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Mon Dec 12, 2016
Bri_jms answered:
I also just learned that the Mission Lakes Country Club homes are not in the city limits of DHS, they are considered county. The only homes I have seen in there that are on sewer are a few homes backed up to Little Morongo Rd, and it looks like its only a couple homes, I also found Desert Hot Springs had a additional city tax added to your property tax on homes in the City limits, so that is something else to think about ... more
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Tue Sep 13, 2016
Scott Godzyk answered:
Only a lawyer may be able to tell you if it is legal. However if signed by all parties without changes, it may just be legal but it depends how written. The however is Freddie is not always favorable to work with when these things happen. Have your agent check with his/her legal or you may have to check with a lawyer ... more
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Sat Jun 11, 2016
Rich Reed answered:
Is your agent a Realtor? Did you sign a "BUYER REPRESENTATION AGREEMENT - EXCLUSIVE?" Your agent is under a duty to use reasonable care and skill (and depending upon the fact situation,
utmost care), to obey directions of the employer (you), and to render an accounting to the principal (you). I would speak about your concerns to your Broker, the person your agent is licensed under. If your agent is the Broker, or if you would prefer another way to deal with your situation, and your agent is a Realtor, you can contact California Association of Realtors which provides a service to assist clients with handling concerns with their agents. If you wish the assistance of a C.A.R. Ombudsman, you may call (213) 739-7227 or email the Ombudsman Hotline at You can call their Ombudsman for help at no charge. They handle mostly agent to agent concerns, but they also welcome client to agent concerns as well.
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Sat Jun 11, 2016
Michael P answered:
I had the same problem with a MFG home I wanted that was on private property in DHS, too. The Trustee and her agent never mentioned the pre-existing condition of the occasional leaking roof and the original installation of Polybutylene piping (now banned in the U.S.).

After my Inspector gave me the bad news about the roof and the attempt to hide the water stains, my agent had his contractor do a formal estimate for the MFG home and I also had a formal estimate done from another company. Since the home I was about to go deeper into Escrow with was a MFG home, the Roofing Technicians had to first remove the original single layer of shingles, then lay a new layer of roofing felt, etc. before installing new shingles. The total cost was between $8,000 to $10,000 dollars for a 2,000 + Sq Ft MFG home (with the overlay). The cost variance depends if you choose to have the roofer's remove the debris of the old shingles on their truck or if you choose to environmentally dispose of them,(remember they contain fiberglass and can do damage to your skin, etc.)
Needless to say, what I thought would be a good deal buying this ancient MFG home on private property with a low monthly mortgage, would of cost me an "Arm and a Leg" in replacing the roof, the grey P-Pipe, and the water damage that had occurred and seeped under the( now warped) subflooring in the Kitchen and into the living room. My advice is if you have a lot of money to renovate an old MFG on private property, tear the old home down and have the debris carted away, but have the crew save the expensive steel pier jacks and supports under the old home and invest in having a new MFG shipped and placed on the original foundation with the old Steel Jacks and have the new home 433 Certified. You would save money on the hook up utilities and some County and DHS City fees because they are already there.
Sorry to give you the bad news, I too was crushed and had to face the financial facts of the problems with old MFG homes. It still breaks my heart that I had to cancel Escrow proceedings and walk away from this DHS home on a private hill top overlooking the mountains, because I loved it so much beside all of it warts and major reconstructive surgical procedures it badly needed.
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Sat Nov 28, 2015
Roy Wisman answered:
HOA fees are $583 per month at Hidden Springs Country Club
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Sat Sep 12, 2015
It appears you are in California, but maybe New Your. The rules are drastically different between the two places. I understand (but am not sure) if you are in New York, your only option is to go pound sand.

It used to be that the courts here in California were clogged with two items. 1. Unions suing companies that were stupid enough to hire Union help, 2. Home owners who bought properties with defects, as if there is a home with no defects.

For some reason people selling houses and used cars, have not problem hiding the defects.

Now days no one hires Union Labor and the Real Estate Agents, decided these law suits were not in the best interest of anyone and took steps to be sure inspections were made to avoid this problem.

So now unless you bought a home "by owner" every effort was made to get you to inspect the home. So if you bought "by owner" it is much easier to sue the seller, and many of them sell by owner for the purpose of sweeping stuff under the rug.

If you bought using an agent, you most likely have a home warranty that may cover your problem .

How big is this problem are we talking $200 or $20,000 are you in NY or CA, is it covered by a warranty?

And did they know about the problem and hide it from you?

