Should You 55+ House Hunt In The Desert When Temps Are 110+ Degrees?

I received an email this morning (at 5am, before my morning walk) from an out-of-town buyer asking if I would be available to show him 55+ homes this weekend.

Temperatures here in the Coachella Valley desert area are supposed to reach nearly 120 degrees! They were 90-degrees this morning at sunrise when I walked and shot this video!

Even though 55+ desert house hunting in 100-plus degree temps can be life threatening, I receive inquiries like this nearly every day, every summer.

My reply is that if a life event means that you absolutely, positively have to move to the desert immediately, I will gladly help you look for the perfect active adult community and home. We’ll just bring lots of water and electrolytes and try to find as much shade as possible, but be prepared for a very hot and exhausting day.

If you don’t absolutely have to move during the summer, do yourself a favor and wait until fall or winter to start your search, here in the desert, when temps are much more mild. It’s not worth getting dehydrated, having a heat stroke or worse.

Now that I’ve given you fair warning, click the links below to search all 55+ desert city properties listed on the Desert Area MLS. Then, contact me to see any of these homes in person: stevestewart@kw.com or 760-600-6152

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55+ Desert Area Mobile Homes With Fireplaces For Sale

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Yesterday, while showing my buyers mobile and manufactured homes for sale in the 55+ community of Portola Country Club, in Palm Desert, we saw two homes with fireplaces. See photo above.

You don’t see many desert area mobile or manufactured homes with fireplaces, but there are some. If you find one, though, you have to jump on them fast or they’re gone.

If a fireplace is on your senior mobile home community wish list, please click the link below, then contact me to see any of these homes in person.

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55+ Palm Springs Area Pool Homes For Sale

It’s the middle of July and temps are in the three digits. Don’t you wish you were in your own swimming pool right about now?

Well, it’s not too late.

Click the link below to search all 55+ desert area single family pool homes listed on the Desert Area MLS. Then, contact me to see any of these homes in person: stevestewart@kw.com or 760-600-6152

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JULY 2016: The Lowest Priced 55+ Palm Springs, CA Single Family Home For Sale $139K

JULY 2016–The lowest priced 55+ Palm Springs, CA area single family home is only $139,000.

There are also more than 50 single family homes for sale for under $300K in our desert area 55+, active adult, senior, retirement communities. Half of those are under $200K.

Comparable homes in Orange County, Los Angeles County and San Diego Country would likely sell for two or three times the price of these desert city homes.

Click the link below to search the lowest priced 55+ homes for sale in each desert city and in each active adult community. Then, contact me to see any of these homes in person: stevestewart@kw.com or 760-600-6152

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Rare 55+ Home For Sale In Modern-Contemporary Design Style $379,500

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One of my Keller Williams Realty associates just listed this Sun City Palm Desert home whose interior has been gorgeously remodeled in a modern-contemporary style. This design style is a rare find in the desert, within a 55+ community.

Please contact me today, to see this home or any other home in the 55+ community of Sun City Palm Desert.

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Why Summer Is The Best Time To Buy A 55+ Home In The Desert–If You’re Looking For A Deal

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When it comes to real estate in Palm Springs, California, perception is definitely not reality‬.

The majority of 55-plus home buyers flock to Palm Springs every winter believing it’s the best time to buy a home. ‪ The reality is, summer is probably the best time to buy a home in the desert–if you’re looking for a bargain or a deal. Here’s why.

1. In the winter, well-priced homes often get multiple offers, because there is so much competition. This means buyers often pay top dollar.

2. In the winter, sellers also tend to be less motivated. They know that there are plenty of buyers and if they don’t get the offer they want the first time, they are happy to wait for the next offer.

3. In the summer, buyers have much less competition and sellers know it, making sellers more motivated to accept offers below asking price.

4. This will probably come as a surprise to both buyers and sellers. Statistics show that home sales in the Palm Springs, Coachella Valley desert area are nearly the same in the summer as they are in the winter! The difference is that you’re much more likely to find those real estate bargains and deals in the summer.

Contact me this summer to see any 55+, active adult, senior, retirement Palm Springs home or condo deal listed for sale at the link below. stevestewart@kw.com or 760-600-6152.

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Do You Have To Be 55 Or Older To Live In A 55+ Community?

Do you have to be 55 or older to live in a 55+ community? This is a question I receive from home buyers nearly every day.

According to every 55+ HOA or property management company that I’ve spoken to, here in the Palm Springs desert area, the answer is yes.

