There are a lot of great real estate agents that can assist you, and you certainly picked a great area of California for a vacation home / rental income property. I live in PGA West in La Quinta, another beautiful community in Palms Springs area. Like most agents, I have sold homes to quite a few Canadians for similar use (part time vacation home, part time rental income). Some things I would advise you look for, particularly if going to rent, would be be a home in a guard gated community and with a golf course that renters can pay to play on (as opposed to a private club). Nice views are also important, preferrably overlooking a nice green golf course and lake if possible and with a nice view of the Santa Rosa Mountains. Also, look at HOA fees, however don't be mislead by communities with low HOA fees as you "get what you pay for". The higher HOA fees typically pay for things like home outside structure and roof maintenance, structural fire and earthquake insurance, landscaping and gardening, common areas, cable tv, patrol guards, etc. whereas those with lower fees may only pay for common areas and perhaps a guard gate and homeowner has to pay for everything else themselves. Just something else to evaluate. Lastly, if you are not familiar with all the communities in this area I wold advise taking some time to look at them before deciding on a home. Each community has its pro and cons and a different lyfestyle feel depending on what you are looking for. One community that is quite popular with Canadians in Santa Rosa Cove near the historic La Quinta Resort. The La Quinta Resort has a lot of amenities that homeowners and renters can enjoy and makes for a popular vacation rental location / destination. Also, PGA West makes a great vacation rental location due to its 6 world famous golf courses. You mentioned "partnerhsip". Are you looking for someone else to invest in a property with you? Let me know if I can be of further assistance. My area of expertise is more in the La Quinta, and Palm Desert areas. Best wishes in your venture. There are some great buys right now!
Larry Hansen, CPA and Broker / Owner
Calif Desert Realty