Friday, December 22, 2017


Today's Best Mansionwww.todaysbestmansionsforsale.com

SPECIAL NEWS FLASH

Santa's Complex on North Pole with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and 2,500 sq.ft. is listed for sale for best offer at auction. 

Winter Wonderland: There's plenty of snow and mistletoe at Santa's North Pole home, and it can be yours just in time for Christmas for only $657,000

  • Santa is moving into a larger estate on an adjacent 100 acres with a new 10,000 sq.ft. home and workshop. He just listed his current 2,500 sq.ft. Christmas-theme home on 25 acres. It was built in 1822 with old-growth timber and renovated in 2013 to add some modern amenities, but still has plenty of its Old World charmThe timber of course was logged on site.  The  sale of the property does include an easement for his reindeer to roam on and play games. The home offers a floor-to-ceiling river rock fireplace, where plenty of chestnuts have likely been roasted through the years by Santa and Mrs. Claus.  In addition, the pristine kitchen provides the perfect amount of space to bake a countless amount of treats, as the oven has 12 different cookie settings. There is also a helicopter pad which has been used for take off and landing of Santa's sleigh. The property is available after December 26, 2017.

Flawless: The gorgeous Maison Krin home was built in 1822 with old-growth timber, which was of course logged on site

Unique: A loft provides ample amount of space for guests to get cozy on the unique wooden bunk bed


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#1      945 Foothill Road, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 with 6 bedrooms, 9 baths 
and 11,838 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $21,995,000.


A showpiece of timeless grandeur, Foothill Manor flawlessly merges classic European architecture with sophisticated, modern design. Tucked behind gates and showcasing ethereal, landscaped grounds, the villa feels worlds away from the city but is just moments from Rodeo Drive. Masterfully designed for entertaining, a two-story entrance hall leads to magnificent public rooms, including a double formal living room, opulent dining room, screening room, parlor, and wood-paneled library. French doors open to expansive terraces and loggias. A grand master suite boasts dual marble bathrooms, walk-in closets, a fireplace and sitting area. Enchanted grounds feature meandering, terraced gardens, manicured lawns and a European-style pool and fountain. A gym, sauna and sweeping rooftop terrace with a fireplace elevate the offering. On par with the great triumphs of classic European architecture, Foothill Manor is a crown jewel in the world's most coveted zip code. 



















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     14906 Rivawill Court, San Diego, CA 92127 with 5 bedrooms, 5 baths 
and 7,028 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $4,029,900.


This incredible and expansive 2-story residence, set on a desirable cul-de-sac location, offers the ultimate in luxury entertaining with a vanishing-edge pool, backyard outdoor kitchen, exquisite wine room and designer upgrades throughout. All set within the larger master-planned community of Del Sur which offers scenic trails, natural open space, 11 heated pools and access to top-tiered Poway Unified schools.













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      3 White Water Lane, Dana Point, CA 92629 with 5 bedrooms, 7 baths 
and 7,545 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $12,980,000.



Inspired by its pristine coastal setting in Dana Point's exclusive guard-gated enclave of The Strand at Headlands, this unparalleled custom estate presents a fresh, light and airy ambiance. Nearly every room welcomes panoramic views that encompass dramatic white water, romantic beaches, Catalina Island and sublime sunsets. The distinctive residence is nestled on a second-row homesite of nearly 10,300 s.f. that reveals approx. 934 s.f. of outdoor loggias, a fireplace, infinity pool, spa, putting green and Viking grill. A rooftop deck with unobstructed views displays a fireplace, grill and refreshment center. First impressions are grand, with a foyer that hosts a floating circular staircase and spacious formal and casual areas that are characterized by light limestone floors, high ceilings and a smart-home system. Approx. 7,545 s.f., the 3-level home is serviced by an elevator and showcases a state-of-the-art 15-seat home theater with bar and starlit ceiling, 5 ensuite bedrooms, 5 full and 2 half baths, and a temperature-controlled 700+-bottle wine cellar. An expansive and freshly upgraded kitchen welcomes two chefs with its array of dual speed ovens, 2 refrigerators, 2 pot fillers, 2 deep sinks, a Miele coffee center, walk-in pantry, warming drawers, an abundance of custom cabinetry and ultra-rare Blue Bahia Brazilian granite countertops. Ocean views complement the master suite's sophisticated vibe, accentuated by privacy glass, a luxe bath, jetted tub and walk-in closet. 


















