Tuesday, January 2, 2018




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#1     1133 Ikena Circle, Honolulu, HI with 4 bedrooms, 7 baths and 16,726 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $35,000,000.


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Today's Top Real Estate News 

2018 Global Luxury Real Estate to Feel Tax Impact.  From New York to Sydney, major cities will feel effects of federal regulations, stamp duties and tax system overhauls.

By Beckie Strum 
Mansion Global


Concerns over tax changes and government regulation will buffet luxury housing markets around the world, as punitive stamp duties in places like London and Sydney and the biggest overhaul to the U.S. tax code in decades play out in 2018.

For foreign investors, second-home buyers and flexible workers, it will be a race to dodge rising taxes. In the U.S., multi-million dollar homeowners will prepare to feel the squeeze as Congress limits tax deductions for property taxes and interest on mortgages. The removal of  tax deductions for state and local income tax may cause a minor shuffle as wealthy self-employed workers, empty nesters and others look to ditch high-tax states like New York 


























and Connecticut for homes in places like Florida, where there are no state income taxes, experts say.

Outside of the United States, double-digit stamp duty—or tax on real estate transactions—in places like Sydney and London will continue to cool luxury markets there, particularly among foreign investors and second-home buyers.

Ken Jacobs, a Sydney-based luxury broker with Christie’s International Real Estate, said he’s already seen several eight-digit deals fall through since stamp duty on foreign buyers doubled in July in Australia.

Meanwhile in the U.K., an 18-month-old hike in stamp duty will continue to dog the British luxury market, where prices are predicted to flatline next year.

New York


The Big Apple saw luxury sales increase over the course of 2017, as sellers chopped down asking prices to attract buyers—a trend likely to continue into 2018.


Those discounts caused luxury sales to increase 7% last year and average sales price to decline by the end of the third quarter, according to the most recent report by appraisal firm Miller Samuel. The city’s median sales price was down 6% to $6.42 million in the third quarter, according to the firm, which defines luxury as the top 10% of the market.


Greater sales and bigger discounts look poised to carry into 2018, according to data from Olshan Realty. The firm, which publishes weekly statistics on pending luxury sales, has reported a rebound in activity this fall after a sluggish summer, and price cuts remain a staple feature of the market, particularly at the highest end.

Read the latest New York luxury real estate news here

Trying to grab at the highest possible value for land, developers are pushing forward with ultra-luxury towers despite the slide in prices and the increasing risk of oversupply. A slew of super-prime towers are in the pipeline around Central Park—all catering to an ever smaller billionaire buyer pool.

New buildings include Central Park Tower, at 220 Central Park South, where the average price per square foot is estimated at over $7,000; neighboring 111 West 57th Street with prices pegged at around $5,700 per square foot; and 220 Central Park South, which is selling a quadruplex for $250 million.

“With next year’s building boom promising to expand luxury market woes at the very top of the market,” StreetEasy Senior Economist Grant Long said, “2018 will mark slow price growth across multimillion-dollar price points and a landscape in which high-end buyers enjoy the upper hand in negotiations.”



Dubai


Dubai defied expectations that its housing market would bottom out and begin to recover and instead continued to decline in 2017.

Prices sunk another 5.6% in the first nine months of 2017, much better than the double-digit price declines of recent years but a far cry from the turnaround experts expected, said Faisal Durrani of property consultants Cluttons.

“Overall, the market is still in a state of flux,” Mr. Durrani said. But it’s a “much more gradual ebbing of values than before.”

Villas, in particular, had their worst quarter in in two years from July through August, as prices fell 2.8%, according to Cluttons.

Geopolitical events in the region have prevented the emirate from seeing a robust turnaround. Dubai stands out as a bastion of stability compared to its neighbors; a diplomatic crisis unfolded in Qatar, tensions simmer with Iran and Saudi Arabia launched a corruption purge that has led to the arrest of 11 princes.

Browse listings and read further coverage of Dubai luxury real estate from Mansion Global

The iconic Burj Khalifa has seen particularly depressed prices. Condos in the world’s tallest building were 71.2% below their last market peak in 10 years ago, according to a Cluttons report released earlier this year. Homes at the luxury golf course Arabian Ranches are down nearly 36% their market peak.