So basically, we really do not have enough information to answer your question.
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Tue Aug 25, 2015
Karen and Paul Catania answered:
There is some great advise here. Don't rent to own, it is never a good deal for the buyer. Rent something, save up and get a loan to buy the right house for you. Rent to own deals are like loan shark loans in my opinion. ... more
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Mon Aug 24, 2015 asked:
The mobile home would need to be where the land is owned by the person buying the property. My question is about pet ownership and what are the rules about having cats living with me if…
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Sat Feb 28, 2015
Sheryl Arndt answered:
Hello Rose, it is 71 miles from Desert Hot Springs to Temecula and here is a map.

It is 72 miles between Desert Hot Springs and Palm Springs and here is a map.

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Thu Jun 19, 2014
Bri_jms answered:
I was just in DHS a week ago a looked all over the city, we ate a nice pizza/Italian restaurant on Palm and Hacienda and the wind was so strong, I had to hold on to my elderly friend walking into the establishment and was blowing the door open, I did notice it was not as bad as I got closer to Mission Lakes, but I'm now thinking I should look more in Cathedral City, South of Dinah Shore for some of the locations I want to be closer to as that drive down Palm and Gene Autry to the 111 is about 35 to 45 minutes depending on traffic. The views above Pierson are really nice though but is it worth living that far away from the things I need to be closer to, I need to make some desisions ... more
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Mon May 12, 2014
Cina Luz Harris answered:
Yes especially on Ambrosio Dr. I would like to live closer to my mom. I do a lot of errands since my father passed away in 2012.I need to save money since having to buy a car & I saw it is worth owning a home since my rent is 700 a month. I pay utilities & my landlord pays water & trash. A 2 bedroom ,2 bath with garage,AC,fenced yard etc...
I have to admit my credit is not good overall but if I could save money I will be able to pay or catch up with my bills.

Miss Cina Luz Harris
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Fri Mar 28, 2014
marcioner answered:
Obviously...Stefani and the homeowner from Roseville have no taste! I saw this house and it's absolutely stunning! It's got the most spectacular view of the city. It also has the Hot Mineral Water Rights which are very rare. Just this feature alone makes it a great investment. If this property was located in the city of Palm Springs it would probably be listed at double the price. ... more
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Thu Feb 13, 2014
Ray Wright answered:
First of all, no city is completely 100% safe and you always have to be on your guard. But don't just take it from me, Ray the Realtor. I spent several years as a Deputy Sheriff in Fontana, Rialto, Bloomington, & Rancho Cucamonga & then more as a Police Officer in Pomona. When it comes to gangs and crime, I've seen it all. When I take buyers out to show homes, the things I look for that many don't notice are the telltale signs of crime. Many times, when buying a home, the excitement can block your view of things that I notice right away. And I use my particular set of skills, education, expertise and experience to help my clients find the right place to live. Take a drive around at different times of the day and night and on weekends, especially Friday and Saturday nights. Go to the police station and ask to speak with the officer that handles that beat during swing shift. He or she can give you far more insight than anyone else here. Also, take a look at the following website for more detailed info on crime in this and any other area you may be interested in: Your BEST option, if you're serious about purchasing a home is to get with a Realtor who knows the area and can help you through the process. That's the FIRST and foremost step in finding a safe home. Check with friends and family to see if they can refer someone to you or research sites, such as this one to find a good professional Realtor. Good luck! Ray Wright Realtor - PSC - SSIC Keller Williams Realty 951-312-3133 Download my FREE Real Estate Search app to find rentals and enter to win $50,000! For details, visit: ... more
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Mon Feb 3, 2014
Gloria En la Huerta answered:
Good day everyone,
It is now 2014, and the last comments posted here are from 2008.
What can you update me on? I am thinking about relocating out of Los Angeles.
We would commute 3'x a week. We have to absorb our elderly parents, and we cannot afford to do it in Los Angeles, as we live in a 2 BR apartment in NoHo. Also, I will be unemployed this year, because my employer is relocating to TN. I no can do! So we have decided to leave the city to the desert and find a place where we can buy and take care of our elderly parents.

I have read through all of these comments, and would like to know of you DHS natives have any updates or anything that would help us better understand this community, pros and cons. Thank you.
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Thu Jan 2, 2014
Alexander Greer answered:
I would be more than happy to help you.

Alex Greer
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Wed Dec 18, 2013
DelindaDHS answered:
The 3,049 lot size is the correct one for the listing. The 20 acres is referring to the entire site of this community, not the individual property for sale.
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Mon Dec 16, 2013
Hena Martin answered:
You must have many questions so e mail or call ,may be most of them have already been answered ,yet you want to know HENA BROKER
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Mon Nov 18, 2013
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