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Jenell Fontes Nominated For “Top Women In Business” Award

Windermere Real Estate Southern California Premier Director and Realtor®Jenell Fontes has been nominated for the “Palm Springs Life Entrepreneur of the Year” award as a part of Palm Springs Life’s “Top Women In Business” awards, taking place Tuesday, May 5th at the Ritz Carlton in Rancho Mirage.
“I am thrilled and honored to be mentioned with a group of such incredible women,” says Jenell of being nominated for this prestigious award. 
“I am especially proud that five of the nominees for the three awards are members of Women Leaders  Forum. That is a true testament to the caliber of the individuals in WLF and our roots within the local business community.” Jenell has been a member of WLF for 16 years, serving on the Board of Directors for her 8th year this year, currently in the role of Vice President. “Being a part of WLF has helped my growth and development in all facets of my life. I want to make sure that I continue to give back to a group that has done, and continues to do, so muc…

Millennials And The Coachella Valley Real Estate Market

The Millennials are coming into the Real Estate market and what does that mean for a market like the Coachella Valley? In the next few years at least $16 trillion of ultra-high net worth (UHNW) individual’s wealth will be passed on to the next generation over this period, spawning a new crop of multimillionaires, the Wealth-X and NFP according to the Family Wealth Transfers Report “As self-made UHNW baby boomers start passing on their wealth to their children, the importance of entrepreneurship and hard work will be put to the test,” the report said. 
One of the largest beneficiaries of the wealth will be the the Millennials and they are not buying the larger country club properties that make up the bulk of the Valleys Luxury listing inventory. Millennials are looking at walkability scores, energy efficiency, Smart homes and provide a comfortably Chic lifestyle. Millennials want location, location, location, less maintenance and smaller homes with less outdoor space and easy open inter…

Putting The FUN back Into Spring Cleaning

Spring is in the air and it’s that time of year again for Spring Cleaning.  According to Wikipedia  “Spring cleaning is the practice of thoroughly cleaning a house in the springtime. The practice of spring cleaning is especially prevalent in climates with a cold winter.  The most common usage of spring cleaning refers to the yearly act of cleaning a house from top to bottom which would take place in the first warm days of the year typically in spring, hence the name. However it has also come to be synonymous with any kind of heavy duty cleaning or organizing enterprise. A person who gets their affairs in order before an audit or inspection could be said to be doing some spring cleaning.”
Spring cleaning is that time of year where you pull out the couch and vacuum behind it, and who knows maybe this year you will get lucky and find enough change to celebrate with a Martini at Maestro’s or a beer at the Red Barn…  You might just find the earing you lost or that key to the storage closet …

I Love My Canadians!

In the past couple of years Canadians have made up over 30% of my sales and now my Canadians seem nowhere to be found.Due to the fact that the Canadian Dollar has taken a huge hit in the exchange rate and our home prices have continued to go up, my Canadian clients have had to face a double dose of inflated reality.I found this really great article that explains the disappearance of the Canadian Home buyer.The questions begging to be answered is will the strength of their dollar improve anytime soon as I only see housing getting stronger in the next couple of years.So, even with the escalation in price and deflation of currency I still think the deal are out there and it is still a good time to buy.
“What a price Canadians have paid lately, though.Over the last two years their purchasing power here in the US has declined sharply, and since just last summer it’s flown farther south than a goose, which really should be their national bird (apparently they can’t agree on one).Just look at…

It’s Time To Re-Kindle The Romance With Your Home - Falling In Love With Your Home All Over Again

Using the tips from these professional stagers, in a short time you can re-style and bring your home up to model home standards and walking into your “NEW” home you just might fall in love with it all over again.  
Step number one to falling in love with your home again is to take a walk through your home as if you had never been there before.Make a list of all the little annoying things that need to be fixed - the broken drawer, the squeaky door, and the annoying way the closet never quite shuts right. Next, add to your visual list the places in your home that pile up with junk, paperwork or clothes. Lastly, make a mental note about what you love and think of ways to accent those features.   
One of the quickest ways to make a difference in your home is to get rid of the clutter. Go through every room with a box and put 10 things in it that you don’t love or need in that room. Box them up, date the box, and put them in the garage. If you don’t miss them in 6 months donate the box to ch…