One of the biggest challenges facing Dubai’s real estate market is the lopsided pipeline favoring luxury homes over mainstream and affordable housing stock. There are about 80,000 units scheduled for delivery in the next three years, when the city will require more than 105,000 new units. That appears to bode well for housing prices, but a disproportionate number of new developments target the oversupplied luxury sector, while the majority of new residents to the emirate will be lower- and middle-income occupants, Mr. Durrani said.
Cluttons estimates values will decline another 3% to 5% in 2018, with the potential for an end-of-year turnaround.

London


The prime property market in the British capital has bottomed out and will begin to see prices start to rise again, though the onerous stamp duty will continue to have a dampening effect at the highest end, experts said.

An increase in Stamp Duty in mid-2016 paired with the unexpected vote to pull from the European Union, the fall in the value of sterling and the resulting economic flux dampened activity in one of the world’s biggest luxury hubs. The latest data from brokerage Knight Frank shows that prices in prime central London fell 3.6% over the year ending in October and in prime outer London 1.4%.

But by the end of 2018, Knight Frank estimates prices will begin to rise again, albeit by a modest 0.5% in prime central London, and will flatline in the prime neighborhoods of outer London.

Browse London luxury real estate listings and read the latest property news

“The sales market in prime central London continues to move towards recovery mode as pricing adjusts to higher transaction costs and political uncertainty,” wrote Tom Bill, head of London Residential Research for Knight Frank in the firm’s 2018 outlook.
The market for properties worth £5 million (US$6.7 million) or more were hit particularly hard in the wake of stamp duty increases but is now recovering more rapidly—a trend Knight Frank expects to continue.

One of the biggest factors moving forward will be tight supply, as owners are reluctant to market homes during a depressed prime market. The particular dearth of larger homes in prime locations has buyers looking to alternative locations, including Surrey, according to Gary Hersham, managing director and founder of Beauchamp Estates.
The biggest single obstacle to growth in the prime market, however, remains the stamp duty, Mr. Hersham said.

The tax is “hampering people’s ability to move home and restricting the natural flow of changes in property ownership,” he said. “The transaction costs are making many reconsider their next move, whether moving up or down.”

Los Angeles

Los Angeles could offer some interesting—albeit outlier—news at the trophy estate level, where developers are racing to put the first $500 million listing on the market.

A slew of nine-digit listings hit the market in 2017—though whether they will sell for over $100 million is to-be-determined. Most luxury home sellers are coming back down to earth in La La Land, taking their overpriced homes off the market or cutting prices by an average of 8.4%, according to the most recent market report by Miller Samuel, which defines luxury as the top 10% of the market.

Read the latest Los Angeles luxury real estate news, browse listings and more

Even still, the high-end market in Los Angeles has been one of the strongest in the United States, as places like New York and Miami saw softening at the top.

After some high-end neighborhoods saw double-digit appreciation in 2016, prices in places like Malibu, Santa Monica and West Hollywood have normalized below 10% annual growth, according to Pacific Union economist Selma Hepp and real estate consultant John Burns, who held a conference in the city earlier this month.

Stronger-than-normal price growth, fueled in part by very tight supply in some quarters such as Silicon Beach—an area dense with tech companies around Venice, Mar Vista and Marina del Rey—is expected to continue through next year before tapering off, the Pacific Union economists said at the conference. They estimated Los Angeles prices would climb another 13% by 2020, with the majority of that appreciation in the coming year.

At the lower end of the luxury home spectrum, U.S. tax changes that will limit tax breaks to home loans up to $750,000 could make Los Angeles’s already tight housing market even worse as people become reluctant to move or build without the tax incentive, according to the Pacific Union economists. Some of the worst hit neighborhoods may be those in Silicon Beach, where prices are climbing rapidly thanks to constrained supply.

San Francisco


The Bay Area’s luxury housing market bounced back in a major way in 2017, following a price correction—particularly among condos—the previous year.

Sales of luxury single-family houses and condos hit new highs and prime prices were up 5.5%, according to Knight Frank Prime Global Cities Index.

With tech stock soaring, next year is looking like more growth, particularly in the first part of the year, said Patrick Carlisle, head of research at Paragon Real Estate Group.

“It looks like 2018 will be a very strong year at least in the initial period,” Mr. Carlisle said. “My guess is that the stock market will go crazy over what is being labeled as ‘tax reform’.”

