Beverly Hills, CA Real Estate News

By Valerie Fitzgerald, Luxury Real Estate in Beverly Hills & West LA
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
There's energy in the air! Sales for January were robust in most Westside neighborhoods. It's been said that California is a "tale of two states": while foreclosures have been high in many areas of southern California, there are areas with very few distressed properties. In all of the 58 counties in California, joblessness has had a significant impact on the local economies. Yet in the coastal areas (and specifically in our Westside markets), unemployment is starkly lower. As we know, housing is a leading indicator relative to economic activity and the month of January showed positive progress. The consensus is that people are feeling better and more confident about their financial standing. Since many buyers have been sidelined by high home prices for two or more years, they see that p...
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By Valerie Fitzgerald, Luxury Real Estate in Beverly Hills & West LA
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
PropertyShark.com has put together an interactive map that plots Malibu homes and condos sold in 2009. When you go to the site map -- not to be confused with the screen grab shown here -- click on a location for the sales price, sales date and links to additional property details. By PropertyShark's count, 148 homes sold in Malibu during 2009, compared to 145 in 2008. Peak counts included 275 in 2005 and 240 in 2007. The median sale prices were $1.8 million for 2009, $2.7 million for 2008 and $2.66 million for 2007. That's a 33% drop in the median sale price from 2008 to 2009. Another tracker of sales data, MDA DataQuick, shows 130 existing single-family homes sold in Malibu 90265 last year at a median sales price of $2 million, a 29.8% drop from 2008. It also reports 66 condos sales a...
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By Valerie Fitzgerald, Luxury Real Estate in Beverly Hills & West LA
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Taking borrowers at their word for how much they earn was a major cause of the mortgage meltdown. That practice may also be why an Obama administration program has struggled to convert temporary loan modifications into permanent ones.The government said Thursday that it would overhaul the program by requiring homeowners to document their incomes before trial modifications are granted. Borrowers previously could have their interest rates lowered and the terms of their loans extended on a trial basis without providing pay stubs or other financial documents. Banks and other mortgage service providers were supposed to collect those documents during a three-month trial period, with the modification becoming permanent if the borrower made three reduced monthly payments and submitted the requi...
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By Valerie Fitzgerald, Luxury Real Estate in Beverly Hills & West LA
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
If 2009 was the year of the foreclosure (and loan modification), then 2010 may be shaping up as the year of the short sale. In the Phoenix metro area, the number of completed short sales, where lenders allow a home to sell for less than the value of the mortgage, increased by 60% in the last three months of 2009, according to Fidelity National Title Insurance Co. In December and January, sales of bank-owned homes fell by 25% from one year ago, while short sales increased by 16% and traditional sales rose by 9%. For years, real-estate agents have groaned about the difficulty of pulling off a short sale, which can involve a handful of third parties—the first and second mortgage holders, the mortgage insurance company, or Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Locking up all the approvals for a short...
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By Valerie Fitzgerald, Luxury Real Estate in Beverly Hills & West LA
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
The Obama administration's $75-billion program to help troubled borrowers hold on to their homes appears to be keeping more California families out of foreclosure, data released Wednesday showed, but the relief may be temporary.The number of homes entering the first stage of foreclosure declined 24.3% during the fourth quarter from the previous three months, according to MDA DataQuick, a San Diego real estate research firm. The decline in the default number is significant because any new wave of foreclosures, which could swamp the housing market's recovery, would be preceded by a surge in defaults.So far, thousands of California borrowers have had their mortgages modified through Obama's Making Home Affordable program, but only 7.8% of those modifications were permanent through Dec. 31,...
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By Valerie Fitzgerald, Luxury Real Estate in Beverly Hills & West LA
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
What changes can you make to positively move your business forward? Without getting overwhelmed with the idea of restructuring your entire business model, think of simple changes, or additions, you can make that will positively and effectively grow your business. Take a look at your systems, your schedules, your expenses, and your goals. Each of these areas could use a little ‘touch up’, so without getting overwhelmed, take a look at these suggestions and decide to make the positive change. Systems – Systems are the foundation of which you work from. You can think of systems as the guide or rules for each particular area of your business. When your systems are effective and in place, you can spend more time generating business than crawling out from under piles of paper. What happens wh...
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By Valerie Fitzgerald, Luxury Real Estate in Beverly Hills & West LA
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
If you've been holding back on the new $6,500 federal tax credit for repeat home purchases, you now have all the official IRS guidance you'll need to buy a house, qualify for the credit and pocket the $6,500. That's because the Internal Revenue Service finally published the rules for the repeat purchase credit along with key details for taxpayers that had been missing since President Obama signed the legislation creating the program Nov. 6. The IRS posted its revised Form 5405 on its website ( www.irs.gov) on Jan. 15, six weeks after the agency warned taxpayers not to file claims for the $6,500 credit without using the revised form and new instructions. The repeat buyer credit -- inelegantly dubbed the "long-time resident of the same main home" credit by the IRS -- supplements the popul...
