2021 Top Residential Real Estate Producers

The COVID-19 pandemic created unprecedented conditions for the real estate market in the Coachella Valley, and local agents were up to the challenge. Palm Springs Life set out to recognize the individual agents and teams who capitalized on the opportunity To produce this feature, we partnered with the two local real estate associations — California Desert Association of Realtors (CDAR) and Palm Springs Regional Association of Realtors (PSRAR) — to evaluate MLS sales data for almost 4,000 agents and teams in 2020. We cross-referenced the data with Terradatum’s BrokerMetrics and verified the numbers with each agent’s broker/manager.

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Cat Moe


Team : Nelson-Moe Group

Award : 2020 , 2021

Address : 1081 N Palm Canyon Dr,
Palm Springs, California 92262

Phone : 760-774-5558

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The Elrod House. The Robert Pond Estate. Darryl Zanuck’s Movie Colony compound.

Like the homes they’ve sold, John Nelson and Cat Moe have made a name for themselves in the Coachella Valley real estate scene. And they’ve had a blast doing it.

“One thing that has always been intriguing to me about real estate is that it never feels like a job,” Moe says. “It’s more of a lifestyle. And you get involved with people’s lives. You learn about where they’re coming from. You’re exposed to such a variety of lifestyles and environments. It just never feels like you’re going to work.”

Though they sell everything from Old Spanish to midcentury modern, almost 90 percent of their business falls in the luxury second-home, or even third- and fourth-home market. It’s not unusual for the duo to work with a client for three or four years before they finally find the perfect property for them here in the desert.

“I love the clients, the daily challenges, and matching people with properties that they love,” says Nelson, who also has a passion for knowing the history and architectural significance of the homes they deal in. “He’s like an encyclopedia of real estate,” Moe adds, laughing. “He knows who owns what and who owned what at one point. It never ceases to amaze me.”

  • John Nelson & Cat Moe

    John Nelson & Cat Moe

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