Saturday, August 5, 2017


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


#1       10727 Wilshire Blvd. PH 5, Los Angeles, CA 90024 with 3 bedrooms, 5 baths and 5,991 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $19,995,000.


Spectacular Penthouse in The Remington, a luxury high-rise building on the Wilshire Corridor renowned for its high quality service. This incredible penthouse unit has been beautifully remodeled and redesigned to be both elegant and luxurious yet comfortable and inviting. Featured in a recent "Hot Property" edition of the LA Times, this penthouse was dubbed a "classic beauty with a modern twist." Two stories totaling apx. 5,991 sq. ft. and including an apx. 1,824 sq. ft. outdoor terrace, the unit offers a wonderful open floor plan with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking incomparable jetliner city to ocean views. Direct elevator access into private foyer leading into the expansive living rm, dining rm, gourmet kitchen w/breakfast area, family rm, den, office, and guest bdrm suite. Ascend the sweeping staircase or take the private interior elevator to the 2nd level offering a spacious landing/family room space, 2nd guest bdrm suite, and gorgeous master suite w/fp, dual baths, and walk-in closets. 








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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 6.8% over the past year, Zillow predicts hey will increase 1.5% within the next year.

The median home value in Brentwood, 90049 is $2,398,800. Brentwood home values have gone up 2.1% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will igo down ( 0.3%) within the next year

The median home value in Malibu is $2,906,700.  Malibu home values have gone up 5.3% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will increase 1.1% within the year.

The median home value in Bel Air, 90077 is $3,278,800  Bel Air home values have gone up 2.8% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will go down  (-0.3) within the year.

The median home value in Beverly Hills 90210 is $4,895,000.  Beverly Hills home values have gone up 4.2% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will increase 1.3%  within the next year. 

#1      6763 Zumirez Drive, Malibu, CA 90265 with 7 bedrooms, 8 baths and 6,675 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $11,995,000.
6763 Zumirez Dr, Malibu, CA 90265
Exquisite Hampton's style Point Dume estate with Riviera 1 beach access. This custom designed family compound is built with the finest craftsmanship and unparalleled quality. Main house features 4 bedrooms, office, separate study, basement, generous entertaining and open living spaces. Full guest house with separate bedroom and kitchen. Vintage style pool house with two bedrooms, kitchenette, and bath with sauna. Lush, mature trees with expansive lawn, tennis court, separate bocce court on this approximately acre and a half lot. Swimmers pool with spa, multiple areas that could be used for gym or play areas. The materials used in this home are like nothing you have ever seen in Malibu.

6763 Zumirez Dr, Malibu, CA 90265

6763 Zumirez Dr, Malibu, CA 90265

6763 Zumirez Dr, Malibu, CA 90265

6763 Zumirez Dr, Malibu, CA 90265

6763 Zumirez Dr, Malibu, CA 90265

6763 Zumirez Dr, Malibu, CA 90265

6763 Zumirez Dr, Malibu, CA 90265
Today's Top Phoenix Luxury Estate  

A photo showing the skyline of Phoenix, looking north.  It shows the various buildings of the downtown area, as well as Sunnyslope Mountain in the background

The median home value in Scottsdale is $423,300. Scottsdale home values have gone up 3.3% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will increase 2.5% within the next year. 

The median home value in Carefree is $755,700. Carefree home values have gone up 5.3% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will increase 2.9% within the next year.

The median home value in Paradise Valley is $1,612,400.  Paradise Valleyhome values have gone up 1.6% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will increase 2.2% within the next year.

#1      20044 North 101st Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85255 with 5 bedrooms, 6 baths 
and 6,309 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $3,295,000.

 
Located in The Parks at Silverleaf, this incredible formal Mediterranean style residence is in a great location and offers gorgeous mountain and city views. Designed for entertaining, the generous layout includes a magnificent kitchen with two islands, large breakfast bar and built-in banco seating, office/billiards room, private dining room, cabana and more. The family room surrounds a statement fireplace and glass retractable doors open to the outdoors. You'll envy the master retreat with spa-style bath, claw-foot tub, vanity, spacious walk-in closet and private balcony. Outdoors is your private oasis with large covered patio with fireplace perfect for outdoor dining, pool, spa and cabana. This is a must see!











Today's Top San Diego Luxury Estate 


The median home value in San Diego County is $548,000. San Diego County home values have gone up 6.9% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will remain even 4.1% within the next year.

The median home value in Coronado is $1,475,900. Coronado home values have gone up 1.4% this past year.  Zillow predicts they will increase 3.7% within the next year.

The median home value in La Jolla, 92037 is $1,486,900. La Jolla, 92037 home values have gone up 2.5% this past year.  Zillow predicts they will increase 2.8% within the next year.

