Thursday, December 7, 2017




Today's Best Mansionwww.todaysbestmansionsforsale.com

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

#1     960 Harbor Drive, Key Biscayne, Florida 33149 with 9 bedrooms, 11 baths 
and 12,520 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $30,000,000.


Buena Vista is a One of a Kind sprawling compound on over 67,000 sqft of lush sub-tropical grounds. Sits on a 1.67 acre peninsula with 720 ft of water frontage. The over 12k sqft Home has unobstructed views of both the 440 acre Bill Baggs State Park and Key Biscayne Bay. The property has a Open Air Caribbean Style Cabana House, 16 seat private theatre/screening room, tennis/basketball court, salt water pool & spa, private beach and 2 docks to accommodate your Sport Fishing Boat and Yacht. The property is on the largest build able left on Key Biscayne.



















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      18486 Via Candela, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091 with 5 bedrooms, 7 baths
 and 8,043 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $5,695,000.


Vews, views and more views are what you get in this exquisite custom home situated on a double lot overlooking the signature 10th hole at The Bridges. This single story boasts over 8000 square feet of luxury with highly desirable amenities and salient features. Nearly every window frames a stunning vista! The main home and guest house are connected via an artfully crafted stone arch with bell tower. A guest house with its own private yard and an end of a cul de sac location means privacy for all!














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     655 El Bosque Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108 with 3 bedrooms, 4 baths 
and 2,696 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $6,300,000.


This Mediterranean Pied-a-Terre, known as the Gallager House, is a unique part of Santa Barbaras architectural history. It was designed by Lutah Riggs in 1930s while employed by G.W. Smith, both notable Santa Barbara architects. The approximately 2,696 sq. ft. home offers 3-bedrooms, 3.5-baths, with a gracious living room, dining room, formal entry, and a sun porch off the master bedroom, as well as a pool, koi pond, and an aviary. The property is set on one beautifully landscaped acre on one of Montecitos most desirable streets, all within close proximity to the famous San Ysidro Ranch and Montecitos Upper Village.








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     10673 East Wingspan Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85255 with 6 bedrooms, 7 baths and 11,026 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $11,500,000.


Entering through the gates, you arrive at an extraordinarily private compound on 3.5 acres in the Upper Canyon of Silverleaf. Both the main residence (8,349 square feet) and guest quarters/party house (2,677 square feet) exude a harmony of materials enriched by lush landscaping and majestic views-the ultimate in Arizona resort style living. The homes function independently with 4 bedrooms in the main house and 2 bedrooms in guest quarters; 7 total bathrooms and 6 car garage. Spreading over the exquisite grounds are two pool/spas, and firepits, along with multiple outdoor fireplaces, fountains and loggias. Most every room in both homes flow seamlessly into charming covered courtyards or patios, and there is no question that the possibilities for entertaining family and friends are endless. 




















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     261 11th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94118 with 4 bedrooms, 4 baths 

and 3,633 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $3,895,000.


Rebuilt Edwardian home w/ high ceilings has been tastefully designed w/ luxury in mind. Amazing outdoor entertaining spaces includes a stunning backyard & a private rooftop deck w/ views of the Pacific Ocean. Spanning 3600+ SQFT of living space this home is fully wired for home automation as well as video and audio distribution. The grand living room with a sleek modern fireplace invite you in to explore the open dining room and professional gourmet kitchen w/ Thermador appliances, Caesarstone Island & complementing breakfast alcove. The generous master retreat w/ huge walk-in closet and spa-inspired en-suite bath is a MUST SEE. The garden level family room, guest bedroom and office space completes this one of a kind masterpiece. 












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     10 Pearl Island Road, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 with 7 bedrooms, 5 baths 
and 5,038 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $2,895,000.



Distinctive home on Pearl Island resting on 1.9 acres and 300' of waterfront. As you watch the boats & sea planes go into Roche Harbor, this unique setting immerses your senses. Ever changing views of Mosquito Pass to the Olympics set the stage. A well-appointed 3 bdrm home and 4 bdrm guest house provide a truly unique type of property which rarely comes on the market. Add deep water moorage, a sport court, fire pit, fenced gardens, playground and more to have the estate of your dreams. Imagine!




















