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Cathi and Ben Walter: Desert Area Home Finder - Palm Desert, CA
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 35 reviews
 by Yvonne
1031 Exchange

I recently did a 1031X from Texas to California and was searching for a knowledgeable realtor in the area of interstate exchanges. I came across an article Cathi Walter had written about 1031 exchanges so I called her. She turned into a gold mine for me. She was so familiar with all the steps and pitfalls of timing etc. She works with a top notch 1031 Exchange Accommodator who made sure we followed the IRS guidelines, and helped facilitate the interstate transaction.

She spent hours and days finding just the right property to fit my needs.
A true professional in all respects with amazing “after the sale service “ as well. She works together with her husband Ben together they have the experience and resources to accommodate every detail on the transaction and they are a treasure trove of information for all those “after the sale” needs. They have contacts for everything from service and repair to landscaping , painting and full house remodel.

I’ve done a lot of real estate transactions over the years and working with Cathi and Ben made the transaction so easy and smooth. I recommended them to my Son, who also bought a house with them. He found the perfect house and was very pleased with the professional service.

 by Steve Sinn & George Soule

After we made the critical decision to retire, we knew it was time to search for our forever home in a community that would support our new stage of life. We knew we wanted to move to Palm Desert, so it was time to begin the search.

A good friend referred us to Cathi and Ben Walter. We knew we made the right decision with regards to realtors, based upon the questions we were asked in our first conversation with them.

Cathi and Ben certainly took on a herculean assignment, as we were attempting to sell our current home in Sherman Oaks and purchase in Palm Desert with virtually no gap (we didn’t want to rent in between closings). Cathi and Ben showed us multiple properties in various communities. We finally located one we loved in a community that was our first choice. Cathi and Ben worked tirelessly with our other realtor and coordinated two closings and a move in with zero stress to us.

Even after we moved in, Cathi and Ben continued to provide us with assistance by helping us navigate a major AC issue. They even brought over portable units to keep us comfortable during the multiple attempts to diagnose/resolve the issue. They were consistently in communication with us, the home warranty company, the service providers, and Cathi even drove to the AC parts supplier to ensure there were no further delays in getting our unit repaired.

Additionally, Cathi and Ben provided us with contacts for landscaping, house cleaning, AC service, electrical work, locksmith, painting, solar panel maintenance, etc. Cathi and Ben even lent us their ladder and some of their personal tools until we were able to unpack and find our own. That demonstrates real caring for their clients.

We highly recommend Cathi and Ben Walter to anyone looking for a new home in the desert.

 by Steve and Kathy Prough

Dear Cathi and Ben
Thank you so much for the spectacular completion of selling our home.
We found it very impressive the professional way you staged our home to provide a warm atmosphere. Bringing in your landscaper to refresh our yard was terrific.
You created a WOW factor on the first impression walking up to and through the front door.
The brochures and the professional video were very impressive and first in class.
After seeing the final product we joked and said to each other, “why are we selling?”
The contract negotiation and escrow period was managed very professionally.
At the end of the day the best measurement of success is you bringing us an offer $125,000 over our asking price.
All the best! Steve and Kathy

 by Don and Jan Jones Palm Desert / Saskatchewan Canada
Seven Palms

After a comprehensive market review, Cathi set plans in motion for selling our Home in Palm Desert with staging, professional photography and creative online marketing presentations. She was only able to have one open house when COVID -19 brought everything to a halt. However, the troubles caused by the pandemic did not deter Cathi. With mask and gloves in hand she did her utmost to make everything come together, and to our delight she brought us a great offer ……..wearing her mask, we accepted the offer and closed just 3 weeks later. She even delivered two dozen eggs to us when we were ordered to stay at home. Cathi went far beyond what we expected – we were very impressed with her market expertise, professionalism, enthusiasm and appreciated the special attention to the little things. We will definitely recommend Cathi to our friends and neighbors who want to buy or sell a home in the Desert.

