Thursday, July 6, 2017


Today's Best Mansion: It's lavish. It's huge. It's grand. It's expensive,

#1      2676-E Kauapea Road, Kilauea, HI 96754 with 6 bedrooms, 9 baths                  and 11,708  sq.ft. is listed for sale at $70,000,000.
The moment you set foot on this property it is clear there is no better property in the Hawaiian islands or perhaps anywhere. The ultimate in privacy, function and view. This home is a sanctuary, a haven. The bluff top location offers incredible views of pristine water, a historic lighthouse and rich volcanic mountains. A world class white sandy beach is at the end of your private steps. This compound is significant. Strong. Do not miss it.The estate consists of a main house and two guest pavilions totaling 4bd/6.5bth and a 2bd/2bth nearby caretaker's residence resting on 15+ acres that includes an active farm with exotic palms, citrus and coconut trees. Secluded and private, however, the quaint town of Kilauea, with restaurants, coffee shop and bakery is a 5 minute bike ride. World class golf at Princeville and the town of Hanalei are close. The main house consists of four pavilions, with over 10,000 sqft of interior living space and more than 8000 sqft of exterior decks, pools, covered areas and lanais. The Central Pavilion features an expansive gourmet kitchen, dining area, living room, office and bedroom with a king-sized bed and bathroom. Every room in the Central Pavilion has covered lanais and expansive views of the ocean and the Kilauea Lighthouse. On the ground floor there is a media room, full bathroom with shower, a state-of-the-art exercise room, and a full bar that serves the swimming pool area as well as the lower level. The Master Bedroom Pavilion is over 1,100 sqft, including a bedroom, living area, and bar as well. The Master Pavilion bathroom features an indoor and outdoor shower with lanai, double sinks, and generous dressing room, two additional Bedroom Pavilions, featuring king-sized beds, bar with refrigerator, full bathroom, and lanais. A 1600+ sqft infinity pool and Jacuzzi are a highlight. Property allows more buildings; homes, athletic courts, spa or pool facilities. 

Today's Top LA Luxury Estate 


The median home value in Los Angeles County is $566,400. Los Angeles County home values have gone up 6.7% over the past year, Zillow predicts hey will decrease (-2.2%) within the next year.

The median home value in Brentwood, 90049 is $2,425,700. Brentwood home values have gone up 3.0% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will decrease (- 3.0%) within the next year

The median home value in Malibu is $2,885,000.  Malibu home values have gone up 4.6% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will decrease (-2.7%) within the year.

The median home value in Bel Air, 90077 is $3,264,800  Bel  Air home values have gone up 0.5% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will go down  (-3.8%) within the year.

The median home value in Beverly Hills 90210 is $4,893,900.  Beverly Hills home values have gone up 0.4% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will decrease (-2.4%)  within the next year. 

#1     713 North Bedford Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 with 7 bedrooms, 7 baths 
and 6,721 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $10,795,000.


Elegantly Designed and Designer Furnished Light and Bright Entertainers Home With Refined Curb Appeal and Amazing Scale. A Perfect Layout With All Public Rooms Down and All 4 Bedroom Suites Up. Master With A Huge and "I Mean Huge" Walk in Closet. Chefs Kitchen, Media Room, Den and Dining / Family Room, Detached 2 Room Guest House, Very Private Tall Hedged Sunny Pool and Grassy Back Yard, Outdoor Kitchen, Green Heated and Solar Powered, See It and You Will Want To Move Right In,









Today's Top Phoenix Luxury Estate  

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The median home value in Scottsdale is $421,200. Scottsdale home values have gone up 2.8% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will decrease (-2.7%) within the next year. 

The median home value in Carefree is $751,100. Carefree home values have gone up 3.6% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will decrease (-1.7%) within the next year.

The median home value in Paradise Valley is $1,611,700.  Paradise home values have gone up 1.0% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will decrease (-2.8%) within the next year.

#1       5030 East Mockingbird Lane, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 with 6 bedrooms, 
8 baths, and 12,109 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $6,850,000.