Booming tech stocks have recently helped fuel Bay Area wealth. The S&P Information Technology index, which includes Google (Alphabet), Apple and Facebook, is up 40% year-over-year.

“There are a lot of people feeling a lot wealthier,” Mr. Carlisle said.

Browse high-end home listings and read the latest luxury real estate news from San Francisco

Stellar stock market gains also has renewed IPO chatter among San Francisco-based companies like AirBnB, Uber, Palantir and Pinterest. If any one of those companies were to go public, there would be scores more millionaires in the Bay Area looking for housing, Mr. Carlisle said.

“When someone becomes a millionaire, the first thing they do is look for a new house or condo,” he said. The San Francisco luxury market sees only about 600 units trade hands each year, meaning a windfall for a local tech company would have a major effect on the housing market. 

Outside of the U.S., Chinese investors have fallen out of the San Francisco market as the government puts more capital constraints on money leaving the country, though that has had a negligible effect on the luxury housing market there

Miami


Luxury hunters once headed for Miami are steering north to Fort Lauderdale, where luxury condo development is booming.  Take Hallandale, about halfway between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, where developer Shahab Karmely is building a 64-unit luxury condominium, 2000 Ocean, comprised of half- and full-floor apartments on the beach with prices starting at $2.5 million.

While coastal Miami has seen its luxury prices and sales dip over the past year, Fort Lauderdale’s luxury market is moving faster as it draws snowbirds from the Northeast, Canada and Brazil. Fort Lauderdale ranked No. 6 for real estate investment in PricewaterhouseCoopers’s 2018 “Emerging Trends in Real Estate” report, the largest upward movement of any city ranked in the report.

Miami and its submarket, Fort Lauderdale, have risen to the top of PwC’s list as primary luxury markets like New York and Los Angeles become prohibitively expensive.
South Florida, which already benefits from buyers fleeing high-tax states like New York, Connecticut and Illinois, is likely to see an uptick in interest thanks to the U.S. tax overhaul, Mr. Karmely said. The law caps a federal deduction for state and local income and property taxes at $10,000, giving people more incentive to look for tax homes in places like Florida or Texas where there is no income tax.

“I’m a believer in Miami, in the continued growth of Miami as a city and as an international hub in the long term,” Mr. Karmely said.


Read the latest luxury real estate news in Miami and tour available high-end homes

The race for buyers in South Florida has developers offering better and more exclusive amenities and lifestyles, said Oscar Rodriguez, principal at ROVR Development. ROVR is in the middle of building a boutique condo development in the lush residential area of Coconut Grove, which will open in summer 2019.

“They don’t want to live with 400 other people,” said Mr. Rodriguez, adding that Miami’s luxury buyers are much more cognizant of the finishes, from kitchen cabinets to amenity spaces than they once were. “It has driven the development industry to produce a much more premium product.”

Sydney


This year, Sydney joined a growing list of global cities imposing greater taxes and regulation on foreign and pied-a-terre buyers in response to rapid price growth—changes that already have had a cooling effect in the luxury market, brokers say.

On Aug. 1, the state government doubled the stamp duty in New South Wales to 8% for foreign buyers, raised the annual land tax to 2% from 0.75% and introduced a so-called “ghost tax” on properties left vacant for six months of the year. In addition, there was already a roughly 5% to 7% tax on homes over $3 million.

The most expensive home to sell this past year was a Point Piper estate that went to a local Aussie buyer, Atlassian founder Scott Farquhar, for A$71 million (US$53.6 million). Had it sold to a foreign buyer, however, he or she would have had to cough up more than A$10 million (US$7.52 million) in stamp duty thanks to the increased stamp duty, said Ken Jacobs, a luxury broker with Christie’s International Realty. That’s not to mention another A$1.9 million annually in land taxes.

Tax hikes on foreign buyers and investors—whether in Sydney, Toronto or Hong Kong—have been a quick-fix response by governments responding to homebuyer frustration over a tight and unaffordable housing market. In Sydney, the measures have primarily hit the prestige market, which has seen prices climb more than 11% so far this year, according to Knight Frank’s Prime Global Cities Index.

Sydney’s once-less-expensive luxury market has been catching up with its peers, logging double-digit annual growth for the past three years. But that heady price run is grounding to a halt under the new regulations. In the third quarter prices grew a paltry 0.7%, according to Knight Frank.

