Just like a car salesman, the mortgage lender will ask you a few questions to determine what your focus will be as you shop for a loan.  Will it be the rate?  The monthly payment?  He will then play with the numbers to create the story that is most likely to win your business.  DON’T BE FOOLED!  Monthly payments do matter, but don’t overlook rate comparsions and the details of adjustable rates or buy downs that he may propose.  Here are some guidelines to keep you on your toes.  BUYER BEWARE!  Click here to read more Continue reading


This 1920’s English Tudor in Hancock Park rumored to have recently been purchased by actor Armie Hammer  oozes old world elegance and warmth.  With an appreciation for old world craftsmanship the owners have maintained original detailing including the pristine tiling in the master bath and the rich wood paneling in the dining room.   Updates include a cook’s kitchen and the lavish lagoon style swimming pool.  Click here to read more Continue reading


A friend of mine recently purchased a new sofa and they waited excitedly for delivery and placement of their new showpiece in their home.  But on delivery day their dream purchase turned into a nightmare.  Too long to fit into the elevator in their building the sofa had to be taken back to the warehouse where it was reassembled into sections that would allow for delivery.  Once in the apartment, the sofa was larger than they imagined, taking over their living room.  It was a costly mistake indeed.  To ensure that you avoid a sofa disaster follow these guidelines from top interior designers. Click here to read more Continue reading


As he moves to Sacramento with his family for at least the next four years Gavin Newsom and his wife, documentary filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom have listed their family home in Marin County for a cool $5.995 million. The contemporary view home on 1.4 secluded acres features five bedrooms and four baths + two half baths in 4,014 square feet of light-filled space. But the couple won’t be moving into California’s historic governor’s mansion, the opulent, 30-room Italianate Victorian mansion on the edge of downtown Sacramento. They opted instead for an eight-acre estate complete with pool and tennis court near Fair Oaks, just a half hour drive from Sacramento that better suits the family’s active lifestyle. Click here to read more Continue reading


The design experts at Elle Décor have carefully reviewed the paint colors introduced by the major brands for 2019 to bring you this spot-on analysis of the key color trends for the year. If you’re thinking of freshening up your home this year start here for some color inspiration! Click here to read more Continue reading


I am flipping out for celebrity designer Jeff Lewis latest project now for sale in the Hollywood Hills. The 4,300 square foot multi-level home has an asking price of $6.995 million, a reduction of almost a million from what he was asking when he originally listed it last October. From the herringbone oak floors to the black marble kitchen and the disappearing walls of glass, I wouldn’t change a thing. Well done Jeff!   Click here to read more Continue reading


Check out the latest home technologies for Seniors! These Smart tools are designed to support their independence, allowing them to age in place. For your grandparents, your parents and even your own home, there are some “must-have” tools that are less expensive and easier to adapt to than you might have imagined. Click here to read more Continue reading


ATTOM Data Solutions breaks down the year-end 2018 US home sales data and the news is great, with the home seller realizing a 32.6% ROI on the original purchase price. But as expected, results vary by region and market. For more detail and analysis read on… Click here to read more Continue reading


If you’re a fan of cutting edge architecture, contemporary design or modern art then grab a glass of wine, sit back and enjoy as you scroll through the photos of Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel’s super chic Mandeville Canyon estate. With high ceilings, huge expanses of glass and lots of clean, crisp wall space, the 5,700 sq ft. home is like a dream version of your very own Museum of Modern Art. Ahh….the art of luxury living! Click here to read more Continue reading


When you hear about neighborhood gentrification you likely think about older buildings updated with designer touches, new cozy coffee shops, unique boutiques and a trendy restaurant or two. Young professionals seeking an active urban lifestyle and shorter commutes flock to these community environments in cities like New York, Chicago and even Detroit and healthy job markets follow. But when it comes to DTL, gentrification has an entirely different meaning; one that is tied to speculative real estate development without the upside of community building and job creation.   Click here to read more Continue reading