Timeless 2 Acre, private, single level, gated compound includes a 6 car, air conditioned garage at the main house as well as a 2 car garage amid the guest house. The interior of the main home is adorned with stone decor and archways and a sunken bar with wine cellar that has 2 separate, individually cooled areas. The immense study has 2 tvs, a stone fireplace, floor to ceiling wood shelving and cabinetry, a wood decor ceiling as well as natural light. The glass, pocket doors in the main living area open the entire space for indoor/outdoor entertaining. The large guesthouse has 2 bedrooms, a full kitchen and laundry room. The seamless glass walls completely retract and open up to the backyard oasis. The luxury, resort style backyard is complete with a diving pool, gazebo and swim up bar that is connected to the play pool by a flowing lazy river complete with fire pits and Hurricane Palms. An absolute oasis! This estate is extremely private yet conveniently located.


















Today's Top San Diego Luxury Estate 


The median home value in San Diego County is $543,400. San Diego County home values have gone up 5.7% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will remain even 2.4% within the next year.

The median home value in La Jolla, 92037 is $1,476,600. La Jolla, 92037 home values have gone up 1.1% this past year.  Zillow predicts they will decrease (1.2%) within the next year.

The median home value in Solana Beach 92075 is $1,284,100. 
Solana Beach 92075 home values have gone up 5.3% this past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 1.6%% within the next year.

The median home value in Del Mar 92014 is $1,615,300 Del Mar home values have gone up 3.2% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will decrease (0.6%) within the next year.

The median home value in Rancho Santa Fe is $2,593,300. Rancho Santa Fe home values have declined -(2.9)% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will decline -(3.7)% within the next year.

    #1      1319 Sunset Cliffs Blvd San DiegoCA 92107 with 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, and 4,689 sq.ft. is listed for sale at

    1319 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107

    This is the one you have been waiting for. Hear the calming sounds of the Pacific Ocean, smell the soothing salt water mist of the ocean, enjoy endless summer sunsets. Views, New Designer Architecture, Modern Contemporary, Open Floor Plan, Three Car Garage, Alley Access, Separate detached 629 square foot Guest Quarters. 4708 square feet Remodeled Turnkey Contemporary with ocean front living. Main living quarters 4079 sq ft and separate detached guest quarters is 610 sq ft. Forever Endless Summer Sunsets

    1319 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107

    1319 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107

    1319 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107
    1319 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107

    1319 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107

    1319 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107







    1319 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107

    1319 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107

    Today's Top San Francisco Luxury Estate

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    The median home value in San Francisco is $1,194,500. San Francisco 
    home values have gone up 4.0% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will decrease by 1.0% within the year.

    The median home value in Sausalito is $1,256,800. Sausalito home values have gone up 2.6% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 1.5% within the next year. 

    The median home value in Tiburon is $2,479,000. Tiburon home values 
    have gone up 2.1% over the past year.   Zillow predicts they will rise decrease by (2.2%) within the next year. 


    The medium home value in Saratoga is $2,453,600.  Saratoga home values have gone up 2.8% this past year.  Zillow predicts they will decrease (- 2.4%) within the next year. 

    The median home value in Atherton is $6,343,800. Atherton home values have gone up 7.3% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will decrease ( -1.8%) within the next year.


    #1       1225 San Raymundi Road, Hillsborough, CA 94010 with 12 bedrooms, 15 baths and 11,880 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $14,500,000.



    Grand estate remodeled in 2010, new master br with a/c, newer appliances and flooring in kitchen, sauna, vineyard, tennis court, home theater, spectacular bay views! Millions spent on the huge and lavish grounds!










    Today's Top Seattle Luxury Estate

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    The median home value in King County is $566,900. King County home values have gone up 15.7% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 3.2% within the next year.

    The median home value in Kirkland is $645,900.  Kirkland home values have gone up 17.8% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 3.7% within the next year.

    The median home value in Seattle is $670,300. Seattle home values have gone up 14.5% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 3.1% within the next year.

