livethedesertlifecom: How to Help-- Share the Volunteer Love! - 05/04/11 04:21 PM

 
 
 
 
I have started a Volunteer== How You Can Help post on my LiveTheDesertLife.com blog... Every week in our local paper there are many local events, charities, and groups needing local support.  I feature these requests for local volunteers on my web-site and have even heard from the volunteers themselves seeking more info.  Not only is it a great way to do something good for your community-- but you can actually gain some good-will and new contacts!
So if you have a web-site or blog with the capability to promote and advertise for local volunteers-- get some … (9 comments)

livethedesertlifecom: Give Blood! - 06/17/10 10:26 PM
Weekly Pizza Night at Rancho Mirage and Indio donor centers! Give Blood! I gave blood today at our Community Blood Bank in Indio--something everyone should do.  It is so appreciated  by the people at the blood bank... but also by those in need in the community!  Give blood!  GIVE BLOOD! Thanks to Papa Dan’s, it’s Pizza Night each Wednesday at the Rancho Mirage Center. Donate blood and enjoy a slice of the region’s best pizza, between 4 and 6 pm. Pepperoni or Veggie, you choose.  For our Indio donors, Domino’s Pizza is being served each Thursday.  Each Thursday beginning at 11:00am, … (0 comments)

livethedesertlifecom: Are You at the Top of the Page on Google? Make a Video About It! - 04/15/10 05:53 PM
A few days ago I read Bill Gassett's cool post about showcasing your online dominance with a Google Seach Story video created through You-Tube! 
I did my homework by actually googling some key phrases that I thought would get me high-ranking results... my name, my brokerage, the country club where I have my listings, etc.  Funny thing is... the phrases I used in the Bob Stewart Hyper-Local contest kept getting me great Google results... first page, top of the page!   After finding some key phrases for seaches I plugged them into the You-Tube Google Search Story program to create the … (5 comments)

livethedesertlifecom: We Are So Lucky to Live in La Quinta, California! - 04/11/10 05:32 PM
                                                                                          
 
We are so lucky to live in La Quinta California!  With amazing views of the Santa Rosa Mountains, some still snow capped, and our balmy 80* weather... who would not want to live here?  I took this photo last week while playing the 18th hole at La Quinta Country Club.  Nestled in front of the purple-blue mountains is the new 37,000 square ft. Clubhouse. 
With over 400 homes surrounding the course, the La Quinta Country Club neighborhood is one of the premier locations in the Coachella Valley.  Homes range in price from $250,000 condos to … (2 comments)

livethedesertlifecom: Are You Starting from Scratch in a New Area? - 04/09/10 04:01 PM
 
                             
 
 
 
 
Are You Starting from Scratch in a New Area?  If you have recently re-located and are trying to get established in a new market, Tom Ferry has some great tips to get rolling, get your name out there, and get smart about the new neighborhood.  These ideas include:
1.  Studying the current market figures and stats.
2.  Doing 2 Open Houses a Week.
This short video can also help you engage new buyers and sellers  right where you are.  Check … (5 comments)

livethedesertlifecom: Getting to the Next Level ! - 04/08/10 08:04 PM
                 
                                                               Getting to the Next Level!
Are you feeling beat up, beaten down, tired of reluctant buyers, harassed by frustrated sellers ?  I had one of those weeks when my high expectations were trampled and buyers moved on without looking back....  Then this Tom Ferry video landed in my e-mail box and it helped me get back on track... it has a simple message, but it hit home with me … (4 comments)

livethedesertlifecom: 5 Amazing Desert Hikes - 04/08/10 05:50 PM
5 Amazing Desert Hikes Trail expert Philip Ferranti shows why the Coachella Valley has become a year-round destination for hikers to refresh themselves physically and spiritually. Adapted with permission of the publisher from Philip Ferranti’s new book, 140 Great Hikes in and Near Palm Springs (Big Earth Publishing)
Denver can almost compete. Seattle and Portland try, but fall short. Nowhere in the lower 48 can you find more hiking trails (more than 140) or trail mileage (more than 1,250) than within the 60-mile-plus radius of Palm Springs. And nowhere in such a concentrated area will you find the diversity of … (2 comments)

