Diane Williams & Associates
Diane Williams & Associates

Diane Williams and her team specialize in the luxury real estate market in the Coachella Valley and Palm Springs area in Country Clubs, Golf Course Communities and Non-Golf Course Gated Communities located in Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Palm Springs and Indio. Diane Williams is well respected in the industry for her extensive knowledge of the desert communities and all they have to offer. Her friendly style, people skills and ability to write complex offers and negotiate to completion has earned her the reputation as a professional in the Real Estate market with integrity, honesty and professionalism. Diane puts her client's best interests first which has resulted in the continual growth of her business of repeat business from past clients and their continued referrals long after a buyer or seller has closed on their home.

I’d like to tell you that I think you’re an amazing realtor – actually person too... I’ve had many realtors in the past, but you are the best I’ve seen – in fact, I don’t know how you could be better.  Just thought I should tell you that :)  Neil agrees with me too!

Thanks, Karla

Dear Diane, Frank and Team,
Happy New Year!
I am happily ensconced in my new home at the Lakes and thought that, before too much more times passes, I should send you a thank you note for all of your help in facilitating my home purchase.
I love how Frank Montiforte immediately understands exactly what I’m looking for in a house, and doesn’t waste any time in showing me the precise sort of place that I would adore! I have worked with your team on two purchases and one sale, and because of the expertise you have all demonstrated, I am confident that everything is going to go perfectly with every transaction. Every aspect is taken care of so I don’t have to worry about anything at all!
So thanks very sincerely for making something that can often be a major headache and source of worry into a very pleasant and enjoyable experience.
Here’s wishing you tremendous success in 2015,

... I wanted to thank you for all your help and patience throughout this process. I appreciate your professionalism and promptness, as well as your very positive and upbeat demeanor. Thanks for all your hard work!
To Whom It May Concern:
I was extremely pleased with the work of Diane Williams and Associates in the selling of my Palm Desert property, and I was particularly impressed with the extraordinary efforts of Kristi Kramer who exceeded my expectations in this regard.
Kristi was invaluable in so many aspects of the selling process- from home staging, to meeting inspectors, to managing repair crews, etc., and her positive attitude and professionalism was greatly appreciated.
Please feel free to use this testimonial regarding the outstanding performance of Diane Williams, Kristi Kramer, and their entire sales team.
Thank you,
Greg Forrest

Diane... I have so appreciated the support of your office during this first year of my home ownership.  I am so happy with the home I purchased as are all my family and guests.
We all are delighted to be in Indian Ridge C.C.  The support of your office during all my house repairs has been extraordinary and I know it’s not your responsibility to do that so I really want to say thank you as I get more familiar with everything.
Special thanks to Kristeen as well for all her help!
... Kind regards and greetings of the season, Linda

Dear Diane,

   It was such a pleasure to work with you and your office associates during our listing period Indian Ridge home. As you know, the sale went quite smoothly from our perspective . . . but I am sure that there was a lot more to it going on behind the scenes. You showed a lot of courage taking this listing since we had already had 2-one year listings with different brokers from the area who failed to perform . . . and working with a 40 year veteran from the commercial brokerage business can never be easy. Thank you for persevering . . . you truly made the difference.  The following paragraphs highlight some of your services that really impressed me.

·      Your knowledge of the Indian Ridge market as well at the entire Desert Market is amazing. It is evidenced in your quarterly publications as well as your in-depth statistical analysis.

·       When you asked for listing modifications, you presented measurable and documented stats that thoroughly justified the need for listing modifications . . . no frivolous changes requested that would make it easier for you and would end up reducing the value proposition for us.

·       Your Staff is very well trained and has that same “can-do-attitude” that you carry with you to each meeting . . . this is very important. You nor your team ever rejected our ideas about changes to your marketing. Ideas were always treated respectfully and thoroughly discussed and implemented with mutual understanding and agreement.

·       In the final days, on a Sunday morning, I called Barbara and asked for her ideas on our possibly renting for 3 months in the desert because we were having difficulty finding a suitable rental in Orange County. She dropped everything she was working on and within ½ hour was back to us with 4 alternatives that would work. This really took the pressure off us.

·       Your involvement and knowledge of the “ins and outs” of Indian Ridge was extremely helpful to both us and the potential buyers.

Thank you again for a job well done.


