Friday, October 20, 2017




Today's Best Mansionwww.todaysbestmansionsforsale.com

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


#1      23800 Malibu Crest Drive, Malibu, CA 90265 with 5 bedrooms, 6 baths and 15,000 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $85,000,000.


The iconic Malibu Castle by Scott Gillen/UNVARNISHED comes to market! Situated on one of Malibu's landmark sites this 360 degree promontory offers incomparable views overlooking Santa Monica Bay, Catalina Island, Malibu Colony and Surfrider Beach. Completely private at the end of the cul-de-sac is an over 400 foot long private double gated driveway which leads you to this masterful and one-of-a kind architectural triumph. The 5 bedroom main house showcases the highest standard of luxury with custom teak doors and windows, 80 year old dry aged oak floors along with furnishings by Minotti and Bottega Veneta. A custom 12 foot hand-hewn teak dining table parallels the 75' infinity pool, and connects the chef's Bulthaup kitchen and living space in the main residence, completed by a wine tasting room, game room and media room. The 4,000 SQ.FT. 2BR/4BA guest house offers a professional gym and spa along with it's own great room and Bulthaup kitchen. Truly the most coveted estate available in Malibu. 

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Today's Top San Diego Luxury Estates




The median home value in San Diego County is $552,400. San Diego County home values have gone up 6.2% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.5% within the next year.

The median home value in Coronado is $1,488,500. Coronado home values have gone up 3.1% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.3% within the next year. 

The median home value in La Jolla 92037 is $1,538,100. 92037 home values have gone up 7.9% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.0% within the next year.

The median home value in Solona Beach 92075 is $1,284,600. 92075 home values have declined -4.2% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.0% within the next year. 

The median home value in Del Mar 92014 is $1,616,500. 92014 home values have gone up 3.0% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 0.9% within the next year.

The median home value in Rancho Santa Fe is $2,698,700. Rancho Santa Fe home values have gone up 6.0% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 0.7% within the next year. 


#1      6653 Neptune Place, La Jolla, CA 92037 with 4 bedrooms, 5 baths 
and 3,124 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $11,800,000.


Motivated by the ocean?s elements, every feature of this home is uniquely and innovatively designed to provide views of the horizon and integrate the true feeling of residing by the sea. The curving exterior wall waves into the home creating the fluid circulating theme of the interior space. Vanishing window walls instantly transform the inside space to an outdoor environment allowing the salty sea breeze to fill the home. Marine Lair is a place where technology and nature beautifully coalesce. Wide steel beams provide support for the specially engineered rooftop pool while the cutting-edge hydraulic driveway allows for the lowest of sports cars to enter the garage. This technology is sharply contrasted by the rugged materials used throughout the home, each possessing a unique story of its exotic earthly origin. Built entirely different than any other home in San Diego, Marine Lair is a true gem of the coast. 
















Today's Top LA Luxury Estate.


The median home value in Orange County is $689,800. Orange County home values have gone up 4.0% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.1% within the next year
         
The median home value in Los Angeles County is $572,900. Los Angeles County home values have gone up 6.8% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.5% within the next year.

The median home value in Newport Beach is $1,654,400. Newport Beach home values have gone up 5.3% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.0% within the next year. 

The median home value in Santa Monica is $1,410,500. Santa Monica home values have gone up 2.2% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 0.3% within the next year.

The median home value in Brentwood 90049 is $2,383,900. 90049 home values have gone up 0.9% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will fall -0.6% within the next year.

The median home value in Pacific Palisades is $2,731,400. Pacific Palisades home values have gone up 5.0% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.0% within the next year.

The median home value in Malibu is $2,933,500. Malibu home values have gone up 7.7% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.0% within the next year.

The median home value in Bel Air is $3,272,700. Bel Air home values have gone up 3.7% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will fall -0.3% within the next year

The median home value in 90210 is $4,892,500. 90210 home values have gone up 9.4% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 0.9% within the next year.

#1     5 Coral Ridge, Newport Beach, CA 92657 with 6 bedrooms, 11 baths and 13,600 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $19,800,000.