The median home value in Solana Beach 92075 is $1,307,200. Solana Beach 92075 home values have gone up 4.4% this past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 3.7%% within the next year.

The median home value in Del Mar 92014 is $1,605,100 Del Mar home values have gone up 1.3% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will increase 3.3% within the next year.

The median home value in Rancho Santa Fe is $2,636,800. Rancho Santa Fe home values have increase 1.1% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will increase 1.3% within the next year.

#1     6248 La Crescenta Road, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 with 6 bedrooms, 8 baths and 9,608 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $6,996,000.


Stately Mediterranean custom estate situated on 3.5 acres with an energy efficient SOLAR system! You will be welcomed by a massive great room with soaring ceilings approx. 22ft high, bar area to entertain family and friends, spacious living areas, pro tennis court, amazing outdoor entertainment area w/ covered loggia, heated pool/spa, elevator for easy access and more! Privately gated and situated on a hilltop offers you parklike & mountain VIEWS. Downstairs office with coffered ceilings plus an attached CASITA.    

 





Today's Top San Francisco Luxury Estate

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The median home value in San Francisco is $1,204,700. San Francisco 
home values have gone up 7.2% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will decrease by 1.6% within the year.

The median home value in Sausalito is $1,271,200. Sausalito home values have gone up 5.7% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 1.5% within the next year. 

The median home value in Tiburon is $2,468,800. Tiburon home values have gone up 3.7% over the past year.   Zillow predicts they will rise increase 0.8% within the next year. 

The medium home value in Saratoga is $2,471,300.  Saratoga home values have gone up 4.6% this past year.  Zillow predicts they will increase 1.0% within the next year. 

The median home value in Atherton is $6,406,300. Atherton home values have gone up 8.5% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will increase 1.5% within the next year.

#1      7260 Panoramic Highway, Stinson Beach, CA 94970 with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and 2,918 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $4,200,000.

7260 Panoramic Hwy, Stinson Beach, CA 94970
This extraordinary estate feels like the ocean married a tropical garden. On almost 1 acre, there is nothing like it in Northern California. The home was a dream estate never to be traded but to be savored. The dream can now be shared with you.

7260 Panoramic Hwy, Stinson Beach, CA 94970

7260 Panoramic Hwy, Stinson Beach, CA 94970

7260 Panoramic Hwy, Stinson Beach, CA 94970

7260 Panoramic Hwy, Stinson Beach, CA 94970

7260 Panoramic Hwy, Stinson Beach, CA 94970

7260 Panoramic Hwy, Stinson Beach, CA 94970

7260 Panoramic Hwy, Stinson Beach, CA 94970
Today's Top Seattle Luxury Estate

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The median home value in Kirkland is $677,400.  Kirkland home values have gone up 18.2% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 8.7% within the next year.

The median home value in Seattle is $682,300. Seattle home values have gone up 15.2% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 7.0% within the next year.

The median home value in Bellevue is $833,800. Bellevue home values have gone up 156.2% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 8.0% within the next year. 

The median home value in Mercer Island is $1,410,600, Mercer island home values have gone up 11.1% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 6.9% with the next year.

The median home value in Clyde Hill is $2,480,800. Clyde Hill home values have gone up 13.9% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 7.5% within the next year.

The median home value in Medina is $2,590,300. Medina home values have gone up 15.1% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 7.4% within the next year.


#1      608 39th Avenue E, Seattle, WA 98112 with 5 bedrooms, 5 baths and 6,020 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $12,850,000.


Extraordinarily private and expansive 120 ft lakefront estate with level lawn, lush grounds, Swimming pool, hot tub,and dock. Open concept William Bain designed home with second story added during extensive remodel. All main rooms look onto the stunning setting. Designed for indoor-outdoor enjoyment, rooms open to grounds thru the many glass doors. Paneled living room, sandstone fireplaces, Carrarra marble kitchen, Family room, Glorious master suite! Choice location near shops, restaurants and Downtown!








Today's Top Real Estate News  

The Smart Home Is Still Really Dumb.

By Todd Haselton
CNBC.com


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What is a Smart Home?

A Smart Home is one that provides its home owners comfort, security, energy efficiency (low operating costs) and convenience at all times, regardless of whether anyone is home.

"Smart Home" is the term commonly used to define a residence that has appliances, lighting, heating, air conditioning, TVs, computers, entertainment audio and video systems, security, and camera systems that are capable of communicating with one another and can be controlled remotely by a time schedule, from any room in the home, as well as remotely from any location in the world by phone or internet.

Installation of smart products give the home and its occupants various benefits — the same benefits that technology and personal computing have brought to us over the past 30 years — convenience and savings of time, money and energy.

  • "Smart Homes" as they're advertised are still really dumb
  • There are too many competing standards and there's a lack of cross-platform support
  • Apple Home is the easiest, but only works with iOS device
Homes are getting smarter, but they're still awfully, awfully dumb.