Ray Brandt

We were ecstatic to work with Diane who found us our getaway home in record time and navigated the closing process with the utmost professionalism and care while we were out of town! Kudo’s to Diane and her team for being so easy to work with and for their attention to all the details for us….much appreciated! Teri & John Harmon

Dear Diane,

With regards to the service you and your team provided, Lori and I were very satisfied with all aspects of the process. We appreciated spending the first day with you when you provided a number of homes and communities for our consideration. This helped eliminate the communities we did not find attractive and focused on the preferred ones.

We feel we are in the right community and have purchased a home that we are excited about. Your understanding of the market value of our home was critical in the offer process and I believe provided a competitive advantage. 

Buying a home in California is a much more complicated process than in Canada. The number of forms and documents required to purchase a home was surprising to us but you and your staff were of great assistance and gave us confidence we would eventually purchase the home. We want to give special recognition to Kristeen who answered all of our questions (sometimes twice!) during the escrow period. 

We also want to thank you personally Dianne for the outstanding service you provided to Lori and I. You answered all of our questions and provided great advice on this purchase. We also appreciated providing service contacts and recommendations as these were very helpful to us.

We hope we will see you in the community when we begin enjoying Indian Ridge.

All the best,

Bill and Lori

We were very fortunate to find Kristi Kramer as our buyers agent. We interviewed a number of possible agents and found we really connected with her. She is incredibly personable and extremely knowledgeable about the greater Palm Springs market. One of her greatest strengths, in my opinion, is her ability to quickly comprehend our needs and tastes so that we would not waste any time in finding the right home for us. She brought us several great options.

Later we decided to rent and Ms. Kramer still found us the perfect home. She went to the home and took many photos so that we could have a complete view of the home. In fact it had not yet gone on the market for rent. She spent an inordinate amount of time negotiating a great deal for us and I believe one that was equally fair for the owner.

When it comes time to buy, we will continue our relationship with her as our agent. We highly recommend Kristi to anyone looking for a through and dedicated real estate agent who exemplifies what I would call outstanding service. There are agents and then there is Kristi.

Lou Schultz

I don’t know how we could have ever gotten to the community we were looking for without you Diane so that we could realize our dreams to find the right house and right Country Club here in the Desert.  You worked for months to help us try to sell our home in PGA West so that we could find a more social club filled with some working entrepreneurs-a task that we knew was a tall order.  You helped us research and advised us tirelessly about places to move to.  Once you helped us identify the right community, you were always willing and showed us many places and guided us with your advice and suggestions so we could make a good decision. We are still in disbelief because, after all this work and planning, you found us the perfect home in the perfect location but we had no way to buy it at “that moment in time”-suddenly we were heartbroken.  Here we were squarely stuck in the middle of another mortgage and home closing in San Diego at the time you help us find our dream home and location.  You cannot imagine how delighted we were by the incredibly creative and seemingly impossible solution you instantly came up with for us.   You used your amazing talent to negotiate with the owner of the property and rallied to get the Seller’s Agent to cooperate so they would give us a short term rental with an option to purchase, without a huge outlay of cash that would kill our mortgage in process and the lease option was set so we were able to exercise in a short thirty day period once our other mortgage on our San Diego home had closed.  We are so thankful or all the hours of time you spent for us and for all the hand holding to get both the Seller and Seller’s agent to cooperate and work with us. We are grateful for this new home that you and your team was able to find for us at Ironwood in Palm Desert. We feel you are totally the ultimate real estate professional and we have never worked with an agent who cared as much as you do nor who has given us such sound advice in selling and buying a home. We truly love our new home and the community you helped us settle into-what a gift you have given to us Diane, thank you. Bruce and I are forever your greatest fans and we could never work with anyone else. We highly recommend you to everyone we speak to who is looking for a real estate professional-there is no one better.
Sharon & Bruce Carmichael
73118 Ajo Lane
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Dear Diane,

I wanted to comment on the outstanding service I received during my recent home search through Barbara Merrill.   From the moment I started working with Barbara, I found her to be extremely helpful in all aspects of my search, including listening to my needs and desires and showing me properties that met my criteria which ultimately led to finding me the perfect home.  She also took time in going above and beyond the norm by providing me with additional information when needed and just being very attentive to all my concerns.   I couldn't be happier with the superior service I received.   I would highly recommend she and your company as a Real Estate Company that genuinely cares for the needs of its clients with attentiveness, concern and professionalism.   Thank you again Barbara Merrill of Diane Williams & Associates for finding me such a wonderful home!   

