2020 Top Residential Real Estate Producers

Real estate agents work hard to stand out in the crowded field. Many claim to be top producers, if not No. 1. As a service to our readers — and the local real estate industry — Palm Springs Life set out to identify the individual agents and teams who really top the charts in the Coachella Valley. To produce this feature, the editors assembled the leadership of the two local real estate associations — California Desert Association of Realtors (CDAR) and Palm Springs Regional Association of Realtors (PSRAR) — which provided MLS data showing sales volume for agents and teams in 2019. The magazine cross-referenced the data with Terradatum’s BrokerMetrics and verified the numbers with each agent’s broker/manager

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* John Nelson


Team : Nelson Moe Properties

Award : 2020

Address : 74199 El Paseo,
Palm Desert, California 92260

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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