Friday, September 29, 2017


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

#1      802 Druid Road S, Clearwater, FL 33756 with 14 bedrooms, 17 baths

 and 23,319 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $19,750,000.


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This exclusive, newly remodeled historical estate illuminates old world charm which meets contemporary Versace design. What may be the most expansive estate home in the Greater Tampa Bay area is a one of a kind luxury oasis. You will never want to leave this private, exquisite property with abundant amenities revealing materials imported from all around the world to accentuate the beauty of this 23,799 total square foot mansion built on the abandoned Seminole war fort turned plantation and home of the original Harbor Oaks Developer then expanded into the most opulent compound in Clearwater featuring 14 bedrooms, 12.5 baths, security cameras, movie theater, beauty salon, original marble & wood floors, Swarovski crystal chandeliers, Versace wall paper, rugs and furniture, sconces, built in library, Gorgeous wood office, walk in wine cellar, walk in closets, 5 car garage in main house, newly remodeled guest house with 3 beds, 3 baths & living room. The property also features 2 pools, jacuzzi, cabanas, gym, basketball court, tennis court, original fort which is currently being used as an art studio at the top of the tower, secondary tower currently being used as a playhouse,, covered dock, secondary 5000 square foot home with 4 car garage. This estate is an exquisite piece of art for the most discerning Buyer. One of the last great estates on Clearwater Harbor with views that are second to none













Today's Top San Diego Luxury Estate



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        7804 Camino de Arriba, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 with 6 bedrooms, 6 baths and 6,804 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $4,300,000.


This is an extraordinary single-story, ultra-custom built classic estate, evoking idyllic comfort, unobstructed views, secluded privacy and abundant natural light situated on one of the highest points in San Diego in a 24 hour guard gated community. A foyer atrium invites you into this sprawling floor plan that separates the public areas from the private areas and is intended for grand-scale entertaining. The formal living room, dining room, family room with walk up bar, and an informal dining area lead out to a private covered loggia, overlooking the unobstructed ocean views. A chef's kitchen offers a Sub-Zero fridge, Wolf cooktop, double oven, warming drawer, 2 Bosch dishwashers, trash compactor, walk-in pantry, walnut floor, granite counter tops and a pass-through window to the outdoor kitchen which includes a Dacor BBQ grill and Sub-Zero under counter refrigerator. Arched passageways lead from the library to the private area wings. The Master bedroom wing features His and Her complete separate master baths and separate walk-in closets. Additional appointments include an impressive appointed dedicated home theater, fully glass-enclosed quartz-lined spa and floor, with limestone walls and an attached steam shower, executive office which could be a guest suite including mini-kitchen, bedroom and bath, Vantage lighting along with an AMX system control, and custom-built windows and doors mostly equipped with full radius or elliptical transoms. 
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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       35501 Camino Capistrano, Dana Point, CA 92634 with 5 bedrooms, 5 baths and 4,500 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $4,600,000.


PANORAMIC WHITE WATER OCEAN VIEWS of the coastline from Dana Point Harbor to San Clemente Pier! Amazing 360 degree view on the roof top deck from the mountains to the sea. Newly constructed in 2016 this luxury residence offers modern comfort, elegance & all the newest in smart home technology. High end features include Wolf gas range, Sub Zero refrigerator, Quartzite counter tops, Electrolux washer/dryer, wine cooler, automated shades, expandable glass doors, aromatherapy shower & water filtration system.















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      4352 26th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131 with 5 bedrooms, 5 baths

 and 4,816 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $5,995,000.




Dramatic Noe Valley View Home w/Soaring Skylights by John Lum Architecture. BRAND NEW Construction. Optimized flrplan on wider 30' lot. Valley & DNTWN Views. Great scale. Open entertainment lvl with sliding wall of glass from Family room to walkout View deck. Gourmet chef kitchen with custom island/bar. Level up: 3 large bdrms, incl. view master suite overlook 'Bridge' + laundry rm . Level down: 2 additional generous en-suite bdrms + large Media rm.w/ kitchenette/bar. Full lvl Gym + home office at yard level. Outdoor Spa. Large yard w/fireplace. Custom millwork, railings & designer finishes. Media ready/built-in speakers/Lutron lighting. Video intercom. Radiant heat. Solar Panels, w/ car chargers. Great Flat block by Park/24th shops. 
    









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      100 Waterfront, Medina, WA 98039 with 6 bedrooms, 7 baths and 5,330 sq.ft. 

is listed for sale at $28,000,000



The private driveway lined with magnificent hedges leads to the Iconic Medina Waterfront Estate, a majestic 2.5 acre property on Lake Washington in the heart of Medina graced by 150 feet of waterfront with a sweeping southern Mount Rainier view. Elegant “Seafoam” rose trees planted in terra cotta pots line the entrance driveway offering a blush of pink that sets a tone of muted harmony. Offered for the first time in nearly fifty years, one is overtaken by a sense of awe and wonder at the beautiful, traditional clinker brick home with an impressive carriage house including a grand interior guest loft designed by acclaimed architect George Suyama. Enveloped in greenery, the estate’s main residence offers gracious spaces which invite intimate fireside evenings or grand entertaining.

Hazelnuts crackle beneath one’s feet as one winds down the pathway to a lakeside retreat that begins below an English rolling lawn set against the stunning Mt. Rainier backdrop. Life at the water’s edge offers a rock enclosed lake splash pool for dipping one’s toes, and a pump house and dock with deep water moorage for endless aquatic adventures. Listen to the waves lap against the shoreline on a quiet afternoon from your perfect perch or watch the sun melt beneath the lake on tranquil evenings as the weeping willow beckons good fortune. Timeless and refined, this is where your legacy begins.


