many needs can be met by shopping on Palm Canyon Blvd. For a list of merchants taking part in this program, visit them at Shop Local Partners page.

VISITOR FRIENDSHIP PROGRAM

This unique program is intended to create and nurture partnerships with local residents, the ‘seasonal’ visitors and weekend visitors.  The program will focus on introducing activities, events and volunteer opportunities in/around Palm Springs taking place during their stay.

The Volunteer Palm Springs organization conducts bi-monthly meet-and-greet receptions hosted and sponsored by local businesses/organizations to educate participants on the many programs available and make them feel a part of our community. These receptions are scheduled on the second Tuesday and third Thursday from 5 – 7 p.m. during the season, November through May.

The Visitor Friendship Program is part two of this program. Its goal is also geared to establish a network and reciprocal relationship with friendship cities like Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton, Canada; Seattle, Portland and Minneapolis.  Working with the ‘Visitor Friendship Cities’,  a strong relationship is forged to promote reciprocal tourism for our ‘Friendship Cities’ and the City of Palm Springs by promoting local activities and events, while highlighting ‘volunteering opportunities occurring during their visit.

VisitorFriendship@volunteerpalmsprings.org

VPS ASK ME!

Volunteerism Palm Springs ASK ME is a unique program that offers volunteers the opportunity to promote Palm Springs as a city, its businesses, attractions, activities and events with those requesting information and/or assistance. Essentially, VPS Ask Me are mobile concierges.

Their volunteers will be easily identifiable, friendly and knowledgeable making the ‘Palm Springs experience’ a memorable and enjoyable one.

For more information on this program VPS Ask Me!:
askme@volunteerpalmsprings.org.

Sustainability

Volunteerism Palm Springs currently works in close partnership with neighborhood organizations, city-sponsored volunteer activities, as well as downtown merchants and within the community at large. Many communities are now recognizing the need to ‘go green’ and in Palm Springs, VPS is there to lend a helping hand and to bring people to together when the need arises.

For more information, or to become part of this program contact: Sustainability@volunteerpalmsprings.org.

 

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Buying or Selling Palm Springs Real Estate?

Buying or Selling in today’s real estate market is a challenge and a process that is easily accomplished with the help of a Palm Springs real estate agent focusing on the neighboring desert cities. You will need an expert who has lived in the area, knows the lifestyle and the unique housing market.

The market for Palm Springs real estate is alive and the values are exceptional especially for those who are looking for an ideal investment or a vacation/retirement property. We have many Palm Springs real estate properties available for every need, budget and amenity list.

Are you searching for your primary residence? We have a variety of Palm Springs homes for sale and have what it takes to get you settled in the neighborhood of your choice.

Selling your home in the Palm Springs area? Your home buying or selling experience will be one that is easy, friendly and professional. Our mission is to offer outstanding service while utilizing the best practices and Internet technology available.

If you are planning to buy Palm Springs investment property, or property in the surrounding area, we have the staff partners who will help with any project or property management tasks while you are away.

For more information on how we can best serve your Palm Springs Real Estate and surrounding area needs, please fill out the online contact form or give us a call at 760-413-2871.

We won’t just sell you a house but We WILL help you find the home you will LOVE!

 

Ron is a Palm Springs Realtor® who specializes in the surrounding desert cities, including Palm Springs vacation homes, investment properties in Palm Springs and primary single-family Homes for Sale in Palm Springs.

He has the long-term knowledge necessary to make buying and selling Palm Springs real estate a smooth and enjoyable process. Ron has extensive experience in Coachella Valley real estate, having lived and worked in the desert area since 1998.

WHY DOES RON JESSER LOVE THE GREATER PALM SPRINGS AREA?

Why Does Ron Jesser Love Palm Springs

Buyers, Sellers

When Buying A Palm Springs Home, Why Google The Address For Homebuying Information?