“We’re getting back to what we would call a normal market,” Mr. Jacobs said, “and that should continue into next year.”  



Today's Top San Diego Luxury Estates.


The median home value in San Diego County is $560,800. San Diego County home values have gone up 6.6% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.7% within the next year
The median home value in Coronado is $1,553,700. Coronado home values have gone up 3.5% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.7% within the next year. 

The median home value in La Jolla, 92037 is $1,573,200. 92037 home values have gone up  6.4% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.7% within the next year.

The median home value in Solona Beach, 92075 is $1,277,500. 92075 home values have increased 8.1% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.6% within the next year.  


The median home value in Del Mar, 92014 is $1,678,200. 92014 home values have gone up 2.9% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.7% within the next year. 

The median home value in Rancho Santa Fe is $2,733,200. Rancho Santa Fe home values have gone up 4.1% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.9% within the next year.

#1      17221 Calle Serena, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 with 5 bedrooms, 6 baths and 6,200 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $2,595,000.



Idyllic setting high atop the hill across from the Lake, this beautiful Mediterranean is filled with luxury amenities and an inviting palette! Its Grand entry Hall and sweeping staircase start the drama and anticipation of a privileged lifestyle. First Floor Master Suite, lives like a single-level with 3 Guest BRs and gym upstairs. Spacious, open and bright with modern touches throughout, Sublime!














Today's Top LA Luxury Estate.


The median home value in Orange County is $692,900. Orange County home values have gone up 4.1% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.7.% within the next year. 

The median home value in Los Angeles County is $588,000. Los Angeles County home values have gone up 67.8% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.6% within the next year.

The median home value in Newport Beach is $1,704,700. Newport Beach home values have gone up 4.3% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.2% within the next year. 

The median home value in Santa Monica is $1,502,700. Santa Monica home values have gone up 7.9% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.1% within the next year.

The median home value in Pacific Palisades is $2,884,200. Pacific Palisades home values have gone up 7.9% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.8% within the next year.

The median home value in Malibu is $3.081,600. Malibu home values have gone up 8.1% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.0% within the next year.

The median home value in Bel Air is $3,455,900. Bel Air home values have gone up 5.0% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2..2% within the next year.

The median home value in Beverly Hills, 90210 is $5,092,600. 90210 home values have gone up 7.5% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.5% within the next year.

#1     451 South Peck Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212 with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and 3,750 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $3,975,000.

 
Classic and Stunning 2 story Beverly Hills Spanish home. Enter a lush garden pathway into a character filled entry to this 3 Bedroom, 3 Bath home with an Office/Den that could be 4th Bedroom. Fall in love with vaulted ceilings, classic details, wood floors and plenty of room for entertaining inside and out. Formal LR, DR, Cooks Kitchen opening to large Breakfast area and spacious Family Room that leads to magical private yard with whimsical mural and pond. Spacious Master Suite with private retreat & fireplace plus 2 add'l Bedrooms upstairs.















Today's Top Phoenix Luxury Estate 

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The median home value in Maricopa County is $251,200. Maricopa County home values have gone up 7.1% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.0% within the next year.

The median home value in Scottsdale is $434,700. Scottsdale home values have gone up 5.0% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.4% within the next year.

The median home value in Carefree is $747,800. Carefree home values have gone up 0.8% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.3% within the next year. 

The median home value in Paradise Valley is $1,638,100. Paradise Valley home values have gone up 2.2% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 1.5% within the next year.

#1      3868 North Canyon Ranch Drive, Tucson, AZ 85750 with 4 bedrooms, 5 baths and 4,020 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $3,900,000.


Signature custom build by John Campisano located in the world renowned Canyon Ranch Health and Fitness Resort features southwest contemporary blend architecture of aluminum clad accent trim and 15' stone interior. Walking toward the front door you'll be struck by the beauty of the enormous glass door--once inside the combination of wood ceilings, travertine floors and the great expanse of windows framing the mountains will move you to wanting to see more. Professionally decorated with tasteful color and fun whimsical touches. Wood, Stone, Glass, Color, Light, Mountains & Desert all collide to make this home one of a kind in Canyon Ranch Living that inspires one to be their best.















Today's Top San Francisco Luxury Estate

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The median home value in San Francisco County is $1,276,000. San Francisco County home values have gone up 12.9% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 4.3% within the next year. 

