Saturday, December 16, 2017

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Today's Best Mansionwww.todaysbestmansionsforsale.com

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

#1     9 Isla Bahia Drive, Fort Lauderdale, Florida with 5 bedrooms, 17 baths and 19,589 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $39,000,000.



This Mediterranean style waterfront mansion boasts 300 feet of water frontage. It was built in 2001 and features  formal foyer with staircase, 2 elevators, multiple wet bars, main gourmet kitchen, 2 more kitchens (catering kitchen & separate guest apartment kitchen), breakfast room, family room, ballroom, home office, home theater, billiards room, gym, 8-car garage and much more.  Outdoor features include a porte-cochere, motor court, multiple terraces/balconies and a swimming pool with spa.



















Today's Top San Diego Luxury Estates.  


The median home value in San Diego County is $555,800. San Diego County home values have gone up 6.2% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.7% within the next year
The median home value in Coronado is $1,529,100. Coronado home values have gone up 3.6% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.4% within the next year. 

The median home value in La Jolla, 92037 is $1,532,000. 92037 home values have gone up  4.7% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.1% within the next year.

The median home value in Solona Beach, 92075 is $1,297,500. 92075 home values have declined -0.8% 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 $1,613,200. 92014 home values have gone up 0.7% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 0.5% within the next year. 

The median home value in Rancho Santa Fe is $2,650,800. Rancho Santa Fe home values have gone up 0.8% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 0.9% within the next year.

#1       8462 Calle La Serra with 5 bedrooms, 7 baths, and 9,648 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $3,775,000.

Framed by a colonnade of fragrant white rosebushes, the picturesque entrance of this romantic Castillo in The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe offers a hint of the enchantment that awaits beyond its massive 12' hand-carved doors. A dramatic foyer with curving staircase and overhead bridge sets the stage for sublime living and entertaining in an expansive 2-level design that is embellished with tumbled-stone flooring, handsome archways, stained wood Palladian windows, soaring ceilings with oversized douglas fir beams, carved stone fireplaces, and an abundance of richly carved woods that adorn all cabinetry and the library/office. The estate's unique character and personality are further enlivened by custom light fixtures, an intimate formal dining room with private courtyard and fountain, barrel ceilings, custom paint, extensive use of large French doors, hand-forged wrought-iron railings, a game room with balcony, a dedicated media-ready room and 2 powder rooms. A main-floor master suite reveals a private oasis with immediate access to the pool and spa, dual dressing and grooming areas, a steam shower and 2 large closets. Three additional en-suite bedrooms are featured, and a private 2-room guest apartment is accessible by a separate stairway. Day-to-day living and grand-scale entertaining are effortless thanks to a stunning, fully appointed chef's kitchen that opens to a great room with full pub-style bar and temperature-controlled wine room. Vacation year-round in a spectacular backyard with fireplace-warmed loggia, beach-entry pool with multiple waterfalls, and a covered BBQ pavilion with bar seating. The Bridges' guard-gated environment is home to a private club, championship golf, and tennis and gym facilities. Rancho Santa Fe's esteemed schools are nearby, and shopping centers, restaurants and beaches are moments away. 










Today's Top LA Luxury Estate.



The median home value in Orange County is $692,900. Orange County home values have gone up 4.0% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 0.5% within the next year. 

The median home value in Los Angeles County is $576,900. Los Angeles County home values have gone up 6.6% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.2% within the next year.

The median home value in Newport Beach is $1,654,500. Newport Beach home values have gone up 1.5% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 0.6% within the next year. 

The median home value in Santa Monica is $1,401,400. Santa Monica home values have gone up 0.2% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will fall -0.3% within the next year

The median home value in 90049 is $2,404,100. 90049 home values have declined -0.8% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will fall -1.2% within the next year.

The median home value in Pacific Palisades is $2,743,900. Pacific Palisades home values have gone up 3.7% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 0.5% within the next year.

The median home value in Malibu is $2,974,700. Malibu home values have gone up 6.6% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.0% within the next year.

The median home value in Bel Air is $3,316,000. Bel Air home values have gone up 2.0% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will fall -0.2% within the next year.

The median home value in Beverly Hills, 90210 is $4,890,900. 90210 home values have gone up 4.5% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 0.5% within the next year. 

#1      21650 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265 with 4 bedrooms, 4 baths and 3,084 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $12,500,000.


Incredible 120' of dry beach frontage makes this one of the largest lots on La Costa Beach! With close proximity to Carbon Beach, Nobu, Soho House, and all Malibu has to offer, the location of this one of a kind home is absolutely prime. Great opportunity to renovate or build a dream beach home. Large gated driveway offers parking off of PCH for at least 6 cars. This property is a legal duplex with a 3br/3ba main house and a 1br/1ba guest house. The potential for this property is limitless; including the possibility of splitting into 2, or even 3 different lots! Hurry, this will not last..










Today's Top Phoenix Luxury Estate 

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The median home value in Maricopa County is $248,200. Maricopa County home values have gone up 6.3% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.9% within the next year.