livethedesertlifecom: Best of the Coachella Valley...Your Favorite Dining in the Desert! - 04/08/10 04:14 PM
        Every year the Desert Sun publishes the Best of the Valley... over 229,500 votes in 78 categories came in from readers this year!  See if your favorites made the cut!     DINING, BY TYPE Best Breakfast 1. Keedy's Fountain Grill, Palm Desert. Keedy's Fountain Grill bills itself as "a blast from the past," but that doesn't mean retro chic. With scrubbed lino floors and food that's as simple as the decor, this is a place where the service is friendly, the orders come fast and the prices are just fine--all of which make it a favorite … (2 comments)

livethedesertlifecom: Homes at PGA West - 04/06/10 12:45 AM
Homes at PGA West
The luxury of Palm Springs and the peacefulness of LaQuinta can describe PGA West homes. This private, master-planned community is only minutes away from Old Town La Quinta and offers six challenging golf courses. Host to numerous tournaments, PGA West has been referred to as "The Western Home of Golf in America."
                                In total, there are 109 holes of golf throughout PGA West. The six golf courses boast top-name designers like Dye, Weiskopf, Greg Newman, Palmer and Nicklaus. From the newest course designed by Greg Norman to the Scottish-style Weiskopf course, each par-72 course offers unique … (2 comments)

livethedesertlifecom: Twitter Predicts Movie Success-- Will it Predict Yours? - 04/03/10 04:10 PM
                                                 Twitter predicts movie success-- will it predict yours?
                                                                
 
 
Today, an article in the LA Times reveals....Two Silicon valley researchers have found that Twitter feeds can predict the box-office success of unreleased movies and guage real-time interest in newly released movies!  By monitoring the "positive", "negative", and "neutral" tweets researchers have developed computational formulas using Twitter feeds that can predict with as much as 97.3% accuracy how a movie will perform in its first weekend of release.
This valuable information can help studios decide whether they need a last minute boost in advertising, or to scale-back on … (16 comments)

livethedesertlifecom: Homes for Sale in the La Quinta Cove - 04/02/10 09:15 PM
There are a good number of homes for sale in the La Quinta Cove... and alot of great deals!  The La Quinta Cove has a very diverse mix of architectural styles, fabulous views of the Santa Rosa Mountains, and a wide-range of prices.
Many investors are finding the homes for sale in the La Quinta Cove are a terrific opportunity to invest in real estate and either fix-up the homes or lease them out.  I have several clients currently looking in the La Quinta Cove for opportunities to invest and purchase homes in California at the bottom of the market.  Not … (0 comments)

livethedesertlifecom: La Quinta Country Club Homes - 03/25/10 10:46 PM
La Quinta Country Club homes enjoy the views and vistas of the majestic Santa Rosa Mountains, amazing golf course views and a great location close to Old Town La Quinta!  Nestled between Washington Street and Eisenhower Drive, the neighborhood is filled with a mix of well established and new homes.  With such a beautiful backdrop... who would not want to live here?
 
 

The La Quinta Country Club has developed a fine reputation since the Club opened in 1959.  The founders took 130 acres of sand and sagebrush and said, "We are going to create a country club that … (4 comments)

livethedesertlifecom: Strong Man is Trying to Lift the Sagging California Market! - 03/24/10 06:39 PM

