July 2012

Palos Verdes Homes–Luxury Is in the Eye of the Beholder–High-End is a Price

By | July 30th, 2012|Front Page, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes|

  When it comes to homes, luxury is in the eye of the beholder, but high-end usually means the upper echelon of the price range for the area.  A spa bathroom complete with sauna and soaking tub meets the definition of luxury for many but such amenities may also be found in a mid-price range Palos Verdes home.   Life is full of many little luxuries with blurred lines between necessity or indulgence.  One man's luxury is another's requirement.  If a prospective buyer asks to see luxury homes in Palos Verdes the next step is to have them define what constitutes luxury for them.  Maybe [...]

My Favorite Palos Verdes Salad Stops

By | July 29th, 2012|Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes|

I love a delicious green salad for lunch and am always on the hunt for a fabulous new salad stop to add to my favorite eating spots on The Hill aka Palos Verdes Peninsula.  Last week I was in the Lunada Bay neighborhood of Palos Verdes Estates showing property and if it's mealtime and I'm in the area I always stop at St. Honore French Bakery for their delightful Tahitian Chicken Salad (with tiny slivers of crusty French bread).    I wish I had taken a picture as it looked good enough to eat, and that's exactly what I did.  However, the portion was so generous I enjoyed [...]

Palos Verdes Beaches

By | July 27th, 2012|Favorite Photos - Palos Verdes, Front Page, Malaga Cove, Palos Verdes Estates|

Palos Verdes is best known for its spectacular bluffs and cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  However, RAT Beach is a favorite with the locals.  Located at the south end of Torrance Beach and accessible from Palos Verdes Estates, the beach is a popular spot during the summer months.   It's also a great place for a walk! Norma Toering and Team - (310) 493-8333   Here are some more of the beaches in Palos Verdes! The Portuguese Bend Beach Club (Private beach in RPV): Lunada Bay in Palos Verdes Estates: The PV Athletic Club just below Malaga Cove in PVE:   The tide pools below Trump National Golf [...]

What Are the Most Desirable Areas in Palos Verdes?

By | July 22nd, 2012|An Agent's Life, Buyer Tip, Favorite Photos - Palos Verdes, Front Page, Inspiration, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Palos Verdes View Homes, Rancho Palos Verdes|

A client recently asked the question, "What are the most desirable areas in Palos Verdes?" My quick response was, "It depends on what you desire."   Upon digging a bit deeper, she desires a quiet location and her husband likes the country feel and a bit of land to call his own.   Their wish list is compatible which means we are off to a good start.  Neither one wants to be too close to a busy street (traffic noise) nor know when their neighbors are coming and going.  That information alone allows me to eliminate some neighborhoods and focus on privacy and [...]

Why Time Really Is ‘Of the Essence’ in Real Estate

By | July 21st, 2012|An Agent's Life, Buyer Tip, Favorite Photos - Beach Cities, Front Page, Inspiration|

  WHO HESITATES IS LOST - "Swift and resolute action leads to success; self-doubt is a prelude to disaster. The proverb goes back to 'Cato'  by English essayist and poet Joseph Addison. First attested in the United States in 'The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table"  by Oliver Wendell Holmes." Some consumers think a real estate agent stating "Time is of the Essence" is a sales tactic agents use to push them to make a decision under pressure.  I can't speak for all agents, but this one uses it as a reminder a competing offer can arrive at any given moment.  If you [...]

Country Club Home Sales Report – June 2012 – Rancho Palos Verdes

By | July 16th, 2012|Country Club, Palos Verdes, Rancho Palos Verdes|

Country Club neighborhood real estate and home sales report for Rancho Palos Verdes, CA in June 2012. Homes for sale: 11 Houses are listed for sale priced from $969,000 to $3,150,000. Pending sales: 5 Houses are in escrow priced from $1,050,000 to $3,998,000. June sales: Two homes sold in June 2012: Address Sale Price Bed/Bath Sq. Feet. Lot Year Built Days Listed 30150 Matisse Dr. $1,316,250 4/3 2891 15780 1979 273 30317 Rhone Dr. $1,639,000 4/3 3683 15623 1962 51 Homes for sale in the Country Club section of RPV: Property for sale in Country Club:

Hungry, Hungry California Termites

By | July 13th, 2012|An Agent's Life, Buyer Tip, Front Page, Los Angeles, San Pedro, Seller Tip|

Termite Fumigation Process Underway Termites love to eat and wood is their favorite food.  They are industrious little critters and abundant in Southern California.  Controlling their voracious appetite is big business and is referred to in the California Residential Purchase Agreement.  There is even a special form for buyer and seller to sign designating who will pay for the report to check for termites, the work required to repair the damage they left behind and the fumigation if they are still present.   Yesterday, I drove by one of my listings currently under contract and also under the fumigation [...]

Providing My Palos Verdes Clients with the Best and Top Real Estate Service

By | July 11th, 2012|An Agent's Life, Buyer Tip, Favorite Photos - Palos Verdes, Front Page, Inspiration, Seller Tip|

Luxury Home in Pasadena Sold by Charlemagne Int'l Properties I have a 'clients first' policy.  It's not always well received by my business partner or my inner social circle, but unless I have an appointment or engagement that must be honored, I keep my schedule flexible to accommodate my clients' needs.  Perhaps this is because before I was a real estate agent in Palos Verdes, I was a globe-trotting, house-buying corporate gypsy. Yes, I arrived in the new city we would soon call home, usually on a very tight schedule, and began the house-hunting mission.  I did not [...]

Terranea Resort–Lovely Addition to Palos Verdes

By | July 9th, 2012|An Agent's Life, Front Page, Inspiration, Rancho Palos Verdes|

Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes After a morning spent blogging about all things real estate in the gorgeous coastal communities of Palos Verdes and the South Bay Beach Cities of Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo, I received an invitation for a late lunch or early dinner (we need a creative name for this late afternoon meal, maybe linner or dunch?).  Naturally, I accepted as I was long overdue to leave my computer screen behind and get out and take advantage of the ample sunshine on another perfect Southern California day. As is often the case, we found ourselves at [...]

Palos Verdes–Hot Housing Market for Summer 2012

By | July 7th, 2012|Buyer Tip, Favorite Photos - Palos Verdes, Front Page, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills Estates, Seller Tip|

Sizzling Sumer Market in Palos Verdes 2012 There are new buyer in town in search of a home priced under $1,400,000.  Their wish list includes four bedrooms, view, yard and a pool would be nice.  All this wrapped up in a lovely remodeled two-story home would be perfect.  Unfortunately, with the limited inventory available in Palos Verdes, this is easier wished for than granted. Yesterday's viewing agenda yielded no urge to place pen to contract, so today we will broaden our horizons and venture into the Beach Cities of the South Bay.  The prospects are limited, but we want to [...]