WHAT A CHUNK OF CHANGE: WEST HOLLYWOOD RENTAL REVIEW

Okay.  I admit these look to be some pretty nice properties.  But with rents that range from $11,500 - $12,500 per month it makes an easy case for home ownership!  Click here to read more Continue reading

MORTGAGE MONDAY: HOW WILL THE NEW RATE RISE HIT YOUR WALLET?

With mortgage rates rising above 5% as of the most recent Fed announcement, buyers (or potential buyers) seem to be taking a step back to re-evaluate.  For some, that 5% mark is a psychological barrier to moving forward with a purchase.  But it is important to remember; historically speaking it is still relatively low.  Take, in comparison, the 12% rate I paid on my first property purchased in the 1980’s or the 18% my parents faced in the 1970’s.  What matters most is the real impact is on your monthly payment and how that impacts affordability for you.  CBS news breaks it out by the numbers…. Click here to read more Continue reading

REAL ESTATE EYE CANDY

This extraordinary estate was once the home of Robert Noyce, co-founder of Intel.  Beautifully designed with the finest materials and attention to detail, the main home and guest house are elegant yet comfortable offering the privacy and relaxation one can only imagine was needed amidst the hype and excitement of the early days of Silicone Valley.  On over 4.5 acres, the amenities in the parklike grounds address just about any kind of activity or hobby one can think of…and then some.   This estate truly epitomizes the art of luxury living.   Click here to read more Continue reading

DESIGN TRENDS

2019 is just around the corner and if you’re thinking of doing some updating in your home Elle Décor ‘s favorite designers share their tips for “what’s hot, what’s not” trends tips to guide you.   Click here to read more Continue reading

CELEBRITY MOVES

A beachfront home in Malibu’s Carbon Beach with A-list Hollywood pedigree has hit the market for $15.95 million.  Originally built by Debbie Reynolds and then owned by producer Gary Marshall, the house is surprisingly un-Hollywood with a warm, traditional, lived-in feel reminiscent of the homes in the suburbs of Chicago where I grew up.  But then there is that one teeny difference…it sits right on one of the most exclusive stretches of sand on the California coast! Click here to read more Continue reading

DESIGN TRENDS

If you’re a fan of modern architecture and design this one’s for you.  From coast to coast Derring Hall brings you their top picks for modern homes. Click here to read more Continue reading

CELEBRITY REAL ESTATE

The former estate of Eddie Murphy and ex-wife Nicole Mitchell Murphy will hit the auction block on Oct. 27. Located in the Sierra Nevada foothills this extraordinary estate features a spectacular modern mansion of 12,600 square feet and a guest house that, at 5,200 sq feet, would be considered large for most families. This is a “you’ve got to see it to believe it” property. Click here for more info Continue reading

TRENDS IN REAL ESTATE

Realtor.com takes a new look at the current housing market with an analysis of the inventory levels by market. It highlights the simple rules of supply and demand and explains pricing trends. And the list of top 10 metros where inventory shrinkage has been the greatest may just surprise you. Click here to read more Continue reading

TRENDS IN REAL ESTATE

It seems to be all about millennials these days.  Where are they shopping?  What are they buying?  Where do they live?  According to a recent report from CNBC it seems that millennials are heading out west in pretty significant numbers.    And among the top neighborhoods drawing this group, three are right here in Los Angeles. Click here to read more Continue reading

REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT STRATEGIES

According to Karl Kaufman, a contributor to Forbes, if you earn more than $100K you may want to rethink postponing that new home purchase until 2019 and lock in something this fall.  Despite some confusion, potential buyers may benefit more from changes in the tax laws by buying before the end of the year.  Add in the real possibility of increasing interest rates and the dynamics of the fall market which tend to be a bit more favorable to buyers, and it all suggests that you put on your track shoes and hit the ground running to grab your dream home this fall. Click here to read more Continue reading