January 2017

State of the Palos Verdes Luxury Real Estate Market for January 2017

By | January 9th, 2017|Buyer Tip, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Los Angeles coastal income property, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Palos Verdes View Homes, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates|

The Palos Verdes luxury home market begins the year with thirty-nine single-family homes for sale priced over $3,000,000.  Sixteen of those luxury residences are located in Palos Verdes Estates. Rolling Hills has twelve high-end properties on the market, Rancho Palos Verdes has nine single-family properties in the category, and Rolling Hills Estates has two luxury homes for sale over $3,000,000. Eleven Palos Verdes luxury homes are currently in escrow with accepted offers. 56 Palos Verdes luxury properties sold during 2016.  Given the number of high-end homes on the active market and the rate of absorption, there is a four-month supply [...]

November 2016

Measuring an Agent’s Value

By | November 29th, 2016|An Agent's Life, Buyer Tip, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Seller Tip|

As we enter the last month of 2016, my thoughts are turning to how I can better serve my clients in 2017. Over the years it has become apparent there are a plethora of ways an agent can enhance their clients' well-being in financial matters as well as from an emotional point of view. Let's face it selling a house is stressful even under the best of circumstances. Preparing a property to go on the market can take weeks of planning and work if not months. There are so many decisions to make--should you paint, replace the carpet, refinished the wood floors [...]

May 2016

Big Baskets Sold My First House

By | May 12th, 2016|An Agent's Life, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Seller Tip|

  Just in case any of you sellers think this agent does not empathize with the trials and tribulations of selling a property occupied by people and pets, my first experience selling a property was from the seller's perspective. Let me introduce you to the cast of characters who played leading roles in my first real estate sale. One was a seven-month pregnant woman (me), and let's not forget the two-year-old who never napped. Just to complete the picture, there was a dog who hated strangers and was still trying to master the art of relieving himself outdoors--thank heavens for [...]

January 2016

Probate, Wills, Trusts and Such

By | January 27th, 2016|An Agent's Life, Front Page, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes Peninsula|

Today, Josh and I attended an estate planning seminar for real estate professionals regarding probate (and how to avoid it), wills (basically a letter to a probate judge), and trusts. It is our goal to be a constant source of valuable real estate information for our clients by attending a variety of educational seminars and classes, then passing the information along to our clients. Purchasing, selling or shifting an asset to an entity requires careful consideration as there can be tax and financial ramifications. We are not specialists in law or tax experts, but we highly recommend consulting with a [...]

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 [...]

December 2015

It’s the Year-End Sale for South Bay Homes in Greater Los Angeles, Or Is It?

By | December 9th, 2015|An Agent's Life, Buyer Tip, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Norma's Hot Buys, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Rancho Palos Verdes|

We received our typical end of the year flurry of calls from buyers who are searching for an income property to add to their real estate portfolio or even a new primary residence.  Whether they had their pre-tax appointment with their accountant or decided it was time to upsize or downsize, the end month of December is decision time for many buyers.   Although the holidays are often referred to as "the most beautiful time of the year" they can also be the busiest time of the year for sellers, buyers and their agents.  Sellers who are anxious to receive [...]

October 2015

Relocating to Los Angeles? Consider Landing Here

By | October 31st, 2015|An Agent's Life, Buyer Tip, Front Page, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Palos Verdes View Homes|

Relocating to California can be a daunting experience.  Over twenty years ago when I received the news we were relocating to Los Angeles I was less than thrilled.  My experience with Los Angeles consisted of one smog-filled summer trip during the mid 1970s, and frankly I did not care if I never saw Los Angeles again.  I should explain, my arrival coincided with those hot Santa Ana winds that feel like a blast from a furnace and also usher in coffee-colored, smog filled skies.  It only happens once or twice a year and lasts for a few days before the wind reverses and the coastal breezes [...]

August 2015

Palos Verdes Luxury Home Sales and Listings–August 2015

By | August 20th, 2015|Buyer Tip, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Seller Tip|

  There are 201 single family homes for sale in Palos Verdes, and 46 of those residences are priced at or above $3,000,000. Those numbers back up my decision to raise the price bar from $2,000,000 to $3,000,000 on residences I "designate"  luxury properties on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.  There's no question the real estate recovery is complete and sales are robust in all four cities in Palos Verdes. Here's a snapshot of July real estate activity in the luxury market on the Palos Verdes Peninsula: Sales:  Eight single family Palos Verdes homes sold at or above $3,000,000.  Four of [...]

Palos Verdes Real Estate Market Update–August 2015

By | August 6th, 2015|Buyer Tip, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Rancho Palos Verdes, Real Estate News, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Seller Tip|

Whether you are selecting a Palos Verdes Realtor to sell your home or help you purchase a home on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, it's equally important the person you select possess both knowledge of the area and the experience to give you the highest and best representation. In our opinion, there's no better way to know the market than to keep your eyes on the market by analyzing real estate statistics (listings, pending sales and closed sales) each month.  Such knowledge benefits sellers, buyers and the agent.  It is equally important to be able to decipher what those numbers are [...]

July 2015

Palos Verdes Luxury Home Market Report–July 2015

By | July 10th, 2015|Buyer Tip, Lifestyle in Palos Verdes, Los Angeles Luxury Homes, Lunada Bay, Malaga Cove, Monte Malaga, Palos Verdes Drive South, Palos Verdes Drive West, Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Palos Verdes View Homes, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Seller Tip|

If you own a Palos Verdes luxury home, or are considering purchasing one in the near future, Charlemagne Int'l Properties compiles a monthly report on the status and trends of the Palos Verdes luxury real estate market. The reports are of value for both buyers and sellers and are available here, or our real estate newsletter.  Email us if you would like to be added to our e-newsletter mailing list. Today's report will review sales for June 2015 as well as offer a snapshot view of the luxury real estate market on the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the first half [...]