Schwarzenegger expected to sign new $10,000 California homebuyer tax credit Governor Arnold is trying to lift the sagging California housing market-- homebuyer tax credits are almost certainly returning.  The state's newest housing stimulus will grant $100 million in tax credits to first-time buyers of existing homes and $100 million to anyone who buys a new, unoccupied home. We are hoping that this pumped up bill that will grant a $10,000 credit starting May 1st to homebuyers will give the California a much needed boost.  Read the entire article in today's Sacramento Bee ! … (5 comments)

livethedesertlifecom: Happy Birthday Twitter! Twitter turns 4 Years Old Today! - 03/21/10 06:42 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TWITTER!
Can you believe Twitter is already 4 years old?  Can you believe Twitter is ONLY 4 years old?  It seems to me that it has been around much longer than that!  It is a social-media phenomenom-- and if you are'nt using Twitter to share and learn-- Then WHY NOT?
Check out my previous posts on TWITTER BASICS  and HOW TO USE TWITTER FOR BUSINESS !
You can follow me on Twitter by clicking the twitter bird right here!
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livethedesertlifecom: Coachella Valley residents still show love in tough times - 03/21/10 04:29 PM
 
The Haiti relief and all the international disasters get all the attention:  we need to focus on the needy right here in our own backyard!  Don't forget your local charities!
 
The Coachella Valley Rescue Mission was close to having to close its doors due to the shortage of food.  The residents of our amazing community once again heard the plea and responded with generosity. 
The Coachella Valley Rescue Mission serves 97,000 meals a year.
In the past year, it's seen a 65 percent increase in demand while experiencing a 35 percent decline in food donations.
 
Since Tuesday the … (0 comments)

livethedesertlifecom: First TASTE of LA QUINTA... Sells OUT Food Tickets in Two Hours! - 03/21/10 04:20 PM
 

 
We had a great time at the first annual TASTE OF LA QUINTA! According to the Desert Sun... the event was extremely popular!  Can't wait for next year!
 
The La Quinta Chamber of Commerce held its first Taste of La Quinta on Saturday on Main Street in Old Town La Quinta.
During the one-day event, attendees could purchase a block of tickets to sample food for $25. The tickets provided 15 food samples per person — and sold out two hours into the event, officials said.
The brainchild of Bruce Franklin, chairman of the La Quinta Chamber … (1 comments)

livethedesertlifecom: Expand Your Branding Online-- with Facebook! - 03/21/10 04:06 PM
Do you have a business page on Facebook yet?  If NOT,  why NOT ?  Why not take advantage of the FREE online marketing available--- ?

Facebook is steam-rolling ahead and actually had more hits than GOOGLE, last week!  Don't you want to use the power and exposure from Facebook to grow you business?  This short Tom Ferry video explains the marketing strategy of using Facebook to generate referrals and more business for YOU! 
I love the idea of growing a Facebook following and am looking to expand my friend list-- to friend me on Facebook click on the button!  Let's … (7 comments)

livethedesertlifecom: Taste of La Quinta -- Tomorrow! - 03/19/10 06:43 PM
Taste of La QuintaMain Street - Old Town La QuintaSaturday, March 20, 201012 noon to 4 p.m.Plan to attend this new event featuring tapas from 19 La Quinta area restaurants and a selection of more than 50 wines. Tickets for Taste of La Quinta are $10 for wine tasting (5 tastes) and $25 for food tasting (15 tastes). Old Town restaurants participating include:  Devane's, Hog's Breath Inn, Old Town Cellar, Stuft Pizza and Viva! Other restaurants include:  Adobe Grill, Applebee's, Arnold Palmer's, Cafe Posada, Desert Sage, El Ranchito, Harry's Oklahoma BBQ, Jake's Pizza, Louise's Pantry, Morgan's of La Quinta, Rosati's, Souplantation, … (0 comments)

livethedesertlifecom: Happy St. Patty's DAY! - 03/17/10 04:52 PM
Have a fun, safe and "lucky" St. Patty's Day! … (3 comments)

livethedesertlifecom: How to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Like an Irishman! - 03/16/10 09:16 PM


If you are Irish, or just part Irish like me-- You may want to celebrate St. Patrick's Day like a real Irishman... Wear your green and don't forget to go to church tomorrow morning!   I already have my green picked out-- and don't Irishmen play golf?  I will have that covered tomorrow!  Watch this short video to get your Irish-ON!
How To Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Like an Irishman on Howcast … (3 comments)

 
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