I spent three hours yesterday trying to get a set of light bulbs to work with a Samsung Connect Hub, one of the company's new mesh-networking smart home hub combo-systems.

I do this for a living, it shouldn't be that hard for me, let alone a regular consumer who wants to control a set of bulbs from his or her smartphone.

I was excited to give Samsung's new system a try. I usually use Apple Home products, but my wife is an Android user and this seemed to be a good compromise, allowing us both to control all of the smart gadgets throughout our home from the smartphone of our choice.



SmartThings

Plus, I found that Samsung's Connect Hub, which also offers mesh networking to cover the house in Wi-Fi, performs about as well as Google Wifi, which I recently reviewed. Samsung's solution is a hub and a Wi-Fi mesh network in one.
As I ran around the house trying to get different gadgets working with the system (because this is what I do for fun after work), I realized that we're still a long way away from a true "smart home."

I'm an expert, I swear!

I consider myself an expert in setting up smart gadgets. I spend my free time walking around Best Buy thinking of new toys to buy to smarten up the house.

CNBC: Apple Home

I have not one but two robotic vacuums (OK, one is a review unit), and have most of my lights connected to my smartphone. I have several Amazon Echos, two Google Homes and enough connected cameras that you'd think I'm paranoid.
Sometimes I feel like I'm turning into Wayne Szalinkski from Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, though at least he built all of his smart products by hand.

There are competing standards...

CNBC: Apple Home

Here's the problem: Most of these gadgets don't want to work with one another, or with the hub that's supposed to connect everything.

A smart camera approved to work with Apple Home often won't work with a Samsung SmartThings hub. Same goes for smart smoke alarms, thermostats, flood detectors, door locks and other items. Once you begin to invest in one platform, spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on these connected products, you should expect to be in it for the long haul. How do you choose which one to go with? It's almost like the VHS vs. Betamax wars.

There are a few products that work across platform, however, so I'll tip my hat to one.
Philips has been particularly good at getting its Hue light bulbs to work with nearly every solution under the sun – you can control those bulbs from an iPhone, an Android device, an Amazon Echo or a Google Home. They work with HomeKit but, as I discovered last night, have some issues with Samsung's new Connect Hub system (I'm still working with Samsung to fix those kinks.)

...but we need one standard

Samsung SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit.

We need one single standard that works for everything. Unfortunately, that won't happen. That means the landscape currently looks like this:

SmartThings, now owned by Samsung, is the closest to getting us to a one-system-to-rule-them-all solution, since it supports Windows, iOS and Android. There are tons of gadgets to choose from, though adding them isn't always as easy as it is on other platforms.
Apple Home works much better, is far easier to add products to and has, it seems, higher security standards for the devices it approves. It's just a shame it doesn't work with Android, or I'd empty my bank outfitting my house with Apple Home devices.

Finally, there are the far more expensive options custom created for entire homes. These were the original smart home systems and, while they may save you a headache, they often cost thousands (or tens of thousands) of dollars and require professional setup.

Until we get a single standard — and we probably won't ever — we're stuck in a tornado of connected doo-hickeys that, unless you're dead set on using Apple Home or Samsung SmartThings for the rest of your life, end up causing more of a headache than a real "smart home" solution




Today's Mortgage Rates
Mortgage Rates Tick Up After Jobs Report
Aug 4 2017, 5:26PM

While it was far from a dramatic move mortgage rates ticked slightly higher after today's Employment Situation data, otherwise known simply as "the jobs report" or NFP (due to its headline component: nonfarm payrolls).  On average, over time, NFP is the biggest market mover there is when it comes to economic reports.  It's no surprise to see bond markets (which underlie mortgage rates) react.  That said, today's NFP didn't necessarily warrant a reaction.  Or rather, today's numbers could have gone either way based on past precedent.

The problem today was that market participants were generally positioned for the report to come out slightly weaker than forecast.  Instead, it came out slightly stronger (209k new payrolls were added in July versus estimates of 183k).  That provided quick and easy justification for bond market weakness (which implies higher rates).  Thankfully, the recent range has been narrow enough and lenders have been slow enough to react to market movements that rate sheets weren't too badly damaged.  In fact, you might not notice too much of a difference between today's rate quotes and yesterday's, but on average, we're back in line with Wednesday's offerings.  At the time, those were the best in a month.

52 Week
ProductTodayYesterdayChangeLowHigh
30 Yr FRM3.99%3.98%+0.013.37%4.39%
15 Yr FRM3.29%3.28%+0.012.72%3.61%
FHA 30 Year Fixed3.65%3.65%--3.15%4.10%
Jumbo 30 Year Fixed4.28%4.27%+0.013.47%4.60%
5/1 Yr ARM3.18%3.17%+0.012.80%3.25%

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