April 2017

Providing Palos Verdes Buyers and Sellers with the Best and Top Real Estate Service

By | April 13th, 2017|Featured Posts, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Listings, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes, Rancho Palos Verdes, Seller Tip|

Luxury Home Sold by Charlemagne International 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 want [...]

February 2017

Need a Top Agent/Broker to Help You Sell or Buy in Palos Verdes?

By | February 10th, 2017|Buyer Tip, Featured Posts, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes, Rancho Palos Verdes, Seller Tip|

  The selection of a real estate professional to represent you in the sale of your property is a huge decision.  Not only is your home like to be one of your most valuable assets, but the choice of a real estate agent can also increase your net, or it can cost you thousands of dollars.  Choose with great care!  The process of selling a property is a little bit science and a little bit art.  Timing and luck are also often thrown into the mix. The science part involves knowing the local market and being able to translate the [...]

October 2016

The Lay of the Land In Palos Verdes

By | October 28th, 2016|Buyer Tip, Featured Posts, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes View Homes|

Many buyers expect to purchase a property with a flat backyard.  In Palos Verdes, that may present more of a challenge than anticipated, especially if a view is also on the list of requirements. The Palos Verdes Peninsula is full of canyons, cliffs, hills and the edge of the ocean. All are highly desirable but not always compatible with a flat backyard.  Due to the location of the lot, the yard and pool may be in the front courtyard allowing for the back of the house to take full advantage of one of our spectacular views of either the ocean [...]

January 2016

100+ Reasons to Buy a Luxury Home in Palos Verdes, CA

By | January 27th, 2016|Buyer Tip, Favorite Photos - Palos Verdes, Featured Posts, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Palos Verdes View Homes|

I wrote the original version of this article back in 2008--some things change and others remain the same.  Even though I've gone on to expound in-depth about the Palos Verdes lifestyle in over 4,000  articles, and I discover new things to love about life in PV, these original five reasons still top my list. Original article as written January 2008: I was recently asked by a soon-to-be resident what I like best about living in Palos Verdes.  My answer was not as concise and to the point as I would have liked.  Later, I found myself thinking about the very legitimate [...]

October 2015

On the Hunt for a Palos Verdes Home? Tips from Norma Toering, Broker

By | October 29th, 2015|An Agent's Life, Buyer Tip, Featured Posts, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes|

  Beginning your journey to purchase a new residence can be an odyssey filled with excitement, disappointment and even a bit a mystery.  Bumps in the road, setbacks and the occasional hiccup will be encountered along the way.  There will be moments of sheer joy when you find "The One,"  only to be followed by moments of doubt and even cold feet when it is time to sign the contract binding you to 30 years of monthly payments, or review a 60-page home inspection report. This is not a trip you want to embark upon alone.  Your experience will only [...]

June 2015

What Are Palos Verdes Sellers and Buyers Saying About Charlemagne Int’l Properties?

By | June 4th, 2015|An Agent's Life, Favorite Photos - Palos Verdes, Featured Posts, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes, Seller Tip|

Real estate customer service is not dead.  At least not at Charlemagne Int'l Properties located in Rolling Hills Estates, CA.  Although, one may wonder if calls are not returned and details are left unattended causing home owners to feel the weight of the myriad of details involved in selling a Palos Verdes property seem to rest solely on the seller's shoulders.  As one seller recently commented, "Who knew selling a house involved so many moving parts and so much time?"  At Charlemagne, we make every effort to reduce the stress and burden of selling your Palos Verdes property. "Thanks for [...]

May 2015

What’s the Value of a Palos Verdes View?

By | May 13th, 2015|Buyer Tip, Favorite Photos - Palos Verdes, Featured Posts, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes View Homes, Seller Tip|

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as is the value of a view.  This is one of the great puzzles of selling view homes on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.  We have a plethora of views.  There are varying degrees of views, there are up close and personal views and there are some homes with pastoral views (some buyers consider this a non-view when compared with a panoramic view).  What's an agent to do when asked to place a value on a view? The Views of Palos Verdes: The Queen's Necklace view is one of the most sought after on the [...]

Palos Verdes Home Prices

By | May 13th, 2015|Buyer Tip, Featured Posts, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes View Homes, Rancho Palos Verdes, Seller Tip|

I often write about the Palos Verdes luxury home market--those residences priced above $2,000,000.  Today,  let's look at Palos Verdes homes priced below $2,000,000: Rancho Palos Verdes has 70 single family detached homes priced at $2,000,000 or less currently for sale. Palos Verdes Estates has 15 single family homes priced at or under $2,000,000. Rolling Hills Estates has 9 single family homes for sale priced at or under $2,000,000. Palos Verdes Peninsula (the unincorporated areas of the Palos Verdes Peninsula) has 3 single family homes for sale priced at or under $2,000,000. Rolling Hills currently has no homes listed for [...]

6 Reasons Your Next Home May Be in Palos Verdes

By | May 7th, 2015|Buyer Tip, Favorite Photos - Palos Verdes, Featured Posts, Inspiration, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Rolling Hills Estates, Seller Tip|

Reasons People Want to Live in Palos Verdes: 1)  Few places on earth are more beautiful.   2)  The Palos Verdes Unified School District is one of the top public school systems in California.   3)  It is located in Los Angeles County, and is close to all the urban conveniences, but is a coastal retreat far from the hustle and bustle of city life.   4)  The climate provides many days of sunshine, a few of rain, but snow is a rare occurrence.   5)  The coastal location provides easy access to beaches.  The Palm Springs desert towns are [...]

March 2015

From Contract to Close

By | March 24th, 2015|An Agent's Life, Buyer Tip, Featured Posts, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Seller Tip|

Your offer to purchase a home was accepted!  Those are wonderful words for most buyers to hear, and most sellers are relieved to know they are close to achieving their goal as well.  Buyers are delighted to conclude the endless search online and in the streets of their neighborhoods of choice.  Sellers are thrilled the need to vacate their living quarters during showings and the daily task of keeping the house "show ready" are drawing to a close.  It's a happy time for both parties to the contract. Then reality hits.  There are inspections to do, repairs or credits to [...]