Tuesday, September 26, 2017


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

#1      9945 Beverly Grove Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 with 6 bedrooms, 10 baths and 8,872 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $28,000,000.


9945 Beverly Grove Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

A magnificent museum-quality, contemporary home with breathtaking city and ocean views -  an extraordinary find, even in Beverly Hills. A five-minute drive from the Beverly Hills Hotel, the luxurious gated property boasts a soaring 36' grand entry foyer and fully automated floor-to-ceiling glass walls that disappear at the touch of a button, seamlessly integrating approximately 15,500 sq. ft. into exquisite indoor/outdoor living. The home boasts every amenity imaginable, including a 100' infinity-edge pool and a lavish outdoor entertaining area. Its Craftsman-quality finishes and fixtures are simply impossible to replicate, while imported materials, from the maid's quarters to the master bedroom suite, transform the home into a modern work of art. Every detail of this majestic estate showcases the five years of heart and dedication that went into making this estate the perfection that it is, a truly one-of-a-kind property of rare distinction.

9945 Beverly Grove Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

9945 Beverly Grove Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

9945 Beverly Grove Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

9945 Beverly Grove Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

9945 Beverly Grove Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

9945 Beverly Grove Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

9945 Beverly Grove Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

9945 Beverly Grove Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

9945 Beverly Grove Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

9945 Beverly Grove Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

9945 Beverly Grove Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

9945 Beverly Grove Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210



Today's Top LA Luxury Estate.



The median home value in Orange County is $687,000. Orange County home values have gone up 3.9% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will increase 0.8% within the next year.

The median home value in Los Angeles County is $569,800. Los Angeles County home values have gone up 6.7% over the past year, Zillow predicts hey will increase 1.5% within the next year.

The median home value in Newport Beach is $1,684,600. Newport Beach home values have gone up 7.6% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.4% within the next year.

The median home value in Santa Monica is $1,405,700. Santa Monica home values have gone up 2.7% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 0.3% within the next year.

The median home value in Brentwood, 90049 is $2,384,700. Brentwood home values have gone up 1.3% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will go down -0.6% within the next year.

The median home value in Pacific Palisades is $2,736,600. Pacific Palisades home values have gone up 6.0% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 1.1% within the year.

The median home value in Malibu is $2,915,000.  Malibu home values have gone up 5.9% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will increase 0.7% within the year.

The median home value in Bel Air, 90077 is $3,253,200  Bel Air home values have gone up 3.3% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will go down  -0.9 within the year.

The median home value in Beverly Hills 90210 is $4,910,000.  Beverly Hills home values have gone up 9.4% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will increase 1.1% within the next year.


#1      14924 Camarosa Dr, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 with 7 bedrooms, 8 baths and 7,100 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $12,695,000.



Graced with timeless Monterey-colonial-inspired architecture and sited on an impressive over-25,000-sqaure-foot, flat, double lot, this estate is located on one of the best streets in the Huntington Palisades. The property encompasses a seven-bedroom, seven-and-a-half-bathroom main house, a pool house/gym, an expansive park-like backyard featuring a large resort-style pool, separate spa and lovely landscaped grounds with numerous fruit trees. This home has been meticulously cared-for and upgraded over the years while maintaining its charm and many original details.







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 homevalue 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 Valley home values have gone up 1.6% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will increase 2.2% within the next year.  


#1      27951 N 103rd Pl, Scottsdale, AZ with 4 bedrooms, 5 baths and 5,700 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $2,850,000.



Warm European style in the exclusive community of Estancia * The home is sited on an elevated, hillside lot with panoramic mountain views * The spacious, split floor plan includes three bedrooms plus an office in the main residence with a detached guesthouse with living room and bedroom * The exceptional interior details include wood plank and stone flooring, granite slab counters, multiple gas fireplaces, a wine cellar and a gourmet kitchen * The family room is adjacent to the kitchen and flows seamlessly through sliding glass doors to the outdoor patio and pool * The outdoor living area has the proper solar orientation to enjoy winter sun and includes a negative edge pool and spa, a covered dining patio with fireplace and barbecue station * * A great value for quality architecture on an exceptional lot.














Today's Top San Diego Luxury Estate 


The median home value in San Diego County is $550,900. San Diego County home values have gone up 6.7% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will remain even 2.9% within the next year.

The median home value in Coronado is $1,510,700. Coronado 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 La Jolla, 92037 is $1,505,200.  La Jolla home values have gone up 5.6% this past year.  Zillow predicts they will increase 1.8% within the next year.

The median home value in Solana Beach 92075 is $1,2997,100. Solana  Beach home values have gone down - 0.2% this past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 2.1% within the next year.