Award winning Homer Oatman Architect with Davita Builders have created the masterpiece at 5 Coral Ridge. This magnificent Estate has a open floor plan. The Northern Italian Exterior Design mixes with a Modern Luxury Interior Design . The Estate has 35 Foot building height that allows for the generous heights in the rooms with amazing ceiling design thru out the home on all 3 levels. The Estate has a total of 6 Bedrooms, including 2 Master Resort Style Suites on the First and Second Floor, 11 Bathrooms, in home office, living room, dining room, 2 Full kitchens with a commercial Walk In Refrigerator. Laundry in each master suite plus laundry rooms on each floor, 7 car subterranean garage that has space for the collector car area . The lower level has the Sunken Garden with automatic doors, glass theater, 6 interior fireplaces 2 exterior fireplaces, 4 exterior fountains, Elevator that has 2 sided opening stops at all floors including opening into the garage. Vantage Lighting system. Views from the upper master has ocean views and the back yard are the beautiful canyon views with the city light of Laguna Beach in the evenings. This amazing Estate includes all furnishings ready for the right family to call it home. 




















Today's Top Phoenix Luxury Estate 

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The median home value in Maricopa County is $245,700.  Maricopa County home values have gone up 6.2% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.4% within the next year.

The median home value in Scottsdale is $426,100. Scottsdale home values have gone up 3.8% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.3% within the next year

The median home value in Carefree is $747,800. Carefree home values have gone up 5.9% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.7% within the next year.

The median home value in Paradise Valley is $1,604,500. Paradise Valley home values have gone up 2.9% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 0.7% within the next year.


#1      56212 North Yucca Road, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 with 5 bedrooms, 9 baths and 10,465 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $8,500,000.


Panoramic views from hillside estate in premiere location of Cameldale. Enter through gated 750' long driveway lined with 32 twin Palo Verde trees. This striking Cal Christensen home with guest house commands almost 7 acres of Camelback Mtn. Generous rooms, high ceilings & large windows drink in the views. Master suite with dual vanities, walk-in closets. Gourmet kitchen with 2 islands, walk-in pantry and breakfast room with fireplace. Elegant living room and dining room with beautiful high floor to ceiling windows, inviting family room - 8 fireplaces throughout including exterior view patios. Wood and cantera detail in flooring, striking wood beam ceilings and exterior stone work by artist add to the features of the home. Beautiful flat pool and grass area and patios wrap around with the best views ever!
















Today's Top San Francisco Luxury Estate

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The median home value in San Francisco County is $1,234,800. San Francisco County home values have gone up 10.7% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.8% within the next year.

The median home value in Marin County is $1,060,900. Marin County home values have gone up 8.6% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.2% within the next year. 
     
The median home value in Santa Clara is $1,121,300. Santa Clara home values have gone up 10.0% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.6% within the next year.        

The median home value in Sausalito is $1,289,700. Sausalito home values have gone up 7.6% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.9% within the next year.          
The median home value in Tiburon is $2,509,800. Tiburon home values have gone up 5.7% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.7% within the next year.

The median home value in Palo Alto is $2,660,200. Palo Alto home values have gone up 6.2% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.6% within the next year.

The median home value in Los Altos is $2,852,400. Los Altos home values have gone up 3.7% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.4% within the next year.         

The median home value in Saratoga is $2,531,200. Saratoga home values have gone up 7.6% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.8% within the next year.

The median home value in Atherton is $6,472,600. Atherton home values have gone up 6.8% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.3% within the next year. 


#1     901 Loyola Drive, Los Altos, CA 94024 with 5 bedrooms, 5 baths and 4,565 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $4,598,000.