The median home value in Scottsdale is $427,600. Scottsdale home values have gone up 3.6% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.8% within the next year.

The median home value in Carefree is $745,700. Carefree home values have gone up 1.9% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.5% within the next year. 

The median home value in Paradise Valley is $1,621,200. Paradise Valley home values have gone up 1.9% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.0% within the next year.

#1      24108 North 73rd Lane, Peoria, AZ 85383 with 5 bedrooms, 6 baths 
and 8,771 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $2,495,000.


Some homes have a certain inexplicable WOW factor, and this one definitely fits the bill. It's difficult to describe the chic vibe that emanates from every corner of this magnificent estate. The modern, yet timeless style is so tasteful and so extraordinary, it will render you speechless from the moment you enter. The chef's kitchen is an elaborate gathering spot, the great room is an artful showpiece, the media room is outstanding, the game room and exercise room are both phenomenal, and the master retreat offers the kind of drama reserved for movie sets. This spectacular estate is loaded with exquisite contemporary accents that are absolutely flawless. The grounds perfectly mirror the residence with a setting so impressive you won't believe your eyes. A fabulous pool, spa, stunning...... outdoor kitchen, roaring fireplaces, waterfalls, a five hole putting green, and a huge sport court create an unimaginable environment with incomparable quality and pure elegance. This unique estate offers a picturesque setting so outstanding, you'll be the envy of neighborhood. With nearly 9,000 square feet of exceptional living space, and located in the most sought after community in Peoria, this is a beautiful place to call home! 























Today's Top San Francisco Luxury Estate

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The median home value in San Francisco County is $1,249,600. San Francisco County home values have gone up 11.8% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.3% within the next year. 

The median home value in Marin County is $1,058,400. Marin County home values have gone up 6.1% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.2% within the next year.

The median home value in Santa Clara County is $1,093,600. Santa Clara County home values have gone up 12.1% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 5.7% within the next year.

The median home value in Sausalito is $1,326,600. Sausalito home values have gone up8.6% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 0.7% within the next year. 

The median home value in Tiburon is $2,559,300. Tiburon home values have gone up 6.9% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 0.9% within the next year

The median home value in Palo Alto is $2,728,800. Palo Alto home values have gone up 10.1% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 5.0% within the next year.         
            
The median home value in Los Altos is $2,926,900. Los Altos home values have gone up 6.2% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.4% within the next year.         

The median home value in Saratoga is $2,579,400. Saratoga home values have gone up 8.9% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 4.9% within the next year.    

The median home value in Atherton is $6,585,600. Atherton home values have gone up 5.8% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.8% within the next year.

#1     1486 Country Club Drive, Los Altos, CA 94024 with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths 
and 2,183 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $3,498,000.



Create Your Dream Home Here! Excellent Country Club Location! Short Stroll to the Prestigious Los Altos Golf & Country Club, Rancho Shopping Center or Loyola Corners! Amazing Bay Views! Situated on a Private Setting! Outstanding Opportunity to Remodel or Build, more than 1/2 acre (Approximately 24,500+/- sq. ft.; Buyer to Confirm). Ranch Style, One Level, 3 Bedrooms, Office/Family Room and 2 Baths. Living Room with Fireplace, Formal Dining Room, and Serene Backyard with a Covered Patio is Perfect for Outdoor Entertaining! Bright and Light Kitchen with adjacent Laundry Room. Attached 2-car Garage with adjoining Workshop. Half Circular Driveway, Patios, Fruit Trees and Mature Landscaping. Award Winning 












Today's Top Seattle Luxury Estate

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The median home value in King County is $592,300. King County home values have gone up 14.2% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 5.5% within the next year

The median home value in Kirkland is $706,900. Kirkland home values have gone up 18.8%  over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 6.5% within the next year.

The median home value in Seattle is $697,700. Seattle home values have gone up 14.1% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 5.4% within the next year.

The median home value in Bellevue is $853,500. Bellevue home values have gone up 14.7% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 5.5% within the next year.

The median home value in Mercer Island is $1,380,200. Mercer Island home values have gone up 6.0% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.0% within the next year. 

.The median home value in Clyde Hill is $2,636,300. Clyde Hill home values have gone up 19.1% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 7.2% within the next year.

The median home value in Medina is $2,709,200. Medina home values have gone up 16.7% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 6.3% within the next year.


#1      5330 Butterworth Rd , Mercer Island, Washington 98040 with 5 bedrooms, 
9 baths and 14,940 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $19,888,000.



Modern living at an elegant level… open to a world of water, sky, elaborate gardens, architectural fountains. A journey of global collections as you stroll through the 80 foot gallery. Explicit design strategy… a sprawling attitude steeped in legend the moment of completion. Renown vessel dock. Seven room owner suite. Opulent movie theatre; inventive billiards parlor; tap room; sand trap putting green. 12 month sport pavilion., private tennis, exhibitor squash, indoor spa. Party palace.       