Holly Book

...We couldn't be more pleased than we are regarding our home sale through you and your team. While things started out more slowly than we all anticipated through February, the level of activity became more brisk in March, with several serious buyers showing interest. The quick offer we received while we were in Las Vegas and your shepherding us through that brief successful negotiation were very much appreciated.

One of the big differences we saw between your people and earlier realtors we used in recent years in Palm Desert was the timing and consistency of feedback we received on virtually every showing, as well as from the open houses we held. Frankly, some of this information helped guide us to the decision in late February to reduce our asking price to a slightly lower price point. This probably was a factor that helped to connect with our buyer and close the sale of our home.

In talking with the buyer last week at our residence, we learned that they first identified our listing via the internet, and zeroed in on it even before they had a viewing. It was the 6th home they saw that day, and the one they were most anxious to see. Certainly your internet exposure of our listing was thorough, complete, and of very high quality. We were also very pleased with the photo presentation of our home in your printed brochure.  

We were very impressed with Barbara Merrill and her professionalism along the way, and Kristeen Kidd is a real gem. We've already recommended you to another interested homeowner, and will continue to do so.

Sincerely, Ed and JoAnn Moran

Thank you for the wonderful candles, book and  taking care of our Verizon issue. You were wonderful to work with and we appreciated all you did for us.
                              Lon & Cyndy

I feel so grateful that Barbara Merrill was the one representing Diane Williams Williams and Associates from Windermere Real Estate at the open house on the day I first toured my new home at 477 White Horse Trail in Palm Desert. If it wasn't for you, I do not believe I would have considered the purchase of this particular property since it did not have the "full on" golf course view I was seeking.
However, as a excellent real estate sales professional, you were quick to point out all its extra features and amenities. My questions were addressed quickly and your follow-up was timely and thorough. I especially appreciated your patience and willingness to review other inventory as comparisons in order to assist me in my decision making process, yet I never felt that I was being high pressured.  
You were amazing to work with. Please feel free to use me as a reference for any of your new clients and please be assured that you will receive my highest recommendation.  
I love my new home; I know I have made the right decision, and thanks so much for helping me realize that this was the one.
Darlene Falcone ( a buyer of one of our listings)

Autumn and have only the best things to say about how you, and the staff at Diane Williams & Associates helped us with the purchase of our new home, from start to finish.  You understood our wants and desires and gave us many choices of homes to look at.  Once we decided, you were right there to walk beside us through the offer, negotiations and the ultimate completion of the purchase.  You made the transaction so much easier and have made a huge contribution to the start of our life here in the Desert.

Barbara is truly an exceptional realtor. She showed us only homes that were 100% appropriate to our criteria. She accommodated our tight schedule which sometimes involved early morning or late night visits or meetings. She was not hesitant to suggest multiple return visits to properties we were interested in. In one home, she arrange for a contractor to meet us (on short notice) in order that we could get an estimate regarding modifications we were considering.  Barbara was not hesitant to point out negatives, as well as positives, in pertaining to the properties, the golf club or the transaction itself. Barbara has great judgment and a wonderful pleasant personality and is incredibly knowledgeable of everything related to the Indian Ridge community and the golf club.  She started as an unfamiliar realtor and ended as our friend.
Diane, thank you for your invaluable assistance in getting our recent real estate mediation resolved in our favor.  If you had not personally reviewed our files and provided the insight and expertise required, the result could have been devastating. Your honesty, knowledge of real estate law and personal integrity were the factors needed to tip the scales in our favor. Diane and I are your two biggest fans and we will only have you represent us in all of our real estate transactions.
We just opened the gift you left us at our home on Tomahawk. That was
very thoughtful and generous of you. We really like the candles and
the book on Indian Ridge.
Thank you for all your hard work and success.
Rick and Suzanne a Principe


Diane, what such a nice thoughtful gift !  Thank you so much, we will have picture memories forever!    And the luminaries. Wonderful.  Thank you again for all you did for us , obviously could not have done it without you!  You are the BEST and such a wonderful friend.   Again words cannot express our sincere gratefulness.   
😎 Pat