Welcome Home to This Brand New High Tech, Modern Contemporary Masterpiece!, Located Next to The Prestigious Los Altos Golf and Country Club. Two Levels with Soaring High Ceilings, 5 Beds, 5 Baths, 4,565 Sq Ft . Gourmet Kitchen Features: Custom Cabinets, Quarts Counter tops, Over-sized Island With Striking Waterfall Edge, Stainless Steel Thermador Appliances & Dramatic Family Room with 13 Foot High Ceilings and Panoramic Doors that Provide Seamless Integration of Indoor/Outdoor California Entertaining Lifestyle. The Lower Level Includes: A Game Room With Wet Bar, An Expansive Office with Built In Desks, Custom Built Home Theater, Huge Exercise/Hobby Room and Glass Encased Wine Cellar. Custom 9" Wide Hardwood Flooring Throughout the home. Beautifully Designed Outdoor Kitchen with Modern Pergola and Fire Pit, Ideal for Outdoor Entertaining. Surveillance Cameras and Security System. Award Winning Los Altos Schools, 













Today's Top Seattle Luxury Estate

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The median home value in King County is $586,500. King County home values have gone up 14.9% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 6.0% within the next year.

The median home value in Kirkland is $692,100. Kirkland home values have gone up 18.0%  over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 6.9% within the next year. 

The median home value in Seattle is $690,200. Seattle home values have gone up 14.3% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 5.9% within the next year.

The median home value in Bellevue is $842,900. Bellevue home values have gone up 15.7% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 5.9% within the next year.

The median home value in Mercer Island is $1,406,800. Mercer Island home values have gone up 10.5% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 4.3% within the next year.

The median home value in Clyde Hill is $2,603,600. Clyde Hill home values have gone up 17.7% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 6.4% within the next year.             

The median home value in Medina is $2,667,700. Medina home values have gone up 18.3% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 6.2% within the next year.



#1     1750 92nd Avenue NE, Clyde Hill, WA 98004 with 5 bedrooms, 5 baths and 7,716 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $12,800,000.



The Mansion. Clyde Hill's elegant trophy residence-takes its place among the great estates of the Northwest. Private gated entry opens to the sprawling shy 1.5 acre grounds overlooking Seattle skyline, Lake Washington, and Olympics. Modern European grandeur with extraordinary design and engineering. The elegant old-world exterior true to its classic design artfully fuses with a meticulously renovated modern contemporary style. Only once does an offering of this legacy and caliber present itself.




















Today's Best Mortgage Rates
Mortgage Rates Hold Ground Amid Market Volatility
Oct 19 2017, 4:10PM


Mortgage rates were unchanged to slightly lower today.  Political drama in Europe pushed stocks lower overnight and sent investors toward safer haven assets like bonds.  Higher demand for bonds pushes rates lower, all things being equal.  

All of the above meant a stronger start for bond markets and slightly lower mortgage rates this morning.  Still, the average improvement was so small that it was barely noticeable, largely because bonds had weakened yesterday afternoon, implying that lenders would have started today at a disadvantage were it not for the overnight improvement.  Still with me there?  In a nutshell, bond market weakness yesterday never made it onto lender rate sheets and this morning's bond market strength was just barely enough to counteract that weakness.

We're splitting hairs in the bigger picture, however, as rates are still in a very narrow range in general.  Few borrowers will have seen any change in their quoted rates.  Most adjustments have come in the form of slightly higher/lower closing costs over the past few weeks.
                                                                                 52 Weeks

ProductTodayYesterdayChangeLowHigh
30 Yr FRM3.96%3.96%--3.54%4.39%
15 Yr FRM3.26%3.26%--2.85%3.61%
FHA 30 Year Fixed3.60%3.60%--3.35%4.10%
Jumbo 30 Year Fixed4.15%4.16%-0.013.70%4.60%
5/1 Yr ARM3.20%3.21%-0.012.86%3.25%

Today's Top Real Estate News Article




 Look who's fueling America's hottest housing markets




Millennials apparently are buying homes despite the avocado toast. They're just buying in the less-expensive suburbs. And that's fueling a sales boom in the nation's lesser known hamlets, such as Wautauga, Texas, and Hilliard, Ohio, according to new research.

"We're finding that the hottest markets are affordable pockets where a millennial can have success," said Javier Vivas, director of economic research at Realtor.com. "If you're getting good square-footage for a reasonable price, it's going to be a magnet. And it's a plus if you're near hiking trails and hipster hotspots where you can find great restaurants and nightlife."