Today's Best Mortgage Rates
Mortgage Rates Hold Recent Lows 
Dec 15 2017, 3:34

Mortgage rates moved slightly lower today, despite movement in bond markets that would have suggested otherwise.  The paradoxical strength is likely due to the fact that bonds improved faster yesterday without mortgage lenders adjusting rate sheets accordingly.  In other words, we began the day with an advantage thanks to lenders being overly cautious yesterday.  From here we could even see a few lenders adjust rate sheets for the better as bonds have managed to find their footing at the end of the day.

To put this talk of "improved rates" in context, many prospective borrowers would not see any difference between today's loan quotes and yesterday's.  Some lenders didn't make any changes.  Others merely offered modest reductions in upfront costs.  It's only when we look at the average lender and consider those upfront costs to be part of the "effective rate" that we can say mortgage rates are lower today.  For anyone looking longer-term and bigger-picture, rates have been effectively sideways for nearly 3 months.

ProductTodayYesterdayChangeLowHigh
30 Yr FRM3.96%3.97%-0.013.84%4.39%
15 Yr FRM3.30%3.31%-0.013.12%3.61%
FHA 30 Year Fixed3.55%3.60%-0.053.35%4.10%
Jumbo 30 Year Fixed4.12%4.13%-0.014.10%4.60%
5/1 Yr ARM3.20%3.21%-0.012.98%3.25
Today's Top Real Estate News Article

Take a home tour with a robot

By Diana Olick
CNBC

Your next home rental agent may be a robot
There was no one home when Avisheh Madani arrived to tour a San Francisco rental property. No one human, that is.

Madani, 35, used a code from an app to unlock the door and was greeted immediately by a robot.

"It was definitely weird," she said.

The robot, really a moveable video monitor, is the brainchild of Zenplace, a rental management company based in San Francisco and expanding quickly across the nation. The company developed the software itself, which doesn't look like a classic robot, although it does have a face: the real face of the rental agent. Essentially it's a roving screen showing a live person in another location.

"Robots are part of our end-to-end solutions," said Rahul Mewawalla, CEO of Zenplace. "What our robots really do is reduce the leasing period and cut down vacancy times for owners. Tenants can now literally go from seeing a place they like to renting it out in a matter of minutes versus the days and weeks it traditionally took."

The rental agent talks to the prospective renter through the screen and can also move the device throughout the home. In addition to the live agent, the robot can provide real-time data about the neighborhood, amenities, and rental trends, such as pricing. It also has a lease application, so the renter can apply on the spot.
"What our robots really do is reduce the leasing period and cut down vacancy times for owners." -Rahul Mewawalla, Zenplace
"I have gotten used to doing everything through apps and technology, so it's kind of nice to make it convenient," said the prospective renter Madani, "And I didn't have to wait on anybody else. I was able to do it in my own time frame. It was very convenient."

Fast-moving market

It is the next step in management technology, and a response to an increasingly competitive and fast-moving rental market.

Since the last housing crash, the nation's homeownership rate dropped to a record low and has hovered near there for the past year. Meanwhile, the growth in rental households since 2010 averaged just under one million annually, according to Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies. In addition, nearly 4 million single-family homes, the majority of them foreclosures, were purchased by investors and converted to rental homes, bringing the total now to just over 18 million.

Rental growth is finally starting to slow, but new rental households are still estimated to increase by nearly 500,000 annually over the 10 years from 2015 to 2025, a historically robust pace.

In response, a new breed of rental management companies, offering all kinds of apps and advancements in technology, are vying for the new business. Rental Beast, RadPad, Landlordy, Zumper, HotPads, to name just a few, offer various services, from helping renters  find properties, negotiating leases, scheduling maintenance and paying rent, all through mobile devices.

All this is not lost on Zenplace's CEO.

"As a Silicon Valley company we are constantly asking ourselves how can we do better? How can we do something the next week which is entirely, three times better than this week?" said Mewawalla. "Our belief is we continue to remain ahead of the pack and improve the experience for landlords and tenants."

The robot may seem like a gimmick at first, but it does give potential renters much more flexibility. They can walk into a home they may have been just walking by — which raises a question about security. This likely wouldn't work with for-sale homes, which might be filled with the owners' belongings. Rentals are often viewed empty.

Zenplace does have a security protocol. In order to gain access, the potential renter must first text the number on the sign and send an ID picture. Zenplace then does a quick "background check" (they wouldn't say exactly what type), and if the person is accepted, they are sent a unique code that unlocks the key box on the front door. All of that then activates the robot inside.

"I felt very safe," said Madani. "I think in the future, if I were to do it again, I'd feel equally safe. It was just a different experience. It was like having somebody there, just in a different shape."

Zenplace currently operates the robots in its California properties but expects to expand to five other states, including New York and Florida, next year.

Looking for more information?  Have a comment?  Need a Realtor referral?  Please call, text or email me at 619-944-8749 or furtree @msn.com. Most importantly, have a great day.

Cordially,

Tom Furino