If you are considering a second home or retirement property in the desert cities, Diane Williams & Associates are the perfect group to help you navigate your options.  We spoke with several real estate groups and found ourselves confused and frankly, not willing to make this major decision unless we were “absolutely sure” our choice was the right one for our family.  After two years, the best phone call we made was to Diane Williams.
We were performing online research of houses which met our criteria and saw that Diane was representing many homes in the areas we were considering.  She met with us and provided us a large amount of factual information.  She did not recommend one community over another, but consulted us on our priorities, price ranges and timeframes for retirement.  Her financial analysis of golf communities including home prices, golf membership pricing, age of the community and many other items helped us zero in on the best places to look.  From that point, it only took two trips to Palm Desert to decide first, on our golf club, and second on the right home in the community.
Her team helped us navigate the purchase of our second home remotely.  There were so many moving parts, from an unknown county/city to closing with an out of state seller.  There was so much navigation and negotiation.  With Diane and her team, there was always someone to answer our questions, but most importantly a buyer’s agent who was always there supporting us each step of the way.
We both highly recommend Diane Williams & Associates.  Their extensive knowledge of the desert cities and experience in understanding customers’ requirements is unmatched.  We could not be happier with our chosen golf community and the home we plan to enjoy for many years to come.
L & L Godec, Newport Beach, CA

"We've had the opportuniity to view Diane Williams from both sides of the fence; as a seller, and as a buyer. In 2011, we decided to sell our home at Indian Ridge Country Club. Within days of agreeing to use Diane to help us sell the property, the process was under way; signage, pictures, hand-outs, open houses, and showings. Her skill, integrity, and effort were undeniable...and within a couple of months, the home was sold, and at a fair price.

A few months later, we were in the market for a larger home at Indian Ridge, and once again, we turned to Diane. She proved to be a tireless researcher, a patient collaborator, and an extraordinary negotiator...and with months she'd orchestrated an exceptional deal that resulted in us purchasing the homesight of our dreams. We couldn't be more grateful.

And if ever again we have a need for a real estate agent, I can assure you that our first and last call will be to Diane Williams."

Hank & Judy Friedman
332 Tomahawk Drive
Indian Ridge Country Club

It was such a pleasure to work with Diane and her team at Diane Williams & Associates. Her professional knowledge of the area and years of experience helped us find the perfect house in just two days and we were able to complete the entire transaction while living out of state. Diane and her team were always available at all hours and were extremely prompt in their responses to all of our questions and needs. We highly recommend Diane Williams & Associates.
Tom H. and Mary Ann M.

As a real estate broker for more than 50 years, I know competence when I see it.  Diane Williams has complete knowledge of the marketplace and that leads to successful transactions and happy clients.  I would not hesitate to use her services.

Jim Prock

I had the pleasure of working with Diane Williams and her team on both the sale of my home and the purchase of my new home. Our home had been on the market for about 2 years. We decided to meet with Diane who recommended we make some changes to the home to make it more marketable. As a result, the home sold very quickly. In searching for a new home, she showed us homes that met our needs and found a home we absolutely love and enjoy. Diane’s represented my best interests at all times and her support was always unconditional. Even after the close of escrow, Diane continued to return my calls promptly. I highly recommend Diane and her team to anyone buying or selling a home.

Diane, We are pleased to express our appreciation to you for your help in selling our first home at Indian Ridge which we owned jointly with Ann’s sister and her husband. And then you were instrumental in helping us buy our second home at Indian Ridge as well as Ann’s sister and her husband in buying their second home at Indian Ridge. Professional is how we describe you and your approach to buying and selling homes. Thank you.  Ann and Jim Loeb

We listed our home at Indian Ridge Country Club with Diane Williams in the summer of 2012.  To our pleasant surprise it sold in September, 2012, with escrow closing October 30th.

We accepted the offer Diane presented to us, the first time around, without the need of a counter offer.  She knew exactly what we would consider and made sure the offer brought to us was within the range of what we expected; nothing less.  Escrow was clean and concise although Diane needed to guide the buyer’s broker through the process as he was not completely knowledgeable.

Diane and her staff were extremely professional, helpful, attentive, and always there to answer questions and offer support.  Phone calls were returned promptly and our questions were always answered correctly.

We could not have been more pleased with our association with Diane Williams and her staff and would work with them again without hesitation should we ever decide to purchase another home anywhere in the desert.

She knows her stuff!

Very truly yours,

Howard and Bonnie Corman

Diane, I cannot believe this segment of our journey became final today...but you made it the best it could be and we cannot tell you how much you and your team are appreciated but especially YOU! Your knowledge and expertise got us thru all the hurdles, and you were so generous with your suggestions and advice and personal caring...we always knew you would be our choice of Realtors when the time came and we have not regretted that decision at all. Thank you again for all you did for us.

