MARKET TRENDS: THE BEST BUYER’S MARKETS

Spring has been good to buyers as mortgage interest rates hover at near historical lows. But now buyers have another reason to celebrate. The slowdown in real estate price increases coupled with an uptick in inventories as more sellers list their properties have shifted the landscape, turning sellers markets into buyers markets in certain parts of the country. And where buyers have the advantage, you can expect an end to the crazy bidding wars that have driven some markets. Which markets does realtor.com identify as the best buyer’s markets in the US? You’re bound to be surprised! Click here to read more Continue reading

MORTGAGE MONDAY:

This week there’s good news on the mortgage front. Mortgage rates continue their decline, going back down to the “3’s” this month with the average 30 year fixed rate for June at 3.82%. And now it is widely expected that the Fed may call for two more interest rate cuts this year to protect against possible impacts that the Chinese and Mexico tarrifs could have on the US economy. For the home buyer and anyone with a mortgage that might refinance these rate cuts can mean hundreds of extra dollars in your pocket each month. Click here to read more Continue reading

DESIGN TRENDS: THE POWER OF THE POWDER ROOM

Without fail, when I give people a tour of my home I call out my powder room as my favorite room I the house. And for good reason! I took chances in this room, and I spent lavishly on the relatively small space. The result? A solid onyx tower that stands as the sink…and my source of pride. It appears that I am not alone. For many, the powder room is the one room where people make an outsized design statement, taking risks and reflecting personality unlike any other room in the house. Click here to read more Continue reading

CELEBRITY MOVES

This week’s “Celebrity Moves’ has a bit of a personal/family connection. Actress Katie Cassidy, star of the TV series “Arrow” made quick work of finding a buyer for her 3000 sq. ft. Encino home. Cassidy is the daughter of actor/singer David Cassidy and granddaughter of Jack Cassidy who tragically died in a fire in the West Hollywood penthouse I own and live in. Continue reading

MORTGAGE MONDAY

Business Insider dispels some myths and provides useful tips to help first-time buyers understand and navigate the home mortgage market. Click here to read more Continue reading

DESIGN TRENDS: SLIDING BARN DOORS

Sliding barn doors have become a hot design trend adding an interesting architectural element and creatively separating spaces or replacing standard doors. And I have to admit, I am a fan! In fact, I integrated this concept into my own home to creatively display a door I purchased from New York’s Chelsea Hotel at an art auction (thank goodness for the inspiration as when the door arrived at my home I realized I had absolutely no idea how or where to display it!)   Continue reading

CELEBRITY MOVES

Serial real estate investors Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have purchased an English Tudor mansion in Beverly Hills for $45M from singer Adam Levine. Mr. Levine bought the home just over a year ago from “Will & Grace” creator Max Mutchnick. And Max bought the home in 2008 from tennis great Pete Sampras. If those walls could talk! Click here to read more Continue reading

REAL ESTATE EYE CANDY

Are you planning on entertaining at home this Memorial Day weekend? You’re sure to find inspiration in these extraordinary homes with incredible indoor-outdoor spaces. Summer’s here! So why not take a few design tips to spruce up your home for the season? Click here to read more Continue reading

DESIGN TRENDS: ARCHITECTURE THAT MAKES A STATEMENT

  This Memorial Day weekend take a trip across the US without ever leaving home and see the most spectacularly designed buildings in every state. Stunningly beautiful, exciting, innovative and functional, these buildings, whether residential or commercial, have earned iconic status within their respective states. Each is a testament to exceptional architecture and design. Click here to read more Continue reading

CELEBRITY MOVES

It certainly is a brave new world! High-profile beauty blogger James Charles, the subject of massive coverage this week concerning his battle with rival beauty blogger Tati Westbrook, has just leased a 4,255 sq. ft Encino estate with outdoor kitchen, pool and waterfall. Not bad for a 19 year old! At 19 I was sharing a 150 sq. ft dorm room at UCLA. Where were you living at 19? Click here to read more Continue reading