To find the nation's hottest housing markets, Realtor.com analyzed home sales in 32,000 locations based on the time it takes properties to sell and how often homes in each of the zip codes were viewed. Homes in those markets this year sold in 21 days -- 50 days faster than the national average -- and they were viewed four times more often than the national average.

Notably, oft-criticized millennials make up a disproportionate share of buyers in eight out of 10 cities on this year's list. That generation is increasingly important to not only real estate but to all sorts of retailers because millennials have surpassed the baby boom generation in size. The US now has 75.4 million people between the ages of 18 and 34. 
Realtor.com looked at older members of this generation -- those from 25 to 34 -- and found that their average home ownership rate in the 10 hottest zip codes is 50 percent versus 41 percent nationally.

What are the nation's hottest real estate zip codes, and what factors appear to be generating sales in these communities? According to Realtor.com:

1. Watauga, Texas: A suburb of Fort Worth, Watauga supports a strong economy, great restaurants and proximity to attractions, including the Kimbell Art Museum and the Fort Worth Zoo. It also brags about schools that are rated among the best in the state. Average home listing views are up 28 percent this year, generating five times more interest than the national average. Homes sell in an average of 18 days, with a median listing price of $160,441.

2. Livonia, Michigan: Just outside of Detroit, Livonia is less than a half hour from the Detroit Institute of Art, the historic Easter Market commercial district and the stadiums of four professional sports teams. The city itself boasts more than 60 parks and has been ranked among Michigan's safest towns. More than 86 percent of millennials living in this zip code own their own homes. The average listing in Livonia sells in 21 days and has a median listing price of $223,780.

3. Kentwood, Michigan: On the western edge of Michigan, just outside of Grand Rapids, lies the community of Kentwood, which piggybacks on Grand Rapids' booming economy, vibrant public arts competition and renowned local breweries. Millennials boast a 62 percent home ownership rate in Kentwood and account for 42 percent of all new mortgage applications. The median home listing price is a modest $118,833, and homes sell in an average of 16 days. 

4. Medford, Massachusetts: A once sleepy suburb of Boston, Medford is known for lively restaurants, the Mystic River arts celebration and ample recreation opportunities. Homes in Medford sell in an average of 19 days, with a median list price of $541,158, up nearly 13 percent from last year. 

5. Littleton, Colorado: The Denver suburbs, long known for their physical beauty, have also become a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, with hiking, skiing and biking trails throughout the region. Littleton also boasts great shopping and a fun historic downtown. Millennials account for 34 percent of all new mortgage applications in this city where houses sell in an average of 22 days and the median listing price is $533,873.

6. Castro Valley, California: Near Silicon Valley's vibrant technology hub, Castro Valley is a relatively affordable community that's equidistant to downtown San Francisco, Berkeley and Silicon Valley, making it a perfect spot for two-income couples who work in different parts of the region. Median listing prices are $728,267, and houses sell in an average of 23 days.

7. Colorado Springs, Colorado: Ringed by military bases, El Paso County -- the home of Colorado Springs -- has been called one of the healthiest counties in America. With its own airport and university, Colorado Springs is also booming economically. Millennial home ownership rates are at 68 percent. Homes sell in an average of 21 days and have a median listing price of $273,322. 

8. Overland Park, Kansas: A suburb of Kansas City, Overland Park benefits from a strong economy and attractive amenities such as the Atkins Museum of Art and the 50-acre Corporate Woods. Millennials account for 39 percent of new mortgages. Houses sell in an average of 24 days, and the median listing price is $236,454.

9. Mira Mesa, California: This northern San Diego community, once populated primarily by military families, has become a booming area for microbreweries and shopping. Located only 15 minutes from the beach and bordered by a 5,800-acre nature preserve called Mission Trails, homes in the area sell in an average of 22 days. The median listing price is $536,394.

10. Hilliard, Ohio: Just outside of Columbus, lies the hamlet of Hilliard, which boasts historic charm, excellent schools and superb housing values for the cost-conscious. Millennials account for 41 percent of the new mortgage applications in this town where the median home sales price is $259,011 and houses sell in an average of 25 days.

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Cordially,

Tom Furino


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