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Dear PSRAR® Newsletter readers, quick reminder: THE NEXT FEW NEWSLETTERS WILL BE ROUGH "WORKS IN PROGRESS" as the Newsletter is currently being revamped for new and improved content. Over the next couple of weeks, the Newsletter will not have the streamlined “LEARN MORE” button after each headline, wherein you will click to view the article in its entirety; rather, temporarily in each section, the entire article will be displayed, bringing you weekly updates ranging from MLS and Continuing Education reminders to Special Events and Breaking News. Please ignore any typos, grammar or spacing issues, as we are confident that you will soon enjoy the finished product and look forward to your feedback! DEPANDING ON YOUR BANDWIDTH IT MAY TAKE A MOMENT TO DOWNLOAD THE GRAPHICS! 
Thank you for your patience, 
Morgan Janney 
Newsletter & Website Task Force Chairperson

C.A.R. Legislative Day is April 27, 2021

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You can register to attend the Business Meetings here.

NAR Thanks Biden Administration for Commitment to Housing in Infrastructure Proposal

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Palm Springs COVID 19 current guidelines and resources

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Popsicles in the Desert

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The Virtual ‘Bunny Basket Bonanza’ Live Zoom Auction held last Wednesday at the Boys & Girls Club of Cathedral City was a huge success! There are so many people we would like to thank…

First, we would like to thank all of our participating brokerage offices and our Industry Partners for your generous Bunny Basket donations, as without you, our fundraising efforts and success would not have been possible.

Bennion Deville Homes, Palm Springs/Rancho Mirage
Berkshire Hathaway, Palm Springs
Better Homes and Gardens – Leaskou Partners
Boys and Girls Club of Cathedral City
Coldwell Banker – The Bianco Team
CV Escrow
Flannery Exchange & ACME House Company
Homesmart Professionals
Jon Barrist, Coldwell Banker
Larson Desert Realty
Local Authors: Paul Cain, Michael Kirkland, Eric Meeks, Stacy Nix
Photographer NAME HERE
Windermere Palm Springs
John Burge – Rolls Royce & Chauffeur
P.S.R.A.R.® Board of Directors
P.S.R.A.R.® Special Events Committee & Industry Partners

We would like to Congratulate all of our winning bidders and Thank You for your generous bids.

The Broker Basket that fetched the highest bid, $_500.00    , and won the ‘Bragging Rights’-sized trophy was Windermere Homes and Estates, Palm Springs. Broker & Manager Bryan Arnold and his husband created the unique gift basket offering gift cards from many of the local Palm Springs restuarants and boutique store, to support the WIndermere shop local mission.

The Special Events Committee’s ‘Date Night’-themed basket garnered an impressive $2,000. We would like to give a shout-out to Committee Member Jennifer Cucchetti for assembling the amazing ‘Date Night’ basket.

We’d also like to thank Scott Robinson, Director of the Cathedral City Boys & Girls Club, and Kayla, the Club’s ‘Youth Of The Year,’ for joining our event, as well as all of the dedicated Special Events Committee Members who orchestrated this very Special Event!

Christine Eva
Karen Maisano
Nancy Steinfeldt
Leo Newcomb
Steve Burrows
Judy Sutherland
Michael Baughman
Annette Dominguez
Cindi Monaco
Tracey La Rue
Jennifer Cucchetti
Louis Sapienza
Julie Frazier

President James Ronald Whitney – for your expert direction
Robyn Spiller and P.S.R.A.R.® staff at Command Central

And a huge Shout Out to, KESQ CHANNEL 3’s Meteorologist, Patrick Evans, for being our Celebrity Auctioneer. What an incredible experience!

And the final tally of money raised for the Boys & Girls Club of Cathedral City at our ‘Bunny Basket Bonanza’ Live Zoom Auction is…    VIRTUAL DRUMROLL PLEASE…




Last Wednesday was our inaugural Presidents Council meeting, and I’d like to personally thank a number of our Past Presidents for attending.  Big shout out to David Cantwell, Karen Joy Tabbah, Becky Bowles Jim Franklin, Scott Lyle, Kevin Stern and Rod Dow for taking time out of your hectic schedules to reengage with P.S.R.A.R.®’s past leadership, and to candidly share your individual experiences as a P.S.R.A.R.® Past President and offer three decades worth of some very sage advice to the current leadership.  Much Appreciated!

James Ronald Whitney
President, PSRAR®

”Who’s living in your basement?”

It’s a sign of the times…with properties getting more and more expensive, our young adults no longer can afford to buy their own home, even rental prices have gone through the roof.  I know first hand what it means to live in a multigenerational home!  I have noticed a lot more families living in the same home, because of many different reasons; kids taking care of aging parents, children over 18 never left home or came back due to rising home and rent prices, or maybe by combining the generational income they can own a bigger, nicer home.