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By Alberto Pacheco, Experience and Trust
(Home Smart Evergreen Realty)
Residential Sat, Jan 23, 2010 03:25 PM RES MLS # Status P V H T Q Type A/D Address City Area Zip TGNO Trct/M Bd B t/f Sty Gar SqFt Yr Blt Price DOM   1  F1792230  S   20     H  T  Q  SFR  D 136 N LE DOUX Rd  BHL C01 90211  632J2  OTHR/0  3  2/1  1  2 D  2,024  1925  $1,050,000  27     2  CLW-08308217  S   17     H  T  Q  SFR  D 128 N STANLEY Dr  BHL C01 90211  632J2  /  3  2/       1,924  1932  $1,312,000  152  *   3  CLW-08301423  S   20   V  H  T  Q  SFR  D 227 S LE DOUX Rd  BHL C01 90211  632J2  /  3  2/    A  1,974  1928  $1,200,000  161  *   4  CLW-08329617  S   18     H  T  Q  SFR  D 216 EL CAMINO Dr  BHL C01 90212  632G2  /  4  3.5/       3,085  1929  $1,849,000  83  *   5  CLW-08331841  S   30   V  H  T  Q  SFR  D 118 N ELM Dr  BHL C01 90210  632G2  /  4  4.5/       2,800  1930...
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By Alberto Pacheco, Experience and Trust
(Home Smart Evergreen Realty)
New Listings: 35 Average Listing Price: $ 2,388,356 Listings Under Contract: 13 Average Listing Price: $ 1,605,366 Listings Sold: 46Average Selling Price: $ 1,845,744 % Diference Between Listing Price versus Selling Price: 90.62 %% Sales Price Versus Old Listing Price: 79.87 % Average Days on The Market: 130  http://www.stoppayingrentinla.com  Bell Real Estate, Bell Probates, Bell Foreclosures, Statistics, Mortgage Loans.                                                          Beverly Hills Hotel                                                                    
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By Valerie Fitzgerald, Luxury Real Estate in Beverly Hills & West LA
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
“Tax reform is taking the taxes off things that have been taxed in the past and putting taxes on things that haven’t been taxed before.” – Art Buchwald Less than 3 months remain before your federal income tax return must be sent to the Internal Revenue Service. Now is the time to start preparing so you can take all of the deductions and credits authorized by law. True, you can file IRS Form 4868 and receive a six-month filing extension, but you still have to pay the full amount of the tax you owe for last year, which means you at least have to prepare a careful estimate of your liability. A good first step in determining your tax obligation is to go to the IRS Web site, where you will find a host of publications to download. Perhaps the most comprehensive publication is No. 17, a 280-pa...
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By Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services
(Home Jane Realty)
Beverly Hills homes are among the most expensive in the country, most of them north of Santa Monica Boulevard and up into the hills.  The flats of Beverly Hills, south of Santa Monica is a mix of single family homes, condos and multi-unit properties   The statistics below are taken directly from the MLS and are for single family homes.  They also don't take into consideration condos, income property and private sales. 12 Listings sold in December '09 up 100% over December '08. The most expensive was $13,000,000 in the hills, and the least expensive was $1,238,050 in the flats. The median price of $2,465,000, up almost 20% over December '08. However the days on the market for sold listings increased by over 100%. Overall, the Beverly Hills market remains steady. Below is a breakdown of ...
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By Matt Sweeney, Rich Kids Real Estate
(Rich Kids Real Estate: The Brokerage)
Pool at Twilight Today's Hot Prop has a bit of sentimental value to it. When I was a young, naive agent years back, one of the first things I learned in old school real estate 101 class is something called "door knocking". Basically door knocking is just as horrific as it sounds; walking from house to house, knocking on doors, and asking if the owner would like to or are is planning to list their house in the near future. I don't know about you, but when someone rings my bell (which is more like a piercing buzzer), I literally have a heart attack unless I'm expecting Mulberry Street to be delivering my favorite pizza. If as an agent I have that reaction, you can only imagine the thrilled look on owner's faces when I rang their door bell trying to get them to list their home with me at ...
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By Valerie Fitzgerald, Luxury Real Estate in Beverly Hills & West LA
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Home prices in Los Angeles County bounced back in December, the first month since the housing bust that the median price for both homes and condos was higher than the year before. The median price of a home was $348,000, up from $339,000 in November and $345,000 the year before, according to data supplied to the Business Journal by HomeData of Hicksville, N.Y. The median price of condos was $315,000, up from $305,000 in November and $310,000 in December 2008. But there are signs that the road to recovery may be a rocky one. The number of homes sold dropped by about 7 percent from November, but it was 30 percent higher than November 2008. Analysts viewed the rising prices as further evidence that the real estate market is rebounding, though some characterized the upswing as a temporary r...