Palm Springs Movie ColonyI just read an article about why one should Google their home address. Googling for Palm Springs Real Estate property information makes sense doesn’t it?  As a Realtor, just think about how easy it is to pick up so much property information in one place.  And as a Palm Springs home buyer, wouldn’t you rather be well-informed?

Why Google that Palm Springs home address?

Here are a few ideas on what you may find about Palm Springs Real Estate:

  1. Crime reports for the address and neighborhood will pop right up.  Think you may want to know that?
  2. A quick list of past listing activity will be there too.  What an easy way to see what’s been happening with that property over the years.
  3. Property Records the entries from the county of record come right up including tax information. Good info about prices in the area.
  4. Street Views- What’s that good for?  Do you think as a prospective buyer, you want to know that the neighbor next door has a [insert awful item or feature here] in their back yard?  What better way to help assess the good and bad features of a neighborhood.
  5. Megan’s Law Entries- just Google the address along with “Megan’s Law”  and get that information fast and easy.
  6. Information on many other aspects of the street including any news stories that mentioned the street name.
  7. Neighboring businesses is a big one too.  To some, that is important for traffic and noise and is especially useful for out-of-town buyers.
  8. Detect scammers trying to rent or the sell the property you are now listing or showing.  We all know how prevalent that is now days.
  9. How about facts about the seller that your buyer may want to know? How about learning more about the home and its owner that you are about to list?

And who knows what else you will find?  This information is very valuable and will allow you to learn more about the largest purchase you will ever make.  We all have to become better informed and we need to make the best informed decisions so why not use the Internet tools to which we have such easy access?

Want more information about the Desert Cities ?

Buying or Selling Palm Springs Real Estate?

Buying or Selling in today’s real estate market is a challenge and a process that is easily accomplished with the help of a Palm Springs real estate agent focusing on the neighboring desert cities. You will need an expert who has lived in the area, knows the lifestyle and the unique housing market.

The market for Palm Springs real estate is alive and the values are exceptional especially for those who are looking for an ideal investment or a vacation/retirement property. We have many Palm Springs real estate properties available for every need, budget and amenity list.

Are you searching for your primary residence? We have a variety of Palm Springs homes for sale and have what it takes to get you settled in the neighborhood of your choice.

Selling your home in Palm Springs home? Your home buying or selling experience will be one that is easy, friendly and professional. Our mission is to offer outstanding service while utilizing the best practices and Internet technology available.

If you are planning to buy Palm Springs investment property, or property in the surrounding area, we have the staff partners who will help with any project or property management tasks while you are away.

For more information on how we can best serve your Palm Springs Real Estate and surrounding area needs, please fill out the online contact form or give us a call at 760-413-2871.

We won’t just sell you a house but We WILL help you find the home you will LOVE!

Ron is a Palm Springs Realtor® who specializes in the surrounding desert cities, including Palm Springs vacation homes, investment properties in Palm Springs and primary single-family Homes for Sale in Palm Springs.

He has the long-term knowledge necessary to make buying and selling Palm Springs real estate a smooth and enjoyable process. Ron has extensive experience in Coachella Valley real estate, having lived and worked in the desert area since 1998.

WHY DOES RON JESSER LOVE THE GREATER PALM SPRINGS AREA?

Why Does Ron Jesser Love Palm Springs

Finance/Lending

Improving Your Credit Score- These Steps Will Help You Buy A Palm Springs Home

Palm Springs Real Estate

Which is harder to accomplish? Scaling Half Dome or improving your credit score?

Sounds like an easy question but credit is always one of the biggest challenges you face when you decide to become Palm Springs home buyer.  There are many pitfalls that can sink your chances of obtaining a mortgage so please read this guide before you begin your home search to find the perfect Palm Springs dream home.

We will include a few links at the bottom on this post to a few other good articles about credit and mortgages.

  • Pay your bills on time

What a no brainer!  If you can’t pay your bills on time, then maybe it’s not the right time for you be buying a home.  Your life must in order both financially and personally before you take on the responsibility of a new home.

