A resident of the Coachella Valley since 1989 I became a Realtor after a 25 career in the travel / hospitality industry. I specialize in residential, second home and vacation properties in Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, and Palm Desert.
In my experience, a home isn't a dream home because of its room dimensions. It's about how you feel when you walk through the front door, and the way you can instantly envision your life unfolding there.
This is about more than real estate - it‘s about your life and your dreams.
Weather you are looking to sell your current home, or purchasing a home to relocate, I want to be the real estate professional to help you. I work with each of my clients individually, taking the time to understand their unique needs and lifestyle, and I want to do the same for you.
It's incredibly fulfilling to know I am helping my clients open a new chapter of their lives. That's why I work so hard to not only find that perfect buyer or home, but also to handle every last detail of the sale process, from negotiating the terms of sale to recommending moving companies.
At Bernal Smith Group, Lucio and Jon are focused on giving luxury service to all world class lifestyles from moderately priced to luxury properties. We feel the most gratifying part of our lives is to give to our community and support those efforts through The Center of Palm Springs.The Center's Mission is aligned with what we feel strongly about: Creating Vibrant Community. The community we live and work in is a beautiful place and anything we can do to continue to enhance that and support is what we feel is the right thing to do.
As real estate professionals who are experts in the greater Palm Springs area, we bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise of buying and selling real estate. It's not the same everywhere, so you need someone you can trust for up-to-date information.
As you know, marketing or buying a home can be challenging. Our role as professionals is to facilitate that process, guide you through potential disclosures issues, and get maximum visibility for your luxury home. When you are considering your options to hire a professional to successfully market your home or assist with a home buying purchase, contact us. We are confident our professional expertise is exactly the caliber of service your desire.
Virtually Tour The Center
The Center is thrilled to provide to you this Virtual Tour of our home, which is located in the McDonald/Wright Building, 1301 N. Palm Canyon Drive, suite 301 in the City of Palm Springs. Thanks to a very generous donation from Marco Carocari, you will be able to tour The Center’s Main Reception, The David Bohnett CyberCenter, our Program Hospitality Area, Community Rooms One, Two and Three, as well as the Scott Hines Mental Health Clinic @ The Center. So, take a look around, get a feel for this very special place and come by and see us to experience The Center in-person. There is vibrant community waiting here for you.
On this Virtual tour, you will be able to visit the following spaces:
Main Reception: Made possible by a generous gift from David Hood & George Sellers, The Center’s Main Reception provides a warm and architecturally interesting welcome for our visitors. Featured in the Main Reception are two 48” displays which highlight The Center’s Calendar of Events, Upcoming Programs and Business Partners, a 55” display acknowledging Capital Campaign donors and a unique “Center” design in the ceiling. Wireless Internet access is available throughout The Center.
The David Bohnett CyberCenter: Made possible and fully-funded by David Bohnett Foundation the CyberCenter offers free computer and Internet access to anyone in the community who needs such access. The David Bohnett Cyber Center is open during The Center’s regular business hours. PCs run Windows 10 and are loaded with Microsoft Office products.
Room One: Made possible by a generous gift from Grace Helen Spearman Charitable Foundation. This community space has capacity for up to 36 guests, features a 48” Smart TV for presentations and is HDMI, VGA, Chromecast and AppleTV Compatible. Room One has wireless Internet access.
Program Hospitality: Made possible by a generous gift from Robert Walker & Ernest Phinney, the Hospitality area offers a Community Board to promote events, housing and employment opportunities as well as other activities in the Coachella Valley. Coffee, water and soft drinks are available.
Room Two: Made possible by a generous gift from Geoff Kors & James Williamson in memory of Murray Kors. This community space has capacity for up to 45 guests, features a 48” Smart TV for presentations and is HDMI, VGA, Chromecast and AppleTV Compatible. Room Two has wireless Internet access.
Room Three: Made possible by a generous gift from Casey C. Colley & Jose Carlos Mendez Fernandez This community space has capacity for up to 45 guests, features a 48” Smart TV for presentations and is HDMI, VGA, Chromecast and AppleTV Compatible. Room Three has wireless Internet access.
Scott Hines Mental Health Clinic: Made possible by a generous gift from Kevin Blessing in memory of Scott Hines, this is a low cost outpatient community clinic that serves low-income LGBTQ adults suffering from depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, suicidal ideation and dysfunctional behaviors (drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, sexual acting-out), and/or interpersonal problems. The Clinic reception has wireless Internet access.