Don and Jan Jones
Palm Desert / Saskatchewan Canada

 by A Dykstra – Indio
We had two interested buyers and they skillfully guided us

Many years ago when we bought our home in the Coachella Valley, we were fortunate to have found Cathi and Ben Walter to help us find the perfect home and guide us through the purchase. They were so good at getting us what we wanted, we decided to use them to sell our home as we were preparing to begin retirement. They prepared a comprehensive market analysis for us that contained many of the local comparables which helped us set the asking price. Their marketing program was awesome, it generated a lot of interest in our property. Within a few weeks we were receiving offers. We had two interested buyers and they skillfully guided us into an agreement with a 100% cash Buyer and 20 day Escrow. They kept the process moving along through Escrow and we closed This past Monday. We couldn’t be happier with the fantastic job Cathi and Ben did to represent us. My wife and I highly recommend them to anyone looking to buy or sell a home in the Coachella Valley.

A Dykstra – Indio

 by Dana Dedeluk – Calgary / Palm Desert
Takes the time to make sure she understands you as an individual client

Cathi and Ben were referred to us by friends who had worked with them previously to buy a Winter Home in the Desert. Cathi helps ensure you’re making both a sound financial investment based on her extensive knowledge of the market, as well as the right decision for your family by listening to your needs and taking the time to make sure she understands you as an individual client. We highly recommend her and will use Cathi and Ben for any real estate needs in our future.

Dana Dedeluk – Calgary / Palm Desert

 by Philip L Heimbecker Indian Wells Palm Desert Calgary
Excellent Council

In the last six years we have done three deals through Cathi, a great sale and two fabulous negotiated buys in Indian Wells and now Palm Desert. We are more than happy with her excellent council as we worked through each deal. Further she was instrumental in obtaining homes in Palm Desert for my brother and sister who recently relocated from Florida. Everyone embraces her! I should add that Cathi and Ben have courted my group through many millions of dollars of transactions and always carry through with assistance in so many areas after closings, with service above and our lives we have made many substantial real estate transactions, Cathi’s experience gives her the accolade.

Philip L Heimbecker Indian Wells Palm Desert Calgary

 by S Mahoney and S Gatherum – Palm Desert
Cathi’s guidance throughout the home selling process was amazing

Cathi’s guidance throughout the home selling process was amazing. She helped us stage the property and I think that closed the deal. Both Cathi and Ben went out of their way to help get papers signed as we were working and not always free to meet them. This is the second time we have been involved with Cathi and Ben and I will use them in the future.

S Mahoney and S Gatherum – Palm Desert

 by Len VanDenboom – Wisconsin / Palm Desert
Absolutely the best Real Estate Professional I’ve ever done business with!

I’ve purchased a number of properties over the years, but Cathi Walter was absolutely the best Real Estate Professional I have ever done business with! She gave me a complete picture of what the local real estate market was doing and what I could expect, then completely staged my house to look like a model. It looked so good, I told her we may want to stay after all! Cathi is a doer, I would recommend her to anyone who wants to sell their house without stress. She puts her client as her number one priority. She has outstanding customer relation skills and that carries over to potential buyers. She is a professional.

Len VanDenboom – Wisconsin / Palm Desert

 by Jim and Sue Punches – Monterey Bay and Now Palm Desert!
To be able to trust someone was very important to us

We’ve bought and sold many homes in Northern California over the past 40 years, but we’ve never done it remotely before. Cathi and Ben were fabulous walking us step by step, answering our many questions, explaining loan specifications, and how to wade through all the paperwork online while in Monterey Bay. Cathi even kept professional distance when we were deciding between the home that she listed and a similar home. She stated over and over that she wanted us to be happy with the sale. We constantly told each other and other people how comfortable we were with our realtor. To be able to trust someone to guide us through this process is very important to us. We would highly recommend Cathi and Ben for any real estate issue.

Jim and Sue Punches – Monterey Bay and Now Palm Desert!

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