Today's Best Mortgage Rates

Mortgage Rates Very Close to 1-Month Lows
Dec 6 2017, 4:48PM

Mortgage rates moved noticeably lower today as bond market improved for the 2nd day in a row--the first time that's happened since early November (when it comes to the bonds that relate to mortgage rates) his was the first time since early November.  That was reassuring enough that lenders finally adjusted their rate sheets to more than match the market.  They haven't been able to do that recently due to the volatility and the general trend toward slightly higher rates over the past 2 months.

The average lender continues quoting conventional 30yr fixed rates at 4.0% for top tier scenarios.  While that rate hasn't changed for more than 2 months, we have seen the upfront costs move higher and lower.  For most lenders, today's upfront costs for any given rate are nearly as low as they were on November 28th.  Before that, you'd have to go all the way back to Nov 8th to see lower costs.
                                                                                        52 Week
30 Yr FRM3.96%4.00%-0.043.84%4.39%
15 Yr FRM3.31%3.34%-0.033.12%3.61%
FHA 30 Year Fixed3.60%3.60%--3.35%4.10%
Jumbo 30 Year Fixed4.13%4.16%-0.034.10%4.60%
5/1 Yr ARM3.19%3.20%-0.012.98%3.25%
Today's Top Real Estate News Article


5 reasons to buy a home during the holiday season

By Robin Saks Frankel 
Bankrate



Snow falling on porch decorated for the holidays.: 5 Reasons to Buy a Home During the Holidays© 
It’s the season of spending. The end of the year is known for spending money on all things festive: gifts, celebrations, and the occasional new outfit.

Should you also put buying a house on your holiday shopping list? Crazier things have happened. Here are five reasons you may want to buy a home during the holiday season:

1. It’s not as overwhelming

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In the winter months, there is typically a big dip in the number of homes available for sale compared with other times of the year.

“Home sales are definitely cyclical following seasonal patterns,” says Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors. “In the winter months, inventory tends to be 20 percent to a third lower.”

Especially for first-time homebuyers, having a handful of choices within your budget can be far less daunting then traipsing through dozens of open-houses and viewings. Less competition from other buyers during the holiday season also means you’re less likely to be outbid or get turned down by a seller because they got a better offer. Use a mortgage calculator to determine what you can afford.

2. Envision what’s in store


For couples and families who dream of spending future holidays in their new home, house shopping in the winter can give you a clearer picture of what that might look like.

“Buying a home is an emotional process,” says Dave Mele, president of Homes.com.
If you tour a house and it’s decked out for the season, he says, it might resonate with you and help you envision your own family celebrating there.

A snow-covered lawn, for example, could conjure up visions of building snowmen and having sled rides.

Just be sure to ask for photographs of the house in warmer weather so you know what the landscaping and other exterior features look like without the fluffy white stuff.

3. You might get a better deal


 “Sellers are more motivated this time of year,” says Samona Rosenberg, an agent with Stein Posner Real Estate in Boca Raton, Florida.

Homeowners who are selling in wintertime are likely to be looking to sell quickly and move on.

There are lot of reasons, both financial and personal, why someone might be looking to sell their house during this traditionally sluggish time. Whether the sellers have a new job, are empty-nesters, or can no longer afford to stay, chances are their eagerness to close on a sale could be your gain.

“A seller might be a little more apt to negotiate,” says Michael Seward, owner and broker for Michael Seward Realty in Palmer, Massachusetts.

4. Put your vacation to work

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Taking some time off during the holiday season could also be a boon to your house hunt.
“You may have a little extra time that you might not have had otherwise have to go out and see homes,” Mele says.

If you have visiting relatives or if the kids are out of school, it’s a great time to bring them along, and get their feedback. Most families shy away from making a move during the school year, so involving them in the process could make it easier for everyone to get excited about a relocation.

5. It may make financial sense

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Under current law, homeowners can itemize and deduct the interest paid on their mortgages up to the first $1 million, if their loan is used to buy or improve a first or second home. If you end up closing on a new home at the beginning of the new year, you’ll be able to take a deduction on an entire year’s worth of mortgage interest.

With the Fed expected to raise rates once more before the end of 2017, now might be a cheaper time to lock in a mortgage at a great rate.

With the various loan options available to home buyers, it may ultimately cost you less money up front to buy a place than to rent, says Nate Crandell, a realtor for Compass West Realty in Winchester, Virginia.

“A lot of people think they can’t afford to buy a house at the end of the year because they’ll need a ton of money for holiday shopping,” he says. But Crandell says that with FHA loansand other government-backed programs, the cost of ownership could be less up front than putting down a security deposit plus first and last month’s rent.

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