To learn more about room capacity and rental fees, you can visit: https://www.thecenterps.org/index.php/about/room-rental-information
More about Marco and the technology used to create this Virtual Tour:
The Matterport camera creates a complete 3D digital representation of a real-world interior space, providing the ability to explore it as if being there in person. Because it can be viewed on nearly any device, interacting with this data is very easy.
The camera’s various lenses record multiple HDR images, which are then stitched together into a final, virtual model, and can be toured on any computer or mobile device as a Floor plan, Dollhouse, or as a 3D Tour from a preassigned starting location.
Marco Carocari has been a full time photographer for over twenty years, and recently relocated to the desert from Zurich, Switzerland. Specializing in Architecture, Real Estate, Portrait and Beauty photography, his work has appeared internationally in coffee table books, advertisements, professional journals, and catalogs. View his full portfolio at www.marcocarocari.com
Contempo Lending is a local Palm Springs Mortgage Broker specializing in all types of Residential Lending. In today’s lending world it’s more important than ever to have a mortgage specialist to sit down with and discuss your personal situation and mortgage options. We can help everyone from first time home buyers, less than perfect credit buyer, and the savviest of real estate investors. While some people think you pay more by going through a broker the fact is that we can get you better rates and save you money on your closing costs. While most direct banks offer you only their products which many times require the perfect borrower scenario, at Contempo Lending we deal with many different lenders so we can shop and find you the best programs and rates available. Some of our clients often think they would not be qualified for a loan due to previously being turned down by other lenders. We either help them into their dream home or at least set them up on a plan to buy in the very near future. We are qualified mortgage specialists that can sit with you to make sure you understand your options and the process. There are still many other programs available that the average consumer is not aware of. Below is just a partial list of some the more popular programs still out there:
$1· FHA you can still buy with as little as 3.5% down. There are still down payment assistance.
$1· VA Loans you can still do 100% financing and in some cases even include all your closing cost.
$1· USDA loans you can still do 100% financing in many desert cities.
$1· Homepath Programs with as little as 3% down.
$1· Renovation loans can get you up to $30,000 with as little as 3% down on Homepath properties or 3.5% with FHA loans.
$1· Jumbo programs available are still available. You can even qualify using only your assets and little income.
Many people think they can not possible qualify for a home loan in today’s complicated lending world. Just because you’re a first home buyer or self employed doesn’t mean you can’t qualify. One of the most fulfilling parts of our job is to work with our borrowers and get them into the right loan for them and their dream home.
John A. Evans, Broker/President, DRE # 01398882/NMLS # 287669
Contempo Lending, 475 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262
- I have the technology and resources to generate demand for your property, provide buyers with the detailed information they desire, and have the ability to respond instantly to online inquiries.
- With our Internet marketing program, I’m determined to generate broad online exposure for home sellers at America’s leading real estate internet sites and portals, selling homes quickly and for the best possible price.
- To satisfy online home buyers, my listings have multiple photos and detailed property descriptions – two of the most sought after features by online home shoppers.
- I provide superior customer service to home buyers with HomeBase In-Touch, our proprietary software, which allows me to respond immediately to inquiries from online buyers interested in any of my listings.
I not only have a passion for my real estate career but to the GLBT community I belong too. I feel strongly that people need to participate as change agents in their communities and their lives.
I serve as a Board of Director for In The Life Media from May 2012 - Present. I served as a Board of Governor for HRC (Human Rights Campaign) from 1992 – 1996 and have continued throughout the years to be supportive of the organization. I also support the following national organizations; Lambda Legal, In The Life Media, The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, and locally; Desert Aids Project, LA Gay & Lesbian Center AIDS Assistance Program.
Chris Ann Kallgren joined The Center Board in 2015. A real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Palm Springs, she services Morongo Valley, Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, Twenty Nine Palms, and the Palms Springs area. Kallgren believes in advocacy for the LGBT community and animal rescue. She regularly volunteers for multiple organizations to better the lives and understanding of people, youth and animals. Among her accomplishments is co-producing the Joshua Tree Gay Pride Festival, with founder Andy Woods. Recently her work has been recognized in the media and she was recognized as one of the ‘Most Influential Women Of The Valley’ gracing the October 2014 cover of Desert Outlook magazine.
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