COMPARING MARKETS: THE $1.7MILLION HOME

What does $1.7million get you in Los Angeles? And how does this compare to other markets? Here’s a quick snapshot that compares the $1.7M buy in LA to what you could get in Memphis or Bryn Mawr, PA. Click here to read Continue reading

IN THE NEWS: ADDRESSING THE HOUSING AFFORDABILITY CRISIS

As CA lawmakers debate SB50, the bill currently floating in Sacramento to address housing affordability in CA, it is fair to ask “are cities making a difference in preserving and increasing housing for the non-rich?” This quick read by Randy Shaw provides some interesting insights on cities that are making a difference and others that are not doing quite so well. Click here to read more Continue reading

REAL ESTATE EYE CANDY

This idyllic wine country estate in Oakville, CA blends natural stone and wood with expansive windows to create a nearly seamless indoor-outdoor flow that epitomizes California-style luxury living. With warm, contemporary interiors, the latest in luxury amenities, lush grounds and expansive views, why would you ever leave home? Click here to read more Continue reading

DESIGN TRENDS: CELEBRATING CRAFTSMAN STYLE

The iconic California Craftsman is one of the most sought after architectural styles in Southern California…and for good reason.  Open interiors showcase understated design, with rich accents and functional built-ins to provide a warm and inviting atmosphere.  And against this background there is plenty of opportunity for playful design elements.  What’s not to like? Click here to read more Continue reading

CELEBRITY MOVES

Hot off the presses!!! Admittedly, I have “Rocketman” fever, so the news that Jamie Bell and his A-list actress wife Kate Mara have purchased a home in LA caught my attention. And this home in the Los Feliz Oaks, one of my favorite LA neighborhoods, may just be the perfect LA landmark for the celebrity couple rocketing to the top. Click here to read more Continue reading

IN THE NEWS: THE “FULL HOUSE” UPDATE

First it was the “Full House”. Then it was the “Fuller House” And now? Take a look at the spectacular redesign of this iconic San Francisco home recently reimagined and now listed by Jeff Franklin, the creator and executive producer of the legendary series. Click here to read more Continue reading

MORTGAGE MONDAY

When it comes to buying and selling real estate the first offer is rarely accepted. So why does the same logic not apply to mortgages? Getting competitive quotes for the best mortgage can save you thousands of dollars over the life of our loan. How much? According to studies done by LendingTree the savings can be pretty substantial, particularly in stronger markets like Los Angeles. As the song says, “You better shop around…” Click here to read more Continue reading

DESIGN TRENDS

  Summer is just around the corner so it’s time for some outdoor entertaining inspiration. These patio and roof ideas from Elle Décor are just the ticket to get you started on sprucing up your outdoor spaces to get ready for some fun in the sun! Click here to read more Continue reading

CELEBRITY MOVES

When it comes to creating outstanding television, Ryan Murphy has proven he has the goods. His TV series, including “Nip Tuck”, “Glee” “American Horror Story” and last season’s groundbreaking series “Pose” are some of the most addictive shows to ever hit the airwaves. And when it comes to real estate, it seems he similarly has the ability to create outstanding properties. Case in point…the contemporary estate in Laguna Beach that he has recently put on the market. Click here to read more Continue reading

INNOVATION IN REAL ESTATE: MAKING HOMEOWNERSHIP AFFORDABLE FOR EDUCATORS

I came across this article in The Washington Post and it was music to my ears.  Educators may be the most undervalued and under-recognized members of our workforce today.   Teaching is one of the most important professions in the world, training our children to excel into the future, yet in may markets educators are not paid anywhere near enough to afford homeownership.  Now, a new “equity share” program offered in  Denver, San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego and Los Angeles – and soon to expand into additional markets – will enable teachers to buy homes in the more expensive areas where they work.  Click here to read more Continue reading