Tuesday, October 3, 2017





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

#1       Montana's Shelter Island Estate with 5 bedrooms, 8 baths 
and 21,964 sq.ft. is 
now reduced from $39,000,000 to $22,750,000


"I must have privacy, seclusion and safety. Above all, those are the three amenitiest that are the most important to me and my family." We hear this from our most celebrated clients on a regular basis. Residential amenities can be changed, or modified, but it's the physical location of any estate that is truly the one, most important factor when selecting where you will spend your most coveted time with family, friends and associates.There are thousands of opportunities to loseyourself in Montana. Some come to Montana for the authentic ranch experience, some come to be surrounded by like-minded people in organized luxury golf communities. You are not like those individuals. You are one of only a handful of individuals in the world who have the distinct opportunity to provide yourself, your family and your closest companions with the gift of privacy, seclusion and safety in the unequivocal King of luxury modern estates. This is Montana's Shelter Island Estate. Flathead Lake, Montana is celebrated as being one of the cleanest lakes in the world, and it is here that you will find one of the most exquisite and privately located estates in existence. Montana's Shelter Island Estate rests on 22+ private island acres in the middle of Flathead Lake. This five bedroom, eight bath estate is a comfortable 22,000 square feet with over 4,800 feet of private, secluded lakefront access. The estate is three levels, each level accessible via commercial grade elevator. Each element has been carefully orchestrated to maximize the visual and emotional impact on every level, starting with the jaw dropping 45 foot ceilings in the great room which is smartly surrounded by the second story observatory that has been designed to leave you entranced by the sweeping views of Flathead Lake.A copper conservatory is the perfect retreat and the abundance of year-round light gently fills the great hall and adjacent office space. The estate's office is beautifully lined in mahogany and features a full balcony, four-inch-thick doors and limestone fireplace. Other features include a master suite and bath with custom mahogany cabinets, trim and accents as well as extensive use of Carrara marble throughout. The master also boasts a private outside portico and poach area for additional privacy and relaxation. The four additional suites in the estate are all appointed with the same level of craftsmanship and materials as the master.Shelter Island is like no other but make no mistake, Flathead Lake is the central focal point at every turn. She shines with majestic qualities from each locale and the views are as awe inspiring as the detailed and custom finish work throughout the estate. A commercial grade gourmet kitchen, full service dining area with wine cellar are all awaiting you or your staff to help serve and host private events, holiday parties, special occasions, or the small intimate family meal. The main floor is also home to the indoor shooting range and a heated boat stall with a custom rail system, making boat access seamless and easy. All finishes throughout the house have been meticulously chosen and appointed by the highest skilled artisans and craftsman available, making this estate one of the most spectacular offerings available in the world today.The guest residence is a two bedroom, four bath boat-house that has been crafted in the same manner, tradition and amenities using the same level of materials as the main estate. At 2,600 square feet, it is comfortable for family and guests and a true compliment to the main estate and includes two granite fireplaces and a steam room. There is also a 1,200 square foot utility facility on the island that houses the generator and a 1,800 square foot shop that serves as the perfect location for projects and storage for all the Montana necessities such as four wheeler, boats, water skis and other recreational equipment. 




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     9217 NE 5th Street Bellevue, WA 98004 with 6 bedrooms, 7 baths and 6,389 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $3,798,000.


This  custom home is a craftsman beauty in the heart of West Bellevue on a quiet dead end street. Spacious master suite includes a luxurious 5 piece bath spa and enormous walk-in closet. Downstairs provides the entertainment with a private movie theater & a giant rec room with attached kitchenette. Nationally ranked Bellevue Schools.









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      8602 North 58th Place, Scottsdale, AZ 85253 with 5 bedrooms, 6 baths 
and 9,247 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $4,395,000.


Brand new paint throughout. Stunning, over 9,200sf family home on nearly 1.23 acres. Totally private with personal gated entry, courtyard with fireplace and fountain. Elegant kitchen opens to the family room, looking out to a wrap around patio and truly resort like back yard. Master suite w/exercise room and office with separate library on one wing. Theater, game room, guest bedrooms and junior master suite found in the opposite wing. Perfect for the nanny or live-in. Custom wine room. 5 bedrooms in the main house and 1 in the cozy separate guest house (approx 450sf, included in total liveable) with it's own 2-car garage and separate drive. This beautiful home is a must see.









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       720 Brewer Drive, Hillsborough, CA 94010 with 6 bedrooms, 7 baths 
and 6,835 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $8,500,000.



Regally situated on one of the most sought-after streets in prestigious lower Hillsborough, this stunning gated Dutch Colonial is set on a superb level lot of just under one-half acre. Elegantly expanded and remodeled with meticulous attention to maintaining its original period details, this magnificent home offers six large bedrooms with five full and two half bathrooms. A grand formal entry, gorgeous chefs kitchen, stately formal rooms, a wood-paneled office, lovely sun room, and an expansivemaster suite with a luxurious bath and huge walk-in closet are just a few of the highlights of this amazing home. A private wing offers in-law/au pair quarters with a bedroom, full bath, sitting room and kitchenette. A huge media room, music room and possible wine room complete the lower level. Outside, the lush verdant yard with mature landscaping, beautiful flagstone patios, built-in barbecue, sport court, sweeping level lawns, and 4-car garage add to the appeal of this exceptional property. 