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     10620 East Blue Sky Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85262 with 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, 
8474 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $3,297,000.



This beautiful, extensively remodeled contemporary home offers gorgeous views and is located in a highly desirable gated community in North Scottsdale. Smartly positioned and laid out, the fortunate new owner will cherish the picturesque views from inside the home and while enjoying the amenities of the resort-style backyard. The negative-edge pool, outdoor fireplace, fire-pit, and water features, harmoniously create an ambiance of relaxation and tranquility, both inside and out. Whether dining alfresco, lounging poolside, resting in the spa, or gathering around the outdoor kitchen, pizza oven, or the indoor bar, wine room, or game room, the fortunate new owner will have many wonderful opportunities to create lasting memories with family and friends. 


















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      22348 Regnart Road, Cupertino, CA 95014 with 4 bedrooms, 4 baths 
and 5,674 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $10,000,000.



Extraordinary one of a kind Cupertino equestrian estate with sensational views. Situated on over 9 acres with 3 separate parcels. Sparkling pool and spa overlooking tennis court siting blue bay and the valley. Horse facility on a separate parcel has 7 paddocks and 2 bedroom apartment above with 2 car garage and huge fenced riding arena. Direct entrance to mid peninsula open space and riding trails. Custom auto collectors can consider adaption of equestrian site.

























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     1300 44th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98115 with 4 bedrooms, 5 baths,                  and 4,450 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $2,998,000.
NEW CONSTRUCTION.....LEGENDARY. This home awaits one special owner that has been awaiting this location and this dramatic view that is simply unduplicatable. The view plays like a symphony of entertainment as you watch the ferry pass and all of the activity of the sound. The lights of the city seem to dance at your window at night leaving you mesmerized. Then on those special days when you see Mt. Rainier from the roof top deck you are reminded why living in Seattle is one of the most beautiful cities to live.
1300 44th Ave Sw, Seattle, WA 98116

1300 44th Ave Sw, Seattle, WA 98116



Today's Best Mortgage Rates
Worst Week Since June May be Calming Down For Mortgage Rates
Dec 21 2017, 3:16PM

Mortgage rates edged just slightly higher again today, capping the sharpest 3-day increase since late June and leaving the average lender more than an eighth of a percentage point higher than they were on Monday.  While an eighth of a point may have been a fairly typical "big week" in previous years, it's been uncommon in 2017--especially since the range of rates began to narrow at the end of October.

Today's weakness in mortgage rates--although small--is at odds with slight improvements in bond markets (which underlie rates).  Part of the reason is timing.  Bonds weakened into the afternoon yesterday, but few lenders adjusted rate sheets accordingly.  That means they began today at a relative disadvantage--one that's reflected in the rate sheet changes.
The average lender is now quoting conventional 30yr fixe rates of 4.125% compared to 4.0% on Monday.  The underlying improvements in bond markets suggest that the worst may be over for this week's rate spike, but it still makes more sense to be cautious as opposed to aggressive with respect to locking and floating.  In any event, tomorrow is only a  half-day for bond markets, meaning rate sheets will err on the conservative side (i.e. lenders won't be eager to offer significantly lower rates).  Bond markets and mortgage lenders are, of course, close on Monday for Christmas.
                                                                                                                                      52 Weeks
ProductTodayYesterdayChangeLowHigh
30 Yr FRM4.10%4.09%+0.013.84%4.39%
15 Yr FRM3.42%3.40%+0.023.12%3.61%
FHA 30 Year Fixed3.75%3.75%--3.35%4.05%
Jumbo 30 Year Fixed4.25%4.23%+0.024.10%4.60%
5/1 Yr ARM3.25%3.25%--2.98%3.25%
Today's Top Real Estate News Article

The Hottest Real Estate Markets of 2017: Who Gained Big, Who Fell Hard

By Cicely Wedgeworth
Realtor.com



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Each month at realtor.com®, we identify the country's hottest metropolitan markets for real estate—the ones whose homes attract the most listing views and spend the fewest days on market as buyers snap them up. Sometimes we see places dominate the top of the list for months without a break; other times we see quick rises and even quicker falls, as the economic circumstances of key players change.

