You are not too far out of our area, so I'm thinking you have some knowledge of the desert communities.
While Desert Hot Springs is good in a number of sections, so is Cathedral City. And, If you search around the desert, perhaps with the assistance of an agent who is familiar, you can find properties everywhere - a little further out in Indio and even some in Palm Springs.
With our busy short sale and foreclosure market, it is a pleasure to also find the traditional, easier sale. They are out there, too. Every community has it's great areas and "other" areas. While it may make a difference to some investors or buyers, others are willing to take a chance.
If you are a cash buyer, your transaction will be more manageable. Many of the properties that are great deals, are getting scooped up quickly, almost as soon as they come on the market, AND, with multiple offers. You will be in much better stead if you have an agent who can help you navigate these issues.
It takes a little time to get to know our buyers and sellers, and when we do, the transactions and communications go much better. They whys and why nots are important as well as "just the dollars and cents."