Friday, August 18, 2017


Today's Best Mansionwww.todaysbestmansionsforsale.com

It's lavish. It's huge. It's grand. It's expensive.

#1      8 West Rivo Alto Drive, Miami Beach, Florida 33139 with 5 bedrooms, 8 baths and 7,026 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $22,500,000.

New modern waterfront home on Venetian Islands in Miami Beach, boasts 5 beds, 7.5 baths plus office and spa. Lavish 7,026 sf with the finest finishes. Stunning custom Boffi kitchen touts double Subzero and Miele appliances. Ornare closets, elliptical staircase illuminated by a 300 sf skylight, cerused oak floors throughout, glass elevator, Savant Smart Home with 4 car garage with electric lifts. Venture outdoors and uncover a resort-style backyard with 107 ft of water frontage, no luxury spared.














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       1275 Benedict Canyon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 with 7 bedrooms, 9 baths and 12,094 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $10,950,000.

One of the most magnificent elegant grand estate in Beverly Hills, fit for royalty in every way. Marble floors, crystal spectacular chandeliers, very light and spacious with high ceilings and open with skylights and atrium. Racquetball court, sauna, gym, two family rooms, one downstairs and another one upstairs. Huge kitchen, every chef would love. 5 bedrooms upstairs and 2 bedrooms downstairs, master bedroom features his and hers marble bathrooms and closets. The garden and pool are picturesque, it's like being on vacation. Great for entertaining with French doors opening to the patios and garden. Formal dining room and a butler's pantry, several fireplaces and a bar downstairs and upstairs. Nothing missing in this estate. Gated circular driveway and 4 car garage. 















Today's Top Phoenix Luxury Estate  

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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      6515 East Cheney Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 with 5 bedrooms, 7 baths and 9,038 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $6,405,000.

MRA handcrafted Mediterranean beauty on 1.39 acre lot in the heart of Paradise Valley. This home was designed with gracious living in mind. Fantastic floor plan including master retreat with his/hers baths, his/hers closets, wet room and private outdoor spa. Gorgeous fully wood paneled library/office, wine room, ultimate kitchen with the finest appliances and finishes. The media/game room opens to a huge covered patio, lush landscaping and green lawns plus a European styled pool with private ramada. Fabulous guesthouse featuring its own living room, kitchen, bathroom, and lots of closet space. Multiple fireplaces, lovely outdoor dining patios, privately gated.


















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       2500 6th Avenue, Unit 1107, San Diego, CA 92103 with 3 bedrooms, 4 baths 
and 3,228 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $3,250,000.
The BEST of the BEST...Residence #1107!! No expense was spared in this recently Redesigned & Rebuilt, exceedingly Private, Single Level Unit at exquisite Park Laurel. This rarely available, High Floor Corner Unit with coveted SouthWestern Exposure offers Panoramic Ocean, Bay+City Light Views, an oversized Master Dressing Area, Secured Parking for 3 Cars & a Private Foyer with direct Elevator Access. A+ Full Service Building w/in walking distance to the Theater, Museums+Restaurants!















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      12950 Robleda Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 with 4 bedrooms, 5 baths 
and 5,440 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $19,400,000.

Own this rare and stunning John Cooper Funk Mid-Century Modern home with sweeping views from its hilltop position on 12 very private acres just 1.3 miles, 5 minutes, from downtown Los Altos. Built in 1955, it was faithfully modernized, expanded, and renovated by renowned architect Scott Johnson for an effective age of 17 years. Floor to ceiling glass look upon serene views of meticulously designed gardens and the valley and mountains beyond. Skylight towers and high ceilings invite a cheerful ambient light to the interiors and the beautifully finished concrete floors lend natural cooling in summer and radiant heat in winter months. A spacious European kitchen opens to exterior patios and outdoor fireplace. A detached 4-car garage and workshop, a pool/guest house, and pool add amenity to the level surrounding grounds while gentle sloping meadows descend to the valley below and a one-acre fenced organic garden and orchard designed by noted Landscape Architect, Lisa Moulton. 







