September 2014

5 Recent Reasons to Live in Rancho Palos Verdes & 100 More

By | September 21st, 2014|Featured Posts, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rancho Palos Verdes Lisitng Agent, Rancho Palos Verdes top agent|

A few years ago Palos Verdes Patch featured five reasons Rancho Palos Verdes is one of the best cities in California to raise a family, per the website CreditDonkey.  Rancho Palos Verdes came in at number 7 on Southern California's Top Ten based on the following criteria: 1)  Education:  The percentage of high school graduates (98.1 percent) 2)  Work-life balance:  Average commute time (31.8 minutes) 3)  Family-friendly:  Number of household with children under the age of 18 (32.7 percent) 4)  Stable community:  Percentage of people residing in the same house last year (90 percent) 5)  Cost of living:  Percentage of [...]

August 2014

Luxury Home Sales Soar in California

By | August 19th, 2014|Beach Cities, Buyer Tip, Featured Posts, Hermosa Beach, Hermosa Beach Luxury Homes, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Lifestyle in the Beach Cities, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Real Estate News, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills|

According to RE-Insider in an article published 8/14/14, the luxury real estate market is outpacing the rest of the California housing market by a wide margin.  "While home sales throughout much of California have remained flat throughout this spring and early summer, a new study has indicated that multimillion dollar homes are selling in record numbers, offering hope that the market is still improving and prompting many to wonder what’s holding the rest of the market back." The article went on to state the 2014 luxury home market year to date is up over 9% from 2013 numbers.  On the [...]

May 2014

Why You Should Sell Your Home Now

By | May 22nd, 2014|Beach Cities, Featured Posts, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Palos Verdes View Homes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, San Pedro, Seller Tip|

There's been lots of chatter about low inventory for months on end.  While the inventory still remains low, in my opinion the number one reason for homeowners and landlords to place their South Bay of Los Angeles property on the market is interest rates are still hovering around 4%, give or take a bit depending on the buyer's credit score and loan required.  Yes, there may not be as many homes to choose from, but a 30 year mortgage at 4% is so appealing many buyers are willing to make compromises on their list of "Must Have"  for their new home. [...]

April 2014

Palos Verdes Homes with Ocean View

By | April 14th, 2014|Buyer Tip, Featured Posts, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes View Homes|

A home with a view is often a top priority for prospective buyers in Palos Verdes.  From its vantage point high on a hill and geographically a peninsula with water on three sides, it's relatively easy to fulfill the view requirement.  The next question is, "What view do you prefer?"  In my experience having an ocean view is the number one response.  However, there are many variations of an ocean view in Palos Verdes. The ocean views from Malaga Cove in Palos Verdes Estates often include not only the ocean but city lights and mountains giving it a 24/7 view to [...]

March 2014

Charlemagne Int’l Properties – Intro Video

By | March 21st, 2014|Beach Cities, Featured Posts, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes|

Charlemagne Int'l Properties    Our company name changed, but our service will be even better, and our contact information remains the same.  After several years of blogging to a local audience, as well as an extensive international readership, by way of our award-winning real estate blog, Palos Verdes Lifestyle, Josh and I decided to open Charlemagne International Properties.  With this new venture we plan to focus on local sellers and buyers, while we continue to reach out to the growing number of international buyers interested in purchasing property in Southern California. Our support staff includes a commercial consultant with an [...]

February 2014

Palos Verdes Properties–Horse Property on The Hill

By | February 13th, 2014|Buyer Tip, Featured Posts, Horse Property, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates|

Equestrian property buyers often want to see the horse facilities before they tour the home; they know if the property does not work for their horses the place is not for them.  Consequently, I often employ a reverse showing schedule by checking out the barn or stables, access to trails, riding rings and such before opening the front door of the house.  The priorities of the horse owners often place equine needs above human ones.  As one prospective buyer told me,  "I can always remodel a house, but I can't put a riding trail behind it." Access to riding trails is [...]

Great Photos Are Essential Marketing Tools

By | February 3rd, 2014|Featured Posts, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Seller Tip|

Recently a buyer I'm working with commented about the lack of photos of a particular home of interest to her.  Since this particular buyer is contemplating listing her home this spring she is following the listing and sales of homes in her neighborhood with a watchful eye.  She noted after several days on the market the MLS (and other real estate sites) still had only a single exterior photo of the property.  The lack of photos on new listings is certainly not in the best interest of the seller as interested buyers often pour over the photos long before they [...]

October 2013

Beach Cities and South Bay Income Property

By | October 19th, 2013|Beach Cities, Featured Posts, Hermosa Beach, Income Property, Long Beach, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, San Pedro, Torrance|

A prospective multifamily income buyer recently asked me, "Has the spring feeding frenzy in the income property market cooled, or will my offer still be one of many?" The truthful answer is it depends on the location and condition of the property.   Premium properties in choice locations will still receive multiple offers.  On the other hand, fixer properties in less desirable areas will likely present rehab opportunities so they, too, will likely draw multiple offers.  In today's market, it is hard to find a wallflower income property. Last week Norma Toering & Team submitted an offer on  Hermosa Beach [...]

January 2013

Now Is the Time to Sell Your Palos Verdes Home

By | January 15th, 2013|Featured Posts, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Seller Tip|

Point Vincente Lighthouse in Rancho Palos Verdes  January 2012 I went out on a limb and predicted, "2012 will be the best year since 2007 for Palos Verdes homeowners to consider selling a property."  At press time January 2012 there were 166 single family Palos Verdes homes for sale.  January 2013 showed 108 PV single family houses for sale.  Over 600 Palos Verdes single family homes sold in 2012.   2012 was the year of the comeback for Palos Verdes real estate. The numbers for 2013 are even stronger. Over 700 Palos Verdes single family homes sold in 2013. The local housing [...]

December 2012

Oceanfront Estates Luxury Homes in Rancho Palos Verdes, California

By | December 31st, 2012|Buyer Tip, Favorite Photos - Palos Verdes, Featured Posts, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes Drive West, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes View Homes, Rancho Palos Verdes|

Infinity Pool at Oceanfront Estates in Rancho Palos Verdes Last Updated November 2017 Oceanfront Estates was developed by Capital Pacific Holdings at the turn of the century, from the very late 1990s to the early 2000s.  The development company was from Orange County--synonymous with large homes on tiny lots, but in keeping with the locals' love of the large lot, the developer broke the mold and built large houses on large lots at Oceanfront Estates. The name of the development is not a misnomer.  The ocean views are a sight to behold.  The water is up close and [...]