So as we near the end of the year, we decided to take stock: What were the flat-out hottest real estate markets of 2017—and which were the ones whose fortunes changed the most?
The year's five biggest success stories illustrate the comebacks and challenges faced by Americans across the country, as home prices marched steadily upward, pushed by the perennial shortage of homes for sale.
The biggest gainer: Cincinnati, which jumped 53 spots to land at No. 64 on the overall hottest markets list (drawn from the 300 largest metropolitan areas). Like much of the Midwest, Cincinnati offers homes with prices that are actually within reach for many buyers.
“Cincinnati is all about relative affordability; it’s one of the last affordable pockets of inventory available in the country," says Javier Vivas, manager of economic data for realtor.com.

Relative affordability is also the key selling point for Riverside, CA, which went up 34 spots, and Phoenix, which went up 24. About 60 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, Riverside is a bargain oasis in uber-expensive California, whereas  Phoenix appeals to cost-conscious buyers along the western swath of the country.

The story in Las Vegas, which vaulted 36 spots to No. 53, is a little different.
“Good economic momentum and new construction in Las Vegas are really powering its rise,” Vivas says.

The markets that moved up the most

Metropolitan Market             RankRank Change              Median List Price             
Cincinnati, OH64+53$217,000
Las Vegas, NV53+36$276,000
Riverside, CA94+34$368,000
Milwaukee, WI47+32$222,000
Phoenix, AZ63+24$319,000

For other markets, it seems like the good times rolled to a halt—or at least slowed to a crawl—in 2017. Nowhere was this truer than in the Miami area, which tumbled 61 spots to No. 261.

That's largely because Miami's real estate market was muy caliente in 2016, setting a bar that was hard to beat. Throw in a couple of hurricanes, and you can see how things got soggy. Still, we're optimistic about a recovery—we put Miami on our list of the top 20 cities expected to see the most growth in home sales and prices for 2018.
It's not an entirely sad story for the next two biggest "losers" on the list, either.

"Austin and Oklahoma City have just reached the ceiling in terms of their growth," says Vivas. "Austin, in particular, has been heating up for four to five years, with strong millennial demand, in particular." That's probably because of its vibrant tech sector, cultural scene, and, yep, the barbecue.

The markets that fell the hardest

Metropolitan Market             RankRank Change              Median List Price             
Miami, FL261-61 $379,000
Austin, TX92-54 $381,000
Oklahoma City, OK128-36 $226,000
Richmond, VA108-35 $289,000
New Orleans, LA100-33 $268,000

Finally, the full list of the hottest markets for 2017 carries on the themes we've seen throughout the year. California has been the nation's star performer, and here it dominates the top six spots—with scrappy Vallejo on top. This once-gritty Bay Area town was anything but a real estate mecca a couple of years back, but it's risen as a viable housing alternative in the San Francisco Bay Area,  a region plagued by high prices and low inventory.

California's wildfires, though, are taking a toll: Fire-ravaged Santa Rosa tumbled seven spots, out of the top 10, to land at No. 16. And while we're not yet seeing the effects on housing from the huge Thomas fire, which broke out on Dec. 4, Oxnard (No. 17) lies just south of its southern perimeter.

The West and Southwest are also represented on the top 20, with a scattering of Midwestern cities in the mix.

The hottest markets of 2017

MetroRankRank Change              
Vallejo, CA1+1
San Francisco, CA2-1
San Jose, CA3+4
Sacramento, CA4+4
Stockton, CA5+1
San Diego, CA6-1
Columbus, OH7+3
Colorado Springs, CO           8+5
Dallas, TX9-6
Denver, CO10-6
Detroit, MI110
Modesto, CA120
Yuba City, CA13+4
Fort Wayne, IN140
Boston, MA15+4
Santa Rosa, CA16-7
Oxnard, CA17-2
Fresno, CA180
Midland, TX19+10
Kennewick, WA20+4


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Cordially,

Tom Furino