There are a couple of exceptions. If your spouse is at least 45, they can live with you in a 55+ community, or if you have a legitimate care giver, they can live with you if they are under 55+. Those are the only exceptions I’ve ever heard of.

In addition, you can buy a home in a 55+ community at any age, you just can’t live in the 55+ community until you are at least 55. I get this question a lot, too.

If you are over 55+, please call me to see any active adult, senior, retirement home currently for sale on the MLS links below.

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Four Seasons Palm Springs Homes Are Best 55+ Deals In The Desert

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Every year I compare the price per square foot of the largest 55+ single family home communities in the entire desert, to the active adult, senior, retirement community of Four Seasons, in the city of Palm Springs. And every year, this gated neighborhood offers the lowest prices per square footage of any of these comparable 55+ Coachella Valley desert communities.

In addition, HOAs or homeowner association fees, in Four Seasons, are only $278 a month, which is also lower than most of the other 55+ communities, you own the land and you are only a few miles from downtown Palm Springs. All things considered, in my opinion, Four Seasons is the best deal for the money, when comparing 55+ desert communities.

(The only lower price per square footage in 55+ single family communities can be found in Desert Hot Springs. But the neighborhoods are not really comparable to Four Seasons, so I have not included them here.)

COMPARISON ARE BASED ON THE LOWEST CURRENT ASKING PRICES IN EACH COMMUNITY

FOUR SEASONS, PALM SPRINGS
Price per square foot $148
Lowest priced listing $300,000, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, approximately 2023 square foot, built in 2006

SUN CITY, PALM DESERT
Price per square foot $176
Lowest priced listing $185,000, 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, approximately 1050 square foot, built in 1993

SUN CITY SHADOW HILLS, INDIO
Price per square foot $177
Lowest priced listing $222,500, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, approximately 1257 square foot, built in 2007

HERITAGE PALMS, INDIO
Price per square foot $178
Lowest priced listing $210,000, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, approximately 1120 square foot, built in 1996

TRILOGY, LA QUINTA
Price per square foot $203
Lowest priced listing $315,000, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, approximately 1551 square foot, built in 2003

Please contact me at stevestewartrealtor@gmail.com or the telephone number above, if you would like to see any of the homes for sale in Four Seasons, Palm Springs.

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What Is A 433a Certification And Do I Need One To Buy A 55+ Mobile Home?

If you are purchasing a mobile home in California, most lenders require that the mobile home be strapped to the existing foundation, creating what is called a permanent foundation.

Once this has been done, an engineer certifies that it has been done correctly and then issues a 433a certification. The certification is then recorded with the county where the mobile or manufactured home resides.

Fees to have this done vary, but currently are in the $3,000-$4,000 range, in the Coachella Valley.

Just so you know, ahead of time, the majority of mobile homes in our Palm Springs, desert area 55+ communities were built in the 1970s and ’80s and do not have permanent foundations or 433a certifications.

Click the link below to search all 55+ mobile and manufactured homes for sale in each desert city and in each active adult community. Then, contact me to see any of these homes in person: stevestewart@kw.com or 760-600-6152

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Affordable 55+ Mobile Home Fixers For Sale In El Dorado Palm Springs Starting In The Low $100,000s

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(Before and after photos above taken at El Dorado Palms Estates 55+ mobile home park in Palm Springs, California)

While mobile and manufactured home prices are on the rise in Palm Springs, you’ll be pleased to know that there are still a few deals out there.

A little over a year ago, my buyer, James,  closed on this 1,400 square foot, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom mobile home, in the 55+ community of El Dorado Palms Estates, Palm Springs, with a selling price of $72,000 (pictured above). The home needed some TLC, for sure, but the majority of mobile homes in El Dorado Palms Estates sell for well above $100,000, so James took advantage of a real bargain. He practically gutted it, remodeled it and turned it into a showplace, probably doubling his investment almost over night.

James’ new home has a small back yard, beautiful mountain views, and is in a great location, just a block from the tennis courts and pool. Adding to the savings and affordability, you own the land in this senior park and homeowner association fees are currently only $200 a month. A real bargain when the average HOAs in the city are around $400 a month.

As I write this, I am in escrow on another mobile home fixer in El Dorado Palms Estates, due to close this week. The buyer, John, is paying $100K and like James, his is also a bit of a fixer, but he doesn’t mind a little sweat equity.

If you’re searching for a bargain mobile or manufactured home in Palm Springs, please call or email me today. I would be happy to help you find it, like I helped James and John. stevestewartrealtor@gmail.com

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