The median home value in Del Mar 92014 is $1,607,200 Del Mar home values have gone up 1.9% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will increase 1.2% within the next year.The median home value in Rancho Santa Fe is $2,685,800. Rancho Santa Fe home values have increase 5.8% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will increase 0.6% within the next year.


#1     7025 Vista Del Mar Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037 with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths 
and 3210 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $4,500,000. 

7025 Vista Del Mar Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

Welcome this 1936 classic; designed by famous architect Harold Abrams. The home comes with a historic document and much of it is required to be preserved. Please see the document attached. The home is ready for Mills act application should new owner wish to pursue it. The home is elegantly staged by Everything Creative Design and is a single level colonial revival that sits on 1/3 of an acre with a peak of the ocean. The home has been relatively untouched but truly is very livable as is. Wow! If you love classic homes, this is certainly on you won't want to miss. This 1936 colonial revival was designed by architect Harold Abrams and received its historic designation in 2014. You first notice its grandeur as it takes up the entire frontage of Belvedere and Vista Del Mar streets. The elegant stone wall with white picket fence guide you to the colonial front door with revolutionary lanterns. You are welcomed into a very formal foyer that features French doors that open onto the rear courtyard. The living room is graced with a beautiful wood ceiling and the fireplace is flanked by book shelves, leaded glass windows and a peak of the ocean. The formal dining room has a picture window where you can watch sail boats pass by on the Pacific Ocean. The kitchen was updated sometime ago and is ready for some new life but it does feature Dacor ovens and a subzero refrigerator. The kitchen was opened onto a family room back in 1973 (original building plans and addition are available for viewing) and has French doors that lead onto the back courtyard. There is also a 4th bedroom or made quarters with its own bath right off the laundry and kitchen area. The other side of the home features a very unique wood paneled office or den, a large master bedroom and bath plus to additional bedrooms and bath, all good size. the back yard has an interior courtyard perfect for large gatherings in an elegant setting and then beyond the wall is a mini Gove of citrus, avocados and roses. There is so much potential here that you wouldn't believe but is very livable at present too.

7025 Vista Del Mar Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

7025 Vista Del Mar Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

7025 Vista Del Mar Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

7025 Vista Del Mar Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

7025 Vista Del Mar Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

7025 Vista Del Mar Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

7025 Vista Del Mar Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

7025 Vista Del Mar Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

Today's Top San Francisco Luxury Estate

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The median home value in San Francisco County is $1,228,000. San Francisco County home values have gone up 10.0% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.6% within the next year.
      
The median home value in Marin County is $1,060,000. Marin County home values have gone up 9.2% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.8% within the next year.

The median home value in Santa Clara County is $1,045,600. Santa Clara County home values have gone up 7.8% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.3% within the next year.

The median home value in Sausalito is $1,283,700. Sausalito home values have gone up 7.3% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 1.6% within the next year. 

The median home value in Tiburon is $2,478,600. Tiburon home values have gone up 4.5% over the past year.   Zillow predicts they will rise increase 1.4% within the next year. 

The median home value in Palo Alto is $2,639,200. Palo Alto home values have gone up 4.9% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.8% within the next year

The median home value in Los Altos is $2,840,900. Los Altos home values have gone up 2.8% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 0.6% within the next year. 


The medium home value in Saratoga is $2,502,100.  Saratoga home values have gone up 6.6% this past year.  Zillow predicts they will increase 1.8% within the next year. 

The median home value in Atherton is $6,463,200. Atherton home values have gone up 8.6% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will increase 2.2% within the next year.


#1    11 Wolfback Ridge Rd, Sausalito, CA 94965 with 4 bedrooms, 4 baths and 
4,622 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $6,500,000.



Rare combination of a contemporary residence with full privacy, approx. 15' high ceiling and 70' wide wall to wall windows with commanding double bridge water view from Bay Bridge, Angel Island, Tiburon to Napa. 3 en suites have independent access to 6 outdoor spaces & 1200+ Sqft of decks. This remodeled unique work of art is on 30,000+/- Sqft level lot. 10 min drive to Chestnut St & Pacific Hts, SF.









Today's Top Seattle Luxury Estate

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The median home value in Kirkland is $688,800.  Kirkland home values have gone up 18.8% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 8.1% within the next year.

The median home value in Seattle is $690,300. Seattle home values have gone up 15.5% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 6.5% within the next year.

The median home value in Bellevue is $839,600. Bellevue home values have gone up 16.3% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 6.8% within the next year. 

The median home value in Mercer Island is $1,413,600, Mercer island home values have gone up 11.4% over the past year.  Zillow predicts they will rise 5.2% with the next year.

The median home value in Clyde Hill is $2,545,800. Clyde Hill home values have gone up 15.7% over the past year. Zillow predicts they will rise 6.9% within the next year.