The median home value in Marin County is $1,081,500. Marin County home values have gone up 7.2% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.9% within the next year.9
The median home value in Santa Clara County is $1,152,300.  Santa Clara County home values have gone up 17%.6 over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 8.8% within the next year.

The median home value in Sausalito is $1,362,900. Sausalito home values have gone up 6.2% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.9% within the next year. 

The median home value in Tiburon is $2,580,200. Tiburon home values have gone up 5.4% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.4% within the next year

The median home value in Palo Alto is $2,883,600. Palo Alto home values have gone up 15.6% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 8.4% within the next year.         
            
The median home value in Los Altos is $3,118,100. Los Altos home values have gone up 13.1% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 7.3% within the next year.         

The median home value in Saratoga is $2,715,800. Saratoga home values have gone up 14.5% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 8.2% within the next year.    

The median home value in Atherton is $6,939,400. Atherton home values have gone up 11.8% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 4.3% within the next year.

#1      748 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood, CA 95452 with 4 bedrooms, 5 baths and 6,142 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $11,950,000.



This wine country estate exemplifies fine architecture with quality finishes in every detail. All rooms open to gorgeous country views looking over vineyards down into Kenwood. This home offers a luxurious poolside entertaining area, fabulous massage room & sauna in addition to its en-suite bedrooms & loggias.



















Today's Top Seattle Luxury Estate

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The median home value in King County is $602,200. King County home values have gone up 15.3% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 6.3% within the next year

The median home value in Kirkland is $717,100. Kirkland home values have gone up 20.1%  over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 7.2% within the next year.

The median home value in Seattle is $708,600. Seattle home values have gone up 15.3% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 6.2% within the next year.

The median home value in Bellevue is $871,100. Bellevue home values have gone up 16.6% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 6.3% within the next year.

The median home value in Mercer Island is $1,422,600. Mercer Island home values have gone up 7.9% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 4.2% within the next year. 

The median home value in Clyde Hill is $2,650,900. Clyde Hill home values have gone up 18.7% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 7.1% within the next year.

The median home value in Medina is $2,708,900. Medina home values have gone up 14.1% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 6.3% within the next year.


#1      4201 95th Avenue NE, Yarrow Point, WA 98004 with 4 bedrooms, 5 baths and 5,133 sq.ft. is listed for sale at $4,298,000.


BDR Fine Homes presents a fresh new traditional luxury home on Yarrow Point. Featuring over 5,100 SF and 4 bedroom suites, plus den. The chef's kitchen is equipped with high-end appliances, a large gourmet island and a separate prep-kitchen. The covered outdoor room overlooking the private and flat backyard is designed for year-round living, featuring heater, fireplace TV & BBQ. Build with the BDR Team, a proud 3-time winner of the coveted Builder of the Year award.







4200 95th Ave Ne, Yarrow Point, WA 98004





Today's Best Mortgage Rates
Mortgage Rates Unchanged For 2nd Straight Day
Dec 29 2017, 3:38PM

Mortgage rates were unchanged again today, keeping them at the same stronger levels achieved on Wednesday afternoon.  Wednesday's gains were much-needed as they went a long way toward erasing the damage from a quick spike that took rates to the highest levels in months last week. 

The caveat to the back-to-back weeks of volatility is that this is the end of December. Mortgage rates are driven primarily by trading in bond markets, and trading in bond markets becomes exceptionally sparse this time of year.  In market speak, the word is "illiquid."  Imbalances between buyers and sellers always cause some movement, but illiquidity means that rates move much more than they otherwise would.

Thankfully, this week's illiquidity worked in our favor, and rates returned to the dominant range of the third quarter of 2017.  We could be waiting for the 2nd full week of January before we get a clear sense of how traders are approaching the bond market in 2018.
                                                                                                                                  52 Week
ProductTodayYesterdayChangeLowHigh
30 Yr FRM4.04%4.04%--3.84%4.39%
15 Yr FRM3.37%3.37%--3.12%3.61%
FHA 30 Year Fixed3.75%3.75%--3.35%4.05%
Jumbo 30 Year Fixed4.19%4.19%--4.10%4.60%
5/1 Yr ARM3.20%3.21%-0.012.98%3.25%

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Cordially,


Tom


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