UNDERSTANDING REVERSE MORTGAGES

Reverse mortgages can be an effective tool for seniors, allowing them to use the equity in their homes to create an income stream in later years. But like any financial product, it is important to understand the costs and benefits in order to evaluate if it is the right financial strategy for you. Jamie Hopkins, a contributor to Forbes clears up some of the misconceptions surrounding reverse mortgages to help guide you… Click here to read more Continue reading

MARKET TRENDS: AMERICA’SBEST “GAYBORHOODS”

It’s the morning after World Pride in New York, the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots that are marked as the launch of the modern gay rights movement. So it only seems appropriate to share this update on the cities with the best “gayborhooods” for the LGBTQ community. Realtor.com looked at walkability, entertainment and culture among cities with a significant population of household with same sex partners and then added in each city's score on the Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index, which measures how inclusive its laws and services are for the gay community. The results may surprise you… Click here to read more Continue reading

CELEBRITY MOVES

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are flipping incredible!!! The dynamic duo who have already purchased two new homes this year and are trying to unload several others to add to their substantial coffers have listed an oceanfront estate in Carpinteria. Purchased for $18.6M less than two years ago they have listed the estate with its nearly 7,000 sq. ft main house, detached guest house and tennis court for a whopping $24M. Now that’s the way to flip! Click here to read more Continue reading

MARKET TRENDS: CALIFORNIA RESALE HOUSING

There’s good news for both buyers and sellers in the California Association of Realtors May 2019 Housing Resale Report. For sellers, median home prices continued to set new records and sales activity was strong. For buyers, an increase in the number of active listings offers more choice and helps to calm the competitive bidding frenzy. For more details read on… Click here to read more Continue reading

DESIGN INSPRIATION

This transformation of a vintage townhouse in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood is nothing short of spectacular. Soft, creamy colors and warm woods create a space that is elegant, inviting and breezy. But it is the addition of the top floor with the beautifully designed kitchen and entertaining areas and outdoor terrace to take in those incredible San Francisco views that really raises the bar for luxury living. Click here to read more Continue reading

CELEBRITY MOVES

The Queen of Glam, Ru Paul, just listed a 2,362 sq. ft. 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home in West Hollywood’s tony Bird Streets. If the bold designer interior doesn’t fully do it for you, then perhaps the panoramic views from the huge department store windows and the sexy pool overlooking the city and its glittering night lights may seal the deal at the asking price of just under (and I mean just!) $5M. But hey, if you can’t afford the price tag then do as Ru says and just “Sashay Away.” Click here to read more Continue reading

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU SAY WOW!

At 112 stories Central Park Tower on Billionaire’s Row will be New York’s tallest residential building when it is completed in 2020 (and certainly one of the most expensive). They’ve just listed their first condos for sale. Want to know more? CLick here to read more Continue reading

REAL ESTATE EYE CANDY

From the breezy, luxurious interiors to the beautiful grounds to the expansive ocean views, this two home compound in Malibu’s Point Dume offers plenty of eye candy. And if he gets anywhere near his price tag of $27.3million, it will be an awfully sweet deal for Olympian snowboarder/skateboarder Shaun White. Click here to read more Continue reading

DESIGN INSPIRATION – THE PERFECT FAMILY HOME

When Jessica Alba and Cash Warren purchased their new Los Angeles home and set out to remodel the focus was on organic materials including natural fibers, hemp textures and reclaimed wood to create safe, comfortable, luxurious spaces for her family and friends. The end result is a house that provides near-perfect family functionality with easy elegance and relatively low maintenance. What more could you want in a family home? Click here to read more Continue reading

CELEBRITY MOVES

“Starter home” takes on an entirely new meaning when you are the offspring of mega-famous, mega-successful parents like Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger. For their lucky 27 year old daughter Christina, her first foray into home ownership is a luxurious 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath townhouse in Brentwood. With a start like this, one can only imagine what her first trade-up will be! Click here to read more Continue reading