Hi Diane -

Many thanks for all your help with this. I am impressed first, that you retained such detailed records, and that you took the time from your busy schedule to produce this for us so promptly.

I have always said you are the best, and you have just proved it again.

Sincere thanks,

Chuck and Carleen

Your team is great. You were well prepared, candid and straightforward, and terrifically helpful.  As people not very familiar with the area, Pati and I appreciated your nuanced knowledge of both Sun City and of the surrounding areas.  It really helped us sort through a pretty bewildering assortment of properties and options.  You made us feel informed and you helped us feel comfortable, for which we are very grateful.  Pati and I enthusiastically recommend you to anyone interested in the desert area!

Diane, Thank you for your even keel, "no drama" attitude. You came through with quick action when it really counted. It's obvious why you are the top seller in Indian Ridge. Thanks again.
Steve and Diana Goldman

Searching out and purchasing a house without my husband could have been overwhelming but for the professionalism of Diane and her happy associates Wendi and Lisa.  Diane or Wendy and I were in touch by email for almost a year before that "right house" came along.  Upon making our offer and beginning the paper work,  efficient Lisa took over and helped me through the reams of paper.  As this was a "long distance" transaction I was very relieved that I had built up a trust relationship with The Terrific Trio and that proved out even to arranging and meeting several tradespeople to ready the house prior to possession.  We are now enjoying our desert home and would definitely recommend Diane Williams AND ASSOCIATES to anyone looking for a professional, caring group.

Thank you so much for all your hard work in getting our house sold.  We appreciate everything you did for us and hopefully we will be working with you again.  Meanwhile, we will recommend you to any of our friends who might be in need of a Realtor.  Please tell Lisa and the rest of your staff they were a pleasure to work with.

Thank you so very much for your professionalism and efficiency. I would have never dreamed that purchasing your first home could be so pleasant and easy, given the horror stories I have heard from others.

I absolutely love living in Brava, and have you to thank every day I come home from work.

It was a pleasure working with Diane. A true professional who continues to exceed my expectations.

I have been a successful Real Estate Broker for many years and can easily say there are few agents who can match Diane in her ability as a Real Estate Broker. I continue to recommend her to my clients and friends and would not hesitate to have her represent me in my desert real estate transactions.

You have all been so supportive through the frenzy of buying a house. Lisa, thank you for answering all our questions and re-sending many e-mails. Thank you Wendi for making many trips to our new home, waiting patiently while we discussed and took measurements and for making lists and answering all our trivia questions. Diane, your expertise made this happen. Thank you for steering us through the process. You and your team's professionalism is noted and much appreciated. Diane, be assured, we will recommend you and Windermere to anyone looking for real estate in the desert. We really appreciate everything each of you has done to make this a smooth transition.

Buying our home in Palm Desert was a pleasant experience with Frank Montiforte.  Frank is knowledgeable of the area, easy to communicate with, understanding of our wants and needs and was always available to help guide us through the process.  We are very happy we found Frank Montiforte. 

When we asked Frank Montiforte to sell our house, it never occured to us that in this depressed housing market he would complete a sale within two weeks.  In fact, the whole process was a delightful experience.

Frank is easy to work with and goes long and far beyond the call of duty to cover his clients' needs and desires.  First, he priced the house perfectly for sale.  Then, he made a few minor suggestions that instantly spruced up the decor and the feeling of the house when one entered.  Whatever he did, the result was magic!  Our house sold the first weekend it was on the market.  We think it was all about Frank!

I just want thank you for everything.  You have gone beyond what I expected.  Completely exceeded my expectations on what a real estate agent can do for you.  And I'm absolutely positive that there aren't many people in your profession that put as much care, thought and time into helping their clients ... as you have for us.  Plus, I'm sure there is much that you have done beyond the scenes (things we haven't noticed), to make this process even easier and beneficial for us.

If you remember my first email to you back in August (6 months ago?):  "My wife and I are flying down to the desert from Vancouver on Friday morning (and staying at the Resort until Sunday) to look at property ... so I'm looking for someone that could help us.  There are so many real estate offices with multiple agents -- I just don't like having to pick an agent based on their photo.  Or having to walk into an office and getting the next agent available.  So I wanted to contact you since you look as if you offer a more personalized office."

I have to say, you were exactly what I was looking for!  From the bottom of my heart - thank you for everything you have done  ... and continue to do.

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