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      17461 Avenida De Acacias, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 with 5 bedrooms, 
7 baths and 10,811 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $7,800,000.




Nestled on 3.05 acres of private, gated and lush grounds in one of Rancho Santa Fe Covenant's best areas, this connoisseur's estate celebrates the art of fine living and entertaining. Encompassing 10,811 square feet of architecturally stunning interiors with traditional influences, the main residence includes 5 bedrooms, 5 full and 2 half baths and a private 2 bedroom and 2 bath, 1,200 sq. foot self-contained guest house.




















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      7100 La Presa Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068 with 6 bedrooms, 8 baths and 8,097 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $11,850,000.


Sweeping views across LA's skyline from Downtown to Santa Monica Bay are enjoyed from nearly every inch of this extraordinary estate. Gated motorcourt entry conceals a majestic Mediterranean Villa boasting architectural details with warm contemporary interiors - the perfect blend for synergistic effect. Situated handsomely in Outpost Estates, this home takes advantage of a promontory ridge front seat that affords endless dramatic views. 2-story Foyer sets the tone for an impressive volume of space. The character-adorned Living Rm features fireplace and wood-beamed ceiling plus a musician's balcony. Dining Rm is enhanced with embossed tin ceiling panels and archway views to the City or private garden access. Enjoy pre-dinner cocktails in the Wine Lounge. Spacious Kitchen surveys sweeping views and opens to Family Rm. Multi-use Media Rm, Infinity-edge Pool, Dual Garages, Maid's quarters plus a separate Guest House are additional destinations for this ultimate LA lifestyle residence. 













Today's Top Real Estate News 

  The 25 most expensive cities to move to.


By Thomas C. Frohlich
24/7 Wall Street

From Europeans heading west in the 19th century to immigrants searching for a fresh start, leaving home in pursuit of opportunity has long been a central part of the American dream. Today, cities and local areas across the United States are actually competing for new residents. Just 11.2% of Americans moved in the past year -- an all-time low.

These days, most people who move do not relocate very far, but move within the same general area. With the presence of friends and family, a job, and familiar general surrounding, people often move to improve living conditions. Other reasons could include end of a lease, moving to be closer to work or family, to a better school district, to cut costs, or to a more suitable neighborhood, among many other reasons.

Of course, just as different cities are more or less expensive places to live, moving costs within different U.S. cities vary significantly.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed the total cost to move within major U.S. metro areas and ranked the top 25 most expensive cities to move. The ranking is based on calculations by real estate data company Moving Inc. that reflect the costs of moving within the principal city of large metropolitan regions. We also considered the median price of one month’s rent plus a deposit for a three bedroom housing unit.

Slide 26 of 26: <p><strong>> Average total moving cost:</strong> $5,798<br><strong>> 1st month’s rent and deposit:</strong> $4,496<br><strong>> Cost of living:</strong> 24.1% greater than nation<br><strong>> Median household income:</strong> $101,980<br><strong>> Population change from migration:</strong> 3.0%</p>



Today's Interest Rates
Mortgage Rates Mixed, but Higher on Average
Oct 2 2017, 4:57PM


Mortgage rates were lower today for a few lenders, but higher for most others, dragging the average 0.01% higher in terms of effective rates.  Note rates (which don't factor in the upfront costs associated with a loan quote), on the other hand, haven't changed much in recent days, with 4.0% being the most prevalent for top tier 30yr fixed scenarios.  

Momentum has generally been negative for rates since the weekend of Hurricane Irma.  Markets had priced in quite a bit of risk at the time (typically involves stock prices and rates moving lower), not only due to the Hurricane, but also North Korea-related uncertainty.  When Irma proved to be slightly less catastrophic than forecast, and when the weekend passed without a major nuclear test from North Korea, financial markets embarked on a correction that pulled rates and stock prices higher.  

Just when that correction looked to be leveling off, rates lurched higher again last week due to a combination of factors including the release of the Trump tax plan.  With that, rates are back in line with levels not seen since July.  Any meaningful weakness from here would leave rates in the worst shape since March.  With all of the above in mind, a defensive lock strategy continues to be in order.
                                                                                     52 Week


ProductTodayYesterdayChangeLowHigh
30 Yr FRM3.98%3.97%+0.013.42%4.39%
15 Yr FRM3.25%3.24%+0.012.75%3.61%
FHA 30 Year Fixed3.60%3.60%--3.25%4.10%
Jumbo 30 Year Fixed4.18%4.17%+0.013.56%4.60%
5/1 Yr ARM3.20%3.21%-0.012.85%3.25%


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