REAL ESTATE EYE CANDY

What are the 15 most expensive zip codes in the US?  You may be surprised!  Here are some quick looks at the communities that are drawing the big bucks…. Click here to read more Continue reading

MORE CELEBRITY MOVES

It was a big week in the big city for celebrity moves!  And among the real estate newsmakers it seems singer Harry Styles is taking a new direction….and it looks to be Manhattan!  He recently put his bachelor pad above Sunset Blvd. back on the market for $8M. Take a look….. Click here to read more Continue reading

REAL ESTATE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

Ask 100 people, get 100 different answers.  But the more I read about projected real estate trends for 2018, the more common themes seem to emerge for the year.  The impact of tax reform, supply and demand inequities and the emergence of the millennial buyer are among the defining issues that will drive the market for the coming year.  For a more in-depth understanding, read on….. Click here to read more Continue reading

CELEBRITY MOVES

Talk about funny money!  Comedienne and actress Chelsea Handler has just listed her Bel-Air home for $11.5million.  Featuring all the amenities you might expect in a luxury celebrity home including a sauna, swimming pool and outdoor kitchen, I’ve got to hand it to Ms. Handler for living her truth with a bar in her master closet.  I wouldn’t expect any less from the author of one of my favorite recent reads, “Are You There, Vodka?  It’s Me, Chelsea”. Click here to read more Continue reading

MORTGAGE MONDAY: THE IMPACT OF RISING MORTGAGE RATES

As the mortgage rate inches up, CNBC asks how will a 5% mortgage rate affect prospective homebuyers?  For some, affordability may become an issue.  But with tight credit and limited inventory, we are not likely to see a decrease in prices.  And with more buyers than the current housing supply can support, the idea of a housing bubble just doesn’t hold water. Click here to read more Continue reading

REAL ESTATE EYE CANDY

There are exceptional homes and then there are true masterpieces.  Take, for example, this Dallas mansion designed by Philip Johnson, the modernist architect best known for the Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut.  Built in 1964 and restored in 2008 this six bedroom 7+ bathroom estate on 7 acres is a stunning example of postmodern architecture.  And, like most great homes that come to market, it is offered by Sotheby’s! Click here to read more Continue reading

CELEBRITY NEWS

He may not be the most recognizable of names, but actor Ben Koldyke’s newly listed 1920’s Craftsmanstyle home in Santa Monica is just so darn beautiful that I had to share….   Click here to read more Continue reading

IS CRYPTOCURRENCY THE FUTURE OF REAL ESTATE TRANSACATIONS?

I’ll admit, I wring my hands when I watch the jump in Bitcoin values and do the shoulda-woulda-coulda dance.  Like so many others, I’ve been sitting on the sidelines watching the crazy swings in value, and registering concern over the lack of certification and oversight, occasionally high transaction costs, and world governments beginning to chip away at its anonymity.  But increasingly I am seeing it accepted in transactions ranging from gift card purchases to real estate.  Recently, when a development of new homes in Hollywood advertised noting that Bitcoin payments would be accepted I had to ask myself, “What is the future role for cryptocurrency for buying and selling real estate?” Click here to read more Continue reading

THE FEEL GOOD STORY OF THE WEEK

  Sometimes we just need a feel good story to give us that blast of inspiration and hope. And this week, the focus is on Glenn Quillin, the new Guinness World Record holder for the oldest person to ride a zip line.  Mr. Quillin, now 102 years old, worked for Hughes Aircraft for many years in Los Angeles and then went on to own a real estate business with his wife, who died in 2010.  Read on and enjoy!  Happy Tuesday! Continue reading

MORTGAGE MONDAY: WHAT DOES ALL THIS VOLATILITY MEAN?

The stock market is on a roller coaster run.  The government is planning to issue more bonds to fund the deficit.  What does it all mean for mortgage rates?  This easy-to-follow article dissects the movements in the market and explains the possible impact on mortgage rates.  For anyone buying or selling real estate, this is news that affects you. Click here to read more Continue reading