REAL ESTATE EYE CANDY

A Shark tank, a living wall, a theater that seats 30, a 500-bottle wine cellar, a custom humidor room, 2 pools, a vodka and tequila freezer and a  25-person spa are just some of the amenities designed to attract buyers to developer Ario Fakheri’s $35million spec mansion in Los Angeles. Click here to read more Continue reading

SUMMER FUN: POOL PLAY

  From inflatable drink holders to laugh-out-load floats and even a float for your pooch, these inexpensive pool accessories just made summer a whole lot more fun!  So throw on that swimsuit, slather yourself with sunscreen, pour yourself a drink and let’s hit the pool! Click here to read more Continue reading

CELEBRITY MOVES

Actor Jim Parson’s has listed his Moorish inspired Los Feliz estate for $8.95million.  With a legacy of A-list owners, this 3 bedroom/3.5 bath home of 4,062 square feet sits behind gates on nearly an acre and a half and features  spectacular hillside gardens, secluded stone terraces, a small amphitheater, a lagoon style pool and views of the city lights. Now that’s a lot of big bang for the buck! Click here to read more Continue reading

COMPARISON SHOPPING

What kind of a home does $1,000,000 buy you in 25 cities across the US?  Take this quick tour to find out. Fun or disconcerting? I guess that depends on where you live and what you’re looking for! Click here to read more Continue reading

ON THE MOVE

Americans are on the move with out of state moves on the rise.  Where are people moving to? Where are they moving from? And who is doing all this moving? Click here to read more Continue reading

REAL ESTATE EYE CANDY: COOL POOLS

If you’re looking to make your backyard just a bit cooler this summer, these extraordinary pool designs are sure to make a splash! Click here to read more Continue reading

CELEBRITY MOVES

New York’s Chelsea just keeps getting better with celebrities, designers and artists snapping up the luxury lofts and apartments.  The newest addition to the neighborhood is Jesse Tyler Ferguson of ABC’s Modern Family  who, with his husband Justin Mikita just purchased this chic condo at the d’Orsay on West 14th St. With walls of windows, a warm, contemporary design and a huge outdoor terrace this 2 bedroom condo is my idea of the ultimate  New York City pied-a-terre. Welcome to the neighborhood Jesse! Click here to read more Continue reading

REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT STRATEGIES

Not all news is bad news on the China trade front as Chinese investment in foreign real estate is expected to continue its precipitous rise.  With more and more high net-worth Chinese looking to increase their overseas portfolios, savvy investors can cash in on the upward pressure on prices that this added competition will bring to the marketplace.  And of the 5 US cities that are their top choices, guess which city remains their #1 favorite? A shout out to all investors who want to follow the money…. Click here to read more Continue reading

THE COSTS OF HOME OWNERSHIP: A CANADIAN CRISIS

Think home ownership is tough in LA?  Just look at what our friends up north are facing.  The costs of home ownership in Canada have reached crisis levels and in Vancouver, Toronto and even Alberta they are nothing short of staggering!  #LAlookingbetter Click here to read more Continue reading

MORTGAGE MONDAY

Congratulations!  You’ve gotten word that the underwriter has given you final loan approval.  But as they say “it ain’t over yet.” There are still a few steps to go and to avoid nasty surprises that could revoke your loan approval there are some things you need to know and some guidelines you need to follow…. Click here to read more Continue reading