The housing shortage has spurred some reasonable ideas such as ADUs and JADUs (my first column explained them and how they work).  Another way to live with many generations close by is buying a duplex or triplex, when a generation leaves to be on their own, that part of the multifamily home can be turned into income for the generations who stay…unfortunately, there aren’t many to choose from.

The history of multigenerational housing shows that in 1950, 21 % of the population lived in multigenerational housing, it declined till 1980  (12%), and started to go up in 1990 each decade till it was up to 20% by 2016.  With the shortage of housing getting worse since 2016 I’m sure we will have more clients looking for these larger residences or adding ADUs in the back yard.  It’s important to ask the right questions in the buyer consult to understand their needs.  Since the pandemic, we  have seen an increase in searching for multigenerational homes.

On another note, have you noticed how many properties there are in the MLS selling “Fractional ownership”?  We, in the MLS committee are open to your comments how to deal with this issue…Please send your comments or concerns to my email.

Karen Joy Tabbah, DRE #00407860
Past President PSRAR 2020, 2004 & 1994

Don’t get married this year!

AB 44 (Petrie-Norris) Business Dealings: Use of Prior Surname. Currently, a real estate licensee cannot transact business using a former legal name (including a “maiden” name or previous marriage, so if Louise was to get a divorce and marry someone named Sandahl she would have to use the Louise Sandahl name for real estate). C.A.R. is sponsoring legislation to ensure that a real estate licensee who is a natural person may use their former surname to conduct business so long as both names are filed with the Department of Real Estate. This measure will ensure that REALTORS® can continue to benefit from their name brand, recognition, and community status despite a legal name change. This bill is pending a hearing in the Assembly Business and Professions Committee.

If someone pops the big question, just say NO! For now. Our speaker for Wednesday April 7, 2021 at 9:00 AM will be Sanjay Wagle CAR chief lobbyist in Sacramento with a full update on all the bills affecting Real Estate. April 14 Kathryn Hough President of the Palm Springs Historical Preservation Board on new videos highlighting historical buildings in Palm Springs.
April 21 Farrah Wilder, C.A.R. Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer discussing Fair Housing.

Keep Tuesday April 27, 2021 open as that is the 2021 Legislative Day and we will be meeting with our state representatives and you are invited, unless you have a listing appointment then it is OK to miss the meetings!

Jim Franklin

Schedule of classes are now available!

Download the schedule by clicking the button below.

NON-MEMBERS: $125           


This course is available to anyone in the Coachella Valley and beyond!  Please feel free to reach out to me at or for more information.

Robert Cipolloni  


April is Fair Housing month

The Civil Rights Act of 1968, which President Lyndon Johnson signed on April 11, 1968, prohibited discrimination concerning the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin, sex, (and as amended) handicap and family status. Title VIII of the Act is also known as the Fair Housing Act of 1968.

Learn more

Robyn Spiller
Chief Executive Officer
Palm Springs Regional Association of REALTORS®
(760) 320-6885 office
(714) 336-0342 direct


“Fact or Fiction” – Live Events – Yes, Really!!!

Fact for Sure! What Local Association says “Let’s Go” and “Get Back Out There” (especially after the past year we’ve all had?  Why, it’s The DVBA launching In-Person Meetings (Fact – not Fool) starting on April 15th with a presentation by New Riverside County Executive Officer Jeffrey Van Wagenen, with an intro by Riverside County Supervisor V. Manuel Perez.  This is Fact Folks! – we will be one of the first business entities in town hosting a Live, In-Person event, while following the current operating guidance for gatherings.  Contact the DVBA office at 760-776-7001 or via our website: and the Calendar link for more details.

Now’s your chance to bust out of your house (get dressed first please – pants are now required!) and see your peers in the industry!  We look forward to seeing everyone in person!  There will also be two other “live” events in April, which I will cover in next week’s issue. Till then…stay tuned!.

Gretchen Guttierrez  

Welcome to new members!

P.S.R.A.R.® is dedicated to ALL of our members, as you are our Ambassadors. We encourage you to take the time to get to know who we are personally and professionally, as well as the features and benefits P.S.R.A.R.® membership provides. Share your positive feedback with other Real Estate professionals, and invite them to join P.S.R.A.R.®--THE Association for all of their Real Estate needs.  Attend our weekly Wednesday Caravan Meetings, and enjoy the camaraderie with your colleagues throughout Greater Palm Springs. 
Currently via zoom, Wednesday, 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM. 

Tammy Franklin

April 7, 2021
with Sanjay Wagle,  C.A.R. VP Government Affairs


Missed Last Week's Bunny Basket Bonanza?

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Palm Springs Regional Association of REALTORS® would like to say Thank You to our Industry Partners!

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