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Western Joshua Tree Status Update

In late 2019 the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) filed a petition with the California Department of Fish and Game Commission (Commission) to list the Western Joshua Tree as a threatened species. The petition was subsequently accepted by the Department. This action began the process to determine if the Joshua Tree should be listed as threatened under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA). Read More…

Click Here for the Joshua Tree Disclosure Statement

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Update and download the new RPR app
The new version of the RPR app is now live! Fair warning: users will be required to download the latest version (update the app) and log in with their RPR credentials (username and password). An in-app message will remind you and direct you where to go to complete the update. Read more..

REALTOR® & Affiliate of the Year

The High Desert Association of REALTORS® would like to honor a member who has demonstrated leadership in the real estate profession and made significant contributions to the industry and our communities.

The Past Presidents Committee will be considering applications for nominees. After discussion of the qualifications and involvement of the applicants, the Past Presidents Committee will then make a decision, which will be kept secret until the Installation.

* * Deadline for Submissions: September 30, 2022* *

If you would like to nominate a REALTOR® or Affiliate who has demonstrated professional excellence and has provided a high level of service to the real estate community, please fill in the form below. Please provide complete information for the committee to be able to make a determination.

Click HERE for a REALTOR Nomination Form

Click HERE for a Affiliate Nomination Form

CONSUMER NEWS

Save water. Save California.

As the state’s drought conditions continue to worsen, Californians have been asked to voluntarily reduce water use by 15%. If conservation efforts don’t improve this summer, the state could be forced to impose mandatory water restrictions throughout the state.

California is feeling the impacts of climate change like never before – cycles of extreme heat and weather variability, long periods of drought and low snowpack are putting California on the cusp of the worst drought in our state’s history. Today, more than 95% of the state is in “severe drought,” and we simply do not have enough water to meet the needs of California’s homes, businesses, farms and wildlife.

As we prepare for summer, vacations and fun, we must also prepare for record hot weather. While climate change and water supply shortages pose a huge challenge for the entire West, every Californian can take steps to make a difference by taking a summer-ready approach to water use. This is an all-hands-on-deck situation – but we’ve got this.

Now is the time for Californians to step up and conserve water because every drop counts. Small and consistent changes to reduce water use daily will make a big impact in the long run. With 50 percent of home water use in dedicated to outdoor purposes, there are ways to significantly reduce water usage outside. Easy, actionable steps you can take today include:

  • Turn off your sprinklers and other irrigation systems when rain is in the weather forecast.
  • Prioritize watering your trees when faced with watering restrictions: Remember, trees are an investment. It will take more water, time and money to replace a mature tree lost to drought than to keep one alive.
  • Replace grass with drought-resistant landscaping or turf: Water-wise plants and landscaping use little or no water once established.
  • Install automatic shut off valves for your outdoor sprinkler systems: Installing a drip irrigation system and a smart controller can save 15 gallons each time you water.
  • Plant water-wise plants: Check with your local water agency on the best plants for your climate. It is best to use water-wise, California-native plants where possible.
  • Lay mulch around your plants and yard: Laying 2–4 inches of organic mulch around your yard can keep the soil moist and reduce water use. Read more…

7 Reasons to Work With a REALTOR®

REALTORS® are members of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict Code of Ethics. When you’re buying a home, here’s what an agent who’s a REALTOR® can do for you.

 

  1. Act as an expert guide. Buying a home typically requires a variety of forms, reports, disclosures, and other legal and financial documents. A knowledgeable real estate agent will know what’s required in your market, helping you avoid delays and costly mistakes. Also, there’s a lot of jargon involved in a real estate transaction; you want to work with a professional who can speak the language.
  2. Offer objective information and opinions. A great real estate agent will guide you through the home search with an unbiased eye, helping you meet your buying objectives while staying within your budget. Agents are also a great source when you have questions about local amenities, utilities, zoning rules, contractors, and more.
  3. Give you expanded search power. You want access to the full range of opportunities. Using a cooperative system called the multiple listing service, your agent can help you evaluate all active listings that meet your criteria, alert you to listings soon to come on the market, and provide data on recent sales. Your agent can also save you time by helping you winnow away properties that are still appearing on public sites but are no longer on the market. Read more…
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Discover how a REALTOR® can help you!

Owning a home in California is more than a dream. California REALTORS® help make it possible. Here’s what you need to know to navigate today’s real estate market safely…

www.championsofhome.com

Tips for Buyers and Sellers

Buying and Selling in  2022
Be smart, be safe, and chase that dream.

So you want to buy a home in the Golden State. Or maybe you’re ready to sell and move on to your next big thing. Either way, California REALTORS® are here to help.

www.championsofhome.com/buying-and-selling/

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Quiz: Test Your Home Style Savvy

How much do you know about architectural styles and features, along with their history?

You know what makes for great curb appeal— healthy landscaping, pops of color, well-executed carpentry, and an excellent paint job in neutral colors. But how much do you know about architectural styles and features, along with their history? Having a sound background in residential architecture—like what makes one Queen Anne home more authentic than another or how Doric columns belong on a Neoclassical home while Corinthian columns are historically suited for a Greek Revival—could help you snag pricier listings and give buyers insights into homes they’re viewing. Read more..