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      9415 NE 14th Street, Clyde Hill, WA 98004 with 6 bedrooms, 8 baths 
and 8,312 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $7,280,000.

Breathtaking and exquisitely built Clyde Hill estate featuring panoramic west facing views and an acre of immaculate, sunlit grounds. A circular driveway with gated access leads to a stunning residence and idyllic guest house. Custom built with the finest materials, spiral staircase, vaulted ceilings and custom detailing. Large entertaining spaces combine with intimate, luxurious space designed for modern life. Elegant, fun, grand and graceful. One of the region's most perfect properties.

















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America's Most Livable City Isn't Even On This Continent

By Irina Ivanova 
CBS Newa





If you're looking for a new U.S. city to call home -- perhaps one that lets you truly appreciate the infrastructural comforts of a mature post-industrial country -- try Honolulu.

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Hawaii's capital was ranked the most "livable" U.S. city on the Economist's annual ranking, coming in at No. 17. Washington, D.C., was the next-highest, at No. 30, followed by Boston, Chicago and Miami. 

Before they are ranked, cities on the list are scored out of 100, with 100 being ideal and 1 intolerable, and evaluated on factors like health care, environment, infrastructure and overall stability. 

Honolulu is in the highest position it's ever been in, said Jon Copestake, the livability survey's editor. But some cities stateside have lately seen their scores dinged thanks to police violence and popular discord.

"U.S. scores have certainly declined over the last three or four years," Copestake said. "There's been a greater threat of civil unrest, and we've seen things like mass shootings and incidents of rising crime rates."

Rising crime rates led to lower scores this year for Atlanta, Cleveland and San Francisco; New York City and Chicago also fell after the killings of black men at the hands of local police led to protracted demonstrations. 

Worldwide, Melbourne topped the list for the seventh year in a row, followed by Vienna and then Vancouver. The top 10 list is nearly identical year after year, with three Canadian cities (Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary) and three Australian ones (Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth). Auckland, Helsinki and Hamburg round out the list. 

No U.S. city has ever been in the top 10 -- but with 140 cities to choose from, being in the top 50 isn't too shabby. Once a city scores above 80, as all U.S. cities on the list do, it's considered top-tier, Copestake said. 

But the highest-ranking cities do tend to share commonalities. "Those that score best tend to be mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with a relatively low population density," the report found. In other words, there is a "sweet spot" where a city can be large enough to support a strong infrastructure and services but doesn't have the high crime rates or population density of global commerce centers.

"One of the worst-performing U.S. cities is New York, in livability terms, but that's because a lot of these big cities are victims of their own success," Copestake said. "A city that's large and economically wealthy attracts people, as a result of which the infrastructure can get overburdened."



Today's Mortgage Rates
Trump Administration Drama Pushing Rates Even Lower
Aug 17 2017, 5:17PM

Mortgage rates fell yesterday in response to a tweet about Trump disbanding his councils of CEOs.  Twitter was in play again today.  This time around it was Gary Cohn, Trump's economic advisor.  Rather, it was rumors of Cohn's departure that sent financial markets into a tail-spin.  Terror attacks in Spain may have played a supporting role.  The net effect was heavy losses for stocks and solid gains for bonds.  When bonds improve, rates fall.
Mortgage lenders continue to be slow to pass along the gains in bond markets in general, but they're certainly passing them along.  Multiple lenders issued positive reprices in the afternoon as bond markets rallied.  Conventional 30yr fixed rates are increasingly being quoted at 3.875% as opposed to 4.0% on top tier scenarios.  On average, rates are the lowest since November 2017--something we've been able to say for the 2nd straight day, and several times over the past few weeks.
52 Week
ProductTodayYesterdayChangeLowHigh
30 Yr FRM3.95%3.96%-0.013.37%4.39%
15 Yr FRM3.23%3.24%-0.012.72%3.61%
FHA 30 Year Fixed3.60%3.60%--3.20%4.10%
Jumbo 30 Year Fixed4.22%4.23%-0.013.50%4.60%
5/1 Yr ARM3.18%3.17%+0.012.80%3.25%
Updated: 8/17/17 4:28 PM


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