    The median home value in Bellevue is $819,700. Bellevue home values have gone up 15.6% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 3.2% within the next year. 

    The median home value in Mercer Island is $1,401,000, Mercer island home values have gone up 10.7% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 2.6% with the next year.

    The median home value in Clyde Hill is $2,425,000. Clyde Hill home values have gone up 13.0% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 2.6% within the next year.

    The median home value in Medina is $2,545,200. Medina home values have gone up 13.5% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.8% within the next year.

    #1      8670 NE 17th Street, Clyde Hill, WA 98004 with 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, 
    and 4,218 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $2,985,000.


    Sprawling 4000 square foot rambler on nearly .65 of an acre in the heart of Clyde Hill. 4 bedrooms plus office. Coveted Medina Elementary. Territorial views & lots of privacy from inside the home. Unique floor plan allowing for a private back yard courtyard, a fenced sport court and water feature with Koi pond. Remodeled kitchen with built in booth and entertaining wet bar. Home office has territorial views and french doors that open to the back yard. Beautiful stamped concrete driveway.





















    Today's Top Real Estate News




    America’s 25 Least Affordable Housing Markets



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    In the wake of the subprime mortgage crisis, housing became much more affordable as prices dropped. Since peaking in 2012, however, affordability has rapidly declined. Inventory of for-sale homes fell faster in May than it has in years, and home prices have risen substantially in turn.

    Homeownership in the United States has declined in recent years. The homeownership rate reached 63.6% this year, nearly the lowest level since the Census Bureau began tracking the data over 50 years ago, and down from a peak of 69.2% in 2004.


    Some areas are far less affordable than others, and in some parts of the country, typical rents and home prices are only affordable to high earners in the area. Based on data provided by real estate data company ATTOM Data Solutions and 24/7 Wall St.’s calculations, we identified the 25 counties where housing is the least affordable relative to average area wages.


    Of the 25 least affordable housing markets, 16 are located in California, with many clustered around the Silicon Valley area. Many people move to these areas for the specialized, high-paying jobs available. However, even with some of the highest incomes in the country, typical housing costs are well out of reach for most residents
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    Today Mortgage Rates
    Mortgage Rates Finally Catch a Break
    Jul 5 2017, 4:15PM

    Mortgage rates had been rising at an uncomfortable pace since June 27th.  As of Monday, the average conventional 30yr fixed rate quote was 0.125% higher in 5 business days.  That's a fairly abrupt move--especially when compared with almost any other 5-day stretch.  In any event, it was the biggest 5-day move seen since the Presidential election.

    Today was the first day that bond markets (which dictate rates) were able to fight back.  The distinction is important today because, while bond markets improved slightly, not all lenders are offering lower rates than those seen on Monday.  This has a lot to do with the timing of Monday's bond market losses.  In short, bonds were weakening on Monday, but many lenders didn't go to the trouble of raising rates in the middle of the day.  As such, they got caught up with this morning's rate sheets.  From there, several lenders did end up offering rate sheet improvements in the middle of the day as bond markets strengthened.

    The balance of lenders who kept better pace with market movement and those still getting caught up means the average conventional 30yr fixed rate quote is right where it was on Monday for top tier scenarios.  Some lenders will be slightly better--others slightly worse.
    While it's nice to see rates fighting back a bit, we're not necessarily out of the woods just yet.  There are important economic reports coming up in the next 2 days that could have an impact on bond markets.  Friday's jobs report is the headliner.  If rates make it through Friday morning at current levels or below, the recent trend toward higher rates would be officially defeated.


    52 Week
    ProductTodayYesterdayChangeLowHigh
    30 Yr FRM4.11%4.11%--3.34%4.39%
    15 Yr FRM3.37%3.37%--2.69%3.61%
    FHA 30 Year Fixed3.75%3.75%--3.15%4.10%
    Jumbo 30 Year Fixed4.38%4.38%--3.42%4.60%
    5/1 Yr ARM3.17%3.18%-0.012.80%3.25%


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