  • Don’t open new credit accounts and don’t close any either!

Work on paying some of your balances down to improve your debt ratio and raise your credit score and do not make any major purchases before you plan on taking on a mortgage.  And closing accounts can actually hurt your FICO score because it will raise your debt ratio.  If you feel tempted, pay off cards and bury them deep so you can’t use them easily.

  • Spread your credit evenly over your existing accounts

If you have two accounts each with credit limits of $5,000 apiece, it’s better to carry $2,500 on each than $5,000 on one. Maxed out accounts will harm your overall credit score.

  • Fix all significant errors

Your credit report is available for free at FreeCreditReport.com may include misinformation about late payments, charge-offs, and credit limits lower than they are. Write to the reporting agency and correct the record. Negative items more than seven years old should automatically fall off your report.

  • Marry a millionaire…..

Nobody said this would be easy but wouldn’t this option be a dream?

  • Get professional help

There are many free resources for consumer credit counseling and you can find an agency through the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.  Search on-line for help but be sure to go with someone you trust and who can offer great references.

  • Call your creditors

If you’re having a tough time with your payments or if your interest rates are high, call your creditors.  Tell them your situation. Many of them have temporary hardship programs that will cut your payments until you can get back on your feet.  Also possible (and I have done this myself), negotiate a lower rate of interest.  You’d be surprised how many banks will listen to your story and agree to a lower rate of interest.

  • Be patient

If you have two accounts each with credit limits of $5,000 apiece, it’s better to carry $2,500 on each than $5,000 on one. Write to the reporting agency and correct the record. Negative items more than seven years old should automatically fall off your report.

  • And the number 1 tip for improving your credit and your life in general

Is there a way to grow your income? No?  How about shrinking your budget?  There are so many ways to increase your income and asset base through some targeted training and creative thinking.  As far as budget, when is the last time you made a list of all the things in your budget that were truly discretionary?  It may surprise you to see how much you could pare down and then apply that money to your outstanding balances.

Real estate investing, for one, has created more millionaires than any other single path to wealth. We live in a land of opportunity. You can’t scrimp and save your way to affluence. Get out there and get educated to get rich.

Want more information about the Desert Cities ?

Buying or Selling Palm Springs Real Estate?

Buying or Selling in today’s real estate market is a challenge and a process that is easily accomplished with the help of a Palm Springs real estate agent focusing on the neighboring desert cities. You will need an expert who has lived in the area, knows the lifestyle and the unique housing market.

The market for Palm Springs real estate is alive and the values are exceptional especially for those who are looking for an ideal investment or a vacation/retirement property. We have many Palm Springs real estate properties available for every need, budget and amenity list.

Are you searching for your primary residence? We have a variety of Palm Springs homes for sale and have what it takes to get you settled in the neighborhood of your choice.

Selling your home in Palm Springs? Your home buying or selling experience will be one that is easy, friendly and professional. Our mission is to offer outstanding service while utilizing the best practices and Internet technology available.

If you are planning to buy Palm Springs investment property, or property in the surrounding area, we have the staff partners who will help with any project or property management tasks while you are away.

For more information on how we can best serve your Palm Springs Real Estate and surrounding area needs, please fill out the online contact form or give us a call at 760-413-2871.

We won’t just sell you a house but We WILL help you find the home you will LOVE!

Ron is a Palm Springs Realtor® who specializes in the surrounding desert cities, including Palm Springs vacation homes, investment properties in Palm Springs and primary single-family Homes for Sale in Palm Springs.

He has the long-term knowledge necessary to make buying and selling Palm Springs real estate a smooth and enjoyable process. Ron has extensive experience in Coachella Valley real estate, having lived and worked in the desert area since 1998.

WHY DOES RON JESSER LOVE THE GREATER PALM SPRINGS AREA?

Why Does Ron Jesser Love Palm Springs