The median home value in Medina is $2,628,400. Medina home values have gone up 17.1% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 6.5% within the next year

.#1       17733 Beach Dr NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155 with 5 bedrooms, 5 baths 
and 5,170 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $2,399,000.



Elegant lakefront 5 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom home with sweeping lake views from Cascades to Mt Rainier, only 20 mins from downtown Seattle. Recently remodeled extensively, including new dock with boat lift, swim platform and canopy. Home designed to maximize lake views. Epicurean kitchen with Viking appliances. Master with sitting room, custom walk-in closet and steam shower/jetted tub. Massive bonus room. Brand new theater room with Dolby Atmos 9.1 surround sound. New carpets, Hardwood and A/C units. Radiant flooring throughout





Today's Top Real Estate News

The No. 1 Mistake Homebuyers Make When Trying To Get A Good Deal.

By Emmie Martin
CNBC

Location won't determine if your home is a great investment, but this will



"The process of buying a house requires an investment of time as well as money. So, if you want to get a good deal, doing your homework is crucial.The fallacy is that 'getting a good deal' is all locked in at the initial transaction, on the purchase price or the initial loan," Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, New York Times bestselling author and co-founder of AskTheMoneyCoach.com, tells CNBC Make It.

In reality, that assumption is not always true. When you become a homeowner, the money you had been putting toward rent not only goes toward a mortgage, but to insurance, repairs, maintenance and upgrades.

"You have to think of homeownership not just as a one-time event, but as a process over the life of you owning this asset that you'll be able to manage it wisely and make smart choices with it," Khalfani-Cox says.

Say you negotiate the purchase price down 5 percent from what the seller is asking and are able to get the loan you want at a quarter point below market rate. Sounds like a great deal, right? Well, not so much if the reason the seller is willing to decrease the price is because the home needs repairs or renovations.  .

If you're saving $10,000 on the purchase price but you have to spend $30,000 gutting the kitchen, the home might not be much of a deal.





The income you need to afford a home in the biggest U.S. cities

Don't be fooled by the sticker price. It's only the beginning.

For buyers who have saved up and worked toward buying a home for years, it can be overwhelming to think about all the abstract costs associated with homeownership. Khalfani-Cox says to think of it like buying a car: You might be able to afford a $300 a month payment on its own, but how much does it cost once you add the price of gas, insurance, oil changes and other maintenance?

"It's a misconception as a car owner to think that it's the down payment on the car and the monthly cost, and that's it," she says. "Ditto for homeowners. You should not think, 'Oh I got an interest rate of 3 percent, I got a good deal!' or 'The home is being offered for $300,000 and I got it for $280,000. I got a great deal!'"

Millennials are making a big mistake by not owning a home, says one financial expert

"In the context of owning your home, if you plan to live [there] for the next seven to 10 years — or for the rest of your life — knowing whether or not you got a good deal depends on how well you managed the overall homeownership process."

Khalfani-Cox says homeowners can expect to pay around 3 percent of the of the closing price per year on hidden costs, such as repairs and utilities, although your expenses will vary depending on your location and the size and quality of your home.
She also recommends researching home warranties, which can provide another layer of financial protection.

If you're trying to get the best possible deal on a home, you need to think long-term. In addition to the initial price of each home, consider the investments you'd need to make years down the line. Being aware of the big picture now could help you save big now — as well as later.

Today's Interest Rates.

Mortgage Rate Resilience Continues

Sep 25 2017, 4:37PM

Mortgage rates held their ground yet again and are finally starting to look resilient after a relatively sharp move higher over the past 2 weeks.  This was true even before mid-day headlines put additional downward pressure on rates.

The headlines in question quoted North Korean officials saying that the US had "declared war" and that North Korea had the right to shoot down US warplanes even outside North Korean airspace.  When news headlines include the words "US, declares, and war" financial markets tend to respond, even if much of that response is driven by headline-reading trading algorithms.  To quote myself from Friday: "in general, these sorts of headlines lead investors to shed risk--something that frequently takes the form of selling stocks and buying bonds.  When investors buy bonds, rates move lower."

Some lenders responded to the bond market improvements by adjusting today's rate sheets.  Other lenders maintained the same rates from the morning and thus will be more likely to offer better pricing tomorrow, assuming minimal bond market movement overnight.
                                                                                                                        52 Week

ProductTodayYesterdayChangeLowHigh
30 Yr FRM3.97%3.97%--3.37%4.39%
15 Yr FRM3.27%3.27%--2.72%3.61%
FHA 30 Year Fixed3.60%3.60%--3.20%4.10%
Jumbo 30 Year Fixed4.20%4.20%--3.51%4.60%
5/1 Yr ARM3.21%3.20%+0.012.80%3.25%    
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