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Considerations When Buying a Desert Home


There’s a lot to love about the California Desert. There are breathtaking sunsets, a unique eco system, and when we’re not in a severe drought, exciting storms. The sun is almost always shining, keeping those cold winter blues at a distance. Whether you’re looking to move permanently or perhaps trying get away from a frigid northern state a few months out of the year there’s a couple of things you should know before moving out here.

First, make sure your home is built with the right materials. A good desert home will most likely be built a little differently than houses in the rest of the country. They cannot be built out of wood, because even the best wood will warp in the intense summer sun. Keep an eye out for a house that’s built from stone, adobe, or ICF concrete. These materials will help keep your indoors cool and can withstand the harshness of the sun. Also, see if your prospective home has treated or tinted windows. This will help your home stay cool despite the windows and cut down on cooling costs.

Next, you’re going to need to make sure your prospective home has excellent temperature control. Regardless of how good your tinting is, or cool your materials, it’s going to get hot inside. Now you’ll need a powerful AC unit but you do not need it running 24/7. Instead, a well-designed desert home will have high ceilings and ceiling fans keeping the air circulating and helping avoid it from being too hot.  Deserts, though hot during the day can get very cold when the sun goes down, so well positioned windows can help get a nice night breeze blowing through your home.

Lastly, you’re going to have to embrace your new yard. It’s probably the most drastic change a new desert home owner has to deal with. Though a beautiful and lush green lawn is certainly possible, it’s quite the endeavor to maintain. So, most people have a more desert style landscape. Many plants like desert sage, hop bush, and of course cacti, are easy to look at and do not require a lot of water to maintain. You can also place gravel to help retain water, and adds a nice, different cosmetic. You can also place cobble stone rocks as a path through your yard, adding to that desert feel. All these things will add a lot to your yard, making it a prime spot for evening parties, and a great festive place to watch majestic sunsets and barbeque.

So if you’re considering a home in the desert, or anywhere else, don’t hesitate to call National Realty Group at (800) 406-9606, visit us at or stop by our office. We’ll set you up with agent who will find you the hottest, I mean best, home the desert has to offer


About National Realty Group

National Realty Group was founded in October 1991 by Jeff Maas. It started as a two man office but soon grew to a medium sized office. One of the original agents formed a new home development company soon after. Steven Walker Homes is now a large national home builder. Southfork Mortgage Company Corp. was founded in April 1990 by the owner of a large home builder. Jeff Maas stepped in as its Broker in September 1993. With the help of Jeff Evens, Jeff Maas was able to expand the company. In July 1994, the owner of Southfork retired and Jeff Maas and Jeff Evens purchased the company. They continued the growth and soon built it into a multi-million dollar corporation. National Realty Group remained separate until Jeff Maas sold it to Southfork Mortgage in 1996. This allowed the owners to expand National Realty Group while allowing its agents to provide mortgage services to their clients. In 1996, a branch office of Southfork and NRG was opened in San Bernardino. It was later moved to Redlands in the most well-known office in the city. In 1998, they opened an office in Temecula in the Temecula Valley Bank office. The offices were expanded and closed 45 million in real estate and loan transactions in 1998. In 1999, Jeff Maas purchased the company from Jeff Evens becoming sole owner and broker. Shortly after the name was changed to National One Mortgage Corp. The company outgrew its 3000 square foot office in Riversideand moved to a building of approximately 6000 square feet. The growth continued at a spectacular rate. The company grew to over 40 agents within one year. The expansion continued with the addition of 2800 square feet and later adding more space for a combined total of nearly 13,000 square feet. At our peak we had over 125 agents and 12 employees in the Riverside office alone. During the summer of 2003, we opened an office in Temecula at the corner of Rancho California and Margarita. This office was soon bursting at the seams with 42 agents and 3 full time employees. Due to the increased demand for our unique programs, by the public and real estate agents, offices were opened in Corona and Ontario in early 2005. The year saw more amazing growth with offices opening in Moreno Valley, Hemet, Las Vegas and Norco. Rancho Cucamonga and Phoenix opened the first part of 2006. A Murrieta office opened summer of 2007. The economy has not been kind to many real estate and mortgage companies. We have remained strong and successful. Our business model of a One-Stop Shop provides the exact service and convenience the Home-Buying public desires and needs.


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