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Down the street from The Richest Man in the World's house



Today's Top Phoenix Luxury Estate 

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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      10851 East Wingspan Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85255 with 7 bedrooms, 10 baths 
and 12,500 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $10,500,000.



Nestled in the upper canyon of Silverleaf, this one of a kind custom home was designed and built for the lifestyle you deserve! From the moment you pull up to the privately gated motor court you will be totally impressed! The interior is spacious, comfortable, casual, yet elegant. The floor plan was designed for entertaining. The main house features a main level master suite plus 4 additional en-suite bedrooms, private office, exercise room, and home theatre. The automated pocket doors brings in the outdoor living space. Enjoy the lazy river, pool cabana, and swim up bar while watching amazing sunsets, city lights, and views directly down the runway of the Scottsdale Airpark. Built by John Schultz Development and custom crafted by Kristin Hazen Design. What memories will you make? 














Today's Top Real Estate News

America's 20 Hottest Markets for Real Estate in September 2017






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We've officially closed the books on summer, and the flurry of back-to-school sales and the Facebook posts featuring freshly scrubbed kids awkwardly posing for their big return to classes have finally subsided. So as September draws to a close, we're taking a look back at this transitional month through the lens of our own realtor.com® data—all the better to take a snapshot of what the housing market across the country is like today.
Turns out, the picture isn't a pretty one for many home buyers.

As the supply of homes for sale continues to decline year over year, homes are selling ever faster, and for ever-higher prices. For-sale housing inventory fell 1% between August and September, and is down 9% from September 2016 (when there was already a considerable decline in inventory from the year before).

The median time on market for properties on realtor.com in September is 69 days—meaning they're selling 8 days faster than this time last year. And that's with a median list price of $274,000, which is 10% higher than one year ago!

In such a tight market, buyers are running out of options, said realtor.com Chief Economist Danielle Hale.


"Days on market and the number of new listings coming to market are lower than we typically see in the fall season, while listing views per property continue to move higher," she said in a statement.


Meanwhile, the effects of hurricanes Harvey and Irma reversed earlier gains in Miami and Houston's markets, Hale said: "Views per listing in those markets now show declines from a year ago, while just last month, they showed double-digit increases. Recovery will come to those housing markets, but it will take some time.”


There are quite a few markets, though, where "recovery" is far from being a problem. We took a look at the metro markets where buying and selling activity is still buzzing—where homes are selling fast and buyers are clicking up a storm on online listings. And for the first time since February, our monthly roundup of the hottest markets for real estate has a new champion! Is change in the air?


Well, not so much—it's more like a minor reshuffle. Vallejo, CA, slid from first to third place, ending its seven-month reign. The new No. 1, San Jose (No. 2 in August), is about 67 miles to the southeast. San Francisco (No. 3 in August), which lies between the two, cemented the Northern California trifecta at No. 3.


(Metro markets can also include nearby towns or cities, so the market of San Jose also comprises Sunnyvale and Santa Clara; and the San Francisco market includes Oakland and Hayward.)


In total, California claimed 11 of the top 20 markets, but cities in eight other states also made a showing: Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Colorado, Tennessee, Idaho, and Massachusetts. San Diego, CA, moved up four spots to crack the top five. Other top movers in September include Santa Rosa, CA; Boise, ID; Boston, and Los Angeles, moving up seven, six, seven, and eight spots, respectively, since August.

The hot list

Rank (September)             20 Hottest MarketsRank (August)             Rank Change             
1San Jose, CA21
2San Francisco, CA31
3Vallejo, CA1-2
4Fort Wayne, IN73
5San Diego, CA94
6Stockton, CA5-1
7Santa Rosa, CA147
8Sacramento, CA102
9Modesto, CA123
10Detroit, MI4-6
11Columbus, OH8-3
12Dallas, TX11-1
13Denver, CO185
14Oxnard, CA195
15Fresno, CA150
16Nashville, TN204
17Boise-City, ID236
18Colorado Springs, CO           17-1
19Boston, MA267
20Los Angeles, CA288        

Today's Mortgage Rates
Mortgage Rates Trying to Find a Ceiling
Sep 28 2017, 3:43PM

Mortgage rates were decidedly higher this morning, with most lenders back above last week's highs.  At the time, those were the highest rates in more than a month, although the range has been relatively narrow.  Underlying bond markets improved throughout the day, however, resulting in a fair amount of lenders revising rate sheets for the better.  After those revisions, rates are pretty close to yesterday's levels.

One thing's for sure: the average lender is still definitively higher compared to last Friday's rates.  Keep that in mind if you encounter one of the many news stories citing "unchanged" week-over-week rates from Freddie Mac's Survey (which, as you may have guessed, can run a bit behind more up-to-the-minute changes).


From a strategy standpoint, today's resilience is a welcome sight, but the safest bet is to remain defensive until we see more evidence of a bounce.  For now, the trend remains negative and today was an exception.

                                                                                                                     52 Week
ProductTodayYesterdayChangeLowHigh
30 Yr FRM3.99%3.98%+0.013.37%4.39%
15 Yr FRM3.26%3.26%--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 ARM3.22%3.20%+0.022.80%3.25%


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Tom Furino

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