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By Valerie Fitzgerald, Luxury Real Estate in Beverly Hills & West LA
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Updated Nov. 6, 2009, to note new legislation. The new legislation extends and expands the first-time homebuyer credit allowed by previous Acts. The new law: Extends deadlines for purchasing and closing on a home Authorizes the credit for long-time homeowners buying a replacement principal residence Raises the income limitations for homeowners claiming the credit Q. What is the credit? A. The first-time homebuyer credit is a new tax credit included in the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. For homes purchased in 2008, the credit operates like an interest-free loan because it must be repaid over a 15-year period. The credit was expanded in 2009 for homes purchased in 2009, increasing the amount of the credit and eliminating the requirement to repay the credit, unless the home cea...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Breaking news in Beverly Hills, CA the L'Ermitage hotel is on the market. I was reading in the Commercial Real Estate News syndicated by LoopNet that there are multiple offers on The Raffles-L'Ermitage Hotel.  At first glance one would think, this is fantastic, on the other hand we need to look at the Real Story here. In the year 2000 the Beverly Hills property was acquired for $68 million This was major news then, since the per-room price at the time was a record for a Los Angeles area hotel not being on the beach.  Since then the property's performance has slumped. The occupancy rate is down to about 65% and without saying so is the cash flow. That means based on sources reporting a  high bid of $40 million and a cash flow of $1 million translating to a  Capitalization Rate of 2.5% , ...
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By Matt Sweeney, Rich Kids Real Estate
(Rich Kids Real Estate: The Brokerage)
Happy New Years, Rich Kids!!! In case you are interested, I had the most amazing time in London. I have a couple of British clients that I think the world of, so I couldn't wait to experience London for the first time. From start to finish, I could not have asked for a better trip! I did lots of the touristy things: A Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol" walking tour on Christmas Eve, a boat tour down the River Thames (which passed through The London Bridge, The London Eye, Big Ben, House of Parliament), had an AbFab Day (shopping in Knightsbridge and lunch at Harvey Nich's  - of course) and many, many nights of pub hopping.  I also went to Holland Park, Notting Hill, Marble Arch, and some other posh neighborhoods to check out what else...real estate. Being a real estate fanatic, I had a...
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By Valerie Fitzgerald, Luxury Real Estate in Beverly Hills & West LA
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
L.A. 10: The Best In Los Angeles... From luxurious estates in Beverly Hills to fun-filled beach homes in Santa Monica, Los Angeles has distinguished itself as a leader in the US when it comes to real estate. And with miles upon miles of homes cascading the LA hills, you_ will be happy to have an experienced Realtor to assist you in your home buying or selling process. Below are the ten best real estate agents in Los Angeles:1. Valerie Fitzgerald – Coldwell Banker Real EstateWebsite http://thevaleriefitzgeraldgroup.comPhone 310-285-7515Address 301 N Canyon Dr Suite #21 Beverly Hills, CA 902102. Todd Michaud – Keller Williams Realty3. Bob Hurwitz – Hurwitz James Company4. Bill Chin – Re/Max Tri-City Realty5. Your LA Properties Real Estate6. Century 21 Excellence7. Fran and Rowena Los Ange...
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By Valerie Fitzgerald, Luxury Real Estate in Beverly Hills & West LA
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Happy New Year to all my Active Rain Friends. I've enjoyed getting to know you over the last year & you sharing your insights and thoughts. May your 2010 be happy, healthy and prosperous! All my best, Valerie
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By Alberto Pacheco, Experience and Trust
(Home Smart Evergreen Realty)
New Listings: 55 Average Listing Price: $ 4,230,639 Listings Under Contract: 16 Average Listing Price: $ 2,120,437 Listings Sold: 16Average Selling Price: $ 1,685,330 % Diference Between Listing Price versus Selling Price: 93.34 %% Sales Price Versus Old Listing Price: 88.42 % Average Days on The Market: 130  http://www.stoppayingrentinla.com  Bell Real Estate, Bell Probates, Bell Foreclosures, Statistics, Mortgage Loans. THE BEVERLY HILLS WITCH'S HOUSE SHOWN IN VARIOUS FILMS
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By Alberto Pacheco, Experience and Trust
(Home Smart Evergreen Realty)
New Listings: 103 Average Listing Price: $ 3,123,805 Listings Under Contract: 11 Average Listing Price: $ 1,502,081 Listings Sold: 23Average Selling Price: $ 2,745,322 % Diference Between Listing Price versus Selling Price: 90.52 %% Sales Price Versus Old Listing Price: 82.84 % Average Days on The Market: 115  http://www.stoppayingrentinla.com  Bell Real Estate, Bell Probates, Bell Foreclosures, Statistics, Mortgage Loans.
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